完美关系 羲和清零 035

The Perfect Relationship by Xi He Qing Ling

Chapter 35: Birthday Storm

Approximately thirty minutes from Dee-International School, the Xue family’s home was located in a special development in the south-central part of the city.

Driving to the location, Yin Chang drove on a private road lined with French Plane Trees. After driving along the road for more than five minutes, when he could no longer hear the hustle and bustle of the city, Yin Chang saw the large European style villa among the landscape.

As Yin Chang approached the main gate with his car, the iron doors slowly swung open. He drove to the front of the house, parked the car then turned the engine off. Preparing himself mentally, he paused and took a deep breath before getting out of the car. Under the guidance of a butler, he entered the home.

At the entrance, Yin Chang surveyed the foyer. Treasured antiqued decorated every nook and a huge crystal chandelier hung high above his head. In addition, exquisite handmade carpets covered the floor and famous painting and special calligraphy works adorned the walls. From corner to corner, the decorations were the epitome of luxury.

Walking through the foyer to the main living area, Wang Xuan saw Yin Chang enter the room from a distance. She got up from the sofa to greet him.

Xue Zi’s mother, Wang Xuan, looked very young. Standing next to her brother, the eighteen-year-old Wang Chen, it was hard to imagine she was the mother of an eight-year-old child. Presumably before Yin Chang arrived, she informed her brother of the relationship between Shao Junling and Yin Chang.

When Yin Chang arrived, dinner was over. The two boys were playing with a toy roller coaster on a nearby game pad. Not far away, unfinished plates of food sat on the table. In the middle of it, there was half a cake left. Most likely, it was specially baked for Shao Junling.

Wang Chen had also eaten. Although he was still wearing the clothes he wore while recording the TV show today, his jacket was tossed to the side. The room was very warm. He was uncharacteristically using a toothpick. He awkwardly smiled at Yin Chang and said, “I really didn’t expect to see you again so soon.”

“Have you eaten yet? My brother mentioned the show’s recording was only completed one and a half hours ago. You must not have had time to eat. I’ll ask my cook to prepare you a bowl of noodles.” Even though Wang Xuan was very enthusiastic, Yin Chang wasn’t planning on staying long.

Although Yin Chang didn’t spend much time with Yin Dong growing up, he knew proper etiquette as he was diligently taught by his housekeeper, Fiona. Before coming to take care of Yin Chang, she worked in a large household that paid great attention to upbringing. She taught him every last detail of etiquette. As a result, Yin Chang has become neither humble nor arrogant, a practical and kind person.

If he were just an ordinary 18-year-old boy he might accept the invitation to eat casually at the family’s home as a ‘friend of Wang Chen.’ However, Yin Chang is not. Now that his father has passed, he is considered the head of the household, a representative of the Yin family and the only elder of Shao Junling.

His own brother ran off to someone else’s house without even saying a word to him. Yin Chang felt very upset. As a first-time guest, he arrived at the Xue house without a customary gift. No matter how hungry he was, he couldn’t stay here to eat. Yin Chang made of a quick excuse. “Thank you, I already had something to eat before I came.” He looked at Shao Junling.

Fortunately, any of bullying and trouble-seeking that Yin Chang imagined didn’t happen. However, Yin Chang noticed Shao Junling looking around anxiously as though he had been caught doing something bad. Perhaps, it was only because of Yin Chang suddenly appearance as he had interrupted the boys play time together.

“You ate?” Wang Chen didn’t believe it. He took an apple out from seemingly nowhere and bit it. He asked,  “What did you have?”

“…Fast food.” Yin Chang quickly replied then ignored him . He approached Wang Xuan directly to speak with her. “My brother didn’t cause you any trouble, did he?”

“No,” Wang Xuan said. Although she didn’t press Yin Chang about dinner, she asked the housekeeper to make a pot of Jin Junmei tea.  She invited Yin Chang to sit on the couch. ” Although there was a small scuffle when they first met, the two boys play very well together now.”

She recanted the fight between Xue Zi and Shao Junling as a joke and said, “Zi is a devil king at home. He is also the grandson of Xue’s family and his grandparents spoil him rotten. Neither his father nor I can control him. It’s good for him to experience some setbacks while young and learn from them now otherwise he will go out in the future as an adult and have a difficult time.”

After listening to Wang Xuan, Yin Chang knew she was an enlightened mother. He felt a little less anxious now but, he was curious. If Wang Xuan knew Shao Junling background, Yin Chang thought he would have seen gossip about him online.  Although it is difficult to see a poor orphaned boy compared to himself now, as long as Shao Junling’s history is known, because of social taboos, many parents wouldn’t let their children associate with him. Why was Wang Xuan so tolerant?

Could it be… because of his father Yin Dong?

Yin Chang guessed correctly. Wang Xuan said: “I’m a fan of your father’s films. I worked in a TV station in my early years and met Yin Dong several times.  It’s a pity that he died in a crash in his prime.”

Yin Chang understood the reason. Wang Xuan’s tolerance for Shao Junling was out of respect for the son of Yin Dong. Wang Xuan looked at Shao Junling and sighed. “This child really looks like your father. It’s such a shame Yin Dong passed away. I even heard your father was going to add him to the family registry.”

Yin Chang’s heart tightened. When Fiona saw him, she said the same thing as Wang Xuan. Even though he knew Shao Junling and Yin Dong looked alike, he could pretend not to care. However, when he heard someone remind him of this fact, Yin Chang thoughts immediately soured. Even though he was also Yin Dong’s son, he was the adopted son and not the blood relative one.

Fortunately, Wang Xuan didn’t talk about it further. She personally poured Yin Chang a cup of tea. She smiled kindly and said: “Talking about this makes you sad, so we won’t. Let’s drink tea. ”

Yin Chang whispered: “Thank you”.

She seemed to genuinely care for Yin Chang. Wang Xuan said, “Now you will have to take over your father’s business as well as take care of your young brother. Isn’t it very stressful?”

Yin Chang replied: “It’s okay. ” However, the opposite is true. Even though he is under a lot of pressure, he would not admit such personal matters in front of a women he met for the first time. Moreover, while chatting with Wang Xuan, Wang Chen was in the room listening and watching ‘the pair of pitiful brothers’ with curiosity. It made Yin Chang feel very uncomfortable. Thinking about the negatives things that Wang Chen had said about himself in front of Xue Zi before, Yin Chang felt even more uncomfortable.

After a few more pleasantries, Yin Chang said it was time to take Shao Junling home. Wang Xuan didn’t force him to stay. She got up and showed them to the door. Yin Chang said to Shao Junling, “Say goodbye to Mrs. Wang.”

Shao Junling obediently said “goodbye”.

Yin Chang looked at Wang Chen, who had come with them and said: “Say goodbye to… Mr. Chen too. ”

Hearing Yin Chang say ‘Mr. Chen,’  Wang Chen seemed very happy. While squinting at Yin Chang, he smiled. He waved his hand to Shao Junling and said: “Goodbye, little friend.”

However, Shao Junling turned around and left as if he hadn’t heard it.

Wang Chen froze momentarily , then walked back to the house angrily.

