Before she reached the door of his office, Cheng Weiwan heard the sound of a fist hitting flesh and blood.
She wasn't sure who hit whom, but the sound of it alarmed her. She instinctively walked faster towards the door and without even knocking, she reached out to push open the door.
The door was only open by a crack when she heard a voice from inside that Cheng Weiwan could never mistake.
"I give, I give! Yes, I'm one of Lin Sheng's people..."
Isn't this the voice of the man who almost raped me in the alley next to the courtyard of the south city last year when I was with Ji Yi?
Even though it happened almost a year ago, she still had nightmares about it every now and then. This voice was drilled into Cheng Weiwan's brain, scaring her so much that her entire body would be drenched in a cold sweat upon hearing it. After the nightmares, she woke up shivering for a long time, hugging her covers, unable to fall back asleep.
It's just... why am I hearing his voice in Han Zhifan's office?
Unless he's here?
Afraid, Cheng Weiwan suddenly stopped pushing the door. Then she heard the same voice that frightened her terribly.
"...I was asked by Mr. Han to go. It was Mr. Han who wanted to play hero to a damsel in distress because he was trying to get with Cheng Weiwan..."
Mr. He? Han Zhifan? He set up that incident when something awful almost happened to me?
As that thought crossed Cheng Weiwan's mind, she instinctively thought she must've heard wrong.
How can that be... That night, Han Zhifan got seriously injured for me and it even left a scar on his head... So I must've heard wrong. I absolutely heard wrong...
Just when Cheng Weiwan was trying hard to comfort herself, she heard Han Zhifan's voice. "...I knew a long time ago that one day, you would find out..."
Find out... what does that mean?
A terrible feeling washed over Cheng Weiwan and she wanted to run, but her feet were glued to the floor. No matter how she tried, her feet wouldn't move. Then she heard Han Zhifan apologizing repeatedly about Xiao Yi. Following that, she heard the unbelievable truth from Han Zhifan's mouth...
"...I want Cheng Weiguo to feel the pain he inflicted on Lili by giving his daughter a taste of that pain, so I went after Cheng Weiwan. That's why I gave her flowers every day and pretended to be a hero saving the damsel in distress that night..."
What he said afterward Cheng Weiwan didn't listen to, nor did she have the heart to listen.
Her ears, her mind, and her heart were orbiting around everything that was just said.
They were simple, easy-to-understand words, yet she spent so much effort trying to understand the meaning behind the words.
She always hoped to be with someone for the rest of her life and she thought she met the right person. In the taxi, she fantasized about the future... But in reality, she had just been starring in a one-woman show this whole time.
The man who repeatedly said he loved her was the director of this movie, and she thought the show had been about their story. In fact, it was just her story alone.
The man she so dearly loved didn't actually love her. He only played with her feelings and when she was completely immersed in the show and couldn't remove herself from it, he mercilessly had to discard her...
Cheng Weiwan stared in shock at the office door.
She wasn't sure how long she was in a daze before her shoulders were softly touched.
In a daze, she turned her head and stared at the person in front of her for a long time before she recognized her as Han Zhifan's secretary.