Author: 公子于歌 / Gong Zi Yu Ge
Translator: Kinky || https://kinkytranslations.com/
Chapter 48: A Self-Disciplined Man
“Ding dong.” The familiar sound almost made Shen Jintai fumble his lines.
“Congratulations, you got another six points for a total of nine points.” Xiao Mei said in a cold voice.
Last time, he earned three points inexplicably in the middle of the night. Shen Jintai didn’t understand what was going on. He immediately turned his head and glanced at Bai Qingquan and saw Bai Qingquan looking at him quietly, exactly as he should have looked in the scene, with no expression on his face.
“Is it Bai Yueguang’s favorability for me?” Shen Jintai asked.
Xiao Mei: “Nn.”
Shen Jintai: “Nn?”
He couldn’t believe that a system staff would say something like this. It made him think of…… Yan Qiuchi who loved saying “Nn” the most!
Wasn’t this tone too cold like an iceberg? Xiao Ai, come back soon!
“Xiao Ai can’t return for the time being. Before he returns, I will serve you.” Xiao Mei said coldly: “If there is no other issue, I will go offline first.”
“You wait a minute.” Shen Jintai asked hurriedly: “So the three points in the middle of the night last time were the same as these six points, right? Bai Yueguang’s favorability for me has increased?”
Xiao Mei: “Nn.”
Shen Jintai: “…But I didn’t do anything.”
Xiao Mei: “Our system had detected it.”
Shen Jintai looked at Bai Qingquan next to him again. Bai Qingquan pursed his lips, raised his brows slightly, and look at him an expression of “what’s the matter”.
Shen Jintai: “Then what is my next reward? It’s a beauty reward, right?”
Xiao Mei: “The next reward is indeed a reward for becoming more beautiful. Choose one: you’ll still have thick jet-black hair after middle age, or delicate and fair skin.”
It was rare that there were no qualifiers for skin, such as until sixty years old.
“It’s natural to grow old. If there was no change after sixty, it may not be a good thing for you.” Xiao Mei said lightly.
Shen Jintai: “…”
Shen Jintai: “Can I know when Xiao Ai will be returning?”
Xiao Mei: “One week.”
That’s okay. A week wasn’t too long.
“Do you prefer rainbow fart type people?” Xiao Mei asked suddenly.
Shen Jintai was surprised for a moment and said: “…I just established a deep revolutionary relationship with Xiao Ai.”
Xiao Mei didn’t respond and went offline with a beep. Shen Jintai became embarrassed.
“What’s the matter?” Bai Qingquan came over and asked him.
Shen Jintai recovered, laughed, and said: “My arrow actually shot so far just now.” When Shen Jintai laughed, there was a bright energy in his smile that made him a lot more approachable.
Bai Qingquan looked at his smile and let out a sigh of relief. Shen Jintai’s arrow just now made his heart jumped. For a moment, he felt that Shen Jintai had a kind of chic and romantic look. Fortunately… Fortunately, it was just an illusion.
He must be holding back too hard. It wasn’t easy for him as a young 22-year-old. In order to pursue his career, he still remained a virgin. He didn’t know when a time would come for him where he could enter into a sweet relationship.
Except for his fans, no one should believe that a super handsome guy like him was still a virgin!
Bai Qingquan remained staring at Shen Jintai. Shen Jintai was wearing a costume so he couldn’t see much except for the thin waist. How did Shen Jintai exercise to get such a figure? When they debuted together, his figure wasn’t very good.
And then there was that ass. It made Bai Qingquan feel itchy whenever he looked at it. As long as Shen Jintai had those two pieces of flesh, he had the potential to attack. That ass truly was a male’s ass. Whenever he looked at it, he couldn’t help but think: Fuck!
The hot search for “Shen Jintai’s Advertisement” lasted for a long time. It was already noon yet the words “boiling” was still hanging on it.
Mainly thanks to the power of CP fans, a gay man playing a gay man could greatly enrich the imagination of the fans. It was difficult for ordinary people to completely separate the actor from the character they play as, especially when the popularity was high. Once true feelings were felt, the sense of separation became even harder to achieve.
As soon as this advertisement was broadcast, there was only a few people that still used the “head flower dance” meme.
Aishang themselves was stunned. Their flagship store on Taobao had explosive sales growth. They originally asked Shen Jintai to do an endorsement for exposure, but most of his fans were women. They didn’t expect him to drive their sales exceedingly up for men’s underwear!
