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Stewed Squid with Honey (蜜汁炖鱿鱼) — Chapter 24

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Welcome to K&K’s Lair…

Chapter 24 – Little Software Maestro (‘ω’)!

As a result, everyone ate this dinner as if it was the Feast at Hong Gate[1] [a banquet that is a trap, where the aim is to murder the guest].

There was absolutely no more of the enthusiastic display from the beginning, when they had first heard that Sister-In-Law had come… Having received the answer he wanted, with great satisfaction, Gun straightened back up and looked at everyone. “Don’t want to eat?” He raised his wrist to look at his watch. “Evening training is in ten minutes. If you don’t want to eat, go start preparing for it ahead of time.”

!!!!

Sh*t! Hurry up and eat!

The future could be talked about in the future. Surviving this night and coming out alive was the real worry!

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Therefore, by the time the takeout Gun ordered had arrived, only he and Tong Nian remained in the room.

An elderly cleaning lady came in and began to tidy up the takeout boxes and beverage bottles that were scattered over the table. As she walked by Tong Nian, she glanced her over curiously but then gave a friendly smile and nod. This girl here was the only young girl who had ever made an appearance in this place… Such an extremely rare sight…

Tong Nian returned her gaze and smiled a little sheepishly, thinking that this person was being disapproving of her because she was eating too slowly…

The boxed dinner was a simple, standard, business set meal: one type of meat, one type of vegetarian food, two green, leafy vegetables on top as garnish, and that was it. While Tong Nian scooped her food into her mouth and ate, she would constantly steal peeks at Gun.

He ate particularly fast, unlike the boys she knew around her, who would chat while they were eating.

Furthermore, he did not seem to care what sort of food he was eating and whether it suited his liking. The impression he gave people was that, to him, eating was merely a necessary procedure to fill the belly, and he would finish it rapidly so that he could hurry to do proper business.

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If you were to compare, then that night, when they had the Lunar New Year’s Eve dinner, his performance had actually been quite good.

He had even taken into account how fast all the elders were eating, occasionally taking a couple of bites, then stopping for a while.

“Doesn’t taste good?” When Gun set down his chopsticks, he noticed that she had not taken more than a couple of bites.

“No.” She shook her head, not daring to tell him that she had always been a slowpoke whenever she ate. She could only put down her chopsticks and go along with his pace. “I’m not hungry.”

“Not hungry?” Lifting his wrist, he took a glance at his watch. It was seven o’clock already.

“… Nope, I’m not. I’m honestly not. Before I came, I ate a lot of cake, so I’m not hungry.” She began to ramble out some nonsense.

He did not question further.

From the seatback of his chair, he picked up his jacket, then motioned for her to leave the conference room with him.

Hurriedly, she grabbed her backpack and followed after him, walking out of the conference room and through a semi open-style computer room. Those boys who had greeted her and been joking around just earlier on were now, with their left hands each on a keyboard and right hands each on a mouse, all wearing black headsets and staring absorbedly at the computer screens in front of them.

“Come on, gather players, gather players!”

“Who’s going to play using Talisman King?”

“I will, I will.”

“Are you going to play mid or support?”

……

“Kill! Kill like mad. Hoping to rush the tower in just a bit.”

“The other side still hasn’t selected their characters.”

“Holy sh*t! How are you supposed to play against a Bat who has 2.7k MMR?”

“Holy sh*t, the other side is really stacked.”

“Half an hour only, then we take ’em down in one rush and done.”

……

Didn’t understand any of that at all.

It seemed as if everyone was no longer concerned with the world outside of the game.

That was, of course, besides Dt’s team, which was still sitting around a white, round table and holding a meeting. That team was K&K’s best of the best, and they were about to head into the China division’s 2015 qualifying tournament for Tempest of the Sealed Chamber. Their team captain had just flown back from the United States tonight to rejoin the team, and they were now conducting their pre-battle meeting…

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Curious, she cast a few extra glimpses in that direction, all of a sudden getting a bizarre feeling, as if she had stepped into another dimension.

Sensing that her footsteps had halted, Gun glanced at her and saw that those shining eyes were filled with curiosity, like a child. He suddenly had a feeling like he was looking at one of the little sisters or little female cousins in his family.

Extending a hand, he turned her head back to face the direction they were headed. “We’re going.”

“Huh?” She blurted, “So early?”

But once she finished saying this, she was embarrassed and mumbled in explanation, “We… can keep discussing stuff about that software program…” We can do whatever, and it’ll be okay, so long as I can stay a bit longer. I haven’t seen you for a month…

Dt’s table of team members were all distracted, their ears pricked up, trying to listen in on the conversation here.

Gun flicked a look in that direction. Those several boys all instantly sat up straight and proper, pretending they had not heard.

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Ever since he was little, he had been someone who did not like being surrounded by girls. However, it was evident that all his past accomplishments had already decided for him that he would have an abundance of experience in being pursued and being the subject of all sorts of romantic gossip and rumours. Those girls had each had their own assets and advantages and also had their own methods and techniques. And, it was also evident that this kid in front of him right now had no technique whatsoever…

He could clearly see the hope written on her face.

