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Stewed Squid with Honey (蜜汁炖鱿鱼) — Chapter 27

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And out of nowhere, he drops in. 🙂

Chapter 27 – Starting All Over Again?

Gun leaned back in his chair, his legs kicked up on the edge of the desk and his face surly as he leafed through page after page of their reports… The office was crammed full with several dozen people in it, some standing, some crouching, some leaning against the wall, and all waiting for their leader’s instructions.

With a loud rustle, the stack of papers was tossed onto the bed. “First thing tomorrow, we’re flying to Guangzhou.”

……

Long live Leader!

This group, which had managed to dodge a bullet, did not delay for even half a second, and all of them immediately jumped up, wedging themselves against one another to try to get out of this office first.

The one who managed to be the first to slip out, 97, grabbed grunt by the arm. “Eh? Eh? Leader has an injury on his head.”

grunt gave a wicked smirk. “Didn’t we all hear it last night? He was exerting himself too hard. Smacked into it.”

Everyone…

Only demo did not understand, and tugging on Dt’s arm, he asked, “Huh, what was that? Captain? What did Leader smack into?”

Dt’s eyes glanced calmly at him, and he gave a factual answer. “The wall.”

“He hit the wall?” demo seemed to feel an unexplainable pain in his forehead as well, and he gave it a rub. “What for?”

“To feel good,” grunt snickered, and then, with quick steps, he darted out of there…

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The man still in the office grabbed the folder that was on the desk and, with a whoosh, hurled it out the room.

Several seconds passed.

Folder in hand, Dt strolled back in leisurely and tossed it onto the sofa for him. “I forgot to tell you just now. You didn’t answer your phone yesterday, so Auntie called me. She wants you to bring that antique necklace that you helped her bid on back to Granddad. The money for it will be transferred into your account next month.”

……

Gun did not say a single word. With the back of his hand facing outward, he gave a wave.

Dt turned around and left.

 

* * * * *

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Lovelorn again…

When Tong Nian, her eyes swollen, came down from upstairs, her dearest mother covertly pulled her over to the side. “Nian Nian?”

“Mm?” She lifted her head forlornly.

“Why were you crying just now? You guys broke up?” Her dearest mother made a reasonable conjecture.

“Mm… Broke up.” As she mumbled this reply, her nose began to tingle and two teardrops tumbled down.

A warm embrace encircled her protectively. Stirred by this demonstration of familial love, Tong Nian fell into another state of extreme misery, so she did not notice her dearest mother, beaming in delight, give a wink and raise her brows at her dearest father, who coincidentally was walking by and saw this scene. The message: See? I told you so. They really did break up.

Her parents exchanged expressions of relief.

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This week was the first of the start of a new school term.

Gathering her things, she returned to school. An hour in the administrative building got all of the registration procedures for starting a new term out of the way. When she stepped out, she happened to bump into the teacher in the university who was in charge of the ACM-ICPC, and seeing her, he immediately beckoned to her. “Last night, I called you several times, but your phone was shut off every time. I was afraid you’d forgotten about today’s exam.”

Exam? She was bewildered.

Aaaah!

She’d forgotten!

It was the school-wide recruitment examination to select the university’s ACM-ICPC team.

Each year, the university would send one team to participate in this particular competition, and the team would consist of three people who would collaborate together. Although it was called an international collegiate programming contest, the contestants did not necessarily major in computer science. For example, she, herself, did not. Nor did they even necessarily belong to the Faculty of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, such as one of her teammates from the previous year’s contest, who had been from the Faculty of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering.

As a result, the team was formed after a tryout in the form of a standardized examination, and there were no limitations on a candidate’s field of study.

The monitors of the examination were the teacher who led the team and also all the former key team members who had once participated in an ACM-ICPC.

But she had actually… forgotten all about this…

Still holding her student identity card, which had just been revalidated a moment ago, she followed the teacher into a lecture theatre in Teaching Building No. 1. The examination had already begun. Most of the candidates were first or second year students, and as they stared at the three problems on the examination paper, they basically all had the same expression on their faces: stumped.

