Deep in the Act Translator: Kotoni Editor: Isalee First Published on Chaleuria — Chapter 25.1 When Chen Hsin woke up in the morning, he received instructions about a new assignment from the production team. He was to attend an interview about the film, conducted later that day at a wine club located in the luxury commercial district along Huaihai Road. Although he was not scheduled for any filming today, he was unwilling to go. “This is rather sudden,” he complained, awkward and hesitant. “No one told me about this beforehand.” Chen Cheng-Sen was rushing for his breakfast. He strode ahead of Chen Hsin as he replied, “It was a last-minute decision by the team.” Then, turning around, he pointed a warning finger at the actor. “Remember to toe the line. Whet their appetite all you want, but don’t give away anything of substance.” After all his years in the entertainment industry, Chen Hsin knew exactly what he had to do. It had become second nature to him. He took a long, sullen drag on his cigarette. “Today… you’ll be continuing with that bedroom scene?” The director picked up his pace. “Stop sticking your nose into other people’s work. Focus on your interview!” Chen Hsin did not bother to catch up to the other man. He snuffed out his cig and began heading off in the opposite direction. He had only taken...Read More
Deep in the Act Translator: Kotoni Editor: Isalee First Published on Chaleuria Note: DITA will be on hiatus for the coming week. Releases will resume on 13 December. — Chapter 24.2 Upon exiting the clinic and turning down two corners, one would reach an upward slope that led to a small plaza. On the west side of the plaza stood a row of bustling, brightly-colored clubs, one of which bore a small metal plaque with the name, Blackpool. Fang Chi guided Gao Zhun through the metal doorway, which was decorated with metallic studs and stickers. As soon as they entered the club, they were greeted by the pulsating music in the air, which charged the atmosphere with a sense of passionate freedom unique to Latin America. All around them, young men and women with tall, slender figures were milling about. Some of them were so attractive that they left lasting impressions on anyone who laid eyes on them. Holding Gao Zhun by the shoulder, Fang Chi signaled the other man to follow him. Together, they walked down the corridor and turned left around the corner. In the very next moment, their field of vision opened up without warning as they came up to the edge of a standard Latin dance floor. Tables of various sizes were set up along its perimeter, their tabletops decorated with vintage enamel vases and antique drawstring lamps....Read More
Deep in the Act Translator: Kotoni Editor: Isalee First Published on Chaleuria — Chapter 24.1 Standing behind Fang Chi, still holding onto his bag, Gao Zhun watched as the other man pulled down the blinds in the room one by one. “Dr. Fang, please don’t… take the things I said yesterday to heart.” The room darkened, and a shroud of vague, suggestive intimacy settled in the air. Fang Chi turned to look at him. “I understand. You were just too nervous,” he replied with his usual gentle smile, “I didn’t take any of it seriously.” Gao Zhun felt a slight pang of disappointment at his reassurance. “I made a wooden frame for your letter. I carved it by hand. Would you… like to see it?” he said as he took out his phone. “I only managed to complete it sometime after four this morning.” Fang Chi strode over. Instead of looking at the phone, he studied Gao Zhun’s face and stroked it lightly with his right thumb, just below an eye socket. “You didn’t sleep well.” Electric shocks ripped through Gao Zhun’s entire body at the touch; even his tailbone tingled with chills. Then, Fang Chi moved behind Gao Zhun and held his hand while he took a look at the photo on the phone. “That looks really amazing. You designed it yourself?” Gao Zhun blushed and nodded. “Send me the...Read More
Deep in the Act Translator: Kotoni Editor: Isalee First Published on Chaleuria Note: Due to a series of unfortunate IRL events (exam, illness, etc.) the release for DITA Chapters 24.1 and 24.2 may be delayed. There will be no release tomorrow, but I will work hard to release both chapters on Sunday at the usual time! (Please wish me luck QAQ) As always, thank you all for loving DITA ♥ — Chapter 23.2 How long would it take to go through a single cigarette? Three minutes, or maybe five? In the end, however, the door opened from the inside with a beep before Chen Hsin could even finish off his first cig. Wu Rong’s voice drifted through the gap in the doorway, “… listen to your big brother, don’t be such a fool.” Then Wu Rong appeared and closed the door behind himself. Chen Hsin did not expect the practice to be over so soon. In a split second, with his cigarette butt forgotten between his fingers, he came face to face with Wu Rong. He thought he would be the one to fire the first shot, but Wu Rong went on the offensive before he did. Fuming, the other man jabbed a finger in his face and bellowed, “What the hell are you doing here?” He shoved Chen Hsin with the full brunt of his strength. “I’m talking to you! What...Read More
Deep in the Act Translator: Kotoni Editor: Isalee First Published on Chaleuria — Chapter 23.1 After dinner, Xiao-Deng went to hang out in Zhang Zhun’s room. Lazing around on the bed, fiddling with the remote control in his hands, he began, “Ge… um, you and Chen Hsin…” Zhang Zhun was sitting on the couch, folding the clothes that had just returned from the laundry service. Giving him a sideways glance, Xiao-Deng continued, “During today’s filming, you seemed pretty normal when you were acting with Wu-ge, even though you were super sexy and shameless. But when Chen Hsin took over, you just… became like that…” “Like what?” Zhang Zhun replied at last, his voice cold and frosted over with some sort of detached anger. Xiao-Deng was frightened. “I mean… you just seemed a little off…” Just then, the doorbell rang. Before Zhang Zhun could get up to answer the door, however, Xiao-Deng sprung out of bed and dashed over on bare feet. Wu Rong was waiting outside. He snuck through the doorway and closed the door somewhat furtively behind him. He shot an embarrassed look at Zhang Zhun before turning to look at Xiao-Deng. “Deng-er – how do I put it – I have some business with your Zhun-ge. Be good. Go play by yourself elsewhere for a while.” Xiao-Deng did not know whether to laugh or cry. “I’m not a kid...Read More
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