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My Darling (我的曼达林) — Chapter 2.2

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Chu Jian and Jian Bianlin have returned to the place where they grew up together and the people who watched them through that process.

Chapter 2.2 — My Little Lady (2)

In a low voice, Jian Bianlin repeated, “Senior brother?”

Then Jian Bianlin wordlessly handed that autographed photo back to the flight attendant. The atmosphere once again sunk down to the original low that it had been when they first got onto the plane.

Chu Jian gazed at him tensely, the guilty feeling inside her swelling rapidly. Tarrying for a while, she finally explained quietly, “I don’t have any feelings for him.” After saying this, she dug out a slightly battered-looking airline magazine from in front of her seat and absentmindedly flipped through a couple pages before adding in a murmur, “If I do like someone, I will let you know.”

For the second time, Jian Bianlin turned his gaze back to her, a frown between his brows.

The entire day, his complexion had been rather pale, and now it was even worse.

Actually, anyone who observed him carefully would be able to detect that his mood was all showing in his eyes. The short locks lying across his forehead, however, covered up some of it, and he was also purposely avoiding her. Not wanting his own emotions to affect her, he had thrown out a couple random sentences of joking but had not expected that he would instead end up being pulled by her into another emotional low.

Chu Jian knew his eyes were on her, but she dared not return that gaze anymore.

And so, putting on a pretense of all seriousness, she leafed through the magazine that was in her hands from front cover to back cover and then from back cover to front cover again, even reading every single line of fine print on the ads. In this way, she remained in silent suffering until the airplane landed, nearly stifling herself to the point of internal injury.

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Prior to disembarking the plane, Jian Bianlin pulled out the black, surgical-style face mask and slipped it on, concealing away half his face. He normally seldom wore this. A few days ago, he had been ill and his face was wan, so he had put it on out of concern that if photographs were taken of him, his fans would worry. This time, it was because he was not in a good mental and emotional state, and he was afraid that if he were photographed, unfounded things might be written about him.

His skin tone was already fairer than the average man. Now, the black color of the mask served to emphasize his pale complexion.

That pair of eyes, which was the only part of his face showing, did not look at her. “Follow me, but don’t come too close.”

With those words, he picked up his own backpack and began walking.

This trip had been made out of emergency, so the situation of fans coming to meet his flight because his schedule had been leaked in advance would not occur. However, when he stepped out from the exit and hurriedly strode by with head bowed, there continually were passersby who recognized him. Far and near, people fished out their mobile phones and spontaneously began to follow after Jian Bianlin’s footsteps. He had not even brought an assistant with him, so it was unavoidable that his pace was slowed by the flock of people surrounding him. Fortunately, everyone was very courteous.

The entire time, Jian Bianlin would search the throng for Chu Jian from the corner of his eye, for fear that she would be bumped and crammed away by the crowd. Chu Jian was actually being very careful, unassumingly following him from a distance of twenty metres away. While he was enclosed within the swarm, she even, in passing, went to KFC and bought a cola. Patiently, she bit down on the straw and drank unhurriedly, waiting for him to break away from the masses.

When they were kids, she had often waited like this for him as well.

Back then, Jian Bianlin’s dad had frequently needed to travel on business for his work at the shipyard, and furthermore, it was to far-off locations. Often, for ten days to half a month at a time, Jian Bianlin would have dinner at Chu Jian’s home, and so it had been necessary that they went home together after school. However, his class, Class No. 1, was a key class[1] [class for high performers] and he was also a top student, so supplementary classes or classes lasting long after the bell were commonplace for him. Her class, Class No. 9, was a non-key class, so she was dismissed from school relatively early. Hence, their two classrooms, one at each end of the hallway, were always the last to turn off the lights. In the former classroom, all the students were still attending class, while in the latter, there was only Chu Jian, either sleeping or reading manga alone.

Often, when Class No. 1 finished class and everyone was animatedly heading downstairs, he would walk alone down that dark hallway to the very end, push open the door, and collect Chu Jian, whose vision by then was blurry from hunger.

And that was how her patience had been polished out and practiced, a little at a time.

 © 2013-2016 FANATICAL hui3r.wordpress.com ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Translated with the express permission of the author for hui3r.wordpress.com. If you are not reading this from hui3r.wordpress.com, then this translation has been posted without the permission of the translator.

