C22—– Cast Benefits

 

The custom in B City was to go visit relatives on the first day of the New Year, Lu Wenxing was awakened by the sound of his rooster alarm at less than 7:30, and got up from bed using his instincts.

 

 

After he caught the troublemaking ‘little rooster’, Xie Chengfei opened the door to his room with a chicken’s nest hair, apparently he, like Lu Wenxing, was suffering from the ‘little rooster’ torment.

 

 

“I’m too stupid, really.”

 

Xie Chengfei rubbed his eyes with a sad expression. “I thought as long as I had a holiday, I could wake up naturally.”

 

Ms. Lu sat calmly in the dining room, hearing the door open, she knew that the two were up and she shouted towards them.

 

“You two, get ready and come eat breakfast in ten minutes.”

 

 

Lu Wenxing and Xie Chengfei looked at each other, turned around and ran towards the bathroom, they pulled and pushed each other to get to the bathroom first.

 

Ten minutes later.

 

The two of them sat in front of the dinner table, and the family of four were quiet until Lu Xiaofei spoke, “Let’s eat breakfast.”

 

Xie Nian put peanut soup in each of their bowls, Lu Xiaofei gave them a doughnut and sesame balls.

 

 

“There are still dumplings in the pot.”

 

 

“Later, Mr. Xie will stay home to greet the guests, and Xingxing and Chengcheng will go with me to pay respects.”

 

“Yes, Ms. Lu.”

 

“Yes, Ms. Lu.”

 

 

Xie Chengfei raised his hand and patter Lu Wenxing, who put down the dishes in his hand and responded half-heartedly.

 

“Yes, Ms. Lu.”

 

A lot of people in the small town of B-City went out to work and only came home during the New Year holidays, usually the middle-aged and elderly were the majority, so the New Year was the liveliest time in the town every year.

 

 

“I really didn’t expect that Lu Xiaofei’s life would be so good, she married a husband with little ability, but she found a son who became a big star.”

 

“Really, do you remember how poor Lu Xiaofei’s family was before? They lived in a small ramshackle house, now they own a small building, that adopted son is really capable.”

 

 

“When Xie Nian fished the child out of the river, he was five or six years old, he didn’t speak or react to people. There are people who advised Lu Xiaofei to send him to the orphanage. Lu Xiaofei was too kind-hearted and couldn’t bear to send him away.”

 

 

“Where? I heard that the child stayed at their home and refused to leave. Before, Lu Xiaofei was sick every time, and Xie Nian ran back and forth from the hospital to his house, and then there was this adopted son, he was responsible for taking care of Xie Chengfei.”

 

 

“How can it be said that Lu Xiaofei adopted a child? she simply picked up a nanny.”

 

“When I used to go to my boy’s parent-teacher conference, I always saw Lu Wenxing attending for Xie Chengfei and sitting in the class like a half-grown child, a small adult.”

 

 

“In the past, the adopted son was a nanny, but now he has become a big star and has to be held by the whole family.”

 

 

Lu Xiaofei stood at the gate of the yard with a dark expression. She had just come out of the yard next door and was walking to the gate of the yard when she heard them. She didn’t even want to pay a new year’s greeting now. If she hadn’t had a good temper, she would have rushed to the street to scold them.

 

Lu Wenxing pulled Lu Xiaofei. “Mom, don’t mind them.”

 

Lu Wenxing pulled Lu Xiaofei, “Mom, it’s the New Year, why do you care about them?”

 

 

“They’re older, and their children aren’t around, except gossiping, they have nothing else to do.” Xie Chengfei continued. “They just can’t get used to seeing our family get better and better, they’re jealous.”

 

“Go, go, let’s go to the next family.”

 

 

On this point, Xie Chengfei and Lu Wenxing reached a consensus, “The dog is barking at you, must you bark at the dog?”

 

 

Lu Wenxing didn’t quite agree with this analogy, “What’s wrong with dogs? Dogs are so cute.”

 

“Exactly.” Lu Xiaofei nodded indignantly, “When your little uncle’s dog has pups after the year, I’ll take two of them back to raise.”

 

 

Lu Wenxing and Xie Chengfei only wanted to pull Lu Xiaofei away, no matter what Lu Xiaofei said, they went along with her, “Don’t be angry, let’s go to Aunt Hua’s house.”

 

Before entering the courtyard door, they heard the lively laughter inside, people visiting relatives crashed together, a large group of people stood in the courtyard, while the owner of the courtyard moved stools.

 

 

“Xiao Fei is here, come in.”

 

“Happy New Year!”

