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Don’t be So Proud (别那么骄傲) – Chapter 8.3


Lin Yu Tang issued a challenge. Shen Xi finally can see Lin Yu Tang with her real identity. Think her heart will be swayed back?

Chapter 8.3 — His and Her First Real Kiss (3)

“I am going to find Shen Xi.” <>Copyright of Fanatical, hui3r[dot]wordpress[dot]com.

This single sentence brimmed with provocation and carried both a declaration of war and machoness, but someone was actually deaf enough to mishear it as “I’m going to tell the teachers.”

The person who misheard belonged to dorm room 922 and was a naughty, but timid person. Since grade one all the way until now, “I’m going to tell the teachers” was like a magic incantation that could control him and that he feared terribly. Although he had not heard it for a long time now since starting university, when he mistakenly thought that Lin Yu Tang had said it, he still grew anxious.

All he did was hit Lin Yu Tang’s hand when he was trying to steal the ball. Did Lin Yu Tang really need to go to the teachers to tell on him? Standing between Monkey and Brawny, he shouted in a quivering voice to Lin Yu Tang, who was up ahead, “Lin Yu Tang, we were all playing just fine. What are you going to tattle to the teacher for? You come back right now…”

The instant these words came out, Brawny and Monkey both gawped incredulously at this next-door dormmate, then together shoved him in the head. “Tell the teacher my ass!”

Who friggin’ was going to go tell the teacher anything? Lin Yu Tang was already quite a distance away. His steps had originally been steady and firm and his expression had been very indifferent, but when he heard this sentence, his left ankle inadvertently rolled out. In the end, he recovered and continued striding away, disappearing from everyone’s gazes without a backwards glance.

Lin Yu Tang had suavely left and left behind words that seemed to be a declaration of war. After Monkey and Brawny recovered from their surprise, they both walked over to Leader’s side. Monkey was torn both ways and did not speak; Brawny hesitatingly tried to persuade He Zhi Zhou. “Leader, how about you just forget it and back out? After all, Third and Beautiful Maiden Shen have been an item for a lot of years…”

He Zhi Zhou simply flicked a glance at Brawny and did not speak. Then, giving a firm pat to Brawny’s back, he strode away. However, he had only taken two steps before Brawny grabbed him. “Leader, don’t go!”

“Zhou Chen, let go,” he told Brawny. <>Copyright of Fanatical, hui3r[dot]wordpress[dot]com.

Brawny did not let go and instead tried to use the method of acting cute to stop Leader. Snuggling up beside He Zhi Zhou’s ear, he enticed him, “Leader, don’t go. I’ll lend you my dolly to play with, how about that?”

Frick! He Zhi Zhou threw Brawny off of him. <>Copyright of Fanatical, hui3r[dot]wordpress[dot]com. If you are not reading this from hui3r[dot]wordpress[dot]com, this translation has been taken without consent of the translator.

Along the way back, He Zhi Zhou mulled over many things. He had never been someone who was overly enthusiastic about romantic relationships. Now, someone had at long last appeared in his life whom he actually wanted to love and treat well, but he discovered that this would not be an easy road to travel. Brawny had told him,“Shen Xi and Lin Yu Tang have known each other for many years.” It was not that he had never thought about this problem. A childhood friendship—Shen Xi and Lin Yu Tang shared between them many years and bonds that he could not intrude into. He had nothing to do with all those years that Lin Yu Tang had gone through together with Shen Xi. And in fact, he and Shen Xi would gradually lose that certain connection they had once shared.

Furthermore, Lin Yu Tang was his roommate, classmate, and a pretty good friend. There is a saying: “Covet not your friend’s wife” …

The more he mused, the more he forced his thoughts into a dead end. But then, he changed the direction of his thinking. It seemed Lin Yu Tang and Shen Xi had never made their relationship official; the ones who truly had an official relationship were he and Shen Xi. So what was Lin Yu Tang trying to do now? What was he doing, going to find his girlfriend? …

As his thoughts turned in this direction, He Zhi Zhou also sped up his steps… <>Copyright of Fanatical, hui3r[dot]wordpress[dot]com. If you are not reading this from hui3r[dot]wordpress[dot]com, this translation has been taken without consent of the translator.

