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SA Chapter 93 (Part 3) – Picky Eater Rong Rong

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{Please read the original translations on SurrealSkyTranslations instead of supporting TL aggregator sites. Thanks!}

     Old man Sheng Ge’s act of treason in collaborating with the enemy was even more of a violation because he knew a secret that he should never know. The deaths of the Elite Guards was also in part due to Sheng Ge secretly disclosing that particular secret to one individual. However, since (the killer) didn’t know who that one was, they killed everyone instead, one by one.

     Kong Chao discovered the clue and wanted to inquire more on the truth, thus……he had to go die.

     Die together with Sheng Xiangjun. Only the dead could keep secrets, and only the dead could not speak.

     Rong Xu’s first scene went very smoothly. Originally, Old Liu had been worried that Rong Xu wouldn’t be able to adapt to the crew’s pace.

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     Within the circle there was also no lack of actors who acted beautifully during the audition, but continuously and inexplicably NG’d during filming. It might be because they would become nervous and unable to act if they acted with other people. This was especially the case for large-production movies where the actors would be considerably more psychologically stressed and prone to mistakes.

     For an entire day, Old Liu filmed the scenes of “The Prince Taking Care of the Emperor”.

     It could even be said that this plotline was finally completed at noon the next day, where another plotline could then be filmed.

     On the second day after arriving at the crew, Rong Xu received his own room and no longer had to squeeze in a bed with Qin Cheng.

     Everyone in the crew took this as the most logical happening, so even if a certain man had other opinions on it, he couldn’t voice it. He also really wanted to go find Rong Xu to “Study the script by the moonlight”, but there was no opportunity. He and Rong Xu had very few same-screen scenes, so he didn’t even have an excuse.

     As a result, Qin Cheng could only message his youth at night, but he didn’t actually say much since Rong Xu had to rest——

     The scenes filmed these past few days were all Rong Xu’s. Anyone else could rest during the day, but only he never had time for rest.

     This situation lasted until the fifth day.

     In these five days, Rong Xu finished filming all of Zhu Molang’s political scenes. Scenes of the Crown Prince dealing with government affairs in the Imperial Study, scenes of the Crown Prince taking care of the emperor, and scenes of the Crown Prince holding court……

     In all of these scenes, Rong Xu was a completely flawless male god. Zhu Molang’s perfection was engraved in the hearts of every single staff member on set. His every move was filled with grace, and his gestures exuded a noble and elegant temperament.

     Every actor who worked with Rong Xu was also cordial and delighted to get along with him because the young man had a good attitude and took the initiative to rehearse with everyone. He wasn’t like some other newcomers who relied on their rising popularity to be arrogant and pompous.

     Most of the actors who were playing ministers in The Embroiderer were long-time actors who had been in the circle for many years but weren’t able to rise too high. They weren’t super famous, and the viewers would only feel them familiar but would not be able to recall exactly who they were.

     Actors of this status could be said to be stuck in limbo, (their authority neither high nor low). They had the qualifications, but no capital. Thus, even some popular newcomers who just debuted dared to disrespect them. They would be yelled at, yet weren’t allowed to show anger, so they could only swallow their anger in silence.

     Seeing Rong Xu getting along with all the actors, Qin Cheng couldn’t help but soften his expression. His thin lips hooked up slightly, and his eyes were filled with unconcealed pride, almost as if he was the one being liked.

     Meanwhile, on the other side, the heroine, Huang Lei, also realized this situation.

     Huang Lei and Rong Xu had almost no scenes together; thus, she never paid too much attention to Rong Xu before. But now, seeing such a scene, she took a few more meaningful glances in his direction before finally calling over her assistant and saying: “Go over to Rong Xu for a bit and give him my greetings.”

     The little assistant had followed Huang Lei for many years now, and they immediately understood what she meant.

     This assistant didn’t just casually give her greetings. Instead, she went through Rong Xu’s assistant Luo Qian, and the two became friends after chatting. The little assistant gave Luo Qian some pointers that she should pay attention to in regards to the crew. For example, when Rong Xu and Male No.2 act in the same scene tomorrow, it was necessary for them to be lenient since Male No.2’s Chinese wasn’t good, and it would be best to be prepared.

     Like most movies that portrayed the Elite Guards in a positive light, the Elite Guards’ biggest enemies were the East and West Factions. Normally, as long as it was a movie involving the Elite Guards, the villain would, without exception, be either the governor of the East Faction or the governor of the West Faction.

     The film, The Embroiderer, also appeared to be such a movie on the surface. Male No.2  was the governor of the East Faction. He was in his fifties and also the Emperor’s personal old eunuch, named Li Gaodan. According to the normal plotline of similar Elite Guard’s movies, Li Gonggong would be an expert martial artist. Even The Embroiderer couldn’t escape from this conventional standard.

