Thursday, 11 September 2014

Fiction: The Sun's Dark Love (Chapter 6)





    Woohoo, so we have reached the palace! I plan to write a few more chapters while my writing mojo is intact before I continue to translate Heavy Sweetness (though translation fans will get a treat this weekend :)). So, will Wang Huan finally learn what almost every single reader knows already? Haha.

     I hope this chapter is satisfying because it's probably the longest so far as well :).



Chapter 6: The First Meeting 

(i)

   In Wang Huan's notebook, her mother had written about the Royal Palace of the Yan Kingdom. She had called it the Forbidden City - so-called because people were forbidden to enter or exit the Royal Palace without the Emperor's permission. It was a sacred place of power that ordinary mortals could only dream of. In the shadow of the night, the Dark Lord and her mother had snuck into the royal kitchens and did some secret feasting of the ingredients in the kitchen. Her mother had declined the Dark Lord's request to pay an "official" visit to the Emperor - for she knew that there were lines that could not be crossed between realms and it would cause more trouble than it was worth.

  However, Wang Huan was following Xi Yang now into the Royal Palace in broad daylight, with an ease and formality that boggled her mind. Xi Yang had shown a pass at the Royal Palace gates and they were now taking a small royal carriage towards the Inner Palace. The inner palace!

  "If you frown any deeper, you are going to have permanent lines on your forehead," Xi Yang remarked mildly as he calmly watched the carriage ride pass the rows of guards. 

  "I'm related to the Empress," Xi Yang decided to say as Wang Huan watched the carriage move deeper into the Royal Palace with increasing alarm. Xi Yang had sent a letter to Yue beforehand to inform her of his arrival with Wang Huan and warned her not to call him by his real name and to warn the children of this too. He was not too concerned about Yu An, though he did not put too much faith in Hsiao Yang's ability to keep anything a secret. 

  Wang Huan seemed to relax at this information and started to enjoy the beautiful blossoms on the trees as the carriage strolled towards the Inner Palace. 



   Xi Yang watched as the carriage stopped before the familiar entrance of the Empress' Residence. And yet this familiarity had its own sense of strangeness, as he helped Wang Huan down the carriage and realised that this was the first time he had brought someone to Yue's residence.

    Xi Yang did not travel by travelling cloud to the Inner Palace because while Yu An and Hsiao Yang were aware on some level that the Moon God and Xi Yang were not ordinary mortals, they did not actually know that they were gods. They did not shy away from using some forms of magic before Yue's children, but the Moon God and Xi Yang always avoided arriving in the palace by travelling cloud. 

   Before Xi Yang could even introduce the palace to Wang Huan, he felt a small figure grab the end of his robes. 

   "Uncle! Uncle!" The chubby face of Hsiao Yang looked adoringly towards Xi Yang as he pulled at Xi Yang's robes, as if asking to be carried.




  Xi Yang rolled his eyes and popped a sweet from the bag of sweets he bought from Ying Town into Hsiao Yang's mouth. The less he said, the better. 

  "Uncle," beamed Yu An who stood at Hsiao Yang's side with Hu Zi behind her, "Mother had left the palace for a moment to spy on an official's daughter, because she had heard in morning court that the official wanted to give his daughter to Father." 

  Xi Yang did not know whether to laugh or cry. Although Yue was recognised as the Yan Kingdom's Empress and Hsiao's rightful match, there had been no end to the officials' matchmaking attempts to make their daughters concubines of the Emperor. Every time this happened, Yue would happily take on the task of matchmaking the daughter away. Hence, when Yue was called the Royal Matchmaker, this was sometimes said in a slightly terrified whisper for Yue's matchmaking was truly formidable. She would match the daughters with partners from all classes - some so poor that the rich officials wanted to weep that this was revenge but they could do nothing when this was a "gift" from the Empress. Yue had actually done these matches in the name of love, but of course, the officials who could not see the red threads Yue bound would disagree. 

  Since Yue was the Empress, she could easily command people to visit her in the Royal Palace - but like a butterfly that could not be trapped in a jar, she much rather spy on people than have them visit her. Since Xi Yang did not expect Yue to be waiting for him in the Royal Palace, the news did not surprise him.

