“The fireworks are beautiful. Thank you.”
When Tang Feng opened the door, Lu Tian Chen was right outside. He stepped aside to let the other man in. Lu Tian Chen closed the door behind him and locked it under Tang Feng’s gaze.
“As long as you like it.” The simple reply carried more impact than the sweetest compliments especially since it came from Lu Tian Chen, a man known to be logical and blunt.
Charles could shower any random stranger with the most flattering praises. However, with each repetition, the praises lost their meaning. Who knew whether Charles really meant what he said?
Lu Tian Chen was a man of few words but when he did speak, it was in a straightforward manner that expressed his thoughts clearly. More often than not, people were more willing to believe and rely on these kinds of people.
Tang Feng couldn’t help but admit that a simple “As long as you like it” made his heart skip despite his years of experience.
“Why did you suddenly decide to set off fireworks? And at 11:11 at that?” Tang Feng turned around and walked toward the bar. He looked back at Lu Tian Chen, who was taking off his jacket and loosening his tie. “Do you want something to drink? Alcohol or coffee?”
Tang Feng brought out two glasses and filled them half-way with ice. He then poured each of them a glass of whisky. He admitted he was indulging, but he rather enjoyed having the chance to indulge occasionally.
“It’s because today’s a special day.” Lu Tian Chen said while unbuttoning the top three buttons of his shirt, revealing a hint of a toned chest. Lu Tian Chen had a rather well-built physique for an Asian man.
If not for his cold expression and his sharp personality, Lu Tian Chen would definitely be more popular. However, Lu Tian Chen’s personality meant that he had high standards for his other half. Having only a beautiful exterior wasn’t enough to satisfy someone like Lu Tian Chen.
If the other party wasn’t someone especially outstanding or someone of strong mind, it would be difficult for them to stand beside Lu Tian Chen and not feel pressured.
Tang Feng glanced over Lu Tian Chen before walking over. He handed a glass of whisky to the president who deliberately brushed his hand against the actor’s as he accepted it.
Sitting opposite from Lu Tian Chen, Tang Feng asked “What’s special about today?”
Tang Feng tilted his head and glanced at the fireworks outside the window. The spectacular display must have cost a fortune.
When he glanced back, he noticed Lu Tian Chen staring at him. It was an earnest gaze. Despite the dazzling fireworks behind him and the glittering night scene of Los Angeles below, it seemed as if Lu Tian Chen only had eyes for him.
At that moment, Tang Feng relived his past life when he had heart disease. He could feel pressure on his chest and a throbbing pain deep in his ribcage. It wasn’t the unpleasant kind of pain though.
Not wanting Lu Tian Chen to notice something was off, Tang Feng raised his glass and took a big drink. He’d already had a few glasses earlier. He could feel his head becoming hazy and his cheeks heating up. He was definitely on the brink of becoming drunk.
“I’ve been thinking over why it seems you’ve become a completely different person after losing your memories. At first, I truly believed it was because you wanted a fresh start. However, a broken vase can’t become an antique even if it returns to the furnace. Similarly, an ignorant, willful, and childish person can’t suddenly become mature, calm, and indifferent.” While speaking, Lu Tian Chen’s eyes did not leave Tang Feng’s.
No wonder Lu Tian Chen was a businessman. He was definitely a force to be reckoned with at the conference table.
Even Tang Feng felt a bit pressured from such an intense gaze. If he looked away or if his expression wavered, Lu Tian Chen would know something was off.
Fortunately, Tang Feng had no plans to evade the question. He’d never planned on leading a false life from the start.
“You’ve said that a lot. But you haven’t answered my question yet. Why is today special? Is it because it’s the first time I’ve gone out with three different men? Or is it because it’s Fiennes’ birthday?” Tang Feng took a drink and smiled.
“11:11. Don’t you understand what that means?” Lu Tian Chen replied mysteriously.
The actor shook his head. He truly didn’t know what 11:11 meant.
“Single,” Lu Tian Chen supplied.
“Huh?” Tang Feng stared at him blankly.
“November 11th is Single’s Day. The reason I set off the fireworks at 11:11 is to celebrate the last day of you being single.” Lu Tian Chen’s reply perplexed Tang Feng even more.
He was single. That was right. When did he stop being single?
Tang Feng confusingly stared at the other. Contrary to his normal calm, the doubtful look he had on his face made him look rather adorable.
Staring at that pair of bright and confused eyes, Lu Tian Chen was struck with how beautiful they were. He didn’t know whether it was because Tang Feng’s eyes were beautiful to begin with or if he had started thinking Tang Feng was beautiful no matter what after falling in love with the actor.
