“I drank it all.”
“It’s pork ribs soup today. Try it later. I’ll take a look at your wound first,” she said as she rolled up his sleeve.
He Xuyan sat down and let her look at it.
Xu Zhiqin frowned and handed him the ointment.
“I haven’t congratulated you yet. Congratulations.” He looked down at her fingers.
“Thank you.” Xu Zhiqin smiled. When she looked up, her eyes were bright. “I haven’t thanked you yet. You helped me with the script, sort out the plot, and iron out the persona. That’s how I won. Half of my merit goes to you.”
These words made He Xuyan purse his thin lips slightly, and his eyes darkened.
“You worked so hard to win the championship. Why did you give up on ‘My Darling’?”
Xu Zhiqin lowered her head and continued to treat his wound. “Why not? I’ve had enough of that scumbag. I’ve wanted to cut ties with him for a long time now. Winning the championship isn’t important. What’s important is that I publicly disassociated myself from him on stage!”
He Xuyan’s arm moved, but Xu Zhiqin stopped him. “I know it hurts a little but don’t move. There are already scabs. You just have to apply some ointment twice more.”
“You and him…”
Success could resolve many meaningless emotions.
As she spoke, He Xuyan’s dark eyes seemed to bloom with flowers.
Xu Zhiqin also realized that he was in a particularly good mood tonight. She did not blame him. After all, she had won the championship.
She put the ointment away and brought the soup over. “Director He, drink some soup.”
“My hand hurts.” He Xuyan narrowed his eyes. “I can’t drink it.”
Xu Zhiqin smiled. “Alright, I guess I have no choice but to feed you. Here, open your mouth.”
It was only when she was packing up and leaving that she wondered who had fed him when she was not around. Could it be the delivery man?
After this incident, filming began for He Xuyan’s new movie.
He Xuyan still made a big deal out of the casting.
Every time he held auditions, there would be lots of trouble and it would take a long time.
Su Bei suggested that Xu Zhiqin also participate.
“Won’t this cause a scandal for Director He?” Xu Zhiqin was worried about this.
“You’ll audition through the normal procedure. That way, we won’t have to be afraid of outsiders talking about it,” Su Bei said. “I’ve read the script he gave me. The female lead role suits you very well. You can handle it.”
Since Su Bei had already said so, Xu Zhiqin did not refuse.
Actually, she had long wanted to act in He Xuyan’s movies.
He Xuyan had actually only filmed a few movies, but she had watched all of them repeatedly. Her admiration and love for Director He seeped from her bones.
She wondered if her current acting skills could convince him.
On the day of the audition, Xu Zhiqin was indeed not too worried about any scandals. That day, many celebrities who had been on stage for Actors, Please Go On Stage came for the audition too. Her presence did not arouse suspicion.
It was also because she felt that no one could criticize He Xuyan’s fairness, so she did not need to be afraid of others.
When He Xuyan saw Xu Zhiqin appear, he pinched the script in his hand.
Xu Zhiqin ran over, unable to hide the brightness in her eyes. “Director He.”
“What are you doing here?”
“I’m here for the audition.” Xu Zhiqin smiled until her eyes were filled with stars. “Don’t tell me you don’t welcome me? Or do you think you won’t be able to treat me fairly after drinking my soup?”
He Xuyan put away the script. “Nonsense.”
Xu Zhiqin asked, “Are you feeling better?”
“Almost.” He Xuyan nodded.
Xu Zhiqin glanced at him and saw the clearly visible wound on his arm as his sleeve was half-rolled up. Her heart suddenly softened.
“I asked my friend to send over a medicine from overseas that can be used on scars. I’ll give it to you another day.”
“It’s okay for a man to have scars,” He Xuyan said.
“But it makes one’s heart ache to look at such a big scar. You should still give it a try.”
He Xuyan nodded. “Alright.”
Xu Zhiqin knew that he was busy, so she didn’t disturb him anymore. “Then I’ll go prepare.”
Xu Zhiqin performed very well in the audition.
Even if He Xuyan did not know her, he had to admit that her acting skills were very natural and she was talented.
The last time He Xuyan was so content with someone’s audition was when Su Bei appeared.
After discussion, He Xuyan’s team was also the most satisfied with Xu Zhiqin.
After Xu Zhiqin finished auditioning, she came to say goodbye to He Xuyan. “Director He, I’m leaving now. Also, I’ll get the delivery man to send fish soup over tonight. Remember to drink it.”
She then disappeared into the distance.
He Xuyan glanced out of the window. The sun was high in the sky, and it was still far from nighttime. Time seemed to pass especially slowly.
After discussion, the team had come to a decision. “Director He, I think Xu Zhiqin isn’t bad. Her acting skills are good, and she’s very suitable for this role. Why don’t we choose her?”
He Xuyan did not make up his mind just yet.
“Director He, are you afraid of rumors spreading or causing dissatisfaction among your fans?” an assistant director asked.
Immediately, another assistant director said, “When has Director He ever been afraid of such things? He doesn’t need to take these things into consideration when making casting choices.”
However, He Xuyan’s expression was cold, making it impossible to tell what he was thinking.
Was he not satisfied with Xu Zhiqin?
No one said anything else.
At night, He Xuyan got everyone to wrap things up before dinner time.
He Xuyan, who had always been a workaholic, actually ended work so early, and it was before they had chosen a suitable female lead. This surprised everyone.
However, they were all happy to go home early. Everyone quickly packed up.
He Xuyan arrived home and waited for the delivery man to come.
Finally, there was a knock on the door.
He suddenly stood up, opened the door, and said to the figure, “Come in quickly.”
The delivery man looked up at him in surprise. “Sir, shall I help you put it on the dining table?”
He Xuyan’s expression immediately turned cold. He reached out to take it. “No need. I’ll get it myself.”
The delivery man handed the food to him in horror and hurriedly ran away. Why was this customer so scary? In the beginning, he was extremely enthusiastic, but suddenly, he became an iceberg that could freeze one to death!
Su Bei had seen Xu Zhiqin’s audition video and felt that it shouldn’t be a problem for her to gain He Xuyan’s approval.
He Xuyan was not the kind of director who was afraid of rumors and would let that affect his casting choice.