The Top Couple Is a Bit Sweet - Chapter 1
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Chapter 1 – The First Day in the Pit
「Recently trending in the entertainment industry 1:
- The center position of a girl group was recently photographed with a certain influential senior as they traveled to Sanya City for vacation. The manager teams have been trying to do damage control, but it is very likely that it can’t be done without paying tens of millions of public relation fees.
- In the speculation2 of CP actresses L and actor C, they are actually not that familiar with each other in private. The female’s side has always been subsidizing him, while the man’s side has been wanting to not be tied down for a long time.
- Last year, it was known that a phenomenal-level charting3 couple will be casted to open up the second season. The production team wants to continue the glory of the show from the first season. This time, they have really spent a lot of money to talk to couple S and W. It is believed that the issue they are having is agreeing to a suitable compensation amount. In the past, some insiders have complained that the couple’s pay is very high.」
“The pay isn’t high, right?” Wen Li asked herself.
It’s just the normal price for first-tier actresses. Recently, there was rigid control over the dealings of an actor’s pay. Who would dare be a lion with a big mouth4?
The makeup artist was styling Wen Li with a curling iron when she heard her say this.
The makeup artist looked down and said with a laugh, “Why are you even looking at your own fake news?”
“My fans sent it to me,” Wen Li replied.
She was originally supposed to read her fans’ private messages on Weibo, but she was just casually reading since it didn’t show the read receipts.
She happened to see this among tens of thousands of private messages.
「Entertainment Pug: [Weibo content]」
「Oh Three Powers, are these rumors true? AAAaaahhhhhh」
「CP fans are ecstatic 😭」
She clicked on it and looked. It was the last explosive melon revealed by the social media account and it was about herself.
It was so obvious who the S and W couple were, and the intense comments instantly figured it out.
「Melon #3 is too easy to decipher. You might as well just use their names.」
「Melon #3 is Song Yan and Wen Li」
「In the World’s official Weibo opened the voting channel for netizens a month ago. It was a landslide for first place and they received the top honor.」
After the heated comments from the great detectives who decoded the names, there were various types of other comments. Fans on Weibo generally couldn’t do anything about these types of users, and most of them were strangers commenting below.
「It’s so fake. Aren’t they the default contractual couple in the inside the industry? They don’t even bother acting like they are a couple. I feel like they are counting the days until their contracts end and make an official divorce announcement. How can that couple be casted? 」
「I’m laughing to death. As long as these two have something on their schedules, CP fans will ride on the heads of toxic solo fans.」
「CP fans are willing to trade 10 jin of meat for Three Powers and Beauty5 to have a schedule.」
They were eating a melon, but did not believe in the melon. This was the normal attitude from most strangers towards the social media account’s revelations.
However, as the person involved, Wen Li could confidently say that this melon was half true and half fake. The fake part was that her salary really was not that high. However, she was really tempted by the pay offered by the production team in order to be absolutely sure that she would be in the program.
The official couple casted for the first season of There Is You in the World had fairly good reviews. It had a Douban rating of 8.6 and the discussions over it were intense. When the first season aired and after taking into the marketing and the running water6 popularity, almost every episode would occupy one third of the hot searches. With the broadcasting network and online network viewership added together, There Is You in the World’s popularity left all other shows in the dust.
The main reason why this casted couple could reach this popularity was due to the program’s format.
In There Is You in the World, it did not pull the audience into a family-friendly reality show where they marvel over how the celebrities could have worries like ordinary people; and it was not a show that played with the audience’s emotions and had parts set up to evoke tears. Instead, it completely focused on the marital life of the elegant and beautiful celebrity couple. In the World was really like an idol drama: more real than a show, but more dreamy than real.
The most outstanding evaluation of this variety show from the outside circle was:
「You can say There Is You in the World is a sweet drama. It is so real and necessary in life like firewood, rice, oil, salt, soy sauce, vinegar, and tea! I have seen idol dramas that can’t even come close to the feelings in the show. You can also say that There Is You in the World is a variety show. It is so pure and natural, and doesn’t follow a planned out script. It is sweet from beginning to end. It is definitely a slice of life, but full of su7 feeling.」
So when There Is You in the World was preparing for the second season, the program team had money to invite first-tier actors and they boldy opened up a voting channel for the audience.
Whether the audience cared about the production team going bankrupt or not, the couple with the landslide for first place had to be first-tier celebrities.