It didn’t matter in the end. As long as he liked what he was seeing.
“I don’t understand what you mean. You’re acting really strange today, Lu Tian Chen.” Tang Feng set his glass down and furrowed his brows.
The second he finished speaking, Lu Tian Chen leaned forward and kissed him on the lips, a simple and fleeting brush. Then, as if nothing just happened, Lu Tian Chen sat back down in his spot.
“I think the reason you called me over is because you have something to say to me,” Lu Tian Chen said.
“You kissed me.” Tang Feng was caught off guard by the sudden change in topic. If Lu Tian Chen was doing it to get his attention, then he was a little too successful.
Who in the world would be capable of discussing secrets with someone who’d just kissed you out of nowhere?
“Yes, I did,” Lu Tian Chen said.
“Are you not even going to explain? You just kissed me!” The more Tang Feng learned about Lu Tian Chen, the stranger and more interesting the latter became. It seems Lu Tian Chen wasn’t as old-fashioned and boring as he initially appeared.
“I’m not used to sleeping alone.” The topic drifted away once again. Tang Feng was simply incapable of following Lu Tian Chen’s train of thought.
“Then why do I remember you sleeping by yourself all the time before? My god, I’m losing my mind.”
Tang Feng didn’t know if it was due to the constant change in topics or the alcohol, but he could feel himself losing his hold on his logic and calm. They sprouted wings and were flapping to fly away, all the while waving and saying goodbye to him.
He rested his hands on his forehead and shook his head. “Enough, Lu Tian Chen. Tell me what you want. I feel like my head is going to explode.”
“Your head won’t explode.”
They’d landed on another strange topic.
“I was making a comparison!” Tang Feng glared at the other. Lu Tian Chen didn’t reply, he simply stared back at the actor.
“No matter how much you stare at me, I won’t turn into a flower.” Unable to stand Lu Tian Chen’s gaze anymore, Tang Feng stood up to cover the other’s eyes. To his surprise, Lu Tian Chen wound an arm around his waist the second he got out of his seat.
By the time he had his hands on Lu Tian Chen’s eyes, the latter had already pulled him into a hug, bringing both of them down onto the couch.
Lu Tian Chen was a businessman, but, as he had already mentioned before, he was also a man.
From the minute he’d confessed to Tang Feng, Lu Tian Chen had already switched from being a businessman to simply being a man.
He leaned forward to kiss the actor again. This time, it wasn’t a simple brush against the lips. There weren’t any fancy techniques to his kiss, but the force of his kiss was enough to make Tang Feng feel as if he were being invaded. It was a kiss that spoke of Lu Tian Chen all over.
By the time his brain had caught up to the situation, it took Tang Feng ten seconds to finally realize that he was being kissed by another man.
No. It was more accurate to say that they were kissing because Tang Feng was also responding.
Perhaps he had been holding himself back for too long, or perhaps his logic had flown out the window, or perhaps it was even because he wanted to let himself go and truly indulge tonight, but Tang Feng gave in and accepted Lu Tian Chen’s kiss.
The president’s mouth was fresh and minty; he had probably brushed his teeth before coming over.
When Lu Tian Chen pulled his bathrobe open and moved down to kiss his collarbone and shoulder, Tang Feng understood.
Everything had been planned beforehand. Lu Tian Chen probably started planning how they were going to spend the night together while they were still tomb sweeping.
November 11th was Single’s Day and today was supposedly the day he stopped being single. But just because they slept together didn’t mean that he had stopped being single.
Lu Tian Chen noticed that Tang Feng was lost in thought. Out of mischief, he reached down between Tang Feng’s legs. The sudden touch jolted the actor out of his thoughts and made him kick out at Lu Tian Chen.
“First time. My mistake.”
Tang Feng rolled his eyes and glared at the other. Soon, his expression changed to one of surprise as he watched Lu Tian Chen move down and open his mouth.
It was truly a crazy night.
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To understand things better, the story will have to backtrack to two days ago.
Su Yi Mo had been contemplating over and over again, things as they were now just did not sit right with him. If Ran Feng Ge’s situation remained unclear, then it would be impossible to save Jing Qiu Lan, and he would have to sacrifice someone from his side.
Feeling such unease has never been a trait of Su Yi Mo, even if he had to lose a substantial amount of assets, the normal him would require the same amount of returns back.
Staying still like a sitting duck was not doing him any good, he might as well do something about his current situation.
Therefore, he decided to activate the tracking device he had previously installed into Jing Qiu Han’s phone, finally identifying Lan Kuang’s location.
