Da Mo Yao Chapter 13: Falling Petals

Oh lordy, this chapter is lovely but just breaks my heart. My Huo Qu Bing finally sees his competition, and it’s just gut-wrenching. Normally when there is a viable love triangle, the girl may be accused of leading both men on. It’s not like that in Da Mo Yao, where currently Yu Er is all about Jiu Ye, and does nothing to encourage Xiao Huo’s attentions. But the funny thing is, he totally affects her regardless, which is always a sign there is something there she is trying to ignore. I’m trying my best to wrap up volume 1 (which has a few more chapters left), so I can delve into volume 2. To me, volume 1 is like an appetizer, but volume 2 is the main course plus dessert plus night cap. Right now there are two male leads, but volume 2 makes it crystal clear who the hero of this story is. Doesn’t mean the other guy isn’t just as important to the story, but at least we’ll have dispensed with the nebulous confusion and finally entering the woman torn between two men part of the journey.

Chapter 13: Falling Petals

The first day of the New Year means happiness? Happiness my rear end! I’m controlling a bellyful of bad temper. Grandpa sees my furrowed brow and gives Xiao Feng a quizzical look, but Xiao Feng just shakes his head indicating that he doesn’t know. I can’t wait any longer so I bow to Grandpa and then rush off to the Bamboo Residence.

It is the first time I use my foot to open the door, giving off a bang and the door opens. Before I can say anything, Jiu Ye smilingly asks “Is it Xiao Yu?”

His voice is the best defuser and my hot temper suddenly deflates. I lower my foot and gently enters the room. He is sitting at the table, holding a bamboo and carving it. He puts down the bamboo and carving knife to welcome me in to sit down.

I sit down next to him and stare at the table. He asks “Are you angry?”

I remain silent, so he says “So not angry then? How was your New Year? Last night Tian Cao dragged me along with them…..”

I furrow my brow and give a deathly glare at the table, but he continues nattering on and on, from when he arrived at the banquet, to toasting, to getting drunk, to…..

I’ve never seen him so talkative so I stare and ask “I’m angry, can’t you tell? You should ask why I’m angry, and ask if you did anything wrong?”

He looks innocent and muffles his laughter “Oh! Why are you angry? Did I do anything wrong?”

I give a sigh of annoyance and flop on the table. Why is he so clueless? What is it that I like about him? He has a weird personality, seemingly welcoming on the surface but really keeping people thousands of miles away. He does know a lot, but it’s not like I want to marry a book. His identity is rather secretive, seemingly a Han citizen but perhaps plotting something against the Han Empire…..I keep trying to think of more bad qualities he possesses.

He looks hopeless “I asked but you won’t answer, so what should I do now?” I angrily slap the table “You have no sincerity! You might as well not ask, and just keep talking about how much fun you had during the New Year!”

The room descends into silence, and I suddenly worry that he’s angry at me. I raise my head to look at him and I see his open palm. Inside is a pair of gold and jade earrings “Is this sincere enough for you?”

I raise my head to look at him and pick up the earring. The gold represents the sand and the green is the water. Even though the Yue Ya Spring is but a small oasis in the desert, he managed to use my name (Jin Yu means gold jade) and find an even deeper meaning into the gift. We met in the golden desert, and almost got in a tussle outside the blue-green spring. The artisan who crafted this delicate piece is truly talented.

I study it and then put it on, with a stone face I say “Not bad. Seeing as how generous you are, I’ll let this one slide.”

I try to be serious but can’t help myself and start laughing. He was looking at me but his eyes had a flash of concern, and then he averts his eyes.

Shi Yu comes in bearing two steaming bowls and places it before me. I look at it and murmur “You didn’t call me so I thought you forgot and didn’t keep your promise.”

He doesn’t say anything for a few moments before speaking in the softest of voices “How can I forget? No matter what, today is all about making you happy.” I grab the bowl of noodles and reply indistinctly “Happy or not, it all depends on you.”

