Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
Editor: Sulo is wheezing at the clownery of this chapter -ᄒᴥᄒ-
Luo XiaoLou couldn’t hold back his anxiety and excitement, and he quickly took out the energy box.
Clearly displayed on the screen of the energy box was 8,700 Luo. And below that was a small number, 5, displayed in yellow letters.
Luo XiaoLou opened his mouth wide and couldn’t make a sound.
125 made a small cry, “Wow.”
Luo XiaoLou waited for a moment. Finally, he got angry. What does ‘wow’ mean? Usually, you’re always yelling. Why don’t you say something now?
“I need to get closer and observe.” Before Luo XiaoLou got angry, 125’s voice sounded from his pocket in all seriousness.
Luo XiaoLou pulled out the green jade stone from his jacket pocket and placed it next to the energy box, then waited with bated breath. Until — the tabletop next to the green jade stone became empty. It was as if there was never an energy box placed there.
“Hey! 125, you bastard! Spit it out!” Luo XiaoLou angrily squeezed the bright green, innocent jade stone. “Don’t pretend. I know you put it away. That was the first one I finished that appeared with other effects. I haven’t looked closely enough!”
God. How depressing everything around him was! He really wanted to choke 125 to make it spit everything out. But who could tell him how to identify a rock’s neck?!
“Okay. All right. Just let go! I’ll just give it back to you.” 125 flashed. The energy box fell onto the table. At the same time it whispered, “For an exotic beast, you’re just too stingy. I — I was just bringing it in to scan it, so as to determine the results more carefully.”
Luo XiaoLou gave 125 a suspicious glance. Just to be on the safe side, the energy box was placed in the box numbered two. “What were the results?”
For this kind of action of his, 125 gave a very hurt expression as it blankly looked at Luo XiaoLou. The tone of its voice all became extremely heavy, “From the results, as a human with only half of the Exotic Beast bloodline, I’m quite surprised by your progress. The information in my information base shows that exotic beasts that are new to applying the Source of Consciousness often have difficulty controlling the power from the spirit, and they primarily practice combat skills. The process of training is often accompanied by great danger. Younger exotic beasts have poor control and explosions with their Source of Consciousness can also occur. Therefore, usually an exotic beast will be accompanied by an elder to instruct them when they first start cultivating.”
Bastard! Why didn’t you mention that before? Luo XiaoLou was sweating in fear. If his life was really in danger, how was he going to apply the Source of Consciousness? However, it didn’t matter that he wasn’t aware, he’d already tried that wonderful feeling yesterday. He wouldn’t want to give it up even if he had to.
“However, because there’s no exotic beast to guide you, I didn’t let you practice attack category combat skills. Only dared to let you practice some simple skills. So far there hasn’t been a single crisis situation. For this simple Source of Consciousness force training, you don’t have to worry. After all, you have me, the Federation’s best mecha, to keep you company.” 125 tried to puff out its chest. But the movement seemed a little difficult. Its rounded body rolled just once in Luo XiaoLou’s hands.
The company of the A.I. was still unnerving. But since there was no danger, Luo XiaoLou didn’t mind. He was more anxious to know another thing, “Then what do the numbers on this mean?”
“Hmm. Above is the energy value of this energy box, and below that is the number of cycles that can occur.” 125 silently went back to look up the humans for a moment. There was no way to compare his master’s human lineage to others so he had downloaded very comprehensive information about the human race.
After a few seconds, 125 said, “Even an Exotic Beast can only make it cycle three or four times the first time. You don’t practice other skills, though. You only practice making mecha parts. It’s not bad that you can do that. It’s worthy of the Mythical Beast Clan’s genes. Ten times is actually the highest level that Source of Consciousness beginners can reach.”
Proper encouragement of the owner is necessary. It also fosters bonding between owner and foster — it, it’s not stammering, Luo XiaoLou!
Luo XiaoLou didn’t even hear the last words 125 uttered. He was looking excitedly at the second energy box. The happiness came too suddenly — 8,700 Luo. Five cycles! 43,500! God. He loved this Black Chert!
Grade 4 Energy Boxes were very rare on Planet Anse and there were hardly any shops that had these high grade energy boxes for sale, unless it was a special auction house or black market. The prices there were often ridiculously high as well.
If one wanted to get a Grade 4 or higher level energy box, they could only go to a mecha maker to customize it. In addition to providing the materials themselves, there was also a cost and it was even rarer on Planet Anse. There was also the fact they needed to find Master Mecha Makers. Even so, there were only a few mecha warriors who had access to Master Mecha Makers.
