&x201C;Sister Xiuxiu said that the old man told her over the phone that she was not too far up the mountain. It should just be a forty minutes hike. I have already mobilized all the employees from the studio to come out and look for her.&x201D;
As soon as Qingyan&x2019;s words fell, Xiao Chennan was already gone.
He finally understood all of Tan Xiu&x2019;s hint earlier at noon.
It was no wonder why Qingyan decided not to even buy the international flight ticket and brought him here to the mountain instead.
Vera did not leave the country at all. She was secretly working in his studio.
If this was not enough to prove Vera&x2019;s affection and feelings for him, then he was definitely blind.
The road up the mountain was very slippery in the dark and it was not easy for them to hike up the mountain at all. For some reasons, Xiao Chennan suddenly felt as though he could breathe normally now.
At this time on the mountain, Vera was cleaning her wound under the faucet.
Fortunately, her injury was not serious at all and she simply had some scratches on her calf.
&x201C;Young girl&x2026;it is raining so heavily. Why don&x2019;t you stay in our small cottage for the night? It is very dangerous for you to go down the mountain now.&x201D; The old lady in the cottage brought a coat over as she wrapped it around Vera.
&x201C;It&x2019;s okay, aunty. I still have some work that I have to do. I will go down the mountain when the rain gets a little lighter.&x201D;
&x201C;What kind of work is even more important than your own safety?&x201D; the old man could not help but asked.
The studio was still waiting for her to send over the picture that she was done retouching and editing. It was still in her laptop and it was only half completed.
However, the reason why this was so important to Vera was not because of the picture, but simply because of the person in the photo. As long as it was anything related to him, she did not want to miss out on it at all.
&x201C;We have some congee and side dishes. Even if you do not like it, please eat some food to keep yourself warm.&x201D;
Vera could not help but feel that she was very lucky and fortunate to have met this old couple. Otherwise, she would be very miserable and in a lot of pain as she make her way down to the homestay.
She was not like Jiang Yuning. She did not have the ability and wits to survive out in the wild. If Jiang Yuning encountered a similar situation, would she have been able to resolve it?
&x201C;No, aunty. I am fine. I am not hungry at all. Please enjoy your food.&x201D;
Vera could tell that the husband and wife were not well to do. They have already saved her life so why would she cause even more trouble for them?
Vera simply sat down under the eaves as she waited for the rain to stop.
After waiting for more than an hour, the rain did not stop. Instead, a drenched figure suddenly pushed the wooden door open before he rushed in.
Vera stood up from the chair immediately but she staggered a little because of her foot injury.
Xiao Chennan put down the umbrella before he caught hold of her.
&x201C;Come with me&x2026;&x201D;
Xiao Chennan calmed himself down as he hugged Vera tightly in his arms.
His body was cold and wet but his palm was hot and his breath was also very warm.
&x201C;Aunty, uncle, thank you for your hospitality. My friend is here to pick me up. I will leave first!&x201D; Vera yelled into the house.
&x201C;Alright. Pay attention to your safety!&x201D;
Xiao Chennan pulled Vera into his arms as they left the cottage.
Vera could not help but feel that her eyes were swollen and she felt as though she was about to burst into tears. Fortunately, it was night time so he would not be able to see anything at all.
&x201C;Can you still walk?&x201D;
&x201C;Yes,&x201D; Vera replied.
However, it was almost impossible for him to hug her on the way down the mountain and the steps were filled with moss. This was also the reason why Vera fell down and hurt herself earlier.
&x201C;Make sure you hug me tightly.&x201D; Xiao Chennan wrapped his arms around Vera&x2019;s waist and he held the umbrella over her head to prevent her from getting wet.
It would be useless to say anything at this time. They would have to wait until they got down the mountain.
It was really difficult to make their way down the mountain. Therefore, it took them a long time to make their way down. After about an hour, they finally saw Qingyan and the group of employees who have finally caught up with them.
When the group of people finally made it back to the homestay, Xiao Chennan carried Vera up in his arms before he brought her back to his executive suite.
