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    Chapter 13 – NanGong Chou’s Secret
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    Guo DaLu: “Do you think Mei RuNan could be Mei RuJia’s younger sister?”

    Yan Qi: “Whether she is or not has nothing to do with me.”

    Guo DaLu: “Is there enmity between the Mei family and Feng QiWu?”

    Yan Qi: “Not certain.”

    Guo DaLu: “I think that must be it. That’s why Mei RuNan thought up a plan to get rid of Feng QiWu. But does she hold some sort of hatred towards NanGong Chou as well? Was she the one who rescued NanGong Chou? Did she save him because of that lot of treasures?”

    Yan Qi: “Why do you not just ask her?”

    Guo DaLu exhaled a sigh. “If she did not mention anything herself, even if I ask, I won’t get any answers.”

    Yan Qi gave an icy laugh. “I think you do not dare ask.”

    Guo DaLu: “I don’t dare?”

    Yan Qi: “You are afraid of offending her, that she will get angry, so…” He had suddenly closed his mouth, and his face had become long. Guo DaLu turned his head in the direction he had been looking and saw Mei RuNan walking towards them.

    A sweet smile filled her face. Her eyes were large and bright. She chimed, “You should be asking me all these things. I would not get angry.”

    Yan Qi’s face was stony as he asked in a cold tone, “You overheard everything that we just said?”

    Her head lowered as she explained, “I did not purposely try to eavesdrop. I came to tell you that dinner is ready.”

    Yan Qi: “What opportune timing for your arrival.”

    He had already been standing. Now, he turned his head and left. Mei RuNan watched until he was far off into the distance, then gave a sad smile and sighed, “I did not do anything to offend him. Why does he always leave once he sees me?”

    Guo DaLu chuckled as he offered, “Maybe it is because he likes you.”

    Mei RuNan blinked in surprise. “He likes me? But then, why is he avoiding me?”

    Guo DaLu: “Perhaps he has already figured out that he is not the person you like.” She lowered her head again. A long while passed, then all of a sudden, she began giggling. Guo DaLu asked, “What are you laughing about?”

    Mei RuNan pressed her lips together to contain her laughter as she replied, “I am laughing at you men. You never ask the questions that you should be asking, and you never say the words that you should be saying.”

    Guo DaLu: “Those things that I wanted to ask you, you…”

    Mei RuNan cut his sentence off short. Grasping his hand, she smiled and said, “Come on. Let’s go have dinner. I will tell you all those things after we are finished eating.”

    Guo DaLu: “Why can you not tell me now?”

    Mei RuNan: “I am afraid that after you finish hearing the answers, you will not have any appetite.”

    She held Guo DaLu’s hand as they walked back into the house. She held it very tightly. When they sat down, it seemed as if she did not want to let go of it. Wang Dong was staring at her hand. Lin TaiPing was also staring at her hand. Yan Qi was trying to deliberately act as if he did not notice anything, but he, too, could not help stealing several glances. An indescribable feeling of comfort flooded Guo DaLu’s heart, which is why he ate particularly well that meal.

    As he was wiping his mouth, Mei RuNan suddenly spoke. “Your guess was correct. I am Mei RuJia’s younger sister, and Feng QiWu is my family’s enemy. But unfortunately, we were never able to find him. Therefore, we thought up this plan.” She gave a little smile, then continued, “We had calculated that GunZi and Golden Lion would be able to fish Feng QiWu out from his place of hiding. They are government officers, so naturally it would be much easier for them to search for someone.” At this time, she let out a sigh. “Up to this point, your speculations were not the least bit wrong.”

    Guo DaLu queried, “What about everything after?”

    Mei RuNan: “Everything after, you were completely wrong.”

    Guo DaLu was silent for a second from surprise. “What points did we guess incorrectly?”

    Mei RuNan: “Number one: the black-clothed man is not NanGong Chou.”

    Gou DaLu: “If he is not NanGong Chou, then who is he?”

    Mei RuNan was biting down on her own lip. A long time passed before she finally gathered the resolve to say, “My older brother.”