Getting out of the airport was practically like fighting monsters and leveling up in a video game—obstacles everywhere…

In the end, a few experienced fans even surrounded Chu Jian’s dad’s car. Chu Jian reckoned that she would not be able to sit in her own family’s car to go back, so spinning around, she jogged over to stand in line in the taxi queue.

At the same time, Jian Bianlin’s mobile phone vibrated.

It was a message from Chu Jian:

Go back first with my dad. I’ll take a cab over.

His young fans were still talking to him through the open vehicle door. In the rearview mirror, Jian Bianlin searched for Chu Jian, and only after he saw her sit into a taxi did he remind those young female fans to watch their hands. Then, he shut the car door.

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Jian Bianlin’s father was staying in a VIP hospital room. Fortunately, it was not in the intensive care unit.

Chu Jian was the last to arrive. When she stepped inside, Jian Bianlin was sitting in a spot relatively further from the bed, his head lowered and his hands peeling a pomelo. After he was done removing the peel, he began pulling off, a little at a time, the white membrane surrounding the flesh of the fruit.

On the bed, Jian Bianlin’s dad was denouncing him in Cantonese.

Although they had moved to Hangzhou long ago, the father and son pair still liked communicating with each other in Cantonese[2]. Chu Jian had been around them and listened to them for so many years that she was able to completely understand everything, but no matter how she tried, she was just unable to speak it.

Jian Bianlin’s dad was criticizing everything about him, from his hoodie to his pants, then from his belt to his sneakers to the necklace hanging on his neck. Finally, he even did not forget to berate him about that black pinky ring.

In short, his policy was that a man should not pay so much careful attention to his dress; that was simply wrong and absurd.

With his tall build, Jian Bianlin was squeezed tight on a wooden chair that had been set in the space between the bed and the window. He sat with his legs apart, his elbows resting on his thighs, unspeaking as hunched over and carried on peeling the pomelo. It was only when he saw Chu Jian that the motions of his hands paused.

When Jian Bianlin’s dad spotted Chu Jian, he hurriedly changed channels into a gentle and kindly one. “Little Chu, Uncle has missed you. Look at you, so busy and yet you still came all the way here.”

“It’s no big deal.” Chu Jian wagged her hands. “I’m my own boss. There’s no one bossing me around.”

Jian Bianlin’s dad had not seen Chu Jian in a very long time, and he was quite happy now. Amidst the pain that stabbed at his entire body, he vividly described his dangerous situation from this afternoon of how his blood pressure had suddenly dropped to an extreme low and he had nearly breathed his last.

Taking advantage of this moment when his dad was chattering away happily, Jian Bianlin rose, pulled off a segment of the pomelo flesh that he had peeled, and stuffed the fruit into his father’s mouth. Then he casually pulled off another segment and gave it to Chu Jian.

“Look at how meticulous Little Jian is, how clean he has peeled everything” Chu Jian’s father nagged, “You like to eat pomelo that is all cleaned up, but you’re too lazy to peel it yourself.”

With an “mm-hmm, mm-hmm,” admitting to her own laziness, she pulled off little wedges of pomelo and nibbled on them while peeking secretly at Jian Bianlin. His dad’s appearance now seemed quite reassuring. His mood should be better now, right?

Soon, another person at the leadership level in the shipyard paid a visit.

Jian Bianlin’s presence was like that of a giant panda—every person who stepped into the room would steal a few extra glances at him. He could see that his dad was quite enjoying the care and concern that was being expressed by all these leaders and managers. Not wanting to remain in this place, he left the room alone to look into the medical charges and collect the latest stack of medical bills that needed to be paid.

“I’ll go.” Chu Jian grabbed the bills from him, flipping through them. “It’s not really convenient for you to walk about.”

Jian Bianlin gazed down from his tall height at her.

……

Pulling his wallet out from between his fingers, she fled from there.

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When Chu Jian, holding his wallet, arrived downstairs at the fee payment window and stood before that staff member on the other side of the glass who was staring at a computer and totaling up the costs, she was still silently lamenting for herself. If she could do that whole incident from years ago all over again, she would rather she had been a drama queen day in and day out until Jian Bianlin could not stand her anymore and initiated breaking up with her. That way, this guilty feeling would not constantly be shadowing her, chasing after her all these years.

