Until the next morning, Lu Jinlang was still nowhere to be seen.
In the morning, Wen Lin’s assistant, Zhu Zexin, called Wen Jianing and told him that Wen Lin was being a little stubborn over nothing and wanted Wen Jianing to persuade Wen Lin.
Wen Jianing agreed to help Zhu Zexin. He held the phone in his hand, and Wen Jianing was hesitating on how to speak to Wen Lin. At this time, he heard the sound of the key opening the door. He thought it was Lu Jinlang who had come back, and quickly walked out of the bedroom to have a look, but he didn’t expect that the person who came was Lu Yunan.
“Yunan?” Wen Jianing was a little surprised.
Lu Yunan greeted him, and then said, “I’m helping Mr. Lu to get some clothes. His mother is sick and he may not be able to come back for a while.”
”Oh,” Wen Jianing stood there and was a little taken aback. He then said to Lu Yunan, “Let me help you.”
Lu Yunan then took the clothes and left immediately.
Wen Jianing wondered if he should call Lu Jinlang. In fact, in this case, it would be more polite for him to visit personally, but given his relationship with Lu Jinlang, he was afraid of causing trouble after he went. Moreover, Lu Jinlang had no intention of telling him at all.
Wen Jianing held the phone hesitantly, and in the end, he didn’t call.
That night, Wen Jianing invited Yi Nan and Wen Lin to a bar for a drink.
They went to the Red Forest, the bar where Ke Xinhang used to sing. If it weren’t for the bar owner Su Shan, Wen Jianing might not be where he was today, and would still hesitate whether he was willing to take this path or not.
After the competition, he kept in touch with Su Shan. Although he didn’t win the competition, he never forgot his promise to Su Shan and said that he would return to the bar to hold a concert. But Su Shan calmly refused, saying that there was no need to do that and wished for him to develop well.
It seemed that it had been a long time since he last went here.
When he saw Su Shan again, Su Shan just patted him on the shoulder, and then arranged a quiet place for him in a corner. The lights were dim, and no one noticed them.
Wen Jianing called Wen Lin to listen to the song. As for Yi Nan, it was purely to accompany them.
Yu Jing, a female singer who worked at the same time as Ke Xinhang, was still singing here, and the people in the band were still the same.
Wen Jianing said to Wen Lin, “This is the day if you want to sing freely. How are you feeling?”
Wen Lin actually knew what Wen Jianing wanted to say. He sat quietly, picked up his wine glass, and said to Wen Jianing, “We’re in a bar right now. Let’s just drink and not talk about that. I’ll figure it out somehow.”
Wen Jianing picked up the glass and clinked it with him, and Yi Nan also took his wine glass and clinked with them.
After drinking, Wen Jianing looked at Yi Nan with a smile, and said, “Actually, the three of us can form a combination.”
Yi Nan looked disgusted, “Who wants to be in a group with you.”
Wen Jianing smiled and stretched out his hand to put his shoulder on him, “Come on, don’t say that. We are brothers.”
Yi Nan snorted coldly and said nothing more.
Wen Jianing then stood up to go to the bathroom. On the way to the bathroom, he passed a young woman. The woman stopped and looked back at him. He thought he was recognized, he smiled at her, and then continued to walk inside.
When Wen Jianing came out, he saw Su Shan waiting for him outside not far away.
”Let’s have a chat,” Su Shan said to him.
The two found a quiet place, Su Shan said straightforwardly, “You don’t know that woman just now?”
Su Shan’s tone was obviously not to question him, but he seemed to want to affirm something. For a moment, Wen Jianing wanted to pretend not to understand, but it was impossible. He flatly said, “I don’t want to think about the past.”
Su Shan surprisingly smiled when he heard this. He lit a cigarette for himself and said, “You didn’t know that woman.”
Wen Jianing also smiled. He felt that it was not surprising that Su Shan could see it. After all, the only acquaintance of Ke Xinhang that Wen Jianing knew was Su Shan. His knowledge of Ke Xinhang, except for Ke Xinhang’s diary, came from Su Shan, who knew Ke Xinhang better than him.
Even if Wen Jianing didn’t come to the Red Forest today, Su Shan probably felt something was wrong when he saw him on the program and on TV interviews.
