Chapter 34: The Alarm In Her Heart Rang Loudly
The days went by and Sui Ting’s crew team were packed with work every day. The main set location was also moved to the Han Palace.
虽然期间时不时也会出现这样那样的问题，NG也是每天都在上演，不过整体来看还算拍摄顺利的。奚墨和阮夜笙这样演技出众的自不必说, 严慕经过这几年的磨砺，早已从当初那个主要靠长相吸粉的偶像男神蜕变为不光有颜值还有演技的实力男神，和演员们对戏时戏感很足，就连丁沛这些天的表现也越来越好, 不会再觉得紧张，林启堂有一次还在片场特别夸赞了他进步快。
There were various problems from time to time during this period and NGs were something that occurred every day, but overall the shooting went smoothly. It was needless to say for Xi Mo and Ruan Yesheng who have such outstanding acting skills. After years of experience, Yan Mu has long been transformed from the idol male god who mainly relied on looks to attract fans to a powerful male god who not only has good looks, but also has acting skills. He has good acting sense with other actors. Even Ding Pei’s performance these days is getting better and he no longer feels nervous anymore. Lin Qitang once praised his fast improvement on the set.
In the morning, there is a scene with Xi Mo and Liu Yusi. Ruan Yesheng and Ding Pei were in their makeup and costumes, sitting aside and watching while waiting to enter the scene.
自从上次得到阮夜笙的鼓励之后, 丁沛一直都很感激她, 私下里常偷偷送些实用的小玩意给阮夜笙。片场太热他就送了个能吹冷风的便携小风扇, 晚上夜戏蚊虫多，就给阮夜笙送了个驱蚊器, 对祛除蚊虫挺有效的, 阮夜笙还特地又要了一个给奚墨, 一来二去的，也就相熟了。
Since receiving Ruan Yesheng’s encouragement last time, Ding Pei has always been very grateful to her. In private, he often secretly sends some useful items to Ruan Yesheng. When the set was too hot, he sent a small portable fan that could blow cold wind. At night, there were a lot of mosquitoes, so he sent Ruan Yesheng a mosquito repellent device which is very effective in getting rid of mosquitoes. Ruan Yesheng also specially asked for another one for Xi Mo. As they went back and forth like this, they became more familiar with each other.
不一会空闲的严慕也过来了, 丁沛赶紧叫声“小慕哥”，给他搬了把凳子, 严慕在剧组从来不拿架子, 和气地冲他点头道谢, 又笑着和阮夜笙打招呼：“姐。”
After a while, Yan Mu, who was free, also came over. Ding Pei hurriedly called “Brother Xiao Mu” and brought him a stool. Yan Mu has never once put on airs in their crew. He nodded and thanked him kindly, then greeted Ruan Yesheng with a smile, “Sister.”
“Yeah.” Ruan Yesheng responded indifferently.
Ruan Yesheng knew that Yan Mu had always had a good relationship with Xi Mo, always calling her sister whenever he saw her. She doesn’t know how Xi Mo thinks about Yan Mu, but she knows that Yan Mu is quite caring about Xi Mo. Now that she is acting as Deng Sui in Xi Mo’s place, she has a lot of scenes with Yan Mu and could see Yan Mu hanging around her everyday. Aside from hanging around her at the set, there were also a few times he asked through WeChat at night whether she wanted to go out and play.
Ruan Yesheng felt unhappy as she thought about the fact that Yan Mu’s attentiveness was all directed at Xi Mo. So every time Yan Mu invites her, she will find all kinds of reasons to refuse. She imitated Xi Mo’s attitude and can get as cold and noble as she likes to cut off Yan Mu’s never ending attentiveness.
Yan Mu sat down while looking at the filming area and said, “Sister, I have a plaster that is good for promoting blood circulation and clearing blood clots. You have a lot of scenes which require kneeling. Using that can relieve the pain. I’ll bring you a few boxes in the afternoon?”
“No need. I bought medicinal oil. Thank you.” Ruan Yesheng pretended to glance at him casually. “Why not give it to the crewmate who needs it? Everyone is working very hard filming.”
“I have a lot of those plasters.” Yan Mu said with a smile, “Sister, you don’t need to be so considerate, just use it without worries. I have specially reserved some for my friends already.”
Ruan Yesheng wanted to roll her eyes over his misunderstanding. She put on a cold smile which made her seem unapproachable and said, “I really don’t need it. You have many friends. Just give each of them a little more of the plaster and it will be finished.”
