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Stewed Squid with Honey (蜜汁炖鱿鱼) — Chapter 44



Technically, I’m back, but it’s been less than 24 hours since I got home. I’m still jet-lagged and probably swimming in a mountain of 3 weeks worth of laundry, so this update was still auto-posted. You’ll probably see me popping up a few days later. 🙂

All things can be fake with Gun, but there is one thing that’s true… ❤

Chapter 44 – The Great Con Artist (())

All that was to be said had been said.

He stood, his manner sincere and earnest and his expression solemn and respectful as he looked at Tong Nian’s parents.

He seemed as if he was waiting for the final verdict to be passed on him.

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Tong Nian’s mom could not refrain from glancing at the still utterly dumbstruck Tong Nian.

“This child of the Han family truly is someone who is devoted to his love,” she sighed silently.

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Tong Nian’s dad gave a cough. “Even though I don’t really understand how video games can be made into a career… I have heard that you’re doing quite well in it? It’s still an emerging industry. The time and energy you need to invest into it will need to be a little more.” As a man himself, Tong Nian’s father felt that, while he had been moved that this person was willing to give up a career for his daughter, without a career, how could a man even talk about being able to provide security or having self-confidence?

This boy did in fact have a charisma about him.

Of course, this was from a man’s viewpoint. Tong Nian’s dad coughed again. “But, I would like to ask, where primarily are your future plans to develop your business? I heard your company’s head office is in the United States?”

“China.” Gun’s answer came quickly and without hesitation. “Please be assured of that. I will always be based here in the country.”

That was good, then.

A look passed between Tong Nian’s parents.

Tong Nian’s mother heaved a slow sigh. “Nian Nian’s still young. The two of you just date first. And don’t talk about stuff like ‘together for a lifetime.’ When kids are in a relationship, they shouldn’t have so much pressure on them. In regards to the future… do as you two see fit. Freedom to love as you choose, right?”

Tong Nian (⊙o⊙)… What just happened? …

The atmosphere in the living room lightened up.

She still sat there stupidly, remembering only that Gun had told her not to speak and only allowed her to nod. Hence, while her dearest father was learning about the gaming industry from him and her dearest mother had risen to pour some tea, she could only sit on the sofa, her big eyes blinking and blinking…

Ten minutes later, the meaning of her parent’s suggestion was that the two of them could go upstairs and have a discussion alone.

The rest, they would not interfere with.

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Tong Nian nodded, still not saying anything. Woodenly, she led him upstairs.

Gun followed behind her, walking one step at a time up the stairs, and after waiting for her to push open that white door, he stepped inside the room with her. The first thing he did once he had closed the door behind him was to unbutton the collar of his shirt.

His blazer came off. Then, his eyes circled the room.

He could not help arching his brow.

Just like those boxes that held the goodies he had bought this morning, the furniture items and decorations in the room were all in those colours that young girls tended to prefer. If you stayed for long in this sort of place… wouldn’t your eyes hurt?

“Your parents… do they especially dote on you?” he asked offhandedly.

“Mm-hmm.” She felt a little embarrassed… and moved the huge dolls that were on the sofa all onto the bed. “My mom was thirty-six before she got pregnant with me, and apparently, the birth was particularly difficult…”

This was the first time they had ever talked about this kind of topic?

Gun was silent.

He was now nothing at all like the person who, earlier on downstairs, had spoken with confidence and conviction.

She was a little hesitant. “May I ask questions now?”

“Say them.” He tossed his blazer onto the sofa and sat down.

“You really saw me two years ago?”

“No, that was made up.”

“Then… in Guangzhou…”

“That was made up.”

“Then…”—Tong Nian pressed her lips together briefly—“during the Lunar New Year’s Eve dinner, you said it was because of Little Bai that you wanted me to go along with everything and act as your girlfriend…”

“Also made up.” To her, he was completely honest. “The situation that night was special.”

If he had not admitted that they were together, based on Little Bai’s words, it could very well have evolved into a piece of gossip where a grown man had toyed with a young girl’s feelings and moreover, had left her after he had finished dallying with her but was not even willing to admit to it…

Tong Nian was mystified. What kind of situation had it been?

Shrugging, Gun gave up trying to explain.

“Then…” She seemed to have no questions left to ask.

Her eyes drifted and drifted around, and her mind was in an utter mess.

Why did it feel like… everything was fake? …

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Seeing that the kid’s eyes were beginning to float away evasively, he assessed that she was already starting to read too much into things. Wordlessly, he beckoned to her with a wave. Tong Nian dragged her feet over… In fact, she only had one key thing, one sentence she wanted to ask: just now, out of all those words he had spoken, was the very last sentence—the one about shouldering responsibility—true? All the other stuff, she didn’t care about at all…

Grasping ahold of her, he tugged. Forcefully.