  At this moment, Wang Huan was standing at the side trying to take in the situation. The small chubby boy that was sucking a sweet and grabbing Ri's robes presented a truly incongruous image, but she gathered that this should be a young prince. Then, there was a beautiful young maiden that looked about twelve years old in light pink silk robes that matched the flowers on the trees. Wang Huan guessed that she should be a princess. Behind her, was a young boy around the princess' height who looked younger than the girl, he had a boyishly handsome face with strong features.



  Xi Yang interrupted Wang Huan's thoughts and indicated quickly, "Prince Hsiao Yang" at the chubby boy, "Princess Yu An" at the young maiden and "Hu Zi" (护子 - a name playing on how he is the son of Hu Jun (护俊)) to the young handsome boy. He pointed at Hu Zi, "He is the son of the chef you wanted to meet so badly."

  As if on cue, Hong Meng came rushing out of the main courtyard door, "Master, you came earlier than expected. The dish is not completed yet."

  Xi Yang said, "It is fine. We have time."

  And that was when all eyes turned towards Wang Huan.

   Xi Yang and Wang Huan pointed to each other at the same time and said -- "My servant!" "My bodyguard!"

   Wang Huan turned towards Xi Yang, "What did you call me?"

   Xi Yang gave Wang Huan a look, do you want to eat your pork dish or not? He turned towards the amused eyes of Yu An, this girl always matures too fast, and said, "This is Wang Huan, my disciple - as a treat for being such a diligent student, I am fulfilling her wish to eat Hong Meng's red spicy pork dish."

  Since she wanted to swallow the red spicy pork dish, Wang Huan could also only swallow her pride and reluctantly called Xi Yang, "Shi Fu (teacher)". 
  
(ii)

   As they waited in the hall of the Empress' residence for the red spicy pork dish, Xi Yang gave a delicate doll he had bought from Ying Town to Yu An. She stroke the silky wisps of hair on the doll and smiled appreciatively at Xi Yang. 

  Yu An then plopped herself right next to Wang Huan. She looked curiously at Wang Huan, "How did you meet Uncle?"

  Xi Yang was pulled away by Hsiao Yang to play with the magic papers Xi Yang had given him previously. Xi Yang could not help thinking that Hsiao Yang was truly the duplicate of how annoyingly perky Yue was when she was a young child.

  Wang Huan felt a little embarrassed at how she was slightly unnerved by the sincere but penetrating gaze of the twelve year old Yu An. "We happened to be on the same journey together," Wang Huan replied. 

  Yu An smiled, "I have never seen Uncle travel with anyone. You are the first person he has ever brought to the Palace."

  Wang Huan felt a tiny prickling of joy in her heart, but she hid any surprise on her face and replied, "Well, Ri is so antagonistic, it is hard to imagine anyone being able to get along with him."

  Yu An raised her brow slightly but before Wang Huan could ask more about Ri from Yu An, she heard Hsiao Yang running to the exit. 

  "Mother!" He cried and Wang Huan turned her head to see a grandly robed woman. 

  Wang Huan felt her mouth fell open slightly - for the woman was beautiful, beautiful in a way that could never be found in the Dark Realms. If Yu An's beauty was like the young pink buds that just started to blossom in spring, the woman was like a pink peony in full bloom. She glowed with a kind of peace and joy that was innate, her skin seemed to shimmer as if she was the full moon itself. Wang Huan could certainly see how this beautiful woman and Ri would be related - for both of them seemed to possess a shining kind of beauty, a kind of purity, that she could only dream about. 

    The beautiful woman turned immediately to Wang Huan with her glistening eyes and smiled, "Oh, you must be Wang Huan. I've been so excited to see you!"



       Wang Huan could only awkwardly nod her head, "Greetings to the Empress."

    The woman waved away her title as if she was swatting a fly, "Call me Yue."

      "Yes, call her Yue, because she doesn't act like an Empress," Xi Yang said drily from the side. 

      Yue turned to glare at Xi Yang, but her attention was caught by the doll in Yu An's hands. Yue whacked Xi Yang on the arm, "Did you get me any gifts?"

  Yu An laughed as she watched her mother fume at Xi Yang when Xi Yang ignored Yue and gestured to Hsiao Yang to return to playing the magic paper. "You are so stingy," Yue sighed, "To think I gave you two clay dolls I made personally for you on your birthday!"

  Xi Yang acted like he didn't hear Yue while Yue turned to Hu Zi, "Quick, go tell your mother to stop cooking the red spicy pork dish."

  "It's not me that wants to eat the dish, it's your Wang Huan," Xi Yang pointed to Wang Huan. 

