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My Darling (我的曼达林) — Chapter 7.1

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They’re supposed to be apart, with Jian Bianlin being hours away in Hengdian and Chu Jian still in Shanghai. Of course, the operative words in that are “supposed to be.” 😉

Chapter 7.1 — Your Eyes that Stir Me (1)

In the distance, that Yangko folk song had already switched over to Little Apple. The executive director, who was sitting nearby Jian Bianlin, was crunching on an apple while merrily singing to the lead director, “You are my old, oh, old apple.[1]

Everyone had to admit that this particular group was extremely lucky.

In this time when Jian Bianlin was at the height of popularity, there was finally a television drama that would bring him back down to earth, to land him in front of the eyes of the masses. Furthermore, Xie Bin had drawn on all his contacts and connections to build this lineup of people and resources, from the make-up and wardrobe team to the directors to the script. Even the members of the post-production team had been reserved ahead of time, poached from other leading projects. It was an all-round, highest-caliber production.

Next year’s title of “King of All TV Dramas”, guaranteed, would not escape them.

Filming had not even begun, but two television stations had already bought the rights to air the drama series in the prime time slot as the major drama to kick off the New Year…

The executive director was still sighing over his good fortune at getting this top-notch team when he saw Jian Bianlin, who had already completed his scenes for the night, rise from his sling chair and head over into his private van. Before long, Jian Bianlin had removed his make-up and costume and left the van.

Pulling his gray, knitted hat lower until it nearly covered his brows and eyes and his parka’s collar all the way up to block the bottom half of his face, he tucked his head down and slipped into a smaller vehicle.

The executive director beckoningly waved his hand and then asked Xiao Yu, the assistant who had jogged over in response, “Where is Jian Bianlin going?”

From the looks of it, he was not returning to the hotel.

Xiao Yu chuckled impishly, “Director, why are you being so nosy?”

The director homed in on the back of Xiao Yu’s head and sent a palm smacking into it. “Just listen to how you’re talking to me. No respect for those senior to you.”

……

Chu Jian had been worrying over whether his night shoots were filming into hours that were too late in the night. The result? Her worries became reality. Some time past three in the morning, Jian Bianlin called her. Afraid that her dad or mom might hear something, she buried herself under her duck-down quilt to have a WeChat video call with him.

In only half a minute, condensation had formed on the screen of her mobile phone. She wiped it off. The image from the phone’s camera was slightly distorted. The interior of his car was dim, and the whites and blacks of his eyes were not clearly distinguishable, causing his eyes to appear even more brooding. As he gazed out at her, she ended up growing embarrassed first. “I still have to head in to the salon tomorrow. Going to sleep now.”

When the connection had terminated and Chu Jian had thrown off her duck-down quilt, she was still muddledly thinking, why had she never noticed before that he was so handsome? …

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The next day was the nail salon’s first workday after the Lunar New Year.

Chu Jian’s nail salon was normally open for business from the afternoon all the way until the middle of the night, and her two nail technicians were in charge of watching the shop. In the mornings, the shop was closed, unless it just so happened that a Japanese or Korean instructor had come to teach a course for a week. In such instances, morning appointments would be accepted, and Chu Jian would watch the salon herself.

A Korean instructor had just flown in early this morning, and the available appointment slot was already booked by Tong Fei’s friend, Xie Linlin. Xie Linlin did not come alone and brought along two people whom Chu Jian did not know.

Xie Linlin introduced one as a talent agent and the other as an actress. Seeing that she was not well-acquainted with these people, Chu Jian helped to convey a few sentences between the instructor and them, and then she escaped to the sofa in the corner, where she sleepily flipped through a magazine and took notes.

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Of the three clients, only Xie Linlin was getting permanent eyeliner done for the first time.

“Just how painful is it?” Xie Linlin apprehensively asked her.

“It’s not that painful, I think.” Chu Jian had never gotten it done either. She told her, “A lot of clients have gotten it. From what I’ve seen, it shouldn’t hurt too much.”

“It doesn’t hurt. There’s just a little tickling feeling. It’s over really quick,” the actress laughed.

