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“He Jiaxiang was involved in an incident and couldn’t come for this episode. He recommended Jiang Xu as a replacement for it, so for this episode, he will be the one to finish recording with you.” The director explained.
Lin An Lan: ……
Lin An Lan was speechless but could only accept it. After recording for so long, it was impossible to say no now.
Besides, it wasn’t worth it to get angry because of Jiang Xu.
So he nodded his head in a sort of acknowledgement.
Jiang Xu walked towards him head-on, but Lin An Lan ignored him, took the card to his room and headed back.
Jiang Xu chased after him hurriedly, whispering, “Xiao Lan ……”
Lin An Lan just ignored it and entered the elevator with Cheng Yu.
“Xiao Lan, I was wrong.” Jiang Xu apologized.
Lin An Lan pressed the floor number.
Jiang Xu said anxiously, “I already know I was wrong, can you not be like this?”
Cheng Yu squinted at his look and thought it was rare, and really …… pleasant.
Every time he saw such a humble Jiang Xu, Cheng Yu was very happy. Especially when Lin An Lan scowled at Jiang Xu but then turned around and smiled at him.
This feeling was like being a god.
Lin An Lan ignored him until he was out of the elevator and when Jiang Xu tried to follow, he turned around and said, “You’re annoying.”
The tone of his voice was cold, without a trace of warmth, which instantly caused Jiang Xu to be transfixed in place, unable to move.
Lin An Lan pulled his suitcase into the room and not long after, there was a knock at the door.
Ignoring it, Lin An Lan put the luggage away before opening the door.
Jiang Xu was about to say something when Lin An Lan walked around him and went and knocked on Cheng Yu’s door.
He followed him quickly, but before he could say anything, Cheng Yu opened the door and Lin An Lan walked in.
He also tried to enter, but Lin An Lan closed the door directly in front of him, preventing him from doing so.
Cheng Yu looked on and asked him, “Won’t you let him in?”
“What’s the point of letting him in? To upset me?” Lin An Lan asked rhetorically.
Cheng Yu asked no more questions.
“I didn’t expect to meet him even when coming out to record a variety show, but the timing of He Jiaxiang’s incident is too coincidental, don’t you think?”
“He and He Jiaxiang have swapped resources.” Cheng Yu said.
“Huh?” Lin An Lan was puzzled.
Cheng Yu took him to the sofa and explained to him, “I just asked Sun Meng to ask around for me. He gave He Jiaxiang other resources and He Jiaxiang asked him to take the spot to record this last episode. He’s more popular than He Jiaxiang, so naturally the crew agreed. Rather, because you didn’t want him to show up the other day, I set up people at the hotel and the crew and he probably guessed it so he flew here this time, but instead of buying a ticket, he borrowed a private jet.”
Lin An Lan: ……
“He went to quite a lot of trouble.”
Cheng Yu nodded, “Right?”
“But that doesn’t help.” Lin An Lan said, “Is it even a little credible that he suddenly admits his mistake and repents? I don’t believe it.”
Cheng Yu didn’t say anything. He felt that Jiang Xu was really panicked, otherwise he wouldn’t have been so cautious and gone to borrow a private jet in order to avoid him checking the itinerary, but he had also repented too quickly, so fast that instead of it looking like he was truly admitting his mistake, it looked instead like he had done it because he was desperate to let Lin An Lan stay.
However, he wasn’t sure if he would succeed in letting him stay.
Given Lin An Lan’s attitude so far, it should be difficult, Cheng Yu guessed in his mind.
It would be difficult, at least for Jiang Xu.
Jiang Xu had never found an evening so difficult. Lin An Lan didn’t want to see him, didn’t want to talk to him, and when he finally came out of Cheng Yu’s room, his eyes were full of annoyance when he saw him.
When had Jiang Xu ever been so disdained by Lin An Lan before? Full of anxiety, he looked at Lin An Lan pitifully, but he didn’t get a single look from him.
This feeling became even more pronounced the next day when he went to the island.
According to the rules, the first thing the program team did when they arrived on the island was for the celebrities to choose their partners and then choose a house.
They were all expecting Lin An Lan and Jiang Xu to choose each other, after all, these two were known to be good friends in the entertainment circle.
As it turned out, Jiang Xu did choose Lin An Lan, but Lin An Lan chose Cheng Yu as usual.
As Jiang Xu listened to the MC say ‘Lin An Lan and Cheng Yu have chosen each other’, his heart was full of resentment.
Cheng Yu was inexplicably delighted. He knew of course that Lin An Lan wouldn’t choose Jiang Xu because he was fed up with him, but this was the first time that Lin An Lan had given up on Jiang Xu and chosen him in front of so many people in public.
He was so happy that he couldn’t help but put his arm around Lin An Lan’s shoulders when he heard that the mutual choosing was successful.
Looking at his hand on Lin An Lan’s shoulder, Jiang Xu wanted to chop it off.
During the post-pick, the hostess asked Cheng Yu, “Did you guess that Lin An Lan would choose you? This time Jiang Xu is here and Jiang Xu and Lin An Lan are very close friends. Were you ever worried that Lin An Lan would choose him?”
“No.” Cheng Yu said firmly, “An An and I have been partners for so long, it doesn’t make sense that once Jiang Xu comes in, there would be the replacement of the old with the new. Our An An is very affectionate.”
The hostess laughed instantly, “You seem to have a lot of confidence in your relationship as old classmates.”
“It’s mainly because I know him better.”
Lin An Lan was also asked this question during the post-pick, “Both Jiang Xu and Cheng Yu are very close to you, so this time that Jiang Xu came to fill in for He Jiaxiang on the show, have you thought about teaming up with him?”
