Fangirling Chinese Novels

Stewed Squid with Honey (蜜汁炖鱿鱼) — Chapter 33



What an “interesting” way of bonding?😉 Now you can see, in comparison to other females, Gun had treated Tong Nian extremely kindly when they first met. And that last position… 😂 I’m cringing in embarrassment for God Gun.

Chapter 33 – Travelling with the Team

She bowed her head and threw her face into her hands, covering it. Frantically and with all her might, she tried to restrain that feeling of happiness that was billowing up in her.

And so, this carried on until, behind her, her dearest mother pushed open the door. “Would you like to have a late night snack?”

She shook her head forcefully. Her entire being felt giddy, and returning her mom’s gaze, she mumbled, “Not hungry, not hungry, not hungry, not hungry…”

Her dearest mother looked at her suspiciously.

Before she could ask any questions, however, Tong Nian had jumped up and was pushing her out the bedroom. “I need to help someone out with a big school assignment. Good night, good night.” She shut the door. But, still not assured, she turned the lock a couple of circles until the door was secured. Hugging her phone to herself, she hopped onto her bed.

Oh gosh, this won’t do. Still so fired up. What should I do, what should I do?

Holding her mobile phone high, she stared foolishly for a long time at the comments on her and his Weibos.


Eh? 22:23?

Wait, no! Where was the video call they had agreed to?!

She snatched up her phone.

WeChat message sent at lightning speed.

Her: doki doki

Gn: ……

Her: *poking fingers together* Ready to video call yet?

Gn: ……

Her: *looking at you with puppy dog eyes*

Gn: Do you know how to talk normally?

Her: Hmm. Well then, Han Shangyan, can we officially begin using video calling to bond emotionally?

Gn: ……

Her: *looking at you very normally*

Gn: QQ. Yours.

Her: 678709XX.

Gn: Wait.

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Immediately, she rolled off the bed. Her room, her room! She needed to tidy her room. Oh, and change her clothes, change her clothes… Not enough time, not enough time! She simply grabbed a pink dress from her wardrobe, threw it over herself, and then raced back to her computer.

Inside her QQ, a friend request was already waiting. She opened it up:

Gn has requested to add you as a contact.

Approved. Added.

Not bothering with even a single useless word, he sent a video chat invitation straight over to her.

Feeling a little shy, she smoothed her hair with both her hands.


The video call began. On the other end, it was surprisingly dark.

This angle felt as if… his computer was on the bed?

Soon, the image on the screen brightened. All she could see was his jean-clothed legs walking toward her. A hand picked up the computer and set it on a table. The next second, Gun, completely bare from waist up, was leaning himself on his two hands that were resting on the table and looking at the image of her, which was frozen in shock in the camera lens. “Can you see?”

“I-I can see.”

And… very clearly, too…

His upper body unclothed, the ends of his hairs still dripping water, his belt once again not done up…

Cover my face!! Why doesn’t he ever do up his belt?!!!!

“Angle okay?”

“Uh-huh.” Why was he asking about angle?

And then, as if nothing was going on, he… walked away?


He wouldn’t be thinking that having the video call was… purely to satisfy her viewing desires, would he? Even though there was technically nothing wrong with this, how come it felt… kind of weird? Inside the picture on her screen, his back was to her as he pulled out a long-sleeved shirt from his wide-open suitcase and pulled it on.

His movements as he put on his clothes were also so… enticing…

She gnawed on her lip.

They fell completely into a Han Shangyan-style of video calling.

That was, he did his own thing, minimizing the video chat window, muting the speakers, and not concerning himself remotely with what she was doing on the other end of the video call. And she, well-behaved and quiet, merely rested her chin on her hand and watched him.

Simply observing him in this way, more than twenty minutes slipped by.

And still she did not find it boring at all.

During that entire period, he had merely gotten dressed, talked on the phone, turned on another computer, and typed. Hearing the sound of the game he was playing coming from the computer behind him, he had even detected that the volume of his video game was too loud and had completely muted it.

