Chapter 101: Reminiscing in Herb Garden

Chen Chang Sheng walked towards the middle aged woman and bowed.

Even though he saw the person wasn’t Luo Luo, he didn’t turn around and leave because he knew this middle aged woman.

That night of the Ivy Festival, he was sent to the depths of Black Dragon pond by Mo Yu. After struggling against life and death, he finally broke through the seal and came back to the surface of the pond. This middle aged woman was next to the pond, perhaps cleaning her hands or washing her cloth and was almost harmed by a tricky squirrel.

He had guessed that the candle light in the Herb Garden was probably not due to Luo Luo’s return, but he was still a little sad knowing that it was not Luo Luo.

Glancing around the dark forest, he thought confusingly: If this middle aged woman is living in the Royal Palace, how would she appear at the Herb Garden? From her age, she should be a female officer at the royal palace. However, if she’s a concubine of the former emperor, then this would be a troublesome situation.

He was alarmed. He walked in front of the middle aged woman and gestured in sign language. He was afraid that he would scare the woman, so he kept his expression calm. His speed of gesture was also smooth and slow to not frighten her.

He asked her how she left the royal palace.

The middle aged woman looked at him quietly, but didn’t answer.

Chen Chang Sheng was confused. He gestured again, but this time even more slowly. He believe that his intention was clear enough, How did you get here from the royal palace?

The middle aged woman smiled and raised her right hand. There was a key between her fingers.

Chen Chang Sheng’s eyes were keen. Even though the lighting in Herb Garden was a little dim, he still saw the rust on the key, and there were two new scratches. Perhaps they were new marks, but the old key seemed to not have been used in a long time before tonight.

When Mo Yu left Tradition Academy that day, he saw the old door in the palace’s wall. Maybe this key was used to open that door.

Perhaps this middle aged woman has the permission to leave royal palace whenever she wants? Then her status in the royal palace was extraordinary.

The middle aged woman pointed at the stone table and gestured him to sit down,

Chen Chang Sheng thought for a moment and followed her gesture.

The middle aged woman turned around and glanced at a wooden house in the depths of Herb Garden. She was silent for a long time. Suddenly her left hand landed on the stone table and lightly knocked on the surface two times.

There was a teapot on the table, and two tea cups behind the oil candle.

Chen Chang Sheng understood her meaning and picked up the teapot to fill a teacup. He handed the cup mannerly to the middle age woman.

Although the tea in the pot had no fragrance, it was thick. It should be old black tea.

It was easier to see across the table. Looking at the middle aged woman’s complexion, she shouldn’t be a concubine of the former emperor. Perhaps she’s one of the female officers under the command of Divine Queen, she may even be the leader of the female officers. But Chen Chang Sheng’s respect for her had nothing to do with her status in the royal palace, it was only because she was much older than him.

He believed that the years a person lived for was an important factor. Just like the black tea in the pot, the older, the thicker and the richer, the more a person can taste from it. He was sad that he may not live very long so he respected the elders even more.

The middle aged woman picked up the teacup and moved it close to her lips. She took a sip.

Chen Chang Sheng noticed that her lips were thicker than those of ordinary females.

It was unmannerly for him to stare at a woman’s lips, even though she was much older and just average looking. Chen Chang Sheng realized his misbehavior and quickly shifted his glance, then he saw the other teacup on the stone table.

The garden was empty during the autumn night, why were there two teacups?

He glanced at the middle aged woman and gestured to ask if he can drink some tea. He had sweated a lot previously when he was helping Xuan Yuan Po with his wounds. He was kind of thirsty right now.

The middle aged woman didn’t look at him but she nodded lightly in approval.

Chen Chang Sheng picked up the teacup and took a sip. He noticed the tea was rich and soothing, it was a pot of righteous tea.

Even the famous teas that Luo Luo previously gifted him couldn’t compare to the seemingly ordinary black tea in this pot.

How a pot of tea tastes depends on the leaves itself, but more importantly, the person who boiled the tea.

A person who can boil such a pot of black tea was definitely of no ordinary status.

Chen Chang Sheng’s looked at the middle aged woman with even more respect in his eyes.

