Fangirling Chinese Novels

Stewed Squid with Honey (蜜汁炖鱿鱼) — Chapter 22



Bahahahaha! Blueberry cracks me up! 😂 Ah, this was such a fun chapter to translate.

Chapter 22 – Eared Socks (。_。)!


He could not even be bothered to say any more. Feeling around in his pocket, he pulled out three mobile phones.

One at a time, he powered them on.

Countless message alert tones began ringing out.

Amid the frenzied noise of text message and voicemail alerts, Tong Nian added in a small voice, “If you like it, I’ll wear it again next time. Is white okay?”


grunt’s expression was already rather misshapen from laughing so hard, and he completely was not portraying the image that he, as a handsome young man, should have. Dt, on the other hand, voluntarily chose to shift back one seat, and then, after thinking briefly, he pulled out his earphones and plugged his ears with them.

Gun felt that the little girlie’s thought process was not even on the same channel as his. However, due to the fact that grunt and the driver were also inside the van, listening with their ears pricked up, he finally crooked his finger at her.

Huh? Tong Nian obediently leaned in closer.

His voice slid into her ear. “Do you know that words like those can cause people to take them the wrong way?”

“Wrong way?” She failed to comprehend.

“Don’t get it?”

She shook her head. Take what the wrong way?

Those types of socks, basically all the girls who hung out in anime expos liked to wear them. What could you take the wrong way?

Gun fell into silence.

After three seconds: “From now on, don’t discuss this type of thing with people, especially men.”

“Oh, okay.” She nodded.

Can’t discuss this? Why? And… especially not with men?

Who would discuss this with men, ah…? Wait!


She finally understood. Her eyes wide, she stared incredulously at him.

Oh God, it couldn’t be…


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As a result, all of the various conversation topics she had planned out ahead of time were completely wrecked by this eared-socks incident. In the more than one hour that the van spent driving from the airport to the city centre, she did not dare take even a single glance at him. Her mind whirled crazily, like there were ten thousand galloping horses inside, with all sorts of silent cries of “What should I do, what should I do…?”

While over here, the little girl’s mental whirring was like the crashing waves of the heavy sea, Gun clearly had already tossed this incident to the back of his mind. His consciousness had already speedily blocked out the existence of this little girl and was beginning to sort out those few matters of late that were relatively thornier to deal with. It was only after the vehicle had driven into the underground parking garage that he finally realized he had forgotten to tell the driver to first drop her off at her home.

There was no other option now but to go upstairs first. He had a very urgent overseas call he needed to make, and it could not be delayed.

Dt was surprised by this. He had not expected that Gun would truly take her here to the team gaming house, and for the few seconds when the vehicle drove into the garage, he even had some speculations. Could it be that Gun really did have feelings and notions about the little girl? Later, though, when they were all upstairs and Gun instructed someone to bring Tong Nian to the small conference room, he realized that he had read too much into it.

The Great Demon Overlord had a work call he needed to make and had no other choice.


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Tong Nian was tossed alone into the small conference room. Through the glass wall, she watched Gun, who was in the large conference room on the other side of the wall, and saw him remove his outer jacket. And there, in the middle of winter, he sat in only a short-sleeved shirt, facing his computer and carrying out his telephone meeting. She could not hear any sound, but just simply watching him in this way made her heart feel warm and cozy…

So nice. She had waited a month…

So nice to be able to see the real, live person.

Setting her backpack on the table, she leaned a cheek on top of it and wordlessly watched him.

The man in her vision did not look at all like he was in this meeting with any seriousness. His right arm rested on the table, propping up his head, while his left hand continuously spun his black mobile phone.


Should I…?

Should be no big deal, right? …

He won’t notice anyway…

Steathily, she slipped her mobile phone out from her pocket and, feeling guiltily nervous, opened up the camera app.

Just something to keep as a memento.

