The official actors and the guest supporting actors were as different as black and white.
When Xi Jia was acting as minor characters before, he needed to be present according to the time specified by the crew and leave after filming was done. He would get paid on that day. After the official start of the filming, he had to arrange accordingly with the crew for each day. Sometimes he would work the entire day, and sometimes he could take the day to rest.
Since the male lead was suddenly injured this time, Xi Jia received two days of rest since the actor counterpart that he shared scenes with wasn’t present. Two days later, Male #2 officially entered the set to film, and Xi Jia went back to the set again.
The makeup artist put a wig on him and styled it. Xi Jia was sitting on a chair, and Ye Jingzhi was holding Song Song. A man and a cat stood to the side, watching quietly.
The soft fibers lightly scratched against Xi Jia’s face. His face was originally somewhat gentle. In order to fit the character, the makeup artist used contour powder to make his features stand out and more three-dimensional. Long eyebrows towards the temples. A tall nose and wide forehead. After the wig was fitted snugly, Xi Jia slowly opened his eyes. The makeup artist smiled and clapped, “Good, the result is pretty nice. Go shoot your scenes.”
Xi Jia smiled and nodded his head. Once he got up, he saw Ye Jingzhi standing to the side and Song Song in his arms.
A man and a cat were completely coordinated. They opened their mouths at the same time and looked at him dumbfoundedly.
He couldn’t help but feel happy. Xi Jia went up and tapped Song Song’s rosy little nose, “En, this is your first time seeing me act, and I’m also wearing an ancient costume.” After he finished speaking, Xi Jia looked up at Ye Jingzhi and smiled, “Master Ye, do I look weird like this?” Never mind Song Song, how come even Master Ye had a shocked expression?
The tips of Ye Jingzhi’s ears immediately became red. He quickly shook his head, “Not weird. Very……very good-looking.”
Xi Jia and Ye Jingzhi had known each other for more than three months now. Recently, he had increasingly discovered that Master Ye was……a person who was very easy to tease. Maybe it was because he has always been living alone for the past twenty years and didn’t know how he should communicate with people. Ye Jingzhi was too pure. He was very good to everyone and devoutly selfless. You only needed to tease him just a tiny tiny tiny bit, and he would be embarrassed.
The younger generation of the Xuanxue world all fear him like a tiger, and it was to the extreme. Master Ye simply wasn’t the big tiger in their eyes but rather a cute little kitten.
Thinking to here, Xi Jia used his palm to rub Song Song’s head. Song Song squinted its eyes in comfort and happily rubbed against it.
Xi Jia said, “En, he and you are alike.”
Song Song, “Meow meow meow.”
Ye Jingzhi, “???”
At first, Xi Jia didn’t want to bring Song Song to C Province. One, it was very far, and it wasn’t good to bring Song Song out. Two, he needed to shoot and didn’t have time to take care of it. Xi Jia’s original idea was to let Master Ye stay at the hotel and ask him to take care of Song Song. However, Song Song had burrowed itself into his pocket first thing in the morning. When he fished the little rascal out, it still wanted to crawl back in. It wouldn’t leave Xi Jia no matter what.
As a result, he could only bring Song Song along to the set.
When Vice Director Chen first saw Song Song, he was very angry. He criticized Xi Jia for bringing a cat to the set and that it was very irresponsible of him. However, not long after, Vice Director Chen laughed merrily and petted Song Song. He happily refused to give Song Song back to Xi Jia, and was absorbed with the cat and unable to extricate himself from it.
As a matter of fact, Song Song was a very well-behaved little black cat. It didn’t disturb the crew’s filming schedule at all. Instead, the actors and staff members of the crew couldn’t help but pet it. In the afternoon, even Director Old Li couldn’t resist holding Song Song, looking down and petting the cat while shooting the movie.
“My little baby, your little chubby face is so cute!”
The owner, Xi Jia, a person who wasn’t as good as a cat, “……”
However, the crew members were still very busy. Most of the time, Song Song was in Ye Jingzhi’s arms.
The character that Xi Jia was acting was a Jinyiwei. He often needed to shoot cool and dazzling fight scenes. Xi Jia’s experience with working with wires was only limited to Xuanwu that he had shot previously. He even got consecutively NGed several times by Old Li. Ye Jingzhi who was watching to the side was scared witless, fearing that the thin steel rope couldn’t hold Xi Jia and causing him to fall down.
