Fangirling Chinese Novels

Really, Really Miss You (很想很想你) – Chapter 28



Something else was supposed to occur (or, more accurately, be released) on Valentine’s Day.  Did you remember?

Chapter 28 – Spicy Crispy Skin Fish (6)

Dong Yiru was still in a state of exhilaration and was even scrolling through the comments for her to see. They all said the same thing, all along the lines of “My heart has shattered.” Below Mu Mu’s Weibo re-post, there was no lack of people within the entertainment circle excitedly wanting the inside gossip on what the female subject of the photograph looked like from a frontal view. Mu Mu was especially serious when he replied to a yellow-V Weibo-er who was a closer friend: Pretty. The type I like.

And then below that was another string of comments in the vein of “Is this a hint that someone wants to steal someone else’s girl ( ⊙ o ⊙)?!”

The line-up of comments was very orderly and under control…



“You know, Mu Mu is my absolute cosplayer idol. If I were not paying attention to him all the time, I would definitely have missed this. Don’t worry. It really was deleted almost instantly… Probably no one got a chance to save the photo…” Dong Yiru was still going on and on with her blah blah blah…

Gu Sheng was at a loss for words.

I need to calm down. Calm down…

That was all she could think.

She could not stay in the grocery store any longer. Fortunately, Dong Yiru was still in the middle of her work shift and did not dare talk too much with her. Gu Sheng found an excuse and ran out of there all the way home. Once she stepped in through the doorway, she saw her mother washing dishes in the kitchen. Hearing the sound of the front door, her mom turned to take a quick backwards glance. “Why are you suddenly back? Didn’t you say you weren’t coming home this week? I didn’t leave any dinner for you.”

“Mm … I went to a schoolmate’s house. It’s close to here. I came back since it was on the way.”

Mom did not say any more and simply pointed at the refrigerator. “Your dad and I are on duty to take care of your [maternal] grandma through the night. If you’re hungry, there are buns in the fridge. Get some to eat yourself.”

She answered with an “mm.”

It was good there would be no one at home, definitely good. Otherwise, if she was acting abnormal the whole night, she was sure her dad and mom would interrogate her.

She wandered back into her room and felt her own face. Burning up, so burning up. She could completely imagine how red it was. She had been teased in so many ways and so fiercely today that in retrospect, she rather admired herself for even being able to last all the way back home. T.T


Qiang Qing Ci…

Mo Qingcheng…

These three names combined together made up one person. And this particular person was the voice she had liked from the time she had first stepped into the entertainment circle. Back then, she did not know he could sing. Her only thought at the time was that one day, she would compose, arrange, and write the lyrics and dialogue for a storyline song, and if Toupai could deliver one or two spoken lines in it, she would feel complete.


At that time, her thinking was so simple…

She changed into her pajamas and sat out on the little balcony of her room. Her hands unconsciously rested on her guzheng. Her heart was still beating irregularly, sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly…

She and Toupai… How had they evolved into this sort of relationship? … Was Toupai being serious, or was this just more of the teasing that was normal in the 2-D world and he just could not be bothered to clarify?

She recalled how, occasionally, a big name in the entertainment circle had hinted that she was interested in Toupai and some romance rumors had then followed-suit, but those rumors also died out very quickly. Mo Qingcheng genuinely was not someone who liked to publicly clarify or declare his opinion on anything. On the contrary, he somewhat gave the sense that he was actually dissociated from the 2-D world. With the exception of this time…

She touched her hand to her face again…

Still so hot. T.T

Was this an indication that her mind was going to spend the night drifting around in space somewhere?…

Without thinking, she plucked a note on her guzheng. A “twang” rang out. All of a sudden, something buried in her mind was prodded out. “Shang Ye”… Today was Valentine’s Day. Toupai said he was going to post “Shang Ye” on Valentine’s Day?! Oh no, oh no! The wave after wave of comments that were going to come were just too scary. She had not figured out what she was supposed to do… But if she continued being high profile like this, she really was going to go utterly insane.