Coincidentally, at that moment, the Korean instructor was testing the instrument, and it gave off the goosebump-inducing sound of a small electric drill.

Xie Linlin shuddered. “It honestly doesn’t hurt?”

The talent agent also chuckled. “Honest, honest. Just trust us. I even have an appointment this afternoon at Ninth People’s Hospital to do a double eyelid surgery. You can’t even take this little bit of pain?”

So, while the Korean instructor was doing her preparation work, that talent agent who was going to get double eyelids done flipped through the photographs on her phone. There was actually a considerable number saved, and sliding her finger over them, she began chatting with Chu Jian about each one. At the end, she unexpectedly threw out the sentence, “At my last appointment, the double eyelid photo that I gave to my doctor to look at was Jian Bianlin’s, but the doctor kept insisting that he couldn’t do it and even if he did, it wouldn’t look natural.” Likely because Jian Bianlin was so extremely popular right now, the talent agent naturally thought that his name needed only to be mentioned and then everyone would know whom she was referring to…

Feeling awkward, Xie Linlin signaled with her eyes at Chu Jian. She swore, she had not let even half a sentence slip!

With her right hand, Chu Jian pulled self-consciously at her hair while offering an “mm-hmm” in reply.

She herself was in the aesthetics and nails business. In a more normal way of describing it, his double eyelids, which technically were known as “chong nian[2],” was Heaven’s blessing on him. From inner to outer corner of the eye, the crease gradually moved further away from the eyelid line, and the double eyelid went from narrow to wide.

A wide-tail shape—a lateral flare in the double eyelid.

Normally, this type of double eyelid was very sexy and seductive-looking. Luckily he had a high crease, which lessened that sensuous effect by quite a bit…

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Chu Jian gave a cough, then continued leafing through her magazine.

Why did she need to recall in such detail what his eyes looked like? …

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Over on the other side, Xie Linlin had selected the shape that she wanted for her permanent eyeliner, and the machine was turned on.

The difference between different people’s sensations and perceptions of pain level could be worlds apart. After half a minute, against the backdrop of the machine’s sounds, Xie Linlin’s tears began flowing madly. “Oh God, oh God! I can’t, I can’t! I need a break. My eyes are super sensitive.”

Laughing in amusment, the Korean instructor shut off the equipment to allow her to have a rest.

Tears were rolling uncontrollably down Xie Linlin’s cheeks, and furthermore, she dared not wipe them away, instead using a napkin to gingerly dab and absorb away the moisture beneath her eyes. “Oh God. The instant she touched me with her finger, I wanted to cringe away from her. Let’s not even talk about using the machine. It’s just too scary…”

Right as Xie Linlin was ardently immersed in her wailing accusations, her voice abruptly cut off.

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Because someone had come in.

Chu Jian heard the bells on the door jingle. Puzzled over why there would be customers coming in at this time, she lifted her head for a look—

That man who was supposed to be filming in Hengdian walked down the two stair steps. Possibly because he had not expected that there would be people here whom he knew, there was an expression of slight surprise on his face. He had been chewing gum, but now the seldom-seen smile he had been wearing faded away, and his eyes turned impassive as he gave a token nod in Xie Linlin’s direction.

Hugging the magazine, Chu Jian blurted, “Aren’t you… in Hengdian?”

“Mm.” That was his answer…

Oh God, just a few minutes ago, she had pretended that she did not know him. Chu Jian did not dare even to look at the faces of the other people. Tossing the magazine aside, she spoke in Korean to the instructor, giving some hurried instructions and explanations. After signalling fiercely to him with her eyes, she ran into the storeroom at the back of the salon. His expression deadpan, Jian Bianlin offhandedly pulled out a tissue, spit out his chewing gum, and tossed everything into the wastebasket. Then, he followed after her without so much as a sideways glance during the entire way …

And so things were, until those two people, one behind the other, went into the room, shut the door, and locked it.

Those other two who had come with Xie Linlin were frenziedly sending messages to Xie Linlin with their eyes: Holy crud?! Jian Bianlin?

