Never Gone: Episode 2

Never Gone: Episode 2
Never Gone: Episode 2

[flashback] Cheng Zheng teases Su Yunjin by kicking her chair and throwing paper balls at her. As a result, the teacher punishes both by making them do math problems on the blackboard. Cheng Zheng pretends he doesn’t know how to do it to cover for Su Yunjin. Fed up, the teacher yells at them to go stand at the back of the class.

Later, Cheng Zheng shows Su Yunjin how to solve the math problem she couldn’t do on the blackboard. There are two ways to do it using the teacher’s method or Cheng Zheng’s method. He berates her for not understanding something so simple. She glares at him and runs away.

Mo Yuhua follows Su Yunjin. Patiently, she explains the math problem until Su Yunjin understands. Mo Yuhua looks over Cheng Zheng’s notes and praises his cleverness. Su Yunjin envies Cheng Zheng and Mo Yuhua for doing well in school without having to work hard. She would be happy if she can get into a good college so she can get a good job and take care of her parents. [flashback ends]

Su Yunjin wants to buy new clothes to wear to the wedding. She calls Mo Yuhua to see if Mo Yuhua has time to go shopping together. After many years, the two of them are still good friends, but Mo Yuhua is a busy doctor. Mo Yuhua wonders what’s become of Cheng Zheng. Su Yunjin says if she sees him again, she hopes she has a happier life than him.

[flashback] Cheng Zheng sees a Coke on Su Yunjin’s desk and drinks it. Su Yunjin doesn’t want what’s left and throws it away. Annoyed, Cheng Zheng accepts a bottle of water from Meng Xue, drinks it and slams the bottle on Su Yunjin’s desk. Meng Xue needs help in math, but Cheng Zheng ignores her. Song Ming says he’ll help her. Cheng Zheng realizes Su Yunjin listens to Song Ming teaching Meng Xue, so he tells Song Ming to stop being long-winded and takes over, talking loudly so Su Yunjin can hear him.

Suddenly, Su Yunjin leaves with her math book. Cheng Zheng tells her he can teach her. There’s no need to go to the teacher to ask for help. She says she’s going to the bathroom, but he doesn’t believe her. He grabs her math book, and a sanitary pad falls out. She picks it up and runs away. Zhou Ziyi tells Cheng Zheng to stop harassing her.

After a while, Su Yunjin returns to class. Cheng Zheng asks the teacher for permission to go to the bathroom. Actually, he goes outside to get a bottle of hot water for Su Yunjin. She ignores the peace offering and puts it back on his desk.

To see Su Yunjin, Cheng Zheng goes to the bookstore where she works. He threatens to complain to the owner if she keeps telling him to go away. Aware of her “condition,” he doesn’t want her to stand on a stool to retrieve books for him. Another argument occurs, and they end up knocking over a pile of books. The owner orders them to clean up the mess.

When Cheng Zheng and Su Yunjin finish organizing the books, it’s time for the bookstore to close. She can’t take it anymore and begs him to leave her alone. She will move to another desk if he doesn’t like her sitting in front of him. Moreover, she’s confused why he’s obsessed with how she’s doing in school. Stunned, he says he doesn’t hate her. [flashback ends]

Su Yunjin and Mo Yuhua go shopping together. Su Yunjin suspects Cheng Zheng sent her new clothes after knowing she was splashed with wine. Mo Yuhua says Cheng Zheng and Su Yunjin argue when they are together but miss each other when they are apart. Su Yunjin needs to decide if it’s worth it to jump into the “fire hole” again. After all, how many 5 years does a person have in a lifetime?

Meanwhile, Cheng Zheng accompanies Zhou Ziyi to buy new clothes to wear to the wedding. Cheng Zheng isn’t sure he will go.

It’s the day of Song Ming and Meng Xue’s wedding. Su Yunjin and Mo Yuhua arrive together. Su Yunjin looks around to see if Cheng Zheng has arrived.

[flashback] It’s the day parents can tour the school. Su Yunjin is surprised to see her parents show up. Cheng Zheng introduces himself to her parents and takes them to her desk. Cheng Zheng’s mom notices her son’s eagerness and asks Meng Xue, who says Cheng Zheng is nice to Su Yunjin because her grades are bad. Suddenly, Su Yunjin’s father faints, startling everyone.

