Chapter 11: The Culinary Tycoon


Chang family has fishing nets. Yu Qingze saw it the first day.

After waking up from a nap in the afternoon, Chang Le took out the fishing net and put it into the wooden barrel. The long bamboo pole is carried through the wooden barrel on the shoulder and Chang Le was ready to go.

At this time, Chang Hao was still asleep.

“Brother Le, aren’t you waiting for Xiaohao?” Yu Qingze woke up when he heard the movement, and asked when Chang Le was at the door of the kitchen. He remembered Chang Hao’s words from the morning, he was clearly looking forward to fishing.

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Chang Le shook his hand, indicating that he would go alone. After making the gesture, he walked out.

Yu Qingze quickly followed and said, “I’ll go with you.”

Chang Le blinked and waved his hand in disagreement.

Yu Qingze said, “Brother Le, I have never caught fish before, and I want to learn from you.”

Chang Le gestured something like swimming.

Yu Qingze guessed that he should be asking if he could swim, so he nodded and said, “I can swim, and it should be fine.”

Chang Le originally wanted to refuse, but seeing Chang Hao in the main room turned over, he quickly nodded and walked out. He has to leave before Chang Hao wakes up, he doesn’t want to take his brother there.

The house is not far from the river, and it takes less than ten minutes to arrive.

There is a simple small pier by the river. The villagers built it with stones, and there are some slates on the side, which can be used to wash clothes. When the water in the creek is low in winter, people from the village come here to wash their clothes. There are three wooden stakes on the other side of the pier, and three small fishing boats are tied.

There is a small wooden hut on the shore. An old man is mending his fishing net at the door. Seeing Chang Le, he cheerfully said, “Brother Le, are you going to fish today? Have you been busy in the fields?”

Chang Le smiled and nodded, making a gesture.

The old man replied, “I didn’t go fishing today. The net broke yesterday, and I’m mending it now. Go ahead. At this moment, most of the fish are hiding in the shade of the trees.”

Chang Le nodded and took Yu Qingze to the side of the boat.

From the back, the old man shouted: “Don’t go too far, call me if you need something!”

Chang Le nodded, waved at the old man, then bent down and untied the rope of the boat on the right, dragged it to the shore, waited for Yu Qingze to get in, and then he followed in.

Yu Qingze used to ride this kind of small fishing boat at his grandfather’s house when he was a child. When he got up, the boat would sway. At that time, he was always afraid that the boat would overturn and fall into the river, so he had to hold the side of the boat tightly with both hands. His grandfather always laughed at him.

He’s not afraid anymore, but his grandfather is long gone.

Yu Qingze shook his head, adjusted his mood, and sat down at the other end.

Chang Le put the fishing nets and buckets away, and the long bamboo poles propped up, and the boat gradually moved away from the shore.

At this moment, a small figure on the shore galloped over, shouting as he ran, “Brother! Big Brother Yu! Wait for me! I’m going too!”

But the boat did not stop and did not return.

Chang Hao on the shore was anxious and angry when he saw his brother wouldn’t turn back to take him! So angry!

The old man smiled and said, “Oh, you didn’t catch up, what a pity…”

Chang Hao glared at the old man angrily and said, “Grandpa, why didn’t you let my brother wait for me for a while!”

Obviously, the old man knew them very well, and said, “Your brother is determined not to let you follow, what can I do?”

Hearing this, Chang Hao stopped talking and sat on the stone angrily, looking at the boat eagerly.

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Yu Qingze saw the young boy sitting by the bank sitting there, and asked Chang Le, “You don’t want him to come?”

Chang Le turned around and nodded with helplessness on his face. Chang Hao always wanted to come with him, but his younger brother was still young and he was afraid…

The river is very wide, you can only see a vague shadow on the other side, at least one or two kilometers in distance.

The water was sparkling, and river gulls flew over from time to time.

Chang Le propped up the boat and did not go to the middle, but went to a point downstream, just over a hundred meters from the shore, changed the pole to the oar, and observed while rowing. The weather was too hot at the moment, and many fish would go to the shore to cool off. Finally, Chang Le seemed to see a school of fish and stopped.

