Translator: EndlessFantasy Translation Editor: EndlessFantasy Translation
&x201C;Alright, I will remember not to show too much love and affection in front of my brother because my brother is still single and alone!&x201D;
&x201C;You can both chat first. I will go upstairs to change out of my suit,&x201D; Lu Jingzhi said as he smiled and released Jiang Yuning from his embrace. He then strode upstairs to the bedroom located on the second floor.
&x201C;Brother&x2026;Guangying Media called me to inform me that I am eligible to participate in the second audition tomorrow.&x201D; As soon as Lu Jingzhi left them, Jiang Yuning quickly reached out her hands and held tightly onto Ku Jie&x2019;s arm.
&x201C;I have already heard about it on the way to the villa,&x201D; Ku Jie replied as he patted her gently on her head.
&x201C;However, the earliest version of the news that I received was not this,&x201D; Ku Jie said as he sat down on the sofa. &x201C;The first piece of news that I had received was that Guangying Media had decided not to cast you, but to simply brush you aside.&x201D;
&x201C;Really?&x201D; Jiang Yuning replied. &x201C;Then, was it because of uncle?&x201D;
&x201C;Huh?&x201D; Ku Jie did not understand what Jiang Yuning meant.
&x201C;Well&x2026;the chairman of Guangying Media is none other than second brother&x2019;s uncle,&x201D; Jiang Yuning explained. &x201C;From the looks of it, he must have intervened to give me the chance to attend the second interview. Although I am really touched, I am still disappointed because I thought that I could have done it based on my own ability.&x201D;
&x201C;You did do it on your own ability,&x201D; Lu Jingzhi who was now dressed in casual wear said as he strode down the stairs. &x201C;Uncle called me earlier to let me know that you have passed the first audition and that you are eligible for the second.&x201D;
&x201C;Brother told me that I was not considered for the role and that I was brushed aside initially&x2026;&x201D;
&x201C;That was due to other reasons and not because of your performance during the audition,&x201D; Lu Jingzhi said as he sat down on the sofa. At this time, both Ku Jie and Lu Jingzhi were staring at Jiang Yuning. &x201C;Uncle had also asked his person in charge to investigate why the news of you participating in the audition was deliberately leaked out.&x201D;
&x201C;All I know is that if uncle did not have my back, I would not have had any chance at all,&x201D; Jiang Yuning said as she sighed. Ever since her debut, whenever she was about to do something, regardless of whether it was good or bad, news about her would be magnified and shared all over the internet. It seemed as though there was a large number of people who hated her and was eagerly waiting for her to fail.
&x201C;Actually, the reason I am here today is to discuss this matter. Since you have already escaped from having to marry into the Lu family, there is no longer any need to release any more negative materials to avoid the marriage contract with the Lu family,&x201D; Ku Jie said. However, as soon as he said this, Lu Jingzhi stared at Jiang Yuning immediately.
What did he mean by the marriage contract with the Lu family?
The fact was that Lu Zongye was in fact not a Lu family member and since Jiang Yuning was in a relationship with him, she would eventually become a member of the Lu family.
&x201C;I mean, if you intend to stay in the entertainment industry for a long time, you should not be depending on anyone else then, because you would never know when you might lose that backing. You should depend on your own ability. Show everyone your true nature and sharpen up your skills to show people the talent that you actually possess. All these things have to be done in order to fundamentally change the public&x2019;s perception of you,&x201D; Ku Jie patiently explained. &x201C;There is nothing wrong with your attitude and since that person has your back now, you should be able to do well from now on.&x201D;
The person that Ku Jie was referring to was none other than Lu Jingzhi.
&x201C;Brother, why don&x2019;t you just stop being a paparazzo. In future, you do not need to work so hard to protect me anymore&x2026;&x201D; Jiang Yuning suddenly proposed. &x201C;You could live a totally different life.&x201D;
&x201C;No, thank you. I like money.&x201D; Ku Jie rejected her proposal immediately.
Jiang Yuning was left speechless.
&x201C;You should be well-prepared for the second audition with Guangying Media tomorrow. If you manage to get into Guangying Media in the end, your life will change completely and your road to stardom would also be a lot easier. I remember that you used to learn music when you were younger. Although you only had beginner lessons, this is something that you should continue learning since you have the talent for it. I, on the other hand, will continue working on X Society so that I can keep getting richer.&x201D;
&x201C;Are you really that short of money right now?&x201D; Jiang Yuning asked as she stared at Ku Jie.
Ku Jie was definitely not short of money. As the leader of X Society and the community of paparazzi, he was loaded because every piece of information that he sold was worth a lot. He had countless amount of materials to expose all the different artistes, but Ku Jie would not usually release those materials so easily. He was only merciless when it came to matters involving Jiang Yuning.
