Dec 05, Monday
Just forty-eight hours after the bombing incident, the police found a suspect who confessed that he was the one who bombed the restaurant. According to him, he used to work as a waiter of the said restaurant and he was fired unjustly. The management also refused to gave him his compensation. Because of this, he decided to ruin the restaurant, killing over ten people and wounding at least fifteen guests who were dining at that time.
The news was enough to satisfy the public's thirst for justice. Thus, the story was spread like a wildfire by the media, solving the mystery of the bomber and giving answers to many public inquiries.
"He confessed?" Lily asked.
"Hmmm." He nodded. "I don't believe him."
Lily nodded as well before she fell into contemplation. She looked out of the window and watched the clouds float aimlessly. "We are going to land in Shanghai soon," she uttered. Lily was originally scheduled to have a meeting for the renovation of the original Arison Mall, turning it into Harmony Isle just like what they did with the one in Hong Kong.
At first, Zhuo Jingren insisted that they stay on Sky City for a few more days, however, Lily convinced him that missing their appointment could only mean that the incident affected them. Moreover, not many people knew that they were in the restaurant and she wanted to keep it that way.
"Hmmm… I will check our Zhuo Capital Branch in Shanghai so Daohu will drive you around for a while." Zhuo Jingren said before he handed Lily a folder. "This contained the list of the people that were already invited to our wedding in Italy. I already sent the invitation. Take a look and tell me if you want to add some people."
"Alright." Lily nodded. Their wedding will be on the twenty-fifth of January, so, it was only normal for them to send their invitation a few weeks before the said date. "The Facci was not a big family, to begin with. All I have left are distant relatives and we are not close as my grandmother had no interactions with them."
"And your grandfather's family?"
"I will contact Cathy and inquire about them." Lily furrowed her brows as she tried to recall the things that her grandmother used to tell her. She could not remember Lilian talking about her grandfather's family at all. This was probably because they stripped him out of his title when he was younger. "How about you? Did you invite a lot of people from the orphanage?"
"No. Just the cook." He smiled. "We should go see him when we have the time. I also asked him to work for us after our wedding, and he agreed. He is very good at making tonics so it would be good to have him around."
Lily nodded in response. She remembered that Zhuo Jingren was not close to the people in the orphanage except that mute cook named, Baozhai.
"Also…" Zhuo Jingren made a deliberate paused as he stared at Lily. "I decided to meet with Isaac Lee. I am about to schedule a meeting with him."
"About to?" she lifted an eyebrow.
"Well… I was waiting for your approval. If you don't like me to meet him, then… I won't." His words instantly made Lily laugh. She shook her head, amusement apparent in her eyes.
"It's not a problem. Just take me along with you."
"Of course." He smiled before he looked out of the window. The plane already started descending, so the couple stopped talking and waited for the plane to land.
After a few minutes, Zhuo Jingren and Lily left the airport in one car with Yang Mi, Secretary Go, and Daohu as the driver.
"Tonight, there is a gala for the benefit of some orphanages in Shanghai. Lin Yu Yan sent an invitation for me and Bei Tian." Zhuo Jingren said, his jaws clenched. "We should go."
"Hmm?" Lily eyed the small bandage on Zhuo Jingren's forehead. "You are still wounded from the explosion."
"The Zhous will be there. Namely… my cousin, Zhou Huifang and his sister Zhou Lanying."
Thick silence followed his words as Lily shifted her gaze out of the car. The streets of Shanghai were already busy. "Bei Tian's biological brother and sister? What makes you decide to see them?"
"The bombing incident," he said. "I originally wanted to avoid them as I don't want any chaos. I want to live peacefully with you. But… I believe they have already discovered my identity and started to target us. I am the sole heir of the original Zhou Family before they killed my grandfather and hunted my mother and father. They are the ones that should fear me and not the other way around."
"That is exactly why they are targeting you. They fear you and the things that you could do. They don't want you to inform the world that you are a Zhou. Imagine all those shareholders faces when they know that the owner of the Zhou Co. is still alive?" Lily answered as her face turned serious. "I was sure that the reason why Isaac met me a few weeks ago was to put a target mark on my back. He wanted to me become the Zhou Family's target. He wanted them to deal with me in an attempt to hurt you. I was going to say that we should deal with that poisonous grandfather of yours first. But… I think this is good too."
"Isaac is a clown." Zhuo Jingren said a sinister glint flashing in his eyes. "He wanted to protect me by getting rid of you. And then what? Did he expect me to hide like a rat after they deal with you? He miscalculated everything."
"Seems like your world has become chaotic after I arrived, President Zhuo," Lily noted a small smile was on her lips. "Isaac was telling me to leave you to protect you while Jack told me to leave you to protect myself. Isn't this like… the world against our relationship?"
Lily's words earned a chuckle from Zhuo Jingren as he looked at her. "Nah. It's not the world against our relationship. It's us against the world. There should be a difference." The couple fell into a puddle of laughter as they realized how amusing those words sound.
Meanwhile, the three people around them could only lower their heads in embarrassment. It is alright for couples to act like this when they were alone.
Why are they acting like this in front of so many people?
Secretary Go eyed Yang Mi before he lowered his head. Then his lips lifted into a small smile as his ears turned scarlet.