Night came and the news about Zhuo Jingren was still trending. Arguments and various assumptions were everywhere. However, despite all this, not one clear image of Zhuo Jingren was posted. Some images were of his side profile while some were blurry images of him taken during various ceremonies. This made Lily a little curious.
She remembered that at her launch, Zhuo Jingren did not allow his photograph to be taken or posted by the reporters. In the end, only Lily's image appeared in the business section of the newspapers and online news sites. Not that she cared either way, but she was really curious as to why he hated posting his image online.
Before meeting him in person, Lily already knew that Zhuo Jingren was a good looking man, mostly because this was a widely known fact in Hong Kong. In spite of this, she never found a single picture of him online. Of course, at that time, she did not find this weird. Many wealthy people who wield an immense amount of influence always prefer to maintain a certain level of privacy. In fact, some heirs and heiresses in Europe hated it when people posted their images online as it made them feel their privacy had been invaded. At first, Lily assumed that Zhuo Jingren was of those types.
However… now that Lily thought about it, she felt that something else must be going on.
Lily continue to swipe at the news and blogs about Zhuo Jingren. She looked at the time. Only two more minutes before the article about Mu Lihua will be posted.
"Hey, what are you thinking about?" Zhuo Jingren kissed her cheeks before he sat down beside her. They were currently sitting in the living room in the Sky City.
In response, Lily gave him a small smile before she examined him. It was almost nine in the evening. Zhuo Jingren arrived late tonight because he had a lot of meetings. However, despite his busy schedule, the latter still looked fresh. A small smile was on his face as he opened the button on his suit and took off his jacket. He then pulled Lily closer to him.
"Did you have dinner?" Lily asked. She actually did not eat dinner because she was waiting for him. She wondered if he already ate without her.
"No. I bought some take out. Let's eat together?" He eyed the carefully wrapped food boxes in front of them.
"Alright." Lily grinned at him. The couple then walked towards the kitchen and started to eat.
"The news should be out by now," Lily said. Zhuo Jingren actually bought a bento meal for both of them. Of course, she did not have any complaints as she really like Japanese food.
"Yeah," he answered shortly. "Bei Tian has been bugging me lately. He keeps asking me what his part is. I told him he can deal with the Mu Family once we are done with them."
"Oh…" Lily just nodded. Based on the way Zhuo Jingren and Bei Tian talked last time, it was obvious that Bei Tian was well versed in killing. Lily had not asked Zhuo Jingren about this and he did not volunteer any information on the subject. It was her guess that Zhuo Jingren must have feared that it would scare her.
"What do you want to ask?" Zhuo Jingren suddenly blurted out. When Lily raised an eyebrow at him, he chuckled. "I can hear your thoughts from here," he joked.
Lily only give him a little pout before she smiled and shook her head. Yeah, her face must have said it all. "Bei Tian… he is not a sculptor. Am I right?"
"He is… in a way."
"Oh… does his art… involve dead people?" Lily asked.
"It does," he answered truthfully. After his adoptive father gave Zhuo Jingren the company, he also gave the remaining people under him to Bei Tian. If Zhuo Jingren was the legal one managing a business, Bei Tian was the opposite of him. Truthfully, Bei Tian was extremely talented in sculpting. His pieces were all beautifully crafted and always received high remarks from art critics. But… he mostly uses this skill on his enemies.
Lily just nodded at Zhuo Jingren's words. She remembered how Bei Tian was a very happy kid when they were younger. He would always entertain everyone with his endless chatter, making it's very easy for him to gain friends. In fact, many girls in the orphanage liked him. The man was handsome and funny. Though he is on the dumb side, everyone still loves someone who could easily make them feel better.
Bei Tian was the exact opposite of the studious Zhuo Jingren. Her husband was quiet and he generally preferred to be alone. Instead of socializing and playing games with everyone, Zhuo Jingren would just sit there and read a book. Though Bei Tian and Zhuo Jingren were the exact opposite, they still grew up to be best friends. The two arrived at the orphanage as infants at almost the same time, so basically they had been together for just shy of thirty years.
"Hey… why did you like Bei Tian back then?" Zhuo Jingren suddenly asked, surprising Lily.
"Ohh… Everyone liked him back then. So I decided to like him too," she answered. Back then, she didn't even understand what the word meant. But when all of her playmates said they liked him, Lily decided to like him too. There should be nothing wrong with that, right?
Her answer instantly made Zhuo Jingren laugh out loud, his voice echoing through the whole house, instantly making Lily frown. She glared at him as she furiously bit the shrimp tempura. "What are you laughing at?"
"Well… I did not expect that you would be that shallow back then," Zhuo Jingren continue to laugh.
"I was ten! Are you expecting me to know what 'like' is at that age?" she countered. She was perfectly normal, alright?
"Back then I was more handsome than Bei Tian - and smarter too… Why didn't you like me?"
"…" If Lily were to tell him that it was because he was too smart, she was sure that Zhuo Jingren would just laugh at her and say that it justified his previous comment about her being shallow when she was a child, so Lily chose to narrow her eyes at him instead. She slapped a stern expression on her face before she said in a cold tone, "How bold of you to call your own wife shallow. " Then she slowly rose from her seat, her gaze never leaving him. "You, my dear President Zhuo, will sleep in the living room tonight," she said before running out of the dining room. Her evil laughter echoed through the whole apartment.
While the couple was having another sweet night together, the internet exploded when one of the online news sites published an article showing that it was CEO Mu Lihua of Scarlet City who bought the land.
How could a woman attempt to destroy an orphanage for development? Just what kind of ruthless woman would do this? A lot of people immediately started criticizing her. Mu Lihua was an extremely beautiful woman who was known for her talents in business. On the outside, she looked like an angel. Who would have thought that she was actually just another greedy profiteer?
While some people defended her, even more people started causing chaos and even said they would boycott Scarlett City. No matter what, something like that should not be tolerated.