About Eve (1) by Carina Lee
a young man was cycling his way home. His name was Yi Xiang Zhe (Jang
Dong Gun) and the son of the chairman of MBS TV and radio station. From
his telephone messages, he received news of his mother death.
On the other side, Hsu Ying Mei (Kim So Yeon) father has also just died.
Her mother had abandoned her when she was very young and she had to
live with her drunkard father. She hated the injustice of life. Gui
Cheng came up to Ying Mei to offer his condolences on behalf of his
company but Ying Mei replied him with sarcastic remarks. She had felt
that the company had been responsible for her father death.
Gui Cheng was a widower and good friends with Zhen Shu who was a widow
herself. Gui Cheng has a daughter, Shan Mei (Chae Rim), though plain
looking, was very kind and sweet natured. She has been childhood friends
with Zhen Shu son, You Zhen (Han Jae Suk). Shan Mei was innocent and
cheerful but tend to cry over little things.
After her father funeral, Ying Mei burnt all his father things and vowed
to start anew in life. She decided to move to Seoul and study Mass Communications
at the University. Gui Cheng sympathised with Ying Mei and arranged
for her to stay at You Zhen workplace temporarily. However, Ying Mei
past was not as innocent as it seemed. Her gangster ex-boyfriend, Pei
Ren Xiu, kept pestering her.
At his mother funeral back home in Seoul, Xiang Zhe was crying bitterly.
He had rushed back from London where he had been studying. He recalled
his childhood days when his mother taught him piano and his mother cries
and pleas when his dad abandoned them for another woman. After the funeral,
Xiang Zhe was packing his luggage, intending to return to London immediately.
He had no wish to stay in this home for another minute. His father tried
to ask him to stay but was rendered speechless by his harsh words. Xiang
Zhe hated his father, who, for his own career, married her mother into
a loveless marriage. Her mother had spent her lifetime pining for her
husband love. Xiang Zhe vowed never to follow in his father's footsteps.
At this time, his step-mother walked towards them with his young step-brother.
Xiang Zhe felt disgusted and left without his luggage.
At the pub, Xiang Zhe met up with his childhood friend, Yong Xi, who
had been secretly in love with him since young. Yong Xi has just become
a news broadcaster with MBS and was feeling great pressure in her work.
Xiang Zhe expressed his envy in Yong Xi ability to fulfill her own dream.
Xian Da, another friend of theirs, also a news broadcaster, came by.
He tried to persuade Xiang Zhe to forgive his father to no avail.
Ying Mei was gradually getting to know You Zhen and Shan Mei better.
She envied Shan Mei for her good fortune and decided to stoop to unscrupulous
means to get what she wanted.
This day, You Zhen and his friend, Jun Mao, took Shan Mei, Ying Mei
and Zhao Di to the broadcast station. On seeing Yong Xi, Ying Mei expressed
her excitement as one of the former fans. Thus, Yong Xi and Xian Da
brought them on a tour to the broadcast studio. Ying Mei sudden impromptu
performance in the broadcaster seat caught everyone attention.
Ying Mei decided to work hard to realise her dream of becoming a MBSnews
broadcaster. All along, Shan Mei had been envious of the beautiful and
intelligent Ying Mei. Ying Mei stunning performance earlier at the studio
had led her to greater motivation in life, one that promised excitement
in life! Secretly in front of their mirrors, the two girls rehearsed
their lines. Their dreams have started to fly!
About Eve (2) by Carina Lee
Zhen Shu discovered
that Gui Cheng had brought Ying Mei to stay at You Zhen work studio
and scolded him for his tactlessness. Shan Mei, who had been secretly
in love with You Zhen, felt bitter on hearing the news. But she decided
to remain silent to avoid adding to his father worries.
At the university, Ying Mei was spreading rumours of her being the daughter
of a Minister and that she was invited to stay with Shan Mei family
because Gui Cheng owed her father money. An angry Shan Mei questioned
Ying Mei only to be challenged by her instead.
Gui Cheng asked Xian Da to source for a working opportunity for Shan
Mei at the TV station but You Zhen recommended Ying Mei for the job
instead. Shan Mei felt upset but You Zhen said he was just trying to
help Ying Mei earn more money to pay for her school fees. Shan Mei tried
to reveal her feelings to You Zhen only to get interrupted by him. Later,
Xian Da also got a working opportunity for Shan Mei but Ying Mei went
around telling classmates that she was the one who had asked Xian Da
to look for a job for Shan Mei.
Yong Xi was in London on an overseas broadcasting assignment and called
Xiang Zhe. She was pleasantly surprised when Xiang Zhe visited her when
she was working. At night, Xiang Zhe doorbell rang but he found no one
at the door. It was actually Yong Xi playing a prank on him. Xiang Zhe
brought Yong Xi out for a tour of the city lights. Confronted with Yong
Xi confession of her feelings for him, Xiang Zhe could only tell her
he did not know what true love was.
Shan Mei and Ying Mei were attacked by gangsters on their way home.
Ying Mei sensed that the gangsters were after her and not wanting Shan
Mei to know of her dark background, she told Shan Mei to run off without
her. While Ying Mei tried to escape, she was stopped by Pei Ren Xiu,
her gangster ex-boyfriend. By this time, Shan Mei found You Zhen and
was scolded by him for leaving Ying Mei in the lurch. Ying Mei was rescued
and fainted in You Zhen arms.
Shan Mei brought them back to her house. Out of Shan Mei sight, Ying
Mei turned on her charms and flirted with You Zhen. You Zhen succumbed
to her flirtations and hugged her in his arms. This scene was seen by
Shan Mei outside the door. She forced on a smile and told Ying Mei that
what herself and You Zhen shared was purely sibling love and that the
latter could go ahead and love You Zhen. She then asked You Zhen to
take good care of Ying Mei. On hearing this, a victorious smile spread
across Ying Mei face. In her room, Shan Mei could not contain her grief
anymore and cried bitterly over her lost love.
Trying to settle her confusing feelings, Shan Mei decided to visit London
where her aunt lived and at the same time, take up an English course
at Cambridge University.
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At the library
in Cambridge. Because of her less-than-perfect English, Shan Mei was
having difficulties communicating to the librarian. Angry with herself,
she voiced out her frustrations in her native Korean language. Little
did she realise that her actions had attracted the attention of a young
man reading behind her.
At the traffic lights. The green lights were on and Xiang Zhe started
his car. He was shocked when he saw a girl walking aimlessly across
the road before his car. He tried to brake his car but Shan Mei was
still knocked down before him.
Fortunately, Xiang Zhe was able to apply emergency brakes in the nick
of time. Shan Mei was not injured seriously and left the hospital in
the company of Xiang Zhe. He reminded Shan Mei to come back for follow-up
checkup. Shan Mei did not let him see her home and they went off their
Although far away in London, Shan Mei thoughts were still back home
with You Zhen. She tried to call him but no one answered the phone.
You Zhen was basking in a blissful relationship with Ying Mei and seldom
at home nowadays. Ying Mei deliberately deleted Shan Mei voice messages
to You Zhen before he could hear them. One day, Shan Mei tried to call
You Zhen, only to have the call picked up by Ying Mei. Ying Mei boasted
of her intimate relationship with You Zhen. When You Zhen came over
to learn that Ying Mei had put down Shan Mei call, he was a little puzzled
but this was quickly brushed off under Ying Mei gentle smile.
One day, while chatting with her classmate after class, Shan Mei saw
Xiang Zhe waiting for her, waving a letter he had collected on her behalf.
As they sat down for a drink at a sidewalk caf Shan Mei glanced through
the letter and crumpled it. Xiang Zhe was surprised at her reaction.
He invited her to dinner but she declined. Once again, she said her
goodbye to Xiang Zhe.
At night, Shan Mei helped out in her aunt restaurant. As she was busy
serving the dishes, a customer walked in. On seeing Shan Mei, both were
shocked it was Xiang Zhe! It turned out that Xiang Zhe was a regular
customer of this restaurant and knew Shan Mei aunt well. Having met
on a few coincidental occasions, Xiang Zhe and Shan Mei felt especially
friendly towards each other. They chatted happily and Xiang Zhe drove
Shan Mei home in his car.
However, once Shan Mei reached home, she was engulfed by her grief again.
She took out the crumpled letter sent from You Zhen but the contents
in the letter saddened her. Ying Mei had not lied to her. You Zhen was
now really on close terms with Ying Mei. They had typed the letter to
Shan Mei together and inside the letter, were photos they took together.
She felt sad that You Zhen had not cared for her for the letter contents
were all about himself and Ying Mei.
One afternoon in the campus, Xiang Zhe saw Shan Mei revising her English
alone and went over to chat with her. He offered to help correct her
pronunciation and Shan Mei offered to share her lunch with him. As they
were chatted, Shan Mei reached for her lunch box, only to find it empty.
Xiang Zhe had unknowingly finished her lunch! Shan Mei chided Xiang
Zhe for knocking her down with his car while she was in deep thoughts
and now, even finishing her lunch. Xiang Zhe felt embarrassed and rebutted
Shan Mei that there wasn much food in the lunch box anyway. He offered
to repay Shan Mei by buying her something.
At the shop, Xiang Zhe tried a cap on Shan Mei. A shy Shan Mei replied
that she seldom wear caps. Xiang Zhe playfully said that he was just
trying the cap size for her girlfriend. Not to be bullied, Shan Mei
too tried a cap on Xiang Zhe. Xiang Zhe was bemused at her actions and
asked if she was buying the cap for her boyfriend. Shan Mei happily
replied that she was buying it for her beloved father. Xiang Zhe seemed
surprised at the close relationship Shan Mei shared with her father.
In the end, he bought the cap for Shan Mei and told her to wear it in
the mean time since he had no girlfriend yet.
By this time, Ying Mei was already clinging on to You Zhen. However,
she could not shake herself free of Pei Ren Xiu. She was forced by him
to entertain clients at the nightclub.
Early morning, Shan Mei was strolling in the campus when she heard beautiful
music. She followed the music and realised that Xiang Zhe was playing
the piano. Unable to contain her curiosity, she began to observe Xiang
Zhe from behind the door. But Xiang Zhe had already discovered her presence
and invited her in to sing a song. As he played the piano, Shan Mei
commented that the music was very melodious. Suddenly, Xiang Zhe changed
the tune to an upbeat one. What surprised Shan Mei was that Xiang Zhe
began to sing along to the tune
In London, Xiang Zhe brought Shan Mei around. The two of them had an
enjoyable time enjoying leisure boat rides, shopping and watching performances
and all troubles seemed so far away.
Back in Seoul, You Zhen was already smitten with Ying Mei. This day,
he was developing some photos when Ying Mei came to look for him, dressed
skimpily with heavy makeup on. Ying Mei had just returned home after
working at the nightclub. Just as You Zhen was beginning to accept her
explanation, his mother, Zhen Shu, appeared. On seeing her son alone
together at night with an indecently dressed Ying Mei, Zhen Shu burst
into flames of anger.
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Shan Mei and
Xiang Zhe were spending more and more time together. With Xiang Zhe,
Shan Mei felt totally at ease and found no need to hide her feelings.
She would confide in him her deep feelings for You Zhen. Each time,
Xiang Zhe would lend her a listening ear, smilingly encourage her with
kind words and offer her a handkerchief when she cried.
This day, Ying Mei bought some food and decided to cook dinner for You
Zhen, Zhen Shu and Gui Cheng. This was also her way of pacifying Zhen
Shu. When she went into Shan Mei room, she couldn help but feel envious
of Shan Mei for the many beautiful accessories and clothes she knew
she could never afford. She was trying on Shan Mei dress when she bumped
into Zhen Shu. Zhen Shu was furious as Ying Mei was wearing the dress
she had bought for Shan Mei on her birthday. On hearing this, Ying Mei
took off the dress on the spot. However, she later told You Zhen that
his mother had ordered her to strip immediately. Zhen Shu was rendered
speechless when You Zhen angrily confronted her on the matter. And in
faraway London, Shan Mei would cry everytime she recalled the scene
of You Zhen holding Ying Mei in his arms.
Time flew and it was time for Shan Mei to return home to Seoul after
her holidays. On the night before her departure, Xiang Zhe took her
to a high-class restaurant for dinner. There, he encouraged her to reveal
her feelings to You Zhen when she returned. From their conversation,
Xiang Zhe incidentally knew that Shan Mei mother had died when she was
very young. But Shan Mei did not feel in any way less fortunate because
she had the love of her father. Shan Mei love for her parents once again
left a deep impact in Xiang Zhe mind.
Xiang Zhe went to the airport to see Shan Mei off. Although they had
known each other for only a short period of time, they had built a very
strong friendship between them. Xiang Zhe had bought a necklace for
Shan Mei to give it to the benefactor she had often talked about Ying
Mei, hoping that this would help improve her relationship with the latter.
He once again encouraged her to bare her feelings to You Zhen.
Shan Mei jokingly asked Xiang Zhe if he had prepared any gift for her.
Xiang Zhe replied that knowing him is the best gift he had for her.
Shan Mei presented Xiang Zhe with a gift and when he unwrapped the gift,
he was bemused to find a Peter Rabbit ornament. Laughing, he asked Shan
Mei if she thought the gift was suitable for him. Shan Mei innocently
replied that the gift was suitable for her!
At the departure gate, Xiang Zhe half jokingly imitated the English
way of saying farewell. He hugged and lightly kissed Shan Mei before
waving her goodbye and watch her disappear into the crowd. He was beginning
to miss her already
Zhen Shu came to pick Shan Mei up at the airport and they were both
thrilled to see each other. However, Shan Mei also quickly saw You Zhen
and Ying Mei behaving intimately together. She presented You Zhen with
the watch she had chosen carefully for him and hinted her feelings.
This time, You Zhen did not try to deny his relationship with Ying Mei
as he did in the past but told Shan Mei clearly that he had fallen in
love with Ying Mei. Shan Mei could only put on a weak smile and left.
Back at home, she broke down and cried uncontrollably. She tried to
call Xiang Zhe in London but he was not around. In her grief, she left
a message for him saying "What you said was of no use at all!"
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At the university,
Shan Mei and Ying Mei auditioned to host their campusAutumn Celebrations.
The successful candidate would not only receive a study scholarship
but more importantly, this signified a very good learning experience
for the two broadcaster-wannabes.
In the first round of audition, Shan Mei confident and impromptu interview
session with one of the judges, Yong Xi, received rounds of warm applause
from the audience. Ying Mei also scored high marks with her speech on
being a successful broadcaster. Both went through to the final round
of the audition. Here, candidates would be asked to deliver a live broadcast
throughout the university and the winner will be decided by studentsvoting.
Ying Mei performance was outstanding but students felt that her theme
was too dull. In contrast, Shan Mei light-hearted approach to one of
studentsbiggest concerns - examinations - brought on loud cheers. In
the end, Shan Mei garnered the majority of the votes and won hands down.
Happy that she had won Ying Mei by her own efforts, she wrote a letter
to Xiang Zhe telling him of the good news.
Ying Mei harboured a deep grudge against Shan Mei after losing out to
her. She secretly took away Shan Mei bag while she was rehearsing at
the campus hall and replaced her makeup remover solution with nail polish
remover. By accident, Shan Mei friend, Zhao Di, used it and her whole
face became swollen. Shan Mei remembered Ying Mei suspicious look earlier
on and instantly understood how the whole matter came about. She rebuked
Ying Mei her for her wickedness only to be challenged by her. The two
got into a fight and was only later to be separated by You Zhen. Ying
Mei began to sob and pretended wanting to leave but You Zhen hugged
her. He comforted Ying Mei and demanded that Shan Mei apologise immediately.
Faced with You Zhen mistrust, Shan Mei went away crying.
Shan Mei outstanding performance as the host at the first part of the
University Autumn Celebrations received rave response from the audience.
This incurred the jealousy of Ying Mei. She lied that Gui Cheng was
seriously injured in a car accident and sent off an anxious Shan Mei
to the hospital. As a result, she replaced Shan Mei as the host for
the second half the performance. On the way to the hospital, Shan Mei
received a call from Gui Cheng saying that he had only suffered a few
scratches and told her to return to the campus. When Shan Mei later
returned, she saw Gui Cheng congratulating Ying Mei for her good performance
and presented her with the flowers initially intended for herself. She
exposed Ying Mei doings but not even her own father believed her.
Zhen Shu was getting worried of You Zhen relationship with Ying Mei
and once again reminded him to stay away from her. But her kind words
fell on deaf ears and You Zhen quarrelled with her. Later, Zhen Shu
got into a quarrel with Ying Mei when the latter came to look for You
Zhen to celebrate her birthday. In the heat of the quarrel, she slapped
Ying Mei. You Zhen saw this and he led Ying Mei away. Ying Mei angrily
said she wanted to break off with him but he confessed his feelings
for her. They went for drinks and You Zhen got drunk. Seeing this, Ying
Mei decided to
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You Zhen did
not return home for the whole night. When Shan Mei received news of
this, she went over to comfort a worried Zhen Shu. The next morning,
You Zhen found himself sleeping in the same bed with Ying Mei and promised
to take care of her forever. Zhen Shu could not accept this fact and
cried leaving after a heated quarrel with You Zhen and Ying Mei.
At the university, Ying Mei once again boasted of her intimate relationship
with You Zhen in front of Shan Mei. Shan Mei left trying to hide her
tears. She went to the supermarket but couldn fight the urge to visit
You Zhen on the way. Like what she always did in the past, she prepared
dinner for him and left his house. You Zhen couldn bear to see Shan
Mei like this and asked her not to treat him so well. As Shan Mei walked
on, she cried bitterly. She wrote a long letter to Xiang Zhe telling
him her feelings and how she missed having him by her side.
What Shan Mei did not know was that, at this moment, Xiang Zhe had just
came back to Seoul after completing his studies in London. Xian Da and
Yong Xi picked him up at the airport. As they were happily reminiscing
the past and leaving the airport together, they were stopped by men
sent by Xiang Zhe father. It turned out that his father had fallen seriously
ill and was now at the hospital. Even though Xiang Zhe vowed not to
bother himself with this man anymore, he was afterall still his father.
