Heaven’s Greatest Plan - Chapter 5.2
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She had covertly saved many photos taken throughout the entire concert that she discovered while browsing through the super topic. Out of all of them, this was Zhao Yu’s favorite.
Her secret having been exposed, she immediately felt uncomfortable and promptly made a guilty1 denial. “I don’t like him!”
Lin Zhinan found her amusing. “You don’t like him but you still use his photo as your screensaver? Aiya, it’s not a big deal. Being his fan doesn’t cause you to lose face. Although his talent2 is only so-so, he really is quite good-looking. Liking a shuaige3 is only natural4.”
Zhao Yu’s face turned red as she restrained herself. Only after a long while did she force out a sentence, sounding like a humming mosquito, “He……he is quite talented……”
Lin Zhinan looked blankly at her for a moment, laughed loudly, and then apologized while laughing. “Sorry, sorry. I’m a talent buff. I wasn’t careful for a moment and just……I shouldn’t have said something bad about your idol to you. I actually really like him. I’m sorry, Xiao Yu.”
Zhao Yu embarrassedly shook her head, not denying that “he really wasn’t her idol.”
From the time he first became a star, this matter of her liking him inevitably became a secret that she could not share.
Lin Zhinan patted her shoulder. “Jiayou. After you debut, you can look for him when you’re close to each other and ask for an autograph and a photo together. You might even have chances to work with him!”
Zhao Yu put the phone away. With a high fighting spirit, she stood up. “Let’s practice!”
Lin Zhinan: “En?”
Zhao Yu: “We have to work even harder for that to be possible!”
Standing on the highest stage, standing at his side.
Only working even harder would make that possible.
That evening when practice was over, everyone was shocked to find that Zhao Yu didn’t show any sign of wanting to leave. One of her roommates turned pale with fright5. “Xiao Yu, have you been infected by Zhinan Jie?!”
Zhao Yu was so tired that she didn’t even have the strength to talk. She could only wave her hand, telling them to leave quickly if they wanted to go.
It was true that she had a good foundation, but her physical strength wasn’t sufficient. Lin Zhinan focused on dancing while she just focused on improving her stamina6 so she was actually even more tired than Lin Zhinan.
At midnight, Lin Zhinan stopped and yelled at her. “Xiao Yu, we’ve done enough. Let’s go back.”
The only sounds in the classroom7 were Zhao Yu’s gasps.
It took ten minutes to walk from the company’s building to the dorm. The moonlight of that summer night was especially bright and the breeze even carried the fragrance of barbeque. Zhao Yu sniffed for a bit before happily saying, “Let’s stop half an hour earlier tomorrow night and come here to eat a late-night snack!”
Lin Zhinan was a bit surprised and looked over at her. “You’re still going to practice with me tomorrow night?”
Zhao Yu sighed, “Diligence can make up for clumsiness.”
Lin Zhinan didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. “How are you clumsy?”
Zhao Yu: “Ai, you don’t know how very clumsy I am……”
At the beginning, everyone had thought that Zhao Yu had been acting on a whim. After all, in her circumstances, there was no need for her to force herself like this. But day after day, other than shouting that she was tired, she didn’t slack off even once.
Every time she was lying on the hard floor panting for breath and unwilling to get back up, the scene of him standing on stage, looking more dazzling than the sun, on the night of the concert, would always appear in her mind.
Since childhood, she had always left things unfinished.
Since childhood, the only thing she persisted in was liking him.
This time, she couldn’t give up. If she gave up, this secret love that had accompanied her through her entire girlhood would really have to just end here.
Zhao Yu had to spend some time adapting to this tempo before she could adjust to spending all of her time every day practicing, apart from when she was eating, sleeping, or answering her mom’s calls.
Sometimes, she would even wonder if her xiao gege had also practiced like this back then. What supported him to keep pressing on?
Ah, he really was such an unfathomable man!
Her roommate asked her what she had previously asked Lin Zhinan. “Yuyu, don’t you ever get tired?!”
Zhao Yu, who was as tired as a dog and didn’t even want to shower, was paralyzed on the bed. “I’m not tired! I feel like I have an inexhaustible energy! I can keep training for another 500 years!”
Lin Zhinan: “…………?”
The roommate in the bed across from hers raised her hand and gave her a thumbs up. “You really are our role model! Can I interview our Yuyu8 for a moment? What gives you so much motivation?”
Zhao Yu lay on top of a soft blanket, seeming to have already entered into the land of dreams.
In her dream, she said in a very quiet voice, Love9.
No teacher dislikes a hardworking student.
When Han Shuang asked after the trainees, Zhao Yu was always the one being praised. The teacher said, “She’s innately talented and hard working. She’s very clearly improving. She can try to participate in the upcoming evaluation.”
Throughout the company’s history, there were very few people who had trained for a month and then participated in the evaluation. Everyone found out very quickly that there was a good-looking and amazing trainee in the beginner class that was ready to challenge Feng You’s record of being the trainee promoted most quickly.
Everyone usually did nothing but train. They could only use their phones during the stipulated times. Transmitting gossip was the only the only form of entertainment providing any balance.
Zhao Yu didn’t even know who Feng You was but had already become her rival.
