Author: 公子于歌 / Gong Zi Yu Ge
Translator: Kinky || https://kinkytranslations.com/
Chapter 14: The Little Fairy is Very Good at Playing
Yan Qiuchi unexpectedly supported him. Not only was he surprised, but even Li Meilan and Xiao Tang were both surprised.
“Then…” Li Meilan was at a loss for words. “Then he is quite benevolent.”
Everyone knew how annoyed Yan Qiuchi felt about Shen Jintai due to their past entanglement. When Shen Jintai auditioned, her biggest worry wasn’t Guo Rui or Bai Qingquan, but Yan Qiuchi. Since <The East Palace is Coming> was a project produced and mainly invested by Sunshine Media, Yan Qiuchi would have the most say.
Shen Jintai’s passion for his work and love for the role of Li Xu made him extremely thankful for Yan Qiuchi. After all, it was through his intervention that allowed him to secure his role.
“Where are you going now? Isn’t this in the direction of your home?” Li Meilan looked out the window.
“I’m going to wash* the tattoo,” Shen Jintai said. “It’s time for the second wash.”
*This wash isn’t in a sense of cleaning but to get rid of. I believe the method they are using here is salabrasion. It involves rubbing the tattoo with a mixture of water and salt particles until the skin surface of the tattoo becomes tender. The saline solution then slowly dissolves the tattoo ink, helping it to fade away. But this is a lengthy and painful process and might lead to scarring of the skin.
Li Meilan thought he was going to a regular hospital, but when the car stopped at a street tattoo shop, she was stunned and grabbed Shen Jintai. “You’re still a big star. If you wash in this kind of shop, are you not afraid that they will blow your cover?”
“This is the shop I came to last time, and I said I would come again.” Shen Jintai put all the scripts in his bag. “Don’t worry, I have common sense.”
How could Li Meilan be rest assured? She followed him into the tattoo shop.
The handsome tattoo guy failed to recognize Shen Jintai when he entered, probably because he no longer had red hair.
“I’m back for a second wash.” Shen Jintai said.
The tattoo brother asked, “Did you wash it here with me last time?”
Shen Jintai smiled and said, “Yes.”
As soon as he took off his clothes, the little brother immediately recognized him. His eyes lit up, and he was very excited. His girlfriend had recently seen a lot of hot searches lately about Shen Jintai. There was already a trend of turning black into powder*. Should he call his girlfriend over?
*Basically turning a black powder (anti-fan) back into a fan.
Li Meilan and Xiao Tang watched from the side. Li Meilan stretched out her hand and poked Shen Jintai’s stomach and said, “You haven’t danced for so long. All your abdominal muscles are gone. “
Shen Jintai: “I will practice again when I have time.”
Shen Jintai closed his eyes and thought. He found that he had most of the memories of the original’s body, and he remembered many dance moves. In the future, if one day he had a rush of enthusiasm, perhaps he would go onstage as an idol again for a while.
There was a bit of pain during the tattoo washing. Shen Jintai kept his eyes closed while frowning. Li Meilan stared at him. Examining him closely like this, she felt strange. She thought she had always had a weird feeling recently whenever she looked at Shen Jintai. He was a very different Shen Jintai, who had a plain face with no flamboyant makeup and no dandyish habits, but still retained his assertiveness.
Li Meilan took out her phone, took a photo, and posted it on her Weibo. When it came to hype, she, as an agent, was very good at it.
Shen Jintai had already landed on the hot search once for tattoo removal. If he posted it again, it would appear very deliberate. As an agent, Li Meilan had no fans, but there were many gold powders who follow her. If she posted it on her Weibo, it would only spread to a small number of people. While it wouldn’t make the hot search, at least it could stir up some heat.
If it reached Yan Qiuchi, he could treat it as a reward! President Yan, you can rest assured that our Jintai has changed.
The Yan family mansion was surrounded by towering trees. Their shade made the garden look darker than outside. Yan Qiuchi changed into his home clothes and went down to the dining room. He looked at the table and asked the maid, “Why hasn’t dinner been served yet?”
Maid: “The madam said to wait.”
As she finished speaking, Mrs. Yan came out of the kitchen holding a casserole and walked quickly to the dining table to set it down. She pinched her ears hotly.
“We have guests today?” Yan Qiuchi pulled a chair out and sat down.
“Xiao Jin called and said he was still on the road. It’ll be about another ten minutes or so. You, wait a bit so that we can all eat together.” Mrs. Yan pretended to be nonchalant about it. Without giving Yan Qiuchi a chance to ask questions, she turned to the maid and said, “Why hasn’t Yaoxuan come down yet? Go call him. It’s almost time to eat.”
Yan Qiuchi glanced at her, and Mrs. Yan smiled. “Wasn’t he just here a few days ago? Why is he coming again?”