In short, the crew’s filming progressed smoothly every day.
Xi Jia finished another scene. He got off the set to drink some water. He didn’t even have enough time to talk to Ye Jingzhi before turning around to film again. Master Ye lowered his head in disappointment. He pet Song Song to console his snubbed heart.
However, a faint voice carried over, “That Xi Jia, even though he’s an 18th tier small actor, he’s the Male #5 in our movie. Isn’t the one holding the cat his assistant? How could he only know how to hold a cat the entire day and not even hand any water to Xi Jia or help him wipe sweat?”
“Right, I observed for several days too. The assistant who’s holding the cat is really lazy and never takes the initiative to work. I don’t know how Xi Jia picked such a lazy assistant, all take and no give……”
Ye Jingzhi’s hand that was petting Song Song suddenly froze. After a while, he suddenly looked around and incessantly watched how the other assistants take care of their actors.
When Xi Jia finished a scene, he hadn’t left the set yet when his hand was grabbed.
Xi Jia looked up in surprise. Ye Jingzhi earnestly looked at him with a tiny black cat lying on his shoulder. He quickly pushed the water cup into Xi Jia’s hand and seriously said, “Water, for you to drink.”
Xi Jia, “……Ah?”
Ye Jingzhi got a towel from somewhere and carefully wiped the sweat on Xi Jia’s forehead. His fingers would touch Xi Jia’s skin from time to time. The Master Ye now didn’t have time to be shy as he helped Xi Jia wipe the sweat off and urge him to quickly drink water. Then, he would ask Xi Jia if he was tired or hungry, or if he wanted anything to eat.
Xi Jia foolishly looked at Ye Jingzhi. Just when he wanted to ask, “Master Ye, what’s the matter?” he got called by the director to film.
For the whole afternoon, Xi Jia got through such an unfathomable atmosphere like so.
When he wanted to drink water, the water cup would be up to his lips before he even reached out his hand. When he wanted to rest, the chair would be behind his buttocks before he even took a step. When it was time to eat in the evening, Xi Jia had just finished shooting his scene, and Ye Jingzhi brought two boxed lunches over. Xi Jia was being taken care of so meticulously that he thought it was an illusion: As long as he said something, Master Ye could even go on the set and help him act!
While shooting a fighting scene at night, Xi Jia accidentally cut his finger. He hadn’t even felt the pain yet when Master Ye rushed onto the set. His heart ached as he lifted his hand and carefully checked the tiny wound.
When his finger was gently held, Xi Jia’s heart suddenly thumped hard for a moment. With a lowered head, he watched the man before him concentrate on checking his wound. He couldn’t help but gulp. His ears slowly became hot. At the place where their fingers touched, the warm temperature silently spread over. Xi Jia opened his mouth and wanted to talk, but his throat became dry and he couldn’t say anything.
Ye Jingzhi anxiously asked, “It’s bleeding a bit. Does it hurt? I don’t have a band-aid. I’ll go find one now.”
Saying this, Ye Jingzhi grabbed Xi Jia’s hand and headed outside.
All of Xi Jia’s scenes for today were done filming. He looked at Ye Jingzhi’s back in a daze and allowed him to hold his hand like this to find the crew’s doctor. The doctor cleaned the wound a bit and gave Xi Jia a band-aid. Only then did Ye Jingzhi sigh in relief, but he was still holding onto Xi Jia’s hand.
After a long time, Xi Jia quietly said, “Master Ye……”
Ye Jingzhi turned to look at him. The small mole in his right eye calmly submerged into the depths.
Xi Jia closed his eyes for a moment. When he opened them again, he was very calm. He smiled, “Master Ye, my hand.”
Ye Jingzhi looked down. Seeing that he was still holding Xi Jia’s hand, he let go in haste as if he was scalded, and his face involuntarily started to turn red. He said repeatedly, “Your wound is quite big. The doctor said it needs to be properly taken care of. Water can’t touch it or it would get infected……Need to be careful, can’t touch water.”
Hearing the other continuously repeating what the doctor had said, Xi Jia couldn’t hold his laugh. Ye Jingzhi was dazed again.
