Rebirth of the Malicious Empress of Military Lineage: Chapter 71 (Part 2)

Just to vent my frustration… I found some websites and wattpad posting my translations without crediting. If your read this please take it down as this is very demoralising and it is very irritating. It’s not that hard to ask for permission! Argh!

Back to the story… Shen Xin and gang is returning back to Shen Miao’s side…

Edited by Tnyhy

Chapter 71: Setting Fire to the Ancestral Hall (Part 2)

Around ten Li (1 Li = 500m) outside the capital, there were horses drinking from a frozen creek. And at the withered grassland that seemed to have yellowed, some soldiers were taking a rest.

Sitting furthest away from the rest of the soldiers was a middle-aged man, his complexion was bronze in colour, most likely due to the sun and rain during the battlefield but his strength could be seen. His stature was like a little mountain and his thick brows were righteous and awe-inspiring with big eyes. Together with a full beard, in one glance one could tell that he had a forthright character.

The female that was sitting at his side was stroking the head of the horse. That woman was also middle-aged and wore a green short jacket and a pair of gold embroidered pants, and her hair was tied up in a simple bun. She had a pair of lively eyes and looked pretty but the thing that attracted others was her air of valiant heroism. There was a pair of double silver bracelet around her waist that made ding-ling sounds as she stroked the horse.

“Furen, there is still about one Shichen (1 shichen = 2 hours) before the capital is reached.” The middle-aged man laughed, “After spending all the time in the Northwest, the air is sweet upon returning to the capital.”

“How is the Northwest bad?” The woman’s beautiful eyes glared and asked forcefully, “I grew up in the bitter cold Northwest and if you like sweetness, why did you marry me for?”

That man quickly begged for mercy, “Furen is right, this capital has a trace of sweetness and not suitable for us coarse people. The Northwest is better, one can still hunt deep in the mountain in winter, and silver foxes run all around that can be hunted and then given to Furen for a coat.”

When the woman heard it, her lips raised to a smile as she scolded while laughing, “Seeing an official and speaking bureaucratically!”

These two people were not others but the formidable Grand General Shen Xin and his Furen, Lou Xue Yan. Today they returned in a rush in order to participate in Old Shen Furen’s birthday celebration. Before this, they had not disclose anything to the Ding capital as they had received the surrender letter in advance. Mostly likely it was to give the people in the capital a pleasant surprise that they came back this early in triumph.

“We have yet to seen Mother’s birthday celebration before.” Luo Xue Yan said, “In the previous years, it was always after the year ends that we returned and gave Mother the bestowments that His Majesty gave you, as longevity presents. In a rush to return today, one do not know if this fire rat (T/N: no idea what is it, just take it as a type of huge breed of rat) coat will enter Old Taitai’s eyes.”

“Why would it not enter Old Taitai’s eyes?” Shen Xin heard it and immediately asked, “This is a good thing and even in the battlefield, this is also a treasure. With it, you can be invulnerable to knives and spears. At the beginning, in order to hunt that fire rat, I kept watch in the mountain for seven days and seven nights so if you insist on giving it to Mother, I will… Give it to you.” As his words reached the end, Shen Xin’s voice gradually softened. Obviously his words were somewhat uncongenial but a human’s heart is not a scale, and there were some parts that had bias. Even though Old Shen Furen treated Shen Xin very well, she was after all not his real mother and since there was no blood relationship, Shen Xin naturally dotted his own wife more. Moreover Luo Xue Yan followed him into the battlefield to fight normally and this fire rat cloak was more useful to her than to Old Shen Furen. If it was not because of Luo Xue Yan insistence to give it to Old Shen Furen, Shen Xin would have already gave it to Luo Xue Yan.

“What do you know.” Luo Xue Yan stared at him, “You have missed Old Taitai’s birthday every year and even though all of the rewards that His Majesty bestowed you were given to Old Taitai, who will really truly know. The last time we returned to the capital, I actually heard that people in the capital said that you purposely chose not to be close to Mother. I do all this, all for you. Even if you do not worry about reputation, Jiaojiao cannot be associated with an unfilial father.”

