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Caught in my Own Trap (作茧自缚) : Epilogue 3, Part 10

Been a long while since I posted a long chapter. Guess today is just one of those days where I find it hard to stop translating as it is getting exciting. Today, there is no sign of Cheng Shao Rong, only Zhong Lian Chen. However, Cheng Shao Rong is being mentioned over at the end of the chapter.

So enjoy the read!

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Epilogue 3.10: Special Accidental Episode

Third, Zhong Lian Chen’s house has an unwritten rule. When it is Father’s birthday, as busy as one can get, all family must gather to attend the birthday. Unless it is in prison, on the moon or on the battlefield, as far as one is, need to head back to celebrate Father’s birthday.

Zhong Lian Chen is a well behaved person. She came back three days in advance. Birthday celebration is over for a week already but she is still around. Her grandfather is very happy to see that she grew up sensible.

In fact, it is because she had not thought of a good place to go next.

Zhong Lian Chen had graduated for a few years already. She had done a few jobs too, none of which have been long.

On both side of her family, in this generation, she is the only girl. So she is well pampered by all party. Never intended to give any big push to her. So she is happily playing to her heart content.

She is not ignorant. Her grades are good and she also work hard. Just that………

Her first job was as a secretary. Once accompany the clients to the KTV to sing. They had a few drinks. In the corridor, the customers hugged her shoulder and pinch her face. Who would have thought that someone went to tell her cousin brother about it. So the guests and her boss had the misfortune while she was forced to resign.

Her second job is to run for approval. Once the information was not ready resulting in her being scolded. Really unfortunate, a cousin was also at the scene. Later, those who criticize her had to apologize to her in person. Then onwards, every day when she went through the door, countless strange look making her feel like she had been stripped. She resigned.

Her third job is to do sales. In the beginning, there were no result. Three of her cousin heard. They made a few phone calls to help her. So her business volume leaps and bounds and is ten times more than the second in place sales person. Although she was very motivated, although she also hopes to earn more money, but…… she quit.

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Her fourth job….. her fifth job…. Forget it. Really unbearable memories.

So from then onwards, she became SOHO owners. Playing everywhere. Thanks to her cousins both maternal and paternal sides. All over the country she was well covered and protected. Should there are any difficulties, just look for these brothers.

Tired, she would write a travel guide and on shopping. And then take a few photos and email to her magazine editor friends. Sometimes, her work would be published. While those royalties are not enough for her extravagance, but always had to prove that she is self-reliant viability (as for those travel, lodging and meals expenses, these are negligible… hahahaha). Even had a brother chasing her asking her to publish a book, claiming that she will be a beautiful writer.

She fled.

That day, she slept in at home and only got up late in the afternoon.

She had stayed up all night the night before playing games. And now it is raining outside, overcasting the day.

Rainy days, it is a waste if do not sleep in.

When she woke up, she was feeling hungry. She got to the kitchen downstairs looking for something to eat. She heard the door open and while eating, heard the voices. Grandmother, mother and aunty are back from their shopping.

Going out to say hello, she heard her mother mentioned her name: “I think this trip home, Xiao Chen is so much quieter and well behaved. It seems that scouring girls will eventually grow up.”

Grandma said: “I don’t think she is well behaved. She must have been tired playing outside. So now taking a good rest.”

Her grandmother knows her the best! She had just wanted to greet them again when aunty said: “Xiao Chen is just like a tomboy running around. There are many boys around her constantly but there seems no one that is worthy to talk about marriage. She herself is not taking it urgently.”

Sigh. It is best that she don’t go out and spoiling the mood. Better to just sit quietly here.

Grandma said: “There is no hurry. Xiao Chen is still young. Let her be for another two years. We have protected and pampered her so well, who is willing to let her out and serve other man.”

Mother said: “We should first find a boy while talking with her. While we watched, it will drag on for a year or so. Then it would just be the right time to get married.”

Grandma said: “That is quite true. So that we do not lose the opportunity for the most suitable person to be taken up. Although there are many man out there, but there are not many that suit our Xiao Chen. Too prestige, afraid that Xiao Chen will have to face difficulty. If the threshold is lower than our home, afraid that she will have to swallow a lot of tough time. If the man at home is not as good as the woman, people will think that we have to force them to meet the eye and in the final analysis feels that we are mistreating them. The best is a good match with a good relations. Even if Xiao Chen makes any mistakes, they would not make things difficult for the sake of the old friends’ relationship.”

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Mother said: “Based on what you said, then there is really no one already. Those better boys all already have their respective partners.”

Aunt said: “No. There is. The Cheng family, third son. The one that is a financial officer. From childhood, he had been a good boy. Xiao Chen grew up together with him. Their age are almost similar.”

Mother said: “You must be kidding. Xiao Rong have been with his girlfriend for so many years. According to his temperament, marriage between them is inevitable.”

Aunt said: “They have broken up. The news is absolutely accurate. I heard his aunt said. Xiao Rong admitted it himself. He would not make such joke. If he said so, then they must have really broken up.”

Grandmother said: “Then let them get together. Get the aunty to pull string. From young, I have had always liked Xiao Rong but looking at them for so many years, I do not see him with Xiao Chen. Who knows, how there are possibility of sparks between them. As I have shared before, your father and very much early on had share of heart but we went our separate ways. As the saying goes, distance makes the heart fonder. Maybe this time, they will see eye to eye.”

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Aunt said: “I have done the initial work. Please do not worry. I had asked Sister Cheng to help to find out what Xiao Rong thinks. You guess what Xiao Rong says? He agreed giving Sister Cheng a shocked. And you know as the result what? Xiao Rong directly said that he is willing to marry Xiao Chen as his wife.

Grandma said: “I know that my view of this child is not wrong. Particularly from childhood, his taste and vision has always been steady. Very different from other children.”

Seeing how much grandmother is praising him, squatting the corner Zhong Lian Chen is covered with sweat.




I love travelling and exploring the world, see things from the lense of my camera.... this is my space in sharing the many exciting places that I have visited as well as some of the wonderful gastronomy experience. I also loved baking while exploring new recipes. From time to time, I will also be sharing unique dishes that I cook for my family as well as sharing some of my baking experience / recipes.

5 thoughts on “Caught in my Own Trap (作茧自缚) : Epilogue 3, Part 10

  1. Ha, well, Lian chen, when fate already pull it string, it’s hard to runaway isn’t! we only get a glimpse of shao rong here and there, but we still not really know what he has in mind. I hope that we ginally get to see somehing from his POV. Really eager to see how they relationship will develop later.

    Thank you for this chapter, mhryu! Dn’t hold back when you’re on fire, lol😁

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