江湖路弯弯: Jianghu Road is Curved! Chapter 70

(translated by xia0xiao1mei)

(edited by anniaxx)



Tied For Eternity

Two years later, the Capital City.

Two years’ time can change many things, for example, the title of the greatest restaurant has already been taken over by another now, placed on the plaque of a restaurant called “Ten Thousand Buddhas Pavilion”. However, even though the place has changed, the dishes have changed, the people’s pastime still remains the same, listening to storytelling is still the favourite entertainment of Wu Lin figures during their leisure time.

“It is said that the Bai Yue Demoness Sang, reined in dozens of beautiful women to form an assassin group in less than a year, constantly going against the righteous sects, now, there has already been nine disciples of the sects that fell victim to cold blooded murder……”

Through the sky well, the storyteller’s voice resoundingly rings out, and in the private room on the second floor, a pair of man and woman was intimately talking with their heads huddled together.

“How’s that, I said she would be more suited for that position than you right?” The young man casts a glance at the lady beside him.

“Demoness Sang……Demoness Sang……” The lady beside him, whose looks can barely pass as pure elegance and of upright features, is currently bitterly grumbling, “The renowned Fairy from back then actually became Demoness Sang……”

“I have already told you this before, since she was willing to spend a lot of gold to have me create a face of peerless beauty for Mei Wu back then, and later made a special trip to have Hu An request me to make another one, it already proves that what she cares for isn’t beauty or fame, what she wants is power, to be under one person but above thousands, so why should you find it regretful?” The young man taps the lady’s forehead, as if he is angry that this “iron” would not turn into “steel”.

“Ay~, looks like Father choosing her as his successor, can be considered to a correct move with a risky chess piece.” The lady rubs her nose.

“Shush.” The young man makes a silencing gesture at her, “Don’t forget our current identity.”

“You still dare mention it?!” The lady glares at him, stroking her huge belly, gritting her teeth as she says, “Could have disguised me as anything else, yet you just had to disguise me as a pregnant woman?”

The young man lowly chuckles: “If not disguising you as a pregnant woman, where would we keep the travelling expenses that we snuck out with?”

These two people are precisely He Qing Lu and Pang Wan in disguise. Having spent their time in the western region for two years, Pang Wan really misses how it is in the Central Plains, hence coaxed and pestered He Qing Lu unceasingly, to have him take her to visit the Capital. He Qing Lu was unable to dissuade her, and after listing a bunch of rules and restrictions, in the end, he still quietly brought her along in leaving the clan, for him, it can also be considered enjoying the pleasures of eloping for once.

As the two of them bicker back and forth, the restaurant’s worker opens the doors as he brings in food and wine.

“Xiao’er Brother (what people would call the workers), has the Wu Lin been peaceful these past two years?” Pang Wan takes the opportunity to start inquiring a passer-by.

The worker sees that these two people with ordinary face yet dressed exotically, and could only see the two as travellers passing by the Capital, hence understandingly smiles as he says: “Are both guests from outside the borders? Looks like you are unaware of the situation, how could there be any peace in the Jiang Hu? It has never been peaceful.”

Pang Wan curiously blinks: “Was it not known that heavy losses were inflicted on the unorthodox sect two years ago, leading to the Supreme Chief of Wu Lin dominating the world?”

The worker bursts out laughing: “Looks like Madam does not know, even if one Bai Yue Sect (Moon Worshipping Sect) is completely annihilated, in future, there will definitely still be further appearances of Bai Ri Sect (Sun Worshipping Sect) or Bai Xing Sect (Star Worshipping Sect), no matter how formidable the Supreme Chief of Wu Lin is, he too isn’t bone-dissolving water ah! As if by simply pouring it down onto them can make this place completely cleaned out (at peace).”

Pang Wan bursts out laughing, amused by the worker’s humour: “Well the storytellers are always saying how formidable that Supreme Chief of Wu Lin is!”

The worker’s eyes circles the area, only after seeing no one around, does he mysteriously lowers his voice: “Madam, you really don’t understand, that Supreme Chief of Wu Lin may be very formidable, but a pair of fists is no match against enemies coming from all four sides ah! Two years ago, an additional deputy chief suddenly came out of nowhere, that renowned Fairy Sang Chan had also fallen into the unorthodox sect, constantly going against him, from what I see ah, he too has enough of a headache.” The worker exaggeratingly shakes his head.

Pang Wan’s lips still wanted to move in further questioning, when a few silver coins had already been handed to the worker.

“You’ve worked hard, head off for now.” He Qing Lu indifferently glances at the worker.

The worker withdraws enthusiastically thanking him, Pang Wan had just wanted to speak up in protest, but her nose was pinched onto by someone.

