"It wasn't me," He Xinlan uttered before she shifted her gaze from the TV to Lily. "It wasn't me. It was Qin Mo. Your father asked me to do it. He said… He said it would be too embarrassing for you to have the child."
As expected, Lily's eyes went wide when she heard He Xinlan's words. However, she was quick enough to change her expression into a stern one. She pursed her lips and stared at the woman intently. Qin Mo? It was him?
Lily instantly remembered the moment when Qin Mo met with her a few weeks back. She remembered how tense Qin Mo was, especially when she asked about what happened at the mental facility. Is it possible that he was tense partly because he thought Lily was aware of this fact? "Who else knows this?" she asked.
"Me and Qin Mo and the doctor," He Xinlan answered. "He asked… He asked the doctor to make you unable to bear a child in the future. I was not too sure about what the doctor did after that, or if he did something to your ovaries. I swear… that is all I know! You really have to believe me. I am telling the truth."
Lily did not utter a word, but she turned towards her shoulders, and instantly, Zhuo Jingren came inside and approached her. He stood behind her and slowly stroked Lily's back. "Where is this doctor?" He asked.
Zhuo Jingren remembered how someone actually led them and had them search places over and over again only to find out that the doctor was not really there. This could only mean that the one who hid the doctor was pretty influential.
"Dead," He Xinlan said. "I am sure he is dead. I heard Qin Mo ask someone over the phone to dispose of him."
"Hey… Why is Mu Qingling back in the room?" He Xinlan asked in a demanding fashion as her gaze was drawn back to the TV. "Why is she back in the room? You told me she would stop! Hey! Look at me!"
Seeing that both Lily and Zhuo Jingren were ignoring her, He Xinlan's shrill voice reverberated piercingly around the room. "Lily! How dare you! Make Mu Qingling stop! I beg of you! Please! I already gave you everything. I already told you everything that I know! It was all Zhang Yifei… She also caused the construction company accident. She told me she would make some trouble for you!"
This instantly earned Lily's attention as she shifted her gaze back to He Xinlan. Now that she had Lily's attention He Xinlan immediately continued, "You can kill me… Just kill me instead of my daughter! Please… Lily just listen to me. Why are you doing this? Why are you being a hypocrite? She has nothing to do with this!"
"Mrs. Mu… I already told you. I cannot control Mu Qingling. Mu Lihua does not have anything to do with me… but this does not mean that she is innocent," Lily said calmly, the trouble in her eyes just a while ago was gone. Zhang Yifei… There is indeed a possibility that the problem in her company was made by someone like her to divert Lily's attention and… they succeeded. "You better have someone check her blood," Lily said, her words were obviously directed to Zhuo Jingren.
"Why?" he asked, his tone cold.
"If I was Zhang Yifei… I would try to silence her. Poison would be the best way to do that. "I'll bet…" Lily looked at He Xinlan's pale face. "I'll bet Zhang Yifei has already started poisoning her. But… this plan won't be successful because He Xinlan sent everything awry when she changed all of her plans to race to her daughter's rescue."
He Xinlan's eyes instantly widened as she processed Lily's words. How could Zhang Yifei poison her? However, when she thought about all of this… she realized that Zhang Yifei did her best to stop her from leaving. But it was all because she was concerned about her well-being, right? He Xinlan saw Zhuo Jingren slowly nod. "What are we going to do with her?" he asked.
"Thoughts?" Lily asked in response. "I'm not in the habit of killing people, but… what I don't know won't hurt me."
"You-" He Xinlan was speechless. How could these people talk about this so casually in front of her? Actually, she wasn't surprised to hear Lily's answer, either. She already expected that Lily would kill her after all. While she did not regret anything that she did, He Xinlan was still concerned about Mu Lihua.
She knew that Mu Qingling was weak, but with Zhuo Jingren and Lily backing her she would have the confidence to hurt her daughter. He Xinlan let out a sob as she looked at the TV. Her daughter was already screaming in pain, and she could already see some blood on the floor. "Lily… You told me that you would not hurt her if I told you everything."
"I am not hurting her," Lily answered. "I could always do worse, but I chose not to." Then Lily slowly rose from her seat before she let out a long sigh. "Eventually, we will all pay for everything that we did, He Xinlan. We are in the world that we created. Whatever is happening around us is the product of our choices, our actions in the past. A boomerang is what they call it."
"Secrets won't just stay as secrets for long. Someday… someone else will eventually uncover them,." she added, her gaze locked on the woman in front of her. "When you killed Mu Qingling's parents, you did not think about the possible consequences. Revenge is a cycle; it will always come back for you. You could have killed their daughter to eliminate that possibility, but you chose to let her live. Now… you have to suffer the consequences of this mistake."
"You-" He Xinlan was not able to utter a single word. Was Lily suggesting that they should have killed Mu Qingling back then?
"The only thing that I can assure you of is that I have never murdered anyone using my own hands," Lily said. "But my husband is different." She then turned her gaze back to Zhuo Jingren and gave him a mirthless smile. "Let's go?"