Author: 公子于歌 / Gong Zi Yu Ge
Translator: Kinky || https://kinkytranslations.com/
Chapter 138: Try a Few More Times
When all this happened, Li Meilan was looking at Headline Entertainment’s Weibo post. After reviewing all the comments, she found that most of them were guessing it was Zheng Siqi and Yang Lizhi. Rumors have surrounded these two for a long time, but there’s never been clear evidence. [Secret of The East Palace] does seem to be talking about them.
She felt a bit guilty because she felt that it could potentially be Shen Jintai and Yan Qiuchi. The two of them are staying in the same hotel and on the same floor. She wasn’t sure if people would make a fuss about this.
There’s also the fact that Yan Qiuchi had entered Shen Jintai’s room once, which she didn’t know about beforehand. It was better to prevent things from happening as she’s been doing for a long time now. Hearing Yan Qiuchi buying a watch and gifting it to Shen Jintai to show off his love, Li Meilan immediately contacted the rest of her team and the PR team to link up with several marketing accounts to push the topic of [Delivery at Charity Dinner].
She saw that there was a high probability that Shen Jintai would be with Yan Qiuchi. She had to seize all the opportunities she could and make a move for the two of them so the negative impact would be minimized.
“The jade pendant of The East Palace, the watch of JinQiu. This is a wonderful line. I feel we can take advantage of it,” Xiao Tang said: “Since The East Palace favorability is high, we can rub President Yan against it. Have a water army write some articles on it.”
“Golden autumn*?” Li Meilan was taken aback for a moment.
*Clarity: Remember, JinQiu translated means golden autumn.
Xiao Tang: “It’s Brother Jin and President Yan Qiuchi.”
“Hahahaha,” Li Meilan said: “You don’t say. Netizens are quite good at coming up with names.”
Xiao Tang: “Then do you know the names of Brother Jin and President Yan’s CP fans?”
Li Meilan was even more surprised: “Do they still have CP fans?”
Xiao Tang: “Yes, it’s called Qiuchi Yingjintai.”
“Wow.” Li Meilan said: “That’s pretty good too.”
Since receiving the watch, Shen Jintai returned to his seat and had no intention of raising his placard again. His heart was beating furiously, and he felt as if he had become the center of attention. Bai Qingquan kept touching him secretly with his feet and raised his eyebrows at him.
The charity dinner was still in progress. Yan Qiuchi sat down for a bit and then left the table. Fang Yun was already waiting for him outside. When he got into the car he said: “Go to lawyer Zhuo.”
Mr. Zhuo wasn’t the lawyer for Sunshine Media but was the lawyer for the Yan family and is quite well-known in the industry. Since Headline Entertainment always act villainously, this time, in order to protect Shen Jintai, he had to pay them off. Still, he was quite unhappy with this situation. When he arrived at Lawyer Zhuo’s home, he consulted with him about the relevant legal issues. Lawyer Zhuo regretfully told him: “There’s no prohibition in the law regarding this.”
There was currently no press law in this country, especially when the news is reporting on a public figure, so there’s no clear regulations or boundaries. There had been a few celebrities who had sued Headline Entertainment in the past from the angle of invasion of privacy and defamation, but none of them were successful.
Headline has been in the entertainment industry for years. They knew exactly what the legal boundaries were, and they skirt around them very well.
“If you want to deal with them, you can only start with online platforms. However, this is more difficult. Weibo needs traffic so they generally don’t block such influential entertainment accounts that drives them.”
There are countless of stars that has connections and influence behind them, and many were ruined by Headline’s candid shots and breaking news. They have been through many battles, and if they could have been brought down, this would have happened a long time ago.
However, Yan Qiuchi and Shen Jintai was now almost officially dating. With Shen Jintai’s popularity, it won’t be just Headline Entertainment that would be eyeing him. It wasn’t a viable solution long-term to use money to pay them off every time they get photographed.
He must hurry and catch up with Shen Jintai. Shen Jintai has been loosening and the only obstacle left was public opinion. The show he put on tonight would be regarded as the first wave. He’ll make a few more bigger contributions on the next few waves.
“Contact Lao Jiang and the others in the public relations department and ask them all to come to the hotel… And Zhang Yuan, call him too.” He said to Fang Yun.
