Monday, 10 March 2014

Heavy Sweetness Ash-Like Frost: Translations (Chapter 9.4: The Heavenly Empress' Birthday Banquet)




   Here's a picture of Liu Shi Shi that I really like. I agree out of all the current actresses, I find Liu Shi Shi most suitable for Jin Mi, but mostly because her face has a natural beauty and doesn't appear to have any plastic surgery. Quite a few of the young chinese actresses appear to have done something to their faces, which makes it uncomfortable for me when I watch them act haha.


Chapter 9.4: The Heavenly Empress' Birthday Banquet (Part 4 of 5)


  "I'm late, late!" In that moment, a blushing figure rushed in from the palace door. Seeing the unmoving gods, and following their gaze towards me, he confusedly examined me for a moment, then appeared suddenly enlightened and cried, "Ah! Isn't this Zi Fen from the Hundred Flowers Palace? Truly such a beauty, getting more good looking each time."


  Once he finished, all the gods were surprised, whatever they held in their hands - cups, fans, chopsticks, all fell towards the table.

  Even if I had a strong resolve, I also felt faint, and pitied the gods in the hall - if I had just seen someone who is supposed to be comfortably sleeping in the grave jumping lively in front of them, I would also be surprised. The Moon God's vision and memory is getting worse each time.

  I walked out of the shadow and stood in front of the Moon God. I corrected him kindly, "The Moon God must have seen wrongly, the Flower Goddess has long passed away."

  The Moon God scrutinised me closer and suddenly smiled, "Ah, so it is Jin Mi! When you were standing in the dark, I could only see an unclear silhouette. My memory is bad, I can only remember that Zi Fen was incredibly beautiful, and forgotten there was also a Jin Mi. I deserve punishment," He spoke intimately with me as he grabbed my hand and turned me towards the palace front.

  Under the glow from the stars in the glass boxes, I could see the strange yet despondent expression on the Heavenly Emperor's face slowly change as he saw my face from the front - it became an expression of shock and suspicion.

  Then looking at the Heavenly Empress, what was at first an expression of alarm and helplessness, quickly changed to deep suspicion when she saw my face in the light.

  Phoenix sighed* and grabbed the hair at his temples, Night's face was inscrutable.

   The Water God dazedly looked at me, the white jade cup in front of him had fallen and smashed into pieces, they sadly laid in front of him in a pool of wine. At his side, the regal Wind Goddess was curiously examining me.

  Seeing this group of gods, I immediately felt sad, it turns out that my looks are so alarming, no wonder the Flower Leaders always wanted me to wear the hair pin to shield my looks.

   "This god is..."

   "This god is..."

  The Heavenly Emperor and Water God spoke at the same time. No wonder they are future parent in laws, they have such good chemistry**.




  I smoothly shook my sleeves and clasped my hands together, "I am Jin Mi. Greetings to the Heavenly Emperor and Water God." After speaking, I realised I was no longer appearing as a man, so I awkwardly kept my hands and made a feminine gesture.

  After speaking, the bird tribe immortals started discussing rapidly, "Jin Mi? Is that the sprite that caused our tribe to shoulder unjust shame?"

  "At which place does Jin Mi cultivate as a god now?" The Heavenly Emperor asked half anxiously and half in fear. He appeared to have anticipation and yet feared disappointment at the same time.

  This expression was identical to the Water God.

  As I was about to answer, the Moon God excitedly helped me, "Big brother, you are a bit ignorant, Jin Mi lives at Phoenix's palace. Speaking of which, it can be said that Phoenix brought her up, and she was Phoenix's book boy for a while."

  I looked at the sky, and Phoenix continued to press his forehead. The Heavenly Emperor was confounded, the Water God was dazed, this appeared to be completely unexpected.

  The gods gossiped secretively, "Book boy? Is it the book boy who seduced Phoenix and also has unclear relations with Jiu Yao Xin Gong?"

   The Heavenly Empress looked at me coldly and asked Phoenix, "Where did you find such a beautiful goddess?"

  Phoenix gave me a deep glance, revealing some hesitation and worry, as if he had a thousand things to say but could not be expressed.

  The Moon God happily replied, "Jin Mi was allegedly picked up by Phoenix."

    "The Moon God has got it backwards, his Second Highness was picked up by me," I rebutted, and decided to gain some credit in front of Phoenix's parents, "Speaking of which, I am sheepish to say that the incapable me had saved Phoenix's life twice."

  "Ah?" The Heavenly Emperor's unexpected expression caused me to be displeased, "Jin Mi Immortal saved Phoenix before?"

   There will always be a greater person, there will always be a greater sky, there will always be something even more unexpected out of the unexpected. 

  "Yes," It was rare that Phoenix was so honest.

  "If so, the Heavenly Emperor and I need to thank Jin Mi Immortal for saving Phoenix," The Heavenly Empress spoke of gratitude but her eyes remained cold. 

