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After The Vicious Cannon Fodder Was Reborn CH 007 Catch A Cold

When Luo Yang squeezed into the dance floor with his childhood friend pulled along, Tao Mu was currently dancing with a hot girl in glamorous makeup and sexy clubbing attire.

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The hot girl had wavy hair with large curls that flowed down her back, a strapless bright gold mini dress that hugged her buttocks, heavy makeup and flaming red lips. A beam of stage lighting came down from above to land on them, and the hot girl raised her arms and twisted her hips in front of Tao Mu. Her soft body rubbed against Tao Mu’s body as she danced. When she tilted her head slightly, her sultry long curls brushed Tao Mu’s cheeks. Tao Mu lightly embraced the hot girl’s slender and flexible waist, his body moving in harmony with the dance rhythm.

When both the music and dancing heated up, a smile appeared on his handsome and flawless face, seeming both affectionate yet dissolute. The light hit Tao Mu’s profile, highlighting his handsome features and emphasizing the overflowing sex appeal. Crystal-like beads of sweat slid down the tip of his nose and along the sides of his face. Hearing the girls under the stage screaming and showing their love and admiration for him, his sexy thin lips curved into a half smile, and his dark eyes swept across the crowd indifferently. The rakish and unrestrained appearance immediately incited the girls to increase their decibels, and even the boys on the dance floor couldn’t help but wolf call and whistle. Perceiving the crowd’s infatuation, he twisted his body even more flauntingly.

That scorching hot sex appeal that laced through every move and gaze dumbfounded Luo Yang, and with a dry mouth he blurted out, “So f**king hot!”

Li Xiaoheng, who had been forced to follow Luo Yang, stood in the surging crowd. As he looked up at the stage and watched the handsome boy dance with his arms around a hot girl and yet also not forgetting to tease the crowd and enjoy everyone’s infatuation, Li Xiaoheng’s eyes gradually darkened.

At the end of the song, Tao Mu rejected the hot girl’s request for contact information, and jumped off the stage. Suddenly, he was stopped by Luo Yang on the dance floor: “I want to buy you a drink, yeah?”

Tao Mu narrowed his eyes and sneered.

Luo Yang instantly felt rather sheepish and he shouted loudly, “What do you mean by that? I didn’t pursue you for stealing my girl. Now I want to make friends with you. Don’t you want to be a star? If we’re friends then I’ll help you!”

Tao Mu had drank too much. Under the double stimulation of alcohol and the surrounding atmosphere, he couldn’t help but say, “This stealing your girl thing is from your dreams. Who the f**k stole your girl? You take the bait so easily after someone’s careless instigation. Are you a fool?”

Tao Mu had said this in his previous life, and in this life he also said it again: “If it weren’t for your powerful family background that I can’t afford to offend, a person like you, I would beat up eight times a day believe it or not? F**k making friends. Who would be friends with a person of your kind of IQ.”

Luo Yang knew that he was in the wrong. Also, the main thing was that he had seen Tao Mu’s martial arts and the hot dance tonight, so Luo Yang couldn’t get angry at Tao Mu at all. He could only grin and make amends: “Okay! Okay! I’m wrong, can I buy you a drink to apologize?”

Tao Mu sneered. His eyes turned to Da Mao and Xiao Pang who were struggling to squeeze over through the crowd. Da Mao was furious when he saw Luo Yang, stepping forward and pushing Luo Yang away: “Don’t pester our brother Mu anymore, if you make me angry, I will pull a sackcloth on you, believe it or not!”

The only child of a coal boss had learned through influence since childhood. Fighting and pulling on sackcloths came as easily as opening the mouth.

Luo Yang was all smiles towards Tao Mu. But when changed to Da Mao, he was not polite at all, and pushed back: “Who are you anyway! And even wanting to pull a sackcloth on me, with a phone call I can have you lying in a hospital bed for three months, believe it or not?”

“Oh, hey, my violent temper——” Da Mao rolled his sleeves and charged forward.

Tao Mu grabbed his neck collar: “We’re leaving! There is still filming tomorrow morning!”

Luo Yang smiled widely: “Where do you live, I can drop you off?”

“No need.” Tao Mu grabbed Da Mao with one hand and Xiao Pang with the other, preparing to say goodbye to Gou Rixin and the others.

Luo Yang stuck behind Tao Mu stubbornly: “Then let’s make friends……”

“Okay!” Tao Mu responded with a perfunctory attitude: “Many friends mean many roads, brothers from all corners of the world! Hello, friend, later friend.”

“Hey, you……” Luo Yang reached out and grabbed Tao Mu’s arm. Before Tao Mu said that, he had actually wanted to persuade Tao Mu with that very reasoning, but he didn’t expect Tao Mu to take the words right out of his mouth.

Luo Yang suddenly felt aggrieved as if someone had stole his lines. And most importantly, Tao Mu might seem to have agreed to be friends but everyone could tell that Tao Mu didn’t take this matter to heart. This little bastard was fobbing him off!

“Take this seriously, okay? This young master can really catapult you into a star.” Luo Yang repeatedly emphasized: “I was the one who put Ye Yao into the crew, right?”

It would have been better if Luo Yang hadn’t mentioned Ye Yao. The mention of Ye Yao reminded Tao Mu of an unwarranted disaster he had suffered in vain.

Tao Mu was extremely annoyed, but when he looked at Luo Yang, he smiled: “Then young master Luo, how are you going to catapult me into a star?”

Luo Yang was stunned in place by Tao Mu’s smile. In a daze he said without much thought: “Just make you into a star? You can sing if you want to sing, or act if you want to act. I can having Soaring Dragon sign you.”

After a pause, Luo Yang also added in an attempt to strengthen the persuasive power of his words: “My dad is the chairman of Soaring Dragon Entertainment. Since you want to enter the entertainment industry, you should have heard of Soaring Dragon Entertainment, right?”

Tao Mu chuckled, narrowing his eyes as he looked at Luo Yang, and smiled wickedly: “As you say, then wouldn’t it be better if I find a way to make friends with your father instead? Not only will I be able to get resources, but also gain a big nephew for free?” (TN: parents’ friends refer to the children as nephews and nieces despite having no blood relations)

Tao Mu reached out and hooked Luo Yang’s chin, and chuckled as he teased: “Come, nephew, won’t you call me uncle?”

Da Mao and Xiao Pang bursted into uproarious laughter! Daring to provoke their brother Mu, he deserved it!

“Tao Mu!” Luo Yang slapped away Tao Mu’s hand on his chin with a paw, and like a small startled animal, his hair exploded: “Don’t be refusing face when its given to you!”

Luo Yang regretted it after saying this. Sure enough, Tao Mu’s face became cold when he heard the words: “Young master Luo is right. Your face is too big, I really dare not ask for it.”

Before Luo Yang could speak, Tao Mu sneered and said, “The matter this afternoon was me giving you face as well as not wanting to put the crew in a difficult position. But don’t think I’m afraid of you. That’s right, I’m just a common civilian and I really don’t dare to provoke the Luo family. But your Luo and the Luo family’s Luo may not necessarily be the same.”

Tao Mu could still remember how Luo Yang had angered his father to death and how his sister had driven him out of the Luo family. If he really angered him, then he didn’t mind going to Miss Luo to set up an early scheme in advance and have this idiot kicked out.

Maybe it would even save their father’s life!

Seeing that Tao Mu was really angry, Luo Yang became timid. Smiling sheepishly at Tao Mu, he said: “Look at you, you get angry with just a bit of talk. I didn’t say anything either?”

Tao Mu sneered, turning away and leaving with two sidekicks in tow.

Luo Yang rubbed his nose with a sheepish face, and then complained to his childhood friend: “Seriously……too temperamental.”

Turning his head, he saw that his childhood friend, who had always been dull like an old man, was currently looking thoughtfully at Tao Mu’s back. Luo Yang raised his eyebrows suspiciously: “What’s the matter?”

“It’s nothing.” Li Xiaoheng looked away and then warned his idiot childhood friend, “This person has an unpredictable streak. You’d better not provoke him.”

Li Xiaoheng could see that Tao Mu was definitely not bluffing just now. It seemed that he really had some means to deal with Luo Yang. But it was this that made Li Xiaoheng curious——Tao Mu was a small extra with no background and no experience, so why did he have such a strong confidence when saying such a thing?

Luo Yang hummed, and didn’t take his childhood friend’s words to heart: “Don’t worry, I want to make friends with him, not offend him. Whether he is powerful or not, what does it have to do with me. Besides, it’s a good thing he has some powerful tricks up his sleeve. The waters in the entertainment industry is too deep. If he can protect himself, then I don’t need to worry as much about others bullying him.”

There was no sign of any friendship happening, but Luo Yang had already one-sidedly considered Tao Mu as one of his own.

Li Xiaoheng glanced blankly at his idiot childhood friend who was able to perform the climax of a scene from an imaginary script all by himself, and didn’t bother to say anything.

He believed that Tao Mu was a smart person. So long as Luo Yang did not go too far or hindered his interests, it was likely that Tao Mu would not really take action against Luo Yang——

With just one brief observation on the side, Li Xiaoheng was already keenly aware of certain characteristics of Tao Mu.

Then, CEO Li, who had rarely ever paid attention to others, actually asked: “Is he also an actor?”

“Kind of.” Luo Yang scratched his head: “That drama I invested in, you know? He is the body double for the male lead. But I heard that he had been admitted to the Beijing Film Academy. What’s wrong, why are you asking about this?”

Li Xiaoheng’s index finger moved slightly and he calmly said: “It’s nothing. Just asking.”

Tao Mu, who had already walked out of the club, sneezed. Rubbing his arms with some doubts, he felt the hot 40 degree weather in H town: “It’s not cold either!”

“Could it be a fever?” Da Mao followed behind him with concern: “Why don’t you go back and eat some cold medicine?”

Tao Mu frowned and said unhappily, “I don’t want to eat medicine!”

Xiao Pang glanced at the ferocious Tao Mu and immediately said, “Then don’t eat.”

Before Da Mao rounded on him, he added: “Drink cold medicine instead.”

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Tao Mu: “……” Was there any difference?!

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After The Vicious Cannon Fodder Was Reborn CH 006 Celebrate A Birthday

Never Night Palace.

A nightclub whose business scope and purpose could be deduced from just its name. Its decoration style was very in line with the newly rich and fuerdai’s aesthetic. Even the sink taps in the toilets were gilded in gold and screamed nouveau riche.

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Two rows of female ushers in white shirts, black stockings, and uniform skirts that barely covered their thighs stood at the entrance of the nightclub. As soon as a guest pushed open the door, they would bow ninety degrees and call “welcome” in a coquettish voice, and then in a hip twisting walk they would lead the guest from the magnificent lobby to a hallway covered with oversized mosaics and flickering lights that practically blinded. Awful howling and screeching from guests singing karaoke could be faintly heard from the private rooms on both sides.

Finally, at the end of the hall, the karaoke singing gave way to dynamic dj dance music that got louder and louder the closer they approached, and then the field of vision suddenly opened up——

Young men and women who liked to go clubbing stood on the dance floor, shaking their heads and raising their arms with the deafening dj dance music. The dance girls in particularly revealing and sexy garments stood on the stage dancing, attracting howling and whistles one after another. Above their heads the colorful disco balls flickered blinding and dizzying colors as they spun crazily. At first glance, it looked like zombies were on the dance floor going wild.

