What to Do When I Become a Koi and Fall into the Male God’s Bathtub

WDBKFMGB Chapter 33 (Part 2) – Brainwashing Experiment

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Xi Guican was sent to the familiar brainwashing room and saw the machine that he would never forget in his lifetime. The only weapon against humanity, brainwashing machine manufactured in violation of the Federation’s regulations.

This machine had the most advanced technology in relation to the spiritual sea of consciousness that allowed it to block and rewrite memories through manipulation of one’s spiritual awareness.

There was almost no one invulnerable to this type of high-level brainwashing, as the intensity of this type far exceeded the mass-brainwashing type experienced by Crow.

The only drawback was that the energy cost was enormous, and only the most precious experimental subjects were eligible to be brainwashed by this machine. 

Unfortunately, Xi Guican was one such precious experimental subject. 

He knew what he was about to face next, but also didn’t care much for it. This brainwashing machine was extremely rare and expensive to build, and it violated the Federation’s regulations. Only rich and frantic lunatics could bring such a brainwashing machine into existence. 

Moreover, when he destroyed the Starry Sea Orphanage, he had placed a lot of attention on completely obliterating this brainwashing machine without leaving even the slightest residue in order to prevent anyone from restoring the machine to do more unscrupulous things.

It was just a game. No matter how much information was collected, it was impossible to recreate the brainwashing machine. 

It was even more impossible for the brainwashing effect to carry through the virtual network via virtual holographic games, without any physical contact and just through mental waves. 

If they had this type of strength, they could directly trick the people in power within the Federation to play this game, and then control the entire Federation with just a little brainwashing. 

With this perfect train of logic, Xi Guican entered the brainwashing capsule with confidence. Just as the door was about to close, he even turned around and gave He Ruge, who was outside the door, another glance. 

The set brainwashing duration was one day and one night. If this game perfectly reflected reality, then Xi Guican should not be able to see the youth he liked for one day and night. 

Yes, like.

With a sense of indescribable throbbing, vines of pale pink branches bloomed on the tip of his heart and, step by step, enveloped his whole heart with emotion. It was ‘like’. 

He liked He Ruge, which was why he immersed himself in the game from morning to night, which was why he was always happy with that person’s arrival and anxious with that person’s disappearance. 

In this lifetime, he had never liked anyone before. Thus, in the beginning, he didn’t realize that he had come to like this person. Even if the other party was just a virtual character, even if they couldn’t embrace each other in reality in this lifetime. But, ‘like’ was ‘like’. 

He liked He Ruge.

Maybe this like could not be given in the same amount as others, could not be given as gently as others, nor as skillfully as others…. 

But, he was willing to give all of his love and tenderness to this person. 

Yesterday, when Xi Guican raised his head and looked towards the sky, he saw the white petals float away, but he also saw the gentle smile of the young man from when they first met. 

The youth was dressed in all white. Behind him was a halo that dispersed the endless darkness, and the depths of his eyes carried a brilliance greater than the starry skies during wartime. 

His previously silent heart suddenly began beating, and the indescribable throbbings of his heart could now all be named at this moment. They were bathed in light as they all whispered simultaneously, “like”.

    *

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The door of the brainwashing capsule closed abruptly, and He Ruge, who was sitting in front of the computer blankly, was stiff to the point of being motionless. 

It was because he saw Little White Tiger’s Status

No.20 

[Love]: No.20 loves you, a love deeper than chasing light1, because even if the world was an expanse of darkness, you will always be the pure light in his heart. Favorability: 100 

[Awakening]: No one has discovered that No. 20 is a little monster, except you. Now, the little monster in his body was about to wake from deep sleep.

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The author has something to say: 

Little theater: 

Little White Tiger: Yi, I am officially going offline 

Little Monster: AHAHAHAHAHAH I AM FINALLY ONLINE!!

Author: Is it exciting, is it stimulating, is it unique enough?


Footnotes: 

1. ‘Love deeper than chasing light’: multiple connotations. 1)XGC’s love for HRG is more intense than his desire for ‘light’. 2)The love he feels is stronger than a need for anything else)


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SA Chapter 81 (Part 3) – The Peony Awards Commences~!

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While the Peony Award’s criteria for “Best Newcomer Award” was based upon an actor’s first ever work, the “Best Newcomer Award” for the Feitian Awards was based upon an actor’s first official broadcasted TV drama series. The first TV series Rong Xu filmed was Vie for Supremacy but his first broadcasted TV series was Ambush.[1]

The actress probably didn’t expect that she would actually win this award, so she started to cry as she spoke, and it took her five minutes to leave the stage. Next came Best Supporting Actress of which Yi Lan had received a nomination. However, hearing the name “Feng Yuxin” when the results were announced, Yi Lan sighed and gave a helpless laugh.

Rong Xu was keenly aware of the other party’s sense of disappointment, and he smiled: “There is still the Feitian Awards.”

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Yi Lan immediately understood that Rong Xu was reminding her that she was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a weekly TV series for the Feitian Awards. Thus, the sadness in her heart dissipated a little bit. Yi Lan wanted to make a joke with Rong Xu, but she suddenly caught a glimpse of the brilliant light cards in the auditorium.

In the end, Yi Lan shook her head and said in a polite tone: “Thank you, Rong Xu.”

The change in Yi Lan’s attitude was observed clearly by Rong Xu. He glanced at the other person and didn’t say anything more.

The actress named Feng Yuxin was very clearly prepared. After saying her words of thanks, she walked straight off the stage. 

The event’s host immediately walked back to the front of the stage and began his own commentary: “Yuxin’s role of a female hitman won the admiration of many viewers. Among the viewers’ votes, she had more than 70% of the votes.”

Listening to the host’s compliments of the actress, the audience members in front of the TV all felt it was a bit superfluous.

In fact, Feng Yuxin was long past being a newcomer. That she could obtain the award this time around was also not without reason. Out of all the nominated supporting actresses starring in weekly dramas, only Feng Yuxin’s role was relatively lovable. Although Ambush was the most popular TV series with the highest ratings, Yilan’s role was that of a villain, how could she be liked by the audience.

Yilan might be able to win the Feitian Awards, but the Peony Award was also known as the “Audience’s Popularity Award”, so it was only natural that she couldn’t win.

Just when the audience was beginning to feel bored, they heard the host shift the topic of the conversation as he laughed: “Since the best supporting actress has been announced, then……next up is the results for Best Supporting Actor. Over the past year, there had been many outstanding weekly broadcasted dramas, and there had also many outstanding roles. It’s said that the Male Lead is made for the Female Lead to like while the supporting male actor is reserved for the audience. So, tonight, who will receive the award for the Best Supporting Actor  of a weekly broadcasted drama?”

“Please welcome the guest Award Presenter!”

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Loud music blasted from the surround-sound, and the large screen was expanded to both sides as a tall and suave man walked out from the darkness.

When this person’s face appeared completely beneath the light, the audience was momentarily taken aback, and many of Rong Xu’s fans who were in front of the TV slowly widened their eyes. After a minute, they frantically began brushing on the Internet——

【Ah ah ah ah ah ah! ! ! King Lanyao has arrived! LanYao LanYao LanYao LanYao! ! ! ! #DongLiLanWanQiYao# #RongXu# #YeQiao#】[2]

As for the man who had been silently watching the TV the whole night: “……” 

One minute later, a certain Xu Da [3] manager, who was having dinner with his wife at home, suddenly received a phone call. When he saw the name on the phone screen, Xu Jin was taken aback before quickly glancing at his wife. Only when he realized that the latter hadn’t noticed at all did he heave a sigh of relief and take the phone to the balcony: “I’m going to take a call.” [4]

Hastily answering the phone, Xu Jin whispered: “……I always feel that there’s never anything good whenever you look for me..” 

A man’s deep voice sounded over: “I want to participate in the Peony Awards.” 

Xu Jin: “……” 

After a while, the gold-tier manager who no longer had a temper calmly replied: “With what qualifications do you have to go?” 

Qin Cheng, who never expected he would one day be told “You are not qualified”: “……”

Xu Jin ruthlessly pointed out the facts: “The Peony Award is a TV drama award. Master Qin, what TV dramas have you filmed? What TV drama awards have you won? Or is it that I never knew you were a screenwriter. What TV drama scripts have you written? Give me a reason. Just like this, you are not eligible to participate in the Peony Awards. Of course, it’s also too late. The Peony Awards ceremony is already tonight.”

After deliberating for a while, Qin Cheng raised his eyes to look at the TV.

It’s unknown if the organizing committee asked Ye Qiao to present this award on purpose, or if the camera constantly switching between Ye Qiao and Rong Xu was also on purpose, but the more they did this, the more crazily the fans on the scene screamed. At the same time, on Qin Cheng’s phone screen, fans had already started brushing madly on Rong Xu’s fan forum page.

All the posts only had one keyword–

Lan Yao CP

Hands covering his eyes, Qin Cheng pursed his thin lips and said lightly: “Peony Award……Forget it, I want to participate in the Feitian Awards.”

Xu Jin’s mouth twitched as he felt the cool breeze outside on the balcony. He said emotionally: “What provoked you, Master Qin? You really aren’t qualified to participate in the Feitian Awards, I’m not speaking nonsense. Xia Muyan and Wen Xuan, although they don’t act in TV dramas anymore, they have before, which is why they have a reason to go. You, who haven’t acted in a single TV drama, what reason will you use to attend? You have absolutely no relation with that circle.”

 “Are there any recent TV dramas that need a investor?”

“……” Xu Jin said bluntly: “I want to remind you that the Feitian Awards is coming up next week.”

Qin Cheng let out a soft “Oh”: “Then what TV dramas this week need……”

The man’s voice suddenly stopped, and Xu Jin heard the sound of applause and cheers from the other end of the phone. Xu Jin listened confusedly. He didn’t understand what was going on, but Qin Cheng’s voice became even colder. He said word-by-word: “Next week, I will be going to the Feitian Awards. You think of a way.”

Xu Jin: “……Can I refuse?”

Qin Cheng: “Thank you for your hard work.” 

Xu Jin: “……” Don’t think that if you give him a few praises, he will naturally become obedient!!! 

Having said that, after Xu Jin hung up the phone and went back into the house, he didn’t go back to dinner, but rather started frantically making calls non-stop. 

