Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
Nan HuaiLin left Fei Zheng’s house before eight o’clock, and walked in the moonlight and neon lights in the direction of the subway station.
Fei Zheng’s house was on the West Second Ring Road, while Nan HuaiLin’s rented house was on the East Fifth Ring Road.
He rented a single-family apartment in a five-story building with a dozen rooms on each floor. Although the location was remote, the apartment was clean. It was about 20 square feet, with a kitchen and bathroom, air conditioning and heating, and a monthly rent of 1,800.
As he passed through the first floor, Nan HuaiLin went to the manager to pay the rent, then dragged his tired body up to the fourth floor and went back to his nest. He cooked a bowl of instant noodles, opened his laptop, and read the “Content of Domestic Work and Notes” sent to him by Ruan Xin while he ate the noodles.
It was more than fifty pages long. Too much.
Nan HuaiLin read the document item by item, and decided that he would go to the copy agency tomorrow to print it out.
After eating the noodles, he cleaned the pot and washed the dishes.
Once he finished up, Nan HuaiLin looked around and started collecting Shi Yan’s belongings.
Shi Yan would occasionally come to his place to spend the night, and, although it wasn’t many times, he still left some things here.
Nan HuaiLin took out a solid-colored bed sheet, folded it into a rectangle and laid it on the bed. Then he put Shi Yan’s things, mainly clothes, underwear, hats, etc., on the sheet one by one and took pictures of them. Then he opened up Idle Fish and put them all up for sale with Shi Yan’s name in the title, such as ‘the underwear of Shi Yan, the popular young star,’ and kept the price very reasonable.
After all this, Nan HuaiLin took a shower and went to bed.
He thought he wouldn’t sleep, but he fell asleep quickly.
It had been a very tiring day for him.
Early the next morning, Nan HuaiLin took the thick pile of printouts of “Domestic Work and Precautions” and again traveled halfway across Beijing to Fei Zheng’s house.
After serving Hannibal his food and drink, Nan HuaiLin put on his headphones and followed the instructions in the document, listening to songs while he worked.
The house was a little too big, and he had only cleaned half of it in the morning.
He went out for a casual lunch and came back to work.
Ruan Xin came over after work to check his progress inside and out, then said, “It’s very good. It’s beyond my expectation. I’m happy with it, and Mr. Fei probably can’t find anything wrong with it. I don’t think I will have to find someone else.”
Nan HuaiLin was overjoyed.
He was a man who did everything to the best of his ability, and nothing gave him a greater sense of accomplishment than to be recognized for his work.
“But are you sure you want to do housekeeping?” Ruan Xin said. “As a graduate of Beijing Film Academy, isn’t it too shameful to do this?”
“I want to do it,” Nan HuaiLin said, “I should be grateful that you’re giving me a job, there’s nothing to be aggravated about.”
Ruan Xin added, “If you do this job, you may not be able to continue acting.”
Nan HuaiLin smiled bitterly. “I don’t have any acting to do anyway. It’s okay.”
Ruan Xin was silent for a few seconds and said, “Come on, I’ll treat you to dinner.”
Nan HuaiLin hurriedly waved his hand and refused, “No, I have something to do. I have to go.”
Ruan Xin then stopped insisting and saw him off.
In fact, Nan HuaiLin was fine. He just didn’t want to be invited to dinner by Ruan Xin, because, with his current ability, he could not invite Ruan Xin back.
He secretly decided that he would treat Ruan Xin to a nice meal when he got his salary to thank him for giving him this job opportunity.
Nan HuaiLin took out his cell phone and called He DingHong.
There was no need to delay the matter of the sugar daddy talks any longer, so the sooner it was over the better.
When the call was answered, Nan HuaiLin said straightforwardly, “Brother Hong, I can’t do the thing you asked me yesterday, so please reject it for me.” Without giving He DingHong a chance to speak, Nan HuaiLin continued, “Also, you don’t have to help me get a role anymore. I’m going to cancel my contract with Ming Xi. I’ll get the breach of contract money together as soon as possible, so don’t worry about that.”
He DingHong sneered, “I thought you were a pretty smart guy, but you’re a dumbass. I was wrong. What do you think you are? A chaste and virtuous woman? You’re goods. Someone is willing to buy you and you should thank God, but you’re so arrogant. A shameless dog! I’m telling you, you’re done in the fucking show business. I’m going to ban you! I–“
Nan HuaiLin hung up the phone. He didn’t need to listen to those obscene words.
He let out a long breath, looked up at the dark sky, and muttered, “Life is really hard.”
The phone suddenly rang.
He thought it was He DingHong who was calling again without scolding, but when he looked down, it was an unfamiliar number.
“Hello?” Nan HuaiLin answered.