Xi Jia laughed for a while and said, “Master Ye, let’s go home.”
Ye Jingzhi nodded hard.
The set was very close to the hotel. It was only ten minutes away. On the way back to the hotel, Xi Jia walked underneath the dim yellow street lights and recalled Master Ye’s strange actions for this entire day. He asked curiously, “Master Ye, how come today you’ve suddenly……become a bit strange, did something happen?”
Ye Jingzhi looked at him puzzled, “Strange?”
Xi Jia nodded, “You suddenly started to constantly hand me water and wipe sweat, help me get a boxed lunch, even helping me move chairs, and whatnot.”
Ye Jingzhi asked back as if it was a matter of course, “Aren’t these things what an assistant supposed to do?”
Xi Jia was suddenly stunned in place, “Assistant?!!!”
Ye Jingzhi nodded, “En, they said that an assistant should take the initiative to work. I watched the other assistants, and they would go and……go and negotiate with those people. I’m not good at that and can only do the other simple things. Sorry.”
The corners of Xi Jia’s lips twitched, “But Master Ye, why would you do the things that an assistant would do?”
Ye Jingzhi was stumped, “Why would I? They said that as an assistant, I shouldn’t be lazy.”
“But, since when are you my assistant?!”
Ye Jingzhi froze in place.
The more he thought, the angrier he got. At first, Xi Jia had thought Master Ye became even more like a moral model with each passing day when Master Ye suddenly helped out so enthusiastically today. He didn’t think too much, but he didn’t anticipate someone to gossip behind his back.
Master Ye was such a good person. How was he sorry, and even be gossiped about behind his back?!
When he thought of those people when he wasn’t there and might privately say bad things about Master Ye, Xi Jia’s bellyful of fire shot straight up. Although he also knew that those people might think Master Ye was his assistant, then those words might not be wrong. But, he just felt sorry for Master Ye.
Master Ye wouldn’t refuse others. His choice was to do those things that he shouldn’t be doing.
This time he knew. Then, what about the other times before that he didn’t know? Did someone say a lot of groundless bad things about Master Ye, but he didn’t know how to refute and could only try harder to do things better?
No one taught him. When facing unjust accusation, one should firmly correct them. He would change himself without hesitation and accomplish every request and expectation for him.
Xi Jia was really distressed. He also didn’t understand why he was so angry and not in a good mood.
Ye Jingzhi didn’t know what Xi Jia was mad at. But, looking at the black-haired young man’s expression that became more and more heavy, he was somewhat worried, “Jia Jia.”
For a moment, Xi Jia didn’t associate the words “Jia Jia” with himself since he was still fuming.
Ye Jingzhi patiently repeated again, “Jia Jia.”
Xi Jia was suddenly startled and raised his head to look at Ye Jingzhi.
Ye Jingzhi looked at him with concern. Noticing that Xi Jia didn’t seem that angry anymore, the corners of his lips slowly curved up, and his mood also improved. He became happy again as he said a bit shyly, “Are you hungry? At night……when we go back, I’ll cook something for you to eat.”
Xi Jia’s pupils slightly trembled as he fixed his gaze on the man in front.
Ye Jingzhi continued to explain, “The food here are all too spicy. Shennong Valley’s pills could help protect your body, but it’s still better to eat lighter at night. I can borrow the hotel’s kitchen. Jia Jia, what do you want to eat for late supper? I’ll cook for you.”
I’ll cook for you.
Suddenly, his anger completely vanished.
His heart thumped rapidly, practically about to jump out of his throat. Xi Jia gazed at the person underneath the lights who was gentle to the extreme. Suddenly, he sort of understood why he was so angry, why it was so distressing, and why he didn’t want this person to suffer or feel wronged no matter what.
Thousands of words rushed to his lips, but in the end, Xi Jia tilted his head and helplessly smiled.
“Ye Jingzhi, how are you……so good.”
C+: *super angry*
Mirror: Jia Jia, here have this. Hands him a certain candy bar…
C+: *anger disappears*
【”You’re not you when you’re hangry.”】
Translator’s Notes: I don’t think there’s any in this chapter that needed notes, but there’s no small theatre from the author in this chapter. Also changed the slogan a bit to avoid getting sued y’know XD