"Fei… Fei… Your father…" Tang Lingyun sobbed as she hugged Qin Fei tighter. "I was not expecting that something like this would happen to him. This… This is just…"
"It's okay mother… shhh…" Qin Fei gently patted her mother's back. "Shhh…"
Tang Lingyun instantly shook her head in dismay. "How could it be okay? Your father won't be able to walk in the future?" she said before her shoulders trembled from extreme sorrow. Of course, Tang Lingyun would not show the emotions that she felt inside.
"Mother… you have to be strong," Qin Fei said. "When father wakes up… You have to be there for him. He might struggle to resign himself to this situation."
Qin Fei continued to comfort her mother for a few minutes until the latter calmed down. She gave her mother a bottle of water and stayed until Tang Lingyun had fallen asleep. After a few minutes, Qin Fei decided to leave and come back when her father was awake.
"Yes, I was about to go home but then Liwei called me. I'm going to meet him for lunch before I go home... Alright, take care.Will I see you for dinner? Okay. Bye." She ended the call with Xuan Hui. After they'd argued about her excessive shopping and always going out, she decided to listen to her husband and recover as fast as she could. She planned to start acting again after they celebrated the 100th day mark of her son's birth.
Qin Fei had always loved acting and she did not want being a mother to hinder her dreams. Because of this, she decided to be good for now so she could convince her husband to let her return to the entertainment industry. She had even learned some cooking skills just to impress him!
While it was true that she was doing this because she was planning to ask him something, Qin Fei thought her actions were reasonable. After all, once she focused on acting, she would no longer have time to cook for her husband.
"Alright, take me to see Liwei," she ordered her driver as she boarded the car, closed her eyes and relaxed herself. Learning something new can be completely exhausting.
"Hold on! I don't understand… Are you saying that Qin Industries is in debt to Qin Jinghua's company?" Qin Fei was not able to stop her voice from rising the moment she heard her brother's words.
"Yes. I didn't know about this either. Father told me about this last night before he and mother went out. I was surprised too, but he said not to worry as the main family might help us out if we ask them to," Qin Liwei said. His sombre expression reflected how serious this matter is for both him and the company.
"How did it happen? Did this happen before she even arrived in Hong Kong? Did she trick us? Why did father allow this to happen?"
"Well… apparently it was because of Zhuo Jingren," Qin Liwei said. Zhuo Jingren's name alone left a sour taste in his mouth. "He used his reputation and business acumen to convince the board to sign it. Father couldn't do anything but agree with them. Moreover, at that time he didn't notice anything suspicious so he agreed, - then he discovered this a few weeks ago. He tried talking to Qin Jinghua but she isn't budging. She even asked him to beg," Qin Liwei decided to add some details that his father had never mentioned.
"What? How dare she?" As expected, Qin Fei's face instantly contorted in anger. "How dare she do this? You know what? I'm going to see that woman. She has been acting boldly because of her husband! She is nothing but…"
"Stop it," Qin Liwei interrupted her. "Calm down and listen to me." When he saw his sister had calmed down, Qin Liwei instantly continued, "The Qins are coming. I don't want father's accident to change their plans to visit."
"So you're not going to cancel their visit?" she asked. Qin Mo, the patriarch of the Hong Kong branch of the Qin Family, is currently not any condition to entertain guests so Qin Fei was sure that Qin Liwei would ask the guests from Mainland China to postpone this meeting.
"I am the future patriarch of the Qin Family," he declared. "I need to step up my game and act like the next patriarch. Once father wakes up, I will ask him to transfer the patriarch position to me." His words instantly earned a raised eyebrow from his sister. Her brother actually had a point, but Qin Fei has been aware of her brother's skills and abilities since they were children. She knows that his ability to manage people is not as good as their father's.
Qin Liwei is not yet ready to become a patriarch and she was sure of that.
"What are you planning to do?" she asked.
"Well, I want to start by asking for their help. The people from Mainland China are very influential, and I am positive that they can help us out," he said confidently.
"And? That's it?"
"Well… I asked to meet you because I want you to tell this to Xuan Hui as well," Qin Liwei said. "I want us to unite against that spiteful woman."
"Unite? As in us, the Main Qin family, and Xuan Hui teaming up to destroy Lily?"
"Yes. She has been wreaking havoc and causing chaos within our family! She wanted to show us that she is powerful and has been bullying us since she arrived. I am sure that the people from the Mainland would also agree with me on this. We need a way to eliminate her" he said. In Qin Liwei's mind, his plan was actually genius. Uniting against Lily is a very bold move. He knows that this only proves how powerful she has become.
However, she was also aware that he couldn't defeat her alone. He needed allies, and he planned to start by convincing the Qin Family to side with him.
"Brother… what about her husband? I heard that he is pretty powerful in the Black Market too. I mean… the people from the Mainland have good connections in the black market. You think they will risk this just to side with us?"
"Of course they will! Qin Jinghua got a lot of property from grandfather's inheritance! She received some properties that have great potential as mining sites! Don't you think this is enough to entice that old man from the Qin Family?" Qin Liwei reasoned. Greed was always a very good motivation and he planned to use this fact to make them agree with his plan.
"But… Qin Wuyang, the one who witnessed grandfather's will, would not allow that to happen!" Qin Fei said immediately. Qin Wuyang was not on good terms with his own brother, the current patriarch of the Qin Family's main branch. She was sure that Qin Wuyang would do his best to go against this idea.
"Who cares about him? He might be rich but he does not have enough influence inside the Qin Family! Remember that one time when he argued with the patriarch about the punishment that they gave to Qin Yuanfeng? I overheard them talking about that matter and the patriarch even challenged Qin Wuyang to use all of his money to try to go against him so he could have a reason to have him killed," Qin Liwei snorted. "As expected, he backed out. That old Qin Wuyang is nothing but a coward. Even his money is not enough to change that fact."