"Aren't you worried about how much she could be suffering or how unhappy she is without you by her side? She's the person you like so much. If she was being bullied by a man or cried over another man, wouldn't you worry about her? Don't tell me there's someone better than you who makes her feel at ease? You like her so much, yet you're just going to give up on her? Are you really alright with that?"
"Yeah, I do worry about her, I do feel uneasy, and I'm really not alright with that, but..."
He Jichen's eyes drooped. His face didn't show any emotions, but Ning Shuang could sense the intense heartache emitting from his body and coming right at her. He was silent for a long time before he continued to say, "...It's better than her taking on the label of a murderer's wife..."
As those two words "murderer's wife" slipped between his teeth, it seemed like He Jichen had broached a touchy topic. His hands suddenly clenched into fists.
"This is the best that can be done. I suffer a little, but she can live an envious lifestyle. Everything was worth it, right?"
As he said this, He Jichen didn't bother waiting for Ning Shuang to speak. He turned around and took big strides over to the elevator.
"He Jichen, where are you going?!" asked Ning Shuang as she instinctively walked out of the room and cried at the silhouette of He Jichen's back.
He Jichen completely ignored her and pressed the button for the elevator. After waiting for the doors to open, he stepped in.
Ning Shuang had known He Jichen for over a year now. Though she didn't know him inside and out, she knew him well enough to know that after seeing Ji Yi tonight, he must be feeling even worse inside. Leaving like this, he was probably going to find somewhere to drown his sorrows with alcohol.
There was one time last winter when he drank until his stomach bled. The doctor warned him seriously to quit drinking. If he continues to drink, then I'm afraid he really doesn't want to live anymore!
With that thought, Ning Shuang went back into the room, grabbed her room key and jacket, then chased after He Jichen.
When Ning Shuang reached the first floor and stepped out of the elevator, He Jichen happened to have walked to the hotel entrance.
She apologetically said "Sorry, excuse me" to the people in front of her. Then, she reached out and shoved people out of the way while running over to the entrance.
Ning Shuang ran really quickly, but when she leaped out of the hotel doors, He Jichen was already down the stairs and about to hail a cab from the sidewalk.
Ning Shuang instinctively wanted to call He Jichen's name, but someone beat her to it. "Jichen?!"
Ning Shuang suddenly stopped running, and at the same, she and He Jichen turned their heads toward the source of the sound.
It was a young woman dressed in a mink fur coat with a shiny handbag in her hands and bright red lipstick. She was staring at He Jichen with a look of disbelief and pleasant surprise.
Ning Shuang instinctively wanted to ask He Jichen, but he had already made his way over to the woman.
Because they were quite some distance away, Ning Shuang couldn't catch what she was saying. He Jichen nodded and got into a car with the woman.
Without thinking twice, Ning Shuang hailed a cab and got in.
As she watched the car drive into a luxurious residential area, Ning Shuang's eyes suddenly widened.
Why would He Jichen go home with another woman?
She instinctively reached for the phone in her pocket with the intention of calling He Jichen when she realized she missed several calls from an unknown number while her phone was on silent during her nap. In the midst of her curiosity about who called her, the same unknown number called again...