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One Life, One Incarnation: Beautiful Bones (一生一世美人骨) — Chapter 14.1



Hurry, Zhousheng Chen! What’s happened to Shi Yi?

Chapter 14.1 – After Magnificence Has Become But Emptiness

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“Alright.” Zhousheng Chen nodded. His body was somewhat stiff from standing the entire night. “I will return very shortly.”

Xiao Ren’s eyes were evasive. He had clearly perceived that.

What possibly could cause him to have something to say, yet not dare say it? All the while as he proceeded downstairs, he mulled over Xiao Ren’s bizarre behavior. There were two girls sweeping and cleaning the room on the main level. From the pocket of his trousers, he pulled out a blue, checkered handkerchief and gently pressed it over his mouth and nose, avoiding the dust that might be churned up.

Something he was avoiding mention of… Before Mother, he needed to avoid mentioning it…

His steps halted briefly. He thought of Shi Yi.

The instant his thoughts turned to her, he was already quickening his pace, and, with long strides, he hurried out of the courtyard along the bluestone path.

Because of Wenxing’s illness, this entire courtyard wing was in absolute isolation. Anyone who wanted to come in was required to have been sent for by Zhousheng Chen’s mother before that person was allowed to enter. He had forgotten this. In his worry for Wenxing, he had forgotten about this complication.

Sure enough, when he stepped out of the courtyard wing, he saw Uncle Lin’s trusted aide standing not far away, looking at him with an extremely anxious expression that was lost of hope.

As he walked over in that direction, the people standing guard were forced to make an opening for him to pass through.

“What has happened to Shi Yi?” Zhousheng Chen gripped that person’s arm, his fingers squeezing tightly.

“Emergency medical procedures are being carried out on Miss Shi.”

“Emergency medical procedures?”

The man immediately explained, “Last night, in the middle of the night…”

Zhousheng Chen did not bother letting him say any more. Shoving him aside, he swiftly strode away. In this manor, there were a total of 68 courtyard wings and 1118 rooms. There were many people and the types of people were varied as well. He was always cool, always collected, always a bystander. He had always been able to remove himself from all those interpersonal relationships. No relationships were safe from being broken for the sake of personal gain and self-interest.

Deeds done with an agenda. Things done for personal gain. Human nature.

These were all things he was confident he could handle.

Only Shi Yi – just Shi Yi alone – was he unable to see through, unable to decipher.

He was unable to remain collected, unable to keep only the role of a bystander.

He wanted to think. What could have went wrong? The game was already nearing its end, yet he still was unable to ensure her safety. But he was completely unable to think. And the fear. A feeling of fear he had never before tasted was winding tightly around him, binding his hands and feet.

He walked up the stairs, but when he merely heard the discussions of the medical emergency team, he did not dare proceed.

He did not dare take even a single step.

He believed in the natural sciences and did not fear death.

But he feared her death.

Immense fear mercilessly ate away into his nerves, his blood.

Zhousheng Chen’s hands suddenly clenched fiercely into fists and slammed down on the handrail of the stairs. The extreme force caused the entire staircase to shudder. Everyone who was present there froze in alarm, and the young girl who had been coming down from the second level was petrified as she gaped dazedly at him.

“Eldest Young Master…”

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Slowly, her dreams ceased.

She should wake up now. It was about time to wake up now, right?

Once again, she tried hard to waken from the nightmare. Her eyes felt swollen, but she forced herself to open them. A sliver of light could be seen. It was not too intense for the eyes and seemed as if it was being filtered through a layer of cloth, leaving only a comfortable brightness. The cloth’s color was similar to the curtains of her home in Shanghai… In fact, it seemed to be exactly the same…

She was home? She was really in Shanghai?

For a moment, she thought she had still not struggled her way out of her dreams yet and had simply entered into a different nightmare.

Until she clearly saw his face and his features. She managed to turn the corner of her lips up, but she did not have the strength to speak.

“Acute appendicitis,” he stated quietly. “I was worried the household doctors would not be able to provide adequate care, so I brought you back to Shanghai.”

Acute appendicitis?

It truly had hurt so much she had wanted to die. She did not want to call that sort of pain back up into her memory, and now, she held only admiration for people who had once experienced this same sort of situation before.

But to return to Shanghai for acute appendicitis? Would that be making too much of a fuss over a minor issue?

