Chen Xingyan turned around and smiled at the sight of Lin Sheng, “Thank you, Sheng Ge.”
“You’re quite cheeky. You’re aware that you make a lot of mistakes, so you’ve been doing favors for the director to make up for it. No wonder we haven’t heard him scold anyone.” Lin Sheng glanced at the director. The strongest and laziest ex-soldier It was obvious that the extra clothes and blanket on his body were from Chen Xingyan. “When it comes to acting, you are miles from Tangning, but when it comes to people, you are capable of coaxing even a simple props assistant. This is also considered a skill.”
Chen Xingyan felt a little guilty…
“You don’t actually need to practice in front of the mirror every day and do favors for people. You simply need to follow your instincts,” Lin Sheng stopped her from continuing. Before she even attended her audition, he had already looked through her information. The reason why he was so certain about picking Chen Xingyan was because the character was difficult for others, but he knew Chen Xingyan could do it effortlessly.
“Hehe, thank you, Sheng Ge.”
“It’s weird, you’re cheeky and opportunistic. I usually despise people like you. But, for some reason, I can’t seem to hate you. I think it’s just like I said earlier, this is a skill of yours. Keep it up,” Lin Sheng said before he patted her on the shoulder and left.
Chen Xingyan hugged the blanket on her body and jumped up in joy after receiving acknowledgment from Lin Sheng.
Everyone on set looked at her curiously after hearing her cheer, including An Zihao who had been standing in the distance for quite some time.
An Zihao did not approach her. He simply held onto the blanket in his hands and left; he had already seen the way that Lin Sheng cared about Chen Xingyan.
However, he misunderstood that Chen Xingyan was jumping in joy because of the way Lin Sheng treated her.
So, An Zihao did not notify Chen Xingyan of his visit. He simply snuck in and snuck back out.
Chen Xingyan did not see An Zihao, but after returning home from a long night, she noticed a bowl of fresh lychee in the middle of her apartment; An Zihao had definitely visited.
So, she gave him a phone call, “Stop acting chivalrous. Why didn’t you tell me that you dropped by?”
“Because I don’t want to,” An Zihao replied in a lazy tone as he lay in bed.
“Why are you acting so weird early in the morning. Go die,” Chen Xingyan yelled before hanging up the phone angrily.
An Zihao flipped over in bed. Even he didn’t understand why he was acting so moody around Chen Xingyan.
But, he felt it was for the best…
Two afternoons later.
Tangning was keeping Mo Ting company at Hai Rui. Mo Ting was to catch a flight at 5pm that afternoon and he wasn’t going to be by her side that night.
She had already forgotten the last time they had been separated. Ever since she got pregnant, apart from working, Mo Ting dedicated all his time to her. They were barely alone. Thinking of this, her heart began to ache.
Under the sunlight, her man appeared handsome and gentle; especially his diamond-like eyes which twinkled sharply, making him exceptionally dazzling and charming.
A moment later, Lu Che entered the office with some documents. Apart from documents that need Mo Ting’s signature, Lu Che also handed him an invitation, “President, you have been invited to the awards ceremony for the GXE International Screenwriter’s Competition. Song Xin has won a big award. Although she is newly signed to Hai Rui, the organizers sent the invite directly to you. Do you…”
Mo Ting gestured for Lu Che to divert the invite to Fang Yu without lifting his head, “Shouldn’t you know who to turn to about things like this?”
“Don’t forget my identity…”
Mo Ting was referring to his identity as Tangning’s personal manager. Plus, he was well aware that female artists in the agency often tried to find excuses to leave an impression in front of him.
“Vice President Fang seems to be trying to avoid suspicion too, so he told me to speak to you.”
From the looks of it, both men managed their female interaction well for the peace of mind of their women.
Tangning couldn’t help but laugh.
“If he won’t go, then throw the invitation in the bin,” Mo Ting instructed.
As a member of the unofficial wife-doting club, Lu Che did not want to attract this kind of trouble either, so, he directly threw the invitation in the bin.
“This is the first time I’ve witnessed you handling matters like this.”