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    yup! more translation!
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    Alright, I hope to be back updating regularly, probably once every couple of days. The posts will probably be shorter than what I had been doing previously. I still can only use 5 of my digits, so it takes me 4x as long to type everything. Please have patience with me.




    Chapter 13 continued.....
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    Mei RuNan was biting down on her own lip. A long time passed before she finally gathered the resolve to say, “My older brother.”

    When she said this, everyone was struck with astonishment. Guo DaLu could barely prevent himself from crying out. Even Lin TaiPing could not help exclaiming, “Your brother? Why would he do something like that?”

    She hung her head low as she explained, “Everyone within jianghu thinks that we, the Mei family, are an old and well-known family within wulin and, because we have always been quite ostentatious, must have endless wealth. Any friend of jianghu who has come to us for aid has never been disappointed.” The expression on her face grew miserable, and she said sadly, “In reality, even though my family may seem impressive on the outside, on the inside, since my father passed away, we have exhausted our resources. Not only are we not capable of providing financial aid to others, it has been arduous getting through each day in our own lives. And so…”

    Wang Dong: “So in addition to wanting Feng QiWu’s life, you wanted his money as well.”

    Mei RuNan gave a slight nod of her head. “Correct. Our plan was to have ‘two brushes paint one picture.’ While I was here committing burglaries, my older brother had already approached GunZi and Golden Lion and become their bodyguard.”

    Guo DaLu asked, “But being the shrewd type of people that GunZi and Golden Lion are, how could they just carelessly believe that he was NanGong Chou? And why would they heedlessly use him as their bodyguard?”

    Mei RuNan: “One: because they had never seen NanGong Chou before. Two: because my older brother has a memento that once belonged to NanGong Chou. Three: because they never thought someone would try to masquerade as NanGong Chou.”

    Guo DaLu: “Four: because your luck has been good. But why would your brother have a memento from NanGong Chou?”

    Mei RuNan: “Because he is my brother’s friend.”

    With a sigh and a cynical smile, Guo DaLu commented, “It seems that your brother is very talented to be able to befriend such a person.”

    Mei RuNan’s cheeks turned a slight pink as she replied, “He has always been one who likes to make new friends, and he enjoys helping others. There have been countless numbers of people in jianghu who have received favors from him. It is because he has too many friends and is overly generous that our family is getting poorer with each day.”

    Chuckling, Guo DaLu said, “True. Misers will never lack money to spend. If I had known he was such a person, I would have thrown that one punch of mine a little lighter.”

    Mei RuNan’s face showed displeasure as she stated slowly, “I still have two other things that I must tell you.”

    Guo DaLu: “Go ahead.”

    Mei RuNan: “One: I do not appreciate it when people insult my brother to my face. And two: If he had not been using a weapon that he was not used to, the one taking a beating would have been you, not him.”

    “Stone Man” Mei RuJia’s weapon of choice was made of stone. This point Guo DaLu had heard before. He could only respond with a faint smile. “So how is the martial arts of the real NanGong Chou?”

    Mei RuNan answered indifferently, “If the person you came across had been the real NanGong Chou, you probably would not be sitting here right now.”

    Guo DaLu: “If I wouldn’t be sitting here, where would I be?”

    Mei RuNan: “Lying down. Even if you were not lying in a coffin, you would at least be lying on a bed.”

    Guo DaLu laughed loudly in response, except his laughter appeared to be a little unnatural.

    Mei RuNan had picked up her story again. “Our whole plan had been proceeding very smoothly until…” Her eyes glanced over towards Lin TaiPing.

    Lin TaiPing filled in, “Until I accidentally saw him.”

    Mei RuNan uttered a sigh. “I really wish that day you guys did not go to the city and did not see him.”

    Lin TaiPing: “He was afraid that we would dig deeper into his secret so he decided to kill us.”

    Sadness filled her voice as she continued, “He is the only son of our Mei family. He could not let the Mei family name and hundred-year reputation be ruined at his hands.”

    Wang Dong lamented, “So he would rather admit to being NanGong Chou than reveal his true identity. And he would rather die than be disgraced, right?”

    Mei RuNan gave a slight nod of her head. Her eyes grew red with tears.

