Luo Jie x Anya
Anya’s family was fairly well-off. Her father was a small but well-known businessman, and her mother was a clever housewife. She was their only daughter so she always received the exclusive love of both her parents.
Back then, when she was still young, she always had whatever she wanted, she was carefree, and she thought that she must have been the happiest person in the world.
Later, the home their family stayed in went from a small two-room apartment up to a bigger and more luxurious apartment, and finally up again to a big villa. Over the years her father’s business had become bigger and bigger, and the house had become bigger and bigger alongside it. However, gradually, rumors appeared that he was keeping a lover outside.
When she heard that ridiculous rumor, Anya had scoffed. That night, she had even told her parents about it at the dinner table incredulously. Her father had smiled and told her not to listen to random rumors outside, while her mother had gently put some more food in her bowl for her.
The whole family had smiled and laughed, just like before.
So the next day when someone was still gossiping in front of her, Anya turned a deaf ear to what they were saying and didn’t believe a word.
That went on until, one day when she and her friends had gone out to the mall to buy a holiday gift for their teacher, she happened to see her father enter a luxury store with a beautiful young woman on his arm.
When the young Anya saw that, she quickly ran over to that woman, threw paint all over her, and told her to stay away from her father.
When she ran up with the paint, her father just watched from the side and, when she had finished venting, he pulled her aside and comforted her. He said to her, “Daddy was wrong. I promise I will never have anything to do with these unruly women again. You will always be your daddy’s favorite little princess.”
And just like that, the little princess believed her father happily. That was until another day came when she saw her father holding another woman outside again, and she knew she had been deceived.
Not only had she been deceived, but her mother had been as well.
In a fit of rage, she had gone to tell her mother all about it. She wanted to tell her mother that the man who always said that he loved her actually had a lot of mistresses outside, and that man didn’t deserve her mother’s love at all.
But her mother just listened quietly to her hysterics, then calmly told her that all people had their own ways of living their lives, and this was the way she and her husband had agreed to live.
Not interfering with each other, and not disturbing each other.
Her mother went on to tell her that Anya because she used to be young, she had always kept this from her, but now that she had grown up she should learn to accept that not all parents were really in love.
Anya had grown up bathed in the love of her parents and she always thought that her parents were in love with each other. But that day she found out that, unexpectedly, it seemed that love could be faked.
That evening, she watched her father, who claimed he was coming back from a business trip, come home. He brought her mother some expensive gifts and a bouquet of beautiful roses and he acted deeply in love with her as usual, but when Anya saw it her body only felt cold. She had once felt nothing but love and worship for her father, but now she only felt sick seeing him.
Such days ended after she finally moved out for school.
She no longer had to watch her parents pretend in front of her.
She spent more and more days away from home.
From high school, to college.
College was actually very interesting for her. There were always a lot of people chasing her and everyday men would come to court her with different tricks. However, every time she saw a man standing in front of her with flowers, it just reminded her of the way her father stood in front of her mother with his roses. It was disgusting.
Like that, she shot down her pursuers again and again until, gradually, there was no one willing to face rejection, and the suitors stopped appearing.
Then, after graduation, she did not choose to walk the road her father had paved for her in his business, instead, she wandered aimlessly for a while until, almost by coincidence, she fell into the entertainment industry and became an agent.
No one wanted to be signed by an unknown agent like her, and it took several years before she managed to find Xu Xinyi.
A bad agent and a bad actress, they were quite the pair. But she didn’t mind, it seemed that this was the best she could expect for the rest of her life.
However, what she didn’t expect was that this actress she found by coincidence really had her own style. She was arrogant and domineering, infamous in the circle, with few people who liked her.
But Anya liked her, she felt that this actress was much better than those other stars who liked to pretend to be kind while secretly doing all sorts of things in the dark. And like that, she ended up working as Xu Xinyi’s agent. Although she didn’t earn much money, at least she could support herself.
Then one day, when she accompanied an associate director to a college campus for a casting call, she met a group of young men who were all full of sunshine and unstoppable hormones who had gathered in hopes of being cast.
She had not seen such sunny and simple young men since her own school days, and she found them very interesting. She was even caught staring at one of those handsome guys for a long time.
Then, as she was leaving the school, a man approached and handed over a piece of paper with a phone number on it.