Tao Mu actually felt a little uncomfortable watching the crowd dancing on the dance floor twisting waist and hips and rubbing up against chests and backs.

Before rebirth, Tao Mu was obsessed with making trouble for Shen Yu, and had no time to relax himself. Later, he was driven to quit the entertainment circle by Shen Yu’s admirers, and was brought along by the Shen family eldest brother to learn to do business. As a precocious and mature business prodigy, Shen Chen himself was an extremely strict and old-fashioned person. He hated entertainment venues such as nightclubs and KTV, and even strongly opposed his family frequenting such places.

In the first few years when Tao Mu returned to the Shen family, in order to please the Shen family, naturally he would not do anything that the Shen family did not like. After being expelled from the house by the Shen family, all he wanted was revenge so there was even less opportunity for him to visit such places. Every day he was either thinking about schemes or enacting schemes, turning himself into a bitter and hate filled neurotic, and all entertainment activities were completely disregarded.

Now that time went backwards for him, Tao Mu quietly looked at the scene of the dancing crowd on the dance floor, and couldn’t help feeling rueful——he felt that he was rather pathetic in his previous life. The moment he met Shen Yu, it was as if he became possessed, his IQ plummeting like a bull’s sanity when seeing a bullfighter’s red cloak.

[Was this the so-called protagonist halo? Whether it was a vicious cannon fodder or a big villain, so long as they faced up against the protagonist their IQ would be infinitely lowered. Was the author unable to write a normal villain?]

Tao Mu’s heart jumped. After seven days of being reborn, the fragmented dreams were finally pieced together and Tao Mu basically accepted the fact that he was re-living his life over again. However, the words that popped up in his head from time to time were still startling and hard to adapt to.

Of course, by now, Tao Mu would not still suspect that he had developed schizophrenia or something. And judging from the information that continued to emerge in his head——these words were probably evaluating a novel.

According to Tao Mu’s speculation, it seemed that the protagonist of the novel was Shen Yu, and he was the vicious cannon fodder used to promote plot development and emotional interaction?

“Tao Mu, what are you thinking about?” Da Mao suddenly placed a hand on Tao Mu’s shoulder, and shouted with a wide smile: “Seen a girl you like? Us buddies will help you chase her. For your 18th birthday, our goal is to have you say goodbye to being a virgin!”

Tao Mu came back to his senses and gave Da Mao a shove: “Go and play on your own!”

Da Mao snickered, and dragging Xiao Pang, he jumped onto the dance floor.

Because Tao Mu had worked as a part-time waiter and bartender in a nightclub in Beijing, so the two childhood friends who often sent and picked up Tao Mu to and from work had become nightclub masters. At this moment, following the hot dance music, they began twisting their waist and hips, wildly flirting with the young ladies around them, all of whom had big chests and long legs.

Tao Mu followed them absently. When he woke up and went downstairs, he had changed into a black round-neck T-shirt, while his slender and straight legs were wrapped in ripped jeans. His skin appeared even more pearly white under the dazzling light on the dance floor. Alternating bright and dark colored lights highlighted his profile and emphasized his defined and flawless facial features. The handsome face, the tall figure that appeared slender but not frail in clothes, and the indifferent and languid aura that oozed from his pores——it all simply screamed sex appeal.

As a result, wherever Tao Mu walked by, someone would intentionally or unintentionally press up against him. Some daring young ladies even took out small slips of paper from their chests and stuffed them into Tao Mu’s trouser pockets with a smile. And then take the opportunity to stroke Tao Mu’s shoulders, chest, abdominal muscles and even buttocks. It had been a long time since Tao Mu had experienced his tofu being eaten by anyone so he was a bit slow in dodging, and could only accept his fate with a straight face. But that expressionless face only made him appear even cooler and more attractive.

Some boys were not happy that Tao Mu could attract so many hot girls and sexy women with just a face. Twisting their hips and dancing over to Tao Mu, they tried to provoke Tao Mu to have a dance-off with them, and prove to everyone that even the most handsome guy could turn out to be a stiff mummy on the dance floor. A group of idle melon-eaters who was only more eager for the excitement to heat up immediately gave up space, and the crowd began to whistle and heckle.

It was a pity that Tao Mu himself did not have the intention of dancing. Even if he was provoked he didn’t feel like bothering to take up the challenge. But Da Mao and Xiao Pang, two fellows who get hyped up in front of an audience, jumped over and joined in on the dance off.

Gou Rixin, who had been so eager to make amends, had brought along his girlfriend and his buddies, and had been waiting for a long time. Hearing the commotion on the dance floor, he squeezed over and dragged Tao Mu and the other two to the table beside the dance floor. There were dozens of beers on the table, as well as a few plates of fruit platters and various snacks were ordered. There was also a beautiful matcha cake in the middle of the table——with a pink longevity peach in the middle that looked very out of place.

Gou Rixin threw an arm over Tao Mu’s shoulders familiarly, and said with a smile: “Come, come, come, let me introduce you to everyone. This is Tao Mu, tonight’s birthday star, and the main target of our apologies. This is Yu Mei, my girlfriend. What do you think, pretty?”

Under Gou Rixin’s introduction, a glamorous and mature woman in her twenties with fair skin and heavy makeup stood up from where she had been sitting on the sofa with her feet propped up. She looked at Tao Mu with unconcealed surprise and appreciation in her eyes. She stretched out her slender hand towards Tao Mu and shouted: “Hello, handsome guy. Call me Mei Mei.”

Out of courtesy, Tao Mu also stretched out his hand, but the moment he shook her hand, Tao Mu felt his palm being tickled.

Yu Mei blinked at him and leaned forward to reach his ear and said loudly, “Or, you can call me sister-in-law.”

If Tao Mu hadn’t tilted his head subconsciously, Yu Mei would have kissed his ear.

The noise interference from the dance floor was too strong. Everyone had to talk with mouth to ear or shout, so no one noticed something wrong with Yu Mei. Tao Mu calmly withdrew his hand and Da Mao leaned forward with a grin: “Sister-in-law, you are so beautiful.”

Yu Mei didn’t seem to hear Da Mao’s words, she still stared at Tao Mu and shouted, “Happy birthday. I chose this birthday cake. Do you like it?”

“That’s right! This cake was chosen by Yu Mei. But I personally added the longevity peach.” Gou Rixin pointed to the peach which was very inconsistent with the cake’s overall style, and smiled stupidly: “Do you like it?”

Tao Mu and the other two all had a look of realization on their faces. Da Mao laughed and said: “I had wondered why this cake style was so inconsistent. Brother Gou, your aesthetic is not as good as sister-in-law.”

Gou Rixin seemed to be particularly satisfied with his girlfriend, and he smiled wide when he heard this. In contrast, Yu Mei seemed to be more interested in Tao Mu, the birthday star. When she sat down, she moved from Gou Rixin’s side to Tao Mu’s side and said with a grin, “How old are you, handsome guy? I heard from our family’s Big Dog that your kung fu is particularly good, and you have also been admitted to the Beijing Film Academy. You will definitely be a big star in the future!”

“Come on, let’s have a drink! Your brother Gou said that he offended you and your buddies on the crew today, and he will make amends tonight, and was even afraid that you would not accept it. Then you give this sister some face, let’s drink a toast——”

Before Tao Mu could speak, Yu Mei added frivolously: “As long as you are willing to forgive your brother Gou, your sister-in-law will even be willing to drink a wedding toast with you.” (TN: drinking with intertwined arms, formal exchange of cups of wine between bride and groom as traditional wedding ceremony)

As soon as Yu Mei said these words, several of Gou Rixin’s buddies frowned uncomfortably. Of course, there were those who were not sensitive, and they still sat there heckling. Tao Mu had never liked such frivolous and overly familiar people. It reminded him of the type of guests he had to deal with when working in bars or other places in his previous life——such as those who lusted after his physical appearance, or pretended to be drunk and act unruly.

In the first few years he had just returned to the Shen family, he was reluctant to mention these experiences. However, Shen Yu’s self-proclaimed protectors and white knights would always remind him in various ways on various occasions, just how lowly and ingratiating Tao Mu’s past was——in order to earn a bit of wine commission, he could swallow his anger and lay on the flattery. They used this to make their case that he would do whatever it took to achieve his goals when facing greater interests, and indirectly prove that Tao Mu’s personality was so hypocritical and slimy, scheming and manipulative, completely incomparable to Shen Yu’s innocent and noble character.

Of course, they later proved with facts that Tao Mu was indeed such a sinister, vicious, hypocritical and jealous person.

Tao Mu never denied that he was that kind of hypocritical and self-serving person. But in matters that had nothing to do with his interests, Tao Mu was also happy to show a noble demeanor and moral character. Because of this, even if he didn’t like Yu Mei’s behavior very much, Tao Mu still picked up his glass and toasted in the direction of Gou Rixin: “No need for a wedding toast, I’ll have a drink with brother Gou and all hard feelings will be brushed aside. “

With that said, Tao Mu drank a large glass of cold beer very decisively. Probably because he was used to not wasting anything in the orphanage, Tao Mu’s drinking of the beer was also very clean. Even drinking from such a big glass the beer did not drip down his chin and getting it everywhere on the face and neck like with many people. On the contrary, not a drop was left or spilled out, and when the last drop disappeared he slammed the glass cup turned over on the table. At that time, Gou Rixin still had half of his drink left and had to bow down in defeat. While drinking, he gave Tao Mu a thumbs up.

Da Mao, Xiao Pang and Gou Rixin’s martial arts brothers all slapped their hands in applause. Probably because Tao Mu took the initiative and his decisive personality meshed with Gou Rixin and his martial arts brothers so their opinions of Tao Mu and the other two got better and better. The atmosphere also became more and more harmonious.

Men, no matter how old they were, if they get together and drank too much it would always include alot of bragging. Gou Rixin, who said he was going to make amends by drinking three big glasses of beer madly slammed down three bottles of beer in actuality. And then across his girlfriend he grabbed Tao Mu’s arm and began to brag about his past achievements——he claimed to be a layman disciple of the Wudang School of martial arts, saying that his kung fu was also very good. He had served as a body double for many big stars, and several of them were very popular stars currently in the entertainment circle.

“……Actually I don’t think that group of people are much better than me. They just have better luck than me. If I was in front of the camera, I might not be worse than them. Action stars, as long as the movements are beautiful then it’s fine. Besides, I am also not bad looking either, right?”

Saying so, Gou Rixin patted his bulging chest muscles and biceps: “Look, it’s so masculine!”

Tao Mu sat next to him, looking at Gou Rixin who was currently acting like a bodybuilder with a wine bottle as weights in one hand. He vaguely remembered that in his previous life, this man seemed to have broken his leg because of a wire accident. And because he could not get timely treatment, his leg in the end became crippled.

Thinking about it this way, the luck was indeed pretty bad.

Tao Mu’s own luck was also very bad, so he looked at Gou Rixin, who was also unlucky, and felt empathy for his fellow sufferer.

Yu Mei was sandwiched between the two of them. Looking at her boyfriend who was drunk and acting wildly, she rolled her eyes very subtly, and said loudly, “You got drunk again! Talking about useless things all day long. Now even bothering Tao Mu with it. Aren’t you ashamed? You don’t really think you can be a big star, do you?”

