&x201C;That would be easy. It does not require me to specially make a personal trip over to Xiya Hotel. I can just settle it with a phone call,&x201D; Vera replied as she took her cell phone out from her purse and waved it in front of Jiang Yuning. &x201C;This is such a small matter. To think that I&x2019;ve actually made so many trips to Xiya Hotel just so that they would give in and accept her as one of the guests for the variety program. They will definitely be celebrating now since they did not want to offer her the spot in the first place.&x201D;
After that, Vera clicked on the dial button immediately.
At this time, An Yiqing quickly pointed a finger at Vera before she said, &x201C;I have already signed the employment contract with the production group. If you ask them to pull out now, this will be a breach of contract!&x201D;
&x201C;I can afford to pay that small amount of money,&x201D; Jiang Yuning replied as she stared at An Yiqing. &x201C;Moreover, do you think that the production team will choose to replace you or to retain Xiya Hotel as their biggest sponsor?&x201D;
After listening to Jiang Yuning&x2019;s words, An Yiqing&x2019;s face turned pale immediately. &x201C;Jiang Yuning! Don&x2019;t push me to a dead end!&x201D;
&x201C;So what if I do&x2026;?&x201D; Jiang Yuning replied coldly.
Even though An Yiqing was very reluctant to do so, she eventually knelt down in front of Jiang Yuning before she started begging her desperately. &x201C;Sister Yuning, please just give me a way out this time. I only did that because I was coerced into doing so by Sister Hua Xin. You know how terrible my life would be if I refused to cooperate with her. I had not choice but to do so. Please believe me. I will not do it again. Please let me off and give me one last chance. I promise that I will always be grateful to you.&x201D;
Jiang Yuning reached out her hand and lifted An Yiqing&x2019;s chin up as she looked right back into her watery eyes. &x201C;Then, why don&x2019;t you tell me&x2026;what you are doing with your cell phone now?&x201D;
Jiang Yuning stared at the cell phone that An Yiqing was holding in her hand.
Vera sneered before she stepped forward and grabbed the cell phone from An Yiqing&x2019;s hand. After deleting the recording, Vera threw An Yiqing&x2019;s cell phone on the ground in front of her.
&x201C;Don&x2019;t try to be a smart ass in front of Yuning. You will never be qualified enough to compete with her.&x201D;
An Yiqing looked at the cell phone on the ground before she finally collapsed on the ground, feeling completely defeated.
&x201C;An Yiqing, you have selected the wrong opponent to deal with&x2026;I have given you a few chances but I realize now that some people are just too stubborn and evil for their own good. What are you hoping to take from me?&x201D;
&x201C;You have so many good resources allocated to you. Director Shen has already given all the resources in this company to you!&x201D;
&x201C;I got those resources based on my own abilities. You have not experienced hell before, so you do not know what it feels like to be in hell.&x201D; After that, Jiang Yuning took off her suit jacket and exposed the scars on her shoulders to An Yiqing. &x201C;Those resources that you are pining for, those resources that you are feeling envious of&x2026;I was burned by cigarette butts on my skin just for those so-called resources. Can you even imagine how much it hurts and do you even know what it smells like when your skin is burning?&x201D;
When An Yiqing looked at the scars on Jiang Yuning&x2019;s body, she subconsciously placed her hand over her shoulders. She could already imagine how torturous and painful it must have felt to be burnt like that.
&x201C;Do you understand how it feels like to be hated by the whole country and getting scolded, and criticized even when you are not doing anything? Do you know what despair is?&x201D;
&x201C;You are a new artiste and you have not even experienced any hardships in this industry yet. Who do you think you are? Why do you think that those resources should be given to you? Just because you graduated from an acting academy?&x201D;
&x201C;An Yiqing, if you think that you will be able to succeed in your career by doing things like this, then let me advise you right now&x2014;stop dreaming already!&x201D;
&x201C;You want those resources? Sure, I can give them to you, but do you really think that you would be able to secure the deal based on your own abilities?&x201D;
&x201C;An Yiqing, I will not give you the spot in the variety program anymore because I have already shown you my kindness by giving you a chance. Not only did you throw that chance away, but you even tested my patience time and time again. I am telling you now that I will not deal with you, I will not take any revenge, and I will not ask you to leave Guangying Media because I am not like Hua Xin. However, I would advise you to remember that I have never been afraid of anyone. If you think that you have the strength and capability to continue fighting me, then go ahead. I will fight you to the end.&x201D;
After that, Jiang Yuning stood up from the sofa before she instructed Vera, &x201C;Withdraw her name from the guest list in the variety program and I want my name to be removed from all of her propagandas.&x201D;
&x201C;Aren&x2019;t you afraid that she would try to get back at you?&x201D; Vera raised her eyebrows as she asked Jiang Yuning.
