Special Chapter Two (Part Two)
He charges forward and tightly wraps her into his embrace, trembling lips actually unable to say any words. He just feels the presence of the body that belongs to her, the warmth and scent that belongs to her.
It was Lu Qin who comes forward and tenderly calls out, “Gentleman.”
He’s unwilling to care about it, but the person in his arms reaches out and pushes his chest, her eyes like black obsidian stones, looking between him and Lu Qin with clear understanding, then says with a seeming smile: “Hope that you’ve been well.”
He starts to get nervous and panics, even his outstretched arms are trembling, “An Ran, I……”
Yet she just lightly smiles, “I have been very well these past few years, you may rest assured, old friend.”
Having said that, she swiftly turns and leaves, and his outstretched arms just hangs in mid air. He lowers his eyes as he bitterly thinks, she says she has been very well, but what he wants to say is……without her, he has not been well at all. He wants to go up and make her stay, wants to tell her how much he regrets and how much he misses her, but he turns timid, he doesn’t dare.
He doesn’t even dare to speak again, just silently following after her, watching her return to an extremely ordinary house, then close the doors without even sparing him a glance.
He looks away with great reluctance, yet when he meets eyes with Lu Qin, he instantly turns ice-cold, coldly saying: “Lu Qin, you know I don’t like people acting smart on their own accord.”
Lu Qin trembles, both eyes holding back tears, “Gentleman, Lu Qin had only……”
He doesn’t care about her answer, both hands held behind his back as he looks at the house in a daze, thinking of the person inside. His lips hook up into a light smile, he thinks he has finally obtained happiness again, and this time, he definitely wouldn’t let her go, definitely wouldn’t.
That next day, he tells his parents the marriage with the minister’s family daughter is cancelled, he will also give Lu Qin some money and let her go. Whether they agree or not, he will marry a woman, a woman he has been searching a long time for.
The parents of the Yan family sees the look of resolution and happiness on their son’s face, and nods their heads in the end.
On one hand, he tells people to inquire about An Ran’s current identity, on the other hand, he tells someone to watch over An Ran, whilst he, quickly takes care of his appointment at ‘Bamboo Court’. Today, he finally gets to meet this powerhouse of the north, Yu Wen. And this Yu Wen indeed doesn’t disappoint him, be it his handsome and noble appearance or his elegant and gracious demeanour, he really cannot be any less than a dragon or phoenix amongst humans.
The two of them can be considered fated, having a harmonious business talk aside, they even manage to have a nice chat, from chatting, he came to know that Yu Wen has already been married for four years, coming to Yun Ze this time, his first objective is business talks, whereas his second objective is to find his runaway wife. He jokes that Yu Wen is a henpecked husband, Yu Wen just lightly smiles, cold and clear voice carrying doting love as he says: “In this world, there is only one person that is able to make me willingly dote on her so much, that is all.”
He thinks of that woman, still as delicately pretty and quiet as before, sincerely lamenting, to have someone in the world that makes one willingly dote on them, is indeed a type of happiness.
The people he sent to inquire about her has already reported back to him, An Ran’s current name is Ah-Lan, had just entered Xiang Yang City several days ago, and is now living alone in a little house, north of the city.
In fact, he wishes to go up to her and loudly beg for her forgiveness, beg for her to give him another chance, but he doesn’t dare to, with fear coming from the bottom of his heart, he doesn’t dare to. He is also afraid that his pestering would cause the relationship between the two of them to become more rigid –– that’s right, with the past they share, even if she no longer holds resentment in her eyes, he is still afraid.
That’s why he did nothing, he just quietly shows up outside her house every day, watching her leave the doors, watching her wander the streets, watching her teach poetry to the children next door, watching her charming smile appear gentler under the sunshine. She does not speak up to say anything to him, nor does she reveal a look of disgust and shoo him away, she just quietly spends her day, and for him, just watching her like this is already enough. He greedily watches everything she does, unable to stop.
A week later, she finally says the first sentence to him, and that sentence had him abruptly fall from heaven to hell.
She lightly smiles as she says: “Yan You, I’m already married.”
He cannot believe it, trying hard to maintain a calm smile as he says: “An Ran, you’re lying. You clearly have your hair combed into a maiden hairstyle, you live here alone, you have not gotten married, you are just deliberately provoking me. You still hate me, don’t you? An Ran, I was wrong, I only love you, I will marry none other than you in this lifetime! Will you give me a chance? One chance, just one chance!”
She shakes her head, lightly saying: “I’m married.”
His heart instantly freezes, he knows she is speaking the truth, she would never speak lies to him, never had in the past, wouldn’t now.
He doesn’t know how he had returned home, he doesn’t know how he had registered those words, he just feels like he really wants to get drunk, because he can forget everything when drunk. He meets up with Yu Wen for a drink, the actual situation is, he holds a jar of wine and drinks until he’s drunk, whilst Yu Wen is still refined as ever as he sips from a cup. He suddenly asks: “Yu Wen, should your woman have gotten married, what would you do?”
Yu Wen’s long and fine eyes make a slight turn, thin lips lightly hooking up, “Since it is the woman I love, then I would not let her have the chance of marrying another.”
He vaguely shouts: “Then what if she’s already married when you had met her?”
Yu Wen’s long eyes slightly narrows, certainty carried within his chuckle as he says: “Someone I want, will only be mine no matter what.”
He looks at Yu Wen’s calm yet firm face and suddenly thinks it through more, that’s right, so what if she’s married, he loves her, so he will fight for her love all over again, it’s nothing more than that.