Wang Xuan smiled and said, “My son is still a child. You don’t need to pay attention to him.”

Yin Chang wasn’t at all comforted after hearing her because Wang Chen could act recklessly under the protection of his sister and Shao Junling could be an ignorant child under his protection, but he could not.

Yin Chang respectfully said: “Today’s visit has inconvenienced you. I will come back to thank you properly when I have the opportunity in the future. ” After saying goodbye to Wang Xuan, Yin Chang took Shao Junling and left the Xue family villa.

On the way back, fluctuating up and down, Yin Chang’s mood was in turmoil. He didn’t know what to say to Shao Junling. Noticing Yin Chang’s bad mood, Shao Junling kept peeking at him from time to time and fidgeted in the passenger seat.

“Why are you fidgeting?” Yin Chang glanced at him. Shao Junling instantly sat still.

Yin Chang asked him: “Do you know that I was going to school to pick you up today?”

Shao Junling was taken aback and shook his head.

Yin Chang: “Speak.”

Shao Junling: “I didn’t know. ”

Yin Chang: “Didn’t you think I would come?”

Shao Junling said sullenly: “You said, you are busy. ”

Yin Chang choked on his words because he did say this to Shao Junling before. “Then why did you lie to the teacher?”

Shao Junling: “…”

Yin Chang: “Why?”

Shao Junling: “Xue Zi invited me to his house.”

Yin Chang: “If he asks you to go, you just go? Do you like to go to someone else’s house for your birthday?”

Shao Junling: “……”

When they got home, the dishes Fiona prepared were all cold. The ice cream cake that was in the center of the table looked soft. It had melted a lot.

“Are you back?” Seeing the brothers coming inside, Fiona immediately greeted them. She worriedly asked: “Are you hungry? Even though it is late, I’ll reheat the food so you can eat something.”

“He has eaten.” Yin Chang walked to the living room with a cold face.

Fiona was taken aback. She glanced at Shao Junling, who was following Yin Chang with his head down: “You ate? Where did you eat? ”

Shao Junling did not answer.

Fiona had watched Yin Chang grow up so it was easy for her to identify Yin Chang’s subtle emotions.  It was clear the brothers were having a fight, but she didn’t know the reason.

Yin Chang didn’t like to talk much when he was angry. Fiona simply asked Shao Junling, “I have bought a cake and cooked a lot of dishes for you. Would Junling eat some more?”

Shao Junling seemed to have understood her meaning and nodded. Fiona was very happy. Seeing Shao Junling clutching his schoolbag tightly, she reached out to stow it away for him but, Shao Junling wouldn’t let go.

“Then you go put your bag away yourself. Wash your hands afterwards then come and eat some cake.” Fiona rubbed Shao Junling’s head and gave him a wink, encouraging him. She motioned to him to say something nice to Yin Chang.

Shao Junling pursed his lips. He stood at the entrance of the apartment for a while before finally going to his bedroom with his schoolbag.

After ten minutes had passed when the food was warmed up, Fiona invited Yin Chang to sit down first. Slowly, Shao Junling came to the table as well. From along tie ago, Yin Chang was feeling famished. Shao Junling was probably full. Seeing how listlessly he was poking at the cake, Yin Chang knew he had no appetite.

After eating two bites, Shao Junling took out a small transparent jar from his pocket and showed it to Yin Chang as if to show it off.

Yin Chang: “???”

Shao Junling said: “The children gave it. Honey.”

After several months of in-school tutoring, his expression skills have improved a lot. Although he still speaks one word at a time, he is much more coherent than before.

Yin Chang took a closer look and saw that the jar was empty, so he casually asked, “Have you finished eating?”

He didn’t know what Shao Junling was trying to express. Thinking perhaps Shao Junling liked honey, Yin Chang thought he showed it to him as a way to ask him to buy more.

Shao Junling shook his head: “I didn’t eat it. It fell out.”

Yin Chang frowned: “Why did it fall? Where did it go?”

Shao Junling blinked: “Xue Zi’s uncle. In the shoes. ”

Yin Chang: “…………”

Yin Chang almost snapped his chopsticks in his hand: “You poured honey into Xue Zi’s uncle’s shoes!?”

Shao Junling was startled by his loud voice and stared at him sheepishly.

Yin Chang asked urgently: “They invited you to eat dinner with them. Why did you do this?”

He remembered Wang Chen’s reaction when Shao Junling didn’t say goodbye to Wang Chen. A son does not teach his father’s faults, and a younger brother does not teach his brother’s faults. Shao Junling was rude. Yin Chang would only feel embarrassed by his actions. Thinking that he would have to call Wang Xuan to explain the situation and thus, he would have to apologize to Wang Chen, Yin Chang was so annoyed.

The heart of matter is that look that Shao Junling gave. Yin Chang couldn’t tell whether the look was one of confusion or rebellion. It made Yin Change feel, once again, that he was the one that made the mistake.

“Why do you look at me like this? Am I wrong?” Yin Chang glared at him and said, “Do you know that people will think poorly of you. They will think you are uncultured, uneducated trash!”

Shao Junling became very angry when he heard Yin Chang. Unexpectedly, Shao Junling smashed the honey jar on the ground in front of Yin Chang. A loud bang of shattered glass resonated in the room.

Yin Chang was boiling with anger. This boy was really going against the heavens!

Fiona ran out of the kitchen when she heard the loud sound. She saw the two of them at a stand-off. She was frightened: “What’s the matter? Isn’t the food good? ”

Yin Chang pushed the dishes away and threw the chopsticks:  “What is the matter!? You asked him what is the matter! He lied to the teacher and instead of going home, he went to his classmate’s house for his birthday behind my back. Then, he poured honey in the shoes of a relative of his friend!”

Shao Junling didn’t know how worried Yin Chang would be. When Yin Chang couldn’t find him at school, he thought the child tried to run away again.

Fiona walked over quickly. For the first time, she wasn’t there to appease Yin Chang. Instead, she was there to protect Shao Junling. She scolded Yin Chang: “He is still a child. What do you expect him to say?”

Yin Chang was shocked. Watching his most trusted nanny who had been with him for nearly 20 years, defend Shao Junling made him feel like he was slapped in the face.

Shao Junling is still a child with all the privileges of being innocent. But, what about him? Who will tolerate his willfulness? Who will understand his heartache and hardship?

He took the responsibility of taking Shao Junling home with him. He followed Yao Manhuai’s direction and embarked on his father’s path. He worked hard at being a good elder brother. However, his own knot was never unraveled. Whether it was his own life, or Shao Junling life, why on Earth did Yin Dong hide the facts from him?

After Fiona finished scolding him, she went to comfort Shao Junling softly. Yin Chang couldn’t watch it anymore. He stood up angrily, turned around and left the house. Fiona’s panicked voice came from behind, but he turned a deaf ear.

After going downstairs, Yin Chang couldn’t think of where to go. He has no close friends in this city and he can’t wander the streets alone. Just as he was thinking about what to do, the phone suddenly vibrated twice.

