Chapter 28 – I’ve booked a hotel room
Wu Xue was just beside her, reading the two pieces of news with her.
When she saw the headline, Su Yi had already thought about how to rebuke it when reposting, but she did not expect the contents of the post to differ from the headlines altogether.
The picture attached was one taken by the paparazzi in the hotel the night before, making it very clear how Su Yi slapped him.
Then it started carefully counting the scripts Liang Bo’s team had sent to the commercial bloggers, and even adding the chat logs between two of the said commercial blogs and Liang Bo’s team. There was even a certain boss with Liu surname who came clean with how that night when he went to find Su Yi it was for a private party, and they were photographed only because they went downstairs drunk. To sum it all up, the whole article was centred around ‘Liang Bo went to the commercial blogs looking for a way to get the spotlight’ and in the end, it even spent a third of the article praising Su Yi from the top of her head to the tips of her toes, even adding a mention about ‘the mystery man from last night suspected to be the new boss of the Chu Corporation’.
Su Yi was confused.
Wu Xue commanded her from behind. “Scroll down to the comments section below.”
[Liang Bo XX Province Fans Group: Impossible, rubbish media, headline dog!]
[Hahaha did the above happily rush in and end up having to leave limping and relying on the wall?]
[Yi’s fans clarifying that they came in with knives and after helping the poster clean up their nails, they have left.]
[Is it strange that I’m more interested in this new boss of the Chu Corporation? He seems to be pretty good in a fight.]
This had garnered almost a hundred replies, discussing Chu Ying. A few were talking about his height, a few his build , and there were a few waiting for Baidu Baike to help them find Chu Ying’s photos.
Su Yi clicked on the reply box.
“He already has…”
She had just entered half the sentence when her phone was snatched out of her hand by the person behind her.
Wu Xue said, “It’s confiscated, hurry up and do your make-up.”
Su Yi tsked. “How about I don’t post that, you just return that phone to me so I could reblog and ask Liang Bo, is he really that overjoyed about what he did last night?”
Wu Xue asked, “Why didn’t you tell me about such a huge occurrence yesterday?”
“How could I say it?” Su Yi bent towards the mirror, rubbing off the excess lipstick. “…tell you that I slapped Liang Bo twice? I was afraid you’d toss me out of the window.”
“Not exactly.” Wu Xue took the phone and scrolled down the list of hot topics, saying, “Liang Bo really is done for this time. Never mind the Chu Corporation, his competition are going crazy putting up articles at the moment. So far they have revealed that when he hosted the parties, he had invited seven female celebrities.”
Su Yi was in a good mood as she closed her eyes, allowing the make-up artist to put the foundation on.
The first scene was not hers. After she was done with make-up, and continuous reassurances to Wu Xue about not replying impulsively online, she left the make-up room with her phone.
The make-up rooms were assigned based on how important the actors were. In the whole crew there are only three private make-up rooms, one for each of the primary leads and the remaining one for Su Yi. She had just left the room when she saw Wu Ke return to his, with an unhappy face.
When he saw her, Wu Ke smiled and called out in a friendly manner. “Little Yi, your figure – the more I see it, the more I find it beautiful.”
There was a reason Wu Ke could bed these many female celebrities. He’s really a flirt, and every time they met he would never fail to shower praises on her.
Su Yi smiled. “Thanks, Ke-ge is done with filming?”
“Not yet,” Wu Ke said. “Cut a few times, Director Li is upset at the moment and asked me to come back to redo my make-up.”
Li Min was notorious for her temper. The first time Su Yi filmed, she was scolded until she went back to her bed and cried into her pillow a few times, so she was not at all surprised. As expected, she had barely taken a few steps when she faintly heard Li Min’s voice.
“That expression you had just now, it’s such a pity you came over here, you should go to the set next door and be a little fairy girl,” Li Min said, hands on her hips. “I want you to be soft on the outside and hard on the inside, I did not ask for a pretty white flower that blows over with the wind!”
Cheng Anan’s eyes were brimming with tears. She nodded, saying softly, “Got it Director.”
