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A car engine firing up sounded. Ran Feng Ge looked out from the second floor window and watched as Su Yi Mo drove away from the mansion. Absentmindedly, Ran Feng Ge seated himself at the piano, his fingers dancing across the keys to play an impromptu song.
His eyes were looking but not seeing as nostalgia filled him, bringing back memories.
Why a body double…?
If there had been a choice, who would willingly reject an ordinary life? He was born into a good family; he had the chance to willfully spend his days lazing around like a typical second-generation rich young master.
However, life doesn’t always follow the path we would choose for ourselves.
Ran Feng Ge’s mind became preoccupied with things that transpired a long time ago.
When he was younger, he took his mother’s last name. The Ran family was renowned and had a good reputation; his maternal grandfather was a high level official in G City and both of his uncles had military backgrounds. His mother having been the youngest child, was pampered greatly by everyone else while her son, Ran Feng Ge, reaped the benefits. He was well-loved by his maternal grandfather to the extent that the old man made the decision for him to have the family name.
Ran Feng Ge’s father had no choice but to obey whatever the elder Ran said.
While growing up in the Ran household, Ran Feng Ge always accompanied his grandfather and uncles, learning all sorts of practical skills from them while his socialite mother taught him how to play the piano, how to dance and all sorts of skills deemed necessary for the upper class.
Ran Feng Ge had always been smart as a child. He was able to grasp knowledge quickly and on top of that, he was incredibly quick-witted. His cute antics were always making the people around him laugh thereby earning their adoration.
As far as he could remember, Ran Feng Ge never saw his father. His mother would always tell him things about his father though. How his father was young, very competent, and was made to do great things. When his father first married into the family, everyone said he did so to benefit from marrying into a powerful family. In actuality, his parents were very much in love. After Ran Feng Ge was born, his father made the decision to continue expanding his business and knowledge overseas. Unfortunately, his grandfather and uncles forbade his mother from following her husband out of love. Therefore, both mother and child were left behind in the care of the Ran family.
Everything changed the year Ran Feng Ge turned eight.
That day, he had just arrived home from school when he found their house in a mess. His grandfather appeared to have aged ten years and both his uncles were slumped in the corner sighing deeply while muttering curses under their breaths.
His mother looked petrified as she sat unmoving like a statue, staring blankly into space.
Little Ran Feng Ge watched with his soccer ball in one hand as uniformed men came by to slowly remove all the things from his home.
Both his uncles were framed and sentenced to jail while his grandfather fell ill and was hospitalized. Soon after, his mother fell into depression. Ran Feng Ge was still too young to fully comprehend what had happened. How was it that in a span of one night, everything had changed for the worse?
He remembered that as his uncles were being taken away by the police, both of them were glaring and cursing at him, calling him an illegitimate child. Then they cursed at his father who was never around, calling him an ungrateful scheming bastard. Lastly, they scolded his mother for causing her own family’s destruction.
Everything that was before– the family bond that seemed unbreakable, the unending love and concern– disintegrated in the face of money.
In a single blow, the Ran family was destroyed. Everything was liquidated and confiscated by the government, both his uncles were thrown in jail, and both his grandfather and mother were confined in the hospital. They were in a situation where even paying for the hospitalization fees was difficult.
It was then that Ran Feng Ge finally understood. His so-called ‘father’ had another wife and kids overseas. Him marrying into the family, the love between his mother and father– everything was just an elaborate lie!
His father’s only intention had been to make use of the Ran family’s power to build his own empire and then to exact revenge on said family.
This was because a long time ago, the elder Ran had done something that caused the An family, his father’s family, to crumble into nothing.
Yes. The An family. His ‘father’s’ last name was An.
Even though Ran Feng Ge wanted to try to raise some funds to pay for both his grandfather’s and his mother’s hospital bills, there was only so much an eight year old child could do.
First of all, not a single place in the world would hire a child laborer. It was fortunate that his school took pity on him and helped him by allocating a small subset of donation to him as allowance.