Looking at his father pale face, Xiang Zhe was overwhelmed by his emotions
and held his hand tightly. Outside the hospital ward, Xiang Zhe saw
his step-mother and step-uncle. The latter is now the Assistant Director
of MBS TV station. Xiang Zhe sensed the immediate need to put up his
defence around this man. He did not take heed to his verbal testing
and left with Xian Da and Yong Xi.
Xian Da told Xiang Zhe that his step-uncle joined MBS after his father
condition took a turn for the worse. His step-uncle had acted a step
faster because Xiang Zhe father had wanted him to take over the business
once he returned home from his studies. Xian Da further reminded Xiang
Zhe that the MBS TV station was a legacy left behind by his mother and
now, he was the only one who could protect this inheritance. He believed
Xiang Zhe would make the right decision.
Early morning, as Shan Mei was strolling in the park, she suddenly heard
whistles coming from the woods. Turning around and to her utmost surprise,
it was Xiang Zhe! She ran over and hugged him, practically hung herself
onto him and asked him a whole string of questions, "When did you
come back?" "Did you miss me?" Her actions embarrassed
Xiang Zhe and he jokingly chided her for having such a loud voice. Like
what they did in the past in London, they had a small picnic on the
lawn and Shan Mei updated Xiang Zhe her latest happenings. Looking at
Shan Mei, Xiang Zhe told her she had a beautiful smile and proceeded
to take a photo of that smile with his eyes. He casually walked towards
her and put his arms around her shoulders. "Come right into my
arms if You Zhen makes you sad again." he said. Shan Mei thought
he was joking with her again and laughed heartily.
Ying Mei received some treatment at the hospital for her menstrual pains
but deliberately led You Zhen to believe that she had aborted their
child. She then called Zhen Shu saying that she had decided to break
off with You Zhen and asked her to her house to help her persuade You
Zhen. At her careful planning, Zhen Zhu got to know of Ying Mei bortion
She could not take the shock and vented her anger at You Zhen. Ying
Mei pretended to faint and You Zhen scolded his mother cruelty for not
accepting her. After much deliberation, Zhen Shu decided to accept Ying
Mei for You Zhen sake. She told Shan Mei of You Zhen and Ying Mei impending
marriage. This news hurt Shan Mei too much. She went to her room and
cried on her bed. The next day when she saw them together, all she could
do was to force on a bitter smile.
Shan Mei felt better after meeting up with Xiang Zhe and even made fun
him having a potbelly now since he had been so free after returning
from London. However, Xiang Zhe was still quite worried about Shan Mei
as he sensed something was not right with her. For one, she had straightened
her once doll-like curly hair. As evening beckoned, Shan Mei looked
at the sunset and seemed to be overcome by emotions. She asked Xiang
Zhe who was standing behind her to take a photo of her with his eyes
from where he was standing. She had decided to forget everything from
then onwards but hoped Xiang Zhe would remember everything for her.
As Xiang Zhe gave her his promise, she faced the waters and shouted
out all her grief and frustrations. As she cried, she shouted, "You
Zhen, you must find happiness!" Xiang Zhe stood behind, watching
Xiang Zhe finally started his job as Director of Planning & Projects,
the position that yielded the highest decision-making authority at MBS
TV station. At this same time, Ying Mei and Shan Mei were both shortlisted
for the MBS broadcastersaudition after a few rounds of initial tests.
On the day before the audition, Ying Mei received a gift from his ex-boyfriend,
Pei Ren Xiu. Shan Mei also received a brooch carefully chosen by Xiang
Zhe for good luck. He secretly went to watch Shan Mei audition and as
he looked on her performance, he smiled to himself.
Finally, both Ying Mei and Shan Mei were successfully recruited into
MBS. Both their dreams have started to fly!
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Ying Mei and
Shan Mei rigorous training in MBS began. At the same time, Xiang Zhe
was busy with collaborative plans to produce a series of children education
programmes with England BBC. Since this had always been his step-uncle
portfolio, this would signify their first sparring on the business table.
While touring MBSpremises, Shan Mei was delighted to meet up with her
old classmate, Zhao Di, who was also now employed with MBS as a dubbing
artiste. Ying Mei wanted to keep her relationship with You Zhen under
wraps at the office but the latter refused. A quarrel ensued between
them. Shan Mei got news of their quarrel from her father and Zhen Shu.
As they walked home after a gathering with the colleagues, Shan Mei
told Ying Mei that she had gotten over You Zhen and hoped that the latter
would treat You Zhen better. In the taxi, Shan Mei took out the photo
she took with You Zhen, and tears flowed down her cheeks. She crumpled
the photo, thought of tearing it up but couldn bear to do so.
After a meeting, Xiang Zhe was walking along the corridors with his
other colleagues. Suddenly, he heard a familiar voice and stopped in
his stride. He walked over to a room where the voices came from and
looked in. Sure enough, it was Shan Mei. She was practising hard for
a very important three minutes broadcast test. Her stomach growled and
she mumbled to herself to practise for another half an hour before taking
a break. Looking at her, Xiang Zhe couldn help but smile. Later, when
she returned to the room after a visit to the washroom, she found a
paper bag on the table. In it was a sandwich, a drink and a small card
with the words, "Shan Mei, have a rest before continuing. Will
always support you. Keep it up!" It was signed off as "Y"
(as in Yi, Xiang Zhe surname). She was surprised and went out to the
corridor but could not find anyone there.
The three minutes broadcast test was due to begin in no time. As Ying
Mei practised, she overheard Shan Mei talking to Zhao Di next door,
mentioning that a lot of effort was put into writing her script. An
evil thought grew in her mind and she immediately dialed Shan Mei handphone.
Shan Mei thought someone from the broadcast centre was looking for her
and rushed off. Before going off, she asked Zhao Di to look at her script
for her. Ying Mei then made use of the time when Zhao Di visited the
washroom to tear up Shan Mei script into bits. When Shan Mei later returned
to the room, she was shocked to see her script in tattered bits on the
floor. Without the script, she felt very nervous during the test and
her performance was marred. On the contrary, Ying Mei did very well.
Although Shan Mei understood that the road to success would not be a
smooth one, this failure was too sudden and she wasn prepared at all.
It was a big blow to her and she realised that she wasn at all strong
as she thought herself to be. She was crying alone when her handphone
rang. Xiang Zhe could sense that she had been crying from the tone in
her voice but she denied. He arranged to meet up with her after work
and hanged up before she could refuse. At this time, Xiang Zhe step-uncle
walked into the his office and said that he had already started working
on a children programme which Xiang Zhe had also intentions of producing.
They decided to make formal presentations of their proposals to let
the management heads decide at the meeting.
After work, Shan Mei was walking out of the office when she saw Xiang
Zhe, dressed in casual wear and spotting sunglasses, waiting for her.
She wasn in the mood to go out with him, but in her heart, she was deeply
touched by Xiang Zhe concern. Knowing Shan Mei childlike character and
that she would feel fine in no time, Xiang Zhe decided to bring her
to the amusement park. As they enjoyed themselves, Shan Mei forgot her
troubles and went around walking and shopping with Xiang Zhe, just like
old times back in Londonfter they left the amusement park, Shan Mei
was already feeling much better and Xiang Zhe was relieved to see her
smile again. As they sat side by side, Shan Mei commented that all the
good things in life were free, including her father, her aunt, the summer
sea, the white clouds, the twinkling stars, the soft breeze, beer and
a few dishes and of course, Xiang Zhe friendship. Xiang Zhe laughingly
replied that the man to marry Shan Mei in future would really be very
fortunate, as he would be able to provide her with all the good things
in life without spending any money.
As they chatted, Shan Mei was puzzled why Xiang Zhe had so much free
time to keep her company. Didn he have any girlfriend? Xiang Zhe had
never had any special feelings for a girl before and still had doubts
as to whether he could love someone wholeheartedly. Shan Mei innocently
asked him, "What about me then? You were really nice to me."
Xiang Zhe felt emotions shot through him. Shan Mei? He didn know the
exact reasons but Shan Mei held a special place in his heart. Before
he could think of an answer, Shan Mei ran off to buy more beer. Just
then, Yong Xi called Xiang Zhe handphone and they had a quick chat.
As he hanged up the phone, he noticed a crumpled photo inside Shan Mei
wallet. It was a photo of Shan Mei with another man. This must be the
You Zhen whom she mentioned so often! Looking at the photo, he mulled
over the weird emotions raging in his heart.
Xiang Zhe sent Shan Mei home in his car. As he was leaving, Shan Mei
suddenly came over to him, gave him a peck on the cheek, saying, "English
way of saying goodbye!" and waved him goodbye. Seeing Shan Mei
innocent gesture, Xiang Zhe couldn hide a smile.
In the office, the secretary informed Xiang Zhe the person he had arranged
to meet had arrived. As he stood up, the door opened and You Zhen walked
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Xiang Zhe immediately
went up and extended a warm handshake to You Zhen. At this time, Xian
Da also came by and they decided to talk over lunch. Xiang Zhe complimented
You Zhen for his contribution in his work and commented that there were
usually more unsung heroes at the back scene of a successful programme.
You Zhen felt motivated by these words and promised to work harder in
future. During their conversation, Xiang Zhe tried to probe into You
Zhen love life. He wanted to introduce a girl to You Zhen and asked
if the latter could break off with his present girlfriend. Xian Da joked
that You Zhen was already trapped in love. You Zhen felt very embarrassed.
After lunch, they bumped into Ying Mei in the lift. Xian Da introduced
Xiang Zhe to Ying Mei and Ying Mei too formally introduced herself.
Suddenly, Xiang Zhe saw Ying Mei wearing the necklace he bought for
Shan Mei benefactor and instantly recognised her. He flashed a smile
at her. As Xian Da went on to introduce You Zhen, Ying Mei pretended
to have known him for the first time. Xiang Zhe was puzzled with their
cold attitude towards each other when they were supposed to be a couple.
As they stepped out of the lift, Ying Mei went to look for You Zhen
and they finally made up.
Xiang Zhe and Yong Xi met up at the pub for a drink. Once again, Yong
Xi revealed her feelings for Xiang Zhe but was rejected. Xiang Zhe confessed
that he already had someone in his heart. Yong Xi was surprised to hear
this from Xiang Zhe.
After seeing Yong Xi home, Xiang Zhe came to Shan Mei house. He had
brought a stalk of rose for her. Maybe this would be the right time
to confess his feelings for her and reveal his true identity? But staring
at the lights coming from Shan Mei room, he just couldn muster the courage
to press the doorbell. He cried out for her in his heart, hoping that
she would somehow sense his presence and come out. Too many thoughts
were racing through his mind. Shan Mei obviously hadn really gotten
over You Zhen yet, so could she accept his feelings for her at this
point in time? Would he be giving her undue pressure and destroy the
friendship they enjoy now? Also, would Shan Mei be able to accept his
new identity calmly? Would it affect her work? Xiang Zhe lighted a cigarette
and thought of calling Shan Mei but decided against disturbing her.
He couldn seem to decide what to do but at the same time, couldn bear
to leaveAfter a long time, the lights in Shan Mei room went out and
he decided to leave the rose at her door. The next morning, Shan Mei
found the rose and thought that someone must have left it for his girlfriend
at the wrong address. She picked up the rose and said to it, "No
wonder I felt like coming out, you were calling me!"
All the new broadcasters were told to prepare an interview item for
broadcast during the Morning Show hosted by Xian Da and Yong Xi. Shan
Mei worked hard to look for research materials but still didn had a
clue as to what interview she should do. As she pondered over this question
while washing the dishes, Gui Cheng came over with his eyes red from
crying. He was deeply moved by a programme featuring the kind deeds
of ordinary people. In an instant, Shan Mei got the inspiration she
needed and went on to work on her computer. She had found the theme
for her interview to interview these extraordinary people and their
kind deeds! However, her plea for an interview session was continuously
rejected. At this time, Ying Mei was already well prepared and she purposely
passed sarcastic remarks at Shan Mei inability to complete the interview
session. However, Shan Mei had the confidence that she will succeed
after a few more tries.
On a busy day, just as everyone in the news department was deciding
what to have for lunch, a special lunch delivery for Shan Mei arrived.
Apparently, someone had ordered lunch for the whole department under
the name of Shan Mei. Shan Mei wondered whom it might have been from
and immediately thought of Xiang Zhe. When they met up later, Xiang
Zhe was pleased to learn that he was the first one that popped into
her mind instead of You Zhen. He knew Shan Mei was facing difficulties
in her interview work and encouraged her to believe in her own capability.
As Xiang Zhe sent Shan Mei home, he recalled the night when he waited
outside her home and asked Shan Mei if she believed in telepathy. He
added on to tell her that a long time ago, in a similar place, he waited
endlessly for a person to appear. He sent out strong signals, hoping
that the person would somehow sense it and appear. As Shan Mei inquired
after the results, Xiang Zhe shook his head and replied that maybe his
signals did not work. Shan Mei expressed her worry about the broadcast
as one of the judges would be the Director of Planning and Projects.
Thinking of the mysterious Director, Shan Mei went on to comment that
the Director must be a playboy with no concrete capability but later
sheepishly admitted that she was a little too harsh on her words. Before
she went in, Xiang Zhe asked her to give him a call tomorrow if she
succeeded in interviewing. As he went off alone, he wondered how Shan
Mei would react if she discovered that he was the so-called Director
playboy she mentioned?
Shan Mei efforts paid off and she was granted an interview! She felt
delighted and called Xiang Zhe first hand on his handphone to let him
know of the good news. Xiang Zhe who was discussing work with Yong Xi
also felt happy and congratulated her. Yong Xi was surprised to see
a sincere and gentle smile coming from him. She wondered who Xiang Zhe
was speaking to on the other line.
Shan Mei interview item was finally telecast in the Morning Show. Gui
Cheng wept as he watched the show. At the same time, Xiang Zhe was also
watching the tape he had recorded from the programme. Watching Shan
Mei weep on the television, he paused this particular scene using his
remote controlthinking, this Shan Mei really is a crybaby! Early next
morning, he went to the news department, placed a gift for her on his
table and spoke to her in his mind, "Shan Mei, you have done very
well!" When Shan Mei arrived at work and unwrapped the gift, she
found a handkerchief and a card saying, "Your programme was good!
Hope you will bring us more of such touching programmes in future. I
will always support you!" and signed off as "Your fan, Y".
Her happy expression raised the curiosity of her colleagues too.
The management of MBS were in the midst of a meeting trying to decide
on a new co-host for the Morning Show. As they reviewed the programmes
produced by all the new-comers, Xian Da reported that Ying Mei achieved
the highest marks in the whole assessment. Yong Xi also showed her support
for Ying Mei as she was now on very good terms with her. However, Qing
Xi begged to differ. She commented that Ying Mei programme on the Noble
Prize for Physics was too serious for a Morning Show watched mostly
by housewives. Another colleague also commented that Shan Mei programme
would seem more appropriate for that time slot. Yong Xi felt unhappy
and argued that viewership should then be the most important factor
in the decision making process. Xiang Zhe agreed and asked for the viewership
statistics. Shan Mei programme won Ying Mei by 3.5%. Xian Da further
reported that Shan Mei programme viewership of 18.8% was also the week
highest viewed programme.
In the office, everyone was celebrating with Shan Mei. Ying Mei could
not accept the fact that she had lost to Shan Mei. When alone with Yong
Xi, she demanded to know the reason why she lost despite her highly
rated performance. Who had overturned the decision? Yong Xi told her,
"You can say that Xiang Zhe overturned the decisionyou lost out
on the viewership." For the first time, Ying Mei realised the amount
of authority Xiang Zhe wielded in his hand. And though she couldn accept
the result, she had gained a better picture of the whole situation.
Shan Mei must be feeling proud now, Ying Mei thought to herself and
decided to go over to her house to pass sarcastic remarks at her.
Xiang Zhe sent Shan Mei home. At her doorstep, she told him that she
wouldn be able to spend so much time with him in future as she would
be co-hosting the Morning Show. Xiang Zhe reminded her to sleep well
and present her best side to the audience. Shan Mei thought it was funny
and commented that he sounded just like her boss. Boss? Xiang Zhe was
mumbling whether to tell her his true identity when she misunderstood
his hesitancy and thought he had already found a job. In the end, Xiang
Zhe admitted to having found a job but declined to reveal any more details
except to promise to give her a big treat when he got his first pay
cheque. Shan Mei gave him a sweet smile and watched him drive off.
Unknown to them, Ying Mei had been watching from afar. She came up to
Shan Mei and passed sarcastic remarks about her stooping to underhanded
means. She accused Shan Mei for putting on a false front when she couldn
win You Zhen affections but schemed to seduce the son of a big company
in the dark. But Shan Mei just couldn make out what Ying Mei was trying
to say. Ying Mei then told her the man she had been seeing earlier was
none other than the Director of Planning and Projects, the next rightful
owner of MBS!
Hearing this, Shan Mei lapsed into a total state of shock! She couldn
imagine that the charming, humourous, gentle guy who always wear a sunny
smile, the one whom she could joke with when she happy, shared her troubles
with she sad, always giving her encouragement, forever giving her surprises,
the one magician who could magically turn her tears into laughter, her
senior who would call her when she felt tired and the one who had been
sending her home lately could actually turn out to be MBS number one
man, her boss! Had he been lying to her then? Had what Ying Mei said
been true? That her accomplishments today was due to her acquaintance
with Xiang Zhe, and not by her own efforts?
The next morning, Shan Mei told her team leader, Xian Da, that she rejecting
to host the Morning Show. She hoped that Ying Mei would take her place
instead. Then she dashed off to Xiang Zhe office.
At this time, Xiang Zhe was giving a presentation to the Board on his
collaborative plans with England BBC. His step-uncle was also involved
in presenting his own set of proposal. Xiang Zhe creative, daring and
comprehensive proposal won the approval of the Board. After the meeting,
he was sitting alone in the meeting room, reflecting on his next moves.
Suddenly, he heard a cold voice from behind him, "Director Yi".
Xiang Zhe turned and saw Shan Mei, staring at him from the doorway
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As Xiang Zhe
looked up, he saw the coldness in Shan Mei eyes and knew instantly that
she had discovered his true identity. As Shan Mei was feeling very agitated,
he brought her out of the office to an open-air caf Looking at her angry
expression, Xiang Zhe felt apprehensive. Shan Mei had never treated
him in this way before. Before he could even get past his first sentence
of explanation, Shan Mei cut off his sentence and tried to leave. He
could only sigh and asked her, "I had this feeling that you weren
going to talk to me again in future…" He felt really unsettled.
