Don’t Chase Me, It’s Fruitless - Chapter 2
Zhou Yirou left without hesitation.
Tears flashed in Tao Youqing’s eyes. She looked at the door as she held back her watery eyes. After a long silence, she inhaled and cursed, “Damn you Zhou Yirou, you scumbag!”
But she couldn’t hold back her tears anymore. She cried for her heart that was crushed by Zhou Yirou. She cried for the past five years she had spent following Zhou Yirou like an idiot without dignity.
She was tired and empty at this moment. Zhou Yirou will never like her. She will only like Jiang Yaling. So then why on earth did she struggle to this day.
Since she couldn’t get the response she wanted even after waiting for five years, it’s meaningless to wait any longer. It’s time for her to wake up and leave. At least she would be able to keep a little dignity in front of Zhou Yirou.
Her uncle had once said, “If the other party isn’t affection to you, don’t show depression and vulnerability, because the other party will not comfort you, they will only regard you as an incompetent loser.”
She couldn’t let Zhou Yirou think she was a loser. She wanted to walk freely and let Zhou Yirou know that Tao Youqing doesn’t need her, nor is she inferior.
She buried her face between her legs. After thinking about it, her tears fell faster and faster. But this time, it was not because of her unwillingness, but purely venting her grievances.
She had liked a person for five years but still couldn’t get a place. It would be a lie to say that she was not sad or wronged. She needed to vent, as her uncle had said, “If you felt sad, cry. If you cried enough, you will be okay.”
——When she’s ready, she will no longer Zhou Yirou.
Then she heard her phone beep. She stopped crying and raised her red eyes to look at the phone on the table.
It was Guan Meilin.
Guan Meilin first sent a link then sent a series of messages. In addition to a long string of “ah”, it had a lot of exclamation marks. She seemed very excited.
[Meilin]: Ah, ahhhhh, sister, look! The first hot search is you!
[Meilin]: Ahhh, ahh, ahhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!
[Meilin]: Our Fairy Tao is the one who falls and hangs!!!
(T/N: falls and hangs/most powerful)
Tao Youqing was suspicious. She really couldn’t figure out what kind of hot search would include her that would make Meilin so excited. So she calmed down her tears, clicked on the link, and found that it was a topic initiated by a blogger: The unforgettable who amazed you.
The first hot search was really her. Or to be precise, it was her five years ago.
The blogger released the picture of her performance on a talent show five years ago, with the caption: “People say don’t meet people who are too amazing when they are young. I finally understood this sentence after she withdrew from the competition. QAQ Seriously, I can’t calm down!!! Why did she withdraw from the competition when she was so powerful!!!”
Tao Youqing casually clicked on the picture that the netizen posted. It was when she stood on the stage wearing a red performance dress as raised her eyebrows and smiled at the camera. Her eyes were lazy and arrogant as if she had trampled the world under her feet without fearing any wind and rain.
Even across the screen from five years, she can clearly perceive how confident and spirited she was on the stage.
As she looked at the picture, the tears in her eyes quietly stopped. Her attention turned to the comments.
When she opened the replies, there were indeed many people who regretted her withdrawal from the competition. Some were regretful, some were indignant and there were even conspiracy theories.
Looking at the replies, the memories of that year surged into her mind—
Tao Youqing, Jiang Yaling, and Guan Meilin were actually all trainees that started in the same period. She and Guan Meilin were both from Xinglan Culture, so they have known each other for a long time. However, in the beginning, she wasn’t familiar with the daughter of a rich family, but later on, they unexpectedly developed into best friends.
At that time, the three of them participated in the talent show for their respective companies. She had made full preparations and confidently showed herself on the stage. She successfully conquered the audience with her charm and ability in the first issue, leaving various stage photos.
At that time, everyone in the same draft thought that she would make her debut, and she also confidently believed that she could. Her uncle had once taught her to be confident and believe that she was the best at all times!
But an accident occurred, seriously affecting her mood.
Her mother was severely ill and bedridden, the expensive surgical and medical expenses made it worse for the already poor family. Her uncle was worried about his only sister. In order to collect the operation fee for her, he had worked 24 hours a day, even wishing that he was a machine that was charged and oiled so he could continue to work.