Playing games? So nice

If she could just keep watching him like this, it would be nice.

Who cared if there was sound or not?

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She began to muse that in another half an hour, she needed to turn her computer monitor around to face the bed. That way, she could watch him game while she went to sleep.

All of a sudden, the he inside the monitor’s picture raised his eyes irately and looked at something off the screen. Shoving aside his mouse, he got up and disappeared out of the picture.

He went out?

Uh… Would he be coming back? Should she wait?

At a bit of a loss, she crestfallenly picked up her phone, planning to use WeChat to ask him when he would be returning. In the image on the screen, without any warning, a woman appeared, smiling and sitting… on his bed?!

“Han Shangyan?” she called out to him incredulously.

No one responded.

The two clearly were talking, but she could not hear what they were saying.

Wait, no! The volume had long been muted!!

Grabbing her phone at the speed of light, she called him. In the picture, she watched him pull out his mobile phone and take a glance before tossing it back into his pants pocket. Then, with quick strides, he walked over toward her, stretched out a hand—

The picture abruptly went black.


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Out in the hallway, fourteen boys from both the primary and secondary squads, key players and subs alike, were casually approaching, studying the numbers on the doors and looking for Leader’s room.

“What was the number?” demo was earnestly searching for the room number.

“1708,” 97 answered. “Our results today weren’t very good. Wonder how Leader’s going to flip out on us.”

“It’d be so good if Sister-In-Law was here…” demo sighed, murmuring under his breath.

“Even if she was here, it wouldn’t necessarily be good. What if, by chance, it happened to be those certain days of the month where they weren’t able to ‘enrich’ their husband and wife relationship? The ones who’d end up suffering would still be us.” Sliding his gaze over the room number, grunt discovered they were already at 1705. “Eh? We’re nearly there?”

demo’s brain was filled with question marks. “Huh? Wha? What are the ‘certain days of the month where they aren’t able to enrich their husband and wife relationship’?


Suddenly, the door of room 1708 was flung open. Several of the people who had been walking at the front of the group were startled and jumped back several steps.

Accompanied by an extremely high-pitched shriek, they saw a large, white bundle of something being thrown out the door. Everyone retreated another two steps. A certain beautiful, female commentator who was very popular of late was, right then, very flusteredly crawling out from the white quilt. Holding down her skirt, with the stares of everybody fixed on her and her eyes reddened, she darted in the direction of the other end of the hallway…

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Looks were exchanged between everyone in the group.

Why was it, every time there was a competition, the ones who got harassed were always Leader and Captain? …

grunt was more than glad to watch the excitement and gave demo a swift kick in his rear end. So, the latter was forced to cringingly lead the way and probe, “L-L-Leader, did you get sexually harassed again?”


demo, the day you learn to watch what you say is the day pigs will fly[1].


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Tong Nian felt unsettled, and incessantly, she dialed his number. It seemed as if he was never going to pick up.

Unexpectedly, she received a WeChat message that came from Gn.

Her heart was pounding madly. Feeling somewhat wounded, somewhat apprehensive, she did not dare read to find out what had happened. But still, unable to restrain herself, she tapped it open.


Gn: Identity card #.

Her: 310110XXXX032070XX


One minute later.

Gn: Dear Miss Tong, your scheduled flight number is CA51XX, the departure time…

Her: 0.0

Gn: If you have nothing to do this weekend, come here.

Her: 0.0 That woman just now…

Gn: A nutcase I ran into.

Her: Oh. 0.0

Gn: Video call.

Her: Oh. 0.0


Very soon, he had sent her a video chat invitation, and dazedly, she accepted it.

As before, the volume was muted. The room that only a few minutes ago had been empty was now crammed full with people, all K&K members. She reckoned that the video call window on his end had been minimized, and no one had noticed that Gun had started a video call.


