Your Rival in Love Gets Prettier Every Day Ch21

Author: 公子于歌 / Gong Zi Yu Ge

Translator: Kinky || https://kinkytranslations.com/


Chapter 21: I Saw It, I Saw It

Yan Qiuchi froze for a moment until he heard Mrs. Yan giggling. He felt a little embarrassed. He walked through the door with a cold face, only to see that there was another person in the gym.

It was Shen Jintai doing squats. He didn’t think Coach Li would speak to his mother so indiscreetly.

Shen Jintai couldn’t hold on anymore, his legs kept shaking, and was about to give out. Beads of sweat dripped down his cheeks.

Yan Qiuchi callously went in. Mrs. Yan saw him and shouted with a smile, “Qiuchi is back.”

“Nn.” Yan Qiuchi went straight to the treadmill without a second thought, put on headphones, and turned on the TV on the treadmill to the news channel. Through the sound of the news anchor eloquent broadcast, he could vaguely hear Shen Jintai gasping for air as he sat down on the ground.

The gasp sounded weird to him. It was very unorthodox. He maintained a blank face as he turned up the volume of his headphone and started running while watching the news.

Shen Jintai was on the ground panting. He waved his hand and said, “let me rest. Rest. I can’t continue anymore.”

Coach Li smiled, knelt down, and squeezed his sore muscles. Shen Jintai was steaming with sweat, exuding a sweaty aroma which made his lip color looked even more rosy.

A star was a star. While among other celebrities, Shen Jintai wasn’t as outstanding, but in reality he looked much better than an average person. He had good skin that had a nice sheen due to the sweat. His figure was thin, his legs were long and smooth, and his calf was sparsely hairy.

Mrs. Yan said, “this is your first time working out, so don’t push yourself past your limit or you won’t be able to get out of bed tomorrow.”

Coach Li said, “We’ll stop with the squats for now. We’ll do some hip bridges later.”

Shen Jintai drank a few sips of water and sat on the ground to rest. While drinking, he turned his head and glanced at Yan Qiuchi nearby. Yan Qiuchi only wore a tank top and shorts. He looked tall and slender. He was running at a high speed on the treadmill and his tank top was already soaked in sweat.

Shen Jintai couldn’t help but stare at Yan Qiuchi. His ass was firm and muscular. It was definitely trained on a motorized machine. His legs were strong and slender and with tight thighs, strong calves, and had very manly leg hairs. The hair was thick and jet-black, and the back of his calves vaguely showed a gully with muscles. It was well proportioned and firm, typical of a lean athletic body.

This was what the perfect man in Shen Jintai’s dreams should look like.  He sighed and couldn’t help but think, ‘when will he become like this?

As Shen Jintai was drinking water and staring at Yan Qiuchi, Yan Qiuchi suddenly turned his head and looked at him sharply.

Shit!

Shen Jintai was so startled that he almost choked on his mouthful of water. After swallowing half of it, he coughed up the rest causing it spill all over his body. He quickly turned his head away and wiped his chin.

Regret, regret. He shouldn’t have look at him. Did Yan Qiuchi have eyes on the back of his head? His senses are too keen.

Coach Li also faintly heard about the rumors regarding Shen Jintai and Yan Qiuchi, and faintly smiled when he saw them. There were lots of gays in the gym and he had a good relationship with them. He would also occasionally flirt with them to sell classes. He even slept with one before, but felt he still preferred women.

Thinking on the subject, he recalled that Shen Jintai likes men and wonder if he would be interested in him. Apart from other things, he must be at least a six or seven in terms of appearance. He had a nice body and strong muscles. He could be considered a leader in his fitness club, otherwise, he wouldn’t have so many rich wives as clientele.

In Shen Jintai’s eyes, he should be considered charming. Of course, he definitely couldn’t compare with Yan Qiuchi, but who could really compare to such a man. This was a man who made him ashamed of himself whenever he looked at him.

In Coach Li’s mind, Yan Qiuchi best fits the image of a famous and noble son. He’s a gentleman, is polite, but very indifferent. He didn’t talk much, so Coach Li would normally avoid him, not daring to disturb him.

In modern society, everyone was equal, but Yan Qiuchi was the kind of person who you could tell at a glance that you and he were not in the small ballpark. For ordinary people like him, it was already far out of reach. Even though Shen Jintai was a big star, compared with Yan Qiuchi, they weren’t close to being on the same level.

Yan Qiuchi ran for half an hour. The fitness intensity wasn’t great but he maintained a steady pace. He was sweating profusely after he finished his run. He turned off the treadmill, went to the small fridge nearby and grabbed a bottle of mineral water. While drinking he looked in the direction of where Shen Jintai was working out. Shen Jintai was doing hip bridges as the coach was holding onto his waist.

Beads of sweat was dripping down Yan Qiuchi’s chin. Some of them went to the corner of his eyes, causing a slight sting. As his wiped his face with a towel, Shen Jintai’s ass came into view.

Shen Jintai was in bridge pose; his shoulders were flat on the ground and his feet was propped up. His body was arch and upright. He was lacking strength as his body looked very tight and he was trembling the whole time. His body was covered with sweat as it formed a right-angle shape which made his ass come into full view. 

