Fangirling Chinese Novels

Stewed Squid with Honey (蜜汁炖鱿鱼) — Chapter 16



Blueberry gives advice. And this time, his meaning could not be any plainer, right?

Chapter 16 – A Master In That Field)!

He had simply felt bored and had practiced on her his method of mocking and cutting down people that he used on the members of his own team.

Soon, the tournament had begun. All expression was absent again from Gun’s face as he resumed his flat, indifferent look to begin observing SP’s match in the eighth-finals.


The entire venue had grown dim.

Behind her, someone stealthily poked her in the shoulder.

She turned her head back. Blueberry signaled at her with her eyes, then mouthed in silence, “Go to the washroom.”

Glancing over at Gun, who was already intently watching the live play on the big screen, she noiselessly set her backpack onto her seat and, bending low at the waist, snuck away into the washroom with Blueberry. But only one foot had managed to step inside before she was immediately seized back out by Blueberry and led to an arbitrary corner in the main lobby. “Little Squidie—”

“I’ll try my best to get you an autograph”—with a pitiful look on her face, she raised her hands in surrender—“okay?”

“We can first set aside that thing about getting an autograph.” Narrowing her eyes, Blueberry moved in close, that deep black, large pair of eyes filled only with Tong Nian’s reflection. “Clarify for me, what is going on between you and my man’s male god?”



She used ten minutes to explain the things that had happened over the entirety of last week, and then, wordlessly dropping her head, she touched the tips of her index fingers together self-consciously. “It’s not that I didn’t want to tell you. It’s just that I felt that having my confession of feelings rejected is pretty embarrassing…”

A finger was stabbing her on the forehead before her sentence had even finished. “Your confession of feelings? Confessing is the biggest no-no when you’re pursuing a guy, don’t you know?! Who would have favourable feelings for a girl who professes her love after seeing you only two times? Huh? Has all your intelligence been eaten by a dog?”

“… I didn’t want to confess my feelings. But if I didn’t explain, he’d get the wrong idea and think that I like that girly man…”

“What a waste of your looks that have a score of ninety percent. To date, you’ve never even had a boyfriend with looks that score nine percent. And here you are talking about first love? And secret crush? And confessing feelings? With you being like this, how could you possibly capture my man’s male god?”


Blueberry rubbed at her finger that was sore from all the poking. “The stupidest thing to do when you’re pursuing a guy is to rush over and declare, ‘I like you!’ when the other party hasn’t even discovered any good qualities about you yet. Only an idiot would accept a flake like that, ’kay? You need to permeate into his life, show up by his side in various times and situations, and reveal all different sorts of special talents and qualities about you—your most beautiful qualities, your areas of expertise, and even moments where you are most popular with other men. You just cannot verbally admit that you like him. You need to keep him anxious, make him feel like there are a hundred claws grazing his heart, keep him always guessing with different speculations, make him obviously sense that you like him but yet just unable to get an actual answer. Got it?”

“… Mm.”

“Make him be the one who first opens his mouth to ask, first gives a hint, or first makes a confession, got it?”

“… Mm.”



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After ten minutes of force-fed teaching, she noiselessly returned back to his side, all the while repeatedly mulling over Blueberry’s words: “It would have been so easy for him to do so, but he still did not clarify the misunderstanding. That shows he’s not turned off by this and maybe even feels affection for you.”

He… does?

Rather nervously, she peeked at him. How come I can’t tell? …

It was apparent Gun had left once midway through as well and grabbed his insulated mug from the lounge. He carried on pouring water from the mug into a paper cup and taking sip after sip to soothe his throat. He could sense that the little girl beside him was starting to restlessly steal glances at him again… Bringing the paper cup to his lips, he discovered that that small, faint gaze was once more furtively shifting away.


The entire competition was very exciting and impressive.

When K&K won their quarterfinal match, the entire place exploded with a huge sound of applause.

