Chapter 9 – Keeping Up Appearances

Qin Rui stared at Ruan Jiaojiao’s back. Judging from the rhythm of her breathing, she had fallen asleep. Dissatisfied with her posture, he gently grabbed her shoulder and turned her over to face him.

As expected, the woman did not react. She was sound asleep. 

He stared at her face. She looked attractive even without any makeup on, and from his experience just now, he knew her voluptuous body was completely natural. 

This rare beauty had been pressed under him, and she’d allowed him to do whatever he wanted with her body. To tell the truth, he felt a great sense of satisfaction from their coupling, both physically and mentally.

He actually had some impressions of her performance on set.

She was neither a good actress nor a hard worker. Why was she wasting her time in the entertainment circle if she had no intentions to climb higher? 

To find a gold master?

When the image of this woman being pressed under another man suddenly surfaced in his mind, he felt a little unhappy.

Though he had no interest in the affairs between men and women, he didn’t feel comfortable letting other men touch a woman he had been in bed with.

Ruan Jiaojiao woke up after a short twenty minutes. After all, she was in an unfamiliar room, so she couldn’t relax and sleep for a long time no matter how tired she was. She sat up and stretched before slowly opening her eyes. To her astonishment, another pair of eyes, deeper and sharper, were staring back at her. Her grogginess disappeared in an instant. 

‘What the hell, why is he still here?!’

“Aren’t you filming today?”

The man in her bed was the main character of their crew. This was a blatant display of skipping work and abusing one’s authority, wasn’t it?

Well, he could definitely afford it.

But this man was the Film Emperor, who was said to be married to his job!

“I want to talk to you.” Qin Rui’s tone was serious. He exuded an imposing aura of authority that made people unconsciously submit.


“Then talk,” Ruan Jiaojiao responded dismissively. 

His eyebrows furrowed slightly as he watched her get out of bed without bothering to cover herself up. The mess on the bedsheet was unceremoniously revealed, and she didn’t even want to look at the dried traces between her thighs.

“Hurry up, I need to take a bath.”


She froze for a brief moment as the man got off the bed and walked into the bathroom without saying another word. Pretending to reject him would be pointless, so she followed him in.

After the short nap, the two had regained some energy and thus went for another round in the bathroom. 


Her hands roamed his body and touched the legendary package between his legs. He truly deserved to be ranked first in the list of top sexiest male stars in the entertainment circle.

“Hnng… Don’t stop… Faster…” 

Her body was enclosed in his strong arms, her legs wrapped around his waist, her back pressed against the wall. Stuck between the cold ceramic tiles and his hot, muscular body, Ruan Jiaojiao felt like a delicate flower caught in a violent storm.

Due to her poor stamina, her body quickly lost its strength. She leaned against his chest, her nails digging into his back. Everything about him was hard, which made her feel pleasure and pain at the same time.

“Already?” he teased in a low voice.

“How can I compare to your rock-hard body that’s been trained every day for god knows how long?” she retorted, digging her nails deeper into his back. It was a pity they were trimmed.

She still remembered the embarrassing red scratch she’d made on Shen Muyan’s back that day. However, he hadn’t minded at all and even comforted her with a smile. His role did not require him to take off his clothes.

Although the youth’s figure was not as built as Qin Rui’s, he had a lean physique and sinfully long legs. Since the main lead was skipping today, Shen Muyan was probably in the middle of filming one of his own scenes in advance.

When Qin Rui noticed she had turned silent, he lifted her chin and saw the absentminded expression on her face. His self-esteem suddenly took a hit. Consequently, the atmosphere around them changed, becoming colder as his face sunk.

After all, he was no longer under the effects of the aphrodisiac. Though he was still reluctant to pull out of her, he was able to control himself this time. 


“Didn’t you want to talk to me?”

Ruan Jiaojiao walked out of the bathroom with a towel wrapped around her chest. She saw Qin Rui, fully dressed already, with his hand on the doorknob. He looked back at her, his image restored to that of the cold and indifferent Film Emperor, and said coldly, “Think about what you want in return for this, then we can find time to talk.”

And with that, he left.

‘Tch, putting on airs now? What the hell is wrong with him?’

Ruan Jiaojiao cursed, though she didn’t really mind. She knew that the gentle Qin Rui depicted in the original story was reserved for the female lead only.

As far as her personal preference was concerned, Ruan Jiaojiao still preferred Shen Muyan’s type over Qin Rui. Sex with Shen Muyan was pleasurable, and she didn’t have to sacrifice her legs to enjoy it.

T/N: If you previously read on Sultric Translations, you may have noticed that the chapter numbers don’t match up, and there’s a time gap between the release dates on the NU page. That’s because I split my chapters in order to accommodate my 5x/week schedule at the time, but chapter splitting is forbidden on SLT unless the English word count is over 3k, so I merged all of the split chapters. Chapter 9 on Sultric is equivalent to Chapter 6 on SLT. NU replaced the links and changed the translation group but not the release dates.