Yin Chang glanced at it. It was a message from the WeChat group. Jia Siqi had posted a bunch of photos from the dinner party. @Yin Chang: “Have you eaten yet? We just finished eating and getting ready to go back to our dormitory. I am super happy that we recorded the show today! ”

Yin Chang smiled bitterly. Thinking of his chaotic night he simply replied: “I didn’t eat it. ”

Jia Siqi immediately replied: “Why haven’t you eaten? It’s already so late! [Sorry] [Sorry]”

Bai Xiaozhi also sent a question mark.

When Yin Chang didn’t reply, Bai Xiaozhi sent him a private message: “What happened? ”

Yin Chang hesitated for a moment and said: “I’m just not in a good mood. ”

When Bai Xiaozhi saw his message, he guessed what Yin Chang needed now: “Meet up? Have a drink?”

Yin Chang: “Okay.”

Bai Xiaozhi: “… Can I bring Jia Siqi? Although he’s annoying… once you pour him a few glasses and get drunk. He’ll quiet down.”

Yin Chang laughed: “Got it.”

Bai Xiaozhi chose a place that he often used when he met with Yu Ruize. It was a private bar with a very hidden location. He sent the address to Yin Chang and Yin Chang drove straight there.

When the three of them met, Jia Siqi really was nosy: “Yin Chang, what’s wrong with you? Are you in a bad mood? Why don’t you feel well? Unburden your heart! Talk to us !  Would you like some barbecue? The grilled eggplant and chicken here are great! But Bai Xiaozhi and I have eaten quite a lot already. Why don’t we just watch you eat?“

Bai Xiaozhi quickly ordered a draft beer and poured a glass for Jia Siqi to drink. Ten minutes later, Jia Siqi really did fall asleep beside him.

“There is nothing that a glass of wine can’t solve,” Bai Xiaozhi poured a glass for Yin Chang and said slowly, “Just one glass isn’t enough. Two should do it.”

Yin Chang smiled again: “Thank you.”

After drinking two glasses of wine, Yin Chang felt more relaxed and smiled. Even though he was smiling, in his heart, he continued to feel bitter.

After several drinks, Bai Xiaozhi tentatively asked, “What happened? You might feel better if you talk about it. Rest assured, I can keep secrets. No matter what I hear tonight, I won’t tell another soul.”

“It’s not a big deal. I simply wanted to hang out.” Yin Chang said after taking a sip of wine, “Today is my brother’s birthday.” In reality, Yin Chang ran out because he was afraid he would get even angrier with his brother if he stayed at home.

“Huh?” Bai Xiaozhi knew that Yin Chang had a younger brother. He’s seen the news before and Yin Chang mentioned it himself during the show today. It turned out this was the reason Yin Chang left so early. Bai Xiaozhi felt Yin Chang was quite concerned about his younger brother.

“What happened to the birthday party?” Bai Xiaozhi asked.

“I asked my housekeeper to prepare his favorite food and order a cake. I thought we would watch a kids’ movie together later at night, but when I got to his school, he was gone. My Brother lied to the teacher and went to his classmate’s house behind my back.”

Bai Xiaozhi: “Uh, well, lying isn’t good so you must teach him well.”

Yin Chang: “Oh, I can’t teach him.”

Bai Xiaozhi: “He doesn’t listen to you?”

Yin Chang: “Well…”

Not only did Shao Junling not listen to him, he smashed a glass honey jar in front of Yin Chang. The only thing Yin Chang could do was become angry.

Bai Xiaozhi: “Is this issue because he isn’t very close to you? I’ve heard very little about your relationship.”

Yin Chang thought about it carefully. His eyes darkened: “For so long, he only called me ‘brother’. That was the day I went to the welfare home to find him… Can you believe it? ”

Bai Xiaozhi: “…This is too much.”

Yin Chang laughed at himself: “I owe him.”

Bai Xiaozhi: “Don’t say that.”

It wasn’t like there wasn’t a reason Yin Chang lamented. After all, he’s Yin Dong’s adopted son and has enjoyed all the privileges that come along with it. Those privileges should have belonged to Shao Junling.

After a while, Yin Chang said quietly: “Sometimes I look at him and feel like I’m looking at myself. ”

“…Huh?” Bai Xiaozhi didn’t understand. He saw pictures of his brother in the news. He was definitely not as good-looking as Yin Chang.

Yin Chang explained: “Neither he nor I have a mother and now we don’t have a father. When I saw him in the welfare institute for the first time, I felt like I was the only person that this child could depend on. Do you know what that feels like?”

Being an only child with both parents, the only feeling Bai Xiaozhi understands is how annoying Jia Siqi is clinging to him every day. He would like nothing more then to kick him away. He really couldn’t empathize.

Yin Chang said in frustration: “I want to be nice to him, but he doesn’t listen to me…”

Yes, Yin Chang was afraid. He was afraid that no matter how hard he tried, he would not be able to get through to Shao Junling.

Bai Xiaozhi thought about it and tried to put himself in Yin Chang shoes. Suddenly, he felt very sorry for Yin Chang. Bai Xiaozhi thought a newcomer like Yin Chang, who stood on the shoulders of his father and became popular as soon as he debuted, was the child of destiny favored by God. He would never understand hardships and struggles of the common person.

However, he was wrong. Not everyone wants fame and fortune in life. Even a man like Yin Chang, who is loved by thousands of people has his own problems. He has a hole in his heart and his pain cannot be filled so easily. Yin Chang’s suffering comes from family ties and affection that cannot be filled.

Yin Chang sighed and said: “Guess where he went tonight? ”

Bai Xiaozhi: “Where?”

Yin Chang: “Wang Chen’s house. ”

Bai Xiaozhi: “…Huh?”

Yin Chang: “To be precise, it’s Wang Chen’s sister’s house. He and Wang Chen’s nephew are classmates at school.”

Bai Xiaozhi: “…”

Yin Chang: “When I went to pick him up, he was having fun at someone else’s house. ”

He neither liked Wang Xuan’s sympathetic gaze nor did he want to imagine Shao Junling enjoying himself in someone else’s home.

Yin Chang: “Moreover, he also poured a jar of honey it into Wang Chen’s shoes.”

“What kind of zealous operation was that?” Bai Xiaozhi tried to stop himself from smiling.

When it came to Shao Junling’s prank, Yin Chang also smiled. Now he understood the reason why Shao Junling did it. Probably, he was very angry at Wang Chen for gossiping about Yin Chang previously. As a result, Shao Junling looked for an opportunity to take revenge.

However, this isn’t a petty fight between children. Adults have adult methods to deal with this kind of thing. When Yin Chang met Wang Chen he felt that Wang Chen wasn’t actually a bad person. At most, he was a little childish and a little vain.

Now that Shao Junling had made his move, Yin Chang didn’t know how he should deal with Wang Chen in the future. Also, knowing how long Shao Junling held onto his angry feelings in order to carry out his vendetta worried Yin Chang.

Bai Xiaozhi gave him a toast and advised him: “I’ll be honest, but don’t be angry when you hear it.”

Yin Chang: “?”

Bai Xiaozhi: “I think you care about him too much. That’s why you put so much pressure on yourself. If I have a younger brother and he dared to disobey me, I would drag him over and beat him up. One time not enough? Try Two!  You take way too much crap from him.”