The applause, the enthusiastic congratulations from the emcee, and the motions of those five boys when they stood and expressed their thanks were all unfamiliar scenes she had never before witnessed. Never before had she watched this sort of competition from up close. It seemed as if, all of a sudden, those things called “video games” had become so high-class and grand…

Unable to contain herself, with all the other audience members that filled the venue, she clapped until her palms were red.

The five people stepped down off the stage and walked by in front of Gun. The corner of Gun’s lips tilted upwards as each nodded to him when they strode past.

This was a completely unsurprising win. He did not intend on watching SP’s remaining quarterfinal match, and rising to his feet, he patted Tong Nian on the back, indicating that she could leave.

As a result, midway through this tournament, all the members of K&K left.


As Tong Nian walked behind him, she would every so often feel Blueberry’s finger fiercely stabbing her lower back, then stabbing it again… At last, when she followed him into the VIP lounge, she managed to force out half a sentence from her lips: “Congrats… You guys won.”

Blueberry fainted. Where was the playing hard to get[1] they had discussed?!

Gun tossed the thermal mug into his backpack, pulled the zipper closed, and picked up the bag. After slinging it onto his shoulder, diagonally across his back, he turned and, towering over her, looked down at the top of her head.

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Tong Nian instantly grew anxious.

“Weren’t you going to explain?” Because he had spoken too much already, his voice was even more hoarse and hence, seemed to give off an even greater oppressive feeling.

She paused blankly.

Oh! Right. Explain. She started back to awareness, asking softly, “It’s okay to do it now?”

The eavesdropping Blueberry…

Don’t explain, aaaah!! If you explain, you’ll have no chance with him!! Please feel free to misunderstand as you wish. This is the first sign of the earliest buds of a romance, aaaah!!

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Gun discovered that the unfamiliar girl who had come with Tong Nian was within eavesdropping range, and coldly, he looked toward where the girl was. A cold shiver passed over the latter, and very wisely, without any prompting, she retreated—one step, two steps, three steps…

“It is entirely okay now.” Standing in front of Tong Nian, with two hands in his pants pockets, Gun bent at the waist so that his eyes were level with hers as he looked into them. “Give me a dry run of it first. How are you planning to explain?”

“D-dry r-run?” she stuttered.

“Let me have a listen to see if you can actually explain it well enough that it’s clear.” He was still staring eye-to-eye with her. “I don’t want to waste everyone’s time.”

“I… will say, ‘Han Shangyan and I…’”

Tong Nian had never before gazed into his eyes for so long. Right now, right this moment, right this instant, as she distinctly saw her own reflection in that pair of eyes, she utterly did not know even how to speak.

All that filled her ears were thump, thump, thump, thump, thump, thump

Han Shangyan and I… what? …

“Don’t know how to say it?”

Thump, thump, thump

He had more to say, but then, he watched as the little girl’s complexion changed from white to a foolish-looking red, so red that it was even more severe than appledog of the past, who had been well-known for her blushing… He suddenly felt that he seemed to have crossed the line again? “The little girl just likes you. It’s not some terrible crime. Tone it down a bit. You’re going too far if you treat her like she’s one of the members of your team,” he admonished himself silently.

And so, this person, who had now gathered back a few pieces of his conscience, cleared his throat. “I’ll be frank. I have no plans to get a girlfriend.” He straightened back up and swept his eyes over to those grown boys  behind him who were organizing and gathering their things to get ready to leave this place. “These boys, the youngest is only fifteen years old, but they have placed all of their future, all of their prospects into my hands alone. All they desire is that one day, the country’s flag will be draped over their shoulders, and they can bring back the World Championship title to prove to their parents that their career choice had not been wrong. So, I do not have time or energy to deal with any person who does not belong to K&K.”

When his words were finished, his gaze lowered again and fell on her. “Do you understand?”


Tong Nian had not expected that what he spoke would be such serious words, and she nodded in spite of herself.

