Fangirling Chinese Novels

Stewed Squid with Honey (蜜汁炖鱿鱼) — Chapter 14



Oh, hahaha. Can you imagine the shock Blueberry got?

Chapter 14 – Love Rival (*Д`)

Blueberry’s eyes widened, first looking at Tong Nian, then looking at that young pup of a lad, then looking back at Tong Nian, then looking back at that young pup of a lad…

“It’s K&K’s demo,” someone near them whispered.

“I really like him. He’s a little male god.”

Buzzing of voices and murmurs. The boisterousness from a moment ago had all but vanished, and all that remained were these looks of envious speculation and jealousy coming from all directions. “He said ‘Leader.’ That can’t be referring to— ”

“Gun has a girlfriend?”

“Impossible! My male god stays away from the charms of women!!”


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“Go… in?” With a look of incredulity all over her face, Tong Nian quietly sought confirmation.

He wants me to go in?

Re—… really?

Pain suddenly came from her shoulder. Blueberry’s claws were fiercely pinching her. “Little Squidie, since when did you become someone’s wife?!!!! Someone’s wife? God, how come I was so slow in realizing this?!”

“I haven’t.” Those two words were simply too allusive … Her ears instantly burned. In a low voice, she explained, “He was just randomly making things up…”

“Who just randomly makes things up like that?!!!! Your Highness!” Tightening the hold of her claws, Blueberry pulled on Tong Nian’s arm with all her might. “Three years! We’ve hung out together for three years! You went and found yourself a— ”

Uh… what did she find herself?

What was ‘Leader’?

Blueberry’s words choked in her throat, and eagerly, she looked toward that young pup of a lad: What planet did your Leader come from?

demo was completely overwhelmed by Blueberry, whose dress from head to toe was like that of a domineering woman, and was taken aback for a moment before he forced on an awkward smile. “Sister-In-Law, there are only another five minutes before the event starts.” Since there were fans present, the entire time, he maintained a very, very proper expression, but his tone became progressively lower as he said, “Leader’s mood today… isn’t all that good.” After stating this, he fixed his gaze anxiously on Tong Nian, waiting for her, this life-saving straw that they could cling onto, to go in with him and stand in front of the muzzle of the gun for them.

Otherwise, who knew what other cruel ideas Leader would use to torture them?

Tong Nian felt as if her shoulder was going to snap soon from the grip on them…

She was nervous, but at the same time, intimidated by Blueberry’s tyrannical might, she asked in a tiny voice, “Um, then, may I bring a friend in?”

“No problem.” A happy grin immediately broke out across demo’s face. “If it’s Sister-In-Law’s friend, then there’s no problem at all.”

He took a step back.

Motioning to Tong Nian to step out from behind the security guards, he flashed a perfunctory smile at Blueberry before immediately turning around to lead the way. Here, in this situation, with all eyes centered on them and, furthermore, standing within the human wall formed by the security guards, she and Blueberry, two songstresses who were normally accustomed to seeing such grand scenes, actually felt something akin to stage fright. After all, their gatherings were all ones of elation and people declaring their love for them.

But now…

They were practically the public enemy. It was as if they were treading on thin ice, aaaah.

However, these were merely Blueberry’s feelings.

Tong Nian had already long since hugged her little backpack, and shuffling along, she drifted her way forward. Heartbeat, the eyes of the crowd, whatever—she had forgotten about all those things…

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After they stepped inside, their view opened up. The very large lounge was seated full of people.

Very few women were in this VIP lounge area, in total just a few, so the appearance of two cutie-type girls stepping in through the doors truly did, for a moment, draw the gazes of everyone. Tong Nian secretly peered at her surroundings from the corner of her eye. Everywhere, there were boys, ranging in age from teens to early twenties and wearing all types and colours of team jerseys. In comparison, then, that man drinking water far off in the first row…

… was just tooooo manly.

All this while, Blueberry had been clutching tightly onto her arm until she saw Gun, and then she finally stutteringly asked, “W-w-w-wait. That guy, isn’t he my hubby’s God Gun?”