She raised her phone up in front of her eyes, making a pretense of texting but in reality, adjusting the camera lens.

If his face would just turn a bit more this way, that’d be so good.

Don’t spin your phone. It’s blocking your face, ah…

Eh? His face has turned this way?

Click. A successful snapshot!

So awesome! She chortled secretly as she tapped open the photo. But before she had the chance to have a good look at it, a WeChat message suddenly popped up.

Gn: Delete it.

Tong Nian gaped in astonishment.

With a ding, another WeChat message jumped out.

Gn: Be good and listen.


He. Actually. Knows… that this WeChat account is mine…

He. Actually. Didn’t… block it…

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Separated from her by a layer of glass, Gun stood up in front of his computer, walked over to the glass wall, and knocked on it. Tong Nian at last started back to awareness, flusteredly deleting that photograph. Dragging her feet, she shuffled over, her entire brain filled with thoughts of “Oh Lord, he actually guessed that it was me… So that means he must have received all those ads I had sent him in the very beginning. So dumb of me…”

He made a motion with his hands, indicating that she should go over.

She was still struggling with herself in her brain that felt like a gob of glue… and didn’t move.

He once again motioned to her.

She still had a look of “Oh Heaven, oh Earth!” over her entire face… and didn’t move.

The glass wall was well soundproofed, and anything he spoke would not be audible to her. But he could not leave the room, either. He had no choice but to grab an arbitrary dry-erase marker from the tray ledge of a whiteboard, and on the glass, he wrote two words: come here.

And then, he tossed the marker onto the table, sat back down in his previous spot, and pressed the mute button on his phone.

One minute later, the door was gently pushed open.

With her head bowed low, Tong Nian stepped into the room.

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The voices echoing out from the phone filled the entire room. “Over here in North American, it’s like RAP has basically gotten rich overnight. They bought three top-level players. They poached the solo mid players[1] from last year’s champion and second-place teams over to them…” The person’s words rattled out in a continuous flood as he spoke about business. “Six out of the ten top-ranked players by solo MMR [matchmaking rating] on the Americas division’s leaderboard have been bought by them. That’s just infuriating! That’s purely the behavior of the new-rich! As well, Taiwan…”

Against this backdrop of sound, Gun extended his hand to her. Very clearly and simply, he said two words: “Mobile phone.”

She obediently handed it over. “… It’s deleted.”

He had just taken it into his hand and still had not checked the photo album when he saw a WeChat message pop up.

Seeing the two words, “God Gun,” he offhandedly tapped it open.

Blueberry: Your Highness, Your Highness, I can’t take it anymore. Have you and God Gun met up yet? Does he like your outfit today? Those long legs, oh yeah, loooooong legs. Did! He! Get! A! NOSEBLEED?!


A tinge of a smile seemed to touch Gun’s face. He glanced down at those bare legs below her skirt, not saying anything.

Nervously, Tong Nian stood perfectly straight.

Who sent the WeChat message? Oh, please don’t send some weird thing over…

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Following closely was yet another message.

Blueberry: Oh right, oh right. When you were eating earlier, I thought of something. That suit dress of yours doesn’t show off your boobs! It doesn’t highlight your shapely, voluptuous beauty! Our Highness is clearly a girlie with a Loli face and big boobs!!!! How can you not show off your superior assets?!!!!


Gun snorted out a laugh and set the mobile phone on the table.

Tong Nian grew even more apprehensive.

But still, he did not speak.

In the midst of the brief quietness, only the chatterbox inside the phone carried on with his grumbling. “Leader, should we buy a few players, too? What joke are they trying to make? We, K&K, are the true wealthy big shots, alright?!” The person in the phone seemed to realize that it had been a long time since Gun had spoken. “Leader? Leader? Leader? Eh? Leader got disconnected? How come there’s no sound? Leader? …”

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It was apparent those repeated cries calling out to him were being ignored.

His deep black eyes made a sweep towards her. “You talk to your friends often about us?”