Ah, well, she could only blame it on lack of experience back then.

“My Baby is just breathtaking with a capital B… He’s so handsome I could cry, just cry. Check out his waist!” Several young girls queuing behind her were chatting enthusiastically.

This music… wasn’t it that dance song that had been playing on yesterday’s television program?

A handful of change was tossed back out through the window. Pulling it over toward herself, Chu Jian snuck a glimpse at that mobile phone screen that was being raised high to view. Sure enough, it was the post-program bonus from yesterday’s talk show. It was just that yesterday, Jian Bianlin had shown up right as the dance music started playing, and she had felt awkward about attentively watching it with him there.

As Chu Jian organized the bills of money, ordering them based on denomination size and then putting each note back into his wallet, she was unable to resist and took a quick peek at that phone screen.

……

In the darkness, a faint white light cascaded down. From beneath the brim of his baseball cap that had been pulled low, he lifted those deep black, brooding eyes and gazed directly into the camera—

“This is totally suited for watching at night, aaaah! Send me the link, quick!”

“Isn’t it, isn’t it? I played it on repeat more than a good ten times last night and couldn’t even sleep! My Baby gives off this air when he’s on stage that absolutely invades you. It’s like he’s bursting with male hormones!”

……

At the airport and her workplace, fine, but she was running into his fans even when lining up to pay fees at the hospital. Chu Jian genuinely understood from experience just how popular he was of late. It was no wonder, then, that after hearing Jian Bianlin propose a collaboration where he was willing to allow them to bring along a newbie artiste, Tong Fei had been so excited that she had practically wished she could tie up Chu Jian in a ribbon and send her over as a gift in return…

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When Chu Jian returned to the VIP floor, she caught sight of a familiar-looking backside standing with Jian Bianlin in front of the hospital room.

It was the teacher who had been both Jian Bianlin’s class advisor throughout middle school as well as Chu Jian’s English teacher. Back then, it was this elderly woman who had called them down to the office and spoken in earnest and with the best of intentions, asking them whether they were dating at that too-young age…

Since she was little, Chu Jian had been afraid of all teachers of all subjects. Whenever a teacher came directly toward her, she had always scurried off to the side of the hallway against the wall. Dropping her eyes, she would mumble, “Teacher Zhao” or “Teacher Li,” and then, treating herself as if she was thin air, she would drift past them…

Thus, right here, right now, her first reaction was still to try hard to snug herself against the wall and drift past…

Of course, the other party did not fulfill her wish.

Teacher Li immediately stretched out a hand and dragged Chu Jian over, tousling Chu Jian’s hair and stroking her hands while prattling, “You’re truly grown up now. So pretty.” She added, “I’m here at the hospital to pick up some medication, and I saw the managers and leaders of Jian Bianlin’s father’s shipyard. It was then that I found out he was hospitalized because of a work-related injury, so I came up here for a quick visit. I hadn’t expected to run into the two of you.”

Chu Jian smiled awkwardly. “Thank you for the trouble you went to, Teacher.”

Teacher Li gave a kindly smile. “Young couple, you two came back together?”

Chu Jian was stupefied. “N-no, no.”

“No, you didn’t come back together? So you arrived one right after the other?” Teacher Li interrupted with a laugh. “I get it. Little Jian is now a big star, and big stars have to take all those measures to keep things secret. Mm, rest assured, Teacher is able to keep a secret. Even when the students at the school have asked, I’ve still never talked about the two of you.”

“Teacher, Teacher, you’re mistaken. There’s honestly nothing between us.” Chu Jian was tripping over her own tongue.

“Back then, it was for the good of your studies and grades.” Teacher Li continued to caress Chu Jian’s short tresses. “You need to understand that from a teacher’s standpoint, early-age dating, after all, is just not good, simply not good. How many people can actually end up like the two of you, still together even now? They are just behaving blindly and foolishly.”

“Teacher, you truly are mistaken. We honestly aren’t dating. Honest, honest.” Afraid that her parents might hear from inside the room, she tugged on the corner of Jian Bianlin’s shirt in an appeal to him for help.

