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Stewed Squid with Honey (蜜汁炖鱿鱼) — Chapter 36



Though he didn’t directly grant her birthday wish, in his mind, he is already thinking about how he can fulfill it… ❤

Chapter 36 – Miss You o(**)o

Almost one in the morning.

She finally left his room and returned to her own.

Actually, it was on the same floor as his and was also an executive suite with separate living area and bedroom. All alone, she washed up and, in her pajamas, slipped under the covers, feeling that the room was extremely cold and cheerless. Tossing and turning until past three o’clock but still unable to fall asleep, she piteously pulled out her mobile phone and sent him a WeChat message.

Her: Meow.

Gun: ……

Her: I miss you.

Gun: Come over if you want.

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So awesome!

Hopping out of bed, she picked up her room key card and raced out, not even bringing her phone along. By the time she dashed up to his doorway, she discovered that the door was already open. The room inside, however, was dark, without any lights turned on. Somewhat uncertain, she moved in closer and peeked inside. Only the dim moonlight glowed in the living room. A tall figure stepped out, tossed his mobile phone onto the sofa, and happened to see her.

Within the darkness, he gestured to her to come.

Happily, she ran in, and when she saw him stretch out his open arms as if indicating she should do something, she immediately understood. With a whoosh, she leapt up onto him.

A pair of strong arms held her up, supported her.

In the lobby during the daytime, the position had left people feeling awkward and embarrassed, but now in this moment, this same sort of embrace… Self-consciously, she hugged his neck and breathed lightly, feeling her earlobe being nibbled on.

“Be good. You take the lead.”

His voice was intentionally lowered, guiding her subtly.


Wordlessly, she closed her eyes.

Amid the deafening sound of her beating heart, she slowly began to search, trailing across his face, then chin, before moving back up slightly higher.

Finally, she brushed against it.

With her enfolded in his arms, Gun intermittently responded to these kisses of hers, which could not be considered very skillful, while, in passing, walking to the door and shutting it with his foot. Then, in the black of the night, he pressed her up tightly against the wall…

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Before the sky lightened, he set her down on the bed. Stretching his somewhat sore arms, he lay down as well and leaned against the headboard.

Wanting to be close and cuddly with him, the kid crawled up and snuggled herself tight against him. “You’re not sleepy?”

Unconcernedly, he answered, “Once it’s past three, I won’t be able to fall asleep and need to make up my sleep during the day.”

Such a strange habit.

He offhandedly opened up his Texas Hold’Em and started a game. “Your birthday was on the twentieth?”

Not understanding the intention behind his question, she merely looked at him.

“Still haven’t eaten enough tofu? Why do you keep looking at me?” he asked indolently.

It was obvious you were the one who was doing all the eating…

She mumbled in a small voice, “That was the day we broke up… so I wasn’t really in the mood and didn’t celebrate it.”

“Oh, broke up.” The computer dealt out the cards. He glanced at his hand. Not bad. He probably was going to win. “Do you have any birthday wishes?”

“Huh?” She was surprised. “It has passed already, but I can still ask for something?”

“Yes, anything you want.” In the darkness, he let out a rather wickedly evocative laugh. “Even for the person and his body.”

Why was he always being naughty and suggestive? …

Blushing, she contemplated for a lengthy while. On hands and knees, she crawled over onto his lap, sprawling herself on him to speak softly into his ear. “I want… to never break up. Is that okay?” In just this short period when he had come here to Guangzhou, she had missed him to the point that her heart ached. The thought of the two words, “break up,” would cause her to feel as if piece after her piece of her heart was sinking downwards. Simply thinking about it brought her pain.

Gun had thought she would ask him to take some time off to spend with her. He completely did not expect that it would be such an answer.

The balcony door was wide open to air out the smells of cigarette smoke, food, and other various odours. Noticing that her hands felt chilled, he pulled the track jacket he had tossed on the bedside table over and with it, covered up her pajamas, which had come undone. He did not provide any answer.

Those feelings of not wanting to part from someone, he had also experienced before. It was as if you wanted to freeze all time and halt everything in this second. There was no past, and the future was unseen. To forever remain here, in the present, when the relationship and all feelings were the most firm and stable, in this period where they were most healthily dependent on one another.