The energy of a Grade 1 energy box was 1,000 Luo; Grade 2 energy box 3,000 Luo; Grade 3 energy box 5,000 Luo; Grade 4 energy box energy above 10,000 Luo; and the Grade 5 energy box energy was above 30,000 Luo. The Grade 6 energy box had an energy of more than 50,000 Luo; the Grade 7 energy box was above 100,000 Luo; the Grade 8 energy box was above 300,000 Luo; and the Grade 9 energy box was above 500,000 Luo.
Every three grades of the mecha energy box was a new level. Grades 1 to 3 were low grade mecha energy boxes. Grades 4 to 6 were high-grade mecha energy boxes. And seven to nine grades, the energy values were already at an exaggerated level.
This was all the information Luo XiaoLou had found on the internet. Grade 10 energy boxes — they only existed in legends. However, with Black Chert, even someone at a novice level like him would be able to make one. Such simple materials. Luo XiaoLou hugged the box and examined it with emotion. How much is this worth?
“I have to remind you. Don’t get the idea of selling these energy boxes. Others will find out about the existence of Black Chert.” 125 also stared at that energy box with his eyes wide open while at the same time, not forgetting to warn the owner.
Luo XiaoLou’s enthusiasm had finally cooled down. He put down the box he was holding in his hand and began to continue making the remaining energy boxes. The third one was 8,500 Luo. The number of cycles was still five. The fourth one was 8,800 Luo; cycle, five times.
After a glance at the time, Luo XiaoLou reluctantly got up and headed downstairs. This was the only way to start today and he was already very skilled. But there was still a lot of time to manufacture energy boxes.
Over the next two days, every afternoon after school, Luo XiaoLou would rush home to make the energy box. He had until Friday to choose the best one.
The fifth one was 8,500 Luo; cycle, six times.
Beginning with the fifth one, the number of cycles started at no less than six, and Luo XiaoLou had to put the box storing the energy box a little further away. 125 was already about to freak out.
With the eighth energy box, there was a new surprise: 8,800 Luo, seven cycles. The ninth energy box 8,700 Luo. Eight cycles!
In every way, the ninth was the best energy box he’d ever created. Nearly 70,000 Luo. This was already a Grade 6 mid-grade! Luo XiaoLou looked at the row of energy boxes with fascination. It was actually too rewarding.
“Hey. You can’t do this to me! Actually, one gift from you is enough! Alright, for the sake of our relationship, you can send more too. But, you can’t not leave me any of them!” 125 was screaming in his ear.
Luo XiaoLou would have dared to refuse. It’s already thinking of crying and pretending to be pitiful — with a master like this, it must be the most pathetic mecha in the Federation!
Luo XiaoLou rubbed his sore eyes. Thankfully, he was back early today. This last one should still be in time.
Before that, he needed to deal with the guy who had been bothering him for a few nights first.
Luo XiaoLou cupped his hand over the incessant chatter of 125 and said, “I never meant to give you none. I should at least show you the fruits of my efforts. I’ll take three and I get to pick them. You get five of the rest. I think, except for fixing the system, you should have enough for a long time.”
125 was overjoyed. Glowing with excitement it yelped, “Really, really! Oh. You know what, you are simply the wisest, gentlest, most generous master in the world!”
Luo XiaoLou bet it didn’t think the same just earlier when it howled with the deliberate sadness of having being abandoned by a bad master. Luo XiaoLou began processing the last of the energy boxes. If the first one he dared not hope for anything, the second energy box he had already abandoned.
Luo XiaoLou thought about it, closed his eyes and started doing the daily Source of Consciousness exercise. The clear and dead-free construction of the parts presented itself in Luo XiaoLou’s mind. Because he had assembled it many times before, even with his eyes closed, Luo XiaoLou’s movements now had no jerky feeling at all.
It could be said that if it wasn’t for the problem with the energy stone, this was almost the most satisfying energy box he had ever made.
After assembling it, Luo XiaoLou put the energy box into the reactor. Then, he began to pick the energy boxes he wanted, number nine and number eight. Luo XiaoLou couldn’t help but smile secretly. It wasn’t really useful for him to take so many. He was only going to give one to Yuan Xi anyway. Luo XiaoLou deliberately hesitated in front of the remaining energy boxes with the bad intention of teasing his pet.
At this moment. Luo XiaoLou got up and walked over to the reactor.
The moment Luo XiaoLou left, except for the worst third and the first, the energy boxes on the table quickly disappeared. 125 tried to scroll to the side. This time, and anyhow, it wasn’t going to hand it over. Luo XiaoLou had promised it the right to choose five!
