Friday, 11 July 2014

Fiction: Little Moon's Matchmaking Mission! (Chapter 17) (ENDING)


  Yay! We have reached the final chapter. Trying to write my own little fiction has taught me how tough it must be to write a real novel (and how far away I am from such an endeavour). I'm very grateful for all the supportive and constructive feedback I have gained along the way. Now, I would like to wipe the sweat off my brow and return to being a simple translator (but don't worry, I won't forget about the epilogues!). Haha. 

  At the start, I thanked Hui'er, Moonblossom and Sherry. And at the end, I would like to also thank these readers who have given such great encouragement along the way. Honestly, without all you guys' support, my story would have been puttering to the finishing line. In order of chronology of comments: to the many anonymous commenters, fangorn, Kiyo, upside_down aka lemonsalt, sutekii, Elaine Teo, Redhazel, Sonia, bingu, Peachie, Lola, hanny, karma, macopaleaf, GalaxyAngel007, ginny hale, Hanisah Suria, hh, samie, uw_maulida, Escapism Fanatic, Yasmin, MissyMay, Riley Elizabeth, LittleDi, HannaH, Little Peach, cathy0430, atz, totoromalas, lalalolo, Marie St Claire, Kamila Hasbianti, aimey, anya, Unknown 2, She.ly, giginkanovels, super-latte and joannakuang. *gives little head bow*

  Finally, I shared my little tale to one of my close personal friends and sister of my heart, R, yesterday and this morning, she shared with me a line of ancient poetry that reminded her of Hsiao, Yue and Xi Yang (in this very order). I can't help but marvel at the serendipity of it all, because it fitted perfectly with the ending I had planned to post this very morning. R, one of the real life fairytale princesses I know, thank you.

   I hope all of you will enjoy this final chapter - I have always envisioned Little Moon as a little folk-tale/fable to read dreamily before bedtime. I will write an author's note after this to share the inspiration for the story :). 

Chapter 17: A Lover's Wait

   The silver-haired and silver-robed Moon God, the dark-haired and white-robed Hsiao, one stood in the rain, the droplets falling upon his face, one knelt down on the ground, the droplets tip-tapping on his back.

  Finally, Hsiao lifted up his head at the full moon, and he stood up. Tall, upright and firm. The Moon God never forgot the strong glow in Hsiao’s eyes when Hsiao told him, “I am going to wait for Yue. No matter how long it takes.”




  Hsiao placed one hand on the left of his chest, “I know that a part of her continues to live on in me.” The Moon God thought that he saw the other half of Yue’s divine heartstone sparkle out of Hsiao’s chest. Just for a moment.

   And, just because of that belief, that one sparkling moment, the lover began his long unknowable wait.

But my dove, my perfect one, is unique: 
She is her mother's only daughter; 
         She is the pure child of the one who bore her. 
        
         The maidens saw her and called her blessed, 
       
         The queens and concubines also, and they praised her, saying:

        "Who is this,
         arising like the dawn,
         beautiful as the full moon, bright as the sun,
         majestic as an army with banners billowing?"

         - Song of Solomon 6:10 

  The Yan Kingdom was moving into its greatest golden era. The Yan Royal Family was always enigmatic – but the citizens all applauded the crowning of the Second Prince Hsiao. Already at the young age of twelve, he was known to have literary, artistic and musical talents beyond his peers. His poems and paintings were rare but all that had the opportunity to observe them had called Hsiao – the young prodigy of their time. Little was known or heard about him after he turned sixteen, as the attention of the kingdom fell onto the First Prince Qing, whose military command and disciplined nature heralded a stronger Yan Kingdom.

   Imagine the citizens’ surprise when concurrent to the Second Prince Hsiao’s crowning as the Crown Prince, the Emperor announced that the First Prince Qing had decided to retire from the world and take the monastic vow to become a monk. There were whispers of bad blood between the princes, and that this was merely a polite exit to what was in fact a political exile.

   The early years after Crown Prince Hsiao’s crowning were turbulent – but quickly, he managed to win the support of both the Premier and military command of the royal army. Crown Prince Hsiao found an intellectual soulmate in the top imperial scholar, Gentleman Yunfeng from Zi Town, and received special military help from the great General Tie Shi of the Xue Mountains. Within two years, the Emperor decided to abdicate in favour of Crown Prince Hsiao, so he could watch the beginning of his son’s glorious reign. The Yan Kingdom almost came to war with the neighboring Wu Kingdom, but as if heavens were looking favourably on the new Yan Emperor, at the peak of their antagonism, a peace treaty was forged between the new Yan Emperor and the Wu Kingdom’s newly decreed Crown Prince. It was rumoured that it was the new Yan Emperor who had helped the Crown Prince of the Wu Kingdom rise above his other brothers… but the veracity of these rumours could never be verified.

  And, neither kingdoms wanted to verify this rumour – for finally, after a long conflicted history, both kingdoms entered an age of harmonious peace. In fact, there were new legends already being born, more fascinating gossip being shared. Small towns started to spread that there was a handsome monk that resembled the Yan Emperor traveling through the Yan Kingdom – he was incredibly dashing, but what was most brilliant about him was the peaceful gaze in his eyes. Perhaps, the First Prince Qing had finally found a truth to set him free.