He wrapped the person who had fallen against his chest into his embrace, his hands folded together behind her back, holding her tight.

It doesn’t matter how much of a celebrity halo there seems to be about me—that’s not what’s real.

Besides you, this man named Han Shangyan has nothing. He’s empty-handed and alone.

That is the truth.

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She could feel his breath at her collarbone.

A little tickly.

Based on her gut feeling, Tong Nian kept having a sense that today, from the anime expo to the club gaming house to now, there was something about his mood that was… not quite right. Her ability to discern things in this regard had never been strong or sensitive. Consequently, during high school and university, she had always been the target of alienation by her classmates…

As she thought of this, she crouched down and docilely laid her head on his lap. Turning her head so that she looked up into his eyes, she told him, “Han Shangyan… I’m not very good with words. I used to always somehow offend my friends and classmates…”

He gazed directly at her, indicating that she should carry on with what she was saying.

“It wouldn’t be because of me that you’re unhappy, would it?”

What kind of crazy nonsense was she thinking?

He chuckled.

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Phew. That was good. If he could laugh, then things were okay.

“If you really aren’t happy about it, I won’t hold autograph signing events anymore.”

Autograph signing? He had completely forgotten about that whole thing.

“I know that some of the comments on Weibo… Those homebody-type guys really cross the line with some of the things they say…” Things like “hawt, loooooong legs,” “ride the squidie,” and so on… Every time she saw one, she would blacklist that person, but it was still quite possible he had seen some.


He had actually never looked at any of the comments on her Weibo. Were they really over the line?

With the thing that Weibo was, he had only used it once, then logged off straightaway and never logged on since.

Now that they had mentioned it, he did find it rather weird. With that sort of thing, the people on there were all people that you didn’t know. What was even the point of browsing around and refreshing away on it every day? You would post something, but those other people didn’t know you and you didn’t know those people who left comments. What was there to talk about?

And plus, there were quite a few who would post ads in the comments?

And there were a lot of comments along the lines of “Lonely young woman, sleepless late into the night. Click here and let’s chat” …

Such a foul atmosphere on there.

However, although he had a bit (?) of a machismo attitude, fortunately, he was someone who respected each person’s little uncommon hobbies. Since she was a songstress (?), she had to use Weibo to release her songs and other stuff (?). Well, then, he was fine with it.

“With comments, you can’t decline them?” He thought of this point so offhandedly posed the question.

“You can disable them.” Finally hearing his feedback, she immediately began to wag her tail. “I’ll disable them.”

Disabling them was a pretty good idea.

He could be considered to have accepted this proposal.

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Gun cast a glance at the Winnie the Pooh clock on the wall and felt that it was about time. It was his first time here, and it would be inappropriate if he stayed too long in her bedroom. He still needed to consider proper etiquette.

“You need to go now?” She murmured the question.

He turned his gaze back.

Those small lips were red and pouted slightly, looking somewhat… disappointed.

Seeing into her little thoughts, he asked in a low voice, “Can’t bear to see me go?”

She gave a practically inaudible “mm.”

“What should we do then?” He pinched her chin between his fingers, lifted it, leaned in close… and gently took those little lips between his teeth. “Let’s do this. When I get back, I’ll give you a video call.”

Her entire body had heated up from his biting as she continued to “mm” in answer.

“But I need to shower first. What should we do?” He caressed his tongue over her lips. “Would you like to watch me shower?”


“I could wear some necessary items if… you really want to watch.”

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75 thoughts on “Stewed Squid with Honey (蜜汁炖鱿鱼) — Chapter 44

  1. Welcome back! Thanks for keeping the postings going while you were gone, it was very nice.

  2. Oh dear Gun, you’re always teasing Tong Nian! And um. . . Imagining the shower video call made my mind explode. I mean the way he just removes clothes is already sexy and. . . Nuff said, im just digging myself a deeper hole. Thanks as always Hoju!

    • The guy doesn’t get a lot of time off to begin with, so he’s just slipping in some amusement. And teasing his own girlfriend is so fun.

      You’re not supposed to imagine… Or at least, not supposed to state that you’re imagining it. (We’re all doing it, but shhhh…) That’s reserved for Tong Nian. 😉

      You’re welcome.

  3. When one statement make your brain going haywire. Now it’s me going to the shower.
    Welcome back, hoju….
    Have a good rest. We’ll see you then. I’m still recuperating myself from all that traumatic experience happen this week. Aagghh.
    I wish they can vote for GUN instead. *le sigh*.
    Only 7 chapters left.

    • Are you inviting an audience like Gun?! 😳😂😂

      I’m sure you wouldn’t want Gun to run your country. The man would be berating his subordinates every day and sending them out to run laps around the Pentagon as punishment.

