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Stewed Squid with Honey (蜜汁炖鱿鱼) — Chapter 48

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Next post will be the last and final post for this story. The final chapter and epilogue will be posted on Wednesday at 8:00 a.m., Beijing time (you guys can all convert to your own respective time zones). I will not stray from this. Got it?  :)

A decade ago, Gun put his entire heart into a team and the people on that team. The hole that got left in his heart when it disbanded was never filled… until he met a girl who also unabandonedly gave her entire heart to him.❤

Chapter 48 – The Ancient Legend ♥♥

Thus, when SP’s Greater China and Europe divisions’ big boss, Solo, saw Gun’s girlfriend for the first time, he felt as if he was sitting across from a cooked shrimp…

Solo’s exact thoughts were:

“Sure enough, after straying and wandering in circles for all these years, in the end, what you love the most is still one who wishes there were twenty-five hours in a day to cling to you; who sticks to you, docilely obeys you, and occasionally paws you to get a little smile and love; and is… a tiny-sized… cat or person.”

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Tong Nian’s entire head was still flooded with—

How could he be like that?

How could he…

Her mind was still in a state of tumult, filled with image after image of the scenes from before they had left the hotel room… Her fingers anxiously gripped the seat as she sat in a state of disbelief.

You’re so bad, Han Shangyan. Such a ruffian…

Perceiving that she was still feeling all sorts of after-the-fact embarrassment and bashfulness, Gun gave a lift of his brows, then poured himself a full glass to drink.

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This particular restaurant was very small.

Yeah, it was clean, but truly, it was very small.

It did not belong to the off-the-beaten-path-but-good-eats type of restaurant, either. It was simply a random eatery in an alley just off the street. At first, when the dishes were being served, Tong Nian had thought that the food in this place must be quite good, but after taking a couple of bites, she found there was nothing special about it.

She could not help stealing an extra glimpse at Solo.

She had sat in on a few of the matches Gun’s team had participated in but had never seen this boss of SP before.

Solo. His friend from ten years ago.

Such a gentle man. Although he was not very conversational, when his eyes looked at people, they were warm and kind. He was not as tall as Gun, nor did he emit that sharp aura that Gun carried, but it was still evident that he was once the captain of a team. He belonged to that type of person who… so long as he was sitting there, even if beyond the window the heavens were falling and the earth was cracking, you would not be afraid because he was present.

Hmm…

If Yaya was here, she would probably go crazy again.

For this dinner, on that side was Solo and on this side was Gun.

It was just… Could people die drinking the way they were?

Her eyes brushed over the empty bottles on the table.

Beer. Two, four, six… seven bottles. Baijiu[1] [traditional Chinese alcoholic drink]. Another one, two… two and a half bottles…

Tong Nian began to plan ahead. In the future, before he went to meet-up with Solo, she would first need to buy some King Drink[2].

While she was at it, she also began to do a Baidu search: how to persuade men not to drink…

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A sound of ding rang out.

Yaya’s WeChat message popped up: Hey, hey! You promised you’d give me live updates.

Her: I saw Solo. 0.0

Yaya: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH!!!!!!!!

Her: ……

Yaya: The ancient legend. My ancient legend… T.T… Dang you! You must have saved the entire galaxy in your previous life…

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Two hours later, she and Gun called a taxi and brought Solo back to his place first. After returning to their own hotel, they first made a stop at a convenience store to buy some beverages.

As Tong Nian, with her bag on her back, stood in front of the cooler and browsed over each item, she realized that she still did not know what he liked to drink. Gun’s head was lowered, and pulling out the three mobile phones from his pocket, he powered on each one. The succinct alert tones from the countless messages and emails that were coming in flooded their ears. She cast a glance at him.

He made a gesture to indicate that he was stepping out first to make a phone call.

She nodded. After doing a full sweep from the cooler to the shelves in the snack aisles, she stepped back outside with a large bag of stuff dangling from her hand.

With a ding dong, the glass door opened.

He was standing in front of the entrance, head down as he unhurriedly unwrapped a green fruit candy and put it in his mouth. Seeing the things she was carrying, he stretched out his right arm.

Obediently, she hung the bag onto it. “Han Shangyan?”

“Hmm?” He crushed the candy between his teeth and gave a muffled response.

