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Together Forever (至此终年) — Epilogue 2 and Preface *NOVEL COMPLETED*



This is it! The ending! Post contains the last epilogue, the author’s preface, a little scene taken from Weibo, and, as customary, some closing comments from me for the end of a project. Thank you to all readers, whether you followed along from the get-go or are just hopping in now as the story comes to its ending. This story is very special to me, so completing its translation is oh-so-gratifying.🙂

I’m sure you can guess from the picture above what this epilogue might be about. “Time, in the end, had still been kind to them.”

Epilogue 2 – Returning the Happiness I Owe You

The morning light filtered through the white tulle canopy and landed on the grass.

Like all other ordinary wedding scenes, there were all sorts of guests who did not know one another but who were all amiably appraising each other. Resplendent dress and elaborate adornments. Good wine and delectable delicacies. Everyone was conversing in low voices, all discussing the same topic.

Such a soon-to-be newlywed couple, yet none of the people close to them knew anything about their courtship.

“I honestly do not know.” That well-known DJ, who, only a few days ago, had been late for work because of the UEFA Euro, was truly being interrogated so much by all the people around him that he did not even know what to do. “Just think. At night, she does the late-night show, and in the morning, she does traffic reporting. Then during the daytime, there’s the selection meeting for show topics. She doesn’t take time off during the year, even during holidays and festivals. There’s never been any vehicles picking her up or dropping her off. She never has any personal phone calls. How could she possibly have a boyfriend?”

“One week. Just one, single week, from when we got our invitations to today’s wedding. She sure is able to keep a secret.” The girl who was Tong Yan’s partner on the nighttime program was also sighing. “Her hubby is one of the partners in the largest foreign-based law firm here, and his annual salary is so high it’s not even countable.”

And the most important point was, he truly was good-looking — the type of good-looking that made women envious.

“Tong Yan is everyone’s idol, the idol of the public. There are so many letters for her in the office every day you can’t even read through them all.” Only the director was acting rather mysterious, as if he seemed to know everything. “I heard that that person is a longtime listener of our station. Maybe he really is one of Little Ke’s faithful fans. So now you all know what the advantages of being a DJ are, right? You have a good reputation but you’re also still a public figure. So suitable for marrying a good man.”

The director’s spoke his words as if they were well-reasoned and persuasive.


Amongst Tong Yan’s colleagues, there was no lack of unmarried young women, and they were all aiming their gazes at the several men on the other end of the long table, those men who were the best of the best amongst Chinese lawyers. This sudden perfect marriage, this lovely and romantic encounter that made people jealous — if Tong Yan could come by one, then people could certainly believe in some things.

However, they did not know that these right-hand men of Gu Pingsheng’s were also feeling as if they had fallen into the misty clouds.

Originally, this had been a last-minute business trip and they were only passing through this city of Beijing, but suddenly, it had become a request for transfer back to China. The most important piece was, the reason for the transfer request was very simple and direct: to return to China to get married and then permanently reside there.

From the head office to the China office, no one knew that he had a girlfriend. With Little Boss’s curriculum vitae and looks, in the head office, he had broken the curse that ethnic Chinese men would not be popular with the ladies and had attracted all sorts of eager, ardent women swarming him like overenthusiastic bees and butterflies. And in the China office, the name “Gu Pingsheng” itself was like a legend.

Every time there was a video conference, there were numerous female lawyers who, because they needed to give a one-minute report to him, would prepare in detail beforehand so that they could sufficiently respond to his questioning that would cover every possible angle.


“My mom and dad are fans of Little Ke. When they heard I would be attending the wedding, they asked me ahead of time for TK’s personal details. They were honestly being even more rigorous about it than if they were selecting their own son-in-law. But when they asked me about the development of their romance… I really could not answer.”

The paralegal who had accompanied Gu Pingsheng to China this time could not hold back a sigh. “Love actually. The wedding date was set the day after TK returned to China. Prior to that, no one in the entire company even knew that he had ever had a girlfriend. This is true love. You don’t even need love at first sight. It’s ‘love at first listen.’”

“What is the bride like?”

“… I still haven’t gotten a chance to see her. Don’t be anxious. She’ll be out right away.”


Love at first sight?

Tong Yan had been asked too many questions along those lines. She did not know how to explain or describe this very long story. In the end, she decided to simply keep her silence and let it be taken as tacit admission. Yes, the story’s beginning truly was simply that most old-fashioned and corny “love at first sight.”

A long, long time ago, on that night, outside of the ICU room in Peking Union Medical College Hospital, when she stood with her backpack on her back and saw an extremely young man sitting on the floor, his back leaning against the snow-white wall, she supposed, something truly had been stirred in her.

