The birthday celebration started at 11:30 p.m. sharp, and more and more guests kept walking into the Lu Household.
There were a dozen or so tables in the spacious courtyard. All the guests that arrived went to the center of the courtyard and greeted Madam Lu.
Most of the guests that Madam Lu had invited were business tycoons that had a professional relationship with the Lu Corporation or her own friends. All of them were rich, so the presents they had prepared were either gifts made of jade or Buddha scriptures.
Seeing that it was about time, Bao Yao gave Lu Chuwan a nudge, and the latter went upstairs to fetch the painting from her room. She held the painting in her hand, walked up to Madam Lu, and offered her a warm smile as she said, “Grandma, I know you like paintings, so my mom and I bought one from overseas. It’s one of Master Liu’s masterpieces, and we hope you’ll like it.”
After saying that, she slowly unfurled the painting, and a lifelike depiction of plum trees in snow appeared before everyone’s eyes.
This painting had been bought by Bai Yao and her family to win the favor of Madam Lu.
As expected, Madam Lu’s eyes glowed. As she studied the painting, she overhead the discussion of the crowd. Some people were talking about the painting, while the rest were complimenting Lu Chuwan for her present and her heart.
The painting cost about 30 million on the market.
She nodded and said with a smile, “Thank you, Wanwan. I like it very much.”
Even though she did not pay her granddaughter many compliments, everyone could see that she was very happy with the present.
Bai Yao and Lu Chuwan exchanged a glance, and then Bai Yao looked at Fu Zhi. “Today is your grandma’s birthday, as well as the day she’s going to introduce you to the public. What kind of present have you prepared for her?
“After all, you took eight million yuan from your grandma. I suppose your gift must be very grand, right?”
“Of course. The present I prepared is better than this painting,” Fu Zhi replied. She knew what Bai Yao was trying to do. She had been putting up with her this whole time, but that did not mean that she was all bark and no bite. She looked straight back at Bai Yao and replied in a serious voice, “That eight million yuan is what I deserved for saving her life after she was nearly killed by the medicine your daughter got from a quack doctor.”
Upon hearing those words, the guests who had heard about Madam Lu’s near-death experience began to whisper amongst themselves again.
Lu Chuwan’s smile froze, and her expression turned ugly. She did not know why Fu Zhi would bring this matter up on an occasion like this one, but whatever her intention was, she was making her look really bad in front of the guests.
When Madam Lu saw that her own granddaughter was gritting her teeth, unsure of what to say, she stepped forward and scolded Fu Zhi. “Why do you have to be such a killjoy? Today is my birthday, and if you don’t know what to say on an occasion like this, just keep your mouth shut and stand aside.”
“That’s right. Since you said you’ve prepared a great present for your grandma, why don’t you show us? Don’t be all bark and no bite,” Bai Yao added.
Madam Lu looked at Fu Zhi. Lu Jingqing and his family were rich, so even though she did not like them, she was quite looking forward to her present.
However, unlike Fu Zhi, who was calm, Xu Wei and Lu Jingqing seemed a little nervous.
The painting they had bought had been drawn by Master He. Even though Master He was also a skilled painter in his own right, his works were several grades lower and much cheaper than Master Liu’s works. It would not be an issue if they present the gift before Lu Chuwan, but now…
Xu Wei clutched the present tight. Just as she did not know what to do, Mama Liu came out of the hall with another painting in her hand. The painting looked normal and it was not even kept inside a gift box.
“Madam, this is the gift that Miss Fu Zhi asked me to prepare for you,” Mama Liu said, her jaw was set tightly. The painting had been given to her by Fu Zhi. However, she did not know what Fu Zhi was trying to do.
On the other side, Xu Wei was so shocked that she was tongue-tied. The present that she had prepared for Fu Zhi so she could give it to Madam Lu was still in her hand. In other words, the painting in Mama Liu’s hand had been painted by Fu Zhi herself. If Madam Lu found out, things would turn really ugly.