Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Fiction: Little Moon's Matchmaking Mission (Chapter 6)




  When I found this picture, my immediate thought was that was how I exactly envisioned how Little Moon looked like in male garbs! Haha.

  I'm very excited to start the second arc which will explore a different idea and really test Yue's limits. During my editing, my husband read through the first seven chapters and chapters 6 and 7 were his personal favourites. I guess the second arc appeals more to males. Haha.



Chapter 6: The Moon Gives Out Advice

Little Moon/Yue Er

(i)


  Just as I boldly proclaimed that we should go to the snowy mountains of Xue, it occurred to me that I still did not have a horse. Unfortunately, possessing a horse was a very crucial part of my plans in Xue.

  So I turned to Hsiao and smiled, “But first, I need to get a horse.”

  Hsiao lightly arched his brows, “Do you actually have any money?”

  I laughed, “Money! What uncouth things! I’m a great fortune teller, I need only use my skills and gain what I need to survive.”

  Hsiao gave a small smirk, and I resisted the urge to kick him. So, we headed to Temple Street where I had heard from the servants a famous temple of matrimonial bliss was situated here. I thought I could provide some offerings for my Uncle, when I gave a start……

  What a long line of fortune tellers! There were so many competitors!

  Hsiao turned his head sideways at me, “Are you sure you will be able to survive?”

  “If I don’t get fifty customers today, dinner is on me!” I stated and boldly strutted off. The truth was I was not that confident so I didn’t dare proclaim, “if I don’t get fifty customers today, I would be a pig head.”

  I decided that desperate times called for desperate measures, so I first looked out for couples that already had a pink thread hooked to each other’s hearts but had not confessed… ah, perfect people to matchmake!

  After a few of such couples, word of mouth spread that I was able to see “true love” and I had a steady stream of young girls coming to me to calculate who would be their true love.

  The problem is that I was too accurate… and when you were too accurate, you won’t always be able to give the answer desired. In those cases, I would give a mystified look and say, “Maiden, your life is too special, I’m afraid I cannot calculate. But, do more good deeds, and your gentleman will come to you.”

  Unfortunately, I had also opened my stall a bit late and the sun was setting soon, but I still lack one more customer to reach my fiftieth customer, and more importantly, to regain my pride in front of Hsiao!


  Just as I was about to give up, a fat gold ingot landed on my table. I looked up in astonishment, even a small god like me knew that this was an astronomical sum in the mortal realms.




  Hsiao’s face beamed down towards me.

 I gave a frown and used my hands to make a brushing sign, “Go away, you are blocking my customer flow.”

  “I will be your fiftieth customer,” Hsiao said, and sat down elegantly on my stool, as if he was not sitting in a temple street that was starting to close, but sitting in a grand palace hall.

  I gave a questioning look at the fat gold ingot and Hsiao said, “Haven’t you heard? A gentleman’s true word is worth a gold ingot.”



  Just as I was happily going to take the fat gold ingot, Hsiao blocked the ingot with his white silk fan and smiled at me, “You still have to prove your words can be a gentleman’s true word.”

  I huffed and asked to see Hsiao’s palm. The truth was that I couldn’t read palms. I was only a probationary Moon Maiden, and my one skill was looking at people’s hearts. But, I didn’t want to freak Hsiao out.

  “So who is my true love?” Hsiao asked.

   I looked up into his eyes, those dark eyes which were always so startlingly clear as if he could look through anything, and have looked through everything.

  “You do not love anyone,” I said, “Although in your heart, there is a childhood sweetheart.” The third golden thread that needed to be re-connected.

  Hsiao’s eyes flickered a mild surprise, “And, will she be my wife?”

 A question so simple, that only required me to say “yes”, because of course it needs to be “yes” or I would gain karmic retribution. And yet, I could not answer.

  “If you love her,” I finally said, “If you love her, she will be your wife.”

 Something rippled across his eyes, and in that moment of doubt, I quickly grabbed the gold ingot, “Thanks for your business, my good gentleman, your generosity for a grand dinner tonight is much appreciated.”

  Hsiao’s eyes returned to its normal indifferent calm state, but his lips smiled, “Yes, shall we eat pork today since you didn’t end up a pig head?”

  I looked at Hsiao in surprise. Did he have special psychic powers?


