In the End, it was still too Late
After Gu Hai met up with Shi Hui, he phoned Bai Luo Yin countless times but was never able to get through. With a tightened heart consumed by apprehension, he made a dash toward Bai Luo Yin’s house.
At that time, Bai Han Qi had just arrived home from work and was sitting down on the bench to rest for a bit. However, before his buttocks had a chance to warm up, he hastily stood up just as Gu Hai’s figure emerged in his line of sight.
As he happily walked over to Gu Hai, his eyes darted to a spot behind him for a few seconds—Bai Luo Yin wasn’t there. “Yin Zi didn’t come with you?”
Knowing ahead of time that Bai Luo Yin would definitely hide from Bai Han Qi, Gu Hai had no intention of telling him the truth either.
“Hi Uncle, Yin Zi couldn’t make it and asked me to get some things for him.”
Hearing that, the disappointment in Bai Han Qi’s eyes gradually faded and instead he smiled. “Then quickly go in and get them.”
Gu Hai casually flipped through some things in Bai Luo Yin’s room and then quickly went out again. He asked Bai Han Qi, “Uncle, can I borrow your cellphone for a second? I want to give Yin Zi a call since I can’t find the things he wanted me to look for.”
“This kid… there’s no need to hesitate in borrowing anything from me. It’s in my room, in the cabinet beside my bed. Just get it yourself.”
After Gu Hai got Bai Han Qi’s cellphone, he quickly gave Bai Luo Yin another phone call.
As expected, it immediately went through.
This guy definitely blacklisted my number.
“Dad, what’s wrong?”
It had been a long time since he has heard Bai Luo Yin’s voice—and now that he suddenly heard it, Gu Hai unexpectedly felt somewhat upset and did not say anything after.
After saying hello again and hearing no response, Bai Luo Yin asked, “Dad, what’s going on? Why aren’t you saying anything?”
No one responded from the other side, and after a moment, the call came to an end with du, du, du. Gu Hai was not surprised since they were his own wrongdoings that brought such a result. It was only natural for Bai Luo Yin to punish him, but unwilling to give up with just one attempt, Gu Hai called a few more time before he finally turned the phone off.
The sky was already dark, but instead of going home, Gu Hai drove to the police station.
“Hey! Young Master Gu, why are you sitting here?”
Seeing that person, Gu Hai was rather impatient and quickly said, “Help me with something.”
“I want you to help me find someone. This is a record of the most recent phone; help me find out this person’s exact location.”
“Uh… that’s a bit complicated. You have to find a specialist in that field and the few officers on duty tonight don’t know how to do it.”
Gu Hai’s complexion darkened.
“Do you want me to give it a try? It’ll be a little slow, but if I can’t figure it out, I’ll call Xiao Jiang over. Whatever the case may be, we will definitely find this person for you tonight.”
Gu Hai nodded, “If that’s the only way.”
After he received the call, Bai Luo Yin remained unsettled—he guessed that Gu Hai must have told Bai Han Qi the truth. He was worried that that would make Bai Han Qi concerned and wanted to give him a call, but at the same time, he didn’t want to turn his phone on. As he contemplated what to do, Bai Luo Yin eventually thought that returning home the next day would be quite good. In any case, he was already tired of staying at the hotel. As for Gu Hai… fuck him, I’ll just take it as he never existed.
With that in mind, Bai Luo Yin started to gather up his belongings.
By the time he finished, it was already ten-thirty at night. Bai Luo Yin’s plan was simple: take a shower, go straight to sleep and return home the next morning.
But just after he took off his jacket, he froze when he heard the doorbell rang, thinking that the person on the other side of the door was Gu Hai. Did he find this place that quickly? That can’t be, right?
Feeling nervous, Bai Luo Yin walked toward the door and looked through the peephole.
Shi Hui’s face emerged in his line of sight.
The moment he opened the door, an indescribable sense of frustration swept across his heart.
After Shi Hui entered the room, her entire body was shivering. Her beautiful face was of a purple shade from the coldness, both her hands were frozen to the point she couldn’t stretch them out, her hair was somewhat disheveled and the pretty hair accessories now hung crookedly on her head. Worse off, a thin layer of mist had shrouded her pupils, making her appear even more miserable.
“You…” Bai Luo Yin was at a loss for words, “Hurry in quickly.”
Shi Hui quickly ran toward the heater and placed her hands above it while Bai Luo Yin hastened to turn the heater on before pouring her a cup of warm water.
“Warm up for a bit,” Bai Luo Yin passed the cup to Shi Hui.
Shi Hui drank several gulps until her shivering legs eventually returned to normal.
“How did you find this place?”
Shi Hui gloomily said, “I’ve been searching for you for several days already. I looked everywhere for any news of you, then I went to all the nearby internet cafés, hotels, and nightclubs. As I was looking, I eventually found this place… I even thought that you wanted to hide from me so you…” Shi Hui talked until tears slid down her cheeks.
Watching as Shi Hui used her frozen red hands to wipe away those tears, Bai Luo Yin couldn’t help but to grab a tissue and hand it over to her. “Silly girl, don’t cry. It’s not because of you.”
Shi Hui’s arms immediately reached out to hug Bai Luo Yin’s waist before she leaned her head into the crook of his shoulder and cried out loud. “If you really hate me, you can tell me and I can leave right now. Just don’t hide from me, okay? Do you know how worried I was?”
