Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
Luo XiaoLou, who was stretching his body, stiffened. His eyes turned round and he shuddered. Trembling with fear, he asked, “What, what? What explanation do you want?”
Yuan Xi looked at him coldly. “You don’t have to hide anything. I know all about it.”
I know all about it. I know all about it. I know all about it……
Luo XiaoLou’s eyes went black. Does he know he’s an exotic beast? No. No. No. Does he know he’s half-exotic beast? But he hasn’t even thought about what to say to Yuan Xi… Wait a minute. He can’t mess with his head. Maybe that’s not what Yuan Xi found out.
Luo XiaoLou tried to play it cool. He watched Yuan Xi’s face as he thought of words. His hand accidentally touched a soft material in his pocket. In his stress, he forgot what it was. He pulled it out to wipe his sweat or something. But it was clearly not as small and flattering as a handkerchief.
After Luo XiaoLou pulled it out, the two serious-looking men looked at his hand at the same time. Luo XiaoLou’s face turned red. He stammered, “Don’t get me wrong. Don’t misunderstand. It’s just an accident.”
Yuan Xi eyed the object in Luo XiaoLou’s hand. He nodded. “I won’t misunderstand. That’s definitely the style and model I’m wearing.”
Luo XiaoLou now wanted to strangle 125… If it had a neck…
“This… Since we’ll be away from home for so many days, I had to bring you a change of clothes.”
“I asked you for it the week before… And you said you didn’t have any.” Yuan Xi said calmly.
“I forgot. It must have been somewhere else! You know I would never hide something like this from you,” Luo XiaoLou said, squeezing the underwear in his hands.
“I don’t mind if you have a little hobby. I’m just curious why you have to keep it in your pocket.” Yuan Xi interrupted Luo XiaoLou. There was even a hint of smugness.
“What do you mean by that? I’m definitely not a pervert! I just… I really just —”
“All right. It’s not important. I’m perfectly tolerant and even understand.” Yuan Xi impatiently interrupted Luo XiaoLou once more. “What I need you to explain is a more serious problem. You know. Confess and I’ll be lenient. If I directly confront you… The consequences will be very serious.”
Luo XiaoLou was stunned. Because of the underwear drama… He couldn’t think straight in his already confused mind.
And because of Luo XiaoLou’s hesitation, Yuan Xi was clearly getting impatient. He narrowed his eyes and prepared to say something.
Luo XiaoLou unconsciously began to shake. He closed his eyes and made up his mind. He was going to…
“I’m… I’m just one of the master’s A.I. Really!” With a cryptic trill… an additional presence appeared between Luo XiaoLou and Yuan Xi — a fat green one.
Luo XiaoLou stared at the animal in his arms, stunned.
That’s right. An animal with a large head, and about forty centimetres tall; a very round, fat thing. It looked like a miniature Tyrannosaurus Rex. But its head was too round and its teeth seemed to be more like an herbivore’s molars. It was staring at Yuan Xi with watery eyes, even shaking a little.
Although Luo XiaoLou was sure he was not in the habit of having pets of such silly colors and shapes, but that sound — that sound… it was definitely 125!
Yuan Xi seemed to be looking at the animal with some confusion and he raised his hand.
The animal disappeared with a swish at an amazing speed. Then Luo XiaoLou felt something on his side, pressed against his arm. It was shaking as it stood by his sleeve…
Yuan Xi stared at the animal for a moment. He grunted. Then he set his eyes on Luo XiaoLou with a look that demanded an explanation.
Luo XiaoLou growled inside. I don’t know what to say. He didn’t know 125 looked like this, either! It was an exotic beast mecha. This, this — he’s totally not going to pilot an enlarged version of the Tyrannosaurus Rex to fight the universe ahhhh!
Luo XiaoLou smiled even though he was growling inside. He said, “Yes. This is it. This is my mother’s A.I. It doesn’t look very good, but it was a gift from my mother. I have to keep it.” He didn’t dare call it an exotic beast mecha. Mostly because the first two words were too sensitive.
At the implication of the words ‘not good’, 125 squeezed Luo XiaoLou’s arm with vengeance. Half of its face popped out and whispered, “Hello, master. I am 125. I’m… I’m a household robot.”
