Your Rival in Love Gets Prettier Every Day

2020-06-14 13:49:46
Chapter 41

Shen Jintai was on fire, and of course the crew knew it. The success of the premiere made the whole crew really happy.


Since the crew’s attention were all on him, everyone noticed that Yan Qiuchi came with him.


Now that he’s on fire, even Mr. Yan came to see him off in person.


“Jintai, here you are.” The executive director greeted Shen Jintai with a smile, and then smiled at Yan Qiuchi: “Mr. Yan.”


Yan Qiuchi nodded and asked: “Where is director Guo?”


“He’s still sleeping. Guo Dao was there with the editing team yesterday and didn’t have much sleep.”


Because the play was broadcast before the shooting’s done, so the editing and the shooting were at the same time. Besides, Guo Rui was a director with strong creative desire. He like to be involved in everything, so he worked the hardest.


Yan Qiuchi turned to Shen Jintai and said: “I'll go see the director.”


Shen Jintai nodded and went to the dressing room.


As soon as he entered the dressing room, his makeup artists immediately gathered around him and said happily, “Jintai, congratulations.”


Shen Jintai said with a smile, "same happiness."


People who have good things happen to them tend to have a good spirit. Today's Shen Jintai really looked very radiant.


Later, someone came in. Shen Jintai looked back. It was Zheng Siqi.


In order to cultivate feelings, he and Zheng Siqi used the same dressing room.


“Good morning, Xu.” said Zheng Siqi with a smile.


“There’s no scene of yours today, why didn’t you sleep in this morning.”


“You have a scene, right? I want to have look, see if I can learn something from you.”


Zheng Siqi said with a smile.


Bai Qingquan's assistant saw that Shen Jintai had arrived at the dressing room, and immediately sent Bai Qingquan a message: “He’s here.”


After receiving the message, Bai Qingquan said to Weige: “Let's go.”


Weige sat in the nanny car and said: “You must keep your mind steady.”


Bai Qingquan didn't speak, just left his cell phone on the table.


Bai Qingquan felt a complex of emotions.


He introduced Shen Jintai to act as No. 2 man just because he wanted Shen set off him. He thought that he would beat Shen in every aspect, but who’d know that Shen Jintai would took all the attention right after the broadcast.


People were only talking about Shen Jintai, but no one talked about Bai Qingquan, no matter where.


He had never been a generous man, especially in front of Shen Jintai!


He was furious, full of hatred and disaffection!


“This is exactly what I'm worrying about.” Weige said: “If you are affected by these things, you will be completely suppressed by Shen Jintai in this scene today. At that time, netizens will not only brag about Shen Jintai, but also compare you with Shen and criticize you. Do you want to be trampled on?”


“I know.” Bai Qingquan looked out of the window coldly, and the car had entered the filming village. “I know what I should do.”


At this point, self-abandonment would only make the situation worse. Even if he was in a bad mood, he should adjust his mood and fight.


He wanted to fight Shen Jintai to the end. Even if he would lose ugly, he wouldn’t give up.


It was his last stubbornness!


The crew clearly felt two kinds of vibes.


HCEP made a good start. Most of the crew were jubilant. The staff on the scene were full of energy. Even Mr.  Yan came in person. It must have been the broadcast last night got high ratings and the company's senior executives were very satisfied!


The official ratings had come out. The first episode’s ratings were 1.1, and the second episodes was 1.4. Both big TV stations and the official account of HCEP had sent the good news of the ratings in both TV stations had exceeded one.


On the internet, this was still developing. Fans of Shen Jintai and Zheng Siqi refreshed the interface every few minutes, which could increase tens of thousands viewing, which was growing rapidly.


How could the two major TV stations waste this good material? The daytime replay was already in progress.


But the two leading cast of the play were obviously not so happy.


Bai Qingquan was still smiling today, just seemed obviously a lot quieter.


A big star like him could get his own dressing room. People outside may not know, but his makeup artists knew that Bai Qingquan's face darkened as soon as he entered the dressing room.


When making up, he used to like chatting with the make-up artists. Bai Qingquan was a quiet angel outside, only his make-up artists know how chatty he was in private.


He loved chatting, and he was lively.


But this time, Bai was reading the script when putting on make-up when she makes up, frowned the whole time.


Yang Lizhi was no better.


As an even bigger star, Yang Lizhi’s emotions were always on her face. As the lead actress of a play about royal members, she was supposed to have the most scenes and the most attractive character. But the attention was taken by supporting roles.


