She wasn't sure if he'd been staring at her from the very start, or if he just happened to look over at her, but their eyes met.
Ji Yi's heart raced like crazy for a moment, but it was just for a second. She then pretended that looking in He Jichen's direction was just an accident before she averted her gaze.
Perhaps it was because their eyes met that her mind suddenly wandered to the image of his slight nod a while back. Her finger incidentally pressed down on the paper she kept on the table.
After they finished one round of the game, people started to ponder how they could start another round.
While everyone chimed in with suggestions, He Jichen's phone rang.
He pulled out his phone and glanced at the screen. Without stepping out, he picked up the call right away.
Not knowing what was said on the other side, everyone heard He Jichen reply, "Got it, be right there." Then he hung up the phone, got up and grabbed his jacket from behind him as he said to everyone in the room, "Something came up. I'm heading out first."
He Jichen looked up and glanced at Ji Yi. He heard everyone say their goodbyes: "Bye Chen Ge" and "Take care, Chen Ge," as he strode out of the party room.
Soon after He Jichen left, the waiter pushed open the door and came in with a beaming smile, interrupting the new game. "The wishing bell is about to ring in the restaurant. If anyone is interested, you can come down to the first-floor lobby to make a wish in front of the wishing bell."
The wishing bell was this hot pot restaurant's specialty. It was said the owner of the restaurant was a master tarot card reader who offered tarot card readings for an hour every day. The master also rang the Chinese wishing bell for five seconds.
In those five seconds, the restaurant's lights were turned off. If you sincerely kissed the person you liked and confessed to them In the pitch dark, you were guaranteed to get together one day.
Perhaps it was because the wishing bell's theme was about love that many B-Film students came to give it a try. On top of that, there were quite a few guys and girls who actually became couples from this ritual and as time passed, the wishing bell became a sacred place for everybody's confessions.
As the wishing bell rang at unexpected times, it wasn't guaranteed it would ring while you ate there. Since everybody got the privilege of encountering it today, quite a few of them went downstairs to take a look.
Ji Yi heard about the wishing bell but never saw it rung before, so she was a little curious too. She headed downstairs with Tang Huahua and Bo He.
There were only five minutes until the wishing bell rang, so the area surrounding the wishing bell was already crowded with people in front of it.
Quite a few people probably wanted to watch the wishing bell ritual. With unusually excited expressions on their faces, there were also many who dragged their partners over, chattering non-stop.
As time went by, the restaurant fell even quieter. As the world fell into complete darkness, the wishing bell rang on the final second and everything around them was utterly silent.
As the bell rang, "Ding!" Ji Yi heard the faint sound of kissing all around.
It was pitch black so she couldn't see a thing, but she still turned her head in the direction of where the sounds came from. All of a sudden, before she could even grasp the situation, someone grabbed her wrist.
Ji Yi instinctively wanted to struggle out of it, but the person seemed to anticipate what she was going to do, so they grabbed her hand tightly. With great force, she was flung in front of this person.
Before Ji Yi could react to what just happened, the back of her head was scooped up. A second later, a pair of warm, soft lips fell onto hers...