She closed her eyes and pursed her lips slightly. Her lips were a little dry. Hmm…

For reasons unknown, perhaps owing to the weakness of her body right now, she felt an unexplainable sense of melancholy and fear.

She was afraid of leaving him.

Shi Yi, oh, Shi Yi, you’re acting more and more dainty and weak.

She silently scorned herself, but still, as if enticed by something, she called him softly, “Zhousheng Chen?”

“Mm.” He leaned in closer to her so she could speak with less effort.

His features were so clean.

Shi Yi looked at him intently. “I’ll… tell you a secret.”

“Tell me.” His voice was rather low and very steady.

“In my previous life, after I died,” she spoke in a soft voice, and she paused for several seconds before continuing, “I didn’t drink the soup of Old Lady Meng[1].”

She did not know whether he understood what “the soup of Old Lady Meng” was.

He gave a slight smile. “In the Underworld?”

She smiled. He was so wonderful to play along with what she was saying. “Yes.”

With an “mm,” he asked, “So, she let you off the hook?”

Shi Yi frowned slightly. She tried to remember, but the memory was not clear. “Yes. Maybe it was because… I never did any bad things.”

He could not hold back a chuckle. “Then, I must have did bad things and was forced to drink it?”

“No.” For one brief moment, she was serious but then immediately relaxed again, worried that he might feel something was unusual. “You were wonderful.”

“I was wonderful?”


So, so wonderful. There was no person better than you.

In a low voice, he asked, “You knew about me?”

“Yes.” She laughed lightly. “In our previous life, I knew you.”

She gazed at him.

I knew you and also feel sorrow and regrets that you do not remember me.

But that’s alright because I have remembered you all this time.

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Zhousheng Chen continued to lean forward and watch her until she had closed her eyes, and then, he placed a gentle kiss on her forehead.

Gradually, he entered into a completely detached, unemotional, and objective mode of thinking.

He had a very good memory, and he could still recall how he had heard the doctors state that she was out of danger and how he had walked downstairs from the second level. Uncle Lin had, in the most concise manner, articulated Shi Yi’s sudden emergency situation.

The dosage of the poison had not been high. An old, timeworn composition.

Prolonged exposure to poison that slowly attacked and ate away at you was actually the most deadly type of harm that could be delivered.

What had induced it? A cup of tea, or perhaps an incense stick, or an exquisitely presented teatime refreshment –– these were all possibilities.

“Do you think, if our family wanted a girl to disappear, we would need to use such gentle means to do so?”

This was the basis for why he was having other suspicions.

Given that the purpose was clear, if it was Mother, why would she bother to use a method that acted so slowly, like slow-dripping droplets that only gradually permeated to its purpose?

Perhaps he too easily trusted people? But the number of people who could freely get close to Shi Yi was very few. Besides his most trusted subordinates, there was also Mei Xing… The most fearful thing had eventually occurred. Every person around him had been with him for many years, and each one was interwoven with too many relationships in the background. There was always ultimately a purpose behind each human behavior. What, then, was the reason that, time after time, someone would want her life?

In his head, he tallied the connections and relationships behind each person and various potential motives.

Shi Yi’s sleep this time around seemed much more peaceful.

Very soon, her breathing had grown steady.

Zhousheng Chen unconsciously lifted up his arm, curved his index finger slightly, and gently stroked her face with it.

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During those days when she was recovering and resting, Zhousheng Chen stayed at home with her until, at last, even Shi Yi started to protest and told him to go do the things he needed to do. There were some things that she felt bad saying, but with him there twenty-four hours a day by her side, she basically could not do anything either and was always distracted from paying attention to him.

Zhousheng Chen, on the other hand, would read when he ought to read and work when he ought to work.

Concerned that he would not be used to staying there for an extended period of time, she suggested that they move to the house he had prepared for after their wedding. He declined and only made slight adjustments to the layout and arrangements in her home so that the environment was more suitable for her to rest and recuperate.

Comfortable in all respects with careful attention paid to the details.

This illness truly had sapped her body of its strength.

When her parents came, they were shocked by her wan, frail appearance.

Shi Yi was worried that her parents would blame Zhousheng Chen for not taking good care of her, so she repeatedly emphasized that in this last half a year, she had seldom gone to the gym and her body was weak such that even a case of appendicitis had turned into this severity.