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Early Saturday morning, she dashed to the airport with luggage in hand, along the way making a phone call to Blueberry to collude their stories to say that she was going away for a commercial singing performance. On the other end of the line, Blueberry exploded as she informed her, “Did you know we’re all going crazy? My hubby’s gone crazy, too. He spent the whole night scrolling through forums and showing me all sorts of buzz and gossip from the fans…”

Who cared about gossip and stuff? Her whole brain was stuffed full with thoughts of “I’m going to Guangzhou, I’m going to Guangzhou!”

After the plane had landed and the taxi had raced to his hotel, it was lunchtime. Gun had told her on the phone to wait in the downstairs main lobby, and very shortly, he was turning the corner and stepping out of the elevator corridor. Following behind him in a group were his team members, all with large duffel bags slung across their backs. Something subtle flashed across everyone’s faces in that instant when they saw Tong Nian.

Because… Everybody turned and looked back.

Close behind the K&K members were several male and female eSports commentators.

The expression on the face of one, in particular, darkened slightly when she saw Gun in the main lobby. Still, the woman calmly looked in that direction, glancing at the young girl not far from him who wore a cute pair of shorts and had a small suitcase beside her…

At that same moment, the little girl also turned and noticed her.

Their two gazes locked.

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Gun was about to tell Su Cheng, who was standing behind him, that he would likely need to go alone to take the kid to have lunch. He had just turned his head, however, and had not even had the time to explain when he discovered the kid suddenly throwing herself onto him.

In that moment when her arms hooked around his neck, he reflexively extended his own arms to hug her legs.

The direct result of this particular position was that both his hands were resting on her…

Consequently, every single person waiting in the hotel lobby to head out—all the players of the seven different teams, the other members of those teams who were not pro gamers, as well as the tournament’s commentators, judges, etc., etc,. etc.—got to be onlookers and saw…

… how, completely out in the view of the public, K&K’s big boss held his little girlfriend like a koala bear against his chest.

Held her against his chest…

That position… Really. Was. So. Sinful…

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[1] 母猪也能上树. A literal translation of this slang saying is “a sow will be able to climb a tree.” It has the same connotation as “pig can fly,” that there is no chance of that happening.

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63 thoughts on “Stewed Squid with Honey (蜜汁炖鱿鱼) — Chapter 33

  1. This is such a cute chapter…. Before Tong Nian could think too much, Gun has already booked her a flight over to see him… Hahaha…. Thank you so much Hoju. Anticipated for this post to the extend been refreshing the site the moment I woke up. Now the anticipation for Saturday to arrive. Have a great day ahead!

    • Kill two birds with one stone.😉 Pacify his girlfriend and then bring her here to warn off all other females that he’s taken. Brilliant move.

      I post at the same time every time.😉 If you catch on to my posting time, you won’t have to keep refreshing.

  2. LOLLLS oh demo!

    Thank you for translating!!! Can’t wait for the next chapter!

  3. Thanks Hoju! This is a treat after a very exhausting day at the Forbidden city.

    • Enjoy China!🙂 You have to let me know after you get back what you used to get over the great firewall, since I know our blog is not accessible from China.

  4. Thanks for the chapter.

    Why does she think cute speak will work on him? I keep cringing in embarrassment every time she tries it.

    I like how he’s putting a bit more effort into the relationship. Though i have to say a bit only. What kind of video call is that where he doesn’t even bother talking to her, just goes about his business?

    The koala’s marking her territory.

    • You’re welcome.🙂

      She’s not thinking anything will work on him. That’s how many of the younger generation communicate via texting or 2D world methods. She is merely messaging him as she would Soy Milk or any of her other friends. Unfortunately, Gun is practically an entire generation older and is not into the latest ways of young people.

      He took her literally. She asked, “Just… to watch and look at you for a little bit, please?” so now, he is satisfying her request. He’s even letting her do it for more than “a little bit.” LOL

      Indeed. MINE!