She was worried about her loving uncle who grew up with her and her birth mother, so she was in a low mood for a period of time, which happened to be when she was drafted.
But she soon recovered, because it was useless to worry. She had already borrowed all the money she could borrow. Now she can only work harder to make money. The income of celebrities was much larger than that of ordinary people.
However, Xinglan Culture did not give her this opportunity. The person in charge found her and asked her to withdraw from the competition. The reason being that her seriously ill mother would affect her mood in the competition. So Xinglan Culture was willing to take care of her mother if she withdrew from the competition.
To be honest, when she had heard that reason, she felt they were stupid so she looked at Xinglan Culture as if they were a fraud agency. —This reason could be selected as the year’s most confusing behavior, okay?!
No matter how much she guarantees that she will not bring her emotions to the competition, Xinglan Culture did not listen and insisted on having her withdraw from the competition. At that time, Xinglan Culture was not controlled by Zhou Yirou.
She felt that this matter was not simple, but she could not find any clues after digging for a while, and coupled with serious changes in her family, she was depressed for a time.
But it was at that time that Zhou Yirou appeared to help her pay for her mother’s expensive medical expenses. And with the reason of maintaining Xinglan Culture’s reputation, Zhou Yirou hoped that she would not blame the executive who made her withdraw from the competition. Frankly speaking, it was the sealing fee, but the sealing fee was just timely.
She had no choice but to completely compromise with Xinglan Culture and chose to withdraw from the competition.
And that’s how she and Zhou Yirou met. From then she also began to pay attention to Zhou Yirou and slowly fell in love with her.
Thinking back, although she was very grateful for Zhou Yirou’s generosity, she still couldn’t help scolding: “Fuck, bad luck!”
If it weren’t for her poverty, she wouldn’t have wasted these five years!
Forget it. No matter what happened in those years, she has now decided not to like Zhou Yirou.
After crying and scolding, she also tidied up her mood. From this second on, she will no longer be attracted to Zhou Yirou, and no longer chase after her. The words “Zhou Yirou” have become strange and alienated “President Zhou” in her heart.
She patted her face soberly and replied to Guan Meilin, who was still barking: [Tomorrow, do you have any appointment?]
[Meilin]: Kuoyi, what do you want?
Tao Youqing with her red eyes typed the word without any hesitation.
[Tao Youqing]: Barbecue.
It was Jiang Yaling who didn’t like barbecue and not Tao Youqing.
She wanted to eat a good meal, and no longer cared whether Zhou Yirou would be happy or not. —If no love, then no love, the next one will be better!
In the twilight, the building of YueYong Entertainment Company stood silently in the center of the city. On the highest floor, in the president’s office, a woman with exquisite features and a strong temperament sat behind a computer while playing with a package of elegant and fresh fruit-flavored cigarettes in her hand. Her eyes were as bright as stars when she looked at the screen and her lips had a faint smile. Her line of sight was all gathered on the first hot search: “The unforgettable who amazed you.”
A gentle and refined man came in after knocking at the door – it was her secretary Huo Mingen.
Huo Mingen had been with her for several years. He was a reliable and secure confidant. The relationship between the two was both superiors and subordinates and friends. They can also easily talk to each other in private.
She gently tapped the cigarette on the smooth desk making a slight noise.
“What are you thinking?” Huo Mingen asked.
Yuan Churui leisurely opened her lips: “I wonder what Zhou Yirou was thinking in those years.” Before Huo Ming could speak, she turned to him and asked, “What’s wrong? Why didn’t you get off work?”
Huo Mingen said, “Miss Jiang’s contract is about to expire this year. She said she wanted to talk to you face to face about the renewal of the contract the day after tomorrow.”
Yuan Churui showed an expression of “got it”. In those beautiful eyes, she had neither expectation nor refusal. It was as insipid as listening to other people talking about what to eat. Then she asked, “Is there anything I need to deal with at Lao Yuan’s end?”
(T/N: Lao [Old] Yuan refers to Yuan Churui’s father. Chairman Yuan would refer to her father and President Yuan would refer to Yuan Churui.)