Finished with the birthday noodles, Jiu Ye chats with me and then picks up the bamboo and knife. I ask if he’s making a flute? He nods “This bamboo comes from a special mountain region where it has grown for ten years. No matter the weather change, the sound quality won’t change. It has a beautiful name, called “Xiang Fei Zhu” (Consort Xiang Bamboo). The sound is even more crystal clear than the average bamboo flute.”

I lean forward to look “So this is the famous bamboo! Looking at the spots on it, it resembles tears. It’s so pretty.”

Jiu Ye suddenly stiffens and then expertly distances himself from me. He laughs that if I want it, he’ll give it to me. He has a lot of flutes, but seeing this great material makes him itchy to make one himself. I laugh “I am someone who never rejects a present.”

He nods but doesn’t say anything else.

When I leave the Shi Estate, I run into Shen Xing and Tian Cao and I bow to them, wishing them a happy new year. Shen Xing sees my earrings but doesn’t comment on it, whereas Tian Cao keeps looking “Jiu Ye spent all that effort, so it was to give you a present.”

I touch the earrings and asks what he means? Tian Cao smiles “Jiu Ye learned jade artistry when he was young, but doesn’t practice every day. Because this was such a delicate piece, for this item, he even went to consult an expert for a few days. He wasted a lot of great pieces of jade to get it right. He is really talented with these pieces, from weapons to daily items, nothing he can’t make. Watching him make this, I realized then that the hardest thing in the world to make is a woman’s piece of jewelry.”

I dumbly ask “Do you’re saying Jiu Ye hand made this?” He just smiles at me and bows farewell. I stand there in a daze.

“I don’t know how old I am, but Li Yan is already pregnant and about to become a mom. I’m still here floating around. If there isn’t someone right for me, I won’t get married. But if there is someone right for me, I will seize the opportunity. If there is a chance of happiness before me and I don’t seize it, Papa will call me a fool. Am I a fool? Of course I’m not. I am the beautiful, smart, clever, and cute Jin Yu. So even if you are the floating cloud, I will capture you. You are who I like, right? You once said we are different, but I am working hard to read all the books you like. I believe I can be the same type of person as you. If you want to be the condor, I will be the wind to keep you afloat; if you are want of leaving this all behind, we can buy a few horses and disappear; thank god you don’t like Confucious, because I respect him but don’t particularly want to emulate him, though if you like him, I will try to behave myself….”

I bite down on the ink brush and look at the cloth. I am trying to cheer myself up, so how did my writing get so confusing? I’ve told myself many times that he will like me, he will like me…… I’m afraid to write more, so I write the date on the side and quickly put this cloth away.

…………………………………….

I shake for a good long while before a fortune telling stick pops out of the cannister. Huo Qu Bing reaches over and is about to grab it but I’ve already retrieved it. He asks “What are you wishing to know?” and I shake my head “Not telling you.”

He humphed “What could you possibly ask for? If it’s not business then it’s marriage. Right now your business is in the palm of your hands, why ask the fortune on that. So clearly it must be marriage.” I insist it’s not marriage.

A fortune stick reader is looking at me, and stands up when he sees me heading towards him. I suddenly stop and walk away. Huo Qu Bing laughs “Why are you not asking now?”

I hold the fortune stick in my hand and walk for some time before tossing it into the bushes. “Not asking anymore. He can tell another person’s fortune but not his own. He’s dressed well and clearly is hoping to get paid well after telling me what I want to hear. Why doesn’t he tell his own fortune, as to whether he can get my business?”

He laughs “As least you know when to stop, so that means you’re not so desperate yet.”

Thinking back, I feel so silly. But when I saw the sign that said “Telling Marriage Fortunes”, my feet just walked me inside. Like someone who is really sick is willing to find any doctor. I feel silly now but still want to act like I’m not “I thought it was amusing and was just checking it out.”

Huo Qu Bing looks at me with a smile and doesn’t argue with further, letting me win this one. A gust of wind blew past and I breathed in the scent “It’s so fragrant, what kind of flower is this?”

