Because they didn’t make any prior reservation, Wen Jianing could not book the private room where he ate with Lu Jinlang last time. Instead, he changed to a slightly smaller private room next to it, but the surroundings were also very good. When he opened the window, he could see the mountains and trees in the distance, and the fresh cold air in the mountains came to his face.
Wen Jianing felt that if Wen Lin could live here for a month or two, he would probably forget all of his messy and complicated thoughts. But it was a pity that Wen Lin had no time at all.
When the meal was ordered, Yi Nan had not yet arrived.
Wen Jianing and Wen Lin stood by the window looking out at the scenery. Wen Jianing asked him, “How is it? Do you feel better?”
Wen Lin smiled and turned to look at him, “I know you are worried about me. Don’t worry, I’m fine.”
Wen Jianing put a hand on his shoulder, tightened it, and said, “Usually if you have nothing to do, go out and walk more, don’t think about acting. You must remember that when the director calls stop, you really should stop.”
Wen Lin nodded, “I know.”
Yi Nan came late.
As soon as he came in, Wen Jianing pointed at him and said, “You are late, so you will be fined three cups.”
Yi Nan looked at him, “Why?”
Wen Jianing said, “Who told you to be late? Stop talking nonsense, are you afraid? That’s not so promising.”
Yi Nan knew that Wen Jianing was trying to provoke him, but he just couldn’t listen to these words. So he sat down and took up the wine glass and drank three glasses in one breath.
Wen Lin was worried that he would get drunk all at once.
Wen Jianing held Wen Lin, “Don’t worry about him, wait for him to drink.”
The dishes were sent in one after another, and the three people chatted while eating.
Yi Nan talked a lot, he went out to study this time, and he had a lot of ideas about acting. As for his future goal, although he couldn’t say that he had been very firm about his future goals, he gradually was able to make them clear.
The three of them all made their debut in singing competitions, but now they were all on the path of acting.
Zheng Xin once said frankly to Wen Lin, “You have to have a good position first. If you only sing well and don’t have a good position in acting, the company will not train you as it is now. It’s more likely that you’ll be like many young people who come out of singing talent shows, touring the country while they’re getting the most attention, in a position to put out one or two singles, and without acting their career may be almost over. “
They were all telling Wen Lin that he had no choice but to become popular first, and he could sing or act or do whatever he wanted. At that time even if he wanted to sing, there would be audiences to buy it.
It was precisely because Wen Lin believed their words that he could concentrate on this path to the present.
However, he somewhat felt depressed now. Although while sitting here, he could talk and laugh with Wen Jianing and Yi Nan, once he calmed down, he could immediately sink into a gloomy abyss, as if he had fallen into a dark and bottomless abyss.
Yi Nan, on the other hand, was in a good mood. He had finally found a direction for the future, and by now he had drank two more glasses. So he grabbed Wen Jianing and talked endlessly, hoping to share all the ideas he had just developed.
At the end of a meal, Yi Nan fell on his back on the wooden floor, stretched out his arms and took a deep breath, then opened his eyes and said, “I just want to prove to my dad and them that I can do it. “
Wen Jianing stretched out his hand and patted him lightly, and said, “Of course you can.”
As soon as he said that, the door of the room suddenly opened from the outside.
Several people turned their heads in surprise, only to see that the person who opened the door of their private room turned out to be Cao Songquan. He hurriedly walked in and closed the door and said to Wen Jianing, “It really is you, great!”
Wen Jianing said, “Director Cao?”
Cao Songquan took off his shoes and stepped over to sit down next to them. He looked around the young people in the room and made a pleading gesture and said, “Please, please, just say I’m here to eat with you.”
After he finished speaking, Wen Jianing and the others heard noisy voices from the private room next door. One of the women had the loudest voice, shouting, “Where is that son of a bitch Cao Songquan?”
The room was silent for a while, and the atmosphere was a bit awkward.