(ii)

In the Temple of Matrimonial Bliss



   The Moon God looked up as he saw his Moon Maidens bowing at a grandly dressed male who was storming into his temple. Sigh, is Prince Sun back again to look for Little Moon already?

  Prince Sun nodded at the Moon God, “Prince Sun greets the Moon God, I went to the Weaving Goddess’ residence and I did not see Little Moon. She said that Little Moon had not visited her in a while.”

  The Moon God gave a confused look, “Hmm… I thought she said she was headed there, or maybe she went to visit the bird tribes instead, you know how she loves her messenger pigeons…”

  Prince Sun arched his eyebrows at the Moon God, “Little Moon was so excited to begin her probationary period here… it’s very unlikely for her to go around visiting gods.”

  Prince Sun’s eyes darkened then paused, “She has not gone to the mortal world, has she?”

  The Moon God sighed, knowing he could no longer hide the matter. “Xi Yang (夕阳 - the setting sun*), you know it’s her fate…”

  Prince Sun leaned back his head and gave a bitter laugh, “Fate is only an excuse used to explain away the powerlessness of gods. I will save her.”

  Before the Moon God could reason with Prince Sun, he had already left. The Moon God shook his head, “Little Moon, only one hundred years of life, not only did you trifle with the Emperor in the mortal realms, you also trifled with the Crown Prince in the Heavenly Realms, what should I do as your uncle?”


(iii)

Little Moon/ Yue Er


    With my forty-nine taels (I was saving the gold ingot), I wasn’t really confident I would be able to get a decent horse, but Hsiao brought me to a horse trainer he knew and I managed to get a beautiful chestnut horse with fine white hair. It had a white circular birthmark on its forehead like a full moon. I liked it immediately, and even though I suspected that Hsiao had made some secret transaction with the horse trainer, I was shameless enough to accept the horse with my forty-nine taels.

   I decided to call it Brown Beauty after Hsiao’s Black Beauty. Hsiao only rolled his eyes slightly at that.

  After that, we went to buy some thick clothing in preparation for the eternal winter and snow that fell in Xue. And since I won the bet, Hsiao treated me to a sumptuous dinner.

   You would think a god’s alcohol tolerance would be better than a mortal’s, but I failed to make Hsiao drunk again, and was now nursing a throbbing headache in my bed.

  It must be the wine, because the moon from outside the window appeared to grow bigger and bigger and bigger… until my Uncle appeared before me.

  I gave a slight start, have I drunk too much?

  “Little Moon,” Uncle chuckled, his fingers touched the centre of my brows briefly and I felt a light clarity trickle down from my forehead. I could feel my head clearing up.

  “Uncle?” I cried and sat up eagerly, “Why are you here?”

  Uncle flicked my forehead, “Who asked you to drink so much alcohol?”

  I looked downcast for a moment, “I thought I could make Hsiao drunk so that I could ask him personal questions. But who knew that I would get drunk first!”

  Uncle chuckled, “You can’t win Hsiao by these little tricks.”

  I look at Uncle a little dissatisfied, “Do you think the heavens were a little biased when they made Hsiao?”

  Uncle flicked my forehead again, “I saw that one of the three red birthmarks turned black.”

  I sighed and rubbed my forehead, “Stop flicking me, Uncle. In this life, Mei Yun’s first love is still alive, so she chose to marry him instead of Hsiao.”

  I narrowed my eyes, “That Hsiao also gave some elegant speech about how they have fate but no affinity.”

  I leaned towards Uncle, “I’m worried I don’t have what it takes to matchmake Hsiao with the rest of the two women. Connecting hearts is turning out to be much harder than I thought it would.”

  Uncle stroke my head, “Haven’t you always wanted to be a Moon Maiden since you were young? You are not giving up now, are you?”

  I shook my head and smiled, “No. I will make Hsiao marry the rest of the two women even if I have to drag him to the altar!”

  Uncle gave a small shudder, “Anyway, I came down to tell you that Prince Sun will be coming to find you soon. I managed to speak to the Jade Emperor to command him to go take care of some stray monsters, but I doubt that will delay him for long. It’s good that you are heading to the eternal winter in Xue, there’s hardly any sunlight there so it’s harder for Prince Sun to detect you.”

  I looked strangely at Uncle, “What’s wrong with Xi Yang finding me?”

  Uncle sighed, “And you call yourself a matchmaker of love?”