She took a deep breath, then got up from the balcony and went back to her own bed. Lying there on her stomach, she stared at her mobile phone. Given the choice between either dialing the phone number or sending a WeChat message, she decisively went with the latter option… Keeping it to that form of communication seemed to at least allow her to maintain her composure a bit more.

She thought for a moment, then decided on typing the message: Still busy?

Very quickly, a voice message was returned from the other end.

Mo Qingcheng’s voice could be heard clearly: “Wait a sec. I just finished showering. Let me put on some clothes.”



Her brain very successfully helped her conjure up an image. The next second, she was burying her face furiously into her pillow. Too, too much allowed for the imagination…

Soon, she heard her phone ring, and it was not a WeChat alert. It was an incoming phone call. Gu Sheng turned her head to the side and looked at her phone. Mo Qingcheng’s name showed up on the screen. He had actually, truly called her. Not WeChat. A phone call… Gu Sheng hesitated for a dozen seconds or so before she finally answered.


“Have you eaten dinner yet?” This was the first sentence Toupai said to her in his first phone call to her.

“Not yet…” Gu Sheng answered unthinkingly.

“I’m still at the hospital. Want to have dinner together?”



Oh god, who could give her a few pounds of courage so she could refuse Toupai for the second time in a day?

In that tranquil atmosphere of her room, she could even hear the steady sound of Mo Qingcheng’s breathing coming from her phone… She very despicably chose to ignore his question and asked about the priority that was on her mind instead. “I wanted to talk to you… because, actually, I wanted to talk about that song we recorded…”

His voice was gentle. Immediately, he understood what she was talking about. “Shang Ye?”

“Mm-hmm… Shang Ye.”

“What about it?”

“I wanted to ask, that song… could we… post it on an ordinary date instead?” As a singer, she could not bear to not release a song that she had put so much heart into recording. But if they were to post it on this particular day, she did not know if she would ever dare go online again. T.T

“Mm. Sure.”



That simple?

So… simple.

Gu Sheng was relieved.

“But we might need to change it to a different song, then,” Mo Qingcheng said with a little chuckle, “because they all know that I’m going to post something today as a gift for all of them.”

She knew, of course, the “them” he was talking about was his fans.

Right. He had promised already… so he could not go back on his word and not upload a song. Gu Sheng also felt that would be inappropriate, but… if that song was released today, she truly felt she would not be able to keep it together. Seriously, she honestly, honestly would not be able to keep it together.

“How about this? Tonight, let’s collaborate again on a new song.” Mo Qingcheng very considerately offered her another suggestion. “Do you have a song arrangement that is ready to go? Send it to me and I’ll sing it, how about that?”

“…… Okay.”

It seemed that was the only option.

Toupai was not a singer. If he was, his computer would have to have some stock songs ready, right? And he would not be caught in a bind where he wanted to change songs last minute but had nothing he could use.

“I think, in my computer… the newest one I have is ‘Jinli Chao‘ [Legend of the Koi].” She was a little embarrassed to tell him this. After all, right now, the whole country was making covers of this song, and having Toupai sing it seemed… not special enough.

“Nice. We will stir-fry koi tonight[1].” His voice seemed to resonate slightly, and he did not mind at all. “You do the harmony?”

“…… Okay.”

She gave in and agreed. Getting up off her bed, she started to look for her new arrangement of “Legend of the Koi.” Actually, it was precisely because the whole country was making covers of this song that she had decided to also have some fun and had made an arrangement with her guzheng playing the main melody. Harmonizing… She had only tried it once or twice. As she thought about harmonizing with Mo Qingcheng, she still felt tremendous pressure weighing down upon her.

It was half an hour of hard work before she finally completed the background music.

Even when she had sent it over, she still felt uneasy…


He sent over a WeChat message: “I posted it. You can go have a listen.”

That fast?

Did he do it in a single take?!


He truly was Toupai [number one, lead attraction], indeed.

She opened up Toupai’s Weibo. Since he was still at the hospital, after he received the background music, he could only use the Changba[2] app to record the song and then directly upload it from there. Hence, it was a very simple, clean Weibo tweet. There was no additional explanation and no one was @ either.