Yin Chang: “…”

Bai Xiaozhi: “What, am I wrong?” ”

Yin Chang squinted his half-drunk eyes and pointed at him: “If you did that abroad, you would be arrested by the police and put in jail. At least six months and ten months in prison.”

Bai Xiaozhi: “…………”

Regardless, after confiding in Bai Xiaozhi, Yin Chang did feel a lot better. Looking at the empty wine bottles on a table and Jia Siqi, who was sleeping unconscious next to him, Yin Chang smiled and shook his head: “I should get back.”



In the evening, when Wang Chen left the house to returned to his apartment, he put on his shoes and walked out the front door. In a few steps, he felt something strange on the soles of his feet. When he got in the car and took off his shoes, he saw the slimy, wet state his socks were in.

 “???” What is this?

Carefully he leaned in and sniffed. The odor was a stinky and sweet smell. Σ( ° △ °)︴

完美关系 羲和清零 034

The Perfect Relationship by Xi He Qing Ling

Chapter 34: The Xue Family’s Invitation

Bai Xiaozhi and Yu Ruize met on a music focused website devoted to singing and song writing. At the time that Bai Xiaozhi joined Nova Entertainment as a trainee, he liked to write demos and post them online. During the same time period, Yu Ruize was also posting his vocals on the site. As two sides of the same coin, they naturally noticed each other’s work. As they became better acquainted with one another, they realized they lived in the same city. Their friendship quickly developed from online acquaintances to real-life friends.

On their days off, they would occasionally meet for food and drink during which, they happily talked about their current projects and offered each other support.

When Bai Xiaozhi heard about Yu Ruize’s departure from vocals in favor of an acting career last year, he felt sad. Yu Ruize gained some popularity from his acting work. Conversely, Bai Xiaozhi’s pop group YJB was a complete mess.

Bai Xiaozhi made the call and Yu Ruize immediately came over by taxi.

After understanding the situation clearly, Yu Ruize thanked Yin Chang and Bai Xiaozhi directly: “It’s great to meet you in advance. To be honest, I was nervous when my agent told me that I was going to be on “Idol Face to Face”. Last night, I complained to Xiao Bai for a long time. ”

“What were you complaining about?” Jia Siqi asked curiously.

“Wang Chen’s agent sent him a word document yesterday of a dozen pages full of Wang Chen’s personal information,” Bai Xiaozhi replied for him with a shrug of his shoulders. “He was told to read it carefully and memorize important points so he could prop Wang Chen up and give him a helping hand when an opportunity came up.”

Yu Ruize smiled awkwardly. He was a little embarrassed and said to Bai Xiaozhi, “Wang Chen and I are in the same company anyways and it’s ok that I talk to you as friends, but this information…. In front of others, it’s not something to talk about.”

Bai Xiaozhi squinted his eyes: “What’s the matter? We are telling the truth. We didn’t orchestrate anything behind his back.”

Frankly speaking, Bai Xiaozhi originally thought the roles he and Jia Siqi were going to play were the same as Yu Ruize. As a result, he wasn’t very optimistic. It wasn’t until he met Yin Chang today that he realized things were different from what he had imagined.

Turning round, Yin Chang asked Lu Lingxuan to order a pot of Earl Grey tea for Yu Ruize then smiled. “Speaking of which, if we do meet privately without Wang Chen, indeed, it could cause a misunderstanding. Do you have his contact information? Call and invite him over.”

Everyone: “……”

No one could get in touch with Wang Chen including Yu Ruize even though they were in the same company. Since Wang Chen’s popularity was high, his schedule was arranged well in advance. He probably didn’t have time to come over at the last minute.

Even so, it was important to inform him. As Yin Chang said, if Wang Chen knew they were meeting without him, he could think they were doing something malicious behind his back.

Yu Ruize thought about it for a while and offered, “Should I ask my agent to get in touch with him?”

Yin Chang looked at Lu Lingxuan in thought.  It was a bit troublesome because this meeting was something between “friends” and not something official from the company. There was no need to involve them.

“Didn’t you get his Weibo before? The social media site also has a private message function. Can you leave a message for him there?“ Lu Lingxuan suggested.

“Okay,” Yin Chang said than asked Lu Lingxuan to help him write up a message asking Wang Chen if he is free right now.

Without waiting for a reply, the group of them started chatting. They talked about their families, their experiences in the industry and what they hoped for in the future.

Since Yin Chang wanted to focused on getting to know them first, he tried to simply listen and talk very little.  However, everyone at the table wouldn’t let that happen. Being the most popular amongst them, the young men were curious about Yin Chang’s life.

When Bai Xiaozhi heard Yin Chang say that he was still learning to sing and dance, he couldn’t believe it. He roasted Yin Chang. Fortunately, Yin Chang was friendly by nature and thus, he was able to become close friends. Becoming serious once again, Bai Xiaozhi offered his assistance with singing and dancing if Yin Chang ever needed it.

Even after an hour, Wang Chen hadn’t responded. Lu Lingxuan asked Yin Chang what to do.

Yin Chang said, “Send him another message saying that I am the one who is inviting him out for afternoon tea. Ask him if he will come or not.”

Lu Lingxuan nodded and did as Yin Chang said. At this time, the young men pulled out the script for ‘ Idol Face to Face’ to talk about it and discuss a plan for the broadcast.

When the meeting was about to end, Lu Lingxuan cried out “Ah! Wang Chen replied! ”

Yin Chang: “What did he say? ”

Lu Lingxuan frowned. She showed Yin Chang the phone.——

Wang Chen: “This is his agent. Wang Chen said he’s busy now and he doesn’t have time. In the future, ask your agent to make an appointment with him in advance. [Smiles]”

Noticing everyone’s curious glances, Yin Chang turned the phone around and showed them what he said. His condescending and lofty tone made them feel a little uncomfortable. Bai Xiaozhi bluntly said: “This guy is just pretending! ”

Yin Chang smiled and retracted his phone: “Maybe he really was busy. It’s okay anyways. I called him and he refused himself. Yu Ruize, you don’t have to stress over it. ”

Yes, only Yu Ruize wasn’t from their company and as a result, the position he was in was somewhat difficult. However, listening to Yin Chang, Yu Ruize felt his good intensions. He felt relieved. Before the group dispersed, they added each other on the messaging platform, WeChat. In order to contact each other at any time, they set up a group chat.

That night, Yu Ruize shared the document he received earlier in the day to the group: “Wang Chen’s Personality Version 2.0.doc”

Everyone: “???”

Yu Ruize: “This is the information about Wang Chen that my agent gave me before. You can also take a look if you are interested. It’s a pity that Wang Chen didn’t come for tea today. I’m afraid if you don’t know him well enough that when the time comes, he won’t talk.”

Yu Ruize: “After all, since he is the star of our company, I’m bound to him. I don’t want to go down together on a sinking ship. Today, we talked so happily with one another. It would be great if we could do the same on the show. Brothers, help me! [Plead]

Bai Xiaozhi: “…”

Yin Chang: “Okay, let’s study it.”

Bai Xiaozhi originally wanted to complain about Yu Ruize’s duty to his ‘highness’, but seeing Yin Chang’s generosity, he could only reluctantly respond: “Okay.”

