Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
The three young men from the Mecha Manufacturing Department beside Yang Ke were talking excitedly.
“Over there, look over there, it’s an intermediate level mecha maker!”
“Yeah, he only looks thirty or forty years old, to have this level of talent at such a young age is so talented!”
The shortest teal haired young man glanced at the two and said, “Sanjin, Buck, what’s the matter, I believe that we… Yang Ke will become that kind of mecha maker in the future, and, maybe even more accomplished.”
Sanjin, who had freckles on his face, immediately laughed, “Shay, you can still talk, but it’s also reasonable. Yang Ke is the most powerful and talented in our Mecha Manufacturing Department.”
Buck stretched the clothes wrapped tightly around his body again, wiped the sweat from his forehead with his fat hand, and said, “No, it’s still thanks to Yang Ke’s face that we can participate in such a prestigious competition — I’m so excited to see so many famous mecha makers and such precious materials, it’s extremely helpful for our skills and mental perceptions, and I’ve never touched those before —”
The teal haired handsome young man smiled slightly and interrupted Buck, “Okay, Buck, what is this, you know, Yang Ke is now Young Master Ling Xu’s mecha maker. What materials do you need to not have, if you want to grow your knowledge, it’s not easy?” He said, glancing at Yang Ke at his side.
Buck was stunned, then realized that Shay wanted him to tell Yang Ke if he could get the three of them to come into Kane for an internship as well. He licked his lips and sweat appeared on his chubby face again, but after opening his mouth for a while, he didn’t have the words to say it.
Shay gave Buck a hateful glare, simply stopped looking at him and looked to his side, just in time to eyeball Luo XiaoLou who was walking with Shen Yuan.
Shay immediately turned to Yang Ke in shock and quickly asked, “Yang Ke, why is Luo XiaoLou here?”
Yang Ke also noticed the person walking over. His face paled and he said indifferently, “He’s here as an assistant.”
Shay’s eyes rolled and he said to Yang Ke, “As an assistant? Why here, of all places? In my opinion, he hasn’t given up on Young Master Ling Xu, has he?”
San Jin said, “That’s not necessarily true. It’s not like you don’t know, he’s a famous poor student in our school. I’ve heard that in Kane, the grey assistant uniform is the lowest ranking assistant. I just don’t know what level the one next to him is. He’s really down to sucking up to everyone else everywhere.”
Yang Ke had just heard Shay say these words and was stunned, but now he sobered up and said, “That one seems to be an assistant as well.” He had seen Shen Yuan in a gray assistant’s uniform.
Buck then chimed in, “No. Isn’t Luo XiaoLou a disciple of Master Yan? He still needs to be an assistant?”
Yang Ke glared at Buck. This fact was a disgrace to him and to Ling Xu. Even though he didn’t want to talk about Master Yan and Luo XiaoLou, he still glared over there for a moment and said, “Master Yan works for Kane.”
San Jin said in a sour tone, “No wonder. So it seems that this Master Yan is having him work as an assistant, which means he’s not very good at it now. I wonder how they treat grey assistants here?”
Apart from Yang Ke, who was still cold-faced, the remaining three laughed. Their own family conditions might be average in Saint Miro Academy, but compared to Luo XiaoLou, who had no background and came from a poor family, a sense of superiority suddenly emerged.
A middle-aged man on their side looked at them several times and finally managed to interject, “Kane’s treatment is actually quite good. The assistant next to Luo XiaoLou you just mentioned earns a hundred thousand a month, but of course that’s just a small amount for him, and his bonus is more than a million a month.”
How could the salary of the Mecha Research Head’s first ranked disciple be less? Not only was the salary high, the average employee couldn’t compare. Where the hell did these few people come from?
The three and even Yang Ke were stunned, and Buck stammered, “Huh? Are all the assistants in the Kane Group group so — so highly paid?”
The middle-aged man smiled slightly, but didn’t say anything. However, looking at his expression, it was a sure sign.
Shay looked at Yang Ke and asked after him, “What about Luo XiaoLou? Him too?”
Buck and San Jin both swallowed and looked at the middle-aged man, and even Yang Ke pricked up his ears.