As rain pours down, medics arrive and take Su Yunjin’s father to a hospital in an ambulance.

Eventually, Su Yunjin’s father regains consciousness. He feels bad because the burden of taking care of the family falls on Su Yunjin, who is still a young girl. She promises to study hard so she will have a good future.

The next day at school, Su Yunjin shocks Cheng Zheng by asking him to tutor her in math. He agrees. However, she has to do something for him. He’ll let her know later when he thinks of something. [flashback ends]

Su Yunjin sits at a table and waits for the wedding to start.

[flashback] Instead of practicing soccer with his friends, Cheng Zheng uses the time to tutor Su Yunjin. He brings bread buns then complains about the bread buns appearing spoiled. She doesn’t want him to throw away good food and is tricked into eating the bread buns. He asks which math problems she needs help with. She says she needs help with everything. [flashback ends]

Never Gone: Episode 1

Never Gone: Episode 1
Never Gone: Episode 1

Su Yunjin is waiting for a client. Suddenly, a woman hurls a glass of wine at Su Yunjin, accusing Su Yunjin of having an affair with her husband, CEO Xu. Su Yunjin says she and CEO Xu are only colleagues. Su Yunjin’s assistant threatens to call security if CEO Xu’s wife won’t leave.

While Su Yunjin is in the bathroom dealing with her stained clothes, her assistant walks in with a sweater. She had borrowed it from someone who claims to know Su Yunjin. Su Yunjin doesn’t have time to ask questions because her client has arrived.

Outside the building, Cheng Zheng waits in his car. His cousin, Zhang Yue, is the sweater owner. She saw what happened to Su Yunjin and took pictures, which she sends to Cheng Zheng. It seems Su Yunjin is still stubborn but no longer a pushover. Zhang Yue says this is not a good time for him to appear back in Su Yunjin’s life.

[flashback] In a garden, Cheng Zheng leans forward until his face is mere inches from Su Yunjin’s face. He tells her he likes her. [flashback ends]

Driving home, Su Yunjin asks her assistant about the sweater owner, but her assistant can only give a vague description. Her assistant rambles on in admiration because Su Yunjin kept her composure and won a contract despite the incident with CEO Xu’s wife. Su Yunjin checks her phone and sees a wedding invitation from her old classmates, Song Ming and Meng Xue.

Cheng Zheng follows Su Yunjin home. His phone rings, and it’s Meng Xue. Instead of sending an invitation, she calls to make sure he will go to her wedding. She’s afraid he won’t go because of Su Yunjin.

Since Su Yunjin’s old classmates are getting married, her assistant urges her to go, even if Su Yunjin might meet people she wants to avoid like former boyfriends. Su Yunjin receives a text message from Meng Xue. Meng Xue apologizes for what she did in the past, and if she doesn’t see Su Yunjin at her wedding, she’ll think Su Yunjin won’t forgive her.

Su Yunjin wants to wash her stained shirt and tells her assistant to bring a new laundry detergent bottle. Doing so reminds Su Yunjin of a similar situation in the past.

[flashback] Out of laundry detergent, Su Yunjin tells Cheng Zheng to bring a new bottle, but he gives her toilet bowl cleaner instead. The two of them laugh at his mistake. [flashback ends]

Su Yunjin’s assistant doesn’t hear what Su Yunjin said and asks her to repeat it. However, remembering a happier time with Cheng Zheng affects Su Yunjin, and she’s no longer in the mood to do laundry.

[flashback] It’s late at night. Su Yunjin’s mother is still awake, making animal lanterns to earn money. Su Yunjin’s father is sick and has to go to the hospital periodically for treatments. As a result, the family is in debt from paying medical bills.

In high school, students focus their studies on natural sciences or social sciences. Su Yunjin tells her father about her decision to study natural sciences, earning his praise. He feels guilty because his illness is affecting the family’s finance. She assures him she’s happy with their simple life.

