Her slumber was again impeded by the subtle voice calling out to her in her dreams. The goddess advanced towards her, with moves so graceful that she could not find any words to describe them. Above them, the bright moon illuminated their dark surroundings. Apart from Qiwan’s voice, it was completely silent.
Apart from a few reptilian presences in the area, they were alone. Xin Ran knew they were not in the heavens like in her previous dreams, but on a normal place on Earth. But that wasn’t important.
She needed to know what the goddess had in mind for her and Jing Yue if he was ever the plan.
“Goddess, I met a man called Jing Yue-” she began, but Qiwan waved her hand to cut her short.
“Everything that happens, happens for a reason. Tonight I entered your dreams to tell you, that I will always be around. Do not fret. Hold your head high and believe in yourself.”
“But my memories…”
“Patience, Xin Ran. You are better and stronger than anyone else. You have it in you, my Ran’er.”
She felt a sensation come over her, one that appeared to be a cloud enveloping her mind, and her head throbbed slightly. Something told her she was weary.
“Ran’er, remember my words. When in need, call my name. This time, I award you a token. But only use it when you are in extreme need. My powers in the mortal realm are limited, Ran’er. I hope the heavens will bless you no matter where you go.”
With a snap of her fingers, everything turned dark, and she woke up in cold sweat. However, she realised her dreams were true.
In her pocket, Qiwan’s token remained. It was evidence of a magnificent handiwork, a small wooden tablet with a flower carved on it. She returned the item to her pocket, still wondering what the goddess wanted of her.
Why was she reborn, if not with a task?
And if he had no connection to her rebirth, why did Jing Yue appear to steal her heart away?
Breakfast was lying on the dining table. She had taken her time to pick out a white suit with a huge ribbon in front, and a matching smart black skirt. Her daily activities had been so natural that for a split second, she didn’t suspect she was Ying Xue.
The showers were much less complex than those which were available at the hospital, and she arrived at the fact that this was because she and Janny weren’t rich. Immediately, her fingers worked themselves to show herself how a quick shower was done. Then, she applied her makeup and bound her hair into a serious ponytail.
The lady in the mirror smiled back at her, making her wonder if this was how Ying Xue would often dress for work. Somehow, everything had come to her so naturally. As she walked out of the room, she sincerely hoped she was presentable.
“It’s your first day back at work, yet you have to dress so extravagantly?” Janny teased.
She looked down on the plate in front of her. She recognised eggs, sausages and toast in an adorable dish with childish designs. A spoon and fork lay at both sides of the plate, waiting for her to pick them up and devour what was in the plate. Was this meal what Ying Xue liked to eat? With her morning hunger, she was close to salivating at the thought of eating.
Due to that, Xin Ran couldn’t resist scooping the food in front of her into the cutlery provided and taking a bite. She was glad to find that it was delicious!
Janny glanced at her friend, and without saying a word, gestured for her to eat.
With the signal, Xin Ran tucked into the meal, finishing it within minutes.
Janny was unable to believe what she had just seen. When Xin Ran asked for more, the facial expression on Janny’s face gave her away, and Xin Ran realised she had again done something that made others suspect her identity. That was because Ying Xue had never been a breakfast person, and Janny was merely trying her luck. But when Xin Ran asked for another serving, this was completely out of her expectation.
Xin Ran must have been staring for Janny for a very long time because Janny cleared her throat and answered her doubts.
“Xue Xue, you never enjoyed my cooking like how you did now. Are you sure you are alright? You said too much of this was going to make you fat. You were very weight-conscious.”
She hurriedly smiled to prevent Janny from misunderstanding further.
“I’m not overweight, Janny. Your cooking is splendid. Tell me, what did I eat before for breakfast?”
Janny turned towards the pantry. Of course, Ying Xue would not eat breakfast, but she didn’t want her amnesiac friend to follow in the footsteps of her former self.
“Milk and cereal,” she lied. It then became evident that Janny wasn’t a very good liar, because Xin Ran gazed at her for a very long time, looking uncertain.
“Then why are you giving me such a nutritional breakfast?” Xin Ran queried.
“Er… I just felt like it.” Janny shrugged. “After all, it’s finally the day you are going back to work.” She didn’t know how to tell her that the office would be as silent as a cave today because the others had gone on their trip to Korea.
“That’s very nice of you,” Xin Ran demonstrated her appreciation with a few smiles. “Is there something special about to happen today?”
