Your Rival in Love Gets Prettier Every Day

2020-06-04 12:08:03
Chapter 36

They hadn't eaten yet. The interview had already been discussed on the Internet.


It was bound to be. It was a big thing that Shen Jintai admitted that Bai and him didn't get along.


When Shen went to check the Weibo, he heard a familiar voice: “We really didn't get along before.”


The following comments were all from Bai’s fans:


“Shen Touhua's so good at hyping.”


“It can’t be wrong to say go to hell to Shen.”


“Please be independent, please learn to be a man.”


“Aren’t there too many top searched items about him lately? He probably spent all the money he made from this play on them.”


Wherever Bai’s fans went, they’d make it only about Bai Qingquan.


Later, they probably thought that talking bad about him was helping him to get attention, so they started to post Bai’s photos.


“11 September, enjoy the beautiful Jing of the East Palace together.”


Bai Qingquan's character is called Zhou Jing. The TV play is called “Here Comes the East Palace” and it’d be broadcast on 11 September. Therefore, the fans gathered their ideas and decided on this slogan.


Comments on Weibo are easy to be controlled simply by clicking the like button and forwarding the comment over and over again. But this doesn’t work in forums, which made the comments on forums completely different.


“Although there’s possibility that he was hyping, but I really like this kind of straightforward men.”


“Yes, they really didn’t get along. On the contrary, I think it was hypocritical for Bai Qingquan to smile every time he mentions Shen Jintai.”


“Hypocritical? It's called politeness. What’s the problem with you? So fighting in front of the cameras sounds good to you?”


“Anyway, Shen Touhua's recent moves worked out perfectly. I don't know if he has changed his team. I feel that people who didn’t know him would love him in first sight.”


“Bull, those passers-by won’t pay attention to him. He had been out of the industry for years. His fans and haters were all from the fans groups.”


“The entertainment industry has lost a lot of fun without Shen Jintai. Personally, I really hope he can get really popular this time.”


“The same.”


“Me too.”


“He now has a trend of getting popular. His Weibo account got almost one million followers more than before.”


“Today, I was shocked by his performance when I was watching the livestreaming. I can’t say that his acting was super awesome, but it was really a surprise!"


“Yes, yes, it was really surprising. I didn't expect him to act like that. And because of that, it seemed amazing!”


“I really love it. It's a good idea for the crew to choose this scene to show to the media. I just went to read the original novel and I can't stop reading it! I want to say that if Shen Jintai can nail this role, he will definitely be very popular!”


“The character Li Xu is really attracting. This kind of mean and handsome eunuch has not been shown on the screen yet, and it can become a representative role if it’s done well. Shen Jintai's beauty didn't match the role, but his acting skills surprisingly did.”


“Speaking of beauty, have you noticed that Shen is much prettier than before? Has he had surgeries or something?”


"He was never bad, was he? He used to wear heavy make-up. To be honest, the public may have forgotten what he really looked like when he’s normal.”


“Look at the black hair photos of him when he just started in the show ‘Pick’. He’s obviously different now.”


“Maybe it’s because he’s grown. He just turned 18 back then.”


“And he’s only 20 now, still not in man’s best years. It's about twenty-five years before a man reaches the peak of his beauty. Shen Jintai has several years left.”


“In fact, his face is not bad. It’s just there’s a better one, Bai Qingquan. I think that he had red hair and heavy makeup because he knew that he’s not as good-looking as Bai Qingquan, so he deliberately took another style.”


“He’s not as smart as you say. If Shen Jintai was really that smart, he wouldn’t give up his career for love.”


“Hahahaha. About that, has he really broken off with the eldest son in Yan’s family? I don't know what Yan Qiuchi will think of this.”


“Why there’s no one dig up something about their relationship? I really want to know.”


“There’s no need to dig. The relationship between the two of them, as we all know, has a solid evidence. In addition, there is a Bai Qingquan. Their love triangle was really interesting. In a word, Shen Jintai chased Yan Qiuchi. Yan Qiuchi wasn’t moved and seemed to like Shen’s rival, Bai Qingquan.”


“To be honest, there’s no evidence of Bai Qingquan and Yan Qiuchi’s relationships. The fans were just joking. The funny thing was that no one except Yan Qiuchi ‘survived’ the mean comments from Bai’s fans when they got romantic rumors with Bai. One reason is that Yan Qiuchi’s an excellent man, another reason is that Bai’s fans thought Shen Jintai would be upset about it. They kept calling Yan Qiuchi their “son in law”.


“That's why Shen Jintai’s fans stopped liking him!”


“What kind of love triangle is this? I only see Shen Jintai pestering.”


