After four years of silence, Xu Weiyin suddenly returned to China with her son. The airport photos caused a sensation online.
The fans were divided into three categories.
The newcomers to the entertainment industry, like Jiang Nian, who had not heard much about Xu Weiyin before so they were dismissive of this.
The second group were Xu Weiyin’s fans from four years ago, although they knew people were not as interested in her now, they firmly believed that the former Movie Queen Xu Weiyin would be able to regain the glory of the past.
The third group were the fans who were not interested in her. They had seen her four years ago and they had watched the changes from the past four years. The entertainment industry had changed so quickly. So what if Xu Weiyin came back at this point? She was not irreplaceable.
The second group was busy quarreling with the third group.
But in any case, there was a battle brewing surrounding Xu Weiyin’s return.
Unfortunately, just as everyone was looking forward to Xu Weiyin’s return to the entertainment industry, a month passed, then two months passed, and there was no news at all.
The photos from the airport two months ago were like a stone falling into a calm lake, causing a moment of ripples, but then there was no sound after and the water went still.
Xu Weiyin was calm, and Xu Xinyi, who was far away in the Film City, was also calm. As usual, she would film during the day and she would make a video call to Yi Yang at night. Although she was full of excitement and expectation for Xu Weiyin’s return to China, she was still an actress with professional ethics.
Even if the sky fell, it would have to wait for her to finish shooting the TV series.
“Xinyi, come here and look at this child.”
A child? Xu Xinyi looked over.
There was a child in an ancient costume, he was about three or four years old and had a pair of clear eyes. He looked at her intently and seemed very well-behaved.
“Who is this?”
Director Xu said half-jokingly: “You and Han Xiao’s son.”
Han Xiao, who was reading the script on one side, walked over.
“Alright, I won’t tease you anymore. This is the child between Qi Mingyue and Zhao Jingheng. You two hurry up and get ready for your final scene later.”
Xu Xinyi glared at Director Xu and squatted down and pinched the child’s soft little face. “What’s your name, little friend? How old are you?”
The child’s voice was soft and waxy, but he was still struggling to articulate and speak clearly, which sounded very cute.
“My name is Zhou Chengcheng. I am three years old this year.”
“Do you know what we’re doing later?”
“Yes,” the child said obediently, “acting.”
“You even know how to act?”
“I learned it from my mother.”
“What a good boy!”
Three or four-year-old children were really cute, neither fussy nor annoying. Xu Xinyi wondered if Xu Weiyin’s son was as cute as this.
The staff on set were ready to shoot.
Xu Xinyi was slowly rocking on a swing while holding the lovely child in her arms.
The winter sun was just right for the scene, throwing a touch of refreshing warmth into the barren imperial garden.
The light sound of a child singing wafted out of the garden and the camera panned over to the garden. Han Xiao, dressed in brocade robes, stopped when he heard the song, and the eunuchs and bodyguards who followed him all retreated one after another.
He stepped silently into the royal garden.
In his dark pupil’s only the beauty on the swing was reflected.
The camera pulled up, panning past the two actors and crossing the top of a branch. On the branch were two doves.
The silvery peal of a child’s laughter came up from the garden.
“Cut–” Director Xu stood up and applauded, “Pass! Xinyi that’s a wrap!”
Han Xiao gave Xu Xinyi a bouquet of flowers and gave her a big hug to congratulate her on her success.
Xu Xinyi was holding the large bouquet of roses with mixed feelings in her heart. “Thank you for taking care of me all this time.”
Director Xu came forward, “If we’re saying thank you, it would be more right for me to say it. Thank you for playing Qi Mingyue. If you have the opportunity in the future, we should cooperate again.”
That night, Xu Xinyi invited the whole crew to dinner. She was very happy during this period of filming, since there had been very little intrigue among the cast members. If she had the chance, she really wanted to work with Director Xu again.
Before the end of dinner, Han Xiao stopped her especially.
This was the way things were in the entertainment industry. While acting together, people would get along with each other day and night for several months. But after the acting was done, they would hardly meet each other.
“Get in touch again when you have a chance.”
Xu Xinyi was stunned but then she smiled and said, “Sure.”
The next day, Xu Xinyi did not stay with the crew for very long, she took Jiang Nian and her group of people directly back to City A.
She didn’t bother notifying anyone at home ahead of time.