Hence, some of the boys who were unable to answer the problems simply sprawled themselves on their desks, playing with their pencils while also studying these senior schoolmates of theirs who had competed last year and the year before. Then, gradually, the attention of all these exam candidates converged to rest on the one and only girl present—Tong Nian. This was especially so since this female, senior schoolmate also looked as if she had just cried through the entire night and was especially dejected.

With her chin propped on her hand, she sat behind the podium, her eyes watching the students below…

Her entire mind, however, was still filled with what had happened last night and the dialogue with him this morning.

“Tong Nian?” Beside her, there was a voice, gently calling her. “Would you be able to step out for a bit?”

She turned around. It was her team captain, Zheng Hui. “Captain? Is there something the matter?”

The grown boy cast a glance at her swollen eyes, frowning slightly as he nodded. “Mm. There’s something.”

She replied with an “oh, okay,” stood up from her chair, and followed him outside. Zheng Hui walked out of the lecture theatre, and then shoving his hands into his pants pockets, he lowered his head to talk to her. “What… did you do over the winter break?

“Huh? Winter break?” She paused vacantly. What really could she have done? She had spent it all waiting for him to come back from the United States. “Oh, I just ate and drank a lot.”

“That day… I passed by the community compound where your home is.” Beneath the boy’s black-framed glasses, those eyes gazed straight at her. “I had actually originally wanted to go see you…”

“Huh? Which day?” she asked.

The person across from her cleared his throat. “It should have been February 14… or maybe the fifteenth.”

“Oh.” She earnestly searched through her mind. “So before the Spring Festival[1] [Lunar New Year period]? Good thing you didn’t go looking for me. At the time, I was in another city participating in an anime expo.” And with him… At that time, I was still with him…

Her gaze was drifting and drifting around, and her eyes could not help reddening.

The boy in front of her was truly taken aback, and he swallowed all the things he had wanted to say. But thinking about it, he found he was not willing to give up. Graduation was approaching quickly… When he truly left the school, there would be even less excuses for him to interact with her. He needed to seize this opportunity!

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Unspeaking, she stood at the entrance of the teaching building and stared out at the students who were coming and going on their bicycles or on foot, as well as the occasional car that would drive by. This boy, the team captain who had led a team to take second runner-up in the ACM-ICPC world finals and also the idol of all the computer science students in the university, was standing before her, unable to form what he really wanted to say into words.

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What was he doing right now?

Would he… be forced to go on a blind date with some person again? …

Thinking this, her eyes grew even more red.

Her nose was tingling, and lowering her head, she forcefully pressed her fingers to it. Don’t you cry, Tong Nian.

In her blurry gaze, even the red ground looked somewhat as if it was swaying. She could only look down and dig in her bag with all her might for some tissue. Where’d it go? Hurry up and appear, hurry up and appear…

A pair of black skate shoes was drawing nearer and nearer… until it stopped in front of her.

?

Unconsciously, she lifted her head.

In that instant, it was as if the entire sky had lit up brilliantly.

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And so, in this way, she suddenly seemed to tumble into that pair of slightly narrowed, extremely displeased, extremely irritated, extremely impatient, and also extremely… gorgeous eyes. Especially after he saw her tears, he seemed even more cross. He swept a look over that boy standing beside her, whose hands were behind his back and even seemed to be grasping something, before bringing his gaze back to her. “What are you crying about?”

……

Was she dreaming?

She answered densely, “I’m not… crying about anything…”

He grew even more riled. Pulling off one side of his earbuds, he glanced at that boy who was half a head shorter than him. “You messed with her?”

“N-no,” the boy stammered. Who was this? One of her relatives? Or her older brother? Or… Question marks filled the boy’s mind, and he was somewhat flustered. “You’re mistaken—”

A cold indifferent glance. Simply too penetrating.

The boy almost bit his own tongue. “I’m, I’m her schoolmate. We were in a programming contest together.”

