The two simple words he spoke suddenly shook Ji Yi's heart as she instinctively looked down to avoid his gaze.
A couple seconds later, He Jichen spoke again, "Xiao Yi..."
He called her name just like before, but this time, he didn't pause for too long and moved his lips again: "...Let's talk."
When He Jichen finished speaking, he reached his hand out for the bags Ji Yi was holding.
Ji Yi instinctively clutched her handbag and paper bag more tightly.
When she turned on her phone last night but didn't return any of He Jichen's calls or messages, he already asked Chen Bai to contact his friends in the police force to pick up Ji Yi's location from her phone signal.
At five in the morning, Chen Bai sent him her whereabouts.
Afraid that she'd leave when she woke up, he didn't dare waste any time, so he drove right over. He didn't go anywhere and waited at the entrance.
He decided that they would have a good talk today, no matter what.
At that thought, He Jichen's fingers inched closer to Ji Yi's bags and he spoke with a stern voice: "Now, let's find a place to have a good talk."
After he said this, He Jichen realized just how forceful he sounded, so he softened his tone a little then added, "Is that okay?"
From beginning till end, Ji Yi had her head lowered and didn't look at He Jichen. Her grip on her bags never relaxed in the slightest.
In actuality, she wanted to first go home, have a nice meal, get some sleep, and become well-rested before contacting him and Yuguang Ge.
But, she never imagined that he would actually find her... In any case, she was going to have to talk to him eventually, and since things were like this, there was no point in putting it off...
Ji Yi contemplated it in silence for a moment then gave a gentle nod.
Seeing her reply, He Jichen reached for the things in her hand.
Ji Yi hesitated for a moment then released her fingers and let him take them.
After he took hold of her things, He Jichen turned slightly and pointed at the parked car by the road. "Let's go."
After he said this, he didn't walk ahead like before but stood in the back and waited for her to walk in front. Only then did he start walking, making sure to keep half a meter's distance from her as they reached the car.
He Jichen first pulled the trunk door open and put Ji Yi's things inside. Then he pulled the passenger car door open.
Ji Yi took a seat.
Before she could settle into her seat, she smelled the strong scent of cigarette smoke which was forced into her nostrils, almost making her cough out loud.
She furrowed her brows, looked to one side, and noticed the trash can full of cigarette butts of various sizes.
He couldn't have smoked all through the entire night yesterday, right?
Just as Ji Yi felt stunned, He Jichen pulled open his car door and sat inside.
Ji Yi instinctively withdrew her gaze and looked at her own knees.
He Jichen started the engine and drove some distance before he said, "Can we go to the Four Seasons Hotel?"
Ji Yi nodded and let out a gentle "Mhm."
He Jichen didn't say anything else; the car instantly fell into silence. Through the thick scent of cigarette smoke, Ji Yi felt the atmosphere clearly become stifled, little by little.