She asked Anya to temporarily find somewhere for Jiang Nian to live and then talk to him about signing a contract after settling his things with Tianyu.
Jiang Nian made an agreeing noise.
“What’s the matter? Look at the sullen look on your face.” Xu Xinyi laughed.
After settling Jiang Nian, Xu Xinyi asked Anya to take her home.
Xu Xinyi rubbed her the space between her brows wearily and shook her head. She seemed like she wanted to say something but: “…nevermind.”
Anya turned the steering wheel.
“No,” Xu Xinyi stopped her. “Don’t go to the Yi estate, take me to Lanting.”
Anya joked, “What’s going on? In the past, after shooting you would want to fly back to Yi Yang right away, but why don’t you want to see him today?”
Xu Xinyi stared out of the window, her face was calm but it was impossible to tell what she was thinking.
The long silence made Anya feel that something was wrong.
“What’s the matter with you?”
Xu Xinyi sighed. “Do you know Xu Weiyin?”
“Of course I do. It seems that she returned to China more than two months ago with a child and has been silent for two months. But then two days ago, she went on an interview program, and related her experiences from those years she was missing, she sounded very pitiful. Why do you ask?”
“Pitiful?” Xu Xinyi smiled coldly. “Is she as pitiful as me?”
The more she spoke, the stranger Xu Xinyi’s expression got.
“What’s the matter with you?”
“Anya, do you know? Xu Weiyin and Yi Yang used to know each other.”
“Know each other?” Anya was surprised. “What do you mean by know each other?”
If it were just a common relationship, Xu Xinyi would not look so grim.
Could it be…
But why had she never heard of it?
“They used to seem very close.”
“Seem? Xinyi, you need to know this kind of thing clearly. Don’t just go crazy in your own head.”
Xu Xinyi had a lonely look written all over her face, “You don’t understand, Yi Yang and Xu Weiyin used to…”
She closed her eyes as if in pain and didn’t seem to want to go on.
Anya tightly gripped the steering wheel and asked, “Used to?”
Xu Xinyi covered her face and spoke in a choked up voice. “Don’t ask, I don’t want to talk about it. This time Xu Weiyin came back with her son and, Anya, that child is probably Yi Yang’s!”
“Yi Yang’s?” Anya was shocked and wanted to comfort Xu Xinyi, but she didn’t know what to say.
She was used to playing around among the flowers and she had never paid so much attention to a single man the way Xu Xinyi did.
If her man had another woman, and that woman had a child, she would have kicked the dog man to the curb and wouldn’t let herself feel the slightest annoyance. But she knew Xu Xinyi wasn’t the same.
“No, how do you know it’s Yi Yang child? Did Yi Yang tell you that? Or did you find something out yourself?”
“Other people can’t see it, but I can see clearly that the child and Yi Yang are printed from the same mold!”
Printed from the same mold?
Anya recalled the child’s appearance doubtfully.
They weren’t that similar, were they?
Just where did they look alike?
“Anya, you must help me!”
“Just say it, I’ll help.”
“You call her out for me.”
“You want me to make an appointment?”
“Yes!” Xu Xinyi said seriously and calmly, “I want to talk to her.”
“Talk? That’s not… Xinyi, please calm down and listen to me. This matter is not clear yet so don’t be impulsive. Can’t you ask Yi Yang first? We shouldn’t act until we find out for sure about the baby.”
“Ask?” Xu Xinyi looked at her sadly and angrily. “What else is not clear! Yi Yang was her classmate when she was in college. A lonely man and woman together for a long time, love will inevitably grow, or else, how could she have Yi Yang’s children?”
“Wait a minute…” The more Anya heard, the more she felt that something was wrong. “Do you have any evidence to prove that the child is Yi Yang’s?”
But Xu Xinyi didn’t seem to be listening to her and was immersed in her own world. “I will never let her destroy my marriage with Yi Yang! Anya, please call her out for me as soon as possible. I want to talk to her! “
“You won’t help me?”
“Yes! Of course I’ll help. I’ll find a way to get in touch with her and ask her to meet with you, okay?”
Xu Xinyi spoke with tears in her eyes. “Thank you, Anya.”
She had learned this trick from the novel she had been studying.
That was what a vicious woman did.
They were arrogant and domineering, impulsive and stupid, they would not investigate the truth of things, but would blindly believe what they see. They would only believe what they were wanted to believe, especially in matters regarding the heroine, and they would run heroically forward all the way to death.
