Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
By the time Luo XiaoLou arrived at the private training rooms at Radiance, it was already past lunchtime, and he went directly to Yuan Xi’s special training room. The receptionist had probably received instructions from Yuan Xi, and when she saw Luo XiaoLou, she escorted him to the training room.
When Luo XiaoLou entered, he found two strange middle-aged men sitting there, one of whom took one look at Luo XiaoLou as he entered and returned to tensely watch the screen of the lounge.
Although they didn’t speak, the two men naturally exude an aura of strength and power. Luo XiaoLou cautiously observed them and sat down on the couch furthest away from them. Then he looked up and watched the screen showing two mecha, one white and one grey, battling against each other in the training field.
The speed and skill of the other grey mecha was amazing, and in the interplay of lightning, only grey and white shadows could be seen passing by. Ordinary people couldn’t even see the movements of the two mecha clearly. At least the receptionist couldn’t see anything, she would rather observe the three people in the lounge.
The two middle-aged men couldn’t stop watching, which was not surprising as they were judges of Radiance, and were good mecha warriors in their own right. To the receptionist’s surprise, the young man who had come in last, and whom she had always defined as a white boy, was also watching intently – she’d seen him with Yuan Xi several times! Yuan Xi had hugged the young man and kissed him passionately.
Luo XiaoLou could see it if he used Source of Consciousness. In fact, as long as he wasn’t the one being ravaged by Yuan Xi, he could objectively observe and analyze.
Outside, the two mecha, one white and one grey, quickly approached, then separated, and then they stopped.
Luo XiaoLou was puzzled when the two cold-faced middle-aged men sitting there stood up and said, “Yuan Xi has won.”
“It was actually a match with no suspense at all.” The other said briefly as they left the lounge and the receptionist respectfully opened the door for them.
Yuan Xi neatly hopped out of the cockpit, then retrieved Cloudy Sky.
Another person also jumped out of the grey mecha, and after getting a good look at the face, Luo XiaoLou was stunned. That person was the foreign student they had met at the spa. Yuan Xi had said a few days ago that this person had been wanting to challenge him. Did he finally get his wish?
Yuan Xi walked coldly in the direction of the lounge, and although he always looked like this outside, Luo XiaoLou felt that the cold air he was exuding today seemed especially noticeable. The beauty in the back took in the mecha and hesitated, before catching up to speak to Yuan Xi.
Yuan Xi didn’t look back, heading straight to the lounge, even slamming the door shut after entering.
The receptionist took one look at Luo XiaoLou and went to show the beauty the way out, thinking regretfully, The one inside is not bad looking either, but if you’re in such a position, you should change your tastes.
This special Diamond Card member was taken very seriously by the upper echelons of the club, and because of his rare ability and level of skill, there were countless people who wanted to approach him for various purposes. Even her, Yuan Xi’s special receptionist, received a lot of gifts – so that she could find out about Yuan Xi’s preferences.
It wasn’t that she was talking about Yuan Xi. The person inside appeared a little too often, and this didn’t fit the fashionable noble son’s style at all.
After entering the door, Yuan Xi only saw Luo XiaoLou. His tense, cold face slightly softened. He strode over, threw his shirt on the sofa, and then sat next to Luo XiaoLou, one arm hugging Luo XiaoLou to his side.
“What’s wrong? Wasn’t it just a match?” Luo XiaoLou ventured a guess as he listened to the receptionist play referee.
Yuan Xi’s face showed disgust again, snorted, and buried his head into Luo XiaoLou’s neck as he said, “He provoked me in public, otherwise I would never cater to someone like him. However, I tried my best to finish him off in the shortest possible time, saying that I can see the flaws in his mecha. Even if it’s the most extraordinary mecha, he still wouldn’t be able to beat me.”
Yuan Xi was arrogant and cocky, in all sorts of ways, but Luo XiaoLou admitted that Yuan Xi did have it in him.
At the same time, a not-so-sincere sympathy floated in Luo XiaoLou’s heart; the beauty was clearly stricken and had wanted to get close to Yuan Xi and had left such a bad impression. However, this was probably just one of them, there would be more people attracted to Yuan Xi in the future. No matter what, Yuan Xi was enough to make one’s eyes glaze over.
Luo XiaoLou suddenly felt a bit odd. In Yuan Xi’s heart, would he value those who could fight alongside him more?
“I wish I could fight you in real life too,” Luo XiaoLou tried out. Maybe, sooner or later, he would tell Yuan Xi that his home robot was a mecha that he could drive, and who he was and all that.
Yuan Xi was getting angry, but when he heard that, he looked up at Luo XiaoLou with interest. With a smile on his face, he said wickedly, “It’s okay that you can’t actually fight me, but if you could, that would be fun too. We could race, and we’ll do it a few times if you lose.”
