Aria's Tales - 1.5
Their date ended with Mingyan escaping to her room.
Since Shen Yan had already decided to pursue her, he took advantage of her offer and slept at the room on the same floor as hers. In the morning, he woke up feeling refreshed. He hadn’t had a good sleep for a long time now.
He diligently made a simple breakfast: toasted slices of bread, fried eggs, and a glass of milk for Mingyan. Then he went to knock on her door. “Yanyan are you awake?” His hearing was very good. After a few moments, he heard a rustle behind the door and soft pats of steps coming over.
The door opened to reveal a sleepy Mingyan with an adorable bedhead while wearing shorts … again. Shen Yan focused his eyes on her face instead, but the dazed look of the newly awakened Mingyan did nothing to calm his heart. How long could he restrain himself?
He took a deep breath before fixing her curling hair. “Come eat breakfast. You have a recording to do don’t you?”
Mingyan absentmindedly nodded her head, not noticing the fact that he knew her schedule, and followed him downstairs obediently, tugging at his shirt. The dining room was fragrant with the smell of cooked eggs. The sun had yet to rise from the horizon, but the sky was already bright. The atmosphere as they ate was heartwarming.
Shen Yan hated the idea of losing it. To live his 8 years in the dark and never seeing even the faintest of light made him treasure these rare moments.
Shen Yan drove her to Brilliant Stars where the recording studio for her new song was located and gave her a kiss on the forehead as a goodbye. “Call me when you’re done.” He didn’t take no for an answer. Though Mingyan wouldn’t say no either.
Mingyan got out of the car feeling like she was about to fly. His kiss still lingered on her forehead as she quickly walked inside without looking back. Her face and ears were flushed red.
Shen Yan chuckled at her retreating figure. “Heartless,” he said, though his expression showed otherwise since he saw her red ears.
Mingyan only calmed down after walking a few steps away from the sliding door. Her blushing face disappeared, replaced by an indifferent look. She took a few deep breaths first before heading to the elevator. Behind her, a staff watched her quick change of expression weirdly.
The recording studio was located on the 16th floor. As she stepped into the room, a guy with blonde hair and blue arrogant eyes glanced at her. He was sitting on the couch in the corner while his legs were crossed. His demeanour looked a bit obnoxious.
“Who are you?” He asked in English.
The two other people in the room were panicking internally. Both of them looked like twins, with black hair and brown eyes and almost the exact same facial features. While the assistant – Mingyan assumed, that was standing beside the arrogant guy and had dark brown hair and blue eyes, gave a mocking smile.
Mingyan’s eyes didn’t have any ripple. She stared at him indifferently before spitting the words, “none of your business,” in fluent English.
The guy was, nevertheless, stunned. Don’t talk about how no one would ever retaliate against him in America. He was more surprised that this small Chinese girl knew how to speak in English, and fluently at that! The assistant was similarly stunned.
The twins applauded Mingyan happily. They didn’t even care if they were being disrespectful. They gratefully thanked her with sparkles in their eyes.
“What did you say?!” He still spoke in English and taunted Mingyan.
“Hey! I’m talking to you!”
Mingyan sat across and on the farthest part of the sofa. Hearing nothing. Seeing nothing.
“Fuck! are you deaf!?” Of course not. But he was truly pissed at being ignored. “Shit! I finally found someone who was fluent in English and you won’t even talk to me?!”
Still silence. And the twins were now trying to hold back their laughter.
“What are you laughing at?!”
Mingyan ignored everyone in the room right after that no matter what anyone said. Even the twins weren’t lucky enough to get her attention.
Finally, Hui Mingli came in with papers in his hand. When he saw his friend with an aggressive look on his face, his two audio engineers smirking, and his new artist with a blank look on her face, his eyebrows rose in interest.
“Alright let’s start -“
Before he could even continue his words, the blonde-haired guy suddenly raised his hand like how students would when they had a question.
Hui Mingli sighed helplessly. “Yes, Sam?”
Sam pointed his finger at Mingyan. “Who’s she?” This time, he spoke in broken Chinese.
The twins coughed furiously in surprise. Bastard! He gave us such a hard time when we spoke with broken English when he himself is not even fluent in Chinese?! Really hateful.
Mingyan thought so too. Even Daddy Gu, who she thought had a terrible accent, was better when speaking in Chinese.
Hui Mingli had already imagined what happened before he came. “She’s the main singer. And you,” he warned him with his eyes, “are supporting her with your rap.”
He sat down beside Mingyan and handed her the lyrics for the song, to which Mingyan quickly read.
Sam’s cheeks were puffed, showing his extreme dislike to this idea.
“You are not allowed to say anything before you even heard her sing.”
Sam choked back the words he had wanted to say. He turned his head to the side in a tantrum, then immediately looked back when he remembered. “Aren’t you going to introduce us?”
“You haven’t done so by yourselves?” Hui Mingli asked in exasperation.
“Blame her for ignoring us!”
Hui Mingli and the twins had the corner of their mouths twitching hearing his complaint spoken in his terrible accent. Hui Mingli coughed before turning to Mingyan.
