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My Darling (我的曼达林) — Chapter 3.4

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She’s said yes, but there’s still an adjustment period. 

Chapter 3.4 — You and Me, Together (4)

After Chu Jian sent the message off, she felt unsettled, as if her heart was wafting around and not grounded in anything.

To give herself a distraction, she decided she might as well play some Lianliankan[1] [simple puzzle game to match pictures].

In this night, here on the tatami, she was playing on her mobile phone, while out in the adjacent room, the older woman was preparing things for tomorrow and watching television.

And so, they passed the time this way.

When she had played until her thumbs were sore, she shut down the game window and glanced at the time. It was pretty late.

“Auntie, where is the tub that you collect all the shells in?”

Soon, a blue plastic tub was set down on the table.

……

The entire world fell into silence.

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The television outside was still playing the midnight news, describing a rear-end collision that had occurred on a certain street in Shanghai. Her ears were filled with these sounds as she tilted her head upwards to look at that person who was completely obstructing the yellow glow of the wall lamp. “Aren’t you supposed… to be at an event?”

There was still an empty conch shell in her hand. In a moment of inattention, she squeezed her hand tightly around it, and then, giving a start when it pricked her, she hastily dropped it onto the table. The man in front of her pulled off the cap that he had been using to conceal his face and tossed it aside. Dropping one knee down onto the tatami, he efficiently tidied up for her the garbage that had been scattered all over the table from the meal.

Chu Jian was caught in an awkward bind, where extending a hand to help seemed unfitting but not helping seemed inappropriate as well.

That one word of “okay” had taken her an entire afternoon plus an evening of deliberation before she had arrived at it. She had not even finished mentally preparing herself yet, and now he was here? Didn’t he have an event tonight? With those types of fashion and celebrity gala dinners, after the dinner part was over, should there not be another wild after-party teeming with sensual pleasures? Everyone would sit together on high-back sofas, sighing over the shortage of resources for actors and lamenting that film production teams were either dissolving or deferring projects. While they were at it, they would express their plans and line-ups for their work over the next couple of years, their eager anticipation for the upcoming blockbuster dramas, as well as their predictions for the box office…

Why was he here picking up garbage instead?

So, after the “okay,” now what? Were they going to have a date tonight? … Chu Jian yanked out napkin after napkin, pulling out seven or eight and then wiping herself clean, from her fingers to her mouth, then back to her hands—basically something she found for herself to do while he was tidying up.

In the end, after Jian Bianlin had finished clearing away everything, he also sat down, leaning half his body sideways against the tatami mat. His hand brushed against his pocket, where he discovered that pen that had been dismantled into little pieces. Wordlessly, he fished it out and once again, bit by bit, put it back together.

He did so quietly, without a sound being made. Reassembled, he placed the pen on the table.

In the warm amber light of the wall lamp, Chu Jian took a glance. She recognized this pen. The taste of the mustard and soy sauce used for dipping the strawberry conches was still on her lips. A little embarrassed, she unconsciously licked her bottom lip.

Jian Bianlin’s eyes took in this little mannerism of hers. “Doesn’t your stomach feel uncomfortable after eating this stuff?”

She murmured, “I’m used to it.”

“Is there anything to eat in your home?”

She shook her head.

Jian Bianlin stepped out. Very familiarly, he exchanged a couple of words with the auntie-like shopkeeper before tossing back a sentence to Chu Jian, telling her to continue watching television while she waited for him. When the ending sounds of the nightly news rang out, he also walked back in.

A piping hot bowl of steamed egg custard with clams was set down in front of Chu Jian, steam still rising up from it.

“Finish it.” A porcelain spoon was slid into the bowl.

“You even know how to make this?” Chu Jian was astounded.

“Anything that you like to eat, I know how to make.”

“……”

蛤蜊蒸蛋 Steamed egg custard with clams (image credit)

Hearing this, the shopkeeper auntie began cheerfully praising him, saying he was such a good big brother.

The news had switched to a rerun of a variety show, lively and hilariously fun, with various celebrities all dripping with sweat while they were forced to hike up a mountain… Picking up the spoon, Chu Jian pointed at the television screen and tried to ease some of that awkwardness that was growing geometrically. “Would you participate in a program like this?”