It was her who contributed the most to attracting attention for the premiere, but now the benefits were claimed by others!


The shooting had two scenes shot separately in two sites at the same time. She would love to see which site director Guo would go to.


The scenes of her character, Helan Bi, was also pitiful. She was assigned to wash clothes in Laundry Department in recent days and had been bullied by many others.


It was a common way for a female leading role in royal dramas to develop. Helan Bi was not a quiet lady and would speak out whenever she felt unhappy. So, Yang Lizhi’s emotions actually helped her to better play the character.


When she arrived at the studio and saw director Guo, her mood than became better.


Being framed, slapped, then framed and slapped again, the plotline of HCEP developed in a fast pace. With one day, Helan Bi settled down the Laundry Department and won the favor of the head nanny.


After shooting for a day, Yang Lizhi was exhausted. In the evening, when they were shooing a scene of Helan Bi visiting her aunt, Yang was a little exhausted.


She was fully suppressed by Song Wei’s performance.


Song Wei's acting was amazing. Among the young actors, only Shen Jintai could act with her and wouldn’t be suppressed.


Yang Lizhi cried for a long time, but there were no tears. At last, she put some eye drops in embarrassment.


Song Wei's temper was the same as hers, quite straightforward. She looked at her a little impatiently.


Guo Rui came to tell her how to play it.


Yang Lizhi suddenly felt that director Guo didn’t come here because he attached great importance on her but…


But worried about her performance.


Yang Lizhi, as one of the most popular female stars, often had marketing teams brag about her acting skills. She was good among her peers. But when she met a real good and experienced actor or actress, her shortcomings would be exposed.


Her lines weren’t clear, she was easy to laugh, her mood came slowly, and her performances were appealing enough.


However, fortunately, her character was a strong woman who fights bravely and refuses to compromise or give up. There weren’t many crying scenes.


When they finally finished it, it was dark.


Guo immediately went to another shooting site. When he got there, he just caught an important scene there.


The rival act of Bai Qingquan and Shen Jintai.


In candle light, Bai lying on the couch, his long hair spread. The staff took the blower and gave it a try. The inside of the hall was filled with floating silk and gauze, and the lighting guy stepped back a little with the reflecting board in his hands.


The make-up artist was spraying water on his face and reapplying his make-up.


And Shen Jintai also had long hair, and he was in only inside shirt, standing not far away.


No one knows why, but Guo Rui got excited every time he saw them.


Shen Jintai and Bai Qingquan seemed to be natural opponents. When they appeared in the same scene, they seemed to be both enemies and friends and had the natural tension. It could come from the play, or reality.


“Ready?”


Bai Qingquan made an OK gesture, and the makeup artist finally sprayed some water on his forehead and hair, and hurriedly stepped back.


Shen Jintai, still the same, nodded to the director rather seriously.


"All departments get ready, three, two, one, action!”


Bai Qingquan's eyebrows was tightly wrinkled and slightly shaken. He seemed to be haunted by nightmares. Then he gasped more and more. Shen Jintai lifted the curtain and sat down beside him, calling, “Your Highness!”


Bai Qingquan suddenly opened his eyes, sat up from the couch, panted, and the drops of water flowed down his cheek.


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Zhou Jing had another dream.


He sat up from his couch and hugged Li Xu.


Li Xu, with only his inside shirt on, warm Zhou Ying with the warmth of his body and one hand on the back of his head, said: “Your Highness is dreaming again.”


Zhou Jing trembled for a long time and said: “I dreamed of my mother. She was crying blood. I wanted to hold her hand, but I couldn't.”


He said and cried: “I did her revenge, I did. Why is this dream still haunting me!”


When he finished, He suddenly let go of Li Xu and stared at him.


Li Xu didn’t avoid the eyes. He looked back at him and asked: “Why does your highness look at me like this?”


“You are back, but you’re not here. You left your heart at the East Palace”


As he said this, he got up and got off the bed, shouting: “Tea.”


Immediately a eunuch came up with a cup of tea. He picked up the tea bowl and drank it up. It seemed that he was thirsty. The water flowed down the corner of his mouth. He turned around and asked Li Xu: “Why don't you say anything?”


“What does your highness want me to say?” said Li Xu.


Hearing this, Zhou Jing slammed the tea bowl on the ground. It broke and spilled tea leaves on the corner of Li Xu's shirt. Zhou Jing's eyes were red and he looked a little ferocious. He said: “You have been with me for more than ten years, that couldn’t compare to the tens of days you spent with him?!”


