S1 Episode 3 – Last Life, Present Life

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[00:00]

Cen Feng
Five hundred yuan? So much?

Xu Zhaixing
Big Brother… Aren’t you cold playing out here in winter?

Cen Feng
Mm. I’m okay.

Xu Zhaixing
How about… How about I treat you to a hot cup of milk tea? It’ll really warm you up.

Cen Feng
No thanks. You’ve given…too much…

Xu Zhaixing
It’s been a lifetime. This time, he’s so close to me…

Niu Tao
Cen Feng! Who let you busk out here?!

Xu Zhaixing
Hey! What’re you doing?!

Niu Tao
The agency strictly prohibits you from making money on the streets. Did those rules go in one ear and out the other?! If you don’t want to stay then beat it already! How much can you even earn in one night just from singing? Do you know how big of a loss the training time you’re wasting is causing the agency?!

Xu Zhaixing
Big Brother… This is all I could pick up. The rest got blown away by the wind and I couldn’t catch up to them.

Cen Feng
It’s okay. Thank you.

Niu Tao
What’re you picking them up for, huh?! Cen Feng! Didn’t you hear what I said? Move it!

Xu Zhaixing
What’s wrong with you? If you’re going to talk then talk. What’re you getting physical for?! So your mum didn’t teach you how to be a proper human being, but didn’t your primary school teacher teach you about manners?! I can see you’re not young anymore. How come you’ve only advanced in age and not in your education?

Niu Tao
I’m teaching my own employee a lesson. What’s it got to do with you? Little girl, hurry up and get out of the way!

Xu Zhaixing
So your employees don’t have human rights? Your employees have to let you insult them like this?!

Niu Tao
Who asked you to stick your nose in? Huh? Huh?!

Xu Zhaixing
Aaahh!

Cen Feng
Try and lay a hand on her. I dare you.

Niu Tao
Cen Feng, what’re you doing? Let go of me! Do you fucking not want to stay?!

Xu Zhaixing
Big Brother! Is your hand alright? You didn’t get hurt, right? Don’t block it for me next time. What if your hand gets injured again and can’t ever play the piano?

Cen Feng
How does she know my hand’s been injured before? But that’s supposed to be…


[02:09]

Yin Chang
You’re good at everything, huh! I practiced for three days to learn the dance and you did it in three hours. I tucked my tail between my legs and curried favour with them, but they still want you to debut in C-position. I just refuse to accept it! I put everything I have into this and finally got here. But why? I even took away your personal image, but why can you go viral as Piano King?! All right, I’ll make it so you’ll never be able to play piano again.

Cen Feng
……!

Yin Chang
Oh, I’m so sorry Brother Feng. I think I accidentally stepped on your hand. Haha, I wonder if it’s serious. Oh! But I think I heard the sound of bone. It probably…broke, huh. Then does that mean you can’t play the piano anymore?

Cen Feng
Why…?

Yin Chang
“Why?” Because your existence…is trash.

Cen Feng
Trash…? Okay. You don’t need to worry…ever again…


Narration
Published on JJWXC. Written by Chun Dao Han. Broadcasted on Manbo App. Recorded by Jiuzi Voice Actor Group. Modern romance audio drama ‘The Entertainment Industry is Mine’ Season One Episode Three – Last Life, Present Life.

[04:16]

Cen Feng
Some people like to drink milk tea with regular sweetness because they want to use the sweetness as a condiment to the bitterness of life.

Xu Zhaixing
Big Brother? Big brother…? Are you alright? Why’d you suddenly stop speaking?

Cen Feng
I’m fine. Dodge next time.

Xu Zhaixing
Mm…

Niu Tao
Alright. Cen Feng, there’s an outsider here so I’ll leave you with some face today. I’ll sort you out when you get back. Hmph!

Xu Zhaixing
Looks like…it’s not suitable for you to continue to busk tonight. Then…how about I buy you milk tea? Just treat it as…a thanks for blocking the blow.

