Bonus Chapter 3

Bonus Chapter 03
#3 Xiao Wangye Wants a Daughter


"Yao Yue, Yao Yue!"

Dongfang Hao Ye animatedly ran into the inner courtyard, seeing a man napping on a couch under the tree he immediately quieted. Silently he went to the man, took off his shoes, gingerly climbed onto the wide and soft couch, then he leaned closer to the man.

Looking at the man's beautiful face, he became so happy, but didn't dare to wake the man up.

After struggling to sit still for some time, in the end he couldn't help shifting closer and reaching out his hand. Touching the man's bulging belly, he giggled.

After he laughed for a while, suddenly he remembered looking up, only to see a pair of dark obsidian eyes watching him with a hint of smile.

"Yao Yue, did I wake you up?"

"Well, you kept touching me, how could I sleep?"

Xiao Wangye stuck his tongue out, "I just wanted to touch the baby."

Beitang Yao Yue gave an disbelieving stare. Truth was, when Dongfang Hao Ye coming in from outside calling his name, he was already awake. But he was too tired to answer the call. Then when he saw Hao Ye climbed up the couch, he still didn't want to respond. Just as he was getting fed up with Hao Ye distrubing him, he opened his eyes.

"Where have you been? Why are you coming back looking so happy?"

"That's right! Baby daughter!" Remembering the big news, Dongfang Hao Ye clapped his hands as he shouted. Then from his bosom, he took out a talisman and waved it in front of Beitang Yao Yue. He said with excitement, "I went to the temple and asked for a stick [inscribed bamboo stick]. The Abbot said that this time I would have a daughter. I donated three hundred liang of silvers to ask this Qianjin* Charm. The Abbot said if you wear this for seventy nine days, you will definitely have a daughter."

[* I searched translations for 'qianjin' and I found it meant: 'thousand pounds of gold; money and riches; invaluable support; (honorific) daughter'. I find it interesting so I had to share it to you.]

"I don't believe with this kind of thing, take it away!"

Xiao Wangye's heart sank, hugging Yao Yue with a pitiful look he said, "Yao Yue, I want a baby daughter. I want a baby daughter."

Beitang Yao Yue frowned, "Why are you wishing such a wish?"

Xiao Wangye said, "A daughter will be so adorable. Think about it, if our daughter were to look like you, in the future she'll definitely be the number one beauty in the world. She'll be prettier than Third Brother's Rong'er. Every day I want to dress her beautifully and teach her to be the best maiden, every man in the world will be fascinated with her."

Beitang Yao Yue was amused as he saw how Hao Ye's eyes shone, but he deliberately put on a long face and drolled, "Seems like you don't like the sons that I'd given birth. Then tomorrow I'll order someone take Jun Qian, Jun Chen and Jun He out of your eyesight."

Dongfang Hao Ye was startled and quickly apologized with a laugh, "When did I say my sons were bad? I like them very much. What's more, they're all born from you, they're my heart and bones."

"Then why do you always want a daughter?"

Xiao Wangye solemnly blinked, "Yao Yue, don't you want a daughter? People say that a daughter is her parents' little heart warmer*. I don't believe that you don't want one."

[* Actually it's written "intimate little padded-jacket". My guess is a padded-jacket is something to make you warm. When you're warm, your heart is warm too.]

Hearing this, Beitang Yao Yue muttered to himself.

To be honest for him, boys and girls were the same. After all, they were all his children. But recently, a baby daughter was all that Dongfang Hao Ye thought about. He wanted a daughter like crazy. When Hao Ye was by his side, he'd be guzzling about how wonderful it would be to have a daughter. Ever since Beitang Yao Yue became pregnant, Hao Ye had been touching Beitang Yao Yue's belly and called the baby a daughter. Hao Ye was obsessed.

Over time, under Dongfang Hao Ye's influence, Beitang Yao Yue too gradually thought that maybe a baby daughter wouldn't be so bad.

