½ Prince V9C5: Wicked, Part One

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½ Prince Volume 9: Sequel

Original novel in Chinese by: 御 我 (Yu Wo)


Chapter 5: Wicked, Part One – translated by Lily and lucathia

My real name is Zhuo Ling Bin, but in Second Life, I go by Wicked.

Second Life is a virtual game developed more than ten years ago. However, due to overdeveloped artificial intelligence, the game spiraled out of control. Since then, the government has explicitly limited the artificial intelligence level in games. In other words, Second Life, also called the Forbidden Game, is still the world’s most immersive game, especially since nearly half of the NPCs developed self-awareness. If not for the Dictator of Life’s aid in overseeing this place, I have no idea what sort of devastating consequences this game would have resulted in.

Although in reality, this game has already had dire repercussions. More than ten years ago, the developer of Second Life, Long Dian, contracted a terminal illness. Terrified of the idea of death, he even used the world’s most intelligent computer, the Dictator of Life, to threaten the entire world!

That particular event had huge consequences, including making Second Life spiral out of control forever, turning it into a world of only NPCs. However, the biggest consequence to me was that I lost my most precious person.

Feng Lan, my Xiao Lan, was Prince, the person who led everyone to stop Long Dian at that time.

That year, during the confrontation with Long Dian who had already made himself into an artificial human, we had been beaten into a retreat. In order to save Xiao Lan, I was sent flying and lost consciousness. When I finally woke up, the hospital’s bland white ceiling forcibly registered in my line of sight. I immediately remembered Xiao Lan and ran around madly, frantically shouting her name, afraid that my most beloved girl had…

I found her in Gui’s hospital room. Her eyes were swollen red from crying. Once she saw me, she flew into my arms and cried out, “Zhou-gēgē, what should I do? The doctor said Gui might never wake up.”

As I tried to mollify Xiao Lan, I looked over and saw Gui breathing through a ventilator, his body pierced with IV drips. My heart filled with irresolvable conflict. On one hand, I wished for Gui to quickly wake up so Xiao Lan would not have to cry anymore. On the other hand, I secretly wished for Gui to never wake up. Don’t… Don’t take away my Xiao Lan!

“Prince, why don’t you take a break? It’s been a while since you’ve been to class, right?” Lolidragon’s concern was plainly visible on her face. “We’ll take good care of Gui.”

“Never!” Xiao Lan refused immediately.

“If Gui never wakes up… I’ll always be by his side taking care of him.” Xiao Lan cradled Gui’s hand, eyes brimming with determination. No one could shake her resolve. Not even me.

Gui will wake up.

No one understood that better than I did. In order to bring a smile to Xiao Lan’s face once more, that man would crawl back to her even if he had sunk eighteen levels down into hell. That man was someone who would never surrender. He was so extremely determined that even I sometimes could not help but admire Gui’s resolution.

And so, I left the hospital room, paying no attention to the sounds of surprise and Gui’s hoarse voice calling out for Prince.

My heart understood. In the end, I still lost my Xiao Lan – my precious girl with her big, bright eyes.

What should I do? I could not help but feel at a loss.

“Roam the lands, forever leaving this land of heartbreak?”

My little brother, Zhou Ming Bin, known as Ming Huang in-game, attempted to give me suggestions while immersed with playing CS.1

I shook my head, my heart heavy. “No, I haven’t received my diploma yet. I cannot leave school.”

“Drink away your sorrows.” Ming Bin clapped his hands before reaching for his wallet, about to rush out. “I’ll go buy you a beer.”

“No!” I sternly rejected his suggestion. “Alcohol can cause liver cancer.”

“Then…should I go buy you a packet of GENTLE cigarettes2?” Ming Bin furrowed his eyebrows in thought.

“No, you would breathe in second-hand smoke.” I could not cause my little brother to get lung cancer just because of a broken heart.

Ming Bin propped his chin up with both hands. “Then why not weep your heart out under your covers? I’ll even pretend not to hear anything.”

