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Holding Onto My ManChapter 52

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TL: Cat
TLC: sleepchaser, Callis
Editor: Dandan


  
The Autumn air was refreshing, with the heat of Summer having just receded. The sky was the colour of water that had been filtered blue to the point where it made others feel comfortable and refreshed, beautiful to the point of intoxication. 2Bswa6

Somewhere in the palace of the state of Wei, lay a beautiful house that was built in the northwest corner of the imperial palace.

The house was built with two layers of green tiles and ridges on the roof, and a pair of auspicious beasts were lying on the top of the ridges. Although they were carved from wood, the knife technique was very delicate and lifelike.

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From time to time, the sounds of cats and dogs could be heard inside the house. Looking at the plaque hung up on the door, such a beautiful house was actually a place for raising such animals. The palace was indeed a palace, but even the domesticated animals prospered so well.

Two little eunuchs dressed in blue came from the room, one carrying a small and exquisite gold cage. Closed inside the cage, lay a little snow-white dog with short legs. The other eunuch carried a package that was filled to the brim with items needed by the dog. While walking, they talked. tx3pIh

“Tell me, what breed is this dog that was given as a tribute from the West? We’ve raised so many different types of cats and dogs, yet have never seen such a breed before. Not only is it cute, look at its round eyes that are looking everywhere. Even when it’s not in its sleeping area, it won’t make a sound. It’s really intelligent…”

“You don’t say! This dog doesn’t need us to train it every day. When it needs to do its business, it will climb into the wooden basin by itself. Whenever it’s time to eat, it’ll bark twice. It only barks twice at meal time every day, as if he were human…”

“Yeah, yeah. It’s rare to see such an intelligent dog. No wonder it’s a tribute. Now it’s been adopted by Her Majesty, Consort Ru. When a person achieves the Dao, everyone around him will also ascend. Even the dogs and cats of the courtyard would have a higher status than the people outside…”

“No, in fact Her Majesty Consort Ru is the most gentle and kind. This dog really has it good…” 34xw8H

As the two little eunuchs conversed while walking, they didn’t notice that the little snow-white dog in the cage had unexpectedly a human-like expression, like it wanted to cry but no tears would come out.

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Gu Bai was very depressed. He had always thought that all the tasks that he would receive would all be in the form of a human being. He never would have thought that he could become some other creature besides a human.

For this task, the original host was a dog. Although it was a dog who had achieved spiritual wisdom, and reluctantly became a Yao, in essence it was still a dog!

The original host was called Ah Bai. As an animal, it originally had no name. Ah Bai was the result of its own white fur. y8l6Bn

When Ah Bai was born, he was separated from his birth mother. The master who carried him away did not yet have the chance to name him before dying in an unforeseen, accidental death in the forest. As a result, Ah Bai was left in the forest, and was then later taken away by a white tiger, thought of as a toy. That was how Ah Bai survived the ordeal.

Because he was left in a mountain that had a lot of spiritual energy in it, his consciousness had prematurely awakened, breaking away from the beasts and rising into an insignificant Yao.

As a Yao, it was more difficult to practice than it was for a normal human being. To make it more challenging, there was no longer any spiritual master to help teach Ah Bai.

The effect of this kind of cultivation was not that obvious. Many Yao who had been practicing for hundreds of years might not be as talented as those who had only been practicing for 30 years. Kz0s4y

Therefore, his cultivation was not only meagre, but he also was not able to identify other Yao. What was even worse, was that Ah Bai couldn’t even recognise that he, himself was a “Yao”. He practiced instinctively all day while playing in the mountains.

So after one or two hundred years living in the mountains, Ah Bai felt bored. One day, he decided to leave the mountain, venturing off into the bustling human town.

Although he was originally just a common puppy, because of his Yao’s cultivation Ah Bai’s canine appearance had changed entirely.

His white fur was first class, with it changing to a softer and brighter feel, even surpassing that of a seductive fox’s fur. His four short legs, plus his pair of round eyes that shone with intelligence, just take a glance and you didn’t even have to mention how cute Ah Bai was. 5HrJzN

Although he was a “Yao”, because of his low cultivation, Ah Bai had little magic power, except for attaining some intelligence and agility. Overall, Ah Bai was still just an adorable and good-looking puppy.

As a result of his beautiful appearance. After Ah Bai left the mountains, he was caught by a passing tribute team, from the Western Regions. As a tribute, it was sent to the palace of the State of Wei.

