In the middle of April when Ming Yu was filming the TV advertisements for Nidelan, the popular young singer Bai Jiayan announced on his Weibo that the MV for his new album's title song would be released at the end of the month.
The song was called 'New Life'. The lyrics and melody were similar to Bai Jiayan's usual dark style, without much breakthrough. However, the MV caused a crazy discussion in reality and on the Internet.
In the bustling areas of major cities in the country, CX Entertainment didn't spare any expense in paying for clips of the MV to be shown on the large LED screens.
This type of brainwashing publicity method appeared many times in Huaxia and could be roughly divided into two types.
The first was a thorough low-quality viral brainwashing. A representative of this was the famous, 'This year don't receive gifts, only receive gold' where an unknown old couple kept flashing on the screen.
The second type was brainwashing while attracting others with super high-quality works. This would truly spread a propaganda that was on the level of a phenomenon. Bai Jiayan's 'New Life' MV belonged to this latter category.
"What a big surprise!!! What role is Ming XIaoyu playing? What was that at the end?!! Blood! There was blood on my Ming Xiaoyu's face! No, I won't lick it…"
"Oh my god, I always thought that Small Mushroom was a warm man when looking at the Shuyue Lemonade ads. What is with this dark young man? …Eh? In fact, it feels quite comfortable when I think about it?"
These words were head in the squares, subways and shopping malls of major cities across the country. Althuogh many people didn't know that the pale and handsome youth in the MV was Ming Yu, they were attracted by the superb video, the excellent production and the beauty of the protagonists!
On the Internet, the response to 'New Life' was even greater!
【 Why is my husband suddenly so thin and white? No, I will feed five pounds of meat to my husband! 】
【 Ahhh, Small Mushroom looks so pitiful in the MV. Why is there blood? The eyes of Small Mushroom as so pitiful and beautiful. His lips are also good…ah…why is the screen of my phone a bit wet? 】
【 Ming Xiaoyu is acting as a murderer? Don't lie to me. How can there be such a handsome killer? 】……
The MV trailer had just been released. Five minutes later, Ming Yu actively linked it on his Weibo while on a break from filming the ad. He then interacted with the actress of the MV, Zhu Kejia, before ending his break and continuing with the filming.
Since the first morning, Ming Yu had only NGed two times. After shooting all the scenes for the first ad, Tan Jingming's mouth dropped open and he never complained again.
However, Director Xu didn't once pay attention to Tan Jingming. He only communicated with Tan Jingming if it was necessary for the work. Otherwise, Tan Jingming was treated as an invisible person who didn't exist.
In this respect, Tan Jingming seemed aware of the unusual atmosphere.
To Xu Yizong, Tan Jingming wasn't even qualified as an assistant director. Yet Tan Jingming dared argue with him on the first day. Director Xu already removed this person from his heart. If Tan Jingming’s mother wasn't Tan Yunqing, Director Xu probably would've kicked him out of the crew already, letting him know the fate of 'those who argue with the director.'
This time, Ming Yu just watched and didn't say anything.
The relationship between him and Tan Jingming wasn't very good. They knew each other but weren't friends. He didn't care about Tan Jingming's rash actions according to his own principle. Ming Yu didn't think about helping him out with Director Xu.
A similar situation had happened before. Luo Ru thought that Ming Yu had gone to Xi Ze to help Lu Zhenxi, asking Xi Ze not to make things difficult for him.
At the time, Luo Ru might be clever but she had only just entered the industry. She was both calm and naive. Now, Luo Ru didn't mention a single word about Tan Jingming. She just helped Ming Yu prepare for the next days of filming.
Zhao Rui also seemed to perceive the situation between Tan Jingming and Director Xu. He wanted to say something but was forced to retreat in front of Ming Yu's indifferent eyes.
Yes, it wasn't Ming Yu or anyone's duty to help Tan Jingming. Moreover, Ming Yu really believed that Tan Jingming needed to learn a lesson.
Nidelan's 'Smoke' series had four types of perfumes, so there were four advertisements. In the past five days, most of Ming Yu's scenes had been shot, leaving only the last 'Pure White Smoke' ad.
Director Xu was very satisfied with the last few shots and allowed everyone to take a break. As long as the final shot in the afternoon was done well, it would be possible to wrap it up.
Sister Zheng applied powder to help Ming Yu with his makeup while he was resting. Meanwhile, Ming Yu looked at his fan forum to see what was happening recently.
