Bei Tian's eyes widened even more. "Did you have to say that?!" he asked, his serious façade was nowhere to be found. This woman is so shameless!
"I am telling the truth," Lily shrugged, inwardly she was already laughing at the man's reaction. "What's wrong Master Bei… We are adults - and I am not the type to lie to someone just to make them feel better."
"Don't worry so much about your friend, Master Bei. Why are you treating him like a damsel in distress? Do you really see me as such a ruthless person that I would break his fragile heart?"
Bei Tian did not answer. How could he tell Lily that losing her would make Zhuo Jingren go insane? "When… when we found out that you'd disappeared years ago, Zhuo Jingren changed," he said. "The Zhuo Jingren that you see now was his previous… self. Before you disappeared."
"I am happy for my friend. I have seen him at his lowest point, and I don't want him to experience losing you again. I know you are smart enough to understand this," he added before he lowered his head. "I hope this conversation will not reach his ears."
His words instantly earned a scoff from Lily. "I have stopped keeping secrets from him, Master Bei. He will know this and he will feel thankful to have a brother like you." Lily then rose from her seat and looked towards the Zhuo Capital's building. "If you think that I will use him for revenge, you are wrong. I have stopped relying on just anyone to get things done, Master Bei. You can trust me on that.
"However, just lately, I have come to realize that he is not 'just anyone'. He is mine, and I am looking forward to spending my whole life with him." Silence followed her words as Lily continued to stare in the direction of Zhuo Capital.
After a few minutes, Lily heard Bei Tian sigh. "So, what are you planning to do now?" he asked.
"Why are you asking me? I am not your boss," Lily laughed.
"Yeah… well… you are the Boss of my Boss. It is only right to ask you this question." His words instantly made Lily laugh, creating a light atmosphere between the two.
"He Xinlan… is somewhere near. A feud between her two daughters will lure her out."
"You are trying to hit her only weakness. This is a pretty obvious move don't you think?" he asked.
"Actually, that was Zhuo Jingren's plan." Lily returned to her seat. "I don't like attacking from the front Master Bei. That's too predictable. Your friend is pretty bold and direct. His style is very different from mine."
"That's because you love to trick people," Bei Tian spelled it out for her.
"Jingren's plans involve kidnapping He Xinlan and torturing the information out of her," Lily continued. "I hate blood and I am too lazy for that, so I suggested making her come to me instead."
"Mu Lihua and Mu Qingling will be the decoys," Bei Tian said as the realization hit him.
"Smart," Lily smiled. "Now… I still have a lot of things to do, Master Bei. "
"Will you not tell me? Ah… I will ask Jingren instead."
"He won't tell you either," Lily said as she arched a brow. "Or did you forget that I am the Boss of your Boss?"
"Makes sense… so why don't you tell me instead? You hate blood… does that mean that you could kill her without spilling any blood? How will you do that? Strangle her.. or you could…"
"Master Bei is truly brutal," Lily interrupted him. "Death is too easy, I don't like that."
"Well… are you familiar with the center of gravity strategy?" Lily said. She really didn't feel like explaining things to Bei Tian but she knew that this man would not stop until she said something.
"Oh… strategies of war?" he asked. In response Lily nodded.
"I don't have the time to explain. You think about it carefully tonight, then you tell me something next time we see each other, alright?" Lily smiled. "Think about it. If Zhuo Jingren hears you talking about this, he will surely think that you have become brilliant overnight."
Bei Tian's eyes widened before he narrowed them at Lily. "You have a point. You smart people have been underestimating me lately. I need to show my capabilities too," he nodded while stroking his chin as the concept took root in his head. Bei Tian rose from his seat and gave Lily a smile. "I will go ahead and think about it, then." With that, he left Lily's office without waiting for her to answer.
Bei Tian was grinning as he walked towards the elevator, only to stop midway. His eyes widened once again as he turned his head towards Lily's office. That woman tricked him into leaving! How could he fall for a cheap trick like that?
"Ah!" he forced himself to calm down. Lily did not tell him anything at all! She just let him think that he could think about it all by himself! Appealing to his own intellect! How frustrating! Bei Tian gritted his teeth as he sullenly slunk into the elevator. He needed to talk to his friend and reveal how his wife had tricked him like a fool!
Meanwhile, in the East of China, a woman wearing a red sundress was reading a book as she occasionally glanced at the TV in front of her. She lifted her gaze to take in the elegant woman who was leisurely drinking a glass of juice just a few feet away from her.
"Are you really planning to leave your family?" she asked.
"This is temporary. Once I find a good place to hide, then… I can ask my husband and Lihua to follow me," The woman answered.
"Xinlan… what you did seven years ago was wrong… I would not…"
"You were the one who said that the woman was my husband's mistress. If I had known that she was not the right woman then… I would not have used the car to attack her," He Xinlan hissed before calming herself down. "Yuyan and Lina are already in prison. I can't go to prison with them. I have no choice but to leave my family for now."