Before Jian Bianlin could reply, the shopkeeper auntie slapped her own thigh and immediately declared, “Oh, yes, definitely, he should. I love watching these the most.” She followed up quickly with more. “If your big brother takes part in one, I’ll be telling my customers every day that this celebrity made steamed egg custard with clams right here in this shop of mine…”

Amidst the auntie’s enthusiastic ramble, Jian Bianlin looked fixedly at the television screen for a full ten seconds. “You watch these types of shows often?”

“No, no… I don’t watch them often.” She had simply been trying to find a topic to talk about.

Glumly, Chu Jian bowed her head and ate her clams. Her lips would clamp down on the clam meat and pull it out a little at a time, and then she would spit the stripped-clean clamshell onto the table. Thunk. There was one. Thunk. Another one. In a very orderly fashion, the shells were spit back out onto the table.

Jian Bianlin merely watched her eat.

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When the live programming portion of the event ended, he had left the venue, driving Xie Bin’s vehicle. He had sped a little, and the roads surprisingly had also not been congested. In short, everything seemed as if it had been fated. He had arrived downstairs of the apartment building in the fastest time possible but then realized that, after receiving that “okay,” he did not know at all whether she had gone home or not.

He often ordered takeout for her from this seafood shop that was out front of their community compound.

Originally, he had intended on sitting there and waiting for a while. But then, he saw her.

When Chu Jian was more or less finished eating, she at last suddenly remembered something. It would seem that he should not have eaten yet?

With an “um,” she was about to ask him.

“I’ve eaten.” Jian Bianlin was quiet for a moment, then added two more words. “Not hungry.”

“Oh.” Lowering her head, she scooped at the last remnants of egg custard. Over and over, she pondered on the question, just how… was he planning on “trying”? Was he actually thinking of staying here tonight?

“I’m flying to Hong Kong on a late-night flight tonight.”

“Really?” The corner of Chu Jian’s lips turned up.

……

Twirling his baseball cap in his hand, Jian Bianlin shook his head gently, his smile rather resigned.

As he took in her little, elated expression from hearing that he was leaving…

Forget it. Just take things slowly.

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Before departing that shop, when it was time to pay, he and Chu Jian even ended up simultaneously pulling out their wallets. And then, under his gaze, she wordlessly put hers away again. When the shopkeeper auntie was giving him back his change, the auntie, in passing, also furtively assured Jian Bianlin that she would stay tight-lipped and would not let anyone know that a big celebrity lived in this community compound…

Leaving that immensely friendly elderly auntie’s shop, they walked into the community compound and went upstairs.

They stepped out of the elevator.

On the left was Chu Jian’s home; on the right was Jian Bianlin’s.

Chu Jian opened her mouth. “Whose home are we going to—”

At the same time, Jian Bianlin also spoke. “I’ve always felt that it’s not safe here—”

The two looked at one another.

Chu Jian: “What do you mean by ‘not safe’?”

Jian Bianlin: “Your home?”

Simultaneous again.

Jian Bianlin was in quite a good mood, and he gave another unexpected smile. With a slight tilt of his chin, he told her, “You say yours first.”

“I’m done talking… You say yours.”

“There are only two units here, and I’m normally not around. If some bad person were to hide here, it’d be difficult for you to even get in a cry for help.”

It shouldn’t be as scary as that, right? Chu Jian glanced around.

“When I’m back from Hong Kong, we’ll look for a new place. We need to find one where it’s one unit per floor and you need to swipe a card to get in.”

“Oh, okay.” She nodded. And then, immediately, a “Huh?” followed.

Wait, something wasn’t right. Why “one unit per floor”?

Jian Bianlin was long accustomed to this expression of hers, where everything was a potentially scary thing and could spook her out. He explained, “We can rent two units, where one is right above the other.”

So, in this skittish and jumpy manner, they stepped into Chu Jian’s home. On this frigid day, her forehead still was covered with sweat from trying to contain herself. Her bangs were parted limply, exposing a small scar at the end of her eyebrow, very faint and not noticeable unless looking closely.

Jian Bianlin lowered his eyes, fixing them on that little scar.