If she could get an autograph, it would definitely be one year of not having to do the laundry!

“Mm…” Tong Nian hugged her backpack to herself and answered in a small voice, “It’s him.”

“Little Squidie”—Blueberry abruptly halted her steps and, using her sincerest look, gazed intently at her—“no matter who your man is, you must have him help me get Gun’s autograph, help my hubby get Gun’s autograph. Please, please. Begging you. Okay? Okay?”

“……” How was she going to explain this? …

“Oh, that.” demo thought Tong Nian was hesitating over whether she should or not, and helpfully, he answered for her, “Don’t worry. Even though Leader never gives autographs… he will definitely give face to Sister-In-Law’s friend.” He laughed impishly.


Blueberry blacked out for a moment. “What did he say…?”

“Just…” Tong Nian felt she was super blameless in all of this. “Ah, just that his leader is Gun.”


“My hubby’s male god is your man?!” Blueberry was about to pass out.

“That…” Tong Nian felt she was going to be beaten to death, and hurriedly, she begged in a low voice for mercy. “I swear, it’s not that I wasn’t going to tell you. I honestly… have only seen him two times. Today is the third…”


“Two times and then he had you?!” Blueberry’s entire body seemed to heat up. She was alive again.

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demo felt he had just heard an incredible secret.

If this was the third time and the last time was the second time, then that meant… it only took one meeting for Leader to snare Sister-In-Law??!! What kind of efficiency was that? The blood in his body also seemed to be boiling. Gossip flooded his brain. He could not wait to go back and share with everyone this secret about Leader and Sister-In-Law that really could not NOT be shared. Immediately, he gave a cough and said, “Well, Sister-In-Law, I’m going to go first now.” Once he said this, he dashed away.

The young pup of a lad ran speedily, and in just a short while, he had thrown himself into the group of K&K members…

… leaving behind Tong Nian and the already very-apparently-exhilarated-and-acting-rather-abnormally, domineering woman, Blueberry beside her…

Using her for once slightly clearer awareness to assess the current situation, she explained quietly, “His… temper isn’t very good. In just a sec, you absolutely must not ask any questions. I’ll… go back and explain everything to you, ’kay?”

But, what am I going to explain? T.T

Forget it. I’ll think about the things that will happen when I go back when I actually do go back.

Blueberry instantly recovered her vigour. She nodded, then nodded again, but after thinking briefly, she felt something was wrong. “Hey, that’s not right. Little Squidie, are you not able to rein in your man? His temper isn’t very good, so you’re just going to keep letting him do it and spoiling him? That’s not right. That’s not good. Men are the type where the more you spoil them, the worse they get—”

“We’ll talk about this when we get back, okay?” She was about to cry.

“Oh, oh. Don’t worry.” Making a gesture like holding a zipper, Blueberry slid it across the front of her lips. “I guarantee I’ll play dead all the way to the end and absolutely will not disturb you as you guys whisper sweet nothings to each other.”

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She had already chosen to give up explaining.

Slowly, she shuffled over there until she was in front of him, where she stopped. “You… were looking for me?”

Gun was holding a black insulated mug and had just poured a cup of water for himself. He saw her, then threw a glance at the unfamiliar woman behind her, a rather displeased look on his face.

“This is my friend,” Tong Nian explained in a soft voice. “She and I came together.”

“Sit,” he instructed simply, his voice incredibly hoarse.

“Oh, okay.” Tong Nian tugged on Blueberry’s sleeve and circled around to the row behind him.

The latter had already long been influenced by what she had heard, having listened to her husband give numerous descriptions of God Gun, and knew that he was genuinely the proud and aloof type of person. Naturally, then, she did not take to heart that this man had spoken so little and followed Tong Nian to obediently take a seat.

“Have your friend sit in the row behind. You come over here,” Gun added flatly, his back toward them. His voice was already naturally low and throaty to begin with, having a slight husky quality to it. Now, though, he seemed to have a cold, and hence, he sounded even more unapproachable.

