Chapter 101 – Popularity (1)
Su Jishi said calmly, “They might just have the same username and this is just a coincidence.”
A broken-hearted Fang Xie said, “Don’t talk nonsense. The name could be the same, what about the profile picture?”
A huge iceberg floating on the boundless water meeting the sky— This was Mr. Mu’s profile picture. The ocean was into two colors: sky blue and cyan. Although the iceberg was huge, only a fraction of the actual thing was revealed. The actual mass was hidden under the ocean, obscured from everyone’s sight.
“Even if it was indeed Mr. Mu, so what?” Su Jishi retorted.
“‘So what?’” Fang Xie scratched his chest and said, “Sister Su, shouldn’t I be asking you this question? What’s your relationship with CEO Mu? If you guys are really dating, you have to tell me!”
“… We’re really not!”
“Really?! How’s it that whenever you’re shooting, he comes to visit you? After you’re done, you guys even have breakfast together. Even at the private restaurant last time, he was the one helping you out. Don’t mention lending you the horse this time…” As Fang Xie listed each of the incidents, his voice got louder. “How should I describe you guys then? You guys are having a secret affair or do you guys have feelings for one another despite being apart?”
At times, Su Jishi found it strange as well. She clearly shouldn’t have any contact with Mu Xiulun anymore, still she’d always end up meeting him at unexpected times. What’s more, after every one of those interactions, Su Jishi’s impression of him had changed. In her eyes, he was dominant but also childish. It sounded very conflicted, but who let Mu Xiulun be a dominant CEO who loves candies?
However,… this time, in her heart, Mu Xiulun was just a ‘stranger who was a tad familiar’.
Su Jishi asked, “Fang Xie, what’s your annual salary?”
Fang Xie mentioned a figure. As the manager, he was able to obtain quite a bit of commission from Su Jin’s every contract. In a tier-three city, he would be able to afford five to seven houses.
Su Jishi nodded and said, “Since you have so much money, you’re only treating Xiao Xia to Mcdonalds which costs just about $25? That’s how you want to treat her?”
Xiao Xia was surprised.
Fang Xie was confused.
Su Jishi said, “The electronic version costs $5 each, and 5,000 sales would only be about $25,000. This isn’t even enough for a red wine in the restaurant. With Mu Xiulun’s status, he only spends $25,000 on a celebrity. Who do you think he’s pitying?”
…There was reason and logic to this. She made a convincing argument.
Fang Xie was stunned for a second, the more he thought the more her words sounded reasonable.
Meanwhile, Xiao Xia was hesitant and asked in a soft voice, “But I think CEO Mu treats you very well. Why did you guys break up? Is there really no possibility in getting back together?”
When A-Shan heard this, his eyes widened. “Xiao Xia, you normally act very loyal, but who knew you’d mess up now. So you’re a fan of them?” He scolded.
Xiao Xia hurriedly covered her mouth and said, “No, no, no! I’m only Sister Su’s fan! I am just a fan of Sister Su and Mr. Mu sometimes! Believe me! I’m just chattering about.”
A-Shan didn’t let this go. “What do you mean? You’re practically announcing it to Sister Su! Our Sister Su has nothing to do with him! Do you understand this?”
This was the first time she’d received such a verbal blow. In no time, she was in tears.
Although the duo was bickering, the Su Jishi by the side didn’t understand a single word.
Fang Xie was a bit uneasy in his heart and he decided to reconfirm. “Sister Su, you guys really…”
“It’s real, yes.” She added calmly. “You heard about it in the pastureland that day. CEO Mu is in love with his horse. After so many years of evolution, I finally became a human who could walk on my two feet. I don’t want to intervene in his relationship with his horse.”
Fang Xie was speechless.
Su Jishi pointed at the rankings and said, “Believe me. CEO Mu definitely spent this money on Linda Hu. It has nothing to do with me.”
Su Jishi sounded overly confident. Fang Xie was stunned and seemed to believe her. He originally wasn’t sure, but the feeling had disappeared now.
That’s right! Although the Su Sisters were beautiful, even after CEO Mu kept Su Jin as his mistress for such a long time, nothing out of the ordinary happened in terms of their relationship. There was no way that CEO Mu would be attracted to her suddenly after the sister changed, right?
