Fangirling Chinese Novels

Best to Have Met You – Chapter 2.1



An Ning’s thoughts: Lately, I am frequently running into him.
Xu Mo Ting said: Come here.  Sit right here.
Mo Ting’s thoughts: My palms are a little sweaty. [So embarrassing] I could die. (thanks to hoju for the translation)

Due to the overwhelming response, those curious cats will get their meal earlier, meow meow 😀 Yes Yui, I am looking at you 😛 By now, you should know who is the male lead. If you don’t, read again. So, what do you think of him? Cool right lol? More feedback, faster update 🙂

If you are a Japanese or Korean, I hope you don’t take offence with what has been translated. Please bear in mind this novel was written by a mainland Chinese author for the mainland readers so it’ll reflect their culture and society. Hence, take the jokes with a grain of salt. Anyway, do enjoy the cute interactions between our leads.

Chapter 2.1: Diplomat

This time, An Ning stayed at home for two days but received countless caring messages which mainly asked her to bring food back to the dormitory. Only Mao Mao firmly opposed, saying food will bring great mental torture to her! An Ning saw those who were online besieging  Mao Mao, so she occasionally sent a smiley face to confirm …… uh …… she was still watching.

Qiang Wei sent her a private message: What are you doing?

An Ning: Reading a translated post written by a Russian.

Qiang Wei: What is that?

An Ning: “The Best Method to Deal with a Corpse” and “Feasibility Report on the Liquor to Dissolve Corpse.”

Qiang Wei: These kind of things are very disgusting, right?!

An Ning: I am happily reading them ah.

Qiang Wei: You are different. By the way, I had dinner with Jiang Xu yesterday and he mentioned about you.

An Ning: Oh.

Qiang Wei: Is there anything else?!

An Ning: Oh …… Thank you for thinking about me.

Qiang Wei: ……

Qiang Wei: When you come back, bring me roast chicken!

An Ning: Ok.

Qiang Wei: Meow Meow, if I am a man, I’ll marry you.

An Ning: Just for a roast chicken?

Qiang Wei: Haha, yes ah!

The next day, An Ning returned to the university and brought meat, hope and mental torture to the students …… fully stuffed her winter overcoat pockets. If it was mental torture, then it was really a very cruel one.

When she was passing by the basketball court behind the cafeteria, she saw a familiar figure …… the third rib …… seemed like after she started to take notice of him, she would frequently see him.

Many people were watching the match. An Ning also watched for a while. When he was passing the ball to his teammate, all of a sudden, he seemed to have noticed something, stopped and glanced at her direction …… An Ning looked around …… Oh …… a lot of pretty girls.

“Li An Ning?” Someone called her from behind, An Ning turned around…… famous senior brother.

Jiang Xu came over, “Why are you carrying so many things? Just came back from home?”


He smiled: “I’ll help you to carry some, ok?”

An Ning: “No need.”

Jiang Xu: “Don’t need to be so polite.”

An Ning: “No, uh …… we are going to different directions.”

“……” It was rare for him to be rejected by a girl, moreover with such an excuse. For the first time Jiang Xu did not know whether to laugh or cry. When he recovered his composure, the other party had already slowly walked away.

That day, they’ve a mini party in the dormitory where everyone has a roast chicken in hand. However, Mao Mao has two because An Ning gave her share to Mao Mao, double the mental torture.

Qiang Wei will usually start talking about Japan AV (Adult Video). Then the topic changed to Japan’s Prime Minister releasing a record, “I feel this Prime Minister of Japan is not attending to his proper duties. I remember someone once told me that he is very fond of reading manga.”

An Ning: “Oh …… already changed. The one who likes to read manga is Taro Aso.”

Qiang Wei: “Stood down already?! So fast?”

An Ning: “The current one is Yukio Hatoyama …… you’ll definitely like his gossips more.”

Everyone immediately became very interested: “What, tell me?!”

An Ning “…… that is he snatched someone else’s wife, specifically his parents’ good friend’s brother’s wife……”

Zhao Yang: “Japan is really a country filled with performance art ah.”

Qiang Wei: “Non-human gathering place.”

Mao Mao: “Beasts!”

Zhao Yang: “Too insulting to the beasts.”