Another thing is, Ran Feng Ge was brought up as a pampered child. He had never been through anything his family could not weather for him. Other than some measly practical skills he learned from his grandfather and uncles, he only knew how to sing, dance and play the piano– all of which were useless in real life.
His mother was a very sheltered woman. After finding out that she was in fact the third party in a relationship, the man she had loved had a legitimate wife and children, and to add fuel to the fire, that man had been the one to destroy her family, she could no longer take it. Every time she looked at Ran Feng Ge, she was reminded of the fact that he was that man’s son, a harbinger of doom; she should never have given birth to this devil. In addition to beating him whenever she could, every word that came out from her mouth now was to curse at Ran Feng Ge.
It was afterwards that the doctor finally diagnosed his mother as having been traumatized to the point that her mental capability was affected.
In the beginning, his grandfather didn’t blame him for everything that went wrong. It all changed though when he found out his precious daughter had gone insane because of Ran Feng Ge. Whenever he looked at his grandson now, there was a sense of loathing and isolation.
Deep down, the elder Ran knew that Ran Feng Ge was blameless– this child was actually the most innocent one of all. Seeing his daughter’s suffering, however, he could not help but put all the blame onto the little boy.
Ran Feng Ge may still be very young but he was very bright. His observational skills drastically improved because of everything that had happened. After seeing the change in attitude his most beloved grandfather had towards him, little Ran Feng Ge could not help it when his heart steeled itself.
Hiding in the bushes near the hospital, little Ran Feng Ge hugged his knees to his chest and cried the entire night. When exhaustion finally hit him, Ran Feng Ge closed his eyes and fell asleep in the same position, his little face wet with tears.
When the sun rose the next day, Ran Feng Ge wiped the remnants of his tears off his face and continued on his task to find a way to pay for the medical bills.
Walking past the parking garage, Ran Feng Ge eyed a branded luxury car and his eyes twinkled.
Both his uncles were car enthusiasts so they introduced different models and brands to little Ran Feng Ge. At five years old, Ran Feng Ge was already able to recognize a large number of car logos. His uncles had made him a promise then that when Ran Feng Ge grew up, they would buy him the best car available in the world.
Due to this, he was able to recognize the car brand.
The owner of this car must be someone very rich! If I could meet someone rich, then… then grandfather’s and mother’s medical bills can be settled!
Ran Feng Ge immediately made his way towards the car until he caught sight of another car– a black Jaguar.
In the passenger seat of the Jaguar sat a boy who appeared to be of similar age to Ran Feng Ge. With an air of importance and a face full of concentration, the boy held an open laptop computer in his hands, acting so much like an adult.
Ran Feng Ge quickly changed his mind: This one!
He was only a child and so his thinking process was of course childlike. Seeing another child in the car made him consider that the driver of said car would not be driving fast. If Ran Feng Ge were to pretend to be knocked down by this car and if perhaps the other boy saw this, he would be more inclined to get the driver to stop.
Making up his mind, Ran Feng Ge quickly hid himself near the opening of the car garage. He clutched onto his soccer ball tightly, steeling himself before kicking the ball towards the oncoming car as a warning to the driver in an attempt to not let himself actually get hit.
Everything went according to plan.
Upon seeing the ball followed by a child right in front of him, the driver abruptly stepped on the brakes only to see both the ball and the boy disappear under the car.
Ran Feng Ge laid himself down on the ground and shut his eyes, keeping himself as still as possible while tightly holding onto his soccer ball.
It was given to Ran Feng Ge by his beloved grandfather so he could not bear to lose it.
At the sudden stop, the little master inside the car could not do anything but watch as the laptop computer slid off his lap while he jerked forward. He raised his head to look out the window and saw a little boy lying stock still before the car.
The driver had already scrambled out of the vehicle to assess the situation. The little master picked his laptop computer up and placed it carefully on the armrest beside him. He then removed his safety belt and exited the car as well.
Only after seeing that the little boy was unharmed could the driver release the breath he had been unconsciously holding. The only problem was, no matter how much he called, the child would not wake up. The boy seemed to have fainted from the fright.
From the side, the young master could not help the little smirk that formed on his lips as he eyed the boy’s twitching eyelids and the death grip on the soccer ball.