He put down the teacup and waited for her to ask a question.

But even after they finished their cups of tea, the middle aged woman didn’t say anything.

She sat quietly next to the table and looked around the surrounding of Herb Garden. There was no emotion in her eyes, there were only countless memories.

But Chen Chang Sheng wasn’t one of them.

Chen Chang Sheng was a little embarrassed, a little nervous even. He wasn’t use to this kind of silence.

As time passed, he slowly adopted to this atmosphere and didn’t think too much of it. He poured tea for the middle aged woman and himself, and then drank from the cup. Both of them were silent as they listened to the crickets in the Herb Garden. Slowly, his mind calmed and wandered off.

Only until then did he realize that he had always liked quiet and was used to quiet.

He never liked to talk much when he was little.

Only until he arrived at the capital did he really started speaking to others. He spoke with Madam Xu, Shuang Er, and Lady Mo Yu for some particular reason. After Tang Thirty Six came to Tradition Academy, he showed his true self and talked all day and

Chen Chang Sheng had no choice but to talk back.

He was tired out from all the conversations.

There was no rule saying that when two people sit together, they must speak.

Sometimes it’s fine to just sit there quietly.

Even if they need to converse, they don’t need to speak. A simple gesture will suffice.

It was as if he returned to Xi Ning Village. He was with his senior near the river behind the old temple. They were reading the Scrolls of the Way with the help of starlight. When they read up to a confusing part, they would gesture each other to communicate, then they would continue reading silently.

The river was just like Herb Garden at this moment. It was quiet. It was comfortable.

Xi Ning Village was a rural area. Every night, the region would be pitch dark so the starlight was extremely bright. When it landed on earth, it was like snow covering the ground. After Chen Chang Sheng came to the capital, he wasn’t used to the complicated relationships between people, but he never got use to the candle lights at night and the dim starlight.

After several autumn rains washed the sky of the capital clear, there were no artificial lights left besides the oil candle on the stone table of Herb Garden. The lamps of royal palace were also blocked by the dense forest so at this moment, the starlight seemed to got brighter than usual.

The starlight shone through the branches of the trees and landed on his face.

He raised his face and glanced at the starry sky. He reminisced about the old temple of Xi Ning Village and his senior, but the bright starlight made him squint his eyes.

Under the silver starlight, his eyebrows were still so clean.

He squinted his eyes and all the youth of him surfaced.

He was just as kind as usual, but a little cuter.

Just this moment, the middle aged woman switched her glare from the Herb Garden to him.

She looked at him quietly.

He was squinting his eyes so he didn’t notice her attention. He was reminiscing, thinking back to the past.

She was stumped while looking at him.

Her reminiscence had just finished.

She picked up her right hand and smoothly touched his face.

Chen Chang Sheng was surprised. His eyes opened widely and he looked at the middle aged woman.

He wasn’t used to bodily contact because he had no experience when he was little. Plus he didn’t know the woman; they had only met twice.

He instinctively wanted to back off, but then he saw the eyes of the woman.

The eyes were like a lake of stars. They contained complex feelings, but slowly the mood became sad and despair.

He didn’t want to leave so abruptly. This woman must have faced countless evil and dark things in her years at the royal palace.

Therefore, he stayed calm and let her palm move across his face even though it felt weird.

The woman’s hand was warm and thick. It slowly rub his face and Chen Chang Sheng’s body got stiff. Only after a long time did he relax again.

Suddenly, the middle aged woman squeezed his cheeks, just like an elder would do to a newborn infant.

Chen Chang Sheng couldn’t sit still anymore so he stood up. He back off two steps and bowed, “I need to go back.”

After saying this, he remembered that she was deaf and mute so he quickly gestured.

The middle aged woman saw his reaction and laughed loudly.

Of course, her laugh was silent. But a sense of pride and power was within her laugh. Everyone who saw it would know that she was laughing openly.

She didn’t wait for Chen Chang Sheng’s departure. The woman stood up and walked towards the depth of Herb Garden.

Chen Chang Sheng thought for a moment and followed up.