Gu Sheng breathed out in relief. The harmonies… People should not be able to tell it was her, right?

That would be the best situation. T.T

Only three minutes had passed, and the Weibo post had been re-tweeted more than a thousand times.

She suddenly did not dare click on the link to listen to the song. But deep inside, she still very much wanted to immediately have a listen of Toupai’s version of “Legend of the Koi”…… In the end, she finally mustered up her courage and opened up the link.

While she was still inhaling a deep breath, she could already hear the musical introduction that she had played on her guzheng.

This song’s introduction was relatively long…


And it was with that guzheng music playing in the background that she very clearly heard Toupai use his unique, low voice to gently introduce the song: “This song is a gift from me and her to all of you. Happy Valentine’s Day.”

[1] Toupai is playing on words and similar sounds. He said 炒锦鲤 “chao jinli”, where this “chao” means to stir-fry and “jinli” is the koi fish. The title of the song is 锦鲤抄 “Jinli Chao.” In this case, the “chao” is a different character and is actually a Japanese literary style.

[2]唱吧. A free social networking app that acts almost like a mobile karaoke machine. During singing, it will automatically record and add in built-in effects such as reverb and echo. It can then directly upload onto other social networking sites such as Weibo or QQ.

 Additional Comments:

Any of you fill in images in your mind of an unclothed Toupai just out of the shower?  😉

No kidding when it was said the whole country was doing covers of this song, 锦鲤抄 “Jinli Chao” [Legend of the Koi].  If you search for the Chinese name in Youtube, you get tons of different versions..  Now imagine Chinese sites.  The version I linked is a cover sung by 小曲儿, the singer of Shang Ye and my favourite singer.  There are several good versions out there, most of them duets since this song was written as a duet of two female voices.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a male-female duet, so you’ll have to imagine Sheng Sheng’s harmonies.

I thought the tune was catchy when I first listened to it but didn’t get the hype… until I seriously paid attention to the lyrics.  The love story is touching… 😦



In the ninth year of the reign of Ningwu Emperor, Ren Guang, the carved scroll of “Records of Strange Tales” recorded this:
The Fusang[a] artist, Qian Qi, who lived in Tai’an, loved to paint koi. In one area of his front courtyard was a lotus pond. Inside, a koi swam around, and Qi would often play with it.
At this time, the Wude Uprising occurred. The town of Panzhen separated and became independent, fighting broke out, and all sorts of vile and wicked people arose in rebellion. War closed in on Tai’an. All neighbours fled, with the exception of Qi, who did not want to part with his koi.
That night, a fire broke out in his home. Someone entered the fiery scene to protect Qi and said to him that she was a koi demon who originally intended to kill Qi but developed feelings for him and could not bear to carry through with her plan. By the next morning, the fire had slowly died out, but the girl was gone.
Qi thought that it had been like a dream. He ran to the pond but discovered the water had dried up, the lotus leaves had all withered, and the koi inside was missing.
From beginning to end, he had not clearly seen her face. All he could remember was the beautiful lotuses on the bosom of her gown. Their color was entrancing, like tears of blood.
Later, when Qing Yan Ju Shi [‘ju shi’ is probably a taoist or buddhist with great knowledge and abilities] heard his recount, he sighed and said, “When demons and spirits fall in love, their souls have no choice but to turn to scattered dust. Like a moth that cannot help throwing itself at a fire, it is not foolishness but rather, destiny.”

[0:33] 蝉声陪伴着行云流浪
The sounds of cicadas accompany the drifting clouds
As memories start to flood over me, I stare quietly off into the distance
The old well and dried pond overgrown with weeds
Emit a hint of the past

[0:49] 晨曦惊扰了陌上新桑
The rays of dawn disturb the new mulberry tree that has grown on the path in the fields
The breeze swirls the fallen blossoms through the winding corridor
The ink follows my emotions as it flows off the brush
And stains my white garments

[1:07] 阳光微凉 琴弦微凉 风声疏狂 人间仓皇
The sunshine is cool. The strings of the qin are cool. The wind blows fiercely. This mortal world is in a flurry.
呼吸微凉 心事微凉 流年匆忙 对错何妨
My breath is cool. The worries of my heart are cool. Time is hurrying by. Why be concerned with right and wrong?

