Fangirling Chinese Novels

Stewed Squid with Honey (蜜汁炖鱿鱼) — Chapter 30



Short chapter. How does Tong Nian respond to his invitation from last chapter?

Chapter 30 – Han Shangyan (3)(ε)


With the tip of his nose, he nuzzled her lips. “Don’t want to?”

She clutched her skirt, her eyes tightly shut and so anxious she did not even dare breathe.

He chuckled, calmly, soundlessly allowing the tip of his nose to continue gliding down, following that sweet smell to brush over her tiny chin and then her neck.

Sliding further downwards, it was her slender neck. And then…

Her petite, beautifully-curved…

… collarbone.

At last, he lowered his lips onto that spot. Searing hot was her skin. So soft. Slowly, he caressed it… Then slowly, he moved up until he was directly beneath her long hair, behind her ear. “Mmm…” he murmured gently. “It smells the nicest here…”

The little girl in his embrace was soft and supple, and like a doll, he held her in his arms.

Not even a single movement did she dare make.

Not even a single sound did she dare emit…

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“The negotiations between the two major gaming alliances were successful, and they’ve merged now. But poor EFK. It dissolved immediately, simply because it was unable to negotiate a cooperation agreement…” Inside the phone, Navi’s voice sounded rather peculiar, as if he had detected something.

“The strong will prey on the weak. It’s survival of the fittest. There’s nothing deserving of pity.” Gun did not care at all about any of this, and in English, he responded to the phone conference discussion.

“Leader… I understand Chinese, you know, aaaah…” In the phone, the head of the Taiwan branch of the organization who had called in was breaking down, and his tone carried sobs. “But Leader, trust me. I didn’t hear anything. Ah, ah, breaking up! Connection’s cutting off!”

Beep, beep, beep… One person had left the call.

Those people in the European and Americas regions who had been fully immersed in the discussion were all somewhat perplexed and asked in English, who had gotten disconnected? Who had withdrawn from the call? Wasn’t that person worried that Leader would straight up tell him to fly over to see him for physical punishment? …

In the end, even Navi could hold himself back no longer, and speaking in Chinese, he griped, “Goddammit, Han Shangyan, don’t forget that I understand Chinese, too! Show some restraint!”

He gave a snort of laughter. Releasing Tong Nian, he stretched his arms and, in an indolent tone, said in English, “Sorry, everyone, the problem’s on me. My girlfriend is having a little outburst here. I’ll soothe her first. We’ll continue the meeting in half an hour.”

The entire group was stunned. But before they had a chance to congratulate their big boss on the happy news that he had a girlfriend, the phone was hung up.

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Quiet was once again restored in the room.

Tong Nian was utterly dazed, unable to believe that he had… not muted the phone…

She was still in his arms as they spun what seemed to be a half-circle around. Then, she felt his arms loosen their hold on her and heard the sound of typing on the keyboard.


No more… kissing?

Peeking open her eyes secretly, she saw his face, which was so near as he looked over her and stared at the computer screen. He looked quite proper and serious as he…? She turned her head and found that, sure enough, row upon row of English words was appearing on the screen.

Responding to emails?

“Let me reply to an email first,” he told her.




He typed “Gn,” then clicked “send.”

Gun brought his gaze back onto her face again. Seeing her lashes quivering slightly, he suddenly was amused and touched them with his fingertip. “Your lashes are pretty long, hmm?”

… Following along her eyelashes, his fingers grazed down until they touched her face. “What were we talking about earlier?”

When were we actually talking?…

We were just “doing”…

Tong Nian’s face was bright red. Shifting her body slightly, she rubbed against his thigh. She did not even know what she might have already inadvertently touched. “We weren’t… talking about anything.”

“Oh?” His laughter was suppressed in his throat. “But I now remember. So what should we do about it?”

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… His joke had come from such a close distance that when he spoke, even his breath fell upon her face. They had returned to that topic once more. She even lowered her eyes again in waiting—waiting for him to pull her into his embrace and press his kiss onto her. One second, two seconds… Little after little, time elapsed. No sort of movement at all?

Were they… not going to kiss anymore?

Furtively, she lifted her eyes and glanced at him.

In that dim room, only those eyes shone brilliantly, and they were looking at her. Yes, they truly were looking only at her, as if they were gazing upon something fresh and new, something that had suddenly appeared in his life—so uncertain, so unfamiliar, and so unaccustomed to it.

Was he regretting his decision?

