Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
“What are you looking at? It’s normal for the school to have elite students like me. It’s a miracle for it to have idiots like you.” Yuan Xi scowled at Luo XiaoLou and continued to eat with his head down. Not even two minutes later he started complaining again, “This is awful, why is it only potatoes? Doesn’t your simple mind know any other dish but potatoes?”
Luo XiaoLou took one more look at the steaming hot shredded potatoes not far away, then looked into Yuan Xi’s critical eyes and whispered, “Then I’ll change it tomorrow. It’s too late to buy something else today.”
Yuan Xi snorted and finally said nothing more.
Luo XiaoLou let out a sigh of relief and finished his rice as fast as he could, then headed to his room.
“Hey, clear the table.” There was a righteous command from behind him.
“…I got it, I’ll be out in half an hour.”
Yuan Xi had probably verbally abused Luo XiaoLou enough, so he didn’t call out to him again.
When Luo XiaoLou came out an hour later, the living room was empty.
Looking at the clean plates, Luo XiaoLou’s mouth twitched. Saying that it wasn’t delicious, but wasn’t it all eaten? Moreover, washing the dishes and clearing the table is something that takes less than two minutes. In this era, what kind of family can raise such — such extreme bastards ah!
Just by looking at the material of Yuan Xi’s clothes, it was something Luo XiaoLou wouldn’t be able to afford. So why would the young master of such a big family want to rely on me, and have no intention of leaving at all? Did he run away from home?
Thinking of this, Luo XiaoLou had a gloating sense of superiority. Although this body was only seventeen-years old, he had graduated from school and was already working. This bad man, on the other hand, was just a kid who was still having problems at home — at such times, Luo XiaoLou selectively forgot the fact that this kid had dared to kill.
Just then, the door to the master bedroom opened, and Yuan Xi snuck out.
Luo XiaoLou stiffened as he cleared up the dishes, but even though he had tried to ignore Yuan Xi, his presence was just too strong.
Yuan Xi watched Luo XiaoLou from the kitchen doorway, and waited for him to finish his work before saying, “Go to the study, I’m going to set some rules for our future life.”
As soon as he heard the word future, Luo XiaoLou’s eyes began to darken.
Although Luo XiaoLou hadn’t had time to take care of his new home, the accompanying furniture made the study look decent. A large bookcase, a white desk, a computer on top, and an all-in-one computer on one side — the exact function of which Luo XiaoLou hadn’t understood yet. He could only print, scan, and copy with it.
Yuan Xi grinned as he sat down on the only chair, his long legs overlapping one another, and looked up at Luo XiaoLou. Then, he beckoned him to stand in front of him.
“I saw the way you did the laundry. It’s barely passable, but the folding is as ugly as hell.” Yuan Xi said graciously. He felt that even though Luo XiaoLou was a slave, he should give him a sweet date with a stick. But of course he couldn’t let the slave get too proud, or the slave would never know progress.
Luo XiaoLou simply didn’t know what to say to this otherworldly compliment. He finally realized that Yuan Xi was actually waiting for his reaction and his face was already getting darker and darker, so he could only say dryly, “Well, I’m really not very good at folding laundry, so maybe I don’t have that talent.”
Yuan Xi’s fingers made a horrible noise as they rubbed together, and he said with a dark face, “Okay, be more self-aware, and try harder next time. From now on, you’ll have to organize my room every day, do the laundry, and cook. Ah, I thought I’d have to hire a butler or something, but it doesn’t seem necessary now. I really don’t like seeing outsiders in my apartment. As for the rest, I haven’t thought of anything else yet, I’ll let you know when I do.”
Luo XiaoLou hung his head, wanting to strangle him. Why did he have to clean up the apartment, wash the clothes and cook for Yuan Xi ah! If he hadn’t done it, Yuan Xi, this young master, wouldn’t even seem to remember!
Luo XiaoLou looked up and said carefully, “Actually, I’m really not doing a very good job, and you should probably consider hiring someone, really. I’m mostly afraid that you won’t be very happy —”
Yuan Xi waved his hand impatiently, cutting off Luo XiaoLou, “Come on, I’ll take care of disciplining you if I’m not satisfied. Do you think I’m a master who can’t even discipline my own slave?”
Luo XiaoLou ran out of words, and he thought of hitting the wall.
“Besides, what do you do every day? It’s still summer vacation, and it’s hard for me to eat when you’re like this. Even today I’ll have to wait for you. You’re not allowed to go out anymore!” Yuan Xi complained, casually making a decision for Luo XiaoLou.
“Anything else is fine, only this isn’t. You have to be reasonable, I have my own things to do too.” Luo XiaoLou said quietly but firmly. He looked up, meeting Yuan Xi’s eyes without quickly turning away for the first time. He had to go out and work, and earn his tuition money. If he compromised this time, what would happen if Yuan Xi asked him not to go to school the next time, and made him focus on being his sidekick?
Yuan Xi’s pretty face was twisted with a hint of anger. He wasn’t used to someone rejecting him, especially when this person was also his new cowardly slave. And when he was especially angry, almost no one dared to say no to him.
But the skinny Luo XiaoLou didn’t shy away from the sight of him despite shaking.
Yuan Xi got so angry that he stood up, raised his fist high, and then swung it hard.
