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Stewed Squid with Honey (蜜汁炖鱿鱼) — Chapter 32

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Yup, they’re apart, but they’re officially in a relationship and are sharing it in their own unique ways. ❤

Chapter 32 – Songstress ω

The next afternoon, one of the four great cutie-girls of the Japanese cover-singing circle and singer who had a crazy-large number of diehard fanboys and fangirls—Fish Playing in Sealed Chambers—unexpectedly released a new song. Seeing the song title, her entire fan base exploded into pandemonium.

Ren’ai Circulation [Love Circulation]!!!!

Three years ago, during Dada’s interview when she had turned sweet sixteen and her fans had cried out over and over to her to sing a cover of this song, she had personally answered, “I’ve never been in love so no feelings for this song, never been in love so no feelings for this song. Only after I’m in love will I cover it, only after I’m in love will I cover it, aaaaaaah!”

Within ten seconds of this release, her Weibo was overtaken by frenzied fans…

[Goodbye] Completely unprepared for this. My little cutie-girl has been married off just like that.

[Goodbye][Goodbye][Goodbye][Goodbye] Nothing worth living for anymore.

[Goodbye] Those of us in Shanghai, see you all on Jin Mao Tower[1].

[Goodbye] Those in Taipei, let’s just head directly to TAIPEI 101[2]. Remember to do the countdown together before we all jump off.

Which guy did it?! Show yourself! I’m going to beat the hell out of you!!!! Frick!! I’ll wait—wait for you guys to break up!!!!

[Goodbye] The goddess I loved since primary school is now in love.

[Soap] FRACK FRICK FRICKIN’ F*CK.

Tonight, we’ve all lost our love…

[Furious] Little Squidie is mine mine mine MIIIIINE!!!!

[Cries] Hey, that guy, you must have saved the entire Milky Way galaxy in your previous life…

[Goodbye] Hey, guy, show yourself. I promise I won’t bite you to death!

……

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While waiting at the airport for their flight, 97 held his mobile phone and sputtered out in guffaws. All the team members in the waiting lounge had been leaning back, every one half-dead from exhaustion, and using various positions to lie in his chair. Now, though, hearing this sound, they immediately sniffed out that there was something peculiar, and all of them leapt up and flocked around 97. “What’s going on, what’s going on?”

“Leader’s being bashed really badly on Little Sister-In-Law’s Weibo.” 97 was grinning widely, rejoicing in his leader’s misfortune.

“The name of the song is pretty good, eh? What does it mean?” demo was bewildered.

Taking the mobile phone, grunt ran a quick glance over it, then tossed it back. “PDA [public display of affection]. Didn’t Leader head home last night? I’m guessing he got to third base yesterday and got to ‘experience’ the ‘true essence’ of love, eh?”

Light bulbs went off in everyone’s heads.

Dang it! Jeaaloooous!!!!

The bunch of poor, single dudes wallowed in their states of dying anguish…

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With a cup of coffee in hand, Gun, his head lowered and playing Texas Hold’em on his phone, was walking in their direction. The burning gazes of the group that were filled with reverence caused him to detect that their eyes were on him. When he raised his lids, they all immediately returned to their own respective spots.

What the heck was going on?

His gaze roved once around the entire group and then locked on demo. “Say it.”

“Ah?” An expression of dismay covered demo’s face. Dammit, how come I get picked every time? I came to K&K to win gold medals. Don’t tell me I’m going to die young first before I’ve taken a single gold medal, am I? “Just… Little Sister-In-Law just did a little PDA, and we were all just happy and having some fun about it.”

Oh sh*t—

Everyone bowed their heads reverently… and offered up a moment of silence in tribute to little demo.

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Today she did not need to go to the university.

However, she realized after the fact that she had disappeared yesterday while she was supposed to be monitoring an exam. Feeling ashamed, she called her teacher, but to her surprise, her teacher replied directly, “I heard that your brother or maybe your uncle from your family came to find you? Said there was something urgent and picked you up to take you away? No worries. You’ve already been working so hard, and you still helped me out with setting the exam questions.”

