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The Twelve Years: Song of the Unsung Friends (十二年, 故人戏) — Chapter 9.3

Cards laid on the table. Some old things were just meant to come to an end. And some things… *sigh* “But what must be faced shall be faced. There will be no escaping from any of them, not even one. Not even the gods of heaven can evade this.”

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The Twelve Years: Song of the Unsung Friends (十二年, 故人戏) — Chapter 9.2

“Reminiscences of Qinhuai [Chin-Huai] River” by Shitao (1642-1707). Image courtesy of The Cleveland Museum of Art, Public Domain.

The other side to the Third Young Master of the House of Fu. When watching an opera is not watching an opera, when frivolities are not truly frivolities, when there’s much more to a game of mah-jong than just sparrow tiles and laughter…

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The Twelve Years: Song of the Unsung Friends (十二年, 故人戏) — Chapter 9.1

View of Chien Men (Qianmen) Main Street (estimated date 1912 – 1914). Guanghe Theatre and Quanjude Restaurant are located on this street. Image courtesy of the Cooper, William Collection and Historical Photographs of China, University of Bristol (www.hpcbristol.net), used under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Let them have a peaceful Little New Year before heading into some important business. 🙂

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The Twelve Years: Song of the Unsung Friends (十二年, 故人戏) — Chapter 8.4

Hardy begonia (begonia grandis). (Source: “Begonia grandis in Mount Yōrō, Yōrō town, Gifu prefecture, Japan” by Alpsdake, posted in Wikimedia Commons, used under CC BY-SA 4.0

“Should [you] truly have aspirations, no need will there be for anyone to walk with [you] through the journey, nor will [you] need anyone to point out the path to him. If [you are] afraid of darkness and loneliness, it may not be bad that [your] steps are halted here.” Love this quote. Yes, having people to support us in our dreams is so, so good, but if the motivation does not come from within you, it is best if you halt your steps and reassess. Also, so good how Shen Xi can still joke about the situation.

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The Twelve Years: Song of the Unsung Friends (十二年, 故人戏) — Chapter 8.3

Monkey King Sun Xingzhe (Sun Wukong), (Image from metmuseum.org, used by CC0 1.0 public domain)

I must admit, I have not actually read the entire text of Journey to the West. (In fact, my most complete read of it would be the manhua version of it, way back when my dad used to read it to us before bedtime.) Hence, I was just as surprised as Shen Xi.

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The Twelve Years: Song of the Unsung Friends (十二年, 故人戏) — Chapter 8.2

Happy New Year, readers of Fanatical! Thank you for all your support over the years. 2020 was certainly a most interesting year. I don’t know if I liked it, but I can say that I personally learned that joy and peace are my choice to have or not. In 2021, may you find and choose joy and peace. May you and your loved ones be happy and healthy.

And now we find out who that woman is.

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The Twelve Years: Song of the Unsung Friends (十二年, 故人戏) — Chapter 8.1

Plum blossoms

Random side note: Red plum blossoms always remind me of Bu Bu Jing Xin, especially with the snow. (Or the Crown Prince and Princess Xinghua in Beautiful Bones)

How will Fu Tongwen regain his freedom? How is the impasse situation going to be broken?

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The Twelve Years: Song of the Unsung Friends (十二年, 故人戏) — Chapter 7.4

A taishi chair. Photo by Daderot, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, used under CC0 1.0

For some of you, it’s the day after Christmas. For others, it is still Christmas Day. Regardless, I hope it was wonderful for everyone. ❤

“When a bed is shared, what is exchanged between two people is love. When life and death are shared, what is exchanged is the heart.” This is why Fu Tongwen and Shen Xi’s relationship is so special to both of them. They share their heart with one another, and they share a dream.

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The Twelve Years: Song of the Unsung Friends (十二年, 故人戏) — Chapter 7.3

Surprise! An extra post as my Christmas gift to you. (Yup, you still will have your regular post tomorrow. 🙂 )

Shen Xi and Fu Tongwen are reunited, their hearts filled with warmth simply because they are in one another’s presence. May you, my readers here at Fanatical, be filled as well with the warmth and joy of this season. Merry Christmas! <3🎄

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