Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
“An exotic beast? Did we live together for so long next to the most vicious exotic beast?” The girl screamed in panic. She was so pale and she wanted to get into Yates’s arms.
Yates, however, was in no mood to reassure his frail companion. His face, always smiling like the sun, was now sad. His pretty blue eyes were burning with fear as he looked around. The whole group had come back, except Luo XiaoLou.
At such a dangerous moment, he’s not back yet! He’s very reassuring, but… But occasionally he gets confused. He’s also invincible. The army’s team had quickly surrounded the students. It was for their own safety to keep out the exotic beast. There was no chance he could go look for Luo XiaoLou.
Even so, Yates took a few steps forward… Trying to look out, hoping Luo XiaoLou would arrive in time. As he walked on, Yates bumped into someone. He turned back to apologize, but realized it was Mu Chen.
Yates didn’t know why, maybe it was because Mu Chen was so calm and collected, but he made you want to talk to him. Yates told him what was bothering him, “Hey, you said they’d get it as soon as possible. Do you think they’ll catch the exotic beast soon?”
Mu Chen gave Yates a puzzled glance. Then he said, “Not really.”
Yates got anxious. He scratched his unruly black hair. “They already know who the exotic beast is, why can’t this be done more efficiently?”
Mu Chen had a smirk on his face. He whispered, “No. They didn’t even know who the exotic beast is in the first place. Otherwise, they would have just come around and arrested them. It’s easier to catch them off guard. They made a big deal out of it because they’re not even sure who the exotic beast is. Or at least not for a while.”
At Yates’s look of amazement, Mu Chen said quietly, “And the exotic beast could have been confused by the broadcast. That’s why the military has now officially located the exotic beast. But it’s hard to say if they will catch it. I don’t know.”
Yates cursed. “Fucking exotic beast.” Asshole Luo XiaoLou. Where the hell was he at this time? This was so worrisome!
Meanwhile, Yates’s two-in-one protagonist was stumbling breathlessly into the cave. He couldn’t think straight, but… But he had a feeling that something was wrong.
The whole cave suddenly shook. Luo XiaoLou panicked and tripped over the rocks under his feet. 125, in his hands, suddenly glowed with a bright green light. In the green light, Luo XiaoLou saw a pale green transparent barrier form in his path. It kept out the dense white smoke.
“Damn it! They’re using K-Gas.” 125 shouted in exasperation.
“What’s that?” Luo XiaoLou rubbed his ankle hard. It looked like he’d broken his ankle. Oh, my God. That’s bad luck.
“A poisonous gas that makes the exotic beasts transform, and the poison makes you weak.” 125 said anxiously. Then it urged Luo XiaoLou to quickly go. “After the gas disperses, they’ll be inside in about ten minutes. We must find a place to hide as soon as possible.”
Luo XiaoLou gritted his teeth. With one hand, he grabbed the emergency light, and with the other, he held 125. He ran deeper into the cave, enduring the excruciating pain.
As Luo XiaoLou turned a corner in a cold sweat, he heard 125 yelling, “Oh my God! There’s something in there… There’s something in there. And it’s not human.”
Luo XiaoLou was speechless. Wasn’t he in a bad enough situation? He said, “Can’t you probe first… before you choose your escape route?”
125 was speechless for a moment, “I was bare-chested. I was scouting for humans and chose the direction with the fewest people. I ignored the animals…”
“Come on. We’re not going back anyway. Let’s go inside.” Luo XiaoLou didn’t want to be sent back to become Frankenstein for experiments.
He didn’t want to face Yuan Xi either. He had to keep going.
And then, as he went further in, the passage began to dip. After a few more minutes of running without knowing what he was doing, there was a light around the corner.
The same emergency light that Luo XiaoLou had. There was also the sound of heavy, rapid animal breathing. It was loud enough to be heard throughout the cave.
Luo XiaoLou’s footsteps hesitated. 125 had dimmed considerably since the release of the green light barrier. Now it said, “He’s still conscious, just a little unstable. He’s probably a little shaken up. No physical or mental mutations. He wouldn’t dare attack you. It’s okay to go inside.”
Luo XiaoLou gritted his teeth. Slowly, he turned the corner.
Luo XiaoLou dropped his emergency light and fell to the ground, dumbfounded.
A ten-meter tall beast was crammed inside. Because the emergency light had been thrown to the ground… he could only see the bottom half of the beast. Its body was covered with black scales, and the claws on the ground were huge and sharp. Looking up, he could only see the big yellow eyes on top of its head and the white teeth so sharp that they glowed.
Luo XiaoLou didn’t know much about the beasts of the future. But looking at it, this one was much more terrifying than the original bug beasts…
Oh, God. Even on Earth, he’d never been alone with a tiger! Luo XiaoLou’s face was pale with fear. His hands and legs shook as he tried to get up. Luo XiaoLou admired himself for not being too frightened to move.
It’s just that… Man or beast. Which was scarier?
At this moment, a voice in the cave suddenly asked, “Why? Why are you here?”
Luo XiaoLou was shocked, then pleased. Shit… That’s great… Someone’s here! He was so excited, he almost burst into tears. Who’s in here? Come out! He doesn’t want to face this monster alone!
