The shower head was blocked by limescale after not being used for too long.
“It was still fine two days ago,” Wen Jianing said.
Lu Jinlang asked him, “Is there a descaling agent?”
Wen Jianing shook his head, his body was still a bit weak and he felt a little dizzy.
Lu Jinlang said to him, “Put your clothes on first, don’t catch a cold.”
Wen Jianing looked at him.
Lu Jinlang asked him, “Why are you looking at me like that?”
Wen Jianing shook his head, took the clothes and went out back to the room to put them on.
Lu Jinlang called Lu Yunan to buy a new shower head and send it over, without bothering to try some descaling agent. He put down the showerhead and walked toward Wen Jianing’s bedroom. When he was standing at the door, he saw Wen Jianing sitting on the edge of the bed in a daze.
”What are you thinking about?” Lu Jinlang paused and asked.
Wen Jianing shook his head and said, “Nothing.”
In fact, he was just thinking that one day when he gets old, he would be alone. Maybe no one would care about him when he was sick and died in bed. Now he could still look for Wen Tinghuan, but by the time Wen Tinghuan was an old woman herself and had no energy to care about him, he may have to live in a nursing home early.
No, it still won’t do. Even if he could afford to spend money, he dare not ask a caregiver to help him take care of his body. Sure enough, it was better to die quietly as soon as possible. Before he died, he would change his clothes and lie on the bed with a suicide note that he was to be cremated directly.
Lu Jinlang didn’t know what Wen Jianing was thinking but sensed that Wen Jianing had suddenly become depressed. He walked in, sat down by the bed, and said softly, “You can talk to me.”
Wen Jianing looked at him, and suddenly had the urge to reach out and touch his face, but he knew he couldn’t do that.
He could only say, “I’m thinking, since I am like this, what should I do when I die?”
Lu Jinlang felt what he said was somewhat ridiculous, “How old are you? You are already thinking about death now.”
Wen Jianing found that it was a very good thing to have someone to talk to about what was in his heart. He continued, “No one can tell. Maybe someday I will die suddenly, and then I will be stripped naked. After seeing me like that, they would make headlines afterwards, saying that Ke Xinhang turned out to be a born eunuch, a monster that is neither male nor female.”
Lu Jinlang stretched out his hand to hold his hand, “Who said you are a monster?”
Wen Jianing said softly, “It’s only you who think I am not ugly, right?”
Lu Jinlang did not answer his question, but said, “You can leave a will, and I will take care of everything you left behind. When you die, I’ll accompany you, and then change your clothes and bury you myself, okay?”
Wen Jianing turned his head to look at him. Suddenly his eyes became a little red. He said, “We have broken up. What are you being so good to me for?”
Lu Jinlang was not saying anything for a while. He was about to speak when he heard the doorbell rang. He let go of Wen Jianing’s hand and said, “Maybe Yunan is here.”
Wen Jianing raised his hand and rubbed his eyes.
Lu Jinlang went downstairs and opened the door. He didn’t expect that the people standing at the door turned out to be Wen Lin and Yi Nan. They both heard that Wen Jianing was ill and came to visit. Yi Nan still held a bouquet of flowers in his hand, while Wen Lin carried a fruit basket.
When they saw Lu Jinlang, Wen Lin was a little embarrassed and said, “Oh, it’s not convenient for Xinhang now, right? We will come back later.”
Lu Jinlang replied, “It’s not inconvenient, please come in.”
Wen Lin hesitated a little and glanced at Yi Nan, but Yi Nan had already walked into the house.
Yi Nan nodded to Lu Jinlang as he entered the house, then raised his head and looked towards the second floor.
Wen Jianing heard the sound of people talking, and came downstairs. He then saw the two of them, and said, “Why are you guys here?”
Wen Lin raised his hand and motioned to the fruit basket in his hand, “We come to visit you.”
Wen Jianing invited them to sit down in the living room, and when he turned to pour water for them, Lu Jinlang said, “I’ll do it, you sit down.”
Wen Lin looked at Lu Jinlang’s back as he walked into the kitchen. He looked at Wen Jianing hurriedly and pointed at Lu Jinlang at the same time.
Wen Jianing understood what he meant and shook his head.
Yi Nan commented, “The lovers may part, but they still long to be with one another, huh?”
Wen Jianing just smiled.
Lu Jinlang brought out the teacup. Wen Lin quickly stood up to pick it up, and Yi Nan also politely thanked him.
