There were more people waiting outside the operating room than Chen Yuncheng imagined. He saw a vacant seat on the bench in the corridor and took Gu Yaojia over to sit down, and only when he was tired of standing did he sit against the wall on the floor.
From time to time, patients could be seen being brought out of the operating room, and the nurse would call the patient’s name to speak to the family. They kept waiting for Zhou Yuqi all morning.
Gu Yaojia didn’t look very good. She didn’t speak, nor was she in the mood to play with her mobile phone, she just stared straight at the door of the operating room.
Chen Yuncheng asked her, “Has Zhou Yan been back?”
Gu Yaojia was called back and looked at Chen Yuncheng: “No.”
Chen Yuncheng nodded.
Gu Yaojia was a little uneasy as she asked Chen Yuncheng, “Did you see his parents?”
Chen Yuncheng didn’t mention what had happened in Zhou Yan’s hometown. He felt that it was not the right time, and it would only make Gu Yaojia more worried, so he said, “No, I didn’t see them.”
Gu Yaojia was silent for a while, “I was wondering if he would go back to his hometown to borrow money from his parents, but now I really don’t know where he went.”
Chen Yuncheng said, “No matter where he has gone, if he comes back to you, you must tell me, okay?”
Gu Yaojia hurriedly said, “Of course, I will tell you. If it weren’t for you, the child wouldn’t be able to have surgery now. Zhou Yan must come to see you.”
Chen Yuncheng nodded and said nothing.
It was almost noon when Ning Junyan called Chen Yuncheng and asked him to go for lunch. They still went to the hospital’s staff canteen, and Chen Yuncheng sat on the seat, waiting for Ning Junyan to bring him the food.
“You can bring her a meal later,” Ning Junyan referred to Gu Yaojia.
Chen Yuncheng nodded.
There were obviously many more people in the cafeteria at noon than in the morning, and there were hardly any empty seats. Two middle-aged men sat next to them, exchanging pleasantries with Ning Junyan, but when they heard him introduce Chen Yuncheng as just his friend, they were less interested and started talking about other topics.
While eating, Chen Yuncheng felt a little sorry since he was Ning Jungyan’s friend, but he was not an expert and famous doctor.
Halfway through the meal, Chen Yuncheng’s cell phone rang, and he saw that it was Guan Anlin calling.
He could almost guess what Guan Anlin was going to say, and as soon as he answered the phone, he heard Guan Anlin ask, “Did Zhang Wenyong find someone to smash up your kiosk?”
Chen Yuncheng didn’t want Ning Junyan to hear what he was talking about on the phone. He wanted to get up and go out, so he glanced at Ning Junyan and found that Ning Junyan wasn’t eating either but was looking at him. Chen Yuncheng hesitated and didn’t stand up but only said, “Did you hear it from him?”
Guan Anlin said, “I heard from the others. Your kiosk is closed. Is it serious?”
Chen Yuncheng asked, “Are you over there now?”
Guan Anlin said, “Um”.
Chen Yuncheng said again, “Do you know who are those people?”
Guan Anlin said, “Which ones?”
Chen Yuncheng said in a low voice, “The ones who smashed up my kiosk.”
The two middle-aged men next to them stopped talking and glanced at him invariably.
Guan Anlin said, “I don’t know. They were someone Zhang Wenyong found, I think.”
Chen Yuncheng felt that it was really inconvenient to speak here, so he said, “Then I know. I’ll call you later, I’m fine now.”
“Chen Yuncheng!” Guan Anlin’s tone suddenly didn’t sound good.
Chen Yuncheng asked him, “What’s wrong?”
Guan Anlin hung up on him straight away.
Chen Yuncheng put the phone back in his pocket.
Ning Junyan asked, “Who is it?”
Chen Yuncheng said, “A friend.” After he said that, he stopped talking and lowered his head to eat thoughtfully.
Ning Junyan didn’t question him further and picked up the chopsticks that were resting on the edge of his plate.
By the afternoon, the child’s surgery was successfully completed.
Gu Yaojia was a little emotional, and her eyes were full of tears. She then followed the bed to send the child back to the ward.
Chen Yuncheng also followed to the ward, and he felt sad to see such a small child lying on the hospital bed with his eyes closed, looking lifeless.
But it was always good to have a successful operation. He comforted Gu Yaojia with a few words called Ning Junyan, who was still at work and left the hospital to return to his kiosk.
Despite having prepared himself, Chen Yuncheng could not stop feeling depressed the moment he opened the door of his kiosk.
The weather was cold and humid in winter, and the water stains on the ground had not even dried out by now. He clumsily used his injured hand to clean up all the debris and garbage, putting it in a garbage bag and taking it to a nearby trash can to throw it away.
Afterwards, the remaining intact goods were packed in clean cardboard boxes and placed on high shelves.
After sorting out the stuff, he called the supplier to discuss the return of the goods, and finally went to a nearby print shop, printed the words ’Kiosk Transfer Wanted’ on white paper, adding his phone number underneath.
The inner room side was a little more complicated. Apart from the undamaged goods, there were also his daily necessities. But luckily, he didn’t have much of anything.
It was just that if the kiosk were subleased, he would have to move out, and the place to move to was also a problem.
Ning Junyan was reluctant to let him go, but he couldn’t stay with Ning Junyan all the time. It would be better if he could go and rent an apartment and find a new job.
After he stood at the door and hesitated for a while, Chen Yuncheng did not rush to pack up his things. He withdrew from the kiosk, closed the rolling shutter door, and pasted the white paper that wrote ‘Kiosk Transfer Wanted’ on the door.
The owner of the lottery shop next to him came over to take a look and asked him, “Closing, eh?”
Chen Yuncheng stared at those words as if he was reluctant to leave for a while. He nodded and said, “For the time being, I’m closing.”
The owner of the lottery shop said, “Are you afraid that those people will take revenge on you?”
Chen Yuncheng turned to look at him and said, “Not really. I wasn’t going to open it anymore.” Sooner or later, the business would have to close down, but he just didn’t expect to suffer so much damage before he closed down.
The owner asked him, “Then what do you plan to do?”
Chen Yuncheng didn’t answer. He had a vague idea in his mind some years ago when he was still working in a garage, he took the driving test with Guan Anlin and several other young people, and he took the B license. At that time, he didn’t think about what exactly he was going to do, he thought it might be helpful in the future.
Now, if he wasn’t opening a kiosk, he might be able to drive a truck for someone, going from one city to another. Although it was very hard and tiring, he could see many different sceneries. And he was alone, with no relatives and no family. No one would miss him no matter how long he left a place.
Of course, it was only if he had dealt with Zhou Yan’s affairs.
Chen Yuncheng sighed softly, raised his hand and patted the owner of the lottery shop on the shoulder, and said, “I’ll see how it goes. I’m going to take one step and see what happens next.”
The owner of the lottery shop suddenly lowered his voice and asked him, “Is that the person you offended over there?”
Chen Yuncheng followed his line of sight and turned to look and saw Guan Anlin standing across the street, looking in their direction.
“He seems to have been here in the morning.” Guan Anlin looked fierce and rebellious, easily giving people the impression that he was not a good person.
Chen Yuncheng said, “It’s okay. He’s my friend.”
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