The nightly gale blew lightly, the leaves fell upon the stone table and swirled around the teapot and the teacup.

For twenty years, the teacup and the teapot had been used by its owner. No one knew how long it would be until the next time.

What surprised Chen Chang Sheng was that the middle aged woman didn’t go to Tradition Academy, rather she went straight into the depths of the Herb Garden. She arrived at the old and broken down palace wall. Looking at that old door, he then realized that her way was different from the path of Mo Yu.

The middle aged woman didn’t bother with him, nor did she mind him following. She took out the key and inserted it into the lock. After two clicks, the lock opened. The old wooden door was pushed open and she walked in.

Until this point, Chen Chang Sheng knew nothing dangerous would happen. He calmed his heart and relaxed the hand that was holding the handle tightly. He looked at the back of the woman and yelled lightly. He wanted to say something but the door unexpected shut quickly before his eyes.

She left just like this? He was stumped, but after realizing she couldn’t hear voices, Chen Chang Sheng was relieved.

The closed wooden door somehow seemed to be a part of the palace wall.

He looked at the door and was confused.

Were the things that happened tonight actually real?

Why were they so similar to the fairytales in the scrolls?

But the bittersweet taste of tea was still swirling around in his mouth.

That warm feeling of contact was still on his face.

He shook his head, turned around and left.

On the other side of the door exists a long hallway.

Around the hallway were moss and ivies, beneath the ivies were at least six types of traps and seals that could kill xiuxingists of the Starfusion stage.

The hallway was constructed with stone bricks.

The middle aged woman stepped upon the stone bricks and walked forward slowly. Her expression changed gradually.

Just after dozens of steps, a sense of immense power returned to her body.

That seemingly ordinary complexion became a great beauty.

Not the weak and soft kind of pretty, but the shiny and blinding type of radiance.

When she walked out of the hallway, the surroundings changed as well.

Under the night sky, the Royal Palace stood in eternity.

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64 thoughts on “Chapter 101: Reminiscing in Herb Garden

    Waxona said:
    October 18, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    Thanks for the chapter. =)

    But man, doest this story move slowly, holy hell.

    Liked by 3 people

      ryve16 said:
      October 18, 2015 at 11:21 pm

      But its still a good slow

      Liked by 18 people

        magetite said:
        October 19, 2015 at 1:54 am

        though, don’t lie, if 101 chapters fell from the sky tomorrow, you would sprain your wrist with excitement 😀

        Liked by 9 people

        JY said:
        October 19, 2015 at 2:11 am

        xD I think everyone would spat out blood from their mouths haha

        Liked by 7 people

      Schuh00 said:
      October 23, 2015 at 4:24 pm

      it only moves so slowly because the release is slow. I think the story pace and telling is really good.
      Thx for the Chapter. I want more 🙂


    123isme said:
    October 18, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    ty o.o for chapter


    Reright said:
    October 18, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    Thanks a bunch


    ratatoskr2 said:
    October 18, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    chang sheng still thought that the middle age lady(divine queen) as a deaf mute. not that she mind though. the queen is generous, not like the tian hai. ergo, the divine queen and tian hai aren’t the same.
    and her action of caressing his face, is that what i think it is?


      In-come said:
      October 18, 2015 at 11:32 pm

      You think he might be her son?


        ratatoskr2 said:
        October 19, 2015 at 12:19 am

        Don’t you feel that way? Or at least maybe someone from the chen royal family. Cause the she act feels like someone meeting a person that they haven’t see in a long time all grown up. Like a sense of longing maybe..?

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        garhaka said:
        October 19, 2015 at 6:10 am

        Man. These comments make me hate that I read spoilers. Speculating is so fun.

        I just want his cultivation to break through soon!


        eugene2k said:
        October 19, 2015 at 9:53 am

        He could also be the son of a dear friend of hers.


      cactuar0 said:
      October 19, 2015 at 12:33 am

      Maybe she likes his smell too, and wants to know why 😉 Possibly, its just to find out what is wrong with his body since she knows about his talk with the dragon, and having a limited lifespan.