Yu Qingze had never caught any fish, so he watched from the sidelines.

He saw Chang Le put down the anchor, took the fishing net, straightened it out, held one-third of the net and some with his left hand, hung the nets on his thumb with his right hand, and held the rest of the nets. Then look at the water and cast the net out.

Chang Le’s movements were clean and smooth, the fishing net opened and jumped into the water like a big hood.

When the line ends, the fishing net sinks into the water. After a while, Chang Le slowly closes the net.

The fishing net was pulled out of the water, and Yu Qingze was pleasantly surprised to find that there were really fish inside, and there were four.

“Hey, what kind of fish is this?” When Chang Le got the net on the boat, Yu Qingze walked over to help get the fish out, but found that the bigger fish with the pattern on its back was new to him. Possibly a unique species here.

Chang Le made two gestures, but unfortunately Yu Qingze couldn’t understand.

The two stared at each other for a moment.

Chang Le opened his mouth, as if he wanted to say something, but he couldn’t make a sound in the end. He slumped his shoulders in frustration.

Yu Qingze scratched his head and said embarrassedly, “I’ll ask Xiaohao and grandpa later.”

Chang Le could only helplessly nod.

After taking out all the fish in the net, Chang Le released the one that was smaller. Then they cast their nets in different places, sometimes they catch fish, sometimes they don’t.

“Brother Le, can you let me give a try?” Yu Qingze felt itchy when he saw that Chang Le had thrown a few handfuls.

Chang Le nodded simply and handed him the straightened fishing net.

Yu Qingze took it over, recalled Chang Le’s movements, grasped what should be grasped with his left and right hands, and felt that there was no problem, and asked Chang Le: “Is this OK?”

Chang Le raised the rope on the top of the net in front of him.

“Oh, I forgot, this was supposed to be wrapped around my hands.” Yu Qingze took it over embarrassedly and wrapped it again.

Isn’t it dangerous, if the whole net is accidentally thrown out, then don’t you have to go in the river along with the net?

Afterwards, Yu Qingze imitated Chang Le, turned his body to the right, and threw the fishing net in his hand towards the place where the fish were swimming.


Along with the sound of wind breaking and falling water from the fishing net being thrown out, there was also a cry of surprise from Yu Qingze.

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“Ah—” He exerted too much force, the boat swayed a bit, and his body lost its balance due to the inertia of the fishing net, and he was about to fall into the river. Yu Qingze closed his eyes subconsciously, thinking that this is it.

What a shame! Still in front of Brother Le. This line of thoughts flashed in Yu Qingze’s head.

At the critical moment, a strong arm wrapped around Yu Qingze’s waist and pulled him back.

The action was quick and fast, done in one go, without any sloppiness at all.

The key is that, with a lot of strength, Yu Qingze was picked up and held in his arms in one swoop!

The movement of the two people caused the boat to become unbalance and swayed from side to side.

Yu Qingze didn’t have much experience with this kind of boat, so he couldn’t grasp the balance at once, and his body also swayed.

As soon as he swayed, the boat swayed even more violently, and the river water was about to sway in.

Chang Le behind was helpless and speechless. He put his other hand up, and with both hands, he simply hugged Yu Qingze by the waist.

“Whoa–” Yu Qingze screamed in fright as his feet left the ground suddenly and his body was in the air.

After reacting like that, he was so embarrassed.

Yu Qingze: … it’s better to fall into the river!

After a while, without his ‘disturbance’, the boat calmed down, only rippling gently with the river.

Yu Qingze was frightened, and again, embarrassed.

Yu Qingze bowed his head, but the slender arms around his waist held him tightly. He could clearly feel the strength and temperature on Chang Le’s arms, as well as the warm feeling of the body clinging to the back through their clothes.