Generally speaking, the task of an agent/manager was to find resources for their artists, but Xu Jin was different. He only had one artist, Qin Cheng, under him. But, even though there was only one, he was equivalent to one hundred other artists, and his ability to cause trouble…… was also equivalent to one hundred others.

While calling to solicit his connections, Xu Jin complained: “Why won’t the heavens open their eyes so that this guy can also have a taste of being oppressed by others?” 

In the dining room, Mrs. Xu calmly said: “It is your honor to help my family’s God Qin.” 

Xu Jin: “……” These days really are difficult! I am “your family” okay?! ! ! 

On the other side, Qin Cheng put down his phone and looked at the TV. On the TV screen, Ye Qiao was calling out the name everyone was expecting. Amidst the fanatical shouts from the audience, a young man walked onto the stage step by step, and then…… gave Ye Qiao a brief hug.

Ye Qiao personally handed the Award to Rong Xu. 

Qin Cheng: “…..” Your hand bumped into his finger! Bumped

Ye Qiao smiled and gave Rong Xu his blessings. 

Qin Cheng: “……” 

Blessings are blessings, but why are you so close! 

Looking down at his phone screen again, he only saw everyone in Rong Xu’s fan forum all brushing the same phrase —

[No more regrets in this life with LanYao, Martial Brothers sharing deep kingly affection! 】 

Qin Cheng: “……” 

This morning, you guys were still brushing “No Regrets in This Life with ChengRong”! Just this morning! This morning! ! !


The author has something to say: 

Fans: His Royal Highness personally gave YaoYao the award, so warm, LanYao is tossing out candy, so sweet~~~

Lotus Seed Paste and Orange Stuffing: This group of fans with no morals! ChengRong is the one that’s kingly! ChengRong!

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Footnotes:

[1]’Broadcast vs normal show’: uh. I’m not too clear what the difference is, but I’m assuming one is recorded for multiple media platform viewings while the broadcast is solely through the TV. For example: the difference between an actual TV show vs a Ne*flix show.

[2] Dong Lilan is the character played by Ye Qiao in Vie for Supremacy – refer to chapters 40 and prior

[3]Da: short for Da Da (‘big big’) a modern phrase that represents a certain party is an expert or super skilled at a specific thing

[4] Remember that XJ’s wife is a huge fan of Qin Cheng’s LOL


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WDBKFMGB Chapter 33 (Part 1) – Brainwashing Experiment

Took a small break to recover from the holidays. The chapter releases should be regular again! ^^

Also: the final batch of giveaway items have been shipped out! Everyone who participated and replied should have received a confirmation email.

Trigger warnings: side character killings, depictions of death and implied brutality


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When He Ruge logged into the game again, the time inside the game showed that one and a half days had passed since Crow’s death. As soon as he went online, he found that the “Death God’s Wings” experiment had come to an end.

New staff members came and took away the other experimental subjects while He Ruge carried Little White Tiger’s iron cage and followed behind the staff. They walked all the way from the second floor to the top floor. 

The traces on the rooftop that were left behind by Golden Python had already been cleaned up. On the empty top floor, there was an eggshell-shaped military-grade reinforced glass ceiling cover, like an upside down glass bowl cupped onto the building.

There was a large area on the top floor that was crafted with all metal, and dense, complex lines were carved on that metallic space. From that metallic area, a metal lump gradually emerged and turned into an iron square, and then, in the center of that cube, there was a circular opening.

A strong air current continuously streamed out from the opening.

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The staff placed the experimental subjects into the airflow in turns. Though inferior Zerg wings provided no flying ability, with the assistance of the airflow, they could float short distances as long as they could control the Zerg wings.

This test simulated a flight environment, and the test subjects capable of controlling their Zerg wings would all be considered successful products with a high degree of integration. If they couldn’t even flap their wings and were just barely hanging on to stay alive, then they were only the most useless of failed products.

The subjects awkwardly and anxiously tried to “learn to fly” in the airflow. The subjects with a higher degree of integration experienced an initial helplessness, but quickly found their own rhythm.

For example, Little White Tiger.

Little White Tiger was the most conspicuous out of all the experimental subjects. His Zerg wings were longer than all the experimental subjects’, and was a dazzling white amidst a field of black. His flying posture was also the most skillful, elegant, and collected among all the experimental subjects, as if he was born with those wings.

While the silver-white Zerg wings were in flight, the golden patterns on the wings reflected brilliantly in the sunlight.

Then, under everyone’s astonished gaze, Little White Tiger flew out of the airflow range. Carrying the sunlight behind him, he flapped his wings and flew towards He Ruge and soared directly into He Ruge’s arms. 

No. 20 

[Rawr “I waited for you for a long time”] 

A little paw rested on He Ruge’s shoulder. The rotund tiger face was full of unhappiness, but when the little white tiger flew into He Ruge’s embrace, the bad expression on his face was visibly relaxed.

It was so obvious that he couldn’t hold in his happiness anymore, but he still tried to put on a look of “I’m very angry and need you to coax me”. 

He Ruge: “……” 

This game was too sly. He only just didn’t show up yesterday, but (the game) made Little White Tiger sell meng this shamelessly! 

Selling meng is super effective. 

I was wrong, I will come to see you every day QAQ

He Ruge held the Little White Tiger and watched the other experimental subjects’ tests from one side of the top floor. The main intention of this small test was to check the integration level of each subject’s Zerg wings. The failed experimental subjects needed to be cleaned up. 

Little White Tiger has already been identified as a successful product, and his staying in He Ruge’s arms was just an unexpected situation. The busy staff members didn’t care about the trivial details. They were fully occupied with cleaning up the failed products. 

Experimental subjects with low integration levels were waste products with extremely weak combat effectiveness, and neither their deformed appearance provide them with a compensatory increase in power. 

It was troublesome to keep the failed products, so the most time-saving method of action was to clean them up. A butcher’s knife was currently aimed towards these unsuspecting failed products.

Those cubs might not be able to understand why, although everyone here had transplanted wings, everyone had experienced the same pain, and everyone had survived the same torture, the end results were a world of difference, a polarity of life and death. 

They were stuck in the torrential updraft, unable to tell where the boundary of life and death lay. 

The scene became chaotic, and the failed subjects scurried about like headless flies. They flew upwards but couldn’t fly over the glass window cover. Some flew downwards, but experienced staff members were guarding the stairs with sharp, chainsaw-like cutting machines in their hands. 

He Ruge suddenly recalled the bat-like monster he saw when he was completing the “Mysterious Infirmary” side mission. 

…That should have been an experimental subject who escaped from the Destruction Plan.

When the cutter swung down, blood splattered and the still warm Zerg wings were removed from the body of the failed test subject. At this moment, these experimental subjects were deemed to have absolutely no left-over value and became waste products. 

They were all caged birds. Even in the last moments of their lives, they could never escape from the cage.

[“Death God’s Wings” completed successfully! 

Total experiment duration: 4*24 hours (4 days)

Survival rate: 7% (Crow’s actions lowered the overall survival rate of the experimental subjects) 

Survived Subjects: No. 20, etc. 

Your Performance in the Experiment: excellent (did not violate experiment regulations, successfully took care of the subject with highly-integrated Zerg Wings, No. 20)] 

[Your excellent performance in “Death God’s Wings” has been validated, and you have obtained the opportunity to participate in the third experiment: “Rebirth”: 

This is a cold-blooded and horrific brainwashing experiment. The degenerate people of the Starry Sea Orphanage need a fighting machine who would risk their life to work hard for the organization. The memories of the successful experimental subjects will be completely locked, and only thoughts beneficial to the organization will be instilled. Be loyal to the organization, the organization is supreme. 

As the first subject with perfectly integrated higher-tier Zerg wings, No. 20 will not receive the same simple brainwashing experiment as the inferior products, such as Crow, but will receive the most costly, and complex brainwashing experiment. 

[“Even when I forget everything, will I still remember that I love you”] 

He Ruge: “!!!”

AAAAAAHHHHHHHH, I just knew this stupid game wouldn’t give praise for nothing! ! ! This colossal measure is too ruthless! ! ! 

The staff members carried the cages of the successful experimental subjects and signaled He Ruge to follow. However, Little White Tiger refused to get back into the cage. Perhaps because he was about to undergo the brainwashing experiment, at this time, no one interfered with his wishful behavior. 

No one would care about an individual who was about to lose their memory, nor care about their current emotional status. 

Because it was meaningless. 

He would soon usher in a new life, and all the dust of the past will return to dust, dirt will return to the ground. The things they liked, disliked, cared about and disregarded would all be rewritten. 

What He Ruge was tasked to do was to personally send Little White Tiger to the brainwashing location and wash away all the love Little White Tiger held for him. 

Little White Tiger nestled quietly in He Ruge’s arms, and his head pressed against He Ruge’s chest while he looked at the person in front of him with fondness. 

No. 20 

[Hou~ “I never understand before, the emotions I held in my heart for you”

[But now, I understand a bit

[It should be……

A pair of blue eyes overflowed with a soft smile. 

No.20 

[Should be affection1. 】

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Footnotes:

1. “Should be affection”: the more direct translation would be “”should be like” but that doesn’t exactly reflect the emotions that Little White Tiger wanted to present. Thus, i went with ‘affection‘


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SA Chapter 81 (Part 2) – The Peony Awards Commences~!

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On Weibo, if you scrolled through the page under the topic #PeonyAwards#, it was filled with news on the cast of Vie for Supremacy.

Among them, the fans were pretty equally divided between Rong Xu and Tang Menglan, with both sides frantically brushing to express their love for their gods and goddesses.

Although the time since Rong Xu’s debut was short, his popularity couldn’t be doubted. Before long, #RongXuPeonyAwards# rose up to 20th rank in the trending searches, becoming the sixth celebrity tonight to trend due to the Peony Awards.

When the crew of Vie for Supremacy officially entered the venue, the fans in front of the TV sighed, unable to hide their sense of loss. Meanwhile, among the lucky audience members at the scene, Zhong Siyu and the other Rong fans quickly stood up and waved the light cards they purchased and/or handmade, shouting loudly and sharply towards the people beneath the stage.

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“Rong Rong! Rong Rong!!!” 

“AAHH AHHHHH, Rong Rong, look at me. I’m over here! I really like you!!!” 

