Lu Chenzhous expression was calm as he ignored the others and walked over to Cheng Xi. When he was within arms-length, he said, Something came up at work, so Ill be leaving now.
Cheng Xi exhaled. Okay.
But she had let her guard down too quickly, because Lu Chenzhou suddenly turned around, kissed her on the cheek, and, before she could react, nodded to the petrified Shen Wei and abruptly left.
No one spoke.
Cheng Xi laughed dryly. Thats just a standard goodbye routine, nothing more.
But before she could finish making an excuse, the door opened and Lu Chenzhou walked in once more, caressed her face, and kissed her firmly on her lips.
Of course, the kiss didnt linger for long; his lips merely brushed against hers. From Cheng Xis perspective, his actions felt more like he was just going through the motions, without any sense of desire or love.
But in others eyes, Lu Chenzhous behavior could already be considered arrogant, high-profile, and intimate! This was partly because after they separated from their kiss, Lu Chenzhou then even used his hand to slowly rub Cheng Xis face as he said, Dont forget, youre mine.
After Lu Chenzhou finished saying those words, he finally left. Cheng Xi wasnt too annoyed by his kisses, but his parting remarks had left her shaking from head to toe. This time, however, she didnt dare say anything afterwards; who knew if he would come back yet again!
Fortunately, he seemed to be gone for good.
The room was silent for a good long while afterwards. It was Cheng Xi who finally spoke up. As she brought each of them a stool, she said, Sit down, please. Sorry, I dont have any chairs that are more comfortable.
Then, she poured each of them a glass of water. When Lin Fan took the offered glass of water, he couldnt even bear to look at her, and his lips were silently quivering from the shock.
Shen Wei finally recovered when she was handed a glass of water. So, Cheng Xi, youre Lu Chenzhous girlfriend?
Cheng Xi straightforwardly replied, No.
Youre still denying it even after that kiss? Youre not being honest, Cheng Xi. Shen Wei looked at Lin Fan, and then clicked her tongue in annoyance. Why are you hiding your romance? Are you trying to date two men at once?
She realized only now that her predicament was actually quite difficult to explain. After all, she couldnt outright tell them that Lu Chenzhou had some abnormal tendencies and that he was just her patient, could she?
After a long time, she finally thought of a passable explanation. Theres really nothing going on between Lu Chenzhou and me… If anything, its that my professor once introduced the two of us and set us up on a date.
A date? This question was from Lin Fan.
A date between you two? Was this before or after I got married? This was from Shen Wei.
Cheng Xi answered both questions with just one word. Before.
No wonder! Shen Wei looked as though she had suddenly understood something. I knew that Fu Mingyi was behaving oddly that day, especially when he intentionally requested for you to send Lu Chenzhou out. Additionally, you never came back after you left! Adultery, I say, adultery!
She was so excited that she didnt even notice Lin Fans expression, but Cheng Xi did. At this point, she just felt exasperated—this matter really couldnt be explained cleanly, as doing so would infringe on a patients privacy. And given how reluctant Lu Chenzhou was to discuss his illness even with her, she didnt want to hurt him unintentionally.
So, she could only look at Lin Fan apologetically. But to Lin Fan, it seemed like she was tacitly agreeing to Shen Weis accusations.
Lin Fan instantly lost all interest in speaking about the subject, but Shen Wei was still chattering away. Then what did the two of you do the day after? Did you go on a date? Did you?
Cheng Xi shook her head. No. I just played a few rounds of mahjong with him and his friends.
This was the actual truth, but, clearly, no one believed her. Shen Wei even said, I dont believe you. When did you know how to play mahjong?
Yes, and Im quite good.
I dont believe you at all! Such a peerless beauty like you, how could you be playing… ah, I remember now! That incident where a rich man booked all of a doctors appointment slots, that has to be you and Lu Chenzhou! A doctor from the psychiatry department and her extremely wealthy, mysterious boyfriend! As she spoke, Shen Wei couldnt help but grab hold of Cheng Xi and start tickling her. You brat, you even said that you didnt know when I asked you last time.
Cheng Xi was deathly afraid of being tickled, and quickly fell prey to Shen Weis antics. The attack reached such a frenzy that Cheng Xi couldnt even make any noise. All she could do was try to dodge and bite her lips as she intermittently pleaded, Ah… Im still at work…
Shen Wei, unresigned, continued tickling her for quite a bit after that, and only stopped when Lin Fans phone rang.
When Lin Fan took the call, she still hadnt let go of Cheng Xi, the duo in a koala-like hugging posture as they listened in on Lin Fans call.
Lin Fan turned around to look at them. My mother said that her checkup is complete, so I have to head downstairs. As he said this, he glanced at Cheng Xi again, but refrained from saying anything.
Everyone was looking at him, but he only said one last word. Goodbye.
And then he left.
Cheng Xi and Shen Wei were somewhat at a loss for words for his attitude. The two of them looked at each other, and then Shen Wei turned her head to call her friend over. Would you mind accompanying Lin Fan for a bit? Ill catch up with the two of you later.
Shen Weis friend graciously responded, Sure. As she left, she even waved goodbye familiarly to Cheng Xi, and Cheng Xi responded in kind.
When everyone else had all left, Shen Wei finally let Cheng Xi go, looked at her, and then laughed. Youre quite something, breaking your idols heart into little pieces like that.
Werent you the one who was messing around?
Instead of helping her resolve her dilemma, Shen Weis words had only misled Lin Fan further.
