tossed his phone away and without any extra words, bluntly said: “When you go back, first memorize your agent’s number.
As an artist, you won’t always be able to find others for help.
If you meet unexpected situations, it’s best to let your agent or assistant take care of them.”

 

This time, Xu Tangzhou realized that Ling Che was kindly reminding him as a senior.
He felt flustered because they were complete strangers, yet he made the other person’s assistant run an errand for him as well as troubled the other person to personally teach him the basics.

Ling Che wasn’t as bad as he thought.

 

“Move aside.” Ling Che didn’t look at him again and flatly said, “You’re blocking the light.”

Xu Tangzhou stood in front of the bed light and quickly stepped aside after hearing his words: “My apologies.”

 

The two people didn’t say anything else, and there wasn’t anything else to be said.

Xu Tangzhou scratched his head: “Then… I won't bother you.
I’ll wait outside.”

 

“……” Ling paused for a moment, and indifferently said, “En.”

(TN: En, which I will keep in pinyin from here on, is a hum of agreement)

The empty sofa was right next to him, was this person blind?

If he didn’t sit, then fine.

 

Xu Tangzhou took a few steps, couldn’t rein in his curiosity, and stopped walking: “That, are the rumors real?” This question perplexed him the entire night.
Was the attitude Ling Che had towards him just like what the media claimed: because he discriminated against Omegas?

 

Ling Che understood this question: “What do you think?”

He didn't expect Xu Tangzhou to think like this.
Wasn’t Xu Tangzhou the clearest whether or not he discriminated against Omegas?

 

Xu Tangzhou thought for a while, and said sincerely: “Based on your music, I don't think so.”

 

Ling Che did not speak nor did he refute.

Xu Tangzhou left for real this time.
Before leaving, he thanked him again and closed the door gently.

 

Ling Che finally let out a sigh and pinched the bridge of his nose.
He almost blurted out the words “What are you doing, listening to my songs?”

There was still a trace of fragrance left by Xu Tangzhou lingering within the room.
Ling Che already confirmed that it was just the fragrance of the hotel shower gel.
He did not smell the scent of any other Alpha on Xu Tangzhou's body.

 

After a while, Ling Che flipped open the laptop that he shut before Xu Tangzhou entered the door.

He didn’t like being interrupted in what he was doing, even though he was just browsing Xu Tangzhou's Flow homepage.

 

Xu Tangzhou zzV: Happy New Year!

The number of comments under this post has already gone over 10,000.

 

Ling Che clicked on it and looked at it.
Sure enough, there were a lot of comments wishing Xu Tangzhou a happy birthday.

There were also a lot of little asteroids who left comments there.

Ling Che did not open a social media account.
Those fans of his should’ve finally found a breakthrough point, frantically wanting to express their concerns.
After reading a few comments, Ling Che finally discovered a link to a recording left by someone.

This should be the replay from the live broadcast that made Xiao An laugh out loud in the car.

 

Opening up the video, Xu Tangzhou’s dazed and sleepy face appeared in the frame.
He was very natural and relaxed, almost as if looking from a lover’s perspective: “Happy New Year everyone, thank you for your blessings.”

Xu Tangzhou adjusted the camera while talking.
He was wearing loose-fitting pajamas, and his snow-white neck could be seen flickering in and out of the frame as the camera was moving.

 

Ling Che watched only these few seconds and closed the page.

This clip made Xu Tangzhou’s appearance, with an open neckline as he opened the door, flicker nonstop before his eyes.
It took him a long time before he could calm down his strong craving.

 

He wanted to bite.

Very much so.

Nearly out of control.

 

It was currently January 2nd, two minutes past midnight.

It was a full two minutes past Xu Tangzhou’s 22nd birthday.

 

*

 

Xiao An arrived with the room key within ten minutes.
Xu Tangzhou was so touched that he wanted to cry.
As soon as he walked in, Lu Jia was deeply asleep as expected.

 

Xiao An turned around and told Situ Ya, saying that Che ge went over the top.
He would toss such a lovely and fragile Omega outside to wait, not even letting him in.
He simply didn’t have any feelings for the opposite sex.

 

Situ Ya really felt as if she’d go bald because of this: Ling Che couldn’t be in late-stage straight A cancer yet?

(TN: play on “Straight man cancer” 直男癌, but this is “Straight Alpha cancer”.
To put it kindly, it’s derogatorily referring to someone who is stubbornly sexist.)

 

Wasn’t he just an ex-boyfriend after a breakup?

 

When Situ Ya went to Ling Che’s room in the morning, she didn’t pursue the topic and only asked with concern: “Should I mention your situation to Huang Qian?”

Ling Che replied: “Say what? Tell Huang Qian that I was the one who was dumped?”

 

Situ Ya: “……”

Ling Che: “What’s that expression?”

Situ Ya adjusted her shocked expression: “Why would he dump you, did Xu Tangzhou have poor eyesight?”

“Our fit was too low.” Ling Che’s expression remained the same, unable to detect any changes, “He met an Alpha with a higher fit after differentiating.
He was only marked.”

 

Situ Ya was suddenly surprised: “No wonder you…”

No wonder Ling Che had such a view on that matter.

 

“This is also something he can’t control.” After Situ Ya sighed, she wanted to quickly move on from the topic.
She thought of something else and said questioningly, “That’s not right, Xu Tangzhou was marked? But I saw his entry information for the company which said he is single now.”

 

Every Omega who has been completely marked will show their partner’s pheromones during the medical examination, but the medical examination form upon entering the company couldn’t be falsified.
Unless–

Situ Ya thought of it: “I know why.
Unless he divorced and had a mark cleansing operation.”

 

The technology now is very advanced.
After the AO couples have fallen out of love and divorced, as long as they have money, Omegas could go to the hospital for an operation to remove their permanent mark.

That’s why Situ Ya made this guess.

 

Ling Che’s expression changed slightly.
No wonder he didn't smell any Alpha on Xu Tangzhou's body last night.

 

Situ Ya said: “Then you plan to–”

Ling Che interrupted her: “Former love.”

Situ Ya: “……”

“That's all.” Ling Che said, “No need to talk to Huang Qian.”

Situ Ya: “Very well.
If you don’t want me to mention it, then I won’t mention it.
I think Xu Tangzhou also doesn’t want to mention this, not even affected at the idea of working with you.

 

She finally moved on from the topic.

 

“This one is also not bad, but they aren’t a newcomer.
They are a little less fresh than that one, and their temperament also isn’t as good as that one.” Situ Ya pointed to the photo of the Omega on the screen.
She couldn’t resist comparing them to Xu Tangzhou, “Fortunately, he’s a cute type which means he already has his own image.
It could probably give the program group some ideas to play with.”

 

Situ Ya spoke for a long time until her mouth went dry.

The sky was dazzlingly bright as Ling Che held a cup of coffee thoughtfully.
No one knew if he was even listening.

 

Ling Che concluded: “This one isn’t good.”

“Not good again?” Situ Ya went crazy, “My goodness! Little gege, do you think this is a harem selection?”

(TN: gege will be kept in pinyin, it means “brother”, but it can be used for older males somewhat close in age who are close friends)

 

Ling Che tapped his finger on the cup: “There is a saying.
Didn’t it go ‘whoever cares more about reunion after a breakup, whoever loses?’”

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