It seemed that he was familiar with Yu Mei’s comments. The drunken Gou Rixin just smiled honestly, and replied carelessly: “Aren’t we just having a small chat. I just wanted to talk to brother Tao Mu about my ideals. Isn’t there such a line in the movie, one must have ideals and ambitions in life, otherwise you will be no different from salted fish.”

Yu Mei sneered, and in a very familiar gesture she lit up a lady cigarette: “The way I see it, you are just a salted fish. You won’t be able to turn over in this life.”

Gou Rixin’s buddies couldn’t listen anymore, glaring at Yu Mei. Yu Mei also glared back, unwilling to show her weakness. The red lips and the cigarette in her hand all added to the shrewish look.

This atmosphere was going in the wrong direction!

Da Mao and Xiao Pang looked at each other and shouted at Tao Mu: “Shall we go dancing?”

“That’s right, it’s not easy to find the time to come to the nightclub so we can’t just hide here and drink?” Xiao Pang smiled and went to grab Tao Mu, shouting: “Please give a round of applause for our little prince of the nightclub as he appears on stage.”

Little prince of the nightclub……

Tao Mu couldn’t bear to look directly, wiping his face in exasperation, as he was pushed to the dance floor by his two childhood friends.

After a few bottles of cold beer, Tao Mu was also feeling a little high. He was not as lacking in interest as when he first came in. Stepping to the music, he slid into the dance floor, and then jumped onto the center stage of the dance floor with a backflip. The simple and neat movements combined with Tao Mu’s beautiful and flawless face was definitely one plus one equals greater than two hundred visual impact.

Immediately, screams and whistles came from the crowd, and even the DJ on the second floor put out a more intense and dynamic electronic music. Under the stimulation of alcohol and the screams, Tao Mu matched the intense dance music with even more sizzling break dancing. With his hands supporting him on the ground in a handstand, his legs swung rhythmically in the air, completing a succession of extremely smooth and perfect handstand bicycle kicks. Soon he switched to one-handed bicycle kicks, followed by an air flare, then a headmill with the help of inertia, and finally ending in a freeze.

The sequence of movements flowed as smoothly as water and the beautiful six-pack abs could be faintly seen under the thin black t-shirt. The dazzling display was practically bursting with sex appeal and ignited the crowd which immediately began to wolf call and scream.

In the private room on the second floor, Luo Yang, who was drinking with his friends, looked towards the dance floor subconsciously. At a glance, he saw Tao Mu showing off his skills and exuding sex appeal on the dance floor, and his eyes lit up: “It’s him.”

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Following the eyes of his childhood friend, Li Xiaoheng also lowered his gaze with mild interest. But before he could see anything on the stage clearly, Luo Yang had already pulled his arm up from the sofa: “Let’s go, let’s join in as well.”

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After The Vicious Cannon Fodder Was Reborn CH 005 Show Off One’s Skills

Outside H Studio City, Da Mao and Xiao Pang, who were so angry they looked like two pufferfish, followed behind Tao Mu.

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“Is that f**ker surnamed Luo mentally ill? As if whoever Ye Yao likes has anything to do with you, what right does he have to take it out on you!”

“That’s right! This pathetic crew, let’s quit! So what if he’s an investor! If worse comes to worse I’ll call my dad and ask him to invest in the crew, we’ll catapult you to the male lead!”

“How can they bully people so much!”

After bearing the brunt of the water hose pressure for an entire afternoon, Tao Mu felt both mentally and physically tired. Suddenly he stopped in his tracks, and the chattering Da Mao and Xiao Pang behind him also stopped.

H Town in July was the hottest in the year. Though the Actors’ Guild would basically stop issuing actor licenses at the end of June, it still didn’t stop those newcomers with star dreams coming over by any means necessary to be an extra on a set. And combined with the people who come to travel during the summer vacation, the crew’s own staff and the celebrity’s own team, the small H Studio City would always be packed with crowds.

But right now, the street where Tao Mu was walking on was very deserted. Occasionally, people passing by also hurried past with their heads bowed and tucked into their chests, as if they couldn’t wait to get out of there——the reason being a group of shirtless and beefy extras who were gathered on the streets. For the convenience of filming or to escape the heat, a few of them had even shaved their heads, causing them to look quite fierce, like gangsters seen in TV dramas. Unknowing outsiders would naturally avoid them.

Tao Mu recognized these people. They were also martial arts body doubles hired by the crew of “Purple Cloud”, but they were not the same as Tao Mu, who was a lone wolf. This group gathered together to support each other. The leader was called Gou Rixin, nicknamed Big Dog, known as brother Gou, and was actually quite a well-known group leader among extras.

Many people say that he was righteous with brotherly loyalty. However, when Da Mao and Xiao Pang met this group of people, they looked as if they were meeting their enemies——because when Fatty Liu asked someone to take them out of the crew, it was this group of people who did it.

Da Mao was furious: “F**k, this is endless! You really take me for a coward, huh?”

Xiao Pang also cursed, “Surnamed Gou, you addicted to aiding the villian, right? Is surnamed Liu your father or something, for you to show such filial respect! If you have the balls then let’s have a one-on-one. If your gramps, I, don’t beat you until you piss in your pants then I am your grandson!”

Tao Mu pinched the bridge of his nose, feeling a pounding headache: “What do you want to do?”

As he spoke, his eyes searched the corners and under walls to see if there were any wooden sticks or bricks.

“Don’t misunderstand, us brothers are here to apologize.” The dark-skinned and tall Gou Rixin took two steps forward. The big fellow was about 1.8 meters tall, but standing in front of Tao Mu, he appeared a bit awkward and mincing: “This afternoon, we were not only listening to Fatty Liu. After all, you are still working in the crew, and if these two kids really cause trouble it would not be good for anyone.”

This was true. But——

Tao Mu chuckled, “So what, I have to thank you?”

“That’s not necessary.” Don’t know whether he didn’t hear Tao Mu’s ridicule, or deliberately pretended not to have heard it, Gou Rixin waved his hand with a serious expression: “I said it before, I just brought my brothers to apologize today. You have a hard-temper and good martial arts skills, and us brothers all admire that. I also know that today’s matter, no matter how I say it, it is not something to be excused. So……”

Gou Rixin stretched out his hand and rubbed the back of his head: “A few of us have inquired around and heard that today is your birthday. So we all discussed it and wanted to treat you to drinks. One is to celebrate your birthday. Two is to apologize. Once we’re at the wine table we’ll definitely accept punishment and guzzle it all down. If we frown at anytime, then we are not men.” (TN: Chinese custom to show apology or respect by drinking alcohol, sometimes not just 1 or 2 glasses of it either)

He seemed to rarely make such a long speech, stuttering a bit as he spoke. And the remarks were especially like lines copied from Hong Kong films. This blatant middle school 2nd year syndrome…… (TN: middle school 2nd year syndrome refers to the opionated, rebellious and immature thinking that is prevalent at this period of adolescent growth. The slang came to be used for everyone exhibiting these traits so not just actual middle school 2nd years)

Tao Mu lowered his eyes, his temples aching slightly. He seemed to be coming down with a fever.

Da Mao disagreed: “Who wants you to apologize. Slap someone first and then give them a sweet? You treating us as kindergarten kids?”

“That’s right!” Xiao Pang also followed up with the mocking: “And buying drinks to make amends. Who are you scaring? If you have the ability, then make amends with three knives six holes!” (TN: gang rule for making amends, basically stabbing yourself three times all the way through, hence 3 knife wounds, 6 punctures)

Being mocked like this, the group of martial arts extras behind Gou Rixin couldn’t sit still anymore: “Don’t be speaking like that, kid. We listened to Fatty Liu’s words and dragged the two of you out. But did we do anything else to you? Brother Gou was just afraid that you’ll cause trouble in the crew. The way you looked, what if you really did hit the investor——”

Da——family owns a mine fuerdai——Mao coldly snorted, “I’m afraid of him?”

“Yes, you are not afraid. What about Tao Mu? Does he still want to work in the crew afterwards?”

With these words, Da Mao and Xiao Pang became sheepish.

Gou Rixin waited until his underling had finished speaking before he looked at Tao Mu again with a sincere expression: “Brother, us brothers really admire you and want to make friends with you. I also know that you are different from us and was admitted to a film school. You’re definitely going to be a big hit in the future. Me saying something like this here, might seem like I’m trying to claim connections……”

“Everyone here is an extra, so what connections?” Tao Mu waved his hand, his face was a little pale, but he said decisively: “We’ve decided to go clubbing at night. If you want to join in the fun then come along. I got a headache from the water hose, so I’ll be going back to sleep now.”

Seeing that Tao Mu had already decided, Da Mao let out a cold snort and simply reported the name of the bar. As for the time, it depended on when Tao Mu woke up.

Gou Rixin got the result he wanted, and no longer carried on. He took his group of brothers and went off to get dinner, and on the way they could pay the fee first before the three of them went to the bar——the big man never go back on his words, he said to treat them to drinks then that meant he should also pay the bill!

On the other side, Tao Mu went straight to bed when he returned to the rental house and slept like a log.

This house was helped rented by the old group extra who Tao Mu and the others met up with when they came to H Town. It was very close to the scenic areas and the commercial areas. It was only about ten minutes by walk. As for the waiting place for extras looking for a gig, it was also directly downstairs. The three bedroom and one living room house was decorated like a university dormitory. Each room was equipped with four beds, and underneath was a connected wardrobe and desk. There was a separate bathroom and kitchen outside, with a shower in the bathroom. There was also a TV in the living room. The rent was 200 yuan per bed, excluding water and electricity.

When they came back, the news that someone had made things difficult for Tao Mu only for him to amaze everyone on the set had already spread. The group extras who lived under the same roof all came over to inquire about the gossip. They were so well informed it surprised Da Mao and Xiao Pang.

However, they were worried that so many people gathered in the living room to talk would disturb Tao Mu’s sleep, so they took everyone to the snack bar downstairs to talk——the snack bar had air conditioning, and the group extras had to treat the two in order to hear the gossip. It killed two birds with one stone, not only do they get a free meal, Tao Mu could also sleep well.

When Tao Mu woke up and went downstairs to look for them, he saw Da Mao and Xiao Pang standing in the snack bar, looking like two storytellers as they recounted something. A crowd of melon eating audience sat around them in a few small round tables——the tables were cluttered with bottles of beer, fried peanuts, fried clams, fried sea melon seeds and other side dishes. When something exciting was mentioned, they all clapped their hands and whistled.

The noise could even be heard across the street.

The proprietress who was listening eagerly by the counter saw Tao Mu pushing open the door and entering. She paused in eating melon seeds and said, “Hey, Xiao Mu is here! What do you want to eat tonight, this sister will treat you.”

Even before she finished speaking, some familiar old customers laughed and joked: “Aiyo, different treatment! I say, lady boss, you can’t just look at Tao Mu’s handsome face and give him special treatment. If you want to treat people, how can you only treat Tao Mu? In any case you have to let everyone feel the good fortune right?”

“F**k your mother’s smelly sh*t! You think I’m stupid! Treat you hungry wolves will mean I’ll be eaten out of my little shop.” The lady proprietor glanced at the old customer: “Besides, today is Tao Mu’s birthday. I treat the little birthday star to dinner, that’s justified. Maybe when the little birthday star becomes famous one day, he could even help me promote this little shop. But what use is there in treating you bunch of old gangsters. It’s practically using meat buns to hit the dog.”