  I paused, “Prince Sun is just my childhood friend. And, regardless of that, won’t Prince Sun be able to help me?”

  Uncle shook his head, “Listen to me, Little Moon, avoid Prince Sun, he will only make matters worse. This is something you have to do yourself.”

  I nodded. Uncle smiled. Under the glow of the moon, his silver hair seemed to especially glisten, and slowly he vanished, leaving only the moonlight.





I was thinking about Prince Sun's name and with some encouragement from Moonblossom, I have decided on Xi Yang (夕阳) which means the sunset, and this comes from a line of poetry I really like, 《夕阳无限好,只是近黄昏》- there are quite a few interpretations of this, but it is commonly understood as, the sunset is so beautiful, but this beauty is so brief.


Little Moon's Matchmaking Mission!

Chapters: Prologue + 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
COMPLETED Author's Note 
Epilogues: An Chi Hsiao&Yue Xi Yang The Moon God

40 comments:

  1. I have liked your first arc very much because you resolved the whole first matchmaking effort superbly and the second arc is starting fabulously! Omg. I can't decide if I like Hsiao more or Prince Sun! I was apprehensive about Hsiao because it'd appear that his destiny and Yue Er's do not converge but I hold on to your word that this story will have a happy ending. Now that Prince Sun has appeared, I wonder who holds the key to Yue Er's happy ever after!

    “Little Moon, only one hundred years of life, not only did you trifle with the Emperor in the mortal realms, you also trifled with the Crown Prince in the Heavenly Realms."

    This is my most favourite bit! =)

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    1. Hello Riley Elizabeth,

      Thanks so much for the support :). I'm quite surprised by the warm reception towrds Prince Sun. Hahaha. Yay, I really liked that line too and I'm happy you liked it. The first arc was a rather fun fluffy romp, and the second arc will try to delve deeper into certain of Yue's doubts.

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  2. Yay! Another chapter. Thanks Decembi! :D

    Btw, I wonder why your husband like chapter 6? Was it because it's the introduction of Xi Yang and how you kinda explain the future relationship - i.e. Yue Er - Hsiao - Xi Yang?

    Anyway, couldn't wait to see when the 3 of them meet each other. I wonder if there's any love and jealousy in the air. (^---^)/

    -hh-

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    1. Hello hh,

      thank you! :) I think my husband likes it when he senses conflict. Haha.

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    1. Yue Er: “if I don’t get fifty customers today, I would be a pig head.”
      Hsiao: “Yes, shall we eat pork today since you didn't end up a pig head?”

      LOL well looks like their sense of humour is on the same level.

      ooOo Prince Sun I can't wait for him to appear and cause some conflicts and troubles ;)

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    2. Heehee, they can be so childish together. I'm happy people are excited about Prince Sun.

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  4. yay, thank you decembi. it's a great chapter!
    finally the second male lead appear! i love his name. i hope he can find her soon!
    i hope you can write a little part about yue and prince sun past story.
    i guess prince sun and moon god already knew about yue fate so he wants to change her fate.
    i can't wait for the next chapter, but i know i have to endure....endure....... :)

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    1. Haha Redhazel, you read my mind because I planned a chapter in Prince Sun's POV already. Teehee. Endure, endure!

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    2. Oh, I didn't realise that! Don't tell me that Prince Sun and Moon God knew that Yue Er's fate is in the mortal world? GASP! Haha, when you say "endure.., endure..", I think of Huang Fu Yun in Gentleman Free-Floating Cloud! =)

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    3. Hahaha, our new Huang Fu Yun catchphrase.

      And the plot thickens! Haha

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  5. thx decembi..the 2nd arc begins with a great chapter...i am curious about xi yang as he seems to have feelings for hsiao.

    i know many of the readers would prefer hsiao end up with yue..but i keep the playing field open for now cos i want to see xi yang's characters n if he would be the most suitable for yue seeing both are from heavenly realms.

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    1. Feelings for Yue right? :) Heehee. I like Xi Yang very much, though I didn't really expect people to like him since his characterisation will not exactly be friendly. Haha.

      :) Yay! Hope he lives up to your standard.

