Author: 公子于歌 / Gong Zi Yu Ge
Translator: Kinky || https://kinkytranslations.com/
Chapter 201: Black and White [Extra: Bai Yueguang (10)]
When Wang Ying said this, everyone was stunned. Oh my god! This was too much information for them to process.
Why did a huge celebrity just appear in their store? There are many more well-known decoration companies in Nancheng than them. More importantly, do big stars even decorate their house personally?! Is there something that they are missing here?!
Before everyone had time to gossip, Shi Lei and Bai Qingquan walked out of the room. Bai Qingquan was still wearing his mask and waved at everyone with a smile.
Xiao Fang and the others quickly responded. As soon as the two of them went out, the shop exploded immediately. Some people even took out their phones and hurried to take pictures of Bai Qingquan. It’s a pity that they could only photographed the back. Still, that was enough for them.
Who is Bai Qingquan? The film emperor, a top celebrity, that had unexpectedly just appeared in their store.
The most excited person was Wang Ying. She really wanted to post in her circle of friends, but she did not dare make it too obvious for fear of exposing a big celebrity’s privacy. She was worried Bai Qingquan won’t work with her if she exposed too much.
To able to design a home for Bai Qingquan was an absolute dream.
“Until we figure out why he came to our store, everyone must keep it a secret.” Wang Ying said: “If we can get this contract, won’t our store be famous?”
Everyone was very excited, except for Xiao Fang who felt a little lost in her heart. Their boss is a star chaser who likes Bai Qingquan. Now that he’s successful, he can even decorate the house of his idol. For a man who seems so uptight, she has never seen him so gentle to anyone before.
“Later, if you have any ideas on the design, you can discuss it with Wang Ying again. If you have any requirements, please feel free to mention them,” Shi Lei said: “She is the designer with the best reputation in our store.”
“After Chinese New Year’s, my new drama will start shooting. I may not have much energy to manage this. I have already told you all the directions I like. I will leave it to you in the follow-ups. Since I have decided to go with you, I will fully trust you. Just help me keep an eye on things,” Bai Qingquan said, “I don’t know if this is too much trouble for you.”
Shi Lei said: “It’s not troublesome. I’m not busy either.”
In terms of design, he doesn’t know much, but in terms of construction quality, he can strictly control it: “Don’t worry, I’ll do my best.”
Bai Qingquan smiled when he heard this, picked up the teacup and said: “Then let’s pretend this is alcohol and I would like to propose a toast to you.”
Shi Lei picked up the teacup in front of him and clinked it against Bai Qingquan’s. He was excited. Too excited that he could meet Bai Qingquan so up close again and he could even share a drink with him.
Decoration is a very troublesome matter. There are too many things that needed to be discuss with the homeowner, from graphic design to layout planning, to material selection to foundation construction. However, Shi lei was more motivated to do this than decorating his own home. He must do his best to give Bai Qingquan the most perfect house.
After Chinese New Year’s, Bai Qingquan join the film crew to start filming his next project. Shi Lei knew that he was working hard, so he tried his best not to disturb him, only occasionally updating on their remodeling progress during their agreed timeline.
In early spring, the decoration design was finalized, and construction began at the end of February. From the demolition and reconstruction of the main body to the renovation of the water and electricity, to the carpentry and bricklaying. Bai Qingquan’s home renovation was mostly completed after he finished filming his project.
During this period, Shi Lei fully assumed the responsibility of project manager, and would run to the house every day to oversee the renovations.
“You should take a break for a bit,” Wei Ge said: “Your next movie won’t start until August at the earliest.”
His next project was a costume drama produced by his own company. This was the first time he had filmed a costume drama since <The East Palace is Coming>. He would be the lead actor and Sunshine Media had tailor this movie just for him.
Many things have happened in the past few months. For example, Shen Jintai did not renew his contract with Monsoon Entertainment after it expired, and instead set up his own studio. This made Bai Qingquan want to terminate his own contract as well.
When he participated in the draft, he signed a long-term contract with Sunshine Media. At that time, he was eager to make his debut so the contract he signed was extremely unfavorable for him, and a large part of the money that he made went towards the company. Now that he had established a foothold, he naturally wanted to become independent.
This was the path that almost all popular stars will follow and is a common case in the entertainment industry. Whoever is stronger will have the final say. When a newcomer is weak, the company is strong, so they would be willing to sign an unequal contract for the sake of gaining strength. After becoming popular, it’s often the case that they couldn’t be reconciled with such a position. The difference lies only in whether the breakup will be peaceful or end up in a lawsuit.
Since this was the norm in the industry, the leadership of Sunshine Media had prepared for a long time. In order to keep him, Zhang Yuan from the brokerage department have talked to him twice already and made more concession on issues such as division of profits. This next costume drama that he’ll be filming was to show the sincerity of the company. The director Guo Rui was now the quality guarantee that Sunshine Media had offered.
Still, no matter how much concession is made, it’s not as good as being on your own. Nowadays, all first- and second-tiers actors in the circle have started their own studio. Even Zheng Siqi had recently started a lawsuit with Monsoon Entertainment.
Zheng Siqi’s termination was very unpleasant. Monsoon Entertainment could no longer bring any benefits to help him, while he brought in fresh newcomers for Monsoon by acquiescing to them and filmed two popular TV dramas. Since he’s good friends with Shen Jintai and Bai Qingquan, he intended to develop his career towards the big screen and wanted to be an actor, which ran counterintuitive with the hype philosophy of Monsoon Entertainment.