  5. Smart girl! She new what she was doing when she locked eyes with that female commentator🙂 Claim your man! Send everyone a message to back off her man🙂

    • Or her female instinct of claiming her man overtook her before she even had a chance to think. Either way, I think the purpose was accomplished.😉

  6. Kyaa!!! I’m… gonna…. faint…. Someone catch me.

  7. Hahahaha! One way to prevent being attacked is to bring your girlfriend in as a shield.

    • hahahahah…I totally agree…n also to ward off those unwelcome attentions from desperate women….:P

    • My thoughts exactly! Maybe God Gun is realizing, besides his boyfriend privileges that he has definitely been taking advantage of, there are other benefits to having a gf.😉

  8. She is burning with jealousy!!!
    Girl, he is already yours

  9. “looking at you very normally” – she’s absolutely perfect for him.

    • I KNOW! Can you imagine how aaaawkwaaard this position would be with all those onlookers, especially for God Gun who has always been so cold and detached? 😂😂

  10. TN one step at a time to take Gun out of his comfort zones

  11. I would love to have “Han Shangyan-style of video call” before bed… it’s romantic somehow, at least from my side of view..

    The last scene was epic.. lmao
    Koala style was too hilarious.. bet everyone there got a shock.. hehee

    Is it snowing still?
    It’s been raining so hard for few days here.
    Some of my friends who live in Ohio said that snow was their worst nightmare.

    • LOL. It’s certainly not want Tong Nian had in mind, and for their first video call, maybe he could have did it a little more normally. However, I remember when hubby and I first started dating, Skype and the likes were not common and we did it the good old-fashioned way of… phone calling. He was in another town, so we had our headsets on while we “talked” on the phone. In reality, it was just each of us going about doing our own thing (studying, working on assignments, folding clothes, whatever) while we listened to the other person breathe and only occasionally exchanging a few words. We would do it for hours, often all the way until someone fell asleep. (Fortunately, there had been a special long distance calling package that allowed all-you-can-talk.) So, actually, I don’t find Gun’s thinking all that weird. He’s allowing her to participate a little in his everyday life.

      More than a shock. It’s God Gun for goodness sake! LOL


  12. Can someone explain the koala position to me? I’m having a hard time picturing it. 😅😅😅

    As always thank you, Hoju

    • I forgot to say this
      Doesn’t TN realize that Gn already saw her pjs or house wear stuff already? Wearing a pink dress seems futile

      • Of course she knows that, but that still doesn’t prevent the female instinct of wanting to look her best for the guy she likes from kicking in.😉 And, he hasn’t seen her room yet, which was another cause for panic.

    • Her hands around his neck, her legs around his waist. His hand hold her knee while the other support her waist. Or simply be google “carrying koala”. LOL

      • Pretty close. Definitely google, and you’ll see how koalas carry their young.😉 One minor change:

        “In that moment when her arms hooked around his neck, he reflexively extended his own arms to hug her legs.
        The direct result of this particular position was that both his hands were resting on her…”

        So, imagine this. If her legs are wrapped around his waist and his arms are on top of her legs, hugging them, the most logical way to complete the sentence for “both his hands were resting on her…” would be, *ahem*, “sit bones” (you know, the place that you sit on.) Bahahahaha!

        • Bwahahahaha… I was talking of side carrying because the couple I saw in google like this. But the way you describe it almost like Korean’s obo (back carrying) which I always love n even use in one of my story. LOL

        • Thank you FiYI and hoju😄
          I did google koala holding and I just felt like is this the position? Didn’t seem sinful enough, you know.
          With the explanations, it makes the scene that much better.😄
          Again Thank you

        • Nope, nope, not on the back.

          In front, legs wrapped around his waist, his arms supporting her legs, his hands on her voluptuous behind. Google “koala hug couple” in Google Images and look at the very first picture that comes up. It’s like that, except the guy’s hand is on the girl’s b-u-m. 😉 Sinful enough?

