Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
Editor: kai, GaeaTiamat
By the time they got back to the room, the rain had stopped and a rainbow hung in the sky. Fei Cheng was almost soaked, so he took off his clothes and went to take a shower.
Nan HuaiLin couldn’t locate Fei Cheng’s luggage, so he found the loosest clothes in the closet, and waited for Fei Cheng to come out of the shower to put them on. He put the clothes in a conspicuous place at the end of the bed, so Fei Cheng would see them as soon as he came out of the bathroom.
As he turned to leave the bedroom, his cell phone suddenly rang. He had changed the ringtone to an upbeat tune.
“Hello, Sister Tianzhu.” Nan HuaiLin opened the refrigerator, and took out a bottle of mineral water.
“Have you gone back to the hotel?” Man Tianzhu asked.
“I just got back,” Nan HuaiLin said. “What’s up?”
Man Tianzhu said, “I had nothing to do today, so I’ve organized the photos I’ve taken in the past two months. I’d like you to take a look.”
“Then come over,” Nan HuaiLin said. “I’ll be in my room.”
After Nan HuaiLin hung up the phone, he unscrewed the bottle cap and took a few sips of ice water. He was just about to sit down when the doorbell rang.
She came really fast.
He went over to open the door, and Man Tianzhu came in with her laptop.
“I’ve made a big discovery,” Man Tianzhu said as she walked inside. “You’ll see how amazing it is.”
Nan HuaiLin followed her, and they sat side by side on the sofa.
Man Tianzhu put the laptop on the table, and clicked on a folder on the desktop. “I put together the daily shots from the last two months, the original pictures, and then arranged them by date. Now let’s look at them from beginning to end.” She used the slideshow mode to view the pictures. “It’s time to see the miracle.”
Nan HuaiLin was really apprehensive as he stared at the computer screen with rapt attention.
One by one, the pictures flashed by, and his face changed little by little.
Nan HuaiLin couldn’t always tell the difference between someone’s face today, and their face the day before even if it was a person he knew well, like Man Tianzhu. So it was even harder to notice any changes from day to day with his own face, which he could only see when he looked in the mirror.
But now, there were dozens of photos showing the process of change in the most visual way, and the more Nan HuaiLin looked at it, the more alarmed he felt. He could almost believe that there was some kind of problem with his body, otherwise how could his face change so much in just two months? It was too unscientific.
Two minutes later, the screen was stopped at the picture taken this morning before the makeup was applied.
Nan HuaiLin stared at the familiar, and yet unfamiliar face. After a long time, he turned to Man Tianzhu. “Sister Tianzhu, what’s going on here?”
“This is the real version of the ugly duckling turning into a swan,” Man Tianzhu looked at him with glowing eyes, both admiring and envious. “If you want me to tell you what exactly is different about your face, I really can’t say. The facial features, ah. Face shape, ah. They don’t seem to have changed, but the overall feeling is obviously different. “
“Sister Tianzhu,” Nan HuaiLin asked, suddenly scared. “I’m not dying, right?”
“Where did this come from? What are you thinking about?” Man Tianzhu cried and laughed at the same time. “I think you just suddenly grew up. God is finally going to reward you with food. You should be happy. Don’t scare yourself, ah.”
Fei Cheng’s voice suddenly came from the bedroom. “I can’t wear these shorts! You find me another pair!”
Man Tianzhu suddenly opened her eyes wide, and stared at Nan HuaiLin. “Who…? Who is it?”
Fei Cheng hadn’t waited for Nan HuaiLin’s response. The bedroom door opened, and he came out wearing just Nan HuaiLin’s tank top with Nan HuaiLin’s underwear underneath.
Man Tianzhu was so shocked, that her mouth opened into an O-shape that could almost swallow an egg.
“Oh my god…What. What’s going on here?” She lowered her voice. “You and Mr. Fei? You two..?”
“It’s not what you think,” Nan HuaiLin explained. “Mr. Fei came to visit Shen Chong. The hotel ran out of rooms, so he’s staying with me.”