In the deep hours of such a night, only two people were in this room that had a breeze wafting through it.

And unexplainably, there was a sense of closeness from being dependent upon one another.

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Tong Nian waited and waited until gradually, she became a little fearful.

Why wasn’t he saying anything?

After a long silence, he hesitated. “It’s a little too fast.”



What was too fast?

“You’re very anxious?” He began to raise the bets in his game, and several players around the table chose to fold.


Anxious about what?

“It’s only the”—he glanced at the date on his mobile phone—“third day since our relationship was made official?”

Huh? From Saturday to Monday? That seemed right…


“We’ll discuss that later.” He pondered. It seemed nineteen years old was not within China’s legal age of marriage[1]. Just three day and then he was paying a visit to her home to request that the little girl change her nationality and marry him? There was a one hundred percent chance her parents would hack him to death. “Think of another wish.”

At minimum… how long should he wait?

The concept of this particular duration gave Gun a slight headache. Deciding to just call an “all-in,” he tossed all the chips he had into the pot.

He lost…

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Tong Nian clung to his arm in a daze, her brain all the while unable to process, and that teeny bit of mood she had worked herself up to was also cancelled out by bewilderment. She did not know at all that her first ever “marriage proposal (?)” had, just like that, been postponed for later discussion…


* * * * *

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The following morning.

The K&K team members were having breakfast buffet on the tenth floor. Dt returned with only a glass of orange juice and a plate of vegetable salad. The group occupied an entire table, and right then, 97 was spreading jam on his slice of bread while sighing, “Given how fit Leader is physically, I’m guessing he was like a machine gun.” His last two words, “machine gun” were said in English.

Some instantly understood, others still stared blankly.

What’d that mean?

grunt wore a wicked smirk. “Do you know what game Leader used to play? For the rest, go ask Captain.”

“CS…” The few young boys who had not comprehended turned and looked together at Dt. “What is ‘machine gun’?” they asked, repeating those English words. “Captain?”

Void of any expression on his face, Dt cast a glance at them and stated the Chinese term for machine gun. “The type of gun that can fire a hundred bullets in succession without needing to reload.”

97 grinningly added, “In CS, this weapon has the longest continuous attack. It’s not like other guns that will be out of ammo after ten or twenty rounds, and then you have to stop and reload before you can continue again.”

Oh… a little popular science lesson.

Those several young boys carried on, burying their heads and eating their breakfast.

They ate and ate and ate and ate… Suddenly, one by one, their heads snapped back up. I get it!

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[1] Legal age of marriage in China is 22 for men and 20 for women.

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71 thoughts on “Stewed Squid with Honey (蜜汁炖鱿鱼) — Chapter 36

  1. So perveted!!(@_@;)

    I never knew about that law, that’s very interesting! As alyways their miscommunications continue to amuse (*´・v・)

  2. What?? Is it about dirty thing or purely game??
    So many ambiguity la!
    Can not be comprehend la!
    Need help la!

    • You mean, what the K&K boys said at the end? It’s not purely about gaming, and yes, it could probably be considered dirty. The clue is “Given how fit Leader is PHYSICALLY, I’m guessing he was like a machine gun.” So, what might Gun do at night where being physically fit would be an asset? 😉 And then, during that “activity,” Gun is able to “fire away” and “attack continuously” without needing to “stop and reload.”

      Got it?

  3. Cute way of communication. Thank you Hoju for the lovely chapter 😘 have a great week ahead

    • Or maybe more accurately, cute miscommunication? 😉
      You’re welcome! Crazy week this week, getting ready to go away. I’ll be happy once I’m done packing and on the plane. Hope your week is nice as well. 🙂

  4. This is one of the very few issues I have with some of the novels you guys translate, the female leads tend to give away their first time pretty quickly. I understand they love their male waifus, but I can’t help thinking (too fast) not to mention the atmosphere was not there.

    • ??
      Tong Nian hasn’t given away her first time here (although given that a couple hours passed, I’m sure they weren’t just standing there talking in the dark).