Cen Feng
Mm. Okay.

Xu Zhaixing
How do you like your milk tea?

Cen Feng
I don’t mind.

Xu Zhaixing
You don’t mind? No problem! Wait for me!

Cen Feng
Why do I feel a sense of familiarity from her? But I know we’ve never met before…

Xu Zhaixing
Here you are. Caramel milk tea, regular sweetness with red beans and pearls.

Cen Feng
You drink such milk tea so sweet as well?

Xu Zhaixing
Uh… Quick, drink and warm up.

Cen Feng
Mm.

Xu Zhaixing
Big Brother, is it good?

Cen Feng
It is.

Cen Feng
Is it…just a coincidence?

Xu Zhaixing
Of course it is. I have the script, you know?

Cen Feng
You’re not going home?

Xu Zhaixing
I-I do. I have to go home.

Cen Feng
Thank you for the milk tea.

Xu Zhaixing
No worries! You should go back soon. It’s cold outside.

Cen Feng
Mm. You too.

Xu Zhaixing
Big Brother! I’ll come here and listen to you sing tomorrow too!

Cen Feng
Mm.


[06:30]

Niu Tao
Oh look. Finally willing to come back to the dorms, huh?

Cen Feng
Say what you want.

Niu Tao
In the past year you’ve been late to practices and leave early. You refuse to be proactive and slack off. You’re the one who practices the least. Cen Feng, tell me the truth. Do you not want to debut anymore?

Cen Feng
Debut?


[06:55]

Yin Chang
Brother Cen Feng, II didn’t want to steal your personal image. It was what the agency of requested of me to debut in C-position.

Trainee A
Cen Feng, I didn’t know you had it in you. You actually could bring yourself to pander Manager Ma and do something so disgusting just to debut?

Trainee B
Look at you. You act like you can actually reject Manager Ma if he wants you to play by the hidden rules.

Niu Tao
The agency’s treated you really well already. See? We still left you a debut slot. You need to work harder. The agency’s standing their ground against the opinion of the masses for you.


[07:19]

Xu Yan
Do you want to debut? You have a good voice and sound very good when you sing. Uhh… My assistant came to see you before. You declined his offer.

Cen Feng
……

Xu Yan
I’m Xu Yan, the CEO of Chenxing Entertainment. Our company and I highly appreciate your talent.

Cen Feng
I won’t sign.

Xu Yan
We are willing to temporarily cover the penalty to terminate your contract with Zhongtian. If you have any other requirements, we can also add them into the contract.

Cen Feng
Don’t come again.

Xu Yan
If you sign with us, we’ll have you solo debut immediately! Chenxing is making this offer with ample sincerity. I hope you’ll give it serious consideration. You…!


[08:05]

Niu Tao
Debut? Don’t even think about it. What do you take Zhongtain as? Some place you want to go and leave as you please? Even if you rot, you’re gonna rot in Zhongtian for me! You actually want to pay off the termination penalty for you ten-year contract by busking? Fine. I’ll let you sing out there as much as you want. We’ll see who can afford to waste their time!

Cen Feng
Is there anything else? If not, I’m leaving.

Niu Tao
Are you a fucking robot without emotions? Huh?! Scram!


[08:43]

Yin Chang
Brother, how come you’re back so late? I just heard Manager Niu say he was going to give you some trouble. Are you okay?

Cen Feng
Move.

Yin Chang
Brother Cen Feng, why’ve you changed so much in the past year? You didn’t come to practice today either. Don’t you want to debut?

Cen Feng
Are you done?

Yin Chang
Cen Feng, even if you’re unhappy with the agency you don’t need to take it out on me, do you? I treat you like a good mate and what do you treat me as?!

Cen Feng
Ha. Mate? You actually don’t feel shame in saying that? Move.

Yin Chang
Brother! You really won’t look out for me anymore?


