FV: Chapter 88
Lin Luoqing observed for a few days and saw that Lin Fei had adapted well to his new school. He was relieved and continued to concentrate on filming on the set.
Ma Bozhong seemed to have some appreciation for him. Before every filming, he would ask Lin Luoqing to go through the scene again. During this period, he would occasionally give some guidance. Lin Luoqing remembered it carefully and thanked him.
Yao Momo was a bit envious of this. “Teacher Ma doesn’t talk to me that much.”
“Me too,” Li Hanhai agreed.
The three of them had become acquainted. Occasionally, the three of them would have group scenes together and they would chat during their breaks.
“I guess he thinks our acting skills are average,” Yao Momo said. “If I was a teacher, I would also prefer good students.”
Li Hanhai didn’t think so. He thought that Ma Bozhong was showing different levels of acting skills to different people. He acted very seriously when facing Lin Luoqing while he was sometimes perfunctory when facing him and Yao Momo. It was as if he wanted to leave work early.
Director Zheng also discovered this and tactfully said to Ma Bozhong, “Xiao Yao and Xiao Li are still young and aren’t skilled enough in acting. Teacher Ma, if you don’t mind then please give them more time. They are actually improving.”
Ma Bozhong said casually, “Yes.”
However, he felt disdain in his heart. Based on Li Hanhai and Yao Momo’s acting skills, he would be unable to do anything else on the day if he gave them time.
He acted in this drama for money, not to develop contacts or do charity. There was no need for this.
Then once he thought of this, he was reminded of Lin Luoqing again. In this crew, only Lin Luoqing was an amazing surprise.
“Go and see if Xiao Lin is busy. If he isn’t busy, let him come over and practice the lines of the next scene with me,” he told his assistant.
Lin Luoqing and Li Hanhai were chatting when they saw Ma Bozhong’s assistant come over and ask him to go over the lines with Ma Bozhong for the next scene.
Lin Luoqing didn’t refuse and told Li Hanhai and Yao Momo, “Then you practice against each other. I will go to Teacher Ma’s side first.”
Li Hanhai and Yao Momo naturally wouldn’t try to compete with Ma Bozhong and said, “Okay.”
It wasn’t until Lin Luoqing left that they looked at each other. They both saw it in each other’s eyes.
“Teacher Ma would never ask people to invite me over,” Li Hanhai said, even though he was playing Ma Bozhong’s son in the drama.
“Me too,” Yao Momo added.
The two of them looked at each other and smiled. Then they sighed again.
Ma Bozhong’s skills were obvious. It was false to say they weren’t hurt. However, it was impossible to say how much they were hurt.
The other person was a senior. There was no need for him to accommodate, guide or tolerate their acting skills. It was probably because Lin Luoqing had always educated them in a loving manner that they felt they were improving. They felt that as long as they worked hard, others would acknowledge them. Now Ma Bozhong’s actions were tantamount to pouring cold water on them.
Even if they worked hard, most people would only look at their results.
“Teacher Xiao Lin is really good.” Yao Momo sighed emotionally. Not only could he see their efforts but he was also willing to encourage and praise them.
“It is quite rare.” Li Hanhai nodded slightly. They were both male actors of a similar age. There was no doubt that there was a competitive relationship, but he could patiently correct their movements and expressions over and over again. This no longer counted as hard work, it was simply charity.
“Let’s go.” Li Hanhai stood up. “We should practice our lines.”
“Yes,” Yao Momo responded. She also got up from her seat and walked away with him.
Shi Zheng came to look for Lin Luoqing when he was free and found that Lin Luoqing wasn’t there.
He looked around and saw that Wu Xinyuan was sitting down, seemingly busy with something.
“Where is Luoqing?” Shi Zheng asked.
Wu Xinyuan was answering an email and said without raising his head, “Teacher Ma called him. He went to act against Teacher Ma.”
Shi Zheng was silent for a moment and asked him, “Teacher Ma seems to appreciate Luoqing.”
Wu Xinyuan was proud when saying this.
“It seems to be.” He looked up at Shi Zheng. “Luoqing’s acting skills are good. Teacher Ma should’ve discovered it too. He has often called Luoqing over to act against him and occasionally give him pointers.”
Shi Zheng finished speaking and turned to leave.
Wu Xinyuan watched his back while thinking about what he had found out about Shi Zheng in the past few days. His personality was good, his academic performance had been excellent since he was a child and his family was average. His parents had divorced early and formed a new family early on with new children. His parents were still alive but he had always lived alone. Therefore, he was very resilient.
