Wangchuan Wu Shang Bonus Story 2

Bonus Story 2: Forevermore (Moxi’s Special Episode)

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At the moment Moxi’s soul drifted away from his mortal body, Wuqu Xingjun was already waiting in the air.

Welcome back, My Lord. His Majesty has prepared a banquet to welcome your return.”

With his memories of the past, the God of War did not feel any joy of returning from his trial. His ears were ringing with Sansheng’s faint voice: “I like it just because I got to meet you.”

Unable to control a sour warmth in his heart, he turned to gaze down the lower realm at a hollow and haggard girl who was holding a bloody ‘Moxi’ sitting on the battlefield. After ruminating for a long time, he asked, “Wuqu, where is Siming?”

Hearing the chill in Moxi’s voice, Wuqu couldn’t but shudder. “Siming… Siming…”

Never mind, I shall look for her myself.”

Wuqu hadn’t time to plead before he suddenly heard a piercing laughter from the lower realm. The terrifying sound alarmed Wuqu. He looked to Sansheng sighingly: “It’s rare to come across this smart of a spirit in the underworld. It’s unfortunate that she will fall into darkness after this.”

Moxi scowled, his body motionless. Wuqu quickly advised: “Your Lordship, you mustn’t! You mustn’t! This is the lower realm’s matter, we cannot intervene!”

Making Wuqu break out in cold sweat, Moxi gave a slight glance in reply: “Did I say I will intervene?” Then he added: “I merely saw a mortal who is rather fated for divinity and would like to give him some counsel, that’s all.”

Wuqu wiped his perspiration as he watched Moxi ‘counsel’ a human named Chang’an. Wuqu couldn’t but sigh inside. This wasn’t a stone’s love trial; this love trial was clearly here to trial Heaven’s God of War, too.

The loner God of War and the emotionless stone had fallen in love. The world must be coming to an end!

When the spirit of the spiritual being called Sansheng flew away, Wuqu saw Moxi stopping the judge coming from afar and giving him a pair of handcuffs. Even from a distance away, he could sense a circulating divine energy emanating from the handcuffs. Moxi told the judge a few words, to which the judge smiled knowingly.

Wuqu lowered his head in an attempt to look as though he didn’t see anything. But when he saw the judge use them to cuff Sansheng, he couldn’t resist saying: “My Lord, those handcuffs have a very strong divine energy. I don’t think it’s a good idea to use them on her.”

Moxi did not answer him. He stared after the judge leading Sansheng away, a cryptic gleam sparking in his obsidian eyes. Finally, his gaze dropped to his hands, and he suddenly asked, “Wugu, how powerful are the forty-nine celestial bolts?”

Wuqu did not know what Moxi had meant. He incautiously replied: “Just one bolt has the power to shake Heaven and Earth. Forty-nine of them are naturally very powerful.”

Would you ever be willing to suffer those lightning bolts for something?”

Wuqu was quick to shake his head. “It’s a punishment that would take away my life!”

Moxi faintly smiled. He clenched his fists, his soft voice almost whispering: “If I can have Sansheng in exchange, then I wouldn’t mind.” Wuqu didn’t hear him very clearly, but before he could ask Moxi to repeat himself, Moxi was heard saying: “Wuqu, I can’t go to the Celestial Emperor’s banquet anymore. If he really wants to hold a feast for me, he can host my wedding the next time.” At these words, his figure made a flash and vanished without waiting for Wuqu’s reply.

Wuqu stood alone for a long time in the air, wanting desperately to cry but couldn’t force out any tears.

The underworld.

Moxi went one step ahead of Sansheng to see Yanwang. At this time, Yanwang was having a headache over how to deal with Sansheng’s matter. If he were lenient, he would not be following the laws, but if he were severe, it would be too harsh. Moxi stepped into the hall and lightly said three words: “Remove her heart.”