“You tell me, how many shots it’s been? How many man-hours have been wasted by you? And those few times you could not remember your lines…. it’s just a few lines, you can’t even memorise it properly?”
Su Yi was about to walk over when she heard a small mumble from the side.
“It’s good to have a background, she doesn’t even need skills to be the female lead.”
Sitting to the side was Tu Jinglan, her hands hugging her waist, a smile of ridicule on her lips.
Su Yi shot a quick glance at her and prepared to go, but did not expect the other to call her out instead.
“Yi-jie!” Tu Jinglan stood up and suddenly held onto Su Yi’s hands “I’m sorry.”
Su Yi pulled her hands out unobtrusively. “What?”
“Actually, I was the one who shared the hotel address with Liang Bo,” she said. “I really didn’t know that that was your relationship.”
“I have no relationship with him.” Su Yi found it hilarious, and was too lazy to say any more. “Alright, apology accepted.”
When she had finished, she ignored Tu Jinglan’s gaze and walked out straight.
Li Min must have finally scolded out all her anger and was sighing. “Can we do this properly? If we can, let’s just do this one more time, if not you can go back and look at the script again, I’ll take the next scene first.”
Su Yi silently walked in front of the camera and asked the team for a replay.
She was barely into it when Li Min saw her and waved her hand. “Never mind, your scene will be left to the afternoon, go work on your emotions. Or you can go ask Little Yi to explain the scene to you, I’m busy right now, I’ve got to prepare for the next scene.”
Su Yi paused. “Me?”
Cheng Anan was obedient and came over pitifully with the script in hand. “Yi-jie, are you free?”
“I’m free, but I’m not that good,” Su Yi said. “I’ve never even acted as a female lead, how am I supposed to explain it to you?”
“There’s no difference, change a character and you can’t act anymore?” Li Min turned around to look for the art direction team when she’d finished speaking.
Looking at the Cheng Anan standing before her, Su Yi was a little uncertain. “Anan, I’ll really not be able to talk about that.” She’d never really explained a scene to anyone before.
“It’s fine.” Cheng Anan sniffed, sat down beside her and suddenly asked, “Yi-jie, why is it that you always act as the vicious female supporting lead?”
“There’s no why,” Su Yi said. “The first character I played as in my first show was that kind, and the ones who came looking for me afterwards wanted an actress for that sort of role too.”
Cheng Anan asked, “Don’t you want to try something else?”
In fact Su Yi had no real intentions to be a female main lead. She said, “There’s no want or not, it depends on the script… how is it up to me to play what I want?”
“Listen to her talk rubbish.” Li Min came back sometime. “Before I had a great script, I’m not talking about which one it was. Anyways, before I wanted her to play that character, but she refused adamantly. The female lead of that show won quite a few awards last year and is quite famous now.”
Su Yi didn’t explain herself, smiling, “Then if you have any good scripts this year come find me, I’d definitely take it.”
Just as she finished speaking, her phone rang, sharp in the silent set.
She looked at the incoming call. It was an unfamiliar number, but the area it was calling from was one she knew.
She switched her phone to silent mode, stared at the screen for a while, then slowly got up. “I’m going to go pick up a call.”
The wind in the corridor was strong. Her hair was set, so only the end of her Qipao was gently lifted by the wind.
She leant against the railing, a hand hugging her waist as she picked up. “What is it?”
“Little sister, you’re dating?” The woman on the other end had a loud voice.
Su Yi repeated. “What are you looking for me for?”
“Aren’t I asking you now?” the woman said. “You’re dating? Is it a big celebrity or a boss…”
Su Yi rolled her eyes and prepared to hang up.
“When are you coming back, your sister I will help you look at him.” The woman giggled. “Also, Little Bao wants to see you these few days, he’s asking when are you coming back to see him.”
Su Yi’s finger, that was prepared to press the red button to hang up, paused. “Where’s Little Bao?”
“He’s beside me, hey! I told you not to touch that! It’s expensive!” The woman screeched, then there came the sound of a heavy slap.
“Su Qin!” Su Yi raised her voice.
She could hear some faint sobbing.
