Your Rival in Love Gets Prettier Every Day

2020-05-21 10:35:57
Chapter 23

The media knew the inside news earlier than the fans that Shen Jintai's coming back, it was a big deal.


Shen Jintai had this kind of ability. He had never done anything good. He had a bad personality. However, every move he makes can set off a big scene in the entertainment industry.


"The next is someone we haven't seen for a long time, Shen Jintai!” the host also knew that Shen was the focus of the evening, he looked to Shen with a smile: “This evening's Jintai is a little different than before.”


He wasn’t a little different, but very.


Shen Jintai had always liked strange clothes. The more important the occasion was, the more he liked exaggerating clothes and makeup. Even if he wore a suit, he wore the suit so fancy that people couldn't understand. Especially when his personal image was down to the bottom and he started to wear some unknown brands. With his pink hair, pushing everyone’s esthetic tolerance had been his thing.


Now he was acceptable, but his trickster’s character hadn't changed.


Bai Qingquan looked at Shen Jintai with a smile while inside he was swearing.


What was with the red rose on his chest? It was obviously there to attract attention!


Although…


Although he had to admit that the rose made him surprisingly delicate but casual at the same time.


There were most Bai’s fans at the scene, they all chose to stay silent when Shen came out.


But the netizens who was watching livestreaming was excited.


“Ah ah ah, Shen Touhua!”


“Touhua is so beautiful today, return and better!”


“To be honest, it's a bit exaggerated to say he’s beautiful, but still, not bad.”


“There was a young man retired. And when he came back he was much uglier than before. Being popular really helps stars a lot, when not popular, they get worse. But how can Shen Jintai keep it so good?”


“Maybe it’s because he's young? He's only twenty. The peak of his beauty is not yet arrived.”


“Is he a little more mature?”


“I really can't recognize him! To be honest, I have been a little face blind to him. His pink hair helped me to recognize him. Now without his pink hair, he looked so strange!”


“Who got him that rose? It's thoughtful. It has brought his look up to another level.”


“Ha ha ha, Shen Touhua, how many people are yours in the comment area? Hasn’t Shen Touhua always been a joke to all here?”


In Bai’s fans group, it became a mess.


They were enjoying the beautiful pictures of Bai Qingquan and praising their idol.


It was rare to see Bai Qingquan with such delicate makeup. Tonight, he was so charming!


But in the middle of this, Shen Jintai showed out.


“Attention, attention, Shen Touhua is coming out!”


“Ha ha, I'd like to see what kind of funny look Shen Touhua got today!”


“Fortunately, we had our idol's photos to see so we can tolerate Shen Touhua.”


“See, but don't make comment, don't give him attention!”


“Roger that! He’s out!”


……


“Fuck!”


“Fuck fuck fuck!”


“I'm new. Is this Shen Touhua that you often talk about? How… How come he’s nothing like what you’ve said?”


“Really, is this Shen Touhua?”


The group leader saw that the atmosphere in the group had changed, and hurriedly said: “Attention, attention, Shen Touhua is very clever. Surprises have always been his means of hyping!”


“That's right. When everyone’s thinking that he’s going to dress weird, he suddenly became a normal person. In fact, he’s just hyping!”


“He’s just fine at most. My idol's much better-looking than him!”


“Of course. I just think the rose on his chest is pretty.”


“Hehe, it shouldn't be on his chest, it should be on his head!”


“Please tell the group leader that we are going to ‘adjust’ the comments on Weibo. I just looked at the real-time comments, and everyone was praising him!”


“Yes, it's very annoying. Some people say that he's Yan pressing our brother today. Their eyes are on their buttocks!”


“Go!” The group leader gave orders.


Fans rushed to various forums and Weibo accounts. Some people were so fast on the Internet that the gifs of Shen Jintai tonight had already been made. The gifs were processed and made Shen Jintai looked like he had halo around him.


Bai’s fans: “...”


That rose was really...


If it was on their idol Bai Yueguang, how beautiful could it be!


In fact, there were more people surprised than just those netizens who hadn't seen Shen Jintai for a long time.


Even Yan Qiuchi who just saw him yesterday was very surprised.


Shen Jintai came from the blazing lights. His eyes were firm, his smile was refreshing. His suit set off his style. He was calm and confident.


“Look at the flower on his chest...” Bai Qingquan said to Yang Lizhi in a low voice with a smile on his face.