  But, the greatest legend that was born was the tale of the lovelorn Yan Emperor. Year after year, he rejected all offers of princesses, beauties and concubines. Even when the Emperor of the Wu Kingdom had threatened to start a war and the only solution seemed to be a political alliance through marriage, the Yan Emperor had stood firm and rejected any possible engagement. The Yan Emperor had reportedly told the Emperor of the Wu Kingdom, “I have long vowed to only marry one. To ask me to marry another is to take away my will to live.”

   Every year, on Chinese Valentine’s Day, the seventh lunar day of the seventh month, the Yan Emperor was said to stand all night in the Capital’s Temple of Matrimonial Bliss. Just standing, just waiting, below the full moon.

  The Capital’s Temple of Matrimonial Bliss became hugely popular. All the young maidens prayed before the Moon God statue and a special jade bangle with a red thread tied around its golden clasp that was placed carefully next to the Moon God’s statue. The jade bangle was said to belong to a mythical red thread goddess (红线娘娘) and it was hugely effectively in granting prayers seeking a good marriage fate.

  As the Yan Kingdom prospered so did the love from the citizens towards their lonely Emperor. The citizens started to pray fervently at the Moon God’s Temple of Matrimonial Bliss – would you grant the Yan Emperor his heart’s desire? At this time, tales of the Yan Emperor’s travels through the Yan Kingdom when he was a young prince started to spread like wild fire. A source from the reclusive Xue Mountain Tribes had revealed that the Yan Emperor had a great love, but she was in deep sleep. The special jade bangle in the Capital’s Temple of Matrimonial Bliss was the Yan Emperor’s marriage token towards the maiden he loved. This only inspired the citizens to pray even more passionately at the Temple of Matrimonial Bliss, in the hopes, that this pair of lovers will be able to re-unite.

  But no one could expect what would happen on the eighth year of the Yan Emperor’s reign. In that year, on the seventh day of the seventh month, on the day the Cow Herder re-united with the Weaving Goddess on a bridge made of crows, when night descended, there were two moons. The moons was full, shining so brightly that it seemed like the entire streets in the Capital was aglow, and next to the first glowing full moon was a twin moon, that looked like an evening sun without the orange rage.

  The moons were so bright that most of the citizens could not look at it directly. But, the children of the Yan Kingdom, these young little ones with eyes so full of innocence that nothing could be hidden from their gaze – they had ran to their parents, crying that they saw a red wedding sedan fly down from the twin moons on a beautiful brown horse with wings!

  The Yan Emperor looked up as the red wedding sedan descended onto the open courtyard of the Temple of Matrimonial Bliss. The Yan Emperor took three careful steps towards the wedding sedan – each step took only a second, but had actually taken years.

  He kicked the wedding sedan three times, and reached out his hand. A soft-silken hand returned his grasp and he gently helped the red bride out of the wedding sedan. Her head was bent downwards due to the weight from the grand red phoenix wedding crown on her head.

  The evening wind blew the strings of golden beads falling across her face. He adjusted her face upwards towards his own face, “Yue.”

  He repeated, “Yue Er” again as if he could not believe the words he was mouthing.

  She smiled up at him, “Hsiao.”

  There was no more Yan Emperor, only a man, a lover, called Hsiao. For a man known to have endless patience, he could no longer wait. He pulled Yue into his embrace.

  “你终于来了(You are finally here),” Hsiao whispered into Yue’s ears.

  Before Yue could answer, Hsiao swept away the strings of golden beads and kissed Yue fully on her lips. After a long while, Hsiao moved back and Yue looked at Hsiao with an embarrassed flush, “We haven’t gone through the rituals yet!”

  Yue was thankful that the grand red phoenix wedding crown could hide her face, as Hsiao brought her into the temple, towards the altar. They first bowed towards the heavens, and Yue winked at the Moon God. Then, they bowed towards Hsiao’s parents, for the grand Yan Emperor and Yan Empress were sitting inside the temple halls waiting for this mystical bride.

  After that, they bowed towards each other, now husband and wife.

  Yue laughed gleefully when she saw a red thread connect between Hsiao and her heart. It was the most beautiful red thread she had ever seen, the pure red of their marriage robes, a happy prosperous red. Most of all, it sparkled like it captured the glow of the stars and the moon. She knew what Uncle had told her when she had awoke in Heavens was true – she was finally a mortal, but a mortal who could still see red threads! Her fate was now forever entwined with Hsiao, this one red thread will be both their beginnings and ends.

  The whole Yan Kingdom was in huge euphoria at the news that the Yan Emperor had married his Yan Empress. The citizens cried with glee that the Yan Emperor’s love had moved the Heavens and that their prayers had worked. Still, no one really knew how the Yan Empress had arrived. Was it because Hsiao had fulfilled his fate as a great Emperor? Or if Heavens had really been moved… no one could be sure. Only that one day, the red thread with the jade bangle had appeared before the Moon God in his divine Temple of Matrimonial Bliss in Heaven, when he grabbed it, it burned once again like the nirvana fire at San Yue’s death, and Yue had re-appeared before his eyes… just like how she had disappeared.

  There were no more dots on Yue’s right palm, but she had said later that she felt these dots in her heart. An eternal reminder that love may be forever, but time was not. Just as the Yan Emperor was greatly loved by the citizens, the Yan Empress was worshipped by the citizens as the red thread goddess, a bride from Heaven. Some even said that the greatness of the Yan Kingdom was not because of the Yan Emperor, but the extremely efficient matchmaking by the Yan Empress.