“Young master, please get back inside the car. There is too much traffic here, they might hit you. I will bring him to the hospital first and will be back shortly after.”
“No need. Let’s just take him home with us!” The little young master said, his facial features rearranged into one of seriousness. “There is nothing wrong with him; he simply fainted due to fear. Let’s just bring him home and let him recover there.”
“Understood,” The driver replied as he carried little Ran Feng Ge and placed him across the back seat.
Ran Feng Ge was panicking internally. Should he or should he not open his eyes and declare he was okay? Being taken home by a stranger was not the smartest thing to do, was it?
Once his panic subsided, Ran Feng Ge began to internally process the situation and thought, ‘What could they possibly do with a child?’ This was better anyways; he could go into their house, meet the grownups and see if they were willing to sponsor him with regards to the medical bills.
Ran Feng Ge silently cheered himself up while calming his frantic heart.
In the passenger seat, the little young master stopped playing with his laptop computer. Instead, he turned towards the backseat every now and then to look at the little boy pretending to be asleep. He was very curious as to what this little rascal was planning.
In fact, he actually caught Ran Feng Ge snooping around a while ago, eyeing the cars from the car garage’s entrance. Once the little rascal spotted his car, a look of determination settled upon the boy’s face as though he had made his mind up to do something.
Hmph, looking at things now, it seemed the boy decided to fake an accident. What is his purpose? Blackmail?
What a tricky little liar! See what I will do to you once we get home!
Ran Feng Ge initially pretended to have fainted but because he had spent the majority of the night crying– only managing to sleep right before dawn– and he was lying down in the backseat of a comfortable car driven by a superb driver, it was no surprise that Ran Feng Ge drifted off to sleep.
Even while dreaming, the little brows on Ran Feng Ge’s face were still furrowed and his small lips were tightly pressed together, an expression of pain and indescribable worry etched into his adorable features.
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Su Yi Mo was deep in thought thinking of reasons as to why Ran Feng Ge chose the high risk occupation of body double. Unbeknownst to him, his silence and the dour look etched into his features made Ran Feng Ge stare at him, wondering what on earth Su Yi Mo was thinking about.
However, since Su Yi Mo had already apologized, there was no need for Ran Feng Ge to hold any grudges.
Ran Feng Ge broke the silence: “Then… Let’s eat at home from now on then.”
“Okay.” Su Yi Mo agreed.
The meal was prepared by Ran Feng Ge and because he was just discharged from the hospital, the main dish was very light and watered down. Ran Feng Ge quickly decided to whip up a few other side dishes to make this simple meal into a somewhat varied lunch spread.
As the two of them took their seats, Ran Feng Ge rinsed two pairs of chopsticks and handed a pair over to Su Yi Mo, asking, “Are Ah Jiu and the others not joining us?”
“They will eat in their own homes.”
“Oh,” Ran Feng Ge said as he picked up a dish unsuitable for him and offered it to the other, “Here, try some of my cooking!”
Su Yi Mo calmly used his chopsticks to take a bite, chewing slowly before his lips quirked upwards slightly.
“Is there anything you cannot do?”
Ran Feng Ge innocently tilted his head.
Su Yi Mo swallowed his food before speaking. “You are already a jack of all trades and now I find out you are also skilled at cooking. I am curious, is there anything you can’t do?”
Hearing those words from Su Yi Mo’s lips made Ran Feng Ge laugh. With his ego inflating, he replied, “Hmm, now that I think about it, there’s nothing.”
Su Yi Mo knew Ran Feng Ge was exaggerating but he did not want to burst the other’s bubble so he continued to eat. Silence once again descended upon the two of them as Ran Feng Ge also silently spooned his bowl of porridge, occasionally using his chopsticks to pick up some side dishes.
If Ran Feng Ge were to raise his head, Su Yi Mo would be able to get a better look at the other man holding onto the small bowl, slowly scooping up spoonfuls of his porridge. Su Yi Mo had mentioned before that Ran Feng Ge was not as graceful as Jing Qiu Han when he was eating, but comparing them now, Ran Feng Ge appeared a lot more graceful.