Jia Siqi couldn’t wait to look at it: “Version 2.0? Is there a 1.0? ”

Yu Ruize: “I don’t know. That’s all I got.”

Jia Siqi: “Hey, wang Chen’s actual height is only one seventy-seven?” [Screenshot]”

– Height of Wang Chen: 182cm (actual 177cm + the height of the sole of his shoes) (177cm ~5’8”)

-Note: I hope that Yu Ruize can wear shoes below 2cm heel on the day to set off Wang Chen’s height

Bai Xiaozhi: “Damn, does this guy wants you to wear flip-flops on stage?”

Yu Ruize: “…”

Jia Siqi quickly sent another message to the group: “Isn’t Wang Chen a dog lover? If I remember correctly, in one of the “Absolute Idol” TV episodes, he was gently stroking a golden retriever. Super Loving! [screenshot]”

-Wang Chen’s image – he loves pets: I had a dog at home when I was a child so I like dogs very much.

-Note: But Wang Chen is actually very afraid of dogs, even a dog as small as a Chihuahua. If there are pets on stage, I hope that Yu Ruize can help out.

Bai Xiaozhi: “How are you supposed to help? Interact with the dog? If you do, then his fans will definitely hack you to pieces saying you robbed him of the spotlight. Don’t you think?”

Bai Xiaozhi: “Who the heck made this comment. Are they just dumb ?”

Yu Ruize: “…his agent.”


At noon the next day, the official blog of “Idol Face to Face” issued an announcement: “Fortunately, I invited several celebrity guests to participate in our next program! @Wang Chen @Yin Chang @Yu Ruize @Bai Xiaozhi @Jia Siqi  Do you have any hot questions you want to ask? What sparks do you hope will ignite between your idols? Leave a message below. The questions with the highest number of likes will be selected by our host and asked to all of the idols on the show! [Happy][happy]”

Jia Siqi immediately informed everyone in the WeChat group: “The official blog has made an announcement!”

By nine o’clock in the evening, Wang Chen returned home to take a shower and catch up on Social Media. The other four guests already posted to social media, forming a lone column.

@Yu Ruize: Looking forward to meeting +3//@Bai Xiaozhi: looking forward to meeting +2//@Jia Siqi: looking forward to meeting +1//@Yin Chang: looking forward to meeting

The posts were more than half an hour ago, less than ten minutes apart.

Wang Chen: “???” Damn… are those people dating? Why did they repost each other? What does this mean? Also, Yu Ruize followed up back-to-back even though he is from a different company. What’s all the excitment?

Wang Chen just ignored them and went to the official blog by himself—— I’m coming!!! @ Idol Face-to-Face Program Group

The morning before the program was recorded, Yin Chang received a message from Teacher Lin.

“Tomorrow is Shao Junling’s 11th birthday. Do you have any plans for your brother? Every child here has a birthday celebration in the class. If you are too busy at work to come to see him, I suggest taking the time to call me. I’ll let him answer and you say Happy Birthday to him.

Yin Chang was taken back. Tomorrow? Yes, it was December 29th… If Teacher Lin hadn’t mentioned it,  he would have forgotten.

Yin Chang asked Lu Lingxuan about the specific timing of the shows’s recording then replied to Teacher Lin: “Thank you, Teacher Lin, for reminding me. I will be recording a program tomorrow afternoon, but will be able to pick him up at school later when it’s over.”

After Yin Chang returned home, he greeted Yang Na and asked her to order a cake and cook good some good dished for Shao Junling’s birthday tomorrow.  In the evening, Yin Chang will celebrate with him at home.

At two o’clock in the afternoon on Thursday, the recording of “Idol Face to Face” officially began.

When the five of them came on stage, thunderous applause and screams erupted from the audience. The loudest of which were Wang Chen and Yin Chang.

Since the program was called “Idol Face to Face”, it was only natural that they were required to sit opposite each other. The sectionals were arranged like a figure eight with three of the guests on one side, two on the other, and the host in between.

After the routine opening remarks, advertisements and introductions, the host pretended to pick up the question card: “The first question, who do you want me to ask the first question to?”

Listening to the aggressive shouting from the audience, the hostess deliberately slowed down her tone. Her eyes slowly shot back and forth among the guests and eventually landed on Yin Chang. When everyone thought she was going to ask Yin Chang a question, she suddenly called out the name “Wang Chen”, and then looked towards Wang Chen.

This move simply whetted everyone’s appetite. Wang Chen’s fans in the audience cheered for a while. Wang Chen was smug and smiled…. As expected, he was the most shining protagonist of the show!

With a mysterious smile, the host asked: “This is a question that comes from fans in the hot comments section of our official blog.

-Wang Chen. After the announcement was made the other day on the program’s official blog, everyone responded together. You are the only one who responded separately. Is there any meaning in doing so? ”

Wang Chen was caught off guard by this unscripted question. His smile froze for a moment. After a few seconds he said: “Ha-ha. There was no deeper meaning. I didn’t see their line of messages until after I posted mine. I was embarrassed to post another one!”

The hostess smiled at Yin Chang and the others again: “Then how could you guys do it so quickly, playing Repost Solitaire? I heard that you just met five days ago. ”

Hoping that Yin Chang would speak up, she looked to him. However, Yin Chang tilted his head, giving Jia Siqi the signal for him to speak.

Jia Siqi had a baby face with short golden-maroon curly hair. He was the shortest of the five in height and was sandwiched between Yin Chang and Bai Xiaozhi. The contrast in body types made him appear extremely petite.

Since it was the first time Jia Siqi was on a mainstream TV show, he was very nervous. However, Yin Chang’s encouraging look made him feel confident. He took the initiative to answer: “I sent a message in our WeChat group to let Yin Chang go first. Bai Xiaozhi and I live in the same dormitory so we were able to repost after him right away.”

Since the three of them were from Nova Entertainment, the hostess assumed the group was only comprised of the three of them. She turned to Yu Ruize and asked, “What about Yu Ruize?”

Yu Ruize knew the politics of the industry, so he didn’t mention the fact he was in the same group. He just smiled and commented: “Bai Xiaozhi and I friends from before. When I saw his retweet, I just added a number to make it lively. ”

The hostess realized there was nothing more to it and quickly changed the topic. She looked at the camera: “I wonder if their answers satisfy the audience’s conjectures? But no matter what, I’m glad that these five handsome guys can be guests on the show together! Now, let’s get straight to it and start the quick question and answer round on “Idol Face to Face” !”

There were shouts one after another from the auditorium again. The hostess swept her eyes across the guests back and forth until they finally landed on another target………

At five o’clock in the evening, after three hours of recording, the session finally ended.  Although they recorded a lot of footage, the production team will edit the video down to a runtime of 90minutes.

“Thank you all for your hard work. Today’s recording went very smoothly!” The hostess hugged and thanked them one by one.  

What she said was not idle talk. Most of the time, young artists on the show leave little to remember them by, but todays guests were very involved. It was an unforgettable recording session.

When hugging Yin Chang, the host was particularly excited. She originally thought he was a vain second generation star. However, after this recording, even the host who has interviewed countless stars beforehand, has become his fan.