   Still, when the Yan Empress was asked who was her most successful matchmaking case. She would always smile and say, “Me.”



  




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


For the accompanying story (sequel):

The Sun's Dark Love
Chapters: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

93 comments:

  1. Yay! We want more.... :)

    Thank U So Much.dearest decembi *hugs*

    - samie

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    1. Thank you samie! Thank you for following the story all the way. *hugs*

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  2. Wow, that was beautiful decembi. Job very well done. ^^ Still confusing though.

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    1. Aww, thank you cathy0430!!! I'm sorry if some parts were confusing, that is truly my failing! I think because as a writer, I map out everything but then I decide later which parts i should actually write, in whose point of view, what I wanted to set out. I think my skills are still too raw and inadequate! But, I hope you still enjoyed the story.

      Hopefully, the author's note later will clarify some things. Feel free to ask me if you have any confusion though! Will see if I can help <3

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  3. thx decembi for a wonderful story though i feel pity for an chi's fate. however i like that you didnt' make qing a real villain...i thing the death of an chi by his hands was what made him resigned fr the world as he really loves her.

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    1. Hello uw_maulida, thank you for reading my story. Yes, the only real struggle I had, which I hinted at in Chapter 16 when I wondered if I really wanted to follow my original plot, was to have An Chi die. But, I thought the dice has been cast, for Gentleman Yun Feng being alive in this fate was a hint that someone else will not be.

      I actually really like Qing as a character and I agree with what you said about his feelings for An Chi <3

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  4. A really nice story! Congratulations!

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    1. Thank you thank you for reading this. <3

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  5. Shiok is the word I would describe. :):) That is a great Friday :)

    == MissyMay==

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    1. Hahaha! Love "shiok"!!! Thank you, have a great weekend <3

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  6. Awesome, decembi! thanks for the fast post! I had a longer, more thoughtful comment written out but it seems to have gone missing in internet ether! : [ regardless, just would like to thank you for taking on this crazy and courageous endeavor! hats off to you!

    - anya

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    1. Oh no! *rails hand against the internet* Give me back Anya's comment! Haha. But thanks for taking the time to read my story <3

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  7. Loved it!! The only parts that made me a bit confuse was what happened to Yue after their meeting and why Hsiao had to wait for her. Also the last part with the Moon God seeing Yue and Hsiao's past life and also how Yue became a mortal was a bit confusing other than that great ending! Loved the moment of the long awaited reunion between them which makes me love Hsiao even more! Lastly congrats, this was a well simple enjoyable story to read!!

    -100kissess

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    1. Hello 100kisses,

      I didn't write it explicitly, but the implication was that Yue's time had ran out and the karmic retribution of changing Hsiao's fate with his three fated women (the last red dot had turned fully black with An Chi's death) had caused her to disappear. Hence, only a thin red thread left in Chapter 16. There was no need for Hsiao to wait - as his wait could have been hopeless - afterall, Yue was for all purposes gone. But, he waited, in hopes that he becoming the greatest Yan Emperor, will change Yue's fate.

      Yeah, I think Chapter 13, may have confused some readers. It certainly confused my husband. I think it's a hard balance - I don't want to write like I'm an exposition fairy, but sometimes the dream-like sequences I like to write can be unclear. Hopefully, my next attempt will be better.

      Thank you so much for reading my story and I'm glad you still enjoyed it! <3

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  8. I love the ending so much!!! This chapter made me teared!!! I love your story! Thank you for creating Hsiao and Yue, and this story!

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    1. Hello! Thank you. Aww, really this makes me very happy. Thank you for reading my story <3.

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  9. omg ...! I write a long comment and the internet ate my comment >.> ..... dammit!

    Anyway here I go again.. beautiful ending to a great short novel you have written! Congratulation on passing the finishing line and bringing us reader such laughter and happiness. Although I didn't quite understand the beginning, I did after reading your replies to other readers with the same questions as I had after finishing the final chapter. Totally forgot the whole "karmic retribution" thing.

    I can't wait to read your epilogues for Moon Uncle and Prince Sun. I shall update and write a proper review once I have read those!

    Sending lots of love for your hard work <3<3

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    1. *pumps fist at the internet* Give sutekii's comment back!!!

      Thank you though for commenting again and reading my story. Really happy that it has brought you laughter and happiness. <3

      I thought up a great idea for Yue and Hsiao's lives as Empress and Emperor, so there will probably a short cute one for them too. Heehee.

      Thank you! <3

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  10. one of d best fiction i ever read..thank u 4 writing such story,as a silent reader ff ur blog for months cant help but comment 4 d first time since u put me in a heartbeats in those chapters u post..

    a sad ending 4 a reader....but

    a happy ending 4 yue&hsiao

    thank u so much decembi
    ~mar~

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    1. Dear mar,

      Thank you so much for following my blog and for reading my little story. :) It makes me really happy that you enjoyed it. *hugs* There will still be fluffy epilogues.

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  11. i don't even know what to say ==

    i'm happy that it all ends well for both Hsiao and Yue, but also felt depressed now that i won't have anymore of them T_T. by the way, good job Decembi! thanks for a beautiful happy ending story! you sure have talent, and i look forward your new fiction hee hee

    P/s: I demand more on Xi Yang! *air fist*

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    1. Dear totoromalas,

      Thank you! Haha, don't worry, Hsiao and Yue will appear in Xi Yang's epilogue and have a small cute one of their own. I think Xi Yang has the most fans to be honest. I haven't quite decided if I should follow my original story arc for Xi Yang. Haha.