Qiang Wei: “Ya, some more the Japanese people actually dare to condemn the Chinese people as being cold and have no compassion!”

Mao Mao: “Anyway, they are kind of similar to the Koreans.”

An Ning: “How should I put it? Sim-nida (Korean term used by the Chinese to express ‘sarcasm’ and restricted only to informal chats) is just substituting our history, no real killing or wounding power. Japan, uh …… desires most to swallow China alive, more troublesome?”

Zhao Yang: Your ‘simida’ is making me laugh uncontrollably! Meow Meow, why are you so cute ah!!”

An Ning smiled: “Because I am Li An Ning la.”

Everyone: “…… Meow Meow, you are so proud of yourself.”

The first class on Monday was old Zhang’s Quantum Statistics. This time, it was rare for An Ning to enter the classroom before the bell rang, but she did not see Zhao Yang and others waving to her. Instead she saw him in the first row ….oh ……  really a bit too frequent, right? He saw her and to her surprise, he faintly said, “Come here.”

While An Ning was still lost in thought, he once again said “Sit right here”. She can’t decline his courteous invitation. After An Ning sat down, she only discovered that ——she was sitting next to him.

An Ning glanced at him, but he was already earnestly flipping through the book.

Why did he ask her to go over?

He listened attentively for the entire class. Occasionally,  his mobile phone on the table will light up, then he will reply the text message. An Ning dared not openly looked at him, so she only looked at his gray mobile phone and his slender fingers on top of the phone…..

An Ning swore, she did not want to look at him, but to ask him why he called her to go over ……

“Uh—— ”

“Pay attention to the lecture.” he said with a gentle tone.

…… Like this, wouldn’t it be difficult for anyone to continue to concentrate?

He seemed to sense that she was “watching” him, raised his head and asked lightly, “Did you bring ‘An Introduction to Diplomacy’?”

“Oh …… I brought.” Although puzzled, she still handed “An Introduction to Diplomacy of Contemporary China” which she has been carrying around recently, over to him. He took it with one hand, turned to the preface page and wrote something. Then he handed it back to her.

An Ning took a look …… beautiful calligraphic style handwriting which has not dried out yet …… Xu Mo Ting ……

As it turned out, the third rib was Xu Mo Ting……

An Ning lay in bed to ponder …… coincidence is really everywhere in the world. After all, why it was him again? However, it did not seem to feel awkward. Recalling his expression, when he later, asked for her number, like a matter of course …… how can someone do something so properly and expect it as a matter of course?

When Zhao Yang came in, she saw An Ning was holding her pillow and curled up in bed with her headphones, so she asked in surprise: “Meow Meow, you didn’t go to class ah?”

An Ning raised her head, “Went and came back.”

Zhao Yang looked at her watch: “It is already ten o’clock! I’ve lost track of time while conducting my experiments. By the way, Qiang Wei and Mao Mao have gone to the university next door to watch basketball match—— ”

An Ning took off the headphones and got out of bed to find her slippers, “I only saw the message after I finished my class, but the teacher did not call the roll today.”

“Bah, why every time I didn’t go, he also called the roll?” Then Zhao Yang gave a poster to An Ning, “I got it on the way home, very interesting.”

“X University’s ambassador” recruiting fervently …… “Oh.”

“Hey, how about getting Mao Mao to participate?” Zhao Yang smiled and picked up An Ning’s book from the table, “Why are you reading this kind of book?”

“Ah ……” An Ning walked to the water cooler and got herself a drink.

Zhao Yang flipped through the book and was about to put it down but she seemed to see something to make her pick it up again and flipped open, “Xu …… Mo Ting? Meow Meow, this is not your book?”


“Xu Mo Ting, how come this name sounds so familiar?”

“…… Many people have the surname Xu.”

Zhao Yang suddenly smiled knowingly: “Meow Meow, this won’t work. Leniency to those who confess, punishment to those who resist!”

An Ning: “Okay …… I’ll take the punishment.”

On Xu Mo Ting’s end, after he attended a useless course, he returned to his dormitory to put down some stuff. Zhang Qi was surprised to see him, “Aren’t you in Control Yuan (an investigatory government agency that monitors the other branches of government) today?”

“I came to do something.”

