Chapter 21 – We are each other’s weaknesses


As soon as Xue Qing got off the plane, she rushed to the hospital. She tried to contact Xing Zhongwan but because the boss was busy and had no time to answer the phone, No. 4. Was instructed to tell President Xue to fully cooperate with the Shen family and let her know that the Qi family cannot be trusted. Zhong Gang wouldn’t be able to stay behind as he was a well-known person in the country. As such, he would be sent back to the company and Xue Qing would be the one to go take his place.


Xue Qing had agreed before hanging up the phone.


As she entered the hospital, Xue Qing and Zhong Gang happened to meet, but the two did not exchange words and only tacitly glanced at each other.


When Xue Qing arrived at the door of the ward, Shen Congxin was sitting outside. He saw Xue Qing and got up quickly. Xue Qing sighed after seeing those eyes were red and swollen from crying. There was really no one competent around Qi Yun.


She made a stop gesture at Shen Congxin, rendering him speechless, “Don’t talk for now, I’ll ask you one question at a time, so just answer slowly.”


Shen Congxin nodded mutely as Xue Qing breathed a sigh of relief. Now, she needed to determine the current status quo in an orderly manner instead of listening to this confused child incoherently.


“How is Qi Yun’s condition?”


“He woke up this morning, but went into a coma again. The doctor said that he is out of danger for now.”


Xue Qing nodded, “Where’s the person who stabbed him?”


“He’s being held in the detention center.”


Seemingly influenced by Xue Qing’s calm demeanor, Shen Congxin felt less panicked.


“What about the public opinion from the general public?”


“There is no major change right now. There is no problem with the media, but I am afraid that the person working behind the scenes will not give up.”


Xue Qing squeezed his thin shoulders, “You’ve done a great job so far. Alright, go to rest for a while. I’ll go in and see Qi Yun.”


Shen Congxin shook his head, “I’m here to watch my big cousin. If something happens to him, I won’t have the face to go to meet my godmother.”


Shen Congxin sat on the chair outside the ward, covering his face. Xue Qing looked back at the closed ward, turned and walked two steps before opening the door.


Xue Qing approached and looked at Qi Yun’s condition. He hadn’t woken up yet, but he didn’t look very good. Xue Qing frowned. Just as she was about to go out, she saw Qi Yun’s mouth moving as if he was talking. Xue Qing couldn’t hear clearly and had to lean down closer to Qi Yun’s face.


The two words were not very clear in her ears so Xue Qing just stood up straight before leaving the ward. The two words Qi Yun kept saying were actually Wanwan.


Xue Qing came out of the ward, spoke with Qi Yun’s attending doctor, checked the time and wanted to call Xing Zhongwan. Shen Congxin came over from the opposite side of the corridor and asked if Xue Qing was going to go eat first. Xue Qing ruffled her hair, “I’m not going to eat. I’ll go back to the hotel to sort things out and come over in the afternoon later.”


Shen Congxin seemed to have something to say and hesitated, not knowing how to say it. Xue Qing said, “What do you want to say? Just ask me directly, let’s not waste time on being inefficient, after all, these are dire times.”


“Why didn’t Brother Zhongwan come to see my big cousin, he has been… My big cousin has been calling his name. I…”


Xue Qing hummed, feeling that the child was too innocent and protected to think that the answer was so simple, “Why didn’t Laoxing come? What happened between them had been closely kept under wraps and outsiders may not be able to do much. Sometimes, when there are intricate spider webs, one must be careful about what they say and do at the moment when these webs are not yet fully realized. If Laoxing didn’t come to protect Qi Yun, there must be an internal problem. This person might have understood what happened at the time Qi Yun was paralyzed, so Laoxing cannot just simply jump the gun and give the enemy an extra leverage and chance to smear mud on Qi Yun’s name. This scandal would be enough to ruin Qi Yun’s reputation, not to mention that Laoxing is from the X country. If someone makes a fuss about this matter, it will not be as simple as ruining his reputation. Although the relationship between the two countries is good, if you think about it, a speaker of parliament and a wealthy person from country X, there should be no relationship between these two people. If someone with some bad intentions gets the evidence of their true relationship, what will happen to Qi Yun? Can you take a gander?”


