"How was it?" Qin Liwei asked with a smile on his face before he savored the wine in his glass. "Delicious right?"
"Very good. The aroma is top notch," Old Man Qin said with a smile. "I was not expecting to be served with such an exquisite glass of wine. Truly unexpected."
"I know you love wine so I called a friend who has a winery in Yunnan Province who knows a lot of people who sell very old wine like this."
"Ah… Liwei has really grown up. He is actually talking about connections now! Tell me… how is the business lately? Is everything going well with Qin Industries?" Qin Hao asked before he sliced the steak on his plate, a small smile was on his face.
"Why are we talking about business at dinner?" Old Man Qin butted in. "Qin Hao thinks about business all the time, he doesn't even think about other matters anymore. Even when he is supposed to be having fun or visiting a relative, the only thing that is on his mind is the business." Old Man Qin laughed merrily at the thought of his brilliant son's business mindedness.
"Don't flatter me Father. You know that I inherited these traits from you. Without you I would be nothing," Qin Hao said humbly before laughing. "Ah… too bad Qin Mo was not able to join us tonight. I'm sure that he would have enjoyed conversations like this and proudly boast about Liwei's talents in business again and again."
His words instantly earned laughter from everyone including Qin Fei and Xuan Hui who just arrived to join them for dinner. The atmosphere in the Qin residence was pretty light as everyone enjoyed the company of one another and engaging in merry conversations over wine. Qin Liwei had planned a perfect night for everyone. He thoughtfully prepared some entertainment at the back area of the mansion for the women to enjoy when the men talk about business in his office. Everything was supposed to be perfect.
Of course, that is until one of the attendants ran towards Qin Liwei and whispered something into his ear which instantly earned a frown from him. "Stop her," he hissed. How could Lily visit at this time? Her presence would ruin everything!
"Young master… I've already tried…" the attendant's words were interrupted when the door opened, revealing a smiling Lily followed by men in black bearing gifts? Hold on… why is Lily bringing gifts? Qin Liwei instantly rose from his seat and ran towards her.
"You are not welcome here!" he hissed, just enough for Lily to hear.
"Says who?" she grinned at him before gently pushing him aside. Then she confidently walked towards the dining table which was filled with an array of international cuisines cuisine and expensive wine - it was rather extravagant. "Ladies and gents… Good morning, I apologize for being late. I was too busy with my company today," she said, her voice loud enough for everyone to hear.
"Why are you here?" Qin Fei asked, her face showed an obvious surprise as she watched one of the men preparing a seat for Lily as well as her own table just across Old Man Qin. Did she bring her own food? Even Xuan Hui was surprised to see the group of men set Lily's small table.
At this point, everyone was already staring at her. Some were surprised just like Qin Hao and Old Man Qin, while others such as Zhang Yifei was not showing any expression as she stared at Lily. Meanwhile, Qin Chuan seemed to have frozen, his eyes bore straight into Lily's familiar small face.
"Why are you all standing? You can sit down now." Lily ignored Qin Fei's question and gestured for them to take their seats. "Come on... no need to be polite. I've already forgiven you for starting the party without me. Take your seats." She gave a brilliant smile to everyone as her gaze linger towards Zhang Yifei.
"Who are you?" It was Old Man Qin. His face instantly showed confusion as he looked at Qin Chuan then Zhang Yifei. This woman's face was very similar to Qin Yuanfeng. How could it not confuse him? "Who are you?" he asked, his voice stern.
"Now that is a little bit rude," Lily said before she turned towards Qin Liwei. "Liwei... why don't you tell him who I am?"
"Ah?" Qin Liwei was woken up from his stupor and that's when realized that he must have looked silly just standing there in a daze. He collected his thoughts and stared at Lily who was smiling back at him. "I uh… this is our sister. She is uh… Qin Jinghua but she changed her name to Lily Qin and is now Lily Zhuo after she got married," he briefly introduced.
"Thank you for the introduction. Now… listen to the host of this party and take your seat will you?" she said lazily before she took a sip of the wine poured by one of the men who came along with her. "I am Lily Zhuo and technically, I own this house. So… it is only proper for me to welcome everyone isn't it?"
"Lily Zhuo… I believe we have not met you before. You must be the one who was born from a mistress of Qin Mo?" Qin Hao remarked with a sneer. His father did not have any idea that Qin Yuanfeng had a twin and he would like to keep it that way. So, he chose to emphasize that Lily was born from a mistress.
"Oh… are you saying that you are not Qin Mo's illegitimate daughter?" Qin Hao said before laughing. "Interesting. Interesting. Liwei… you did not tell me that you actually have a sister like her."
"Uncle… she left the Qin Family a long time ago and even had her name removed from our registry. She did this right after obtaining grandmother and grandfather's inheritance." Of course, Qin Fei would not miss the chance to add fuel to the fire. She wanted to emphasize that Lily was not raised well… unlike them.
"Really?" Old Man Qin's face instantly contorted as he stared at Lily. The people that he hated the most are the type who would bite the hand that feeds them. Qin Fei's words coupled with her kind and gentle demeanor as well as Lily's cocky entrance instantly convinced him that the latter was indeed someone who valued money more than blood.
"Yes. My dear sister actually had her tycoon husband ask our father to remove her name from our registry months ago. This happened shortly after she married him. I am not sure if you are familiar with the name 'Zhuo Jignren', he owns a lot of banks in Mainland China too," Qin Fei added, her expression seemed to show that she was truly hurt by what Lily did.
"So she married a rich man and abandoned her family?" Zhang Yifei faked a shocked look on her face, prompting the old man to frown even more. How could he allow someone of the Qin blood to embarrass him like this?
"My… my… what an award winning act." Lily's laughter made everyone look at her as if she had lost her mind. "Why don't you tell them… that I am also worth billions even before I met my husband? Of course… now… my worth is even more than everyone here combined. But that is not the point here," she grinned before she took another sip of the wine in her hand.