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06 January 2016 @ 11:10 pm
Here's part 2 :)

Epilogue - The Bet
Series: The Journey of Flower
Original Author: Fresh Guo Guo
Source: https://hanphongtuyet.wordpress.com/gst/nttq/huyen-huyen/hoa-thien-cot-fresh-qua-qua/
Translation from Vietnamese to English by: missjade
Proofread by myden

Chapter 4 – A Good Gentleman’s Desire Part 2

Today she was walking to school halfway when she was suddenly surrounded by a thick fog. She was clearly on the dirt road but in an instant it seems she had reached the wilderness. There was no one around and it was eerily quiet. She walked around in a circle but could not find the dirt road again. Feeling tired, she did not care to walk anymore and sat down to rest.

Suddenly, a chilling laugh could be heard, like the creaking sound of an old wooden door moving.

“Who is it?” Hua Qian Gu was so scared that her whole body was trembling. A green faced man with protruding eyes appeared from the fog, his actions were cold and stiff like a puppet on strings.

“Hua Qian Gu! Today I shall have my revenge! I want the whole six realms to know how powerful I, Zhi Biao, am! Ha ha ha…”

He did not finish, when suddenly she heard another voice next to her call out: “Southern Dipper!”

Hua Qian Gu was not able to gather her wits in time, when a flash of lightning bolt from the sky came crashing down and hit Zhi Biao. Not even his shadow was left, only a wisp of smoke lingered in the air…

The fog surrounding her began to disappear and she realised that she was not in the wilderness anymore but she was standing in a small lane. She spotted Dong Fang Yu Qing standing not far from her.

“Really, how could you sleep when you’re on duty?” Dong Fang Yu Qing raised his arms pointing at the sky, the clouds quickly disappeared.

“Teacher, why are you here?” Hua Qian Gu rubbed her eyes thinking she was daydreaming on the way to school. She was not aware that Zhi Biao was there to kill her. The years that Hua Qian Gu ascended to the mortal realm, all kinds of demons and monsters used this opportunity to exact their revenge against Chang Liu. However she was protected by Southern Dipper and Northern Dipper in the sky. They took turns protecting her and they did not hesitate to destroy whoever came to her with evil intentions. Thus the reason why Hua Qian Gu was never in a precarious situation before.

“Nothing, let’s go, we’ll head to school together.” Dong Fang Yu Qing pulled her up from the ground and still not letting go of her hand, guided her towards the front. Hua Qian Gu was a little surprised by the gesture, thinking to herself that he is very gentlemanly indeed. If her future husband could do the same then how great would that be?

In a blink of an eye, 2 months have passed. Hua Qian Gu began to like her school more and more. She realised that besides eating there were many other things in life to enjoy as well.

Today she received a letter from Sha Qian Mo. In it, he told her to meet him tonight at the bamboo forest behind the school as he had something important to tell her.

Hua Qian Gu could hardly understand it but after eating dinner she quickly ran to the meeting point. She doodled some drawings on the ground as she waited. Suddenly she heard someone called out to her ‘Xiao Bu Dian’ and a man with long hair and dressed in purple robes came dashing from the forest, appearing quite heavenly in front of her.

Hua Qian Gu’s mouth hanged open in shock.

“Ha ha ha! Aren’t you surprised and happy to see me?”


Sha Qian Mo opened his fan that he took out of nowhere and giggled, “Do you want to marry to me? Don’t worry, jiejie* will definitely marry you.”

*Jiejie = Big Sister

Hua Qian Gu’s mind went blank, what’s happening?

“Let’s go, I’ll introduce myself to your father. If that man dares to disagree, jiejie will kill him and his crickets.”

Hua Qian Gu immediately wiped her sweat and asked, “Sha jiejie, why did you disguised as a female?”

“If it wasn’t for that bastard Dong Fang Yu Qing! Ha! He was jealous of my charming beauty and was too afraid that he might lose to me. He thought this bet was in the palm of his hand. Ha! Dream on!”

“Jiejie, what bet are you talking about?” Hua Qian Gu naively asked.

“It’s a bet to see who you finally - ” but he didn’t manage to say ‘like’ when a flash of lightning bolt struck down from the sky. Sha Qian Mo’s hair immediately pointed at all directions and scorched to the very tip.

Hua Qian Gu was so surprised that she froze in the spot.