I seriously considered it before replying, “No. I have a laboratory experiment with my professor tomorrow. I cannot appear with swollen red eyes. I’ll cry some other day.”

Ming Bin looked defeated. “You’ll cry some other day? Ha, only my brother would say something like this. Bro, can you not be so collected? I think only the brother who has lived with you for over ten years can tell that the you right now is hurt such that you would much rather die. Bro, you’re too reserved. No wonder you couldn’t win Prince over.”

My face fell. Was being calm the wrong course of action?

“Prince is so dense that there has never been, nor will there ever be another like her. In my opinion, I think you should have run up to her and confessed ‘I love you’ every day for an entire year. Only then would she truly believe that you love her.” Ming Bin murmured to himself, “That gay guy really used the correct method to steal Prince away.”

Later, I thought the sight of Professor Min Gui Wen practically exuding happiness at school would be the most painful thing I would have to endure. However, I was wrong. On the day of Xiao Lan’s graduation, I brought her her favorite tulips to congratulate her…

The graduation ceremony went by smoothly, with congratulations from the president, then a valedictorian speech and everyone bidding farewell to the graduates, until Professor Min Gui Wen appeared on stage in his strange outfit. Everything changed. The entire school screamed and even the teacher’s faces went red in embarrassment.

I could not be any more familiar with his outfit. That was Gui’s wandering bard attire, and even his guqin and earrings were the same. His overall appearance made the originally serious Professor Min Gui Wen look charmingly handsome. With everyone’s gaze on him, he walked to Xiao Lan’s side. Nearly dumbstruck, Xiao Lan asked, “Gui? Do you think we’re having a masquerade?”

Gui coughed twice, put down his guqin, and took out a heart-shaped, pink box. After opening the box, Gui knelt down on one knee and used a voice full of love to say, “My dearest highness, Xiao Lan. I am no longer your teacher, and I would like you to use another name to address me from now on.”

“What name?” Xiao Lan, who had always been slow on the uptake, also came to an understanding about what Gui was trying to do at this time. Her face could not be any redder than it was.

Gui gently picked up the ring. On top of the silver ring was a tulip whose petals were made out of diamonds. Undoubtedly, Gui also knew that Xiao Lan’s favorite flower was the tulip.

“Are you willing to call me husband, and to let me call you my dear wife?” Gui asked sincerely.

Please forgive me for being unable to tell you what happened after this. I could no longer stay there. With tulips in my hand, I walked home, hand shaking so much that I was nearly unable to open the door. I walked inside my house, and like always, took out a vase and put the flowers inside it. I placed the vase next to the front door.

Then, I planned on returning to my room. When I turned, Ming Bin was staring at me with large eyes. At a loss, he blurted, “Tomorrow… You don’t have to do an experiment tomorrow?”

I shook my head and walked past Ming Bin. He reluctantly said, “Ah, Bro… I’m sorry for your loss.” 3

I didn’t have the heart to tell Ming Bin that “I’m sorry for your loss” wasn’t used that way.

In the following months, I did my best to avoid Xiao Lan. Even if she specifically came to my house, I would have Ming Bin tell her that I wasn’t home. I was deathly afraid to hear from her mouth that she had already decided to marry… Someone who wasn’t me.

Just now, Xiao Lan had come again. I heard her voice. It had been months since I saw Xiao Lan. I heard her say regretfully, “Really? Zhuo-gēgē is still not home?”

Finally unable to hold back, I climbed out of bed and rushed downstairs to the door. Unfortunately, the door had already closed, and Ming Bin was holding a pink invitation as he lamented, “Man, this is cruel. Isn’t my brother already in enough misery?”

“Give it to me!” I was nearly shaking as I said this.

Ming Bin finally realized that I was standing behind him. He turned to face me, and then he hid the invitation behind his back. His smile was forced as he said, “Trust me, Bro, you don’t want to see this.”