“It’s the acacia.”

I look at him sideways “Why did you call me out today? To go mountain climbing?”

He slowly walked “No reason. Can’t I call you out? Just walking around, shopping, why don’t you look at the acacia tree above you?”

I don’t even hear the rest of what he was saying. All my attention is on the carriage in front of me. Huo Qu Bing looks at me and then follows my eyes to the carriage, which is stopped before an estate. I smile at him “I suddenly have something come up, so I need to leave now.”

He grabbed me “Don’t go!”

I force his hand away “I’ll go find you another day and apologize for this.” Before I finish I’m already drifting towards the carriage. Behind me he calls out “Xiao Yu!”

I don’t turn around and continue walking forward, stopping besides the carriage. I knock on the carriage and Jiu Ye raises the curtains and smiles to see me “Why are you outside the city today?”

I hold his curtain up “Aren’t you outside the city yourself?” I look at his assistant, so he smiles and explains “My grandmother’s last name was Shi, her first name was Qing. This Qing Estate is a place where grandfather built for grandmother. I don’t want to renovate it for wheelchair access, so it’s not convenient for me to move about here.”

I look at the estate and feel a sense of envy, to know there was a man who was so in love with his wife. I used to wonder why the family is named Meng but chose to name the business Shi Enterprises. And all the orphans adopted by the family have the last name Shi as well. Today I finally understand that the last name belonged to the woman his grandfather loved.

Jiu Ye gets off the carriage and uses a crutch, the one I saw in his study that day. Instead of looking awkward, he’s elegant and graceful using it. Since it’s the first time I’ve seen him standing, I stare at him.

He laughs “Is this really that weird?” and I quickly shake my head “No, no, it’s that it looks so….good!”

He stared at me so I tried to explain “Hasn’t anyone told you the impression you give? You…..you….your every gesture is very……” The more nervous I get the harder it is for me to find the right description. But I wanted to explain, worried that he would misunderstand why I kept staring at him.

He reached out and smoothed my wind blown hair and stared at me, saying gently “Yu Er, that’s enough. I understand what you mean.”

I smile at him and over his shoulder, I can see Huo Qu Bing standing there, looking at us from far away. My heart inexplicably lurched and I averted my eyes.

Jiu Ye walked with his crutch and explained how his grandfather built this estate to harness the natural hot springs of this region. He’s here to soak in the hot springs, which is good for stimulating circulation. I sneak a peek at his legs, still not sure what his ailment is, though he doesn’t walk with difficulty when using the crutch.

Before entering the estate, I look back and Huo Qu Bing still stands in the same spot. In the Spring air, the acacia is nearing the peak of it’s blooming. A sea of white blankets the trees, and when a wind blows past, the petals swirl in the air like snow flakes. Normally he loves to be tidy, but he actually stands there without moving, letting the petals land on his head and his robe.

……………………………………………………….

The Lover’s Vines are starting to sprout white buds, playing hide-and-seek with me so I have to search around to count how many have sprouted. I tell them to work extra hard this year, since I’ve put in earthworms and found extra fertilizer for them, to grow big and beautiful.

The vines lightly ripple in the wind, like it hears my plead “When you open big and beautiful, I’ll bring him to meet you” and I lightly kiss a newly sprouted leaf “you guys work hard, and I will also work hard.”

I enter the Bamboo Residence to be told that Jiu Ye is visiting Xiao Feng’s grandpa at the Orchid Suite, but I can see his empty wheelchair in the yard. Tian Cao explains to me that Jiu Ye has one leg that has no strength, but his other leg is fine. If he used a crutch he can walk, though not far, but it’s better for his circulation than sitting in a wheelchair all day.

He explains further that when they were kids, Jiu Ye always wanted to tag along despite his bad leg. But Tian Cao and the older boys didn’t know better and was always devising tricks to shake him off. Jiu Ye figured out what they were doing and became more subdued and started burying his head in books more. One day Jiu Ye sneaked out with his crutch and returned late that night bloodied and bruised. He refused to explain what happened, only saying he fell.

