Chapter 1032: Calculating Shares
Despite being extremely busy with the entertainment city project, Wen Haowen still especially took half a day off to bring Old Mrs. Wen out for shopping.
Wen Haowen had always loathed shopping with women. However, today, he patiently helped to choose clothes for Old Mrs. Wen. After that, they went to the jewelry shop, where he picked out a couple of costly jewelry sets for Old Mrs. Wen.
Old Mrs. Wen was overjoyed. All these years after she married Old Mr. Wen, he had never once taken her shopping. Even her silver wedding band had been bought directly by Old Mr. Wen and given to her. Thus, for Wen Haowen to take time off his busy schedule to go shopping with her, she almost felt pampered.
“Madam, your son is so filial. I’ve been selling things around here for so many years and have only seen but a few sons bring their mothers here to shop.”
“Madam, you’re so fortunate. Not only is your son handsome, but he’s also so filial to you. These days, young people are usually too busy with work to go shopping with women.”
For the entire afternoon, Old Mrs. Wen was surrounded by these kinds of statements, which fed her ego thoroughly.
After shopping, Wen Haowen brought Old Mrs. Wen to have western food.
Wen Haowen even reserved the whole restaurant. The dazzling chandelier lights and elegant duet of piano and violin made the atmosphere romantic and beautiful.
Wen Haowen even prepared a bouquet of fiery-red carnations for Old Mrs. Wen.
With flowers in her hand, Old Mrs. Wen’s eyes beamed with smiles. “Haowen, Mother knows that you’re filial. You’ve been so busy with work lately and shouldn’t have to specially take time off for me.”
Wen Haowen said, “No matter how busy I am with work, I can’t neglect you. Recently, so many things happened to our Wen Family—it’s my fault for causing misery to you, being caught in the middle of me and Father.”
Wen Haowen hung his head in guilt. Although he harbored thoughts of coaxing Old Mrs. Wen for her shares, these were his real thoughts. Since young, whenever Old Mr. Wen scolded or beat him up, it had always been Mother who defended him regardless of the reason.
Listening to his words, Old Mrs. Wen’s eyes couldn’t help but well up with tears. “There’s no need to mind these with your family. I merely want you and your Father to live amicably—no matter what, we’re family.”
Wen Haowen’s face changed. “Mother, I know your intentions. It’s not that I’m unwilling to live amicably with Father. However, since Father reunited with his legitimate granddaughter, he has totally disregarded me as his son. This time around, because I didn’t tell him earlier about the entertainment city, he has been unhappy with me, causing me to be doubted in the Wen Corporation and difficult for me to do things.”
“It’s all Wen Xinya that rascal’s fault.” Old Mrs. Wen was ignorant about the corporate issues, but she could see for herself—it was a fact that the Old Man had high hopes for Wen Xinya and neglected Haowen.
Wen Haowen started sighing. “Mother, the Old Man has been elated about Wen Xinya’s good results of 703 points in the final examinations. In contrast, I’ve been busy day in day out with the entertainment project, thinking of ways to earn money for the Wen Corporation, yet he has never looked at me favorably…”
“Haowen, Mother knows that it’s hard on you.” Naturally, she knew just how proud was the Old Man about Wen Xinya’s final examinations results. She also knew that her son had been working very hard lately, often working late into the night and even through the night sometimes—her heart ached for him as well.
Wen Haowen stroke the iron while it was hot. “Mother, due to my affair previously, Mr. Qian, together with the Directors of the Wen Corporation, had wanted to make me step down as the CEO. Thereafter, my status in the Wen Corporation has been unstable. With the lack of support from Father, the shareholders in the Board of Directors totally disregard me. No matter what I do, I have to deal with them cautiously.”
Old Mrs. Wen didn’t expect her son to have such a tough life in the Wen Corporation. “What… what to do, then? Should I go talk to your Father?”
Wen Haowen said, “Mother, it’s useless. Father totally doesn’t have a son like me in his eyes.”
Momentarily, Old Mrs. Wen didn’t know what to do.
Wen Haowen changed the topic and said, “Mother, previously, when the Wen Corporation was just formed, didn’t Father give you 5% of its shares? Can you loan them to me? After I complete the entertainment city project, I’ll return them to you.”
Old Mrs. Wen looked at Wen Haowen, slightly lost. “But the shares were transferred to me by your Father, I…”
It wasn’t that she was unwilling to give the shares to him. She didn’t dare to make such a decision—the Old Man wouldn’t agree to it.
Wen Haowen said, “Mother, I’m not really after your shares. It’s just that I’m in a difficult position in the Wen Corporation right now and can use the extra stability in my position with more shares in my hands. The entertainment city is a big and profitable project—if I can complete this project smoothly and earn money for the Wen Corporation, people will naturally stop despising me. Come that time, I’ll return your shares to you.”
Old Mrs. Wen was still hesitant. “However, your Father…”
Wen Haowen continued, “Mother, since Father had transferred the shares to you, they already belong to you and you have the rights to transfer them. If you’re worried that Father won’t agree, we can get a lawyer and proceed secretly. I promise that Father won’t find out about this.”
Old Mrs. Wen wasn’t sure about these matters and said slightly suspiciously, “Can we really do this?”
Haowen was her only son. Now that he was in such a difficult position in the Wen Corporation, she also hoped to be of help.
Wen Haowen nodded and said, “Mother, don’t worry. I won’t cheat you.”
Wen Haowen had never been worried that Mother would disagree to transfer the shares to him. He was Mother’s only son and she had all along been unconditionally pampering towards him.
Old Mrs. Wen nodded with hesitation. “Then… okay! But your Father can’t know.”
Wen Haowen was naturally overjoyed as he held Old Mrs. Wen’s hands and said excitedly, “Mother, thank you.”
Old Mrs. Wen patted her son’s hands gently and said, “Don’t have to stand on ceremony between us. Besides dividends, these shares have no use being in your Mother’s hands. Now you’re in such a difficult position in the Wen Corporation. If these shares can help you, Mother is naturally happy as well.”
Old Mrs. Wen couldn’t comprehend the true meaning represented by the Wen Corporation’s shares. Thus, it was understandable that she transferred the shares to Wen Haowen since he asked for them.
Wen Haowen said, “Mother, don’t worry. I only want these shares to be under my name. I won’t touch any of the dividends from these shares and will transfer them to your card when the time comes.”
Old Mrs. Wen said, “As an old woman, I don’t have much expenditure. I don’t use much of those dividends either, and the dividends over the years are sufficient for me. If you need money, you can keep those dividends for yourself.”
Wen Haowen naturally wouldn’t agree.