Chapter 70:Make Her Speechless (1)
Dudu clearly remembered the last time he had seen his mama. Ye Fan was dressed casually in an oversized white blouse and jeans, her hair tied up in a messy bun from which little strands had fallen out and tickled his face until he giggled so much that his stomach had felt sore, as if he had a tummy ache. However, he had stayed glued to his mama which he was now glad. Ye Fan had calmly sat down on the floor where Dudu was playing with min cars, racing with him a bit before calling his name with a serious look. She had told him that she had to leave for a short period of time.Dudu had listened quietly and nodded as if it didn’t make any difference to him In order to not make his mama worry, Dudu had decided that he would not cry and keep his mama on his mind until her return..
His mind was like a broken machine, it kept getting stuck on thoughts of Ye Fan. It had only been a little while since Ye Fan had left but Dudu could not help already beginning to miss her. He couldn’t help but remember her soft hugs and sunny smiles that she gave him when he did something good.
“Nanna, nanna.” Dudu rushed over to Nanny Li’s side quickly, stumbling a couple of times due to his short legs like a young fawn.
Nanny Li was folding the clothes she had just taken inside. For a moment, she couldn’t understand what Dudu meant.
“Does Dudu want to watch TV?” Nanny Li thought that Dudu just wanted to watch TV.
Dudu shook his head. “Mama’s on TV.”
Even if his mama wasn’t here right now, he could see her on the tv. He missed his mama too much but he had pinky promised her that he would be a good boy while she was gone. A good boy wouldn’t bother her while working, Dudu knew. He would settle for secretly watching her on TV instead.
Dudu anxiously tugged at Nanny Li’s clothes. “Nanna, I wanna see mama. Mama’s on TV.”
Nanny Li pondered over the child’s request for a moment, puzzled by what exactly he meant before it finally dawned upon her that Dudu was referring to the show Ye Fan had featured in – Lurking in the Bund. Since Ye Fan and Dudu had watched it together, it was not surprising that he remembered it well, she retrospected. Anyway, his request was effortlessly easy to fulfill.
“Lurking in the Bund” was the most popular TV series this year. Its popularity had spread through the nation like a tsunami, taking everyone by storm. The show had something to offer for every viewer- action, drama, romance or the historically accurate setting. With millions of eyes tuning into the episodes, the first station to broadcast the show made millions, a stream of money as plentiful as the river Nile flowed into their bank accounts. After the broadcast was over, many other TV stations were frothing at the mouth eagerly to also buy the broadcasting rights. Right now, randomly flicking to any channel, would probably flash the aesthetically appealing Shanghai background, complete with an enrapturing scene between the actors. “Lurking in the Bund” could be found on nearly any channel.
Nanny Li powered the TV on as it woke from its slumber with a soft hum and a momentary pause at its home screen before snapping to the television network. She quickly flicked through a couple of channels before she found one that was at the beginning of an episode of “Lurking in the Bund”. Then, she heaved Dudu up before gently setting him down onto the plush chair. Dudu seemed to sink right into the cushiony surface of the chair, as if he had sat down on a downy, pliant cloud.
“Sit right here and watch TV, okay? Don’t run around. I’ll be in the kitchen,” Nanny Li made sure to emphasize it several times. Dudu nodded seriously and made sure he sat there obediently. He was a good baby so he definitely wouldn’t run around.
Watching Nanny’s figure disappear into the kitchen, Dudu finally turned his attention back to the television. The man on the screen was very impressive- it was one of He Han’s scenes.He Han was dressed in a suit that was well-tailored and crisp, the sharp lines of his figure increasing the impression of danger that he exuded from every motion of his body. His eyes were like deep and dark pools that one could drown in if you stared into their depths long enough.