Despite his assurance that she had gotten the co-host job by her own
efforts, Shan Mei just could not accept his explanation. She angrily
replied that even all the colleagues were gossiping why she had been
able to defeat Ying Mei. Xiang Zhe was getting anxious and explained
that he really cherished the times he had with her. With her, he would
be able to be his natural self, a simple Yi Xiang Zhe and not as the
son of so-and-so Chairman. He treasured this relationship a lot. However,
Shan Mei was too furious to get anything inside her head and concluded
that Xiang Zhe was just treating her like a fool. She refused to get
a ride on his car but instead, hailed a taxi back to the office.
In the office, Yong Xi was criticising Shan Mei for shirking her responsibility
to take up the job. Xian Da told Shan Mei that if she wasn prepared
to take up the job, she would have to resign.
At the rooftop of MBS building, Shan Mei stood alone, trying to recollect
her thoughts and settle her ruffled emotions. At the other side, Xiang
Zhe was feeling troubled and decided to go up to the rooftop for a breather.
After their heated argument just now, he was surprised to see Shan Mei
again and decided then to express his feelings to her. On hearing footsteps,
Shan Mei turned and saw Xiang Zhe. She was walking past him when she
heard Xiang Zhe say, "Shan Mei, I like you!" This is the first
time he had never said such words and he felt embarrassed by it. Shan
Mei couldn believe her ears. How could an outstanding man like Xiang
Zhe have fallen for her? In his gentle tone of voice, Xiang Zhe asked,
" Shan Mei, look at me. Beside You Zhen, doesn any other man mean
something to you?" Shan Mei finally turned to face Xiang Zhe, but
before she could answer, she saw Ying Mei with Yong Xi on their way
to the rooftop.
Ying Mei had earlier saw Xiang Zhe went up to the rooftop and followed
him. She saw Xiang Zhe revealed his feelings to Shan Mei and decided
to lure Yong Xi there. On seeing Shan Mei and Xiang Zhe together, Yong
Xi was shocked. Xiang Zhe had rejected her for the sake of Shan Mei!
An embarrassed Shan Mei quickly left the scene.
All of a sudden, rumours of Xiang Zhe and Shan Mei relationship were
circulating all around the company. Even with Xiang Zhe backing, Shan
Mei would definitely have a hard time changing colleaguesnegative opinions
of her now. Ying Mei smiled devilishly upon this thought
Shan Mei tried to pick up her spirits but as she entered the office,
she could hear colleagues bad-mouthing her in front of Xian Da. The
colleagues had felt that she had gotten the co-host job because of her
relationship with Xiang Zhe. Standing beside Shan Mei, Ying Mei gloated
over her sad expression. But she purposely shouted back at these colleagues,
"This is really too much! How could all of you attack Shan Mei
in this way just because she knew the Director? Though of course she
should have made her relationship with the Director known in the first
place…" Before Shan Mei could stop her, she continued, "But
what she did was merely an innocent oversight. To humiliate her in this
way is really too much!" Shan Mei could only gape at Ying Mei in
utter disbelief. How could she always pretend to be on good terms with
her and yet in actual fact, attack her from the back?
After work, Shan Mei was in a bad mood. She walked aimlessly and found
herself at You Zhen house. When she told him someone had expressed a
liking for her, he was glad and felt happy for her. However, Shan Mei
found no joy in Xiang Zhe confession. Instead, she felt that what she
shared with You Zhen was now officially a thing of the past
Today is Shan Mei first appearance on the Morning Show! Xiang Zhe watched
from his office and was shocked to see her hiccuping after just saying
her first few lines. But things weren going on smoothly, Shan Mei kept
hiccuping and Xian Da had to salvage the situation by diverting everyone
attention onto another topic. How he wished to be at her side now, Xiang
Zhe thought but decided that he would be the last person Shan Mei would
want to see now. All he could do was to stare earnestly at the television
screen and accompany her from afar.
After the Morning Show, Shan Mei was feeling dejected at her poor debut
performance. When she went back to the office, someone delivered a basket
of flowers to her. Immediately, she thought of Xiang Zhe and felt enraged.
How could he embarrass her in this way when her performance was so bad?
She could feel the jeers coming from her colleagues. One colleague even
sarcastically remarked that the Director was already being open with
their relationship. She angrily walked to Xiang Zhe office, threw the
flowers at his desk and sounded her dissatisfaction at his actions.
Before she could finish her sentence, her handphone rang. It was from
Gui Cheng and it turned out that he was the one who sent the flowers!
Shan Mei felt so embarrassed and Xiang Zhe was bemused at her actions.
He took her outside and asked her carefully, "Is someone saying
anything because of the fact that you know me?" Shan Mei refused
to acknowledge and Xiang Zhe further asked if it was then what he had
earlier said (his confession of his feelings) that had brought her pressure.
Shan Mei requested for more time to think things over and hoped that
Xiang Zhe will not ask her anything before that.
Xiang Zhe asked You Zhen out for a drink and confided in him. You Zhen
also professed his deep love for Ying Mei. Xiang Zhe felt encouraged
by the fact that the one You Zhen loved was Ying Mei and not Shan Mei.
He could wait for Shan Meibut for how long?
Later that night, Ying Mei helped a drunk You Zhen onto his bed and
asked who he had been drinking with earlier. You Zhen told her he was
with Xiang Zhe and that the latter told him that he had fallen for a
girl. Ying Mei coldly replied that the girl was none other than Shan
Mei and went on to explain how Shan Mei had met Xiang Zhe in London.
On hearing this, You Zhen became sober and suddenly understood Xiang
Zhe weird actions earlier. Xiang Zhe had fallen in love with Shan Mei
and was testing him just now!
With the new season, Ying Mei was chosen to host the seven p.m. news
with Xian Da. Shan Mei was slotted to co-host the Morning Show. One
day, Shan Mei returned to her office and saw her colleagues grinning
behind her back. She turned and saw that her section on the staff notice
had been torn off. She felt so angry and sad. At this point, Ying Mei
came in and slapped one of the troublemaker colleagues. She promptly
took down the notice and walked out of the office. Was Ying Mei trying
to stand up for her? But she wasn treating her in any way better than
her colleagues, Shan Mei thought. Suddenly, she understood. Ying Mei
was going to look for Xiang Zhe! Ying Mei handed the notice to a bewildered
Xiang Zhe and told him of the grievances Shan Mei had been putting up
with since news of their relationship spread. Shan Mei hurried into
the room, pushed Ying Mei away and snatched the notice away from Xiang
Zhe. As she stormed off the room, Xiang Zhe suddenly realised the amount
of pressure his love had placed on her.
You Zhen bought two bouquets of flowers to congratulate Ying Mei and
Shan Mei on their successful broadcast. He told Shan Mei he knew Xiang
Zhe liked her and felt glad that the latter had discovered the true
value in her. On the other side, Pei Ren Xiu gleefully watched Ying
Mei broadcast the news from the television.
After work, Ying Mei saw Xiang Zhe and greeted him. She purposely told
him that her car had broken down and asked for a ride home in his car.
When Xiang Zhe dropped her off before Shan Mei house, she was shocked
to see You Zhen with Shan Mei. Ying Mei cried and ran off with You Zhen
hot on her heels.
Alone with Xiang Zhe, Shan Mei felt very awkward and could not even
face him. She heard Xiang Zhe say, "Shan Mei, look at me."
She turned and her emotions took over, "Why must you give me this
kind of pressure? Why did it have to be you?" She chided him. But
the last thing Xiang Zhe wanted was to pressure Shan Mei. All he hoped
was for her to be happy when she with him. He made up his mind then
and told her, "I am willing to wait for youbut from this moment
onwards, you may forget the fact that I waiting for you. If you don
agree, you may also forget about this whole matter." Shan Mei was
touched to tears, "Thanks…" She was choked by her own emotions,
"Thank you, even though I said it was all over between us, I was
so afraid. If even you weren at my side, I don think I would be able
to bear it" In the end, she was finally touched by Xiang Zhe sincerity
and broke into laughter. Xiang Zhe joked that from tomorrow onwards,
he could finally hold his head high when going to work and not fear
that his true identity be discovered by her. As they strolled, he put
his jacket around Shan Mei After patching back with Xiang Zhe, Shan
Mei felt so much better and found renewed confidence in her work.
This day, Ying Mei was having dinner with You Zhen. Ever since the quarrel
with Ying Mei, You Zhen had been feeling very unsettled. He felt that
Ying Mei had changed. As they chatted, Ying Mei told You Zhen that she
liked his asking her "Have you eaten?". These words made her
feel that she was being cared for and that at least, someone bothered
if she even lived on this earth. The restaurant boss came by to serve
them and asked for Ying Mei autograph. Ying Mei felt a sense of pride
swelling inside her. Then, her handphone rang and it turned out to be
Yong Xi. She left You Zhen behind and went off to meet Yong Xi and was
surprised to see Xiang Zhe there as well. Xiang Zhe greeted her and
casually asked, "Have you eaten?" Ying Mei appeared taken
aback. Yong Xi had already been drinking quite a lot. As it turned out,
she was drinking over her lost love for Xiang Zhe. When Ying Mei sent
them home in her car, she hinted to Xiang Zhe that Shan Mei was still
in love with You Zhen. But Xiang Zhe only smiled. Since he had made
the decision to wait for Shan Mei, all other things would be irrelevant.
Early next morning, Xiang Zhe who hadn driven his car back the night
before was unable to hail a taxi. Just as he was getting anxious, Ying
Mei came by in her car
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When they reached
the TV Station, Xiang Zhe thanked Ying Mei for offering him a ride.
Suddenly, Ying Mei pretended that something had gone into her eye and
Xiang Zhe helped to blow into her eye. This scene was seen by You Zhen
from afar. After Xiang Zhe left, You Zhen demanded an explanation from
Ying Mei for her earlier actions. He felt enraged because Ying Mei had
also used this antic on him in the past before. But Ying Mei brushed
it off and said he was being over sensitive.
The annual MBSFounding Day celebrations was just around the corner.
Xian Da and Yong Xi were the hosts for the night. This day, Ying Mei
accompanied Yong Xi to choose a gown for the event. Yong Xi saw an elegant
suit and asked Ying Mei to try it on but the boutique owner told them
Xiang Zhe had already reserved the suit.
After work, Xiang Zhe eagerly drove Shan Mei to the fashion boutique
to try on the suit he had specially chosen for her. He wanted her to
wear it to the Founding Day celebrations the next day but Shan Mei was
very hesitant. Xiang Zhe seemed to read her mind, "I know what
you are going to say. I not giving you any pressure and I definitely
not going to embarrass you. All I ask is for you to attend the celebrations
in this suit. Am I asking for too much?" But Shan Mei insisted
on wearing her own clothes and Xiang Zhe had to gently coax her, "I
know you have a lot of clothes. Can you listen to me just this time,
please? I had wanted to introduce you to my father…" On hearing
this, Shan Mei was shocked. But Xiang Zhe reassured her that all he
wanted to do was to tell his father that she was a good friend he got
to know in London and upon returning, discovered that she worked in
the same company as he. Shan Mei told him that she had to do a programme
on that day. Her colleagues had purposely scheduled her in that time
slot. Xiang Zhe suggested that she come after her programme ended.
At the Founding Day celebrations, You Zhen discovered that Ying Mei
eyes were fixed on Xiang Zhe movements at the next table. After much
deliberation, Shan Mei finally decided to attend the celebrations. Xiang
Zhe had been really nice to herself and his request wasn too unreasonable
afterall. She wore the suit he chose for her and walked into the ballroom
nervously. Amidst the crowd, Xiang Zhe saw Shan Mei the moment she walked
in. Yong Xi and Ying Mei immediately recognised the suit Shan Mei was
wearing as the same one from the boutique. "Xiang Zhe had indeed
bought the suit for Shan Mei", Ying Mei thought jealously. All
eyes were on Xiang Zhe as he brought Shan Mei to his table and introduced
her to his father. His actions seemed to openly announce and confirm
his relationship with Shan Mei. All the colleagues watched in awe of
In the washroom, Ying Mei passed sarcastic remarks about Shan Mei being
a modern day Cinderella. Shan Mei knew Ying Mei goal was to become the
anchor of the most-watched nine p.m. news and challenged her. But Ying
Mei had other plans in mind, "There might be changes in my plans"
She looked straight into Shan Mei eyes, "I had always wanted to
be the anchorwoman of the nine p.m. newsbut I just realised today that
this position could be changed anytimetoday it Yong Xi, and I know I
will get my chance one day. Buthe position as MBSmistress would not
When Shan Mei reached home, Gui Cheng was full of praise for her dress
and asked her where she got it from. Shan Mei shyly said it was a gift
from a colleague. Gui Cheng felt very happy and told her to bring him
home for dinner one of these days.
You Zhen bumped into Pei Ren Xiu outside Ying Mei house. It turned out
that Pei Ren Xiu had been harassing Ying Mei again. At her place, You
Zhen saw torn pieces of paper being strewn on the floor. They were actually
photos of Ying Mei and Pei Ren Xiu behaving intimately. You Zhen immediately
recognised the man in the photos as the one he had bumped into just
now. He suddenly realised he knew so little of Ying Mei but he couldn
let go of her. For her sake, he had brought heartache to his mother
and caused Shan Mei to be disappointedNo, Ying Mei was already a part
of him and he loved her too deeply to let her go!
Xiang Zhe was planning for a dinner date with Shan Mei when he was called
back for a meeting with his father and step-uncle. The declining viewership
and falling share prices had caused some anxiety among the shareholders.
Xiang Zhe indicated that packaging was crucial to a programme and suggested
engaging famous presenters. After the meeting, he went to a restaurant
to relax himself and played a tune on the piano. He did not realise
Ying Mei watching him intensely from another table.
Pei Ren Xiu was arrested by the police for hiring under-aged teenagers
and the sale of fake wine. When You Zhen saw the news on television,
he immediately suspected Ying Mei to be the mastermind behind his arrest.
He questioned her but she denied having any involvement in the case
and even demanded the evidence, if he had any. You Zhen remembered the
many times in the past when Shan Mei tried to expose Ying Mei misdeeds
but he would not believe her words. He had always sided with Ying Mei
and even told Shan Mei to show him the evidence instead. Recalling these,
You Zhen felt both angry and sad at his own foolishness.
To solve operational and viewership related issues, Xiang Zhe decided
to pay a big sum of money to engage superstar presenters, even at the
cost of retrenching some staff. One of Shan Mei closer colleagues faced
the risk of being retrenched and she felt bad for her.
This day, Xiang Zhe was walking along the corridor with Xian Da when
he saw Shan Mei waiting for him ahead. He smiled at her and told her
he had to rush off for a meeting and would talk to her later. As he
walked past, Shan Mei could not contain her anger anymore and verbally
accused him, "Hiring famous presenters at the expense of hurting
other peopledo you really think this will solve the problem?" Xian
Da was shocked that Shan Mei would voice her disapproval at the company
decision. Xiang Zhe remained silent and walked off with Xian Da, leaving
an angry Shan Mei behind.
It was raining heavily. After signing the employment contract with the
new presenter, Xiang Zhe rushed back to the office to see Shan Mei standing
outside the office building. Shan Mei blurted out, "You don even
bother to groom our own staff! By hiring those famous presenters, what
do you make of us who treat MBS as our lives?" Xiang Zhe tried
to explain to her, saying, "Shan Mei, you can be so childish forever.
I can understand your feelings fully, but can you try to be more understanding
towards my predicament?" But all Shan Mei did was to reply him
with harsh words. She couldn not understand Xiang Zhe motives and how
he could resort to such means at the expense of staff welfare. Xiang
Zhe tried to ask her to talk over a cup of coffee but she refused and
walked into the pouring rain
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Xiang Zhe strategy
to engage the services of the famous presenter yielded positive results.
Both viewership and MBSshare price soared. At the meeting, all the shareholders
were pleased at the results. With this foundation, Xiang Zhe believed
he would be able to produce the best programmes in future. After the
meeting, he visited the news department and solicited feedback for a
new programme. He also took the opportunity to thank everyone for their
efforts in helping increase the viewership. Just then, Shan Mei walked
in. Hearing Xiang Zhe words, she blurted out, "Having spent so
much money, of course youl get the results you want!" The whole
office was shocked at Shan Mei words. Later, Ying Mei got hold of her
and questioned if she was out to show off her relationship with Xiang
Later, Shan Mei was talking to Zhao Di when she was suddenly dragged
away by an angry Xiang Zhe. Xiang Zhe could fully emphathise with Shan
Mei feelings. However, he was also furious that she hadn spared a thought
for him and embarrassed him in front of all the colleagues. They had
a heated quarrel. Shan Mei should be siding with him, he thoughtHe was
turning to leave when he heard Shan Mei cold words behind him, "You
have a habit in doing things, and that is, hypocrisy!" To which
Xiang Zhe rebutted angrily, "You didn fare any better than me!
You are not only childish but also lack analytical skills!" Shan
Mei stared at him and left in a huff.
You Zhen tried to gather more information about the informant details
from the police to no avail and decided to visit Pei Ren Xiu in the
prison. Pei Ren Xiu told him of his intimate past with Ying Mei and
warned that he would not let Ying Mei go off so easily. To prove that
he wasn lying, he even revealed a rose tattoo on his chest. You Zhen
was shocked because he remembered Ying Mei had a similar tattoo on her
One day at the office, Shan Mei saw Ying Mei writhing in pain at the
side of the corridor. Just then, You Zhen walked past and Shan Mei quickly
asked him to take a look at Ying Mei. He was reluctant at first but
his heart softened on seeing Ying Mei painful expression. He wanted
to bring her to the doctor but Ying Mei insisted on broadcasting the
seven p.m. news. She would not let Shan Mei have any chance of taking
her place! She held out till the news ended and You Zhen rushed her
to the hospital. She was diagnosed with acute appendicitis. At the hospital,
Yong Xi came to visit Ying Mei and mentioned that now the whole company
knew of her relationship with You Zhen. This wasn what she had wished
for but at least, she still had her news programme intact.
