Picture credits: mlcamaro
When Lemonsalt sent this picture to me, I thought it could be a picture of Huang Fu Yun in between her two men, He Zai and Gong Sun Yun. Heehee. I wanted to express my happiness and gratitude for Moonblossom guestblogging her translations for Gentleman Free-Flowing Cloud on my blog and how amazing is it that we are finally going to cross the finishing line?
*THROWS CONFETTI AND POPS CHAMPAGNE*
For anyone else curious, Gentleman Free-Flowing Cloud ("GFC") is actually the prequel to "To Rule The World With One Cry" (一鸣天下). The novel, To Rule The World With One Cry ("One Cry"), actually deals with the story of Gong Sun Yun and Huang Fu Yun's son. Both stories are actually very different, GFC is a wonderful funny story with lots of wit and heart, while One Cry has more of a mystery and is more melodramatic though it has Yu Qing's trademark strange humour.
Gong Sun Yun and Huang Fu Yun don't really have much of a role to play in One Cry and hardly appear. Gong Sun Yun makes a short scene appearance but bears no resemblance to how funny and cool he is in GFC. In One Cry, Huang Fu Yun's son falls for Gong Sun Yun's cousin (?) (never really explained, but basically she is the aunt but is younger), who gets poisoned at a very young age because some secret sect wants to kidnap her for her ability to memorise everything in one glance. She is said to be extremely beautiful when she was young, but when the story starts you see a plump girl who cannot stop eating. You later learn that to stop the poison, they placed a worm in her stomach and she has to keep eating or the worm will get hungry and she will die. The whole story is about Gong Sun Yun's son trying to find the sect to get the antidote for the female lead character. The story while humorous in parts, is rather more heavy due to the subject matter - and there was one part where I teared. I thought the part where Gong Sun Yun's son actually replied long love letters to the female lead's letters, but never sent them was a cute part - and he used it as a motivation for her to stay alive later. But, overall, it was also quite confusing because Yu Qing liked to mix up the timelines and have flashbacks here and there. Recommended read, but read with lower expectations!
One cute trivia - Gong Sun Yun's son to gain martial prowess quickly was brought by Huang Fu Yun to He Zai to learn the demon sect martial arts! Haha. Because Gong Sun Yun's martial arts needed to be cultivated over a long period of time and Gong Sun Yun's son has no patience. But you don't actually get to see this in the novel at all, and it was just mentioned in the author's note at the end of the story.
When Moonblossom releases her last chapter, I do hope that all longtime fans and silent readers can give her the support and gratitude for her amazing work. It is with a heavy but happy heart as we send Huang Fu Yun and Gong Sun Yun off to their happy ever after.
Readers of my other projects, do not fear for I am still translating, though a bit slower due to my health. I also thank everyone for the support for Little Moon and look forward to completing it soon and sharing my whole vision with everyone.
Till then, endure, endure!