This is it! I can’t believe it, but it’s the final chapter! Thanks to all who have followed along and gushed along with me, whether it be by comment or just secretly squealing. I had a blast!
For those who have asked, yes, the book is being published still. Last week, Mo Bao Fei Bao said on her Weibo that she had just handed in her draft to the publisher, and the book should be out by May. She even invited her biggest, most beloved CV idol to write a fore or afterword for it. Yes, there will be additional material that will be in the published book that is not in the current online version. She gave a sneak-peek to fans on her Weibo of an excerpt, and it had me grinning like a silly girl. She even ties it in to Beautiful Bones (the next book I’m going to translate), which got all the fans excited. 🙂 As to when you’ll see these extra scenes being translated and posted on the blog here, it depends on when I can get my hands on the book, but judging from the past, with a May release date, I won’t be able to get one until at least the summer. Ask me if you ever want an update. 🙂
However, while this is the official end for now, I have a little RRMY treat for all of you for my next post. 🙂 So, Toupai and Sheng Sheng fans, come back on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning.
Chapter 53 (Final Chapter) – “Long Term Meal Voucher”
Overconcern will cause you to lose your cool and have unclear thinking.
Station after station went by. The metro’s distinctive sound of friction against the tracks as well as its unique smell inside the train car all caused her to feel more and more unsure about which destination she should go to. Fortunately, when she was holding her phone in her hand, she remembered Geng Xiaoxing. With the approach of just finding one person at a time, she called Geng Xiaoxing.
Clearly, this postgraduate girl was even idler than she was. When she picked up the phone, she sounded as if she had not woken up yet.
And also, there was a sense that she was talking furtively…
“Are you able to get ahold of Jue Mei?” Gu Sheng was in no mood to ask her why she was acting like she was a thief.
“Him, um… Not necessarily. Something urgent?”
“Mm-hmm.” She cut to the chase. “His phone is shut off, and I’m not sure the reason. I want to find him and I can’t… I don’t know if I should go to the hospital or his home. That’s why I want to ask Jue Mei if he’s home or not.”
Jue Mei worked from home, so asking him would, of course, be most effective.
“Oh, you’re looking for Toupai. Maybe he’ll be turning on his phone soon…”
Geng Xiaoxing was dragging out her voice, and it was not clear what she was thinking…
“But I’m on the metro already.” Gu Sheng exhaled lightly. “The next stop will be his home.”
“Huh? So urgent? What’s wrong?” Geng Xiaoxing noticed that her mood seemed rather downcast.
“Nothing… Just that, I happened to hear that their hospital has a patient with some sort of infectious disease and many medical personnel have been temporarily quarantined. I was already a little worried, and now, I can’t even get ahold of him… But based on the time, he should be off now, so I decided to just go have a look.”
“Toupai is such a good person, how could he have such bad luck, right?” Geng Xiaoxing lowered her voice. “I guarantee you, Toupai is absolutely fine. He may have just forgotten to charge his phone…”
Gu Sheng finally discovered that there was something a little abnormal about Geng Xiaoxing. Based on her familiarity with her as her roommate of four years, something was definitely amiss!
“How can you guarantee?” She started to turn the tables and question Geng Xiaoxing.
“In any case…”
“Have you seen him?”
“Geng Xiaoxing?” Gu Sheng’s tone was steely.
“Fine, I give in to you… Come over. I’m at Jue Mei’s place. Toupai seems to be sleeping…”
Just as she thought ( ⊙ o ⊙), ah!
The anxiety and fear she had felt in those twenty-plus minutes just a short while ago were now completely swept away. She also could not be bothered at the moment with finding out the gossip on how Geng Xiaoxing’s secret relationship with Jue Mei had reached the stage where they were having a date at his home. The metro happened to be pulling into the station right then, and with bag in hand, she ran out, swiped her metro card, exited the station, crossed the street, and entered his community compound.
It was a hard sprint the whole way. When she pulled out the key and opened the front door of Toupai’s home, there was sweat on her forehead.
The living room was quiet, like there was no one home. Her eyes glanced at Jue Mei’s door, which was tightly shut. I won’t bother with you right now, hmph hmph… She walked up to the door of Toupai’s room but then heard the noise of water from the bathroom, so she turned and followed the direction of the sound.
Toupai was holding a white towel and using it to rub his hair and wipe his face.
He had a habit where, everyday when he awoke, he liked to wash his face and then also wash his hair while he was at it…
As a result, once again, it was a picture of him with a laidback, wet-haired look.
She finally saw him.
All of a sudden, her heart fluttered.
