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Chapter 22: Hypnosis — This person, he is quite boring.
Tian Xia Restaurant's Chinese cuisine in A City was famous for its delicacy—regardless of the price, Ye Zhen Zhen, a wealthy woman, was willing to spend money on her Apollo.1 When she ordered their dishes, she proceeded with one principle—choose not the best, but the most expensive.
She had forgotten, however, that Dr. Ji payed faster than her. Ye Zhen Zhen watched as the waiter accepted Ji Zhe Yan's credit card, her heart hurting much more than if she had paid. "Dr. Ji, it was I who invited you to a meal, so it should be me who pays!"
Ji Zhe Yan glanced at her and slightly curved his lips. "I was the one who asked you out, so how can I make you settle the bill."
His smile was very slight, but it still struck Ye Zhen Zhen's heart.
She stared at him, unaware that she was doing so, and let her worry-filled words slip past her. "But, but…" But you usually work so hard to earn money! She fundamentally cannot stand a meal eating up so much of his money! Not only that, the dishes on the table had mainly gone straight to her tummy!
Ji Zhe Yan raised a hand and stroked her head to calm her down. "Don't worry, I can still afford a meal."
Ye Zhen Zhen immediately became stupefied.
Sensing her stiffness, Ji Zhe Yan couldn't help but stroke her head several more times. Her hair was very soft, the faint shampoo fragrance clinging to it making him recall that night where the same fragrance clung to his pillow.
Now it was his hand that was somewhat stiff.
"Oh…" Ye Zhen Zhen lowered her head, mumbling in a soft voice, "If I had known earlier, I would have ordered a bit less." Actually, she wanted to say, If I had known earlier, I would have chosen a cheaper restaurant. Having eaten so much of Dr. Ji's money, she truly felt very apologetic.
Ji Zhe Yan chuckled quietly. "Relax, I can support you as well."
A bright red blush dominated Ye Zhen Zhen's cheeks when she heard this. Ji Zhe Yan also realized how ambiguous his words were at this moment. Luckily, the waiter returned and remedied the awkward atmosphere.
Walking into the movie theater, Ye Zhen Zhen's expectations of minimal moviegoers were dashed. Logically, since 《 Ghost School 》 had already been showing for over half a month, not many people would be coming to watch it, but the theater room was packed.
"Emperor Mo's charisma truly is immense." Ye Zhen Zhen couldn't help but sigh in admiration. A slight laugh escaped Ji Zhe Yan when he heard what was said. He tugged Ye Zhen Zhen along to find their seats. Feeling the warmth seeping from his fingers, Ye Zhen Zhen succumbed to her desires and tightened her grip on his hand.
They hadn't sat down for long when the lights in the theater room extinguished. Hearing the audience cry out softly in surprise, Ye Zhen Zhen pondered seriously which position she should use in throwing herself into Dr. Ji's lap later.
Occasional shrieks rang from the audience throughout the duration of the movie. Some were because of Emperor Mo's handsome looks, while the rest were frightened by the female ghost. Yet Ye Zhen Zhen, with this whole ambience offsetting her ruminations, simply decided there wasn't enough time to consider all the possible positions she could assume and directly threw herself into Dr. Ji's arms.
She overturned the bucket of popcorn between the two of them in passing.
When they left the movie theater, Ye Zhen Zhen heard many fans discussing the movie and deciding that Emperor Mo could definitely depend on《 Ghost School 》 to once again obtain the Film Emperor title this year.
Ye Zhen Zhen curiously inquired, "How many Film Emperor titles does Emperor Mo hold?"
Ji Zhe Yan replied, "Three, but the award-winning role out of all of them was Gao Sen from 《 The Forbidden Zone by God 》. He partook in 《 Ghost School 》 in hopes of making a breakthrough."
Ye Zhen Zhen blinked. "You seem to be very informed."
Ji Zhe Yan muttered irresolutely, "I also heard others say this."
Ye Zhen Zhen made a sound of understanding, ending her line of question. Ye Zhen Zhen unexpectedly realized it was drizzling when they stepped outside the theater. Uncle Wu's car was parked at the curb, so she wasn't actually concerned. Dr. Ji's car, however, was parked back at Tian Xia Restaurant, and he would surely get soaked walking to it.
Ye Zhen Zhen suggested, "Dr. Ji, let me bring you to your car first."
Ji Zhe Yan thought for a moment before declining. "No need, it's not convenient. Walking there on my own is okay."
Ye Zhen Zhen wrinkled her brow. Letting Dr. Ji wait for a moment there, she dashed into the car with lightning speed. Ji Zhe Yan watched her turn over the car interior, grasp an umbrella, and then run back towards him.
It was such a tiny action, but it unexpectedly touched his heart.
"Thank you." Ji Zhe Yan took the umbrella, his face shifting into an unfamiliar expression.
Ye Zhen Zhen smiled and said, "Dr. Ji, you should hurry and go home, okay? You must be very tired after work today."
"Mn, you should rest earlier too." Ji Zhe Yan opened the umbrella, turned around, and ventured into the rain. Ye Zhen Zhen once again stared after his departing figure for a while before rushing into Uncle Wu's car.
Upon returning home, Ye Zhen Zhen headed straight to the bath, comfortably reclining into that large pink bed afterwards. She didn't know if it was due to her mental state changing, but she currently felt that this pink color…was very nice.
She picked up her cellphone out of habit to check her notifications and saw an unread SMS from Dr. Ji at the very top. Her spirit trembling with excitement, Ye Zhen Zhen clicked it open.
「Did you arrive home yet?」
The postmarked time was half an hour ago.
