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Returning from Break


Thank you everyone for all your kindness and understanding while I was away. I was really touched by your supportive comments. It was definitely a much needed break. In order to not get bored or burned out on something (even if it’s something that I enjoy), I’d normally cycle through my hobbies, spending a few months on hobby 1, then a few months on hobby 2, then hobby 3, etc, before cycling back to hobby 1. I’m actually shocked at how long and consistently I been translating before my break. Thank you to everyone on patreon for keeping me accountable throughout this long journey. I’m back now, but I haven’t looked at my translation projects while I was on break, so I don’t have updates ready for you immediately. Please continue to be patient with me as I get back into the swing of things. As always, you can check here for my tentative updating schedule.

Thank you and happy reading.

-Vanilla Muse

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I need a mental respite

I am in dire need of a break from translating. So I will be stepping away from my website from now until 9/8/2023 (tentatively).

My patreon page will be on pause from 8/8/2023 – 9/7/2023. (The patreon website pauses the billing cycle in one-month increments at a time.) This will give readers some time to sign up for patreon before 8/8/2023 if they decide to do so. Once my patreon page is paused, it cannot accept new patrons, but existing patrons should be able to move freely up and down the levels. (Patreon will charge you the difference if you’re moving up in level, and if you’re moving down in level then you should be able to keep your current perks until your next renewal date.) You can refer to this patreon FAQ page for more details about paused billing.

For current patreon members, if your next renewal date is between 8/8/2023 – 9/7/2023 you will not be charged. (Most of my current patrons are still charged on the 1st of the month. This means you will not be charged on 9/1/2023. Your next payment date will be pushed to 10/1/2023.)

From now until 8/8/2023, I will try to translate as much ARTOW as possible for my patreon page. I’m hoping to build the levels some more before officially stepping away for a break.

I will not be checking messages or comments on my patreon page or website while I’m away, so please don’t be offended if I don’t reply to your inquiry during this time.

Thank you for your understanding and patience,

-Vanilla Muse, your tired hobbyist translator  (っ,-)

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I’m taking a break…

Announcement: I will be taking a break from my website for a month from 2/11/23 – 3/11/23. My patreon page will also be on pause during this time period.

For Existing Patreon Members: If your next renewal date is between 2/11/23 – 3/11/23 you will not be charged. (Most of my current patrons are still charged on the 1st of the month. This means you will not be charged on March 1st. Your next payment date will be pushed to April 1st.)

For New Patreon Members: My patreon page will be paused, which means it cannot accept new patrons during the time that I am away. If you want to read ahead while I’m away, then you will have to become a patron before 2/11/23. (Don’t quote me on this, but I believe existing patrons can change levels even while I’m away. Patreon will charge you the difference if you’re moving up in level, and if you’re moving down in level then you should be able to keep your current perks until your next renewal date.)

Reason For Absence: I’ve been consistently updating for about two years by now, all while keeping up with my job and daily life. I always try to have some chapters in reserve so that I can still keep up a consistent updating schedule online even when real life gets busy, but the past two months have been abnormally busy for me and I’ve used up all my reserved chapters. Now I’m constantly posting late and losing sleep to make up the late chapters. It’s really stressing me out. So I’m hoping to take some time off to get my affairs in order and build up some reserved chapters again. I hope to come back to you refreshed and back to delivering consistent updates like before.

Last Minute Updates: I should be able to squeeze out 2 more updates before I take a break. Sorry for the abrupt departure. I hope you’ll enjoy the upcoming posts.

Response Time: I will be checking any comments or messages very sparingly during this time period, so please don’t be upset if I don’t reply to your inquiry in a timely manner.

With All My Thanks For Your Understanding And Patience,

-Vanilla Muse

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Schedule Update!

Dear Readers,

Instead of taking time off from 1/23 – 1/27, I will be moving the break up a week from 1/16 – 1/20.

I originally planned to take that time off for visiting relatives during the Lunar New Year, as the traveling takes time and my older relatives tend to be very longwinded. But New Year’s preparations and spring cleaning is turning out to require more work than I had originally planned, so I need that extra time now rather than later.

The updates planned for 1/16 – 1/20 will be moved to 1/23 – 1/27 instead. (Maybe I can hide in the bathroom and translate a few lines on my phone while visiting relatives. Lol.)

Anyways, see you back here in about a week.

-Vanilla Muse

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XZX 14.6

T/N: Happy April Fools’ Day! XD

Here’s the real chapter. Enjoy!

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Chapter 14.6

Xue Zi Xuan picked up his cell phone and got up slowly. Xue Li Dan Ni and Xue Jing Yi crawled to a position far away from the two of them and watched silently. They didn’t want to go to jail, so they had to get this memory card by all means.