At this time, all the employees of the studio were all in shock.
Brother Chennan&x2026;was this his new love?
None of them knew about Vera&x2019;s true identity because she did not remove her mask. They were all simply in shock because they saw Xiao Chennan carrying Sister O back into his room&x2026;
Xiao Chennan quickly sat Vera on the bed in the executive suite. He did not care about the rose petals at all. After that, he quickly placed a clean towel on the top of her head.
&x201C;Wipe your hair dry first.&x201D;
Vera did not resist and she started to towel dry her hair as she naturally took off her mask. Since Xiao Chennan could run up the mountain to look for her so anxiously, then this could only mean that he already knew everything.
&x201C;No. You have to take a hot bath first.&x201D;
&x201C;But it hurts&x2026;&x201D; Vera replied as she looked at her calf. Even though it was only scratches, the injured area was not small.
&x201C;I will fill the water in the tub for you and you can just lie down inside the bathtub.&x201D;
Xiao Chennan did not want to talk things through with Vera yet because he was worried about her. Since she was already drenched in the rain earlier, he was afraid that she would catch a cold. It would be very difficult for them to seek medical treatment up on the mountain.
Therefore, he quickly filled water in the bathtub before he brought Vera into the bathtub so that she could take a shower. After that, he went to the hot spring pool to soak in it for a short while before he wrapped the bathrobe around himself as he entered the bathroom.
Vera started blushing because Xiao Chennan was not wearing any clothes at this time. However, he did not have any desire or ulterior motives at all. He simply took a bath towel and wrapped it around Vera before he carried her back to the huge bed.
After that, he squatted down as he took a careful look at Vera&x2019;s injury.
&x201C;I want to disinfect your wound. Qingyan has already gone to get you some medicine. He will send it over here later.&x201D;
&x201C;Why were you hiding in my studio?&x201D; Xiao Chennan was half kneeling down in front of Vera at this time. &x201C;If you wanted to leave, then you should have just left. Why did you choose to stay and hide in my studio under a new and different identity? Is it because of the reason that I am thinking about? Tell me if I am right because I am afraid that I am simply overthinking it.&x201D;
Vera looked at Xiao Chennan with an aggrieved expression on her face as she said, &x201C;You were the one who asked for a breakup. So, what else can I do then? I wanted to leave and return to the United States but I have no relatives or friends abroad. I am afraid of being alone.&x201D;
&x201C;I know that I was wrong. I made a mistake but do you really have to teach me a lesson like this? Is it really so easy for you to just breakup with me?&x201D;
After listening to Vera&x2019;s words, Xiao Chennan took a deep breath before he held Vera&x2019;s hands and said, &x201C;I do not want to see you making the same mistakes over and over again. Haven&x2019;t you realize that even if I was the one who asked for a breakup, I do not have any intentions of giving up on you at all? I never intended to leave you alone. I wanted to bring you back on the right path&x2026;&x201D;
&x201C;What about you? You did not say anything to me and you simply decided to disappear without a trace. Fortunately, you were hiding in my studio all along. Do you know that I was already planning to go abroad to look for you because I was so worried about you?&x201D;
For the both of them, the great sense of losing and recovering was the same.
They did not breakup because they did not loved one another anymore.
There was such a deep bond between the both of them. How could they possibly be separated?
&x201C;I am sorry.&x201D; Vera could not help but burst into tears, &x201C;During this period of time, I know that I brought and caused a lot of trouble and misery for both you and Yuning. I am really very sorry.&x201D;
At this time, Xiao Chennan stood up before he hugged her gently to comfort her. &x201C;It&x2019;s okay, Vera. Everything is over and it is all in the past now. Vera, I really love you so I will never give up on you. Do you understand that? Regardless of whether you end up with me or not in future, I still regard you as the most important person in my life now. Therefore, I want to shoulder the responsibility of making sure that you are a good person. Stop throwing tantrums at me, okay?&x201D;