While Lin Yu Tang was heading over to the normal college to find Shen XI, she was still in the dormitory room taking down the curtain that He Zhi Zhou had put up. During the entire process, Xia Wei Ye was throwing out sarcastic remarks, until Shen Xi wanted to yell at someone.

“Back then, didn’t you think you were too good for us and that’s why you put it up? Shen Xi, I’ve discovered that don’t stick to any principles in anything that you do.

“Didn’t you put up a nice cool pretense just a while ago, huh? Keep up your little act!”

Could she get any more annoying?! Shen Xi whipped around and crossly threw the curtains to the ground. She had been a man for a period and had not experienced the annoying bickering of dorm room conflict for a long time. Anger suddenly surged up in her, and she gave a fierce slap to the desk. “Have you said enough yet?! Just watch out ‘cause I might beat you!”

Xia Wei Ye: “……” Sob, sob. <>Copyright of Fanatical, hui3r[dot]wordpress[dot]com.

“Quiet down, got it? Otherwise I will beat you!” After glaring at Xia Wei Ye and throwing out this threat, Shen Xi angrily picked up the curtain from the ground and packed it away into a bag. Her motions were abrupt and forceful and seemed to stir up a wind with them, leaving Xia Wei Ye staring at her in dumbfounded shock. She truly was not able to say a word.

Shen Xi just finished throwing her temper tantrum and then one second later, Lin Yu Tang arrived looking for her. When she arrived downstairs, her lips were still turned up in a pout, her face displaying that she was in a bad mood. The unpleasant dormitory atmosphere had never been of any importance to her before as she once thought that a noisy bickering always existed between girls. Likely because she now had something to compare to, she realized that the atmosphere in a dorm room could truly affect and be the number one killer of your good mood.

She looked up at Lin Yu Tang standing in front of her and noticed the dark circles under his eyes. For a moment, she was caught in a daze, not knowing whether she should call him Lin Yu Tang, Tang Tang, or Third. Here, in her true identity, facing Lin Yu Tang, her emotions were complicated and she also felt that she had been wronged. Plus, with Xia Wei Ye’s behaviour a moment ago acting as a trigger… She pressed her lips together, trying with all her might to suppress her emotions, which were approaching a breaking point.

If Lin Yu Tang asked her even one more question, she reckoned she would lose it. Sometimes, in front of the people we are extremely close to, we will unconsciously treat them like garbage cans that we can hurl, like trash, all our words of complaint into or stuffed toys that we can vent our grievances on.

“Xi Xi?” There was a quiver in Lin Yu Tang’s voice as well. Bending at the waist, he looked at her eyes, and carefully he opened his mouth to ask, “What’s wrong? Not in a very good mood?”

Lifting her head, Shen Xi allowed her gaze to meet Lin Yu Tang’s as she called his name. “Tang Tang…”

Tang Tang… <>Copyright of Fanatical, hui3r[dot]wordpress[dot]com.

For the first time, Lin Yu Tang felt that the two words “Tang Tang” were so wonderful in the ears. Since he was young, he had always hated when people called him Tang Tang, because it sounded just like a girl’s name, Tang Tang Candy [Lin Yu Tang’s “Tang” is堂, but it sounds just like糖 “tang,” which means “candy”]. But of course, Shen Xi just had to especially like it. From “Big Brother Tang Tang” to just “Tang Tang,” to this day, she still addressed him like that.

Lin Yu Tang gazed at Shen Xi and gave a couple of foolish-sounding laughs. It was as if something he had lost was now found again, and a feeling of contentment because everything was now right rippled out, circle after circle, in his chest. The many days of gloominess and struggle dissipated instantaneously. He reached forward and, without saying a word, pulled Shen Xi directly into his arms, holding her tight.

So good! <>Copyright of Fanatical, hui3r[dot]wordpress[dot]com. If you are not reading this from hui3r[dot]wordpress[dot]com, this translation has been taken without consent of the translator.

Seven or eight in the evening was the time when there were the most people moving about downstairs of the girls’ dormitory building. The hug that Lin Yu Tang gave to Shen Xi caused the crowd of onlookers to immediately flock to them like bees. Without needing any instruction, everyone formed a circle around them, staring with gazes like little white bunnies, innocent and curious, at the two people who were embracing one another in the centre.