“Rong Rong!!!” 

The first to enter the venue was Director Guo, followed by Tang Menglan and Dong Zheng. Rong Xu entered the crew with Ye Qiao, as Ye Qiao pulled him along to talk about a film he (Ye Qiao) was filming recently. It was a war film, and Ye Qiao wanted to change up his image, working towards gaining a tough guy reputation. 

Listening to what he said, Rong Xu nodded slightly and stated his own opinion: “But, your appearance really doesn’t seem to suit that.”

Ye Qiao directly showed off his muscles: “People can always change. Xiao Xu, you also don’t look like a tough guy. Are you really not gonna try out some kind of war film or action movie in the future?”

Rong Xu was slightly taken aback, as if he didn’t expect Ye Qiao to say such a thing. He couldn’t help but lift the corner of his mouth as he said: “What Brother Ye says makes sense. I did seem to accidentally limit myself……” 

“Rong Rong!!!”

The crazy shouting suddenly interrupted Rong Xu’s words, and he and Ye Qiao turned to look towards the audience. His line of sight stopped when he saw the light cards, and the youth’s clear, beautiful eyes slowly widened. A while late, he couldn’t resist chuckling as he stared out at the brilliant lights.

Ye Qiao said emotionally: “Look at your fans. There’s so many. In the entire auditorium, your fans’ shouts are the loudest.”

Tang Menglan also turned her head and said with a smile: “No, this truly is the back wave of the Yangtze River pushing the front. We are all shot dead on the beach by Xiao Xu.” (*1)

Ye Qiao immediately joked: “Sister Tang, stop trying to outcompete me. I’m the one who’s shot dead on the beach. Look over there and see how many fans are holding your light signs while shouting your name. You don’t have any fewer fans than Rong Xu.” 

They laughed as they talked, and didn’t notice that Rong Xu had stopped walking as he smiled and waved to the fans. 

The young ladies became more excited: “Rong Rong!!!” 

However, it was a pity that Rong Xu just walked to the Vie for Supremacy seating area and said a few words to Director Guo and others, when he turned and left the venue again three minutes later. The young ladies all felt a sense of loss, but soon, Rong Xu appeared once more on the big screen. This time, he walked down the red carpet with the crew of Ambush.

[ I can see Rong Rong walk down the red carpet twice tonight. I’M SO HAPPY. This life was worth it! 】

 [The screen is too dirty, it must be licked! ! ! 】

 [Wuli Rong is honestly so good-looking, I really like his image tonight, like a noble and cute young master, isn’t it alike?! 】 

[Alike alike alike alike alike! ! ! Seeing Rong Rong walking down with the crew of Ambush, he’s even more like one of the country’s young masters. This kind of Rong Rong, if he stood next to Handsome Marshall Huo……Huh, how come it seems to be ‘Seeing the pleasures of my heart’ _(:3」∠)_ oh self-aimed attack, maybe I am broken……]

Everyone was talking enthusiastically with eyes focused on Rong Xu. When Rong Xu was still filming Ambush, no one would have thought that he would grow to be this popular in just half a year’s time. As for the Ambush crew, though the male lead did not appear, everyone ignored it and didn’t think too much about the existence of the actor who enjoyed throwing his weight around.

Rong Xu himself naturally didn’t know about the online comments. After he sat down with the Ambush crew, he could only hear the excited screams from the fans behind him as they chanted his name over and over again. Rong Xu couldn’t help but turn his head around a few times and wave to them, making them shout even louder.

After deliberating for a moment, Rong Xu sighed softly and stopped turning around.

The voices of these young ladies had already become slightly hoarse. Although he wasn’t attracted to women, he still couldn’t bear to let his fans go hoarse.

There was a common saying within this industry. At the “Popularity Contest” Peony Awards, whomever received the loudest name shouts would have the most face because it was equivalent to having the highest degree of current popularity. As long as Rong Xu turned around and looked back, he could arouse the fans’ enthusiasm to shout louder, but he didn’t really want to do it that way.

Zhang Tongtong sat on Rong Xu’s left, and seeing him with his head lowered in contemplation, she smiled and started up a conversation with him. As Rong Xu was hesitating about whether or not to turn around and greet the fans, the Peony Awards officially kicked off while he was chatting with Zhang Tongtong.

The voices in the audience gradually settled down, and when the well-known Huaxia host appeared, the year’s three TV dramas awards officially started with the Peony Awards.

As in the years past, the first awards announced were the technical awards for weekly TV dramas. Best Picture, Best Music, Best Props…… the awards were announced one by one, and the crew of Ambush walked up to the stage individually to receive awards. Their nominations were transformed into heavy trophies.

Rong Xu remained seated and applauded every crew member.

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After the technical awards for the weekly dramas are given out, next came the awards for the daily dramas. Of course, now it was the crew of Vie for Supremacy’s turn to repeatedly walk up to the stage to receive awards. 

In the end, among the technical awards, Ambush won Best Costume, Best Prop and Best Original Music. Meanwhile, in addition to the three awards similarly won by Ambush, Vie for Supremacy also won Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing and Best Costume Make-up.

By the time the technical awards were done, the atmosphere on scene had already been fired up to a climax.

The awards that were already presented were those that rewarded the staff members who silently dedicated themselves to the TV series behind the scenes. They weren’t celebrities, but their work couldn’t be disregarded. Without them, there would be no good products; they were the cornerstones of the entire film and television industry.

The awards to be announced following the technical awards were tonight’s main focus, and they included Best Newcomer, Best Supporting Male/Female Actor, Best Male/Female Lead Actor, Best Director, and Best TV Series of the Year.

Thus, in this order, the next to be announced was the Best Newcomer of the weekly drama category.

The one announcing the awards on stage was now a second-tier little flower. They smiled and called out the name of an actress who then walked onto the stage excitedly with a surprised look and began her speech of gratitude.

Amidst the Ambush crew, Director Zheng applauded and laughed: “Unfortunately, the Peony Awards is calculated based on the actor’s first work. Otherwise, the Best Newcomer award would belong to you, to our Huo Xi.” 

Rong Xu smiled faintly: “Director Zheng, Huo Xi also has a nomination for Best Newcomer in the coming Feitian Awards.” 

Director Zheng chuckled.

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Footnotes:

1. Referring to the idea that new generation is overtaking the current generation


Not much happens in these chapters, but it’s the build-up to the intense storm of emotions coming in later lolol. IT’S COMING

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SA Chapter 81 (Part 1) – The Peony Awards Commences~!

Hi all! Phew! The holidays season is so busy. I finally found time to finish chapter 81. This chapter has 3 parts (super long!) and will be posted within this week, hopefully. Enjoy!

As a side note, during November, I had planned a donation event for December. However, due to the expenses for the Giveaway event, I decided to put the donation event off for a little later. The reason for this decision is that the giveaway event shipping fees alone totaled over $100 USD QuQ. After deducting the cost of running this site and the event costs, I would not have any remaining funds to be able to donate any significant amount (see below for more info on where the funds come from). Thus, I am postponing the donation event to potentially March 2021. Thank You!

Update on the Thanksgiving Giveaway 2020 items: all the recipients’ addresses have been forwarded to the artists and the items are currently being packed! ^w^/ A confirmation email will be sent once the items are shipped.


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Zhong Siyu had flown in from South City to B city yesterday to attend Huaxia’s annual Peony Awards Ceremony. 

Every year, the Peony Awards would randomly select five hundred lucky spectators across the country and invite them to participate as audience members for the entire ceremony. One would be able to see numerous celebrities here; it truly could be described as shining and unparalleled. Being able to participate in such an event and see one’s favorite celebrities was naturally a glorious and joyful occasion. 

Thus, Zhong Siyu was super excited and even arrived (to B city) in advance in order to prepare herself. In the afternoon, she also specially and carefully applied makeup and wore her newly purchased skirt, but it wasn’t just to go see celebrities. 

She came for Rong Xu. 

When the Peony Awards announced the nomination list for that year, Rong Xu’s fan circle boiled over.

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As everyone knew, the Peony Awards, Golden Bell Awards and Feitian Awards were the three most important TV drama awards ceremonies in Huaxia. These weren’t ordinary, small awards. Participating in these three awards ceremonies would help participants gain a high degree of exposure, and was a guaranteed no-loss scenario for celebrities. 

Of course, not every nominated star would be there. After all, many things were beyond human control. Just that morning, there was a celebrity who regretted to announce that he couldn’t attend because the British Airlines were under strict regulations the past few days and couldn’t fly in the foggy weather. Thus, he really couldn’t return to the country. 

However, Rong Xu was definitely going.

Rong Xu had only debuted for one year till now, and his qualifications could still be considered relatively low. This was his first nomination and would be the first Awards Ceremony he participated in. Based on all these factors, he should definitely show up. As a matter of fact, he had already arrived. Rong Xu’s National Fan Support Association informed all his fans three days prior: [Rong Rong will definitely attend, and he even took time off from Maze City! 】 

The fans who heard the news became even fanatical. They excitedly went onto Peony Awards’ official website to register, hoping to become a lucky audience winner. 

They could register once with their own ID, and then use their husband’s or boyfriend’s, brothers’ and sisters’, relatives’ and friends’……Anyways, anyone they were familiar with, they would borrow their ID to register. What if they won? Then they could go see Rong Rong! ! !

Similarly, Zhong Siyu had used her boyfriend’s, brother’s and parents’ IDs to sign up, and was lucky enough to be selected. Don’t think that using five IDs was terrifying. Her best friend, who was also a hardcore fan, used least 50 IDs!

That best friend’s husband was a company CEO. To him, his wife wanted to attend the awards ceremony regardless of life or death. Although this usually strict husband felt that his head was being painted a field of green (being cheated on), he still asked everyone in his company to sign up, and If they were selected, to give the opportunity to his wife. If they were selected, they would be compensated 10,000 RMB (~$1,500 USD)!

However, it is a pity that even after all this, her girlfriend did not get selected as a lucky audience participant.

Zhong Siyu was shouldering the heavy responsibility of the entire Rong Xu fan club, as she was the only lucky audience member selected in South City. Therefore, she must take a good look at Rong Rong with her eyes wide open, and then report back to the fan group. There were many mother fans waiting to be fed.

