Chapter 163: Don’t Hurt Her
Translator: Atlas Studios Editor: Atlas Studios
President Du did as he had said and brought her to a private room in a huge restaurant. Xia Qingyi looked at the humongous table in front of her. There was a sumptuous spread on the table. President Du, a serious-looking person dressed in a suit next to him and an indifferent Xia Qingyi were the only ones left in the room while President Du’s remaining aides all left the room.
Xia Qingyi was actually very hungry. Running her eyes across the table, she wanted to eat the food, though she knew that the situation that she was in was not a good time to eat. She did not even know the motive of these people, which was why she forced herself to move her vision away from the food and controlled her strong urge to eat.
“Just say what you have on your mind, President Du.” Xia Qingyi wanted to end this as soon as possible.
“It seems like Miss Xia is more impatient than me, wanting to start our discussion without even tasting the dishes.” President Du said, “But, I really like this straightforward attitude of yours, Miss Xia.”
President Du turned his head to the side to look at her. “It’s like this. I would like to work with your older brother on a recent case. But, he didn’t seem too eager to consider my proposal at all and rejected me when I went to find him a few days ago. I know that you are very close to your older brother, which is why I was thinking if it would be better if you were the one to tell him. If you’re willing to help, I would definitely give you remuneration that you would be satisfied with.”
Xia Qingyi laughed silently in her mind after she had heard his words. She was close with Mo Han? President Du probably did not know that they had recently argued and wanted to ask her for help after hearing from others that he had a younger sister. However, she would die even more miserably if she were to interfere with Mo Han’s work now.
She said, “Since my older brother has made a decision about his work, there probably won’t be many changes to it no matter what others said. I’m afraid I couldn’t help you even if I wanted to.”
“We’ll have to see who does the job about this matter. Others might not be able to, but if it were you, I think that Barrister Mo would definitely consider it properly.”
Xia Qingyi shook her head as she said, “My older brother doesn’t like it when others interfere with his work, even if it’s me. I think you have the wrong person.”
“If there is nothing else, I’ll excuse myself.” She bowed her head slightly as she stood up, indicating that she was going out.
“It seems like Miss Xia isn’t going to accept my kindness.” President Du leaned against the chair and looked in the direction that Xia Qingyi had left in. He glanced at the serious-looking man that had been sitting beside them and that man immediately rushed over and grabbed her hands from behind her. He pinned her hands behind her back and Xia Qingyi bent her body in pain. She lost energy all over her body and was almost kneeling on the floor.
“Aren’t you just forcing me to use force against you? Others might blame me for being so rough on a girl in return.” President Du walked towards her and patted her face with one hand.
If Xia Qingyi had had a knife in her hands at that point, she would definitely have stabbed him without a thought. Unfortunately, she did not have a knife. As a result, she could only glare at him. “What are you planning to do?”
President Du still spoke slowly, “Don’t worry. I don’t like to hurt people. Since you said no to my suggestion, then I have to ask you to cooperate for a while later and stay to watch a show with me.”
“You want to use me to force my brother to agree to your request?” Xia Qingyi asked.
“Not bad, you’re quite smart.”
“I advise you to give up then. It’s impossible for him to say yes.”
“Young girl, it’s not good to make a conclusion even before he’s here. You’ll know when the show starts.”
President Du had a cigarette between his fingers as he returned to where he was sitting earlier. Xia Qingyi had also been escorted to sit next to him. She wanted to shift a little after sitting down when a cold and icy sharp item was pressed against her back.
She turned back to see that man looking at her with a knife in his hand.
“You don’t have to be like this, Sir. I’m not running away. I only moved a little.” Xia Qingyi shook her head helplessly.
That person continued to look at her fiercely as he kept quiet.
She glanced to her left and found that President Du was already making the phone call. The phone rang for a very long time before it went through.
“Hello.” Mo Han’s cold voice could be heard from the other end of the phone.
“Hello, Barrister Mo. I’m President Du. Do come and have a meal with me.” President Du said relaxedly.
“If it is for the case about Renda Company from that day, then I think there is no need for this meal.” Mo Han was settling another case about the allocation of a company’s shares. He had no energy to deal with what President Du had said, as he thought about ending the conversation so that he could hang up the call as soon as possible.
“Please don’t reject me too hurriedly, Barrister Mo. Do you know who I’m eating with currently?” President Du glanced at Xia Qingyi, who had her head bowed while she ate as she placed food into her bowl nonstop. She had been too hungry and had given up on her dignity for the table of delicious food in front of her.
Mo Han did not pay attention to President Du’s words. It was a no-brainer that President Du had invited some famous people in the legal profession to get them to convince him to agree to President Du’s request.