A few days ago, the TV series Wen Lin and Yi Nan played had officially finished airing. Similarly to ‘The Strange Fate of Hairpin and Phoenix’, it once again won extremely high ratings. The popularity of Wen Lin and Yi Nan had also risen.
Afterwards, Wen Lin mentioned that he wanted to sing, and the company promised to give him a single to explore the market first. However, Yi Nan put the main direction of his development on acting.
Wen Lin said that his own goal was to have a concert, and other things were not important to him.
However, Yi Nan felt a little at a loss, because he found that whether it was Wen Lin or Wen Jianing, they had their goals clearly. They were not like him. His original intention to participate in the competition was just to break into the entertainment industry. He really didn’t think about how to develop in the future.
The Emperor of Superstar might be his ultimate goal.
When he thought of the Emperor of Superstar, there was one in this room now. After Lu Jinlang helped Wen Jianing pour the water, he didn’t intend to come to the living room to sit, as if he wanted to give them a space to talk.
He walked towards the stairs and heard the doorbell ring again, so he walked over and opened the door.
This time it was still not Lu Yunan, but Wen Tinghuan.
Wen Tinghuan originally smiled and planned to say hello to Wen Jianing, but she didn’t expect that the person who opened the door was Lu Jinlang, and she opened her mouth wide without closing it for a long time.
Lu Jinlang stepped aside and said, “Please come in.”
Wen Tinghuan looked at Lu Jinlang suspiciously and asked, “Movie emperor, have you and xiao Hang got back together again?”
Lu Jinlang smiled when he heard the words, “He’s not feeling well, can’t I come over and see him?”
Wen Tinghuan said hurriedly, “Of course, Of course, you can.”
Wen Jianing came over, took the gift that Wen Tinghuan had brought to visit him, let her sit next to the sofa, and then said to Lu Jinlang, “You should come and sit with us for a while.”
Lu Jinlang relaxed his back against the handrails of the stairs and put his hands in his pants pockets, “I won’t interrupt your conversation.”
Wen Jianing said softly, “They won’t think you are bothering them, they may just think you look down on them.”
Lu Jinlang heard the words and glanced in the direction of the living room. It happened that Yi Nan and the others were looking over.
He said to Wen Jianing, “Your assistant asked me if I had gotten back together with you again.”
Wen Jianing smiled upon hearing the words, “Go and explain to her with your actions.”
Lu Jinlang did not refuse anymore and went back to the living room to sit down.
Recently, a movie offer came to Wen Lin. He was a little nervous and wanted to hear Wen Jianing’s opinion.
The production cost of the film was not high. The director was a young director with two works, but it was not a big hit. The tone of the whole movie was very dark. The character played by Wen Lin was a young man who had been abused since childhood. He was already 18 or 19 years old but was still beaten by his stepmother. Later, when his biological mother found him, his intellectual development had been affected.
It was a very dark and melancholic movie.
Wen Jianing listened to Wen Lin about the script and turned his head to look at Lu Jinlang before expressing his opinion.
Lu Jinlang said, “This kind of film is estimated to affect people’s mood very much. Of course, just such a story alone can’t explain much. Whether a movie is good or not, the script and the director are very important. If it is to hone your acting skills, you can give it a try.”
As for Wen Lin, although he was not a fan of Lu Jinlang, he still highly respects Lu Jinlang. Whether to hone his acting skills or not was the same for him. His purpose was not originally this. If it was for acting, he himself was not too picky about the script, because it didn’t seem to make much difference.
Wen Jianing then said to Wen Lin, “Let’s take a look at the script when you have time.”
Wen Lin nodded.
Later, several people sat in Wen Jianing’s house for a while and left. Lu Jinlang didn’t leave until Lu Yunan bought the showerhead and personally changed it for Wen Jianing.
When he left, he said to Wen Jianing, “Remember to call me if you need something.”
Wen Jianing nodded, “Okay.”
He waited until Wen Jianing almost recovered completely, and Lu Jinlang arranged an audition for the main role in the movie.
The name of the newcomer Lu Jinlang once paid attention to was Jian Jun. This was the first time Wen Jianing saw him in person. He looked taller than in the video and looked a little gloomy when he didn’t talk or laugh. But his appearance was tough and determined, and he looked very attractive to girls.
In addition to him, there were some other newcomers in this audition, but Wen Jianing knew that what Lu Jinlang wanted to see is mainly the performance of this young man.