No wonder… A professional body double is indeed professional– always listening to the input and criticisms of others and being able to change his entire attitude and mannerisms on the go to achieve the best result.
Weirdly enough, Su Yi Mo could not help but feel a little irritated at how graceful Ran Feng Ge had become.
“Why did you want to be a body double?” Su Yi Mo suddenly asked.
Ran Feng Ge was about to eat a spoonful of porridge when he slightly hesitated upon hearing the question. He continued with a small smile, “The money plus the adrenaline rush each time! I really enjoy it!”
“But it is very dangerous.”
“Look at me. I’ve survived till now haven’t I?” Ran Feng Ge answered with a shrug of his shoulders.
Su Yi Mo was about to say something when his cell phone’s abrupt ringing cut him off. A glance at his phone revealed that it was the new number he had recently given to Jing Qiu Han.
Ran Feng Ge saw the number and didn’t think much of it until he saw how Su Yi Mo quickly glanced at him before looking back at the screen. He stood up and picked up his little bowl. “I’ll leave.”
Su Yi Mo could not help but hesitate as he watched Ran Feng Ge walk out of the dining room before he answered the call: “Xiao Qiu, what’s the matter?”
“Ah Mo, you haven’t visited me for a few days now. Are you that busy?” Jing Qiu Han sounded slightly annoyed on the other end but provided Su Yi Mo with an excuse to go along with.
Thinking back to the past few days, Su Yi Mo had indeed been very busy with the entire fiasco involving Ran Feng Ge and it was true that he had not been to see Jing Qiu Han in a long time. No wonder his little lover was annoyed.
“I was busy with some things, sorry. How about I come by tonight to see you?”
“Okay! I will prepare your favorite flame-grilled meat dish!” Jing Qiu Han replied unable to keep the excitement out of his voice after hearing Su Yi Mo say he was going to come by tonight.
“Flame-grilled meat? Are you not worried about me getting fat?”
It was rare for Su Yi Mo to make a joke but he was truly feeling apologetic towards Jing Qiu Han. He had been consumed with the whole Ran Feng Ge business; so much so that it was out of the norm for someone like him.
Looking at the numerous high quality recipe books, the newly stocked fridge full of fresh and healthy ingredients and the tabletop covered with mouth-watering dishes that both he and Ran Feng Ge had just made together– that both he and Ran Feng Ge enjoyed. Thinking about it, Su Yi Mo made a decision: This is not right. This is wrong. I need to control myself.
Once again, Su Yi Mo chose to explain this out of character behavior to the fact that Ran Feng Ge was currently impersonating Jing Qiu Han and therefore, what he has done for the other was only because he took him for Jing Qiu Han and nothing more.
Just now, didn’t Ran Feng Ge have Jing Qiu Han’s face? All of this is just an act. Just an act.
“Never! I will make sure it is healthy!” Jing Qiu Han could hear how distracted Su Yi Mo sounded over the phone but he decided not to probe. Besides, Su Yi Mo was going to come over tonight. He could always just ask him about it later.
“Don’t tire yourself out; you are still recovering from your injuries.” Su Yi Mo nagged gently.
“I know! I’ll wait for you tonight.“ Jing Qiu Han laughed.
From the other side of the wall, Ran Feng Ge found himself pausing after hearing the gentle voice. He had to stop himself from turning around to see how Su Yi Mo’s face looks when he was being this gentle, this tender. Just as he was about to turn, Ran Feng Ge released a short chuckle, his grip on his bowl tightening slightly as he made his way up to his room on the second floor.
Tenderness and gentleness… Why should I be bothered about it when I’m not the one on the receiving end!
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Su Yi Mo personally assisted in Ran Feng Ge’s discharge from the hospital after his surgical wound had healed.
During his stint in the hospital, Chen Xi Ran and Mi Le had come by to visit him – and even though the two of them bowed their heads as Ran Feng Ge lectured them thoroughly, they were still able to work seamlessly hand-in-hand to extract the vital information from Ran Feng Ge with regards to his current job.