Regarding treatment, Zhousheng Chen told her that at the time, he had chosen a more conservative treatment and decided not to go for surgery. She, too, felt that if medication could reduce the inflammation, it was best to not have to go into an operating room. “I’m scared of pain.” She lightly thrummed her fingers on the back of his hand and arm. “If you think about it, I’m actually really wimpy and fragile… I’m not just scared of pain, I’m afraid of the dark, too,” she joked as she looked at him. “Do you find me overly dainty and weak?”

In Wuzhen, because of an indistinct, possibly non-existent, sound, she had had him talk with her until morning.

Zhousheng Chen very meticulously wiped down each one of her fingers with a warm, wet towel. “No.”

“Is that a serious answer?”

“Very serious.”

“I… besides knowing how to read and study, paint, cook, clean, do voice acting…”

He let out a laugh. “You are all-round talented.”

In fact, the things that brought about the most pride were the ones he had once taught her.

He finished wiping her hands for her before helping her pull the cashmere throw up slightly higher and bringing some teatime refreshments over for her. He had just finished a shower, and seeing his hair was still damp, she reached up and touched it. “It’s autumn already, but you still always leave it like this. You’re going to catch a cold.”

“I’m not worried. We have your secret remedy,” he chuckled, his voice rather soft.

She knew he was referring to the purple perilla leaf medicine she had once brewed for him.

Through the thin lenses of his glasses, their eyes connected.

A certain feeling quietly arose between the two of them.

He coughed lightly, stood up from the couch, and went to flip through the DVDs in the cabinet. “Want to watch a movie?”

Shi Yi was amused, and she pondered for a moment. “Let’s watch ‘A Step Into the Past.’ It’ll take a few days to finish and can pass the time.”

“Alright.” He did not have a preference and bent over to press the power button of the DVD player.

From where she was sitting, she had a view of the television screen that still had not been turned on yet, and in it was his reflection.

A very clear outline of his figure.

He was looking at the DVD player, and she was looking at him.

The light blue, wool pants and white button-up shirt were the same ones he had worn that time he had stayed in her home. Clean and simple. Shi Yi fixed her eyes on him, feeling almost delirious with love. Sliding down on the sofa until she was lying on her side, she buried her face in the throw blanket and watched him, completely enamored.

Zhousheng Chen finally finished fiddling with the discs. Picking up the black remote control from beside the television, he turned around was about to say something to her.

But, when he saw her posture and manner, he immediately saw into her thoughts. “Sometimes, the feeling I get when you look at me really makes me feel like I am some sort of celebrity.”

“Am I that shallow?” Shi Yi covered half her face with the blanket, and in muffled voice, she said, “Zhousheng Chen, I love you.”

He made a sound in acknowledgement, and then, was unable to hold back a little laugh.

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[1]孟婆汤 “Meng Po tang.” Literally, “the soup of Meng Po” or “the soup of Old Lady Meng.” In Chinese folklore, after someone dies and enters the netherworld, he/she must pass over the Naihe Bridge. On this bridge, Old Lady Meng serves every soul that crosses the bridge a soup that erases all memories of the previous life and allows the soul to enter into the next incarnation.

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69 thoughts on “One Life, One Incarnation: Beautiful Bones (一生一世美人骨) — Chapter 14.1

  1. Thank you for the chapter.

    • Is this coincidence or..? Why am I always sitting at the couch seat? Such a blessing.

      • Yes, sorry, I should have written the translation in my original post. I actually woke up really early to read hoju’s new chapter because of the cliffhanger, so I was still a bit sleepy & grumpy. 🙂
        Inspired by this novel and its many beautiful lines of ancient poetry and philosophy, I’ve been reading a bit about Chinese culture. This week, I’m having fun with Chinese proverbs.
        Earlier, I was a bit amused that you were so excited by your VIP “couch seat”, so I teased you with a Chinese idiom.
        自吹自擂 means to toot one’s own horn, which means that one is basically praising himself/herself. 🙂

        • Cool. Thanks for the compliment, at least for me it is one.

        • I would say 自娱自乐. 😉 Clearly, she is just enjoying herself the fact that she gets the virtual sofa. There was never a competition for it so there really is nothing to praise about. (I’d be honoured, though baffled, if you think these posts are worthy to fight over the first comment for. LOL)

      • As always, you’re welcome, and thank you for your faithful comments. Enjoy the comfiest seat in the house. 😉

  2. Thank you so much!!! 😘😘😘😘

  3. *sniffs* … I teared when SY woke up and was telling ZSC about her remembering him from past live. This is such an evocative chapter. They are simply just too 😍 together. Thanks hoju.

