The sudden suspension of the trains caught Chi Xiuyuan off guard. He felt cold all over, and immediately opened his phone again and started searching for other trains. Unfortunately, this suspension was for the entire station and there was no telling how long it would take to reopen.
With trembling hands, he clicked on one taxi app after another, but unfortunately, they either didn’t take orders or didn’t leave Jiangcheng.
For the first time, he regretted deciding to go home so late on New Year’s Eve; if he had gone back earlier, perhaps his grandmother would not have fallen and been injured.
He had been brought up by his grandmother and mother. He had never seen his father nor was there any picture of him at home.
Six months ago, his mother was hospitalized in a vegetative state after a car accident, which had cost the family all of their money and left them with a huge debt. If it weren’t for his grandmother’s insistence, he would not have come to Jiangcheng to continue his studies.
Chi Xiuyuan couldn’t imagine what he would have done if something had happened to his grandmother.
He stood there in a daze as a flash of white burst into his vision.
He Shuyu forcefully squeezed into his world, wearing a beige knee-length jacket and a pair of white Martin boots on her feet.
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She always heard him call her that. He Shuyu smiled.
“There’s no need to call me Ms. He. I prefer to be called by my name directly. Let’s go to see where Grandma is hurt.”
As the slightly cool fingertips clasped his wrist, Chi Xiuyuan subconsciously looked over and suddenly felt that the place where their skin touched was hot, not unpleasant, but a little warm.
It had been a long time since he had felt such warmth.
He Shuyu led Chi Xiuyuan back to the car.
It was only when the car restarted that he came back to his senses and quietly curled up his fingers, wanting to touch the wrist she had held, but refraining from doing so.
There was no relationship between the two of them, and it was subtle and inappropriate to deliberately touch where she had touched it.
Noticing his distraction, He Shuyu thought he missed his family and put on some soft music, adding, “Call back and ask if Grandma has been sent to that hospital. We’ll go straight there. “
She didn’t ask about his parents, because she already had a bad feeling about the answer.
It was almost New Year’s Eve and he was going to postpone going home for the money. Additionally, it was a neighbor who called when his grandmother was injured.
Once the car was on the highway, the snow outside the window slowly descended and drifted sharply backwards as it brushed against the car, showing a field of silver.
He said thank you again, took out his mobile phone, and re-dialed Zhang Tingting’s number.
Grandma Chi had slipped and fallen in front of her house last night. There had been a layer of frost on the stone steps, and the old woman’s eyes had not seen it. Because she had not paid attention, she slipped down the stone steps.
Her ankle had been a little sore, but the old woman hadn’t thought it was anything serious. Plus, it was almost New Year’s Eve, so she rubbed some medicine on it and didn’t worry about it.
Zhang Tingting, who was also a medical student at Jiangcheng University, saw the injury on her foot when she was helping Grandma Chi in the morning. After asking her carefully and feeling her bones, she found that Grandma Chi might have broken a bone.
When Chi Xiuyuan called back, his grandmother had already arrived at the county hospital and was now undergoing a check-up. There was nothing serious wrong with her.
He Shuyu listened to his strained voice as he recapped the situation and was slightly relieved.
“Don’t worry, it will be fine.”
Chi Xiuyuan nodded his head and said, “Thank you again.”
He Shuyu laughed softly, “If you really want to thank me that much, invite me to dinner later.”
Chi Xiuyuan looked at her for a long moment before he replied in a low voice, “Okay.”
For the time being, he didn’t want to find out why He Shuyu was so kind to him. Perhaps he knew the reason, but he just didn’t want to reveal a purpose that disgusted him.
He owed her a favour.
He didn’t know how long had passed, but the unchanging scenery outside the window disappeared. When he got off the highway, He Shuyu drove using the navigation and headed straight for the county hospital.
Bai County was not a big place, but it had been developing well in recent years with skyscrapers rising from the ground, a train station and an airport. In the coming year, the county would be turned into a district and incorporated into downtown Rong City.
