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Stewed Squid with Honey (蜜汁炖鱿鱼) — Chapter 46

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Gun is attending a university class again. Think he’ll fit right in sitting there in the first row?

Chapter 46 – Junior Classmate of Our Teacher (*/ω*)

Behind them, several students who were gaming enthusiasts had a nagging feeling that Gun’s face looked familiar.

But, after they mentally associated it with something, they felt that… it wasn’t very likely, right? The gaming circle was small to begin with, and the professional gaming circle was like a subset of an already small minority. Occasionally seeing appearances on the news or stuff like that would be more like it. To actually make an appearance in their classroom? Those several students who had had some suspicions now all dismissed that idea. They continued instead to hold up their books, trying with all their might to hide their faces so that they would at least not get called out by the old professor and given a lecture plus dressing down.

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Soon, an elderly gentleman in his fifties, wearing a stern expression on his face and carrying books under his arm, stepped into the room as the class bell sounded. His gaze very quickly landed on Gun…

Very few students sat in the front row to begin with, and they all preferred to sit spaced out with empty seats between them.

This served even more to emphasize the two people who were sitting together, side by side.

Very gingerly, Tong Nian nudged her class notebook so that it was in front of him. Written on it was a line of words:

This lesson is on movie and film appreciation. The homework the teacher gave was that everyone had to write a film review in English. Whoever gets called on in class has to read the homework out loud.

His eyes slid over that line of words. There was no particular expression on his face.

Tong Nian pulled her notebook back over to herself and swiftly wrote another line:

How about you just say that you walked into the wrong class? Hurry and leave now…

Gun arched a brow.

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While she was still doing these little actions, the old professor had already strolled over to stand in front of the two of them. Curving his fingers, he rapped the desktop in front of Gun. “This student here, you don’t look to be a student from this faculty?”

Gun switched to another attractive sitting posture. “Long have I admired your repute and have come a great distance to sit in on Professor’s class.”

The old professor raised his eyebrows and looked Gun over. “Oh? Since it is out of admiration for my repute that you’re sitting in on this lecture, you must know, then, that this particular class is on appreciation of film and television works?”

Gun returned a smile to him. “Of course.”

From the moment the dialogue between the two started, they had switched over into an English channel.

Apprehensively, Tong Nian gripped her pen, extremely thankful that he had absolutely no troubles with English.

Luckily, oh luckily, this was an English class. At least it wouldn’t pose a problem for him…

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“Well, then, we won’t waste time on saying useless words. Here, tell us, what movie have you watched recently?” The old professor’s tone was mocking as he set down his stack of lesson plans in front of Gun.

The classroom was so quiet it was as if there was not a single person in it.

They had fallen into the normal state of this English class.

In this professor’s class, the best thing to do was to treat yourself as if you were thin air. Making it through one class meant one class was done and behind you…

“Recently?” Gun was very cooperative and recalled for one-tenth of a second. “It’s been years since I watched a movie.”

Everyone fell over and could not get back up again…

Those male students who had had their ears up, trying to listen in to see what was so special about this man who had managed to snag the cutie-girl of Electronic and Electrical Engg, now all inwardly prostrated themselves at this.

Hey bro, your life sure is monotonous enough…

That’s all you’ve got? And you still snatched one of ours?

“Oh?” With a lift of his brow, the old professor looked at Tong Nian. “Your girlfriend hasn’t ever complained? Doesn’t she find it boring to date you?”

“Complain? No, she hasn’t.” His eyes swept a glance over the kid, who was squeezing her pen cap until it was about to shatter. “She’s a very good girl.”

The old professor set his palms on the desk, leaning his weight on them as he and Gun stared directly at one another.

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Utter silence.

Noiselessly, the girls sitting randomly in the dozen or so rows behind broke out in cold sweat on behalf of this handsome guy whose future was uncertain.

Poor little Tong Nian… Her first time bringing her boyfriend to sit in on a class with her and she just had to have a prof like this. Would that hot guy be mentally scarred from this so that afterward, a barrier of some sort would form between them and they’d break up or something?