[1:24] 你在尘世中辗转了千百年
You wandered this mortal world for hundreds and thousands of years
Yet you only let me see you in that one final farewell
As the light of the fire traced out your features and then burned itself out
别留我一人 孑然一身 凋零在梦境里面
Please don’t leave me by myself, alone in this world, to fade away inside a dream


[2:01] 萤火虫愿将夏夜遗忘
Fireflies are willing to forget summer nights
If truly, it’s time that I ought to say farewell to this period of my past
My sleeves were accidentally stained with the fragrance of the water lotus flower
And from then, I fell into the entrapments of this mortal world

[2:18] 屐齿轻踩着烛焰摇晃
My shoes tread lightly and unsteadily on the candle flame’s shadow
All forms of noise, all forms of silence have been traced into the painting
I continue my journey, from when the insects awake in spring all the way until the first frost descends
My tears join together, like lines of poetry

[2:35] 灯花微凉 笔锋微凉 难绘虚妄 难解惆怅
The burnt candlewick is cool. The tip of the writing brush is cool. So difficult to paint what is imaginary. So difficult to dispel melancholy.
梦境微凉 情节微凉 迷离幻象 重叠忧伤
The scenes in my dreams are cool. The plots in them are cool. Those blurry illusions only cause grief upon grief.

[2:52] 原来诀别是因为深藏眷恋
It turns out our farewell was because of a deeply hidden love
You used your reincarnation as an exchange for me to rest with moonlight on my pillow
I wish my memories would stop at my gaunt fingertips
随繁花褪色 尘埃散落 渐渐地渐渐搁浅
And fade away, like the colors of the formerly flourishing blossoms. The dust has settled. And gradually, so gradually, they will come to a halt.

[3:14] 多年之后 我又梦到那天
Many years later, I dreamed again of that day
画面遥远 恍惚细雨绵绵
That image seemed so distant, like looking through a continuous drizzle of rain

[3:30] 如果来生太远寄不到诺言
If the next life seems too remote that one cannot entrust a promise to it
It would be better to let go of all those things that have been held stubbornly in the heart
Use those fragments of verse and poetry as a way to mourn the passing of years
老去的当年 水色天边 有谁将悲欢收殓
Yesteryear’s scenes have grown old. Who can bury those old sorrows and joys?

[3:50] 蝉声陪伴着行云流浪
The sounds of cicadas accompany the drifting clouds
To those distant memories

[a] 扶桑. In mythology, Fusang was the name of a mystic island east of China, but then became interpreted as current day Japan.

43 thoughts on “Really, Really Miss You (很想很想你) – Chapter 28

  1. toupai~~!!!~~u kill me here..heehee..sheng sheng..its still romantic post …”a song from me and her”?…yup its going to be moree crazy..haahaaa..thanks for this update..

  2. LOL. No wild imagination running through my mind, but I did LOL that Toupai was so honest in his reply. Very much like talking to a gf. That song is so sad… And Toupai, so discreet to again tell the world that he has someone now. ^^ Thank you for sharing this chapter with us! Now that business is finished, could we have the dinner date? (:

    • LOL. I loved it. He’s getting more and more casual with her.
      A dinner date would be lovely, but Sheng Sheng has to agree to it. It might be overload for her heart.

  3. Hahahah toupai refuses to let go of her that he mentioned her ” from me and her”

    I wish toupai should tell her directly

    • I think Toupai is prepping her for the talk. It took the entire time at the anime expo for her to accept that they might be on a date. Can you imagine if he dropped the bomb and told her directly he was interested in her? She’s processing things in her mind now.

      • Bt she is getting confused…. Still unbelieving ….when will Toupai formally tell her abt his feelings???

      • I can’t stop falling me for Toupai…. Thanks a lot for translating…. 🙂

        • Yes, she is in a state of disbelief, but at least she is starting to think about, could she and Toupai be linked together in “that” way?. And he did plant in her mind the idea of boyfriend-girlfriend? 😉

          Toupai has that effect on many people…

          You’re welcome!

