Fangirling Chinese Novels

Stewed Squid with Honey (蜜汁炖鱿鱼) — Chapter 15



She hears it from him, personally, about how believable (NOT!) the rumours of his romantic history are. However, it’s not quite the “Please don’t take it the wrong way. She’s not the one I love…” you often read about or watch in dramas.

Chapter 15 – A Master In That Field?

“What are you wanting to do?” He was very clear on the answer, but still he asked.

Tong Nian grew panicked, her eyes flitting left and right. “I just want… to clarify the misunderstanding with everyone.”


“Just to explain that I’m actually not your girlfriend.” She quietly reported her idea. “Letting them continue to be mistaken about us is really not good. Even though I…” She cut herself off, stuck for words.

“Even though you like me? But you don’t want to cause me any troubles either?”


With his eyes, he motioned in the direction where everyone from K&K was. “Go ahead.”


It’s okay, Tong Nian. Add oil!

She took a deep breath and cheered herself on.

Gun suddenly added, “Clear up everything within one minute. Do not affect their competition mindset.”

“One minute?”

“What’s wrong? Can’t do it?”


How was it possible to clarify everything in one minute? And on top of that, not let them even ask questions or think in the wrong direction at all…

“If you can’t do it, then wait until the competition has ended before you say anything.” Gun’s gaze moved back to the screen of his mobile phone to confirm the time. “Let’s go.”

Stating that, he tossed all the various odds and ends into the backpack by his feet, closed up the zipper, and stood.

Not only was his throat sore, his shoulders and neck did not feel right either, likely a result of pulling an all-nighter last night. Consequently, after he stood, he very naturally began to move his neck from side to side and knead his own shoulder. Then, he motioned with a tilt of his head at all the K&K members, who were looking at him. The meaning behind that: we’re going into the arena.

All the team members of K&K immediately pulled out their own mice and keyboards, but after seeing that Sister-In-Law and Sister-In-Law’s girlfriend were keeping close with Leader’s large strides, they wisely fell far back before entering the official competition site.


In that long corridor, he strode at the very front, and hugging her bag, she followed behind his every step.

Such a nice physique…

As she gazed up silently at his tall and slender back, she even felt that his somewhat indolent way of walking was so very cool… All the while as she watched, she kept her head bowed and could not help clasping her backpack tightly against herself.

It felt like there was a current buzzing and zooming around inside her heart, and she was unable to hold back a silly grin.

So happy… She was actually going to go with him to watch the competition together…

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This was an enclosed stadium.

The first ten rows in front of the competition stage were reserved for the staff and players from the various eSports organizations and clubs. K&K was the last to enter the arena, and the team members walked in, one at a time, entirely under the gazes of every person in the stadium as well as the members of the other eSports organizations. Tong Nian followed behind Gun, her ears completely filled with the electronic music that was being used as the pre-event warm-up. She cast a glance up onto the stage. Two computers sat up there, one on each the right and left sides, and the spaces in front of them were empty and unmanned.

Based on her experience from last time, in the next while, the matches would be taking place up there?

“Your Highness, Your Highness.” The person beside her who had been thin air for a long time already—Blueberry—finally opened her mouth to quietly remind her, “Remember to help me get an autograph, okay?” She was very astute and knew that, in a moment, Little Squidie would be sitting beside Gun again. Now was her prime time for whispering any private little messages to her, and if she did not say them now, it would be too late.

“Huh? No, I can’t.” Tong Nian instantly became tense. Acting like a thief, she whispered back, “I’m scared he’ll get mad and kick us out…”

“Huh? Are you a maso [masochist] or what?!” Blueberry was once again about to faint. “What’s wrong with asking your man to give an autograph?!”

“He’s not… ah.” She really could not make herself say the words, “my man.” After being stuck for words for a long while, she secretly and very, very quietly explained the situation. “I like him. He… does not like me.”

“Wha?” Blueberry could not make herself believe this. 120 times I can’t believe that, aaaah!!

Fish Playing in Sealed Chambers was pursuing a man! This was simply… a picture that was not even conceivable.

From when she first met Little Squidie, she had only ever seen fans professing their love for her. In Tieba, male fans would even write love letters that were tens of thousands of words long and make videos… All the wooing methods that you might see, she had seen already, but this girl, who was always half a beat slow, had showed absolutely no reaction to them. Just now, she had even been musing over what sort of methods her hubby’s male god had used to win this girl’s heart in just a couple of times…

But! Turns! Out! SHE pursued him?!

