Your Rival in Love Gets Prettier Every Day

2020-06-12 13:29:34
Chapter 40

It rained heavily all night. The thunder shower forecast came with a rainstorm.


Like Shen Jintai.


He was expected to be popular, but the popularity came with a huge success.


When Shen Jintai woke up the next day and the light of autumn morning cast on him, the fresh body of his was ready for someone to harvest.


It could take some time for things to develop. After a TV play is broadcast, the second day is the peak of public discussion.


Shen Jintai was woken up by Li Meilan's phone call. Li Meilan could not control her scream: “Jintai, you are famous!”


What is the best proof of an actor’s success?


Top searched items? It could be bought.


Many good comments in forums? May have launched a water force!


No public platforms can be the best proof. The best proof is WeChat moment!


Li Meilan sent a screenshot of her friends’ moment.


“This is not my business account, it's my private account. The friends on this account are all my relatives and friends!” Li Meilan stressed that.


Shen Jintai was still sleepy. He rubbed his eyes and saw there were all photos of HCEP in the screenshot.


And he had the most photos.


There was also a video, one could tell at first glance that it was the tearing-robe scene.


It seemed that they all shared the same interest. 


Shen Jintai's voice was a little hoarse. He was happy, but he said: “Keep it low, there are only two episodes aired.”


“There is already a great response for only two episodes. How big a success will it become?! Do you know how high it was ranked yesterday? I don't think it's a problem for its ratings to exceed one in both TV station! Do you know what it means?”


He didn't.


“Let me tell you, this year's audience champion is still ‘Career Metamorphosis’. The average ratings of that in the two TV stations exceeded 1. If the ratings of HCEP could do the same after the first broadcast, no one knows how popular could it be in the later stage!”


Although the premiere getting such a high rating mainly showed that the audience's expectation of the play was high and the publicity was good, Shen Jintai was still very happy that his comeback show could win the first success.


He jumped up from the bed. The sun was shining outside. He opened the window and the fresh air blew onto his face.


After the autumn rain, the air smelt like dews and Osmanthus. The sky was clear blue, the clouds were light and white.


Yan Qiuchi wakes up at seven every day, nothings could change that. He woke up this morning and found something went wrong, and then went to the bathroom to wash his underwear.


The maid came in to tidy up the room and saw him washing clothes. She quickly said: “Oh, please just leave it there. I'll take care of it.”


“It's OK.” Yan Qiuchi said quietly.


Every month there would be one day or two that Yan Qiuchi would feel impetuous.


In fact, it had nothing to do with Shen Jintai. It was just that the young man’s energy.


In the eyes of outsiders, he was a very disciplined person, and in fact, he was. But only he knew how many desires were lurking inside his mind.


The desires, coupled with skin hunger, he had been in a stronger demand than ordinary people since adolescence.


It was just that he was good at controlling it. But no matter how good he was at controlling, there would always be a few days in a month that he couldn't hold back. For example, yesterday, the sultry weather made him lose sleep. And since he couldn't sleep in bed, he started to think about things.


It had nothing to do with Shen Jintai.


At least he thought so.


After getting dressed and going downstairs, he came to the second floor and heard Shen Jintai's laughter.


Shen Jintai sat on the chair and was looking at his cell phone. He couldn't help laughing.


Mrs. Yan smiled and looked at him. She put the breakfast in front of him: “Don't look at your phone you’re eating."


“Their comments are interesting.” Shen Jintai looked up with a smile and noticed someone coming into the restaurant. He turned around and saw Yan Qiuchi. He said hello with a smile: “Hey, good morning.”


It may be that in the morning after the rain, the halo is all gold. People are reflected through the window, and people become bright.


Yan Qiuchi thinks Shen Jintai's smile is very bright.


In fact, Shen Jintai was not the most beautiful man. His facial features were not as delicate as Bai Qingquan’s or Liu Hui’s, but he seemed to be enveloped in light, looking upright and bright.


Very refreshing, but his body…


Shen Jintai was wearing a white T-shirt, with thin and white arms exposed. Yesterday's temptations were covered, leaving only the thin outline.


He in clothes looked so different from him without clothes.


Tempting contradiction.


Yan Qiuchi nodded and sat down opposite him. The maid brought up his breakfast. Mrs. Yan asked: “Will you go out later?”


Yan Qiuchi said: “Yup, work.”


“If you’re going to the shooting site, take Jin with you. He didn't drive." Mrs. Yan said.


“It’s OK, I'll have my assistant pick me up later.” Shen Jintai said.


“He's going there, too. Why bothering your assistant?" Said Mrs. Yan.


Shen Jintai looked at Yan Qiuchi and thought that if Yan Qiuchi looked even the slightest reluctant, he would turn down the offer.


He hadn’t forgotten how awkward the last time he and Yan Qiuchi were in the same car.


