Want to Ascend? Then Fall in Love - Chapter 17
TL: Moon Flower
Chapter 17 Unwilling to Separate From You
Outer sect is a two-person small house* and just so happened to correspond with Shen QingXian’s task requirement. As long as he and Gu JianShen enter the outer sect together then they could live together, the task would be completed, and everyone’s happy.
*屋 – room, house. This was previously translated as room, but after reading the next chapter I decided to change it to house. I fixed this in the previous chapter.
The prerequisite is that the small peach blossom doesn’t cause trouble.
If the small peach blossom also entered the outer sect then he (SY) would definitely want to live together with Shen QingXian.
It’s also a bit hard for Shen QingXian to say: I want to sleep together with my servant.
——Afterall, the person is a servant. What [do you mean] sleep in the outer sect, [of course] it should be sleeping in the outer sect.
In order to prevent this kind of situation from occurring, Shen QingXian would definitely need to send Su Yu into the inner sect.
As for registered disciples? The small peach blossom is from WanXiu Mountain, how could he (SY) be a servant? Their WanXiu Mountain has a fondness of being someone else’s servant.
To Shen QingXian, wanting to send the small peach blossom into the inner sect can’t be any easier.
Let’s not mention, directly pouring in spiritual energy, this kind of easy matter. Enlarging the spiritual field, this kind of matter that normal cultivators find inconceivable, Shen QingXian can also easily do.
Whether one is able to enter the inner sect or not is nothing other than looking at how big or small one’s spiritual field is.
Helping him to enlarge it is a trivial matter.
Thinking this, Shen QingXian coaxingly said to Su Yu, “En, if we enter the outer sect together then we’ll live together.”
Su Yu was so happy that his eyes curved as he smiled.
Gu JianShen glanced at them and raised his brows.
Could it be that Su Yu really thought that Gu JianShen should sleep outside the room*? No, no, no, the small peach blossom was a good child. He is very clear on older brother Qing Shen’s strength and believes that based on the aptitude of Gu JianShen’s spiritual field, he (GJS) would definitely qualify to enter the inner sect!
*Outside the room is referring to outside the room and right next to the door to SY and SQX’s hypothetical room
Su Yu even secretly decided: After older brother Qing Shen goes to the inner sect, he (SY) will definitely take good care of little Chao Yan in his (GJS) stead!
Such a good child. Unfortunately, in a threesome there certainly exists a light bulb so his expectations could only end up fruitless.
When it was Su Yu’s turn to examine his spiritual field, he was still a bit nervous. Afterall, there is not much spiritual energy left in his body. In case there is a mishap causing him to become a registered disciple then he would lose a lot of face!
The examiner cultivator told him, “Release your spiritual field, you must give it your best!”
The small peach blossom solemnly nodded, “Yes!”
Right now there is no hurry to help him enlarge his spiritual field. Thinking this, Shen QingXian directly poured spiritual energy into him to let him first pass the examination.
Something slightly embarrassing was that because he had left the secular world for a long time, Shen QingXian was not clear on what kind of score could count as being able to enter the inner sect as a proud son of heaven…….
At the time, he could’ve used Divine Knowledge to scan the cultivators in front of him who are in charge of the examination. However, this is Meridian Monastery. He’s afraid that if he uses Divine Knowledge even a little bit, the next second Ye Zhan would kneel right in front of him.
When that happens, what’s the point of entering the outer sect? A Northern Palace would directly drop from the sky and he would be a VVVIP.
Oh, afterward there would also be some the-more-it’s-spread-the-more-unreasonable-it-will-be rumors. For example, The Esteemed Lord LianHua lost his cultivation, transformed into a zong jiao* child and intends to enter Meridian Monastery to restart his cultivation.
*zong jiao – 总角. This was mentioned in c7. It’s a certain type of hairstyle worn by 9 year olds boys in ancient times. Hairstyles change depending on your age.
Thinking this, Shen QingXian snuffed out the thought of alerting Ye Zhan.
