Chapter 39: Forever, My Heart Never Changing.
Chapter 39: Forever, My Heart Never Changing.
The plant known as ‘love’ within Ruan Yesheng’s heart seemed to have become more lush because of Xi Mo’s words.
它抽出新叶和柔嫩的花瓣, 正以一种看得见的生长速度填满着阮夜笙。这种生长那么迅速, 甚至让阮夜笙差点无法把控它，仿佛稍微一分神，她就有些抑制不住这种抽叶开花的悸动了。
It grew out new leaves and tender petals, filling up Ruan Yesheng at a visible growth rate. This kind of growth is so fast that Ruan Yesheng almost couldn’t control it. It’s as if she can’t contain the growing of the leaves and flowers the moment she is just a little distracted.
“Then I will wait for you.” Ruan Yesheng still kept smiling. “Until the day you can tell me.”
Xi Mo just looked at her.
阮夜笙很少见过她像现在这样看着自己, 这目光有些复杂。虽然不明白奚墨此刻在想些什么, 但阮夜笙明白一点, 她喜欢奚墨这样看着她。
Ruan Yesheng has rarely seen Xi Mo looking at her like this with a slightly complicated gaze. Although Ruan Yesheng didn’t know what Xi Mo was thinking about right now, she knows one thing. She likes having Xi Mo look at her like that.
“时间要到了，去片场吧。”奚墨站起来, 望着那边粉丝们送的一大堆礼物：“你让路清明过来把这些分类一下, 他知道怎么做。”
“It’s almost time. Let’s go to the set location.” Xi Mo stood up. Looking at the pile of gifts from her fans over there, she said, “Ask Lu Qingming to come and sort these things out, he knows how to do it.”
Ruan Yesheng nodded and followed her to the set.
When filming the night scenes, Xi Mo and Ruan Yesheng were both in good condition. Lin Qitang was very satisfied. After a few regular scenes were shot, there was still a scene where Ding E removed Deng Sui’s makeup at night which was left to the end.
梳妆师过来将奚墨原本梳好的头发散了，给她在后面用丝缎挽了一下，在临近肩后的位置束了起来，简单大方。原本定厄这个角色形象就不事雕琢, 平常的妆容也是比较淡的, 梳妆师现在将奚墨脸上的妆又换得更淡了一点, 几乎是素颜了, 但是阮夜笙这副身子原本的肌肤底子实在太好, 灯光照过来的时候, 依然光彩斐然, 不可方物。
The stylist came over and loosened Xi Mo’s originally combed hair. Using a piece of silk to hold together her hair, the stylist tied the hair near Xi Mo’s shoulder, resulting in a simple and natural look. Ding E’s character appearance doesn’t have much changes in the first place and usually has relatively light makeup. The stylist made the make up on Xi Mo’s face even lighter this time, Xi Mo almost had no make-up on. Nevertheless, this body of Ruan Yesheng has very good skin as a base. When the light shone on it, it was still brilliant and indistinguishable.
On the other hand, Ruan Yesheng doesn’t need to remove her makeup for the time being. Now, all she needs to do is to sit on a stone bench in the inner courtyard of the sleeping courtyard while the camera films the view around her. At this point of the story plot development, there is some misunderstanding and dislike between Deng Sui and Liu Zhao due to little Empress Yin’s interference, causing Deng Sui to be imprisoned at the sleeping courtyard and feeling depressed.
In every palace drama, there would always be the scene of the protagonist being grounded by the king in the palace. Those who were unlucky may even be grounded for more than a few times. Then, the protagonist would rely on various methods to turn the tables. It’s as if conflict would only happen this way. Who knows who set these rules?
Xi Mo held up a lantern and walked into the filming area with a cloak hanging over her hands. When she reached behind Ruan Yesheng, she helped her put on the cloak and said softly, “Lady, it’s night time. It’s time to rest.”
Summer nights are sweltering. The actors were suffocating having to wear layers of the Han dynasty costume, but they still have to bear with it. The seasons also change within the script. Even though it was so hot right now, they still had to act out the sadness when subjected to the night wind.
Ruan Yesheng stretched out her hand to adjust the cloak and looked back at Xi Mo.
