Ji Yi didn't wait for He Jichen to speak before she blurted out, "I'm going to shower."
After she said this, she brushed by He Jichen and rushed into the bathroom.
Ji Yi dawdled in the bathroom for a long time and didn't come out until she was certain she wouldn't awkwardly embarrass herself in front of He Jichen over the "kiss."
She didn't glance at the bed where He Jichen was lying, but she walked over to the other empty bed and said, "It's late. Get some sleep." Then she turned the lights off in the patient room, climbed into bed, and pulled the covers over her head.
Ji Yi laid silently in the darkness for a long long time - so long, in fact, that she only emerged from under the covers when He Jichen had fallen asleep.
Ji Yi stared up at the ceiling, breathing carefully for a while until the stifling discomfort in her chest subsided. Then she gently turned her head and looked over at He Jichen.
While asleep, his perfect facial features looked serene and hypnotizing. The pale yellow night light in the patient room illuminated his unusually gentle, perfect looks.
Her gaze repeatedly circled his face for a long time before it fell on his lips.
His lips were already beautiful, but under the light, they softened his appearance and captivated her even more. Ji Yi couldn't help but feel transfixed.
After who knew how long, He Jichen flipped over, probably because he was uncomfortable with his sleeping position. Now he had his back facing Ji Yi.
Ji Yi was stunned for a good while before she blinked gently. As she withdrew her gaze from the back of He Jichen's head, she tilted her head again to look up at the ceiling.
In the silent night, she felt some urges emerging to go over and kiss him, caused by when she stared at his lips earlier.
It was just as things were back in Shanghai - that night when she got drunk.
The only thing different was that tonight's urges were slightly stronger than when she was drunk.
After she came back to her senses from accidentally touching his lips, she felt the same creeping sense of regret from when she dodged him in a panic earlier.
She hadn't dared to let herself consider what she was actually regretful about until this very moment. She had to admit that her regret was because she couldn't bear to part from He Jichen after their completely accidental "kiss"...
Couldn't bear to part...
Ji Yi's fingertips trembled gently as she turned her head to look over at He Jichen.
She stared at his back for an awfully long time before she came to the realization as to why she couldn't bear to part from the kiss.
But it was just for a moment as she stopped that thought and erased it completely from her mind. She pretended nothing happened, and that she didn't understand anything.
If she could, Ji Yi really wanted to pretend to be confused, but most of the time, things happened beyond her control.
Ji Yi thought she could keep pretending for a long time, but she never imagined that in less than a week after that night in Shanghai, she would have to give up this game.
Because there was no way she could pretend to be confused over what happened to her; there was no way she could erase the realization from her heart.
That incident made her realize that she didn't simply have feelings for He Jichen, but she liked him. She had already fallen for him.