Cao Songquan wiped his sweat, and said with a wry smile, “My wife.”
Wen Lin and Yi Nan were not familiar with Cao Songquan, and they didn’t know what to say for a while, so they can only smile at him awkwardly.
Wen Jianing said, “She is so loud, don’t you want to go and have a look? Won’t it be even more confusing when she comes over and finds you?”
Cao Songquan reacted at once and stood up and walked towards the door, but apparently he felt very guilty, and his steps were not steady. He came to open the door, poked his head out, and said to his wife, “Wife, why are you here?”
After all, he was a director. Cao Songquan’s acting skills were not ordinary. He made a full expression of surprise.
His wife didn’t buy it. As soon as she saw him, she walked over and pushed him away and looked into the private room. To her surprise, there was not a single woman in the private room, only three young men.
Despite this, his wife repeatedly observed the three people in the room with suspicion on her face, especially after staring at Wen Jianing’s face for a long time. She remembered that this young man was in her husband’s movie.
Wen Jianing was very calm, stood up and said, “Mrs. Cao? What a coincidence? Come in and sit down together.”
Mrs. Cao watched for a long time and said, “No need, you guys take your time to eat.”
Cao Songquan heard the words, and quickly walked outside with his wife’s waist in one hand, and whispered to her for a long time, that it was nothing more than work and social engagement, and that she had misunderstood something.
After coaxing for a long time, Mrs. Cao turned and left, followed by a group of waiters chasing her in, who then respectfully sent her away.
Cao Songquan clutched his chest and felt like he had lost all his soul. He returned to Wen Jianing to sit down, put his shoulders on his shoulders, and said, “Oh, I’m scared to death.”
Wen Jianing looked at the three pairs of bowls and chopsticks placed on the table and thought that fortunately Mrs. Cao did not come in, otherwise he would really not be able to explain.
Cao Songquan obviously didn’t think that far, and said to Wen Jianing, “Fortunately, I heard that you are here, otherwise I don’t know where to hide.”
Wen Jianing and Cao Songquan were already close with each other, and at this moment he said, “Director Cao, you’d better restrain yourself.”
It was not that he had no feelings for his wife, otherwise, he wouldn’t have to be so afraid of being caught, but since the feelings were still there, he was reluctant to divorce his wife, and insisted on going behind her for ten years. Wen Jianing didn’t understand why he did that or if he regarded hide-and-seek with his wife as an exciting and stimulating thing.
Cao Songquan said, “You don’t understand, boy…” He stopped again, looked at Wen Lin and Yi Nan, and reached out to shake hands with them, “Hello, hello.”
Wen Jianing introduced them to each other one by one.
In fact, they have heard of each other, but this was the first time that they just sit down and eat together.
Cao Songquan managed to dodge his wife, and after a while brought in a beautiful young girl. He was currently preparing a new drama. This girl played a very important supporting role in his movie. It was just the two of them who came out for dinner tonight.
Wen Jianing ran into Cao Songquan and immediately wanted to help Yi Nan and Wen Lin to get closer to him. After all, he was a well-known director and had a wide network of people in this circle. It was exactly what Yi Nan and the others need.
So Wen Jianing deliberately kept Cao Songquan for a while to chat with him.
Wen Jianing asked Cao Songquan, “Didn’t you promise to make a movie for me?”
Cao Songquan said, “I remember, but didn’t Lu Jinlang get to you first? When you finish filming this movie, keep your schedule open. My next movie will definitely be tailored for you.”
Wen Jianing smiled and didn’t take it too seriously.
But today they did Cao Songquan a big favour, so Cao Songquan said that he covered all the entertainment bills after dinner.
Originally, Wen Jianing thought this was for Wen Lin to come out to relax, and it might not be a good thing to have many people and a lively environment. However, as long as he watched Wen Lin and did not let him drink, it shouldn’t be a problem, so he accepted Cao Songquan’s invitation.