This had come about during her university days, when a classmate had accidentally bumped into her and injured her in physical education class. First-year university. He had not known about it. In the many years of her life, only her first year and the first half of her second year of university were a blank period to Jian Bianlin. He had known nothing—whether she was happy or sad, whether she, attending a school so far away, missed home, whether she had enough spending money, whether she… had a crush on anyone.

These were all things he had not known.

In particular, there was this injury and the scar it had left. Just one glance and he could tell that she had not treated it properly. When she was a kid, she had liked climbing trees and jumping in pits, so trips and falls were commonplace for her. It was only because he had learned how to treat all her injuries for her that her skin had remained undamaged. If he had been by her side during that time, it would not have even been possible for that scar to be left behind.

If he had been able to not be so rash…

… they might have already been together a long time ago.

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Feeling paranoid after he scared her earlier, Chu Jian was now sprawled against the peephole, peering out to see if there might be any shadowy figures in the corners of the stairwell. Sensing that he had not moved, she lifted her head.

Jian Bianlin shifted his gaze slightly. Bringing his hand up to the neckline of her sweater, he touched the pad of his thumb to the nape of her neck. His action was gentle, almost imperceptible, and it seemed he even gave her a light caress.

Chu Jian was almost holding her breath, her hand on the door, half her body resting on the door and the other half with nothing supporting it. She dared not move in the slightest.

“Why are you perspiring so much?” For some reason, his tone was rather low.

“I’m wearing too many clothes…” As a result of this atmosphere, she dared not speak loudly either. “Hot.”

His fingers left her skin slightly. “Go change.”

Suddenly starting out of her stupor, Chu Jian flusteredly pulled open the shoe cabinet and pointed at the slippers. “You’re really familiar with everything here. Grab a pair yourself and change into it.”

Saying this, she darted into her room.

By the time she shut the door behind her, her legs were weak, and as she leaned her back against the room door, she felt a little dazed.

There was practically an omnipresent feeling of awkwardness. In contrast, this room was actually like a refuge, temporarily separating the two of them. If there could be a phone call that suddenly summoned him away, that would be so good. She had just made her decision and had not even prepared herself for anything yet, and then, just like that, they were face-to-face—face-to-face like boyfriend and girlfriend…

Simply thinking about the words “boyfriend and girlfriend” was enough to leave her tossing and turning for a dozen or so days.

A knock rapped on the outside of the door, its sound transmitting through the door and charging directly into her ear.

“I’m still not done changing. Just wait…”

“Don’t open the door.” Jian Bianlin’s voice appeared first. “I want to talk to you just like this.”

Chu Jian gave an “mm,” not certain whether, with a door in between, this reply could be heard outside.

After a long silence on the other side of the door, Jian Bianlin also leaned his back against it. “The whole way while I was driving over here earlier, I couldn’t help myself. I just wanted to see you before I went to Hong Kong.”

Her fingers slid unconsciously over the door, and she gave another “mm.”

“If there’s anything I do that you don’t like, just tell me straight out.” His voice was somewhat tight. “My… temperament isn’t so good. I’ve never had a girlfriend, so I have no experience. These are all things you know better than anyone else.”

Chu Jian’s fingers curled slightly, digging lightly into the door.

A person she had known since the age of four…

From preschool to primary school, then to middle and high school, she had seen him wear all different sizes of school uniforms. She was familiar with the progression of the prescription strength for his eyeglasses and even knew when he had had laser surgery to correct his nearsightedness. This man—the one so familiar to her—was now telling her through the door, “I’ve never had a girlfriend before. If I do anything wrong, tell me…”

“Chu Jian?”

Her throat was a little dry, and she could only make an indistinct “mm.”

“I should go.”

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[1]连连看 Lianliankan is a very simplistic type of puzzle game played by trying to remove images using no more than four lines to connect identical images. Here are a couple of examples. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/qq-lian-lian-
kan/id385703650?mt=8 or https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tmlok.tm006.mentaltrainer

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Additional Comments:

I thought, since I’ve said it so many times in replying to comments, I might just put an “additional comment” about this.

It’s been 22 years since they’ve known each other. He has liked her for more than ten of those, and she has known about it. If perseverance and staying around were what touched her, why didn’t it happen a few years ago, or a few months ago, or even yesterday?

