Sunday, March 19, 2017

Deleted Scenes from Three Lives Three Worlds: Ten Miles of Peach Blossom Script


Three Lives Three Worlds: Ten Miles of Peach Blossom (3L3W) or aka Eternal Love has officially ended for over three weeks but I'm still suffering from serious drama withdrawal! It's been a long time since I've been this obsessive over a drama series. I think the last series I followed religiously was Go Princess Go, which was over a year ago.

The production of 3L3W far exceeded my expectations. Not only were the actors' interpretation of the characters right on the spot, the scriptwriter did a wonderful job filling in the story gaps. If I have to point out some flaws about this drama series, I wish the side characters (aka Donghua/Feng Jiu) had less screen time and the the original written scenes scripted for the OTP was kept in the drama series.

After reading some parts of the original script, I notice some scenes between Ye Hua and Su Su were either taken out from filming or completely altered to facilitate shooting. One major scene deleted was a bed scene that was supposed to explain little A'Li's conception.

I tried my best to do a quick translation of the script. Excuse any typos or bad translation. Enjoy!





Note: The number reflects the episode number and scene number. The drama was scripted for 40 episodes but the drama was cut into 58 episodes.

11-24. Mortal World- River Bank – Daytime

Characters: Su Su, Ye Hua, Rich Young Lady, Maidservant, Manservant, Commoners

  Su Su and Ye Hua walk toward the river bank. Beggars are leaning against the trees along the roadside begging passerby for food.
  Su Su stares in shock at the scene.

Su Su: Ye Hua, this area is a stark contrast to Jun Ji Mountain.

Ye Hua: The cities of Zhongrong Nation at the foothills of Jun Ji Mountain are better off but the remaining areas are constantly plagued by droughts.

Su Su: (Sighs as she take a look at her surroundings) We're traveling southward from drought-plagued farmlands to flood plains, no wonder the people of Zhongrong Nation have such a difficult livelihood. The Zhongrong King who slashed his neck with a sword is unfit to rule as a sovereign. He abandoned his subjects and people to such misery and blight with his death.

Ye Hua: (in a low whisper) There’s more to it. After the King’s death, his princes fought fiercely over the throne.

Su Su: Yep, I understand. When the King was alive, the princes fought to be the successor. When the King is dead, the princes start to fight for the throne.

Ye Hua: (Glances at her) How do you know so clearly?

Su SuThat’s how they are sung in the drama plays.

  As they chat, they near a ship.
  A large ship is docked near the river bank with two large wood planks. Roughly 7 to 8 manservants dressed in black are kicking several small merchants from boarding.

Manservant A:  Get lost! Get lost! Just wait for the next ship!

Commoner A: Sir, the next ship arrives in 10 days. I beg you to let us board this ship.

Manservant B: Can’t you see the ship is already full?! The family of Master Jia is on board this ship, how could I let you all horde up the space?

Manservant C: Our master is benevolent. He just allowed twenty people to board, isn’t that already enough?

Commoner B: (Latches onto the arm of the Manservant A) Sir, I beg you to let us board. The horse bandits have already slaughtered several villages!

  Manservant A kicks Commoner B away.
  As Commoner B falls back, Ye Hua catches him.
  Ye Hua lets him go and walks toward the deck. As he gives out a very cold and menacing vibe, the people around him step away to clear a path for him.
  Su Su holds onto her fan to cover her face and only shows her eyes. She watches her surroundings.

Manservant A: Who are you? What do you want?
Ye Hua does not respond but just coldly glances at the manservant. The latter shudders and doesn’t dare to speak again.

Manservant B: (Gathers up his courage) This ship is already full. You can’t board this ship anymore. You…you should wait for the next one!

Manservant D: That’s right! Don’t you dare just give us a cold glare.  We’re not scare of you just because you’re holding a sword and dress in nice clothes!

   As Su Su enjoys the spectacle, she suddenly sees a young lady emerges on board the ship looking toward her direction. She closes her fan.

Su Su: (In a serious tone) Your Highness, we shouldn’t board this ship.

Ye Hua: (Taken aback, looks at Su Su) What did you say?

Su Su: (Gives a hint with her eyes, waves her fan and lies out of her mouth) oh…no, I meant that since the master is on board, this ship must be filled with gold, silver and precious gemstones. If they encounter pirates at sea, then you’ll be exposed to danger. 

  Su Su throws Ye Hua another look.