The fortunate audience members were seated before the celebrities. Sitting in the venue, Zhong Siyu stared at the enormous screen. Although her heart was filled with disappointment, since she couldn’t see Rong Rong walking on the red carpet in person, she was still super excited.

At seven o’clock in the evening, the sun gradually set into the west while a crescent moon rose from the east sky. The dim and gray moonlight was offset by the brilliant neon city lights and appeared as if it had lost all color. Near B City’s Grand Auditorium, most of the freeways were blocked, and dozens of high-end luxury cars could be seen slowly crawling along the road, one by one heading towards the red carpet.

The speed wasn’t slow, but it definitely wasn’t fast.

Before long, the first celebrity arrived at the scene. The reception host introduced the celebrity with a smile, and the media reporters by the red carpet took continuous pictures of them. Soon, more and more celebrities followed up; some celebrities came alone and other came with others from their crew.

However, twenty minutes had passed since the walk down the red carpet had begun, but Rong Xu was yet to be seen.

Zhong Siyu pursed her lips. She bowed her head down to face her live broadcast stream to a group of friends, and muttered softly: “Talk to Rong Rong? I can’t even catch a glimpse of Rong Rong’s face, how can I talk to him……” 

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As soon as those words were said, a young, glasses wearing girl beside her was taken aback and asked in a timid voice: “Are you…… a Rong Powder?”

Zhong Siyu looked up at her in surprise: “You too?!” 

The young girl chuckled: “Meeting Marshall Huo is a once in a lifetime encounter” 

Zhong Siyu laughed boisterously: “But begging to sleep with Wan Qiyao!” 

The young girl: “Comrade!”

Zhong Siyu said excitedly: “Comrade! This counts as meeting someone from the same organization! In our South City Fan Club, only I was selected, and I only received the news yesterday morning. I didn’t know if other fans would be here, too.”

The young girl grinned: “Other fans? There’s a bunch, let me introduce you!” 

The two lost track of time as they talked, and Zhong Siyu finally got in touch with other Rong fans. They were happily engrossed in discussion about Black Clouds and “Lost Wings” when, suddenly, they heard a shout from the audience: “Ahhhhh! Rong Rong!!!”

FWOOSH!

In the entire auditorium, at least seventy or eighty young ladies turned their heads around at the same time to look at the big screen.

“RONG RONG!!!”

“AAAAHHHHHHH RONG RONG, MY RONG RONG!”

When the handsome and dazzling young man walked in from the right side of the screen, all the young ladies screamed with excitement. The atmosphere of the entire venue was bustling and upbeat, invigorating music flowed from the stereos non-stop. But, at this time, even the loudness of the music was unable to overwhelm the young ladies’ screams, causing many of the celebrities who had already entered the venue turned their heads in surprise. 

When they saw the light-up signs that the young ladies were holding in their hands, they were taken aback only momentarily before nodding as if it was a matter of course: “So, it turned out to be Rong Xu. That’s normal. It’s not impossible that, out of the five hundred lucky audience members, most would be his fans.”

The reason why the Peony Award invited lucky audience members was not only to incite audience reactions and interactions, but also to let them rouse the atmosphere. If there were only celebrities, directors, and media reporters in the entire venue, it would definitely be difficult to get the place stirred up. The Peony Awards were originally a sort of popularity award for TV dramas and its required professionalism was the lowest among the three major awards. Thus, it naturally put a lot of emphasis on the audience’s opinions.

On the big screen, the crew of Vie for Supremacy was currently walking towards the reception desk. 

Today, Rong Xu was nominated for two awards. Huo Xi from Ambush was nominated for Best Actor, and Wan Qiyao from Vie for Supremacy was nominated for Best Newcomer. Thus, Rong Xu needed to enter the stage with two crews.

Vie for Supremacy was undoubtedly the biggest winner of the night with a whooping 13 nominations and reigning as the Ratings King of the past year, making this drama the star of tonight’s show. The media reporters continuously took pictures with excitement. Their cameras panned across Director Guo Long and the male and female protagonists before finally focusing on Rong Xu, cameras snapping frantically.

He was dressed in a simple and refreshing black suit. His slightly long hair was clipped back with an invisible hairpin on the right side, revealing his tender and handsome face. There is no doubt that this youth was very suited to wear this type of clean and elegant clothing. The black jacket and white shirt complemented each other, giving him an inexplicable elegant and noble temperament, just like a gentleman from the olden times. Serene, gentle and polite. 

Very quickly, the crew of Vie for Supremacy arrived at the reception desk, and everyone picked up their signing pens to sign their names on the signature wall.

Rong Xu stood beside Tang Menglan, and the two swiftly signed their beautiful signatures. Then, everyone watched as Tang Menglan leaned in towards Rong Xu’s ear and said something unknown to others. Then, Rong Xu suddenly curled up his lips and gave a helpless smile.

This smile was captured perfectly by the cameras. The youth’s sparkling eyes were like stars, containing a resplendent light. He smiled softly, but he didn’t know that this smile made the lucky audience members in the venue so excited that they almost overturned the roof and also made the audience in front of the TV so excited that they were speechless.

[AAAAAOOOOOO my little prince! My little Prince Rongrong! ! ! 】 

[This is the first time seeing Rong Rong in such a formal outfit. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! Rongrong is beautiful in everything, how can he be so beautiful! 】

[AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH Why can’t I meet Rongrong, why is he be so beautiful! How can he be this good-looking! Wuwuwuwu, I really want to hug Rong Rong, really want to squeeze his cheeks, I want Rong Rong cry cry cry cry cry, I also want to see Rongrong with my own eyes.】

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What to Do When I Become a Koi and Fall into the Male God’s Bathtub

WDBKFMGB Chapter 32 (Part 1) – Travel Across the Sea of Stars

QWQ this chapter was so beautiful (mainly part 2) I didn’t know where to cut the chapter, so I ended up finishing the entire chapter before posting it. Part 2 will be posted within 24 hours >w<


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He Ruge, who had just come to the realization that he might be a Koi, fell into a strange mood. He refused 8 Leg’s joking invitation for an in-person meet up and turned off Penguin with a headache.

He’d exposed quite a bit of information. At first, he discovered that 8 Legs might have been the same kind as he was, so he shared his Bloodline pattern without much caution.

8 legs said that Koi spirits were very rare. Because the luck of a koi spirit was insanely high, a powerful koi spirit’s Chi could even affect the luck of others. Lucky Chi was invisible and intangible but was vital to every creature.

The requirements for a Koi spirit to mature were highly demanding. 8 Legs knew that there used to be a koi spirit who lived in the wishing pool of an ancient temple. Because the wishing pool was bathed in the faith of devout believers all the year round and the land was rich in Feng Shui, it was easy to cultivate faith. 

It was due to the compilation of all these various coincidences that a Koi Spirit was cultivated.

After that koi spirit went into society, it generated great influence within the monster circle. Those who were wealthy paid money; everyone worked hard, hoping to rub off some good luck from the Koi spirit.

Then, that koi spirit vanished. 

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There were rumors that say a big-shot monster wanted to complete the medicine of life and death and made the medicine using the Koi Spirit’s flesh. Others say that a big-shot who wanted to change his fate used the Koi Spirit to ascend to the Heavens. Either way, the Koi Spirit always met a miserable end.

Knowing the tragic ending of his predecessor, He Ruge was afraid of repeating the same mistakes. Although 8 Legs promised to never reveal He Ruge’s identity, He Ruge was still a little uneasy.

After eating dinner, he saw the increasing number of bookmarks for his work and became happy again. After reading through the reader’s comments, He Ruge lay down to sleep.

He had a dream. 

He dreamt that when his work reached the pinnacle of its popularity, he crossed through the dimensions and landed in Little White Tiger’s world. Little White Tiger turned into a male god wearing a military uniform and they ended up in a romantic relationship. The male god was a cat and he was a fish; whenever he saw his male god, his legs would grow weak. As the male god walked domineeringly towards him with the intention to do something indescribable, the sky suddenly rained down knives.

A splattering of knives slammed into the ground and shaved the thick hair on the male god’s head clean off.

Following that, a huge sinkhole suddenly opened up on the ground, and a man wielding a blade emerged and asked darkly: “Who is Ruge?”

The countless people who had fallen into the pit gritted their teeth and said: “This author isn’t human. He’s too conniving!!!”

“If you dig a hole and don’t fill it, it’s better for you to be hacked to death.”

He Ruge was scared awake. From the beginning of his career as a writer till now, as an honest pigeon who had never gone on hiatus, why did he end up with this strange dream? Sure enough, dreams reflected the opposite of reality.

Did he forget something?

*

Xi Guican waited a whole day in the game, but He Ruge never appeared. The three daily meals were all brought over by a staff member, but the other party was never the He Ruge that Xi Guican was yearning for. Was there another bug in this damn game?

Xi Guican, who regarded the game as his daily spiritual nourishment, was very angry. He came out of the game cabin unhappily and stared at the strawberry-flavored nutrient solution in his hand.

After Xi Guican tipped his head back and downed the nutrient solution, he shifted into his true form and went to the bathroom to take a bath. The hair growth bath solution had worked quickly. A short layer of fine hair had already appeared on a good part of the originally bald areas. But this kind of big white tiger…

Appeared even uglier.

Some hair here, no hair there. Being uniformly bald was more natural looking.

The ugly and fierce white tiger soaked in the bathtub as he turned on his light brain to watch the live broadcast. The Seventeenth Star had completely fallen, and the Sixteenth Star was mostly gone. The people of the Federation weren’t too optimistic about the future of this war.    

The Zerg were too skilled at combat. It’s unknown what happened, but the Zerg with only brawn and no brains from the First Star War had suddenly developed a lot of brain.    

Their combat effectiveness dropped…. No, it can’t be said that their combat effectiveness has dropped, but rather that their way of fighting has changed.

The Zerg now had a sense of reason and measure, and could now……think for themselves.

This terrifying discovery was disclosed only to the Federation officials of the General level and higher. Although the Federal Army suppressed this information and hid it from the public so as to not shake the army’s morale, the soldiers fighting on the front lines all had an intuition built upon experience.   

A rumor about the Zerg secretly and quietly spread from the army:    

“They’ve escaped ignorance through violence, and obtained new life amidst killing.”