Emmm… Man Tianzhu felt that there was something wrong with the logic of this sentence, but NanHuaiLin didn’t wait for her to ask anything further. He got up, and went to the bedroom. “I’ll go find clothes for him. You sit down for a while.”
As soon as Nan HuaiLin entered the bedroom, Man Tianzhu slipped away with her laptop in her arms.
Whether or not those two were the kind of relationship she thought they were in, it was too inappropriate for her to stay there.
“Is the waist of the pants too narrow?” Nan HuaiLin asked.
“Mn, I can’t even lift it.” Fei Cheng said. “Why is your waist so thin?”
“It’s not that my waist is thin, it’s that I have a smaller bone structure than you.” He found a pair of shorts with an elastic waistband, and handed them to Fei Cheng. “If you can’t wear these, you’ll have to run around naked.”
“I don’t mind running around naked. Do you mind?” Fei Cheng asked with a smirk.
“Don’t be cheap,” Nan HuaiLin said. “Try it on.”
Fei Cheng reluctantly put the shorts on, but because they were a bit tight, the crotch bulged and was especially eye-catching.
“Not bad, at least it fits.” Nan HuaiLin stifled a laugh, and turned toward the bathroom. “Go stay in the living room while I wash your wet clothes.”
“It’s boring to stay alone,” Fei Cheng followed him. “I’ll wash them with you.”
Nan HuaiLin stood in front of the sink washing the clothes, and Fei Cheng sat on the edge of the bathtub with his arms propped up as he watched him.
Nan HuaiLin felt he was being studied by Fei Cheng, but he acted as if nothing was wrong as he searched for something to say to Fei Cheng as he laundered the clothes.
“How have you been eating these two months?” Nan HuaiLin asked casually.
“I’m just eating,” Fei Cheng said. “Do you see me losing weight?”
Nan HuaiLin glanced at him. “You seem to have lost some weight.”
Fei Cheng smiled and said, “When you go back to Beijing, you’ll have to give me a good tonic.”
“Okay,” Nan HuaiLin smiled. “I’ll serve you a lot of meat and fish every day, and feed you until you become a two hundred pound fatty.”
“You can try.” Fei Cheng paused. “You’ve lost weight too. Is it too hard to film?”
“I wish I could work this hard 365 days a year,” Nan HuaiLin said with a smile. “It’s worth it to do what you love. No matter how hard it is.”
Fei Cheng was silent for a brief moment, then said, “I’ll let you do what you like all the time.”
These words were more powerful to Nan HuaiLin than a thousand ‘I like you’s.’
He felt like a soldier who was defending a city. Fei Cheng was leading a thousand troops to attack the city, and it was about to be lost in a minute. He began to mentally recite the mantra, Fei Cheng is Fei Zheng’s brother, Fei Cheng is Fei Zheng’s brother, Fei Cheng is Fei Zheng’s brother…
A familiar ringtone suddenly rang outside.
It was Fei Cheng’s cell phone.
Fei Cheng got up and went out to answer the phone, then hung up after two short sentences.
“Shen Chong asked me out for drinks tonight.” He leaned on the door frame, and looked at Nan HuaiLin’s back. “Why don’t you come with me?”
“I don’t think I should go,” Nan HuaiLin said. “I’ve got a few scenes tomorrow, so I need to memorize my lines.”
“All right, then.” Fei Cheng was a little disappointed.
Nan HuaiLin wrung out the washed clothes, and hung them on the balcony. The sun was still hot after the rain, so they could be dried before the sun went down.
Nan HuaiLin went back to the bedroom. Fei Cheng was sitting on the bed as he played with his phone.
We need to find something to do, Nan HuaiLin thought, otherwise it would be too awkward for the two of us to just stay here.
“What are you doing?” Nan HuaiLin sat next to him naturally.
“Nothing.” Fei Cheng locked his phone, and looked up at him.
Nan HuaiLin said, “If you don’t have anything to do, why don’t you do some lines with me?”