If there were no accidents, Lin Luoqing would soon mention the matter of signing with Xingyi to him and let Wu Xinyuan look after him at first.
‘It is a good fate,’ Wu Xinyuan thought in his heart. There were many unknown actors like Shi Zheng in the entertainment industry, but he met Lin Luoqing. Lin Luoqing was willing to help him, so his trajectory was naturally different from others.
Shi Zheng didn’t go far and just went near Ma Bozhong’s rest area.
In order to better let the actors rest, there weren’t only the fixed lounges. The crew sometimes set up a tent for the main actors on the set. This way, they could rest in the tent when they were too lazy to go back to the lounge or their business car. They wouldn’t be able to be seen by idle people when doing or saying something in the tent.
Shi Zheng was now this idle person. He talked to the staff members near Ma Bozhong’s tent while casually glancing toward the tent.
Lin Luoqing and Ma Bozhong talked in the tent for a while. Once they finished practicing their lines, Lin Luoqing looked at Ma Bozhong. Mo Bozhong nodded with satisfaction and affirmed it. “Not bad.”
“Thank you.” Lin Luoqing smiled.
He had a beautiful smile, like the summer sun. It was sincere and warm. Ma Bozhong looked at him and asked, “Do you have a plan for your next work?”
“Not yet,” Lin Luoqing replied honestly.
“Then there is no hurry. Pick slowly.”
“However, with your acting skills, there is no need to stay in idol dramas. If you can, go and act in some movies.”
“I will go if I have the opportunity,” Lin Luoqing answered honestly.
“Yes.” Ma Bozheng had a faint smile on his face.
He looked at Lin Luoqing, wanting to see if Lin Luoqing would ask him to recommend him the right resources. However, Lin Luoqing didn’t say anything. He just stood there generously, looking clear and sunny, clean and pure.
This was the type he liked.
“If there are suitable resources, I will try and recommend you,” Ma Bozhong told him.
Lin Luoqing was pleasantly surprised. “Really? Thank you.”
He said a few more words to Lin Luoqing. Then Lin Luoqing’s phone rang. It was Ji Yuxiao’s WeChat.
Lin Luoqing took a cursory look and wanted to leave to reply to him. Therefore, he said, “Teacher Ma, if there is nothing else, I will leave first.”
He raised his phone. “There is something on my side.”
Ma Bozhong didn’t stop him. He stood up and said gently, “I’ll see you off.”
“No need.” Lin Luoqing refused.
However, Ma Bozhong insisted on sending him out of the tent.
Shi Zheng was talking to the staff about yesterday’s interesting events. He saw Lin Luoqing come out and naturally took out a cigarette box from his pocket. He took out a cigarette, handed it to the staff member in front of him and took one himself. He lowered his head and put his hands together to light the cigarette.
He used this movement to look toward Lin Luoqing without any signs. He could see the kind smile on Ma Bozhong’s face and his appreciation when he looked at Lin Luoqing.
Lin Luoqing stood sideways, like a graceful tree. His branches and leaves weren’t luxuriant, but he stood very upright, scattering sunlight around him.
Shi Zheng put down his hand and put the lighter back in his trouser pocket. He bit his cigarette and placed his hands in his pockets.
The staff members in front of him were still talking. Shi Zheng smiled cooperatively but secretly thought of something else.
The smoke in his mouth was bright and dark while the red sparks were more solemn.
It was almost winter.
Lin Luoqing returned to the rest area. He saw that Li Hanhai and Yao Momo were gone while Zhang Quan, Su Ying and Wu Jia hadn’t come over yet. Therefore, he took the opportunity to call Ji Yuxiao.
“Are you busy?” Ji Yuxiao asked him.
“I am taking a break from my busy schedule.” Lin Luoqing hid in the tent. “The weather has changed recently. Pay attention to the temperature, wear more clothes and don’t catch a cold.
Ji Yuxiao smiled. “I should say this to you. Pay attention when filming and don’t freeze yourself.”
“Don’t worry, I won’t.” Lin Luoqing asked the assistant to pour him a cup of hot water. He talked to Ji Yuxiao while holding the hot water and drinking it.
By the time the weather became colder at the end of December, he would have finished filming. At that time, he could also celebrate the new year with Ji Yuxiao.
“Are you still coming to see me this week?” He asked Ji Yuxiao.
“Do you want me to go?” Ji Yuxiao asked him.
Lin Luoqing snorted. “If I don’t want you to come, you won’t come?”
Ji Yuxiao felt he was very cute like this. “How is that possible?”
