梓琴 (Ziqin) by 九鹭非香 (Jiu Lu Fei Xiang): Mu Jin

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*Title: 梓(zǐ) referencing to Chinese Catalpa(a tree with creamy white flowers);琴(qín): a musical instrument such as a guqin or zither

Mu Jin [1]

[1] 木锦(mù jǐn): wooden qin (“xylophone”); can also mean wood or tree ,brocade/bright

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Not knowing how many times in the middle of the night while dreaming about the past, there was always a soft voice whispering in his ear, the words “master”, “master”. The callings caused his heart to soften, but once again swiftly turned sour.

Hundreds of years getting by in emptiness and solitary on Qing Zhu Feng Shang[2], yet there was only a dried up peach tree that is about to die left, along with a guqin that has broken strings. Everyday he shut himself off, and concentrated on refining his cultivation techniques. It’s not because of the possibilities of receiving a serious internal injury, but for whatever reason he was not aware of. He wanted to wait, to protect that person, but will not meet that person ever again…

[2]青竹峰上 (qīng zhú fēng shǎng) : qīng (green) zhú (bamboo) fēng (mountain-like shǎng(above top) ; Bamboo Peaks

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Lighting the candles and sitting beside desk, he took up his paintbrush with a desire to draw something, but in the end he knew once more that he could not draw it. He can only laid his paintbrush down, and silently left the room. He gazed at the peach tree with the broken guqin in the corner, and does not know what he was thinking about.

He stood there for one day, one night without realizing it.

“Ai ya, whose gentle figurine is truly inhuman,” exclaimed a voice that suddenly resonated in Qing Zhu Feng Shang. Mu Jin flashed a look there. A nobleman dressed in gray clothing and grasping a fan appeared. He sized Mu Jin up with his eyes of great interest and said, “Looking at your cultivation, it’s enough to become an immortal/deity. Why remain here on earth?”

Mu Jin doubted, “You are?”

“Little deity Ao Xin*, was just passing by here as I felt a strong presence of qi energy. I was impulsively curious and went to see. I did not expect that this small deity would chance upon meeting such an interesting person.”

*敖信áo xìn: to ramble(áo); trust/faith (xìn)

Mu Jin greeted him with a nod, “ Shenjun[3] wants to come inside?”

[3]神君shén jūn: a form of addressment for a deity/lord

Ao Xin observed Mu Jin from head to toe, “I find it strange how there is only a human here, and turned out you have not cross your fate and levitate to heavenwards ah! With your ability, ascending to become an immortal/deity ought not to be a difficult matter. Perhaps you cannot find your predestined fate I presumed?”

Mu Jin smiled, and lightly shook his head.

“Since you and I have predestined affinity in meeting each other, this little immortal/deity will show you the way.” Ao Xin pressed his fingers together to calculate, and suddenly a smile appeared, “Contrary to what one might expected, this predestined fate(lifetime) is rather interesting. You just need to destroy the guqin. Once the guqin is destroyed, you can end this lifetime and ascend**.” Ao Xin finished speaking, yet was still pressing his fingers. He inwardly muttered another sentence, “ Until now I have not seen one’s fate as simple as this.”

** The Taoism concept of practicing techniques that elongate one’s life or practicing cultivation that eventually leads to humans becoming immortals after several obstacles (which for some of readers, is something very familiar especially if you read xianxia novels by other translators or watch ancient Chinese mythological shows). Usually the person becoming an immortal ends his or her lifetime as a human being, which is what Ao Xin is referring to. In order to end this lifetime and ascend as an immortal, Mu Jin needs to get rid of the guqin that ties his human fate.

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Mu Jin continued to shake his head, and Ao Xin looked at him strangely.

Mu Jin said, “This lifetime, not ending and not ascending, is okay.”

“Hey!” Ao Xin laughed, “ This is the first time I have ever met someone like you. In order to keep the guqin you refuse to ascend. Seeing your current appearance, if you do not ascend, at most you can only live for no more than twenty years.”

Mu Jin foolishly stared at the guqin, and replied, “Rather abandon a millennium of cultivation, rather not ascend to heaven, than to destroy this guqin.”

Seeing Mu Jin’s expression, Ao Xin was stumped for words. For he at the moment cannot distinguish whether Mujin spoke so because he does not want to destroy the guqin or cannot break away from his emotional ties.

“Shenjun’s good intentions, Mu Jin appreciates, it’s just…. If shenjun wanted to stay, Mu Jin can only entertain you with a cup of green tea. If shenjun has other work and has to leave, forgive Mu Jin as I cannot send you off.”

Ao Xin furrowed his brows with displeasure, brushing one’s sleeve then left, “ Unable to differentiate good from bad!”

Unable to differentiate good from bad … perhaps… but it’s only because they do not know according to him [Mu Jin],what is good for him and what is bad for him.

© translations belonging to bananachocolatecosmos.wordpress.com , 2016. If you read this somewhere else instead of bananachocolatecosmos.wordpress.com then the translations has been posted WITHOUT permission of translator. 

Zi Qin (next part)


Hello readers~

Decided to translate this short story from Jiu Lu Fei Xiang. I’m not too adept with Taoism too much nor do I remember all the words used in Chinese mythology, so please excuse my shabby translations >.<

Note: There’s a second half to this story at a much longer length 😛

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