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"What was your point?" Zhou Jintao furrowed his brows.
"He's got a smart wife," his brother's lips lifted into a smile. "What do you think will happen if he loses her?"
"That man will lose his mind. Ah…. And his mother… his mother will surely reveal herself, no? After all, she had been watching him for a long time now. Once her son goes crazy…"
Zhou Jintao stared at his brother. His face was devoid of any expression as he thought of his brother's obsession with Zhuo Jingren's mother. Everyone in the family knows how that woman had altered his brother's personality, yet no one wanted to address this issue. Not even their father.
"Once she is vulnerable, then… I can find a way to get close to her." Zhou Kang continued, his tone sinister as he narrowed his eyes and smiled at his brother. "That cousin of ours… hehe… I have been waiting for too long. Too long. You can't believe that amount of torture that I have planned to give him once I finally capture him."
Zhou Jintao sighed inwardly. Because of a silly love triangle and greed, his own brother and father destroyed the original Zhou Family. "I don't want to get involved in any of this," he uttered.
"What do you mean?" Zhou Kang tilted his head.
"Brother…" Zhou Jintao let out a loud sigh. "Father is already involving my daughter in his plans. I can't… I have been thinking of plans to stop him. I won't allow my daughter to marry into that Shangguan man. I don't think I can help you with your plans now that I am occupied with this matter." Zhou Jintao watched as his brother gave him a questioning look. It was as if he doesn't understand the words that he was saying. He sneered inwardly as he thought about his brother's manipulating habits. He was sure that the one who suggested this marriage was his own brother. He was also sure that he was planning to use this to manipulate him into helping his older brother.
"Oh… So that is your only problem, eh?" As expected, this brother's face lit up after he said those words. If Zhou Jintao's guess was right, then, this was just all Zhou Kang's way to trap him. Make him do his bidding with the condition that he will help and asked their father to dissolve this marriage.
This was not the first time that his brother did this to him or to anyone that he wanted to use for his crazy revenge against the people who didn't actually do anything to him. But can Zhou Jintao do something about it?
He is powerless. The only reason why his brother wanted his help is that unlike his brother who had been drinking and drowning himself in girls for the past thirty years, Zhou Jintao had actually built connections with people. Businessmen that could help them in whatever it is that his crazy brother had wanted to do.
"Yes. This issue had been keeping me awake for nights now." Zhou Jintao nodded as he decided to once again, bite the bait that his brother was using. He actually does not have a choice. Their father favors his older brother so much, he would easily agree to whatever it is that he will tell him- whatever it is that he wanted.
"Then stop thinking about it. I will handle it. As long as you help me get some contacts in Hong Kong. Good ones. I want some people in the black market. Maybe the ones… the ones who took over the Tang Empire? I heard that they are good. And they are big, they should not be afraid to become Zhuo Jingren's enemy, no?" Zhou Kang gave him a smile full of reassurance as he leaned towards his chair. Victory can be seen all over his face. "If you agree with me, then… drink. Let's drink to that." He handed his younger brother a glass full of alcohol.
In response, Zhou Jintao accepted the glass and drank it without saying anything. Once again, he knew that his brother won. Once again, he knew that there is nothing he could do in his current powerless circumstances.
Zhou Jintao woke up with a headache.
He clutched his head as he narrowed his eyes at his surroundings. He was in his old room at the mansion, he instantly concluded before he sat on his bed. A medicine and a glass of water that was placed in his bed-side table caught his attention. He frowned before drinking the water. In this house, he wouldn't drink any medicine that was given by his brother and father. Then he started to massage his head again.
Yesterday, he ended up drinking more than what he had planned. In the end, he got too drunk and fell asleep in his seat. He was sure that the scene of him drunk would have made his brother beaming with joy. He sighed inwardly as he rose from his bed and walked towards the chair so he could sit and wear his shoes.
After wearing his shoes and his coat, he went out of his room and walked towards his father's study. He wanted to bid him goodbye before going to his own home and inquire about his daughter's current state.
"What do you mean? You agreed to his request?" his father's old croaky voice stopped Zhou Jintao from his track. He looked towards the balcony just a few meters away from their father's study.
"Lower down your voice, father. You don't want to wake him up, do you?" Zhou Kang's voice followed instantly making Zhou Jintao furrowed his brows. He slowly approached the balcony as he glanced at his watch. A few minutes past 10 in the morning. This could only mean that they were having their breakfast in the balcony, he concluded.
"What do you mean by that?" His father's voice was a little softer than the previous one.
"I said I will help him convince you." Zhou Kang answered. "I said… help. I didn't give him the assurance that you will agree, right?"
Zhou Jintao froze as he heard Zhou Kang's words, followed by his ominous laughter.
1. Zhou Jintao and Zhou Kang are brothers.
2. They are Zhou Jingren's biological father's cousin.
3. Zhou Jintao is Zhou Lanying and Zhou Huifang's father.
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