Unlike the boys of the class, the girls were all silently praying. It’s better to tear down ten temples than destroy a single marriage, eh… Professor!

Aside from her studies, Tong Nian, that kid, was dense in everything. It was her first time bringing a man here. What if things went south between them? …

She’d cry to death.

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Tong Nian anxiously clenched her pen cap in her hand, scared that the professor would flip out at them.

Out of all the classes he could choose, why did he have to pick one that was taught by a professor from another faculty to sit in on? T.T… If he had sat in on any other random one from her own faculty, the teacher would not have said anything about it.

Slowly, the fifty-plus year old elderly gentleman straightened back up, his eyes forming slight crescents as he chuckled, “You’re still just the same as you were before, you.”

Everyone 0.0…

“Senior Brother[1] [a senior, male classmate], you’re just the same as you were before, too.” Unruffled, Gun smiled, “Still love to joke around.”

A broad smile covered the old professor’s face. “Haven’t played around for a long time now. Since I came back to China, the people around me are all so boring.”

Everyone continued to 0.0…

“Here, let me make the introductions for all the students here. This person here can be considered my junior brother.” With a laugh, the old professor said, “Remember, during my self-introduction in the very first class, I said that in the first half of my life, I studied and learned many different skills? One of those happens to be industrial design. This person here is my junior classmate—my junior brother[2]—from that period. He was very well-known, a big shot.”

It was evident the professor held this junior schoolmate in very high regard, and briefly, he introduced him. Back then, when the professor was studying for his master’s degree, this schoolmate was still in undergraduate studies. He was extremely gifted in the field, but it was a pity, for his ambitions had lain elsewhere and after graduation, he had left…

……

All the students who were present suddenly understood and were enlightened.

Holy crud! It turns out our little beauty’s boyfriend is the Old Demon King’s junior schoolmate. What’s this wickedly awesome feeling we all of a sudden have, as if the meridians in our bodies have been opened up and completely connected?! That one of our own is covering our backs, and this semester, we don’t need to be scared of the Old Demon King anymore?!

“It’s been… five or six years since we’ve seen each other?”

Gun answered, “About that.”

“You specifically came to find me?”

“Just a coincidence. I only found out yesterday that Senior Brother, you are my girlfriend’s English teacher.”

The old professor smiled, once again glancing approvingly at Tong Nian. The little girl truly had a discerning eye, a very discerning eye. “You’ve returned to China this time for…?”

Gun replied, “Work.”

“I hear you started your own business? And in an emerging sector?”

He nodded. “Electronic sports. I started up a team.”

At the back, those several male students who were familiar with the eSports scene together all sat up straight, their faces completely covered with astonishment.

It really was him?!

……

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The old professor had already recovered his composure and switched back into the topic of this class.

He flipped open his attendance sheet and began slowly, one at a time, to call out the names. Amid the cries of “Present!” “Right here,” and “I’m here,” Tong Nian took her pen and lightly poked the back of his hand. When Gun looked over, she immediately lowered her head, pretending to read her book.

Actually, she did not know what to ask.

Just a moment ago, what the two had said had already been very clear, that they were fellow classmates from when they were studying abroad in university…

Flip through the book. Flip. She flipped through a dozen or so pages.

Continue to flip. Continue to flip.

“Where’s your hand?” Sliding his finger over his phone’s screen, he kept reading through his emails.

Oh…

Wordlessly, Tong Nian extended her hand…

… and set it on his thigh…

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“What are electronic sports?” In the last row, the girl beside Yaya asked this.

Yaya gave a wide grin. “A super dashing profession. You play video games at a level where you can win world championships and gold medals, and the prize money is easily in the hundreds of thousands. Oh right, and that’s all in American dollars.”

0.0… Straightaway, the girl grabbed the people around her and began murmuring.

And in this way, the word spread from mouth to mouth.

The last row became utterly fired up…

Those who had the advantage of location all pulled out their mobile phones and, concealing them with their textbooks, madly took photos of that attractive-looking guy’s back and side views.

