The girl was completely weakened in her state. As she was hauled up from the ground, the phone slipped from her grip and fell to the floor. She yelped and wanted to bend down to grab it when the man pulled her into a deep hug.
He could sense the confusion in her heart; she was curious who he was. His arms that encircled her tightened to pull her deeper into his hug. Then, he buried his head into the nape of her neck and croaked out in a choking voice, "It's me. I'm Su Zhinian. I'm here"
The girl in his arms froze when she heard the name. After a while, she asked slowly, "Who did you say you are?"
"Su Zhinian. I said, I'm Su Zhinian."
As if unable to believe him, she leaned into his clothes and took several deep breaths. As she did that, he read her mind. It is indeed Su Zhinian's scent
She blinked several times, and her heart was starting to dance with joy. She whispered in a voice that was laced with unbridled happiness, "You're really Su Zhinian?"
"Yes, it is really me," Su Zhinian answered with utmost patience.
"You're really here?"
"Yes, I'm really here."
As Su Zhinian confirmed, Song Qingchun started to wail. "Why are you only here now? Do you know how long I've been waiting for you? So long Why are you only here now?"
Su Zhinian listened to her unreasonable complaints, and he burrowed his face deeper into her neck. One of his tears fell on her skin. "I'm sorry, I shouldn't have been so late. I'm sorry."
She grabbed his shirt tightly and asked with a big frown on her face, "Now that you're here, will you be leaving?"
His arms that hugged her froze. When he sensed the fear at the bottom of her heart, he leaned into her ear and promised, "No, I'm not leaving again."
"Really? You really aren't going to leave me?"
"Yes," he answered without hesitation.
His apology and his promise made her heart burst with joy. It also brought up the grievances, cruelty, and sadness he had caused her recently, it made her tears come even harder. In fact, she even stomped her feet once in his embrace.
"Do you know how annoying you are? If you already have someone you love, why do you insist on treating me so well? Since you've already started treating me so well, why would you stop? Since you cannot give me the promise of a lifetime, then why did you approach me? Do you know how much I hate you, how much I hate your hot and cold nature? How can you bully me in such a manner? You're a horrible person Horrible bully"
She started to rattle off the sadness and grievances that were buried at the bottom of her heart. He hugged her wordlessly, allowing her to lay her resentment on him.
Eventually, her energy waned, and the words that left her lips softened until there was only soft crying that remained as she leaned on his chest.
Her emotions gradually stabilized. Her tears and snot were smudged on his shirt.
Then, she raised her hands to hug him at his waist. The man's body froze before he pulled her deeper into his embrace.
The streetlight shone quietly on the both of them. The occasional passer-by would turn to look at them. However, the two seemed to have formed a bubble around themselves. In the quiet of the autumn night, they stayed in each other's embrace, quiet and content.