 

“Happy New Year!”

 

“Ah! It’s really Lu Wenxing!!!”

 

“F*ck! I can’t believe I’m celebrating New Year with Lu Wenxing?”

 

“I was reluctant when my mom told me to go out in the morning, thanks to my mom not giving up on waking me up and pushing me to get my makeup done.”

 

“Wenxing, Wenxing.”

 

As soon as Lu Wenxing entered, several girls who came with their parents to pay their respects crowded them, “Happy New Year, auntie!”

 

Lu Xiaofei smiled, “Happy New Year!”

 

The girls then turned to Xie Chengfei, “Happy New Year, brother!”

 

“Happy New Year!” Xie Qingfei responded, but in his heart he was thinking ‘who is your brother’.

“Wenxing, ahhhhhhhh!” The girl excitedly covered her mouth, “I didn’t think you’d look better in person than on TV! You have great skin! Can I have your autograph? What kind of skin care products do you usually use?”

 

Lu Wenxing almost couldn’t resist this enthusiastic attack, “Happy New Year!”

 

 

The girl turned to her companion, “Oh my god, I heard Wenxing wish me a New Year’s greeting in person? And face to face. This is even better than my parents giving me New Year’s money!”

 

“I, I don’t have any paper or pen with me, can you wait for me to go back and get it, Wenxing?”

 

“We have them at home!”

 

The host saw several girls all gathered around Lu Wenxing, and smiled from ear to ear, “This New Year’s Eve is so lively.”

 

Meanwhile, the threshold of the Xie family was almost stepped on.

 

Xie Nian never thought that this year there would be so many people coming to the door to pay respect, or dragging their families, the courtyard could barely contain them.

 

“Xie Nian, is your eldest son here?”

 

“Yes, yes! My daughter is his fan, she didn’t make it home for New Year’s Eve this year, I want to mail her a signed photo for her as a New Year’s gift.”

 

“No, he’s not home, he went out to pay his respects.”

 

“What?” The person who heard this directly froze, and then asked, “When did he go out?”

 

“He went out at eight o’clock.” Xie Nian smilingly replied.

 

 

“Wait! Calculate the time, at this point he may be close to my house? So!!! Wenxing went to my house to pay me a visit?”

 

 

“Cr-ap! There is such a good thing!”

 

“Why are you still standing here? Let’s go home and wait for Wenxing!”

 

“Happy New Year, Uncle! Bye uncle.”

 

Several girls and Xie Nian paid their respects, then all of them rushed to their homes in a flash, afraid that they missed the opportunity to get up close and personal with Lu Wenxing.

 

“Hey! This child…”

 

 

Amused, the girl’s mother pointed to the direction of several girls running away.

 

“It’s no harm, just let them go.”

 

“If I wasn’t worried about being laughed at, I’d want to go see him too.”

 

****

 

After the Spring Festival, there were still two weeks before school started, but Xie Chengfei as a senior had to go back to school early to make up for it, and Lu Wenxing naturally went back to C City with him.

 

While he wasn’t busy during this time, Lu Wenxing wanted to check out the house first.

 

His savings wasn’t much, the house prices in C city was high, and he could make a down payment of 30%, Lu Wenxing weighed the pros and cons, and decided to buy a house on mortgage.

 

 

There were subsidies and concessions for college students to buy a house, and the down payment for a house was only 20 percent.

 

After seven or eight consecutive trips to the sales department, when Lu Wenxing saw sandbox models and model homes, he almost wanted to vomit. Finally, after a week of tossing and turning, he found the desired home and immediately made a down payment.

 

After letting the agent find a small two-room near the high school Xie Chengfei studied, he wanted to wait for the start of the school year and move here with Xie Chengfei, to create a more quiet learning environment for him.

 

After a busy day of running around, Lu Wenxing didn’t have time to relax until 7pm.

 

He received WeChat messages from Gu Yanshen and Song Jiajia.

 

【.] Today “Hundred Ghosts” begins.

 

With a photo taken of the opening ceremony.

 

 

[Song minus minus] Wenxing, when did you audition for “Hundred Ghosts”? Why didn’t you tell me?

 

[Song Minus] Huh! If Shen hadn’t told me, I wouldn’t have known.

 

[ET] I want to give Sister Jiajia a surprise

 

[ET] Cat probe.jpg

 

[song Jianjian] You’re such a sweet talker

 

After Lu Wenxing texted Song Jiajia, he responded to Gu Yanshen.

 

[ET] Director Wang informed me that my scenes will start next week.

 

 

[ET] Well, the airport is far from the film city, you can have the crew’s car pick you up.

