After much difficulty, he calmed his thoughts and immersed himself in his work. However, not too long after, it was time to get off work.
He started to feel torn between the decision to return home or not. Although he eventually returned home in the end, there was no way to describe the internal ordeal he experienced.
When he entered the house, he thought he could act like before and pretend she didn't exist. However, whenever he saw her, there were many things that happened beyond his control. After they spoke, he became suddenly relaxed after having such complicated feelings all day at the office.
It seemed like he was bewitched by her; when he clearly should've let her go and stayed far away from her world, he couldn't stop his heart from wanting to get closer to her.
He didn't know if it was because Cheng Han was getting better, or if it was because the morning exercise he asked her to do every morning was having an effect, but Cheng Weiwan was gradually smiling a lot more.
One day, when he returned home, the housekeeper even mentioned to him that Miss Cheng was a lot happier lately. For the past few days, the housekeeper hadn't caught Cheng Weiwan sneaking off to cry on her own.
Everything had been good since Cheng Han was discharged. He returned to the hospital for regular check-ups.
Because Han Zhifan was busy with important business, he didn't go to the hospital with Cheng Han. However, after he received the results from Cheng Han's check-up, the housekeeper gave him a call.
After he hung up and put down the phone, his finger accidentally touched the calendar and caught sight of the lunar calendar dates.
He remembered this lunar date because... this was the date of her birthday.
In the beginning, he tricked her and got with her that very day - the day she let him take her virginity.
He clearly remembered the night he hurt her, but she silently endured it and shut her eyes through it all. She was so embarrassed that she didn't dare glance at him and by the time it was over, she immediately buried her flushed face into the comforter.
That night, she even told him that her mother passed away when she was young and her father was really busy with work. It had been a long time since anyone celebrated her birthday. From what she remembered, he was the first person to give her a birthday cake.
If he remembered correctly, she was really happy that day. Even though she was full, she forced herself to finish the leftover cake.
She didn't know that the birthday cake that made her so happy was in fact, a setup... He didn't give her a second birthday cake because they broke up before then. This was two years ago. Had she not celebrated her birthday since then?
Han Zhifan stared at the phone screen for a long time before he put the phone down and continued to immerse himself in work.
He couldn't really concentrate at work, so it took him an hour longer than he imagined to finish the day's work.
He didn't let the driver take him back home. Instead, he drove around Beijing on his own. When he turned into the entrance of a shopping mall, he went in and chose a beautiful bracelet.
By the time he got home, it was already nine in the evening.
When he stepped inside, Cheng Weiwan was carrying Cheng Han, who had just taken a shower, and was just about to head upstairs.
As Cheng Han called out "daddy," Cheng Weiwan turned her head and smiled at him.
She didn't say anything but quickly walked into the bedroom, probably in fear of Cheng Han catching a cold.
Since when did she start smiling at me whenever she saw me?