Let’s try it. In short, as long as it’s a small bit, giving Su Yu spiritual energy from a thread of hair should be enough.
When Su Yu put his hand on the water mirror that tested one’s spiritual energy, Shen QingXian with accuracy and no error, give him (SY) a thread of “hair”*.
*Quotes around hair might be that it’s actually not a hair but a thread of spiritual energy that is as thin as a hair
In an instant, an extraordinary scene pierced the sky. A spiritual energy as majestic as mountains illuminated the blue dome of heaven*!
*The comparison to mountains is probably like you know how tall mountains are and how great they look from afar with clouds covering the top and stuff. As for “the blue dome of heaven”, this is what the dictionary gave and it basically means “the sky” but the words in raw are a bit fancy.
Shen QingXian: “……”
Gu JianShen: “……”
Su Yu: “ ! ! ! ”
The remaining people at the scene all had a dumbfounded expression on their faces and it was quite a while before they could register what happened.
Finally, the cultivator responsible for the examination collected his thoughts. The old man* shot to his feet, his beard almost sticking to the sky, “Little…….little fellow cultivator! You…….you…….”
*Old man is referring to the cultivator in the previous sentence. The author decided in this sentence to describe the cultivator as an old man.
Because he was too excited, he couldn’t even speak fluently!
On the other hand, the cultivator next to him was a bit more calm but his face was also red. He excitedly said, “A century….no….a millennium, a genius rarely seen in a millennium! Quickly notify Elder Fu Qing! Quick….quickly….”
福庆 – Fu Qing. 福 – blessing, good fortune, a surname.庆 – celebrate, congratulate, a surname. 庆 can also be a surname but here, 福 is the surname for the guy.
Su Yu had already withdrawn his hand, he dazedly looked at his own palm with a face full of bewilderment…….
What’s going on? Was his Spiritual Qi this ample? That’s not right!
T/N: Umm, so idk if these are SY’s thoughts are SQX’s thoughts cause it’s not explicit in the raw. It makes sense for these thoughts to be SY’s and SQX’s.
Shen QingXian turned around and stared at Gu JianShen.
Gu JianShen cleared his throat and gazed fixedly ahead, not looking at the other person.
Just what happened? Could it be that the spiritual energy Shen QingXian’s hair has this kind of power?
Of course, our Esteemed Lord’s “hair” is powerful, but it’s not to this point.
It’s mainly because when Shen QingXian poured spiritual energy into Su Yu, Gu JianShen also helped with a thread of “hair”
Heart Domain’s Esteemed Emperor who didn’t want Shen QingXian and Su Yu to sleep together and even more so didn’t want to sleep outside the door, his thought process miraculously coincided with his own family’s ShiShu.
Can’t allow the small peach blossom to be in the outer sect, then [he (SY) could only] go to the inner sect.
Also, because he didn’t want to expose the identity as someone of Heart Domain, Gu JianShen also didn’t use Divine Knowledge and similarly reckoned that a thread of hair of a spiritual energy was probably good enough.
And so, Su Yu, who was equipped with two threads of hair, exploded*.
*exploded, as in, exploded with power.
Even if it was only one thread of hair, Su Yu would still be an outstanding person amongst the inner sect disciples. Unexpectedly his spiritual energy was multiplied onefold a second time, one can well imagine how formidable his spiritual energy is right now!
The elder responsible for accepting the new disciples quickly arrived. Seeing the abundant-to-the-point-of-exploding spiritual energy in the water mirror, his face was full of happiness.
Shen QingXian had no other alternative and could only broaden Su Yu’s spiritual field based on its current scale. After clasping Su Yu’s small wrist, he almost jumped from excitement!
“Genius, genius! I heard a few millennium ago, Saint Chi Yang’s spiritual field was also this vast!”
Chi YangZi is Shen QingXian’s second disciples. As of now, he is one of the three Saints, a legend in the legends.
Shen QingXian started recalling a bit….
When Chi YangZi first entered the sect*, I believe that his spiritual power** was indeed ordinary. It fell quite short compared to Mu Xun’s and Xia Ting’s.