Love’s beginning truly is merely a simple stirring of the heart. Perhaps from an image, perhaps by a voice.


The makeup artist was very diligent. From six in the morning to the present, she had already been busily working for more than three hours.

Her makeup was too exquisite, so Tong Yan dared not eat too much, only nibbling instead on her straw as she drank sips of milk.


A voice carried in from the doorway. In the mirror, she watched as Gu Pingsheng appeared.

All these years, she had always thought that he was most handsome when he wore a suit. Perhaps because he had resided in the United Kingdom for a long period of time, he was particularly fond of putting a pocket square in his suit jacket’s breast pocket. Refined, elegant, gentlemanly, sophisticated. How she wished she could use every possible adjective to describe him.

But ultimately, those were not enough.

Because this was Gu Pingsheng. The one, unique Gu Pingsheng.

He seemed to sense that her mind had wandered and only casually loosened his tie, walked over, and sat down beside her.

“We’re nearly done, Mr. Gu.” The makeup artist packed up all her things, but all of a sudden, she caught a glimpse of Tong Yan’s fingernails. They were still plain and completely unadorned. “Mrs. Gu, you didn’t paint your nails last night?”

Tong Yan gave a cry of “Ah!” and redness inexplicably tinged her cheeks. “I forgot.”

The makeup artist said, “It’s alright,” but all the while, she frettingly rummaged through her own bag, murmuring that she should have brought the fake nails that could be directly glued on.

Tong Yan felt even more embarrassed. “We’ll just let it be. No one will notice these little details.”

“That won’t be good.” The makeup artist shook her head with a smile. “The bride has to be the most beautiful on this day. Every single detail has to be perfect. If we can’t find any fake ones, we’ll just use nail polish and paint them directly. After all, there are still more than ten minutes to go.”

Sure enough, after saying these words, the makeup artist lined up seven, eight bottles of nail polish.

“I think she should be a little tired.” Gu Pingsheng rested his elbows on the back of her chair, smiled, and broke in on their dialogue. “Why don’t we first let my wife rest for ten minutes?”

The makeup artist hurriedly agreed and then, very perceptively, left the room.


“I’m nervous.” Gazing at him in the mirror, she blew out a long breath. “My heart is beating especially fast. It feels especially like that time back when you and I were emceeing together, and I was so nervous my palms were all sweaty …”

Resting his chin on her shoulder, he exaggeratedly inhaled her sweet scent. “Why were you nervous?”

She shook her head, pretending to be clueless and innocent. “Back then, I thought it was really weird, too. I’d emceed so many events prior to that, so why was it only when I collaborated with you that I got nervous?”

“I had always found this very strange. Before you arrived, the supervising teacher for the Students’ Union had told me, ‘The person who will be working with you is our school’s most veteran host and emcee. She is very experienced.’”

Turning around, she looked at him. “I guess it’s because you are too outstanding. When I stand next to you, I will lack self-confidence.” She paused, then uttered softly, “But I like this type of lacking in self-confidence.”

Regardless of what I have grown-up to become, I will still feel that I need to be dependent on you.

This sort of lack in self-confidence, was it not also a form of pleasure?

From this angle, she could see he was smiling, his dimple etched deeply on his cheek. Setting her chin on the seatback of her chair, Tong Yan looked intently at him. No matter how much she looked, she could not get enough.

She did not shift in the slightest, and Gu Pingsheng also simply gazed at her.

After some time, Tong Yan at last took one finger and hooked it onto the cuff of his dress shirt, lightly swinging it as she requested gently, “Please, tell it to me again, one more time.”

He suddenly chuckled. “You still haven’t gotten sick of listening to it?”

Because he needed to speak to her, he had leaned forward slightly.

He was completely swathed in the sunlight shining in through the window, which softened and blurred the outlines of his features.

All the guests had already arrived, but the two appeared to be in no hurry. In contrary, they seemed more like people who, after waking up one morning on an arbitrary weekend, were idly leaning back on the couch, chatting casually.

Apart from her white organza train cascading onto the floor. Apart from his impeccable suit.


“The itinerary for this trip had not included Beijing but I wanted to truly have a listen of your voice, so I changed it last-minute.” Gu Pingsheng fulfilled her wish and began recounting once again those things from that morning that she had not known. “I had originally planned out the timing. I would exit the airport by seven o’clock and would be able to hear your entire program. Unfortunately, the flight was delayed.”

She gave an “mm-hmm,” listening so earnestly it was as if this was the first time she had heard this.

