"Give it to me. My phone is in my left jacket pocket, call Go Jichen and Bei Tian. Speed dial number two and three."
Lily did not say anything as she looked at the black car that was indeed following them. The revving of their own engine made her realize that Zhuo Jingren was already driving above the limit. Without a second thought she followed his instructions and calmly called Bei Tian as well as Go Jichen, informing them of their current situation. Lily did not panic as she got the gun from the secret compartment and held it in her hands.
"How can you drive and shoot the same time?" she asked, her mind started racing as she felt her heartbeat slowly accelerate.
"Do you know how to shoot?" he asked.
"I do. But my aim is really bad," Lily answered honestly. She'd actually tried shooting once but it did not end well as she was really bad at aiming.
He stepped on the accelerator and felt the engine purr. Their speed instantly increased, prompting the car behind them to increase its speed as well. "Can you drive?" he asked as he eyed Lily before shifting his gaze back to the road
"I can..." Lily answered, her eyes on the side mirror as she watched the car behind them. "...but I am not familiar with the roads," she answered. While she was born in Hong Kong, she had not been able to travel a lot. Moreover, when she came back, she made no attempt to familiarise herself with the city as she relied on Yang Mi and her driver to get around.
For some reason Lily started to feel that her lack of emergency preparedness was her greatest weakness. A little embarrassment flashed in her eyes, but it quickly disappeared before Zhuo Jingren could notice it. She was not afraid nor nervous but… she felt that she was useless.
"Don't worry," he reassured her. "Bei Tian and Jichen should be on their way now."
Lily stared at Zhuo Jingren's serious expression before she shifted her eyes to look at the car behind them. "I can drive. Just give me instructions," she said. She might not be familiar with the roads or with every corner of this part of the island, but she was confident that she could follow his directions.
"Good. Let's change seats." Zhuo Jingren quickly adjusted his seat so Lily could sit on his lap first before he moved to the passenger seat. Lily did not wait for him to give another batch of instructions. She carefully sat on his lap and took over the wheel. "What are you doing?" Lily asked when she noticed that Zhuo Jingren did not move and was just looking at the side mirror.
"They disappeared," he stated, his face stern as he began dialling a number on his phone. "The car that was chasing us took a left turn at Yi Street. It was a black Mercedes, plate number…" Lily listened as Zhuo Jingren gave instructions to the person he was talking to. After a few seconds, he ended the call and made sure that no one was following them anymore. He then asked Lily to move back to her seat.
"That was probably Qin Hao. He must have been furious because he wasn't able to frame you," Zhuo Jingren said. "Your games are starting to become dangerous," he frowned. "In my personal opinion, we need to take care of these people as soon as possible to avoid further damage. Just say the word."
Lily did not answer Zhuo Jingren as she was lost in thought. The only possibility would be Qin Hao as Zhang Yifei was not that bold when it came to her attacks. True, she was scheming but she wasn't the type of person that would attack you from the front as she prefers backstabbing people and working behind everyone's back. Lily gazed at her husband whose attention was on the road as she thought about what he just said.
"Do it," she uttered after a few minutes.
"Alright," he replied before calling another number again. "I'll prepare my men. I am going to attack Zhang Chen's base."
"I thought you were going to attack Qin Hao?"
"Let's just cut off the head of the snake before we deal with the tail," he said. This is the reason why Zhuo Jingren didn't like to prolong his actions. To him, this would only give the enemy a chance to retaliate, which was something he tried to avoid as he really didn't want to deal with the secondary issues that always arose while dawdling, plus delaying only led to more collateral damage.
"Okay," Lily said with a nod. "Get his daughter and kill his men. Leave him alive if you can."
"I already said…"
"I have to disagree with you on this one," Lily said. Her voice was gentle yet it still had a hint of authority. "I want him to blame his own sister. If you take his daughter… he will immediately ask for Zhang Yifei's assistance, and when she tells him she can't do anything about it… I am sure Zhang Chen will lose it."
"That is only possible if he loves his daughter," Zhuo Jingren said. Lily's scheming nature and his direct ways were always bound to clash. This was already within his expectations. However, Zhuo Jingren was not planning to get soft and give Lily what she wanted, especially when it risked putting her in danger. "I don't want to risk it. I don't ever want to give them the chance to retaliate."
Lily stared at Zhuo Jingren intently. She understood that he was just thinking about her safety and she truly appreciated that. "I want them to experience what I experienced before."
"I didn't say that you couldn't let them experience that, but don't get blinded by your anger," Zhuo Jingren advised. "I'm not preventing you from scheming but I want you to know that I am very worried about all of this. I want you to listen to the words that I am saying and stop being stubborn. The time for making them suffer will eventually come, but for now I want you to consider my plans. Your safety is my number one priority, and I won't hesitate to stop you from doing whatever you are doing in order to ensure that you are safe."
Lily instantly frowned at Zhuo Jingren's words. She shifted her gaze unto the road before looking at his handsome face again. "Who are you? And where did my henpecked husband go?"