    Wang Dong unexpectedly heaved a long sigh also. “To be the only son of an old and respected family in wulin truly comes with sufferings that others cannot understand.”
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    and happy new year to all
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    Thanks Hoju! and happy new year to all!

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    Happy New Year!!!


    Chapter 13 continued.....

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    Wang Dong unexpectedly heaved a long sigh also. “To be the only son of an old and respected family in wulin truly comes with sufferings that others cannot understand.”

    Guo DaLu: “There is probably only one person who has to endure more suffering than him.”

    Wang Dong: “Who?”

    Guo DaLu: “His sister.”

    Mei RuNan cast a glance in his direction. There seemed to be a faint smile on her face; a hint of sadness in her expression, yet not quite. Looking at her, there was an indescribable attractiveness about her.

    Lin TaiPing gazed at her besottedly. He suddenly asked, “Did you send the coffin here?”

    Mei RuNan: “Uh huh.”

    Lin TaiPing: “For what reason?”

    Mei RuNan took a deep breath before answering. “I knew that after you realized that you had killed someone, your heart would be feeling dreadful. I sent the coffin here for the purpose of letting you know that the person you had ‘killed’ had not died.”

    The look on Lin TaiPing’s face grew even more smitten as mumbled, “No matter what, I should thank you.”

    Guo DaLu’s eyes travelled between Lin TaiPing and Mei RuNan before he exhaled and affirmed, “You really should thank her. She treats you quite well.”

    Yan Qi had remained silent during the discussion, but now he spoke in a cold tone, “But NanGong Chou is still the name that was on the coffin.”

    Mei RuNan: “In spite of what he has done, I still could not betray my older brother.” Her eyes grew even redder as she added, “Even though I knew that what he was doing was not right, I could only secretly try to stop him…”

    Yan Qi: “And that is why this whole time you did not dare reveal yourself.”

    Mei RuNan: “I did not dare and also could not reveal myself. But I still tried my best to make it up to you. My only hope was that you would forgive him because of me and everything I had done.”

    Yan Qi: “Where is he now?”

    Mei RuNan: “He has gone home.”

    Yan Qi: “You were the one who rescued him?”

    Mei RuNan: “Of course it was me. He is my older brother by blood. I could not stand to one side and watch him suffer…” All of a sudden, she lifted her chin. “Should you really find that you cannot forgive him, then there is no need for you to seek him out. I am willing to assume responsibility for all of his wrongdoings.”

    Lin TaiPing jumped to his feet and declared in a loud voice, “Regardless of what anyone else may say, I believe that you have not done anything wrong.”

    Guo DaLu chimed in, “Whoever says she is wrong is a b*stard!”

    Wang Dong: “My only comment is, she cannot be considered a human.”

    Lin TaiPings face flushed immediately with anger. His neck bulged as he glared fiercely and roared, “Did you just say she is not human?”

    Wang Dong sighed, “Yes, she is not human. I have never seen a real person with courage such as hers.”

    Guo DaLu clapped his hands together. “Absolutely correct. She had no obligation to tell us all these things, but yet, she did not try to hide anything from us. Who else has courage that could compare?”

    Yan Qi: “Can you compare?”

    Guo DaLu: “If it was me in her place, I am not certain I would be brave enough to tell us all these things directly to our faces.”

    Yan Qi snickered unexpectedly, “Well at least now you know that women are not as useless as you had thought.”

    Guo DaLu: “Not only are they not useless, they are approaching greatness.”

    Her eyes reddened again as Mei RuNan asked hesitantly, “You… you honestly do not blame me?”

    Guo DaLu exclaimed, “Blame you? Who would possibly blame you? In fact, we should be on our knees and kowtowing in thanks to you.”

    Wang Dong: “Were it not for you, even if we could have avoided death by poisoning, we would still have died from starvation.”

    Mei RuNan’s head hung low. “My brother actually is not…”

    Guo DaLu hurriedly cut in, “You do not need to explain anything for him. We do not blame him either.”

    Mei RuNan: “Really?”

    Guo DaLu: “If I had been in his shoes, I may have done the same thing.”

    Wang Dong: “I may have been even more ruthless than him.”

