At the moment she saw Yi Yang, Xu Xinyi was very calm.
She knew in her heart that now things were at this point, she couldn’t afford to panic.
First, she sent the makeup artist to wait in the dressing room. Then she walked up Yi Yang with furrowed brows. “What are you doing here?”
Her tone seemed to be not very welcoming of Yi Yang’s arrival and was full of misgivings.
“Didn’t you keep saying on the phone that you want me to come and see you? What? Aren’t you happy that I’m here?” As he spoke, Yi Yang gave a faint look over at Zhao Bin, his assistant who was walking over after parking the car.
Zhao Bin understood the glance and stopped moving.
Xu Xinyi looked at Yi Yang’s face that desperately needed to be taught a lesson. She didn’t know where she found such superhuman willpower, but she managed to control herself and didn’t go grab a stick and crack open the son of a bitch’s head.
–“I don’t usually see you being so proactive. I mention in passing that I miss you and now you show up without a word in advance. Clearly you have bad intentions, this dog man must be trying to harm me!”
“That’s not what I meant!” Xu Xinyi lowered her voice, surreptitiously glanced around, and then hurriedly tried to drag him to a place where there was no one around. “Go to the hotel and wait for me. I’ll go ask for a leave from the director and I come see you right away.”
–“Are you kidding me? If people find out about my relationship with this dog man, how will I live?”
“Do we still need to hide it when we meet?” Yi Yang didn’t move.
There was a smile on Xu Xinyi’s face that said ‘I’m doing this all for you’ and Xu Xinyi said painstakingly, “Honey, I know you miss me, so you’ve come to see me, but our relationship as husband and wife hasn’t been made public yet and the set always has crew members coming and going. If we are photographed, it will be troublesome.”
Yi Yang frowned. “You don’t have to bother about this.”
“…I know what you mean. You want to support me in the crew and make sure no one dares to bully me in the future, but now there are too many people on the internet who are jealous of me and they spare no effort to smear me, so I don’t have a very good reputation. Honey, I don’t want to involve you and let you be scolded alongside me. Tell you what, after I’ve clear my bad reputation, we can openly tell everyone about our relationship, okay?”
Yi Yang said meaningfully, “I don’t mind that.”
–“You don’t mind? But I mind! Dog man, do you hear me? I mind!”
Although a hundred ways to murder Yi Yang flashed through her mind, Xu Xinyi still acted gratefully. She seemed almost moved to tears by Yi Yang’s words and said excitedly, “But I mind! I have tasted the bitter taste of being constantly scolded. I don’t want you to bear it with me. And if it affects you, grandpa will…”
“Grandfather won’t mind.”
Xu Xinyi instantly switched track, “Even if grandpa doesn’t mind, mom will…”
“Mom has been saying recently that she wants to come here to Film City and see you. She has changed her mind a lot about you. I don’t think mom will mind either.”
With that said, Yi Yang motioned for them to go inside and began walking.
Xu Xinyi was anxious and hugged his arm to try to pull him back but his stride was rock solid and could not to be deterred by her meagre strength.
Yi Yang looked down at her with a pair of puzzled eyes.
Xu Xinyi racked her brains to think of an excuse, “No, that’s not it, it’s… the thing is, uhh… the people of the crew are all very kind. They are actually quite nice to me and I get along well with them. But now you want to expose the relationship between us. Who are you? You are the president of the Yi Group!”
Yi Yang watched her performance.
As if she had a sudden breakthrough, Xu Xinyi began to speak quickly and praise him incessantly, “You are the hero who manages Yi Group perfectly despite your young age. In our City A, you are a famous existence. Who doesn’t respect you and give you some face? If they know that I am your wife, then they will certainly not be able to get along with me as well as before, and their attitudes will become more stiff and formal. On set there will be a Mrs. Yi on the left and a Director Xu on the right. How uncomfortable will it make it for them to work?”
After hearing her out, Yi Yang asked, “Is that right? So, you’re saying you don’t want me to disclose my relationship with you?”
“Oh, I told you, it’s not that I don’t want to. It’s just not the right time.” Xu Xinyi was hugging his arm, she seemed like a mentally disabled child dangling there to and fro, and her voice was so whiny and cloying that it gave him goosebumps. “Honey, just listen to me for once, will you?”
As soon as Yi Yang heard her speak purposefully sickly sweet tone, he felt uncomfortable and pulled his arm out of her hands with a look of disgust. “Alright, I understand.”
Xu Xinyi breathed a sigh of relief. “Then why don’t you go to the hotel and wait for me. I’ll be right back.”
“No.” Yi Yang was still going to the set.