He was looking straight at the Japanese men, gaze as piercing as an arrow. The tension in the room was like a bowstring drawn taut, palpable to everyone who had the presence of mind to notice it. In the next moment, the bowstring finally snapped, unable to take any more pressure- the deceptively calm atmosphere was broken in an instant, He Han instinctively pulled out a gun that was holstered at his waist and pointed it straight at them. Although it was a tense situation that could end either way, as unpredictable as the result of a coin toss, He Han’s expression did not change in the slightest. Despite the odds being frankly, overwhelmingly not in his favor, he faced the situation composed and completely free of fear.
Dudu’s mouth had opened wide in awe, as he watched stunned. This uncle’s movements were really cool, he was almost like a superhero! Dudu watched as He Han defeated the group of bad guys with an envious ease. An idea took root in his mind, when he grew up to be big and strong as this uncle, he would protect his mama just like he had seen.
He Han frequently appeared on the screen, he was the leading male actor after all, and most of the story revolved around either him, Tang Jin or their romance. Dudu was enthralled each time the camera focused on He Han. As he looked at the man’s features more intently, he pursed his lips as he realized something but couldn’t quite put his finger on it.
The cool uncle on the TV seemed very familiar, but he couldn’t recall ever meeting him or watching him on the screen the last time his mama had shown him the show. Innocent and pure as freshly fallen snow, the naive child had no idea that Ye Fan would deliberately fast forward all of He Han’s scenes when she watched the show with him.
Like a particularly difficult puzzle, Dudu couldn’t piece together where he had seen the man. Nanny Li’s light footsteps alerted Dudu to her arrival and broke him out of his reverie. He abruptly turned to Nanny Li, tugging at her skirts gently like he was ringing an old bell, finally capturing her full attention as she wrenched her eyes from the to look at him. Her eyes folded into wrinkly crecsents as she smiled down at him gently, crouching down to his level to focus her undivided attention on the sweet child. “Nanna, who’s that?” Dudu quizzed his nanny, his voice brimming with both excitement and anticipation. His eyes were as wide as mooncakes in his unquenchable curiosity.
Nanny Li glanced back over at the TV for a moment, immediately recognizing He Han. He Han was famous among all ages, kids and senior citizens and everyone in between respected He Han for his amazing acting abilities. He had done a wide range of movies throughout the duration of his wildly successful career and thus, become a household name. “He’s the male protagonist of the show. He’s an actor, just like your mama. He’s very talented and famous.” Nanny Li tried to provide Dudu with a simple but thorough answer that he would be able to comprehend.
Satisfied with his nanny’s answer, Dudu turned back to peer at the brightly flashing television screen. He studied the screen intently, watching all of He Han’s movements with vision akin to a hawk. He couldn’t tear his eyes from the screen as if he was afraid of missing even one scene starring He Han. If he had never met or seen this uncle, then why did he seem so familiar?
Although Dudu remained clueless,having no idea that the masked gentleman he had met in the grocery store last time, was indeed the hero defeating bad guys on the screen in front of him. Since not all of his features were obscured by the mask, it was only normal that a small child like Dudu wouldn’t have been able to recognize him.
On that note, Dudu nestled into the sofa, further burrowing into the velvet blanket wrapped around him as he continued to watch He Han’s scenes. He cheered inwardly when he saw his mama appear on screen. She was pretty on screen but Dudu felt she was even more beautiful at home. Since Ye Fan was only a supporting character in the series, she didn’t have as many scenes and those she did were usually added at the very end. Even if Ye Fan didn’t notice the fact while watching, nothing could escape Dudu’s keen senses when it came to his mama. As he watched the cool uncle and his mama on the screen at the same time, sharing a scene, he came to a conclusion- that uncle really looked very nice, but he wasn’t as good-looking as his mama.
He was stuck to the sofa watching the TV until Nanny Li determined that he had been watching TV for too long and firmly suggested that he do something else. She decisively switched the TV off. Dudu quickly scampered to his room to play with some of his favorite toys but the thought remained stuck in his head like a wad of gum that had been pasted underneath a desk. Even though the TV had been turned off, he couldn’t shake the question from his mind- who exactly was that man just now?