Zheng Siqi was still a student when he signed with Monsoon, so he had signed a long-term contract. As an artist under Monsoon, his contract was far more stringent than Shen Jintai’s and held a huge penalty for breach of contract. Thus, the two sides became deadlocked as they fought each other in lawsuits disputing this contract.
To Monsoon Entertainment, they have regarded Zheng Siqi as a money-making tool, and gave him only scripts and endorsements that were high paying, obviously trying to drain every last drop of blood from him.
This had led Yan Qiuchi this time to make a move. The Yan family has the best legal team in Nancheng and it is said that this lawsuit had a great chance of winning.
Around the time that Yan Qiuchi and Shen Jintai was photographed by Headline Entertainment, it was Ji Fengxing who was looking for someone to explode the story. It wasn’t just Headline that offended Yan Qiuchi, but Ji Fengxing had a hand in it as well.
While Yan Qiuchi was able to bear it, he hadn’t said a word about it. After ruining Headline Entertainment, he had finally started to deal with Monsoon.
“He said he wanted to terminate the contract with Monsoon Entertainment with me together,” Shen Jintai said: “But he thought about it later and felt he couldn’t pay the penalty and also give more ammunition for them against me, so he told me after my contract expired. This makes me dislike Ji Fengxing even more now.”
For this reason, both Yan Qiuchi and Shen Jintai supported Zheng Siqi’s termination.
If the boss was not in the right mind, how can the whole company get better? Rumors been swirling that Monsoon Entertainment has been in turmoil recently, and its famous artists were all cancelling their contracts.
Behind the scenes of this was Sunshine Media. Sunshine Media had been gaining momentum. As an artist agency and a film and television production company, they were prospering, which was a good place for artists. As the first brother of Sunshine Media, the company has always treated Bai Qingquan well and cultivated him to where he was now, so he held great affection towards them. In addition, he and Shen Jintai were good friends, so he was worried that if he cancels his contract, it will cause Yan Qiuchi dissatisfaction.
“Don’t worry about that,” Shen Jintai said: “You don’t know him that well yet. He has always maintained separation of public and private. He said he won’t have any personal opinions on you if you want to terminate the contract, but he also won’t make a special case for you either because of our good relationship.”
When it comes to Yan Qiuchi, business will always remain business.
“Think about terminating your contract again,” Wei Ge said after sending him back to the hotel: “I asked Xiao Feng and the others, and they all said that they are willing to follow you. I’ll also help you feel out the company’s tone. I think a peaceful termination is not a problem and will not affect your next project.”
Bai Qingquan was very moved, but he also felt that the responsibility on his shoulders was even heavier. He has to make sure that when these people follow him on their own, they will make more money than they do now.
If he wants to pay them a higher wage, he must first be able to stand on his own without a company to rely on. The entertainment industry is vain, and competition is too fierce, so it made him afraid. He’s different from Shen Jintai, who has the Yan family as his backing, so he wasn’t afraid of anything.
“Let me think about it again,” he said.
Wei Ge smiled, and when he walked to the door, he turned his head again and said: “Actually, I hope you’ll terminate the contract. I have confidence in us.”
Bai Qingquan smiled and nodded.
He slept in the hotel for a day and a night, and the next day, he made an appointment with Shi Lei to see his new house. He and Shi Lei haven’t seen each other for more than a month now.
In this time, he had missed him very much. For more than a month, the two of them had only been contacting through WeChat, but rarely did they ever have something to say. It was usually all about his remodeling. Shi Lei would occasionally leave him voice messages and he would spend some nights listening to his voice repeatedly. Shi Lei had that attractive, low, magnetic voice that was very charming.
Occasionally, when he ended his sentences, it would carry a ruffian like tone that reminded Bai Qingquan of his foolish appearance when he was a teenager.
He found that he still liked this man extensively, and the youthful boy that had been buried in his heart has now slowly resurfaced.
He would get happy thinking about Shi Lei and get nervous at just the thought of meeting him.
He got up early in the morning to try on different outfits, and every time he tried on a set of clothes, he took a picture to show Shen Jintai.
Shen Jintai was on set, getting makeup applied, and would respond back with voice messages.
“Brother, you have to make it clear to me who you want to meet. You need to wear different clothes depending on who the person is.”
“Shi Lei,” Bai Qingquan replied.
Shen Jintai immediately sent an emoji with his heart covered.
Then he replied: “Then I think your t-shirt with red cherries printed on it just now is good. Wear a plain pair of pants. It’ll look restrained, but a bit coquettish, which is just right.”
Bai Qingquan didn’t have his shirt on. He bent over and picked up the t-shirt with lots of small cherry prints on it and put it on. He then got dressed, sprayed some cologne, put on his sunglasses and went out the door happily.
It’s been a long time since he saw Shi Lei again and the look in his eyes was even hotter. Bai Qingquan took off his sunglasses, but deliberately stretched out his hand, pretending to be polite: “It’s been a long time since I saw you.”
Shi Lei shook his hand, but never moved his eyes away from him. Under the sun, Bai Qingquan glowed magnificently, and his beauty was bubbling.
Bai Qingquan wasn’t sure if it was because he was exposed to the summer sun too often, but Shi Lei looked tanner now. When the two them held hands, the contrast in their skin was even more obvious. The tan complexion complimented his fair skin very well. Shi Lei’s hand were also larger than his hand, with slightly blue veins on the back, and his fingers were thicker and longer.
‘Such stark contrast in body shape and skin tone,’ Bai Qingquan thought silently.
The author has something to say：
It’s not just fingers.
Kinky Thoughts: Bai Qingquan about to get his mind blow when he see’s what’s underneath.