Xi Mo’s eyes flickered slightly and saw the layer of sweat forming on Ruan Yesheng’s neck due to being wrapped in layers of clothes.
Although Deng Sui was currently in a bad mood, she always smiled sweetly towards Ding E. Ruan Yesheng smiled and said, “I’ve already said it many times not to call me ‘lady’ in private. Just call me ‘miss’ like you did back at home.”
“Servant dares not.”
“You don’t have to be afraid in front of me. There is no one else around, calling me by ‘Lady’ can wait for when there are others around.”
Xi Mo bowed and said, “Yes, lady.”
Ruan Yesheng covered her lips and smiled. After a while, she looked at her and said in a soft voice, “You blockhead.”
Xi Mo remembered Ruan Yesheng saying that she was a blockhead after their lunch earlier. When she heard this line again, she became a little dazed.
Usually, she is hardly distracted when acting and feels that nothing could disturb her during acting. Now that she was acting with Ruan Yesheng, quickly immersing herself into the role of Ding E wasn’t what’s on her mind. Instead, she was still thinking about her real thoughts as Xi Mo. She couldn’t help but feel embarrassed about it.
Ruan Yesheng could distract her.
Ruan Yesheng could disturb her acting.
When Xi Mo realized this, she became even more embarrassed. The scary thing is that this sort of disturbance is silent and without reason. It engulfed her like an invisible mist and Ruan Yesheng herself didn’t even know what she did.
Ruan Yesheng was still in her role as Deng Sui and looking at her with a smile.
“Cut!” Lin Qitang shouted for them to stop.
Xi Mo and Ruan Yesheng stopped at the same time.
Lin Qitang said, “Ruan Yesheng, why didn’t you continue with the lines? Did you forget them?”
“Sorry director Lin.” Xi Mo hurriedly said, “I suddenly got stuck.”
For Lin Qitang, this “Ruan Yesheng” he personally selected has always performed very well. She has an eye-catching appearance and her acting is outstanding. She rarely made mistakes or missed her lines. From the start of filming until now, he always felt that he found a treasure. Since it was a treasure he found, Lin Qitang, who likes to raise newcomers, was naturally quite polite with her. He said to Xi Mo, “It’s okay. Let’s do it again. Pay attention this time.”
They started filming again. Ruan Yesheng said with a rebuking smile, “You blockhead.”
“… Yes, miss.” Xi Mo lowered her head, looking humble and calm. However, her voice was gentle when she replied, “I’m a blockhead.”
Ruan Yesheng reached out her hand. Xi Mo stretched out her hand to hold her, supporting her as she walked her back to the bedroom.
Several cameras chased after them and did a close up on their walking and the swaying lantern. When they entered the bedroom, the camera angle changed. Ruan Yesheng sat down facing the bronze mirror. Behind her, Xi Mo bent over and carefully arranged the hem of her dangling palace dress. Then, she started removing the pearl hairpins on Ruan Yesheng and placed them into the jewelry box.
There were several jewelry boxes on the table. The hairpins, earrings and bracelets inside were all dazzling to the eye and were all given to Deng Sui by Liu Zhao.
Ruan Yesheng looked at those jewelry silently.
After removing those adornments for her, Xi Mo started to help her comb her hair. White slender fingers interspersed back and forth against Ruan Yesheng’s long black hair.
“Don’t help me with such complicated adornments tomorrow. A simple one is enough.” Ruan Yesheng sighed, “No one is going to see them anyway.”
She took out a jade hairpin from the jewelry box, holding it in her hands to take a look. After looking at it for a while, she threw the hairpin away in a self-deprecating way. “It never lasts long using one’s beauty to win the favor of others.”
Xi Mo said, “Miss looks more spirited with this kind of adornment. It’s good if Miss is in good spirits. I will help you with it. There’s no trouble at all.”
Ruan Yesheng turned to look at her. After a while, she said, “I don’t wish to go along with others’ wants, but I wish for others to go along with my wants. How would you feel if such a day truly comes?”
This was the first time in the script that Deng Sui clearly expressed her self-consciousness. She did not tell anyone about this and only felt at ease to tell Ding E. She is unwilling to succumb herself to this jealousy filled and restrictive imperial harem. She can only laugh if the king laughs. And if the king leaves, then she’s nothing. She is unwilling to live on like a duckweed that has nothing to rely on.