“Can you sign a few things for me later?” the host whispered beside him, “I’m afraid, I won’t get the chance to get your autograph again.”

Yin Chang: “……”

The program team planned a dinner party for the staff and celebrities, but both Yin Chang and Wang Chen bowed out. They had other arrangements for the evening so after saying their goodbyes to everyone, they left first.

When Wang Chen got into his car, he quickly closed the door. Instantly, his smile vanished.

The agent thought it was strange and asked: “Why do you look so unhappy? Didn’t the recording go quite well?”

Wang Chen said, “Do you think so? ”

Agent: “I don’t know if it was bad, but the vibe was very cheerful!  You were doted on today.”

Wang Chen: “Doted on? Are you fucking kidding me? I feel like they were trolling me! ”

Thinking about the experience on the show of being scolded over and over, being one-upped by Yin Chang, and being punished by the shows team for lack of interaction, Wang Chen felt utterly defeated.

The agent solemly said: “Think about it. You are all young. A little bit of bulling and fighting is a natural way for young guys to express kindness to each other. If they were polite to you, the audience will feel weird when they watch it. ”

Wang Chen: “…Really?”

Agent: “Eldest young master, I have been watching for a long time. Trust my judgment. There were several scenes with great climaxes because of you. You will definitely gain fans after the show is broadcasted!”

Wang Chen couldn’t help worrying again. He said: “But I don’t think my timing was good today. Sometimes, the audience reactions were a little bland. “

His agent said: “Don’t worry about it. In the past, there were many more stars that performed worse than you. The most awesome thing about the show is not the host and lineup, but their production team. No matter how bad you think you performed during the filming, after the production polishes the footage, the program is always extremely lively and funny. I have specially asked them to portray you as a likeable character to help with your image.”

After listening to the agent’s long-winded analysis and explanation, Wang Chen was finally comforted alittle: “Okay…”

When thinking about dinner at his sister’s house later, Wand Chang’s mood improved. Since the stylist created a bird’s nest head of hair, he tried to flatten it by combing his fingers through it.  He said, “Just take me to my place. I will drive myself to my sister’s place later. ”

At the same time, Yin Chang got in his own car after returning to drive to Shao Junling’s school.

In the past two days, because of his work on “Idol Face to Face”, he was too busy to buy a birthday present for Shao Junling himself. Last night, Yao Manhuai helped him choose an appropriate gift. Then, he placed an order online. It should have been delivered during the day.

When it was almost time to reach his school, Yin Chang sent a message to Teacher Lin: “Is Shao Junling out of class yet?”

Teacher Lin quickly called him back: “Yin Chang, what did you mean just now? ”

Yin Chang: “Hmm? ”

Teacher Lin: “Didn’t Shao Junling leave an hour ago? ”

“He’s Gone?” Yin Chang stomped on the brakes urgently at the red light. He asked, “Where did he go?” ”

In a confused tone, Teacher Lin said: “After school today, Shao Junling told me that he was leaving. I confirmed it with you yesterday and thought you were here to pick him up, so I let him go. ”

Yin Chang: “…I just finished recording the show and I’m on my way to the school now. ”

Upon hearing him, Teacher Lin became very concerned and nervous.

As the light turned green, Yin Chang said, “I’m almost there. Teacher Lin, come meet me at the front entrance in five minutes.” After speaking, he threw the phone on the passenger side seat and stepped forcefully on the accelerator, speeding away towards Dee-International School.

When they arrived at the school, Yin Chang and Teacher Lin anxiously searched for Shao Junling. He was no longer at the entrance of the school.

Teacher Lin stammered: “Don’t worry. There are surveillance cameras in the school. Let’s go to security now and check the footage.”

Although Teacher Lin advised Yin Chang not to worry, she herself broke out in a cold sweat. Fortunately, the video quickly showed them where Shao Junling had gone. The result surprised both of them.

“Shao Junling… He went with Xue Zi?”

The Surveillance video showed Shao Junling following Xue Zi to his family’s Rolls-Royce that had come to pick up Xue Zi at five o’clock.

Teacher Lin wondered, “Since he went with Xue Zi, why did he lie to me that he was going home?”

Yin Chang frowned: “He lied to you?”

Teacher Lin: “Yes…”

Yin Chang thought of the previous entanglement between Shao Junling and Xue Zi. He couldn’t help but worry: “Has the conflict between them been resolved?”

He was worried Xue Zi stirred up trouble by tricking Shao Junling into going home with him. Lagging behind his peers, Shao Junling wouldn’t know the nuances of social norms. Why else would he lie otherwise?

While Teacher Lin looked up Xue family’s phone number, she said, “On the surface, there shouldn’t be any problems. These days, they have been playing together in class.”

“Here it is.” Teacher Lin said and quickly called the Xue Family. Once the call connected, Teacher Lin confirmed Shao Junling whereabouts. The two breathed a sigh of relief.

Yin Chang listened while Teacher Lin talked on the phone: “Excuse me, may I ask how Shao Junling came to be at your house?  …… Ah, this.. Yes, today is Shao Junling’s birthday. His brother came to school to pick him up, but Shao Junling wasn’t there waiting for him, so we were very anxious. Well…. Okay. I’ll tell him.”

After hanging up the phone, Teacher Lin explained the situation to him: “Knowing it was Shao Junling birthday today, Xue Zi asked him if he wanted to come over for dinner so the boys made plans. Shao Junling’s was going to spend the night at Xue ZI’s house then go to school together tomorrow morning. Mother Xue was surprised to learn that you weren’t informed of the boys’ plans.  She said that if you still want to pick up your brother, you are welcome to come over and visit now.”

Yin Chang was taken aback…. go to the Xue household for a visit?

There was more and Teacher Lin continued: “Mother Xue also said that her younger brother has just arrived. You should know that her brother is Wang Chen. ”

Yin Chang suddenly pursed his lips together. He and the other artists from Nova Entertainment just finished recording the TV show together. Thinking about the hot-seat that Wang Chen experienced on program, Yin Chang thought he was the last person Wang Chen wanted to see.

“I’m really sorry. It was because I didn’t confirm the details with you that such a misunderstanding occurred.” Teacher Lin looked guilty, “Yin Chang, what do you think is best thing to do now?” ”

Yin Chang thought to himself, ‘What else could be done?’ Despite his own efforts of having a small party for Shao Junling, he was in Xue Zi’s house. Was it possible Shao Junling simply ignored his brother? Biting the bullet, Yin Chang hardened himself. He reluctantly made a decision.

After asking Teacher Lin for the correct address, Yin Chang returned to his car and got in. He took a deep breath. He drove slowly out of the school, to the main road and headed in the direction that the GPS said to go.



Wang Chen’s thoughts when he received Yin Chang’s private message on Weibo——

The guy actually sent me a private message!

Ask if I am free? Ha! This Young Master is so busy, of course, I have no time!

What? You want to invite me to tea? Why the attention? You must want to flatter me! Let’s hang him out to dry!

After a few hours have passed, Wang Chen couldn’t help it. He picked up his phone and replied to Yin Chang like he was an agent.

Lashing out, he felt better. Take that! Feel my anger about you when we first met! <( ̄︶ ̄)>

……But, I wonder why that guy wanted to have tea?

