Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
Luo XiaoLou glanced at Luca and didn’t say a word, but he had become a rat in the club. Luo XiaoLou’s coach, Rocky, even conducted a special investigation into the matter after that time.
Rocky had many trainees since then, but he still treated Luo XiaoLou the same way, coming to see him train every day and doing weekly check-ups.
Unlike other mecha warriors, Luo XiaoLou didn’t need a trainer to practice on his own once he reached a certain level. He was willing to communicate with Rocky, and would ask Rocky for advice when he encountered problems. In this regard, Luo XiaoLou trusted Rocky as blindly as a schoolboy trusted his teacher.
This had a lot to do with the fact that Luo XiaoLou was not a regular mecha warrior, and he had never been confident — and Rocky’s advice had proven to be extremely accurate and effective over ninety percent of the time. Rocky also liked Luo XiaoLou more than the other trainees, and he was the only one who knew Luo XiaoLou’s true strength.
So, Luo XiaoLou didn’t pay any attention to Luca’s threat, and instead, paid attention to the other two opponents. Today’s players were different from yesterday’s. At least everyone here had beaten two opponents and was able to stand here.
Originally there were nearly eight thousand mecha contestants, but today there were less than four thousand. The half that remained either had strength or luck, but the overall level would be much higher than yesterday.
The other two people, an elegant young man who was smilingly watching the advertisement on the electronic screen, and a young man with a middle parted hair and who was extremely ugly looking, were observing the people around without making a sound. After meeting Luo XiaoLou’s eyes, they quickly shifted their gazes away
“I’ve helped you observe and project a little, and you should be able to advance today.” 125 swore in Luo XiaoLou’s head, “The cockroach will definitely lose to you. That middle split… haired over there is so unattractive, you’ll definitely win.”
Luo XiaoLou turned away weakly. Hey, can you be more reliable? The focus should be on the middle part dude who was omitted. Do looks even have anything to do with winning or losing… Also, who is the cockroach?
“I gave him a new name. I sifted through the words from the Ancient Earth language, words that best fit his temperament.” 125 said with a happy yowl. Since the last time Luca stepped on its tail, Luo XiaoLou was used to 125’s various scowls and sarcasm every time it saw Luca.
Two names were quickly displayed on the electronic screen: Luca VS 521.
Luo XiaoLou stood up with a trembling mouth and saw Luca’s odd and peculiar smile from across the room. His heart was indignant. Could the order of the battle still be affected by someone’s brainwaves? How come the first match was with this guy?
Luca immediately got up and looked at Luo XiaoLou twice with sarcasm and resentment before he turned around and strode out.
That cold, wet, sticky gaze like that of a reptile made Luo XiaoLou feel a little uncomfortable, but he still calmly walked out. He had given so much and was confident in himself.
Luo XiaoLou couldn’t help but be stunned when he stepped out. He hadn’t expected Luca to be in the cockpit already. If this was a strategy Luca had come up with against him, it made a bit of sense. Luo XiaoLou could do anything, he was just too slow to get in the mecha. He had been working out, but he was still not as strong as the others.
Luo XiaoLou raised his hand to touch the necklace on his chest, and the moment he stroked 125, he suddenly felt a slight pain on the right side of his neck, followed by a cold chill. Luo XiaoLou was stunned and raised his hand to touch it. Then, he was surprised to find that his fingers did not move up to touch his neck as he had expected, but remained motionless in an outstretched position for a long time, which made it even stranger.
After that, Luo XiaoLou discovered to his horror that it wasn’t just his fingers, but his entire body that was unable to move. That moment just now was definitely him being controlled by Luca! But right now, he couldn’t even turn around to see what Luca was doing.
Luo XiaoLou’s mind went blank for a few seconds, then tried desperately to calm down and analyze the current situation.
He was about to lose without a fight, Luo XiaoLou realized with frustration at the outcome. Besides, he wondered what he’d gotten himself into, and if he wouldn’t be able to compete in today’s match. Now, what should he do?
