The Bad Man System Collapse - Chapter 44.1
Qin Keke could tell right away that Yuan Yuanyuan’s dress was a Chanel couture dress, and she immediately felt unwell.
The last time she injured her leg, the company pushed all her scheduled work to Yuan Yuanyuan instead. It was so much work and so tedious, but Yuan Yuanyuan managed to handle it all.
Not only was the program recorded perfectly, but it also won the hearts of the audience.
Then, when she went back to continue recording the program and it was broadcasted, the forums and discussions were filled with highly-popular posts, all telling her to get off the program and to trade places with Yuan Yuanyuan instead.
Since there is already ‘Yu’, why must ‘Liang’ be born?
(TNote: 既生瑜何生亮 [ Jì shēng yú hé shēng liàng] is a saying from ‘The Romance of the Three Kingdoms’ spoken by Zhou Yu while referring to Zhuge Liang, it is a lament of an inferior when two people have similar identities.)
The company already had her who was going the ‘pure image’ route, so why was there another one who was similar yet even younger than her?
Qin Keke was very uncomfortable, especially since at this time, the reporters who were taking pictures of her had unanimously turned their cameras away.
Yuan Yuanyuan smiled and waved to the reporters, then gracefully came up to Qin Keke and asked, “Older Sister Keke, are you waiting for me?”
Older Sister Keke?!
The corners of Qin Keke’s lips twitched. Would this woman die if she didn’t mention her age for once?!
Taking advantage of her young age, she called other people ‘older sister’ every day, poking at other people’s hearts!
Qin Keke scolded in her heart while maintaining the smile on her face, then she let Yuan Yuanyuan take her hand to enter the venue together.
Lu Ze and Meng Zhen were the last to arrive as the Boss and the Lady Boss of the company.
Lu Ze wore a suit that was no different from the ones he wore to the company, while Meng Zhen had a white blazer over a white gauze skirt.
Neither of them was there to engage in business discussions, so they didn’t wear anything too grand.
It was just that the Elizabethan-the-Second-style necklace with 123 small red ruby inlays around Meng Zhen’s neck still made the group of media friends a shock.
Soon the company’s celebration began. First, the host opened the ceremony, then the guests were introduced, followed by the performances of various artists. Finally, the company’s internal awards such as the best model, the best newcomer, and the best popular artist were announced.
Although the internal awards of Lu Ze’s studio didn’t have much in the form of public recognition, they were still physically rewarding.
Each award came with a considerable bonus, which was more than double the income from starring in a TV series.
This was particularly attractive. This was especially the case for the new group of artists that was recently hired, all of whom were still in the training period and had yet to participate in any project. They were all quite poor.
Lu Ze had the Best Popular Artist award be given to Qin Keke.
After all, without her as a black material diva leading the way, other artists wouldn’t be able to debut so smoothly.
When Qin Keke was presented with the award, Lu Ze made a point of letting out the original owner’s soul.
The old soul stared fiercely at Meng Zhen, who was smiling and applauding, but then he immediately hesitated.
Lu Ze locked him in endless darkness most of the time and only released him when it came to Qin Keke’s achievements.
So he hasn’t seen Meng Zhen in a long time.
He stared blankly at Meng Zhen and a sentence flashed through his mind. Gentle as water…
It felt like a slow flowing spring stream in the mountains, very soothing and comforting.
In the past life, he lived in resentment against Meng Zhen and her child. He believed that Meng Zhen also held the same sentiment.
Ever since he forced her to bed and to have a baby, Meng Zhen had been cold to him, like a piece of ice.
He refused to get a divorce and desperately worked project after project to forget Qin Keke, while Meng Zhen lived alone with her child as if he was dead.
When he came back to eat, she would cook and then wash the dishes for him.
But she wouldn’t talk and wouldn’t look at him, instead just treated him as a ghost that occasionally appeared in the house.
Therefore, he hated Meng Zhen even more. She ruined his and Keke’s love, but she didn’t acknowledge that she was wrong. She didn’t kneel down to ask for his forgiveness but hurt him with indifference.
From the time that Meng Zhen became pregnant, he worked desperately until it was some years after his prime when he returned to his family and saw Meng Zhen again. Meng Zhen had gained some weight because of the pregnancy and with no time to exercise due to taking care of the baby, looking at Meng Zhen who was fat as a pig, he felt sick and disgusted.
But now, suddenly, he saw Meng Zhen, who bloomed serenely like an orchid and was as clean and gentle as a clear spring. He was very uncomfortable at this moment.
He couldn’t seem to remember what Meng Zhen was like when he was young anymore.
What was Meng Zhen, who had stayed by his side before he met Qin Keke, like?
Was she the same as this person before him now? With a faint smile on the corners of her mouth and warmth at the corners of her eyes that has yet to be eroded by the years?
After a moment’s silence, Lu Ze reminded him, “Qin Keke has gone up to receive her prize.”
The old soul looked at the stage and instantly abandoned Meng Zhen behind him.
Yes, this was the woman he deeply loved.
Petite, lovely, and as pure as a gardenia.
The older original was proudly following the others in applause, obsessively waving his hands along with Qin Keke’s singing.
