Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
After a long flight of fourteen hours, the plane landed at Newark Airport at eleven in the morning, New York time. Nan HuaiLin didn’t sleep well on the plane, and now he was so sleepy that he could hardly open his eyes. He started nodding off right after he got into the cab, and woke up with a jolt when he was about to fall asleep, then hurriedly took out his cell phone. Just after he turned it on, a call came in from Fei Cheng.
Nan HuaiLin hurriedly answered, “I just landed and I’m taking a cab to the hotel.”
“Why does your voice sound like that?” Fei Cheng was worried, “Did you have a fever again?”
“No,” Nan HuaiLin closed his eyes, “I’m just sleepy.”
“The audition is tomorrow, right?” Fei Cheng asked.
“Mnh-mnh,” Nan HuaiLin replied, “tomorrow morning at ten.”
“Where is it?” Fei Cheng asked again.
Nan HuaiLin turned to Man TianZhu and asked, “Sister Zhu, are we going directly to their audition tomorrow?”
Man TianZhu nodded, “Yes.”
“Going to the agency.” Nan HuaiLin said into his phone, “Why are you asking so many detailed questions? You’re worried?”
“Especially uneasy.” Fei Cheng said.
“I’m not a three-year-old.” Nan HuaiLin laughed.
Fei Cheng wanted to talk to him for a while, but hearing the exhaustion in his voice, he couldn’t go on, but he still kept telling him, “Eat something before you go to sleep when you get to the hotel, okay?”
“Alright.” Nan HuaiLin said.
“Call me when you wake up.”
After hanging up the phone, he heard Man TianZhu sighing next to him.
“What’s wrong?” Nan HuaiLin asked.
“Envy.” Man TianZhu answered.
Nan HuaiLin smiled and said, “I’m envious of myself too.”
Man TianZhu, “…”
When they arrived at the Hilton Hotel, they checked in and went to dinner first. Nan HuaiLin took a hot shower, wrapped up in a bathrobe and plopped down on the bed, almost falling asleep in seconds.
He slept through the night.
The curtains were tightly drawn, and there was no light in the room.
Nan HuaiLin fumbled to turn on the bedside lamp, and then fumbled to find the phone. When his eyes adjusted to the screen brightness after a long time, he clicked on WeChat, and there were already several of Fei Cheng’s messages waiting.
Mr. Rabbit: [Are you awake baby? Seven hours have passed…]
Mr. Rabbit: [Thinking about you, and I can’t sleep, I had insomnia all night.]
Mr. Rabbit: [Dragon Two stopped drinking milk powder and kept crying, easily making five hundred million today.]
Nan HuaiLin smiled and moved his fingers to reply: [Just woke up. I’m so hungry, ready to go out for the food. Are you familiar with New York? Do you have any recommendations for good places to eat?]
Mr. Rabbit: [Peter Luger steak house, their steak is very good.]
Mr. Rabbit: [Five Guys Burgers, if you want to eat burgers, go here.]
Mr. Rabbit: [Applebee’s, American home style food.]
Nan HuaiLin replied: [Are you going to introduce all the restaurants in New York? I’ll be back tomorrow, okay.]
Mr. Rabbit: [Come back soon, every second feels like a year.]
Nan HuaiLin: [I’ll fly back as soon as the audition is over tomorrow.]
Nan HuaiLin: [Then I’ll go to dinner and talk about it when I get back.]
Mr. Rabbit: [Go on, don’t starve my wife.]
Nan HuaiLin first called Man TianZhu, “Sister Zhu, get ready to go out to eat. I’ll wash my face first… ten minutes… okay, bye.”
After hanging up the phone, Nan HuaiLin went to wash his face, put on his clothes, took his cell phone and went out. He met up with Man TianZhu, left the hotel with her and took a taxi to Peter Luger steak house.
The season in New York was the same as Beijing, also at the turn of spring and summer, but it felt a little bit cooler than Beijing.
At night, New York City was bustling and lively, like a different world.
As the cab drove over the Brooklyn Bridge, Man TianZhu suddenly got excited and held up her phone to take a picture, “This is where my favorite movie, The Amazing Spider-Man, was filmed!”
Nan HuaiLin had also seen the famous bridge in many American dramas and Hollywood movies, but he was inexplicably calm, probably because he had seen the best view ever.
It was almost nine o’clock when they arrived at the restaurant. The restaurant was quite big, but more crowded, and it was noisy once they entered.
Since his rise in popularity, Nan HuaiLin hadn’t eaten in such a noisy environment for a long time, and missed this feeling.
The waiter showed them to their seats and handed them the menu.
Nan HuaiLin ordered the rare steak recommended by Fei Cheng, bacon wrapped shrimp, creamed spinach, broccoli and onion rings.
Man TianZhu was shocked, “So much? You don’t want to lose your figure?”
Nan HuaiLin said, “It’s okay, I’ve reached the stage where I can’t get fat.”
Man TianZhu froze, “What do you mean?”
Nan HuaiLin, of course, couldn’t tell her that he was pregnant with a nest of eggs, so he shrugged his shoulders and smiled, not answering directly.
After ordering, Nan HuaiLin had time to look around the restaurant. The crowdedness was quite noticeable, a rectangular table was seamlessly arranged, the customers were also seated next to each other, so he could hear clearly what the people next to him were talking about.
