I woke up to find I have a child - Chapter 33
Jiang Lingyuan did exactly what she said she would do and she really did drive all the way to Han Feixu and Ye Mingxin’s house before being stopped by the guard at the front.
The guards here are all high-level security guards who follow strict security rules. For example, vehicles without a specific registration or they were not notified about in advance are not allowed to enter. If a person wants to enter without an appointment being made in advance, they must be detained until proper documents are issued. Otherwise, even if it was the leader of the nation, they must wait outside.
And Jiang Lingyuan naturally did not make an appointment and so the guard asked her to show her ID. Jiang Lingyuan exploded in anger when she heard this request.
“I am Jiang Lingyuan!” She hadn’t brought her ID, but even if she did, she would not show it. Have you seen a person who had come to smash up the place announce themselves?
The guard is a young man in his 20s. He scratched his head, “Who?”
Jiang Lingyuan was taken aback, “Jiang Lingyuan, Jiang Lingyan’s younger sister. Don’t you know about the Jiang family who owns the Yuezhu Group?”
The more she said, the more confused the guard got, “Haven’t heard of them before. Miss, no matter who you are, you can’t drive in there without making an appointment in advance.”
Jiang Lingyuan was both angry and embarrassed. She was mostly angry just now and so she shouted the phrase “I am Jiang Lingyuan!” without thinking much. Now that she took a moment to think about it, doesn’t what she said just now feel very similar to the famous My Dad is Li Gang! meme? Both of them were taking advantage of their positions to bully others… (*T/N: ‘My dad is Li Gang’ is a famous incident where a kid of a high-level official ran over two people & resisted arrest by saying “Go ahead, sue me if you dare. My dad is Li Gang!” See more here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Li_Gang_incident)
Jiang Lingyuan had already begun to retreat in her heart, but she couldn’t bear to lose face on the surface and didn’t want to leave in such a pathetic manner. So she opened the car door and began arguing with the guard.
“I’m here to see Ye Mingxin. If you don’t know me, you should at least know my sister, right? She comes here quite often!”
The guard looked at her suspiciously, “Who is your sister?”
“….Jiang Lingyan! Didn’t I just say that!”
“Oh!—-” The guard suddenly nodded, “Yes, you did.”
A happy expression broke out onto Jiang Lingyuan’s face for about a second before the guard continued with a shake of his head, “But I still don’t know who that person is.”
The van finally reached the neighborhood and Lan Zhu immediately spotted Jiang Lingyu’s flaming red sports car from a distance. She quickly turned around and reported the enemy’s situation to Ye Mingxin, “Mingxin-jie, Second Jiang is here again!”
Ye Mingxin originally had her eyes closed and relaxed. She opened her eyes and looked at Han Feixu next to her first and made sure she was still asleep. Then she turned her head and looked out the window.
“Lan Zhu, go deal with her.”
Lan Zhu eagerly rolled up her sleeves, “Ok!”
This is a two-lane road. When a car drives up to the door, a pole on the other side immediately lifts up. Seeing that Ye Mingxin’s car had returned, the guard quickly ran over and knocked on the passenger seat’s window.
The window lowered and Lan Zhu’s big bright eyes appeared. Seeing that familiar face, Jiang Lingyuan immediately walked over, “Lan Zhu! I’m here to find Ye Mingxin. Is she in the car? Tell her to come out.”
With the blackout technology on the glass windows, Jiang Lingyuan couldn’t see inside the car.
The guard scratched his head again, “Miss Lan, do you know this young lady?”
Lan Zhu looked at Jiang Lingyuan, and then looked at the guard innocently. She blinked, “I don’t know her.”
After speaking, she waved her hand at the guard, and then rolled the window up. The car promptly drove away and Jiang Lingyuan watched it leave in a daze. The guard, like her, watched the car reach the main road before turning his head to look at Jiang Lingyuan, “Look, they’ve even verbally said they don’t know you, so how can I let you in?”
Jiang Lingyuan didn’t say anything. She took a deep breath and went back into the car. She bent down and took out her bag, and found her phone turned on the screen. She pressed the screen furiously and then placed the phone against her ear.
Her face was extremely dark, and the guard looked at her in confusion with no idea who she was calling. The driver sitting in the front, on the other hand, knew something bad was going to happen just from the Second Young Miss’s face. He hurriedly took out his phone and prepared to call the Eldest Young Miss.
Jiang Lingyuan’s call finally went through.