Xi Mo’s combing action stopped and she stood there holding the comb.
Ruan Yesheng puffed out a laugh, “Will I be beheaded for saying such outrageous words?”
Xi Mo knelt down facing her and said softly, “I don’t know nor care about others. However, I’m willing to serve Miss forever, my heart never changing.”
Feng Tangtang, who was watching the whole process from a distance, couldn’t resist standing up from her chair. Every time Sister Xi and Ruan Ruan act together, the process is as smooth as silk. There were rarely any ‘cuts’. Needless to say, they also passed in one take this time.
On one hand, she carefully discerned the deep master and servant relationship between Deng Sui and Ding E in the show. On the other hand, she felt that their relationship was too deep. It was especially so with Sister Xi and Ruan Ruan’s acting. Their exchanged glance, reciting of lines and actions were so fitting with each other it’s as if the atmosphere would burst forth and engulf the entire set location.
After this scene was over, Lin Qitang called for them to stop. The make-up artist hurried forward to help Ruan Yesheng remove her makeup.
The rouge of ancient times can be washed away by water. In the later scene, Ding E will need to help Deng Sui wash her face and remove her makeup. There’s no way Ruan Yesheng could wash her face while wearing the modern times water-insoluble makeup, so it has to be removed before their face washing scene. Otherwise, everything would be exposed. Lin Qitang is particular about this.
The filming continued after Ruan Yesheng’s makeup was removed. Xi Mo helped her remove the outermost layer of the palace clothing and left the inner wear on. She brought water over to help Ruan Yesheng wash her face, then used a towel to gently dry her face.
When Xi Mo was wiping Ruan Yesheng’s face, her hair became a little messy and got stuck to her ear. Xi Mo saw it and raised her hand to gently brush away these few strands of messy hair.
Ruan Yesheng was inspired and also gave Xi Mo a glance.
There was no such action in the script. It was all improvised by Xi Mo. Lin Qitang felt that it was very natural, so he didn’t shout to cut.
After Xi Mo was done washing her face, Ruan Yesheng asked, “Ding E, why don’t you do some make-up and dress up a little as well? You’re always dressed like this, it’s too plain.”
Xi Mo acted out Ding E’s slightly surprised posture and retreated backwards while holding the towel. And with shyness and embarrassment that was hidden in silence, she shook her head and said, “There’s no need. No one looks at this servant anyway.”
“I do.” Ruan Yesheng smiled and dug out a jade safety button from her jewelry box.
The props used by Sui Ting’s crew can be considered quite particular. The props used by the important characters are specially customized. In this show, the jade safety button was used as a gift that Deng Sui has given to Ding E. In the later scenes, Ding E is always carrying it. Therefore, this prop was made with great care. Although it wasn’t expensive, it was still made with real jade and is very exquisite.
Ruan Yesheng walked behind Xi Mo and removed the silk tying her hair. Then, she used the jade safety button and tied her long hair back the way it was before.
When Feng Tangtang saw this, she suddenly felt that the two were too ambiguous, it was unbearable to look at. She glanced around at the other staff on scene. The other staff were also stunned, probably finding it too much as well.
The atmosphere was weird, regardless whether it was Ding E and Deng Sui, or sister Xi and Ruan Ruan.
Although it was unbearable to watch, Feng Tangtang still wanted to watch very much. She was inexplicably excited by the scene in front of her. Her cheeks were flushed as she stared intently at Xi Mo and Ruan Yesheng. If she had a cheering flag with her now, she would definitely cheer for the two who are filming.
“Do you have a cold or fever?” Gu Qisong, who was by the side, asked stiffly.
“No?” Feng Tangtang looked over in confusion.
“Your face is unnaturally red.” As a bodyguard, Gu Qisong is very cautious about any abnormal occurrence. “If you have a fever, you need to take medicine.”
Feng Tangtang: “…”
Gu Qisong looked in the direction of Xi Mo and Ruan Yesheng again. He asked while still speaking in that stiff tone, “Previously, director Lin had shouted something about bonds. I didn’t understand, so I went to search about it. Is what they have now a bond?”