Mo Han said, “I don’t really want to know. I’d like President Du to understand that I still have documents to settle. I’ll hang up now.”
“You wouldn’t come even if your younger sister was here?”
Mo Han froze for a while. There was an obvious change in his tone as he asked, “My younger sister? Xia Qingyi?”
“Yes. Why do I only now know that you have such a pretty younger sister? It’s such a pity.” President Du was teasing Mo Han.
“Is President Du joking with me?” Mo Han’s tone was cold.
“How can I be joking with you? Come… I’ll let you listen…” President Du pointed the receiver end of the phone towards where Xia Qingyi was and the man dressed in black on her right poked her lightly with the sharp end of the knife. She jumped in shock as she had been busy eating. She shouted immediately, “Hey! … What are you doing?! … It hurts.”
On the other end of the call, the pen that Mo Han had been holding in his hand dropped at the sound of her voice.
President Du passed the phone to Xia Qingyi. “Say something to your older brother.”
She took the phone and place it by her ear. She was slightly resigned as she said, “Come over… and eat with them.”
Mo Han calmed his emotions. “Are you okay?”
“I’m fine. It’s quite nice here.” Xia Qingyi replied. She wanted to say more, though President Du had already taken the phone and said, “Barrister Mo should believe me now. Can’t you put down your work for a while and come eat with me?”
“Where are you?” Mo Han asked.
“Old Shanghai. It’s not far from your office.”
“She has nothing to do with our matter. Don’t hurt her.”
“Listen to your words, you sound as if I’m very mean. I just want to discuss about us working together, not hurt anyone.”
“I’ll be right there. I hope you remember what you said.”
Mo Han had never thought that his work would cause Xia Qingyi to be in such a situation one day. He ran out of the law firm. His mistake had caused her to be sent to the hospital in that condition last time. He would definitely not let her get injured again because of him this time.
However, he could not go there blindly. He drove as he told himself to calm down and think about a solution for the situation at hand.
After some deliberation, he eventually decided to call a lawyer friend he knew in A City.
Mo Han reached “Old Shanghai” twenty minutes later. He had just reached the entrance when he saw two people walking towards him from the side as they indicated for him to follow them.
Mo Han followed them up to the second floor and into a fancy VIP private room in the center of the second floor. He saw President Du, Xia Qingyi and a stranger sitting at the table in front of him the moment he had entered the room.
Mo Han looked at Xia Qingyi, who did not appear to be injured. She was currently eating calmly and had merely looked up to glanced at Mo Han after seeing that he had arrived, before she continued to eat.
Mo Han was slightly relieved. President Du, who had been sitting opposite of him, stood up and approached him with a smile. “Oh, our busy Barrister Mo is finally here.”
He replied, “I wouldn’t dare not come, since President Du had used such a special method to get me here after all.”
President Du laughed, turning to walk behind Xia Qingyi. He rested his hand on her shoulders as he bent down to place his head near Xia Qingyi. “I can’t help but to say that Barrister Mo’s younger sister is really beautiful. Even I, a man with a long experience of seeing almost every beauty in the world, can’t help but be attracted.”
Mo Han’s eyes were like daggers. “Take your hands away.”
Xia Qingyi could not help but sigh silently in her mind. The pair of hands on her shoulders were like a piece of stone that weighed heavily on her shoulders. There was also a knife pressed against her at her back. It seemed like she could not continue to eat anymore.
President Du raised an eyebrow as he lifted his hands in a relaxed manner. “You don’t have to be so agitated, Barrister Mo? Have I done anything yet?”
Mo Han said, “She has nothing to do with our business. Let her go and I’ll discuss with you.”
“Listen to your words, Barrister Mo. I’m afraid that I wouldn’t have been able to see you until now if it wasn’t for your younger sister.”
President Du continued to stand behind Xia Qingyi as he took the knife from the person who had been sitting next to Xia Qingyi. He turned slowly placed the knife against Xia Qingyi’s neck as he looked at her ruthlessly. “I wanted to discuss about working with you guys sincerely and agreed to any benefit that you two wanted, yet both of you siblings are the exact same! The two of you are so stubborn!”
Mo Han held his breath as he stared at the knife placed against Xia Qingyi’s neck. His heart had almost stopped beating. He nudged forward carefully. “We can still properly discuss about what you wanted. I will consider it properly. Put the knife down first and sit down, then we can discuss the details of the issue.”
However, Xia Qingyi appeared to be completely unconcerned by the fact that President Du was pressing a knife against her neck. She glanced at the knife pressing against her neck as she spoke slowly, “Don’t think about. It’s impossible. It’s impossible for him to agree to such a thing.”