“In that case, do you trust me?” It was also the first time that Mo Ting consulted Tangning on an issue like this.
Tangning looked into Mo Ting’s eyes. They had been married for a long time, but Tangning had never been jealous of another woman because Mo Ting had never done anything that made her feel uncomfortable.
The scene that just happened in front of her was the perfect example!
Tangning did not reply, but Mo Ting already knew the answer.
Meanwhile, Tangning was aware that Mo Ting deliberately waited until it was almost boarding time before he left Hai Rui – just so he could spend more time with her.
“Who is this Song Xin?” Tangning asked Lu Che after Mo Ting left.
Lu Che led Tangning to the underground parking lot as he replied, “A newly-signed artist.”
“The so-called ‘secret weapon’?”
Lu Che turned his head in surprise, “The madam has some well-informed sources. This new artist is indeed talented. She has also recently won an International Screenwriter Award…”
As they spoke, they arrived in the underground parking lot. However, just as Tangning stepped into her car, she heard a confident voice echo from behind her, “It is an honor to be mentioned by the famous Tangning.”
Tangning turned around to see a long curly-haired woman dressed in a black jacket, standing behind them with a wild vibe.
She was, after all, an artist of Hai Rui’s, so she possessed her own unique charm.
Tangning did not respond. To be exact, she never liked it when people self-invited themselves into a conversation.
Of course, the woman looked at Tangning with extreme interest. After quite some time, she finally said, “But, I must say, you’ve gotten old. After you give birth, will you only be capable of securing baby formula commercials?” “Song Xin!”
“I heard from a few friends in the baby formula industry that you are their number one choice for upcoming commercials. The Three Realms You should feel happy about this. You are about to receive an expensive endorsement opportunity,” Song Xin completely ignored Lu Che’s warning. As she rubbed her chin, she continued, “As for acting, I think you are almost at the stage of playing mother roles. What should we do? I can already imagine the image of you with curls in your hair as you discipline your children.”
“I know that Tangning is famous for having a good temper. So, I’m sure you won’t do anything to me for speaking the truth, will you?”
“Do we have a grudge between us?” Tangning couldn’t understand why this girl was suddenly provoking her.
“No! We’ve never met before,” Song Xin shrugged her shoulders, “However, I’m used to be being number one. So, I would never accept second place. Take this as a warning.”
“Song Xin, our Madam has already been in the industry for ten years…and you are just a newcomer.”
“She’s been in the industry for ten years and she’s only won one newcomer award?” Song Xin let out a laugh as she waved her hands at the two, “Hurry and go home. Seeing you walking around at almost 8 months pregnant makes me feel bad on your behalf. Although you are President Mo’s lover and taking away the best resources is your right, I will use my abilities to surpass you.”
Lu Che looked at Tangning anxiously, afraid that she would get angry. But, Tangning’s calm expression displayed to Lu Che that even if she was angry, she would not show it on her face.
“Remember what you have said today…”
“I will remember it clearly.”
Tangning looked deeply at Song Xin and examined her from head to toe. Her appearance wasn’t bad, but, people like her did not call the shots in the entertainment industry just because they were aggressive.
In reality, Song Xin’s heart was actually racing. Although she sounded confident, she was, after all, facing Tangning. Tangning had experienced many battles in the past, so a few simple words weren’t going to scare her.
Afterwards, Tangning boarded her car and Lu Che hopped into the driver’s seat. They then drove away, leaving Song Xin on her own smoking a cigarette, “What an interesting woman. Too bad she’s about to give birth.”
“Madam, just ignore Song Xin. She may be talented, but she’s much too arrogant.”
“The future belongs to the youngsters. She’s right, I’m not young anymore,” Tangning sighed.
“But…you’re only 27.”
27 was already an age where one wouldn’t gamble and play around recklessly. Especially since she was married to Mo Ting and was about to give birth to a child. From now on, battles within the entertainment industry would subconsciously become a weapon for protecting her family. She no longer enjoyed the glory and glamor that came with it.
“Have baby formula companies actually come looking for me?” Tangning was slightly offended by Song Xin’s words. Being called old: this was a weakness buried in the depths of every woman’s heart. No matter how hard they tried to hide it, it hurt with one small poke. After all, it was impossible to turn back time.
