Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
The next morning, before Nan HuaiLin left the house, he explained to Sister Yun, “Sister Yun, I’ll clean the master bedroom myself, so you don’t have to go in.”
Sister Yun nodded, “Okay, I understand.”
After leaving the door, Nan HuaiLin walked to the office, which took less than ten minutes. Shan Mingen had called him half an hour ago and asked him to come to the office, not saying what for, but Nan HuaiLin guessed it was to give him a new role.
He was more anxious than ever to be busy, because being busy would make him think less, would make the time go faster, and he now really knew what it meant to be homesick, and what it meant to spend days like years.
He just entered the company and ran into Ruan Xin, whom he hadn’t seen for more than six months.
Although Fei Cheng said before he left that he should call Ruan Xin if he had any difficulties, Nan HuaiLin was too embarrassed to bother the god of men. Fei Cheng was away and the god of men must be particularly busy, how could he add to his mess?
“Xiao Nan?” Ruan Xin looked at him in surprise, “You’re… I can’t even recognize you.”
Nan HuaiLin said embarrassingly, “I’ve been looking after myself better for the past six months, no plastic surgery.” Fearing that Ruan Xin wouldn’t believe him, he pinched his nose and rubbed his face, “Really.”
Ruan Xin smiled and said, “Your whole body is shining now. You look especially beautiful.”
Nan HuaiLin became more and more embarrassed, smiled down and said, “By the way, Assistant Ruan, has Mr. Fei contacted you yet?”
Ruan Xin nodded, “I’m on my way to the airport to pick him up.” After a pause, he added, “You can come with me if you have time, he should want to see you.”
“My agent wants to see me,” Nan HuaiLin said, “and I’m going to meet with her now.”
“Go on then,” Ruan Xin said, “I have to get going too.”
Only when he got into the elevator did Nan HuaiLin realize something was wrong.
How did Ruan Xin know that Fei Zheng would want to see him? What he knew about the secret, could Ruan Xin also know?
When he arrived at Shan Mingen’s office, Nan HuaiLin put away his thoughts, raised his hand and knocked on the door, and then pushed the door in when he got an answer.
He hadn’t been to the office for more than half a year after shooting two movies in a row, and he hadn’t seen Shan Mingen since.
Not surprisingly, Shan Mingen was surprised to see him, “I heard Xiao Zhu say you look better, but seeing it with my own eyes, I still can’t believe it! How did you change so much?”
Nan HuaiLin said, “I went to see the doctor specifically, and the doctor said it was a developmental delay.”
Shan Mingen tsked twice, “Your face is now good enough to kill a lot of popular young meat. When Land of Stars airs next year, you will definitely explode and become a top streamer.”
Nan HuaiLin said, “Sister Shan, I don’t want to be a streamer, I just want to be an actor.”
Shan Mingen smiled, picked up a bound book and handed it to him, “This film, it will make you a real actor.”
Nan HuaiLin’s heart fluttered, and he reached out to take it, looking down at the cover.
Screenplay by Wang Guan
Directed by Wu Xinghai
Nan HuaiLin was so excited that his hands were shaking.
Wang Guan and Wu Xinghai; one was a top screenwriter, the other was a super director. These two names were like a thunderbolt, the regular guests of major award shows in China, how could Nan HuaiLin not know their names?
But he could never have imagined that he, a small actor with no fame to speak of, would have the opportunity to work with these two giants, with a kind of unreal feeling of ascending to heaven, like a daydream.
“Sister Shan,” Nan HuaiLin’s heart was beating wildly and his throat was tight, “are you saying that I have a chance to act in a film directed by Wu Xinghai?”
“It’s not a chance,” Shan Mingen said, “it’s a certainty that it’s you.”
Nan HuaiLin was so excited that he wanted to scream. He tried his best to keep himself from losing his composure and took a while to calm down before asking, “But I haven’t auditioned at all, so how come it’s confirmed for me?”
“I don’t know exactly how it happened, but I was contacted by Wu Xinghai, and then the screenplay was sent to me.” Shan Mingen said, “No matter how they found you, it’s a great thing anyway. If you can get on the boat of Wu Xinghai, you can ride the waves in the acting industry and have a great future.”
Nan HuaiLin was so excited that he flipped through the script in his hand and asked Shan Mingen, “Sister Shan, do you know what the script is about?”
Shan Mingen said, “I only know that it’s about an adopted father and son, but I’m not sure what it’s about. You’re playing the adopted son. Guess who’s playing the father?”
Nan HuaiLin shook his head without thinking, “I can’t guess.”
Shan Mingen smiled and said, “Qi Gu.”
Motherfucker! Qi Gu! His idol!
Nan HuaiLin suffered a series of blows, his heart was almost overwhelmed.
“Didn’t you just say you didn’t want to be a streamer but an actor?” Shan Mingen said, “After this film, you’ll be a real actor.”
Nan HuaiLin suddenly had doubts. This director, screenwriter, starring were a top configuration film, how was he able to participate in it?
The phone suddenly rang, Nan HuaiLin looked down at the screen, it was a text message, and the sender turned out to be Fei Cheng, his heart jumped and he hurriedly tapped on it.
[Mr. Rabbit:] This is a timed text message from your world’s most handsome husband~ Baby, I said I would let you do what you like all the time. You will be the second lead in the movie, My Father. This is my second gift to you. Are you surprised? Isn’t your husband amazing?
Nan HuaiLin almost cried tears of joy.
He managed to hold back and looked up at Shan Mingen, “Sister Shan, when does the filming start?”
Shan Mingen said, “Early November, so there’s still a month to go. You should prepare well.”
Nan HuaiLin nodded, “I will.”
After leaving Shan Mingen’s office, Nan HuaiLin turned a corner and went into the stairwell. He was finally unable to contain his excitement and emotion, and started shouting unrestrainedly and venting to his heart’s content.
When he had had enough, he walked out of the stairwell as if nothing had happened.
While waiting for the elevator, the phone rang.
It was an unfamiliar number.
Nan HuaiLin answered, “Hello?”
“It’s me,” a low, cold male voice sounded. “Fei Zheng.”
“Hello, Mr. Fei.” Nan HuaiLin said busily.
“Everything is going smoothly, you don’t have to worry.” Fei Zheng said succinctly.
“Mn…” Nan HuaiLin couldn’t help but ask, “When are they coming back?”
“I can’t give you an answer,” Fei Zheng said, “I’ll be going over there every month, and you can join me if you want.”
“I’d like to.” Nan HuaiLin said without thinking, “Please make sure Fei Cheng calls me.”
Fei Zheng said, “Come and see me at the office in a week, I have something for you.”
Nan HuaiLin answered, “Alright.”
Fei Zheng hung up the phone directly.
The elevator came, Nan HuaiLin went in and pressed the 1st floor.
Fei Zheng couldn’t have something for him, it must be something Fei Cheng asked his brother to pass on. What could it be?
The thought of seeing Fei Cheng next month made Nan HuaiLin’s heart soar. However, when the film starts next month, he probably won’t have time to fly to America.
Suddenly, he was bereft again.