To his surprise, Yan Qiuchi did look at him, but nodded and said: “OK.”


Mrs. Yan looked at Shen Jintai in satisfaction.


She didn't give up.


He Jintai took a sip of the porridge and said: “Thanks so much.”


Then he continued with his cellphone. Apparently, his attention was still on the comments of netizens.


“Here Comes the East Palace” had four Top searched items on Weibo, two of which were related to Shen Jintai.


“Eunuch’s love” rose to the first place, followed by a “BOOM” word, another one related to him was “Shen Jintai’s comeback”, followed by a” boiling”.


Although he had been back for a long time, on the public level, this was his first show.


He clicked on the popular posts list to have a look. The light and the fresh stimulation of the character covered his own dark history. He didn't see even a single bad review.


Only a slip of screaming fans.


“Ha ha ha.” He couldn't help laughing again. Yan Qiuchi looked up at him and saw Shen Jintai with his eyebrows down and his knuckled fingers on his mobile phone.


He knew why Shen Jintai was so happy.


Was that the reason why he felt so refreshing?


It also gave him a good mood.


“Here Comes the East Palace” started well. It was also a great joy for him, the boss of sunshine media. When he checked his mobile phone early in the morning, he saw that Gao Qiao and other people exploded their work group chat with messages.


The whole company had devoted a lot of efforts to this play. It took more than a year to prepare. Now the premiere was very popular, and everyone’s hard work got repaid.


Gao Qiao even posted a moment specially for this. After thinking about it, he used four of Shen Jintai’s photos when he could only send nine in one post.


He had to. The people around him were not talking about the leading roles, but Zhou Ying and Li Xu. In particular, Shen Jintai. His brand-new performance set off a great storm in the industry.


“How could Shen Jintai change so much after his two years retirement?”


“Yeah, I was a little surprised when he changed his red hair and heavy makeup at the press conference. I know that if he wanted to come back, he must draw a clear line with the image before when he was at the bottom. I just didn't expect him to be so good at acting. I was worried about your company at the beginning, thinking why would director Guo chose such a person to play the villain.”


Gao Qiao was a little excited and couldn't help but replied: “You are excited for this? Let me tell you, his good scenes are still ahead.”


He still remembered Shen Jintai's tearful appearance in the scene of the murder.


Shen Jintai didn't really care whether he was good-looking or not when he performed. Judging by his performance on the spot, it would be attractive.


The role of Li Xu was extremely vicious in the later stage, but he was also tragic.


In fact, the villain of this play was not so bad. The abolished prince Zhou Ying reflected the bright side of Li Xu. The hateful is also the pitiful, that’s the thing this play wanted to tell.


The power of the fans who liked same-sex CP was the most frightening. On the next day of the broadcast, “Eunuch-prince couple” already got its own super topic. CP fans were very happy.


“I can't wait to watch the third episode. No matter it’ll be sweet or sad. Don't pity me for I'm a delicate flower. Hit me hard with the next episode!”


“Why did fall in love with a weekly play? I hate it!”


“I strongly recommend adding more episodes. And if the number of episodes can’t be increased then you can prolong each episode. It's only 48 minutes per episode. For a weekly play, one hour per episode should be better.”


“Two episodes a week are good enough. The production team has only started shooting for a month. Even if they want to broadcast more episodes, they can’t. Good things deserve our waiting. The quality is the first priority.”


“Ahhhh!”


“Ahhhhhhhh!”


“Fuck, what happened?!”


“Ahhhhhhh!”


“Sisters, don't just scream, tell me what happened!”


“Go check Shen Jintai and Zheng Siqi's accounts! The spring of CP fans comes so early!”


Shen Jintai sat in the car and couldn't help laughing.


Yan Qiuchi, who was working with a pad, turned around and looked at him.


The monsoon entertainment was indeed just as said, a hyping company.


Zheng Siqi's account sent today’s first post just in time while there was still much attention. He forwarded the official blog post, a notice of next week’s episodes, and @ Shen Jintai: “Xu, see you next week.”


This should be from Zheng Siqi's company. Zheng Siqi said that the young artists of their company had an accident due to improper microblogging, so the new comers’ account were all under the company’s management.


He could hype, too.


Only a fool would waste this opportunity.


Shen Jintai forwarded and commented on Zheng Siqi's Micro blog: “Your highness, see you on the set.”


He laughed after it.


He was so damn good. Ha ha ha.


This post of the two of them directly sent CP super topic to the hot spot.


All of a sudden, Weibo, tiktok, forums, you can see people talking about it everywhere.


“Ha ha ha ha, so soon?”


“The bad-ass Shen Touhua met with the hyping company, monsoon entertainment. This is what it should be. I just pity Bai Qingquan and Yang Lizhi!”


“Ha ha ha ha, does this CP wants all the attention? Does anyone remember the leading roles?!”