“No…” Lu Che replied firmly.
Tangning let out a gentle laugh; Lu Che had never been good at lying.
It didn’t take long before the two returned to Hyatt Regency. As it was already late, Auntie Bai had already prepared a healthy meal and was waiting for Tangning to return home.
“Xiao Ning, you forgot your phone at home. You had a few missed calls in the afternoon,” Auntie Bai said as she pointed to the bedroom upstairs.
Tangning fetched her phone and sat down at the dining table. Seeing that the missed calls were from Huo Jingjing, she immediately called her back. It had been a long time since they last talked.
As soon as she heard Huo Jingjing’s voice, Tangning’s expression immediately turned serious. She could sense that Huo Jingjing was upset, “What’s wrong?”
“It’s nothing. I’m just a bit tired from attending a dinner party. I originally wanted to visit you, but you weren’t home,” Huo Jingjing lightened up her voice and replied.
“Did you get into an argument with Fang Yu?” Tangning asked.
“You must have heard, Hai Rui recently signed on a ‘secret weapon’ called Song Xin, right?” Huo Jingjing suddenly mentioned. “She’s a fierce character.”
“Fang Yu was previously in charge of her matters, but he is, after all, a married man. So, for my sake, he decided to spread out the workload with others. However, I’m not sure if I am being paranoid, but I feel like Song Xin is a vengeful person and I’ve fallen into her trap,” Huo Jingjing said cautiously with a worried tone.
This made Tangning’s heart drop. Within the industry, Huo Jingjing had already experienced a lot. If even she felt something wasn’t right, then something was definitely off.
“Can you explain it to me in more detail?”
“Previously, when I met with a client in the hotel to discuss a job, my assistant suddenly disappeared from the room for a few minutes. I didn’t think too much of it at that time. But, during my lunch with Fang Yu this afternoon, Fang Yu suddenly received an image of the man and I all alone in a hotel room together.”
“I asked Fang Yu about it and he explained that he had received an anonymous email.”
“I’m sure Fang Yu knows the truth, so you don’t need to worry about it,” Tangning comforted. “Plus, you can’t suspect Song Xin based on an incident like this.”
“The only reason I’m suspecting Song Xin is because she warned me to be careful.”
“Be more cautious next time,” Tangning began to sound a bit wary.
“I’m fine. I feel a lot better now that I’ve gotten it off my chest.” On the other end of the phone, Huo Jingjing’s background began to sound a bit noisy, “I’m going to go now. I’m picking Xiao Yue up from school and it’s getting late.”
Huo Jingjing had a high status in Hai Rui. If Song Xin was highly ambitious, Huo Jingjing would definitely pose a threat to her.
But, it still wasn’t sure how Song Xin’s schemes were like.
For peace of mind, Tangning instructed Lu Che, “Send me all the information you have on Song Xin.”
“OK,” Lu Che replied.
Lu Che quickly returned to the agency. Apart from giving Song Xin a verbal warning, he also sent Tangning some information on her.
After dinner, Tangning lay on the sofa and looked through Song Xin’s information. It turned out, she had a pretty strong background. Three generations of her family had been famous!
That night, while Mo Ting wasn’t around, Tangning fell asleep in the living room and had a nightmare. In her nightmare, Song Xin was strangling her neck and kicking her stomach.
Tangning quickly awoke…
But, to her surprise, she was already back in bed and Mo Ting was by her side as promised.
Tangning immediately wrapped her arms around him to calm herself down, “I’m not dreaming, am I?”
“Silly,” Mo Ting patted her on the back of the head and hugged her tightly, “Hurry, it’s time to get up for breakfast.”
“Uh huh,” Tangning pulled away the bed covers to get out of bed. But, at this time, Mo Ting notified her softly, “Something happened to Huo Jingjing.” “What happened?” Tangning asked curiously, “We were just talking on the phone last night…”
Chen Xingyan turned around and smiled at the sight of Lin Sheng, “Thank you, Sheng Ge.”