     However, the big boss of this movie was not Li Gonggong, but rather Zhu Molang, who was  behind (Li Gaodan).

     This was the novelty of The Embroiderer and also the big plot-twist deliberately crafted by Old Liu.

     Even till the end of the movie, before the reveal and Kong Chao discovered the secret of The Embroiderer, Kong Chao always believed Li Gaodan was the mastermind. Even as he killed Li Gaodan, he believed that the matter was finally over.

     The actor playing Li Gaodan was an overseas Chinese individual who was very popular in the UK and often played the roles of elegant old gentleman. This actor was fifty years old this year. But, because he grew up in a foreign country, he couldn’t speak Mandarin too well, and all his Chinese movies were dubbed post-production.

     Luo Qian quietly told Rong Xu what Huang Lei’s little assistant had informed her of. Hearing her words, Rong Xu glanced at Huang Lei in surprise.

     As a result, he saw the elegant and beautiful Film Empress glance back and give him a nod with a generous smile. She appeared very friendly at first glance.

     Rong Xu likewise nodded to the other party with a smile.

     Luo Qian sighed in a low voice: “Huang Lei truly is a Film Empress, even specially giving you advice, Xiao Xu.”

     Hearing this, Rong Xu smiled helplessly: “You only know how to chat with others. Where’s my box lunch?”

     Luo Qian was given a fright and replied quickly: “I’ll go get it right now, I forgot about it……”

     “No, it’s fine, you go to eat first.”

     A deep and magnetic voice sounded calmly from behind Rong Xu. (Rong Xu) turned around and saw the tall and graceful man walking towards him. He was still wearing the dark black flying fish brocade with a wide belt around his waist. However, his hands were…… um, carrying two lunch boxes.

     His mismatched appearance was hilarious no matter how one looked at it. But, as soon as you saw the icy and indifferent face, any hint of disharmony inexplicably disappeared.

     Seeing Qin Cheng, Luo Qian’s (eyes couldn’t help but transform into stars). She nodded rapidly and obediently walked away.

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     Qin Cheng then grabbed the box lunches and gently placed them down on the table in front of Rong Xu. He walked over to the opposite side and directly sat down.

     It was already the crew’s lunch and break hour, and many of the staff members were eating and chatting while enjoying their rare rest time. The staff members who already finished eating were busy with their own affairs, setting up scenes, managing lighting, and coordinating with the Extras.

     Although the crew mainly focused on filming Rong Xu’s scenes during these few days, in fact, Old Liu had the crew divided into two groups: A and B. He, himself, was in charge of group A which focused on filming Rong Xu’s scenes, while B group was handed over to the Vice director and several deputy directors who prioritized filming Qin Cheng’s action scenes.

     This method saved both time and costs.

     However, because of this, Qin Cheng and Rong Xu had even fewer opportunities to be together. With the exception of meal time, both of them had to film at the same time.

     Seeing the young man take the box lunch and snap open his chopsticks, Qin Cheng’s gaze landed on those slender, jade hands, and his handsome eyebrows slowly furrowed.

     He originally thought that because the two of them were filming together, they would naturally have more time to interact. Who could have imagined that it would be difficult for them to even talk because they didn’t have many cooperative scenes.

     The man’s eyes were as deep as the sea and gradually became more and more desolate.

     Rong Xu opened his box lunch and prepared to eat sincerely. The other staff members also merely glanced at them and said: “The relationship between Rong Xu and Qin Cheng seem to be very good”, and nothing more. However, no one knew that a certain man was currently thinking——

     How can I make the screenwriter change up the roles, for example…… adding more cooperative scenes between Kong Chao and Zhu Molang?

     The screenwriter who was having lunch with Old Liu suddenly sneezed: “……”

     Qin Cheng narrowed his eyes and carefully considered the possibility of this situation. Just as he was considering whether to have Xu Jin (start on his request), something suddenly swished in his peripheral vision. (Qin Cheng) immediately lifted his eyes, and when he regained awareness, he realized there was an extra piece of radish in his food.

     The original white radish had been boiled tender by the crew’s chef. Cooked for a lengthy amount of time together with meat, the dark brown gravy had infused into the radish. The rich smell of meat surged upwards with the steam, rendering all who smelled it unable to resist. It had the refreshing taste of radish but also the dense flavor of gravy.

     However, in the next moment, a certain young man lowered his head and took another piece of radish with his chopsticks, depositing it in Qin Cheng’s lunch box.

     Qin Cheng: “……”

{Please read the original translations on SurrealSkyTranslations instead of supporting TL aggregator sites. Thanks!}

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