Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
“You’re too kind, Lord Yuan Xi. The wedding ceremony will be in front of the priest and the patriarch. It’s the best thing for the princess…” a girl playfully said.
But she didn’t finish her sentence because Leia, who had been smiling at Yuan Xi from behind, suddenly turned pale and cut her off with a stern voice, “Little Ying, shut up”
The child was shocked. She immediately lowered her head and retreated to the back. Leia was dressed in a fine white dress, her hair pale blue with light makeup. Compared to the first time she met him, she appeared even more pure and pretty. But now her beautiful face was pale. She looked at Yuan Xi… and after a long moment, she said, “You’re awake.”
The people around her went pale with fear. Confused, they looked at Yuan Xi and Luo XiaoLou.
Yuan Xi said quietly, “You should have thought of this moment when you were controlling me.”
Leia bit her lip and hoarsely said, “I… I just didn’t think it would be this soon.”
Yuan Xi looked at her coldly. He gently pushed Luo XiaoLou, who was sticking his head out from under his arm to look at Leia, behind him. His right hand went to the space button around his neck.
At that moment, another group of people arrived from afar. The one in front was the patriarch who was being supported. The white haired patriarch seemed to be even more depressed now. He took a few trembling steps to the front of the group and bent down to Yuan Xi.
Leia’s eyes turned red. She immediately walked over to him and shouted, “Grandpa!”
The people around them were taken aback. Their highest-ranking and most respected clan leader was giving Yuan Xi this big salute, and it was an apology.
The patriarch ignored the others. He just said in a low, frustrated voice, “Lord Yuan Xi… This was all my decision. I have wronged you. I am willing to accept the consequences. The rest of the tribe is innocent. They don’t even know who you are. I beg your forgiveness. If you kill me… I would be grateful.”
“No! Grandpa!” Leia finally burst into tears. She pushed the patriarch’s hand away and took a few steps forward. Kneeling down in front of Yuan Xi with tears in her eyes, she looked even more pitiful as she choked out, “Lord Yuan Xi. It was my fault. If I can appease your anger… Please kill me.”
Luo XiaoLou frowned. What is this? I can’t believe they’re so afraid of Yuan Xi. Even if Yuan Xi wasn’t awake, I don’t think he’d kill this family…
“Leia! Back off!” The patriarch said quickly and sternly.
Yuan Xi ignored Leia and just frowned at the patriarch. “You mean no one else knows, but you know who I am?”
The masked black-clothed man beside the patriarch, who had been silent, suddenly took a step forward. He said, “Actually… we don’t know who you are in the Federation. We only know your identity as the one from the prophecy of the Shadow People.” This man’s voice was very distinctive. It was sharp and slightly distorted. It was uncomfortable to listen to.
Yuan Xi’s face turned pale. The man immediately said, “Please, listen to what I have to say and then decide what to do with us. None of us are a match for you anyway.”
Yuan Xi snorted. He said coldly. “I hope that your explanation will give me enough reason to spare the Shadow People. I wasn’t going to kill anyone, but the Shadow People… they have been on the Federation’s most wanted list.”
When the patriarch heard the man in black speak, his face began to turn pale. The people around him slowly lowered their heads.
The man in black took a step forward. He did not lift the cloth from his head and his thin body stood up straight. In a strange voice, he said, “The problem you speak of… That’s why we asked you to come. The Shadow People are a cursed race and the Federation has refused to acknowledge us. Those who are captured are either killed or sent to the asylum. It is the most brutal thing in all of the Federation and it happens there every day.” The man in black said slowly.
Luo XiaoLou was shocked. The asylum. If he remembered correctly… When the army chased after the exotic beast, they said that if they caught him, he would be sent to the asylum. There… no. He never wanted to go to that place. Luo XiaoLou’s grip on Yuan Xi’s arm suddenly loosened. He’d spent the morning putting his life with Yuan Xi to the test.
With a bloodline like his… How could he think of their future?
Yuan Xi, who was listening to the Shadow People’s explanation, seemed to sense Luo XiaoLou’s mood. He looked back at him with confusion. There was concern in his eyes that could not be ignored. Then he grabbed Luo XiaoLou’s hand again.
“That’s because what you’re doing is so cruel and inhuman. So much so that all the planets in the Federation don’t recognize you.” Yuan Xi said suddenly.
The man laughed bitterly. “I’m honored that you didn’t directly say we’re not human. But why are we Shadow People cruel and inhumane? In the Federation’s records, we’re guilty of the most heinous acts. But in reality, we have done nothing. We did not control the human mind with shadows, turn people against each other and we didn’t kidnap any Federation people.” The man in black said. “And we the Shadow People were originally known as the Man-Eagles. That’s because our tribe is not developed and have no mecha. We rely on eagles for transportation. Our Spiritual Power is stronger than any other human in the world. When fighting with Spiritual Power… our eagles are also our most important fighting partner.”