The proprietress rolled her sleeves, cursed the old customers out, then turned around and yelled at the kitchen: “Old Feng, make two of your best dishes, and then give Xiao Mu a bowl of longevity noodles. Also, bring the barbecued pork that I marinated last night.” (TN: again, like Ah and Xiao, Old + name is a familiar/affectionate way of calling someone)

Turning around, she smiled at Tao Mu and said, “This barbcued marinated pork is this sister’s secret weapon. I don’t let just ordinary people taste it.”

Tao Mu smiled and thanked her. Knowing that Tao Mu hadn’t eaten in the evening, the owner cooking in the back kitchen quickly served Tao Mu’s longevity noodles and a plate of barbecued marinated pork. Before Tao Mu had even moved his chopsticks, Da Mao and Xiao Pang had already stretched out their paws eagerly.

The pork had been warming in the boss’s big iron pot, and it was still steaming when it was brought out. The two little wolfhounds who stole the food were scalded into barking painfully, and the one with the thicker fur also did not forget to say: “This is really good. The lady boss is indeed the lady boss, she is not only good-looking, but also good at cooking. No wonder brother Feng treat you like a treasure.”

The more candid Xiao Pang disagreed: “I think it’s okay. It doesn’t seem to be more delicious than brother Mu’s. If you ask me, brother Mu’s cooking skills is the real deal, the stewed chicken claws are crispy and crunchy, and satisfyingly chewy. Sprinkle sesame seeds on it and then roast it over the fire, the taste will have you wishing to swallow your own tongue.” It’s a pity that Tao Mu was too lazy, the number of times he cooked could be counted with his fingers.

Won’t you shut up! Not even eating could shut you up!

Da Mao gave Xiao Pang a resentful look. So much to nitpick despite eating a free meal, this child really deserved a beating.

The glare had Xiao Pang feeling bewildered: “Why are you glaring at me?”

“So it turns out that Xiao Mu can cook luwei?” The lady boss’ eyes lit up and she looked at Tao Mu with a smile: “Young and handsome and also a great cook, your girlfriend is definitely blessed.” (TN: food prepared by stewing in soy sauce and spices)

She knew that Tao Mu could cook because she came across Tao Mu when she went to the morning market to purchase groceries with Old Feng. Apparently he was not accustomed to the taste of southern cuisine, and wanted to cook something familiar for himself. The proprietress remembered very clearly that Tao Mu made sweet and sour pork ribs, steamed fish and yellow braised lamb that time. The fragrance floating down from the upper floor when the dishes came out of the pot almost sent the gluttons in the shop to go on a riot.

Just that time left a deep impression of Tao Mu’s culinary skills on the proprietress. It’s a pity that they were not very familiar with each other at that time, and the lady boss was too embarrassed to go upstairs and ask for a taste.

“Of course. You better believe me, let brother Mu show off his skills to you another day.” Xiao Pang put his arm around Tao Mu’s shoulders and decided for Tao Mu. Only for his greasy right hand to move awat carefully under Tao Mu’s gaze.

Xiao Pang’s remarks reminded many old customers of the fragrant food they smelled at noon that day, and they immediately heckled: “Don’t believe it, don’t believe it, unless Tao Mu shows us his skills.”

“Ai, you better believe me.” Seeing that Tao Mu was questioned, Xiao Pang suddenly became anxious, both his face and neck was flushed: “I didn’t lie, our brother Mu’s cooking is first class excellent.”

Including the boss and his wife, all the diners burst into laughter. Wang Ye covered his face with one hand, and couldn’t bear to look straight at his stupid childhood friend.

Only Tao Mu did not react.

Relying on the bowl of barbecued marinated pork she gave away for free, the lady boss smiled and asked: “I say, Xiao Mu, are you interested in showing off your skills to this sister?”

After a pause, she added: “You don’t need to prepare the ingredients, they are all ready for you in the shop. You can come here as soon as it is convenient for you.”

“And sister won’t let you do it for free. Let’s make an agreement, if your luwei is really better than sister’s. Then in the next month, you and Da Mao and Xiao Pang won’t have to cook for yourselves. You three can take your meals here at my little shop. What do you think?”

Before she finished speaking, there were already customers heckling: “Yo, the lady boss is too terrible. The rich lady only keeps one handsome young guy at a time. But you be keeping three at once!”

“F**k your mother’s sh*t!” The proprietress’ phoenix eyes glared, and she put her hands on her waist as she cursed them out, “Dare to make fun of your mama, you don’t want to live, is that it?”

The cursed out guest cupped their hands with a look of pretend fear, and everyone burst out into laughs.

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The lady boss having gone to this extent, Tao Mu could not in good conscience reject her bluntly, so he had to say: “Then this Saturday. I have no scenes on Saturday, so I’ll take you up on your suggestion and cook a meal. Count it as thanks for boss and lady boss taking care of us these days.”

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After The Vicious Cannon Fodder Was Reborn CH 004 Scheming

Luo Yang was not the only one who shut up at the stunning scene.

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“Clap! Clap! Clap!”

The sound of crisp applause rang out on the set. First it was a single person, and then it was as if the whole crew seemed to be infected. Suddenly, the whole crew was applauding. In the face of such breathtaking performance, the members in the props team almost forgot about the deliberate trouble brought by Luo Yang. The prop master in charge of hanging the wires put Tao Mu down carefully. Several assistants from the crew rushed forward and began to dry him with towels and wiped at his hair. The treatment towards Tao Mu was really that of a professional actor and not just a martial arts body double.

Tao Mu, who had bore the full brunt of the water hose for more than four hours, could hardly stand steady. He leaned on the sword with one hand, his body so tired that he trembled slightly, and his lips were tightly closed as he breathed heavily through his nose. But those dark eyes were shockingly bright. Long wet black hair stuck to his face, emphasizing Tao Mu’s pale and beautiful profile. However, the deep hostility condensed between his brows offset any bit of weakness or fragility, and instead only made him appear more dashing and rakish.

Even if he was exhuasted to this point, his slender back was still straight, and his figure upright and handsome. That mild indifference and cold arrogance……it truly evoked one’s desire to tug him into an embrace and wantonly ravage him.

Don’t know what he thought of at that moment, but Luo Yang’s eyes darkened, his Adam’s apple moved up and down slightly, and his mouth felt dry.

“Remember to send the recording to me!” Luo Yang, who felt that an electric current was currently running through his body, hurriedly left instructions and turned to leave, not even waiting for director Chen to respond.

The whole tiger’s head, snake’s tail was simply baffling. (TN: idiom for a strong start but a weak finish)

But director Chen didn’t bother to wonder what the young master of the Luo family was spazzing about now. He stretched out his hand to beckon Tao Mu over, smiling kindly as if looking at a rare treasure: “Xiao Mu, I’ve wronged you with what happened today. If you are tired, go take a hot bath. I will give you the rest of the afternoon off. Go back and take a good rest, we’ll do some close-up shots tomorrow.”

After a pause, Chen Yiqian still couldn’t hold back, and said excitedly: “It was too beautiful!”

Director Chen was convinced that with this scene alone, after the drama was broadcasted, Shen Yu, as the male protagonist, would definitely gain the love of many female audiences! Thinking about this, Chen Yiqian looked at Tao Mu with a little pity.

“Thank you, director.” Tao Mu panted slightly and said in a low voice.

“Not bad at all!” Chen Yiqian patted Tao Mu on the shoulder, thought for a bit, and then said, “Work hard and don’t give up. I believe you will definitely be famous.”

With such a face and such martial arts skills, and most importantly he was also smart——knowing when to endure and when to erupt. If with these kinds of conditions he still did not succeed in the industry, it would simply be unreasonable.

Director Chen’s eyes flickered, and he obviously knew the little dispute between Tao Mu and his own casting director. But seeing through it did not mean one should also lay it bare to the open. Although Fatty Liu’s character was somewhat flawed, his work ability was not too bad.

Tao Mu refused the support of the assistant and walked out of the studio exhausted. Except for the recreational vehicles belonging to the main cast members, there was no bathroom in the dressing room. Tao Mu took off the wet costume, dried himself with the towel just given to him by the assistant, and put on his jeans. When he was about to put on his shirt, a knocking came from the door of the dressing room.

Tao Mu opened the door shirtless. Ye Yao and her manager Hong Jie, who were waiting at the door, looked up and saw a flawlessly white chest, beautiful six-pack abs and a sexy V-line——

Oh my mother! Going to have a nosebleed!

Ye Yao’s first reaction was to cover her nose, her eyes glowing like hungry wolf eyes as they stuck themselves to Tao Mu’s body.

Tao Mu was not at all interested in this woman who caused him to suffer an unwarranted disaster. Raising an eyebrow, he asked indifferently: “What is it?”

“Ah? Oh!” Ye Yao came back to her senses, her cheeks flushed, and she said shyly: “I’m here to thank you. If you didn’t stand forward today, I might have been kicked out of the crew by the guy surnamed Luo already.”

“How do you want to thank me?”

“Huh?” Ye Yao didn’t expect Tao Mu to react like this, and was dazed for a while.

Tao Mu’s headache was splitting due to the water hose pressure, and his endurance was much lower than usual. Naturally, he didn’t want to deal with Ye Yao’s seemingly cute but in actuality stupid mannerisms, and made to close the door.

“Ai, wait a second!” Ye Yao touched the door with her hand, and said with a ingratiating smile: “Sister Hong wants to sign you!”

Ye Yao’s manager? Tao Mu raised his eyebrow slightly, and eyes like still wells looked at the mature domineering woman in a black OL suit standing behind Ye Yao.

Sister Hong had felt the charm of Tao Mu’s action scenes just now when she was on the set, and she also knew that Tao Mu had a pretty face. But the visual impact felt when watching from a distance was still very different when compared to actually being in his presence.

At least the blatant sex appeal, the aggression lingering around Tao Mu that was very different from boys of the same age, and the indifferent, sexy and somewhat cynical aura, were all enough to make any woman with normal aesthetics feel weak in the knees.

“Hello -cough-,” Sister Hong realized that something was wrong the moment she opened her mouth. Her voice had become a little hoarse from the visual stimulation. As a result, she had to clear her throat and adjust her state: “I am Wan Meihong, Qin Chao Entertainment’s manager. You can call me sister Hong. I believe you should have heard of our company. If you are willing to join Qin Dynasty Entertainment, I promise, I will definitely be able to convince the company to catapult you to stardom.”

Of course Tao Mu had heard of Qin Dynasty Entertainment. It was named after Emperor Qin Shihuang who had destroyed the six states to unify the empire. That it was given such a name was enough to show the ambitions of Qin Dynasty Entertainment. It’s a pity that Tao Mu also knew that in two years, Qin Dynasty Entertainment would fall apart due to high-level internal strife, many big-name artists would leave one after another and the company never recovered from then on.

“Of course I have heard of Qin Dynasty Entertainment. But I have been admitted to Beijing Film. According to the school’s regulations, students are not allowed to take acting jobs without authorization while in school. So I have no plans to sign a managing company.”