Ye Zhen Zhen's fingers flew across her phone screen. 「Already washed and snugly laying in bed~ Good night, Dr. Ji~ =3=」
Not a moment later, a reply arrived. 「Mn, good night. ^_^」
Ye Zhen Zhen stared, fixated, at that smiley face for a long time. She then threw herself at her pillow to hide her grin. She could imagine Dr. Ji spending a bit more energy to send her this smiley face.
But she still wanted to ask, When will you send a kissy face to me?
Taking into account Dr. Ji's disposition, she reckoned a very low chance of this happening at all in this lifetime.
After staying at home for an entire day, Monday came and with it Ye Zhen Zhen's scheduled hospital visit. This time, Dr. Ji was alone in the office. When Ye Zhen Zhen entered, he was in the middle of reading a report. Ye Zhen Zhen stood at the doorway and called out a greeting before walking inside to sit across the office desk.
Ji Zhe Yan handed over the report in his hand. "Your body is smoothly on the mend. According to the examination results, you don't need to return to the hospital for another appointment."
These results, which concerned any pressing issues in her body, was like thunder from a clear sky. She and Dr. Ji's only point of intersection was precisely the hospital. If she didn't have to come for another doctor's appointment, then how could she justify asking out Dr. Ji? She had already used these visits for a dinner and movie!
Ji Zhe Yan saw her complexion worsen and inquired, worry clinging to his voice, "Do you still have nightmares at night?"
Ye Zhen Zhen shook her head.
Ji Zhe Yan relaxed slightly. "After you finish taking your medicine, you don't need to take any more. Simply take care to rest more often and don't stay up late."
"In regards to that psychiatrist, I contacted a friend. He is an expert in this field and has a lot of experience. I can help you book an appointment tomorrow morning. Will this time be alright with you?"
Ye Zhen Zhen once again saw the desired light of dawn. "It's fine! But I'm a bit scared…"
Ji Zhe Yan said, "I'll accompany you tomorrow."
"Thank you, Dr. Ji!" Ye Zhen Zhen's eyes brightened. Dr. Ji was simply an angel!
Ye Zhen Zhen left the hospital and returned to school for class. Just as she had predicted, Pei Cui Cui once again ditched class. At noon, she intentionally avoided the dormitory; she wanted to give each other some time to cool down.
On Tuesday, Ye Zhen Zhen left the villa and deliberately brought along some of her old drawings. She wanted to—maybe—give it to the psychiatrist for consultation. The psychiatrist clinic was located in the bustling downtown district and was decorated fashionably. Heading up in the elevator, she stopped on the 9th floor. Ye Zhen Zhen opened the door to the sight of Dr. Ji and a young man in a three-piece formal suit chatting.
Ji Zhe Yan originally had his back to her, but he suddenly turned around to glance at the incoming elevator and coincidentally met her gaze.
"Dr. Ji." Ye Zhen Zhen beamed and quickened her pace. Ji Zhe Yan's lips twitched upward slightly. He introduced to her his companion. "This is Dr. Zhang, a classmate of mine at university—a doctor of psychology."
Ye Zhen Zhen nodded at him and courteously greeted, "Troubling Dr. Zhang."
Dr. Zhang examined her, his lips hooking into a shallow smile. "I offer my services for a price. You are so polite; are you thinking of skipping out on payment later?"
Ye Zhen Zhen: "…"
"Haha, I'm just joking. I also wanted to see what kind of girl could make Iceberg Ji so keyed up."
Ye Zhen Zhen blinked. Iceberg Ji? Dr. Ji?
Dr. Zhang studied her stunned, blinking appearance. "That's right, the students at university would call him that behind his back. Oh, they also called him frigid. After all, he had even rejected the girl with the largest chest in our university."
Ye Zhen Zhen: "…"
Ji Zhe Yan: "…"
Dr. Zhang's interest seemed to rise as he spoke. He looked at Ye Zhen Zhen, enthusiasm shining through his eyes. "Do you want to hear more? This person, he is quite boring. Every day and night, if he wasn't staying in his rented apartment, he could be found in the laboratory."
"Dr. Zhang, don't you offer your time as a service? You're already losing a lot of money speaking such nonsense." Dr. Ji finally couldn't resist and interrupted him.
Dr. Zhang spread his hands out and spoke one last 'truth.' "Oh, that's right. There's also his character; he could never participate in our late night talks."
Ye Zhen Zhen: "…"
Ji Zhe Yan forcibly pushed Dr. Zhang into the therapy room. Facing the door, Dr. Zhang tenaciously turned his head to ask Ye Zhen Zhen, "You really don't think he is too stuffy? I always believed love, to him, was simply a miracle."
Ji Zhe Yan released him and tugged Ye Zhen Zhen towards the exit. "This doctor is unreliable. Let's go find someone else."
Ye Zhen Zhen: "…"
Finally, Dr. Zhang began the appointment.
A wave of sleepiness swept over her unwittingly as Ye Zhen Zhen laid on the sofa. Her vision became hazy, darkness creeping in from all directions and making her somewhat uneasy.
Through the fog that was her mind, she seemed to hear a man's voice that sounded like Dr. Zhang yet not. She felt as if she was in a violently rocking boat. A light shone down in front of her, and her gaze gradually reduced to a crescent. A man wearing a black suit appeared before her now.
Ye Zhen Zhen's brows furrowed tightly. She wanted to clearly see the man's face, but because of the light, she could only see a shadow. The man extended his hand, and Ye Zhen Zhen's pupils contracted. Drops of cold sweat unknowingly beaded on her forehead.
She had seen this scene several times already in her dreams.
Suddenly, a shove at her shoulder woke Ye Zhen Zhen up.
OAQ Dr. Ji absolutely is the warmest male lead with the purest of hearts that I have written qwq
《 ♕ ♕ 》Apollo as in Mr. Perfect, Adonis, Prince Charming, etc. aka a good-looking person ↩