Sha Qian Mo was furious! Arghhhh! He only unintentionally mentioned it! How dare they ruin his hair?! How is he supposed to meet people now? Those stinky Southern and Northern Dippers, you just wait!

Sha Qian Mo was so mad that he let Hua Qian Gu go home by herself and then angrily flicked his sleeves and left to get his revenge.

Hua Qian Gu trudged home mumbling to herself. In the past few months the number of people who was struck by lightning around her have climbed to a significant amount. Looks like she should arm herself with a lightning rod and a hat to avoid being hit by lightning one day. The thought of Hua Qian Gu, the piglet, being roasted would be such a pitiful sight.

She grimaced when suddenly she spotted a familiar silhouette standing by the bridge in front of her.

She waved, “Teacher, you haven’t gone home yet?”

Immortal Mo Bing looked at her and shook his head.

Hua Qian Gu trotted up the bridge, “Let’s go home together?”

Because this teacher was the strangest, he always stared at her but did not say a word.

“Let’s go?” Hua Qian Gu pulled on his sleeve, Immortal Mo Bing instantly took 2 steps back.

“Qian Gu, the reason I participated this time is not to pursue you. I just wanted to have the opportunity to look at you for just a bit longer. Every day seeing you happy also makes me happy…”

“What?” Hua Qian Gu cocked her head to the side, not understanding what Immortal Mo Bing was saying. When she finally realised it, Immortal Mo Bing was nowhere to be seen.

At the end Hua Qian Gu walked home by herself. There’s always someone who was stranger than the last, she thought.

“Hey, hey, Hua Qian Ball!” Suddenly a voice called out to her. She pouted her lips, turned around to look and who else could it be but Liu Huo.

“It’s so late, what are you doing by yourself?”

“I’m heading home.”

“I want to go to a fun place, you want to come with me?”

Hua Qian Gu became excited at the idea and asked, “Where to?”

“Just come with me.”

It turns out Liu Huo took Hua Qian Gu to the largest brothel in Hangzhou. She stared wide eyed at the door and then cried out.

“What? But I’m a female!”

“Don’t worry, females can enter here too. There are also gigolos in here.” Liu Huo pulled Hua Qian Gu inside.

“I-I-I…I don’t go for beauty…”

They were both taken into a room.

“Bring out 3 young beautiful girls here. Qian Gu, what about you?”

“I-I-I, I want the muscular type…”

Liu Huo literally had 3 lines across his forehead*, who was the one that said that they ‘don’t go for beauty’ just now?

*If you can imagine the anime lines across a character’s forehead when they become exasperated with a situation or person.

Wine and a few dishes were brought out and filled the table. They played the scissors, paper, rock game and drank wine as punishment if they lost. Hua Qian Gu was very lucky, she seemed to be on a winning streak.

Realising that it was very dark outside, Hua Qian Gu asked, “Should we head home?”

“What’s the rush? Your father already slept a long time ago.”

“How did you know that?” It was true that he father had gone to sleep already and he only wakes up when the sun is high in the sky.

“Ha, there’s nothing strange about knowing that.” Liu Huo poured another cup of wine for her, “Drink up.”

Hua Qian Gu not only love to eat but her alcohol intake was very high as well.

And so both of them got drunk. It wasn’t until late afternoon the next day did they wake up. Hua Qian Gu lied down on the chair, she kicked Liu Huo to the floor but he was so drunk that he hadn’t realised it.

“Oh no! Crap! We’re late for school!” Hua Qian Gu quickly washed her face and then tried to shake Liu Huo awake.

Liu Huo sleepily opened his eyes, “What are you worried for? Either way, we’re late.”

“We’ll be punished by the teachers.”

“So what? Even if we go now, we’ll still be punished. Just let it be. I’ll take you to another place to play.”

And once again Hua Qian Gu was pulled by Liu Huo to the largest casino in Hangzhou.

“Yesterday you won a lot, let’s go for round 2.”

And so Hua Qian Gu played the dice game and won a lot of silvers. As she carried her winnings, she realised that she was very lucky, ha ha ha.

They played till late night, feeling starved for playing for too long, they went to a street vendor and ate won ton soup.

“We’ll divide our winnings in half.” Liu Huo gave half of the silvers to her.

“We’ll make it 3:7 since you paid for everything yesterday.”