      Ali said:
      October 19, 2015 at 12:57 am

      Earlier in the story it states that her sons were all killed when they were infants and that’s why when she gained power all the males with royal blood were banished from the capital and only that one prince was allowed to stay


        JY said:
        October 19, 2015 at 1:48 am

        😮 What chapter was that? I seemed to have missed some important info… 😡


        xandarth said:
        October 19, 2015 at 4:47 am

        This is in Chapter 19 – It is assumed by many people that the reason the DQ lets Prince Liu remain in the Palace and reinstated his status as a prince is because he reminds her of her dead sons.

        We also find out that the Princess is probably the DQ’s only surviving child, as she stripped the royal status from all members of the Chen’s and only reinstated it for Prince Liu, yet the Princess remained a Princess the entire time.

        In chapter 15 – We find out the previous Queen murdered at least one prince by smothering him with a pillow, so it’s likely she murdered any sons of concubines of the Emperor she thought would end up being a threat to her sons.

        Obviously – murdering the sons of one of the 5 most powerful martial artists on the planet to try and preserve her children’s social position worked out smashingly for her son(s).

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        Ali said:
        October 19, 2015 at 5:00 am

        Hey Jy, I Don’t remember where exactly but start rereading from the part after he is forced into the school by Mo Yu’s Nanny & when they are introducing the Chen prince, since she let only him stay in the capital


        JY said:
        October 19, 2015 at 7:05 am

        Thx a bunch….I probably read too quick and didn’t catch that info o:


      Wang Lin said:
      October 19, 2015 at 2:50 am

      you will know divine queen true nature when CCS become strong. lol


    Kenny said:
    October 18, 2015 at 11:19 pm



    Zuo said:
    October 18, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    Thank you for the chapter. Enjoy slowly each release.


    K1nk4 said:
    October 18, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    Thanks for the chapter!



    ArkAngel said:
    October 18, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    Thanks for the chapter.


    gilmamesh said:
    October 18, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    Very nice chapter, i like it a lot. Thank you for the chapter!


    Chance Thompson said:
    October 18, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    That was a really sweet read


    kirindas said:
    October 18, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    Thanks for the new chapter!


    allecrastia said:
    October 18, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    Beautifully written as always, and this chapter especially gave us readers an tranquil/calming feeling while reading it. Thanks for the release!

    Liked by 4 people

    DMR said:
    October 19, 2015 at 12:22 am

    Thanks for the chapter XD


      Shiraori-Sama said:
      October 19, 2015 at 3:00 am

      Damn, you’re everywhere I read.

      Liked by 1 person

        DMR said:
        October 19, 2015 at 3:03 am

        What can I say… I’m just that awesome 😛

        Liked by 1 person

    Jaeger said:
    October 19, 2015 at 12:29 am

    A whole chapter where the guy only drinks tea. Wow, just wow. Is it me or the story just got slower? The author really likes the story to move it slow. I wonder how he kept his fans from dropping this novel.

    Really? A chapter about drinking tea. The story is getting from bad to worse.

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      Nirheim said:
      October 19, 2015 at 12:50 am

      Bro, if you don’t know how to enjoy this kind of story, then don’t read it. Not every good story have to have fight scenes in every chapter. Just read MGA for that.

      Liked by 6 people

      Ali said:
      October 19, 2015 at 12:58 am

      by dropping at least a chapter or 2 a day

      Liked by 1 person

      xandarth said:
      October 19, 2015 at 1:07 am

      lol – Actually the novel is in the process of speeding up.

      There was a fair amount of events in this chapter that will allow the plot to start moving forward quicker (that will probably only stand out if you read the chapter again after you have read further) and quite a few significant elements to the future plot happened, plus (if you can read between the lines) there was also some background filled in.


      JY said:
      October 19, 2015 at 1:38 am

      You might be looking at the picture upside-down my friend.

      The reason there are many of us who still appreciate and LOVE this novel and will probably never drop it is because of the detailed development of the characters.