She felt terribly abashed and apologized repeatedly.

After this call came to an end, she held her mobile phone between her little paws and, lowering her head, sent off a WeChat text message to him: Meow. Have you arrived yet?

Gn: Yes.

Her: *raises paw* May I put in the request to video chat with you tonight?

Gn: ……

Her: *poking fingers together* Just… to watch and look at you for a little bit, please?

Gn: ……

Her: Video calling in WeChat will do, as long as you have good reception… If your reception is poor, how about QQ[3]? Do you have QQ?

Gn: We’ll talk about it at night.

Her: Mm~ I’ll wait for you.

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Tong Nian was practically in max-HP mode. She passed the entire daytime immersed in her feelings of bashfulness from her first-ever public display of affection. It was past ten o’clock at night when she finally logged into Weibo using her alternate account to read the comments that had been left under her official, main account. She felt as if every part of her was submerged in a honey jar, sweetness infusing her. How she wished she could tell everyone how wonderful he was, how great he was! He… Anyhow, he’s the most unequalled, awesome, and handsome man in the whole, wide world! Covering my face with my hands!!

Completely disregarding that great, monstrous army of commenters that was online or the thousands of people who were occupying the top level of Jin Mao Tower, she pulled out her pen and, sprawling on her desk, began to quietly write in her journal. Sketching all sorts of little chibi characters, she wrote down, sentence after sentence, what the two of them had said or done together. When… she had drawn a cartoon car with two little chibi people inside, caught in each other’s embrace, she at last thunked her head against the desk.

Too…

She could not refrain from leaping up and stamping her feet. Plopping down in her seat once again, she offhandedly refreshed the Weibo page of her alternate account.

To her surprise, the people she was following with this alternate account had all flooded the screen with posts.

These people were all ones she had followed in order to help her understand Gun’s professional and social circle and setting: various famous professional gamers, various eSports magazines, official Weibos accounts of various video games, etc. There were more than one hundred different accounts that she followed…

And they were all… spamming the screen?

97: @Gun, Leader said he was opening a Weibo account…

grunt: @Gun, once one of the first-generation Bonjwas[4] of CS. K&K Global’s boss makes his appearance.

demo: @Gun, Leader, welcoming you on bended knees.

Dt: @Gun

Solo: @Gun, welcome back.

appledog: @Gun, awesome! Con Man is back!

inin: @Gun, = = the Great Demon Overlord. Me scared…

……

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In the very beginning, it was all K&K people, but gradually, everyone within the eSports circle started to notice. All the god-status figures of the various events and video games, including CS [Counter-Strike], StarCraft, WoW [World of Warcraft], CrossFire, Need for Speed, DotA [Defense of the Ancients], FIFA, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, LOL [League of Legends], etc., etc., were all fired up and began forwarding the post.

The guy was an ancient legend in the professional gaming circle, you know?!! Many of the current pro gaming gods were all God Gun’s diehard fans, you know?!!!!

The official eSports Weibo account.

The official Weibo accounts of all the various major video games.

The official Weibo accounts of all the various competitions and tournaments.

……

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The entire eSports circle was boiling over in excitement.

This was too exhilarating.

It had been ten years, oh, ten years. This man who had forged a new way to open up the world of professional gaming was finally willing to publicly announce his return.

While many people knew that he was the boss of K&K, this was different. So long as he did not openly and publicly declare his identity, everyone would voluntarily remain quiet, silently watching and standing guard over this former “God Gun.” Now, though, he was willing to have a personal Weibo account and make it publicly known on the Internet. This was super exciting, you know?! They had to support him, ’kay?! How many people were there for whom he was the one who awakened them to gaming? How many people were there for whom he was their beacon of guiding light? How many people were there for whom he was their idol in their youth?!

Tong Nian was completely stunned by what she saw.

Here, as she stared at her computer screen, it was as if she was watching a wild party that was taking place in another world.