    Guo DaLu: “I am only worried now that, if your brother finds out that you interfered with what he was doing, he will be furious.”

    Mei RuNan smiled bitterly. “He knows already.”

    Guo DaLu reeled back slightly in surprise. “What happened after he found out?”

    Mei RuNan: “He was furious.”
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    Chapter 13 continued.....
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    Mei RuNan: “He was furious.”

    Guo DaLu: “What did you do?”

    Mei RuNan: “I ran away.”

    Guo DaLu frowned as he pointed out, “But you will have to go back eventually. That is your home.”

    She lowered her head again and did not answer.

    Wang Dong said with a knowing grin, “Of course, if she goes back she will have to suffer some punishment, but she does not have to go back.”

    Guo DaLu: “Why?”

    Wang Dong chuckled, “When a girl marries a man, she does not have to go back to her home anymore.”

    Guo DaLu got the picture. He snorted, “Right. If she is married, she is no longer a member of the Mei family and her brother no longer has control over her.”

    Wang Dong: “So now, she has no option but to hurry and get married.”

    Guo DaLu: “Who is she going to marry?”

    Wang Dong answered in a nonchalant tone, “Obviously, she will marry the man she likes. Maybe it is you, maybe it’s me.”

    Guo DaLu had all of a sudden become very still from shock. He had discovered that Mei RuNan was smiling secretly. All this time, she had sat quietly with her head hanging low, her cheeks flushed with red, as if she was filled with despair and the whole ordeal was very difficult for her. But she could not contain a faint smile from showing on the corner of her lips. That smile was similar to one of a young fox who had just stolen eight chicks. The light bulb lit up in Guo DaLu’s head. These four macho men had all been duped by her. Under these circumstances, no matter which one she fancied among the four of them, that person would have an obligation to take her as his wife. The little fox had unsuspectingly ensnared them with a noose around each of their necks. And now, all that was needed was a tug from her hand and one of them would be hung up, captured for the rest of his life.

    “It appears that women are much more intelligent than what men had imagined.”

    But who was it she wanted to capture?

    Wang Dong was still grinning; he was grinning like a fox – a sly old fox. It seemed as if he was certain he would not be the one who was hung. He also appeared to know something that Guo DaLu did not. He let out another chuckle. “We may not be considered as grand heroes or brave paladins, but neither are we ungrateful cowards who will kick our benefactor while she is down. Correct?”

    Lin TaiPing: “Correct.”

    Wang Dong: “So if Mei guniang has any problems, we will definitely try and help her find a solution, right?”

    Lin TaiPing hurriedly affirmed, “Right.” He had again rushed in to be the first to answer.

    Guo DaLu let out a sigh and thought to himself as he watched him, “He is still young and can become overly passionate, allowing his emotions to rule at any time. Someone has only gotten the length of rope ready, and he is already scrambling to loop it around his own neck.”

    But he had not even completely exhaling that sigh when he noticed that Wang Dong was staring at him and directing a question his way. “And you? Do you think what I said is true?”
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    hehehehehe.... looking forward to the next part =D. thanks hoju!

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    I wonder who she'll choose. Wang Dong seems to have put himself out of the running and Yan Qi is not suitable so that leaves Guo Dalu and Lin Taiping.

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    i think it will be LinTaiPing.
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    Chapter 13 continued.....
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    “And you? Do you think what I said is true?”

    Though Guo DaLu wanted to answer no, he could not since he knew it would look bad if he did. He wished he could grab an egg and shove it into Wang Dong’s mouth.

    Yan Qi interrupted them, “You do not even need to ask. When it comes to gallantly rising to the occasion and caring for and protecting beauties, who in this world can compare to our Mr. Guo here?”

    Wang Dong nodded his head thoughtfully, as if Yan Qi had spoken words that had been in his heart as well. With a serious look on his face, he said, “That statement is very true indeed. But what about you?”

    Yan Qi gave a little laugh and replied lightly, “So long as Wang Laoda is okay with it, what problem could I possibly have?”

    Wang Dong exhaled a lengthy breath. His face lit up with a bright smile as asked, “Mei guniang, you heard our entire discussion?”