The 10 fans from Ming Xiaoyu's birthday lottery had been selected. But when Luo Ru handed the list to Ming Xiaoyu, he didn't directly find posters to sign them. He thought of a good idea—
"Sister Luo, should I wait for the New Life album to go on sale, then buy some albums and send them along with my signed poster?"
Luo Ru heard this and immediately nodded. "Yes, this will help promote 'New Life' and it is also very good to your fans."
It was time for the last few shots of the 'Pure White Smoke' ad to be taken in the afternoon. Ming Yu got in position and waited for the director's shooting instructions. At Director Xu's whisper, Ming Yu closed his eyes and once he opened them again, his facial expression was completely different.
Ming Yu was currently wearing a white leather coat. There weren't too many decorative patterns on it. Only a thin gold-coloured neck buckle was around his neck to accent it with a unique colour.
This neck ring had become very popular in recent years. It made long necks appear more elegant and beautiful. This time, the stylist felt that Ming Yu’s neck and collarbone was so beautiful that this styling was designed for him. It was extremely satisfactory.
In the pure white room, a youth walked from the other side of the room towards a display stand in the centre. The white made the youth's skin become more transparent. His demeanor was indifferent as he walked up to the display stand and reached out. However, he was suddenly stopped by another hand.
Ming Yu turned his head and saw a glamourous woman in a black dress who smiled proudly as she slightly looked up at him.
Nidelan spent a lot of money on these advertisements. They invited four different female models to appear in the four advertisements with Ming Yu. One of the female models was from France and another from Huaxia. The model who filmed the 'Green and Orange Smoke' the day before yesterday was from the United States. Today, it was a Japanese model.
There were few famous female models in Japan. Height was one of the important reasons why they found it difficult to break through. This female model wasn't very tall, but she had the cleanest temperament among the models Ming Yu saw in the past few days.
Indifferent, barren and very detached.
The young woman grabbed Ming Yu's wrist. But immediately afterwards, Ming Yu moved and pulled the female model into his arms. The female model reacted with surprise and Ming Yu's fingers passed through her hair.
The action was ambiguous while Ming Yu's expression was still very indifferent and cold. In a later edit, the female model's black dress would slowly turn white. But this was something for the director to worry about. At this moment, Ming Xiaoyu suddenly lowered his head and whispered something to the female model.
Director Xu jerked and sat up straight. What was this situation? Improvisation?
After Ming Yu finished speaking, the female model pushed him away. Ming Yu smiled indifferently at the female model, raised his hand to take the 'White Smoke' from the glass cabinet and disappeared from the white room.
After the filming of this scene, Ming Yu and the female model walked over to the director, intending to see how the scene was shot.
On the other side, Director Xu was silently looked at the scene playing on the small video. Then he suddenly asked Ming Yu, "Were you whispering something into her ear, Ming Yu?"
Ming Yu replied with a small smile. "Yes, Director Xu. I thought that it might be better if there was a transition in expression."
Director Xu turned his head and asked calmly, "What did you say?"
Ming Yu smiled with embarrassment. "It isn't very important."
Director Xu saw the rare awkward appearance of the youth and joked, "That girl pushed you away. You must've said something secretly in her ears. What did you say to flirt with her?"
Director Xu's stiff face was softer as he said this. Ming Yu narrowed his eyes and realized that Director Xu was probably very happy with the previous shot.
Ming Yu smiled silently and didn't speak. On the other hand, Director Yu spoke in English directly to Lisa, the female model. "Did he say something disrespectful to you?"
Ming Xiaoyu was indignant on the side. "Director Xu, I am not such a person!"
Director Xu's mood was good as he ignored Ming Xiaoyu and continued to look at Lisa.
The young girl stared at Director Xu, shyly glanced at Ming Yu and then said softly, "Mr. Ming Yu just told me to push him away and take a step back…"
Director Xu, "……（/=＿=）/～┴┴"
A really straightforward man!
Ming Xiaoyu, "╮（╯＿╰）╭"
I said I wasn't such a person~
The last day of filming ended with this smooth atmosphere. Ming Yu's final scene wasn't deleted. Rather, Director Xu praised him a little bit and sent him away with a sentence, "You have a devious side. I will reluctantly accept it."
For the cold Director Xu, Ming Xu smiled and accepted the praise… well, praise was still praise.
Everyone had been working together for a week. So after the final shot was over, everyone went to a nearby hotel to celebrate. At the dinner, Director Xu drank a few glasses of wine with his cold appearance and everyone else slowly drank.
Halfway through, Tan Jingming grabbed a glass of win to give Director Xu a toast. The smile on Director Xu's face abruptly disappeared. He received the toast in a lukewarm manner and didn't say anything to Tan Jingming.
