Friday, 7 February 2014

Heavy Sweetness Ash-Like Frost (Translations - Chapter 8.3: The Elegant Tendrils)



  The above is such a great picture of what Jin Mi had in mind when the "crow" Phoenix wanted to eat the grape. Haha. 


Chapter 8.3: Elegant Tendrils (Part 3 of 5)

     Night saw my action, so he very cooperatively did not pick up the chess pieces. He placed his hands in his sleeves and looked at me with a face full of interest. 




   There was a "Pi Li Pa La" sound, and it worked! I fixed my gaze as I saw the chess pieces undergo a transformation, and became an ice hail the size of a fist, it rolled across the stone table, and landed on the floor. After being shone by the sun, it melted into soiled water. 

    The person opposite me sucked in a breath of cold air. I raised my head, and saw the little soil god's eyes were staring extremely wide, and paused and looked at me blankly. 

  "He is completely stunned by my sorcery!" I half covered my mouth as I moved towards Night's body and whispered to him. 

   Night let out a breath of air, stepped forward half a step, and covered Jin Mi with his body, "Little soil god, are you here for something?"

    The little soil god regained awareness and coughed, "Small god greets his Night Highness. Today, small god must go to Lao Jun's manor to take on my assignation. Before I leave, I wanted to bid my farewell to your highness, Phoenix Highness and Ling Guang Gentleman (this is Jin Mi's male alter ego in the mortal world), " Little soil god raised his neck and tried to look pass Night's body but he was blocked by a swish of Night's sleeve. 

  "Heh heh," Little soil god touched his head and continued, "Unfortunately, it seems Phoenix Highness and Ling Guang Gentleman is not here. How shall I greet the immortal lady?"

  I just realised that I had forgotten to transform back after regaining my true form last night, no wonder little soil god did not recognise me. I was about to answer him, when Night said, "Today is Heavenly Empress' birthday, all the gods are going to pay their greetings. If little soil god rushes down now, perhaps you can still catch the beginnings of her ceremony."

  The little soil god was so excited that his whole face became red and bowed three times to Night, "Thanks for your Highness' guidance. His highness is indeed as they say - a truly almighty kind god."

  Night waved his hand, "No need to thank me," and continued in a soft voice, "Regarding this lady... perhaps the glare of the sun is too bright today and caused the little soil god to see wrongly?"




  Little soil god was smart and quickly responded, "Indeed, little soil god often see things wrongly, I did not see anything, did not see anything. Small god will leave now."

  Night nodded satisfiedly and saw little soil god leave in a whiff of smoke.

  I hit the back of my head and cried, "Since it is the Heavenly Empress' birthday, why is Night still in the mortal world? Why don't you go with the little soil god? At least you will have company."

  "No hurry, the birthday feast will only start at nightfall. Furthermore, all the gods from north south east west will come and give their greetings, it is no big deal to not have me," Night said looking at the melted ice hail with a thoughtful gaze. 

  "But, didn't Phoenix leave to bid the Heavenly Empress this morning? Night doesn't have to go? Won't the Heavenly Empress be angry?" I was confused. 
  
  Night used his middle finger to gently stroke the chess basket, he lowered his head with a soft smile, "I am different from Phoenix. Thinking about it, if I had paid my respects early this morning, that would have caused the Heavenly Empress to be angry."

  "Ah?" Is that such a reasoning?

  Night waved his hand to remove the soiled water on the floor and said, "I was not born from the Heavenly Empress."

  "Oh. So, which heavenly concubine is Night's birth mother?" I heard this for the first time and was naturally curious. 

   Night's gaze slowly became cloudy, "My birth mother was not a concubine, but a sprite in the Ling Po river that could not be more ordinary." Abruptly, he gave a miserable smile, "As ordinary as the mortals who live in the mortal world, difficult to escape one's death."

   Ah, Night's word appeared to have a deep zen philosophy, I could not understand. I only knew that Night's birth mother probably passed away. 

  "So where are Jin Mi's parents?" Night changed the topic. 

   "Parents?" I was dazed for a moment, I never thought of this before. I rolled my eyes and said, "I don't know, but thinking of it, they are probably very very old grape plants."

  
Comments: Haha, Jin Mi can always make me laugh. Sometimes, I think it's her unaffected nature that is attractive - anyone else would have pitied Night, but Jin Mi does not understand and cannot understand. She can only be herself and make him laugh. 

12 comments:

  1. haha old grape! she soo funny.ohh poor night..shoot falling for him .thnx for ur lovely translation :)

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    1. Hahaha! Yeah, I think these few chapters really focuses on Night and makes me feel for him too! Thanks for reading <3

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  2. lovely Jinmi and lovely translation indeed. :)

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    1. Aww thank you! Thanks for reading :)

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  3. Thanks for the translation! I love your pace, as I have something to look forward to every few days.