After sobering up and starting to recover his memories of the days, although his heart is in bitter pain, when he sees her, everything else seems to no longer be of any importance – she is here, this is the heaven’s blessing. Even if she turns a blind eye to him, says nothing to him now, he believes that a few years later, ten years later, decades later, she would ultimately forgive him.
He is willing to patiently wait on like this, but didn’t think he simply couldn’t wait on.
This day, he accompanies her to water the garden, when the main doors swings open, Yu Wen’s tall and slender figure appears in his sight. Just when he was about to ask Yu Wen in surprise, how did he know that he’s here, he instead sees Yu Wen not even spare him a glance, directly walking up to An Ran.
Yu Wen’s long and slender fingers brushes over her cheeks, lightly asking: “Are you done playing around yet?” Then, he sees An Ran who had always been quiet, reveal a slight pout, shaking her head as she says: “No.”
Yu Wen sounds a chuckle, gently leaning down to her ear as he slowly says: “Fine, I’ll play along with you then.”
Within a moment, he connects everything together, Yu Wen’s runaway wife, the single yet supposedly married An Ran……
All has become clear, turns out An Ran’s husband is Yu Wen, the wife Yu Wen dotingly loves is An Ran.
Yu Wen does not question why he would be here, with an attitude of a great host, he treats him with great hospitality in An Ran’s stead, instead, it is he who flees in defeat, not daring to see the invisible tacit understanding between the two, not daring to see the sweetness in the eyes of the two, not daring to see the position that had once belonged to him, be taken over by someone else……when facing the woman he loves, he is so cowardly.
But will he give up just like that?
He is unwilling to resign, even if the opponent is Yu Wen, he will still fight.
But he becomes more and more hopeless and dispirited by the day, their relationship is not something he can intervene with, the doting and love that sees no one else, the tacit understanding and naturalness of each move and each gesture, as well as the bright red kiss mark that cannot be concealed on her neck……all seems to be laughing in his face, causing his heart to shatter but can do nothing about it.
Just when he was about to crumble down, Yu Wen comes finding him, handsome face completely calm, he lightly says a few phrases, “I don’t care what relationship you had with her in the past, but you remember, she is mine now, and will only be mine in future.”
He looks at this man, calm and steady no matter when, and suddenly admits defeat, if his opponent is any other man, then perhaps he would still have a chance, but the one he faces is Yu Wen, a man who knows what he wants, and would never be shaken.
He lost to Yu Wen’s unyielding firmness, thoroughly lost to him.
No longer will he unreasonably ask to receive her love, because she has already fallen in love with the person most worthy of her love in this world.
That person, was not him in the past, nor is it him now.
On this day, he goes to the remote little woods alone, with his back against the big tree, he cries to his heart’s content, just like when he saw his toy car get mercilessly smashed by his mother as a child.
He has only ever loved one woman in his previous life and in this life, and now, he has finally lost her forever, unable to get her back again.
Spring air fills the dimly lit room, and endlessly sounding from beyond the sheer curtains, are the soft moans and tender cries of a woman, along with the wickedly provocative words of a man, everything seems to be so……harmonious.
The man suddenly speaks up, deep and husky voice containing strong desires, “My lady.”
“Your husband has a little question to ask you.”
“What’s the matter?”
“The Gentleman Yan from today is an old acquaintance of yours?”
“En……this matter is a rather long story……”
“So it’s like that……” The man’s gentle voice makes a slight change, with slight ill-intent, “Then your husband shall listen to you slowly tell me.”
“Ah……” The woman softly cries, anger carried within shyness as she says: “You, you stop now!”
“Stop?” The man pauses, saying with a seeming smile: “Is my lady joking with your husband?”
“Mm……” The woman bites onto the blanket, swallowing back the moan that was to come, somewhat pleading as she says: “Light-, lighter!”
The man wickedly says: “Your husband feels we could go stronger.”
Having said that, he relentlessly advances, directly causing the woman to let out a light and soft moan that makes one blush and skip a heartbeat, that soft moan is clearly full of tears, yet the sweetness amongst it cannot be denied, only causing the one that hears it to become even more hotblooded. And so……
“My lady, why aren’t you speaking? Your husband is waiting for you to speak about your past with that gentleman.”
“*whines*……no, Cousin, enough now……I’m not saying anything……”
“My lady’s words isn’t right, how is this enough? Your husband hasn’t had enough yet, far from enough.”
“Cousin, I was wrong, stop, *whines*, too much……”
“Looks like your husband hasn’t been trying hard enough, for my lady to still have the energy to talk……very well, your husband shall try harder.”
The woman’s response is yet another burst of tender moans.
This night……en, indeed a very difficult one to endure.
Looks like YWR has taken up his Yu Wen name again, and has become a wealthy merchant, as for AL……the girl still hasn’t learnt from her past, still likes to runaway even after marriage XD
Honestly, translating Yan You’s special was literally for more AL and YWR interactions, though I do feel sorry for the guy, yes he’s not that great either but he was ultimately dragged down by some crazy girl who was obsessed with him.
I suppose AL would have to tell her ‘husband’ of her past at some point, I wonder what he would have to say about it. Either way, it’s nice to get a little peak into their marriage life, a more fitting ending for the novel I’d say haha
Well……I guess that’s it from me 😦 it’s been a wonderful project to work on, and thank you all for reading, helping me out along the way with the little errors, which I do apologise for haha. I don’t know when I’ll be posting or translating again, but I’ll try to work on something here and there, and who knows, maybe I’ll surprise you all again with a sudden new project.
Once again, thank you for reading~ 💖