“The first encounter with our tribe was during a scientific expedition of the Federation. One of them was injured so they were rescued by our clan. That is the one thing our tribe regrets most. We regret it all the time. Why did we save the people from the Federation? The Federation scientists discovered that we could control the beasts with Spiritual Power. They tested our tribe’s Spiritual Power and found it to be quite different from your Federation’s standards. They wanted to take a few people with them to help with the experiment. We didn’t agree to that. They’re our own people. No one wants to be a test subject.” The man in black’s voice was thick with hatred.
“But a month later… Those scientists came with the Federation army. They said we were not human. They wanted to arrest us. We fought back… and the Federation took advantage of the situation to convince us of our guilt. If they captured the Shadow People and brought them back, they’d test them for Spiritual Power. They even cut open their brains. They didn’t treat us like humans. But they made up charges against us and falsified evidence. It’s all about the Federation’s fear of the unknown. They can’t accept that someone can have such a powerful Spiritual Power.”
Yuan Xi’s brow furrowed and Luo XiaoLou’s heart began to grow heavy. Oh, God. This isn’t going to end well for him — he’s a real beast…
“Then we were chased by the Federation and had to fight back against the army. The charges started to get bigger and bigger, so much so that we Shadow People have nowhere to live. Some years ago… Our group took refuge on this asteroid. This asteroid has been experiencing particle storms for years. There was no way for humans to survive. Even if the military found it… The military would quickly give up on it. We’ve placed devices all over to monitor the entire asteroid. If anyone comes by… We’ll try to drive them out.”
Yuan Xi paled a little more, “You mean the bug beasts that have been chasing us for the past few days are your work?”
The man in black shivered. Immediately said, “No… No, no, no. At the beginning of their mutation, they attack humans. After a week, they don’t. When one of you mentioned there was a safe place here, we did it once for fear of being exposed. But… It didn’t work.”
“Mu Chen?” Luo XiaoLou whispered. Even the too smart ones are missed.
“This the Windy Gulch… It’s the only place where a particle storm won’t hit. With all the quicksand cliffs and our camouflage, the military won’t be able to spot us.”
Yuan Xi narrowed his eyes at him. “If you won’t be seen, why are you trying to control me?” Yuan Xi’s anger began to rise at the thought of being mind-controlled. This was the last thing he could accept.
If he did marry Leia… Yuan Xi looked at Luo XiaoLou with a bitter, hateful expression. How sad his little slave would be. Even so… He’d still be jealous. Well… He even bit and made his mark on him…
Yuan Xi’s eyebrows moved. His anger faded a little.
“This is so wrong of us. But this place, even though it’s safe for now, it is not a place to live for long. The storm’s getting worse. Twenty years from now… There will be no more Windy Gulch on this asteroid. We must find a way out — the prophecy.”
“Our clan is strong because of Spiritual Power and the strongest amongst us will be chosen to be priests. I am this year’s priest. A priest can divine the future through Spiritual Power.” The black clothed priest said. “The prophecy I divined this time is that you will be the savior of our clan… the one who will free us from our current fate of being hunted and unrecognized.”
The patriarch intervened, “The prophecy of the priest has never been wrong. We don’t know how to relate you to the one who will change our future. Finally, we thought of a way to get the virgin of our clan to marry you so that you will not abandon the Shadow People. Even if you are noble, you can take a wife later. Leia can accept that. And as long as you keep your heir, you probably won’t leave us behind.”
“I just didn’t expect you to be so different. You’ve unlocked your mind so quickly. Because of my bad decision, there aren’t many of my clan’s most powerful elders left. I am a sinner in our clan. I’m at your mercy. I just hope that you will forgive the other poor, innocent people.” The patriarch finally said and bent down again.
Yuan Xi frowned at the people around him. They look at him with fear and trepidation. It was as if they were waiting for him to judge their life or death.
After a long moment, Yuan Xi said, “I hate it when people control me and lie to me.”
Luo XiaoLou and the Shadow People around him shuddered.
Yuan Xi continued, “But this time I won’t pursue it. When I go back to Federation and find out everything they said is not true, I will make your prophecy come true. I will be the one to finally decide your fate. But… if that is not the case, it will be the opposite.”
After a long silence, Yuan Xi had no intention of killing them. The patriarch and the priest looked at each other. Suddenly, they knelt down on one knee in front of Yuan Xi.
“We, the Shadow People, are willing to follow Lord Yuan Xi. If you have any need for us in the future, we’ll do whatever you need.”
With the salute of the patriarch and the priest, all those who had arrived knelt down too.
Luo XiaoLou felt the pressure as he stood behind Yuan Xi. While he hadn’t even confiscated a single animal brother, Yuan Xi already had one.
What a shame. When Yuan Xi finds out who he is… He’ll probably have a hard time hiding…