Thursday, 10 April 2014

Heavy Sweetness Ash-Like Frost: Translation (Chapter 11.1: Where Does the Origin of Water Lie?)



   It's always nice to start a new chapter! Dian Xian plots her novel quite carefully so each chapter reveals the secret of its title. :)

  This chapter is lighter on the romance, but stronger on the intrigue.


Chapter 11.1: Where does the Origin of Water Lie? (Part 1 of 4)

  In the midst of Peng Lai God Mountain, the fabled abode of immortals, the floating clouds, the water, the small boat.

  In the midst of the seeming and seeming-less cloud mist, a person stepped up from a wooden raft, he gave me a warm smile, "I rashly brought Jin Mi Immortal into this realm of illusion, I hope Jin Mi Immortal will not mind."

  I obediently answered, "The Heavenly Emperor is too polite."

  Actually what I thought was, whoever who was sleeping sweetly in a dream, if the person's soul was summoned out when they were dreaming, they would all be a little angry, but if the person who made this request was the Heavenly Emperor, ah then that is a different story. I bowed towards him, "I wonder why the Heavenly Emperor summoned Jin Mi deep in the night?"

  After a long while, besides the sounds of nature that softly flowed by, I did not hear the Heavenly Emperor answer me. I lifted up my head, and only saw his pair of eyes concentrating on me, yet it seemed like he did not look at me, but was looking at someone else through me. Seeing me look confusedly at him, he seemed to regain awareness and smiled, in his smile was a few sense of sadness, a few sense of regret and a few sense of anticipation, he answered without fitting the question, "This is an illusionary realm, in the middle of the valley of Peng Lai God Mountain, gods will occasionally roam here with their souls, sometimes the illusionary realm will occasionally appear in the moral realms, the mortals call it 'the mirage of a city by the sea', thinking it's the mirage created by the gas that is spat out from the sky toad in the ocean. When I first heard of it, I couldn't help laughing, thinking that the mortals speak interestingly. However ninety thousand years ago, when I was travelling in the night, I saw a girl walk on water, with each step a water lily is born, with each step she went farther, faintly moving ahead,  in the midst of the fog her distinguished elegant composure unintentionally glanced back. I finally realised what was the meaning of an illusion, what the mortals meant by 'the mirage of a city by the sea'......."

  The Heavenly Emperor appeared deeply entranced as he gazed at the mist above the water, lightly breathing out a long sigh.

  When one is old they definitely like to reminisce, naturally the Heavenly Emperor is no different from the usual old people, they like to think about the distant past in the middle of the night. Although I was not familiar with the Heavenly Emperor, I may have some relations with him, so I made some effort to chase away the sleepy bug and pretended to be listening attentively with full on interest. But, this "ninety years ago" really made me want to break down, as such a story could not be told finished in just a while. 

  As I was feeling helpless in my heart, the Heavenly Emperor stopped and did not continue to speak. I pondered over it for a while, this seemed like the opera singers in the mortal world, when they sang an exciting part they would make a pose to solidify the impression, only when the audience cried "great" do they continue on. The Heavenly Emperor's pause definitely was waiting for me to respond before he continued, so I casually smiled at him, "Very good, very good."




   The Heavenly Emperor's eyes had a sudden flash, he was dazed for a moment then smiled mockingly to himself, "So alike. In this shrouding mist, you looked exactly like her, but with careful examination the two of you are nothing alike. To say the aura is the same is also a bit pushing it, but this smile is completely different. She didn't like to smile, in the ninety thousand years in which I knew her, she did not smile more than ten times, even if she smiled it was like the morning dew rapidly vanishing, not like yours which is vivacious and young, sweeter than honey."

  He suddenly paused, his voice contained sadness and disappointment, "Actually that may not be true.... in the last fifty thousand years I did not see her smile at all. If I.... if she didn't only have a hint of a smile in the ninety thousand years, perhaps she will not have finished her life in such solitary loneliness...."

  At first, I thought the Heavenly Emperor was here to recognise his kin, and was preparing my energy to act with him a touching reunion scene with tears, and to also smoothly add on divine essence as a meeting gift. But I did not think that after talking for half a day, he was still talking about someone who had "finished", I couldn't help feeling my spirits dampen, but my expression was respectful, "The King of Hades will protect her, may the Heavenly Emperor let his sadness go."