Moxi’s sudden appearance gave Yanwang a start. He hid under the table, stuttering in a shaky voice: “The… the hall’s only gotten its floor re-tiled! Why are you here again?”

Come out from there,” uttered Moxi, coldly.

The scrawny Yanwang cautiously peeked out from under the table to look at Moxi and pitifully said, “Your Lordship! I don’t want to sentence Sansheng either, but she had unfortunately gone well over the line this time. I… I really can’t do anything about it.”

Of course she needs to be sentenced,” Moxi said and then added: “Her sentence is to have her heart removed.”

Yanwang dumbly looked at Moxi for a long time before faltering: “Isn’t this… isn’t this a little too light? No matter what, Sansheng has disrupted the order of the universe…”

This will be fine. If the man upstairs has any rebukes, I shall face them for you. After Sansheng’s heart is removed, you must hand it to me immediately.”

Light footfalls were heard outside Yanwang’s palace. It must be the escorting judge and Sansheng. Moxi hid behind a large column, not forgetting to quietly remind Yanwang: “Find a swift executioner. Do not let her suffer.”

Sansheng walked in behind the judge. Her composed countenance was as it had always been whenever she chatted with Yanwang. When the underworld ruler announced: “Remove her heart,” Sansheng looked at him with a faint smile, knelt down and kowtowed. There were neither words of thanks nor dissatisfaction, only calm acceptance of her punishment.

After they left the hall, White Impermanence asked her, “Do you regret it?”

Hidden behind them, Moxi couldn’t help pausing when he heard this question.

I have no regrets.”

Moxi gripped his fist, the light in his eyes swirling, as he tried to suppress the impulse to go out and pull her in for a hug. If ‘no regrets’ was her answer, Moxi thought, then they must take care to never have any regrets in the future.

Moxi took Sansheng’s heart from the messenger ghost, carefully held it in his hands, and protected it with his divine energy.

He looked to the distance where he saw Sansheng clutching her chest and slowly crawling into the Sansheng Stone with difficulty. After thousands of years, a rare storm was brewing in his heart which had long been lulled into stillness. A dull pain. He murmured: just bear with it, just bear with it. It’s unclear whether he was telling Sansheng to bear with it or telling himself to bear with it.

Once he was back in Heaven, the first place Moxi went to was the Soul Rinsing Tower.

There was a heavenly treasure on the Soul Rinsing Tower called the Soul Rinser that could cleanse all the souls in this world. Be they demons or ghosts, when their hearts passed through this treasure, their miasma would obliterate and they would immediately become no different from mere mortals.

Moxi raised Sansheng’s heart and placed it before the Soul Rinser. After a slight quiver, the living heart became no different from an ordinary stone. Moxi smiled as he happily took the stone back to Victory Palace.

Words in Heaven spread that the God of War Moxi was becoming increasingly reclusive after returning from his trial. Not only did he decline the Celestial Emperor’s welcoming feast, he stayed all day behind closed doors and even turned away the gods who came to visit, all of whom were good friends of his in the past.

While everyone was busy talking about this deity, lightning suddenly struck Victory Palace.

The thunder clapping wasn’t low. Forty-nine lightning bolts fell straight onto the God of War’s palace, shaking so much that half of Heaven rattled thrice. The stunned Celestial Emperor rushed out in the middle of the night. All he saw was that Victory Palace was burning red and that the bloodied God of War was engulfed in fire while clutching something in his hands. His face was bleeding horribly but there was a gentlest smile on his lips.

None had ever seen the God of War looking this way. The gods stared at him. For the time being, no one dared to step forward to lend him a hand.

In the end, Siming Xingjun was the first to react. She led Wuqu to go rescue Moxi from the scorching flames. By the time they saw what Moxi was holding in his hands, Siming couldn’t but gasp: “You… you… you’re trying to help her change her fate.”