Xian Da recommended Shan Mei to cover Ying Mei duties during the latter
hospitalisation. Yong Xi voiced her objections at Xian Da decision to
no avail. Xiang Zhe watched Shan Mei broadcast the seven p.m. news from
his office, "At last, she now in the main broadcaster seat…"
A comforted smile flashed across his face. Ying Mei was also watching
the news from the hospital. She felt both dejected and angry and tears
rolled down her cheeks.
All the colleagues visited Ying Mei at the hospital and accidentally
saw Ying Mei throwing a tantrum at You Zhen. Not wanting to further
agitate Ying Mei, You Zhen brought Shan Mei outside for a chat. Shan
Mei told You Zhen to take good care of Ying Mei. You Zhen felt very
touched by her thoughtfulness. When they returned to the ward, all the
other colleagues had left but Xiang Zhe had just arrived. Ying Mei flirted
openly with him in front of Shan Mei, You Zhen and Zhen Shu. Shan Mei
couldn bear to see the scene and left. Xiang Zhe followed close behind
her. She rejected Xiang Zhe offer to give her a ride home, but seeing
him drove off, she felt so angry and sad at the same time.
Today is Shan Mei last day in broadcasting the news in place of Ying
Mei. She was broadcasting the news segment on a little girl being kidnapped
when she was overwhelmed by her own emotions, "They are a bunch
of bastards!" Xiang Zhe was watching the news too and couldn believe
his ears! What was Shan Mei doing? But Shan Mei continued, "Resorting
to kidnapping small children to get money is the most unscrupulous thing
to do on this earth!" Xian Da was also shocked by Shan Mei actions
and for a moment, he couldn find the right words to reply. Xiang Zhe
step-uncle was also fuming mad back at the control studio. At the hospital,
Ying Mei smiled deviously. Later, Xiang Zhe brought a copy of the broadcast
back to his office and replayed it over and over again. In the end,
he broke into laughter, "Shan Mei, where are you hiding yourself
to cry this time round?"
Shan Mei was crying alone in the auditorium. She couldn believe that
she had made a fool out of herself again, and even during a live broadcast
this time! No wonder everyone was saying that her accomplishments were
due to Xiang Zhe help. Her performance was really full of stupid errors,
she thought bitterly. As she walked back to the broadcast studio, she
saw a card on the table. It was a cute cartoon card with the words,
"Shan Mei, today broadcast revealed the most natural side of you!
Don be discouraged. Keep going!" It was signed off as "Y".
Shan Mei knew it was from Xiang Zhe and smiled. Suddenly, the phone
rang and a viewer called in to compliment her earlier broadcast!
To everyone surprise, Shan Mei mistake caused a stir among the public.
Since morning, all the phones in the news department had been ringing
non-stop from Shan Mei fans. Because of her overnight popularity, Shan
Mei was requested to continue broadcasting the seven p.m. news. She
felt so ecstatic and walked to the broadcast studio to revel in her
new-found joy, not noticing that Xiang Zhe was following her behind.
She rehearsed a dialogue happily and took out her handphone. Xiang Zhe
looked at her curiously from outside the door, thinking who she would
call to share the good news with. Would it be You Zhen? Or her father?
Suddenly, his own handphone rang. He was startled and jumped aside but
when he answered the phone, the line was cut off. It turned out that
Shan Mei had dialed his number unknowingly! When the line went through,
she remembered she was still in the midst of a cold war with him and
promptly hanged up. She decided to call her father instead. Xiang Zhe
was a little disappointed but still walked away smiling knowing that
Shan Mei had thought of him first.
Ying Mei was discharged from the hospital. At home, she watched in anger
as Shan Mei broadcasted the news on television. She threw the pillow
towards the television, thinking if she hadn fallen ill, how could Shan
Mei have taken over her place? She wouldn have any chance at all! And
now Shan Mei was smiling at her through the television. She hated Shan
Mei happy smile. Suddenly, she thought of Xiang Zhe. Yes, it must be
him! If not for him, Shan Mei would never have any chance of taking
Late at night, Ying Mei visited Xiang Zhe house with a bouquet of flowers.
Xiang Zhe politely invited her to a seat. Ying Mei expressed that she
had merely wanted to thank him for his care and concern during the time
she was in hospital and got up to leave. As she stood up, she pretended
to be in pain and fall. Xiang Zhe reflexively rushed forward and caught
her in his arms. Seeing her chance, Ying Mei inched her face closer
but Xiang Zhe avoided her advancements
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Shan Mei outstanding
performance earned her the most popular newcomer and she was asked to
do interviews for numerous newspapers and radio programmes. Watching
this, Ying Mei was furious. She looked for Yong Xi and pretended to
pour out her grievances to her. Yong Xi could only try to comfort her
saying there would be more opportunities coming her way. But Ying Mei
thought angrily, "Opportunities are all self-made! And Shan Mei
would never have the chance to overtake me!" She stood up, looked
at her handphone and suddenly an idea struck her. She smiled deviously
Shan Mei was preparing to broadcast the news when she caught sight of
Ying Mei in the studio. She was a little puzzled but thought no further
of it. Later, right in the middle of the live broadcast, a ringing tone
suddenly sounded throughout the whole studio. Shan Mei expression changed.
What that sound? In an instant, the whole broadcast studio was thrown
into chaos! The producer was fuming mad and demanded to know the source
of the ringing. Xian Da realised the ringing came from under Shan Mei
table and told her to search at once while he continued with the broadcast.
As the camera panned to Xian Da, Shan Mei quickly ducked under the table.
She searched through the rummage of wiresSuddenly, she found it! Holding
her handphone in her trembling hands, she was completely shocked. Why
was her handphone found under the table? She remembered clearly leaving
it in the makeup unit earlier!
Xiang Zhe step-uncle was also jumping mad and demanded to change the
broadcaster immediately. During this time, Ying Mei and Yong Xi were
having dinner outside. It turned out that Ying Mei had secretly placed
Shan Mei handphone under the broadcaster table and called her during
the live broadcast. As they watched the news, Yong Xi rebuked Shan Mei
for making such a grave mistake. Ying Mei smiled devilishly to herself,
secretly pleased that her scheme had worked.
Shan Mei was soon informed of the management decision to replace her
with Ying Mei. She tried to check with the makeup artist but the latter
couldn recall seeing her leave the handphone in the makeup unit. Her
last hope at redressing her grievance gone, Shan Mei felt so sad and
wronged. Later, Ying Mei proudly boasted of her reinstatement in front
of her. She even called Shan Mei purposely on her handphone and warned
her to be extra careful in future. Shan Mei recalled seeing Ying Mei
earlier before the broadcast and instantly realised that she had been
framed by her! However, she lacked the evidence. Though she pretended
to appear strong in front of Ying Mei, she couldn bear with the hurt
afterall and began to cry uncontrollably in the officeShe called Xiang
Zhe but the call was answered by his answering machine.
At this time, Xiang Zhe had just returned home from his business trip
to Japan. He was listening to his voice messages when he heard a familiar
voice, "Senior, what should I do?" Shan Mei was crying very
sadly on the phone. Had something happened to her? An ill feeling came
upon Xiang Zhe. He frowned, grabbed his jacket and rushed out of the
house. He called Xian Da and got to know briefly what happened earlier
on. When he reached the office, he dashed from room to room, looking
for Shan Mei whereabouts. When he finally found her in the news department,
she was still crying bitterly. Hearing footsteps, Shan Mei looked up
and saw Xiang Zhe standing in the doorway, panting heavily and perspiring
with sweat. His face looked flushed with anxiety. How she wished to
run straight into his arms at once! But she could only manage to say
in a small voice, "I sorryI didn want to call you but it seemed
like a habit and I just naturally dialed your number..." She said
chokingly, "But I also know that, you wouldn have the time to listen
to my troubles like what you did in the pastbut" She could not
finish her sentence and sobbed her heart out. Seeing her tears, Xiang
Zhe felt a pain sear through his heart. He walked over and wordlessly
pulled her into his arms. Shan Mei fell into his arms, sobbing loudly,
"I so sadWhat should I do now?. I had thoughtyou weren coming…"
She was really afraid that Xiang Zhe wouldn come afterall. Xiang Zhe
sighed. How could he ever leave her alone? "It alright now"
He held her in his arms, soothed her hair lightly and whispered into
her ear, "Don worry, everything fine now…" He patted her back
gently and comforted her like a child
When he finally sent her home, Shan Mei had already fallen asleep in
the car, probably too tired from crying. He tried to arrange her hair
but woke her up in the process. Shan Mei felt embarrassed and grumbled
that she didn want anyone to see her like this. Xiang Zhe looked at
her intensely and said, "It not just anyone, but me that you don
wish to see you like this, am I right?" Shan Mei did not understand
his words. He carried on, "Because it me, so you calledAnd because
it me, so you were angry. How I wish it was really because it me"
His words tinged heavily on sadness and Shan Mei couldn bear to look
into his eyes. She got off the car and asked Xiang Zhe to drive off
first. Xiang Zhe refused, saying he wanted to see her go in first and
told her to have a good sleep. But Shan Mei was adamant, "No, you
go off first. I don want you to see my back each time, because you are
Senior... Because it you" Xiang Zhe was dazed for a moment and
stared at her. Shan Mei felt embarrassed and waved her goodbye to him.
After the incident, Shan Mei still felt very despondent but tried to
pick up her spirits. Xiang Zhe did not try to comfort her further. He
understood that Shan Mei had hoped to stand on her own and would not
accept his help in any way. All he could do was to stand behind her
and give her the moral support when she needed it. This day, he went
to the archive department and searched for the videotapes of Shan Mei
past performances. He wanted to compile a videotape for Shan Mei and
began to learn editing techniques under the curious eye of the Editor.
He was practising alone one day when You Zhen happened to walk in. They
chatted and he invited You Zhen to participate in his next project the
revamp of the Morning Show.
At the board meeting, Xiang Zhe revealed his plan to revamp the Morning
Show into a new programme called "The Morning of Eve". His
exciting presentation and comprehensive proposal received overwhelming
response from all around. In addition, his confident disposition during
the question and answer session made the management see him in a different
light. His step-uncle was very displeased but his subordinate told him
not to worry yet because if the new show flop, Xiang Zhe would be in
dire straits then.
The Morning of Eve was a big hit with the audience when it was first
aired and viewership soared to a record high of 25%. Xiang Zhe hosted
a small celebration gathering at his house. He openly praised Ying Mei
and Xian Da, who were the main presenters, for their contribution. Ying
Mei sarcastically commented that the show would definitely receive good
ratings as they had their Goddess of Luck - Shan Mei - in their group.
Shan Mei felt very embarrassed by her remark but could only bow her
head in sadness. When Xiang Zhe reached for a cigarette, Ying Mei immediately
went up to light it for him. You Zhen was very displeased with her actions.
Earlier, Ying Mei had chosen the seat nearest to Xiang Zhe when they
arrived. As for Shan Mei, though she understood Xiang Zhe feelings for
her, Ying Mei flirtations still irritated her. As they chatted, a colleague
asked Xiang Zhe if he was visiting the baseball session the next day.
Xiang Zhe had planned to visit the sports presenters. On hearing this,
Ying Mei thought of an idea and deliberately left her handphone behind
the cushions on the sofa
After the gathering, Shan Mei was walking off when Xiang Zhe called
her from behind. He offered her a ride but she declined. Looking a little
shy, he hesitantly handed her a videotape, said it was some pictorial
materials and asked her to watch it when she free. As he watched her
leave on the taxi, Xiang Zhe felt a little embarrassed and laughed at
his own foolishness.
The next morning, Xiang Zhe was awakened by the ringing of a handphone.
It turned out to be Ying Mei phone. He called Ying Mei telling her that
her phone was with him and Ying Mei made a trip to his house to retrieve
it. She knew that Xiang Zhe would be visiting the baseball session and
asked to tag along with him. There, the colleagues were all surprised
to see them together. At night, Ying Mei asked Xiang Zhe to treat her
to dinner. During their conversation, she hinted at her feelings for
him but Xiang Zhe calmly got up to leave. At this time, You Zhen was
locked out of the house and he could not reach Ying Mei on her handphone
At home, Shan Mei chanced upon the videotape and recalled Xiang Zhe
telling her to watch it when she free. She had been busy and had forgotten
about the whole matter. Curiously, she loaded the videotape into the
player and was surprised to see Xiang Zhe image appear on the screen.
Xiang Zhe looked very shy. He adjusted the camera and even before he
said anything, he was already laughing, "I a little embarrassed
but I couldn care about that right now. The reason why I wanted to pass
this tape to you is thatShan Mei, don cry anymore. If you cry, it would
be the most heart-breaking matter to me on earth." He pressed the
remote control and the screen immediately showed images of Shan Mei
past performances. Shan Mei watched as the images showed her first audition
in MBS, her hiccuping on the live broadcast, to the errors she made
on the showsScene by scene, the videotape recorded her learning process
and more importantly, it captured all her smiles and laughter. Finally,
the screen paused at the image of her laughing merrily after her broadcast
won applause from the audience. Shan Mei felt her heart warmed. Xiang
Zhe image reappeared on the screen, "This is your expression which
I liked most. I will always let you smile in this way. I promise."
Tears welled up in Shan Mei eyes. She was deeply touched by the fact
that Xiang Zhe had painstakingly made this tape for her. She smiled
sweetly, knowing that someone would always be there for her
On their way home, Ying Mei tried to seduce Xiang Zhe but he kept his
distance from her and was indifferent to her flirtations. Ying Mei tried
to get him to talk by mentioning Shan Mei, "I feel that you are
always putting me off at a distanceIn what way am I no better than Shan
Mei? Shan Mei…" She looked up at him. Xiang Zhe is one person she
couldn fathom at all, "Do you love her?" Xiang Zhe looked
straight at her and answered, "Miss Hsu, I don think our relationship
is that close enough to discuss about such matters yet." He told
her his thoughts, sharp and clear. Ying Mei was taken aback at his straight
forwardness. As she alighted from Xiang Zhe car, she turned and saw
You Zhen waiting for her
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You Zhen watched
angrily as Ying Mei alighted from Xiang Zhe car. He waved the door keys
at her and demanded for an explanation. She calmly told him that she
wished to break up with him. She had decided to go after Xiang Zhe and
thus the decision to jilt You Zhen. You Zhen was furious to hear these
words and nearly slapped her. But Ying Mei hardened her heart and dealt
him with the final blow, saying, "I don love you. I have never
loved you. You want me to repeat? I have never loved!" Before she
could finish her sentence, You Zhen gave her a tight slap and left the
house. In truth, Ying Mei loved You Zhen very much but her ambitions
forbid her to change her mind. She had no intention of changing her
plans, her decisionAfter You Zhen left, she broke down in tears. You
Zhen, on the other hand, got himself drunk.
While passing by the broadcast unit, Xiang Zhe was attracted to a familiar
voice. He walked over and was glad to see Shan Mei doing well. She had
finally stepped out of her distress. Ying Mei saw Xiang Zhe comforted
smile from afar and felt very disappointed.
Zhao Di boyfriend, Chen Shui, blurted out that he saw Ying Mei with
Xiang Zhe at the baseball session the other day. All the colleagues
were shocked at this news but half-believed it. Yong Xi was also surprised
that it was Ying Mei, and not Shan Mei, who had accompanied Xiang Zhe.
Later, she inquired Ying Mei on the matter but the latter tried to avoid
the topic. Yong Xi advised her to be more discreet in her behaviour
to avoid unnecessary rumours.
Shan Mei and Xiang Zhe were finally going out again! They secretly avoided
the other colleagues to go for dinner together. Shan Mei felt their
discreet actions resembled those in a FBI movie and laughed heartily.
Xiang Zhe have had a bad day at work and over dinner, he asked Shan
Mei to give him some energy and even suggested that they go to London
where they first met. Shan Mei understood his feelings but couldn agree
with him. She still had a lot of work to do before she could catch up
with Ying Mei! After seeing her home, Xiang Zhe was about to drive off
when she called him, "I feel a little embarrassed. Actually, I
wasn going to tell you but this Saturday is my birthdaydo you want to
come?" Xiang Zhe heart leapt with joy! Of course he wanted to attend
her birthday! He asked her who else she had invited and Shan Mei sheepishly
answered, "Everyone should be attending. there you. and me!"
Xiang Zhe laughed at her mischief.
Just then, Gui Cheng returned home. A thought struck Xiang Zhe and he
told Shan Mei, "Since I have agreed to your request, you should
agree to mine as well." Before Shan Mei could understand the meaning
in his words, he went over, grabbed her hand and walked towards Gui
Cheng. He formally introduced himself to a bewildered Gui Cheng, "Uncle,
how do you do? I am Yi Xiang Zhe. It already so lateI sorry, I will
be more careful in future and send Shan Mei home earlier." Shan
Mei struggled to break free but Xiang Zhe grip was too tight. Gui Cheng
looked at this man holding on tightly to her daughter hand, "Er,
do you want to take a seat inside?" Xiang Zhe was already very
pleased at today results. He said politely, "No, thanks. I will
come by some other time. It already late now but I had wanted to greet
you. Goodbye." He finally let go of Shan Mei hand and whispered
his goodbye to her. Shan Mei whole face flushed red. After Xiang Zhe
left, Gui Cheng asked Shan Mei and realised that Xiang Zhe had been
the one who knocked her down in London and the one who gave her the
suit as a gift. He teased her for lying about busy with work when she
had been busy dating. Both father and daughter laughed heartily.
In the office, Xiang Zhe was busy surfing the Internet and going through
product advertisements. He had wanted to get a special birthday present
for his beloved Shan Mei. Last night, while listening to her song dedication
radio programme "Musical Postcard", he heard Shan Mei appeal
for donations for a listener brother whose operation was suspended due
to a lack of funds. He decided to do something for Shan Mei and helped
the listener pay for the hospitalisation fees. On her birthday, Shan
Mei was thrilled to hear that someone had anonymously paid for all the
hospitalisation expenses. Her colleagues laughingly said that her sincerity
had touched the heavens. She happily called Xiang Zhe to tell him of
the good news and said this was the best birthday present she had received.
Xiang Zhe told his secretary to keep his donation a secret.