Xie Linlin folded her hands respectfully in front of her and bowed deeply: Keep this a secret at all costs, please…

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On the other side of the door…

Leaning her back against the shelf of goods, Chu Jian tried as hard as she could to keep her voice low. “Aren’t you supposed to be filming? Isn’t it supposed to take four months? Didn’t you say that, in between, you’d only be able to come back here a few times?”

There were no windows in this storeroom, and because it was locked all the time, the air was rather stale. It was a little stuffy.

Jian Bianlin had been sitting in the vehicle for several hours[3] in order to rush back here. Although he had slept in the car, it was bound to not be as restful as sleeping soundly on a bed, so now there was a dull throb in his temples. However, he was still in a rather pleasant mood from the gratification that came after easing his lovesickness. “Tonight is all going to be night shoots. If I leave at noon and rush back, I’ll still make it.”

Astonishment came over Chu Jian. “… Aren’t you tired?”

Jian Bianlin gave a little laugh.

Taking into consideration that there were people outside and surmising that Chu Jian might be a little shy and easily embarrassed, he did not really do anything. He placed both palms on the shelving unit, leaning his weight onto them. Adjusting himself as best as he could to her height, he gently brushed his forehead against her forehead. “I missed you last night, and I figured I wouldn’t be able to fall asleep anyway, so I came back.”

Peaceful. And gentle.

Chu Jian felt warmed all over. It was a heat that rose out from her heart, and even when it reached her palms, it was still cozily warm. It had only been less than twenty hours since they had seen each other, but they were making it seem like it had been half a lifetime.

“This won’t do,” Chu Jian told him softly. “It’s so tiring. If you want to see me… you can just tell me. I’ll go find you. I have people who can watch the shop anyway, and I don’t have to head into the office often, either.”

His eyes were a little damp as, quietly, he gazed at her.

“So… I’ll take a couple of days to make the arrangements and then I’ll go to Hengdian to find you?”

Jian Bianlin still did not utter a word.

“Or else… today is okay, too… Your health just recovered not long ago. I’d been thinking, too, that when things slowed down here, I would go take care of you.” Chu Jian gauged the timing one more time. “After the people outside are finished, I’ll talk to the instructor. If there are no big issues, I’ll be able to go.”

In a low voice, he interrupted, “Will you find me really annoying because I always want to see you?”

Annoying? Absolutely not.

When they were kissing earlier on, she had even felt that the strange odour on him from sitting in a stuffy car for an entire night was really… so ridiculously nice-smelling…

“Well, at least let me go home to pack some clothes.” She purposely evaded his question. A little slow in catching on, she suddenly noticed that Jian Bianlin was wearing a pair of red pants. She cast a glance at him.

Jian Bianlin had a completely unruffled look of “You like it, so I’m wearing it.” Reaching behind him, he twisted the doorknob, opened the door, and backed out of the room, doing it this way solely so that, the whole time, his eyes would not have to leave her.

Chu Jian felt that her heart was going to melt from his gaze…

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From the moment Jian Bianlin stepped out of the room again, it was as if Xie Linlin had been injected with something that strengthened her heart. Swiftly, she finished getting both her eyeliner and eyebrows done. During the entire process, she had not gibbered at all, cried any tears, or made any more drama. Instead, the whole time, she was in a state where it seemed as if her soul had floated away to somewhere on the outer reaches of heaven. Um, hello? What exactly was Jian Bianlin doing? Shouldn’t he be filming right now? What in the world was this, with him sitting there, holding a glass of water and supervising her while she had her eyebrows done? …

It was evident that the other two clients were wisely choosing to be considerate, stating adamantly that they had absolutely no special requests, that Chu Jian did not need to stay here with them and should hurry and get out of here… Hurry and get out of here…

Chu Jian also felt that leaving Jian Bianlin here in the salon to scrutinize the whole procedure as the actress and talent agent got eyebrows tattooed on was simply torture for those two—too awkward. After saying a few words to the instructor and also calling one of the salon’s nail technicians to come earlier to watch the shop, she left directly with Jian Bianlin.