“Give it to me!” I persisted. Even though I very much agreed with Ming Bin’s words, that I definitely wouldn’t want to see that invitation, I still had to see it no matter what.

Ming Bin sighed. He handed the invitation over. I think I will never forget the moment I saw that invitation that left me no room to doubt. It was a wedding invitation, and on it were Feng Lan’s and Min Gui Wen’s names… Droplets of water fell next to Xiao Lan’s name.

“Bro… Um, Prince wants you to look at the back,” Ming Bin said cautiously.

Trembling, I flipped the invitation over. The back had a few handwritten lines. I could tell at a glance that it was Xiao Lan’s handwriting. Messy and squiggly handwriting like this was not common.

Zhuo-gēgē,

I went to your house several times, but you were never home. I guess I can only leave words for you on the back of this invitation for now because I’m afraid you won’t be home again. Although Gui told me I shouldn’t give you an invitation, that you would be very unhappy, I can’t not give you one. You are someone very important to me. You are Zhuo-gēgē who loves me the most. I would very much like for you to attend my wedding. Really. I really hope you can come. I hope that I can receive your blessing.

Love,
Xiao Lan

My entire body froze. I only dared to gently hold onto the invitation by the corner, afraid that I would accidentally damage it. I did not want to even damage a single corner of it.

Suddenly, a drop of water dripped onto the invitation and dirtied Xiao Lan’s message. I frantically tried to wipe away the droplet but only made it worse. The water droplet had blurred several words. I wiped my face with my hand in frustration. I was afraid that yet another accursed water droplet would ruin the message that Xiao Lan had personally written.

“Bro…” Ming Bin’s eyes were large. He was frantic and didn’t know what to do.

However, the door was loudly kicked open. Feng Yang Ming stood outside. He was pulling along a full cart, holding a can of beer. He lazily said, “Want some Heineken?”

On the day of Xiao Lan’s wedding, I went. No matter what, I could not miss seeing Xiao Lan wear a wedding dress, even if the man standing beside her wasn’t me.

The wedding was a large occasion. Different colors of Xiao Lan’s favorite tulips were spread all over. I nodded my head in satisfaction and walked over to people I recognized. Wolf-gē, Yu Lian, Lolidragon, and even Doll, who was a princess, had come dressed in everyday clothes. Nan Gong Zui brought with him people from Righteous Blades, and of course Dark Emperor would not miss the occasion, but my teammates were all unable to look at me.

Xiao Lan was already wearing her wedding dress and standing before the priest, waiting for Gui. The white lace veil on her face concealed her appearance, but I believed that my Xiao Lan must be the most beautiful bride in her wedding dress.

“Strange. Has Prince always been this tall?” Yu Lian asked in confusion.

“Probably because she’s wearing high heels. Don’t brides usually wear high heels?” Li Tian Lang said matter-of-factly.

“Doll recalls that it should be the groom standing before the priest to wait for the bride, right?” Doll asked while biting on her fingernails.

“Could it be that Gui is late?” Nan Gong Zui guessed.

“Impossible!” Everyone… Even I, shouted in unison.

“He’s getting married to Prince. Even if Gui were to get killed by a sandstone truck on his way here, his spirit would float here on time,” Lolidragon earnestly claimed.

Even I had to agree with Lolidragon’s words. Gui was exactly that sort of person.

The doors to the church finally opened, and like we thought, a person wearing a white tuxedo walked in. Upon seeing me, the person’s face lit up and she walked over. “I knew that Zhou-gēgē wouldn’t miss my wedding.”

“X-Xiao Lan. Why are you dressed like that?” Losing my composure, my mouth dropped open. Actually, everyone present had their mouths open quite wide. In comparison, I hadn’t lost my composure all that badly.

Indeed, Xiao Lan was wearing a white tuxedo, and she had her hair done in a ponytail. She looked very dashing, and the look suited her… But a bride should wear a bride’s dress!

