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One Life, One Incarnation: Beautiful Bones (一生一世美人骨) — Chapter 3.1



An important chapter!

Chapter 3.1 – The Zhenjiang of Old (1)

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“The expressway tollbooth?”

“You ought to have heard,” Zhousheng Chen said, not concealing anything, “that this particular period of time in Zhenjiang is rather special and so, there is a record of each vehicle coming in and going out of the city.”

Shi Yi somewhat understood what he was saying. “I heard, but—— ”

Even if there was a record, how could they find out so quickly who was actually sitting inside that vehicle?

Unless, from the moment they entered Zhenjiang, someone had shadowed them to establish the identities of the people in the car.

Shi Yi followed this line of thought and did not ask any further.

“I have, right here, information on you and your family. It is very detailed. Therefore, so as long as your father’s car entered Zhenjiang, I would very quickly find out.” His tone sounded somewhat apologetic, but even more so, there was a rare sense of warmth in it. “As for the reason why, I will explain it to you face to face. Right now, I want to ask you a question.”

Shi Yi was a little perplexed but still did not hesitate as she said, “Go ahead to ask.”

What sort of question could it be that he would suddenly call her?

The manner in which Zhousheng Chen was speaking was very different, but when she told him to ask, he actually became quiet. Shi Yi was not hurried. She leaned over the side of the desk, picked up a pen, and tapped her cousin-sister on the forehead with it.

The latter covered her forehead and threw a fierce glare at her before lowering her head and continuing with her assignment question.

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“At present, I have a need to be engaged in marriage to someone,” he suddenly spoke up.

A completely unexpected topic.

Like a cold wind had blown over her heart –– so chilling –– there was a sense of sadness that she was unable to cover up.

She responded with a dull, quiet “mm.”

When she was reincarnated as a human again, all her previous memories should have been erased. She violated the natural laws, and the grief, pain, and helplessness that came about as a result of that were things that she could only swallow and accept. She soon changed her position so that she was leaning against the desk and facing the window.

She knew that if Zhousheng Chen carried on, she would not be able to contain her tears.

Therefore, facing somewhere where there were no people would be much better.

Zhousheng Chen did not say any more, and she even wondered if the call had gotten cut off.

In the end, she was the one who spoke first. “I heard you have a fiancée.”

“You heard?”

“Mm. When I was in Xi’an.”

“I do not know her, but at the time, I accepted the arrangement of elders that had been done with kind intentions.”

Shi Yi did not understand what she was hearing, but feeling somewhat sullen, she did not want to ask further.

The view before her gradually grew blurry. She did not know what to say.

“But I want to change my plan now,” he continued. “Shi Yi, are you willing to become engaged in marriage to me?”

Shi Yi thought she had heard wrong.

There was no preparation time whatsoever, her unhappy mood was still hanging over her, and then, he out of the blue asked that. For a moment, she could not seem to separate space and time. Zhousheng Chen, he said…he wanted to get engaged?

“You can say no.” Zhousheng Chen’s tone was very indifferent.

She remembered a lot, yet at the same time, could not recall anything.

Except, it seemed, in her memories of her previous life, he had never said anything like this.

“Shi Yi?” He said her name.

“Mm….” She finally spoke, her voice still carrying a faint nasal sound. “What you said, it’s…”

“It is true,” he stated. “April Fool’s Day has already passed.”

Such a pointless, silly thing to say.

And he said it so properly and matter-of-factly.

Shi Yi bit down lightly on her lip as she listened to him continue to explain.

“I have some personal reasons for doing this,” Zhousheng Chen told her. “We are not strangers to one another, and we both have favourable feelings towards each other. Perhaps we could try betrothal.”

Her thoughts were truly in turmoil from his logic. “Favourable feelings means we should get engaged?”

“I do not know many girls. If I must become engaged, I wish that it is to you and not a stranger.”