Shen Congxin almost collapsed to the ground, he really didn’t think so deeply. What will happen to Qi Yun? Thinking of the consequences, Shen Congxin covered his mouth and almost forgot to breathe.


Xue Qing took her handbag, kneeled down and patted his shoulder, “Don’t just look at the things happening on the surface, regarding Laoxing… think about it yourself.”


Xue Qing got into the elevator and went down to the basement. From the exit of the basement, she exited the hospital and took a taxi to the hotel. After entering the hotel room, she inspected the room for bugs carefully. Only then did she take out her mobile phone and change it to a sim card for contacting Xing Zhongwan. After she made the call, the phone rang for a while before it was picked up. Xing Zhongwan’s voice was a little tired. Xue Qing asked him if it was a good time to talk.




Xue Qing started, “Qi Yun’s situation has stabilized and he already woke up once while I was on the way to him.”


Xing Zhongwan hummed and Xue Qing continued, “I need more manpower now. People from the Qi family are out of the question and Qi Yun’s secretary has not been found since his accident. I suspect that the secretary was the mole or has been instigated behind the scenes. Now that my situation here is under control, there is still one thing that remains unsettled. What you have to do now is to gather the people serving Qi Yun before his body can recover in order to take control of the current situation. The rest is up to you.”


Xing Zhongwan was silent for a while, “I’ll tell you the news later. As for more manpower… Shen Congxin should know something. It’s time for that child to grow up. It’s unrealistic to completely avoid the Qi family, and it’s impossible to just watch them from the sidelines. Remember not to cause a head-on conflict. This is not country X, it won’t be favorable for us.”


Xue Qing agreed before hanging up. She then took out the sim card, broke it and threw it into the toilet.


Xing Zhongwan handed over the mobile phone to No. 4 before rushing back. It all happened through the night so he didn’t sleep well at all. He was now in the Shen family’s house. The first time he came here, Shen Qinghong was still alive and begged him to leave some thought for Qi Yun. The second time, Qi Yun was fighting for his life in the hospital. He could probably guess who the main conspirator was behind the scenes. He doesn’t understand why Qi Yun fell back into the same situation twice. Was the lesson from five years ago not enough?


He returned to the living room on the second floor. The people inside were all the elders of the Shen family and Shen Qinghong’s former confidants. As soon as Qi Yun entered the hospital, the Shen family was in chaos and they didn’t know what to do. Xing Zhongwan had gathered them together in the Shen family’s old house.


“Qi Yun won’t be able to take care of things this time, so it’s a good opportunity for them to take advantage of the situation. The scandal about his dysfunctional family is not enough to destroy him, so I guess that their next move would be towards the Shen family.”


Xing Zhongwan sat down and took a sip of tea. The Vice President wiped the sweat from his forehead. All the old people in the room already knew what happened between Qi Yun and Xing Zhongwan back then. What’s more, in the old lady’s will, Xing Zhongwan now owns 30% of the shares in the Shen family. Although the bracelet was not in his hands now, Qi Yun’s position at the annual general meeting of shareholders was always vacant. Everyone knew this.


“What do you think we should do next?”


Xing Zhongwan took a document from No. 3’s hand, “It is impossible that the Shen family has operated cleanly for so many years. Now that Qi Yun is in the hospital, it cannot be ruled out that someone will try to make a fuss during this time. It is impossible for you to always be concerned about the bad apples in the whole group that you usually turn a blind eye to. Now, that small problem may turn into a big mistake. Qi Yun has not woken up, so he can’t protect the Shen family. It is possible that the problems from the Shen family will be used to drag him into the mud. You don’t have to make too many changes or solve all the problems now. Just make sure all the departments, especially the finance department, can’t make any statements anytime soon.”


