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FOD: Xue Zi Xuan 8.8

Comment: Your chapters are too short.

Response: As a fellow reader I understand the frustration of wanting to read more, but (binge reading and then) running out of content to consume. I really do. The entire reason I started translating this story was because I wanted to read it and no one was translating it at the time when I was crazy obsessed over Quickly Wear the Face of the Devil, because I had just finished binging the main story, so I had no choice but to do it myself. I, too, get frustrated at how slowly I am plodding through this translation, and would like nothing more than to fly through a readable English version without pausing to decipher every sentence. But I am only human and this is already my best. Please also understand, that this might be a passion project, but it is also a side hobby, and I do have a life and other responsibilities outside of cyber space. Thank you for understanding and for your patience, and I sincerely apologize for my ineptitude. 🙇‍♂️ Extended answer here (refer to Q3).


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Chapter 8.8 – Can’t Expend You to Death

With a curl of his lips, Zhou Yun Sheng was about to try to chase Xue Jing Yi away when a luxury car drove into the garage. Xue Zi Xuan, wearing a silver-gray high-quality suit, stepped out of the car.

He saw the teenager looking like a messy kitten and he smiled, his eyes filled with love. When his eyes landed on Xue Jing Yi, his face turned cold for a moment.

“Where are Fu Bo and Xiao Deng? How come they’re not looking after her properly?”

Xiao Wang quickly jumped out of the car and said in a simpering manner, “Young Master, I will assist Young Miss back to her room.”

“Brother, you’re back. Was work hard today? I asked Fu Bo to make bird’s nest congee for you. It should be ready to eat now.” Xue Jing Yi smiled obediently, her eyes bright with anticipation.

Looking at her considerate and sensible, yet weak and pitiful appearance, Xiao Wang really felt that it was not worth it for her to be so good. He had planned to haul her out at first, but when he got in front of her he couldn’t bear to do so. When he sympathized with Xue Jing Yi, he never thought about how her survival was dependant on the murder of Huang Yi. Xue Jing Yi was sick, but what did that have to do with the teenager? Why should he pay the price of his life for her to live?

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“Young Master, how about you send the young miss back?” Xiao Wang had the intention of being peacemaker to improve the relationship between the brother and the sister. He remembered that they used to be very close before. He didn’t know when things became like this.

Seeing Xue Jing Yi’s longing and sad expression, Zhou Yun Sheng felt that her presence was extremely irksome. Zhou Yun Sheng walked over and tugged on Xue Zi Xuan’s clothes with his dirty fingertips. “Brother, stay and help me out. I still have two more parts to install and then it will be done. Wait a bit and then we’ll go together to eat congee.”

Zhou Yun Sheng remembered that tugging on Xue Zi Xuan’s clothes was Xue Jing Yi’s habitual action. She wished she could be a part of Xue Zi Xuan, hanging off of him all the time, and sticking close to him wherever he went. So he purposefully copied her to gross her out.

Xue Zi Xuan smiled immediately. He liked having the teenager depend on him, and he liked it even more when the youth acted possessive towards him. He took off his coat, flung off his tie, rolled up his sleeves, and said softly, “I have no knowledge on machinery. I can only hand you the tools. Don’t hate* me for being clumsy.”

“No matter who I hate*, I won’t hate you,” Zhou Yun Sheng replied. These lovey-dovey words were said precisely to annoy Xue Jing Yi.

[*T/N: 嫌弃 xian qi – I used “hate” because it’s shorter and flows better in English, while still fitting the context of both lines, but a more direct translation would be “don’t avoid me out of dislike” or “don’t turn your back on me” or “don’t ignore me.”]

The tip of Xue Jing Yi’s nose turned red, looking like she was about to cry. Seeing her like this made Xiao Wang feel distressed. He hurriedly tried to persuade in a cajoling voice, but when he saw the glare in her eyes, he seemed to have been intimidated. Xiao Wang followed her line of sight, and could not help sighing in his heart: they changed; really, completely, and truly changed.

You couldn’t blame them for being surprised. Xue Zi Xuan suffered from serious mysophobia and couldn’t even bear to touch strangers, let along something that was dirty. But right now, the teenager was hugging Xue Zi Xuan’s trimmed waist and laughing while rubbing his grease-stained face against the young man’s chest. Instead of retreating three day’s march*, and returning to his room at top speed to shower, he held the teen even closer, making it easier for the youth to rub against him.

