Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Gentleman Free-Floating Cloud (闲云公子)Chapter 10 (End)

This is the last chapter of Gentleman Free-Floating Cloud!  Since it is relatively short, I have translated it all at one go.  Enjoy!

 - Moonblossom -

Chapter 10

Tian Bi Cliff.

The moment her legs touched firm ground, she reached up to wipe the perspiration beads off her brow.  What a scare!  She nearly slipped and fell down the thousand-foot cliff!  Shuddering, she recalled her last fall.  If she fell down this time, there will not even be bones left to be found.

Frightened, she lost all her any crazy appetite to stake a claim on Luo Shen.

She raised her hand to release his meridian points so that he could speak. But when she saw a tinge of pink on his fine features, she coughed and turned away. Who was the one who gave him what-uncontrollable what-blissful pill?  Who was it?  Fantastic, this was called bringing suffering onto oneself.  She dared not meet his eyes and the two of them remained standing like that for a while.

This was the first time she has seen Xian Yun like this this but she was sure she had no intention of letting other women see him when he was this alluring. Swallowing, she tried to prep herself.  She will do it!  No more enduring!

“Since the Uncontrollable Blissful Pill works on you, it should work on me as well!”  It did not matter she just had a bad scare or that her endurance skill was good.  If she took a pill, it would surely level the playing field somewhat?

Pulling him pass the hot spring, she lifted a chiffon curtain and went into the little lounge at the back.  She peeked at Xian Yun and saw that his brow was furrowed as if he was angry at something.

She silently acknowledged that he had the right.  Afterall, which man would like to be forced like a duck to the slaughterhouse?  She speed up her movements and pushed him to lie on the bed.  Straddling him, she started tugging at his robe.  Halfway through, she recalled that he still could not speak so she released his speech points.  “Xian Yun, if you have anything to say, say it quick!”

Even if she has regretted her actions, she was not going to let him go.  He needed a cure for his poison and it had to be her.

She blinked and looked at the bare chest beneath her.  This was her first time looking at a half-naked Luo Shen and she felt her heart began to race.  The drug was more fast-acting then she thought.

He asked drily.  “Where did you get the pills?”

“Che Yan Yan gave it to me last night before you came.  She said this was the best way to control a man.”  She has accepted the pills without protest, never expecting that she would put it to use so soon. Um, the pills did appear effective…

“How many pills are there?”

“There is only one left.”

“How long is its effect?”

“I have no idea.” 

He looked at her steadily and gently tucked a damp tendril behind her ear.  He put his hand behind her neck and pulled her down as he whispered in her ear. “So this is how you look like when you are reckless.”

Reckless?  She thought she was just letting go a bit of her control? She can feel the heat coursing through her veins and knew her face must be red.  He, on the other hand, seemed to be in full control of himself other than a brush of pink on his cheeks.  His endurance skill was indeed way above hers!

Should she test how far their endurance go? Just as she was toying with the idea, he reached out to kiss her fully on the lips.  Before she gave it another thought, she found herself kissing him back.  So this was how it felt to be kissing someone without needing to hold back. As she continued to tug at his robe, she recalled that this was the first time she returned his kiss, so she took a deep breath and said through gritted teeth.  “Xian Yun, I want to make this clear; in my heart, there is only one Luo Shen!”

“Luo Shen?”

Her thoughts were getting a little muddled.  She did not seem to hear his question and started mumbling happily.  “Let me show you what I dreamt of the other night.”

He sighed. “Wu Bo, why did you have to take the pill?”

His words seemed to have gone over her head as she finally got rid of his shirt.  Giving it a careless toss, the white robe flew out from the colourful curtain.  As it fluttered down, a round pill fell out from the sleeve and started rolling towards the hot spring where it dropped in and dissolved among the warm waters.

* * * * * * * * * *
Three days later.

A young man was hurrying along the path leading down the mountain.  Along the way, he saw many pugilists going in the opposite direction.  If it was a man he passed, the man would likely be sighing; if it was a female he passed, the female pugilist would likely be near tears.

Was there a need for such mass sorrow?  Did they know that the man at Tian Bi Cliff was not Deity-from-Nine-Heavens but was more like the Devil from hell?  Ay, he appeared to be the only clear-headed one among a group of drunkards.  These people were really poor judge of characters!

Several men and women looked at him and asked: “You came from the top?”

He coughed and replied: “I only managed to reach slightly further up before I had to turn back!”

One youth gritted his teeth.  “Oh I see.  This Tian Bi Cliff is really a tough one!  Gentleman Xian Yun has been trapped on top for three days. How much has he suffered?”

He bit back his retort - who was the one who really suffered?

Since birth, he had never experience regret like now.  From today onwards, he will engrave the word “Endurance” in his heart, and will never, never forget.  Recalling all that has transpired at the cliff top, he really wished to bury his head somewhere.

Someone huffed.  “That Demoness dared to… dared to commit such an immoral act against Gentleman Xian Yun.  And for three days. Three days!  How could Gentleman Xian Yun endure it? Her actions are simply too despicable for words.” At this, the speaker’s face flushed a deep red.

In contrast, the young man’s face was black.  He thought his heart should be black too, but he refused to blush.  He had this suspicion that Gong Sun Yun did not swallow the pill at all and he was deeply regretful that he did not render Gong Sun Yun immobile three days ago by sealing his acupuncture points.

And as for why it has been three days, he suspected Gong Sun Yun only allowed him to leave the mountain after he was convinced that all the drug has been purged from his bloodstream.

Maybe this was Gong Sun Yun’s way of revenge?  For three days of erotic dreams in the past, Gong Sun Yun would return with three days of unadulterated, no-holds-barred lovemaking.   She would never forget either, his utter lack of mercy …

Did he have to be so calculative who owed who?

He could only lament that the human heart was deep and hard to fathom.   From henceforth, he would revert back to his Wang Yun self.

‘He’ was Jiang Wu Bo in disguise.  She has blackened her face in order to sneak out from the Sect.  She was too ashamed to face her father, too ashamed to face Master Gou Jian, which was why she had to hide her face!

Face it - she was a miserable failure at Endurance.

Someone said. “Gentleman Xian Yun was such a pure soul.  How could that shameless Demoness humiliate him thus!”