  Ye Hua finally realizes that Su Su is lying and couldn’t contain himself with a small smile. 
  The manservants are in disbelief and look at each other.

Manservant A: (rolls up his sleeves) Don’t think you can just throw out nonsense that I’ll believe your words that you pretty boys are “Your almighty Highness!” I’ve seen plenty of swindlers in this world…

  On board the ship, the beautiful young lady speaks out to stop him.

Young Lady: Wait.

Manservant B: (Quickly turns his head back) My lady?

Young Lady: Let these two gentlemen board the ship.

Manservant A: (turns his head in confusion) My lady, they are obviously swindlers.

Young Lady: (smiles gently) When I said let them board the ship, just let them board the ship.

  After the young lady finishes speaking, she turns around to head back.
  Su Su raises her arms in salute.

Su Su: (in righteous solemn manner) The young lady seems like a kind-hearted person. Then it must be her servants’ personal intent to use their master’s power to bully the poor people from boarding the ship?

Young Lady: (She stops in her footsteps, turns around with a smile) That’s right. (Glances at her servants). The deck is quite empty. The captain had said that we can let another twenty people board this ship. Don’t block their way. They are all helpless people.

Manservant A: (uneasy) My Lady, this…

Young Lady: (Looks down) Didn’t I speak clearly?

All manservants: (Quickly tilt their heads down) Yes.

Su Su: (In a righteous, solemn tone) The young lady seems like a kind-hearted person. Then it must be her servants’ personal intent to use their master’s power to bully the poor people from boarding the ship?

Young Lady: (She stops in her footsteps, turns around with a smile) That’s right. (Glances at her servants). The deck is quite empty. The captain had said that we can let another twenty people board this ship. Don’t block their way. They are all helpless people.

Manservant A: (uneasy) My Lady, this…

Young Lady: (Looks down) Didn’t I speak clearly?

All manservants: (quickly title their heads down) Yes.

 As the young lady finished up speaking, she gives Ye Hua and Su Su a gentle, flirtatious look and gracefully walks away.

11-25. Mortal world- onboard the ship. Daytime

Characters: Su Su, Ye Hua, rich young lady, maidservant, captain, shipmates, manservants.

  On the ship deck, raggedly clothes people sit with their arms wrapped around her bags huddled in a spot. Su Su and Ye Hua steps up from behind.

Ye Hua: (Gives Su Su a ) Why did you call me “Highness”?

Su Su: Didn’t you just say that the several princes of the Zhongrong Nation are fighting ferociously for the throne? So I just concocted the idea.

Ye Hua: So you also got that idea from all the plays you heard?

Su Su: (Confused) How did you know? Don’t those young ladies drama plays from rich families always fall for young gentlemen in need or those wandering heroes from the martial arts world? If you’re prince secretly traveling in disguise, wouldn’t she be more attracted to you?

Ye Hua: (Amused) How could you be so sure she’ll believe you?

Su Su: (taps her fan) These rich young ladies probably listen to these drama plays more than me. So they most definitely daydream more than me.

  Suddenly, a maidservant exits from the ship cabin and look around to search for something.

Su Su: (jolts up in joy) The maidservant must be following her mistress’ order to look for you and me.

  The maidservant turns her head to find Su Su and Ye Hua, and immediately walks toward them and bows.

Maidservant: Gentlemen, my mistress said the ship deck is very dirty and does not serve you both well. The ship cabin has a room that can accommodate you both.

Su Su: (raises her arms in salute) Thank you Miss. We’ll take it then.

Maidservant: (Straightens her back) And…If you both won’t mind, my mistress has prepared some simple wine and food serve you.

Su Su: Oh…Your mistress has so generously let us board this ship. We should go thank her first but she has already prepared food and wine for us. How I could take such hospitality without shame.

Maidservant: Sir, no need to be so humble. My mistress has always been very hospitable.

Su Su: (raises her arms again in salute) Then we won’t refuse such hospitality.

  Maidservant turns around to lead the way.
  Su Su nudges Ye Hua with a smile.

Su Su: Those drama plays don’t lie to me. Don’t lie to me!

Ye Hua: (Glazes at her quietly) Are you just going to hand me over to her?

Su Su: (Brightens up) Or maybe I caught her eye!

Ye Hua: (Looks at her up and down) You’re that confident?

Su Su: (bursts out laughing. Uses her hand to pat Ye Hua’s chest) This area of yours is only occupied by me. No one can steal it away from me.