Yang Lizhi was also a little dissatisfied with Shen’s taking all the attention, but her hostility to Shen Jintai was obviously not as great as that of Bai Qingquan: “It's pretty good.”


Bai Qingquan thought that Yang Lizhi would say that he could really hype. But, she didn’t.


He turned his head and looked at the cameras in front of him. Almost all of them turned to Shen Jintai. There was only one magazine reporter who was still taking photos of him.


He’s gonna remember that magazine and make an exclusive interview with them later.


Now the focus was not them. Even the host had gone to the cue Shen Jintai. Bai Qingquan took Yang Lizhi's hand and sat in the first row. The host had reached out to Shen Jintai. Shen Jintai bowed politely and shook the host's hand and took the microphone.


“This is the actor of Li Xu in ‘Here Comes the East Palace’, Shen Jintai! Jintai, say hello to everyone.”


Shen Jintai said with a clear voice: “Hello everyone, I'm Shen Jintai. Long time no see.”


He said "long time no see" and his fans almost burst into tears.


In his fans group, the number of active users quickly went over 200.


“Wuwuwu, you’re back at last.”


“Finally! Thank god I didn't give up!”


“My idol’s so dazzling tonight. It seemed that it’s back to his best days!”


“I'm really crying. I'm so excited, damn it.”


It really had been a long time. Only Jin’s fans can understand their feelings at the moment.


It didn't matter whether Shen’s famous or not. It didn't matter whether he’s the best or not, but he had to show up often.


You have been here, and we have been with you.


As Li Meilan had expected, Shen Jintai conquered today's top searched list. “Shen Jintai's comeback” was closely followed by a purple and red “BOOM”.


But these Shen Jintai didn't know. His mobile phone was in Li Meilan's hands. He sat under the stage and looked at the stage wholeheartedly.


According to the plan, the cast would go to the stage one by one to introduce their roles and interact with the audience.


When Bai Qingquan came to the stage, the cheers were the most enthusiastic. Today's netizens, 90 out of 100 were here for Bai. The attention they got were attributed to Bai. So the host also liked to cue him. Bai Qingquan talked freely, obviously fully prepared.


But even if it's an interview with him, the question always involved his rivals, Shen Jintai.


After all, both the crew and the host knew that the biggest selling point of the play was the joint performance of Bai Qingquan and Shen Jintai, the two rivals. What kind of fate brought the two enemies together?!


“I heard from the crew that you recommended Jintai to the director to play the role of Li Xu?”


Bai Qingquan smiled and nodded, then looked at Shen Jintai under the stage: “He had been out of the business for a long time. I heard that he was going to come back. Just in time, there was a role that hadn't been decided yet. We had our debut together. We still have contact with each other, so I called his agent sister Lan. The next day they came to the audition.”


Bai’s fans under the stage were in a complicated mood. Wasn’t their idol a little too kind?


“What do you think he changed when you work with him again after such a long time?”


Bai Qingquan didn't want to answer the questions about Shen Jintai at all, but the host seldom improvised. These questions must be his lines. The most likely thing was that they wanted to hype the relationship between him and Shen Jintai. He smiled and said: “After all, two years have passed, and we are not the same as before. I believe everyone can tell the changes on us, right?”


The biggest change was that he had become the leading man, the best. Shen Jintai was out of time and needed him to introduce work. Was it necessary for him to say these things himself? That's too shameful!


The host read the vibe and sensed there was something not right with Bai Qingquan. Fortunately, his questions were finished, he quickly said: “OK, thank you Qingquan, and let's look forward to the wonderful performance of Qingquan in ‘Here Comes the East Palace’.”


The host smiled and watched Bai Qingquan went down, looked at the table, smiled and looked at the audience: “Next, let's give a huge applause to our Li Xu.”


Shen Jintai got up in the music and walked towards the stage. He passed by Bai Qingquan at the entrance of the stage. Bai Qingquan turned to look at him, and he smiled politely at Bai Qingquan.


Maybe it was his illusion, but Bai Qingquan felt that Shen Jintai was particularly radiant.


Instead, he was a little flustered.


Before Shen Jintai’s retirement, they attended many activities together. Shen Jintai was always the focus of the media. He always had a variety of ways to attract people's attention. There were more topics about him. The media naturally liked such artists more. They had one month's performance in an interview.


On the contrary, someone like him who never fight for attention had always been living in the shadow of Shen Jintai.


Later, Shen Jintai retired and he became the new focus. He thought that he had been firmly rooted in the past two years, but he didn't know that once Shen Jintai came back, he would be history.


