Reborn into a Hamster for 233 Days
Quality Check: Tezuka
First Published on Chaleuria
Chapter Twenty-Five: Successful Plan
[Fish and Hamster – You Can’t Have Both]: You’re the credit stealer, your entire family consists of credit stealers.
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[Fish and Hamster – You Can’t Have Both]: Originality guaranteed.
[Grey-white SS]: Who are you exactly? Talking all this nonsense with such standards? Are you mad?
[Fish and Hamster – You Can’t Have Both]: I’m not taking blame for that, hell no. I’ve made myself clear right from the start that I’m a designer. You’re the one who kept questioning my identity right from the start.
[Grey-white SS]: I’ll give you five minutes to explain yourself.
The reply was like a division that ended the previous topic. From that point onwards, it was finally a conversation between CEO Yan and the mystery designer, not a wealthy young master and a persistent loser quarreling like kindergartners.
Xiao Yu took a deep breathe then typed out his speech that he had prepared long ago.
[Fish and Hamster – You Can’t Have Both]: I’m a freelance designer. Due to some personal reasons, it’s not convenient for me to sign a contract with your company. I hope you’ll give me some leeway for that. Huihui was my pet, and I searched for him for quite some time after he went missing. Coming across your account was purely accidental. I have an acquaintance who was in SI, and it was through his contact that I’ve come to know that Chairman Yan had such a side account.
[Grey-white SS]: Lin Zhou?
That story was a hundred percent made up by Xiao Yu. Except for that one truth that Yan Jin pointed out.
Xiao Yu ridiculed in his heart – of course it was Lin Zhou, who else would it be? Yet, he still had to act as if he was really surprised. Thankfully, he was not having this conversation face-to-face with Yan Jin as he only needed to express himself through text.
[Fish and Hamster – You Can’t Have Both]: Chairman Yan knows about it?
[Grey-white SS]: Don’t tell me you’ve come to find me because Lin Zhou suggested to do so?
[Fish and Hamster – You Can’t Have Both]: No no, it’s my own idea to look for Chairman Yan for assistance. Lin Zhou isn’t aware of this.
[Grey-white SS]: Hah.
For some unknown reason, Xiao Yu could understand the meaning behind that reply. Perhaps it was the hatred that the two people behind the screen had for Lin Zhou that made them stand on the same side in that very moment.
Never would they have thought that such a despicable person would be so miraculously useful –
The two of them sighed together.
[Grey-white SS]: You’re really prepared to seek shelter at YL?
[Fish and Hamster – You Can’t Have Both]: Naturally. I hope Chairman Yan will grant me me this opportunity.
[Grey-white SS]: You’re not even signing the contract; how should I believe in your sincerity?
[Fish and Hamster – You Can’t Have Both]: That was the reason why I had to personally get in touch with you, Chairman. I really have some difficulties that I can’t reveal. If I could reveal myself, I would have gone to your human resource department long ago. There’s no need to beat around the bush to find you.
Yan Jin did not doubt that explanation. Most of the rules set by people were redundant in front of such capable talents. They would instead take the form of an obstacle. It was just that Yan Jin thought that this person who would not be satisfied with small gains, but when he saw that drawing, he realized that things weren’t as simple as he thought.
When it came to evaluating drawings, Yan Jin probably wasn’t as professional as his designers. But this time round, the struggle between YL and SI was not on a design competition – it was a fight over the same order. Instead of those artistic exhibitions, SI and YL could only select five drawings and present it to the client’s evaluation team for assessment. That requirement had put the designers to the test if they had understood their client’s request and experience, combining it with their own experience and expertise. From there on, they would have to create the ideal work of art.
The client’s request was very clear – all ten drawings would be proposal rings. Along with the client’s introduction of that era’s uniqueness, the last ten drawings would be very similar as a whole. But as for whose drawing would fulfill the client’s wants, that would be up to the individuals to vie for.
Yan Jin had seen Lin Zhou’s drawing. He did think that Lin Zhou’s piece was indeed the most perfect one, which was why he had thrown such a big temper tantrum at his subordinates.
Yet, this drawing before him was like lightning that streaked across the horizon, instantly lighting up Yan Jin’s eyes.
This is it. This was what the client wanted.
Yan Jin had such a feeling. He might not have the professional insight, but his instincts were very accurate.
He quickly called over his design director to look at the drawing. Other than similarly praising the designer to the high heavens, his director even gave an evaluation for Fish and Hamster – You Can’t Have Both – the designer for this drawing had to be a professional designer. Not only was he very experienced, he had the ability to bring forth new ideas. If this person wasn’t employed yet, then they had to grab this opportunity to pull him into YL.
In fact, there was no need for his director to specifically mention that, because Yan Jin also had thoughts on getting that person to come over as well. However, not being able to meet that person face-to-face really made him uneasy.
[Grey-white SS]: Why exactly caused you to be unwilling to reveal yourself? Could you be a fugitive?
[Fish and Hamster – You Can’t Have Both]: No no, I’m just…
Xiao Yu’s mind was stuck momentarily. In fact, he had not thought of an excuse as to why he could not reveal himself. Now that Yan Jin was demanding an explanation, he was even more unsure of how to answer him.
Time passed by gradually as Xiao Yu’s little head started to form imaginary sweat. He did not dare hesitate for too long, fearing that Yan Jin would suddenly regret everything and not collaborate with him.
In that split second, something that he had once heard before as a joke suddenly appeared in Xiao Yu’s mind. In this moment, Xiao Yu was set on trying anything out in a desperate situation.