When the gods heard Siming’s exclamation, they looked to the thing Moxi was holding. It was Sansheng’s heart. At this time, it had become a mass of shimmering object. Coldness no longer occupied it, and all the miasma was also gone, leaving only an air of awe-spiring divine glory, like that of red plums blossoming in the midst of winter, standing proudly among snow and ice.

The Celestial Emperor’s eyes darkened as he growled: “Nonsense! Changing fate against Heaven’s will is a sin that causes disruption to the world! Do you really think you don’t have to fear Heaven’s retribution just because you’re a god?”

Realization only now dawned on Wuqu. No wonder His Lordship wanted to make Sansheng wear those handcuffs. No wonder he wanted to remove Sansheng’s heart. No wonder he inquired about the forty-nine lightning bolts. It turned out he had long planned for tomorrow.

He handcuffed Sansheng so that divine energy would dispel the dark forces inside of her. He removed her heart and brought it to Heaven so that he could completely change her fate. He was punished by forty-nine lightning bolts for changing Destiny on his own. He had planned everything without letting anyone know, paying the full price by himself.

Moxi quietly put her heart away and said to the Celestial Emperor: “In a few days, I will take a trip to the underworld. Last time you had prepared a welcoming banquet for me but I did not go. This time, please prepare a wedding feast for me. I won’t miss the date.”

The Celestial Emperor gave him a long glare. “You’ve made your life so difficult for that Sansheng Stone. Is she worth it?”

Even knowing she would lose her soul, she still committed murder for my sake. What’s to prevent me from suffering these trivial forty-nine lightning bolts for her?”

You are bent on marrying a spirit from the underworld?”

Moxi shook his head: “She is now a fairy.”

The Celestial Emperor sighed: “There are no shortage of better women in Heaven. Why must you insist on loving that stone?”

Moxi suddenly thought of what Sansheng said to White Impermanence last time. He laughed: “I’m left with little choice now that I’ve met her.”

The gods were all silent. The Celestial Emperor gazed at the raging fire in Victory Palace for a long while before finally walking away, leaving only one line: “If that’s what you both want, then let me not be the one standing in your way.”

Moxi dropped his gaze. Even though he was covered in blood, the gods could see an unbridled joy in his smile.

Sansheng, Sansheng…

I can finally give you forever.

[Chapter Index]

I survived 2nd week at new company! which included a business trip in Wisconsin (very depressing as they just got out of winter), a random fever one afternoon, and consecutive days of overtime to make up for sick leave that I don’t yet have >_< Luckily I’m nothing if not overly productive haha. I’ll go ahead and push out the last chapters early. Keep an eye out for numero tres in a few days.

33 thoughts on “Wangchuan Wu Shang Bonus Story 2

  1. Thank you so much!
    Sigh… Moxi is the type to quietly a suffer without telling anyone – a true lone wolf.
    only San sheng, an emotionless stone, can move his cold heart!
    Do your best at your work Hamster! Jia you (add oil)!

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    • Well I don’t want to offend anyone from WI but it certainly feels barren when I was there. Not only was it missing the hubbub, it was also lacking the hilly terrain and trees I’m used to having where I’m from so the landscape generally feels flat and brown -_- at least they don’t have traffic jam.

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  2. aww moxi is sooo sweeeet. sansheng and moxi are awesome and cool couple. i have no regrets reading their story heheh.

    hamster is awesome too. wish u good health.

