Huo Mian didn't expect Qin Chu to be so direct and, therefore, was slightly taken aback.
Then she blushed.
"No," she replied.
"If you're not afraid, then what are you waiting for? Go to bed." With that, Qin Chu turned around and walked upstairs towards the bedroom.
That night, before Qin Chu had come home, Huo Mian already roughly familiarized herself with the structure of the condo.
It was a two hundred square meter, two-level unit. There was a spacious living room, dining room, bathroom, kitchen, and study downstairs.
The upper level seemed to consist of three bedrooms and a bathroom.
With a setup like this, there would be enough space to house the two of them even if they had two children.
Watching Qin Chu climb up the stairs, Huo Mian immediately regretted her big mouth. Why did she have to respond so carelessly?
Now, look what she had done. If she didn't follow him, it would seem like she was going back on her word. However, she really wasn't ready.
Seven years ago, she loved Qin Chu with all her heart, but it didn't mean things were still the same now.
Truth be told, she didn't even know how she felt about Qin Chu.
She had agreed to marry him purely to ensure Zhixin's wellbeing.
Of course, there had been some degree of personal emotions mixed in as well...
Qin Chu entered the first bedroom on the second floor, and Huo Mian slowly followed him inside.
The room was spacious, with black-and-white dcor. It suited Qin Chu's style.
"What did you follow me in for? How badly do you want to want to sleep in the same bed as me?" Qin Chu looked at Huo Mian with a half-joking expression.
Huo Mian, caught by surprise, didn't know how to react.
"Your bedroom is next door, good night." With that, Qin Chu closed the door with a thump.
He left Huo Mian outside, with an innocent look on her face.
Huo Mian hadn't yet figured out how to react, and her adorkable expression nearly broke Qin Chu's self-restraint. All he wanted was to go over and kiss her for all he was worth.
After Qin Chu closed the door, he slowly leaned against it.
Although he wanted more than anything to hold her as they fell asleep, he knew that she wasn't ready for that yet.
He didn't want to force her. He wanted to give her time.
Time to slowly get back to where they were seven years ago.
Besides, she was already legally his wife, wasn't she?
At this thought, Qin Chu's lips tugged into a contented smile.
Only then did Huo Mian fully process what Qin Chu had just said. She walked over to the second bedroom and pushed open the door.
The interior was decorated in light beige, accented with purple. These were all colors she liked.
So, he still remembers everything and prepared this room for her in advance...
She thought that he would force her, but he didn't.
"Qin Chu what am I to do with you?" Caressing the white vanity table, Huo Mian's expression became sorrowful.
She admitted that she no longer had much hatred left in her.
Every time she needed help, this man had always been there.
But if you love me that much, why did you disappear for seven years?
We've already wasted seven years
Huo Mian spent a long time in melancholy. In the end, she went to the en-suite bathroom for a hot bath. When she came out, she laid down on the bed, exhausted.
She had always been picky about beds. In the past, whenever she was out of the city and had to stay at a hotel, she would always have trouble sleeping.
She thought that tonight would be no different. However, to her surprise, she slept astonishingly well.
The light fragrance of lavender filled the room, along with dreamlike multicolored lights. Every detail had been designed with care.
Huo Mian found it hard to believe that Qin Chu bought this condo on short notice. How could everything be so perfect?
- Late that night -
Filtering through the window, faint moonlight spilled into the room.
Quietly, Qin Chu pushed open the door and walked inside. He stood quietly by the window.
Staring down at the sleeping girl on the bed, his eyes were filled with tenderness.
No one knew just how long he had been waiting for this day...
Just as no one knew how much he loved this woman named Huo Mian.
- The next morning -
Although it was only 7 AM when Huo Mian got up, Qin Chu was already nowhere to be found.
A sandwich sat ready on the table, along with a glass of milk.
Huo Mian had to admit that she was touched by his gesture.
Before, when she lived under the same roof as Ning Zhiyuan, she was always the one who cooked.
By and by, she had grown used to it.
Today, seeing that someone had prepared breakfast for her, she felt an indescribable warmth rise within her.
- At GK Headquarters -
Walking through the door, Assistant Yang heard the president's computer playing music.
After he realized what the song was, he nearly choked on his own spit.
"Pre President Qin," Yang stuttered.