“Is he hot or not? Hot or not? Our old prof’s junior brother!”

“Apparently he’s part of the eSports scene! Anyone know him? Anyone involved in eSports?”

“My brothers, no need to howl tearlessly in the middle of the night anymore. The most delicate flower of our faculty has wed the junior schoolmate of our prof… Who can tell me what kind of seniority that gives her? The wife of our teacher’s junior brother—our Little Aunt[3], huh huh huh huh? …”

“Hey bros, it’s already rare enough that we’re up early for class… And now God Gun has descended from Heaven. Can you guys believe it? …”

……

Only two girls in a corner, the same two girls who, earlier, had deliberately made things difficult for Tong Nian when she was arranging the bicycles, had ugly expressions on their faces.

What kind of dumb luck was that? …

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“Oh right, that person’s self-introduction was just too modest.” Yaya continued maintaining an air of mystery as she educated the people around her. “He’s an ancient legend of the gaming circle. Bonjwa level.”

The people surrounding her all gave cries of “oh, oh, oh!” and looked as if their eyes had taken on the shape of stars. “What’s Bonjwa level? …”

“It’s…” Yaya was not without sighs as she answered, “Forget it. I’m not going to say any more. In our faculty, people who actually dabble in eSports are as rare as phoenix feathers or qilin horns[4]. Go do a search. G-U-N. The name, Gun, has a Baidu Baike page for it.”

And so…

Ten minutes later…

Everyone in the entire classroom was unable to sit still…

Although the vast majority of the people did not understand at all what they had read, simply looking at the paragraph after paragraph of text that introduced him was enough to cause their blood pressures to soar. They utterly could not control the boiling excitement that they were feeling. The ones with quicker fingers went directly to Weibo and did a search. When they saw the Weibo account with only a single status post but several hundred thousand comments, they even more so felt that… this was unfathomable, you know? Clearly, they did not know what eSports even was, but they still felt such fiery fervor in them it seemed as if they were going to explode, you know…

This dude!

His life was one that completely, utterly crushed and dominated, you know?! …

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[1] 师兄 “shi xiong.” This is how one would address a senior, male fellow classmate (former or current).

[2] 师弟 “shi di.” This is how one would address a junior, male fellow classmate (former or current).

[3] 小师婶 “xiao shi shen.” Gun is the professor’s junior, male schoolmate, i.e. junior brother, so he is the professor’s students’ 师叔 “shi shu,” which, in this context, can be thought of as their “uncle, from an academic perspective” (for lack of better words). Therefore, his “wife” would be these students’ 师婶 “shi shen” or “aunt, from an academic perspective.” The 小 “little” in front of this address is to acknowledge Tong Nian’s young age. To make the reading less clunky, I have simplified the address to “Little Aunt” in the main body of the translation.

[4] 凤毛麟角 “feng mao lin jiao.” Literally, this means “phoenix’s feather, qilin’s horn” and is used as a saying to describe something extremely precious and rare or unobtainable. The phoenix and qilin are both mythical creatures of Chinese legend. There are variations in how the 骐麟 qilin (sometimes called “kylin” or “kirin” in English) is described, but generally, it is a creature with a dragon’s head, horns or antlers, a deer’s (or sometimes a horse’s or an ox’s) body that may or may not be covered in scales, and hooves.

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The mythical qilin (image credit)

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Completed:
1 of 1 Prologue
46 of 49 Chapters
0 of 1 Epilogue

39 thoughts on “Stewed Squid with Honey (蜜汁炖鱿鱼) — Chapter 46

  1. thanks for new chapter..
    so we have to call TN “little aunt”..hehe
    god pairing with goddess…awesome right???