“Now they are playing in the sunshine media’s TV series together. It seems that these three people are going to be entangled forever.”


“These two are so funny. They all want a piece of Yan Qiuchi. Seriously, I think he would never fell in love in someone in the showbiz.”


“The first-born in Yan’s family is really handsome, and fate is really ineffable. Shen Jintai didn’t get the first-born in reality, but got the first-born in the TV series. Hahahaha.”


“Ha ha ha ha ha, indeed. There’re so many surprises and coincidences about the play and in the play. Amazing!”


------


Bai Qingquan and Shen Jintai debuted together as a group, but this was the first meal they had together.


It felt strange.


Fortunately, Shen Jintai had changed, he was quite honest and upright, and he was also very kind to Bai.


Shen Jintai was very warm to everyone.


How could it be like this?


With Shen’s family’s fortune, Shen Jintai was grumpy and capricious. He didn’t care about many people or things. He flattered Yan Qiuchi, but he was not nice to others.


But now, Shen’s about to surpass Bai, not only in acting, but also in socializing.


“Come on,” Shen Jintai interrupted his thoughts, smiled and said to him: “You didn’t eat much.”


“I’m on a diet.” Bai Qingquan said.


“You need a diet?” Shen Jintai asked.


Bai Qingquan was still maintaining his personal image in front of Shen Jintai, and said softly: “You know it, the fat I get goes to my face, which would make me look bad in the cameras.”


“You're good enough.” Shen Jintai said.: “Don’t make others feel too inferior.”


Bai Qingquan was very happy.


Zheng Siqi and Shen Jintai ate a lot. They were young, they metabolize fast and could eat much without getting fat. Bai Qingquan’s body also didn’t get fat easily, but not his face. So, he was very careful with his diet.


In fact, he also wanted to eat. But Weige only reward him with a drumstick once a week.


“Is this delicious?”


“Superb.” Shen Jintai said.


Bai Qingquan could not help but had a bite.


It was fucking delicious.


But for his beauty's sake, he had to stop.


Bai Qingquan wiped his mouth and said: “I need to stop.”


“But you only had one bite.”


“I'll just have some salad.” Bai Qingquan restrained his desire for the food.


Shen Jintai thought that Bai Qingquan was so self-disciplined.


Also, Bai looked like a vegetarian. He was sitting there, doing nothing. They met every day and Shen Jintai still thought he was good-looking.


In fact, he was not that kind of exquisite-to-top-notch-good-looking, but more like 80% of beauty and 20% of temperament.


Bai Yueguang, white moonlight, the name really described him well. He was gentle and bright.


He suddenly smelt a faint fragrance coming from Bai Qingquan's body. He didn’t recognize the perfume, but it was good.


Bai Qingquan's business ability was also very good. His acting skills was already way better than many, and he was still young.


Bai Qingquan sensed his stare, turned and took a look at Shen. Shen Jintai smiled at him and turned to listen to Zheng Siqi.


Bai Qingquan was shocked by Shen Jintai’s smile.


He thought it was beautiful and bright.


When did Shen Jintai’s laugh become so attracting.


“I didn't feel very satisfied with my performances in some scenes today.” said Zheng: “Later, I thought about it and I think I can do better.”


“You didn't ask the director for another take?”


Zheng Siqi smiled, straightened up and said: “I'm a little shy.”


After all, retaking a scene is not only a waste of time, but it also requires the cooperation of other actors and actresses. He was a new actor. Unless the director was not satisfied, he dares not talk about it.


“Director Guo trusts the actors and actresses, and he’s willing to discuss with them. You got a good director for your first show.” Shen Jintai said: “There are some directors who have no talents but big temper. They think they’re in charge of everything, and would say something really mean if a new actor or actress didn’t do well. If discuss with that kind of directors, they may just fire you.”


“You sound like you’ve experienced it” Bai Qingquan said.


Shen Jintai smiled.


It was really his experience.


A new actor with no background and no money fought his own way out all by himself, step by step.


Being an actor or an actress can be more profitable than other jobs, but the first few steps are the hardest.


Before they knew it, the three of them began to discuss tomorrow's play again. They even started a try-out at the dinner table. At first, Bai Qingquan was a little uneasy, but he forgot about everything else when they started.


There would be a scene for all three of them. Zhou Ying, the prince who was locked up, knew that it was the end. So he sent someone to invite Zhou Jing to visit him and asked Zhou Jing to take care of Li Xu.


Li Xu was Zhou Jing's man. He knew it the whole time.


