casionally posting as a role call. 

Searching through the posts, Fu Xiu Nian finally found the official fan group for Chen Yi.
He used a more well used throwaway account to join in, but he was immediately denied.

Silence descended upon him for a second, and then he continued with perseverance to apply, clicking that button without planning on stopping.
And in the end, the group leader messaged him to present evidence that he was not an anti-fan.

Fu Xiu Nian could understand, as there were quite a few antis that had the patience to do a long con mission.
Thankfully with all the things that happened in the past few days, he had used his throwaway account to help Chen Yi, refuting back at the anti-fans, and the complete HQ video was uploaded by him, so he just took a few screenshots and sent it to the group leader and let the other investigate the truth in his records.

Half an hour later, Fu Xiu Nian was finally let into the group.


 

Chen Yi’s “fame” was still fairly high, but there were not even a hundred fans here.
Most of them were also lurkers, and the group did not really have any moderators either.
Seeing this, Fu Xiu Nian could only privately message the group creator.

The creator’s QQ name was called Ruo Meng3 and she seemed to always be online as she had quickly replied when she saw the message.

[ There were too many antis pretending otherwise, so this is the group after being selective to make sure none of those make it through.
It’s not a lot and they are pretty much casual fans, not popping up usually. ]

Fu Xiu Nian didn’t even get to reply before he received another DM.

[ Thank you for your upload yesterday.
Can I ask when you became a fan of Yi Ge? How did you get the video? ]

Fu Xiu Nian thought about it and then sent a very condensed and simplified version of the events: Three days ago.
Not long.
Got it from someone I know.

Ruo Meng took a few minutes before replying back.

[ You’re quite honest.
Yi Ge’s actually really nice.
He has a vicious mouth, but he’s quite soft on the inside.
Don’t believe all the negative news out there ]

Seeing this, Fu Xiu Nian’s long fingers unconsciously knocked on the table, deep in thought.

When he entered this industry, it was at first based on an interest, but the more he delved into it, the deeper he went, the more he discovered the darkness and murkiness within.
There were quite a few things that were not as clean as it looked on the surface.
Good people may not be good, bad people may not be bad.

He knew, Chen Yi was always good.

Fu Xiu Nian smiled and sent another message.

[ I believe that there will be a day where he will stand at the top, and there will be many more people who will like him.
This down period is only temporary. ]

This second attempt at sleep made Chen Yi sleep all the way into the late afternoon, and he did not even know he had been somehow cleaned off of all the negativity; an exemplary example of lying down without doing anything and winning.
When he woke up, he sluggishly went to clean himself up.
The moment he stepped out of the bathroom, he saw Chen Xiao Meng come out of her room.

“Brother, you’re awake.
I didn’t wake you up at noon as you have been working so hard these past few days.
I’ve saved you some food which you can heat it up in the microwave.”

Chen Yi paused in surprise and then said, 



“Don’t cook when you still aren’t feeling well.
Just wake me up next time.”

Chen Xiao Meng looked at him strangely, 

“Why would I wake you up? You can’t even cook.”

Chen Yi calmly replied, 

“I can call for takeout.”

When he heated up the food, he finally took a look at his phone.
Fu Xiu Nian had privately messaged him a few times, but it was all about mundane things.

[ Morning, are you awake yet ]

[ Someone published the video with the truth yesterday ]

[ Ah Ya and Tong Yue have published their apologies and cleared up the situation on weibo already, but their fans are going after each other quite aggressively]

[ This Saturday, the first episode of << I Came From Far Away >> will be broadcasted.
Let’s watch it together.
Yay or nay? ]

Chen Yi raised his eyebrows as he sent a reply: What, haven’t been scolded enough by me? You want to revisit that feeling?

Fu Xiu Nian’s reply was almost instantaneous, sending him a sticker.

A fat bunny was pressing a grey bunny on the ground and beating the other within an inch of its life.

Chen Yi snorted, and his fingers lightly moved, successfully sending a “Sneaky doggie” sticker.

Fu Xiu Nian died.

When evening fell, Zhou Ming started to call him nonstop, all of which Chen Yi declined.
Zhou Ming didn’t have a choice and sent Chen Yi a text message, saying to reply on weibo and reshare Ah Ya’s clarification notice.


When the two groups of fans were at each other’s throat, tearing apart the other’s bias, almost past the point of no return, Ah Ya, with her PR team, finally came forward to explain what happened yesterday.
Saying that everything was just a coincidence, an accident, and that there was no reason to intentionally cut Tong Yue’s strap off.
And then complimented Tong Yue to the moon, saying Ah Ya really admired her, and ended the entire message by thanking Chen Yi, saying that she was very sorry that this had happened and created such a disturbance for him and hoping that she could be forgiven.

Ah Ya’s angel-like image had never been very stable, and as a singer who was not famous for her singing skills and instead for her appearance, it was all too easily to be disliked.
In addition to this, her own personality wasn’t that great either.
Even if she presented herself otherwise very well, it was hard to not slip up.

Just like today when she could have already clarified the entire situation from the very beginning, she instead had deliberately waited until the situation was almost about to explode before appearing.
Almost exactly like what Tong Yue’s fans had insulted her for: a personality that does not care until she could be considered a saint for doing so otherwise.

Tong Yue’s apology was more sincere, where each word, each character had a heartfelt meaning.
It was also to the point, to the person who was affected the most so far, thanking Chen Yi.
However her post was only liked and shared by her fans, so it wasn’t very noticeable, not making a lot of waves in this pool.
It didn’t help that her social media handles were always in the hands of her manager, even this apology letter was mandated to be published only after Ah Ya had published hers.

Chen Yi narrowed his eyes and replied under Tong Yue’s post:

[ Hmm ]

And then scrolled down further, and found that Ah Ya’s fans had @ him.
Words in and out saying he shouldn’t dwell on the delay as Ah Ya had been very tired because she just finished a concert yesterday.
So being so late with her apology letter and clarification had a reason, and they hoped that he would be more understanding and forgiving.

 

Chen Yi replied with two english letters:

[ sb ]4

And then following Zhou Ming’s orders, liked and reshared Ah Ya’s post.

 

 

Notes:

 

*1 Moonlight of a fairytale: The fan’s account name is a play on words with Tong Yue’s name (which is fairly common if you’re a fan of someone), with the fairytale as 童話, where the first part “童” is the first character of her name Tong Yue, 童月, and the moonlight with moon from the second character (Tong Yue is literally as “child moon”).

 

*2 to be human: Please refer to chp 64 for a bit more of an in-depth meaning (altho technically glossing over a lot there too haha) as I changed the footnotes there if you haven’t seen it yet.
But a quick summary: they mean here the three values of what makes a human human (the three ways a human thinks and the overall arching values and understanding of the world and themselves and that becomes the basis of what things mean and how one would interpret a situation).
Also a quick note on that idiom of throwing rocks down the well when someone fell in.
It sounds exactly like what it means/implicates, kind of like taking joy in being mean when someone’s already suffering (kicking someone when they are down).

 

*3 Ruo Meng means “if dream”/”dreaming” and QQ, you can think of this as an account for something that’s like twitter if you will.

*4 sb: I think the more commonly known meaning is stupid bitch which takes from the sound of “stupid” and “force”, “cunt”, “compare” – I’ve seen a few sources on debating which one it is based on, but I’m pretty sure there’s one that stands out lol, but you can think of sb as like a curse word/insult at someone, along the likes of dumbass.

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