Even after Rong Yuheng descended backstage, the atmosphere on the stage remained unsettled for a long time.

Zhou Shubai, who had never seen such a grand scene in his twenty years of aristocratic life, was dumbfounded and murmured to himself, “What on earth is this…”

Rong Yuheng patted his shoulder with a deep gaze and said, “This is the world of the second dimension.”

Zou Yi was also present, looking quite pleased.
“Anyway, you’ve definitely made it through this round.

Upon hearing this, Rong Yuheng’s lips curled up slightly, his smile shallow but infectiously captivating.

“I’ll go to the rest area for a while.
I can’t stand for too long.”

His ability to perform drifted on stage was due to the roller skates attached to the soles of his shoes, which made it difficult to maintain stability.
Having just drifted and leaped back and forth on stage for a while, his physical stamina was nearing its limit.
His legs were sore and his feet were in pain, but he was still pushing through with the exhilaration.

Zou Yi said, “Go ahead, I’ll accompany Shubai.”

Rong Yuheng nodded and just as he turned around, he was unexpectedly bumped into by someone coming from the opposite direction!

He grunted and nearly fell to the ground, but Zou Yi quickly extended his arm and caught him.

Rong Yuheng leaned against Zou Yi and stood up, then turned his head and saw a fellow contestant he wasn’t familiar with, named Yu Rao, who should be the next participant to go on stage.

Yu Rao stared at Rong Yuheng and clenched his teeth.
“All flashy and seeking attention.”

“What the fuck did you say?” Zou Yi’s temper wasn’t as good, and he swung his arm, about to rush forward, but Rong Yuheng raised his hand to stop him.

Rong Yuheng’s face didn’t show any emotional fluctuations as he only looked at Yu Rao for a few seconds before suddenly speaking, “Good luck in the competition.”

Zhou Shubai felt that Rong Yuheng was being too kind.
He couldn’t bear to see it and asked, “Why are you cheering him on?”

Yu Rao sneered, “Hypocrite.” After saying that, he walked straight towards the entrance.

As soon as Yu Rao left, Rong Yuheng placed his hand on his chest, a compassionate radiance enveloping his face.
A compassionate aura flowed from his eyes.

“Brother Yi, Brother Shubai, let’s be kind.”

Zou Yi looked at the area over Rong Yuheng’s heart and felt that something was off.
Then his gaze landed on a small protrusion…

Suddenly, a thought struck Zou Yi’s mind—The Guanyin jade pendant that had slipped out from Rong Yuheng’s collar on the day of the auditions appeared in his mind! For some reason, Zou Yi’s temple started throbbing rapidly…

As if to confirm his thoughts, Rong Yuheng slowly spoke,

“After all, it’s their last competition.”


Rong Yuheng returned to the rest area and sat on the sofa, rolling up his pants to examine his ankle.
There was a slight swelling on the outer side of his ankle, indicating that he had indeed twisted it.

There was never an easy way out in the world, and Rong Yuheng admitted that his performance had diluted the professional elements, but he had still put in a lot of effort.

When the makeup artist Qi Ling saw his twisted ankle, she couldn’t help but worry.
“Rong Rong, should I bring you some spray?”

“Is it convenient?”

“It’s fine.
The production team should have it.”

Rong Yuhan obediently gave her a smile and said, “Thank you, Ling Jie.”

“Ahaha, no problem!”

While Qi Ling went to fetch the spray, Rong Yuheng casually rubbed and scratched his legs on the sofa.
In the end, he couldn’t sit still and took a picture of his swollen ankle, posting it on his Moments.

[Rong Yuheng]: Injured, need kisses and hugs to get better! [Image]

Rong Yuheng had many friends and a good social circle, so within a few minutes, there were already six or seven comments in the comment section.

[Chu Er Gou]: Little brother Heng heng, do you want your brother Chu to give you a hug?

[Rong Yuheng replied to Chu Er Gou]: Heng Ge doesn’t want a smelly man.

[Ming Xuan Guai Sun]: Serves you right for showing off.
Does it hurt? [Pitiful.jpg]

[Rong Yuheng replied to Ming Xuan Guai Sun]: What do you think? [Pitiful.jpg]

[Chi Niang]: Smelly man? [Questioning.jpg]

[Wan Zi Chou]: Smelly man? [Questioning.jpg]

[Tian Yu Ge]: Smelly man? [Questioning.jpg] @Rong Congyan

[Rong Congyan]: ?

[Rong Yuheng replied to Tian Yu Ge]: ?

The farce came to an end with Rong Congyan’s puzzled response.

Rong Yuheng felt tired of it all.

By this time, Qi Ling had returned with the spray and instructed him to lift his leg onto a low stool.

