Her sudden touch made He Jichen's body tremble as he instinctively looked down at her fair hand around his wrist.
He stared unwaveringly at her tender fingers for a moment before his eyes looked up and landed on her delicate neck. "What's wrong?"
She didn't make a sound, but he clearly felt her fingers around his wrist start to tremble after he spoke.
All of a sudden, an intense worry entered He Jichen's heart. There were hints of anxiety when he spoke: "Xiao Yi, what's going on?"
She still said nothing, but a single tear rolled down from the corner of her eye.
Isn't everything okay now? We just ate, so why's she upset again after I came back from throwing the trash out?
Even though the rims of her eyes had turned red several times throughout the day, He Jichen's heart still ached to see her like this now.
He spoke again with a more anxious voice, "Didn't I say it's all sorted? Why're you crying again?"
He Jichen wanted to crouch down when he said this, but Ji Yi held onto his other hand. She cried, "He Jichen..."
He Jichen hurriedly stopped everything he was doing. He turned his head and looked over at Ji Yi.
She lowered her head, deep in thought.
She didn't speak again, but he patiently waited for her.
After some time, she cried his name again in a low voice: "He Jichen..."
But this time, she didn't stop and continued by asking, "...Why did you do it?"
She asked so abruptly that He Jichen didn't know how to react. He furrowed his brows, bewildered and speechless.
"He Jichen, did I create a big mess of things and cause a huge amount of trouble?"
He Jichen heard this and instantly understood what she meant by "Why did you do it?"
He pursed his lips. Before the word "no" could escape his mouth, the sound of her voice traveled into his ear again.
"You don't have to tell me; I know I got into so much trouble. It was all my fault since I wasn't careful. I fell from the platform and ruined everything..."
"...Director Lin was right. I made the company suffer immense losses. You should terminate my contract. The board of directors was right - you definitely have better artists to choose from. Whether it's the Jiang Xinxin people mentioned or Lin Siyi, they're all better than I am..."
"He Jichen, everyone at YC thinks I'm not worthy enough to stay here. Even I think I'm not worthy. Why do you still want to keep me?"
The more Ji Yi spoke, the more unbearable it felt. It was so bad that the left side of her chest started to ache.
She knew her heart ached for He Jichen and how unworthy she was for him.
"Why would you rather fire director Lin, rather erupt in a fit of rage in the conference room, rather fight with the board of directors, rather use YC which you single-handedly established, as a bargaining chip... just to keep me?"
Ji Yi really didn't want to cry, but as she said this, she just couldn't control her emotions and cried aloud.
Her voice became agitated because of her overly emotional state.
"Why did you do it? He Jichen, why did you do it?"