   The Heavenly Emperor was surprised, then continued to smile, he moved his gaze away, and looked at the quiet water, "Fifty thousand years ago, the Heavenly Realms was like this illusionary realm where no grass or flower could grow, but I heard Jin Mi Immortal could casually with one hand create flowers, why don't you plant some green lilies here." For old people's thoughts to jump around so quickly, I thought they weren't many. He truly was the Heavenly Emperor, his conversation topic can suddenly turn to planting flowers?

   I looked at the surroundings, from the ground I picked up a cup of soil and tossed it into the water, I murmured a chant. In that instant, blooms and blooms of lilies slowly rose from the water, they slowly blossomed, a stretch of elegant green lilies spread out.

  The Heavenly Emperor's gaze was mixed with surprise and joy, "Indeed!" He continued to ask, "Do you know who I was talking about just now?" This old person's train of thought truly jumps around and is very dispersed, but luckily I am smart.

  "Jin Mi is young, but I lived for many years in the Water Boundary, thus I know this person must be a flower or vegetable sprite. The Heavenly Emperor's old friend naturally I won't be able to know, thus I will not know who the Heavenly Emperor is talking about, "I explained rationally. 

  The Heavenly Emperor anxiously looked at me, "The person I am talking about is none other than the Flower Goddess Zi Fen. Jin Mi is around five thousand years old, Zi Fen passed on four thousand years ago, unless Jin Mi Immortal have not even seen Zi Fen before?'

  "Never before," I shook my head. The Heavenly Emperor's old age must have deteriorated his eye sight, how can I look like the Flower Goddess, fruits and flowers are essentially two different things, the difference is not just a star and a half.

  Hearing this, the Heavenly Emperor's expression appeared extremely tragic, he said, "Who would have thought Zi Fen had hated me until this extent! Even her own flesh and blood, she cruelly would not see......" his voice suddenly stopped. 

  However, his unfinished words caused me to be struck with thunder, it shook me until my eyes became deaf and my eyes were bedazzled. Following his meaning, I was borne of the Flower Goddess and him! Thinking back of what Phoenix had spoken of yesterday, everything now completely made sense, without a trace of doubt. Yesterday, Phoenix burned the cliff, the flowers and grass were all destroyed, the Flower Leader was furious and brought me back to the Water Boundary with the other flower leaders. We left in a hurry and I couldn't truly understand what Phoenix meant by his words, but hearing the Heavenly Emperor today, I finally understood!



Comments: A notion that is quite commonly found in c-novels (or k-dramas actually haha!) is the idea that the child cannot escape his parent's sin/responsibilities/attachments. An "inheritance" rooted in your identity, so to speak. Maybe, it's an idea that is especially pronounced in the asian context (not to say this does not also exist in the western context) because relationships don't only involve the two individuals but the union of two families into a larger unit. 

So is Jin Mi really related to Phoenix and Night? What is the secret behind her mother's relationships and her alleged hatred of the Heavenly Emperor? Where does the Origin of Water lie? :)

33 comments:

  1. Thanks for updating! I like spoilers so I'm not surprise about who's Jin Mi's biological father is lol. What I'm curious about is when and why she spit out the unfeeling pill also how did she know she was fed the pill.

    -100kissess

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    1. What!? Jin mi spit out the unfeeling pill!!? =(
      She is so funny with the unfeeling pill, does this mean she becomes normal?

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    2. Hello 100kissess,

      Thanks for reading :)! Are you sure you want spoilers? The answer to this comes in the later half of the novel. But as of now, Jin Mi is clueless about the unfeeling pill.

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    3. Hello anonymous,

      Yes, Jin Mi does spit it out at some pt. Haha. But can Jin Mi ever be normal? Or is this Jin Mi already? Hahaha

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    4. Yes, I very much do since I'm one those person who likes to skip to the ending and read happy moments and then go back to read the details. I love spoilers but as not to reveal any spoilers for other readers I will remain patient :)

      -100kissess

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    5. The reason why Jin Mi spits out the unfeeling pill is HUGE. It's basically changes the whole course of the novel. If you really want to know, email me! Haha. Best not to write it here. :)

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  2. Thanks for the new chapter! Sigh, Jin mi is so dense at times, I do not know whether to laugh or cry out of frustration.
    Unfortunately I am on night deity ship, why do I always jump on the wrong ship?

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    1. Heehee don't be too sad, Anonymous, some people will say Night's ship is the right ship.

