Chapter 38

        The situation seemed to be very awkward. Wen Lin felt that he had listened to too many things that he didn’t want to hear, but at this moment there was no way he could leave. He could only look at Wen Jianing and wait for Wen Jianing’s response.

  Wen Jianing heard what Yan Ruowei said, but he didn’t react at all.

  Yan Ruowei was very emotional. He was panting, and his chest kept rising and falling.

  “You are the only one who is naive,” Wen Jianing said suddenly, “Both Lu Jinlang and I. We both know what we are doing and what we want.”

  Yan Ruowei looked at him with wide eyes, as if he didn’t understand.

  Wen Jianing continued, “Why would you be so naive as to think that Lu Jinlang is sincere with you?”

  Wen Lin couldn’t help calling him, “Xinhang?”

  Wen Jianing shook his head at him, and then said to Yan Ruowei, “Lu Jinlang’s sincerity is too precious. We can’t afford it. Don’t think about it.”

  Yan Ruowei raised his hand and wiped the wound on the corner of his mouth. He looked a little dumbfounded, and asked Wen Jianing, “Does it mean you are not sincere to him too?”

  Wen Jianing said, “I don’t want to become what you are now.”

  Yan Ruowei’s eyes were a little lost, and it wasn’t clear where his gaze was directed at.

  Wen Jianing said to him again, “Take advantage of the noisiness outside, and when no one notices you, find a way to leave. If you were seen with Yuan Qian when this matter broke out, it’ll really be a big scandal in the entertainment industry.”

  Yan Ruowei didn’t say anything.

  Wen Jianing then said to Wen Lin, “Let’s go.”

  Wen Lin followed Wen Jianing out of the terrace and saw that it was still bustling below and no one was paying attention to this corner. He couldn’t help but ask Wen Jianing, “You really don’t like Lu Jinlang?”

  As he went down the stairs, Wen Jianing said, “I like him, but so what if I do? There is still a long distance between like and love.”

  Wen Lin said, “Does Lu Jinlang know?”

  Wen Jianing said, “It doesn’t matter whether he knows it or not. These are not important to him.”

  When Wen Jianing went back to the hall on the first floor, he still didn’t see Lu Jinlang. At this time, Bai Shengzhe asked them to go over. He and Wen Lin hurried over and went to mingle with Bai Shengzhe.

  It was late at night after the celebration ended. Wen Jianing returned home in the company car and went upstairs alone.

  He drank some wine, but he didn’t drink much, and his face was slightly flushed, but his mind was still sober. When he opened the door with the key, he was a little surprised for a moment, because he habitually locked the door every day, but today he was able to open it after turning a bit.

  But he only thought he had forgotten to lock it when he went out in the morning.

  When he opened the door and went into the house, he closed the door with one hand and turned on the light with the other hand. Suddenly someone held him from behind.

  Wen Jianing was startled and immediately began to struggle.

  The man had a heavy strength and held him tightly from behind. At this time, Wen Jianing stopped struggling because he was very familiar with the embrace. He then knew that the person behind him was Lu Jinlang.

  After he was released, Wen Jianing lay on the sofa somewhat disconnected. Lu Jinlang reached out and carried him directly to the top of the small bed.

  “Consider moving to my place,” Lu Jinlang said to him suddenly.

  ”Huh?”

  Lu Jinlang lay down beside him and lazily reached out for a cigarette. He didn’t smoke very much because he was a very reserved person. He smokes occasionally but was not addicted. But there happened to be a cigarette on his body today, which was given to him at the dinner party. After he took the cigarette, Lu Jinlang turned around to look for the lighter. He searched for a long time but didn’t find it. In the end, Wen Jianing found one for him.

  Wen Jianing lay down facing him and asked, “Why are you saying that all of a sudden?”

  Lu Jinlang said, “I was followed by a paparazzi when I came here today. I asked Yunan to turn around a few times before getting rid of them. You are not safe here.”

  Wen Jianing neighbourhood was an old one, and the access control downstairs was not strict. It was too easy for people outside to get in, but Lu Jinlang’s place was different. Unregistered cars and pedestrians were not allowed to enter Lu Jinlang’s villa area. The owner must personally inform the security guard for them to enter.

  “But have you ever thought that if I move there, sooner or later the reporter will definitely find out about it,” Wen Jianing said.

  Lu Jinlang bit his cigarette for a while, and said, “How about buying you a house next door? This way no one will be suspicious.”

  Wen Jianing suddenly laughed, “Then they will definitely wonder if I’m being taken care of by someone.”

  Lu Jinlang smiled when he heard the words, “Aren’t you?”

        Wen Jianing understood what he meant, and didn’t answer immediately. He looked at him with his head in one hand.

  Lu Jinlang stared at him at this time and asked, “So do you want it or not?”

  “What?”

  Lu Jinlang said, “Live with me.”

  Wen Jianing didn’t say anything for a long time, and finally said, “Okay.”

  Lu Jinlang said to him, “Then I will arrange it.”