Although Baidu Baike had written things out clearly and she had also read through all those online interviews and forum posts, the feeling right now was totally different. Right at this second, she finally became aware of… what sort of person this man—the one whom she had fallen in love with at first sight—really was.

What was his purpose for opening a Weibo account?

As promotion and publicity for the club? To attract and recruit people onto the team?

Speculating, she clicked on @Gun.

His entire Weibo homepage popped up. There was only one post.

Gun: [Link]

She clicked on the [Link]. It was K&K’s official website.

Indeed, for promotion purposes. But this was being a little too flippant about his work. Shouldn’t he at least say a few words of something?

Nevertheless, within a few short hours, his number of followers had already broken one million…

That was just too… formidable…

Wordlessly, she glanced at her follower count for her main, official Weibo account… one tenth of his.

Huh?

Wait…

0.0?

Why were there more than 30000 comments under her latest post where she had released her song? … Same thing for forwards… Was Sina [service provider for Sina Weibo] acting up and just going crazy?!

Disbelievingly, she clicked on the post. At once, the comment area beneath it scrolled open.

Random person: Part of the group checking out the sights.

Random person: Gathering around to check out God Gun’s one and only follow.

Random person: Male god’s only follow.

Random person: Part of the group checking out the sights.

Random person: Male god’s only follow.

Random person: Male god’s only follow.

Random person: [Brokenhearted] Don’t want to say anything. I hope that you will treat my man well.

Random person: Gathering around to check out K&K’s lady-boss

Fan: WTF?!! What the heck is going on???????? Has my dada been hacked???? @SinaCustomerService

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[1] 金茂大厦 “Jin Mao Da Xia.” Jin Mao Tower is one of the three super skyscrapers in Shanghai’s Pudong area. Excluding the Oriental Pearl (which is an observation tower and technically not a skyscraper building), Jin Mao is currently the third tallest building in Shanghai, standing at 88 stories tall (93 including the spire), but at the time of the writing of this story, it was the second tallest skyscraper in Shanghai as the Shanghai Tower had not yet completed building. According to this site, Jin Mao Tower is the sixteenth tallest building in the world.

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An older photo of Jin Mao Tower, which, up until 2007, was the tallest building in Shanghai. (image credit)

[2] 101大厦, or officially 台北101, TAIPEI 101 is located in Taipei, Taiwan and stands 101 stories tall. According to this site, TAIPEI 101 is the sixth tallest building in the world.

[3] Tencent QQ, otherwise known as QQ, is an instant messaging service in China with features such as text messaging, file transfers, voice and video chats. Each account is identified by a unique string of numbers, so and therefore, QQ users refer to their accounts by their numbers.

[4] Bonjwa, originally a Korean word, is a title give to a player who undisputably dominates the scene of a game for an era, to the point of being in a class of his own and influencing the evolution of the game itself.

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Additional Comments:

Clicking on the “CC” in Youtube will pull up the lyric translations for Ren’ai Circulation.

Just a couple notes about Weibo.

Emojis in Weibo, many of which are animated, each have a name associated with them. When typing up a new post or comment in Weibo, after you have selected the emoji to use, it shows up in your typing as [name_of_emoji], and only after you have posted does the actual emoji appear. Sometimes, depending on your mobile device or the version of the app you’re using, the emojis don’t show up and you only see the square brackets with the name inside. Below are screencaps of the [Furious] and [Cries] emojis. (Can’t figure out how to show you guys the animated versions. Sorry.) So, the Weibo comments after Tong Nian’s post where she released her song were filled with a bunch of crying, furious, and waving goodbye emojis (and a random one of a bar of soap).

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This should be pretty intuitive for those who use Twitter or other social media, but just in case, putting the @ in front of a Weibo user’s username tags them and it will show up in their notifications that someone has tagged them in a comment or a post.

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48 thoughts on “Stewed Squid with Honey (蜜汁炖鱿鱼) — Chapter 32

  1. The power of the follow. 30000 posts? Wow! This scene reminds me of when Toupai followed Sheng Sheng.

    Thanks for the chapter.

