Lily looked at Xuan Hui who yelled out her name. "Yes, Young Master Xuan?"
"Call me Master Xuan!" he reprimanded.
"My apologies… I have never heard of your father's passing… so…" Lily immediately clasped her hands and looked up at the ceiling. To everyone's surprise she closed her eyes and said, "May your soul rest in peace… Master Xuan."
"Are you cursing my husband?" Qin Fei fumed. Xuan Hui had just asked her to call him Master Xuan, so how could she say something like this?
"Huh? I was offering my respects to Master Xuan Hui's father… Is the Old Master of the Xuan family your husband too?"
"Fei Fei… calm down. Don't lower yourself to her level." Xuan Hui immediately held his wife's hands. He had no idea what Qin Jinghua had went through but he knew that she was nothing but bad news now. The old Qin Jinghua was meek and and he very much preferred that version of her. Xuan Hui felt that the person in front of him now was just hateful.
"You have changed," he thought out loud. "Many of us here would prefer the old Qin Jinghua."
"Of course many will. She was easier to kill," Lily rebutted nonchalantly, making everyone speechless once again. "If we are not going to talk about money, then I will be going," She remarked, smirking at Qin Fei. She knew that Qin Fei loved the Villa because of her precious 'memories' with Xuan Hui there. If Qin Fei had the power, she would not allow Lily to leave this place without first obtaining her signature to transfer the property under her name.
"That property was supposed to be mine! I'm sure Grandmother was muddled when she wrote her Will!" Qin Fei said while glaring daggers at Lily.
"Jinghua… Fei Fei is currently pregnant right now. It is not good to agitate her. I understand that you are angry because she married into the Xuan family instead of you. However, please be sensible and just give the Villa to your sister. You know how important this place is to her," Tang Lingyun said, in her usual gentle voice. "Please do not hate your sister. I should be the one that you should hate, not her." Tang Lingyun then wiped her nonexistent tears.
"Alright…" Lily nodded. "You have a point."
Tang Lingyun instantly laughed inwardly when she heard Lily's words.
"As her mother, I know you would want to help. So… Mother Lingyun, Are you going to pay in cash? Or check?"
Everyone stared at Lily in disbelief. 'Why is this woman always talking about money? No matter how they say it, Qin Jinghua always seem to have a way to end the conversation with money!'
This would not have been an issue if the Qin family was as wealthy as it was before. The dwindling value of their company's stocks and loses they experienced over the years had depleted their wealth and the company was also on the verge of bankruptcy. To save the company, they could either make a case to Zhuo Capital, to ask them for investments or they could make some quick money through the sale of the properties they stand to inherit to bail their company out of a financial slump.
"Qin Jinghua! I will overlook the fact that my father included you in his Will as long as you give the Villa to your sister! I could go to the court and easily take back everything. But I would rather settle this out of court, so just listen to me and relinquish your claim to the Villa and all the other properties that you stand to inherit from Mother. Don't worry about the shares as I am not interested in those," Qin Mo added. As the Patriarch of the family, Qin Mo had the ability to swallow his anger and maintain his composure. Especially at times like this.
Years ago, Qin Mo originally had hopes for Qin Jinghua. Though he did not treat her as well as his other two children, he also did not mistreat her but had provided her with money, food and clothing. In Qin Mo's opinion, she wasn't lacking. Who would have thought that she would repay his kindness by embarrassing their family seven years ago?
Because images of Lily being intimate with an unknown man were circulating in the news then, Qin Mo had become a laughing stock in his circle of friends. In fact, not just Qin Mo but the entire Qin family had become a laughing stock in Hong Kong. As the Qin family didn't want to lose the connection with the Xuan family, they lowered themselves and pleaded with Xuan Hui's parents to accept Qin Fei into their family then.
"First and foremost, I am not a member of the Qin family." Lily shrugged. "You made this clear seven years ago." Seven years ago, before she lost her mother, Qin Mo, together with Tang Lingyun made sure to kick her while she was down and disowned her. The only reason why Lily's name had not been removed from the family registry was because of Old Madam Ye's intervention and disapproval. "I could hand over Grandmother's properties to your son and daughter but I would need some monetary compensation for that. After all, money talks."
"Shameless!" Qin Fei sneered. "Do you think I could not afford those properties? For a beggar like you, any amount of money should be enough! I would give you a million USD. Take it or leave it." Qin Fei was an A-list star and the future Madam of the Xuan family, money was not really an issue for her. She also had her own savings from filming. However, she was trying to build up her savings and prove herself to the current Madam of Xuan family, Xuan Hui's mother, who hated her.
Qin Fei was a prideful person. She was born with a silver spoon and was used to living extravagantly. She used to shop and spend her money in very lavish ways. However, because Xuan Hui's mother preferred a daughter-in-law who spent her money smartly, Qin Fei forced herself to tone down her spending in an effort to impress her mother-in-law.
"No deal." Lily shook her head, making Qin Fei feel more irritated. It could be the pregnancy hormones or just her original hate towards Qin Jinghua, but Qin Fei felt that she could have another outburst anytime. "I might be a beggar but I know the value of this property. If you want all properties, then I could give you a discount. I will sell it for one."
"One what exactly?"
"One billion US dollars… I prefer cash of course!" Lily beamed, almost making everyone erupt in rage.