 

[ET] Okay, thank you Mr. Gu.

 

[ET] Cat-like thanks.jpg

 

【. 】 You like cats very much?

 

[ET] My dream is to have both cats and dogs

 

 

【. 】 Then why don’t you own one?

 

[ET] School doesn’t allow pets

 

Then Gu Yanshen didn’t respond, Lu Wenxing also didn’t care, he just thought he was busy.

 

The agreement for the new house had been signed, while there was still time, he had to hire a housekeeper to clean up the house.

 

 

The next day, his properties in the dormitory were moved to the new home, and he gave another key to Xie Chengfei..

 

The rest of the time, Lu Wenxing read the original novel. He even read the script repeatedly, he not only memorized the lines, he also included the mood and emotions, recently every night before going to bed, he would take out the script and look through it.

 

 

His time these days was basically spent on understanding the script and character biographies. He pulled out the character biographies he wrote when he was reading the novel before and compared them, and after rereading them a few times, he made new discoveries, information that was previously left out.

 

 

He had to make sure his own progress was smooth, first because he didn’t want to slow down the crew, and second because he had to finish his part at the end of the variety show.

 

What Lu Wenxing didn’t expect was that the day before he entered the group, he was in the hot search.

 

#LuWenXing uses capital to enter the group #

 

 

When he saw this hot search, Lu Wenxing guessed that it wasn’t good news, so he clicked in and he was right.

 

 

A blogger named [Soul of Gossip] sent out a long Weibo post, revealing between the lines the news that Lu Wenxing had joined the group with capital, and also revealed that Le Hanfei and Lu Wenxing auditioned for the cast of “Hundred Ghosts”, with several pictures to show that the source of the news was accurate.

 

 

After that, the blogger analyzed Le Hanfei’s progress and efforts over the past few years, praised Le Hanfei’s acting skills, and took out the awards that Le Hanfei had won, first praising him, and then being indignant about Le Hanfei losing the role.

 

 

Then, he pulled Lu Wenxing out as a comparison, directly pointing out that Lu Wenxing hadn’t had any notable works for several years after his debut, saying that his acting skills wete unknown, but newcomers who hadn’t received any drama were by default without acting skills and highlights.

 

 

After the two comparisons, the picture of Lu Wenxing coming out from a luxury car was put out, implicitly expressing that Lu Wenxing might be backed by someone.

 

The blogger’s words didn’t belittle or directly denigrate Lu Wenxing, but the words revealed this meaning.

 

The comment section was also flooded with a large wave of water army, disguised as fans of Lu Wenxing, performing a large deflowering scene.

 

 

[Thought this brother was refreshingly clean, I didn’t think him to be so disgusting. I’m no longer his fan.]

 

 

[ I also thought that Lu Wenxing and those who rely on scandals to rise to the top are different, but it turns out that they are all one hill. It’s all just a showcase for a persona.]

 

[The day of the audition, Lu Wenxing got off from the passenger side, I don’t know which old man was sitting in the driver’s seat]

 

 

[I don’t judge the play of the rich people with capital entering a cast, but replacing the role that has been set is really disgusting].

 

However, the strange thing was….

 

.Le Hanfei’s fans didn’t launch an offensive, instead they flocked to this Weibo page, asking what was going on.

 

 

Things got worse and worse, and there were already netizens diving into Lu Wenxing’s Weibo, posting insults under his Weibo, which hadn’t been updated in a long time, as well as telling Lu Wenxing to get out of the entertainment industry.

 

 

The fans of Lu Wenxing also didn’t go down to fight, the fan group administrator advised the fans to be sensible admnd confident.

 

 

[Why didn’t the fans of Le Hanfei and Lu Wenxing show up when the topic was torn like this? I have a feeling that something is not right]

 

 

[I also think so, upstairs, the two main people didn’t appear, it can’t be that someone is acting maliciously, right?]

 

[Lu Wenxing is too weak to come out.]

 

[Lu Wenxing’s Weibo page is like a zombie account, and it hasn’t been updated much. He probably doesn’t know about this at all]

 

[Even if he doesn’t know. His agent should clarify it for him. Does the company not do public relations?]

 

[It’s true that he used money to enter the group, and it’s also true that he took someone’s role. Lu Wenxing is being taken care of and eaten by a big man]

 

And netizens formed a team to rush into the official page of Mang Cheng Entertainment, accusing its artists of bad and disgusting behavior, asking them get out of the entertainment circle, and scolding the company.

 

After 11 o clock, Mang Cheng entertainment officials posted a clarification.

