"You have been trying to avoid talking to me for hours now. If you continue doing this... I will start assuming that you remember what you did yesterday," Zhuo Jingren said as he eyed Lily whose face was glued towards the newspaper. He then beamed when he remembered how Lily acted as if nothing had happened upon waking up the next day in their hotel room. However, she started acting weirdly the moment they got inside the car that would bring them to the airport.
They are now on the way to Facci Group's tower, and Lily kept up on her pretense, reading a newspaper and refusing to say a thing.. And yet, Lily still acted shy, her face flushed - or maybe she was feeling guilty. Zhuo Jingren laughed inwardly.
"Ehem... I am busy reading."
"Yeah.... you totally remember," he chuckled. "That was too careless... I can't let you do that again."
"Really?" Lily lifted her head to look at him. Realizing that she had asked the wrong question, her face instantly contorted into a frown. Her face placid before she continued, "Yes... I agree. Let's not do it again."
This earned another laughter from Zhuo Jingren.
After the news got out that the Facci Group won the bidding, Mr. Beau and other executives sent their congratulatory messages to both Lily and Mr. Han. After all, winning the bid was a big move, a big step for the future endeavors of the Facci Group as they continue to spread their influence in China.
"I have decided that we should start developing the Harmony Isle in China and Singapore as well," Lily said. "Let's take advantage of the momentum and continue to gain a good footing in Mainland China."
"Does this mean that we are going to expand other businesses in China too?" one of the executives asked before continuing, "If so, we need to study the market as soon as possible. That could be our main focus next year."
"You are right. I am indeed planning to do it next year. You don't have to worry.... everything will be discussed at our year-end, shareholders meeting. The new list of targets and proposals will be given to everyone. For now... I want all of us to focus on the problems that some of our businesses abroad have encountered lately."
Lily continued with the meeting for another hour before she left the conference room to read some of the reports that Yang Mi handed to her.
"He is awake?" Lily lifted an eyebrow. Yang Mi just informed her that Qin Liwei had woken up from his coma.
"Yes... he just gained consciousness this morning."
"Good. Cancel my schedule for the rest of the day. I will go and talk to Qin Liwei. Prepare everything that we have. Today is a good day to cause chaos inside the Qin Family."
Yang Mi did not utter a word as she nodded. This was not new. Yang Mi knew how Lily hated waiting so she would tend to strike first before her enemies could even scheme against her.
"Send those images to Xuan Hui," she added. "I want to see how Qin Fei would feel seeing her husband's arm wrapped around another woman."
"President... I also heard some news about that matter. The VIP card of that lingerie store is pretty normal on the surface. I have to ask some of our people in Europe to check its embedded microchip. At first, I was not sure if it's possible but apparently, we received results. I just heard it from Cathy this morning."
"Oh?" Lily lifted an eyebrow. This VIP card in question was the one that Zhuo Jingren had for that lingerie shop where Lily felt a very strong negative vibe. This happened when they went inside the VIP fitting room that had weird lighting and a sofa that was too big for a single person to sit on. She recalled feeling a little defensive the moment she entered the room. Because of this, she left without fitting her lingerie and ended up asking Zhuo Jingren if she could have the card.
While Lily had actually forgotten about this matter, Zhuo Jingren's story about the Lee Family and the Zhou Family in Mainland China made her realize that she needed to have the card examined. She wanted to know if someone was trying to scheme against Zhuo Jingren using that VIP card.
"Yes. Apparently, the code of that card was a series of algorithm that will inform another machine once used. Unfortunately, our team was not able to track the source."
"And did you make sure to keep this a secret against George's people in our team?"
Yang Mi nodded, "Positive. I didn't tell them a single thing. I also followed your order and asked Cathy to slowly distance ourselves from them."
"Good. Very good." Lily nodded. While she would trust George with her life, Lily would never trust his son, Jack Arison. This was because of two reasons. One, she does not really know what happened to George and Jack is practically a stranger to her. Second, she found Jack too patient, almost like a cunning ambush predator that traps his prey by strategy. Jack already endured years and years of abuse from Sofia in the past. In the end, Jack still survived and is now the CEO of Arison Holdings. He was also smart and was very good at hiding his true intentions. Overall, this made Lily reluctant to even collaborate with the man. After all, having brains and patience is the most deadly combination in the industry that they were in.
"I have accepted his proposal," Qin Mo said, his face dark and sullen as he looked at his son. "If we want to touch Lily's hair then we should target the person who is protecting her. That is her husband."
Qin Liwei did not respond to his father's words. He only furrowed his brows and looked at the ceiling. For some reason, something was telling him that Lily was not the type of person that would have him killed. Qin Liwei found this belief absurd. In his mind, Lily was a ruthless woman who married a murderer. Hence, it was very possible for them to kill him just to silence him.
Then Qin Liwei remember the crazed smile of that man. He shivered. What if it wasn't Lily after all?