The original agreed upon 50 million-dollar investment was increased by 80 million in the end.
Plus, with sound, lighting, choreography, security and other expenses, the final cost was projected to exceed 150 million. But Huanya Entertainment News’s senior management didn’t raise the slightest opposition to this. Firstly, Ou Zi Nan had true talent, enough to shut anyone up, and secondly, no one dared to defy Sun Xi Mu’s dignity.
Visiting Huanya Entertainment News every day after work had already become Sun Xi Mu’s unfailing habit. Although the drive was more than an hour, he didn’t find it troublesome. At this moment, he was standing outside the recording studio, gazing across the window at the young man who forgot everything once he was engrossed in music, his expression unprecedentedly focused and gentle.
The last recital was simply perfect. Qin Taihe was the first to stand up and applaud, followed by the guitarist, bassist, drummer, audio engineer … … their initial hostility had eventually transformed into admiration. They had been completely conquered by the young man’s voice and talents.
“You did so well.” Qin Taihe hugged the youth after he walked out of the studio tightly, sincerely exclaiming, “Compared to your version, Ge Meng Shu’s ‘Because Of You’ is a piece of crap.”
The young man smiled shyly, his peach blossom eyes were filled with finely crushed and bright starlight.
Sun Xi Mu’s lips tilted, he strode up to the two and handed Zhou Yun Sheng a cup of warm milk, he slowly opened, “The concert is in three days. This is enough rehearsing, take a rest.”
Zhou Yun Sheng drank the cup of milk and obediently nodded.
Sun Xi Mu’s stern expression softened slightly, he continued “There’s a banquet tonight. I’ll take you along so you can relax and meet some people.”
To help pave the way for my future? Zhou Yun Sheng quickly exposed a grateful expression, nodding to say his thanks.
They changed their clothes and drove to a five-star hotel. The banquet host personally welcomed them, their speech was quite attentive.
“Go get something to eat, no alcohol.” Sun Xi Mu had his arm around the young man as he cautioned, the intimate gesture was eye-catching. Everyone knew that Sun Xi Mu was a cold mand who had a serious case of mysophobia. Forget about handshakes and hugs, he even hated it if anyone stood too close to him.
It was unprecedented that he would hold someone so closely, his eyes concealing warmth and passion.
Although they only knew each other for a short time, Sun Xi Mu seemed to instinctually know all of Zhou Yun Sheng’s hobbies and habits. He knew that he liked to drink milk and hated eating green peppers. He knew that he loved collecting high-tech electronics. He even knew that he loved to drink wine, but loses his inhibitions when he gets drunk … … he knew too many things that he shouldn’t know. This made Zhou Yun Sheng inevitably suspect that he was his lover that had no name but would never disappear.
So, he never refuses Sun Xi Mu’s intimacy, in fact, he accepted it like it was his right.
“What do you want to eat, I’ll bring it for you.” Zhou Yun Sheng tugged a corner of the taller man’s coat.
“I’ll eat whatever you bring. Go ahead, Qin Taihe said you haven’t eaten dinner yet.” Sun Xi Mu was surrounded by several business partners and couldn’t escape, so he had no choice but to let the young man leave by himself.
Zhou Yun Sheng nodded and pushed through the crowd to the eating area, then he started picking out his favorite foods.
“Zi Nan, you’re here.” A delicate and pretty looking girl quickly approached and greeted him, her face full of pleasant surprise.
The girl was named Guo Ai Ni, she was a newcomer currently being promoted by Times Records, and was also once Ou Zi Nan’s secret crush. Guo Ai Ni knew that he’d loved her, but she pretended not to notice, instead, she tried to use him to get in with Lin Si Qing.
It seemed to be a coincidence that the two met here.
Zhou Yun Sheng merely glanced at her then continued filling his plate.
“Zi Nan, how do you know Chief Sun? Are you guys close?” The girl’s eyes sparkled with greed.
Zhou Yun Sheng ignored her, walking to a table to sit down and eat.
The girl was persistent, she followed and gave him a flirtatious smile, “Zi Nan, why are you ignoring me? Anyway, I heard you’ll release evidence at the concert, is that true? That song was really written by you?”
Zhou Yun Sheng ate a bite of matcha cake, then elegantly wiped his mouth with a napkin as he coldly opened, “Guo Ai Ni, don’t bother probing out information for Lin Si Qing. Go back and tell him, Ou Zi Nan will stomp you so deep into the mud, you’ll never be able to flip over in this lifetime.”
Intense hatred poured out from the young man’s black eyes, scaring Guo Ai Ni silly. When the young man wandered away, she quickly took out her phone and texted Ou Zi Nan’s message to Lin Si Qing verbatim.
Lin Si Qing had repeatedly asked Ou Zi Nan if he had copies of the manuscript, and Ou Zi Nan had certainly told him no. That was why he’d allowed his manager to take Ou Zi Nan to court. This junior had been well coddled by Ou Yi Bai, he was pure to the point of being ignorant of the world, there’s no way he could’ve lied to him.
So, Lin Si Qing scoffed at the threat and sighed at his manager, “He thinks he can reverse the situation by climbing into Sun Xi Mu’s bed, how naive.”
The manager sneered, “Yes, he even has the guts to hold a concert, I’m also impressed. Fifty thousand people, they can drown him in one spit.”