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A slightly cold voice with a bit of huskiness sounded in sister Hong’s ears like the whispers of a lover. The handsome boy stood there shirtless, but his bearing was not as young and inexperienced as that of a teenager. He looked a little exhausted, and probably because he just took off his headpiece his short wet hair also appeared a little disheveled. Fine drops of water dripped down from the tips of his hair, and then fell downward under gravity, trailling from the tip of his nose to pass pale lips, a sexy chin, and then sliding down his chest. With that vivid and evocative appearance, even sister Hong, who believed herself to have seen her fair share of handsome men, couldn’t help feeling a little dizzy——

At this moment, Wan Meihong clearly realized that the boy in front of her had absolutely sufficient capital.

She must sign him. Sister Hong’s eyes flashed brightly. It was rare to see a type like Tao Mu in China’s entertainment circle, an actor who practically burst with sex appeal and yet possessed an inexplicable fragility. He had the talents and qualities that a superb actor must have in front of the camera. But the most important thing was that face. While being overly handsome, it still didn’t overshadow his performance in front of the camera. Wan Meihong believed that as long as his career path was handled properly, Tao Mu could definitely become a hit or even a big hit overnight.

Wan Meihong even dreamed of the scene when she became China’s top talent agent with Tao Mu in one fell swoop. Red lips curved into a perfect arc as Wan Meihong looked at Tao Mu with scorching eyes that were full of ambition.

“You don’t have to worry about these things. So long as you want to let me be your agent, I will do the communicating with the school.”

Wan Meihong spoke confidently, but did not know that Tao Mu had no plans to sign with Qin Dynasty Entertainment. The information possessed by the two parties was not equal, so the more Wan Meihong showed interest, the more Tao Mu was indifferent, and even bored. Reflecting this, his expression revealed a lazy boredom that made one want to push him into a bed.

“But I don’t want to violate the school rules.” Tao Mu said decisively. He leaned on the door panel and then his eyes glanced mildly behind Sister Hong: “You dare to come over?”

Sister Hong turned her head, and saw Zhao Keping walking up with a smile, followed by Mu Huating with his head drooping and looking very reluctant.

Sister Hong’s heart sank, and instinctively she knew Zhao Keping was also here to convince Tao Mu to sign with him.

“Mr. Tao is joking. With your manners and bearing, how could you do such a thing.” Zhao Keping’s eyes swept over Tao Mu’s face and body subtly, and had to admit that the boy in front of him was indeed worth investing in. He also did not forget to mention Mu Huating: “In fact, I brought Huating over so that he can apologize to you. What happened today was due to unintentional impulsivity and it caused you unwarranted trouble.”

Before Tao Mu spoke, Ye Yao who was standing beside him suddenly snorted coldly and sneered: “I don’t think it was unintentional. How is he just being impulsive, obviously he was deliberate in his actions. Truly a vile character, so disgusting.”

Mu Huating’s face darkened and he glared at Ye Yao.

“What, don’t want to accept the truth?” Ye Yao was also not to be outdone.

Sister Hong, who had always been strict with Ye Yao, stood by and said nothing. She was also very sick of things today. However, the main reason why she indulged Ye Yao in mocking Mu Huating was mainly to arouse Tao Mu’s hatred. After all, Tao Mu suffered a lot because of Mu Huating. Young people didn’t know how to manage emotions, and they were always quick to anger.

Unfortunately, sister Hong made the wrong calculation. Not mentioning the fact that Tao Mu had lived another lifetime, even in his previous life, when Tao Mu was only 18 years old, he had never had a moment of impulsivity. For a person who grew up in an orphanage, indulging in emotions was a luxury. If he had that extra time to indulge in emotions, then why not take up an extra part-time job.

“So, how are you going to apologize?” Wan Meihong glanced at Mu Huating, then turned to Zhao Keping, and said with a faint smile, “You don’t just mean a verbal apology?”

Sowing discord in such an obvious manner. Mu Huating looked at Zhao Keping subconsciously.

Zhao Keping smiled calmly and said: “How could that be? In fact, I came here to sign Tao Mu into Summer Star Entertainment.”

Zhao Keping looked at Tao Mu: “You should have heard of Summer Star, right? Last year’s Golden Crow Award for best actor and actress were both from our company. If you are willing to sign to Summer Star, I will persuade the company to strongly support you.”

Tao Mu lowered his eyes calmly. In his last life, he didn’t manage to endure the water hose, not to mention complete the movements beautifully, and in the end was forgotten on the set like a dead dog. In this life, he ironically became a sweet pastry that everyone was scrambling to fight over.

“I was admitted to Beijing Film, and I don’t want to join any talent agency at this time.” Tao Mu’s eyes were cold. In this life, he no longer planned to pass his destiny and future into the hands of others. He believed no one, including the talent agencies.

Tao Mu turned back to the dressing room and picked up the white shirt on the back of the chair. The cheap high school uniform shirt might appear sloppy if it was worn on others. But on Tao Mu, it actually appeared stylish and expensive. Slender fingers fastened the buttons up to the second one on the top, revealing a delicate collarbone, while the lines of his chest muscles and arms were faintly yet tantalizingly visible. It was as if he was a model who would be stepping out onto the catwalk at any time.

Not only was he handsome, he also looked good in anything.

Sister Hong and Zhao Keping, whose talent agent senses were very keen, lit up at the same time. Zhao Keping slapped Mu Huating on the back of the head. Mu Huating dared not say anything, and again uttered a reluctant apology: “What happened today, I’m sorry, I was too impulsive at that time. I wanted to get back at you for twisting my finger.”

The words were all taught by Zhao Keping, admitting frankly about being a vile character.

Tao Mu chuckled. It was not surprising that this idiot could actually pull off a frank and free-spoken character image of a straight man under Zhao Keping’s training.

There was a noisy sound of running and shouting outside the dressing room, and soon Da Mao and Xiao Pang, who had been dragged out of the crew by the casting director, rushed into the room. They circled Tao Mu like eager puppies: “How are you, brother Mu?”

“Brother Mu, are you okay?”

Both of them were very excited. While asking after Tao Mu’s health, they glared at Mu Huating. The idea of ​​pulling a sackcloth over a certain someone and giving him a beating could hardly be contained in their bearing. Tao Mu glanced over, and Da Mao and Xiao Pang who had originally wanted to scold loudly immediately stopped .

“I’m sorry, but I’m a little tired today, and I want to go back and rest.” Tao Mu said with tired eyes, making clear that he didn’t want to make small talk with the two well-known agents in the industry. He said straightforwardly: “As for signing the contract, if you really have this willingness, then let’s talk about it later when I am in my third year of college.”

According to Beijing Film Academy’s rules, students could take part in dramas and other work freely as a junior.

Tao Mu’s words were not entirely used to fob off Zhao Keping and Wan Meihong. He was really ready to finish his freshman year and sophomore year in accordance with the rules of the Beijing Film Academy, and maybe even aim to get a scholarship. Because Beijing Film would cooperate with a certain governmental department of the country to shoot a movie two years from now. After the movie was released, the box office exceeded 700 million, and it became the runner-up in the domestic box office rankings that year. The leading actor and supporting actor both won the Golden Crow Award for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor respectively, which could be described as a double win for the film, critically and financially.

The most important thing was that in order to encourage students to focus on studying in school, Beijing Film recommended a large number of outstanding students to the crew when selecting actors. Among them, the actor who played the leading role was Liang Chenyi, a junior recommended by Beijing Film. And Liang Chenyi did not disappoint, becoming the most dazzling new star in the domestic entertainment circle through this movie. And with that as his starting point, he then successfully entered the Beijing circle, both his network of connections and resources such as coveted acting roles and luxury brand deals all soared.

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With this second chance at life, Tao Mu’s goal was not just to be an actor and make films. And since he was admitted to the Beijing Film Academy, he naturally didn’t want to miss such a good opportunity.

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After The Vicious Cannon Fodder Was Reborn CH 003 Stunning

“……?!”

Hearing Mu Huating’s shocking revelation, Luo Yang looked at Tao Mu in the crowd with a dazed expression, and then turned to look at Ye Yao, who appeared embarrassed and at a complete loss. He only felt the string tying him to reason in his head exploding.

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F**K@%#$%#!!!!!!!!

Luo Yang suddenly turned to Mu Huating, and asked angrily: “What did you mean by that?” Are you fucking saying that I was cuckolded! Not only was I slapped by the little celebrity I had been keeping! I had also been two-timed!! Was this what you meant!!!

Originally, it was just annoyance at being slapped by a woman in public, but now the minor irritation turned into the anger of a man’s dignity being provoked. Luo Yang grabbed Mu Huating’s costume collar, and almost lifted Mu Huating, who was about 1.7 meters tall, from the ground: “What the hell do you mean? How do you know!”

“I……I saw it with my own eyes.” Being glared at by Luo Yang, who looked like a fire-breathing tyrannosaurus, left Mu Huating’s brain completely blank. His whole person took two steps back unconsciously. Just now he had run his mouth in a moment of pique, unhappy from being treated like an idiot by Tao Mu and Ye Yao. He wanted to retaliate back, so he ended up saying something that would stir up the drama even more. But now……

Mu Huating subconsciously used his eyes to search for his own manager——Zhao Keping’s face was completely darkened. Even the managers of Ye Yao and Duan Qingqing, as well as the crew members looked at Mu Huating in disbelief.

This scene was simply beyond everyone’s expectations. No one thought that Mu Huating would suddenly stand forward and say such a thing. More importantly, Mu Huating had no business sticking his nose in here——if you stand forward and try to resolve the conflict or improve the awkward situation, it would be fine. But instead, despite being a grown man, you actually tried to sow conflict and provoke trouble in front of your female colleague’s current boyfriend, and just when the two happened to still be in conflict! This kind of thing was too despicable.

Many people knew that Mu Huating wanted to stir up gossip with Ye Yao. Unfortunately, Ye Yao was not interested in it. So it was inevitable that Mu Huating would come across as doing this out of vengeance for being snubbed. But even so, why bring Tao Mu into the situation? Even if one did not look at the age difference between the two, Tao Mu was just a body double who had just joined the crew for a few days, and couldn’t possibly have the chance to speak to Ye Yao. And yet you pour this pot of dirty water over……this person simply had no class.

“What kind of nonsense are you talking——” Da Mao and Xiao Pang who were hiding in the crowd couldn’t resist it anymore, and they rushed over to give him a good beating. However, the casting director forcibly dragged them away with a group of other minor members of the cast hired to do action scenes.

Before leaving, Fatty Liu, who was only just beaten up by Tao Mu last night, did not forget to cast a gloating look at Tao Mu——he did not dare to provoke this little lunatic, but there were always people who were not afraid of Tao Mu. They could trample him to death and it would be like trampling an ant.

The situation having devolved to what it was now, Zhao Keping was full of anger and gave Mu Huating an angry look. He was stunned by the stupidity of his artist. Like seriously, what did this have anything to do with you. Now, great. You could have just watched the excitement on the side but now with your unwanted two cents, you have now offended everyone. Not only have you made enemies with Ye Yao and her managing company, afterwards public relations will have to be working overtime to cover up your ass. There were simply no words to describe your stupidity. If it weren’t for the fact that you are stupid and obedient, and that face still attract some fans, I really want to kick your ass to the South Pole and be done with it!

On the other side, Tao Mu, who was inexplicably pulled under fire by Mu Huating was also feeling irritated. However, now that he was pointed out by his full name, he couldn’t continue to keep holing up in the crowd and pretend that there was no such thing. He had to stand forward and explain.

