"You are being too soft," Zhuo Jingren noted the moment Lily walked inside their room. He was sitting on the couch as he stared at the dark night outside through the floor to ceiling window.
"What do you mean?" Lily instantly asked as she approached him and leaned in for a kiss.
"Your hard exterior is the exact opposite of what you feel inside," he said before he pulled Lily towards him.
"I need to change first," she said.
"I can do it for you," he answered before kissing her again. "Why did you let him go?" he asked.
"He is too weak to fight and you know that," she answered. "And I wasn't being soft. I did what I thought to be the most logical thing to do. Plus… I'll be arranging for him to work with both George and Jack Arison while he undergoes some therapy. He doesn't know that I am associated with them, so he will probably think that he just got lucky. This is also my way of monitoring him and his progress."
"I am not," Lily disagreed. "Qin Yuanfeng was just like me before. Do you expect me to abandon him at a time like this?"
"That's what you made him think."
"Once he is sane enough, he will realize that I only did that to protect him," Lily said. "There are two sides to every coin and once he realizes that, he will eventually come to me."
"So you were thinking about profits when you planned all this?" Zhuo Jingren smiled at her. Once Qin Yuanfeng realizes that Lily helped him instead of abandoning him, he would feel grateful and in turn he would feel that he owed her for saving his life. Once this happens, Lily will gain another formidable ally on her side.
"Hacking is an extremely profitable business," she chuckled and evil gleam could be seen in her eyes. "I wouldn't say that I was scheming behind his back. Rather... let's put it this way, I am… investing," Lily said righteously. She always wanted to invest for the future and that is what she is doing right now. Lily laughed inwardly. Who was she kidding? Qin Yuanfeng's talents are extremely useful in earning money, alright? Would she really let someone talented like him go just like that?
"And your father?"
"He hasn't requested to speak with me nor has he requested to return to the Qin Family," Lily answered with a shrug. "I think he just wants some time alone for himself. I can't blame him though. Living with people like Qin Hao and Zhang Yifei must have given him sleepless nights. It's only natural for him to act like this."
"Why are you being understanding all of a sudden? Tell me… little wife? Are you planning on investing once again?"
"I already told you not to call me 'little'!" Lily said as she playfully pinched his arm. "And you are making it sound as if I am always scheming behind someone else's back. I only scheme against my enemies alright?"
"I didn't say that you are scheming," he laughed at Lily's face.
"You are really underestimating me! Did you think I wouldn't understand the meaning behind your words! Hmp! You shall sleep outside tonight." She made an attempt to stand only to be pulled down by Zhuo Jingren.
"Alright, let's sleep outside tonight," he agreed before nuzzling her neck.
"Not me, idiot. Only you!"
"Well… you and me. We are already one, not just in our wedding documents but in wealth, heart, body and soul. We should do everything together no?"
"You, President Zhuo, is being shameless again. Don't make me angry or I will…" Lily made a deliberate pause as she narrowed her eyes at him. "Or I will not sleep with you for one whole month."
"Really?" he lifted an eyebrow, mirth apparent in his eyes.
"Hmmm." She nodded. "No making love, no cuddling for a month!"
"Really?" he repeated.
"Okay maybe 3 weeks?" Lily said as she glared at the man who was trying to contain his amusement. "Two weeks."
"Two weeks? Can you do it?"
Lily did not answer him as her gaze trailed to his bobbing adam's apple down to his neck. "Maybe one?"
"One day," Lily said before she burst out laughing.
As expected, Qin Hao and Qin Mimi couldn't resolve the trouble they are facing with the mines. How could they? They were practically clueless on the ins and outs of the business.
"Did Father call? Does he have any news about Qin Chuan?" Qin Hao asked Zhang Yifei.
"No. Nothing. How is everything?"
"Well…. As expected, the government got wind of it!" he said before letting out another curse. "How did I miss this? That Lily should be dealt with as soon as possible!"
"No one can touch her in Hong Kong," Zhang Yifei resigned before she lowered her head. "Hao… I am afraid of her. I underestimated her and I truly regret it."
"Stop thinking about it. I never thought that this would happen as well," Qin Hao said before he took his seat and pondered about what Zhang Yifei said. Lily is indeed invincible in Hong Kong because of her husband. He was too engrossed in his own thoughts that he missed the sinister gleam in Zhang Yifei's eyes.
Until now, Qin Hao was still clueless that Zhang Yifei has been manipulating him and giving him ideas because she has always been acting weak and fragile in front of him. In his mind, Zhang Yifei was too innocent and stupid to scheme against him.
After a few minutes, Qin Hao asked Zhang Yifei to leave the matter in his hands and not to worry as he has come to a decision about his next course of action. Then he asked her to take a rest and leave him alone.
"Tell me everything," Zhang Yifei asked the moment she closed her bedroom door. Then she faced the old man in the room who was wearing the butler's uniform. "I told you not to find me like this unless there is an emergency," she said.
"Qin Yuanfeng is dead," the butler cut to the chase. "They never found his body but we found out that he made a call to Li Ziyi before he died. There was a lot of blood at the scene and there is just no way that he could have survived."
"Really?" Zhang Yifei instantly gave the man a bright smile as she walked towards her bed. As expected, Lily did not disappoint her. She actually killed her own brother and made it so obvious so she could send a message to Zhang Yifei. Lily surely wanted her to know that she is not someone to be messed with. However… this warning is useless to her, she thought as her innocent smile morphed into a sinister one.