    • I think it was a way for Shi Yi to get it off her chest, to finally be able to say it to him, even if it was in pretending it was in jest. You’re welcome!

  4. Thanks so much 😘

  5. Thank you Hoju for the wonderful read and update. I certainly am going to have a fantastic day ahead now that I have read this chapter… hahaha….

    Your hardwork is truly appreciated. Looking forward to the next update.

  6. Thanks for the update. I now have more questions – who wants to poison her? His mom? Looking forward to the next chapter.

  7. Thank you very much….i feel so much for them…ZSC fear of losing Shi Yi…

    • I found that part very well written. By memory, I think this is our first insight into Zhousheng Chen’s emotions, not just thoughts.

  8. Thank you hoju
    You just brighten my day with this chapter.😘

  9. Now, the big question…who is behind the poisoning?
    Thanks for the update.

  10. *exhales in relief* she’s fine she’s fine she’s fine
    So much accumulated tension! I’m very happy with how Zhousheng Chen’s reaction to the thought of losing Shi Yi was written… as paralyzing fear, so devastating & completely out-of-character for him and therefore so delicious for us readers. And no, I’m not saying that because I’m a sadist who wanted ZSC to suffer ;). It just, great character angst makes for great literature.
    Don’t know how okay I am with ZSC hiding from Shi Yi the truth about all these attempts on her life. It is *her* life, after all, she’s an adult, and she should know about the danger she’s in.
    Also, interesting that Shi Yi told ZSC about her previous life; wonder if he took her words seriously and saw that it was the answer to the question he’d once asked her: Why him? (i.e. why did she choose him instantly that time they first met at the airport?)

    • I agree with you. I also have a problem with ZSC was lying to SY about her “illness”. Yes, in his mind, he wants to “protect” her but not telling the truth about his families are trying to poison her is just wrong, at least in my book. 😳 I don’t really need my husband’s lying to me to “protect” me when the facts are shown that he hasn’t been able to really “protect” from those 2 attempted murders that his families are trying to do to SY. 😂 So his “ambition” to be the savior of China’s economy definitely gets the best of him regardless what the consequences are. That’s my humble opinion…

      • Yes, the more I think about it, the angrier I get with ZSC. 😦
        Shi Yi already almost died TWICE. Heck, she did die–I mean, her heart freaking stopped the first time. The second time, she suffered through unimaginable pain and had her organism weakened for goodness knows how long. Obviously, ZSC hasn’t done a very good job protecting her so far, and it’s really only thanks to sheer luck that Shi Yi hasn’t died. ZSC has NO right–not before, and most certainly not at this point–to be keeping secrets from her about her freaking life being in serious freaking danger.
        Who went and made ZSC God, that he’s deciding over Shi Yi’s life and death all alone. ‘Cause that’s what he’s doing by keeping her in the dark and unable to decide for herself. At this point, he should at least offer her a clean way out of his messy life, before the next attempt against her life succeeds. Most heartbreaking thing is, she wouldn’t leave him even if she knew everything, which somehow makes it even more unforgivable that Shi Yi loves him so much while he still loves her so little that he won’t even allow her to make her choice herself.

      • Also, by hiding the truth from Shi Yi, ZSC is leaving her completely defenseless against further attempts. Yeah, he thinks he’s protecting her himself (again, not doing a good job there, prof!), but she should be aware of the risks so that she can protect *herself*. For example, she should know not to blithely accept food/drinks from his family members who might want her dead, to not put herself in situations where her life might be at risk (boatride) etc. Right now, because she’s unaware and doesn’t know she should be suspicious of everything, she’s like an innocent, blindfolded lamb amongst sharks.

        • Yes, if she knew what the real reasons why she seemed to be having “bad lucks” whenever she was around his family, she would have been a lot more careful in dealing with them. But now she’s like a sitting duck while the bad guys are playing with her life and her husband (the one that’s supposed to protect her can’t do anything either despite his good intention to protect her). 😁 And the thing is, regardless whether or not ZSC will tell SY the truth about this whole thing, he knows that SY WILL NOT leave him because she’s so blinded by her love. So his action of hiding this just makes it more annoying. 😁 I suppose that I can see this blunder as his weakness. I still like & enjoy this story & their characters in this novel very much but the plots are a little bit over the top for my own taste.

