"No one! No one showed me!" He Xinlan said. How could she betray the only person who helped her when she was in trouble? "I just heard about it."
Lily slowly narrowed her eyes at He Xinlan, before she dialed a number on her phone. On the video, Mu Qingling's phone also rang, prompting the latter to stop doing what she was about to do so she could answer the phone.
"What are you planning to do?" Lily pressed the loud speaker so He Xinlan could hear their conversation.
"You cannot stop me. I am going to make this woman suffer," Mu Qingling's sinister voice echoed.
"Oh… I am not planning to stop you. On the contrary, I would like you to remove her nails slowly. Start with her toes," Lily said, her gaze straight on He Xinlan. "Ask Mr. B… he will help you. If Mu Lihua faints… Mr. B has a way to wake her up. Make her feel the pain all over again. If her heart becomes weak… pump some adrenaline into her system," Lily said with an unfathomable glint flashing in her eyes before she ended the call and grinned at He Xinlan.
"Since it was all your idea then I don't have anything to talk to you about," Lily said. "I hope you enjoy watching your daughter die, Mrs. Mu."
"NO! No! Wait! Wait… I…" He Xinlan shook her head. "No… I lied. I lied. It was not me. I… someone showed it to me. Alright? Now… can you let my daughter go?" she eyed the TV that showed three people trying to restrain Mu Lihua. Her eyes instantly widen with alarm. She is a doctor, she knows the degree of pain that this torture will give to someone.
She was sure that Mu Lihua would faint from the pain, however anyone with experience would know how to wake her up. Once this happened she would experience the painall over again. There would be aendless torture until her heart weakened, but Lily was not planning to stop. This much was clear as she told Mu Qingling to pump adrenaline into Mu Lihua system. This would be an endless loop of torture… How could she stand seeing her daughter like this?
He Xinlan was helpless. Watching someone that you love the most being tortured is something that she knew she could not do. However, knowing that Mu Lihua was suffering because of her and she couldn't do anything about it… that was even worse.
"So???" Lily raised an eyebrow, her tone languid and her face was once again plastered with a smile.
"It was the Madam of the Qin Family," He Xinlan said. "Zhang Yifei, the Madam of the Qin family, showed me an image of someone she thought was Mu Huang's mistress! Mu Huang never cheated on me once. I trusted him. However… when Yifei told me that she saw Mu Huang with a woman, I believed her. She was my best friend and I trust her. At that time… I felt that she would not lie to me."
At this point, He Xinlan was already crying so hard she could barely speak. She was forced to betray the woman who had helped her every time that she had a problem. Of course… she didn't have a choice anymore. She loved her best friend and her daughter but at the end of the day… she is a mother. Her heart will always be with her daughter.
"Tell me what happened seven years ago," Lily said. The smile on her face was long gone. Zhang Yifei… she didn't remember ever meeting this woman. Her mother never mentioned anyone named Zhang Yifei either. Lily had the photo showing that woman having coffee together with He Xinlan and Tang Lingyun, but aside from that… she had never seen that woman before as far as she could recall.
"I was drunk," He Xinlan started, her eyes was on the screen. "Make it stop! I will tell you everything. Make Mu Qingling stop!"
Lily narrowed her eyes at the woman. Mu Qingling had already started working hard and to remove one of Mu Lihua's toenails. The latter was already writhing in pain as she continued to struggle harder. Seeing this, Lily instantly dialed Bei Tian's number and asked him to stop Mu Qingling. She needed to know the truth now.
The video showed Bei Tian and his men restraining Mu Qingling and slowly dragging her out of the room. This made He Xinlan let out a sigh of relief.
"You can start," Lily's cold voice echoed inside the room. Her face was rigid and cold as she stared at He Xinlan. The languid and carefree attitude that she'd displayed earlier was gone. It was as if Lily's personality had undergone a change… The woman in front of He Xinlan now was so different from the Lily who was smiling at her earlier.
"I… I was drunk, I had been drinking with Yuyan and Lina. I'd just received the photo from Zhang Yifei and I was so devastated. As I said… My husband might be a cowardly man, but he never had a mistress before. Or at least that's what I thought. On that night, Yifei suggested that we visit a private bar to celebrate her son's birthday. She told us not to bring any cars as she will drive us all home." He Xinlan paused, lost in memories. "At the bar, she told me about Mu Huang and showed me your mother's picture. Or… someone that looked like her."
"But then… then she got drunk and in the end… one of her husband's men fetched her and we were left to drive ourselves. Lina insisted that we wait for her husband to get us but I insisted on driving. I was not really that drunk. I… I was just angry and I wanted to get some fresh air. It was already the middle of the night, so I knew there would be fewer cars and people. In the end, Lina and Yuyan agreed."
"And then… I saw you arguing with someone. Of course… I instantly thought that you were bBec. You were wearing a tight little dress that made you look like a hooker. And… well… I was not able to control my anger and I hit the gas and sped towards you. I didn't even realize that your mother had jumped in front of you! I was so angry. I felt so betrayed and jealous. I know I didn't have any proof, but still… I trust Zhang Yifei."
"When I realized that I… when I…" He Xinlan burst into tears as she used her hands to cover her face before she continued. "I called Zhang Yifei the moment I realized that I hit you and your mother. She told me to do what would make me feel better and I… I just lost control of my emotions and killed your mother."
Lily did not say anything. She continued to watch He Xinlan. Her eyes were devoid of any expression. Lost control of her emotions? Her mother was killed because of mistaken identity? What the hell is this? "Where did you celebrate her son's birthday?" Lily asked after a few minutes of silence.
"The bar is closed now… but it was located on the Main street near Kowloon. I forgot the name… it was…"
"Was it the one across the Siren Casino?" Lily clenched her fist, her knuckles turning white. Siren Casino was the bar and casino where she was accepted for the escort job.
"Yes… across Siren Casino," He Xinlan nodded, tears in her eyes. It was truly a mistake. Something that she never anticipated happening. However, that was not her first time killing someone… so she did not feel any guilt and continued with her life. Who would have thought that years later, Lily would come back and haunt her for what she did?
"Then… what about my child?" Lily asked as her light brown eyes met with He Xinlan's dark brown orbs. "Why kill an innocent fetus?"