Rise of the Wasteland

Chapter 235


Chapter 235        I'm Really Not an Actor!


“Molecular biology is a concept proposed in the 1950s.”

"The theory will always exceed its practical application. There are so many theories that have been put forward from decades ago but they’ve yet to find any application for them."

“How old are you now? Which university did you graduate from?”

Feng Ruhai had been chatting with Zhou Qingfeng for more than half an hour and he was having a great time. However, he was instantly dumbfounded at the end when he heard that Zhou Qingfeng was just a high school graduate and was currently a vagrant. Nonetheless, his expression remained unchanged as he continued chatting to Zhou Qingfeng, but his inquiries gradually turned from detailed to general.

“It’s always good for young people out there like you to have a bit of ambition and aspiration. A low academic qualification is never a problem, as effort is the only element that can determine one’s level of success. Your current level is almost equal to that of a freshman medical student. Keep it up!” Feng Ruhai’s words seemed to be praising him, but Li Changmin, who sat on the other side, burst into laughter like he had just won. He laughed as if he had finally bounced back from the game.

Feng Ruhai did not stay for much longer or wait for his daughter to come back. He seemed to be quite tactful as he left right before Feng Wan came back. However, Li Changmin, for whatever reason, decided to tell Feng Wan that his father-in-law had just left a few minutes ago. He even told her some of Feng Ruhai’s words.

Feng Wan was instantly infuriated. She slammed her door when she entered her room.

“What happened?” Zhou Qingfeng was holding a copy of ‘Molecular Biology’ in his hand. The content of the book was a bit difficult and he could only understand it after reading a lot of relevant materials.

“What did you and that old bastard talk about?” Feng Wan sat down next to Zhou Qingfeng, grabbed his hand, and said, “He’s a very cunning person. Don’t fall for his trick.”

“It’s the first time I’ve met a daughter who calls her own dad a cunning person,” Zhou Qingfeng smiled at first before hugging Feng Wan. “Don’t worry. I’m not that easily fooled. Moreover, people who want to trick me usually end up pretty bad. However, I did learn something during my conversation with your father today. He advised me to not only read the book, but also the journal articles, including the articles from decades ago. I think his words do make sense.”

Feng Wan gradually felt better thanks to Zhou Qingfeng’s calmness. She soon realized that the books, which she had been collecting a few years, were all taken out by Zhou Qingfeng. She then asked, “My mother spent her life writing these books, but that old bastard took all the credit away from her in the end. Why did you move these books out from my storage?”

As Zhou Qingfeng was not familiar with Feng Wan’s family, he did not follow up with further questions. He answered, “I’ve been doing some smuggling business lately and understanding a lot of things is an important element to be successful in this area of business. I can carry on the business without knowing the practical skills of biology and medicine, but I must be able to know the content behind it.”

Feng Wan’s intuition told her that the man standing in front of him was just bluffing. She then took a poster out from her bag and handed it over to Zhou Qingfeng, “Take a look at this, what do you think about it?”

It was the poster of ‘Wasteland’ Part 1 and Victor Hugo’s handsome face was printed in the middle of the poster. Zhou Qingfeng instantly acted like a spoilt child and he threw himself at Feng Wan’s chest, “I really don’t know what’s happening. But I can swear to God that I’ve nothing to do with the movie.”

I really have nothing to with the movie… I'm only connected to the events behind the movie which means that I’m still technically correct.

Zhou Qingfeng looked at Feng Wan using his most sincere eyes, ”Have you ever seen an indecent actor like me before? Trust me, I’m just a smuggler.”

Feng Wan showed disbelief all over her face. She then said, “When Xu Rong told me that you’re a superstar, I was completely stunned. I thought to myself, There’s no way I’ll be so lucky… Superstar? Boyfriend? No way! But then I was quite happy at first and I had a good feeling about it.”

“However, as I gathered news about this movie for the past few days, I instantly realized that something was not right! I suddenly became paranoid again. I felt that you were just looking for someone to play with. There might even be some cameras hidden in the corner too and then someone will come to me and tell me one day that I’ve appeared on a celebrity variety show. By that time, there’s nothing I can do except fake a smile.”