In the cockpit of the brown mecha, Luca looked at Luo XiaoLou with great malice and mockery. This guy, who looked like a weak chicken, actually dared to make him lose face like that. No, killing him would be too easy, he should be made to feel the extreme pain after that. He should cry, feel dread and despair, so that he could never hold his head up after being ridiculed by everyone, and then…
Luca stared fervently and hard at the frozen figure across from him. He was about to make it happen. He’d already planned to get back at that guy, but now he was just bringing the plan forward.
It was just a matter of using up one of that thing ahead of time that he had purposely prepared for himself, to be able to enter the top fifty. That thing was too expensive, so he could only prepare three of them, and this was only after borrowing some money to purchase them.
It shouldn’t have been wasted on the second day, but seeing that guy, Luca couldn’t help it. And, Luca bit his teeth, he didn’t want to admit that he wasn’t sure he could win against Luo XiaoLou yet.
So, let’s start giving him a taste of fun now. Five minutes, I’ll use that time to have some fun with him. Luca had a twisted smile on his face.
Luo XiaoLou heard the sound made by the huge mecha moving behind him, and his feet felt the vibration of the ground. Luo XiaoLou struggled to raise his eyes to 125, unable to speak, and could only express himself with a gaze that was growing more and more anxious.
Not only was his entire body numb now, he was experiencing itchy and painful symptoms as well. Something was growing more and more wrong with his body. What had that vile fellow used?
Something flickered quickly in the dark blue mecha’s eyes, and then a suction force surged out from within the mecha. Luo XiaoLou’s rigid body was slowly pulled towards the mecha in a strange position that didn’t change at all the entire time.
The moment Luo XiaoLou’s hand touched the mecha, the dark blue mecha dropped to one knee and used its arms to lift Luo XiaoLou up and send him into the cockpit. A senior mecha was able to simply move on its own through its owner’s control. Therefore, even if this scene was recorded, there was nothing suspicious about it.
However, while others didn’t know, Luca did, and he stared in amazement as Luo XiaoLou entered the cockpit and shouted out, “That’s impossible!”
Luo XiaoLou certainly couldn’t move, let alone control the mecha, so how the hell did he get into the cockpit?
Luo XiaoLou slumped in his seat, and was covered in sweat. He heard 125 say, “Don’t panic, I’ll check you first.”
A needle poked out from one side and drew a tube of blood from Luo XiaoLou’s arm. Ten seconds later, 125 said with a rare solemnity, “It’s Type 02 ice powder.”
If he hadn’t been unable to move, Luo XiaoLou would have simply rolled over in pain. Now, he was cowering in the driver’s seat, cold sweat dripping down his head. Finally, Luo XiaoLou closed his eyes, the Source of Consciousness in his body spreading uncontrollably through the cockpit.
What is this ice powder all about?
“Technically, this Type 02 ice powder has been modified and the stimulant has inhibitors mixed in it. This inhibitor doesn’t stay in your system for more than five minutes. But with those five minutes, he will have already won. And when you go out to test your body after the fight, the only thing you will find in your body is the dope,” 125 said.
So what could he do? He was literally in so much pain right now and couldn’t move, there was no way to fight.
“Pain? Surely this thing is having an effect on you.”
Luo XiaoLou realized that 125 was talking to him, though he didn’t say anything, “What’s going on? You know what I’m thinking?”
125 wiped the sweat from Luo XiaoLou’s forehead with a very familiar towel, grunted, and said, “You’re the one talking to me in your consciousness. You could have done it a long time ago, but you just couldn’t before. It’ll be easier for us to communicate from now on.”
“…So what’s next? I have to say, I can’t stand it any longer.” Luo XiaoLou’s face was getting paler and paler, and to be honest, while he was afraid of pain and still had a lot of patience, he was now almost going crazy from the pain that was traveling all over his body.