Xu Mo Ting has always done things in a low-key manner. When he was a research student, he had already started work at Control Yuan and will only return to the university occasionally for a short while when there were matters to settle. “Do something? What is the big matter in the university which I don’t know about?”

Xu Ting Mo patted his shoulder: “A private matter, none of your business.”

“Ha, since you mentioned it, I notice recently, you come to the university rather frequently. Leader, this is not like you ah ——It can’t be like what Cheng Yu said that you are interested in a girl in our university?”

Xu Mo Ting smiled: “I won’t deny it.”

Three days later, An Ning met Xu Mo Ting again at the venue to sign up for the “talent contest”. Zhao Yang and her were coerced by Qiang Wei to come together. The person who was accompanying him by his side was the girl who helped to move house with her last time.

Last night, An Ning was dragged by her cousin to play online game for most of the night so she was very sleepy now. There were quite a lot of people signing up so it should be at least half an hour before their turn. All An Ning wanted to do now, was to find a seat to take a short nap.

“Zhao Yang, I am going outside to take a sit, you accompany Wei Wei.”

Last night, Zhao Yang saw a sleepy cat played World of Warcraft (an online game), so she waved her hand: “Go la!”

An Ning has just left the gymnasium when she received a call from her cousin, “Someone woke me up!”

An Ning: “The pharaoh (a ruler in ancient Egypt) said, if you disturb people who are sleeping, you will go to hell.”

Cousin: “You come to execute la, let our dormitory teacher goes to hell.”

An Ning: “If I can execute then I won’t get up this morning, last night ……”

Cousin: “What?”

An Ning: “Well …… The weather is quite good today, so I want to take a nap.”

Cousin: “Are you implying that I ought to go to hell?”

An Ning: “As a matter of fact, I am expressing it explicitly.”

Cousin laughed out: “Ok, I won’t drag you to play that game next time.”

An Ning smiled: “Thank you.”

Cousin: “Hey, I was so in love with you ah!”

An Ning: “I also love you.” Well, as long as you don’t drag me to play game at midnight.

In the end, An Ning picked a wooden chair beneath a shade and closed her eyes.


In a daze, there seemed like a person sitting next to her and she drowsily rested her head on his shoulder.

Later, An Ning was awakened by Qiang Wei, “How can you really fall asleep in public? You are not afraid someone will rob or harass you?”

An Ning: “We are all civilized people.”

Qiang Wei: “……”

An Ning got up and stretched her body: “Where is Zhao Yang?”

Qiang Wei: “Went to toilet.”

When Zhao Yang was running back, a luxury car drove past her, she can’t help but sighed: “I’ve always wanted to experience turning a sports car 180 degree, stop the car and stretch out my legs —— Wei Wei, grant me my wish, ok? ”

Qiang Wei looked at her in disdain: “I’ve never sat on the driver’s seat before, so if I drive, both of us will go directly to heaven!”

Zhao Yang chuckled: “I saw a handsome guy just now, that person who previously came to old Zhang’s class to get the blacklist.”

Qiang Wei: “Didn’t you say back then that he is only average looking?”

Zhao Yang: “Last time, he stood too far away so I did not see clearly. But after I saw him directly at close range, I then discovered what is a magnificent seven-feet man. He is like grown jade that faced the wind (which is why it got its beautiful polished shape) —— An Ning, you missed the golden opportunity again, what a pity.”

An Ning: “Oh.”

Qiang Wei held An Ning’s arm: “Our An Ning is not such a superficial person who will become starry eyed after seeing a handsome guy. Meow Meow, am I right?”

An Ning: “Yes ah——what a pity.”

Qiang Wei: “……”

Zhao Yang was already laughing so hard until she has to lean on An Ning.

After the talent contest registration event, for a time, practice voices that sounded like wail of the ghosts and howl of the  wolves could be heard from the girl dormitory. According to Zhao Yang, it was an indication of “strength” but An Ning thought, “the pharaoh ought to go to hell.”

51 thoughts on “Best to Have Met You – Chapter 2.1

  1. Yay! Thank you! So in love with Mo Ting already 🙂 So, he’s not really a University student but goes there because of his job and because of An Ning? Cute!

    • Mo Ting is still a uni post-graduate student but you know the kind who only needs to hand in the thesis & doesn’t really need to attend many classes because he already has a job.