  And that is when Xi Yang noticed that Wang Huan was standing rather stiffly at the side. Xi Yang arched his brows and was about to ask if Wang Huan was ok, when Yu An pulled Wang Huan and said, "Wang Huan Jie Jie (elder sister) said she wanted to hear me play my guzheng (musical instrument), so I am going to bring her to the inner courtyard. We will come back quickly thereafter!"

   Yu An turned to Hu Zi who hovered beside her, "Don't follow me! Stop copying your father. I don't actually need a bodyguard in my own home!"

  Yu An then quickly pulled the stiff Wang Huan out of the hall to Wang Huan's eternal relief. 

(iii)

     Wang Huan 

     I watched as Princess Yu An pulled me to a garden courtyard in the middle of the Empress' residence, where there was indeed a guzheng. She sat down at the stone table next to the guzheng and I followed her. 

    Princess Yu An smiled at me, "Are you feeling better now?"

   I gave an awkward smile, it was certainly strange to be having a twelve year old girl asking if I was feeling better. I admitted that I was stunned when I realised that the Empress, Yue, was the person who had given Ri the two clay dolls... immediately, I realised that Yue was the person Ri had been thinking about whenever he gazed at the moon... that longing... it overwhelmed me into silence. 

  I gazed at this young girl before me, who looked so much like a mini Yue, with her small, almost heart-shaped face and luminescent skin. But, her eyes sparkled with a kind of clarity and intelligence as if she could see right through me. 

  "I know you like Uncle," Princess Yu An gave me a coquettish grin, "Because, I like him too. Uncle is the best man I have ever seen... well, equal at least to Father."

  "I was just surprised," I tried to explain, "I didn't know your mother and Ri were related before I came..."

  Princess Yu An laughed, "Adults are so strange. They can never be honest."

  "I am in debt to Ri," I continued, "It's not what you think."

  "It's a pity," Princess Yu An shook her head, "For, I like you, Wang Huan Jie Jie. If I had to give Uncle to anyone, I would have been happy if it was you."

  I looked thoughtfully at this strange young girl before me. She smiled, "My mother is a special existence to Uncle, but I always thought one day, if I grew up fast enough, I could become more than that special existence."

   Princess Yu An gazed into my eyes, "But, Dad told me that what I feel is just idolation and not real love. Or, maybe even just empathy for loneliness."

  "Maybe I think too much," Princess Yu An laughed, "Dad says we are alike and we tend to do that."

  Princess Yu An patted my hand, "Anyway, since you are here, let me show you what Uncle got me for my birthday. It's a special shell that plays a mermaid's song, it will make you feel immediately better."

   Before I could say anything, the young girl trotted off happily. In some ways, Princess Yu An was beyond her years, and in some ways, she was still a young pure little girl. I could not help liking her. I could not help feeling the painful prickling of truth from her words --- that special existence, the truth was I did not even dare to dream of becoming anyone's special existence. Silly, to think of it even... after all, I was engaged to someone else already, wasn't I?

  I thought back to the easy intimacy between Yue and Ri, and knew then, that dark feeling of greed that I have been trying to run away from my whole life was slowly engulfing me. 

(iv)

   An Hun looked curiously at the large shimmering silver lilac trumpet triton shell placed on display on a black marble table. When he came to the Royal Palace following his tracer on Wang Huan, he had been momentarily distracted by this shell --- he could sense it within his blood, this shell was linked to his mermaid soul. 

  He lifted up the shell and placed it to his ears. A song he had not heard since the passing of his mother. 

  But An Hun's appreciation of the song was broken by a slight gasp at the door. An Hun's gaze met the gaze of a young girl. But, what struck him was that the girl did not appear shock or distressed, but merely amused.

  It was often said that Yu An was a child that never got surprised. She would smile, laugh and giggle but she seemed unfazed by everything life threw at her - and life was certainly strange when you had a mother like Yue. The Moon God had just smiled and observed that Yu An was a child that had experienced much inside of Yue. 

  Hsiao often thought Yu An was like a miniature version of him, except she had completely inherited and exceeded Hsiao's love for music. Music was all Yu An thought about, was her barometer of life. Therefore, although most girls would have been alarmed by a strange man in the middle of their room, what Yu An immediately thought was - ah, someone who appreciated the beauty of the shell. To Yu An, anyone who appreciated music could not be a bad person.