      I can’t speak for all the translations on the blog, so I’ll just address my own. Gu Sheng’s first time was after she and Toupai were married. Shi Yi’s first time was two months after she and Zhousheng Chen were legally married, although, I guess you can say their marriage was awfully fast (but she had loved him for two lifetimes already). Tong Yan, I guess that might be faster than expected. They had been dating for two months, but she was still in school and his student. It happened in a moment where emotions, not passion, overwhelmed both.

  5. My family is looking at me like i am crazy because i am LMAO at the team.

  6. Wow, Gun actually thinking of marriage…yes indeed…they’re going too fast…😜😜😜. 97 and Grunt have a wild imagination…😧😧

    • Thinking in his mind still, although that shows that he is serious about his relationship. He is, after all, nearly thirty, and wouldn’t waste his time on something that he’s not serious about. 😉

      In real life, I had several people in their late twenties who started a relationship, and within weeks, they were telling me that they were sure this was “the one.” Doesn’t mean they proposed right away, but there was a certainty in their minds. Now, if they’re telling me only after a few weeks, they must have internally thought that much earlier on. At a certain maturity level, you don’t need to go through the months of trial and error because you know what you are looking for. Now, if he was telling Tong Nian to get married, I’d call him out for being too fast. 😉 In fact, he’s considering what is an appropriate duration (“At minimum… how long should he wait?”) so he knows that he needs to wait and give his much younger girlfriend some time to process.

      Haha… their life is all just gaming and training, so those guys have to find some way to amuse themselves, right?

  7. Pffft!! *Cough cough* Ahem…

  8. You know if this novel only based on Gun n TN without anyone else like Dt, 97, Grunt n the rest of the team. Then this novel will b pretty flat but the team make it hilarious with their over strung perverted imagination. 😛

    Uhmm!!..thank you Hoju very much..interesting fact about marriage ages both for males n females in China. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

    • I have a personal preference for non-angsty, uneventful development of relationships. The “magic” is in finding the sweetness, or amusement, or hilarity in the mundane things. Their different channels and amusing miscommunication, the speculation by the people around them, the funny commentary, is what makes this book fun. 🙂 So, yes, I agree.

      You’re welcome. 🙂 LOL. Learn a new thing with every c-novel. 😉 Feel free to come back for your next lesson.

  9. Omo omo he is already thinking abt the marriage!the pic is so much like them😱…

  10. Thanks for the chapter. Laughing my head off at the misunderstandings. Gun is thinking of marriage already? Wow. Hoju, you made my laugh. What a cute couple.

    • You’re welcome! Yes, it took a while for him to come around, but once he realized his feelings, he’s serious. ❤ LOL. Glad to bring you a chuckle. 🙂 I'd love to take all the credit, but it's the K&K boys, Tong Nian and Gun's misaligned thought waves, and of course, the author.

  11. Reply for your comment on previous chap :
    For this kind of “slow pace” book the pervy me would take whatever kisses this book gave me…

    Ooooohhhhh…. they thinking of marriage already? Lolololol
    Seriously these two are just too cute..

    • If you think this is slow pace, then you should try Beautiful Bones (although completely different type of story).

      Just Gun is thinking about it. Tong Nian is still young ,and while she’s not any less serious, it’s not something that has crossed her mind yet. She’s probably still caught up in having “caught” the guy.

      Adorbs they are.

  12. mwahaha mwahaha mwahsha! I almost choked on my drink! NeVeR EVER READ The latter part when the boys talking bout “Machine Gun”!!!!!!!!!!! omoo, boys wil be boys..pfftttt.Anyway, whoah..totally give me a jaw drop at the rate that tn and gun are going. Ut’s only been three day, and i guess they”re already pass thru several bases, lmao..

    oh, gun even has the slightest tought to marry her! wow just wow!i remember that gun pov from earlier chapter, that if it’s not TN, no one will do!Si teah, i realky like this development that gun is also as invested as much TN in this relationship. Thst”s just gimme a warm feeling 😄😆

    By the way, thank you for the translation hoju, and gave a wonderful weekend ^^

    • Gaaah, pardon for all the typos i made! I blame my greedy fingers and hysterical reaction,lmao 😁😁