  Wen Jianing nodded.

  Lu Jinlang slept at Wen Jianing’s place that night. The two people slowly woke up until the next day when the sky was completely bright.

  The two men squeezed into a single bed. Of course, they couldn’t sleep well. Coupled with the strenuous exercise last night, Wen Jianing felt a little sore all over his body.

  Lu Jinlang got up first, stretched out his hand to brush Wen Jianing’s hair, and walked toward the bathroom. Wen Jianing lay on the bed lazily and played with his mobile phone for a while.

  When he came out of the shower, Lu Jinlang got dressed while preparing to call Lu Yunan.

  Wen Jianing got up from the bed, and when he walked to the bathroom, he asked, “Are you going back?”

  Lu Jinlang nodded. He didn’t like to go out very much. When on vacation, except for travelling, he spent most of his time at home growing flowers and cooking.

  Wen Jianing said, “Don’t trouble Yunan, I’ll drive you.”

  Lu Jinlang did not refuse.

  Wen Jianing went to take a shower and made a simple breakfast for Lu Jinlang after he came out. After the two of them had breakfast together, Wen Jianing went to wash the dishes and said, “Let’s go, I’ll take you back.”

  Wen Jianing drove Lu Jinlang home. It was almost ten o’clock in the morning, and the street was already busy with people. Wen Jianing had nothing to do today. Before he returned home yesterday, Wen Tinghuan told him to take a two-days break and arrange it freely.

  So he didn’t drive in a hurry and drove forward along with the traffic flow.

  After passing by a small square in the downtown business district, Wen Jianing stopped temporarily because of a traffic jam. Wen Jianing noticed a giant poster of himself hung on the square.

  Not of Ke Xinhang’s, but Wen Jianing’s.

  The black-and-white posters fluttered gently with the wind, and some workers were setting up the stage. It looked like there was going to be an event tonight.

  Wen Jianing was stunned and looked out of the car window. He was a little puzzled. He didn’t understand what kind of activity it was or why his poster was hung.

  At this time, the car behind honked to urge him, because the car in front had already driven away.

  He drove out slowly, but he couldn’t help turning his head to see the square.

  Lu Jinlang didn’t say anything at first, but when he saw him like this, he reached out and took out his cell phone and made a call. A few moments later the call was connected, and he asked the person on the other side of the phone, “What’s going on over at Trend Plaza tonight?”

  ……

  “Check it out for me.”

       Soon, the person on the phone seemed to reply to him. Lu Jinlang said “Um”, then hung up the phone and said to Wen Jianing, “There is a memorial event about Wen Jianing tonight. It was jointly organized by Wen Jianing’s agency and a clothing brand he endorsed before his death.”

  Wen Jianing listened quietly, and he pursed his lips slightly.

  Lu Jinlang noticed his small movements and asked, “Do you want to come and have a look?”

  Wen Jianing did not answer. He didn’t even look at Lu Jinlang, and just drove silently.

  Lu Jinlang propped his head with one hand, observing Wen Jianing’s expression.

  That day, he drove Lu Jinlang home and left on the pretext of going back to the company. He didn’t actually intend to go to the company at all. When he returned, he passed the square again and saw that the light frame had been set up. In fact, this was a commercial activity in memory of him. However, he still wanted to come and have a look, not with Lu Jinlang, but by himself.

  Wen Jianing did not dare to appear too early. Although he was not very popular, now he has a lot of fan attention. Appearing in public at random will cause trouble for himself.

  He waited until dark and appeared near the square wearing a mask and cap. It was a little cold at night and the wind around there was very strong. It was not unexpected for him to wear this. But a tall and fashionable young man, even if his face was covered, it was still inevitable that people passing by would look at him more than twice.

       Many people had gathered around the square, including men and women. At a glance, most of them were young girls. However, Wen Jianing had some fans who were already married and had children, but they still like him.

  The large screen built in the middle was playing the film clips he had played. In the open space in front of the screen, white candles are placed in the shape of the “Wen Jianing” character, which were all lit by his fans to express their grief for him.

  Wen Jianing thought of the sad and tearful young girls at his funeral. Apparently, they also sat here quietly and looked at Wen Jianing on the big screen. No one was crying, but everyone was just very quiet, with a sad look.

  He sat down in a corner and looked at himself on the screen.

  Suddenly, the film that was playing was stopped. The host of an event took the microphone and walked onto the stage and began to express his condolences to Wen Jianing. The background of the screen was also changed into an advertising poster of a clothing brand.

  Wen Jianing didn’t feel angry. He turned to look at the fans next to him, and he felt a little bit sorrowful.

  Next, the host announced tonight’s memorial activities. Many fans and friends from the Wen Jianing Fan Club prepared a program. They expressed their memory of Wen Jianing through singing and performance. Next, they invited two girls to sing.

  They sang the TV theme song starring Wen Jianing during his lifetime.

  Wen Jianing sat in the audience and listened quietly. Suddenly he got an idea. He stood up and looked for the president of the fan association in the crowd. He knew the girl.