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All of a sudden, there was the scraping sound of a chair being pushed against the floor. Her little cousin-sister was already leaning back and looking up at her, wide-eyed, with an expression of disbelief.

Shi Yi raised her index finger and placed it against her lips, indicating to her cousin-sister to not make a sound. Her eyes glistened with tears, but she was smiling, that gentle, tender sort of smile that could not be concealed.

The logic of Zhousheng Chen’s words was very strange, but yet, because of what he had said, she was utterly defenseless against him.

She imagined, if it had been any of the other various men who had once tried to woo her, she would certainly have hung up the phone already.

Never again would she have any sort of dealings or contact with that person.

However, only he, when he said that, would make her lose her ability to think.

Even though he had only said he had favourable feelings towards her, that she was better than a stranger.

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“You can say no,” he stated a second time. “Perhaps you have better choices.”

She blurted, “I don’t.”

Her tone was somewhat anxious.

This actually made Zhousheng Chen chuckle. She embarrassedly listened to his laughter, feeling very awkward, but fortunately, he quickly said, “My apologies. This should have been a very romantic event, but I have made it so dry and unappealing. It was done out of urgency.”

“I don’t mind…”

Darn it! What am I saying?

Shi Yi’s head was lowered, her eyes fixed on the white slippers on her feet. The conversation had once again come to an abrupt halt.

Zhousheng Chen seemed to be in a room completely separated from others, for when he spoke, it was very open and direct. “I believe you perhaps do not dislike me all that much. If you discover that after getting to know me better, you have absolutely no favourable feelings toward me, I will end this matter in a very fair and reasonable way and will not cause you at all to feel like you are in an awkward situation.”

Shi Yi gave an “mm.”

Logic that was getting more and more bizarre.

Regrettably for him, he did not realize that the subject of his negotiation had willingly thrown herself into his net already.

“I am a person who is very slow to warm-up to things. The time it takes for me to foster an emotional attachment to something is extremely long. For example, chemistry, to this day, I have been involved in it for fourteen years, but I still am not too certain whether I truly like it or not. Therefore, if you find that you cannot accept me and the way that I am, we can also break off our betrothal.”

She pulled out a tissue from the tissue box and wiped away the tears at the corner of her eyes.

Sunlight shone through the window and landed on her calf. A somewhat warm sensation.

Before she knew it, he had already finished what he wanted to say.

He was waiting for her answer.

Very softly, Shi Yi presented her first question. “You have all my information and even my parents’, but what I know of you is almost nothing…”

“You will find out very soon.”

She hesitated for several seconds, but in fact, it was only because her mind had gone blank.

In a moment of courage, she finally answered, “Yes.”

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Perhaps it was because Zhousheng Chen had not expected that she would agree to it so quickly and directly.

Perhaps it was because neither of them had much experience in this.

The atmosphere all of a sudden felt awkward.

So, what should they do after suddenly agreeing over the phone to becoming engaged?

Eventually, after hesitating for a short while, he asked another question that left her wide-eyed and dumbfounded: “Would it be possible for you to tell me your body measurements?” After saying this, he was quick to clarify, “I may need to prepare some clothing for you.”

That was a very sufficient reason to ask, but Shi Yi could not help glancing over at her cousin-sister beside her.

“92, 62, 90,” she stated in a quiet voice.

Zhousheng Chen answered first with an “mm,” then asked, “Those are…”

“The three measurements used for girls.” [bust, waist, hip]

She tried as much as possible to lower her voice, but unfortunately, Zhousheng Chen was asking in too much detail.

Several expressions flitted across her little cousin-sister’s face in a single second.

“Mm. I understand. Could you please wait a moment?”

Shi Yi docilely waited for him.

Up to this point, she still felt as if she was in a dream. Her cousin-sister was in no mood to do any more of her calculation problems and was waving her arms and legs in front of her, signaling that Shi Yi had better give her an honest explanation about everything. Shi Yi pursed her lips and gestured to her to go lock the door. Her cousin-sister was very obedient, and with a “click,” the lock was turned.