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  12. Congrats hun, must feel like u have just ran a marathon!!

    What an awesome journey, thank you for inviting us on the ride. Ahhhh im just gonna bask in this warm fuzzy feeling! Hehehe

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    1. Heehee! I started conceptualising this in April, wrote a few chapters in April and May, then started in properly in June. I guess you can say it felt like a marathon! It's amazing to finally reach the end, flaws and all heehee. Thank you for following me on this journey. :)

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  13. Congrats for reaching the finish line of the story! now I will wait for the dessert (epilogues) XD I'm going to miss the adventures of Yue's clumsiness and Hsiao being her savior. ;u; I really like your writings for the last chapter and am happy for both Yue and Hsiao's happy reunion though I felt sad for their childhood lover. She appear and she disappear all in one chapter D: sobs. I would love to read more on Qing and Xi Yang. This two characters are really interesting since not much is known about them. Will you be writing one epilogue or a few? hahaha Am such a greedy reader XD nevertheless! congratz again!

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    1. Hahaha I love it - Yue's clumsiness and Hsiao being her saviour - that about sums of their epilogue hahaha! Bumbling but cute Empress. I'm happy you like the last chapter, I purposely chose to write in the third person just like how I started the prologue in the third person. The third person narrative makes me feel like the ancient storyteller telling those classic happy ever after endings <3

      Haha, perhaps in my next story, I will consider working more on my supporting characters. Poor An Chi, who had all these hints but only one short scene hahaha. Qing's future story has some relation to the Wu Kingdom, yes, my brain is so obsessive and crazy, I created the huge backstory for Hsiao and the Wu Crown Prince as well. Not so sure if I will ever write it down. But Xi Yang, definitely has an interesting story <3

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    2. I can understand the feelings of getting absorb for your own creation! the beginning started off to be simple but there's just so much details that will pop in while developing the characters because no matter they're just main, side or supporting characters, they're equally important because they're contributors to situations that happen. One scenario leads to another scenario~!

      Now that you've mention about Hsiao, Qing and Wu Crown Prince story... you really really got me so curious! hahaha! If you ever write them down, I'll be sure to stalk your blog or lurk around hehehe! Looking forward to Xi Yang's story~ All of them are so interesting~ even the Moon God's story got me overwhelm TwT It's really fun to imagine that a lot of depth can be put into the characters~ <3

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    3. Yes, yes! That's exactly how it feels. Heehee. One scenario leads to another. I think I have an overactive imagination lol.

      Hmm, I don't know if it's interesting enough to be written lol. Hahaha. But Xi Yang's epilogue will definitely interest you. Yes, I love the Moon God, he is my favourite <3

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  14. I can envision Hsaio getting himself super busy as he waits pati

    I can envision Hsaio how he waits patiently for Yue Er's uncertain return. You have poured your thoughts really well in this last chapter and I agree that it has some sort mystical touch to it with the way Yue Er came back riding a wedding sedan while the moon has mysteriously glowed brightly and doubled in number. I remember as a child that I used to look up the sky at night time and hunt for those shooting stars to make a wish. Imagine if this scene played before me as I was star gazing!

    An Chi's appearance in the story is short and super sad. Did she love Hsaio that's why she protected him from Qing? But she had Qing's love token (bangle) so I wonder if she was protecting Qing instead by denying him of Hsaio's blood in his hands. Did Qing intend to kill Hsaio because An Chi did not reciprocate his love or was it because of the throne?

    I cannot truly thank you enough Decembi for giving us readers an opportunity to witness your remarkable talent in whipping up a story such as this. You are right; it will do like a short, feel good read and not heavy on angst but it delivered a punch where it's warranted.

    Although I'm bidding a temporary adieu to this story, I know it won't be long until you pick up your mighty sword again for another enchanting story. For now, we will all wait for the promised epilogue and other goodies related to Moon Matchmaking.

    Peachie





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    1. Dear Peachie,

      Thank you for your comment! You have been so thoughtful throughout the story and your comments have definitely been helpful. I am that child too - I love staring at the dark sky, and wondering about the moon and the stars. I have a deep fascination with constellations and have a constellation poster in my dressing room. <3

      Your deductions are usually correct. So trust your instincts for An Chi. Heehee. For Qing, he is a pitiful character who has inherited a blood debt from his mother. He probably has a it's either you or me kind of feeling with Hsiao - only one can live. If you read chapter 16, it all started because Hsiao went to ask for the jade bangle from his mother, and this caused a ripple of misunderstanding...

      Thank you so much for reading my story. A story needs its readers <3 I hope you will enjoy the epilogues!

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  15. Yehey! New chapter though it's the last one >.<
    The last chapter wrung my heart like laundry. Though I know it's HE, I was still sad. I'm glad for the fast update hehe my heart is at ease now.

    I liked that Hsiao found friends from the scholar and the Xue general instead of the fated girls. It felt like Yue's matchmaking was the best possible scenario for Hsiao to become the golden emperor. Although I know it's a happy ending, I'm surprised Yue really came back to life, maybe because of doing lots of good deeds through matchmaking in the Matrimonial temple hehe . My complaints are the kissing scene is too short and where is my Xiyang huhu

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    1. Hello macopaleaf,

      Lol! I'm glad your heart is at ease now. Yes, yes, I especially like that twist on the new fate. I thought it would be fun to write about an Emperor who succeeds without a political marriage (though he probably lucked out with the best kind of marriage of all! A goddess! Lol).

