Li Shanshan narrowed her eyes at the man in front of her. "President Zhuo, Renren or whatever your name is. I want you to listen… And you listen well… My Lily stopped needing people a long time ago. With your status and connections, I won't be surprised if you already knew this about her."
"My Lily, is the strongest person that I know. She is her own heroine. So I trust that she will know what to do with you."
"Since you have the guts to express your feelings to my best friend, I won't discourage you from courting her. If you succeed, good for you. If you fail, I won't be angry at you either. But, if you ever make her cry, then know this… I will not just idly stand by and watch her get hurt in the process of her opening up to you. Though I am not as rich as you, I do have access to an endless supply of grenades and launchers. Hurt my friend and I will make sure that she will be the last woman that you hurt in this world and in this lifetime. Are we clear?"
To her surprise, Zhuo Jingren didn't seem offended by her threats. He even nodded and smiled at her. "I am glad she has a friend like you." Then he shifted his eyes to the door and watched as Yang Mi walk in with the medicine in her hand. "I will make her some soup for nourishment," he said before walking out of the room.
Lily woke up at noon with a very bad headache. She sluggishly got out of the bed while trying to recall the last thing that happened before she passed out. However, the throbbing in her stomach disrupted her thoughts. Lily let out a sigh before walking out of her room, her movements slow and weak.
"Glad that you are awake. Here, have some chicken soup. I personally made this for you," a husky voice spoke and Lily almost jumped. Seeing that it was Zhuo Jingren, she immediately patted her chest before she furrowed her brows.
"Why are you here?" she asked, almost hating the fact that she had to ask this same question over and over again whenever it came to this man. Seeing that the man was giving her a confused look, she continued, "You should not be here. You should be in your company managing your own people."
"You are... my people." he answered before giving her a bowl of warm chicken soup. "You have not been sleeping and eating well. Your body can barely hold on. Are you planning to kill yourself?"
"Who gave you permission to talk to me like that?" Lily snapped, while trying to hide her amusement of seeing the man in a pink apron that was too small for him. "You are not needed here. Please leave."
"The more you push me away, the more I will pester you," he answered, "Eat, before it gets cold."
A flash of helplessness appeared in Lily's eyes. "What do you want?"
"You know what I want."
"I thought that I had made it clear to you that I can't marry you."
"Then just give me a chance," he said. "I will convince you to marry me."
Lily shook her head, feeling incredulous at his persistence. She started drinking the soup before her. "You seemed confident," she stated. Lily was sure that threats would not work on a man like Zhuo Jingren. Moreover, she was in his territory. With his influence he could easily bend the laws to his favor. She could only accept with a heavy heart that in this country, Zhuo Jingren was superior to her. But she would work hard to change this.
"I am very confident," he concurred before taking off the apron. "Why don't you think about this from the business perspective? I am the perfect husband. Our union would only mean more profits and you would definitely benefit."
"You also need someone to take care of you. Your secretary told me that your meals, or if you even considered that a meal, are just some vegetables and fruits blended together. How is that enough?" he added. "This marriage is long overdue. We need this as soon as possible."
"You are too nosey," Lily said. "But you have a point. I shall take up your offer and accept your proposal," she said while drinking another mouthful of soup.
"Then let's go and get our marriage certificate."
"What certificate? I meant that I will agree to you wooing me." Lily said. Since she had intentions of staying in Hong Kong for a month, she would use this time to test Zhuo Jingren's resolve to be with her. If Zhuo Jingren was to see her at her worst, she was sure that his affection for her would lessen and it was only a matter of time that he would leave her and not bother her again.
Lily smiled inwardly while praising herself for coming up with this brilliant plan. She would purposely behave badly in front of Zhuo Jingren to scare him away. This was the perfect plan ah. Or so she thought.