No matter how beautiful his is, he can’t be as good as Shen Jintai.


Bai Qingquan panicked. He didn't want to relive the past when he lived in the shadow of Shen Jintai.


After sitting down, Bai looked at his phone. As soon as he opened the Weibo, Shen Jintai's comeback was already booming.


Bai Qingquan felt dizzy. He sat more upright, with the most standard smile on his face, and looked at Shen Jintai on the stage.


“Jintai is definitely a surprise for us.” the host said: “As we all know, you were the king of the stage, known as the new generation of dance king, so I would like to ask Jintai, why you chose HCEP as your first show after such a long rest?”


Why, why? Because I'm not popular, there was no better job opportunities.


But there’s a standard answer to this question: “Because of the script, the director, the cast and the production team behind the scenes.”


But Shen Jintai said: “Because I love acting.”


It had always been his dream to say this in a special occasion of great public attention. When he was nominated for best supporting man, he secretly practiced it for countless times. If he won the prize, he would stand on the stage and make a speech.


He would say this.


He really loves acting. Romance and money are no more important than acting to him.


For his acting career, he would love to be a virgin a never fall in love for his entire life.


He was moved, but others didn't think so.


Shen Jintai loves acting?


Interesting. If he loves it, how come his acting was so bad!


Bai Qingquan sneered without trace and raised his legs.


Bai’s fans were the same.


The host also felt very surprised. How could he continue the conversation!


Shen only cast one show for all the time. And after he had messed it up, he blamed the producer and made complaints about it for a long time. The producer said that he had an attitude when he was filming. He was late and left early, and he changed his lines without permission. He even attacked Bai Qingquan through the plot of the character complaining about a star.


There were too many histories.


Shen Jintai continued: “In the two years of rest, I thought a lot. In fact, I left mainly to think about where I would go next. After I decided to engage in performance business, I signed up for a training course and have been learning.”


He just found a reason for his perfect acting skills.


“I hope you can see my change after the show is broadcast.”


The host said with a smile: “We are also looking forward to your wonderful performance in ‘Here Comes the East Palace’. We all know that you are playing a very important role, Li Xu the eunuch. Let's talk about it.”


The next step was the normal process. The host was a little nervous because he was afraid that Shen Jintai, who had not been playing according to the common sense, would make amazing moves. He held the script in his hand and prepared a lot of emergency strategies for Shen Jintai.


Who’d knew that Shen Jintai was particularly cooperative, the most important thing was that he did gave information, which was unexpected.


Giving information, it seems like a very simple standard, but in the showbiz, many stars failed on this.


In the usual interview, using too many meaningless words was acceptable. But there were actors and actresses could share their view on the script or the character, or just said fancy words, which were also meaningless.


But Shen Jintai had a relatively deep speech, which made him seemed particularly educated.


He described Li Xu as a “villain with a sense of vulnerability”. He said that he read the script and “after reading the script, tears were about to flow out, and there were surging waves inside me.”. When it came to the love between Li Xu and the prince, he said, “It's more like the flower words of a wild rose, romance and repentance.”


He talked, calmly. He looked at the host attentively and gently. The rose on his chest seemed to be fresh.


He was like a different person.


Bai Qingquan was sitting under the stage, feeling nervous.


He didn't know what was wrong with him. He was panicked, shocked and didn’t know what to do. He took the chance to go to the toilet, turned on the tap and cried for a long time in the cubicle.


When he came out, he saw Weige looking at him seriously.


Bai Qingquan's eyes were still red. Weige said: “Wipe your eyes. Don't let anyone find out.”


Bai Qingquan nodded and said: “I regret it.”


He regretted giving Shen Jintai this opportunity.


“You should be more confident. Don't feel inferior when you see Shen Jintai. You are better looking than him, more popular than him, and your acting skills are no worse than him. You are still the lead role, and he exists only to set off you. Bai Qingquan, why you can’t find your own good.”


Shen Jintai left him a deep shadow. All love and praise could not make up for the damage he suffered before.


“I will not be defeated by him.” Bai Qingquan said: “I will be better than him even if I have to die to do so.”


He rearranged his makeup and returned to the press conference. Shen Jintai had gotten down. He was sitting beside and whispering to the director.


Li Meilan was sitting in the lounge, checking Weibo, browsing the forum and asking Jin’s fans to leave comments.


