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GNU Ch 77 Part 3 – Catching the Fish (III)

Lin Qingyuan suddenly mustered up his courage and said: “Eldest miss Cheng, you see…”

When Lin Qingyuan began to speak, Cheng Yujin’s eyes lit up. After so much effort, this big fish finally took the bait. Cheng Yujin couldn’t hold her excitement. Her mouth raised slightly. Her expression at this moment was totally different from the weak and broken-hearted ‘eldest miss Cheng’ just now.

Cheng Yujin realized that she had just revealed her true face. But everything had been a foregone conclusion, and Lin Qingyuan wouldn’t notice such a small flaw at this moment. Cheng Yujin adjusted her expression and waited for Lin Qingyuan to finish his words.

Lin Qingyuan didn’t notice the slight change in Cheng Yujin’s expression. He was so nervous and excited that he couldn’t pay attention to other things. After saying “You see…” he was about to say “What do you think about me?” when the door to the room suddenly opened.

Lin Qingyuan was surprised, and the next sentence about to blurt out was swallowed back into his stomach. Cheng Yujin didn’t expect this interruption either. She quickly stood up, and immediately after, she saw a person standing just outside the door—a person clad in a black attire embroidered with golden patterns, a leather belt on his waist, and whose eyes were as cold as the stars.

No one knew how long Cheng Yuanjing had been there. Cheng Yuanjing’s eyes swept across the room slowly, and his lips raised in a shallow smile: “It seems that I am interrupting you?”

Lin Qingyuan was stunned for a moment. He stood up abruptly and said with a surprised joy: “Jingxing, you are back!”

Lin Qingyuan was surprised by Cheng Yuanjing’s return, how could he still remember what he was originally about to say? He didn’t notice that Cheng Yujin stood up and walked forward before him, so he didn’t see that Cheng Yujin’s expression at this moment was completely different from the usual ‘gentle and kind’ eldest miss Cheng.

Lin Qingyuan greeted Cheng Yuanjing and pulled him to talk. Instead of looking at Lin Qingyuan, Cheng Yuanjing went over him and stared at Cheng Yujin, who was standing in the middle of the room.

Cheng Yujin was completely stunned for five or six seconds. At this moment, she even suspected that her eyes were wrong. She blinked hard several times. Seeing that the figure before her eyes still didn’t disappear, she closed her eyes harder.

However, heaven certainly didn’t hear her desperate plea. When Cheng Yujin opened her eyes again and saw the person standing in front of her, her heart was totally broken.

Heaven, ah…

For the first time, Cheng Yujin wondered if she was actually jinxed. Wasn’t Cheng Yuanjing busy preparing for his return to the Eastern Palace? Why did he come back suddenly? Why was she so unlucky, she finally met Lin Qingyuan today, but Cheng Yuanjing had to come back at this exact time. Even a few more minutes was enough for her!

No—Cheng Yujin quickly reacted. Cheng Yuanjing interrupted at the exact timing right when Lin Qingyuan was about to say the most crucial sentence. Was there such a coincidence in the world? When was Cheng Yuanjing back? How long was he here, and how much did he hear?

Cheng Yujin couldn’t help but glance at Cheng Yuanjing suspiciously. But when she raised her eyes, she collided with Cheng Yuanjing’s gaze.

Cheng Yujin’s mixed emotions of suspicion, anger, grief, and resentment instantly deflated. She lowered her head silently, revealing only the lush hair on top of her head.

She knew that she was over.

Cheng Yuanjing hated the most when others lied to him. Before he departed, Cheng Yujin promised, and even swore an oath, to live peacefully and observe the mourning for one year without making a fuss.

Who knew he would be back today? As long as Cheng Yuanjing sent a message beforehand, she definitely would choose another place and time. How could she let herself be caught redhanded?

Cheng Yuanjing was fuming with anger, but he maintained his calmness on the surface. He glanced at Cheng Yujin silently. Although the girl lowered her head obediently and showed a docile posture, he knew for sure that she had no remorse at all and was even planning her move for the next time.

Truly good.

Without saying a word, Cheng Yuanjing slowly walked into the room. Cheng Yujin heard the slow and steady footsteps approaching. Her legs suddenly became soft. Cheng Yujin secretly pinched her skin. She raised her head and used her lifelong-trained acting skill to smile brightly at Cheng Yuanjing: “Ninth Uncle, you are back!”