This was the scene He Zhi Zhou saw when he arrived, and actually, it was even more excessive than that—he even saw quite a few people applauding and complimenting them. He was tall, so even standing at a distance away, he could still see Shen Xi. She was tucked into Lin Yu Tang’s embrace, her long eyelashes fluttering lightly. Traces of fragility and sadness from being treated unfairly could be seen on her face.

Never before had he seen such a Shen Xi. Such a Shen Xi likely only ever appeared when she was with Lin Yu Tang. He Zhi Zhou jammed his hands into the pockets of his pants, the courage to walk over there suddenly gone.

“Xi Xi, my nightmare has finally ended…” Lin Yu Tang breathed by Shen Xi’s ear, his tone indescribably heavy.

A myriad of emotions filled Shen Xi’s heart. She reached out a hand and patted Lin Yu Tang’s back. In a voice that only the two of them could hear, she spoke. “Tang Tang, I don’t dare look up. You’ve drawn all the people over here.”

She was stating a serious problem. <>Copyright of Fanatical, hui3r[dot]wordpress[dot]com.

Lin Yu Tang, though, chuckled. Taking her hand directly into his, he swiftly pulled her out of the crowd and left by circling around behind the dormitory. Holding her hand, he walked with her past streetlamp after streetlamp. An evening fog rolled in, causing the faint blue lights to become hazy, like there was a piece of gauze hanging in front of her eyes… Shen Xi was feeling already like she could not really see clearly.

It was nighttime, and here they were out for a stroll. Her calves had already been bitten twice by mosquitoes, and she bent over, scratching at them and feeling terribly miserable. It so happened that they were passing by the school supermarket, and Lin Yu Tang spoke up, saying, “Let’s go in to buy some fruit.”

When they stepped inside the supermarket, she went to the fruit section to select some while Lin Yu Tang went to the daily necessities section and picked up a bottle of mosquito repellant—the brand that she used since she was a kid. Then, before even paying, Lin Yu Tang opened the packaging on a bottle of hua lu shui [literally “floral water” (also called Florida Water); both a fragrance and a mosquito repellent], squatted down, and began applying some onto her calves.

“Tang Tang, I’ll do it myself.” Shen Xi felt somewhat uncomfortable.

Standing back up, Lin Yu Tang handed the bottle of hua lu shui to Shen Xi and then fixed his eyes on her. Shen Xi tugged on her hair, trying to shift the attention away from the awkwardness. “Is my new hairstyle nice?”

“It’s really ugly,” Lin Yu Tang replied. He lowered his head to help Shen Xi pick out some fruits, saying while he made his selections, “I’ve been putting up with it for a long time.”

Shen Xi played along with this intentional joke, giving him a little punch. Not only did Lin Yu Tang not retaliate, he was even smiling as he led her to the cashier and paid for the hua lu shui and fruit.

Shen Xi had not brought her wallet, so she had no choice but to use Lin Yu Tang’s money.

When they came out from the supermarket, she was walking on Lin Yu Tang’s left side, and she said to him, “Tang Tang, I’ll pay the money you spent at the supermarket back to you tomorrow.”

Lin Yu Tang halted his steps and looked at her with a gaze filled with shock and an inability to accept what had just happened. “What are you being so reserved and polite with me for?””

That’s true. Why so reserved and polite? She had never had qualms about spending Lin Yu Tang’s money before. When she was six years old, she had liked playing ring toss but had spent all her pocket money already. Lin Yu Tang gave his little piggybank to her and had not felt any anguish at all as he smashed it into the ground.

Crash! Coins had scattered all over the floor. Then, with the airs of a little rich tycoon, Lin Yu Tang had said to her, “Xi Xi, it’s all for you.”

That year, she saw a saying on the TV: “I am unable to repay the great kindness; thus in return, I shall pledge to marry you.” And she had felt that this sentence could not be any more apt in describing her and Tang Tang’s relationship. <>Copyright of Fanatical, hui3r[dot]wordpress[dot]com. If you are not reading this from hui3r[dot]wordpress[dot]com, this translation has been taken without consent of the translator.


Mini side story from the author

One day, God He told Xi Xi to study English. Eventually, the studying evolved to this stage: If Shen Xi wanted him to do something, she would have to express that request in English.

Shen Xi wanted God He to peel an orange for her to eat. She said in English, “Peel an orange for me. Hurry, hurry, hurry!”

He Zhi Zhou peeled one. <>Copyright of Fanatical, hui3r[dot]wordpress[dot]com.