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  3. Hello Hamster long time no see! 😀
    I wanted to comment on the epilogue but I thought that since this is
    Moxi’s special episode chapter, I’ll dedicate one comment on his chapter. Moxi is so sweet. He reminds me of Sansheng on her sacrifice. A match made in heaven ❤ Can't wait for their happy chapter.
    Thank you for the bonus chapters and pretty much the whole story. I got to discover such bitter and sweet story 😀 So great . I love such a succinct story that packs a punch.
    I was and still am rather behind on a bunch of translated projects[i think i shall look into Seven Unfortunate Lifetimes All Thanks to a Single Moment of Impulse and maybe a Match Made in Heaven by Shi Si Lang(i think the name means 14?)]. Actually, I think I am behind on a lot of translated stories ;(
    All well, more chapters to read for me 🙂 I have trained myself to be patience as a rock waiting for the new chapters (sansheng, how you awesome you are;she would make a great friend~~~haa) thanks to school occupying my time(those lectures and exams T_T). Thus, I shall patiently wait for your next chapter and project. 😀
    And hooray on your job! Một sự bắt đầu mới ! (as my aunts would say)
    Although I can't share much experience, but I hope you do well 😀 and stay positive. Also I hope you get enough rest as well. 🙂

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    • Thanks for the wishes, chocolate. If you can read Viet, you don’t have to wait for English translations. A Match Made in Heaven is called Cặp Đôi Trời Định in Viet and yes, the author’s name means 14. Good luck to you with your schoolwork too. God knows I only stopped having nightmares about showing up late to my exam several years after graduating.

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  4. Hi hamster!

    I have been too lazy lately to comment and thank you for your wonderful translations. I am STILL not done with Pillow Book yet! Can you believe it? I have been stuck on the Chen Ye and Aranya arc of the story. I find their love so moving, so sad, and so difficult to leave behind. I keep reading the last couple of chapters of their lives over and over again. I don’t know why, but perhaps my heart wishes to stay with them just a little longer and examine every little word the author has written, hoping to find some sort of silver lining in their pitiful fate. So I am stuck and cannot move forward! If Aranya is a part of Fengjiu, then she is certainly the better half. In comparison, Fengjiu is just the clueless, comical sidekick to Aranya’s mature, intelligent, stunningly beautiful character.

    Anyway, I digress. I started reading the Sansheng story, but did not find the short stories about the various lifetimes as touching, since the stories, in my opinion, were almost too short for me to sink in and start getting comfortable. Plus, I found it slightly awkward because Sansheng was an adult in each lifetime, while Moxi was merely a child. And even after he grew up, I felt that their relationship was a little too mother-son-ish for me to be comfortable. However, the epilogues are surprisingly beautiful and emotionally stirring. I don’t think I fell in love with this couple until the epilogues.

    I’m glad to hear that you’re doing well at your new job. Wisconsin, huh? I went there once for an interview and it was cold! Take care of yourself and thanks for your hard work!

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    • Hi Melanie! Your comments are always so thoughtful that I also have to put a lot of thought into my reply lol.

      On PB: it was difficult to move past the dream arc back to reality for me too. As I had confessed to Joanna, I just didn’t care as much after they left the dream and was merely grinding it out in (the translation of) the final arc of the story. Although T7 had written AR & CY as shadows of FJ & DH, they are ironically the better halves, IMO, and so different that they feel to me entirely separate individuals. I agree wholeheartedly that AR is just superior as a character compared to FJ. Perhaps her traits are dormant in FJ due to their different backgrounds, but it’s difficult to see them as one. Likewise, it’s weird to wrap my head around CY’s, who is patient, prudent, and contemplative, being a part of DH who has never feared anything in the universe. This is why I asserted CY & AR just got screwed over. As far as I’m concerned, they didn’t get to enjoy an ounce of the happy ending the OTP gets, cuz they’re not the same.

      I resigned to the fact that these two ended tragically. Don’t give me the seedlings BS, T7! You shafted my babies 😭 my silver lining is that they had loved each other, and that they each had tried to make it work. AR may not know, but I do, and I appreciate the fact that this love is reciprocal. It’s not like he didn’t love her until it was too late, she had always been well loved and protected, through all those years!

