Ji Yi's taxi hadn't driven too far away from the set of "The Palace" when she received a text.
It was from He Yuguang.
"Manman, tonight I'll be flying to Beijing at eight. If you don't have any plans, let's meet at home."
Ji Yi knew that the 'home' He Yuguang was referring to was the apartment he gave her keys to last month.
If it was anyone else, she'd be a little scared to be in the same room as them in the middle of the night, but she knew He Yuguang very well, so Ji Yi didn't hesitate. She swiftly tapped her phone screen and replied: "Alright, Yuguang Ge."
After about three minutes, a "ding!" came from inside the car.
He Jichen stared at a withered tree outside of the window. At the noise, he instinctively turned his head and looked over at the phone screen.
"Alright, Yuguang Ge." Having clearly scanned those five words, he didn't unlock the screen but casually tossed the phone into the back of the car.
Counting the first time when he used He Yuguang's identity to trick Ji Yi into marrying him, this was the third time using it to get close to her.
The second time was a month ago. That day, he went to Yunnan with the production team to shoot "The Palace". He found out from Tang Huahua's daily texts that Ji Yi caught a cold because the weather was bad.
If he thought about it carefully, after getting married, they hadn't seen each other for a month. With the habit he established four years ago, he visited Ji Yi secretly in Beijing on the eighteenth of every month. A month ago, the day after shooting "The Palace" in Yunnan was coincidentally the eighteenth, so he took an overnight flight back to Beijing.
That day, he didn't even know why, but he missed Ji Yi more than usual, so he invited her out for a meal. He knew that He Jichen would never be able to invite her out, so he used his brother's identity to do it and handed her the keys to the apartment he prepared at the same time.
That night he pretended to be "He Yuguang", she was relaxed and carefree in front of him. She wasn't reserved or rejected him, unlike how she was in front of the real him.
In actuality, to meet in that context was upsetting to him.
But he knew that if he used his own identity to meet with her, she would be the upset one.
When the two of them met, one of them was bound to be unhappy, so he would rather that person be himself.
He thought about taking care of the wounds on her wrists but didn't want to make her unhappy, so he assumed his brother's identity again.
It was already seven in the evening when Ji Yi returned to B-Film.
He Yuguang's eight o'clock flight was going to land at around ten o'clock.
Ji Yi didn't wait to eat with He Yuguang but instead, headed to the cafeteria to grab something with Tang Huahua.
Back at the dorms, Ji Yi packed two pieces of clean clothes then went to the college's infirmary. She bought some ointment for the wounds on her wrists, hailed a taxi, and headed for He Yuguang's apartment.