Discomfited by her guilty conscience, she answered, “Not extremely often. Occasionally, I’ll say a little bit—just a teeny, tiny bit.”

“Oh? What do you talk about?”

“Just… I’ll have them tell me the things from your past, when you were a pro gamer.”

“Oh? Is that so?” The final tone of his words rose up slightly.

“Mm.” Guilty conscience.

“Just those?”

“Mm.” Continue with guilty conscience.

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The person on the other end of the phone had already successively called out “Leader” more than a dozen times.

He finally turned off the speakerphone function. “You’re the host. Dial into the conference call number first and chair the meeting.”

“Oh, oh. I forgot about that.”

After saying this, Gun hung up this call. Opening up an email on his computer, he memorized that string of numbers that was a free, long distance calling number, dialed it, and switched straight into his English, phone-conference mode. “Hello everyone, this is Gn.”

“Hi Gn!” There was a woman’s voice, and it sounded very happy.

In his peripheral vision, he saw Tong Nian constantly flicking her eyes over to glance at that mobile phone on the table, yet not daring to so much as twitch. Remembering her cruddy excuse for a fib just now, he could not hold back the corner of his lips from turning upwards.

Nudging the mobile phone over, he watched her rather interestedly, waiting for her reaction that was about to follow.

Tong Nian had not detected that she was being amusedly observed. Breathing in relief, she happily took her mobile phone back.

Thank goodness, thank goodness.



She sent the WeChat messages?

What’s up?



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Gun was very satisfied with what he saw. He continued to answer the people who were one by one giving their greetings to him and, in a hard-to-come-by moment, began to casually converse in somewhat of a good mood with someone about the damn stormy weather that had been going on right when the airplane landed.

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[1] A player who plays solo mid is one who plays alone in the mid lane.

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42 thoughts on “Stewed Squid with Honey (蜜汁炖鱿鱼) — Chapter 22

  1. Oh? Oh! Oh?! Is Gun gonna start hanging out with her more often cuz of her interesting reactions?!

    • I don’t think there has been any conscious thought of that in Gun’s mind. But you have to admit he is paying a lot more attention to her that he doesn’t need to, right? Personally, I think the guy is slow and just hasn’t realized that he is warming to her. It isn’t without reason that he hasn’t had a girlfriend for 29 years.

  2. OMG! blubbery couldn’t be make it too subtle, and having Gun accidentally read thode wechat tex.LMAO!But well i guess, that encourage him to really check her “assets..after all Gun is a man too, he surely has that kinda urge of normal desire☺But ah, poor tong’s like every moves that she made are being blown up one by one.hahahaha..On the second thought, after reread this chapter for a 2nd time, it seeminhly gum realy warming up too her, right? Eventho the bd weather and all the complaints comig from his men on the phone, his mood is seemingly lift up just because of her reaction. he must be really feel satisfied seeing tn flustered.. lololol.. Does gN will thimk of her as cute too?Now so eager what other relevation might happen in the next chapter! Btw, have a great week end, hoju😘

    • Haha, who needs to be subtle with your friend? LOL. I never thought of it that way. Yes, Blueberry has unintentionally helped draw Gun’s attention to Squidie’s “assets.”

      Yes, I do believe he’s warming to her.🙂 Before, he wouldn’t even talk to her and ordered some K&K boys to provide chatting service. Now, though, he is the one who told her to go over to him and initiated the conversation. I think that’s progress, don’t you?

      I don’t think Gun consciously thinks of her as anything but “the little girl” or “the kid” but I also think that unbeknownst to him, he finds her amusing and cute.

      Hope you had a good weekend, too!

  3. That.was.hysterical.

  4. Actually i am a little confuse..
    Why she can’t say about the socks to men?
    Thanks you for the chapie

    • Same here, I’m wondering too .

      Thanks 😘

    • You’re welcome.