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完美关系 羲和清零 033

The Perfect Relationship by Xi He Qing Ling

Chapter 33: Afternoon Tea

Jia Siqi exclaimed in disbelief, “Wang Chen, the winner of Absolute Idol!” He stared at the icon that tracks new followers and commented, “Oh my God! I feel like I’ve become a superstar!”

He was so excited last night that he didn’t sleep at all. Throughout the night, he was constantly grabbing his phone and looking at his social media page. He watched as his fans went from more than 900,000 to a million-overnight. His fanbase hasn’t risen for several months.

Now that Wang Chen had taken notice of him, Jia Siqi felt like the gods had descended upon him, ready to escort him to a greater plane of existence in the heavens above.

“Brother Xiaozhi, this time we really have become superstars!” Jia Siqi said daydreaming.

“Don’t be stupid. Do you really think you are like them?” After one night, Bai Xiaozhi had already recovered his senses. “To put it bluntly, we are just a fad. Don’t mind the increase in fans. Those people are paying attention to us not because they really like us, but only because their idols friended us. That’s just how much influence their idols actually have.”

Moreover, what happened last night made Bai Xiaozhi see clearly the real gap between himself and Yin Chang, a true idol.  

– New Fan A commented: “I came from Chang Chang’s Weibo and throughout the night, I didn’t even get to finish looking through all of the jokes. What a treasured boy this is that I followed! Ahhhh!”

However, Jia Siqi is still immersed in his own dream, turning a deaf ear to Bai Xiaozhi’s logic. As a result, he continues to relay funny messages to him from time to time.

Jia Siqi: “We’re supposed to be friends, why are you exaggerating?!”

Bai Xiaozhi: “Rest assured, they’ll be gone when they finish reading.”

Jia Siqi: “……”

– New Fan B: “Bai Xiaozhi, Jia Siqi’s friend, is also very handsome. Together they make a  great duo. I’m a fan of this couple!”

Jia Siqi: “Look! Some people say we are just like a couple!”

Bai Xiaozhi: “Every day, I train with you and we sleep in the same room. When I wake up, the first thing I see is your face. You tweet and post pictures ten times a day. Do I have a choice? If it’s Yin Chang in the dormitory with you, would your fans still claim the same thing?”

Jai Siqi: “Oh, so should we end our duo?”

Bai Xiaozhi replied: “That’s not what I’m saying!”

– New Fan C said: “I have decided. When I can’t post about my idol on Weibo, I’ll just stay here for my enjoyment! Little brother, post more jokes, ha-ha!”

Jia Siqi: “Uh, look at this… So in their eyes, are we just concubines in a harem? Yin Chang is a queen concubine and you and I are the new concubines…”

Finally, Bai Xiaozhi had enough. He forcefully threw a pillow over at Jia Siqi: “Go be the concubine! Don’t involve me!”

If he stayed, he felt like he was to be dragged down by Jia Siqi’s IQ. As a result, Bai Xiaozhi got out of bed quickly and headed for the training room.

With a month and a half to go before the festival, he assumed that ‘Idol face-to-face’ was the best opportunity for him to promote himself that his agent was able to secure in the short term.

If Bai Xiaozhi failed to get recognized as an A-List star, he would not return after the Chinese New Year. Alas, his days of singing and dancing in the training room were not long. Finally, he could cherish the moment.

When Jia Siqi saw him getting ready to leave after washing up, he followed suit: “Bai Xiaozhi, wait for me!”

Bai Xiaozhi: “……”

On his way to the training room, Jia Siqi continued to talk about social media. He babbled on: “However, Yin Chang’s page really doesn’t have many posts. It’s only one per month on average. They are just announcements and retweets by officials and has very few likes ….He’s so cold. Why would he friend us?”

With a look of long time understanding, Bai Xiaozhi squinted at him and commented in exasperation: “Do you really think he would do such a small thing as posting to Weibo? Of course, his agent is in charge! Maybe last night’s friend request and likes were all orchestrated by his agent.”

Feeling disappointed, Jia Siqi commented: “Oh, so it’s like that. It’s not so exciting when I think about it.”

However, his look of disappointment vanished as fast as it came. Suddenly, Jia Siqi excitedly said: “What about Wang Chen? Should I post on Weibo thanking him for following my social media?”

Bai Xiaozhi raised his voice and nearly burst: “Will you calm down for a minute! You aren’t his fan!”

Jia Siqi: “But he’s very popular.”

Bai Xiaozhi scoffed: “Popular my ass. Half of his fans are purchased!”

Jia Siqi was surprised: “…Really? How did you know?”

Bai Xiaozhi explained: “ You can’t see it? Both the number of retweets and likes are inflated while the number of comments is stagnant. They aren’t nearly as much as Yin Chang’s……”

While chatting, the phone rang and Bai Xiaozhi answered the call. It was from their agent, Yuan Qian.

“Is Siqi with you?” Yuan Qian asked.

“Yes, we are on our way to the training studio.” Since they were always inseparable and Bai Xiaozhi was more level-headed, in general, their agent informed him of news first so that he could pass it along to Jia Siqi.

Yuan Qian got straight to the point: “I heard that Yin Chang and Wang Chen both have followed your social media, right? Not only will you probably get more fans in the next couple of days, you will also get more comments and opinions expressed. I’m sure you can guess why. Remind Siqi not to get too excited. Do not tweet and post during this time so there isn’t any backlash. And, don’t ever get down on your knees and kiss people’s feet!”

It seems, Yuan Qian is very familiar with the personalities of her artists. She knows exactly the type of thing Jia Siqi might stupidly do.

“Well, I’ll remind him…” Bai Xiaozhi glanced at Jia Siqi sideways and motioned him not to act rashly.

Yuan Qian continued: “Since they are following you, you must think of yourself in the same class as them. The entertainment industry is a fickle and turbulent place. No one can predict who will be the most popular in the future. Keep that in mind, ok?”

“I know.” Bai Xiaozhi replied and although he said it, he thought to himself, is that even possible without an established background and strong financial support? Even though Jai Siqi came from a wealthy family, he hasn’t risen to the top. How can either of them compare to Wang Chen and Yin Chang?

When he saw how quickly Mi Xiu become a celebrity, he had his own dreams of becoming famous. However, after he experienced it himself, he knew just how naïve his dreams were. The kind of luck a person needed was a mere one in a million.

“Also,” Yuan Qian paused and said, “Yin Chang would like to set up a time to have afternoon tea today.”

Since Bai Xiaozhi was still ruminating about his own bad luck, he didn’t react immediately. “…Huh?”

Yuan Qian explained: “His manager just called me. Yin Chang wanted to know if you and Siqi were free this afternoon. I canceled your classes after 2 o’clock on your behalf so you could meet him. I reserved the company’s conference room number 3 for you to meet.”

Bai Xiaozhi was surprised: “Why would he invite us to have afternoon tea?”

Yuan Qian: “Didn’t he friend you?”

Bai Xiaozhi: “Wait, wait, wait — was he really serious?”

Yuan Qian: “Is that a problem?”

