Adina drove to her office after watching the children walk into the preschool. Just as she entered the office, Serene approached her. She whispered, “We got a visit from a very strange man, Ms. Daugherty.” Adina‘s eyebrows rose as she asked, “What do you mean by strange?”
“He claimed to be the owner of an overseas media company, and he would like to speak with you about a business deal. I‘ve asked him to wait in the lounge.” Serene continued, “He has a mask on. He looks strange. You‘d better brace yourself before you go in, Ms. Daugherty.”
Adina nodded thoughtfully.
She went into her office to get the files before knocking on the door of the lounge.
A deep and raspy voice came from inside. “Come in.”
It was just a voice, but for some reason, when she heard it, she felt as if the voice lowered the temperature of the room and brought chills down her spine. Adina smoothed out her hair before she pushed the door open and walked in.
Two people were in the lounge. An assistant was standing on one side, and a man wearing a silver mask was sitting on the couch.
The silver mask covered up two–thirds of the man‘s face, revealing only a pair of dark, deep set eyes.
Adina quietly speculated that the man‘s face had probably been scarred, which was why he chose to wear a mask regardless of the strange looks he would attract.
She shifted her gaze away indifferently to put on a smile and said, “Hi, I‘m Daugherty, the general manager of LaStar Technology Corporation. How should I address you?”
The man‘s cold gaze slowly shifted toward her. His attention gradually fell on Adina.
Adina instantly felt as if she was being targeted by a venomous snake.
She could not help but purse her lips and take a step back. “I‘m Wynters,” the man uttered in a deep voice. “You may call me Mr. Wynters.” “Winters?” Adina paused for a second. “Mr. Winters?” “Wynters with a Y, not I.” The man corrected her. His voice grew even colder. Adina‘s smile grew wider. She said, “Hi, Mr. Wynters. What sort of service would you like us to provide?”
The man raised his hand. The assistant who was standing behind him walked forward. “I heard that your company has done an outstanding job in the smart chip segment. Our company needs to design a smart chip. Would you take the deal?” “Of course.” Adina continued to smile. “A smart chip for what, specifically?” “A smart chip for the human body.” The assistant continued. “We need you to design a chip that can be implanted into the human body. It should be able to accurately read all kinds of
biological information about the person. Moreover, it should be able to be implanted in the human brain, and read the person‘s memory, emotion, intelligence, creativity, and inspiration.”
Adina had always been composed. However, she could not suppress the shocked expression on her face at this point.
Why did this project sound like human experimentation?
This was a taboo within the industry.
“Would you take this job, Ms. Daugherty?” the assistant asked respectfully after he finished.
Adina sneered and said, “This is a project that goes against ethics and morals, I will not participate in it. You should leave.”
“This project offers lucrative returns. We just need six months. In just six months, we will make you the richest person in Sea City.” That man spoke again. It was as if his voice had just taken a trip to the freezer. It sounded so cold that it froze her heart up.
His eyes were calm and emotionless as he stared at Adina. He said slowly and with a low voice, “I will give you a few days to think about it. There is no need to reply to me in a hurry. I will come back for an answer next time.” After he finished, he got up and headed out the door. His assistant rushed after him. Only after he left did the temperature in the lounge gradually rise. And only then, did Adina feel that the gloomy aura threatening to suffocate her dissipate.