“I’m at Pure K in the workplace. Come find me.”
“…” Nan HuaiLin was confused. “May I ask who you are?”
Nan HuaiLin frowned. “How did you get my cell phone number?”
Shen Chong said, “I asked for it from He DingHong.”
Nan HuaiLin asked, “What do you want?”
Shen Chong said, “You will know when you come. I’ll wait for you, ah.”
After saying that, Shen Chong immediately hung up the phone.
Nan HuaiLin, “…Hello?”
After hesitating for a moment, Nan HuaiLin still decided to go. He had already offended He DingHong and did not want to offend Shen Chong.
He took the subway to Gongti, found Pure K, went in and called Shen Chong. “Which box are you in?”
Shen Chong said, “Wait, I’ll ask the waiter to pick you up.”
Nan HuaiLin waited for a while, and finally was taken to a luxury box by the waiter. There were only two men in the room. One was Shen Chong, and the other Nan HuaiLin didn’t know.
“Why are you standing there?” Shen Chong smiled and waved at him. “Come here.”
Nan HuaiLin walked over. Shen Chong stood up, pulled him to sit beside him, took him by the shoulders with special familiarity, and said with a smile, “Let me introduce everyone. This is my junior from the same company, Nan HuaiLin, and this is the famous director Luo Ke.”
Nan HuaiLin knew the name Luo Ke. The comic book idol drama that Shi Yan had become a hit from was directed by Luo Ke. He hadn’t expected him to be so young, he looked like he was in his early thirties.
Shen Chong continued, “Recently, Director Luo has been preparing a new drama. I’m the first male lead, but many supporting characters have not yet been decided. The first time I heard about this, I wanted to be able to find a role that would suit little Nan.”
Luo Ke looked at Nan HuaiLin. “I think the role of the third male is quite suitable for him. His height and appearance are quite consistent.”
Nan HuaiLin knew what Shen Chong was thinking.
He felt particularly helpless, and raised his hand to remove Shen Chong’s arm then said to Luo Ke with a smile, “Director Luo, thank you for your kindness, but I have a very important personal matter to attend to right now, so I can’t take up the role for the time being. I’m really sorry.”
Luo Ke looked at Shen Chong with a smile and didn’t say anything.
Shen Chong said with a smile, “It’s okay. If you can’t do it this time, there will be plenty of opportunities in the future.”
Luo Ke nodded and silently drank his own wine.
Nan HuaiLin stood up. “I still have something to do, so I’ll leave first.”
Shen Chong clutched his wrist and said in a scolding tone, “Why are you so insensitive? You won’t even have a drink with Director Luo and now you want to leave?”
Nan HuaiLin said, “I’m allergic to alcohol and can’t drink.”
Shen Chong dragged him to sit down. “Can’t this brother call some orange juice for you?”
This person was really funny.
Shen Chong asked the waiter to bring a large bottle of orange juice, smiled, and said to Nan HuaiLin, “It’s all yours. drink it all and don’t leave.”
Nan HuaiLin was smiling but not laughing.
Shen Chong put him aside and drank with Luo Ke. When he got drunk, he picked up the microphone and sang a song. He even sang quite well.
Nan HuaiLin couldn’t leave, so he could only sit, bored, as he played with his phone.
A day had passed and there were many messages, and additional private messages on Idle Fish.
One girl wrote to him privately, [Is this really Shi Yan’s worn underwear? Is it the original one?]
This question was really ludicrous, Nan HuaiLin seriously replied to her, [The underwear are washed, the socks are original, do you want them?]
After replying to the message on Idle Fish, Nan HuaiLin felt a little sick, probably because of the cold juice he drank on an empty stomach.
He wanted to go to the bathroom, but just as he stood up, Shen Chong grabbed his wrist. “Where are you going?”
Nan HuaiLin said helplessly, “To the bathroom.”
Shen Chong stood up as well. “I’ll go with you. What if you run away?”
Nan HuaiLin resisted rolling his eyes. “Whatever you want.”
Shen Chong, who did not know whether he was really drunk or pretending to be drunk, was walking around and bumping into Nan HuaiLin.
Nan HuaiLin dodged, and Shen Chong hit the wall, but he didn’t forget to tug Nan HuaiLin. Nan HuaiLin was vigorously tugged and crashed into Shen Chong’s arms, and Shen Chong turned around and pressed Nan HuaiLin into the wall, lowering his head closer, “Little one, do you want to play with me? You’re still a little young.”
Nan HuaiLin was about to resist when he suddenly saw Shi Yan walking towards him, followed by a young and handsome boy.
The moment their eyes met, Nan HuaiLin blurted out without thinking, “Kiss me, right now.”
Shen Chong hooked his lips and smiled, kissing him without hesitation.