The location was in ‘A’ city, and it was naturally part of Su Yi Mo’s territory, his subordinates started to work out finding leads as soon as they got the order from above.
If Lan Kuang finds out that the information Ran Feng Ge handed him was accurate, he will not let this chance to bring down Su Yi Mo go. He would definitely try his hand at the goods in the harbour.
Against someone like Lan Kuang, a direct approach will be fruitless and will only serve as an excuse for Lan Kuang to take out Ran Feng Ge. There was only one method against someone like him, a feint to turn the tides.
Two days later
Lan Kuang did indeed bring his men to the harbour, however, even before he had a chance to launch his attack, a trusted subordinate contacted him to inform him, Su Yi Mo and his men were getting ready to raid a nightclub that Lan Kuang owned.
This nightclub cost Lan Kuang a lot before it was established, and for such a nightclub to exist in ‘A’ city where the Su family was in charge meant that if Su Yi Mo were to set his eyes upon it, then all the troubles Lan Kuang had gone through to open it would come to naught.
There was no need for him to lose such an important asset over an issue so minor.
Lan Kuang quickly ordered his men to stand down on the raid at the harbour and instead decided to focus on the defence of the nightclub.
Taking out Jing Qiu Han’s phone which he took from Ran Feng Ge, Lan Kuang decided to give Su Yi Mo a call.
In actuality, Su Yi Mo did not intend to join the raid on the nightclub, he was merely vetting through the information his subordinates were providing him, slowly eliminating the possible locations where Ran Feng Ge could have been held at.
At the sound of his phone ringing, Su Yi Mo felt a smile pulling at the corner of his lips. He took his time to answer the call and did not utter a single word once the call was put through.
On the other end of the line, Lan Kuang refused to say a word as well.
Both sides were silent.
After a long while, Lan Kuang finally asked “So you know everything?”
“What do I know?” Su Yi Mo replied.
With a small chuckle, Lan Kuang said “Ah, this whole thing involving your Ah Qiu!”
Hearing that, Su Yi Mo’s eyebrows knotted together, what exactly did Lan Kuang mean by that? Unless Lan Kuang capturing Ran Feng Ge was not just a punishment? Did he actually know everything Jing Qiu Han’s double? Or… is he saying all of this as a means to unsettle him?
“Ah Qiu will not be going back to your side ever again. He promised me that he will stay by my side.” Lan Kuang replied smugly, “Young master Su’s expectations are so refined, I doubt you ever truly liked Ah Qiu. Everything you had before, wasn’t that just a performance?”
This move Lan Kuang played was indeed smart, regardless of whether Jing Qiu Han was indeed a double agent, keeping him forcefully still proves his worth as a useful pawn piece.
Because of the initial text message Su Yi Mo had sent him, Lan Kuang already ascertained a simple fact. Su Yi Mo was willing to go to any lengths for Jing Qiu Han.
Su Yi Mo targeting Lan Kuang’s nightclub in ‘A’ city was evidence enough of his affection for Jing Qiu Han.
What else could be said here on out?
Admit to Lan Kuang that he does care for Jing Qiu Han? And then what? And if he were to refute his affection for Jing Qiu Han, then this would lead Ran Feng Ge to his demise at the hands of Lan Kuang.
“Who would be so distasteful as to let young master Lan enjoy someone I’ve used already?” Su Yi Mo said nonchalantly, “What we have between us should naturally be kept between us. If young master Lan would be so kind to compromise a little, then there is no doubt that I will do the same for you.”
A deep guttural laugh escaped Lan Kuang’s lips, his voice laced with contempt, “Su Yi Mo, these lies of yours can only be used for the dead! If you were willing to compromise, then you wouldn’t have targeted my nightclub!”
“Since you have already seen through my plans, there is no need for me to pretend any further. If young master Lan fancies Qiu Han that much, then keep him. I’ve already had enough fun with him anyways.” With that said, Su Yi Mo ended the call.
This was a gamble.
Su Yi Mo was gambling that the suspicion his words would raise would lead to Lan Kuang heading over to the location where he was holding Ran Feng Ge.
Su Yi Mo was just emulating Lan Kuang’s thought pattern.
Lan Kuang did indeed get suspicious. Unless… what if Su Yi Mo’s ultimate target wasn’t the bar, but instead it was just a diversion with his main target being the rescue of Jing Qiu Han?
Regardless of the tricks Su Yi Mo was playing, in order to prevent his plans from falling through, Lan Kuang decided to head down to where Jing Qiu Han was being kept.
Su Yi Mo’s eyes followed the little red dot on his phone, it was heading in the direction of the last few locations Ran Feng Ge could have been held. At last, the red dot was circling around outside a workshop in the west side of the city.
