Chapter 43: The First Scene (3)

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None of Tang Feng’s parts today had spoken lines, so he only had to pretend to play the guqin and share illicit glances with the female lead. The props had been set up, and the director yelled the command to begin.

Although the usual English order, “Action!”, had now become “!”,Tang Feng nevertheless felt goose bumps forming on his skin as he heard the director’s commanding voice. A long-lost feeling seized his heart.

Outside the camera, Tang Feng was himself. However, once he stepped into the camera’s eye, Tang Feng became just a character of the story.

A slow breeze softly brushed the black strands of his hair onto his face. At this moment, he was no more than a court musician bound to the imperial palace by invisible chains. His entire life’s thoughts and feelings, words that could not be said, the endless loneliness, could only be expressed through the chords at his fingertips.

All around him was the joyous chatter of the emperor’s wine banquet, but he heard only the sounds of the guqin.

Without any descriptions, and without any close-up shots, just by sitting there, he was like a painting.

Standing by the sidelines, Xiao Yu gaped with her eyes wide open. She had had a hunch since the first time she saw Tang Feng; that he would create great results in the future. Even then, as she watched his performance before the camera, she was still inevitably shocked.

That was what one would call acting, wasn’t it? There was no need for any dialogue or any exaggerated facial expressions. Tang Feng’s downcast eyes carried sadness within them, and the corners of his lips held a strand of solitude. It was simple and clear.

A thousand words couldn’t win over the bit of melancholy caught between his brows.

The scene was still a faraway shot of the entire festivity, but the noisy and bustling surroundings only served as a foil for the white clad figure.

The focus of this scene was never supposed to be the musician hidden within the crowd, yet the musician was exactly the highlight of the scene.

Xiao Yu grinned. She grinned and grinned, and suddenly, she felt an urge to cry. True pearls do shine.

Acting as a court maid in the scene, the female lead meandered her way through the crowd until, suddenly, the musician looked up and met her eyes, which carried the same loneliness as his within them. He saw a young girl’s confusion and helplessness toward her future. He saw his past self through her, and in their similarity or perhaps out of pity, the musician smiled faintly at her.

Like a clear spring besides , he cleansed the girl’s heart that had fallen into the dark abyss.

Someday, he would give his life up for her.

Someday, she would be the owner of the imperial harem. Looking at the countless people that passed before her eyes during the banquet, would she still remember that one man who gave her a peaceful smile?

Perhaps she would, and because she would remember, she would become even more laden with grief. She would live on, carrying his hopes and happiness for him.

“Cut! Alright, done!” The director ordered. The scene was finished in one shot.

Actors had to enter their role quickly, but they had to leave just as fast. The lives of the people in the story were, in the end, simply written by someone. Yet, one’s own life had to go on.

Tang Feng stood up from his seat and casually brushed his hair away from his face. A delicate and pretty lady walked up to him. It was the one whom he had exchanged eye contact with earlier, the female lead highly praised by the producer of this series.

“I’m Tang Tian, coincidentally the same last name as yours. Maybe we shared similar ancestors.” The girl laughed heartily as she held out her hand, “Your acting earlier was wonderful. It drew me in instantly.”

“Tang Tian Tian. is naturally sweet, but I think you’re even more so. Even your words are sweet.” Tang Feng smiled and opened his arms “If we share ancestors, then you might be my distant sister. Little sister, come give your big brother a hug.”

Tang Tian Tian coolly went up and gave the man a hug.

 

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Translator: Nuddles
Proofreaders: KN, Nannyn

Spoken in Chinese; 开始
An idiom meaning to live in extreme misery. The literal translation is deep water and scorching fire, but it was changed to fit the sentence.
(Tian 甜) means sweet.
(Tang 糖) candy, and (Tang 唐) a last name, share the same pronunciation.

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15 Comments so far:

  1. DMag says:

    I just want you to know this.
    Your works are really really worth it!
    I love this story so much ❤ i wont know this unless you guys translated it for us readers!!
    I’m going to love you all my life!!! Thank you!! Xie xie!!

  2. Nagisaprilia says:

    Wow I really love Tang Feng personality XD

  3. Irid says:

    “Tang Tian Tian coolly went up and gave the man a hug.”
    why coolly? hugs should be warm <3

  4. xena nais says:

    thank you for update ^-^
    love you so much guys

  5. Devil says:

    You guys are awesome, thanks so much for translation. T_T

  6. Sabertooth says:

    Awesome as ever! Thank you so much for translating.. <3

  7. Acacha says:

    thank you for the translation.
    Tang Feng is so cool in this chapter XD

  8. Tangy Citrus says:

    ooh~ amazing! way to go Tang Feng, you got someone to recognize your talent, not that there was any doubt in my mind. :)Maybe that female lead can help him a bit or something. I hope her friendliness shown here isn’t fake.

    Tang Feng is awesome and so smooth.
    “Tang Tian Tian. Tang is naturally sweet, but I think you’re even more so. Even your words are sweet.” Tang Feng smiled and opened his arms “If we share ancestors, then you might be my distant sister. Little sister, come give your big brother a hug.”
    Like, dang man, how can you say that so easily? haha oh yeah, he’s a mature man who is older in years and experience; can’t believe i forgot that…. shame on me -_-;

    Thank you for the update!!! I hope you can continue the hard work and keep updating until the story comes to its end. (is that asking for too much? ^^) You all are greatly appreciated and loved!! Take care and have fun!! :D

    • Tangy Citrus says:

      I forgot to add, “Tang Tian Tian coolly went up and gave the man a hug.” LUCKY!! I want to hug Tang Feng too!! XD
      I’m liking this girl so far, albeit a bit jealous of her at the moment haha

  9. Asushi says:

    Tang Feng is just…so cool! Thank you GC Staff for giving us a new chapter!

  10. YoungMind says:

    Argh!! It’s sooo frustrating ! There isn’t any progress in the plot ! I can’t wait to see what will happen when Tang Feng has to leave Charles’s home >v< !

  11. phanata says:

    thank you, can’t wait for the next chp!

  12. Harper Jane says:

    Thank you so much for this chapter!

  13. s3ri says:

    Thank you!

  14. sakura says:

    Yeah new chapter…
    This chapter is still about his acting skill. Really can not wait for the next..
    Thank you for the update..

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