There was a bar in Lanlu that was very famous because there was a small stage in the middle of the bar, equipped with the top audio equipment and professional bands. If you were lucky, you could see many famous singers. Even divas like Xu Rujing and Wang Mei have sung here with friends.
When they went over, there were already people in the bar, which was not surprising. However, when they opened the door and went in, they discovered that the person who was singing turned out to be Jiang Yongfei.
Jiang Yongfei, who belonged to the same company as Wen Jianing and the others have very little relationship with them. Jiang Yongfei, who had always been called Lei Xing’s first sister, clearly felt the threat from Wen Jianing.
As soon as she saw someone push the door in, the singing stopped immediately, and the band stopped accompaniment a moment later.
The first person to come in was Cao Songquan. After she saw him, Jiang Yongfei tilted her head and smiled, looking cutely. But then she saw Wen Jianing and the others who came in right after him, and her smile became a little awkward.
Jiang Yongfei was actually relatively peaceful. When she met Wen Jianing at the company, she would greet him with a smile, but that kind of friendliness was only on the surface. Before cooperating with Yi Nan on singles, Jiang Yongfei once expressed her dissatisfaction with the company in private because she felt that the company wanted to use her popularity to promote Yi Nan.
The reason why she smiled awkwardly at this time was because before Wen Jianing and the others came in, there was only one audience in this bar enjoying Jiang Yongfei’s performance, and that was Li Rong.
Li Rong had been quiet after he broke up with Yuan Qian, and there was no news from him. Of course, he and Yan Ruowei did not take each other seriously. No one really knew when he got involved with Jiang Yongfei.
When he saw Cao Songquan and the others coming in, Li Rong took the initiative to stand up and shook hands with Cao Songquan, and then greeted Wen Jianing and the others.
Everyone went over and sat down together. Cao Songquan saw Jiang Yongfei still on the stage and said, “We are so lucky, the little goddess will perform live, so many people can’t expect it.”
Jiang Yongfei had a sweet smile on her face, but in her heart, she wasn’t too happy to sing anymore. She and Li Rong were having fun, and she didn’t want to accompany many people, not to mention there were still some infamous little actors below.
However, when Li Rong saw her stop, he said, “Go on, that song just now sounds pretty good.”
Jiang Yongfei put a hand on her lips and coughed twice as if her throat was uncomfortable.
Wen Jianing took the initiative to help her out, and said, “Is Fei jie’s throat uncomfortable? Let me take you a glass of water.”
Jiang Yongfei immediately went down the steps. She stood up and walked down the stage and said, “I’ll take a rest first.”
Cao Songquan was a little disappointed, but he quickly remembered something and turned to Wen Jianing and said, “Aren’t you making your debut in a singing competition? Don’t you plan to sing a song?”
Wen Jianing stood up graciously upon hearing the words, walked towards the stage and said, “I heard that the audio equipment here is world-class, I want to give it a try.”
He sat on the stool behind the microphone, adjusted the height of the microphone, and then said the name of a song to the band. The song he chose was a popular song recently.
Cao Songquan was looking forward to Wen Jianing’s singing at first, but when he really started to sing, Cao Songquan was slightly disappointed because Wen Jianing’s singing was not as amazing as his acting.
In the past competitions, every song was carefully selected and carefully considered before performing on stage. At that time, he had been practising vocalization. Of course, it was not the same as now. Nowadays Wen Jianing neglected to practice, and it had been a long time since he sang a song in such a serious way. It sounds better than ordinary people but worse than professional singers.
Nevertheless, after he finished singing, he heard everyone’s encouraging applause.
Only when he stepped down, did Cao Songquan say to him, “You depend on Lu Jinlang for your ranking, right?”
Wen Jianing smiled upon hearing this and did not deny it.
After he got down, he suddenly thought that Wen Lin should go up and sing two songs to relieve the pressure. After sitting down, he bumped Wen Lin with his shoulder and said, “Go up and sing some songs.”