“Huh, this?” Xiao Lan pulled on her tie. “It looks good, right? The more I looked at it, the more I thought that Gui’s tuxedo looked better than my wedding dress, so I had him swap with me.”

Everyone’s mouths dropped open even wider. In unison, we turned our heads to look at the person wearing the wedding dress.

Xiao Lan strode over to the bride… No, the groom, and then smiled happily at the priest whose mouth was wide open. “Father, quickly read the testimony. I can’t wait to eat food from my wedding reception. It’s a buffet from a five-star hotel.”

When I saw Xiao Lan lift the veil from Gui’s face, my heart twisted in doubt. If Xiao Lan had wanted to exchange with me, would I have agreed? I probably…would have. As long as I could marry Xiao Lan, even if I had to wear a wedding dress, I would do it.

However, when Gui came over to talk to me in his low-cut wedding gown, I could not help but admire him just a bit.

“Thank you for coming to the wedding.” Gui muttered quite reluctantly, “Xiao Lan was very happy you could make it.”

“You don’t have to worry. I graduated as well. In the future, I’ll stay far away from your family,” I replied icily, like usual.

Gui looked as though he was struggling for a moment before sighing sadly. “Don’t go, I need your help. Xiao Lan hopes Kenshin and the rest can come to the real world, especially Sunshine. Fairsky can’t live without him.”

“We’re producing artificial bodies?” I asked, somewhat shocked.

Gui nodded his head. “Lolidragon and Doll will cover all the costs.”

I was a little hesitant. If I did this, I would constantly have to see Xiao Lan…

“Xiao Lan will be very happy that you’ll be around to help,” Gui muttered unwillingly.

Upon hearing his words, I couldn’t help but nod my head.

Once Sunshine, Kenshin, and Celestial came to the real world one by one, I wondered if I should go out and find a job. Despite Lolidragon’s offer of a job at her company, I did not want to work near Xiao Lan’s house anymore, so I found a job overseas. I decided to give Xiao Lan my final goodbye.

Xiao Lan opened the door, happily crying out, “Zhou-gēgē, welcome! I was just about to tell you, Gui and I are having a child.”

“Oh?” I couldn’t help but sneak a peek at Xiao Lan’s stomach, already feeling envious of the child’s father.

Xiao Lan followed my line of sight down to her stomach, but she quickly declared, “Not here.”

Xiao Lan took my hand and dragged me inside.

“Over there.” Xiao Lan pointed to the Gui, whose stomach was sticking out. He wore maternity clothes and was sitting on the sofa, busy knitting.

I lost my composure again, my jaw dropping. Once Gui saw me, he jumped up and shouted, “Hey! You shameless guy! Don’t you dare hold hands with my wife.”

After speaking, Gui rushed over but got tangled in the yarn he held, looking like he was about to fall on his back. I immediately rushed forward and caught Gui at the last second, thankfully avoiding a fall that could have caused them to lose the child. My heart on the other hand felt like it was about to jump out of my chest.

“That was close,” Xiao Lan commented, eyes wide. After that, she turned around as if she had nothing to do with the conversation. “I’ll go and bring you something to eat. Don’t fight, okay?”

Both Gui and I sat down on the sofa as he resentfully started knitting again. Unable to hold back, I asked, “Are you really pregnant?”

“Obviously!” Gui snapped, “You think I like wearing maternity clothes for nothing?”

“Why?” I asked before remembering that Xiao Lan was afraid of pain.

“I can’t help it, Xiao Lan is afraid of pain. But this is good as well. If you ask me to listen to Xiao Lan’s labored cries during childbirth, I might as well be the one giving birth. This way I actually don’t have to worry as much,” Gui nonchalantly said as his hands worked on knitting a small cap.

I almost couldn’t speak. This man’s love for Xiao Lan had even exceeded my expectations. I had to pause to think. If it were me, would I be able to stand ten months of pregnancy for Xiao Lan? I…couldn’t.