He had returned now and continued with more questions. “I will also need your neck circumference as well as measurements for your upper arms, lower arms, wrist, thigh, calf, and ankles.”

Those, she really did not know.

In a flustered rush, Shi Yi instructed her cousin-sister to find the measuring tape in the house. One at a time, she measured everything he had asked for and then told him. He wrote them all down, then advised her to tell her parents as soon as possible. He would be personally paying a visit to them at the home the next day.

Only after the phone call had ended did she become aware in her mind how great a stir this would cause in her family.

Her parents were both teachers and were traditional in their way of thinking. How could they accept this sudden news?

“Beautiful Shi Yi,” cousin-sister addressed her as she held her down by her shoulders and leaned in closer, “this must be a huge piece of gossip. I haven’t even heard it and my blood’s already boiling with excitement.”

Indeed, it was a huge piece of gossip.

She did not even have the strength to explain. “Let me sit for a bit and think it through.”

That was what she told her cousin.

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This heaven-shaking news was delayed from lunch through to after dinner had ended, and still Shi Yi was unable to find a good time to tell her mother. What should she tell her? Or should she just not tell her anything? But that did not seem very plausible.

Even though this was only an engagement, and even though, in this day and age, people viewed “marriage engagement” as something that was very informal, from Zhousheng Chen’s voice and manner, she sensed that, at least for his family, this was very important.

She could not continue dragging it out, otherwise, when he came to visit tomorrow, she was afraid it would bring about a huge earthquake in the house.

When it was close to retiring for the night, Shi Yi finally dragged her feet over to pull her mother into her own room, telling her she had an urgent matter she needed to discuss with her. Her mother seemed to have a sixth sense and quickly asked her whether it was about “that person” she had mentioned in the morning. When Shi Yi gave a slight nod of her head, her mother’s expression immediately grew solemn, and she sat down next to her. “Tell me about it. Let’s see if Mom can help you with anything.”

“He said,” Shi Yi exhaled lightly, “he would like to get engaged to me.”

“Engaged?” Her mother did not cover up her astonishment in the least.

“Mm-hmm. Engaged.”


“Maybe in the next couple of days?” she guessed.

“Next couple of days?” Her mother did not know whether to laugh or cry. “Is this like kids playing house? We are going to be in Zhenjiang the next several days and won’t be going back to Shanghai. And plus, your dad and I haven’t even met him before, let alone know what kind of person he is.”

“He is in Zhenjiang.” Shi Yi chose her words carefully. “He will be coming to visit the two of you tomorrow.”

“Why must it be so quick?”

“I don’t know,” she replied honestly.

“You’ve agreed?”

Shi Yi nodded.

“How long have you known each other?”

“About a half a year or more.” Although, they had only seen each other a total of four times. Of course, she did not dare say that. “He’s also a university professor. His character is very good, very simple and pure.”

“Very simple and pure?” Her mother gave an amused chuckled. “Those words are actually not a good thing when used to describe a man.”

Shi Yi looked wordlessly at her mother, and the expression on her face was one of determination.

“Alright, I get it.” Her mother shook her head. “Let him come, then. Since you have known each other for quite some time already, you have probably thought it over already. Good thing it isn’t marriage. To you young people, getting engaged is just a formality.”

Mother’s cheerful acceptance of this caused the tightness in her heart to suddenly relax.

As she was walking out of the room, her mother all of a sudden asked, “He is from Zhenjiang as well?”

Shi Yi was taken aback briefly, and her answer came automatically. “Yes.”

It was fortunate she had not said, “I don’t know” again, otherwise, she did not even know what her mother would think.

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Before she went to sleep, Zhousheng Chen called again to confirm.

Shi Yi was nestled under the covers, talking to him on the phone in a format where a single question would get a single answer. When his visit tomorrow was mentioned, she felt extremely uneasy.