There were countless CP combinations of actors inside of the industry. Male to female, male to male, female to female. It didn’t matter if they were real or fake. Main masters8 in every kind of movie, TV, and variety show in the same frame would show sugar. Fans and strangers entered the pit with the slogan: “Ship the sweetness, ship it until you have diabetes”
But Wen Li and Song Yan were very different. The couple really were married for two years, but did not have any film or TV collaborations nor did they participate in any variety shows together. Each of their activities had been to advance their careers. All shipping videos with sweet moments relied on editing masters to put together everything with their magical hands that could bring the dead back to life. Throughout Weibo, Tieba9, and lof10, the fairy madams would gather to create their own sugar. The only real sugar that the fans could look forward to was when they walked together on the red carpet in each of the major award ceremonies every year, and when one of them would win an award and give a perfunctory thank you to the other during the acceptance speech.
They interacted just like this and the Grain of Salt couple firmly held the top spot of the best CP list. Every A-type magazine that invited them for a photoshoot would be out of stock when it went on sale. The fans would go to the official Weibo accounts bawling and begging for more magazines.
The CP fans would confidently state: Even though our main masters do not have a schedule, they have a marriage certificate! Our main masters are really a married couple! They are married, so come over to us and join our battle!
Other CP fans had nothing else to say.
Marriage. This was the news that many CP fans hoped would not come during their lifetime. For the Grain of Salt couple, the CP fans would enter the pit even if the couple graduated into retirement and still enter the pit if the couple had a HE11. This group of CP fans were not jealous of them.
They even had CP super topics12 just for the couple’s marriage certificate photos. They would enter the pit to ship the sugar and the marriage certificate photo. On the day of their marriage, Wen Li and Song Yan posted on their respective Weibo about it.
Wen Li Litchi13: 「Husband @ Song Yan」
Song Yan:「 Here @ Wen Li Litchi」
The forwards, likes, and comments broke the 3,000,000+ mark. They were selected for the annual best PDA and a series of “Single Dog Here” fanfictions were written.
It was a simple interaction that sent the CP fans directly to heaven.
So it made sense that this couple had a landslide for first place.
It was thought that after their marriage announcement, their blogs would change from being used for advertisements to their relationship. In the end, their blogs were still a heartless beating drum, repeating the same types of posts even two years later. When they would occasionally forward a publicity blog post to help each other, the big CP fans would create all sorts of contests for the forward and it would be like celebrating the Lunar New Year in the super topics.
Generally speaking, those who had good relationships in the entertainment industry would be ridiculed by netizens as having a plastic friendship if they were a few minutes late in sending birthday wishes on Weibo, and this couple had no real interaction as a married couple since their own marriage.
There were all kinds of things said.
CP fans mocked the gossipy netizens whose hearts were as dark as hell, while the gossipy netizens mocked the CP fans for acting like moronic primary school chickens14 and believing that there was true love in the entertainment industry.
When There Is You In the World opened up the voting channel, their CP fans really craved for them to be in the same frame. Biased fans felt that the variety show, There Is You In the World, had a high level of popularity in the nation and could help their career advance. Strangers simply wanted to eat melons.
CP fans, biased fans, and strangers reached a united front. They briefly achieved a harmonious fan circle to team up for the official Weibo vote and put the couple in first place.
The production team naturally came to find them.
“If the production team really comes to find you two, will you go?” The makeup artist asked curiously.
Wen Li gave an ambiguous giggle.
She had just asked her trusted lawyer to send the divorce agreement to Song Yan.
Wen Li’s mind was still wandering and thinking about this when the staff member informed her that she needed to go shoot for the magazine. There, the photographer liked her current mindset a lot.
“Oh, yes, it’s the feeling of emptiness.”
Wen Li’s facial features did not follow the standard template15. They were very distinctive and naturally suitable for photos. The bottom part of her face was a little long and her face width was a little narrow. In addition, she was an actress with a superior figure. Even plastic surgery could not create her forehead. She had a head that wrapped her face16 and a swan-like neck; her figure was gorgeous and delicate; her eyes were bright. When she lowered her eyes with a blank face like right now, it showed a cold, despondent feeling. She was perfect for the magazine cover.
Some actors had excellent facial features, but they were not photogenic. The reason for this was that although their skin looked amazing, their bone structure was not very good.
The bone structure was the soul of a beautiful person.
While reviewing the photos, the photographer nodded again and again with satisfaction and asked her, “What do you think, Mrs. Wen?”
Wen Li stared at the picture for a while and suddenly asked, “Why do I feel like I’m a little fat?”
Wen Li was doubtful. “Really?”
Wenwen shouted, “Really!”