  13. I am excited for the next chapter. Thank you for your hardwork

  14. Thanks for the chapter. Totally hilarious. Female commentator vs koala.

  15. Poor demo, always being thrown into fire😄

    So sinful, sinful~ *wink wink* Hurhurhur~

  16. I was half expecting her to kiss him, so the whole carry seems mild in comparison🙂

    • Haha… You’re bold.😉 Depending on what type of kiss, that could have been more shocking, kind of like a “get a room” moment. The koala carry is potentially even more embarrassing for Gun because it’s held long enough that everyone can get a clear view. Hahahaha

  17. Thank you, Hoju. Yes, they do have a strange mention of communication. Tong Nian cracks me up with her emoticons (or whatever you call them) to the “get-to-the-point” Gun. Speak in human language please. Lol. I really don’t know how to respond to the non-communicating video chat. I guess that’s his way of saying, “okay, you could stay in the room and hang out with me while I do my own thing” but I find it so funny that he doesn’t tell her that but just do it and she’s okay with it. I also liked how he can distract her questioning with just one question and a booked ticket. Lol. Seriously, with two people of totally different personalities and communication styles, somehow their relationship just works. It really does baffle me even though I find them cute.

    • LOL. I find the video call strange more because it’s their first call, but I did something similar before when hubby and I were dating and he was in another town, except we used the phone. (See my reply to Nanamony.) Like you said, it’s kind of a way of giving someone permission to take part in just your mundane, everyday activities. You don’t share that with just anyone, right? Yes, yes, it’s because she was expecting something and all eager, and then he doesn’t tell her and just walks away to do his own thing. That’s just hilarious.

      The differences are what make these two so fun to read about.🙂

  18. Gaaaaaaaaaaah! Gaaaaaaaaaaaah! Gaaaaaaaaah!
    Ok I’ve calm down after that shout.

    Thanks hoju😚!!! Simply the best!

    Ok so now imma sit in the corner wait for saturday to come faster😗

  19. Thanks Soju for the translation, the story is getting better and better each day. Can’t wait for the next chapter…..

  20. I like how Gun accomodates her demands for video calling. I think he took it literally when Tong Nian asking him for video call “to see and watch him” (from the previous post). So he just let her “watch him”. It seems he’s quite comfortable to be just being himself with her…he doesn’t mind being topless and stuff😜😜. Poor guy…still a lot to learn being in a relationship.

    • Exactly!🙂
      Haha, he is certainly not shy about being topless and… not doing up his pants! LOL You know, there was a reason he spent 29 years old his life single.

  21. This. Cliff. Is. Also. Sinful!

    This couple is sooooo cute with their couple’y ways! And that open button thing, i swear gun is just so naturally sexy with his movements. And Tong Nian’s last move was very clever. Thumbs up Tong Nian! Thanks very much Hoju! This is really very nice to read after a work day. 😳😳😳

    • But aren’t they fun? They motivate you to keep reading.😉

      That just shows Gun is very comfortable in his own skin. That confidence oozes sexiness.😉 Of course, his ridiculous good looks help.😉

      Haha… the execution part of her little “greeting” might have been a little different from what she had intended.

      Glad to help brighten a day.🙂

  22. as always thank you for the amazing chapter :3
    let’s the bonding became deeper >.<

  23. I think I’ve said this before but. Darn I was trying so hard to wait until there were a few more chapters so I can binge read a whole bunch a time but I couldn’t resist and read away!!!! Love this story!!! So fun and sweet.

    • Muahahaha. You’ve been pulled over to the dark side. If that’s the case, just join in on the fun with us.🙂 Glad you love it!

  24. Hahahah, way to go TN! Cant stop giggling while reading the koala like part…..waiting for more TN and Gun surprises😁..thanks hoju

    • You just can’t predict what happens with these two, can yoU? Makes it all the more fun… and funny!
      You’re welcome!

      • Yes really unpredictable because of their different personalities I guess….TN is a cutie and is so adorable 😁😉 the things she’s done and has been doing for her love is making me reminisce my university days, then think of what ifs, hahahhahah silly me 😆

  25. Thank you for your translation. Gun and Ton Nian’s chatting is hilarious. Their VDO call is also unique.

  26. She totally reminds me of those fangirls that can stare at their crush/idols do nothing lol!!

    I don’t mind that kind of video call, but I won’t be staring at him throughout lol!!

    And that position??!! I don’t even know what to say *me is speechless*

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