      Xiyang is in the chapter. :) How could he miss the wedding? For a hint, you can see lemonsalt's comment below.

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  16. decembi congratulations finally the end of the story big hug for you :) actually sad huuuu ,haha remembered the first time i was thinking its a c.novel that you translate:D when you said that you make it i was surprised :) .I'm happy with the ending :) even i forgot about that 3 black dots:) that's why i was wonder why Yue can't marry Hsiao right away when i read your comment to 100kissess then i understand :) anyway thanks for writing this novel , i have fun read your novel :)

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    1. Yes, yes, hanny! I remember your first comment. :) Thanks for following my little story. Heehee, I had so much fun sharing it.

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  17. omg, omg OMG!!! IT'S THE FINAL CHAPTER!!!! KYA~ lol \(^~^)/

    Dear Decembi, congrats and thank you so much for finishing this amazing lovely story. It's just epic! It's been a long day and I'm glad I came to your website and found the posted finale. My fatigue has been replaced with giddiness and happiness (well.. I can't help but to love Hsiao being impatient and kiss Yue despite not going through the ritual :D) Gosh, I so love this happy ending! It's been was a fun ride and looking forward for Xi Yang Ge Ge's epilogue.. Herm.. will there be any? lol :D

    On another note, thank you for including me in your list of commenter. It's been a pleasure reading your story ! Take care, now :D

    cheers!
    -hh-

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    1. Dear hh, awww thank you for following my story. I'm so glad I helped with your fatigue, I hope your weekend just gets better and better! Hahaha. Yes, there will definitely be a Xi Yang Ge Ge epilogue. It has been a pleasure sharing with you <3

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  18. Heys Decembi, congrats on finishing your novel! *celebratory dance and book signing party for the author!!* I'm so glad that you shared this journey with all of us readers :)

    Is it possible to share with us the poetry that your friend said reminded you of Hsiao, Yue and Xi Yang?

    It's interesting that you chose to end the story in third person. At first, I was surprised when I didn't see the usual first person POV. Until I saw that you wrote in one of the comments you wanted it to have a storyteller feel narrating events of bygone ages. Although, I felt that it seemed like too many events were crammed into the last chapter, I'm not sure if splitting it up into more chapters would benefit the story flow. Perhaps it would have been nice to have a POV from Hsiao during the waiting period and then Yue's POV meeting him again as his bride. Then after that the third person narrator on the ending note. Just some suggestions because as a reader I'm interested to read about Hsiao's feelings during the waiting period and sharing Yue's excitement as she meets Hsiao again :)

    Thank you Hsiao for waiting for Yue and not bowing to the pressure of marrying other women for political stablization. You're a one in a million emperor!

    I liked how you ended the story with the matchmaking theme and bringing everything back in a full circle, just like the full moon <3<3<3

    P.S. Like some other readers, I'm thinking where is Xi Yang Ge Ge??? "next to the first glowing full moon was a twin moon, that looked like an evening sun without the orange rage." - Is this a hint of his presence, making a rare appearance at night to give the little sister he loved so much his blessings on her marriage? haha i'm rambling here. But yes I can't wait to read all the epilogues! Are you planning a new story for brother Qing?

    -lemonsalt

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    1. Hello Lemonsalt <3,

      Thank you for sharing my journey!!! *signs Lemonsalt's virtual book*

      I placed the poetry in the ending itself. Heehee, it's the quote from Song of Solomon!

      Choosing what kind of narrative and style to use for the story has been an ongoing challenge for me hahaha. Though, from the start, I decided that the Prologue and the Ending will be in third person. There were many scenes where I thought - hmm should I write this, whose view should I write this in, etc. When I was deciding between 17 or 18 chapters, a possible chapter 17 was a palace scene where the aftermath of An Chi's death is dealt with in the palace and you do get a solitary Hsiao scene as he thinks of Yue. But, in all honesty, I didn't write that chapter 17 in the end and decided to move straight to the end because I felt that such a chapter 17 would feel like a filler. Haha. Do you know Princess Bride? It's one of my favourite movies and book! I always laugh at how the narrator skips scenes and basically does whatever he wants - and I think I played with that idea in Little Moon. The idea of points of views and events. I think I need a whole lot more practice and experience, but this has been a great learning experience for me. <3 I love your suggestions and please keep them coming.

      Yes, full circle!!!! <3 Because I already named Chapter 11 full circle, I couldn't name it again for Chapter 17 lol.

      You are not rambling. Afterall, how could Xi Yang miss Yue's wedding? *winks*

      No new story for brother Qing, though if I ever write the Wu Kingdom story, he will make an appearance. 3 epilogues have been planned. Will be posting Xi Yang's first. <3

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    2. Thank you for the autographed virtual book !! :D

      Ahh I didn't realize that the Song of Solomon was the poem, I thought it was a Chinese poem :p Yes the lines are very fitting of Hsiao, Yue and Xi Yang. Quite amazing that your friend thought of it!

