In the end, Lu Jinnian still wasn't able to think of how to comfort Qiao Anhao, so he decided to pull her into a silent embrace. Before his hand could even reach out though, Qiao Anhao, who was still tearing, broke into a wide smile. In a clear voice with obvious surprise, she asked, "Lu Jinnian, why are you here?"
Qiao Anhao's sudden smile seemed to have shocked his brain into a daze, and his hand paused in mid air. His gaze focused on her face, taking in the moisture in her eyes.
Why was she crying and smiling... Did Xu Jiamu's abandonment agitate her so much?
Lu Jinnian's heart started to ache once more, but his mind was still blank, he was still unable to find words to comfort her. With the door open, the cold breeze blew in continuously, sending a s.h.i.+ver through her soaked body.
In that instance, Lu Jinnian seemed to have come back to his senses. He picked her up and walked up the stairs to the bathroom on the second floor, placing her in the bathtub. Opening the tap, he adjusted the temperature before placing the hose in her hands. "Take a hot shower, it'll keep the cold away."
Turning, he left the bathroom.
Before he left though, he didn't forget to switch on the bathroom heater.
The moment Qiao Anhao left the shower, she saw Lu Jinnian carrying a cup of ginger tea up.
He pa.s.sed it over to her, then after picking up a hairdryer, he started to blow dry her hair.
The buzz from the hairdryer was loud, so they didn't speak, the atmosphere returning back to when they were still living together as a couple.
Qiao Anhao took a sip of the ginger tea, and warmth spread from her chest to all over her body.
When Lu Jinnian was done, he arranged the cord before placing the hairdryer back on the shelf.
Without the buzz the room sank into silence, only the sound of soft rain fall entering from outside.
Lu Jinnian stood in front of Qiao Anhao, watching as she sipped the ginger tea slowly. Only then did a phrase to show his concern spring into his blank mind. "Qiao Qiao, are you all right?"
Qiao Anhao treated his question as a casual greeting. After finis.h.i.+ng the cup, she placed it back on the table and lifted her face to smile at him.
Before she had been carried to the bathroom by Lu Jinnian, she had wanted to ask him, "Lu Jinnian, aren't you in Hong Kong? Don't you have a meeting tomorrow? Why are you suddenly back here?"
After the initial shock and the long string of questions, Lu Jinnian sensed that Qiao Anhao wasn't upset... But he thought back to her teary eyes and drenched body, and without answering her questions, he asked, "Where did you go just now? Why didn't you bring an umbrella when it's raining?"
Qiao Anhao replied honestly, "Qiao Anxia drank too much so I went to get her. I didn't bring an umbrella out with me so I got drenched in the rain."
Lu Jinnian studied Qiao Anhao for a long while before finally confirming that he had been too anxious just now, she didn't seem to know about Xu Jiamu's incident just yet.
He was relieved, and took a long, deep breath.