It was like Ji Yi's soul had left her body as she couldn't hear anything around her.
That was when Zhuang Yi sensed something was wrong and apologized to the director. Zhuang Yi hurriedly ran over to the set and reached out to touch Ji Yi's arm. "Xiao Yi, you're on set! How could you be daydreaming?"
That was when Ji Yi blinked and looked at Zhuang Yi with red eyes.
Sensing that Ji Yi was acting strange, a hint of worry surfaced Zhuang Yi's face. She hurriedly whispered in her ear, "What's wrong?"
Ji Yi shook her head and looked down.
When she raised her eyes again, the redness had completely disappeared. She didn't reply to Zhuang Yi but glanced over at the director.
The director had been paying attention to Ji Yi's condition all along, so seeing her look over at him, he hurriedly said, "You're okay, right?"
Ji Yi shook her head and forced an apologetic smile at him.
The director wasn't mad, but he ordered the makeup artist to touch up her makeup. They would shoot again later.
Ji Yi figured she could use this short break to regain her composure. However, when it came time to shoot for the second time, her mind wandered to He Jichen again before she could even ask the male lead: "Can we really not go back to how things were before?" Even after trying so hard to calm down, she was distracted again and her hands balled into fists. She wanted to calm down, but after balling her hands up so hard, her palms hurt so badly that they lost all feeling. She still felt unbelievably confused until, in the end, her mind went completely blank. Not to mention the lines she memorized long ago, but she couldn't even remember the line "Can we really not go back to how things were before?"
Seeing as the director hadn't yet asked Ji Yi what was wrong, she turned to the male lead, who was waiting for her to say her line. She bowed and apologized, "Sorry."
Then she ran over to the director.
Stopping in front of the director, Ji Yi put on an earnest front and said, "Director, I'm really sorry. I can't seem to get into character today because I have some personal issues to deal with. Do you think we can..."
Before she could finish, the director understood what she wanted.
Since she started filming "Jiuchong Palace," Ji Yi hadn't made any mistakes. This was the first time, so the director wasn't mad at her for delaying the production process or wasting time. In contrast, he nodded at Ji Yi with forgiveness and said, "Alright. We'll shoot other scenes first until you've recovered."
After a short pause, the director remembered that there were just two days till the end of production and added, "As quickly as possible. We can't delay shooting for too long."
Ji Yi apologized again to the director then said, "Thank you." To avoid interrupting everyone during their shoot, she and Zhuang Yi left the set.
Back at the hotel, Ji Yi didn't let Zhuang Yi stay with her and immediately locked herself up in the hotel room.
Ji Yi laid in bed, staring up at the ceiling. She clearly sensed her rupturing pain and sadness from the deepest part of her heart, hitting her wave after wave.
It hurt. It really did hurt...
That helpless feeling of clearly not wanting him to leave. It really hurt...
The dull feeling in her chest didn't subside in time, but instead, it became heavier and heavier.