"So there's no real point in you going to see Mr. He. The results will be the same; you'll still have to sign, you'll still have to leave YC, and you'll still have to go to Huan Ying Entertainment."
Chen Bai's three statements were like three sharp knives piercing through Ji Yi's chest one after the other. It hurt so much that her eyes couldn't help but turn red. Her fingers couldn't help but clutch the document until the paper had creases in it. Ji Yi kept her head down and eyes lowered in fear that Chen Bai would see tears in her eyes. "Did something happen for He Jichen to do this?" she asked softly.
"Is this similar to what happened during the Chinese New Year scandal? Does He Jichen want to give me another surprise?"
There was a slight pleading tone in Ji Yi's voice when she asked. "Chen Bai, it is, isn't it? He Jichen doesn't really want to send me to Huan Ying, right?"
Chen Bai really wanted to say "Yes." If he could, he also wanted to tell her that he really cared about her and really liked her. He cared so much that he was willing to give up on himself.
But he promised He Jichen to keep it a secret.
He was meant to be the bad guy. He had to do it eventually, sooner or later. Rather than dragging things on, he might as well settle things nice and cleanly.
With that thought, Chen Bai said, "Miss Ji, this time, I'm afraid I'll have to disappoint you. This time, there's no reason nor any surprise. Mr. He thinks it'll be a triple win to sign you off to Huan Ying for you, for him, and for YC."
"Miss Ji, you're not stupid, so you must know that Mr. He is a businessman. Sometimes, businessmen talk profits. You have to know that the contract in front of you will bring Mr. He a nine-figure sum. If you were Mr. He, which would you think is more valuable? You or a nine-figure sum?"
Me or a nine-figure sum? A nine-figure sum or me?
If this was before, Ji Yi would still have some confidence that He Jichen didn't really want to sell her off to another company. However, now that Ji Yi heard Chen Bai's figure, she wasn't so naive.
Chen Bai had been working in the business industry for many years, so he was an expert in reading body language. He could tell that Ji Yi was unsettled.
He gulped and hardened his state of mind then continued to feed her the same medicine. "Mr. He's business matters in America weren't urgent. The trip was originally scheduled for next week, but he set off early. Miss Ji, do you know what that means?"
Ji Yi didn't need him to say it as she could guess the meaning behind his words. She didn't want to listen or maybe she was afraid to listen. She instinctively shook her head and wanted Chen Bai to shut up, but Chen Bai acted like he didn't see her reaction and continued in the same tone. "He Jichen did it on purpose."
The moment Chen Bai's voice fell, Ji Yi couldn't hold it in any longer. A single tear fell from her eyes and crashed onto the document with a soft "Bam."
Chen Bai stared at the water stain without a moment's sympathy. "Mr. He went to America early to avoid you."
"So, Miss Ji..."
Without even waiting for Chen Bai to finish what he was saying, Ji Yi spoke. "Can I take the document home with me first to think about it?"
He Jichen had orders for Ji Yi to sign it there and then...