Wang Shu pointed towards the horizon, lightly whispering to me, “When I was a child, I liked to sit on the beach whenever I was unhappy. Listening to the sound of the sea breeze, and watching the tides rise and fall would always make me feel good. There are many…”
“Yeah, environment molds a person’s temperament,” I said while sitting beside Wang Shu, calmly listening to the natural sounds.
“Hehe, right! Ever since I went to China for my studies, I haven’t been to the beach for several years,” Wang Shu said with a sigh, “The sea is the same, the days are the same, only the excellent mood remains no more. A child troubles aren’t even considered to be worries. Just some small quibbles between the child and their parents. Only when one grows up will they understand what real trouble is. Even if you want to forget, you will never forget!”
I remained quiet, not wanting to interrupt her.
After a while, Wang Shu continued, “I truly want to leave; to not be tangled by the mess back home. But every time I remember the hope in my father’s eyes, I can’t bear to leave. Tell me, what should I do? How do I deal with everything?”
“Every family has issues. Fighting for the family’s business, struggles for authority, and all that; but in the end, what does all that amount to? Nothing!” I thought for a while and decided to tell some of my matters to Wang Shu. If I said it to her, then it will at least bring her comfort, letting her know she wasn’t the only one in the world tangled in hardships. On the other hand, as I and Wang Shu had no particular relationship, my words would be more convenient.
“Take me as an example. For no particular reason, I got involved in a dispute over an Aristocratic Family’s industry. When in reality, the family’s business has no value to me. But the fact that I am their heir, I have to face the internal machinations by the collateral branch family members.” I continued to talk, “This time, I came to Japan to participate in a University Student Exchange Sparring Tournament. That relative of mine also came here. During the match, he unexpectedly took out a dagger, trying to stab me on the stage. If not for my response being quick, you probably wouldn’t be able to see me here right now!”
“What?” Wang Shu looked towards me with shock and asked me worriedly, “Stab? Where did he try to stab you? Are you alright?”
I looked towards Wang Shu’s concerned eyes. They were certainly not a pretense. Looking towards her, my heart trembled and I knew I had provoked another emotional debt!
“Nowhere. Didn’t I say I reacted quickly? He didn’t stab me anywhere,” I said with a smile.
“Oh. That’s good then!” Wang Shu heaved a sigh of relief, patting her little chest that wasn’t too full but very symmetrical and well-proportioned.
“Listen to me and don’t worry about these matters too much! You should be carefree and unfettered. Let me enlighten you today!” I said without a care in the world.
“You sure are carefree for someone who almost got assassinated! Still smiling without any worry,” Wang Shu said with a sincere smile.
“Yes. Therefore, you must remember: a person cannot live haunted by worries, instead, just take life easy. As long as one is happy, what others do will not matter!” I nodded and said to her.
“I also want to live a carefree life… But that person is my father. Even if I don’t want to care, I have no other alternatives!” Wang Shu said, knitting her eyebrows together, her left hand clenched nearby sand. After a while, she said, “And the other person is my uncle. I don’t know how he could do something like that!”
Under Wang Shu’s narration, I was able to get a gist of the matter.
Originally, Wang Shu’s father, Wang Donglin came to Japan many years ago for higher studies. Here, he met Wang Shu’s mother, Sawai Masako. The two fell in love, making Wang Donglin stay in Japan permanently. Later, with his outstanding wit and indomitable spirit, Wang Donglin developed an international enterprise in this foreign country from the ground up. As the Japanese people have a tradition for women, where a woman would adopt the family name of their husband after marriage, Sawai Masako also changed her name to a Chinese one. She was now called Wang Ya. Although Wang Ya and Wang Donglin weren’t responsible for her maternal home, Wang Donglin still regarded the familial and bonds between relatives very seriously. Being a Chinese, the ideals to care for family and relatives were deeply rooted in his heart.
Wang Donglin saw his wife’s younger brother not having a job, so he brought him into his company out of kindness. He also treated him as one of his closest confidants and let this brother-in-law even take part in the important business decisions. All important documents in the company were also handled by him. As long as he looked over the documents and passed them, Wang Donglin wouldn’t even look over them and sign them directly.
A few days ago, Wang Donglin fell ill because of excessive overwork, getting bedridden in the hospital. Wang Dongling wasn’t young after all. When he first arrived in Japan, he was already 30. Right now, his age was above 50, making it easier for him to get fatigued.
Every day, Sawai Toji would come to the hospital ward, bringing important documents for Wang Donglin to sign. Looking at him working so diligently, Wang Donglin also felt relieved and directly signed all documents.
However, just before Wang Shu arrived home, Sawai Toji suddenly announced to the outside world about Wang Donglin handing over the entire enterprise to him! He also held a press conference, attending the conference as the new president of the company.
Looking at the news, Wang Donglin was both shocked and enraged. He immediately called Sawai Toji and questioned him about the matter. He never expected Sawai Toji to have immensely thick skin, bringing out a share transfer book with the genuine signatures of Wang Donglin on them.
Excluding the shares owned by the company shareholders, Wang Donglin had held 55 percent of the company shares, of which, 25 percent were in the name of Wang Shu, while the remaining 30 percent got transferred over to Sawai Toji.
After the scam, Sawai Toji became the biggest shareholder of their enterprise, successfully controlling the company’s higher executives.
At that moment, Wang Donglin’s heart was filled with remorse and regret. He didn’t know what to say. He was extremely enraged for having trusted that wolf for such a long time. It was clear that Sawai Toji was disloyal from the beginning. Slowly bidding his time, he developed his trust and took advantage of it. And as soon as Wang Dinglin fell ill, he took the opportunity and prepared a share right transfer book, making him sign it without any worries.
Fortunately, Wang Shu still had 25 percent of the company’s shares. As long as she does not sign any share transfer, then those shares will always remain hers. But now, Sawai Toji had already controlled the entire company. It wasn’t easy to take it back from him. On one hand, he was the largest shareholder, and on the other hand, his relationships with the higher-ups of the company were very good. As long as he said the word, all of them would follow him unhesitatingly.
Anxiousness plagued Wang Donglin’s heart. Instead of getting better, his illness was getting worse. Only after a few days, he had lost all ability to even leave his bed. His body had gotten weaker. Although Wang Ya was immensely angry that her own younger brother was so ruthless, there wasn’t anything a weak woman like her could do besides cursing him. Seeing that Wang Donglin’s condition was getting worse by the day, she immediately called her daughter back to Japan and wanted to know if her daughter had any brilliant plan to deal with this matter!