      Maybe it's just a reluctance to let go of the characters we have come to know so I would have loved to know the aftermath of An Chi's death and Hsiao's solitary scene :) When I was in the Harry Potter phase, although the books in the series kept getting longer and longer, and some scenes are meandering but J K Rowling created such a rich complex universe that I didn't mind reading through all the books and it never felt dull. Haha same feeling applies here. Yes keep writing and improving Decembi - it's been a lovely journey for everyone here.

      Oh I know the movie the Princess Bride but I didn't know it was based on a book! ("As you wish."-love that line <3) Now I feel like watching it again but no copy of the show.

      Ohhh haha is this a direct admission from the author that Xi Yang was indeed there at the wedding? :DDD I can't wait to read about Xi Yang :)




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    3. OMG! My comment disappeared on me too. *Waves angry fist at blogger* Haha. Hopefully the problem is fixed soon.

      Lemonsalt, big AWW! I super love the Harry Potter series. Heehee. They were such a huge part of my childhood. I don't deserve the comparison, but I'm super happy you enjoy the world I created too! I think your suggestion is very good, I will aim to write an organic story where the seemingly filler parts are beautiful and fun to read too <3

      Here's the link to the princess bride book: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21787.The_Princess_Bride
      The book is very different from the movie. Westley and Buttercup were so gorgeous in the movie, they forever sealed my idea of a fairytale romance, though Ever After is still first in my fluffball heart.

      Evening sun without the orange rage? hmm, who can that be? <3

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  19. That was a beautiful ending to this lovely story...you did a great job Decembi!!!

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  20. Congratulations for completing the novel! It is a good attempt and I doubt I could do better. The switch to third-person narration puts quite a bit of distance between the reader and the characters but it also conveys the kind of looked-on feeling as one watches as time goes by while waiting for his love one to appear. Lovely picture to round it off. Think I like the second arc the best with its stark mountain landscape and all the jealousy in the air. Hope you continue to do things that you enjoy!

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    1. Moonblossom! *hugs* Thank you for helping out at my blog so I have time to go off on this crazy little romp. Yes, that's the feeling I wanted - an overarching feeling of time passing by. Teehee, I just realised that each arc is a certain genre - the first arc is more typical ancient comedy romance, the second arc is more wu xia and the third arc is palace politics! <3

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  21. Hurray! You did it. The end except for the epilogues. I love Hsiao's faithfulness to love & Yue best of all. Being the Emperor without political marriages I really like. I hate you, Zhuan Xu (sorry I couldn't help it).

    Btw, do you know of ANY Chinese novels in which the Ge Ge (big brother) actually gets the love of his life in the heroine?

    Xi Yang witnessing Yue being married to Hsiao is just like how Zhuan Xu watched Xiao Yao marry Jing. Sigh. My poor heart.

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    1. Hello Riley! :) Teehee, yay for Hsiao and Yue. Though, my version of an emperor is probably the most naive and idealistic kind teehee.

      When you say Ge Ge, do you mean sworn brother types? There is one chinese novel I can remember, it's a time-travelling one where the male lead wants to become the emperor. He actually takes the place of the female lead's second brother, but the twist is that the second brother died long ago, and he was only taking his place to fulfil the second brother's filial duty as the second brother died for the male lead. Are you interested? Then, I will go search for the title, can't rmb it offhand haha.

      *hugs* Don't worry, Xi Yang's one true pairing isn't Yue.

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    2. But Zhuan Xu's OTP is Xiao Yao? Omg. I wonder who you're going to pair Xi Yang with. You'll break my heart. I really like him. =)

      Yes! I want any stories in which the Zhuan Xus get the Xiao Yaos! Sworn brothers, cousin brothers, whatever brothers as long as they're not blood siblings. But you know what? Flowers in The Attic is one of my fav books.

      Give me your version of the Emperor any time if he waits for his one true love!

      The story you mentioned sounds exactly what I would love! Please tell me the title! =)

      And thanks for the shout-out in this post. I forgot to mention it earlier in my haste to post. =)

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    3. Yes, Zhuan Xu's OTP is Xiao Yao. :) Haha. The person I have in mind for Xi Yang, I think really matches him. Hahaha. But, who knows - I can never really predict my readers. Hahaha. <3

      The story is called 歌尽桃花 (here's the douban link: http://book.douban.com/subject/2699701/) . It's very close to a Zhuan Xu getting a Xiao Yao happy ending. I really liked the first half of the novel, but disliked the second half because it got very draggy and had political marriages. They aren't related <3.

      Teehee, actually I don't like Emperor stories, so I generally avoid these types unless the plot is really interesting. But, Hsiao needed to be an emperor in this story, but I created a story where it would make sense for him not to have political marriages and to have only one Empress always. Plus, Hsiao is now so powerful that Yue will never need to be anything but herself.

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    4. Thanks for your recommendation! I read about it on Shusheng Bar & I loved it already. Except for the time-travelling bit. =)

      Your Hsiao Emperor's faithfulness reminds me of the love story in Moon Embracing the Sun. I really liked that Emperor too & the heroine got to be Empress in the end.

      Besides that, I have yet to come across a monogamous Emperor. Maybe that Ruby Lin/Yuan Hong new drama might cut it too. :)

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    5. Teehee, you are welcome! Do tell me your thoughts about it after you read it. I love the first half, hated the second half. <3

      Oooh that's interesting! I never watched the drama. I'm always falling behind audiences in "real time" for dramas because I don't have that much free time to watch stuff :(. Reading is easier in the small bits of free time I have. Hopefully, I will get to watch it one day.