[09:30]

Yin Chang
Forgive me, won’t you? Please? For the sake of how we’re all trainees.

Trainee A
C’mon, we’re not bullying you. We’re just building a relationship with you, yeah?

Trainee B
Hey, don’t be so hard on him. This one squeals like a girl and can’t take much torment.

Yin Chang
No… Don’t… I’ll do anything you want me to. Just let me go! I’m begging you! Please!

Cen Feng
What are you doing?

Yin Chang
Brother Feng!

Trainee A
Brother Feng… N-Nothing. We’re just joking around… R-Right?

Trainee B
Y-Yeah… Just joking. Um…we’re gonna leave now.

Cen Feng
Leave.

Yin Chang
Brother Feng… Thank you…

Cen Feng
Didn’t I teach you how to protect yourself? Don’t move around alone so carelessly anymore.

Yin Chang
I’ve got you, so I’m not scared.

Cen Feng
Mm.


[10:43]

Yin Chang
Do you regret it now?!


[10:55]

Cen Feng
Aah! …Dream… It’s a dream… Where did it go…?

Yin Chang
Huh? Why’re you so angry? Did you lose something?

Cen Feng
Where are the models and parts on my desk?

Yin Chang
Brother, what’re you talking about? I don’t kno-… Hey!

Cen Feng
……

Yin Chang
What’re you doing?! Let go!

Cen Feng
Where are they?

Yin Chang
I don’t know what you’re talking about!

Cen Feng
I gave you your chance.

Yin Chang
Brother, I was wrong! I’m sorry! I’m wrong, Brother! I beg you… I beg you, Brother! I-I…I-It’s…under my bed…

Cen Feng
Yin Chang, you really haven’t changed at all. If you ever dare to touch my things again, then have the others collect your corpse from downstairs.

Yin Chang
Just how many carefree days do you think you have? Cen Feng, you forced me… I’ve already grovelled so much to you. What else do you want?!

Cen Feng
Yin Chang, I’m giving you one last warning… Take all of your mind games and scheming, and use it on someone else.

Yin Chang
Damn it…!


[13:10]

Xu Zhaixing
Big brother! I thought you wouldn’t come with how heavy it’s snowing. Look! I bought a birthday cake.

Cen Feng
Huh?

Xu Zhaixing
Let me tell you a secret. It’s my birthday today, but no one’s home so…can you stay with me?

Cen Feng
Your birthday? I almost thought…

Cen Feng
That you were celebrating mine.

Xu Zhaixing
Yeah. It’s a good thing you’re here.

Cen Feng
Mm.

Xu Zhaixing
I heard you can make three wishes on your birthday… I’ll make two and give you the last one as a gift, how about that?

Cen Feng
Huh? Make wishes…? What kind of wish should I make? Can they come true…?


[14:05]

Father Cen
Fucking hell. Didn’t I tell you I’m gonna sell this jar of candy for money so you can’t eat it?! Didn’t I tell you that?! You damn hungry ghost. Waste of money! Why didn’t you go die with your mum? Huh?! I’m gonna fucking beat you to death. Fucking hell!

Young Cen Feng
Dad! I’m wrong. I won’t steal candy to eat anymore!!

Father Cen
Didn’t you like to eat it? Come on!

Young Cen Feng
I won’t eat. I don’t wann-

Father Cen
Eat it! Open up! Eat! Fucking eat it!

Young Cen Feng
No! I don’t wanna!


[14:40]

Child A
Hey. That’s the son of that murderer.

Child B
Oi, be careful you’re not the next one to be killed.

Child A
He dares?! C’mon. Hit him!

Young Cen Feng
……

Child A
If you have the nerve to make a sound and get the teachers to notice, don’t even think about having a good day ever again!

Child B
Yeah!

Young Cen Feng
……

Teacher
Cen Feng, you need to smile more. Only if you do will people like you and be willing to adopt you.