The middle-aged man laughed again, “He, well, I heard that his monthly salary is only five thousand, but —” The middle-aged man deliberately lengthened his voice, looking at the several young people who had their ears all stretched to listen, before smiling and saying, “He occasionally gets a bonus, too. Of course, it’s only what I’ve heard, whether it’s true or not is unclear.”
It’s unclear, but who was that? That was Master Yan’s own admission and his true disciple! The master had a big temper, but he was known to be a short protector, and he set the salaries of all the assistants in his lab, so who knew how much he gave to his young disciple?
Even if the Kane executives knew about it, as usual, they didn’t dare to say anything more. As long as they were sensible, no one asked Luo XiaoLou’s salary.
The three looked at each other for a moment. Compared to Shen Yuan, five thousand was really too little, but it was still a decent amount compared to those of them who didn’t have their own income.
Yang Ke was even more surprised in his heart. Others didn’t know, but he knew clearly that 5,000 federal coins wasn’t a small amount. His father used to work hard for a month and his salary was just over 10,000. And now, with a clever method, it was much faster, but every month’s salary was only about 28,000, which already made his parents’ faces smile more.
However, Luo XiaoLou’s five thousand was only the weekend pay! Besides, with all of Master Yan’s assistants around, how tired could he be? As for the legendary bonus, it would be really godless to have any more!
Since Yang Ke was recommended by Ling Xu, he came here, saying it was an internship, but in fact it was just practice. He had no one to control him, no tasks, and the materials were freely available. It was equivalent to a free lab, which made him very satisfied. He was originally different from Luo XiaoLou.
However, this also led to the fact that he was unpaid. Ling Xu was generous enough, and his tuition and material costs were now fully funded by the PDG family. But he still had to spend his own money for food, clothing, housing and transportation, if he was also paid…
Yang Ke’s heart reeled, and the people around him also looked at each other. Shay gave a wink to the other two people. Before coming here, he had told the other two completely unmotivated students that it was hard to come here once, and they must strive to stay in Kane since this would have a huge benefit for their future development.
In the senior office on the ninth floor of the Kane Group group, Di Jia smiled as he walked towards Ling Xu who was sitting next to him and said, “Young Master Ling, the rankings are already out. You can go through them first so we can hold the award ceremony.”
Ling Xu turned off his wrist communicator and got up and walked towards the center where several weapons were being displayed.
At the front were two three-meter long daggers, which were considered medium-length daggers for a mecha. On the third table was a silvery white whip with red patterns, fifteen meters long.
Ling Xu’s eyes brightened. He went forward and touched the long whip, and suddenly understood the characteristics of this whip even more. He immediately said, “Very good, give me a custom-made whip, using all the best materials.”
Di Jia was stunned, then said with a smile, “Okay, I’ll send it to you in three days.” Most of the weapons made during the competition could only be used as models, and if they were really to be equipped on the mecha, it would be best to recreate them first.
Ling Xu looked at the whip lovingly for half a day, then asked, “Minister Di Jia, I think this whip is even more suitable than the one that won, why is it only third place?”
Di Jia smiled slightly and said, “The reason why Young Master Ling likes this whip is because out of these four weapons, whips are the most suitable for the young master’s mecha. But for most people, in terms of appearance, or control, the double blade is more widely accepted. This new mecha of ours is meant to be marketed to the masses, so this whip placed third.”
With that said, Di Jia was very unsettled, and he wasn’t wrong. The first place was well deserved, the second place was indeed talented, and the third place, Luo XiaoLou — although he was only the third, his weapon embodied a consciousness, a consciousness that made weapons for a specific mecha and specific person.
That is, a level that only advanced mecha makers, or even masters, would reach when customizing mecha. But it was simply not possible, not possible without reaching a certain level and a deep knowledge for a mecha maker and a mecha warrior. He didn’t say anything about that, but it was time to go talk to Master Yan.
Di Jia couldn’t have imagined that Luo XiaoLou would have this awareness because he had become a mecha warrior himself. His knowledge of mecha makers and mecha warriors was naturally much higher than that of an ordinary mecha maker. He was just simulating what kind of weapon he would choose if he had that level of knowledge and that mecha.