However, such news weren’t of much interest to Xi Guican. Nothing was truly interesting. He usually watched the Star Wars Frontline live broadcast just because he was bored and only occasionally watched it to pass time.    

The him from before was indeed a boring person.    

He didn’t pursue entertainment, nor dramas, nor chased stars, nor went out, nor socialized, nor played games. He’d finally found a source of happiness, and actively logged in to play the game every day. But, he didn’t expect there to be bugs in the spicy chicken (trash) game. 

The Big White Tiger expressionlessly turned off the live broadcast as he calmly finished his medicated bath and turned back into human form. The handsome man with silver hair and blue eyes opened the closet and grabbed a black military uniform. He roughly tore off the golden military rank and tassels. Only when the sole color that could be seen on the uniform was “black”, did Xi Guican satisfactorily drop his hands.    

He didn’t wear a military cap, only the pure black military uniform set and pitch-black leather boots. The man covered from head to toe in a serious, abyssal black walked into the dusty mecha room.    

Ever since he developed Spiraling Mental Consciousness Deficiency years ago, he hadn’t touched a single mecha. 

Mechas needed to establish a stable spiritual link with the operator’s spiritual sea of consciousness. Since Xi Guican’s spiritual consciousness was full of cracks and holes, spiritual vortexes and storms would appear whenever he was emotionally unstable.

If he established a link with the mecha in such a bad state of spiritual consciousness, it would end with either the mecha exploding or him self-exploding. Or, he might die upon crashing landing.    

He was warned by his doctor to not touch a mecha before his condition had improved.    

Thus, Xi Guican had sealed the mecha room and hadn’t visited the mecha room for a long time. When he looked at the closed door in front of him, he suddenly felt like the past was a world away.    

Beep —ID verification passed!” 

The door to the mecha room opened, and inside, there was only a single silver-white mecha in the empty room. The mecha sported golden designs which were made of rare, memory-retaining metals. Even a small gram was worth a thousand gold, and it wasn’t available on the market because these precious metals needed to be supplied to the military first and foremost.

Adding memory-retaining metal to a mecha could allow the mecha to have an automatic self-repair function. The more that was applied, the faster the repair speed and the more perfect the repair results would be.    

This specific mecha was the magnum opus of one of the most outstanding mecha mechanic masters within the Federation, and it was gifted to Xi Guican by the Federal Army as a way to win his loyalty. 

Xi Guican had always cherished this mecha. It wasn’t because of how precious it was, but rather because the appearance of the mecha was very similar to his past Zerg wings.

The Zerg wing that had accompanied him through the most helpless years of his life, and the Zerg wings that were finally ripped off by his own hands. That pair of Zerg wings was clearly implanted violently into his body without his permission, but when Xi Guican truly bid farewell to the Zerg wings, his heart felt hollow.    

The perfectly fused Zerg wings allowed his body to function equivalently to an advanced mecha. After losing the Zerg wings, this mecha became the wings’ replacement.   

High-level mechas all had a name, such as The Apocalypse, The God of Destruction, and other such domineering names.    

However, this specific mecha was named “No. 20”.

Xi Guican hid his unmentionable past, his desire for strength, and his previous code name that once represented his suffering and humiliation into this one mecha.    

During the time when he had first fallen ill, Xi Guican never dared to look at this mecha because he was afraid to see his own vulnerability and helplessness in the world. But now, because of the impact of “Your Exclusive Lover”, his condition had improved significantly, and even half of his Spiritual Sea of Consciousness had been repaired. As of now, he could just barely establish a stable connection with the mecha.    

The palm of his hand lightly fell upon the cold metallic surface, and Xi Guican inserted a bit of internal spiritual power into the mecha.

“I’m back,” he whispered.

A sequence of bright lights suddenly appeared on the surface of the metallic gray mecha, and the cockpit door opened towards Xi Guican——    

“Welcome back, Major General Xi.”

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Superstar Aspirations

SA Chapter 80 (Part 3) – Abstinent Temperament

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In what was originally a boring theory class, the women sitting in the audience were staring at their professor obsessively. When they heard his declaration, everyone became energetic. Xue Jiazhe’s thin lips slowly curved up and an icy smile bloomed. He was smiling, but it gave people an inexplicable feeling of coldness.

He said softly: “No one knows exactly what the person is like behind the scenes. Astrology cannot discern everyone’s individual essence, and only divides people into twelve categories which, generally speak, is naturally unscientific. In contrast, Huaxia’s fortune-telling includes birth date, face reading, palmistry, in relativity to their personal and ancestral feng shui. If any single method was more likely to hold scientific evidence, Huaxia’s fortune-telling has the greatest possibility. Meanwhile, it is impossible for Constellation readings.” 

Immediately, there were some students who raised their hands: “Teacher! That’s feudal superstition!”

A psychology professor could actually say in class that fortune-telling held a possibility of being accurate? This was simply hitting his PhD in psychology in the face!

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However, Xue Jiazhe only raised an eyebrow and looked at the student: “Did I say that it’s definitely accurate?”

The student was taken aback: “Huh?” 

Xue Jiazhe curled his lips and smiled even deeper: “You oppose me and say that I believe in feudal superstitions, yet you, yourself, believe in constellations. You didn’t ride your bike to school today, and were going to walk back to your dormitory. Whenever you were free today, you were always hanging around the girls’ dormitory. You are also planning to hang around there tomorrow.”

That student’s eyes widened: “Teacher, you…how did you know? Can you do fortune-telling?!” 

The audience was in an uproar. 

At the back of the classroom, Tan Yangxuan suddenly laughed. He had been frowning all day, and watching this group of students being played around by Xue Jiazhe, he was finally teased into laughter.

Xue Jiazhe turned his eyes to look at Tan Yangxuan, and said coldly: “The student who came to freeload class, please keep quiet.” 

Tan Yangxuan: “……”

In the end, Xue Jiazhe spent the entire class period talking about the Barnum effect without answering the student’s question. However, the student couldn’t restrain his curiosity and rushed over to ask after class. A crowd of classmates gathered around them, but Xue Jiazhe said indifferently: “I said it before. It’s because you believe in Horoscope readings.”

The student was even more confused. …

What does this have to do with Horoscope readings? ! ! !

Under the high-tech camera, even Rong Xu’s cold eyebrows were filmed very clearly. His temperament made him appear to be a lone individual separate from the crowds and is beyond the scope of this world. He donned a light-colored suit and a pair of stern glasses. He spoke objectively and impartially with thin lips, and his high intellect made others wary of approaching him.

This was the Xue Jiazhe played by Rong Xu.

During Qin Cheng’s three days in the crew, he saw Rong Xu only twice. Rong Xu would change into different suits and costumes daily, but no matter what kind of clothes he wore, he would always button the shirt buttons to the very top, showing only his slender neck. He seldom laughed, but when he did, he only appeared colder and more otherworldly. Only when he was with Tan Yangxuan did he occasionally show a sincere smile.

Such a person seemed gentle and polite on the outside, but was actually the most aloof. 

When the camera captured the close-up scene of Rong Xu raising his eyes and sweeping his gaze towards the camera, Director Yuan slapped his thigh and nodded excitedly: “I knew this since long ago. Rong Xu, this child, has a perfect abstinent temperament. I didn’t choose the wrong person, didn’t choose wrong, Hahaha!”

Yes, from the beginning, Director Yuan invited Rong Xu without consulting anyone else mainly because he reckoned that Rong Xu could play Xue Jiazhe well. 

There was naturally no need to talk about his looks, and there was also no need to consider his popularity. The most important thing was that, looking at the role of Ling Xiao who was gentle and kind, Director Yuan actually perceived a cold and merciless temperament underneath. 

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Watching until his excitement boiled over, Director Yuan couldn’t help but day to Qin Cheng next to him: “Is he good-looking or not? Must be good-looking! Do you know what type the young maidens like these days? It’s this kind of ascetic, handsome man!”

Speaking to here, on screen, a clip of Xue Jiazhe and Tan Yangxuan reminiscing about their university life happened to appear. The handsome young man gave a slight smile. A hint of true happiness finally appeared on his tender face. Director Yuan became even more emotional: “I say. Our drama, although the plot is simple, the box office value will definitely not be low, do you believe it?”

From beginning to end, Director Yuan never noticed that he was the only one speaking. 

Qin Cheng was staring at the youth on the set from beginning to end. His eyes traced down from the young man’s thin phoenix eyes to his high nose bridge and pale lips. Because he was drinking with his old classmates, after going for three rounds, Professor Xue finally unbuttoned a shirt button, revealing a sliver of his delicate collarbone.

The man pursed his lips and looked at those delicate, white collarbones intently. He recalled the young man’s faint scent and warm body temperature from when he hugged him. 

At this moment, Director Yuan said with a smile: “I may not be able to shoot a large-scale commercial film like Lao Liu does, but I still know how to attract an audience to watch a movie. The plot itself will attract a male audience. And look, with Rong Xu’s great acting and outstanding looks, it will definitely attract a huge female audience. Such a good-looking yet perverted Professor Xue, Qin Cheng, don’t you think this setting is trendy?” 

Qin Cheng replied in a low voice: “En.” 

This youth will not only attract a female audience, but also a male audience……such as himself. 

In the afternoon, Xu Jin rushed over from the airport and hauled Qin Cheng away from the crew.

Originally, the man was still reluctant. But, his own agent personally came, so he couldn’t continue to shamelessly refuse to leave.

Xu Jin smiled and pushed at his glasses, saying: “I was supposed to arrive yesterday, but there was a storm in B city, and the plane was delayed. I only arrived today. Thank you for taking care of Qin Cheng, Director Yuan. If we have a chance inthe future, let’s have a meal together.”

Director Yuan laughed: “No need to mention it, we really did take care of him. Remember to invite me to a meal in the future.” 

Xu Jin smiled calmly: “Of course, or course.” As he was talking, he simultaneously dragged a certain man out of the crew.

Qin Cheng had wanted to say goodbye to Rong Xu, but Rong Xu, for the sake of attending the Peony Awards the day after tomorrow, had too many scenes to rush through in the span of 2 days. He could only give him a simple goodbye before turning around to rush back into the studio. 

The man furrowed his eyebrows and suddenly reached out to grasp the young man’s hand, directly yanking him into his arms.