They felt terrible and beat up every bully in Chang An before discovering what had happened. Jiu Ye had read Mo Zi and wanted to find a metal works in the city to discuss how to make weapons. As he walked, some kids taunted him for being a cripple and he got in a fight with them. Afterwards, when they wanted to take Jiu Ye out, he always refused and he also refused to used his crutch ever again in front of others.

Tian Cao asked if I blamed them, and I said no, especially if Jiu Ye didn’t blame them. He was impressed with how straight forward I am. I explained “As long as I am doing well, and the people I care about are doing well, I won’t hurt others for no reason. Is there something wrong with that?”

He quickly responded “Of course! And don’t misunderstand, but we really are grateful to you. When Jiu Ye returned, he started using his crutch in front of others. You helped us relieve this huge burden in our hearts all these years.”

I’m upset the assistant told everyone that I was there that day, and Tian Cao laughs that the way I was adoringly staring at Jiu Ye was also discussed, to everyone’s amusement.

I got mad, which is when Jiu Ye came in on his crutch. I glare at Tian Cao and ask that the assistant be punished for being bad. Tian Cao promises that they are all so busy these days no one has time to gossip. Sheng Xing enters and is happy to see me, but Tian Cao pushes him out quickly, and soon it’s just me and Jiu Ye in the courtyard.

My heart flutters, a sweetness within the awkwardness of the moment. Jiu Ye acts like nothing happened and wheels himself into the room. “The flute made from the Xiang Fei Zhu is done. It’s already so elegant that carving more designs on it would be too much, so I decided to be lazy for once. Do you like it?”

I took the flute from him “I don’t understand these things, so whatever you say must be good.”

He laughs “You have a world famous musician in your dancing house, one that everyone would kill to learn from. Why don’t you ask him to teach you?”

I think about Li Yan Nian, and then think about Li Guan Li, causing me to wrinkle my brows. I tell Jiu Ye that Li Guan Li is like the saying “a dragon has nine sons, each of whom are different.” Jiu Ye tells me I can kick him out if he annoys me. He doesn’t know that I can’t kick him out because of Jiu Ye. He asks me about how fast my businesses are expanding, wondering why I’m doing all this? My heart is happy knowing that he’s keeping tabs on me, so I tell him that I have my own reasons.

He sits in silence for a few moments before talking “Yu Er, do you know why I don’t go outside on crutches? I use a wheelchair to let people think I am very weak, and even Tian Cao and those guys think I can’t walk very far. I am crippled and somewhat weaker, but I am not as weak as they believe.” I ask why he’s doing this act on purpose then?

Jiu Ye explains “I’m putting on this act for the Emperor. My mother was the grand niece of the Dowager Queen Bao, and when she was small she was always playing in the Palace. Back then the Emperor and my mother were close cousins. So when the Dowager Empress Bao was still alive, the Shi Enterprises and the Bao family were very close. When the Bao family fell from favor, the Emperor was wary of the Shi family’s wealth and power. So after mother and father died, and the family business ended up in my hands, if it wasn’t for the fact that I was a cripple, and the family businesses slowly bled money under my watch, there was no way I would not have been extinguished in Chang An.”

This is the first time he’s told me about his background so I listen in shock. I wonder how old he was when this happened, and how he had to shoulder the lives of so many people under the Shi family protection, and learn to survive with the Han Emperor watching his every move. He’s only explaining his family’s ties with the Han dynasty, but what about with Xi Yu? How heavy must that other burden be as well. Walking this road alone, how much has he endured?

He watched me and said slowly “Yu Er, the current Emperor is very calculating and decisive. When the time arrives, he can order anyone killed. So don’t do anything to go against the Imperial family. In Chang An, if you want to compete with other businesses, I can….still….” He swallowed what he wanted to say and finished with this. “Yu Er, please think carefully before you do anything.”

