At the moment, the son of a bitch who “bites the hand that feeds him” was holding Xu Xinyi’s hand and leaving the hotel with a cloudy face.
The people who had come to Qin Yan’s birthday banquet had all almost scattered. Now it was the dead of night. The resort hotel was still brightly lit but despite that the surroundings were quiet.
Xu Xinyi’s hand was held firmly by Yi Yang all the way until they reached the car. Then he let go of her hand as if he were waking up from a dream.
Having understood the general flow of tonight’s incident, the driver tactfully raised the divider to separate the front and rear of the car.
In the spacious back seat, Xu Xinyi rubbed her hand that was newly free from Yi Yang and winced. She was thinking about Yi Yang’s declaration that he would never divorce her. She asked carefully, “What you said just now, that you will never divorce me, did you mean that?”
–“Normally if he saw that scene where I deliberately angered Old Master Qin and smashed Qin Yan’s face Yi Yang would have some angry words to say. But just because I helped this time, he didn’t suddenly change his attitude towards me and fall madly in love, did he?”
–“It’s all over!”
Remembering the scene where she had sneered and acted all-powerful in front of Old Master Qin just now, Xu Xinyi felt regret.
–“If I had known it would cause him to fall so madly in love with me, I would never have interfered like that. I only took action because I didn’t want to be known forevermore as a person wearing a big green hat!”
Yi Yang swept her with a cold gaze, “I lied.”
Xu Xinyi breathed a sigh of relief.
–“…I’m relieved, but why do I feel so annoyed.”
She forced a look of mourning and sadness on her face. “But Yi Yang, I really don’t want to…”
Yi Yang interrupted her, “Xu Xinyi, thank you for everything you have done for me tonight.”
Xu Xinyi looked at him as if she had seen a ghost.
–“It turns out this man can speak human words?”
Yi Yang leaned back, looked up and closed his eyes. “If it wasn’t for you tonight, I might…”
–“There would have been no guarantee you could preserve your chastity!”
Xu Xinyi smiled. “It’s all right, it was as easy as raising a hand. Qin Yan loves you so, of course, I have to keep an eye on my rival. But husband, as you saw, those people have unclear intentions. So try to learn from this. In the future, you must keep your eyes open and no longer be deceived. It was fairly dangerous for you tonight.”
Yi Yang opened his eyes and stared at her heavily. In the darkness of the car his gaze was indecipherable. “Before this I always thought that just hearing a warning was empty and false, only seeing was believing. But now it seems that is not necessarily so. You can rest assured, I will pay more attention in the future.”
After a pause, he asked, “Xu Xinyi, will you lie to me like they did?”
With her woman’s intuition, Xu Xinyi could smell something unusual in Yi Yang’s words.
–“What does he mean by that? He wants to test me now? Started to doubt me? Did this man have a sudden change in character and now he’s beginning to be suspicious?”
She couldn’t commit to what he asked though. She had to leave herself a way out.
She weighed her words carefully and said, “Don’t think about it. Even if I deceive you, it would be a well-intentioned deception. I would never hurt you like those people.”
Her words were watertight!
–“Now, let’s see what else you want to ask.”
But Yi Yang just slowly withdrew his scrutinizing eyes and silently turned his head to look out the window. She did not know what he was thinking and on the rest of the way back to the Yi estate he never said another word.
An hour later, the car slowly pulled into the Yi estate.
When Butler Chen greeted them, Yi Yang asked, “Is grandfather asleep?”
“No, the Old Master is still up.”
Yi Yang nodded and turned to Xu Xinyi and said, “You go to bed first. I need to talk to my grandfather about something.”
Xu Xinyi knew he would want to report what happened tonight to the Old Master so she just nodded and headed up to her room with a yawn.
In the study, Yi Yang slowly recounted everything that had happened.
After hearing it, Old Master Yi heaved a deep sigh.
“What’s your plan?”
Yi Yang’s expression was cloudy and indistinguishable. “The cooperation between Yi Group and the Qin family will end here. Tonight’s matter will be handed over to the police.”
Old Master Yi took his glasses off from the bridge of his nose and looked at the grandson in front of him who was becoming more calm and moderate each time they met. The satisfaction in his eyes deepened. “The Qin family has not been doing very good recently. There have been mistakes in management and investment that have caused a lot of missed opportunities. Now that you have figured out what you want to do, do it. The Yi Group has been handed over to you and you are the one who has the final say. You don’t have to worry about grandpa’s opinion.”
“Understood, grandfather, then I’ll go first. You also rest early.”
Old Master Yi, looking at his outstanding young grandson, nodded happily.
Xu Xinyi did not pay much attention to the outcome of this matter. But the next day when Old Master Qin came to talk to Old Master Yi, it was only half an hour later that Old Master Qin left the Yi estate with an ugly face. She knew that the relationship between the two families had collapsed.
Old Master Yi was now recuperating at home. He had no hobbies to fill his time except fishing in the lake in the backyard of the villa every day.