“This brat here is Sam Wilscher.” Then he gestured to the twins. “The one on the left is Wang Li while the other is Wang Lu.”
“WHO ARE YOU CALLING BRAT?!”
Hui Mingli ignored him. “This girl is Gu Mingyan.”
Then he shoved another copy of the lyrics to Sam before the brat could continue with his noisy banters.
Sam murmured curses for a full two minutes before he finally reviewed his lyrics. He had already been prepared a few days earlier but as a professional artist, believe it or not, reviewing before the recording was never wrong.
Mingyan merely nodded before she went back to reading the lyrics. The song was beautiful in its own way. The rap was in English while the ballad was in Chinese. The song had an upbeat rhythm, but the lyrics were sensitive and needed strong emotions. Mingyan’s excitement was rising higher and higher as she read the lyrics twice, then thrice.
Mingyan: This is truly a case of a pie suddenly dropping right on top of me.
Lily: *tilts her head in confusion*
Mingyan: Hehe, we won’t even have to struggle for more than a year before we can set fire in both China and International! This Hui Mingli is definitely the real deal!
Lily: Yay! Do cookies drop too? Can I have cookies? *only understands literal meaning*
“Are you fine with starting today?” Hui Mingli’s voice brought Mingyan back to reality.
“Good. Then we’ll start today. If everything goes well, we should be done in a week.” Hui Mingli could have never imagined that they would be done sooner than that.
Mingyan was the first to enter in the recording room. She took the headphones hanging from behind the mic and placed it on her head. Then she positioned the lyrics on the music stand where it was easier for her to see. But she actually didn’t need it since she had a photographic memory and a mental camera that goes by the name of “Lily”.
Lily: Do you need me~?
Mingyang: Nope ~ *sends a flying kiss*
Mingyan signalled that she was ready to Hui Mingli from the other side of the room – since the wall had a large glass in between. Hui Mingli cued to the twins to start the music while Sam who was sitting, stood up to look. He wanted to see why Hui Mingli was so adamant on taking this new singer for his new masterpiece. He’s gambling! Isn’t he afraid she’s going to destroy his career?
The intro instrumental was a piano and a violin duet, and at this part, Sam was going to start the song so she waited for her part. Then, when the song shifted to the mixture of violin and subtle electro music, she sang her part.
“I don’t know who I am,
I don’t know why I exist,
But I’ll live for as long as I’m permitted.”
Mingyan couldn’t help but bring out her true emotions. She could relate to the song deeply because she had been having these thoughts for as long as she could remember. She had been transmigrating for thousands of years – or at least that was how long she remembered. Lily says she has been living for millions of years, but she argued that it was impossible.
She didn’t know who she was. She didn’t know why she was transmigrating from one world to another. She didn’t know where she came from.
There were too many memories inside her that Lily had to take some of them for safe keeping. But Lily wasn’t omnipotent. She too had a limit.
“Where am I heading?
Why am I here?
Is it too late to find my own home?”
She was too emotional. Mingyan didn’t realize her cheeks were wet with tears. She continued to sing her part, all the while having thoughts of her immortality.
The people on the other side had stopped moving. Their wide eyes fixed on the crying girl who was singing emotionally.
Hui Mingli had forgotten to stop her. Although even if he did remember, he might not have thought about stopping her either. He had always recorded his songs by chunks. Stopping the artist two or three times was already considered little in the professional circle. And Mingyan was about to do it in one take.
He had really underestimated this girl!
Sam was in a much worse situation than Hui Mingli. Some people fall in love at their first sight. But for Sam, whose white ears were deep red and whose heart was running a marathon, he had fallen once she started singing.
Wang Li and Wang Lu were operating the computers, but at this moment their hands froze midair as they stared at Mingyan in shock. They then looked at each other.
Do we need to do one more take? Wang Li asked his twin with his eyes.
You THINK we need one more take?
Un, that’s fair. But isn’t this a bit unreal?
You’re watching it AND hearing it. Do you need me to punch you for you to believe it?
Wang Li shook his head left and right. Okay, he believed it now.
After about four minutes, as the song was four minutes long, Mingyan finished her part and her streaming tears finally stopped. She took off the headphones and finally realized she had been crying when her fingers brushed her wet cheek.
She’s done it this time.
Mingyan: Shit!!! Lily, that wasn’t out of character right?!
Lily: It’s already been done…
Hui Mingli barged in before she could scold herself. He was beaming with happiness.
“That was great! Gu Mingyan you’re definitely a star!” He smiled from ear to ear with his perfectly-lined teeth exposed. His glee made it seemed like he just won the lottery. Well, in a way, he did won the lottery. But it was in the form of an audition.
Seeing that the songwriter himself was satisfied, Mingyan no longer dwelled on her OOC.
Mingyan doesn’t only show her emotions with she’s together with Shen Yan but also through songs. So she definitely was not out of character, right?!
She could only comfort herself this way. I didn’t OOC. I really didn’t ~
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