“Don’t move around randomly, I’ll spray it for you.”

Rong Yuheng was very well-behaved and said, “Thank you, Ling Jie.
Whoever becomes your boyfriend in the future will definitely be very lucky.”

Qi Ling laughed happily, “You always say nice things to make Sister happy.”

Rong Yuheng responded in a customer service tone, “You be happy, and I’ll be at ease.”

After Qi Ling finished applying medicine for him, she went to check on the other contestants who needed touch-ups.

Rong Yuheng picked up his phone, intending to browse through his Moments, when he saw a message from Wen Zhecheng.

[Wen Zhecheng]: [Push link: “Health Classroom – Proper handling of sprains and bruises.”]

Rong Yuheng, “…”

He thought that he could only see this kind of message in the family group chat.

[Rong Yuheng]: Thank you, Teacher Wen.
I’ve already applied the medicine.
[Sending you a heart gif]

Wen Zhecheng was probably busy, as he didn’t reply to the message.

The first round of eliminations finally ended before lunchtime.
Each of the three mentors had ten votes, and they respectively cast their votes for Shan Qi, Huang Jianing, and Bian Chen.

As the host, Xi Lin, announced the final results of the online voting and mentor voting, the first round of the competition came to a close.

The fans of the contestants who successfully advanced cheered with excitement, while the fans of the eliminated contestants, feeling disappointed, shifted their attention to the remaining contestants.

That’s how the entertainment industry works; it never lacks shining new stars to overshadow the fading ones.

As Rong Yuheng expected, Yu Rao was among the five eliminated contestants.
When Zou Yi heard the announcement of the results, he was astonished, and his eyes looked at Rong Yuheng as if he was in awe of a wizard.

Rong Yuhan was speechless.
“It’s not my jinx.”

Zou Yi’s eyes clearly showed disbelief.

Rong Yuheng analyzed, “Yu Rao was not in the right state.
It was obvious that he was targeting me before entering the stage.
He was clearly anxious, and he knew his own capabilities and that he would be outperformed.
If it were Shan Qi ge behind me, he would have acted as if nothing happened.”

After thinking for a moment, Zou Yi was convinced.
“You’re right.”

He paused and added, “Fortunately, Shubai made it through.
Do you know his in-ear monitor had a problem?”

“What?” Rong Yuheng was stunned.
“What happened?”

Zou Yi glanced around to make sure no one was listening, then whispered, “Shubai told me after coming off stage.
He discovered the problem and directly took off the in-ear monitor, otherwise, he wouldn’t have known where the pitch went.”

Rong Yuheng pressed his lips tightly, as if suppressing his anger.
Zou Yi rarely saw him so agitated and immediately closed his mouth, afraid to continue.

After a while, Rong Yuheng let out a breath.
“Did the production team provide any explanation?”

“Shubai just went to find the TV station staff.
We don’t know the result yet,” Zou Yi reassured him, “Don’t worry, Shubai is a second-generation rich kid, right? He won’t be easily bullied.”

Rong Yuheng finally felt relieved.
“You’re right.”

The production team strictly enforced the competition rules, and the eliminated contestants had to pack up and prepare to leave on the same afternoon.

Director Chen Li, for the sake of the show’s effect, arranged for all the trainees to stand at the entrance of the building for a farewell shot.

The trainees had genuine emotions and embraced each other with reluctance.
A blond-haired boy tightly hugged his roommate and couldn’t help but shed a couple of tears.
The latter consoled him, saying that they would meet again if fate allowed.

Just as Rong Yuheng was deeply moved and about to shed tears himself, Yu Rao’s figure appeared in front of him once again.

Rong Yuhan’s teary eyes immediately dried up.

Yu Rao, facing away from the camera, looked at Rong Yuhan with a resentful gaze.
“It’s all because of your tricks and shortcuts.
Otherwise, it wouldn’t have affected my performance.
Just wait, we’re not finished.”

Rong Yuheng, “…”

His hand itched, and he wanted to touch that piece of Guanyin jade again.

After delivering his harsh words, Yu Rao walked away.
Zou Yi, disgusted by his behavior, clicked his tongue and turned to Rong Yuheng.
“Is he crazy? He blames you for being too outstanding when he lacks the skills himself.”

Zou Yi’s words made Rong Yuheng feel completely at ease, and even his eyes squinted with enjoyment.
Listen to this—blaming him for being too outstanding!

Where did this divine decree come from!

Rong Yuheng tilted his head and rubbed it against Zou Yi’s shoulder.
“Brother Yi, say more if you can~”

Zou Yi, originally indignant, became both anxious and amused when Rong Yuhan rubbed against him.
“You have a thick face.
Seriously, I don’t think Yu Rao will let it go.
He’s a trainee signed under a company.
He will continue to develop in the entertainment industry.
If he wants to target you again…”

“It’s fine.”