AND, the key point was… what did she mean by “not like”?! She hadn’t caught him?


Blueberry stared intently at her expression. The girl had a look of sincerity covering her face, and her ears glowed bright red. Indeed … she did not seem to be lying…

Blueberry felt as if her brain was not usable and could not process. She needed to digest all this.

And in this way, she dazedly forgot about her mission of getting an autograph for her hubby. Without any prompting, she took a seat behind those two and began to silently ponder on whether those things Tong Nian had said were the truth…

If this was just a one-sided lovesickness, what was God Gun’s intention right now for doing this?

Playing hard to get[1]?


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Gun was sitting in a seat affixed with a slip of paper that said “K&K” on it. To his left was a one-person-wide aisle. On the other side of the aisle were the people belonging to SP eSports Club. As she sat directly beside him, Tong Nian discovered that, over on the SP side, there were all sorts of burning gazes looking in their direction. In particular… she even noticed that pretty woman with short hair who had kindly extended a hand earlier on to steady her.

When the other party’s eyes turned toward her, she smiled awkwardly in return at the pretty woman.

Unexpectedly, the man beside her tilted his head and also looked at her.


She lifted her head. What was the matter?

“You know her?”

Her? Oh… “No.” She truthfully told him, “Just now, when we were outside, I was jostled past the human wall of security guards by all the people. She helped steady me.”

Was there some sort of problem?

Why did he seem… very displeased?

Oh, right. How could she have forgotten? SP and K&K were archrivals. Silently, she repented of her wrong.

That pair of extremely black eyes was watching the stage. After several seconds, he suddenly asked, “Do you know who she is?”

Huh? She shook her head. “No, I don’t know…”

“SP’s appledog. Ten years ago, the sniper on the CS [Counter-Strike] championship-winning roster and currently, the team captain of SP’s primary squad.” But after he said this, he felt that he had just wasted his breath saying a bunch of useless words. The girl next to him did not know anything about pro gaming at all.


Oh God. appledog?!

She suddenly grew anxious.

This was the girl he had liked for ten years?

Ten years…

So… he was purposely letting her know…

To warn her that he already had someone he liked? …

She lowered her eyes and inspected her own shoes, her heart all of a sudden feeling hollow. Her little feelings of jubilation and excitement had all vanished. She only felt now as if she was sitting on pins and needles and did not know how she should respond… Get up and quietly leave? He had already spoken so straightforwardly. But… the emcee was already beginning to speak. If she just up and left, would it bring about negative attention? …

The more she thought, the more downcast she became. After struggling inside herself for a long time, she still made her decision. “Should I… leave while things still haven’t officially started?”

This question suddenly popped out from her.

Gun was somewhat baffled. “Leave?”

“Mm-hmm.” She continued staring fixedly at her own shoes. The entire view of her peripheral vision was filled with him. All him. Possibly… this would be the last time she could be so close to him. “If I sit here, I’m worried she might misunderstand.”


She’ll definitely misunderstand… Tong Nian became ever the more miserable.

He was increasingly unable to make heads and tails of this. “Misunderstand what?”

“Misunderstand and think that I’m your girlfriend. If she misunderstands, she’ll definitely get mad. Then you’ll have… a problem.”

Then, your purpose of establishing K&K to win her back will be even harder to fulfill…


He finally understood.

He understood what connotation she was trying to express.

She thought there was some sort of relationship between him and appledog? Or maybe, she thought he was secretly in love with appledog?

What kind of joke was that?

For a moment, he was rather amused. Seriously, even if you’re lying down, you can still be struck by a stray bullet[2] [brought into trouble that should have nothing to do with you]. “Whether she gets mad or not has nothing to do with me. But—”



Nothing to do with him? He said “nothing to do with him”?

To prevent random people from hearing anything, Gun used a near-whisper by her ear to laughingly mock, “Little girl, the intelligence information you received is far off the mark. Didn’t you say you like me? How could you not even know that I’m single and, moreover, uninterested in women?”


“Oh, right.” He added, “Not just women. I’m not really interested in men, either.”