Pure soul?  That should apply to Jiang Wo Bo!  Gritting her teeth, she turned and continued her way down.
* * * * * * * * * *

November fifth, Jianghu rapist Guan Qi Lang, was found bound at Cold Rain Manor. All his aphrodisiac drugs were destroyed.

November thirtieth, Jianghu rapist Lin Da Dao, was found bound at Lao Li Hill. All the aphrodisiac drugs on him were destroyed.  On the same day, a fire broke out in the basement of Spring Flowing Manor.  It was subsequently discovered that Spring Flowing Manor was selling Uncontrollable Blissful Pills.

December tenth, a fire broke out at Bai Li Enterprise. It was subsequently discovered that Bai Li was a major producer of drugs commonly used by rapists.  As a result of the fire, there was a shortage of aphrodisiacs for the next three years.

The modus operandi was similar in all the cases and the prime suspect was a woman.  The execution was efficient to the point of ruthless, but since it resulted in many harmful drugs being taken off the streets, thus saving many innocent from harm, this woman was deemed to have committed a good deed overall.
- Wulin Annals
Recorded by Third Gentleman -

* * * * *

The Ninth Generation Gentleman of Cloud Manor, Gong Sun Yun, will be retiring from jianghu and getting married early next year.
- Cloud Manor Historical Records
Recorded by Second Gentleman –

* * * * *

A lady with a flute slowly walked down a street with her hands folded behind her.  From her waist came the sound “ding ding dang dang” which sounded like a Sky Slave bell, until closer inspection which will reveal the bell to be a normal bell that can be purchased at any market.

The lady was very tanned with fine features.  At her side was a fair, plump little boy, who also has a bell tied at his waist.

When the duo reached a branch of Cloud Manor, they saw a notice and they went in to browse through the latest news.  When Little Brother Jiang read the papers, he said happily.  “Big Sister, they are talking about you in the news.”

A Cloud Manor disciple shot her a discreet look then at the roundish little boy (who has obviously ate very well in the last few months) before disappearing into the manor.

“Indeed, one should never do something bad.”  She sighed.  “It is time Little Brother. When you are older and roaming the jianghu, you must remember to destroy any immoral drugs that you come across.  The more you destroy, the merrier.  That way, you will not risk harming yourself.”

Little Brother Jiang looked at her in only half comprehension.

“And remember - you can read any book except for the “Poetic Essay on Luo Shen” as it is bad for your health.”  Finished, she sighed again.

A senior-looking Cloud Manor disciple rushed up to her.  Looking at her green garb, he tested the waters.  “Soy sauce fried chicken?”

Her jaw dropped open.  What kind of secret code was this?

“Nutritious Cloud Manor food.” replied Little Brother Jiang with a straight face.

The senior-looking Cloud Manor disciple was relieved.  “Finally, Miss Soy Sauce Fried Chicken has arrived.  Please find this letter for you from Gentleman Xian Yun.”

She opened the letter slowly and read its contents.  “I got the message, thank you.  Little Brother, let us make a move.”

“Big Sister, where are we going?”

“Let us go buy some fried chicken before we board a boat.  Remember, once you are on the boat, you must say that you bought the chicken no matter who asked you.”  Since she has fed him so well to reach his rounded state, no one would suspect anything if he brought several fried spring chicken up the boat.

“Big Sister, are we returning to Cloud Manor?"

“No, we are going to board a boat.”

The duo spent a day wandering before they reached the pier, having stopped along the way to buy many oily snacks.  She let Little Brother Jiang carried all the food but given his recent gluttony, she had to remind him to save some snacks for her.

Someone was already waiting for them at the pier.  Little Brother Jiang was very excited as they approached.  “Big Sister, it is a boat!  Are we boarding this boat?”

She knew that once she boarded the boat, she would not be able to leave it for the rest of her life.  Yet in some deep recess of her heart, there was a corner that wanted to be on board this boat.  Smiling, she said.  “Let us go up the boat.”

She let Little Brother Jiang board the boat first before strolling up after him.  Once on deck, she was greeted by many familiar faces from Cloud Manor, including one whom has the closest relation with her.  When he saw her, there was no change to his expression, but his eyes lit up like the stars in the sky.  Turning to Gong Sun Zhi, he smiled. “She is here.  Let us begin the journey.”

She walked to the deck but she avoided looking at him. After al long time, she finally glanced his way.  “Gentleman Xian Yun is renowned in the whole of Central Plains.  For you to retire at twenty-seven, is it a good move?”

Gong Sun Yun did not seem to mind the question and replied.  “If it is not what I want, no one could have forced me.”

She grimaced. There she had her answer! He has said it, he has said it!  So he really did not swallow the pill that day at Tian Bi Cliff. To think she had agonized over it when the fact was that she was the only one enduring! Humph!

“It has been fourteen years since I came to the title of ‘Gentleman’ at the age of thirteen.  During this time, I have seen many unsavory things, much greed, much conflict.  Among things I have seen were also tragedies that resulted from lust so I have been careful not to give anyone any false hope.  Wu Bo, why does one train so hard to be good in martial arts?  Once I relinquish my ‘Gentleman’ title, I would be free to protect the one person whom I hold dearest in my heart, and not get sidetrack with other concerns.”

Beneath her tan, she blushed.

Smiling, he took out a clean handkerchief and started rubbing away her tan to reveal her honey-tone skin and pink cheeks.  Looking away, she sighed.  “I should never have loose control the other day.”  Now, she could only reap what she sowed.

His grin has blossomed into a full-fledged smile “Had you not felt anything towards me, I believe you would not have reacted even if you have swallowed ten Uncontrollable Blissful Pills.”

She did not retort his confidant reply nor make unnecessary conjunctures since the deed was done.  Ay, at worse she would take it that she had a Very Real Erotic Dream.  Thinking back on their last night at Tian Bi Cliff, she suddenly remembered something. When she caught a sniff of sulphuric smell on him that day, she recalled that he had the same smell on him many years ago. Since their story began at Tian Bi Cliff, it was fitting that it should end at Tian Bi Cliff. Is this what they called divine retribution?

That day, he had personally darkened her face before letting her down the mountain.  Everyone has thought her to be a Demoness but did they know that the real Devil was the one who was strutting around with a golden halo?  Retribution! That was her retribution for doing bad things.

