Tranxending Vision - Chapter 245
It was the Chinese way to take a walk in the park and go pray at the temple on the first day of the Lunar New Year and the rich were no different .
Shentu Tian-Yin and Shentu Ren were already waiting when Xia Lei drove to the park . Shentu Ren was in a wheelchair and pushing it was his most loyal subordinate, Fu Chuan-Fu . Fu Ming-Mei and a few other bodyguards were also following behind and security was tight .
Xia Lei parked his car and walked over . Shentu Tian-Yin smiled at him . Her dimpled smile was exceptionally bright under the spring sun . With an exquisitely beautiful face and delicate, se*y body, her beauty was flawless .
Shentu Ren lifted a hand and waved at Xia Lei .
Xia Lei strode over and said with a smile, “Uncle Ren, you can wave now . You’re recovering well . ”
“This is all thanks to you . ” Shentu Ren smiled as he said, “I’d still be lying in bed waiting for death if it weren’t for you . ”
“You’re too kind, Uncle Ren,” said Xia Lei .
“Right, what have you been busy with these days? You haven’t come to see me in a while . ” Shentu Ren pretended to look unhappy .
“There were some problems at the company . I wanted to visit you too but I couldn’t find the time,” said Xia Lei .
“Has it been settled?” asked Shentu Ren .
“All settled,” said Xia Lei .
“That’s good . Feel free to tell me if you have any problems in the future . I’ll definitely help if I can,” said Shentu Ren .
“Yes, thank you,” said Xia Lei politely .
“Let’s go in,” said Shentu Tian-Yin .
“You two go in first . I’d like Chuan-Fu to accompany me in basking in the sun . Oh, the sunshine’s lovely today . Warms you all up inside and it’s comfortable,” said Shentu Ren .
Shentu Tian-Yin looked at Xia Lei and gave him a small smile . “Let’s go in and walk around . ”
“Nn, okay . ” Xia Lei followed Shentu Tian-Yin through the gates of the park .
The park was lively and crowded with young and old, young couples and even some vendors selling things . Not one bodyguard from Shentu Tian-Yin’s entourage followed, not even her personal bodyguard Fu Ming-Mei . She still felt very safe with Xia Lei by her side . She walked with Xia Lei to the busiest part of the park .
“I want to eat a sugar figure . ” Shentu Tian-Yin was like a little girl again when they passed a vendor . Her eyes sparkled and she did not walk further .
“Buy one if you want to eat it,” said Xia Lei with a laugh .
Shentu Tian-Yin looked embarrassed . “I didn’t bring any money . ”
“I’ll get one for you . ” Xia Lei walked to the vendor’s booth .
Shentu Tian-Yin drew close . “I want the phoenix figure . ”
Xia Lei picked a phoenix figure up and handed it to Shentu Tian-Yin .
Shentu Tian-Yin bent and picked a dragon figure, then put it in Xia Lei’s hand . “You eat this one . ”
Xia Lei laughed . “I haven’t eaten a sugar figure in years . It’s nice to try it again . ”
Xia Lei paid and was pulled to another busy area by Shentu Tian-Yin . After making a circle, the two of them got into a cable car . The view from the cable car was wide and one could see the sea and the mountains surrounding the park . It was nice .
“Why didn’t you ask me for help the last time?” asked Shentu Tian-Yin as she watched the view beyond the window .
She was now the queen of Vientaine Group, a stark contrast to her girlish joy earlier;a great aura burst forth from her .
“I did think of asking you for help but I thought more about it and… it would mean a war between yourself and the Gu clan’s North Group . It’s like sacrificing a thousand of your own to kill 800 of the enemy, so why do something so disadvantageous? I can solve my problem,” said Xia Lei .
Xia Lei had not only solved his problem but had managed to do even better under the Gu clan’s assault . His branch company was being built quickly and the various outsourced companies were also busy completing orders for Thunder Horse Manufacturing . He would probably have maintained his previous status quo without the Gu clan’s attempt to shut him down and wouldn’t have thought of a branch company and outsourcing .
Shentu Tian-Yin looked away from the scenery and at Xia Lei . She smiled faintly as she said, “The Gu clan is large but they did not manage to trouble you . Gu Ding-Shan’s pride must be very hurt . But a person with his personality won’t just let it go . You have to be careful . Don’t forget about me the next time he makes trouble for you;don’t reject my help . ”
Xia Lei grinned . “I’ll definitely ask you for for help if I need it . ”
“Nn… You’re not keeping in contact with Miss Liang?”
Xia Lei shook his head . He did not say anything;he did not know what he should say . He had not even told Long Bing of Liang Si-Yao’s identity, so how could he tell Shentu Tian-Yin?
Shentu Tian-Yin did not press the matter and quieted . She had told her father that she was Shentu Tian-Yin and that the man she liked should be the one wooing her but she had not received even a phone call from Xia Lei, much less him taking the initiative to invite her out for a meal or a movie . Her self-confidence was starting to crumble and this was probably the reason why she had invited Xia Lei out for a walk in the park on the first day of the Spring Festival . However, Xia Lei had not paid her a lot of attention nor buttered her up as she had expected . She was a little disappointed by that .