It was hopeful expectation… that she could stay a little longer in this place.

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“How long do you want to stay?” He finally relented slightly.

“An hour?” At once, she was happy. “8:00. 8:00 isn’t too late. When I arrive at home, it’ll still only be 8:30.”

“Okay, but I don’t have any time to keep you company,” he said.

“That’s alright,” she answered.

As long as I can stay by your side, then it’ll be good, she silently thought.

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Gun contemplated for several seconds.

Settling her in the office area obviously would not work. She would only be subject to the scrutinizing eyes of those team members who would take turns to visit. It was better, and would save trouble, to just take her directly to the apartment wing where there would be no one before ten o’clock.

Such thoughts could be considered his unspoken consent. Bringing her along, he left the office area.

Tong Nian elatedly followed behind, continuing to peer this way and that and incessantly taking in this eSports club that belonged to him. After passing through the training area, there were two conference rooms, a few offices, as well as a very large leisure and recreation area. And then, it was the trophy room.

On the other side of the glass door, a variety of medals and trophies could be seen.

Those words on Baidu Baike used to describe him were now truly all in full display before her eyes. Simply gazing upon those honours like this stirred up indescribable emotions and excitement in her.

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Without even being aware of it, she had walked over into the other side of this tall building.

Such a very long corridor. It seemed they had walked from the office area into the apartment wing now? Secretly, she peeked at the row of doors on each side of the hallway until the man in front of her ceased his steps at the second last door on the left.

He pulled out a key card, unlocked the door with a swipe, and pushed it open. One smooth, continuous motion.

“This is the guest room.” He briefly described, “There are three computers. No password needed. Feel free to use them. In an hour, I’ll come get you.”

Huh?

Tong Nian halted in blank surprise. Staring at that dark room before her, she asked, “May I… stay with you?”

I don’t want… to play on the computer, ah T.T…

“I won’t bother you.” She continued to add, “Honest. I can just do anything. I can stay by your side and amuse myself on my phone. I don’t need a computer.” Upon saying this, she rather woundedly lifted her face to gaze at this man, who, with his back toward the light of the corridor, was watching her right then.

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“Stay with me?”

Slightly amused, Gun confirmed with her in a low tone, “You’re saying… you want to go to my room?”

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[1]鸿门宴 “Hongmen Yan.” The Feast at Hong Gate (also known as Hongmen Banquet or similar variations) is the historical banquet prepared by 项羽 Xiang Yu to, in name, entertain 刘邦 Liu Bang. In reality, though, the banquet was a scheme to kill Liu Bang.

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Additional Comments

Just in case there are other people unfamiliar with gaming, like me (the gaming idiot), and previously had no concept in their minds of the gaming house.

Below are some pictures of the gaming house belonging to China’s professional eSports team, EDward Gaming (EDG). This is a very upscale gaming house, but it gives you an idea of how eat, sleep, and train are all under one roof. You can also check out this video that gives a tour through the house or google the gaming houses for the Chinese teams, Snake, Royal Club, Team DK (now disbanded), etc. to get more ideas on how swanky gaming houses can get. Of course, there are more down-to-earth versions, such as the one belonging to Qian Gu Reapers. And gaming houses aren’t limited to China. I just mentioned only Chinese teams because that’s the setting of the novel.

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Top: Practice rooms. Bottom from left to right: Conference room, trophy wall, sleeping area (can be single rooms, double rooms, or four to a room). (Images are from game.ettoday.net and techweb.com.cn)

 

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37 thoughts on “Stewed Squid with Honey (蜜汁炖鱿鱼) — Chapter 24

  1. Yes the room go Gun doesn’t have the “guns” to try anything anyways no danger.

  2. Yay! Thanks. Sometimes having absolutely no game is an asset…

    • You’re welcome. 🙂 By “no game,” you mean…?
      I think, to Gun, having no ties to gaming actually sets Tong Nian apart for him and makes him look at her differently. All the females related to the gaming circle are basically androgynous to him. Yeah, there are female players, but they are no different to him than all the other gamers out there, who are mostly men. But he is forced to think of Tong Nian as a girl.

  3. I can not tell you how happy it makes me every Friday night to get notification that you’ve posted another chapter. Thank you so much.

  4. Lol, the ending! Gun is really an expert of throw some awkward question for tn to deal with! since he said it that way, make tn sounded like she was really eager to say, which she really was..but man, i just could imagine how flustered tn would be..but at least gun realized that tn wasn’t a calculative and methodical type. and she just being innocent as she can get, with no ulterior motive

    • Gun’s has a sharp mind and a sharp tongue to go with it, which, for Tong Nian, means she has absolutely no chance. His poison tongue cuts down people in his team, but with Tong Nian, you see it gradually is becoming more for his amusement, because he likes to see her embarrassed or looking like a deer in headlights. Why do you think that? 😉 Don’t you think it’s like grade school, when the boys only tease the girls that they like?