Ye Hua: (Slowly reaches out to grab hold of her hand and press it against his heart) That’s right.

11-27 Mortal world –outside of the cabin chamber. Night.
Characters: Su Su, Ye Hua, Rich Young Lady, Maidservant

  Rich young lady gracefully curtsy.

Young Lady: (Looks at Su Su tenderly) Please take an early rest. Once the ships anchor tomorrow morning, I can accompany you and show you around on land.

Su Su: (Waves her fan and flirtatiously smiles) Thank you Miss for your warm hospitality. (Looks at Ye Hua with a smirk)

  Ye Hua coldly turns his back to them.
  The young lady disconcertingly looks at Ye Hua’s back.

Young Lady: (Asks Su Su in quiet whisper) Young master, your…older brother, did I offend him?

Su Su:  Young Miss must not mind him. His temper has always been this way. (Raises her arms) Miss, I’ll see you tomorrow.

  When Su Su finished talking, she chases after Ye Hua.

11-28. Mortal world – inside a bedroom of the ship cabin. Nighttime.
Characters: Su Su, Ye Hua

As Su Su sits leisurely on the bed, she uses her index finger to touch her thumb to form a circle, and the remaining three fingers taps the surface of a table on the bed.

Su Su: (Sigh) When I was at Jun Ji Mountain, I thought I stroke a great deal by having you devote yourself entirely to me. But judging from how warmly and sincerely the young lady treated me, I realize that you’re the one who got the better end of the bargain.

Ye Hua stands at the side and grabs a tangerine from the fruit basket.

Ye Hua: (As he peals the tangerine's skin away, he sneakily smiles) The young lady’s taste is quite uniquely peculiar.

Ye Hua hands Su Su the pealed tangerine.
Su Su instinctively raises her hand to take it, but Ye Hua unexpectedly pulls it away and wrap his arm around her waist to change their position. He ends up sitting on the bed and put Su Su on his lap (right leg). 

Ye Hua: (Solemn expression) We’re getting off this ship tomorrow.

Su Su: (Bewildered) You…you’re not jealous, are you?

Ye Hua: (Ripe a piece of tangerine and put it in Su Su’s mouth) That’s right. I’m jealous.

Su Su (Bursts out in laughter) So you act in such a way when you’re jealous?

Su Su is ecstatic. She helps herself by taking a piece of tangerine from Ye Hua’s hand and put it in her mouth.

Su Su: (her mouth full) If I was truly a man, then I’ll understand your jealousy. But I’m still a woman in the end.  Additionally, those drama plays always say “The affection grows between a man and a woman, but it should be restrained by the rules of decorum.” Even if I was in a man’s body, I won’t do anything. The Moral code and the proper rule of conduct will always restrain—— (her voice stops suddenly)

Before Su Su could finish her sentence, Ye Hua pushes her on the bed and lies on top of her.

Ye Hua: That day when you asked me through the bronze mirror if I like children?

Su Su: (Gurgles, swallows the tangerine, and without hesitation) Yes, I asked you.

Ye Hua smiles and pulls down her hair band to free her long hair. Her long black hair slides down to frame her face.
Su Su looks up at him, and reaches out to untie his belt.

Ye Hua: (Looks down at her move, and gently smiles) What? Aren’t you going to abide to “The affection grows between a man and a woman, but it should be restrained by the rules of decorum”?

Su Su: Those sayings are intended to fool others. (Kisses his lips, and wraps her arms around his neck) Ye Hua, humans don’t live pass a hundred years. Life is short and difficult. For the next few decades, I just want to spend every day happily with you.  I like you. I hope you know it. (Her voice softens) Do you understand what I’m trying to say?

Ye Hua remains silent. Stares at Su Su’s eyes.

Ye Hua: (Moments later, lowers his head to her ear) I understand.

The scene fades out and the candles in the room flickers. 


P.S. A'Li officially enters his mother's belly. 



