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Stewed Squid with Honey (蜜汁炖鱿鱼) — Chapter 19

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When Leader eats candy, it’s sob sob sob for the K&K boys. It’s not hard to guess why Gun is grouchy this time, right?

Chapter 19 – Countdown to the Breakup?

Of course, Tong Nian’s mom was not very amiable to talk to.

At least, she did not shake his hand. She merely gave a “ha ha,” then arbitrarily said that she had seen many photographs of Gun from when he was young, that she had met his parents before, and that who would have thought that in the blink of an eye, he was so grown up already.

Tong Nian’s dad felt that his wife was out of line, and after everyone had taken a seat, he asked her in a low voice why she had not even given face to a junior of the younger generation. Disgruntled, Tong Nian’s mom glanced over at Gun, who sat separated from them with Tong Nian in between. “Kids nowadays are not like us in the past. Being ‘friends’ is not something that is secure and steady anymore. Who knows? Maybe by tomorrow, they’ll break up.”

Tong Nian’s dad mulled over this for a moment, then wholeheartedly agreed.

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Gun did not seem to mind at all that he had just received a veiled cold-shoulder treatment, and throughout the entire dinner, he performed very poorly.

For instance, never once did he pour a drink for Tong Nian, never once did he whisper sweet nothings in her ear to make her happy, never once did he take care of her and get her food from the dishes, never once… In the end, even Auntie was thinking it was lucky her daughter had not been matched with this man who behaved like he was a privileged young master. Otherwise, it would just end up that the girl’s side would be the one on the short end of the stick.

The entire dinner was nearly over when Tong Nian at last furtively input a row of words into her mobile phone and held it over so it was in front of his eyes: Why… did you need to say something untrue?

Don’t judge this line of words simply based on how short and simple it was. She had used a full ten minutes to type it and had tried all sorts of different wordings.

Despite knowing that what he had said was not true, she still held out a teeny bit of hope, even if the chance was one out of ten thousand… Could it be that he felt… she was more of a fit for him than Cousin?

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When he got a clear view of the question, Gun felt a slight headache.

The answer to this question would be a little bothersome to explain and needed to begin from when Dt returned to China at twelve years old. Clearly, he did not want to use any brainpower tonight and needed, in the fastest way possible, to provide a safe, harmless answer.

“My little brother has a girl whom he has liked for ten years.” Using the closest possible distance between the two of them and the safest volume of voice, he told her, “Before he came, he requested that I please help him get out of this blind date. But it was too thorny of a problem, and I had no choice but to use extreme measures. My apologies. After tonight, you can find any excuse you want to say you’ve broken up with me. Not considerate, not loving and gentle, nothing in common we can talk about, too old—all of these are fine. The reason for breaking up is up to you to decide as you please.”

“Oh…” Her eyes dimmed.

“I’m sorry.” For once, this particular sentence was actually spoken with sincerity.

“It’s no problem… It’s to help him,” she murmured softly.

Her eyes lightly flicked over for a glimpse of that grown boy who was eating his dinner. Presumably because he was eating with elders, he, for once, was not wearing his ball cap, having removed it and set it on his lap. Without saying a word, he kept his head down and ate.

A girl whom he has liked for ten years. That’s so nice. Ten years ago, I was only nine years old…

Eh? Wait, no. Ten years ago, wouldn’t he also have only been twelve years old?

!!!!

So young!

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At night, when everyone was preparing to leave, his grandfather specifically told him to drive Tong Nian and her parents home.

The vehicle pulled up beside the building of their home, and the engine was turned off.

Tong Nian slowly unfastened her seat belt.

Her mom still wanted to stay in the vehicle to keep an eye on the two of them, but her dad had already nudged her first on the shoulder. The meaning of that was, “Hey you, the elder, no matter what, you’ve got to at least kind of show that you’re giving them a little bit of time to talk.”

And so, grudgingly and reluctantly, Tong Nian’s parents got out of the car.

Inside the vehicle, a song was playing on the radio. It was Pu Shu’s The Ordinary Road. He had turned the volume up very high, and the lyrics were circulating through the entire interior of the vehicle.

“I once traversed the mountains and the great seas,
And once passed through mountains and seas of people,
I once possessed everything,
But in a blink, they vanished like the dissipating mist and clouds.

……

I once ruined all that I had,
And wanted only to forever leave.
I once fell into a boundless darkness,
And wanted to struggle, but yet was unable to free myself…”

……

“May I ask you a question?” Tong Nian asked softly, her eyes glancing toward her dad and mom, who were outside the car.

Gun’s mind was somewhat preoccupied. It was not certain whether it was because he was paying attention to the lyrics or because the volume of the music truly was too loud, but he could only hear that she was speaking and could not clearly catch what exactly she was saying.

His gaze shifted back from the views outside the car window and landed on her. “Why aren’t you heading back into your home?”

“I want to ask a question first.” She raised her hand, reiterating her request.

Gun arched his brow and motioned for her to continue speaking.

“When… are we going to break up?”

There should at least be a timeframe, right?

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Gun had not expected that this would be her question.

