Tang Lingyun's body shook as she watched Qin Mo drink his coffee. The biting cold that exuded from him seemed to chill Tang Lingyun's fingers into numbness. She continued to stare, but Qin Mo never uttered a word either. The biting chill that she felt a while ago seemed to reach her extremities, making her tighten her already balled fist. The ominous silence that wrapped between them seemed to even magnify as her tears started to pool in her eyes.
Qin Mo hasn't even said a word and yet, here she was, crying and trembling from fear. "Mo… I…" Tang Lingyun swallowed the rest of her words, her tears continued to fall down her cheeks. "I received those photos from the mail and did not tell you because… I thought I could surprise you." Seeing her own husband not say a thing, Tang Lingyun started to sob. Just how scary was her own husband?
"Tell me the truth." Qin Mo stated, his tone cold. The residual ounce of respect that he usually showed her was nowhere to be found. "I did not get here because of intelligence, Lingyun. I can assure you of that." He said.
His words pounded through her brain. Wasn't this akin to telling her that Qin Mo got to where he is today because of violence and other methods aside from intelligence? "I… I am telling the truth. I did receive it in the mail a few days ago. I just did not tell you." She said as she did her best to compose herself. She had been acting for so many years, would she lose her cool now?
"Very well…" Qin Mo nodded. "You can go now."
Tang Lingyun widened her eyes at him before she swallowed a mouthful of nonexistent saliva. What is happening? Why is she letting her go now? Did he believe her? "Mo…" Tang Lingyun was about to say something when Qin Mo rose from the small couch across Tang Lingyun. He stared at the woman who is still acting weakly in front of him.
"Mo… please believe me! I would never scheme against Qin Jinghua like that! She is just mad because of what happened. She is angry because she thought it was me who schemed against her then." She also rose from her seat and clutched her husband's arm. She could tell… She could tell from the way that he looked at her. He is still pissed and… he does not believe a word that she said.
A loud, slapping sound echoed inside the room, followed by a loud thud. Tang Lingyun had fallen on the floor, her lower lip slightly bleeding. She stared in disbelief at her husband. No words would be able to describe the shock and sadness that wrapped around her heart. Qin Mo, the man that Tang Lingyun had loved, hurt her. He raised his hand and hurt her without having any second thoughts. The man did not even flinch or close his eyes.
"You…" Tang Lingyun was unable to find the right words to say to him. The look on Qin Mo's eyes showed nothing. There was no guilt or sadness. No anger or disappointment. It was just… blank. This... This was not the Qin Mo that she knew! The Qin Mo that she knew did not love her but he respected her. Who is this man?
"Stop the melodrama." He uttered after a few seconds of silence. His voice, distant as if he was talking to a subordinate instead of his own wife. "My birthday will be this Monday. I want you to apologize to Qin Jinghua by then. Beg or even kneel in front of her if that is what she would demand. I want her to attend my birthday dinner."
"Mo… How could I? How could I kneel?" Tang Lingyun asked before she tried her best to stand up using the couch as support. "How could you let me, your wife, beg to someone like her?"
"It was not a request." Qin Mo said, his jaw clenched as he shoved his hands into his pocket. He then walked towards his office table and took a seat. "Qin Fei is in labor. Go make yourself look decent and go to the hospital to support her."
"Mo… I…" Tang Lingyun did not continue her words when she saw the disinterest in her husband's eyes. She pursed her lips and gathered all the courage that she had before she continued, "I will not beg that woman to attend your birthday dinner." She said in one go. Lily was the one responsible for all this embarrassment. How could she lowered herself down to her level? Though what happened tonight might not reach the public's eye because of the absence of media reporters on the event, Tang Lingyun's image within the socialite circle is already ruined. And this was all because of Lily!
How could she kneel in front of the woman who ruined her?
"Seems that you don't get it, do you?" Qin Mo said his gaze on the photo frame of their family on his table. "Everything that you have right now was given by me. Without me, you will be no one. The Tang Family that you were so proud of is gone now along with it is your has-been status as their young miss." He then turned his gaze towards her. "Since I married you, I knew everything that you did behind my back except for what you did to Qin Jinghua years ago. Every scheme and humiliation that the mother and daughter pair suffered. I was aware. But I let it happen as it was your business to manage my household."
Seeing Tang Lingyun's face started to pale, Qin Mo continued, "You knew about Qin Jinghua being Lily Qin for a long time now. You and your daughter also know that I might change my opinion after this event so you asked me to make your son the CEO. To make him the heir of Qin Industries before I find out Lily's new identity."
"Still, I commend you for being so brave to scheme against your own husband." He added as a sinister smile started to creep up on his face. "You see? I know everything and I could easily use this for a divorce. Tell me, Tang Lingyun, what do you think will happen once we divorce?"