Ling Xu nodded, not questioning the ranking anymore, and said, “There are actually two in second place this time. Very good. Who are the top three?”
Di Jia handed over a card, Ling Xu took it and froze, a complicated look showing in his eyes.
Di Jia waited for a while, knowing that Ling Xu seemed to be at odds with Luo XiaoLou, and he also thought that Ling Xu might take back what he just said about the weapon. However, Ling Xu didn’t say anything, so he reminded, “Young Master, it’s time to announce the rankings and awards.”
Ling Xu was silent for two seconds and said, “Let’s go.”
Di Jia and a few senior executives followed Ling Xu to the hall where the mecha makers were waiting. Di Jia then announced the rankings, “First place: Mecha Research Department, Shen Yuan. Second place: Mecha Manufacturing Department, Blue, and a friend who came to participate, Bless. Third place: lab assistant, Luo XiaoLou.”
As soon as the words came out, many people in the hall turned pale.
Luo XiaoLou excitedly pushed Shen Yuan, “Brother Shen, first place, congratulations!”
Shen Yuan patted Luo XiaoLou’s shoulder and smiled, “You’re not bad either, when I was as young as you…”
Luo XiaoLou bowed his head, “Brother Shen, don’t be modest. Last time, Old Wang said that when you were as young as me, you were always called the genius of geniuses.”
Shen Yuan laughed and said no more.
Luo XiaoLou was still in a state of excitement — Bless! It’s got to be him, isn’t it?! He would finally be able to witness the face of this mysterious person.
The people from Yang Ke’s side looked at Luo XiaoLou. Yang Ke’s face was still cold, and his expression couldn’t be seen, but San Jin and Buck were looking at Luo XiaoLou, stunned. They couldn’t imagine that Luo XiaoLou could actually get this kind of ranking in this kind of competition.
Shay thought about it and said with a smile, “Since Luo XiaoLou is Master Yan’s disciple, Kane has to take care of him, right, Yang Ke?”
Yang Ke still didn’t say anything and just looked at Ling Xu on the stage.
Shay frowned and looked at Ling Xu as well, his calculating eyes were gradually filled with admiration — yes, this was the purpose of him approaching Yang Ke. He liked Ling Xu even earlier than Yang Ke, liked Ling Xu from the moment he saw him, but at that time, Luo XiaoLou was beside Ling Xu.
He wasn’t inferior to Luo XiaoLou, and maybe Yang Ke’s grades were indeed better than his, but he was also in the top three this time. He was not much inferior to Yang Ke anymore. He just needed to find a way to get into Ling Xu’s eyes…
“I’d like to invite the above winners to come forward to receive their prizes. You can choose the prize or the material. For those of you who choose the material, you can pick it up at any branch of Kane with your material card.” Di Jia said and turned around to ask Ling Xu to come up and present the award.
Luo XiaoLou saw Ling Xu standing there and his heart began to struggle. What kind of trouble was this? Was this adding to each other’s problems?
Luo XiaoLou was still very excited about getting third place, which represented a kind of recognition, and Old Man Yan would probably be happy.
At this moment, Luo XiaoLou’s ears were filled with 125’s moaning, “You’re finished! Well, wait until I bring up the video function. If you hit me again, I’ll show it to Yuan Xi, hehehehe~”
Luo XiaoLou froze, turned his face and whispered, “Are you an idiot? I’m just observing.”
125 paused for a moment. Luo XiaoLou wasn’t sure if it had actually gone to tune the video function or if it was stunned in amazement — then it shouted hurtfully, “I’m just being nice and kind to remind you. You’re the idiot, your whole family is an idiot!”
Luo XiaoLou thought for two seconds and said, “My whole family now includes you and Yuan Xi, and in a way, you’re right.”
Luo XiaoLou still headed to the stage, silently thinking to himself: ignore him, ignore him.
Shen Yuan, Bless, and Luo XiaoLou all chose the material card, while Blue chose the bonus.
When it was Luo XiaoLou’s turn, Ling Xu’s cold but complicated gaze fell on Luo XiaoLou’s face.