They found out that the job Ran Feng Ge had this time was indeed to impersonate Jing Qiu Han, with a time frame of a year. It was also known that contrary to his appearance, Jing Qiu Han was not a simple person; he and Lan Kuang had an unusual connection.
With regards to this new information, it seems, Su Yi Mo was not as dumb as he made himself out to be.
However, these two men, from the very first time they met, to the times they got to know each other and even more so, to the time they fell in love, they did indeed have an unforgettable tale.
With time, acquaintances can always become something more intimate, and who knows, intimacy can always lead to a sense of responsibility.
A sense of responsibility… in which love has no part to play in.
At the end of the day, whether it was love or not, only the people involved knew best.
Returning to the Su manor, Ran Feng Ge immediately prepared all the little bottles he had on hand and quickly created a Jing Qiu Han mask. For some time now, he had been rather unprofessional; instead of doing his job properly and becoming the Jing Qiu Han he was tasked with, he ended up in the hospital – what a waste of time!
Ran Feng Ge had only just attached the mask onto his own face when he smelled something which forced his eyebrows to meet in the middle. “What is that horrible smell?!”
Don’t tell me something is burning? What a strong burnt scent!
Following the burnt smell downstairs, Ran Feng Ge realized the origin of the smell was coming from the kitchen where a steady stream of smoke was drifting out. A sudden coughing fit sounded and the silhouette of a man holding a wooden spatula came stumbling out soon after looking rather despondent.
Ran Feng Ge allowed himself to openly stare at Su Yi Mo, as he laughed slightly. “Ah Mo, what is it you are trying to do? Demolish the house?”
Suddenly hearing the voice of Jing Qiu Han ring out, Su Yi Mo could not help himself from staring at the familiar face before him before he realized that it was just Ran Feng Ge behind the mask. He quickly gathered himself and with a gentle voice, he said, “I just wanted to give you a surprise. I only wanted to try my hand at making your favorite porridge…”
Ran Feng Ge looked at the suit Su Yi Mo was dressed in and could not help the chuckle that escaped his lips. Shaking his head slightly, Ran Feng Ge could not help but wonder who on earth wears a brand name three-piece suit to cook in the kitchen? And is that a white silk shirt? What a waste!
“Why is there so much smoke? Didn’t you turn on the ventilator?” Ran Feng Ge asked as he walked over to the window and pushed it open to help get rid of the smoke before he went back to the side of the stove to turn on the ventilator.
Su Yi Mo followed behind Ran Feng Ge before asking, “Ventilator… What is that?”
Ran Feng Ge sighed deeply, a rich young master, no doubt. He reached for the ventilator switch and flicked it to on. Within no time at all, all the smoke in the kitchen had been filtered out.
Su Yi Mo stood by one side and marveled, “So that is the ventilator… It truly is useful.”
After the smoke had dissipated, Ran Feng Ge caught sight of the culprit – within a pot was a mass of burnt, dry-as-a-bone porridge debris.
Su Yi Mo calmly retrieved the pot from the stove top. Using the wooden spatula in his hand, he scraped out the porridge from within and dumped it.
After using water to rinse the pot, Su Yi Mo filled it with water and poured a variety of rice and grains into the pot, swished it around a little before putting the lid on it, and placing the pot onto the stove top.
Ran Feng Ge could not help it when his eyebrows creased even deeper as he scanned the trash can that was filled with numerous failed experimental porridge attempts from before. Reaching out with his hand, Ran Feng Ge turned off the fire. “It doesn’t matter how many times you try; you will always fail if you cook it this way.”
Su Yi Mo was unperturbed, “Not really. I’ve tried three times, and each attempt was better than the last, therefore it will work out sooner or later!”
Ran Feng Ge could not help but push Su Yi Mo out of the way, some things just need to be done by oneself. He grabbed the pot off the stove and drained the water from it before replacing the rice into a clean bowl. After which, he refilled the pot with water and placed it onto the stove, covering it with the lid as he reignited the flames. “You need to boil the water first before adding in the rice.”
