Transmigrated into the Film Emperor's Death-Seeking Fiancé - Chapter 48
- Transmigrated into the Film Emperor's Death-Seeking Fiancé
- Chapter 48 - Holding Hands at the Movie Theater
The two men retrieved their tickets and checked them. Wang Xiang Hai followed behind them. Wearing a hat and glasses, he chose an angle and took several pictures. After waiting for some period of time, he surmised that Yan Qing Chi and Jiang Mo Chen ought to have taken their seats by now. He bought some popcorn and coke1 before entering with his little young master in hand.
Once they entered the movie theater, Yan Qing Chi discovered that it was actually a couples theater. The seats here were not the ones found in the typical movie theater; instead, they were sofas. Moreover, each sofa was extremely roomy to ensure accommodation for two. He turned to look at Jiang Mo Chen, giving the latter a meaningful smile.
Jiang Mo Chen hastily explained, “I chose randomly. This movie theater was the most empty; it didn’t have a single person. Who knew that this was a couples’ theater?!”
“Am I supposed to believe that?”
“Yes? Unless I specifically chose a couples’ theater for you?”
“I certainly didn’t say that.”
“Your eyes clearly conveyed that!”
“My, Mr. Jiang, it’s an illness to overthink. You’ve got to treat it.” Yan Qing Chi said, automatically choosing a seat and sitting in it.
Jiang Mo Chen strode over to him and sat beside him, “Right back at you. Thinking too highly of yourself is an illness. It has to be treated.”
Yan Qing Chi looked askance at him, “Oh? Then what are you sitting here for? If I were you, I’d change my seat first before I said that.”
“This spot of yours is the best viewing area, okay? I just want to watch the movie, okay?” Jiang Mo Chen retorted.
When Yan Qing Chi heard that, he nodded and got up, sitting down on a neighboring seat, “Then I’ll leave the ‘best viewing area’ to you. You sit there by yourself. Please don’t come over here.”
Jiang Mo Chen: “…”
Yan Qing Chi smiled, “Enjoy the movie~”
Jiang Mo Chen: “…” Just where did this troublemaker come from?! Since there’s already a Jiang Mo Chen in the world, why did there have to be a Yan Qing Chi?2 On what grounds did he have to be the one at a loss for words by the other man’s rejoinders every single time?
When Wang Xiang Hai came in, he saw his boss and the boss-wife3 he had just deduced sitting separately. Each person took a sofa for themselves. However, the boss-wife appeared to be in a good mood, whereas his boss had a stony expression.
What’s the matter? Don’t tell me, did they fight again? In this short period of time?
Wang Xiang Hai thought that as an ordinary assistant, his life was practically too tiring. Aside from having to analyze the divine meaning4 every day, now he has to facilitate the relationship between the married couple. Poor him, a single dog having to worry about other people’s relationships before even being in a relationship himself. Wang Xiang Hai felt that he really did not have it easy. He could virtually be nominated for the ‘Best Assistant of the Year’.
When Qiqi walked into the movie theater and saw that Jiang Mo Chen and Yan Qing Chi were sitting separately, he was rather surprised. Just as he was pondering where he should sit, he heard Yan Qing Chi call him. Hence, he tugged on Wang Xiang Hai’s hand—signaling for the latter to let go—and ran over to Yan Qing Chi.
Before he could say anything he heard Jiang Mo Chen call him, “Qiqi, come here.”
Qiqi looked at Jiang Mo Chen, and then at Yan Qing Chi. He became puzzled. He asked Yan Qing Chi in a low voice, “Daddy, are we not going to sit together with Father?”
Yan Qing Chi pulled Qiqi in to take a seat within his embrace5, “He wants to watch the movie properly. We’re not going to disturb him.”
Hearing Yan Qing Chi say so, Qiqi nodded and replied, “Oh oh”. However, he asked, “He can’t watch if he sits with us? Qiqi is a very good child. I won’t disturb Father.”
“But he doesn’t want to sit with me.” Yan Qing Chi said with mock regret.
Qiqi was surprised. He turned to look at Jiang Mo Chen, even more puzzled, “Why not?”
Yan Qing Chi looked at Jiang Mo Chen with a smile, Qiqi in his arms as he asked, “Yeah. Why not, Mr. Jiang?”
Jiang Mo Chen felt that it was most likely that the previous twenty-something years of his life truly must have gone too smoothly. That was why he encountered Yan Qing Chi, the troublemaker sent from above6 to put him into his place. What could he say? What else could he say?! He could only get up and walk over, saying helplessly, “What nonsense are you spouting? I didn’t not want to sit together with you.”
“Oh? Then it looks like you do?”
Jiang Mo Chen nodded, helpless.
Yan Qing Chi smiled and said, “It wasn’t me ‘thinking too highly of myself’?”
“The madam is joking.”