    Her head low, Mei RuNan responded with a light nasal “mm” sound. It was as quiet as the cry of a mosquito.

    Wang Dong: “Then why will you not tell us about any problem you may have?”

    She lowered her head even further. Looking very fragile, she whispered, “I feel awkward saying it out.”

    Wang Dong: “Don’t worry. Tell us.”

    Her cheeks brushed a pretty pink again, making her appear even more delicate and embarrassed. It took her nearly half a day to finally stammer, “My brother was so livid when he learned what I had done that he nearly went berserk. He pressed right up against me and demanded to know why I would do something like that, why I would help an outsider harm my own brother.”

    Wang Dong: “And how did you answer?”

    Mei RuNan blushed even more fiercely. “I could not think of anything else but to say… but to say… but to say…” She kept repeating those three words over and over again, like she had suddenly developed a cramp.

    Unable to bear the suspense, Guo DaLu asked anxiously, “What did you say?”

    Mei RuNan bit down hard on her lip, as if she had brought herself to make a very difficult decision. Her face scarlet, she carried on, “I said, ‘The person I helped is not an outsider.’ So he asked, ‘If he is not an outsider, what is he?’ I could only answer that he is… is…”

    Guo DaLu could not stop himself from blurting out again, “Is what?”

    Mei RuNan: “I had no choice but to answer that he is his mei fu [*brother-in-law; younger sister’s husband] because I had already betrothed myself to him.” Upon finishing her sentence, her whole body seemed to go limp and she nearly slid underneath the table.

    Guo DaLu nearly fell beneath the table himself.

    Wang Dong blinked at her as he inquired, “What did your brother say after he heard this?”

    Mei RuNan: “He finally cooled down slightly after I told him. But he warned me that if I was trying to deceive him, he would beat me to death. And he is also forcing me to bring… back home with me.”

    Wang Dong: “Bring what back home?”

    Mei RuNan: “Bring the person...”

    Wang Dong: “Which person?”

    Mei RuNan: “Brother-in… brother-in-law…”

    Wang Dong: “Whose brother-in-law?”

    Mei RuNan: “My… my brother’s brother-in-law.” She seemed drained once again after forcing the answer out.

    Guo DaLu felt himself grow weak also.

    Wang Dong let out another long breath, as if Mei RuNan’s meaning had only now become apparent. In reality, it truly is no easy feat to be able to completely figure out all the meanings behind a girl’s words. He smiled pleasantly, “So it seems that only one question remains.”

    Lin TaiPing: “Which question is that?”

    Wang Dong: “Out of the four of us, who is the brother-in-law of Mei guniang’s brother? And will he be willing to go back with Mei guniang?”

    Lin TaiPing: “Who would not be willing? Would that person be so heartless as to watch Mei guniang go back and get beaten to death by her older brother?”

    Wang Dong: “What if he is unwilling?”

    Lin TaiPing: “Then that person should not even be considered our friend. We do not need to be civilized when dealing with friends who are not really friends.”

    Rubbing his palms together, Wang Dong exclaimed, “True. If someone refuses to go, the other three will force him to. Do you all agree?”

    Lin TaiPing: “Agreed.”

    Wang Dong was staring at Guo DaLu out of the corner of his eye as he addressed him, “What about you?”

    Yan Qi spoke up with a chilly tone, “You should not need to ask that question. Do you perceive Mr. Guo to be an ungrateful and disloyal person?”

    Wang Dong beamed. “Then it is perfect! All problems have been solved. Mei guniang, what are you waiting for?”

    However, Mei RuNan deliberately wanted to keep them waiting a while longer. Women seem to innately enjoy making men anxious. Her eyes were constantly moving, flickering between each of their four faces. Guo DaLu really hoped that her gaze would not end up resting on his face.

    He actually did not dislike this “Sour Plum Soup” one bit. This morning, when she had arrived, if she had said that the one she fancied was someone else, not him, he would have been infuriated. But fancying was one thing, taking her as his wife was a different thing. And being forced to take her as his wife was an entirely different thing. It was analogous to a situation where, though he liked to drink wine, he would not let someone pinch his nose and pour wine down his throat. His only hope now was that there was something wrong with this Sour Plum Soup’s eyes, that the man she was attracted to was someone else, not him.