It was not clear from where, but in a solemn manner, she pulled out a card and, with both hands, handed it to him.

His deep black eyes slid over it. What was that? A bank card?

“This is all my savings from since I was little. All sorts of lucky money[3] from various New Year’s, plus the money earned from going to expos and signing events and from selling albums, plus what I earned doing any commercial-type performances, plus scholarship money…” she explained a little self-consciously. “76,973 RMB.”

Not a small amount at all.

Gun thought, the kid needed to dress herself up prettily each day, so to still be able to save up so much money was really not an easy thing. While giving his silent approval for her money-saving abilities, he wadded the candy wrapper in his hand into a ball.

For that chain wrapped around her wrist, if they were to do the calculation based on length, her funds would be able to buy… two or three millimetres of it?

“I’m giving it to you.” With all seriousness, she handed over every last bit of her wealth.

Grandfather doesn’t support you. Auntie doesn’t support you. It doesn’t matter. You still have me.

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Gun had not at all guessed that the scene would play out like this.

Even when she had reported her total savings amount to him, he still had not guessed that it was for this purpose.

This time of night as well as his brain, which was already in a medium state of drunkenness, were both not suited for dealing with such a situation. She, her words, and even her pink bank card with a Hello Kitty picture on it all gave this feeling, that they were especially not suited for such sappy sentimentalism in this time, this moment. This type of act—one of handing over all of your heart and soul—he had done before as well. Talking about doing such a thing was quite simple, but very few people could actually carry through with it.

To maintain a sliver of a gap from one another, that was the safe distance between people, be it in friendship or love.

A person who rushed to offer up everything after only knowing someone for a few months was, to put it undiplomatically, an idiot.

……

Without uttering a word, he continued to feel around in his pants pocket, trying to find something that could stave those emotions that were on the verge of spiraling out of control.

Couldn’t find anything.

Nearby, several young boys were laughing as they walked past. Spotting Tong Nian standing in front of the convenience store, they could not help throwing a couple extra looks in her direction. However, intimidated by the person beside the little girlie, they curled their lips into a pout and, after a ding dong rang out, walked in through the glass doors.

Inside, it was filled with the merry laughter of young people.

She never did pay attention at all to other people, nor was she sensitive enough to be able to detect how many people were interested in her.

And this was the she that Gun liked. Offhandedly squeezing her little ear between his fingers, he told her, “You can forget the cash. Just give me your entire person.”

“……”

“Whenever you’re not scared anymore, just give me a little hint.”

“……” Big lecher! You’ve clearly already…

“I shall be respectfully awaiting you at any time.”

“……” She was about to snap the card from grasping it so tightly.

From the corner of his eye, Gun noticed that the boys in the convenience store were still ogling her through the glass. Rather irked, he slid the white plastic bag off his arm and held it in his left hand while his right hand slipped into the pocket of his jacket. “Let’s go.”

Huh? Oh, okay.

He stepped away first. Following behind, Tong Nian reached a hand out and tugged on the end of his sleeve.

Gun turned his head to the side.

He watched as she, her cheeks glowing rosily, let her hand glide down from the edge of his sleeve into the side pocket of his track jacket. He could feel when her hand contacted his. Then, tucking her fingers in, she stuffed her fist into his palm.

This moment…

There were taxicabs and busses passing by them.

The raucous sounds of honking horns, the noise of driving vehicles as well as people on bicycles, all sped past beside them… He stood noiselessly, waiting for her to successfully nestle her little fist into his palm. And then, he gave a faint, almost indiscernible smile.

Still on his face was an indifferent expression, one that stated he could not be bothered with dealing with anything. But, firmly, he took that little hand into his secure grasp.

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Off in the distance, those grown boys inside the convenience store…

“Whoa, the cutie little girlie is making the first move? Dang it, is there any justice in that?”

“Such a pretentious jerk. If you’re going to hold hands, then so be it. Hiding it in the coat pocket and all—can you be any more obvious, huh?!!”

“Damn you! Think you’re so awesome with your long legs? Slow down a bit. The cutie can’t keep up…”

“Darn! ‘All the good cabbage has been wasted on the pigs[4]’ [all the hotties have been wasted on the jerks, idiots, and uglies].”

