Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Heavy Sweetness Ash-Like Frost: Translation (Chapter 20.2: The Hurt of Honey)



 Three updates in a row! :)  

I think Hu Ge's pictures in The Nirvana of Fire perfectly matches what I think Night appears to be when he has ascended the throne as the First Emperor. Although Night is the First Emperor, he wants Jin Mi to still see him as Night or even more than that. Even Jin Mi's own maid tells her that her heart should not hanker for another. But, as we have long known, Jin Mi will not be Jin Mi if she has always listened to the good counsel of others. 


Chapter 20: The Hurt of Honey (Part 2 of 4)


  "The Great God's constitution is naturally 'yin' and cold, but the surrounding is 'yang' and hot. It is not suitable for the Great God to stay long, may the Great God quickly return. If anything happens to the Great God, the First Emperor will be worried and upset again."


  I lifted up my sleeve, wiped the beads of sweat on my forehead and then fanned my face, "It's fine. It's only a little hot and not as serious as you say it is. You can relax, the First Emperor is busy with work, he will not have the time to worry about such small matters."

  Li Zhu is the female immortal attendant Night had tasked to serve me. She's good at everything but also has the ability to make a mountain out of every molehill. She always loves to end her "advice" by telling me "the First Emperor will be worried and upset again". So young and she is already so naggy, she will be truly invincible once she becomes an immortal granny.

  I shook my head and let out a sigh for her.

  Li Zhu seeing me let out a sigh, immediately became stern as if meeting a huge enemy and started to nag again, "Why is the Great God sighing? Pardon me for speaking, but some things that have passed, you should just let them be, even the mortals know to move forward towards the future, what more a Great God with years of cultivation? If one is able to look beyond, one will learn to be content. What's more the devotion shown by the First Emperor towards you, if the Great God's heart longs for another, the heart of even a follower like me will turn cold, what more the First Emperor..."

   My head was attacked by my usual stabbing pain. I took out a sweet to suck in my mouth and stopped her, "It's warm here, I will sit for a while. You can go back first and feed my Nightmare Beast."

  "Great God... this is the fiery mountain outside the place Lao Jun makes his pills, how is this warm? Besides, the Nightmare Beasts eats dreams, where will Li Zhu find enough dreams to feed him?" Her face was contorted.

  "This Nightmare Beast has followed me for many years and is not picky with food. You can simply feed it some leaves and sticks," Li Zhu appeared to still want to speak, but I waved my hands and sealed her mouth. She looked at me unwillingly as she retreated back.

    Today was the day Tai Shang Lao Jun came out of his meditation to open his stove to make pills again. I had long heard about the good news and came searching for him. Who knew that the little grandmother Li Zhu will follow me, but thankfully I managed to chase her off so that my ears can have their rest. Even the steam from the pill stove no longer seemed so uncomfortable.

  It was noon, I neatened up my robes and passed my 'bai tie' (an olden day form of name card) to the door attendants. In a while, the immortal attendants returned and respectfully brought me inside. Their heads were lowered and they did not dare to look at me.

  According to Li Zhu, after Night managed to entangle himself out of the golden ropes, he took advantage of the chaos from the surrounding gods, the heavenly generals and soldiers to take control of the Heavenly Emperor. It was easy for Night to gain control after the Fire Deity's army lost its main commander. The Heavenly Realms held an important meeting and Night listed out all of the Heavenly Emperor's crimes. Because of Night's good reputation, the crowd was appeased and he was supported as the next Heavenly Emperor. The former Heavenly Emperor was exiled.

  I did not care about who became the Heavenly Emperor. But ever since I was named the Water God by the former Heavenly Emperor, all the gods would treat me respectfully but also with a trace of fear, as if I was some water monster. 

  After we walked through the confusing 'ba gua' formation of the courtyard and even before we entered the main hall, we were narrowly knocked by an immortal attendant carrying a special medicine.

  "You should watch the road carefully!" The immortal attendant quickly blocked me.

  "Gentleman Lin Guang?"




   I flicked my robes and was about to enter the main hall when I heard this familiar call.

   "Ah, what Gentleman Lin Guang? You should quickly greet the Great God," The immortal attendant pulled the medicinal immortal attendant's sleeve.

  I carefully looked at the person's face, ah, wasn't this the little soil god that taught me about the four pleasures of the mortal realms! Since it was so rare to see someone who dared to look me in the eye, my heart warmed and I greeted him comfortably, "Little soil god, we haven't seen each other for a while. Are you doing well?"

  "Ah! It is Gentleman Lin Guang! I am ignorant and did not know that Gentleman Lin Guang was a Great God. Forgive me for being disrespectful," The litte soil god pressed both his hands together into a fist respectfully at me. He answered deferentially, "Little immortal has been doing well. Although the surroundings are hot, it is not bad. I can often pick up the scraps of unwanted medicine from Lao Jun's stove and increase my divine essence."