When these words were spoken, Shen Xin was also silent for a long time. It was indeed that the Ding capital was not like the Northwest region that was bitter and cold, and did not have traps from the enemies’ knives and spears. But how can it be considered as truly peaceful. Both of them, husband and wife, were not in the capital and the rumours would of course run rampant which was very maddening.

Luo Xue Yan continued saying, “You know that I do not know of all the twisting and tricky around the inner courtyard, as our Luo family do not have so many rules and regulations. I can only use the simplest method. This fire rat cloak is precious and if it enters Old Taitai’s eyes and makes her happy, when everyone sees that, the rumours would naturally be self-defeating.”

After a long while, Shen Xin then said, “It still Furen that thought out well.”

“I did not do it for you but for Jiaojiao.” Luo Xue Yan snorted and suddenly looked sullen, “Both you and I are most of the year not in Ding capital, even though the Northwest region’s conditions are brutal and Jiaojiao is still young of age and cannot be brought over. But during all these years, we did not personally taught or accompanied her, it is us that let her down.”

When Shen Xin heard it, he sighed again and hung his head as a touch of pain flashed in his eyes.

There were no heartless parents under the skies, and there were no parents that did not love their children. But he and Luo Xue Yan were unable to control their destiny who was to fight in the battlefield, but Shen Miao could not follow. When two armies were at war, all the methods were dazzling and killing the opponents’ relatives were common, and then they could only reluctantly and painfully separate from their daughter. At least in the Ding capital, one did not need to worry about Shen Miao’s safety.

Luo Xue Yan seemed to be sadder as she thought and continued speaking, “I often think it was truly safe putting Jiaojiao in the capital. Without parents by her side, was she really living happily? When we meet up with her every year, she always treat us coldly, but for whatever reasons it were, it would all be our fault. So no matter what she did, we cannot blame her at all.”

Shen Miao was not close to Shen Xin and his wife or even Shen Qiu because these so-called family did not accompany her since childhood. She was close to Ren Wan Yun and Chen Rou Qiu and even Old Shen Furen, because these people had contact with her all the time and was considered as ‘family’ in her eyes. And Shen Xin and his wife treated their daughter with being subservient to her every wishes, because this was all caused by them.

Shen Xin patted Luo Xue Yan’s shoulder, “There will always be a day where JiaoJiao will understand our difficulties.”

“Will she really understand?” Luo Xue Yan smiled bitterly, “There are some times where I would think that the unruliness of JiaoJiao was actually caused by who else? Shen residence…” She suddenly shut up and glanced at Shen Xin somewhat upset.

Shen Xin naturally understood the meaning outside her words and there was a slight change in his expression. A moment later, he sighed and held his beloved wife’s hands, “Furen worry too much. Mother and DiMei would teach JiaoJiao well and if is not right JiaoJiao would not be so close with them.”

Shen Miao’s attitude towards the two ShenShens was so good that it made one jealous. As such even if one have some ideas, it became nondescript.

“It is me that worry too much.” Luo Xue Yan said. She was a precious treasured Di daughter of the Northwestern Luo family and was also from a military lineage family. Even though it was a third ranked official, everyone else in the family were iron-blooded men. Luo Xue Yan was the youngest little sister and there were three older brothers in front of her, so ever since she was born there were only parents and older brothers in the family and there was not much filthy events, thus the knowledge on shameful secrets of the large families was little and she did not understand the sinister in it.

If she were to know about it, she would definitely be willing to take the risk and keep Shen Miao at her side, and not let Shen Miao stay in that terrible Shen residence.

Just as they were speaking, they heard someone behind calling out, “Father, Mother.”

Shen Xin’s expression dropped and he angrily said, “When there is someone outside, call me…”

“General Shen!” The oncoming person quickly said.