“In fact, you don't need to make the role of Zhou Ying too complicated. He is easy to see through. The simpler he is, the more moving he’ll be.” Shen Jintai said: “When you design your moves, don't make it too emotional or exaggerated. You mainly use micro gestures and your eyes, and watche out for the rhythm of your lines. The more you hold it back, the more the audience loves you.”


All three of them had memorized their lines. One line after another and they rehearsed the scene. Actually, the scene’s very sad. When they came out of the East Palace, Li Xu and Zhou Jing also had an opponent show in the night. The lines were inexplicit, but there were gaps between them.


Bai Qingquan felt very comfortable acting with Shen Jintai. Shen Jintai wasn’t very serious during the rehearsal. His body was casual and his mood was given 80% percent into the play. Although he was a new actor, his seemed like an experienced one, confident and mild.


Bai Qingquan thought that when Shen Jintai acted, there were really halos around him. All the bad feelings for him would just go away.


All the things he didn't like about Shen Jintai just disappeared. What’s left was everything he likes.


Occasionally, he even felt that Shen Jintai’s the person he always wanted to be.


He always wanted to be someone who has both beauty and acting skills! Take both ways and let others no way to go!


Three people talking and ate for a long time without noticing it. After the meal, they were about to leave. But Bai Qingquan suddenly turned around when he walked to the door.


Shen Jintai was just about to ask him what was going on, then he heard someone shouting: “Bai Qingquan!”


Only then did he realize that there were several people in the restaurant with their cell phones in their hands.


Bai Qingquan quickly took out a mask from his pocket and put it on. Shen Jintai and Zheng Siqi were stunned for a while. Both of them had never experienced the taste of becoming popular. They were not so vigilant. Several people came around holding up their mobile phones. Shen Jintai quickly reached out to block them, feeling a little nervous.


He was also a star, could there be someone will taking photos of him?


But he obviously over worried. Most people came for Bai Qingquan.


No one knew how they found Bai Qingquan. They got out of the restaurant only to find that there were even more people outside. There were dozens of them. When they saw Bai came out, they crowded around him.


Shen Jintai quickly protected Bai Qingquan behind him. He rushed to the car with on hand holding Bai Qingquan's arm and another one blocking the fans' phones.


Bai Qingquan was surprised. His eyebrows and eyes slightly drooped down. He saw Shen Jintai's knuckled fingers holding his arm tightly.


There was only one thing going on in his head.


He had lived long enough to see everything.


Not just him.


The crowd felt the same.


“Is that Shen Jintai?”


“I think so.”


“It's really Shen Jintai!”


What the passers-by would do when they see a star is to crowd around him or her and hold up the lens, whether they like the star or not, or know the star or not!


More and more people came around, and someone in the crowd shouted, “Shen Jintai!”


Shen Jintai was shocked for a while. He walked faster. Zheng Siqi followed them closely. He was a little frightened by this as well. Fortunately, many people were only there at the scene and they hadn’t gone mad enough to create dangerous accidents.


But when looking at Shen Jintai and Bai Qingquan ahead, he thought it looked like…


He thought it looked like they got caught in the middle of their date, and Shen was like the strong boyfriend.


Although Shen’s a star himself, he didn't care about himself and protected Bai Qingquan behind him!


----


“Ah ah ah, I can't be the only one screaming! Shen Jintai and Bai Qingquan have been caught having a meal together! Have you seen this!”


“I’m in shock, I can't believe my eyes!”


“Why would they eat together? Are they doing a joint hype?”


“It's normal for them to have dinner together since they cast the same play. And there was clearly someone else in the crew, not just the two of them!”


“Can anyone show me some photos?  What's going on?”


“Here's the photos!”


Someone immediately uploaded several pictures, one of which is a gif.


In the gif, Bai Qingquan is wearing a black mask and dressed in low-key style. There’s a young man ahead of him who is about his height. The young man is holding Bai’s wrist and walking forward.


That young man is exactly Shen Jintai!


“Touhua used to be flirtatious. I love manly guys. Since he dyed hair black, he has become manlier and manlier.”


"If you didn’t point it out, I’d think they are bodyguard and the client. Looks cool.”


“This picture of Touhua really turned me on. He’s so handsome.”


“He really looks good in this one. Black hair, bright skin, ruddy lips and shiny eyes, and even his walking posture looks attracting and manly. Bai Qingquan looks like his sweetheart behind him.”


“I have a terrible idea in my mind!”


“Me too. Don't stop me. I’m growing to love this couple!”


Jin’s fans and Bai’s fans were all stunned.

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l sa 132 2020-07-06 19:53
thank you for the translation. I loved the book so far and it was really well translated.
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