After Ji Yi heard He Jichen say this, it seemed like she suddenly woke up as she stood up and pushed her chair away.
When she bent down to pick up her handbag, she grazed the wounds on her wrists.
He clearly saw her furrow her brows and bite down on her bottom lip in pain, causing him to purse his lips reflexively. Before he could move, she swiftly ran away.
The only person left in the old, dirty classroom was He Jichen.
Bright rays of sun shone through the window and landed on his body.
He stayed in position, still in the crouched position he took in front of the chair as he helped Ji Yi untie the ropes. He didn't move an inch as though he was frozen in place.
After a long while, he gently raised his eyes and averted his gaze from the direction Ji Yi ran in.
He knew his actions were wrong; he said the wrong thing again.
He didn't want to argue with her like this, but when she drew her hand back and said what she said, he really couldn't control his temper. He really couldn't contain himself in the end.
After all, he didn't want her to find out about some things, like the fact that he loved her... that he really missed her all those years after she left.
He knew he still had feelings for her because he was still hurt about how she cried "Yuguang" four years ago on that night.
He liked her so much, yet she embarrassed him so badly that night. It was that very feeling of embarrassment that he didn't want her to know, so he was always so hypocritical and hurtful to her, in hopes of masking his true feelings.
He knew very well that it was his ego and unwillingness to speak the truth prevailing above all else.
After a long while, He Jichen swayed as he got up and stepped out of the abandoned classroom block.
When he got in the car, he glanced at the time; it was almost nine. Ji Yi wanted the role of Little Nine so badly that she rushed out immediately.
Even though it wasn't so long ago when she upset him, in this very moment, he couldn't help wanting to help her still.
Because of her, he always felt so confused and lost.
All of a sudden, He Jichen lowered his eyes and stayed quiet. He followed his thoughts, reached for his phone, and made a call to Director Liang.
The phone was quickly picked up. He opened with two polite words then went straight to the point: "I was tied up just now finding the actress for Little Nine. She might be a little late to set..."
He Jichen hung up the phone and silently sat in the car for a moment before he started up the car. He leisurely drove out of campus onto familiar roads.
As he waited at the stoplight en route to the set, he saw a drug store by the road through the side window. The thought of her injured wrists suddenly crossed his mind.
He stepped on the gas and drove straight ahead for quite some distance. Eventually, he stopped by the side of the road, got out of the car and entered the drug store.
It was already eight forty when Ji Yi got in the taxi. Coincidentally, it was the height of rush hour in Beijing, so traffic was terrible. When she reached the set of "The Palace," it was already almost ten.