In the little girl’s eyes, he saw many different emotions and states of mind: confusion and struggle, disappointment, fluster, speaking things that were contrary to her heart… But beneath all those different emotions, what could not be concealed was that tiny trace of hope that she very much wanted to repress…

Inside the vehicle, it was abnormally quiet.

……

……

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One minute later, Tong Nian docilely stepped out of the car.

Immediately, her mom pulled the front of Tong Nian’s coat, which had not completely done up, tightly closed and asked in a low voice, “What did you talk about? It took so long?”

“We didn’t really talk about anything.” Rubbing her cheeks with her hands, she mumbled quietly, “We just… said a few sentences.”

 

* * * * *

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Gun parked his vehicle into the underground garage. Stepping out of the car, he walked into the elevator and pressed the button for the twentieth floor. Fifteen seconds later, the elevator arrived at the first floor. It just so happened that when the door opened, several K&K members walked in, carrying little box after little box of food for a late-night meal. Seeing Gun, the youngest of them, demo, first took a reflexive step backwards before following closely after the other two team members in front, who had instantly shut their mouths and slipped into the elevator with lowered heads.

Leader… is eating candy. T.T … What should we do?

Captain, oh, Captain Dt, where are you? Grunt, oh, g Shuai, where are you? We can’t handle Leader, ah, ah, ah, AAAAH!

The door slowly slid shut.

From behind them, two hands reached forward to simultaneously take hold of the shoulders belonging to demo and one of the other team members. “That’s Lunar New Year’s Eve dinner?”

“Yes… Leader.” demo’s voice was tight, and he dared not turn around. “We couldn’t buy plane or train tickets, right? So we’re just planning on going home on the second day of the new lunar year… remember? …”

“When you guys are done eating, come to my room. I’ll test your hand reaction time.”

……

After saying this, he thought for a moment, then asked, “Who else is here? Call them all over. Anyone who doesn’t pass will have to go running in the morning.”

……

Everyone was on the verge of tears.

Who tests hand reaction time on Lunar New Year’s Eve?! And who has morning runs on Lunar New Year’s Day?!

Is he even going to let people just have a nice Lunar New Year celebration?!!!! There’s no way we can stay on this team anymore!!!!

Noticing there was no sound in response, Gun’s brows creased. In the mirror, his extremely black eyes swept a gaze over the several of them. “Didn’t hear what I said?”

 

* * * * *

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One hour ago, inside the vehicle.

 

The song was gradually approaching its end. Gun felt that the temperature inside the car was slightly too high. Shutting off the heat, he unconcernedly returned her question with his own. “When would you like to break up?”

Huh? Me?

“What’s the matter?” His tone was flat. “Don’t know?”

“I don’t know what would be a suitable time, either…”

Now? Now didn’t seem to be a suitable time, right? Tomorrow? That seemed a little too soon, too… A week later? Would one week make her seem a little too fickle when it came to relationships 0.0? A month later?

In her mind, she continually pushed the timeline back later and later…

“Let’s do this.” Gun interrupted her aimless time-wasting and pressed the unlock button on the centre console. With a click, the front doors of the car were unlocked. “When you think the time is right, let me know.”

 


Additional Comments:

Ah, it’s been so long since I’ve done translation of lyrics here. I translated the whole thing before I realized  Youtube has several English subs of the lyrics. You can do a search on 平凡之路, sung by 朴树 if you are interested.

 

《平凡之路》The Ordinary Road

[0:12] 徘徊着的 在路上的
Wandering on the road
你要走吗 via via
Are you leaving now? (via via)
易碎的 骄傲着
Fragile, proud
那也曾是我的模样
Were what I once was as well

[0:34] 沸腾着的 不安着的
Passionate, unsettled
你要去哪 via via
Where is it you are going? (via via)
谜一样的 沉默着的
Like a mystery, there in silence
故事你真的在听吗
Are you truly listening to my story?

[0:56] 我曾经跨过山和大海
I once traversed the mountains and the great seas,
也穿过人山人海
And once passed through mountains and seas of people,
我曾经拥有着一切
I once possessed everything,
转眼都飘散如烟
But in a blink, they vanished like the dissipating mist and clouds.
我曾经失落失望失掉所有方向
I once was dejected, disappointed, and lost of purpose and direction
直到看见平凡才是唯一的答案
Until I saw that the ordinary road was the only answer

[1:31] 当你仍然 还在幻想
While you are still dreaming
你的明天 via via
About your tomorrow (via via)
她会好吗 还是更烂
And whether it will be good, or worse
对我而言是另一天
For me, it is only another day

[1:53] 我曾经毁了我的一切
I once ruined all that I had
只想永远地离开
And wanted only to forever leave.
我曾经堕入无边黑暗
I once fell into a boundless darkness
想挣扎无法自拔
And wanted to struggle, but yet was unable to free myself
我曾经像你像他像那野草野花
I once was like you, like him, like those wild grasses and flowers
绝望着 也渴望着 也哭也笑平凡着
Despairing, yet longing, and crying, and laughing, and being ordinary