When he heard the words ‘Most Popular Artist’, his heart burst into excitement.
Was his Keke this good now?
Wasn’t it just a matter of time before she could climb to the top of the entertainment pyramid?
His Keke… Keke was finally living her dream.
He still remembered when Keke had just confessed to him, she snuggled up to his chest in the snow-white bed of the hotel and told him that her dream was to be an actor and climb to the top of the pyramid of the entertainment circle. So that, even decades after her death, people would still call her a magnificent woman in the records of time and space.
Although, for now, she was only just ‘most popular’, she has already completed two TV series. If she maintained her popularity, she won’t be short of television and film opportunities in the future.
The old soul murmured, “Congratulations, Keke.”
Lu Ze: “…”
What’s with this self-satisfied tone of voice?
Soon, the awards were over and everyone took their seats for dinner. Because Meng Zhen hadn’t recovered from her cold, Lu Ze had the driver to send her back first.
The table where Qin Keke was seated was specially arranged to seat a few of the most promising artists, alongside all the big names in the business. It wasn’t designed to facilitate transactions between these people and the bosses but just for them to mingle, so at least, maybe, the bosses would remember them in the future.
Of course, at this table was also Chief Feng from Fengkai Advertising and Chief Xu, the boss of Qin Keke’s former Taiwanese model agency.
One was Qin Keke’s first gold master while the other was Qin Keke’s previous gold master.
So the two people were somewhat surprised when they saw Qin Keke.
After all, Lu Ze’s studio’s artists had a very strict background check before signing the contract, and since their studio was not lacking in money, there was no need for them to do any shady business activities.
It was a miracle that Qin Keke could get in.
But Qin Keke was unaware of this.
Lu Ze quietly watched the table, while the old soul looked at Qin Keke almost greedily.
This dinner was a Chinese-styled banquet, and after dinner, there would be some socializing. It was common to chat or play cards.
Lu Ze tidied up his clothes and walked past Qin Keke.
As he passed by, he gave Qin Keke a faint glance, a look that was a little exploratory and amused, a look that Qin Keke was very familiar with.
Her mouth slightly hooked up, and she took the bait.
She was dressed rather plainly in her first two meetings with Lu Ze. Today, she had perfect makeup and a groundbreaking dress. Men, it takes a contrasting shock to get their attention…
Qin Keke was determined to follow Lu Ze to the balcony.
Standing on the balcony, looking out into the distance, the sunset on the horizon was infinite with a touch of sadness.
In the dusky evening light, Lu Ze stood quietly, his deep eyes looked into the distance as if penetrating time.
Qin Keke had to sigh, this man was really charming.
Unfortunately, although he was rich, he was not a magnate.
There was a big difference between being a real magnate and having money.
Behind the gentry, there was power.
Having power was always greater than having money.
Qin Keke smiled and asked, “Chief Lu, what are you looking at?”
Lu Ze retracted his gaze and, under the gaze of the old soul, his attitude towards Qin Keke was much milder, “Why are you here?”
It was completely unlike the cold and disgusted tone he had when she slipped last time. Qin Keke felt a little flattered.
However, she quickly adjusted her state. She looked at the sunset in the distance and sighed, “It looks so sad. It’s like falling in love with someone who will never be available.”
As she spoke, she looked at Lu Ze with an expression of sadness and expectation. Then she asked a final, sorrowful question, “Chief Lu, have you ever had someone you love but couldn’t get?”
She looked like a deep-rooted love-stricken woman.
The old soul shouted crazily, “Keke! Keke, I love you! I love you! You wouldn’t be unable to get me!”
He seemed to remember the confession by the river again when Keke also looked at him with such expectation and sad eyes.
She knew that he loved her too, and had hoped that he would give her an answer.
He had the feeling for a long time already as well.
But he was just too cowardly.
Lu Ze shook his fist, and the goosebumps dispelled a little. He couldn’t help but want to vomit inside. Were these two starring in a bitter drama?
Lu Ze looked meaningfully at Qin Keke, reached out, and touched her hair on the side, “It’s a mess.”
Qin Keke bowed her head shyly.
Speculating that it was about time, Lu Ze smiled faintly, “No. Miss Qin, I’d like to be left alone for a bit.”
Icy, relentless, as if his gentle tone just now was only an illusion.
Qin Keke was inevitably frustrated, her eyes reddened, and she turned to leave with a wounded look.
Lu Ze stood behind her looking at her with a look that regarded her as prey.
Chief Xu, who had been secretly observing, misunderstood.
Chief Xu felt that men understood men the best, so he certainly understood the intention within Lu Ze’s eyes better.
What kind of woman could be a man’s prey?
It was an object and not a person.
Chief Xu smiled. No wonder Qin Keke with her background could actually make it into Lu Ze’s studio. No wonder the company was willing to throw so much money at Qin Keke…
Speaking of which, Qin Keke was quite capable.
Among his countless little lovers, Qin Keke was also the only one who had been with him for the longest time yet could still walk away the cleanest.
No wonder it aroused Lu Ze’s urge to hunt.
Centinni is translating this novel.