Ch75 – I Hear I’m a Battle G.o.d (12)
The two people were a pair of male and female. The one who’d spoken was the male.
The boy had a pair of docile puppy-dog eyes, while the girl’s appearance was as light as a jasmine, very delicate and pretty, with a head of curly hair tied up into a high ponytail. Even though they had an undisguisable proudness to them, their overall temperament couldn’t be considered mean.
Chi Xiaochi looked the two people head to toe, asking Ji Zuoshan, “What do you think?”
Ji Zuoshan could hardly conceal the excitement in his voice, “Very good. ……Look at the girl’s hand.”
Chi Xiaochi looked over as per his directions. “En.” Very pretty.
Ji Zuoshan, “I probed them with my spiritual energy. The bracelet on her wrist corresponds to a weapons-focused specialised mecha.”
Chi Xiaochi, “……En.”
Ji Zuoshan then said, “Look at the guy’s bracelet, he uses a agility-focused specialised mecha.”
Chi Xiaochi, “……” Very good, seems like he’s planning on being someone totally indifferent towards s.e.x.
Rosie glanced at them, then asked Chi Xiaochi, “I don’t mind. You?”
Chi Xiaochi nodded. “Just don’t drag us down.”
The boy smiled, revealing his dimples. “We won’t. Let us introduce ourselves, my name is w.a.n.g Xizhou. This is my jiejie……”
The girl eyed Chi Xiaochi carefully, then nodded her head slightly and said, “w.a.n.g Xiaoqing.”
Like that, their team formation could be considered complete.
Chi Xiaochi went off to register their team, while Rosie sat down on a nearby rock, a single earbud in her ear. She opened up a box of milk and started drinking it slowly, not planning on chatting with her two new teammates.
What they would have no lack of on the road was time, there was no need to rush.
The brother and sister from the w.a.n.g family weren’t in a hurry to get closer as well, huddling together to talk.
w.a.n.g Xizhou was very happy. If he had a tail, it would be wagging. “This is great, I thought it would be really difficult.”
w.a.n.g Xiaoqing, “We’ve only pulled up a connection. Dajie wants us to get on good terms with him.”
w.a.n.g Xizhou’s tail drooped. “……Oh.”
w.a.n.g Xiaoqing, “Dajie said, the South Road Army wants him no matter what. It’s up to you now.”
w.a.n.g Xizhou was a little troubled. “I feel like he’s really hard to talk to…… He’s fierce, like our dad.”
w.a.n.g Xiaoqing, “Before you expect a genius to have a good temper, you should expect pigs to fly.”
w.a.n.g Xizhou acted cute, “Jie……”
w.a.n.g Xiaoqing was quick to toss this hot potato, “It’s not my problem. I’m here to complete the task.”
w.a.n.g Xizhou wilted, blinking up at her.
w.a.n.g Xiaoqing shot him a look, thinking that their older sister getting their dumb younger brother to coax people was really too useful.
However, she still had a point of dissatisfaction. “But I don’t think that partner he brought is all that reliable.”
w.a.n.g Xizhou, “Ah?”
w.a.n.g Xiaoqing, “That sissy boy next to him……”
Then, she gave Rosie a subconscious glance.
Who would’ve thought that Rosie would be looking back at her, as if she’d heard what she’d said. When their gazes met, her blue eyes curved slightly.
w.a.n.g Xiaoqing was a little embarra.s.sed, and turned away.
Rosie looked down at herself, and found that to facilitate combat, she’d worn a binder, and put on a camo vest.
……Hah, no wonder.
She ran her index finger along her shorn, inch-short hair, and swept her knuckles along the silver, lizard shaped earring on her right ear, finding it a little interesting.
Chi Xiaochi made his way back through the crowd, holding a piece of paper.
Rosie asked him, “When do we set off?”
Chi Xiaochi flashed the piece of paper he’d randomly drawn in his hand. “Four o’ clock.”
Far away, Zhan Yanchao’s eyebrows relaxed.
When Ji Zuoshan’s group left, heading to a room to rest, he squeezed through the crowd, s.n.a.t.c.hing other people’s papers over for a look without an explanation. When he found that they didn’t fit his target, he shoved the paper back at them, leaving a confused person to mentally scold “probably crazy”.
With some effort, he caught a team leaving at 4:15. He opened his mouth and asked, “Is your team still short of people?”
These four clearly all knew each other, shaking their head as one and saying, “We’re not.”
According to the rules, they originally needed to register their team before having the person doing the registration draw the piece of paper telling them when to set off. Expecting them to swap people just before the battle was truly not conscientious.
But how would Zhan Yanchao be willing to let this chance go? He did his best to sell himself, “I use a specialised mecha. I can fight very well.”
When had he, Second Young Master Zhan, done something so demeaning? Before he’d even finished speaking, his face had already turned red first.
Unexpectedly, the four still shook their heads.
Zhan Yanchao’s face was practically about to catch fire. He kept chasing after them. “I’m Zhan Yanchao. Have you heard of me before?”
The four people didn’t even look at him, directly leaving.
