"At first, I thought… well Bec must have really decided to leave me. I blamed her and her narrowmindedness. I become addicted to drinking and buried myself in work. Until I got into an accident, that is, and then I started receiving images of her and you. You and Yuanfeng looked so much alike that it only took me a second to realize that you were twins. That's when I started receiving threats," he continued.
"Threatening messages would be hidden everywhere… telling me to listen to Qin Hao's instructions or… they will kill you and your mother." Qin Chuan shifted his gaze away from Lily. "It took me a while to realize that Zhang Yifei was also a part of this scheme and it took me another few years to realize that she was the mastermind behind all the things that happened to me… to our family."
"Do you know why she did it?" Lily asked, Zhang Yifei told her that she wanted to destroy the people that destroyed her family. That statement alone was a big clue but she still wanted to know everything about Zhang Yifei's motives.
"She thought her father was murdered by Father. That's the only thing that she told me," Qin Chuan said. "Of course, I couldn't reveal any of this to my father because I didn't know where Bec and you were and I feared for your safety. I also didn't have the resources to call a search for you two as Qin Hao already took them all away from me. They were smart enough to cripple me first before sending all those threats, making me feel helpless… useless."
Lily only stared at Qin Chuan. Maybe Qin Yuanfeng was just like him. They were intelligent but their emotions are their weakness.
"Do you blame me now?" Qin Chuan asked.
"Yes and no," she answered instantly. "I blamed you for being too shallow and thinking that your lover just left you and your son for no rhyme or reason. I blamed you for not trusting her and acting like a useless jerk when she disappeared. But I don't blame you for being helpless," she elaborated as she shrugged. "Because you were unlucky enough to have a father who only values the people who will give them the most benefits. You were also unlucky for having such a bastard brother."
"I…" Qin Chuan turned speechless at her words. He stared at Lily's face which looked serene. There wasn't even a hint of emotion present in her eyes. For a few minutes now, Lily had not shown him any emotions at all. It was as if she was talking to another business partner and was calmly listening to their story. It was as if this story was not her own. This made him think that Lily must be really good at hiding her emotions, coupled with the ability to think rationally every single time.
For some reason, a warm feeling of pride began to spread inside his chest. However, who was he to feel this way? Qin Chuan felt that he did not have the right to feel this way. With this in mind, he lowered his head and avoided Lily's gaze once again.
"When did you know about me?" Lily's sudden question made Qin Chuan lift his head to look at her again. "When did you know about my mother?"
"How… How did you know that I knew about you?" he asked, earning a small smirk from Lily.
"Qin Yuanfeng told me that Qin Wuyang was the one who informed him that he has a sister. He might be smart but he doesn't really have a scheming mind given how he was easily manipulated by Zhang Yifei's niece. Moreover… he mentioned that he had overheard Zhang Yifei talking about it. My guess is… you deliberately leaked the information to him. You knew that he had installed some listening device in your room. So you taunted Zhang Yifei to make her spill it out for him to hear," Lily said.
"Am I right?" Lily lifted a brow and smiled at him.
"I…" Qin Chuan didn't even realize that he was holding his breath until Lily asked him if she was right. Because she was! She was so accurate that it felt like Lily was actually monitoring him! A sudden chill ran down his spine as he continued to stare at his daughter in surprise.
"Am I right?" Lily repeated her question, prompting the latter to give her a nod.
"Yes. You are correct. Ten years ago… My uncle, Qin Wuyang… told me about Bec Facci's real identity. He said… he said some people were looking for her, people from Europe," he answered truthfully. "Then he told me he will help me get my revenge against Zhang Yifei and my father."
This new information caught Lily's interest and it reflected in her eyes. Qin Wuyang was also the same person who made her the heir of the side branch's properties. His identity was a mystery to Lily until now. "Why didn't you contact the Facci Family? They could have helped you."
"No… At that time… the Facci Family was not really influential in any other part of the world aside from Europe. Plus your grandmother didn't have any ties in the black market. If she… If she came to China or Hong Kong and tried to rescue you and your mother then…. I am sure she would have been killed by Qin Hao's men," Qin Chuan answered, his gaze solemn.
Seeing Lily turned silent at his words, Qin Chuan continued, "So I accepted his offer and we agreed that we would wait for the right time to have our revenge. I didn't even ask him why he was doing this and he also didn't tell me why. I always knew that he had some grudges with my father, but I don't know why and I chose not to ask him about it. All I wanted was revenge, all I wanted was to have you and your mother back. He was the one giving me information about what was happening with you and Bec. Three year after that… after your accident… I got angry and impatient. So I tried to send some of our men to get you and your mother. But… I think Zhang Yifei got a hold of the information so…"
"So she decided it was time to dispose of my mother," Lily interrupted him. At first, killing Bec didn't really make any sense to Lily as she and her mother were their hostages. This fact puzzled her for a while. However… now… everything became a little clearer for Lily. "My mother called someone in Europe and told him that the Qin Family was out to kill her. And that they only let her go so they could kill her and me," Lily said as her face became solemn.
Lily could not even mention her name right now as she felt herself raging from the inside. She slowly balled her hands into fists as she looked at Qin Chuan. "She decided to kill Mother so she could show you who is more dominant. She wanted to stop my mother from contacting the Facci Family. She destroyed me to make you hopeless about everything. Then… after I disappeared, she became closer to Qin Yuanfeng as he was the only one whom she could hold as hostage to control you."
"What a sinister human being." Lily noted while her gaze turned pitch black dark as she looked at her father intently.