“Luckily, I still was in time to hear the last, interactive segment of the program. I never thought that you would have so many supporters. The driver my company sent to pick me up at the time is your loyal listener.”

“I have lots of fans,” Tong Yan said cheerily, her finger still hooked on his shirt as she swung his arm with quite a sense of pride.

“That driver said that Little Ke is his favourite female program host. During her show, she frequently takes phone calls that ask her for advice and turns a good, normal traffic program into a time for free legal aid and consultation.” There was obvious mirth in Gu Pingsheng’s voice. “He even said that you are especially adorable.”

Tong Yan nodded, beaming as she looked at him.

What came next was what she most wanted to hear, a dialogue that, regardless of how many times it was repeated to her, she would not tire of it.

Discovering that she was rather happy with swinging his arm, he also stretched forward a finger and hooked it around her finger.

“At the time, I thought I probably needed to very clearly declare where I stood. So, I told him, ‘This girl is my wife.’ That driver didn’t really seem to believe me, so I dialed the radio call-in number. But right when I heard your voice, the phone reception got cut off.” The entire time, his gaze remained affixed to Tong Yan and did not move away. “Afterwards, I called that number again, but the line was busy the whole time until the program ended.”

“What if I didn’t call you?”

“Yan Yan,” he told her, “at first glance, every minute that we live may seem to be random. However, when you look back, you will discover that no matter how many times we were to repeat those moments, the outcome would still be the same.”

“So, no matter how many times you were to repeat that moment, when the driver told you he was my loyal listener, you would still very seriously tell him that I am Mrs. Gu. And you would also definitely make that phone call to prove that you are my husband. Then, I would once again get the chance to find out your phone number and would end up finding you.”

He smiled lightly, staring into her eyes and tacitly admitting this fact.

“And so,” Tong Yan began, curling her fingers into a fist and slipping it into his palm as she teased him, “no matter how many times you were to live, you would still stubbornly be fond of eating broccoli.”

Gu Pingsheng could not help laughing. “Yes. So, no matter what, Gu Pingsheng can only ever have that one Mrs. Gu.”

His words were never purposely polished, but they were always so moving.

“I never even thought about falling in love with someone else,” she softly told him. “Never at all.”

“Neither did I.” He used the same answer to provide his response to her.


Out on the lawn, the music flowed continuously. It was about time.

“Do you want to go out yet?” he asked her.

Tong Yan nodded, but then, she immediately clutched his hand anxiously. Smiling, Gu Pingsheng leaned in a little closer to her.

In her mind, she was still running through the script she had written, those words that she needed to say for the wedding. “What if, later on during my speech, I suddenly forget what I’m supposed to say? What should I do? …” Her co-workers would laugh at her for sure. But, no big deal. My wedding, I’m the boss …

“If you forget it, then you forget it. It’s okay.”

“Oh no.” She looked at that row of nail polish bottles. “I still haven’t painted my nails yet. If they’re all bare, they’ll look really ugly …”

“I’ll apply it for you. You taught me how before.” When he finished these words, his face suddenly leaned in closer, and then, lowering his head, he brought his lips directly to hers.

Beside their ears was the sound of the door being opened, but then it was quietly shut again.

There were several seconds of only stillness, and then, he finally tilted his head, enclosing her lips completely in his.

Just like their first time in the cinema, the way he started always caught her utterly unprepared.

In this time. In this place. The start time of the wedding ceremony had already quietly slipped by, but the groom and bride were still in the dressing room, unwilling to come out. Even from simply thinking this, she was already unable to contain her giggles. Who knew what sort of comments and discussions would be taking place outside? …

Gu Pingsheng’s hands were holding her waist, lifting her up entirely from her chair and into his arms.

The train of the wedding gown he had custom-ordered for her was several metres long. As it followed their movements, its layer upon layer of white material splayed over the entire floor.

Her arms encircled his neck, and she let him set her down on the dressing table, the two of them pressed tightly to one another and not separating at all that entire time. Not caring how many guests were outside, nor caring whether the most auspicious time had already passed. This was their wedding ceremony — a wedding that should have taken place long ago. Everyone else was simply there to accent the ceremony.

Hence, Gu Pingsheng rightfully disregarded everyone else, apart from his bride.

And amid his lingering kiss, Tong Yan also told herself one thing: from this moment, from this day onward, besides Gu Pingsheng, she was no longer going to worry about anyone or anything else. Mrs. Gu would use an entire lifetime to care for and love Mr. Gu.


What began as a single glance has henceforth become … together forever



An author writing her own foreword is such a weird thing.

Well, then, I will just say a few words about the story behind this novel.