Why isn’t Luo XiaoLou mad? He was already so angry that he couldn’t speak? The 125 holographic scanning system carefully ‘looked’ in the direction Luo XiaoLou was in.
Luo XiaoLou stood dumbly by the reactor. He opened his mouth wide, and looked at the freshly finished energy box in his hand with a shocked face.
God — oh my. Was he actually dreaming??
11,000 Lou, twenty-two cycles.
242,000 Luo. A Grade 7 energy box of top quality! It could even cycle twenty-two times, exceeding the highest number of times that a Source of Consciousness beginner could reach. Luo XiaoLou simply doubted that he was awake. This was the true miracle of today…
Luo XiaoLou’s feet were wandering as he walked towards the table. 125 shouted, “You’ve already picked the best two. You shouldn’t be robbing me again —”
Luo XiaoLou reached for the necklace and fished it out. He took it to his mouth and kissed it. Excitedly, he said, “Of course, I won’t take it from you. You can have the rest of the ones you want. I’ve already chosen my gift.”
125 was originally green and was about to turn red. It felt as if it was hot and burning inside its brain. It was close to dying.
Bastard, bastard, Luo XiaoLou kissed it. It wouldn’t hand over the energy box either! Well, if he insists, it will barely give him one back…
Luo XiaoLou had said he only wanted one? Which one?
“Hey. Are you okay?” 125 asked worriedly.
“Sure. You read this first! You’ll be thrilled to see this too. I actually, I can actually make an energy box like this!” Luo XiaoLou held the tenth energy box in both hands. He wasn’t even going to put it in the tenth box.
After 125 looked at the value on it, there was another tremor. However, it tried to show the calmness and reserve of a mecha that had seen the world. It barely swallowed the words, I’ll trade five for it.
“How did you make it?” 125 tried to control the tremble in his voice. “It’s just incredible. I support you in buying materials to make more! You’d have to give me a few then, right —”
Hello. Actually, you’re focusing on the last sentence, right.
Luo XiaoLou got up with a smile on his face and put away the number ten in his hand. He glanced at number nine, number eight, and the energy boxes left over after being picked by 125. “Hmm. I thought it was too surprising too. I’ll test it again. I’ve got some ideas already. And I’ve got a lot more Heavy Radium stones. However, now that Yuan Xi is almost back, we’ll wait for another time.”
“But this time you can at least go online and order the materials. I can also help you bargain as a child-in-waiting. After all, you’re up and down. Fine. I’ll put up with it even if it’s that old man, Manager Gao —” 125 stammered.
“…What do you mean I’m up and down?!” Luo XiaoLou asked through gritted teeth.
There’s such an A.I. I really have the urge to glue its mouth shut with superglue. As an A.I. who had always prided himself on being of noble birth, could you stop acting so impatient?
Luo XiaoLou went back downstairs and sat in the living room, waiting for someone.
He was still excited inside and there were only two possibilities for the error in the last energy box to occur. The first was that he accidentally used the Source of Consciousness when he first assembled it. The second was when the energy stone and Black Chert reacted, the one error that appeared when the two particles collided into one particle.
“125, you said that there is a difference between the Spiritual Power of humans and the Exotic Beasts, where are the main manifestations?” Luo XiaoLou asked.
“Strictly speaking, it’s the gap. The Spiritual Power of humans is much lower than the noble Exotic Beast. Even if there’s a great success of Spiritual Power among humans, they will only be able to control exotic objects to attack. Of course, it is not easy to be able to control particle attacks or control multiple external objects. An exotic beast can not only control external objects, they can even change the physical properties of an exotic object. What’s more, they can even change the object’s chemical properties. But, your energy box from yesterday seems a little different. If you’ll let me test —”
Luo XiaoLou brought the number 10 energy box that he kept in his pocket to 125, then 125 immediately stopped talking. It dragged the energy box into its space to check it out.
Control and change? Luo XiaoLou frowned. In that case, the last one was indeed more than just control. But I also shouldn’t have the ability to change it. But I did. Was —
“I can’t believe it. You’ve actually fused the two particles together!”
Luo XiaoLou’s heart flipped. Fusion. What I did yesterday was fusion!
125 ended up being good enough to spit out the number ten energy box. It also helped Luo XiaoLou change the energy count on it. It only showed a total of 242,000 Lou without the circulation number.
After all, if he didn’t want anyone to find out about the Black Chert, so this was the best way to do it. Also, the tenth energy box made by Luo XiaoLou, because of the particle fusion, others wouldn’t be able to discover the existence of Black Chert anymore. To be on the safe side, Luo XiaoLou asked 125 to help change all the energy boxes to normal energy boxes that only showed the total number of energy. In exchange, the eighth and ninth energy boxes were also given to 125.
