Due to the Qin family and the Zhu family’s ancestral ties, Qin Ran had been hanging around in this kind of circle, since her childhood. Most of her childhood friends currently with her, were from rich families. Their relationship with Qin Ran was self-evident. They were not forced to blend into the circle, due to their interest. Moreover, since Qin Ran was a great beauty, of course, there were lots of rich playboys, circling around her, like buzzards around a prey.
Qin Ran had invited three friends out, for some catching up. They were two males and one female, who were all descendants of noble families, and who had grown up together with Qin Ran. The influence of their circle was quite large, and should not be overlooked.
The woman sitting beside Qin Ran, was Ma Weiyang. She had been nicknamed “Little Pony” since her childhood, and who could pass off as a beauty; however, when compared with Qin Ran, she would be significantly left behind. She had some weird traits, and was really like a wild horse. Being the youngest in her family, all her family members doted on her. During her childhood, she preferred to play with the boys. Her father and Qin Changan were bosom friends. Currently, she was holding a high position in society. Her husband was also a compatible match, being a capable young soldier from a distinguished family.
The other two men were both in their thirties, and their family backgrounds were similar to that of Ma Weiyang’s. The one called Zhang Da, was a vice president in a central enterprise. The one named Fan Dezhi, was a deputy in the national ministry, and was about to be transferred to a local province soon.
“Ran Ran, since you have asked us to come over so early in the morning, is there anything urgent?” Ma Weiyang said idly. She was the agent for several brand products, and her life was quite eventful. Moreover, due to her family background, she dared not act rashly. Ma Weiyang was well aware of this, and conducted herself well. After all, there were so many lessons for her to learn from this current society.
Zhang Da looked very suave, wearing a pair of trendy spectacles. After all, as a vice president of a central enterprise, if he was not capable enough, how could he have a successful and smooth career. He said playfully, “Rarely has Miss Qin treated us to coffee; Tell us, what we can do for you?”
Fan Dezhi remained composed. It could be due to his political career, which was completely different from the other two. Consequently, he acted in a cautious and prudent manner.
“I am being bullied by others, will you stand up for me or not?” Qin Ran said, with an aggrieved look on her face. It was not until she was with her sworn buddies that she could be that forthright. Anyway, they knew her quite well, whatever act she was putting on.
After hearing what she said, the three of them were all stunned. They stared at Qin Ran.
“Are you sure you are being bullied you, not the other way around?” Zhang Da asked. He apparently did not believe what Qin Ran had just said.
Ma Weiyang also said merrily, “Who will dare to bully you? Could it be that he is already tired of living and apparently does not know your identity? Quick, tell me about it. Who could be so blind and ignorant? I will start praying for him.”
Hearing their responses, Qin Ran sighed in despair. “Alas! I am so unlucky that I am friends with such a mean group. If I had known, I would have turned to others, first.”
Fan Dezhi, who had been silent all this while, said in a deep voice, “You all, stop fooling around. Let Ran Ran explain what happened exactly”.
“We were just joking,” Ma Weiyang pouted and looked very pretty and charming, as she said this.
Qin Ran replied thoughtfully, “You don’t need to know what happened. You only need to accompany me to Shanghai to help get my revenge. Since they are pretty powerful in Shanghai, as a young woman, I am quite fearful”
“Shanghai?” Ma Weiyang muttered in a low voice. “If we are talking about those whose bases are in Shanghai, and who are famous, actually, there are only a few, who can be excluded. They can’t be the rich playboys from Sijiu City. Since they dared to bully you, they definitely do not know who you are.”
“Speaking of seeking revenge, Ran Ran, you should have turned to the Eldest Master of the Song family. If he went to Shanghai, nobody would definitely dare to say anything more,” Zhang Da said half-playfully.
Qin Ran immediately shot down his suggestion and said, “I don’t want to turn to him. Stop talking nonsense. Just tell me whether you will go with me or not?”
Qin Ran seemed to be pretty angry. After hearing her out, Fan Dezhi made an instant decision and said, “I will go with you.”
