Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
Inside the warm and comfortable bedroom, Luo XiaoLou accepted the hot tea handed over by Mr. Butler, and smiled as he thanked him.
Mr. Butler directed the maid to serve him fresh fruits and lovely snacks before he said gently, “Your Highness, you just woke up. Although they said that you should pay attention to rest, you can also have someone push you around to go out. The weather outside right now is perfect, and will also be good for your recovery.”
“I will, thank you.” Luo XiaoLou raised his eyes to look out the window. The greenery had beautiful purples and reds, while the breeze brought in the fresh smell of earth and the fragrance of lilac flowers.
Everything was so beautiful. Luo XiaoLou greedily looked and felt, while at the same time his heart was also beating excitedly.
He was back! How wonderful! He came back alive!
After he decided to take the Protura with him to die, Luo XiaoLou knew he had to say goodbye to everything that was good. To the people and the world he had to leave behind. Even though it meant he could save everyone, he had to admit that moment was so painful, desperate and lingering that if he had to do it again, he didn’t think he could muster the courage to make that self-sacrifice. Being a hero and all that had never suited him.
But reality had surprised him in a different way. So much so that he still couldn’t believe it was true.
But Yuan Xi, the three-year-old Yuan Yu, Feng JiaLing and Yuan Lie, 125 and Hachi, Luo ShaoTian, Yuan Nuo, Mr. Butler…each one of them was familiar and real.
Luo XiaoLou covered his eyes. He was so happy he wanted to cry out. Until now, he hadn’t realized that after all the time he’d stayed in this world, this place had become home.
If he had to identify one point that wasn’t good, it probably was that…since he woke up, Yuan Xi didn’t care about him. Every time he saw Luo XiaoLou, he was cold, and he had been reducing the number of times they met as much as possible.
The most important thing was that Luo XiaoLou couldn’t figure out what he was up to.
If Yuan Xi didn’t have to come back to bed every night, Luo XiaoLou would think Yuan Xi had found a new love!
Okay. He knew he was wrong to do that in front of Yuan Xi without regard to his feelings, but he was back for good. Shouldn’t they make up first? He really didn’t know what that fool Yuan Xi was twisting…
Luo XiaoLou calmed down a little from his excitement, and began to think about how to get Yuan Xi to forgive him. The coldness of death that he experienced hadn’t diminished any of his feelings for Yuan Xi. On the contrary. He felt that he missed Yuan Xi even more.
The doorway quietly opened a crack, and a small dark-haired head peeked in. His big sparkling eyes peeked at him in curiosity.
Luo XiaoLou’s heart melted. This child was practically a smaller sized Yuan Xi. Cute and quiet, but with pride between the eyebrows that couldn’t be ignored.
Luo XiaoLou waved at him. The boy was taken aback. He probably hadn’t expected to get caught peeking. He slammed the door shut, and turned to run away.
Luo XiaoLou reluctantly withdrew his gaze. Frustration rose in his heart. This time, a green chubby figure walked in the door. Behind him was a small robot figure running awkwardly.
“125!” Luo XiaoLou exclaimed in surprise. “Oh, is this Hachi? You’re still using this body, huh?”
125 gave him a stinky face, paced over, jumped onto the bed with his tail cocked, then turned his back on Luo XiaoLou and said with a grunt, “Don’t expect me to forgive you so easily! How dare you turn my power off…”
That was what he said, but 125 immediately began to check over Luo XiaoLou’s body.
Hachi squirmed and poked its face out from behind 125. It had completely taken 125 as the boss. It whispered a greeting to Luo XiaoLou, “You…Hello, another master.”
Looking at Hachi sitting quietly by the bed, Luo XiaoLou smiled and hugged 125 who was busy checking on him. He softened his voice and said, “Well, I apologize to you, my dear. At that time I was in a hurry and couldn’t think of another way. I can’t always take you with me.”
After a pause, Luo XiaoLou added, “I also hope you’ll stay to help me look after the children. I don’t feel nearly as at ease with others.”
Hachi looked at 125 with slight envy as he was held in Luo XiaoLou’s arms, and just sat in a more standard position by the bed.
125 thought for a moment about Yuan Xi, who had been taking Yuan Yu with him everywhere to take care of him. He quickly put it behind him, and said proudly with his chest high, “That’s for sure. Only I can take care of the babies. I sleep with them almost every day, so now they are getting more and more round and cute –“
Luo XiaoLou blinked, and a light flashed on in his brain. He asked in surprise, “They? Isn’t it Yuan Yuan and the other child? What do they look like? I haven’t seen them yet!”
125 froze for a moment, then stammered, “They, they…haven’t hatched yet. But I’m sure they will in just a few days!”