Luo XiaoLou glared at Yuan Xi, his heart itching for half a day, before finally asking without fear of death, “What do you mean? If I win, can I be on top?”
Yuan Xi narrowed his eyes, looked at Luo XiaoLou darkly and said, “You can try.”
Luo XiaoLou shivered, and was silent for two seconds, before quickly changing the subject and asking, “That – don’t you – don’t you want your other half to be a powerful mecha warrior?”
Yuan Xi glanced at him, as if dismissing Luo XiaoLou’s question as redundant, “Do you want to? You’re my other half. What do I expect? Didn’t I tell you I’d put up with you? You don’t have to be so self-conscious. Just keep up the house, do the laundry, cook fish and buy me cakes every day. Preferably let me do it more than once a night, and be good and scream when you’re coming instead of biting me every time. People see the marks you leave on me every time we exercise, so I’m embarrassed about that too. Well, I haven’t thought of anything else yet, I’ll keep you informed if I have any.”
“Then thank you very much for your magnanimity…” Luo XiaoLou looked at Yuan Xi with contempt. He didn’t look like he was in a dilemma at all that way! It’s hard to understand why you don’t use the healing device every time…
Since Sunday, Luo XiaoLou has been going to Radiance during the day to practice his speed and long-range fighting, and at night, after his physical workout, he had to accompany Yuan Xi to fight on the virtual web for half an hour. But Yuan Xi had been keen ever since he’d fought Luo XiaoLou once.
Luo XiaoLou then had to sadly die over and over again, getting used to it.
The only gain was probably that his heart wouldn’t beat so fast now when he saw the white mecha flying over. Occasionally he could still react correctly and successfully dodge a few times.
Five days later, Luo XiaoLou looked at the sixteen points in the air in the speed training room and asked 125, “How was it?”
125 observed for a moment and said, “Well, since you and Yuan Xi started virtual training, your speed has indeed increased another level.”
Luo XiaoLou nodded with emotion. He couldn’t not improve under that kind of mutant attack.
125 had just processed the program in the training room when the door was knocked twice.
Luo XiaoLou walked over and opened the door, and it was Rocky outside.
Rocky looked at the sweaty Luo XiaoLou and said, “How is your training recently?”
“Not bad.” Luo XiaoLou wasn’t so sure, his speed and long-range fighting had indeed improved again, and the training program 125 created was simply as perverted as Yuan Xi’s. However, the improvement in basic movements wasn’t obvious. But after fighting against Yuan Xi, some of the more basic mistakes had been forced out of him.
“Well, don’t get too nervous or put pressure on yourself. It doesn’t matter if you win or lose.” Thinking of Luca’s purpose, Rocky said encouragingly, “Even if you lose the twenty million this time, at the rate you’re improving, you’ll have plenty of chances to win it back in the future.”
Luo XiaoLou smiled and said, “I understand. Thank you, Coach.”
Rocky didn’t say any more and patted Luo XiaoLou on the shoulder, telling him to go back early today. Tomorrow was Saturday – the day he and Luca had scheduled the match.
It was only after Luo XiaoLou left that Rocky padded out of the training room. Todd sized up Rocky and said in a sharp voice, “Oh, another special training for you. The only member you’ve ever had. Today is the last day. You two aren’t dreaming that you can win, are you?” He sneered and laughed at what he thought was a very funny joke.
Rocky looked at Todd calmly, “There’s no need to be so serious about this little contest.” He said and turned and walked away without looking back.
Todd gritted his teeth behind him before turning to head to Luca’s training room. He normally wouldn’t see Luca. Luca had too much energy invested in other things right now, and his ability to maintain the level of his fifth set was only the result of daily workouts.
Seeing the rare occasion of his trainer coming over, Luca got out of the mecha.
Todd took Luca’s hand in his fat palm with the jeweled ring and smiled, “It’s so rare that you’re still working out. I came over to say a few words to you. You’re going to win tomorrow’s matchup right?”
Luca frowned and snorted disdainfully, “Of course! A little mouse of that level wouldn’t make any trouble for me. I can settle the battle in three minutes.”
Todd smiled with satisfaction and said, “Mn, I have faith in you. Also, I came to tell you that if you win, win easily. Have a few more rounds with that newb who dares to openly challenge you, and also teach him the techniques that his trainer didn’t.”
Luca immediately understood what Todd meant and the corners of his mouth lifted, “You’ll be hearing good news from me.”
Todd nodded, “By the way, I’m all in on you winning.”
Luca smiled, “Please don’t worry.”
Because of the thoughtful rendering, quite a few people in the middle and lower groups now knew about tomorrow’s match, and there were even people who opened a betting game to place a bet on Luca to win at odds of one to one, and on Luo XiaoLou to win at odds of one to fifty. And because the outcome of the match was so clear, most people took part in the bet where Luca won in the first few minutes.