“I invited you to come play so of course I’d pay for it. Next time you can invite me back.”

Hua Qian Gu nodded. Since she was little she always a good little girl and hardly go out to play. The last 2 days she rebelled and played outside, she really loved this rebellious feeling.

As a result, when she returned home she had to kneel on the laundry stick as punishment.

Sheng Xiao Mo held a feather duster in one hand and a cup of tea in the other, ignoring Hua Qian Gu.

“You thought that I didn’t know what you’ve been doing for the past 2 days?”

The book placed on her head swayed back and forth, both her legs have become numb, her face pleading to her father.

“Father, I’m wrong.”

“You know you’re wrong now? Then that’s good. From now on and for 1 month, your punishment is to run around the garden 10 times to reduce your weight.”

“Huh…” Reducing weight again, her father did this on purpose, right? But she could do nothing but accept her punishment and ran around the garden.

But it hadn’t been a few days when Hua Qian Gu once again ran straight to the casino with Liu Huo. Sheng Xiao Mo was livid to the point that his beard grew out and he’s eyes glared. He couldn’t hit her or else Sha Qian Mo and everybody else would make mincemeat out of him. So the worried father had to run to Dong Fang Yu Qing and asked, “Who is Liu Huo?”

“I don’t know, he’s not involved in this bet. Just a normal person. He doesn’t know about the bet anyway, so even if he is a bad influence for Hua Qian Gu, we can’t hit him with lightning.”

“All of you have to try harder. There’s only a few months left. Why isn’t anyone worried?” This bet cannot be extended so if within the year no one wins, it’ll be called a draw.

“I guessed that Bai Zi Hua will not make a move because he wanted the results to be a draw. I will not let him have his way.” Dong Fang Yu Qing smiled confidently.

But when he saw Hua Qian Gu the next day, Dong Fang Yu Qing wasn’t sure if he should cry or laugh, because they met again at the judge’s court.

Hua Qian Gu went with Liu Huo to play some sort of ‘robbing the rich and give to the poor’ games and wasn’t exactly aware of her actual body attributes that at the end she fell through the roof and got caught by the authorities in the process.

Liu Huo was quite loyal and did not run away to save himself. At the end, they were both caught and kneeled before the court, reduced to staring at each other helplessly. Her father was called forward including the teachers and some classmates. Hua Qian Gu sighed, it was the biggest embarrassment in her life, ever.

After a long interrogation and seeing that it was their first crime, the judge gave them a light punishment by having them pay for the broken roof and compensating for those in shock.

Hua Qian Gu was locked in jail for a night and almost starved to death. When she was let out the next day, she ran home to freedom like a newborn baby.

Sheng Xiao Mo immediately pulled on her ear. “You little mischievous naughty kid! Do you know what you’ve done wrong?”

Hua Qian Gu held on his hand tightly, “I know! Father, you’re right! When I go back I’ll definitely reduce my weight.”

Sheng Xiao Mo was so angry that he almost fainted.

You Ruo who was next to him used this chance to caught hold of him, “Uncle, don’t be angry, Hua Qian Gu was only just playing.”

Sheng Xiao Mo just saw the little girl and immediately ran far away. She’s been coming over to his house every 2 or 3 days, it seems she has some other ill-intentions towards him. He doesn’t know when You Ruo became a domestic person who knows how to cook and clean. Just a few days ago she let loose his Xiang Jin Shi* and yesterday she accidentally killed Xiao Qin Hua* of his. She didn’t even let him sleep properly, forcing him to play chess with her. If she continues like this, all his precious crickets will lose their life. Besides, You Ruo is Chang Liu’s sect leader, if she really did like him, seems like it’ll be another sky-shattering and earth-shaking repeated episode like Hua Qian Gu’s of that year. By then, wouldn’t it be an ironic situation?

*Xiang Jin Shi & Xiao Qin Hua are Sheng Xiao Mo’s crickets’ name.

Sheng Xiao Mo was not worried about Hua Qian Gu anymore so he secretly went home by himself. You Ruo just finished talking and in a blink of an eye Sheng Xiao Mo was nowhere to be seen.

“Uncle, wait a minute.” You Ruo said as she hurriedly chased after him.

At Chang Liu, Mo Yan stood in front of the water mirror and showed a rare smile. “Looks like junior brother now knows what suffering actually is.”

