Translator: Atlas Studios Editor: Atlas Studios
After settling himself comfortably on the couch, Yan Rusheng began flipping a random magazine.
“President Yan, the tea is ready.” Chairman Zhang presented the cup of tea with both hands to Yan Rusheng.
He was unusually courteous and respectful.
Yan Rusheng nodded. “Thank you, Chairman Zhang.”
Yan Rusheng doesn’t easily thank people, or at least he had never heard him say it before. Chairman Zhang felt a bit squeamish—a mixture of anxiety and panic.
He had invited him over on a weekend on a pretense of drinking tea with him. This had never happened in the years he had known him, and he knew for certain that nothing good will come out of it.
He bent and gingerly sat down on the couch while leaving a space wide enough for two more people between them.
Then he eyed Yan Rusheng apprehensively. He felt jittery.
“Chairman Zhang, when you came in earlier, you should have seen Attorney Xiao right?” Yan Rusheng placed the magazine back on the table, held his cup as he glanced at Chairman Zhang.
Chairman Zhang’s eyes flickered violently. He nodded as he murmured, “Yes…”
Yan Rusheng took a sip of the tea and casually spoke. “Flourish & Prosper is in chaos right now, I wonder if you’ve noticed it.”
“The current situation… is indeed…” Chairman Zhang wiped the beads of perspiration on his forehead.
He had a hunch that what would come next would be bad news, so bad it would give him a grievous blow.
Yan Rusheng continued, “So…”
The silence stretched between them as he paused. “I want to reorganize the company. For minor shareholders like you, I’m willing to pay a high price to purchase your shares. I assure you will definitely not suffer a loss.”
Chairman Zhang widened his eyes in shock, and the cup slipped out from his grip and shattered to pieces.
He snapped out from his shock when he heard the sound. He bent to collect the pieces and threw them into the trash can.
His face was bowed and hidden as he picked up every fragment of the cup slowly and carefully.
He could feel Yan Rusheng’s cold eyes on him, so he contemplated for some time. Yan Rusheng spoke once more, “This is definitely advantageous to you.”
Why would it be advantageous to him? Compared to getting a generous amount of dividends yearly, he now had to settle for a lump sum of money. Which was more enticing?
Chairman Zhang snorted coldly in his heart, but when he looked up, he beamed brightly once more. “President Yan, you must be joking with me right now.”
Yan Rusheng’s face fell. “Do I look like I’m joking?”
His voice was calm and casual, but it displayed his unyielding firmness.
Hatred briefly streaked past Chairman Zhang’s eyes before he decided to use his age and experience to his advantage. “The old shareholders, including I, have followed Chairman Wang for decades as we built the company. Even if we didn’t have any remarkable contributions, we have toiled for years.”
He would resort to any means as long as he doesn’t have to fall out with Yan Rusheng. Even if it meant that he had to plead, beg or to disregard his status.
To go head to head with Yan Rusheng will definitely do more harm than good.
Unless it was the last resort.
Yan Rusheng nodded as if he was empathizing with him. “That’s why I appreciate how hard all of you have worked these decades. From now on, you don’t have to worry about the development of the company and spend your retirement in peace and comfort. No matter what happens to the company or perhaps what scandal I might have in the future… that would jeopardize the company’s reputation. You can simply spend your retirement tending to plants or taking care of a pet. Or enjoying family time with your grandchildren.”
He sounded so considerate and thoughtful as he spoke in a serious manner.
Chairman Zhang was turning red from suppressing his rage and he clenched his fist tightly. He continued to wear a forced smile. “I have a son who is still working at Flourish & Prosper.”