Lin Luoqing smiled. “Then why are you still asking?”
“I just want to hear what you think about it.”
“Oh,” Lin Luoqing replied in a low voice. “Then you come.”
He added, “I really want you to.”
Then he laughed again.
Ji Yuxiao couldn’t see him but could imagine his current appearance.
“Okay,” he said softly.
They talked sweetly for a while before footsteps were heard. Zhang Quan asked outside the tent, “Luoqing, are you there?”
Lin Luoqing had to hurriedly end his phone call with Ji Yuxiao and start a new round of small lessons.
Ah, it was too difficult being a teacher. A teacher who taught well had it difficult and a teacher who wanted to fall in love and teach well had it even harder!
Today’s Teacher Lin was very conscientious!
Shi Zheng was lying in his hotel room. He wasn’t tossing and turning, but he couldn’t sleep.
He had a cigarette in his mouth. It wasn’t lit. He was just biting it.
The supporting actor in the same room came out of the shower, saw him and asked, “Brother Zheng, what are you thinking about?”
“It’s nothing,” Shi Zheng said.
“Then let me borrow a cigarette,” the other person said.
Shi Zheng took out a cigarette case from his pocket and handed one to him. The other person took it, stared into his eyes and asked him, “Aren’t you smoking?”
It was only then that Shi Zheng took the cigarette out of his mouth.
He had bitten it for a while. There were deep marks on the cigarette and it seemed like it had been wasted.
‘It is a pity,’ Shi Zheng thought. ‘Obviously, it was as complete and smooth as other cigarettes at the beginning.’
The other person took out a cigarette, lit it and threw the lighter to Shi Zheng.
Shi Zheng stared at the cigarette in his hand. After a long time, he still lit it.
‘It can’t be such a pity,’ he thought. ‘At the very least, it can’t be a pity when I am still looking.’
It was almost winter, so the sun was even more precious.
It couldn’t be spoiled.
Shi Zheng lit it and silently smoked the cigarette in his hand.
Lin Luoqing stared at the two dumbbells in front of him with a surprised and confused expression.
“This is?” He wondered.
“For you.” Shi Zheng clapped. “Didn’t you say before that you felt your martial arts movements weren’t as good as Wu Zhi’s and mine? I thought about it and feel that it is probably because you lack some strength. So from today onwards, I will add some strength training to you.”
Shi Zheng saw his shocked expression and laughed. “Why? Are you scared?”
Lin Luoqing shook his head. “No, it is just…”
Was this really useful?”
“It won’t be completely useful if you just rely on this?” Shi Zheng spoke as if seeing through his doubts. “That is why I will make an exercise plan for you later. Practice first and let’s see the effect. If it is really helpful to your martial arts moves, we will continue. If not, we’ll talk about it at that time.”
Lin Luoqing nodded. “Oh.”
He was indeed not strong in this area. Shi Zheng had been a martial arts stand-in before and should be more professional than him. Lin Luoqing glanced at the martial arts instructor not far away. He saw that in the early winter, the other person was only wearing a thin sweater.
He was showing movements to Li Hanhai and looked clean and powerful.
It seemed that some strength really was needed.
“Doesn’t your character in the drama also exercise regularly?” Shi Zheng added, “So this will make you more suitable for the role.”
The moment he said this, Lin Luoqing no longer hesitated. After all, being an actor was to serve the role.
“Okay. Then it is hard work for you.”
“You’re welcome,” Shi Zheng replied cheerfully. “Try it first and see if it is heavy or not. These are the ones I commonly use. If you feel they are heavy, I will change them to lighter ones for you.”
He handed over a dumbbell on the table while speaking.
Lin Luoqing received it. He easily lifted it up and raised his arm up and down, his expression calm. “Is it like this?”
Dumbbells should be lifted up and down, right?
Shi Zheng, “……”
Shi Zheng silently handed him another dumbbell.
Lin Luoqing received it again and easily lifted both arms.
Shi Zheng thought, ‘…Oh my god, does he have so much strength? It is quite hidden!’
The author has something to say:
Shi Zheng: Your small arms and legs are actually quite strong.
Luoqing: How else can I carry my husband up and down the stairs?
Mr Ji: …I don’t want to lose face!
Luoqing: [Coaxing this person.jpg]
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It seems there is something fishy of Ma Bozhong? Shi Zheng use of “pity” sounds like there is story behind it. Honestly it is refreshing to see such crew environment where everyone competed healthily and no one playing tricks on others. That is why I think there should be one rotten apple about to poison it.
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