In regards to Together Forever, on the day I finished writing it, it could also be said that I fulfilled a special desire of mine. In the very beginning of the beginning, I had merely wanted to commemorate in a very simple way that SARS outbreak. I know that there are many people who, even if they had been in the hardest-hit areas of Beijing and Guangzhou at the time, do not have such intense sentiments about it. Sometimes, a disaster may repeat itself a hundred times but still only be a term, a noun to some people. Only when someone close to you has truly experienced it does it bring about the sorrow and pain that is like having your flesh cut from your body.

Perhaps because I knew people and had family in the severe disaster area of Beijing during that time, I heard a little more about it than other people. That year, there were many angels in white coats who resolutely moved in, wave after wave, all carrying the mentality that they were heading to their deaths as they succumbed and fell. But afterwards, few people remembered this.

And so, he appeared in my mind.

Gu Pingsheng.

He is the male lead of this book and, in my heart, is also the best way to commemorate that calamity. Although the setting of this story is a little heavy, I believe that if you flip open this book, what you will read will be how a person who experienced life and death is continuing to live his best life.

And then, in the story, she also appeared.

Tong Yan.

When this story was still being released in instalments online, there were many readers who quietly sought me out, regarding me as a safe confidant, and they told me about their own life experiences and family backgrounds that were similar to Tong Yan’s. Therefore, Tong Yan is not an isolated case. In this world, there will always be some people who try hard to live their lives but are helpless to the irresponsibility of their parents. Not everyone’s family situation is like beautiful spring days all-year round, nor is everyone’s life filled with great stresses and pressure. There are people more fortunate and happy than her, and there are people who are more unfortunate than her. And the story that I desired to write was definitely one where the “happiness and fortune” were greater than the “misfortune.”

I believe that when each storyteller writes a story, he or she is trying to convey something. In my case here, I am not trying to say that “life is hard,” but rather, I want to express, “Look. Gu Pingsheng and Tong Yan have such a hard life, but they can still be so happy. So then, what reason do you have to not live an even better life?”

What if you meet a teacher who was once a surgeon? In that year when you were thirteen years old, both his and your mother were being resuscitated in the same hospital. However, six or seven years later, he can no longer hear any sound, nor can he work in an operating theatre. He has picked up the books and become an ordinary university professor.

What if he and you are alike, having a mother who abandoned you and a father who cannot be spoken about?

What if, for a nationwide calamity where many dying needed to be saved and wounded needed to be rescued, he had lost the health that he should have rightfully had?


What if he loves you?

Could you bear not to love him?


— Mo Bao Fei Bao
February 18, 2013, evening


Extra Scene from Weibo:

If you followed along with Really, Really Miss You and Beautiful Bones, you’ll remember this.

Released February 19, 2015, Lunar New Year’s Day at 12:01am.
MBFB asked fans what they wanted for a Lunar New Year’s present. Everyone had requests for new scenes from their various favourite novel(s). In the end, she posted a giant post with a scene each for the leads from nearly every single one of her novels at the time, in which a theoretical email was sent out to them asking them to recap the first night they did *it*. Here is the one for Together Forever.

On a certain day, in the middle of the night, Mo Bao Fei Bao sent an email to all the leads of her novels: “Hey dears, do you still remember that night?”

Tong Yan: (Tosses fresh chestnuts into the pan. Tonight, it is once again braised chicken with chestnuts. He loves eating it.) He was going back to the U.S. for his surgery. I wanted to go with him, but he wouldn’t let me. So I…
Gu Pingsheng: (Fingers drumming rhythmically against his ceramic cup) I’m listening. Carry on with what you were saying.
Tong Yan: …… I’m done talking. (Stabs forcefully at the chicken with a metal spatula.)
Gu Pingsheng: (Walks over and rests his chin on her shoulder.) Then how about you listen to me say it?
Tong Yan: (Turns on the hood fan.)
Gu Pingsheng: I asked you whether you wanted to turn on the light. You didn’t refuse. But when we really started into it, no matter what, you absolutely refused to turn on any light–
Tong Yan: (Begins cooking and stirring with all her might.) Behaving so inappropriately for your older age…

Additional Comments:

While the preface is actually at the beginning of a book, I thought, in our case, it would be more apt to include it here at the backend, after you had read through everything. Hopefully this helps give you insight into the author’s mindset at the time.