I feel Chu Jian’s change came because of a moment—a moment of vulnerability. Xie Bin said, “But with the type of person that Jian Bianlin is, making him plead with someone or ask for help is even harder than making him go die.” One of the fundamental traits of Jian Bianlin is pride. He won’t admit weakness; he can’t plead for anything. He would rather stay silently by her side, knowing that Chu Jian does not like him in that way and too scared to make any other move, than open his mouth and… be open. The text hasn’t even said that he ever confessed; he just kissed her to show it because stating feelings is vulnerable. But that moment in the room—where he admitted he was at fault, where he revealed his thinking and feelings, where he told her he would not even know what he would do without her—and that moment on the phone where he pleaded to her—pleaded!—to let him have one try… that was him setting aside his pride and being vulnerable. There is something about being vulnerable—it is genuine. It removes all the masks, walls, defences that you have put up and exposes parts of you. And Chu Jian saw that. As Tong Fei said about her friend, “She’s the textbook example of someone who gives in to the soft approach but resists coercion…” So that moment was what touched her.

He took the step first, to expose himself and his insecurities, to set aside his pride. This step moved Chu Jian’s heart. And so, she was willing to take a step as well.

Completed:
1 of 1 Prologue
11 of 36 Chapter segments
0 of 1 Epilogue

 

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52 thoughts on “My Darling (我的曼达林) — Chapter 3.4

  1. Thanks for the update. 36 chapters seems to short to resolve this relationship. I feel they’ve really got a long way to go, but I’m enjoying the journey.

    hoju, I agree with your comment about Jian Bianlin’s moment of vulnerability, but I also think he surrended his pride with her years ago when he first approached her, and in the ensuing years since she’s told him she doesn’t like him and he’s stayed obviously liking her. I don’t think he has any pride when it comes to her, I think he’s just been scared to fully lay it out as then there would be no going back. Yes, she’s someone who responds to pity, but if she didn’t then what would he have done?

    • I have my opinion on story length and resolution, but I won’t bias anyone. 😉 Glad you’re along the journey.

      Thank you for offering your opinions. I love character discussion because it spurs me on to think deeper, too. I definitely agree that the hesitation that Jian Bianlin has around Chu Jian is also partly a manifestation of fear that he will lose her, so he dares not do anything, for fear that will push her away further.

      Have you ever been in a quarrel with a person (or been that person… hehe) where he/she knows that she did something wrong. She is willing to DO lots of things–cook, clean, speak in soft, coaxing tones, smile and say funny things hoping to make you laugh—hoping to break the ice, but that person just does not say sorry? Every one knows how to utter the word, but some people just cannot say it because the “sorry” is a formal admission of at least being part of the wrong. They can’t get past that. I feel like it’s the same with Jian Bianlin. We have Chu Jian’s own thoughts: “Was this really him? She had known him for twenty-two years now, but never before had he been like this. Words like ‘I can’t take it’ or ‘I’m sorry’ had never been spoken from him before. Even when he had gotten into that huge trouble, even in his most depressed times, he had never said them. He was someone who never conceded, never admitted his mistake.” So obviously, in Chu Jian’s eyes, the pride is still there. That school fight clearly has left its impact on Chu Jian, but Jian Bianlin never spoke to her about it and admitted his contribution to it, even after all these years. What’s stopping him? He doesn’t need to say that he hated her boyfriend or anything; just a simple, “I acted rashly when I caused that fight, and I know it has affected you. I’m sorry.” Doing that would not push her away from him.

      Personally, I believe that Jian Bianlin has *nearly* set aside all his pride in front of Chu Jian because he certainly needs to be at the point for him maintain his presence in her life when she doesn’t want you in that way. However, he is holding that one last piece of it. If he knew that setting it aside would change her heart, I think he would abandon it straightaway, without a moment’s hesitation. He knows Chu Jian well and knows that her heart is soft and gives in to the “soft approach,” but he still hast risked it. Why? Perhaps, without any way of knowing that Chu Jian will give him that chance, he is thinking, if in the end, no matter what he does, Chu Jian still will not accept him, then the least he can do is hold on to his pride.

