Later, Cheng Xi sent Lu Chenzhou another text message. If two lovers truly have intense feelings for each other, then theres no reason for them to stick together from dawn to dusk. No matter how long they are separated, their feelings for each other will be reaffirmed through their gazes the moment they meet. The same is true for dates. Regular dates arent always at a fixed time. Two people deeply in love are still independent people, with their own responsibilities and hobbies. Theyll work when theyre busy, and theyll meet when theyre not. Thats a normal relationship.
She was almost blatantly telling him, Dear, dont be so fixated on having pre-scheduled dates. Love isnt a computer program, and if youre busy, then we can just have fewer dates during that period, ok?
This time, Lu Chenzhou responded very quickly, but with only five words, though that was two more than before. Youre trying to dupe me.
She spat out a mouthful of tea.
Cheng Xi had been cradling her phone and accidentally choked herself wide awake.
Because it was really too late, and because she still had to work tomorrow, Cheng Xi didnt reply. But in her heart, she thought that, if she had time, that she definitely had to properly discuss this with him. She also couldnt handle having a date every two days over the long term.
Since it was around the time for classes to start back up again, Cheng Xi would have to start working and preparing lectures. It would be impossible for her to not work overtime.
The next day, at noon, Cheng Xi went out to get lunch with Su Feng. Somehow, they even picked up a patient along the way.
Su Feng had originally invited Cheng Xi out to lunch yesterday, but Cheng Xi hadnt been free as Shen Wei had already made an appointment with her. Thus, she could only push the lunch with Su Feng back a day, to noon today.
As soon as Cheng Xi got off work, she went to the gynecology department to look for Su Feng. Coincidentally, she also ran into one of her middle school classmates there.
He was the husband; his wife had just given birth a month ago, and the two of them were here for a checkup.
When Cheng Xi came over, Su Feng was currently scolding the two of them, but mainly Cheng Xis classmate. Do you live in a forest? Do you have to cross a mountain to get to the hospital? If theres any discomfort, then you have to go to the hospital. This is common knowledge! And as for you, just because you married him, it doesnt mean that you sold yourself to him. Your bodys irrevocably yours. If you dont take good care of it, then who will?
When Cheng Xi poked her head in, Su Feng stopped shouting, and the man getting scolded immediately recognized her. Cheng Xi?
Once the two started reminiscing, Su Feng stopped scolding them, and the wife even stopped crying.
Cheng Xis former classmate lived somewhat close to her parents home, but after they had graduated from middle school, the two of them had gone to different high schools. And since Cheng Xi spent very little time at home, they almost never ran into each other.
It was already surprising that he had recognized her at first glance.
And then all four of them went out for food; they had to, after all, from Cheng Xis classmates point of view. One of them was an old classmate he hadnt seen in a long time, and the other was the doctor taking care of his wife; he couldnt neglect either of them.
Afterwards, Su Feng laughed at her. Youre really even busier than a CEO. I cant even get a private lunch with you even with an advance appointment.
Cheng Xi was also helpless. After all, what could she do about this situation? When the classmate and his wife went to their car, she quietly asked, What happened to them?
Su Feng massaged her forehead as she explained, Her womb prolapsed, and because they didnt see a doctor in time, it wasnt treated properly. Now, its all a big mess. I gave her a device to help her recover, but she was so afraid of it that she started crying. My god, what's the matter with these people? She shot another glare at Cheng Xi. If not for you, then I wouldnt be having lunch with patients like these. They only give me headaches!
Cheng Xi clasped her wrists reassuringly. Alright, Im sorry. Ill treat you to a big feast some other time.
Su Feng lightly harrumphed.
But Cheng Xis classmate was actually quite witty as he had been working in business for quite a while, and his words flowed naturally, almost like a comedy routine.
The wife, on the other hand, seldomly spoke, and her gaze always ended up landing on Cheng Xis body. It contained a sense of examination and wariness, and also a confused mix of envy and admiration.
