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The light of the sunset descends upon a deserted alley, beautiful and quiet.
I walked alone there.
I didn't know where the place was or why I was there, and I failed to find an exit even after a long walk.
The alley seemed endless.
Somehow, I felt something strange as I turned back.
A sharp dagger stabbing from behind!
The blade reflected the golden light of the sunset!
I was about to panic when a breeze blew the scene away.
In the pure white dream, a ginkgo leaf slowly floated in and landed on my palm.
I wake up from a dream.
A breeze rustles the curtain, letting in the morning sunshine. All is quiet and bright.
MC: Phew... It was a dream.
I patted my chest, trying to calm down. But the strange feeling didn't go away completely.
MC: Ever since that car accident happened, I haven't had that dream from my childhood...
MC: Have I been having too many dreams recently?
MC: These past few days, I've always felt a little uneasy...
But I mustn't dwell too much on strange dreams. After all, I have a studio to save...
Thinking of the funding withdrawal made me think about what happened that day at LFG.
Two days ago. Loveland Financial Group.
I couldn't help standing up instantly.
Goldman: (In despair) Sir, this is the head of [Company name]. She's here about the funding withdrawal.
I gathered myself, but there wasn't time to overthink it, so I just started explaining.
MC: Actually, the last episode of Miracle Finder got a great response.
MC: I was hoping you might reconsider pulling funding...
Victor: Why should I do that?
MC: Because... We did a fantastic job on that last episode...
I don't know why, but Victor seemed to chuckle a bit when he heard that.
Victor: Listen carefully. I won't save you a second time.
Then, Victor kept walking straight toward his office.
MC: Wait! Please give me a second, I'll break down the last show's performance for you.
MC: And we'll make more great shows. Please reconsider the withdrawal.
To no avail. His steps didn't slow down for even a second.
If I give up now, everything is over!
Is there really nothing I can do?
I took a deep breath and rushed forward through the crowd to Victor.
No matter how anyone may scoff at me, if I give up now, there will be no chance at all!
MC: Since LFG was founded, it has focused heavily on real estate, finance, and electronics.
MC: But there's been a strategic shift toward culture, notably the acquisition of Coordinate Entertainment.
MC: Now, LFG has shown great caution in investing in the film industry, and most importantly...
MC: TV is monopolized by state owned companies. It's hard for private ones to get traction.
MC: Our studio is small, but we've had a long term partnership with Loveland TV.
MC: [Company name] has built this up over a decade! If it goes bankrupt, all that is gone forever!
MC: Loveland City is the heart of culture. Investing in us is by far the best choice!
Slam! The door of the CEO's office slams shut right in my face.
I stopped and panted with my mind a total blank.
How... could this...
Is that really it?
Goldman: Leave now, please.
MC: No way... If I leave, the investment...
After all the shouting and running, my heart is still racing.
I did everything I could, but it didn't do a bit of good.
All of a sudden, all the grief washed over me.
MC: You think you're so great...
I was so angry that I started to film "Evil Greed: the Indictment of an Unscrupulous CEO" in my mind.
At about halfway through the cut, the door to the CEO's office suddenly opened.
??: Goldman here, move up the meeting with the CEO of B.S.
??: Why are you still here?
MC: I'm still imagining myself eviscerating Victor in film...
No sooner had the words come out than I realized I had just said them right to Victor's face.
MC: Sorry! I didn't say anything!
MC: Victor! I will make you regret this!
Everyone looked at me dumbfounded.
After letting that out, I felt much more relaxed.
Well, that's that...
When I was about to leave, the door of the CEO's office opened. I instinctively grew nervous.
Victor: Goldman, here, move up the meeting with the CEO of B.S.
Victor looked at me, my face all red.
Victor: Make me regret?
I immediately propped open the door.
MC: Give me two weeks and I'll give you a development plan that you would regret passing up.
Victor looked at me. He said nothing.
I stared at him boldly, thinking if I showed a bit of fear, he would walk away instantly.
His lips curved into a smile, like he was savoring the final struggle of his prey.
Victor: One week.
Yes! I finally get one week.
The thought made me relax and I subconsciously loosened my hold on the door.
The door slammed my hand! ...Ouch, that hurt...
Holding back laughter, Victor opened the door.
MC: Oww... thanks. What... What's so funny?
Victor: To stay alive itself is the biggest challenge for you, right?
What is up with this guy?
MC: You might be all high and mighty, but you shouldn't look down on others like this.
MC: We'll see!
With a swelling hand, I strode proudly out of LFG.