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GNU Ch. 36 Part 2 – Uncle (II)

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Cheng Yuanjing glanced down at Cheng Yujin, who lowered her head even more, revealing only the top of her head. Cheng Yuanjing smiled slightly and said, “It depends on people. For some, it might be very hard to find the way here.”

Cheng Yujin shut up her mouth completely. Neither rebutting or explaining, or admitting her mistake. Lin Qingyuan finally realized something was wrong. He asked curiously: “Eldest Miss Cheng is still very lively just now. Why do you suddenly fell silent? Did my remarks perhaps offend you?”

“No.” Cheng Yujin quickly rebut. She quietly glanced at Cheng Yuanjing before smiling guiltily: “Brother Zhizhi originally came to find Ninth Uncle. Now that Ninth Uncle is here, I shouldn’t disturb your talk.”

Lin Qingyuan waved his hand and smiled: “Of course not. Eldest Miss Cheng is too cautious. A girl of your age should be carefree and take good care of yourself. Seeing you being too sensible make me distressed.”

Hearing this, Cheng Yujin was stunned. Doubts arose in her heart: What did Lin Qingyuan mean? Could it be that he also liked a naive and cute girl like Cheng Yumo?

Cheng Yujin’s heartbeat leaped. At this moment, Cheng Yuanjing suddenly asked slowly, “Brother Zhizhi?”

His voice was calm and unhurried, but containing inexplicable heaviness. “Oh!” Lin Qingyuan explained to Cheng Yuanjing enthusiastically: “Eldest Miss Cheng said that her address to me is too distant. Since she is about the same age as my younger sister, it’s just right for her to call me ‘Brother.'”

Cheng Yujin closed her eyes in despair. Embarrassing, too embarrassing!! She couldn’t bear to look anymore. Which god did she offend today? First, she came to deliver some snacks but accidentally bumped into the scene when Xu Zhixian resolutely refused to marry her. Then Lin Qingyuan overheard her conversation with Xu Zhixian. And now, the crown prince caught her nonsense in the act.

In order to catch Lin Qingyuan, she indeed exaggerated and even changed some parts of her story appropriately. But she merely wanted to marry a rich and powerful man. What did she do wrong? If she knew that she would meet the crown prince here, she would never distort even the smallest truth and instead would act with the utmost virtue.

Cheng Yujin felt despair. Why was her luck too bad?

After Lin Qingyuan finished speaking, Cheng Yujin obviously felt Cheng Yuanjing’s gaze swept through her direction. Cheng Yujin lowered her head in embarrassment and pretended to be non-exist, silently begged the crown prince to bestow his benevolence, so that she could preserve some of her face. The cards in her hand weren’t many, and so did her time. She couldn’t afford to lose even one.

Seemingly smiling, Cheng Yuanjing said: “She is right. Calling a person by his official title is indeed pretty distant. But calling Lin Qingyuan ‘Brother’ is also wrong.”

Cheng Yujin was stunned. She subconsciously asked, “Why is it wrong?”

“He is my friend. If you want to use a closer address, you should call him uncle.”

This time, Cheng Yujin was truly shocked. After some time, she forced herself to ask: “Call him….uncle?”

“Yes.” Cheng Yuanjing nodded slightly, glancing at Cheng Yujin. “In the future, you should adhere to the etiquette and call him ‘Uncle Lin.'”

Cheng Yujin couldn’t accept it. If she called Lin Qingyuan ‘Uncle Lin,’ how could she make him wanted to marry her? Even if there were a fifty percent chance before, once she started to call him ‘Uncle Lin,’ the possibility would be zero.

Hearing the word ‘uncle,’ Lin Qingyuan was also equally shocked. He rubbed his arms, feeling goosebumps. He then said to Cheng Yuanjing, “Jingxing, we shouldn’t be that rigid, okay? I’m not much older than eldest Miss Cheng…”

“Courtesy cannot be disregarded.” Cheng Yuanjing said calmly. “She shouldn’t put seniority in disorder. Since you are my peers, she must call you uncle. Jade wouldn’t shine without being polished. Equally, the education of young people shouldn’t be lax.”

Lin Qingyuan suddenly felt a deep veneration: “Jingxing’s words are reasonable. No wonder eldest Miss Cheng so sensible and smart at this age. It turns out that your family education is so strict. You enlighten me.”

Cheng Yujin wanted to curse: The hell with your enlightenment! Could that provide her a good marriage? Cheng Yujin kept scolding harshly in her heart. Seemingly sensed the girl’s resentment, Cheng Yuanjing lowered his gaze. He calmly looked at Cheng Yujin and asked: “Niece, what do you say?”

Cheng Yujin’s expression was blank. This great ancestor was the crown prince. Did she dare to say the crown prince was wrong? Cheng Yuanjing patiently waited for her reply. Cheng Yujin ultimately had no choice but to gritted her teeth and said word by word: “Yes, Ninth Uncle’s words are reasonable. This niece is enlightened.”

“Just now, you called Lin Qingyuan ‘Brother.’ Shouldn’t you apologize to him?”

