["What? You think you deserve to be my woman?" the handsome man in front of Lily Qin sneered at the sight of her wearing the white wedding dress.
"Ah Hui.. what are you talking about? Today is our wedding day. How could you not show up? This is an embarrassment to both of our families," Lily said, failing to compose herself.
"Elder sister, you should stop acting like the perfect fiancée," mocked the beautiful woman who was leaning on the man's arms. "Your scandal has been already posted online. Everyone knows that you cheated on your fiancé."
"I did not!" Lily instantly paled, wondering if they knew about the accident that had happened a month before. "Why would you say that? Ah Hui, I would never cheat on you."
"I see. You are not only a cheater, but also a liar." The man took a sip from the glass of wine in his hand.
"What are you talking about, Xuan Hui?" she asked as unshed tears blurred her vision.
"What are you talking about?"
"What are you talking about?"
"President! President wake up!" Yang Mi's voice instantly jolted Lily awake.
Her gaze turned dark when she thought about her dream. She could not remember the last time she had dreamed of those events. Yet, there she was dreaming of them again. Why now?
"President… there's…" Yang Mi awkwardly gave her a pink handkerchief, "You have tears…"
Lily Qin accepted the handkerchief and wiped the tears staining her face. "When are we landing?" She asked, ignoring Yang Mi's curious gaze.
"In an hour. It's currently night time in Hong Kong, but I already made arrangements for everything. There will be a car waiting for us. I'm sure no one will know of your arrival," Yang Mi said. For some reason, the president emphasized the importance of keeping her arrival a secret from everyone. Not even the group of directors that would follow them the next day knew that the president would arrive in Hong Kong earlier than them.
Lily did not respond to her secretary's words. She closed her eyes as memories of that dreadful day came back to her.
A month before her wedding day, Lily and her fiancé, Xuan Hui, argued over her younger sister. Because of that, she went to her favorite bar and had a little drink, expecting her fiancé to come and coax her to go home.
Who would have thought that someone would spike her drink, and she would end up sleeping with the man who was sitting next to her?
The worst thing about the entire episode was that the man was an escort!
Although Lily regretted what happened, her selfishness still kicked in. She wanted to marry Young Master Xuan so badly and leave the Qin family that she decided to keep this incident a secret. Although Lily knew that what she felt for Xuan Hui at that time was not love, it did not stop her from craving for a better life away from her family.
Lily could not deny that she was grossed out because of what happened. However, she was not a saint. Xuan Hui had already taken her virginity months before she slept with the stranger.
He would not notice any difference, right?
With this in mind, Lily left a hefty sum of money for the escort, hoping that he would keep his mouth shut and not disturb her again. It was nothing but a one night stand — a mistake, nothing more.
The dumb Lily had never considered that she had fallen into her fiancé's scheme. She thought that she could outsmart him, that she could be selfish and leave the Qin family.
She was wrong.
On her wedding day, her stepsister, stepmother, and fiancé chose to expose everything. And it ruined her. Images of her in a man's arms spread online like wildfire. The news of Xuan Hui's fiancée cheating on him instantly broke the internet.
But that was not the end of it.
On that same day, she lost more than herself. She was not talking about her fiancé nor her family. No, she was talking about her life, her mother and…
She fell into depression and attempted to kill herself over and over again. She was ruined. The Qin family had abandoned her, and her friends never answered her calls.
Everyone mocked her.
But who could she blame other than herself? She wanted to leave the Qin family so bad that she sacrificed her dignity. She lost everything because of her stupidity.
And that was her state when her maternal grandmother, Lilian Facci found her; crazy in an alley, sobbing and trying to slit her wrist.
A mocking smile escaped from Lily's lips before she let out a long sigh.
She was selfish and had learned her lesson in the most painful manner.
She already had someone investigate what happened that night. However, for some reason, everything about the person she slept with was deleted. There was no CCTV footage or proof of his identity. It was as if the man had disappeared into thin air. All she remembered was his face.
Still, it was useless.
She always thought that Xuan Hui had something to do with it. Or maybe her stepmother. Who knew?
All she knew was that she was about to land in her birthplace, the place that she dreaded the most.