  After he found the president, Wen Jianing took off his mask behind the stage and said to her, “I’m a fan of Wen Jianing. I want to perform something for him on the stage, but I don’t know if I’m allowed to?”

  The president’s eyes widened, “Are you Ke Xinhang?”

  Wen Jianing nodded, “Yes it’s me, Ke Xinhang.”

  The president seemed to be flattered. She nodded quickly, “Yes, of course, I’m happy that you like Jianing too, what do you want to perform?”

       Wen Jianing said, “There is a movie called ‘Mirror Flower and Water Moon’*, remember?”

  The president thought for a while and said, “Isn’t it pretty old?”

  Wen Jianing said, “It is very old. At the end of that movie, Wen Jianing had a solo dance. I want to perform that song.”

  It was an old movie, when Wen Jianing was not yet popular. In this small production movie, he played a somewhat mentally handicapped teenager. His sister learned ballet, and he always watched his sister dance at home, so he followed the dance. At the end of the movie, the slender boy puts on his sister’s ballet gown, turns on the CD player at home and plays an old piece of music casually, and dances to the music. Naturally, he did not dance ballet, but his body was soft and delicate. Even if he dances casually, his dancing talent could be seen.

  The song that was played at the time was called ‘By the Suzhou River’.

  Although the organizer did not prepare a video for ‘Mirror Flower and Water Moon’, after hearing that Ke Xinhang was going to perform on stage, he immediately asked someone to go online to find the last footage of the film, and also found the accompaniment tape of ‘By the Suzhou River’.

  Wen Jianing’s performance was arranged at the end of the event.

  When he came on stage, the scene was quiet for a while. Someone did not recognize him, but more people immediately shouted in surprise, “Ke Xinhang?”

  They thought he was a guest performer invited by the organizer.

  However, Wen Jianing, who picked up the microphone, said, “I am a fan of Wen Jianing. Today I brought this song ‘By the Suzhou River’ from the movie ‘Mirror Flower and Water Moon’, just to mourn with everyone and to thank everyone here who supports him.”

  As the movie began to play on the big screen, the melodious music of ‘By the Suzhou River’ also started to play.

  The Wen Jianing on the screen was not even 20 years old at that time. Although the role he played in the movie was very important, the movie itself was just a small-cost movie and did not get much response.

  At that time, Wen Jianing was still relatively thin, with an appearance between a teenager and a young man.

  “The night left a lonely river without a person in sight……” Wen Jianing performed the song with the neutral and delicate voice of Ke Xinhang. He could not remember the dance steps at that time, but he still remembered what the director said to him at that time ” You can dance as you like”. The child who had not learned to dance, by nature, interpreted the emotion of the song as he understood it.

  While he sang, he walked the dance steps at will, which was almost the same as that on the big screen behind him. He was very restrained and even shy. He matched his soft voice just right as if Wen Jianing on the screen had come back to life again.

  A car parked in the distance of the square. Lu Yunan looked at Wen Jianing’s performance on the stage and couldn’t help turning his head and whispered, “Mr. Lu?”

  Lu Jinlang was also looking at Wen Jianing, and he just uttered a single syllable “Huh?”.

  Lu Yunan said, “Xinhang seemed to have been preparing the dance for a long time.”

  Lu Jinlang let out an “um”.

  Lu Yunan said, “He probably really likes Mr. Wen.”

  “Yunan,” Lu Jinlang said suddenly, “Are you familiar with Wen Jianing?”

  Lu Yunan was stunned and hurriedly said, “Of course not.”

  Lu Jinlang said, “I’m not familiar with him either, but I’ve always felt that Wen Jianing was competing with me.”

  Lu Yunan recalled it carefully, and said, “When you put it that way, it does seem like so.”

  Lu Jinlang propped his head with one hand, “Ke Xinhang likes Wen Jianing so much, do you think he approached me for some other purpose?”

  “What purpose?” Lu Yunan was puzzled.

  Lu Jinlang said, “For example, to kill me and give Wen Jianing a companion or something.”

  Lu Yunan was instantly shocked, “Mr. Lu, don’t make such a joke!” He turned his head to look at Lu Jinlang but saw that Lu Jinlang’s expression did not seem to care, and that statement was indeed just a joke.

  Wen Jianing’s performance has come to an end.

  Lu Yunan asked Lu Jinlang, “Should I pick him up and go back together?”

  Lu Jinlang said, “Forget it, he came secretly. I will pretend I don’t know about it, so let’s go back.”

       “Okay,” Lu Yunan started the car and drove forward.


*The movie is actually called, 镜花水月 which means flowers in a mirror and the moon reflected in the lake

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2 Comments

  1. Canthandlethis

    I really like how the author dealt with his grief over his “death”. The author didn’t gloss over the whole ordeal, and instead narrated wen jianing’s struggle in acknowledging his new identity.

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  2. Lu Jinlang said: “For example, to kill me and give Wen Jianing a companion or something.”

    I laughed at this part 😂😂😂

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