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Chapter 16: I Really Am Very Surprised


Translator: Resonance

  中国就是有人好办事。

In China, many things are possible with connections.

  有路清明奉命在林导那边牵了线,试镜这件事似乎变得无比简单了。电话来过,就定在星期三上午九点,时间方面还是很赶的。

With Lu Qingming setting things up at Director Lin side, the issue regarding the interview was easily settled. After receiving a phone call, Xi Mo learned that the interview is set on 9 am on Wednesday, a rather rushed schedule.

  奚墨还得按照对方电话里的要求提交一份简历资料,详细说一下曾经参演过什么作品,这也是大部分演员试镜前必要的准备。除非你已经红到本身就是一块移动的金字招牌,别人看你一眼就能立刻想到你演过什么角色,否则忙碌的导演们根本没有功夫也没有闲心去注意你的曾经,这时候简历就会成为导演初印象的基础,非常重要。

Xi Mo also had to submit a simple resume detailing her past works as per the caller’s request. This was something most actors had to prepare before every interview. Unless you are so popular you are a walking golden signboard which everyone knows the show you have acted in, the busy directors wouldn’t bother knowing your past. At times like this, a resume would be the director’s first impression and it is very important.

  奚墨以前是钻石招牌,现在别说招牌了,她连块寒碜的烂木牌子都没有,俨然是彻头彻尾的新人。

Xi Mo was once like a diamond signboard. But now, she wasn’t even worth being compared to a rotten wooden signboard. She was literally like a newcomer.

  她这样的心气怎么甘心自己突然之间变成新人,但现实就是如此残酷。不过好在她是个优质演员,优质演员的特质就是能够随时随地进入角色,随时随地为了角色扮演而精分,前一刻她还在心底冷冷咒骂阮夜笙,后一刻她就能本着一颗新人的心拿起电话咨询。

How could Xi Mo bare with this sudden change with her personality? However, reality was cruel. Fortunately, she is a great actor. A great actor’s trait is his ability to enter his role any time he wants, playing out his role well any time he wants. Xi Mo was cursing Ruan Yesheng in her heart just a moment ago, but in the next moment, she was consulting over the phone with a newcomer’s disposition.

  “那边要我写简历,这是你的事,我不清楚。”既然是咨询,奚墨这时候对待阮夜笙的表面态度还是相对平和的:“网上写的那些,我能不能直接用?”

“They want me to write a resume. This is your matter. I’m not very clear about it.” Since it was a consultation, Xi Mo’s attitude towards Ruan Yesheng relatively peaceful. “Can I directly use the things written online?”

  她随便一搜,的确是搜出了许多阮夜笙过去的资料,但全部都由以前的粉丝编辑汇总,按照她的经验,这种可信度也许只有一半一半的,很多东西恐怕只是源于臆测,还是先问过当事人才能作准。

With a simple search, Xi Mo managed to find plenty of Ruan Yesheng’s past information. However, those were all summaries by past fans. Based on Xi Mo’s experience, the credibility of such information was only around 50%. Most of the information is likely to be speculations. It is probably safer to ask the actual person.

  同时,还搜出了阮夜笙当年的一些剧照。

Xi Mo also found Ruan Yesheng’s past photos.

  其中一张她赤着脚,一身红嫁衣轻踏在雪地上,一面回头望,乌发飘散,身姿袅然。画面是静止的定格,那飘扬的乌发却灵动到让人想要伸出手轻轻为她一拂。

In one of the photos, Ruan Yesheng was in a red wedding dress treading barefoot on the snow filled ground.  She looked backwards with her dark hair fluttering and her body posture slender and delicate. The photo was a tranquil freeze frame shot, yet the fluttering black hair seemed so alive it made people feel like stretching their hands out to help her brush it aside.

  这是“踏歌声”当初的宣传海报之一,影评用“极致绽放的美”来盛赞她。

This photo was used in one of the advertisement posters for “Treading With Your Voice”. The photo review used “ultimate blooming beauty” to compliment her.

  过去奚墨从未专门注意过她这些,现在隔着电脑屏幕看着,突然有了种时光倒流的微妙感。

In the past, Xi Mo had never paid attention to these. Now that she was looking at it through the computer screen, Xi Mo had a strange feeling of going back in time.

