Chapter 1 Hazelnut
The airport’s LED advertising screen was playing a women’s shower gel ad, the handsome man that had appeared on the screen was causing many women to subconsciously slow down their pace as they walked by.
Xiang Yunze lifted his head to glance at the advertisement screen, it was obviously a women’s shower gel ad and yet they found a man to represent it, what were the producers of the ad thinking? However, seeing how a few girls were pointing at the screen and screaming, the effect seemed to be pretty good.
Xiang Yunze recovered his gaze as he followed the crowd to exit the airport, when he got outside, he instantly saw that parked beside the road was a golden brown Land Rover. His lips formed a shallow arc, Xiang Yunze used his right hand to pull the luggage handle, dragging the purple luggage as he walked towards the Land Rover.
Just as he arrived near the front of the car, the car door, sensing his arrival, opened a slight crack. The curves of his mouth deepened as he opened the lid of the trunk and threw in his bag, then he turned and got into the car.
Sitting at the back seat was a young man, when Xiang Yunze stepped into the car, he turned his head to glance at him. The car started smoothly, moving slowly forward onto the road, Xiang Yunze looked at the handsome man beside him who did not say a word.
The man had always been very handsome, this was a fact that Xiang Yunze has known ever since attending primary school. It had only been a few years since they last saw each other, but the kind of subtle good-looks he had before has now become as sharp as a knife.
The man took his big sunglasses off his face, casually tossing the black bangs on his forehead. “Doctor Xiang is finally willing to come back from the United States?”
Xiang Yunze smiled ambiguously to the man, “It was because I had suddenly realized that being with you is more important than living in America.”
The man scoffed as if he didn’t believe him, one hand held his head as he turned to look out the window. “I feel disgusted that you would come back specifically for this reason, the price is too high.”
Xiang Yunze chuckled twice, his eyes inadvertently swept the large billboards on the side of the road. Printed on them was the picture of the man he had just seen on the airport advertising screen and it was also the same person who was currently sitting beside him.
“For King Mo to personally pick me up from the airport, whatever I’ve lost has already been earned back.” Xiang Yunze finished ambiguously, he deliberately leaned towards Mo Zhen’s shoulder, even softening voice as he said, “Say, if we were photographed, will tomorrow’s headlines be “Popular King Mo Zhen’s gay lover has surfaced, Mo Zhen goes to airport personally to show his love?”
Mo Zhen felt disgusted by his words, “If you are not afraid to be killed by Father, I do not mind coming out of the closet with you,” he said.
The car suddenly shook, Mo Zhen and Xiang Yunze both looked in the direction of the driver’s seat in unison.
The one responsible for driving, Tang Qiang, could feel the heavy stares bearing into his back, he chuckled a few times and with a guilty smile he said: “There were stones on the road just now.”
Xiang Yunze raised an eyebrow, faint smile appeared on his lips: “I remember that this is a Land Rover.”
Tang Qiang calmly nodded his head, “The stone this time was very big.”
Xiang Yunze chuckled, he moved his head away from Mo Zhen and lazily looked at Mo Zhen, “But having said that, I would rather come out of the closet with Tang Qiang, I wouldn’t do it with you”
The car once again shook, Mo Zhen’s cold eyes glanced towards the driver’s seat. Tang Qiang’s agonized expression looked from the rearview mirror to the Mo Zhen, “Xiang young master, if in any case you end up coming out of the closet, you can consider Qiu Yu, but don’t drag me into it please.”
Mo Zhen glanced at Tang Qiang, and unconcernedly and bluntly said: “Your name has already doomed you to be ridiculed everyday.” (Tang Qiang’s pinyin name and the pinyin of the word ridicule are the same)
Tang Qiang: “… …”
Xiang Yunze could not hold back his laughter any longer, “Tang Qiang, how did you endure him for so many years?” He said. “Being his agent is truly not an easy job.”
Tang Qiang nodded in deep thought; the other celebrities in his management, when he said something, they didn’t dare to retort him. But when it came to Mo Zhen, it was the opposite- when Mo Zhen said something, it was Tang Qiang who didn’t dare to oppose.
The year that Mo Zhen had debuted, Tang Qiang was just a young newly employed small newcomer. The sixteen year-old Mo Zhen’s face at that time still had a bit of a childish youth, but the heaven-sent beauty he had was enough to for everyone around him to think that he was truly stunning. So at that time, when he was wandering around in the Kai Huang hallway to find a restroom, it was the chairman of Kai Huang himself who saw him and personally signed him as a star.
Being too good-looking is a double-edged sword, it can be both of an advantage and a disadvantage- because it’s easy to be pinned down by the public.
So the only position that the company had given to Mo Zhen at that time was in fact, idol, and handed him over to the twenty-four-year-old newcomer Tang Qiang.
However, Mo Zhen used his own strength to rise up in the face of the world.
Mo Zhen’s first film, “Blood Ride”, was a low-cost small production film; most of the viewers who had watched the film had no strong impression of the plot, but they would all starkly remember the domineering alien boy. Although the Mo Zhen’s appearance before and after added up to no more than 10 minutes, it became the film’s only bright spot.
Needless to say, he had an excellent appearance, the foreign young unruly eyes were like a sharp knife, a painting carved into the audience’s hearts.
Although “Blood ride” did not do well at the box office after its release, it did bring a lot of attention of Mo Zhen. From there on, the company also suddenly gave more of its attention to Mo Zhen – this person was definitely not an idol that can be boxed in, no, this was a person that belonged to a bigger stage.
