Tea Leaves and Green Jade

Money Monster

Match Twenty-One: Money Monster:

Ju raced to the main office. She found Yao and all of the workers standing up, waiting for her. Their boss put her hands on her hips.

"Tell me what happened!" she demanded. "How the hell could this happen?" No one said a word at first. Ju narrowed her eyes at all of them. Clearly, this loss of their money was no accident. No one else knew what was going on in their company. They must have a rat somewhere. One girl pressed her trembling lips together.

"I am so sorry!" she blurted out. Ju raised an eyebrow at her.

"Why would you be?" she asked. The girl sank down to her knees.

"I was led astray!" she cried. "I'm sorry! I'm sorry! I'm so sorry!" Everyone looked at her. Ju turned her attention to Yao.

"What's going on here?" she asked. Yao came over to her side.

"It seems that we had a leak," he whispered. I looked up at him.

"Let's not do this in front of them," I whispered back. We looked at the girl on her knees, trembling before us.

"What is your name?" I asked. The girl gulped as she lifted her head.

"Huan, miss," she replied.

"I see," I replied. "Huan, could you come back to the office with us?"

"Yes, ma'am," she whimpered.

The three of them walked into the office and took our respective places. Huan moved her hands into her lap. Yao and Ju stared her down.

"Now," Ju said. "Start from the beginning. What did you do?" Huan gulped as she lowered her head.

"I'm sorry," she whispered.

"Look up when you talk to us," Yao told her. Huan lifted her head again.

"Now talk to us," the clan leader said. "What happened?" She clenched her hands into fists.

"I met a new boyfriend," Huan began.

"A boyfriend?" Yao asked. Ju put up my hand to silence him.

"Go on," she said. Huan pressed her hands together.

"It was okay at first," she said. "Three weeks ago, he told me that he was looking for a job." She could feel her stomach drop. "I suggested that he come here for work."

"What is his name?" I asked.

"Choi," she said. "I can't remember his first name." Yao raised an eyebrow at her.

"You don't remember his name?" he asked. Huan looked red in the face with embarrassment.

"I'm so sorry!" she yelped. Ju waved her off.

"Never mind that," she said. "What happened next?" Huan pressed her lips together.

"My papa disapproved of him working her," she said. "He said that he would be nothing but trouble."

"Why would he say that?" Ju asked.

"Papa has that weird sixth sense about people like that." She buried her face in her hands. "I should've listened to him." Yao observed her the whole time. To him, something seemed off. Huan wasn't giving them much just yet, but she seemed to be hiding something else as well.

"Did he act alone?" he asked. Huan froze as she focused her eyes on him.

"Excuse me?" she asked.

"Did he have others working with him?" the older man asked. "Or did he act alone?" Huan bit on her nails.

"Who sent him?" Yao asked.

"He wouldn't say."

Ju pressed her hands together. "Look, we want to help you, but we can't do that if you won't tell us anything. Please be honest with us here." Huan began whimpering as she pressed her lips together. Tears formed in her eyes. Yao didn't believe her for one second. He had one more question to ask her.

"Is Jianjun involved in this?" he asked. Ju looked up at him. His eyes told her to wait for an answer. Huan looked down into her lap and said nothing. Twenty seconds later, nothing happened. In that time span, Yao had his answer.

"We will decide what to do with you later," he said. "You are dismissed." Both women looked up at him puzzled.

"Yao, what are you doing?" Ju whispered.

"Go with me on this," his eyes told her. The man turned back to the employee in the hot seat.

"Go on," he said. "Go back to work until we need to ask you more questions." Huan still looked confused as she slowly nodded her head.

"Okay…" she said. "Excuse me." Huan rose to her feet, bowed, and walked out the door. When the door swung closed, Ju looked up at him.

"What was all of that about?" she asked. "Why did you let her go like that?"

"Because," he replied. "We have everything we need to know. I just need to confirm one more thing before we act."

"How are you going to do that?" she asked. Yao only winked at her. He pulled out his cell phone and dialed up a certain number.

"Hey there," the man said. "Yeah, we have a little problem. Could you check something out for us? Thank you so much. Have a good day." He hung up his cell phone and the wasteland ripped further open to drown all of the nations soon to be involved.

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