      Thank you. 🙂

  4. Thanks for the update and am I first?

  5. Welcome back Hoju. Hope you had a great holiday. Thank you for the lovely chapter… Another step progressed for the OTP 😍

  6. Yay you are back!
    This couple making me squeal! Beside her he is empty handed n alone, I totally love it!

    • Back. 🙂 Although I wish i was still vacationing…

      Deep inside, the guy was lonely and even gaming couldn’t fill that void… He’s finally found someone who won’t leave him, even with his terrible temper.

  7. 🙈Lol! Glad you are back safely and thanks for the post!

  8. An an accurate title

  9. “Would you like to watch me shower?”

    “Kyaaaaaaa~~~~~” XD!!!!

  10. Well… technically it is not necessary Han Shangyan… justlet it bare 😍

    • Ahem. Ladies, ladies, you girls are acting a little too eager, here. LOL

      • What hoju? #blinking eyes innocently…
        If you go to shower, isn’t it too inconvenient to wear any necessary items? Just let it bare la~~~
        #eyes still innocent
        I just want the best la~~~~
        Just recommended ~~~
        Just recommended la~~~
        Bare, bare ah~~~

        • All those Olympic swimmers and divers must have been terribly inconvenienced during the games when they showered after their competitions this year. *innocent eyes* as well LOL

          • Why inconvenient hoju??
            They have to shower hoju~~~~
            MUST clean~~ clean is everything~~~
            Clean carefully la~~~
            For more convenience do the things i suggested above~~~

            Health is everything~~~ #innocent eyes with puppy sparkling eyes

          • The athletes often did a quick immediately after their dive, etc, in their bathing suits, once they came out of the pool. I saw tons of them on TV. They might have went back to their own rooms and taken a more private, “convenient” shower, but for all the TV Olympics viewers, they wore that necessary item. 😉

          • Sighhh unfortunately i never see it… even with necessary items… should i see it? #blink blink

  11. Watch him shower?? He’s toying with her right?! Right?!

  12. Beahahahahahahaah!!! Gun!!!!! He is such a perv=_=

    Thanks hoju!!! Welcome back!!

  13. Ha ha, now…now!!! Gun is getting bolder now that he got her parents blessing😉😉. “Would you like to watch me shower?”. Welcome back hoju! The chapters seem not complete without your answers to all our comments. I enjoyed reading them as much as the novel❤️❤️

    • I don’t think Gun needed anyone’s blessing to be emboldened. I think he’s just enjoying teasing his little girlfriend more and more…

      Thank you. 🙂 Wow, someone who reads through all my comments. Glad you enjoy them. 🙂

  14. Welcome back Hoju..:D

    Gun is such a tease..:P

  15. Aww so cute. Gun is really showing his romantic side with all those sentences he is thinking . I wish he would say these to TN. Hoju thanks for the translations and hope you recover sooon from jet lag

    • Although I think it’s terribly lovely, I really don’t think Gun has a romantic bone in his body. I think it’s a sense of loneliness he’s been feeling in the last decade (since he left Solo) and a genuine desire for love that he didn’t even know about prior and had been trying to fill using gaming. With Tong Nian, he has found that love, that person who will accept him, terrible temper and all, and won’t leave him, and that’s where he finds belonging. The accolades, the trophies, even K&K, did not fill that void he once had in his heart, only Tong Nian has, and that is why, without her, he is empty-handed and alone. 🙂

      You’re welcome! And yes, please! I want to recover soon from jet lag, too. :p

  16. Thank you so much!
    Love the way Gn being so sweet to his beloved TN but he is such a naughty teaser at the same time 🙂

    • Sweet, in a Gun sort of way. Haha. Actually, considering how he treats other people, he is really sweet to Tong Nian. His sweetness is not necessarily in what he says or how warm-fuzzy his actions end up being, but that he tries so hard to be patient (which is a HUGE challenge to him… LOL), considers things from her perspective, and actually puts in an effort to just be a boyfriend. LOL at his lack of experience… I giggle just thinking about him awkwardly carrying a bunch of pastel boxes filled with goodies to try to appease Tong Nian.

      As for the tease part, that comes naturally to him. 😉

  17. Thank you for the update

  18. welcome back!!
    as always thank you for the amazing chapter :3
    han shanyang so smexy >.<

  19. at first, i came here to read Boss & Me but i somehow found out “Best to have met you” and loved it. I finished it within two days. And i started hunting for new cute light romance one and found “Really, really miss you”. and i also finished it in three days. i read RRMY cos of ur introduction and i admire ur work. after finished RRMY, i found this but i wonder should i start reading or not cos it is still on going but i appreciate all ur efforts and thanks for translation. Your works are always amazing.

    • hope you don’t mind, i would recommend you read this after its finished so you can read it all in one sitting. in the mean time you can read beautiful bones and together forever, all by same author and translated by hoju!

