STB Chapter 14: Tracing

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Everyone entered a third level dumbfounded state.


At Star Entertainment Media’s press conference, the cameras’ flashes lit up the venue. Li Fei took off his sunglasses and smiled at everyone.

Li Fei instantly became the focus of the lens. He maintained a gentle and warm expression, then reached out to greet several relatively familiar reporters.

This was a live broadcast, so the fans squatting on the website could watch Li Fei’s every move in real time.

“He’s obviously not injured, so who spread those rumors?”

Seeing the unharmed Li Fei, the fans were relieved then became angry.

If Li Fei was just a small actor with an unstable foundation, just a rumor of a serious injury would cut off any discussions regarding several potential advertisements, movies, interviews and so on. Even the movie roles he already signed up for could be affected.

On one hand, they were glad that Li Fei was the winner of two awards, gaining his title as the Film Emperor. On the other hand, they felt distressed for their male god.

It wasn’t until Li Fei sat down that the flashes in the venue become slightly normal. The reporters scrambled to raise their hands to ask questions, but Li Fei’s broker didn’t hesitate to talk about Li Fei’s next film.

With great difficulty, they simmered until the end of the speech and exploded on the question and answer portion.

“Have you watched the video online? Are you really at the scene when the explosion occurred?”

“Yesterday, Xiao YaQin posted two words on Weibo: “really worried”…… may I ask, what is her relationship with Li Fei? Is it boyfriend and girlfriend? Or are you already married? Or maybe thinking of marriage?”

Li Fei pressed down on the microphone, looking like he wanted to say something. The scene immediately calmed down.

“I don’t know about the video. As for the explosion in Huai City’s Pearl Hotel, I was at the scene……”

The audience immediately buzzed, and the reporters’ eyes were full of excitement. They wanted to ask how Li Fei and Xiao YaQin, these two celebrities, appeared in the same hotel.

The live broadcast also exploded. A lot of Li Fe’s fans detested Xiao YaQin. It’s the first time they’ve heard of this, and they treated it as bad news.

Li Fei’s expression remained the same. Assistant Lin, who stood offscreen near the wall, turned off the venue lights except for one. A photo appeared on the front screen showing an invitation letter to a charity dinner party.

The words were distinct with the date and time enlarged.

“The dinner party is at eight o’clock. My assistant booked my room on the 48th floor. As for Ms. Xiao, our companies communicated afterward and only then did we know that her room is on the 42nd floor.”

Pearl Hotel’s guest room management was rigorous. The room card of any floor could only reach that floor when taking the elevator. The floors with the dining hall, business lounge and entertainment facilities used another elevator.

If anyone wanted to visit other guests, they would have to ask the service staff in the elevator to press the next floor button..

As public figures, even if they wanted to meet in private, it’s impossible to have that much floor difference between their rooms.

Li Fei did not explain in detail. Whether the charity dinner party was real, someone would naturally check. And regarding the thing between him and Xiao YaQin, it was still unclear——

“It has been 10 years since I debuted and I know that my fans and all my media friends are very concerned about my private life.”

The reporters, who wanted to continue questioning, realized that there might be a shocking news coming from Li Fei’s expression. They suddenly became nervous and some even held their breath.

Li Fei’s slightly narrowed eyes, as well as his unintentional restless movement of rubbing the tabletop, created this particular atmosphere. He didn’t need to talk, his “actions” made people feel that he would say a secret hidden in his heart.

The agent next to him stared at Li Fei’s gaffe.

——This doesn’t follow what they agreed on. There’s no such thing in the script! Is it a good idea to talk about your love life right now?

But such a stare in that situation seemed as if the agent knew and warned Li Fei that he’s not allowed to tell the truth.

Assistant Lin’s expression was also marvelous, but his mood was: “Really, the boss is playing an unreasonable card.” He had to say that with Li Fei’s skill, he could make something false to be true, and even optimize to what extent could something fake be fake.

Li Fei’s “nervousness” was very slight and too short. He knew that going too far was as bad as not showing enough. He merely cheated those observant ones to believe in something as an expert in body language himself. How could those not good in body language be able to read the information he gave?

In front of the camera, Li Fei only lost control for just a few seconds. He soon calmed down and restored his gentle smile.

“Actually, I have a crush on someone, but I can’t say who.”

“……”

“So my love life is not that blank.” Li Fei smiled lightly as if he didn’t just drop a heavy bomb, “although the other party is single, I know that the man that person likes……is not me.”

“……!!!”

The fans watching the live broadcast was hit and became dumbfounded at the unexpected situation. The reporters at the scene quickly responded with excited questions.

“Is your crush within the circle?”

“Is that person a singer, a movie star, or a model?”

The scene was chaotic. The agent was about to faint from anger over Li Fei. That was easy to say, but how would they make a follow-up? Where would they find this crush? What kind of person was suitable to be Li Fei’s crush? What to do with the fans’ resentment?

——why is every domestic movie emperor so capricious?

In the chaos, the agent heard a reporter ask, “Is your crush a woman?”

Star Entertainment’s PR Department Head, who was present at the scene, suddenly had an ugly face.

Only Li Fei remained unmoved, smilingly answering a few harmless questions. Then he declared no more comments, wished those injured in the bombing incident to recover soon, and announced the end of the press conference.

After leaving, Li Fei went to the top floor of Star Entertainment Media towards the CEO’s office while being surrounded by a crowd.

As the door closed, the smile on his face disappeared without a trace.