Shen Xi wanted God He to get a novel for her to read and, with some difficulty, was passably able to get her request across. He Zhi Zhou also reluctantly brought it over.

Halfway through finishing her orange, Shen Xi wanted to take the remainder and squeeze it to make orange juice, but she truly did not know how to say this one.

He Zhi Zhou was extremely merciless. “Think about it again.”

Shen Xi’s lip pouted out. <>Copyright of Fanatical, hui3r[dot]wordpress[dot]com.

He Zhi Zhou turned away and was about to stand.

Shen Xi grabbed the corner of his shirt, saying very cutely, “I love you—does that work?”

Gah, only myself to blame! He Zhi Zhou turned around, swiftly took the remaining half an orange from Shen Xi, and squeezed it until it became a half a cup of juice.  <>Copyright of Fanatical, hui3r[dot]wordpress[dot]com. If you are not reading this from hui3r[dot]wordpress[dot]com, this translation has been taken without consent of the translator.


39 of 65 Chapters segments
0 of 2 epilogues

39 thoughts on “Don’t be So Proud (别那么骄傲) – Chapter 8.3

  1. Nooooo! Go away Lin Yu Tang. Where exactly has He Zhi Zhou gone while those two are wandering through the streets? I hope he’s following. Also, when exactly did he and Shen Xi have an official relationship? I’m loving how he’s rationalising the whole thing.

    Also, these little side stories are so cute. Nice to see him wrapped around her finger no matter how big he likes to act Can’t wait for them to get together properly.

    Thanks for the update. It’s sad how much they messed up this story in the drama. It became way too melodramatic and unbelievable, and kind of stupid.

    • They were “official” since they kissed? And they have their own “usual place.” And he gets to blatantly sit and wait for her as her “boyfriend” while she gets her hair done.

      I… couldn’t watch that adaptation. Unfaithfulness to the story aside, it was just over the top and cheesy.

  2. i love the mini side stories! she has him wrapped around her little finger, ha : ). thank you for the update.

  3. thank you Hoju! Hey, I remember you telling me to try my hand at translation because I can understand Cantonese. How do I begin? I would like to give it a try. I have time on my hand right now as I am house bound looking after my invalid mom. Would you be able to walk me through it? Let me know. I will be watching out for your reply, this time. 🙂 ( I could not find the follow up to our conversation earlier)

    • I was suggesting that with Cantonese as a foundation, you could try your hand at learning to read. I don’t remember exactly how I did it. Back then, I would ask my dad in Chinatown whenever I saw a character I was interested in. Asked my HK cousins for a Chinese manga and rote memorized what some speech bubbles said until I learned those basic words. Then I picked up LOCH because I knew that story so well from all the adaptations. Barely understood what I was reading at first but then you start recognizing the names of all the characters you know. Read it through once, then reread it again and found I could understand a lot more the second time through. With all the online dictionaries and machine translators, people seem to skip the basics of reading, and that is how learning how written Chinese sentence structure works. A subtle change in comma location can significantly change sentence meaning, and I have seen those nuances missed by machines. Now, you can easily get a text to Canto reading app and have it read to you.

      Sorry I can’t be more help. I have been reading for years as a hobby. Translation wasn’t my original goal, just a spinoff out of a desire to share books that I loved but has since become a passion.

      • thanks Hoju. This does give me a ground to work off. Could you direct me to some of the basic links. I will work off from there. Actually, I picked up many characters and idioms reading your translation and watching chinese drama related to these novels. 🙂 (Technically, I am below elementary, hehehe, just emailing and typing. )

        • Unfortunately, I can’t help you with this. I learned Chinese without the aid of the Internet, i.e. the good, old-fashioned way—a hard-copy book to read and a notebook to jot down characters, idioms, etc. I saw repetitively or learned on my own.

          • Oh, no,. not internet link to learn chinese, but for audio stories in chinese. I can understand but cannot read and write. 🙂 Sorry. I am so long winded and not clear. Thanks for taking the time to answer though.

  4. haha HZZ is such a wife’s fool
    thank you!

  5. Where is the kiss ??? I am waiting a long….

  6. Umm…, dear Hoju, where can I sign up for private English course with HZZ? My English needs improving… ^^

    — Many thanks dearie, for another interesting chapter. Let the love war begins… #TeamHe

    • HZZ is one of those masters who only takes one disciple in his lifetime… and then makes her his wife. LOL

      It’s not much of a war. Xi Xi is not indecisive.

