Villain Is Happy Being A Father - 49
Translator: ShiXiaoLing(aka LemonSquah)
“Here it is.”
Inside a highly private room of a certain teahouse, an old man who looked to be in his 50’s, garbed in a Tang suit, was sitting comfortably. Soon after, the man saw Zhu Ji pushing the door to enter and smiled at him.
He motioned for Zhu Ji to sit down, poured a cup of tea and handed it to him, “Do you regret it now?”
Zhu Ji understood what Professor Yu De was asking. He was referring to the incident when Zhu Ji did not heed his advice and stubbornly set his mind to enter the entertainment industry.
He gave a wry smile and said helplessly, “I never regretted it. Now I can start once again.”
“Professor, I have a daughter,” he said, “She is a lovely child. I want to work hard to provide her with a better life.”
Professor Yu De didn’t use Weibo, hence he didn’t know about last night’s hot search. But he knew what had happened to his proud student during this period. He shook his head, sighed and said, “Let’s not mention these things for the time being. Do you want to quit the entertainment industry?”
He continued, “Us academicians must be single-minded in order to achieve success. I have no intention to belittle that circle, but the entertainment industry and us academicians are not the same. I hope that you will do your research wholeheartedly in the future…”
He took a sip of tea and looked at Zhu Ji’s with a hint of expectation, “Little Zhu(1), I have a project on my hand that I want to recommend to you. First, you should do this project to get familiar with our field first and then read my blog. With this project on your resume and my recommendation letter, it will be easy to enter the Chinese Academy of Sciences in the future. I have faith in your ability.”
Zhu Ji was very exemplary during his school days. It was as if he was born to be a researcher. He had an agile mind and a high talent, but he was an orphan. Professor Yu De treated him as his disciple and his own son. This time, Professor Yu De was very happy when Zhu Ji took the initiative to contact him. He thought that Zhu Ji had figured it out and was willing to come back to do research.
Who knew that Zhu Ji would shake his head in refusal and said apologetically, “Teacher, I want to start a business.”
Professor Yu De’s smile froze. “Are you sure?”
Before leaving, Professor Yu De patted his student on the shoulder and sighed, “Don’t waste your talent. It’s fine to start a business. At least you’ve got to mingle within our industry. If you need my help, don’t hesitate to reach out and ask me. Although your teacher doesn’t have money to support you, this old face still has value(2). I can introduce some contacts for you.”
Zhu Ji was not a person who didn’t know how to adapt. On the contrary, he always had a high EQ and knew when to advance when to retreat. He politely thanked his teacher after he heard those words.
Professor Yu De nodded in satisfaction.
Zhu Ji only stayed to chat with his mentor for a bit, however, he didn’t rush back. He went to visit several other people, all of whom were his classmates from the same school, also those he knew during his college days. He and several of these friends also collaborated on some projects. One of which was a small software that he had developed during his days at the University before was sold.
It was obvious that he couldn’t possibly create software programs on his own. Even with his ability, he wouldn’t have enough energy to complete it all by himself.
Zhu Ji was out for a whole day. Naturally, he didn’t know that back at home, his daughter and his brother were having a big day together.
After her Dad went out, Yinyin and the strange uncle talked about a good plan to make money. Carrying a small school bag, she also found a big sack at home. Then the little dumpling’s eyes sparkled like gems!
She grabbed the sack and shook it. She laughed contentedly and said, “Uncle, this one can hold a lot of bottles.”
Yang Bingbing didn’t tell her how much money his family had. Even if his own money in the entertainment industry was about tens of millions or even billions every year, he still didn’t dare to compare himself with brother Ji before. However, his status was also pretty high.
At this time, seeing the little dumpling’s enthusiasm to collect empty bottles, he was even interested in it. He snapped his finger and stretched out his arm and patted little dumpling’s small head, “Let’s go! Uncle will take you to collect empty bottles!”
“Uncle, how many times have I told you? YinYin will take you to collect the bottles, not the other way around. Afterall, YinYin is the best at picking up bottles!”
Yang Bingbing, “Okay…Okay. Uncle will follow, YinYin will take Uncle. Let’s go!”
The little dumpling nodded her head in satisfaction.
They went downstairs, next to the street, where there was a designated place to dispose of their garbage.
Although cleaners were employed to take out the garbage here, due to the community’s poor condition, most of the cleaners would only pick-up the garbage once every two days here. In addition, the economic status of the people living in this community was not very high. Some of the bottles and paper scraps were not thrown into the garbage and scattered over the ground.
The little dumpling’s eyes lit up, she grabbed the strange uncle’s hand and ran forward with her short legs. “Uncle, hurry up, there are so many bottles there!”
In the little dumpling’s opinion, one shouldn’t wait until it was too late to pick up bottles. In her previous bottle collecting experience, she believed that many people would try to snatch from her.