  He continued, "But the god that sent me here, Fire Deity, ah, he must be a close friend of Gentleman Lin Guang? It was unexpected for such a big event to happen. I ask Gentleman Lin Guang to let your sorrows go. Pardon my ignorance for asking, but since Gentleman Lin Guang is a Great God, what do you control?"

  I paused for a moment then lightly replied, "Water."

  "Water God!.... Fire Deity... so it turns out..." The little soil god blurted out, immediately his gaze towards me changed and became identical to how the other gods viewed me.

  I took a sweet from my robe sleeve and placed it in my mouth. I cast the stunned look from the little soil god behind my back as I stepped into the main hall. 

  Lao Jun had just entered the hall and he quickly respectfully greeted me, "Greetings to the Water God." After he led me to a seat, he ordered the immortal attendants to bring tea. He stroke his long white beard and asked without haste, "I wonder why the Water God has come from afar to find me today?"

  I liked this old man's straightforward personality. "Little god has long heard about Lao Jun's great skills in making pills, they can return someone to their youth, or even bring the dead back to life." I paused, looking at the ash behind his head, and continued, "I even heard of Lao Jun making three 'Jiu Zhuan Jin' pills which can call back the souls of the gods and increase the god's longevity. I came here today to ask for one of these 'Jiu Zhuan Jin' pills, will Lao Jun be able to part with one?"

  Tai Shang Lao Jun's hands paused in mid-stroke of his beard, he appeared to be slightly surprised. The green cow sitting next to him raised up its head to look at me then continued to snore.

  I waited as Lao Jun's expression changed from sadness to hesitation to unwillingness to helplessness in the timing of one tea pot. Then, I waited as his expression changed from helplessness to unwillingness to hesitation to sadness in the timing to burn one scented incense. Finally, he sipped tea and slowly answered, "The pill's effectiveness is not as miraculous as what the Water God has said. A god has seven souls, after forty nine days, unless one part of the soul or body is still present, my 'Jiu Zhuan Jin' pill will have no use." He looked at me and continued, "Does Water God want this pill to call back the former Water God? If I may speak bluntly, the Water God's soul and physical body has long disappeared, thus the pill will have no use."

  My grip tightened on the tea cup, then loosened, "My father has long passed and I no longer wish to bring him back to life. Today I come asking for the pill for another use... if Lao Jun would give this pill to me, Jin Mi will be eternally grateful, if you ever need help from Jin Mi, I will be more than willing, even if it means I have to step into a pool of fire."

  Lao Jun finally said, "I need to consider it over a day. Please come again tomorrow."

  I already knew that to make these pills needed three thousand and six hundred years. They were extremely rare and I could not force Lao Jun. Before I left, with every step, I turned back three times to give an earnest look.

  When I returned to the Four Stars Palace, it was dark and quiet. From Night's window, I could see the glimmers of light from a lamp, he must still be working. I lightly passed his door and was going to return quietly to my room, but I heard the door open and Night asking from behind me, "Jin Er, you have returned?"

  My heart gave a sigh as I turned back, "Indeed, Night has not slept?"

  He walked forward and flicked off a dew of water from my hair. He smiled, "If you have not returned, how can I sleep? I have told you before, you can call me Ren Yu." His voice was soft, as if he was coaxing me.

  I coughed and lowered my eyes, "How can the name of the Heavenly Emperor be so easily called? I do not think it is proper."

  He reached out my hand to hold my palm and said, "If we cared about such rules between us, it would cause us to feel distant."

  I said wearily, "I am a little tired. You should also go and sleep."

  He lowered his head to gaze into my eyes, he spoke as if casually, "I heard that you went to Dou Shuai Palace to ask for the golden pill?"

   Big mouth Li Zhu! I looked down at my toes and said, "I was only casually walking."

  Night lightly said 'ah' and asked, "Why does Jin Er want the Jiu Zhuan Jin pill?"

  A glimmer flashed across my eyes and I replied, "I have misfortune in my life. Having the golden pill with me can protect me in times of need."

  Night lifted up his head to look at the stars then turned back to look at me and said, "Whatever Jin Er wants, you can tell me. I may be able to help."

  I hurriedly lifted up my head.

  He gripped my palm then let go, "The night is dark. You should go and rest."



Comments: Whenever Night describes about the 'night', I can't help thinking he is describing himself. Even though I consider myself a Night fan (though I'm Jin Mi & Phoenix all the way), I am also pleased to see that Night has to learn the painful lesson that being on top of the world does not mean you will gain your heart's desire. 

I have always liked Jin Mi - yes she can be callous and shameless, but she has always been true to herself and her own 'logic'. I can't help liking her even more after she spat out the Unfeeling Pill, she does not shy away from the burden of guilt she has to bear, but in fact, moves on to do something about it. 
  

29 comments:

  1. Thank U so much ♡

    Three in a row ...yehey!! :) so exciting and gutt wenching... is the.golden pill for Phoenix soul? Does Jin Mi knows about the unfeeling pill ? And, she did.help Night.to get.the.throne by killing Phoenix...is that.what it meant of her as the yellow sparrow? Did Night manipulate her mind? And, who.really.killed her dad, the water god?