Luo XiaoLou had seen Yuan Xi’s strength and speed before. He knew he couldn’t dodge it, and he didn’t feel like his bones were harder than steel. He blanched and closed his eyes. Is this the end of this journey of rebirth?
It was obvious that he had been constantly holding back. He had tried so hard to live, why was this still the result?
A loud noise rang in his ears as Yuan Xi’s fist slammed against the wall behind Luo XiaoLou.
It was only then that Luo XiaoLou realized his heart was beating unbelievably fast. But he was still alive…
Just at this moment, the large bookcase behind Luo XiaoLou shook and fell forward.
Yuan Xi was furious. This slave simply didn’t know what to do! That’s a typical lesson not learned! But he knew the slave in front of him was in terrible physical shape — how the hell did someone this bad get into that prestigious military academy — so he deflected his fist to the side the moment it should have landed on Luo XiaoLou’s face.
He didn’t want to lose the slave yet since Luo XiaoLou couldn’t betray him and could do the most basic of chores. Even for him, this kind of contract could only be made three times in a lifetime, and he must have been out of his mind to make one with this person at the time. The genetic rank was too poor, the physical fitness was too poor… he couldn’t have gotten anyone worse.
As Yuan Xi thought about how he should teach Luo XiaoLou a suitable lesson, the large bookcase fell over because it couldn’t take the force of the punch.
Looking at Luo XiaoLou, who was in front of the bookcase, he considered the possibility of the man being crushed to death by it. He really couldn’t understand the capacity of such a weak rank.
Luo XiaoLou watched in confusion as Yuan Xi reared his foul face and extended his hand — he still decided to punch him? However, after waiting for half a day, he found that the pain didn’t come, and Yuan Xi’s hand was propped on the bookcase that had fallen over behind him.
Yuan Xi angrily pushed the bookcase back into place, easily picked up Luo XiaoLou by the collar, and lifted him up, saying angrily, “Listen, you can go out if you like, but if you delay my dinner even once, I’ll be sure to teach you a lesson!” He turned around and went out, slamming the door of the study vigorously.
Luo XiaoLou sat down on the carpet in the study room, his knees weak. After a while, Luo XiaoLou thoughtfully looked back at the bookcase. Maybe Yuan Xi wasn’t as bad as he thought. At least, he allowed him to live his time, and also, he didn’t beat him up.
Luo XiaoLou hit himself hard on the head, why would he think anything good about that guy — hadn’t he caused him enough trouble and humiliation?
The next morning, Luo XiaoLou began his life in the factory and at home again.
Luo XiaoLou worked overtime for more than an hour every day, as Yuan Xi’s food expenses were not included in the calculation. He needed to do this to make sure he had seven-hundred federal coins left over every day in addition to the groceries he bought. Everything was going according to Luo XiaoLou’s plan, and the amount of money in his account was increasing every day.
Luo XiaoLou was very satisfied with his current life, if he did not consider Yuan Xi’s domineering and unreasonable behavior.
However, after twenty-five days of working, Mr. Yang approached Luo XiaoLou again.
After wandering around the workplace twice with his hands behind his back, Mr. Yang finally came over, with an embarrassed and pleading look on his face, “XiaoLou, you have to help Uncle Yang this time.”
Luo XiaoLou was asked what was going on. It turned out that the factory would send the finished parts to customers every month, and the number of various parts sent each time was the same.
However, because Luo XiaoLou was too fast, the part number 05 which he processed had become excess. And some of the other parts, for various reasons, were not enough to match the total number of parts produced. Mr. Yang meant to ask Luo XiaoLou to help process those parts.
“XiaoLou, Uncle Yang doesn’t hide anything from you. Usually, workers are only responsible for fixed parts, because it involves proficiency. If we change parts midway, it might actually create a loss to both workers and manufacturers. But this time there’s really no way. If you can help, we’ll be able to ship more than ever before, and we might be able to sign a big customer.” After saying that, Mr. Yang looked at Luo XiaoLou with his eyes, “XiaoLou, help out Uncle Yang.”
Luo XiaoLou was worried. The reason why he processed fast was because he changed the processing steps, and now with a different kind of part, he wouldn’t be as fast as he was now.
“XiaoLou, Uncle Yang is begging you. Your processing speed is very different for part 05. I can still pay four hundred federal coins a day. Uncle Yang will supply you with the difference every day, up to two hundred. If there is too much work, Uncle Yang won’t make it.” Yang Yi clenched his teeth and said, “So, do you have a bit of a bottom price in mind?”
He could actually hire another worker, but Yang Yi understood that new workers were not as fast as Luo XiaoLou. If Luo XiaoLou could only finish one set of the other parts a day, he would accept it. And if Luo XiaoLou could complete two sets in a day, it would be considered a profit for the factory.
Moreover, the most important thing was that the client this time was really big. He had never thought before that such a big company would temporarily choose them as the processing branch for a small and medium-sized enterprise. If he could sign up this big customer through this timely excess delivery, then he would be considered as a big contributor in the head office.
Yang Yi had helped Luo XiaoLou quite a bit, and seeing Yang Yi’s hopeful face, Luo XiaoLou could only say after thinking, “That’s fine, Uncle Yang, I’ll try it tomorrow.”