“I guess not. Jack Shi won’t be around these few days, and a number of our colleagues have gone on leave. It should be an easy day.”
“That’s nice to hear.” She smiled again, making Janny feel uneasy. Her friend was being overly amiable, and she was beginning to notice the distinction between both sides of Ying Xue. But if this meant it would make her happier, then why not?
“So, Janny, tell me more about who I used to be,” Xin Ran nudged her friend as they walked towards the garage. Janny had an old car that she had purchased at a good price as its former owner turned out to be leaving the country for good. However, this vehicle wasn’t suitable for long journeys and hence she did not use it much apart from going to work and to buy groceries.
“Where do I start?” Janny said, turning the key in the ignition. Xin Ran watched Janny toss her straight hair behind her back, looking a bit cute in a messy way as she began to drive.
Xin Ran looked again at the steering wheel. Suddenly, a fuzzy vision returned to her, and she saw a few images that confused her further.
She had been driving when the accident happened. Her body convulsed rapidly, and she struggled to breathe. Sweat pooled around her forehead, streaming down to the sides of her face. While this was happening, Janny attempted to calm her friend.
“Xue Xue, calm down… You’re okay now. It’s over. Relax.”
She fell backwards on her seat, still heaving deep breaths.
“I think I saw a memory, Janny. I saw myself before the accident.”
“Do you want to go to the doctor?” Janny offered, coming to a halt at the traffic light in front.Xin Ran firmly shook her head. “I’m fine now.” It would take her some time to adjust to having those memories. She rubbed her temple slightly. Somehow, her head didn’t throb as much as the previous time, which was a good thing.Janny’s driving skills were commendable for her younger age. Xin Ran felt at ease with her being the driver. She closed her eyes and tried not to focus on her nervousness at being a passenger. Her chest was feeling congested. Perhaps if she didn’t focus on her fear of being in a box that had caused her accident, she would feel a lot better.“Hang in there, Xue Xue. We’ll be at the office shortly,” Janny said, making a sharp turn. Even with her eyes shut tightly, her friend was still trembling vigorously. The GPS device on her dashboard announced that there was about
Janny had selected, for Xin Ran, a black strapless evening dress that revealed her bare shoulders and back. Janny asserted that given her tempting figure, Xin Ran would be able to carry the dress to its maximum effect. She turned out needing help in putting on the low-cut dress, that special undergarments were required.Besides, her cleavage was exposed, making her feel a degree of discomfort that she would continually shield her neckline with her hand. She was already feeling naked from the lack of cloth covering her shoulders and back.But what if Jing Yue was present? Xin Ran giggled at the thought. The inconvenience she was in would prove worth it if Jing Yue liked what he saw. Though she didn’t know much about these events, she understood that it was a chance for her to socialise and be a step closer to Jing Yue. Who knows, she might even change his sexual orientation!Forget sexual orientation, she said to herself. She would m
“You can’t be really curious about what happens between a lonely man and woman when they get drunk?” Jing Yue teased as he led her down the empty hallway. Her face was flushed as red as an apple, and she sought an excuse to defend herself.“It’s not that, Jing Yue-” she struggled to mouth, but she was only able to make out a few words. Without wasting any time, he pulled her into an empty room and kissed her senselessly. She could taste the alcohol in his mouth, but yet, it had felt insanely satisfying to make out with him this way. In her heart, she knew she needed more, even if it felt wrong. His mouth was pleasantly warm, leading her to indulge in more, savoury kisses.Jing Yue’s touch sent waves of desire resonating through her body. His hands freely roamed her body, tingling her and spasming her with need. She fought her desire and attempted to keep her thoughts pure. How different he was now compared to when he was sober,
Since that incident, she had not seen Jing Yue. She knew that this was just temporary and perhaps there would be chances for them to meet in the future. But even given that possibility, how could she even face him that she had been so needy with him inside the room when she was drunk?He hadn’t even called her... Wait, he didn’t have her number, either. She crawled out of bed and stared into the mirror watching her disorderly state.Perhaps if not for the fire drill that night, she would have made love with Jing Yue and this would have changed his perspective of her. The fire drill had caused them to scatter and run out of the room, forget about the party and assemble outside the building. They were divided after that and she never got to see what expression he had on his face before she left.And that way, two weeks had passed. There was no mention of Jing Yue since then.It was Sunday today. She wouldn’t have much
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