Honeyed Marriage - Chapter 101
Edited by ABE
Ruan Yan didn’t have time to think about it. The director’s assistant came over and told her: “Ruan Yan, we have just changed the script. Come with me.”
Changed the script?
She followed in confusion, and saw Zhao Yue, Yan Danqiu, and several directors sitting together.
Zhao Yue said that the original scene between Xiangli and the second concubine was that the second concubine had no love and drove away Xiangli, but when she re-read the script last night, she felt that this was not good enough. The second concubine, at that time, needed to burst into madness, raging, and transfer her disappointment from the master to Xiangli, and scold Xiangli severely.
After hearing this, Ruan Yan felt that this was a bit inconsistent with the second concubine’s personality, and couldn’t help but raise questions:
“The second concubine is a very dignified lady. The education she received from childhood is to always keep her demeanor. She shouldn’t be angry, right? And the second concubine and Xiangli had such a good relationship…”
Zhao Yue frowned, “It is precisely because of a good relationship that she feels betrayal, and such an outbreak will make the plot more conflicting and dramatic. Have you ever heard of bottoming out?”
Zhao Yue looked at Zhang Jin, “Director Zhang, I think the original reaction is too plain, what do you think?”
Yan Danqiu expressed her opinion: “It’s very real to break out of silence. There will always be times when the second concubine loses the restraint of etiquette.”
Zhang Jin finally agreed to Zhao Yue’s suggestion to modify the script.
After suddenly changing the script, Ruan Yan had to re-familiarize herself with the lines and actions.
When the time was up, all the actors were in their positions, and the scene with the second concubine and the master in the study was the first to be queued.
The rehearsal was going on.
After four o’clock in the afternoon, a black Rolls-Royce Phantom stopped at the entrance of the theater building.
Zhou Mengyan stepped out of the car.
Jiang Cheng following behind him, he walked into the theatre.
Because he didn’t plan to notify anyone in advance, no one noticed him when he entered the theater.
The stage was brightly lit, and the audience seats underneath were all in the dark. Zhou Mengyan walked to the third row from the bottom and sat down on the right side. He looked around and saw the whole stage in full view.
He turned his eyes around, and finally landed on Ruan Yan in the left corner of the stage.
She was dressed in a reddish-brown bat-sleeve sweater dress with a ponytail, and her small face looked like fine white porcelain, like a beautiful porcelain doll. Just standing there quietly, she suddenly occupied all the man’s sight.
“Mr Zhou, do I need to inform your wife that you’re here?” said Jiang Cheng.
“No need to.”
He didn’t want her to be distracted.
Jiang Cheng sighed in his heart that love really changed people. How could Mr. Zhou put down his work and leave the company early, but now he still visited the set silently.
On the stage, after the argument between the second concubine and the master was over, it was the argument between Ruan Yan and Yan Danqiu at night.
Zhang Jin yelled to Ruan Yan to “play”.
Ruan Yan carried a bowl and pushed the door in. She could roughly see the position, then walked up to Yan Danqiu, put the bowl on the table, and respectfully said: “Second concubine, I made this white fungus soup for you.”
Yan Danqiu raised her eyes and stared at her coldly: “Where did you go?”
“I just made Tremella soup for you in the kitchen, what’s wrong?”
Yan Danqiu stood up and knocked the bowl on the table to the ground, “I can’t afford to drink what you did now!”
“Wait—” Zhang Jin suddenly stopped and looked at Zhao Yue, “Mrs Zhao has something to say.”
Zhao Yue said: “I think the second concubine’s reaction here is still too plain, so let’s add another action. The second wife directly stands up, pinches Xiangli’s face, and then asks where she had been just now, and Xiangli answers. The second concubine throws Xiangli away with anger.”
Zhao Yue’s vision caught Ruan Yan with a smile, and then asked Zhang Jin, “What do you think of Director Zhang?”