[*T/N: retreating three day’s march – idiom for making a strategic withdrawal]

If that were all, it was still fine, but when faced with the teenager, Xue Zi Xuan treated him like a kindred spirit. When facing outsiders, even including his parents, his mysophobia was still just as grave as before, and his attitude was harsh enough to make one’s hair stand up on end.

If this singularly unique tolerance and doting love still couldn’t make Xiao Wang recognize reality, then his ten years of service to the Xue family would be for naught. Like this, the heart transfer surgery would most likely be cancelled right? But he would have to see if the young master could handle the master and mistress’s pressure.

Translations by Vanilla Muse.

Thinking this way, Xiao Wang didn’t dare open his mouth anymore. Then he took Xue Jing Yi, whose countenance was exactly like that of a wandering soul, out of the garage. He had just arrived at the garage door when he saw a group of people coming out of the basement, covered in cement dust.

“Hey, what are you guys doing?” Xiao Wang stepped forward and asked.

“Mr. Xue hired us to restructure the basement,” one of them answered.

“The basement cannot be touched. Inside, there is…” the operating room! Realizing that the young miss was still there he swallowed back the last three words. Then he hurried into the basement to check.

No more.

All of the surgical equipment was gone.

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26 thoughts on “FOD: Xue Zi Xuan 8.8

  1. Hahaha Xue Zi Xuan moves fast now! Removing any and all dangers to Zhou Yun Sheng. I really really love this extra for all the heartache the original timeline gave me.

    Thanks for the hardwork!! Im fine with slow updates bc its understandable that Chinese is hard and had many idioms especially to the non-native speaker. Your translations and edits are way above average in how clear the writing and translation is, I really appreciate your hardwork, especially for a person like me who understands absolutely negative of the chinese language and for you to have enough patience and perseverance to translate it all. Thank you for your hardwork and don’t mind those inconsiderate people who only know how to take and not be grateful for even having someone to translate this. Just take your time and have proper rests ok? Its not like people die if they don’t read this for a few days or as if there aren’t other novels to read in the mean time.

    1. This arc really stood out to me (and many others) in the main story. I flipped out and wiggled for joy in my seat when I found out that there was a extra side story. 😆

      Thank you for being understanding! I felt like it needed to be addressed, because I really do understand the agony of waiting as a fellow reader. There are also stories I follow with really slow updates, and I’ve often lament the slowness, but I never say anything because I didn’t want to come across as rude or mean to the translator who is already putting this work out for free. But since someone commented, I figured that many people must also be thinking it, but just wasn’t voicing it, so I just wanted to acknowledge the situation. Yes, I know the wait is hard, which is why I’m really, really grateful for all the patient readers out there! Love you all! ♡♡♡

      I may be a turtle, but I promise I WILL finish translating this story through to the end. Nothing worse than an interesting story that gets dropped halfway. ((o(>_<)o))

      1. Vanilla-sama, please remember, “Your translation is worth the wait.”

        It’s already free, the translation is quality, and you get to immerse in the story rather than binge-reading it. Idk for others, there’s just a sense of satisfaction when I get to read it. Because I’ve been patient and it’s like a reward for my days of work. Those impatient and rude people need to have more things to do in real life rather than venting it out on you.

        So remember, “Your translation is really worth the wait.” Thank you!

        1. (⌯˃̶᷄ ﹏ ˂̶᷄⌯)゚
          I’m tearing up because your comment is so nice. I know there are people who don’t care about quality and would rather just get the story quicker, so I’m really happy that you think my translation is worth the wait. Thank youuuu!

  2. i don’t normally comment on, well, anything, but this needs to be said.
    i’m sorry the person who wrote that comment was such an ass.
    you’re literally doing this for us to read for free and you don’t deserve to get any shit for that. it doesn’t matter how infrequent your updates are, no one gets to say that what you’re doing is inadequate when they are consuming it for f r e e. please don’t feel like what you’re doing isn’t enough.
    sorry for being so mad.