I had mentioned before that Tong Yan is based on a real person and real experiences of someone who, at age 20, hated her father and fell into depression; someone who, as she got older, realized that blood relation was actually something that you could never truly let go of. And it truly did take a death to, in exchange, bring about a complete awakening and cause her father to snap out of his ways. In an interview from a couple of years ago, when asked if the “real Tong Yan” was happy now, Mo Bao Fei Bao’s answer was, “Yes, very happy because she is very positive. In a person’s lifetime, the joys and sorrows should be weighed against each other. Everyone is the same, and there should be no reason for us to wallow in self-pity and bemoan our fate, no reason that we *let* ourselves be less fortunate than others, right?”

I remember finishing this novel for the first time and reflecting… over and over again. I’ve mentioned so many times that my love for this novel is very personal, that it has a special place in my heart. The reason is not simply because of the beautiful love story, not only because the emotions and situations inside the story feel so genuine that they resonate on a very personal level with me. I realized something.

I realized that we, as human beings, are actually caring and supportive. In the wake of a calamity, how many times have we seen news reports that people everywhere are pouring in to places like Red Cross to donate, sending in help, sending well wishes? But at the same time, I also realized that we, as human beings, are very forgetful. It’s not intentional and perhaps it is even a self-defence mechanism for us to move on and continue with life, but very shortly after a disaster, when news reports stop showing up everywhere in our news feeds, we then forget about it. But the victims can’t forget, and they are left to pick up the pieces of their lives.

As I read up on the SARS calamity, I was struck by one particular photo of a very lonely man on a hospital bed who had fallen to SARS but had, like Gu Pingsheng, recovered… to a life of after-effects and failing health. Initially, people had rallied behind him, the media declaring that everyone would be there to help him and not forget him. However years later, it was only him. No one remembered him, and now he is merely left to pass many of his days in the hospital, despairingly alone. And he is not an isolated case. Though that particular man was not a medical worker during that time, there are so many more victims and most of them had worked the front lines during that disaster.

Perhaps, the scariest thing is not having to face sickness, even death. Perhaps, the scariest thing is facing it alone.

Mo Bao Fei Bao once said, she does not know how to rescue the sick and heal the dying. She can only write and use this way to commemorate those angels in white coats who had sacrificed themselves for others. And the only thing I can do is to remember them and offer my deepest respects, even if they don’t know. Hence, this translation came about — to be honest, quite nervously, for fear I would not properly express what the author hoped to convey — so that maybe more people can remember them with me.

To all of you, wherever you may be, whatever life may bring you, I wish the best for you. Hope this might have encouraged you to live your life so that your happiness is greater than your misfortunes.🙂 Cheers all, and thank you for reading. See you in my next project, Stewed Squid in Honey.



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65 thoughts on “Together Forever (至此终年) — Epilogue 2 and Preface *NOVEL COMPLETED*

  1. Hoju, using these emojis to thank you for all the dedication and hard work. You have indeed turned me into Mo Bao Fei Bao fans now too 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘🙆🙆🙆🙆😘😘😘😘❤️❤️❤️❤️

    • Wow. That’s a lot of emojis.❤ Thanks for hanging out with me for the entire ride.🙂 Hope things become a little less busy for you soon so you can have more time to read again.🙂

  2. All I can say is thanks!, tq for translating and bring up “TF” to us, hoju, you just made my day, thank you, thank you, thank you

  3. This is a very heartfelt story. It was a wonderful journey from start to finish. Thank you Hoju for your hard work. Love all your translation and I will follow your new translation of Stewed squids in honey. ☺️💋💐

    • Indeed. Thank you for coming along on the journey.🙂 And thanks for reading all the other ones, too.🙂 Can’t wait to see you over in Squid! Remember to pop on in and say hi often!

  4. Hi Hoju, it’s been a long time since I drop you a note! Congrats for finishing up another novel!!! I actually haven’t had time to read this novel yet… But I will surely read it when I have the time… 😃


    • Hi Sian, it has been a long time. I think the last time was some time around… Nirvana’s airing? Hope you are doing well.🙂
      Whenever you are ready to read, it will be here.🙂 Thanks for dropping in to say hi!

  5. Than you so much hoju for this beautiful and meaningfull story😀
    I really like your translation🙂

    And for TY and GPS i’m very happy for them. In the end, time is still kind to both of them.

    Ps: i really really looking forward to your next translation.

    • You’re welcome, rennykarlina.🙂 I’m so glad you like the translation.🙂

      Absolutely, yes! I am so terribly happy that Tong Yan and Gu Pingsheng could be together. In some ways, it is a bittersweet ending because eventually, Tong Yan will have to watch as Gu Pingsheng’s health only progressively gets worse. But I believe she would want it no other way. She would rather shed tears for him and have her heart ache for him as she held his hand than spend the rest of her life not knowing and only missing him, wishing she could be there for him. And though part of Gu Pingsheng probably still doesn’t want Tong Yan to have to go through that for him, I believe that in those years apart and after their reunion, he realized that Tong Yan would have it no other way, and her presence will give him the strength to face all that will be coming his way.
      (Gah, I teared up thinking about their life beyond this wedding.)