Su Qin came back then, continuing, “If a child’s disobedient, he deserves to be beaten; how old is he already, still adding burden to everyone’s life? Besides, I’m taking care of my own son, you can stop interfering!”
“Alright!” Su Yi was so angry she started laughing. “Then you can take care of it yourself, don’t ask me to send you money anymore.”
The moment Su Qin heard that, she immediately put the phone to the ear of the person beside her. “Stop crying, your aunt’s phone, hurry and pick it up.”
Little Bao took a few fitful sobs. “Yi Yi, are, are you busy, busy or not re… recently?”
Su Yi’s heart softened, and her voice turned gentle. “Not busy, is Little Bao busy?”
“Little Bao is, is a little busy,” he said haltingly. “Sch… school has, homework.”
“Then Little Bao should study hard, I’ll go back when I have time.” Su Yi thought about it and asked, “Is there anyone in school bullying Little Bao?”
There was a long silence before an uncertain voice came, “No, No…”
They were barely a few sentences in, when the phone was snatched away by Su Qin.
Su Qin said, “Are you done, I just called over to tell you I’m not having luck with playing Mahjong recently, I accidentally lost all of Little Bao’s school fees for next semester, send some more money over.”
“Fifty thousand, how long has it been, you’ve spent it all?!” Su Yi stood up.
“I’ve had a bad streak, hurry up and send the money over, it’s going to be the holidays soon, the school wants to collect school fees before the holidays start,” Su Qin said. “Are you done, I’m going to go make food, next time when you come back you can talk to him, the telephone bills are quite strangely expensive.”
After hanging up, Su Yi was huffing with anger, her chest rapidly rising and falling.
Right now, she really wanted to go back to the make-up room and snatch Wu Xue’s cigarette over for a few smokes.
Little Bao was her nephew. When Su Qin was pregnant with him, she was not careful with what she ate, resulting in him being born with a lower IQ than regular people and a stutter. He was ten this year, and while others were in primary four, he had just entered primary one.
This silly little fool hugged her leg tightly that time she ran into trouble, trying not to let anyone drag her away; in the end he got kicked by his blood mother and wound up rolling down the hill
Such a silly little fool, hugging her leg tightly when Su Yi ran into trouble trying not to let people drag her away. In the end he got kicked by his blood mother, ending up rolling down the hill.
Thinking about the sound of that slap made her feel as if something was stuck in her heart.
After a moment, she sent Wu Xue a message, asking her to transfer another twenty thousand to Su Qin. Once she sent that message, she hesitated for a while before making a call.
The guy picked up fast. “Hmm?”
Her voice was muffled. “Chu Ying.”
Chu Ying placed his pen down. “What is it?”
“Nothing.” For some reason, just hearing his voice made her calmer. “Busy?”
“Not busy.” Chu Ying glanced up. His assistant got the hint and turned, leaving the office and silently closing the door behind him.
Su Yi let out a low ‘uh’.
There was a silence on the other end of the line.
“Take leave on Friday.”
Su Yi paused. “Huh?”
Chu Ying looked at the game progress on the screen and said, “I’ve booked a hotel, let’s go earlier.”
 since i think i haven’t clarified this before i’ll include here that 姐 (jie) is used when addressing someone as ‘sister’; similarly 哥 (ge) is used when addressing someone as ‘brother’. In both cases it’s used tacked onto either the surname or the name of the addressee, making it something like ‘sister Yi’ or ‘brother Ke’.
this chapter was edited by larkspur!
Three chapters in a day, thank you!
Su Yi’s sister is infuriating 😤
Poor Little Bao! My heart breaks for mistreated children! 😭💔
So many chapters! 🥰 Thank you! 💕💕💕
Unfortunately I know women who are just this terrible. I had a friend with a terrible sister who mistreated her kids. It broke my friend’s heart.
Thank you for the chapters!!!
Reading the spoilers, I’m quite disappointed with what happened. I’m not blaming the MC, just that she could have done better. She knew her sister yet she wasn’t decisive enough. Also, school fees could be payed directly.
Don’t tell me the kid will…. Die eventually??!