To think he had appeared so magnanimous.  They had agreed that she would roam around for a few months, with her reporting once a month at any Cloud Manor Branch to indicate her safety.  He would use the time to handover Cloud Manor matters to his successor and find a way to let her know his next course of action.  And his last letter was for her to board a boat and leave Central Plains together.

When she saw the letter, she has struggled.  Her beliefs were deeply-rooted and it was not easy to convince herself to only believe in what she had experienced for a short time in Cloud Manor.  It was likely he arranged for Little Brother Jiang to roam with her so that she will not forget the things about Cloud Manor or forget about her promise.

Gong Sun Yun saw her face softened and reached out a hand for her. “Wu Bo.  Seventh Brother has not recovered so the boat will be traveling slowly.  It is likely we have to spend the new year on this boat.”

Looking at his hand, she replied. “It is fine with me.”

“And when we are settled on the island, let us get married.  On our wedding day, I will let you read the scroll on the Romance History of Gong Sun Yun. Every day, I will put on make up for you and paint your brow as your husband for the rest of our life.”

She slowly reached for his hand and smiled. “That sounds pretty nice.  I will look forward to it.”

“Just do not take those pills ever again.  There is no need for you to challenge your sense of control through them.” After a short pause, he continued calmly.  “And to me, it is an insult as well.”

Flushing, she changed the topic.  “Let us visit Ah Yao.”

He did not reply but when she was about to disappear below the deck, he said suddenly.  “Can you give me the last remaining pill?”

No.  Never.  She was not one to forget any wrong done to her.  As the saying went, three* years was not considered long for a gentleman to get his revenge.  She was very good at enduring and will wait for the right time to repay his gift of papayas with lemonade...

“Wo Bo?”

She pretended that she did not hear him and disappeared down the deck.  That last pill will definitely be used on him!

That year, the Ninth Generation Gentleman of Cloud Manor left the Central Plains with several Gentlemen of Cloud Manor without informing anyone. They settled down on an unknown island and he never returned to jianghu in his capacity as the Master of Cloud Manor. 

The boat they were on sailed gently away from shore, away from all the strife.  The sea and horizon merged into the same line and there was no waves, no turbulence.  Everything seemed peaceful, warm, cozy, and was exactly the kind life she has hoped for.  And if there were waves and turbulence, she believed her kin on this boat would be behind her.

She was flipping through the pages of the Cloud Manor history when Gong Sun Yao gave a small cough.  He was bed-ridden but he needed to make something clear. “I am definitely not the one who gave you the scroll.  You must tell everyone that you snatched it if you are ever found out. Do not frame me with something I did not do!”

Gong Sun Yun, twenty-seven, was imprisoned by Bai Ming Sect Demoness at Tian Bi Cliff.  After three days and nights of utterly immoral behavior; after many failed attempts by others to rescue him, the embodiment of honor - Gentleman Xian Yun – choose not to shirk his responsibility and retired from wulin to the ever-lasting regret of the rest of the jianghu. 
- Recorded by Fifth Gentleman.”

As she read, she only have one thought:- one should only believe in oneself and not the half-truths by others.

Family?  What rubbish!

End Note

 Gong Sun Yun longed not for any Fairy, except the one in his heart.

At twenty, he met Huang Fu Yun of Bai Ming Sect by coincidence at Tian Bi Cliff when the latter was fourteen.  She was nimble of heart and mind, and totally different from other ladies of the Central Plains.  Although he did not see how she looked like, Gong Sun Yun had developed a liking for her.

At twenty-six, he chanced upon her again to his utter delight. Unable to help it, his love for her grew.  However, she was like the wind who can disappear in a wink.  If he did not hold on tightly to her, he knew he would regret for the rest of his life.

For three days and nights at Tian Bi Cliff, Jiang Wo Bo lost control.  She has fallen into her own trap while Gong Sun Yun could only look on quietly with happiness. There was no one in Jiang Wo Bo’s heart and her heart was as calm as still water.  When she has decided to relinquish control, she would only follow her heart desires.  How could he not be happy to see her true heart?

May her Wind forever accompany his Cloud, as the love between man and woman, as the ties between husband and wife, join them together, one love, one lifetime.

- Romantic History of Gong Sun Yun
Recorded by Gong Sun Yun

She coughed slightly as she closed the scroll. While her eyes shifted left and right, her Luo Shen bridegroom took the scroll away and waited patiently for her reaction.

“This words… seemed to be written for family.” Her lips curved slightly upwards.

“It was written for the eyes of Mrs Gong Sun Yun only.”

“It was… a trifle short.”  So skimpy, no details at all!

“Naturally, I will add one page to it every year on this day.”

She thought to herself that this was as good as saying that they have to remain married for the rest of their life.  If she wanted to read more, she would have to remain forever besides this Cloud.  Feeling the heat on her face, she felt a little frustrated and something else that she could not pinpoint.  Giving a flick of her finger, she extinguished the candle in the room.

Face it; she has lost again. Her endurance was still not as good as his.

He was fair of skin and aloofness came naturally to him.  If he was not smiling, he would appear polite but distant and it was impossible to guess his thoughts from his expression.  Unlike him, she would blush at the slightest reveal of his interest in her.  Could this be due to her lack of experience, to be adapting so slowly? 

She sighed.  “Let us retire for the night.”

Her bridegroom followed her to bed and lowered the bed curtains.

“Xian Yun, have you ever fell in love with someone before?”  In the darkness, she could only think of this question.

“No. Never.”

She blinked.  “In the past, was your heart calm as still waters?”

“You can say so.”

So in other words, they shared the same thoughts and going by the same logic, shared the same feelings?

Sighing to herself, she felt someone pulling her into his arms.  “About that…”

“Hmm?”  He was nibbling her ear and did not seem to know what she was talking about

Coughing to clear her throat, she could only bit out hoarsely.  “Xian Yun. I… I…”

The man holding her did not pause in his actions, but she could feel his body tightening in anticipation of her reply.  She tried several times but could not get beyond “I… I…”.  In the end, she decided to give up. “Forget it.  I will try to say it next year.”

She pretended that she did not hear his sigh. In the next instant, he was on top of her.

“Xian Yun?”

“Hmm?” The single sound was full of hope again.