Feeling caught in a tough spot, she looked at Blueberry.

Blueberry immediately smiled, her eyes brimming with a look of “Do as you wish, do as you wish. Please treat me like I’m just thin air.”

At last, her mind at ease, she tentatively circled her way back again. Glancing down at the seat beside Gun, she deliberated whether he had meant that she should sit close beside him… or with one seat between them…

Gun raised his brow, not knowing why she was still staring dazedly.

Straightaway, she halted her ponderings, and with a slight warmth flushing her cheeks, she sat down directly next to him.

Anyway… it was you who told me to sit…

She silently thought this.

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He carried on drinking his water, feeling a bit of a headache.

From the instant they stepped in here, that group of punks had not quieted down, the entire time making a fuss and causing a ruckus, saying that they saw Sister-In-Law. They had even had an animated discussion, using different ways to criticize him for being hardhearted and cold, for not knowing how to tenderly treasure the “fragrant, jade-like beauty,” and for actually making the lady-boss of K&K stand there in the fan camp…

Throat hurt. He really could not be bothered with wasting time to talk such nonsense with them.

Based on his observations of the situation, this bunch would not be settling down within the next short while, so he simply sent demo out to tell her to come in and watch the competition together with them.

Sure enough, this was very effective. Immediately, there was no more ruckus.

But… he nevertheless needed to give the little lady a reasonable explanation.

“The members of my team like you very much,” he suddenly spoke.

“Mm?” I don’t really know them all that well?

“That’s why,” he began, trying as much as possible to wear a smile and make it seem as if he was speaking the truth, “they want to treat you to watch the competition for free.”

“Oh.” Undisguisable disappointment could be seen in her. “Thank you.”

He detected it. “What’s wrong? You don’t want to watch?”

“No.” She hastily shook her head. “I do.”

“Then wait ten minutes and walk into the arena with me.”

She nodded, then very obediently clasped her bag to herself, waiting quietly.


And in passing, sneaking a peek at him.

Huh? Playing with his mobile phone again?

Is it really all that fun? …

He hasn’t noticed?

Let’s steal another look.


With his left hand, the person beside her flipped through the new game he had just downloaded. His right hand, as before, held the paper cup, and he took sip after sip of water to soothe his throat. He knew all along that Tong Nian was watching him, and finally…

A little irritated with her glances, he resolutely lifted his eyes and directly seized her peeping gaze with them.


I’ve been caught…

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45 thoughts on “Stewed Squid with Honey (蜜汁炖鱿鱼) — Chapter 14

  1. Love it! His team members are doing an excellent job in getting them together, though she’s no slouch herself.

    Thanks hoju.

    • The K&K guys are simply awesome. Even though from day 1, she had intended on meeting him and getting to know him, this is even more than she could have imagined. Hahaha. But, she put herself in the right place at the right time, and then fate (and some awesome help from the K&K boys) did the rest.

      You’re welcome!

  2. Each chapter makes me squee in delight. Thank you for translating!

    • This story is simply for fun. 🙂 One of those that are purely there for fluff to put a smile on your face. Glad you’re enjoying it, and of course, you are most certainly welcome!

  3. 😱 I am eagerly waiting for the next chapter now 😉 thank you so much Hoju. Have a great weekend and week ahead 😘

    • Leader is indifferent and cold but he’s not a meanie. 🙂 Squidie will be fine. You’re welcome. Glad you’ve found some time for reading again. Hope your week is awesome!

      • Hi Hoju, I am trying to catch up reading time as and when I could…. super addicted to these C-Novels. All thanks to you wonderful team here in Hui3r.
        Can’t wait to read more about Squidie and Gun. He seems like a cold guy but I am sure deep down in his heart, he is slowly opening to her.
        Have a great week ahead!

  4. this chapter make me smile from start till end..thank
    you hoju…happy weekend^==^

    • Well, if it brings a smile to your face, it has accomplished what the author intended. That makes me so happy. 🙂 Thank you for reading, titin, and may you have a wonderful week as well.