Yan Qiuchi remained oblivious to all this. He didn’t go on Weibo to read about Shen Jintai’s hot search. He didn’t have time for Weibo or these kinds of things. Now that the results of <The East Palace is Coming> had far exceed expectations, the company’s IPO was just around the corner.
Though Yan Qiuchi wasn’t paying attention, many in his friend’s circle were. <The East Palace> was just too popular. As soon as it was broadcasted, these friends circle would develop the next day to talk about it. Among them was a female friend who had recently been obsessed with Shen Jintai. She had been blowing rainbow farts in the circle every day.
He had relatively few male friends chasing dramas. Among Yan Qiuchi’s male circle were all elite and rich second generations that had high profile careers, but there were still some that remained idled.
Yan Qiuchi suddenly received a message. It was from one his best friend, Xiao Yang. The first message was a screenshot. He clicked on it and saw his name.
A netizen named Qianqian Caoqing said: “How near-sighted is this young Master Yan?”
The little rainbow fart user replied: “Really, can’t you see this? Dumbfounded.”
“I guess it’s his cold personality, hahahaha.”
“Iceberg Yan doesn’t look like he’s cold. You can tell by looking at his nose and face that he’s not simple!”
“My son was ignorant when he was young, so don’t mention the mistakes he made. He has also learned his lesson. I hope this building won’t mention the Yan family again. Let’s go to Jintai Qiongying together. Isn’t it good?”
“Who cares about Yan Qiuchi. Ignore him. Is BaiJin not good to eat? Or is Jingtai Qiongying sugar not sweet enough!”
Yan Qiuchi frowned, and after reading it again, he realized that the “son” was referring to Shen Jintai.
Xiao Yang immediately sent a second message, which was a video link.
Yan Qiuchi frowned as he clicked open the link. It was a video of Shen Jintai. After watching the video in a daze, his Adam’s apple bobbed and his heart felt hot.
Seeing that he hadn’t responded in a long time, Xiao Yang called directly and said: “My god, Shen Jintai is still Shen Jintai. Is Shen Jintai still Shen Jintai?!*”
*Clarity: He’s saying Shen Jintai is still the same (can create hype and go viral) but not the same (noticeable change in a lot of things, like acting well, not chasing after Yan Qiuchi ect.)
Yan Qiuchi understood the meaning of his two sentences.
Xiao Yang said: “I really admire you.”
Yan Qiuchi: “What do you admire about me?”
“How did you hold back in the first place.” Xiao Yang said: “If it was me, I also thought I couldn’t stand him either. You said you didn’t see him like that before. It’s just…”
Yan Qiuchi asked coldly: “Just what?”
Xiao Yang: “Just… didn’t you see it? So pink and tender, and that slender waist and that ass…”
“I’m hanging up now.” Yan Qiuchi said: “Busy.” After speaking, he disconnected the call.
Yan Qiuchi continued to work. After working for about two minutes, he picked up his phone to take a look. The screen lit up when suddenly a knock came from the door. He put down his phone and said: “Come in.”
Gao Qiao brought in coffee and put some documents on his desk.
“Haven’t left yet?” Yan Qiuchi asked.
Gao Qiao didn’t know why Yan Qiuchi had sent him to work in City B. It stood to reason that it was a promotion. Their company was currently cooperating with the municipal government of City B to build a film and television city there. He went to take charge of the project, but it was his first time heading out alone. If this project was completed well, he would definitely be promoted when he returns back to headquarters.
However, while it was considered a promotion, he felt as if it was more like a transfer. Perhaps this was punishment related to the fact that he couldn’t sign Shen Jintai. It was also possible that he was reading too much into it with his guilty conscience.
The fact that Shen Jintai had became too popular recently only exacerbated his guilt for failing to sign him.
“My plane flies out tomorrow.” Gao Qiao said.
“If you have any questions over there, please contact me directly.” Yan Qiuchi glanced up at him: “Anything else?”
Gao Qiao shook his head and said: “President Yan, although Xiao Fang has been in the company for only a few years, she usually listens to my instruction very well. It might not be a smooth transition at first, but she is capable. Give her some time and she’ll certainly be competent.”
He and Xiao Fang had also worked together for many years. Xiao Fang rarely had direct contact with Yan Qiuchi. He felt that Yan Qiuchi wasn’t easy to get along with given his reclusive and cold personality.