Once he had arrived at the imperial palace of the State of Wei, due to his adorable appearance, Ah Bai was adopted by Her Majesty, Consort Ru, who took a fancy to him.

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Speaking of this, one should also talk about Her Majesty, Consort Ru. Her real name was Su Xinru. She was originally a xiunu, and could only be considered pretty. She could not be called a calamitous beauty. Compared to the other beauties in the imperial harem, she was not as eye-catching. ZTXP8e

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Therefore, being bestowed to such a beloved concubine, Ah Bai ought to enjoy a very comfortable life.

In truth, Ah Bai’s life by Consort Ru’s side was pretty good. His meals, drinks, living area, and entertainment were all taken care of by other people. It was even better than some of the lower-ranked Imperial concubines. NV4X3R

In addition, to Ah Bai’s luck, he was able to often see the Emperor Tianchen of the State of Wei, which had opened up an unrequited puppy love towards the Emperor.

Seeing this, the corner of Gu Bai’s mouth twitched. He had already guessed what the key points of his task were.

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That Emperor Tianchen was nothing more than a prince born from a low-ranking palace maid of the State of Wei. Without a powerful maternal clan to support him, he was inconspicuous among the other princes.

However, he had practiced the martial arts skills very well, and had kept a low profile. In the later stages of the battle for the throne, he defeated the other princes and forced the Wei Emperor to pass the throne to him before he died. yBEWxr

Such a cruel and merciless means of ascending the throne naturally made others brand him a tyrant. However, Emperor Tianchen did not care, and in addition to his personality and schemes, he was despotic. Yet all the courtiers had to admit that Emperor Tianchen was a very capable ruler.

Beyond that of his reign, Emperor Tianchen’s appearance was very handsome; he had bronze-coloured skin, a tall and strong physique, along with a pair of thick eyebrows that was slanted towards his sideburns. His face was sharp as a knife, and was handsome too.

So, it was no surprise that Ah Bai, a simple puppy Yao who had never seen the world, would fall head over tails for this tyrant.

In addition, Ah Bai noticed that because Tianchen was the emperor, his body carried the purple Dragon Qi. It was this type of Qi that was off-putting to demons and ghosts. G6d3jh

However, he was not afraid. On the contrary, he often met with Emperor Tianchen and was even intimate with him. The purple Dragon Qi that the other had inherited helped Ah Bai cultivate. In a short amount of time, his cultivation was equal to what it would have been had he cultivated in the mountains for a hundred years.

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In this way, Ah Bai was more fond of sticking to the Emperor Tianchen. He secretly wished to have the body of a human so that he could be together with the Majesty that he loved and admired.

The imagination is the flesh, reality is the backbone.

He didn’t know when it began, but Ah Bai noticed that his cultivation was like a funnel. He’d cultivate one day, and it would be gone the next. GB51ob

It went on until one day, he found that he had become an ordinary puppy, and his spiritual cultivation disappeared. He was shocked to know that it was Her Majesty, Consort Ru. The other side somehow found Ah Bai’s “Yao” identity and managed to absorb all of his cultivation.

From then on, Su Xinru tore off the disguise she had long since been hiding behind . She not only tortured Ah Bai in private, but also colluded with the Imperial Prince to conspire for the throne.

He often saw Her Majesty, Consort Su reach her hand out to hook around the Heavenly Emperor’s neck. The Heavenly Emperor had smiled at her with an expression he had never used with any of the other imperial concubines, tapping her nose, face showing his pampering. In his heart, the original host was both envious and worried.

Ah Bai was eager to rip off the mask that the other had put on. He didn’t want his beloved Emperor Tianchen to be deceived by this woman’s deceptive mask. However, it was pointless because he was just a dog, and who would believe a dog? YGAMa7

By this time, Ah Bai’s life had already tragically come to its end.

Her Majesty, Consort Ru, had taken it upon her own hands to kill him. Before he died, he suffered from all kinds of torture, finally being skinned by Consort Ru.

When his immortal soul flew out of his body, he could see Su Xinru’s bloody and ruthless expression, murmuring words that he could not understand.

“…Fortunately, I’m an Imperial Consort now. There are no animal protection laws in this era. Otherwise, I’ll be put into jail for two years, if the dogs lover knew about my behaviour. Hey! System! Didn’t you say you wanted to absorb the grievances? Hurry up! I lived the first half of my life in the 21st century where the red flag was fluttering about, I never learned about stuff like extraordinary things, unnatural strength, chaos and spiritual beings! How long can the Emperor Tianchen live for?…” DI6mXJ

Ah Bai couldn’t understand most of these words, but he understood one thing, that was, his beloved Majesty was going to be killed by this witch!

