江湖路弯弯: Jianghu Road is Curved! Chapter 47

(translated by anniaxx)

(edited by xia0xiao1mei)

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CHAPTER FORTY-SEVEN

Love of Tangerine Jam

After traveling for days, Ship Mountain Elf follows the plan and stops at a port, preparing to replenish drinkable water and food supply.

Pang Wan feels even her skin is itchy because of being stuck in the ship for all these days, so wants to get off the ship and get some fresh air. Didn’t think that when she had just walked to the ship’s door, someone immediately grabbed her collar.

“Where are you going?” He Qing Lu stands behind her, shadows flowing in his eyes.

“Going out to buy some fruits.” Pang Wan is a little shocked, how could this gentleman make no sound when he walks?

He Qing Lu nods to show approval, “I just happened to want to eat some tangerines too.” Then without waiting for Pang Wan to protest, he directly holds her hand and walks toward the dock.

Pang Wan had no other choice but to unwillingly follow him.

Peddler Wang Er Ga has been struck with great luck today, he has picked two baskets of tangerines to sell on the street, unexpectedly, they are all bought by a rich gentleman with a sky-high price of five taels of silver. Just when he is about to be crazily overjoyed, he suddenly hears an inharmonic voice.

“Buying this much, how can you possibly finish eating it all?” A little lady jumps out and scolds his god of wealth.

Being honest, that little lady’s doesn’t look bad, appearing fifteen or sixteen, her clean face wrapped in a black-fox fur collar, her fire-red cloak making her face glow like a pink peach blossom, dark round pupils revealing a fine and clever sense, obviously from a grandly rich family.

But good-looking is just good-looking after all, good-looking can’t be used to buy food, so he immediately becomes angry at this little lady, who is blocking his way to money.

“This lady, your gentleman wants to buy this much, is it any of your business?” He glares at that little lady.

Little lady is not happy, but she ignores him, just purses her lips and tugs at that gentleman’s clothes: “I’m not going to carry these baskets, I can’t carry two big baskets.”

“Gentleman, you say an address, I can carry it there myself!” Wang Er Ga, is so afraid that this business will run away, so quickly puts out his delivering service.

That gentleman in elegant clothing squeezes the silver pieces in his hands, and pauses for a second.

“This is the smallest silver amount I have in my pocket.” He turns to that little lady and explains.

Just sees little lady bat her eyelashes twice, takes out five bronze coins from her pouch and places them on the scale, saying to Wang Er Ga: “Big brother, give us ten tangerines first, please wrap them up in paper for us.”

Seeing the five taels of silver that was just about to be in his hands become five bronze coins instead, Wang Er Ga could not resist his anger: “You little maid, your master has not even spoken, what you blindly getting involved for?!”

Before the little lady even responds, that gentleman unexpected falls into a daze.

“How could you tell, that she is the maid and I am the master?” That pair of amber eyes calm gazes at him.

Wang Er Ga scratches the back of his head: “Isn’t her hair combed into double maid buns?” The maids of big rich families in this town all comb this bun.

The gentleman in elegant clothing nods his head, showing a contemplating look.

“You carry these tangerines to the dock, there will be a man in grey taking them from you.” The gentleman puts the silver pieces in the scale, “The extra silver count as the tip, let’s go.”

Once they returned to the ship, Pang Wan’s buns are immediately pulled loose.

He Qing Lu orders the mute maid to comb a lower-cloud bun for her.

“You cannot do this!” Pang Wan crumbles, she also cares about her reputation, okay! How can she comb this kind of married women’s hairstyle?

“It looks pretty this way.” He Qing Lu pats her shoulders and comforts her, thinking that she is just sad because of the change of hairstyle.

“Gentleman, we are a single man and an unmarried woman traveling together, please just allow me to change back to the maid’s hairstyle.” Pang Wan sighs, deciding to reason it out with him, “We are both unmarried, us ostentatiously showing off everywhere is just not right.”

Yet He Qing Lu completely ignores her words, and just directly picks out a white jade hairpin and inserts it into her bun.

“From now on, as for all the family matters, I have the final say.” He lifts his eyebrows and gives her a smile.

——family?!

Pang Wan’s entire soul is shaken and scattered by the word “family”, in this moment, she even forgot to argue back.