    But unfortunately, her eyes appeared to be perfectly fine and in fact, were now fixed upon him. She was not only gazing directly at him, she was also smiling – a sweet smile, a mesmerizing smile. Everyone who knows that they have hooked a big fish would smile sweetly. Guo DaLu wanted to return her smile, but he could not force one out.

    He sighed to himself and mourned, “I guess it is my bad luck that I was born more handsome than everyone else.”

    Mei RuNan all of a sudden spoke to him. “I had promised that when I had decided, you would be the first person I told.”

    Guo DaLu mumbled, “Really, you do not have to be too concerned about keeping your word with me. I know girls often forget the promises that they make.”

    She chimed, “I have not forgotten. Come out with me. I will tell you.” She rose to her feet unexpectedly and walked outside, her footsteps light and graceful like a swallow – a swallow that had just caught seven or eight large caterpillars.


    End of Chapter 13

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    Thanks for the translation. Bet a 100 bucks that it will not be Guo.

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    WOW!! Awesome story here. I am with Han Solo on this on, I don't think that Guo is the one.

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    This answers part of the question.........


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    Chapter 14 – A Tough Task
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    When she reached the door, Mei RuNan turned around and beckoned to Guo DaLu. Her hand was pale and smooth.

    Suppose that a pair of hands are wrapped around and gripping your neck. Regardless of how pale these hands are or how soft and smooth, that feeling would still be rather unpleasant.

    Guo DaLu had to stand. He looked over at Yan Qi. Yan Qi did not look at him. Guo DaLu turned his eyes toward Wang Dong. Wang Dong was drinking wine, and the cup was blocking his eyes. Guo DaLu cast his gaze over at Lin TaiPing. Lin TaiPing was staring off into the distance. Grinding his teeth together, Guo DaLu grumbled hatefully, “My ancestors must have accumulated many good deeds; otherwise, how could I possibly have made such great friends?”

    Mei RuNan’s voice was heard calling from outside the door, “What did you say? Why haven’t you come outside yet?”

    Guo DaLu sighed. “I didn’t say anything. I was farting.” He finally managed to drag himself out the door. Looking at the agonized expression on his face and the dejected manner in which he hung his head, you would think that he was being escorted to an execution ground.

    A long time passed before Lin TaiPing finally exhaled loudly and muttered grumpily, “Never knew that that guy can put up a good act. In his heart, he secretly is delighted, but he still has to pretend and put on that look of misery. It makes you mad just looking at him!” His tone sounded a little sour, as if the wine in his stomach had all turned to vinegar [*i.e jealous].

    Wang Dong snickered, “You are mistaken about one thing.”

    Lin TaiPing: “What is that?”

    Wang Dong: “He is not the least bit delighted.”

    Lin TaiPing: “He’s not happy? Is Mei guniang not good enough for him?”

    Wang Dong: “Whether she is good enough or not is one matter; whether he is happy or not is a completely different matter.”

    Lin TaiPing: “How do you know he is not happy?”

    Wang Dong: “Because he hasn’t turned into an idiot or become mute.” Lin TaiPing blinked; he did not understand. Wang Dong was aware that he was confused so he explained, “There was a brilliant person who once said something that is very sensible. He said, no matter how smart a man is, if he has truly fallen in love with a girl, he will behave like he is stupid when he is around her, to the point where he cannot even say a word.” Perhaps deliberately, perhaps subconsciously, Wang Dong’s eyes shifted to glance at Yan Qi as he chuckled, “But in front of Mei guniang, he seems to have more to say than anyone else...”

    Yan Qi cut him off with an icy tone. “That is only because some people were born as blabbermouths.”

    Wang Dong responded with a little laugh and did not continue speaking. Nobody likes being a blabbermouth. Usually, no one would ever call Wang Dong a blabbermouth, but today there seemed to be something different about him. The number of words he had spoken was at least several times more than what would normally be heard coming from him.