Their vehicle drove back to their community compound. Swiftly, Chu Jian went upstairs, packed her luggage, and, while she was at it, fibbed to her parents that she needed to take a business trip. Then, she towed her suitcase downstairs, stepped out of the elevator, and hopped back into the car.

Everything was done smoothly, without so much as stopping in between.

In the end, Jian Bianlin was unable to hold himself back. Before the back door was even shut, he pulled Chu Jian toward him and into his embrace.

Chu Jian’s eyes fixed on something outside the car window. Uncle Jian, who had just returned home after buying some groceries, was leaning over the window, staring at the two of them with an expression like he had seen a ghost in broad daylight. She immediately writhed about and then reached back to wrap Jian Bianlin in a tight hug as well. “Don’t be sad, don’t be sad. You just got dumped, that’s all. I’ll go to Hengdian right now to keep you company…”

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[1]《小苹果》Little Apple, sung by the Chopstick Brothers, was released in 2014 and went viral very shortly after, with many covers and parodies, and it is even widely used in plaza dancing. In the chorus, there is one line, “你是我的小呀小苹果儿,” which translates as “You are my little, oh, little apple.” (It first appears in the YT video above at 0:52.) The executive director was singing along to the song that was playing off in the distance but changed the word 小 “little” in that line to 老 “old” and sang it to the lead director.

[2]重睑 “chong nian.” This is the proper term in Chinese for double eyelid.

[3] Hengdian is roughly 300 km southwest of Shanghai and an approximately four-hour drive.

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Additional Comments:

Haha! Busted! Nice excuse, Chu Jian.

Because comments showed up so much regarding last post’s “marriage proposal,” I thought I would include a little side note with my thoughts on Jian Bianlin’s statement, “I want to get married.”

Personally, I feel that it was not a proposal, not a question posed to Chu Jian for an answer or even to feel out her thoughts. It was merely a statement to be taken exactly at face value: “I want to get married.” To be honest, my now husband, then boyfriend said the same to me very shortly after we started our relationship because, well, it was an expression of his certainty in the relationship and a desire of his heart. It was a shock the first time I heard it, but I didn’t doubt his sincerity, nor did I doubt that he knew that the timing was too early for us to even broach marriage. So, I can see why Jian Bianlin said it, and genuinely believe it was not a proposal, just an expression of his desire. The first time Jian Bianlin talked about marriage, it was terrible timing because Chu Jian’s mindset was different. She was just trying out this relationship and was not even certain she had feelings for him. It was scary to her. This time, I don’t think it would have that effect on her. Chu Jian herself said that unless he does something to betray her or hurt her, she will never break up with him. To me, that means that in her heart and mind, she has already decided that Jian Bianlin is the one she desires to spend the rest of her life with. The next step—marriage—will happen, just that they have to get past a few things—such as letting their families know that they are together. LOL. I guess if I draw parallels to me, I think this time, she would not mind what he said, might even be touched by it, but either treat it like it was just a statement of what he wanted or gently tell him, “Not now.”

 

The song,《小苹果》 Little Apple is quite a household song in China. Even the People’s Liberation Army and Navy have done the plaza dance to it, and there have been many a flash mob with this song. Just do a YouTube search of the song, and you’ll see plenty of examples. The official MV is just too weird to link in the main body of the text, but it certainly is eye-catching enough. LOL. Lyrics below.

 

《小苹果》 Little Apple

我种下一颗种子 终于长出了果实
I planted a seed, and finally it has borne fruit
今天是个伟大日子
Today is a great day

摘下星星送给你 拽下月亮送给你
I pick the stars from the sky to give to you; I pick the moon from the sky to give to you
让太阳每天为你升起
I tell the sun to rise each day for you

变成蜡烛燃烧自己
I would turn into a candle and let myself burn
只为照亮你
If only to shine upon you
把我一切都献给你
I would offer everything I have to you
只要你欢喜
So long as you are happy

你让我每个明天都变得有意义
You have given me meaning in each day
生命虽短爱你永远 不离不弃
Though life is short, my love for you is eternal, and I will never leave you nor forsake you