“How about this, I allow you to be in charge of money.” He Qing Lu sees her whole face about to crack and fall, so unties his waist pouch and puts it in her hands, “Use it in whatever way you please.” He added.

He vaguely remembers, many years ago, a woman who was determined to become his aunt-in-law has mentioned this request to He Shao Xin, so he guesses maybe being in charge of money is the highest right that females dream of for family life.

Pang Wan takes over that waist pouch, shakes it to estimate its weight, feels that it is full of value, so opens it up to see.

Just as He Qing Lu had said, five tales of silver is the smallest in here, all others are gold chunks, and paper bills with denomination over thousands —— he indeed is not a common rich man.

If this is the Pang Wan from several months ago, she would definitely cheers: “Heaven has pitied me, I have finally encountered another potential long-term relationship candidate!”

Yet now she does not have any energy to be excited, her heart is like a gloomy sky that could not turn sunny.

“You say you want me to comb this hairstyle then fine, but you take back the money.”

She pushes that waist pouch back, appearing somewhat uninterested.

Now that Gentleman He is engrossed in this “Wife-To-Be” game, she’s too lazy to dampen his spirit. Wait till one day he thinks it through and decides to end this game, then he would definitely settle accounts with her, so the less entanglement between them the better.

He Qing Lu is somewhat surprised, he doesn’t understand why she would refuse.

But in accordance to his personality, the bestowal that has already been spoken of shall not be repeated, because that makes it begging.

So he takes back the waist pouch without saying a word, hanging it up again.

His heart is more or less gloomy, but he decides to not care about it.

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Two baskets of tangerines are a lot after all, they would rot soon if left alone for long.

The mute maid is responsible for everyone’s food, so she picks some out to make jam.

Pang Wan was bored so she ran over to help too, and so the two ladies are staying in the kitchen to improve food style for everyone, mute maid is peeling the tangerines on one side, whilst Pang Wan is responsible for pouring the fruit pulp into the pot and stir. She is young, also loves sweet things, therefore couldn’t resist eating some as she cooks; unable to do anything about her action, the mute maid instead feels this little master is very cute,thus giggling as she watches on from the side.

This is the scene He Qing Lu sees when he comes into the kitchen.

Pang Wan is hiding behind the giant iron pot, her cheeks are heated red by the white vapour, her bright eyes look as if water drops are going to fall out from them. She is standing behind the stove, using a wood spoon to stir the jam with great force, exceptionally focused, occasionally the sea breeze would blow through the window, lifting the dark black hair at the young lady’s temple, revealing her slender white-porcelain neck.

Her face, her dimples, her expression, her gesture, everything right now all forms one word ——gentleness.

His heart suddenly becomes very very warm, that little sense of unhappiness caused by the waist pouch incident has disappeared like smoke.

“What are you doing?” He speaks to ask her, his voice is unusually light and sweet-sounding, as if he is afraid to interrupt this beautiful scene.

“I’m making tangerine jam, do you want to taste it?” Pang Wan sees him, and her eyes brightened, waving her hands.

The rule of “Husband As the Sky” needs to be thrown to the back of the head right now, he really can’t stand against this temptation, following her words as he walks to her.

“Taste it.” Pang Wan scrapes up a little jam with the wooden spoon and moves it close to his mouth, her brows and eyes curving.

Just as He Qing Lu is about to open his mouth, Pang Wan quickly takes the spoon back, place it by her mouth and blows at it: “Be careful, it’s hot!” Then she gives it back to him again.

The mute maid watches these two with a smile, then puts down the tangerines and leaves.

He Qing Lu originally likes to eat tangerines anyway, now that he’s seeing these tangerines pulp being cooked to a jam state with honey and rock-suger, maintaining their initial texture but are even sweeter and smoother, only after tasting one spoon, he immediately praises: “Not bad indeed.”

Pang Wan is a little surprised, she originally thought this man with a harsh tongue would not speak any good words, didn’t think he would be this honest.

“Is it really this delicious?” She is instead somewhat unconfident now, getting a spoonful and putting it in her own mouth.

“Doesn’t seem sweet enough, a little sour?” She murmurs to herself, using her tongue to lick her lips, “Should I add more sugar? Ay, too sweet is not good either……”

Her lips are suddenly blocked by someone, his tongue has came in.