      P.S. Yes, please, come join me in the next translation!❤

  6. Thank you for sharing this lovely story! I’ll be missing this monolid guy😂 glad to know the real TY has recovered from her depression and happy now!
    I”ll be always remembering this quote “in this world you have the right to choose anything the only exception is your parents and you can’t give them up”

    • Bahahaha! I never thought of Teacher Gu as “the monolid guy.” 😂

      Myself as well. To know that the person Tong Yan was modelled after was well seemed to round out the story and tie a wonderful bow on the conclusion.

      There are quite a few lines in this story that stuck with me, the one you quoted being one of them. My other favourite is “Even in the vast ocean darkness […] And so, I could hear you crying.”

      • I’m sorry maybe I got confused with our Toupai as we know MBFB has so many swoon worthy guys😜

        • Haha, no, no, you remembered correctly. Teacher Gu has monolids. Tong Yan said that might be his one and only flaw, if she really had to find something. I just thought it was hilarious that you will remember him as the monolid guy.

        • Haha same for Toupai when Gusheng saw him in her store for the first time… I guess MFBF loves monolid boys😜

  7. So sweet!! Thank you so much Hoju!! 😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

    • Aren’t you glad, after all they’ve been through, we finally get to see this wedding?

      Thanks for reading and always dropping me a comment.🙂 It makes my day.

  8. I really appreciate your hardwork and commitment towards the translation of this novel. You’re simply awesome. Thanks so much.

    • Thank you.🙂 Translating novels I love sure helps. I can’t let something I love become an unfilled pit, right?🙂 Thanks for reading!

  9. Thanks so much for your dedication and consistency. 😘 I enjoyed this story a lot and look forward to Stewed Squid.

    • And thank you for reading everything I translate.🙂 I’m glad you liked the story.🙂 Hope to see you over in Squid as well!

  10. Thank you for completing yet another novel, truly the most memorable one ever

    • 🙂🙂 I’m so glad this one struck a chord with you. Thank you for always dropping in and leaving me a comment. It makes translating a less lonely task.

  11. Finished….I feel at loss. Thanks for your hardwork.

  12. Thanking you Hoju for all your translated novels.😀

  13. Thank you so very much, dear Hoju.. For translating another beautiful piece of MBFB, for sharing your love of her books with us, and for converting us into one of her fans. Thank you again, deairie.. I will definitely follow your next project. 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍


    • *hugs* Thank you, Gaeina. I’m sure my love for MBFB is not a secret at all. I love sharing her stuff and hopefully bringing in some international love for her. (One day, maybe one day, I’ll give you guys a taste of one of her short stories. They’re all BE, and oh my gawd, they are tearjerkers.)
      Don’t worry, though. Squid is a happy, fluffy, fun story.

  14. Yay for a happy ending!!!! Millions thanks hoju!!!! Although im gonna rarely commenting here but i always spend time to read haha… Im just so freaking busy with my current job lols… Give me another happy ending, but i know you will!!!😀

    Fighting!!! ^^

    • See, I told you it was a happy ending.🙂 You’re welcome, Yui!
      You can always just say “Hi.”😉 Hope things lighten up slightly with your job for you. Take care of yourself, and pop in every so often so I know you’re still around. (And when you’re less busy, I expect you’ll be here everyday. Hahahaha!)

      Of course… next one is a HE!

  15. Beautiful ending. I am wishing for more but oh well. Thank you hoju for translating such a wonderful story. ^^

    • ❤ I'm so glad it was a wedding. The one thing I wished I could see was a baby! But after that, we know that their life will be filled with hospital trips, so this is kind of like hitting the pause button on the healthiest, most carefree point in their lives.

      Thank you for always reading, cathdeary.🙂

  16. Thank you for translating another of MBFB’s novel! Her stories really touch my heart. I look forward to your next project!😉

  17. Thank you Hoju for such a beautiful love story…. really appreciate your hard work…

  18. Thank you very much for your translation. I’m very impressed by this story and the author. Thank you very much for introducing me this novel.

    • You’re so welcome! I’m glad you liked this story. I feel like there’s so much woven into this story. On the surface, it could just be a love story, but there’s so many emotions, inspiring moments, and even some moments where we question whether the decision made was correct or not. But it’s very real.