The old grandpas also loved to pick up bottles. YinYin knew that she should be courteous to the elderly, and she was too embarrassed to rob those grandpas every time. But if she was not lucky, and the grandpas had picked up all the bottles, she would have to go hungry.
Fortunately, many grandpas were good people. They would always smile when they saw her baby face. They also showed her how to collect bottles, and also taught her how to sell them for money. They even warned the uncles who collected recyclable products at the gate of the community, that they were not allowed to lowball her. (TN: as in they were not allowed to pay her less just because she was a child but I don’t know how to put it here well.)
Yinyin looked around warily and gestured with her tiny hand to tell “Uncle” to hurry up.
“Uncle, I will pick up bottles, you help me with the bag!”
Yang Bingbing sighed at the sight. He regretted that he came out with only a mask. He is so handsome and famous. What if people recognize him while he is picking up garbage?!
If his fans saw him like this, wouldn’t his handsome, prince-like image be completely ruined?
Yang Bingbing agreed to follow little dumpling’s directions. Who let her be his brother’s daughter? Who made her call him “Uncle”? Although he had no one to blame but himself, and he also wanted to beat up the little dumpling. However, these were thoughts that he could only keep to himself.
The little dumpling squatted on the ground to pick up bottles, looking very happy to as she picked them up. There were not many bottles left on the ground, only ten or so bottles. After picking them up, the little dumpling looked up at the iron bucket that was too high for her. She decided to coax the strange uncle and started pulling onto his trousers. “Uncle…”
“Hey … Uncle, can you help me take them out from the trash can?”
Yang Bingbing, ”…”
Looking at the face as similar to his Brother Ji and the diligent expectation on little dumpling’s face, Yang Bingbing knew he could not resist for long. He resolved to act as her coolie and started rummaging through the trash can.
The uncle and nephew had a good harvest. They filled half a bag’s worth of bottles. At a glance, they estimated that there were about 30 bottles.
The little dumpling vehemently refused to let her Uncle carry them and dragged the bag behind her. Her reason was that it was her business. Instead of bothering her uncle, she should be the one taking care of it.
Yang Bingbing, “…”
Why didn’t you say that when you asked me to pick up the bottle? You still have that vigilant look in your eye, you don’t know how to take responsibility but you know how to play people at such a young age? Am I the one who lacks money and has to sell those bottles?
Yang Bing smiled like a ruffian, stretched out his evil hand, and tried to grab the sack from the little dumpling’s hand, “It’s not heavy, not heavy at all. Let Uncle help you carry it.”
When the little dumpling saw this evil uncle coming to grab the sack of bottles, she hugged it tightly as if it was her baby. Her small round eyes were vigilantly looking at Yang Bingbing. It was as if he was some kind of monster who was trying to take away her beloved rabbit.
“No way! No Way! This is YinYin’s property!”
“Uncle, it’s not a big deal, calm down! Yinyin will sell these bottles, get the money, and then pay your share. You can’t rob Yinyin! This money is for my father.”
Yang Bingbing, “…”
What kind of baby did his brother have? This is so funny. Hahahahaha!
Yang Bingbing looked at the video recorded on his mobile phone and pressed ‘save with a smile. Whenever his brother should make him mad, he would be ready. He would take this video out and have a good laugh!
Look at you big movie emperor, what as pure and unattainable as the sun and moon? He clicked his tongue and thought, his daughter was money crazy, treating a few trash bottles like gold. So funny, Hahahaha!
A certain handsome man, who was meeting up with some of his friends pinched the tip of his nose. Itchy!!
While the pair of uncle and niece were fighting over each other on how to distribute the fruits of their labour, an old lady came over and snatched the sack from the little dumpling’s hand. Subsequently, all the bottles she had collected fell to the floor.
She frowned. “I’m responsible for this area’s garbage collection. You guys can’t do this here.”
With that, she put the bottles into her big bag and shook her head. First, she looked at Yang Bingbing, then she looked at the little dumpling and said, “What’s wrong with you? Are you not a healthy young man? Do you have to make money off an old person’s source of income?”
The little dumpling started to grow anxious and looked at the grandmother’s mannerism. She felt aggrieved and about to cry, she said with her eyes red, “Grandma! Those are mine, not uncle’s!”
The old woman took a look at the child and then said dismissively, “What do children know? I’m doing legal business. I have a garbage collection and clearance certificate. This street has been assigned to me. Do you have a certificate?”
“Go away and ask your father to take you elsewhere!”
Yang Bingbing looked at his little niece. Seeing her tears rolling down her face he felt an indescribable pain straight to his heart. This woman is bullying his adorable little niece, is that not the same as bullying him?!
“Old lady, we picked up these bottles ourselves. Why did you snatch it from us?”