  7. Thank you for the chapter 💖

  8. I don’t like Lin Yu Tang from the very beginning till now. I don’t like the way he took Shen Xi for granted then suddenly she ended their never happened so called relationships n seeing Shen Xi n He Zhi Zhou together then LYT realised that what he missed out. LYT is very selfish, he put his best friend n himself first over Shen Xi being and feelings. He hid every single things he done with his bff without letting Shen Xi know yet made Shen Xi feel guilty over little stupid thing. When Shen Xi decided to move one then LYT decided he wants Shen Xi back n expect her to run back to him.

    Thanking you for another translated update.

    • He didn’t handle their relationship well, yes. Took her for granted, yes. He made mistakes but he’s a good guy.

      Ling Chao Xi is actually not his best friend. He’s being a nice guy to a friend but doesn’t know that being too nice to the opposite gender can hurt the one you truly care about. Don’t think he was right but he’s not a villain. This whole incident will cause some reflection, but sometimes you realize your mistakes too late.

  9. This is so cute!!!!! I’m grinning like I’ve smoked pot or something (NEVER did nor will I ever. But I’m assuming that’s how people who smoke marijuana smile like). I love this couple so damn much! They’re adorable together….
    And LYT had better watch out! One of these days that young man will find himself impaled upon my sabre which I’ll sneak out of my new Fencing Class *scowls*

  10. Thanks Hoju

  11. Thanks hoju. I ship he zhi zhou oppa and shen xi!!! Oppa fighting❤❤❤

  12. No….. poor HZH!!!

  13. Yeah…. the side story had me real good. Thanks so much Hoju.

    • That side story is one of my favourites for this novel. LOL at “God He,” who responds to the whims of little Shen Xi.

  14. Thanks for the chapter I have been a silent reader for a while now

    • Thank you. I love it when silent readers come out from silence and let me know they’re there. I really do appreciate that you spend time reading our translations. 🙂

  15. Waiting for the next chptr.I really liked it..loved it..plz do more translation on it….

    • Hi. I’m glad you’re loving it. Peanuts and I will be working on this translation. Right now, I’m actually on break from translating, so I’m merely here to sub in for Peanuts, who is swamped with life. As such, I will try my best for regular updates but cannot promise them. (However, a little birdie told me Proud will be updated today…)

      Thanks for your understanding!

  16. What an enjoyable chapter and my appreciation for this story moving forward. Thank you!!!

  17. HZZ’s logic is cute. and LYT -SX interaction is telling. One said his nightmare ended. The other one was just talking to HZZ about switching body (for the probable exam resitting) when she just got hers back. and how shes now polite and distancing herself. Very telling indeed.
    I was tempted to watch the drama cause i enjoyed the novel but thank goodness i didnt- reading from comments that it wasnt faithful to the story and all in all a poor adaptation.
    Thankyou for the chapter Hoju

    • Relationship had changed.

      I just… could not take the drama seriously, even as fluffy entertainment and not caring about faithfulness. A little too cheesy for me

  18. The side story is a hoot.

  19. This is the difference between SX and LCX… A proper mannered girl without any hypocrisy nor opportunistic trait. How naive was LYT to not realise it. You wouldn’t just accept a man’s money, especially if it’s in a big amount just like that, without having any intimate relationship with him. SX always thought of marrying LYT and he never really rejected that idea of her despite being so ambiguous, so she always thought that she has only been claiming her right as a wife in advance. There is nothing wrong with it, because LYT didn’t mind with both the marriage idea and this consequences.
    But LCX has taken his money again n again, let him pay KTV Studio. Which person would not suspect that there is something between them?
    Three of them know that LCX is not financially well off, so by deliberately booking a studio to treat the whole class for a reunion with Tang2 around, isn’t it obvious enough that she wanted him to pay and let everyone see it…furthermore… to incite jealousy in SX’s heart.
    Is LYT really that naive or just pretending to be one?
    No, he is definitely not naive… I think he has just been taking everything SX’s given him for granted.
    He believed that no matter what, whenever he turned around.. SX would always be there waiting for him with her cheerful smile and devotion.. But sorry… Too long being treated this way could turn one’s heart cold slowly… Especially when she finally realised that there is someone else who could see her worth better.

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