Standing next to him was Nan Xian Yue who wore an uncomfortable expression on his face. He held on tightly to the prayer beads in his hand. That’s great, You Ruo sect leader, you just ascended the mortal realm once and you don’t remember anything anymore. Now you like someone else. In the past you were so thick-skinned and promised heaven and earth with him. Now he knows that all women are the same, they talk about emotions and feelings but you just can’t trust half of what they say!

Even though Mo Yan did not favour Hua Qian Gu much but he really does care for You Ruo so when he saw the sour expression on Nan Xian Yue’s face, he couldn’t help himself and coughed twice. His tone veiled an intentional provocation: “You’re still on the fence about resuming secular life? That little You Ruo can be annoying at times, but if it’s too forceful why not just let it go? When this bet ends, maybe You Ruo will come to her senses. She’s a part of Chang Liu so she’ll just focus on her cultivation. On the other hand, you can achieve your own dream too and return to the temple and become the abbot.”

Nan Xian Yue’s face colour immediately changed from green to white. After mumbling under his breath ‘Amituofuo’, he quickly took off.

That night, You Ruo made chicken soup. She just reached Hua Qian Gu’s home when a sudden gust of wind came from behind her. She wiped the dust from her eyes, still not knowing what happened, she was suddenly hugged by someone. In a blink of an eye, they’ve flown for thousands of miles.

The sea stretched far and wide, the clouds covered the sky as far as the eye could see, You Ruo realised that she was flying and the person holding her was…a monk?

“Help! Monster!”

She screamed loudly and used her strength to get away.

Nan Xian Yue sternly gave You Ruo the side-eye before using his fingers to flick her forehead once. You Ruo immediately regained her memories.

“Ah Yue, why are you here?” You Ruo recognised him and was instantly happy. Ah Yue had finally took initiative to carry and fly with her, she wanted to raise her head to give him a kiss.

Nan Xian Yue coldly dodged her attempt.

“You should know what you had done.”

You Ruo thought for a moment and was reminded of her look when she was crushing on Sheng Xiao Mo in the last few days. She regrettably covered her face with her hands. Oh no, this is a problem, Nan Xian Yue had seen everything!

“Dear, don’t be mistaken! I really only have you in my heart! That time I, I lost my memories, I just accidentally…”

“Just accidentally? I think you had that intention from the beginning! And you even made chicken soup?” When You Ruo chased after him, she would nagged him about almost everything, every day! How infuriating!

“It isn’t like that! Dear, listen to me…” You Ruo was almost in tears, “From today onwards, I’ll make you chicken soup every day for you to eat…”

“I, don’t, want, it!”

The whole way, You Ruo used all her skills to try to smooth Nan Xian Yue’s anger. She tried everything in the book and used all the sweet-talking she could muster. The sea even began to fill up with chicken soup...

And so You Ruo became the next person to back out of the bet. The silver lining was that someone had finally resumed secular life due to jealousy. When the bet is over and everyone returns to normal life, both You Ruo and Nan Xian Yue could hold the wedding ceremony. Through this ordeal, You Ruo finally understands the extreme danger that teacher Hua Qian Gu is going through. If her teacher does love someone else, then it won’t be as easy to sweet-talk Zun Shang as it seems.

When Hua Qian Gu came to know that You Ruo had relocated to the capital without a goodbye, she was very sad. Tang Bao was beside Luo Shi Yi every day so no one was left to play with her. Luckily, Liu Huo was able to concoct up mischievous games to play such as stealing from the rich, fishing for frogs from the lake, captured craps by the river, and igniting fireworks as well.

Hua Qian Gu have reduced her weight by a bit. She is determined to be skinny prior to her wedding so that she could be married to someone while looking pretty.

In a blink of an eye, a few months have already passed. She had attended the school for almost a year. Hua Qian Gu realised that the atmosphere in her surroundings have become strange. Everybody’s eyes seem to have some excitement in them. It’s like the eyes of someone who was watching a very good play.

Even more, she’s not sure if she’s too conscious or not but she felt that a lot of people around her are secretly eyeing her, like they’re observing her every movement and what she says like a hawk. If she were to stand next to a teacher, whispers and murmurings could be heard.
(Anonymous) on January 27th, 2016 02:27 am (UTC)
Yess!! Thank you for feeding my obsession.