“Then who was the one who was ‘overthinking it’ just now? ”
Jiang Mo Chen gritted his teeth, “Mrs. Jiang, don’t go overboard.”
Yan Qing Chi wasn’t afraid of him, “Well, answer my question first.”
Jiang Mo Chen was speechless. “It was me.”
Yan Qing Chi smiled, his eyes curving. He held Qiqi in his arms as he moved over to the side, making room for Jiang Mo Chen. “Have a seat, Mr. Jiang.”
Jiang Mo Chen glared at him, and Yan Qing Chi simply returned the look with a beam7. For some reason, as he was being looked at like that by the other man, Jiang Mo Chen actually thought that Yan Qing Chi’s smug appearance was a little cute. A smile slowly formed on his lips.
“Happy now?” He asked.
“Yup.” Yan Qing Chi was very honest.
Jiang Mo Chen sighed, “You are really…”
“Honest and frank?”
Jiang Mo Chen promptly laughed. He looked at Yan Qing Chi, who asked him, “Am I not honest? Not frank?”
“You are honest,” Jiang Mo Chen affirmed with a smile, “and frank. It’s just that your act of praising yourself as soon as you see the opportunity to do so truly amazes me.”
Yan Qing Chi smiled warmly and blinked, staying silent.
Smiling, Jiang Mo Chen took a seat beside him.
Meanwhile, Wang Xiang Hai—at a distance not far away and feeling extremely superfluous—was currently quietly hiding himself by the entrance, pretending that he did not exist.
Not long afterwards, the movie started. Wang Xiang Hai set the popcorn and coke in his hands down for Jiang Mo Chen and the others. Then he chose the furthest seat away, closed his eyes, and went to sleep. He lay there motionless, playing dead.
Yan Qing Chi ate the popcorn while feeding Qiqi. Qiqi was very immersed in the movie, occasionally commenting on it with Yan Qing Chi in hushed tones. Although, in the latter half of the movie, Qiqi grew somewhat sleepy. From the time he disembarked the airplane, he was excited because he saw Yan Qing Chi and Jiang Mo Chen; he hadn’t ever taken a break. At this time, the environment of the movie theater was just right, and the animated film’s music was very soothing. Before Qiqi knew it, he was already leaning against Yan Qing Chi, fast asleep.
Seeing that he had fallen asleep, Yan Qing Chi didn’t make any more movements in fear of disturbing him. He sat there quietly.
When Jiang Mo Chen turned his head back, he saw the other man sitting there stiffly. He wanted to take Qiqi into his own arms, but Yan Qing Chi declined, “Don’t. It’ll be bad if that wakes him up.”
Jiang Mo Chen internally retorted, “Do you think that everyone is as wary as you are in their sleep?” But he did not voice it. Instead, he reassured him, “Don’t worry. Qiqi is a pretty heavy sleeper. He doesn’t wake up that easily. Even if he did wake up, he goes back to sleep very quickly. It’s fine.”
Saying so, he took Qiqi into his arms and took off his jacket to cover Qiqi’s body. Yan Qing Chi, seeing that Qiqi really didn’t wake up, didn’t say anything about it.
They had come to accompany Qiqi in watching a movie. Now it turned into the two of them, both adults, watching the movie. Yan Qing Chi had no interest in this kind of children’s animated film, so he asked Jiang Mo Chen, “Do you think this is good?”
“I stopped watching animated films years ago.”
“Well, I would watch them sometimes. But not this kind. This kind truly is a little beyond me.”
Jiang Mo Chen looked towards him. They smiled at each other helplessly.
Alas, regardless of their disinterest, they had to stay in the movie theater. Otherwise, they had no way of explaining to Qiqi if he happened to wake up.
In order to pass the time, Yan Qing Chi began to eat popcorn again. As he ate and ate, he did not forget to have a sip of coke. It was actually quite delightful. Jiang Mo Chen, noticing the way that Yan Qing Chi ate popcorn while drinking coke, also reached out and grabbed a handful of popcorn from the bucket.
And so the two of them talked while eating the popcorn and evaluating the main character(s) and supporting characters. Like this, they actually weren’t bored as they waited.
Wang Xiang Hai had bought a large bucket of popcorn, but with two people eating, it reached its end quickly. Jiang Mo Chen watched the movie while his hand moved around in the bucket absentmindedly. He sensed that it was close to reaching the bottom and had just reached his hand to go deeper down to grab popcorn when it met Yan Qing Chi’s hand.
Jiang Mo Chen was rather surprised, unconsciously turning his head to look at Yan Qing Chi. On the other hand, Yan Qing Chi behaved very naturally, “There’s still a little. Just eat it.”
Having said so, he took his hand out from the bucket, continuing to eat the popcorn in his hand.
Jiang Mo Chen watched him. Then he saw the other man push the bucket of popcorn in his direction, “Here, there’s just the last bit left.”