“I heard that you refused Lolidragon’s offer of a job at her company?” Gui questioned.

“Yeah, I’m planning on leaving the country.” I had finally given up completely. Perhaps Xiao Lan would be happier with Gui than she ever would with me.

“What! Why?” Xiao Lan was holding a pot of soup. After hearing my words, she rushed over, momentarily forgetting that she was holding a pot in her hands. She stumbled, and the entire pot flew toward Gui who was resting on the sofa.

Almost as a reflex, I flung myself to the side and used my body to cover Gui so that the hot soup would not burn Gui’s stomach. Thankfully, I was wearing a full suit. The material was very thick…

“Zhougēgē, are you really leaving?” Xiao Lan asked worriedly.

I was leaning a few inches away from Gui’s belly, afraid to actually touch him, feeling the hot waves dripping down my back. Face white and voice shaking, I mumbled, “No, I won’t be leaving the country. I’ll actually move in with you two.”

If I don’t move in, I’m afraid that Xiao Lan’s child will not survive until childbirth.

“Finally I don’t have to watch Gui all day. I’ll be cleaning now,” Kenshin said coldly as he passed by the corridor, holding a vacuum cleaner.

Still, I had the feeling that even after the birth of the child, I would not be able to leave this couple alone. Not unless I never wished to see Xiao Lan’s child grow up.

Footnotes

1 “CS”: Short for Counter-Strike, a first person shooter.

2 “GENTLE cigarettes”: GENTLE is a brand of cigarettes found in Taiwan. The original name used to be LONG LIFE, named to celebrate the seventieth birthday of the president of the Republic of China, Jiang Zhong Zheng. Launched in 1958, the product was a way of wishing for the president to live a boundless, long life. The product was officially renamed to “GENTLE” in 2007.

3 “I am sorry for your loss”: Used to console someone when someone they know has passed away.

53 Responses

  1. Persimmon

    Thanks again! But Xiao…is weird. o.O

  2. FongHsiao

    poor Gui
    as the chinese proverb goes, “happiness and misery goes hand in hand”

  3. !Yay!

  4. *bursts into laughter*

    *ping!*

    Wicked has gained a new level.

    Title unlocked.

    New title: Super Nanny.

    *laughs until her stomach hurts* Ai ai ai, I feel so sorry for you, Wicked…

    • Anonymous

      @LennyThynn
      This comment tops anything I could have said. *smiles*

      Towards the story, I feel a type of horror that is thoroughly mixed with strong amusement and is overall significantly pleasant.

      (I sitll think she should have kept them both… ah well. In any case, very glad the child was protected! Oh, the doom. Oh, the hilarious, hilarious doom.)

    • Jasae Bushae

      @Anonymous
      pffft XD well the harem solution IS always viable

    • @LennyThynn
      LOOOL
      Now, THAT reference made the entire story sound as if they were back in Second Life!
      “New Set Skill Unlocked: Super Nanny” ~

      I swear, Gui is indeed masochistic… “orz

  5. Am I the first to comment? *pray*
    I haven’t laugh so much in a long time. Poor Wicked, I really feel for him, but thanks to him Xiao Xiao Lan was able to grow up xD.
    And Xiao Lan is super lucky to find a husband like Gui, who would do EVERYTHING for her. Even Wicked has to confessed that he wouldn’t go as far as carry a child in her stead.
    Our Half Prince is coming to it’s end. I still cannot believe it. I really enjoyed the last few years. Thanks for your hard work Princerevolution.

  6. DellyYuki

    Yey, awesome story. Thank’s for the update

  7. Sakura Hyuga

    Ha! Poor Wicked, that’s just so funny. Thanks PR!

