Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
A thousand years had passed, and even the level ssss genetic Yuan Xi had become an old man. Still, he was the most handsome person in Luo XiaoLou’s eyes. His throne had long since passed to Yuan Yu, and their other two children were both happy and prosperous.
At this moment, the sunlit room was filled with only him and Luo XiaoLou. All the other people were shut out by Yuan Xi, and he wouldn’t allow anyone to enter.
Yuan Xi looked at Luo XiaoLou who was lying quietly on the bed, and slowly knelt down on the thick carpet. The contract that had existed on his chest for a thousand years was emitting heat, as if it could burn his skin. But he couldn’t feel it anymore, there was a deeper and deeper pain that had spread throughout his body and mind.
Luo XiaoLou had finally left him. Never to wake up again. Never to open his eyes and smile at him. Never to serve the best meal to his taste. Never to indulge his capriciousness when he was sick. Never to kiss him and say, “I love you.”
But, for the whole of his life, Luo XiaoLou probably felt that though he hadn’t heard this sentence, he was so pampered, why ask more questions?
Every birthday, every gift given to him, every small cake, accompanied by the sweet words he loved to hear, as a lover. When he was older, Luo XiaoLou also used to lie on his body, as he confessed to him.
But Yuan Xi never once looked into Luo XiaoLou’s eyes, and solemnly said those three words.
When he was young, he was too angry to say it in front of him, actually more embarrassed. When he got older, he couldn’t say it, and after a joking question was rejected by him, Luo XiaoLou never continued to force him.
However, he never imagined that Luo XiaoLou would leave him like this.
Yesterday, Luo XiaoLou kissed him before going to bed, and told him he would always be with him. The lines of the contract were getting hotter and hotter, Yuan Xi stood up, moved Luo XiaoLou on the bed, and then lay beside him.
At this moment, Yuan Xi was grateful for the power of the contract.
Wait for me. Even if I die, we will be together.
Suddenly, he turned over and sat up. First he realized that there was no Luo XiaoLou beside him, then that he wasn’t sleeping on his familiar bed.
There was something very wrong.
Soon, a light screen popped up on the door, and the worried face of a maid’s head appeared on the screen. “Your Highness, are you okay? It’s already time for training.”
Yuan Xi was shocked. Training? Since he was ten years old, he had never let anyone call him up for training. Yuan Xi looked in the mirror in confusion and was quickly surprised. It was clearly his face as a child, at most six or seven years old. He quickly changed his clothes and opened the door to the familiar maids, the familiar courtyard, his parents and his younger cousin Yuan Nuo.
“Yuan Xi, why are you always wandering? Are you not feeling well?” Feng JiaLing, who was sitting next to Yuan Lie, looked at him with concern.
Yuan Xi after two seconds, said slightly stiffly, “Nothing. I’m fine, Mother.” The timing was wrong. Could it be that everything before was a dream? He hadn’t grown up, he hadn’t met Luo XiaoLou, he hadn’t gone through those wars…
No. No. Those were definitely not false, and his heart seemed to have not yet recovered from the previous pain. There was still a familiar burning sensation in his chest. That was the feeling when the contract was activated.
Yuan Lie looked at his son, “Tomorrow you will start school. Your training is reserved for the evenings and weekends. At noon, the head guard will bring a few children for you to choose. They will accompany you to both school and training, but also in the future as your retainers. More importantly, they will be your partners.”
Feng JiaLing looked at him with a smile, while young Yuan Nuo was envious. He still had two years to wait before he would have his own retainer.
Yuan Xi paused for a moment and quickly nodded. He remembered in a trance, that before he went to school, there was indeed such a scene, when he picked Rod and Xia Zuo, his most loyal lieutenants and friends in the future.
After a morning of training, Yuan Xi came out of the training room, having surprised the instructor with his improved speed and excellent results, followed by young Yuan Nuo, who ran out of the training room drenched in sweat.
He came up to him with great enthusiasm and said, “Brother, you get to choose someone later. It’s great, I’ll help you choose!”
