She wasn't sure if she was seeing things, but she felt like the expression in "He Yuguang"'s eyes were complex. It was as though he was struggling to decide whether or not to do something.
Ji Yi furrowed her brows in confusion, and just as she was about to inquire about it, "He Yuguang" who hadn't moved an inch till now, suddenly reached his arm out and dragged over the bag that he had been staring at. Then, he pulled out a gift box, put it onto the coffee table, and pushed it in front of Ji Yi with his fingertips.
Ji Yi stared at the giftbox stunned then looked up at "He Yuguang."
Even though she didn't say a word, He Jichen knew, with just one look into her eyes, what she meant. He pulled his phone from his pocket, opened his notes app, and started to type.
When he was done, he stared at the screen for a little while before appearing like he made some kind of decision. He placed the phone on top of the gift box.
As Ji Yi picked up the phone, He Jichen averted his gaze to the window where she couldn't see his expression.
This new year's gift was initially supposed to be given to her by He Jichen, but in the end, he gave it to her assuming the identity of the man she loved.
He didn't actually want to do this, but if he didn't go through with this, he'd never be able to give her his gift.
So there was nothing to be sad about, right? No matter what, she received something of his in the end - even if she didn't know the true identity of the person who gave it to her.
The words "He Yuguang" typed were six simple words: "A new year's gift for you."
Besides the red envelope she received from her parents on new year's eve, this was the first gift she received this year.
Ji Yi stared at the words "He Yuguang" typed on the screen as a wave of warmth flowed into her heart. After some time, she returned "He Yuguang"'s phone and said in a quiet voice, "Yuguang Ge, thank you for the new year's present."
He Jichen didn't type anymore but curved the corners of his lips into a smile which said: "Don't worry about it."
The food Ji Yi ordered arrived quickly.
The two of them sat opposite each other as they ate. When Ji Yi was full, she remembered the thought she had when she saw "He Yuguang" at the door: "He Yuguang couldn't have caught a plane to Lijiang overnight..." What's more, as soon as he stepped in, he immediately checked her ankle...
For some reason, Ji Yi was certain her suspicions were true. She bit her chopsticks as she stared at the man with his head down eating quietly. After some time, she lowered the chopsticks from her mouth and cried, "Yuguang Ge."
When He Jichen heard this, he stopped eating and looked up at Ji Yi.
Ji Yi's fingers held her chopsticks tightly as she asked in a quiet voice, "Yuguang Ge, did you come to Lijiang last night?"
He Jichen seemed shocked like he never imagined Ji Yi would suddenly ask such a thing, but he eventually straightened up and gave a gentle nod.
With this confirmation, Ji Yi's heart gently trembled for a moment before she asked, "Yuguang Ge, did your plane land about half-past four when you sent that reply?"
He Jichen nodded again.
So, all my suspicions were true...
All of a sudden, Ji Yi's heart raced.
Last night, on the phone, he heard that her voice sounded odd, and the first thing he did was ask where she was. Then, he sent people to take care of her.
She thought these actions were considerate enough.
She never imagined that after he called her, he rushed over by plane overnight and travelled so far to be by her side...