“Okay…” Luo XiaoLou was both happy and sad. Happy that he hadn’t missed the growth of the other two children, Sad that there was really no problem with not hatching for so long.
125 withdrew his arms and legs from around Luo XiaoLou, and quickly jumped down off the bed. “Your body will be fine after a while. I…I’ll go back first.”
“Wait!” Luo XiaoLou was busy shouting at 125. “You bring them to me.”
125 jumped up and shouted, “Yuan Xi will kill me! I’m here to see you, plus I’m here secretly behind his back! Of course, if you’re willing to give me your souvenir set of tableware, it’s not impossible to take a chance–“
Luo XiaoLou had a black face. “Well, it’s yours.”
“And my energy boxes. Since you fell asleep, I’m about out of stock. These mech builders in the palace, they don’t know how to take advice with an open mind at all–“
“When I get better, I will make more for you.” Luo XiaoLou gritted his teeth. It had been three years, and they still weren’t used up. He could see how many of them this guy had privately pilfered at that time.
“Thank you, my dear! Tomorrow there will be a banquet at the royal palace. Yuan Xi won’t be here in the afternoon, so I’ll secretly bring them over.” 125 said excitedly. His tail pointed towards the sky as he threw a wink at Luo XiaoLou. “I will go to accept that set of tableware in a moment. I know where you put it.”
Luo XiaoLou was speechless. “I think we should have a talk about privacy sometime. Two-sided privacy. Not one-sided AI.”
125 waved his hand in a dashing manner, and was already running outside.
Hachi followed behind 125 with glowing eyes. Ah, ah! This was its ideal model of smooth master-AI interactions! The boss is the boss, it was really amazing!
In the afternoon, Luo XiaoLou asked someone to push him to the courtyard. Because he had slept for too long, his body hadn’t yet recovered enough to walk.
It was now spring. Flowers were open everywhere in the courtyard. Among the soothing green leaves, birds were jumping and chirping happily. Occasionally they cocked their heads to survey the people in the palace, as they waited for the little master who would bring them bread crumbs.
The maid was sent away. Luo XiaoLou bathed in the afternoon sun, while he gently touched his legs and thought, everything will be fine.
In Luo XiaoLou’s drowsy ears, there was crisp laughter, followed by the sound of loving talk and approaching footsteps.
Luo XiaoLou was still in a daze when a group of people appeared in his sight.
In the lead were an excellent-looking man and woman. The girl had gorgeous, dazzling, blonde hair. She wore a beautiful long dress, and walked as if she were lightly dancing; she was elegant and charming.
The man beside her also had blonde hair. His handsome face had a pair of blue-purple eyes that were strange and beautiful, along with tightly pursed lips. He exuded a noble and cold aura, but when he saw Luo XiaoLou who was sitting in a wheelchair, a trace of surprise flashed in his eyes.
“Huh? Who are you, and why are you here?” The blonde girl asked in surprise. Her curious eyes glanced at Luo XiaoLou’s legs from time to time, with obvious pity.
Luo XiaoLou likewise frowned. The feeling of being questioned in one’s own home really wasn’t a good one. Moreover, he didn’t know them.
“Why don’t you answer me? Didn’t you hear my question?” The beautiful young girl was a little annoyed at being ignored. It was so rude to treat a lady like that.
The young maid who followed the two was also dumbfounded. Although she didn’t know who the person in front of her was, since he was here, he must be someone who was allowed to stay in the royal palace. She hadn’t been in the palace for very long, and wanted to keep the job she had gotten so easily. If two guests got into a fight here, it would be a real dereliction of her duty.
The maid stepped forward, and persuaded the lady to leave. She politely reminded her that they didn’t have much time to lose, and she had many dresses to try on and alter for the banquet tomorrow night.
“Sarelle, stop it.” The blond man suddenly spoke coldly.
The blonde girl huffed, and stopped talking. The blond man took two steps forward and pushed Luo XiaoLou’s wheelchair over onto the grass next to him. After the young girl walked over, he bent down again, and asked Luo XiaoLou’s opinion with his head down. “Do you need me to send you back?”
Luo XiaoLou turned his body away from the person behind him as much as possible and refused. “No thanks.”
The blond man paused, then got up and left with the blond girl. As they walked away, they even looked back his way.
Luo XiaoLou didn’t care. He was just thinking about how to make up with Yuan Xi, which took up most of his concentration.
Before long, another group of young maids passed by. They laughed and joked as they walked.
“See, that was His Royal Highness Prince Wade from a second level civilization. He’s almost as handsome as our Highness Yuan Xi!”
“I don’t think so. Our two princes are simply unmatched.”
“Although you are a loyal supporter of the two princes, you have to admit the objective fact that His Highness Wade is a rare sight in terms of status and appearance. Gosh, I didn’t even think that he would come over to the banquet in person.”
