Saturday, 1 February 2014

Heavy Sweetness Ash-Like Frost (Translations - Chapter 8.2: The Elegant Tendrils)

   Thanks again for reading and the support! 

    To clarify, we are about 30% through the book. I am currently translating what appears to be the edited book version from a site, but it does not have the full version there. From this book version, we are currently at Chapter 8. But from another site which has the full version ("version 2"), it has 68 chapters and this Chapter 8 from the book version will be around Chapter 25 of version 2. I am following the book version first as Xiaoyuer appeared to follow it and it groups the chapters into nice segments with a proper title. But, when the book version runs out - I will then complete the translations with version 2. 

Chapter 8.2: The Elegant Tendrils (Part 2 of 5)

   I stretched out my tongue to prepare to lick my lips to reduce my temperature, but Phoenix accurately captured it, and hooked the tip of my tongue back. In that moment, it felt like there was only Phoenix's lips and his hands on my waist left in this world, and everything else had disappeared. 

   The world spinned, and I reflected. The Moon God did not trick me, mutual cultivation was indeed enjoyable. I have to take this opportunity to carefully remember the steps, so that in future, I am able to mutually cultivate with other people if necessary. 

   I was just planning on this, when Phoenix suddenly paused. He grabbed both of my shoulders and pushed me away. His gaze was painful, "Wrong! Chaotic! This is all wrong."

  Hmm? I was shocked - I had wasted all my efforts to remember all the steps. I had made myself a disciple to the wrong teacher!

  I blinked my eyes and enquired humbly, "Why?"

   Phoenix replied, "Why?" His face had a dejected expression, "I know that you already have feelings for me, as I have for you, but... fate makes a fool of us, the heaven is not fair... our relationship will not be condoned ethically, if you insist on being with me, you will incur heaven's fury, and be destroyed..."

  The more I listened, the more confused I became. I wasn't sure what Phoenix's drunken words were saying. However after the mutual cultivation, I was tired, and so I yawned, and lightly patronised Phoenix, "If one is destroyed, then so be it."

  Phoenix emotionally grabbed my hand and said painfully, "It's alright for me, but how can I bear for you to incur heaven's fury?"

  I sleepily waved my hand, "It's ok it's ok..." I could not take the heavy drowsiness that came over me and laid down and went to see Master Zhou (the god in charge of sleep/dreams, like the Sandman).

  I was half dreaming and half awake, but Master Zhou looked like Phoenix, and was stroking my cheeks with an expression of affection and suppressed pain, "But how can I bear..."

  I unconsciously trembled and tightened the blanket around me. 

   When I opened my eyes again, it was already morning. I rubbed my eyes and got up. A ray of seven coloured golden light followed my movements and fell to the ground. I looked at it; it was a Phoenix feather - it still glimmered on the ground. To think that even a feather of Phoenix is so grand, Phoenix was indeed a proud ostentatious bird!

  I observed my surroundings, Phoenix that proud bird has disappeared. I satisfiedly heaved a sigh of relief, now I would not have to make an excuse for taking an additional three hundred years of cultivation. 

  I happily raised to freshen myself up and tied my hair back with Phoenix's feather as a hair pin. I cheerily went out of the door, and saw that Night was outside playing chess. He gave me a gentle smile, "Jin Mi, did you sleep well last night?"

  I returned his smile and said, "Very well. But, did the osmanthus wine from last night affect you?"

  "Jin Mi's wine is pure but not strong, truly the finest product. Unfortunately, my wine capacity is low, and caused you to see a joke," Night said as he poured tea into a small cup, "Jin Mi has woken up at just the right time, I've reset our chess game from as we have left it before, shall we continue?"

   I took the tea cup that Night had prepared for me, and placed a white piece and sat down, "Yes..." I said uncertainly as I looked at Night, "Have you seen Phoenix?"

  "Today is the Heavenly Empress' birthday, I saw Phoenix quickly leaving this place earlier. He must have returned to the Heavenly Realm to greet the Heavenly Empress," Night said lightly and looked at me warmly. When his gaze saw Phoenix's feather on my head, he paused for a moment and the black piece in his hand landed on an awkward spot on the chess board, "Your hair pin is rather special*."

  I was considering if this chess move by Night was a new strategy and said, "I merely picked it up from the floor, if Night likes it, you may have it."