At night, Xiang Zhe celebrated Shan Mei birthday in an elegant open-air
restaurant. As the musicians played soft music behind them, Xiang Zhe
thought to himself, "Would I have the chance to celebrate her birthday
again next year? Would we be here? Would Shan Mei be with me then?"
Shan Mei realised his silence and asked what he was thinking. He looked
at her with mixed feelings and said, "On your birthday one year
later, two years later, ten, twenty years later, I hope to be with you…"
Shan Mei felt her heart warmed and jokingly replied him, "Oh, that
would have to depend on your performance then!"
Over candle-lit dinner, Xiang Zhe handed Shan Mei the present he had
chosen specially for her. On an elegant silver chain was a shining pearl
surrounded by two precious stones. It represented his feelings for Shan
Mei perfectly. Shan Mei was overjoyed. She recognised the pearl as her
birthstone but what about the other two precious stones? Xiang Zhe went
on to explain that the peridot was his birthstone and the unburnt part
of a meteorite when it fell down onto earth. He said to her, his voice
charged with emotions, "If your pearl comes from the deep ocean,
then the peridot would have come from the other side of the universebut
now they are placed together." Hearing his words, Shan Mei was
very touched. She tried it on her wrist but it was too big. Xiang Zhe
smiled, saying, "It not a bracelet." In front of all the people,
he walked over to kneel in front of her and wore the silver chain around
her ankle. It was actually an anklet! Shan Mei was taken aback at Xiang
Zhe sudden actions. His actions caught the envious looks of the other
patrons and she felt so embarrassed. Still kneeling in front of Shan
Mei, Xiang Zhe looked deeply into her eyes and said, "A dialogue
in a movie once said, to give an anklet as a present signifies the promise
to meet in the next lives. We make a promise to meet in our next lives…"
On her birthday, he solemnly made this wish.
Shan Mei was very thankful to Xiang Zhe for all he had done for her
and shook his hands as a gesture of gratitude. As she was getting off
the car, Xiang Zhe pulled her back into the car seat and kissed her
forehead. His eyes shone with love as he said to her, "I so happy
to have you. Your birth brings me hope and I hope to bring you happiness."
Shan Mei face flushed red, "In the past, I did not realise how
fortunate I was. But I really very fortunate to have known you."
Zhen Shu met up with Ying Mei. You Zhen had been feeling very depressed
lately and she hoped that Ying Mei would show more concern for him.
As a token of her acceptance of Ying Mei, Zhen Zhu gave her a ring.
She even suggested letting Ying Mei have her room if she agreed to move
in with them. Ying Mei realised You Zhen hadn told his mother of their
breakup yet. This day, she was admitted to the hospital again. There,
she told You Zhen plainly that she had lied to him about her earlier
pregnancy and the medicine she took were actually for her menstrual
pains. You Zhen was shocked at her confession but still couldn believe
her words. But after checking with the doctor, he realised Ying Mei
was speaking the truth afterall. Although he felt very miserable, he
still expressed his willingness to wait for her. But Ying Mei wanted
to make a clean break with him. To pursue her dreams, she was willing
to give up everything, including You Zhen. But You Zhen knew of Xiang
Zhe deep feelings for Shan Mei. To which Ying Mei coldly replied, "I
will make him mine at all costs! I will stake everything I have to get
him!" After You Zhen left, Ying Mei cried bitterly. She still loved
You Zhen deeply but had made the cruel decision
You Zhen and Shan Mei were on an assignment. Shan Mei sensed that You
Zhen was feeling down and tried to cheer him up to no avail.
Lately, "The Morning of Eve" had been suffering from poor
ratings. Xian Da met up with Xiang Zhe to discuss about the programme.
As they chatted, Xian Da asked Xiang Zhe the one question which had
been bugging him, "Tell me, what did you like about her?"
"What?" For a moment, Xiang Zhe did not understand his question.
Xian Da decided to ask him straight, "I mean, what did you like
about Shan Mei?" Shan Mei? The mere mention of her name made Xiang
Zhe happy. He turned around to check if anyone listening and asked Xian
Da back softly, "Are we not compatible?" Looking at his nervous
reaction, Xian Da felt amused. He replied, "It not that. It just
that Ie always thought women like Yong Xi or Ying Mei would suit you
better." Xiang Zhe smiled. He didn't want any other woman, for
he knew Shan Mei the one who would suit him best! As they walked, Xiang
Zhe saw Ying Mei waiting for them ahead. It turned out that Xian Da
had also asked her along for the discussion.
In the restaurant, Xian Da had to leave early as something had cropped
up in the office. Alone with Xiang Zhe, Ying Mei hinted at her feelings
for Xiang Zhe. However, Xiang Zhe expressed that he couldn accept her
feelings. He also couldn understand the way she treated You Zhen. He
told her, "The person I myself love knew her own feelings very
well. Even if her feelings weren reciprocated, she would not force for
the same feelings from the other party. Instead, she would give him
her blessings" He was thinking of Shan Mei. In order to change
the topic of their conversation, he tried to ask Ying Mei to call Shan
Mei and You Zhen who were on an assignment together. Unwillingly, she
got through to Shan Mei phone but because she was having a bath, the
call was picked up by You Zhen. Ying Mei was shocked to hear You Zhen
pick up Shan Mei call. You Zhen heard Ying Mei voice and hanged up the
phone. Just then, Shan Mei came out from the bathroom and You Zhen told
her he had broken off with Ying Mei
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On their way
home, Ying Mei noticed Xiang Zhe crest-fallen look and decided that
this was a good time to act. She purposely asked him sadly, "I
guess you must be wondering why You Zhen is with Shan Meiin fact, he
had already broken off with me." Hearing this, Xiang Zhe felt his
heart tightened. You Zhen had broken off with Ying Mei? Is the crisis
here afterall? Ying Mei pretended to choke on her tears, "No matter
how hard I try, I still can compare to what they have shared for the
past twenty years." Ying Mei words pierced through Xiang Zhe heart
like a sword. Although he replied her saying that one cannot force love
to order, he had his own worries deep inside too. At home, he smoked
one cigarette after another and spent a sleepless night
On hearing their breakup, Shan Mei felt furious for You Zhen and demanded
to know why Ying Mei had decided to break off with him. But how could
You Zhen tell her the truth? He had already hurt Shan Mei too much.
How could he tell her that now, his own girlfriend was breaking off
with him to go after her boyfriend? He could only reply that maybe Ying
Mei had found someone better than him, someone who can help in her career
The next morning, Xiang Zhe was going to work when he saw Shan Mei waiting
for him outside his house. She was feeling troubled over You Zhen and
thought of confiding in Xiang Zhe. Over breakfast, she kept mentioning
You Zhen name. Xiang Zhe recalled Ying Mei words last night and felt
very uneasy. He promised Shan Mei to give You Zhen and Ying Mei another
chance at patching back. However, he also made her promise that whatever
the results were, it would be up to them to decide on how their relationship
would develop. He did not want Shan Mei to worry herself unnecessarily
over this matter anymore.
When Ying Mei received news of her assignment, she was enraged! Except
for Xiang Zhe, no one had such authority to send her on an overseas
assignment with You Zhen. And the reason why Xiang Zhe had done this
was very clear for Shan Mei! She found Shan Mei and scolded her for
making use of Xiang Zhe authority to send her abroad. Shan Mei sincerely
persuaded her to treat You Zhen better. But Ying Mei only coldly retorted
her, " If you care so much for You Zhen, you could jolly well return
to his side!" Later, she went to see Xiang Zhe regarding the assignment,
hoping he would send someone else instead. But Xiang Zhe told her that
it was his sincere wish that the assignment would partly serve as a
chance for her and You Zhen to patch back. Ying Mei confessed her feelings
for him, "What about my wishes then? I had originally thought that
I loved You Zhen. But since I got to know you, I finally understood.
The person Ie been waiting for is you." Facing this, Xiang Zhe
only uttered, "This is really shocking." Ying Mei felt very
disheartened by his cold and indifferent response.
In England, You Zhen and Ying Mei relationship did not improve as Shan
Mei had hoped. This day, Ying Mei was praying in a church when You Zhen
came by. She knew that this would be her last chance to let him give
up all hope on her. She said hard-heartedly, "I praying that you
would disappear from my sight. Even if the whole earth is destroyed,
I have no regretsbut only you I detest you so much that I hope you would
disappear along with your camera!"
You Zhen disappeared and Shan Mei also quickly learnt that her hopes
of their patch back had dashed. News of You Zhen breakup with Ying Mei
spread like wildfire in the company. At the carpark, Shan Mei found
Ying Mei and gave her a tight slap, "How could you do such a cruel
thing to You Zhen? You are too much!" Ying Mei laughed and said
that she had done her part during the time they dated and now, all she
wanted was to make a clean break with him. Zhen Shu called Shan Mei,
telling her that You Zhen had returned home for a while but left again.
They asked Ying Mei to look for You Zhen. But she retorted saying that
she had never loved You Zhen and his disappearance was none of her business.
She had only pretended to love him to spite Zhen Shu and Shan Mei.
At the board
meeting, Xiang Zhe step-uncle made use of the recent poor ratings of
"The Morning of Eve" as an excuse to try to kick him out of
the company. As the main cameraman of the programme, You Zhen disappearance
at this time made the whole situation worse. Xiang Zhe had one month
to salvage the situation, otherwise, he would be asked to resign.
Xiang Zhe did not agree with his step-uncle saying that the problem
lies with the presenters and the producers. However, what could be done
to salvage the declining viewership in such a short time? By accident,
he chanced upon the idea of focusing on the success stories of housewives-turned-business
women. At the meeting, everyone supported his proposal. Ying Mei advocated
his idea by suggesting to add on a new item of searching for lost children
and even volunteered to do the research. As for Shan Mei, when Xiang
Zhe asked for her opinions, she was pre-occupied with her own thoughts.
It turned out that Zhen Shu was sick from worry for You Zhen and she
is now waiting for his call. Just then, her handphone rang and hearing
it to from You Zhen, she asked to be excused. You Zhen had called to
say that he would return soon. Later, Shan Mei apologised to Xiang Zhe
for her distraction at the meeting earlier but the latter only smiled
and patted her back.
The revamp of the programme was very important and Ying Mei guessed
the producer and Xiang Zhe would come to watch the editing work. She
bought some drinks and waited at the editing studio and just as she
hoped, Xiang Zhe came. He decided to give a treat to all the colleagues
for their hard work. While waiting for the other colleagues to arrive,
Ying Mei made use of this opportunity to flirt with him. But Xiang Zhe
seemed distracted and she couldn figure him out. Just then, Shan Mei
called to inform him that You Zhen had come home. He put down the call
with a smile on his face and told Ying Mei the news. But Ying Mei couldn
be bothered, "I have no interest in this matter whatsoever. All
I care for is only you and our programmeOther than these, I don wish
to hear about anything else." She had always regarded Shan Mei
as a lucky person. Her cheerfulness made people jealous. Her bubbly
nature seemed to influence all those around her, in particular this
man before her She was in particularly surprised to see Xiang Zhe face
changing from emotionless to understanding and gentleness after talking
with Shan Mei on the phone
The newly revamped "The Morning of Eve" was very well-received
and ratings rivaled JBSTV station Morning Show. Xiang Zhe invited everyone
to a gathering at the holiday resort. At the karaoke lounge, he was
pulled on stage to perform a song. On the stage, he thanked everyone
for their hard work and offered to sing a love song "I will give
you all". As he belted out the song, everyone stared in awe of
his good vocals. Only Shan Mei herself knew that the song was Xiang
Zhe way of professing his love for her. Watching him sing with such
deep emotions, she felt very touched and smiled sweetly.
Later, at their hotel suites, Xiang Zhe called Shan Mei, "I really
miss youBut it already too late now…" He had wanted so much to
see her! He had a slight headache from drinking too much but was still
in very high spirits. Soon after he hanged up the phone, the doorbell
rang. It was Ying Mei. He tried to close the door on her but she said
she had work matters to discuss with him and couldn wait till the next
day. Xiang Zhe had no choice but to let her in.
At this time, Shan Mei decided to bring some medicine over to Xiang
Zhe. As she reached his suite, she was shocked to see Ying Mei walk
into his room
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As she saw
Ying Mei enter Xiang Zhe room, the truth suddenly dawned on Shan Mei.
Ying Mei new target was Xiang Zhe! She had dumped You Zhen to go after
Xiang Zhe! Shan Mei was shocked at this discovery.
Inside Xiang Zhe suite, he asked Ying Mei calmly, "What is it that
you wish to speak to me about? Everytime Ms Hsu has something to speak
to me, I would feel afraid." Ying Mei expressed her wish to resign,
"I a tough and vicious woman, but after breaking up with You Zhen,
I feel very bad whenever I face you…" She lowered her eyelids and
continued sadly, "Even though I know you only had eyes for Shan
Mei, I couldn stop myself from being attracted to you" Perhaps
under the influence of his headache, Xiang Zhe wasn in the mood to deal
with Ying Mei today. He looked at her coldly, "Am I responsible
for your break up with You Zhen?" Ying Mei was shocked by his words.
She tried to say something but Xiang Zhe continued, "Il just be
plain saying with you. Have I ever said or done anything to you which
I should be responsible for? If yes, Il bear the responsibility!"
"True love can be forced. At least, the person I love won expect
the same feelings from the person she loves, even though it unrequited
love, she will only have blessings for him and hold no grudges."
Other than Shan Mei, he had no place for anyone else in his heart! "I
respect you as an invaluable talent to the company, Miss Hsu. Other
than this, I can do anything more. Can you accept this result?"
Faced with Xiang Zhe blunt rejection, Ying Mei felt utterly embarrassed.
Shan Mei spent a sleepless night, troubled over the complex relationship
among the four of them. The next morning, she was shocked to see Xiang
Zhe and Ying Mei sharing the same lift. Xiang Zhe smiled to her. Seeing
that she had no intention of coming into the lift, he pulled her in
before the lift door closed. What wrong with Shan Mei? He asker her,
"Did you have a good sleep?" "Yes…" Shan Mei managed
weakly and posed the same question to Ying Mei. Ying Mei answered coldly,
"Couldn get to sleep for the whole night!" Hearing this, Shan
Mei expression changed. She rushed out once the lift door opened. Xiang
Zhe was puzzled. Wasn she just fine last night? Why was she in such
a hurry to avoid him today?
When Shan Mei met up with Xiang Zhe later, she couldn help but asked
him, "The one whom Ying Mei likesis you, right? Why didn you tell
me she had been hinting her feelings at you?" Shan Mei knew about
it? Xiang Zhe replied, "Is it really that important? I don feel
anything at all." Shan Mei raised her voice, "It is important
to me!" She turned her face away, "Last night, I saw her entering
your room…" That explained her weird actions this morning! Looking
at her nervous reaction, Xiang Zhe felt unusually happy and laughed.
Shan Mei looked so sweet even when she jealous. "What are you laughing
at?" How could he still laugh when she feeling so troubled? "This
feeling great!" Xiang Zhe couldn stop the grin on his face, "You
are jealous!" But Shan Mei wasn prepared to admit. He regarded
her with gentleness, "Do you want me to explain? Want to hear?"
But Shan Mei was already feeling very confused and sad, "No need.
You Zhen and Ying Meimyself and Seniorwhat should I do?" Xiang
Zhe sensed her insecurity. Looking straight into her eyes, he said,
"What should you do? It not complicated at all. All you need to
do is to look and walk straight towards me…" "Don look anywhere
else," he emphasised. He didn want her to walk any other way, except
into his arms
In the make-up room, Shan Mei told Ying Mei to abandon her plan to go
after Xiang Zhe. But Ying Mei had decided to stake everything she had
to get this man. She challenged Shan Mei and left with the words, "Be
it You Zhen or Xiang Zhe, you can never win me!"
At home, You Zhen watched Shan Mei outstanding broadcast and gave a
comforted smile. At the same time, Shan Mei received a call from Zhen
Shu asking her for a lunch gathering over the weekend with Gui Cheng
and You Zhen. During a location assignment, Shan Mei tried to comfort
a depressed You Zhen. After much talk, he finally smiled.
In the office, Ying Mei was getting more and more arrogant each day
and no longer tried to curry favour the other colleagues as she did
in the past. When she bumped into Yong Xi, she did not even bother to
stop but hurried off. Instead, it was Shan Mei who went over to help
Yong Xi pick up her things. Yong Xi found her initial impression about
the two girls changing
On their way home, Xiang Zhe felt a little bitter as he hear Shan Mei
talked non-stop about You Zhen. He stole a look at her as she continued,
"Auntie Zhen Shu was very worried about You Zhen. But after seeing
him today, I think he is already getting much better…" At her doorstep,
he couldn bear it any further and finally said, "Along the way,
you have already mentioned You Zhen name for more than twenty times."
He felt really jealous. But when he saw her knit her eyebrows, his heart
softened again. He just couldn get angry with his little angel. Xiang
Zhe then asked if she free on Sunday, he had wanted to introduce a very
important person to her. Sunday? She had a lunch gathering with her
father, Zhen Shu and You Zhen. But after just being chided for mentioning
You Zhen name, Shan Mei couldn bring herself to tell Xiang Zhe about
the gathering, so she told him she had an appointment with her father
but she could make time in the afternoon.
In actual fact, Sunday was Xiang Zhe late-mother birthday and he wanted
to bring Shan Mei along to pay their respects at her tomb. Before he
drove off, Shan Mei stopped him. She felt nervous and shy, but mustered
all her courage to say the words, "Ilike like you very much, the
person I like is not anyone else, but you, Senior. You must believe
me!" Her cheeks flushing red, she ran away after telling Xiang
Zhe her feelings. Xiang Zhe stood fixed to the ground and was dazed
for a few moments. After so many years of waiting, this was the first
time Shan Mei clearly expressed her feelings for him! He smiled happily
the whole journey home
At home, Shan Mei opened her door to find a drunk You Zhen. She helped
him inside her house and told him to rest well. In his grief, You Zhen
asked Shan Mei to marry him, "Even it is only for a year, or a
month, I just want you to be at my side!" Shan Mei was shocked
to hear this. She had waited all her life for him to propose to her
but, in these circumstances? When she had already fallen in love with
Xiang Zhe? How could he be so cruel to her? She cried bitterly and You
Zhen cried along, regretting his rash words.