This feeling was like, you merely wanted a drink of water to quench your thirst but Buddha bestowed on you an entire water well instead. You would over and over again doubt whether this whole incident was real or not. Furthermore, the two of them had only seen each other four times and were just beginning to become more acquainted with one another. And now, at the next sunrise, they were to be engaged.

She was even worried about what she should say tomorrow when she saw him so that she would not be flustered.

“Besides getting engaged, everything about our relationship will follow a normal progression. We will not need to meddle with that.” He had actually spoken a lot today. His voice was slightly raspy, but it was still rational and astute, with the power to calm and bring peace of mind to people. “It is like, in my research, I will define a focus or direction of research before I begin experiments. It is simply a logical and scientific method of approach.”

She burst out in amused laughter.

“Shi Yi?”


“Don’t feel too much pressure from this.”


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58 thoughts on “One Life, One Incarnation: Beautiful Bones (一生一世美人骨) — Chapter 3.1

  1. Gasp! Shocking. And she said yes. 😁 But they talked about engagement like it is just an agreement, for some reason i dont really mind, though i would have reacted worse if he asked her to date him, i dont really know why myself. Maybe bec in this agreement, he did not lie that he liked her thats why he’s asking her out, but needs to be engaged and he would prefer it if its her. Hmm.

    • Yes, it’s an agreement, but ZSC is very honest. And you will see that his honesty and openness translates to how he courts Shi Yi with sincerity and genuine effort. When ZSC promises to be with you, it is a blessing.

  2. I really like his straight forward character, it’s a very rare find nowadays.

    • I love it. There is genuineness in his character. He may not tell you everything, but what he tells you, you can trust.

  3. Yeah!!! they are engaged!!!
    however, they seem to have somewhat different feelings….
    she loves him but he doesn’t….i wonder when will he fall in love with her??? Thanks for the chapter!!

    • Yes, but for Zhousheng Chen to admit he has favourable feelings towards someone means that Shi Yi is different from other girls in his eyes. Remember, this is a slow development romance, but it isn’t stagnant. Slow but steady development.

  4. if i were asked by him, i would definitely say yes also.. i dunno but i like this guy, he’s nice, innocent.. and now handsome face doesnt matter to me anymore LMAO (look who’s talking now?!)

    the purposing, i like it. you dont need a bunch of flowers nor a candle light dinner with music, all you need is someone who say it loud directly without being cheesy! see, i just love him now!

    thanks hoju.. what’s next??? haha

    • *gasp* Did Yui really say that? The handsome face doesn’t matter anymore?! If you said yes, what would happen to the rest of your harem?

  5. I’m speechless! In a good way. Lol. I don’t mind this kind of courtship. ^^ Simple, clear, and for a purpose (marriage).

    Favorable feelings.. Ahh, good job Shi Yi! You did evoke some emotional response from him from your perseverance. ^^ I wonder when he decided on Shi Yi. I mean, even an extensive background check takes a few days, no? But I knew it was also coming when he sought her out. He was never a guy that shows interest in another and him coming to find her was very out of the blue from left field to me.

    Lol, I can’t believe he asked for such specific measurements. He’s not going to show up tomorrow with the dress already made, right? Haha. It would’ve been much easier and quicker if he had brought her somewhere to be professionally measured if it was extremely urgent.

    I would’ve been so embarrassed having my cousin-sister as an audience. If I ever get engaged, I rather not have friends hiding in the bushes and seeing it all, but let it be a private moment just the two of us.

    • I think the favourable feelings came in Xi’an. It was out of character for him to say yes for the lab tour as well. While I wouldn’t say he was attracted to her in the conventional way we think about when there’s attraction to the opposite sex, she left a good impression when women probably don’t really make an impression on him.

      I’ll let ZSC surprise you on what he’s going to do. The most embarrassing part of the phone call was giving her BWH measurements out of the blue with cousin-sister listening in. Can you imagine what the girl must have been thinking?