When they came across her in the cafeteria, it was only because Lin Zhinan reminded her that she realized that the girl across from them rolling her eyes was Feng You.
What should you do when someone is rolling their eyes at you?
Zhao Yu: Roll my eyes back at them!
So Zhao Yu just gave a very big eye roll.
That wasn’t all. Rolling her eyes once wasn’t sufficient. A whole crowd of people watched on as she stood there incessantly rolling her eyes.
Lin Zhinan was a bit worried so she pulled at her sleeve. “That’s more or less enough. Feng You and the others are coming over!”
Zhao Yu was also worried. “That’s not it! My contact lenses have rolled up! I can’t roll them back down!”
Lin Zhinan: “…………”
Feng You had already walked over. Under Zhao Yu’s non-stop rolled eyes, she acrimoniously and mockingly said, “Having been blown up as being so amazing, you absolutely must not disappoint everyone during this evaluation.”
Zhao Yu still had her contact lenses rolled up and the whites of her eyes looked extremely aggressive. “You care so much about me. Do you like me?”
Feng You: “???”
Lin Zhinan almost laughed to death standing to the side.
She and Feng You had signed their contracts at the same time. When they used to train together, she was frequently covertly trampled on and disparaged by Feng You. Seeing her deflated appearance now, she couldn’t describe how amazing she felt. Only after she left did she somewhat worriedly say to Zhao Yu, “You have to jiayou during this evaluation. If you fail, you’ll be mocked to death by her.”
Zhao Yu didn’t feel the slightest bit of concern. “It’s not like I’m working hard because of her. Whether I succeed or fail has nothing to do with her.”
Lin Zhinan felt that she loved Yuyu to death.
The evaluation was scheduled for the beginning of September and just happened to overlap with when school started. After she signed up to participate in the evaluation, Han Shuang made sure to stagger the time of her evaluation and when she had to start school, scheduling her evaluation for the very last day.
Her practicing together with everyone for this month was similar to her secluded studying for the gaokao. Xu Qianqian called her several times but she never got a hold of her. She found a cloudy day and directly attacked the practice building.
Xu Qianqian had also gotten into a Beijing college. She had traveled around the world during summer vacation and only come back several days ago only to find out that Zhao Yu had run off to become a trainee.
After recovering from her shock, she thought, This really is something that Zhao Yu is capable of doing.
In any case, she wouldn’t persist for very long.
But when Zhao Yu came downstairs to receive her, Xu Qianqian was stunned. “You’ve lost so much weight!”
Zhao Yu excitedly grabbed her head and pressed it to her stomach. “Feel my abs!”
Xu Qianqian touched here and there and was extremely envious. “I also want to be a trainee! I also want to have abs!”
Zhao Yu: “Where are your hands going?”
With a “hehe,” Xu Qianqian withdrew her hands.
Zhao Yu had taken a rare half-day break, accompanying Xu Qianqian to roam around all over the place. In the afternoon, they even went to eat hotpot with classmates in the beginner class.
Hearing Lin Zhinan and the others talking about the early-to-leave-and-late-to-return Zhao Yu, who was training as if her life depended on it, Xu Qianqian began to doubt whether this really was her own lazy deskmate who had not a single good point to her other than her good looks.
They played until dark when Zhao Yu finally sent Xu Qianqian off by taking her to catch the bus.
While the two of them were sitting at the bus station, talking about things related to the start of school as they waited for the bus, Zhao Yu saw out of the corner of her eye that the wallpaper of Xu Qianqian’s phone was a boy that she didn’t recognize.
Her gossipy heart immediately ignited into a raging fire. “You’re dating someone?!”
Xu Qianqian blankly made an “ah” sound. She then saw that she was looking at her phone’s wallpaper and realized what she was thinking. Incredulously, she shrieked at her, “Are you talking about him? Me? Do I deserve him? What’s wrong with your eyes! This is my idol! You don’t even know him?”
Zhao Yu took Xu Qianqian’s phone and looked at it a couple of times. He was quite handsome, although he looked a bit cold, but she didn’t like this type of person. “I don’t know him. Who is he?”
Xu Qianqian rapidly opened a website and showed her the search results. “He’s Huo Xi! He debuted not long ago and is amazing at singing and dancing! Look, this is from his debut stage and you can see he’s super cool10 and he dances so much better than that Shen Juanyi!”
Zhao Yu was almost angered to death. “I don’t want to look! Take it away! The bus is here. Bye!”
- 做贼心虚 zuòzéixīnxū – idiom – lit. “to feel guilty as a thief,” meaning to have something on one’s conscience
- 实力 shílì – more literally “strength” but translated here as talent 帅哥 shuàigē – handsome guy, literally “handsome” and “older brother”
- 帅哥 shuàigē – handsome guy, literally “handsome” and “older brother”
- 人之常情 rénzhīchángqíng – idiom for human nature
- 大惊失色 dàjīngshīsè – idiom literally translates to “big shock (causes) loss of color (in face)”
- more literally, improving her strength and improving her heart and lungs
- classroom = room where they have both class and practice
- 我们的虞虞 – literally “our Yuyu,” a common way to refer to someone to indicate closeness
- punctuated like a thought but the word “said” was used in the original
- 帅 shuài – translated as before as “handsome” but also means “cool,” “smart,” and other complimentary things