The staff members passing by all widened their eyes in surprise. Xu Jin also opened his mouth, watching the scene in shock. As the person directly involved, Rong Xu’s pupils also slightly contracted as he was held by the other man dazedly. Rong Xu heard the other’s low and deep voice ring in his ears: “Then, I’m heading out first, goodbye.”

Rong Xu thought for a while before silently raising his hand to give the other person a gentle hug: “……goodbye.” 

Saying it like this, there was nothing wrong about it, right?

The staff members immediately realized: Oh, after all, God Qin’s grandmother was a foreigner and therefore was relatively more open. Perhaps for him, it was considered normal to give a hug when saying hello and goodbye. 

This time, Qin Cheng really left.

Maze City’s crew was back on track. Without the interruption of “outsiders”, the staff member could finally concentrate wholeheartedly on their work without distraction. For many female staff members, without Qin Cheng, they were indeed more able to concentrate. However, they also felt a sense of loss.

Even Rong Xu’s make-up artist, Sister Wang, said pitifully: “This is my first time meeting God Qin. The real person is so handsome. In the past, I heard others say that God Qin has a cold temper. Although he isn’t a bad person and never throws his weight around, it’s not easy to get close to him. From my first impression, it turned out to be a rumor. God Qin even willingly sat down with us to eat 20-yuan (~$3 USD) box lunches and didn’t complain at all.” 

Rong Xu couldn’t help but smile and reminded: “Sis’ Wang, those box lunches belong to our crew. He didn’t pay a penny for them.” 

Sister Wang stuck out her elbow and explained on behalf of Qin Cheng: “Rong Rong, how can you say that, that’s Qin Cheng!” 

Rong Xu: “……”

However, during mealtime, Sister Wang still deliberately asked the little brother who was in charge of the box lunches to give Rong Xu an extra chicken leg. When he learned of this matter, Rong Xu asked Sister Wang in surprise, and Sister Wang smiled in reply: “You are young and are still growing. Filming is hard. It’s better to eat more.”

On the side, Luo Qian interrupted: “Sister Wang, why didn’t you give more chicken legs to God Qin?”

Sister Wang said as a matter of fact: “Qin Cheng is Qin Cheng, and Rong Rong is Rong Rong. How can they be the same?”

Luo Qian: “…… That makes sense. Even though it’s God Qin, in my heart, Rong Rong is still more important.”

After listening to these two people, Rong Xu didn’t know whether he should feel honored or helpless. 

What he didn’t know was that a certain man who had just arrived in B city was listening to his agent bragging with a calm expression: “Before, I got a glimpse of Rong Xu’s image, say, Qin Cheng, doesn’t it look familiar?”

Qin Cheng raised his eyebrows and looked at his agent: “Familiar?” 

Xu Jin laughed, paused his footsteps, and turned around: “Doesn’t it look like me?” 

Qin Cheng: “……”

Xu Jin analyzed it with a serious face: “See, glasses and a suit. The hair is fixed fashionably with hairspray. Smart, wise, knowledgeable and trustworthy…… isn’t it very similar to me. After having a meal with Director Yuan last year, did he acquire inspiration from me to write the script of Maze City……Hey, Qin Cheng! Wait for me, why are you walking so fast?”

The man glanced back at him and asked: “When did you start raising a horse?”

Xu Jin was taken aback: “Horse? What horse?”

Qin Cheng said lightly: “The one running on your face.” 

After saying that, he walked away without giving his agent time to react.

By the time Qin Cheng had walked tens of meters away, Xu Jin finally reacted and said in anger: “You actually dare say I have a big face (arrogant)?! No, wait, where did you even learn these kinds of words? I only just learned of this phrase from my wife, how could you possibly know it, too?” 

The man ignored Xu Jin. His family’s Rong Rong looks like you? This thick-skin was thicker than the city walls. 

As for where he learned this phrase? 

It was probably the influence of the smart and knowledgeable netizens——

[Qingxiao Yunzhou replied to Lotus Seed Paste and Orange Stuffing: Hahahaha, you actually dare say only you can sleep Rong Rong, and that Rong Rong is yours? Where did the diehard ChengRong cp fan go, where did the one who said they already had a lover but still doled out affection everyday go? Tyrant Deity Orange is shameless, scornful, and has a big face, come and see, everyone ~233333333] 

Two days later, Rong Xu took two days off and flew back to B city from Xiangshan with Luo Qian. 

The silver colored airplane landed steadily at Capital Airport. Luo Zhentao had already been waiting there, and due to the time crunch, the three of them exited directly from the VIP tunnel. As he walked, Luo Zhentao said quickly: “Right now, we’ll go try on outfits and do the styling. Then, we’ll participate in the awards ceremony in the evening. Xiao Xu, it’s a close call this time. You should’ve come back yesterday so that we didn’t have to be in such a hurry.” 

Rong Xu smiled and nodded: “En, the filming schedule was a bit rushed. Next time, I will come back a day earlier.” 

On this day, many celebrities flew over from around the world, and the entirety of Huaxia’s Media was focused on B city. They were awaiting the Peony Awards ceremony scheduled for that evening, the opening banquet for the three major TV drama awards of the year!

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SA Chapter 80 (Part 2) – Abstinent Temperament

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Among the people present, only Ren Shuzhi knew that Qin Cheng had slept in Rong Xu’s room last night. She looked at the two people suspiciously, opening her mouth a few times but then finally deciding to keep her mouth shut.

It was better not to interfere with this strange turn of events. Who knows how the relationship between these two became antagonistic[2]. It was still okay for her to offend Rong Xu, but she definitely couldn’t afford to offend Qin Cheng.

Qin Cheng was not like the Film Empress Ren Shuzhi had secretly dealt with a long time ago. After that Empress became a washed up figure, Ren Shuzhi found someone to expose her husband’s scandals to make her lose face[3].

Resultingly, Director Yuan took the lead and made a call to book a room while Rong Xu just looked at Qin Cheng innocently, sporting a grin on his face.

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Everyone walked to the hotel together, but no one noticed that a certain man had his lips pursed tightly while walking unhappily beside Rong Xu. The joviality and laughter from the people around them formed a sharp contrast with Qin Cheng’s bleak appearance. It was truly ‘within the brilliant and beautiful spring day, there comes an icy wind howling like winter’.

After arriving at the hotel, Qin Cheng once again tried to petition to room with Rong Xu: “I came over in a hurry, and I seem to have forgotten to bring my wallet.”

The middle-aged Director Yuan looked at Qin Cheng incredulously as he asked in astonishment: “You actually don’t use online banking?”

The 27 year old Qin Cheng: “……”

Rong Xu: “^_^”

Qin Cheng lived on the top floor while Rong Xu was on a middle floor, so the two parted ways in the elevator. The man had frowned his handsome eyebrows, seemingly wanting to say something, but Director Yuan and the other staff were watching in the elevator, so he just took a glance back at the youth before turning to leave.

When Rong Xu returned to his room, he received a text message before he could even take off his jacket.

[Qin Cheng: I will come down to find you.】

Looking at this text message, Rong Xu lay back on the big, soft bed and couldn’t help but raise the corners of his lips: [No need. I really do need to get up early to film tomorrow. The request for leave today had already delayed progress, and we must speed up the shooting process】

It was only after a long time did he receive a simple one-word reply from the man: [Oh……]

It was just one word, but the deep sense of loss was thoroughly presented and directly poured through the phone screen.

The smile on the young man’s lips grew a bit wider. Looking at his phone, he could guess that the man must be staring coldly at his phone screen with an expression of facial paralysis. It might appear like he didn’t really don’t care on the outside, but in reality……

[Rong Xu: Good night, the waterfall from today was very beautiful. 】

Seeing the text message, Qin Cheng was taken aback. After a while, he curved up his thin lips into a smile.

The waterfall was beautiful……

Qin Cheng then calmly pressed the voice record button and gently said into the phone in a low voice: “You are more beautiful.”

When Rong Xu tapped on the recording, a magnetic male voice echoed throughout the quiet room. The voice was soft and deep, like a gentle cello vibrato. Rong Xu’s body trembled slightly, and a flush appeared on his cheeks. He subconsciously flipped the phone over onto the bed and covered it with his hand. Then, Rong Xu got up and went into the bathroom to wash up.

On Qin Cheng’s side, after waiting for a long time, he still didn’t receive a reply. He raised an eyebrow and seemed to have come to an understanding. The youth was very smart, but he was also very shy.

His waist was thin and soft and a refreshing fragrance emitted from his body. When you hugged him tightly from behind, his face would flush from shyness, and his ears would turn red enough to drip blood. It made others want to bite down on his soft earlobes.

He was ten thousand times more beautiful than the waterfall.

Once confessed to, he would be too shy to look at you. If you say it again, he would raise his face and look at you with a calm facade, oblivious to the fact that his eyes were filled with glistening water, beautiful and…… seductive.

That scene reverberated through his mind once again, causing the man’s eyes to become deeper and darker. He pursed his lips tightly. The next moment, his whole body suddenly stiffened and he placed down his phone in a calm manner as he got up without a change in his expression and went into the bathroom…… to take a cold shower.

Qin Cheng’s second day at Xiangshan Film and Television City, and first day of observing the crew of Maze City, ended just like that.

When Director Yuan saw a specific man again in the crew the next day, his mouth hung open in surprise, and it took a while before he accepted this reality, asking: “…… come to observe again?”

Qin Cheng lowered his eyes and said with a serene expression: “The set location has yet to be determined.”

Director Yuan hurriedly said: “Rong Xu can’t go with you today, Qin Cheng, you have to go by yourself. At most, I can send a staff member to accompany you, lest you get lost.”

Upon hearing this, many staff members on the scene pricked up their ears excitedly as each one looked at Director Yuan with the same large words practically written on their face——

Please, let me serve this male god!

However, to their disappointment, Qin Cheng gently shook his head: “No hurry, we can talk about it later this afternoon.”

As a result, the Maze City crew formally ushered in a Film Emperor tier member.

Director Yuan had been in this industry for many years now and maintained a good reputation, but he rarely had the chance to cooperate with big-name Film Emperors and Empresses. Director Yuan preferred to use newcomers, just like for the cast of Maze City, except for Bo Xiwen who was once nominated for Film Emperor, almost all the other actors were newcomers.