[Fish and Hamster – You Can’t Have Both]: Actually, my real identity is the third generation of a wealthy family. After I abandoned my family, they froze all my bank cards, and if I can’t survive on my own –
[Fish and Hamster – You Can’t Have Both]: Then they’ll be grabbing me back to inherit all the vast wealth!!
Xiao Yu covered his eyes.
No way, no way, he cannot look at it. Anyone could tell that was a joke at with one glance, squeakkk!
[Grey-white SS]: ……
[Grey-white SS]: So that’s why. That’s understandable.
He. ACTUALLY. BELIEVED. IT!
Xiao Yu stared at Yan Jin’s reply in surprise. Those cheeks that were flushed red because of embarrassment immediately cooled down.
How could he believe such a ridiculous reason?
Yet Xiao Yu did not know that the reason why Yan Jin believed in such a seemingly ridiculous reason was because there were such examples that existed around him. And it wasn’t just one example. Sometimes, wealthy families would do things that average people wouldn’t understand, and hence Yan Jin who was within the wealthy circle did not feel that the explanation was weird.
If anything, it was not Yan Jin who had seen too much of it. It was poverty that had limited Xiao Yu’s imagination.
Such a pathetic conclusion.
[Grey-white SS]: Just to check, you’re an adult, right?
[Fish and Hamster – You Can’t Have Both]: Already twenty-five.
[Grey-white SS]: Then let’s restart our plan again.
A contract was the most secure way of protection. Initially, Yan Jin would never agree to such a weird request. But now that the situation was too unique, he had no choice but to give in.
Fish and Hamster – You Can’t Have Both’s design standards weren’t easy to evaluate for now. But just for this current order, his drawing would almost guarantee victory for them.
The competitors this time only involved YL and SI. Plus, it was not a publicized event. Yan Jin was not worried that Fish and Hamster – You Can’t Have Both would create trouble elsewhere. Yet, he feared that the moment he hesitated, this person might run over to SI.
Without a contract, there was no way to officially hire Fish and Hamster – You Can’t Have Both as a designer. The biggest risk was that they could not assure that this designer would always be supplying his drawings for YL. With the contract binding them, he could legally draw for YL as well as provide for SI without any issues. However, if he took a step back at this moment, Yan Jin could at least guarantee that this designer would be on YL’s side.
As for the future……
Yan Jin closed his eyes.
They could only see to it when the time came around.
[Grey-white SS]: YL will take this drawing. Give it a price. As for the follow-up matters, if you do plan on becoming YL’s designer, then you can say what are your requests are right now.
[Fish and Hamster – You Can’t Have Both]: I don’t need too much. Five hundred thousand for that piece would suffice. If possible, I hope you can transfer that money through a personal account and not through a corporate bank transfer. Otherwise, it might reveal my whereabouts.
[Grey-white SS]: That’s not an issue. Anything else?
[Fish and Hamster – You Can’t Have Both]: Nope, that’s all.
[Fish and Hamster – You Can’t Have Both]: Also, I can’t assist for every piece of drawing. I can only help out with the few crucial pieces. For example, the upcoming Autumn Season Conference, etc.
[Grey-white SS]: ……
Yan Jin controlled the suspicions and surprise in his heart and then offered a suggestion.
[Grey-white SS]: If you want money, I have a win-win solution. I’ll assign one of YL’s designers to be the representative for this drawing. The first authorship rights would be to you, and the second authorship rights would go to YL’s designer team. If there are other works in the future, we could follow this arrangement to plan out the details.
That was it!
Wasn’t this the way they handled the mystery designer in his previous life?! Xiao Yu always wondered why YL would always lead a different team in every single time! So, it turned out to be Yan Jin’s idea!
This was a successful plan!
Perhaps Yan Jin’s arrangement did not sound special and did not put Xiao Yu at any disadvantage. But in fact, because of this plan in his previous life, it made it difficult for everyone who was planning on investigating that mystery designer.
Everyone thought that the mystery designer was an employee of YL. No one would have guessed that the only person who had direct contact was Yan Jin. The term ‘design team’ was just a hoax. What was more annoying was that it even made a few unknown designers in YL become famous because of that arrangement. To add on to that, when people couldn’t differentiate who was the actual designer for a certain piece of work, on the contrary, it raised the awareness for YL.
Xiao Yu ridiculed Yan Jin’s scheming plots once again in his mind.
Suddenly, Xiao Yu regretted asking for only five hundred thousand for the drawing. That was nothing compared to all the revenue rolling in for Yan Jin.
Damn it. Why must he be generating money for Yan Jin?
Although there weren’t any personal grudges between him and Yan Jin, this person was that public enemy for all men! He could attend any random party or dinner and the moment he made an appearance; all the attention from the women would be drawn to him! Why must he let this jerk be so happy?!
However, Xiao Yu only grumbled for a while. After all, those drawings weren’t his to begin with. They belonged to that real ‘mystery designer’. If it were not for Xiao Yu’s interference, the actual person would have contacted Yan Jin. Xiao Yu did feel guilty about this incident. If he had gotten money using this method, that would make his conscience feel even more horrible.
Fine, just take it as Yan Jin got a good deal.
[Fish and Hamster – You Can’t Have Both]: Of course, go ahead.
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[Grey-white SS]: Then, glad to work with you?
[Fish and Hamster – You Can’t Have Both]: Glad to work with you. Glad to work with you.
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