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Caught in my Own Trap (作茧自缚) : Epilogue 3, Part 18

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Happy Sunday to everyone! A late post today as I was totally crashed out yesterday and this morning. Never realized how exhausted I was…. Now feeling so much more refreshed.

So, Zhong Lian Chen and Cheng Shao Rong is back again today although there were not very much of Cheng Shao Rong. 

Interesting chapter today especially towards the end. Yes, I know how excited some of you would get wanting more after reading this. I promise that they will be back tomorrow…. So hang on there and enjoy the read!

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Epilogue 3.18: Special Accidental Episode

About the case of ‘losing each other’, a long time after, when Ms Zhong has already become the wife, they noisily argued till there were no new topic of argument, the old incident was brought up.

“You are a bastard. You rarely accompany me out to play, and even lost me!”

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“You are a fool. Even the name of the place is wrong, how you expect me to find you?”

“Pictograms only. Using the toes only also can find it. You simply do not want to play with me, deliberately do not find me!”

“Peninsula ‘snack bar’ and ‘bird’ snack bar? You even have the nerve to mention about it. No wonder, I turn around the whole area to look for ‘hummingbird’ also is unable to find it.”

“You have no imagination, you big wood!”

“You are illiterate! Kindergarten children can even read the word that you do not know!”

Every quarrel will lead back to the incident on this day!

Full of spirit of love, Zhong Lian Chen, pulled some books out of the book shelves to read.

A few days ago, grandmother looked at her bookshelf with a frown. She suggested her to read more books on cultivation and to mold her temperament practice. Zhong Lian Chen looked at the pile of books that her grandmother found for her and wanted to vomit blood. She finally went to grandmother Cheng’s house and took a few books from Cheng Shao Rong’s shelves.

As long as it is brought from Cheng Shao Rong, even if it has romantic words on the book, grandmother would not say anything.

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As she was reading the book, a bookmark of a simple hard white cardboard fell out. It is a one-sided bookmark with blue ballpoint pen strokes delicate line drawing. It is a very delicate lady figure in the Republican era of a female student. The hair is comb into two braids while wearing a simple biased breasted shirt and pleated skirt with a messenger bag and plain shoes that is lifelike.

The foot of the paper had his signature: ‘Shao Rong’ with the date that was many years ago. Never know that he had this skill. This guy is really amazing.

Zhong Lian Chen secretly burst her belly from laughing. She stood in front of the mirror and comb her hair following the hairstyle. She looked around the drawers for two rubber bands to tie the hair.

Very nice. She had never tried such a simple style.

Then she went to grandmother’s room to look for clothes. Grandmother like Chinese traditional clothing. There are many and grandmother is not fat.

Zhong Lian Chen looked at herself in the mirror admiring her ‘new’ look. She even drag her mother to help her to take a photo. Grandmother Cheng phoned to inform that Cheng Shao Rong is back. He had drank a little too much and is asking if she have time to come and see him.

Zhong Lian Chen just left for his place dressed how she was. Grandmother Cheng smiled looking at the way she is dressed. She even recommended that she dressed like that for the wedding photo. Together with Cheng Shao Rong pretend to be old-fashioned student. She would like to have the framed photo of them like that in the bedroom to see every day.

Cheng Shao Rong was drunk and was fast asleep.

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Grandmother Cheng said: “Among the children at home, only Xiao Rong is the most real, so he hardly drink. Last time, Xiao Chen claimed to want to do some experiment, hence got him drunk.”

Zhong Lian Chen asked: “He is a bad drinker?”

Grandmother Cheng said: “Comparing with others, he is okay. But comparing along the Cheng children, Xiao Rong is considered the worst among them. Even Xiao Min can drink better.”

Zhong Lian Cheng imagined them drinking together while Cheng Shao Rong sitting at the site biting the situation. She started laughing.

Grandmother Cheng said: “Xiao Rong is very honest. You see, Xiao Chen has the highest alcohol level of tolerance. The family have not seem him drunk too. He rarely drink to that level. But the last Lunar New Year, maybe because he is in a bad mood, he had a drinking match with Xiao Rong. As a result, Xiao Chen is still okay while Xiao Rong was totally knocked out. He slept for a full day and night.”

Such a poor level of alcohol tolerance and still want to have a drinking match with anyone. He deserve it!

Zhong Lian Chen obediently went to Xiao Rong’s room to take care of him.

It seems that they do have a level of understanding that is too good. While she sleep, he waited for her. Now, he is sleeping while she wait for him.

She sat quietly at the table by the window to read a little yellowed paper, ‘Art of War.’

In fact, she did not read the book as reading it, she is prone to headache. So she is actually only reading at the blank space in the book where Cheng Shao Rong have wrote his remarks. It is very tender as he wrote them when he is still a child.

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For example, in the ‘田忌赛马’, next to it, Cheng Shao Rong wrote: ‘The riles of the games, there are loopholes!’. In ‘兵不厌诈’ is written, ‘Do not speak good faith. Shameless!’

田忌赛马 (pin ying: tian ji) – means Scripts and Scribes

兵不厌诈 (pin ying: bīng bú yàn zhà) – means… there can never be too much deception in a war. All is fair in a war. Deceit is not to be despised in a war. In wat, here is no objection to deceit. (all these different way of describing the meaning of this phrase)

She was amused reading it. Enjoying it while laughing. She heard Cheng Shao Rong turning on the bed while murmuring in a low voice.

She stood up and asked: “Are you awake? What did you say?”

It is evening. The sun ray is shining in from the window, in the face of Cheng Shao Rong, reflecting a ray on his body. Zhong Lian Chen is back facing the light. So she could not see his expression while he probably could not see her.

Cheng Shao Rong murmured: “Jiang Wei?”

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There were a little buzz at the ears of Zhong Lian Chen. Then she fuzzily heard Cheng Shao Rong saying: “This is such a strange dream.”

Then he fell asleep again.

Zhong Lian Chen secretly grinding her teeth while approaching him. She saw him sleeping like an innocent child. He even had a silly smile on his face as he is dreaming.

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5 thoughts on “Caught in my Own Trap (作茧自缚) : Epilogue 3, Part 18

    1. Hi Lola, ops. Sorry. Cliff-hanging is what makes it fun as I am eager for the next part too. So yes, I will be back quickly after a short break… so stay tune!

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  1. AWkward…..to hear your fiance calling his ex’s name in his sleep…I can see jealousy is coming from ZLC…Yeah! I am also curious why ZLC married CXR??? Why did CXR break up with JW in the first place??

    Thank you very much Mhyru..:D

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