On the morning of her date with Xiang Zhe, Shan Mei came to the restaurant
with her father and Zhen Shu and found You Zhen already drinking heavily.
On seeing her son in this state, Zhen Shu cried sadly and Shan Mei went
forward to comfort her. In the end, Shan Mei couldn leave behind a drunk
You Zhen and a grieving Zhen Shu. She called Xiang Zhe and lied saying
that she couldn make it for their date because her father had fallen
ill. Xiang Zhe comforted her and went alone to pay his respects to his
late-mother. After leaving the cemetery, he was still worried about
Shan Mei and decided to pay her a visit. No one was at home then and
he patiently waited outside. At this time, he saw Gui Cheng car. Shan
Mei, Zhen Shu and Gui Cheng were helping a heavily drunk You Zhen get
down the car. From the corner of her eye, Shan Mei saw Xiang Zhe watching
Alone with Xiang Zhe, Shan Mei felt so guilty about her lie and could
not bring herself to face him. But Xiang Zhe emphathised with her totally,
"You could have told me right from the start." She had wanted
to tell him but she didn dare mention You Zhen name in front of him,
"I sorry…". She raised her head and asked him, "Who was
it that you wanted to introduce to me?" Xiang Zhe lightly brushed
it off as a common friend. He didn want Shan Mei to feel guilty about
this. Shan Mei felt so ashamed and choked on her emotions, "I really
don know why I kept hurting Senior time after time…" How should
he put it? "Ifyou want to come back to my side, just walk straight
towards me, but everytime I think you have made a step forward, you
would take two steps back again. Very interestingalthough it interesting,
it also very tiring. I hope you won let me be so tired again…"
Shan Mei felt the tears coming to her eyes again, "Senior, please
don be so tolerant with me. If you do this, I would feel very guilty."
But Xiang Zhe didn want her guilt, all he wanted was her love! He held
her hands and said, "Frankly speaking, sometimes I would feel angry
when I see you getting so troubled over You Zhen. I a man afterall but
if you were to come to me without any qualms for You Zhen, I don think
I will be happy too. Because you are Shan Mei and I like you for who
you are and your qualities. You don have to feel that you have let me
down. I can wait for you…" Once again, Shan Mei was deeply touched
by Xiang Zhe understanding. Tears rolled in her eyes, "Why are
you so good to me?" Xiang Zhe smiled gently at her, hoping the
smile would somehow comfort her, "Thiseven I'm not too sure myself,
maybe you can let me know once you know the reason…" From his smile,
Shan Mei seemed to find renewed courage
In the office, Yong Xi offered to coach Shan Mei on her speech delivery
techniques. Ying Mei felt very jealous when she saw this. She vowed
not only to snatch Xiang Zhe away from Shan Mei, but also seize the
coveted nine p.m. newsbroadcaster position from Yong Xi.
After the coaching, Yong Xi asked Shan Mei if she had visited Xiang
Zhe late mother tomb the day before. Yong Xi had heard Xiang Zhe mention
he will bring someone along and guessed that the person would be none
other than Shan Mei. Hearing this, Shan Mei realised that the person
Xiang Zhe had wanted to introduce to her was none other than his late
mother! She quickly said her goodbye to Yong Xi and rushed off to Xiang
Zhe house but he was not around. She waited patiently outside his house
On the other side, You Zhen was drinking alone when he saw Ying Mei
broadcast the news on the television. He was furious to hear some men
sitting near him speak ill of Ying Mei and fought with them.
Ying Mei knew that Xiang Zhe placed a lot of emphasis on his work. She
did extra research for a programme and purposely handed the materials
to the scriptwriter when he around. Xiang Zhe complimented her for her
hard work and she made use of this chance to ask him to treat herself
to dinner. Xiang Zhe obliged but told her as a matter-of-factly that
the dinner was purely to thank her for her contributions and nothing
else. She pretended to be sad and drank. Later, she even discarded her
jacket and went off to dance alone. However, Xiang Zhe was not at all
moved by her actions. He drove her back to her home and politely asked
her to alight. But Ying Mei wasn prepared to give up yet. She pretended
to be drunk and fall into Xiang Zhe arms but was held back by him. Seeing
that Xiang Zhe was not at all moved by her seduction, Ying Mei could
only alight from his car reluctantly.
At this time, Shan Mei was still waiting for Xiang Zhe outside his house
when she received a call from Zhen Shu saying that You Zhen was brought
to the police station for fighting. Worried about You Zhen, she decided
to leave. At this time, Xiang Zhe car drove past and they missed each
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At the police
station, Shan Mei was very sad to see You Zhen covered in bruises. When
she knew that he had fought with others because of Ying Mei, all the
more her heart ached for his foolishness. They have also informed Ying
Mei but she did not come afterall. Zhen Shu cried bitterly and begged
Shan Mei to return to You Zhen side, "Would you help him? Only
you can help him now. Didn you like You Zhen a lot in the past?"
Shan Mei found herself caught in a dilemmaEven as she comforted Zhen
Shu, she felt so worried for You Zhen too. How much longer could You
Zhen go on like this? But how could she go on hurting Xiang Zhe? Finally,
she made a decision. She could not let Xiang Zhe wait for her anymore
At the riverside, Shan Mei told Xiang Zhe her decision, "I couldn
leave You Zhen in the lurch…" Xiang Zhe turned to face her. What
did she mean by this? Had what he feared most arrived? "He is so
miserable now, and Auntie Zhen Shu had been like a mother to me, I couldn
bear to see them like this…" She looked at him, "You once
said, letting You Zhen and Ying Mei go to England would be the last
time you would help them, but I couldn let it be the last time."
Xiang Zhe looked at her calmly, "What do you hope me to do?"
"I hope you won be hurt anymore. After today, don bother yourself
with me again," She could feel her heart being torn apart as she
said these cruel words. To her surprise, Xiang Zhe only sighed and replied,
"If you are the only one who can help You Zhen, then just go ahead."
But how could she be so selfish? She looked into his sorrowful eyes,
"But I not only purely helping himwhat if I I were to marry You
Zhen, what would you do then?" Xiang Zhe felt his breath went out
of him, "Till then, I just won wait for you anymore but before
that, I want to make my own decisions. You go and help You Zhen and
once you are done, just come back to me. Don worry about anything else.
You just do what you wish to do, come to me if you face any problems…"
Shan Mei could only look at Xiang Zhe wordlessly, for no words could
express her feelings right now. "I not doing this because I a good
man. It because I can understand your feelings for You Zhenit the same
as what I feel for you." His heart ached, "You just need to
remember that someone is waiting for you here, always waiting…"
The next day after work, Xiang Zhe bumped into You Zhen and Shan Mei
at the carpark. You Zhen was ignorant of their relationship and told
Shan Mei to alight and go over to Xiang Zhe but she refused. Xiang Zhe
did not want Shan Mei to feel embarrassed and drove off immediately.
Since he had decided to wait for her, he would not do anything to put
her in a dilemma. Shan Mei accompanied You Zhen home and went home alone
later. In her own room, she curled her knees up to her chin and touched
the anklet Xiang Zhe gave her on her birthday. She hadn removed it since
the day he put it on for her. She recalled the encounter with Xiang
Zhe at the carpark today and pain shot through her heart. Meanwhile,
Xiang Zhe was taking a long bath with a glass of wine in his hand, deep
You Zhen went to the pub to drown his sorrows again and Shan Mei had
no choice but to follow him. They bumped into Xiang Zhe and Ying Mei
there. Ying Mei had asked Xiang Zhe for a treat since she had earlier
rejected an invitation from his step-uncle to host a rival show to "The
Morning of Eve". Xiang Zhe was opening his briefcase to show Ying
Mei a new proposal when she asked, "What is the pin number to your
briefcase? Most people will usually use either birth dates or telephone
numbers." Xiang Zhe purposely said it loud and clear so that Shan
Mei could hear it at the next table, "0706. It the birthday of
a friend whom I like very much." You Zhen heard it and asked Shan
Mei, "Isn that your birthday?" and rushed out to vomit. Shan
Mei was about to follow him but Xiang Zhe stopped her and went instead.
Outside the pub, You Zhen pushed Xiang Zhe aside and questioned him,
"What is this? You already have Shan Mei, so what are you trying
to do?" He had mistaken Xiang Zhe relationship with Ying Mei. Xiang
Zhe replied him determinedly, "Just as your feelings for Ying Mei,
I only have Shan Mei in my heart. Whatever she wants to do, I will support
With the passage of time, colleagues were beginning to realise Shan
Mei sincere and kind character and in contrast, Ying Mei scheming nature.
Everyone liked Shan Mei but gave Ying Mei the cold shoulder. This day,
Xiang Zhe was in the lift when the doors opened at the radio broadcast
studio. He was about to press the close button when he saw Shan Mei
walked past. He decided to follow her like what he did in the past and
hid at a corner to hear her broadcast. "Shan Mei is really a very
remarkable broadcaster now", he thought to himself. She had overcome
so many obstacles to become what she is today. Looking at her, he couldn
help but smile. Even though the smile hinged heavily on bitterness,
it also full of sincerity
At this time, Pei Ren Xiu was released from the prison. Once again,
he phoned Ying Mei. Ying Mei was shocked to hear his voice again and
promptly hanged up the phone. She had been feeling very angry lately
at Yong Xi apparent concern for Shan Mei. Earlier, her conniving plan
to frame Shan Mei of deleting Yong Xi computer file was also discovered
by the latter. At the carpark, an evil thought grew in her mind and
she sabotaged Yong Xi car brake system. As a result, Yong Xi met with
an accident and Ying Mei was asked to take over Yong Xi as the nine
p.m. newsbroadcaster. She was pretending to decline the job when Yong
Xi came back on crutches, insisting that she was fine and could carry
on with the broadcast. Ying Mei was furious that her plan had backfired.
Finally, You Zhen gradually returned to his natural self again. He felt
bad for his rash words to Shan Mei the other night and decided to invite
her for dinner. When he later heard news that Yong Xi was injured in
an accident, his sixth sense told him something fishy was going on.
As a cameraman, he knew that the carpark would be fitted with security
cameras. He went to the Security department to ask for the tape and
discovered Ying Mei doings. At this time, Ying Mei was parking her car
in the carpark when she accidentally saw the security cameras. Panic
shot through her
It was raining heavily and Shan Mei was waiting for You Zhen for their
dinner date. Xiang Zhe walked past and went over to talk to her, "Hi,
long time no see…" He took shelter in her umbrella and asked smilingly,
"What are you doing?" Shan Mei replied hesitantly, "I
waiting for someonefor You Zhen…" He understood. "I just had
my dinner and on my way back to the office…" He had to go. "The
umbrella…" Before Shan Mei could finish her sentence, a car zoomed
past and water splashed onto both of them. Xiang Zhe reflexively used
her umbrella to shield her from the water and caught her in his arms.
Instantly, she felt very shy at their intimacy. Xiang Zhe sensed her
shyness and said his goodbye to her.
Ying Mei realised that her actions have been caught on camera and went
to the security department to ask for the tape but was told it was already
taken by You Zhen. When she couldn find You Zhen in his office, she
frantically searched through his workplace, looking for the tape. You
Zhen appeared and told her the tape with him. Ying Mei kneeled in front
of You Zhen and begged him to forgive her, "Please let me off,
You Zhen! It all my fault, could you please let me off?" She could
not let anyone discover that tape! "Would you talk to me please?
You know how much I love you! Please give me a chance to explain…"
Looking at her desperate expression, You Zhen felt as though he had
finally seen her true and natural self. Ying Mei frantically clung on
to him and suggested they find a place to talk things over.
At this time, Xiang Zhe was leaving the office after work. He was surprised
when he saw You Zhen and Ying Mei drove off together. Suddenly he seemed
to remember something and immediately drove off into the rain
Shan Mei was still waiting for You Zhen. The rain was getting heavier
and she shivered in the cold wind. Just then, Xiang Zhe appeared. Seeing
Shan Mei still waiting in the pouring rain, his heart ached for the
love for her yet angry at her foolishness. He went over and wordlessly
pulled her into his car
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protests, Xiang Zhe forcefully dragged Shan Mei onto his car. Shan Mei
was furious at his sudden actions and demanded he stop the car immediately.
However, Xiang Zhe was too angry to take heed of her words. He told
her harshly, "Call home to say you are not going back!" and
then proceeded to drive her back to his home. There, Shan Mei blew her
top, "How could you do this! Don you know that I waiting for You
Zhen?" She turned, preparing to leave but heard Xiang Zhe words,
"He wouldn be coming. The You Zhen you trusted so much won come.
Do you know where he is now? He with Ying Mei right now!"
But Shan Mei would not believe that You Zhen would stand her up without
at least giving her a call. Xiang Zhe took a towel and quietly sat down
to dry Shan Mei hair. When he finally spoke, his tone was full of sorrow,
"From the start, I knew that You Zhen is the most important person
in your life…" Shan Mei tried to explain but he continued, "But
when I saw them leaving together, and then I saw you waiting for You
Zhen in the rainI asked myself, what am I to you? Later, I finally understood.
I mean nothing to youTo love someone, if it not all, then it nothing."
He could feel his heart being torn apart as he said the words. Shan
Mei tried anxiously to explain, "I not waiting for You Zhen because
I like him. It just that I believe he will turn up for our appointment,
no matter what." Xiang Zhe was too heart-broken, he stretched out
his hand to her, "Come, Il send you back. Maybe You Zhen is waiting
for you right now. If that is really the case, then maybe II could really
give you up…" Shan Mei tried to express her feelings for him, "Senior,
Ictually I" but the words just wouldn leave her throat. She loved
Xiang Zhe deeply but before she could walk straight back to him again,
she couldn say the wordsShe couldn hurt him anymore
On the other side, You Zhen drove Ying Mei to a hotel. Ying Mei tried
to make advancements at him but he was not moved by her seductions.
She cried bitterly and tried to explain she had committed the deed in
a moment of folly. You Zhen coldly told her that he would keep the videotape
with him. He reminded her that the next time she wanted to do something
evil again, pause and remember that he had the videotape in his hands.
After he left, Ying Mei shouted and cried hysterically.
Xiang Zhe drove Shan Mei back to the place they left earlier. He kept
his eyes fixed ahead. A whole tumult of emotions was raging through
his mind. Right now, he could not figure out why he sending the woman
he loved so dearly into the arms of another man. As it turned out, You
Zhen really turned up and Shan Mei reluctantly alighted from Xiang Zhe
car. As her weight lifted off the car, Xiang Zhe could feel his heart
being emptied tooShan Mei walked to You Zhen but couldn help but turn
back to look into Xiang Zhe eyes. You Zhen caught sight of Xiang Zhe
too. Xiang Zhe realised his expression was revealing too much of his
bare emotions, he smiled at them and drove off. As he drove, tears welled
in his eyes
At You Zhen home, he advised Shan Mei to go back to Xiang Zhe side.
When Shan Mei inquired of his relationship with Ying Mei, You Zhen seemed
undecided, "It difficult for me to decide whether I would forgive
Ying Mei from here onwards or to hate her…" Shan Mei knew that
You Zhen understood her very well. She was in love with Xiang Zhe. When
she saw his hurt expression just now, she felt as though she was dying.
But she could not go back to him after she had hurt him so deeplyshe
couldn be so selfishThis night, she couldn get to sleep and kept tossing
about on her bed. She had contracted a cold after being caught in the
rain earlier. In between coughs, Xiang Zhe parting words kept coming
back to her ears, " I could really give you up…"
Because she was not feeling well, Shan Mei arrived late for a meeting
the next day. Xiang Zhe criticised her working attitude in front of
all the colleagues. After the meeting, Shan Mei waited for Xiang Zhe
outside his office. "Senior, about yesterday…" She didn have
the chance to finish her sentence, Xiang Zhe interrupted her, "We
would only talk business in the office." He looked up at her, "You
wouldn think that I had reprimanded you earlier at the meeting because
of you and You Zhen?" He stared at her intensely, "I don think
you would, but we aren the only ones working in the company, so we have
to be serious when it comes to work." Shan Mei could only managed
a weak "yes". Xiang Zhe continued, "I have acceded to
most of your requests regarding work, but I hope this won be the case
in futurenow, colleagues are assessing your capability on the basis
of our relationship, don tell me you still want to be misunderstood
further?" He wanted her to prove to others that her success was
based solely on her own efforts. Shan Mei could not find the right words
to reply except to apologise, "I sorryI had thought you might want
to know about You Zhen and Ying Mei news. I would handle this more carefully
in future…" She stood up to leave and felt momentarily light-headed
and held onto the armrest. Xiang Zhe frowned seeing this
At night, Shan Mei was already getting very ill with high fever but
still insisted on broadcasting live for her "Musical Postcard"
programme. When the other colleagues suggested using pre-recorded programmes,
she smiled weakly, "Someone just told me that I have to be more
serious towards my work." Xiang Zhe had said these words earlier.
At this time, Xiang Zhe was driving home and he tuned in to Shan Mei
live programme, just as he always did. "What is it like to be loved
deeply by the person you love? What would the feeling be? For those
of you who want to reply this immediately, you must realise how fortunate
you are. Even though we argue that one-sided love is also a form of
love, but you can never produce sound just by using one hand alone."
This represented his feelings perfectly, Xiang Zhe thought to himself.
"This is tonight last song…" Suddenly, Shan Mei voice disappeared.
She had barely held out until the last song and collapsed right on the
broadcast table. Xiang Zhe was puzzled. He tried successfully tuning
in to other stations, looked at his watch and thought it not time for
Shan Mei programme to end yet. Suddenly, he recalled her pale face earlier
in the day and sensed that something was amiss. Had something happened
to her? He made a swift u-turn and rushed back to the office. When he
saw Shan Mei lying unconscious on the sofa, fear gripped hold of him.
He carried her up and rushed all the way to the hospital. Gui Cheng
could not rush back till the next morning and Xiang Zhe promised to
take care of Shan Mei. Sitting beside her hospital bed, Xiang Zhe couldn
stop blaming himself, "Why didn I realise earlier she ill? And
to think I was so harsh to her this morning!" He soothed her flushed
forehead and stayed with her throughout the nightWhen she woke up the
next morning, Xiang Zhe had already left after Gui Cheng arrived.
