"I wonder what you were doing in the secluded area in the west of the estate." Tao Ai touched the dirt on Xiu Mei's clothes and rubbed it in between fingers. Her gaze turned vicious, "You dare to cross my path, now I'll show your true colors in front of master and madam. Do you think I don't know that you've come here with ulterior motives? Just wait and watch."
Xiu mei shoved her hands inside pocket, her face was as calm as ever.
Tao Ai clutched the phone tightly in her hand and went inside the mansion with a wide grin pasted on her mouth.
When Xiu Mei followed her to see what she was up to and looked around the living room. Feng Dingxiong was seated on the couch with legs crossed, reading a file while Liu Ning was seated near the fireplace, her eyes glued at Tao Ai who was desperately scrolling through her phone.
Feng Dingxiong looked up from his glasses and Xiu Mei slow blinked to reassure him.
Tao Ai: "Where is it? The photograph should be here only…. Where is it?" She looked at Liu Ning with moist eyes, "Madam, trust me! I saw her digging the ground and hide something inside. It shone brightly under the moonlight like sparkling diamonds and crystals. And soon after, her phone rang, she even clicked the picture of the thing and send it to someone. I'm sure her intentions are not good. I never saw her working on the estate. She just appears and disappears in a blink of an eye. Even the servants are helping her secretly. Don't know what she is up to but we must not let ourselves be tricked by this con woman!"
She stopped midway on seeing Xiu Mei walking in and pointed at her muddy clothes and shoes. "See, the dirt is still all over her. Tell madam where were you just now? What did you hide? Who was the caller?"
Liu Ning looked at Xiu's clothes with raised brows. She was alarmed by Tao Ai's words.
"Looks like Miss. Tao receives salary to spy on me." Xiu Mei opened her mouth to say.
"Do you have a problem with that? Haven't you spied on me the very first day? I never stole the earrings; it was you who falsely planted the proofs against me." Tao Ai took the opportunity to shake the blame of earrings off of her shoulder and put it on Xiu. She believed that Madam Feng has had not kicked her out and asked her to keep a close watch on Xiu because she still trusted her.
"My time is precious, instead of framing a shrew-like you I'll rather prefer going for Uncle Chen or Assistant Jun." Xiu Mei said with a poker face, "I'm a technical engineer who receives pay to improve and maintain the equipment installed, unlike Miss Tao who is of no use. My job involves working on the field, having dirt on my clothes is common. Go buy yourself some brain and then talk to me."
Xiu Mei looked at Liu Ning respectfully, "Madam can access surveillance videos through phone. I won't say anything else in my defense."
Liu Ning checked the videos and saw nothing suspicious about Xiu. She had indeed dug the ground, but either to check the underground wires or set the ladder securely.
Tao Ai saw the video too, her face paled. How is the video different from what she witnessed? Where is the shining thing that Xiu carried? Why did the time in the video matched with the latest?
Xiu Mei: "If Miss Tao still has some doubts then feel free to get the sparkling diamonds and crystals out of the ground. I'll take my leave. Tomorrow I've to leave early to purchase some necessary things. Good night madam!"
Tao Ai "…."
While leaving Xiu Mei looked at her own phone in pocket and smirked, 'Silly!'. Her gaze met with Feng Dingxiong's and the later winked.
Xiu Mei "…."
Butler Chen's House
Xiu Mei activated the shield after the device was switched off. In order to avoid being caught she will wait just 30 extra seconds after fifteen minutes time frame gets over to check if Yang Mi was able to invade the shield or not.
Countdown to 10….9….8.....3….2….1….0
Her nails were bitten down to skin as she anxiously looked at the signal and time clicking on clock. Within the perimeter of shield no outside satellite can establish communication with the device in Liu Ning's brain. Xiu Mei can clearly see it on her computer how someone was trying to establish the communication but the shield was holding it back.
Yang Mi was pushed into a panic mode when she failed to establish the connection again.
"Move!" Yang Shao shoved her to the side and took over the computer. For thirty seconds he struggled to establish the connection again and Xiu Mei was anxious to see if they'll be able to break the shield or not.
Although she was confident, the stakes were too high that she didn't let her guards down.
After thirty seconds she closed the shield, letting them establish the connection. This was just the trailer complete picture that will be premiered on the day of surgery.
Yang Mi and Yang Shao wiped the sweat off of their forehead.
"What just happened?" Yang Mi looked at Yang Shao.
"Nothing much! Must be a technical glitch! Afterall the device is more than twenty years old. Anyways, the problem lasted only a few seconds. Don't worry!" He didn't paid much heed as the problem was solved within seconds.
Qiao Ting led the way and Xiu Mei followed him wearing a black hoodie that covered her head. Instead of supporting a mask, her eyes were hidden inside oversized sunglasses.
They have gathered at Elder Qiao's mansion to discuss Liu Ning's surgery and the method Xiu Mei and Elder Qiao Li have come up with.
Like a gentleman Qiao Ting opened the door for the lady and let her enter the study before following her, closing the door behind.
On the couch, Dr. Wang Shi, Feng Junjie, Elder Qiao, Ge Yifan (The one who did Xiu Mei's eye surgery), Elder Qiao's wife Tang Wenyan and a young man that seems to be a few years younger than Qiao Ting was seated.
The Xiu Mei's brows furrowed when her gaze landed on the young man's face. She doesn't want the involvement of strangers in her plan. Who knows if they are friends or foe!
The panel Dr. Wang Shi had decided for the surgery includes only three other doctors i.e. Elder Qiao as the lead surgeon while his wife will be the anesthesiologist. Dr. Wang Shi will keep the heart rate in control and Ge Yifan will help Xiu Mei in attaching the pulse generator that would be attached in the eyes.
She looked at Dr. Wang and Elder Qiao looking for the explanation but before that, the man got up from his seat. "I'm Zian, a family friend." He extended his hand forward but Xiu Mei clasped her hands at the back and gave a half-hearted nod before shifting her gaze to Qiao Li, "I'll discuss everything only with the people concerning the surgery. As Mr. Qiao Ting is already aware of our set up he may stay. But for the others, they've to leave." She was indirectly pointing at Zian to leave the room ASAP.