“Doesn’t even love and dote on his wifey at all…”

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[1] 白酒 “bai jiu.” Baijiu literally means “white alcohol.” This traditional Chinese alcoholic beverage is technically classified as a spirit and is made from sorghum and other grains. Those who did not grow up exposed to baijiu will often, on their first taste of it, describe it with adjectives such as “strong,” “fiery,” “harsh,” “biting,” etc. It has a high alcohol by volume (ABV), typically in the range of 40-60%. (For comparison, a typical wine is ~9-15%, vodka is 40%.)

[2] 海王金樽 “Hai Wang Jin Zun.” Hai Wang Jin Zun, which has the English name, King Drink, is a pre-packaged Chinese health product that allegedly can prevent alcohol poisoning and cure hangovers.

King Drink (image credit: jd.com)

[3]压岁钱 “ya sui qian.” During the Lunar New Year period, money, called “ya sui qian,” is given in red envelopes by elders to young people . It represents blessings and well wishes for the year. It is referred to as “lucky money” in English.

[4] 好白菜都被猪拱了. This saying literally means “the good veggies have been wasted and given to the pigs to nudge around with their snouts.” It describes a situation where something good has been wasted. In the context of relationships, it is saying a good girl has been wasted on a guy who isn’t worthy of her, with the veiled jeer that the man is like a pig.

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

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

  1. I like what Solo said
    Gun is being shy😆
    Do we get a wedding scene?
    Thank you Hoju

    • Solo knows Gun well.🙂
      ?? Where is Gun shy? He’s feeling a little irked that other male entities are drooling over his little girlfriend. LOL

      Read on, read on.🙂

      You’re welcome.

  2. Lovely moments … Thank you Hoju for this beautiful project 😍 can’t believe it is ending soon 😢 have a great weekend

  3. Thanks Hoju. TN likened to a tiny cat or person. He He

  4. Really not ready for this to be over! Ah well, thank you SO much Hoju.

    • It’s over soon… such mixed feelings. I guess it’s time for my reread, this time without thinking how I should translate it.

  5. LOL, those guys in the convenience store…

  6. Yeah! Do we get the wedding scene?? Gun’s background is so appalling, what has he ever done for his family to treat him the way they were? He just play games on the net is that enough to abandon him like that???

    Thank you Hoju..Aww..the story is coming to the end n I am missing them already..

    • That’s why Team Solo and Tong Nian both mean so much to him. That acceptance of him and support is something he never got from home.

      You’re welcome.🙂

  7. “You can forget the cash. Just give me your entire person.”😂
    Truly madly deeply they are in love😜 You deserve her Gun👏
    Thank you!don’t wAn’t to say goodbye to our dearest couple and our dearest Hoju😰😥😭

  8. sigh…finally i am happy but said at the same time Stewed Squid with honey is over…almost….but then i just have to re-read again later…thanks Hoju…job well done..

    • Endings are always so bittersweet, especially with such fun novels. You still need to read the ending before you do your re-read.🙂

  9. chinese new year= time to get hong pao/red envelope (but it’s called ang pao in my region >.<)!
    as always thank you for the amazing chapter :3
    Happy Holiday!!

    • Growing up in N. America meant that I didn’t get nearly as much lucky money as my cousins who were over in Asia, just a token something from my parents and grandfather, which meant I didn’t get the hype.

      You’re welcome.

  10. So cute…
    So in Solo’s mind, Gun’s type is cat-like girl, huh. (Remember the story about the cat story…😂).
    So, the next one is the last post, huh? I will miss their moments…

    • Or to him, she at least has several things in common with the cat that Gun once raised. Hehe.

      Yes, last post is coming up in a few minutes🙂

  11. Aww…Gun is so cute here..and I have to admit..even though I find her gesture really precious…my inner me is shouting..that this only works with the good guys..there are too many that would take advantage of such a sweet girl and rob her blind.
    Hehe…Solo´s thoughts are just too funny, but also telling.

    • That’s what Gun is thinking, too, and that’s why, to put it undiplomatically, she’s an idiot. Thankfully, the idiot is in love with a good guy.