Wen Li didn’t believe it and casted a side glance at her. “I blame it all on you for eating barbecue a few nights ago. I saw it when you posted it on Moments. Please reflect on this.”
Wenwen was speechless. If she knew that Wen Li would be scrolling through Moments so late at night when she was having barbecue in her hotel room, then she would have never ordered barbecue in the middle of the night.
Wen Li’s self-control was not very good, and she was greedy. If someone was eating delicious food next to her, then she would not be able to help herself. She would eat and regret it. Later, she would push the pot to other people’s heads while she was exercising and sweating, with a look of “I am the victim” on her face.
After the magazine shooting, Wen Li got into the nanny car and got ready to go home.
Assistant Wenwen sat in the navigator seat and gave her an account of the latest schedule.
“Sister Dan has already discussed the idol audition show, but President Zhang has not given us his opinions yet. When you make your official appearance as the main presenter19 on the recording day, the contestants’ reactions will be popular during the first episode of the show.”
He really deserved to be called President Zhang. He really knew how to play the game.
Wen Li: “Okay.”
Wenwen continued on to the next one. “That couple casting, sister, do you want to accept it or not?”
Wen Li was silent.
Wenwen persisted. “Sister Dan said that since the beginning, the production team has known that you and the second place couple are old rivals. That’s why they didn’t plan on asking the second place couple if you and Mr. Song accept this. But sister, you have been slow in giving them a reply and the production team has already gone to talk to them.”
Wen Li had not seen the voting list. She only knew that she and Song Yan were ranked first.
“Which couple is in second place?”
“Lu Ming and Zheng Xue.”
She had just asked why the social media accounts from Zheng Xue’s agency were recently posting “the most shipped real married CP in the entertainment industry” every time she and Song Yan were pulled out20 and even the text was exactly the same.
「Wen Li and Song Yan are a famous plastic couple in the inner circle. Although their popularity is at the top of the world, it is mainly because they both have a high level of national recognition. Even aunties and uncles who do not go on the Internet know them. The attractiveness of their strong faces21 are already at the highest level. There’s nothing that can be done about it. Who is letting their current fans that are so young look at their faces? But to be honest, they can’t match how perfect the MingZheng22 couple look in terms of doing an activity in the same frame or the daily details of their lives.」
「It’s nothing compared to you 🐎23. Go find a god-like face in the heavens or hell that is absolutely superior to Grain of Salt for Laozi24 to ship. If you can find one, then Laozi will go climb a wall25 immediately.」
「I’m superficial and I’m proud of it! You lazy eyes! You shut up!」
These kinds of Weibo comments were cursing wars and the fans could curse at tens of millions of readers. It was exactly what the social media accounts wanted.
Originally, she thought it was a little too embarrassing to discuss divorce with Song Yan, but now she thought being embarrassed was nonsense. She would never give her sworn enemy more popularity. That would be embarrassing
Her assistant saw that she did not speak for a while. She pursed her lips as she wondered what she was thinking about. She asked, “Sister?”
Wen Li closed her eyes and said, “Wenwen, I want to get some sleep.”
She thought about how she should discuss the divorce with Song Yan without losing their reputation and dignity.
Through the rearview mirror, assistant Wenwen saw Wen Li wearing a sleep mask.
The car traveled smoothly on the road.
When they came across Dayue City, Wen Li’s huge jewelry advertisement poster was displayed prominently above the main entrance.
The sister in the poster had a beautiful, but cold and elegant face. The sister in the back seat was wearing a Shiba Inu sleep mask and sleeping deeply with her head up and her lips slightly parted.
Wenwen bit her lips to hold back a laugh. She scrolled through Weibo, just in time to see the newest hot search:
A man was wearing sunglasses and a mask. He was dressed casually, but his superior body ratio and long legs quickly drew a cruel contrast between him and the other pedestrians in the shot.
「It’s our Song Beauty! 🤩 」
「His face is the type that will make your heart skip a beat even if you are not a fan.」
「This is sugar! He finished filming early and came back to accompany his wife Three Powers!! @ Grain of Salt couple daily bot28」
「Oh, that person’s blog post did not cue29 him. His career is not tied up 😁」
Did Mr. Song go back to Yan City? And he didn’t let sister know?
Wen Li was awakened by Wenwen. Her brain was not completely clear when she opened her eyes.
Wenwen wanted to tell her the news that Mr. Song had come back.
Wen Li’s eyelids were still drooping. She covered her mouth and yawned. “If you have something to say, then can you tell me on Wechat when I wake up?”
Wenwen. Shut up.
Just do it as a nice surprise for sister, okay?