      A monogamous Emperor sounds like an oxymoron right? Haha. That was one of my goals for Little Moon actually. I don't like the emperor genre as a whole, and I wanted to create an almost "ideal" kingdom. It's not very realistic, but teehee gods and goddesses running on earth is not that realistic already right? Haha.

      I'm looking out for that drama too <3

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  22. decembi, congratulations on finally finishing your first masterpiece ^_^... if I didnt know about the HE, I would be very sad by Chapter 16 .... but HE!!! yeah!!!

    I like how Hsiao waited for Yue..although Im a bit said about An Chi...really like to know more about her.

    I also am curious on what the married life of Hsiao and Yue would be like? XD ... and do they have children? if yes, how many?

    However, I dont understand the part regarding Wu Kingdom Crown Prince...maybe I missed something but o_O ?

    And i am happily enduring the wait for the epilogues...I hope Xi Yang gets his own HE too.... **pray**pray**

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    1. Hello fangorn,

      Thank you!!! :) Thanks for following my little story.

      An Chi is the sweet, gentle, poised lady kind. She grew up playing with Hsiao and Qing. I may write a small An Chi Qing epilogue. Haha, since maybe my short scene is probably too short.

      Hsiao and Yue's married life is awesome. Though, Yue is probably an additional burden on Hsiao's emperor responsibilities. Haha. You will get to see it in their epilogue and Xi Yang's epilogue.

      The Wu Kingdom part is just one of the events that went through in Hsiao's obstacles to become the greatest Yan Emperor. It will be touched on briefly in Xi Yang's epilogue, but it's not really part of this story.

      I will try not and disappoint you <3

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  23. Hi decembi. Google just played a trick on me n made my comment disappear...anyways ... I can't believe it's over!:(( You had me in tears this entire chapter. My baby girl was holding me n was wondering what was going on. Thank you for the emotional n fun journey. You have a winner here, I dare say. Have you thought about an e-book? Looking forward to reading the epilogues, especially Prince Sun's epilogue. Have a great weekend, xxoo

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    1. Oh no! *Rails fist at google* Hugs! Thank you for commenting again. :) I hope they were happy tears? Thank you for following me on this journey all the way! I have not really thought about an e-book haha. Yay! I'm just deciding which epilogue to post now.

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  24. hi decembi, a big congratulations and lots of hugs/kisses on your first novel, it pass with flying colors what a journey you gave us i'm a fan for sure you never know how many times i come to your site and have this good feeling that it's home i don't comment much but know, that im always with you all the way. all i can say pls continue writing and translating, you're giving us overwhelming joy - a whole new world - have confidence, have faith, have hope. always marie st claire

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    1. Marie St Claire! <3 *hugs/kisses back* Thank you for following me on this journey. Aww, I'm so happy that you get a positive feeling when you visit my site. I get very happy feelings too when I reply comments and see that people actually read my little story. It makes me feel like the world is such a warm place.

      Thank you! Your words will stay in my heart, "have confidence, have faith, have hope".

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  25. hello decembi, congratulations on finishing the novel. i must say i really enjoyed quietly following the tale of hsiao and yue. i can't believe it is over now, but what a happy ending you gave our OTP indeed! looking forward and enduring for the epilogues. pls. give xi yang his HE too. he's a good guy. hmm.. maybe another awesome goddess for him too. inno

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    1. Hello inno, thank you for following my story!!! :) Teehee, I think I posted it over a month right? Time passes fast! I think the epilogues will be a mix of super funny to bittersweet. <3

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  26. Your story is really goood!! I really enjoyed it! And now it's 2 in the morning when I was supposed to sleep early kkk Thank you for sharing this~
    I hope you continue writing :)
    Winternelle

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    1. Hello Winternelle,

      Thank you for reading my story! *hugs* Oh no, hopefully you manage to wake up in time this morning. <3 Thank you so much for your encouragement. I will try my best!

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  27. thank you. The ending was lovely. I so enjoyed your book. I wish you much success in the future. Keep writing. I enjoy checking you blog everyday. The art work was right on too. Good job.

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    1. Hello ginny hale, thank you for reading my story all the way <3. I'm glad you like the ending! To be honest, I was quite worried people would be upset that I made Yue disappear for ten years haha. Thank you for your encouragement. I definitely still have a lot of flaws, but I will try my best to improve. :)

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  28. Nooo.. Decembi.. I need more XiYanggg T-T
    Thank you for sharing little moon with us, please keep writing and spread your beautiful imagination through words because you did a very great job for that. Can't wait for your next (definitely) exciting and amazing projects in the future. Hwaiting!

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    1. Hello bingu, thanks for following my story and your very kind words. I will try my best to fulfill them. There will be more xi yang ♡

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  29. yeah!!! nice ending!! :) I was afraid they gonna reincarnate ...Im glad it was such a nice happy end :) thanks

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    1. Hello giginkanovels, i'm glad you enjoyed the ending! ♡ i agree, reincarnations are not the same.