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And hence, the K&K members, who were all sitting in the third row, as well as the people present from the other teams all got a close-up view of a silent show of “flirtingly toying with someone and someone being flirtingly toyed with”: how, leaning his head in to whisper only a single sentence in his girlfriend’s ear, K&K’s big boss, Gun, successfully managed, in one second, to cause that ridiculously cutie of a girl to blush furiously from her cheeks to her ears. With both hands covering her mouth, she stared into his eyes for a full ten seconds before suddenly burying her face on her backpack…

This is…

… the guy who supposedly stays away from the female gender?

You’ve got to be kidding me!

This is obviously someone who’s a master in the field of flirting and hitting on girls, aaaah…

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[1] 欲擒故纵 “yu qin gu zong.” This saying means, “in order to capture him later, first deliberately release him now.” This is describing a tactic where, in order to control the enemy, you first deliberately do something that seems contrary to your ultimate intention so as to cause your enemy to let down his guard. When used to describe a romantic situation, it means to pretend to be uninterested in order to attract the other party (i.e. playing hard to get).

[2] 躺着也中枪 “tang zhe ye zhong qiang.” Literally, this translates as “struck by a stray bullet, even when you are lying down.” This slang saying is usually expressed in an ironic, self-depracating tone to describe a situation where, out of left field, trouble has fallen on you, despite the fact that you are completely innocent or uninvolved, like a person who was lying down trying to avoid danger but still happened to be hit by a bullet.

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44 thoughts on “Stewed Squid with Honey (蜜汁炖鱿鱼) — Chapter 15

  1. ah ah ah, it’s here!!! Flying kisses for hoju😘 thank youuuuu so much ^^

  2. Thank you Hoju for such an entertaining read early Wednesday morning (it is morning where I am). Such cute moments between Squidie and Gun. So, Gun did not like Appledog just like what the rumors is saying.
    I know now I would eagerly be waiting for the next post on Saturday…. Have a blessed day ahead!

    • Yes, we are on opposite sides of the world. Nope, absolutely no romantic feelings at all between Gun and appledog. As mentioned before, appledog is Dt’s goddess whom he has liked forever, and she was also once Solo’s (the big boss of SP) girlfriend.
      Yay! Happy that you’re enjoying this little story. Have a great weekend. 🙂

  3. Seriously this funny n a misunderstanding for other innocent bystander reading an innocent action into something that r not.

    Thanking you very much Hoju. 😀

    • Tehe, the imaginations of all the bystanders and how off the mark they are are so entertaining.
      Thank you for reading. 🙂

  4. I’m baaaack! So sorry if I wasting some comment space, lol! But gaaah.. I was grinning ear to ear reading this chapter! I just could relate to Tong Brian emotional rollercoaster, start with the silly grin plastered all over her face when she gaga over him walking in front of her, to have him sitting close next to her and whispered something, lol, although it wasn’t sweet nothing. ha-ha. I love love people reaction to the scene. Lol, Gun us digging himself a grave! a sweet-love grave, but he had no idea😁

    • All right, since you’re so enthusiastic, you’re forgiven. Hehe

      LOL at Tong Brian. Auto-correct fail.

      Tong Nian’s highs and lows are so fun to watch, and when you mix them in with everyone’s speculations, it just becomes so funny.

      Gun may not know what people are thinking when he leans over, but even if he did, he wouldn’t care. He’s a nonconformist who doesn’t give a darn about other people’s opinions about him. But… hehehe… it’s going to come back to bite him, and he won’t be able to do anything about it. Muahahaha.

  5. Rofl, I just love how they’re being misunderstood by the team! Hehehe…

    • The poor boys on his team are probably just so desperate for a sister-in-law who can fill the evil demon overlord’s heart with some love and save them. Hahaha!

  6. :3 lol the misunderstandings are beautiful

  7. This is going to be a frustrating ride as usually it’s the man who pursues in these romance stories…I give him 5 more chapters before he falls in love or has a inkling of feelings for her if he still doesn’t already without realizing it.

    • Actually, there are plenty of “reverse pursual” (girl chases the guy) c-novels. They’re not my favourite genre unless they’re written with a light-hearted style like this one because the female lead can get pretty mopey. Now that’s frustrating.

      As for your 5 chapter guess, your prediction is quite far off the mark. But in less than 5 chapters, there will be an important situational turning point.