&x201C;You could already be considered part of the Lu family now. Eventually, I will be the only one remaining in the Jiang family,&x201D; Ku Jie replied.
Jiang Yuning was perfect in every aspect, but she was hopeless when it came to romance.
&x201C;Well, I have already said all that I want to say. I have an appointment later, so I will not be staying for dinner. If I continue staying here, your lover will keep staring at me like an X-ray machine,&x201D; Ku Jie said as he got up from the sofa and started walking towards the front door.
&x201C;Brother, get a sister-in-law for me soon!&x201D; Jiang Yuning shouted at her brother who was walking away.
Ku Jie ignored her words completely and merely waved his hand at both of them before leaving the villa.
Lu Jingzhi walked up to Jiang Yuning and wrapped his arms around her as he hugged her tightly from the back. &x201C;I guess that is alright then.&x201D;
&x201C;What is alright?&x201D;
&x201C;Fortunately, you had your brother by your side and you were never completely alone.&x201D; Lu Jingzhi turned her around and kissed her on her lips. &x201C;Fortunately, you were not alone during the most difficult years of your life. You had someone to accompany you and confide in during those times. Although I am jealous that I was not the one by your side&x2026;but right now, I am still extremely grateful that you had your brother with you.&x201D;
Jiang Yuning placed her arms around Lu Jingzhi&x2019;s neck as she smiled at him. &x201C;Even though I am in a dark place right now, I am so lucky that I am still shining so brightly. Second brother, can you help me to act out my script tonight?&x201D;
&x201C;Do I have a choice?&x201D; Lu Jingzhi whispered.
&x201C;What kind of choice?&x201D;
&x201C;For instance, maybe we can practice a bed scene?&x201D; Lu Jingzhi then kissed Jiang Yuning gently behind her ears.
Jiang Yuning started blushing as soon as she heard those words. &x201C;I have been filming for so many years but I have never filmed any intimate bed scenes before.&x201D;
&x201C;You are not allowed to film any in the future either. If you want to shoot any intimate bed scenes&x2026;you can shoot it with me,&x201D; Lu Jingzhi said as he carried Jiang Yuning up in his arms and walked to the bedroom on the second floor.
Jiang Yuning buried her face in Lu Jingzhi&x2019;s chest. In fact, she was eager as the both of them had just gotten intimate recently and she was still addicted to that feeling.
After making out in the bathroom for a while, Jiang Yuning pulled Lu Jingzhi out of the bathroom and said, &x201C;I could not bring out any emotion when I tried practicing in front of the mirror last night. I need you to help me out tonight.&x201D;
Lu Jingzhi had just taken a shower with her and he only had a black bathrobe covering him at that moment. His wet and messy hair hung over his forehead and it only accentuated his well-defined facial features. Although it was nothing uncommon for him, Jiang Yuning was still obsessed with how he looked.
She was about to have a nose bleed.
&x201C;You will read and act out Siao Yang&x2019;s lines for me. I have already marked it out,&x201D; Jiang Yuning said to Lu Jingzhi. Even if she had to suffer a nose bleed from looking at him, she would have to risk it because she really needed to practice for the second audition tomorrow.
Lu Jingzhi took the script from Jiang Yuning&x2019;s hand and looked at the sections that she had marked separately. He frowned as soon as he read the script because Siao Yang&x2019;s attitude towards Qin Tong was cold and bitter, and he never had anything nice to say to her.
&x201C;Qin Tong, I do not have any feelings for you. You&x2026;&x201D;
Lu Jingzhi did not continue speaking, but he was stunned as he looked at the second part of the sentence.
&x201C;What is wrong?&x201D; Jiang Yuning asked as she sat on the bed with her legs crossed as she stared at Lu Jingzhi.
&x201C;I can&x2019;t bring myself to say it&x2026;&x201D; Lu Jingzhi replied quietly.
&x201C;Are you embarrassed to say it?&x201D; Jiang Yuning asked.
Lu Jingzhi did not answer but merely reached out his hand and pulled Jiang Yuning into his embrace. He hugged her tightly without saying a single word.
He never wanted to say such heartless words to her ever, even if she were to hurt him one day.
&x201C;Forget it then. We can just skip this part. After all, I already know how it feels like to love someone without getting anything in return,&x201D; Jiang Yuning sighed as she threw the script aside. &x201C;The more I think about it, the more terrible I feel. In fact, I feel as though I am perfect for the role of Qin Tong. After all, I know what it feels like to be rejected, either by my father or my lover.&x201D;
Lu Jingzhi continued hugging Jiang Yuning tightly as he breathed heavily onto her body. After a few seconds, Jiang Yuning suddenly grabbed the script and raised her brow as she looked at Lu Jingzhi. &x201C;Well, since you do not want to play my lover&x2026;then how about you take the role of my father then? Hahaha&x2026;&x201D;