  "It was no strenuous effort," I said courteously. Phoenix narrowed his eyes at me, as if he was displeased. 

  "How did Jin Mi Immortal pick... erm, meet Phoenix?" The Water God asked looking at me determinedly, as if he wanted to find out something. 

  "Ah, at the Water Boundary (Shui Jing)," once I said it, I immediately regretted it, thinking of how the Flower Leaders are trying to capture me back. After revealing this at the palace, my route is completely exposed. 
  
  "The Water Boundary!" The Water God's voice deepened and he grabbed the edge of his sleeve tightly, as if he was shaken as a whole. It was rare for such an indifferent god with no wants or desires to be so emotionally disturbed. It is not clear how good Night's father-in-law's relationship with the Flower Leaders are, hopefully he will not betray me. 

  "Is Jin Mi Immortal the Flower Goddess?" The Heavenly Emperor moved forward, his expression intense. 

   This Heavenly Emperor is so unkind, with one question he has hit my sensitive spot - one, I was not a flower, two, I have not cultivated to become a god. 

  "No," I said after calming down and said reluctantly, "I am a fruit sprite."

  "Fruit?" The Water God asked surprisedly.

   I nodded, "Grape."

  "If I may be blunt, how old is Jin Mi Immortal?" The Heavenly Emperor asked again and the Heavenly Empress' expression darkened. 

  I privately thought if there was the table used during a court inquiry, I had perfectly gone through a full inquiry. Since the Heavenly Emperor is ranked the biggest in the Heavenly Realms, naturally I had to carefully consider before I answered him. I always heard that one gains enlightenment around a thousand years, with this estimate, for me to become a grape sprite should have taken over a thousand years, with this calculation, I seriously replied, "At least five thousand years."

  Hearing this, the Heavenly Emperor, the Heavenly Empress, the Water God, all three of their expressions completely changed. 


Comments: Haha, I really died laughing translating this chapter. Jin Mi rocks.
*I have some pity for Phoenix here for loving Jin Mi. 
**If Jin Mi only knew what "good chemistry" the Heavenly Emperor and Water God had! 

18 comments:

  1. Haha thanks. Her perception always has some misunderstanding of the intentions and thoughts of others. Jin Mi said that age, what the real?

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    1. I think it's pretty accurate! When Jin Mi was born, Phoenix had crashed into the water boundary 4 thousand years later.

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  2. Lol funny stuff

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  3. Aww I love this picture of Liu Shi Shi! She has a Jin Mi-esque look of mischief and innocence.

    Yay we're getting into the meat of the story!

    - May

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    1. Haha me too! Liu Shi Shi is so pretty hahaha.

      Yup, I think I will update more chapters this week so we can finally finish chapter 9 haha.

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  4. thank you so much for the translations ;) I'm so hooked on this book along with Lost You Forever!

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    1. Oh thanks for reading :)! It gets really addictive in the second half haha

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  5. btw how many chapters are there to this book?

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    1. The book version has twenty four chapters and the ending, with some epilogues.

      If you go by the internet version, this is chapter 28 of 72. We are about 1/3 through the whole novel.

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  6. I don't quite get why they are shock? Did I missed something. I can't believe how crazy and clueless she is. I feel really bad for him being misleading like that. Oh yeah, someone finally able to get the arrogant him. xD

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    1. Hahaha! Arrogant him. He kind of deserves it a little since he is a bit egoistic. They are shocked because Jin Mi is basically the splitting image of her mother, the Flower Goddess, who famously passed away 5000 years ago! Also, the Flower Goddess also infamously hates the Heavenly Realms hence there are no real flowers there so it would be shocking for her to appear at the Heavenly Empress' birthday banquet.

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  7. Wait, who is the Moon God? Is he the person who taught Jin Mi about "stuff that happens in the bedroom"?

    Thank you for the update.

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    1. The Moon God is a fox and in charge of the marital relations between gods and mortals. He is Phoenix and Night's uncle! See the summaries for the earlier chapters :)

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    2. Yes, the uncle! Thank you!
      He plays a charming role in this banquet

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    3. Hahaha the uncle is the King of foot in the mouth syndrome and Phoenix can only despair at being his nephew. Haha.

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    4. Indeed. He is like the court jester. He is one of my favorite side characters as he played quite a fatherly figure to Jin Mi. I also think he is also very fond of Jon Mi.

      Phoenix seems to already know her identity that's why he's trying to prevent her from revealing her true self.

      Jin Mi is just so pure and candid. She has no emotional baggage so she sees and views everything in simpler logic like a child's. Which at times her perception can be too literal and straight forward based on what she's taught and her understanding.

      Xie xie ni. Much appreciated.

      Jia You!

      Your avid reader,
      OPN

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    5. Dear OPN,

      Thanks for sharing your views!!! Really enjoyed reading <3

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