Transmigrated into the Film Emperor's Death-Seeking Fiancé - Chapter 24
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Edited 9/18/20: Error in book name…Thank you ladylazyisme for bringing it to my attention!
Jiang Mo Chen was on the phone with the director of his upcoming movie. Seeing Yan Qing Chi return, he ended the conversation and hung up, “Qi Qi’s asleep?”
“Mhm, and he told me to wake him up earlier. He was so afraid that he would wake up late tomorrow.”
Jiang Mo Chen smiled, “If he liked it that much, we can take him there frequently when we have time in the future.”
Yan Qing Chi took out his pajamas from the drawer, then turned his head to look back at Jiang Mo Chen, “You? When you have time? Go frequently?” He chuckled, “How could someone as busy as you have that much free time? Speaking of which, how did you have time these couple of days to stay home? Aren’t you shooting any movies?”
“I just wrapped up one recently, so this period of time is used to make up the photoshoots for some advertisement endorsements and magazines. Filming for my new movie starts next month. What about you, have you terminated your contract with Xing Yue yet?“
“I’m waiting on Li Jiang to come back and go through the paperwork together. I’m free once the contract violation fee is given.”
“How much money do you need? Nan Cheng will help you pay the fee.”
Yan Qing Chi thought about it. Since he was going to be working for Nan Cheng afterwards anyway, it didn’t count as him taking advantage of the company if they paid for him. He reached his hand out and made a gesture for a number. Jiang Mo Chen chuckled, “Only that much?”
He looked Yan Qing Chi up and down, and concluded with profound condolences, “You’re really cheap.”
Yan Qing Chi laughed coldly, “There’s a proverb that ‘a fish finds a fish, a shrimp finds a shrimp’. And so I, who isn’t worth much money, found you who isn’t worth much as well.”
“You truly are able to say nonsense with your eyes wide open.”
Yan Qing Chi replied cheerfully, “You’re not any better.”
Jiang Mo Chen felt rather helpless, “Don’t worry. Soon you will be very valuable. By that time, Xing Yue would probably mourn your loss.”
“I’ll take your word for that.” Yan Qing Chi said as he entered the bathroom.
When he came out, he was met with the sight of Jiang Mo Chen reading a book at the head of the bed by a light.
“Why haven’t you gone to sleep yet?” He lifted the blanket and got on the bed. “What are you reading?”
Jiang Mo Chen raised the book to let him see the cover. It was Alexandre Dumas’s《The Count of Monte Cristo》.
“At the sight of this title, I’m reminded of the terror of being oppressed by reading and note-taking during high school.”
“It’s quite interesting, and a very thrilling read.”
“Then you continue reading, I’m going to sleep.” Saying so, Yan Qing Chi began to lie down to sleep. However, he was stopped by Jiang Mo Chen.
Jiang Mo Chen set his book down on the bedside drawer. He turned and looked towards the other man, “Let’s talk.”
Yan Qing Chi leaned against the head of the bed, “About what?”
Jiang Mo Chen also leaned back.
Under the soft yellow lighting, Jiang Mo Chen pondered for a while before he slowly opened his mouth and explained, “My family has generation names that we use for naming our children. 1 So my older sister is called Xing Chen, and I’m Mo Chen. Our generation name uses the ‘Chen’ character. It’s just that we both had this character at the back. Qi Qi’s generation just so happened to be the ‘Zhi’ character, so I gave him the name ‘Jiang Zhi Qi’. This name didn’t actually have as wonderful a meaning behind it as what you said. The truth was that by chance, the next generation’s character was ‘Zhi’. If it had been ‘Ruo’, Qi Qi might have become ‘Jiang Ruo Qi’.”
“However,” Jiang Mo Chen looked at him, “I like the explanation that you gave Qi Qi very much. You provided a new explanation for this name, and I like this explanation very much.”
Yan Qing Chi was rather surprised. Although he had sensed Jiang Mo Chen’s presence at the doorway at the time, and knew that the other man ought to have heard what he said. He never thought that Jiang Mo Chen would actually initiate a bedtime conversation due to it.
“I was also saying it off the cuff. I intended for it to make Qi Qi believe that we liked him, that he could trust us, and share some of the feelings that he is hiding in his heart.”
Jiang Mo Chen nodded, “I know. Nevertheless, I’m very thankful to you for this matter.”
“No problem. After all, Qi Qi is also my child.”
“Naturally. That was actually all I wanted to say. Now I’m done. Let’s go to sleep.”
Yan Qing Chi promptly couldn’t resist laughing. He had thought Jiang Mo Chen was preparing to discuss some serious matters with him after telling him so formally that he wanted to have a talk. But instead, it was just to thank him. Yan Qing Chi felt that he might be overly serious about this, yet he suddenly recalled how Jiang Mo Chen had been just as serious and proper in his demeanor when he apologized last night.