Exactly the same words as he remembered. Yuan Xi handed him a towel and turned his head towards the door.
The head guard came in with a smile on his face. He was leading some children.
Yuan Nuo’s eyes shone brightly, and he whispered, “Brother, the third one. The third one. The one in white.”
Yuan Xi was completely sure that he was reborn. Everything was exactly the same as before.
The head guard came closer, saluted the two young Highnesses, and then said, “Your Highness, you may choose your attendants.”
Several children lined up, and looked at him with nervousness and excitement. To be chosen by the Prince was the best recognition, and the greatest honor for these children.
Yuan Xi looked at the first child without moving, he even remembered the clothes and order of Rod and Xia Zuo, everything matched his memory.
Then, he could meet Luo XiaoLou again, and take care of him and be with him. At this moment, Yuan Xi’s painful and dull emotions disappeared. His heart seemed to come alive again, and he even began to impatiently hope for Luo XiaoLou.
Yuan Xi elected Xia Zuo and Rod as usual. Rod, who had never seen the world before, was so red-eyed that he wanted to kneel on the ground, and pledge his allegiance. Although Xia Zuo was well mannered, his shiny eyes showed that he was holding back his own excitement.
Yuan Xi swept the remaining children a glance, the incomparable loss in their eyes, and said, “Uncle Qi, I have chosen, so–“
Yuan Xi’s words stopped abruptly, as his eyes fell on the last child.
It was a black-haired, black-eyed boy who was looking at the place with great interest in contrast to the other children who were either downhearted or anxious. What made Yuan Xi care more was the familiar features and feeling. Although he was much younger than the one in his memory, Yuan Xi still recognized him at once.
The chief guard said with a smile, “Okay, since Your Highness has chosen. I will take the others down.”
“Wait!” Yuan Xi suddenly shouted sharply, and then walked towards the last child in front of the puzzled eyes of everyone.
In the eyes of all, Yuan Xi grimaced and grabbed the child’s collar, dragged him to his side, and asked hoarsely, “Are you…What’s your name?”
The black-haired child, whose toes were almost lifted off the ground, looked at Yuan Xi in surprise and confusion. He was probably frowning slightly because of his uncomfortable posture, “Luo XiaoLou. My name is Luo XiaoLou, I am–“
“Add him to the list.” Yuan Xi interrupted Luo XiaoLou’s words. He never thought that this time he would actually meet Luo XiaoLou so early.
If he remembered correctly, this time Luo XiaoLou was not his lover. He loved the one who was in the past more than 4,000 years ago. But that wouldn’t stop him from putting Luo XiaoLou around in advance, as he waited for him to come.
The black-haired child was slightly surprised, and, despite the answer to his name, his collar was still in the hands of the child next to him, who was not much older than him but already quite imposing.
Although the head guard thought that three was a bit too many, he was quick to take care of the formalities for the three children.
As retainers of His Highness, the three chosen children were to live in the palace.
Rod and Xia Zuo had to go back first. They had a day to say goodbye to their parents, while Luo XiaoLou stood by Yuan Xi’s side, seemingly at a loss as to what to do.
Yuan Xi looked at him critically, then when Luo XiaoLou looked at him, he said, “You will follow me from now on. No running around without my orders. Do you understand?”
Now that Ms. Jin, who raised Luo XiaoLou, didn’t love Luo XiaoLou, and would later do something even more outrageous, Yuan Xi didn’t want Luo XiaoLou to have any more contact with Ms. Jin.
Luo XiaoLou looked at him for a while, but before Yuan Xi lost his temper, he reluctantly said, “…Okay.”
A little surprised that Luo XiaoLou didn’t ask to go home, the head guard said, “Then, I will take him to arrange for a room first.”
Yuan Xi frowned, and tried to say something as Luo XiaoLou was pulled past him, but pursed his lips again. He waited for the people to go out, then Yuan Xi clicked on the communication device and said, “Mr. Butler, it’s me. You need to arrange something for me.”
That night, the hands slowly slid by, and soon it was 11:30 at night.