Besides Rong Xu, Ren Shuzhi was a singer-turned-actor. She had appeared in TV shows before but Maze City was only the second film she has ever filmed.[1]

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Initially, everyone thought that Qin Cheng was only here to take a casual look. But, unexpectedly, his observation lasted for a full three days.

Director Yuan was not worried that Qin Cheng would leak information on Maze City’s current progress. After all, this is the most basic of this industry’s ethics. If they couldn’t even do that, then that actor must not want to continue on in this industry.

It was just that, with Qin Cheng staying here, he kept feeling that something was a little out of place……

This situation didn’t turn better till the third day.

Director Yuan directly decided to regard this man just another ordinary person: Qin Cheng was only here to determine the set location, and it just so happened that he and Qin Cheng were familiar with one another, and Qin Cheng and Rong Xu had also worked together before. The other party had nowhere to go, so he came to hang out with the crew.

When he thought about it this way, everything became inconsequential.

However, as Director Yuan devoted himself to filming the movie, he naturally didn’t notice that a certain man sitting next to him and looking at the monitor was staring at the young man in the screen with an unnatural gaze.

Rong Xu in a suit, Rong Xu in glasses, Rong Xu with a poisonous tongue, yet clever words that just made others admire him…… Qin Cheng had previously experienced Rong Xu’s mature side before. Though he was still quite young, when Rong Xu played Ling Xiao in his 30s and 40s, he didn’t lose out to anyone.

When he narrows his eyes and looks at you seriously, it would appear as though the years had quietly settled upon him. His eyes would no longer be simple and pure, but rather mixed with a depth gained from experiencing the vicissitudes of life.

However, what never changed was that he always looked great.

Qin Cheng had long gotten a good grasp of Maze City’s plot. When he helped Rong Xu analyze the script, he came to understand a majority of it. But, nothing was as shocking as seeing it in person.

The scene they were filming this time was a night time scene.

The case exploded into something big. The city was covered in wind and rain, and there were only three days left of the time limit mandated from the higher ups to close the case. Xue Jiazhe gave Tan Yangxuan a lot of in-depth analysis, and they were getting closer and closer to the answer. However, as the ancestors said, one who traveled a hundred miles was really only halfway to ninety. They came closer to the truth, but also felt that they were getting further and further away from the truth.

With increasing numbers of media exposure on the case, Tan Yangxuan was under a lot of pressure, so he went to the university where Xue Jiazhe taught and listened to his lectures.

Even though it was an evening class, the classroom was still fully crowded by students. A young, handsome professor with high credentials and an icy temperament, even if the other’s tongue was poisonous and every student was terrified of being called on to answer questions, the students would still plead for Professor Xue to attend class every day.

Xue Jiazhe stood at the podium and lectured with an indifferent tone about the Barnum effect to the students below.

“As far as this psychological aspect is concerned, most of the astrology, divination and ancient Chinese fortune-telling can be explained through the Barnum effect. The fortunes derived from the astrological signs can basically be applied to everyone, and more than 90% of them will always be applicable.”

The young professor raised his eyes and a flash of darkness passed through his phoenix eyes as he looked towards the policeman sitting at the back of the classroom.

“But, I hope all of you understand that in this world…… there is no single theory that can explain every little thing or analyze any one person completely.”

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[1]Many hotels have their check-in lobby at the top most floor

[2] Antagonistic: She doesn’t know why RX is being mean to QC right now XD LOL

[3] Recall that Ren Shuzhi had a previously antagonistic relationship with a past Film Empress because RSZ was romantically involved with the Empress’s husband before they married. It wasn’t an affair but the Film Empress didn’t like it and decided to make RSZ’s career difficult


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What to Do When I Become a Koi and Fall into the Male God’s Bathtub

WDBKFMGB Chapter 31 – I, This Koi Fish

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He Ruge placed the prop back into the backpack with a complicated mood. When he turned off the game, using his amazing self-control, to go work on writing he saw a huge number of unread messages jumping up and down on the Penguin App. 

Emotionless Coding Machine: “Congratulations on making it onto the Shelf!” 

“Shelf” is Jinjiang’s (JJWXC) ‘thousand views trending list’, located in the upper left-hand corner of the Bookshelf page. Each official V work only had one chance to make it onto the list- that is, from the early morning to the evening of the fourth day upon entering V. They can then stay on it for a full 24 hours, which was practically equivalent to being ‘published’.

The Shelf covered all genres, and the top six could be seen on the first page of the Shelf. On JinJiang, there was no other listing that allowed more exposure than the Shelf.

There is even a saying in the writer’s circle, which was ‘The Shelf determined life or death’.

He Ruge has been so obsessed with the game until late into the night that he even forgot he’d made it onto the Shelf. 

Sure enough, games are the cause of many troubles.

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He scrolled through the chat log in a calm manner, but when he saw the following messages, his calm facade was utterly shattered. 

Emotionless Coding Machine: “Third on the Shelf! You are on the first page! You’re Set! Set! You’re gonna soar!!!” 

Emotionless Coding Machine: “Picture jpg.” 

It was a screenshot of the Shelf which had just refreshed at midnight exact. He Ruge’s work was ranked third, and the first and second placers were both well-received authors. His hand which was holding the screen trembled slightly, and He Ruge cautiously continued to read the following news.

Emotionless Coding Machine: “Ah, ah, ahhhh a counterattack! You’ve usurped the second placer! CHARGE!! I won’t allow you to stop!!!” 

That message was sent at three in the morning. 

The rankings on the thousand views trending list was ever changing. When a work’s views became higher than the work ranked above it, it will advance one place. However, usurping positions was very uncommon. 

Emotionless Coding Machine: “Ah, watching you grow is also making me so excited and anxious. Yet, you, this stinky pigeon, why haven’t you replied to me? It can’t be that you forgot you were going to be Shelved, right?!”

Emotionless Coding Machine: “Good night! I’m exhausted! I’m going to sleep first!” 

The chat records ended there. He Ruge opened JinJiang in a daze, and when he first looked at the thousand views trending list, he found —-

Hmm, why was the cover of the first place work so familiar? ……It seemed to be a cover he made himself. 

He, He Ruge, a common, everyday street writer, at 9 o’clock this morning, usurped first place in the thousand views trending list. 

The number of searches for this work was increasing every second, every minute. Last night, the number of bookmarks was only a 4-digit number, but now it had already skyrocketed to a 5-digit number. 

Emotionless Coding Machine: “Soon, I will have a close friend who is world-renowned for a popular work!”

At noon, 15,000 bookmarked. 

At 10:30 in the evening, 19,000 bookmarked. 

In the last minute before twelve o’clock midnight, 20,000 total bookmarked. 

Thus far, his single-day bookmarks had increased by more than 10,000. In recent years, with the explosion in popularity of online literature, the first work that garnered more than 10,000 single-day bookmarks while on the Shelf appeared and caused a sensation in the author’s forums. Although it wasn’t uncommon for a Shelved work to earn more than 10,000 bookmarks in the current times, it was still by no means a common occurrence. 

He Ruge was truly soaring.

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This was the first year since he had graduated that he experienced a smooth take-off. 

New lines suddenly appeared on his legs. Now, in addition to red lines, there were also silver-white lines. 

Was this the change brought about by “collecting the power of faith” during the “awakening period” which 8 Legs had originally talked about? 

He Ruge also discovered that his hair was growing longer.

In the past, He Ruge’s hair had never exceeded his ears, but now it had already reached the sides of his shoulders. He Ruge wanted to use scissors to snip his own hair, but when the blade was aligned at his hair, He Ruge hesitated. 

After all, it was his first time being a monster, he shouldn’t be too reckless. 

What if there was something special about a monster’s hair? What if it was taboo, like “One cannot cut their hair in the first month of life, once cut an uncle will die.” 

The scissor that was lifted up was once again placed down silently. 

He Ruge looked at himself in the mirror and also noticed that his ears had become slightly pointy, reminiscent of elves from fantasy worlds. 

It was a very strange feeling. Although his own appearance hadn’t changed much, his hair only changed slightly and his ears became slightly pointy, but it was as if his entire temperament had suddenly transformed. 

Carrying the mentality of ‘if you don’t understand, then ask’, He Ruge went onto Penguin to reach out to 8 Legs. 

Ruge: “I have some questions. Do Bloodline patterns only have one color, or do they have multiple colors? After becoming a monster, will one’s hair suddenly grow longer and denser?” 

8 Legs: “…”

8 Legs: “If after becoming a monster, my hair will become denser and longer, then I wouldn’t have to worry that I’ll go bald from stress writing late into the night. We are monsters, not hair spirits. Since you are asking this, is it possible you can make hair grow longer denser? (Suddenly excited.jpg.)”

He Ruge subconsciously touched his lush hair in the next moment then glanced at the couldn’t-wait-to-jump-on-this-opportunity 8 Legs’ comment on the screen. His eyes landed on 8 Leg’s head. The big and round head was as bright as a light bulb, like the head of an octopus.

If his original form was like this, then 8 Leg’s excitement can indeed be understood.

Ruge: “I’m not sure, but my own hair has become denser. Oh yes, and my ears have also become pointy.”

Worried that his text description wasn’t clear enough, He Ruge sent over a photo of his ears and long hair. 

8 Legs: “These ears……Where have I seen this kind of ear before…… Are you a very good looking person?” 

Ruge: “……En.” 

8 Legs: “Then, you might belong to the Merfolk/Siren race. But, the Merfolk/Siren race haven’t been seen for a long time now. The conditions for Merfolk/Sirens to become adults are very harsh. I’ve never seen any remaining information on the Merfolk/Siren race, so I am unsure of the specificities.”

8 Legs: “But, I do know that for Sirens, one is even better looking than the other. Their average face value could crush any fox spirit. They have pointed ears and long hair……Damn, I really want to run over to see what you look like to personally determine if you are indeed a Siren.” 

Siren

Fish people? 

Mermaids? 

He Ruge looked down at the lines on his ankles. The red and white stripes were indeed similar to the appearance of fish scales, like using paint to outline the edges of fish scales in an artwork, but not yet filling them in with color.