Yan Qiuchi: “Got it.”
Gao Qiao then turned around and walked out. When he reached the door, Yan Qiuchi suddenly stopped him: “Gao Qiao.”
Gao Qiao turned around. He had been by Yan Qiuchi’s side for a long time so he was reluctant to leave.
Yan Qiuchi: “Work hard.”
Gao Qiao was stunned for a moment and nodded.
When Gao Qiao had come in, the strange warmth in Yan Qiuchi’s heart dissipated. He didn’t look at the commercial again but continued to read the screenshot sent by Xiao Yang again. “Jintai Qiongying”. He knew that this CP was hot, but BaiJin was also rising.
How did Bai Qingquan and Shen Jintai formed a CP? There was no emotional connection between them. Had the script been flipped?
Due to his busy schedule, Yan Qiuchi hadn’t watch anything beyond the first two episodes with Shen Jintai and his family when the drama aired. Taking advantage of his break, he caught up with the series. He didn’t see any emotional scenes between Bai Qingquan and Shen Jintai but was caught by the Jintai Qiongying’s scenes.
When he was watching Shen Jintai and Zheng Siqi hug, he felt an inexplicable sense of emptiness. He had also caressed Shen Jintai and had even accidently grab his ass. He still remembered the feeling that shocked him at the time. It was very… soft.
When he saw the commercial, Shen Jintai’s ass was voluptuous and firm. The shape was nice and round but not big. Very alluring and sexy.
Does it look and feel completely different?
Yan Qiuchi wiped his forehead with his hand, then got up and poured a glass of water. It was starting to get cold, but he habitually always drank cold water. Even with the cold, he still sweated a bit.
Yan Qiuchi thought suddenly: Did Shen Jintai… stuffed socks?
He was a person that rarely had drastic swings in his emotions. The feeling of his body being burned by flames had never happened to him. Though he watched Shen Jintai’s commercial, he wasn’t excited like those fans. Sure, he was a little surprise and felt a little strange but his overall feelings were still stable.
This feeling of emptiness was too unfamiliar. It kept lingering in his heart. While it wasn’t a strong feeling, it was lasting. In the dead of night, it continued to ferment slowly.
Yan Qiuchi laid in the dark for a long time. His hands played with his phone continuously flipping his phone over. Suddenly the screen lit up showing Shen Jintai’s underwear advertisement video. It was frozen as the triangle symbol in the middle needed to be click on.
The light from the screen lit up Yan Qiuchi’s eyebrows illuminating his dark and longing eyes showing the full energy of a young man that couldn’t be released during the day.
Ultimately, he clicked on <The East Palace is Coming> and watched a few episodes. After watching two episodes, his mood calmed down. He watched Shen Jintai’s performance very intently, and occasionally he was amazed by Shen Jintai’s wonderful micro-expressions. The best of Shen Jintai’s acting weren’t the emotional crying scenes, but the small details in his expressions. With just his fingers, Shen Jintai could lead a scene.
Yan Qiuchi felt that he was getting drowsy, so he turned off his phone and went to sleep. He thought Shen Jintai’s performance was spectacular, and it left him with a pleasant aftertaste.
That night he dreamed of Shen Jintai.
Unlike his last dream, this one was unusual. It was very vague, and he couldn’t remember any vivid details. When Yan Qiuchi woke up, he was in a dazed. His thoughts could only remember Shen Jintai and it gave him a sense of joy.
The body of abstinence preceded the awakening of the soul*. Yan Qiuchi, as usual, watched CCTV news for a lengthy amount of time before he was able to completely calm down. He then got out of bed and showered.
*Clarity: In case you don’t understand this meaning, Yan Qiuchi’s about to go through some enlightenment as to why he’s been feeling this way about a particular someone.
This had nothing to do with dreaming or thinking of Shen Jintai. He was still young and like all young people it took them a while to get out of bed in the morning.
The cyan stubble became obvious overnight. The man in the mirror had bright eyes as fierce as dragons and tigers. There was tiger hidden in his body, and he must maintain vigilance, or it could jump out and eat people.
The author has something to say：
The first step for my husband fans.
6 chapters incoming because I wanted to get out the chapter 53 ASAP. Be forewarn, and get your tissues ready cause you’re about to experience the feels.
Yan Qiuchi suffers from what all gongs do in these danmei: High IQ low EQ. Pro-tip my dear: denial is an ugly thing.