Lu Jinlang said to him, “Let’s perform a short paragraph.” After he finished speaking, he simply took out a script and handed it to him. It contained a short episode: Two cousins were sitting on the hillside, and the cousin was sleeping. Now, the cousin turned his head to look at him.
Jian Jun has not read the complete script, he asked, “How about the relationship with the cousin?”
Lu Jinlang said, “You can imagine it as a relationship between father and son.”
“Father and son?” Jian Jun was a little at a loss for a while, and he was too young to understand what kind of feeling a father should have for his son.
Wen Jianing saw that he didn’t know what to do, stood up and took off his jacket and said, “I’ll do it.”
Jian Jun and Ke Xinhang, who just graduated from university this year were actually in the same year.
Wen Jianing now sat down on the ground, and then looked up at Jian Jun, who then sat down beside Wen Jianing.
Jian Jun looked a little too calm for his age. He didn’t seem nervous, and he entered the role very quickly. He almost remembered the lines he read once, and his hands were woven in the air with non-existent weed. He seemed to be chatting casually with Wen Jianing next to him, and in fact, his attitude was gentle.
While talking, Wen Jianing seemed to be sleepy. He yawned and fell asleep on Jian Jun’s shoulder.
Jian Jun turned his head and glanced at him, smiled, his eyes were gentle, and he then turned back to continue to weave his cricket. After he finished, he put the cricket on Wen Jianing’s head and lowered his head to kiss him on the forehead.
Wen Jianing was a little surprised. When he raised his head, the performance was over. He turned to look at Lu Jinlang, who was holding a pen in one hand, looking deep in thought.
When Jian Jun went out, Wen Jianing asked Lu Jinlang, “How about it? Was he not good?” He didn’t see Jian Jun’s performance, but he just didn’t think the last kiss was appropriate.
Lu Jinlang said, “Do you think his performance is wrong?”
Wen Jianing said, “You mentioned father and son to him, but the kiss made me feel like it’s a kiss shared by a couple.” As he spoke, he raised his hand and touched his forehead.
Lu Jinlang’s gaze turned to his forehead following his movements. Jian Jun’s kiss was very light, and of course it would not leave any traces, but Wen Jianing stretched out his hand and rubbed it, and now it was slightly red.
“Not really,” Lu Jinlang said, and at the same time he subconsciously wanted to raise his hand to touch Wen Jianing’s forehead, but he stretched out his hand and put it back.
Both of them noticed this movement, but both pretended not to see it.
Lu Jinlang continued, “Maybe because he hadn’t read the script, he didn’t find a good role positioning. What he just played was a young father playing with his young son, not an old dying father’s reluctance to part with his son.”
As he heard what Lu Jinlang said, Wen Jianing understood what the kiss meant. He raised his hand, flicked his forehead with his finger, and said, “Do you like him?”
Lu Jinlang smiled when he heard the words, “I’m considering it.”
Although he said that, Wen Jianing believed that Lu Jinlang had taken a fancy to Jian Jun. He felt that he could understand because Jian Jun was exactly the same as the cousin in the script they imagined. His acting skills might be a little rough, but he had a good talent and Lu Jinlang had the confidence to maximize his potential.
The script and actors of ‘Bitter Summer’ were finalized one after another, and before the official filming begins, the new year’s Academy Awards ceremony would be ushered in.
This year Wen Jianing was no longer a spectator sitting in the corner. He was specially invited by the organizing committee because of his role as Xue You, in ‘Springtime Dream’, he was nominated for the Best Newcomer Award, which was one of the nominations for the film.
The newcomer award was not an award that attracted too much attention, because many actors of the newcomer award might be unknown for many years after receiving the award, but an award was ultimately an affirmation for the actor. At present, Wen Jianing currently had enough popularity. He needed to win some awards to consolidate his position and let people know that he didn’t just rely on a face to win popularity.
At the same time, this year Lu Jinlang just won the international award for his role in ‘October Fireworks’, and the call for winning the award was very high. Before, many entertainment programs had made a special analysis for the Academy Award, mainly focusing on whether Lu Jinlang could become the best actor in the Academy award for the third time.
Wen Jianing watched several special programs on different channels and found that everyone had come to a common conclusion that this little golden man was already in Lu Jinlang’s hand this year.
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I don’t understand what should be the relationship between the cousins in the film…
Thank you for the chapter!
Thank you for translating this. It is really different from the norm. I love maturity in it.