Then one day, some unexpected guests came to the set where Ruan Tian was filming.
It was Qin Yu. He came to inspect the crew in his capacity as an investor with a retinue of black-suited bodyguards in tow. After he went inside, two guarded by the door, while four more stood outside the director’s office.
The Qin family had a lot of business in many different sectors, so when the family heir went out he did so with momentum befitting his status as the family’s prince.
And when Qin An spotted his brother, he froze like a mouse facing a cat.
In fact, the two brothers didn’t look much alike when they stood together. Qin An’s facial features were softer, while Qin Yu had a heavy aura from years of doing business as well as sharp eyes.
Currently, Ruan Tian was in the midst of trying to regain control of her emotions after finishing a crying scene.
She silently squatted in a small corner and tried to meditate to calm her emotions, tears and snot streaming down all the while.
Qin Yu lazily made his way over and took in her embarrassing state. Eventually, his mouth that treasured words like gold opened and, after snickering, he said, “Good performance.”
Indeed, it was better than he expected.
However, why did Ruan Tian feel so disgusted after hearing this?
But, at the same time, it really wasn’t easy to hear human words from Qin Yu’s mouth.
After Ruan Tian managed to stop her tears, she looked up with watery eyes that were redder than a rabbit’s. She stared at Qin Yu for a moment, remembering that she had signed a ten-year contract with this man.
Back then, there had been an incident and Qin Yu had half-forcibly dragged her back to his private residence. Ruan Tian had directly told him to go and die quickly.
However, Qin Yu did not die.
Rather, she was the one who became half-dead.
After that, she had gone to court to try to terminate the contract, filed a lawsuit, and soon lost the case.
In the end, Ruan Tian had simply disregarded the company for the first year, only going out on her own to try out for auditions without any background or support and securing a few small bit parts.
It had always been hard to get past the obstacles in her path.
And if there was someone standing in her way, she would just curse them to die alone and unloved!!!
So Ruan Tian didn’t say a single word to Qin Yu.
She decided to just act aloof.
Qin Yu wasn’t annoyed by her behavior though, and he continued to hang around the crew all afternoon with his usual thin smile.
Ruan Tian didn’t finish shooting all of her scenes until evening, but when she was done she glanced over at the director’s office and, thinking that Qin Yu had finally left, she felt as if the big rock weighing on her heart had been set down.
Since she was done for the day, Ruan Tian went over and climbed into the RV that Jiang Lili, this rich woman, had rented for them. As she changed her clothes she heard Jiang Lili chattering: “Actually, my colleague from the public relations department quietly told me that you were being smeared by a professional team last time.”
Ruan Tian, who was peeling a banana, paused to look up with an uncomprehending expression: “Have I already attracted so much hatred? Probably it’s someone who is jealous of my beauty, huh? Alas, being too beautiful can also be a problem.”
Jiang Lili glared at her, “Don’t talk nonsense, I’m being serious. The even more amazing part is that it seems that a third party silently stepped in and solved this problem for you.”
Ruan Tian heard that, and she couldn’t think of it as anything but a joke.
But seeing the serious expression on her friend’s face, she pondered for a few seconds.
Yup, it could only be a joke.
Jiang Lili glared at her, “You don’t believe it? But it’s true!!! Of course, I can hardly believe it myself. But think about it, what kind of big boss have you met recently? The kind where ‘once they make a move, they force the other party to death in an instant’?”
Ruan Tian sighed. “Thinking about it, it can only be them.”
Ruan Tian put on a very serious face and began muttering: “Was it Manjushri? Or Guanshiyin? I’ve only worshiped these two Bodhisattvas in the temple the other day, ah.” (tl note: These two are very famous Buddist figures of worship)
Jiang Lili: ” …”
“Forget it, I should have known it was pointless to ask you.”
Back at the hotel, Ruan Tian took a comfortable hot bath and dried her hair before going downstairs to find a restaurant for dinner.
As she stepped out of the elevator, Ruan Tian saw a tall, burly man in a black suit in the hotel lobby. Looking at him, he was probably one of Qin Yu’s bodyguards.
Unexpectedly, it seemed that Qin Yu still hadn’t scrammed away? And he was even living in the same hotel.
Ruan Tian was surprised for a moment, but she quickly regained her composure and ordered a few dishes to bring back upstairs.
Unless it was strictly necessary, Ruan Tian always felt it was better to meet Qin Yu as little as possible.
Otherwise, what would she do if she couldn’t hold her temper and fought with him again? Qin Yu might not want his face, but she still wanted hers, okay?
And there was no point in quarreling with him anyway, it would just make her angry.
After finishing her dinner, Ruan Tian flopped down on the big hotel bed for more than half an hour and replied to several WeChat messages from Huai Mo.
She felt that this half-grown little brother was quite clingy, ah.
After exchanging a lot of messages, she even sent him some useful articles about staying healthy.
After all, Ruan Tian imagined that he was a poor little puppy in a situation not too different from her own.
Thus, she was more patient with sending him messages.
TianTian: 【Eat more, don’t let yourself go hungry just to save money. 】
TianTian: 【If you don’t have enough money, you can tell me, I can lend you some. 】
TianTian:【You’re still in school, so don’t go outside to work too often, you’ll just tire yourself out. 】
Huai Mo quickly responded: 【Okay. 】
【Sister, pay attention to your body when filming. 】
【Also, the food at the Laisha Hotel doesn’t taste very good and the ingredients usually aren’t very fresh. Sister, you should have your assistant go outside to buy you food. 】
Ruan Tian, who was a bit dense, never even noticed that she hadn’t ever told Huai Mo which hotel she was staying in. She just replied:
【Got it. 】
In the blink of an eye, almost a month had passed since shooting began.
Due to the serious leaks that had already happened, the producer and the director agreed to make an official announcement of the actors playing the starring roles and, shortly after that, they released the first set of promotional posters for the film.
On the first day of February, the crew of ‘Obscurity’ announced the film’s leading roles.
The official blog also released promotional photos of the four actors.
In her promotional photo, Ruan Tian’s face was slathered with cheap makeup, her expression was numb, and her eyes were hollow and red, as if quivering on the verge of tears that she was unwilling to let fall, showcasing a unique and powerful sort of beauty.
Before this, even though Ruan Tian had issued a clarification and squashed the rumors she had gotten the role through the back door, not many people had actually believed that she was suited for such a big role or that she deserved to be on the big screen, but seeing this image changed a lot of minds.
“I was wrong before. Just look at her eyes, they’re so soulful.”
“Oh my god, I shouldn’t have laughed at her before.”
“The broken beauty is so moving that I’ve lost my words.”
The photo was so moving that just by seeing Ruan Tian’s eyes the viewer would feel as if their heart was about to break.