“Did you not promise me to never ask about the matters of Jiang Hu again?” Although masked behind a fake face, Pang Wan can still see that He Qing Lu is mad.

“I was only curious……” Blatant arrogance instantly disappears into thin air, as she piteously buries her head.

“Without evil, how could good be highlighted? The disputes within the Jiang Hu will never cease, so how could there possibly be peace one day?” He Qing Lu stares at her, inwardly thinking, this brat’s mind still hasn’t opened up yet.

“Be it Gu Xi Ju, Sang Chan, or even your father, they all understand this principle, but they still have enough fun with engaging in this game, because there, they can gain what they want.”

Power, honour, status, wealth, beauty, dignity.

“Really? But there isn’t anything I want there.” Pang Wan looks up at him, gently leaning her head onto his chest, “I’d rather reside in the mountains with you, feeding horses and herding sheep every day, as if I would desire what they want.”

He Qing Lu does not say anything, and only strokes her hair, the corners of his lips quietly hooking up.

At Misty Wave Manor.

“Will Supreme Chief still be personally going to hit the bell tonight?” The maid holds the cloak in hand, asking this in a somewhat frightened manner.

“Yes, why wouldn’t I?” Gu Xi Ju turns and smiles, seeing the blush on the maid’s face spread to the tip of her ears, before leisurely saying, “Relay the orders, should there be any area that had forgotten to light the fireworks tonight, I will want the person in charge to lose their life.”

“Yes.” Due to his warm like spring tone, the maid is frightened into a state of dripping sweat, quickly bowing as she withdraws.

Up at the clock tower, Gu Xi Ju in a body of purple robe, slowly caresses the ancient wood in hand.

Two years, in a blink of an eye, two years have already passed, last year he hit it seventeen times, today it shall be eighteen times.

“I want to see fireworks. I also want you to go to the clock tower and hit the bell sixteen times for me.”

On this very day two years ago, there was once a young lady who had made such a request to him, at that time he did not do it, because after that, he had personally driven an ice cold sword into her chest.

Now, the one who said that has long ceased to exist, yet he just could not possibly forget her words, so every year on the tenth of the sixth month, he would always come here.


Following the first shot of signal flare lighting the sky, the entire Capital’s sky is lit with colourful fireworks.

Gu Xi Ji channels his internal energy at the same time, sounding the first bell ring.

Dong, dong, dong.

The sound of the thousand-year ancient bell is richly sonorous and lingering, piercing through the endless solitude, seeming like it can spread to a very, very faraway place.

——can you hear it?

He looks into the sky of smoke and fireworks, quietly thinking this.

——should you be able to hear it, you will definitely come find me for revenge right? You cannot possibly forget the seed I had planted in your heart, you will never be able to discard it.

——I’m waiting for you, still waiting ah.

His eyes containing unshakeable determination.

Somewhere in the Capital, inside Ten Thousand Buddhas Pavilion, a certain young lady is currently nestled against her husband, curiously watching this gorgeous scene.

“So fortunate, actually able to catch the entire city setting off fireworks on my birthday!” She excitedly grabs the lapel of the person behind her.

The proud husband lowers his head and kisses her: “You’ve already married me, how could there by anything more fortunate than that?”

The lady grins but does not answer, she raises her rosy little face to look up at the colourful lights in the night sky, indulging in this pleasant surprise.

From afar, there seems to be the melodious sound of a bell ringing, yet it had long been neglected by her.

More and more fireworks are set off, growing more and more luxuriant, so much that those bright and beautiful flames gradually turn into the vast grassland in her eyes, with majestically towering mountains, a flock of sheep stretching across, also horses galloping around.

That is the future home she will continue to live on in, with no deceptive paradise to disturb her, it is the land of idyllic beauty she had always longed for.

“Wan Wan, how about giving birth to a child for me when we get back?”

In her hazy state, there seems to be someone stroking her belly stuffed full with paper money, sounding slightly nervous.

She slyly lifts the corners of her lips, gently reply: “Sure.”

And here we have finally reached the end~~

Gu Xi Ju may not have died for real, but maybe this kind of lifetime of suffering and yearning(?) makes for a much better well deserved punishment for him. I mean the guy acted like he didn’t like like Wan Wan but still remembers to hit the bell and set off fireworks in remembrance of her birthday as well as in remembrance of the final moments in which she was her innocent puppy-like self around him.

And needless to say Wan Wan and He(-Lan) Qing Lu is just such an adorable couple, he even had to ask her to give birth to a child with him, aww bless~

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed the story as much as I have!! 😊






….also don’t be too sad, we still have 3 special chapters coming up~

53 thoughts on “江湖路弯弯: Jianghu Road is Curved! Chapter 70

  1. Did you hear that, just now? I think it was the sound of me screaming…

    >.> Oh god, they’re so adorable together. Oh, and what’s He(-Lan) Qing Lu’s position in the royal family? O.o Just a prince or a Crown Prince? I’m just waiting on those three special chapters!