 

[Mangcheng official v] In January this year, our company peacefully terminated the contract with Mr. Lu Wenxing. Any behavior of Mr. Lu Wenxing has nothing to do with our company. If there is any further slander against our company, the public relations department will receive the confirmation and appeal.]

 

Attached to it was the termination statement and the termination contract.

 

This was the fastest statement issued by Mang Cheng Entertainment!

 

 

[ Suddenly the senses of Mang Cheng Entertainment has risen!]

 

[Mang Cheng artists were rubbing off on the heat everywhere, it makes me angry to see the termination statement now, doesn’t it mean that Lu Wenxing ended his contract? And, Lu Wenxing participated in the variety show after the termination!]

 

[Blind student, you’ve found the point! Lu Wenxing definitely has a backer, the program team received money before shoving Lu Wenxing to Gu Yanshan]

 

[Crazy? The team is begging for Emperor Gu to be on the show, how dare they give him someone to manage?]

 

 

[Didn’t you notice that other artists are calling out ‘Emperor Gu’, but only Lu Wenxing is calling out to Mr. Gu. Is it that Emperor Gu doesn’t allow Lu Wenxing to call him that?

 

 

Lu Wenxing was silent as he read the Weibo comments.

 

He hesitated and clicked into the cast group chat, even if he didn’t care about this, he was afraid that he would affect the drama’s reputation.

 

Lu Wenxing wrote and deleted his texts on the screen. Before he sent it, he received a friend request.

 

——From Le Hanfei.

Lu Wenxing was a little surprised. After he accepted it, Le Hanfei sent a message.

 

 

[Music is not Le] Wenxing, hello.

 

[Music is not Le] Don’t reply to the comments. My agent is already contacting the public relations department. When we find the person who controlled the review and bought the water army, we will clarify together.

 

[Music is not Le] It seems to be aimed at you, but it should be aimed at me, it’s affecting you, sorry.

 

[ET] It’s okay

 

Lu Wenxing didn’t expect Le Hanfei to send him a message on WeChat to explain, but this matter was certainly not related to Le Hanfei, because ……

 

 

The new role he got was much more than Mo Xu’s, and he could follow the whole process, unlike Lu Wenxing, who would come into the group later.

 

 

The new role was Mo Xu’s senior brother, a very powerful and mysterious role, plus it had the brother control setting, this role was certain to capture most of the fan girls, for the rising Le Hanfei, this role was guaranteed to give him more fans.

 

 

Whether it was sister fans or girlfriend fans, they wouldn’t be able resist the brother who was cold to others but gentle to them alone.

 

Of course.

 

Le Hanfei’s PR department was investigating, so he couldn’t clarify, but it didn’t mean others couldn’t.

 

 

As the netizens were still focused on Lu Wenxing, the movie emperor Gu Yanshen made a post.

 

GuYanshen V: the car is mine.

 

The attached pictures were photos of his car that were posted online.

 

Only three words, the first to notice was Gu Yanshen’s fans.

 

 

[Brother Shen finally made a post! Tears of joy!]

 

[ Although there are only four words, although I don’t know what Brother Shen is talking about, but Brother Shen said it is his so it’s his, the whole world is Brother Shen’s, including me.]

 

[The car is Brother Shen’s, Brother Shen is mine]

 

[Draw your sword!]

 

Then came the gossipers.

 

[What is the meaning of Boss Gu’s post?]

 

 

[ Look carefully! Is this car the one Lu Wenxing was in? ]

 

[D@mn! This is …… Big news?]

 

 

[Sh*t! I’ve had enough, this news is a bit too big to digest.]

 

 

[Lu Wenxing’s boss is Gu Yanshen? D@mn, what kind of magic is this! I don’t believe it]

 

[I don’t believe it either, with Gu Yanshen’s fame, does he need to adopt someone? I’m willing to pay him money! I’ll be willing to pay back the money. ……]

 

[Not a backer, is it a relationship?-]

 

[The world of some people is really black or white. Must only lovers ride in the car? Friends can’t ride in each other’s cars?]

 

[ The upstairs comment is right!]

 

The fact that Lu Wenxing had a backer was temporarily forgotten, including the fact that the role was replaced, and now the netizens’ curiosity fell on the relationship between Gu Yanshen and Lu Wenxing.

 

Lu Wenxing didn’t know whether it was a good thing or a bad thing, but the scandal was suppressed for the time being. Le Hanfei would certainly come out and make a statement to clarify sooner or later.

After a busy day, Lu Wenxing wasn’t in the mood to continue paying attention, and went to bed after logging out from Weibo.

