"So that's how it is..." Ji Yi believed him, so she didn't force He Jichen to go to the dinner party with her.
It was seven o'clock by the time she reached the China World Hotel, Beijing - half an hour late from the meeting time.
Ji Yi didn't want to waste time, so she immediately opened the door when the car stopped. She got out and cried, "I'm heading out first."
"Mhm," responded He Jichen. Just as Ji Yi was about to close the door, he added, "When you're just about done, send me a message in advance and I'll come pick you up."
"Alright," replied Ji Yi with a smile. She shut the door then waved at He Jichen through the car window and walked into China World Hotel, Beijing.
Through the glass, He Jichen watched as a female attendant escorted Ji Yi into the elevator. It wasn't until after the doors closedcompletely that he stepped on the gas pedal and slowly drove off.
This time, the new movie that was about to start production by the director of "Jiuchong Palace" was called "The Fleeting Years."
As she was making a guest appearance, Ji Yi didn't have many lines to act, so she was done filming after about two to three days.
The leading actress for "The Fleeting Years" was an experienced senior actress who was famous all over China ever since Ji Yi was discovered by a scout after graduation. The male lead was a young, popular actor who didn't have particularly good reviews within the industry. Ji Yi had never worked with him before. Although they usually bumped into each other at big events, they normally only exchanged quick greetings. Come to think of it, tonight's dinner party was the first time they truly met face-to-face.
The male lead was called Yang Li. He was pretty handsome, witty, and was friendly to Ji Yi.
And yet, Ji Yi was quite half-hearted with her replies to Yang Li's endless flirting.
Ji Yi had a natural eye for people and could more or less see through someone like Yang Li. She knew he was showing particular interest in her just to shoot his take with her.
Aside from the male and female leads, Ji Yi was rather familiar with everyone there as they practically all worked on "Jiuchong Palace" together.
Yes, they were all practically the same crew with one exception. Despite there being one exception, Ji Yi was still very familiar with that person.
That one exception was Xie Siyao, the girl who conspired with Qian Ge to cause her car accident.
Last year, Ji Yi caught wind that Xie Siyao had a boyfriend with a wealthy family background. Because of her boyfriend's influence and hefty investments, she was able to take part in small roles in several major movies.
Now that Ji Yi saw them together today, she realized the rumors were actually true.
Although Xie Siyao's rich boyfriend's family background wasn't too bad, it was far from what the tabloids were saying. He just had a bit of money, that was all.
She could tell Xie Siyao was pretty pleased with her rich boyfriend. Throughout the dinner, she never strayed far from the words "my sweetie dearest." Every time Xie Siyao said it, she deliberately glanced over at Ji Yi. Once or twice, she purposefully brought the topic back to Ji Yi. "So Yi Jie, how are you and your boyfriend lately?"
Of course, Ji Yi knew Xie Siyao was doing this on purpose. Although she pretended to play dumb and ignored her, deep down, she couldn't help but complain. Birds of a feather do flock together! She's just the same as Qian Ge.
On Ji Yi's left was Yang Li, who was flirting with her non-stop, and on her right was Xie Siyao, who was inadvertently verbally attacking her. This dinner really was quite difficult for Ji Yi to take.
No matter how well-composed Ji Yi was, towards the end of the dinner, she couldn't take it much longer and found an excuse to go to the restroom to leave the room.
After calming down, Ji Yi washed her hands and emerged from the restroom. As she was just about to head back to the room, she happened to bump into Han Zhifan, who came out of the men's toilets at the same time.
Ji Yi was just as shocked as Han Zhifan was. "So you and He Jichen are meeting up here?"
The smile on Han Zhifan's face turned stiff. "Chen Ge? I'm not meeting up with Chen Ge tonight..."