Hey! Aren’t you the blood of the noble Blue Origin Star Exotic Beast. Aren’t you the most powerful mecha in the Federation? Now you’re a household robot? It’s too cheap to be so obsequious. And why are you calling Yuan Xi ‘master’?
Yuan Xi swept a glance at Luo XiaoLou. Without looking at his face, he asked, “Is this what was inside your space button?”
Luo XiaoLou was sweating. There’s still something I haven’t told you. The SSS gene was the worst thing I’ve ever seen.
“Yes… the food I traded for the materials was in there too. This smart robot has its ups and downs… It’s not very useful. There’s not much space — that’s what it says. I had forgotten about the food in there, but 125 remembered it.” Luo XiaoLou tried to organize his words. Except for the fact that 125 was actually a mecha and not a household robot, almost everything he said was true.
Yuan Xi snorted. Both the master and the servant trembled slightly. The difference was… Luo XiaoLou looked much more calm.
Tabby vs. Tyrannosaurus Rex.
Yuan Xi didn’t pursue the issue of 125 and food any further. Clearly, he was satisfied.
Yuan Xi shifted into a comfortable position and looked at Luo XiaoLou for a moment. He tapped his fingers against the counter and urged, “Go on.”
“Go on?” Luo XiaoLou repeated blankly. Go on with what? Except for the fact that he had an exotic beast bloodline, there was nothing to hide… Luo XiaoLou’s calmness was about to become untenable.
“You mean Knight?” 125 plucked up the courage to cut in beside him.
Yuan Xi had a twinkle in his eye. He continued to stare at Luo XiaoLou, waiting for his explanation.
Luo XiaoLou’s mind was torn. If he kept this up, all Yuan Xi had to do was sit across from him and sit still. He could say anything. He was the one who could also hold back. And then there was that bastard 125, who was helping him show his cowardice.
“Ahem. About Knight… Actually… It’s just an experiment. I was only able to make it with the help of my colleague from my part-time job.” Luo XiaoLou couldn’t help the sweat dripping from his face. Some mecha warriors cared about their mecha makers getting better. But, he really didn’t mean to…
There was a crack in Yuan Xi’s glass. Shit. It’s not just that I’ve been repairing mecha behind his back, I also made one for someone else!
“Why didn’t I know you reached this level?” Yuan Xi angrily glared at Luo XiaoLou. The temperature in the cockpit instantly dropped several degrees.
125 immediately ducked behind Luo XiaoLou, who was in trouble. It was completely hopeless.
Luo XiaoLou felt a pang of regret. It seemed that Yuan Xi had not been fully informed. He licked his lips and tried to smoothen the hair, “I… I’d like to help you build a mecha. But I don’t have the skills right now. I want to build you the best mecha I can. This is just a practice run. It’s not as good as Cloudy Sky. I don’t think you’ll like it.”
Yuan Xi’s face was still angry but there was a suspicious red tinge to his ears. The only thing on his mind right now was Luo XiaoLou’s words, ‘I want to build you the best mecha.’
This must be a different kind of confession. Making the best mecha for your loved one or something.
Luo XiaoLou was relieved. It was finally done.
That’s when Yuan Xi coughed, “That’s enough of that. You didn’t explain the most important thing. I’ve already said it. If I ask myself… you’ll have to think about the consequences.”
Luo XiaoLou was almost in tears. I don’t know… What else do you want to know?
I can’t. We can’t go on like this. It’s too passive.
Luo XiaoLou placed his hands behind his back as he prepared to open his mouth. He slowly approached Yuan Xi and kissed Yuan Xi on his beautiful cheek — something he had wanted to do before, but never dared.
Then he leaned in close to Yuan Xi’s flushed ear and asked, “I can’t think of anything else I haven’t told you. Can’t you give me a hint first?”
Yuan Xi’s face turned red and he lost all ability to think. He could only think of the feeling of Luo XiaoLou’s soft lips. And it was the first time Luo XiaoLou had taken the initiative to kiss him!
After maintaining that intimate position for a few moments, Luo XiaoLou could not hold it any longer. Does he hate that I did that? Tell me about it. That night, Yuan Xi did complain more than once that he was such a slut.