Fang Yun had a hunch that the boss was planning to make a big move and felt it was certainly related to Shen Jintai.
She was so excited. As both a gold powder and one of Yan Qiuchi’s admirers she felt that an excellent man like Yan Qiuchi should be worthy of a man like Shen Jintai.
When the charity dinner ended, it was already past 10. Artists greeted and bid farewell to each other as they left one after another. It was still snowing heavily outside. When Shen Jintai came out, Li Meilan immediately made him put on a down jacket. He went over to say goodbye to Mrs. Yan who hugged him and looked to be in a good mood. She felt that it wouldn’t be long now before Shen Jintai officially becomes a family member.
“It’s cold. Take care of your body and come visit me when you have time.” Mrs. Yan said.
Shen Jintai felt that due to his relationship with Yan Qiuchi, he had grown even closer to Mrs. Yan. He also felt that part of him liking Yan Qiuchi was because of Mrs. Yan. Xiao Ai was right. To have such a mother-in-law… Ah, no, to have such a mother; he would definitely benefit from more love in his married life.
Zheng Siqi and Bai Qingquan were still waiting for him. After sending Mrs. Yan to the car, Shen Jintai immediately walked over while tightly wrapped in his jacket. Zheng Siqi was rubbing his hands together as he asked: “Let’s find a place for the three of us to have a couple of drinks?”
“Won’t work today. I have to get up early tomorrow for filming,” Shen Jintai said: “Let’s schedule something for next time.”
Bai Qingquan who still remembered the post from Headline Entertainment said: “Headline hasn’t deleted their post yet and it’s still hanging at the top. Since it’s so late now, they probably won’t break the news until tomorrow. They probably didn’t want the charity dinner to distract people from it. You two need to be alert.”
“I’m fine. The scandal between Yang Lizhi and I is fake. If Headline Entertainment explodes us, it will give me a free publicity.” Zheng Siqi said: “It’s Jintai. You have to pay attention. I think you and President Yan have been talking about it?”
“We’re almost there,” Shen Jintai didn’t hide it from them: “I’m not sure if I’m being secretly photographed. I always feel as if someone been filming me recently, but I haven’t noticed anything unusual.”
“Headline Entertainment is now slowly becoming shadier. If they really have something, they will contact you to negotiate the price.” Bai Qingquan said.
Shen Jintai had almost forgotten about it. Having the conversation now, he suddenly felt a chill running through his body. He was worried about this matter. What worried him the most was not the content of the photo, but how he would respond if it really broke out.
Bai Qingquan felt happy for Shen Jintai but also felt inexplicably lost. Seeing Shen Jintai again today had finally made him completely exit the act. He felt he was seeing a good sister again, but this feeling couldn’t be explained. He would probably feel the same way if it was Zheng Siqi who fell in love. Or rather, if anyone around him falls in love.
He zipped up his down jacket and said: “Okay, let’s get together another day when we have time. Don’t let the staff wait on us.”
After Shen Jintai got in the car, he went to check Headline’s Weibo post again. Li Meilan said: “They’re all guessing it’s Zheng Siqi and Yang Lizhi.”
Shen Jintai: “It’s not Siqi. He and Yang Lizhi had a scandal about their drama some time ago.”
Li Meilan: “It’s not you, is it?”
Besides the four of them, there was no other notable traffic stars in The East Palace.
“It could be Yang Lizhi, right? Maybe not with Zheng Siqi, but with someone else?” Xiao Tang said: “She’s already 28, so it’s normal to fall in love. I heard that she now has a boyfriend who’s a wealthy businessman.”
There wasn’t any useful information, and it was useless to worry, so they were limited on what they could do. Halfway on the ride back, Li Meilan suddenly sat up and asked in a low voice: “If, and I mean if, Headline photographed you and President Yan, shall we admit or deny it?”
She felt denying it wouldn’t be the best option, otherwise, they would be slapped in the face when they are photographed together in the future, but they were still a long way off from admitting it.
Fortunately, gold powders’ current acceptance of Yan Qiuchi was quite high. The ridicules or blessings from passersby were not that important. The reason why she asked this was mainly she wanted to gossip and find out what stage their relationship has reached.
Shen Jintai thought for a while and said: “Just say that it is at the stage of further understanding.”