The corridors of the palace were still lit with soft, pale night lights, but few people were walking around. Except for the night guard who did rounds every half hour.
Shortly after the attendant had gone by again, a door opened silently. After a few more seconds, a small head peeked out from behind the door. He wrapped a scarf around his head and face, looked around to make sure no one was there, and then came out. He was holding a dagger that had been used to decorate the room.
At the corner of the corridor, the child stopped and cautiously peered out. Coincidentally, there was a faint noise from around the corner. It was too late for him to hide. As he shrank back, a housekeeping robot came around the corner. Its glowing blue eyes swept over the child pressed against the wall, saluted him as his eyes grew wide, and then continued past.
The boy was so relieved that his feet were shaking.
“Not a human being?”
“Of course, otherwise we would have been discovered – ah!”
The child was frightened, with the dagger in his hand, he panicked and blocked in front of his body, but the scarf on his face did not care. It fell off, and revealed Luo XiaoLou’s frightened face.
Yuan Xi stood behind Luo XiaoLou, at the advantage being half a head higher, as he stared at the guy who was trying to sneak away in the middle of the night.
Luo XiaoLou stood still for a moment before he whispered, “Your Majesty, Your Highness, it’s so late, why are you still awake? I…I’m hungry. I want to go get some food–“
Yuan Xi squinted at him, and then glanced at the dagger in Luo XiaoLou’s hand. He thought sarcastically, How idiotic it must be to tell such a lie. He must have hardly thought that I would believe it.
“I don’t care what you want. Come back with me.” Yuan Xi said in a deep voice.
Luo XiaoLou stood still. Yuan Xi raised his eyebrows, then took Luo XiaoLou’s wrist, and dragged him back. Luo XiaoLou’s resistance was negligible. Yuan Xi had long ago begun special training.
“I don’t want to…” Luo XiaoLou whispered desperately. He seemed broken because there was no hope of escape. “I don’t want to be here. I want to go home…”
Yuan Xi carried Luo XiaoLou back to the room, but not his original room, but next door. In fact, next door was Yuan Xi’s room. He looked at this room which was obviously more gorgeous. Luo XiaoLou’s mood didn’t change at all, as he began to struggle in Yuan Xi’s hands.
One hand grasped Luo XiaoLou’s two hands and held them behind him. Yuan Xi frowned at Luo XiaoLou as he fought for a while, before he asked, “Why do you want to go home?”
Luo XiaoLou froze, then looked up and said, “Why can’t I go home? You have no right to keep me here. I, I can sue you. My brother, no, my father will definitely take me back. He will not let you go…”
When he spoke of his family, Luo XiaoLou was more anxious, and his face was also colored with aggression. His eyes were wet, they shone with a layer of water, as if he would cry at any time. A child that was exactly like his lover. So small, so cute, with the kind of look that made people want to bully, and made Yuan Xi’s eyes go blank.
So it took a while before Yuan Xi realized that something was wrong with Luo XiaoLou’s words.
When he realized it, Yuan Xi stiffened for a moment, and dragged Luo XiaoLou into his arms, before he stared into his eyes and asked, “Who is your father? What is your brother’s name?”
Luo XiaoLou peeked at Yuan Xi, found that he did not intend to beat him, then said, “My father is Luo Chengze, and my brother is Luo Rui. If you don’t let me go, my father will call the police, and Luo Rui will also come to settle accounts with you!”
Those two names, Luo XiaoLou had clearly said, were his previous father and brother’s names.
God, this time, Luo XiaoLou had actually appeared at this time. Yuan Xi, with trembling hands, hugged Luo XiaoLou tightly, and buried his head on the child’s tender shoulder. Because of this position, Luo XiaoLou couldn’t see Yuan Xi’s red eyes.
When Luo XiaoLou began to struggle because of the difficulty, he controlled his voice and said, “You still have no talent. To actually let your brother help you fight.”
Luo XiaoLou, who was being held again, froze for a moment then began to push Yuan Xi. “Who said I…I also helped him fight, and I take care of him.”