“…I…” She covered his ears, and finally muttered some words which were totally foreign to her.  Before he could recover, she has switched their position around so that she was on top.  “Next year, I will say it again and I need not cover your ears by then. But if I still could not say it then without covering your ears, I would try it again the year after next, and the year after that.  I am sure I would be able to say it out one day.”

Tonight is her wedding night.  Surely no one would say that she was engaging in utterly immoral acts with him again?

- The End -

*The correct idiom is “ten years is not considered a long time, for a gentleman to take his revenge.

A Note from Moonblossom:-

I hope you have enjoyed this story from Yu Qing.  This story is a spinoff from the first Cloud Family book entitled “A Cry That Rocks the World” in which it was mentioned that the parents of the male lead (Gong Sun Xian) got married “after three days and nights of utterly immoral behavior”.  Ha!  Gong Sun Xian was a mix of his parents, with his mother’s 'handsome eyes' and father’s aloofness & talents.  Nearly everything he did after the age of 10 was to keep the female lead alive after she was poisoned by the Blood Eagle.  Perhaps because that book was a little dark, so Gentleman FFC ended up light and sunny.

To the non-chinese literate readers: -  Thank you very much for your encouragement and appreciation!  There were only two comments made by two different people on my writing in the last ten years, which was that I should enroll in business-writing class to improve my writing, so your encouragement really means a lot.  I think some of you will drop a note to say their thanks and rather than reply individually, let me take an imaginary bow here to say "You are most welcome!" 

To the chinese literate readers:- I hope you have found new insights to this story and I trust that you find the same humor and style in the English version.

At the beginning, I was worried that I did not have the tenacity to finish translating a book so I chose a short book intentionally. I am vastly relieved to have crossed the finishing line and at a relatively fast pace at that.  I have to thank Decembi, for being the best host ever with One Second Spring, including a thank you post yesterday! What started out as a simple email exchange has given birth to the English version of GFFC some 7 weeks and 50,435 words later.   Along the way, I have met many wonderful readers like you, and experienced a new kind of fun.  I have no plans to translate other books yet and just plan to catch up on my reading.  Lastly, as our hero would have said - Endure and Endure is not good for health, so LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST! And here is a box of Uncontrollable Blissful Pills to spur you along!

Chapter Links:

  • Chapter 9 - Part 2 of 2
  • Chapter 9 - Part 1 of 2
  • Chapter 8 - Part 2 of 2
  • Chapter 8 - Part 1 of 2
  • Chapter 7 - Part 2 of 2
  • Chapter 7 - Part 1 of 2
  • Chapter 6 - Part 2 of 2
  • Chapter 6 - Part 1 of 2
  • Chapter 5 - Part 2 of 2
  • Chapter 5 - Part 1 of 2
  • Chapter 4
  • Chapter 3 - Part 2 of 2
  • Chapter 3 - Part 1 of 2
  • Chapter 2 - Part 2 of 2
  • Chapter 2 - Part 1 of 2
  • Chapter 1 – Part 2 of 2
  • Chapter 1 – Part 1 of 2
  • Prologue 2: The Second Person
  • Prologue 1: The First Person

    1. Aha! First to comment! First to comment! I haven't read one word of the final chapter yet but I must not let anyone beat me to be the first to dump a bucket full of confetti on Moonblossom! Wait, that doesn't sound very eloquent. Ok, forget about the bucket. :D I mean, I am the first to welcome Moonbloosom at the finish line, while fragrant rose petals drift softly downward. In the background, the first sprinkles of snow (must have snow like in all the dramas to portray the elegance of the moment), powdery light, slowly descend upon the quiet landscape, gradually transforming the scenery into one of unspoken beauty and serenity.... Suddenly, Moonblossom sneezes! And out of nowhere, all her readers, lead by Supreme Clan Leader Decembi, glide down from the snowy peaks, their ancient-style gowns fluttering daintily in the breeze. With unrivaled grace, Clan Leader Decembi walks forward and presents Moonblossom with the Peerless Sword of Translation! Yay!

      Thanks, Moonblossom, for the wonderful translation. :D I hope you will consider picking up your translation pen again very soon and continue to join forces with decembi in bringing us countless hours of entertainment. Big hug!

      1. I nearly choked on my breakfast when I saw the rose petals part. Thank you. Go read the other chapters. This chapter is more a feel-good chapter while the other chapters revealed more on how they got here.

      2. hahaha Melanie "Clan Leader Decembi walks forward and presents Moonblossom with the Peerless Sword of Translation! Yay!" - you're so funny.

      3. 不敢当! = dare not accept the honor. You are talking about a woman translating 3 novels at one go + writing one at the same time. Yesterday's thank you post with the very beautiful picture is very good already.... hmm, Perless Picture Scroll of Translation?

      4. Nah, Moonbloosom. You should accept the Peerless Sword of Translation. You deserve it. Supreme Clan Leader Decembi already has her own special weapon - the Legendary Unrivaled Calligraphy Pen. This weapon had duel brushes, one brush translates at lightening speed, while the other brush weaves hypnotic tales of mystery, fantasy, and romance. And most impressive and deadliest of all, the weapon spews colorless, odorless, poisonous ink. If splattered with this ink, you will become forever faithful to her clan, compelled to refresh the clan's web page every few seconds to see if there are new martial arts manuscripts posted.

        And sutekii, I am reading your translation, too. Thank you for the hard work. I will comment as soon as I am done laughing at poor Nuo Nuo. (By the way, can you fix the link to chapter 4.1?) And I, too, will be at your finish line with a weapon to commemorate the event. :)

      5. "The Legendary Unrivaled Calligraphy Pen" - decembi truly worthy of this title hahaha, but Moonblossom also worthy of yours bestow by Melaine.

        Oh thanks for pointing that out Melaine! I seriously didn't realize that link was the wrong one. I shall go fix that up now. It should work now I just checked.

      6. : ) Guest blogger Moonblossom accept your gift! If I use the Peerless Sword of Translation to battle with the renown Shadowless Swords, will I win since it is 'peerless', or lose since I'm dealing with twin blades powered by internal qi?

        Sutekii - Melanie is into writing wuxia stories and the main lead in one of her stories uses the Shadowless Swords. I'm trying to persuade her to share her tale on a new platform, so hopefully, more can get to read about it in future.