Warm breath comes close to her cheeks, He Qing Lu’s long eyelashes poking near her eyes, soft and numb, making her feeling itchy.

He presses himself against her, lost in this tangerine-taste-diffused kiss, slowly wrapping onto the tip of her tongue, sucking, twisting, greedy for more yet also painstakingly careful.

“I……” Pang Wan wants to say something, but her brain is completely blank, she doesn’t know what to say.

Ever since lightly tasting Pang Wan’s lips the previous time, He Qing Lu has understood its deliciousness, consistently hoping to truly experience the “deep kiss” that Jin Bu Yao has described sooner, now his wish is finally fulfilled.

Ending this kiss even though he still wants to continue, he pinches Pang Wan’s nose, then embraces her and commands, “After we arrive at Lin Yi, definitely a lot of people will be curious of your identity and background, no need to worry, just confidently introduce yourself, as long as I am standing by your side, no one would dare to touch even half a piece of your hair.”

“You will only have one identity in the future anyways, which is my, He Qing Lu’s, wife.” He hugs her waist, appearing extremely arrogant, “When we come back from Lin Yi, we’ll prepare for our wedding.”

Pang Wan is completely struck dumb.

“Gentleman He, don’t you feel that this progress is a little too fast?” She carefully lifts up her head from his embrace.

“How is it fast?” He Qing Lu raises his eyebrows, unhappy of her reaction.

“Actually, you do not truly know me, just like I don’t completely know you……” Pang Wan is carefully choosing her words, so afraid to offend this only-I-am-supreme fellow.

“I know you, extremely well.”

He Qing Lu stares at her seriously, he recalls those three big pieces of paper in his room that listed her offense —— he definitely knows her better than she thinks he does.

“Although this engagement initially happened to save your life, but the promise of a gentleman cannot be reneged, our engagement definitely counts, unless……”

His arm around her waist tightens.

“Unless you have someone else in your heart.” He turns to gaze at her, his eyes so sharp, “Do you?”

Pang Wan’s body freezes.

“……no.” She shakes her head.

He Qing Lu secretly releases a long breath, pressing her head to his shoulder, and bends down ato steal another kiss.

The tangerine jam inside the iron pot is still “gu-lu gu-lu” boiling with bubbles, its increasing sweetness and thickness inseparably entangling.

Winter is already here, so how could spring be far off?

In the pot, chunks of pulp kiss and embrace each other, then silently and gradually melt in the sweet-honey juice.


Translator’s Note: OMGOMGOMG~~ Lu Lu kissed Wan Wan again~and, and, this time with tongue….OMGOMGOMG~have been waiting for this scene for too long~Don’t even know what I am saying, but I am so happy~

And I think I should post what Ying Zhao wrote when she updated this chap:

 The author has something to say: This is a very formal tangerine jam sweet kiss:) Fans of little He, are you satisfied? So, the reunion with the person whom you all have been calling “jerk”,  is about to come……

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43 thoughts on “江湖路弯弯: Jianghu Road is Curved! Chapter 47

  1. he’s addicted to her….., when she still a naive narcissist girl even the slightest action from young handsome men can be interpret as love now she has grown up why her feeling getting dull like the old knife never been used. even when this icy young master put all his heart towards her. arrgh, betrayed by the love one can make you lose all your love senses

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        1. Nah.. I think because she was betrayed before when she is atvthe peak of her mary sue fantasy therefore now when she already fall to the bottom of bottom… she cannot easily accept that people are capable loving her without any reason. Maybe she thought that Little He is only experimenting smthg with her and not truly love her.

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  2. Fiu~Fiu~
    Little Lu is so forward~
    He is totally entangled by her~

    But Wan Wan is still hurt and disillusioned about love, like there’s no love like in story books, that it’s all temporary or have something bad behind it….. that’s sad! GXJ can be said to be actually her 1º love, since it kind of happened that he was the only man that actually gave comfort to her when the other men were bashing her, one demonstrating his concern wrongly (bad habit) and the other going through growth’s pain……. so the fact that the 1º love became a trauma is difficult to get over and open her heart again……

    Little Lu! Go and heal Wan Wan’s wounds! Go into her heart! Show that not only she is yours, but that you are hers!
    Next chapter you have to defend her from that jerk! Though, I fear that he will end up quite beaten……

    Thanks for the translation!