  她不太喜欢这种感觉,立刻点击鼠标关掉了页面。

Xi Mo didn’t like the feeling very much and she immediately moved her cursor to close the page.

  阮夜笙的回答来了,回答并不直接,而是慵懒反问一句:“网上写的你早年签过一部女同片,这资料能用?”

Ruan Yesheng’s reply came. However, she didn’t answer the question directly. Instead, she asked back lazily, “The information online says that you have taken up a lesbian film in your earlier days. Can I use this information?”

  奚墨:“……”

Xi Mo: “…”

  你听网上瞎扯!网上话能信,猪也能上树!

The information online is nonsense! If the information online can be trusted, then a pig can climb a tree!

  再说打死我也不演女同片!

Also, I will die rather than take up a lesbian film!

  “他们乱写的。”奚墨淡道:“当初那片子的确是来约过我,被我推掉了。不过消息传出去,网上就用我来做噱头,都是假消息,再说那片子貌似直到现在也还没开拍,我不太清楚,说这个没意义。”

“They are writing nonsense.” Xi Mo continued indifferently, “Back then, they really did came to ask me, but I rejected it. However, the information got leaked out and the people online used it for amusement. It’s all fake news. To add on, that film is still not filmed even now. I’m not very sure about it and there’s no point talking about it.”

  阮夜笙意兴阑珊的:“是么?本来我还稍微有点想看。”

Ruan Yesheng said disappointedly, “Is that so? I was kind of interested to watch it.”

  奚墨:“……”

Xi Mo: “…”

  阮夜笙在那酸溜溜的闷笑:“上面传是你和沈轻别演对手戏啊,还好是早年约的,而且也没真的定下来,要是搁到现在,这真是一出好戏呢,票房得炸成什么样?”

Ruan Yesheng sulked sourly, “The information said that you filmed with Chen Qingbie. Fortunately, it is just information from the earlier days and wasn’t truly set to film. If you film it now, it will really be a good show. How many tickets do you think the box office will sell?”

  奚墨:“……”

Xi Mo: “…”

  哪壶不开提哪壶!

You are touching a sore spot!

  你有病吧!

Are you sick!

  这注定又是一场不愉快的对话了。奚墨沉着脸说:“等等,我看到一条,说你是八八年的小花旦。小花旦?小?这不是睁着眼睛说瞎话么。我看你这资料的确是不能信,但是你有个访谈里自己也提到你是八八年的,所以你这个人也不能信,谢谢,看来我没有咨询你的必要了。”

It was destined to be an unpleasant conversation once again. With a calm expression, Xi Mo said, “Wait, I saw something. It says that you are a young Dan actress born in 1988. Young Dan actress? Young? This informant is clearly lying through his teeth. I can see that your information online isn’t that credible. However, there was an interview in which you yourself mentioned you were born in 1988. I can see that you are not a credible person too. Thank you. It seems like there is no longer a need for me to consult you.”

  阮夜笙:“……”

Ruan Yesheng: “…”

  早年她出道的时候,她的公司为了给她打造鲜嫩花旦的荧幕形象,的确是刻意篡改了她的年龄信息。虽然现在她已经沉寂多年,但是八八年这个出生年龄,放在当初出道时是多么鲜得滴出水的年轻,她为了演艺发展,当时也是为了配合公司而说谎,将年龄说小了四岁。

When she first debuted in her earlier years, her company wanted to create a fresh and young flower image for her, so they purposely changed the information regarding her age. Although she has been quiet for many years now, back then, using the birth year of 1988 to debut was a very young and refreshing age. For her development as an actress, Ruan Yesheng had cooperated with her company and lied about her age to be four years younger than her actual.

  奚墨冷飕飕道:“你我一个年纪,早年网评时我入了个什么四小花旦,我都脸红。你自己倒承认了,可见你脸皮比我厚。”

Xi Mo said coldly, “We are of the same age. Back then, I saw information online about me being a part of the Four Dan Actresses and I was so embarrassed. You on the other hand admitted to your title. It seems like your skin is thicker than mine[1].”

  阮夜笙在电话那头的确是脸红了,竟意外有了种强词夺理的可爱:“我不是脸皮比你厚,我是脸皮比你年轻。我不是八八的,但我看着就是八八的。你能怎样?”

