Thank you for all your comments in the last chapter. I know it's been forever since my last update and I'm really sorry for that.
I had a change of jobs and other personal things that have popped up in the past few months so it was in the bottom of my current priorities.
I hope you enjoy the second to last chapter in this epilogue nonetheless. Promise to have the last chapter done soon!
Epilogue – The Bet
Series: The Journey of Flower
Original Author: Fresh Guo Guo
Translation from Vietnamese to English by: missjade
This is a fan translation. Do not copy and repost anywhere else.
Chapter 5 – Attack Is The Best Form Of Defence
Hua Qian Gu was in a deep sleep that night when her blanket was abruptly pulled away from her.
“Father, don’t disturb me.” She turned to the side and continued to sleep.
“Gu Tou, it’s me.” Dong Fang Yu Qing used his coat to cover her body and then helped her put on her shoes.
Hua Qian Gu opened her weary eyes, thinking she was dreaming. “Teacher, how did you get in here?”
“Don’t worry about how I got here, the North and South Dippers are drunk now, I’ll take you to see the stars.”
Dong Fang Yu Qing carried her in his arms and flew out the window.
On the other side of the room, Sheng Xiao Mo feigned obliviousness as he closed the window and went back to sleep.
“I’ve never seen senior brother lose before. Dong Fang, I’m betting on you, ha ha…”
Hua Qian Gu hugged Dong Fang Yu Qing tightly, amazed at the clouds passing them by.
“Teacher, I just dreamed about you. How did you get out of my dreams?”
Dong Fang Yu Qing smiled, “Gu Tou is also my only dream.”
Hua Qian Gu immediately blushed. What do these words means? Why do they sound so cheesy?
“Teacher, are you an immortal?”
“No. From now on, don’t call me teacher anymore. Call me Dong Fang.”
“Um…Dong Fang, where are we going now?”
“We’re going to see the stars, so obviously we’re heading to the Milky Way.”
Dong Fang Yu Qing flew her up to the Milky Way. This is the second time they’ve been here together.
“I…I must still be dreaming.”
Hua Qian Gu stared wide eyes at the infinite stars in front of her.
Dong Fang Yu Qing threw the fan in his hand out and like magic, the fan morphed into a small boat. Hua Qian Gu sat at the side of the boat, took off her shoes and danced with the stars. The stars shining and sparkling in every corner.
Dong Fang Yu Qing held her in his arms. It was different hug from last time, now that she had lost some weight, Dong Fang Yu Qing carefully avoided her chest.
Hua Qian Gu leaned her back on Dong Fang Yu Qing’s chest and watched the beautiful scenery in front of them, occasionally pointing out something that piqued her interest.
Unexpectedly, a carrot appeared in front of her.
“Do you want to eat?”
Hua Qian Gu held the carrot and took a bite. “It tastes so sweet! Thank you, Dong Fang. Later, let’s come here more often to play, okay?”
“Okay, do you want to stay with me forever?”
Hua Qian Gu looked at him, smiled shyly and then nodded. Teacher wants to marry her? Finally there’s someone who wants her? What should she do next? Right, a kiss to seal the promise!
Dong Fang Yu Qing patted her head and saw her closing her eyes, moving her face higher to his face. He couldn’t stand it anymore and laughed, pulling her close into his arms and patted softly on her back. Hua Qian Gu suddenly felt sleepy, she could barely hear what Dong Fang Yu Qing was saying.
“Silly Gu Tou, now that you’re someone else’s wife, how could I kiss you? That would be inappropriate. I know you want to ask me a lot of questions but it’s not that I don’t want to answer you but even I don’t know the answers to your questions. To fall in samsara and going through endless reincarnations...I have seen too many things already. Actually, I can be even more heartless than anyone else. I saw you as my chess piece, the six realms as my chess board. My personality changes like the weather. What ‘creation’ of the demon goddess? It’s just a game that I played while I was bored and yet, I still lost. The price I had to pay was my heart and losing you forever. If I could go back, I wouldn’t let you go to Chang Liu Mountain and I wouldn’t let you meet him. Just know that this bet was not done to mock you. No matter what I try, it would take at least 15 years to treat your eyes. So instead of just waiting around I just want to use this chance to spend more time with you. You are too nice - no matter how many times I’ve tricked you, you still trusted me and went along with me. But I have done too many things in the past that hurt you already, so how could I bare to separate you and the person you love?”
Dong Fang Yu Qing gently caressed her face. To him, everything was a game, only she was real.
