"Miss Ji, I really don't have any other ideas, so I called you to think of a plan."
Ning Shuang probably noticed Ji Yi hadn't said anything for a while and thought she was just hesitating. She paused for a few seconds with the phone in her hand and spoke again.
"He Jichen really likes you. Back in the French town, he came to the bar I worked at every day. At first, I thought he came often because he was a regular, but later, I found out that wasn't it. It was because our bar had a big screen with your commercial on it..."
"I only noticed He Jichen because of the bartender. He was sitting in a dim area. At the time, I didn't even know how he looked. I was purely curious, so when I went to the restroom, I deliberately walked around him. That was the first time I heard your name. He was a drunken mess splayed out on the table as he called and called for Xiao Yi..."
As Ji Yi heard this, her lips pursed but she stayed silent.
"...In the same night, when I finished work and was heading back home, I saw him crouched by the side of the road. I called him a few times but he ignored me. Later, he finally looked up and I thought he was looking at me, but I found out he was looking at the ad on the screen behind me."
"Later on, he fainted... so I took him to the hospital. After I woke up, he was standing by the bed, smoking while staring at his phone. His fingers tapped the screen a few times but then he withdrew his fingers. After I got closer, I saw he wanted to call your number, so I asked him why he didn't just do it and why he didn't just follow his heart. In response, he told me he was already following his heart. A lot later, I realized that he was using that method to think about you. He really never wanted to call you because you would call someone if you liked them, but if you really loved someone, you would be able to not call them."
Ji Yi lowered her eyes to hide the pain in her eyes.
The next second, she tapped to put Ning Shuang on speakerphone then opened her schedule.
"He practically spent half the year in a drunken trance. He drank until his stomach bled and drank until the doctor gave a serious warning for him to stop drinking or he'd die!"
"For the past year or so, him and I never really spent a lot of time together. However, I rarely ever saw him sleeping until daylight..."
The annual television awards would be held two days from now at eight in the evening.
Ji Yi stared motionlessly at the itinerary.
"Miss Ji, I told you everything so you realize He Jichen really likes you. He just doesn't want to drag you down, but I think it doesn't matter. People who mutually love each other should be together, so who cares what the world says..."
Ning Shuang spoke on the phone for a long time, but seeing as Ji Yi hadn't said anything from the very beginning, she wasn't sure if Ji Yi was going to try to stop He Jichen. "Miss Ji? Miss Ji?" said Ning Shuang again.
She cried "Miss Ji" several times but got no response. Just as she was about to continue calling her, Ji Yi stared at the phone screen that read "television awards" and suddenly said, "If things went back to how they were before like nothing happened, then he'll come back to my side?"