"Reject her," Zhuo Jingren scrunched his brows and balled his fist before turning his head away from his secretary. Like a teenager throwing a tantrum, his lips slowly morphed into a pout. "What took her secretary so long to call me? Reject her! Tell her I am extremely busy!"
"President Zhuo this…" Secretary Go was speechless. Just days ago, President Zhuo was so eager for this call and even asked him to prepare the documents for the transfer of shares. Now that Miss Qin's Secretary finally called to schedule an appointment, President Zhuo was throwing a tantrum, like the wife whose husband had forgotten to call her. 'Just what is this situation? How could the president act like this? This is extremely embarrassing ah.'
"President… please calm down," Secretary Go said, his tone mild and docile, like a mother coaxing a child. "You see, as a CEO of a multinational conglomerate, Miss Qin is an extremely busy woman. Qin Enterprises and the Qin family might not be her priority as I'm sure that she has more important things to attend to. Just today, she attended the reading of her late grandmother's Will. Perhaps something happened at the reading today that made her decide to contact you regarding Qin Enterprises."
"What is more important than me?" Zhuo Jingren retorted immediately.
"President, pardon me for saying this. But I think you are being unreasonable," the secretary said, treading carefully. "Miss Qin is not even aware that you exist." As expected, President Zhuo instantly gave him a death glare after he tried to reason with his boss. "I… I am not saying it in a bad way… I mean… I don't mean it that way," Secretary Go stuttered.
"What I mean is… Miss Qin is a woman. It is our duty as men to coax women. Not the other way around." Seeing that President Zhuo had raised an eyebrow at him, he continued confidently, "As someone who had been in relationships before, I am an expert at coaxing women. Why don't I give you some tips President Zhuo?"
"You are single now," Zhuo Jingren stated.
"But I have coaxed women before," Secretary Go proudly said with his head held high. "This… I am not saying that you lack experience… what I mean is… if you act tough now and decline this request for a meeting, Miss Qin might not ask her secretary to call us back again."
"Why would you say that?" Zhuo Jingren asked. "Since she needs something from me, she doesn't have a choice but to call me again."
"President, think about it. With 25 percent of the shares in Qin Enterprises, you come second after the Qin family who owns 32 percent of the shares. If Miss Qin wants to become the biggest shareholder in Qin Enterprises, she could also choose to approach the other smaller shareholders and get them to sell her their shares. If she is successful, do you think she would still need to approach you to buy over your shares?"
"Given her influence and reputation, and the current state of Qin Enterprises, I'm sure that all those smaller shareholders would not hesitate to sell their shares to her if the price is right, " he added, closely observing President Zhuo for any changes in his expressions. Seeing that his president had turned silent at his words, Secretary Go let out a sigh of relief before he bowed his head. He felt that he had already done his best to help the president ah. If President Zhuo still refuses to listen and insists on his peculiar ways then Secretary Go could only watch as his boss fall into the abyss of singlehood forever.
"Hmmm…" Zhuo Jingren stroke his chin. "That actually makes sense. Alright… then tell her that I want to meet her tonight. For Dinner."
"Eh? But president your meeting with…"
"Cancel it. Nothing is more important than her. Reserve a VIP table in Radiant Banquet for dinner. I only want the best."
Meanwhile, Yang Mi almost choke on her food. "Cough… Cough."
"What's wrong?" Lily asked while passing Yang Mi a piece of tissue.
"President! This is very surprising! I…"
"Slowly… drink some water first," Lily said.
"I just received a text message from President Zhuo's secretary saying that President Zhuo wants to meet for dinner. In… ummm…" Yang Mi said while scrolling on her phone. "Radiant Banquet, at seven in the evening. A VIP table has already been reserved, just for the two of you."
"That fast?" Lily smiled while dabbing the corners of her mouth with a cloth napkin elegantly.
"Maybe he just happened to be available!" Yang Mi blurted. "And he must have known that you are Lily Qin of the Facci Group from Europe. Anyone who hears your name would surely want to have a meeting with you ASAP!"
Lily did not answer her secretary as she took a sip of tonic water, in pensive for a moment. Given President Zhuo's status, he was definitely not someone who would be available any time and in such a short notice. Moreover, Lily doubted that her status had that much of a weight when it came to President Zhuo, as her secretary presumed.
"Oh another thing. President, I received a call earlier from the security agency. They said that they will be sending someone later. So I…"
"What is it?"
"I just want to ask if I could leave the car with you after dropping you off the restaurant. Ummm… As you know, I am from Mainland China and when my mother knew that we would be in Hong Kong, she insisted on coming here to see me. So I... ummm... I would like to meet up with my mother and spend time with her."
"Alright… No problem. Just make sure to give the security agency my location so they could send the new driver to the restaurant," Lily said before asking the waiter for the bill. Though Lily had no idea how President Zhuo looked like, she heard rumors that the man is actually quite young, only in his thirties and not yet married. Moreover, some magazines had mentioned that he was a dazzling and handsome alpha male.
With all these in mind, Lily decided to at least doll herself up a little and put on some nice clothes for the man. After all, the objective of the meeting was to convince him to sell her his shares and creating a good first impression could turn the discussion in her favor.