They hadn't seen each other in five years. Ji Yi had changed dramatically from a youthful woman to a mature woman. Although Ji Yi looked familiar, Mrs. He wasn't immediately certain who she was.
In the past five years, Mrs. He hadn't changed, so she looked practically no different from when Ji Yi last saw her when she left Sucheng.
Ji Yi recognized Mrs. He. When Ji Yi spoke, she didn't sound cold like she hadn't seen Mrs. He for a long time. Instead, she said, "Auntie He, you just said..."
The rest of Ji Yi's sentence was a little hard for her to say, so she struggled to continue speaking from there.
As soon as she spoke, Mrs. He immediately recognized who she was and a hint of surprise clearly flashed across her eyes. "Xiao Yi?"
After Mrs. He's voice fell, she walked over to Ji Yi right away and scanned her up and down. Then she pulled her arm and happily cried, "I thought it was you but I didn't dare assume. In the blink of an eye, you grew up so much and you look so much prettier..."
As Mrs. He spoke, she checked Ji Yi from head to toe. "And you grew so tall..."
With that, Mrs. He realized Ji Yi was standing at the door, so she turned around and blamed the housekeeper standing beside them. "Xiao Yi's here - why didn't you invite her inside? Why are you chatting at the door?!"
"Xiao Yi, I haven't been a good host. Please don't take it to heart. Come, let's go inside." Having told off the housekeeper, Mrs. He turned her head and smiled at Ji Yi with her eyes. Seeing as Ji Yi hadn't moved from her spot, she nudged Ji Yi's arm to walk away from the courtyard. "Xiao Yi, why did you suddenly come to Sucheng? How are your parents? Now that I think about it, it's been many years since I last saw your mum..."
Ji Yi drifted off on a mental journey as Mrs. He stopped walking towards Ji Yi after just a few steps.
Mrs. He stopped speaking in bewilderment then turned to look at Ji Yi.
She wanted to ask Ji Yi: "What's wrong," but the words hadn't reached her throat when Ji Yi quietly repeated the four words: "Anniversary of Yuguang's death?"
Mrs. He, who was delighted to see Ji Yi at first, instantly turned blank.
Ji Yi knew exactly what those four words meant, but seeing as Mrs. He didn't say anything, she asked again, "What did you mean by that?"
With that, Ji Yi's eyes turned red and the words "Anniversary of Yuguang's death?" escaped from her mouth again.
"Auntie He, did you misspeak earlier?"
A tear fell from the corners of Ji Yi's eyes. "How could there be an anniversary? Isn't Yuguang Ge alive and well?"
"Xiao Yi, let's go in first. Let's talk when we get inside," said Mrs. He finally.
Ji Yi didn't move and the tears started pouring down. "Auntie He, you misspoke, right? Or I heard wrong, right?"
Ji Yi didn't dare to face the true meaning behind those words. Not only was she kidding herself, but she even turned to look at the housekeeper and said, "Hey, did I hear correctly just now? Mrs. He, you didn't say those four words, right?"
The housekeeper wasn't sure how to reply to Ji Yi's question and showed ahelpless look.
Her reaction made Ji Yi even more frantic. "I misheard. I must've misheard..."