    Remember how you mentioned that you were surprised that I thought Jin Mi was obtuse and that you thought she saw everything very clearly? Well, I think it is because she sees everything TOO clearly and that is what makes her obtuse. Everything is either black or white with her that she fails to read in between the lines and see the gray zones. In this chapter, she doesn't even sense Ren Yu's loneliness when he talks about his mother. I don't think she senses his loneliness because she doesn't understand WHY he would be lonely. After all, she grew up without parents, too, and she doesn't feel lonely, so why should he? That is why I think she is, in some way, obtuse. However, I should strive to be more like Jin Mi. She sees the world through the untainted, unencumbered, and innocent eyes of a child. If we all stop looking for hidden meanings behind everything and just take things at face value, perhaps we all would have a lot less worries. :)

    It's interesting that although other characters in the story are obviously flabbergasted and mesmerized by Jin Mi's unrivaled beauty, Xu Feng and Ren Yu never quite make a big deal out of it. For Xu Feng, maybe Jin Mi's attraction is her straightforwardness. If she doesn't like something about him, she is sure going to tell him without hiding behind polite, pretty words. I'm sure no immortal lady has ever told him off quite so frankly. I seem to remember a particular scene in xia0yuer's translation in which Jin Mi tried to use magic to see Xu Feng's bottom half while he was bathing in the lake (to see what all the fuss is about). I'm sure if she had succeeded, she would have been thoroughly unimpressed. In fact, didn't she already see his lower half and was prepared to cut it off when she first met him? Haha!

    For Ren Yu, I think Jin Mi's appeal is her lack of pity for him, as you have mentioned at the end of this translation. To her, he's just a nice guy, not some poor chump whose stepmother hates him.

    I can't wait for the Heavenly Empress' birthday ceremony! I remember an extremely awkward but hilarious moment during that ceremony. Hahaha! Only our dear Jin Mi could rile up a whole court full of immortals that way! Can't wait for that part.

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    1. Aww thanks for reading! I try to have a chapter out every week!

      Your analysis is superb! Yeah, it's true, she just cannot see the gray zones which is what makes her so Jin Mi I guess haha. In a way, it's cute but also sad, because she doesn't understand loneliness (until later), and how she lacks empathy, but that also makes her as you said so untainted and unencumbered!

      Me too! I like that they didn't make a big deal out of it, but I think it's also because they were equally good looking in their own right. I usually dislike the emphasis of beauty in novels, so I can totally see why her beauty was impt in the novel (her resemblance to her mum, and afterall being the flower goddess) but liked that it wasn't the be all and end all of her haha.

      Haha! I shall strive harder to read the ceremony!

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  4. Thanks for translating Heavy Sweetness decembi, i really enjoy reading it again. Jin Mi's interactions really make me smile (for at least the first half that is). Have quite a few thoughts on Night: Although I feel sorry for him but I think it's too much of him to make use of Jin Mi! Is it too much of a spoiler to say it in the comments or just wait until you reach the later chapters?

    By the way, I see that you have read Dian Xian's other book. Am curious to know what you think about it. Will you be posting your review of the book too?

    - May from shusheng :)

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    1. Hello May! :) I recall reading some of your comments in SSB.

      I'm not spoiler phobic at all, but i guess i'll just put a *SPOILER* flag in case anyone wants to avoid spoilers. Haha.

      Thanks for reading again! I really appreciate the support and comments. :) I agree that Night's actions makes him undeserving of Jin Mi's love, and perhaps his future life of regret and loneliness will thus haunt him forever. And yet, I can't help feeling sorry for him (as you say), because I think Night is just someone who has always been lonely, and he fell for Jin Mi who is unfeeling and also fell for his "golden boy" brother --- I doubt he could have ever been saved due to the circumstances :(

      It's my future aim to have a review for every book I recommend - although some reviews are harder to write than others haha. It's been so long since I read the two ex husbands on the same stage book though, so I think I will need to re-read it in order to write a review on it. Oh, I enjoyed it a lot, but there were parts in which I felt emotionally distant from it. I actually thought it seemed like a reversal from Heavy Sweetness - in which Night got to be the male lead instead! Heh, so for Night shippers, that's a pretty good book to read. What do you think?

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  5. This is the first time I feel sorry for Night. He must be really lonely. I wonder why he and Phoenix don't get along.

    Thanks again!

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    1. Night is really a pitiful character! :( Because Phoenix's Mum is his enemy.

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  6. Old grape..ha3 jin mi so cute

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