Somewhat perplexed by this, Teacher Li turned her eyes to Jian Bianlin, who was simply being a spectator.

Jian Bianlin retrieved his wallet from Chu Jian’s hand and arbitrarily slipped it back into the pocket of his pants, saying, “We broke up.”

The elderly woman instantly understood. Her expression shifted from one of disappointment to one that conveyed pity over this end result, until in the end, still carrying notions of urging peace and harmony and not encouraging the parting of ways, she asked in a quiet voice, “Gotten in a little quarrel?” As she said this, she clasped Jian Bianlin’s wrist. “Little Jian, girls just need some sweet words and coaxing and then things will be fine with them. Don’t break up so easily.”

Jian Bianlin’s face was impassive. “She isn’t easy to win over with coaxing and sweet words. I’ll try my best.”

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[1]重点班 “zhong dian ban.” In China, a grade can be subdivided into different types of classes. A “key class” is a class specifically for high academic performers in the grade, as opposed to non-key or general classes, which are for average or below average students. Students of these key classes are groomed specifically with the expectation that they will perform better, and in general, more pressure is placed on them.

[2]Cantonese is the main dialect of Guangdong, which is where Jian Bianlin and his father were originally from before they moved to Hangzhou and became neighbours with Chu Jian’s family.

© 2013-2016 FANATICAL hui3r.wordpress.com ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Translated with the express permission of the author for hui3r.wordpress.com. If you are not reading this from hui3r.wordpress.com, then this translation has been posted without the permission of the translator.

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53 thoughts on “My Darling (我的曼达林) — Chapter 2.2

  1. Harsh. >.> Chu Jian!!!

    Truly, I feel bad for my (our) Baby.

    Thanks for the chapter!

    • It’s hurtful to Jian Bianlin. But Chu Jian knows Jian Bianlin well, and not denying the relationship, to him, would be the same as tacitly admitting to it. That would just give him false hope.

      But I do feel bad for Jian Bianlin in the first part of the story. 😦

      You’re welcome!

  2. Do your best Jian Bianlin! I will support you all the way 👍🏼

  3. THank you so much for the chapter. While I am grateful for all translations because it opens up a world we Chinese illiterate people would never have entered otherwise, your translations are just so special and such a treat to read. 😀

    • Aaaaw. ❤ That is very, very sweet. I'm glad the translations have touched you in a special way. Thank you for dropping such an encouraging comment.

  4. I really like JBL’s character. Inspire of being a celebrity, he hasn’t let his ego take over . He sits silently while his dad berates him, and he is waiting so patiently for GCJ to change her mind.

    • I like that about him as well. The impression you get is that he is in the entertainment industry for the love of the work and not for the fame. Otherwise, as someone who is so private about himself, why would he do such a high profile job? “His fans all knew his style and way of doing things. Aside from attending necessary work-related events or going to the set, the thing he most liked to do was disappear off the face of the earth.”

  5. Thank you so much Hoju!! 😘😘😘

  6. Fufufu the senpai is not important. Do your best Jian Bianlin. 😂😂😂

  7. /coughs/ that last sentence xDD

    thanks for the update! ❤

  8. hahahahaha, you heard that chu jian, he’ll try his best

  9. certainly not going to be an easy battle

    • The worst part for him is, he doesn’t know *how* to try his best. He’s so scared that anything he does will push her away or frighten her off that he only knows how to silently force his presence into her life.

  10. Everytime Chu Jian mentions the past, i’m slowly dying from curiosity. I really wonder what happened. What CJ doesn’t notice is that she’s too aware of his presence or the way he moves and she even adjusts to it sometimes but she can be painfully dense sometimes especially on that scene where she keeps on denying that they’re dating. If I was JB, my heart would be crying in pain. I mean she doesn’t have to hate it that much to deny the idea so bad. Oh well, unrequited love is painful in general anyway. I’m really looking forward to the scenes where CJ eventually fell for him. Thanks for your efforts HoJu! 😆😆😆

    • Mm-hmm. I will contribute to your curiosity. Yes, something did happen in the past, as it has been hinted before. In some ways, it’s not a huge deal, but in other ways, to Chu Jian, it was a huge deal. The first time, I was too busy cheering Jian Bianlin on (while being frustrated that he wasn’t talking) but re-reading this and translating it now, I have a fresh appreciation for that “thing” of the past and how it impacted Chu Jian, their relationship, and who she became.