  She was first amused to find someone listening to her precious item, but then appreciated how beautiful the man was. In her life, she thought her father was the most elegant and distinguished man, that Uncle Xi Yang was the most handsome man and Uncle Moon was the most beautiful man - for Uncle Moon's hair would turn silverish under the moon light and his graceful features seemed to transcend time itself under the glow of the moon. But, this young man before her was a whole different kind of beauty - he looked younger than Uncle, perhaps in his early twenties, with almond-shaped eyes, an aquiline nose and rosebud lips. Yu An thought that if he looked at a pond, the fishes would come out to play just to see him, and when he looked at the flowers, they would hide inside their petals for shame that a man could have such beauty. But, there was something fierce, sharp and ferocious in his eyes that lent a strength to his face and never allowed it to become feminine. 



    "Isn't it beautiful?" Yu An said as she stepped forward towards the man, "It's a mermaid's song." Yu An's face fell slightly, "I have tried many times to capture it on my guzheng but somehow I fail to capture its essence."

  The man laughed, "Of course it will be difficult to do so alone."

  "What do you mean?" Yu An asked curious as the man placed the shell at her ear.

  "Because it is a duet," The man said, "Can you hear the two different voices?"

  Yu An's eyes widened slightly because she had always prided herself for in her musical talents... she had heard this song many times but she could not tell that it captured two different voices. 

  "The mermaid's duet captures two voices so perfectly that you cannot differentiate them from each other," The man said simply, "There are two rhythms in perfect unison... until you can hear that, you cannot play it."

  Yu An looked up curiously at the man, "How can you tell the two different voices?"

  The man smiled and placed the shell back down. He looked thoughtfully at Yu An, "Are you Princess Yu An?"

   Yu An nodded, "Yes."

  When An Hun realised the young girl before him was Princess Yu An, he decided to test if she had a dark side. Now the dark immortals of the dark realms often liked to maximise their powers by preying on the darker side of the royals in the mortal realm - that was one of the reasons why the Wu Kingdom's politics were often so complicated. 

  "So, you are the princess who is going to become queen?" 

   Yu An frowned, "Who said that?"

  "That's what the people say since you are supposed to be intelligent beyond your years while your younger brother is too... flighty."

  Yu An laughed, "Yes, Hsiao Yang could never be an Emperor. But, I have no interest in becoming queen either. I told Father to have more children instead."

  An Hun's eyes looked disappointed at the brightness of Yu An's soul. Yu An laughed further at that small flash of disappointment, "I'm afraid you will have to prey on someone else's ambition instead."

  Both An Hun and Yu An could hear the sound of nearing footsteps. Yu An lifted up her head high and looked directly at An Hun, "You better leave because my Father is said to radiate a glow that would hurt most demons."

  An Hun's lips edged upwards, "Do you think I am a demon?"

  Yu An thought that this man was so beautiful, he could not be mortal. But, he was so beautiful, she found it hard to believe he was a demon either --- she looked at the shell and smiled, "I think you have mermaid blood in you."

  In a flash, Yu An's eyes could see nothing but she heard a disappearing voice, "Di Dum Di Dum... that is the beat of one voice, you can try and decipher the rest, Little Princess."

    When Yu An could see clearly again, she quickly looked around her room. He was gone. 

   Many years later, people would wonder how Yu An knew An Hun --- but no one would ever know that this was how they first met. 






Comments: For people who have not read Little Moon, Yue the Empress and Hsiao the Emperor are the main leads. Yu An is their daughter and Hsiao Yang is their son. The children first appeared in Xi Yang's epilogue for Little Moon here

Hong Meng, the chef mentioned in Chapter 5, first appeared in Yue and Hsiao's epilogue here. Hu Zi is Hong Meng and Hu Jun's son. 

















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
COMPLETED Author's Note

38 comments:

  1. Decembi thanks :) Decembi are you plan to make Yu An and An Hun together lol. ? actually when i read chapter 5 i want request if Yu An can get her love too lol too bad she is still too young :)

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    1. Hanny, thanks for the comment! :) Do you like Yu An and An Hun together? Haha.

      Yes, Yu An is too young in this story, she will need a time skip before she can have her own story. For Yu An, she' s a bit different from Yue and Wang Huan who has a clear pairing - her story consists of her meeting many different men who affects her life in different ways. I think she is super adorable here though haha.