“Yes, I heard that he is uneasy about his sister. Princess Sarell is really too happy!”
“That princess is an admirer of our Highness Yuan Xi. Maybe she really has a hope of success. After all she is the most beautiful among those who are pursuing His Highness the Prince in recent years.”
“Yes, since the incident of His Highness the Prince Consort, His Highness Yuan Xi hasn’t allowed him to be mentioned at all. Now the Imperial Capital has thousands of ladies who have put their sights on our prince. Who knows if he is willing to take a look? So many people love him…”
Luo XiaoLou, who had been in deep thought, woke up at once and squinted his eyes. Sure enough, he had slept too long. Yuan Xi actually had suitors, and it looked like quite a few. This…this man! He was not at all reassured!
The maids had already walked past. Luo XiaoLou was depressed about what he had just heard.
Then there was another group of people headed his way. Yuan Xi was in the lead. As he spoke with Rod, his serious look was as fascinating as ever.
However, after Luo XiaoLou thought about what he just heard, he felt both sweet and pained at the same time.
Yuan Xi finally noticed Luo XiaoLou in the corner, and immediately stopped. Those who were following him were frozen for a moment. Then, they all stood behind Yuan Xi respectfully.
Yuan Xi said coldly, “Let’s talk about it tomorrow. You guys go back first.”
Only after all the people left did Yuan Xi walk over with a cold face. He stood in front of Luo XiaoLou, and said with almost explosive anger, “Who told you to come here?!”
At the first sight of that black face, Luo XiaoLou was slightly alarmed and replied, “Mr. Butler said I could come out for a spin, and…I can’t come here?” Since when? He can’t even come to the garden of the palace? He might have slept for three years, but not to the point of needing to be discriminated against…
Yuan Xi’s face was deadly tense. As if he was unwilling to say one more word to Luo XiaoLou, and he directly pushed the wheelchair back to their rooms.
After the first two steps, he felt that it was too slow, so he simply grabbed Luo XiaoLou and carried him back in a huff.
On the way there, there were other new maids who saw this scene. Because they didn’t know Luo XiaoLou, they were so surprised they had to cover their open mouths. They didn’t know why the prince was carrying a young man around.
But after they saw Yuan Xi’s face, they all ran away with good sense.
Once they were back in the bedroom, Yuan Xi’s face continued to be tense, with an annoyed and abnormal look, but his movements as he put Luo XiaoLou on the bed were unusually gentle.
“From now on, stay inside the room. If you go out, I will ask Mr. Butler to arrange a place for you. I don’t want what happened today to happen again.” Yuan Xi frowned and said unhappily.
After he rang the bell to have dinner brought over, Yuan Xi headed for the bathroom.
Luo XiaoLou simply couldn’t understand Yuan Xi’s thoughts, but it didn’t really matter to him where he went for a walk in the sun.
The two of them had dinner in silence. Luo XiaoLou unilaterally said several good things, but Yuan Xi refused to speak to him. In the end, Luo XiaoLou also had no choice and lapsed into silence.
“When do you plan to bring Yuan Yu over?” Luo XiaoLou finally couldn’t help but ask.
Yuan Xi, who was eating quietly, immediately raised his eyes like a cat with fried hair. “Don’t think so! I won’t bring him over!”
“Can you be reasonable, he is also my son!” Luo XiaoLou was anxious.
Yuan Xi mocked coldly, “You know it’s your son too. So have you brought him up? Does he know you?”
Luo XiaoLou didn’t say anything. That he left for three years, and missed his child for three years was the hardest thing for him.
Today, because he sent Luo XiaoLou back to his bedroom, Yuan Xi intended to go to bed so early.
Luo XiaoLou looked at him twice, reached out and pressed his remote control. The wheelchair stopped at the edge of the bed, then it rose to match the height of the mattress.
Luo XiaoLou propped up his body, and scooted towards the wheelchair.
Yuan Xi, who was far away from him on the big bed, immediately rolled over, sat up, and asked angrily, “What are you doing?”
Luo XiaoLou blinked, suppressed his sourness, and said, “I’m going to take a shower.”
Yuan Xi was instantly silent. The first two days when Luo XiaoLou couldn’t move, it was 125 who helped Luo XiaoLou with particle cleaning. It was convenient and quick, just not as comfortable as soaking in water.
As Luo XiaoLou was just getting into the wheelchair, a pair of arms came under his armpits and hot hands firmly held his waist, then his body was lifted as Yuan Xi whispered in his ear, “What a nuisance!”
Luo XiaoLou was stunned, then smiled and leaned against Yuan Xi with confidence.