However, at that time, he had already died and couldn’t do anything, but by chance, the original host found his mysterious master and made a deal.

The original host currently had two wishes.

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First, stop the evil woman Su Xinru from murdering his Majesty. Second, he must gain the favour of the Emperor Tianchen. Fuck! fyjN41

After receiving the story, Gu Bai was unable to restrain his thoughts.

The first task wasn’t hard to do: stopping Su Xinru, the evil woman, from murdering Emperor Tianchen. The degree of difficulty for the second task, obtaining the Emperor Tianchen’s favour was more difficult than making Monkey King of Tang Monk GJ!

Don’t forget, the original host was just a dog. Even if he was already a Yao, he was still short on time for transforming into a human.

Was it normal for a person to fall in love with a dog? Furthermore, it was even the Emperor, His Majesty, the ruler of a harem of the three thousand beauties! 8dL13b

A dog VS a group of harem’s concubines. This… Was there any chance of success…?

It’s been such a long time since Gu Bai felt that it was going to be a difficult task to handle.

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In addition to the original host’s desire for the Emperor Tianchen’s love being difficult, another truth unveiled by the plot gave him an even larger headache.

Perhaps the original host didn’t understand Su Xinru’s inexplicable murmurings to herself before he died, but as a system user, he understood that she was from a modern world, provided with help in the form of details of the storyline. He already knew what Su Xinru’s origins were. 8H50Ef

It was obvious from the other party’s words that Su Xinru was a transmigrator. In addition, the other was not just an ordinary transmigrator.

The original Su Xinru was just an average, pretty daughter of a humble family, but she suddenly turned into a gorgeous beauty. With the last words, Gu Bai guessed that the other party might have a very peculiar system.

Gu Bai had also been influenced from living during the modern age of the Internet, so he knew what a system was. . . There were various signs that Su Xinru’s system was not that simple.

In addition to releasing tasks to the host to exchange things, it seems to have intelligence, almost like a ‘Yao’. Obviously, it was not Su Xinru who uncovered the status of the original host, but the system that had discovered that the original host was a Yao, devouring the cultivation of the original host for its own use. QX3uLp

In this way, Gu Bai had to deal with quite a powerful system as his enemy, of which he was not very clear about the details of.

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After receiving and analysing the whole plot, Gu Bai felt an oncoming headache.

However, he was not the kind to just give up easily. No matter how hard the task was, he will try his best to finish it.

Only this time, the original body of this task was just a dog. If he wanted a majesty who had the beauty of rivers and mountains to fall in love with a dog, Gu Bai could only smile bitterly and put this wish behind him. 0KA XI

He’d better finish the task of preventing Su Xinru from murdering Emperor Tianchen first. As for the task of making Emperor Tianchen fall in love with him… He would try his best, but it truly was impossible. This time, he could only admit defeat. A human – Yao relationship wasn’t difficult, but it was very difficult for a Yao that hadn’t transformed……

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Two little eunuchs went all the way to Her Majesty, Consort Ru’s Biquan palace with Gu Bai in a golden cage. Gu Bai was in a hurry to get out of the cage. Su Xinru had a system in her hand. He currently didn’t have any ability to protect himself. If he fell into the other’s grasp, he would share a fate similar to that of the original host’s.

Seeing that he was getting closer to Biquan Palace, Gu Bai’s heart was full of worry. Since he was already here, he might as well see it to the end.He suddenly rammed himself against the cage. Because the little eunuch wasn’t careful, the cage fell from his hands onto the ground and the door opened. Gu Bai rushed out. feJU3V

“Ah, how did it run out? Hurry, catch it…”

The two little eunuchs were shocked. They hurried to chase after him. This was the dog Her Majesty had taken a fancy to. If something bad happened, they’d have to bear all the consequences.

Gu Bai didn’t care about the two little eunuchs behind him. When he left the cage, he ran straight towards the Imperial study.

As a dog, if you wanted to survive in the palace, you had to find a good master. Who in the palace would be more powerful than the Emperor? jV5A3r

The answer was, of course that there wasn’t, so embracing his Majesty’s thigh was now the primary goal!