But so what? This incident was originally the one thing Wen Jianing was least afraid of. Who could prove that he was not Ke Xinhang but Wen Jianing? He thanked him for realizing it too late. Even if Su Shan went for a DNA test now, his flesh and blood all belonged to Ke Xinhang.
Su Shan was a smart man. Of course, he wouldn’t say it to everyone, but even if Su Shan were to talk about it, no one would probably believe it. They would only think that there was something wrong with his head.
Wen Jianing asked Su Shan for a cigarette and said softly, “If I said I am not Ke Xinhang, would you believe it?”
Su Shan didn’t say anything.
Wen Jianing took the cigarette and said, “It doesn’t matter whether you believe it or not, I am not Ke Xinhang, but I can only continue to live as Ke Xinhang onwards.”
Su Shan asked him, “Is it a story that I can’t understand?”
Wen Jianing nodded.
Su Shan didn’t mean to press on. After staying quiet for a few moments he then asked, “What about the original Xinhang?”
Wen Jianing shook his head, “I don’t know either.”
Su Shan was not a curious person. He could let go of problems that others didn’t understand, and he had always limited interest in other people’s lives.
The conversation did not continue at this point.
Wen Jianing returned to his seat and drank with Wen Lin, Yi Nan and the others. Afterwards, both of them were drunk, and he was the only one that was sober.
Unable to drag the two back together, Wen Jianing had to call Wen Tinghuan and ask Wen Tinghuan to find a car to pick them up.
Su Shan arranged for them to leave from the alley behind the bar. As soon as Yi Nan went out, he threw up in front of the trash can. Wen Jianing asked Su Shan to help him to support Wen Lin and went to see Yi Nan by himself.
After Yi Nan vomited out, he looked up at the sky a little dazedly, and said, “It’s really boring.”
”What’s boring?” Wen Jianing asked him.
Yi Nan said, “I thought everything was going too well.”
He thought everything was too beautiful. He always thought that even if he was just an unknown person in the past, but as long as he made a song and shot some movie, he could be popular all over the country. As a result, he had only now realized that he was still too naive.
Wen Jianing supported him and said, “That’s why you have to keep your feet on the ground.”
To keep working hard and accumulate as much experience as possible, these were the words Wen Jianing had said the most in interviews before, and they were also a summary of his own experience.
Wen Tinghuan drove up in the car and honked the horn at the entrance of the alley to let them get in the car.
Su Shan helped Wen Lin and Yi Nan get into the car, and then waved goodbye to Wen Jianing.
Wen Tinghuan saw the appearance of Yi Nan and Wen Lin, and said angrily, “You guys trying to be in a gossip magazine, huh?”
Wen Jianing spread his hands, “I just bought them a drink. I didn’t ask them to drink that much, and I still feel distressed about the money.”
Wen Tinghuan looked at the two people in the rearview mirror, shook his head, and said, “How big is the matter actually? It was just like this but they can’t help feeling beaten up. How can they continue in this business like this?”
Wen Jianing said, “They are still too young and too idealistic.”
Wen Tinghuan glanced at him, “Aren’t you young too? You sound like you are seventy or eighty.”
Wen Jianing smiled and didn’t say anything.
Wen Jianing sent Yi Nan and Wen Lin back together with Wen Tinghuan. Because he felt bad for making a woman like Wen Tinghuan drive him back so late, he took a taxi back.
The taxi driver kept looking at him from the rearview mirror and asked, “Are you Ke Xinhang?”
Wen Jianing denied, and said, “I am not. Do you think I look like him?”
The driver looked again and said, “Oh, you look exactly the same.”
It was already one o’clock in the morning when Wen Jianing got home. It was also because he thought that Lu Jinlang wouldn’t be here for the next few days that he asked Wen Lin and Yi nan to go out for a drink.
But when he returned to the bedroom and turned on the ceiling light, he noticed that Lu Jinlang was actually lying on the bed.
Lu Jinlang was not asleep. He sat up and asked, “You’re back?”
Wen Jianing was surprised for a while, and then said, “Why are you back? Yunan came to pack your clothes today. I thought you won’t be back for a few days.”
Lu Jinlang smiled, looking a little tired, “I was free tonight and wanted to come back and see you.”
Wen Jianing went to the bed and sat down and asked, “Is your mother feeling better?”