*入门 – entered the sect. Chi YangZi is a disciple of SQX and idk if SQX had built a sect, school pavilion, or monastery. I assume SQX didn’t have one so ‘entered the sect’ doesn’t make sense here and would be more like ‘apprenticed/studied under SQX’.
**I don’t remember if I made a note of this before but I’ve been using ‘spiritual power’ and ‘spiritual energy’ interchangeably for 灵力. Based on the context I use one over the other. As for Spiritual Qi, it’s 灵气.
沐熏 – Mu Xun. 沐 – shampoo, cleanse, wash, a surname.熏 – smoke, fume, scent, fragrance.
夏停 – Xia Ting. 夏 – summer, a surname, name of one of China’s dynasty (2070-1600BC). 停 – stop, pause, cease, halt.
It seems that spiritual power like his (CYZ’s) was already considered vast…….he had already known that he should’ve given less…….
In fact, it wasn’t this exaggerated because the succession of teachings were passed from Saint Chi Yang to Ye Zhan so the entire Meridian Monastery blindly worshipped their esteemed Sect Leader. All kinds of mystical legends were capped onto his “old self’s” head just like how Ye Zhan blindly worshipped his ShiZun’s ShiZun, Shen QingXian. This probably was “cross-generation love*”…….
*隔辈亲 – cross-generation love. You know how grandparents love and spoil their grandchildren more than their children, that’s what this means.
Because of these blind worships, what the actualities were, was already unknown to anyone.
Through the entire process, Su Yu had on a face of dumbfoundedness. Only when the Elder wanted to take him away did he then snap out of it: “Please wait, I will first let my friends know.”
The Elder feared that he (SY) would go to another sect so he (the Elder) naturally complied with whatever he (SY) wanted to do.
Su Yu called out, “Chao Yan……”
Shen QingXian sincerely smiled, “Go. In any case, we are in the same sect.”
Su Yu opened his mouth. Many words were hanging at the edge of his mouth but he couldn’t say them.
Shen QingXian nevertheless liked the small peach blossom very much and so, warmly said, “Work hard, don’t fail to live up to…….expectations.”
He hid the words “the Esteemed Lord,” but Su Yu understood. At once, his (SY’s) small face lit up and his entire self also became full of vigor, “En! I will! Let’s work hard together!”
Shen QingXian slightly smiled, his eyes softening.
MF: 😏 I see that aunty/uncle smile (姨母笑/姨父笑).
Gu JianShen stared at him (SQX) for quite a while
After Su Yu left, Shen QingXian’s face turned cold and glared at Gu JianShen, it (the glare) was full of warning.
Gu JianShen whispered: “I don’t want to separate from ShiShu.”
Shen QingXian: “Hehe*.”
*an sfx, meaning is close to like saying “hardy har har”.
Gu JianShen especially loved this (eye) expression of his. He (GJS) scooted over and asked, “Then, what’s ShiShu’s reason for doing so?”
Him giving Su Yu a thread of hair was because he wanted to send him (SY) to the inner sect so that he could spend time alone with Sheng QingXian. Then what about Shen QingXian?
Why was it that he did not hesitate to “cheat” to send the small peach blossom into the inner sect?
Shen QingXian: “……” Isn’t it for the sake of moving bricks!
Of course, he couldn’t say that. Shen QingXian looked at Gu JianShen and answered with a question, “What do you think?”
The corner of Gu JianShen’s eyes and lip were full of smile, “I think that ShiShu is also unwilling to separate from me.”
Shen QingXian replied, “You’re thinking too much.”
T/N: Random note but for the three “think” used above, the first two are 觉得 (I think, I feel, I believe) but the last one is 想 (think, want) so there’s no word play or continuity/parallelism or whatever the word is for the third one, only the first two.
Throwing down these four words*, Shen QingXian went to undergo the examination.
*originally three words but b/c I need to change it up a bit it’s four in English
There were many criterions for entering the outer sect so Shen QingXian could easily grasp it. He didn’t worry about where Gu JianShen would go. This fellow came to Meridian Monastery just because of him (SQX) so presumably, he (GJS) wouldn’t go somewhere else.