  6. Thank you hoju for the latest update. I have been waiting for it since I read the last chapter. For a guy handsome or not I feel very safe with him.

    I can’t wait for him to visit SY’s parents. Kind of like cliff hanger….

    • You’re welcome! ZSC gives off the aura of being dependable and safe. Some girls may find it boring, perhaps, but he is a perfect fit for Shi Yi, as you will see.

  7. Well, it was unbelievable she agreed to his proposal. But I think she’s quite determined to repay the debt.

    • I may be biased because I’ve read the whole story and am re-reading it, but from what I recall of my first impression, I didn’t think it was unbelievable. Shi Yi spent her entire life telling herself that she could not forget this person, she had to see him again, so if this person popped the question, she doesn’t want the opportunity to pass. With ZSC’s personality, if she turned him down, they would probably forever part ways.

  8. OMG Hoju. This is such a cliff hanging ending for today. And reading it while at work over lunch break is the biggest mistake as I have to speed read… Thank you for the wonderful recap. Eagerly looking forward to the next chapter.

  9. Utterly surprised at the turn of events but welcomes this! Excited to read the next installment….

    • I know. It was such a slow friendship that was developing and then, bam, ZSC does something like this. He brings more surprises…

  10. OMG OMG~

    Even I was shocked. Cant imagine Shi Yi, the one being proposed.

    What a cool dude tho… Very straight forward

    Cant wait for the next part..

    Thank you for the translation

    • And even more so because she was mourning the fact that he had a fiancee, seconds before he proposed. Haha, nerdy professor has now become a cool dude. 🙂

  11. Shocking. This guy moves the fastest.
    Thanks hujo.

    • Indeed, Xu Mo Ting and Toupai can’t even compare. And here we were giving Toupai a hard time for making Sheng Sheng think about meeting the parents after a few months of dating. hehe

  12. Hi, hoju! I have been following this translation fervently, but haven’t had time to comment. I agree with you and wanderingsoot; there is an unexplainable appeal about this story that makes it so addictive. The characters are so low profile and “ordinary” that the story shouldn’t be so captivating, and yet, it is. Reading the story is almost like chasing a shadow, a hazy memory or dream, one that is elusive yet so deeply poignant that the dreamer cannot let go. This story is so different from Really, Really Miss You, but I love it so far!

    • Mel, thanks for dropping by! How is your fiction writing coming along?

      The writing style is so different from RRMY that you can hardly believe it’s the same author. Thank you for telling me that you are feeling that atmosphere. For me, that feeling is as important as the plot line in this story, I am very happy that you are sensing that from the translation.

      • Hey hoju,

        My fiction writing is coming along, I guess. I’m not sure if it’s going well or not. Regardless, I’m just chugging along like the Energizer Bunny with erratic battery power. :p I didn’t know you knew I wrote fiction. 🙂

        • I read some of your story way back when in spcnet, I think when you were featuring Gilbert Lam and Annie Man in the story. I clued in a little while ago you were the the same Melanie. 🙂

        • Wow, yes, that story feels like a lifetime ago. My writing was so different back then. When I read the chapters for my current story and the ones for the old story, the difference in style is a bit shocking. It also makes me want to hide in embarrassment. Just recently, a reader inquired about my old story and wanted to know where the newer chapters were, and I was blown away that someone actually enjoyed that story enough to want to continue it. Go figure.

          • Hehe. That’s how I feel about my first translations. But I remember being impressed by your writing years ago, so if you’ve only gotten better, I’m going to have to hide my head in shame now.

        • Actually, if you have a few frivolous minutes to spare in your translation schedule, I would love for you to read a small sample of writing from my recent story. I rarely get readers who have read a bit of both stories. It would greatly help me to let me know what you think of my more recent writing style compared to the older one. If you are too busy, that is fine. However, in case you are interested, here is the link to my more recent story:

          You certainly don’t have to read, because I know you are busy. But if you do read a few chapters, I would love some feedback on writing style. I personally cannot tell if I have improved or worsened, or if I am in a rut.

