Chapter 72 – Chugging Vinegar [Sigeng]* (28.1)
[*T/N: 吃醋 chugging or drinking vinegar means to feel jealous. 四更 sigeng is the fourth of the five night watch periods from 01:00-03:00]
After staying in the laboratory all morning, and having lunch at noon, Duan Shu Tong searched up the name “Lu Shi.”
Only then did he realize that not recognizing the name Lu Shi really made him seem like a country bumpkin living under a rock.
Lu Shi, thirty-two years old, three times gold medal film emperor, made his debut at the age of fourteen, and has taken part in forty-five movies and three classic TV series. He was a household name.
He should have continued on this brilliant path, but he was injured* and disfigured during a filming accident, and has since been missing from the big screen.
[*T/N: the word used here implies that his injury was some type of burn caused by an explosion]
It has been two years since the accident happened.
So many things can change over the course of two years. Even if he was a tremendously popular film emperor for a time, his popularity could only silently wane.
Duan Shu Tong couldn’t help but admire the calmness in Lu Shi’s eyes when they met yesterday. With such a will, it was no wonder that he could win three gold medals at a young age.
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After dinner, he returned to the R&D department, but before he could put on his lab coat, Zhai Jun brought He Run along to come find him.
Zhai Jun’s face was folded into wrinkles from smiling so hard, “Young Master Duan, have you heard of NT Company?”
Duan Shu Tong was stunned for a moment.
When he was choosing a company to work with, he had paid special attention to this NT Company. Although their qualifications were not comparable to that of an established company like Cuckoo, the quality of their products was definitely not worse than Cuckoo, so much so that they even surpassed the quality of Cuckoo’s products.
It was just that NT Company’s attitude seemed to be elevated and cold, taking a high-end route. All of their business partners were boss-level units. Even Yalan was not good enough for them.
In their eyes, the current Spring and Autumn Hall was probably just a little ant.
Zhai Jun said cheerfully, “It’s all thanks to Director He!”
Without waiting for Duan Shu Tong to ask, he patted He Run on the shoulder and warmly cleared up the confusion for Duan Shu Tong: “Fortunately Director He has friendly relations with President Jiang from NT Company, otherwise we would have to suffer a hidden loss because of Yalan this time.”
He Run looked a little uncomfortable. He raised his head, adjusted his glasses, and smiled awkwardly but politely.
Duan Shu Tong took in his expression. He had a strange feeling about the whole thing, but on his face he put on a smile and said, “Then, thanks to Director He this time. NT’s equipment can be called top-notch.”
He Run waved his hand and said humbly, “I didn’t help much. It’s Director Duan’s skills that are great.”
There wasn’t anything wrong with what He Run had said. If the Spring and Autumn Hall did not show any potential, even if there were friendly relations, NT Company would not decisively agree to work with them.
After Zhai Jun left the R&D department still smiling happily, Duan Shu Tong suddenly looked directly at He Run with a light smile, “Director He really knows President Jiang from NT?”
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After knowing He Run for a long time, Duan Shu Tong had an understanding of his character. He was not a liar. When Zhai Jun praised him just now, He Run’s expression was obviously a little uncomfortable.
If He Run really was acquainted with President Jiang, then he should have been undisturbed instead.
He Run adjusted his glasses again, not daring to look at Duan Shu Tong, and gave a soft “en” sound.
“I heard that President Jiang is only thirty years old this year. He is really young and promising. I would like to get acquainted with him if I have a chance,” Duan Shu Tong sincerely expressed his yearning. “Can Director He help introduce us sometime?”
He Run nodded randomly, thinking that he could finally escape this awkward situation.
Then Duan Shu Tong said, “So you actually don’t know President Jiang at all.”
He Run: “…”
He stared blankly at Duan Shu Tong as the other man explained: “Mr. Jiang is over forty. It’s written so in official documents.”
He Run: “…”
Were all young people so suspicious nowadays?
He Run looked away in embarrassment and admitted with a sigh, “It was Cen Ning who recommended NT Company to me after hearing about this.”
Duan Shu Tong didn’t show any superfluous expressions, and just kept smiling. He said, “You and Ceng-ge are friends. The Spring and Autumn Hall’s good fortune is still thanks to you. Now that the matter is settled, I will go back to the laboratory first.”
Looking at the tall and thin back of the young man, He Run couldn’t help feeling that something was off.
In fact, he himself didn’t understand why Cen Ning knew President Jiang.