Vera was surprised that Jiang Yuning was letting An Yiqing off so easily.
This was not her style.
&x201C;If she wants to continue testing my patience, then she can feel free to do whatever she wants to,&x201D; Jiang Yuning replied as she put on her suit jacket. At this time, there was a cynical look on Jiang Yuning&x2019;s face as she said, &x201C;Moreover, this appetizer is really too boring for me. I am starving. I want to eat&x2026;the full meal.&x201D;
The full meal&x2026;was none other than Hua Xin.
After Jiang Yuning left Shen Yichen&x2019;s office together with Vera, An Yiqing was still sitting on the cold floor as she sobbed. At this time, Shen Yichen entered his office and slowly walked in front of An Yiqing.
&x201C;An Yiqing, as an artiste in the entertainment industry, do you know what our biggest taboo is?&x201D; Shen Yichen asked as he squatted in front of An Yiqing.
An Yiqing looked at Shen Yichen with a blank look on her face as she shook her head.
&x201C;Then, do you know what the difference between you and Jiang Yuning is?&x201D; Shen Yichen asked once again.
An Yiqing lowered her head and closed her eyes this time.
&x201C;What you are hoping to get&x2026;will never be yours in the first place. Jiang Yuning on the other hand&x2026;she is always pursuing her own dreams and fighting to carve her own unique career path.&x201D; After he spoke, Shen Yichen stood up and walked towards his desk before he picked up a huge stack of resources in his hand and placed them in front of An Yiqing. &x201C;I did not arrange for all of these resources to be given to Jiang Yuning. In fact, Jiang Yuning was the one who had secured all of these resources for the company because in each and every one of these proposals, there is a specific requirement, which is a clause stating that the clients would only be willing to work with Jiang Yuning.&x201D;
&x201C;An Yiqing, where is your pride?&x201D;
An Yiqing looked through the proposals and contracts that Shen Yichen had placed in front of her and she realized that these were the contracts that Vera had already rejected on behalf of Jiang Yuning. Moreover, Shen Yichen was not lying to her. There was indeed an express term stating that the clients would only work with Guangying Media if Jiang Yuning was the artiste allocated to that resource.
At this time, An Yiqing finally felt the depths of Jiang Yuning&x2019;s scars.
Jiang Yuning&x2019;s words were deeply engraved in An Yiqing&x2019;s mind.
&x201C;If you really want to continue being an actress in the entertainment industry, then you have to be humbler and more down-to-earth. However, if you continue to provoke Jiang Yuning, then no one will be able to protect you anymore. I am not implying that there is someone backing her up, but I am telling you that you will never be as smart or witty as Jiang Yuning.&x201D; After that, Shen Yichen picked up the stack of proposals before he sat down on his chair. &x201C;Go and do some self-reflection after washing your face.&x201D;
When An Yiqing stepped out of Shen Yichen&x2019;s office twenty five minutes later, Lin Xuan quickly pulled her to a corner.
An Yiqing looked at Lin Xuan with a sad expression on her face. &x201C;Brother Xuan, you have always been the agent managing me ever since I joined Guangying Media, right?&x201D;
&x201C;I remember everything. You were the one who did not allow me to befriend anyone and you were also the one who taught me to look down on Jiang Yuning. I really want to know&x2026;why do you look down on Jiang Yuning? You told me that Jiang Yuning has no acting skills and she is nothing but a worm in Guangying Media&x2026;but you know what? I really feel like scolding you and losing my temper at you right now. You think that you are so smart but in fact, in everyone&x2019;s eyes, you are nothing more than a sad little man. You actually thought that I could even compete against Jiang Yuning. Hahaha&x2026;&x201D;
After that, An Yiqing pushed Lin Xuan away before she ran out of Guangying Media.
This was how it was ending for her.
Before An Yiqing left Shen Yichen&x2019;s office, she had taken the initiative to terminate her employment contract with Guangying Media&x2026;
That was the last that they would see of her. And all she felt was&x2026;shame.