For the first time in his life, Yang Bingbing thought he would never pick garbage from the trash can. Then he looked at the little dumpling’s face which was full of satisfaction and admiration. Looking at her expression, he felt a sense of accomplishment. Who knew that the bottles he and his niece had collected would be robbed right under their eyes!
Pei, Pei, Pei (T/N: the sound of spitting as insulting someone), what garbage clearance certificate? He never heard of such a thing! Isn’t this old woman just stealing the bottles the both of them have exuded so much effort to collect? Isn’t she just trying to take advantage of them with no explanation whatsoever? What was wrong with picking up garbage?
He, Yang Bingbing, was a famous irascible little prince. How was it so easy to take advantage of him?
Who knew that just as Yang Bingbing was about to say something to the old woman, who was clearly taking advantage of him. She put a hand to her chest and plopped on the ground crying, “These kids are bullying this old woman! Bullying this old woman! Everybody, come and have a look. This young man with no conscience and no morality is bullying people!”
The little dumpling was so stunned that she even forgot to cry. Yang Bingbing was also flabbergasted…..
In addition to unbearable children, there was also this type of unreasonable old people.
Finally, the little dumpling was dragged back home with an empty sack and her small head hanging down despondently. Her face looked like a rooster that had lost a big fight.
Images of her dad carrying heavy stones and bricks under the hot sun, without any rest, kept playing through her mind. She tightened her fist and said, “Uncle, we can’t give up!”
“Dad is working hard somewhere, let’s go elsewhere and continue!”
Yang Bingbing looked at the little dumpling with an amused smile. His heartfelt both sweet and sour at the same time. He thought to himself, What a good child his brother had. But, it was really painful to see this!
He patted the little dumpling’s small head and said, “Yes.”
They went all the way to the outside of the community. They also picked up some bottles along the way. Sometimes people would just toss away their empty bottles on the streets. The little dumpling’s eyes were shining brightly like a gem when she saw them. Her sharp eyes could easily spot these bottles with a single glance.
Dragging a big sack, her small short legs quickly ran here and there. They were only about to exit the gates of the community, but she had already picked up dozens of bottles. The little dumpling nodded to herself in satisfaction and said, “Of course, YinYin is the best!”
She puffed up her little chest and said to her uncle, “Uncle, come on! We can do it!”
There were only a few people in the community. The office workers who lived there were all working away from the community. They only met a few elderly people who were taking their leisure walks. But, when they leave the community, they would encounter more people.
Looking at the little dumpling’s exuberant appearance, Yang Bingbing had no qualms even as an idol. Even if there were more people around, he was not afraid. He went around picking up bottles with his head held high and his chest puffed with pride!
On the way, many people noticed this magical duo. Although the young man was wearing a mask, it was from a well-known brand. His temperament and appearance were also excellent. He didn’t look like a person short of money, but he was taking a three-year-old child around picking up bottles?
The little dumpling was a greedy little one. Whenever she saw a person nearby drinking from a bottle, she would run towards them and stand beside them quietly, staring at the bottles in their hand……
The people who were being stared at, “……”
Unable to bear the eyes of such a lovely and beautiful angelic child, they would quickly finish the water, empty the bottles and hand it over to her. Immediately, the delicate little face inherited from the movie emperor would sweetly smile while saying, “Thank you, big sister!”
The people who handed over the bottles could feel their heart melt, making them want to buy a few more bottles of water, then emptying them out just so they could give them to the little dumpling. Consequently, they would look at the man, who seemed like he was quite well off from the way he was dressed. They would look at him with spite in their eyes like he was a malicious villain who was making the child work as a slave.
A young girl bent down and whispered in the little dumpling’s ears, “Honey, tell this big sister, did that uncle behind you bully you?”
The little dumpling was stunned. She waved her hand and to say no, she was a good child who didn’t lie. She explained solemnly, “YinYin asked uncle to help pick up the bottles. YinYin also paid uncle wages.”
The elder sister inhaled angrily and looked at the man standing behind the little dumpling.
Yang Bingbing, “……????????”
Both of them were busy and had been laboriously working for quite some time. They had picked up almost half a bag full of bottles. There were at least 40 or 50 bottles inside the sack. Yinyin was getting hungry now, she tugged her uncle’s trouser legs, “Uncle, Yinyin is hungry, my legs are also sore.”
Yang Bingbing picked her up and said, “Let’s go home and have dinner.”
Yang Bingbing was trained by the little dumpling in the morning. Even if someone looked at them strangely, he would stare back as if telling them, what are you looking at? They have never seen a handsome boy or beautiful girl picking up garbage before?!
He carried the bag over his shoulder without any care for his image. It swayed back and forth as he walked with the little dumpling in his arms.
What Yang Bingbing didn’t know was that this incident would become his unspeakable black history. A live broadcast anchor was live streaming this incident from across the street…