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Title: ChongFei Manual
Chapter: 171.3 out of 171
Zhao Xi’s relationship with Jin-er had originally been pretty good. But, the two of them had started arguing for an unknown reason during Jin-er's last visit. Neither of them had spoken to anyone else for several days after. Jin-er also hadn’t come to the palace in half a month.
Zhao Xi didn’t say anything, but Wei Luo could tell that he definitely missed Jin-er. Because he was young, he was worried about losing face, so he wouldn’t ask why Jin-er hadn't been coming to the palace.
Zhao Jie wrapped his arms around Wei Luo and rested his chin against her cheek. He lazily said, “En.” He couldn’t help laughing before saying, “Okay, I’ll do everything that you say. Whatever Ah Luo says is right.”
Wei Luo cast a rebuking glance at him.
Zhao Jie inwardly thought that she must be thinking he was acting improper again. He chuckled, rubbed his face against her face, and said, “Isn’t it because you treated him too well at the beginning and gave me the cold shoulder for over half a year? I’m still feeling bad over this.”
Wei Luo used her elbow to jab his chest. Then, she smiled at him and said, “Big brother, why are you so petty? That was years ago.”
Zhao Jie declined to comment. He thought of something else and his phoenix eyes sunk. He slowly said, “When its something related to you… I can’t be magnanimous.”
Wei Luo didn’t reply. She was already used to his pettiness. The corner of her mouth dropped for a moment before she went back to gently smiling.
After a long time passed, Zhao Jie continued to hug Wei Luo. His arms were like metal pliers that tightly surrounded Wei Luo without loosening.
Feeling uncomfortable, Wei Luo tried to shift around. Finding his behavior strange, she said, “It’s too hot like this. What’s wrong? You seem kind of off today.”
Zhao Jie didn’t move and asked in a low voice, “Ah Luo, would you marry Li Song if you hadn’t met me?”
Wei Luo immediately stopped squirming. She widened her eyes in surprise and tried to turn around to look at Zhao Jie’s expression. Unfortunately, she still couldn’t move her body and could only say, “What did you say?”
Zhao Jie didn’t say a word. He lowered his head to rest his forehead in the spot between her shoulder and neck. He was clearly trying to suppress his emotions. His arms were hugging her tighter and tighter.
Wei Luo noticed that something was wrong. She asked again, “Why are you asking this?”
Zhao Jie was silent for a moment before he told Wei Luo everything that had happened in his dream. Wei Luo incredulously widened her eyes as she listened. She would have never expected that Zhao Jie would dream about her past life. Every aspect of his dream was completely identical to her past experience.
A long time later, Wei Luo recovered from her shock and grasped the important point. “So, you dreamed that I was with Li Song?”
Zhao Jie furrowed his eyebrows. He was unhappy just by hearing that person’s name.
Wei Luo pondered for a moment before bursting out in laughter. She turned around, wrapped her arms around Zhao Jie’s waist, and snuggled her face against his hard chest. “I also had a dream. Big brother, do you want to hear about it?”
Zhao Jie asked, “What dream?”
Wei Luo tirelessly recounted everything, “My dream was very similar to yours. My stepmother sold me to slavers when I was six years old. When I was fifteen years old, I escaped from Long Shou Village and came to the capital…” She thought of her previous life. It felt as if it was something that happened a long time ago. But, because Zhao Jie had mentioned this topic, her memory became clearer.
“But, I didn’t meet Li Song or marry him. I dreamed that Li Xiang and Li Song worked together to ruin Chang Hong’s future career prospects so that Li Xiang could cancel her engagement with him. Later on, I wasn’t able to see daddy even once. Wei Zheng and Du-shi ruined my appearance. And after that, I died.”
After saying everything, she stopped and raised her head to look at Zhao Jie, “Wasn’t the dream me very pitiful?”
Zhao Jie lowered his eyes and tilted her little face with one hand. “Is this why you asked me to take you to Long Shou Village when you were seven years old?”
Wei Luo nodded. Her eyes were full of trust. “I wanted to go there to confirm by seeing if that place was the same as my dream…. Unexpectedly, that village actually existed.” She cuddled in Zhao Jie’s embrace for a few moments. She didn’t forget to comfort him. “How can we treat a dream as reality? Right now, I’m already married to you and gave birth to little watermelon and little Ran Ran. I’ll only be with you in this lifetime. I won’t marry anyone else. There’s no one as good as big brother.”
Zhao Jie turned around while holding her, so that she was straddling him. His forehead touched her forehead. “You have to be with me in the next lifetime too and the lifetime after that one as well.”
Wei Luo pursed her lips and lightly laughed. She nodded.
Zhao Jie pecked her lips, but it wasn’t satisfying enough. So, he sucked her lip, pried open her teeth, and deeply kissed her.
Wei Luo gasped for a moment and slightly retreated. Her eyelashes fluttered as she said, “Xi-er and Ran Ran are still here…”
Zhao Jie hoarsely said, “They can’t see us.”
Zhao Jie gradually swallowed Wei Luo’s protests. As they continued kissing, the two of them became unwilling to separate. From far away, they seemed like one person.
Zhao Xi was holding two large bunches of grapes as he walked back. Just as he was about to wash them before giving them to his mother and father to eat, he stopped after walking a few steps. Zhao Xi looked at the nearby scene of those two people. Imperial father was biting mother’s lip and his upper body was pressing mother down. It seemed as if he was doing a tasting of a rare delicacy. He was eating with great relish.
Mother’s face was flushed and her eyes were closed. She didn’t even notice that he had come back. Zhao Xi looked at them for a moment with his long eyelashes fluttering before he tactfully turned around and ran away.
En, imperial father and mother are in the middle of official business. It’ll be better if he went back to look for his younger sister to play with.
T/N: This the last chapter part for ChongFei Manual. Thank you so much for reading all the way to the end!!! I really enjoyed reading everyone's comments during the past 9.5 months. It made this novel a lot more enjoyable to translate. If you liked reading ChongFei Manual, please consider writing a review on NU.
Also, many thanks to Girly Novels for selecting this wonderful novel and translating the first thirty chapters!
P.s. Hope to see you guys in The Dreamer in the Spring Boudoir. There are 30 chapters to read as of today. But, I do want caution that it’s a very different from ChongFei Manual. For example, while this novel is all about Zhao Jie pampering Wei Luo, The Dreamer in the Spring Boudoir is about a main character that has to break up the novel’s main male and female lead so she can return to modern times. She’s much more pragmatic about love than most of the characters in ChongFei Manual. I think she would really get along well with Empress Chen. In one chapter, she thinks, “True love was one thing. Living one’s life was another matter. How deep would a love have to be to last for an entire lifetime? At the most, the sweetness of love would last for a few years. The remaining years would depend on the couple’s ability to get along with each other.”
If you want a better idea of this novel, there are several reviews on Novel Updates, including my ridiculously long review.
P.s.s. The second half of the novel is filled with fluffy and indulgent moments. But, it takes a long time for the main pairing to get to that point. There's one specific scene that I thought was so romantic and I wanted to translate it first, but it wouldn't feel as meaningful if you didn't read the first half of the novel first. There's a lot fuffy moments in the first half of the novel, but it's mostly between the side characters.