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    2. I seemed to be cursed to always be rooting for the second male leads, so I'm all for Prince Sun right now. Hsiao can go marry the other two ladies and save Yue Er from karmic retribution while Prince Sun sweeps her back to the Heavenly Realms. Haha, sorry for messing up your story but I hope you aren't toying us with who the actual first and second male leads are? =P

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    3. oooppps...yes i mean feelings for yue. i dont't really care if xi yang is not friendly, him being crown prince of heaven mught attributed to his unfriendly character. what i care if his feelings for yue is genuine which i believe it is, he might consider yue as his childhood sweetheart. if this is the case, xi yang is silmilar to hsiao who also hung up on his childhood sweetheart.

      you know, it would be a big surprise if both xi yang and hsiao is actually the same person n all shippers heart would be happy :D though it is unlikely :-)

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    4. @ Riley - Hahaha, maybe because you are super compassionate so you want to give him love when he can't receive the love he wants. Hahaha, no, my story is very clear and has been planned from start to end already. Someone asked me who will be the ending couple and I've replied in a spoiler at chapter 3 comments!

      @uw_maulida - I think you have a good grasp on Xi Yang's personality :) heehee.

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    5. hi all :)

      i scanned the comments at chapter 3 but i have no clue what the spoiler is. unless it's that Prince Sun is the second lead who doesn't get the girl and the OTP is female and first male lead?

      yup i'm really curious about Xi Yang (very poetic name from the poem you and Huiér chose but seems to hint at a sad ending for him romantically with Yue :/). hehe i have a soft spot for Prince Sun since he kind of reminds me of Phoenix :)

      i'm really enjoying the story and the humour so far! you've done a really good job Decembi! (i bet alot of people are distracted from their real life stuff and hopping your blog hoping for an early chapter release or spoilers :D )

      Before the Moon God could reason with Prince Sun, he had already left. The Moon God shook his head, “Little Moon, only one hundred years of life, not only did you trifle with the Emperor in the mortal realms, you also trifled with the Crown Prince in the Heavenly Realms, what should I do as your uncle?”

      Hsiao's background has been revealed! So he is the Emperor already ? And his elder brother wants to usurp his place?

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    6. Hello lemonsalt,

      Oops, my bad. It's chapter 2!! :) I revealed the ending couple as I got asked.

      Oh Hui'er helped me with Hsiao's name, but it was Moonblossom who encouraged me to name Prince Sun. I was thinking about it for a while and decided to go with this poem line I really like. Heehee, his name is very second male lead. Hahaha.

      Thanks for your support, lemonsalt, it really encourages me!!! I hope to write more chapters in the weekend. :) I've sketched out the whole story and feel really excited to share the arcs.

      The Moon God means Hsiao as the fated emperor haha.

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    7. Oh ok oops, kudos to Moonblossom and Hui'er who helped in the christening of the two male leads :)

      Ah I see the spoiler now! Hope that you are happy, healthy and able to get all the creative inspiration you need to write the third arc over the weekend !

      "Prince Sun’s eyes darkened then paused, “She has not gone to the mortal world, has she?”

      The Moon God sighed, knowing he could no longer hide the matter. “Xi Yang (夕阳 - the setting sun*), you know it’s her fate…” "

      Poor Xi Yang - he met and loved her first but alas... I'm so glad that Xi Yang gets a epilogue so that we can see his POV :) Also, I'm really curious now - you mentioned that humans and goddesses cannot have a thread and the threads of gods and goddesses are a secret in the Chapter 5 comments but somehow Uncle Moon can see the fate of his niece and Hsiao? Ok I shall endure endure endure too :)

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    8. Today one of my bosses said, "X, you are really sick." Hahaha. I'm perserving till the weekend. I will be on leave next week and shall sleep like a log. Translations will come after. Haha.

      Endure, endure! Hahahaha. <3

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    9. decembi really you put spoiler in chapter 3 comment, i think that time i already check not see haha ,i must check again:)

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    10. oh chapter 2 ....again i always not read all commets , now i will go to chapter 2 to check :)

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    11. Hahaha yes! The spoiler is in chapter 2.

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  6. decembi, when you introduced Prince Sun and that Hsiao last bride-to-be is his childhood friend - would that make the final arc a battle of childhood friends (on both sides) ?

    XY is still ok, he looks to be concern about Yue. Im not sure if Yue has any feelings towards XY, though (at this point).

    >>> “So who is my true love?” Hsiao asked. <<<

    oooh, Im wondering what Hsiao wants, as an answer, from Yue...