“Hey, Old Zhang, you’re not asleep yet, right? Call up all your people and get them over here. I’m at Lawrence Homes. Bring your tools and the trencher over. Speaking of, you might as well bring two more demolition machines including the wrecking ball.”
The guard was shocked: “What? What ball????”
Jiang Lingyuan glanced at him and frowned. Finding him to be annoyingly loud, she walked two steps to the side, “I don’t care how your latest project is going, I want you to complete this project for me today. That hotel can be demolished anytime, but this Young Miss is unhappy today, so I must watch these damn manors become flat land today!!”
Old Zhang: “….” As long as it makes you happy.
Jiang Family’s company is called the Yuezhu group. As the name suggests*, they have many projects involving real estate like hotels, guesthouses, apartments, etc. Jiang Lingyan is not interested in inheriting the family business, so they have raised the Second Young Miss as the heir. Her studying has been fruitful as now she runs two companies at once. And when she was feeling bored, she also opened up a few small shops and that private restaurant was one of the shops she has invested in. (*T/N: The two characters ‘yue zhu’ roughly means “happy living”)
And so, a group that focuses on real estate naturally has no shortage of demolition teams at their disposal = =
Jiang Lingyuan waited for ten minutes at the gate, but instead of Old Zhang, the Eldest Jiang made an appearance.
Not long after Jiang Lingyan arrived home, she received a call from the driver. She hurriedly drove to the Lawrence Homes community and brought Jiang Lingyuan back to her own home to directly reprimanded her.
“You even called for the machines to be driven over?? What, is simply demolishing things no longer able to satisfy your wild heart? Now you want to not only demolish buildings, but the people inside as well???!”
Jiang Lingyuan knew she was in the wrong this time, she hung her head and rubbed her hands together nervously, “I-I said it without thinking…I was just so angry, but even after saying all that, Old Zhang really wouldn’t have driven the machines over.”
Jiang Lingyan sneered coldly, “True, Old Zhang has been chief engineer for many years, if he really drove the machines over then wouldn’t he just be as stupid as you?”
Jiang Lingyuan pursed her lips and said quietly, “Sister, can you not use so much sarcasm when you talk. I feel awkward just listening to it.”
“Ah, what did I exactly say to make our Second Young Miss so upset, huh? You better calm down quickly, or else you might call Old Zhang over and ask him to drive me over with a road roller and directly crush me into a piece of paper!”
Jiang Lingyuan: “….” She knows she was wrong, alright QAQ
At around 11 o’clock in the evening, Ye Mingxin walked out of the bathroom and received a message from her childhood friend. She raised an eyebrow, put on a casual outfit, and drove herself to a nearby bar.
The bar is literally called “A Little Bar” and is also another small shop opened by Jiang Lingyuan, but one opened for the convenience and privacy of their own people.
Specifically the people who have a friendship with the two sisters of the Jiang family. As for whether those people can bring other guests, well it depends on their own ability.
Usually the nighttime is when a bar is the most crowded, but at the moment only a dozen guests were inside the bar. Everyone knew each other as they chatted and laughed. Ye Mingxin spotted Jiang Lingyan at the counter and sat on a stool next to her.
Jiang Lingyan sat upright, wearing a skin-tight shirt that showed off her exquisite figure and attracted a lot of attention.
Ye Mingxin placed her arm on the counter, asked for a glass of wine, and then looked at her childhood friend, “What’s this, since Section Chief Shen can’t be taken down, you’ve decided to give up and come out to hunt for some new targets?”
Jiang Lingyan really wanted to roll her eyes at her, but her upbringing that strongly emphasized adherence to etiquette would not allow her to do so, “Lingyuan angered me so much that I was afraid I might explode if I didn’t get out and cool down.”
One didn’t need to think to know that the Lingyuan she is talking about is none other than her troublesome little sister.
Ye Mingxin smiled, “What did she do this time?”
Jiang Lingyan shook her head, not wanting to talk about her little sister’s stupid behavior. She turned around until she was facing Ye Mingxin, “You’re to blame as well. You know how she is, so why would you say that to her? I’m warning you, this is the last time I’ll help. Next time you provoke her, you deal with it yourself, I’m not going to care anymore.”
Ye Mingxin narrowed her eyes, “If you hadn’t dug a hole for me to jump into by letting me take Little Xu to eat at your sister’s restaurant, then none of this would have happened. Don’t be so quick to point fingers, if we really want to talk about it, then you are clearly the culprit.”
Jiang Lingyan: “….” Ah, it does seem like this is what happened.
She stayed silent and then decided to simply change the subject, “I heard you’re going to act in a TV series. Apparently you’re the female lead and Han Feixu is going to be the second female lead?”