While Luo XiaoLou was imagining things, Yuan Xi suddenly pushed Luo XiaoLou away. With a red face, he said with displeasure and annoyance, “You can’t even think of your own business? I’m talking about the address you downloaded for me! The first one I open is… 108. You explain. How did you get this?!”
Luo XiaoLou stiffly looked at Yuan Xi who was questioning him. It turned out that… this was the most important thing?
“It’s not me. It’s not me. It’s 125 —” Luo XiaoLou turned around, but there was only a dull green jade stone behind him.
“Don’t argue. I just didn’t think you’d be so thirsty.” Yuan Xi said sarcastically. There was a pause before he threw an odd glance at Luo XiaoLou. He coughed. “I’m not very interested, but I’ve made up my mind. I’ll give you what you want. Let’s go back and we’ll try it one at a time.”
Luo XiaoLou looked at Yuan Xi with a stunned look on his face… as if there was no way out of this matter no matter what he said. What the hell are you doing? He panicked and said, “No need. You really don’t have to sacrifice so much.”
“Don’t worry. As your master, I’ll definitely satisfy you.”
“……” Luo XiaoLou recalled a saying on the Internet: ‘A cat is a completely self-centered animal. All you have to do is run around it.’
After being severely frightened, Luo XiaoLou finally fell asleep on the passenger seat. When he woke up again, it was late at night. There were familiar skyscrapers and lights of every color outside, even hovering cars and aircrafts flew overhead.
“We’re almost there,” Yuan Xi said from beside him.
His mecha was already speeding down the road. It was just after eleven o’clock at night when Luo XiaoLou was finally back at his cosy home.
That night, they took a hot bath together and returned to the comfortable bed.
Luo XiaoLou was too sleepy to keep his eyes open, and he was still not feeling well.
Yuan Xi just carried him over to the bed… Luo XiaoLou’s mouth curled up at the corners as he slowly closed his eyes. The light in the warm master bedroom dimmed.
They slept until noon, after which Luo XiaoLou got up to prepare lunch. Yuan Xi just frowned and ordered him, “Don’t go to work.”
Luo XiaoLou nodded and said, “I’m going back to work part-time only after the holidays.”
Anyway, he had already taken a two-month leave of absence from Master Yan. And… they had just returned from an asteroid. Luo XiaoLou decided to take some time off and go over what Master Yan had taught him about materials.
While preparing lunch in the kitchen, Luo XiaoLou shook 125 that had been dead all night. “You’ve got enough materials. Are you almost done?”
125 flashed green and replied, “It will take three days. I may need your help then.”
Luo XiaoLou nodded. Another important question came to mind and he anxiously asked, “Is your mecha the same as yesterday?”
“…Of course not. That’s just because of the blood of an exotic beast and the way you’ll look after the transformation.” 125 said.
Luo XiaoLou congratulated himself for a moment. Then he remembered something and his face changed. “You mean… I… if I change, I’ll become a Tyrannosaurus Rex?”
“I’ve told you many times… the Blue Origin Star Exotic Beast is the most beautiful creature ever created. You won’t look like this, of course. I just transformed to suit the Federation’s taste. Do you think Yuan Xi will leave us alone if I take the shape of an exotic beast?” 125 said.
So this guy can transform. Anyway… Luo XiaoLou was relieved to know he wouldn’t look like Tyrannosaurus Rex.
As the smell of food wafted out, the communicator on Luo XiaoLou’s wrist rang. It was Manager Gao.
Luo XiaoLou was stunned for two seconds before he remembered the energy boxes he had sold on consignment at his place before the training. He quickly clicked on the connection.
“Little brother Luo, you’re back from training, right?” There was a tone of laughter in Manager Gao’s voice. “I heard it from Tian Li… It’s been over a month. I’ve been waiting for you.”
“Yes, I just got back.” Luo XiaoLou said with a smile. “Manager Gao is looking for me so urgently. Is there something wrong with the energy boxes?”
“It’s quite a problem.” The manager lamented, “Ever since your ten energy boxes were auctioned off, I’ve had people coming in here every day looking for high-grade energy boxes. I know it’s probably not easy for you to make these energy boxes, but I have a few familiar customers here that I can’t offend. Can you make a few more? Just help me out.”