Young Cen Feng
Mm…


[15:15]

Adoptive Father
This child is cute when he smile. We’ll choose him.

Teacher
Cen Feng, you have a new daddy and mummy now. You need to be a good boy and listen to them when you leave here, okay?

Young Cen Feng
Mm!


[15:30]

Young Cen Feng
Big brother…

Zhang Yang
Shut up! You think you can be my brother? The son of a murderer doesn’t have the right! I can rip whatever belongs to my house however I want! Hmph, if you let Dad and Mum know I did it… You get it, right?

Young Cen Feng
……!

Zhang Yang
Who told you to dodge?!


[16:00]

Yin Chang
“Why?” Because your existence…is trash.


[16:07]

Cen Feng
If wishes really can come true… I wish I was…never born into this world.

Xu Zhaixing
Big Brother…?

Cen Feng
I don’t have wishes.

Xu Zhaixing
Huh?

Cen Feng
It’s really late. How are you getting home?

Xu Zhaixing
By…by taxi…

Cen Feng
Come with me.

Xu Zhaixing
Okay.


[16:40]

Cen Feng
Get in.

Xu Zhaixing
Mm… Big Brother! You haven’t had cake yet.

Cen Feng
I won’t eat.

Xu Zhaixing
It’s really sweet. Just take a bite? Just one…

Cen Feng
…… Okay, now?

Xu Zhaixing
Mhm! Big Brother, can I come listen to you sing again?

Cen Feng
There are warnings for heavy snow. I won’t come.

Xu Zhaixing
Oh, then you need to take care of your health. Look after yourself. Once it gets warmer again, I’ll come see you again!

Cen Feng
Driver, you can leave.

Xu Zhaixing
Bye, Big Brother! …Big Brother, happy 18th birthday.

Cen Feng
……? Thank you…


[17:55]

Cheng You (Phone Call)
Zhaixing, where are you? Are you busy?

Xu Zhaixing
Cheng You, just say what you wanna say. I’m in a really good mood today. Lemme tell you. I just went to see Cen Feng!

Cheng You (Phone Call)
Woah! And you say you’re not dating? Hurry up and go check the blogs! Song Yanan tried to chase Zhou Mingyu but failed and now she’s going crazy trashing you on her blog. And you know how you’re not in school lately? Her group’s getting more and more out of control. This morning in the cafeteria, I heard…


[18:30]

Bestie A
I really don’t get how some guy’s taste can be so bad. They don’t like the real noble daughter and go after the fake princess.

Bestie B
Aw, don’t go insulting princesses. I’ve never seen any who wear joggers that have been washed white.

Cheng You
If you have the guts then say it to Zhaixing’s face! You’re so amazing for talking about people behind their backs. Besides, those who don’t have the knowledge really don’t. Zhaixing’s joggers are limited edition!

Bestie A
Hah. I’m afraid she doesn’t even know what luxury items are, let alone limited edition. I could laugh to death.

Bestie B
Hey, Nan’nan, your bag looks so good. It’s LV’s new bag, right? They haven’t released it here yet.

Song Yanan
My dad brought it back for me from France. It’s another global limited edition. Most people can’t buy it.

Besties
Woooow!


[19:24]

Cheng You (Phone Call)
Tch. What day and age do they think it is? They’re still trying to flaunt their wealth to prove something. Tacky!

Xu Zhaixing
Cheng You, my mum says wearing wearing luxury items as a kid shortens your life. Why do you bother with her?

Cheng You (Phone Call)
I just can’t swallow my anger. What’s so good about Zhou Mingyu? Does she think he’s some cake everyone want a piece of?

Xu Zhaixing
Let it go. I’m gonna hang up if there’s nothing else. I’m almost home. Wait ’til I’m am and we’ll chat

Cheng You (Phone Call)
Mm. Hey, don’t forget to check the blogs.

Xu Zhaixing
I know.