        • Just wanted to drop in with a few of my opinions and then I’ll let you guys continue. 😀

          I agree that not giving Shi Yi all the information takes away and does not respect her freedom to choose, regardless of what Shi Yi’s choice would be in the end. However, that point alone does not seem enough, to me, to one broad brush label him as “loving her so little.” Can his love compare to Shi Yi’s? Maybe, maybe not. It’s really early to give a fair assessment. But even if it’s not, it’s not unrealistic. Shi Yi has had so many years to think about him and focused her entire life on reuniting with him. Sure, label it a mistake. Sure, it could be a mistake big enough that Shi Yi would be justified in leaving him. But I’ve sure had enough discussions with my husband about various times we have not been respectful to one another, in both big and small issues, and it’s enough to get really angry about but not necessarily an indication of love or lack thereof.

          Why would Zhousheng Chen know that Shi Yi would never leave him? We, as the readers, know the foundations of her love reach back hundreds of years and what she endured. He knows that she loves him for reasons unknown. The presumption that Zhousheng Chen is basing his decisions on this and basically “taking advantage” of Shi Yi’s love is probably too far an extrapolation.

          I think perhaps it is presumptuous to say that Zhousheng Chen’s desire to help the people of China has taken precedence over Shi Yi’s safety and gets the best of him. I actually completely agree that he should have told her, when I’m not sure yet, but certainly by now. However, we have had no indication into his thoughts and what have been his motivations.

          Now… I shall go back to my little corner and catch up with translating. Please continue. :p

    • No, he did not take her words seriously. Nor did Shi Yi intend for him to take her words seriously. That’s why, after her brief instance of seriousness when she wanted to clarify he was “wonderful,” she immediately made herself relax again.

  11. Yeah @ Adnana, Im wondering if he took her seriously too. Im always disappointed how he does not answer everytime she confesses nor give much of a reaction. But i appreciate that he does not say something that he does not mean.

    Thinking about it, this novel is wonderful in a classical way, but i guess this novel is just not my cup of tea or if this novel is a guy, im just not into him. I read the novel because im still watching over them and they give a different kind of feel, and there is really no reason for me to drop it, i dont particularly love it and i dont dislike it too. I so miss Toupai. I really should read RRMY again, while im still on vacation. Great idea.

    • I’m leaning to think that he didn’t take her seriously. After all, he’s a scientist through and through and doesn’t believe in the spiritual world or reincarnation or basically anything that isn’t scientifically proven. He may have attributed her words to shock, caused by her illness and her almost dying.
      And yes, it does disturb me a bit, that even so late in the novel he’s still not replying in kind when Shi Yi confesses her. After this chapter I do believe that he loves her, in his way, and the reason why he doesn’t say the words is because he’s not an expressive man. Unfortunately, I also believe that Shi Yi is the one who loves way more in their relationship. As she proves time and again, he’s the entire focus and center of her existence, whereas she occupies only a small place in his life/heart (according to Shi Yi’s own words in a previous chapter). 😦

      • Yeah, thats one of the reason why im not so into this novel. My inner self kind of finds it unfair that she likes her atleast 10 times more than he likes her. He was wonderful, great and all, still, he did not really romantically liked her before they got married, and he got Shi Yi “very easily”. We are the readers and we know where she’s coming from, it’s just that, it all happened too fast and bam, they were married. They are officially married i know but it was just too soon, and it happened without her knowledge. I know it’s easy for him to arrange it like it never happened and i know she was not upset about it, but its still upsetting how he does a lot of thing without her knowledge and hides a lot from her, even if it’s for her own peace. He’s still doing so after all that happened and the devotion she has shown him.

        I already said it before, SY was perfectly fit for him, she can understand and accept him whatever happened and she knows all his good qualities so she will stay by his side come what may and be happy still, had it been anyone, there will be a lot of issues and I doubt it will be a happy marriage, unless its a marriage of convenience which was what his mother has planned. He cant marry someone shallow like me who has another priority and prioritizes simplicity and uncomplicated, who might not stay with him until the end however great and good he was. In the end, their marriage still stands because she understands, accepts, and loves him a lot more, than he loves her.