Xu Xinyi grabbed him again and said, “What are you doing?”
–“If this dog man insists on blowing things up today, I swear I will die together with him!”
Yi Yang looked at her helplessly and said, “As an investor, I can’t come all the way here and then not have a look.”
Xu Xinyi’s grip on his clothes loosened.
–“Tch~ it turned out you were an investor.”
“Wait, when did you become an investor?”
Yi Yang casually smoothed out the corner of his clothes that Xu Xinyi was tugging on and said, “It has nothing to do with you.”
“How much did you invest?”
–“Evil capitalists throw out 30 million without blinking an eye!”
Wait, 30 million?
Xu Xinyi seemed to have a sudden inspiration, she pulled on him even tighter and looked at him pitifully, as if she had been greatly aggrieved, “Husband, someone bullied your wife!”
“Is there really anyone who can bully you?”
Xu Xinyi nodded. “He is also one of the investors. I heard that he had invested a lot of money and that he is Li Hanxing’s Gold Master*. He came here today to avenge Li Hanxing and deliberately asked me to act for him. Later, he will definitely pick on me, and try to embarrass and humiliate me! “
“Husband~” Xu Xinyi twisted and writhed against his arm.
Yi Yang plucked her forehead to have her get away from him. He sounded disgusted to death, “Speak normally.”
Xu Xinyi changed her face in a second. “You have to help me later. If he hits me in the face, it’s the same as him hitting you in the face. If he makes things difficult for me you just… just buy his company and let him cool down!”
Yi Yang almost laughed in anger.
What went on in her mind all day long?
“Are you done?”
Xu Xinyi was fearless. “If you don’t help me, I’ll tell grandpa that you didn’t help me and you even just watched while others bullied me!”
“…” Yi Yang turned and walked away expressionlessly.
On the set Mr. Sun and Li Hanxing sat together and were talking very closely, from time to time there were muffled laughs.
Director Xu spoke to Han Xiao on one side, “You and Xinyi should both already be prepared for this scene. We’ll try to get it all done in one take.” He looked over in Mr. Sun’s general direction. “Some people are just here to stir trouble, you and Xinyi should both pay more attention.”
Han Xiao had been in the entertainment industry for many years and he could understand the relationship between Mr. Sun and Li Hanxing at a glance.
What’s more, during these past few days, Li Hanxing had been courting him from time to time. Occasionally at night, she would deliberately knock on his door, dressed scantily, with obvious intentions. It was annoying him.
Such a woman, even if she could pretend in front of outsiders, her hypocrisy and greed would show through in her eyes.
He lowered his head thoughtfully. “I’ll pay attention later.”
Seeing Director Xu and Han Xiao studying the script, Li Hanxing’s smiling face suddenly fell and she sighed.
“What’s the matter, baby?” Unfortunately, they were in public. If they were in a private space, Mr. Sun would have already put his arms around Li Hanxing.
Li Hanxing pouted and pretended to be sad. “It’s nothing. I just think people nowadays all blow with the wind. It’s boring.”
“Follow the wind?” Mr. Sun looked in the direction of Director Xu and said, “Are they bullying you?”
“No, don’t worry about it.”
“I’m here for you. What else do you have to worry about? Apart from that Xu Xinyi you mentioned on the phone last night, tell me, who else bullied you? I’ll clean them up for you today! “
Li Hanxing looked at Mr. Sun with a smile but then seemed to worry, “Boss Sun, you don’t have to be so kind. I am just a small third-line starlet. To be able to get the care of Boss Sun and this third female lead role already make me very grateful to you. You don’t have to fight with them for me.”
Seeing a beauty act coquettish and considerate some men would instantly become animals who could only think with their lower bodies.
“Baby, it really hurts me to see you like this. Don’t be afraid. If someone bullies you, just tell me, and I’ll stand up for you!”
Li Hanxing looked at General Manager Sun with sadness in her eyes. “In fact, no one bullied me. Sister Xinyi usually speaks badly, but she is just like that and I know I shouldn’t mess with her. I just feel like my acting skills are not that bad but Director Xu will always have me NG 20 or 30 times just to let others laugh at me for nothing.”
“OK, I’ll talk to Director Xu later and tell him not to embarrass you.”
“Of course, I mean it. And as for that Xu Xinyi, I’ll sort her out today!”
As soon as the words fell, Yi Yang walked in from the outside and happened to hear the heroic words Mr. Sun said in front of the beauty.
“Mr. Sun is so majestic.”
Mr. Sun looked over following the sound, and when he saw Yi Yang, he was surprised and stood up busily, “President Yi, what are you doing here?”