      7. Does Melanie have a blog? If she does I'm more than happy to read it.

      8. Hahahahahhahaha, Melanie is so good at writing wuxia novels. Hahahahahaha. Mel, I think Peachie or Little Peach recommended Wattpad to me as another platform!

        So happy for Moonblossom! <3 What a wonderful beautiful ending to such a lovely novel.

    2. "Straddling him, she started tugging at his robe." - Don't even know who's taking advantage of who here.

      Cloud Manor history.. gosh how much is fabricated and how much is the truth... ahaha

      The ending for me felt satisfactory but for some reason I just wanted to read more on their life after marriage on the island hehe ^^" greedy me.

      I also just wished the author wrote more on He Zai as well.. I found I didn't really have a closure with him.

      Dear Moonblossom, thank you for sharing such a wonderful novel with us, it has been such a funny and exciting journey. I want to say sincerely thank you for your hard work and dedication on translating this novel.

      And thank you decembi for hosting you, I hope in future we will see more of your translation but for the time being have fun reading more wonderful novels. ;)

      1. You are most welcome. I too think He Zai is a little short-changed - he didn't even get a hint of romantic interest from (Che Yan Yan? or) anyone and have to slave at the Sect for the rest of his life. In comparison, Xian Yun not only got a girl, but he got a very... er proactive girl at that.

        I visit your blog once a week, and "Black Belly Boss, Don't Run" seems to be coming along nicely, not to mention your mention of other stories. Keep up the good work and I'll be waiting with a bucket of confetti + rose petals when you cross the finishing line too!

      2. Thanks Moonblossom! I'm almost half way through drafting "Black Belly Boss, Don't Run." I already feel like its such an achievement. So you finishing "Gentleman Free-Floating Cloud" must be a wonderful feeling.

        Once again thank you, enjoy the rest of your day!~

    3. hahaha Gong Sun Yun outwitted our Huang Fu Yun ;)

      I love the ending :)

      Thank you :):):)


      1. I thought the ending is very sweet and in-character too. I cannot guess what she said to him on their wedding night so that would always be a mystery with this story. Maybe it is "Luo Shen, you are my one and only!" but she said that before. Maybe "I love you but I still want to be on top." but that feels wierd too.

        Speaking of which, I don't recall the author using the words "love" in the entire story. Interesting...

    4. Dear Moonblossom,
      Sigh and sigh again! It was an enjoyable read. Thank you for finishing this. How about compiling it into an e-book for easy read?
      On a footnote, I feel a bit sorry for He Zai. I wish there was more for and about him. I will also look at endurance in a different light... haha esp when I look at my husband hahhhaha.
      Thanks again!

      1. What is an e-book?

        Yeah, I wish he at least get laid or something given the ferocious nature of the women in this book, but there is no mention of him after he announced that Bai Ming Sect will never step foot into Central Plains.

        I shan't ask how your husband and endurance come into the picture but let's hope it is something enjoyable! : )

      2. Hi Moonblossom!

        Thank you so much for completing this lovely novel. It certainly has light up my day after being on training for the past 2 days. That sly XY! WY must have been furious to be played like that regardless she loves him. I can't wait to read another novel being translated on this website. I'm addicted to it, in a good way, and certainly not because of Uncontrolled Blissful Pill :D

        An e-book is basically a paperless book which you can read on your device (computer, tablet, phone, e-book reader such as Nook, Kindle) using a software (e.g. calibre, FBReader, and ready-made software on the e-book reader). It has many format such as .pdf, .epub, .lit, .mobi, etc. Basically, it's just a way for us reading book without carrying a book. :)

        I agree with LittleDi. I think you can compile all the chapters to your word processor and save it as PDF. You may take an example from Hamster who has been creating e-book for all of her translations on 'Three Lives Three Worlds'. With this, we can save it on our device and read it even on the train :D


    5. Thank you Moonblossom, you did a wonderful job with the translation!

    6. Thank you Moonblossom! Many nights I wake up even before my alarm clock rings every 3 nights to check if there is any update and here we are on the last stage and I'm kind of really sad that there will be no new chapter from GFC any longer. I'm kind of weepy here. I love the ending and thank you so much for the fast translation. Whenever you're ready, please check another fluffy book that you'd like to share with us and we will warmly welcome you back. Take care!

      1. Thank you for your support! I have not been doing anything else in my free time - my family was joking that I have changed from carrying an iPad (for reading) to carrying a Macbook (for translating) everywhere I go - so I can take it with a straight face when I hear comments like yours else I'll feel very guilty. I have never thought I would translate a chinese book but I did it anyway, so if I ever pick up a book for translate again, I hope to do the same if not better for people like you. : )

    7. Thank you so much moonblossom! I love your work and appreciate all your translations ;) I hope you continue translating more chinese novels for us fans ;)

    8. Finallyyyyy, the ending chapter! *throw confetti....sob-sob....*
      thank you so much moonblossom.
      i'm happy they finally got their happy ending, leave the central plain and start all over again.
      i was shock when i knew that xian yun didn't eat the pill. oh my, he's truly a wolf :p i hope wu bo get the change to use the last pill to get her revenge! hahaha..
      it will be great if there is another chapter about he zai. he's a good man so i hope he got a happy ending too.
      moonblossom, i won't ask you to translate another novel soon, but i hope when you find another interesting book you will share it with us again :D

      1. I find it hilarious that she view skinship as (i) a test for endurance and (ii) balance sheet between who owes who. Even if GSY is a wolf. I'm sure his primary aim was her safety when she was drugged by the Jade-Face scholar, yet for some reason, HFY seems to think that he thought he was shortchanged and was out for revenge. What kind of person will have that kind of logic? Still, I really like her, quirks and all, and am glad she found a cloud to keep her company this lifetime.

    9. Thanks Moonblossom. Even to the end, GFFC is sweet and funny.

      I laughed at the codename of soy sauce friedchicken and nutricious cloud manor food. Reminded me of decembi. I hope decembi is recovering well. Perhaps she should also follow Gong Sun Zhi's advice to eat nutricious meals and drink health tea.

      1. Decembi is drinking lots of health tea! Hahaha.

    10. Thank you Moonblossom! ♥♥♥♥♥

      So whats next :D


    11. im fan of this book!! I love this book soooo much, and this is the first book that i read from beginning to the end following the update. And i want to thank you very very much for translating this book love you!