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    1. Fangorn,

      Haha a battle of childhood sweethearts! My lips are sealed.

      Yue is someone who has only ever thought about love in the abstract and her journey in the story reflects her thoughts and gaining knowledge about love :)

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  7. GalaxyAngel00711 June 2014 at 14:34

    Yay! New chapter! Thank you again! XD

    I am now curious why Prince Sun will make matters worst? Hmmm... Is he a bad guy? I wonder about Hsiao's childhood love too! Is she going to be Yue's best rival? And Yue has only have 100 years to live?! How come?! But I do believe in you Ms. Writer. You promised that this is a happy ending! XD hihihi

    I asked my friend to read some C-novels but she said that C-novels are too unpredictable that sometimes she ends up reading novels with a sad ending. Hahahaha! I will try to suggest your translations and your very own fiction to her! ♡♡♡ I know that she would truly love these.

    Have a nice day! ☆

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    1. Hello GalaxyAngel007,

      Yue has lived 100 years in heavenly realms time, not that she only has 100 years to leave :). To me, it's a happy ending! :) Hahaha.

      Awww, thank you! I've set out to write a romantic comedy and even as the story gets more dramatic, it won't steer away from its original intent. :)

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  8. getting better n interesting!
    i enjoy it a lot,unni.

    Kiyo

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    1. Thank you, Kiyo, this gives me great encouragment! :)

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  9. Awww! I keep feeling that Hsiao already likes Yue (and know that she is a girl) since normally smart guy like him would be very skeptical to fortune-tellers like Yue but yet, he still listens to her regarding his fate and follows her around~ His curiosity towards Yue is slowly blossoming into a hint of infatuation~ XD *blush* From the start, maybe it started off as a suspicion due to his real identity, then slowly into curiousity and later on, love~

    Yue seems to have sub-consiously have feelings for Hsiao since she can't bring herself to tell him that he will marry his childhood sweetheart for sure and instead, "If you love her, she will be your wife." Another imagination of me is like she is answering on behalf of herself~

    I am anticipating for the appearance of Prince Sun~ The Moon God definitely knows what will happen to Yue if she fails to connect Hsiao with the 3 girls. I can't wait to read more till the stories unfold~ Good one decembi! I'm enjoying the story~ Looking forward to the next chapter tomorrow! hehe

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    1. Hello Elaine :),

      Yes, I agree with what you set out - so often, love starts from a place of curiosity!

      You are also right that Yue definitely has some subconscious feelings that she needs to figure out in her own time. And, indeed, the Moon God knows everything <3

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    2. HA!!! I always suspect the Moon God knows more and didnt tell Yue the whole truth about the broken golden threads!!! :)

      Yue is destined to choose between being future Queen of Heavens or future Queen of Earth. IMO, either is good! ^_^

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    3. Hahaha fangorn, when you put it that way! Haha what a great dilemma.

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  10. decembi thanksssss :D looking forward for the next chapter:)

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  11. Hi Decembi. Another fab chapter!!! I wonder if there's any connection with Hsaio and Yue Er in their past life that they have to meet again to find resolution or completion? I think too much I suppose. I really really like this second arc especially the appearance of Prince Sun. He sounds to be someone who is passionate and focused on his goals and I presume that he has Yue Er's welfare in mind plus hope of a claim to her heart. Someone who throws a tantrum in the name of love is absolutely cute and adorable for me (as long as it's not a fatal attraction type). Tomorrow, please come soon so we can all continue to swoon!!! ^_^

    Peachie

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    1. Hello Peachie,

      :) I really like your description of Prince Sun. Xi Yang is quite an adorable character, one of those can only show his kindness gruffly kinds hahaha.

      I love how all of you know there will be an update tomorrow! <3

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  13. [Prince Sun’s eyes darkened then paused, “She has not gone to the mortal world, has she?”

    The Moon God sighed, knowing he could no longer hide the matter. “Xi Yang (夕阳 - the setting sun*), you know it’s her fate…”]

    Ooh! Of course everything is part of fate, even changing it! :P

    I'm really liking this story.

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    1. Dear Chocobana, it's really wonderful to hear from a reader reading my story - it seems to pull me back in time as I remember how I felt when I wrote it. :) I'm so happy that you are enjoying this. Please update me more on your thoughts <3 can't wait for you to read the later parts!

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