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    2. Haha it's ok i even want request a time skip if you don't mind haha you are the author :). I'm not sure either who i want i let you decide then :)

      I was thinking about Hu Zi too. if Yu An with An Hun then could be i will request Hu Zi get other love :) if Yu An with Hu Zi then could be i request An Hun get new love too haha. Decembi let the story continue wuhuuu when you have time of course:)

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    3. Haha Hanny, you are so cute. You must really like Yu An! Haha, I will see how the story goes, if it goes well, I will write Yu An's story as an epilogue or separate story. There's lots more other cute parts to Xi Yang's story as well - secrets slowly being revealed.

      You are so nice to An Hun and Hu Zi!

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  2. Thank you!!! >.< Will Yu An and and An Hun be together? HAHAHAHAH light and dark but equally as clever.

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    1. Hello Hanka, I love your description - indeed, "light and dark but equally as clever". If there was ever a pairing of two way too intelligent for their own good characters, it would be Yu An and An Hun. But, Yu An has a lot of males in her life and while I have sketched out her life story for my own background while I write, I honestly have not really decided her end. Haha.

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    2. gosh, super butter fingers - Hanako :)

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    3. I love the name of this blog!! Such awesomeness that the world has ever seen. The leaves are starting to change colour as the flowers in my garden are slowly withering. Im glad that I'm able to enjoy both the flowers are well as the leaves at the same time at the special moment between seasons. <3

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    4. Aww thanks Hanako! It's a play on this chinese saying, "第二春" which means second spring - usually denoting a second chance at love, happiness, anything really. I loved that phrase and so used that for the title of my blog - besides the fact that I love spring and autumn (which is sometimes poetically called a second spring). <3 Your garden must be beautiful now, that is a special moment indeed!

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  3. As everyone has mention Yu An and An Hun does seem like a desirable parting, decembi you are too creative, you're not even finished with Wang Huan and Xi Yang's story and I already greedily want to read the development of sexy bad boy An Hun and witty smart adorable Yu An. XD

    I love how you created Yu An's personality she's so mature yet retain her child innocent in certain aspects.

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    1. pairing*** gosh butter fingers as well ^^"

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    2. Awww thank you! My writing is influenced a little by my theatre studies when I was young --- my teacher always reminded us that we must be conscious of where the character ends when the character first enters the stage and we should carry that with us from the first moment. That lovely seed of an idea has stayed with me and influenced me in all I do - what I think about when I read, and also how I write. Before any character enters in the story, I usually map out where the character will go and a general life-map - which is why I think careful and long time readers will get the most out of the story because I love putting in all the little details - the Spider Demon Tribe in Little Moon, the mermaid shell gift in the epilogue. :)

      From the start, I was like oooh An Hun and Yu An are going to have such explosive chemistry - but then, no one will know. HAHA or could possibly imagine.

      Thank you so much for your comment about Yu An! Besides Ye Liu, she's the first female character who is really intelligent. I try to create all the female leads with their own sparks. Yu An is so cute though, I just imagine her getting Yue out of trouble at times and commiserating with Hsiao and I will laugh. <3

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    3. hahaha I'm a sucker for intelligent female heroines, so I'm all for Yu An and An Hun's fiction.

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    4. Aww thank you. Me too, I like intelligent heroines so Yu An might turn out to be my favourite to write, but I try to make all of them different. I will come back to it after I finish Xi Yang's story. I will either write it as a separate story or an epilogue.

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  4. Ah Decembi! I felt spoiled by you with your diligent update on your new story! As usual, you always make me crave for more and the more you write, the better you are getting at it! hahaha

    Before you finish Xi Yang and Wang Huan, I'm already shipping another new couple, Yu An And An Hun~ Are you testing waters with the readers? tee heee :P

    I can see two possible love interest for Yu An in this chapter... A very subtle hint from Hu Zi who is always protecting Yu An and like you've mention above, explosive chemistry with An Hun! You must have had a list of possible candidates for Yu An but just which one will ends up with her is the tough question since I am sure most of the guys you wrote out are very charming in their own ways~ XD

    At the rate you're going, you can write trilogy or 7 books with each new book covers another characters continuation/story. Keep them coming, I'm always ready for more! ROFL!

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    1. Hello Elaine,

      Thank you so much. :) Your comments fill me with lots of energy to write some more! I'm glad that the story seems to be flowing better, because I'm still experimenting with the possibilities of different narrative styles as the story progresses.

