Xia Yun You expectantly glanced at Luan Qing Xiao, “Sister Qing Xiao, was that funny?”
Luan Qing Xiao rubbed Xia Yun You's head, “Yun You, that wasn’t funny, that was silly, really.”
Xia Yun You was discouraged when he heard this, “I want to be a comedian.
Every time I try to make my dad laugh, he’ll gently call me stupid.
It seems that I truly have no talent.”
“Yun You, I think you should go be an idol.
Isn't your dream to make others happy? Being an idol can also make others happy.
As long as they see your face, they’ll be ecstatic.”
Xia Yun You appeared doubtful, “How could that be? It’s not like I’m good-looking.
Strangers cover their faces and don't dare to look at me when they see me.
Although they will praise me for looking good out of guiltiness, I know they’re only saying so to comfort me.”
“Why would you think that? Yun You, don't you know how good-looking you are?” Having lived with a top-notch face for eighteen years, Xia Yun You actually didn't realize his beauty!
“Yun You, those words weren’t just to comfort you, they were serious.
In everyone else’s eyes, your beauty can be only summarized in two words: beautiful.
You’re as cute and stunning as an angel, how can you not be good-looking?”
Xia Yun You felt the notion was inconceivable, causing the chopsticks in his hand to fall to the ground, “I’m good-looking?”
“En, good-looking.” Luan Qing Xiao affirmed.
After dinner, everyone sat lazily on the stools and chatted.
“Since Director Xia is invited to be a judge of this Golden Lotus Award, can you reveal which works were shortlisted?” You Si Zheng asked curiously.
Xia Zhong He smiled and shook his head, “The preliminary trial has only been conducted, the results won’t be back until half a month later.”
Xia Yun You, who was pondering all this time, nudged Xia Zhong He next to him, “Dad, I have something to tell you, come with me.” After speaking, he stood up and walked outside the pavilion to wait for Xia Zhong He to follow him.
Xia Zhong He didn't know what Xia Yun You was going to do, but he smiled apologetically to everyone and followed Xia Yun You out to talk.
“What did you talk about with Yun You just now?” Nie Zhen'er asked.
She felt what Xia Yun You wanted to say to Xia Zhong He must be related to what Luan Qing Xiao had said to him.
Luan Qing Xiao beckoned to Nie Zhen'er and Nie Zhen'er brought her ears over as Luan Qing Xiao repeated the conversation between the two, ending with a laugh, “Yun You, that little dummy, he thought he had an ordinary face for the past 18 years of his life.”
Nie Zhen'er was also shocked, “How could that be?”
Luan Qing Xiao spread her hands, “I’m just retelling you what he said.”
On the other side, Xia Yun You grabbed Xia Zhong He's hand and stated solemnly, “Dad, look into my eyes.”
Xia Zhong He was puzzled, “You kiddo, what are you up to now?”
However, he still listened to Xia Yun You and looked into his eyes.
Xia Yun You have eyes that are as clear as water like his mother, while the shape of his eyes were like Xia Zhong He, though he had deeper eye sockets than Xia Zhong He, which made his facial contours seem more refined.
Xia Zhong He thought proudly in his heart: My son is really handsome, perfectly inheriting all the best of my wife and I.
“Dad, please answer me seriously.
What do you think of my appearance?”
Xia Zhong He was taken aback for a moment before immediately replying, “Didn't I tell you? Appearances aren’t important, don't pay too much attention to it.”
“So am I good-looking or not? Dad, don’t get off topic.” Xia Yun You became a little angry.
Do I still need to tell you that? Don't you know it yourself?” Xia Zhong He raised his hand and felt Xia Yun You's forehead, “What happened to you today? Why are you suddenly concerned about your face?”
Xia Yun You squatted down with a look like his whole world’s been a lie, “Dad, you’re really my biological dad.” Xia Zhong He and his mother Ai Wa would tell him every day that appearances aren’t everything, so he shouldn’t care about that and try to improve himself.
Xia Yun You thought Xia Zhong He and Ai Wa told him that because he wasn’t that good-looking.
“Dad told you, although you have a good-looking face, you can't get arrogant.
Only those with the strength to back themselves can pave their own paths, appearance isn't everything.”
Xia Yun You only felt even more depressed.
Xia Zhong He didn't know what was wrong with Xia Yun You, “Yun You, if something’s bothering you, you must tell your Dad.”
“Dad, I want to stay by myself for a while, you go back first.” Xia Yun said gloomily.
Xia Zhong He was concerned and didn't move.
