When he saw who was calling, he instinctively looked up and shot Ji Yi a glance.
He wasn't in a hurry to pick up the call, so he got up and walked further away from Ji Yi before tapping the screen to take the call.
It was very quiet in the room, so even though He Jichen deliberately put some distance between himself and Ji Yi, she still managed to hear him say "hello." After being startled by his phone ringing, Ji Yi slowly turned her head and looked over towards him.
He stood with his tall and slender back to her.
The dazzling light penetrated through the window and landed on his body as he stood in front of the tall windows. With the radiating light pouring in, it formed a makeshift halo around him, making him seem deep and mysterious.
At that moment, Ji Yi couldn't quite tear her gaze away, nor could she shake the thought: I haven't seen him for a few years, and he's actually grown to become quite charming. There was a distinguishing air about him as bright as the dazzling light which actually adorned him quite well.
As Ji Yi was lost in her own world, He Jichen, who stood far away, spoke quietly again: "What did you find out?"
It wasn't clear what the person on the other side of the phone said, but after a couple seconds, He Jichen spoke again: "How was it?"
With that, He Jichen remained completely silent.
The person on the phone must've been speaking non-stop as He Jichen didn't for a second remove the phone from his ear.
She wasn't sure what the other person was reporting to him, but after about two minutes, Ji Yi clearly saw He Jichen's silhouette shake violently for a moment. With that, his posture became a little tense.
He had his back turned to her so she couldn't see his facial expression, but she sensed something about him was off in that moment.
He remained silent as he listened to the call. Finally, he spoke again with a little tremble in his voice: "It's been confirmed?"
Perhaps the person on the phone replied to him because seconds later, his fingers seemed to suddenly tremble for a moment.
He didn't say anything but maintained his posture as he listened to the call. However, Ji Yi could see how his knuckles protruded while he gripped his phone more tightly.
The person on the phone must've spoken for a long time or something triggered He Jichen because his body started to stagger like he'd lost it. All of a sudden, the phone slipped from his fingers and crashed hard to the ground.
With the loud "Pap!" Ji Yi bolted up from the sofa.
Although Ji Yi and He Jichen were some distance apart, Ji Yi could still hear a man cry out in a high pitch, "Chen Ge, what's wrong?" The man on the phone must've heard the phone drop.
He Jichen stood in the distance, stunned like his soul had left his body. He must've noticed his phone had fallen to the ground or heard the person on the phone screaming for him as he slowly turned around.
Ji Yi only glimpsed the side of his face, yet she realized just how frighteningly pale it looked.
Her heart thumped "ka-donk!" and before she could ask He Jichen what was wrong, he already ran into the bathroom in a panic.
Ji Yi was left stunned, staring at the bathroom door which was locked from the inside. Then she heard a voice from He Jichen's phone, "Chen Ge?"