At Sky City.
It was around six in the evening, and the couple was busy cooking in the kitchen.
"I thought the recipe states to add three to four cloves of garlic? Why are you adding ten?" Zhuo Jingren asked curiously.
"I am a very garlicky person," Lily noted as she continued adding other ingredients. She loved garlic, alright.
"Wouldn't that change the taste of the dish?"
"Why would it?" she asked.
"Hmmm… I guess this would explain why your cooking cannot compare to mine. You have no qualms about changing the recipe!"
"Shameless." Lily rolled her eyes. "When I was in the Qin family, I never learned how to cook as Tang Lingyun forbade me to step into the kitchen. When I went to London, my grandmother enrolled me in many classes but none were cooking classes."
"So, are you pushing the blame on them?" he raised an eyebrow.
"Exactly! It's their fault not mine," Lily said. "Alright, time to put this into the oven. Then after an hour, we are good to go." She gave him a brilliant smile, sliding the roasting tray into the preheated oven.
"What an eye-opener. I didn't know that you are this shameless, really." He chuckled as he watched Lily remove her apron.
"Well... It's too late to regret marrying me and I won't sign the divorce papers unless you pay me billions in alimony... Ah! Oi Jingren where are you taking me?" Lily let out a squeal when the latter suddenly scooped her up into his arms.
"Always talking about divorce. You need a good spanking," he teased.
"Novice. Spankings don't work on me, dummy! Ah!" She let out another surprised squeal when he suddenly performed a fireman lift. She was now draped over his shoulders with her buttocks close to his face.
"Oi! Zhuo Jingren! You are not going to… Aw! Don't spank me! I will bite you! Aw! You stupid beast! Let me down this instant!" she yelled while using her hands to slap his back repeatedly. Just as she said that, he laid her down gently on the bed.
"What are you doing?" she asked before glaring at him. "I was cooking!"
"Not for another hour." He grinned at her, earning another glare from her! Without waiting for her reply, he gave her a fiery kiss. Not even a minute passed and their clothes were already on the floor, moans of pleasure echoed inside the bedroom.
After the duo had their fill of each other, Lily finished cooking her sticky pork ribs and they had their dinner over some red wine.
Meanwhile, Tang Lingyun and Qin Mo were also having a good time of their own over dinner.
"I'm glad to see you in a good mood lately. Did something good happen in the company?" Tang Lingyun asked. She noticed that Qin Mo had been in a better mood ever since the company managed to secure a loan. Seeing her husband happy, made her happy too.
"Hmmm… By the way, there is an upcoming film with a role that suits you well. I believe you will like it and I have already drafted a contract for you. I will be calling your manager tomorrow to arrange a press conference for you, to clarify your relationship with the Tang family."
"Oh... That was quick. I thought we were waiting for the issue to die down before holding a press conference. Nevermind, the movie is more important. I am so excited to read the script." This was not the first time that Qin Mo had arranged roles for Tang Lingyun. In fact, most of her past roles in TV series or movies had been arranged by her husband. Because of this, she had full confidence that she would also be given the best resources.
"Mo, this reminds me, are you investing in this film as well? May I know who the director is and who are in the main cast?" she asked.
"No, Qin Industries is not investing in this film. We just got back on our feet and we cannot afford to spend millions over a film. You will need to audition for the role," he stated, looking straight into her eyes.
"But Mo… How could you make me audition for a role? I am an A-list star after all. I'm sure-"
"I have already spoken to the producers. They will wait for you to audition for the role. Don't worry, I'm sure you will get it even without my investments," he answered nonchalantly.
Tang Lingyun put down her chopsticks and stared at her husband in disbelief. Ever since she married Qin Mo, the latter had always been her strongest supporter in her acting career. He had always given her everything, from hiring a personal team for her, to investing in all her films, making Tang Lingyun a favorite among the directors who would gladly give her a role without an audition. Why was he treating her differently now? Was it because her Tang family had fallen from grace?
"Stop staring at me like that Lingyun. I already told you, it is not wise for me to make any investments right now. The loan came with strict conditions and I cannot breach the contract by using the company's money at the moment," Qin Mo explained upon seeing his wife's expression. "But this is just temporary. The company is slowly recovering."
"Oh…" Tang Lingyun nodded. "Well… I can always interact with some people I know in the industry. You are right, there shouldn't be any problems with this audition."
"Ah… This reminds me. I have an invitation for the Harmony Isle's launch event for 30th July, Saturday. The European company managing Harmony Isle is huge. I heard that they are also planning to move their head office here. I want you to dress well and accompany me to the event," Qin Mo said.
"But the Tang…"
"We will hold a press conference before then, so... prepare yourself. I want you to be ready to socialize and build more connections during the event."
"That is great! How about we bring Qin Fei too? She needs to go out sometimes, instead of being cooped up in the house all the time. Plus, I think this is a good opportunity for her to get to know some people who could help her with her brand," Tang Lingyun immediately suggested.
In Tang Lingyun's mind, Yang Lina was being too strict for confining Qin Fei at home, thinking that the latter who was eight months pregnant, shouldn't move around too much. However, Tang Lingyun thought differently. She believed that it would be good for her daughter to move around a little for it might even ease her labour. So she thought that a quiet event like this was perfect for her daughter to attend.
"Well, Yang Lina is such stern person and I don't want you to step on her toes. You should talk to Xuan Hui about this first. Convince him and get him to talk to his mother to allow Qin Fei to attend the event," Qin Mo said. "Liwei will be coming along as well. It will be nice if all of us could be there together."