The streets were very quiet. The sound of her cries wasn't loud, but they traveled far.
Standing at a nearby tree, He Jichen heard the endless sound of crying. His fists were tightly clenched by his side.
Ji Yi cried for a long, long time until eventually, her voice became hoarse, yet her tears continued to flow.
She wasn't sure if it was the alcohol or if she cried too hard, but her head was lacking oxygen. When she reached out to wipe her tears away while trying to get up, she completely fainted to the ground all of sudden.
He Jichen, who had been staring at her all along, rushed out from behind the tree without the slightest hesitation.
He took big strides, daring to go over to her then he stopped just half a meter away from her.
He stared at the woman lying on the ice-cold streets as the sudden fear of having romantic feelings crept into his heart. He wanted to draw closer, but he didn't dare to. He contemplated it for a while before he edged closer to her, inch by inch.
The closer he got, the harder it was to breathe. When his feet were about ten centimeters away from her fingers, he stopped.
His lips trembledslightly as he stared at her for a long time with the feeling that this proximity to her was the stuff of his dreams. He pinched the palm of his hand hard, allowing the piercing pain to rouse his senses a little. That was when he snapped back to reality and quickly crouched down to pull Ji Yi's phone out from her bag.
He called "120" for an ambulance.
After he hung up, he put the phone back into her bag then averted her gaze and looked over at her face.
She cried for so long, so both her eyes were incredibly red and swollen. There were even tears on her eyelashes.
He Jichen watched with a tightened throat. He took a gulp then his fingers shivered and gently fell on her eyelids, carefully wiping her tears away.
The feeling made He Jichen's heart pound uncontrollably.
Having been separated for over a year now, the emotions he tried to force down instantly exploded. A warm, intense lingering feeling... rushed at him as all he wanted to do was immediately pull her into a tight embrace.
But he didn't dare and he couldn't do it because now, he was most afraid of himself. He was afraid of hurting her with his immense selfishness.
He Jichen really liked the feeling of reaching his fingers out and stroking her. However, he only lingered on her face for a few seconds before he forced himself to pull away.
He was afraid to touch her for too long in case he couldn't bear to leave her later...
The moment He Jichen's fingers left Ji Yi's face, he glimpsed the necklace around her fair neck.
It was the present he gave her for her birthday. Before he left Beijing, she never wore it... but now that he'd been gone for over a year, it seemed like she always wore it to public events.
He knew he shouldn't overthink too much, but He Jichen couldn't help but do just that.
During the time I was gone, has she been thinking about me all along?
Back at the bar, did she select "Within your radius" twelve times because of me?
In the past, he would wake up smiling after dreaming about something like this.
But it was too late. Their love in their past lives wasn't strong enough. When he wanted to be with her, she didn't want to be with him. Now, she probably wanted to be with him, but he didn't have the heart to be with her.