“Sister Anya, this is my phone number.” His meaning behind handing over his phone number was self-evident.
When she looked, she saw it was the guy she had been watching for a long time during the casting.
This guy had been sunny and handsome, tall, but not thin. At the age where his skin was so tender you could practically pinch it and draw water, he seemed to be right in the middle of the golden period of youth, but the ambition revealed in the bottom of his eyes was not youthful at all.
Anya had spent a couple of days thinking it over when she happened to see her mother holding a strange and handsome man in the parking lot of a shopping mall.
Not interfering with each other, and not disturbing each other.
She had always thought that in the marriage between her father and her mother, her mother was weak and pitiful. But, unexpectedly, she was just the same as her father.
It was as if the scales had fallen from her eyes*.
Anya turned and walked away without bothering to greet her mother but also without especially avoiding her.
Then she smiled and called the guy who gave her his number. When he picked up the phone, she gave him an address.
Later, that guy became the first of her little boyfriends. She would give her little boyfriends what they wanted while also taking what she wanted from them. Her relationships were ones where each person took according to their own needs, and neither of them owed the other anything.
As time went by, she gradually became acquainted with more and more of these little boyfriends and, fortunately, all the boyfriends she dated had been worry-free.
That was until she met the famous agent Luo Jie on the crew of ‘The Way of the Phoenix’.
This man had both money and a handsome face. Countless stars had been groomed in his hands, the most popular of which was the undisputed Movie King Han Xiao. Those two had already been partners for more than a decade when Anya met them.
Many people speculated that Luo Jie was gay and in love with Han Xiao, because, if not, why would he treat Han Xiao like a boyfriend for so many years?
After all, he had never had a girlfriend, instead, he just revolved around Han Xiao all day long. Even Anya had been fairly convinced.
Which was why she never thought that Luo Jie would ever fall for her.
“Would you like to try… playing with me?”
In the hotel corridor, Luo Jie, that son of a bitch, had pressed her against the wall and asked this question.
Play with him?
As long as Luo Jie looked into her at all, it wouldn’t be difficult for him to find out about her and her little boyfriends. He should know that if they were together, she could praise him to the heavens, but when things soured, she would treat him worse than the wild vegetables by the side of the road.
“You are older than my boyfriend and your skin is not as good as his. And, although your facial features are decent, I will get tired of looking at one face for a long time. You have money, but I am not short of money. I don’t like you and I don’t want anything from you. I can find all the happiness I need from my boyfriend so why should I give up a whole forest just for one you?” She had told him.
She thought she spoke clearly enough. She thought she had been direct and ruthless enough. But, unexpectedly, after Paris Fashion Week, Luo Jie had launched a fierce pursuit campaign against her immediately.
He would wait for her downstairs in front of her house every morning and wait for her downstairs in front of the studio every night, and everyday gifts, flowers, and other small surprises were sent to her office one after another. When she couldn’t bear it anymore and decided to parade one of her little boyfriends in front of him, Luo Jie, the bastard, unexpectedly started a fight with her boyfriend and even hit him. Word slowly began to circulate that Anya was Luo Jie’s woman and that if any blind person dared to hook up with her, it was equivalent to setting themselves against Luo Jie.
Luo Jie had been in the industry for more than a decade. He was a star agent famous for being able to easily handle any matters that cropped up, with a lot of resources and even more contacts behind him, so no up-and-coming fresh meat would dare openly fight with him for Anya.
As a result, Anya, who used to always be accompanied by a new fresh meat every day, suddenly fell into a dry period.
When she went through her WeChat looking for someone, her once sweet little boyfriends all treated her like a scourge and avoided her completely.
“Son of a bitch!” In the bar, Anya sat in her booth and watched the crazy crowd around her. After swearing, she took another drink.
She had always felt that she and Luo Jie should have been the same kind of person, so it was really difficult for her to understand why he would want to cling tightly to her alone. She had seen all the beautiful bees and butterflies that tended to swarm Luo Jie every day, and they were so good that even Anya was a bit moved seeing them but Luo Jie was unexpectedly indifferent?
If she tried to put herself in his shoes, she really couldn’t.
Perhaps this was the fundamental difference between her and Luo Jie.
They were just not the same kinds of people, so there was no need for them to walk the same path together.