8 Legs: “Also, the first question you asked me. Bloodline patterns do have different colors, but whatever colorations you have on your true form will reflect the colors of your Bloodline pattern. This is also why I said to not casually tell outsiders about your Bloodline pattern. Bloodline patterns are a very private and personal thing, comparable to personal account books. If someone sees your Bloodline pattern and understands the information exposed by them, it is very easy to guess your race.” 

8 Legs: “One’s true form can’t be exposed casually. For example, if there was a rat monster and a cat monster, even if they were equal in pure strength, the cat monster will still easily win. If one of the weak, aquatic races like us goes out randomly, what would they do if they were locked on by a cat or tiger race?” 

The amount of information in those words was a bit heavy, and He Ruge looked at his red and white lines in contemplation.

What kind of fish has both red and white colors, and has the natural skill of luck? 

The answer was practically glaring — 

Isn’t it a koi?! 

8 Legs: “I just scrolled through the chat records. You told me previously that you become lucky every time the Bloodline pattern glows, right?” 

8 Legs: “I’ve thought about it, and I think your true form might be a koi fish.” 

8 Legs: “When can we have a face-to-face meet up.  I want to shake hands with a Koi race to exchange some luck QAQ.”

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SA Chapter 80 (Part 1) – Abstinent Temperament

Super long chapter! Also, we’re reaching the spicy chapters soon (around 86? 87? I can’t recall the exact chapter number.) (๑•́ ω •̀๑)

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On the Internet, Qin Cheng’s Weibo post rapidly gathered steam and received comments from many fans. At a glance, you’d know that this type of Weibo post must be posted by the celebrity themselves and was a fan favorite. Even if there was no selfie included, they were always excited to have a chance to get closer to their male god.

[This is Wuli God Qin’s style. No expression, elite indifference ~2333333] 

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As for Lotus Seed Paste and Orange Stuffing’s Weibo, there were also many fan comments under the posts.

After the last “image collapse” incident, the fans who originally only paid attention to Lotus Seed Paste and Orange Stuffing because they wanted to spectate divine happenings now felt that this diety’s ‘bones were unique and temperament was otherworldly’! 

Just like now, this godly tyrant was confessing their affections again; the entire post revealed a sense of cute and silly from the inside out.

Fans couldn’t resist poking fun at this silly god, and as expected, the other party still replied! 

[Lotus Seed Paste and Orange Stuffing replied to Begonia: He’s just cute, I’m not publicly showing affection.】

[Lotus Seed Paste and Orange Stuffing reply to InHeZhiZhou: I am not silly. 】 

[Lotus Seed Paste and Orange Stuffing replied to the LostStars: Rong Rong and him (Marshall Huo)…… are both cute, there is no superior or inferior! 】

Lotus Seed Paste and Orange Stuffing only replied to a few people before disappearing again. But after all, ‘she’ was a tyrant, so fans didn’t think there was anything wrong with it. Instead, they took it for granted: [The original silly godly tyrant poster probably went home for dinner, hahahaha, rationally speaking, how big do you think Orange Stuffing’s house is? I bet a pack of spicy sticks that you must drive in order to get from the gate to the main building! 】

Notwithstanding the situation on the internet, in Xiangshan Film and Television City, the hotel that Director Yuan booked was within the city where many other crews would also often gather together for meals. Their prices weren’t particularly expensive, and the dishes weren’t particularly delicious, but it was a very convenient place. The environment was quiet and compelling. Ren Shuzhi had also treated everyone to dinner here yesterday.

When Rong Xu and Qin Cheng arrived at the hotel, the crew had already ordered the dishes. 

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The director, producer, screenwriters, and main actors sat at the same table, while the other staff members and crew sat according to their respective departments. As a guest, Qin Cheng naturally had to sit at a table with Director Yuan. Seeing him walk over, Director Yuan happily  waved his hand and patted the empty seat next to him: “You are late, Qin Cheng. I specifically saved — ” …… a seat for you. Sit next to me.

Before he could complete his sentence, Qin Cheng interrupted him: “We accidentally got lost.”

Director Yuan laughed boisterously: “Yes, since your debut, it seems you’ve yet to film here before. It’s normal to get lost. Qin Cheng, you can sit……” 

“I’ll sit with Rong Xu.” The man’s indifferent and deep voice sounded lightly[1].

Director Yuan was taken aback for a bit as he thought for a moment. Then, he slowly retracted his hand, and said with a smile: “Alright. You guys are here, now we can start the meal.”

The person Qin Cheng was most familiar with in the crew was probably Rong Xu, and he also specially came to visit Rong Xu’s work. Sitting next to Rong Xu wasn’t abnormal. 

Having said that, with Qin Cheng present, the atmosphere of the dinner party was stiff the entire time.

The crew also had dinner here together yesterday, but because they were filming the next day, no one drank much as they conversed and laughed. It was still quite lively. But today, everyone only ate earnestly, and even some of the props crew who usually joked around were sitting upright.

However, the person involved didn’t feel anything wrong at all. Under the bright lights, the man had his head lowered as he peeled shrimp in a serious manner. 

Qin Cheng had a pair of beautiful hands, fingers slender and thin. Like many men’s, his knuckles were somewhat prominent, and his nails were round and smooth. These hands, when used to wipe away the heroine’s tears, appeared moving and pleasing. But now, even though they were being used to…… peel shrimp, they still appeared highly elegant.

After peeling a whole shrimp, Qin Cheng subconsciously wanted to put the shrimp into Rong Xu’s bowl. He had contemplated this action countless times before. When the two of them ate at home, he always wanted to help the young man grab food whenever he picked up his chopsticks. But, because it couldn’t be realized, he could only dream about it in his heart. 

Today, just his hand slid over to the side a little, he froze.

His long and thin fingers froze in midair for a moment before Qin Cheng expressionlessly put the tender and white shrimp meat into his own bowl. 

This subtle action was not noticed by others. 

Director Yuan was currently chatting with the screenwriter and producer about the scenes recorded today, and Ren Shuzhi also led Ma Qi and the others in discussions. Rong Xu was asking the psychology professor for some professional knowledge to enhance his own professionalism. 

In the large banquet hall, Qin Cheng was the only one earnestly peeling shrimp. With graceful movements, he peeled one and then another, putting all of them into his own bowl. However, he didn’t eat them, just peeled them one by one. After his whole bowl was filled with peeled shrimps did he frown and say softly: “Accidentally peeled too many.”

As soon as his words fell, everyone around him turned to look at him. 

Qin Cheng pursed his lips and looked calmly at the youth beside him, asking: “Do you like shrimp?” 

Rong Xu was startled, and he momentarily couldn’t react: “……Huh?”

The man picked up the chopsticks and calmly moved more than half of the shrimp from his bowl into Rong Xu’s bowl, leaving only one for himself. 

Qin Cheng’s face was the picture of calm indifference as he sighed softly and said with a casual tone: “Help me finish them, there’s too much.” 

Rong Xu: “……” 

Everyone else: “……” 

You peeled so many but only ate two. What were you looking for? ! ! !

As if hearing the voices in their hearts, Qin Cheng lifted his gaze and curled the corners of his lips calmly. He then said with a faint smile: “Peeling shrimp is quite interesting.” 

Everyone, even more this time: “……” 

Speak, where is it interesting! ! !

But this time, Rong Xu looked at his bowl which was filled to the brim with shrimp meat and his pupils trembled slightly as he seemed to have realized something. He turned his head to look at the man beside him, and saw that Qin Cheng had started quietly and seriously peeling a crab since who knows when. 

Crab meat was much harder to deal with than shrimp meat, so Qin Cheng’s actions were quite a bit slower. A while later, one crab was peeled, but it could only be considered half peeled and couldn’t be eaten wholly like shrimp meat. However, after he finished peeling it, he put it into his bowl and didn’t eat it.

Instead, he picked up a second crab.

After peeling four of them, the man frowned once more: “Peeled too much again……”

The people who noticed early on: “……” 

Director Yuan didn’t know whether to laugh or cry as he said: “Xiao Qin, you even have this…… hobby?” 

Qin Cheng raised his head: “I just accidentally didn’t realize.” After speaking, he turned his head again and looked at Rong Xu: “Do you like crab?” 

The young man smiled: “I like it.” 

Without a change in his expression, Qin Cheng divided more than half of the crab meat over.

This is just a small incident during the meal. Director Yuan and others were still more interested in the film that Qin Cheng was shooting recently. The movie was filmed in New Zealand and Los Angeles and was a commercial blockbuster. People within the country didn’t have much information on it, but it’s release was very likely to collide with Maze City

Director Yuan presented a pleasant face and carefully tried to pry some information out of Qin Cheng. The other seemed completely unaware of the intentions, and he answered whatever Director Yuan asked. 

The smile on Director Yuan’s face grew deeper and deeper throughout dinner, but only once the dinner ended was he taken aback, and the corners of his mouth twitched. He secretly said to the producer next to him: “Qin Cheng is such a sly lad. Everything he said were things that were already announced at the launch conference. It’s like he didn’t say anything at all, truly mischievous.”

That evening, when they returned to the hotel, Director Yuan helped Qin Cheng open another room, but Qin Cheng narrowed his eyes and said: “It’s fine, I’ll just stay with Rong Xu.” 

Hearing this, Director Yuan immediately thought that the other party was helping the crew save money: “Haha, you’re overthinking. You’re paying for your own room. Qin Cheng, Rong Xu needs to film the next day. You observing his work is fine, but how can you even freeload in someone else’s home. Aren’t you afraid you’ll disturb our Rong Xu’s rest and make him unable to film well the next day? You’ll pay for the room yourself. Our staff will help you book a room. Don’t even think about not paying later on.” [2]

Qin Cheng: “There’s really no need……”

“What Director Yuan said makes sense,” a young and clear voice interrupted Qin Cheng’s words. Rong Xu grinned and looked at Qin Cheng: “Although we are quite familiar, Mr. Qin, I still need to film tomorrow. It’s not too convenient.” 

Qin Cheng: “……” 

The man silently turned his head to look at the youth, only to see Rong Xu’s face lit up with a brilliant smile, looking at Qin Cheng with clear eyes. His smile was very sincere, as if he was merely stating a fact. Director Yuan also nodded in agreement.

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[1]I’m not sure if I missed 2 or 3 words in this sentence. My computer showed them as boxes.

[2]Director yuan thinks QC is being humble and doesn’t want to trouble the crew.


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