Preparations for the opening ceremony of Facci Group's headquarters and Harmony Isle, happening on the same day, had been smooth. It was not as chaotic as she thought it would be. Even though she didn't want to admit it, she knew that one of the reasons for this was because of Zhuo Jingren's help and influence.
July 20th, Wednesday.
Lily had arranged for Zhuo Jingren and George to meet at one of the upscale tea houses in Hong Kong. However, George informed her that he would be slightly late when she arrived at the venue. When she entered the private tea room, she was surprised to see that someone else was waiting for her inside.
"Surprise?" Yang Lina smiled at Lily before drinking her tea. She was wearing a yellow cheongsam dress, looking elegant as she sat with her legs crossed. "Please take a seat," she added when Lily didn't answer her.
"Where is my friend?" Lily immediately asked, though George informed her that he would be late, she wanted to know if Yang Lina arranged this 'coincidence' in advance.
"He will be directed to the tea room next to ours once he arrives. No worries," the latter answered. Lily scoffed inwardly, getting a sense of the latter's intentions.
"I can't say that I expected you here," Lily responded before walking towards the table. She gave Yang Lina a smile before she took a seat opposite the latter. "Is there something you want to talk about?"
"I can feel the change in you," Yang Lina stated. "Not just in the way you talk but…" She eyed Lily from head to toe. "The way you carry yourself."
"Thank you. I can feel it too." Lily smiled, watching Yang Lina as she thought back to the last time she interacted with this woman. Seven years ago, after Xuan Hui and Qin Fei revealed to her that she had fallen into Tang Lingyun's schemes, Yang Lina was the first person that she had approached to talk about the injustice that she had suffered. However, after listening to her explanation, the latter still did not open the gates to let her into the Xuan Estate to see Xuan Hui.
On her second visit to the Xuan Estate, she begged to talk to Xuan Hui but it was Yang Lina who met her instead. With a haughty and impatient look on Yang Lina's face, she told her how unworthy she was to even stand outside the Xuan Estate, ordering her to leave. No matter how hard she cried for the latter to listen to her explanation, the latter simply walked away and didn't spare her another glance. Still, she didn't lose hope and even tried to talk to the woman for the third time but she didn't even show herself.
"I will go straight to the point. Abandon your plans for revenge against my son. It will not be fruitful for either of us."
'How bold,' Lily thought, raising an eyebrow.
"Are you not going to say a thing?" Yang Lina asked when Lily did not answer her.
"Do I need to?" Lily smiled, a glint flashed in her eyes.
Yang Lina smiled back knowingly. This was an obvious declaration that Lily would not stop her plans. Though she didn't have any proof that Lily was plotting something behind her back, she wanted to send her a warning nonetheless.
She never intended to meet Lily at first, thinking that the latter might think she feared her. However, after receiving Lily's invitation for Harmony Isle's launch event and knowing that Facci Group was opening its headquarters in Hong Kong, she realized that she needed to have a talk with Lily. For Lily to move her headquarters here could only mean that she was planning to stay in Hong Kong for a long time. This was not good news.
"Lily Qin… You should know that I am from the famous Yang family in Mainland China. My family's influence is vast. It will not be good for either of us to fight. I want you to consider this properly," Yang Lina continued. With the Yang family behind her, she had the confidence to defeat Lily but she also knew that it would be a long and tiring battle.
"Hmmm…" Lily nodded. "I see. Are you perhaps planning to have me killed?"
Lily's bluntness surprised her. This… This idea did cross her mind.
"Well, Madam Xuan-"
"Please call me Miss YANG, Qin Fei had already claimed that title a long time ago," Yang Lina corrected, emphasizing her last name intentionally as if to remind Lily that she was still the Young Miss of the Yang family.
"You know, Miss Yang, I think you are protecting your son too much. Whenever your son is threatened, you never fail to step in and protect him behind the scenes by threatening his enemies back. Also, how many times have you cleared his debts already? You should let him struggle sometimes. Don't you want your son to grow into a man?"
Seeing Yang Lina's surprised face, Lily continued, "You have given him an easy life by solving all problems for him. If I intend to attack Xuan Films, it wouldn't even take me a week to take down the company."
"To say that I am surprised that you know so much is an understatement," Yang Lina said calmly. "However, I am a mother and this… this is what I do best."
"Touching," Lily said sarcastically. "But a smooth sailing life will not make him grow. Just look at him. He still makes really poor choices even at his age. Perhaps he thought that he had been making good decisions all this while when in fact you were the one clearing obstacles in his path before he could even encounter them. Don't you want him to grow?"
"You better stop insulting my son!" Yang Lina hissed.
Lily scoffed in response, not intimidated by Yang Lina at all. "I don't insult people, Miss Yang. I describe them. It's not my fault if my description is accurate."