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Da Mo Yao Chapter 13: Falling Petals — 36 Comments

    • Poor HBQ… I can feel his heartbreak from “Normally he loves to be tidy, but he actually stands there without moving, letting the petals land on his head and his robe.” Hang in there, HBQ!

      I am so glad I refresh your blog a hundred times a day! :P

  1. Koala – thank you so much!!! Love this story and can’t wait for the drama!!!! Here’s hoping the drama lives up to the book!!! And someone subs the drama so we can all enjoy it!

  2. Okay Jiu Ye say it with me: “Xiao Er I love you”

    Omg these two guys are killing me. Outright killing me, one wears his heart for her on his sleeve and she doesn’t see him. The other sneeks glances at her and loves her from afar but won’t let her any closer than arms length.

    Can we combine them please. AhhhhhhAhhhhhh

  3. Ok, this is the first time in the book that I feel anything for Jiu Ye. Personally carving the jade and gold earrings was quite swoon-worthy. But what is he trying to warn her at the end? So many questions left hanging!

  4. I feel bad for qu bing but let xiao jiu have his moments with yu er… Since he might not in the future. I felt bad for him when I read the other chapter though I was having a hard time reading Chinese.

  5. Oh dear, it seems like I’m finally “meeting” Jiu Ye for the first time and seeing him as a legit competition in this epic love triangle. He reminds me too much of 4th Prince in BBJX, cautiously loving her from afar and has so many layers that we have yet to know. Now I understand why Yu Er is so drawn to him. He’s like one of those men that are so mysterious and seemingly out of reach and so different from her, whereas HQB is so much like her personality-wise so he doesn’t intrigue her (yet).

    Ahhh…the plot thickens. I’m so addicted to this story now. And yes, I feel really bad for HQB, standing there with petals falling all over him. :(

  6. I just have to say thank you so much for translating/recapping these books. I have scene a little of BBJX, which was okay, but not exactly my cup of tea. But I just started reading your recaps of DMY, and from the first chapter of DMY I have fallen in love with this story.

    Call me a masochist, but I can’t help but second-lead ship (since I am getting the vibe that she and Jiu Ye are not going to end up together). The angsty teenager in me can’t help but get dragged along by Jiu Ye’s on-again-off-again whims.

  7. Thank you so so much for the translations!!! I’ve always wanted to read these stories that turn into dramas/movies but it’s so hard to find translations!! The imagery in this story is amazing… It makes me wonder if BBJX was like this (written version) cuz of how beautiful the show turned out to be…

    So I was wondering something … What was that whole “lemme borrow money from you” thing that happened between her and Jiu Ye? It’s been a while time wise in the story but she never seems to mention it (why he needed it or whether he ever paid it back?) it’s not a huge thing- I just don’t get why a dude can spend all that on jade and fancy bamboo if he’s strapped in cash so-to-speak lol ( I know he asked for a crazy amount so it just seems like something weird that stuck out to me)… I apologize in advance if this was addressed in someone else’s comment.. I haven’t had time to read those AND these super fast translations:)
    Thanks again koala!!!

    • He’s using his wealth to support the hundreds / thousands of starving people in the Xi Yu desert. I think I recall reading that they were going through some natural disasters.

  8. Well, the last peek I took before going to bed after 2 a.m. wasn’t fruitless. Thanks a million for posting two more chapters in quick succession. Poor JY is really helplessly in love with Jiu Ye, who also seems to care a lot about her yet for some unknown reasons holding her at arm’s length. It can’t be for his bad leg only, as the latest chapter reveals he’s not as physically weak as he appears. I do hope he doesn’t have a prior commitment to another woman.

    So, is HQB going to take it lying down, seeing the girl he likes (?, he doesn’t seem to be seriously in love with JY yet) flying to the side of another man?

    And thanks, Ms. K, for promising to translate the meatier and more salacious, I hope, Vol. 2. I’m looking forward to it with abated breath.

    I’m still longing to read about JY’s reunion with the Shan Yu, her first love, or maybe crush. Though her feelings for him may be infantile, his are much deeper, I guess, after learning how he went to such great lengths to look for her.

