Rippling waves instantly came over Chen Bai's heart.
That line, "YC exists for Ji Yi," lingered in his ears for a long, long time before disappearing.
Again, the conference room fell into silence.
Having steadied himself from the shock of hearing what He Jichen said, Chen Bai opened his mouth after a long silence. He wanted to say something, but he didn't know what to say. Just as he pondered over what to say, his phone rang in his pocket.
Chen Bai hurriedly broke his train of thought and pulled out his phone. He took a glance at the screen to see that it was Zhuang Yi calling. He quickly accepted the call. "What's wrong, Zhuang Yi?"
The motionless He Jichen turned his head slightly and shot a glance at Chen Bai when he heard "Zhuang Yi."
Chen Bai sensed He Jichen moving and immediately understood. He hurriedly lowered the phone from his ear and tapped the speakerphone button.
They heard Zhuang Yi's voice clearly from the phone. "Assistant Chen, it's like this... something's wrong with Ji Yi."
Chen Bai nodded and glanced over at He Jichen. After he saw a tinge of concern between his brows, he immediately asked, "What's wrong?"
"Well actually, after leaving conference room two earlier that afternoon, Ji Yi already seemed off. When you asked doctor Xia to come by, she looked calm and no different from usual, but you have no idea... she looked like that all afternoon. Sitting in Mr. He's office, she didn't say a word - she was just dazed and she stared without blinking."
Though Chen Bai was staring at the phone, Chen Bai caught a glimpse of He Jichen's arm by his side from the corner of his eyes.
He clearly saw He Jichen's fingers tremble.
Over the phone, Zhuang Yi continued to speak about Ji Yi's situation: "At eleven something, you asked me to take Ji Yi downstairs to eat, so I told her and she agreed to go. I thought she was hungry. However, when I ordered food and brought it to her, she didn't take a single bite. I asked her what was wrong. At first, she replied with 'it's nothing' but just now, as I was talking to her, she ignored me. She looked completely dazed, just sitting there, holding her chopsticks in a trance..."
Zhuang Yi hadn't finished speaking when He Jichen, who was standing in front of the tall windows, suddenly turned around and took big strides over to the office door.
Chen Bai turned his head and glanced at He Jichen. Then he replied to Zhuang Yi: "Got it." He immediately hung up the call and chased after He Jichen.
They took the elevator up to the second floor.
After coming out of the elevator, He Jichen headed straight for the company canteen.
On a normal day, He Jichen almost never went to the canteen. His sudden appearance today made the chattering canteen fall instantly into silence.
He Jichen stood at the door, staring in all directions for a while. Then, after he spotted Ji Yi sitting on the east side by the window, he immediately walked over under the gaze of every YC employee in the canteen.
Zhuang Yi saw He Jichen and immediately got up. "Mr. He."
He Jichen ignored Zhuang Yi and stopped right in front of Ji Yi.
He glanced at the table, and it was just as Zhuang Yi described over the phone to Chen Bai; the food on her plate hadn't been touched at all.