The Wang Estate Residence.
"Hello stranger," Lin greeted her brother walking into his room unannounced.
"I don't want you here," he replied coldly.
"Good, we are on the same page. I just need this." She walked to his massive bookshelf that decorated a quater of his wall to pick up a book.
When she stood there with the book in her hands he grew umpatient. "Please leave, I have an appointment to get to."
"Let me guess, a lady probably my age waiting at the penthouse of the four elements hotel clad in lingerie and whatever else tickles your fancy."
If what she had just said startled him it didn't show. "How could you guess that?"
"Really? That's what you want to go with? I've followed you around once, years ago. Then I find out you had a thing with Snow Oh, she was my junior in school." She frowned at him.
"Making them sign an NDA is a tad bit cruel in my opinion but whatever rocks their boat and yours."
"They agree to it. I never force anyone."
"Ever gotten a no for an answer?"
Wei thought about it and realized he had never. "No." It wasn't his fault so he felt no guilt.
His sister shrugged. "I believe you."
Who would say no to her darling mysterious brother. Every girl who came around was just happy to be part of the mystery that was Wei Wang. It made him look like he had something more to him in some twisted way. That was what Snow had told her, and what she knew could be true. And deep down she knew he did but it was all now buried far down and an empty almost shallow sad shadow of himself was all they got. Those girls all wanted to play hero to the billionaire heir, be the one who got him to believe in love, come out of his shell, but failure awaited them all.
She would never judge him for his actions, that was never her place, and God knew she didn't do comfort well enough. But this much she did pray for, that before she looses her brother to death, one way or another he gets to live life a little out of the box he's made for himself.
"Are we done?" He asked coldly.
"That's it? You haven't seen me in two weeks and five minutes of your time is too much to give to me?"
"I did say I have an appointment to get to."
"Call it what it is. Meaningless sex,"
Their mother walked in then. "What now?"
"Nothing mother. I have somewhere to be," Wei spoke first.
"Yes he's on his way to -"
It didn't surprise her when he shot what felt like death stares her way. But she was used to it
Cold as he could be, in his twisted way he had a soft spot for all of them.
"Well, wherever it is you are going to I'm sure you could spare a few minutes to-"
"No. I can't do that. I'm keeping someone waiting and you know better that we dont do that."
"Yes mother, we don't do that. Why would my dear brother spend time with family when he could be outside, somewhere, feet off the ground frolicking around with God knows who." Lin finished.
"Don't you dare."
"Okay that's enough. You can leave. Go. You always come back home at the end of the day," Li Ming said as a matter of fact.
Wei shifted his gaze from his sister to his mum before walking out of the massive room quietly leaving his mother and sister to say whatever they wanted after him. He trusted his sister not to say more than she already did about what she knew he did in his spare time.
"You didn't have to rile him up,"
"Of course mother, I'm the bad guy." Lin rolled her eyes throwing the book she never really needed in the first place the bed before stomping out.
The sibling rivalry had only gotten worse after it all changed. Up until then, Wei was always in his siblings business, being the big brother they could all look up to had been something he was proud of.
His birthday was coming up in three months time, October twelve was always a cold day for her, so she was nervous for him. The ticking of clock seemed to tick a little louder than normal, making her so aware that time was truly not stopping for no one and most especially her son.
Hashiki got to the city of Shanghai twelve hours later. She could have taken a fast train or the plane but no, she wanted the experience and now her knee felt like they would fail her any minute. She squeezed her face when she had to slow her pace.
She sent a stranger a beaming smile hoping that would make it easier for her to ask where she could find her way around but the lady returned blank stares and turned before she got the chance.
Well here goes nothing... She thought. The sun was retiring for the day and the warm glow set beautifully on the streets of Shanghai.
Her eyes settled on the crowd of people leaving the station and the look some wore on their face. Everyone seemed to be in a hurry, not minding the person beside them, bumping into another just to get ahead.
She took a deep breath and found her way out of the station and on the road.
"Don't panic, it's just people. Lots of people. Find a taxi, get to a hotel and you will be fine." She whispered to herself as she moved fast to hail a cab.
When someone bumped into her again, she pushed back and kept on moving like nothing had just happened leaving a young man in his mid twenties staring after her with a look of surprise dancing on his face.
"I think I'd fit in just fine." She wore a smirk look before busting into a low laughter. "Taxi!" perfectly happy with her new increased confidence, she took a cab to one of the hotel Hong had kindly recommended to her.
The driver looked like he didn't need to hear a word from her, so she sat back and enjoyed the silent ride to her new destination.