His good intentions of giving plasters were rejected several times, but Yan Mu didn’t think much about it. He continued speaking with a smile on his face. “Okay. Tell me next time if you need it sister, I’ll save some for you.”
After all, Ruan Yesheng and Xi Mo’s life are too far apart. How would she know that Xi Mo never liked responding to Yan Mu in the first place? Yan Mu basically did things with one-sided enthusiasm. Xi Mo’s indifference had no effect on him either as he will still fearlessly treat Xi Mo as his sister, seemingly behaving like an antibody. Naturally, Ruan Yesheng’s excuses seemed consistent to Yan Mu as his sister Xi’s style, so instead of being frightened away by Ruan Yesheng’s indifference, he became more enthusiastic.
Seeing him becoming even more attentive each time, the alarm in her heart rang loudly. She wondered if he really had other thoughts for Xi Mo as he wasn’t scared away by her despite her actions.
Yan Mu, who was suspected by Ruan Yesheng for having “other thoughts”, was sitting on a chair and watching Xi Mo, who played Ding E on the set. He admired sincerely, “Miss Ruan is acting so well today as well.”
There are fine stars in his eyes, his eyes looking like that of a true fan.
Ruan Yesheng didn’t hear this sentence. The director’s assistant came over and asked her to make preparations for entering the scene, so she stood up and walked away.
The camera was pushed towards that side. Liu Yusi, who was acting as the little empress Yin, sneered and stared at Xi Mo, saying, “You’re just a little cheap maidservant and you dare to be so arrogant!”
When filming palace drama, if there aren’t a few villain roles who would roll their eyes or glare at you, it’s as if it can’t be considered a real palace drama. Who knows who set these rules?
Xi Mo knelt on the ground, but her posture was upright. Her face showed neither inferiority nor arrogance and she let Liu Yusi throw her fit there.
“Servants!” Liu Yusi said, “Drag me out to be flogged 30 times… Er, sorry director Lin, I mixed up the order.” 
Xi Mo: “…”
After repeating the scene again, Liu Yusi shouted, “Servants! Drag her out to be flogged 30 times to serve as an example!”
This scene took place in Deng Sui’s bedroom. At this time, Deng Sui was favored by Liu Zhao. When little empress Yin shouted, the people in Deng Sui’s palace didn’t dare move. Empress Yin became even angrier. She ordered the few servants she had brought with her here to drag Ding E out.
The walk-on actors acting as her servants came forward to surround Xi Mo. Xi Mo’s gaze swept over. It was bone-chilling, the few walk-on actors put on a cowering-in-fear act and didn’t dare step forward again.
Not far away, Yan Mu said in a soft voice again: “The expression in Miss Ruan’s eyes is also great today.”
Ding Pei cautiously said next to him, “Brother Xiao Mu, you said the same thing yesterday.”
Yan Mu: “…”
“That’s because the expression in Miss Ruan’s eyes is always correct.” Yan Mu said so, and the light in his eyes shone again.
Ding Pei observed his face from the side and felt that the most suitable role for him at the moment is not Emperor He of Han, but a fanboy.
Liu Yusi took a look around. The walk-on actors beside her were all cowering in fear and not daring to come forward. Seeing this, she walked angrily towards Xi Mo and raised her hand, wanting to slap her in the face. “How dare you cheap maidservant!”
Although this was acting, you naturally have to bring in your own emotion when acting out your role. However, Liu Yusi usually didn’t like seeing the newcomer “Ruan Yesheng” anyway. Liu Yusi feels that the moment she came, it caused Yan Mu to take care of her in every possible way. With jealousy in her heart, she naturally became unhappy with Boss Xi Mo.
This unhappiness was more or less brought into little empress Yin’s dislike towards Ding E. So with this slap of Liu Yusi’s, although it wouldn’t truly hit Xi Mo based on the script or out of consideration of the superficial harmony of the crew, Liu Yusi was indeed angry when she swung her hand. With anger, the strength put into swinging his arm would naturally be greater.
Xi Mo raised her head and accurately grasped Liu Yusi’s wrist according to the script description. Perceiving the obvious strength in her wrist, Xi Mo’s eyes instantly turned cold.
Receiving Xi Mo’s cold stare, Liu Yusi immediately felt a little guilty. She was actually truly scared by Xi Mo and had cold sweats.