Ye Mingxin: “En.”
Jiang Lingyan: “I also heard that Lin Yi is going to make a cameo appearance.”
Ye Mingxin: “En.”
Jiang Lingyan: “I’m begging you, please don’t randomly get jealous again this time. Keep an open mind, okay?”
Ye Mingxin: “….”
“Relax, this time Lin Yi and Little Xu won’t have many interactions,” Ye Mingxin lowered her eyes, “The feelings involved are different as well. For Little Xu, the memory that made Lin Yi one of her closest friends is gone now.”
Jiang Lingyan palmed her forehead half-heartedly, “Do you think I’m worried about her? I’m worried about you! To Han Feixu, she is simply an admirer, yet just look at you! You treat the woman like she’s some kind of love rival! Aren’t you afraid that if you continue down this path, she’ll really become your love rival? The more concerned you are about her, the more violent your reaction is, and thus the more prominent Lin Yi’s good points will shine in comparison! Forget Han Feixu, even I would have definitely favored Lin Yi more than you if it weren’t for the fact that you and I have been friends for 20 years!”
Ye Mingxin may not like Jiang Lingyuan, but this kind of dislike is only surface deep, and, in her heart, she still treats Jiang Lingyuan like a little sister. Although, this little sister has been very committed in pulling her red apricot over the garden wall* = = (*T/N: The usual version is “the red apricot tree leans over the garden wall”. It is an idiom that means your wife is having an illicit affair. The red apricot is supposed to symbolize the wife in this case)
On the other hand, Ye Mingxin’s attitude for Lin Yi is a little more tenuous. Not so much a love rival, for it is better to say that Lin Yi is her archnemesis. For every day she is unable to surpass Lin Yi’s status, it is another day she is unwilling to slack off.
The glass of wine was set down in front of her and Ye Mingxin picked it up before drinking it all in one swing. Then she slammed the crystal wine glass onto the counter with a bang. She watched as the small water droplets gradually condensed on the outer wall of the wine glass before gradually falling on the coaster with an unreadable expression.
Although Ye Mingxin said that there is no need to prepare Yiyi anything, Han Feixu still bought a lot of things online, including food, useful things, and fun things. When the housekeeper was here, besides cleaning, she had a new task to do everyday, which is to go receive the delivery drivers that come 3-5 times a day.
No one is at home today, and Yiyi went to the kindergarten to attend the graduation ceremony. After today, she will no longer be a student in the starfish class, but a student in the jellyfish class, that is, the next class up.
While Ye Mingxin attended the ceremony, Han Feixu went to the company.
Before leaving, she asked Ye Mingxin to record the video, especially for the part where Yiyi will show off her talents. She told Ye Mingxin to be sure to take a close-up.
When she arrived at the company, she did not go to the 16th floor as usual, but pressed the button for the 20th floor.
The 20th floor is the CEO Gan Zongming’s office and his personal lounge, secretary office, etc.
Han Feixu didn’t know why Gan Zongming asked for her, he only said that he wanted to talk with her. Most likely he wanted to persuade her in person on renewing the contract.
On the way up, Han Feixu ran through many different versions of her answer to refuse him.
The secretary greeted her and led her into the office. Gan Zongming sat in the big chair by the window and when he saw Han Feixu coming, he raised his head and nodded rather solemnly, “Sit down. Bonnie, please leave us.”
Gan Zongming is 40 years old this year and although he has a close relationship with Yan Yuerong’s side of the family, he has reached this position based on his own merits. He can still be called a young and promising entrepreneur to have reached such a high level at this age.
Although his appearance couldn’t be considered handsome, there was a sort of calmness to him that stood testament to the wind and waves he had endured. A type of temperament that can only be obtained after a long period of hardships.
Han Feixu was overwhelmed by his aura as soon as she entered and so she sat down in a rather subdued manner, “Mr. Gan, what do you want to talk about?”
Who knows what Gan Zongming read, but he frowned at the documents in his hand before smoothing out his brows and then placing the file onto the desk as he signed it with a bold flourish. He clicked the cap back on the pen and raised his head, “Ai, don’t call me Mr. Gan, there are no outsiders here. Just call me Second Uncle.”
Although he is the boss of one of the three leading companies in the entertainment industry, he unexpectedly acts so intimate = =
Han Feixu stayed silent for a minute and then said, “Second Uncle.”
Gan Zongming smiled, “See, that sounds much more comfortable. Liang Zhu called me yesterday and said that you planned to open your own studio? And that you won’t be renewing your contract with our company.”