Since their goodbye that night after their vacation, it had already been three days where they had not seen each other…
Three days. So long.
“Jue Mei woke me up just now.” He seemed a little tired as he hung the towel back up again. Stretching out his hand, he stroked her hair. “He said you were coming over. What’s the matter? Why were you suddenly looking for me?” While he spoke, he walked out of the bathroom with her and back to his room.
Reaching back, he shut the door behind him.
Gu Sheng, though, had not yet thought about how she was going to explain why she had suddenly come over.
In retrospect, the reason was actually rather silly… Those incidences that only had one one-thousandth of a chance of occurring, she still had somehow associated with him. It really was so silly that she was embarrassed to mention it, ah T.T……
She arbitrarily asked, “Your phone… is it out of battery?”
“Out of battery?” Mo Qingcheng picked up his mobile phone from the sofa and gave it a quick glance. “It does seem that it’s drained.”
He took out his charger, plugged it in, and turned on his phone.
Only now did he seem more awake as he sat on the bed and opened his arms to her.
Gu Sheng walked over to him. In a very natural motion, he wrapped his arms around her waist, buried his face into her chest, and inhaled lightly. “I really wish that the instant I wake up tomorrow, I will be able to see you.” Such a gentle, tender voice that did not conceal in the least that he missed her. She answered him with an “mm.” Her emotions had just been through a rollercoaster ride, and with him suddenly being so stirringly sentimental, she was utterly unable to withstand all of this
“I’m still a little sleepy…” He really did appear to be very tired. She reckoned that he had probably, again, gotten home and slept only two or three hours before he was woken up. When he was washing his face a moment ago, he had been slightly more alert, but as he held her like this and inhaled her scent, he started feeling drowsy again. “Sleep with me for a little while?”
Very obediently, she took off her shoes and coat, and in her short-sleeved top and pants, she slipped under his blankets. She decided she would coax him to sleep first, and then when he awoke, she would tell him why she had unexpectedly rushed over …
He very naturally pulled her entire body into his embrace. After a while, however, he was no longer tired. And since he was not tired, it was time to eat something.
Nowadays, Mo Qingcheng’s appetite tended to favour her and not those potato chips, yogurt drinks, dried scallops, beef, or fish of some sort. His actions instantly caused her body to grow hot from head to toe. Why did it feel like she had smeared herself with seasoning and offered herself right up for him to eat? … In the end, she clutched at the blanket and could not help sticking her head out to protest.
Her whole body was drenched…
“Inside the fridge, there are some coconuts that I bought. In a little bit, I’ll go make some coconut rice for you to eat,” he said out of the blue.
She had not yet caught up with the beat of his thinking as she mumbled blankly, “You really managed to buy some… Is there enough for four people to eat?”
“It’s not four people, it’s just you and me.”
Jue Mei and Xiaoxing were going out to eat?
“Sheng Sheng?” he addressed her.
She looked at him.
Just like that, Mo Qingcheng changed the topic and said in an unhurried tone, “Do you want to be able to see me all the time?”
“Mm-hmm… But you’re busy. There’s nothing we can do about it.”
Besides, she was still a student, even though… most of her time this semester was actually pretty free.
He continued to ask, “Do you want to be able to find me at any time?”
Of course she did…
“Do you want it so that, even if I am not home at night, you can still sleep on our bed and wait for me to come back in the morning?”
Did he mean… ?
His voice grew soft and tender, and it was already carrying a slightly husky, bewitching feel in it. “Do you want to be able, everyday … to hear my voice? That no matter how late it is, I can still coax you to sleep?”
“Yes…” She finally surrendered.
Have you ever seen anyone propose that in bed? T.T ……
He gave a chuckle. “It’s good that you want to.”
And so, that could be considered to mean…?
That really was what it meant? …
His voice lowered again, and he told her, “And so, from now on, it’s only you and me. I will only cook for my wife.”
This was clearly the most obvious form of voice seduction possible. It was like the story had returned to the very beginning. Her voice had enticed him, and he had also used his voice to make it so that she had eyes for no one else…
Even in those places where you are not present, there will still continuously be stories of you.
Even without the internet as a carrying medium, you are still a name that is unsurpassable, and that name will still be appended to the back credits of countless commercials, television dramas, video games, and movies…… To allow all those who love you to seek after your voice.
That voice, the one that instantly strikes into the heart of the listener, the one that is unforgettable.
And yet, the actual you is right here beside me.
Qiang Qing Ci.
长期饭票 Orig. ‘chang qi fan piao.’ Literally, this means “long term meal or food voucher” and is a figure of speech to describe a guarantee of being financially supported for the rest of a person’s life.