    • You’re welcome.
      If you want to be a student of the Old Demon King, then you can call Tong Nian “Little Aunt.” Hehe

      Gun’s a HUGE God, and Tong Nian is a little goddess…

  2. Hahahah….Gun is putting his claimed for Tong Nian in order to douche all those male students in her class. Smooth Gun…:P

    Thank you Hoju n I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I also hope that your son n you are over jet lagged as well…:D

    • LOL. Somehow, I don’t think Gun consciously thought about that when he planned this day, but it was a nice side benefit.🙂

      You’re welcome! And yes! I think we are finally over jet lag. Woohoo.

  3. Aaaahhhh! There’s only a couple more chapters left! >_<

  4. Smooth operator Gun, he is making his mark to TN . thanks for the update.

    • Gun is always smooth. His mere presence next to her is enough to put a stop to all those guys’ howling. Who can compete with God Gun?

  5. When the God Gun descent to a classroom to claim a little Goddess. He totally dropped a bom in there.

    • Poor innocent God Gun. He just came to hang out with his little goddess. All bombs were unintentionally tossed out with the aid of Yaya and the prof.

  6. thank you…nice…

  7. Thanks Hoju! The age difference between him and the professor is still a lot. I still can’t see how they can be shi xiong or shi di if the professor is in his fifties and Gun in 29. If Gun was in undergrad 10 years ago, that means this Professor was in his forties getting a master’s. I guess it is possible but so hard to imagine being in school for 40+ years! Seriously, this professor must’ve studied a lot of different areas to also being getting another masters in his forties. I hope he took a break.

    Haha. I do love the reactions from her classmates though!

    Gun certainly likes physical affection. So demanding. Lol.

    • LOL. I never even thought that the old prof was in school continuously. I know lots of people, actually, who have gone back to school after working to get another degree. Anyway, the professor’s little piece is explained in the next update.🙂

      Gun and Tong Nian have always caused a stir individually, and now, put them together…

      He certainly takes advantage of those “rightful requests” that a boyfriend can make…

  8. thankssssssss so much for new chapter

  9. Thank you so much for the new chapter.
    Lol—I so didn´t expect him to know the prof..this scene went completely different than I thought..I love that this story never gets boring or predictable.

    • You’re welcome!

      LOL. I know! That was a complete surprise. Here I thought they were going to face off or God Gun was going to use something impressive about him to defuse everything, and it turns out they were schoolmates.

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

  11. Thank u for a new chapter. cant wait to read another too. am i the only one who wants to see this as a drama series?

    • You’re welcome.🙂 New chapter coming up in a few hours. Your wish will be fulfilled shortly. This story is in prep work for filming right now, and the screenwriter is the author herself.

      • Eh, really… Did it mean I can get a feast of his handsome face and cute little TN too?

        • Yes, eventually, although novel fans are very nervous. Gun seems to be one of those ideal male leads that’s very hard to cast. He’s not just a handsome face but an ill-tempered, commanding, handsome Bonjwa who doesn’t give a darn.

  12. Thank you for your translation.

  13. Gun can be such a teaser…letting TN anxious that she can’t even eat her tofu peacefully haha

    • Haven’t you figured out that one of his favourite pastimes since getting a girlfriend was to tease her? LOL. Can’t a girl enjoy her tofu in peace?

  14. lol him knowing the prof was completely unexpected

  15. thanks for the update!!

  16. Who’s really getting taken advantage of? TN or Gun? It really seems like TN was being taken advantage of.
    Quick question was the prof and Gun’s conversation all in English or did they switch to Chinese after a while?
    Thank you Hoju. 😃
    (Now what’s going to replace this in my time slot when I’m done)😅

    • LOL. Well a certain someone was taking advantage of her docile nature to ensure that she “took advantage” of him. Haha.

      They switched into the English channel from the start, so it says, and it doesn’t say that they switched back.🙂

      Hmm… maybe re-reads of this one? Have you finished up what’s on this blog already?

  17. Thankyou for a new chapter. Looking at the progress at the end cant believe its ending soon.

    • Thanks for reading.🙂 I know. This one was my shortest translation to date, and it feels like it just flew by. I’m missing it already.

  18. Lol Nian Nian is their Little Aunt hahaha.
    Thank you, hoju~

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