This was his world. A world strange and unfamiliar to her.

One that caused people to look up respectfully at it. And one that was worthy of being looked up to respectfully.


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Dt just so happened to be walking up behind him at this moment. Hearing such words, he, in a very rare instance, actually shifted his gaze to the side slightly to look at that poor, little girl whom Gun had fooled with this great, noble façade.

He could not stand watching this anymore.

Every time he rejected someone, Gun would use a different method. This time, however, was the worst and had stepped way over the line by actually using the team as an excuse.

Dt genuinely thought that the little lady could absolutely give the affections of her heart to another. Such an innocent, young girl who did not know how to scheme or make underhanded maneuvers. If she ended up being with Gun, it would ruin her… For this reason, he chose to remain silent. Turning around, he left.

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And so, what about all that stuff about liking or not liking someone, getting an autograph or not? All completely inconsequential nothing.

With hearts and eyes filled with feelings of “we are so shallow and so childish in our antics,” Tong Nian and Blueberry watched as Gun led the members of K&K and departed. Nobody knew why Little Sister-In-Law was not going with Leader, and though they had speculations, no one really dared to ask. When they were leaving, they merely each nodded respectfully to Tong Nian with warm, smiling expressions of “Sister-In-Law, see you next time” written all over their faces…

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[1]欲擒故纵. See footnote [1] in chapter 15.

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42 thoughts on “Stewed Squid with Honey (蜜汁炖鱿鱼) — Chapter 16

  1. Ahhh!!!…this is so sad n final for Tong Nian….how would Tong Nian wins her man or captivate her man attention?

    Thank you very much Hoju, hope you have a wonderful weekend. 😀

  2. Ah, so sad for TN….
    Hopefully she will show him how much she worth and made him cant get over her…

  3. This love case of getting together is probably one of the difficulties MBFB ever wrote…flat out rejection

    • Oh, no, trust me. You should read the one and only ancient novel she has written. That one took 10 years for the leads to get together, and it was heartache after heartache.

  4. Aye she should just let this guy wallow in his own self pity as he never learns to love and dies a lonely old man. It’s a fitting fate as I can’t really like Gun at this point.

    • Self-pity? Where has Gun shown any signs of self-pity? 😉

      He’s a cold, indifferent, and arrogant. I definitely will say that. However, timeline has to be kept in mind. Tong Nian is a girl that he only truly met, aside from seeing her as a sales clerk in a net cafe, 24 hours ago when she suddenly, out of nowhere, popped up in his team’s lounge area. He knows she likes him, and he’s made up an excuse to gently have her go away because he’s not interested.

      This is a fluffy story, but we still can’t expect Gun to go gaga over Tong Nian overnight (literally!).

      We’ll just kick back and enjoy how this unfolds. 🙂

  5. Well, that’s life… Just because you like some body, it doesn’t mean that some body will also like you back the same way you do (Does it sound I’m being bitter here?). But I’m pretty sure our MC has a stubborn quality and she won’t just give up like that.

    • In terms of romance, yup, there is no guarantees that what you pour in will be reciprocated. Nah, no bitterness detected.

      But in this case, time is probably the more important factor. Gun’s had only 24 hours to adjust to the fact that this girl exists and likes him. Give him a bit more. 🙂

  6. The misunderstanding is still there…She still has a chance! Heh.. >:D

    • When (story) fate wants to throw two people together, it doesn’t matter how arrogant, haughty, uninterested, or aloof the male lead is. Hehehe.😜

  7. Ouch! That’s a silent kill. I guess, fate will sway Gun to TN’s sweet vibe 😍

    Thanks much 😘

  8. Oh! Poor Tong Nian. I hope she meets him again and change his mind soon.

    • Ah, I always like it when I can be the fairy that grants wishes. You’ve been a good reader, and I will grant you this wish. 😉

  9. Another wonderful chapter. Thank you so much!
    Hehe….but why oh why…does this sentence “So, I do not have time or energy to deal with any person who does not belong to K&K” sound like an invitation to join K&K….haha…rofl…with her character…if she made up her mind and really wants to go after him..haha…I can really imagine her trying to become a part of K&K…haha…I am probably totally off with this…but I would find it hilarious.