Today, Xu Xinyi was accompanying him. She was listening to Old Master Yi reminiscing about the past he spent her grandfather, Mr. Xu, when she received a phone call from Anya, who said that the company had something urgent and needed her immediately.
Old Master Yi waved his hand, “OK, go ahead, work is more important.”
“Then I’ll come back to go fishing with you when I have the time.”
After going back to her room and changing her clothes, Xu Xinyi found Anya had arrived in her car to pick her up and clambered in.
“What? Drugged? Really? Are you kidding me? ” Driving the car, Anya’s jaw dropped after hearing Xu Xinyi’s description of last night’s incident.
Xinyi was bored and browsing Weibo. When she saw that she had no news on the Internet recently, she couldn’t help but feel disappointed. She didn’t look up from her phone and replied, “Would I lie to you? Of course it’s true. Did you know, the first time I saw that woman who felt so justified wanting to be a mistress, I thought she would be resourceful and ready to cope with any situation. But in the end it turned out she didn’t have a brain at all. How boring.”
“What about Yi Yang? How did he handle it? “
“What else could he have done with it? He called the police.”
“He called the police? But I haven’t the Yi family and the Qin family always been family friends? He was so merciless? “
“To tell you the truth, Old Master Qin came by this morning, but he left after half an hour. I think the relationship between the two families has come to an end. Which man can tolerate being drugged? It’s embarrassing.”
Anya agreed, “I suppose it is.”
“Last night I wanted to shine but it’s a pity the dress you gave me was a bit lacking.”
Anya seemed filled with regret, she hit the steering wheel and said. “You should have told me you were going to Qin Yan’s birthday party. I would have been sure to send you the brightest dress that would have let you dominate the whole venue!”
“Forget it, it’s over anyway. Save your dress for me to dominate a venue with for next time. By the way, do you know why the company is looking for me this time?”
“I don’t know. I also received a phone call out of the blue. We’ll know when we get to the company,” Anya frowned. “I feel that it’s probably not a good thing.”
The Yi estate was an hour’s drive from the company, plus another half an hour when rush hour was factored in.
Tianyu Entertainment was the company that Xu Xinyi had signed with as soon as she made her debut. Back then, she was not married to Yi Yang and it was only later that she got secretly married. The secret marriage was quite thorough and not even her company knew.
At the time, she had chosen this company because it had many famous stars and celebrities and it was one of the top companies in the entertainment industry.
But in recent years, the entertainment industry had changed rapidly, and there had been management problems at the top of the Tianyu. After every batch of changes, Tianyu was unable to retain people. Stars were leaving the company the moment their contracts expired one after another and there weren’t enough rising stars to fill the gaps. The companies’ status in the entertainment industry was getting worse day by day.
There was even news of layoffs this year.
After parking, the two went straight up to the director’s office.
Tianyu Entertainment Director was a man surnamed Zhao. His hairline had long receded to the back of his head and he was enduring the crises faced by most middle-aged people, getting fat and bald.
Seeing the two people coming, Director Zhao invited them in with more enthusiasm than ever before.
“Xinyi, Anya, you’re both here? Come in, sit down.”
Xu Xinyi and Anya exchanged a look.
This attitude of his was somewhat abnormal.
“Director Zhao, you asked Xinyi and I to come here today. What’s the matter?”
Director Zhao personally poured tea for them and said with a smile, “It’s no big deal. Didn’t Xinyi just finish filming one of her projects recently? Let me ask, do you have any new projects lined up? There is something I want to discuss with you. “
Xu Xinyi looked at his face, Director Zhao was already old, fat, and bald but he still liked to dawdle like this? She was too impatient to bother dancing around the subject with him. “Director Zhao, just say what you have to say.”
Director Zhao thought for a moment and said, “OK, then I won’t beat around the bush with you. The thing is, the company has had a meeting these two days and decided to repackage you and change your image…”
“Change my image?”
“Right. Xinyi, as you know, there is too much negative news surrounding you, which is not conducive to your future development. So the company decided to focus on supporting you in the near future. They set up a special team to reformulate your image and to draw up a set of plans for you. For you, the company has invested a lot of manpower and material resources, so we need you to do a good job. “
Xu Xinyi’s first reaction was disbelief. Her second reaction was that she was being cheated somehow.
She smiled coldly and said, “Then I’ll thank you in advance for the company’s cultivation.”
“You are one of the companies’ entertainers. It’s only right for the company to cultivate you, but …” Director Zhao chuckled, “The company values your potential and thinks that your personality is very suitable for variety shows, so the company hopes that you will develop into variety shows in the future. But to do this, the role of the heroine in the movie “The Way of the Phoenix” that you took on before may need to be changed.”
Xu Xinyi could read between the lines.
She could see why the company was acting so abnormal. They said they wanted to support her and help whitewash her image but it turned out that they just wanted to take the role in the movie “The Way of the Phoenix” from her.