Cheng Yuanjing smiled back at her: “I didn’t manage to go back in time for the New Year. Today I rushed back to give my eldest niece a New Year’s money, but you are unexpectedly pretty hard to find.”

Cheng Yujin’s eyebrows twitched. Cheng Yuanjing and her were not a real uncle and niece. In private, Cheng Yuanjing always called her name directly. But when he was angry, he would call her ‘eldest niece’ threateningly. If Cheng Yuanjing showed a cold face, it was still okay. But for him to be like this, neither cold nor indifferent, Cheng Yujin was even more afraid.

It’s over. This time, His Highness was really angry.

Like a deflated ball, Cheng Yujin sat down with Cheng Yuanjing dejectedly. After she sat down, she raised her eyes towards Cheng Yuanjing. Heaven, he even sat on her previous seat.

The tea on the stove was still gurgling and bubbling. Cheng Yuanjing glanced down through the water vapor and said: “It seems that you were very preoccupied when I came in. Sit down and pour me a tea.”


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17 thoughts on “GNU Ch 77 Part 3 – Catching the Fish (III)”

  1. It finally happened! Cheng Yuanjing finally broke Yujin’s golden opportunity hahahaha

    1. I understand why he is upset butt…….honestly he has no right to get mad at her.
      Grrrr!! Ml better not bully her. I hope Fl will not just silently take what ever ML says.
      Thanks foe the chapter❤

  2. Hahahaha. Here he was all concerned only to see her flirting with some guy. 😅😅😅
    I wonder how he’ll punish Yujin. 😅😅😅
    Thanks for the update!

  3. Our poor Jin’er…
    I hope he will make everything clear after Qingyuan leave.
    Thanks for the chapter!!!!

  4. I don’t like it when the ML is a threat to the FL….
    Like, he’s the crown prince, is he not realizing his own impact?
    It’s a power disbalance
    He knows her situation yet have the AUDACITY to be angry at her!!!
    He never said about his feelings or plans, all he did was breaking the opportunities for the FL and leaving her anxious about her future alone
    And now of cource it’s written in a way where SHE’S BEEN WRONG ‘CAUSE HE HAS FEELINGS

    1. But he doesn’t really know her situation because he doesn’t know about the Duke. When she found out, he was away from home and she talked herself out of telling him about it (which was her first instinct) because he is the CP.

      He knows her family and knows they won’t be going out of their way to secure her a good marriage, so she will have to do it herself. That is why he got her to agree to just be quiet (i.e. not look for a marriage on her own) for the year of mourning. In his mind, he has a year to become acknowledged as the CP and also get his father to agree to let him marry her, he has no idea the deadline has moved up.

      I suspect he hasn’t admitted his plans both because that is a typical ML thing to do and *because* of the power imbalance. She is not in the position to refuse him. Although, it’s probably also fear that she’ll find a way to maneuver out of it if she wants to while appearing completely blameless.

      If the next chapter is not her explaining the urgency and him clarifying that he will take care of her marriage himself (even if he doesn’t admit yet to being the groom) I will be deeply unhappy with this novel.

      1. I’m talking about this not for the reasons you mentioned above
        He didn’t know the situation in the manor, yes
        But 1. He didn’t care enough to check on this topic althrough he could with his skilled servants
        2. He knows YJ and their relationship has already grew to trust so does he think she will break her word without a good reason????
        3. I bet my tooth our HIGH and MIGHTY crown prince won’t even apologize after learning the truth. At most, he’ll think he’s wrong and feel guilty but I DOUBT he’ll do ANYTHING to actually express his apology. Unlike NOW where he could sit and be angry and scare our YJ to his heart’s content

  5. Can’t wait for their 1v1 showdown…..hope Yujin doesn’t back down easily, unless Yuanjing properly tells her his feelings and plans XD

  6. Thanks a million for the chapter… Our brave schemer suddenly turn into a little mouse… ha ha

    A typo error for your amendment please. ” For the first time, Cheng Yujin wondered if she was actually jinxed. Wasn’t Cheng Yujin busy preparing for his return to the Eastern Palace? “. It should be Cheng Yuanjing busy preparing for his return…….?.

  7. Imma dock his points if he doesn’t try to cheer her up and confess or anything alike. Everybody who was interested so far in her except scum HCY had privately asked for her opinion of marrying them. If he can’t even do that, then why bother.

  8. ML is a such a pussy, yikes. I mean what exactly does this guy expect? If he really wants to marry her the just say it; all his bs is annoying

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