Xu Zhaixing
Blog… Hmm… I’ll create an account. “Soaring the Skies to Pluck Stars For You”. Not bad! Geez, I’m too lazy to go read about the nonsense between Song Yanan and Zhou Mingyu. Why don’t I search for…

Xu Zhaixing
Found it! This is…a photo of Big Brother dancing in the practice room. Why have I never seen this before?! There aren’t many comments. Looks like darling’s still only mine for now! I gotta save this quick. I won’t ever get to see it again once the agency takes over in managing his account.

Xu Zhaixing (Comment)
Big Brother, you need to be like a kitten and eat meals when you should.


[20:45]

Xu Yan
Why are you so late? I’m picking you up next time. No discussion.

Xu Zhaixing
Hehehe, Cuz, uhh…the snow was a little heavy on the way back. I got delayed. C’mon, this is my first step towards being independent. Chill. Mm, is there food? I’m starving to death.

Xu Yan
Wash your hands before you eat. The bathroom’s on the left. Give me your things. I’ll put them in your room.


[21:13]

Xu Zhaixing
Cuz, did you go ask Cen Feng? Did he agree to sign with Chenxing?

Xu Yan
I have. He won’t sign.

Xu Zhaixing
Huh? What did he say? Why won’t he sign?

Xu Yan
He is a pretty good seedling, but he showed a pretty repulsing attitude. He only gave me three words. “I won’t sign.” Not a single word more about anything else.

Xu Zhaixing
Cuz, did you tell him that as long as he signs with Chenxing, he can raise any requirements he has?

Xu Yan
Are you trying to get a talent signed with you or are you running a charity?

Xu Zhaixing
I’m begging you, Cousin. I’ll return any losses you make in double once I graduate and work at the company.

Xu Yan
Okay, okay, okay. Do you think I won’t do as you asked? I mentioned it all. He only said two sentences throughout. “I won’t sign” and “don’t come again.”

Xu Zhaixing
Why won’t he…?

Xu Yan
Every person has their own ambitions. You can’t force it. Once Chenxing’s made a name for ourselves in the next few years, I’ll go and ask him again. It won’t be late to, then.

Xu Zhaixing
Mm…

Xu Yan
Come on. Once Chenxing’s grown bigger, I’ll consider working with him. Let’s talk about something else first.

Xu Zhaixing
Whaddya wanna talk about…?

Xu Yan
I just finished putting together a file on our recent company projects plans. Here, I’ll send it to you.

Xu Zhaixing
What do you have? Did you sign everyone on the list I gave you?

Xu Yan
Chenxing’s got pretty good momentum lately. Not only have we basically settled negotiations with the talents you listed, there are also some A-list and B-list talents who are interested in working with us. It’s just that we’re still only a new company, so it’s only normal to run into a few nails on some projects.

Xu Zhaixing
Not okay! Make a list of all the people who have bullied us. When the time comes, I’ll help you return the favour one by one.

Xu Yan
Oh, right. Wasn’t there a pig-feeder who lives in a county town on your list? Where did you find a hidden treasure like that? He’s hilarious.

Xu Zhaixing
What about him?

Xu Yan
He said he doesn’t want to debut. He only wants to feed pigs.

Xu Zhaixing
Then tell him he can still feed pigs even if he debuts. He’ll even have millions of viewers watching his livestreams as he feeds pigs. You really gotta convince this guy. He’s got a huge commercial value.

Xu Yan
Yeah, we’ll find a way.

Xu Zhaixing
Mhm! If he doesn’t want to sign then never mind. We’ll think about it later. So since I don’t have anything to do tomorrow, I’ll go and check out the company with you then.

Xu Yan
Okay. I’ll wake you up tomorrow.


[23:40]

Xu Zhaixing
Big Brother, why won’t you sign with Chenxing? I don’t want you to have such a hard time…

Xu Zhaixing (Comment)
It’s dark and time to sleep. Don’t stay up late. Good night~

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