I’m too lazy to translate the world of fanfiction about the Geun-Geun Couple or stories continuing where Mary Stayed Out All Night left off. But when I came across this brilliant and ROFL picture story book, it begged me to take the time to share it. Bringing you a what-if scenario of: Mae Ri runs over Mu Gyul, sending him back in time where he wakes up as Chang Hwe, who runs into Eun Bok, sees that she looks just like his Mae Ri, and hurries off to marry the little cross-dressing lady.
This picture story uses screencaps from Jang Geun Seok‘s Hong Gil Dong, and Moon Geun Young‘s Painter of the Wind. There are also some wickedly meta cameos in this story, which I won’t reveal and spoil the surprise. Just a refresher: in HGD, Jang Geun Seok plays Chang Hwe, an exiled prince who is back to reclaim his rightful throne, and in PotW, Moon Geun Young plays a genuis painter who must cross-dress as a boy to join the Royal Art Institute and paint for the royal family.
I’m going to watch Mu Gyul’s performance today, so happy!
Listening a few more times before the performance, I love listening to my own voice~
Mu Gyul oppa….Mae Ri’s car is behind you…
Oh my god! Did I run into someone?
From this moment, a flower boy lost his life in the hands of the woman he loves.
Sleeping Chang Hwe oppa….
Eh? Where am I? Did I die????
I understand now, I traveled through time and space. And here I always thought this was only in fiction…
Lady Rong, your highness me is really bored lately. Find someone to go undercover with me outside the palace.
Your Highness, you cannot go to such wicked places.
How dare you! There is no place I cannot go! Furthermore, I am only going to see how my people are faring.
The most famous gisaeng Xian Xian has arrived.
OMG! Isn’t that Mae Ri?!
Naeuri, your humble servant only sells her talents, not her body. Please do behave~
Who dares to touch my Mae Ri, eat one of my hand grenades!
Thank you for saving my life, Doronim (meaning young master)~~
Jagiya, I miss you!!
You can kill me, but you cannot shame me! I am not your Mae Ri! My name is Yoon Bok!
My luck is extraordinary. Even after traveling through time, I meet someone who looks just like Mae Ri. I’ll figure everything out later, gotta get her married to me first…
Litte Bok-ahh, you need to come with me, this place doesn’t suit you!
If Doronim wants to marry me, bring eight paladins and come get me. I will remain virtuous and await you.
Also, will Doronim not call me little Bok Bok, you can call me Cutie Bok (embarassed…)
Just thinking of marrying Yoon Bok tomorrow is making me so excited I can hardly sleep! You, go summon Lady Rong!
Your highness please do not worry, I will prepare all the dower gifts.
Mmmm, not bad, the paladin is gold-rimmed, and the paladin carriers are very cool, dressed all in black.
Surprise!! ~Haha~ Gong Zhi, where are you going all dressed so nice?
Oh shit! Who is this person? Don’t tell me I already have a girlfriend here?
*Cough, cough, cough* Actually, after I was injured that time, I’ve temporarily lost my memory.
So not fair! I’ve finally found a rich guy, and now he’s forgotten me!
Tell me! Where did our relationship progress to? I can handle it!
Our relationship progressed to eating bean buns together….no, you ate a bean bun, I ate a steamed bun, damn it….
Compared to my relationship with Mae Ri, people in olden times sure are conservative….
(It appears that this girl had a one-sided crush on me. This face of mine, still so popular even in historical times)
Hey you, I’ve got to leave to take care of something. Let’s catch up when I come back.
(so excited….would little Bok Bok be extra beautiful today?)
Hwe oppa~ I’ve been waiting a long time for you!
Xia Mi (means WTF in Taiwanese)! Oh, you must be little Bok Bok’s brother, nice to meet you!
I just knew that wuri Hwe oppa had a sense of humor. Actually, I had a little matter that I concealed from my Hwe oppa. This attire is what I normally look like!
Are you saying, that you are a MAN! (Oh my jesus, I’m in deep shit, I’ve fallen for a man %>_<%)
I’m a real woman….except my real identity is a painter. Going to the gisaeng house is just my part-time job.
For years I’ve been scraping by, having to take care of my master and unni. I can’t ever earn enough paint money, so I’ve no choice but to take on other part-time jobs to earn money….ayyy.
(a sad life just like Mae Ri….)
Come on, let me take you shopping.
Oooh, this paint brush looks high qualtiy…oh, lately the price of socks has been dropping like a rock….omo, this outfit looks just right…..
Tearing up….of course little Bok Bok is just like Mae Ri, playful and adorable.
*cough, cough* We’ve been out for an entire day now, don’t you think we should….
Aiya, Hwe oppa, I think I just saw my unni, hold on a moment!
Bok-ahh, didn’t you go get married, why are you wandering around the streets?
Hwe oppa, let me introduct you, this is my unni, she’s even more beautiful than I am!
Isn’t this the chick that made that Brilliant Legacy drama with Lee Seung Gi? Did she travel through time as well?! Let me test the waters…..
Miss, lovely to make your acquaintance. You are more beautiful than your picture! Oh ho!
(what a cute youngster, just a tad….I wonder if he’s been stunned silly by my beauty?!)
Bok-ahhh, you two go live a happy life together, understood? Remember that being good looking can’t fill up your stomach.
Unni, there is something you don’t know, Hwe oppa isn’t just good looking, he’s also filthy rich. If I told you his real identity you will die from shock.
Hehe, my sister has a very direct personality, I’m sure it must seem silly to you.
Hwe oppa, its getting late, why don’t we hurry back and go get some sleep!
(thinking…..wow, she’s very forward!) Okay, this sounds fine….
They returned to the palace during the dark of the night
Everyone listen to my orders. No matter what happens tonight, no one take any action
Sneak a peek, is my little Bok Bok warming the blankets for me?
Hwe oppa, you’re finally done with your work! Don’t just hang on the door, hurry up and come inside!
Wah, why is there is curtain dividing the bed?
Hwe oppa, you don’t understand, my family has many traditions. If you haven’t met my master, we can’t have spousal relations. Tomorrow I will take you to meet him.
I highly suspect that little Bok Bok has been possessed by the spirit of Mae Ri (*cries tears….*)
I’m snuffing the candle! Don’t wake me up too early, if I don’t get 10 hours of sleep I will have dark circles under my eyes.
The next morning, the sun has barely risen…..
You dragged me out of bed this early, that’s not cool, look at my dark circles!
Aren’t you taking me to see your master. Old people get up very early!
Actually, my master is very good looking, not old at all~
I can’t believe she is complimenting another man in front of me. I’m going to check out just how good looking the old bastard is!
Master, please open the door! Your student has brought her husband to meet you!
Student of mine, your master I have missed you!
I can’t believe it, the master is a total dandy….
My student has finally reached the day where she is off to marry someone. Master I shall gift you with the following words of wisdom: $^%&*^&*%#%^$^&&&%^(*)*…..
Just a little reminder, master, that you have been speaking for 5 hours now….
There is no banquet in the world that doesn’t end….
Hwe oppa, master has finally stopped talking, we can go home now!
It’s yet another dark windy night when they return to the palace….
Hee hee, how do I look?
Not bad not bad, cheerful yet still retains your personality. Our Hwe-hyung is surely a dragon among men!
Will Hwe oppa be mesmerized by me? Nervous….
Lady Rong, please remove the dividing curtain in the bed.
Happy Ending (thank you for watching!)
[Credit: all screencaps and dialogue by 奭水年华 Nian Hwa, with a cover picture by zitalei at Baidu Geun Geun bar, dialogue translated by me]