Dongfang Hao Ye saw Beitang Yao Yue's expression wavered, quickly took the opportunity to hold out the Qianjin talisman and once again persuade Yao Yue to put it on.

Beitang Yao Yue took and looked at it, then he lifted his sight to Dongfang Hao Ye and said, "You said this talisman is to be wear for fourty nine days?"

"En. Yes, yes!"

Beitang Yao Yue was half-angered and half-amused, couldn't help but slapped Hao Ye's head, "You're confused. You can't even remember the days. I'll be giving birth next month, what do you mean wearing this for fourty nine days?"

[LOL. This Hao Hao guy, really. ]

"Ah!" Xiao Wangye shouted as he remembered. He looked at Beitang Yao Yue, his face paled gradually.

As Hao Ye struggled to say a word and then lowered his head looking very dejected, Beitang Yao Yue didn't have the heart to see it and comforted, "This baby might really be a daughter."

"Yeah." Xiao Wangye looked up as he heard Yao Yue's words, but then he immediately lowered his head again mumbling, "But both of us are men, maybe we can never have a daughter."

Beitang Yao Yue really couldn't stand it this time; he hit Hao Ye's head hard and said, "Then where did Beitang Yao Chen come from?"

"Ah, Big Sister!" Remembering this fact, Xiao Wangye felt he was really stupid. How come he forgot about Beitang Yao Chen's parentage.

Just as he thought of this, instantly he was lively again. He once again persuaded Beitang Yao Yue to wear the talisman, "Even if you can't wear it for fourty nine days, at least let's hope this talisman can protect and save you and the little baby."

Beitang Yao Yue didn't want to wear the talisman, Xiao Wangye whined, "I've already donated three hundred liang of silvers just for this, won't you accept my intention?"

Beitang Yao Yue gave him a look, "Jing Wangye is so generous, three hundred liang of pure silvers to buy a wish."

"This is nothing. For you and the baby, I won't spare anything. Right, baby?" The last sentence was said to Beitang Yao Yue's belly.

Beitang Yao Yue was never a match for Xiao Wangye's determination, so he had to wear the talisman. Looking up, he saw Dongfang Hao Ye's big and dark glittery eyes were staring at him while his hands were softly carressing him. The next moment, those eyes flashed as Xiao Wangye got even more excited and charged forward with a grin to embrace Yao Yue.

Somehow he looked like a puppy... Beitang Yao Yue couldn't help think that if Dongfang Hao Ye had a tail, it would definitely be wagging non stop.

The more he imagined it, the funnier it got. Beitang Yao Yue looked down and saw Dongfang Hao Ye now had his hand on Beitang Yao Yue's belly while mumbling to himself, "Daughter is good, daughter is amiable, daughter is her parent's heart-warmer..."

Beitang Yao Yue felt a movement inside his belly. Seemed like the baby heard Dongfang Hao Ye's words and responded by moving and stretching its arms and legs. Beitang Yao Yue frowned, took a deep breath while slightly closing his eyes. This pair of father and baby really was a trouble.

The afternoon sun shined lazily, peeking through the layers of lush leaves and warmly falling onto the two people reclining on the soft couch.

Gradually, Beitang Yao Yue fell asleep.

Xiao Wangye gently hugged him in his arms, and then he unconsciously fell into a dream. In his sleep, his lips were curved up in a smile, and from time to time he was muttering, "Hehe, my daughter..."

"Diedie, what are you writing?"

"Be quiet, Diedie is finding a name for your future younger sister!"

"Younger sister?" Two six-years-old twins, Dongfang Jun Qian and Dongfang Jun Cheng, stood on each side of Dongfang Hao Ye's, watching him struggling with a brush in his hand.

"Diedie, how would you know this time Father will give birth to a daughter?" Dongfang Jun Qian asked.

"Hehe..." Dongfang Hao Ye smugly grinned and touched his chin, "Of course, Diedie knows!" 

Counting the days, the Qianjin Charm had been worn for quite some time, it was impossible the charm would fail.