Li Xu's eyes turned red, he looked up and said: “Do you want to know why?”


“Why?”


"Because he is the first one who treats me sincerely. He is the eldest prince, more noble than almost everyone. I am the humblest slave. He knew that I was sent to him by you, but he still treated me like that… He's a good man. It was all my fault.”


“How did he treat you? Am I not good enough to you?” Zhou Jing's throat moved and said: “All these people, I believe no one but you.”


Li Xu didn't speak, only a drop of tear fell.


Finally, he said: “Your Highness, I want to go back to the East Palace. There are countless servants around your highness, but I'm the only one around him.”


“At that time, you knew how my mother were poisoned by Empress Xiao. When I was a child, I was locked in the dark room by Empress Xiao. You secretly came to see me and stuffed half a candle to me. I asked why you wanted to help me. You said, we are all poor children who were bullied...” Zhou Jing's voice was sad. After a moment's silence, he said to himself: “You said that you would accompany me to the top of the world, and no one would dare to bully us again then. Now we’re only halfway there, and you… You are the eldest prince’s pet. Do you know how much risk I took to get you back now? Everyone is doubting me, thinking that I am the one who framed my brother. Why did I do that? Because I’m afraid that you might be in his shoes. You’re just a slave, you’d end up much uglier.”


Li Xu didn't speak, but knelt down. Zhou Jing was so angry that he kicked him to the ground: “The eldest prince will die!”


His tone was sullen and his face turned red.


----


Shen Jintai was really shocked.


He felt that Bai Qingquan was really into the play. Although he found an angle to make the kick soft, the strength was solid. And his eyes were very emotional which made him look ferocious.


He got up from the ground and kowtowed to the ground: “I know that none of you will let him go. I know that he will surely die.” Shen Jintai's tears dropped on the floor and he said: “Let me accompany him for the last few days, and I’ll serve your highness the rest of my life!”


As he said this, he kowtowed hard.


Bai Qingquan grabbed Shen’s collar, his mouth shut tightly, his face was red, his neck had veins shown, and tears came out of his eyes. Then he suddenly loosened his grip and said: “Do you think I hate you for your treachery? Xu, I'm afraid you will lose your life in it. In the Palace, you think what you out into was love, but at the end, you’ll lose your life to someone else’s hands. I’m having you under control because that’s how I can save your life.”


At this time, the little eunuch played by Liu Hui quickly ran in: “Your Highness!”


“Say it!”


The little eunuch shivered and said, “The empress… She passed away.”


Shen Jintai and Bai Qingquan straight up at the same time, one standing, one kneeling, looking at the rocker lens.


A moment of silence, then Shen Jintai immediately got up. Bai Qingquan grabbed his clothes: “I didn’t do that. I didn’t do it!”


Shen Jintai slumped to the ground, legs soft.


“Cut!”


It took a while for both Bai Qingquan and Shen Jintai to ease their mood.


In this scene, Bai Qingquan had played better than his best, and it was obvious that he got into the character.


After shooting this scene, he had a layer of sweat on his back.  Bai reached out his hand to pull Shen Jintai up, and said: “Did I hurt you?”


“No, I’m fine.” Shen Jintai smiled, waved and sat on the ground, breathing for a long time.


After turning on all the lights in the studio, the hall was suddenly lit up. Guo said after the monitor: “This one passed.”


The empress drank the poison and died, making a way for her son to live.


Then there would be a big funeral for the empress, which was one of the most important scenes of Zheng Siqi.


That would have to wait to be shot tomorrow.


When Shen Jintai was ready to go back to rest, he received a flyer.


During the shooting, if the creator catches a sudden inspiration, or adjust the plot, there will be a notice and the latest script, which is called flyer. Some plays start shooting and have flyers every day. The protagonist will never know tomorrow’s scene. Generally speaking, the disadvantages outweigh the advantages. It is not good for the cast to comb through the logical and emotional changes. The first 20 episodes of HCEP had come out. Once in a while, there would a flyer. It should be because that the screenwriter or the director thought it could use a little improvement.


Bai Qingquan was stunned when he saw that Shen had received a flyer. He was very curious. He wanted to see what kind of scene was added to Shen Jintai. However, because the premiere of Shen Jintai was so popular, it became the focus of the crew. So, he pretended not to care and went back to the dressing room directly.