Tan Jingming returned to his seat with some disappointment, while Ming Yu held his glass and stared thoughtfully at Tan Jingming. He waited for Tan Jingming to drink two glasses of white wine before finally sighing and moving beside Tan Jingming.
"Brother Tan, I offer you a toast."
Tan Jingming accepted Ming Yu's toast.
After all, Tan Jingming and Ming Yu had known each other for a long time. He drank a little but, pulled Miing Yu to a corner of the table and spoke ruefully. "I know that I was too reckless on the first day. However, Director Xu isn't giving me an opportunity to admit my mistake. He seems to hate the sight of me. Actually, I really didn't mean…"
"Ah Ming Xiaoyu, how could you say that I am stupid?"
“It would be great if I could be smarter…"
Tan Jingming lamented while drinking.
Ming Yu listened to his low words. Then after a while, Ming Yu reached out and handed him a fourth glass of wine.
Ming Yu faced Tan Jingming's surprised eyes and said, "Brother Tan, since you want to drink, why don't you go to Director Xu and make amends with wine? Director Xu isn't a person who will deliberately make things difficult for his juniors. You just have to admit your mistake and realize that it isn't Tan Jingming who offended Director Xu, but a cameraman who offended the director. I believe that as long as you explain this to Director Xu, he won't keep blaming you."
Ming Yu finished speaking these words and looked at Tan Jingming with a smile, not uttering another word. Tan Jingming bowed his head and thought about it. At last, he seemed to muster up the courage. He glanced at Ming Yu before taking the glass of wine and walking to Director Xu's side.
The next scene happened as Ming Yu guessed.
In the face of a junior making amends, Director Xu showed disdain at the beginning before gradually becoming more serious.
Once Tan Jingming finished the fourth glass, Director Xu grabbed the glass and said, "Is it okay to drink so much? Do you want to go to the hospital? Go back to your seat and have a good meal. Be smart you know!"
Tan Jingming stayed still for a moment. Then he understood Director Xu's meaning and nodded happily. He returned to his seat and thanked Ming Xiaoyu for a long time.
However, it was just verbal thanks. Ming Xiaoyu received no benefits from it. Yet by the time the dinner was over, Director Xu's eyes had glanced over him several times. Director Xu smiled at Ming Yu and said straightforwardly, "Did you help Tan Xiaozi deal with me?"
Ming Xiaoyu spread open his hands helplessly. "Director Xu, how could you say that? Didn't you want Brother Tan to do this?"
Director Tan completely ignored his words. He just scoffed. "He looks like his mother. If he didn't have Tan Yunqing's face, I would've directly driven that kid out!"
Director Xu's tone changed slightly when he spoke the name 'Tan Yunqing.' Ming Yu was keenly aware of it and read the reason with surprise. He laughed and said, "Director Xu, you originally worship Tan Yunqing!"
Director Xu's body stiffened and he immediately glared at Ming Xiaoyu. "What are you saying? Young man, it doesn't have a profound meaning and isn't anything bad. This is pure reverence and respect, understood?"
In this respect, Ming Yu couldn't laugh.
He guessed that in Director Xu's era, there were few talented women like Tan Yunqing. There was probably less than 100, around 50 women. Maybe it was different in France, but in the capital of Huaxia… well, it was possible.
Ming Yu had never experienced this 'goddess worship', but he could imagine it.
Ming Yu didn't feel much worship towards God Xi, so how could he worship Tan Yunqing? It was hard!
Anyway, all of the advertisements for Nidelan were filmed. A few days later, the 'New Life' album was released nationwide.
As one of the protagonists of the MV, Ming Xiaoyu directly asked Luo Ru to buy 30 albums. His contract didn't have any obligation for him to promote the MV later on. However, Ming Yu still posted an image of himself with the MV to his Weibo and official website, as well as a message:
【 It is the first time that I am challenging this type of role! The song is very beautiful! PS: I am also very handsome ~[/smiling face] 】
The MV was just released today and Ming Yu bought it early. Most people didn't know about the contents of the MV. Ming Yu quickly signed his 10 posters and asked Luo Ru to send them along with the MV to 10 fans.
Zhao Rui was surprised to see that Ming Yu had bought so many albums. He asked, "Xiaoyu, you only need to buy 10 copies if you want to send albums to the fans. Plus, you only need to buy 5 more if you want to support New Life. Why did you buy so much?"