  4. Thank you Hoju!

    Poor Sheng Sheng! She wanted to be under the radar, but one sentence from Cheng Cheng and that’s out the window. Love it.

  5. the song and the interpretation is nice. This is the first song that I really love in this story…It’s a good song.
    Toupai is so sly. He clearly know why Gu sheng doesn’t want to post Sheng Yu, but he still want to announce to the world that Gu Sheng is his

    • I’m glad you liked the song. Shang Ye is my fave because of the sad story, and I am captured by the lyrics of this one.

      Indeed! Toupai is actually pretty black belly, but he just hides it well.

  6. ngeeeeeeeeeeee ❤ i want toupai toooo

  7. Ah Toupai? You really know how to make me blushing la.. Lols..
    ‘From me and her’, oh dear Toupai, you just announce it once again!!! This Gu Sheng wont sleep tonighy! Haha.. I bet she would cry under the pillow! Oh, so Toupai is a doctor? Really nice.. He help people.. With his skill as a doctor and also his talent! What a perfect guy!

    Thank you Hoju.. Really, really like it! 🙂

    • Oh gosh, there’s one more thing from Toupai that is going to completely ruin Sheng Sheng’s sleep…. 😉

      You’re welcome. 🙂

  8. Hoju thanks for the update 🙂 i like this song 🙂 Sheng Sheng why you not say yes yes yes for val’s dinner lol.

  9. Again, where is my Toupai?!! “A song from me and her?” *sigh* Sheng Sheng is sooooooo lucky!
    Thanks hoju!!

  10. Toupai kills me!! He would make me go crazy, she was trying to get less comments to come out but then he says from me and her xD I can’t help but love Toupai!! Your updates make me soo happy ^^

    • He’s always one step ahead of her. But so sweet… How can you not love him?
      To quote Toupai (still remember this?): *smile* It’s good that you’re happy.

  11. Thank you Hoju. I like the song much more after reading the lyric translation. You translate it beautifully. One thing that I like from this novel is the songs. I anticipate new song(s) to be introduced when the new chapter translation is out. I can understand how Sheng Sheng feel. I could go crazy haha…

    • These are one of my favourite lyrics too! While not every song in the story has been a hit with me, the novel introduced me to the ancient-style music circle and I’m hooked.

      Me too! Sudden fame because her idol is trying to court her? I’d be dazed and embarrassed too. LOL


  13. the song was beautifully translation and Toupai you really can’t miss the opportunity to announce to the world and your fans Sheng Sheng is yours hey

    • Thanks! The translation of this one came easier, probably because I love the lyrics.

      Of course he wouldn’t miss it. 😉 He’s so forthright and bold, but how can it be sooooo romantic at the same time?

  14. I forgot to say how beautiful is the song translation. Thank you so much.

  15. I hope she agrees to the dinner invitation already but I’m afraid that would be too much of what she can take for the day. Toupai is really kind of black belly, but it’s okay, I love him for whatever he is, so can I have him then? Very well said and done, “from me and her”. Every time I or anyone else use this in a sentence, I’m afraid Imma gonna blush. >.<

  16. He absolutely refused to let her escape association on Qixi lol

  17. If you listen carefully there are actually some faint harmonies in the background when he sings the main most catchy parts.

    • Yes. 🙂 Those are part of the original BGM, and they are female background singers because the original singers were female. I’ll just imagine that to be Sheng Sheng. I was hoping to find a version that had true duet-style harmonization, like the author describes, not just background singing, but I’ll take my favourite singer’s voice, too. :p

      Thanks for reading!

  18. Omg omg omg… “from me and her” ❤
    The story behind the "Legend of Koi" is really sad and touching at the same time.
    Thank you so much~

  19. I think I’m going to be crazy with smile when I read and listen to the music. Thank you very much to translate this novel. U make one good deed for giving one person joy in reading 🙂

  20. HAHA! Toupai got what he wanted in the end anyways!

  21. Toupai went for instant kill with his one statement 😜

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