Fated to Love You [命中注定我愛你] Episode 16
We see Anna at her dance studio teaching a class. Afterwards, she opens the gift Cun Xi got her for her studio’s grand opening, that was supposed to be the swan. Instead, she opens and sees “Souvenir” and notices that the card with the art piece’s information (which Cun Xi has not seen) is signed by the designer, “Chen Xin Yi”. Flash to Anson’s face as he’s on the phone with Cun Xi, realizing he’s mixed up the delivery of the art pieces…
After their meeting (reunion?), Xin Yi is clearly upset/bothered by seeing Cun Xi again. She’s even more upset by the fact that Cun Xi is staying in Shanghai for extra time and that she’s responsible for working with him on designing the soap container for his new soap line… However, Dylan encourages her, reminding her that “Mr. Z” wanted to send her courage through the navelwort plant that he gave her, so she should face Cun Xi with courage. Little do they know….hahaha. So Xin Yi buckles down and begins her serious mode of designing a soap container.
After some time, Xin Yi sends her subordinates to bring the design to Cun Xi but they get sent back. After some questioning, she realizes they fed him ginger and carrots, his two least favorite foods (aww, she remembers). The subordinates are surprised/curious about her relationship with Cun Xi, but she waves them off and goes to meet him herself.
After lunch, she tries to bring it back to business by showing him the design. A car comes up behind them though, so he instinctively pulls her in close out of harm’s way. She’s flustered, and realizes her sketch has been blown away. So Cun Xi smiles mischievously and pulls her hand and the two chase after the sketch in the wind.
His playful side comes back when he orders her to try on some new clothes too, and gawks at her beauty. He leans in close to put a necklace on for her and tells her she’s ready to meet the dealers of “Inheritance” and give a presentation for the soap container design.
Everyone is surprised to see her and doesn’t approve of not having master Zhong Shan Long design the container. However, Xin Yi is able to win them over with her design. She says that she got inspiration from “Mr. Z” and the container is shaped like the letter “z” but also “n”, for the English word “nature”, which emphasizes Mo Fa Ling Enterprise’s mission to create all natural soaps without additives, safe for even newborns. And the soap will rest on the container like a child in its mother’s embrace.
The dealers are impressed and inquire if she’s a mother and she glances at Cun Xi before saying she’s not. However, Cun Xi admits that this project means a lot to him, especially since he could’ve been a father but lost the opportunity and voices his regret.
Anna arrives in Shanghai and follows the address to the gallery where Dylan and Xin Yi work. She runs into Dylan, so knows the artist on the information page must be THE Chen Xin Yi. She says she has some questions for him and the two go out for coffee. She asks hesitantly if Xin Yi and Cun Xi have seen each other yet, and Dylan tells her she probably knows the answer already, but should be worried about Cun Xi, not Xin Yi. He tells her that the meaning behind “Souvenir” that Xin Yi made was longing and regret for Ji Nian Pin, the child she never had. Therefore, Dylan is confused as to why Cun Xi bought the piece, because if Cun Xi longed for his child, why did he tell Xin Yi to get an abortion? Anna looks away guiltily, as Dylan mumbles that maybe there was some misunderstanding…SECRETS!!! Anna is upset by the skeptical looks from Dylan so leaves before she can take her dessert to go.
Left behind is a strawberry cake without the strawberry, which Dylan takes instead. We see a flashback to when Dylan was younger, and how his sister also liked strawberry cake without the strawberry. But he waves it off, thinking it couldn’t possibly be Anna…
Back at the office, Xin Yi still doubts Cun Xi’s motives and why he said he was regretful about his lost child, but sees him take out the pen she bought him 2 years ago for his birthday, overhearing him say that he always carries it around. After all the papers are signed and the deal is closed, she wants to interrogate him, but is caught off guard as he compliments her professionalism and talent. She’s pleased, and offers to drive him home, so he requests that they walk home instead.
It’s pretty late out as they walk back to his hotel, and Cun Xi is clearly cold but says he’s fine when she asks if he needs his jacket back (haha!). A drunkard runs into her and he (again) instinctively pulls her in close to protect her, but then quickly pulls away apologizing, saying he didn’t intentionally hug her. She says she believes him (she’s slowly trusting him again!) and he jokes, saying he would’ve “hired” more drunk men to wander by so he could hug her if he knew she wouldn’t mind.
Things take a serious turn as they’re parting ways, when Cun Xi (thinking that’s what she wants) says that if they were to run into each other again, he’ll pretend he doesn’t know her and they’ll continue on their separate ways. She looks a little sad/disappointed, but agrees. He quickly sneaks in the question, “In the last two years, have you ever thought about me?” (WHAT KIND OF A DUMB QUESTION IS THAT?!) You can tell she wanted to answer, but he immediately says nevermind, saying that it doesn’t matter.
When they finally part ways, he secretly hopes that she doesn’t turn around as she leaves, so that he can really let her go (aww…). As Xin Yi walks home, she feels upset but doesn’t know why. She’s curious about why he’s regretful, but is afraid to know the answer and dig back up the scars from two years ago… And of course with all the distracting thoughts and questions she has in mind, she forgot to return his jacket….so goodbye wasn’t really goodbye!