“It’s a wonderful speech.” The man sitting on the swivel chair turned off the projection screen. The last image showed the live broadcast website of the press conference.

Star Entertainment‘s CEO, a successful man who appeared to be in his late thirties, was in fact, more than fifty.

The most deceptive was his black hair which was not troubled by balding or a thinning hairline. With deep-set eyes, high nose bridge, chiseled features, no beer belly, and wearing a custom made suit, the CEO basically looked like he’d been pulled out of a photoshoot and with PS, could even pose in the cover of a foreign magazine.

His fingers overlapped into a tower, and his sharp eyes made several assistants with little experience feel their scalp tingle, making them hung their heads.

Surprisingly, the CEO opened his mouth to gossip, “ I just want to know, do you really have this person?”

Li Fei did not answer and just picked a place to sit down. The secretary in the president’s office acted quickly and made a cup of coffee. Assistant Lin had no such treatment. While carrying a briefcase, he smiled bitterly at the big boss and shook his head.

“You’re so anxious to get rid of Xiao Yaqin but it doesn’t have to be this way. When you throw this bombshell, just how many ridiculous rumors will come out tonight?” The CEO had bright eyes when he said this.

Geng Tian was surprised. Why is this tone not like an interrogation and more like he’s excited?

Assistant Lin slightly glanced at the bodyguard and looked on weakly: Of course, Star Entertainment‘s CEO, Liang Jun, liked to watch gossip and loved to spread gossip. Speaking this out loud is not a good thing and will only make one lose face so who can explain it, ah?

“If your broker does not pick up a suitable person, you’re responsible for it!” Lighting a cigarette, the CEO leisurely smoked. He did not forget to give Li Fei, the company’s biggest billboard and biggest thorn, a warning, “There is also the PR Department responsible for monitoring the public opinion. You pay for their overtime tonight.”

Liang Jun waited a minute for Li Fei to speak. He looked strangely at his company’s number one cash cow. Was it that Li Fei’s news was real? In his mind, he worked through the network of relationships around Li Fei doubtfully, but there were no suspicious targets at all, ah!

“It’s not peaceful recently……” Li Fei said vaguely, “You may have an accident, so pay more attention.”

“En?” When Liang Jun was not gossiping, he was still very reliable. He was keenly aware of the hidden meaning on Li Fei’s words. Did it refer to the financial market? Entertainment industry? Or national politics?

As Liang Jun was thinking about it, the phone on the table suddenly rang, and the young secretary’s voice was tense, “Pre-President, there are people from the Public Security Bureau and the military here to see Li Fei. They said that they needed him to cooperate with an investigation.”

“What?”

“They came in a hurry, and also——”

Outside the president’s office, the secretary in a white suit had a bitter face, eyes staring at the solemn and serious military man standing in front of her.

Zhang YaoJin did not wait for the secretary to finish and directly opened the office door. The pitch-dark muzzle of a gun pointed directly at Li Fei.

Are they shooting a movie?

Assistant Lin and the other staff members stood foolishly.

“All unnecessary personnel leave.” Zhang YaoJin coldly said.

“Wait.” Liang Jun looked at the soldiers and policemen that filed into the room with guns drawn. He raised his hands in shock, then turned to look at his secretary who had panicked and ran in, “……you’re saying that your brother is with these people to arrest Li Fei?”

What?

Everybody present on the scene was dumbfounded.

“Miss Zhang XiaoJie?” Assistant Lin looked at the secretary in horror. He had a good impression of this sweet looking sister but it turned out that her older brother was such a tough soldier with seemingly high rank.

Wait, is it possible that Liang Jun, this gossipy CEO, even checked his secretary’s entire family? Is that even legal?

“I have something to say. I know Li Fei. Murder and arson are too costly; this losing trade is something he would never do.” Liang Jun coughed to smooth things over.

Since the beginning of being at the endpoint of a gun, Li Fei’s eyes cooled. He thought about the danger after his power was exposed but did not expect it to come so fast, nor did he expect the other party to not give him any chance. It was clear that if he didn’t cooperate, he would be forcibly taken away.

“When the Pearl Hotel exploded, where were you?” Zhang YaoJin stared down at Li Fei.

“My room.”

“And?”

“Together with my bodyguard, we fled downstairs from the stairwell.”

“Your room is on the 48th floor. There are two clear footprints among the glass debris near the window. Someone once stood there and looked downwards. This footprint is yours.”

“I wanted to see what happened.” Li Fei calmly answered.

Zhang YaoJin sneered, his eyes were red after two days and two nights of not sleeping, making his nerves stretch tight.

He could feel that Li Fei was dangerous. Not because of the clues left in the room, but because when he stood in front of Li Fei, his subconscious issued a warning. This feeling was comparable to when he rescued hostages while facing a group of ruthless gangsters.

Seeing that the situation was not good, Liang Jun couldn’t help but say, “What the hell is going on?”

“Dad, don’t say anything else, just come out!” Secretary Zhang, who was standing at the door, cried out anxiously.

Everyone’s attention focused on the wrong thing: Wait, what do you mean by dad?


The author has something to say:

The gossiping CEO is actually the Zhang siblings’ stepfather…

Oh, with this setting… Li Fei and Zhang YaoJin could be in a relationship【scram!】as the boss’ son 【absolutely not!】and the company’s money tree


Last Edit: 07-18-2020 4:28 PM

This is machine translated and all copyrights belong to the author. Please note that the translator might take creative liberties for better readability. Thank you for reading.


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