Tomorrow was Friday and it would be a really exciting day.
When Yuan Xi returned, the only thing he saw was Luo XiaoLou sitting by himself, smiling.
He was stunned. His face was a bit cloudy as he asked, “What are you thinking about?”
“Huh? Of course, I was thinking of you.” The gift is ready, I wonder if Yuan Xi will still be the same deadbeat or if this can improve our relationship. And then, I’ll take the opportunity to talk to Yuan Xi about getting out of that damn slave contract or something.
Yuan Xi stopped talking for a moment. There was some not-so-subtle red on his face. It took a while before he accused, “You haven’t prepared dinner yet?”
A baffled glance at Yuan Xi, Luo XiaoLou turned around and headed to the kitchen.
Friday had finally come, and school was over in the afternoon. Luo XiaoLou and Yuan Xi drove to Miki Bakery. Yuan Xi only grunted with pride at his decision, but judging from the expression on his face, he was extremely excited and looking forward to it.
At the bakery, Yuan Xi took a look at the size of the fruit-filled cake that was brought to him. He nodded to himself in satisfaction. While Luo XiaoLou went to the service counter to confirm, he ordered a few more boxes of cupcakes to take away.
The waitress obviously knew this handsome man who often brought his family here. With a smile, she said, “You’re spoiling your lover so much. He must be very happy.”
Yuan Xi’s hand snapped as he swiped his card. Sure enough — could everyone tell Luo XiaoLou liked him?
Hearing no reply from Yuan Xi, the waitress changed the subject again understandingly, “He must have a real sweet tooth. What a lovely man.”
“Ah, sure. Can’t really do anything about him.” Yuan Xi finished with a cold face. He spotted Luo XiaoLou walking over, so he immediately took the cake and headed for the door.
Luo XiaoLou looked at the boxes of cupcakes with a wry smile. Whispering, he suggested, “Hey. Too much sweets is bad for your health.” You should moderate a little.
Yuan Xi snorted. He didn’t say anything.
In the evening, Luo XiaoLou made the fish and shrimp that Yuan Xi liked as well as some stir-fried vegetables. It was not too much but it was enough for two people.
Luo XiaoLou looked at Yuan Xi who was about to cut the cake and thought about the words to use when giving the gift. It had better be loud and emotional enough to move the guy. And then he’d poke around to see if the slave contract could be broken. After all, the two had been getting along almost like close friends lately.
Coughing, Luo XiaoLou said, “That. Before dinner, I’d like to say a few words. I’ve got a present for you. It may be unusual but it’s already the most precious thing I have —”
Yuan Xi still had the cake cutting knife in his hand. He looked at Luo XiaoLou in a daze. His fair skin, warm black eyes, pale lips; he didn’t know why but the more time they spent together, the more he felt the person in front of him became even more beautiful — he’d never felt this way about anyone before. So much so that he wanted to be close, wanted to hide him from anyone.
And now, on the day of his birthday, Yuan Xi noticed Luo XiaoLou’s fingers trembling slightly. He’s so scared and worried about the possible rejection of his humble feelings.
Such a thin and weak man. Yuan Xi was also so nervous that his face felt like it was going to smoke. He didn’t understand why he was nervous. It was an emotion that rarely appeared in him. He could only stare intently at Luo XiaoLou then. And then… he suddenly felt that the lips that were struggling to confess were so tempting.
Yuan Xi pulled Luo XiaoLou over with one hand, then imprisoned that thin, soft body in his arms. He kissed those thin lips. The touch was unexpectedly soft and so beautiful that he didn’t want to stop…
When Luo XiaoLou finally regained consciousness from that soul-crushingly deep kiss, he could only stare. The hairs on his body were standing on their ends! What’s going on here?!
God. How did he, how did he find that taste good! Did he betray Josa? Forgive him. It seemed like a really long time since he remembered his fiancée’s name — Luo XiaoLou struggled to push away an obviously unmotivated Yuan Xi.
“Hey! You —”
“I’ve been troubled for a long time, too. But, I’m going to accept your feelings now. It’s a bit strange though. For the sake of how religious you are, I’m agreeing to stay with you. I’ll talk to my family the next time I go back.” Yuan Xi glared at Luo XiaoLou with displeasure and a look that said, ‘I reluctantly agreed despite being a guy like you. You’re not quick to be grateful’.
“….But, but. What I wanted to say is, could you please get rid of the slave contract —”
The author has something to say:
Think of Yuan Xi and XiaoLou’s determination to grow old with their son ……cough