He Jichen's tall body swayed slightly for a moment as he suddenly stopped making his way down the stairs.
"If you think what I said earlier was useless, then how about that line?" Ji Yi slowly straightened up. She stared at the silhouette of He Jichen's back and softly cried, "I know why you're ignoring me and I know why you hid from me the moment you saw me. It's because Qian Ge leaked that video, isn't it?
"But I don't mind anymore, so why do you care? Haven't you always wanted to be with me? And haven't you always hoped for me to like you? Now I like you and I want to be with you. Can we be together?"
He Jichen felt a pain akin to something violently clutching onto his heart.
He had to admit that he was a little persuaded by her words.
Not a little, but really persuaded...
He even felt as though if she said one more sentence, he would probably lose control, turn around and head upstairs to hug her passionately in his arms.
But deep down, he knew he couldn't be that selfish, especially with her.
From the day she woke up from her coma till now, he had watched her go through quite a few bumps in the road.
It was just as he hoped - she became beautiful and radiant.
Her career was flourishing and if she was with He Jichen, an attempted murderer, the truth would come out sooner or later.
Because he liked her... he liked her too much. He liked her and hoped she'd be alright in every way, so that's why he left.
If he could be so easily persuaded to be with her like this, then wouldn't all the wonderful things that happened to her in the past year or so be for nothing?
Seeing that He Jichen hadn't moved, Ji Yi spoke up again. "He Jichen..."
Her voice woke He Jichen up from his daydream, but he didn't look behind him. He raised his feet again and headed downstairs.
"He Jichen!" cried Ji Yi quite loudly as she headed for the stairway after him. The entire apartment echoed with her voice.
He Jichen didn't stop walking, but in fact, he sped up.
Ji Yi held onto the stair railing and hopped down after him. "He Jichen, I'm serious. I really want to be with you, so I came to see you!"
Ji Yi's insistent tone of voice made He Jichen's mood worse, so he opened the apartment door with unusual force.
Ji Yi ran down the stairs in quite a hurry and missed the final step then let out a low shriek. She steadied herself and cried out to He Jichen again as he walked out of the apartment. "He Jichen, you can't not want me anymore after I've fallen for you..."
Before Ji Yi could finish, the apartment door slammed shut. She was met by the ear-splitting slam.
When Ji Yi ran over to the entrance and pulled the door open, there wasn't a soul in the hallway. The display on the elevator door already read: "1."
He Jichen's appearance rattled Ji Yi's life and sent her schedule in a disarray.
The next day, she was supposed to be flying to Hong Kong, but she didn't go. Instead, she stayed in Beijing and called Ning Shuang again. From her, she found out where He Jichen was staying and found out his phone number.
For the next few days, Ji Yi called He Jichen every day. He didn't pick up, so she waited for him at his hotel room door.