    Lin TaiPing also thought something seemed strange. “Why is this person all of a sudden so talkative today? And who were those words intended for?” Lin TaiPing only was certain about one thing: unless he had a deliberate purpose, Wang Dong was usually too lazy to even bother moving his lips.

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    The moonlight was beautiful. Perhaps very few people have noticed, but winter moonlight is not necessarily less captivating than spring. The winter moon is also able to move the heart of a young girl.

    The round moon hung above the treetop. Mei RuNan was standing beneath that tree. The moonlight shone upon her face, her eyes. Her eyes were even more beautiful than the moon. Even Guo DaLu had to admit that she really was an attractive girl, especially her figure. Guo DaLu had practically never seen another girl whose figure was as good as hers. She seemed to be even prettier than the first time Guo DaLu saw her. Perhaps it was because of her clothing, or perhaps it was her smile. Today she was no longer wearing clothes made of rough cloth. The narrow waistline and long skirt accentuated her dainty waist and made her graceful bearing even more mesmerizing.

    She was looking at Guo DaLu once again with a little smile. Her smile was especially sweet. Normally, Guo DaLu was particularly fond of her smile, but now, he did not even dare look at it. A girl’s smile is like her clothes and jewellery, her rouge and powder – these are all bait used to entice a man onto her hook. A smart man should not even look. If that day Guo DaLu had understood this principle, he would not have brought about today’s predicament.

    He gave a silent sigh as he walked over at a snail’s pace. Out of nowhere, he asked, “Is your brother’s alcohol capacity really that good?”

    She giggled, “No. He rarely drinks.”

    Smiling bitterly, he moaned, “Then this is an even bigger problem.”

    Mei RuNan: “What problem is this?”

    Guo DaLu answered with a chuckle, “I had been planning that, once I saw him, I would find some way to get him drunk to prevent him from remembering the events of the other day and trying to get revenge.”

    Mei RuNan smiled prettily. “If you are afraid of him, why don’t you avoid him for a while? After a few days have passed and his anger has died down, you can go see him.”

    Guo DaLu: “But aren’t you in a hurry to bring me back to see him?”

    Mei RuNan’s eyes grew wide in realization and she gaped at him with amazement. “You thought… you thought…” She suddenly doubled over in laughter.

    Guo DaLu was silent for a moment. His eyes bulged out as he gawked back at her and spluttered, “It’s not me…”

    Mei RuNan was howling so hard that she could not answer and could only shake her head non-stop

    Guo DaLu could not help demanding, “If it’s not me, then who is it?”

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    he he, i knew it won't be him.

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    Arrgghhhh!!!! Hoju! The suspense is killing me!!! Who is it?? hahaha

    Thanks for your efforts!

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    Chapter 14 continued.....
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    Guo DaLu could not help demanding, “If it’s not me, then who is it?”

    After much effort, she finally managed to control of her laughter. She gasped, “It’s Yan Qi.”

    Guo DaLu yowled, “Yan Qi?... The guy you have your eye on is Yan Qi?”

    She nodded.

    This time, Guo DaLu had to stop and let it sink in. He actually had no desire to marry Mei RuNan; in fact, he did not want to marry anybody. He should have been delighted and breathing a sigh of relief that the man she fancied was not him. But for some reason, he was feeling miserable and very disappointed, even a little sour. A long while passed before he was finally able to exhale out that breath of jealousy. Shaking his head, he mumbled, “I just don’t understand. How could you be attracted to him?”

    She smiled. “I think he is great. Everything about him is great.”

    Guo DaLu: “Is it also great that he does not bathe?”

    Mei RuNan: “A man with personality usually does not care about his appearance before he gets married, but once he has a wife to care for him, he will change.” Her eyes glimmered as if she was lost in her reverie. A dreamy smile crossed her face. “To be honest, ever since I was young, I have always liked the type of man that does not confine himself to following trivial rituals. That is what I would call true manliness. I want to throw up when I see guys that spend the whole day sprucing themselves up so that their hair is all greasy and their face is powdered.”

    Guo DaLu was looking into her eyes. He suddenly realized that her eyes were not the least bit beautiful. They were like the eyes of a blind person.

    Mei RuNan: “I know that he has been avoiding me as if he really dislikes me. Only men with character are like that. I detest those types of men who, when they see a woman, behave like flies around blood.”