      Now on SS: each lifetime does feel short and lacking on its own, but they form a perfect narrative, at least for me, when they’re strung together and all the old feelings and past implications get layered on. In this sense, SS’s being the guardian figure detracts from their chemistry in the single lifetimes but adds a certain sweetness to their long courtship. In her eyes, Moxi is just Moxi. And she loves him in every form. She isn’t a human so her feelings aren’t conventionally compartmented into stages in life. I also like the power play flip where the God of War is always the child in the relationship haha. It was kinda bittersweet when in the 1st lifetime, Moxi told SS that he was always a step behind, and was desperate to catch up so that he could be a man for her. 💗

      Also, the short lifetime length is perfect for this format, believe me. Seven Unfortunate Lifetimes is being translated by dreamer now, and as you’ll find in that one, too much of a good thing can be bad. After the superbly written 1st lifetime, I’ve no more energy to enjoy the rest. I simply dwell on it forever and ever it’s kinda scary lol. Like AR& CY, component arcs aren’t meant to be ambitious or you run the risk of losing cohesiveness and balance in the overall narrative.

      It wasn’t bad when I went anymore, but yeah, I heard about their crazy winter. Did you consider a move to WI with that job? I’m such a southern girl I can’t imagine ever moving to colder climates.

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  5. Than you for another wonderful chapter! I’m always looking forward to check your blog on Saturday mornings. Your translations make my day 🙂
    Rest well and take care of your health. It’s tough to get sick while having a new job. Hope you are doing well and enjoying your new job. Add oil, add oil!

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  6. I still cannot bring myself to like Moxi, Sansheng or this story in general since none of their characterization appeals to me as well as the plot of mother and son for the majority of the time. I agree with Melanie on most of her points.

    But after reading this epilogue, I am a bit more touched with Moxi. But just a little bit. I initially hated him the moment he treated the other side female characters like shit just like any other Chinese romance novel male lead cliches, but this epilogue moved me a bit.

    So I’m still confused with this lightning bolt punishment that I always see in Chinese literature. Do we have this sort of punishment in Vietnamese literature? And how does it work? Do you just literally get strike by lightning through your body? Do you get chained or tied up while that happens? Do you have your clothes on or off when being hit?

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    • Well I think you can either treat them the same way conventional humans like Bai Jiu treat trem, with a label for their relationship, or you can treat them as just SS and MX. Depending on which viewpoint you read from, the story might or might not work for you, which is all fine and good.

      As you know, this book is written without going into a lot of details, touching only the vital points of the story, so whether MX was “treating SQQ like shit” or not is really only a projection of the readers’ opinions. Me, I tend to give everyone the benefits of a doubt. She could’ve been really clingy, she could’ve given him a lot of trouble, I mean, she was insisting on pulling him in public even though it was clear he had no feelings whatsoever. So he might have had to do what he needed to dash her hope. And honestly, he’s just guilty of ignoring her. She fell on her own. He didn’t even push her. So I don’t know why he would be perceived as ‘treating her like shit’ if he simply wasn’t indulging her admiration. How is her unsolicitated feelings any of his obligation? His giving cold shoulder is a lot kinder than leading someone on.

      The lightning bolt punishment is normally referred to as “bị trời đánh” or “bị sét đánh” in Vnm. Clothes on off depends on your own state of dress/undress when it strikes. Likely doesn’t matter given that clothes won’t help with lightning. Mostly it happens out of the blue. But sometimes if you’re a god, and say the Jade Emperor specifically decrees you to get punished, then I guess they chain you up somewhere and let it happen. The idea though, is that it isn’t something you can escape from. So it doesn’t matter if you are chained or not.

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  7. Oh so this is what happened! I’m glad it’s all cleared up!

    I have a gay friend named Moki, so everytime I read about Moxi, Moki’s face pops up and I use my all just to plaster a more handsome face to my liking hahahaha

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  8. I thot at first Moxi was a bit cold since he didn’t visit Sansheng once she arrived at the underworld. Or maybe having some sort of indecisive phase. Turn out I was wrong. He really loved her through out the whole book / all lifetimes either in human realms or immortal ones. He was really a sweet guy. Ah love.

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