  2. I love novels where the male leads falls for the female first. There something very satisfying about it & makes much sense knowing that later the guy is still super devoted.

    Thanks peanuts!!!! U tends to favor sweet novel so i have faith i’ll enjoy this one as well.

    • Thank you for your vote of confidence. Ya, I translate this book to remedy the defect in Silent Separation 🙂 Later after chapter 3, pls do some banners for my Mo Ting lol.

      • You can count on it!!! I shall be free in November when I have more time on my computer. I’ll play around with some banners for you.

        Does this book come with famous artwork like “Silent Separation?”

        • No hurry so Nov is fine. Got artwork but of course not as famous as ‘Silent’. The first 2 featured pics are from the book. Give you more pic/info later 🙂

  3. I wonder what makes Mo Ting fall for An Ning? Did they meet before?

  4. Meow Meow.. i’m back! ;p

    Waaaahh.. Yes, he’s soo COOL!!! i am grinning from ear to ear 😀
    ouh.. he successfully makes me falling in love with him!!! thank God, my heart has many rooms, so.. this Mo Ting.. emm.. come to mama! LOLs

    thank you Peanuts.. aiyooo.. you know la i like this kind of man! yummy! ;p

    • Why you always ‘curi” my guys :P? U see one, eat one, so faithless lol

      • ‘curi’? steal? haha.. hey, you can speak my language? lol.. but i dunno why, perhaps, we have the same ‘taste’ of man.. LOLs.. and i bet, many of your readers have the same as yours too.. :p

        btw how many chapters la this novel?

        ps : may i ask you here. do you watch line walker? 😀

        • I can speak many languages lol. Ya, birds of a feather flock together, haha…..

          You’ll have all the info on this novel next week so wait la 😛

          Why? Raymond Lam is also in your harem lol? I watched Line Walker here & there so don’t ask me to explain anything to you 😛

  5. Thanks. I want to read Xu Mo Ting and An Ning interaction more. An Ning is such a unique person. I love her responses in conservation, for example this one:
    Qiang Wei: You are different. By the way, I had dinner with Jiang Xu yesterday and he mentioned about you.

    An Ning: Oh.

    Qiang Wei: Is there anything else?!

    An Ning: Oh …… Thank you for thinking about me.

    Qiang Wei: ……
    She is quite ‘heartless’ haha..

    • As I’ve mentioned b4 this novel is not purely romance, only 50% & the other 50% is friendship/family.

      Haha, not ‘heartless’, just slow to warm up 😛

  6. sweeetttttt!!! thanks peanut! Li An Ning is interesting, wonder how Xu Mo Ting actully fall for her ;p

  7. LAN is so adorable!

    the plot of XMT falling for LAN first is just lovely… their past story is quite interesting since not much is known about it, but their present interactions are quite intriguing too.

    are there any english information available for this specific novel? like how many chapters, as well as summary and/or spoilers? tried to google it, but no luck so far…

    and is there a “schedule” of posting new chapter updates? (like in the case of Really Really Miss You which is Tue/Wed and Fri/Sat)

    • The only English info is what I chose to release 😛 Be patient! By next week chapter 3, you’ll know most of the info abt the novel. In the meantime, enjoy the mystery lol.

      I’ve no schedule, I’ll post whenever I can finish translating but you probably can check back this Thur & next Thur (Asia timezone) for it.

  8. lols Xu Mo Ting’s way of courting is quite different ey? And An Ning response can be so awkward when no one understands her jokes…

  9. arghh who sit next to her ? hope Xu Mo Ting 🙂 but i’m curious with the girl who accompany Xu Mo Ting ,she is not a love rivals right 😀

  10. I really like the style! its so nice, sweet and cute!! so so much thank you for this novel. 🙂 looking forward to more and more 😉

  11. The book…. Ain’t it from the library? If so, you can’t write on borrowed book! If it’s his on this point, how did the black face librarian thought that it’s An Ning, is her name written there somewhere?

