He Jichen took big strides which quickly created a distance between him and Ji Yi.
When he reached the front of his car, he wasn't in a hurry to get in, so he leaned against the hood. He kept his head lowered slightly until he caught a glimpse of Ji Yi's approaching feet then he unlocked the car.
He waited until Ji Yi got into the car then he pulled his car door open and got into the driver's seat.
He didn't say anything to her, but he focused on single-handedly maneuvering the steering wheel and skillfully drove out of China World Hotel Beijing's underground parking lot.
He drove through the midnight roads of Beijing. After driving some distance, Ji Yi then realized that she looked disheveled and was unfit to return to the dorms or back home. Also, she forgot her keys to He Yuguang's house.
Ji Yi watched the endless rows of neon lights outside the window. She was deep in thought for a while then she turned her head and told He Jichen, who was focused on the road ahead: "You can just drop me off at the entrance to the Four Seasons Hotel."
The car was silent for so long that when she spoke so suddenly, He Jichen didn't know quite how to react. After a while, he turned to glance at her and he finally understood what she meant. He didn't say anything but continued to drive quite some distance. When they reached a red light near an intersection, he said flatly, "You're probably not fit to go to that hotel. If someone takes a photo and word gets out, we'd have to face endless trouble."
He Jichen was right. Even though she wasn't as popular as she was before, she did still attract some attention. If she was recognized by anyone and they took a photo of her looking so disheveled in public, it'd definitely be troublesome.
Just as Ji Yi was feeling torn about what to do, He Jichen figured out a solution and said, "Come to my place."
Ji Yi was stunned.
The red light turned green, so He Jichen stepped on the gas. The car slowly sped up, and just as they were about to reach another intersection, He Jichen added, "I have other things to do, so I'll have to go back to the university in a bit. There's no one at home."
There's no one at home, meaning it would only be me at his house tonight?
Ji Yi kept her silence for just two seconds before she thanked him again.
He Jichen didn't say a thing.
The car drove through the underground parking lot before He Jichen parked right next to the elevators. He didn't turn off the engine, nor did he get out of the car, before he pulled out a pen from his pocket and wrote a few numbers down on a piece of paper. He handed it to her. "The code to the door, eighteenth floor."
Ji Yi could tell He Jichen didn't plan to get out of the car. After he handed her the piece of paper, she said in a low voice, "Thank you."
He Jichen fell silent again.
"So I guess I'll get out first," said Ji Yi.
This time, He Jichen responded with a slight nod.
Ji Yi pushed the car door open and before she closed it, she said, "Goodbye." She wasn't sure if He Jichen heard her or not, but as soon as she closed the door, he stepped on the gas and left.