[3:03] 向前走 就这么走
Keep moving forward, just like this
就算你被给过什么
Even if things have been thrown your way
向前走 就这么走
Keep moving forward, just like this
就算你被夺走什么
Even if things have been taken from you
向前走 就这么走
Keep moving forward, just like this
就算你会错过什么
Even if you may miss someting
向前走 就这么走
Keep moving forward, just like this
就算你会
Even if you…

[3:24] 我曾经跨过山和大海
I once traversed the mountains and the great seas,
也穿过人山人海
And once passed through mountains and seas of people,
我曾经拥有着一切
I once possessed everything,
转眼都飘散如烟
But in a blink, they vanished like the dissipating mist and clouds.
我曾经失落失望失掉所有方向
I once was dejected, disappointed, and lost of purpose and direction
直到看见平凡才是唯一的答案
Until I saw that the ordinary road was the only answer

[3:47] 我曾经毁了我的一切
I once ruined all that I had
只想永远地离开
And wanted only to forever leave.
我曾经堕入无边黑暗
I once fell into a boundless darkness
想挣扎无法自拔
And wanted to struggle, but yet was unable to free myself…
我曾经像你像他像那野草野花
I once was like you, like him, like those wild grasses and flowers
绝望着 也渴望着 也哭也笑平凡着
Despairing, yet longing, and crying, and laughing; and being ordinary

[4:10] 我曾经跨过山和大海
I once traversed the mountains and the great seas,
也穿过人山人海
And once passed through mountains and seas of people,
我曾经问遍整个世界
I once asked the entire world
从来没得到答案
Yet I never got the answer
我不过像你像他像那野草野花
I am merely like you, like him, like those wild grasses and flowers
冥冥中这是我 唯一要走的路啊
Somewhere, it has been determined that this is the only road I am to take

[4:34] 时间无言 如此这般
Time slips by wordlessly in such a way
明天已在眼前
And tomorrow is before us now
风吹过的 路依然远
The wind blows by; the journey is still a long one
你的故事讲到了哪
Where are you in your story?

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31 thoughts on “Stewed Squid with Honey (蜜汁炖鱿鱼) — Chapter 19

  1. Threw that question right back at her! And we now have another question, who does DT like? Awesome. Thankyouverymuch!

  2. Thank you so much Hoju. Hope your travel been an interesting and happy one. Stay healthy ya. Can’t wait for the next post on this novel. When is Gun going to realized how he feels about her or he will never as he is just so slow 😉

    • Thank you. 🙂 I had some wonderful travels, spending time with the family and seeing some gorgeous scenery. Hope yours has been just as great.

      The man is not interested at the moment, but he will realize something sooner or later. 😉

      • Yes spending time with the family is indeed the best quality time one can have. Its been great although it is super hot here. Where are you visiting?
        Suddenly realized that it is already Saturday and your post is going to be out today. So excited 🙂 Thank you so much and have a blessed weekend Hoju

        • We did some local travel to the national and provincial parks, all within reasonable driving distance from where I live. A mini road trip. So much gorgeous scenery right in my backyard.

          Where are you? I like the heat. I was meant to live somewhere warm, but unfortunately, I don’t.

          • Nice! I love the cold more than heat… Decided to do Summer Vacation this year instead of the normal Winter Vacation. We are exploring South Korea. Just completed Busan and now in Jeju (best time to visit is Summer from what we heard) before ending in Seoul….

  3. as always thank you for the amazing chapter :3
    squeal with happiness >.<

  4. Tysm 😘

    Hi mhryu *waves* 🙋

  5. Poor K&K boys hahahaha
    Thanks for the translation, Hoju 🙂

  6. I funny idea that Gun fall in love with TN when she decided to break off with him. It will be good this way then Gun will be the one who do the courting.

  7. just hope Gun won’t have it easy pursing TN later in the chapter, make him suffer (my evil heart screaming)!!!

    thank you for introducing the song

  8. Thank you for your translation

  9. Uwaaaa! Finally caught up! Thank you for the effort in translating this! I’ve been turned into a complete fan girl squealing in the middle of the night.
    (●´∀`●)

  10. is the purpose of showing how “cold” gun is as a boyfriend to tong nian so far is to highlight how he really is as a “real” boyfriend later on?! and it would be hilarious if later on when tong nian and gun would be like a couple-in-love to others is when tong nian has decided as the right time to break up…

    • Gun is just a very withdrawn person. He once had deep, brotherly relationships in Team Solo, and he threw his whole heart into them. But things came to an end and he lived 10 years with the emptiness of being alone and without those relationships anymore. As for how these two truly come together… Hehe, you will see.

  11. Yup, she’s been “the one” since he was 12. Yes, their relationship is described in the other two books of this trilogy.

    LOL. It’s more because Dt just caused him to do something that he really didn’t want to. It’s not often that someone gets the upper hand on him, ever.

  12. I finally have a new Chinese song to listen to lol ❤
    Thanks a lot, hoju~

  13. wow, yet another d**k move.

  14. Thank you for the chapter~

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