      I don’t think she hates the idea that much. As we can all tell, Jian Bianlin is very stubborn in his love for her, meaning he really won’t let go. Chu Jian, as someone who knows him so well, understands this even more, and I think she knows that not denying it would be like silent admission to it, at least to Jian Bianlin. And that would give him false hope, which she certainly does not want to do. Of course, doesn’t mean it’s not painful to Jian Bianlin (my poor Baby!) but I reckon she thinks that giving him hope now and then taking it away would hurt even more.

      I can’t wait, too. Translating these early parts are so painful. I like it when she starts giving him a chance. You see the slow change. ❤

  11. Thank you Hoju for your dedication in translating. I so very much love this series and if Chu Jian doesn’t want him, I’ll gladly take him!

    • You’re so welcome. ❤ I'm glad you're enjoying this story!
      Ahem, if Chu Jian doesn't want him, there's a big, long line of girls who do. LOL!

  12. He really is is one dedicated guy…where and how do I find a jian bianlin 😂

  13. THANK YOU HOJU! HOW IS YOUR LITTLE MAN DOING WITH HIS NAP? TRUST YOU ARE GETTING YOUR REST!

    • You’re welcome. 🙂

      He’s doing… okay. Once every few days, he will wake up in the middle of the night and won’t sleep unless I snuggle him. Quiet times are still a challenge, but he’s learning. We’ve been working on quiet time since he started dropping that last night, so it’s not new to him; he’s just resisting. 😉 Thank you for asking. ❤

  14. LOL I don’t know why but I’m laughing when she went to KFC and bought a cola while waiting for JB to break away from the crowd. And it’s kinda sweet when he’s looking out for her the entire time too.

    I wonder if both of their parents know about JB’s unrequited love towards CJ? I’m sure they would notice right…? I hope there will be parts that will share about this hehe.

    Yes JB, I’m rooting for you so please work hard (though I believe you’ve tried your best in the past 20 years) Go get your girl ^^

    • Haha. The guy is sweating and surrounded by crazy fan girls and she’s leisurely sucking on a straw and enjoying her cola while she watches the show.
      The thing is, you feel like that whenever Chu Jian is around, Jian Bianlin’s eyes are ALWAYS on her. Remember that scene in the restaurant? It was the same. ❤ He can't help it. His gaze is drawn to her.

      You will find out about their parents later in the story. I'll just quote what was written in a previous chapter: "Other than herself and Jian Bianlin, none of her family were clear on what had happened years ago. Therefore, she had not told the truth, saying instead that someone whom she really had no feelings for had sent it [the dolls]." Remember, Chu Jian also told Jian Bianlin, she did not tell her mom he sent them because she didn't want her mom "to get the wrong idea" about her and him.

      I do think Jian Bianlin has held faithfully on to his love for her. In terms of "trying his best," you can sense that things are kind of at an impasse. He's actually NOT doing anything because he's too scared that anything he does will push her away. So he's just hoping that his constant presence in her life will at least amount to something.

      But I'm rooting for him!

  15. I actually understand the Female MC’s side. Imagine your best (boy) friend, who you treated like a brother, liking you in a romantic light. Very awkward, right?

    Nevertheless, can’t wait to see how she will be won over by the Male Lead. 😀

    • Yup, there is a big piece of that. It would be weird because to think of him as anything but a brother would be a complete mindset shift. Like 180 degree shift. There’s also more in their past that complicates things, too…

      I promise, she will be won over… ❤

  16. Just caught up! As much as I get embarrassed just reading awkward situations, I just can’t help myself from reading on.
    It looks great, I can’t wait to read more. Thanks for the translation and good luck with future chapters!

    • Oh my goodness, I found someone like me. I literally cringe inwardly on behalf of the characters when they are in such awkward situations.

      Glad you caught up and thanks for following along!

  17. Thanks hoju for the chapter!!
    The last sentence… is JBL just saying it for the teacher or did they actually date before??

    • You’re welcome!