      Plus, if you follow 2 ex husbands on the same stage, it suggests that a mortal Night gets the girl!

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    2. Hahaha, I know how you feel about Jin Mi! I still have not made up my mind about her... Really, I am not prone to violence, but I really do want to shake some sense into her. I get that she's young and was really protected in the Flower world, but even humans don't take that long to gain some basic understanding of relationships or how the world works.

      I find the two male leads balance things out nicely. Thank God Night seems to actually know her thoughts better than Pheonix... I'm on Pheonix ship with a soft spot for Night. I like that Pheonix realized his feelings for her early on. Makes for a very squeal-worthy although frustrating read at times.

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    3. Hahahah shake some sense into her. Hahah. I also liked that Phoenix realised he liked her way before Jin Mi ever had a notion of romantic love. I think I like to see my male leads suffer :)

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  3. hehehehe, I know the answer to the last question you posed. =X

    ai yah Jin Mi, the brightest bulb in the room you are not, but you sure can make me break out in laughter all the time. :D

    thanks for translating as always, decembi; your hard work and dedication are much appreciated. add oil!

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    1. Thanks joanna! Your comments always make me so happy :)

      Jin Mi is so funny. Sometimes, I think Night's brain balances out her shamelessness, then again Phoenix's doting nature also balances out her selfishness haha.

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    2. Why can't one marry to form a union of three?!

      Thanks for the translation.

      -Lia

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    3. Teehee! One woman and two men! Hahaha. You are very progressive, Lia!

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  4. Thank you for the translations :D How many chapters are there all together?

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    1. Thanks for reading and commenting! :) 24 chapters following the book format with a few epilogues!

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  5. OMG she spit out the unfeeling pill? Have we already passed that part because I don't remember reading it

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    1. Hello mualeena! No she hasn't! 100 kissess' comment is a spoiler actually. I can't edit comments to put in spoiler tags. Haha.

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    2. Oops!! I'm so sorry, that was unintentional on my part to reveal spoiler! I hang out too much at SSB that it slipped out, my bad.*bows head in apology*

      -100kisses

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    3. Heehee no problem! Just put in spoiler tags next time.

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  6. Is it just me or is there something off with the Heavenly Emperor being Jin Mi's father? Either he's her father, and not Pheonix and Night's father or the other way around. There must be a secret father somewhere!!! Or else, I'm off all ships. I can live with Zhuan Xu and Xiao Yao being first degree cousins in Lost You Forever, but siblings...

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    1. Bella, this is a half *SPOILER* but there is NO incest in this story. :) Secret father heeheehee

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    2. I also think that the Heavenly Emperor is not Jin Mi's biological father. Got to be someone else. I think I need to go back and re-read all the past chapters from the beginning, to straighten out who's who in this novel, lol ! I'm always in such a rush to read the latest translation update, I think I must have missed out some important points, heheh....Thanks, Decembi!

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    3. Heehee thanks for supporting the translations! :) The mystery thickens.....

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  7. thank you for this chapter..it became part of my daily activities checking your site(almost like a stalker) big thanks

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    1. Awww! Thanks for reading and commenting! It makes me so happy :)

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  8. Regarding the pill, she has no feeling or just not feel love? Vomiting the pill would make of Jin Mi a baby newborn... type: with so many feelings new and unknown... eiei she threw out without having done cultivation and given fruits right?! >_ <

    Sorry, how i use the spoiler tags? And thanks for the chapter. ^_^

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    1. They were only a few assumptions. This "newborn baby" would be unstable, no? But if is only love, I believe Jin Mi would not have much trouble ... maybe. Jin Mi is unpredictable.

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    2. Heehee! I don't know how to set spoiler tags, usually i just put SPOILER! As a warning. Haha.

      She has feelings, but she cannot feel or experience love. It makes her cold-hearted to love and affection. She can still understand laughter, anger and greed, etc. Spitting out the pill will let her understand what love is :). Haha Jin Mi is indeed unpredictable!

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  9. Thank you for your hardwork! I'm dying to read the rest of the novel. Keep up the gr8 work. :)

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    1. Thank you :) :) :) I love sharing!

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  10. The Heavenly Emperor thinking that he fathered Jin Mi. Thanking the writer for not going the incest route.

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    1. The fake incest route is a popular Chinese novel plot! But it's never real ;)

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