Lin Qitang didn’t know about the hidden things going on. On the screen, what he saw was Liu Yusi’s fearful yet embarrassed look, but still trying to look imposing by strongly putting out her momentum as an empress. He couldn’t help but praise, “Liu Yusi, you performed really well in this scene! It looked so real as if you were acting as yourself!”
Liu Yusi: “…”
Director Lin, do you know how to compliment people?
Liu Yusi has always been strong in appearance but weak in reality. Feeling that this “Ruan Yesheng” before her wasn’t as easy to bully as she had thought, she no longer dared to try anything. She continued acting the scene with Xi Mo honestly.
And the real Ruan Yesheng has also walked to the area near the camera as required, waiting to enter the scene.
“How dare you!” Liu Yusi retracted her hand and wanted to slap Xi Mo again.
It was Ruan Yesheng’s turn this time. Ruan Yesheng took a step forward and grabbed Liu Yusi by her wrist. She stood blocking in front of Xi Mo and stared at Liu Yusi.
Liu Yusi’s facial expression was ever changing between pale and embarrassed. Her heart was shouting: Why does my role as an empress have the setting of my wrist being grabbed 100% of the time! What kind of stupid script is this!
Ruan Yesheng blocked Liu Yusi’s hand and returned it back to her. Then, she calmly knelt down and greeted with proper etiquette, “May peace and safety be with the empress.”
Liu Yusi said sarcastically, “I live in the main palace. Is Lady Deng going to advise me even when I’m disciplining a few disobedient servants?”
Ruan Yesheng smiled slightly and said, “If the empress wishes to discipline the servants, this consort dare not overstep. However, Ding E is the only person this consort has brought over from the Deng family. Ding E is this consort’s servant and only receives this consort’s discipline, others can not interfere. This is what His Majesty promised this consort himself. His Majesty said, except for His Majesty and this consort, no one in this world can directly discipline Ding E. The lord’s word is of great importance and he keeps his promise. His majesty treats the empress with great affection. Surely the empress wouldn’t make his majesty break his promise?”
This was because Deng Sui had once pleased Liu Zhao. Liu Zhao favours her very much currently, so he promised her a request. Deng Sui didn’t ask anything for herself, but she asked for such a privilege for Ding E. Liu Zhao thought that it wasn’t a big deal, so he agreed.
Speaking of this, Ruan Yesheng lowered her body and bowed while kneeling. “But as Ding E has angered the empress, this consort would personally punish her heavily. Please be rest assured.”
Liu Yusi became even angrier. “Nowadays, you really dare to say anything for such a cheap maidservant.
“How would this consort dare to lie to Empress? His majesty is currently heading here. When Empress sees his majesty later, it would be known when asked.”
Ding Pei watched on and couldn’t help but ask, “Brother Xiao Mu, is there something wrong with this script?”
Yan Mu was watching with relish. He casually replied, “What’s wrong?”
Ding Pei tried his best to arrange his words before saying, “I just feel that Deng Sui treats Ding E so well. She finally got to have one privilege, but she gave it to Ding E. There were also some scenes that were filmed before. The two of them are really… so blindingly lily, so ji. Does the script think that brother Xiao Mu is no longer there… No no, what I mean is that does the script think that the male lead emperor He of Han is no longer there?”
“What ji? And what does lily mean?” Yan Mu turned his head around to look at Ding Pei. “Isn’t that a kind of flower?”
“Brother Xiao Mu, you don’t know what ji and lily means?” Ding Pei quickly gave him an explanation.
Two people huddled together one side and had a long conversation in whispers. Then, Ding Pei let Yan Mu look at his phone. Towards the end, Yan Mu’s face was full of shock as if he discovered a new world.
“How do you know so much?” Yan Mu held Ding Pei’s phone and didn’t let go.
Ding Pei answered honestly, “I didn’t know before. I was originally only familiar with the slang for gay. This slang for lesbians was told to me by my little sister. She is more knowledgeable about lilies.”
Yan Mu was shocked and he moved back unconsciously, “You’re even familiar with the slang for gays?”
Ding Pei was also shocked when he saw him behaving like that. He quickly clarified, “Brother Xiao Mu, I’m only familiar with it. I’m not gay!”
Yan Mu: “…”
Ding Pei: “…”
At the other side, Lin Qitang shouted “cut” and the scene was over. They proceeded to the next scene.
