"What do you mean by 'it's closed'?" Qin Fei's voice echoed inside the limousine before she looked at the time on her watch. They had been stuck in traffic for more than twenty minutes only to arrive at a closed road because of some construction going on. It was already half past seven, the after-party would have already started.
To celebrate the end of Fashion Week, many influential brands would throw their own parties to celebrate the success of their shows. While Qin Fei would have loved to attend all of the parties but she didn't have the time and luxury to do so. So she selected two parties to attend which she thought would benefit her the most.
The first party would be starting at seven-thirty while the second would only start at eight-thirty. Qin Fei was only planning to stay for two hours at the first party before leaving for the second party. Likewise, she was only intending to stay at the second party for two hours before calling it a night. That way, she wouldn't be too exhausted. Being heavily pregnant at seven months, her stamina wasn't too great anymore.
"Madam… I will have to make a detour and use another road. This will take us another twenty minutes before we can reach the hotel," the driver respectfully said.
"Another twenty minutes? Make it ten minutes or I will ask your company to fire you!" Qin Fei demanded. Another twenty minutes? She was originally planning to surprise everyone with her gown on the red carpet. If she was delayed for another twenty minutes, she was sure that there would be no one outside to welcome her when she arrives. Everyone would already be inside enjoying themselves.
"Madam… we are still in the middle of Kowloon. Ten minutes is too short for us to reach the other side of the city," the driver patiently explained.
"Then make it fifteen. I need to get there before eight," she demanded before sending a text to Xuan Hui about the unforeseen delay on the road.
Meanwhile Lily and Fernando were already at the party held inside the hotel's main event hall. They were enjoying themselves and making small talks with famous models and designers in attendance.
As Lily continued to mingle around, her presence was felt strongly by everyone she passed by. Her fully embroidered tulle dress with small gems sewn at the hem sparkled under the chandelier lighting. It was so beautiful. Lily had Fernando to thank, for specially designing so many dresses for her, for Fashion Week, including this beautiful piece.
Though the dress was beautiful, it didn't overshadow the wearer who was even more stunning. Many of them were in awe of the elegance and grace that Lily was exuding. Many of these designers immediately entertained the idea of sponsoring their clothing to Lily. After all, a clothing that was worn by Lily would only mean free advertising for them. Since many of these famous designers were also from Europe, they naturally knew who Lily was.
When Lily approached some of these designers to talk about her new Harmony Isle, they were somewhat supportive and showed interest in her mall. In return for their support, Lily offered to invest generously in their projects. The designers were all ecstatic as Lily was an accomplished individual in Europe. To have a collaboration with someone like her would be extremely beneficial and profitable.
While Lily was enjoying herself, two people who recognized Lily as Qin Jinghua, were staring daggers at her. One of them was Xuan Hui's friend who recognized Lily at the bar, Yuan Dehua. The other man was none other than the heir of the Tang family, Tang Wei Dong.
"Are you sure about that?" Tang Wei Dong's brows were furrowed as he stared intently at Lily.
"I am. That man beside her should be her boyfriend. He was the one who banned us at Highlights the last time," Yuan Dehua said. "Isn't she just someone who failed to scheme her way onto Xuan Hui's bed? Look at her now? Look at how smug she is, smiling and talking to everyone as if she belong to our world."
"How did she become a Facci?" Tang Wei Dong asked, his face extremely dark. As the current heir of the Tang family, he also knew what his aunt Tang Lingyun did to Lily and her mother in the past. In fact, over these years, he had seen his aunt's viciousness on display many times. Now that Lily has become successful, Tang Wei Dong naturally feared that she would target his aunt and the Tang family.
"I have no idea. I did not ask anyone to investigate her. I didn't want my family to know that I have offended someone powerful like her, or my mother will surely send me somewhere abroad to hide. All I know is that her grandmother was the owner of Facci Group which is now her company as well," Yuan Dehua explained.
"I have heard of the Facci Group." Tang Wei Dong said as she watched Lily meaningfully. He noticed how her tulle dress seemed to be creating a three dimensional effect because of the embroidered silver sequins in various shapes. Lily looked extremely stunning in her dress that she paired a plain silver clutch and silver stilettos.
Suddenly Lily looked his way and even smiled at him. The worry in Tang Wei Dong's heart seemed to disappear instantly. "Did you see her smile at me?" he asked.
"Why would she smile at you? I'm sure Qin Jinghua hated you and your aunt," Yuan Dehua said as he gestured the passing waiter to give them something alcoholic to drink. "Scotch?" he asked Tang Wei Dong who just nodded in response.
Maybe he was just seeing things. It must be due to the shock of discovering that Qin Jinghua's other identity, he immediately concluded, while downing a glass of alcohol beverage that Yuan Dehua gave to him.
Tang Wei Dong continued to stare at Lily as his memory took him back to the times when his aunt kept urging him to marry Qin Jinghua. However, he vehemently opposed the idea. How could he marry someone who didn't have a good upbringing and background?
However, things seemed to be different now. Qin Jinghua or rather Lily Facci-Qin was someone with a background that could match his.
Now that he thought about it, Tang Lingyun had been visiting him a lot recently even though there was no official business to discuss. Whenever they meet, they would just talk about random things and she would always bring him a gift. Could it be possible that Tang Lingyun was trying to hint to him to propose a marriage to Lily because of her current background? That was the only explanation that he could come up with for now.
A glint of unfathomable emotion flashed in Tang Wei Dong's eyes when he saw Lily excusing herself from the people around her.
"Hey, where are you going?" Yuan Dehua asked him when he noticed that Tang Wei Dong had turned his back at him. "Are you going to follow her?"
"Of course, I will…" He flashed a smile at his friend. Seeing Qin Jinghua's long and toned legs a while ago turned him on and excited a member of his body.
"Wei Dong, don't be impulsive, she is not the same as she was before… you can't just…"
"Shut your mouth and just watch me. She already has a record of seducing men in clubs," he said while eyeing the dim corner near the ladies room. "If she is caught doing it with me, I'm sure she doesn't have any other choice but to marry me."
"Are you crazy? Do you even know what rape means?" Yuan Dehua lowered his voice while tugging his friend's arm urgently. However, seeing the sinister gaze that Tang Wei Dong was giving him, he was immediately convinced that his friend was up to no good. "Wei Dong, her background is not like any of those girls that you have played with before. I am-"
"Coward." Tang Wei Dong chuckled. "Just watch and learn buddy… just watch and learn."