Whilst driving, Lan Kuang was tossing a little object up into the air and letting it drop back down into the palm of his hand. He had long since discovered the tracking device that had been installed into Jing Qiu Han’s phone and it was not hard to guess that this was what Su Yi Mo was using to try and find him.
Driving the car towards the west was but a method to attract the snake out of the hole.
Su Yi Mo, if you have the guts to come, come. I will have a huge gift waiting for you!
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“Doctor Harvey, are you here today to see Fiennes?”
Gino unexpectedly ran into an acquaintance who had arrived carrying a bunch of white roses. At age 40, the corners of his eyes had already started showing small crow’s feet. Nevertheless, he looked handsome and refined, and his clean and fair hands revealed a life of privilege. His manner of speech and bearing also indicated his good upbringing.
“Yes, thank you for coming today to celebrate his birthday.” Harvey smiled politely, and went forward to put down the white roses, his expression turned rather dry.
Gino step forward to ask: “Doctor Harvey, what’s wrong?”
“Those red roses…”
“Oh, those three bunches of red roses are from my friend. He said today was Fiennes’ birthday, and that a person like Fiennes should be given red roses.” Thinking that the other thought that red roses were too shocking, Gino hurriedly started explaining. His usual impression of Tang Feng was that he was a rather conservative person. He never would have expected that the man’s way of thinking would be so unusual as to bring red roses to tomb sweeping.
Doctor Harvey let out an “Oh”, the shock in his eyes gradually dissipating, only leaving behind a slight layer of regret and melancholy.
“Your friend is quite the intuitive person. While he was alive, Fiennes’ favorite flowers were roses.” Harvey smiled bitterly, “Please give your friend my thanks, Gino.”
“Of course, that’s not a problem. He’s standing right there… huh? They were right here.” Gino pointed at where Tang Feng had just been, but the shade under the tree had long since been abandoned. Tang Feng, Charles, and the rest had already left some time ago.
“They probably returned to the car.” Gino apologetically told Harvey, not feeling like anything was wrong. “I’ll introduce you to him next time, he’s my costar. We’re currently working on a film together. He’s quite an exceptional man.”
“Sure.” Harvey smiled.
Gino and Harvey said a few more words to each other before saying their goodbyes. After Gino left, Harvey remained standing in front of Fiennes’ grave, his gaze not leaving the three bunches of red roses.
It had to be a coincidence, right?
Gino found Tang Feng and the others in a small coffee shop nearby. After visiting Fiennes’ grave today, his mood had improved a lot. In the past, he had never had the courage to visit Fiennes’ grave. When he did actually go visit, he suddenly felt lighter and more clear-sighted.
While they ordered coffee and some desserts, Tang Feng silently ordered a piece of his favorite chocolate lava cake. There were a bit too many calories in it, but since today was his birthday he decided he had an excuse to indulge himself a little.
On the outside, it looked no different from a regular slice of cake, but when your fork pierces the outer shell you’ll discover its soft, sweet and fiery heart. Eating it will make you feel elated and worry-free.
The only bad part was…
“Who was that man just now, Gino? You seemed to know him well. Oh, I know, he likes mature men, am I right?” Charles tried to start a quarrel with Gino, wearing an expression that said “I know what it is”. From Tang Feng’s perspective, Charles seemed bored senseless and was looking for something to do.
Gino coldly snorted, and took a sip of his coffee. Ignoring Charles’ provocation, he directly told Tang Feng, “That man is Harvey. He was Fiennes’ attending doctor while he was still alive. I only knew him after Fiennes’ had passed, but he’s a respectable and upstanding person, with a stable career and income, and a beautiful family. Actually, Fiennes’ funeral was all taken care of by him.”
Tang Feng continued to eat his chocolate lava cake and drink his coffee. He was thinking of where he could go later to pig out. Of course, he wouldn’t be the one to pick up the bill.
He appeared calm, but in the end he ended up eating two whole cakes.
Everyone had dinner together that evening and later visited a tea house. Afterwards, the four grown men headed together to the hotel Lu Tian Chen had booked. Lu Tian Chen had booked four rooms, without any complaints from Charles. Tang Feng wanted to be alone that night, and very bluntly kicked the others out so that he could have the room to himself.
Facing the splendid lights of the Los Angeles night, Tang Feng soaked alone in his bath tub in front of the full length glass windows. Lighting up the incense and playing some relaxing jazz music, he slowly closed his eyes and leaned back until he was entirely submerged in the bathwater.
