Cheng Weiwan burst out laughing as she never imagined he would call at this particular moment. Without any reservations about talking to him with Ji Yi around, she picked up the phone and took the call.
"Having dinner...with Xiao Yi... the new Japanese restaurant on the West Road of Third Ring South... Not sure. Just started eating not too long ago..."
Even if Ji Yi couldn't hear what Han Zhifan was saying, she could guess what he was asking from Cheng Weiwan's replies.
She wasn't sure if it was because she was there, but it seemed like Cheng Weiwan was concerned about keeping her waiting, so she rushed to end the call. "Mm, alright. Hanging up... Bye."
Ji Yi put her chopsticks down and looked up. She glanced at Cheng Weiwan, who put her phone down and was now wiping her hands with a wet towel. "I see he cares a lot about you. Come to think about it, he's been chasing you for over two months - must be almost three months now - right? He must really like you. Are you really not going to consider him?"
"Xiao Yi, I asked to meet you today to catch up, not because I needed a match-maker."
"Alright, let's not go there..." said Ji Yi with a smile.
Thereafter, the topic of their discussion changed.
Ji Yi and Cheng Weiwan really hit it off. From TV series to celebrities to books, they couldn't stop chatting.
The two of them were so into the conversation that they didn't pay attention to the time. They didn't stop talking until a waiter came over to remind them that there were just ten minutes until closing. As they waited for the waiter to get their bill, they started to pack their things.
After paying, Ji Yi went to the restroom. When she came out, she left the restaurant with Cheng Weiwan, who was waiting for her at the entrance.
The Japanese restaurant had interesting furnishings. Perhaps they wanted to create a unique atmosphere since they chose to decorate it like an ancient courtyard in the heart of the city. Bamboo covered the courtyard along with paper lanterns, which gave off a Kyoto-esque feeling.
There was a huge courtyard, and as patrons stepped out of the Japanese restaurant, they would encounter an alleyway. Cars were prohibited from driving into the alleyway, so Ji Yi and Cheng Weiwan were forced to walk over to the main road.
There were only a few people who lived close to the courtyard. It was noisiest during the day, but coming here felt really secluded and quiet at night.
Ji Yi and Cheng Weiwan followed the dim lights and weaved through the alleyway for about five minutes without bumping into anyone.
It wasn't until they turned into a rather long alley that they heard a few heavy steps coming from behind them.
Out of instinct, Ji Yi glanced back to see about five or six men, each with a cigarette in their hands.
They were a little far from them, but they walked quickly. Not long after, they caught up to the two of them.
Ji Yi reached her hand out and pulled Cheng Weiwan to the side to let them through.
As they got closer, Ji Yi saw that they were dressed like thugs with threatening tattoos.
One of the men with a blonde buzzcut glanced over at Ji Yi and Cheng Weiwan as he passed. Ji Yi wasn't sure if she was imagining things or not, but she felt the man's line of sight linger over Cheng Weiwan's face.
Soon after, the men disappeared at a turning point up ahead.
Ji Yi and Cheng Weiwan didn't think much about those guys as they continued their conversation while walking forward.
But when the two of them reached the turning point, they saw that the guys who passed by earlier were all still there.