There were little fans left, and their abilities were limited. At first, they were completely crushed by Bai’s fans. But with the press conference going on, the Bai’s fans were not good either.


They were no match to more neutrals.


In the abuse of Bai’s fans, there were neutrals’ praise interspersed among them. Li Meilan summed up, nothing more than talking about Shen Jintai's change.


“Shen Jintai seems to be a completely different person.” in terms of appearance and character.


Anyway, the comeback was a success. If Shen Jintai could seize this opportunity, when the TV play is broadcast, his acting skill is only half better than before, and his reputation could get improved.


While she was being excited, she heard noises outside. Soon Shen Jintai, accompanied by Xiao tang, pushed the door in.


Shen Jintai took out the rose in his pocket and asked Li Meilan: “How’s it going? Are there more people think I’m good or?”


“50/50” said Li


It was good enough.


As soon as Shen Jintai heard that, he immediately turned on his phone and checked the Internet. He was browsing netizens' comments. He heard Xiaotang’s phone ringing all the time, as if there was a stream of information coming in.


He looked up and heard Xiaotang said: “Wow, so many people apply to join the fans’ group!”


It had been only two hours or so, hundreds of them had applied.


Remarkable!


Shen Jintai became the focus tonight. Even the rose on his chest was searched.


“How did you come up with the idea of having the rose?” Li Meilan thought it was a stroke of genius.


Shen Jintai said: “I thought at that time that this is my comeback. I have to make it unforgettable. I'm not afraid of bad comments, I'm afraid of no attention. I just saw a little girl holding a bunch of roses and I didn't know who she gave them to. I asked for one and put it in my pocket. I think that although it looked like a hype, there were highlights.”


Men's suits are all alike. They are hard to be as amazing and memorable as women's dresses. A rose can distinguish from other actors.


He had no pink hair, so he needs new highlights.


“I think it's very good. Many think it's a good idea, innovative. I’m thinking if we can use it as your personal label in the future?”


Shen Jintai also saw the comments: “Shen Touhua wearing flowers? Hahahaha”


Li Meilan also laughed and said: “Maybe it can justify your nickname.”


“Then I’ll wear a flower on my chest whenever I attend important events.”


“It must be a real flower, one with stem.”


Li Meilan thought that the flower Shen Jintai wore was so well received because of the stem. The dark green stem with two small leaves, slender and straight. They seemed more casual rather than deliberate.


Shen Jintai went to his fans’ group to have a look again. His fans were more excited. In two hours, there were thousands of messages. One of the fans, who was very fast in hand, even drew a picture of him according to his look tonight.


Shen Jintai thought that although the drawing was simple, it was particularly beautiful. The red rose on his chest was very conspicuous. At a glance, he could see that it was him. It was very good as his personal label.


He asked Xiaotang to contact the fan, and after the approval of the fan, he made it his Weibo profile pic.


At the same time, he finally posted the Weibo in his draft box.


He posted a picture of the script of “Here Comes the East Palace”, a towering palace silhouette, the gilded five words “Here Comes the East Palace”, and the accompanying text: “Hello, Li Xu.”


The same day, sunshine media held a banquet in a hotel. After the press conference, it was a dinner party.


There were more stars coming to the dinner party. Friends of stars like Bai Qingquan and Yang Lizhi also came to take part. There were many fans outside the hotel, and the screams never stopped. Shen Jintai opened a corner of the curtain and looked down. He saw the dark crowd and the flashlight that lit up the night.


Since when does he have so many fans? When he showed up in public, people scream.


There was a knock outside. The staff came in and said: “Mr. Shen, it's time.”


Shen Jintai nodded, Li Meilan arranged his collar again, patted him and said: “Go ahead, we'll be waiting here.”


Shen Jintai nodded and followed the staff out. The corridor was full of people. Song Wei liked him very much now. She waved from afar: “Jin, here.”


Shen Jintai smiled and followed Song Wei to the hall.


Song Wei was an old star. When she was young, she was also a popular actress. But now she occasionally played in movies and TV plays, in which she was from mother's generation. She’s Queen Xiao in “Here Comes the East Palace”.


Shen Jintai followed her through the corridor. When they were near the hall, they saw Yan Qiuchi coming.


As a boss, he was of great style. Behind him were several senior executives of the company. Yan Qiuchi was 190 tall. Even if they wore the same formal suit, he was outstanding, especially conspicuous. Surrounded by a bunch of stars, he was dignified and quiet.


Song smiled and greeted him: “Mr. Yan.”