Huo Mingen: “Chairman Yuan is currently busy trying to break the record you left last year. He said that he’ll let you go back when he breaks it, so let you stay in YueYong and have a good rest for now.”
Yuan Churui laughed when she heard these words. Her old Yuan was full of energy. He couldn’t help but also “compete” with his child. Once his daughter led the Yuan group to set a new performance record, he would happily go all out to break her record, then let her come back to beat him, and then repeat, so that he can have endless fun.
Since Lao Yuan was enjoying himself, she doesn’t have to worry about the things at the other end of Yuan group. She can rest in YueYong and be President Yuan for the time being.
Yuan Churui looked relaxed: “Since there is nothing to do, let’s talk about it.”
Huo Mingen: “Okay, I’ll arrange it later.”
Yuan Churui casually moved the mouse, the comments on the interface began to roll up. A comment attracted her attention.
@Today is also very long: It has been five years, and there’s no news about her at all. The aura she once had is most likely worn away a long time ago. It’s impossible to be as amazing as it was five years ago. So when she comes back, you’d better wake up, so you won’t be too disappointed. Ho~
This word penetrated deeply into Yuan Churui’s vision. Then casually asked, “Mingen, do you remember Tao Youqing?”
Huo Mingen slowly pushed his glasses and thought for a moment before he said, “The trainee you regretted not having in Yueyong?”
Yuan Churui gently pointed to the bright screen with a smile: “Someone here said that it was impossible for Tao Youqing to be as amazing as five years ago.”
When Huo Mingen heard the familiar word, he couldn’t help looking at her.
The word “impossible” was a switch for Yuan Churui. Once turned on, it can stimulate her fighting spirit and interest, because she liked to challenge what others think is impossible, which has been a case from the past to the present.
Once upon a time, some people said that it was impossible for Yuan’s Yueyong Entertainment to last long, so she personally controlled the overall situation. Yueyong Entertainment, which was said to be impossible to last long, has come to today becoming one of the giants in the entertainment industry. She also became the President Yuan of the Yuan group, defeating countless impossibles from people’s mouths with strength and confidence.
So for her, impossibility is often a possibility or even a certainty.
Huo Mingen believed his boss was a person with a sense of propriety. The foundation of her courage to challenge the “impossible” was based on her self-confidence, strength, and accurate judgment ability. —If even she thinks it was impossible, it really was impossible.
However, when did their President Yuan start to pay attention to the artists of different companies?
Huo Mingen pushed up his glasses and asked tentatively, “President Yuan, you won’t want to…”
Sign Tao Youqing’s “impossible“?
Yuan Churui threw the cigarette onto the table and just gently smiled. Everything was silent.
Huo Mingen: “If I remember correctly, Tao Youqing should still be a person from Xinglan Culture? So are you interested in an artist from the opposite company?
Yuan Churui didn’t deny it.
“Have you considered the possibility that she may have given up singing and dancing and lost her aura in these five years?” Huo Mingne asked calmly
Tao Youqing was indeed the most aural artist in those years, but the aura would also be in danger of annihilation with the passage of time. If Yuan Churui signed back an ordinary Tao Youqing, it will lose all its meaning.
Of course, Yuan Churui had considered this possibility, but it was not a problem for her at all. She calmly said, “My fault tolerance rate is 100%.”
Whether Tao Youqing has aura or not, she won’t lose anything in the end.
As long as Tao Youqing still has the dream of becoming a star, she will definitely be able to sign her. Although Yong can’t sign the lowkey Heart Q, who has millions of fans, can’t she sign a person who wanted to become a star?
Ho Mingen hesitated, “But she is still a person from Xinglan Culture…”
Yuan Churui didn’t deny this fact and looked calm as usual.
Jiang Yaling’s contract is about to expire. Tao Youqing’s contract… It seems that it is also about to expire?
2 businesses are mentioned here, The Yuan Group and the YueYong Entertainment Company. In the Yuan Group “Chairman Yuan” would be the highest position and “Little President” or “President Yuan” would refer to Yuan Churui, and be 2nd highest position. And in the YueYong there will be no Chairman and President Yuan is the highest position.
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