"I am not sure what led you to question this. But you are a Qin. You are my daughter," he answered after a few seconds.
"Really…" Lily gave him a sly smile. "Alright. Then maybe I was just really, really unlucky to end up getting a father like you." Qin Mo let out a sigh inwardly as he watched Lily start popping grapes into her mouth again. The languid smile that she wore right now seemed to indicate that she was not angry at all. Qin Mo wondered if Lily was just playing with him.
"So… the company."
"What's wrong with your company? I heard Xuan Hui bought a lot of stocks. I don't think your company is going bankrupt anytime soon."
Her father stared at her, "We owe your company some money. I just discovered that you and your husband tricked us into debt." When Lily raised an eyebrow at him, he added, "Don't ask me how I know this. That is not important anymore." After realizing Zhuo Jingren's viciousness, he immediately called some of his contacts in Mainland China to investigate the company that offered them money. That's when he discovered that this company is one of Lily's subsidiaries, and the reason he did not know this is because Zhuo Jingren blocked all information about this fact. He also made it look like it was an independent company in the finance industry.
Of course, someone like Zhuo Jingren was very capable of doing this. Moreover, all images of Lily that connected her to that company had been removed from the internet. He also realized that Zhuo Jingren had been attacking his company for years now just to earn more shares.
"So, are you here to beg?" Lily asked as her eyes positively sparkled with mischief.
"Begging is useless," Qin Mo said. After what Lily told him, he knew that begging or even kneeling in front of her wouldn't change a single thing. Neither of those acts of contrition would stop Lily or Zhuo Jingren from creating havoc and ruining his life. "But you are a Qin, and as a Qin you should know how much we value this company. It has been in the Qin family for decades."
"My point is simple. I know you are not planning to ruin the company. That would not be profitable for a businesswoman like you. My guess is that you are probably planning to take over Qin Industries and make it one of your subsidiaries."
"Probably," Lily shrugged. "Money talks, Mr. Qin. I won't be blinded by revenge. I'm easily swayed towards the plan that will give me the most benefits."
"Then I want to make a deal!" Qin Mo declared. "I will make Tang Lingyun suffer and remove Qin Liwei and Qin Fei as my heirs as long as you refrain from destroying Qin Industries."
Unfortunately his words only met with a sarcastic laugh from Lily. What was this man talking about? Her shoulders shook as she tried to contain her amusement. Lily's eyes started to water as she continued to laugh at the man sitting across from her. "You got it all wrong, Mr. Qin. I am not destroying anyone here. What I would love to do is to make everyone watch helplessly as I ruin everything that they hold dear: marriage, wealth, pride and love."
Qin Mo narrowed his eyes at his daughter. "Isn't it too cruel of you to say that? You are a woman. How could you be this vicious?" His words only earned a smirk from Lily.
"Women are vicious creatures Mr. Qin. We have the ability to love wholeheartedly and hate to the point of destroying ourselves. We care and we destroy things. The only unique thing about me is that I do it while the public is watching. I know what I bring to the table, Mr. Qin, and I am not afraid to eat alone."
"You- You are so cold. Destroying the Qin Family is like destroying your Grandmother Ye. She watched you grow up and took care of you. She protected you. And yet, here you are on a quest to destroy all of the things she held dear. Do you even think about her, Jinghua? Don't you miss your grandmother?"
Lily's lips slowly lifted into an enchanting smile. "Appealing to my better nature, eh?" Lily asked lazily. "Pity. I don't have one."
"I don't miss her, Mr. Qin," Lily lied with a straight face. "Missing someone signifies that you want to return to the past. It means that you wish for it to come back so you can experience it once again. There's no coming back after death, Mr. Qin. That is reality. So missing someone who is already dead is… pointless," Lily explained as she raised her chin, her eyes staring straight at her father.
Qin Mo looked at his daughter in utter disbelief. He had never once envisioned meeting someone as cold as Lily. True, she must have experienced a lot of difficulties given the things that happened to her, however, those events should not be enough to explain this… viciousness. The savagery in Lily's words paired with the sinister glint in her eyes made Qin Mo shiver inwardly.
"If you destroy the Qin Family… this would let the world see what kind of woman you are. Are you not afraid that your husband will leave you? Are you not afraid that no one else will marry you? Are you not afraid to live alone?"
"I would love for the world to know that I am not a fragile flower vase but an extremely sensitive bomb, Mr. Qin. And I am proud to be a bomb," Lily answered calmly. Calling her viscous is like the pot calling the kettle black. She is vicious – that much is true. The unfathomable part was that these people could still ask themselves why in the world is she acting this way?
Once again, Qin Mo was speechless. He stared at the movement of Lily's neck as she swallowed, then he slowly rose from his seat. "Then… I don't think this conversation is still necessary," he said before turning his back on Lily. He was certain that Lily was planning something evil but he was not sure if it was intended for him, Tang Lingyun, or anyone else in his family.
He did, however, firmly believe Lily's words when she spoke of letting them watch as she destroys everything they hold dear. A vicious woman like her would absolutely enjoy herself while watching them run around as they feared for their lives.
Qin Mo gritted his teeth as he entered the elevator. He then took his phone from his jacket pocket and dialed a number.
"It's me," he said in a low voice. "She is starting to ask questions. You have to help me." His words were met with a long silence before someone on the other end of the line let out a sigh.
"Got it. I will take care of it."
Meanwhile, Lily watched Qin Mo depart as she finished the grapes in front of her. Just as she suspected. Lily was almost one hundred percent sure that she was not his daughter. All she needed now was scientific proof – a DNA test.
After a few minutes, Lily took out her phone and dialed George's number. After a few rings the latter answered.
"Did you get something?" she asked.
"Your guess was accurate, as always. The moment he left your office he called someone."
Her question only earned a chuckle from George. "It was too quick to pinpoint an exact location but it was somewhere around East China."
"East…" Lily furrowed her brows. "Shanghai?"
"Shanghai is in the East, yes." George answered.
"And so is the Qin Family in Mainland China," Lily answered. Her voice was low but it was enough for George to hear her clearly.