With his height advantage, Gun could clearly see that the thing the boy was holding in his hand was a very small gift box. Unexpectedly, his lips curved up. “Oh? ACM?” Wasn’t that the programming contest or whatever that Dt once mentioned?

“Yes, yes, the ACM-ICPC.” Confidence immediately flooded the boy, and he was about to officially introduce himself.

“Were you competing against that guy?” Gun lifted his chin slightly to point at a person who was standing by the car parked at the teaching building’s entrance. At the base of those steps not far away, Dt stood, exceedingly bored, for all the girls who were coming and going to peek at…

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……

That was—

“The world champion from two years ago? …”

The boy could not believe his own eyes. Th-that year, that year, the team captain for the championship-winning team had indeed looked like an ethnic Chinese. He had been with two blonde-haired boys. But, the entire time, he had spoken English, and he was of Norwegian nationality…

Champion? For the first time, Gun felt that Little Bai was quite commendable.

“Lost to him? No big deal.” With a half-smile, he gave a firm pat on the boy’s shoulder. “Kids need to know how to be good losers.”

The boy stood unmoving, dumbstruck. That pat left him feeling like a leaf in the wind: in a state of chaos.

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Paying no more attention to this miscellaneous person, he bent at the waist and asked the girl before him who was still staring foolishly at him, “Do you still have classes?”

“No…” With a blank look, she shook her head.

There was something going thump, thump, pounding away with all its might.

It was in her chest.

“Since you have no classes, then come out and hang out with us.” As he spoke, he slid his hands into his pants pocket and began to indolently amble away from the teaching building. “You’ll be back before nine.” Moving opposite to the flow of the crowd, he brushed his way through the students who were streaming into the building, about to head to class.

So tall was his build. So eye-catching.

Tong Nian remained stupefied in that same spot until he halted and looked back at her.

Immediately, she snapped awake and slowly, ever so slowly, followed after him with a blush colouring her cheeks.

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[1] 春节 “chun jie.” In China, the Lunar New Year period is also called the Spring Festival and lasts from the first to the fifteenth day of the new lunar year

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Completed:
1 of 1 Prologue
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47 thoughts on “Stewed Squid with Honey (蜜汁炖鱿鱼) — Chapter 27

  1. Awwww……he couldn’t stay away from her!

  2. Ha! Wow, he sought her out for the first time. That was even faster than I expected.

  3. Yay!!!…thank you very much. So protective of Gun seeing TN crying…heheheh…so Gun do cares…:-D:-D:-D

  4. OMG! This is so cliff-hanging. So he agreed on the phone via message and then he will appear in front of her as if nothing happen between them…. Gun must have realized (although not admitting it out loud) her significant in his heart.

    Hoju, thank you so much for the wonderful translation. Appreciate your hard work and dedication.

    • He agreed on text message and then a few HOURS later, appears in front of her. 😉 Tehe… reason still not revealed. It may be, or it may not be. 😉 (Just have to keep reading.)

      You’re very welcome. 🙂 Thank you for reading.

  5. His boys are always amusing! Can’t believe he came to fetch her…

  6. Ha! I knew it. He luuurrvs her. Rawr.

    • LOL… so easily satisfied, we are. 😉

      • Can’t help it, hoju. We’re being given breadcrumbs, as of now. I’ll take what I’m given. But I’ll be the most happiest visitor of Fanatical, if this book is posted thrice a week, because the plot development is SO slow…

        • LOL. Um, then don’t get broadsided when it does pick up because it will definitely come out of left field.

          *pat pat* I’m helping you cultivate your patience… 😉

  7. I knew it. She missed her just being around. Looks like TN’s persistence got thru his hard wall of resistance. Hehehe. This is a huge step for Gun.

    Xie xie hoju.

    • I agree, it’s a huge step and Tong Nian is chipping down his wall. 🙂 As for the motivation, I love everyone’s guesses and excitement. 😉

      Bu ke qi. 😉

  8. I am curious as to what Gun is thinking. I hope we find out in the next chapter….

  9. ahhhh,….dying to know what happens next! LOL
    Gun’s boys have quite over-active imaginations, which always cracks me up.