Xia Yun You raised his head, “The cameraman will be with me, nothing’s going to happen to me.”
So Xia Zhong He returned to the pavilion by himself and found the table had been cleaned up.
You Si Zheng and Yan Zhou Ming were responsible for washing the dishes, while Qiu Xue Er, Luan Qing Xiao and Nie Zhen'er sat in the pavilion.
“Uncle Xia, why didn't Yun You come back?” Luan Qing Xiao asked.
Xia Zhong He responded “He said he wanted to stay by himself for a while and had me come back first.”
Qiu Xue Er got up and went to the bathroom.
Luan Qing Xiao suddenly said to Xia Zhong He, “Uncle Xia, Hong Ye Film plans to launch a five-person idol group next year, and there’s still a spot for a lead singer.
I think Yun You would be a good choice.
Have you considered what Yun You will do in the future?”
Xia Zhong He first glanced at Nie Zhen'er.
Seeing she wasn’t surprised at all, he knew Luan Qing Xiao regarded her as one of her own.
None of the others knew Luan Qing Xiao's true identity.
Xia Zhong He said, “Yun You said he wanted to be a comedian.
Although he really isn’t funny, I respect his wishes.
If you can convince him otherwise, I have no objections.”
Xia Zhong He continued, “Or did you already mention it to him? Just now the kid just asked me if he was good-looking or not.
Is he afraid of being compared to other members when he joins the group?”
…” What an ignorant dad, he still hadn't realized it.
Fortunately, Qiu Xue Er came back, therefore Luan Qing Xiao smiled and didn’t answer Xia Zhong He's question.
With other people being there obstructing him, Xia Zhong He let the subject drop.
After You Si Zheng and Yan Zhou Ming finished washing the dishes, everyone moved to the living room to continue chatting.
Xia Yun You walked in from outside, dispirited, “I'm a little tired, I’m going to head back to my room and rest for a while.”
Luan Qing Xiao stood up, “Uncle Xia, you guys continue, I’ll go check on Yun You.”
“Zhen’er, if you have nothing to do, follow me.”
The two followed Xia Yun You into his room on the first floor.
“Sister Qing Xiao, I'm bummed.” Xia Yun You flopped on the bed.
Luan Qing Xiao persuaded, “Actually, it's not too late for you to know now.
How about it? Do you want to consider becoming an idol?”
“I… …” Xia Yun You hesitated.
“Uncle Xia was just talking about how awesome you were, saying that you've been quick at everything since you were a child; dancing, singing, piano playing, guitar, painting, fashion design, folk dance, street dance, writing lyrics and composing, all of which you know how to do.
Yun You, you were born to be an idol.”
Luan Qing Xiao then leaked Hong Ye Film’s plan to launch C Country’s first boy idol group.
Xia Yun You wasn’t sure, “Can I really handle it?”
“How do you know if you don't try? Yun You, do you want to be a super idol that attracts people's attention and makes countless people crazy for you?” Nie Zhen'er joined the persuasion team.
Only now did Xia Yun You noticed Nie Zhen'er was there, “Sister Qing Xiao, is it okay for Zhen'er jie to be here?”
Luan Qing Xiao hugged Nie Zhen'er's shoulder as the two locked eyes with one another, smiling, “Of course it's okay, your Sister Zhen’er is one of our own people.”
Xia Yun You always felt the “one of our own people” from Luan Qing Xiao's mouth was different from what he imagined.
But he couldn't find any evidence!
Xia Yun You was conflicted for a while before he sat up, “I've decided, I want to give it a try!”
“Okay, I'll share my cousin Luan Fei Yun’s WeChat with you.
Add him and once you and Uncle Xia leave tomorrow, you will head directly to Hong Ye Film to find Luan Fei Yun.
I’ll call him in a minute.”
The next day, Nie Zhen'er woke up in the morning and found only she and Qiu Xue Er were left on the bed, while Luan Qing Xiao was off to who knows where.
She got up and first freshened up.
After applying some lotion, she went straight downstairs to find Luan Qing Xiao without any makeup.
Nie Zhen'er’s bare face is completely capable of handling the camera with a skin that can seem broken just by blowing on it, spirited eyes and the soft lips like petals.
Her fresh and natural beauty seemed like a little fairy who walked out of the painting.
When Nie Zhen'er, this little fairy, came down, she found Luan Qing Xiao grinding soy milk with a small stone mill in the kitchen.
Hearing footsteps, Luan Qing Xiao looked up and saw Nie Zhen'er, “I knew it was you by the footsteps.”
Nie Zhen'er pursed her lips as she walked over with a smile, “I’ll help you with the soybeans.”
