Chapter 112: You Have Hidden the Truth Really Well All These Years
Translator: EndlessFantasy Translation Editor: EndlessFantasy Translation
[She&x2019;s asking for eight hundred million yuan as soon as she opens her mouth. Why doesn&x2019;t Jiang Yuning just rob a bank instead?]
[Excuse me, but I&x2019;ve heard that the reason why Jiang Yuning has requested for eight hundred million yuan is because the Jiang family was left with a debt of this amount in the past. Someone had helped settle the debt on behalf of the Jiang family because Jiang Yuning was so young then. She probably wants that amount of money to pay off the debt.]
[Who knows exactly what the truth is anyway? It might end up slapping us all in the face once again.]
[Let&x2019;s just sit back and wait for the parties involved to step up and clarify this matter for themselves. If Ms. Ava really did take all the money belonging to the Jiang family, then to be honest, I think that Jiang Yuning is doing the right thing, then.]
[That&x2019;s right +1]
[It&x2019;s not easy to be part of prestigious and wealthy families.]
Fu Yahui was still trying to relax and loosen herself up when she suddenly received a phone call from her lawyer.
As soon as she heard that the agreement that she had signed with Jiang Yuning had been exposed to the media, Fu Yahui got up immediately and barged into Huo Yuxi&x2019;s bedroom without any hesitation at all. She grabbed Huo Yuxi by her hair and dragged her out of bed before pushing her to the ground. &x201C;Is there something wrong with your brain? Are you insane? How dare you expose my agreement with Jiang Yuning to the media?&x201D;
Huo Yuxi stood up slowly before giving Fu Yahui a tight slap across her face. &x201C;I dare you to try and lay a finger on me again.&x201D;
&x201C;I really want to know what is going on in that brain of yours. Do you really want to push your father and I to a dead end?&x201D;
&x201C;Wouldn&x2019;t that be great? I do not have much longer to live anyway,&x201D; Huo Yuxi sneered before continuing her sentence. &x201C;I used to hate Jiang Yuning because I thought that she had always wanted to snatch away everything that I had. I used to view her as my rival, but I finally understand something important. I had managed to get whatever I tried so hard to snatch away from Jiang Yuning not because I was better than her, but only because she did not want it. It had always been so, whether it was concerning Lu Zongye or you. I have always thought that the person that I had to exact revenge on was Jiang Yuning, but I was wrong. You are the most vicious person out of the whole lot of us! You could even abandon your own biological daughter and your own family.&x201D;
&x201C;The person that I should guard against and be most fearful of is you, Fu Yahui!&x201D;
&x201C;I admit that part of the reason why I have turned out this way today is my own fault, but the main culprit for the plight that I am in today is you! As my stepmother, you have always shunned your own responsibilities and refused to shower me with any love at all. If you had showed some care and concern towards me, I would not have been so desperate to seek for love, protection, and security. I would not have been so desperate to marry into a prestigious and wealthy family.&x201D;
&x201C;Now that I am ill, I thought that you would at least show some compassion towards me, but no. All you care about is how you should deal with Jiang Yuning, just so you can keep your secret safe. You do not care if I am alive or dead and you are not even concerned about your own biological daughter&x2019;s wellbeing. So, what else would I be afraid of right now?&x201D;
&x201C;Since you want me dead so badly&x2026;then, let&x2019;s die together!&x201D;
Fu Yahui was shocked to hear Huo Yuxi&x2019;s complaints and she quickly backed out of Huo Yuxi&x2019;s bedroom.
Crazy! She must be crazy!
Fu Yahui was anxious. She knew that she had to hold a press conference as soon as possible to reassure Dongheng Enterprise&x2019;s shareholders and to maintain stability of Dongheng Enterprise&x2019;s share prices in the market. She could not wait for the final notice that the police would not be filing the case against her. She needed to arrange for the press conference to be held tomorrow.
Jiang Yuning did not expect that Huo Yuxi to actually help her in this matter, which finally gave her some room to breathe.
The public opinion was now divided on this matter, with half of them taking Fu Yahui&x2019;s side and the other half backing Jiang Yuning up.
Later that night, as Jiang Yuning cuddled up against Lu Jingzhi in bed, she suddenly turned around and asked him, &x201C;Second brother, how much more information do you have about what exactly happened to the Jiang family in the past? Can you tell me everything that you know?&x201D;
Lu Jingzhi suddenly opened his eyes in the dark bedroom and he could not help but squeeze Jiang Yuning&x2019;s hand gently as he held it in his own hand.
&x201C;We can talk about that tomorrow. You should be more concerned about the actions Fu Yahui is about to take since her lawyer has already received false information that the police would not be filing the case against her. There will definitely be some movements from Dongheng Enterprise.&x201D;
&x201C;Why are you being so protective over me? Is it because things are not as simple as they seem? Did Fu Yahui not only embezzle the money belonging to Star Enterprise&x2026;was she also responsible for my father&x2019;s mysterious disappearance?&x201D; Jiang Yuning suddenly voiced out the suspicions that she already had for years.