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  3. Awww😊😊 sweet kiss… HQL is such a sweety..😆 PW open your eyes,can’t you see HQL loves you..
    Thank you for the update!!

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  4. It’s really an OMG moment! Ilm going crazy here just thinking how HQL is so innocent with his first love, pouring his heart out to declare he’ll be her protector 🙂 so glad Wan Wan finally found a good man and although she’s not reciprocating yet at least she’s no longer delusional.

    I just hope when she meets with GXJ again she can keep it together and not hurt oh so sweet HQL.

    Thanks for this update and all the hardwork! 😘

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  5. I’m afraid that jerk will try to come between by ruining the love HQL has for PW by revealing who she really is before she has a chance to do it herself. I hope this wouldn’t make HQL close off his feelings–after all the Solitary Palace is pretty mighty and doesn’t seem to care what anyone thinks. And yet I have no idea about his reaction so I always worry this will be the straw that causes problems.

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  6. Thanks for the chapter! Finally it’s a moment as sweet as tangerine for HQL~ (wanwan still doesn’t trust him tho sigh because of that jerk)

    He is appearing soon?!! I hope HQL gives him a good beating =_=

    Btw, the line below….
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    Then without for Pang Wan to protest, he directly holds her hand and walks toward the dock.

    Isn’t it supposed to be

    Then without waiting for Pang Wan to protest, he directly holds her hand and walks toward the dock.

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  7. *thud* squeals of delight😍😍😍 HQL loves PW…. Will he avenge her against that power hungry loony 😬

    Thank U so much 😘😘😘 Craving for more pls 😎

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  8. Thanks for this chapter. I really enjoyed the jam making scenario and the funny author’s explanation – thanks for translating that as well.

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      1. the way this is going i can see HQL going “mad for love” and elder brother’s route is still a thing… agh, even fairy route is possible (ू˃̣̣̣̣̣̣o˂̣̣̣̣̣̣ ू)⁼³₌₃

        on top of that i refuse to believe that GXJ was involved on her murder!! (๑•ૅㅁ•๑)

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  9. Hope HQL really deeply loves PWW and don’t let mistrust get in their loves. Hope PWW will open her eyes to see her real love, HQL. Love the 2 vol

    Thanks

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  10. thanks a lot—-!
    ooh, he qing lu accompanying wan wan, so cute!
    that! that rude seller?! how dare you be so rude to wan wan?! -rolls up sleeves- let me at him! i’m going to teach him a lesson—-?!?
    hm–changing the hairstyle, huh—!lol, he qing lu wanting to give wan wan the moeny pouch! guh! wan wan’s so wary now, but it’s very realistic, and so fun, though hewrt-wrenching too!

    wan wan and the maid is so cute together, keke! lol wan wan eating a bit of the jam, pfft! oh—?! he qing lu tasted the jam too, huh?! and that sudden kiss?! wow, he qing lu! and he is really insistent on the marriage, and wan wan still thinks he’ just pretending…noooo!

    the jerk?! no! he qing lu, please hurt him?!

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  11. He couldn’t resist the sweet temptation in front of his eyes! He went in for a taste! Kyaaah!! *fangirls shamelessly* And I noticed she didn’t resist when he went for a second taste? Yes, he kissed her senseless, but is that a defense she wants to use? Hehehehe.

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  12. For a man who had never had interest in another person romantically, especially a female, HQL can surely kiss. Does he read erotic books? Got personal education from his uncle? Lol!!!

    I am also very surprise that for a man who is very arrogant and cold, he can be very expressive and straight forward. He has some very good trait to combat the bad ones, at least.

    What if Wang Wang did something we all never believe she will? Like taking the risk to believe and respond to HQL’s love?

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  13. Thank you for the chapter!

    Guessing HQL’s had some prior experiences with some ladies or something. That’s quite some kissing skills for an emotionless lad. And hurrah!!! He’s so adorable! I hope they end up together in the end. 😦

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  14. I hope that jerk doesn’t ruin the peace between these two
    It’s so precious, so loving
    When will HQL realize who she really is? Will that change his feelings?
    Thanks for translating

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