Although Director Zhao was very ugly it seemed he dreamed very beautifully.
They wanted to steal a show from her?
Xu Xinyi leaned back. Take it if you can then, if you succeed I’ll even call you my father.
Anya was not as calm as Xu Xinyi and immediately became angry. “Director Zhao, what do you mean? That script was originally agreed to be given to Xinyi but now you suddenly want to change your mind?”
“What do you mean by ‘suddenly changing my mind?’ As I said just now, the company wants to push Xinyi on the variety show route, which will make it easier to attract fans. Once she is doing variety shows, where will she find the time to go off to some film crew to shoot? The company is thinking for the good of Xinyi’s career but you, ah, you only want to look at immediate interests. This is because you are still inexperienced!”
“Variety shows?” Anya said angrily, “Director Zhao, Xinyi has not been doing variety shows since she signed with the company. Now you want to ask her to abandon all her previous efforts and start again in variety shows?”
“This is the best arrangement!”
Anya sneered. “What’s the best arrangement? Don’t be such a hypocrite. Come on, who did you give the lead role in “The Way of the Phoenix” to?
Director Zhao looked at Xu Xinyi. He suppressed his anger, swallowed, and said, “The company thinks that Hanxing is very suitable for the role. This was decided by the company after careful consideration.”
“Li Hanxing?” Anya laughed angrily. “What kind of acting ability does she have?”
Xinyi tugged Anya’s sleeve and motioned for her to calm down and sit down.
As a villainess and vicious female character, at times like this she needs to be calm.
“Director Zhao, I don’t want the cultivation from the company. I like acting and I plan to only work as an actress. Variety shows are not suitable for me.”
Director Zhao pressed on with his nonsense, “This is the result of an evaluation of you by entertainment professionals. You should trust the company’s decision. The company would not do anything to sabotage you!”
“So, the matter has been decided?”
“Yes, it has been decided.”
Xu Xinyi sneered, “Director Zhao, since it has been decided, why discuss it with me? Just tell me directly. I don’t care how much the boss likes Li Hanxing. No one will snatch a role from me.
Director Zhao also got angry and said, “Xu Xinyi, this is the arrangement from the company. You are an employee of this company and you will obey the orders of the company. This is settled!”
“Settled?” Xu Xinyi stood up and spoke calmly. “Do you think I don’t know what’s going on? Do you think I’m still some newcomer in the entertainment industry who doesn’t know anything? I don’t care whose bed that Li Hanxing climbed into but I’ll tell you right now, any bitch that dares to fight with me for this role, I’ll tear her to pieces!”
Daring to rob Han Xiao from her, was she tired of living?
Director Zhao did not expect for Xu Xinyi to carelessly mention about climbing the bed, he rubbed his hands together uncomfortably and pointed at Xu Xinyi, “Xu Xinyi, don’t think you can fight with me because you are a little famous. Just accept the companies’ arrangement for you. If you dare step out of line, do you believe that the company will bury you?”
Xu Xinyi got up and sneered at him with disdain. “Ok, then I’ll just terminate my contract. I’d really like to see if Li Hanxing can get this role.”
With that, she gave Anya a look, and the two pushed the door open and left.
“Xu Xinyi, are you turning your back on me? I’m telling you, there’s no future for you! If you don’t accept this now, then I’ll see you buried!”
Xu Xinyi walked out in a good mood. Anya was so angry that she wanted to turn around and find Director Zhao to scold him for three hundred rounds. But Xu Xinyi grabbed her and dragged her along.
“He’s too much! What the hell?! Xinyi, cancel your contract! Your contract must be terminated! They want to rob your role because ‘you’re more suited for variety shows?’ They will really just make up any high-sounding reason, it’s disgusting! “
“Come on, don’t be angry over a small villain like him. I’ll have my lawyer come over in a couple of days to talk about the termination of the contract. I don’t want to stay in this kind of garbage company anymore.”
“But you’ll have to pay a lot of money if you cancel your contract…”
“It’s just a termination fee. I can afford it.”
“That’s right,” Anya smiled. “You’re so rich and I’m over here worrying about your termination fee.”
The elevator door opened.
Xu Xinyi feet paused.
The elevator was crowded with people. They were all young, vibrant, sunny. Each of them was a tall and light skinned handsome guy.
At a glance their average age could be no more than 22 years old.
“Hello, Sister Xinyi.” They greeted unison.
Xu Xinyi took a moment to take in the view inside the elevator, a touch of redness dyed her skin from her neck up to the tips of her ear, and she gave a gentle smile before saying. “You all go down first.”
“Alright, Sister Xinyi.”
The elevator door slowly closed and then the elevator descended.
Xu Xinyi turned and asked Anya, “Who was that in the elevator just now…”
“It’s the new male idol group that the company launched before. Why?”
Xu Xinyi was silent.
For a while, she frowned. After seriously pondering, she asked, “How much would it cost for me to buy this company?”