你是我的小呀小苹果儿
You are my little, oh, little apple
怎么爱你都不嫌多
And I could never love you too much
红红的小脸儿温暖我的心窝
Your little red face warms my heart
点亮我生命的火 火火火火
And kindles the fire in my life, the fire, fire, fire, fire

你是我的小呀小苹果儿
You are my little, oh, little apple
就像天边最美的云朵
Like the most beautiful cloud on the horizon
春天又来到了花开满山坡
Spring has come again, and flowers are blooming all over the hillside
种下希望就会收获
When hope is sown, there will be a harvest

从不觉得你讨厌
Never have I found you exasperating
你的一切都喜欢
I like everything about you
有你的每天都新鲜
Each day that has you is fresh and new

有你阳光更灿烂
With you, the sunlight is even more brilliant
有你黑夜不黑暗
With you, the dark night is no longer dark
你是白云我是蓝天
You are the white clouds, I am the blue sky

春天和你漫步在盛开的 花丛间
In the spring, I will stroll with you amongst the blooming flowers
夏天夜晚陪你一起看 星星眨眼
In the summer, you and I will look up together at the twinkling stars

秋天黄昏与你徜徉在 金色麦田
During autumn sunsets, we will wander together through the golden wheat fields
冬天雪花飞舞有你 更加温暖
And winter’s dancing snowfalls will be warmer because there is you

你是我的小呀小苹果儿
You are my little, oh, little apple
怎么爱你都不嫌多
And I could never love you too much
红红的小脸儿温暖我的心窝
Your little red face warms my heart
点亮我生命的火 火火火火
And kindles the fire in my life, the fire, fire, fire, fire

你是我的小呀小苹果儿
You are my little, oh, little apple
就像天边最美的云朵
Like the most beautiful cloud on the horizon
春天又来到了花开满山坡
Spring has come again, and flowers are blooming all over the hillside
种下希望就会收获
When hope is sown, there will be a harvest

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48 thoughts on “My Darling (我的曼达林) — Chapter 7.1

  1. awwe 🙂 how sweet! I wonder if Chu Jian’s action at the end really threw Uncle Jian’s suspicions off… :O Thanks for the update!

  2. oh its how moving they think of each other. n chujian was so funny still trying to put up an act when uncle jian spotted them. lol too funny. im semi rolling on the floor n giggle silly with our couple here. again too cute

  3. Thank you for the chapter~
    I don’t get why they’re keeping this a secret from their parents

    • You’re welcome. And thank you for commenting on all the other chapters. I saw all of them and appreciate that you took the time out to do that.

      Hmm… again, from personal experience, I don’t think it’s that they are deliberately thinking his needs to be a secret. When you first start dating someone, especially during your innocent first relationship, there’s a degree of awkwardness where you just don’t know how to let people know. Not ashamed, just shy. That probably is doubly the case for Chu Jian since she’s thinking that everyone had been viewing them as “just friends” for all these years and to now suddenly change the relationship is hard to explain. Also, in the new phases of a relationship, some couples just want to keep it quiet for a while to cherish that time that is wholly theirs and they’re not getting spectated.

  4. Thank you so much Hoju for another sweet chapter to start my Saturday 😘

    JBL is sooo lovesick 🤣 to the extend he would take the 4 hours drive just to see CJ. Lucky CJ to have someone like that ❤️ her.

  5. Haha… Good one, Chu Jian…
    Thank you for the translation, hoju…

  6. I’m going to get diabetes soon. 🤣🤣🤣 Thank you so much Hoju!!! 😘😘😘

  7. Gosh, Hoju *blushes* You’re one hell of a lucky girl. When (and if) I write a novel, I’ll include your story in it. But I’m so bad at making up a book title. So you will have to think of one and tell me, after all, you’re gonna be my muse!
    Now, Chu Jian is so cute. The last paragraph made me LMAO.Really, yunno, everytime I read a new chappie of My Darling, I end up having the hugest and silliest grin on my face, and in fact it brightens up the day AND the next day… Aftereffects of reading a beautifully written and translated novels extend to a wide range of activities, yunno.