Nan HuaiLin raised his hand and wrapped his arms around Shen Chong’s neck, closed his eyes, and made an expression of enjoyment.
“That person… seems to be Shen Chong.” Nan HuaiLin heard the boy whisper. “This kissing is so romantic, like shooting an idol drama. Darling, I also want to kiss you like this.”
Nan HuaiLin did not hear Shi Yan’s voice.
The sound of footsteps was far away.
Nan HuaiLin tilted his head to avoid Shen Chong’s kiss.
Shen Chong pressed his whole body on him, buried his head in his neck, and said in his ear in a muffled voice, “Your lips are so soft and sweet. I’m hard, do you feel it?”
Nan HuaiLin regretted very much what he had just done. Now he couldn’t even jump into the yellow river.
“I want you, and I want you now.” Sizzling breath sprayed over his skin with a strong whiff of alcohol, “Come home with me, okay?”
“I’m sorry about what just happened…I didn’t mean to.” Nan HuaiLin spoke with difficulty. “You’re drunk. I’ll have your friend send you back.”
“No,” Shen Chong hugged his waist, and his whole body weighed on him. “I just want you. No one else…will do.”
Scoundrels were not easy to deal with, and drunken scoundrels were even harder to deal with.
Nan HuaiLin half-embraced the other man and dragged him back to the room, only to find that Luo Ke was gone.
The waiter knocked on the door. “Sir, your friend had to leave first, and asked me to tell you that he had already settled the bill.”
Nan HuaiLin said helplessly, “Got it, thanks.”
This was a trap, and he was stupid enough to jump in.
Shen Chong was now even more drunk and was drowsy on the sofa.
Nan HuaiLin couldn’t leave him here. He sighed and went to the door to call the waiter. “Hello. Can you help me take my friend to the car?”
Nan HuaiLin and the waiter picked Shen Chong up on each side. Just as they reached the door, the cell phone in Shen Chong’s pocket rang.
“Wait a minute.” Nan HuaiLin stopped and took out the phone.
The caller ID was “Fei Cheng.”
I think it is the brother of Mr. Fei, whom I met yesterday, right?
Nan HuaiLin saw a savior and hurriedly answered it.
A very nice voice, with a little flirtatious meaning, said, “I’m not interrupting anything, am I?”
Nan HuaiLin made a “shh” gesture, signaling the waiter to be silent, and then said into the phone, “Hello, this is the waiter at Pure K. Your friend is drunk. Can you come to pick him up?”
The other side asked, “Is he alone?”
Nan HuaiLin said, “Yes. His friend left first. He’s alone now.”
Immediately, he said, “I’ll be right there.”
After hanging up the phone, Nan HuaiLin said happily, “Help me take him back.”
The two people moved Shen Chong, who was already unconscious, back to the sofa. Nan HuaiLin straightened up and said to the waiter, “Someone will come to pick him up later. Please take care of him for a while, I have to go now.”
The waiter agreed. Nan HuaiLin thanked him and left.
Nan HuaiLin had just left when Fei Cheng arrived.
Fei Cheng couldn’t wake up Shen Chong, so he had to put him in the car and drive him home. Fei Cheng used a lot of effort to throw him into bed and Shen Chong woke up. He began looking around on the spot.
“Fei Cheng?” Shen Chong’s fatigued eyes looked at him. “Why are you here? Where is he?”
Fei Cheng moved his waist, which Shen Chong bent, and said, “He ran away.”
“Holy shit!” Shen Chong lay on the bed like a corpse, confused for a while, and said, “I think I kissed him.”
Fei Cheng laughed. “Dreaming, are you?”
Shen Chong licked the corner of his mouth like he was reminiscing. “Sweet, not a dream.”
Fei Cheng did not bother to pay attention to him. “I’m leaving.”
Shen Chong asked, “Do you live at your brother’s place?”
“No,” Fei Cheng said as he walked out. “I’m staying at a hotel.”
“Then you can stay with me,” Shen Chong said. “The guest room is empty.”
“Won’t,” Fei Cheng said with a smile. “I’m afraid you’ll be bestial and want to abuse me.”
Shen Chong grabbed a pillow and threw it at him. “Get lost!”
Fei Cheng stood in the elevator and let out a long breath.
If Shen Chong knew that he let the male prostitute actor run away because of his phone call, Shen Chong would be angry to death.
However, Shen Chong didn’t get to sleep with the little actor, so why was he happy?
By the way, what was the name of the little actor? He seemed to be called Nan HuaiLin. The name was quite lovely.
Suddenly remembering the scene on the subway when Nan HuaiLin crashed into his arms, Fei Cheng suddenly hooked his lips and smiled.
He was quite cute, no matter what he looked like or his personality.