This day, You Zhen was going home when he saw Ying Mei waiting for him.
Again, Ying Mei begged his forgiveness and asked to patch back with
him. You Zhen seemed uncertain for a moment but still left.
Shan Mei was reading a magazine on the hospital bed when she came across
an article on Xiang Zhe. It was about Xiang Zhe impending engagement
to the daughter of the Chairman of a certain big company. All of a sudden,
she felt so confused. She could not tell apart the familiar school senior
that she once knew so dearly from the capable businessman mentioned
in the article. She felt so distant from Xiang Zhe. Just then, Xiang
Zhe called and asked if he could visit her. She felt perplexed after
reading the article and lied, "No, donrm, my father coming. Where
are you now?" In actual fact, Xiang Zhe was already at the hospital
but thinking that Shan Mei didn want to see him, he replied he at the
company carpark and drove off, feeling devastated. To him, distancing
himself from Shan Mei was the most heart breaking thing
In the end, You Zhen succumbed to his love for Ying Mei and they patched
back. He wanted to return her the videotape but she pretended to refuse
taking it back.
At the first meeting after she was discharged, Shan Mei saw Xiang Zhe
the moment she stepped into the room. Recalling the article she saw,
she asked, "I saw articles on Director Yi, from the newspapers
and magazinesI feel Director Yi isn quite like the man I know. Which
is the real you?" Xiang Zhe thought this was interesting. He smiled
at her, "Shan Mei, whenever you are angry with me, you would call
me Director Yi, am I right?" "We…" Shan Mei lowered her
head, " Director and I are we still the kind of relationship where
we can get angry with each other? Director Yi had said to give me upand
to let go of me…" Before Xiang Zhe could reply, the other colleagues
came into the meeting room. He stole a glance at her, thinking that
if it was so easy to give her up, he wouldn be suffering right now.
Xiang Zhe and Shan Mei relationship was getting tenser with each passing
day. This day, Xiang Zhe was lunching with Xian Da and Ying Mei when
they saw Shan Mei having lunch with his step-uncle. Xiang Zhe step-uncle
was working on a new programme lately. He had earlier sought Ying Mei
as the main host but she had rejected the offer to show her loyalty
to Xiang Zhe. He now persuading Shan Mei to take up the job and purposely
asked Xiang Zhe if he needed to get his approval first. Xiang Zhe replied
this should be Shan Mei personal decision. Xian Da was surprised that
Xiang Zhe would agree to this arrangement and asked if he had broken
off with Shan Mei. Hearing this, Ying Mei eyes sparkled. Have they really
broken up? If this was the truth, then she would have a chance with
Xiang Zhe! But she still had two problems: You Zhen and the videotape.
She secretly vowed to take back the videotape. Later, she found an opportunity
to ask Shan Mei if she had broken off with Xiang Zhe. Shan Mei was shocked
and misunderstood that Xiang Zhe had told her they had broken off
Ying Mei visited You Zhen at his home. While he was bathing, she frantically
searched for the videotape that bore the evidence to her crime. In actual
fact, You Zhen was well aware of her motives. When he suddenly walked
out of the bathroom and asked her what she was looking for, Ying Mei
was taken aback. She tried to explain saying she looking for their photo.
You Zhen offered to return the videotape to her but she refused, saying
that the videotape would be much safer in his keepsake and would serve
as a reminder for her not to commit any more evil deeds.
A down-hearted Shan Mei returned home very late and found Xiang Zhe
at her door. He looked just as distraught as she did
All About Eve (18) by Carina Lee
Xiang Zhe brought
Shan Mei to a coffee lounge. He felt so helpless in this relationship,
"I have no idea how we ended up like this…" Shan Mei tried
hard to keep her tears in check, she couldn cry in front of Xiang Zhe
now, "You don have to feel guilty. It all my fault, I have hurt
you too deeplyIn order to take care of another man, I have made the
unreasonable request of asking you to wait for me…" Even as she
said these words, why did her heart ache so much? Hearing this, Xiang
Zhe got fearful. Did she still have unfinished matters with You Zhen?
Or did she still have feelings for You Zhen? He could only ask her sadly,
"You want to make a clean break with me just like this?" Shan
Mei nodded and wanted to leave. She couldn bear to stay on for another
minute. But Xiang Zhe hadn said his piece. He sincerely advised her
to take up his step-uncle offer as the host of his new programme. This
job would signify a very good career move for her. Hearing this, Shan
Mei temper flared and she questioned him, "What is this? Why are
you pretending to care for me when in actual fact, you are telling others
that we have broken off? Which is the real you? And what has the new
programme got to do with you" She couldn finish her sentence and
ran off. Once outside, tears streamed down her cheeks. That night, Xiang
Zhe drank a lot and called Xian Da on the phone. Xian Da thought he
had convinced Shan Mei not to accept the new job. But Xiang Zhe couldn
ask himself to stand in Shan Mei career progression just because of
his own selfish motives. Xian Da was about to hang up when he heard
Xiang Zhe say, "Don Please don put down the phone yet…" His
tone was of sadness and bitterness, "Could you just console mefor
five minutes?" He felt really despaired today. On the other line,
Xian Da was shocked. He had never seen Xiang Zhe like this before, "Xiang
Zhe, are you ok?" Xiang Zhe could only let out a bitter laugh.
The next morning, Ying Mei went to Xiang Zhe house on the pretext of
showing him a proposal she had prepared. Xiang Zhe invited her to lunch
as a form of appreciation of her hard work. Ying Mei seized this opportunity
and carefully asked him, "I have already heard from Shan Mei that
both of you have broken offis it true?" Xiang Zhe felt his throat
tightened. "Must I answer this question?" He really didn know
how to answer this tough question Why, Shan Mei?
Over at Shan Mei house, Gui Cheng was telling her to bring Xiang Zhe
over to their house more often. He added that the latter had stayed
with her the whole night when she was in hospital. Shan Mei was rendered
dumbfounded at this news. She realised that she had misunderstood Xiang
Zhe! Why hadn he told her? She blinked to hold her tears back and decided
to look for him. But when she reached Xiang Zhe house, she saw Ying
Mei getting into his car. She retreated again.
Later, she met up with You Zhen and told him she had broken off with
Xiang Zhe, "But why did I still feel so sad? He had a right to
see whoever he wanted to now…" "Is that person Ying Mei?"
You Zhen asked. He had guessed as much. "You Zhen, I sorry. I didn
want to mention Ying Mei name in front of you. But when I saw them together
this morning, at that moment, I felt as though I suffocating…"
You Zhen finally realised that Ying Mei had been lying to him all this
while. She had not gone back to him out of love but for the videotape.
She had earlier asked him not to spread news of their patchback saying
she needed more time for Zhen Shu to accept her again. But the cruel
truth was that she was too ambitious, she had not given up on her target!
You Zhen tried to comfort Shan Mei, saying, "Don worry, everything
is going to be fine…" He decided to help her solve her problem
Ying Mei and Shan Mei were invited as guests on a talkshow. When asked
if she had any boyfriend, Shan Mei saw Xiang Zhe standing in the studio
and replied saying that she had no boyfriend. Hearing this and recalling
Shan Mei talk about their break up the other night, Xiang Zhe couldn
help but feel bitter. At least to him, Shan Mei is his girlfriend. On
the other hand, when asked about her ideal man, Ying Mei looked straight
into Xiang Zhe eyes and said, "I like men who are confident and
recognise my value." She even admitted candidly that she already
had a target in mind. The talkshow survey revealed that Shan Mei popularity
ratings to be a high 90% while Ying Mei a mere 10%. Ying Mei felt utterly
embarrassed by this.
After the talkshow, Xiang Zhe visited Shan Mei at the makeup unit. She
thanked him for taking care of her while she was hospitalised. Xiang
Zhe made use of this chance to ask her out for dinner but before she
could answer, Ying Mei walked in. Shan Mei quickly excused herself and
Ying Mei asked Xiang Zhe out for dinner. Ying Mei again! In actual fact,
Xiang Zhe was not hungry at all, he had merely made an excuse to ask
Shan Mei out. As they walked along the corridor, Ying Mei suddenly saw
You Zhen watching her and quickly told Xiang Zhe she had something on
and went off. You Zhen finally returned the videotape to Ying Mei and
told her he had already deleted the evidence of her crime. Ying Mei
hurriedly went home to play the videotape and heaved a sigh of relief
when no images appeared on the screen. But she missed the part when
You Zhen appeared on the tape. This night, Xiang Zhe went alone to Shan
Mei house and placed a stalk of rose at her door. He hoped Shan Mei
would understand his feelings for her. When Shan Mei came home and saw
the rose, she smiled sweetly
You Zhen decided to marry Ying Mei afterall. He had deleted her part
in the videotape because no matter what she did, he would still love
her and accept her. But he could not let her go on hurting Shan Mei,
he decided to announce their relationship! When Zhen Shu heard of his
decision to marry Ying Mei, she was enraged and chased him out of the
house. Shan Mei was also shocked when she heard the news from Zhen Shu,
"How could you actually leave home because of Ying Mei? Have you
forgotten how she treated you?" However, You Zhen had already made
up his mind, "Don talk about this anymoreNow that you know I back
with Ying Mei again, you should believe Xiang Zhe. There is really nothing
going on between them."
You Zhen knew that he was the only one who could stop Ying Mei now.
Her ambitions had already hurt too many people, he couldn let Xiang
Zhe and Shan Mei become victims of her ambitions again. Later at night,
he went to wait for Xiang Zhe outside his house. Over a couple of drinks,
he told Xiang Zhe, "I have patched back with Ying Mei. I really
ashamed to have caused Shan Mei so much worry lately. Because of her
kind nature, she couldn bear to leave me in the lurchbut I just want
you to know thateven though she helped me a lot, her heart has never
moved a step away from you. Shan Mei loves you very deeply and I hope
you understand this…"
Xiang Zhe felt his heart miss a beat. Shan Mei loved him? Shan Mei loved
him! All the years of waiting had not been in vain! He rushed to her
house and dragged her out for a talk. Shan Mei fumed mad, "It already
so late. Is there anything you want? I going back." She turned
to leave. But Xiang Zhe wasn going to let her go this time! He said
determinedly, "No, you are not going back! From now onwards, I
am in charge. I won listen to you anymore, you have to listen to me."
His eyes shone with the love for her, "I don know when we end up
like this, but that not important anymore. In future, you can only like
me, only think of me, because I want to be like this as well…"
He looked at her. Shan Mei eyes brimmed with tears but he continued,
"Even though I knew you were under a lot of pressure lately, I
have not been showing you with the due care and concern, the main reason
being the fact that I was also too tiredbut I won leave you to your
problems again, and I won let you have the chance to talk about another
break up. I promise." Shan Mei eyes were filled with joy, she tried
not to cry but tears of happiness and relief flowed down her cheeks.
Xiang Zhe had tears in his eyes too. He held Shan Mei in his arms, once
againin his arms. He felt so contented. Till a broad smile returned
to Shan Mei face again, they walked hand in hand into the beautiful
Yong Xi decided to go to England to further her studies and the nine
p.m. news broadcaster position would be up for grabs. The two main contenders
would be Ying Mei and Shan Mei. Ying Mei challenged Shan Mei to compete
for the position but the latter was frustrated at her position-hungry
nature, "If the position means so much to you, take it by all means!
I just hope that you will treat You Zhen better." Ying Mei was
furious to learn that You Zhen had told Shan Mei of their patch back.
She questioned You Zhen and was further shocked to learn that even Xiang
Zhe knew of the matter, "What did you tell Xiang Zhe? You had wanted
to cling on to me, right? Cling on to me using that videotape? Who are
you to stand in the way of my future? Let me tell you, from now onwards,
we are through!"
At this time, someone wrote an anonymous letter to the company, saying
that Ying Mei had worked in a nightclub before. Xian Da asked Ying Mei
about the matter and the latter denied it. Xian Da said that the letter
might be someone playing a prank and asked Ying Mei not to take it to
heart. Ying Mei was furious because she knew that this must be the doing
of Pei Ren Xiu.
This night, Shan Mei missed Xiang Zhe very much and gave him a call.
On the other line, Xiang Zhe asked her gently, "What special occasion
is it?" "The day I was knocked down by your car! We should
meet up today, right? But it already eleven thirty p.m. now…" Shan
Mei said, putting on the cap Xiang Zhe gave her back then in London.
The day heaven tossed Shan Mei to him? On that dayan angel hit his carHe
wouldn miss this day for the rest of the world! He hopped onto his car
and rushed over to Shan Mei house. On the way, he was delayed by road
works. After overcoming so many obstacles, this little roadblock would
not deter his determination to see his beloved Shan Mei. He got down
of his car and ran all the way. When he finally reached her house, Shan
Mei was already pacing up and down at her gate. Perspiring, he looked
at his watch and said, "Still have five minutes left. On the way,
I was thinking what we should do and I finally found the answer…"
Before Shan Mei could react, he moved forward and embraced her tightly
in his arms, thinking he wanted to hold her securely in his arms like
this forever"Are we going to do for the next five minutes?"
Shan Mei asked sweetly. "It would be a waste to do anything else…"
He wanted to remember this warm embrace for a long, long time
When You Zhen got home, he was surprised to see Ying Mei just after
their heated quarrel earlier on. It turned out that Pei Ren Xiu had
just been released from the prison and threatened Ying Mei with their
intimate photos and even wrote a letter to the TV station declaring
her hideous past. Ying Mei was scared of Pei Ren Xiu. She couldn risk
the nine p.m. news broadcaster position and wanted You Zhen to help
her get rid of him. You Zhen asked her to give up her plans and once
again declared his feelings and hope to start anew with her somewhere
else. However, Ying Mei wasn at all moved, "I wouldn give up. Why
do you think I had come to look for you today? I just don wish to dirty
my own hands! You had better wake up! You are of no value to me now!"
She said the brutal words and left You Zhen crying.
Ying Mei made a tape recording of Pei Ren Xiu blackmailing her and made
a police report. In the end, Pei Ren Xiu, who was waiting for Ying Mei,
was chased by the police.
You Zhen decided to take Ying Mei away to settle down somewhere else
and bought two air tickets. Before he left, he visited Shan Mei and
told her to cherish her relationship with Xiang Zhe. He also visited
his mother, who till now, still couldn forgive him. While doing an outdoor
broadcast together, he passed Ying Mei the tickets, "Since I knew
you, I have only one dream, and that is to be with you always, it doesn
matter where the place is. Can I have this dream to start anew with
you?" He could leave his mother, leave his hometownif only he could
be with Ying Mei. He would protect her, this was what he thoughtBut
Ying Mei wordlessly tore the air tickets into bits in front of him and
tore his heart in the process
As Ying Mei continued with her broadcasting, Pei Ren Xiu suddenly appeared,
armed with a knife. Ying Mei became flustered and her face went pale.
You Zhen immediately noticed her reactions and went forward to block
Pei Ren Xiu. In shock, Ying Mei stepped backwards onto the road and
did not notice an oncoming truck. Just when she was about to be knocked
over, You Zhen flung over and pushed her away. When You Zhen landed
on the ground again, he was already covered in a pool of blood. Ying
Mei screamed hysterically
About Eve (19) by Carina Lee
At the hospital
bed, Ying Mei sat beside You Zhen lifeless body. Her clothes were stained
with his blood. She slowly closed You Zhen eyes for the final time and
tears rolled down her cheeks. Zhen Shu was crying when she saw You Zhen
body, she couldn believe what her eyes were seeing, "You Zhen,
mum here. Wake up" When the nurses came to move his body, she broke
down and screamed hysterically, "Where are you people taking him?
I beg youplease don take him away, he my son You Zhen" When she
saw Ying Mei, hatred burned in her. She flung herself onto Ying Mei,
"It you! You murderer! You killed my son! I will perish with you!"
But Ying Mei stood motionless, oblivious to the outside world. In the
end, Zhen Shu fainted in her grief. When Shan Mei received news of You
Zhen death, her knees went weak and she almost fell if not for Xiang
Zhe support. Xiang Zhe rushed to the hospital with her. Shan Mei couldn
believe that You Zhen had left just like this. He gave all his love
for Ying Mei, and in the end, even his life"Shan Mei, you have
to be strong," She kept telling herself. Now that You Zhen dead,
she would be the only one who could comfort Zhen Shu.
At the funeral, Shan Mei cried uncontrollably. Xiang Zhe comforted her
and offered the first stalk of flower at You Zhen grave. Shan Mei was
exceptionally calm today and this made Xiang Zhe even more worried,
"Shan Mei, you did very well today. You have been really strong.
You used to cry a lot but you didn today." Shan Mei lowered her
head and said softly, "I can cry, I the only one who could comfort
Auntie Zhen Shu now, how could I cry? Senior, please don look at me
and don talk to me. Please go back to the office. If I see you, I would
only become very weak and cry again" Xiang Zhe fully understood
her feelings and told her to look for him if she needed a shoulder to
cry on. After the funeral, Shan Mei went to You Zhen place and chanced
upon the photo they took on her first day at the university. How could
You Zhen bear to leave them? She felt so heart broken and her tears
threatened to fall again. Later, at Xiang Zhe place, he took out a handkerchief
and said, "Didn you wish to cry? See, I fully prepared." Shan
Mei finally collapsed in his arms and wept bitterly
On the other side, Ying Mei did not attend You Zhen funeral. Instead,
she went to work as usual and appeared very jovial on the programme.
She even brushed off You Zhen death as an accident and said the matter
had nothing to do with her. Even when her car was scribbled with the
words "murderer", she ignored it and drove off calmly. Shan
Mei brought You Zhen things for Ying Mei keepsake but the latter refused
to accept them. Shan Mei was shocked by her cruelty, "Are you still
human? How could you be so cruel to Auntie Zhen Shu and You Zhen? No
matter what, I will never forgive you! Even if I die, I will want to
see you destroyed!" But Ying Mei was already destroyed. She replied
coldly, "Up to you." All along, You Zhen was her conscious.
When her conscious died, she was destroyed together as wellAfter Shan
Mei left, she broke down and cried bitterly.