“Mrs. Song.” Yan Qiuchi greeted Song Wei with a smile and nodded to Shen Jintai.


In public, he always behaves.


Shen Jintai nodded, but did not speak. He saw Yang Lizhi and Bai Qingquan through the crowd.


Just at that time, Xiao Ai suddenly went online: “Ding Dong” which scared him.


“I'm really sorry to disturb you at this time.” said Xiao Ai: “But I think I should inform you in time.”


“What's the matter?”


“We’ve detected that Bai Qingquan's liking for you dropped. The decline is incalculable so we’ll see it as a minus 10!”


“What the hell!”


“Dear, you really need to work harder, or the next reward would be far away!”


“What's the next reward?”


“Sexy waist, you chose it yourself.” Xiao Ai said: “Believe me, it's definitely a sexy one! You need it!”


Shen Jintai pursed his lips and looked at Bai Qingquan through the crowd. Bai Qingquan was talking and smiling, seemed to be the same as before.


Bai was a very self-contained man, even if he hated someone, he wouldn’t show it.


“Why would he dislike me?” Shen thought: “Is it because I stole his thunder today?”


But he couldn’t compromise, he needed it.


Although he liked Bai Qingquan, becoming beautiful and becoming a star were always the top priorities.


What he loved the most was acting.


If he wanted to make a career, he needs popularity. If he wanted to be a leading role and get good movie and TV resources, he needs both acting skills and fame.


It's a dead end.


He had two ways to go, either to please Bai Qingquan or to fight against Yan Qiuchi. It seemed there was only one way.


He looked at Yan Qiuchi in front of him.


He only saw Yan Qiuchi's back, who was surrounded by people walking forward.


It was seemingly impossible for him to fight against Yan Qiuchi and win.


Hard!


“Dear, what’s the fun in it if it’s too easy? Don't forget what will happen to you if you can't finish the ultimate task.”


“What?” Shen Jintai asked.


He only knew that there were becoming beautiful and the opposite, what else?


“I'll repeat what I told you. The highest-level reward you will get is that you can not only live in the new world, but also have a man who loves you all his life. He will never cheat or change his mind, even for decades.” Xiao Ai paused for a moment: “If you fail and you can't let Yan Qiuchi love nothing but work, then you can't live in the new world. In other words, you can't rewrite the fate of the original Shen Jintai, you will be dead.”


Shit!


“A tip for you. You are already dead in your own world.”


Shit!

 

Shit shit shit!


“So dear, face the difficulties, come on! Xiao Ai will leave you with your meal. Bye!”


“Di”, she went offline.


Shen Jintai felt cold.


Nothing comes easily.


Shen Jintai looked forward with a serious face. He looked through the chatty crowd and looked at Bai Qingquan, and then Yan Qiuchi.


Bai Qingquan was beautiful and gentle, and Yan Qiuchi was cool and ascetic.


What should he do next? Fight against Yan Qiuchi? Or pursue Bai Yueguang?


None was the way he wanted to go.


It's important to be alive, but it’s also important to live comfortably, to live with dignity.


After several fights with Yan Qiuchi, he didn't win any. On the contrary, he made Yan Qiuchi misunderstand himself more and more. Being looked down upon by an excellent man is also a matter of self-esteem. He felt that the best way to deal with Yan Qiuchi was to leave him alone.


As for pursuing Bai Qingquan, it was acceptable. After all, Bai was good-looking and likable.


Next, he’d stay with Bai Qingquan for half a year. He’d not be obsequious or annoying. He’d win over Bai Qingquan and reach his heart with his own ability!


Shen Jintai walked towards Bai, but Yan Qiuchi turned his head to look at Shen.


Shen Jintai's back was especially tall and straight. When Yan Qiuchi looked at him, he felt like a complete stranger.

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Ethereal Rainbow Canvas 2020-05-21 14:03
Thanks for the chapter! I would have sent a picture of that rose with a message "To all the fans who stood by me during these years, thank you!" this way, every time he wears a rose, it will be a direct message to his fans, your artist thinks of you & is grateful to you. That should make them feel gratified & even more loyal!
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tourist 2020-05-21 17:57
I feel so bad for Bai he really doesn't deserve to be played like this by SJT after being bullied and harassed all those years. And SJT should really acknowledge that the former soul really was awful to Bai instead of just acting like that never happened just because it wasn't him.
tourist 2020-05-21 19:41
I ageee but SJT doesn’t remember though. Aish
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