Title: The Twelve Spirits: Ugly Spirit
Translation of:《十二魂：丑魅•画颜》 又名 《残妆》
Author: 叶笑 (Ye Xiao)
Length: Short story (part of a series but can be read standalone)
Genre: Historical, Romance, Angst, Tragedy
Summary: ‘I wish to become the happiest woman on this planet; to meet him at my happiest, then have him fall for me and paint my face for a lifetime.’ – Ning Xishi
Translator’s Note: Another of Ye Xiao’s novels (she’s also the author of Ballad of Ten Thousand Gu) which I translated a year ago but never found the time to edit. Will post the rest once I’m done editing.
This is a short story that is part of Ye Xiao’s The Twelve Spirits series, which comprises 11 interlinked short stories, but can each be read as a standalone. This particular story, Ugly Spirit, is the second in the series & one of my favourites – though I might be slightly biased because the FL’s name is a one letter difference from mine 😀