Ying Mei and Shan Mei were the main contenders for the nine p.m. news
broadcaster position. This seemed to be every broadcaster dream job
but Shan Mei, however, preferred to have her own talkshows. While doing
an interview with a reporter, Zhao Di accidentally spilled the beans
on Xiang Zhe and Shan Mei relationship. His boyfriend, Chen Shui, tried
to salvage the situation but instead, made the whole situation worse
by releasing the news to another reporter as well. By the next morning,
all the leading newspapers carried the headlines "Broadcaster Zhen
Shan Mei relied on lover help to get into nine p.m. news". In the
end, Shan Mei lost the position to Ying Mei. All the colleagues suspected
this was Ying Mei doing and she herself did not try to deny it. But
when Shan Mei later learned the truth from Zhao Di and Chen Shui, she
became very worried for Ying Mei. It was very unlike of her to admit
to something she didn do.
This day, Xiang Zhe invited reporters from the different newspapers
to a luncheon. The reporters were half expecting to receive complaints
from Xiang Zhe for their earlier reports on his romance and so, were
pleasantly surprised when the latter conveyed his thanks. Xiang Zhe
had been troubling over how he should announce his wedding plans to
the public and the reporters indirectly helped him solve this problem.
Sitting beside, Xian Da was shocked to hear his wedding plans. Xiang
Zhe further asked the reporters not to disturb Shan Mei life and promise
that the company would provide them with their latest wedding plans
in due time. His openness and charming nature left a good impression
on the reporters.
Shan Mei was becoming increasingly worried with Ying Mei weird actions
lately. As she alighted from Xiang Zhe car, the latter promised to find
some time to talk to Ying Mei. Shan Mei felt very touched by his gesture
and told him to be careful on the way home. Xiang Zhe casually told
her that earlier on, he nearly got into an accident in a hurry to see
her. Little did he expect Shan Mei to flare up, "Where was that?
Are you injured? Why must you speed? What are you hurrying for?"
Her eyes reddened and Xiang Zhe realised the reason for her displeasure.
She had been reminded of You Zhen death. How could he be so insensitive!
He apologised to her, "I sorry. I won speed in future. Won allow
myself to get hurt or sickI won leave you behind. I promise." For
Shan Mei sake, he had to take good care of himself.
Pei Ren Xiu was escaping from the police and decided to extort money
from Ying Mei in exchange for the negatives to their intimate photos.
Ying Mei took a bottle of pills and looked at the photo she took with
You Zhen, "You have been waiting long? I sorry to leave you all
aloneI have waited for this moment just for revenge. The people who
killed you, I will not let them go off scot freePei Ren Xiuand myself…"
Suddenly, she saw a videotape and played it. "You fool. Why are
you still watching this tape? You should videotape more of your happy
moments. We could videotape our wedding and our future kids…" You
Zhen appeared on the screen and was speaking to her! He had deleted
Ying Mei part in sabotaging Yong Xi car and videotaped this instead.
Images of their blissful past flashed across the screen. "No matter
what wrong you did, I will forgive you. So I hope you would forgive
yourself too. Ying Mei, I love you Please marry me!"
Ying Mei was shocked and immediately burst into tears. You Zhen actually
forgave her? She covered her mouth to prevent herself from crying out
loud, feeling devastated. Her world came crumbling downHow she hated
herself! In the end, she reported Pei Ren Xiu to the police and came
alone to You Zhen tomb. "I didn want to forgive myself, because
I killed youThat why when people rebuked me, I actually felt much better
inside. I had planned to go to you with Pei Ren Xiu." Tears rolled
down her cheeks and blurred her vision, "But why did you have to
forgive me? Now, I can do anything! Even revenge seemed so meaningless!
If only I hadn known youIf only I hadn fallen in love with you in the
first placeyou would still be alive today. You shouldn have known such
a person like me!"
At this time, Xiang Zhe received the intimate photos of Ying Mei with
Pei Ren Xiu. Xian Da said that according to the company policies, Ying
Mei would have to forgo the nine p.m. news broadcaster position and
resign. But Xiang Zhe told him to hold back the resignation till Ying
Mei came back.
Ying Mei went to look for Zhen Shu. She kneeled and begged for her forgiveness.
Later, she went to look for Shan Mei in the rain. She changed into a
dry set of clothes Shan Mei prepared for her. "Youe heard of it?"
Pei Ren Xiu had publicised their photos afterall. "Nine p.m. news
will go to you then. Are you happy?" But Shan Mei was never really
interested in news broadcast. Ying Mei looked at her and knew she was
telling the truth, "That what I hated about you. I had to work
so hard for the things I want and you don even appreciate their value."
Shan Mei replied, "I don understand you as well. You wanted a lot
of things in life, but never seemed to cherish the treasures you already
had in your hands…" She continued, "Would you believe it if
I tell you I have been very envious of you?" "I was envious
of you too all this while" Finally, the two girls shook hands and
The next morning, Xiang Zhe found a resignation letter from Ying Mei
on his table. In it, she admitted to her crime and apologised for her
disappearance. When he arrived at Ying Mei house with Shan Mei later,
all they found was the blouse Shan Mei loaned her, nicely pressed, and
the necklace Xiang Zhe bought for Shan Mei benefactor.
Ying Mei decided to end her life and came to the lake near You Zhen
tomb. Her spirit broken, she uttered the words, "Can I forgive
myself now?" and calmly walked into the deep waters
About Eve (20) ~ Happily Ever Afterby Carina Lee
Ying Mei went
missing after she resigned. At the TV station, Xiang Zhe and Shan Mei
continued with their efforts to search for Ying Mei whereabouts and
even put up search notices in the newspapers. Shan Mei felt very angry
at herself for not holding back Ying Mei the night she looked for her
and broke down in tears. Xiang Zhe could only hold her in his arms and
Xiang Zhe told Yong Xi that Ying Mei had admitted to sabotaging her
car. Yong Xi was shocked to learn this truth but couldn bring herself
to sue Ying Mei, "I can sue herEven You Zhen had forgiven her.
She must have very felt bad leaving this place after admitting to her
Yong Xi told Shan Mei that she had decided to give up the chance to
go to England to marry Xian Da. Instead, she had recommended Shan Mei
to go as her replacement. She believed that Xiang Zhe would agree to
this, because he had wanted to see Shan Mei successful more than anyone
At night, Shan Mei waited for Xiang Zhe at their usual meeting place.
Xiang Zhe looked at her from afar and love filled his heart. He walked
over to her, caught hold of her hands from behind and started to walk
off. Shan Mei was startled by his actions, "Senior, what are you
doing? We will be seen by the colleagues nearby!" She frantically
looked around to see if there were any familiar faces. But Xiang Zhe
disregarded her words and said softly, "It been a really long day
because Ie been wanting to hold your hands…" He walked her home
in the rain. As they walked, Xiang Zhe suggested that they stop looking
for Ying Mei since she seemed determined to hide from the others. Shan
Mei inquired if he knew Yong Xi had given up the chance to go to England
in order to marry Xian Da. Xiang Zhe laughed, "I knew. Xian Da
threatened to dump her if she don want to marry. Even the career-minded
Yong Xi will soften in the face of love!" Shan Mei carefully asked
him, "What would you do if you were Xian Da? Would you let Yong
Xi go?" Xiang Zhe replied candidly, "Yes, I guess so. Going
there to study is a good thing afterall." He did not realise a
tint of disappointment flashed across Shan Mei face.
At this time, they had reached Shan Mei house. The road to her house
always seemed so short, Xiang Zhe thought. "I really couldn bear
to leave you" To his surprise, Shan Mei hooked his arm and smiled
sweetly, "In that case, let go to your house! I had already decided
just now that if you aren driving today, I would send you home!"
"But aren you tired after a day of recording work?" Although
Xiang Zhe liked the idea a lot, he couldn bear to see Shan Mei tire
out. "But didn you say you couldn bear to leave me? Come on, let
go!" However, once on the taxi, Shan Mei was too tired and dozed
off. Xiang Zhe looked at her sleeping form tenderly and shifted her
to sleep in his arms. He then softly asked the driver to send them back
to where they got on earlier
At the TV station, Shan Mei began researching for materials on England.
She touched the necklace Ying Mei left behind and thought, "If
it were Ying Mei, she would have gone to England without any hesitation…"
At the other side, Xiang Zhe promised his father to bring Shan Mei home
to see him soon.
This day, Xiang Zhe personally went to the jewellery shop to choose
a wedding ring for Shan Mei. He wanted only the best for his angel.
At the office, he decided to write a love letter to Shan Mei but tore
up draft after draft. The words e with me everyday!lease marry me!just
couldn express his love adequately! He switched on the television and
saw a scene from Pretty Woman where Richard Gere climbed a flight of
stairs to propose to Julia Roberts. Looking at this, Xiang Zhe couldn
help but laugh at his own foolishness
Finally, the wedding day for Xian Da and Yong Xi is here! Before all
the people, Xiang Zhe playfully winked at Shan Mei and came to sit down
beside her, "The bride looked so beautiful." Yong Xi looked
really beautiful and elegant in her wedding gown. He wondered how Shan
Mei would look in a wedding gown? Shan Mei smiled and replied, "So
envious…" Xiang Zhe stole a quick glance at her, "That good!"
He touched the ring in his pocketHe had practised for a long time and
this time, he is adamant to bring Shan Mei home as his bride! He decided
to ask Shan Mei out for dinner after the wedding to propose to her.
Shan Mei had something to tell him as well. Later, when Shan Mei got
hold of Yong Xi hand bouquet, Xiang Zhe could not stifle a laugh. Things
were really going his way!
In the restaurant, Xiang Zhe dedicated a love song he Roseby Bette Midler
for Shan Mei. He sat down beside her and secretly took out the ring,
"What did you want to say to me? You go first." If he had
spoken first, Shan Mei might not have the chance to speak again! Shan
Mei was a little hesitant, "Erm, Yong Xi had recommended me for
the England correspondent postI wanted to discuss with you first."
"England correspondent?" Xiang Zhe was shocked. He tried very
hard to conceal his disappointment and squeezed out the words, "Youwant
to go?" "I want to go, but…" She wanted to stay with
him even more. Though disappointed, Xiang Zhe could not ask himself
to stand in Shan Mei future, "In this case, you should go. This
is a very good chance for you…" A whole tumult of feelings were
racing through Shan Mei heart. She felt relieved yet depressed at the
same time. "What had you wanted to tell me?" Xiang Zhe put
the ring back into his pocket, "NothingI will tell you the next
time." Has the waiting begun again?
When Xiang Zhe sent Shan Mei home, Gui Cheng came out and invited Xiang
Zhe in for a few drinks. Shan Mei nagged at his father for drinking
and said Xiang Zhe had to drive later. Gui Cheng was already a little
tipsy and told Xiang Zhe, "Shan Mei is a real nag. Marrying her
as your wife will be a real tiring chore, I pity you!" Xiang Zhe
laughed, "In that case, I would just have to bear with it!"
They had a good chat over some drinks and Gui Cheng invited Xiang Zhe
to stay for the night. In the end, Shan Mei let her room to Xiang Zhe
while she rested at Gui Cheng room.
This was the first time Xiang Zhe visited Shan Mei room! He asked Shan
Mei to sit down beside him on the bed, "Looks like I really have
to stay for the night! I will leave later when your father had gone
to bed." Shan Mei sat down and suddenly felt very shy being alone
with him. She tried to divert attention by playing the video and Xiang
Zhe image appeared on the screen, "This is your expression which
I like most. I will always let you smile in this way. I promise…"
She was surprised and quickly stopped the tape. To be discovered always
referring to this ncouragementtape, Shan Mei had never felt more embarrassed!
Xiang Zhe also laughed out loud.
Xiang Zhe flipped through a photo album and laughed when he saw photos
of Shan Mei as a baby. Shan Mei was embarrassed and forbid him to look
any further. But Xiang Zhe kept flipping and the page stopped at a photo
of You Zhen with Ying Mei. All of a sudden, the atmosphere in the room
became very sombre. Shan Mei touched Ying Mei face in the photo, "You
Zhen and Ying MeiI had always felt I owed everything I have today to
Ying Mei. My dreams, my jobI had shared all these with her…" Xiang
Zhe said, "I had discussed with Xian Da. I had hoped you would
replace Ying Mei as the host for "The Morning of Eve" "Is
this what you had wanted to tell me the other day?" "YesBut
of course the England correspondent job would be a better opportunity."
He still couldn ask her to forsake her own futureHe could wait for her,
even though he could not bear the thought of her going so far away from
himBut Shan Mei felt no joy in his reply, "ReallyI could go?"
Xiang Zhe lips were trembling as he said the words, "Of coursego
ahead." Why didn he ask her to stay? Shan Mei couldn hide her sadness,
"Seniorit getting late and you had drinks earlier. You better stay
for the night. Good night." After she left the room, Xiang Zhe
took out the ring he had no chance to give to Shan Mei and placed it
on a doll. As the doll moved alongside the music, he stared at the ring
for a long time and tears shone in his eyesThis night, both were unable
to get to sleep
The next day, everyone congratulated Shan Mei on her impending trip
to England. Shan Mei began her last broadcast in MBS and Xiang Zhe watched
her from the control studio. Today programme featured how sisters from
a convent took care of some young children. Suddenly, Xiang Zhe saw
Ying Mei on the screen! Ying Mei was playing with the children from
the convent! Shan Mei also noticed Ying Mei at the same time. Colleagues
were curious when her voice and expression changed. They turned to the
screen and saw Ying Mei too. When Shan Mei dashed out of the office,
Xiang Zhe was already waiting in his car.
After a long journey, they finally arrived at the convent. Shan Mei
caught sight of Ying Mei and tears rolled down her cheeks. She had finally
found Ying Mei! Xiang Zhe greeted Ying Mei but she looked bewildered,
"I sorry, but who Hsu Ying Mei? Do you know me?" Xiang Zhe
checked with the Sister and realised that Ying Mei had lost her memory,
"Our students had rescued her from the lake. She still remembered
her hometown and we made some enquiries but to no avail. Our convent
can receive MBSshows so we didn know that she a news broadcaster. She
perfectly normal but just can recall anything beyond the first six years
of her life."
Seeing Ying Mei in this state, Shan Mei was overwhelmed by her emotions,
"Ying Mei, we have been looking all over for you! Father and Aunt
Zhen Shu are very worried about you. Have you forgotten about everything?"
But Ying Mei could only look at this stranger before her and say, "I
also very confused. Except for the memories of my father and mother,
I can recall anything. Can you tell me more about myself? What kind
of a person am I?" Shan Mei felt pain sear through her heart, "You
are beautiful, with a strong sense of pride. You make everyone envious
of you, that why You Zhen…" She felt so sad, "You have forgotten
about You Zhen as well?" Ying Mei hesitantly took out a photo from
her wallet, "The person called You Zhenis he the one?" Shan
Mei nodded. "He is the person I liked, right? I knew it. All I
had with me is this photoJin You ZhenYou Zhen, he had a very nice name.
Is he already dead?" Shan Mei was shocked. Had Ying Mei memories
come back? "No, it just that everytime I looked at this photo,
I feel very sad. So, I guessed he might not be on this earth anymoreShan
Mei, did I love You Zhen very much?" Shan Mei caught hold of Ying
Mei hands and cried, "Of course! You really loved You Zhen a lot,
I knew it…"
In the end, Ying Mei decided not to go back with Shan Mei and Xiang
Zhe. She said to Shan Mei, "I really like it here. Thanks for coming
to visit me. Shan Mei, what exactly of a person am I? Except that I
a broadcaster, and that I very intelligent, am Ia kind person?"
Shan Mei nodded at her, "Yes. And Ying Mei, you are my best friend…"
As Ying Mei watched them drive off, she touched the necklace Shan Mei
gave her. Shan Mei had given the necklace back to her again.
In the car, Xiang Zhe mentioned that Ying Mei had looked really happy
and contented. Shan Mei said, "Senior, do you know why Ying Mei
could only remember the first six years of her life? Because her mother
left them when she six and so, her happiest moments were those before
she was six. I guess she hadn wanted to live with all the bitter memories
for the rest of her lifeYing Mei had changed so muchShe looks so innocent,
beautiful and blissful, right?" Xiang Zhe felt relieved that Shan
Mei could finally set her heart at ease, "How about you? Do you
feel blissful?" Shan Mei felt really like crying, "Yes! How
about you, Senior? Do you feel blissful?" Xiang Zhe turned and
smiled at her. If Shan Mei could marry him, he would be the most blissful
man on earth, he thought
Near her house, Shan Mei suddenly said to Xiang Zhe, "Senior, I
want to walk home from here…" She couldn look at him, "I don
have the courage to say goodbye to you at my doorstep…" Xiang Zhe
didn want to let her go but he nodded and pulled the car to the side.
Shan Mei tried to hold back her falling tears, "Senior, I would
always be grateful to you for all the concern you have shown me. No
matter what unreasonable things I ask of you, you had always supported
meTomorrow, please don see me off at the airport, I don wishto let Senior
see my back as I leaving." She didn want to leave him"Everyone
seems to have something they need to do nowOnce I reached England, I
will learn to live my life independently. Thank you for everythingSenior,
goodbye." She got off his car.
Hearing Shan Mei words, Xiang Zhe tears almost fellShan Mei was within
his reach and yet he had to let her go! Shan Mei stood at the red light
junction, waiting to cross the road. Tears rolled in her eyes. Theyhad
started from a road junction years ago tooSuddenly, Xiang Zhe made up
his decision. He got off his car and ran towards her, "Shan Mei!"
Shan Mei turned, tears blinding her view. Xiang Zhe looked deeply into
her eyes and said, "Everyoneseems to have something they need to
do now…" Shan Mei looked at him. What was it that he needed to
do now? Xiang Zhe held up her hand, took out the ring he had specially
chosen, and put it on her finger, "Will you marry me?" His
voice was cracked from his bare emotions. He looked at her, "Please
don go..." Shan Mei looked at the ring that symbolised the everlasting
promise and nodded. Tears of joy rolled down her cheeksShe not going
anywhereShan Mei cried her heart out, she would never want her beloved
Senior to wait for her anymore, or to see her back as she leaving againNo
matter where he went, she wanted to be with him forever. Xiang Zhe eyes
shone with his intense and burning love, "Shan Mei, I love you…"
On this busy road junction, he pressed his lips onto Shan Mei. They
kissed passionately and began a new chapter of their lives