When they got to the bathroom, Yuan Xi put the water on. He hesitated for a moment, stripped Luo XiaoLou’s clothes off quickly, and put him into the water.
Yuan Xi glanced at the water, and abruptly turned his head away as he said icily and stiffly, “Call me when you’re done washing. I’ll be at the door.”
Luo XiaoLou looked at the door suspiciously. He didn’t see any red on the tips of Yuan Xi’s ears. He wondered, was it because his body had become ugly? Now he didn’t have any attraction for Yuan Xi anymore?
Luo XiaoLou hung his head. His long immobile body had gotten thinner, and even when he was soaking in hot water, his skin looked too pale.
Yuan Xi endured for a while, but still kept the bathroom door closed. His mind kept bringing up thoughts that should not be there. He turned around twice anxiously, then connected to Mr. Butler’s communication device and instructed, “Tomorrow, arrange someone for Luo XiaoLou. They may take him out for a walk, but they must stay by his side at all times, and only in the courtyard where I used to live, right? No one will pass by there.”
It didn’t take long for Luo XiaoLou to be wrapped in a large towel, and carried back to the bed by Yuan Xi.
Luo XiaoLou was puzzled. He watched as Yuan Xi rushed back to the bathroom, and couldn’t help but touch his chin. Yuan Xi wasn’t taking a shower. Could he actually be dealing with his desire? He could be sure that he wasn’t going to be able to get a good deal on his own.
So, in fact, he was still attractive to Yuan Xi?
Yuan Xi again lay down on the bed. Luo XiaoLou quietly moved to his side. He hesitated for two seconds, but didn’t resist the urges that were about to reach their limits. He clung to Yuan Xi’s back, and hugged him from behind.
Yuan Xi stiffened. His hand quickly covered Luo XiaoLou’s, he seemed ready to pull him away.
Luo XiaoLou called out lowly, “Yuan Xi…”
Yuan Xi’s body stiffened even more, and the movement of his hands stopped.
Luo XiaoLou breathed a sigh of relief, the hand that held Yuan Xi’s waist began to stroke the body that he missed so much. He didn’t know if it was because of eagerness or excitement, but his fingers couldn’t stop their slight trembling. It was like skin hunger.
But even as Luo XiaoLou touched, to his incomparable chagrin, it was an extreme failure at seduction. While they had been a couple for many years, now he was obviously like an inexperienced hairy boy. After getting close to Yuan Xi, his mind was almost immobilized.
Just then Yuan Xi suddenly rolled over, and pinned him underneath him.
Luo XiaoLou quickly ran out of time to blush over his technique as Yuan Xi’s hands above him quickly ripped open his pajamas and stroked hard over his body.
Chest, waist, side, buttocks…
Yuan Xi’s suppressed panting became thicker and thicker, as he lowered his head and kissed at Luo XiaoLou’s neck, then moved to the shoulder, chest, without overlooking any spot.
Luo XiaoLou’s body felt like it had been lit on fire, and he writhed anxiously.
Yuan Xi’s kisses got lower and lower. Finally he lifted Luo XiaoLou’s legs, lowered his head and used his mouth to envelop him.
Luo XiaoLou was startled, then tried to push Yuan Xi away. He..he was trying to get close to Yuan Xi. To please Yuan Xi, and try to get back together, but now it seemed to be the complete opposite…
Yuan Xi glared unhappily at Luo XiaoLou and held his legs. His hands punitively kneaded his buttocks, while he took him deeper into his mouth.
There was a burst of tingling pleasure. Luo XiaoLou had run out of energy to push Yuan Xi away, as a small moan leaked out of his mouth. He couldn’t deny it and gave up trying to stop Yuan Xi.
Soon, Luo XiaoLou leaked out.
He was red-faced, almost afraid to look at Yuan Xi, who seemed to swallow it all as he continued to move his fingers over Luo XiaoLou’s body. Then his upper body came over him and he kissed Luo XiaoLou deeply.
His mouth still tasted of him, but Luo XiaoLou didn’t even notice. His heart was beating rapidly, and he was lost in the tender and emotional kiss.
Luo XiaoLou’s hands were once again around Yuan Xi’s shoulders, but Yuan Xi suddenly pushed him away. His whole body trembled. He panted rapidly for a few moments, glared hard at Luo XiaoLou twice, then turned over and lay down.
Luo XiaoLou shook from the excitement. He wanted to give Yuan Xi pleasure too.
“No need!” Yuan Xi quickly interrupted him.
“But…” Luo XiaoLou clearly touched him. On Yuan Xi, that part was swollen, thick, and had completely stood up.
“No buts! Sleep!” Yuan Xi yelled in annoyance. “With your current body, if you get sick. Isn’t it going to give me more trouble?!”