He was slightly dazed as he heard her speak one line after another.
Why did I do it?
Ah, because I like her... I like her so much that I'm willing to lose everything for her and give her everything.
His silence intensified her need for answers as she couldn't help but start to pull at his arm. "Say something, He Jichen! Why did you do it? Why?"
Ji Yi was a little forceful as she shook He Jichen's body, which brought him back to his senses.
He lowered his head and stared at the fluffy top of Ji Yi's head and moved his lips. "Because..."
He spoke quietly, but she heard him. He abruptly fell silent.
She raised her head and her wet eyes met his gaze.
He stared back at her silently for a few seconds and continued by saying, "...You're willing to trust me."
"Because I said I'd never only come to you when you're famous or turn and leave you at your lowest point."
Those simple and familiar words made Ji Yi suddenly remember that night at Hangzhou's West Lake hotel during the shooting of "Three Thousand Lunatics."
That night was when he signed her with YC.
Promises were always touching.
That night, when he told her those same words, she was so emotional that she welled up with hot tears. With barely a moment's contemplation, she signed with YC.
But now, she realized that he had been trying hard to fulfil the touching promise he made to her...
Even though they stopped talking for almost a year after what happened in Shanghai that night, he never forgot his promise to her.
He put her up on Weibo's hot searches and set up lots of jobs for her. Even if she messed up everything, he still chose to stand by her side...
The tears in Ji Yi's eyes poured out more fiercely and seized her heart. The guilt she had felt all afternoon suddenly broke free. "Sorry, He Jichen. I'm truly sorry..."
"...I didn't mean it. I never imagined that things would turn out like this. I really never imagined things would go down like this... Sorry... He Jichen, I'm really sorry..."
As she repeatedly said "I'm sorry," a piercing pain struck He Jichen's heart over and over again.
He willingly did those things for her; what's more, he actually liked that she got into trouble because it gave him a legitimate reason to appear by her side.
But liking her make trouble was one thing - he didn't like her blaming herself like this.
"...I never imagined that I'd make so much trouble for you. I'm sorry..."
When she said "sorry" again, He Jichen reached his fingers out and touched her lips. "Xiao Yi, you don't have to say sorry to me because ever since I found out about what happened, I've never blamed you."
I never blamed you... Those four words made Ji Yi's body tremble softly. Her tears were like endless strings of pearls streaming down her face.
There was a lot she wanted to say, but she didn't know what he should say. She stared at He Jichen's moving lips when all of a sudden, she got this unknown urge to free her hands from his wrist. She reached both arms out and hugged his waist.