Inexplicably, he felt a little hot around his waist, as well as where his back was touching Chang Le’s chest and abdomen…

Yu Qingze’s heart moved. It was the first time for him to have such intimate physical contact with an adult male. It was different from the physical contact with his comrades when he was in the army. His body was burning, his heartbeat accelerated involuntarily; the touch that made him a little whimsical.

Yu Qingze: …Although this posture is not right, after 28 years of vegetarianism, my heart is a little swaying, it must be because the boat is rippling!

He likes men, and he is still young, single for 28 years, full of energy. Being hugged by a man from behind, and it was even such a good-looking man, his heart suddenly became unstable.

Feeling that his thoughts are a little impure, Yu Qingze secretly despised himself in his heart, and quickly shook his head to stop his “spring heart” from continuing to swing.

(T/N: Spring heart = Romantic feeling).

He cleared his throat and said in a low voice, “that, Brother Le, thank you, if it wasn’t for you, I would have fallen into the river.”

Chang Le also seemed to have realized that he was still hugging the man, and he let go of his arm with a ‘boom’.

Yu Qingze tidied up his clothes, then turned his head, only to find that Chang Le was already squatting in front of the bucket with his back facing his way, not knowing what to do, but looking at his ears, they were already red.

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Yu Qingze, who was about to thank him, blinked:…

Let’s wait a while before talking.

Yu Qingze was still holding the rope of the fishing net on his right hand, and the fishing net had already sunk. He waited for a while, but he didn’t see Chang Le turning around, so he put away the net himself.

“Hey, Brother Le, there are fish!” When he dragged the fishing net to the front, Yu Qingze saw two fish in the net, and was so happy that he forgot the embarrassment just now.

It was the first time in his life that he used a fishing net to catch fish. The net was not cast well and he almost fell into the water, but he still caught two stupid fish!

Yu Qingze was pleasantly surprised!

Chang Le heard the words, and finally turned around, his face was still a little red, but seeing that there was no strange color on Yu Qingze’s face, he was quietly relieved. He was really rude just now, but luckily the other party didn’t seem to care.

Then he was quickly infected by Yu Qingze’s happiness and joyfully helped him lift the fishing net.

The two of them tacitly did not mention what happened just now.

When they finally returned, there were already a dozen or so fish in the bucket.

Chang Hao was still waiting for them on the stone.

When they landed, Chang Hao asked curiously, “Why did you two hug each other just now?”

One sentence embarrassed both of them.

Naturally, Chang Le couldn’t answer this matter. Yu Qingze poked his scar very considerately: “I … accidentally lost my footing and almost fell into the river. Your brother saved me.”

It was a very simple incident of saving people, and it was what really happened, but both Yu Qingze and Chang Le blushed. Of course, blush means something different.

Chang Hao let out a long ‘oh’, although he felt something was wrong, he didn’t know what was wrong, so he could only believe it for the time being.

Immediately, he began to remember the old accounts that they didn’t take with him, and looked at them with resentful and condemning eyes, making Yu Qingze and Chang Le dumbfounded.


Later, Yu Qingze finally found out that the fish he didn’t know was called Qingyu. It was a unique fish species in the Qinghe River.

He steamed one at night and tried it, and it tasted really good.

The next morning, when it was still bright, they set off for the city.

Chang Le carried vegetables in one hand and fish in the other, and walked in front with ease.

Chang Hao and Yu Qingze followed behind.

They walked from the village road for a few minutes to the main road. After walking for about half an hour, they arrived at the county seat, Tongshan City.


Small theater:

Yu Qingze: … I must be on a fake boat!   

Chang Le silently gave the boat a thumbs up.   

Author: Swing up~~

Translator: 👇



  1. Thanks for the chapter! That was a fun little moment, lol.
    That city is really close! (I live in Paris, so yes walking half an hour is not that much) You don’t have to use a carriage unless you have too much stuff.

    1. Paris sounds awesome. So wanna visit one day. It’s on my bucket list 🥹

  2. sissilia says:

    He just saved you? 😉 Then why are you blushing 🤭they are so cute
    Thank you for the update ❤️💯

  3. hualian bae says:

    hahhahaha soo cuteee

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