Cheng Yujin was so miserable. Although she was very unwilling, she opened her mouth and said: “Un-unc…Compiler Lin, This little girl was rude. Please forgive me.”

Cheng Yujin really couldn’t make herself calling ‘Uncle Lin,’ so she could only change back to the previous address. Fortunately, Cheng Yuanjing didn’t force her. Lin Qingyuan, of course replied that she didn’t need to, and thus the matter was passed.

Hearing Cheng Yujin calling ‘Compiler Lin,’ Cheng Yuanjing felt more comfortable. For a moment, Cheng Yujin walked in despair, but she quickly cheered herself up. Victory and defeat were common in battle. Although in this matter of addressing she has regressed into the initial state, she would continue to work hard for her future wealthy life.

Cheng Yujin prepared for a new comeback. She walked with Lin Qingyuan, talking about some light topics with the man and subtly inquiring about his preferences, habits, and hobbies. Cheng Yujin had just asked Lin Qingyuan about the things he does to pass the time in private and was waiting for his answer when she heard the person behind called her name slowly: “Cheng Yujin.”

Cheng Yujin straightened her back subconsciously: “Ninth Uncle.”

“You have been keeping vigil overnight. Didn’t the Marchioness tell you to go back and rest? Why haven’t you go?”

“Eh?” Cheng Yujin frowned. The Old Madam told her to rest? When did this happen?

Lin Qingyuan also looked at her. Cheng Yujin didn’t have much time to think, so she could only put the matter aside for the time being, and tactfully said, “I’m actually not that tired…”

“Hmm?”

Cheng Yujin’s eyebrows twitched several times. In the end, she bowed her head in defeat and said, “Many thanks for Ninth Uncle’s reminder. I’m indeed tired. This little girl will retire first. Please forgive my discourtesy.”

 

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T/N:

Being called ‘uncle’ can make it impossible for two people to marry? Really? Why do I doubt it somehow 😂



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18 thoughts on “GNU Ch. 36 Part 2 – Uncle (II)”

  1. Thanks to a different Chinese webnovel I’ve been reading, I learned that in ancient China, it was actually a big taboo for a niece to marry her uncle, because it messed with senority. It was even more taboo than paternal cousins marrying. Since I learned that, I’ve been wondering how the author is going to get around it and get Yujin married to the ML.

    1. But isn’t he the crown prince after all? Since they’re not blood-related, when he leaves the Cheng household and goes back to the palace their niece-uncle relationship wouldn’t exist anymore I guess

      1. But then there is the trouble of the CP suddenly appearing and then marrying a girl that he ostensibly would never have met before.

        the whole mess is complicated to balance to get the outcome of marriage without any problems. At this rate, it’ll be a long time before they eventually marry as the CP is too dense to realise his jealousy and desire but keeps blocking her from finding a husband.

        1. Not really actually. He is the crown prince, so the only way he could come back to his own status is that his present identity must die.
          That’s to keep the confidentiality of the matters intact. This is a royal family scandal afterall.
          That’s why Cheng Yumo inner thought said she doesn’t care anymore that Ninth uncle favors Yujin, because he will die soon anyway.
          Yujin will be without back up again.
          After he resumed his prince identity, it is an easy task for him to ask for a marriage decree from the emperor. She has the background and the temperament is suitable too. She even got praised by the emperor already, so it will not be strange if the emperor suddenly bestows a marriage to them.

  2. I’m cracking up, Yujin’s trying so hard to get married but the fact that Yuanjing is purposely ducking around with her prospects doesn’t even occur to her.

  3. Haha I am cracking up, poor girl so exasperated. Which god she offended today… Lol.

    And how she views potential husbands like ‘stock’. I imagine something like sci-fi action movies, when she sees a new target, relevant info will appear in front of her eyes: status, earning potential, background, availability… Lol.

  4. He’s messing with her very real future happiness cuz he’s jealous, he knows she hates her life there and wants to get away and supposedly sympathized with her cuz he’s in the same situation kind of, but apparently not.

    Do not like this.

  5. i feel sorry for yujin, she’s trying to have a future but even her teammate pulls down her legs.

    this 9thuncle the cockblocker 😡

  6. Shaneequatheodorela

    I like the ML…but honestly I would prefer if he takes her away from this household soon or atleast let her marry somewhere else.Cheng family is too twisted and full of mean people

  7. I don’t know why people are so pressed about her marrying & leaving the Chengs, It’s not like she’s being tortured or plotted against. The only thing she lacks is actual care & love but if she keeps wearing a mask & have things her way, it’s very likely that she’ll always be missing these things.

  8. This couple! One is being manipulative & distorting the truth while the other is being petty & getting in the way lol

  9. This really is the dog guarding the manger…he doesn’t have the power to give her anything good right now (even in the Cheng family, technically he can’t back her up as the uncle because the Old Master died, and now he’s just an illegitimate son) but he’s stopping her from doing anything to improve her situation (ironic, considering he’s fighting to improve his situation)…it was just explained how if the younger sister gets married before her it will be assumed the family abandoned her…if he could actually do something for her and give her a promise that’s one thing, but he’s just trying to keep the nightingale in the cage…

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