Yan Qiuchi seldom paid any attention to Shen Jintai. He repelled him in his heart and subconsciously avoided observing him. He never realized what good shape he was in. Tall, thin, fair, and that ass…

Looking up, Shen Jintai closed his eyes and laid on the ground. His hair was wet and messy, and stuck to his forehead. His lips were extremely rosy. His whole body looked like a bun that had just been released from a cage. His face had an indescribable brightness, the kind where it wasn’t due to heavy makeup and bold lipstick, but rather just plain. With the current lighting it looked even more gorgeous.

Yan Qiuchi suddenly felt that Shen Jintai might be able to perform as Li Xu. The small white flowers on the surface are eager to live and hate to die.

Shen Jintai suddenly opened his eyes causing Yan Qiuchi to immediately turned his head. A drop of sweat dripped from his chin, and his hair was wet and glowing.

Shen Jintai suspected that he had read it wrong. Was Yan Qiuchi peeking at him just now? He was sweating and a little damp, as he watched Yan Qiuchi leave the fitness room.

The man whose back was soaked was quite strong and sexy. He also wanted to be like this.

“Hello, Xiao Ai.”

With a “ding dong” Xiao Ai came online. “Dear!”

“I have a press conference coming up. Tell me what the next reward will be, so that I can be more motivated!”

“Dear, our love and harmony system has been carefully reviewing. You are about to embark on a new chapter of your life. In order to congratulate you on your comeback, I plan to give you a small discount.”

Another discount!

“You don’t say.”

“Your reward has been upgraded again. For each level in the future, you will be given two choices. You can choose either option. Since you just got a beauty reward, the next will be a sexy reward. Here are your two prizes. Please choose.”

Shen Jintai was filled with anticipation.

“Reward one: a killer waist. Reward two: cherry.”

……

He knew what a killer waist was but what the hell is cherry! Is it the cherry he’s thinking of?

Xiaoi Ai clarified, “yes, it’s the cherry you’re thinking of. In the harmonious period, the words of harmony1 are the may cherries2 that everyone loves to eat3.”

1This is in reference to the “harmonious society” the Communist Party of China implemented. While shielding pornographic and violent information, it also forcibly removes or shields information that is not conducive to the Communist Party of China on the grounds of undermining social harmony and stability, such as a special action to rectify Internet vulgarity.
2Nipples.
3Clarity: Xiao Ai is using cherry here because it’s a banned word since it’s referencing something vulgar. (It’s a word that is not “in harmony” with the current “harmonious society”).

What the hell is this choice.

“Waist, waist, waist,” Shen Jintai said without hesitation. “But I want a man’s waist. I don’t want a girly thin waist!”

“Don’t worry. It’s easy for young men to have a thin waist, but our waist is different. Similar to your reward of an ass that will never sag, this thin waist will never get fat, even when you grow older. You only need to do a little exercise to have thin abdominal muscles. It’ll remain slender and powerful. It’ll definitely not be a girly waist!”

Wouldn’t that mean that he didn’t have to worry about his figure for the rest of his life?

Wow.

This reward was quite acceptable to him.

“The thin waist reward will also give you two venus dimples for free,” Xiao Ai said with a grin.

After the workout, Shen Jintai went back to his room to shower. After washing, he stood in front of the mirror and looked at it for a while. His face did not change significantly from what it was originally, though his lip color had become a lot rosier making his whole face looked brighter. He moved his head from side to side, stroking his bangs. There was no expression on his face as the steam gathered into drops of water around his eyebrows. He raised his hand and gently wiped it off with his fingers.


Kinky Thoughts:

After reading so many novels, I feel like these authors need a better way to describe their characters. Every time it’s always “tall, handsome, straight, lean, slender, white/pale”. It’s fine if it was use once in a while but, I swear he already used these terms like 10 times already… in the same chapter! If I took a shot every time I read the word tall while translating… I wouldn’t make much progress.

On a serious note: I hate it when the word “white/pale/light” is used to describe beauty for skin. It contributes to colorism. It’s an ongoing problem especially in Asia where skin whitening is still highly popular. It also skews people image of skin beauty to be more bias towards light/white skin. Just an FYI for those who care. Didn’t want to get political but just raising some awareness.


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4 thoughts on “Your Rival in Love Gets Prettier Every Day Ch21

  1. Gotta agree hahaha the authors need to get more creative with their character designs and descriptions.

    I’ve had enough of white as jade and tall like bamboo.

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    • Yes!!! That basically describes every MC in any danmei ever… On one hand, it makes it easy to translate… on the other hand it gets boring real fast.

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  2. LMAO to poor Shen Jintai choking on his water when Iceberg Yan whipped his head at him. I laughed so hard at that XD

    Also, agree with the end note and the comment above me, I own white jade showpieces and have seen bamboo shoots…
    Even when I wasn’t overexposed to the descriptors, it wasn’t a nice feeling.

    As a brown person, I know I’ll never get brown/dark skin appreciation in all my life of consuming Japanese, Chinese, and Korean media and their love of fair like the moon and slender like a fox or smth (which is weird, bc dark skinned east asians DO exist) , but some authors go easier on the descriptors and I can imagine them slightly differently.

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