    Mo Ting is just super COOL. I find it cool when the guy gets nervous too when near the girl, too tiring to find the guy always composed. Well, he just so cute. I want more of him. I wonder what made him fall in love with her, and there are more questions, like, why is JX famous and on what field? I guess it will be answered in the next chapters, and I can’t wait to eat more. q(^0^)p

    • I think it is his personal book that he intend to ‘left’ with the borrowed book, so the librarian could pass it along to An Ning after the librarian learnt that it is not library book. He just try to create the reason for him to meet her and let her know his personal info ^^

    • Dear Cat, you need to read chapter 1 again 🙂 You need to read this novel carefully, no speed reading 😛

      Remember MT used AN’s library card to borrow his books? When he returned his stack of borrowed books, he purposely included his personal book in that stack. Thus the librarian said to AN: “Then this is yours. The day before yesterday, when you returned your books, this book was among them. Quickly take it away.”

      As to why JX is famous, it has already been revealed in chapter 1 by Qiang Wei: “An Ning, this is my alma mater senior. Of course, he is also my current senior! You definitely have heard of him who is from the Chinese Folk Literature Department. He is in charge of our university’s periodical newspaper.”

      • Ah, yup yup, that’s strange I have not thought that when I actually read it at least 4 times. Gomen gomen,
        ;p and I thought there is more to it than that. Like, JX is also a model or something.

        How MT fell for her, is it gonna be answered on the next chaps soon?

  12. “… practice voices that sounded like wail of the ghosts and howl of the wolves …” << HAHAHAHAHA! My parents have that saying for my singing! Hilarious !

    Thanks again Peanuts for translating 🙂

  13. I get it now….MT must be the one who saw An’s accident, was the one who An “rescued” him from black faced librian. Who won’t fall for a girl who expects nothing in return?

    It reminds me of old Japanese movie “Love Letter” where a boy kept writing a girl’s name in every library card.

    • I am sorry to tell u that u also have to read chapter 1 again:(

      The one who saw AN’s accident was the famous senior male student Jiang Xu, not MT. “Soon after, An Ning recalled this person was the famous senior male fellow student who passed by when she had an accident last time.”

      Actually, it is more like AN was the one who ‘rescued’ MT fr the librarian by letting him used her library card 😛

      Kind of similar but in this case it was AN who scribbled the guy’s name on a piece of paper.

  14. Eeeeeeks! I have a new addiction now…

  15. thank you hoju and peanuts for the new chapter

    mo ting is so cute, how can he become an ning’s secret admirer? i hope an ning will find out soon because i want to see her reaction, 🙂

    btw, is senior jiang interested to an ning??

  16. Mo Ting seems like a really cool guy! Her cousin seems really funny too haha, she seems like the type who will tease An Ning a lot later on 😉 Can’t wait to read more! 😀

  17. You’ve been nominated for the Sunshine Award, peanuts, lidge, and hui3er! Please go to the link below and read the post and the comments. Thanks for your hard work at translating!

  18. Do I see a triangle here between Li An Ning, Mo Ting and Jiang Xu? I initially thought Cheng Yu was also a possibility in the equation, then it became known she was just a cousin and Mo Ting told her not to worry (that was quite embarrassing for An Ning)….ok…but cousins have been known to turn out to be the evil third wheel sometimes….I guess we’ll wait and see.

    When An Ning was resting on the wooden chair with her eyes closed; quote, “In a daze, there seemed like a person sitting next to her and she drowsily rested her head on his shoulder”….that person was Mo Ting, right?

    • You are too suspicious of your cousin:P As my disciple, I’ll give u big spoiler lol. The 2nd male lead has not appeared yet 🙂

      Haha, read next chapter to find out who is that person:P

  19. What?!!!! Jiang Xu is not even the second lead. My oh my….this gonna be interesting…

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  21. Do you know how hard it is to read this on a public transport without laughing out loud?? I have to laugh internally hehehe!

    Did I mention that I love her cousin? Hehehe!!

    Oooh our Xu Mo Ting’s entrance is subtle but impressive.

  22. Thanks a lot, peanuts~

  23. “…voices that sounded like wail of the ghosts and howl of the  wolves..”
    LOL… hilarous..
    Thanks Peanut… love u to the moon and back!

  24. Thanks Peanut, I am reading this book now and i am loving it.

  25. Okay, Peanuts. I have to confess, since it’s 2019 already, but this is the 5th time I’m reading this book. 4x in 2018 when I discovered this blog and then again this year. (Sigh) I can’t leave you and Hoju.

  26. Argghh she’s soooooo cute. I’m loving this sm 😍😍

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