      Our MC is the focus, but the way that this novel is written, you still come to love Luo Luo, admire Tang-Thirty Six, hate Xu Shi Ji, respect the Divine Queen, and associate other feelings with other characters.
      Yeah you get that with other novels too, but the relationships between each character in Ze Tian Ji is so much more complex and interesting. In other words, it’s more developed and other novels pale in comparison.

      If I were to compare this novel to another then I would compare it to the introductory plot of ATG.

      I really loved ATG’s intro plot (Against The Gods chapters 1-31) where he was to marry the girl from the Frozen Asgard School. The development between the MC and his fiance had me hooked and when she left, I felt really sad about it. Now that the latest chapters for ATG is about a tournament and he might meet up with her again, my interest in that novel has gone up again by so much.

      Enough about ATG though. My point is, when you read Ze Tian Ji, don’t look for action. Appreciate the novel for how the author skillfully build up characters, and Binggo for translating this novel for us to read in English.

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        iguin0509larkan said:
        October 19, 2015 at 1:45 am

        I completely agree with your statement , i also really liked the start of ATG but then it got a bit boring for me and now i am reading it again mostly because i want to see him meet his wife again

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        Ali said:
        October 19, 2015 at 4:53 am

        Haha, Myself I’m looking forward more to the fact that Yun Che took the virginity of his wife’s Martial Aunt, and how Little Fairy’s and everyone else’s reaction to be honest but I have to agree with you about your view about this story, It reminds me of Big name authors of fantasy, the MC hasn’t even started on his path to greatness and your already have love and hate relationship with most of the characters so far, that to me makes for a great read, when i experience deep emotions for a character even knowing that it is only a character and so far I’M INVESTED


        JY said:
        October 19, 2015 at 5:23 am

        Haha…not gonna lie either, I’m looking forward to that too. It was just that when I first started reading ATG I found Ze Tian Ji and ended up binge reading this one first because I found it was so similar to ATG’s first 31 chapters xD


        thejum said:
        October 19, 2015 at 3:53 pm

        Not to mention that the prose in this novel is simply lovely.

        And honestly it is just enjoyable to read. This chapter was about two people drinking tea silently under the starlight within a garden, and yet I loved it.

        Which is not to say that the fight scenes aren’t also good, but even then they are more like poetry in motion.

        ZTJ: Life is war, war is poetry, and poetry is in everything.

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      adijbr said:
      October 20, 2015 at 4:15 pm

      Chinese way of thinking… This chapter is probably of utmost importance, it start to stabilize the relationship between the DQ and CCS after the encounter of the MC with the Black Dragon. Share a cup of tea can mean nothing to us occidentals but to the DQ… How many people could do that?

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        oREiMO said:
        November 1, 2015 at 12:00 am

        The story is slow, vivid, not really immersive since the author speaks more than CCS with all his comments on everything. And tea times takes more time than an incense stick burning. dropped this before around 30 chapters thinking that maybe if i came back around 100+ i’ll see some improvements but now he is still stuck on the same predicament. Yes this story is calming. But reading 101 chapters of calm makes it dull instead.


    tsuichirin said:
    October 19, 2015 at 12:31 am

    lol… MC just got molested by a cougar!


    JY said:
    October 19, 2015 at 12:36 am

    Wow…I love that even though they didn’t utter a single word, they built the atmosphere so well.
    Also thanks for the release! Always excited when I come back and find that there is a new chapter.

    Liked by 1 person

    madmat22 said:
    October 19, 2015 at 12:43 am

    jesus, 101 chapters and still at the most basic steps pf cultivation without a shred of improvement haha thats some really slow development. Thanks for the chapter

    Liked by 1 person

      Wang Lin said:
      October 19, 2015 at 2:49 am

      he will start to cultivate at chapter 12x lol


    lordcattank said:
    October 19, 2015 at 1:20 am

    thank you very much for the chapter


    ambi said:
    October 19, 2015 at 1:42 am

    Thanks for the chapter Binggo & Corp.!


    corporealgod said:
    October 19, 2015 at 2:47 am

    Thanks for the chapter!


    lecherousleech said:
    October 19, 2015 at 3:07 am

    That was a beautiful chapter! Chapter after chapter lately contained much rhetoric that discussed worldly things – power, meaning, history. However, this chapter was the complete opposite. There was no battle against ideals and factions. There was no “motion” in the sense of pursuing an objective. It was simply being.