    Excited!

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    1. Hello samie, lovely to hear from you! :)

      Three in a row! It's amazing right? The chapters are soooooo long, it's taking me so long to translate. But this part is so exciting, it makes me want to translate more. I translated three in a row as well because I think Jin Mi's current emotional state is so heartwrenching.

      Yes, the golden pill is for Phoenix! I don't think Jin Mi knows about the Unfeeling Pill. She was the yellow sparrow that Night mentioned ;)

      For the last two questions, it's too spoilery, but will definitely be answered in the next few chapters.

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  2. You just gave a mini shock by giving another updates! Thank u decembi!
    I sense a Phoenix rebirth nearing, I can feel it in my toes!

    Lola

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    1. Teehee! I like being unpredictable ♡. Me too, can't wait to write abt my favourite bird

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  3. thanks for 3 in a row awesome translation....

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    1. awwww! welcome ♡ thanks for the support

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  4. Yay! Thanks for these translations! Really a instant mood lifter. :))))

    I refresh this page more than 3 times a day just for surprises like this. Haha

    Keep up the wonderful job!

    -A phoenix fan-

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    1. Awwww thank you ♡♡♡ I'm really translating for the fans!

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  5. Thanks again decembi! <3

    Poor Jin Mi. She's gonna get addicted to sweets now that she's not indifferent.

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    1. Welcome ♡

      Yes, poor Jin Mi. Her coping mechanism is so sad - always harkening back to the moment when the Water God made an icy sweet for her to soothe her pains.

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  6. Yay, 3 in a row! Thanks so much for these exciting translations. I'm really curious and look forward to reading what she has up her sleeve. She's naive, but endearing. I don't really feel for Night because his love isn't as pure as Phoenix's.

    Lily

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    1. Welcome! ♡

      I agree in the sense that Phoenix gave Jin Mi his all, but Night is more complicated.

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  7. Thank you so much! I am still reeling in disappointment that Jin Mi is not pregnant LOL! That said, I reallllllly hope she'll end up with Phoenix! I am team Phoenix all the way. Too bad Night won just because Jin Mi killed Phoenix. Otherwise, I doubt Night will win. Phoenix is too powerful.

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    1. Hahaha! In a way, Night won by being a master of people's feelings as opposed to Phoenix who never cared what ppl thought of him

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  8. You did a great job to translate this novel ! Thank you very much...

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    1. Awww thanks for the support ♡ I try my best

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  9. Awe such a wonderful chapter Decembi thank you! I'm starting to have hope for Phoenix to appear in the next chapters?! Ahh...
    @Harley, I also thought Jin mi might realize she was pregnant at some point haha!

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    1. welcome ♡!

      He will definitely make a comeback. lol, Jin Mi is not pregnant

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  10. thank you so much Decembi...
    I miss Phoenix, and I know Jin Mi misses him more, that's why she's doing something.

    "even if it means I have to step into a pool of fire" ... (sigh..Oh Jin Mi... I feel you)

    -aimey

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    1. Welcome Aimey ♡

      Indeed, in a way, Phoenix was already a pool of fire for Jin Mi.

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  11. Thank you for the translation! Just to let you know, this is my first time commenting but i always go to your site looking forward the updates of heavy sweetness. I' m just really happy with the frequent updates that's why i commented. i appreciate your work thanks a lot!!!

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    1. Hello!!! Aww thanks for the support and I'm so happy you have left your first comment. Do check out the other works on the blog too <3

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  12. thank you for the translation. I'm sooo excited..please update soon :))

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  13. Thank you for the translation. Can't wait for the next update

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    1. welcome ♡ Yes, the next update will be very cool!

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  14. Sooo excited! I want to know everything already. At first I didn't want to read this book because I thought it was going to be bad since I read the summary, and it says Phoenix killed Jin Mi's father but after reading your summary for chapter 1 I became hooked. Caused me to stay up until morning. This is like probably my favorite C-novel next to 3l3wpb..Can't get this out of my head..been searching the web for hours to find any bits of spoilers lolol...THANKS ALOT for your commitment. Also I've been reading your fan fictions so far and I love them. I'm kinda new to the world of C-novel until last month..who would've thought I would ever become obsess with chinese novels?!! Since I can't read & speak Chinese I have to wait upon translator to translate it to english first and it takes awhile, but I'm still SUPER thankful..ANYWAYS THANKS :DDD

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    1. Hello! Welcome to my blog <3

      Oh which summary did you read? It has a happy ending! :) Also, all is not what it seems! Wait for more twists and turns from Dian Xian.

      Thank you also for reading my other works. It was fun creating my own fiction and to write fanfiction for Hua Xu Yin - I want to write fanfiction for some of the other works I love, but there's never enough time (haha). Thank you for entering this strange but beautiful world of c-novels!!! I love having more people to talk about c-novels with!

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