      Thank you for reading.🙂

  19. Maybe it’s because I’m going through a difficult time in my real life right now, but your closing comments left me touched in a way that I never expected a frothy romance novel translation would ever do. “Everyone is the same, and there should be no reason for us to wallow in self-pity and bemoan our fate, no reason that we *let* ourselves be less fortunate than others, right?” – so very true. I’ve spent many sleepless nights where my situation made me feel like my stomach was twisted in knots. It’s easy to feel anger and injustice about the inequalities in your life. But it doesn’t make you any happier and it doesn’t move your life forward. Thank you for translating this novel and giving us all a gentle reminder on how to be more positive in life. I wish you the very best as well…may you be as blessed as you have blessed the rest of us with your wonderful translations.🙂

    • Hi yennie,

      I teared up a little when I read your comment. I wavered on what type of closing comments to put in and hesitated because what I ultimately decided was a little more personal than what most would expect on the Internet in a “frothy romance novel.”😉 But in the end, I really felt like I should write that. Even if only one person was encouraged by this, if it could just brighten one person’s life for a moment, it would be worth it, right?

      I don’t know what you’re going through right now. I, too, have experienced what felt like a terribly long period where the pressures on me seemed significantly heavier than other people my age. I can only hope for you that whatever you are experiencing will soon pass. My sincerest well wishes for you.

  20. Hi hoju, I read some of your translation projects and when I came to Together Forever I was surprised how well written this story was by MBFB. I also think that you must have worked really hard to translate this beautiful story. I like the way you include your own insight towards the characters GPS and TY. Sometimes I questioned whether it was MBFB who wrote such deep thoughts in the story or it was you who translated this story so good that a reader who only comes by once in awhile became so immersed.
    When I read the last chapters I was also thinking that using the leap time approach to conclude a story was abrupt. But when I read the epilogue then I came to understand how mature TY was after all the calamities. Now every angle of the story made more sense to me.
    Well, once again thank you hoju…for translating such an inspiring story. MBFB has been my favorite writer, too.

    • I’ve been trying to give a bit of a cross-section of MBFB’s writing, just to give everyone a different flavour of what she does. One of the perks of translating is to be able to discuss the novel with other people, and I take advantage of all of you, as my captive audience, by making you read my own little ramblings and thoughts. (An abuse of my position here? LOL) Trust me, MBFB’s writing is absolutely beautiful, and as much as I try to the best of my ability to maintain tone and the feelings, I still think I fall short. I wish all of you could read the original Chinese. But thank you! Those were such very sweet words, and I am so, so happy this story captivated you.

      It took me some digesting, but now I feel like that is the most appropriate way to conclude the story. The first epilogue gave us insight into the separation years, and that little glimpse was enough that we needed. More would have been melodramatic and defeated one of the points of the story, that life still needs to march on, no matter what happens. The things that Tong Yan went through matured her even more, for most of the story, she really was just a young woman, barely into adulthood. No matter how much circumstance forces you to be mature, some things need to be left to time.

      Thank you for the lovely comment.🙂 I enjoyed reading it.

      It was my pleasure translating this story. Thank you so much for reading.🙂

  21. Silent reader up til now. thank you thank you for your translation.
    Haha how cute the bride and groom necking in the waiting room while the guests are outside
    Monolid guys r handsome too. But funny i cant thk of a chinese actor representative. If they do make a drama of this. Who should be casted..

    • Thank you for coming out and breaking your silence. I really do enjoy hearing from all of you.🙂 And thank you for reading!

      Hehe… As Tong Yan said, “My wedding, I’m the boss.” And the boss wanted to neck with the other boss. HAHAHA.

      Oh, Tong Yan definitely didn’t think the monolid on Gu Pingsheng was a fault. She thinks he’s perfect (and I do too). But she was thinking if her genes “diluted” the good looks, then the monolids would end up being a fault. Monolided guys most certainly can be handsome, but it takes even more to wear that feature well.🙂 Hmm… me, too. But Gu Pingsheng is pretty perfect to me. I’d have a hard time accepting anyone. :p

  22. Thank you SOOOO much for translating this. I loved it.

  23. Thank you so much for your hard work to translating this. I just finish read this and it’s so touching. I love the ending so much though it’s quite hurt my heart T-T I thought I won’t see any voice or entertainment related occupation in here. But in the end, she became a DJ. YAAAAY!! One of so many reasons why I love MBFB, because the character circle are voice or entertainment related >_<)
    Actually, I'm a silent reader, I'm sorry if I rarely post comment, but honestly your translation always really made my day. Thank you Hoju! You're awesome. Always wishing all the best for you 🙂

    • ❤️ Thank you for reading. I understand. My poor heart felt like it had broken when I was translating those last chapters. So thankful that time, in the end, had been kind to them.