  5. Thank you for your translation. I’m excited every time that I see the new chapter. I really like this hilarious novel.

    • It is my pleasure. 🙂 Glad I can bring excitement twice a week to you, then. And definitely happy to hear that you like this novel!

  6. Thank you! The pic of TN is so so cute…
    Hello God Gun! just say you want to watch the game with her😜

    • I think so, too! It generally fits my mental image of Tong Nian, except one thing… but I can’t mention that until it shows up in the story.
      God Gun still needs a bit more enlightening. Don’t worry. Someone up above has designed things so that the two of them will be together. Hahaha

      • Oh that one! I think I got it what u mean and even everybody was shocked when they saw her at airport😂

        • Hmm… perhaps. There’s so many 😂 moments in this story. The one I’m thinking of is revealed to us readers by Blueberry. (People in the story should be able to plainly see it.) Anyways, I won’t say anymore, but 😂😂😂😂😂

  7. demo is so cute.. hehehe
    as always thank you for the amazing chapter :3

    • demo, the baby of the team, is adorable. He’s so oblivious sometimes. Hehehe.
      And as always, you are very, very welcome. 🙂

  8. Hi Hoju! I’ve finally caught up with your translations! I hope you’re feeling better since the last post and that stomach bug is now gone.

    I must say that you’re a wonderful translator. Your dedication and work ethics are amazing. I simply love reading your work and your footnotes. I actually finished listening to this audiobook not long ago before you mentioned you were going to translate it and sure enough, I still prefer your translation over the audiobook! It really allows me to slowly enjoy the details of this story. Thank you. 😊

    • Hi chang’er! I’m glad to see your familiar handle back and commenting. Yes, I am 100% recovered now. Thank you for your well wishes.

      Those are such wonderful words of encouragement. Thank you. 🙂 Something annoying/frustrating happened regarding translating, but your words have just encouraged me to stick to my original intention—to share what I love with others.

      Oh, I didn’t even know there was an audiobook recently made on this. I’m really picky when it comes to audiobooks since I can read a lot faster in my mind, so usually Peanuts has to recommend me audiobooks that have multii-voices and great BGM before I can get into them.

      Glad the translation has enhanced your enjoyment of this story. ❤

      Oh, and welcome back!

  9. Hahaha..this funny…

    Gun tried to pretend that he is immune to TN but her secret peeking annoyed or really caught Gun’s attention…

    Thanks Hoju for this update…eagerly waiting for another one.

    • Hehehe…
      Probably a bit of both. But most certainly annoyance. He doesn’t dislike Tong Nian, but she still has to soften his heart a bit more.
      You’re welcome!

  10. Ah ah ah, this whole misunderstandings are getting more complicated. lol! Thank you Hoju, hope you”re already recovered ^^

    • But all these misunderstandings are like divine intervention helping to bring these two together. Trust me, it doesn’t stop here. Hahahaha.
      Thank you. 🙂 Yes, I am all better now. Whew.

  11. Bahaha…I can´t stop laughing….all those people making assumptions and getting all those crazy and funny ideas.
    Thank you so much for the new chapter!!

    • Well, the situation with Gun and Tong Nian has evolved into something that gets the imagination firing. Hahaha. I love it!
      Thank you for reading!

  12. K&K members are so cute!! I’ve read this story before using Google translate and love it so much although it’s hard to understand. That’s why I’m so excited to read your translation so I can understand the story better. Thanks for your hard work, Hoju 🙂

    • K&K’s team members are the best. LOL.

      I feel like Google translate is a method to weed out people with no patience… and obviously I’ve been weeded. :p I marvel at the perseverance of those who will plough through the gobbledygook it spits out to try to reach the end of a story.

      Then, I am very glad I can help you out, and hopefully you will love the story even more. 🙂 You’re very welcome!