      Yes, Gun definitely knows that Tong Nian has no ulterior motive. In the beginning, he assessed her as the type that he disliked the most, the type who let her mind go into wild fancies and was ruled by her heart. However, he’s seeing that that simplemindedness also means genuineness…

  5. Tong Nian say yes!!!! Yes!!

  6. Oh, boy! You really ARE sending out mixed signals… *sighs* TN, I really do pity you…
    Gun is softening. You can basically feel him thawing and becoming more gentle as he spends time with her. Only, wish that that softening process were quicker and we get some nice OTP moments…
    BTW, when are the translations of Dont Be So Proud gonna resume?! Thought we waited long enough already. Starting to become a bit desperate around here!

    • He’s not trying to send out signals. He’s just deliberately trying to make her embarrassed. Silly grade school boy antics. 😉

      Woohoo! Yes, you have noticed him softening, too. Whew. If you want some “nice” moments, check out next update. Bahaha.

      At the moment, I’m only on the Proud project for Chinese support and subbing in to post occasionally. Aside from Peanuts’s crazy schedule at the moment, another thing that stopped us is that-site-which-I-choose-not-to-name that has been lifting translations without our authorization and reposting them. Proud has not been copied there yet, but an update will bring attention to it. (This happened with Blazing… in one night, all 40 chapters of Blazing were taken without permission when the final chapter was posted.) We were looking into what we could do, and while we realized that this is unfair to readers to make them wait, it’s also really infuriating to see your hard work taken, copied and pasted, and someone else profiting from it. 😦 Anyway, Peanuts’ may have a small break in her schedule (although please don’t hold me to that) and do a little work on that project. You can check in with her.

      • Oh, which one’s that site?! I could do a small something that will bring their servers down for a tad inconvenient time! 😉 Or still better, I could lock out the admins from accessing their own site (Never tried the second part though, but would love to see if the idea works!). Okay, all the threats aside, I would really like to know the name of this plagiarising site (though I still can’t assure you that the threats don’t hold). And please give us at least ONE Chapter. We’re kinda dying here, yunno! *whimpers*

        • Let’s just leave that site in its own little corner. The last thing we want to do is give it more traffic to continue profiting off other people’s work.

  7. Naive and awkward atleast she speaks her mind! Lol what happened to the breakup promise……

    • Naive and awkward, but simple and genuine. ❤
      That promise still holds true. And until she chooses to break-up, she still has authority to be his girlfriend in name with her family, if not in reality.

  8. Thank you, Hoju! Looking forward to the next chapter. Seduce him seduce him! Lol. Yeah, I agree with you. She’s not really capable of seducing him. At least maybe not with a sober mind. Lol.

    • You’re welcome. I think you might like the next chapter. As you said, she’s not capable… not with a sober mind… but if she’s not sober…

  9. Thank you for your translation. Also, thanks for the pictures. I really have no idea about the gaming house.

    • You’re very welcome on both accounts. I didn’t know anything about pro gamers until reading about Gun, Dt, etc. and looking into it. I didn’t realize the hours (10-12 hrs of gaming per day!!) that they put in every day, and the lifestyle they often choose to live for the chance to bring home the glory.

  10. I guess in his own way Gun has come to accept TN. Every so often Gun will teases TN. I wonder when will Gun take to his liking for TN?

    Thanking you Hoju very much.

    • In some ways, he has. While her arrival at the gaming house was not intended, he gave in and let her stay. There was no need to be soft-hearted to her, just like there was no need to promise that she could choose when to break-up. Tehe, he does love teasing her. I think that blank look on her face entertains him.
      Soon… soon…

      You’re very welcome!

  11. We’re almost halfway through the novel. Yet he still sees her as a little kid. I’m just waiting…… I don’t know for what. Maybe him seeing her as a woman? As a friend? Just not an annoyance anymore.

    • Even when he sees her as a woman, it doesn’t mean that he can’t see her as a little kid as well. Isn’t that an oxymoron? LOL, yeah, but when people are in love, their minds are a little weird anyway.

      Their age difference as well as her sheltered upbringing and his years of striking out on his own has created that for them. But he already does see her as a friend. In chapter 18, these are Gun’s thoughts: “…this little girl could be considered one of the rare, few girls he had ever in come in contact with in the many years of his life and could also be considered a friend, so he could not leave her feeling too chagrinned.”

      Anyways, there will be a turning point really soon, I promise. 🙂

  12. Tong Nian’s asset is her innocence. Thanks for the chapter!

  13. Hahaha……… Gun what are you saying? I’m very sure Tong Nian will turn to RED tomato instantly .
    Thanks Hoju

  14. haha TN, you are really active…even Gun has to repeat your questions to make sure the awkwardness gets through back to her

  15. She’s such an open book to him and he’s using that to have fun lol!!

  16. Hahaha just say yes, Nian Nian.
    Thank you, hoju~

  17. Thank you for the chapter~

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