“If you want to open your own studio, it will definitely require a lot of manpower. Let me guess, you want to take Liang Zhu away too?”
This was an awkward matter. No matter what words one wanted to use, her taking away Liang Zhu was considered poaching and a breach of conduct. Han Feixu paused only for a moment before she admitted to it, “That’s correct. Liang-jie has raised me since my debut so I would be uncomfortable with changing to another agent. That’s why I want to take Liang-jie with me. She actually doesn’t want to break the contract, and has been reluctant to give up her other artists, so she has not given me a reply until now.”
In reality, Laing Zhu has already agreed to her proposal a long time ago. Her only condition was that she finishes her contract with Su Jue, since Su Jue still has a year left in her contract with the company and she wanted to arrange Su Jue’s next agent personally before leaving.
So the only reason Han Feixu said all this was to restore Liang Zhu’s image and prevent Gan Zongming from holding a grudge against the agent.
Gan Zongming smiled, “Don’t be so nervous. I don’t have any comments on you opening your own studio. Anyway, even if you hadn’t thought of opening your own studio, you would’ve been drawn into Mingxin’s studio. For me, no matter what option you choose, it makes no difference in the end.”
Han Feixu was dumbfounded, “Then why did you ask for me….”
“I wanted to give you a copy of a contract we signed with Mingxin. She has been affiliated with my company for these years and you have also seen that there are only advantages and no disadvantages with being affiliated with my company. I don’t make a profit off of her, I am only borrowing her reputation. Both of you are my nieces, and we are all relatives. So of course I will not stand in your way, but I also hope that you can give me a face and choose to be affiliated with Gan and accumulate some prestige for me.”
What an entertainment company lacks the most is not strong pillars of support, but a steady stream of outstanding newcomers. The foundation of the company will not fall as long as newcomers continue to join their company. Gan company signs on six hundred newcomers a year, and among these six hundred people, if just six can become famous, it is considered a lucky event.
The more popular celebrities one has in their company, the more artists they will attract. The chances of those boys and girls who have just graduated from film school considering signing with their company will be much higher.
Han Feixu didn’t immediately give an answer. She only said that she would take the contract back with her and have a look. Gan Zongming didn’t stop her, “It’s okay. Take your time. I’m not in a hurry.”
Han Feixu raised the corners of her lips and smiled lightly, “Then I’ll be leaving first.”
“Hold on a second, you and Mingxin…are there problems in your relationship?”
Han Feixu paused, she turned her head in astonishment, Gan Zongming crossed his legs, “Don’t look so surprised. As long as you have eyes, anyone can see that there is something wrong between the two of you.”
One of them suddenly went abroad and never came back till now, but Ye Mingxin stayed in the country. Are normal newlyweds like this? So there must be some problem.
Gan Zongming looked at her curiously,” Since you’re back, have you two reconciled? I asked Mingxin, but she wouldn’t say anything.”
Gan Zongming thought that since they’re all back in China again, the previous conflict must have ended. He was right. The previous conflict was indeed over, for Han Feixu decided to cut off the mess quickly and get a divorce instead.
Han Feixu thought about it. They were technically in a truce right now, so they could be considered as reconciled. So she nodded, “En.”
Gan Zongming smiled and said: “It’s good that the two of you had made up. In a marriage, as long as there are no unforgivable mistakes made, like cheating or domestic violence, the rest can be discussed peacefully. You are still young, if you encounter any obstacles, you two should support each other and the storm will pass. Try to be more calm and even-tempered, and stop making trouble in the future.”
Han Feixu listened to his lecture for a long time. Gan Zongming’s tone was like someone who has experienced all the tumultuous waves of a relationship, but isn’t he still single?
She asked, “Second Uncle, have you ever been married?”
Gan Zongming answered naturally: “No.”
“….” Then why are you talking about the obstacles of life as if you are very experienced….
Han Feixu went directly to the 16th floor after escaping the 20th floor. She told Liang Zhu everything about her conversation with Gan Zongming.
Liang Zhu didn’t think it was so strange, “President Gan has always been like that. He has a serious personality and looks stoic on the outside as well. Although he is only 40, he has a caring heart that concerns itself with the matters of thousands of families.”
Han Feixu blinked, “What do you mean?”
“I mean that he is very much like an old woman or an aunt in your family who likes to urge people to get married, give birth, or improve themselves. He just likes doing those things.”
