As soon as he said it, He Jichen felt himself drift back to the previous conversation. He didn't wait for Ji Yi to finish when he added, "When will you be done tomorrow? Let's go out for dinner?"
"Alright, but I'm not very sure about the time. After I finish, I'll call you?"
"Okay." He paused for two seconds then added, "Say, it's not your first time anymore, so why are you still so tight every..."
He Jichen was about to say "time" when Ji Yi couldn't take it anymore. She raised her hand and slapped He Jichen really hard.
Her flushed cheeks hadn't completely subsided when they started to scorch incredibly. Her tone of voice sounded a little shy and angry at the same time. "He Jichen!"
He Jichen chuckled at the angry Ji Yi and hugged her even tighter. "Forget it. You find a topic to talk about. My mind right now is still filled with those images..."
Ji Yi buried her face into the crook of He Jichen's arm. She stayed there for a while until the heat in her ears subsided before she removed her face. She huffed then struck up a new conversation. "He Jichen, what did you think about my performance in 'Jiuchong Palace'?"
"He Jichen, don't you think the wishing bell at the hot pot restaurant opposite B-Film was pretty accurate?"
"You're acting all cool!"
"Do I really need to act it?"
"Narcissist... He Jichen, was my performance yesterday night cool or what?"
At the mention of what happened during the Television Awards... He Jichen didn't reply.
After two seconds, Ji Yi added, "He Jichen, I still feel like this is a dream. Say, with us like this right now, are we together?"
He Jichen still didn't say a thing.
As Ji Yi casually chatted away, she shut her eyes and waited for a while. Seeing that He Jichen still hadn't replied, she opened her eyes and glanced over at He Jichen.
She finally noticed that he had already turned his head and stared at her some time ago.
When he met her gaze, he suddenly turned over and pressed her body down. Then he lowered his head and stared transfixed into her eyes.
Out of nowhere, Ji Yi became nervous with He Jichen like this. Her gaze couldn't help but wander everywhere as she didn't dare look right into his eyes.
"Look at me..." said He Jichen to her face. His soft exhale made her eyelashes tremble as though a puppet was controlling her eyes. Her pupils rolled and look right into his pitch-black eyes.
He stared at her for a while before saying, "There are some things I actually should've told you yesterday..."
Ji Yi nervously held her breath.
"...it's just that my mind was everywhere yesterday. I tried to write up a script a few times, but I couldn't figure out what to say..."
Ji Yi's fingers couldn't help but clutch onto the bedsheets.
"...even now, I don't quite know how to tell you... so I'll be frank. Don't mind me..."
Ji Yi clutched the bed sheets tighter and her fingers started to gently tremble.
"Ji Yi..." He Jichen's voice sounded particularly stern. Deep in the night, the room made things seem incredibly serious. "...it's a long story, so I'll cut it short. I've liked you for a really time, so let me ask you a question. Do you want to be with me?"
With a pause, He Jichen appeared to have forgotten something, so he added the word: "forever."