I just found out there’s a new epilogue for Heavy Sweetness, Ash-Like Frost. Dian Xian, the author of the novel, wrote it specifically for the drama adaptation. If you want to read the completed Eng translation of the novel, you can do so at decembi’s blog.
I’m not aware of an English translation of this new epilogue, but if you do, please let me know in the comments. I’ll do a quick recap for people who can’t read Chinese or Viet.
WARNING: The following content contains major spoilers about Epilogue #5 of Heavy Sweetness, Ash-Like Frost. Don’t read further if you don’t like spoilers.
The epilogue takes place after Phoenix and JM have married and living happily in the Demon realm. One day, deities from the Heaven realm visit them and tell them that a catastrophe will occur in the Human realm and many people will die. The only way to prevent this is if JM goes through reincarnation and experience hardships for 1 lifetime as a human.
Phoenix opposes the idea, but this is a noble cause, so JM eventually sweet talks him into allowing her to do it. He agrees, but with 2 conditions. First, he gets to pick the person JM will be reborn as. Secondly, he also wants to go through reincarnation with her.
[Note: When they’re reborn as humans, Phoenix and JM lose all memories. They’re now strangers to each other.]
JM is reincarnated as the leader of a secret group of healers. The healers live in isolation and are so secretive that hardly anyone knows about them, especially men (jealous Phoenix wanted to keep JM away from all men lol).
The healers exist only to serve the emperor. Their most important mission is to create an elixir of life that will make the emperor live forever. The catch is if anything happens to the emperor and he dies, the leader of the healers will be buried alive with him. This makes JM very anxious and she always wishes him great health because guess who’ll be buried alive with him if he dies? Yup, it’s her! lol
One day while she’s gathering medicinal herbs on a mountain, JM saves an injured person. Since she grew up around only women and has no awareness of the differences between males and females, she assumes this is a “young lady” like herself. The young lady is heavily injured, she can’t hear or talk. While they live together, JM discloses her identity to her companion, not realizing the person has regained the ability to hear and speak but chooses to stay silent. After some time, the mysterious person disappears.
Two years passes. During this time, the emperor overthrows his corrupt uncle and seizes back power. Suddenly, JM gets summoned to go see the emperor. JM is worried because although she imagines herself to be a great healer, she still hasn’t figured out how to make the emperor live forever. JM’s loyal maid accompanies her on the trip.
When they meet, JM thinks the emperor looks very familiar. Out of frustration, the emperor yells that he’s the person she had saved. He doesn’t understand how she can think she’s a great healer when she can’t even differentiate males and females apart, lol.
The emperor is Phoenix’s reincarnation, and once again, he has fallen in love with a blockhead JM. He confesses his love for her, but she turns him down repeatedly. The leader of the healers is forbidden from falling in love with a man.
Phoenix doesn’t know what to do except keep her at the palace and visits her often to try and win her heart.
At this time, court officials are pressuring Phoenix to marry and have heirs. Phoenix holds them off by saying he wants to conquer the enemy kingdoms. How can he have a family when their kingdom is constantly threatened? JM isn’t too thrilled at the thought of Phoenix going to war because her survival is linked to his, lol.
Thankfully, Phoenix is a brilliant warrior. He defeats the surrounding enemy kingdoms easily until there’s only 1 left.
This will be his last campaign and when he returns, he intends to marry JM whether she agrees or not.
Although JM doesn’t know it, she has gradually fallen in love with him. Knowing this, JM’s maid poisons her because JM has broken the rules, which is the leader of the healers can’t fall in love with any man.
When Phoenix returns from war in triumph and rushes into JM’s room, he finds her dead body.
Against the wishes of the court officials, he still marries her corpse in an elaborate ceremony. After the ceremony, he rides off with her on a horse to his tomb. Inside the tomb is a coffin. He carries her body inside and dies with her.
Now that they’re both dead, Phoenix and JM return to their true forms as Demon Lord and Water Deity, respectively. Although they experienced heartbreak in the Human realm, it was only 1 lifetime. As immortals, they can love and stay with each other forever.