Wen Lin was a little shy, shook his head and said, “Forget it.”
”Go ahead,” Wen Jianing said to him, “The audio is very good, you don’t want to try it?”
This was a big temptation for someone who liked to sing.
Wen Lin raised his head to look at the stage.
Wen Jianing then said, “I’ll help you borrow a guitar. Go sing the two original songs you’ve sung before. They’re very nice and amazing.”
With that said, he stood up and walked towards the band.
Wen Lin could not refuse any more and stand up.
He took the electric guitar Wen Jianing borrowed from the band. Wen Lin sat on the bench on the stage and tuned the tuning.
Cao Songquan whistled.
However, after the soothing music flowed from Wen Lin’s fingertips, Cao Songquan soon quieted down. Wenlin’s music was as gentle and pure as himself.
Wen Jianing hadn’t heard it for a long time, but every time he listened to Wen Lin singing, it reminded him of Ke Xinhang.
The clean and crisp singing sounded as Wen Lin came closer to the microphone, and a dim yellow light hit his face. He looked gentle and glowing.
Compared with Wen Jianing’s casual singing, his singing was more serious and persistent.
Cao Songquan folded his arms in front of his chest, nodding to the beat of the music.
Li Rong propped his chin with one hand, and carefully looked at Wen Lin from top to bottom. He had actually seen Wen Lin more than once, but this was the first time the other party attracted his attention.
In terms of appearance, Wen Lin was not as good as Wen Jianing, but he naturally has a simple and pure complexion.
Wen Lin sang two songs. The second song was a love song. His voice trembled a little when he sang the last emotional piece, but he sang it successfully. After it was over, he sat on the stage without moving for a long time, and when he calmed down, he stood up, bowed, and walked down.
He sat down next to Wen Jianing and reached out to pick up the wine on the table to drink, but Wen Jianing stopped him.
Wen Jianing looked at Yi Nan.
Yi Nan had been with them for so long today, and he could see that Wen Lin’s mood was not right, so he changed the wine in Wen Lin’s hand into a drink.
Wen Lin didn’t force it, just smiled and said, “Thank you.”
No one went up to sing again, and the band began to play soothing music.
Jiang Yongfei pulled Li Rong lightly and tried to invite him to leave.
Li Rong smiled at her and said in an irrefutable tone, “Sit back.”
Wen Lin had sung two songs and really felt that he had vented a little. He yearns for this kind of performance on the stage, which was different from singing alone at home. He hoped that his songs could be heard and appreciated.
But now he couldn’t even go to a bar to sing, because he chose this road that he didn’t know whether it was right or wrong.
Wen Lin kept looking at the small stage in front of him as Wen Jianing spoke to him.
Yi Nan noticed and said, “You can often come to sing in the future.”
Wen Jianing heard the words and said, “Yes, you can come whenever you want.”
Wen Lin nodded.
That night, they spent the night in Lanlu. It was still a kind of small courtyard-like accommodation, but they opened three single rooms.
After lying in bed, Wen Jianing and Lu Jinlang talked on the phone. He didn’t know how much this would improve Wen Lin’s mental condition, but if it could play a role, even if just a little bit, at least he could do something instead of watching Wen Lin sank deeper and deeper.
Lu Jinlang said to him, “Take a good rest and shoot tomorrow.”
”Well,” Wen Jianing said softly, “Good night, see you tomorrow.”
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Li Rong is a playboy, that’s fine but I hope if he has Wen Lin in mind he will be sincere with him. And only If Wen Lin is interested in him.
I love how they’re so supportive and attentive to their friend:(
Thank you for the chapter!
Li Rong shouldn’t start something with Wen Lin, if he’s not going to treat Wen Lin well. Wen Lin doesn’t need another thing that will only stress him out.
Uh oh I hope Li Rong doesn’t start pestering Wen Lin 🤨
Thanks for the chapter