Since the other two had seen Lao Fan confirming his position, they had no choice but to nod hurriedly, “Go, go, go. It’s just to create some problems, right? Well, we have never been afraid of anyone, have we?”
In Hangzhou, Qin Sheng had been fully occupied over the last two days. Not only did he need to attend to lot of affairs in Yuan Da, but he also had to take care of all kinds of crappy happenings in the subsidiaries. Ms. An had yet to give him any reply. Qin Sheng already had come up with a plan B. After all, it could not be postponed indefinitely.
When Qin Sheng was busy attending to his business, a doorman from Master Liu’s household, called and asked him to pay a visit to Meijiawu, since they had received an update from the relevant party. Upon hearing this, Qin Sheng was extremely excited. It did not occur to him that the update would be so soon. He drove to Meijiawu in a hurry.
With regards to the villa housing with a separate courtyard in Meijiawu, many years ago, Master Liu had decided that it would be the place where he would spend his remaining days of retirement. The construction of this housing started five years ago. Master Liu had even hired a famous designer, who had successfully designed the Peach Garden in the Green City of Suzhou. Since the designer had been friends with Master Liu for many years, he did not charge Master Liu for his design services.
This time, Qin Sheng drove directly into the courtyard. After he parked his car, the doorman led him to the backyard, where the long corridor with a spectacular view lay. Master Liu had a visitor there, today.
They sat in the pavilion. There were beauties dressed in cheongsams, brewing tea. A middle-aged, pot-bellied man said politely, “Master Liu, your painting is worth a thousand words. Since you have done me such a great favor this time, I really don’t know how to express our gratitude.”
Master Liu sat across him and held a cup of Longjing tea. He had picked this himself, before the Pure Brightness Festival, inhaled the fragrance of the tea, and tasted the tea. The tea set used to brew the tea, was a gift from a master in Jingdezhen, which was highly valuable and a limited edition set. As the saying goes, it’s impolite not to reciprocate when one receives a gift. As a result, Master Liu had given him a piece of calligraphy, in return. They were exchanging favors with each other.
Putting down the teacup, Master Liu smiled and said, “Xiao He, stop complimenting me. This is all I have. It’s impossible to compare myself with you.”
“Master Liu, please don’t say that. People in Hangzhou city are all proud to know you. If I send this piece of calligraphy to them, the old leader will be extremely happy,” the middle-aged man said, laughing out loud.
Master Liu had long been accustomed to this kind of life. He was not that kind of a real master who could keep himself clean and pure. He smiled and said, “Well, when it comes to talking, no one can beat you.”
At this time, the doorman showed Qin Sheng over. Upon seeing the visitor, Qin Sheng said respectfully, “Master Liu.”
“Little Qin is here. Come here. Sit down and drink tea.” Waving his hands, Master Liu called him over. Obviously, the look on his face was not put on. He really took Qin Sheng seriously.
Lifting his head, the middle-aged man looked at Qin Sheng and felt somewhat confused. At Master Liu’s place, he had never seen any other young man being treated in this way. For the rich playboys in Hangzhou city, they would not visit Master Liu, unless they came together with their parents.
Nodding, Qin Sheng greeted the middle-aged man.
The middle-aged man stood up and said, “Since Master Liu has another visitor, I will leave first and visit you another day. At that time, I will bring you two bottles of superior Nu’er Hong, from Shaoxing.” He then smiled at Qin Sheng.
Master Liu did not introduce Qin Sheng to the middle-aged man. As long as Qin Sheng was frequently seen, at his house, these visitors would know how important he was. Consequently, they would treat Qin Sheng seriously.
After the middle-aged man left, Qin Sheng asked eagerly, “Master Liu, is there any update?”
“Little Qin, take it easy. Drink some tea first. Then you can check the calligraphy I have just finished, and let me know your opinion,” Master Liu said
Qin Sheng was a bit anxious. Reining in his impatience, he stood up and stared at the piece of calligraphy lying on the table, where the ink was just drying. He said thoughtfully, “As the saying goes, Taoism favors naturalism the most. The calligraphy characters are good ones, their strokes are swift, vigorous, powerful, and yet gentle; however, when combined with the content of these four characters, I still feel that something is missing. I can’t describe my feelings in words, but I just feel so.”