  8. Not interested in women, thought he would end there but got to follow up with men either…then dead objects are left, especially computer

    Hope you are feeling much better now

  9. thanks hoju for the new update…bwahahahaaa…i really laugh out loud reading this chapter…GUN is flirting without he know himself^====^

    • You’re welcome.

      They say laughter is the best therapy. Glad to be of service, then. 🙂

      Haha, well, technically, he’s not flirting, but the whole world seems to think he’s flirting. Bahahahaha.

  10. LOL And a new rumour is born…😂
    But Gun does seem to dislike appledog, so I’m curious what exactly happened.
    Poor Blueberry, so many shocking revelations in a short amount of time…hope she’ll survive the day and not get a heart attack, since the days in this novel seem to be endlessly long… :’)

    Thank you!! 🙂

    • That doesn’t seem to be a very hard feat with this bunch… 😂

      Nah, remember, Gun referred to appledog as his “buddy”? There are some things from the past that have been alluded to already, but this is a light-hearted story. 🙂

      Despite her poor heart getting a few too many shocks, Blueberry has still managed to do a good job of playing the role of thin air. LOL.

      Oh gosh, you must not have read Really, Really Miss You yet. Seven chapters, just for the two leads to meet in person for the first time. If you compare it to that, this is chugging speedily along. Haha.

      You’re welcome! 🙂

  11. Awesomely Cute 😍 Overflowing tweetums *squeals*

    Thanks much 😘

    • Well, I can say this chapter got a good reaction out of you. 😉 Isn’t the story just adorable? ❤ Thanks for reading.

  12. Thank you…
    Can I have one Gun for my birthday?

    I am sorry that I am out of topic but, can someone tell me why I can’t access shusengbar??? Thanks

    • You’re welcome. 🙂 You will have to ask Tong Nian about that.
      (You should probably have noticed by now that SSB is back up and running.)

  13. oh my.. as always thank you for the amazing chapter :3
    i love you hoju ^^

    • *blush* Wow, the perks of being a translator are awesome. I get flying kisses and love professions. ❤

      You are always welcome, anna. 🙂 Thanks for reading.

  14. Thanks hoju. Another great start to my day.

    This story never fails to make me happy. I’m beaming away to myself. The fact that everyone thinks he’s a player is the best part.

    • You’re welcome. 🙂 I’ve found another person who lives on the other side of the world from me.

      Really, Really Miss You and this story are the two most often reached for to get the giggles amongst MBFB’s fans. MBFB, herself, says that this is her favourite one to re-read when she wants a pick-me-up. (RRMY gives me the silly grin on the face and butterflies in the stomach while this one makes me laugh at the hilarity )

      I find it hilarious that everyone thinks that Gun, the one who has absolutely no interest in any romantic relationship at all, is now believed to be player and an “expert in the field” at that. His reputation has just gone down the drain… or perhaps elevated to a new level? 😉

  15. Thank you so much for the new chapter. I can´t get enough of this always makes me smile and grin from ear to ear.

    • You’re very welcome. This story is more effective than buying happiness in a bottle, isn’t it? It’s so cute and funny, you just can’t help smiling when you read it.

  16. Thank you for your translation. Ha ha ha. Gun is now an expert in flirting.

    • You’re welcome!

      It must look pretty “obvious” if everyone watching him is coming to the same conclusion. Bahahaha.

  17. Thank you so much Hojuu :**
    LOL Gun not interested in men, but his main love object are candy and computer XD

    • You’re welcome. 🙂

      You are quite right. And probably, the most “intimate” with him are his candy. They get to be riding in his pocket all the time, snug against him, and then eaten. Compared to them, the computer is only a distant second. 😂

  18. Hahahaha!!! There’s no way she will be able to correct the imagination of everyone not even Blueberry and the members of K&K after the ear whispering incident hehehe!!

  19. Hahaha he’s definitely a master in that field ❤
    Thanks again, hoju~

  20. They probably share quite a few fans. I wonder if any of them will identify her?

  21. Thank you for the chapter~

  22. Im giggly right now. O really like where this going to.

  23. All the side-characters are so lovable!

  24. Hello Hoju, new reader here.
    Wow reading this is actually like going on roller coaster for me. I absolutely can’t read it outside without getting weird look from others. Until this chapter I said I really love it. I hope I can say the same things until the end. Good job for translated this novel. Absolutely worth it. Thank you

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