      Anyway, thanks for the interesting discussion. I enjoyed it. 🙂

  2. and someone willing to take a step closer to me? kekekekeke, this novel makes my mood up and down like riding a roller coster

  3. This is so…awkward. They’re behaving (at least, she is) like virtual strangers.
    Poor baby Bianlian… *shakes head and sighs*

  4. Thank you!!!

    Ahhh…you know a story is good when every chapter ending seems like a cliffhanger! 😂

  5. I always love reading your translations, hoju. Not only because of the excellent translation quality, but because of your comments and thoughts about the story. Your analysis of the characters and plot enables me to fully understand and appreciate the story. I can really see how much thought and effort you use when translating 🙂
    Thank you for the chapter!!

    • ☺️ Thank you for such sweet words. I’m glad my ramblings help you in some way. LOL. I certainly appreciate all of you who read them, too.

  6. Thank you, and thank you again for share with us this stories.

  7. thank you for the chapter ❤

  8. Thank you!! It is much appreciated!! I always look forward to Tuesday and Friday/Sat for this.

    As I was reading the last few chapters, I cant help but feel a little frustrated with them because they are so tense with each other. How can they be like this when they know each other for more than half of their lives? How can they be so close but also so far? Then I realized that it is precisely because that they were so close that it escalated this far after the incidents…

    • I’m glad I can help brighten up some of your week. 🙂

      You’re not alone. I mentioned in my introduction that in my first read of this novel, I was frustrated, too, so I understand. In the subsequent re-reads, I really read into the details behind how things ended up in this current state. I agree, it’s precisely because they were so close. Things from the past that have stayed unresolved have only widened the rift over the years. If they were not so close, Chu Jian simply could have cut ties and pushed him out of her life. But she couldn’t do that because she doesn’t ever want to lose him. How, then, could she deal with him without accepting him?

  9. oh thankyou for this new post. i was refreshing like crazy. The awkwardness was expected and kinda cute. and sometimes its easier to say the words aloud but not face to face- saying it over a door would suffice. Its time to be a lil more courageous and little more direct and honest. sigh this story is giving me warm fuzzies

    • You don’t have to constantly refresh. I post at the exact same time every time, so just keep an eye out for the pattern. 😉

      She wasn’t prepared for seeing him tonight, so it’s understandable she doesn’t know how to deal with it. Oops, if you’re already getting the warm fuzzies, I can’t even imagine what you’ll be like later in the story. 😀

  10. Aww. My poor poor JBL. The going is still so tough for him. You are such an awesome translator !! Thank you 😊

    • Things are turning around. There’s a learning curve and there may be little blips of Dow dips, but the happiness curve is now trending upward.

      Thank you. ☺️

  11. how am I already in love with this novel?? thank you as always for translating!

  12. Thank you my dear Hoju!😊🤗 at last🙏🏼
    However, I am hoping soon that CJ awkwardness will rest aside. I feel in someway JB is a lonely guy even he is famous, successful and rich. I hope you gain your pure happiness in the next chapters

    • Gradually, yes. Tonight was extra awkward because she was utterly unprepared, and he kind of just popped in on her.

      He seems like someone who doesn’t need a lot of relationships, but the ones that he does have or want are ones he really, really treasures.

      Maybe not the next immediate chapters, but things are improving. 🙂

  13. Aww… Don’t give up JBL. CJ need more time to get used their change of relationship. But, I am not patient enough to watch their slow romance 😅😅

    • Hehe… He definitely won’t give up. He’s waited for so long for this one chance, and unless Chu Jian tells him she is backing out, he will not let go.
      Patience is a wonderful virtue… 😉

  14. I really like the story’s pace, not too fast nor slow. Decent read so far, i think the conflicts feel genuine. I can’t wait to read how he will melt her 💓 😆😆😆

  15. Thank you 😘

  16. Aaaaaaggghhh… That’s soooo…. oh my… JBL… ~chu~ lols

    If i were CJ, probably i’ll scream so loud.
    I cant hardly wait for the next chapter…
    Take a step closer to him. To learn him once again… Aaaaahhh…. poor my heart, lols…

    Thank you Hoju and im back with my Marcus’s pic 😀

    • I still prefer Wang Kai😗

      Scream when he showed up with a blue tub in his hands?
      Chu Jian will take the next step… You will like it. 😉

  17. Thank you for your translation.

  18. I want my own JB! (Mercy please from the other MBFB male leads, i know i totally said this line before 😂😂). But his familiarity and effort towards CJ’s likes are so envy

  19. Part 2 – accidentally sent the one above
    *envy-inducing and I really look forward to the day that the awkwardness is gone for them and the moments where CJ misses his presence not be glad that he is leaving or something. Since JB already loves her i hope to see how CJ will fall for him.

