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On the afternoon of that day, Bai Luo Yin received another call from You Qi.
“Yin Zi, the movie I’m in premieres today. Don’t forget to come and cheer me on. I’ve also prepared a birthday gift for you.”
After putting down the phone, Bai Luo Yin hastily asked Gu Hai, “Where are the two admission tickets that You Qi gave us last time?”
Gu Hai replied without a second thought, “I threw them out already.”
Bai Luo Yin frowned (he really wanted to roll his eyes, honestly). “Hurry up and hand them over. I need them in a bit!”
Wearing a long face, Gu Hai walked into the bedroom and took out the two admission tickets. In truth, he had the urge to destroy them several times before, but he never went through with it. And now that Bai Luo Yin had personally asked for them, he had no choice but to comply and hand them over.
“《The Belated Love Letter》….” Bai Luo Yin read out loud as his lips curved up. “It’s a pretty artistic title.”
Gu Hai sneered coldly, “Hmph! With just one look, anyone can easily tell that it won’t do well in the box office.”
“Is there anyone else in the world that talks like you do?” Bai Luo Yin glared at Gu Hai, “Do you want to go watch it? Since it is our old classmate’s movie, we have to go and support him, right?”
“I don’t have time.” Gu Hai’s tone was rather stern, “There’s a lot of things to do at work.”
“Then, you can go back to work. I’ll go by myself.” Bai Luo Yin said nonchalantly then proceeded towards the door.
By himself?…Gu Hai pulled him back and reluctantly said, “I’ll go with you, okay?!”
“You don’t have to. It’s not good to waste your time. I’ll just go alone. Going with another person means there’s an extra mouth. You know, since a celebrity like him has a limited amount of time, I want to chat with him longer!” With that, he pushed away Gu Hai’s hand in earnest.
Gu Hai stretched his arms out and bundled Bai Luo Yin up in his embrace like a sack. “Then I have to go with you even more.”
The two changed their clothes and arrived at the cinema twenty minutes later.
Soon, the director, screenwriter, actors and actresses, and a string of staff members arrived one after the other in a seemingly endless line. Once the time to interact with the media and movie fans began, all the actors and actress were interviewed.
When the first few people were answering, Bai Luo Yin yawned without stopping. But, once it was You Qi’s turn, his spirit immediately picked up.
Seeing that, Gu Hai shot him a glare. Then, he suddenly stretched his hand out and placed it in between Bai Luo Yin’s legs in a matter-of-fact manner.
That movement provoked the muscles around the base of Bai Luo Yin’s thighs to tighten before he turned his head and gave Gu Hai a warning glare.
“What are you doing?”
“Warming up.” Gu Hai responded, just to make a perfunctory remark.
Saying those two words in the scorching weather of June is equivalent to asking for a beating!
Bai Luo Yin kept silent as he reached for Gu Hai’s wrist and exerted his strength to remove that wretched hand from his leg, but it was all in vain. A certain someone’s strength was monstrous indeed. At that moment, You Qi had already started to speak. Seeing that the lights were rather dim where the audience was sitting and it was impossible for anyone to clearly see what Gu Hai was doing, Bai Luo Yin let him have his way.
The reporter, “In your experiences, was there ever a belated love letter?”
You Qi, “There wasn’t a belated one, but I do have a letter that was never sent out.”
Just as his voice scattered, the fans immediately started to jeer rowdily. Ever since You Qi entered the entertainment industry, he had always been the hot topic of many media gossips. However, never once had he ever admitted to any romantic relationship personally. Hence, such an explosive and great scoop were neatly laid out for those gossipy reporters to use as source material.
“Can you please talk about the content of the love letter?”
The hand that was placed in between Bai Luo Yin’s legs tightened involuntarily. Bai Luo Yin lowered his tone and warned Gu Hai, “It’s not written for me, what the fuck are you being so anxious for?”
When You Qi spoke, a charming smile blossomed at the corner of his lips.
“I only remember the content roughly, but I’ll briefly share it with everyone while using my current tone and identity.”
“That year, we were still in high school. I can still remember how you gave me a roll of toilet paper not long after school had started…”
While the audience broke into laughter at those words, Bai Luo Yin had a painful expression on his face instead.
Gu Hai ruthlessly pinched the most tender spot between Bai Luo Yin’s legs, causing him to grimace in pain. He looked at Gu Hai and spoke infuriatingly, “How do you know that the person he is talking about is me?”
You Qi continued, “That Christmas Eve, I gave you an apple-shaped accessory.”
You Qi did not dare to say the word “lighter”, afraid that that would expose the gender of the person.
Gu Hai pinched Bai Luo Yin again, “How come I didn’t know he gave you something?”
Bai Luo Yin was still reluctant to admit to anything. “How do you know for sure that the person he is referring to is me?”
The truth was, at that point, Bai Luo Yin’s heart was as clear as a mirror. He felt that it was not worth admitting since it was something that happened eight years ago, so he merely took it as a joke after hearing it. Who could have imagined that the person beside him would get so overly interested and become jealous to the nth degree about an old-aged matter?
“We slept under the same blanket before…”
With that said, another round of loud noises broke out from the audiences again. Bai Luo Yin suffered another pinch.
