Chapter 777: Pestered by the Xia Family
Translator: Atlas Studios Editor: Atlas Studios
Who cares for that!?!
Xia Ruya stared at Old Mr. Xia’s annoying face in disdain. She had underestimated how thick-skinned the Xia Family could be. However, the Xia Family had belittled her. Since she had already severed ties with them, she would definitely not look them up and bring shame to herself. The Xia Family members were a heartless bunch. God knows when they’d stab her in the back again!
Noticing that she was hanging her head low, seemingly deep in thought, Old Mr. Xia said, “If you’re willing to help the Xia Family tide through this ordeal, you’ll still be considered the Xia Family’s daughter. I’ll transfer ten percent of the Xia Family’s shares to you.”
The Xia Family owned a total of eighty percent of the supermarket chain shares, ten percent was just peanuts to him. However, it was a huge temptation for the underage Xia Ruya.
Xia Ruya was indeed tempted, and she felt as if she had been splashed with cold water.
However, the Xia Family was only a small enterprise, and ten percent of the supermarket chain shares were too meager for her. She felt that they could not compare to the Wen Family at all. One percent of the Wen Corporation’s shares were way more than ten percent of the Xia Family’s shares.
Not to mention, the Xia Family had a poor reputation now, and the angry customers were all demanding for refunds. It was impossible for them to recover their losses within a short amount of time, and she would even make a loss by holding a percentage of their shares.
She knew quite a bit about the Xia Family’s financial difficulties and was well aware that the loss amounted to hundreds of millions. If she were to give them financial aid, they would ask her for money again in the future. In the end, they would milk her out of all her money and kick her away again when she was no longer of any use to them.
Old Mr. Xia treated her like a fool, thinking that she would be willing to let them manipulate her just by offering her a portion of the shares.
Xia Haolin hurriedly said, “If you’re not satisfied with the terms, I’ll transfer you the ten percent under my name too.”
Having seen through everything, Xia Ruya was no longer tempted by the shares. Hence, she shook her head gently without uttering a single word, lest she make any mistakes and end up getting involved with the Xia Family.
Her attitude had angered Xia Haolin. He barked. “Xia Ruya, don’t go overboard. Twenty percent of the shares are all we can offer you. If you’re not willing to cough up the money, we’ll settle things in court. Since we’ve already cut off ties with each other, we must tabulate the amount of money that we’ve spent on you. Don’t you think so? We’re just a bunch of small fries, we won’t mind letting our reputation be ruined. But you’re Xia Ruya… you used to enjoy so much attention and glory. Can you take being in the media’s limelight again?”
He sounded rather threatening.
He had indeed intended to blow things up. Xia Ruya was in a different position from them. She used to be the heiress of the Wen Family, after which she became their adoptive daughter. She then joined Zhishan Club and got involved in a scandal. Even though she had become their adoptive daughter, others would still pay attention to news about her.
Xia Ruya stared at Xia Haolin in disbelief. “Father, must you drive me into a corner? I’m your daughter! Don’t you care about me at all?”
The threat was Xia Ruya’s Achilles’ heel. Although she might not lose the case, she could not afford to suffer the embarrassment. She had always known them to be heartless and cruel. If things were to get blown out of proportion, it would be completely over for her.
Xia Haolin’s eyes lit up and he thought to himself, Take into account that she’s my daughter? She’s just an illegitimate daughter whom I’ve never lived with before. Why would I care about her? However, he decided not to fall out with her too badly at such a critical juncture. “Ruya, you’ve always been an obedient and sensible child. If you’re willing to give the Xia Family some help, you’ll still be our daughter.”
Old Mr. Xia said, “Your father is right. We’re not going to take your money for nothing. If you’re still worried, why don’t we sign an IOU?”
He was obviously not willing to write an IOU. However, the crucial thing for them to do now was to get their hands on some money and solve the Xia Family’s problem. They thought that the IOU wouldn’t matter when they tried and placated her once the matter had been resolved.
Xia Ruya was well aware that the IOU would not take effect even if they had a black and white agreement. If she were to lend them some money, she would definitely not get it back either. However, it was obvious that the Xia Family was bent on threatening her. Being alone with no family, there was nothing she could do at all. “I… I need to consider it before coming to a decision.”
She had no choice but to give in.
Secretly thrilled, Xia Haolin held her hand and said, “Ruya, the Xia Family is going to depend on you.”
He made it sound as if she was definitely going to take the money out to help them.
Xia Ruya’s hand stiffened and she shivered coldly. She pretended to be obedient and remained silent.
Old Mr. Xia said calmly, “In that case, we’ll come by again tomorrow. The crisis needs to be solved as soon as possible. I hope you won’t take too long to consider.”
He was indirectly trying to tell her to forget about brushing them off and delaying the matter.
Xia Ruya’s heart sank and she shuddered. Nodding obediently, she answered, “Got it!”
Old Mr. Xia looked at her calmly and said, “Good that you do. You’ll be the greatest contributor if we manage to tide over the crisis.”
Xia Ruya sent Old Mr. Xia and Xia Haolin to the door.
Xia Haolin suddenly stopped in his tracks.
Xia Ruya turned pale and wondered to herself, He’s already said everything there is to say. What else does he want?
Xia Haolin did not notice the look on Xia Ruya’s face and instead gazed at her gently. “We’ll be waiting to hear some good news from you.”
After a moment of hesitation, Xia Ruya answered with a nod, “Alright!”
The Xia Family members finally left.
Xia Ruya placed her body against the door.
Now that the Xia Family was using every possible tactic to threaten her and compel her into helping them, she was truly at a loss for what to do.
At the same time, their visit reminded her that she was nothing except a girl who had money and no family. She felt that it would be difficult for her to keep the money.
The Xia Family was obviously out to force her into conceding. What should I do?
Do I really have to transfer my assets to someone else?
No, I’m not going to do that.
She suddenly got up from the ground and sprinted towards her bedroom. She took out her luggage and began packing her belongings. She did not have too many belongings with her, because she had already kept most of her valuables in the bank. All she had at home was some jewelry and expensive clothing. Hence, it was rather easy for her to pack up.
The only thing she could do now was to flee far, far away.
Otherwise, she would be in hot soup if the Xia Family were to continue pestering her and harassing her.