      Gun is just saying that, as a girl, she should not discuss with guys what she should wear. It gives them an excuse to imagine, especially for a girl like her who has a hot figure and likes to wear super short skirts/shorts. Stuff like “Those socks go up past the knees… what if you keep following them up?” Also, Tong Nian’s “If you like it, I’ll wear it next time. Is white okay?” can be pretty “suggestive” to any male whose mind is not pure and unblemished. What could she wear for you that’s white next time?😉 (Just giving some examples… there’s infinite possibilities to what the male mind can imagine. LOL)

  5. Lol! Poor Tong Nian. I would so want to crawl in a little hole or corner after seeing those texts… Or run out of that room. But really, she’s such an obedient child. Needing permission to get her phone back after he already saw what he wanted. Lol. Good job Blueberry. You have successfully amused Gun and made him take an extra glance at Tong Nian. Thank you Hoju! Such a fun post to end the weekday. 😊

    • I would wish for lightning to strike me right then and there. Oooh, the mortification. *cringe* (But sure is darn funny for us readers.)

      Tong Nian is definitely obedient by nature. One of those good kids whom the parents never have to worry about that she’d something too out of line. Anyways, there’ll eventually be many more glances to come!

      You’re welcome.🙂 Glad you enjoyed it. I sure had fun translating it.

  6. Such a cute and funny chapter. Thank you so much for such an interesting chapter and story 😘

  7. There is a feeling of toying with his pet cat

  8. What more is it show Gun is a human afterall. Not someone who always has cold demenour towards TN n in anger when it come to TN.

    Good job Blueberry because of her WeChat messages I hope Gun began to take notices of TN on her true merit not just her assets.

    Thanking you Hoju, can’t wait for another chapter.😀 I hope u hve a wonderful weekend.

    • Definitely. Gun has things he cares about, one of the biggest ones being his passion and dream for gaming. I actually don’t think of Gun as being angry with Tong Nian ever. He is not a patient person, so he can feel his patience ebbing away with her a lot of the time, but he actually does try his best to talk patiently with her. (Plus, as a person who cuts to the chase and doesn’t like to waste his time on fanciful thinking, Tong Nian’s tendency to overthink things does test his patience significantly.) I do agree that the sarcastic tone he is used to using with everyone comes across as being harsh to her. There were a couple of instances where it showed that he was genuinely just talking to her (like when he asked her what she liked about him) and she interpreted it as anger (she thought he was displeased that she had pursued him all the way to his hotel).

      Haha, I do think that Blueberry’s message unintentionally caused Gun to notice Tong Nian. Look how he checked out her legs.😉 Don’t worry. God Gun will discover that Tong Nian genuinely fits the needs of his heart.😉

      Thank you, and I hope you have a wonderful week as well.

  9. Thanks for the chapter!

    Gun enjoys toying with Tong Yan’s reactions. *snickers*

    • You’re welcome.

      Haha, you have to admit her reaction would be pretty funny to watch, especially since Tong Nian is someone who shows absolutely everything she’s feeling on her face.

  10. Better not disturb your leader he is bg teasing his lolicat😂

    • No one would dare disturb leader right now. Well, maybe demo, but that’s not because he has the courage. More like he’s clueless. LOL

  11. Well then. That happened. Thanks for the chapter.

  12. Thank you for your translation. Hahaha. I like Blueberry.

  13. S**T! If I were in her place, I would have first killed Blueberry, and then kill myself of embarrassment. Dear Tong Nian, I kinda sympathize with you. Friends are such dips**ts. They dont even know that they are f*****g up half the time! *shakes head*

    • Please forgive this mother of two young children for selectively “amending” some of your comment with pretty asterisks😉

      I would have melted from embarrassment. I would have prayed for lightning to strike me. I would have fainted. Anything but face him.