Upon hearing his words, Master Liu laughed happily and said, “You are right and you are the only one who dares to say so. Speaking of this piece of calligraphy, I also feel something is missing, which is supposed to be a kind of animation.”
Qin Sheng sat down again and took the teacup handed to him by the beauty dressed in a cheongsam. He gulped down the tea, as if he were trying to swallow the dates. He could remain calm regarding other things; however, when it came to his ancestry, he really could not keep his cool.
“Look at yourself, see how anxious you are. I won’t keep you guessing any longer,” Master Liu smiled faintly. “Two days ago, with someone’s help, I got in touch with the descendant of the Chen family, whose name was Chen Luohe. He is a famous figure in Sijiu City and the eldest son of Old Master Chen. I asked him for information about Old Master Chen, and specifically stated that the descendant of the Qin family wanted to see him in person. Upon hearing the words ‘the descendant of the Qin family’, he was confused about which Qin Family it was, and I told him that it was Old Master Qin.”
Frowning, Qin Sheng asked, “Following that, what happened?”
“After that, he asked me about your situation in detail, and I told him everything. He said that since he knows the descendant of the Qin Family, he would visit the Qin family and inquire about the details first,” Master Liu said slowly.
Upon hearing this, Qin Sheng stood up all of a sudden, subconsciously, with an astonished look on his face. According to the last sentence, it meant that there were still some descendants in the Qin family left, who probably were the offsprings of his grandfather. If so, his family background would be entirely clear and he would be able to find his biological relatives. After all, as the saying goes, blood is thicker than water.
“Master Liu, is this really true?” Qin Sheng asked excitedly.
Master Liu smiled happily, “How could I lie to you? Originally, I planned to tell you this news after more details were available; however, I decided to inform you first, so as to prepare you mentally for this.”
“Master Liu, I sincerely thank you. This news is really beyond my expectation,” Qin Sheng said, happily.
Master Liu said thoughtfully, “Actually, I am doing this not only for you, but also for myself. I want to know the meaning of the several Oracle bone scripts, before I regret not knowing what it signifies.”
Qin Sheng was not paying attention to Master Liu’s words at all. He was completely overwhelmed by the news.
“Master Liu, so do you know when we can get any further update?” Qin Sheng questioned him.
Gently stroking his mustache, Master Liu said smilingly, “No. But you don’t need to be anxious. We will probably get the update within the next few days. I will inform you immediately, once I get the update. At that time, I will accompany you to Beijing. What do you think about that?”
Qin Sheng chuckled. He said, “If so, that would be good, that would be good.”
Qin Sheng did not prolong his stay in Meijiawu. After he finished two cups of tea and chatted with Master Liu casually for a while, he left. Though feeling excited and eager to find out more about what he had been searching for over these years, he had no choice but to wait for the update from Master Qin’s source.
As Qin Sheng left Meijiawu, Qin Changan’s private jet landed in Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport. After that, they drove directly to Meijiawu. Gongsun already had the detailed address of Master Liu.
When they arrived in Meijiawu, it was already 6 o’clock in the afternoon. Master Liu was having his dinner.
Gongsun got out of the car and knocked on the door. Soon, two doormen came out and asked tactfully, “May we know who you are?”
“We are here to visit Master Liu,” Gongsun replied in a deep voice. Qin Changan was still in the car, and did not seem eager to alight from the car.
The doormen often encountered visitors who came because of Master Liu’s reputation. Master Liu was not willing to be disturbed by any visitors, except those who had made prior appointments, so the doormen asked, “Do you have any appointment?”
“No,” Gongsun replied straightforwardly.
The doormen replied politely, “We are so sorry, Master Liu is not available now.”
Since Gongsun came across this kind of situation frequently, he knew what the doormen had said, was simply an excuse. He sneered and said, “You tell Master Liu that the descendant of the Qin family is here to visit him in person.”