He wanted to roll over to distract the other senses from the pain. He wanted to shout out, but the stiffness was simply not confined to his physical body. His voice could only helplessly turn around in his throat, and then be muffled back into his heart. It made everything even more uncomfortable. Luo XiaoLou could only shrink inside the chair and shiver all over.
Even if he was not in pain after five minutes, he would still have to undergo a medical examination when entering and leaving the venue of the mecha competition. At this rate, if it was found that there were doping ingredients in his body, he would not be able to participate in the mecha competition for at least the next five years. And after five years, he would no longer be able to participate in such student mecha competitions.
Even if he came back later, with such a sum on his record, he would be considered a broken man. This Luca, what a vicious mind.
Luo XiaoLou’s face contorted even more as the pain grew stronger and stronger, when suddenly, his eyes and mouth opened, unable to make any sound. But his hands slowly clenched into fists, and with great difficulty and under the extreme pain, the Source of Consciousness in Luo XiaoLou’s body blasted away, continuously filling the cockpit.
At this moment, an option suddenly appeared on the screen in front of Luo XiaoLou: [Do you want to choose Source of Consciousness to drive?]
Luo XiaoLou’s Source of Consciousness seemed out of his control, and the yes option was immediately clicked. Maybe with Source of Consciousness he could still be in control, or maybe the choices were what Luo XiaoLou’s heart wanted.
125, however, felt bad, “Oh no, that ice powder and your body are interacting. You’re probably going to transform.”
The taut strings in Luo XiaoLou’s heart jumped, and then he lost consciousness.
Although he couldn’t feel anything, the pain seemed to stay with him, and the saddest part was that he couldn’t avoid it at all. He didn’t know how long it took, but the pain that had existed even in his sleep finally dissipated.
Luo XiaoLou slowly opened his eyes, only to feel extremely exhausted both physically and mentally. He raised his hand to wipe off the cold sweat on his forehead and whispered, “What’s wrong?” His voice was hoarse, and when he said it, even he was shocked.
“Don’t worry honey, it’s over!” After taking Luo XiaoLou’s temperature and taking a blood sample, 125 excitedly exclaimed, “You almost completed your transformation just now! You were so beautiful! Although you’re still a young beast, of course, you’re too small for an exotic beast at your age, but you’re really beautiful, I’m tipping over!”
You’ve fallen for it. Did it look like a red Tyrannosaurus Rex?
“Wait — are you saying that I’m fully transformed?” Luo XiaoLou’s face was white and his mouth was dry as he said, “Can I go back then?” He had made plans to conceal his identity for the rest of his life and live with Yuan Xi, but what could he do in this sudden situation.
“Mn, but you’ve changed back. And, because of your body, the stimulant component in your body has completely disappeared. So, even when you go out for a checkup, it will have no effect at all. Of course you can stay, but I have to say, as an exotic beast, you, you can’t just indulge in beauty…” 125 stammered and pointed out.
Luo XiaoLou struggled to sit up, looked at the screen, and then opened his mouth wide in surprise.
There was no brown mecha left on the playing field.
There was only pieces of broken mecha parts scattered everywhere, and Luo XiaoLou immediately noted that it was Luca’s mecha. As for the audience around him, they were all looking at him like he was stupid. What the hell had he done! Did he cut up Luca!?
“I’m sorry, but I have to warn you that if you don’t move your feet, we might have to get ready to flee.” 125 said very reluctantly.
Luo XiaoLou turned his perspective to his feet this time, and there was a rectangular escape pod being stepped on by 125. Luo XiaoLou moved his finger and the blue mecha immediately flew backwards.
At the same time, a team of rescuers appeared on the playing field.
The host also came to his senses and said loudly with a trembling voice, “Game 609, the first match of the group, 521 has won. Forgive my surprise, but Player 521 is just, mn, too raw! Also, very unfortunately, player Luca’s mecha has been damaged with no possibility of repair.”
Only then did applause erupt from the stands.