The feelings of weeping from yesterday were still present. It was as if, with a single sentence from him that he suddenly wanted to take back what he had said, she would never again be able to see him. She was uncertain, insecure. Everything seemed to have suddenly fallen into her lap…

She gripped the hem of his short-sleeved shirt.

Drawing upon all of her greatest courage, she brought her face up close to his. In that instant when she made contact, he suddenly moved away and evaded her. Tong Nian froze. Her eyes immediately reddened, as if she had confirmed the suspicion she feared most. He really did regret his decision?

Don’t cry. Don’t cry. Go back. Tears, go back… His face all of a sudden leaned in close to hers. And then, he kissed her.

She was shocked. Her eyes fluttered as they blinked and blinked some more. Then, slowly, docilely, she closed them.


He was inhaling the breath that the little lady exhaled. He felt her trembling slightly against his body. With all her might, she was gripping his clothes. Everything was so very real. The stimulation on his senses of touch and smell, the feel of her beneath his palm—all so very real…

Previously, she had still been so unfamiliar to him, to the point that, after knowing the kid’s name, how old she was, and what school she was in, he had not really concerned himself with her. “Being together” with her was only because that night, he had gone too far, so he wanted to try to take responsibility, to see whether he really was suited to have a girlfriend… But when her lips were right here, against his, and her little tongue was submissively allowing him to probe and taste…

That strange, unfamiliar sensation made him unable to stop…

So… what was love? …

Was it this?

He wanted to make all of her become all of his, to use all possible ways to do so…

He shut his eyes, and at the same time, released his hold on her.

The little girl was gasping heavily. As she leaned against his shoulder, the breaths that she blew out all permeated into his skin. Moist. Hot. Lowering his head, he brushed a kiss onto her ear with his lips and squeezed her in a firm hug. “Go out first…”

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Her breathing ragged, Tong Nian looked at him with unfocused eyes…

She felt a pat on her back.

Only then did she start back to awareness. With ears that were glowing scarlet, not daring to say anything at all, she darted downstairs. The stair steps were just too tall, however, so she could not run fast. Stumbling, she arrived at the second level, where she immediately leaned herself against the wall and covered her face with her hands.

Oh God…

Oh God…

Her lips were still numb.

Tong Nian could not help biting down on her lip, trying to repress that feeling, but instead, she at once tasted the sweetness of candy.

With a whoosh, her entire body seemed to burn up.

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And so, when Dt strolled upstairs to tell everyone it was time for dinner, he saw Tong Nian, standing in the spot where the stairs turned a corner and, with all her might, stomping her feet and covering her face with her hands. The instant she raised her head and saw him, though, it was as if she had seen a ghost. Crying “Ah!” she immediately darted off to the first level again, tripping and running her way there. Bemused by what might be the reason for this, Dt tilted his head up to glance at the third floor.

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58 thoughts on “Stewed Squid with Honey (蜜汁炖鱿鱼) — Chapter 30

  1. Haha Gun you … you … Thanks for the chapter. 🙂

  2. Dude….. That was a hot moment. Gun had a sensual side to him, thumbs up!

    When you said shorti was expecting the chapter to immediately cut off after every paragraph and good stuff but luckily there was more and more good stuff. Thanks!

    Ps where is the cover picture from? It seems familiar….

    • Gun had no interest in women previously, but once that interest has been stirred up, it’s only natural that he wants to be closer to the girl.

      Haha… oh sorry. This chapter is pretty short, less than 2000 words. (For comparison, a typical chapter in Together Forever is usually >3000 words and I rarely had any updates < 2500 words.)

      I have no idea where the pic is from… Sorry, can't help.

  3. *Hugs and screams into a pillow while rolling around on the floor*

    Is it gonna get any better? ♡(ŐωŐ人)

  4. Lol
    Hi again
    Great chapter
    Everyone in K&K just misunderstands while Dt just questions their entire relationship and now Dt is even more confused

    • Btw
      Yes I have read other things off your blog(together forever, come eat shan sham, and really really miss you also included is heavy sweetness ash like frost chapter you did)

      • Thanks for coming back. 🙂

        LOL. Because the K&K guys like to gossip and believed the rumour that the big boss must have a sister-in-law for them that he hid away (or at least, they really hoped it was true). Dt just knows Gun and finds all these changes interesting.