The water gradually cooled off. He felt his hands and feet start to cool and soon after it was as if icy water had seeped into his heart, his chest becoming tight. He still remembered the feeling of his death, as if he had fallen into ice water. Falling deeper and deeper, the pressure pushed down on his heart. It was the kind of pain that almost tore him to shreds.
His breathing grew urgent as his hands and feet grew cold. Immediately, he became flustered, tense, and muddle-headed, his body covered with a layer of cold sweat.
Maybe it had only been one minute, or perhaps it was a long time, but eventually he lost consciousness from the intense pain in his heart.
No, it was more accurate to say that he had died.
“Ah!” shouted Tang Feng as he suddenly snapped out of it and sat up in the bathtub. He gulped down large breaths of air after being suffocated for so long, chest pounding violently.
There was a dull ache in his chest. He reminded himself that he would never again experience the same heart wrenching and lung splitting pain.
Leaving the bathroom, he put on a white cotton bathrobe. After Tang Feng walked back into the bedroom, he opened his phone and saw it contained a text from Lu Tian Chen. Seeing the text he smiled, that guy was staying in the room right next door and yet he still sent a text. Tang Feng had no idea what was going on in Lu Tian Chen’s mind.
After hesitating for a bit, he still chose to open the text and look over the contents.
“At 11:11 PM, stand by the French windows” Tang Feng looked at the time; it was 11:03 PM, just eight minutes away.
He first poured himself a glass of wine, then pulled a chair up in front of the French windows and sat down. There was still two minutes until the time Lu Tian Chen mentioned.
What did that guy do? It couldn’t be that he had arranged to set off fireworks for him, right?
Taking a couple gulps of wine, Tang Feng’s cell phone rang while he was still in thought. The display showed that it was Lu Tian Chen. Tang Feng smiled while picking up the call.
After Lu Tian Chen’s confession, he had started sending Tang Feng small gifts like fresh flowers and exquisite desserts. He also sent him honeyed texts every day. When they met each morning, Lu Tian Chen would show him a rare and tender smile, in addition to an especially refreshing “Good morning.” It was a very traditional and romantic gesture. Perhaps it wasn’t too exciting, but at least it wouldn’t annoy anyone.
“I’m reminding you to pay attention outside, in case you missed my text.”
“What are you planning?” Tang Feng responded.
“It’s time. 10, 9, 8, 7…” Lu Tian Chen started to count down from the other side of the call.
When he got to one, Tang Feng looked outside the window. It was as he expected, countless dazzling fireworks blossomed in the horizon. Red, white, blue… fireworks of every color dyed the dark blue skies a different hue.
Tang Feng had witnessed this scene in movies countless times already, but this was his first time on the receiving end of such a particular gift.
It was one thing to see it in a movie, it was another to personally witness it in one’s lifetime.
Tang had to confess, this time he really was happy and touched.
When a person is strong and mature, others will often forget that they too are also made of flesh and bone. People who are strong on the outside will still feel pain and hurt, but they may not be used to showing it. People are accustomed to pitying and helping those who call out in pain, forgetting about those who have gotten used to bearing its weight.
In this world, there is no one who will reject your love and concern for them. They will only care for whether your feelings were heartfelt or insincere.
The sound of the fireworks seemed right beside Tang Feng’s ears. He looked up at the splendid sky and started to smile. This birthday was not so bad.
“Do you like it?” asked Lu Tian Chen.
“Mm… Very, very old-school, but it’s not bad.” Tang Feng replied, holding back his laughter and nodding, his hand half supporting his head.
The other side was silent for a bit and just when Tang Feng thought that Lu Tian Chen was going to hang up, the man said, “Open the door.”
“It’s too late.” Tang Feng replied.
“Today is Fiennes’ birthday.” Lu Tia Chen stated.
“So what?” Tang Feng didn’t know why Lu Tian Chen would bring that up. He slightly tensed up, was he discovered? But even if he was, it didn’t matter since he didn’t mind telling others about it, as long as they could accept it.
“Why don’t you tell me about the relationship between you and Fiennes?”
Since the day he had brought up Fiennes, Tang Feng knew that this day would come, sooner or later. After all, after his rebirth, he lived his life by his own terms, without any resemblance to the former Tang Feng. However, he hadn’t anticipated that Lu Tian Chen would connect him so quickly to Fiennes. The man’s sharp senses couldn’t be underestimated.
“Come to my room.” After saying that, Tang Feng hung up the phone. He sucked in a breath of air while he looked outside at the fireworks that were still blossoming. He didn’t know if he would reveal his secret tonight.
Proofreaders: Rose, Lyrick