After the bath, Wen Jianing slowly regained his composure.

       He put on the pyjamas that he took off when he came in, walked out of the bathroom, and heard movement from the kitchen downstairs.

       Wen Jianing walked to the kitchen door and saw Lu Jinlang frying eggs.

       Lu Jinlang wore a white cotton shirt and beige trousers. He looked very casual and comfortable. He even put one hand in his trouser pocket when he fried eggs, while he held a spatula in his right hand. His movements were graceful and when someone looked at him, it would look like a photoshoot for a magazine.

       Perhaps he heard Wen Jianing’s footsteps, and said, “Breakfast is almost ready. Go wait for a bit in the dining room.”

       Wen Jianing originally thought the person in the kitchen was Lu Yunan, but he didn’t expect it to be Lu Jinlang. He stood there for a while and asked, “Where’re my clothes? Have you seen my phone?”

       Lu Jinlang said, “I will ask Yunan to wash your clothes later and your phone is by your bed. Didn’t you see it?”

       Wen Jianing really did not see it. He went back to find his cell phone. He Chaoshu was calling him just in time.

       The phone connected, He Chaoshu hesitated over there and asked him, “Are you okay?”

       Wen Jianing replied, “I’m all right. Thank you Shu ge.”

       He Chaoshu didn’t ask much and just said, “That’s good. You’d better continue to follow the TV station’s arrangement in the next two days and prepare for the finals.”

       Wen Jianing replied, “I understand.”

       After he hung up the phone, he went down to the first floor. Wen Jianing saw that Lu Jinlang had placed fried eggs, bread and freshly brewed coffee on the table.

       The two of them sat down face to face. Lu Jinlang helped him pour the coffee and asked him if he would like to add sugar and milk.

       Wen Jianing always had a very surreal feeling when he looked at Lu Jinlang. For example, Lu Jinlang personally cooked breakfast for him, which was something unimaginable with Ke Xinhang’s identity, and it was even more impossible to imagine as Wen Jianing.

       When Lu Jinlang saw Wen Jianing was in a daze, he said, “You drank a lot of alcohol last night. You’d better not drink black coffee. Be careful not to hurt your stomach.” With that, he helped Wen Jianing add milk and sugar.

       Wen Jianing picked up the spoon, stirred the coffee, and said, “I’m sorry, Mr. Lu, I was a little emotional just now.”

       Lu Jinlang said: “You don’t need to apologize. As I said, I’m the one at fault.”

       Wen Jianing didn’t say anything anymore. He took the bread Lu Jinlang handed over and slowly took a bite.

       Before breakfast was over, Lu Yunan drove over. He brought a new set of clothes for Wen Jianing and even bought a new pair of underwear.

       Wen Jianing took the clothes and went into the room to change. Looking at the black bullet underwear*, he immediately began to suspect that Lu Jinlang was deliberately humiliating him. But soon he also felt that Lu Jinlang would not tell Lu Yunan this kind of thing. Lu Yunan probably bought it by himself, so he couldn’t be angry about this kind of thing.

       It was just that the empty feeling in front of him after putting on his underwear made him very uncomfortable.

       When he came down from upstairs, Wen Jianing saw Lu Jinlang explaining something to Lu Yunan.

       Lu Jinlang saw Wen Jianing, and said to him, “I’ll ask Yunan to take you to the TV station later. You’re still going to the TV station today, right?”

       Wen Jianing nodded, “I have to continue the rehearsal.”

       Lu Jinlang said, “Good luck.”

       Wen Jianing was a little out of shape during the whole day’s rehearsal. Later, the music teacher became angry and asked him if he actually didn’t want to continue the competition.

       Wen Lin, who was also in the same practice room, was sitting in the corner playing his guitar.

       Wen Jianing remembered that Wen Lin had left without saying goodbye yesterday. When he was taking a break, he walked toward him and sat down and asked him why he left yesterday.

       “Xinhang,” Wen Lin moved his hand away from the guitar strings and looked a little dazed. “I don’t know what I’m working on anymore. I found that even if I win the championship this time, it doesn’t seem to mean anything to me.”

       Wen Jianing said to him, “Haven’t you thought that the changes this game will bring to you are very limited? It just gives you a way to go, how to go on is up to you.”

       “On my own?” Wen Lin said, “Do I have the right to choose?”

       Wen Jianing said softly, “Have you thought about what abilities you have? Why should you ask others to give you the right to choose?”

       Wen Lin couldn’t help but be stunned when he heard it.

       “Opportunities are won,” Wen Jianing put his hands on his knees, “You haven’t taken this step yet. Isn’t it too early to give up now?”

       Wen Lin turned his head to look at him and was silent for a while before saying to him, “Thank you.”

       Wen Jianing patted him on the shoulder.

       It was almost time for the final**, the program team made various plans to present the most wonderful round. Unfortunately, Wen Jianing and Wen Lin were not in good condition. The director was a little anxious and talked to the two in private.

       Wen Jianing naturally couldn’t say anything.

       After they returned from the general director’s office, Wen Jianing met Yi Nan in the corridor. Yi Nan looked at his eyes with some indescribable gaze.

       Wen Jianing didn’t want to talk to him, but when he passed by Yi Nan, he heard him say, “I heard you went back with Lu Jinlang yesterday?”

       Wen Jianing stopped all of a sudden. He was in a bad mood, and Yi Nan’s deliberate provocation made him very uncomfortable.

       There were only two of them in the corridor. He turned to face Yi Nan and said, “Yeah, who told me that I didn’t have a good background to get me the champion by default?”

       Yi Nan’s expression suddenly changed. He asked Wen Jianing, “Who did you hear that from?”