Nan HuaiLin smiled politely and turned his head to talk to Man TianZhu, but a man opened his mouth to greet him and chatted with him warmly.
Nan HuaiLin’s English wasn’t bad, but he didn’t often have the opportunity to talk to foreigners, so he was a little bit reserved. However, it wasn’t bad, at least he was able to answer and reply smoothly. The more he talked, the smoother the conversation became, which gave him more confidence for tomorrow’s audition.
When his order came, Mr Lowden, whom he had just met, was leaving.
Lowden asked gently, “Would you like to join us for a drink? After you finish your meal, of course.”
Nan HuaiLin smiled and declined, “Thank you for the invitation, but no, my lover would be jealous.”
With a regretful expression, Lowden chatted some more and left with his friend.
“My God, this Mr. Lowden is really handsome!” Man TianZhu said, “I want to swim in the folds of his face!”
Nan HuaiLin said while cutting the steak, “He’s alright.” Not as handsome as my husband though.
As if Man TianZhu understood his subtext, she sighed silently, “What can I do to relieve my worries, but eat.”
Nan HuaiLin said with a smile, “Then eat more.”
With that, he picked up his phone and took a picture of the table full of food, then sent it to Fei Cheng with the message: [Very tasty, five stars.]
Fei Cheng quickly replied: [Trust your husband and you can’t go wrong.]
Nan HuaiLin smiled, put down his phone and focused on eating.
After eating, Nan HuaiLin originally wanted to walk around the exotic streets, but when he came out, it was a bit chaotic in Brooklyn late at night, so he had to take a taxi back to the hotel and stay there.
Nan HuaiLin took a shower, and when he came out, he heard his cell phone ringing, so he walked over and picked it up to see that it was a video invitation from Fei Cheng.
Nan HuaiLin pressed answer and Fei Cheng’s handsome face appeared on the screen from a 180 degree angle.
The moment Fei Cheng opened his mouth, he said, “Don’t seduce me, put your clothes on.”
Nan HuaiLin had just gotten out of the shower and was naked, although only the upper half of his body appeared on the screen, it was already blatantly seductive. He got under the covers and pulled it up to his neck, “Is this okay?”
Fei Cheng coughed, “Pull it down a little more.”
Nan HuaiLin then pulled it down a bit to reveal his collarbone, “Like this?”
Fei Cheng said, “A little more.”
Nan HuaiLin then went down a little bit more, revealing two nipples, “Enough?”
Fei Cheng smiled and said, “Wife, do you feel the milk surging?”
“Not at all, no.” Nan HuaiLin felt ashamed to mention this, and hurriedly pulled the blanket up a little to cover his nipples.
Fei Cheng said, “You can squeeze it, I’ll see if it will flow out.”
Nan HuaiLin gritted his teeth, “No. Squeeze.”
Fei Cheng laughed, “Don’t be mad, I’m teasing you.”
Nan HuaiLin grunted, “Where are you?”
“At work,” Fei Cheng held up his phone and took a look around, “the office.”
“Busy?” Nan HuaiLin asked.
“Busy,” Fei Cheng said, “but looking at your face gives me the strength to work.”
“Now that you’ve seen it,” Nan HuaiLin said with a smile, “get to work.”
“What are you doing?” Fei Cheng asked, “Going back to sleep?”
He had slept so much during the day that he didn’t feel the least bit sleepy at the moment.
Nan HuaiLin said, “I’m practicing what I’m going to say for tomorrow’s audition.”
Fei Cheng said, “You’ll be fine, don’t be nervous.”
“I’m not nervous,” Nan HuaiLin said with a smile, “I was just talking to a foreigner at dinner and I speak English very well.”
Fei Cheng frowned, “Don’t talk to strangers.”
Nan HuaiLin wanted to tease him, so she said, “His name was Will Lowden, and he was very handsome, like a young Li Zi.”
Fei Cheng, “…”
Nan HuaiLin added, “We had a nice chat and he invited me to the bar for a drink.”
Fei Cheng said, “I’ll book a flight to New York now.”
Nan HuaiLin smiled as he achieved his goal and said, “But I don’t think he’s as handsome as you, you’ll always be the most handsome to me.”
Fei Cheng hooked his lips to keep himself from smiling too obviously.
Nan HuaiLin added, “I turned him down when he invited me for a drink, saying I was afraid my husband would be jealous.”
The meaning of this statement was obvious.
Fei Cheng smiled and said, “Good boy, come back and I’ll reward you well.”
Nan HuaiLin suddenly sighed, “I feel like I’m finished.”
Fei Cheng asked, “What’s wrong?”
Nan HuaiLin said, “Except for you, all the other men in my eyes have become big pig’s feet.”
Fei Cheng laughed and said, “Stop flirting with me, I’ll go crazy.”
Nan HuaiLin waved at him, “Then you work hard, I’m hanging up.”
Fei Cheng said, “Give me a kiss before you hang up.”
Nan HuaiLin gave a “MUAH!” to the camera and hung up the video with great reluctance.
He smiled to himself as he held the phone. He found that he had been brought down by Fei Cheng and was now able to say those humiliating words of love without blushing.
This should be… a kind of progress, right?
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