I’m not sure if I’ll ever get an answer on this (posted so long after the chapter arrived) but why wouldn’t she just pay the school fees for her nephew directly? I’m sure that’s what a sponsor would do for his mistress – no one wants all that money floating around. But – it’s an interesting plot point
i’m reading while translating too and so far there doesn’t seem to be an answer to that :0 it is an interesting point to bring up though, haven’t noticed it earlier
Yep I’m thinking that too…
I actually had that thought as well
just assume she is stupid. anyone with clear mind can think of this way
I have a soft spot for mistreated children 😔
im just wondering why she didn’t call services to remove her nephew sooner like??? ik it might affect her reputation or whatever but seriously??? id call child services or remove him from her care immediately in a spoiler i read that her nephew died and i feel like the first sign to get her nephew away from an abusive house is when he was first hit…
This sis got problem, fuelling her addition will only make things worse. Children need their moms, alright, but not one like this, nobody would be happy growing up under this kind of an abusive care.
I asked the same questions the other readers asked. But thinking about it, she would not be able to escape the scandal if she tries to foster her nephew. They might bring the case to court or maybe that’s her escapism shrug 🙍♀️. Out of sight out of mind. I think she’s almost apathetic. Her attitude sometimes is a little disappointing.
Then again, realistically speaking, not everyone tries to be the hero. She’s like most of us, just trying to survive in this terrible world.
Ok, this will contain a bit of spoilers so look away. It’s regarding the nephew:
To those who blame MC for not caring enough and should have taken the nephew, you make it sound oh so easy. How, may I ask, will she do it? Let’s get things straight. She’s an aunt. The boy still has parents. In a country where it’s not looked down upon for parents to hit their kids, do you think it would have been easy for MC to fight custody for her nephew? That’s just the tip of the iceberg.
The mother would never let go of her son. You know why? Because she’s a greedy bitch. That’s why. You may hate the idea but she has EVERY RIGHT for custody of the boy. She could even make the excuse of MC not being able to care for a special needs child with her job as a busy actress.
I know it’s fiction but I’m wondering if ya’ll are just leaning on magical plot armor to fix everything for you. Hayst!
Definitely wrong choice there. This was clearly going on for a while, she should’ve hired someone to rack up evidences against her abusive sister. What she’s doing is just enabling the abuse. It’s not like she’s completely helpless with the entire situation. Clearly, this part of the story is just something the author suddenly came up with little to no consideration. Just another plot-device, I think.
It’s weird that so many people blame the FL for negligence when she’s literally stuck between a rock and a hard place. I’ve seen the spoilers and although it is tragic the blame only falls on the abusive mother, possibly the father and the bullies. She clearly knows that she can pay the school fees directly and we are shown this with that grandma case. The FL gives her a name and number to call for “free” school, she sends them goods but blatantly refuses to send money, all things that show she has common sense. I think what most are missing are the nuances in her relationship with the sister, the “school fees” are an excuse, the sister knows, the FL knows and we are supposed to infer that. The sister would come up with any type of excuse to get money using the nephew as leverage so essentially he is a “hostage”. The FL has little to no wiggle room in her choices, she could try to remove the boy from the home but as she’s the Aunt and has no legal grounds she could be charged with kidnapping. Call child services, I don’t know how it is in China but where I’m from that’s like sending a kid to the depths of hell if they do take him and if they don’t will just infuriate the mom and make the situation worse. Let’s say she does somehow take the boy how is she supposed to care for a special needs boy with her current career? But even then we know the sister would never let her “meal ticket” go. Ultimately the FL and the poor boy are victims to this trash women 😔 😢 I hope he finds peace and the FL doesn’t blame herself as much as the readers do because that’s a lot of guilt for one to shoulder, not every situation is black and white and I commend the author for writing such a morally gray plot line that can’t just be solved with “plot armor and the sparkles/ rainbows FL’s poop out”.
You are so right. From what my Chinese friends tell me, child protective services are sometimes useless. It’s in recent years that they started amending several Acts regarding the safety of children. So it’s definitely not easy for children in abusive situations, especially when it’s labeled as discipline and it’s not easy for others to intervene either