“Okay, I know, you’re a good brother.” Yuan Xi’s voice was finally normal, but he still refused to let go of Luo XiaoLou.
“So, when are you going to let me go back?” Luo XiaoLou asked.
Yuan Xi let go of Luo XiaoLou slightly, looked at him and asked, “How old are you now?”
“Six. Six years old.” Luo XiaoLou stared at him. and then pushed up his small chest as much as possible to make himself look taller.
Yuan Xi’s eyes became more and more gentle. He hugged Luo XiaoLou for a while and said, “You’ve been fighting for so long. Aren’t you tired? I’ll take you for a bath, and you can go to bed first.”
Luo XiaoLou actually deliberately stayed awake until 11:30, and he’d long been sleepy. After the shock, when Yuan Xi said that, he suddenly felt his heavy head. Yuan Xi’s body was also six years old now, but under long-term training, he was stronger than Luo XiaoLou, who was also six years old. He easily picked up Luo XiaoLou and went to the bathroom.
After he filled the bath water, he undressed Luo XiaoLou, who had started to doze off, and carried him to the bath. After being wrapped in hot water, Luo XiaoLou raised his eyes and looked at Yuan Xi. Since he was a child, he was hardly wary of children his own age, and had completely forgotten that Yuan Xi was the one who wouldn’t let him go.
But Yuan Xi, who was more than a thousand years old psychologically, felt that he was still in a dream, and this must be a gift from God, who sent him the child Luo XiaoLou. After that heartbreaking parting, what could be more beautiful than this?
He gently bathed Luo XiaoLou, which was funny, because Luo XiaoLou used to put the water in the bath for him and rub his back, but now it was the other way around. However, he was willing to wait for his little love to grow up.
The next morning, Luo XiaoLou woke up on Yuan Xi’s bed. When he opened his eyes, he was startled by Yuan Xi sitting at the edge of the bed. The expression on Yuan Xi’s face eased a little, and he handed him a set of clothes. He even helped him put them on when Luo XiaoLou wasn’t looking.
“…I want to go home!” Luo XiaoLou suddenly said.
Yuan Xi fastened the last button for him before he looked at him and said seriously, “In fact, this is exactly what I wanted to talk to you about. You eat first, then I’ll take you to…your hometown to see.”
The servants didn’t seem surprised when they went downstairs to the dining room. They all smiled and greeted Yuan Xi, and gave Luo XiaoLou a smile when they looked at him.
Luo XiaoLou tried his best to sit in a high-backed chair not far from Yuan Xi’s position. He looked down at the unfamiliar breakfast on his plate, hesitated a little, and started to eat.
Halfway through the meal, Luo XiaoLou stopped, and waited intently for Yuan Xi.
Yuan Xi slowly and methodically ate his breakfast. He said as he ate, “Finish it, or I won’t take you there.”
Luo XiaoLou looked at him unhappily, but picked up the fork in his hand.
At last, Yuan Xi took a leave of absence from his teacher, and secretly boarded a small combat ship under the protection of the captain of the guard and a group of soldiers.
Two days later, Yuan Xi brought Luo XiaoLou to a planet.
“This is Earth.”
The azure planet was still beautiful in the universe.
But there was no one in the pictures coming from the screen.
“No, no, I don’t believe it’s true. Dad and the others wouldn’t leave me alone,” Luo XiaoLou said with a shaky voice.
Yuan Xi had no choice but to take him to southeast Asia.
“As you can see, there’s no one here. Just some old buildings, all in a protected area. In fact, it was deserted long ago. You should have known it, but you didn’t want to admit it. It’s been a long time since you left. Four thousand years have passed, and they are no longer here.”
Luo XiaoLou stared blankly, then suddenly crouched down and cried out.
Yuan Xi hugged him tightly and said soothingly, “Don’t cry, you still have me. I will always be with you.”
At an angle that Luo XiaoLou couldn’t see, the corner of Yuan Xi’s mouth slowly floated an odd smile. Now, no one can take you away from me anymore.
From now on, in your world, there is only me.