“I… I guess.” Feng Tangtang’s head was full of sweat. She thought: Brother Gu is handsome, but it is difficult to communicate with him in a normal way sometimes.
After finishing work, Ruan Yesheng returned to the hotel with Xi Mo. Gu Qisong followed after them. After dismissing Gu Qisong, Ruan Yesheng stood before her hotel room and said to Xi Mo, “Lu Qingming sorted out the gifts. Most of them have been taken away, but a small amount is left in my room. They are mostly handmade items and letters written to you. Do you want to take a look?”
“Sure.” Actually, this kind of thing can be done whenever she was free and it wasn’t necessary for her to do it now. However, Xi Mo found it difficult to reject Ruan Yesheng’s invitation.
Ruan Yesheng’s eyes overflowed with joy, and Xi Mo was invited to enter. Xi Mo sat down silently. Ruan Yesheng placed a small cardboard box containing small handmade gifts and letters in front of her and said, “Lu Qingming didn’t say anything and just left these behind. My guess is that you used to look at fan letters and handmade gifts.”
Xi Mo said lightly, “Writing letters and creating handmade gifts requires quite a bit of effort.”
Ruan Yesheng sat beside Xi Mo and looked at her with her palm on her chin and cheeks. “No wonder they adore you so much.”
Xi Mo added, “I don’t look at all of them. I don’t have that much time. I just pick a few random ones to see when I’m free. It’s unrealistic to look through all of them when there’s so many.”
Ruan Yesheng still maintained her posture of holding her chin and cheek.
“Don’t look at me like that.” Xi Mo gave her a glance. “It’s a little mushy.”
“This is my look of worship.” Ruan Yesheng said teasingly.
Xi Mo sneered, “You’re not my fan, what’s there to worship?”
However, Ruan Yesheng said, “Stand up.”
Xi Mo frowned.
“Stand up?” Ruan Yesheng urged her and stood up at the same time.
This urging seems to be mixed with a hint of coquettishness. Ruan Yesheng’s speaking tone has always been soft and charming. This hint of coquettishness was hidden in it, penetrating Xi Mo along with her voice. It was much harder to bear than direct coquettishness.
Xi Mo stood up silently. She stood up straight and looked into Ruan Yesheng’s eye. “What are we doing?”
“Hugging.” Ruan Yesheng said with a smile.
Xi Mo: “…”
Ruan Yesheng was actually feeling quite uneasy, afraid that she would refuse. However, she still said, “Didn’t you say that fans’ requests for hugs are acceptable as long as they are polite and respectful?
Xi Mo just looked at her but didn’t speak.
“I’ve said that I’m your fan too. Can you give me a hug?”
Ruan Yesheng had a smile on her face, but she was mentally prepared to be rejected. Xi Mo has never liked having close contact with other people. When acting, she has never accepted roles with kissing scenes, not to mention other actions. Fortunately, she has a strong family background. Otherwise, it would be very difficult for her to last in the entertainment circle with how picky she is with her role.
It’s fine even if she rejects this.
Ruan Yesheng thought sadly: I’ll just act casual about it later. It shouldn’t be too awkward.
Xi Mo walked to Ruan Yesheng. Xi Mo’s original body is slightly taller than Ruan Yesheng. After exchanging their bodies, their heights were reversed, so she had to raise her eyes slightly when she looked at Ruan Yesheng now.
She said, “Raise out your hands.”
Ruan Yesheng looked a little stunned. “…”
Xi Mo said, “How would you hug me if you don’t raise out your hands?”
Ruan Yesheng was stunned. Then, she slowly extended her hands. Her hands were about to reach Xi Mo’s back, but it stopped mid-air. She was so nervous, her act of hugging that was on the verge of happening wasn’t enough for her to bear her increasingly cautious hope.
Noticing her pause, Xi Mo raised her hands and gently hugged her back.
Xi Mo hugged Ruan Yesheng without hesitation, wrapping her arms around Ruan Yesheng’s body and her hands on Ruan Yesheng’s back. Through Ruan Yesheng’s back, she could even feel Ruan Yesheng’s over speeding heartbeat.
At this moment, Ruan Yesheng felt that the whole world was empty. In response to Xi Mo’s embrace, she finally placed down her hands and clasped Xi Mo’s back.