Zhan Yanchao roughly rubbed his cheeks, wanting to cover up the redness of his face, but was patted heavily on the shoulder from behind. “You’re Zhan Yanchao?”
Zhan Yanchao turned his head.
Two of the four people were well-dressed, wearing ankle-high boots and energy bracelets connected to specialised mechas on their wrists. With one look, you could tell that they were rich young masters from superior family backgrounds. Meanwhile, the other two were tall and strong, but acted very courteous and submissive, with lowered gazes, wanting nothing more to bury their heads into their chests. The energy bracelets on their wrists were extremely common, the pattern indicating training mechas.
……Human sacrifices and their masters.
After evaluating the ident.i.ties of the four, Zhan Yanchao asked, “When are you setting off?”
The person who was the first to start the conversation had a square face. He raised his chin. “I’m the one asking. You’re that Zhan Yanchao? From the no. 1 mecha academy in District 23?”
Zhan Yanchao bore it. “En.”
Square face was amused. “Yo, Young Master Zhan can’t find a partner, that’s truly a rare sight.”
Zhan Yanchao, “……” Yo my a.s.s.
He forced down the violent urge to strike out with his whip. His words were forced out from between his teeth, “When are you setting off?”
Square face waved the paper in his hand. “3:50.”
The other rich young master was garishly made-up, especially his head full of hair gel, smeared all over especially evenly, making his hair unmoving in the eight winds.
He winked and said, “I never thought that the rumoured Second Master Zhan would also want to borrow Ji Zuoshan’s easterly wind. You have the same idea that we did.”
Zhan Yanchao’s fists clenched until they let out a m.u.f.fled crack.
He forced out, “Which one of you am I swapping with?”
Hair gel guy considered both human sacrifices like he was picking a beast of burden. He pushed one of them out by the shoulder. “You, get lost, go find someone else.”
Then, he spoke to Square face, all smiled, “This one’s not useful. Let’s have Second Young Master Zhan replace him, it’s just nice.”
Zhan Yanchao lowered his head slightly to hide his already increasingly warped expression.
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The other human sacrifice who had been allowed to stay hurriedly ran to the registration office, crossed out one of their names, and changed it to Zhan Yanchao’s name.
Half an hour faster than w.a.n.g Xizhou had predicted, the group arrived at the oasis.
Chi Xiaochi didn’t agree with settling down by the lake. The w.a.n.g siblings listened to him, taking off their mechas at a certain distance from the lake, planning on having a rest, but the two young masters had been whinging the entire way. After taking off their mechas, they went to the side of the lake to drink and bathe, and the remaining human sacrifice dutifully followed after them. Seeing that the sky was getting brighter, Rosie didn’t plan to sleep, setting out to study the forest and see if there were any interesting flora or fauna.
Chi Xiaochi also walked out of his mecha, and adjusted Blue to standby mode. Ignoring the distant Zhan Yanchao’s faintly discernible gaze, he lay down on the spot.
Blue broke a flower off a tall tree he didn’t recognise and tucked it behind Chi Xiaochi’s ear, while it sat down next to Chi Xiaochi.
061 said, “Sleep for a while. You’ll be sleeping late today.”
Chi Xiaochi said, “When I think about how we’re going to go out, I’m a little excited.”
……Are you a little kid going on a spring school excursion?
061 let out a gentle laugh, soft, yet deep, making one’s ears itch.
061 said, “When the sun rises, I’ll wake you up.”
Chi Xiaochi, “I can’t sleep.”
061, “I can read to you?”
Chi Xiaochi thought for a moment. “Sing to me.”
061 couldn’t help but laugh. “……Alright. What do you want to hear?”
After picking the song, however, Chi Xiaochi didn’t go to sleep, rather beginning to shake his leg to the melody.
Halfway through the song, 061 couldn’t quite take it any more. “Don’t shake, go to sleep.”
Chi Xiaochi’s childishness flared up again. “I want to shake.”
“It’s not like it’s a good habit,” 061 said, “Don’t lead Xiao Ji astray.”
Chi Xiaochi asked the person in question, “Will you be led astray?”
Ji Zuoshan “yi”-ed, then obediently answered, “I won’t.”
Chi Xiaochi spread his hands, indicating that he had won.
061 said helplessly, “How can you sleep like this?”
Chi Xiaochi raised a long leg, a mischievous smile on his face. “If you hold it down it won’t shake anymore.”
061’s ears flushed red instantly, “……”
But before he could think any further about that, Blue moved, and at the same time, 061 also received a foreboding signal.
He said, “……There’s something in the lake.”
Chi Xiaochi immediately put away all his improper expressions, turned over and sat up, staring at the lake surface that was sparkling, as if there were starry fishing boat lights glittering atop it.
The Ji Zuoshan in his body asked, “What is it?”
061’s voice became colder. “What exactly it is isn’t clear yet. But it’s alive.”
“How many are there?”
Clearly it was just one, but Ji Zuoshan couldn’t hear 061’s voice relax even by a bit.
He seemed to come to a realisation. “……How big is it?”
“Half the size of the lake.” 061 looked at the two youths playing in the water, splashing it on the human sacrifice with reckless abandon. He said in a low voice, “It’s…… been woken up.”
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