Rong Yuheng remained calm, and he even had the leisure to extend his hand and applaud the departing trainees who were boarding their cars.

“I shall be the river that he steps into twice.”

After the formalistic farewell shots were taken, the remaining trainees returned to the building.
Considering the mental and physical exhaustion from the morning’s competition, the production team generously gave them half a day off, resuming training the next day.

Rong Yuheng had initially planned to ask Zhou Shubai about the in-ear monitor issue, but he didn’t expect to receive a phone call on his mobile.

He answered, and the voice on the other end said, “Hello, contestant Rong Yuheng.
We are Fan Yu Entertainment.
Are you interested in signing with our company?”

Rong Yuheng was momentarily dumbfounded.

Fan Yu Entertainment wanted to sign him! The organizer of this show wanted to sign him!

Fan Yu Entertainment was different from the previous Ji Chu Media.
It was a well-known company in the industry with numerous popular stars under its label.
Qiao Tan came from there, and Wen Zhecheng was also signed under Fan Yu Entertainment.

Rong Yuhan took a deep breath and said slowly, “Please give me some time.
Can I reply later?”

“No problem.”

After hanging up the phone, the first thing Rong Yuheng  did was quickly copy the number and send it to Wen Zhecheng.

[Rong Yuheng]: Teacher Wen, take a look and see if this is a scam call?

[Wen Zhecheng]: Fan Yu contacted you?

Rong Yuheng saw the reply and exclaimed, “Holy crap,” realizing that it was indeed Fan Yu.

He held the phone and pretended to be reserved as he replied with a simple “Hmm.”

On the other end of the phone, Wen Zhecheng had just finished showering.
He wrapped a towel around his waist, using one hand to dry his hair while replying to the message with the other.

[Wen Zhecheng]: Fan Yu is good.
If you can sign with them, you’ll have more opportunities to compete for better resources.

After reading the message, Rong Yuheng felt happy for two seconds before an inexplicable worry surfaced—would he encounter the rumored unspoken rules?

With these thoughts in mind, he hurriedly rushed to the bathroom mirror and carefully examined his beautiful face.

Thick and soft black hair fell naturally on his full forehead, his brows and eyes were clear and refreshing, his nose was straight, and his lips were especially bright and vibrant.
The corners of his mouth naturally formed a smile that even he couldn’t resist.

Rong Yuhan sighed, holding his face in his hands, almost pressing it against the mirror.

Pu Zaixi, who entered the restroom, was stunned for two seconds by this scene that seemed like a teleportation to another world.
After recovering, he cautiously asked, “Yuheng, what are you doing?”

Rong Yuheng’s gaze met Pu Zaixi’s reflection through the mirror.
He looked melancholic, unlike an ordinary person, and said, “I’m afraid that I’ll get dirty in the future…”

Pu Zaixi, “???” Subway, elderly person, looking at the phone.

Rong Yuheng sighed and climbed down from the mirror, then started replying to Wen Zhecheng’s message.

[Rong Yuheng]: Teacher Wen, I’m a bit scared.
[Image: Otter burying its head]

[Wen Zhecheng]: Scared of what?

[Rong Yuheng]: Scared of being taken advantage of.

Wen Zhecheng’s hand trembled, almost dropping the towel.
He felt both helpless and amused, comforting Rong Yuheng.

[Wen Zhecheng]: Don’t worry, I’m here for you.

After sending the message, Wen Zhecheng suddenly realized with some embarrassment that he had said it as if he would protect Rong Yuheng.

They were only teacher and student, was it necessary to be so intimate?

But… it seemed reasonable for a teacher to protect a student, right?

Wen Zhecheng reassured himself and gained more confidence.

On the other end, Rong Yuheng was stunned for a moment after receiving the message.

—”Don’t worry, I’m here for you.”

What does this mean?

He pondered for a moment, and his pupils suddenly contracted—

Could it be that Wen Zhecheng was implying that he was more attractive than Rong Yuheng? How could it be possible! It’s not even my turn for something like that!

After thinking it through, Rong Yuheng couldn’t help but be deeply moved by Wen Zhecheng’s selfless spirit!

He replied with a calm heart:

I understand your intentions.

Wen Zhecheng, who had already dried his hair, sat by the window.
The handsome man, who had just finished bathing, had a hint of moisture on his eyelashes.
He focused on the phone screen, with the messages reflected in his pupils and a slight delight hidden in his eyes:

It’s good that you understand.

Author’s note: Much later—

Wen Zhecheng: No, you don’t understand!


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