Ming Xiaoyu was looking down at another 20 albums at the time of Xhao Rui's words. The young man carefully took 15 albums and placed them in the gift bags Luo Ru brought. Then he said with a laugh, "Brother Zhao, you really don't understand. Most of the albums I bought are gifts to other people. This isn't my song but I am starring in it. Giving it to other people isn't a problem. If it is possible to connect with their emotions, maybe… it might play an unexpected role and even make CX Entertainment thank me."
At the time, Zhao Rui didn't understand Ming Yu's meaning. But that evening, after a Weibo message was released, Zhao Rui looked at him with a 'Xiaoyu, you aren't a person' type expression.
Yes, Ming Yu bought so many albums to give away. Who was he giving them to?
Smaller people such as Liu Qian and Wu Yuzheng, as well as slightly larger people like Zhu Kejia and Fei Sixin. Ming Xiaoyu even gave them to Du Ruo, Old Fei and Xi Ze!
The people who received the album were quite surprised at first. But as long as they took the time to look at the MV, they couldn't help being attracted to the sophistication of the special effects and the beautiful scenes.
First-tier models like Liu Qian and Wu Yuzhen helping to promote 'New Life' was already a huge income. Zhu Kejia and Fei Sixin advertised it again, attracting people in the fashion industry and entertainment industry. The most successful means of propaganda came from Du Ruo.
Du Ruo was one of Huaxia's top female supermodels and ranked second only to Cecilia and He Chaoman in the world.
Once she opened her mouth, a huge number of fans flocked to her words. They didn't buy the album immediately, but they did go online to watch the MV.
Then they saw that this was incredible! Buy it quickly!!
Ming Xiaoyu hadn't expected that everyone he sent the album to would promote New Life. He did estimate that this behaviour would have a lot of repercussions. Everyone was doing free advertisement for Ming Xiaoyu. What did this mean?
It showed that in these people's hearts, they were very fond of Ming Xiaoyu and also trusted him.
But if you thought that Du Ruo was the biggest bomb, you would be wrong!
If Du Ruo's influence was a bomb, Xi Ze's was undoubtedly a deep-sea torpedo! As long as it was fired, it would be broadcasted everywhere (?).
Ming Xiaoyu's new home had finished its renovations. After more than a month, the house was completely renovated and Ming Xiaoyu was ready to move in the next day. Thus, the day before he moved in, Ming Xiaoyu invited the upstairs neighbour to come down for a meal. It was a moving meal.
This moving dinner needed to be done seriously! It might just be two people, but at least five dishes of different textures and a soup was required.
Xi Ze had just entered the door and hadn't got his bearings when Ming Xiaoyu smiled and held up an apron.
Xi Ze, "…"
Ming Xiaoyu said, "Come on my dear, go and cook ^＿^"
Xi Ze changed his shoes and looked at the youth in front of him with a raised eyebrow. "Dear? Are you submitting to me?"
Ming Xiaoyu made an expression of astonishment. "People think of food as their god! People are iron, rice is steel, not eating a meal will make you hungry! Mr. Xi, don't you know this? What is the old saying? A catty of ginseng is no match for a liter of brown rice. It is natural to bow submit before rice."
The helpless Mr. Xi, “…”
Ming Xiaoyu had planned this in advance and bought all the ingredients in the morning, waiting for a certain man to cook them. Ming Xiaoyu naturally didn't do nothing. Firstly, he contributed the food money and the kitchen. Secondly, he helped on the side— although Xi Ze only allowed him to do some movements with the chopsticks and hand over the dishes.
Once the five dishes and one soup were finished, Xi Ze slowly washed his hands while Ming Xiaou served the dishes on the table. After Ming Yu was finished, XI Ze also carefully cleaned all his fingers and wiped it with a paper towel.
The two men faced each other and started eating.
This meal… well, Ming Xiaoyu invited the guest but Xi Ze personally cooked it.
It was just like Ming Xiaoyu remembered. The flavours were amazing and the sense of aesthetics was extremely him. No one would doubt it if these dishes were served in a five-star hotel. They looked even more gorgeous than five-star hotel dishes!
From a certain point of view, it also reflected the man's picky nature.
After eating, Ming Xiaoyu directly handed the 'New Life' album to Xi Ze.
Xi Ze glanced at it and asked, "Is it a gift?"
Ming Xiaoyu smiled and agreed. "Yes, it is a gift for you."
Xi Ze was obviously very concerned about the daily life of his small mushroom. He raised an eyebrow and asked, "Why are your gifts to Du Ruo and the others all wrapped up in paper and placed in a nice gift bag?"