Liang Zhu leaned forward and whispered to her, “He has an extremely positive three views* on life, so please be careful.” (T/N: three views is a Chinese term for someone’s opinions/thoughts/morals)
Han Feixu didn’t understand, “My three views are just fine, why should I be careful?”
“I’m telling you to be careful so you won’t get hurt by mistake,” Liang Zhu patted the top of her head, “I’ve told you before about the five artists under me, right? In addition to you four, there is another one that has been suspended. Do you know why she has been suspended?”
“Because she was crazy about becoming famous and tried to climb into President Gan’s bed. I don’t know how she snuck in, but one day, when President Gan came out of a meeting, he went to his office to take a nap, but when he went to the bathroom, suddenly a hand touched his butt.”
Liang Zhu sighed, “I’ve heard that ever since that day, President Gan’s thing doesn’t work as well anymore.”
Han Feixu: “….”
“In the end, not only was that woman punished, even I was almost dragged down with her. So you should be careful. If you see another idiot trying to volunteer themselves as a bed warmer, you better run away quickly otherwise you still suffer.”
Liang Zhu suspected that Gan Zongming’s house was covered wall to wall with psychology and self-improvement books. Otherwise how could he say so many great truths without repeating a single sentence!
Thinking about those two hours of mind-numbing lecturing, Liang Zhu was still a little scared = =
After she finished gossiping, Liang Zhu took a look at the contract Han Feixu was given. She read about ten lines in one glance and then said with a thoughtful look, “This indeed should be the copy of the contract Ye Mingxin signed back then. Other than the dates, the terms have not changed. Some parts will be a disadvantage for you if we don’t change it. So I’ll take a picture of this first and we’ll study it carefully together. Then we can go to him tomorrow to discuss the changes.”
Han Feixu watched as Liang Zhu took pictures of each page one by one and then asked, “What about Su Jue?”
Liang Zhu paused, “I’ll ask President Gan tomorrow. Su Jue says she still wants to follow me, and that if they try to change her agents, she’ll just quit. Other agents have always asked her to pick up activities or scripts she didn’t like. She became an actor because she liked acting, not to make money, so she is quite unwilling to change agents.”
Han Feixu’s impression of Su Jue was pretty good, “What about you asking her to wait a year. A year later, when my studio and team has finished assembling, I can sign her onto my studio.”
Han Feixu is willing to pay for Liang Zhuo’s breach of contract because they had a good relationship, and her current situation requires her to be inseparable from Liang Zhu. Su Jue and her, on the other hand, are not as familiar and she is not a benevolent buddha. It was already benevolent of her to promise to sign her up in the future.
Liang Zhu said she’ll ask for Su Jue’s opinion first and Han Feixu nodded, “Alright then, I will be going first. Yiyi will be home at noon, so I’ll have to go soon. Yuanyuan is still waiting outside to drive me back as well.”
Liang Zhu asked, “Yuanyuan? Where is your driver, that Wei-ge fellow?”
“….His name is Wei Xun, ok? I gave him the day off for him to go on a blind date.”
“Another blind date? Which girl is he dating this time? I think you should introduce him to President Gan. President Gan’s most favorite thing is to matchmake others. Since he likes blind dates that much, maybe President Gan will recognize him as a younger brother.”
Han Feixu laughed, “Forget it. I don’t want to have another uncle.”
After leaving the company, Zhong Yuanyuan sent Han Feixu home. During the drive, Han Feixu thought about finding a personal trainer to teach her how to drive.
When she opened the front door, she walked about two steps in before she froze.
In the middle of the dining room and sitting on a chair, Ye Mingxin wore an extremely cold expression while Yiyi stood beside her with a dejected face. Auntie Li, the housekeeper, had hid half of her body behind the kitchen door as she kept a close eye on the development between mother and daughter.
Han Feixu put down the bag and walked over without a clue as to what was going on, “What happened? Didn’t you say you would be doing a job for the Maison magazine? How come you’re back already?”
Ye Mingxin lowered her eyes, and looked at the little girl next to her, “Tell her.”
Yiyi timidly raised her head, her face full of guilt and fear as she looked up at Ye Mingxin. The two of them stared down at each other, but Ye Mignxin’s expression did not change the slightest. Yiyi looked away and bowed her head again. Han Feixu couldn’t stand it anymore, she had never seen Ye Mingxin treat Yiyi so harshly.
She was just about to speak up when she heard Yiyi’s voice, that was as quiet as a mosquito’s, speak first.
“I….During the talent show, I pulled off the pants of a male classmate in front of all the parents. He cried and I thought his crying was too ugly, so I put the pants on his head instead.”
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