When work was over, Ruan Yesheng invited Xi Mo to have lunch at her place. Feng Tangtang stir-fried some dishes in the small kitchen. It was more delicious than the box lunch given to the crew and had all the necessary nutrition. If Ruan Yesheng was inviting her in the past, it would have been considered great if Xi Mo agreed a few times. Now, she agreed every time and would go when she agreed, never once missing the appointment.
“You go first, I’ll come later.” Xi Mo said indifferently as she packed up.
Ruan Yesheng nodded and left without worry.
Halfway through packing, Yan Mu came over. He smiled at Xi Mo and said, “Miss Ruan, you haven’t eaten lunch yet right?”
Ever since both Group A and Group B arrived at the Han Palace, Yan Mu often appeared in front of her to show his concern. Xi Mo was vigilant all the time. She said, “Not yet. I’m heading to Xi Mo’s place later to eat. She had asked me.”
“Is that so? Sister made an appointment with you.” Yan Mu showed a slightly disappointed expression.
At the beginning when the crew had their banquet, Yan Mu had once taken the initiative to come over to greet her. Later, whenever he has free time, he will sit at the set location and watch the scenes related to Ding E with a bright smile on his face.
Seeing him being so diligent, Xi Mo deliberately pretended to be cold and indifferent in front of Yan Mu so that he would back down in the face of the difficulties. Who knew that Yan Mu had no hint of backing down at all.
When Xi Mo found that Yan Mu didn’t have the slightest intention to back down, the alarm in her heart rang loudly. She had never thought about who a coquettish woman like Ruan Yesheng is suitable for, but she feels that she is definitely not suitable for such a foolish but kindhearted man like Yan Mu. She knows that Yan Mu is a good person, but she felt that Yan Mu and Ruan Yesheng simply didn’t suit each other.
If their bodies are changed back in the future, it would be even more unsuitable for Yan Mu to continue taking care of Ruan Yesheng like this. It is necessary for her to stop this “unsuitability” in advance.
Yan Mu soon recovered his smile. “By the way, I think you got a little hurt the other day from hanging on the wires. I have a few boxes of plasters which are very effective. How about you try to see if it works?”
Xi Mo wondered in her heart if this kid really has other thoughts for Ruan Yesheng. While smiling on the surface, she tactfully rejected, “Thank you. I’ve already bought medicinal oil. I’m just afraid that the medicinal oil and plaster are incompatible with each other, which would be bad. You can give it to other people in the crew that need it.”
“Why has Miss Ruan bought medicinal oil as well?” Yan Mu couldn’t hide his disappointment this time.
He didn’t know that after he was given the “medicinal oil” card by two people, he was at the same time being suspected by the both of them for having other thoughts. He just pitied himself a little for those plaster he never got to give out.
But he was an easy-going person. He spoke with Xi Mo for a little while more and soon left for fear of delaying Xi Mo from her lunch.
Feng Tangtang set up a small table in the lounge and put up the food. When Xi Mo came in, she quickly waved her hand and said, “Hurry up Ruan Ruan, we’re waiting for you.”
Xi Mo washed her hands and sat down by the table. Ruan Yesheng realized that she seemed a little unhappy, so she asked her, “What’s wrong? You don’t look good.”
Xi Mo casually replied, “It’s nothing. I’m probably a little tired as there was a lot of filming.”
Ruan Yesheng didn’t ask any more. She filled a bowl of soup and passed it to Xi Mo.
Xi Mo received the soup and thanked her. After drinking a sip, she said, “The medicinal oil I gave you is pretty useful isn’t it? You have to kneel every day. Your knees should be much better after using that oil?”
“It’s pretty useful.” Ruan Yesheng didn’t know why she mentioned this suddenly.
Xi Mo stared at her and said, “I knew it. Medicinal oil is definitely more effective than plaster.”
Ruan Yesheng: “…”
 Xiao – Small/little
 I/me – The emperor addresses himself as ‘zhen’ which is their way of saying I/me. Meanwhile, empresses or concubines who have their own palace address themselves as “Ben gong”. These formal ways of addressing are in italics to differentiate from the normal types.
 It can’t really be seen in English but Liu Yusi messed up the order of the words she was supposed to say.
Incorrect way: 把本宫给她拖下去
This was how she said it, which means to drag herself out to be flogged.
Correct way: 把她给本宫拖下去
This was how she was supposed to say it, which means to help her drag Ding E out to be flogged.
 Ji – The Chinese word used is 姬(Ji), which sounds similar to the word Ji(基). 基 means gay and 姬 is referring to lesbian. Lily is usually used to describe GL relationships.