Ruan Tian squatted quietly on one corner of the set, holding a dry steam bun that had gone cold in her hand. She took a bite, and found that the bun was a bit hard.
Her mind was still feeling muddled even up until now.
She just sat there and ate in a daze.
Ruan Tian was a small 18th line star in the entertainment industry. Recently, she had finally gotten the role of the nth female lead but she didn’t expect that one day after filming had started, there had been a terrible bam! sound, and then one of the stage lights hit her head. After that, she fell into a coma for half a day and had a long and unpleasant dream.
After waking up, Ruan Tian had been very shocked: It turned out she was living in a book! Also, ****, she was actually a girl who was only used as a substitute in the book!
Before she had turned seventeen, Ruan Tian had always felt as if she was a particularly unlucky soul, as if she had been singled out by the heavens for punishment. Her life had been very unsatisfactory. She never had the opportunity to go to school or study and she had never gotten to eat until her stomach was full or wear new clothes. She could only live by picking up junk.
That was all until her seventeenth birthday, when a luxuriously dressed couple appeared in front of her and told her that they were her parents.
The seemingly young woman had been wiping tears away while she told Ruan Tian that she had been negligent and accidentally got separated from her back when she was three years old, which let a trafficker abduct her.
After one-sidedly shedding tears, the woman asked her if she would go home with her?
Ruan Tian took a look at this pair of parents who had suddenly appeared, and agreed to go back with them without much thought.
After that, Ruan Tian went to the imperial capital to live as a member of the Zhou family. Mother Zhou arranged for her to go to school and she worked hard in her studies. However, possibly she was not very smart by nature, because she had to practically kill herself studying and she only barely managed to be admitted into an art school.
At the same time, Ruan Tian learned that she had a sister who was two years older than her. That sister was said to be more beautiful than an immortal fairy, but she was frail and sickly, so she had been abroad seeking medical treatment in recent years.
Ruan Tian knew that all of the other kids in the rich circle didn’t like her very much, thinking that she was a country bumpkin. Every time they would look at her, there would be obvious contempt in their eyes.
They were always reluctant to take her along for anything and they always treated her poorly. However, occasionally a trace of sympathy would flash through their eyes when they looked at her.
Fortunately, Ruan Tian never cared about what other people thought of her. For her, since she had enough food to eat and beautiful clothes to wear, she was happy every day.
And, since those people seemed to like to look at her with both contempt and sympathy, Ruan Tian would often silently slander them as being damned crazy!
However, as she thought back to those eyes now, Ruan Tian could only feel that she was the one who was damned crazy.
Ruan Tian, who had smashed her head and then had a dream about the future, finally understood the reason why they all looked at her sympathetically like that.
She turned out to be living in a book called ‘The President’s Beloved Wife’, an extremely sweet and refreshing book about a CEO falling in love.
The female lead was her elder sister, Zhou Xiaoqiao, a frail, considerate, talented, and intelligent beauty.
The male lead loved her, the second male lead loved her, the third, four, fifth, etc… as long they were male, they loved her!
These men could never forget Zhou Xiaoqiao during all these years while she was sickly and recovering.
She was the softest existence in their hearts, an irreplaceable white moonlight.
And she, Ruan Tian, was the standard substitute character. Completely and utterly a cannon fodder. The only reason her parents even found her was so that she could donate blood to Zhou Xiaoqiao in the future.
Halfway through the plot of the book, thanks to a random drug incident, Ruan Tian had ended up sleeping with the male lead. Because she looked a little like Zhou Xiaoqiao, the male lead took her as a substitute and married her. From there, she slowly fell in love with him day by day.
Unfortunately, their marriage was in-name-only. They lived together for two years and during that time the male lead never got close to Ruan Tian or even met with her, and very few people even knew that they were married.
Finally, after Zhou Xiaoqiao recovered from her illness, the male lead dumped the divorce papers in front of Ruan Tian.
After that, Ruan Tian learned that all the dandy young men from the Zhou family social circle who had always been very contemptuous and disdainful of her changed their faces like flipping books. They all treated Zhou Xiaoqiao as a precious treasure to be cupped in the palms of their hands and loved.
The parents who had never been very close to her turned out to only have Zhou Xiaoqiao in their eyes.
And her husband, oh, rather her ex-husband, transformed from a chilly iceberg to a warm and sunny man whenever he faced Zhou Xiaoqiao.
In this sweet and refreshing love story, the heroine Zhou Xiaoqiao never suffered a bit of grievance from beginning to end. Her golden fingers practically broke through the heavens, and all the people who offended her came to bad ends. She had a cool life of being loved by men and slapping the faces of cannon fodders.
Thus Ruan Tian, the unlucky substitute, blackened because of the obvious double standards of everyone around her and the male lead’s demand for divorce. She lashed out viciously and stupidly, and spent all of her time constantly making trouble for the male and female leads.
She was the catalyst that sparks the love between male and female leads, and also a stepping stone for their careers.
In the end, she enraged the male lead to the point that he tortures and humiliates her before driving her out of the house, where she fell down in the street and got hit by a huge damned truck, turning into a smear of blood on the spot.
tl note: This author’s writing style is different (and a bit more vulgar) than any of the other authors I’ve translated, so bear with me please. Also, I don’t use Moments (Chinese social media app that’s within WeChat, I guess?) so forgive me for any misinterpretations there.