Chapter 6: Returning to the Position of Top Model
Of course not, the timing isn't right!
Mo Ting knew what she was thinking, so he grabbed the phone and handed it to her. Tangning did not step aside to take the phone call, instead, she confidently pressed the answer button, right in front of Mo Ting.
"Tangning, where are you right now?"
"I was afraid the reporters would find me, so I found a place to hide," Tangning replied calmly.
"So, you're saying you aren't aware of the incident with Long Jie?" Han Yufan asked in a patient tone.
"What's wrong with Long Jie? The place I have hidden in is quite remote, so I haven't been able to keep up with what's happening on the outside, what happened?" Tangning tried her best to sound curious.
"Thanks to your manager, Tianyi is now in a mess. Return to the office first, I'm going to arrange for you to hold a press conference. Tangning, I am depending on you to clear Tianyi's name."
Press conference? More like another opportunity for him to throw the blame on Tangning...
Did he really think she was still that naive?
Tangning hung up the phone in disgust, when suddenly Mo Ting began to speak, "I've already saved my number in your phone. Anytime you need me, give me a call and let me know what you want to do."
"Thank you, Mo Ting..."
"You shouldn't be calling me that..." Mo Ting unfolded his legs and pulled Tangning to his side, "Call me something else...or I won't let you go."
Tangning blushed as she whispered shyly, "h...hubby..." A rare smile appeared on Mo Ting's face.
"Come on, I'll drop you off at work. Remember what you promised...don't get too close to another man."
Tangning knew exactly what Mo Ting was referring to. She responded with a reassuring smile and a hopeful look in her eyes for Mo Ting to trust her. Mo Ting's heart skipped a beat. Between the two of them, there was nothing more to say.
In just 40 minutes, Mo Ting had successfully driven Tangning to a location close to Tianyi Entertainment. As the King of Entertainment, he knew all the deepest, darkest secrets of the industry. Hence, he was curious as to how Tangning intended on turning the tables to retrieve her position as top model.
Tangning knew what she was getting herself into. It was clear that this was a game where she had to keep her cards hidden, whilst her enemies had already laid their cards on the table. If she couldn't change the outcome even after swapping out her entire hand, then she would have to admit defeat.
After stepping out of Mo Ting's car, she accessed the building through a secret walkway. As soon as the staff spotted Tangning, the room was filled with mixed reactions of disgust, hate and mockery; as if they were sure Long Jie's revelations were all under Tangning's directions.
Tangning pretended not to notice. She walked over to Han Yufan's room and pushed open the door as her gaze met the back of Han Yufan's head.
"You're back..." Han Yufan turned around holding back his anger.
"Tell me, what happened?"
"Tangning, are you certain you don't know about the incident with Long Jie?" Han Yufan threw the newspaper reports in front of Tangning. He questioned her angrily, "If she didn't receive orders from you, how would she be brave enough to do this?"
"Yufan, we are about to get married, why would I do something like this? Wouldn't that be pushing you away?" Tangning choked on her words as she looked at him innocently.
"Then, how do you explain why you placed the Crown's Star on your ankle at the show? You knew very well, that the biggest difference between you and Yurou are your legs..."
Tangning looked at Han Yufan as he interrogated her. She thought back on the multiple times that Han Yufan had protected Mo Yurou in the same way. She once thought it was all because he was trying to protect his own growing career, so she was willing to endure being wronged and allowed him to stick up for another person. But from the looks of it now, the only person he wanted to protect all along had solely been Mo Yurou.
"At the time, I had no way of wearing the Crown's Star on anywhere but my ankles. Mo Yurou's assistant was also present, you can ask him."
"I asked him already and he said you had made the decision yourself..." Han Yufan pressed on.
"Yufan, I am your fiancee, yet you choose to believe an outsider?" Tangning faked a look of disappointment as she continued to observe Han Yufan's reactions, "Yesterday...we were supposed to be signing our wedding papers."
"It's too late to say anything now, the damage is done. hf has already notified the court of their intention to sue Tianyi for breaching the contract and thanks to your manager, the public's negative reactions towards Tianyi are now getting worse and worse. You need to take responsibility for this." Han Yufan looked down at Tangning condescendingly. He gave off the aura of an almighty god passing judgment.
"You will be my wife soon, I don't want my wife to hurt my career. That's why...Tangning, for the sake of Tianyi, you have the responsibility to step out and explain to the public the entire mess was created by your manager for hype and has nothing to do with Tianyi..."
"Admitting that my manager was responsible is just like admitting I was responsible! Weren't you the one that called me to hastily substitute Mo Yurou?" Tangning cried, "Yufan, is it because I am to marry you, that I should be sacrificed?"
"I don't care. Being recognized was your fault." As soon as those words left his lips, Han Yufan must have felt he had gone too far. He quickly calmed down and reached out his arms to give Tangning a hug, however, she retaliated by pushing him away. "Tangning, I was just getting a bit impatient. Just this once...after we are married, I promise to treat you well..."
Of course, Tangning held back her tears and nodded, "I am doing this, not because I admit to creating this mess, it is because I want to protect your career. But, there will be no next time!"
"Yes...I promise, there will be no next time!"
In actual fact, Han Yufan knew Tangning would fall for it again next time. Especially after they were married, according to Tangning's character, she would be easily controlled by him.
"The press conference will be this afternoon at 3pm. We will have a meeting in a minute to go over your script."
Tangning stopped crying and forced herself to look into Han Yufan's eyes like always. But, as soon as she left the room, her eyes swept over with a cold gaze.
She couldn't immediately forget the jerk, but, she was going to stick by her decisions.
There was no way she was going to take on the blame for Han Yufan's wrongdoings again.
After thinking carefully, she returned to her own room and phoned her manager, "Long Jie, Han Yufan is trying to use me as a shield."
"Ha ha! Tangning, tell me what you want me to do." Her manager was full of fighting spirit.
"3pm. I will announce I created the mess and apologize. Afterwards...I want you to anonymously release photos of Han Yufan and Mo Yurou being affectionate in the hospital..."
"Ha ha, sure! I've even thought up of a great headline 'Exposed! Tianyi's boss has multiple affairs: The Biggest Cheating Scum!'"
Tangning couldn't help but respond with a laugh, before she began to apologize, "Sorry, Long Jie, for dragging you into all this."
"Tangning, as long as you have made the decision to start afresh, I will help you return to being the top model. In fact, not only that, I will help you become...an international supermodel!"
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