So Ruan Yan pushed the door back in. After speaking, Yan Danqiu stood up, and suddenly pinched her face. Ruan Yan felt a great force, and her eyebrows were subconsciously frowned in pain.
Yan Danqiu immediately let go, her face panicked: “Sorry Ruan Yan, are you okay? I didn’t master the intensity…”
Ruan Yan shook her head: “It’s okay.”
Yan Danqiu curled her lips apologetically and looked at the audience: “Director Zhang, let’s do it again.”
The second time, Yan Danqiu put a little effort down and asked where Ruan Yan was going. After Ruan Yan answered in a panic and aggrieved, Yan Danqiu threw her away, “I think you sneaked into the study and seduced the master. Have you whispered sweet things to him?”
“Second concubine, I haven’t…”
Before Ruan Yan had finished speaking, she felt that her chin was suddenly pinched. Yan Danqiu leaned over and stared at her: “Xiangli, you are brave. Tell me, what method did you use to seduce the master?”
This action of pinching the chin was not originally available.
However, Ruan Yan was just stunned, and immediately reacted and continued to speak.
Yan Danqiu squeezed her chin, “No? The master would actually praise you for being beautiful in front of me?!”
After Zhang Jin yelled to stop, Yan Danqiu immediately let go of her hand and said to Director Zhang: “I added that action just now. I think the action of pinching the chin will make it even more angry. Is this okay?”
Zhao Yue nodded: “This action is fine.”
Yan Danqiu glanced at the red marks on Ruan Yan’s chin, and apologized to her again. Ruan Yan faintly felt that Yan Danqiu’s attitude was strange, but she couldn’t say anything.
Zhang Jin: “Starting from the beginning, Ruan Yan, you have to look more panicked.”
Ruan Yan came on stage and halfway through the performance, Yan Danqiu accidentally forgot the words: “Sorry, I forgot the words, can I do it again?”
The man sitting in a hidden corner of the stage frowned slightly when he watched Ruan Yan’s face and chin being pinched, and recalled the script he had read, it seemed that there was no such plot.
He told Jiang Chen:
“Go and get a script.”
On the stage, the two came again three times before finally continuing with the plot. Ruan Yan was shocked and terrified when she heard the news that the master was interested in her, and tried her best to explain to Yan Danqiu, but the other party’s angrily rebuked her:
“If it weren’t for you to behave like that in front of the master, would the master notice you? I got married into the Wang family and brought you by my side. You are a lowly maid, you dare to think like this!”
Just as Ruan Yan was about to answer, she heard Zhao Yue call to a halt: “I think the anger here is not enough to be expressed by language. You need to add some physical movements. The second concubine needs to beat Xiangli to show a crazy look. Danqiu, you can do that kind of action a little bit.”
After Yan Danqiu accused Ruan Yan and beat Ruan Yan, she asked the other servants to take Ruan Yan out and let her get out of the house tonight. Ruan Yan’s eyes were red, and she took Yan Danqiu’s hand and begged: “My Lady, please don’t drive me away. I…”
In the next moment, Yan Danqiu shook off her hand, and Ruan Yan pretended to fall back to the ground. However, as soon as Ruan Yan finished speaking, her hand was thrown away. She did not react timely, and she fell back a few steps and almost fell to the ground.
Zhou Mengyan in the audience watched this scene which was completely absent in the play, his eyebrows curled up and his thin lips uttered a few words:
“What the hell are they doing?”
Jiang Cheng looked at the man’s sinking expression, his heart panicked, and he immediately went to ask the crew.
Ruan Yan on the stage fell a few steps. Yan Danqiu ran up and supported her, “I’m sorry, Ruan Yan, I seemed to be too hard just now, you won’t blame me…”
Ruan Yan was not stupid. This time she naturally saw whether Yan Danqiu was intentional. She withdrew her hand, her expression faint:
“Then you can measure it next time.”
Yan Danqiu’s face stiffened.