As expected, these two entered the outer sect as the same and a coincidence was, even their grades were exactly the same.
Of course, this was intentionally done by Gu JianShen……
To [the people of] Heart Domain, fate and such were preordained by people [themselves].
Entering the outer sect counts as joining* the same sect so task 9 should be marked completed.
*拜入. In c15 and c16, I used ‘enter’ for both 进入 and 拜入 but because of this sentence both 进入 and 拜入 are used so I can’t use ‘enter’ anymore so I decided to use ‘join’ 拜入. IDK if I made a note on this but 拜入 is like 拜师傅 (kneeling down towards a person cause you’re going to take that person as your master/teacher) but instead of “kneeling down” towards a person, it’s a sect and so, you’re studying under that sect and you have to be loyal towards that sect and do everything to bring benefit instead of harm to the sect. Of course, after you “kneel down” towards that sect, you can still kneel down to someone in that sect you want to take as your master. I’ve already made all the corrections in c15 and c16.
However, residing together had not been completed so Shen QingXian did not check the Jade Scroll.
He was originally thinking that because they entered the sect at the same time and are mutually acquainted with one another, they could definitely smoothly live in the same small house. The result was, Meridian Monastery had a drawing lot rule.
The manager said it like this, “Since you’ve all joined Meridian Monastery, then from now on, everyone is a disciple of the same sect! There’s no need to be restrictive of who you will reside with. Let it be decided by fate.”
‘Let it be decided by fate’ my ass. In fact…….the reason why it’s to be decided by drawing lots was because the conditions of Meridian Monastery outer sect’s lodgings were variable.
If the disciples themselves decided [their living quarters], it was reckoned that there would be fights. Might as well draw by lot. If one’s luck was not good, then, they couldn’t blame anyone.
Shen QingXian’s eyes became profound. He wanted to find Ye Zhan and have a discussion with him.
Is the sect that poor? Can’t you just properly build an area of cozy and warm two-person small houses?
Ye Zhan who was in the middle of discussing the Dao (quarreling) with Zeng ZiLiang sneezed…..
One could still cheat with drawing lots and this did not pose a problem for His Excellency the Esteemed Lord. However, the problem was, he was behind Gu JianShen. Gu JianShen would draw first so he would have to wait for him to finish drawing before he could draw.
Then the question is.
T/N: This sentence feels incomplete like it should be “Then the question is, (insert question)” and it also feels out of place like it should’ve been before the sentence “However, the problem was, he was behind GJS”. I looked through other platforms but this sentence is placed right here and there’s nothing after it.
Gu JianShen looked at Shen QingXian and softly said, “Looks like it will be hard to live together with ShiShu.”
The meaning of this was: If Shen QingXian did not want to live with him (GJS), then they definitely wouldn’t be able to live together.
But, if Shen QingXian wants to live with him (GJS), then…….
Shen QingXian: Ye Zhan, come here, I guarantee I won’t hit your face.
The author has something to say:
Ye Zhan: No! Please hit! His Excellency the Esteemed Lord can hit wherever he wants to hit!
Gu JianShen narrowed his eyes.
Ah, it’s almost the 13th task, hehehe*.
*嘿嘿嘿 – hei hei hei, sfx for mischievous laugh, tled as hehehe.
Thanks for your support everyone!
Moon’s Random Corner:
It’s the 15th of the lunar new year meaning it’s the Lantern Festival or Yuan Xiao Festival day. During this day, tang yuan is eaten and there are lantern riddles. I don’t know about you but I’ve never liked eating tang yuan. The filling is fine but the outer part which is softy and mushy doesn’t sit well with me. In my opinion, if the outer part were a bit thinner it would taste better like all I’m tasting is the mushy outer part and not much of the filling. I found that tang yuan can be deep fried. The deep fried version of tang yuan seems similar to Chinese sesame balls which I’m fine with. Hmm…I’m going to have to try this in the future.