  2. Your highness… just spare us and help us out from this cliff… 😂

  3. as always thank you for the amazing chapter :3

  4. Wooow just wow! Dae-to-the-bak! Gun open a weibo acc and follow only her! it’s more eruptive then anything else. His way of teling the world that his taken and marking his territory at the same time. but oh, i guess he might be ask either demo or 97 to make his account. he’s lazy to do that on his own.pfttt

    • Haha. I don’t think of Gun as deliberately doing this to mark territory, although that doesn’t mean I don’t think he’s territorial. Gun may not know much about relationships, but what I like about him is, since he’s committed to trying this out, he will do things to invite her into his world and try to understand her world. I feel like him signing up for a Weibo account and following her is his way of responding to her PDA. ❤

      And yes, I don't doubt that one of the boys was the one who did everything for him!!

  5. Aaaahh! My tooth aches!! This chapter is so sweet; I hope it continues~ o(*≧□≦)o

    • Mine aches literally. Just went to the dentist today. 😦

      But I really don’t mind toothaches from this type of sweetness. ❤ The fun moments will continue with sweetness intermingled. The title was chosen for a reason. 😉

  6. Poor Demo😂 I’m loving this song even my lil gal can’t stop humming this song lol…this song suits so much with their current relationship no wonder she is daydreaming….such a cutie pie!

    • demo… the poor kid. 😂 He’s got to get wiser because God Gun enjoys picking on him.

      The song suits both Tong Nian’s image and personality s well as their relationship. So cute. My son has been listening on repeat to another song that’s featured in this novel.

  7. What a sweet chapter
    Gun is sweet and caring in his own way..
    of course it’s remind me of toupai all over again with that weibo scene.. lmao

    Oh dear, i have to go back and check on our toupai after this..

    Good morning from your other side of the world, sunny sunshine today, too hot to handle even..
    Thank you for this chapter xoxo

    • Isn’t it sweet? Gun isn’t intentionally sweet, but I think he is putting in efforts to learn about being a bf. ❤ The guy is slowly learning what it means to be in a romantic relationship, but this is one of his first steps in responding to her affections. 🙂 It’s not for the world, it’s just for her. ❤

      Go, go, go! Toupai always deserves some love. ❤ Hmm… I think it's been a few months. I'm going to go check in on my Toupai, too.

      Good day from my side of the world to yours. It's chilly and going to get even chillier here tomorrow. 😦 Forecast is for snow. I'd much rather have "too hot to handle"…

      You're welcome!

  8. Thank you for your translation. Gun has his own way to announce his relationship with Tong Nian although I think he may not intentionally announce.

    • You’re welcome!

      While I said that Gun was sharing that he was in a relationship, I kind of meant it that he was letting her know he got her public declaration of love and this is his response. Gun couldn’t care less what the other people think, but he is trying to make his little gf feel special. ❤

  9. THIS IS TOO SWEET. IM OVERLOADING. HELP. ME.

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TRANSLATING!

    This, THIS. IS TOO CUTE. HE MADE A WEIBO ACC AND FOLLOW ONLY HER! HOW CUTE!

    • Haha. Sorry. For this translation, I only know how to feed sweetness, so I can’t help you there. 😂

      You are very welcome.

      LOL. God Gun would cringe that he’s being called “sweet” and “cute.” I don’t think he intended on being either. Hahaha

  10. Speechless 😲😍😍😍😍😍 what a way to mark his territory 😊 thank you Hoju 😘

  11. I love how often this story makes me laugh out loud.

  12. “What was his purpose for opening a Weibo account?”

    DUUUUH???!!!! What else other than u TN!!!!

    Dying…im over excited from this novel..i needah calm down!!!

    • Agreed, agreed! He couldn’t be bothered otherwise to even bother with social media.

      Oh, you can’t die yet! The novel is only 2/3 over. Breathe in, breathe out.