    And, yep, a lifetime of suffering and longing is a great punishment for our dear, Gu Xi Ju! I mean, he did have her, way back in Book 1, but then he tried to kill her! :)))))

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  2. I kinda hoped they would have a kid together (soon maybe in the special chapter?). And hmph, suffer GXJ, for your stabby ways and mental manipulative games! PW is much better off now with a cute and adorable husband, so you can look on from afar and never touch!

    Thank you for the chapter! Looking forward to the next one!

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  3. GXJ really deserved to see her at a distance, pregnant and happy and ignoring that bell completely! Thanks for translating this fun ride – I was a little hesitant at the beginning but the story won me over.

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  4. hahaha, i can’t stop laughing at the description “belly stuffed full with paper money”.

    thank you for translating 🙂 🙂
    can’t wait to read the rest of the epilogues

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  5. love love love this ending…
    Lets GXJ die a lonely life…
    Lets PW and HQL live a full life…
    that is the best ending for this story of our dear wan wan

    thanks dear for your hardwork… love you full… muach…


  6. Pfftt… if I was drinking, water would spurt out from laughing. Making fake pregnant tummy to carry travel expenses.

    Ai.. so she isnt pregnant for real yet… why i am soo greedy. Wanwan is happy and GXJ finally realised that he love WanWan and suffering regrets.

    Thank you so much to the two translators for you guys hard work. It was really like an enjoyable rollercoaster ride.

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  7. I’m not caught up, but I think Green Leaf said that this would be the last chapter, except for extra chapters in other POVs?! I’d to think I’ve been with you guys since the beginning, when you picked up this series! I’m happy for you, and also amazed at your dedication and hard work. I also appreciate how both of you value your readers and take time to respond. Thanks for the amazing series, I love my female MCs a lot, and PWW’s journey has been an absolute joy to witness!

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    1. And thank you for sticking with us along the way~ I’m sorry that we might not have been replying as often, not to mention keeping updates on schedule recently, we’ve been so busy with our studies but everyone’s comments is appreciated nonetheless!! 🙂

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  8. This is the best revenge. PW forget about that scheming man and live happily ever after with the best kind man she ever met. Of course that scheming man still can’t forget her and still waiting her to come back.
    Oh, I love how PW and H(L)QL ‘sneaked out’ and go to capital. Somehow I think it was a honeymoon for them….yep it’s a honeymoon with H(L)QL said that he want children when they get back..
    *I know he want to get children with PW from he make disguise for PW as a pregnant woman..ha, the ‘baby’ is sooo rich.

    Now, we just waiting for the side stories..
    *More waiting for the poor man’s story..😋😋

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  9. thank you very much—!
    oh, they came back to visit, huh! well, i’m glad wan wan is ha’py with her current life right now, and it really does sound very good!
    bah! gu xi ju should still suffer a bit more, in my opinion! oh well, whatever, rofl!
    yeah, yeah, have children! i’m looking forward to it!


  10. Thank you for all your hard work! This was a really enjoyable story with many twists and turns! He(-Lan) Qing Lu might be arrogant and domineering but he’s really considerate and gentle where it really matters!

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  11. I kind of want GXJ to see PW and HQL together and happy with children but since he’s psychotic…better to find out and have NO CLUE where to find her

    No mention of Nan Yi is probably bad

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  12. Thank you very much for the translations! You’ve worked very hard. I’m sad it’s over, but it’s a wonderful ending.

    Our happy couple are able to enjoy a peaceful life and future, while GXJ got what he deserved and will be in eternal agony forever. It is better than a death.


  13. I’ve been quietly following this story and please accept my sincere gratefulness for choosing such a lovely story to translate! Thank you for your hardwork
    I have never been so conflicted on shipping an OTP in my life before. First it was PWxGXJ (hate NY (too mean) and HQL (too rude)) then it was PWxNY (super hate GXJ, didn’t warm up to HQL yet)
    Thankfully the author persuaded me to ship the right one LOL and HQL background is tooooo awesome, no wonder him and his uncle are practicality invincible

    I can’t wait for the epilogues

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  14. Can’t believe we have reached the end! So happy for Pang Wan and He Qing Lu. So surprised to find Supreme chief has a romantic bone in his body–then realized not as romantic as i had thought since he is longing for her revenge. Still so satisfying to know that after so much careful planning to have an eternal opponent he is left with emptiness and longing. I also wonder about Nan Yi. Hope there is something about him in the Epilogue because i won’t feel satisfied until I know what he is up to now.
    Thank you so much for this translation. I have enjoyed this story so much.