  9. Hi Koala, I chanced upon your website because I was browsing for kdrama stuff but the thing that caught my eye was cdrama! I was introduced to Tong Hua and Bu Bu Jing Xin and ever since then I was hooked. When I first heard about Da Mo Yao, I thought that it couldn’t compare to BBJX, how could a story about a girl who grew up among wolves be compelling? But when I read the first translated chapter by you, I fell in love (with HQB, MJ and JY). I read the online chinese version in a few days (resulting in a severe lack of sleep). This is amazing for me because I haven’t touched a single Chinese book since I left school. I enjoy reading the translations a second time through another perspective. Can I find out where did you get the hard copy version of the book from? I’m from Singapore and hope to get my hands on a hard copy. I’ve seen BBJX in a local store called Popular but I don’t think I have seen DMY before.

    • Just check with kinokuniya chinese information counter. I also received my order a couple of days ago & have kinda finish the 3 volumes (speed read). Am gng to re-read again at a slower speed later.

      • I went to kino today. Sadly they don’t have the jian ti zhi (simplified)version for ordering, only the fan ti zhi (traditional chinese). I can read fan ti zhi with some amount of guesswork but I hoping to still find the jian ti zhi version somewhere else. The staff said that they don’t think the jian ti zhi version would be printed anymore in China !?! Actually, I can’t believe it. If the TV show comes out, I hope that there would be reprints.

  10. Thks sooo much – I felt sorry for xiao huo but so touched n warmth by jiu ye – I love dat guy – even though he is reserved but I think it was for a purpose as he is mature, responsible and protective of xiao yu … Probably becos of wat he might wanna do w the emperor – he didn’t want to drag xiao yu w/ him though he is clearly in love w/ her and can see xiao yu feels the same abt him … I wanna enjoy this moment becos I hv a strong feeling they won’t be together – so sad …. Anyhow – Thks again for speedy Gonzales translation & for translating it into such a beautiful piece ^_^

  11. Ok, even though I like Jui Ye, he’s manipulating Jin Yu/Er….big time it seems. He’s crossed the line from affection to downright connivance. It may be that he does not know how to be affected by her or show it without strings attached and is using what our learned friend knows, but she is supposed to be his “person of interest”. He should really temper the urge to string her along and mess with her heart.

    Jui Ye and Li Yan are like evil twins. LOL!

    HQB for the win baby! Loverboy is direct. No guessing. No brag, just fact.

    Thank you!

    • I have to stick up for Jiu Ye a bit on this point. He really never struck me as conniving or manipulative, and with Jin Yu, I just get this sense that he’s confused and stuck between a rock and a hard place. Whatever it is keeping him from accepting her, he’s sorta unable to just be mean to her because he’s human, too. If he likes her, then I can’t blame him for always wanting to things for her, but then pushing her away if she comes close.

      BUT…..then is why I don’t ship him with Yu Er. What he’s doing may not be on purpose to mess with her, but the result is that she’s messed with. She needs a man who is decisive and direct, like my baby HQB.

      • Well, you’ve finished the novel, but I get this sneaking suspicion that Jui Ye is calculating. IDK, but his wanting her around but never acknowledging his interest is playing games. It could be his condition and I would soften a little because of his plight, but damn. He can do better.
        Why say her birth date is the beginning of the year if not to keep a remembrance of him with her forever? From the homing pigeons his undeniable presence is there. The flower of her heart is blooming–because of him. He has to know it, which leads me to believe he knows what he’s doing to her. It’s like he wants to keep her with him forever as his own ally and not a lover.
        I like him but he needs to speak up about what kind of relationship they have for her sake. It’s unique that’s for sure…. :)

        I’ll not discuss what she did to our poor HQB by walking away from him. *le sighs*

      • I agree he’s hurting her tremendously by his hot and cold behavior. But even reading just until this point in the novel, I never got the sense he was purposely calculating and manipulative in why he was behaving the way. I just got the impression he can’t help himself.

