Chapter 84: Scheme

Huo Mian nodded her head…

Huo Siqian smiled, "See, I knew my little sister Mian is the most reliable one. When it really counts, a person's true colors will come out."

"Big brother, what are you trying to say? It's not that I don't want to do it, I'm just not feeling well..." Huo Yanyan tried to explain.

"Alright, stop fighting. It's settled then." Huo Zhenghai gave Huo Mian a complicated look.

- After 9 PM -

Huo Mian was the only one left in the mourning hall. Several wreaths were placed on the sides of the coffin, within which her grandmother's body lied.

She was told that the funeral was tomorrow so she would have to stay for the night.

Huo Mian graduated from medical school and had worked in the hospital for so long, so she was accustomed to being around dead bodies.

Besides, it was her close relative's, so she wasn't scared at all.

Huo Yanyan is such a chicken… This family really can't be counted on.

She slightly bowed her head to burn some joss paper. Suddenly, she heard footsteps behind her.

"You… Thank you for your work tonight."

That old and sophisticated voice was Huo Zhenghai's.

"I did what I should have done," Huo Mian didn't turn her head around and answered in a plain tone.

"I heard that you hadn't eaten all night. I asked someone to prepare some late-night snacks for you. They will be here soon."

"I'm not hungry."

"How… is your mother?" Huo Zhenghai asked with slight hesitation.

"Thanks to you, she's pretty good," Huo Mian said deliberately.

"You two have the same temper and are both so strong-minded."

"You are funny, President Huo. It's nice that we're self-reliant. After all, there's no one we can rely on forever, so relying on ourselves is the only way to go." 

Huo Mian's words made Huo Zhenghai a little jittery.

"Huo Mian, actually, back then…"

"I'm sorry. I have no interests in what happened between the two of you. If there's nothing else, please leave, President Huo. Didn't the feng shui practitioner say that only one person could stay?"

"Have you ever thought… about coming back?"

"I don't want to."

"Do you know what you're giving up if you reject my proposal?"

"Some sort of right to an inheritance probably. I'm not interested. President Huo, you don't have to feel guilty. Grandma passed away now and I won't be coming back to this home anymore."

"You..." Huo Zhenghai didn't think that Huo Mian would refuse to come back to the Huo family, even after he invited her in person.

Siqian said that she currently worked in a hospital and was still an intern nurse. She must have led a hard life.

With one word, he could assign her to a high-level managerial position within the Huo Corporation, where she could earn a high salary without doing heavy work.

However, she still rejected him…

She really was just as stubborn and willful as her mother…

- Inside the Huo family's mansion -

"Siqian, I see that you are really nice to that kid. Do you two talk to each other in private?" Jiang Hong asked, looking at her son with a teacup in her hand.

"No. I want to, but she doesn't seem to like me."

"I can tell that you are very protective of her. Do you have any plans?"

Huo Siqian walked behind Jiang Hong and began massaging her back, "Mom, what do you think?"

"Are you thinking about helping her come back to the Huo family so she can be on our side, and we'll be able to get more shares of the family company?" Jiang Hong knew her son well. Although he wasn't her biological son, she raised him since he was an infant. She knew he wasn't someone who would get the short end of a deal.

"It is a good idea, but it's not going so well. That girl just doesn't want to come back. Maybe the shares would work on other people, but she doesn't even care about it. Besides, even though she's living an ordinary person's life, it doesn't mean that she's not happy with it."

"Really? I can ask her. If you want, I will help you."

"It's okay, mom, you can enjoy retirement. Let me handle this issue. I'm not worried about the other two idiots." Huo Siqian smiled slightly.

Qin Chu was supposed to take a midnight flight and arrive in the city by 3 AM, but he thought it would be too late. So, after he finished signing the contract, he drove to another city's airport and took a different flight to get back much earlier. It was only 11:50 PM when he got off the plane.

After he got off, he went straight to his home at Imperial Park. He thought Huo Mian would be asleep, but the house was empty when he opened the door. Then, he gave her a call.

Huo Mian answered her phone quietly. To let her grandma rest in peace, she put her cell phone on vibrate.


"You're not at home?" Qin Chu asked.

"I'm at the Huo family," Huo Mian answered plainly.

Qin Chu frowned slightly. He knew very well about the relationship between Huo Mian and the Huo family. Didn't she find the idea of going back to their home repellant?

"Grandma passed away. I am here to guard the mourning hall," Huo Mian explained when she didn't hear a response from Qin Chu.

"My condolences," Qin Chu comforted.

"Thank you."

"Are you there alone?" Qin Chu asked, worrying because there were no other sounds in the background over the phone.