Translated by Vivian of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
The next day, Finch received Cesar’s text that he was going on a business trip for a few days, and that he was sorry but wouldn’t be able to come back for a while.
Soon afterward, Finch’s movie was finally released, and he began to attend various press conferences and events. He was extremely busy, so he didn’t think too much about Cesar’s business trip.
Ji XueFang and Gao TianRui didn’t attend. Later, it was announced that Gao TianRui had passed away because of a heart attack, and Ji XueFang was “sick”, so she couldn’t attend. Gradually, they faded out of everyone’s gazes, as it seemed that in order to ensure a successful box office, the producers had temporarily suppressed the negative news.
Only Finch and Xie Yan, who was still injured, attended the premiere.
After the movie was released, it was a huge success, and many of Finch’s anti-fans turned to actual fans because of his appearance and acting skills. Although they weren’t very perfect, it was inevitable for new actors to be flawed, and at least Finch had enough highlights in playing his role. Moreover, his character had many interactions with Xie Yan’s character and was very likable. Thus, a lot more people began shipping Finch and Xie Yan.
Not only were Xie Yan and Finch mutual followers on Weibo, they interacted from time to time on the app. They would like and comment on each other’s posts, and these little things made their shippers overjoyed.
A big part of why Finch became so popular could be attributed to Xie Yan’s help.
Naturally, Finch was very grateful for Xie Yan’s support, and ever since they had experienced danger together that time, they became a lot closer.
Soon, Xie Yan’s wound healed, and he was discharged from the hospital. As his friend, Finch went to go pick him up.
When he arrived, Xie Yan happened to be changing clothes. He was wearing a hospital gown, and there didn’t seem to be any serious problems with his injury anymore, although the bandages on his arm hadn’t been removed yet. Healing completely would still require some time, so Xie Yan couldn’t take part in strenuous exercise for a while.
Thus, it was still a little inconvenient for him to change. Xie Yan frowned as he slowly took off one sleeve, and it seemed to be very difficult. Finch hastily walked over to him and offered, “I can help.”
Xie Yan smiled and nodded. “Thanks.”
Finch carefully lifted Xie Yan’s arm and helped him take off his shirt. His gaze inadvertently landed on a wound on Xie Yan’s back. The wound was quite hideous, and it was very deep and dark. Finch could tell that it wasn’t a recent injury, so it probably had nothing to do with the things they had encountered last time.
Xie Yan noticed Finch’s expression and explained calmly, “I was injured in a car accident a few years ago.”
Finch could tell that the accident had been very serious just from the wound, so he said uneasily, “It’s good that you’re fine.”
Xie Yan was silent for a moment. “Mn, that time… I almost thought I was dead, but it’s good that I came back, alive.”
Then, they didn’t bring up the matter again. Finch finished helping Xie Yan put on his shirt and smiled. “Still so handsome.”
Xie Yan grinned helplessly.
At this time, someone knocked on the ward door, and Xie Yan said, “Please come in.”
The door was pushed open, and a middle-aged man wearing glasses walked in. His hair was graying, but it was combed slickly. He looked very elegant, and he smiled when he saw Xie Yan. “I heard you got injured, and I just happened to be in town, so I came to visit.”
Xie Yan’s expression froze for an instant, seemingly out of surprise that he was here. Then, he smiled and said, “Ah, Mr. Mu, I barely see you anymore.”
Mr. Mu said wryly, “That’s my fault for not coming often.”
Xie Yan raised an eyebrow and introduced him to Finch. “This is Mr. Mu, my friend. I was able to survive the car accident because of his help.”
Mr. Mu smiled at Finch, his expression amiable, and handed him a business card. “I’m a doctor, so if you encounter any problems, then you can come see me. Any friend of Xie Yan’s is a friend of mine.”
Mr. Mu looked very kind and smart, and Finch felt that he was quite trustworthy, so he respectfully took the card and said, “Thanks.”
Mr. Mu said to Xie Yan, “It seems that you’re about to get discharged from the hospital, so I won’t delay you. If you have time, come to my place and we can chat.”
Xie Yan replied, “Okay.”
Then, Mr. Mu left.
Finch knew that Xie Yan’s wound hadn’t healed completely yet, so he quickly helped him carry his things and said enthusiastically, “Come on, I’ll take you home!”
Xie Yan nodded. “You’re too kind.”
Finch grinned and personally drove Xie Yan home! This was just being polite.
Mr. Mu left the hospital, and when he turned the corner, he saw a man leaning against the wall, looking at him coldly. Mr. Mu paused and smiled at Cesar. “How come you’re here?”
The corner of Cesar’s mouth hooked upwards as he said meaningfully, “That’s what I should be asking you. As the Foundation’s chairman, shouldn’t you be in your laboratory presiding over the general situation? What are you doing here?”
Cesar’s right eye was completely healed now, though his pupil was still red and glowing with a cold light, making him look eerie.
Mr. Mu shrugged, and his gaze landed on Cesar’s right eye. “You know what I’m doing. Two years ago, you discovered that he might be the key to the merging of the two worlds, so he’s very important to our Foundation’s research. Yet you don’t care about that, and you’re even stopping us from analyzing him. You’re being too willful.”
Cesar’s pupils dilated a little, and his expression became even colder. “I can resolve everything, and I don’t need him to do so at all. I have already proved this to you two years ago.”
Mr. Mu said derisively, “Your method of resolving everything is to continue crudely indulging the dark energy that comes from these merges and draw upon that world’s energy. Do you really think that will resolve the problem? You’re simply treating the symptoms, but you’re not getting rid of the root cause.”
Cesar’s expression darkened.
Mr. Mu continued slowly, “You can’t even resolve your own problem now, yet you say you can resolve his problem?”
This seemed to hit a nerve, and Cesar was suddenly furious. He scoffed, “Yes, perhaps I can’t resolve my own problem right now, but do you really think your method is right and will work?”
Mr. Mu looked at him coldly.
Cesar suddenly stepped forward. “I’ll never allow you to sacrifice him! Because sacrificing me is enough.”
This finally caused Mr. Mu’s expression to change slightly.
Cesar sneered, though his expression was still chilly. “After all, you’re the type of person that’s willing to sacrifice even their own son just to achieve their goal.”
Just because you thought I was the most suitable candidate, you didn’t even hesitate when you turned me into a monster…
This time, I won’t let you hurt the person I care about!