GHML - Chapter 26.2: Escape Earth (2)
Shang Jing decided to share his suspicions about his motive of joining the group with Zhuang Qin. “It could be the case where after secretly getting married to He Jiang, I wanted to show off and could not, that’s why I… I’ve forgotten everything ever since I was involved in a car accident. And when I saw the group, I thought all of you were real.”
As he went on, his cheeks heated up, hotter and hotter, and the words came out like a confession.
How did I convince myself to do such things in the past?
Is it fun to fish in a fans-only chat?
Zhuang Qin: “...”
Shang Jing looked at Zhuang Qin: “So, how did the group come about?”
Zhuang Qin thought about it then said, “At first, I wanted to create a side account in a forum to follow Cen Feinuo’s fan club and admire his looks with his fans… But my manager was against it for fear the side account would be exposed and affect my reputation.”
“But I couldn’t help myself and went on to buy a verified female side account.”
A social death is usually triggered by a simple incident, like buying a side account.
‘Cen Feinuo’s secret girlfriend’ is the original name of the side account and thinking it was apt, Zhuang Qin did not think to change it and used the account to chat with others in the forum. The things he commented were mostly along the lines of ‘Cen Feinuo is so handsome’, ‘Cen Feinuo, when are you going to marry me’, those common fan lines.
And the demographics in the forum was mixed. A majority of them were Cen, He and Yang’s fans. There were girlfriend-fans, CP-fans, anti-fans, but the atmosphere in the forum was generally harmonious.
But one day, a rumor came out saying the three of them were not on good terms with each other and had fought at a bar. This piece of news shook the heart of the forum and since then, segmentation emerged in the group. The three groups of fans started fighting each other in a bid to chase the other two groups away with He Jiang’s fans winning in the end.
And the other two groups moved to other sections of the forum.
“I was filming a drama then. By the time I logged into the forum and posted something, I was quickly brought up to date on the happenings and directed to another page.” Zhuang Qin recounted slowly, “Then someone commented on my post. The person claimed to be Yang Yue’s fiance and she claimed the three of them were still on good terms with each other and lamented about the fact that there was no more common ground for their fans to play together anymore.”
“And that was when you appeared.” Zhuang Qin pointed at Shang Jing. “You suggested boycotting the forum and creating a group with just the three of us in it.”
And that was the origins of the【Alliance Of The Desperate Coy Wives】group chat. At first it was a QQ group chat where Shang Jing and Yang Yue’s fiance were more active but as everyone got busier and busier and the group became less and less active, they switched over to WeChat.
Zhuang Qin was on my main account most of the time and only commented with his side account occasionally.
“All of us have a personality we decided on. Yang Yue’s fiance is a rich, young lady while you are a… pitiful simping coy wife, and I am a loyal fan of Cen Feinuo who became his girlfriend.”
Everyone commented within their own characters and no one had any adverse comments.
Zhuang Qin: “The change in you is quite major after you lost your memories.” It will be great if I can lose my memories like you. I would love to forget everything that happened tonight.”
Shang Jing's face was soaked red. He stammered, “How did I express myself in the past? Can you show me some examples?”
Zhuang Qin: “I didn’t keep any record of the chat.”
As a celebrity himself, he was careful about his online activities. At first, his manager would still control his usage but after seeing how he was stuck to only a single group, he decided there was no harm in it and ceased his nagging.
Shang Jing: “What kind of forum is that? Can we see records of what we shared previously?”
He should be able to see it once he logs into it.
Zhuang Qin: “Um…”
Shang Jing: “What is it?”
“About that, do you really not remember why you wanted to create this group?” Zhuang Qin hinted, hoping Shang Jing would recall the reason himself. “The forum became He Jiang’s personal fan page. You are He Jiang’s fan and we are not, so why did you decide to leave with us?”
Noticing Zhuang Qin beating around the bush, Shang Jing’s heart skipped a beat. His instinct was telling it was not something glorious. “I really don’t remember.”
Zhuang Qin chose his words wisely, “After the split, someone in the forum recognized you and said you often posted about a secret married life with He Jiang that painted him as a douchebag, and accused you of being an anti-fan acting as a fan. It created a huge commotion and the group decided to expel you from the page. As for your posts, they were deleted by the administrator.”
Zhuang Qin only saw the accusation after he joined the group and did not have the face to leave.
Moreover… They were both fans who lusted after their idols so who was better than the other?
Shang Jing: “...”
Help! Why did I post my diaries on a public forum?!
Thinking back to the content of his diaries, he could understand why He Jiang’s fans have difficulties in believing their idol was someone like that and chose to treat him as an anti-fan and expel him from the page.
The internet has memories. Even if the posts were deleted, they still resided in Zhuang Qin’s head.
Shang Jing could no longer face Zhuang Qin squarely. He started to say something then stopped, then once again tried to say something but could still not get the words out. At last, he said, “With regards to the forum, can you help keep that a secret?”
Zhuang Qin: “I’ll not tell another soul about it. Especially since it would mean exposing myself too.”
Shang Jing: “But there’s still Yang Yue’s fiance…”
They looked at each other and felt threatened.
“Do you think the reason why she was so sure the three of them were still friends is because she’s real?”
The two of them took out their phones and stared at the group chat in silence.
Zhuang Qin’s handphone chimed again. The biggest mistake he made today was not turning off the notification sounds after switching to his side account.
The two of them looked at the latest message in fear…
Yang Yue’s fiance: 【Why did you ask that question? Why did you ask her about her surname?】
Shang Jing: “What should we do?”
Zhuang Qin: “Let’s go to my house first, we will figure out a solution there.”
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