Plus, Mu Xiulun had already used the excuse that his “girlfriend could only be the horse”, albeit an absurd one. It seems like he really doesn’t feel anything for Su Jin?
As he mulled over, Fang Xie’s nerves settled.
The next morning saw a change in the rankings.
A user id: “LiJun_Guard” had emerged as a new force to be reckoned with. They’d suddenly bought 6,000 digital copies!
Xiao Xia had atoned for her sin and hurriedly reported on the homework she did on this person. “This Li Jun was a supporting actor for when Sister Su went to film her scenes in the university city back then! A month ago, she became Sister Su’s fan. Because she frequently shared her similar outfits with Sister Su and imitated her makeup, she became the fan-sama within the circle!”
Su Jishi knitted her eyebrows and said, “I remember that she’s only in her first year of university. Where did she get so much money from? Contact her using the studio’s account and have the young lady focus on learning and not spend so much money on celebrities.”
Xiao Xia hurriedly said, “She comes from a nice family and they’re wealthy…”
“So what? She’s still using her family’s money.”
Xiao Xia had no choice but to contact Li Jun. Li Jun would’ve never imagined that she’d startled Jin Jin with her spending $30,000 on digital copies. When she received the private message from the studio, she squealed out loud in her dorm, her roommates thought that they had raised a chicken in the dorm or something.
After finding out that Jin Jin was encouraging her to focus on her studies and not to spend that much money on chasing celebrities, she was so touched that she quickly swore and said that the money came from her salary from modeling part-time.
After explaining this, she uploaded her conversation with the studio onto Weibo. She didn’t say anything but two words: I’m crying.
Within an hour, the post was forwarded like crazy.
《I was crying so loud that the Great Wall would probably collapse from my crying! How have I become a fan of an angel like her?! Which celebrity would take the initiative to tell their fan to ‘not spend money on myself’?》
《Our Jin Jin is a really considerate fairy. Whenever the fan club meets, Jin Jin never accepts gifts, only letters and flowers. She would even treat us to food!》
《One time, when I went to pick her up from the airport, I was wearing a JK uniform and Jin Jin thought that I was a highschooler. She wrote ‘hope you get accepted into your college’ in my notebook! I’ve been worshipping the notebook right now! It’s going to be the family heirloom!》
《Jin, just let me spend money! We originally were not fated, but we are now!》
Su Jishi’s original motive was for her fans to not spend so much time and money on her. But who knew that this triggered everyone’s desire to spend money on her. For a moment, 《Real Me》’s digital rankings were changing at every moment. Fans with Su Jin’s profile picture were climbing the rankings and even competing for the first place, so they could let Su Jin know how much they loved her.
A week later, 《Real Me》’s digital sales gradually steadied. As for the rankings, the top three were Su Jin’s fans from different provinces. The ones behind them were the rich fans that frequently appeared.
Regarding the first place on the rankings, “Mr.Mu?”
Who knew where the fans were on the rankings now?
Su Jishi said, “Look, I already said that Mu Xiulun was just spending the 25,000 for fun.”
Who knew that the moment she said this and refreshed her screen, there was a shocking change in the rankings. The “Mr.Mu” who’d disappeared for so long had spent a huge amount of money and made his way back up. Again, he crushed Su Jin’s major fan clubs’ official accounts and grabbed the top spot.
Fang Xie said faintly, “…Now, you think that CEO Mu is just playing?”
Su Jishi was speechless.
Mu Xiulun obviously wasn’t someone who played with his money. But even he couldn’t explain why he bought those digital copies on an impulse.
Ever since 《Real Me》came out, it was a hot topic of discussion crushing all the fashion monthlies in the market. Su Jin’s cover was now #1 on this year’s best covers.
There were many female employees in Mu Xiulun’s company. When he was on lunch break, he “incidentally” heard the female employees in the tea room chatting about the magazine and then he “incidentally” found out the magazines were hot and popular, and then he “incidentally” found the app that was selling the digital version.
Therefore, he “casually” downloaded the app and then “casually” found the electronic version, and then “casually” purchased it.
… Since it was quite cheap, he would buy 5,000 copies first.
[E/D: So, “incidentally” those “casually” purchased 5k copies were appetizers… such an ignorant chap!]