  Night took another black piece, "The Phoenix feather is a bit too dazzling, Night feels that Jin Mi's usual grape tendril is more elegant."

  What a soulmate! I also felt that the grape tendril looked very good, simple and elegant, a grandness in its modest nature. Thus, I happily gifted Night a grape tendril. Night gave a look of full appreciation and took down a white jade hair pin from his head and placed the grape tendril on it. 

  With not even enough time to finish a pot of tea, the chess game had finished. I had won narrowly by two pieces** and my heart was very happy. I said to Night, "I shall treat you today. Where shall we eat in the city for breakfast? I heard yesterday that what I won from gambling yesterday is very useful, it can buy food and clothes, an official rank, or even wife and children! But too bad Night is already engaged, or I can buy a few wives for you. Pity, what a pity," I sighed. 

  Night was keeping the chess pieces and when he heard that his hand froze for a moment.  Half of the already carefully kept chess pieces fell out. 

  Look at that emotion!

  Night put down the chess piece and looked at me, "Breakfast is already very good, no need for a wife..."

  I looked at the table and the fallen chess pieces, and suddenly thought of testing out the six hundred years of cultivation Phoenix had given me. I placed two fingers at my mouth and fully concentrated on the white pieces and chanted, "Change to buns, buns, buns!"

Comments: *In ancient chinese culture, lovers usually give each other a love token to confirm their affections, and a common love token for a girl is a hairpin. Hence, Night's frozen reaction when he saw Phoenix's feather on Jin Mi's head! 

**I always suspected that Night purposely lost to Jin Mi and he had to use his skills instead to make the loss not obvious to Jin Mi. Haha. After all, Night is someone who could remember the uncompleted chess configuration from their last game. 


  1. Thanks for translating this chapter!
    Arghh Phoenix is just so infatuated! And Jin Mi does not realize this because of the no-feeling pill! I love her reactions but I also can't wait to see her feeling something. For her to realize things.

    I also think Night chooses to be let her win. He does not need a wife. He needs Jin Mi =x
    I think she's the only one who can see and elicit so many reactions from him.
    Though I still ship Phoenix and Jin Mi :3

    LOL at the ending hahahaha xD Can't wait to read the next chapter. Jia You !
    Little Red

    1. Thanks for reading! :) Me too, I could not wait for her to show some real reactions, but she's not called slow for nothing haha.

      Aww! Too bad, he does not always chooses to let her win in life. Me too! I like Night and Jin Mi interactions, but still relatively (haha) remain a Phoenix Jin Mi shipper.

  2. Thank you for your translations..
    Phoenix is cute but i can't help but starting to fall for Night.. Oh I'm doomed since i have the habit of falling for the second lead >.<

    1. Thanks for reading!
      Heehee, I totally know that feeling! I also can't help feeling bad for Night who only knows loneliness :(

  3. Omg Jin mii..why so adorably weird?? thank u:))

    1. Haha thanks for reading! I know, she's so dorky right? Haha

  4. Thank you! Jin Mi is seriously leading an uncomplicated and simple life without any worries. I can't help but envy her for that. :)

    1. Haha! Her simple life gets complicated very fast though.....

  5. Thank you for your hardwork^^
    Clueless Jin Mi so adorable.. Haha i admire her character
    Looking forward to read her story

  6. gosh..i am enjoying reading it sooo much! this is too cute and sweetness overload, but i am afraid for their fate 😢😢. I think Jin Mi can't feel love though she is unconciously actually fall for phoenix...aargghhh, bunch of thanks for translating it!!!

  7. Thanks you for you translation
    I really enjoy it

  8. Jin Mi was prepared to learn "mutual cultivation" as a tool for the future. Wow! What kind of trouble will that bring?

    Thank you for this chapter

  9. Thank you for the translation. I am a bit lost here. Did they successfully mutually cultivate here for the first time or only started the act of it before Phoenix stopped them

    1. Phoenix did not mutually cultivate with Jin Mi in this scene. They kissed but he stopped them. He thinks they are related by the same father so is sick to death about it because he does love her.

  10. At this phase, I think Jin Mi already falls in love with Phoenix subconsciously; probably due to the unfeeling pill and her upbringing ie.. she have never observe/seen romantic love in her 4000 years of living as an orphan grape in the flower realm, so she did not know her own heart. For Night, he already starts to manipulate her when he saw the Phoenix feather. He knew what it means even Jin Mi does not.