They fully completed the scene, and then Zhang Jin talked about the problems of the two, and Ruan Yan’s problem was that her emotions were not strong enough, and it was too flat.
The second time, Ruan Yan was in a better condition, but Zhao Yue still felt dissatisfied. Looking at the script, she said that she would add actions:
“Director Zhang, I think the dispute here is still not enough. Xiangli’s crying and pleading should be worse. When she’s taken out by the servants, she should struggle hard, such as hugging the second concubine’s leg.”
So come again.
Zhao Yue: “The second concubine’s actions here are too fake, you can hit Xiangli harder.”
Zhao Yue: “Director Zhang, I think it would be better to smash this bowl on Xiangli here…”
In the corner of the auditorium, the lights were dim, Zhou Mengyan rubbed the wedding ring in his hand, watching Ruan Yan on the stage being beaten, pushed, and thrown to the ground again and again, his face sank to the bottom with a little bit of anger in his eyes following his eyes. The color gradually thickened.
Looking at the man’s face, Jiang Cheng could perceive how angry he was at the moment: “Mr Zhou, I heard from the director’s assistant that it was the screenwriter who suddenly changed the script and added these actions. There was no such thing as pushing and scolding…”
“Who is the screenwriter?”
“Zhao Yue.” Jiang Cheng added: “It’s… Miss Zhong Zhanjing’s best friend.”
Zhou Mengyan’s eyes were like ink.
The time was approaching five o’clock.
Nearly an hour of rehearsal, the scene had not yet ended with Zhao Yue’s picks and picks and Yan Danqiu’s various mistakes.
Everyone was a little tired, especially Ruan Yan.
However, she endured the physical and emotional discomfort, stood upright, and did not say a word to rest.
She must perform this play well.
Even if she could tell they were deliberately embarrassing her.
Everyone drank some water, and Zhang Jin clapped his hands: “Let’s come again for the last time, everybody hold on, and go home after this time!”
Ruan Yan held the bowl again and pushed in.
“Where did you go just now?”
“I just made Tremella soup for you in the kitchen, what’s wrong?”
“I can’t afford to drink it now!”
“I think you sneaked into the study and whispered to the master, right?”
“Tonight, you will leave Wang’s house for me!”
“Second concubine, you really misunderstood me…”
Ruan Yan was fully engaged, and while speaking, she suddenly thought of Ruan Yunshan lying in the hospital bed on the rainy night when she was driven out by the Ruan family.
Emotional outbreaks often only required a small trigger point.
For a time, the emotions Ruan Yan had brewed and accumulated time after time directly rushed up.
She burst into tears in a flash, and suddenly burst the bank.
“Second concubine, I have never thought about the master, I only pretend to be you in my heart, why don’t you believe me…”
Ruan Yan’s real and touching crying scene instantly caught the attention of the audience.
Zhou Mengyan saw her tears like rain, his hand holding the handrail tightened, his eyes shook, and at the same time he was shocked by her performance, he wished to rush to the stage and take her down at this moment.
Ruan Yan’s acting suddenly broke out, bringing everyone to the plot.
Zhao Yue looked at her in shock, and was suddenly speechless.
After the end, Zhang Jin stood up with red eyes and said excitedly: “Okay! This time the performance is very good!”
The actors watching in the audience burst into applause for Ruan Yan, and Zhao Yue on the side could no longer find a reason to be picky.
Zhang Jin announced the end of the rehearsal.
Ruan Yan walked back to the stage. Because she was too involved, she couldn’t stop crying for a while. Ye Qing ran up to the stage and took her off.
And Meng Yan’s eyes fell on her who was wiping tears.
Her eyes were red again.
After a long while, he finally spoke in a deep voice:
“Bring Ruan Yan here.”
“By the way, tell Zhao Yue that I have something to tell her and let her wait here.”
QOTC— How do you think Mengyan would deal with Yue?
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