Lu Jinlang said, “It’s nothing. It’s just an old people’s sickness. She fainted when playing mahjong with someone yesterday afternoon. She called me along with my eldest brother and second elder brother back, and a large family to surround her to feel comfortable.”
Wen Jianing heard the words and said, “It’s good that she’s okay.”
Lu Jinlang got closer, smelled the cigarette and alcohol on Wen Jianing, and asked, “Have you been out drinking?”
Wen Jianing said, “I went to the bar with Yi Nan and Wen Lin in the evening, the one I used to sing.” As he said that he stood up, turned off the ceiling light and turned on a soft night light. “Go lie down. I’ll take a shower first.”
After taking a quick shower in the bathroom, Wen Jianing returned to the room with his body still hot from the shower steam and lay down next to Lu Jinlang.
Lu Jinlang reached out and hugged his waist.
”Not asleep yet?” Wen Jianing asked, covering the hand Lu Jinlang was holding with his right hand, clasping his fingers.
Lu Jinlang said, “Are you taking advantage of me being away to go out and drink with your friends?”
Wen Jianing did have this thought in mind. He didn’t deny it, and said, “That’s right, you really never go out when you are here.”
Lu Jinlang smiled and said nothing.
Wen Jianing remembered the two movies that Zheng Xin had told him about, and asked Lu Jinlang, “I heard Zheng Xin say that there are two movies now. And the company is helping me consider which one to choose?”
Lu Jinlang said, “I’m reading the script.”
”What movie is it?” Wen Jianing asked him.
Lu Jinlang said, “One is a low-cost thriller movie and they want you to play the leading role, and the other is a comedy directed by Cao Songquan. The heroine is played by Mu Huaqi. The male lead role is undecided, and the role is actually a supporting role, but you need to do an audition.”
Wen Jianing asked, “What kind of role?”
Lu Jinlang looked at him and said, “I think none of them are very good, or just wait a little longer.”
Wen Jianing stood up and looked at Lu Jinlang lying on the bed. He looked at him strangely, “Do you think Cao Songquan’s movie is not good?”
Cao Songquan was the director who listened to Fang Wei recommending Wen Jianing to him before. His comedy should have a good investment behind him, and Mu Huaqi was also a first-line domestic actress. He felt there was no reason not to take this film.
”It’s not that the film is bad,” Lu Jinlang said frankly, “It’s the role that is bad.”
Wen Jianing didn’t understand, and waited for Lu Jinlang to speak carefully.
Lu Jinlang said to him, “That character is a man with a gender identity disorder. To be straightforward he is a sissy.”
Wen Jianing suddenly became silent and looked at Lu Jinlang silently.
Lu Jinlang reached out and pressed his head, kissed his lips, and said, “It’s okay, I’ll ask Bai Shengzhe to reject it for you.”
Wen Jianing grabbed his hand and said, “Let me think about it.”
Actually, he didn’t mind it that much. Although his voice and appearance were a bit feminine, Wen Jianing didn’t seem delicate or feminine at all, and no audience would think of him in that way. But Wen Jianing was still a little concerned, just like Lu Jinlang’s first reaction to reject the offer. He felt that because his body was incomplete and that he was not a man that the role fits him. For a man, the sissy role was really a serious personal attack.
Cao Songquan asked him to play this role, it must have something to do with his appearance, and not because he had any other ideas.
But Lu Jinlang was being so considerate about him for fear that he would mind.
But why should he mind? Most domestic low-cost thrillers were poorly produced. Them inviting him to perform was because they wanted to use his popularity to drive them to the box office, and Wen Jianing was not very interested. But Cao Songquan’s love comedies were different. Cao Songquan’s production had been guaranteed to enter box office and would have good quality.
Wen Jianing said to Lu Jinlang, “Show me the script and let me think about it again.”
Lu Jinlang touched Wang Jianing’s back and suddenly said, “Take off your clothes.”
Wen Jianing was originally wearing long sleeved pajamas. He was bewildered, and thought that it was strange that Lu Jinlang was still interested even when it’s already so late. However, he still took off all of his pajamas, leaving only a pair of underwear and asked Lu Jinlang, “Aren’t you tired today?”
Lu Jinlang himself was wearing only underwear, stretched out his hands to hug him, his bare chests pressed against each other, and then said, “I am. That’s why I want to hold you.”
When Wen Jianing heard him say that, his heart fluttered a little, and he leaned his head on Lu Jinlang’s shoulder.