“On the day of our graduation, you gave me a box of medicine to treat my rhinitis. After I took it, my rhinitis healed without recurring since. I still have that empty medicine box…”
Unfortunately, Bai Luo Yin suffered another hefty blow that made him gasp in pain.
“You also gave him medicine for his rhinitis? How come I don’t know about that either?”
As Bai Luo Yin endured the pain with difficulty, he retorted, “It’s not like he’s necessarily talking about me!”
“Now, on this special day, I wanted to tell you: Happy Birthday!”
Gu Hai’s pitch-black face blended right into the dark cinema as those word cemented into his brain.
“Let’s see what else you can come up with this time?”
Bai Luo Yin was truly speechless. The feeling of being moved and the pain on his body mingled together, producing a distorted and discordant look on his face. When You Qi caught Bai Luo Yin’s expression, he was startled. What kind of reaction is that?
Yang Meng, who was seated not far from Bai Luo Yin, proceeded to undisguisedly scorn and criticize You Qi the moment he spoke aloud the content of the love letter. You bastard! You even had the fucking balls to tell me your memories were vague? How much clearer do you want to remember them?
Once the interviews came to an end, the movie began to screen.
Gu Hai finally removed his hand from between Bai Luo Yin’s legs. A moment later, he glanced at Bai Luo Yin from the corner of his eyes only to see that he was rubbing the tortured area with his hand—looking quite pitiful.
Feeling a tiny bit sorry, Gu Hai reached over with the intention of helping Bai Luo Yin massage that spot. Unfortunately, when Bai Luo Yin heard You Qi’s voice and instantly looked up at the screen, Gu Hai’s hand froze in midair.
“You deserve it!” Gu Hai’s tone changed immediately.
Wearing a gloomy expression, Bai Luo Yin ignored Gu Hai.
After a short while, Gu Hai pulled Bai Luo Yin’s hand over and held onto it tightly.
The heat that transmitted between the palms of their hands gradually quelled the acrimony in their hearts.
The movie entered into a blissful stage when the second lead actress, who had been sensationalized and hyped up by the entertainment industry, appeared.
“She looks average.” Gu Hai commented without thinking.
Bai Luo Yin responded indifferently, “Her voice is pretty nice.”
Gu Hai casually leaned to the side and whispered in his ear. “Not as nice as your moans.”
Just as Bai Luo Yin turned his head and was about to flip out, Gu Hai seized that moment and gave him a kiss instead. As his face heated up from being flustered, Bai Luo Yin firmly punched Gu Hai in the stomach then turned back angrily.
Gu Hai shot Bai Luo Yin a glance while the corner of his lips rose into a sinister smile.
The movie finally reached its climax when You Qi’s character cried after having suffered a rejection from the lead actress.
As the atmosphere became rather somber, and the fans began to weep silently to themselves with their already tears-stricken faces, Bai Luo Yin suddenly heard a burst of derisive laughter that did not harmonize with the surroundings. At first, he thought that he had heard wrong, but as You Qi’s cries magnified, that laughter continued to linger in his ears. It wasn’t a blatant laughter, but rather, it was the type of laughter that was forcefully held back; the type that rushed out because it could no longer be contained.
Yang Meng tried his best to cover his own mouth, but the wretched laughter still managed to escape from the cracks between his fingers.
On the side, a female fan who was holding back her tears turned to look at Yang Meng with an incomprehensible expression.
“What are you laughing at?”
Yang Meng pointed at the screen, “Look at how pathetic he looks, even the snots are dripping out of his nose from crying. Hahaha.”
Shocked and speechless, the female fan’s face immediately darkened with anger.
Bai Luo Yin had tried to find the source of that unending laughter for some time, but after failing, he turned his head back to watch the movie.
As the movie gradually came to an end, that belated love letter was finally sent to the lead actress’ room. When she picked up the letter, You Qi’s magnetic voice sounded in the background of the movie as he began to read aloud those innocent and simple words.
Many people were listening quietly when a ‘retching’ sound could suddenly be heard. It seemed as if someone had vomited.
Soon after, Yang Meng was surrounded by a multitude of gazes.
“I’m fine, I’m fine. You all can continue to watch, there’s no need to worry about me…” Yang Meng waved awkwardly at everyone.
Bai Luo Yin finally found that ‘killjoy’ person who brazenly damaged the beautiful scenes. With just one stare, it was actually Yang Meng. He was sitting on the other side of the cinema with only an aisle separating him and Gu Hai.
With that, Bai Luo Yin quickly turned his head back. He really didn’t want anyone to know that he knew such a stupid person.
In the end, Yang Meng also caught sight of Bai Luo Yin.
“Hey, Yin Zi!! You’re here too?” His voice was unnecessarily loud (sigh). The people sitting two rows in front and behind them probably heard it all.
Bai Luo Yin raised his hand awkwardly at Yang Meng.
Yang Meng chuckled happily, “Did you hear the love letter that You Qi read aloud just then? That was for you!!”
Once those words flew out, the entire cinema went completely silent.
Everyone shifted their gazes from the screen towards Bai Luo Yin’s face.