  8. I have mixed feelings regarding the childbirth ..

  9. Hahahaha! Poor Wicked and Gui somehow… Xiao Lan is awesome! XD

  10. BWAHAHAHA! Is Prince… No… Xiao Lan is a careless person? To be able to make Wicked who wanted to go overseas changed his decision…

  11. Thank you for the chapter and all all your hard work!

  12. Jasae Bushae

    Wow~ I love where this is going ^^ We got to find out Wicked feelings immediately after 1/2 prince and his reasons for sticking around as long as he did~ Im betting the next part will move back to the present with Prince trying to reconcile with Wicked

  13. OMG that Gui really did all those things. He’s really awesome!!!!! :)

  14. chicaalterego

    This chapter makes me realize how much of a scatter-brain Xiao Xiao Lan truly is! I mean, how can one forget a person who live under the same roof as you for… was it 9 years, wasn’t it? Anyway, I think that after this came another fight in which Gui was secretly glad that his LOVE RIVAL stayed behind to leave together with him and the woman he loves… I don’t know if I want Zhuo Ling Bin to end up with the kid, but I do KNOW I want someone to give the man some love… He deserves it :'(

  15. Oh my god… seriously?! XD MAN. Wicked is such a great guy… So glad he stayed… if not… I would fear for the birth of Xiao Xiao Lan…

    On the other hand, I feel kinda bad for him. He’s so stoic. Hard to believe he’d cry (though I totally understand). Serious heartbreak sadly undermined by the fact that he had to stay for… Gui’s baby. XD

  16. Thank you for the update! Can’t wait until the next release! You guys are awesome and make my day better!

  17. Sasifras

    This is kind of like twlilight a bit except “Jacob” is taking care of the “mother” too. Or maybe he did? I was only dragged to the last movie…
    Casual Mpreg and I do feel sorry for Gui though the only way I can see it, he’s going to have a C-section. No way that kid can come out any other way.

  18. FlameKnight1212

    I… I don’t know what to say O.o

  19. Wait, wait, wait…. you actually had to explain what “I’m sorry for your loss” means?
    So that’s how the proposal went off… personally, I figured that Lan would confess in the hospital when Gui woke up, Gui would immediately yell at and demand of Wolf to grab a priest to marry them and then Gui would cough up blood and Lan force him back to bed. I think my idea was funnier…

    And you can tell me I’m turning into Lan, thinking everyone is gay but some of the lines in this chapter makes me wonder if Zhuo might possibly have a man-crush on Gui…. not that I blame him~

    C-A

  20. xxsmilexx

    I’ve always liked Wicked, where can I find a man like him? xD
    I laughed soooo hard reading this chapter… But somehow all of this could be expected, knowing Lan and Gui :)

  21. Oh my glob Lan and Gui are a mess, but ya gotta love them.

  22. percychase

    wah!!!! This is so funny!! It’s like Wicked was already attracted to the life inside Gui!!! hahaha… and I super love the proposal!! hahaha.. I kinda feel bad for Wicked though, he had to lose his beloved, had to come to her wedding and now he will become the nanny!!! hahahaha… But I think this weirdness is to be expected especially since it all surrounds Prince!!!

    • @percychase
      Well, technically, Wicked didn’t have to come to the wedding. It’s all well and good to invite your lost love interest or ex-lovers to your wedding, but whether they actually attend or don’t is entirely up to them. So Wicked shot himself in the foot for that one. Ditto on moving in and being the nanny, he decided that himself. It’s like he’s just as much as a masochist as Gui – only for the emotional variety.

      C-A

  23. Little Dragon Girl

    Reading this…it feels like a train wreck for poor wicked. I want to grab Xiao Lan by the head and shake her around until she starts to see sense, and stops inadvertently tortuting wicked. And the way he keeps bringing half of this pain on himself because he can’t let go of his love… I’m not even joking; I couldn’t feel more pity for Wicked if I tried.

  24. NeoWarrior

    I am torn appart here… I feel pity and humor overlaying each other and fusing into a single emotion I cannot understand completely… Is it possible to laugh and cry at the same time by feeling happiness and sadness simultanously with a single event as cause? Oh, wait… yes it is!