“Do not be bothered about your father.” Luo Xue Yan rolled her eyes at Shen Xin, “Putting on airs.”

The oncoming person was a twenty-something youth and had a dignified look. He had a wheat-coloured skin and when he laughed, there were two dimples on his face which added a rare childishness to his face. This young man looked quite similar to Luo Xue Yan and was Shen Xin’s Di son, Shen Qiu.

Shen Qiu was twenty-two this year and was brought along by Shen Xin when he was ten to experience the battlefield, saying that a strict teacher produces outstanding students. Shen Qiu was also brave, after so many years, he had earn a few meritorious deeds and was currently a fourth rank small General.

“Father, Mother, your birthday gift is set then what do I give?” Shen Qiu scratched his hand and was in a somewhat loss.

“This muddled-headed boy, why ask us on what gift to send. A man should make the decision swiftly, how to go to the battlefield if one cannot make a small decision like this!” Shen Xin seized the opportunity to criticise his son.

“I have not participated in the Grandmother’s birthday celebration for a long time.” Shen Qiu awkwardly said, “I also do not know what to give and cannot report up how many enemies I have killed. It is not auspicious for the birthday celebration.”

Lou Xue Yan laughed at Shen Qiu’s words, “It is alright. Previously His Majesty rewarded you with a bolt of fine silk brocade, you should give it to Old Furen. I heard that there is a shortage of this kind of fine silk brocade in the Ding capital that even the Ladyships in the Palace would not have any. If Old Taitai gets a blot, she would naturally be happy.”

“But that is to give to Younger Sister!” Shen Qiu hurriedly said.

“Let the matter drop.” Shen Xin waved his hands, “Have you seen your Younger Sister liking such brocade?”

Even though Shen Xin did not know a female’s likings, he knew that this daughter of his did not liked those elegant materials and prefered to wear gold and silver, the more tacky they were the better. Even though he was helpless, he could only leave it to her as she was happy. Even though the fine silk brocade was beautiful, Shen Miao would not necessarily appreciate it.

Shen Qiu heard it and felt that his Father made sense so he bowed his head and squatted down before saying softly, “This time because of the rush return, one did not bring any gift for Younger Sister. Thinking about it made one feel guilty.”

In fact Shen Qiu’s and Shen Miao’s relationship in the past was very good, and both sister and brother supported each other and life was considered blissful. However, Shen Qiu started following Shen Xin to the battlefield every year and then only saw Shen Miao once a year. Afterwards, Shen Miao’s temperament worsened with each passing year and both brother and sister almost did not exchanged any words. No matter how much Shen Qiu wanted to get closer to this Younger Sister, Shen Miao would only give him a lukewarm attitude.

Shen Qiu did not know of the reason but Shen Miao knew. In fact it was Shen Yue and Shen Qing and also Gui Momo that circuitous attacked and reminded her that her parents only brought Shen Qiu along by their side, and it was obvious that they valued males and belittled females. Sons could carry on the ancestral line so they were valued, whereas daughters were not valued as much. Shen Miao was young and was easily swayed by a few words, and when she saw this elder brother, she naturally felt that he had stolen all of her parents’ love and felt hateful towards him, thus she was not willing to be close with him.

“Never mind.” Shen Xin patted the dust of his body and stood up, “Call all those brothers up and continue the journey back. Must return to the Ding capital in one Shichen (1 shichen = 2 hours)!”

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    • Yeah, but before this chapter, I thought Shen Miao didn’t have anyone but her father…. I thought her mother died, lol… that’s how little they were mentioned – as in, not at all. So it’s hilarious to find the situation so different. I can empathize with the original Shen Miao. All of her family abandoned her to be raised by poisonous people… it doesn’t matter how much they care – they didn’t show it in their actions…. and they couldn’t prevent her ending in the original timeline. So I’m reserving judgement of them…. meh.

      On a side note, the moment I read fire rat cloak, I immediately thought of Inuyasha xD

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  1. Stupid. Stupid family. They got played in the palms of other people because they are too naive. *sigh*

    The title… Is SM going to hurn down the ancestral hall to cause a panic?

