Ji Yi slept late, so when she was woken up by her phone, she was incredibly groggy. She was completely dazed for a moment before she realized her phone was ringing at all. Then she shut her eyes and dug around by her pillow for her phone for a long time with her muddled head.
Since she was seriously sleepy, her eyelids felt like they were glued together. Ji Yi tried really hard to force them open.
She saw that the caller on the screen was Ning Shuang.
Ji Yi took the call and mumbled "hey" then shut her eyes tightly again.
"Miss Ji, this is Ning Shuang..."
She was truly sleepy, so Ji Yi groggily replied "mhm" but nothing more.
"Yesterday, didn't you guys successfully get He Jichen to come out? Don't tell me you and him didn't talk things through?"
She called just to say this... thought Ji Yi groggily without replying to Ning Shuang.
"Didn't you say you wanted to propose to him? Don't tell me you didn't do it?"
Ji Yi was still half-awake and she started to loosen her fingers up around her phone. "I proposed," she said while daydreaming as she replied to Ning Shuang.
"You proposed. So why does he still want to leave?"
Ji Yi was so sleepy that she almost fell asleep again. Her mind was incredibly sluggish, so although she heard what Ning Shuang said, she hadn't processed what she meant.
"And he's leaving in a real hurry. He's leaving three days from now!"
When Ning Shuang finished speaking, Ji Yi's mind started to register what she said earlier.
Why does he still want to leave? Why does he still want to leave? Leave?
Ji Yi's brows furrowed slightly as she hadn't completely come back to her senses. The next thing Ning Shuang said bore into her ears.
What's more, he's leaving in a hurry. He's leaving in three days from now...
Three days from now... Today, tomorrow, the day after tomorrow, and three days from now... which means he only has three days left in Beijing?
With those thoughts running through Ji Yi's mind, she felt like she suffered the biggest shock. She slumped down in bed, completely awake. "What did you say? He Jichen's going to leave? Where's he going?"
"Last night, he got back really late, really drunk. I only found out because the lady at the front desk called me. I went downstairs and carried him up to his room with the hotel attendant. He rambled on drunkenly for a whole night. Something about being sorry, something like: 'I want to be with you. More than anyone else, I want you to be with someone better...'"
It felt like something was prodding Ji Yi's heart. She felt hurt and bitter as she couldn't help but tightly clutch her phone.
Ning Shuang thought he was just spewing drunken words, but Ji Yi knew he was replying to what she told him last night in the executive room at the Golden Lounge.
"...I stayed up late again last night, taking care of my dad at the hospital. I was seriously deprived of sleep, so after I took care of He Jichen, I wanted to wait for him to drink some hangover soup then head back to the room after he sobered up. In the end, I accidentally dozed off on the sofa. When I woke up, before I could open my eyes, I heard him on the phone... he said he was going to book a flight in two days' time. He didn't say where he was going over the phone... but he said he didn't need a return ticket."
"Miss Ji, do you know how hard I worked to trick him into coming back from France? I did it because I wanted him to be with you, but if he goes just like that, then I'm afraid you won't ever be able to find him again!"