    Gui got his dream come true! And he is paying DEARLY for it everyday of his life!!!!!
    Wicked lost his love and is forced to save his rival’s daughter from matricide (wait, this word means to kill the mother… how does one say kill the daughter?) I guess Gui is the mother, Wicked is the father, and Lan is the psycho everyone loves, but should try to avoid at all costs!!!

    Those two friends of her were right (Yun and “Lin?”)… Anyone who falls in love with her will have several of their generations doomed… XiaoXiao is the second generation and began paying for it even before she was born!

    As for Wicked defending the baby, I feel more sorry for Kenshin who had to protect the baby before Wicked… Just imagine the accidents that Lan could cause? Now imagine the incidents she could NOT cause under ordinary circunstances… (help me, I’m comming in blank on that last one)

    PS- wedding dress Gui is called beautiful by everyone, including Wicked! LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

  25. Poor Wicked! I never realized how deep his heartbreak was. He always seemed to be more in love with the younger version of Xiao Lan, before she became Prince.

  26. Thank You for the update =D
    Wow…
    I feel bad for Wicked, but I kept laughing through the whole chapter!
    Lan sure made Gui do the most funniest things ^^

  27. Why did Gui get the Baby? If they were able to do that they should have built Kenshin with an artificial womb :D

    • Jasae Bushae

      @NN
      Well I have no way of knowing how advanced the medical tech is in the 1/2 prince universe, but according to current day science, building an artificial womb is near impossible because it needs to have a natural bodies immune system, tempreture control and a million other things that make the womb the equivalent to a pent house apartment. 8D

      though im hoping that the science is far enough so that kenshin and coldfox can have a BABEH~ 8D

    • @Jasae Bushae
      Haha, do you think Cold Fox would carry it?

    • Jasae Bushae

      @黒
      Well as far as xaio xaio and feng long are concerned he hasn’t gained sentience yet so I don’t see why coldfox would complain XD

  28. litecrystal27

    Wonder why Xiao Lan choose Gui not Wicked, and how Xiao Lan react when Gui proposed to her..~ ~<'''

    • @litecrystal27
      Well, remember that Gui took a hit for her and was close to dying. That either impressed her a ton or opened her eyes at how her indecisiveness was making things worse. And she said herself, as did Wicked, that had he taken the hit, she probably would’ve married him. (Although I think it was obvious very early on that Lan would end up with Gui)
      As for the proposal, apparently in this chapter it’s revealed that she was very red in the face. And didn’t quite get it… you know, I know there’s being oblivious towards love, but Lan seems to have a special case of it.

      C-A

  29. Asdfghjkl!
    I stopped reading this series for a few months at the start of the sequel so that the chapters would accumulate, and now im back. Read it all in one go. Honestly? Yu Wo is the best writer there is. If there were Half Prince books in english, i would buy the whole store. I really cant express in words how grateful i am to you guys for translating it all. Catching up on Half Prince gave me all these feels of this awesome story i have followed for so long. Half Prince, go go go! You’re the best, y’all!

    ps. while reading this chapter, i totally freaked my older sister out when i randomly started laughing every few minutes. >__<

  30. Jack Xantho

    I read up to this point in two days, and now, I am stuck with a cliffhanger(time to read LSK so Sakura Hyuga will quit pestering me)
    Anyway, thanks PR for the lots of laughs while I read this, I might read it again in a few months

    • Jasae Bushae

      @Jack Xantho
      And even after the wicked and kenshin parts are done, there is a chance that Yu Wo will be doing a story about Coldfox’s assasin adventures

    • @Jasae Bushae
      Ooh, really? ^O^ Was that on her blog?