    I’m excited to see this family’s reaction to find out that SM had been locked up to be forced into a marriage she does not agree with. Especially since they obviously dote on her, if she doesn’t want it, I doubt they’d entertain the idea that their little darling is being forced against her will and locked up in such a cold and remote area that could even cause her to be sick.

    I hope the reaction would be big enough to set rumours on how the Shen branch fakily trwats the Di daughter behond closed doors, because if they do not even make a reaction, this family… *sigh*

    Thanks for the update~

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  2. Oh yeaaaaah. Can’t wait for them to come home and rip up all the garbage in the Shen family. That old slut of a concubine and her brood’s going to have a bit of fun.

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  3. The noose tightens ever so slowly. And when the time comes, push them off the gallows and behead them for good measure!! MUAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    Shen “family,” you’ll get what’s been coming for you all this time, Shen Miao will make sure of it. Can’t wait hehe

    I can see why SM’s parents thought like that. If the daughter herself thought so highly of her aunts, it’s not like they can put in any words. Plus, the one taking care of her were those aunts too, so if they mistreated her then she wouldn’t like them so much… So they thought, but those branch families really duped them good in the past life, huh. Shameless people, they should cut all ties and exact revenge!! Grr!!!

    Thanks very much for the chapter part!!!!

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    • Thanks for supporting!! I felt that they were not aware because SM dont talk to them or show any signs of indicating that the 2nd and 3rd household is bullying her… From all their actions, I felt that their love was all on her (sometimes, I think Shen XIn and wife love SM more than Shen Qiu)


      • Rather than saying Shen Xin and his wife loving Shen Miao more, I think they indulge her more than Shen Qiu because they feel guilty towards her. Shen Qiu can feel their love for him year round but Shen Miao never gets to receive their love for her. She’s been essentially raised by the Second and Third households because they are too scared to bring the poor girl with her to the battlefield.

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  4. (This is not a spoiler) but I personally think that Shen Miao is not going to burn the ancestral hall literally, she is going to put on fire just to create a smoke. By using cloth or blanket, she can make a signal to her parent before they reach home. Just to inform them that she has been imprisoned in the ancestral hall. This is one way of communication in the military operations. Just my opinion.

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  5. thanks for the chapter!
    Is this supposed to be the reason for their neglect? i still dont feel it can be forgiven … they actually trusted them blindly with their own daughter, no questions asked or more like no spies to pass them info about her life and that line “But he and Luo Xue Yan were unable to control their destiny who was to fight in the battlefield” the mom actually doesnt need to be in the battlefield, in that dinasty it is still males above ,right? she could’ve stayed but no she chose her husband above her daughter. In the end they are naive yes, but they just didn’t put the effort. *sigh*i dont like her parents but i love this novel for the mc so well, still it would be good if they were to protect her from this point on…

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    • Thanks for supporting!! Let the author do the explanation in the future…. The thing about this novel is that it doesn’t call out things as it is but gradually introduce it slowly and in much later chapters. The suffering the family did for SM cannot be seen now (or by us) but SM has the recollection of her past which will only come out when the author deem fit


  6. I’m interested in how she’ll treat her family, because I doubt she forged a strong relationship with them in her past life. I don’t remember what happened to them in her past life, other than they probably all died. I would find it odd if she suddenly treats them with warmth equal to that of close family members. Thanks for the chapter!
    Also yeah, sadly many translators have the same problem with other sites and wattpad users posting translations without the permission from the actual translators. Some have even stopped translating due to this. I hope it won’t be the case for this novel. Once again, I appreciate your efforts in sharing this interesting novel with us. Thank you 🙂

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    • Lets see how SM treat them… I can’t put a word to how she treat them but perhaps you all may be able to find the words that better describe it 🙂

      I will do my best to continue!! But I do hope all those people stop, it doesnt benefit the community and them if the translator stop translating because of all these stuff


  7. Suddenly, I felt like I now really want them to see this new daughter of theirs… on how cold she can be. I’d also like them to see the fireee~

    Thank you for the chapter (ノ。≧◇≦)ノfu

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  8. ahahaha i can’t wait until they see the state Shen Miao is in. I want to see all hell breaks loose, please ;u;

    Thank you for the chapter!