“Do not misunderstand Mr. Luo, Miss Ye and I——”

“You like him, don’t you?” Luo Yang didn’t pay attention to Tao Mu at all. With a clear palm print on his face he turned his head to look at Ye Yao, and laughed in anger: “Yes, that face is quite attractive. Ye Yao, you are something aren’t you! You take my money and act in my drama, and even want to keep a gigolo on the side. When things come to a head, you place the blame on me! You take me for a damn fool, huh?”

Ye Yao got a bad feeling, she was very aware of Luo Yang’s bad temper: “Ah Yang——” (TN: Ah + name is an affectionate way of callimg someone, similar to Xiao + name)

“Don’t, just fucking don’t!” Luo Yang sneered: “You like gigolos, right? Fine, I want to see if this kid is really worth it.”

After finishing speaking and without waiting for Ye Yao to speak, he turned his head to look at Tao Mu, his face flushed with anger. He then scanned the set frantically, his expression like a bull on the verge of an outbreak. Finally, his eyes fell on a fire truck parked in the studio used to film rain scenes.

Luo Yang pointed at the fire truck, and then said with provocation to Tao Mu: “I heard that you all have to hang on wires as a body double. Then, you, hang on the wire, and I will have the fire truck use the water hose on you. On this hot day, your buddy, I, will give you a shower for free. Whenever I’m happy, this page will be turned over. At that time, your buddy, I, will not only not blame you, but I won’t even look into the matter between you and Ye Yao. The filming will be shot as usual. How about it, this condition is not too much?”

Tao Mu’s face darkened. Was this man out of his mind?

Luo Yang sneered and looked at Tao Mu with an amused look: “What? You don’t dare? But as the saying goes, it’s hardest to accept the grace of a beauty! The little beauty likes you so much, and as a grown man don’t you want to be the hero? In front of so many people, at least don’t be such a weakling!”

Tao Mu had no expression on his face, and he simply didn’t want to pay any attention to this mentally ill person.

Luo Yang was like a lion whose territory had been violated. His eyes wide and hostile as he looked challengingly at Tao Mu——from that slender and well-proportioned body to his intimidatingly handsome facial features. And because he was going to be filming in the afternoon, Tao Mu was still wearing the expensive costume specially tailored for the male protagonist. He was also wearing a head piece that revealed a beautiful and smooth forehead, shining white even under the hot sun. The slender body was wrapped in a pure white robe with an outer layer of light gauze, which only emphasized his lithe and elegant form. From head to toe he appeared perfect, even the fake hair from the head piece that flowed down his back was so shiny and lustrous——he indeed presented quite an attractive image.

After taking a few glances, Luo Yang became more and more convinced that Ye Yao would like the beautiful boy in front of him. Damn, it’s no wonder people say that sluts are heartless and the actress is even more ruthless. That Ye woman was indeed ruthless. If he hadn’t come this time, he would still be in the dark about this adulterous pair hooking up. At that time, wouldn’t he be laughed at by his buddies! Dang, Luo Yang had kept a little celebrity, and the little celebrity cheated on him behind his back?!

Luo Yang kept adding imagined scenes to himself, and the more he thought about it, the more he became angry. The frustration and anger were too obvious, so even if director Chen wanted to sit on the sidelines, it was not possible anymore for him to continue to remain silent.

In this circle, it was not uncommon for the wealthy to keep small stars or small stars who were attracted to a young handsome face. Under normal circumstances, director Chen would be too lazy to get involved. But Tao Mu was greatly regarded by the young master of the Shen family. He heard that Shen Yu even intended to sign Tao Mu to his own managing company. After thinking about it, director Chen just couldn’t let someone Shen Yu liked facing trouble just when he had left the crew for one day.

Besides, with Tao Mu’s appearance and talents, as well as being admitted to a prestigious acting school, it migt5h not be all that impossible for him to have a place in the entertainment industry in the future. If he stood up now and help say a few words, at least it would gain him a favor at little cost to himself.

Thinking about it this way, Chen Yiqian went forward: “Mr. Luo, you really misunderstood. This kid is just a temporary recruit in our crew, and had no opportunities to talk to Ye Yao at all——”

“Director Chen!” Director Chen was interrupted by Luo Yang before he could say anything more. The young master of the Luo family looked at Chen Yiqian with a smile that was not a smile: “Do you think that I am particularly easy to fool? Or that as an investor I am not as influential as the Shen family? If it was Shen Yu who was two-timed instead, do you dare to fool him by saying this?” Just look at Ye Yao making eyes at that gigolo, and yet he dared to say that there was no relationship between them. Did he think he was blind!

With Luo Yang bringing the matter to this point, Director Chen couldn’t speak up anymore in case he offended the other. Although he wanted to do a favor for Shen Yu, he did not want to offend the young master of the Luo family doing so. After all, neither the Shen family nor the Luo family were people he could afford to offend.

“You are joking. All investors are our bosses. How can I think think that way.” After that, director Chen gave Tao Mu a ‘my hands are tied’ look.

The entire crew looked at Tao Mu with sympathy, but of course some of them were secretly gloating and waiting for a good show. Tao Mu remained silent. This kind of thing had practically stopped happening since he returned to the Shen family in his last life. But now, he was still a small extra with no backing and no background, and anyone could step on him painfully. Even if he didn’t go out of his way to provoke others, he couldn’t prevent others from deliberately venting their anger on him.

Luo Yang chuckled and put one hand in his pocket, provoking Tao Mu like he would a cat: “Why, you’re not willing? Then I can change it to another way——”

“I agree!” Tao Mu said, looking at Luo Yang expressionlessly, the pair of dark eyes calm and still as deep wells: “I accept Mr. Luo’s proposal. I hope Mr. Luo will keep his promise.”

“It depends on your performance.” Luo Yang raised an eyebrow and deliberately laid on the provocation.

Tao Mu: “Any agreement has a time limit. I can’t keep playing with you.”

“Then until tonight, when you finish shooting.” Luo Yang raised his hand and glanced at the global limited edition watch worth millions on his wrist: “I just glanced at your shooting schedule. There are two night scenes that will end at ten o’clock in the evening, right?”

Tao Mu squeezed his hands under his wide robe sleeve into fists, but his face remained calm: “Okay.”

Luo Yang looked at Tao Mu’s indifferent and fine features, and slowly approached Tao Mu on a pair of long legs, his bearing that of a lion striving to defend his male dignity: “Don’t worry, we can also stop short. For example, if you can’t endure it anymore, you can take the initiative and beg me to let you go.”

Tao Mu looked at Luo Yang without expression, and then walked around Luo Yang into the studio.

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Director Chen, who had returned to the director’s chair, sighed and waved to the props team to help set up the wires.

Luo Yang stood on one side with his arms crossed, and calmly reminded: “Don’t forget to start the camera. You have to take a good shot of this scene today, and I will keep it as a memento for the close-up shots from all angles.”

After a pause, not forgetting his status as an investor, he sneered, “Everyone must work hard, after you do a good job I won’t forget to add an extra chicken drumstick to your meals.”

The props team dared not say anything and swallowed down their anger. They could only approach Tao Mu and tie the wires carefully. Someone whispered: “Don’t worry, we won’t tie this wire too loose or too tight, later when you’re uo5 there, it won’t be too uncomfortable.”

But how could it not be uncomfortable to be hung up on wires? Otherwise, the big stars who have finally made it would not employ body doubles by any means necessary. Other than the fact that their martial arts movements were really not as beautiful as professional martial arts actors, the truth was that many people couldn’t bear the difficulty and suffering of wire acting.

The prop master in charge of the fire truck also said: “I have adjusted the pressure of the water hose. Don’t worry. It will definitely not hurt you.”

Tao Mu had no expression on his face but he whispered his thanks to the several prop masters.

Luo Yang sat in the director’s chair and watched the few people setting up the wires whispering amongst themselves for a long time and became impatient: “What is going on, don’t be deliberately delaying the time thinking I won’t be here for long!”

Chen Yiqian had only contempt for this kind of rich kid who only made trouble, but he couldn’t provoke the Luo family. He had no choice but to put on a smiling face and explain: “How can that be. The risk of hanging wires is very high. The props team must ensure the personal safety of the actors, so they have to check several times before hanging them.”

Luo Yang glanced at director Chen and said nothing. Like some big shot he crossed his legs and got in a posture as if waiting to watch a good show.

On the other side, Tao Mu was slowly pulled into the air at a height of ten meters by the prop master. The fire truck was also ready, and first aimed at a higher distance from Tao Mu’s spot up in the air.

It was scorching hot under the summer sun, but the water from the fire truck was freezing cold. Just pouring down like this the whole set immediately cooled down, not to mention Tao Mu who was hanging in the air and directly under it——it really became a cold shower.

Luo Yang was immediately unhappy, frowning as he sneered: “What’s the matter? You fooling me? You really think I invited him to take a cold shower!”

Chen Yiqian was truly sick of it already, but he had to signal at the props team anyway.

The prop master in charge of the water hose adjusted the angle and pointed the faucet at Tao Mu. The originally elegant appearance of an immortal instantly became that of a wet chicken.

Luo Yang was still dissatisfied: “Why are you hanging there motionless. When you are filming martial arts scenes, don’t you need to move? Also, increase the pressure of the water hose. I am not here to watch you sprinkle water to cool down! “

The prop master in charge of the hose had no choice but to adjust the pressure. In order to meet Luo Yang’s unreasonable demands, director Chen also signaled the props team to give the prop sword to Tao Mu, preparing to shoot the next two scenes according to the shooting schedule——

According to the script, it was the scene in which the male protagonist was practicing his sword under the rain. Correspondingly, it would take place in various scenes of spring, summer, autumn, winter. The protagonist would be training no matter the weather so some of the scenes required later digital effects. It was all to show that the protagonist had been training hard under his master. (TN: shifu, or master, in this case refers to a teacher)

According to the shooting progress, what they were going to film today was the rain scene. But looking at this situation, it was estimated that the filming would not be on schedule today.

Wasting another day!

Director Chen cursed secretly. If he had known this would happen, it would have been better to take advantage of Shen Yu’s birthday to give everyone a day off. But now great, there was no day off, but the progress would still not be made, and the whole crew had to accompany a madman on his power trip!

Director Chen felt like he had a belly full of hot angry air, and he didn’t need the script supervisor, directly taking the megaphone and shouting: “Action!”

Suddenly, a water dragon with great momentum sprayed at Tao Mu’s body, and Tao Mu, who was hanging from the wire, shook and swayed this way and that way, cutting a very sorry figure.

In the face of the crew’s sympathy, gloating, disapproval, and worry, as well as Luo Yang’s gaze as if watching a monkey show, Tao Mu gritted his teeth and raised the prop sword, trying to get in a martial arts posture. However, the momentum of the water hose was too great, and he couldn’t stabilize his movements at all. As soon as he lifted the sword to a starting position, the prop sword in his hand was immediately washed away by the water and dropped to the ground.

The props team picked up the sword and hung it up again to Tao Mu. Tao Mu held the sword and continued to try and carry the movements……once, twice, three time……ten times……twenty times……

He couldn’t tell how many times he had tried, how many times he had NG-ed, Tao Mu only felt his physical strength gradually fading, but his body also slowly adjusted to the spray force of the water hose. The movements had changed from the initial unsteadiness to even seeming rather decent.