Xia Lei’s gaze went out the window too and he inadvertently caught a glimpse of something and his gaze fixed on the ground .
A young man was holding a camera and taking pictures of him and Shentu Tian-Yin in the cable car .
Taking pictures of a cable car suspended in the air? Xia Lei had a sense of misgiving . The young man came into sharp focus in his left eye and the first impressions Xia Lei got when he saw the young man’s face were cold detachment and ruthlessness .
The young man seemed to have sensed Xia Lei watching him through the lenses of his camera . He turned his camera away and pretended to shoot other things . He took some shots, then mixed in with the crowd .
Xia Lei, however, had his eye on the young man . The young man walked in the opposite direction and Xia Lei lost sight of him as the cable car went on its way up towards the mountaintop .
‘That guy was obviously observing me and Tian-Yin . Is he from the Gu clan or from the CIA?’ wondered Xia Lei .
The Gu clan had been quiet recently and the CIA did not seem to have made any moves after Liang Si-Yao left China . It looked to be all peaceful on the surface but Xia Lei had not let down his guard for a single day . He knew that the Gu clan would not let him off and the CIA would not ‘give up’ on the only person who had taken AE pills .
“What are you looking at?” Shentu Tian-Yin broke the silence in the cable car .
“There was someone taking pictures of us,” said Xia Lei .
Shentu Tian-Yin looked out the window but all she saw was a thick patch of forest . There were many people all around but she could not even see the face of the closest person clearly . “Where?” she asked curiously .
“He’d already left when I discovered him, walking in the opposite direction,” said Xia Lei .
Shentu Tian-Yin looked again but it was too far away . “Maybe you’re so nervous that you made a mistake,” she said with a smile .
Would a person who didn’t need a scope on a sniper rifle make a mistake? Xia Lei was sure of what he had seen, but he could not guess if that person was from the Gu clan or the CIA . The latter situation worried him more .
“Oh, right, I heard you opened a branch company in Sichuan . How’s it progressing?” Shentu Tian-Yin changed the topic .
“It’s going all right . Production can start in two or three months,” said Xia Lei .
“You can ask me if you lack funds . I may not be able to help you in other matters but I can help you in this anytime,” said Shentu Tian-Yin .
Xia Lei suddenly thought of Annina’s two plans - one needed 2 . 5 billion for an engine production base and the other was to make guns and needed three hundred million . He lacked the funds for both plans . How much would Shentu Tian-Yin lend him if he asked?
The thought of borrowing money crossed his mind but a protest surfaced in his head at the same time . ‘She may be able to lend me a few hundred million but billions are too much . She and Shentu Ren would think I helped them for money if I asked to borrow so much, won’t they? All for their money . Even if I did have the funds for the engine production base plan, the requirements for it have not been met yet . As for the sniper rifle plan, the government would give me a loan even if I lacked money, and it’ll be the type of loan with no interest either . There is no need for me to borrow money from her, and owe her a favour in the end, right?’
It was true . He did not have to worry about money at all if he picked Annina’s second plan of producing guns . Bureau 101 wished for him to do this, otherwise they this, otherwise they wouldn’t have sent Annina to be a ‘spokesperson’ for it . He only had to nod and agree for the government to give him money and equipment .
There was another problem to consider when borrowing money from the Shentu clan - what should he say if Shentu Tian-Yin or Shentu Ren wanted shares?
There was a smile on Xia Lei’s face as he thought that and he said, “Thank you . I don’t need it for now . I’ll definitely come ask to borrow from you if we lack the funds . Don’t reject me what that time comes . ”
Shentu Tian-Yin rolled her eyes at Xia Lei . “Try asking and see if I’ll lend it to you . ”
“Then can you lend me ten yuan now?” said Xia Lei with a smile .
Shentu Tian-Yin paused as she remembered that she had no cash on her . She looked at Xia Lei in embarrassment, and her eyes filled with an adorable grumpiness .
Xia Lei chuckled . “I’m just joking . I’ll definitely ask you for help if I need a loan . ”
The cable car stopped in the middle and Xia Lei and Shentu Tian-Yin went to the viewing platform . Xia Lei scanned the tourists on the platform but did not see that young man .
“Don’t go back home in the afternoon . Come to my place for a meal,” said Shentu Tian-Yin .
“Sure . I can also give Uncle Ren a massage and do some acupuncture on him to help him in his recovery,” said Xia Lei .
Shentu Tian-Yin pursed her lips in a smile and said, “Father is full of praise for you;he talks about you all day . You should come visit more often . ”
“Nn, I’ll come often in the future . Let’s go down . Your father and his group must have entered the park by now,” said Xia Lei .
The two of them took the cable car down and met Shentu Ren in the park . They laughed and chatted as they walked around the park . Xia Lei used his left eye to scan his surroundings again but did not spot the young man . He did not spot him but Xia Lei still had a strange feeling that the young man was hidden in some place he couldn’t see and was observing him .
‘A person even I cannot see - how great is his anti-surveillance ability? Who is he?’ That young man was like a ghost and his face lingered in Xia Lei’s mind .