      Heehee, I am really happy that people like Yu An and An Hun, though this wasn't purposely creating a new couple or anything (cos who knows if they will be a couple right?), Haha, it's just that it's in my plan that that will be their first meeting so I was happy to share it. :) And indeed, you caught the subtle hint of Hu Zi - who doesn't really get much action while he is a ten year old boy - but wait for the time skip!

      *Gasp* the thought of 7 books haha. Wow, I can't imagine that. We will see how it goes! <3

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    2. That was exactly what I was thinking Elaine! I was about to tell Decembi that Yu An totally should have her own story, but when she’ll write Yu An's story there would probably be another character needing his/her own story, in whose story yet another character would appear and thus Decembi would just have to continue writing. There'd be like 10+ books set in the same universe :)

      I think this is my favourite chapter so far (coutning both Little moon and this story). It's absolutely hilarious and is best enjoyed when you've read Little Moon as well.
      "Mother had left the palace for a moment to spy on an official's daughter, because she had heard in morning court that the official wanted to give his daughter to Father." & "She would smile, laugh and giggle but she seemed unfazed by everything life threw at her - and life was certainly strange when you had a mother like Yue." LOL I can't even- flawless. We need to follow Yue and her family for at least one "normal" day!

      I absolutely love Yu An, she's so so so smart and adorable! AND THE END, whut. It was unexpected but sooo good, Yu an and An hun's chemistry is explosive. We definitley need a time skip, obviosuly since Yu An's only twelve, but I love these two together already. They miiight be my favourite couple in the story, even overthrowing Hsiao and Yue. Not that they're a couple yet, but... you know what I mean. I hope.
      Maybe I should pick a name to comment with. Uhh… uhh… *tries to come up with pretty sounding names* Fallen Blossoms (I think I used that once), Nightflower…? Help me pick something Decembi!

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    3. Hello! Awww, your comment totally made my night. Fallen Blossoms is very pretty and Nightflower is lovely too (it makes me think of the flower seed that Jin Mi gave to Night in Heavy Sweetness). If you want to know, my online name is actually based on the fact that my birthday month is in december haha!

      Thank you for loving Yu An. It really gives me this warmth sense of satisfaction - because I suppose all the characters are my "babies" in their own ways. I'm really happy too that you are a Little Moon reader, because there are some bits that are more satisfying when you have read them in Little Moon. Yue, is just LOL, as an Empress and Mother, she's very generous, kind and loving but if it's not for the fact that Hsiao is such a great Emperor and Yue is seen as fated for Hsiao, I doubt Yue will ever survive being an Empress. Hahaha.

      Yu An is just soooo adorable and I haven't shared a lot more about details - though some little seeds are planted here and there already. I never really expected to write a story for Yu An to be honest, though my imagination really flew while planning this story and I think Yu An's own story is going to be so much fun to write. I can't say who she will end up with - and who knows if you will change ship right? haha - but only 2 of the male characters for Yu An have shown up so far. I'm really glad that people like Yu An and An Hun - and I hope those who were disappointed that Yu An was not Xi Yang's match, will feel a sense of consolation. Because, really, Xi Yang and Yu An won't match at all - Xi Yang will keep thinking of Yue and Hsiao when he is with Yu An, and Yu An doesn't love Xi Yang in that romantic heart is going to fly out of my mouth way, but in a deep empathetic sense of understanding Xi Yang's quiet love for her mother. I'm really happy that Yu An and An Hun may be your favourite couple already - awwww, they certainly will have lot more fated meetings. It's hard to gauge if that will appear in this story at this pt, though we are now close to reaching the end of the first arc for Xi Yang's story. <3

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    4. I was actually curious about that! I think I'll go with Nightflower then :)

      I think Yu An's and Xi Yang's relationship is super cute, in an uncle-niece kind of way, so I'm happy with the way it turned out. I was curious about Xi Yang's love interest, who knew it'd be Yu An's potiental love story that would draw me in instead? Haha maybe i will change ships, Hu Zi is sweet and character wise I might like him more than An Hun, but when it comes to who I ship with Yu An... well that's quite obvious, but it's subject to change! I think you're doing a great job with your characters, they're so likable! I like how you write detailed replies, it's so fun to read what the author herself thinks! Sorry if this reply is disoriented, but I just finished an exam and am exhausted, good luck with the next chapter! ;)

      Nightflower (i feel a bit ridicilous using this, but whatever, I like it it's pretty!)