Lu Jinlang said, “It’s okay. If you don’t mind just go ahead and try the role. No one will associate anything with it.”
Wen Jianing said, “I know.”
Just when the sun was about to rise, Wen Jianing felt that Lu Jinlang loosened his hands and wanted to get up. He almost subconsciously reached out to hug Lu Jinlang tightly, not wanting him to get up. After doing this, Wen Jianing instantly sobered up. Now, he felt a little bit funny, and felt that he was really like a child as Lu Jinlang said, so he loosened the grip of his hand again.
Lu Jinlang asked him, “You don’t want me to go?” His tone was obviously happy.
Wen Jianing raised his hand and ruffled his messy hair, and asked him, “Are you going to go back?”
Before Lu Jinlang answer, the doorbell rang suddenly.
Wen Jianing looked at him strangely, “Who could it be so early in the morning?”
Lu Jinlang said, “I’ll go take a look.”
When he went out, he reached out and closed the bedroom door. Wen Jianing hesitated and did not get up and continued to lie down.
The soundproofing effect of the room was very good, Wen Jianing could only vaguely hear the sound of someone talking, and then a footstep comes in the direction of the room. The footsteps were heavy and fast, and Wen Jianing subconsciously raised the quilt to cover himself. At the same time, the door was opened forcefully.
Standing in front of the door was a tall man. His appearance was seven to eight points similar to Lu Jinlang. He was not as handsome as Lu Jinlang, but his features were more determined, and he was half a head taller than Lu Jinlang.
Wen Jianing sat up and looked at him while pulling the quilt. He more or less guessed the identity of the person.
The man frowned and looked at Wen Jianing, and said, “What a mess.”
Lu Jinlang followed closely, looking uncomfortable, and said, “Second brother, you’re going too far.” He reached out and grabbed the door handle to close the door.
The man, who was Lu Jinlang’s second brother, Lu Jinxin snorted coldly, and said, “He is a man. Can’t you see it?”
If it weren’t for his physical condition, Wen Jianing would really like to lift the quilt and stand up and let him look at him casually. However, at this time, he could only sit on the bed and say, “I guess Mr. Lu is not used to knocking when entering other people’s rooms?”
At this time, Lu Jinlang exerted some strength in his hand, forcibly closed the door and pulled Lu Jinxin to the outside.
As he saw the door closed, Wen Jianing immediately got up and went to the wardrobe to find some clothes to wear. After he got dressed, he opened the door and went out. He heard Lu Jinlang and his brother talking in the living room, so he walked towards the living room.
Lu Jinxin sat on the sofa with his long legs stretched forward. One of his hands was on the armrest of the sofa and the other finger was holding a cigarette. He was looking at Lu Jinlang coldly.
Lu Jinlang sat on the armrest of the sofa opposite him and said, “This is my private life.”
Lu Jinxin sneered, “Private life? Your messy private life should also be restrained. Did you know Mom was looking for you everywhere last night?”
Lu Jinlang didn’t answer. He noticed that Wen Jianing had come, so he asked, “You are not going back to sleep?”
Wen Jianing walked to his side.
Lu Jinlang naturally held his hand.
Lu Jinxin glanced at their interlocked hands and took a hard drag on the cigarette in his hand.
Lu Jinlang said to Wen Jianing, “There is no breakfast today. You can either get something to eat by yourself, or go out to eat.”
Wen Jianing nodded, “It’s okay, I’ll just go out to eat.”
Lu Jinxin didn’t seem to be happy. His voice sounded very cold and hard, and then he said, “If you just want to play around, I won’t interfere. But know your limit and don’t let our mother know.”
Lu Jinlang heard the words and said, “You’d better figure out how to tell mom that you are going to divorce second sister in law.”
Lu Jinxin’s complexion was a little gloomy.
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I just love how WJN doesn’t take sh*t from anyone high or low, and defends his friends & subordinates from being wronged too while also setting them straight on their mistakes.
Thanks for the chapter
Of course it helps that he’s actually a 34 yo mature experienced man. I’m sure LJL was attracted physically at first and became impressed by his unusual maturity as a “20 yo young man” and that mellow personality that can suddenly turn into fierce self defense. He’s interested in his mind since he “sometimes wants to cut open his head to see how it works” 😆