Cheng Xi could understand her behavior, as it was the almost instinctive nature of a female to prevent their mate from going after fresher meat. Thus Cheng Xi remained very self-aware throughout the entire lunch, making sure not to proactively start up a conversation with the husband. She felt that her behavior clearly showed that she wasnt interested in him, but halfway through the lunch, the wife started crying out of nowhere.
The other three were all startled, and Cheng Xis classmate turned angry after he recovered from his initial shock. As he looked at Cheng Xi and Su Feng awkwardly, he ground his teeth and reprimanded, Whats the problem with you?
But that only made his wife start crying more violently. She didnt make any noises, and just laid down on the table looking particularly upset, completely unresponsive to her husband.
Her condition didnt improve even after everyone tried to pacify her, and Cheng Xis classmate became extremely infuriated. He even hoisted her up and said, It looks like we cant continue this lunch, so well be leaving first. Cheng Xi, Im sorry about this. Lets catch up next time.
He was right about to leave right after speaking, but Cheng Xis heart felt unwell when she got a glimpse at the wifes face. She stopped him. Wait. Give us a moment, as she might not be feeling well. Lets let Dr. Su talk with her alone first.
And then she forced him to let go of her, pulling him outside.
Cheng Xis classmate was spinning in circles outside. I really dont know whats up with her, always going crazy like that!
Cheng Xi glanced at him from the side. Was she always like this?
She received a glare back from her classmate. Of course not! If she acted like this in the past, then I wouldnt have married her! However, after she got pregnant, I dont know what happened. She just keeps crying. Even when I tell her that crying too much will hurt the babys development, she continues to cry! If I tell her that itll hurt her to sit for too long, she cries! If the baby messes around at night, then even before the baby starts bawling, she cries! I really cant stand it anymore!
Besides crying, has she exhibited any other abnormal behavior? For example, suicidal thoughts.
Cheng Xis classmate casually responded, No. She did mention it a few times when she got upset, but those were just words spoken out of anger.
Cheng Xi was speechless by his callousness.
She turned around and reentered the restaurant again. Su Feng was still trying to calm down the new mother, and when she saw Cheng Xi enter, she discreetly shook her head.
Cheng Xi kneeled down by the mothers side. Shall I have someone pour you some water and help you wash your face? Its all dirty from crying. You wont look nice like this.
And then she called a waitress over to do just that, helping her clean up. The mother cooperated this time, but she obstinately did everything herself, refusing any of Cheng Xis help. When she finished, she started tearing up again upon seeing her swollen eyes in the mirror. Then, she looked at Cheng Xi and said, I know you. He always talks about you. He even has your photos at home, and always says that you were his first love.
Cheng Xi and Su Feng were both shocked by this revelation, with both of them left dazed and open-mouthed.
When she regained her senses, Su Feng started laughing at Cheng Xi. As for Cheng Xi, she continued to look earnestly at her classmates wife as she consoled, Ones first love never lasts. Youre the lucky one who ended up marrying him in the end.
Ha! Upon hearing this, the wife started laughing mirthlessly, her face revealing an ashen expression that Cheng Xi was all too familiar with. Lucky? But why do I feel that Im pitiful? She looked at Cheng Xi forlornly. I used to be just like you, wearing beautiful clothes, smiling easily and naturally……
And then she broke down into tears again.
This time, even Su Feng stopped smiling, her face quickly turning severe.
Cheng Xi went out and told her classmate, Your wife might be suffering from postnatal depression. I recommend that you take her back to the hospital.
Common people like her classmate, however, were largely unaware that such mental problems even existed. As soon as she said this, her charming and witty classmate even replied, What? Shes depressed despite having such a good life? Is she crazy?
Su Feng said from the side, From your words, with a husband like you, itd be abnormal if she werent depressed.
Without any further ado, Cheng Xi brought both of them back to the hospital and added the wife to her list of patients.
After the check-up and interview, she conclusively identified it as a somewhat more severe case of postnatal depression. Her classmates wife was mired in very heavy thoughts, and had even tried to kill herself a couple of times before.