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    5. Dear Nightflower (I think this name is very pretty!),

      It's so nice to hear from you. Chapter 7 should be up this week. I SO CANNOT wait to share because I have so many things to say. <3 I wish you well for your exams!

      But, first, awwwww, I'm really glad for the comment on Yu An and Xi Yang's relationship. It's pretty obvious that Xi Yang will chop all the heads of the boys that try to get near Yu An. Hahaha. He will be more possessive than Hsiao, who is *swoons* such a sweet Dad. Ok, stopping myself before I go off thread.

      I've gotten all excited about Yu An's story with everyone's comments and find myself sometimes thinking more about her story than Xi Yang's story teehee. But, no fears, I've already mapped out Xi Yang's story and the tension will be rising soon - I'm going to try and write Xi Yang's story faster as well.

      For the stories, I'm writing what I like haha and I'm just so grateful that people enjoy them too. I try not to create perfect heroines who are beautiful and good at everything, and try to make them unique in themselves.

      I really enjoyed writing Yue's story - she's so cute and lively, and her story was really finding herself and the meaning of love and being a Moon Maiden. I really liked how she realises that she couldn't sacrifice other people's love for her life, because her life *was* about helping people find their loves. She couldn't destroy her meaning of life, just to live. She's funny, warm-hearted and sassy, though she just barrels into situation after situation. So, I wrote Hsiao for her, and they turned out really good for each other - he is sensitive, elegant and quietly passionate. Saving her from all her situations! Haha. I wrote the epilogue to share with the readers that Hsiao and Yue will always be like this in love :).

      For Wang Huan, I was relieved that some readers liked that she wasn't the typical gentle beautiful heroine. She's good looking in her own right, but she wouldn't give the appearance of needing protection or being feminine. In many ways, she's the opposite of Xi Yang - she has lived life not daring to want more, always somehow believing that the good things in her life will be taken away if she wanted them too much. It's very sad actually, but she remains optimistic and it will be interesting to see how Wang Huan and Xi Yang affect each other <3

      Lastly, there is Yu An - who gosh, is probably the most "perfect" of all the female characters I have written, but she has her own character. Her story will be very different - Yue and Wang Huan both clearly have a one true pairing but Yu An is going to meet very special guys in her life, and I think readers are going to kill me because they won't be able to choose......

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    6. *sharpening my knife just in case* LOL JK

      Haha poor Xi Yang he finally got the time to shine but now we're discussing others instead.
      I think being familiar with Yue and Hsiao makes it even easier to like Yu An, because she already has being the child of those two going for her! I'll patiently wait for chapter 7, the palace is such a good setting :)

      Nightflower

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    7. Thank you! Been swarmed with work hence have not finished chapter 7. Cross fingers, I will be done soon. <3

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  5. What a great story! I think you just keep getting better with each chapter! Would love to see this in print some day!

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    1. Hello dree, thank you so very much. That is one of the nicest things that could be said :). I'm just really glad that people are reading and enjoying the story.

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  6. Hi Decembi,

    Just want to let you know that I truly appreciate and really enjoy your stories. How you possess such talent amazes me!!!

    Am looking forward to more exciting stories from you.

    Keep it up and thank you very much. :))

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    1. Btw, I wonder did Yue notice any red thread between Xiyang and WangHunn? Hehe

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    2. Dear Anonymous,

      My first reply disappeared haha.

      Thank you so much for reading my story. Your comment greatly encourages me. A story is nothing without its readers and I'm just so grateful to have people following me on this journey. Thank you, and I will try my best to develop the story :)

      Yes, very sharp! It's addressed in Chapter 7 :)

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  7. I'be been following your blog since you started writing Yue's story and I have to say that I see improvements over time. While I am not a professional author or critic, I do see improvements in the fludity of your writing and the way you choose to unfold the story. Keep up the awesome work! :)
    Aside from that, I have to say that most people are neglecting the Yu An bodyguard-in-making. Lol. That younger but as tall boy needs some love too.
    Thank you for the quick update. -CL.

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    1. fluidity* not fludity. Lol.

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    2. Dear CL,

      Thank you so much for leaving me a note. It really makes me happy to learn that readers of little moon are still following Xi Yang's journey :). Thank you. I'm really glad to hear that the story is more fluid - I think I was very conscious of Little Moon's structure when I wrote it and everything was really new for me, but I tried to let the story breathe more in The Sun's Dark Love.