       In fact, Wen Jianing didn’t know Yi Nan’s background. He just looked at Yi Nan’s food and clothing, listened to the way he spoke, and guessed that he should be a young master from a well off family. This time, he was named the winner internally, mostly because of his family’s relationship, which was why he said what he just said.

       However, Yi Nan’s reaction made him feel a little perplexed. He didn’t intend to speak in-depth and turned to leave.

       But he didn’t expect Yi nan to grab his hand and didn’t let him leave. “Tell me clearly, where did you hear about this?”

       Wen Jianing found that Yi Nan’s expression was a little angry. He was a little confused and suddenly realized that Yi Nan probably didn’t know that someone had helped him to get the champion behind his back. Wen Jianing was even more reluctant to say more. He said, “I accidentally heard about it from someone.”

       Yi Nan pursued, “From who?”

       Wen Jianing knew that he was going to pursue it to the end, so he shook off his hand and said, “Don’t you know who is backing you up? What’s the use of asking me? I have no obligation to tell you!”

       With that, Wen Jianing started to walk away again.

       Yi Nan grabbed his right arm and tugged it hard.

       Yi Nan was exerting a lot of strength and Wen Jianing was almost dragged down by him. Wen Jianing suddenly became angry, and said, “What are you playing at? Even if you fight me here today, I still don’t know!”

       His voice echoed loudly, and the people in the next few rooms were intrigued. They came out and saw the two quarreling, so they hurried over to persuade them to stop fighting.

       When Yi Nan saw other people come, he didn’t continue to hold Wen Jia Ning.

       Wen Jianing pulled up his torn sleeve, turned and walked away.

       The news of the conflict between the two people spread out on the same day. Someone circulated the news that “Ke Xinhang and Yi Nan quarrelled at the TV station, and they even got into a fight. Ke Xinhang’s sleeves were torn.”, and it soon became a hot topic on Weibo.

       That night, Wen Jianing received a call from Lei Xing telling him to go to the company.

       As soon as he entered Wu Dongqin’s office, he heard the other party complaining, “Xinhang, what did you do? Why are you guys quarrelling in a place like a corridor?”

       Wen Jianing saw that Wu Dongqin and He Chaoshu were there, but Yi Nan was not there. Knowing that the other party was only coming at him, he might have to be the one who had to come forward to explain something to the media. He immediately felt more upset.

       He Chaoshu said to him, “Everyone is a colleague in a company, there is no need to make fun of others.”

       Wen Jianing said, “It is him who is making fun of others, not me.”

       He Chaoshu and Wu Dongqin looked at each other.

       Wu Dongqin said, “We don’t know exactly what happened, but if Yi Nan offends you first, let’s sit down in private and talk about it, but we still have to keep showing to the people outside that it’s just a misunderstanding.”

       Wen Jianing didn’t speak.

       Wu Dongqin then said, “The final round is coming soon. We can’t say that it’s not good to stir up the topic at this time. These are indeed the times you should attract more attention. However, I think you should still control the degree. After it has circulated for two days, you register a Weibo, write a statement, say it’s a misunderstanding, and put a photo of you two together. It will be perfectly solved by then, won’t it?”

       Of course, Wen Jianing didn’t foolishly ask why it should be him, and not Yi Nan? He knew that Yi Nan’s position was better than his. This was the case in this circle. Your identity or background didn’t matter, unless you were able to make it big, you would always have to suffer.

       In fact, it was not only this circle. When a person becomes an adult and needs to work in society in order to get paid, they must bear this unless they can climb to the top of the food chain.

       It was a pity that Wen Jianing a person who was already at the top, was pushed down again, and now has to come back to suffer this hollow anger.

       If it was the usual, he didn’t have to do any meaningless persistence, but at this time, he just felt a little unbearable in his heart.

       When they saw that Wen Jianing didn’t speak, Wu Dongqin winked at He Chaoshu and motioned him to persuade him again.

       At this time, Wen Jianing’s mobile phone suddenly rang. It was a call from Lu Jinlang.

       As soon as the call was connected, Lu Jinlang asked, “Have you had dinner?”

       Wen Jianing couldn’t help but glance at those two, and then replied, “Not yet.”

       Lu Jinlang said to him, “Then let me pick you up, can you go now?”

       “Yes,” Wen Jianing said, “Come here, I’m at Lei Xing.”

       When he heard the conversation, Wu Dongqin suddenly seemed a little unhappy. They hadn’t finished talking here, but Wen Jianing was already in a hurry to leave, so he asked in a deep voice, “What? Do you have an appointment?”

       Wen Jianing hung up the phone and said, “I’m sorry, I have something to do and have to leave. Mr. Lu said he will come to pick me up.”

       Wu Dongqin was taken aback when he heard the words, “Mr. Lu?”

       It was He Chaoshu who reacted first, “You said Lu Jinlang?”

       Wen Jianing nodded, and walked outside and said, “We will discuss it when Yi Nan is here next time.”

       Neither Wu Dongqin nor He Chaoshu stopped him this time.

       After he went out of the room, Wen Jianing squeezed his phone. Compared with the business with Wu Dongqin here, he would rather have dinner with Lu Jinlang. Anyway, this time, Wen Jianing was a little grateful for Lu Jinlang’s call.

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It seems that some chapters have been blocked in the online review, and you should be able to read it after the review.
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*This is what bullet underwear looks like
** Just in case anyone got confused, the day of duet performance where Wen Jianing got 3rd place is not the end of the competition but it’s still knock out rounds. So the celebration party is really just to congratulate Jiang Yongfei joining Lei Xing and not to congratulate STS final results.


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