Im not messing around. Im trying to help! Lu Chenzhou is a wonderful man; hes rich, influential, capable, and lacks neither family nor background. Of course, Im not saying Lin Fans bad either. But, regardless of how you compare them, Lu Chenzhous clearly the superior one. Shen Wei didnt hide her favorable impression of Lu Chenzhou at all, and her tone was seemingly somewhat agitated as she enumerated his good features. Im telling you. He has a wonderful reputation in his line of work, and his dating life is almost completely rumorless. In fact, hes so clean that hes barely like a regular mortal. As Shen Wei spoke, she laughed and then whispered in Cheng Xis ear, I dont mind telling you this secret. Before I met my husband, I also liked Lu Chenzhou.
Shen Wei scrunched up her nose. What kind of expression is that?
Oh, Cheng Xi exclaimed with a laugh. Im just thinking about how I should tell Fu Mingyi that.
Pah! Shen Wei pushed her. He loves me too much. No matter what you say, it wont matter.
Cheng Xi laughed before glancing at her contemplatively. Did Lu Chenzhou really not have a single girlfriend before this?
As far as I know, no. And not just no girlfriend, either. I heard that once, someone tried to dump a naked girl on his bed when he was drunk, but he didnt even respond!
Upon hearing this story, Cheng Xi was quite impressed with how daring that mans actions were. Curiously, she asked, Lu Chenzhou didnt get mad at that man?
Of course he did! Fu Mingyi told me that Lu Chenzhou then fed a sexual stimulant to that man and sent him into a room with four women, almost permanently disabling him! Ah- Her eyes gleamed, and Shen Weis fingers landed lightly on Cheng Xis shoulder. And here you were saying how the two of you barely knew each other. But look at how familiar you are with him; how else would you know that he would get mad in that situation? Wouldnt the normal thing to ask be whether or not he enjoyed it?
Heh, when you consider Lu Chenzhous personality and his mental condition, it would be a miracle if he could enjoy a situation like that. Of course, she couldnt voice this thought, so Cheng Xi instead calmly responded, Have you forgotten about my profession?
A psychiatrist can even sense something like that? Shen Wei wasnt easy to fool, and she narrowed her eyes at Cheng Xi in suspicion. Then why dont you tell me what Im thinking about right now?
Youre thinking, Hmm, Cheng Xi has really gotten lucky! She actually managed to get into a relationship with Lu Chenzhou! I have to tell Tian Rou right away that someone actually got into a relationship, and that her partner is even tall, rich, and handsome! Shell get engaged today, married tomorrow, and maybe therell even be a baby coming out shortly.
Shen Wei stared at her, mouth wide-open. Half a second later, she angrily prepared to tickle Cheng Xi again. What kind of a gossiper do you take me to be!
Cheng Xi laughed, and the two of them playfully tussled for a fair bit after that. Shen Wei only left when Cheng Xi mentioned that something had come up. But before she left, she asked, Ah, now that youve landed a rich boyfriend, does that mean that you wont be getting into a relationship with Lin Fan?
Sensing that her words held more than met the eye, Cheng Xi raised her eyebrows to show how perplexed she was. What do you mean?
That friend of mines also interested in him. Shen Wei blinked as she explained, You know, my friends not young either, and she has high expectations. Since shes finally found someone who she likes, Im doing my best to pair the two compatible people together. Arent I doing a remarkable task?
That girl who was with you just now?
Yeah, isnt she pretty?
She was indeed pretty, but was she really interested in Lin Fan? Cheng Xi thought back to the girls overly calm and collected expression when Shen Wei had tried to get Lin Fan and her to walk downstairs together. Cheng Xi almost wanted to say that Shen Wei must have misunderstood something, but she decided not to worry too much about this. I dont mind. But have you considered Rous feelings?
You know how she always says things without ever acting on them. If we really let her chase after Lin Fan, I bet that she wont even do it. Alright, its fine as long as you dont mind! As Shen Wei finished talking, she patted Cheng Xis face. Im leaving. Dont worry, and enjoy your days. Ill make sure that your idols happy too.
Maybe it was because Cheng Xi had confessed that Lin Fan was her idol too quickly, but every time Shen Wei brought up that subject, it was through some kind of banter. And now, she was even publicly helping her friend steal Cheng Xis idol away. Cheng Xi couldnt help but rub her forehead at Shen Weis antics.
After being misunderstood by Lin Fan, Cheng Xi originally thought that she would feel quite uneasy, that shed be falling all over herself trying to prove her innocence. In reality, she was more concerned about Chen Jiamans fathers sudden departure. After Shen Wei and the others left, she talked to the police herself and finally obtained his contact information.
But when she called his number, no one picked up.
For lack of a better option, Cheng Xi temporarily gave up on pursuing Chen Jiamans father and went to deal with other matters. As she walked off, she coincidentally passed by Chen Jiamans ward, and noticed that Chen Jiaman had woken up.
The room was still dark, its only light source being the moonlight shining through the half-drawn windows. Cheng Jiaman sat at the foot of the bed, and was clutching a pen in her hand as she drew something that Cheng Xi couldnt see.
After thinking about it for a moment, Cheng Xi went to her office to retrieve the other sketchbook and a set of crayons. Once she got within five paces of the bed, Chen Jiaman stopped drawing and her whole body grew taut just like last time, even though she wasnt looking at Cheng Xi.
Cheng Xi didnt go any closer. She directly sat down on the floor, and started seriously sketching in the sketchbook.
This time, she colored her drawings in. The drawing was once again of a somewhat deformed little bunny, but Cheng Xi tried her best to use the colors to make her bunny warmer to the eye.
After finishing, she left the sketchbook and the crayons in their original position, and then silently walked out.
Throughout the whole process, Chen Jiaman had never once looked her in the eye. But Cheng Xi didnt mind; when approaching someone who had been hurt and hurt again, patience was the only path.