125 murmured in Luo XiaoLou’s ear, “It’s actually a Raimyu Beast?”
Luo XiaoLou didn’t have time to ask 125 what Raimyu were. He looked around in panic but there was no sign of anyone anywhere — God forgive him now, he was waiting for someone to rescue him!
But the beast bent down, its huge eyes slowly came close to him. It stopped in front of Luo XiaoLou, whose mouth was opening wider and wider.
“Why are you here?”
“Who are you? Where are you?” Luo XiaoLou asked warily. He-he’s about to lose his hold! 125 said it wouldn’t do anything, but it did. Good thing the voice was not far away. It reminded Luo XiaoLou that there was someone else with him to face the beast.
“I’m right in front of you. And… We are alone in this cave. There are no other beasts.” The voice was still close.
Just the two of us. No… other beasts…
Luo XiaoLou was stunned to see the giant yellow eye in front of him. The beast’s yellow eyes blinked. Then the voice rang out again.
“You can hear me. I know you can. Even in my beast form, you’re the only one here who can hear me.” The beast’s mouth didn’t open and close. But Luo XiaoLou knew. Without any other humans around, only the beast in front of him could talk to him.
As Luo XiaoLou’s face became more and more pale, the beast sighed. Then, with a faint blue light, a man appeared in front of Luo XiaoLou.
“I can’t believe it’s already transformed back.” 125 was still muttering to itself.
“Cyril?!” Luo XiaoLou, on the other hand, was taken aback. He looked at the man in front of him in disbelief.
Cyril’s face was covered in cold sweat, but it didn’t detract his beauty at all. Cyril seemed to be in a great deal of pain. He bent over slightly and bowed to Luo XiaoLou, “I am sorry, I have frightened you. The humans outside are hunting me. They have used a drug that reacts with me. It’s hard for me to stay in human form.”
125 suddenly cursed, “So that’s what happened! A Raimyu in human form — they’re not even exotic beasts. They’re just vassals of the exotic beast. Humans today don’t have any common sense! They didn’t even notice us!”
Luo XiaoLou looked at Cyril dumbfounded. It turned out that such a beautiful person was a beast… So… he wasn’t even noticed in the first place. But he had gone into the cave and right into the military’s net. There was no turning back.
“I… I thought the army was after me,” Luo XiaoLou said.
At Luo XiaoLou’s words, Cyril bowed again. “I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry that I got you into this.”
Luo XiaoLou smiled bitterly. It was useless to say anything now. It was about them and they were stuck in the cave. Luo XiaoLou said dryly, “They’ll probably come down soon.” And kill us. Or take us back. Nothing could be worse than that.
Having been reborn once, Luo XiaoLou understood better than anyone else the value of life. That’s why he begged for it in the beginning and why he was so obedient to Yuan Xi.
That’s how he needed to live. It was not that there were no boundaries, Yuan Xi had just never touched that line and now they were going in an even weirder direction.
But… If someone else caught him, as an exotic beast, the consequences would be unimaginable.
“Please help me.” Cyril suddenly got down on one knee in front of Luo XiaoLou. “Your power is immense. You are the only one who can help me get out of here. I, Cyril… I beg you. Help me to escape this. I know you may have deep feelings for humans, but I haven’t killed any humans. I come from an empire attached to your great planet. The planet Rising Star. I escaped to the Federation because I didn’t like the endless killing. I chose the obscure Planet Anse… to try to live as a human being. I followed the rules of humanity to the letter and never did anything illegal.”
Cyril’s blue-green eyes in his human form were filled with sadness. He looked at Luo XiaoLou, and said, “But I don’t understand why they are still trying to hunt me down and kill me. Today I thought I wouldn’t get away. But then… you came. When I saw you yesterday… You don’t know how happy I was to see you. I even picked the stupidest way to talk to you. I… it has been a long time since our planet has seen an exotic beast of your noble blood. I beg you never to let the humans catch me. That would be the greatest insult and disaster for the beast.”
Luo XiaoLou looked at Cyril with a stunned look. Did he expect him, a man who couldn’t take care of himself, to save him?
“But… How do we get out?” Luo XiaoLou asked in a small voice.
Cyril looked at the wall behind him. “I just had a long look. Only the place behind this space back here is empty. It’s probably connected to the rest. If we break through it, we can get out of here. I’ve been hitting a lot of rocks now, and I can’t break this. After all, I’m limited in power and I’ve been poisoned.”
Then 125 suddenly whispered irritably in Luo XiaoLou’s ear, “Try it! The humans are already moving in. Use your Source of Consciousness. Attack the rocks. I know you haven’t done this before. Now we have to try. If anyone comes in, I’ll try to block them first.”
Luo XiaoLou looked desperately at the ten-meter high wall of rock. Then he closed his eyes and gathered his Source of Consciousness. He tried to gather all of his Source of Consciousness into one, and then started to compress it as much as he could.
Luo XiaoLou took a breath. He ‘looked’ up towards the rock wall. In Luo XiaoLou’s consciousness, there were a lot of light rays streaming haphazardly over the rock wall.