          • HI Melanie, will do. I have to catch up quite a few things, so it probably won’t be within the next month. It was such a long time ago, that I would need to go back and re-read your first story as well to do a fair comparison. Please feel free to give me a gentle nudge if I seem to have forgotten about this. It would not be intentional and definitely would not be a brush off. 🙂

        • Hi hoju!

          Hey, thanks for taking my request to read my stories with such seriousness. It was actually just a casual request for a comparison of both stories. I just thought you could give me pointers and advice if you happen to have some time to read my more recent story, since you are one of the few who has read the older story, also. There is no need to go back and read the older story or to spend so much effort! If you happen to want some entertainment, then please do read one or both of my stories. Otherwise, don’t worry about my request. 🙂 I would rather that you spend your time doing more fun stuff after spending so much trouble translating for us. 🙂

  13. Wow, I’m speechless… He asked for her measurements right after asking her to get engaged to him. This guy is indeed a rare species. Very honest, straight forward & somewhat logical (despite having a rather strange logic). Personally, I don’t mind this kind of courtship either. What’s next, Hoju? See… This is what happens when I follow along… 😉 I can’t get enough of the story.

    Thanks for this translation!

    • I think it’s great. He doesn’t flatter and lays everything out on the table. But he is still warm and kind about it. You will see how genuine he is later. You will find out what happens in a few hours. :p I’m doing my edits for the next update right now.

      • Wow, now that Sian is back, also, maybe we can resume our little fangirling session on 小曲兒. 😀 If we spread the fangirl comments over several threads, peanuts might not catch us. 😀 On a more serious note, I wish 小曲兒 would sing a “theme song” for One Life, One Incarnation, since he sings ancient period songs so well. Though the story is set in modern times, the vibes this story gives off just scream “ancient period story,” especially with Zhousheng Chen being referred to as “Eldest Young Master” and with Shi Yi in a qipao.

        • As long as you don’t disappear, too, Mel. You ladies can discuss 小曲兒 all you want and then I can slip in a comment about him, too. I love fangirling my favourite singer.

          There were actually a couple songs made for this story by, I believe, fans. They weren’t that memorable in my mind, but I have to go listen to them again. Didn’t I say before this story feels more ancient than some actually ancient novels?

        • I didn’t get Mel’s comment until now. Yes, I definitely agree that 小曲 should sing a theme song for BB. Hoju, you’re following 小曲’s weibo, right? Can we request a song to him? Hehehe… Like Gu Sheng in RRMY allowed her fans to request songs in her weibo. 😜 I can’t get enough of 小曲’s voice.

          • Well, firstly, he would need someone to write him a song and lyrics for BB. 😉 曲爷, as he is lovingly known by his fans, is actually quite personable, but he has so many fans I don’t think he could respond the way Sheng Sheng did.

        • Awww, he’s being called grandpa by his fans. How cute… Oh, if you have time to find the song that a fan made for this novel, can you attached it here? Thanks, Hoju.

          • 爷 could mean “grandpa” but, if you’ve watched Bu Bu Jing Xin, you’ll see all the princes were addressed as 爷 as well. Or, think of it more along the lines of “master” like Zhousheng Chen, who is addressed as 少爷 “young master.”

            The songs for this novel are not quite like the truly fan-made one for RRMY. I believe the one(s) for Beautiful Bones was/were done by an association, kind of like Wanmei in RRMY, but don’t hold me to that. I’m going to take a look through the audio side of things for this novel after I’m done translating.

        • I forgot that 少爷 is the same 爷 as grandpa. No, I don’t watch Bu Bu Jing Xin. I Love the ancient period in Chinese dramas except the Qing dynasty. For the life of me, I can’t stand the 1/2 bold hairdo. 😳 I did watch the modern version of that drama.