Jiang Mo Chen reached out and grabbed a bit of popcorn.
Yan Qing Chi, seeing that he didn’t grab any more, grabbed some more popcorn. He watched the movie and, after he finished, very naturally went to grab popcorn from the bucket. And then, he touched Jiang Mo Chen’s hand once again.
Since his fingers had already made contact with the bottom of the bucket, Yan Qing Chi surmised that there probably weren’t any more left. Even if there were, there would probably only be three or five kernels left. He might as well let Jiang Mo Chen have the rest. So he did not linger, planning to just retract his hand.
But, as soon as his fingers left the bottom of the bucket, they were held by someone.
Yan Qing Chi was quite surprised. He turned to look at Jiang Mo Chen, only to see the latter was watching the movie. Jiang Mo Chen seemed to be watching very seriously, as if he wasn’t the one who suddenly caught his (YQC) hand.
As he looked at the act that Jiang Mo Chen was putting, Yan Qing Chi found it rather amusing and also quite sweet. So he turned back and laughed softly, not calling Jiang Mo Chen out.
When Jiang Mo Chen saw that Yan Qing Chi had turned his head away and wasn’t looking at him anymore, he finally let out a sigh of relief. He felt that there must have been a tendon in his brain that had been wrongly connected8 just now; and that was why he had randomly held Yan Qing Chi’s hand. He steadied his heart which had begun beating violently when Yan Qing Chi noticed and turned to look at him, feeling that he truly was nervous like a thief.9
And so the two of them sat like this, quietly, with their hands clasped together. During this time, Yan Qing Chi had wanted to shift his position. Yet as soon as he moved, the grip on his hand tightened. He thought, “It’s not like I’m planning to pull my hand away. I’m just changing my position. Do you really have to do that?”
But, in the end, he was considerate of Jiang Mo Chen’s dignity and didn’t say anything. He merely gave him a look helplessly, saying in his heart, “Is he a primary schooler? Liking to hold hands like this. Is it his first love? Acting this youthful and inexperienced.”
As Yan Qing Chi thought this, he suddenly smiled, internally remarking, “It is indeed his first love. Before he met Yuan Ming Xu, he was completely uninterested in love. Afterwards, he thought that he liked Yuan Ming Xu; however, Yuan Ming Xu only wanted to string him along in the first half (of the original novel). There was no way that he ever got a taste of romance. Jiang Mo Chen is already a father, but he hasn’t actually had a proper romantic relationship. Hence, how could he not be a primary schooler in love10? One who is even attached to holding hands.”
Once Yan Qing Chi thought of this, he could only let the other man do as he wanted. He thought that Jiang Mo Chen could do whatever he wanted if that made him (JMC) happy. At this time, he himself had completely forgotten that he hadn’t dated anyone either before he transmigrated; he was also just a primary schooler who had just gotten onto the road.
When the movie ended and the lights in the movie theater came on, Yan Qing Chi coughed and Jiang Mo Chen finally let go.
He was still ostensibly watching the movie seriously, as if he wasn’t the one who was secretly holding Yan Qing Chi’s hand just now.
Yan Qing Chi did not call him out on it. He merely pulled out his hand and asked him, “Should we wake Qiqi up?”
Jiang Mo Chen also retracted his hand, “Sure.”
Thus, Yan Qing Chi leaned in and softly called, “Qiqi, Qiqi, it’s time to wake up.”
The author has something to say:
Qiqi: What happened to “watching a movie with me”? It’s clearly the two of you taking the opportunity to have a date!
Yan Qing Chi: That’s because baby, you fell asleep. When you wake up, Daddy will accompany you to watch it again~
Qiqi: Hmph ╭(╯^╰)╮
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- 既生江何生燕.- Parody of a line from Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Baidu link here.
- It would actually be something like “boss lady” or “lady boss”, but I wanted to keep it clear that it was used in the sense of YQC being JMC’s wife. Since JMC is WXH’s boss, and YQC is his boss’s wife, I decided to translate it as “boss-wife”.
- 每天都要揣摩圣意不说. Probably something like trying to analyze what his boss (JMC) means when he says something
- I envisioned this as YQC’s arm moving Qiqi towards himself, so Qiqi ends up sitting on YQC’s lap.
- More specifically, “dispatched to the mortal realm by God”. (江默宸觉得自己大概是真的前二十多年过得太顺风顺水了，所以才遇到了燕清池这么个老天派下凡整治他的作精。) The main point though is that JMC is saying that YQC has come down from above (most likely the heavens). Sooooooooo…YQC = angel or celestial?
- beaming face kind of beam, not beam of light. His eyes and brows curved, so think eye-smile.
- Basically saying that his brain must have short-circuited for a moment.
- Or he felt guilty, whichever word works better.
- “Primary schooler” in the sense that he is extremely inexperienced in love
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