      • hahaha I am also surprised that I’m patience enough to read through Google translate. I just get the gist of what happened and I just wait for your translation to understand it better. That is how much I am excited to read this story 🙂

  13. Gun is too proper of a lad! Big applause to the group of punks haha

    • Oh, hahahahahaha! “Proper” is not the word I would use on Gun at all. (That’s Zhousheng Chen!) “Nonconformist” is what was used in the story to describe him as well as “proud” and “aloof.”
      K&K’s punks deserve all the applause. Definitely the best “support” Tong Nian could get. LOL

  14. After a series of sleepless night with my job i can finally read my safe heaven TT^TT thanks hoju!!!

    Wow haha what a big misunderstanding with blueberry and Gun’s group hahaha i cant stop laughing. But Gun is still so cold kinda feel a lil sorry with TN. He is a different character compared to other MBFB novels. But he is refreshing haha.

    • I’m glad that this story and little translation can be a safe haven for you. Hope this lighten up for you with your job.

      I feel like I might have given people preconceived opinions about what types of guys MBFB tends to write. In general, the one common thing about them is that they are generally pretty mentally and emotionally mature for the most part of the story. I, personally, gravitate to the “warm” male leads, so my favourites are those ones. While I’ve tried to provide a variety of different writing styles, I realized the male leads of my previous 3 translations all gave off that warm feeling. Gun’s cold, indifferent attitude, therefore, may seem quite a contrast. In reality, besides Beautiful Bones, the male leads of the One Life One Incarnation series are quite cold and cunning, as they are involved in a lot of the underground society. Her latest novel that just finished lat week, the male lead is a righteous but hard, calloused soldier who is a man of very few words. Her novel that just came off the printing press this month, the male lead is a doting but awkwardly does not know how to express his feelings in front of the girl he loves, and is cold to everyone else out there. So, really, the translations do not give you a full picture of the types of male leads she does create.

      Anyways, glad Gun has been a surprise, then. 🙂

  15. Poor guy , people around him map out his love life, lol. I am wondering tho, why he is tolerant with her? The way his friends describe him, he is a guy who doesn’t really care and won’t interact with girls if he isn’t interested, and care less what other people saying. Thank you Hoju! This chapter is so hilarious!!

    • LOL. Maybe more like making a ton of presumptions about his love life. No one dares map it out for him… yet. (Yes, I’m giving a hint, but no spoilers. Hehe.)
      He doesn’t care at all what people are saying. That’s one of the reasons why he hasn’t bothered to clarify. But he does care about his peace and quiet and his team’s performance. Tong Nian’s presence will help both, since it will settle the punks down.

      You’re welcome!

  16. Hahaha, oh Tong Nian, you’re so obvious. :’D I’m kind of jealous of Blueberry’s name, sounds bubbly and fruity. You know your name is boring when five of your classmates are called the same as you…. 😦

    Thanks for the chapter! 🙂

    • Exaaaaactly. 😉 I’m pretty certain Blueberry is a 2-D world name, given that she’s also an online cover singer. When MBFB writes about these characters who also have 2-D world identities, she tends to refer to only the main characters by their real names and everyone else by their 2-D world names.

      It just means that your name will stand the test of time for at least your lifetime. 😉

      You’re welcome!

  17. This is irrelevant to this novel, but I couldnt find a way to make contact. Does anyone know what happened to shushengbar? I havent been reading for a few months and now I just keep getting an error message when i look up shushengbar. Did it change names or was it deleted? Please let me know. Thanks!!!!!

    • Hi, Z. It just happened to be a bad stroke of luck that on the day you wanted to access SSB after such a long time, it went down. Our amazing Miss Peanuts is looking into it.

  18. Tnx for the chapter 🙂 Just started reading this novel.
    Btw does anyone else have problems with loading shushengbar? I keep getting error…..

  19. The misunderstandings are just hilarious lol.
    Thanks a lot, hoju~

  20. Thank you for the chapter~
    She’s soooo cute~ Finally notice, you black-head male lead!

  21. I don’t know why I put off reading this novel for so long – I like your taste in books as well as the translating style – but here I am, four hours before I have a big flight, powering down as many chapters as I can. This chapter had me laughing out loud (quietly because is late at night!)

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