When He Shuyu pulled into the hospital car park, she met Chi Xiuyuan’s hesitant look as she got out of the car.
She understood her little friend’s concerns and knew that he did not want to continue to trouble her.
He was tall, but he was only nineteen after New Year’s Eve. He was not old enough to cope with his grandmother’s injury and hospitalisation on his own.
She joked, “Use it up and throw it away when you’re done?”
The child, who was about 1.85 metres, tensed up, and with his mouth open, said dryly, “No …”
He wanted to say something else, but didn’t know where to start.
He Shuyu once again stood on tiptoe and patted his shoulder.
“Don’t push yourself too hard. Since you already owe me, you might as well owe a little more. It’s better than owing someone else, or having no one to owe.”
If you owe more, you won’t be able to run away.
“Thank you.” He repeated hoarsely.
He Shuyu raised her eyebrows slightly and said, “If you like these two words so much, I’ll let you say them often enough later.”
When she joked, she also had a bit of the cynicism of a dude. The rather serious atmosphere was inexplicably a little more ambiguous.
Chi Xiuyuan was a bit at a loss. His grip on the phone tightened, his palm seemed to seep with hot sweat, his lips also became dry. After a few seconds, he said dryly, “Ms. He…….”
The name that had disappeared on the way came out again. The young man frowned and looked like he wanted to turn around and leave, but because he was being taken care of by her, he couldn’t just leave like before.
He Shuyu collected the hint that was handed out and said, “Sorry, I was joking.”
He was more stubborn than she had thought.
The hospital was cold and quiet since it was the end of the year, and Chi Xiuyuan hurried over after asking about his grandmother’s ward.
He Shuyu curled her lips in a smile. She dialed Secretary Qiu’s number after carefully inquiring about Grandma Chi’s condition.
After things were explained clearly, she walked towards the ward.
The door was open, but she didn’t go in. Instead, she leaned against the doorway, closing her eyes and listening to the conversation inside.
The conversation was a normal one, just me caring for you and you caring for me. He Shuyu listened to it with great interest, feeling that the two, grandparent and grandchild, had an excellent relationship.
Suddenly, she felt a glance fall on her, and she didn’t turn to check who it was for a while.
The girl standing not far from her had a high ponytail. Her bangs splayed out to the side and she was wearing a beige down jacket that wasn’t too old. She was carrying a packing box in her hand, and looking over with a slightly inquisitive gaze.
He Shuyu more or less guessed her identity. After meeting her eyes, the girl looked slightly ruffled and asked, “Excuse me, who are you?”
The woman had an excellent temperament, and her dress looked casual, yet tastefully chosen.
While Zhang Tingting did not pursue designer brands, her friend in the same dormitory was very keen on this. She knew all kinds of luxury brands and liked to popularize them. She could vaguely correspond He Shuyu’s dress with the designer brands that her roommate touted so much.
She also thought that He Shuyu looked familiar, but couldn’t remember where she had seen her before.
There were no other patients in Grandma Chi’s ward, and with someone she had never seen before standing here, it was no wonder the young girl was confused.
He Shuyu smiled and was about to speak when the person in the ward looked over.
Only then did Chi Xiuyuan remember that he had forgotten about her. Taking three steps forward, he walked over and asked in a low voice, “He…… would you like to come in and have a seat?”
He Shuyu folded her hands across her chest and said without turning her head, “Only now do you remember me?”
She spoke casually, like a girlfriend making a scene with her boyfriend.
Chi Xiuyuan was embarrassed and felt a little guilty at the same time, and was about to apologize when he met her gaze and swallowed the words “sorry”.
He Shuyu threw the bag into his arms and gave Zhang Tingting another smile, “I came with him.”
Zhang Tingting couldn’t wait to cast her gaze at Chi Xiuyuan, who nodded and said, “She’s my……”
“Girlfriend.” He Shuyu said briskly.
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