Although the original host’s accomplishments were not high, he was already a Yao. His body was extremely agile and flexible. Gu Bai soon threw off the two little eunuchs and had found the Imperial study using the original host’s memories, and jumped in through the window.

As soon as he had arrived at the Imperial study, Gu Bai caught sight of a man sitting behind a desk. He was dressed in bright yellow imperial robes. Handsome in a heroic and righteous way, a high nose bridge and deep eyes. His whole body exuded the majesty and imposing manner of someone belonging to the imperial family. Who else could he be but Emperor Tianchen?

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Gu Bai’s eyes widened in an instant, and then from his chest bubbled out a burst of excitement. r2D9pU

“Woof, woof, woof…” Your Majesty, your Majesty! My dear Majesty! The majesty I love and respect, I love you!

After a moment of feverish excitement, he could not hold himself from sprinting over with his little legs any longer. Then he lay by Emperor Tianchen’s feet, stuck out his tongue, and licked his shoes. His gaze was full of passionate love and endless yearning , wishing that he would never leave His Majesty’s side for a lifetime.

It wasn’t until Emperor Tianchen felt something at his feet, reached out to grab Gu Bai’s nape, and lifted him as if he were lifting a kitten, that this ended. It wasn’t until he doubtfully asked, “Where did this little dog come from?”, that Gu Bai finally came to his senses.

Gu Bai’s expression immediately distorted. dhJiLm

What the fuck! Due to his excitement, he had actually licked the other person’s shoes to express his love! He had actually barked so naturally and full of sentimental attachment! He had actually continued to act out the original host’s canine instincts! What the fuck!!

He cursed in his heart. Gu Bai really could not bear to look at himself. He had actually done such an idiotic thing. The emotions of the original host were truly difficult to deal with for each task.

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However, after a short roar, he still had to bow to reality. He widened his eyes, and stretched out a fat, short front paw to scratch the sleeves of Emperor Tianchen, acting cute.

“Woof woof…” cz9d 5

Well, in order to finish the task, even if he was a dog, he had already accepted it. Anyway, no one would be able to recognize him after he finished the task! Yes, that’s it. In order to complete the task, his integrity could be eaten completely!


T/N:

Cat: Hi all! O(≧∇≦)O Some of you may know me or you might be the latter in which you don’t! but that’s okay! Just need to remind you to not call me a translator cause i’m no way in the same league as the other (awesome) Translators.

Now onto what most authors you see in novels do! The Thank you messages! ˭̡̞(◞⁎˃ᆺ˂)◞*✰ iPbcg4

I want to thank sleepchaser, DanDan and Callis for all the help, along with Divi, Elestrea, Mina, BaobaoBeth and Cheonsa_I_BL for helping me during my rookie/noob times.

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You won’t be seeing me often as I don’t think I’ll have a go at this again, but to end it off with a happy or funny note, here are a bit of commentary of the chapter i did:

What you don’t do when MTLing a chapter:

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Callis’ reaction to skinning the dog moment:

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kind of like this i’m guessing

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TLC/N: Dao refers to cultivation into immortality, mostly seen in Wuxia/XianXi novels

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Yao, you may have seen this term used before, but if not, it is kind of like the Japanese word for Yokai. Yokai doesn’t center around one specific thing so it can mean, ghosts, demons, devil and so on. Yao is kind of similar to that, except it just has the same character for demon, but isn’t exactly a demon. Overall it is just a cultivation term used a lot, in when a creature or plant ascends until they have a human form… So like a fox which is a common scene used a lot in novels

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白 or Bái means white, whilst 阿 is Ā so like an endearment, 阿白 can also be written as A’Bai, but i chose to translate/mtl it as Ah Bai

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TLC/N: Technically, it’s “one could not also talk about…” but duck the double negatives

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TLC/N: 秀女.Xiù nǚ are the daughters of families containing high ranking officials that are chosen to be the potential primary wives or consorts of the imperial family. Those that do not pass the selection may be match-maked by the emperor to the sons of influential and high-ranking official families.

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This is not his real name! This is just one of his names that the country has to call him, his real name will be revealed later. But please don’t mistaken this for his actual name!

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Meaning by BaobaoBeth and Cheonsa_I_BL: Reality was far from his imagination, he had imagined/thought it was gonna be amazing, but when it happened in reality it was bitterly disappointing. Or, It may seem well developed, but in reality it is full of holes.

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Thank you Divi, the term was used arrogantly

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Sun Wukong

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Tang Seng

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GJ = either it means rape or overpower, thank you Divi for the help!

