Ji Yi tried her best not to think about anything else.
She figured this way, she could slowly forget about her devastating losses.
But truth be told, she was just kidding herself - one second, she was laughing till her stomach hurt after watching a comedy series while the next, her eyes were red from Chen Bai's phone call.
She didn't dare take the call in fear of Chen Bai noticing the pain in her voice, so she waited till after he hung up to reply to him with a text.
She didn't dare send too many messages to Chen Bai because reading his name reminded her of He Jichen. Wave after wave of heartache made it difficult for her to summon the strength to type. She forced herself to stay composed. After their chat ended, she couldn't wait to close their messages.
She figured that since Chen Bai called her, He Jichen's phone must be off.
Chen Bai was more familiar with He Jichen's friends, where they lived, and their whereabouts more than Ji Yi did. Since she knew where He Jichen lived, Chen Bai definitely knew too and he must've searched there already. After some thought, Ji Yi called Fatty, who Chen Bai wasn't familiar with but who was very close to He Jichen.
Fatty was working overtime, so he spoke quietly when he picked up the phone. Ji Yi gave him the basic rundown of the situation, to which Fatty asked, "Is Chen Ge in a terrible mood?"
Ji Yi figured that he must be in a terrible mood since he couldn't be reached for several days, so she replied, "Probably yeah."
Fatty muttered to himself over the phone for a moment then told Ji Yi two addresses. The first was a bar in Sucheng and the second was a bar in Beijing.
Sucheng was several hundred miles away from Beijing, so it was unrealistic for Chen Bai to go there overnight to search for him. After Fatty told Ji Yi where He Jichen might be, he added, "How about this? You can be in charge of checking the bar in Beijing. I have a lot of friends in Sucheng, so I'll ask them to check."
"Sorry to trouble you, Su Han," said Ji Yi politely before Fatty could say "farewell." Then she said goodbye to him.
After Ji Yi hung up the phone, she sent a text to Chen Bai with the whereabouts and name of the bar Fatty mentioned.
Having failed to find He Jichen, Chen Bai had no choice but to stay in the office like a sitting duck. He still had hope that He Jichen might come home, so he drove to the apartment he bought near B-Film.
Just as Chen Bai was about to reach He Jichen's apartment block, he received a text from Ji Yi.
He held the steering wheel with one hand and replied to her message with the other. "Got it, Miss Ji. I'll check it out now."
After he put the phone down, Chen Bai immediately turned the car around and drove to the address of the bar Ji Yi sent him.
It was a sake bar, so the atmosphere was elegant and peaceful. The groups of people inside were chatting quietly.
Aside from the barman who was making cocktails at the counter, the only staff member Chen Bai saw was a waiter. With a menu to his chest, the waiter stood in front of a table by the window, taking an order.
Chen Bai wanted to wait for the waiter to finish taking the order before showing him a photo of He Jichen and asking him if he'd seen He Jichen. All of a sudden, just as he walked about ten meters deeper into the bar, he saw a familiar figure in the furthest corner.
Ah! So, Mr. He really was here...
Chen Bai paused for a moment then walked over.
The lights in the bar were dim, so Chen Bai only noticed that He Jichen was still wearing the same clothes from five days ago when he drew closer to him.