The bustling city became increasingly quiet.
The cooked dishes on the dining table were completely cold.
Yet the front door hadn't budged and it didn't look like it was going to open in the slightest.
The longer Ji Yi waited, the more anxious she became. The more anxious she was, the wilder her fantasies became.
Why isn't He Jichen back yet? Don't tell me he regretted being with me after reading those hate comments online and left?!
But last night, he told me he wanted to be with me for forever, so am I overthinking things?
Yeah, maybe he's really busy and who's to say he won't be back real soon? I can't scare myself like this...
After calming down with much difficulty, the grandfather clock in the living room rang at eleven o'clock and rattled Ji Yi so much that she couldn't sit still anymore.
It was already eleven in the evening, yet he hadn't come back yet. She couldn't take it anymore. She had to go out and find him...
With that thought, Ji Yi bolted up from the sofa and ran upstairs without even bothering to put on her slippers.
Just as she reached the corner of the stairs, she heard the soft sound of the passcode being entered to unlock the front door.
Ji Yi suddenly stopped to carefully listen for a moment and made sure she wasn't hearing things. Then she turned around and ran to the door while holding onto the railing.
She just made it over to the entrance when the door opened.
Wearing a black coat, He Jichen stepped inside.
So I was just panicking for nothing, overthinking things, and scaring myself... Ji Yi let out a sigh of relief as she happily welcomed He Jichen. "He Jichen, where did you go? Why are you back so late?"
He Jichen hesitated for two seconds then raised his head and looked over at Ji Yi.
He was afraid she would notice something was wrong, so he looked away before even meeting her gaze and didn't linger over her face for even a second. Then he bent down and started to undo his laces.
Having not sensed anything wrong at all, Ji Yi smiled as she took two steps closer to He Jichen. She opened the shoe cabinet and helped He Jichen grab his slippers. "And you didn't even bring your phone with you!" added Ji Yi with a tone of voice like she was complaining.
When He Jichen heard her voice, he raised his head and glanced over at Ji Yi's face for a moment. Their eyes happened to meet.
His gaze was rather cold and quite unlike the warm and affectionate looks he'd been giving her the past two days.
Women are naturally perceptive, so Ji Yi knew He Jichen wasn't in a particularly good mood.
Could she have come off a little too strong in complaining about him not taking his phone with him just now?
Ji Yi placed the slippers in front of He Jichen then slowly spoke again. "I won't be able to reach you if you don't bring your phone."
He Jichen still didn't reply to Ji Yi, but his gaze was fixed on her bare feet. He furrowed his brows and said, "Why aren't you wearing your shoes?"
His words and her words referred to two completely different things.
Ji Yi hadn't quite caught on and let out a "Huh?"
Having finished putting on his slippers, He Jichen swooped Ji Yi off her feet.
Ji Yi instinctively wanted to cry "He Jichen" when his voice rang out from above her head. "The weather hasn't improved yet. You'll easily catch a cold without slippers on."
Before Ji Yi could react, he had already nagged her for not wearing slippers.
"I heard the door, so I wanted to quickly come over to see you..." said Ji Yi as she naturally leaned into his embrace. Then she caught the heavy smell of cigarettes.