When the elevator reached her floor, she opened the door to her home. Wen Li didn’t even bother to turn on the lights. She dragged herself to the bedroom as she unzipped her skirt. She easily took off her skirt and used her toes to throw it aside. Her hands unhooked her undergarment, and her body was instantly liberated. She was so sleepy that she wanted to sleep for a while and then get up and take off her makeup.
She opened the bedroom door and light instantly poured in from it.
Wen Li was bewildered by the sudden bright light.
A voice fell into her ears with the light.
The master bedroom was big. There was a sofa and a small coffee table next to the bed. A man was sitting on the sofa.
The man was laid back, sitting with one leg over the other on the sofa and was dressed in a light-colored sweater. His exposed ankles were gaunt, and a document was on his lap. The document was actually the divorce agreement sent to him by Wen Li’s lawyer. His slender fingers were holding the edge of the paper while he was silently reading through the document’s contents.
It was obvious that he had just returned from the airport. He had not changed from his airport outfit yet, so he sat at home like he was shooting for a poster.
The man raised his indifferent and clear eyes and saw that the bedroom door was opened. He tilted his head as he looked sideways at the door.
When Song Yan saw Wen Li standing at the door, he obviously froze. His lips were slightly parted and his Adam’s apple was rolling. He was unable to take his eyes off of her for a few seconds.
But it was only for a few seconds. Soon after, his clear eyes relaxed, and he calmly remarked, “Oh, rawr.”
Wen Li instantly became red from head to toe. In hindsight, she covered her chest, and without using any high level vocabulary, she screamed in horror, “F***!”
- 吃瓜 (chīguā) – eat melon emoji is used by netizens if they are watching (or eating) the gossip (or melon) on the sidelines that has nothing to do with themselves.
- 炒cp (chǎo cp) – speculation of CP really means CP that are not in a relationship, but they deliberately do ambiguous things that make people think they are in a relationship for popularity
- Phenomenal-level is a part of the classification and standard of TV series after 2020. Phenomenal-level is the highest level.
- 狮子大张口 (shīzidàzhāngkǒu) – comes from an idiom that means the asking price is high.
- Fan nickname for Song Yan
- Refers to fan groups that promote their idol’s activity, almost like the water army, but with love and appreciation for their idol. Water army are Internet ghostwriters that are paid to comment on certain posts. Wiki
- Su is usually used to talk about voice acting. It means that the voice/laugh is so sexy that it makes you feel like your ears are pregnant and that your body has become soft. (๑•̀ㅂ•́)و✧
- 正主 (zhèngzhǔ ) – main master is the celebrity the fan idolizes
- 贴吧 (tiēbā) – forum owned by Baidu
- Lof is short for Lofter, a microblogging social media website owned by NetEase.
- HE means happy ending
- Super topics is a place on Weibo where people can gather to talk about their idols
- ‘Li’ in Wen Li means Litchi and it was already in English in the raws
- 小学鸡 (xiǎoxuéjī) – adults who behave naively
- 三庭五眼 (sāntíngwǔyǎn) – the template means the three court and five eye. Pic that explains it
- 头包脸 (tóubāoliǎn) – an example is Blackpink’s Jennie. Her head and hair ‘wraps’ around her face, which makes her head look smaller. Pic
- 姐 (jiě) – not her real sister, and is a respectable term to address another female
- Wenwen’s name (文文) is a different ‘wen’ from Wen Li (温荔)
- Used ‘main presenter’ here, but it’s also the person who guides and motivates the contestants. Kind of like the host in the Produce101 franchise.
- Pulled out seems to come from a phrase “Is it a mule or a horse? Just pull it out for a walk” (是骡子是马拉出来遛遛). It is a way of saying you will know if a person is talented by testing them out.
- Referring to the faces with big eyes and distinctive facial features that are a bit more western. Like Dilireba or Angelababy. Their faces are extremely memorable.
- 鸣郑 (míngzhèng) – the couple’s name using ‘ming’ from Lu Ming and ‘Zheng’ from Zheng Xue. Ming is a sound bird makes and Zheng is a last name.
- The horse emoji is used to curse and comes from 草泥馬 (cǎonímǎ) which is a wordplay for f*** your mother
- 老子 (lǎozi) – means “I” but in an arrogant way
- 爬墙 (páqiáng) – Means be unfaithful
- Fans of older Korean music like DBSK and Super Junior
- 彩虹屁 (cǎihóngpì) – slang for over-the-top praise from fans
- They are bloggers who sort of think of themselves as artificial robots because they update every day
- Do not cue means do not call or do not mention