Chapter 3.1

By | January 9, 2017

 

Mo Zhen irritably pressed the TV remote, flipping through channels until finally stopping at an entertainment news station. The female TV presenter was beginning to explain what exactly was going on. Although you could not see her face on the TV screen, it wasn’t hard to imagine how excited she was by the tone of her voice.

“The sci-fi action move, God Forbidden Zone 3 held its grand opening ceremony today, the director and the main actors were all present; when the leading actors made their first appearance it set the audience in a huge frenzy.”

The female TV presenter’s voice could be barely heard under the screams of the audience, the loud shrill noise filled the entire living room.

The ghost subconsciously took a step back, her hands covered her ears.

A man appeared on the TV screen, and all the girls in the audience screamed one word “Mo Zhen” over and over again. The ghost was surprised to see that the very same man who stood on the stage, was it not her landlord?

“You’re a celebrity!” The ghost excitedly drifted to the front of the  TV, as if she was a child who had seen a new toy. “So you’re called Mo Zhen! This name is much nicer than Li Goudan.”

“… … Shut up! Li Gouhai!” Contrary to his gentle and handsome appearance on TV, Mo Zhen was unrestrained and had no manners in front of the ghost girl.

The ghost shrunk her head and tentatively pointed to her nose with the index finger. “Li Gouhai?” She asked.

Mo Zhen pursed his lips, and vented his frustrations as he bit the lemon in his hands, the acid staining his teeth.

The news on the TV continued to broadcast; dressed in a white coat, Mo Zhen leaned forward as if he was seducing the audience, his low magnetic voice leaned into the microphone and became even more intoxicating, “I will die with you, and you will rise with me.”

These lines were one of the most well-known lines in God Forbidden Zone, and ignited the audience’s passion as their loud screams became overwhelming, making Mo Zhen decisively press the shut-down button on the TV remote.

“Why aren’t you watching it!” The ghost had only started to get interested in it, when a black screen appeared at the TV, she turned her head and stared disgruntingly at Mo Zhen.

Mo Zhen raised his eyebrows, this ghost had dared to stare at him, she was nothing like the teary-eyed, sobbing person begging to stay a while ago.

Ignoring the ghost, Mo Zhen threw his finished half of a lemon into the trash. The little ghost stood and looked up, preparing to follow him upstairs.

Mo Zhen stepped down the stairs, quickly turned around, his cheeks almost pressing against the ghost’s face. Fortunately the ghost did not have a solid body, so Mo Zhen did not feel anything.  “I’m saying this once, you are only allowed to stay on the first floor! ”

The ghost sniffed and instantly entered the pitiful mode. “But even you have a name, yet I don’t even have one.”

How do you not have one! Aren’t you called Li Gouhai!

Mo Zhen could not resist rolling his eyes, she really had a talent for acting, he needed to find a chance to introduce her to Cui Dao.

“I know!” The ghost had suddenly thought of something, she gracefully turned to block Mo Zhen’s path, “Maybe if I remember my own name, then I will be able to remember who I am!”

Mo Zhen glanced at her from the corners of his eyes, and turned back to the living room sofa to sit down again, “Well then, what is your name?”

“Well … …” This question seemed to make the ghost a little distressed, “What are some popular girl names right now?”

Mo Zhen leaned his head on the sofa and casually replied: “Xiao Qiao, Wei Wei, Xin Er, Li Sha.”

The ghost was silent for a moment as if she was seriously considering the names. After a while, she glanced at Mo Zhen and tested out the waters: “These names aren’t your ex-girlfriends names right?”

Mo Zhen: “… …”

He lifted his eyebrows, and gave a cold smile, “Are you joking with me?”

“No, no, not at all!” The ghost’s head shook from side to side like a rattle. “But if I don’t have a name, how will you call me?”

Mo Zhen snorted and went to the refrigerator to take out the remaining half of the lemon, “I’ll never have that problem.”

Ghost: “… …”

She sighed, and sounded very sorrowful. “Ugh, but if I never remember my name, I’ll have to stay here forever.”

Mo Zhen: “… …”

He squeezed the lemon in his hand until drops of lemon juice fell down on the floor, Mo Zhen clenched his teeth as he finally said, : “Ah! Yao!”

(Ah is something you put in front of a person’s name if you are familiar with them, for example my name is Xixi, so some of my relative call me Ah Xi, Yao is the Chinese word for faraway)

“Ah Yao?” The ghost looked at Mo Zhen oddly as she replied, “I don’t want your ex-girlfriends name.”

“This is the name of my last album, or else you can be called Ah Bu, Ah Ke, Ah Ji!”

(Bu is no in chinese, Ke is to drink in chinese and Ji is to hurry in Chinese)

Ghost: “… …”

“Alright, it will be Ah Yao then.” She was really worried, if Mo Zhen continued to be angry like this, his blood vessels will soon burst.

Mo Zhen angrily went up the stairs, he had gone up two steps before he aggressively turned his head to look at her, “You cannot come up to the second floor, and also, if you don’t remember your name in month’s time, it doesn’t matter, you must leave!”

Ah Yao sniffled her nose, Mo Zhen did not have to command her not to go onto the second floor, she wouldn’t have gone anyway.

 

The little ghost is no longer Li Gouhai, I consider this a step-forward in their relationship 🙂 ugh school starts tomorrow and I’ve been ignoring all my life problems this entire holiday.

 

Chapter 2.2
Chapter 3.2

3 thoughts on “Chapter 3.1

  1. 66Ocelots

    Thanks for translating this! ‘Blind’ is finished except for the side stories and ‘Finding Glowing Beauty in Books’ is on a fried-computer induced hiatus so I’m happy to have another fix from one of my fave authors. Also reading everything else you’re translating as if I don’t need to sleep or work so I can avoid living under a bridge in a box. Good stuff! Thank you, thank you!

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