  10. Ouch! Poor Tong Nian. It must’ve hurt. Yea. Gun’s message is quite clear. Sometimes I really do wonder what it was about him that struck her. He cannot be the most handsome guy that she’s seen. And he’s much older too! I guess unique minds think differently and knows how to identify those rare gems in the crowd. I can’t wait when “fate” strikes again. Haha. Love DT though I also think he’s cold, but he’s quite “cool” too. But this novel is really a slow burn. This guy has a heart of thick ice!

    Thanks Hoju! It’s also because of you that I’ve come to love MBFB’s novels.

    • Well, Gun is supposed to be pretty handsome. There’ll be a few instances later in the story where you see that girls basically throw themselves at him. And you will see that he’s actually been very kind to Tong Nian in comparison. (And Dt is also supposed to be a handsome chap.) The thick ice will melt. He just needs more than the 1 or 2 days that have passed so far in novel time since Tong Nian first showed up in the stadium.

      You’re welcome! I’m so glad to spread the MBFB love. ❤

  11. as always thank you for the amazing chapter :3
    so gun said that he didn’t have time for anyone outside K&K member..
    i bet tong nian will join K&K one way or another.. do i get it right?? *cross finger to see the god crumble beneath little squidie* >.<

  12. aah, my heart sank for TN!Be tuff, girlfriend!!! Guuuun, you’re not my favourite man at this point 😦

    • Me, too. While I don’t think Gun did anything unreasonable, I still am on Tong Nian’s side. But don’t worry, this is a cute little story. 🙂

  13. I know gun gets better later on but….. Sigh….. TN you can do it, things will get better.

  14. Thank you….can feel her hurting. She, who is a ‘highness’ to her fans is being rejected…..

    • You’re welcome. 🙂

      Indeed, her fans jaws would drop if they found this out, and they’d be more than a little bit indignant.

  15. No gf no wife then be a monk Gun😂

    • Pffffft! Ah, thankfully, I just set down my water or my poor laptop would have been sprayed.

      The man basically is a monk, living in his temple of K&K and staring at his computer monitors, making his little disciples cultivate in the art of gaming. 😂

  16. Thank you! I notice that he has /still/ not disabused his team of her status nor allowed her to. Hmmmm.

    • I don’t think he was intentionally keeping that status. He thought the little girl would disappear out of his life and he wouldn’t even need to clarify. But haha… fate wouldn’t let him have his way. 🙂

  17. Oh boy he totally squashed her, but he gave her an opening. If she’s really desperate which I hope she isn’t, she can apply to join the team. He said he only cares for the members of K&K lol!!

    • I think it’s quite decent of him. He wasn’t mean about it, but he didn’t want her to have any hope either.

      Tong Nian’s not a stalker, (she honestly didn’t mean to intrude into his team lounge, honest! LOL) and since she was told he’s not interested, she will take that at face value and leave him alone. I don’t think she’s as sharp as the rest of you that caught onto that loophole. 😉

  18. If not for Dt’s POV, I would have believed Gun’s reason without a doubt.
    Thank you, hoju~

  19. ahhh… this chapter got me all teary eyed fro Tong Nian… =( She got it all! Looks and smarts, and here she falls for a cold hearted guy at first sight. I feel sorry for her… Hopefully there is a Happy Ending. =)

  20. Thank you for the chapter~

  21. Oh my, it’s like I was the one who’s being reject here. I want to cry but I can’t. I can only hold it in the heart & take a deep breath so that tears do not drip out. So sad and painful 😥

  22. 😢 I teared up a bit

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