“That’s them, alright,” Maxine nodded and said.
“That’s great!” Quincy was exhilarated.
As she had been interacting with many influential figures in the Capital, she knew about Orient Commerce and the authority it wielded. The backbone of the Solean economy was in the hands of Orient Commerce which the Lee family dominated.
“James, you have to take over the Lees’ businesses no matter the cost!”
Quincy said excitedly, “Now that the Chamber of Commerce has been established, the Dawn family of the north and many other businesses have joined us. However, as the founder, we have to demonstrate strength. If we can take over the Lees’ businesses, our reputation and prestige will spread far and wide Quincy began weighing the pros and cons.
James knew little about this. He was in deep contemplation over how to successfully take over the Lees businesses.
Soon, they arrived.
A twenty-year-old-looking woman answered the door. As she was in the comfort of her own home, she was dressed in casual attire and wearing a pair of slippers.
“Maxine…” The woman greeted Maxine.
Then, she looked at James and said with a smile, “James, your reputation precedes you. My name is Xiomara Lee.”
The woman extended her arm.
Maxine smiled. “Don’t you underestimate her, James. She’s the one in charge of all the Lees’ businesses in the outside world. She’s also quite well known in the Capital’s aristocratic circle. Known as a commercial genius, she manages the Lees’ businesses in an orderly manner despite her young age.”
Xiomara returned her smile. “You flatter me, Maxine. Though I’m slightly older than you, you’re already the family head of the Cadens. Oh my, look at the time! Sorry for taking up your time. Please, come in.”
Xiomara beckoned them in.
Upon arriving in the living room, a servant of the Lees walked over to them and served them some desserts.
“Please make yourself comfortable. I’ll inform the family head of your arrival…”
After saying that, she left.
After she left, Quincy said, “I’ve heard of Xiomara before. She’s rather well known in the Capital’s aristocratic circle. I wanted to get acquainted with her too. However, despite my connections, I couldn’t get the chance to meet her. I didn’t expect to bump into her at the Lees’ residence.”
“Is she that impressive, though?” James scratched his nose.
“She definitely is. After all, she manages trillions of dollars worth of assets.” Quincy spoke highly of Xiomara.
They conversed briefly.
After some time, Xiomara appeared alongside Yasmine.
Yasmine took a seat and looked at James.
She said with a smile, “We meet again, James.”
James nodded slightly and cut to the chase. “I heard from Maxine that the Lees intend to sell all their businesses in the outside world.”
“Yes.” Yasmine nodded and said, “A storm is brewing on the horizon. The Lees have no plans of getting pulled into the conflict and intend to leave the Capital. That’s why we’re selling all of our family businesses.”
James replied, “Though I wish to purchase them, I understand that money is meaningless to the Lee family. How about this? I’ll give you something of equal value. If there’s anything you require of me, feel free to speak your mind. I’ll do my best to fulfill your needs.”
“Indeed.” Yasmine said, “Money is worthless to us. However, that being said, the Lees do not lack anything.”
Yasmine was lost in contemplation. She wondered what could she get in exchange for giving away the lucrative businesses of her family. After some contemplation, she thought of one thing, the secret of the four paintings left behind by the Prince of Orchid Mountain.
“How about this, James? I’ll ask the Grand Patriarch for his opinion on this matter. How does that sound to you?”