“No.” Lin An Lan’s answer was very cold, “Cheng Yu and I have been teaming up for so many episodes and now that he has suddenly come to fill in for He Jiaxiang, if I abandon Cheng Yu to team up with Jiang Xu, wouldn’t that be too unfair to Cheng Yu?”
“But he’s a newbie and you’re a permanent guest now. Don’t you feel the need to take care of him a bit?”
“We’re not filming a competitive show, we’re just travelling and enjoying life, so there’s no need to take care of him. We just need to enjoy the scenery.” Lin An Lan said in a light-hearted manner.
Looking at his calm expression, the hostess thought to herself that Lin An Lan and Jiang Xu’s relationship wasn’t as good as it was made out to be.
Compared to Lin An Lan and Cheng Yu, Jiang Xu’s post-pick was a bit cruel.
“Were you trying to team up with Lin An Lan?”
“Yes.” Jiang Xu was frank.
“But he chose Cheng Yu, was that within your expectations?”
Jiang Xu lowered his head, “No.”
“You thought he would choose you.”
Jiang Xu didn’t say anything.
After finishing the post-pick, the celebrities went back to their rooms one after another.
This time the house was a beach house and Lin An Lan and Cheng Yu chose the one on the far side because there was also a piece of sea not far from the house, which they could see when they pushed the window.
Lin An Lan quite liked the environment and standing in front of the window, allowed the breeze to refresh him.
Cheng Yu looked at him with a gentle look on his face.
In the evening, the program team had everyone gather on the beach to play games and have dinner at the same time.
The game played this time was Truth or Dare, where an empty bottle of wine was placed on the table and whoever the bottle turned to would either choose truth or dare.
Lin An Lan wasn’t interested in this game, but the team had asked him to play it, so he didn’t refuse.
Cheng Yu peeled the prawns for him and put them on his plate afterwards.
Yuan Leren looked envious, “I haven’t seen you for a few days, but Cheng Ge you’re still as gentle as ever.”
Zhou Yuan immediately glanced at Cheng Yu and saw him peeling the prawns.
With this glance, the others also looked over.
Chen Yingjie said deliberately, “Cheng Ge why don’t you eat it yourself, shouldn’t Lin Ge peel it himself if he wants to eat it?”
“His hand is injured.” The expression on Cheng Yu’s face didn’t change, “so I’m helping him peel it.”
The crowd instantly looked at Lin An Lan.
Lin An Lan who wasn’t injured at all: ……
He could only smile awkwardly and unobtrusively, “A minor injury.”
“A minor injury and Cheng Ge is still helping you peel the prawns. Lin Ge, Cheng Ge’s love for you is simply real!” Yuan Leren once again praised Cheng Yu.
Not saying a word, Jiang Xu handed out the peeled prawns on his plate– he had been staring at Cheng Yu all night and had just been missing a chance but now the opportunity had come.
“Here.” He looked at Lin An Lan tenderly, “It just so happens that I’ve peeled them for you too.”
Yuan Leren was confused and thought that Jiang Xu really thought Lin An Lan had an injury on his hand, which was why he gave him his prawns. She sighed, “Wow, Lin Ge, you’re too blessed. Jiang Ge has peeled prawns for you too, so now you have two plates.”
Lin An Lan smiled, “You like it? Then it’s for you.”
Yuan Leren was embarrassed, “No, no, you eat, I’ll peel them myself.”
“It’s alright, you can eat it, I have some more from Cheng Yu.”
He had already said this, so it would be awkward for Yuan Leren if she refused. Hence she accepted it graciously and said politely, “Thank you Jiang Ge. Everyone, let’s eat together.” After she said this, she put the plate of prawns in front of Zhou Yuan.
Zhou Yuan ate one cooperatively then turned to Jiang Xu and said, “Thank you Jiang Ge. Jiang Ge, eat some too.”
Jiang Xu: ……
Jiang Xu couldn’t eat!
Looking down, Cheng Yu stifled a laugh as he put the prawn in his hand onto Lin An Lan’s plate.
Lin An Lan looked at the plate full of prawns and said to him, “It’s enough. Really, it’s enough.”
“This is quite delicious, you will definitely like it, so I’ll peel some more for you.” Cheng Yu said as he continued peeling.
Lin An Lan picked one up and tasted it. It was really good.
He took one bite at a time and as Cheng Yu was putting prawns on his plate again, he picked one up and handed it to him, “Eat some, don’t just peel it.”
Noticing Jiang Xu out of the corner of his eyes, Cheng Yu moved closer to his chopsticks, bit into the prawn and smiled at Lin An Lan.
Lin An Lan then realized that their position was a bit ambiguous. He hurriedly put his chopsticks away and took a sip of coconut juice to hide it.
Leaning close to his ear, Cheng Yu asked him, “Is it good? I haven’t drunk this one yet.”
“Then I’ll try a sip. I have wine here.”
Lin An Lan could only give him his coconut juice, but because he was afraid that Cheng Yu would be too ambiguous with his straw, he inserted a different colored straw in it specifically for him.
Cheng Yu took a sip. It was quite sweet, “Not bad.”
“Put it in the middle then.” Lin An Lan said, “You can drink it too if you want.”
Cheng Yu placed the coconut juice between them, the blue and red straws next to each other at the bottom, but when the coconut juice was exposed, they parted, pretending not to be familiar with each other, as if the were sweethearts who were passionately in love.
Cheng Yu smiled subconsciously and as Jiang Xu watched, his heart filled with jealousy and resentment.
In the midst of the joking, the game began.
Ma Junshan was the first to fill the bottle, and in a few moments it was pointed at Li Yongsi, who wasn’t far away.
Li Yongsi was surprised, “Why am I the first one to be chosen, I’m too miserable.”
Everyone laughed and asked her, “Truth or Dare?”
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