Original Script in Chinese
1124.凡间-河岸   
人:素素、夜华、富家小姐、丫鬟、家丁众、众百姓

   △素素和夜华一路走向河岸,路边有靠着树坐着的乞丐,走着讨饭的人。
   △素素目瞪口呆看着远近景象。
素素:夜华,你看这里与俊疾山下完全不同。
夜华:俊疾山下就是中荣国的都城,不会太破败,但中荣国余下的土地却常年遭受着旱涝之灾。
素素:(唏嘘地看着四周)我们一路向南走,从极旱农田到水患之地,中荣国百姓果然过得辛苦。那中荣国国君就这么抹了脖子,置他臣民在这水深火热当中烤着淹着,真是枉为一国之君!
夜华:(沉吟)不止如此,那国君死后,几个皇子都在争抢帝位。
素素:嗯,我懂。国君不死,皇子都在争储君之位,国君死了,皇子就要开始争帝位了。
夜华:(淡淡瞥她)你怎会如此清楚?
素素:戏文常这么唱啊。
   △两人说着,已经走到船边。
   △大船连着河岸有个两人宽的木板,有七八个黑衣家丁,正在驱赶着想要上船的小商贩。
家丁甲:滚开,滚开,等下一趟船!
百姓甲:大爷,下一趟船要十日后,求您让我们上去吧。
家丁乙:没看到已经满了吗?!贾老爷一家老小都在船上,怎么能让你们这些人挤上去?
家丁丙:老爷善心,方才已经放上去二十个人了,还不够吗?
百姓乙:(抱住了家丁的胳膊)大爷,求你让我们上去吧,马贼已经屠了好几个村子了!
   △家丁甲一脚踢开抱着自己的人。
   △百姓乙跌向后方,被夜华单手扶住手臂。
   △夜华放手,走到甲板旁,由于气场太过阴冷,让身边的人都退后了几步,生生让出了一条路。
   △素素拿扇子遮着脸,露出一双大眼睛,打量着四周。
家丁甲:你是何人?要做什么?
   △夜华未答话,冷冷地扫视了一眼家丁。
   △后者被震慑住,竟不敢再说话。
家丁乙:(壮起胆子)这船已经满了,不能再上了,你、你去等下一趟吧!
家丁丁:不错!别以为你瞪个眼,拿柄剑,穿得人模狗样的爷就怕了你!
   △素素正看得高兴,忽然瞅见船上有个小姐模样的人,走出来,远远看着这里,立刻就收了扇子。
素素:(故作深沉)殿下,依臣看,这船我们上不得。
夜华:(微微一怔,看素素)你说什么?
素素:(打了个眼色,摇着扇子继续满口胡话)啊,不,看我这嘴。是依我看,这船上既有什么老爷,必会有金银珠宝压船,要是碰上什么过路水贼,倒是会将殿下连累了。
   △素素再次丢给夜华一个眼色。
   △夜华终于明白素素是在说谎,忍不住,淡淡笑了。
   △众家丁傻住,相互对视一眼。
家丁甲:(撸起袖子)别以为随便说这么两句,爷就信你们两个小白脸是什么殿下啊臣的!江湖骗子爷见得多了——
   △船上,那眉目如画的小姐出声,制止。
小姐:等等。
家丁乙:(忙回头)小姐?
小姐:让这两位公子上船吧。
家丁甲:(茫然回头)小姐,这显然就是骗子啊。
小姐:(微微一笑)我说让他们上船,就让他们上船。
   △小姐说完,转身就要走。
   △素素就势一拱手。
素素:(大义凛然)这位小姐看上去是个善心人,想必一定是这些家丁狐假虎威,不准这些贫苦百姓上船吧?
小姐:(脚步顿住,含笑回首)不错。(看了眼那些家丁)甲板上空得很,船家明明说了还能再放上来二十几个人,不要阻拦他们,都是可怜人。
家丁甲:(急了)小姐,这——
小姐:(垂眼)我说得还不够清楚吗?
众家丁:(忙低头)是。
   △小姐说完,对夜华和素素丢下一个温柔娇媚的眼神,翩然而去。