      In all honesty, Blueberry didn’t do anything wrong. She sent a text message to Tong Nian’s personal phone. How could anyone have known that Gun would be the one holding the phone when she sent it? Obviously this is the way she and Tong Nian talk all the time. Haha… such a contrast to Tong Nian’s introvert personality .And in the end, she created a situation for Gun to look at Tong Nian in a different way.

      • LOL, hoju! Usually, I don’t bring out my cuss-words arsenal while commenting! But then, this chapter got me worked up *sighs*
        You’re a mother?! Whoa! You sound really young… Sort of like a teen?! Or maybe, because I’m one, I keep seeing everyone through my eyes *shrugs*
        Are you from the US of A? Don’t mind me, I tend to pry a bit😉

        • Haha. I thought everyone knew that. I’ll take that as a compliment. 😛

          Noose, not in the U.S., but yes in N. America.😉 You can tell that from my posting times.

        • Then, is it Canada?! Or maybe Mexico?! Though I betting on Canada. I’ve always liked Toronto, BTW.

        • 😉 I haven’t been to TO in a long time. You might have been there more recently than me.

        • Nah, not so recent for me either! I’m planning on applying for University of Toronto this year. My top-choice remains Harvard, Stanford and University of California, Berkeley. But I loved the atmosphere at UOT when I’d last visited the place. Would love to know your opinion on that. I’m scouting for Varsities in US of A and Canada for Undergrad in Engineering (preferably Comp Science/Electrical as Majors). Scores and Profile and Financial Situations aren’t a problem at all. It’s just finding a suitable place for myself. Wow, that makes me sound a bit like our TN!😉 I’m already applying for Princeton and Carnegie Mellon. Dont know many places in Canada, but would love to know more!

        • Hmm… for Electrical engg and/or Com Sci, the other university that’s constantly mentioned is Waterloo. Overall, as a university, Waterloo isn’t nearly as prestigious as U of T is, but their electrical engineering program is spoken highly of. They have done quite well in the ACM-ICPC as well. Back when I was in uni, Waterloo would be the place you’d go to if you wanted a better chance of getting a good job, but UofT would be the one if you wanted to do research or wanted the prestigious university. But if nothing is an issue, the big American universities are generally more prestigious than UofT.

          That’s all I have to offer… been too long since I’ve paid attention to universities. Good luck.

  14. He is indeed warming up on out TN….thank you Hujo, I was in a group of friends while reading this one and can’t help to laugh and myself covering my face with my two hands…feeling like I was there with them. My friends thought I was rude because they/we were discussing a serious matter, lol.

    • Oh dear. Warning: do not read this when you should be wearing a serious face. LOL

      I often translate late into the night, and when I was translating this chapter, I was trying to giggle quietly so I wouldn’t wake up everyone in the house. So funny.

  15. Thanks hoju for this chapter. Tong Nians reaction…. ha… haa…

    • Poor girl. I can just imagine how she happily takes back her phone and then, when she reads the message, how her face would instantly change. Hahahaha

  16. This story just keeps getting better. I was finally able to read all those new chapters you translated – I had family over – and.awww..I can´t get enough of their interactions. It is simply too hilarious..and Blueberry is a class of her own ..haha..poor little squid..haha..knowing that the “object” of her affections read those telling messages..haha
    I really can´t thank you enough for translating this novel!

    • Welcome back.🙂 I hope you had a great time with family.

      Blueberry is a hilarious friend. You know, girls can be just as bad as guys when they’re talking with their close friends. Haha. As for Tong Nian, can you say “utter horror”? Oh my.

      You’re very welcome. Hope you guys are having as much fun reading as I am translating.🙂

  17. All I can say is, ‘thanks Blueberry’. Hahahahhaha!!!

    If I were Blueberry, I would have definitely dissuaded her and not indulge her in her pursuit except for when he pops up surprisingly.

    I get she likes him and it’s really funny the way her thoughts work and how it triggers so many events, but I’m about to pass out from a serious second hand embarrassment lol!!

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