As He Jichen emerged from the building, he was in no hurry to get into the car. Instead, he stood beside the car and lit a cigarette.
Through the smoke, he raised his head and glanced at the lights in Ji Yi's home.
After He Jichen finished his cigarette, he still showed no signs of getting into the car.
It seemed like Ji Yi went to her bedroom since the living room lights were off, yet he still stood motionlessly on the spot.
Waiting in the car, Chen Bai glanced at the time. It was almost one in the morning, yet Mr. He had been standing there in the cold night for over two hours now. If he stood there any longer, he would probably catch a cold!
With that thought, Chen Bai rolled down the windows. "Mr. He."
He Jichen looked like he hadn't heard Chen Bai and stayed still like a statue.
Chen Bai cried "Mr. He"again then pushed the door open and got out of the car.
When Chen Bai walked over to He Jichen's side, He Jichen turned his head slightly and glanced at him without uttering a word. Then he pulled another cigarette out from his pocket.
Chen Bai knew that the more silent He Jichen was, the worse his mood was. He didn't say anything more to disturb him and chose to stand beside him silently.
The scent of tobacco drifted in the chilly winter night.
The cigarette burned down halfway when He Jichen suddenly cried, "Chen Bai, I'm a little scared."
This was the first time in his life he was this scared.
That evening, he and Chen Bai meant to attend a dinner party, but then he got a message from Tang Huahua when he was about to leave. She told him Ji Yi and her mum were surrounded by live reporters at the beauty salon.
From that moment on, he became a little afraid.
He called the police as he ordered Chen Bai to head straight for the beauty salon.
On the way there, his gaze didn't leave the live coverage of the scene for one second. When he saw Ji Yi and her mum being pressured by the reporter; when he saw the group of young men and women named "Cornstarch" rushing towards her and her mum; when he saw the catastrophic aftermath of scandalous leaks online happening to her and her mother, the initial fear he had became heavier and deeper... When he arrived at the scene and saw her eyes all wet, he suddenly felt like it was over for him. At that very moment, he didn't dare walk up to her or face her.
Chen Bai had worked for He Jichen for a long time and knew him far too well. He understood the meaning behind his simple words. "Mr. He, what happened this afternoon was just an accident. Don't be so hard on yourself."
He wanted to protect her. He was already at his limit, while she had to take all those hateful comments. But now, her mum actually got dragged into this and got injured... How could he not blame himself?
He Jichen didn't say anything. He raised his fingers, put a cigarette to his lips, and took a hard drag.
"And Mr. He, Miss Ji doesn't even know you have something to do with this situation on Weibo, so you really don't need to think too much about it. What's more, you did this only for Miss Ji's well-being. Sometimes if you're not ruthless enough, it'll be imposssible to reach your goals."
Yeah, Ji Yi didn't know he had anything to do with this. He Jichen wasn't sure if he was feeling guilty but deep down, he felt anxious.
"Mr. He, don't worry. Even if Miss Ji knew, she would understand your intentions," Chen Bai added.
Chen Bai's comforting words really made a difference as He Jichen's apprehensive heart slowly calmed down.