"Mr. He, you still haven't had dinner and it's getting late. How about we go get you something to eat?" Though Chen Bai didn't understand why He Jichen was in a terrible mood, he knew that if He Jichen wanted to speak, he would. There was no point in asking.
He Jichen pretended he hadn't heard what Chen Bai said.
"Mr. He, even if you don't have an appetite right now, you still have to eat something." The smoke in the room was just too strong. As Chen Bai spoke, he walked up to the air purifier and turned it on.
The air purifier let out "hoo hoo hoo" sounds as it quickly purified every corner of the office.
Chen Bai tried again: "Mr. He, if you don't want to eat out, I can order delivery for you so you can eat back at home. By the time we get there, the takeout should've arrived..."
Before Chen Bai could finish speaking, He Jichen suddenly broke his long silence and said in a hoarse voice from smoking too many cigarettes: "Should I try hard one more time?"
"Huh?" Chen Bai was stunned by He Jichen's non-sensical words.
After a few seconds, he turned his head and looked over at He Jichen. "Mr. He, I don't really understand. What do you mean?"
He Jichen was in the same position from when Chen Bai stepped into the office earlier, without moving in the slightest.
He didn't react in any way to what Chen Bai said.
His gaze outside the window looked distant like he was deep in thought and he couldn't snap out of it.
If Chen Bai wasn't absolutely certain He Jichen spoke earlier, Chen Bai would've sworn he was hearing things just going by He Jichen's appearance.
He spoke again, "Mr. He?"
When He Jichen heard Chen Bai's voice again, he finally shifted his brows slightly and spoke while staring out at the night sky. His voice sounded deeper than before as he muttered to himself, "I should try hard one more time, right?"
"I've done so much. Although I have no regrets, I should at least try hard one more time..." As he said this, He Jichen turned his head and looked over at Chen Bai. "... Am I right?"
Though Chen Bai didn't understand what He Jichen was referring to, he still replied to He Jichen seriously. "Mr. He, even though I don't really understand what you mean, there are some things you should fight for when the time calls for it. If you don't work hard for it, you'll never know what you could've achieved. If you do work hard for it, then even if you don't succeed, you'll still be better off than regretting not taking action for the rest of your life."
With a pause, Chen Bai then added, "What's more, if you work hard once and don't succeed, try again a second time. If you don't succeed a second time, try a third time. Your life is so long - what's there to be afraid of...?"
"Yeah, you're right! What's there to be afraid of?!" He Jichen suddenly looked wide awake. His eyes lit up.
After she found out he secretly married her behind her back, maybe she would be mad or maybe she would ignore him, but as Chen Bai said, he should try to beg for her forgiveness.
If she didn't know the person he married was her, then there was no chance of them working things out... What's more, the thoughts he just had were all about her recent changes...
With that thought, He Jichen put out his cigarette, pulled open the drawer, and took out the two marriage certificates. Without even grabbing a jacket, he rushed out of the office.