While the two were scorning away, Sun Xi Mu ran into Yun Zhi Yuan and Ge Meng Shu at the banquet.
“Chief Sun, are you on your way to eat? We’re hungry too, come join us.” Yun Zhi Yuan smiled in a gentle and elegant manner.
Sun Xi Mu didn’t even give him a glance, he walked straight toward the youth who was having a drink at the bar.
“Chief Sun, no one understands Ou Zi Nan’s background better than I do. No matter why you intend to help him, I have to warn you that you may encounter the first investment fiasco of your career. This fifty thousand people concert will become a grand farce. Instead of pointlessly throwing that 80 million dollars into the water, you should withdraw your hand early.” Yun Zhi Yuan sincerely cautioned.
Ge Meng Shu smiled gently and glanced at Ou Zi Nan, her eyes full of ridicule and contempt.
Sun Xi Mu finally stopped walking, he turned his head towards the two and slowly said, “Others often say that I, Sun Xi Mu, am the God of Investment. I don’t hate this title. You’ll know exactly how much Ou Zi Nan is worth in three days, please look forward to it.”
The two were frozen by his strong self-confidence and cold gaze, it took them a long time to snap out of it. When they finally looked up again, the man was already by the youth’s side. He had one hand wrapped around the youth’s waist, and the other hand was reaching for his glass of wine. He took a sip from where he had been drinking, his lips seemingly unintentionally brushing the young man’s black hair and jade white ear, his expression gentle.
The way he expressed his feelings with a characteristic restraint and frankness, it couldn’t be ignored or resisted. Such a strong and cold man unexpectedly became so soft and biased when caught in the web of love, it surprised many of the guests.
Ge Meng Shu gave Ou Zi Nan a meaningful glance, her smile becoming even more contemptuous. Please look forward to it? Okay then. She would wait to see the scene of Ou Zi Nan weeping in anguish.
God of Investment, my ass!
Zhou Yun Sheng adjusted the body’s data upwards again, so when the concert day arrived, the staff were all excited about his stamina.
He was now backstage getting dressed. He wore tight leather pants that outlined his slender legs and firm butt, his neatly arranged six-pack and graceful v line became the focus of the stylist’s frequent drooling.
Sun Xi Mu wrapped up a business negotiation as quickly as he could and rushed to the scene.
“Nervous?” He expressionlessly draped his coat over the young man’s shoulders.
“Not nervous, actually, I’m excited.” Zhou Yun Sheng looked up at him, his peach blossom eyes seemed very bright with anticipation, brighter than the stars in the sky.
“That’s good. Go on, I’ll watch you from here.” Sun Xi Mu managed to suppress the urge to kiss the young man’s eyes and pushed him towards the stage elevator.
Zhou Yun Sheng took off the coat and replaced it with a fitted black shirt, turning back to give him a bright smile.
Outside the venue, a crowd was slowly pouring in, surrounded by heavily armed police and security, with signs on the walls that said- Cameras are watching, please be civil everyone.
The anti-fans who were full of malice thoughts had no choice but to calm down, they could only use their words to attack.
The staff who were distributing free glow sticks were being rejected. The audience expressed that their enthusiasm would never light up for Ou Zi Nan.
“Take it anyway, even if you don’t light it, it’s also good for throwing at the stage.” The staff joked.
The crowd’s, who were only allowed entry after they had been searched to make sure they brought in no harmful items, eyes immediately lit up. They rushed in to grab the light sticks, the scene was extraordinarily lively for a while.
Half an hour later, the seated audience had no intention of quieting down to listen to music. They scolded, taunted, and screamed, using all means to ruin the concert.
The stage lights hadn’t been lit yet, seemingly intimidated by their maliciousness.
Suddenly, a high-pitched sound resounded throughout the Star Pavilion, followed by a raging inferno ignited by incessant drum beats and passionate electric guitar strumming colliding and intersecting.
The stage instantly lit up and Ou Zi Nan’s beautiful face appeared on the big screen. He sang with his eyes closed, this song had no lyrics, only a casual hymn. The very pleasant melody crashed into the audience’s eardrums, even if you were full of resistance and anger, you would not be able to resist its magic.
The pitch grew higher and higher, causing the audience’s mood to boil. They forgot to be noisy, just dumbfoundingly watching the young man’s heavenly singing on the big screen.
From C2 to C, and even C3, C4, C5, he closed his eyes and sang to the climax with a high and clear voice, and the background music was changed from drums and electric guitar to a more luxurious symphony.
The tidal wave like sound engulfed the audience, like the sea under the moonlight, vast and boundless; and also like the twinkling starry heavens, limitless. Even if someone thought to cover their ears, they had no choice but to be compelled by its invasion, then be unable to resist indulging in the luxurious sounds.
After the song ended, the previously noisy Star Pavilion had quieted down until a needle drop could be heard. The young man on stage finally opened his eyes and looked towards the shadowed audience, he said, gasping, “Ou Zi Nan can’t sing, that’s just a rumor. No matter why you came to watch my concert, I want to thank you all. I will use my strength to light up the entire Star Pavilion.”
Then, not giving the anti-fans any time to react, he immediately snapped his fingers to signal the band to play the next song. He wanted to destroy all their nerves, tear out their eardrums, and make this concert become their most unforgettable memory.