125 let out wry laughter all the way until Luo XiaoLou put a stop to it, and it said, “Hey hey hey, when you just used the Source of Consciousness power to control me in battle, the scene was a bit brutal, but, it was so powerful, I, I —”
Luo XiaoLou turned pale and tucked the green stone back inside his shirt. A ferocious match, that wasn’t his fight, and where he wasn’t even a little conscious. If it was an exotic beast, was it not him after becoming an exotic beast?
It was very quiet when Luo XiaoLou entered the lounge. He walked over to the couch and sat down, hanging his head for a short while. Luo XiaoLou’s legs were on the verge of shaking. He didn’t know what became of him or what he even did, but he was too tired, both physically and psychologically.
While Luca had been taken to the rescue room, he had no spare mecha and had to abandon the following match. Even if he were to be allowed to continue today, he’d probably still have a mental block.
So, their group was invariably reduced by two matches.
The young man with the middle parted hair no longer dared to look at Luo XiaoLou, and only quietly observed the other youth.
Luo XiaoLou held himself back from collapsing on the couch when the name appeared on the electronic screen: 521 vs Parson.
The face of the man with the middle part changed. He stood up and looked at Luo XiaoLou. After he found that Luo XiaoLou didn’t even look at him and completely ignored him, his heart trembled again. Finally, he gritted his teeth, and pressed the red button.
The system tone sounded again: Parson forfeited this match and 521 has automatically been moved on to the next round. The next match now is, Johnathan vs Parson.
The middle parted Parson looked at the elegant man and nodded under his breath in satisfaction. This was much better than that madman just now, not to say, “Please advise this friend. My level is average, I will have to be merciful then.”
The elegant man smiled, stood up, but did not go to the door. Instead, he poured a cup of hot water from the side table, and sent it to Luo XiaoLou while saying, “Are you okay? Do I need to call a doctor for you?”
Luo XiaoLou tiredly opened his eyes, took the cup of hot water and said, “Thanks. And no, I’ll just rest for a while.”
Johnathan nodded and headed for the door.
Parson’s eyes widened at the sight of the two interacting. When he realised that Luo XiaoLou was pale, cold and sweaty, he regretted it greatly. It seemed that the man was already a light crossbow, had he known that, he would not have given up the match with him. He might have even managed to advance by now!
With remorse, Parson followed Johnathan into the arena.
In fact, the moment Parson gave up on his match with Luo XiaoLou, Luo XiaoLou was able to leave. With two wins, he advanced straight to the next level. He just hasn’t slowed down yet and planned to sit here for a while.
Meanwhile, Yuan Xi was staring at the device inside the mecha which had just turned dark blue, with an ugly expression.
There was an exotic beast around here. With such strong fluctuations just now, the military should have already come over, so should he go over there? Yuan Xi looked at his opponent irritably and decided to end the match early.
Yuan Nuo, Yue Shang, and Luo ShaoTian, also felt the same way as Yuan Xi at this moment.
Meanwhile, somewhere else, the mouth of the person in a red mecha tugged up slightly, “It’s really getting interesting.” Shao Rong leaned cozily against the driver’s seat.
By the time Luo XiaoLou looked up again, Johnathan had already walked in. Parson, on the other hand, was gone, probably to fix his mecha. Johnathan looked at Luo XiaoLou’s pale face and smiled, “There’s no need for us to compete in the next match, but of course, if it wasn’t for you feeling ill, I’d still be looking forward to it.”
Luo XiaoLou nodded weakly and got up to walk out. However, before he even stepped out of the lounge door, it had opened and a group of people entered.
Johnathan froze. Seeing that Luo XiaoLou was struggling to stand, he took a few steps forward himself and asked, “Excuse me, what can I do for you?”
The leader of the group was a middle-aged man with a stern face. He looked directly at Luo XiaoLou and said, “Are you 521? Someone has reported you for taking stimulant drugs during the competition, please cooperate with us to do a detailed examination.”
The corner of Luo XiaoLou’s mouth lifted up and he said softly, “Then hurry up, I’m in a hurry to get back to sleep.” Come to think of it, I know who reported me, that guy really won’t give up.
