"We can't find the body," a tall man approached the man wearing an all-black outfit. "There was blood everywhere and we found some bullet cases. That man must have been killed here. They tried to clean up the place and remove traces of blood but we all know how hard that is. It was a mess."
The man in the black outfit looked towards the sea and remained silent for a moment as he watched the incoming tides crash against the rocks near the shore. His expression unfathomable. "Are there any other possibilities?"
"Yes," the tall man nodded. "He could have dragged his body towards the sea. From the traces of blood we found, we are pretty sure that he had sustained some fatal wounds. So… I believe there is no way that he would be able to survive this."
"Thank you, Dong. Don't forget to take some pictures of the scene so we can show it to Yifei. Come back here when you are done and then we'll leave," Zhang Chen said, his face dark as he fetched his phone from his pocket. He then dialed a number and waited for his daughter to answer.
"Did you find him?" Ziyi asked the moment she answered the phone.
"No. But we saw a lot of blood here. A normal person wouldn't survive after losing so much blood," he said, letting out a sigh. Lily Zhuo was indeed a Qin. She was ruthless and she did not even spare her own brother.
"Then it's good," Ziyi answered. "He is unstable anyway, a loose end. It is only good that he died."
"Alright, don't forget to drink your medicine and ask the cook to prepare some nutritious soup for you," Zhang Chen reminded in concern before he bid goodbye to his daughter. Qin Yuanfeng is dead. At least now he doesn't have to worry about that psychopath anymore.
After a few minutes, his right-hand man, Dong approached him and told him that everything had been taken care of. Zhang Chen instantly left the island with his men. He needed to report to Zhang Yifei and inform her about Qin Yuanfeng's death.
"Were you able to trace the call?" Lily asked Qin Yuanfeng who seemed to be in deep thoughts. She then smiled and started taunting Qin Yuanfeng again, "I won the bet, Yuanfeng. As promised, I will let you go so you can see your lover."
"What for?" he asked as he lowered his head. "You know I will not survive on my own. You know I don't have the power to do that. They think that I am dead. If they see me again, I'm sure they will not hesitate to kill me."
"Well… I don't have any interest in keeping someone like you here," Lily answered truthfully. After her conversation with Zhuo Jingren, she found the answer to her long train of questions. She actually stopped needing other people a long time ago and her brother and father were just one of those people.
Lily could not deny that she still has a soft spot for them. After all, they were separated not because they wanted to but because of people scheming behind their backs. However, this does not mean that she would succumb to her emotions. Last night, Zhuo Jingren made her realize that they indeed already have each other, and that was enough.
"Does it make you feel good?" Qin Yuanfeng's question woke Lily from her stupor. She watched as the latter turn away from his computer to face her. "Being alone. Does it make you feel good?"
"I am not alone," Lily answered.
"Please, Lily… do you even trust anyone else other than yourself? How do you sleep at night, knowing that anytime, your enemies could come and kill you? Tell me… how do you keep your smile after all that? After all the betrayals and schemes that you have been through."
Lily lifted an eyebrow at Qin Yuanfeng, whose face had turned pale from the blood loss, then her lips slowly lifted into a smile. "Did you expect me to become like you? To just sit here and lament about how unfair life is?" Lily let out a scoff. "Did you expect me to cry about everything, to feel sorry for myself?"
"Yuanfeng… both of us had been through a lot. I am quite lucky that our grandmother found me and molded me into the person I am today. That is the only difference between us.. I would not be a hypocrite and claim that I was born confident and strong. I was not. I was just like you… alone and weak." Her brother might be smart but his emotions were his weaknesses. And just like every human being, he was also struggling with this weakness.
"And to be honest, I used to spend a lot of time thinking about those people that I hurt. People who I schemed against. And you were right, I had a hard time sleeping and never trusted anyone but myself. I am not going to say that I am different now as that would be a lie. I still have those thoughts, worries and sleepless nights." She wanted to add how she had actually grown to trust Zhuo Jingren slowly but she thought that this doesn't concern her brother anymore.
"Then, do you like it? After this… you know that I have nowhere to go. And yet you did not hesitate to ask me to leave. Do you really want me gone in your life? Are you going to do the same to our father?" he asked. He made a mistake and now… he was suffering for the consequences of his actions. He compromised Lily's safety over his own selfish goals. He lied to her and he deserved to be punished.
"Your emotions compromises you, brother. I can't work with someone as gullible as you." Lily ignored his question. Was she planning to hurt her brother because of what happened? The answer would be NO. Just like her, Qin Yuanfeng was also a victim. His heart and hope, the only two things that he had, had been shattered. It laid on the floor broken as he struggled against himself.
Just like her, Qin Yuanfeng was a victim and no matter how cruel she is… she would not hurt someone like him.
"Can you give me one more chance?" he asked. "Just one. Last chance. If you could…"
"I don't give second chances," Lily interrupted him. "Fix yourself and I might consider it. But that is not going to happen anytime now."
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