Meanwhile, Zhuo Jingren was staring at a cup of steaming coffee in his hand as he listened to Bei Tian talk excitedly in front of him. Across Bei Tian was a woman wearing a pink cheongsam who had a gentle smile on her face.
"I actually agree with Little Lin. We should arrange for something like this for the orphanage," Bei Tian said. Lin Yu Yan came by Zhuo Capital with a proposal to co-organize a fundraiser for the orphanage and currently, she and Bei Tian were going through the details. "I mean… maybe we could raise enough funds for a children's hospital. I think we could actually do that. With Little Lin's influence in Mainland China and your influence in Hong Kong, that is very achievable."
Zhuo Jingren kept his silence as he looked at Bei Tian intently. Bei Tian's excitement was apparent in his eyes as he smiled and waited for Zhuo Jingren to answer. "Hmmm…" Zhuo Jingren nodded. "Go ahead and work with Miss Lin. You can be in charge of this."
"Elder Brother Zhuo, I think it would be better if…"
"I don't have the time. Besides, Bei Tian is usually the one who handles events like this in my company. He's very capable and experienced. I trust that he will do a good job."
Zhuo Jingren then shifted his gaze towards Lin Yu Yan and said, "I will donate five million HKD for now and another fifteen million HKD after the event. That is the best that I can do."
"But… I mean... don't you always have a soft spot for children? I think your presence during the event would make a big difference and give them hope when they see how successful you are."
"Are you saying that Bei Tian is not as successful as me?" Zhuo Jingren asked, his face devoid of any expression. The temperature of the room instantly dropped as he stared at Lin Yu Yan.
"Oi. Jingren… that's not what Little Lin meant," Bei Tian said with a frown. "She just wanted to inspire the kids even more. If they see the three of us and other successful people from the orphanage together, it would inspire them more."
"My presence is not needed…" Zhuo Jingren stopped talking when he saw Secretary Go enter his office. There seemed to be a sense of urgency in him as he ran towards Zhuo Jingren and whispered a couple of sentences into the latter's ear.
Bei Tian and Lin Yu Yan saw as Zhuo Jingren's expression instantly turned cold before he slowly rose from his seat and said, "I don't manage fundraisers Miss Lin, I make donations." He then left the room without saying another word. Seeing this, Bei Tian's face also darkened and he asked one of his men to escort Lin Yu Yan out of the office. He then ran after Zhuo Jingren.
"What's wrong?" Bei Tian asked after he got into the elevator with Zhuo Jingren. "Did something happen to Lily?" In Bei Tian's mind, the only thing that could stir up his friend is if something happened to Lily.
"Why did you bring her here?" Zhuo Jingren ignored Bei Tian's question. "Why at this particular time?"
"She insisted on seeing you today," Bei Tian answered as he remembered how Lin Yu Yan called him just today requesting a meeting with Zhuo Jingren. Bei Tian was the only person who could see Zhuo Jingren anytime, without an appointment. So it was only reasonable for Lin Yu Yan to ask Bei Tian for this favor.
"You don't like her anymore." It wasn't a question. However, this was only met with silence from Bei Tian.
"What happened this time? Is it the Zhou Family?" Bei Tian shifted the topic. "Our security is very thorough, there is no way that they could even get close to Lily to attack her."
In response, Zhuo Jingren clenched his jaw. When the elevator door opened, he took long strides towards his car as Bei Tian followed closely behind. "It's the Lees," he uttered before he got inside the car with Bei Tian tagging along.
"What do you think the old man wants?" Bei Tian asked, his face grim.
"He probably wanted her to stay away from me," Zhuo Jingren answered as the car left the parking lot and headed towards Lily's location.
Meanwhile, Lin Yu Yan's expression was dark as she entered her car. "Do you know where are they going?" she asked.
"I have someone who's following them, young miss. We will know soon."
"Then take me there," Lin Yu Yan said. While Bei Tian was all smiles when he was talking to her earlier, she sensed that there was a difference in his attitude towards her. It just wasn't the same. Is it possible that Bei Tian does not like her anymore? This made Lin Yu Yan confused. Just a few months ago, Bei Tian was treating her like a Queen; he would call to talk to her every day and whenever he's overseas, he wouldn't forget to send her gifts and souvenirs. But this exchange between them completely stopped a few weeks back. What could have gone wrong?
Lin Yu Yan let out a sigh of exasperation as she thought back to what happened at Zhuo Jingren's office earlier. It was obvious that Zhuo Jingren didn't want to see her. He wouldn't even look at her for more than two seconds. His words were sharp and direct as usual. It was obvious that he didn't want to interact with her. Should she just give up like this?
Lin Yu Yan bit her lip. Years ago, she decided to stop pursuing Zhuo Jingren because she knew that she was useless against Qin Jinghua. She thought it would be completely useless for her to even try given that his heart was already taken. She even thought that Zhuo Jingren would never marry anyone apart from Qin Jinghua. Who would have thought that he would marry a foreigner? This made Lin Yu Yan furious. She thought that Zhuo Jingren married Lily because of her influence in Europe. How could he do this? If he was looking for an influential woman to marry, why didn't he choose her? Lin Yu Yan's affection towards Zhuo Jingren was pretty obvious. How could he ignore this fact?
Lin Yu Yan found this insulting. She was also successful and LSC have influence in US and Europe. While it was not as big as the Facci Group, it should be enough to help Zhuo Jingren in his endeavor to expand his business. Lin Yu Yan remembered how Bei Tian refused to tell her anything about Zhuo Jingren's wife which led her to believe that the latter had told Bei Tian to keep his marriage a secret..
This only made Lin Yu Yan believe that her initial suspicions about this marriage was right. She then remembered how Zhuo Jingren had placed that necklace around Lily's neck. She recalled his gentle eyes as he gazed lovingly at the woman before him. Was it all an act? Was it possible that Zhuo Jingren had completely forgotten about Qin Jinghua? If he did… then why didn't he choose her instead of a woman whom he just met a few months back?