      1. You are welcome choco. The book is not everyone's cup of tea but if it works for you, I"m glad it provided some relief from our daily mundane.

    12. Thank you, moonblossom and decembi for the english translations! Actually, I have read this novel first in Chinese when decembi posted the link. Since it is a short book, I finished it quite quickly. However, there are some parts that I really don't understand. Therefore, your translations really helped me in understanding.

      I actually wanted to read the sequel... is it any good (even if there are angst, etc) - storywise?

      As for Yu Qing, I actually read a number of her books (My Girl Shun Hua, 追月, 非君莫属, 请不要把眼光离开) after this cloud book. :)

      1. Her books are pretty short so no harm reading all. if you want something on Cloud Series, you can try 一鸣天下 or 春香说. although I would not recommend 妖神兰青.

        If it is just books by Yu Qing, you can try 就是皇后 (prequel to 有女舜华). And if you don't mind a bit long and draggy, you can try 是非分下清 which also has a sequel 断指娘子, and 斗妻番外篇.

      2. Hmm...will do. Thanks for the other book recommendations. Ehm, I prefer HE ending - are all these HE?

      3. Yes all HE, but Yu Qing likes to rough up her female protagonists so most of her stories have a bittersweet tone. The tone of 春香说 is similar to GFFC while 一鸣天下 feels a little heavy because people look at Gong Sun Xian with a mixture of admiration and derision. Admiration because he is very skilled, and derision because of his "evil blood" inherited from his mother's side. People thought the new Master of Cloud Manor (Gong Sun Xian) can be easily bribed when it was his counterpart - the Gentleman of Cloud Manor (Fun Lin Chun) who can be easily swayed.
        Actually there are other authors whom you can try although I'm only familiar with the Taiwanese writers like 林淑芬, 裘梦, 米包, etc.

    13. Thank you very much Moonblossom & Decembi for your hard work. I got onto this blog from another reader's recommendation. Clicked on this story whilst waiting for Heavy Sweetness Ash-Like Frost. I can not read Chinese yet so can not compare. But your translation got me following the story....

      1. Welcome to the world of c-novels! I have been reading English literature all my life and only started reading chinese novels one year ago.

    14. Thank you Moonblossom for all your hard work!! I really enjoyed this story and the ending was lovely in a very Gong Sun Yun & Huang Fu Yun way...I love these 2!!!

      1. You are most welcome. GSY and HFY are pretty low-key but they have grown on me too. In fact, I like them better after doing the translation because I missed many details initially. The first time, I really hated the draggy middle part, but now I'm more appreciative how HFY opened up to GSY. And Gong Sun Zhi. I like that our heroine is no match for the long-winded Fifth Gentleman!

    15. "For she's a jolly good fellow, for she's a jolly good fellow, for she's a jolly good fellow....! that nobody can deny!!!" ... (^_^) Thank you very much Moonblossom for seeing this novel from start to finish. I immensely enjoyed reading your translations. So many beautiful passages to remember in this book and it's thanks to you that we were able to savor this delectable piece of literature.

      All the characters were really enjoyable. You have brought them to life through your detailed translations and you deserve a mighty cheer from all of us .... hip, hip.. hooray!!!

      Huang Fu Yun: do not be disheartened! Your endurance may not be at par with Xian Yun, but your good heart has won you a smart, handsome, caring partner for life!!! Also, who needs erotic imagination when you have Uncontrollable blissful pills to guide you for some sexy time?

      Gong Sun Yun: Looks are truly deceiving and your the best example for this. I still admire you dearly for you've shown HFY that there is more to life than enduring. Thank you for allowing us to imprint your alluring smile in our minds and burn it with your hot, hot, eyes only for Wu bo.
      A wolf in a sheep's skin? yummylicious!!! .... (mind wanders elsewhere) ^_^

      I hope you will once again take your Peerless Sword to swish away its might in another duel with "it's so damn good , it's a crime not to share it" novel. Your loyal knights will be silently waiting for your return.


      1. For some reason, I feel like Sect Leader - before he went crazy - as I wave my imaginary Peerless Sword and say "I'm off to meditate to attain a higher level of my peerless translation skill. Left & Right Protectors, guard Master Decembi well!"
        ha.ha. Glad you enjoy the read Peachie. Hope to cross swords again.

      2. For some reason, I feel like Sect Leader - before he went crazy - as I wave my imaginary Peerless Sword and say "I'm off to meditate to attain a higher level of my peerless translation skill. Left & Right Protectors, guard Master Decembi well!"
        ha.ha. Glad you enjoy the read Peachie. Hope to cross swords again.

      3. Hahaha. Now I feel like He Zai guarding the fort while Moonblossom HFY goes to satisfy her wanderlust heehee. ♡♡♡ Have a wonderful break.

    16. GSY is the final winner of the whole story and he is a real mastemind. so sum it up he has the look, the brain and the girl!
      The novel is really light to read and the end is cute. Thank moonblossom for bringing the story to us. I am now an addict follower of this blog because of GFFC so that's mean in a certain way because of you. you did a really great job. I will wait for your next project :)


      1. Glad you like all the funny little things (eg soy sauce fried chicken vs nutrious cloud manor food) and the not so funny things like falling off a cliff. Take care!

      2. haha. the falling cliff was an interesting debate. I can forgive GSY now because I found another guy who is worse than him. I just finished Da mo Yao and Meng Jiu is the most pitiest character I ever read. He is supposed to be smart but he just can't tell a girl that he loves her. grrr.

        Oh just want to say , I am so impressed that you and decembi take your time to answer every posts. It is my first time seeing it from bloggers. You are really amazing!!

      3. Meng Jiu <3 <3 <3, he is such a noble idiot.

        Oh really? I love to reply to comments hahaha.

      4. i should have said most pitiful. he is a self martyr or kind of masochist to say "i love you but i have to sacrifice my happiness for your happiness" and then "ooops sorry I was wrong , you will be more happy with me than with him".
        but the fact is we love guys like that ..huhuhuh.