   
1125.凡间-船上   
人:素素、夜华、富家小姐、丫鬟、船家、船员众、家丁众、众百姓

   △船甲板上,坐着各种衣衫褴褛的百姓,都抱着自己的包袱,规矩地坐在甲板一圈,素素跟在夜华身后走上来。
夜华:(不咸不淡地看了素素一眼)为何要称我为殿下?
素素:方才你不是说,这中荣国有几个皇子在争帝位,就随手拿来用了。
夜华:嗯,那方才的法子,不会也从戏文中来的吧?
素素:(奇怪)你怎么晓得?戏文里不是经常说是富家小姐最常将心交付与那不知打哪儿来的落魄公子,或是江湖侠客?如今见你个微服私访的皇子,岂不更是会动心?
夜华:(好笑)你怎会料定她会信?
素素:(敲了敲扇子)这些富家小姐,平日听得戏文怕不比我少,白日梦自然也做得比我多。
   △突然,一个丫鬟从船舱走出来,四处张望着找寻什么。
素素:(立刻欣喜)那丫鬟定是在寻你我,定是那小姐吩咐的!
   △丫鬟扭头看到素素和夜华,立刻走过来,躬身。
丫鬟:两位公子,我家小姐说这甲板上很是脏乱,委屈了两位公子,床舱内还有一房,可以让给两位。
素素:(拱手)多谢小姐,那我们就不客气了。
丫鬟:(起身)还有……两位若不介意,小姐备了些简单的酒菜,招待两位。
素素:哦~小姐助我二人上船,本该亲去道谢的,却让小姐先备了酒菜招待,真是让我等汗颜。
丫鬟:公子不必客气,小姐历来是个好客的人。
素素:(再次拱手)那就却之不恭了。
   △丫鬟转身带路。
   △素素笑眯眯推了推夜华。
素素:戏文诚不欺我,诚不欺我啊。
夜华:(淡淡看她)你就要如此将我推给旁人吗?
素素:(扬眉)或许她瞧上我也说不准。
夜华:(上下打量她)竟是如此自信?
素素:(噗地笑了,用手轻拍了拍夜华的心口)你这处若有我,谁都抢不走。
夜华:(淡淡地伸手,按住了她的手背,按在自己心口上)不错。

1127.凡间-船舱房间外   
人:素素、夜华、富家小姐、丫鬟

   △富家小姐温婉地福了福。
小姐:(温柔地望着素素)小公子早些歇息,明日一早靠岸后,我再陪公子下船走走。
素素:(摇着扇子,风流地笑着)多谢小姐款待。(对夜华得意挑眉)
   △夜华冷漠转身。
   △小姐尴尬地看夜华背影。
小姐:(低声问素素)小公子,你家那位……大公子,可是对我有何不满吗?
素素:小姐不必介怀,他脾气就是如此。(拱手)小姐,明日见。
   △素素说完,转身跟上夜华。


1128.凡间-船舱房间内   
人:素素、夜华

   △素素翩然在床上坐下,左手拇指与食指圈成个圈,余下三根手指敲着床侧的书桌。
素素:(叹了口气)当日我在俊疾山要你以身相许,还以为捡了个大便宜,如今看这小姐对我倾心相许的模样,才晓得原来捡了便宜的是你。
   △夜华站在一旁,随手从果盘拿了个桔子。
夜华:(一边剥皮,一边似笑非笑看她)这小姐口味确实奇特。
   △夜华将剥好皮的桔子递给她。
   △素素很自然地想要接过,不料夜华却收回手,将她拦腰抱起来,换了个位子。自己坐在床上,将素素放在了自己右腿上。
夜华:(沉着脸)明日就下船。
素素:(傻住)你……该不是醋了吧?
夜华:(掰下一瓣桔子,塞到她嘴里)不错,我就是醋了。
素素:(噗嗤一笑)原来你这模样就是醋了?
   △素素很是开怀,主动从夜华手中又拿了一瓣橘子,吃到嘴里。
素素:(口齿不清)若我真是个男儿身,你醋了倒可以理解,可我终究是个女子。再者说,那戏文里不都说“发乎情,止乎礼”?哪怕我是个男儿身,也不会做什么,总有道德礼仪束缚着——(声音戛然而止)
   △素素还没说完,就被夜华反身,压到了床上。
夜华:那日你在铜镜里问我,喜不喜欢孩子?
素素:(咕咚一下,将嘴里的桔子咽了,也不扭捏)不错,我是问过。
   △夜华笑着,将她的束发解开,漆黑的长发散在她脸侧。
   △素素迎着他,去解他的腰带。
夜华:(低头看着她的动作,淡淡地,笑了)怎么?不“发乎情,止乎礼”了?
素素:那些是用来诓别人的。(亲了亲他的嘴唇,伸臂搂住他的脖颈)夜华,再高寿的人也不过百岁,人生苦短,这几十年,我只想与你每日开心在一处,我喜欢你,就要让你晓得。(声音越发轻)你明白我的意思吗?
   △夜华一言不发,瞧着素素的眼睛。
夜华:(过了片刻,俯身在她耳边)明白。

   △光影渐模糊,一室旖旎。

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