Chapter 742 Boasting
When Nan Chen returned to Mountview Inn, Dabao and Erbao had already fallen asleep. Ning Ran, on the other hand, was still awake and watching a television show.
At the same time, she was whispering under her breath as though she was memorizing the script.
It was a habit of hers to memorize the script. That way, once the filming started, she would be able to perform confidently instead of fumbling with her lines.
Regardless of the industry, people who performed excellently tended to pour greater efforts into their work compared to ordinary folks, even if they were talented. Standing behind Ning Ran, Nan Chen found her hardworking look rather amusing.
She was so focused on her task that she failed to notice he had already returned. Hence, when she turned her head back abruptly, she was spooked by his presence and exclaimed, “What are you doing? You scared me! Are you a ghost? Why didn’t I hear your footsteps?”
Sitting across from her, Nan Chen pointed at her script. “Have you memorized it?”
“Almost. What did Huang Zichao say?” Ning Ran placed the script down. “He impregnated one of his ex-girlfriends. Ding Fei found out and used it to control him.” “Eh? Huang Zichao did that? How is that possible?”
That upset Nan Chen. Is Huang Zichao a saint? Why is it impossible? Nan Chen realized she had misspoken when she saw his frown. “That’s not what I meant. I just think he looks like a pretty good guy. I didn’t expect—”
Her attempt at explaining herself only flamed his blaze of fury. “What’s so good about him?”
Ning Ran was stumped by his question. Well, that’s because Huang Zichao’s an award-winning actor whose acting is exceptional. He’s handsome, elegant, and gentlemanly. All those qualities can be categorized as ‘good.’ Of course, I can’t answer him like that unless I want to blow Sir Chen’s top off. D*mmit, why do I remember so many of Huang Zichao’s good points? Am I mesmerized by him?
With considerable effort, she tried clarifying her statement again, “It was just a little surprising, that’s all. I’m not familiar with him, nor do I know what kind of person he is. The surface-level impression he gave me was all I knew of him. Now that I think about it, I guess it’s not that odd.”
Upon listening to that, Nan Chen’s expression brightened up. “Because of the dirt Ding Fei has on Huang Zichao, he’s compelled to listen to her. Ding Fei wanted him to destroy your reputation, but he was too concerned about the risk to execute the plan. Well, technically, he did agree to do it initially but changed his mind later on.”
“I see. I’m aware of Ding Fei’s hostility toward me. It’s something I told you before.”
“I always thought Ding Fei had something to do with your assault on the production team. I wasn’t certain because it seemed unlikely to me that an actor would hire an assassin to kill another actor. The risk is too huge to be worth the effort. Moreover, you had no idea who Ding Fei was. Therefore, I concluded it’s implausible that she has a deep-seated hatred against you to the point that she wants to take your life. However, in light of recent discoveries, it seems my conclusion was wrong. Perhaps she does resent you enough to want to wipe you off the face of this planet. In any case, no ordinary citizen can unearth what happened in Huang Zichao’s past, at least, based on what he told us. I believe someone’s backing Ding Fei.”
Nodding, Ning Ran replied, “I think so too. Otherwise, there’s no way a small-time actor like her would’ve acted that arrogantly. I think there are two possibilities here. One, Ding Fei has a grudge against me. Two, the person backing her is the one who wants to settle a big score with me. If not, they wouldn’t have tried to kill me.”
Nan Chen remained silent.
“What are you thinking?”
“I’m wondering who hates you so much that they want you to die.”
“I don’t know and that’s why I’m thinking about it right now. I can’t imagine anyone despising someone as kind, beautiful, friendly, and innocent as me.”
Nan Chen was taken aback. Why did she praise and boast out of nowhere when we were in the middle of analyzing the situation? Does she think it’s appropriate?
“Kind, beautiful, friendly, and innocent,” he repeated.
“Am I not?” His remark made Ning Ran feel guilty.
Her guilt was exacerbated. “I was just joking. What I mean is that I’ve never done anything really evil before. I can’t think of why anyone wants me dead. Actually, there’s one more possibility. Have you thought about it?”
Nan Chen nodded. “I did. That person could be an enemy of mine who’s taking out their revenge on me through you.”
“Yeah. Maybe I was dragged into this mess because you impregnated someone like Huang Zichao did—” Before Ning Ran could finish her sentence, he glared at her with a look as sharp as a knife, prompting her to zip her mouth.
Then she backtracked on her comment. “Of course, you’re different from him. Then again, you did impregnate me…”
Her face was flushed with embarrassment that she stopped. How did our conversation go off the rails and arrive at this topic?
Nan Chen gazed at her. Her blushing face is quite attractive.
With a serious voice, he replied, “Your impregnation was an accident on my part that only happened once before!”
“What if you only remember this one and forgot the rest?” Ning Ran questioned.
Opening his mouth, he struggled to get a word out.
It was a rare occurrence for him to be at a loss for words.
“Stop the nonsense!” Nan Chen barked coldly.
Ning Ran chickened out. “Fine, fine, keep analyzing the situation then.”
“I’m ready to pay Ding Fei a personal visit.”
“Eh? I don’t think that’s necessary. She’s just a nobody undeserving of a visit from you.” Actually, she couldn’t provide a proper justification. Whatever it is, I don’t want him to meet Ding Fei.
“I want to meet her and see if she hates me. If she does, then she’s my enemy. If she doesn’t, then it’s very likely that she’s your enemy.”
“In that case, sure. When are you going to meet her? Should I send her an invitation on your behalf?”
“I’ll ask Qiao Zhan to do it after I return to Flower City tomorrow. If she’s willing to meet me in Flower City, then she is my adversary. If not, then it means she doesn’t know who I am and only hates you.”
“That’s not a bad idea. If she meets you in Flower City, you’ll have the advantage. Remember not to show her too much respect. If someone like you does that, most women will overthink your intentions.” Ning Ran smirked.
“Are you overthinking it?”
“Why aren’t you?”
“Because I think I’m overthinking too much already.” She giggled.
“Oh? What were you thinking about?”
“I won’t tell you. Oh yeah, have you told the children about your departure yet?”
“I’ll take them back to Flower City with me to visit their grandparents tomorrow.”