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  30. Argh Decembi I'm sorry I'm so late! Congrats on finishing the story - what a beautiful ending to a beautiful tale. Your first is already a masterpiece, can't wait to read more from you. Hsiao is my kind of hero - willing to wait for as long as who knows when (and if ever) in his unwavering love for Yue. Swoon. I'm so glad you set out to give them a happy ending, it would be devastating if the two were separated between heaven and earth. Thanks for so generously sharing your story with us. Can't wait for the rest of the epilogues!
    and thank you for thanking me....that's so cute ;)

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    1. Hello Little Peach,

      It's never too late! ♡ i'm always super happy to read comments.

      Me too! I love Hsiao and Yue and I want them to be happy. Haha, I think my heart is just fluffy that way.

      Thank you for following my journey. I hope you will enjoy the epilogues too

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  31. Thanks for the fun ride Decmebi! The last chapter was more poetic and lyrical. Can't wait for your next story! :)

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    1. Thank you Atz ♡ i'm really glad you had fun! I wanted a fairytale story like end.

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  32. OH MY GOOODDDD THIS WAS SO BEAUTIFUL

    AHHHHHH

    "an eternal reminder that love may be forever but time was not" wow. This was such a good read. Wow. Holy crap. I loved this. And I consider myself to be a fairly avid reader. This story really captivated me. <3 Thanks so much!

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    1. Awwww thank you so much! Gosh, this makes me so super duper happy, I must be blushing. <3 <3 <3

      I hope you will enjoy the epilogues and The Sun's Dark Love too!

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  33. Hi Decembi,

    I really enjoyed your writing, though the ending lit bit confusing, hehe.

    Btw, you should translated it to chinese, let the english illiterate can read this novel too, and I think the novel too short, hahaha

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    1. Thank you! Yes, after having more writing experience, I agree there should be another chapter before the ending. I think one day I will edit the last few chapters

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    2. Yes, the revised one would be great.

      I hope you can more flowing with the novel. I feel you tried to the original plot, even though you has some other ideas in the writing processed.

      Overall 2 thumbs up for little moon novel.

      Sorry to say, I don't feel interesting with the sequel, please pardon me.

      Oh, I'm waiting your next novel. How about wuxia story? :)

      Please keep up your writing now, you're a talented one. <3

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    3. Aww thank you for reading my story and your heartfelr comments

      It's a pity you are not interested in The Sun's Dark Love, Yue and Hsiao also plays a role in it.

      The next one I'm writing is The Princess Who Cannot Marry. It's about Yu An, Yue's daughter ♡♡♡

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    4. My fault for my unclear comments. I haven't finished read the sequel, I just read a glance of it, and have some difficulty to absorb about Dark Realm. Your terms to used it so familiar with negative terms eg "greedy" manor, etc, in my humble opinions, probably you should used unfamiliar terms without negative terms. I hope you don't mind with my this comments. ^^

      It unfair if just a glance and I already made comments about it, so I'll continue read this sequel, also I loves Xi Yang more than Hsiao, hahaha

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    5. Oh decembi, I LOVES your new novel !!! Waiting for chapter 2 !!!

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    6. Hello! Are the two comments from the same anonymous? Haha.

      Thank you so much for your feedback of the sequel. I always welcome heartfelt comments <3

      Also, thank you so much for the support of the new novel! I have lots of exciting things planned for that and I hope my writing has improved to be able to express the depth of the things I have in mind.

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    7. Yes, from the same anonymous ^^`

      --- JD ---

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    8. Haha that's great, see you at the other stories!

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  34. Good job in writing your first novel!! I enjoyed reading it although I got confused with the way you wrote it in the first person for some of the characters. I'm not used to it, I suppose. Overall, I love the plot. I can't wait to read the sequel, Prince Xi Yang.

    Sian

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    1. Hello Sian,

      Thank you so much for reading my story and sharing with me your thoughts! It means a lot to me. I'm really glad that you enjoyed the plot! My writing was very raw for Little Moon, so there are definitely many points I could improve on.

      I hope you will enjoy The Sun's Dark Love. I recently re-read it and really felt like certain parts of my writing became more natural. I think I'm most at ease now for The Princess Who Cannot Marry - can't wait to share more of that!

      Would love to hear your thoughts after you read the rest. <3

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  35. Your prose is really good! :) Glad I stumbled upon this blog.

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    1. Awwww thank you so much ♡♡♡ makes me super happy. I hope you will read my other fiction too

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  36. Hello Decembi! I just recently stumbled upon your blog and I can't express how happy and grateful I am for that! I really enjoy reading Little Moon's Matchmaking Mission so so so much. Everything is just so wonderfully written- the plot, characters etc. I especially like how you also write from Hsiao and the Moon God's point of view because sometimes I can't help feeling curious what is on their mind. Thank you very much, Decembi for sharing your work with us and also for translating other c-novels!!!

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    1. AWWWWWWW!!! Thank you. Thank you for reading my stories <3 I hope you will enjoy my later works heehee. Little Moon was my first and will always have the most special place in my heart.

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  37. Thank youuuuu.. droplets on Hsiao also from me. Thought Yue will reincarnate to a baby that change this romance to Lolicon hahaha.

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    1. Dear Pamela, thanks for reading my story <3 hahaha Lolicon!

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  38. Aww, that was so sweet! This really reads like a myth or a fairy tale. Thank you so much for sharing this!

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    1. Yay! That was my aim and I'm really glad you thought it read like a fairy tale. I hope you enjoy my other works too <3

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  39. It is so Good!
    Thank you very much for Translating and sharing !

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    1. Dear Ricecal, awww thanks for reading and leaving a comment. This is my own story actually <3

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