“I can't help it. It's so good. I think Zheng Siqi is a new comer with promising future. And Shen Jintai’s successful return is also gonna be smooth!”


"It's not the same. For Zheng Siqi, it’s beginner’s luck. His character is innocent and naïve and he has no many parts, the perfect type for a new actor. Shen Jintai plays a villain. From the beginning to the end, he’s definitely benefited the most. If he can play it well, I think he could be very famous.”


“If he became the leading man, then it’d be awesome!”


“Yes, yes, who wants to see the love between the leading actor and the leading actress? Those are old clichés. I want to see the perfect love between the eunuch and the prince! Make it happen!”


“It's strange that the post has gone this way and there’s still no Bai Qingquan’s fans. Isn't there said to be a hundred thousand Bai’s fans here?”


“The Bai’s fans went dead silent last night.”


“Ha ha ha ha ha ha, if you can't prevent Shen’s success, just give up.”


“Ha ha, there’re too many Jin’s fans here. You get your orgasms so fast.”


“Got one!”


“Stay, Bai’s fans. I want to interview you. What do you feel right now!”


"Hahahaha, you are so bad.”


--


Xiao Hong was a Bai’s fans.


Like all Bai’s fans, she didn't like Shen Jintai. After entering the Bai’s fans group, she read the countless crimes of Shen Jintai every day. She hated Shen Jintai even more.


Shen Jintai the bitchy rotted black-hearted douche!


Ugly, bad-at-acting, hyping-for-attention slut!


In contrast, their idol was so pure, handsome and gentle. Even the best words in the world couldn't describe him.


Even Shen Jintai changed so much since his coming back and was no longer the slut as before.


However, it's hard for someone to change one’s nature. How could he change his nature so simply? It must be driven by interests. He was broke and had to return to the showbiz to make a living. God know what he was like in private!


Until last night she watched HCEP.


At first, she was enjoying Bai’s beauty like everyone else in the group chat.


She couldn’t help it. Bai did have the best look in ancient-style costumes, who could resist it? As for Shen Jintai's part… This scheming eunuch bitch was so hateful! Fortunately, he didn’t have many scenes!


She wanted to see Bai's beauty, and since she didn’t wanna miss the plot, she didn’t skip anything and saw Shen Jintai’s scenes.


Who knew that there would be so many scenes of Shen Jintai. And at the end there was that scene!


Shit!


The lively Bai’s group chat went silent for minutes.


She knew that everyone felt the same as she did.


SHIT!


So exciting!


Whoa! Tearing clothes! Did you see that?


Who could understand her! She secretly enjoyed the rival of her idol!


After a long-time chat, she couldn't say bad things about Shen Jintai anymore.


Although she only liked Li Xu, Shen Jintai was also a part of it.


She was so hard. She wanted to change.


If she followed two stars at one time and these two were rivals, would she be accused for that? Wuwuwu.


Xiao Li was also a Bai’s fan.


But she was a lucky one, because she was a makeup artist in the crew.


Although she didn’t do Bai’s make-up, but she could see Bai Qingquan every once in a while. She felt very happy.


As a firm fan, she wouldn't change her loyalty. No matter how dazzling Shen Jintai was, he could never be as good as her idol.


She came down from the taxi carrying a box, and suddenly noticed a car coming. She quickly stood aside, looked back, and saw a luxury car parked in front of her.


She knew the brand. It was a Maybach. She didn't know the specific model.


The driver in a black suit got out of the car first, then quickly ran to the back and bowed to open the door.


A handsome young man got out of the car, black pants, black shoes, black socks, long legs, great facial features, more handsome than many stars she had seen.


It was the set of HCEP. She didn't remember that there was an actor like this in the cast.


The driver went around to the other side. Before he got to the door, the people inside pushed the door open and stood in the sun.


White T-shirt and black pants, pretty, young and bright. It was Shen Jintai.


Both men were tall, young and handsome. One was brighter and another one was calmer. As a fan of Bai who had many info about her idol’s rival, she immediately recognized the taller man.


Yan Qiuchi!


It turned out to be their alleged “son-in-law”, Yan Qiuchi.


Yan Qiuchi actually sent Shen Jintai to the studio in person. What was going on!


As soon as Shen Jintai got out of the car, he heard the theme song of HCEP.


There’s a reason behind every successful play. The lyrics of this song are boring, but the melody is catchy and had a special ability to move people. Especially the chorus, very suitable for a crying scene.


Now it was the chorus of the song, the high-pitched female voice sang: 

“I am a moth

flying to the flame

In love and hate I’m forged

No one but you remember my name.”


It was cliché, but when related to the story of play and its miserable ending, it was moving. When Shen Jintai heard the song, he thought of the scene in which Li Xu was running in the palace. Suddenly, he felt got into the character


“Silver-haired Li Xu lost himself, sitting there talking about Zhou Ying.”

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