"Are you going to see your father soon?" Zhuo Jingren asked as he gave Lily a cup of coffee and took a seat across from her. He wore a serious expression as he waited for her response.
"I am," she nodded. "Zhang Yifei and the Qin family will visit three days from now."
"Seeing them would mean that you are declaring war? Right?" he asked as a tinge of worry laced his voice.
"Right," she confirmed as her eyes met his. "You're worried," she observed.
"A normal person would always worry about their loved ones."
"But you are not normal. You're in this fight with me, so what are you worried about?" she asked.
"Do you think we're overestimating our capabilities? For some reason I feel that Zhang Yifei is hiding something from us and we don't have complete information about them. I don't think we can blindly enter this situation without knowing everything." His words instantly earned a raised eyebrow from Lily before she smiled at him.
"Who says that I am going in blindly?"
"What do you mean?"
"I am not the type to go in blindly, and you know that." She took a sip of her coffee. "Do you think I would declare a war that I could not win? I am not naïve, Jingren. I have a lot of things to fight for and I don't want my efforts to go to waste." Seeing that Zhuo Jingren just stared at her, Lily continued. "Zhang Yifei's father saved the Patriarch. Because of that, he felt indebted to her and had a tendency to spoil her since she was a child. He loves her like a true daughter. He would even believe her word over that of his eldest son."
She handed Zhuo Jingren her tablet. "This information was sent to me last night. I asked George to find peculiarities in Zhang Yifei's daily schedule. In return, I will take over their diamond business on the black market, giving him the advantage over others in Mainland China."
"You mean me, right? You mean I will take over the business?" he smiled. How could he miss the mirth in Lily's eyes as she looked at him?
"Of course? I have enough things to do as it is. That diamond business will be ours, but you will manage it. Revenge is good, but money is always better." Lily giggled a bit before taking a sip of her coffee. "I asked Yang Sen to coordinate with George on this as his word carries a lot of weight in China."
"And?" he asked as he eyed the images on the tablet.
"Every Sunday, Zhang Yifei visits the graves of father and brother. She replaces their flowers and stays for a few minutes. After that she goes to a salon to pamper herself. When I received this information yesterday, I immediately asked Yang Sen to check the CCTV we have trained on the graves and I hit the jackpot," she grinned. "Each time Zhang Yifei leaves, a man who appears to be a few years older than her comes and visits the graves as well. The weird thing about his visits is that he picks up the flowers that Zhang Yifei leaves on graves. They tried using the CCTV footage to follow the man so they could identify him, but they failed. He was extremely cautious and he used a lot of methods to hide himself after walking away from the graves."
"And you think this man is her brother who supposedly died when they were children?" he said, earning an excited nod from Lily. It is always nice to talk to smart people ah. Lily does not need to force feed them everything and they will instantly guess the rest.
"Bingo," she grinned. "If my guess is right… their father is alive, too."
"Don't you think that is too far fetched?"
"Nah. After saving Old Man Qin, her father didn't die on the battlefield. He stayed in the hospital for a few weeks where he found an opportunity to ask Old Man Qin to take care of his beloved daughter after his death. Think about it. He had 3 children, but he only asked Old Man Qin to take care of Zhang Yifei? After his death, the oldest child also died by drowning. They never found his body, and the second daughter didn't go to Old Man Qin. That girl was adopted by a relative of Zhang Yifei's."
"I mean… this is mere speculation on my part...," Lily added before shrugging. An evil glint could be seen flashing in her eyes as her smile became even more brilliant. "...but what if I make them believe it?"
"Good story," Zhuo Jingren grinned at her as he leaned back on the couch. His expression was noticeably more relaxed than it was earlier. "So you plan to sow confusion between them by feeding them this story. Evil," he mused. If Lily says something like this, they'll think that she's obtained proof and is making fun of their ignorance. How could people as proud and arrogant as them allow this to happen?
The only result of this is would be pure chaos.
"Of course," Lily said. "You see? I am not overestimating myself. I am simply…very experienced in playing mind games with people."
"Personally, I'd say that you are over experienced, but that's just me. But… once they find out that you are lying then they will surely target you. Old Man Qin was saved by that man, and in return he took care of his daughter. That was the right thing to do. If they found out that you made them confused and caused them to harbour suspicions against each other, Old Man Qin and even Qin Hao will surely retaliate."
"Let them," Lily answered. "Without them fighting back… the war would be so boring."
"Spoken like a true Villain," he said as he moved to sit next to her and began kissing and nuzzling her neck.
"Every Villain is a hero in their own mind. I know I am twisted but I don't care. I already have you. After this we can travel around the world and maybe do that marrying in every country thing that you mentioned before," she giggled as she felt his hand draw circles on her hips.
"Really? You would travel with me and stop managing your company from day to day?" he asked.
"Of course not! Money is still the most important thing! I would find someone to manage it though. I mean… if Qin Yuanfeng is really with us then it would be good to have him manage the Facci Group. He is a Facci by blood, and just like me, he has been through a lot. He deserves to at least experience some happy things."
"How could managing a conglomerate be a happy thing? You are only passing your responsibilities on to him."
"I am not. I am just being a good sister."
Her words instantly earned a laugh from Zhuo Jingren as he hugged her a little tighter. To the outside world, Lily was ruthless and decisive. It looked like she didn't care about anything other than profits. However, only he knows that she has a hard time showing her true emotions.
Just like when she said she wouldn't help Mu Qingling but then asked Cecile to help her, Zhuo Jingren was sure that she would not abandon her own brother. He knows that Lily is already planning to help him get the revenge that he deserves. Of course, this will only happen if he passes their test.
A test that would determine if he lives or dies.
Edited by Ocelot