Director Xu was attracted by Mr. Sun’s voice. He had the honor to meet Yi Yang before the crew started filming and he had a good impression of this rich third generation who was born with a golden spoon. He knew that this big investor had never been involved in the entertainment industry so Director Xu was surprised for a long time when he suddenly appeared and spent a lot of money.
“President Yi, why didn’t you tell me you were coming in advance?” Director Xu came forward and shook hands with Yi Yang generously.
Yi Yang looked around and sat down impolitely on a chair arranged by the staff. He was not squeamish at all, instead his posture was leisurely and he leaned back in the seat like it was his own home. Then he looked at the people standing around with an indifferent expression. There were a thousand miles of alienation engraved onto his face.
If Xu Xinyi had seen it, she would probably have scolded him again for ‘acting so pretentious’.
“I just came to have a look. I don’t think my presence will disturb Director Xu’s filming, will it?”
A staff member brought over a glass of water but was rejected by Zhao Bin who said. “Sorry, our boss won’t drink that.”
Director Xu said with a smile, “Of course not.”
Yi Yang looked at Mr. Sun and asked knowingly, “Mr. Sun is also here?”
Mr. Sun said with a smile, “Just like President Yi, I also came to look at the shooting progress of the crew. If I had known President Yi was coming, I would have waited for President Yi and we could have come together.”
Yi Yang’s presence was indomitable.
Li Hanxing blushed when she saw Yi Yang.
If there was no comparison, there would be no harm. But how can a beautiful woman not love a handsome man?
Mr. Sun was bald, had a big belly, and he had the coppery smell of a suddenly rich businessman. On the contrary, Yi Yang, who’s company monopolized many industries, was not inferior in either appearance or figure when compared with Han Xiao.
Li Hanxing secretly rejoiced that she had dressed up today. Wouldn’t it be easy for her to capture the heart of a man with her appearance and her figure?
If she could really get the favor of the famous CEO Yi, then she would be able to have whatever she wanted in the future.
When she thought of this, her face flushed a little deeper.
“Hello, President Yi. My name is Li Hanxing. I have admired you for a long time. I am honored to meet you here today.”
Her tone was delicate and carried a subtle undercurrent and she offered her hand to shake.
But in Yi Yang’s eyes her skills were not even a thousandth as good as Xu Xinyi’s.
Yi Yang glanced at the slender jade hand that was outstretched, but then turned a deaf ear and said to Director Xu as if nothing had happened, “Director Xu, don’t worry about me, I know you are busy with filming.”
Li Hanxing froze in place and then slowly took her hand back.
But no one cared about her embarrassment.
Director Xu said: “Mr. Sun said he wanted to see the crew filming. Now, we are all waiting for Xinyi to put on makeup.”
Yi Yang gave Mr. Sun a cold glare. “Mr. Sun sure is in a good mood.”
Mr. Sun was also an old fox who swam in the business world for many years. He was good at judging a person’s face and tone, so he felt doubt in his heart, he had not offended Yi Yang. But why did he feel that this person came with bad intentions?
“President Yi, let me introduce you. These are the staff of our crew, these are the actors of our crew, and this is the leading actor of our crew, Han Xiao.”
Through the crowd, Yi Yang glanced at Han Xiao.
Seeming to feel his gaze, Han Xiao also looked up and met Yi Yang’s eyes.
Their eyes converged, criss-crossed in mid-air, and set off a storm of sparks.
Yi Yang got up and walked over to Han Xiao and said, “I won’t bother Director Xu to introduce you. I’ve heard of this Mr. Han. He bought a house in Lanting some time ago and I heard the people below mentioning it.”
“I’ve also heard a lot about Mr. Yi.”
The two men shook hands with expressionless faces.
It was obviously the polite words of two people who had never met before, but for some reason it gave others the feeling that they were two enemies that had not seen each other for many years meeting again.
Yi Yang looked at Han Xiao expressionlessly. When he thought of Xu Xinyi looking forward to the kissing scene, the nude scene, the passionate drama, his eyes narrowed slightly and his face gradually turned cloudy.
*’gold master’ is pretty self-evident, right? Like ‘backer’ or ‘sugar daddy’ or whatever.
End of part 1. I don’t think I’ll ever have to split another chapter like I did with this one again. I wouldn’t even want to split this one since I don’t really feel like 6k words is ‘unreasonably’ long for a single chapter but this is the third super sized chapter in a row and I could barely keep up my daily uploads because of it. So, at the end of the day, I decided to split it in two. Sorry to my readers and Patreons.
It probably shouldn’t happen again. I’ve looked ahead and the only other chapters that are as big as this one are chapters 81 and 84 which are still a ways off haha