On the other side of the phone, Ruan Yesheng’s face was red. She said blatantly, “My skin isn’t thicker than yours, it’s younger than yours. I was not born in 1988, but I look like one. What can you do?”

  “我能这样。八八年轻小花旦,再见。”奚墨利索掐掉了电话。

“I can do this. Young Dan actress born in 1988, good bye.” Xi Mo hung up the phone decisively.

  原本是本着负责任的态度向这女人咨询,好认真给她倒腾出一份简历来给导演看看,现在看来她也没这闲情逸致了。这东西要抓眼球要么详略得当细细致致,要么就简简单单卖个关子,后者风险最高,没有大腿不建议尝试,奚墨简单写了几行关于阮夜笙的个人资料,连照片都高贵冷艳到没给她配,点击邮件发了过去。

With a responsible mind, Xi Mo had consulted this woman so that she could bring out a resume for the director to see, but it seems like Xi Mo couldn’t afford to be so carefree. For a resume, it is either eye catching or detailed or suspenseful, with the latter being the most risky and shouldn’t be tried without having a golden thigh[2]. Xi Mo wrote a few sentences of information regarding Ruan Yesheng and sent out the email without even attaching a photo of Ruan Yesheng.

  反正这是抱自己大腿抱上去的,再神秘装逼林启堂那也不会给刷下来。

There really is a golden thigh anyway. Lin Qitang won’t remove me no matter how mysterious I act.

  试镜那天,她特地早到了,毕竟圈内都喜欢新人认真谦逊,能早到就代表一种认真对待的态度。

On the day of the interview, Xi Mo specially arrived early. The entertainment circle always prefer newcomers who are serious and humble. Being early is a way of showing her serious attitude.

  时间还早,她被领到林启堂工作室的休息处等待,工作人员仔细打量了她几眼,给她端来一杯咖啡,待遇还算客气。

As it was still early, Xi Mo was guided to the lounge of Lin Qitang’s work studio for waiting. The staff sized her up before bringing her a cup of coffee. The treatment was quite courteous.

  奚墨坐在这边沙发上,沙发那边倚着一个收拾得干净利落的女人。那女人有一种锋芒毕露的美,化着淡妆,尤其是她那一双眼睛,犀利精明得让人与她对视的时候都感觉浑身像被她眼神剥光了。

Xi Mo sat on this side of the sofa. On the other side of the sofa sat a clean and neat looking woman. The woman was a sharp looking beauty with light makeup. Her eyes were sharp and astute, making people who made eye contact with her feel like they were being seen through.

  那女人面前茶几上搁着早餐袋,一直似有似无地看着奚墨,饶有趣味的模样。

On the coffee table before the woman was a bag of breakfast. She had been seemingly looking at Xi Mo as if looking at something interesting. 

  奚墨无视她,淡定抿了一口咖啡,没有任何特色的会客咖啡令她颇为挑剔地轻轻蹙了个眉。

Xi Mo ignored her and calmly drank a sip of coffee. The bland coffee used to welcome guest made her knit her brows lightly in pickiness.

  那女人突然站起来了,径直往奚墨这边过来。

That woman suddenly stood up and head straight towards Xi Mo’s direction.

  奚墨这边的沙发附近就是出口,她又不认识她,下意识以为女人是要出去,也就没在意,跟着她就发现那女人奇迹地绕到了自己边上,姿态颇为亲昵地挨着她坐下了,一手搭在她肩膀上。

The exit was beside Xi Mo’s side of the sofa. Xi Mo did not know that woman and thought that the woman wanted to go out, so she didn’t pay her much attention. Then, she realised that the woman had miraculously winded towards her side and sat down beside her, putting a hand on Xi Mo’s shoulder somewhat intimately.

  奚墨:“……”

Xi Mo: “…”

  你谁啊!

Who are you!

  谁允许你搂着我的肩膀!

Who allowed you to hug my shoulder!

  她冷着脸,僵着脖子,扭头去看女人那一双缝着笑意的细长眼,心里闪过红烧卤制盐焗泡椒等无数个炮制这女人爪子的法子。

With a cold expression, Xi Mo turned her neck stiffly to look at the woman’s slender and laughing eyes. In Xi Mo’s heart, braised, marinated, salted, pickled, peppered and numerous way to process this woman’s hands flashed by.

