She and two other girls sitting next to her were chatting and joking around as they played a popular game.
He remembered those two girlsthey were her classmates. He often saw them together in school. One of them was a slightly popular child actress called Ge... or something.
The radiance of the late summer sun cut through the window and fell on her fair face, emphasizing the wholesomeness and beauty of her occasional smile.
He Jichen stopped tearing open the pack of cigarettes and stared at her in a daze.
He didn't avert his eyes until an acquaintance from the internet cafe brushed past him and called out "Chen Ge" out of respect.
He exchanged a few polite words with this person, but after he left, He Jichen walked back down to the first floor as he sneaked a few glances at Ji Yi. Since he was quite high up, he realizedhe wasn't the only one dazed by her beautythere was also a group of thugs sitting not too far behind her staring at her intently.
He Jichen knew the gang belonged to the previous Laoda of Yizhong, Sun Zhang. After graduating junior high, he stopped going to school. Since he was still young and there was nowhere for him to go, he often hung out with his gang, fooling around in this internet cafe.
He recently caught wind that this gang liked a pretty girl from Research Yizhong, so they often ambushed the girl when she left schooland forced her to go out with them.
Sun Zhang sat right in the middle of the gang. He checked Ji Yi up and down, and every now and then,he'd turn to look, point and whisper about Ji Yi.
It was noisy in the internet cafe, and he was still a little far from Ji Yi. He Jichen didn't know what Sun Zhang was talking about, but he felt so annoyed for some reason... like someone had his eyes on something that belonged to him.
Sun Zhang complimented Ji Yi just a little then suddenly got up and walked over to where she was sitting. The moment he brushed past Ji Yi, he deliberately pretended to accidentally sprain his ankle so he could fall into the back of Ji Yi's chair.
He Jichen clearly saw Sun Zhang's hand clasp Ji Yi's shoulder.
Without a second thought, He Jichen turned around and rushed down the stairs. As he reached the last flight of stairs, Fatty, who was still at the top of the stairs, called out, "Chen Ge!"
Just then, Sun Zhang pretended to steady himself and reluctantly removed his hand from Ji Yi's shoulder.
With an ominous look on He Jichen's face, his feet came to a stop.
"Chen Ge, what's wrong?" asked Fatty as he caught up to He Jichen. He Jichen pointed at Sun Zhang who was now at the front desk. He gave a few nonchalant nods then deliberately emphasized the word "invite" as he said in a sluggish drawl, "Invite that Sun guy upstairs. Tell him I want to see him."