Mu Qingling's sobbing became even more audible. Her tears flowed like a stream as her shoulders shook. She looked at her sister in despair.
"Stop slandering me," Mu Lihua said as she took a step closer to her sister. In response, Mu Qingling took a step back, fear apparent in her eyes.
"Don't come near me. Are you going to hurt me again? I know that you've always loved hitting me, even when we were children, but I have enough of your dreadful treatment. This is where it ends. I am not going to take your abuse anymore!"
Mu Qingling's words instantly earned a lot of astonished gasps from the reporters.
"Hey, what is this?" The tall and lanky reporter who was standing near Mu Qingling made the inquiry as he picked up a piece of paper that was 'accidentally' dropped when she backed away from Mu Lihua in fear
"Is this… a summary of hospital records?" another woman chimed in, before she stared at Mu Qingling. "This is …" Everyone craned their necks to get a look at the paper before their eyes widened and they looked at Mu Lihua in shock. "This shows how many broken bones she's had!"
"Oh my god! She was being physically abused by her own sister!"
"Is this true? Let me take a look!"
Everyone's gaze instantly turned towards Mu Lihua, disgust apparent in their eyes. The paper clearly listed the numerous injuries Mu Qingling's body had sustained since she was young. The reporters did not even ask if it was a legitimate document; they instantly believed Mu Qingling's words. They looked at Mu Lihua, their gazes full of uneasiness.
How could a woman do that to her sister? What kind of vicious woman would hit her sister to the point of breaking her bones.
"What is that?" Mu Lihua asked as she tried to snatch the paper, but the reporter did not give her a chance to grab it.
"Miss Mu, this clearly shows how vicious you are. We will keep this as evidence and help your sister file a case against you," a middle aged woman said. "You might be rich but you cannot escape the law."
Mu Lihua widened her eyes as she shifted her gaze towards the fragile and helpless looking Mu Qingling, who was still trembling as she continued to cry. What is happening? Case? What case? " What are you saying?" she asked, unable to understand why everyone was looking at her with disgust.
"Miss Mu, are you going to deny that you abused your sister while growing up?"
"Miss Mu how could you hurt your sister physically? How could your parents tolerate this behavior and even favor you?" another woman asked. How could someone stomach Mu Qingling's pitiful state? She was abused while growing up and even financially abused as an adult. Mu Qingling instantly earned everyone's pity. Some people even tried to shield her from Mu Lihua, preventing the latter from slapping her again.
"CEO Mu, I suggest we leave now," Mu Lihua's adviser muttered under his breath. "These people won't listen to anything that you say. They will only add fuel to the fire. Let's get back to your office and think of countermeasures to spin this move," he whispered as he tugged Mu Lihua's arm with a measure of urgency.
"You are slandering me," Mu Lihua stated. This time, the panic in her eyes was long gone. Her face was cold as she stared at Mu Qingling. "Qingling… I did not expect you to have the guts to slander me."
" I will let my lawyer handle this. Prepare yourself. I will file a case against you," she added before raising her chin in defiance as her eyes took stock of the reporters who were looking at her apprehensively. "I will file a case against everyone who used slanderous words in this attempt to ruin my name," she declared before she turned her back on them. Did Zhuo Jingren think that this would be enough to ruin her?
However, before Mu Lihua could even take ten steps away from Mu Qingling, she heard her sister calling out her name. She wanted to ignore Mu Qingling but ended up stopping in her tracks and turning to face her sister.
"I always knew you were heartless. What you did to me and what you were planning to do to the children in the orphanage is enough to prove this. I will not file a case against you as I believe that the past should stay in the past. However, you cannot escape your responsibilities." Mu Qingling turned her head and looked at three people who just entered the venue then she shifted her gaze back to Mu Lihua. "You illegally purchased a government owned property, sister. Did you think that the government would let that pass?"
The realization instantly hit Mu Lihua. She gulped in fear as she looked at the officials who were approaching her. She then looked at her sister whose make up had been ruined during her earlier emotional breakdown. She had never once hurt Mu Qingling. True, she was vicious and cold, but she had never physically hurt her sister, not even once.
Mu Lihua was just controlling by nature, and she would often control the affairs of her sister because no one stopped her from doing as she liked. But never once did she strike her. She knew that this was Zhuo Jingren's way of discrediting her before the Board meeting. He must have wanted to drag her name through the mud so the board of members would ask her to resign. However, his ruthlessness did not end there. He also wanted the government to get involved.
Mu Lihua clenched her jaw and balled her fists. Anger was erupting inside of her but she chose to control herself as she looked at the three people. "Come, follow me. Let's discuss this matter in private," she said. She knew that the government would investigate her sooner or later. What she did not expect was the timing.
He wanted Mu Qingling to show up and gain the pity of the people, then he wanted the government officials to show up for an investigation. Zhuo Jingren must have waited for her to make a statement so he could deliver a face slap in front of the media. He wanted a stage so he could punish her in public, and she created the perfect opportunity for him to do that.
This viciousness and scheming was indeed topnotch.
However, this made Mu Lihua curious. Why target her to this degree? She did not do anything that would ruin Zhuo Jingren or even hurt him and his wife. For some reason, Mu Lihua couldn't help thinking that there is something more to this scheme.