      • @ Adnana,
        More accurately, Shi Yi told him that she only needed and desired to occupy a small place in his life/heart. This was the very reason why she loved this man. “No matter how many cycles of reincarnation she passed through, she would still always love this man. Entrenched in the very bones of this man was the stance that his life was not to be lived for one person, one family, or one surname.” She does not find it sad or that she is not valued by occupying only a small place in his heart. A man whose heart is large enough to hold the world, whose love is great enough to care for more than just himself and those around him, then even a small part of that love can be great enough to satisfy.

        As for who loves more in the relationship, can we really judge that? I have always had difficulty discussing who loves more and who loves less in a relationship. Yes, in a general sense, we can say that love can be deep or not, but at some point in time, the line becomes fuzzy and it comes down to us judging people’s love based on our personal values when ultimately, it’s the values of the parties involved, especially the one who should be receiving that love, that is important. But even if we say we have the capability of making that call here, still, we have most of the story only from Shi Yi’s perspective. We have a true understanding of what he means to her, but all we have had for Zhousheng Chen is just a brief glimpse of the paralyzing fear he feels when faced with losing her. It seems the information is not very complete yet.

    • @ cathdeary
      Nope, he did not take her seriously. Shi Yi deliberately said it so it sounded like it was something she was saying for fun. I believe it’s a way for her to get it off her chest without shocking Zhousheng Chen.

      Aaawh. 😦 That’s sad that you don’t love it. But, there’s a reason that Toupai has topped my favourite male leads and still has not been unseated. I think I’ll go flip through my hard copy of it again. Something so satisfying about holding it and reading it. 🙂

      I actually don’t think of this novel as “classical,” probably because when I read it, it felt so different from any other c-novel out there. I think it was a bit of a step out from the modern c-novels out there. Anyways, thanks for trying it.

  12. Awww…they are so sweet! I’m melting! Thank you, hoju!

  13. sweet!!! aaaahhh.. this couple..

    i think he didnt really take her words seriously about past life thing. aaaahh.. i want a boyfriend like him, emm.. not with his ‘unique’ family background, haha..

    who poisoned her?? one of his family member? someone who from their past life, i guess. is it his lil bro? or his wife? aaahh.. sorry la.. im super curious hehe
    thanks hoju ^^

    • Yui, you should already know by now that Hoju will not answer those questions to spoiL her translation, right? Hahaha… 😜

    • Nope, I won’t answer, but you are free to ask as many questions as you want. I don’t charge for it. 😉

      I’ll take the Zhousheng Chen without the family, too. 😉

  14. Thanks for the chapter!

  15. Thank you 🙂

  16. Thanks hoju for the latest update.

    I still think it is his mother who poison Shi Yi since she never like nor approve of Shi Yi from the very beginning. Forcing her drinking all kind of herbal medicinal soups.

  17. Thank you.

    This is probably the first chapter that’s made me annoyed with Zhousheng Chen. I’ve never been a fan of the way he keeps her in the dark, but this is ridiculous. Where is the consideration and the respect to inform her about something that affects her directly and puts her life in danger? I don’t know how he can redeem himself for me. I am really disappointed.

    • You’re welcome.

      Not to your severity, but I do agree that I think he should have told her at some point in time. The marriage thing doesn’t miff me at all. It seemed like it was a last minute response to Tang Xiaofu’s death, done quickly to protect her from being entangled in everything. If he could get them married on paper so quickly, he could also annul the marriage just as easily. Honestly, if it was me in her place, I don’t know when or if I’d want to be informed about all the things that were happening in the background. Now, when it got down to things endangering her life, yes, I believe he should have said something at some point in time… probably at the latest, after the drowning (the first attempt he could not prevent).

  18. I’m thinking it’s the mother in conjunction with the uncle. That the mother asked the sister to take Shi Yi out on the boat to set up the “accident”.

  19. Thank goodness, Shi Yi is ok, if by chance his mother really is the one behind the posioning, I swear she could very well be the reincarnation of the Empress Dowager, back to her old ways in a different lifetime……

    Shi Yi and Zhousheng Chen are so cute together, that little “I love you” at the end~ >__<

    Thanks for translating Hoju! ^_^

    • Hehe. Another prediction, noted. 🙂

      I actually think it’s adorable. I can imagine the look on Zhousheng Chen’s face, a little awkward because he doesn’t know how to respond, but yet, he can’t hold back a laugh of happiness from her “I love you” either.

      You’re welcome!

