The very next day, all of the tabloids and online news sites were headlined with Zhuo Jingren's name. According to the news, the latter was a ruthless businessman who only used the fact that he was raised in an orphanage to build his reputation. In reality, he doesn't care about the children at all. He was just using the orphanage as a means to paint himself as someone who never forgot where he came from.
The news also stated that the land where the orphanage rested on was being purchased by a private company for property development. Of course, this news created a buzz - after all, Zhuo Capital is a very influential bank in Asia. Some people were quick to judge him, while others just said that it was only normal for a businessman like him to consider profits first. Who knows how much that private company paid him to buy the property?
"Ah, being a journalist sounds tough," Lily remarked languidly as she stifled a yawn. "Imagine creating all these stories just to attract the eyes of the people." She handed the tablet to her husband and snuggled towards him. She placed her head on the crook on his neck and inhaled his tantalizing scent while snaking her arms around his waist so she could snuggle even closer to him. It was only six in the morning and she really wanted to snuggle into her Jingren blanket and sleep for another hour.
"I want a vacation," she whispered. "After we find He Xinlan, we should go and take a vacation."
"Alright, where do you want to go?" He put the tablet away and hugged Lily with one arm while his other arm served as Lily's pillow.
"I always travel for business. This time, I want to see the ancient palaces and villages in Korea, and maybe even wear a Hanbok too."
"Ah, then why don't we get married in Korea? Like have the celebration wearing their traditional clothing?" he said.
"Of course!" he chuckled. "We should do this in every country too. We should start with Japan, and then Korea, India, the US, Europe… and everywhere we go for work."
"So, we will have a marriage ceremony in every country that we go to?" Lily laughed a little. This man is very creative ah.
"Hmmm… that way, once we reincarnate into other people we will still find ourselves no matter our race and country," he answered earnestly, sending a warm and comforting feeling through Lily's heart. For some reason, his words made her want to cry. Why is she being emotional? Must be that time of the month, Lily concluded. With this in mind, she shut her eyes and chose not to say anything.
After a few minutes, a small smile blossomed on Lily's face as she lifted her head and looked at Zhuo Jingren's eyes. "Alright, let's get married in every part of the world," she beamed before leaning in for a kiss.
Both Lily and Zhuo Jingren received a lot of calls from their subordinates about the orphanage issue. Even George called her asking if she wanted his help in eliminating the news. However, both of them refused all offers of assistance. They just assured everyone that it was under control and that they needn't worry about it.
However, after a few hours, a blog site came forward debunking the tabloids' claims. The owner of the blog site was someone from the orphanage and she even provided proof of Zhuo Jingren's kindness towards them. She explained how the latter helped them a lot by providing them with jobs and accommodation after leaving the orphanage. She said that Zhuo Jingren never asked them to pay for anything and even offered one orphan a permanent job with his security detail.
How could these tabloids slander the person that they considered to be their savior? After the blog became one of the trending topics, another person came forward saying the same thing. This commenter was actually the former orphan who Zhuo Jingren had recommended for the security job. Then one after another, people who Zhuo Jingren had helped turned up— some even made videos of themselves talking about Zhuo Jingren's good deeds.
Some people who were successfully adopted also came forward and shared their experiences in the orphanage, telling everyone how Zhuo Jingren was not a fake that only used them to create a reputation. He was someone who never cared about media opinions and even refused a picture and interview. He is a private person who never cares if his accomplishments are recognized by other people because he never looks to others for validation of his morals or worth as a person because he lives a just life.
To them, Zhuo Jingren was their savior. Their saint.
Of course, not everyone believed those claims and immediately responded to the updates by calling them liars. Some even called it a PR stunt to salvage Zhuo Jingren's name. It created so much online chaos that many people joined in the argument.
The turn of events was extremely surprising for Lily. She never expected that her own husband was this kind of person. Obviously, this made Lily extremely proud to be his wife.
"Yang Mi," she used her office phone to call her secretary. After a few seconds later, Yang Mi entered her office. "Did you coordinate with Secretary Go about the news article that we will release later tonight?"
"Yes, President," Yang Mi nodded.
"Is Secretary Go still alive?" Lily asked, interest apparent in her eyes. In response, Yang Mi widened her eyes in a vain attempt to appear innocent.
"I did not kill him..." she answered seriously. 'Yet,' she thought.
"Good." Lily smiled. "So? Is the place ready?"
"Yes, President. Master Bei will also attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony tomorrow morning. After that we will transfer all of the kids to their new residence," Yang Mi explained. The new orphanage was actually one of the properties that Lily received from her Grandmother Ye. It was a very big villa located in the northern part of Hong Kong. Since this was not big enough to accommodate everyone's needs, another building that will serve as their classrooms would start construction tomorrow. This was a very big project, but President Zhuo Jingren did not bat an eyelash as he just nodded in agreement with everything that President Lily suggested.
"Very good," Lily smiled before she gestured for Yang Mi to leave. Then she eyed the date on her laptop.
Two more days and it would be their second wedding monthiversary. Lily instantly bit her lip as a sudden surge of excitement burst within her. She couldn't wait to see his reaction to her surprise.