As Yan Qing Chi thought about this, for some reason, he felt that this kind of Jiang Mo Chen who would apologize and express his gratitude so seriously was quite cute.
“Alright, since you’re thanking me so seriously, I’ll tell you a little secret.”
“What is it?”
“Have you ever kissed Qi Qi before?”
Jiang Mo Chen hadn’t expected him to ask this question. He recalled his past interactions with Qi Qi for a moment, and shook his head.
“You can kiss him next time. Qi Qi doesn’t say it, but he actually really likes this kind of intimacy. If you kiss him, he will be very happy. Kids are pretty much all like this. Weren’t you happy too when your daddy kissed you while you were a child?”
Jiang Mo Chen had been nodding his head slightly at the first half of Yan Qing Chi’s words. When he heard the latter half, he harrumphed, “Oh, my dad wouldn’t kiss me.”
“‘A father’s love is like a mountain’ and all that.2 Have you ever seen a mountain proactively kiss the travelers?” With some helplessness in his tone, Jiang Mo Chen calmly stated, “My dad was the best textbook example of the ‘Chinese father’. Even if he liked you, he wouldn’t blatantly express it. He would always appear to be a stern and proper figure. Kiss me? It would probably be more realistic in a dream.”
Yan Qing Chi tilted his head and looked at him, “So you’re sharing this information with me now, complaining, because you want to get me to kiss you?”
Jiang Mo Chen promptly bristled up in his embarrassment, “What are you talking about? Since this subject came up, I was just making an offhand comment.”
“Are you angry now out of embarrassment? Actually, with our relationship right now, if you did want me to kiss you, I……”
“Shut up, you.” Jiang Mo Chen interrupted him brusquely. Then he turned his head and turned the lights off, “Go to sleep.”
At his sudden actions, Yan Qing Chi tried to contain his laughter, but failed and ended up laughing merrily, “Jiang Mo Chen, the way that you are right now, is truly quite cute.”
Jiang Mo Chen turned on the lights, “If you don’t go to sleep soon, would you believe that I won’t let you sleep tonight?”
“You said that as if you could sleep if I don’t.”
Jiang Mo Chen grinded his teeth in anger. 3 With a yank of the sheets, he pushed the other man directly onto the bed, preparing to make him personally experience the consequences of talking too much.
In the end, he had just pushed the other man down when Yan Qing Chi lifted his head and landed a soft kiss on his (JMC) forehead.
Jiang Mo Chen was momentarily stunned.
Yan Qing Chi chuckled, “This is a good night kiss. Let’s go to sleep.”
“You still plan to sleep now? Too late!”
“Don’t be like that,” Yan Qing Chi pointed at the alarm clock on the nightstand, “We still have to go to the amusement park with Qi Qi. If we don’t sleep now, we won’t have any energy tomorrow.”
“Now you know that you have to sleep? Who was the one earlier who kept messing around, unwilling to sleep?”
“It was me, it was me.” Yan Qing Chi admitted freely, “I was wrong, I won’t dare to do it again. So you [formal] ought to be the bigger man and spare me this time.” He put on an innocent expression.
Jiang Mo Chen’s eyes practically hurt from the “spiciness” of the other man’s faux innocent expression and horrible acting. He glared at Yan Qing Chi, not saying a word as he flipped himself over to lie down by Yan Qing Chi’s side to sleep.
Yan Qing Chi stretched his hand out and turned off the lights, “Good night.”
“Good night.” Jiang Mo Chen said, closing his eyes.
Yet not long afterwards, his eyes shot open again in agitation. He touched the place that Yan Qing Chi had kissed, and felt like there was something there that burned faintly. Jiang Mo Chen rubbed at the spot with his hand, but the more he rubbed, the more distinctly he could recall how Yan Qing Chi had suddenly kissed him. He lowered his hand hatefully, thinking to himself, ‘This troublemaker, causing trouble before we go to sleep. [I’d] already said that it was just an offhand comment, did he want to use it as an excuse to kiss me that badly?! Couldn’t he go to sleep properly?!’
Jiang Mo Chen clenched his jaw and gritted his teeth, forcing himself to close his eyes.
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- More explanation on “generation names” (字辈/zibei) here. Basically every generation in the family has a certain character that they have in their names. Those of the same generation will share the same character.
- “A father’s love is like a mountain” (父爱如山), meaning that it is deeply rooted and stable. It is also harsher and more strict. Furthermore, it is almighty (like a mountain). For mothers, it’s “A mother’s love is like water” (母爱如水). This is because the maternal love is generally more gentle and kind. I really liked this baidu answer by 我是龙的传人76 which goes in detail about their interpretation, if you want to check that out.
- If this part was confusing, JMC is threatening YQC that he won’t let him sleep. YQC is saying that JMC wouldn’t be able to sleep anyway even if YQC didn’t sleep so it was pointless. JMC is mad because he can’t think of a good retort to that.
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