When removing makeup, he happened to meet Yang Lizhi. Yang Lizhi flicked the cigarette at hand and said: “I heard that there is a flyer today. And they wanted to add more scenes to Shen Jintai? These merchants. When signing the contract, they agreed that there would be no big adjustments for the first 20 episodes.”


Now that Shen Jintai's heated, they wanted to do whatever the audience like.


Because it was the first flyer, it was not good for them to pick on it. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be very pretty.


In particular, she was an outsider, and it wasn’t easy for her to get a character in sunshine media’s play. She was relying on this play to change her impression. Bai Qingquan was sunshine media’s artist, it would be better to let him do the talking.


“It’s not a big change. We can talk to them when there’s flyers every day.” Bai Qingquan smiled.


“You are so nice.” Said Yang Lizhi.


Bai Qingquan didn't speak. He just checked Shen Jintai's Weibo followers, which has exceeded 4 million.


And it was the first day after the broadcast.


Today's flyer, the plot was very simple, there was almost no lines, but Shen Jintai felt like crying when he read it.


The adjustment was very good.


Zheng Siqi apparently had been informed before. He had put on makeup and was waiting.


A sudden flyer. Zheng Siqi was very surprised, and also excited.


Zhou Ying didn’t have many parts in the play. Besides, the added part was the of Zhou Ying and Shen Jintai. Even fools knew that their CP was hot. The more interaction they have, the hotter their CP would be.


They sat on the floor and talked about the play. Soon, the shooting began.


The news of the empress' death reached the East Palace.


Li Xu sneaked into the east palace. There were plants and roses in the courtyard.


There was no light and no one in the palace.


Empty, only the wind blowing the curtains.


“Prince.” Li Xu whispered


But no one answered him. He saw only a dark figure lying in front of the window.


He immediately ran over, knelt on the ground and said: “It's me.”


Accidentally, he touched the wine jar on the ground. The wine jar fell on the ground, and the wine wet the corner of his robe. He helps Zhou Ying up. Zhou Ying grabbed his robe and sobbed silently.


Li Xu held him in arms, but didn't speak, just hugged him.


“Xu, my mother…She’s dead.” Said Zhou Ying.


Li Xu's lips trembled. Tears fell off his face. It was warm. Zhou Ying grabbed his shoulder, buries face in Li Xu’s arms and cried.


The rocker lens gradually retreated, and the moonlight outside the window shone on two people.


From then on, there was no one around the prince. Everyone in the Xiao’s family was killed. The empress died. His brother wanted him to die. His father, the emperor, could not save him. His sweetheart, just a most humble slave, could only watch him go to the end step by step.


“Cut!”


Guo said: “Passed.”


Zheng Siqi rose from his arms and wiped his tears with a lump in his throat.


“Ah.” Shen Jintai wept with a smile, then rubbed his eyes and said: “Ah.”


Then he looked at Zheng Siqi, Zheng Siqi was brought into the play by him. The two of them looked at each other, tears fell down again.


Shen Jintai felt a little sentimental.


He sat in front of the window to relax for a while, cleared his throat and nose, and said: “This one is very good, very good.”


At this time, Li Xu should be by the prince’s side, even for a short time.


After this night, Li Xu decided to fight the hardest to save him, but in the end, he did not succeed.


It was true. Power at hand is always stronger than intelligence. The story of the leading female role was cool, but the story of Li Xu was realistic.


A eunuch with no power could do nothing at all. He was powerless and helpless, which made him felt that he was useless. That feeling contributed even more to his villainizing than the death of his love.


The seed of the desire for power rooted in his heart, one by one, he put his enemies’ names on his list.


One man down, one page burnt.


The fire lit up his eyes and eyebrows, but it could not light up his heart any more.


The crew understood the hearts of the audience. In the middle of the night, they posted a photo with the words: “Ying on the golden stage”, golden stage was the meaning of Shen Jintai’s name.


On the photo was two people embracing each other. They were covered with robes and long hair. Beside them, there was a pair of Mandarin white jade plates, which were beautiful but looked sad.


The golden stage was Shen Jintai, and Ying was the prince's name. The combination of reality and illusion made up the four words that sounded noble and beautiful, which ignited the “CP” fans.


What “eunuch-prince couple”, they don't want to be fans of eunuch something anymore!


They were fans of “Ying on the golden stage”.


Zheng Siqi's agent, sister Wen, called Li Meilan in the middle of the night: “Sister, there play is a bit sad. Shall we cooperate and make some happy short videos to offset the sorrow?”

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