Su Yi Mo opened his mouth wanting to say something but could not – his first attempt had him cooking both the water and rice at the same time; there was too little water and too much rice which resulted in a disaster. His second attempt had him consulting a recipe book which said he had to boil the water first before adding the rice in. Therefore, he had followed the instructions and boiled the water before adding in the rice, but he had misjudged himself and spilled both water and rice all over the stove top. The third time lucky, he decided to try the first method again…
This time he wanted to incorporate both the first and second methodology and see if it would work out but judging by the practiced motions of Ran Feng Ge at cutting up the vegetables, he decided to step back and leave the master to his craft.
Su Yi Mo was suddenly reminded of the time when Ran Feng Ge had just moved into the manor with him. He had once made food as well; both the look and smell of it were wondrous, however, because of his own suspicious personality, in addition to Jing Qiu Han being in a coma, he was unable to appreciate Ran Feng Ge’s good intention and instead had provoked him…
Thinking back now, the Su Yi Mo back then had indeed been too much.
It seems, Ran Feng Ge was also reminded of the incident back then. He had even sworn to himself that he would never cook anything anymore… Looking down at the vegetables he had been cutting, Ran Feng Ge’s hands slowed down.
Both of them decided to speak at the same time, and what had been a comfortable atmosphere suddenly became awkward.
Ran Feng Ge self-consciously rubbed his nose. “Don’t misunderstand this. I am only making this for myself. I’m not trying to win you over or anything, all I want is to do this job right and receive my pay after!”
Su Yi Mo replied, “What I wanted to say was… I am sorry…for that time.”
Su Yi Mo looked at the currently bowed head of Ran Feng Ge, and then turned his sights onto the diced vegetables on the chopping board – they were all evenly diced, the length and width were almost all the same – this said a lot about his cooking skills. It would be a waste of his talent if it was not appreciated.
Besides, the main reason why Su Yi Mo wanted to learn cooking was to help Ran Feng Ge make nutritional meals to aid in his gastric disease. Since Ran Feng knew how to cook, that was all the more reason he should not eat out and instead come home and cook something healthy to eat.
Su Yi Mo may be an iceberg of a man, but he still knew how to spare a thought for someone else, especially someone working for him—sure, he was using him, and he was paying him for his services. All they had between them was employer-employee status, but he could not ignore his employee’s health condition now, could he?
If being a body double for someone meant that he would have to compromise on his health, wouldn’t that be a huge loss, then?
Moreover, all these body doubles, they had to impersonate everything down to the little details such as their favorite food and all that – even if there were small discrepancies, no one other than their closest confidants would even notice it; ordinary acquaintances would never be able to recognize the flaws.
Therefore, Su Yi Mo did not want Ran Feng Ge to injure himself any further in order to impersonate Jing Qiu Han down to the last detail.
For example, regarding Jing Qiu Han being so famous in the entertainment industry, a major factor was their relationship, other than that was his frighteningly high tolerance to alcohol; Jing Qiu Han would often discuss business with A-list movie directors or movie stars over alcohol. If Ran Feng Ge had other means of obtaining the roles, or getting into the good books of the directors and writers, then he would not need to force himself to act like Jing Qiu Han by drinking himself to gain deals which would, in turn, further provoke his gastric disease…
Su Yi Mo didn’t know why on earth he was so concerned over Ran Feng Ge. Perhaps it was the image of Ran Feng Ge trapped in the holding cell, suffocating slowly that made him feel… being a body double is actually quite miserable sometimes.
Living a life hidden in the shadows of his employers, waking up to an unfamiliar face each morning, needing to watch his every word and action, afraid to even let loose a single mistake that could lead to his failure as a body double—even having to risk his life to suffer consequences that were not even his to suffer…
Body doubles were still human; they also required care and concern. It doesn’t mean they should give up and risk everything they are just because they were being paid for their service. Who would choose to work in a job that required such strict discipline with no actual advantages to oneself?
Money is not everything.
Ran Feng Ge had said this before.
Thinking back, Ran Feng Ge didn’t seem like he was someone who was lacking money, so why did he choose to work in this sort of profession anyway?
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