 

The next day.

 

Lu Wenxing got up early in the morning to catch the plane, he had to enter the group today, because it was a fantasy costume drama, filming was in the ancient city, C city only had a modern shooting site, so the fixed point was in E city.

 

 

Lu Wenxing got off the plane and received a message from a staff, who came to pick him up and take him to the hotel.

 

He didn’t need to shoot today, and didn’t rest after putting his luggage in the hotel room, he intendeded to visit the crew first.

 

Lu Wenxing was inexperienced, he wanted to go to the set in advance to feel the atmosphere, he had to adapt first, after all, the audition and live shooting was still very different.

 

Auditioning with acting skills was possible, but the scene didn’t only involve acting skills, there were actors to cooperate with, the shooting position and the camera and other aspects.

 

 

Lu Wenxing entered the set and found the staff handing out small gift boxes.

 

 

“Wenxing, here.”

 

 

Song Jiajia was the first to see Lu Wenxing and waved at him.

 

“Sister Jiajia, this is for you.”

 

 

The lady of the venue held a dozen bags of gift boxes in her hand, and she handed one to Song Jiajia.

 

Several staff members present also took gift bags and handed them out one by one.

 

 

“Take one, Wenxing.”

 

Lu Wenxing didn’t know why he was suddenly given a small gift box, and worried that it was distributed just right and someone would lack if he took it, so he waved his hand, “I don’t need it.”

 

 

“There’s no harm, the director sent it so why not.” Song Jiajia explained, “in the crew, it’s impossible to prepare things just right, there’s going to be more than a few copies or a dozen copies.”

 

 

Song Jiajia had been in different crews for a long time, she also received a lot of welfare or the crew prepared a small gift of thoughtfulness, so she was used to it.

 

“Chocolate.”

 

 

Lu Wenxing looked at the small gift bag that was stuffed into his hand with confusion, “Why not Snickers?”

 

Xie Chengfei liked playing basketball. The physical education class of senior three was often occupied by teachers of various subjects. Sometimes, in order to play basketball more, Xie Chengfei ate Snickers instead of lunch when other students went to dinner.

 

For Xie Chengfei, he could be hungry, but he couldn’t help playing basketball.

 

Lu Wenxing knew this habit of his, he also he wouldn’t listen, so he could only give him more Snickers, bread and high calorie drinks.

 

 

It was also the same in the crews, filming often passed the meal time, in order to allow the staff or actors first to complete the upcoming shots, they would prepare small snacks for the staff to fight hunger.

 

Song Jiajia took one look at his expression and knew that Lu Wenxing didn’t know.

 

“Wenxing, have you never been in love?”

 

 

“What does this have to do with being in love?” Lu Wenxing was at a loss.

 

Gu Yanshen walked over and continued from where Song Jiajia stopped.

 

“Because …… today is Valentine’s Day.”

 

Song Jiajia nodded and added, “Chocolates and roses are standard for Valentine’s Day.”

 

Lu Wenxing opened the gift box, which contained a delicate rose as well as a heart-shaped gift box of wine heart chocolates.

 

“Cast benefits?”

 

 

Song Jiajia: “Yes. Everyone has one.”

 

Gu Yanshen just got off the scene, the lady saw him coming and gave him a box of the chocolates in her hand.

 

But Gu Yanshen didn’t like to eat sweets, especially chocolate, which was known as the representative of sweet food.

 

 

Since each person had a copy, he couldn’t refuse, so he just accepted the intention.

 

“I love chocolate, but my sweet tooth tends to make me get fat. After eating this box of chocolates, I’ll feel too guilty and I will definitely be called by my agent to run laps, I hate laps.”

 

 

Song Jiajia looked distressed.
.

 

“You boys shouldn’t have this kind of trouble, as far as I know boys don’t like to eat sweets.”

 

Lu Wenxing smiled, “No, I have a taste for spicy and sweet things.”

 

 

As soon as the words left his mouth, a slender hand reached in front of Lu Wenxing and handed him the gift bag.

 

Lu Wenxing:?

 

Gu Yanshen: “I don’t like sweets.”

 

Lu Wenxing hesitated for a few seconds, then he took it, ‘Thank you, Mr. Gu’.

 

 

Song Jiajia was a little greedy, looking at the gift bag with bated breath, “I also love to eat, why not give me?”

 

 

Gu Yanshen looked bland, his voice was calm as if he was stating a fact.

 

 

“You are afraid of getting fat, and you also hate running laps.”

 

Song Jiajia: “……?”

 

 


 

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