    • No worries. I understood exactly what you meant, between your laughter. LOL

      Yes, yes. 🙂 Gun hadn’t been in a relationship before, never interested, but once he tried and figured out that she was the one and only one he wanted, the thought is already in his mind of officially spending the rest of his life with her. Just in his mind, though. He has to let “his kid” adjust to the idea and still has to win over her parents. 😉

      You’re very welcome! I’m glad it contributed to a great weekend for you. 🙂

  13. Awww. Overload of cuteness! Thank you for the chapter

    • This couple tends to do that to you. If they aren’t making you laugh at their crazy misunderstandings, they’re making you giggle at the cuteness. 🙂 You’re welcome!

  14. Well, he /has/ met her parents…

  15. Thanks for this amazing translation! You just made my day. :))) Love how Gun’s innuendos just go over TN’s head. Haha.

    I’m a little bit curious tho. Who was he referring to when he said that he experienced the same feeling of not parting with someone? O__O Was there anything I missed?

    Anyhoo, thanks again!! 😀

    • I think it was the time when he was still actively playing with solo and appledog….

    • LOL. We had the privilege of reading Gun’s thoughts. In Tong Nian’s ears, after she asked for “never break up,” his response was, “You’re very anxious? It’s only the third day since our relationship was made official. We’ll discuss that later.” Kind of random and quite a jump away from her train of thought. Hehe…

      Yes, as Jane said, he’s referring to his old teammates, Team Solo. Gun’s never been in a romantic relationship before. His love, prior to Tong Nian, was for eSports only, and he never got the support from his family. He first ever felt a sense of belonging in Team Solo, when they battled shoulder to shoulder on the gaming field. “That sense of belonging from being needed, being desired, as well as being the one in whom hope had been placed—this had once only existed for him between those teammates of a squad from his distant past. The more intense these feelings were, the more painful the feeling of loss that followed was. He had no profound experience in regards to love and romance, but he had amply experienced the connections and relationships that occur between people…” (chapter 31)

      You’re welcome!

  16. They passed on the wall for two hours. Actually what did they just do? Curious..

    • Well, her pajamas were undone *coughcough*

    • I don’t think it was 2 hrs lol as they were in their own rooms from 1-3 and she left her room after 3…. quite confusing😒

      • I think it is about 2 hrs or something bcs it said TN go to Gun’s room at 3 and then they and ending their panda position and wall make out session after sun almost rise?!?! LOL

        • Panda position? LOL. They went from being koalas to pandas.

          I know this is Gun’s first romance and everything, but I suspect that he does know he can move around the room and doesn’t have to stay in the same spot or position they started their kiss in. Otherwise, what a waste of an entire suite. 😉 Arms can get sore for other reasons… LOL. (Don’t let your imagination go wild with that statement.)

      • Timeline:
        – returned to room before 1:00 am
        – tossed and turned until nearly 3:00; WeChat and went to his room
        – snuggling
        – on the bed for talking “before the sky had lightened.” They broke-up on March 20, her birthday. According to my friend, Google, sunrise in Guangzhou at the end of March is around 6:30 a.m., so given that the sky can lighten quite a bit before sunrise, 2 hours of “doing stuff” is a pretty good approximation. (Yup, I’m a bit obsessed with times and numbers. Call me Zhousheng Chen.)

    • He had the entire suite to move around… heck, even the balcony. 😂 Um… they talked about the meaning of life? LOL, they cuddled and snuggled like two young people who have just discovered love and are exploring the relationship.

  17. very sweet, very cute, and very funny XD
    wonder what DT is thinking since he sees the situation, understands the situation, and the viewpoint of most people of this story
    lol machine gun

    • Dt cares only about appledog. Everything else, he doesn’t bother himself with if it doesn’t concern him. 😉

      ❤ You're welcome!

  18. wow, what a drastic change, starting with slow start of their relationship and it’s now at lightning speed…but done so naturally. I’m so going to marathon this when its finished.