        I hope you’ve liked what you’ve found on the blog, here. 🙂

  5. Wow with a submissive TN, Gun can sure move fast

    • Indeed. That is definitely an adjective I’d use to describe her.
      It’s certainly Gun’s personality, isn’t it? He doesn’t beat around the bush. Since she’s his girlfriend, might as well jut head directly to do what is allowed to be done (i.e. just a kiss!! LOL. It was just a kiss, everyone.)

  6. Goddamn! that was so friggin hawt! my god! short but satisfying chapter…. sigh..

  7. “He wanted to make all of her become all of his, to use all possible ways to do so…..”. Tho he’s uncertain, that was so sweet😍😍. That awkward feeling after your first kiss…it’s epic.

    • MBFB says she loves writing up to the first kiss. There's so much that goes into that. And I think she did a pretty good job with this one. In reality, it’s just a kiss, but it’s because she delved so much into what Gun was thinking that it really stirred everyone up. (Pretty darn hard translating it, though. 😂)

  8. Beautiful chapter indeed…. Hopefully this is the start of a serious relationship between them 😍😍😍😍 thank you so much Hoju for bringing this to us 😘 Have a blessed week ahead

    • 🙂 Gun has not dated anyone for 29 years because he found it not necessary and a waste of his time. Unless he was serious about trying out this relationship, he wouldn’t even bother doing it.

      You’re welcome! Have a great week as well!

  9. Oooo morning gift for me on the eastern side of the world…

    Yes yes.. it is indeed and interesting chapter.. teehee… and he sure not shy in front of others..

    • Then I shall say good morning to you for every post. 🙂

      Interesting? Haha… I guess so… 😉
      I think his don’t-care-what-others-think is kind of funny (in a book at least… gosh, I wouldn’t want to face him in real life), although if I were Tong Nian, I’d be just in a similar state of shock.

      • Oooooo sensual is the word… lol

        Yes, i will have a shock too if i was her.. what a first time experience..

        I found it funny that both of them are in their first relationship but they got a huge gap of “skill” in term of skinship..

  10. * squeelllll with excitement after seeing your post on NU*. My husband thought I went nutty first thing in the morning…heheeheh….what he don’t know won’t hurt him…:P

    Thanking you so much Hoju for long awaited chapter. I thought I comment first before the read…now I am taking myself over to read it while the hubby is mowing the lawn…heheheh

    • NU is…?

      You’re welcome and thank you for commenting. I love comments. 🙂 You can give your hubby a nice glass of lemonade after he’s done and you’ve finished reading. Hehehe

  11. Its hot in here…. we are celebrating party for their first KISS🎉🎉🎉

  12. Thanks for the chapter. OMG. He didn’t mute their conversation. Gun sure moves fast.

  13. What a haaaawt way to start my morning! I like that Gun is so straightforward when he wants something. And I must say that MBFB went all out with these sensual chapters. *fans self* Thanks for the chapter, hoju!

    • Haha. That’s the best part about Gun’s personality. It makes for some awkward moments if he’s not in a good mood, but what you see is what you get. 🙂

      You know this chapter is more about what they’re feeling than what they’re actually doing. In reality, it was just their first kiss, but the descriptions of what Gun is thinking really sucks everyone in.

      You’re welcome!

  14. Someone call me an ambulance!!! This is too hot for my innocent heart @.@!! Breath in breath out. Reading this chapter in a bus on the way home is not a good idea…omg=_=…… i cant stop my self from smiling like an idiot. I wanna shout but i cant…so hard!!!!

    Thank you for the chapter hoju 😀 belated happy bday btw. Im so late=_= my job’s keeping me busy these days=_=…

    • *starts performing CPR* You can’t pass out. If you do, you’re going to miss the next update!
      Disclaimer: “Beware. Read only when the situation allows you to act like a grinning fool.”

      Thank you. 🙂 Never late. I’m always here. Is it a good busy? Remember to get adequate rest.

  15. OOOOOH-MAH-GAWD! I couldn’t read it all the way through without my face turning haaaaaaawt! This chapter was crazy! I had to pause after every sentence! Thank you hoju!

  16. Thank you for your translation. Their first kiss is so hot. BTW, how’s come he doesn’t press the mute button before saying everything.