    • Jasae Bushae

      @黒
      Sorta~ Back during the ‘Prompt Gathering’ event, Yu Wo said she would do at least three of the ten proposed stories but hinted that there were two ideas in particular that she was interested in writing.
      The results to the contest were:
      1. Neo story during his Sun Knight Tenure.
      2. Story of Neo and Aldrizzt’s adventures as an adventuring team.
      3. A Kill No More story
      4. A tale of Cold Fox’s days as an assassin.
      5. A No Hero story
      So depending on how much she is taking the results to heart and whether or not Cold Fox was one of the two stories that she had her eye upon, we could see her tackling it. With a two in ten chance, there is a firm possibility that it is the case.

      Unfortunately, unless the awesome translators who stalk Yu Wo’s site speak up, alot of it is theory, leaving its status as little more than a possibility.

    • [PR]lucathia

      I don’t think she thought it would take her so long to finish just one of the stories though (When Teacher Wasn’t Yet Teacher ended up being 3 parts long…). It’s already June! These were supposed to be New Years stories. Maybe WTWYT is all we’ll get… 3 parts in place of 3 stories… She hasn’t mentioned working on any of the others. I hope we’ll still be getting more stories though!

    • Jasae Bushae

      @[PR]lucathia
      Oh my, that is a strong possibility ^^; Hmm….Well, I shall have faith in Yu Wo’s awesomeness and hope for the best and hold out for the possability of her keeping at it until next new year~

    • @Jasae Bushae
      That would be nice if Yu Wo could continue the freebies, but she already has about 4 ongoing series! I wonder how she even keeps up with them all. O_O It’s probably enough of a miracle that she finished WTWYT. Does she have New Years stories every year?

    • [PR]lucathia

      @Jasae Bushae
      Last year, she also had a holiday event, but it was for posting things she had already written, like new parts of Female Warrior, one of the LSK side stories, and other miscellaneous pieces she had around. Don’t know what she’ll do at the end of this year!

    • Jasae Bushae

      @[PR]lucathia
      As awesome as she is though, it is almost a garantee that she will do something in the coming new year ^^ Hmm…*Imagines a Yu Wo charrie cosplay event*

    • @Jasae Bushae
      How can she make assassination adventures hilarious and comedic? Without ruining Cold Fox’ reputation of being… well, a cold assassin?

      C-A

    • Jasae Bushae

      @Cat-Alin
      Well Eclipse Hunter had a slightly similar theme and it worked. Also theres the possability of Kenshin being worked in which would make for some fun comedy.. Theres also the chance that this is a prelude that will explain how Fox got into playing on an MMO.
      Of the hundreds of options fans put forward, Yu Wo singled it out as one of ten ideas that interested her so I have little doubt that the great author could make it work.

  31. Even Wicked is realizing there are downsides to being Xiao Lan’s husbanc.

  32. …he really is very calm and collected. The average guy would normally just leave the flowers lying around somewhere, even drop them or throw them away…but he actually went and carefully put them in a vase.

    Actually…I think I would prefer GUI over Wicked as well…because my friends also say that I am dense.

  33. Geez…OTZ

    Such clumsy parents! Or should I say; one clumsy parent and one woefully blind parent?

  34. this leaves us with the conclusion that gui gets 6 being-manly-points for :
    -sacrificing himself for her in second life
    – and in real life
    – asking her to marry him
    – being a man in real life
    – being a man in second life
    – a man of his word ( he did not further investigate who prince was and truly did not care about gender )

    he loses 3 for :
    – getting bet up all the time / not getting the B score
    – acting gayish
    – picking a unmanly class

    which leaves him with a score of : 3 being-manly-points !

    prince gets 9 being manly points for :
    – wearing the tux at the wedding
    – not being the one giving birth
    – being dominant
    – being male in second life
    – picking a manly class
    – being overlord / the boss
    – kissing girls
    – being badass ( driving , the fire , saving the world )
    – clinging to her principles ( I will not leave my friends behind ! )

    loses 2 being-manly-point for :
    – being a girl in real life
    – being the one cooking

    which leaves her with a score of : 7 being-manly-points !

    prince wins !

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