“Do you think that Xiao Yi only has this one memory card? You think he only sent it to me alone? Xue Rui, when did you become so naïve?” Xue Zi Xuan chuckled lowly and continued to dial the number on his phone without any regard to the threat aimed at him.

Xue Rui’s expression was malevolent. Of course he knew that Huang Yi has more than this memory card. He had collected so much evidence of their crimes and yet he did not report it to the police. Instead, he went missing. Wasn’t it all just for money? Didn’t he send the card to the Xue family just to shock them? Xue Rui was sure that within a few hours Huang Yi would call back to blackmail them for a lot of money.

When the time came, Xue Rui could deal with Huang Yi slowly. He would hire people to cut the weed and pull out its roots, eliminating Huang Yi completely.

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He had originally intended to let Huang Yi die comfortably, but that boy just had to choose a life of living hell. So what could Xue Rui do? In this world, there were simply too many people who did not know what was good for them!

But the biggest problem now was how to stop this stubborn, one-tracked mind son of his.

Xue Rui pushed the barrel of the gun against his son’s temple and said sharply, “Put down the phone and give me the memory card!”

Xue Zi Xuan heard him, but deliberately ignored him. The number had already been dialed. He opened his mouth to speak, but then he heard a “click” sound. It turned out that Xue Rui had actually pulled the trigger in panic.

Xue Li Dan Ni and Xue Jing Yi screamed, only to realize that there were no bullets in the gun, and they immediately collapsed onto the floor in a heap. Xue Rui was also paralyzed. Just then, it was like he had been possessed. If there had been bullets in the gun, then he would be a murderer. He would have killed his son with his own hands.

Xue Zi Xuan already knew that there were no bullets in the gun. Xiao Yi had a strong sense of curiosity. Naturally, Xue Zi Xuan would not let him touch something so dangerous, but he never expected that his father would actually pull the trigger. It reminded him of his last life. For exoneration, his father pushed all the blame onto Xue Jing Yi, and later had his mother bear most of the charges for him.

Xue Rui was such a selfish person. He did everything for himself. Sure enough, there was no good person in his family. Sooner or later, they would destroy all the good things in life.

Xue Zi Xuan’s vision was red. He heard an anxious voice from the other end of the phone, and he slowly said: “Hello, I want to report something to the police. My father, mother, and sister intend to join forces to murder my brother, and now my brother is missing. Please, can you help me find him?” He gave the manor’s address, and the person on the other end of the line said that there would be police officers there soon.

“What nonsense are you saying? Huang Yi left. Nothing happened to him. We didn’t murder him at all!” Xue Rui rushed to grab the phone.

Xue Zi Xuan kicked him away. Then he called and had the security company that he was working with send a few people over to watch Xue Rui and his party.

The bodyguards came quickly and they escorted the frightened Xue Li Dan Ni and Xue Jing Yi to the guest room on the second floor.

Xue Rui was sitting in the living room. There was another bodyguard with a gun trained to Xue Rui’s head.

Xue Zi Xuan took out the memory card from the safe and cut out the clip of Xiao Yi’s farewell to save to another disk. He wanted to save it for himself. He didn’t want to give it to the police.

He stared at the disk in a daze. After a long while, he said in a low voice: “Did you think that Xiao Yi sent the evidence back for extortion? You were wrong. He didn’t take any valuables when he left. He only had the set of clothes that he wore when he first came to our house. He disdains our family for being dirty, and anything from our family would dirty his hands.”

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Xue Rui was sweating profusely and echoed: “Yes, we were wrong. We shouldn’t hurt him. He is a good kid. Son, your father begs you. Seeing as how we’ve raised you for so long, how about you just let us go? When you get Huang Yi back, if you want to come out of the closet then you can come out of the closet. If you want to get married then you can get married. We won’t interfere. Before the police comes, destroy that memory card, then everyone can live together in harmony and pass our days happily. There’s no need to push things to this point. Zi Xuan, your dad is begging you!”

“I let you go, but who will let Xiao Yi go?” Xue Zi Xuan suddenly stood up and shouted, “If he didn’t notice your schemes, what were you guys going to do? Plot against him even more? Have him fall off a cliff? Dig out his heart? Who’s going to let him go? Who’s going to let him go?”

Xue Zi Xuan vented his emotions on the things in the living room, breaking them without restraint. He did not even know when the tears had started streaming down his face. He was about to crumble and fall apart.

He roared at Xue Rui until Xue Rui was almost like a cicada in the winter. Stiff. Even the bodyguard’s hand, which held a gun, shook. He had never seen an employer get so angry that they lost control like this. It was as if his employer would go insane in the next second.

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