    Thank you!!!!

    • LOL. That’s what I like to hear. That means you’re enjoying the story. 😉

      LOL. Well, their imaginations have been a help to get Tong Nian this far so far. They are some of my favourite parts to translate. 🙂

      You’re welcome!

  10. “To feel good!” Pwahahahha!Okay, grunt!When it comes to make such suggestive comment, i gotta hand down the trophy for you 😀 And Demooooo…i wanna pinch his cheek, he’s such a child…

    What day is today?oh,oh, it must be a loveyday, lol..ah..ah..he just suddenly pop out of nowhere at her school?!And ask her to hang out with them? Eyyyyyy..gun!What you’ve got on your sleeves?!!!!

    • How could grunt resist, especially since demo basically set up the whole thing for him? Demo is such an innocent baby.

      Tong Nian can’t even process all this. One second, she’s depressed because they “broke up” and the next second, he’s standing there in front of her. It’s a dream!

      Gun… is unpredictable.

  11. Kyaaa!!!
    So it didn’t take that long for them to meet again. I’m relieved for TN.

    At the same time, I really want to shake Gun hard and squeeze out his innermost thoughts when it comes to TN. He’s so difficult to read! Was that only for me? But then, Gun would just probably smack my head and throw me away like the files and things he was constantly throwing away. xD

    Thank you Hoju for the translation. Even though I’m usually a silent reader, I have read all of your works. You are amazing!

    • Thank you for your commenting. 🙂 I love to hear from all my readers and am so glad you’ve been enjoying the translations!

      Gun is very difficult to read. He only ever wears a poker face or a grumpy one, so how can we figure him out? He doesn’t seem to function like most guys, and is most certainly not the typical lovey male lead.

      Since you’re not Tong Nian, I’m sure he would have no qualms about tossing you (or me) out the door.

  12. Thank you for your translation. Is this just meeting by chance? Or he intentionally seeks for her?

    • You’re welcome. 😉
      Besides Tong Nian, there should be no reason for Gun, the boss of K&K, to be at a university, right? 😉 As for why, you’ll have to wait and see…

  13. I don’t really get it. Why did Gun hit the wall??

    • Maybe it happened when he carry TN in his shoulder to his room with no lights on LOL

    • Gun’s head hit the wall when unbeknown our TN tried to seduce Gun when she was drunk…I guess the heat got to Gun n his head….hence tried to move away from TN….the back of his head hit the wall…he woke up from the haze of seduction of TN….hahahahha..

    • Chapter 26:
      He detected her anxious frustration and turned his face to accommodate and oblige this impatient little girl’s actions.
      ……
      Sh*t!
      He abruptly started back to his senses. Twisting his head away, he rammed it hard against the wall.

      So, Gun rammed his own head into the wall so that the pain would suppress a man’s “carnal reactions” that he was experiencing…

  14. Finally Tong Nian’s efforts are reaching Gun! Way to go! Thanks for the chapter!

  15. there goes another first exception from Gun to TN!

  16. Is he going to ask for the black box back?!?! It’s the antique bracelet yes?!?!?!? He is definitely swoon-y worthy!! Lol

    • Someone finally noticed that little detail! I was wondering when someone would catch on. As for whether that’s the reason, keep reading… 😉

      LOL. Gun’s temper doesn’t scare you off?

  17. Oh…Oh! Hehehehe…. *tries to hide smile*

  18. “…..come hang out with us”

    Me: Interesting, very interesting.

  19. Sorry for the double posting….

    I just needed to mention Dt lol!! The way he and Gun interacts is pretty interesting hehehe! He gives off the same aloofness and calm aura Gun has.

  20. Omg. He actually went there ❤
    Many thanks, hoju~

  21. I can’t decide if he was lucky or unlucky to have not managed to say it before Gun showed up.

  22. Thank you for the chapter~

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