    Guo DaLu’s face seemed to grow a little hot. He gave a couple of dry coughs and asked, “So it seems as if you really do like him?”

    Mei RuNan: “You really could not tell, not even a little bit?”

    Guo DaLu let out a sigh. Smiling bitterly, he said, “All I could sense was that you were being particularly affectionate with me.”

    She answered sweetly, “That is only because I was deliberately trying to make him mad.”

    Guo DaLu: “Why would you want to make him mad if you like him?”

    Mei RuNan: “It’s because I like him, that is why I want to make him mad. Don’t you understand that principle?”

    He laughed cynically and replied, “If that is the case, it is best for a man if no woman ever takes a liking to him. That way, he will end up living a happier life.”

    Blinking her eyes innocently, she inquired, “Are you very happy right now?”

    Guo DaLu: “Of course I’m happy. I am extremely happy.”



    When Guo DaLu walked back inside, even a blind man could tell that he was not the least bit happy. If it could be said that he looked like a prisoner being taken to his execution place when he went out, then now he basically looked like a dead person, or at most, someone who had one more breath of air than a dead person.

    A breath of bitter air.

    The situation inside the house was nearly identical to what it had been when he left. Wang Dong was drinking wine, Lin TaiPing was staring off into the distance, and Yan Qi was purposefully trying to pretend as if he did not see him.

    Guo DaLu grabbed the cup out of Wang Dong’s hand and cried, “What is wrong with you today? Have you turned into a wine pitcher?”

    Wang Dong chuckled pleasantly, “Of course. I should be drinking more than just a few cups of my good friend’s wedding wine. You’re not willing to part with your wine?”

    Guo DaLu wanted to give a little laugh also, but nothing would come out. He glanced at Yan Qi from the corner of his eye. “There is a groom in this room, but it’s not me.”

    Wang Dong did not seem to be surprised with this as he asked indifferently, “If it is not you, then who is it?”

    Guo DaLu did not answer. He turned around and with wide eyes, stared at Yan Qi, who could not help breaking his silence as he demanded, “What are you looking at?”

    Guo DaLu: “You.”

    Yan Qi gave an icy little laugh. “What is there to look at? I think you are staring at the wrong person.”

    Exhaling a sigh, Guo DaLu said, “I am trying to find out right now what is there about you that is so nice to look at. Why would someone fancy you?”

    Yan Qi’s brow furrowed into a frown. “Who fancies me?”

    Guo DaLu: “The bride.”

    Yan Qi was starting to feel a little alarmed. He gasped, “What does the bride have to do with me?”

    Guo DaLu was finally able to laugh. “If the bride has nothing to do with the groom, then who else could she have anything to do with?”

    Yan Qi’s eyes widened as he cried, “Who is the groom?”

    Guo DaLu: “You.”

    Yan Qi froze. At first, it was obvious that he was in shock, but then, he suddenly became so delighted he could not contain his pleasure and giggled out loud. The expression on his face was like a large ingot had unexpectedly fallen at his feet.

    Guo DaLu blinked, then remarked, “So it turns out you like her as well.”

    Yan Qi did not say anything but only continued to laugh.

    Guo DaLu: “If you do not like her, why are laughing with such glee?”

    Yan Qi did not answer; instead, he asked, “Where is she now?”

    In a dull tone, Guo DaLu responded, “In the courtyard waiting for her groom. It is best if you don’t make her wait until she is anxious.”

    Yan Qi did not make her wait. Before Guo DaLu had finished, he had already bounded to his feet and rushed outside. As Guo DaLu watched him run off, he shook his head and muttered, “It looks like the groom is even more anxious than the bride.”
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    haahaa... what a twist! But I still say that Yan Qi is a girl or something.. there is just too many clues pointing to it. haha..

    Thanks Hoju!
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    Quote Originally Posted by overjoy71 View Post
    haahaa... what a twist! But I still say that Yan Qi is a girl or something.. there is just too many clues pointing to it. haha..

    Thanks Hoju!
    that's what i think and also looks like very much in love with GuoDaLu He He...
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