Mrs. Yan: “You know the situation of Xiao Jin’s family. Their house has been seized by the court, except for the home Xiao Jin lives in. He’s a good person. Although he didn’t have the best relationship with his father and stepmother, he still felt sorry for them and gave them his house. Xiao Jin may have a bad temper, but he’s actually very soft-hearted.”
Mrs. Yan took this time to put in a good word for Shen Jintai, then turned back to the main subject. “He gave up the house and went to stay in a hotel by himself. He’s also in a difficult situation now. He has no money right now. The hotel he was staying in is really run down. Your brother and I went to see him and felt sorry for him, so we took him back to our house for a few days. You won’t object, right? You all grew up together, so don’t you have any sympathy?”
Yan Qiuchi remained silent as he let her have her say.
The sound of a car was heard outside. Mrs. Yan untied her apron and greeted happily, “You’re back!” She had never cared this much for her own son.
Yan Yaoxuan ran into Shen Jintai as he was heading downstairs. He looked at Shen Jintai, then at Yan Qiuchi, who was sitting by the dining table, and went into the dining room.
“Isn’t dad coming back today?” Yan Yaoxuan asked Mrs. Yan.
“It’s rare for him to come back for dinner. He’s gone abroad again,” Mrs. Yan said.
Yan Yaoxuan: “He is really busy.”
“When you graduate and share the work with your brother, he won’t be as busy,” Mrs. Yan said. “Wash your hands and come eat. I’m hungry.”
Shen Jintai felt a little embarrassed when he saw Yan Qiuchi. Their relationship had been awkward, mainly because of him. Yan Qiuchi, however, looked calm and composed.
It was Shen Jintai who climbed into the bed and was kicked down, and it was also Shen Jintai who was being misleading in the car. In Yan Qiuchi’s heart, he thought that he was nothing more than a showbiz slut.
Yan Qiuchi wore his home clothes. It looked loose and casual, but the buttons were still very tightly buttoned. Sitting there, he looked very proper and strict. When Shen Jintai met his gaze, he pursed his lips and said hello as naturally as possible.
Shen Jintai went to wash his hands, and Yan Yaoxuan went in with him.
Yan Qiuchi looked at the backs of the two of them coldly and spread out the napkin in front of him.
“How was racing today? How many times did you win?” Shen Jintai asked Yan Yaoxuan while washing his hands.
“Not too many times,” Yan Yaoxuan said. “Did work go well today?”
“It’s okay.” Shen Jintai smiled.
Shen Jintai seldom smiled at Yan Yaoxuan. Recently, however, every time he talked to him, Shen Jintai was always kind. He couldn’t help but feel aggrieved but excited at the same time.
He couldn’t control his joy, but the more joy you have, the more worried you become.
“When you start shooting, I’ll go to visit the set.” Yan Yaoxuan said.
“Alright.” Shen Jintai smiled again.
Why did he love to smile at him so much now?
The light in the bathroom was a hazy yellow. When it shone on people’s faces, it made their skin look like jade. Yan Yaoxuan’s heart thumped wildly. He wanted to tell Shen Jintai, ‘Don’t smile at me like this.’
The Shen family had fallen apart. Shen Jintai went from a rich young master to a self-reliant pauper. Not only did he have to enter the entertainment industry to make money, but he also had no real family left. Poverty may not be too big of a deal, but he had no one looking out for him. He lost his mother at a young age, and his father became a stepfather when he remarried. It was too pitiful.
Mrs. Yan was very distressed. She made a very extravagant meal and was careful to leave the chair next to Yan Qiuchi empty for Shen Jintai.
Her plan was easily seen through by Yan Qiuchi, but he had always been tolerant in front of her. He didn’t plan to talk to Shen Jintai, so it didn’t matter where Shen Jintai sat. While he was thinking this, he saw Shen Jintai gently nudge Yan Yaoxuan’s arm, leading him to one side while he took the other side, seating himself next to Mrs. Yan.
Yan Qiuchi: “…”
He has been exposed already. How dare he still pretend to play hard to get?
Yan Qiuchi would not fall for such a trick!
When Yan Yaoxuan came out of the bathroom, he knew about the seating arrangement as soon as he looked at it. His face had just darkened, but he didn’t expect Shen Jintai to nudge him over and sit down by his side.
He was shocked, delighted, and confused. He could never tell what Shen Jintai was thinking, and because of this, he became even more fascinated with him.
This little fairy was too good at poking his heart!
“Didn’t you finish work at five? Why did you come back so late?” Mrs. Yan asked while eating.
Shen Jintai was grateful for what Yan Qiuchi did for him today and decided to repay him with a piece of joy.
He replied to Mrs. Yan, “I went to wash my tattoo.”
The dining room instantly fell into silence.
The author has something to say:
Yan Qiuchi: This is all a cover-up! Don’t believe it! Don’t believe it!
Just want to give a shout out to everyone who’s been helping me with the slang and translations. Thank you so much!
As always, please do point out any errors in translation, spelling, or grammar. Especially the grammar. I know it’s pretty terrible, especially the tenses. You can leave a comment or contact me directly.