Xu Xinyi believed that it wouldn’t be long before Yi Yang would thoroughly hate her.
And divorce her!
Wasn’t that what happened in novels? She just had to act like a woman who would do anything for Yi Yang!
When she thought about it… it… it was seamless!
Anya was reliable and informed her by phone two days later that she had successfully made an appointment with Xu Weiyin in a coffee shop.
That day, Xu Xinyi showed up to the appointment with heavy makeup and bright red lips. She was carrying the latest global limited edition Louis Vuitton bag and wearing dark sunglasses.
Xu Xinyi pushed open the door of the coffee shop and saw a gentle, low-key woman sitting in the corner.
But Xu Xinyi knew that this was all just a disguise of saintly motherhood Xu Weiyin was using now that she had a child.
For a few years, she would be quiet, would not fight, would not rob scripts, and would generally be like the gentle white moonlight of the night sky.
She was a man’s favorite type of woman, the type that knew when to frown and smile. She could fully stimulate a man’s possessiveness, sentimentality, and even arouse a man’s desire to protect.
She was the type of woman who was unforgettable after a single glance.
She walked up to Xu Weiyin and spoke angrily. “There you are! How much do you want to leave Yi Yang?”
Xu Weiyin was stunned, “Are you Xinyi? I’ve heard of you. Hello, my name is Xu Weiyin.”
Xu Weiyin extended a friendly hand for a handshake.
Xu Xinyi glanced contemptuously at her hand and did not shake it. She just directly sat down in front of her.
The two people seemed to be two types of extremes.
“You made this appointment. Is there something I can do for you?”
“Of course there is,” Xu Xinyi took off her sunglasses and put her limited-edition bag on the table, looking for all the world like she was rolling in money. “I heard that you brought a child home. Tell me, who is the father of the child? Is it Yi Yang?”
At the mention of this name, Xu Weiyin seemed slightly in a trance, as if she was trapped in the memories of the past.
She didn’t say anything.
The long silence made Xu Xinyi very angry.
“Is it really Yi Yang’s? Xu Weiyin, you have so many schemes. You want to use your child as a bargaining chip to marry into the Yi family, don’t you? “
“I don’t understand what Miss Xu means.”
“You don’t understand? Don’t pretend with me. You think I don’t know what you’re thinking, but I’m telling you, Yi Yang and I have already been married for two years. Do you think Yi Yang’s elders will let a mistress into the Yi household?”
“You and Yi Yang… married?”
Looking at Xu Weiyin’s surprised expression, Xu Xinyi raised her chin proudly. “Don’t you just want money? If you want money, I’ll give it to you. Come on, how much do you want in order to leave Yi Yang and disappear with your child?”
Xu Weiyin quickly rearranged her expression. She lowered her eyes with a gentle smile. “Is this what Miss Xu wanted to talk to me about?”
“What else? Or maybe you want to get into showbiz? It doesn’t matter. I can introduce you to some people. It won’t be a problem to support yourself and your son, as long as you keep the secret in your heart.”
Xu Weiyin was silent and did not speak.
Sitting there, she was like a small white flower and seemed at peace with the rest of the world.
Xu Xinyi’s brows furrowed slightly.
Why did it feel like this little white flower was putting on a better performance than her?
She couldn’t lose!
When playing the role of her vicious woman, she must not lose to a little white flower!
Xu Xinyi took a silver card out of her bag and tossed it in front of Xu Weiyin. Trying to use a bit of stinking money to suppress the woman in front of her.
“The money on that card is enough for the rest of your life. As a human, you should know when to be content and not be too greedy.”
Xu Weiyin ignored the silver card, as if dismissing it.
“You tell me, how much do you want to leave Yi Yang?”
Xu Weiyin said, “50 million.”
“50 million?” Xu Xinyi smiled, “So you admit that the child is Yi Yang’s? Are you sure you can leave Yi Yang for 50 million? “
Xu Weiyin looked at Xu Xinyi and smiled, which could be regarded as agreement.
The two stared hard at each other, neither giving way.
A second passed by, then two.
Suddenly Xu Xinyi took back the silver card on the table, stood up leisurely, and picked up her newly bought limited edition Louis Vuitton bag. Then, under Xu Weiyin’s puzzled eyes, she said, “I wish you happiness.”
She cleanly turned around.
Was the dog man worth it?