The feeling of being touched and guilty both collided against Bai Luo Yin’s heart as he used his hand to lightly pat Shi Hui’s back, coaxing her. “Don’t cry. I’m really not blaming you for anything. If you continue crying like this, your eyes won’t be there anymore tomorrow.”
Shi Hui’s sob came to a stop as she helplessly glanced at Bai Luo Yin and coyly asked, “Can you put a cool towel over my eyes for me?”
Bai Luo Yin nodded and went to get a wet towel. Shi Hui obediently closed her eyes and once the cool towel made contact with her eyes, her thick lashes quivered for a second; that subtle behavior would certainly entice anyone to pamper her.
“Before, you always made me mad until I cried, but even then, you still wouldn’t coax me. Instead, you’d wait until I’d stopped and then cooled my eyes for me.”
Suddenly, Bai Luo Yin recalled that short period of time— it had been very beautiful and seemed to have happened just yesterday, but now that this person sat directly in front of him again, everything had become a distant past.
What has caused things to change?
“Okay.” Bai Luo Yin placed the towel down and faintly said, “Warm up for a bit longer and I’ll take you home after.”
Shi Hui’s expression froze before she spoke with a tone full of grievance. “What time is it already? All my cousins’ sleep early, who would keep watch at the door for me?”
“Did you search this late every day before returning home?”
“Not really,” Shi Hui smiled bashfully, “Normally, I returned home around eight or nine o’clock. I’ve searched throughout almost all the places around this neighborhood already. But since there were only a couple placed left, it got a little later.”
After she said that, she sneezed.
Touching her forehead, Bai Luo Yin’s face tightened. “You might have a little fever. I’ll take you to the hospital.”
“I won’t go. You know I hate hospitals the most. I’ll be okay. I just need to sleep a bit.”
Since Shi Hui had already put it that way, if Bai Luo Yin rushed her out again, it would be extremely unreasonable. Bai Luo Yin sighed and stood up, “Then you can sleep here, I will go reserve another room.”
Shi Hui suddenly grabbed his hand tightly, as if she wanted to embed her fingernails into Bai Luo Yin’s flesh. “I’m afraid of sleeping alone, and I also… have a fever.”
In the end, Bai Luo Yin did not leave nor take a shower. He just simply threw all his clothes into the luggage.
“I’m used to sleeping naked, do you mind?” Shi Hui bashfully asked.
Without bothering to lift his head to look at her, Bai Luo Yin said, “Doesn’t matter, you sleep however you like.”
On the double bed, Shu Hui occupied a small space, leaving a large space on the other side. However, once she could no longer withstand the fatigue, she fell asleep even though Bai Luo Yin never lied down.
In the dim night, Bai Luo Yin stood alone on the balcony and smoked one cigarette after another.
“Aiya, I’m dead tired now. Phew, it’s really upsetting when you’re not skilled in this profession!”
Staring attentively at the screen, Gu Hai silently made a mental note of the address then turned to look at Deputy Zhang with a smile. “Thank you, Uncle Zhang.”
Before Deputy Zhang could respond, Gu Hai rushed out and drove straight to the hotel.
By the time Gu Hai hastily arrived at that hotel, it was already a little past midnight. He went to the reception desk to confirm Bai Luo Yin’s exact room number, and as it turned out, it was the same location Deputy Zhang had informed him. Gu Hai felt relieved as he walked toward that room.
He pressed the doorbell, but no one answered.
Shu Hui was asleep, and since Bai Luo Yin was still at the balcony, he did not hear the doorbell.
Gu Hai rushed out of the hotel and looked up to search for Bai Luo Yin’s room only to discover that the lights had already been turned off.
Did he go to sleep already? Should I come back tomorrow? Gu Hai hesitated for a second, yet he still walked back in, afraid that by tomorrow morning, Bai Luo Yin would take notice and relocate. If that happened and Gu Hai was not there, he might not be able to find him again.
With that in mind, Gu Hai crouched down in front Bai Luo Yin’s room and waited. He waited and smoked with the intention of waiting until the sunrise.
Once Bai Luo Yin was done smoking, he returned to the room only to faintly hear Shi Hui mumbling that she was cold in her sleep.
When he switched the lights on, he saw Shi Hui’s arms and shoulders exposed. Under the light fixtures, her bright and clear skin illuminated, appearing even fairer and more delicate, and the cleavage that could entrap people in an abyss was vaguely visible. One only needed to secretly slide the blanket down a bit and it would be possible to see that part of her body that would cause any man to bleed out profusely.
Bai Luo Yin looked the other way as he bent down and pulled the quilt up to cover Shi Hui.
Just as he switched the light off, Shi Hui began to mumble that she was cold again as if she was awake.
Touching her forehead, Bai Luo Yin could feel the sweat from the fever. He glanced around, but the room only had one bed and blanket. He felt torn for a long while before he eventually got on the bed and hug Shi Hui tightly.
In the middle of the night, Shi Hui opened her eyes and saw that Bai Luo Yin’s body was exposed to the cold air. There was nothing covering him but the quilt was covering her completely. She wanted to give half the blanket to Bai Luo Yin, however, he hugged her so tight that she couldn’t even pull her arms out. She felt extremely touched as an overwhelming sense of happiness rushed into her heart. Looking at Bai Luo Yin’s handsome face so close to her, she couldn’t help but move in closer and stole a kiss. Afterward, she closed her eyes, feeling satisfied.
In reality, Bai Luo Yin did not sleep at all. He remained clear-headed and aware of everything until the light of day emerged.