Ji Yi felt a slight chill as she tore away from his embrace. She furrowed her brows and instinctively glanced up at He Jichen.
She could sense his gaze right at her and the thought of their hug just now suddenly appeared in Ji Yi's mind, causing her face to instantly turn red. In a panic, she lowered her head in confusion, avoiding his gaze.
Ji Yi's gaze fell to her own feet as He Jichen, who was standing in front of her, spoke. Rather than the sad tone of voice he used when he first hugged her, He Jichen spoke with his usual elegance: "Thank you."
Is he thanking me for the hug just now?
That hug was just too affectionate, so Ji Yi couldn't bring herself to say "It's nothing." Instead, she just gently shook her head.
She knew that the hug didn't mean anything, but it was all that was on her mind. She was afraid He Jichen could tell she was affected strongly by the hug, so after she shook her head, she stopped for a few seconds and hurriedly said goodbye. "It's late; I have to head back."
When she finished speaking, Ji Yi didn't wait for He Jichen's response before she turned around and headed for the door.
He Jichen stood rooted to the spot. He stared at her back silently without flinching.
She weaved around the sofa and the mess scattered around the floor before reaching the entrance. That was when he suddenly moved his lips: "Ji Yi."
Ji Yi's hurried footsteps came to an abrupt halt. After a few seconds, she looked back at him.
She didn't say anything, but her gaze was silently asking him if there was anything else?
He Jichen met her gaze, transfixed for a long time. Just when Ji Yi thought he wouldn't reply, the calm expression on his face suddenly turned serious. His tone of voice became incredibly sincere as he said, "Ji Yi, I'm sorry."
Sorry? Why's he suddenly saying sorry to me?
Ji Yi was stunned for a moment as she thought back to the note he wrote for her when they returned to school after Chinese new year, eating at the hot pot restaurant opposite B-Film.
He said the same thing then: "Ji Yi, I'm sorry."
Is he now apologizing to me for what happened with Lin Zhengyi?
When she couldn't think of any other reason, she asked, "For what happened with Lin Zhengyi?"
She didn't wait for He Jichen to reply before she added, "It's in the past, so let's not bring it up again. What's more, didn't you already apologize that day at the hot pot-"
Just before Ji Yi could finish, He Jichen, who was standing not too far away, stared firmly at her and said, "Not only for this."
Ji Yi was astonished.
If it's not only for this, then what else? Don't tell me there were things he did behind my back that I don't know about?
He Jichen looked at her but didn't say anything else for a long time.
His face still had the same, unusually dignified expression.
After some time passed, He Jichen blinked gently. About ten seconds later, his lips finally moved. "Also for that night four years ago."
Ji Yi, who hadn't quite come back to her senses from what He Jichen said, was completely stunned when she heard this.
He-he's actually apologizing for what happened that night four years ago?
Ji Yi's eyes suddenly turned sore as she instinctively turned her head and averted her gaze.
The room fell silent once again.
After the atmosphere slowly mellowed out from He Jichen's sudden apology, He Jichen didn't really expect Ji Yi to forgive him right away. He said in a relaxed voice, "Ah right! The production team is going to have a party next Friday. Don't forget to come."