Ming Yu wasn't surprised that this man unexpectedly knew so much. He calmly spread his hands and said honestly, "You are different from them. I don't need to wrap it is so many good things."
These simple and flattering words unexpectedly made Xi Ze very happy. He hummed lightly and opened the MV. The two people watched it together before Xi Ze took a picture of the MV and directly uploaded it to his Weibo and Muse website.
【 Xi Ze: A good song and MV. It is worth listening and watching. [/Image] 】 Once this was done, Xi Ze didn't care about the fans' reactions. He immediately pulled the youth into his arms and asked in a low voice, "What is my reward?"
Ming Xiaoyu smiled. "I let you eat so many dishes."
"…Didn't I cook them?"
Ming Xiaoyu replied in a surprised manner. "I bought the ingredients and the kitchen is mine. Well, since you cooked, I won't let you wash the dishes."
Xi Ze, "…"
Both of them watched TV for a while. Then they happened to see an idol drama, where the male protagonist was confessing to the heroine. The confession was being carried out in man-made heavy rain. The actor was crying while the heroine was also crying without it being shown.
Ming Xiaoyu watched it and wondered, "Have you ever confessed to me?"
Xi Ze turned to look at the youth in his arms and asked, "Have you ever confessed to me?"
The two of them froze in silence for a moment. Then they finally turned their heads and said in unison, "Forget it."
The moment they spoke, the two men turned to look at each other with surprise and then laughed.
Well, a confession didn't matter. Looking at this male and female protagonist's grieving appearance, Ming Yu/Xi Ze couldn't imagine themselves in this terrible situation.
Both of them had known each other's hearts. They just kept it in an ambiguous state without pointing out the other person's feelings. This type of feeling was wonderful, peculiar and dreamlike. If it was poked, it might burst. It was better to maintain this status quo and not give up such a beautiful thing.
Then that first kiss poked it.
Since both of them felt that it was time, they would directly be together. Who cared about twists and turns?
They watched the actor confess, the heroine accept and then the two people kissed in the heavy rain.
Ming Xiaoyu's first reaction was, "Why don't they catch a cold, have a cough or a runny nose?"
Xi Ze's first reaction was, "That actor is a bad kisser."
Ming Xiaoyu turned his head and narrowed his eyes. "It seems like you are very experienced?"
Xi Ze innocently spread his hands. "It is all imagination and self-teaching."
Then Xi Ze held his man and let Ming Xiaoyu realize the strength of this 'self-teaching.' The two people were very happy, while on the other side, the male and female protagonists held each other and started to make sighing sounds. Hearing this, Ming Xiaoyu laughed and pushed Xi Ze away, quickly turning off the TV.
Ming Xiaoyu saw Xi Ze's 'This film broke the atmosphere' expression and smiled. Then he directly pressed against the man's body and started a lingering kiss.
The man very much enjoyed the feeling of the young man pressing against him and kissed him seriously. Ming Xiaoyu's self-taught technique was clearly inferior but Xi Ze didn't care. He just let the other person lick his lips.
The two people kissed each other until it was 11 o'clock. Xi Ze put on his jacket to go upstairs while MIng Yu handed him the album.
"I am going to Europe in two days and probably won't be back for some time." Xi Ze said as he took the album and stood at the entrance. "You can always call me. If you can't get through, call Ding Bo."
Ming Yu nodded lightly before suddenly having a thought. "Ah right, how far is your nearest house from my new home?"
Xi Ze coughed with a strange expression and whispered, "Upstairs."
Ming Xiaoyu, "…"
Xi Ze added, "The whole top floor is mine."
Ming Xiaoyu, "…?＿?"
This time, he wasn't very angry. He took advantage of standing on stairs to obtain a height difference and kissed Xi Ze. The latter clearly didn't expect for Ming Yu to unexpectedly give him a kiss. However, adjusting to the height wasn't difficult for Xi Ze. He maintained the shorter position and grabbed the youth's waist, suddenly deepening the kiss.
Poor Ming Xiaoyu's 'self-taught' abilities weren't very good. He was left dizzy from Xi Ze's kiss as the other person aggressively sucked on his tongue. After the kiss finished, Ming Yu's lips were red and swollen.
Xi Ze smiled calmly. "A good night kiss?"
Ming Xiaoyu coughed twice and covered his flushed face. "It is a good night kiss. After all, you will be gone for a period of time."
At this time, Ming Xiaoyu still didn't know. The very next day, he had just arrived at the company when Zhao Rui entered the lounge and excitedly exclaimed, "Xiaoyu! Do you know what happened? You absolutely won't expect it! We are going to Europe!"