He Xinlan stared in horror at Lily's phone, however she quickly masked her fear with indifference. Her heart was hammering in her chest but she tried her best to maintain a poker face. She could not reveal any sign of weakness. Not at times like this.
"Too small," Lily stated before she glanced over her shoulder at Zhuo Jingren. "Have them put a sound system in here, and maybe a big TV? We can't miss the big show, can we?"
"What are you going to do?" He Xinlan asked. Lily's phone was too small and the only thing that she could see was Mu Lihua sitting at a table. Judging from her clean state and free arms, it is obvious that Lily did not capture her or used any force to restrain her. This instantly made her wonder what was Lily planning to do.
"You see… my husband is not a very good man," Lily pouted before she dramatically widened her eyes. "Your daughter actually offended him so he suggested torturing your daughter instead. Imagine my horror when he told me that he could have her raped and humiliated in front of you?"
Lily's light tone paired with a small smile on her face made it seem as if she was talking to a friend. However, the effects of her words were akin to a sharp knife, slowly slicing a little part of He Xinlan's heart. What kind of mother would be able to stomach the scene that Lily described? She might be a monster… a murderer, but she would not be able to watch as her own daughter was humiliated like that.
Still, He Xinlan maintained a stern expression as she scoffed. A moment of weakness would be very disadvantageous for her. She could not let Lily know how much she cared for her daughter. She could not let her know how much she cared for Mu Huang. If she did, Lily would use these two against her. The fact that Mu Lihua was still alive and safe in that video was enough to prove that this was all a test.
In He Xinlan's mind, Lily and Zhuo Jingren could not just abduct a person without repercussions. Mu Lihua and even Mu Huang are well- known business people . Their disappearance wouldn't go unnoticed . Lily and Zhuo Jingren do not own Hong Kong. They could not just ignore the law and kill people as they wished.
"Of course, I instantly disagreed. How could I watch someone get humiliated like that?" Lily smiled before the door opened and the one called Mr. B strode inside with his men. They were carrying a big TV with a sound system.
"Is this enough?" Mr. B asked as he lifted an eyebrow.
"Enough. You can put it there. This room is not that big to start with." Lily said before she rose from her seat. Zhuo Jingren instantly lifted the chair and positioned it near the wall to make enough space for the TV that was in the center of the small concrete room.
Once everything was ready, Bei Tian turned on the TV showing Mu Lihua wearing the same outfit and sitting in the same place. Her face was propped on her palms, elbows on the table. She seemed relaxed and bored at the same time.
"Alright… we can start now." Lily said as she returned to her seat. On the TV, Mu Lihua's head lifted, her gaze was attracted to something. Then a person… a woman who was wearing a white suit sat in front of Mu Lihua.
"Where is Lily?" Mu Lihua's voice echoed inside the room.
"Busy," The woman answered. If one were to look closely, you would see that this was the same woman who was humiliated by Tang Wei Dong. This was also one of the women who filed a formal complaint against him for rape and physical abuse. This woman was the one that Lily saved two years ago- the same woman who helped Lily with her plans against the Tang Family.
"I already told you, I don't know where my mother is," Mu Lihua said as impatience laced her tone. "I want to see Lily or Zhuo Jingren. I want to see anyone with authority," she demanded.
"I have enough authority to deal with you," he woman said calmly. "Again, where is your mother?"
"I said…" Mu Lihua did not continue her words as she lifted her gaze towards the CCTV in the room. "I know you are watching Lily! I already told you I don't know where my mother is. We were supposed to meet last week but she did not show her face! That woman is a murderer and a liar! I would not hesitate to turn her over to you if she ever lets me see her face again."
"If you don't believe me, I can always give you the number that she used to call me last time. I am not sure if you can trace it… but I really don't know! You have to let me go!" Mu Lihua added. Then the video froze.
"I paused it." Lily said revealing a small remote in her hand, her face was as calm as when she first walked into the room. The smile on her face never disappeared as she commented. "What a cruel daughter…" she dramatically shook her head, her gaze full of provocation as she slowly crossed her legs and continued the video.
"And you think… we will believe that you will give us your mother? We know you are quite close. How could you betray your mother like that?" the woman asked Mu Lihua.
"If giving her to you would make this attack stop… then I would do it without even batting an eyelid," Mu Lihua said, her gaze was on the woman in front of her. "My mother is a murderer… a hopeless case. Do you expect me to sacrifice what I have to protect her? She is a ruthless woman who would not hesitate to stab me in the back if it would benefit her." Seeing the woman did not react to her words, she continued. "I am a ruthless woman as well… I would always prioritize myself above everything else. I am young and I still have a long way to go. Would you expect me to sacrifice this just because of a woman like her?"
"Ruthless," the woman stated.
"Oh please… Morals and integrity won't save you once you are down. This world is cruel and brutal. It requires ruthlessness and savagery to be able to reach the top," Mu Lihua answered. She felt nothing but disgust for hypocrites like the woman in front of her. In this world, the ruthless and the most heartless people always prevail. "Your boss is an example of a ruthless person, you really should not look at me as if I am the most ruthless person that you ever met."
However, the woman did not answer her anymore. She had heard enough. Mu Lihua was a monster- someone that this society had created. She rose from her seat and slowly turned her back on Mu Lihua, her eyes looking straight at the CCTV. Then she slowly nodded and smiled.
Seeing this, Lily switched off the TV and stared at the shivering He Xinlan in front of her. "It seems that you have raised a monster, Mrs. Mu."