Ji Yi snapped back to reality and nodded at Chen Bai gently.
Seeing Ji Yi's reaction, Chen Bai continued to speak. "Miss Ji, it's like this... Today, I asked you to come because there's something I wanted to tell you."
Tell... For some reason, Ji Yi's heart sank with that single word. She stared at Chen Bai for a short while before softly nodding again. This time, she said just two words: "Go on."
Chen Bai had worked with He Jichen for so long that his whole style of doing things had been more or less influenced by him - he was now more direct and straight-forward. However, for some reason, Chen Bai didn't go straight to the point right away. Instead, he beat around the bush: "Then, I'll go ahead and start."
Deep down, Ji Yi felt more uneasy with Chen Bai acting like this. She instinctively clenched her fingers and stared into Chen Bai's eyes. "Mhm," she encouraged him.
Chen Bai didn't say anything but turned his head to avoid Ji Yi's gaze.
After all these years, he'd experienced many difficult negotiations, but this was the first time he didn't know how to start.
It was no wonder Mr. He didn't come and gave him this mess to handle. He probably just didn't know how to face it.
Chen Bai stared outside the window for a while then clenched his teeth and pushed the document in front of Ji Yi "Miss Ji, take a look."
Ji Yi already felt on edge after taking Chen Bai's call the night before. However, after seeing how strange Chen Bai was acting and seeing as He Jichen wasn't here, she suddenly felt a little scared of the document pushed in front of her.
After waiting for a while, Chen Bai watched motionlessly as Ji Yi stared at the document. He finally prompted her: "Miss Ji."
Having heard Chen Bai's words, Ji Yi didn't look up at him. As usual, her gaze was locked on the document. After some time, Chen Bai tried again with just the single word "Ji," before Ji Yi finally raised her hand and turned the page.
Black words on white paper. They were unbelievably clear.
Yet, Ji Yi remained still and was transfixed for a long time as if she couldn't recognize a single word.
Chen Bai knew that by Ji Yi's expression, she had already read what was written in the document. He secretly clenched his teeth then professionally recited the script he wrote over half a month ago. "Miss Ji, the company has discussed this for a long time before coming to this decision."
"Huan Ying Entertainment is a lot better than YC and is beneficial to your future prospects. What's more, the price they're offering is twice as much as your current value. No matter what area it is, it's a pretty good trade."
"Also, the company thinks the period of time required to cultivate an artist is too long. It would be better to just produce dramas and collaborate with artists' management companies. Business would operate more effectively that way."
The more Chen Bai spoke, the more he felt like he couldn't quite go on. He paused for a moment then continued to say, "So, Miss Ji, I called you in today to ask you to sign on the back."
After those two words were drilled into Ji Yi's ears, she came back to reality. Ji Yi raised her head and glanced at Chen Bai. Then she gently turned the page.
The blocks of text were contract details. She didn't read it carefully but chose to continue turning to the final page.
On the final page, she noticed that in the three signature areas, her's was the only one unsigned. The two other signature spots were already signed by Huan Ying Entertainment's representative, Li Shen, and YC's representative: He Jichen.