Lily is crazy.
That is the first thing thing that went through Zhang Yifei's mind while she was listening to Lily speak. Sadly, she wasn't crazy enough. Before Zhang Yifei could say anything, the smile on Lily's face disappeared. "You know…. Your story really doesn't make sense," Lily said as she began to eat the spaghetti and meatballs that Zhuo Jingren made for her. Sensing that everyone was still looking at her, Lily closed her eyes as she savoured the flavour of the meatballs.
As expected of her husband's cooking, it really is the best.
"First you said… my mother left after giving birth to my twin brother. Do you think a pregnant woman in labor would be able to leave China and travel to Hong Kong all by herself? Do you think she was a superhuman or something?"
"Then she must have had an accomplice!" Zhang Yifei said. In her mind this was the best story that she could come up with on the spot. She hadn't really thought about the technicalities, logistics, or the gaping hole in her story. "Or she could have given birth in China and left immediately after that! Who knows?! When we arrived at the hospital she was no longer there. She left Qin Yuanfeng alone. I am just making assumptions here as this is the only way to explain your existence, an existence that we were all unaware of!"
"Hmmm… you have a point. However… why would my mother do that? Why would she suffer at the hands of these people instead of being with the man she loved? Why do you think she would choose to leave her newborn son and the man that she loved?"
"How should I know? As I said… if you want to blame anyone, blame her and not the Qin Family," Zhang Yifei answered. She had finally stopped crying and was talking to Lily in a calm manner. When dealing with a woman like Lily, the best counterattack was none at all. You only had to remain calm to assess the situation properly.
This is actually Lily's greatest strength. From Zhang Yifei's research alone, she could clearly see that Lily had a special talent for pissing people off with her sharp tongue. This would allow her to gain the upper hand as everyone who she'd enraged would lose control of their emotions and this lack of control would make them become impulsive. Of course, this technique would not work on Zhang Yifei.
Could Lily's cunning strategy really work against her decades of experience in manipulating people? Zhang Yifei might look weak on the outside, making people pity her, but her mental health was her greatest asset. She had the ability to remain calm at all times.
And this… is what will guarantee her win against a formidable opponent like Lily.
"Yifei actually has a point," Qin Hao added. Seeing that Zhang Yifei was calm, he also calmed down and thought about the consequences of raging in front of the old man now. That would only make him suspicious. "When we arrived at the hospital, Bec Facci was no longer there and we only saw one child. How could we know how she left China and arrived here in Hong Kong? I understand that you are upset, but you really shouldn't blame us for this situation," he said. His words were magnanimous as this was what he wanted his father to hear.
"If you want to come with us to Mainland China we would accept you and give you everything that you deserve. However… you can't just say that you will make an enemy of us. Just because your husband is influential does not mean that you just get to threaten us any time that you want to," he added while eyeing his father. He wanted to assess the old man's reaction but he instantly knew he was failing when he saw the old man's stern expression.
His words earned some nods from everyone, including Qin Liwei, Qin Fei, and even Xuan Hui. As of now, they already knew a bit about what was going on and they were actually very surprised to learn about the truth. Their interest in the events unfolding before them intrigued the three as they felt that this would be a great opportunity to make the Qin Family deal with Lily.
What could be better than watching your enemy get defeated in front of you?
WhenLily only smiled it instantly made them realize that there was no way Lily would show her true emotions in front of them.
"You know the biggest mistake that you made by coming here?" Lily asked after a few seconds of staring at Zhang Yifei. Lily gave them a mysterious smile as she typed something on her phone.
"Don't you dare try to hurt our family in Mainland China." Zhang Yifei stood, her face defensive. However, she was sneering on the inside as if she were watching a clown performing in front of her. Yes, Lily was nothing more than a clown in her eyes – a smart clown. But a clown nonetheless.
Lily only existed for her entertainment. Lily only existed as a little challenge to her plans.
"I am not like you," Lily countered. "I don't have a tendency to hurt the innocent… You see, this is why justice is different from revenge, but both of us know how thin the line between the two really is, don't we?"
Seeing Lily's smile instantly made Qin Hao and even the old man alert. There was something different about the way Lily was looking at them. A while ago, her gaze was full of mockery, but now… there was something different about her. "Don't you dare touch our family!" Qin Hao warned as he dialed his daughter's Mainland number.
"Please… I was not the one killing unborn children and manipulating people," Lily said as she propped her head on her palm. "You came here all proud and left your mountain with your… cub as a guard," Lily scoffed.
"Lily… we really should not go there," Old Man Qin said calmly. "Stop this and we will talk… If you think that you have received an injustice then we will compensate you. No need for petty revenge; it will only damage both parties in the end."
"I am petty," Lily said. "I prepared these gifts the moment. I knew that you were coming to my town. Call it house warming," she said as she gestured for her men to bring the gifts that she'd prepared. "All of these antiques were chosen to bring you more luck!"
However, no one moved to open their gift. Of course, Lily had anticipated this. But… what she did not anticipate was her plans being seen through by Zhang Yifei.
The smile on Lily's face instantly disappeared when she read the text on her phone. She then eyed Zhang Yifei and gave her a provoking smile. "I wanted to blow up your mines," she declared. "Since you want the Qin Family's money… then I am taking it all away from them."
Qin Hao slammed his hand on the table as he heard Lily's words, interrupting Zhang Yifei. "What are you-"
"But it seems that I still underestimated you," Lily said, interrupting Qin Hao. She had truly underestimated Zhang Yifei's mind and her ability to deal rationally. "Good counter."
Of course, no one else understood Lily's words other than her and Zhang Yifei.
Lily slowly rose from her seat, her eyes bore straight into Zhang Yifei's. Her initial plan failed. Her trap was successful at the cost of her original plan. She stared at Zhang Yifei intently before her lips curled into a smile. "But did you really think that was the only thing that I prepared for you?"
"The game of chess has just begun. Don't ever think that a single mistake will happen again in the future," she added before her gaze shifted to Qin Hao and Old Man Qin who'd just received a call. She watched as their faces morphed into ugly scowls as they rose from their seats and walked away from the table.
Lily then walked towards Zhang Yifei and asked her men to make her stand upr. "You are controlling Qin Yuanfeng," Lily stated with an unfathomable gleam flashing in her eyes. "Did you think I would not consider this fact and trust him just because we have the same DNA?"
"You might be smart but I am more experienced than you, Lily. Give up now and just watch as I destroy the family who ruined mine," Zhang Yifei whispered. Her tone was sinister but her expression was still as gentle as ever. She met Lily's light brown orbs as her lips morphed into a gentle smile. "You cannot defeat me," she declared boldly, her soft voice contrasting with her words and intentions.