“Sure.” Fei Cheng readily agreed.
The two of them sat face to face on the bed, and Fei Cheng read the lines from the book, while Nan HuaiLin recited them directly.
A whole page of lines was completely correct. Nan HuaiLin didn’t get a single word wrong.
“Holy shit, how did you memorize such awkward lines?” Fei Cheng looked at him in surprise. “I’d go crazy if I had to memorize it.”
“I used to be good at memorizing lines,” Nan HuaiLin said. “But lately, I don’t know what’s wrong. My memory is getting worse and worse, and it takes me a long time to memorize a line.”
“Is it from staying up all night?” Fei Cheng asked.
“It’s possible,” Nan HuaiLin said. “I’ve been doing a lot of night scenes lately, and I feel a little weak.”
“Do you want me to help you with that?” Fei Cheng said with a smile.
Nan HuaiLin intuited that there was something wicked in his smile, and asked warily, “How can I make up for it?”
“You wait!” Fei Cheng jumped off the bed, and went outside. “Don’t follow me!”
What the hell?
Nan HuaiLin read the script while he waited. After ten minutes, Fei Cheng hadn’t returned, and he was about to go out to see when Fei Cheng came back with a cup.
“Drink this.” Fei Cheng handed him the white porcelain cup.
“What is it?” Nan HuaiLin took it, looked at it and smelled it. “Is it yogurt?”
Fei Cheng nodded. “Special yogurt. For the body.”
Nan HuaiLin looked at him suspiciously. “What did you add to it?”
“Oh, don’t ask so many questions. Could I really poison it?” Fei Cheng supported the back of his head with one hand, and forced the cup to his mouth with the other. “Good boy. Open your mouth.”
Nan HuaiLin was held down by his head, and drank half of the yogurt in one gulp.
“Just the taste of yogurt. Nothing special.” He narrowed his eyes at Fei Cheng. “I feel like you’re making me drink something strange.”
Fei Cheng rubbed his hair dotingly, and walked out with the cup. “It’s good stuff that no one else can drink anyway.”
Nan HuaiLin stretched out his tongue, and licked his lips. Still only the taste of yogurt.
What the hell did this guy make me drink? It must be something ghostly, he thought in bemusement.
Dinner was eaten at the hotel restaurant.
After dinner, Fei Cheng went to the room to change into his own clothes, then went out for a drink with Shen Chong.
The lines were memorized, and Nan HuaiLin had nothing to do, so he hugged his laptop and watched a film on the couch.
It was a horror film that had been out for a long time, and he hadn’t had time to watch it since he downloaded it. Nan HuaiLin liked to watch any type of film, but he was only sensitive to horror films, whether it was ghosts or gore. Still, he would occasionally look for a horror film to view. The excitement was especially effective in relieving stress.
But this film, called Kunchi Rock, was a little too exciting. Nan HuaiLin was scared until his scalp was numb and his hands and feet were cold. Halfway through the film, he couldn’t stand it anymore, so he crawled into bed under the covers.
Just when he was about to fall asleep full of fear and trepidation, he was so startled by the sudden ringing of the doorbell that his heart almost jumped out.
Nan HuaiLin jogged to the door.
The door opened, and an upright body suddenly pressed towards him. The smell of alcohol almost made Nan HuaiLin faint.
Shen Chong leaned over, and said with a big tongue. “He’s drunk. I’ll leave him to you.”
He waved his hand and went to the opposite door, unsteady, as he staggered on his way.
Nan HuaiLin didn’t expect him to help, and dragged the drunken Fei Cheng into the room. Fei Cheng’s entire body was hanging on him, so much so, that Nan HuaiLin could barely walk. He pulled and dragged him into the bedroom, then carefully laid him down on the bed.
Nan HuaiLin tried to get up, but Fei Cheng wrapped his arms around his neck and held him in front of his chest, so Nan HuaiLin had to yank on his hand to break his hold.
“You…” Nan HuaiLin just said a word, when Fei Cheng suddenly rolled over and solidly pressed him underneath him.