On Saturday, Luo XiaoLou was reluctant to give up his chance to learn, so he didn’t take the day off from Master Yan. After work at five o’clock, he packed his things to go to the fight.
He thought he wouldn’t be nervous after all the preparation and psychological building, but after seeing so many spectators around him, he still gulped down his saliva and his hands and feet trembled a bit. This was a travesty! No one even dared to watch that day when Yuan Xi was competing with the others.
125 shouted in his ear, “Go ahead. You’re my fosterer, and you’re going to avenge me! Rush up there and trample him underfoot.”
Luo XiaoLou blinked and shuddered again.
125 chanted for two seconds and finally said in a deep voice, “There’s still twenty million…”
Luo XiaoLou took a deep breath, and tried to keep his feet steady as he walked towards the strapping blue quirky mecha beside him, then climbed into the cockpit in slow motion to the jeers of everyone.
Luca smirked and pounced in the direction of Luo XiaoLou in the mecha the second the ref said start.
Rocky was relieved when the blue mecha took off into the sky. Coach Rocky’s worried eyes looked on. Immediately after, however, Luca’s mecha spun on one foot midway, and in a flash of brown light, the blue mecha had flown away. Luca’s mecha kicked right at the cockpit, and Luo XiaoLou was so confused that it was too late to enter commands. The blue mecha collapsed on its entire back onto the arena in a huge shock.
Luca smiled coldly, and when he saw the referee preparing to raise his hand to declare him victorious, he suddenly shouted, “521, you shouldn’t be such a coward. Get up and continue!”
Daring to compete with me, it’s time to teach you a big lesson. And by the way, you can also kill the chicken as a warning to others.
As soon as Luca spoke, the referee shut his mouth again. Daring to compete with newcomers in the challenge so blatantly, Luca naturally put a lot of effort into the people within the challenge. Only if you are willing to put in, will you have a greater profit – Luca understands this truth.
There were even some people in the audience who started to sob. Being kicked in the cockpit, the poor kid hadn’t already fainted, right?
Luo XiaoLou rolled his eyes and slowly said, “What happened?”
Something as soft as a white cloud held his back, and 125 said slowly, “I’ve told you many times, I’m exotic beast mecha, the number one powerful mecha in all of Federation, and I have the best bloodlines and the most advanced science and technology. There’s no way I wouldn’t protect you since I’ve asked you to help.” At the end of the sentence, he also snorted proudly like Yuan Xi.
Luo XiaoLou laughed, the tension in his heart completely disappeared.
The crowd watched silently as the blue mecha floated up in a lying position, and then turned with a sharp turn after rising into the air. Even if this kid didn’t have any skills, his spirit was commendable.
Luca frowned, this kid still dared to still fight? Let him get kicked even worse later! The brown mecha began to move again, and there was another shout around the area, because Luca was so fast that he seemed like a brown shadow pouncing almost like a fly in Luo XiaoLou’s direction.
If Luo XiaoLou had just been practicing on his own, he might still have formed a mental shadow at the sight of such momentum, but after a week of being taught by Yuan Xi, he was basically able to calm down at the sight of any attack.
The spectators thought the Blue Mecha would fly out again, some were even ready to cheer, one or two had already called out Luca for being awesome. But the blue mecha turned around and was already standing two meters away. The brown mecha almost ran right up against the edge. Luca himself thought he would kick Luo XiaoLou 100%, so he had been ready to use the blue mecha’s reflexes to back away without giving a second command.
So after kicking the air, the brown mecha braked from moving forward and flew over. Luo XiaoLou was mentally prepared for this, so as if he was in the middle of a speed training session, he drove 125 in the air, tossing it left and right.
No one in the audience was cheering anymore. They really hadn’t expected Luca to be fast, or for Luo XiaoLou to be just as fast, or even faster. The blue mecha looked to have no trouble dodging all of Luca’s later attacks.
Coach Rocky was thoroughly relieved, while Coach Todd, who was deliberately sitting next to him so he could be sarcastic, didn’t look too good. He was just telling Luca to teach that kid a lesson and embarrass Rocky. A prolonged fight wasn’t what he wanted. What the hell was Luca doing?
Luca’s heart was full of bitterness now. Who knew that this kid, after he stood up, would become so fast and slippery that he couldn’t be caught by anyone quickly.
After ten minutes, he had attacked no less than a hundred times, but Luo XiaoLou had dodged them all. Even when it almost hit him sometimes, he was able to escape from a tricky angle.
Over time, Luca started to become irritated. If he had known it would be like this earlier, it would have been better to have the referee declare him the winner at the beginning of the match.