  13. gun certainly concern about TN more than I had expected

    • He did acknowledge even before they were dating that she was different from all the other females that he knew. I think that Gun may not know how to be romantic, but he knows what it means to be responsible. If he chose to enter into a relationship, he will learn how to be romantic. Like he said last update, even though he wasn’t used to doing such things, for something so easy, he could do it. That translates to a sweetie in my books, although I know he would be offended that I called him a sweetie.

  14. Yep. This is the epitome of PDA! This two is so cute but it makes me bite my hanky with envy. I want my own Gun! Thanks for the cliff. . . Er. . . I mean the chapter hoju! You’re amazing as always!

    • I sell hankies if yours is getting too soggy.
      Hmmm… you could try hanging out in a cybercafe and see if you run into a random pro gamer who walks in :p

      This cliff is just a little one. You won’t die if you fall off of it. :p

      You’re welcome!

  15. Will Gun sing with TN? He already followed her like Toupai did, so is the author going to make that happen?
    Thanks for the chapter

    • Gun singing?(⊙ο⊙)
      Despite a few similarities, RRMY and Squid are two different stories and Gun is definitely not Toupai. He will game with Tong Nian. 😉

      You’re welcome!

  16. Beautifully sweet…😙
    Man of action. …… *swoon*
    His public response . … in response to her first public declaration …….

  17. Ack! This story giving me tons of squeal sessions. Gun’s 180 change in his affections towards Tn is too much for me to bear. My poor heart….is so enjoying this. Thank you for translating this.

    • We could see he was coming around, albeit slowly, but he is definitely making an effort in his actions to be a bf. I think he is still awakening. He knows she’s different to him from other females but the guy had no idea what romance or love should be prior to all this. He’s learning about his feelings and trying ❤

      So glad you're having fun! You're welcome!

  18. Thanks. Didn’t know Gun is such a romantic and sweet person. Yes. Brings back memories of Toupai.

    • Toupai is definitely romantic and sweet. Gun… Not so much. LOL. At least, it’s not intentional. But doesn’t that make it even sweeter?

  19. Ugh, Gun! You’re such a sweet-heart! You remind me SO much of my own “Gun” (albeit, he’s a tech genius and not much of a gamer. Plays only CS, while I prefer World of Warcraft *pouts*). And TN is so cute. She actually sang a song for him! *sighs dreamily*
    Their PDA is a bit juvenile, but it’s cute, nevertheless!

    • LOL. Don’t let Gun catch you calling him a sweetheart. There’s a reason the K&K boys tremble in fear around him.
      If it works, then it’s good PDA. 😉

      Now go find your Gun and do some of your own PDA. Haha

  20. Oh why oh why…. did I read this before the translation completed 😭😭😭😭. Still bow to you. Thank you, hoju. Your translating is smooth, luv it.🙇
    And when will the next chapter uploads?

    • Welcome to the story. 🙂 Thank you. ❤ I'm glad you're enjoying this.

      I update regularly on Tuesday/Friday nights, N. American time (or Wed/Sat morning for those on the other side of an ocean). The posting times are the same each time, but I'll leave you to figure out what that means in your time zone. 😉

      Coincidentally, the next update is in t-4ish hours, so remember to come back. 🙂

      • I’ve read the update… *giddy*. This story is Awesome and so does your translation, luv that little footnote too. Been following since RRMY and the lyrics’ translation help me rekindled my long lost love for poetic words.

  21. Damn!!! I won’t be surprised if Weibo had to shut down due to heavy traffic lol!!

    His influence calls for RESPECT!! But how did his fans know that she’s dating him? 😮 She didn’t mention names, and his weibo only has the link to K&K’ site.

    • Because fans are nosy and took a look at who he follows. The one and only person he follows in Weibo is a certain cover singer called “Fish Playing in Sealed Chambers.” So, there’s his Weibo registration and his one follow coupled with Fish Playing in Sealed Chambers releasing a song that announces she’s in a relationship. Fans put two and two together…

  22. Omg omg omg! His one and only follow ❤
    Many thanks, hoju~

  23. Thank you for the chapter~

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