      No, they didn’t date, as Chu Jian shut that door right at the very beginning. As for why he said it, you might get your answer in the next update. If not, drop me another comment and let’s discuss! 🙂

  18. Thanks hoju for this story. Really enjoying reading the development. CJ is a really nice person. I hope JBL is successful, but I totally understand where CJ is coming from.

    • You’re welcome. 🙂

      I’m really enjoying my re-read/translation of this story. It’s with a fresh pair of eyes that I’m understanding these characters. My first read, I was frustrated with Chu Jian’s inner struggles over how she should treat Jian Bianlin–push him away, but at the same time, she loves him like a brother. This way, though, could also be very hurtful, like a dull knife just cutting his heart. But now, as I enjoy each update a little at a time and also pondering about the characters and what has shaped them, I really appreciate them. I love that Chu Jian doesn’t lead him on, and she’s straightforward about where things stand. And she really is such a nice, person and loyal friend.

      We all hope Jian Bianlin is successful!

  19. Thank you 😊

  20. Even reading this is killing me*heart breaks*
    Hoju, can’t we just skip or fast-forward through this sad part and instead start with happy story pretty please *puppy eyes*

    • Haha. That’s exactly what I felt the first time I read this. If I had to suffer, you have to, too. Muahahaha. Just kidding. But I do promise that there will be much sweetness to mend Jian Bianlin’s (and your) heart later. 🙂

  21. This reminds me of Caught in My Own Trap and I know I’m down for a heartbreaking road along with Jian Bianlin. Oh, the agony of one-sided love.

    Thanks so much!

    • Nah, the leads in Trap were both blinded by their own preconceived notions of what their relationship was to the point that they could not see what was blatantly obvious–that they both cared for each other in ways that were beyond a brother-sister relationship. They also had an additional layer of complication benign from different societal classes and the lower self esteem that He He felt from that. And plus, there was also another girlfriend complicating everything.
      Here, neither Chu Jian nor Jian Bianlin is confused; in fact, they are extremely clear. Jian Bianlin knows he has and only ever will love this girl. Chu Jian also clearly knows she does not love him. This is not about her “realizing” feelings that had always been there; it’s about him being given a chance to let her realize that he can be something other than a friend and her gradually falling for him once she has changed her perspective. It’s only between them. And Jian Bianlin’s many years of love will pay off eventually, I promise.

      Long story short, it’s not as agonizing as Trap. It has its moments but it is about a guy winning over a girl and had many sweet moments. 🙂

      You’re welcome!

  22. Thank you Hoju. Your translations are such a treat. I always look forward to the next chapter 😊

  23. Oh man, that grade system…
    It brought me back to the past. I have that in my junior high school and I felt like fish out of water… and this was in Indonesia, odd.

    • I grew up somewhere that had nothing remotely close to this type of system, so I find it rather interesting… But whether I’d want to be part of it…

      • Hehehe.
        Personally, I don’t like it. It allowed space for cliques and bullies to grow because everything was based on grade. Privilege applied as long as you’re in top 5, especially if you’re good looking or your family background important. And it’s trickled down from the teacher.

  24. They’re both very observant of each other, but the intensity of Jian Bianlin’s feelings definitely shows through more. I feel like Chu Jian’s actions are born from long years of habit at this point – it’s not that she has some long dormant feelings of love that she just needs to realise, she just has to move him from the ‘friend and confidante’ box to the ‘potential lover’ one and that’s something she’s actively resisting. Thank you for the update! I get a special double chapter release as I’m late to the party 😀

    • I think it’s because Jian Bianlin’s feelings are that much more intense. They’ve been suppressed for so long, and if the years couldn’t quench them, then they could only intensify them.

      That’s exactly my assessment of Chu Jian. She needs a switch of mindset. I don’t even think she needs to confidently think of him as a potential boyfriend; she just needs to stop confining Jian Bianlin in the “good friend only” category and deliberately brushing off everything that he does. If she looks with a different perspective, she may see a lot of things that may move him into the “potential lover” by itself.

      Glad you joined the party, no matter what time. 🙂

  25. I so love stewed squid with honey. Since then I’ve been revisiting and reading your translations. Thank you admin and the whole team! *hugs* ♡♡

    • Yay! Enjoy yourself around the blog. We’ve got a bit of variety in the selection, so hopefully you find more that you like. Come back and visit lots! ❤

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