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  9. Just wondering why they are calling her Jiaojiao for. I thought it might be a short form of her name ‘Miao’ but the chinese characters for the two names didn’t match… is it just some random nickname or something?

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  10. Finally! A loving family. So few of them in Chinese historical novels it makes my heart hurt. It’s not to late to build bridges in SM’s side.
    I hope the main family severe their ties. Those people indulged themselves for far too long.

    Those people that post works not of their own makes me sick!
    I have reported some of them from wattpad.
    I can’t believe how many actually shared this story without asking you for permission/give credit. I’m feeling so much righteous indignation on your behalf.
    I’m sorry this happened to you and I hope things get resolve soon.
    Thank you so much for your hard work!

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  11. so good. Thank you for the chapter!!! i can’t wait for the next part!!! actually, i can’t wait for the confrontation and the reunion of the first family and slap some bitches upside the head. They deserve every punishment that they’re going to get. they annoyed me so much while reading the previous chapter, it’s a miracle Shen Miao smarten up. Although i understand Shen Miao’s parents, i think they made a wrong decision by allowing her to stay with the abhorrent family members. i kinda can relate.

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    • Thanks for supporting!! Tbh I understood why her parents left her behind for the uncles and aunties to take care (I see this happening around me and that also includes family politics thrown in)… One will not know if it was the right or wrong thing to do until the child grow up and by then nothing can be done to rectify it. Its good that this time SM understands how much she is love and protected


  12. Am I who only feels sad that the precious ancestral hall will be burned? After all, all the ancestors took care of it… nah, just kidding, Burn it to ashes Shen Miao… With regards the title, I think that she will set it on fire the moment her family reaches old furen… (They are bound to ask where she is after all) Hahahaha, poor 2nd and 3rd Household, to face the wrath of the powerful trio to come… Can’t wait if Mo Qing will be the one to help or the evil little marquis XJX~~

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  13. Thanks for translating. I’m glad Shen Miao has parents and a brother that loves her and she has a chance to see them again to make up for her previous mistakes.

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  14. Their false belief that old furen and second and third aunts care for her and will direct her in the right path is laughable. However, it’s very comforting to see that SM’s family genuinely cares for her and think that leaving her in the capital as for her own good. But boy were they wrong. So hurry up and come back. SM needs you~~

    On another note, Shen Qiu, I think it’s perfectly fine to tell that old lady how many enemies you killed. That will show her who she’s messing with. And hopefully give her a heart attack.

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  15. Thank you for the chapter~
    Omg, can’t wait!
    Honestly, I really hope they separate from that family. Either kick them out or move out and stop giving them any money…

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  16. I haven’t noticed your translation in wattpad. (I haven’t been to Wattpad much coz of too much childish novels). Mind linking it? I have an account there. I can try and talk to the one who posted it.

    I’ve seen other translations there in wattpad like GDBBM and such. I haven’t read it because it pissed me off.

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  17. SM’s family is precious!!! They really care about her and are really good and honest people, no wonder they were able to be tricked, sigh….

    I really hope they open their eyes to the stupid Second and Third households and that stupid Old Taitai and rescue SM. Can’t wait to see SM being treater well by her family and pampered as she should be!

    Thank you for the chapter 💖

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  18. Thanks for the chapter! Finally SM’s family appears <3!! I was really looking forward to it! I'm curious about there reaction when they realize she changed so much!
    Also please don't bother you too much about those guys who post your translation without permission! I, and a lot of others, fully support you, so you don't need to worry too much 🙂 🙂 Cheer up ❤

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  19. It honestly sweet that her family really loved her but I can’t honestly actually forgive them for being so naive but then again, plot device,
    hype and really excited about the parents and brother apperances tho >.<
    shen miao's familly apperance = more drama and revelations.