    • You’re welcome.
      Two possible reasons: he forgot, or he couldn’t care less. Although, even if it was the first reason, I suppose once he realized what happened, the second reason immediately kicked in. 😉

  17. shit. looks like i got here late. BUT, that was so…… *whimpers*
    Okay, I’ve got no words.
    Thanks hoju, the inner fangirl baba is partially content (but we need more action for satiation!). 😉
    BTW, I was in Toronto few days back, and couldnt help but get reminded of you. I holed up in the Four Seasons Hotel. Then flew back to my native country. Though it was to attend this conference thingie for schoolchildren, I had a great time as my parents accompanied me (And Four Seasons is cool, man! And the view from the top floors is just mind-blowing!!) I loved Canada, and the next time I’m there, I would love to meet you and the two little kids of yours who’re sort of the official kids of Fanatical 😉

    • There, there. The party was just everyone gathering in the corner, squealing. :p

      Oooh, you travel in style. 😉 But I’m far, far away from TO.

      • Oh, no! But it’s alright, we could have a get-together kind of thing! Like, a fan meeting!
        I had a great time in TO! A really awesome experience! I even took over from the live band performing during the dinner at the hotel restaurant, and belted out ‘You Exist In My Heart’. Most people didn’t understand anything (my parents included), but they were moved. And one guy actually proposed to his girlfriend even as I sang (I admit I cried!). Nobody who attended the conference stayed at the same hotel that I did, so I guess that added to my confidence (Don’t wanna be caught singin, yunno. That would make for a potentially embarrassing moment when I debate the next day 😉 )
        But, I would TOTALLY love to meet you live. I think that would be the closest thing to meeting MFBF (I swear I ain’t kiddin you!)

        • Canada is a big, big country. 😉
          Glad you had a wonderful time! Aaaaw… A marriage proposal! How awesome. You must have a nice voice. 🙂

          What a compliment! Thank you. ☺️ I think I’m a far cry from MBFB (how I’d love to meet her!)

          • I’ll come wherever you may be, hoju! Shit. That sounded stalkerish.
            Okay, the bottomline is that we should get a chance to have a meetup, yunno. The same way K-Drama fans get to do. Fanatical has a great number of fans, as far as I can see. And C-Novels have seen a rise in their popularity. So, I think it would be great if we all actually to meet each other and share our feelings and ideas.
            P.S. I’ve seen a few other translators who are/have worked on MFBF’s books. But none of them could recreate the surreal atmosphere that’s always around in her books like you did.

  18. ” So… what was love? …

    Was it this?”
    So romantic (☆o☆)

  19. i’m late to the party, but O MY GAWD!
    The ever uber-cool-god-gun is finally open up his heart, people! gettin cray cray here, i can’t stop laughing..hahahaha..
    And darn, he doesnt even bother to mute the microphone..lololol..i can totally relate to that tw managerband must be so creepy to accidentally witnessed your stoic and scarry boss trying to coax his gf!lmao..this is too funny..

    and oh, my dear Hojuuuuu..a very belated happy birthday to you! I hope that you always be happy and bless with every nice thing in your life 😉

    • 😂 What part of the world are you in that you got brain freeze?? LOL.

      Gosh, it’d be better for them if what they heard was him coaxing his girlfriend. In reality, they got to hear “Tong Nian, would you like to kiss?” “Don’t want to?” and “Mmm, it smells the nicest here.” Really, aaaaawwwkwaaaard. Can you imagine the shock it must have caused?

      Thank you, thank you. ❤

  20. I’ve read this chapter a few times now and it still gives me the giggles every time. LOL!
    Either he was carried away by the modem and forgot to mute the phone, or he just doesn’t care what those guys on the concall heard because he was speaking in Chinese and in a soft coaxing way and let his emotions lead the way, which is a first for him. Either way Gn is acting not his usual cold leader persona.

    • He very well could have forgotten, but I’m sure the not caring part played in regardless of whether he did it on purpose or he found out later that his subordinates heard. Gun was not the least bit fazed by their protests.

  21. Gun is going too fast !!!>.< TongNian must be going crazy after all the kisses XD … This chapter is so sweet !!

    • Well, he’s got to make up for the last 29 years where he’s had absolutely no romantic interaction with the opposite gender. 😉

      Tong Nian… honestly, the word, dazed is usually what is used to describe Tong Nian, until she has had quite a long time of processing time.

      ❤ Thanks for reading.

  22. Good thing she didn’t ulter a single sound. I can’t believe he didn’t mute his mic *smh*

    *fans self* It feels hot in here.

  23. OMG! I’m so happy for this progress hahaha ❤
    Thank you so much, hoju~

  24. Chapter 29 and 30 were the best chapters of my life

  25. hahahahahah

  26. Thank you for the chapter~

  27. Omg no shame gun!!!

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