Tao Mu had a fire burning in his heart. He gritted his teeth, and while trying to carry out the movements, he silently calculated the pressure of the water and the strength that his body should give. He didn’t intend to go with the flow and give up——when he was in the entertainment industry in his previous life, he had once won the Golden Crow Award for best actor with an action movie. In order to shoot that movie well, he did not use a body double at all. From shooting the dangerous scenes, he had suffered multiple fractures and was almost injured by an explosion. In the end, he had turned the role into a classic, and even defeated Shen Yu to take the best actor award. It was all because of his resolute and stubborn drive to never give up.

“Ah——”

The already numb crew members were suddenly startled by this violent shout, and everyone subconsciously looked in Tao Mu’s direction——

Under the strong water flow, a stunning white figure made a breathtakingly fast rotation in the air using the powerful spray force of the water hose. Under this strong spinning force, even the costume robe that had absorbed the cold water and became heavy was driven to flap like the wings of a bird. And around the fluttering hems of the robe, one could clearly see the graceful arc of the water droplets that were driven to whirl and splash. Under the sunlight, the water droplets emitted a rainbow of colors and dazzling light.

The prop master who was in charge of the wires was very excited and subconsciously kept up with great cooperation. Under the crystal clear rain shower that reflected brilliance in the sunlight, a figure was spinning rapidly. It was a bit similar to a figure skater jumping and spinning but done high up in the air. With the help of the wire’s lifting force and the spray force of the water hose, the movements appeared even more clean and exquisite, elegant and ethereal. The intense beauty and visual impact that burst out in that moment was simply stunning.

And after the smooth rotation, Tao Mu twirled the sword, and then followed it up by a set of sudden sword thrusts that clearly showed off skills built on a deep foundation. His posture was agile and graceful like a dragon. His slender waist arched out tightly in an arc that drew and caught all eyes, his whole bearing fierce and prideful. Under the bright sunlight, the sword tip reflected a metallic glint as it pierced the water curtain, and with a twist of the wrist the sword swept forward with all the power of singlehandedly annihilating an entire army. The splashing drops of water that were swept up by the sword reflected all the colors of the rainbow under the refraction of the sunlight. Sitting in front of the monitor, Chen Yiqian was full of excitement and shouted: “Close-up, get a close-up!”

On the other side, the cameraman who had been yawning behind the camera also recovered, and the camera followed up sharply——

In the next moment, the high-definition close-up monitor displayed a white figure dancing in the rain. The figure was either bending the arm, or twisting the wrist, or flipping in midair, or stabbing forward with a straight arm, the point of the sword whirling, or lightly flicking upwards, or quickly thrusting forwards. The figure was light and airy, the sword movements agile and quick. And with the heavy rain as a backdrop, the scene was unspeakably majestic and ethereal, as if it really was a reclusive young knight-errant cultivating immortality.

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Luo Yang, who had been waiting for a good show, subconsciously stood up from the director’s chair. He looked up at the white figure in the sky that was as lithe and graceful as a dragon, and could not speak for a long while.

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“How come you only come back now! The box lunches are all finished being handed out!” In the corner piled full of props, Da Mao and Xiao Pang squatted in the shady corner of the wall, and waved their hands at Tao Mu, saying with a smile: “Fortunately, we helped you pick up a box lunch.”

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Xiao Pang handed a box lunch with a five-star hotel logo on it to Tao Mu. His rather plump face showed an expression of happiness: “Today is also the birthday of the little prince. To celebrate his birthday, his family specially helped him take today off. The little prince also had his manager order high-end takeaways from five-star hotels, and even the extras get a share in the deluxe boxed lunch.”

The little prince was the nickname everyone gave to the lead actor of this drama, Shen Yu. Because he was a real prince born with a golden spoon in his mouth, with an exquisite appearance and elegant manners. And most importantly, his personality was as kind and likeable as a true prince in a fairy tale.

Using the words of the Shen family in the previous life to evaluate, compared with Tao Mu, a hot-tempered, unreasonable, and scheming character, they were practically two extremes.

Tao Mu stared at the box lunch in Da Mao’s hand blankly. He was having a particularly bad time of it in the recent days. Especially when sleeping, there would always be all kinds of images and sounds that would inexplicably appear in his head. It was almost causing him to go crazy.

The look on Tao Mu’s face gave Da Mao the chills. He thought that Tao Mu must have been reminded of his past again. He couldn’t help trying to lighten up the atmosphere: “Speaking of which, today is also our brother Mu’s birthday. I hope that the crew will not be too late with filming the night scene tonight, so that we can arrange something. How about we go clubbing at night? We’ve already asked around. There is a bar street near H Studio City, which is said to be pretty good.”

Da Mao, whose real name was Wang Ye, was given such a nickname by his classmates because of his strong testosterone and heavy body hair. His dad was a coal boss, and using the slang of a few years later to describe, he was a rich fuerdai whose family owned a mine. (TN: fuerdai are children of entrepreneurs who became wealthy under Deng Xiaoping’s economic reforms in the 1980s)

But such a rich fuerdai with a mine at home, at this moment, was wearing a dirty extra’s costume and squatting in the corner to eat a box lunch. There was also Pang Yue, the fatty, who was well-known to be most afraid of heat. But in order to share the joys and sorrows with his buddies, he would rather endure the beating from his father’s teacher’s pointer and his mother’s feather duster and still come to H Studio City.

Tao Mu stared at his two childhood friends squatting in the corner. But what lingered in his head was what he had seen in his dreams these days. The scene of Wang Ye kneeling in the morgue and crying bitterly when the Wang family went bankrupt and Wang Ye’s father committed suicide by jumping off the building. And Xiao Pang’s blood-stained face before his death. Then there were all kinds of “book reviews” that appeared inexplicably in his head.

The smiling Da Mao, the desperately crying Da Mao, the blood-stained and bruised Xiao Pang in the morgue, the Xiao Pang that squatted in the corner eating buns, and those inexplicable voices……

Different faces in different scenes blurred in front of his eyes. Tao Mu closed his eyes feeling slightly dizzy. After dreaming seven days of this in succession, he truly felt that he had indeed lived a life that ended in suicide, only to live again. The scenes he dreamed felt particularly real. Whether it was the violent emotions, the deep bone-cutting pain, or even the desperate suicide at the end of the dream, Tao Mu was overcome with a frightening sense of reality.

So that every day when he saw Da Mao and Xiao Pang, there would always be a kind of nostalgia and dazed panic as he watched people who have died but were now laughing and horsing around in front of him. What frightened him even more were the inexplicable voices in his head that sounded from time to time.

Until today, to be precise, between 10 am and 11 am on July 7, 2008, the dreams that plagued Tao Mu finally had a break. It was as if the broken pieces of glass finally pieced together a complete mirror, Tao Mu suddenly recalled everything——he really did die once, and was reborn to a time when everything had yet to occur.

Seriously speaking, today was indeed his Seventh Day. The soul of Tao Mu, who had committed suicide in despair, had returned back among the living.

“Brother Mu?” Noting that something was wrong with Tao Mu, Da Mao, who was smiling and Xiao Pang who was eating, raised their heads questioningly: “What’s wrong with you?”

“Nothing.” Tao Mu lowered his eyes and shook his head calmly: “I’ll go out to smoke a cigarette, you guys continue.”

Da Mao, who was squatting under the wall, was slightly taken aback. He looked thoughtfully at the slender figure of Tao Mu slowly leaving.

Xiao Pang, who was carrying the box lunch frowned: “When did boss learn to smoke?”

After a pause, he asked, “Did boss think of his past again?”

The two of them had been Tao Mu’s classmates since young. They naturally knew that Tao Mu was an orphan. It was said that he was abandoned in a rental room by his mother when he was not even weaned. If it weren’t for the fact that his crying alerted the neighbor and the neighbor called over the landlord lady to open the door, it was likely that Tao Mu would have starved to death in the rental room.

Later, the landlord lady sent him to the orphanage——it was said that that day was evening, and the golden sun was setting, so dean Tao of the orphanage named him Tao Mu, after the sunset for his first name and taking the dean’s surname. That was how Tao Mu’s name came to be. (TN: the ‘Mu’ in Tao Mu means sunset)

“Ai! That’s why they say ‘same people but different fate! The little prince was born in the same year, the same month and the same day as our brother Mu. But look at what kind of life they are living. One is being cherished by family members, and having such a grand birthday. Even his given name shows how much they cherish him.” (TN: the ‘Yu’ in Shen Yu is taken from a phrase that describes a heavenly blessed and outstandingly talented person)

When put in contrast, it was no wonder that brother Mu was so unhappy.

“You can shut up!” Da Mao looked at Xiao Pang with disgust: “You can’t stop your mouth even when you eat! No wonder you grow so fat!”

Where was the logic in this statement?! Xiao Pang took a particularly innocent look at Wang Ye, who was tall and beefy, thicker and heavier than he himself. He lowered his head and ate silently——and he didn’t forget to open Tao Mu’s box lunch!

“I don’t think boss wants to eat it anymore. I will help him eat it, so as not to waste it!” The luxurious box lunch from a five-star hotel was quite expensive after all!

……………

“……I looked for you in the crew for such a long time, but it turned out you are hiding here!” Ye Yao held a small cake in her hand, and looked at the boy who was smoking against the old fashioned blue brick wall with a flash of astonishment in her eyes.

The scorching sun in the hot summer was like a fire, the sunlight casting down freely and penetrating through the mottled leaves, and raining down spots of light. The handsomely beautiful boy dressed in white leaned against the old fashioned city wall with a lazy expression. His appearance when smoking a cigarette with an air of indifference, gave off a kind of mild sensuality under the afternoon sun. It caused one to develop an impulse……to move forward and take the cigarette down for a kiss to his lips.

Ye Yao’s cheeks blushed slightly, and she handed the little cake in her hand to Tao Mu: “I heard that today is also your birthday. Happy birthday to you.”

Tao Mu left the cigarette hanging indolently at the corner of his mouth and looked at Ye Yao carelessly. Ye Yao’s figure was clearly reflected in his dark eyes, and that casual gaze gave people an illusion of deep affection. Ye Yao at that moment only felt a little dizzy, her whole person drowning in Tao Mu’s male charm.

So it’s actually real that someone could be this handsome!

Ye Yao coughed a little shyly, and deliberately brought up a topic of conversation: “I heard that you were admitted to the Beijing Film Academy and will start school in September, meanwhile taking advantage of the summer vacation to come to H Studio City to gain some experience. That’s quite the idea!”

Going to H Studio City to be a body double and learning from the director on how to move and maintain presence in front of the camera. For an unreported freshman who had just been admitted to Beijing Film Academy and had not yet learned to act, he really had quite the idea. What’s more, Tao Mu not only had ideas, but his physical attributes were also impressive, and his martial arts movements stunningly beautiful. Ye Yao felt that Tao Mu would definitely make it far in the future, so she was willing to lower her status and take the initiative.

[Green tea bitch, the level is not particularly high, but the methods are quite disgusting!] (TN: green tea bitch is slang for a girl who seems innocent and charming but is actually calculating and manipulative)

Again!

Tao Mu lowered his eyes and took a drag as he felt a headache coming on, not wanting to talk to people.

Ye Yao didn’t mind: “I took Yan Film Academy’s exam. This year’s junior year, and can be considered as your senior sister, right? Would you like to call me senior sister?”

Tao Mu squinted at Ye Yao: “Little girl, you want to take advantage of me?”