Lu Jingzhi did not reply but merely kept his silence.
In fact, he already knew that he would not be able to keep any secrets from Jiang Yuning.
&x201C;Seven billion yuan is a very huge amount of money. Even if I do not understand anything about business management or financial accounting, I know that it would not be possible for Fu Yahui to embezzle such a huge sum of money overnight. What I really do not understand is how Fu Yahui would actually have the courage and audacity to show up in Luo City so many years after committing fraud.&x201D;
&x201C;So, can you please tell me everything that you know? Second brother, as long as you are by my side, I can accept anything that you tell me.&x201D;
Lu Jingzhi patted Jiang Yuning&x2019;s back gently before he sighed and said, &x201C;I could never say no to you.&x201D;
&x201C;The truth is that the Jiang family&x2019;s business had already been facing financial difficulties even before your father&x2019;s sudden disappearance. Initially, your father had planned to invest in a resort hotel in Europe, but when he wanted to transfer two billion yuan over to the investors, he discovered that your mother had already misappropriated the company&x2019;s funds and transferred the money to her own foreign bank account.&x201D;
&x201C;In order to raise funds to fill the gaps in Star Enterprise&x2019;s financial portfolio, your father began to sell off some of his least profitable estates. He was on his way to meet one of his potential customers one day when he met with a car accident. His car fell off a cliff and he was never seen again. Your mother immediately took the opportunity to take the funds that your father had gathered, with the excuse that she would use the funds to fill in Star Enterprise&x2019;s financial deficits. However, the accounting trail showed that she had transferred the funds to several foreign accounts a couple of times instead. She subsequently disappeared with two of the employees from the finance department that had colluded with her to misappropriate the company money.&x201D;
&x201C;Lawyer Zou has already understood the entire situation and determined the whereabouts of the two employees who had colluded with Fu Yahui in the past. After gathering all the evidence and witnesses, we will definitely be able to prove that Fu Yahui had committed the crime of fraud and embezzlement, but there is no way to prove that she is indeed responsible for your father&x2019;s disappearance.&x201D;
Jiang Yuning&x2019;s heart started beating faster and she was breaking out in cold sweat as she listened to Lu Jingzhi&x2019;s explanation.
&x201C;So, that was what happened.&x201D;
&x201C;After your mother&x2019;s disappearance, your grandfather applied for bankruptcy before he fell ill. The bank liquidated all the property of the Jiang family but in the end, there was still a shortfall and the Jiang family still owed eight hundred million yuan.&x201D;
Lu Jingzhi subsequently repaid that debt for the Jiang family.
&x201C;You have hidden the truth really well all these years,&x201D; Jiang Yuning said as she buried her face in Lu Jingzhi&x2019;s chest and started sobbing uncontrollably. &x201C;Second brother, you have sacrificed so much for me just so I would not be burdened by the debt that Fu Yahui had left behind for the family, but I was like a fool who did not know about anything that you had done for me.&x201D;
Lu Jingzhi stared at Jiang Yuning and started comforting her by patting her back gently. &x201C;It&x2019;s all in the past already.&x201D;
&x201C;Whether anyone believes it or not, I have always felt that my father is still alive but he is in hiding. If he was really dead, we would have been able to find his body a long time ago. Even if he had really rolled down the cliff in the car, I still think that he is alive.&x201D;
&x201C;As for that vicious woman, I am confident that the law will be able to give me the justice that I deserve.&x201D;
Tears kept falling down Jiang Yuning&x2019;s face as she spoke and she could do nothing to hold back her tears.
Over the years, Jiang Yuning had always thought that she was tough and that she could endure anything that anyone threw at her, but she had never realized that the reason she could live a peaceful and carefree life was because Lu Jingzhi had made all those sacrifices for her.
Lu Jingzhi sat up on the bed and turned on the table lamp because Jiang Yuning was crying endlessly. &x201C;Stop crying already, okay?&x201D;
&x201C;Why did you sacrifice and do so much for me? You are so silly,&x201D; Jiang Yuning said, as she continued crying.
&x201C;I am already used to it&x2026;&x201D;
&x201C;Who asked you to get used to this? Why are you used to making sacrifices for me? Why would you want to get used to something like this? How am I ever going to repay you for all that you have done for me? All I can do is give my life to you,&x201D; Jiang Yuning replied as she sobbed. Her voice was hoarse from all the crying.
&x201C;Why would I want to take your life? I want you to be alive and well and I want you to stay by my side for the rest of my life,&x201D; Lu Jingzhi quickly replied. &x201C;Furthermore, I have reasons to believe that you would not stand by and just watch if I were to remove you from my life.&x201D;
&x201C;I don&x2019;t care! I will just stand by and watch then.&x201D;
Lu Jingzhi laughed before he hugged Jiang Yuning tightly and started to comfort her. &x201C;Stop crying already, okay? Your eyes will feel uncomfortable later.&x201D;