The people in the stands were beginning to frown as well. Luca couldn’t catch up with Luo XiaoLou, but Luo XiaoLou didn’t seem to be doing anything more than running away, so how was the fight going to be decided?
Once again, Luca couldn’t hold back and yelled at Luo XiaoLou, “521, don’t you dare duel me openly but just keep fleeing like this. It’s worse than a brainless insect beast!”
Rocky gripped the fence hard and kept a close eye on the field. Luo XiaoLou now was just keeping his speed advantage, but if Luca excited him into fighting him at close range, the advantage would all be gone.
To his relief, Luo XiaoLou wasn’t hot-headed. Whether it was Luca’s yelling or the sarcasm of the people around him, he ignored all of it and still circled around Luca from afar, and Luca couldn’t get close to him, dead or alive.
“Analysis done?” 125 asked.
Luo XiaoLou hmmmed, then a faint Source of Consciousness was released, and the particle gun on his shoulder fired as he dodged Luca yet again.
A lot of people started to comment again. This was really the only time a fighter had attacked so late in the game against a fighter. They then waited for Luca’s more flashy counterattack, however, the brown mecha had landed on the ground and didn’t move. It wasn’t until the blue mecha waved his hand at the referee that the referee recovered from his daze and announced, “Luca vs. 521, 521 wins.”
The crowd was silent after the loud announcement of the result. That newbie had won? What kind of joke was this? He even only pretended to take one shot! The kid didn’t bribe the ref for tens of millions, did he?
Luo XiaoLou got out of the cockpit of 125, then waved around and smiled, “Although the results were a bit surprising, I’d like to thank my coach, Coach Rocky, for his inspirational guidance.”
Coach Rocky stood up excitedly, glanced at the stunned Coach Todd beside him, and headed for the side room where Luo XiaoLou was supposed to be after the game.
“We’re not convinced! How could Luca lose? When did he lose?!” There were still people questioning angrily and they couldn’t help but be angry, knowing that a lot of people put their bets on Luca. They wouldn’t agree with the outcome of this match if the Radiant referee was united with Luo XiaoLou and the person who opened the bet for money.
The referee calmly nodded around at this point, then pointed his finger towards the large screen, which was showing a close-up of Luca’s mecha. This close-up slowly zoomed in until it was focused on the cockpit. Magnifying the screen several times, one could clearly see a bullet hole and then a red line penetrating through the hole and hitting Luca’s console, which was simulating the trajectory of Luo XiaoLou’s bullet.
The people in the audience grew quiet, the facts were there. Luo XiaoLou had won on his own merit.
After a few seconds, someone shouted, “He hit the energy switch!”
The crowd was in an uproar, not sure if it was accidental or coincidence that after hitting the energy switch, the mecha’s entire body would automatically stop supplying energy and couldn’t start up again at all.
Some speculated that it was luck, while others looked at that bullet hole and didn’t say anything.
Luo XiaoLou didn’t move after hitting the switch, which meant he was sure he would win.
He even fired three bullets to make sure they pierced the cockpit, one may have only seen the one that hit the energy switch, but the other two, one on the field and one in the corner of the interior of Luca’s Mecha, could be seen.
The people in the audience talked about it.
“Looks like the newbie is good too.”
“Although he’s good at escaping, he’s also good at Long Distance fighting.”
After this match with Luca, Luo XiaoLou could be said to have become famous. At least Luca’s people didn’t dare to trouble him anymore. Luca had enough trouble of his own, at least those who bought his win were very upset with him.
Luo XiaoLou’s coach, Coach Rocky, who had faded from the limelight, was being taken seriously again, and many members were asking Coach Rocky by name for advice. Todd was furious at this.
Luo XiaoLou said goodbye to Rocky and walked out with the 20 million dollars on his card. His journey as a mecha warrior was not as miserable as it had seemed.
Well, one day, he’d be a great mecha warrior.
With power, he could at least protect himself in times of danger. And, if Yuan Xi’s family didn’t approve of them being together, he could just kidnap him and leave. And then find a beautiful planet and live happily ever after…
Because of Luo XiaoLou’s idea, 125 kept wagging his big tail in Luo XiaoLou’s arms, but when he heard the last part, he suddenly felt that something was wrong and finally interrupted Luo XiaoLou and said, “Hey, it’s nice to steal the marriage drama, but shouldn’t you two change your positions? “
The author has something to say:
Thank you to all the girls and friends who left comments and support, I thought February 4th was the Lantern Festival, but I remembered wrongly, today is the Lantern Festival, again I wish you all happy Lantern Festival, all eat the most delicious soup dumplings.
OML please ignore me, please forgive me, please continue to love me (haha, the last one must be from when 125 possessed me) ……