Mo Zhen’s agent Tang Qiang was replaced by Kai Huang’s king of agents, Luo Tiancheng. However, not even five days had passed before Mo Zhen was returned back to Tang Qiang’s care. This event had always been one of the ten puzzles in Tang’s life – and one of the top-of-the-list mysteries. He had asked Mo Zhen what had happened during those five days, but Mo Zhen did not answer him, and so Tang Qiang did not mention it ever again.
As a newcomer agent, Tang Qiang did not always have the best resources at his hands, and was a lot more inexperienced than Luo Tiancheng. Although he gave Mo Zhen the best resources he could find, he had always felt apologetic towards him, because after being around him for so long, he knew clearly that this person had a stunning talent.
Fortunately, Mo Zhen had always been very talented, even if he only played a supporting role, he would somehow always stand out even more than the male leads.
Acting in movies, recording new songs and doing advertisements, Mo Zhen’s talent was getting more and more recognition from the public, his appearances were getting higher and higher, even if Tang Qiang did not have good resources in his hands, opportunities would come on their own. Mo Zhen had also become the youngest successful actor in history – he spent four years, from a small-time actor to being one of the best in the industry.
The current 26-year old Mo Zhen has won three major acting awards, his other awards are too numerous to even mention and he is admired by thousands of people as the revered king of the acting industry. Even the small newcomer agent Tang Qiang from before now has equal status in Kai Huang as Luo Tiancheng.
The reminiscing of the past ended, King Mo, who had heard the words of Xiang Yunze in the car, simply glanced at him, the corners of his mouth curving, “Doctor Xiang, finally coming back to marry your little girlfriend?”
After hearing those words, Xiang Yunze’s carefree expression finally showed a trace of seriousness, “I’d like to, but before I do that, I probably should talk to her about it first.”
Mo Zhen laughed and did not speak again, but when Tang Qiang looked at Xiang Yunze and saw the rare seriousness in his eyes, he could not help but ask: “Xiang young master, you must really like her then?”
Mo Zhenhao chuckled, his voice was filled with irony as he said, “So much so that Dr. Xiang is reluctant to even let us see her picture.”
Xiang Yunze gave Mo Zhen a glance, his eyes were the same as that year in primary school when he took him to the nearby high school, “Mo Zhen, I’ve said since long ago, if you see her, you’ll definitely fall in love with her.”
Mo Zhen turned his head and stared at Xiang Yunze for a long time before raising the corners of his mouth into a smile, “This is why I like your sense of humour.”
Xiang Yunze hung his head and silently laughed, while Mo Zhen turned to look out the window and at the distant scenery. Mo Zhen, that guy, was not a bad person, he would never steal a woman from his sworn brother. And also, on what basis would he be guaranteed to fall in love with that woman? For the entire 26 years he has been living, Mo Zhen has caused more than a few women to fall in love with him, but never has a woman made him feel for her in any way.
Xiang Yunze took a bottle of soda from the car compartment, unscrewing the lid he said, “King Mo, you drove such a flashy glittering golden car to come pick me up, are you sure you aren’t trying to come out of the closet with me?
This sentence succeeded in making Mo Zhen’s eyes jump, “This is Zanzibar brown-gold!”
Xiang Yunze tightened the lid of the bottle of soda, he blinked at Mo Zhen, “So you aren’t denying that you and I are coming out of the closet.”
Mo Zhen turned away, facing the direction of the driver’s seat, he said: “Tang Qiang, stop at the next intersection, Dr. Xiang needs to get out.”
Xiang Yunze disappointingly shook his head, “King Mo, as a celebrity, you’re lacking demeanor is very easy for others to dye black you know, do you know how powerful a brainwashed person can be? Take the atomic bomb for an example…”
“Tang Qiang, let the doctor out of the car now.”
The rest of the drive was very quiet.
Tang Qiang drove the car to a senior’s club, Mo Zhen had reserved a VIP room to welcome Xiang Yunze. Although Xiang Yunze usually looked carefree and casual and did not seem a bit like a doctor, he will never drink alcohol. Mo Zhen on the other hand, occasionally drank, but since he had work later today, he could not.
A purely eating and no drinking meal would be over very quickly. In less than an hour, the welcoming dinner for Xiang Yunze had already been wrapped up. Since Mo Zhen had to rush to the studio, a taxi has long been waiting to send Xiang Yunze home.
The two parted ways in the parking lot, Tang Qiang drove Mo Zhen all the way to the studio in a rush.
Today was the launch of God Forbidden Zone 3, it was a joyful day and the crew had intended to have a dinner together after the meeting. But when it was six o clock, a huge rainstorm that looked like it was not going to stop anytime soon put an end to their celebration, they had no choice but to return to each of their own homes. Mo Zhen had ended up being drenched very thoroughly and thus was in a bad mood.
Tang Qiang carefully looked at Mo Zhen, thinking about how he must recruit an assistant as soon as possible for Mo Zhen- although in the first ten days of this month, Mo Zhen had already changed assistants three times.
Wet from head to toe, Mo Zhen did not want to see Tang Qiang’s face. Although Tang Qiang felt that there was no real relationship between them, they worked well together anyway, because Mo Zhen decided to drive home himself.
Mo Zhen ‘s home was in a prominent neighborhood, where all the houses were a single family villa, and the distance between the two houses was relatively far, and had very good protection for the tenants.
The sound of the pouring rain continued to ring in Mo Zhen’s ears, he looked up to see the front of a small western-styled building, his eyebrows crinkling slightly.
A woman was crouched near the door, burying her head into her lap, Mo Zhen could not see her face.