“Never ever give me a chance to come in between you two, Bai Zi Hua…”
Dong Fang Yu Qing turned his head around and saw a bright light shining from the other side. It was Bai Zi Hua who was slowly heading towards them. Tens of thousands and hundreds of thousands stars of the Milky Way could not outshine the light that he was currently emitting.
Dong Fang Yu Qing turned into a wisp of smoke and disappeared immediately.
Hua Qian Gu laid down by the side of the boat and slowly came to her senses. She didn’t see Dong Fang Yu Qing anywhere and instead Bai Zi Hua was standing next to her and staring.
“Teacher, why are you here? Are you also an immortal?”
Hua Qian Gu curiously looked at him. His face was colder looking than usual, perhaps he was angry at something?
Suddenly, she felt herself being pulled up from the waist and headed straight into Bai Zi Hua. His eyes were as deep as the ocean like it was swirling into the depths of her soul. Hua Qian Gu felt a bit afraid. She was about to open her mouth to talk but was rendered speechless.
It was all too sudden. She felt like a fire cracker being lit and her head was full of loud crackling noises. She could only see a hazy fog and a bright light shining in front of her. Bai Zi Hua’s kiss was very soft yet also passionate. The kiss became even more intense as time passed on. Whether it was flying pass clouds or observing the stars it could not compare to this very moment.
But this is not right? How could teacher kiss her? This is her first kiss!
Hua Qian Gu pinched herself hard, forced herself to be clear of mind and then tried all her might to push him away. Bai Zi Hua held her even tighter in response, the boat swaying violently as they struggled and eventually, they flipped over.
Yet in the midst of falling, Bai Zi Hua still continued kissing her.
Both of them sank down into the sea of stars. It was not like normal sea water as she was still breathing normally. The lights surrounding all around her like fireflies, covering her like a blanket and made her feel like she was a part of the Milky Way. Thousands and thousands stars stretched on, boundless. It was a magical moment.
Bai Zi Hua’s kiss became deeper and deeper, Hua Qian Gu opened her mouth to catch her breath. She thinks she’s going to die, is she in heaven now?
Not far from them, the Northern and Southern Dippers were sobering up, breathing heavily as they shook their heads in disbelief.
“That little Dong Fang Yu Qing have the guts to get us drunk.”
“Haizz, that we will deal with later, but what are we going to do now? Chang Liu’s Senior Immortal has broken the rules and he did it under our watch!”
“So what if he broke the rules? You dare to throw lightning at him? Can’t you see that he’s angry? Do you still want to live?”
“What? So we’ll just let it be? Then doesn’t it make it unfair for the others?”
“It’s not unfair, it’s not like he’s kissing someone else’s wife. If you want to throw lightning, then go ahead.”
“I don’t dare to!”
“It’s settled then. Pretend we know nothing, let’s go back to sleep…”
Hua Qian Gu was kissed until she felt dizzy, her whole body went limp as she could do nothing but held on to other person’s neck.
Bai Zi Hua could not understand why each and every time she had let him go? He firmly believed in her love for him. That no matter what happens her love for him won’t change. Still, she would rather go with Dong Fang than stay by his side…that she rather die alone than dying with him…
‘If she could go back to the beginning, would she really not love me anymore?’
‘I don’t believe it.’
‘For all lives, she would only love me, could love only me.’
‘A chance? There will be no chance. No matter if Dong Fang Yu Qing reincarnated 10 times or 100 or 1000 times or 10000 times, I would never give him any chances!’
Hua Qian Gu fell deeper into Bai Zi Hua’s kiss, and together they fell through the star-filled sky.
The next day when Hua Qian Gu woke up, the sun was already high up in the sky.
Oh no, she’s late for school again! Hua Qian Gu shot up startled as she could feel her whole body aching. The events of yesterday flashed through her head, making her cheeks flush red.
What happened after that? How did I get back home?
That’s not it, she must be dreaming. She can’t believe that’s what she dreamt about! She shook her head and knocked on her own head.
She dragged herself to the make-up table and in a flash she jumped up in astonishment. Her chubby face was like a blossomed red flower, her eyes sparkling and her lips…were swollen red.
Shit! It can’t be true!
“AHHHH!” At the end, Hua Qian Gu let out a loud scream, she was assaulted!
On the way to school Hua Qian Gu dare not look up. She may be embarrassed to death, but she must find Bai Zi Hua to find out the truth of last night. What was his reason for doing that? He didn’t say a word and just kissed her? Could he be wanting to marry her?
Haizz, marrying to Bai Zi Hua is actually not bad, it’s just marrying to him would be quite boring, she thinks.
She battled with herself the whole day and finally Bai Zi Hua’s class was held in the afternoon, but he did not so much as look at her.