No… no… No… None of them.
Finally, Luo XiaoLou found a bright spot among the light rays. The Source of Consciousness, compressed to the size of a ping-pong ball in his hand, pushed in the direction of the bright spot. It was the weakest point and also the most important balancing force on the entire wall.
There was a loud sound. Cyril cried out in amazement, “Oh my God, you did it! You, you did it! Let’s go.”
There was wind blowing in through the dark hole. It meant that there was a connection between inside of the cave and the outside. But Luo XiaoLou looked at the opening and hesitated. He had not been discovered. If he left like this, he’d be hunted to the ends of the earth.
But if he stayed… How could he stay?
Cyril was sensitive to Luo XialloLou’s hesitation.
Cyril pulled Luo XiaoLou’s hand with all his might and said urgently, “You haven’t been noticed yet. Humans, the human heart is so complicated. They are completely different from us. We shouldn’t be living with them at all. If you insist on staying… If you stay… My present… will be your future. Come with me, please. You can come with me to our planet.”
Luo XiaoLou smiled. He had already escaped. There was even a place to stay. Let’s go. There’s nothing left to stay for anyway. What’s there to stay for — just then. “Luo XiaoLou! I know you’re in there. How are you? Answer me now!”
The voice was quick and trembling. There was a concern in it that was normally inaudible, but was now obvious. “Luo XiaoLou. You hold on. I’ll be right there to help you!” Yuan Xi’s voice started growing closer and faster.
Luo XiaoLou looked back the way he came with hesitation.
No matter what, he was still human at heart. He was more suited to the life of human society.
And… His apartment. Materials. His Black Chert! All of it was on Planet Anse. If he leaves… it’ll all be for that guy Yuan Xi.
“I… I want to stay.” Luo XiaoLou said. 125 didn’t say a word, probably having no objections to his decision.
Cyril sighed. Quickly, he said, “Okay… If it’s your decision… I will respect you. I’ll knock you out and make it look like I dragged you in here. Please take care of yourself. Cyril will never forget this.”
Cyril took advantage of Luo XiaoLou’s ignorance and slammed a hand against his neck. He also pulled out a few of his own hair and placed them on the rock wall so they wouldn’t be wary of Luo XiaoLou. Then he turned around and ducked through the hole without looking back.
A few minutes later, a large group of people appeared at the opening.
In the chaos of the huge cave, a huge exit had been cut into the rock wall on one side. The ground was littered with rocks and there was the Mecha Department’s uniform in the mix, a few electronic books and an emergency light…
At the front of the pack was Yuan Xi. He knew Luo XiaoLou was in the cave, but Luo XiaoLou didn’t answer. In that instant, all his patience was gone and despite the poisonous gas, he still rushed in.
Yuan Xi’s face was cold and pale. He stood silently at the opening. After a few seconds, he strode over and picked Luo XiaoLou up from the ground, and then pressed his head against Luo XiaoLou’s chest.
When he heard the faint sound of his heartbeat, Yuan Xi closed his eyes. His tense nerves relaxed. He raised his head suddenly and shouted to the people around him, “Doctor!”
A man from the military immediately came to the two men. He examined Luo XiaoLou carefully and said, “He’s just passed out. There are no other injuries.”
Yuan Xi’s cold fingers touched Luo XiaoLou’s pale, bloodless face. Such a pitiful sight made him feel very sad. He held Luo XiaoLou tightly in his arms and stared at the hole on the wall of the cave but he didn’t go after the exotic beast.
Yuan Xi lowered his head, looked at the unconscious Luo XiaoLou and said, “I swear. Someday. I will kill all the exotic beasts. So that they can never touch anyone important to me again.”
Luo XiaoLou’s brow furrowed as he was held too tightly. He seemed extremely uncomfortable. But 125 felt that if he had heard what Yuan Xi had said… he would have been even more uncomfortable.
125 was happy that this boy was a young beast who didn’t know any better. It sighed as it reassured itself that it was happy.
Some of the soldiers were already chasing after the exotic beast that had escaped, while the rest of them were scouring the cave, searching everywhere. They didn’t miss a single corner of the cave.
After a while, they found the school uniform on the ground, electronic books and other items that were then collected. They even collected some hair.
When it was all cleaned up, the remaining people looked at each other. One man walked over to Yuan Xi and said, “Since this student was the last person to see the exotic beast, we need to take him in for questioning. And since they were both in contact, we should give him a thorough examination as well.”
Yuan Xi raised his head. “You knew he was in here?”
The men looked slightly frightened. One man bowed his head and said, “I’m sorry, I didn’t know your man was in here. We acted immediately as it was a matter of urgency.”
Yuan Xi stared at him. The invisible pressure was overwhelming for those who were present.
After a few moments, Yuan Xi said, “I don’t want to hear any useless explanation. I will not hand my man over to you. I’ll be responsible for what happens to him. Don’t tell anyone what I was doing here.”
“…Yes.” The men bowed their heads in respect.
Yuan Xi scanned the hole one last time, and holding Luo XiaoLou in his arms, he walked outside.