    Thanks as usual for your amazinng efforts Hoju! 😊😊😊

    • I do seem to think you might have said this about every male lead of every MBFB novel. 😉

      To be fair, I think Chu Jian’s relief this time around was more induced out of being unprepared. She isn’t planning on avoiding him all the time, and you will see she is genuine about trying out this whole relationship thingy. 🙂

      You’re welcome!

  20. Thanks for the translations and the comments! I honestly love reading your additional comments. I do feel the same way and see the implied feelings without them, but you just somehow describe it in a way that makes it so much more beautiful.
    I’m glad CJ is giving JB a chance, and that JB knows just how delicate this chance is, and he’s willing to work to make it work. The poor thing makes me want to just hug him close and tell him that it’ll all work out, that their relationship is definitely worth the pain.

    • Thank you for reading them. I’m glad we are noticing or feeling similar things. It makes me feel maybe I’m not so weird after all. 😅

      He’s always known how delicate their relationship had been, hence his fear in making a move. This is such an important chance. He treasures it, I’m certain. We are cheering him on!

  21. Thank you so much!! 😘😘😘. Can’t wait for more. 😊😊😊

  22. Thank you for the new chapter!
    Gaaah in this chapter I really fall for JB! I know, JB, I also have the same regret (and embarrassment) with the rashness of my teenage years. It’s okay! At least now you’re together with CJ, so don’t scare her again in this sensitive time. Well, CJ is also a lot more mature so she should understand your uneasiness as well. Just enjoy it you two, seeing you together (albeit awkward) makes me really happy somehow!

    • LOL. Was it the cooking? 😉 Hehe, his thoughtfulness through actions just melts you, doesn’t it?

      Thankfully, Jian Bianlin is no longer the teenage Jian Bianlin, and his rashness has toned down by more than few notches. Now, I suspect you’ll be even happier when you read next update. 😉

  23. a man took in effort learning how cook all of your favorite dishes, a major plus for me!

    • Would you stone me if I told you my hubby is an amazing cook and knows how to cook most of my favourite dishes (except desserts… I know how to make all of his favourite desserts). Hehehehe

  24. Such a lovely chapter to read ❤ thank you so much Hoju 😘

    I can relay to how CJ felt. She use up a lot of her courage to say ‘okay’ and before she could prepare herself to see him, he appears in front of her…

    While on JB side, reading the ‘okay’ brings lots of excitement. The guy had loved her so many years….. one can imagine how happy he would be with just the simple ‘okay’ as this means that he is now given a chance to show her how much he love and cares for her… and melt her heart 😍

    Can’t wait to read the next chapter… so off I go now 😉 😘😘😘

    • You’re welcome.

      Mm-hmm. After finally arriving at that decision, I think she probably needed some space to process and think through what this meant for her and how she should approach it. But then, before she has even had a chance to change her mindset yet, he’s right there…

      Gosh, if I were Jian Bianlin, I think my first reaction would be disbelief, then incredible elation. I would love to see his expression when he first read that one word of “okay.”

      Happy reading. 😉

  25. Dear Hoju, thank you for your translation and comments. I have improved tremendously in my Chinese vocabulary just reading your works here. I just finished watching Best Times on Youtube. I enjoyed it and more so because of yours and Peanuts comments about Wallace chung. thank you again.

    • You’re welcome. I’m glad they have helped.

      LOL. I’ve only rambled on about Wallace Chung with Peanuts in You Are My Sunshine. Peanuts is the true WC fan so Best Times commentary would have come from her. 🙂

  26. Thank you for the chapter~

  27. “He took the step first, to expose himself and his insecurities, to set aside his pride. This step moved Chu Jian’s heart. And so, she was willing to take a step as well.” So true. I really like reading your comments after each of your post. Thanks hoju ❤

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