      Absolutely. Solo was Gun’s bro, so he does know some stuff.😉

  12. thank you very much hoju, for another cute chapter……..not yet ready to say good bye…

  13. Thank you for the chapter…
    This chapter releases same day as my birthday…
    I am happy this is not a hot chapter because i am as cute as this chapter #lol #puke gagagaga

    And i am not as pervy as hoju gagagaga 😄

    • Belated happy birthday!! Hope it was a good one. Now have your post birthday present by reading the ending!

      Pervy? 🤔 Don’t get it…

  14. As i read each chapter of this novel,i was quite mesmerized by this Gun and Tong Nian love.one is so shy to express his love and another one is so energetic in loving someone that she is willing to give it all out.i hope the end will goes well for both of them.Gun pls show more love n compassion to TN!!!!honestly i dont really like this esport type of novel but this one is an eye opener….i love it so much.thanks for translating this book…kinda sad it’s coming to an end but definitely will read it all over again…❤❤❤❤❤❤

    • They are quite the opposites, aren’t they? They make up for each other’s lack, but when it comes down to the important things (e.g. she supports his passion for gaming), they are in agreement.

      I don’t dislike esports, I’m just not a gamer, so I broke out in cold sweat researching some of the gaming stuff. :p My eyes were opened up to the world of professional gamers and the hard work they put into their profession through these novels written by the author.❤

      Yes, have fun on your re-read.🙂

  15. Haha those three youngsters reactions

    Wah can’t believe this journey is ending so soon

    • Hehe… that’s what happens when your girlfriend turns heads.😉 I’d be a little irked if I were Gun, too.

      Yup.😦 So happy we crossed the finish line, so sad the journey is done.

  16. Thank you for your translation. I like what Solo’s thought. It helps us to know Gun better.

  17. Hi, with this
    “This type of act, one of handing over all of your heart and soul, he had done before as well. ”
    Gun is referring to whom?
    Thanks

    • I think it is referring to his love for games

    • Gun’s thoughts in chapter 29: “That era… the one that had once embodied his youth and his passions, that he had invested one hundred percent of his sentiment and love into—never had anyone dared mention it in front of him before.”

      Team Solo meant a lot to him. He had placed all his heart and soul into it, and when it disbanded, it affected him greatly.

  18. hoju你好,我刚刚在知乎上看到了你的网站

    然后点了进来 看了几十分钟你的网站

    我找出了许久没用的Facebook账号 登了上来

    就为跟你说一句:

    你太有爱了哈哈哈 以后请继续加油!

    • 你好,很高兴认识你。
      咦?知乎能搜到这个网站吗?你有FB账号,那,你是在国外的吗?

      嘿嘿 ☺️ 一定会继续努力的!

  19. I want more, more of Gun and TN… I can’t believe there’s just one post more before it’s over.
    As always thank you, Hoju

    • I know. I feel like I just started the translation of their story, and now it’s come to an end. Gah, well off to re-read RRMY and this one over Christmas. Feeling like I want some silly giggles.

      You’re welcome!

  20. I think Gun is not shy. He’s just not the showy overly expressive type. He’s shown his romantic side in the gestures/actions and things that he does forTong Nian that to those that knows him and even himself muses is out of his character.

    He is quite passionate and is not shy to express that – e.g. During the con-call and he was whispering and making out with TN without tunrning the phone mute.

    Xie xie ni hoju. Really appreciate your hard work in your translations on top of the many responsibilities you have. You were very kind in giving us translations when you were sleep deprived and you’ve got boys who were you under the weather.

    Much, much appreciated. Wish you all the best. Thanks.

    • I agree. Gun is not shy at all. He is not just not expressive about his emotions, sometimes, I feel he just doesn’t even know how to open his mouth to say them. Considering the family that he came from, he never really had anyone to express his emotions to growing up, so it’s not abnormal that, though he may have intense feelings, he is not practiced in making them known.

      He is not shy about teasing his girlfriend, nor is he shy about using action to demonstrate that she is important to him… just doesn’t know how to say it.

      And also xie xie ni for leaving such a kind, encouraging comment.❤ I really appreciate it.

      Wishing you the best as well!

  21. “Grandfather doesn’t support you. Auntie doesn’t support you. It doesn’t matter. You still have me.” ❤
    "Still on his face was an indifferent expression, one that stated he could not be bothered with dealing with anything. But, firmly, he took that little hand into his secure grasp." ❤
    So sweet. I can't believe it's almost over…
    Thank you so much, hoju~

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