    The writing in this story is quite unique, I’m impressed by how the translation was able to capture such a drastic change in voice.

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      xandarth said:
      October 19, 2015 at 3:33 am

      The event is obviously quite pivotal to the plot too.

      Obviously the Divine Queen is feeling out CCS motivations and character – which shows that she is likely at a decision making point on how to act in the current situation, whereas she has remained aloof to the entire situation until now.

      This is probably the scene to date where CCS was in the most danger, far more than in any of the scenes involving violence or overt threats to his safety as he was being judged by the one person with the absolute power to destroy him if she so chose – even if he didn’t know it.

      Yet both he and the Divine Queen spent it in silence, drinking tea and both reminiscing about the past while thinking about the future and finally the scene culminates with the Divine Queen again assuming the authority and majesty of her position with her decision made on how to proceed from now on.

      I think this scene is one of the best in the novel to date.

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        Lord Raijin said:
        October 19, 2015 at 5:40 am

        I agree. The way he treats his elders is pivotal in this chapter, because to him, she is just a deaf older woman who might be an officer of the palace… And he treats her with the utmost courtesy, How many of the youths in this story that we have been introduced to would’ve done the same? The MC senior/Older brother definitely and maybe Luo Luo… but outside of them who?

        She found him refreshing and he happened to be there when she came out of her reminiscing her struggles and losses, and there is a fresh faced teen serving her tea and quietly waiting on her…

        She probably imagined what it would be like to have her sons or grandsons in front of her just like that

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        adijbr said:
        October 20, 2015 at 4:25 pm

        Well if you’re not Chinese, you probably was in a previous life… hehehe.


      JY said:
      October 19, 2015 at 5:27 am

      You ended up wording that nicely. I was struggling to word my thoughts on this chapter (you can tell from the comment that I posted above) but I don’t have too elaborate anymore haha.


    yazhmd said:
    October 19, 2015 at 3:49 am

    this is the first chapter that was slow but i liked it, it had so many meanings to it instead of being just slow


    Axia said:
    October 19, 2015 at 6:20 am

    Finally one of the chapter that i like apart from here he taught Luo Luo! Thank you Binggo-san for the chapter!

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    Tasear said:
    October 19, 2015 at 8:17 am

    I feel like having a cup of tea now.


    sed82 said:
    October 19, 2015 at 10:37 am

    thanks for the chapter 🙂
    well, i only know this ln , 3 days a go,, and i read those 100 chapter in 24 hour,,
    honestly,, i can make analogy,mthis stories like slowcooker food,, need time to enjoy, but the after raste is incredible,, of course, if u need fast pace stories, u can read like CD,, in one chapter, u can go past one millenia =D

    i think CCS is part of Chen Clan ,, the royal clan,, but in the past, when rebels occurs and because his veins is broken, his is send far away to his safe,, i just hope in the future he dont meet some petite injured god that will grant him, veins of god;D

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    shrykos said:
    October 19, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    Thanks for the chapter.


    Chronos5884 said:
    October 19, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Thanks for the chapter!

    Ii almost want people to point me to the spoilers, but if I read them now, I think I will actually become more impatient!


    Avarrencus said:
    October 20, 2015 at 1:06 am

    Thanks for the chapter~


    neight said:
    October 24, 2015 at 10:00 am

    I would love it the divine quin falls for our mc or if she is related to our Mc or if she stands by our mc’s sideXD
    thank you for the chapter. you are great


    As she ran. said:
    October 24, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Can it not be translated one chap q day or at the very least every two days???


    Cuprum said:
    October 28, 2015 at 8:57 am

    My heart was soothed after saving at least 10 chapters before succumbing to the inevitable binge. This chapters and the comments are more than enough to allay my need for more…for the time being.

    These short, yet subtly insightful, peeks we are given to different characters are truly intriguing. My mind cannot help but over-analyze certain things and the anticipation is agonizingly sweet.

    Anyways, thank you very much for your hard work~!


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