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  15. He wanted to be killed by her, so in the end, living on, forever yearning with her as his heart’s devil may be the most fitting end. He wanted her to never forget him… but she has already forgotten.


  16. Such a good story and translation but I feel kind of sad cos she lost a bit of her naivity due to the betrayal. But dang that Qing Lu. He’s probably one of my fave male leads now, up there with mister Darcy. Once he loves, it’s forever. I’m gonna read this again in a few months cos it’s still fresh in my mind.

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  17. Thank you for finishing this translation project. I am happy the ended up together; a little disappointed that the author didn’t make WW a “bad-ass” fighter again by giving her back her internal energy, but I guess WW was never meant for that kind of life.

    Any one know what H-LQL role is in the royal family??

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  18. “Really? But there isn’t anything I want there.” Pang Wan looks up at him, gently leaning her head onto his chest, “I’d rather reside in the mountains with you, feeding horses and herding sheep every day, as if I would desire what they want.” This quote really shows how Pang Wan has fully developed as a person. She is absolutely right too. Not many wuxia-style novels address the horror that is the reality of a wuxia culture, filled with betrayal and agony. The only other one I’ve come across is “My Disciple Died Yet Again”, and that was only realized by the MC after a very long time. If more characters valued that kind of peaceful existence, perhaps people like GXJ wouldn’t hold so much power. Oh, by the way GXJ, your agony sustains me~

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    1. Yes, there is no law and order…
      In the ancient empire, despite the conservative and feudalistic principle, but at least there is still law and order. But in the jianghu only jungle law applied, the stronger rules.


  19. I love love stories like this, the fact it leaves a ending in which the reader gets the feeling of, not all love is right but you will find it in the end. I’m so happy with the development of Pang Wan. I grew up in the peaceful area and just the thought of all the betayal and pain gives me shivers.

    Death is treat like a penny. Sure it matters to some people but not everyone cares enough for it. Death alwayd happens you can’t stop it. But it should at least leave an impression on you.

    Thank you for your lovely translating~ I finished it all in one go

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  20. Be prepared for my wall of text :

    First of all, I can’t thank you enough for this novel xiaoxiaomei and anniaxx!! 😘😘😘

    I have laughed with this, cried buckets of tears, felt giddy with the love and excitement and even felt utter despair & heartache. This novel has made me go through so many emotions, it was truly a rollercoater ride. The suspenseful plot, the intrigue behind the main characters and even their ever-changing dynamics, i thoroughly enjoyed each one of them. Also loved speculating about the events after every chapter, even though it was like throwing darts in the dark, most of them falling completely off the mark, but it was fun nevertheless.

    But to be honest, I also have a bittersweet feeling after finishing the novel since i was 1000% on board with PW x GXJ ship and the ending of Book 1 really left me feeling completely depressed and heartbroken.

    I really wished that the author instead of portraying GXJ as a top notch psycho had rather showed him as a power hungry, super-ambitious man who had sacrificed his love for advancing in his career…and later him being hell bent on provoking PW to take her revenge was for the reason that if he can’t get her love anymore, he will settle for her hate. I did have a soft spot for him due to my early shipping even though i know he has done too many unforgivable deeds. In real life i would not even give a second look to such a person, but as a character in this fiction, he has left his imprint on me.

    Also like other readers i too wanted to see PW standing back on her own two feet, getting the martial art training again and being accomplished, but still in the end, choosing to leave the world of Jianghu behind. Nevertheless, i am glad she found happiness with HQL. She deserved all things good and HQL is that person, a guileless man with a pure heart, even though a complete snob. 😄😄

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    1. That’s how I would read GXJ’s character too. My drama teacher used to say that the most dramatic interpretation of a character is usually the best one. It makes things more interesting, and it also gives a character like GXJ an extra layer of complexity. I think the author has left a bit of room for interpretation when it comes to his character. Like, I think he did feel all of the things in your preferred portrayal of him (at least slightly), but he was probably someone who couldn’t be entirely honest to himself since he is so used to not trusting anyone and manipulating others as he pleased. His worldview is narrowed down to this grand strategic game he’s playing, so he couldn’t stop seeing everything in that context–literally the only way he knew how to express how strongly he felt for her was that she was a masterful opponent. I keep thinking back to his reaction when they shared that tender moment right before his betrayal, when she said it was her birthday and you could sense some hesitation on his part. He doesn’t have the EQ to understand romantic love in that context, at least not when he played that game of go with the former chief of Wu Lin. That’s how I would choose to read his character anyway.

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