  20. Oh no… I hope that I’m not over thinking this chapter. I’m nervous that MBFB will make the other favorite character of mine a bad guy again. NOOOO… Hopefully, I’m just over thinking this, otherwise I will be mad at MBFB. 😆

    Thanks for the translation, Hoju!

    • It was interesting that he didn’t respond to her when she told him about their previous lives. I wonder if he thought she was only joking or he didn’t actually believe her since he’s an atheist and doesn’t believe in reincarnation. I mean, he has a timid personality & never responds when she says “I love you” also so I guess he just doesn’t know how to respond to those three words yet. ☺️

      • I wouldn’t say that ZSC is timid; timidity/shyness is, after all, a sort of (emotional) weakness, which doesn’t fit at all with his strong, determined character. Rather, I’d say he’s simply not a warm, fuzzy feelings-oriented kind of guy. Intellect, not emotion, rules his life, and even though he cares deeply about (some of) his family members, and even though Shi Yi has penetrated his emotional walls, he’s still an analytical and rather cool/aloof guy. Confessing his feelings wouldn’t come naturally to him, or easily.
        Regarding his lack of response about Shi Yi’s previous life… Like I said in a reply above, I think he didn’t really take her seriously. He might have thought her in shock due to her near-brush with death, or he might have thought she was joking. Otherwise, he would have asked more questions. But I have a feeling *wink*wink* that the reincarnation topic will arise again between them sometime before the book ends.

        • Yes, I agree. Timid was definitely a wrong choice of word to describe his character. He thinks with his intellectual rather than with his emotional feeling. Hoju always says action speaks louder than words but sometimes as a woman, I also need to hear the words. 😉 It’ll be frustrating to me if I say I love you twice to my husband and his response is simply an “mm”. 😳 I suppose it’s a good thing that ZSC & SY are only fiction characters in the novel. Hehehe…

        • Hmmm… I don’t think I quite said that. I said, I would have loved for him to respond to her confession, but if not, I would take his “actions speak louder than words.” I also said actions are a reflection of the heart but can also influence the heart. I believe what Zhousheng Chen does demonstrates that he does love her, and he also learned how to love her through his actions. Talk only is cheap. I’d rather have actions. However, ultimately, I believe that love should be demonstrated and spoken. Love should stimulate all senses, so that you should feel it in all aspects. (Hmm… how do you stimulate the sense of taste with love?… food for thought.)

          You aren’t the first to bring this up, so I’ll respond in detail in my post. 😀 I think I’d overload the comments box with what I have to say. 😛

  21. Not sure if you read her teaser on weibo recently…. ahh, cant wait!! I love how authors post special treats on Qi Xi

    Also reading her weibo comments and this makes me want to find myself a chemistry professor too. Oh, Zhou Sheng Chen… if only there are real you’s for everyone

    • I’ve been waiting so eagerly for her to release more info about this one! She’s been hinting at a “green plums and bamboo hobby horse” for ages now. It’s one of my favourite types of stories when they’re done well (I’ve read lots of mediocre ones.), and the best part is, it’s going to be part of the 至此 series. Something about the 至此 male leads really touches my heart strings. Gu Pingsheng ❤ who is probably the only one who can rival Toupai in my heart and Ji Chengyang. I can't wait!

      Tehe… I also think Zhousheng Chen, crazy family aside, is the best husband material out of all her male leads. Of course, there's no real life bias from MBFB there, right? :p

      • Yessss! Same, she seems to be good at these. Ppl have been saying this will be her 暖文 for this cold season. And she may start two novels together? Can’t wait. Her teaser was too good. Just from the first blurb I wanted more. If all goes well, perhaps it’ll be your future translation 😉

  22. It might be the Crown prince. Z says it’s an old, time worn poison, and has been poisoned during all his childhood …? That’s right, the Crown prince

  23. Aaaaaahhh the L word for the second time, but he was just laugh! 😦 but his action toward her is stronger than just saying ‘i love you’

  24. Oh boy he got really pissed!! I really want to hope that someone wasn’t using Wenxing illness as an excuse to even make her more sick.

    So if his mum isn’t the culprit, who is it then? The other person I’m suspecting is Tong Jiaren. I wasn’t suspecting her until the I read Chapter 14.2.

  25. The ending scene was incredibly sweet ❤
    Thanks, thanks, hoju~

  26. So attempts have been made on her life repeatedly. The shooting, the boat, the poison and maybe that time she was in Wuzhen…?

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