Su Yunjin stays up late to study. Her father’s coughing breaks her concentration, causing her to cry. [flashback ends]

Giving Su Yunjin a ride to work, CEO Xu apologizes and gives her a gift to make up for what his wife had done. Su Yunjin says she can understand his wife’s anger, but his wife targeted the wrong person. He tells her he wishes his wife would have reasons to be mad at her. She looks at him, not knowing what to say.

At work, Cheng Zheng approves a blueprint and hands it off to his assistant. The photo on his desk shows cut out images of himself and Su Yunjin when they were in high school.

[flashback] In a corridor crowded with students, Cheng Zheng and his friend, Zhou Ziyi, goof around. Distracted, Cheng Zheng collides into Su Yunjin. He says he is all right, so she leaves. Not recognizing her, he asks Zhou Ziyi, who guesses she could be a new student after seeing her in a teacher’s office a few days ago.

Despite studying diligently, Su Yunjin struggles in school. Her teacher pressures her to switch to social sciences to get better grades, but she refuses and promises to study harder. By accident, Cheng Zheng overhears their conversation and marvels at Su Yunjin’s stubbornness.

Su Yunjin’s best friend, Mo Yuhua, doesn’t agree with the teacher’s tone, but she knows about Su Yunjin’s weakness in math. Eventually, Su Yunjin could get in trouble if her grades don’t improve. Mo Yuhua gives Su Yunjin her notebook, which contains notes on how to solve equations so Su Yunjin can study during the summer break. [flashback ends]

Cheng Zheng waits near Su Yunjin’s company. He sees CEO Xu and Su Yunjin arrive at work together.

CEO Xu and Su Yunjin discuss Meng Xue’s wedding. He’s too busy to go, so he’ll give her a money envelope to give to Meng Xue. He asks if she wants to have dinner later. She declines, saying she has another commitment. As she walks to her office, a receptionist hands her a package.

[flashback] Su Yunjin looks for a part-time job to help her parents. Riding her bicycle around town, she spots a job advertisement at a bookstore. She talks to the owner, who agrees to hire her. He puts her to work immediately, telling her to sort and shelve a new shipment of books that just came in.

Zhou Ziyi drags Cheng Zheng to the same bookstore, hoping to run into the girl he likes. Cheng Zheng makes fun of Zhou Ziyi and says he’ll be direct if he likes someone. Glancing around, Cheng Zheng sees Su Yunjin shelving books. Her shirt gets caught on a nail and rips. He has a new shirt in his backpack, and he gives it to her.

Cheng Zheng can’t sleep at night because he keeps thinking about Su Yunjin. The next day, he returns to the bookstore and sees Su Yunjin reading while on break. When she looks up and sees him, she tells him to wait. She runs to get his shirt and returns it to him. [flashback ends]

In her office, Su Yunjin opens the package. Inside is a blouse.

[flashback] It’s a new school year. Meng Xue gives Cheng Zheng a pair of gloves, with her initials on one glove and Cheng Zheng’s initials on the other glove. He isn’t interested and lies about saving the seat in front of him for someone else. Su Yunjin arrives in class last. There’s only one empty desk left – the one in front of Cheng Zheng. [flashback ends]

Su Yunjin wonders who sent her the blouse.

Never Gone

Never Gone
Never Gone

Never Gone
Chinese title: 原来你还在这里
Based on the novel: 原来你还在这里 by Xin Yi Wu
Genre: Campus
Episodes: 36
English subs: Viki

Main Cast
Yang Zishan as Su Yunjin
Elvis Han as Cheng Zheng
Toby Lee as Shen Ju’an
Lyric Lan as Zhang Yue
Su Qing as Mo Yuhua
Tan Jianci as Zhou Ziyi

Synopsis

Su Yunjin and Cheng Zheng are total opposites. From their personalities to their family backgrounds, they live two different lives. Despite their differences, Cheng Zheng pursues Su Yunjin and eventually wins her heart.

Their relationship doesn’t come easy and eventually they go their separate ways. But when Cheng Zheng reappears after several years, will they fall back in love? (Source: Viki)

Ashes of Love

https://www.viki.com/tv/35817c-ashes-of-love

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