    • I won’t deny it. My hubby is an amazing blessing to me.

      My story… is pretty normal. I’m sure yours is just as interesting.

      I love brightening anyone’s day. That makes my day. Glad you tune in for biweekly dose. 🙂

      • My story is non-existant, Hoju *sighs* My first and only crush was that Gun-like guy I told you about. Remember? He’s South Korean and I’m not so it felt like a new experience. Not to mention, he was a gamer too. And a really good one at that. It was fun knowing him. But then, I started thinking of him more like a friend than anything else. I think it was at Blizzardcon in LA (that big-shot gaming event which his team totally ruled), as soon as an event was done his fans would crowd around him and take his autographs. Girls used to fawn around and I used to be amused and thought “I’m lucky to have him as a friend”. He was Gun-like. But he wasn’t Gun. There was this man-child streak in him which he kept hidden under a brooding facade. So the seriousness was just a Cover. But me: I ike serious guys who can talk to me about, say, String Theory, without falling asleep because they spent the previous night practicing Starcraft 2. On the other hand, we’re both friends (and have always been) and we probably may end up going to the same College because he didn’t apply for last year’s Fall intake either. Before you end up thinking something else, I’m definitely not a Chu Jian. And things are completely platonic now.

  8. P.S. Can I have your email id, BTW? I think I would love to consult you on my book-writing process. (Yeah, I was not kidding about writing a novel)

    • I honestly won’t be much help. I’m not an author, and my writing skills cannot compare to those truly talented with a pen. Gosh, engineers in my university were (still are, I think) even required to take a communications course in order to graduate because as a whole, the writing skills of the geers just… well, weren’t much to be spoken for.

  9. Why are they even hiding it from their parents?
    Silly couple. Chu Jian’s excuse is so funny. XD

    • I wrote my views on this in a long reply to DOH up above. In short, I’m guessing she’s shy and doesn’t know how to tell people, especially her parents, who have always viewed them as “just friends.” Too awkward. (I think this is totally normal. LOL. I dated my now hubby in secret for more than a month before it became public. And that happened because we were holding hands when we ran into a group of our mutual friends. It was like we were electrocuted and the instantaneous, instinctive reaction was to fling off each other’s hand and *pretend we hadn’t seen each other* HAHAHA. Um… yeah. We weren’t deliberately trying to hide it, just that we didn’t know how to tell anyone.) And also, they’re probably enjoying the privacy of being a couple and not having people staring at them. Oh, and Jian Bianlin is probably too scared to take the initiative to tell anyone, for fear that he might do something wrong and cause Chu Jian to back out of their relationship. In the last update, it said, “The ice was finally broken in their relationship of many years, and he feared making any misstep.” So until she decides she’s okay with saying something, he won’t tell anyone either.

      Silly couple. (I can relate… as per my silly story above.) 😉

  10. surprisingly that was a fun song, thank you for the song translation

    haha totally busted…hopefully the parents will know soon so then JBL doesn’t need to hide his relationship minus announcing to the public

    • The song is fun, but did you check out the ultra-weird MV that I linked to in the “additional comments.” Too weird. LOL

      Well, tune in next update to see what happens after being busted. 😉

  11. Oh this chapter so sweet….i really like it. Your additional comments really spot on Hoju, imo. Thanks God you dont follow peanuts absent in june…i really appreciate your hard work. Thank you🤗🤗

    • I’m glad you like it. 🙂

      Thanks for reading my additional comments. Um… well, actually, I am going away at the end of June, but my usual vacation procedure will happen, so don’t worry. 🙂

      You’re welcome!

  12. Huaa finally read this three chapters!!!

    Why cant they tell their parents? Isnt it good for everyone?

    This chapters are indeed sweet. I want JBL!!! Aaahh, im still faithful to Yi Chen (silent separation) and Lu Li Cheng (best time), but as always, there’s always a room for another hero lmao…

    Thank u hoju ^^

    • Nice. A binge read. I expect you to come back every update now. 😉

      LOL. Read my replies to DOH and jcqhuang. That’s my speculations on why they haven’t told anyone.