      Being a screenwriter probably has exposed MBFB to interesting things on the entertainment side. A lot of her novels do give us normal people insights into that side of things.🙂

      • Oh so thats why. Yes MBFB really give us the insight of entertainment side and it really interesting to know and make the story more interesting.

        Do you know if any MBFB work made in movie or drama adaptation? I really curious if it made to adaptation. But, at the same time I don’t want to know too. :p I’m afraid it will break my imagination of many of MBFB character’s voice like RRMY.

        ps. sorry for double reply I just realize I use wrong mail and name :p

        • Yes, it was very, very recently announced that Squid, as well as the other 2 in the trilogy, will have one single drama adaptation that covers all of them. MBFB will be the sole screenwriter, so whether it is a success or a flop, it is wholly in her hands, and she will do her best to honour the story — her baby. This is the first time MBFB is adapting any of her stories because she is quite picky. She wants the adaptation to honour and be faithful to the heart of the story, and so she won’t just sell it to anyone. (She has said before that she has been approached many times before.) So, I will go into that adaptation with an open mind since I know there is no other person who would more want to treat that story as it should be treated.

  24. Thank you very much for your translation. This really is great work worth to be thought through it again and again. Both Gu Pingsheng and Tong Yan touch my heart. I myself have some bit of life experience similar to his and hers so it touch me very deep, very deep. More over, the way MBFB convey the way they think really enlighten me. After reading this to the end, I have a new angle to see things. Something I think it’s “easier said than done” might some day become reality if time pass by.🙂 I hope it will.

    I was waiting this novel to be completely translated before I start to read it all in one go. So, I’m now waiting for “Stew Squid In Honey”, very patiently so please take your time. Thank you very much again. 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

    • Thank you very much for your comment.❤

      I feel like many people can find parts of themselves in especially Tong Yan but Gu Pingsheng as well. Together Forever is a novel about life. Loss of health, having to give up your dreams, betrayal by friends and loved ones, and just plain unfairness in life—these are all things that many people face at one point in time. I find this novel beautiful and inspirational, and it is so very special to me. I am so glad that it touched you in your own unique way as well.

      For many things, yes, even if you do it, it may not succeed, but if you only say it, it will never get done, right?❤ Wishing for you that as time passes, you will continue to "do" so that your happiness and fortunes are greater than your misfortunes. Best wishes to you.🙂

      Thank you for reading! I hope to see you over in Squid!🙂

  25. Hoju thanks for your translations just finished read today🙂 will continue to read your other translations🙂

  26. Waaaahh😁😜😍😍😍😍😍❤❤❤👌👍👍👍u made me a fan of mbfb..but i am not chinese and so mostly i have became your fan..i love this story and i really miss tugged your hearts and come on mbfb makes me drools at her heroes dont u think…thank you for your hardwork and time..i enjoyed this..keep it up

    • ❤❤ My two absolute favourites of MBFB. Toupai and Gu Pingsheng are just drool worthy. Actually, most of her other male leads are, too, but those two are just extra special to me.

      I love recruiting people into the MBFB fan club.❤ Thanks for reading, and I'm so happy you loved them. Join me in my next translation, Stewed Squid with Honey.🙂

  27. I was really glad that I read this story after you already finished translating it. No words can express how thankful I am for your efforts to share this special novel to us. This book really reminded me why Mo Bao Fei Bao is my favorite C-novel author. This novel touched my heart, broke it and then pieced it back together again. I usually do not like reading this type of novels that squeezes my heart every chapter but for some reason I can’t stop after reading the prologue. I giggled. I sighed. I squealed. I cried. Especially when I found some parts of me relating to Tong Yan. Again thank you so much Hoju for bringing Gu Pingsheng and Tong Yan’s story to us.

    • I’m glad you found it, too.🙂 I absolutely love Mo Bao Fei Bao’s writing, to (can you tell? Haha) This is such a special story to me, as I’ve said many times. Translating made me realize even more how personal my love for this novel is and how it resonates deep within me. I am happy to share it with everyone, and I am glad to hear that you love it like I do.❤

  28. Thank you for sharing this wonderful story with us. I’m now a diehard fan of MBFB. I hoped to read more of her stories here.

    • You are very welcome.🙂 Welcome to the fan club.
      Have you read Really, Really Miss You and Beautiful Bones yet? They’re both complete here on the blog. The translation for Squid is halfway done.

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