  那女人眯着眼,只挑着眼角微光看她,颇为轻佻地开口了:“宝贝儿,不就出去了一段时间,现在见了面都装不认识?你这唱的哪出?”

Squinting her eyes, the woman looked at Xi Mo with a gleam in her eye and said somewhat frivolously, “Baby, I only left for a short period of time and you are already pretending that you don’t know me? What are you trying to do?”

  奚墨:“……”

Xi Mo: “…”

  宝贝儿???

Baby???

  宝贝儿!!!

Baby!!!

  你有病吧!

Are you sick!

  是不是想去局子里喝茶!

Do you wish to have some tea at the police station!

  奚墨被她雷得一阵一阵的,差点就要将她摆出来的矜持优雅丢到天上去,再猛地推开她同时掐着她脖子铿锵有力地骂一句臭流氓,然后在这电光火石的瞬间,她很快就意识到了一件事。

Xi Mo was thunderstruck by her. Xi Mo was so close to throwing away the elegance she was showing on the surface to push her away and strangle her neck while scolding her for being a rogue. However, in this short instance, she quickly realised something.

  她现在不是自己,她是阮夜笙。

She was no longer herself. She is Ruan Yesheng.

  这女人……应该是阮夜笙的熟人。

This woman… Should be someone Ruan Yesheng knows.

  之前女人说的那句话,必要信息已经在她心念电转中分析出来了。

The necessary information from what the woman had said previously has already been processed in Xi Mo’s mind.

  首先这是阮夜笙一个熟到不能再熟的人,关系很亲密,否则不会鸡皮疙瘩到叫什么宝贝儿。

Firstly, this person is very close to Ruan Yesheng. Their relationship should very close, or else she wouldn’t be calling Ruan Yesheng something as spooking as baby.

  宝贝儿,恶心!

Baby. Disgusting!

  然后这人离开过一段时间,也许是到外市,外省,甚至是出国,刚刚才回来不久。因为交换之后,她已经更换新号码使用,旧号码依然是在阮夜笙那里,如果这女人要联系,必然会拨打之前阮夜笙的号,但阮夜笙现在是用着自己的声音,不可能直接电话里回复她,所以可能是阮夜笙拒接之后找个理由短信回复,并且告知自己今天到林启堂公司试镜的消息,她才会一早在这等候。当然这样做容易出漏洞,阮夜笙可能不会这样做,那么还有一种可能就是这女人去问了冯唐唐。

Then, this person has left for a period of time. She might have gone out of this city, maybe to another province or even overseas, and had returned just recently. After swapping bodies with Ruan Yesheng, Xi Mo had already changed her number. Her old number was being used by Ruan Yesheng. If this woman wanted to contact Ruan Yesheng, she would call Ruan Yesheng’s previous number. However, Ruan Yesheng was now using Xi Mo’s voice. She wouldn’t be able to answer this woman’s call, so it is more likely that Ruan Yesheng had rejected the call and found an excuse to reply by message. Then, she told this woman about the interview at Lin Qitang’s company. This is why this woman was waiting here so early in the morning. Of course, Ruan Yesheng might not have done so due to the danger of making mistakes. So, it was also possible that this woman had gone to ask Feng Tangtang instead.

  冯唐唐知道自己要去试镜之后,差点疯了,如果不是有保密协议,她估计恨不得买个大喇叭在小区吼。

Feng Tangtang almost went crazy when she knew that Xi Mo was going for an interview. If the confidentiality agreement didn’t exist, Feng Tangtang might have bought a loudspeaker and started announcing to the neighbourhood.

  差点露陷,于是她顿时就冷汗涔涔了,轻轻不露痕迹地拿开女人搂着她的手,装作多年好友似的轻轻一笑:“我这不是等你自己过来跟我打招呼?这段时间在外面过得怎么样?”

Xi Mo was breaking out in cold sweat as she had almost made a terrible mistake. Xi Mo removed the hand that was hugging her shoulders lightly and unsuspiciously. Then, she acted like she was looking at an old friend and smiled gently, “Wasn’t I waiting for you to come and greet me yourself? How have you been during the period you were away?”

  再藏阮夜笙身体里扮几天阮夜笙,再来几个奇葩折腾她,她就能精分出太阳系。

After acting as Ruan Yesheng in Ruan Yesheng’s body for a few days, her personality can spin just the solar system no matter what strange situation are tossed at her.