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mtl, Jade Spring

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TLC/N: 吃不了兜着走 = chī bu liǎo dōu zhe zǒu
lit. if you can’t eat it all, you’ll have to take it home (idiom)
fig. you’ll have to take the consequences, link: https://fanyi.baidu.com/#zh/en/%E5%90%83%E4%B8%8D%E4%BA%86%E5%85%9C%E7%9D%80%E8%B5%B0

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TLC/N: Alternatively “dragon robes” but they are actually called imperial robes

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TLC/N: 剑眉星目. Literally translates to “sword-like brows and eyes like stars” but it really means “handsome in a heroic and righteous way”

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TLC/N: The “deep” here doesn’t mean he has a deep gaze, but that his eyes go deep into his head, like a westerner

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45 comments

  1. Ah I seem to have found an ml. Also I feel bad for the previous host. QAQ being routines like that.

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  2. This is why i sometimes hate arrogant transmigrators. Just because you came from a far modern and advanced time you can hurt people – or animals. I already had an idea she can steal the OH’s (original host) power that’s why she became beautiful but her heart is very ugly. Why skin the animal, too?

    Thanks for the chapter!

    • She wasn’t thinking at all, her system is honestly the one at fault here, but yes we can’t put away the fact that she herself did this to the OG!mc, i guess this also further lets the readers find faults in her characters and personalities.

      • Even if the system suggested it to her, but it was her own choice to kill the OH (original host). And this is why i find it hateful the transmigrators from the modern times everytime they think they are powerful and all and has an advantage for having an advanced mind than the people in ancient times.

  3. Emperor is ML with face described like that heh!

    Thank you fo the chapter!

    Ahhhhh we’re dealing with biiiiiiitch

    So basically, this arc is MC selling meng to ML? XD

  4. ohhh, now MC becomes a dog? haha, i think ML might help him speed up his cultivation once he falls and finds out that he’s a Yao. 😀

    Thank you for the chapter!

  5. Literal resting on the thigh. XD XD XD

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK !!!

    • ML is lucky, i struggle to even get my dogs head on my lap, let alone on my thigh!Thank you for your encouragement~ ≧ω≦

  6. MC hugs the ML’s thigh quite literally.

    But honestly that woman is something, makes you think that somewhere out there is a world with systems that cultivate maniacs, it’s not hunting or survival, it’s damn torture for the sake of torture, because if you want to skin an animal for gains you def have to have a specific set of mind for that. Boy do I wish for her face to be slapped swolen and it’s just a first chapter of a new world.

    On a positive note, what if some of the dog behavior antics will stay with MC when he leaves for the next mission, like he will stay next to ML in new world and suddenly he acts like a dog and then realizes what he’s doing and feels embarassed to the extreme 🙂 He’s already such a doll, but he gets even better and better.

    • Omg that would be hilarious, but unfortunately i don’t think that happens in the next arc…but i can assure you…his attitude changes a lot in the next arc…and it’s really funny but painful to to translate! 😂

  7. Thanks for the chapter! 😘

    For once……I wish the ML was a dog who transforms into a human because they fell in love with the MC 😍

    Third time reading about the MC who is a dog and the ML is human 😔

    • There there, actually if you want to read a ML dog and MC human novel, then you should read Dangerous Survival in the Apocalypse, though warning i heard it has bestiality in it which terribly scarred one of CG editors, lol. Anyway, thanks for reading~

  8. Thanks for the new chapter!! Somehow I haven’t really come across this type of arc while reading quick transmigration novels (besides FOD….) so it’s bound to be interesting at the very least ww Going against a system too, ganba there Gu Bai

    • Really? or do you mean the MC turning into a dog trope? Cause if i remember right, It’s Actually Not Easy Wanting to be a Supporting Male Lead has one arc in which MC transmigrated into a dog. Which was really funny. If you haven’t already you should have a go at reading the novel. It’s close to completing too~ Oh and can’t forget, thanks for reading~

    • Yes he does, since Su Xinru is an imperial consort in the harem, which means ML does in fact have many concubines, but hey if MC can get jealous wouldn’t that be fun? Since that means MC can finally show more emotions!!

  9. I think I read a similar bl novel where the mc transmigrated into a white fox and the ml is the emperor. Does anyone know the title of the novel? I’ve been trying to find for 3 days now and I thought this was it. Will really appreciate the help.