The leading middle-aged man saw that Luo XiaoLou didn’t have any guilty conscience, and with a twinkle in his eye, he asked those people to come up and help Luo XiaoLou, and head out.
When they arrived at the testing room, there were a few contestants being checked inside. Luo XiaoLou was depressed after taking off his clothes. He was drunk yesterday and didn’t know how long he had been tormented by Yuan Xi. There were quite a few red marks on his body, and anyone with a discerning eye could tell what had happened.
Luo XiaoLou’s face changed from red to white for a while, until someone outside urged him to put on the overcoat. Then, Luo XiaoLou was brought inside.
Seeing the cold instrument in front of him, Luo XiaoLou frowned and lay down on it.
As the device on top slowly pressed down, Luo XiaoLou took a deep breath, suppressing the urge to escape, and slowly closed his eyes. He mentally told himself that it would be okay. His arms and legs were under control, and then his arms ached.
As Luo XiaoLou’s mind began to panic because of the darkness, the device turned on.
Then Luo XiaoLou was helped up, and the middle-aged man took the test sheet for a moment and finally said to Luo XiaoLou, “It’s fine, you can go now.”
Luo XiaoLou was putting back on the overcoat that had fallen to his waist during the examination, and upon hearing this, casually said, “That opponent, since he had some conflicts with me in the past, it’s not surprising that he reported me. However, thank you for helping me prove my innocence.”
Seeing Luo XiaoLou walk away, an assistant in white behind the middle-aged man asked, “That person also said that this player’s mecha is also problematic. Do we still need to check?”
The leader waved his hand, “I did the initial check, no problem. Pay attention to that Luca and do a thorough test for him as well.”
The assistant nodded, the young man just now was much more pleasant to look at compared to Luca. Also, he actually blushed when he just took off his clothes for testing. But the marks on his body were really intense. Thinking of that, the assistant smiled and headed to the rescue room.
Luo XiaoLou went back to the changing room and pulled off the disposable overcoat. Because of the contact with the various instruments, and the fact that he had been sweating and was sticky from the competition, Luo XiaoLou simply went inside and took a shower.
When Luo XiaoLou re-entered the changing room with a towel around his waist, he found Luo ShaoTian, the arrogant silver-haired man, standing at the edge of the locker.
It took Luo XiaoLou a moment to realize that Luo ShaoTian wouldn’t recognize him now that he was wearing a mask. The tragedy was that Luo ShaoTian had already noticed Luo XiaoLou’s sight and followed it. His cold sight, if any, made Luo XiaoLou suddenly feel like his exposed body was chilled to the bone.
Luo XiaoLou realized that he was being rude and immediately looked away, but Luo ShaoTian didn’t have any such self-consciousness at all. He even leaned on the door of the closet to check Luo XiaoLou out.
Luo XiaoLou stared at Luo ShaoTian dumbfoundedly, wondering what that meant, but — he couldn’t even yell at him, because his voice would reveal his identity.
Luo XiaoLou simply turned around, hesitated for a moment with his hand at the towel on his waist, quickly ripped it off, and changed his clothes three times faster under the cold, sharp gaze from behind.
Luo XiaoLou didn’t look at Luo ShaoTian again and immediately strode out.
He had stepped out even earlier than yesterday. It was just around 10:30, and was not even lunch time. Luo XiaoLou then found a hidden room, went in to take his mask off and ran back to his place to sleep. Because of the dizziness, Luo XiaoLou didn’t take a closer look, pulled the blanket over and went to sleep.
When Yuan Xi returned, he found Luo XiaoLou sleeping peacefully under the blanket, with just his head poking out. His quiet and gentle appearance made Yuan Xi feel relaxed.
The author has something to say.
I’m not sure how I’ve actually reached 99 chapters, it’s a surprise, it’s the first time I’ve written so fast, cough, I’ll speed up the story. I’m hesitating whether to make the characters take a little abuse or not.