Dongfang Jun Cheng said, "The last time, you also said so. But then Father gave birth to Little Brother Jun He."

"This time it's definitely a daughter."

"What if it's another little brother?"

Dongfang Hao Ye's expression sank. He turned to his two sons and waved, "Go, go, go! Find your little brother and go play! Don't bother Diedie picking up a name."

Dongfang Jun Qian pursed his lips and took his brother to go, outside the door he uttered an adult-like sigh, "Eh! Our Little Sister is so pitiful. What kind of name Diedie will give her?"

Dongfang Jun Cheng shrugged, "Maybe something to do with food."

Dongfang Jun Qian clapped his hands and said, "Will she be named Yingtao?" 

[Yingtao means cherry fruit.]

Dongfang Jun Cheng tilted his head in a thought, "Diedie really loves tangsu*. I think he will name her Tangsu."

[I don't know what Tangsu is, and it kills me. 'Tang' means sugar, while 'su' means shortbread (n) or melt (v). I assume it's something to do with caramel. Chinese-speaking friends, please elighten this ignorant translator.]

Dongfang Jun Qian's brows wrinkled, "Isn't that a little similar with my name?"

Dongfang Jun Cheng said, "Or maybe she'll be named Putao."

[Putao means grape.]

Dongfang Jun Qian laughed and said, "Hahaha... Dongfang Pu Tao? This name is not so bad..."

The two boys' voices gradually disappeared as they got futher away. Dongfang Hao Ye's hands shook, ink dripping on the white paper.

He looked down on the words written on the papers: yingtao, putao, lizhi [lychee], tang'er [tang: sugar], li'er [li: pear], tian xin [sweetheart]... Nine out of ten were related to food.

In a fit of anger he tore the papers to pieces and throwed away the brush, then he walked out of the study.

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Pity that luck wasn't on Xiao Wangye's side. He had carefully prepared so many names, but a month later the baby arrived and it was actually a son. Needless to say, Xiao Wangye was disappointed.

However, it was soon evident the newborn baby looked pretty and delicate; the feature soft and lovely. A combination of both boys' and girls' traits.

The more he looked at the baby, the more Xiao Wangye liked him very much. With a grand stroke of his brush, he named the baby Dongfang Jun Ting, with a nickname Putao. Naturally, he wished the baby would grow up to be 'slender and elegant*'.

[Slender and elegant (ting ting yu li) is usually used to describe a woman.]

Beitang Yao Yue heard and accpeted the name without saying anything. Although he was also a bit disappointed that it was not a daughter, the baby was born from his own belly after all. Boy or girl didn't matter, he loved the baby anyway.

Xiao Wangye raised his youngest son as if raising a daughter, and Dongfang Jun Ting really had certain girly characteristics. At his First Birthday Pick*, he picked a box of rouge.

[*First Birthday Pick (zhua zhou) : a custom of placing a variety of articles (writing brush, abacus etc) before an infant on its first birthday to see which one he or she picks up. The article chosen is believed to be an indication of the child's inclinations, future career etc.]

Xiao Wangye laughed merrily and said to Beitang Yao Yue, "In the future, seems like Little Putao will be marrying into a family."

[Note that a girl, when married, is said to be 'marrying into a family'. A boy, on the other hand, is said to be 'taking a bride'.]

The 'daughter'-loving of a father, Xiao Wangye, of course had no idea that in the next few years, his words would become a truth...


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So this is it! The last chapter of My Wangfei is a Man, and now the novel is officially finished.

Of course you'll take note that the novel left so many dots unanswered, many plots unexplored. It all has a purpose. They are glimpses for other books by the same author, that are written in this same universe.

There is book about Beitang Yao Ri and Si Yao Hui, about Yan Zi Xing, about Dongfang Jun Ting, and even about Dongfang Hao Ye's father, Dongfang Xi.

Am I going to translate those books too? No, I don't think so.

Or do I?