The two people sat together, one scooped in soybeans while the other churned the stone mill.
Due to their tacit understanding, they managed to grind out an enormous pot of soy milk in a short time.
At this time, the door of the first floor’s bedroom opened, revealing Xia Yun You rubbing his eyes, “Sister Qing Xiao, Sister Zhen'er, what are you guys doing?”
“Your Sister Zhen'er and I are grinding soy milk.” Luan Qing Xiao replied.
Xia Yun You’s eyes suddenly widened as he noticed something, “Why are you guys holding your hands to grind soy milk?” His beautiful blue eyes were full of doubts, “Aren't you guys dating?”
Nie Zhen'er instinctively turned toward Luan Qing Xiao.
Luan Qing Xiao squeezed her hand and replied calmly, “No, we aren’t dating.”
“Then why are you guys like that? You still haven’t released your hands yet!” As Xia Yun You walked over, the cameraman behind him followed Xia Yun You's hand to zoom in on Luan Qing Xiao and Nie Zhen'er held hands.
“Because grinding soybean milk requires cooperation and by holding hands, we can feel each other’s movements without looking.” Luan Qing Xiao sprouted some nonsense with a straight face.
Xia Yun You had never grind soy milk, so although he was skeptical, seeing Luan Qing Xiao's affirmation, he actually believed her.
“Are we only drinking soy milk in the morning? Is there any actual food? I'm starving.” Xia Yun You clutched his stomach.
Nie Zhen'er loosened her hand and stood up, “I’ll go knead some dough for youtiao.”
Xia Yun You’s attention was attracted by Nie Zhen'er's youtiao and basically became her little tail.
“Sister Zhen'er, why are you so awesome? You can do everything, the food last night was also super delicious.” Xia Yun You stood there, watching Nie Zhen'er kneading the dough.
“Because I’ve been cooking since I was a child.
Once you do something a lot of times, you’ll get better at it.” Nie Zhen'er said.
After eating breakfast and lunch in [Returning to A Country Life], the father and son pair Xia Zhong He and Xia Yun You reluctantly left the courtyard.
Twenty days weren’t too long or short.
By the day [Returning to A Country Life] finished filming, the five permanent guests had already developed a deeper friendship.
Yan Zhou Ming initially planned on conquering Luan Qing Xiao, but was moved by everyone's sincerity and gave up that little ploy
Luan Qing Xiao added everyone's WeChat and added everyone into a group chat.
She then changed the group name to “Entertainment Circle’s Part-time Recruitment Group” and her nickname to “Entertainment Circle’s Broker”.
And the others followed in her footsteps, You Zhou Ming became “Entertainment Circle’s Film King”, You Si Zheng as “Entertainment Circle’s Song King” and Qiu Xue Er was the “Entertainment Circle’s Dance Queen”.
Just when Nie Zhen'er was about to change her nickname, Luan Qing Xiao returned after answering a phone call.
She put her arms around Nie Zhen'er’s waist and sat on the side of the bed, letting Nie Zhen'er sit on her lap.
“Baby, let me help you change your nickname.” Once she kissed Nie Zhen'er's red lips, Luan Qing Xiao took Nie Zhen'er's phone and began typing.
“What are you changing to?” Nie Zhen'er asked curiously.
She had intended on inputting “Entertainment Circle’s Little Actress”, but now she is particularly interested in what Luan Qing Xiao was going to put.
“Entertainment Circle’s Film Queen.” Luan Qing Xiao said.
Nie Zhen'er blushed, “Although I really want to be a Film Queen, is it good to write that?”
“Cousin called just now and said that the best actresses for the Golden Lotus Award and the Bai Rui Award have been set.
Both of them are you.
Zhen’er, you’re a double Film Queen!”
Some large domestic award companies have ways to get the list of winners in advance, and what is more, they can even spend money to buy awards.
However, the Golden Lotus and Bai Rui Awards are still quite reliable.
There hasn’t been an incident where the awards were brought, so Nie Zhen'er's two Film Queens were genuine.
“Really?!” Nie Zhen'er stared at Luan Qing Xiao incredulously.
“Of course it's true.
My Film Queen, my Zhen’er, you are truly amazing.” Luan Qing Xiao praised without hesitation.
“Qing Xiao, I'm so happy.” Nie Zhen'er hugged Luan Qing Xiao out of excitement.
She finally got one step closer to her goal.
“How about we do something that’ll make you even happier?” Luan Qing Xiao's husky voice sounded in Nie Zhen'er's ears.
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