    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment and console me, and for getting angry on my behalf, you beautiful bun. ♡

      The commenter didn’t word their complaint in a mean way at all. They were quite neutral and polite about it. But it still stung because I understand the struggle of being an avid reader in love with a story, and I could tell that that person also really liked this story. I just felt like I ought to acknowledge the situation, because I’m sure many people feel the same way, but they suffered the wait patiently in silence, so I wanted to give thanks and also apologize. 🙂

  3. Thank you for translating, I truly appreciate your hard work! <3

    I love being able to read these extras and no way I’ll mtl them – I won’t survive reading that gibberish. ┑( ̄Д ̄)┍

    So please take your time, since I can wait – to me it’s quality over quantity.

    1. Thank you so much for saying so! ^-^
      I’ve had some projects swiped from under my nose while I was translating them, because the other person was faster, so I’m really happy that you appreciate my work. I’m sure I’ll get faster with more practice and exposure to the Chinese language, but in the meantime I’ll do my best to give you good quality work!

  4. Haha all right. It’s actually nice to see that while we still have our wily ZYS, he doesn’t have to do much by himself.

    Thanks for the great translation ♥️ Your speed is fine 😊

  5. Wah, rude! Your speed is slow, but a like a tortoise! Steady and reliable! Thanks for your hard work! Just had to say that before reading the chapter. I’m usually a lurker, but that comment was out of line.

  6. I forgot about the basement surgical room. XZX sure moves fast. I bet he hates that he can’t just directly push XJY to death. Well, like I said before, Xue dad is going to regret handing over power to his son. Thanks for the chapter!

  7. XZX is so awesome! I kinda forgot about the basement hehe but it makes me so happy reading how XJY is suffering and would suffer more in the future /evil chuckle/

    Btw, I also saw that comment about the speed of your update and all I want to say is, “Thank you for your hard work! I also kinda understand that they’re frustrated and want to read more but you’re already translating this to the best of your ability and lets us read this for free. Plus, all the wait is worth it, the longer I wait the greater it makes me build up my anger towards XJY HAHAHA! Just do your own thing and enjoy! You also have your own life so do rest too!”

    1. That girl is reaping what she sows. At first, both XZX and ZYS would rather just not have anything to do with her as long as she doesn’t bother them, but she just doesn’t know how to gracefully tap out of the game. Or rather, she won’t. XP

      Thank you for reading, and for your understanding! ^^

  8. Aww… QAQ I’ m really grateful and appreciate that you take great efforts and spend your time just to share this to us. Go at your own pace and don’t sweat it too much. We’ll always be patiently waiting for updates no matter how long it will take. It’s really hard to read mtl that’s why I’m thankful for your translations.

  9. Jing Yi is still a hopeless beech.
    ZYS is still a cutie (historic beast). I squealed when he did that to Zi Xuan, pulling his suit with two fingers. Aaaahhhh!!!
    And XZX, my man. I’m freaking simping on him. Big. Time.

    On the other side, too bad on the extras we didn’t get to have a parallel uni with Yun Sheng and his little soldier in Arc 9, Apocalypse. That soldier was quite a cutie too. Nor just some side story of Ivana, his girl friend in Arc 8.

    1. I like XZX too, but OMG, those two are so underrated! They’re the highlights of their arcs imo. Zhao Ling Feng (the soldier) was so loyal and devoted. I was honestly mad at the ML for bullying him and HITTING him. Dude, I know your jealousy knows no bounds, but this guy is PROTECTING the MC. Like, wouldn’t you rather have more people protecting your crush, especially in such a dangerous world? Why would you weaken the guard by making things hard for him? *Fumes.* And shout out to Guo Zerui of the same arc. He was the only “child of fate” out of all the worlds to actually step back and wish the 2 main leads well in their relationship.

      And I wouldn’t be opposed to a mini story of Ivana getting a girlfriend and going on a double date with ZYS. Because Ivana is a lesbian, the ML isn’t hostile towards her, so the double date might turn out cute, especially if Ivana turns on big sister mode and teases ZYS while grilling the ML.

  10. You’ve gotta admire XZX, he really gets things done. I love that like, once both the parents are out of the country he sets a watch on ZYS and hires contractors to dismantle the operations room in the house. Really cutting off all avenues for JingYi to get her brother’s heart!

    Also, definitely agree with the above commentors– this story and your other translations are absolutely worth the wait. Thank you for your hard work!

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