Bai Xiaozhi: “…”

Yuan Qian: “Two o’clock in the afternoon. Don’t forget.”

After explaining the situation, Yuan Qian hung up the phone. In disbelief, Bai Xiaozhi was staring off in space. Seeing such a rare expression, Jia Siqi couldn’t stop himself from poking Bai Xiaozhi on the side with his fingers and ask: “What did Yuan say?” What did Yuan say!? ”

He flatly stated: “She said Yin Chang invited us to have tea this afternoon.”

When Jia Siqi heard him, his jaw dropped. Jia Siqi was rendered speechless.


At half past one in the afternoon, after washing and changing from their morning training, Bai Xiaozhi and Jia Siqi arrived at the designated conference room

Ten minutes later, Yuan Qian walked into the room. She was a little worried about Jia Siqi and thus, reminded him again about behaving properly. Then she said: “You do know that Yin Chang is now part owner of Nova Entertainment, right?”

Bai Xiaozhi and Jia Siqi faced each other dumbfounded, and both shook their heads.

Before Yin Chang arrived, Yuan Qian said in a low voice: “Nova Entertainment was established by his father and Director Yao Manhuai as a partnership. Since his father is no longer with us, half of the company’s shares have been transferred to his son.”

Bai Xiaozhi & Jia Siqi: “……!!!”

“Now that you know the situation, what type of relationship you have with him depends on you. The point being, you don’t have resources. Understand?” Yuan Qian patted his shoulder. She knew of the kids’ talent, but things haven’t been working in thier favor. Lately, they have been under a tremendous amount of pressure.  In order to ease thier burden, she always wanted to help them in some way.

While sitting in the conference room waiting for Yin Chang, Bai Xiaozhi and Jia Siqi had a different mindset.

Jia Siqi: Fuck! Yin Chang is their boss! What bullshit is she spewing?

Bai Xiaozhi: What does Yuan Qian mean by a relationship? Why does that sound fishy? I’ve heard rumors about the special favors that artists do for corporate board-members. Are we going to experience this unspoken favor?

Full of ideas, amid their speculation, Yin Chang arrived.

As she guided Yin change inside the room, she smiled and greeted Yuan Qian. “You’re here so early.”

Although Yin Chang often came to the company to take classes, he practiced in the exclusive VIP training rooms that Yao Manhuai arranged for him. Since the floors and passages were separated, there wasn’t any intersection with the other trainees and company artists. As a result, this was the first time that Bai Xiaozhi and Jia Siqi met Yin Chang.

When Yin Chang’s gaze fell on them, Jia Siqi felt like he was severely electrocuted. The young man’s gray-blue eyes were like jewels, making it difficult for people to look away.

“H-, Hello.” Jia Siqi said, face turning red.

Words got caught in Bai Xiaozhi throat. He is… Damn!  Too handsome! If Yin Chang is the guy who he needs to perform special favors for,  he….. He thinks he could be okay with it.

Yin Chang nodded to them and smiled slightly: “Hello.”

A hundred flowers blossomed in Jia Siqi’s mind for an instant. Even though his smile was only a small polite one, it made one feel like they were bathed in spring light. It felt comforting.

Lu Lingxuan asked: “Have you all eaten lunch?”

Yuan Qian: “Wouldn’t we have starved to death if we hadn’t yet?”

Lu Lingxuan laughed: “Then I will take them to a café for afternoon tea.”

Not only was Yuan Qian Jia Siqi’s and Bo Xiaozhi’s agent, she also had other artists to think about. She excused herself and left.

Lu Lingxuan greeted the two handsome men then said: “Let’s go.”

Yin Chang personally drove the car over to the English teahouse that Lu Lingxuan specially found for them.

Bai Xiaozhi and Jia Siqi were sitting in the back seat. Seeing that they were too nervous to speak, Yin Chang took the initiative to break the ice: “Jia Siqi, I saw your Social Media page last night. Your car is quite nice.”

Jia Siqi felt a little flattered and awkwardly said: “Oh, that car? It’s a coming-of-age gift from my mom.”

He chuckled uncomfortably. Because of what Yuan Qian had said, he felt anxious and as a result, conversation became difficult.

Unexpectedly, Yin Chang glanced at him through the rearview mirror and asked: “Do you have a driver’s license?”

Bai Xiaozhi: “……!!!” He really read Jia Siqi’s Social Media page! He noticed my own jab!

Jia Siqi blushed and said, “I, I…I haven’t passed the second part yet.”

Yin Chang said: “I see.”

Now that Yin Chang started the conversation, Jia Siqi felt more at ease. He was talkative by nature. Once he relaxed, Jia Siqi asked endless questions about Yin Chang driving experience, what cars he liked and so on. The mood in the car lightened up quite a bit.

By the time they arrived at the teahouse, Jia Siqi was completely free from any stress. He chatted, unreserved. “Yin Chang, thank you last night!”

Yin Chang: “Thank me for what?”

Jia Siqi excitedly said: “Because you have followed me, I have more than one million fans now. I’m able to brag to others that I am a star with millions of fans!”

Yin Chang smiled: “Oh, I just hit like because I thought you were funny.”

Jia Siqi listened fervently and winked at Bai Xiaozhi nearby: Did you see it? I conquered the man in front of me with my personal charm!

Bai Xiaozhi gave a light cough and hesitated. He asked: “Why do you… why do you want to buy us drinks?”

Leaning against the back of the chair, with his hands in his pockets, Yin Chang thoughtfully explained: “Aren’t we going to be on the show together soon? It’s the first time I will be on a TV show. Except for Wang Chen, I don’t know any of you. I’m afraid something embarrassing will happen so I wanted to get acquainted with you guys beforehand.”

Lu Lingxuan recommended Yin Chang try to imagine them as friends. But, Yin Chang felt imagining friendship was too troublesome. Since they were all in the same company, why not be friends beforehand? That way on stage, wouldn’t it be easier?

Since being in the company conference rooms were so formal, they would inevitably be too conscience and guarded. To ease the awkwardness between them, he set up this rendezvous point outside of the company.

Yin Chang added: “Since I’ve only read your Social Media page, I don’t know anything more private. If we can get to know each other in advance, when the host asks us questions, we can help each other out. If you have something you want to say in front of the camera, just let me know in advance and I’ll look for an opportunity for you to express yourself.”

Bai Xiaozhi was shocked. He thought he and Jia Siqi were just there as accessories to Yin Chang. It was natural to think they had to have a low profile to give Yin Chang the spotlight. He didn’t expect Yin Chang’s willingness to accommodate them. As a result, Bai Xiaozhi was almost moved to tears.

Yin Chang thought about the other two people involved with the TV show and asked, “I want to call Wang Chen and Yu Ruize to invite them here as well, but I don’t have their contact information. Since it’s not through company channels, maybe it would be too sudden.”

Bai Xiaozhi was stunned, and took the initiative to say: “Wang Chen, I don’t know him, but Yu Ruize…I am very good friends with him.”

Yin Chang raised his eyes: “Really?”

Bai Xiaozhi: “Well, he has been resting these past two days. I also talked to him about the TV show last night. Do you want to get in touch? I can call him.”

Yin Chang cheerfully said: “Okay.”


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