Several of them were very sharp, so they immediately understood the meaning of Xing Zhongwan’s words.


Xing Zhongwan gave out the documents in his hand, “You can focus on these aspects to find the culprit. The Shen family and Qi Yun are both prosperous. However, prosperity and detriment are two sides of the same coin.”


Vice President Chen looked at the document in his hand and was surprised. There was regret as he looked at Xing Zhongwan’s eyes again. Why was he not a woman, if he were a woman, sigh…


Xing Zhongwan got up and said, “If there’s nothing else, go back first. You can contact my secretary later.”


When everyone was almost gone, Xing Zhongwan took out a cigarette. Just as he was about to light it, a lighter was brought up beside him, Xing Zhongwan squinted his eyes, “You haven’t left yet?”


Vice President Chen lit his cigarette, “I want to thank you. You can actually relax and disregard our family situation for now.”


Xing Zhongwan took a drag but his throat was a little uncomfortable. He hadn’t eaten or drank for almost a day, and his brain was full of thoughts on how he could help Qi Yun.


“Actually, Young Master Yun wrote a will three years ago.”


Xing Zhongwan turned his head, “What? A will?”


Vice President Chen nodded, “After his death, you will inherit 40% of the equity in the Shen family.”


Xing Zhongwan was stunned for a while with the cigarette in hand. He suddenly laughed, “He’s really crazy.”


Vice President Dong Chen smiled, “We outsiders don’t understand the things between you two, but it’s really been difficult for Young Master Yun for the past few years. The relationship between you and the young master will bring trouble, but aside from this, I also hope that Young Master Yun can be happy. He has nothing to be happy about in his life and the only one he can’t let go of is you. This old man is old and has a lot to say. Just don’t say what you don’t mean and follow your heart.”


Vice President Chen had already left, but Xing Zhongwan stood in the living room for a long time until the cigarette in his hand burned his fingertips.


Xing Zhongwan lowered his head, chuckled and pressed the cigarette butt into the ashtray.


His tense nerves finally loosened a little. Xing Zhongwan leaned over and had a cramp in his stomach. He knew that leaving him alone was the best choice, but he just couldn’t let him go. He couldn’t see Qi Yun get into another accident. It was like that five years ago, and it was still the same now.


Qi Yun finally woke up at night and Shen Congxin’s eyes flowed with tears of joy. When Qi Yun turned his head to the side with difficulty and saw Xue Qing, his still chaotic mind instantly understood the situation. He looked at him and opened his mouth, “Don’t let Wanwan come.”


Shen Congxin cried more fiercely when he heard it. When he was in a coma, he kept calling Wanwan’s name. The first sentence he woke up was, don’t let Xing Zhongwan come. You, yourself are already in this condition, yet you still did not want to implicate cousin-in-law.


“Don’t worry, he won’t come over to the Shen family’s house. You can ask me to do anything that is inconvenient these days.”


Qi Yun struggled to get up from the bed and Shen Congxin hurried to help. Xue Qing sighed, “Don’t be brave. Aren’t you seriously injured? Don’t worry about Laoxing.”


Qi Yun frowned, grabbed the sheets and raised his head to look at Xue Qing, “Go back. Go back to Country X, Wanwan.”


Xue Qing pulled the chair aside and sat down, “He won’t leave, not until he sees that you’re safe. He won’t go back. You should know his temperament as well as he knows your’s.”


Qi Yun lay back on the bed, staring at the ceiling, wondering what to think. After a long time, he said, “I will be discharged from the hospital tomorrow.” Shen Congxin’s expression changed, “Big cousin, you are crazy. How are you going to leave the hospital now?”


Qi Yun looked at Xue Qing with a calm expression, “I know who did it.”


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