    • Gun needed some time to figure out that he indeed have feelings for the kid. Once he figured that out, why waste time? :p
      I love novel marathons. ❤

  19. When I tried to open this from index page, it didn’t work ah ah ah😭😭😭.
    Thank God for the “next post” button.

    They kissed for two hours, just that?…. Such a chaste relationship… lmaoooo. Excuse this perverted girl for hoping more “ehem” since those lines above pointed to another possibility.

    “It was obvious you were the one who was doing all the eating…”
    “The balcony door was wide open to air out the smells of cigarette smoke, food, and other various odours.”

    and Hello panda carrying, meet again.

    • Haha. It’s because I’m slow and don’t update the Index right away. Usually, I schedule the post to go live at certain time so I post at a consistent time every time, and I come back later to update the index. You can always just go into the main page and not into the index. You will see the post right on top. 🙂

      I’m sure the kissing was more than pecks on the cheeks and lips to justify the description, “eating tofu.” 😉
      Odours from a huge group of guys… like aftershave, deodorant, candy, beer!!!! LOL.

      More pandas? How did koalas evolve into pandas? Hahaha. Although I personally like pandas more.

  20. these two…what a fast development
    haha probably their one and only chance discussing their leader like this

    • Nah, those boys love discussing their leader. It’s one of their favourite pastimes, especially since Sister-In-Law came into existence. It’s just that they always do it behind his back.

  21. I’ll be damned! ❤ ❤ ❤

  22. Finally read it.
    KK boy are so funny…
    I just find such a big unbalance brought up by the age difference and TN innocence. I mean it makes for a lot of funny and awkward moments , but I keep feeling a bit like TN parents while watching this relationship unfold . Yet I love Gun to pieces

    • No rush. The post will be here waiting for you. 🙂

      On the outside, where you line up their interests, age, social circles, etc. they are not a match at all. But remember what Gun said? There is no need for her to try to learn all these things because that’s not the reason why he likes her. I think, Gun has spent ten years in loneliness and even prior to that, rejection from his family. His heart needs something warm, a place to belong. Tong Nian’s innocence is what he needs. After feeling he’s had to prove himself to his family, after having lost something once very important to him (his former team), after being admired only for his achievements, Tong Nian’s simple devotion to him is what touches his heart. Yes, she liked him for his face initially, but she has genuinely tried to know him and accept everything about him, his bad temper included. Her innocence and naivety can be awkward, but it also translates to a wholehearted, unblemished devotion and loyalty to him. Those are way more important to him than all the other things, and that is why he can have patience with her, because she is genuine to him.

  23. As always, sweetness overload for these lovebirds…they are really fast 😎😍😜dt, 97, demo, grunt and the team members are so hilarious….im so literally laughing out loud right now….😅 hahhahaha

    Thanks hoju 😍😗😙

    • LOL. First they’re slow, now they’re fast. 😉 Hehe, I do get what you mean.
      Gosh, the team gives me some of my favourite moments. Hahaha

      You’re welcome!

  24. ……and I’ve caught up lol!!

    True they are moving pretty fast, and there’s no.way her parents would want to marry her off not when they were so happy about the ‘break up’.

    • Congrats! Now you get to hang out with us and wait for updates. 🙂

      Yes, he still has to “pass” her parents… and that will happen eventually.

      I’ll apologize here for not replying to all of your individual comments in the other chapters. I usually try to do that, but I’m heading off on vacation in a day, and I still have a ton of packing to do. Thanks for leaving all your thoughts. I do love reading all my readers’ comments. ❤

  25. He took it is as a marriage proposal hehehe ❤
    Thank you, hoju~

  26. I figured he was saying that the leader was super fast, not that he had a lot of stamina 😉

    • “This weapon has the *longest* continuous attack.” Definitely has something to do with stamina.

      • Oh I know. I figured it out after he started explaining it, but, for me, you say machine gun, I think fast. Also, mocking other men’s prowess is a pretty standard thing to do 😉

        • Except they’re talking about Gun. They can joke about what he does but aside from Dt and maybe grunt, nobody would dare put down leader’s prowess. 😁

  27. I’m ashamed to admit that I immediately got it with just the word ‘Machine Gun’, lmao!!~

  28. Thank you for the chapter~

  29. MOMOL moments. Make out make out la! . Lurve it!

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