      You’ve wanted every male lead that has been featured in every story I’ve translated. Your harem is ever-increasing. And plus, it sounds more like you’re being faithful to Wallace Chung. 😉

      You’re welcome!

  13. Ahaha, dearest Hoju, we do have similarities in life indeed.

    My now husband told me the same on the 2nd month we dated, I befriended with him for a year before we dated. You know what I did? I broke up. Then we got back together within a month, then he repeated it again on the 5th month, just 2 months after we reconciled. Again, I broke up with him. The third time we got together, a month and a half later, he told me that this time was real. We got married on the 7th month. ^^

    Hence, I could relate with JB so well, even his persistence and stiff-bossy-ness also the same with mine.. *lol*

    • My husband and I were really young when we first started dating. Legally, we could marry; practically, nope (and would never pass either sets of parents, either).

      That’s so sweet. You know your guy is a keeper when he keeps coming back despite everything. ❤ Wishing you two both the absolute best!

      LOL. See, we spot the flaws in Jian Bianlin but somehow, we can see it in our own. That's what I like about how this character is written. He's not perfect, but he is relatable (at least to me). 🙂

      • Likewise dearie… I wish you an absolute best too. A long blissful and blessed full life together. In a way, you two are childhood sweetheart, aren’t you? Ahh, no wonder you can relate with this pair so well. ^^

  14. Thank you for your translation. Will Uncle Jian believe the fibre?

  15. Hahaha! Say hello to my biggest grin ever. 🙂 the couple is too sweet. Hahaha. I can not handle it. The pseudo act, I can not wait on how both families will react? Probably, both sides will be very happy for them. Hahahah

    • Hello, biggest grin ever. You must tune in for the next update to find out the answer to your inquiries. 😉

  16. It was a crime to miss commenting on the previous posts but i had just read them together today. I had to deal with life-changing events this week and I’m glad that i had these four chapters to munch on. I like how this couple accommodate each other and how they always think of each other. Chu Jian’s really a quick thinker isn’t she? Though I wonder if the lie even worked. It may have but I guess it would form some suspicions on them especially when JB’s dad like her so much. Thanks so much for your efforts HoJu! 😘😘😘

    • *gasp* A crime worthy of… a big hug. *hugs* I hope things are going better for you, and I am happy to see you back.

      LOL. I don’t know if I would label that as quick thinking. It’s one of those face palm things, I think, where it was better to not say anything at all.

      Thank you for reading. 🙂

  17. thank you hoju for the translation! i find it so funny that the video features shingeki no kyojin characters hahaha

  18. OMG that video! Thanks for the new chapter! From my now husband, on our first date (to a wedding) “I want to get married in a kilt”. 2 years later he did.

    • I know. The first time I saw that video, I think my mouth made a giant “O” but I was so speechless I couldn’t even make an “OMG.”

      Aaaaaw… congratulations! Did you have the bagpipes to go with it, too?

  19. Nice chapter. Thanks Hoju <3<3

  20. I’m loving every update. These two are the sweetest thing ever.
    What a cliffhanger! I really hope the parents find out soon. I want them to be openly lovey-dovey with each other. At least in front of their families.

    • ❤ ❤ I'm glad you're enjoying this. I love the innocence of their relationship. It only happens really with your first love.

      Tune in next update. 🙂 Actually, tune in every update for their sweetness!

  21. Jian Bianlin is the sweetest thing on the planet! How lucky you are Chu Jian!
    Their interactions are so cuuuute!

    • He is so sweet. Now that things are less tense between them, his actions are so much more natural and just adorable. But now that Chu Jian’s heart has chosen him, he’s a pretty lucky guy, too, the way she treats her love. She’s dropping everything to be with him. ❤

      Cute!

  22. The chapter is fun and really lovely.
    The video was, uh, Something. The characters dancing that routine was totally hilarious, but the real killer was the absolutely dead look in the eyes – especially the girls with big eyes. Creepy, but funny. Oddly, Sasuke and the tall dudes just looked like they were performing a stage routine, bizarrely naturally.

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