      And yes, yes! Gosh, Hu Zi is really adorable and the reason why he does not say anything in this chapter is because that is totally Hu Zi - he is like this mini Hu Jun and has totally inherited his father's actions, no words, wooden character. Haha. Poor Hu Zi, he is no match for Yu An's tongue. <3

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  8. OMGMGMGPjgaijkafha AAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaah! ´ ▽ ` )ノ´ ▽ ` )ノ´ ▽ ` )ノ。◕ ‿ ◕。。◕ ‿ ◕。。◕ ‿ ◕。。◕ ‿ ◕。。◕ ‿ ◕。。◕ ‿ ◕。。◕ ‿ ◕。。◕ ‿ ◕。。◕ ‿ ◕。。◕ ‿ ◕。
    ( You can tell how happy I am haha :P)
    And aw, I read the spoilers you gave wink*wink* and wowoowowowow yes the power of love, and a bit of Yue's matchmaking skills that have produce a handsome child :D :D
    I find myself shipping An Hun and Yu An :D They are compatible for she is insightful and he is clever ~perhaps music will bring them together? :)
    Hu Zi is adorable ~
    It was an ingenious style of yours that left me wondering what's going to happen next~~~~
    Already Wang Huan is slowly falling for Sun.
    I love that picture of Yue :3

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    1. Hello ChocolateCosmos,

      Hahahahah ok your emoticons practically killed me. <3

      Thank you for having such joy!

      Indeed, Yu An is insightful and An Hun is clever. But, Hu Zi is so adorable right? Hahaha.

      Me too! Wanted to use that picture for Yue in Little Moon but she never really got to be a proper Empress there haha so I used it here instead. I'm so happy you are enjoying the story - i think the tension for Wang Huan and Sun is very slowly building up and should be increasing v soon. <3

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  9. oh decembi, why tempt us with Yu An's story? :S now I am extra curious ~~

    If I have to choose, I will definitely choose Yu An + An Hun (see, they last and first name matches!! - YuHun pair) over Yu An + Hu Zi ... I want An Hun to get his girl so that he will not be evil in the end ~~

    And thank you for Chapter 6! Looking forward to Chapter 7 ...

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    1. Haha, I didn't meant to tempt. It's just that Yu An is also part of Wang Huan's story. Haha. There will be more good parts, I promise!

      It's funny that you pointed it out - because it does match in an interesting way - Yu An's An means peace, while An Hun's An means darkness. Foreboding much? :) :) :)

      Thank you for reading and leaving me a note! I can't wait to share more soon <3

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  10. I absolutely ADORE all your characters, but to be honest I will always love Yue and Hsiao (well, and Xi Yang) the best...forever. I do love all the others too, but I'm a bit petty like that; I don't think I have it in me to love any of them more than my OTP ;D. I read all the comments gushing about Yu An and stuff, and while I'll definitely love and enjoy Yu An's story and Wang Huan's story, I don't think anything could ever trump Yue and Hsiao for me.

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    1. Hello Julianne, thank you! Aww *cheeks blushes*. Honestly, it's one of the best things you can tell me when you tell me you adore the characters and that you love Yue and Hsiao. This makes me so happy hahaha. Thank you. Yue and Hsiao are so special to me, since they were the first ever couple I wrote about, and I'm so happy that there are readers who love them too!

      For me, seeing how Yue has grown into this beautiful majestic but still playful Empress in The Sun's Dark Love makes me quite proud haha.

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  11. While I was reading other c-novels from other bloggers, quite a few of readers mentioned how good Decembi is writing her own novels. Now that I have a chance to finish reading Little Moon & am 1/4 way reading The Sun, I definitely agree to those readers that you are good. Your creativity is amazing. I wasn't impressed at first when I first found out that you were pairing Prince Xi Yang with the daughter of dark realm but as I'm reading this novel, I'm sold with this pairing & I think it's a good one. I would also love to see the pairing between Yu An & An Hun in the future when she's grown up. Hehehe... Keep up the good work!!!

    Sian

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    1. Dear Sian, thank you so much for your encouraging comment ♡ aww I did not know about the other bloggers but I am very grateful for the support. Can't wait to hear your thoughts when you finish The Sun's Dark Love ♡

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