Even if a person fell in love, that didn’t necessarily mean they would be able to hold that feeling all the way to the end.
So why bother?
Anya slowly got drunk to the point that she was laying in her booth and looking up at the lighted ceiling, feeling her body slowly getting hotter and hotter.
This wasn’t the first time she had gotten drunk and she knew exactly how her body was supposed to react.
Ah, it seemed that in this friend’s bar, people could get laid?
Which son of a bitch didn’t have eyes and dared to mess around with this big sister Anya?
Suddenly, a handsome riffraff squeezed through the crowd and came over to her booth. He sat next to her, leaned close to her ear, and said. “My name is Lu Xiu, what’s your name?”
A slap flew out.
Anya tilted her head and looked at him. A small smile played about her lips even as she raised her hand and slapped him hard. The handsome guy was stunned, then furious.
“Do you know who I am? How dare you hit me? I came here to check on you because you look unwell, who could expect you would be so shameless!”
Anya was feeling dizzy and feverish, and her mood was rapidly worsening as she heard this annoying buzzing around her so she just wanted to let off steam. She noticed a waiter walking by so she grabbed a wine bottle off of his tray and immediately smashed it over the handsome guy’s head.
The handsome guy was shocked by the pain. After a moment, he came back to his senses and pulled his arm back to hit Anya, but suddenly that arm was caught by the wrist in mid-air. When he looked back, because of the dim light of the bar, he couldn’t clearly see the face of the man who caught him, he could only that the hand clamped around his wrist was particularly strong. Then, as soon as he was about to shout his father’s name, he was suddenly tossed aside by the man and three or four other men waiting on the side all grabbed him.
“How dare you hit me? Do you know who my father is?” The handsome guy said in a panic.
“Just hit him until his father won’t be able to recognize him then.”
After an extremely cold voice gave that order, and then the man was really beaten to the point that his father couldn’t recognize him.
Meanwhile, Luo Jie looked down at the drunk and nearly passed out woman in the booth. He sighed and stooped down, meaning to pick the person up from the booth. However, he never thought that the moment his hand brushed her body, Anya would roll over and send him a hard slap.
Suddenly being slapped after helping, this was really an unexpected disaster.
For a long moment, Luo Jie stood rooted on the spot.
Not only was he stunned, so were his friends who were standing behind him.
Everyone had heard of Anya’s reputation and they also knew that Luo Jie had been chasing a woman recently. They only knew this woman was difficult to chase and her temper was fierce.
Seeing this situation, they really didn’t know what Luo Jie was doing.
But Luo Jie knew what he wanted to do, so he didn’t mind about Anya’s reaction just now. Instead, he just bowed down and scooped her up in his arms. He didn’t know her home address, so he just planned to take her to a nearby hotel.
After getting drunk, Anya was very restless and couldn’t stand at all even when being supported by Luo Jie. So she clung to him directly and wrapped her arms and legs around his body.
Her eyes were hazy, her face was flushed, and there was a rare gentleness in her drunken eyes.
This was a side of Anya that Luo Jie had never seen before.
In the background his buddies were all being noisy until Luo Jie swept them with a cold look, causing them to fall silent, and then he carried Anya out to the car.
It was difficult for him to walk when he had the beauty in his arms, and even moreso when the woman herself kept wriggling around. Luo Jie could really feel that all the patience he had accumulated in this lifetime was being expended on Anya tonight. And he kept feeling that way until he finally managed to put her down inside the car. However, as he was putting on her seatbelt for her, he was caught off guard by a sudden tug and he fell forward into the ‘gentle territory’ below. At the same time, she suddenly kissed him. Feeling that kiss, his mind went blank.
tl note: I made a discord. Just sort of testing the waters to see if there’s any interest. You can chat about my current projects or read my gripes about my new projects.
*I just replaced this idiom with an English equivalent ‘suddenly the truth was revealed’ expression that I’m familiar with
tl note: I don’t really like the trope that declares that any woman that likes sex must have had some sort of broken childhood tbh. Also I really don’t like Luo Jie’s aggressive and stalkerish pursuit that seems like it came out of an 80s romcom or something. Also also their relationship kicks off thanks to drugs?? ughhhhh
its like every trope in Chinese romance novels that I hate all rolled up into one neat little package