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  20. Thank you so much for the chapter!
    To say the truth… I feel like this chapter tried to glorify SM parents. I understand that there was a war and circumstances but… it’s not enough. In this world that females are good for marrige only, why is her mother fighting in a war? And if this is a world where female can fight in wars and can bring their sons with them.. why not raise a daughter as a fighter as well?? Are those parents, who grew up in a political world, truly don’t know, do not think that they will be people who will try to use their daughter? Truly.
    I understand that they wanted to be with her but I believe that if they really wanted it, they could. Father. Mother. Brother. Just one person to stay with her…

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  21. Thank you so much. I have a wattpad account and I will try to report the reposts. I hope you won’t feel bad so much abt it. We will support your trans here and only here. Hope you won’t cease translating. Kudooos

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  22. Haha.. no. I don’t think so. It would hve been safer if you brought her with you into the battlefield, dear Shen Miao’s parents😒
    😧If they knew what Shen Miao had been through, they would be more disappointed than they are now.. hmm, the parents would have been the model parents if they live in the modern era.. but as expected, the ancients are harsh😥

    Ahhh! I can’t wait for their reunion! ><

    Thanks for the chap!😍

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  23. I feel i now understand a little about the parents’ ignorance. The mother was not raised in this kind of environment as she is not from the capital so she doesn’t know what the inner courtyard is like or the jealousies it fosters. Still the excuse for leaving her is thin. they did bring out thier son at age 10 and they could have done the same for Shen Miao even though she was used to the aunts. she would have adjusted quickly. It wasn’t for Shen Miao to alert them because she did not know she was being treated badly and being used as a tool to bring her family down. The brother is described as 20-something so if he is 21 she would only have been 3 when he left. It is no wonder she did not remember him well and of course she would cling to those she relied on. Even if she was treated badly she would have been attached to those who took care of her–and she thought she was being treated with love and kindness. And of course the aunts undermined her love even more by saying her parents did not love her–well, it would have been hard for them to understand her since they are not parents who know anything about young children and what they need. But I am surprised her mother did not hear rumors about her if she heard rumors about her husband. They could have set up some spies or something–consulted with her maids when they came. They left too much in other people’s hands. And her mother being a warrior woman –why wouldn’t she want to train her daughter the same?

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    • This will be reflected in future chapters but I wanted to also discuss about SM mother… She is actually treated as the outcast in the circle of the noble furen because she was from outside the capital and that she is the only female general/warrior. That is why I felt her mum wanted her to feel belong to that circle for the good of her future (when she get married). No matter what her mother do she will not be able to belong there but her daughter can be part of it.


  24. They’re back! Finally…well not yet, but they are on their way to Jiaojiao (oh Shen Miao, you have no idea your pet name will make one obsess with you lol).
    Aww love her family. Don’t worry father, mother and brother, Shen Miao does not hate you. It’s those other wicked Shen family that caused Shen Miao to act cold towards you in the past but not this time. She misses you guys. She loves you guys very much.
    Can’t wait for the ‘surprise arrival’ of theirs :3

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  25. Her mother referred to her as jiao Jiao. Isn’t it suppose to be Miao Miao, or Miao er or something along those lines? Why did m change to j?

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  26. Aw man, it sucks that you’re being targeted by those thieves too. *sigh* Just when will they learn that it’s actually counter-productive…

    How about putting some codes that will prevent viewers from copy-pasting your content? I’m not sure what the specific code is (I’m a graphic designer) but I’ve seen my back-end webdev friends do that.

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      • Tru tru. It’s not even that hard to put a few letters just to give credits gdi

        Oh right. I remember WP being stingy about customizing the codes. That really sucks if you want to add a few lines. Still hoping for the best tho.

        I’ll pm those stolen translations that I’ll come across too.

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