The car came to a gradual stop outside the hospital that Xu Jiamu stayed in. Qiao Anhao glanced at the people entering the hospital before turning to look at Lu Jinnian. "Thank you for sending me here."
Lu Jinnian stared outside the window at the hospital, his jaw tight. After a while, he replied with a faint "Yea."
Qiao Anhao paused for a bit. "I'll go down first, Mrs. Xu is waiting for me."
"Okay," Lu Jinnian replied in a monotonous voice as his throat closed up.
Qiao Anhao pulled the door, realizing that it was locked. She turned her head to remind him.
He replied with a light "yea", rus.h.i.+ng to open the lock. Just then, he hit the front lights and quickly offed it.
Qiao Anhao could hear the clicking from the car, she pushed open the door once again and alighted. After shutting the door, she hesitated for a bit before turning to look at Lu Jinnian. "Bye."
Lu Jinnian nodded, but just when she was about to shut the door, he called out, "Qiao Qiao.."
Qiao Anhao froze, her entire body tensing. In the many years they had known each other, he had always called her Qiao Anhao, Qiao cla.s.smate, Miss Qiao… This was the first time he had called her so affectionately.
Qiao Anhao clenched the car door tightly, even though she seemed calm, her heart was running.
Lu Jinnian seemed to have realized that in a frenzy, he had called her the name that he held deep in his heart. With a calm expression, he continued, "Remember to visit the doctor after visiting Jiamu, gastric problems can get troublesome."
Qiao Anhao felt an indescribable pain leaking from her heart. She struggled to smile back at Lu Jinnian as she bid him goodbye. Lu Jinnian nodded, his lips moving slightly, as though saying "Goodbye", but since the volume was so low, she couldn't hear it. She closed the door and headed for the hospital.
Lu Jinnian sat in the car alone, staring at Qiao Anhao's back until she disappeared from his sight.
After a long while, he realized that all this while, he had been watching her back while she walked away.
Initially, he had watched her from afar when she went home. Back then, she was either with Qiao Anxia or bickering with Xu Jiamu.
In high-school, there were several times when he would wait by the entrance in search of her back.
In college, every time she came to Hangzhou, he would secretly send her off from afar, not letting her know. He would stand outside the airport or the railway station, waiting to see the view of her back.
Even now, it was the same...
Many times, if she had just turned back, she would have been able to see him. But all this while, she had never turned back to glance at him.
Xu Jiamu stayed on the top floor, in the first cla.s.s ward. The Xu family had spent a large sum of money and power to book down the entire floor so that there wouldn't be many people.
The female guard that stood at the entrance recognized Qiao Anhao and seemed to be waiting for her. The moment she saw her, she walked forward to lead her to the ward.