With these words, Shen Jintai felt more relaxed. Thinking about it, he does really have feelings for Yan Qiuchi. In the past, he might not have wanted a love that could affect his career and he didn’t want to be with Yan Qiuchi just for the sake of completing tasks to survive. But now, he really does like him.
Thinking of Yan Qiuchi, he thought of the sudden gift that he gave him tonight. He was embarrassed in that moment, but more importantly, that gesture made him feel hot and filled him with indescribable pleasure. He suddenly understood the feelings of girls who shed tears of excitement when they are proposed to.
It was a kind of anxious, embarrassing feeling but was filled with a pleasant happiness. As a man, he could also experience this kind of sappy joy. He thought that when they are together in the future, he would also be a romantic person. After all, both men and women love to eat romance.
Getting back to the topic at hand regarding Headline Entertainment, he felt that he needed to talk to Yan Qiuchi first. If this news was really about them, then it would mean Yan Qiuchi would be implicated again.
When he knocked on Yan Qiuchi’s room, he was surprised to find it was Fang Yun who had opened the door. Her expression showed excitement, especially when she saw him, and her eyes seemed to be twinkling, and she couldn’t stop smiling. He also discovered that there were other people in the room as well.
“That’s all,” Yan Qiuchi said: “It’s so late, I’m sorry to disturb everyone’s rest.”
“You’re too polite.” Several middle-aged men and women came out of the room, saw Shen Jintai, looked around, then greeted him.
Shen Jintai was a little flustered. He wasn’t familiar with any of these senior executives from Sunshine Media, except for Zhang Yuan.
After everyone left, Fang Yun said: “Then President Yan, I’ll head back first. See you tomorrow.”
Yan Qiuchi said: “Let Xiao Li take you back.”
Fang Yun didn’t decline: “Alright.” After speaking, she glanced at Shen Jintai with a smile, waved her hand slightly and left.
Shen Jintai laughed and asked: “Still working so late?”
Yan Qiuchi: “Come sit. I need to tell you something.”
Shen Jintai sat down. It was warm in the room, so he took off his jacket and looked at Yan Qiuchi with a smile.
“Headline Entertainment photographed us.” Yan Qiuchi said directly.
The smile on Shen Jintai’s face immediately disappeared: “Really? I was going to talk to you about this. What did they take?”
Yan Qiuchi showed him the video that Entertainment handed over.
“Fuck.” Shen Jintai said: “How was this taken?”
Forget the parking lot, why was there a part where it was in front of his windows from last night?!
“They took from a room in the hotel opposite of your room.” Yan Qiuchi said.
Shen Jintai didn’t expect something like this. He usually shut his curtains, but the minute he leaves them open, he was photographed. Looking at the footage taken, both he and Yan Qiuchi were in pajamas. If this was released, it would really cause major uproar.
Even though he and Yan Qiuchi are in love, there’s still a big difference if they appear in the same room in the middle of the night with just pajamas on.
“It has been solved,” Yan Qiuchi said: “Don’t worry.”
Shen Jintai couldn’t help but asked: “How much did it cost?”
“Not much.” Yan Qiuchi said: “I’m just telling you so you’ll know. Let’s pay better attention in the future.”
Shen Jintai watched the clips again, feeling as if this problem was squarely on him. His awareness and caution weren’t high enough. However, he was extremely popular so there were hordes of people who want to capture him and with them getting together, it would be inevitable that Yan Qiuchi will be eventually photographed with him.
“Okay, go back and wash up then get some rest.” Yan Qiuchi said: “You don’t need to film early tomorrow.”
Shen Jintai stood up, glanced at Yan Qiuchi, and said: “You should rest early too.”
Yan Qiuchi went out with him: “When you finish showering, tell me.”
Shen Jintai looked back at him. Yan Qiuchi smiled and didn’t speak, but his pair of eyes held all his words. They were gentle and passionate.
His fiery mood at the dinner party suddenly burned up again, as he said: “You can’t sleep with me. I can’t fall asleep.”
Yan Qiuchi held his two fingers, looked at him and said: “Try a few more times, and once you get use to it, you’ll sleep just fine.”
The author has something to say：
Practice makes perfect.
A long-term love.
Kinky Thoughts: Yan Qiuchi’s so good! Get ready for some dog food!