Chapter 5: Entanglement
Before Huo Mian had the chance to push him away, he suddenly let go of her hands. A wickedly alluring smile appeared on his face as he lifted Huo Mian's cheek.
With a magnetic voice, he said, "Huo Mian, I'm back."
Huo Mian slightly trembled when she heard this familiar voice, and as she looked into his evocative eyes, the things that she had been suppressing for so long seemed to have resurfaced from deep within her.
She couldn't even remember how rushed she was as she left the washroom, or how she fumbled around to open the door. She only knew that she was in a complete daze.
"Mian, what's wrong? Why…is your face so pale?" Zhu Lingling stood up in a hurry to help Huo Mian.
"I'm fine." Huo Mian's face was extremely pale even when she said nothing was wrong.
After a moment of thought, she decided to leave. Huo Mian carefully leaned toward Ms. Yao, and spoke into her ear, "Ms. Yao, I'm sorry, but I have to leave now. I'll come by on my own and visit you some other time."
Ms. Yao looked at Huo Mian profoundly and nodded, "Okay, be careful on your way back."
Huo Mian didn't care about anyone else's gaze as she grabbed her bag and left. Her exit was so abrupt that she even confused Zhu Lingling.
"Huo Mian is so arrogant and fake, she has never attended any of the high school reunions. What a show! I knew something was up when she agreed to come this time. She must have found out in advance that Qin Chu would be here as well, and now she's going to leave in advance just to seduce him. What a scheming opportunist! She used the same cat and mouse trick to seduce Qin Chu back then, and now she's doing it again. She makes me sick," cursed Liu Siying nonstop.
The other classmates had no comments to make, because seven years had passed since the events between Qin Chu and Huo Mian took place.
Huo Mian knew that Qin Chu was too dangerous, and she felt the same bewilderment as she did back then. She thought that she had forgotten everything long ago, but who knew the same feelings would come back when she saw him today?
Memories poured out of her mind like a flood rushing out of a broken dam.
Many things happened on the night of their graduation seven years ago, and she once believed that she would never see Qin Chu again.
Later on, this man mysteriously disappeared, and no one knew where he had gone.
Now, he suddenly returned like magic. It was unbelievable.
Huo Mian lived in the ordinary world, so how could she possibly withstand this kind of torment?
No matter what, Huo Mian wouldn't dare to interact with Qin Chu again. Just like seven years ago, no matter how much they loved each other, they could never be together because they were from completely different worlds. In addition, she didn't think that they would cross paths again after that incident. After all that she had been through, her only dream now was to marry a stable man and live a comfortable life for all of her remaining years.
After she left the hotel and got into a taxi, her phone began ringing nonstop, and the calls were all from Zhu Lingling. Huo Mian didn't pick up because she had no clue what to say. Her mind was scattered as if she had lost the ability to think.
It was close to eleven when she returned to where she lived. Huo Mian opened the door and it was completely dark inside.
After turning on the lights, she noticed that no one was inside or outside of the bedroom. It seemed like Ning Zhiyuan hadn't gotten off from his night shift yet.
Her boyfriend, Ning Zhiyuan, rented this two-bedroom apartment after they both graduated. She lived here as well because it was easier to take care of Ning Zhiyuan, and also since it was close to the hospital she worked at. There was no need to take the bus and they could sleep in for a bit longer. The environment was very pleasant, and the rent was also within their budget. Huo Mian always thought that it would be great to live here until they bought their own place. Plus, with Ning Zhiyuan around, Huo Mian already felt hints of the warmth of a home.
They've been together for quite a long time now, but truth be told, Huo Mian was aware that most of their sentiments were more of mutual reliance than of love.
Huo Mian took a quick hot shower, changed into her pajamas, and returned to her bedroom to rest.
Just then, her phone suddenly began to ring, and she looked over to see an unfamiliar number.