    17. thanks moonblossom, a hundred bows to you, words cannot convey my gratitude for all your painstaking hard work and noble sacrifice just to give us non-chinese speaking people of this fun and loving story of our GSY/HFY. more power to you and good luck to future endeavors, i will wait for your next translated project with bated breath. have a good break and hope to see you soon. love and hugs...marie st claire from vancouver canada

      1. You are most welcome Ms Vancouver! My original plans to translate GFFC is to warm up, in practice for another longer book but I realised that book does not translate well because of its very china setting, so I'm taking the easy way out and read and learn more about blogging in the next few weeks. Thank you for your well-wishes and I hope the same for you!

    18. Thank you so much for the lovely story. I am so pleased to have found this site. Decembi and Moonblossom it is so fun to read these books. i wish I spoke and understood chinese. I so enjoy all the efforts you guys put into your translations.

    19. Dear Moon blossom, Thank you very much and congratulations for finishing the translation. it was such a lovely story. you did it very well and pretty quick. i've become a regular visitors to decembi's site due to this. Thank you Decembi, for hosting this and also for your other translation I cant wait for your next project. i was wondering whether you would consider taking up Yun Zhong Ge? koala and sparskey didnt complete the translation. I truly hope you would take this into consideration.

      1. Welcome! Heehee. I don't know if Moonblossom will take up Yun Zhong Ge, but I doubt I ever will since I generally avoid reading sad ending novels. Haha.

      2. ha.ha. I have low tolerance for emotional pain so I have to steer clear of sad books : ) I suddenly remember 2 chapters in Book 1 titled "Snow in the Sky" and "Stars on the Ground". A very beautiful book but... have you heard this joke that Tong Hua has a grudge against a guy with surname "Meng" in real life, for her to be writing such horrible fates for Meng Xi Mo and Meng Jue?

      3. thanks for your replies. I agree it does have a sad sad sad ending. I wonder why tong hua loves sad ending.

        Decembi, does it mean Heavy Sweetness will have a happy ending? cause from the latest chapter , it doesnt seems so. hahahah

        Moonbloosom, I just heard that joke. hahahahahah, that explains.. i wonder what this Meng guy did, to deverse such tragic fates in the novels. lol. so whats your next project?

      4. Haha Heavy sweetness is definitely a happy ending ;)

      5. Do you think *gasp!* that Tong Hua has Yu Zheng (c-drama producer, notably of Yun Zheng Ge) in mind when she slaughtered Meing Jiu and Meng Jue on paper? Maybe not, since Yun Zhong Ge was written before the bad blood with Yu Zheng started. But I think she has a definate, real-life enemy in Yu Zheng who can probably inspire more gruesome endings for her future books...

        As for me, I have finished setting up Melanie's blog and I'm going to set up another website for a relative but it will be a commercial, not blogging site. : )

      6. Decembi, im still waiting for your next heavy sweetness chapter. cant wait.

        Moonblossom, whoever he is, she must both love him and hate him at the same time. anyway do inform your readers if you have a new project coming up

        btw, I have just re-read the gentleman free floating cloud. im so totally swoon over again by xian yun. again thank you Moonblossom and Decembi, for this translation. really appreciate it

      7. You are most welcome! Glad you like the book.

    20. Thank you so much for this lovely journey moonblossom ! *bow*
      I fell in love with GFFC ever since "miss, pardon the offense", HFY is a pretty unique heroine, and GXY is such a charming bastard lol
      Anyway do you have any example of Xian Yun scene from A Cry.. ? It would be too bad if he loose any of his mischivious side when he's older, well he did only show it if he's with HFY. And their poor son, to be known as the child of the infamous utterly immoral coupling when the truth is far from the truth xD
      Have a nice time catching up with your reading moonblossom!

      1. Ah forgot to add


      2. *bow back* you are welcome Lola.
        I think Xian Yun only made a guest appearance in the sequel when he followed his daughter-in-law back home to ensure her safety... and was spotted by Tu San Lang. But you will see his shadow everywhere because his son is very much like him - aloof (but he is more curt than cool), good looking, very good in martial arts, and very protective of his wife.

    21. The best book ending I could ever hope for! Thank you so much Moonblossom.

      1. 3 cheers for sweet endings. You are welcome inno!

    22. Hi Moonblossom, thank you for this great translation and for all the Lost You Forever spoilers. I'm so sad that this novel came to an end. I wish I could have read more and more about our delightful OTP. I was rereading some paragraphs from the beginning of the novel and I can't believe the Gentleman turned out to have so many layers of personality. I didn't like him at the beginning. I was more intrigued about the weird Sect Leader and our heroine. And I also wish we had an epilogue for the side characters. Even for the 5th Gentleman:).
      As many commentators already said 'endure, endure' has become part of my vocabulary, not only it makes me smile, but it also makes me think of the 'Unforgetable Blissfull Pill' (which by the way is a great catchy translation).
      Thank you again and hope that in the not so distant future I'll get the chance to read other translations and why not, own books with the signature Moonblossom :)

    23. moonblossom sorry for my late congratulations:) Congratulations for finished this novel:) hope there will be another novel that you will translate in the future hihi :D . For decembi too thanks :)

      1. Another bubble in the champagne is never too late. Thank you!

    24. Ah finally its complete~ thank you so much for the hardwork! GFFC certainly thought me well to endure for everything will turn out alright at the end! GSY! the king of endurance, endure so long to have HFY fall for his trap hahaha! I'm a little confuse if HFY actually took the pill...? at tian bi cliff, actually both of them didn't take the pill right? rofl! anyways, thank you again! ehehe :3

    25. She took it, he didn't, which was why there was a pill which dropped out of his clothes (not hers), and why he sighed "Wu Bo, why did you have to take the pill (when there is no need because I am not drugged and can make it another day if you have changed your mind)?"

      She took it because she thought it would get her in the mood to, er, cure his ailment. But he was perfectly fine and since she was the one in need of an antidote, he happily went along.

    26. Grr my first comment was eaten up and I'm typing it out again in notepad for safety reasons!

      Congrats Moonblossom for the completion of your first translations project! You and Decembi are definitely the sect leaders of the Extremely Addictive C Novel Sect.

      A few chapters ago at the controversial cliff scene, I agreeed with Melanie that HFY should just find another guy and not HFY and GSY but will see if the two guys can be redeemed.

