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Status Update

Apologies for the delay. Pages (the word processor that I use on Apple) has been glitching out on me recently, making it hard to complete my translation work. I don’t know why it’s like this now when it was working perfectly fine before. My laptop is also fairly new, so it shouldn’t be a hardware problem either. I’m trying to troubleshoot it with my very limited tech knowledge (as this is not my field of expertise). I’m also looking into other methods to continue translating, but I’ve developed a very specific work flow over the past few years and changing that will extend my translation process while I get use to the new method. Please be patient for a while longer.

Thank you for your understanding,
Vanilla Muse

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TBL 141.2

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Chapter 141.2 – To Incite Disharmony

An Zi Ran found the scene before him a little strange. The laowangye was already so old, yet he still addressed himself as erchen before the empress dowager.

“Do you find it amusing?”

Fu Wu Tian lowered his voice and whispered in An Zi Ran’s ear. There was a hint of contempt in his tone of voice.

An Zi Ran hesitated for a moment and then nodded.

Fu Wu Tian said: “In this world, there are two people that grandfather cannot go against. One of them is uncle, and the other one is the empress dowager. In front of great grandmother, even grandfather will be more ‘well-behaved’ and he won’t put up a hard front.”

The empress dowager was already over eighty years old. She was the longest-lived empress dowager in Da Ya. Due to her health care routine, she was not like most elderly people who could only lie in bed and could not move. Her mind was clear, and her energy levels were better than the average elderly person.

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But the empress dowager was indeed quite old, so the laowangye did not dare to anger her even a little bit, and he would never deliberately go against her. Even if he were reprimanded, he would endure it silently like a mute.

It was rare for four generations of the family to gather in Ciming Palace. In the end, Fu Yi also sat down after the empress dowager ordered him to. The room was full of talk and laughter. Although it was not as lively as the state banquet, the atmosphere was warmer than the state banquet.

An Zi Ran also liked the empress dowager very much. From time to time, he would say something that would cause her to laugh heartily. It was somewhat different from his usual apathetic manner.

After talking and laughing for nearly two quarters of an hour, the empress dowager reluctantly revealed a trace of exhaustion. Thus the three of them escorted her inside to rest before taking their leave.

After they left Ciming Palace, Fu Yi went to fetch the carriage, and the laowangye finally allowed his expression to go cold. He didn’t so much as glance at the pair.

“Wu Tian, back then, I told you marry the young lady of the An family. I didn’t tell you to marry the eldest young master of the An family. You know perfectly well that you’re the Fu wangfu’s sole scion. Are you deliberately trying to make your grandfather angry?”

Fu Wu Tian took An Zi Ran by the hand and walked up to the laowangye. He said slowly: “Grandfather, you are wrong. Fu wangfu still has uncle. He is also surnamed Fu.”

Hearing him mention Fu Yi, the old prince frowned, “Your uncle is forty years old, and he has no plans to marry and have children. Do you think you can count on him? Don’t think I don’t know what you’re planning. I don’t care what you think. In short, you must give me the next generation of the Fu wangfu. Afterwards, you can marry whomever you want and I won’t interfere.”

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If Fu Yi was willing to marry a wife and have children, of course the laowangye would be very happy, but because he felt guilty towards Fu Yi, he didn’t dare to force Fu Yi, so… he could only force his grandson…

“Then I’m sorry, I’m afraid I’ll have to disappoint Grandfather.” Fu Wu Tian said calmly, not taking the old man’s words to heart at all.

The laowangye’s expression turned gloomy in a split second. He knew that this grandson’s occasional obedience was actually an illusion. In essence, no one could force him. Unless he was in a good mood at the time, he would be more stubborn than his father. The old man really didn’t know whom Fu Wu Tian inherited this personality from.

Unable to deal with his grandson, the old man simply focused on An Zi Ran, “If you still acknowledge me as your grandfather, then persuade Wu Tian to marry a concubine, otherwise I will not approve of you.”

An Zi Ran looked at the old man. Then he looked at Fu Wu Tian, who wore a calm expression on his face. He dropped his gaze and said serenely, “Then, I can only refuse to acknowledge you as my grandfather.”

Fu Wu Tian sneered unceremoniously.

The laowangye’s expression turned dark again. He had no memory of the time when his brain was addled, so this could be considered his first head-to-head confrontation with An Zi Ran. The young man’s character was unexpectedly difficult, but he had a few points of his esteemed father’s character. Thinking of this, the laowangye immediately felt very upset.

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“Grandfather, during my father’s generation, the Fu wangfu and the emperor were already divided at heart, although they appeared to be united on the outside. Isn’t my not having any heirs what they [the emperor’s side] want? Like this, they won’t have reason to bother Fu wangfu in the future. And we won’t have to completely fall out with them.”

Fu Wu Tian tried to move the laowangye with his fallacious reasoning.


The laowangye was not so easily moved. This sentence was fallacious no matter how you listened to it. Did Fu Wu Tian think everyone else were idiots? According to his meaning, there would be no Fu wangfu in the future, so of course there wouldn’t be any falling out.

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Hello Readers,

I’m back from break. I was busy with IRL stuff while I was away so there wasn’t much free time to translate. Please give me a bit of time to play catch up. You can check this page for my planned March 2024 updating schedule.

~Vanilla Muse

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Lunar New Year Break

Dear Readers,

For those of you who did not see the notice on my updating schedule page, I am making a dedicated post for this announcement. I will be taking a month break from translating in preparation and observation of the Lunar New Year. For those of you who celebrate Lunar New Year, you will know that there’s quite a bit of prep work leading up to it, and during the 15-day long holiday, there will be lots of socializing with extended family. As an introvert, having to entertain extended family will be draining for me, not to mention the travel time that will be needed.

During this time, patreon will be on pause. This means my patreon page cannot accept new members while I am away, and current members will not be charged. My patreon page will be paused from 1/28/2024 to 2/28/2024.

Happy Lunar New Year to those who celebrate.

See you all again in March. ( ´ ▽ ` ).。o♡

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It’s Covid

Dear Readers,

I’m here to update everyone on my health situation. I got tested and confirmed that I have covid. I’ve been down for the past few days suffering from terrible chills, fevers, and nausea. I’ve finally shaken off the fevers and I can think straight again. Yay. I’m still dealing with other symptoms, such as sore muscles, creaky joints, stuffy nose and runny nose (it alternates and I swear my nose always stuffs up when I’m trying to sleep), a cough, sore throat, light dizziness, etc, but I’m finally on the mend. My appetite is back, so I can eat more and get the nutrients I need to get better faster. I’m still on the road to recovery, but things are looking better. Considering my profession IRL, I’m honestly surprised I managed to dodge covid for so long. But this means I now have natural immunity, right? Lol.

For the updates that I missed during my sickness, I’m afraid I won’t be able to make those up to you. I’m very sorry. This sudden illness has set me behind in many other areas of my life that require more urgent attention. The virus is also making the rounds amongst my family members, so I will be taking care of them while recuperating myself.

I do hope to be able to resume regular updates soon. Until then, please be patient with me a bit longer.

Many Thanks,

Vanilla Muse

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I woke up feeling under the weather. I’m hoping it’s just a common cold and no more serious than the flu. Regardless, I took a day off work. I’m gonna get lots of rest and hope that I get well asap. Unfortunately, my head feels too heavy to concentrate on translating. I’ll update everyone once I feel better.

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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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