  女人眼珠转了转,像是更有趣味地审视了她,这种审视几乎是有种穿透到灵魂的意味,让奚墨感觉到一种很不舒服的压力。

The woman’s eyes moved about, looking at Xi Mo as if studying something interesting. Xi Mo felt an uncomfortable sense of pressure from the woman’s eyes that looked as if she could see through Xi Mo’s soul.

  然后女人笑着回答:“过得很好。”

Then, the woman smiled and replied, “I have been well.”

  不知道为什么,奚墨感觉她笑起来似乎有点诡异。

For some reason, Xi Mo felt that the woman’s smile seemed strange.

  女人接着道:“昨天我打电话给你你不接,发短信也不回,只好去问糖糖了。糖糖说也许是你在准备试镜,暂时不想让别人打扰,她告诉我地址,我就一路过来了。”

The woman continued, “I’ve called you yesterday but you didn’t answer. You didn’t reply to my message either. Without any other choice, I went to ask Tangtang. Tangtang told me that you might be busy preparing for the interview and didn’t wish for anyone to disturb you, so she told me the address and I came over.

  她目光轻飘飘一瞥:“试镜这么天大的事,你居然会不告诉我?”

The woman gave Xi Mo a slight glance and said, “Having an interview is such an important news. Why didn’t you tell me?”

  奚墨微笑着:“这不是想后面告诉你,特地给你个惊喜么。”

Xi Mo smiled and replied, “I was planning on telling you afterwards and give you a surprise.”

  你谁啊!

Who are you!

  阮夜笙她爹还是她妈!不告诉你有什么好吃惊的!

Are you Ruan Yesheng’s dad or mom? Why are you so shocked that I didn’t tell you!

  女人莹润的唇翕动着,目不转睛将她盯着:“我的确是,十分的‘惊喜’呢。”

The woman stared intently at Xi Mo. Moving her glossy lips, she said, “I really am very ‘surprised’.”

  奚墨早已趁着交谈之际,飞快拿出手机故作随意地随手发了个短信过去给阮夜笙:“有个女神经,叫你宝贝儿。谁?”

During the conversation, Xi Mo had taken out her phone in flying speed. Acting as if she was only sending a casual message, Xi Mo send a message to Ruan Yesheng, asking, “There is a crazy woman calling you baby. Who is she?”

  阮夜笙意外地回得很快:“我经纪人,颜听欢。”

Ruan Yesheng’s reply came surprisingly fast, “Yan Tinghuan, my manager.”

  奚墨:“……”

Xi Mo: “…”

  ……这女人居然有经纪人。

… This woman actually had a manager.

  奚墨怕露馅叫错了,又赶紧回:“那你平常怎么称呼她?”

Xi Mo was afraid of making a mistake by addressing the woman wrongly, so she quickly replied asking, “How do you normally address her?”

  颜听欢眯着眼看向她,似有不满:“宝贝儿,很忙哦?跟我说话还不忘回复别人。”

Yan Tinghuan looked at Xi Mo with squinted eyes and said in dissatisfaction, “Baby, it seems like you are very busy? You’re replying to someone else even though you are speaking to me.”

  奚墨憋着一口气,面上笑道:“工作上的事,不回不行。”

Xi Mo held herself back and said with a smile, “It is work related, I have to reply.”

  那头阮夜笙看着短信,笑意有点复杂,同时回复也蹭蹭来了:“甜心儿。”

On the other side, Ruan Yesheng who read the message had a complicated smile. Her reply slowly came, “Sweetheart.”

  奚墨:“……”

Xi Mo: “…”

  你俩都神经病吧!

The both of you must be crazy!


[1] Thick skin – Shameless/ can take insult better

[2] Golden thigh – Strong backing


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8 thoughts on “[AES] Chapter 16: I Really Am Very Surprised

  1. Smarshum says:

    I left for so long waiting for a stockpile of chapters but there was only a few waaa. Please Snowy, translate some more for me!!

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  2. Kasah says:

    There are many chapters and slow updates (updates that i am grateful for, by the way) I just have the feeling that I will never know how it will end.

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  3. Servitor says:

    It’s a pleasant surprise to have a relatively recent update for this novel. Also weird that one chapter showed up on Asian Lobyist all of a sudden o.0 some disagreement?

    I’m looking forward to reading more chapters.

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