The Bad Man System Collapse - Chapter 43.1
Qin Keke foolishly scratched her head, “Are all newcomers treated like this? Then I have nothing to say. I mean, how would newcomers like us have a choice?”
With this said, Li Xiao felt a little guilty herself. Why was Mr. Lu deliberately targeting just one person like this?
However, Li Xiao was still very firm in her professional ethics. After seeing that Qin Keke has signed the contract, she explained, “It’s company policy not to tell anyone, whether it’s resources or contract details, anything involving income, do you understand?”
“I understand, Sister Li.”
“Good,” Li Xiao nodded. “I will have someone to take you to the training class. Starting today, you will take classes with the other new artists. Your personal conditions aren’t that good. You should understand that and work harder on your singing and acting. “
“I understand. Thank you, Sister Li. I will work hard and live up to your expectations of me.”
Li Xiao smiled professionally. She didn’t expect much from her.
She waved over an agent and had her take Qin Keke to class.
Right now, Li Xiao was the head of the agent department, and she only needed to manage the team members and report to the Lady Boss.
Lan Di, the agent, took a look at Qin Keke. Qin Keke was dressed in ordinary clothes today; in addition, she looked pure, just like a girl next door. She wasn’t very aggressive, instead, it allowed people to develop a good impression of her.
However, this lack of offensiveness would be too bland for the entertainment industry.
Lan Di faintly smiled and took Qin Keke to the training room, giving her a course schedule along the way, “The artists in the company need to determine their own development route, whether it would be singing, idol, or acting. Please look at the curriculum first and see which contents seem more interesting to you. Then tell me about your specialties later, and I will help you finalize your future development route.”
“Okay, I will definitely look at them carefully!”
Qin Keke’s clever appearance finally made Lan Di show a little affection for her.
Once Qin Keke arrived at the training room and met twelve newly recruited youngsters, the smile on her face was about to collapse.
These twelve youngsters, who all had different styles, were all no older than 20.
There was even a girl who went the same ‘innocent’ direction as her, who was just over 17 years old.
When the two of them stood together, her skin wouldn’t be able to fool anyone, and the age difference of nearly ten years was immediately apparent.
However, thinking about it again, Qin Keke was the only new artist who was over 20 years old.
Did that mean that she was unique?
Did that encounter in the elevator manage to play a role?
She had thought that the elevator incident would at most have left an impression on Lu Ze, but she didn’t expect that its effect would be this impactful.
Qin Keke couldn’t help but feel secretly pleased with herself.
At that moment, someone shouted, “Chief Lu is here.”
The artists who were sitting idly or resting immediately straightened and stood up. Even Lan Di immediately tidied up his clothes.
These artists all came relatively early. Their contracts were also a standard contract, so after signing the contract, they had in-depth discussions with the agents in charge of them. Every one of the agents had told them to beware of the Devil King Lu. Only Qin Keke was handled by Li Xiao alone, so they weren’t clear about her situation at the moment.
Soon, Lu Ze came in through the door.
He was wearing a long trench coat with a dark gray cashmere sweater inside, and his face was very serious.
When Qin Keke saw him, she adjusted her expression to one of surprise just in time, as if she only just now had recognized that it was him, the man that was with her in the elevator.
Lu Ze swept his stern gaze over the group of newcomers and sighed, “The first batch’s quality is quite good.”
He smiled and walked to the front of everyone, “Don’t think that the signing of the contract is everything. The company uses a competition system, so all resources are competed for by yourselves. You can enjoy the company’s resources only when you win first place in comprehensive scores. If you can’t stand this system, you can cancel the contract at any time.”
“Yes! Chief Lu, we will work hard!”
Qin Keke: “…”
This neat and uniform answer, which was like a military response, had several meanings.
The twelve youngsters selected, all of whom were carefully vetted and confirmed, were not only scored for their physical appearance and talent, but Li Xiao also examined their sense of conviction for their future careers. And it could be argued that their sense of conviction was the real reason that they could stay.
Qin Keke had none of this, instead, she was just here for a chance to whitewash herself and marry into a wealthy family. Naturally, she couldn’t understand the enthusiasm of these young people.
Lan Di quietly swept a glance over Qin Keke and saw that she looked bewildered and puzzled. Those two points of goodwill that had just risen, scattered again.
Lu Ze left after that, it seemed he was just in the mood to stop by for a quick look.
Qin Keke sneaked out from the back door and stopped Lu Ze in front of the private elevator, “Chief Lu.”
Lu Ze froze and released the old original owner from his wrist.
Qin Keke was running and approaching the elevator when her right foot suddenly twisted, and she pounced directly toward Lu Ze.
“Be careful, Keke!” Shouted the old soul, “Quickly catch her!”
Since the original body demanded it, Lu Ze naturally ignored it and dodged to the side. Qin Keke fell and plopped down on all fours.
With a faint smile on his face, Lu Ze condescendingly remarked, “Be careful. If you ruin my clothes, can you afford to pay for it?”
Qin Keke: “…”
Why didn’t this man have any chivalry? She even chose such a beautiful angle to fall down.
The old soul, “Ahhh! What are you doing? Why are you hurting my Keke!?”
“Oh! Because it’s your Keke. I’m afraid you would be jealous,” Lu Ze heartlessly dismissed the old original soul.