      For me it is about half-half. The novel's shining character is HFY - I loved how she could still learn to trust others again even those that "betrayed" her for noble reasons. It is a testament to her character (and endurance) that she did not become a twisted person after the traumatic experience. I'm really glad that she found a man who truly loves her and a new family to give her the warmth she never had (even if Fifth Bro's naggings has to accompany her through the rest of her days). So because I love HFY, the same love shall be extended to GSY and HQ too! And because GSY promised to write a love diary entry for her eyes only - extra brownie points for him!

      I also wished that HQ had a better ending than just managing the sect - perhaps you can consider writing a fanfic when he evades Che Yan Yan's clutches and maybe meet someone?

      (P.S. This story got me craving me for soy sauce fried chicken - perhaps HFY is the original trend setter of the fried chicken and beer ? *Reference to K-drama: A Man from another star)

      1. Thank you for you effort. My replies tend to get lost/jammed if I reply using my phoneor ipad (but not via PC) so I fully understand your pain. : ) I'll ask Manager Do for an extra flavourful soy-souce fried chicken for you.

        A fanfic sounds like a wonderful idea. I have been idling and sleeping (burnt from my last weekend spent at the amusement park = horror island) and is doing nothing except setting up a blog for Melanie. I'll keep it in mind!

      2. Haha thanks for the extra helping *burps* ;)

        Was the amusement park at Sentosa? Now school holidays so will be very crowded I think? Idling and sleeping during the free time sounds quite luxurious actually :)

        Woah Melanie is going to set up a blog too?? Okies looking forward!

      3. Yes. I never thought "Sentosa" is going to be my synonym for misery. The crowds are manageable but I think I pushed myself too hard to visit too many attractions. The Spice Girls got it right when they sang that "too much of something is bad enough".

        You can check out the blog at http://cloudmanor.wordpress.com/

    27. Haa...happy end - that I love the most!!! :) thanks so much for your gread effort

    28. Thank you sooo much Moonblossom for your wonderful translation!! I read all the chapters within 2 days!!! Its lightness, humor, great leads and captivating romance was just what I needed while waiting for LYF and OP. :D

      I'm still a bit confused about the whole pill taking situation and the effects of the pill itself. So she took it and he didn't? But why did they have to take it to begin with? I think they are attracted to each other enough to not need that extra *ahem* stimulation...so couldn't they like run away to the cliff to "do the deed"? And this pill's antidote is only s**? ROFL

      1. Glad u like the story! Yes, one of the reason for choosing this story is that I feel it balances LYF perfectly.

        Hmm, I'm not sure why she gave him a pill either. Maybe she was not sure he would run off with her deep down? Or the pills are just sonething she has handy? With Gong Sun Zhi around, I think he would be able to figure out sonething if Xian Yun did took the pill n was unwilling. It is possible they all have good coordination w each other n all put up an impromptu show for everyone?

    29. Hi dear Moonblossom ♡ ♡ ♡

      Sorry for the late reply, the appreciation post in this.chapter is so much overwhelming. I don't know what to say.....yet, i so much love the ending. I re-read all chapters in one night.

      Thank U so much.for your.hardwork.*xoxo*

      - samie

      1. Hi Samie, Happy Monday! A very happy ending to round up a light-hearted story. If I have to pinpoint a serious theme in the novel, I would say that it is not easy to trust other people especially when those closest to you are the one who disappointment. But, if you can conquer yourself and still try to believe , true happiness can still be within grasp especially when there is a person who loves you back and works hard to give you happiness.

        Other than that, the fact that she kidnap him in full view was like the best joke ever. Enjoy the rest of the works at this blog!

      2. So true! *hugs* Thanks so much for sharing, kudos to U!

        All the Best.

        - samie

    30. As a non-chinese reader, I enjoyed this translation very much - especially the little explanatory introductions. Thanks for taking such care in translating, Moonblossom! I'm looking forward to reading your other translations.

      1. Thanks for the support! You can find more of Moonblossom's wonderful translations at her blog cloudmanor.wordpress.com

    31. This was an awesome story. Thank you for translating it. Once I'm literate enough I'll definitely try to read the original

      1. :) You should! This is definitely one of my favourite works.

    32. Thanks A LOT Moonblossom for taking out the time to translate Gentleman Free Floating Cloud. I was giggling through most of the chapters. Sect Leader Jiang was definitely crazy lol!!!

      Thanks once again, I had so much fun XDD

      1. I'm glad you enjoyed the story Adenike! I just re-read some of the chapters n found quiet a lot of small funny parts, glad more can enjoy the storyline!

    33. Thank you very very much for translating this novel. It has been a short but great adventure. I am happy that she finally found her happiness. =)

      1. It is not easy for her to trust a person n even more precious she can live with a whole family. Glad you enjoyed the story.

    34. I read the whole thing and it was great!! It had a lot of ups and downs and I was really amused! Thanks so much for all your hard work!!!

    35. I like the story and her character, but something has always bothered me. Why does every historical c-novel see the female as only the "demoness" and not the male also? It seems the writers/authors don't want to put these "righteous" male lead on a bad light in front of public in the novel as "demons within". I wished that they would actually show that he was the true demon in front of the those pesky "think they're all righteous" men and females, to shut them up instead of having to result in her using such tricks just to sleep with him.

    36. Thank you for translating! Though now is already a few years from completion but I still would like to say a word of thanks for your goodwill and effort haha

    37. I enjoyed Gentleman Free-Floating Cloud. Thank you for the easy to read and flowing translation.

    38. Thank you the translation! Really enjoyed the book! It should get a higher rating!

    39. Hi....
      I'm sorry just comment now sinve i read from the first chapter...
      First of all, thank you very much for your translation, it gives me a smile in my face and a whole brand new horizon to see above me 😁 i just can't tell how much you make us reader a beautifull day just read this lovely story, so i think just a thank you can't discribe my feelings 😊
      Just...thank you,,,thank you,,,thank you 😬

    40. Thanks Moonblossom and Decembi. I love reading the translation works and also original works.

      Thanks a lot!


    41. Thank you very much Moonblossom and Decembi for the lovely translation work. This is the second novel I read on this website and I'm very impressed with both your work. There's some editing improvement can be made on this story but that's nothing to do with your writing. I find your writing is very good, smooth, clear and beautifully flowing. I'm a chinese illeterate reader and appreciate you explaining things along the way. Your re-writing of the middle part of the story for better flowing and conciseness is also much appreciated. Well done!