      I just started reading c novels in september so i totally get you! hehehe. have fun!

      • Welcome, as well. 🙂 I think your firs comment here happened when I was on vacation, so please forgive me for the belated welcome to our little blog. 🙂 (I see you have perused through some of the other novels on here already.)

      • Thank you for reply. I have decided to start reading this one. And i start falling in love with every novels. And thanks for welcoming to ur world too. 😊😊

    • Welcome. 🙂

      Ah, be still, my heart. RRMY ❤

      It all depends. 🙂 I will never turn down a reader, so of course I'd be happy if you hopped on in and joined us now. 🙂 You can join in on the fun of live commenting and being teased by God Gun. Of course, I understand it's hard to wait for updates. I update on a schedule, and this story is on schedule to be completed in 2.5 weeks, so if won't be a long wait to be able to read it all in one go. In the meantime, as bunny suggested, there are the other two I've translated, One Life, One Incarnation: Beautiful Bones and Together Forever, although they are not fluff and cute but are definitely sweet and touching with happy endings. Peanut's translations of Wipe Clean, Humble Servant, and of course, Shan Shan are fluffy and cute and completely translated, as well. So you have lots of choice. 🙂

      Thank you for dropping by with a comment. Hope to see you around more, maybe here, maybe in another story. 🙂

      • I am going to stick around in ur novel land. And all ur works are amazing. May i ask chinese is ur first language? Thanks for giving me long reply and also suggestions. I am going to read this starting tonight and let me also say that i love ur replies. Without ur replies, ur translations wont be complete. 😊😊 Thanks for all your hard work.

        • Of course. My novel land is always open to everyone. 🙂

          English is my first language, but I have spoken Cantonese all my life and am fluent in it. My written Chinese and was self-taught out of personal interest.

          Haha. Thank you for taking time to read my replies. It’s nice to know I’m not talking to myself. 🙂

  20. 😎 gun is a BOSS.

  21. Swear….***almost blood splattering on pc**** ha ha ha ha…the last sentence is so….thanks for the updates…

    • My first instinct is to help you wipe off your PC, then ask you, why not a Mac? 😂

      You have to learn that, with God Gun around, you need to always keep a box of tissues on hand. Red Cross will get mad at me if I keep calling them. 😉

      You’re welcome!

  22. Welcome back hoju! 😙

    Thanks for the update….naughty con man gun 😍

    • Thank you! 🙂

      And, of course, you’re welcome. You ladies seem to be quite enjoying Gun’s offers to remove clothing or walk around without a belt or waistband done up… (Actually, he sometimes doesn’t even offer. He just does it.) LOL

  23. bwahahaha…what a tease

  24. whoa! where did this guy come from.
    part of me still thinks he did not just make it up.
    welcome back hoju! thanks!

    • *sigh* Unfortunately, this guy only exists in novel-land.

      Alas, I will have to tell that part of you, sorry, he did make it all up. He is Con Man, after all.

      Thank you!

  25. Welcome back!
    I so want to see that shower scene…
    Pretty sure is mere teasing, but it’s fun to imagine TN all embarrassed.
    After this chapter I’m starting to understand Gun a bit more, I think.

    • 😮 All shower scenes are censored and for Tong Nian’s viewing pleasure only. 😉

      The poor girl can barely stand the suggestion; I think she would die from the live show.

      When it comes down to it, he is a man whose dreams were rejected by the people around him, and alone, he tried to forge his way, to bring that gaming dream into reality. He found acceptance and people with a common dream, but those bonds he formed felt like they fell apart ten years ago when his team disbanded. And so, he felt alone again for ten years. He tried to fill the void, tried to re-form a team, tried to busy himself and feel less lonely through gaming, but ultimately, the void was due to lack of love and relationships. Tong Nian’s simple, innocent, and unconditional acceptance of him—all his achievements, all his glory, all his history, his impatience, his temper—has filled that void. And that is why, without her, he is empty-handed and alone.

  26. “Besides you, this man named Han Shangyan has nothing.” Aw, that was so sweet ❤
    Thanks a lot, hoju~

  27. Hi Hoju! I was following this novel very closely and just wanted to say ‘Hi’ to you and ‘Thank you’ with all my heart. ❤

  28. Thank you for the chapter~

  29. Gun is my type. Thats it. T T

  30. Yi chen? Gun? Yi chen? Gun?
    I cant fall for virtual people though…

  31. reading the comments it was way back 2016. I’m a new reader here because it is made into drama and thanks a lot for translating this to English! I can’ t wait for the complete episodes in the drama version that’s why I’m here and I’m realllly enjoying it!!

  32. Oh my gosh, I am imagining Li Xian acting like this in the drama version. Oh gosh. Imagine if this scenes are included in the drama. IM GONNA FAINT

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