Chapter 50 – President Xi’s Bargaining Chip
The agent answered, “There’s one for precious stones and jewelry, one for TE perfume, one for car endorsement, and so on. I think the jewelry and perfume ones are more suitable for you. They are both high-end luxury brands. You can take a look…”
Due to the curious coincidence of all this, Lin Man Man decided to ask: “Is there something from the Spring and Autumn Hall?”
“Huh? The Spring and Autumn Hall?” The agent was dumbfounded, “What is that? Wait a moment, I seem to have heard of that somewhere…”
“Is there or is there not?” Lin Man Man asked directly.
“Let me take a look, okay?” From the other end of the line came the sound of rustling papers. “There isn’t any, oh, I just remembered. Yesterday, Lisa recommended a product from the Spring and Autumn Hall to me. It’s called something Spring Flower. I say, man, this name is too cheesy.”
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Lin Man Man lightly patted her chest. How could there be such an omniscient person? She had just hung up the phone [on Xi Duan] and immediately there was an endorsement invitation from the Spring and Autumn Hall.
She was about to mention to her agent not to omit anything from the Spring and Autumn Hall, when she heard her agent say with some impatience in his voice: “Aish, there is another call coming in. Give it some thought, okay? I’m going to hang up first.”
The call then ended. Lin Man Man sighed helplessly and planned to call her agent back later.
What happened next was the agent called her again not a minute later and said, “Oh my god, the Spring and Autumn Hall just contacted me said that they want you to be their brand ambassador. They’re just some small-time brand, how dare they ask for you to be their brand ambassador? Your endorsement fee is not low. Can their small company afford it?”
The agent prattled on and on. Lin Man Man really did not have the patience to listen. She said straightforwardly, “Just accept the Spring and Autumn’s hall endorsement.”
The agent’s words cut off abruptly, and then there was only silence on the other end of the phone. After a while, he said, “W- Why?”
Adopting the tone of a bazong*, Lin Man Man said, “I said accept it, so just accept it. However, don’t completely agree yet. I will try out the product first, and then we will see.”
[*T/N: 霸总 ba zong – translates to “handsome high-powered businessman.” It is often used as a character trope in romance fictions wherein a domineering CEO falls for a girl of lower social status.]
“Don’t!” The agent objected with great vehemence, “How can you try that kind of thing with your face? Let me find someone else to try it out first.”
Thus, the topic was over. Lin Man Man breathed a sigh of relief. As long as the Spring and Autumn Hall’s products were not too bad, she could still accept it.
Beside, a brand that Xi Duan would support shouldn’t be too bad, right?
Concerning the matter of looking for a brand ambassador, Duan Shu Tong did not know anything about it until the following day. He received the news from Zhai Jun [through WeChat], who said that he had found a popular actress to endorse them, and that they were in the process of negotiation.
Duan Shu Tong: Why are we suddenly looking for a brand ambassador?
Zhai Jun: Young Master Duan, when all is said and done, the number of people who pay attention to discussion forums and Weibo is still a small number. The sales volume of No. 1 is currently declining, and the research of No. 2 needs funding. And we still need to repay a loan. It was He Run who suggested that we get a brand ambassador and the company voted in agreement to this proposal.
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Duan Shu Tong felt puzzled. How could a person like He Run put forward this kind of suggestion?
But since the advantages of finding a brand ambassador outweighed the disadvantages, Duan Shu Tong would not refuse, so he casually asked: Which actress did you look for?
Zhai Jun: Lin Man Man. She’s very popular recently. Have you heard of her?
Duan Shu Tong: …
Not only has he heard of her, he has also called her before. But with all the resources she has, how could she accept an endorsement from them?
This incident was weird from beginning to end. Duan Shu Tong carefully combed through the situation. Tracing the origins back to He Run and then thinking about it some more… all roads led to Xi Duan.
But to him, this was the most impossible thing to believe.
While Duan Shu Tong was pondering the matter, he suddenly received a message from Xi Duan: Pei Ruo Wei is no longer in danger. When will you return?
Duan Shu Tong tapped away at his screen and replied: Any time is fine.
Xi Duan: I’ll pick you up at seven tomorrow morning, is that okay?
Duan Shu Tong smiled and replied: Of course.
Going back to his previous thoughts, Duan Shu Tong hesitantly started to type out a few words in his phone, but then deleted them. He started over again, deleted them again, and repeated this process several more times, but in the end he did not know how to put his thoughts into words.