        He knows he can’t/doesn’t want to be with her, but he can’t control his caring for her. I don’t like guys like him, but it’s because I find him emotionally weak, but not emotionally manipulative.

      • I also feel I have to put in a word for Jiu Ye. He’s uncertain and self-conscious yes…but manipulative? Never. He loves JY so much which is why he showers her with attention and gifts. He wants her…but he dares not (reason in last chapter of vol 1), which is why he distances himself whenever JY tries to get closer…

        I actually feel kind of sad for him…and believe me, up till the last chapter of vol 2, he’s still honorable and kind. And in truth, this was the first chapter I loved him a little more…he’s just so sweet and giving that I know it’s killing him inside he cannot reciprocate her feelings…

  12. “How can I forget? No matter what, today is all about making you happy.”
    Just when I thought I could harden my heart and stop falling deeper, Xiao Jiu just had to go and steal my heart back from HQB. His sweet gestures are always done so that she won’t feel the burden… making the earrings and not letting her know how hard it was for him to do so. SO selfless and SWEET. It’s just so sad the type of childhood that he went through too. So drawn away from the world… and Yu Er is just the right person to pull him back out… *sighs* I can COMPLETELY understand why, at this point, why the handsome and obviously passionate HQB is not in her mind/heart… yet.

    The mere thought of Jiu Ye not being the OTP with Yu Jin just crushes me, because they would make such a good and sweet couple (though I’d have to say that I wouldn’t mind the firey and passionate coupling of Jin Yu and HQB too).

    Once again, I can’t express how much I love you for translating this and so quickly too! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!!!!!

  13. Great chapter! Yu Er definitely annoyed me though when she went over to Jiu Ye right in from of Xiao Huo. At this point, she should clearly know he likes her right (unless she’s an idiot)? So walking over and flaunting how much she likes the other guy seems like a purposefully cruel move against poor Huo.

    I suppose you could argue that it’s because she’s such a direct, do whatever-whenever she wants type of person, but honestly, show a little respect for the guy who asked you out and carried you home when you were drunk.

    Can’t wait for book 2, and am hoping Yu Er starts showing some maturity soon.

    • I don’t think she purposely walked over to flaunt Jiu Ye. She’s just really head over heels for the guy so whenever she sees him she goes all dreamy. And she does feel bad about it right away, but it’s already too late.

  14. Awww… this is the second time Qu Bing witness Yu Er pining after some one else.

    Mucho gracias Ms. Koala. You must have been typing madly at your computer to produce 2-3 chapters in a day. Please remember to eat well in between.

  15. your translations comes faster than i can read them! thanks koala :)

    normally i have serious 2nd lead syndrome. seriously, the first few korean dramas i watched, i ended up with my heart broken because i have ‘fallen’ for the wrong guy.

    even now, i feel the pain for HQB. the thing is, he sure is determine and persistent. that is why it hurts that much more to see his reaction to Yu Er’s leaving for Jiu Ye *sigh*

  16. The can see clearly the image of HQB standing still with the wind flowing petals on top of him. The beautiful scenery make the image of HQB even more heartbreaking.
    For the past several chapters, I find Jiu Ye to be little threat to our OTP and couldnt really understand why Yuer would like him. But the previous chapter and this one, Jiu Ye really step up his game. *sigh* now i understand the dilemma. How can a girl ever choose between a man who is as calm and deep as water, and one as hot-blooded and passionate as fire.

  17. Gah, my HQB found out! Granted, I’ve known all along that this would inevitably happen, it’s still sad nevertheless :( And Jiu Ye is so caring to JY, I can totally understand why she thinks that she’s in love with him. For a girl who’s lost the only human anchor in her life, it’s only naturally that she’ll gravitate towards the next most viable anchor and fate happens to throw Jiu Ye in her path, although initially she was looking for Xiao Huo. Whatever the case, our HQB is not a quitter, so I’m foreseeing major battles on our heroine’s hands, LOL. Thanks, Ms. Koala.

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