At this moment, Qin Keke was struggling to get up, “Yes, I’m sorry, Chief Lu.”
She blushed, and her round eyes were wet like a frightened fawn, “Chief Lu, I came to thank you. I know I have no advantage among these people… But you gave me a chance!”
“Really! Really thank you very much!” Qin Keke bowed deeply.
“It’s your own efforts, it has nothing to do with me.”
“Thank you! I will continue to work hard!” Qin Keke clenched her fists as if she was a strong little person who never gave up.
“Oh… Work hard then.” Lu Ze responded.
Work hard… And make more money for him.
Lu Ze entered the elevator, while Qin Keke turned and left.
Li Xiao stared viciously at Qin Keke’s back as if she wanted to eat someone. How dare this woman want to seduce the boss’s man!
Just wait and see how she will tear this woman up!
A week later, Lu Ze, under the constant urging of the old soul, took out a plan to make Qin Keke ‘blow up’ and gave it to Li Xiao.
Li Xiao looked at the plan, it really was to stuff her to death with big resources.
This was too much!
Could it be that Chief Lu has an interest in someone else now?
Li Xiao looked at Lu Ze suspiciously, then Lu Ze asked, “In the contract, it is clearly written that the company expenses are deducted from Qin Keke’s income, remember?”
As far as Qin Keke’s 10% income was concerned, would there be anything left after the deduction?
Li Xiao didn’t suspect Lu Ze of cheating anymore; instead, she now suspected that Lu Ze was exacting revenge.
Li Xiao laughed wickedly, who cared what Lu Ze thought.
She was a shameless woman who dared to covet her Lady Boss’s man, simply asking for death!
Li Xiao went back and began to study the plan, then added several exhausting and unprofitable resources for Qin Keke.
Soon, Qin Keke began to work non-stop.
The first show Qin Keke was stuffed into was ‘Can We Survive?’
It was the most-viewed live variety show in the whole network, which was about a six-person – four men, two women – team entering an isolated wilderness to survive.
Qin Keke was a pampered flower. She couldn’t stand this sort of torture, but she also couldn’t get angry and could only suppress it in front of the camera.
And stuffed in along with her using money was the 17-year-old girl who had the same ‘innocent’ image as her, Yuan Yuanyuan.
[E/N: Yuan Yuanyuan name is 原远远, so the last name is a different character.]
The other person cherished the opportunity very much. She was lively and active, sporting a high ponytail. She could catch birds from the trees and fish from the sea, which was simply a five-point poison.
(TNote: Five-point poison= almost equivalent to the 7 deadly sins, saying that she has all the bad qualities. While QKK here means that the other girl Yuan Yuan is deadly to her, because she can do everything better.)
By contrast, if she, Qin Keke, showed any squeamishness or an ugly face at all, she’d be blackened all over the internet once they aired.
So Qin Keke could only grit her teeth.
Then, after the program was broadcasted, Lu Ze called out the old soul and searched out some of her praises, “Look how hard I worked for your wish. I spent 30 million to get your true love into the hottest program on the whole network. Once the program is finished broadcasting, even if she doesn’t become popular, she will still be able to make a name for herself with the audience.”
“Hmph! Keke is so beautiful and smart, how can anyone not like her? She will be popular,” The old original looked full of pride.
Lu Ze just looked at everything with a faint smile and didn’t comment.
He didn’t tell the original owner that the 30 million yuan would be deducted from Qin Keke’s income, and he didn’t tell the original owner that even though Qin Keke had done her best, she was still completely blackened by the internet.
Squeamish, unable to suffer, white lotus, crying at every turn… All sorts of labels were thrown at her at once.
(TNote: ‘white lotus‘ is a term used for a person who ‘appears’ pure, innocent, and untainted. When used online nowadays, it usually implies that this image is faked though.)
However, Yuan Yuanyuan completely got the ‘heroic woman’, ‘cute’, ‘boyfriend-material’, ‘aiming to marry into kind of family’ comments. The popularity was beyond that of Qin Keke by several levels.
Qin Keke had just finished suffering on the island and immediately had to take part in the filming of a costume film.
This was also a project led by Lu Ze’s studio.
Qin Keke played the role of a female assassin, who had no feelings and was just a loyal tool for killing.
Therefore, having a lot of fight scenes and intimidating scenes were inevitable.
She already lost half of her strength on the island, so how can she shoot a fight scene when she was this exhausted?
In desperation, a crying Qin Keke went to find Lan Di. Lan Di indifferently took a glance at her, “If you can’t take some suffering, how would you be able to move up the ladder? You’re a newcomer with no previous work, yet you still want to turn down such an important part as the third female lead?”
“But I can’t bear it… And this female assassin doesn’t have any feelings at all!”
“Oh?” Lan Di chuckled. Who told you to offend Head Li?
She said, “With your acting skills, can you play anything else but facial paralysis? You were given this opportunity to gain experience. If you are tired, then you can leave after paying the contract penalty.”
Never mind the contract, where Qin Keke only received 10% of revenue, the penalty was a solid 80 million.
80 million, even if Qin Keke had the money from her gold masters before, she would barely be able to live after if she had to pay it.
She really didn’t expect the entertainment industry to be so bitter.
Even more unexpected, she was losing money instead of making money.
This was bullying people too much!
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