  14. This book ist fast turning into my favorite among the translations!

  15. As you know, I’m re-reading this translation again. Something is baffling me. When SY said that she heard that he had a fiancée, he said he didn’t know the person. The engagement was arranged by his elders. But we know that he was engaged to Tong Jia Ren at one time & they grew up together. How was it possible that he didn’t know that his elders arranged him to be engaged to TJR? 😉

    • Ehm, a thought just came to me. Was it possible that ZSC was actually engaged twice? Once with TJR and when she broke off the engagement, his elders arranged another woman that he didn’t know to be engaged to him. If he didn’t meet SY, he would probably go ahead to continue this engagement with this unknown woman. But since he met with SY & had “favorable” feeling, he decided to be engaged with SY instead. 😊

      • I know we’ve already covered this in the chapters that have been released to date, but so as to not spoil it for anyone coming late to the party, I’m going to put a spoiler warning since we are talking about things that are revealed after this chapter.

        SPOILER WARNING — Covers information that has not been revealed up to this chapter.

        In a nutshell, yes, you’re right, Sian. Points to confirm:
        1) In Xi’an, it was mentioned that Zhousheng Chen was engaged. So, that means, at least, he was very recently engaged.
        2) Tong Jiaren was once engaged to him, but she broke it off herself when her younger sister married his uncle.
        3) Tong Jiaren’s younger sister is Xiao Ren’s mother. Xiao Ren is in his early teens. Now, she could very well have married some time, even several years after Xiao Ren was born, but she also died on the gambling ship for betraying the family. That incident happened 8-9 years ago. So, that means, Tong Jiaren broke off the engagement at least 8-9 years ago.
        So, in order for Zhousheng Chen to have had a fiancee at the time they were in Xi’an, it had to be a second engagement. (Shi Yi’s mind also flits through this thought very briefly, some time after the death of Tang Xiaofu.)


  16. They both seem like quite the direct people, yet they’re set for a slow journey of developing this relationship haha from the previous chapter I thought that Shi Yi didn’t seem to get along well with her relatives but I’m glad to see this cousin of hers seems pretty nice and cute. Thanks for the chapter ^__^

    • Shi Yi had a hard time as a child and teenager, I’d imagine especially with peers. She learned to adapt and forced herself to integrate into society. Also, her cousin-sister is much younger than her, so it’s possibly easier taking on a big sister role.

      You’re welcome!

  17. Wuuuuh so fast and unexpected !

  18. That…was different lol

    Interested in seeing his background now

  19. *rendered speechless* I so want to know why he changed his plans to get engaged to her instead. There’s also the issue of the debt she owes him. I wonder what will happen when he recovers just a piece of his past life.

  20. I lol’ed at this line: “This feeling was like, you merely wanted a drink of water to quench your thirst but Buddha bestowed on you an entire water well instead.”
    Thanks a lot, hoju~

  21. I have read this five times, and now the sixth but I still can’t get over the feels I get when I read this chapter

  22. This is my second reading. Don’t worry, I wont say anything to spoil it for those first time readers.
    I just want to thank you Hoju again for the detailed translation of this novel. Although it is not my favourite novel, I do agree with Hoju that the ML – ZSC is very memorable and possible will remain as an ideal kind (more realistic too) of man in my heart as well. More so than the incredibly handsome and capable Yi Wenze, FengTeng, Toupai and Xiao Nai.

    My heart flutters and smiles at the engagement proposal why my mouth yells ‘YES!’ I am happy for SY.

  23. Aww… this chapter is really well written. I totally sympathize with her, that’s how well this is written

  24. I love that her mom replied that ‘simple and pure’ are not very good attributes for a man! I think he’s more honest, straightforward and succinct the way he talks – never any additional words offered during conversation! It’s amusing that had she not recognized him as a previous incarnation, she would have hung up on him and ghosted him!! Lol!

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