Zhou Qingfeng could only embrace Feng Wan in his arms to try comforting her as the latter slowly burst into tears. Feng Wan threw herself at Zhou Qingfeng and said in tears, “I don't know why I’m crying… I’m just scared that you’ll ditch me one day in the future.”

All of a sudden, a scream can be heard from the living room, ‘What the f*ck, what the actual f*ck?!” Both Zhou Qingfeng and Feng Wan were shocked by the scream and after paying attention to the voice, they identified that the voice belonged to Li Changmin.

After a few seconds, there was a knock on the door and Li Changmin was yelling out loud outside the room, “Bro, bro, open your door. You’re on television. What’s your name again? Something Zhou, or Zhou something? Anyway, stop acting… I already know everything, you’re the superstar!”

Feng Wan was still crying at first, but when she heard what her ex-husband said, she instantly rolled her eyes at Zhou Qingfeng and said, “I almost fell for it once again. Go out and tell Li Changmin the exact same thing you told me. Do you think he’ll believe you? I know that you’re only acting… No wonder you’re a superstar.”

I’m really not an actor!

Zhou Qingfeng mourned what happened to him but there was nothing that he could do about it. However, Li Changmin was knocking on his door non-stop from the outside. Hence, he had no choice but to open the door.

When Zhou Qingfeng finally opened the door, he saw that Li Changmin, who was originally strong and bulky, was crouching as if he was serving the empress Cixi as Li Lianying, her personal bodyguard. Li Changmin grinned cheerfully, “Oh my God, I now finally understand why you’re driving the worn-out Pika. You’re just trying to enjoy your low-key luxury lifestyle. You truly have outstanding inner qualities.”

Seriously? Outstanding inner qualities? It’s just a vehicle that I randomly picked from Wasteland.

Zhou Qingfeng was literally speechless. How should I explain to him? I don’t think my explanation will be useful anymore!

“You don’t need to explain anything. I’ve already understood everything.” Li Changmin pointed at the television in the living room, which was playing a variety entertainment program. Several guests were discussing ‘Wasteland’ and its actor, “In order to increase its mysterious intensity and ticket sales, you guys are required to sign the confidentiality agreement and are not allowed to identify yourself in public. Am I right?”

There’s no way he’ll trust what I’ve just said to Feng Wan.

Zhou Qingfeng racked his brains but still, he failed to come up with a plan. Hence, he waved his hand and said, “Yes, you’re right. I am the main protagonist. I purposely hid in this city of Tianyang to avoid media.”

“I was lucky enough to meet Sister Wan by chance, but I really do love her and I don’t want to see she get hurt. So, I need you to keep this secret for me.”

“I knew it!” Li Changmin was extremely proud of himself as all his guesses were spot-on. He then tried to pull Zhou Qingfeng closer to him. He wanted to improve his relationship with Zhou Qingfeng so that he could gain some benefits from him in the future. All of a sudden, the doorbell of the house rang.

Just like how Li Changmin knocked on the room door a few minutes ago, the voice from outside of the house appeared to be extremely hurried as well. Li Changmin reluctantly went to open the door and it turned out that Feng Ruhai, who had just left the house around half an hour ago, had returned like a gust of wind.

Feng Ruhai’s white hair was in complete disorder and his initial calmness had gone as well. When he saw Zhou Qingfeng, he swiftly walked towards him and shook his hand, “Good boy, you’re indeed a good actor. I would’ve been fooled by you if it weren’t for the man downstairs that promoted the movie.”

“You’ve been acting even before I entered the house, right? You’re indeed an internationally renowned movie star! Interesting, interesting! I’m extremely satisfied, and I hereby approve your relationship with my daughter!”

Li Changmin originally wanted to butter Zhou Qingfeng up, but he immediately realized that his skills were still far away from his old father-in-law. Feng Ruhai had successfully beaten Li Changmin to it by approving the relationship between Zhou Qingfeng and his daughter.

This time around, Zhou Qingfeng was on the verge of going crazy. He yelled in silence, What the hell… I’m really not an actor!

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