“Qian Gu, are you alright? Why is your face red?”
“No, I’m alright…” Hua Qian Gu put her head down and concentrated on writing on her paper. After a while she realised that she had wrote ‘stupid’ on the paper. She wasn’t sure if that was to say to herself or to Bai Zi Hua.
When class was over, she stomped over to Bai Zi Hua.
Bai Zi Hua stopped in his tracks and looked innocently at her.
“What’s the matter?”
“Yesterday, why did y-you…” Hua Qian Gu stammered for a long time and then she shyly asked, “Why did you do that to me?”
Bai Zi Hua answered with steady eyes: “I don’t know what you are saying.”
Apparently he was done talking. He turned his heels, walked straight ahead and didn’t turn back to look at her.
Hua Qian Gu couldn’t believe her ears. Don’t know what she was saying? Could he have forgotten? Or could it really have been a dream?
From then on, Hua Qian Gu began to focus on Bai Zi Hua intensely. When she was in his class she would stare at him and sometimes even followed him around. She didn't believe that what had happened was fake.
But Bai Zi Hua was still poised as ever, seemingly indifferent to everything, and he completely dismissed what she had said.
She intentionally made a special drink* for him, resulting in him stating he didn’t like sour drinks and abruptly left. She could do nothing but return it home, unfortunately a few female students from the next class saw what she did and mocked her for it. She was chubby as a pig how could she think of making a move on teacher? Riled up, she thought of throwing the drink at them. She hates being called chubby the most!But when she thought about it, it’s best not to waste it so she took it home to drink it herself.
*A kind of drink that is described in the text as ‘sour’, unsure of the translation
She felt pathetic, why did he kiss her and didn’t admit to it? He’s a jerk! It’s not like she wanted him to marry her, she just wanted to know the truth.
Liu Huo saw her sitting alone in the forest crying, he started to laugh heartedly.
“Are you angry at Bai Zi Hua? Do you want to know why? I can give you an answer, come with me.”
Liu Huo guided her behind the waterfall, then took out a large mirror and put it on top of both of their heads.
“What are you doing?”
“It’s a type of defence, I don’t want to be strike by lightning. Sit down, let me tell you a secret.”
Liu Huo motioned her forward and Hua Qian Gu leaned her ear towards him.
“Not your ear, your hand.”
Hua Qian Gu spread out her hand which Liu Huo held in his and she noticed that their hands were clasped to form a seal. Liu Huo then spoke up: “A few days ago, Bai Zi Hua kissed you right?”
Hua Qian Gu panicked hearing the question, “How did you know?”
“Seeing your face for the past couple of days was enough for me to guess. This bet was already unfair to begin with, but really couldn’t fault him when his position is different from others.”
“A bet? What bet?”
“Bai Zi Hua, Dong Fang Yu Qing, Sha Qian Mo, Immortal Mo Bing and other teachers in the school all placed a bet to see who can capture your heart first. Obviously there’s a lot of people who are being nice to you, right? Too bad no matter what they do, it was not enough to beat a kiss from Bai Zi Hua, he completely had you seduced.” Liu Huo purposefully told her part of the truth.
Hua Qian Gu stuttered. Bai Zi Hua took one step in front of her and looked down at her intensely. His eyes were exactly the same as that night, even the stars could not compare to him.
The whole school was in shock, the atmosphere was as cold as ice.
The bet has ended?
Sha Tian Mo spit out his bun. ‘What? How could this happen? Who the hell is Liu Huo?’
Everybody who participated in the bet was wondering to themselves the same. Where in hell did this Liu Huo come from? This was obviously a done deal but there was a sudden twist. The ending was rushed as well? Bai Zi Hua had lost? And the winner was not Dong Fang Yu Ching?
Bai Zi Hua’s face showed a little discomfort, it was so close and yet…
Hua Qian Gu had already announced her decision.
Actually, he would have won, right?
Liu Huo laughed incredulously and went up to pat Hua Qian Gu on the shoulder, “Qian Gu, that was great! It’s just that as they say, a good lady does not marry twice…”
Hua Qian Gu felt unsteady, she could only feel that a lot of things wanted to rush out of her head. Her memories slowly regained, her vision fading, and in the midst of it she could see Liu Huo leaning in towards her.
“Qian Gu, can you still recognise me? I have a face in this lifetime now, you must remember it!”
Hua Qian Gu felt like someone had hit her really hard.
“Shuo Feng! You are Shuo Feng…you’ve returned…”
Joy overcame her and she felt dizzy. Her memories also came back in a rush and her eyes could not see anything anymore.