Tao Mu’s voice was very unique. He had grown up in Beijing as a child and spoke in perfect Beijing dialect. However, after returning to the Shen family in the previous life, he stayed in Shanghai city for nearly ten years, so his tone now had a little of the softness of Shanghai dialect, the result of which made him sound both lazy and sultry, with a bit of cynicism mixed in.

Ye Yao felt her ears burning at Tao Mu’s voice, and said with a smile: “How can I, I am originally older than you.”

There was an awkward pause. She then found another topic to continue the small-talk: “I found that you have a good talent for language. You have been in Shanghai for just a few days, but the tone of your Beijing dialect has taken on the local influences!”

Tao Mu pinched the cigarette out with boredom. When he smoke, he didn’t like being in front of people, and it annoyed him when people tried to talk to him at this time too. The former was a show of politeness, the latter was an eccentricty.

Ye Yao of course didn’t know this. Seeing Tao Mu pinch the cigarette out, she took it as Tao Mu being very gentlemanly. Her interest in the conversation became even deeper: “Speaking of which, you and Shen Yu were born on the same year, same month and the same day, if seen from the perspective of numerology, your two lives should be similar……” However, in reality, Tao Mu was just an orphan, and in order to gain some experience, he had to come to H Studio City to work as an extra right after graduating from high school. Whereas Shen Yu was the most beloved youngest son of the Shen family. He could just enter the entertainment circle for his own amusement but still his family members would set up a management company to invest in TV dramas with him as the main male lead.

Ye Yao seemed to realize that this topic was not quite right, so Ye Yao stopped sheepishly. She looked at Tao Mu eagerly: “I mean, you are so good-looking, and you are admitted to the Beijing Film Academy, you will surely become popular in the future.”

This was true. It’s just that after gaining fame and popularity, Shen Yu’s admirers joined forces to get him shunned out of the entertainment circle because he dsred to make trouble for Shen Yu.

Tao Mu chuckled lightly, the lazy yet sexy tone had Ye Yao’s eyes lighting up.

At any time, scenes in which there were handsome men and beautiful women would always be pleasing to the eye.

But in the eyes of some people, this scene only fanned their anger.

“What are you doing?” Mu Huating, who played the male number three in this drama, ran over. He saw the little cake Ye Yao was holding, and he asked jealously: “Isn’t it Shen Yu’s birthday today? Xiao Yao, why are you giving this kid a cake?”

“Don’t call me so affectionately, I don’t know you so well.” Ye Yao frowned and said rather coldly.

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In this drama, the female third lead played by Ye Yao and the male third lead played by Mu Huating were a pair, and Mu Huating’s management company seemed to have the intention of using the relationship in the play to stir up some gossip and therefore increase exposure. For idol stars, this kind of operation was commonplace, and even fans on both sides would not take it seriously. It could increase exposure and attention without much worries. Originally, it was a win-win situation.

It was a pity that Ye Yao had not much interest or good feelings towards Mu Huating——mainly this was because Mu Huating’s face barely passed the qualifying line after removing his makeup which really did not suit Ye Yao’s appetite, so Ye Yao usually talked coldly whenever she saw Mu Huating. This made Mu Huating, who had been very popular with fans since his debut, feel very uncomfortable.

Today, he saw that Ye Yao, who had always been ignoring him, actually paying great attention to a small extra in the crew. This made Mu Huating, who had been going smoothly since his debut, even more unable to tolerate it.

“I say, Xiao Yao, don’t tell me you are interested in this extra?” Mu Huating puffed out his chest quite arrogantly, and gave a condescending look towards Tao Mu. With a tone in what he thought to be of someone full of experience, he persuaded: “This kind of person has nothing but a face. Don’t be too naive. He and us are people in two different worlds. You are simply not suitable for each other.”

Though he said that, Mu Huating knew very well that in this circle, most of the time people only looked at the face. What’s more, Tao Mu not only had a handsome face, but he was also admitted to the Beijing Film Academy, where he would be receiving professional training. Unlike him, who debuted in a reality program last year, his qualifications were simply not recognized by the industry.

Thinking of this, Mu Huating looked at Tao Mu’s intimidatingly handsome face with envy and jealousy, and couldn’t help saying: “Xiao Yao, if you keep being muddle-headed, I will call sister Hong.”

Sister Hong, whose full name was Wan Meihong, was Ye Yao’s manager, who was known to manage her artists very strictly. Therefore, Ye Yao’s face changed when she heard Mu Huating’s words, and immediately explained: “Don’t be nosy, today is Tao Mu’s birthday. I just want to wish him a happy birthday.”

“Really?” Mu Huating raised his eyebrow: “That’s a coicidence, today is also Shen Yu’s birthday.”

While talking, he gave Tao Mu, who had not spoken a word yet, a once over and sneered: “Born on the same day, but some people are young masters born with a golden spoon, while some people are orphans unwanted by their parents. No wonder the saying goes that when comparing goods the one that’s of shoddy quality is thrown away, and when comparing people the destitute person would be unable to continue living.” (TN: essentially means that people should feel contented with their lot in life and should not blindly compete with others)

This was too much. Ye Yao immediately scowled and said angrily: “How could you speak like that? Apologize to Tao Mu.”

“Who does he think he is, why should I apologize to an extra——”

“That’s not right.” Tao Mu flicked the cigarette in his hand into the trash pile on the side: “Saying that when comparing goods the one that’s of shoddy quality is thrown away, and when comparing people the destitute person would be unable to continue living——that’s just angry talk. The reality is that when comparing goods the shoddy quality must be kept, and when comparing people the destitute person must continue living.” (TN: a play on the former saying that means the same thing, but with a twist——your things must be kept no matter if it is of worse quality than others’ because it belongs to you and are essentials that you can afford in your circumstances. People must continue living despite being worse off than others because any wealth becomes meaningless after death, only living will everything be possible)

When Tao Mu said this, he took a careless look at Mu Huating, and his dark eyes revealed a playful glint: “Just like some people, they don’t have a handsome face, they can’t act, and their IQ is even worse. But don’t they still stand here daydreaming, living in a fantasy world.”

Anyone who had a brain could tell that Tao Mu was mocking Mu Huating. When he debuted, Mu Huating was touted as a newbie that gained popularity just with his handsome face and he also regarded himself as a flower boy. Furious, he pointed at Tao Mu’s nose: “What are you saying ahhhhh——”

Tao Mu grabbed Mu Huating’s finger and twisted it forcefully, and casually educated: “Don’t point at others with your finger when you speak. What would you do if someone broke it?”

“Let go!” Mu Huating hugged his red and sore finger and took two steps back, staring at Tao Mu in shock and anger: “Barbaric!”

Tao Mu snorted, glanced at the cowardly Mu Huating, and turned to leave.

He didn’t want to eat the birthday treat set by Shen Yu for the crew that also included the extras, so Tao Mu casually ate a bowl of beef noodles outside the studio city——and was almost killed by the chef’s cooking skills. He desperately poured two bottles of mineral water down his throat. Seeing that it was almost time, he returned to the crew. In the afternoon, he also had a wire scene that he must substitute for the male lead Shen Yu——

After being reborn, the person Tao Mu was most sick of was Shen Yu. Originally, he wanted to break the contract and quit——he was too sick of the days he had been entangled with Shen Yu and the Shen family in his previous life which almost turned him neurotic.

It’s a pity that when he was interviewing, Shen Yu was very satisfied with his martial arts, and the treatment given to him was very high, so as a result, the penalty for breaking the contract was also very high. In order to ensure that Tao Mu would not quit halfway, the penalty money was 10 times that of the pay.

The drama “Purple Cloud” was a fantasy costume idol drama adapted from an Internet IP. Originally scheduled for forty episodes, with 32 episodes of screenplay for the male lead, and among these 32 episodes, there were at least 20 episodes of fight scenes. According to the contract, the crew must pay Tao Mu a salary of 50,000 yuan, which was several times higher than the market price. The main reason wss that Shen Yu was very satisfied, and Tao Mu’s martial arts moves were as smooth and flowing as water, especially when looking at the camera one could really feel the tension and beauty. Shen Yu’s management company was probably so generous in order to show that it valued ​​Tao Mu.

In addition, the pure-hearted little prince Shen Yu felt compassion after learning about Tao Mu’s background, so he raised the salary——according to the little prince’s wishes, he originally wanted to increase it to 100,000 yuan. But Shen Yu may want to be kind, but his management company was not here to do charity. In the end, both sides took a step back and settled at 50,000 yuan so ten times the penalty was 500,000 yuan.

After restarting over, although Tao Mu still had some money in his pocket, but it was absolutely no way near half a million. Of course, even if he had the money, he did not want to waste it on Shen Yu. So after thinking about it, Tao Mu still patiently continued to do the job——his character was like this, as long as the benefits were sufficient, even if it hurt his pride, he could still endure it.

So in the previous life, the people of the Shen family would feel that he was scheming and spineless, and could not compare to the white lotus they had raised from young. (TN: slang for someone who pretends to be sweet and innocent while often engaged in manipulation and scheming)

His heart thumped suddenly, and the pain was as if it was pricked by a needle. Tao Mu put aside his thoughts and walked back to the crew expressionless. He could hear a loud noise even from this distance.

“What’s the matter?” Tao Mu frowned as he looked at the packed crowd of people around the rest area of ​​the studio.

Da Mao and Xiao Pang, who had watched a good show outside the crowd, approached him and whispered gossip: “The other investor in this show came to visit, and I heard that he’s actually Ye Yao’s boyfriend. But the result was that he and Duan Qingqing hooked up. The two sat in the lounge chair flirting, and Ye Yao saw it.”

Duan Qingqing was the heroine of this drama, she was 20 years old this year. She was in the same film academy as Ye Yao and was also in her junior year. Because their images were similar and their career path in the entertainment industry the same, the two have been cat fighting since their debut, and even in the crew they schemed against each other.

“Ye Yao made a fuss, scolded Duan Qingqing as shameless, and even rolled up her sleeves to hit her. The guy stopped her and wouldn’t let her hit Duan Qingqing. Ye Yao was angry and said she wanted to break up and even slapped him. That guy also became angry and said that breaking up was fine, but said that Ye Yao could enter this drama as the female number three soley depended on him. If Ye Yao really wanted to break up, then she must resign from the crew.”

The persons involved were still having a heated exchange, and even the managers of Ye Yao and the heroine Duan Qingqing rushed over to join in. While persuading Ye Yao’s boyfriend to calm down his anger, they still also had to find a way to control the situation——at least they couldn’t let knowledge of this scene spread to outside and the media.

In order to resume filming as soon as possible, even the main director, director Chen, who usually did not get involved with the crew’s issues and drama, had to come forward and do some damage control.

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Seeing that Ye Yao’s boyfriend’s anger disappeared immediately, Mu Huating, who had been standing on the side and watching the excitement, suddenly saw Tao Mu in the crowd. Immediately he stretched out his still aching finger, and pointed at Tao Mu’s figure, saying to Ye Yao’s boyfriend: “Mr. Luo, the reason why Ye Yao wants to break up with you is because of that kid. She sees that the kid is good-looking, so she has a change of affection. You are busy every minute and rarely pay attention to the going ons in the crew, so please don’t be fooled by them.”

Tao Mu hidden in the crowd: “……”

TN: two monster chapters today😎😫

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