Chapter 26: Chairman, Are You Still There?
Translator: Atlas Studios Editor: Atlas Studios
The next day.
Gold Sea City.
In a large meeting room, there were people sitting in suits. The atmosphere was particularly heavy.
The door opened, and a middle-aged man walked in.
Everyone immediately stood up, looking flustered.
It was a middle-aged man, Li Zhongyao: the current head of the Li Pharmaceutical Co.
Although the Li Pharmaceutical Co. was not the leading company in the pharmaceutical industry, it was still in the top five.
Li Zhongyao’s ancestors were said to have been especially skilled imperial physicians of the royal family.
In modern times, they relied on their strong medical background to continuously develop their company, and create such a massive corporation.
In recent years, the new drugs developed by the Li Pharmaceutical Co. were well received by society, and they were developing rapidly.
Originally, it was supposed to be a good development, but this morning, just a few minutes after the stock market opened, their share price unexpectedly fell sharply.
In just a few minutes, tens of billions of yuan evaporated from their market value.
This abnormal situation immediately attracted the attention of the company’s executives.
It was an urgent situation. Li Zhongyao called for a board meeting immediately to discuss the matter.
“Dear directors, don’t be too anxious. When we encounter something like this, we as the higher-ups, must not panic,” Li Zhongyao said calmly.
“Chairman, our company already lost more than ten billion yuan within the first ten minutes of the company opening. How can we not panic?” someone immediately said.
The moment he said this, everyone started talking at once.
The meeting had turned into a market.
Li Zhongyao’s gaze immediately darkened.
He slapped the table. He didn’t seem to use much force, but the sound was sharp and effective..
Instantly, all the directors shut their mouths and fell silent.
They all knew Li Zhongyao’s personality well. Complaints were one thing, but offending him was another.
Although he appeared amiable, he was a ruthless person.
He played a huge role in Li Pharmaceutical Co’s current success.
After they quietened down, Li Zhongyao pressed his hands together, and everyone sat down consciously.
Li Zhongyao said, “The Li Pharmaceutical Co has been developing drugs for more than 800 years. We’ve endured everything, and we will continue to do so.
“I have already sent someone to investigate the stock market. We will have results soon.
“I have gathered everyone here today just to say one thing. You can continue drinking tea and playing with women. If there’s money to be made, we’ll make a fortune together. If we’re broke, I won’t let you suffer a loss even if I have to sell everything I have.”
The directors couldn’t complain anymore.
Although they were afraid of Li Zhongyao, there was no doubt about his character.
Just like that, everyone dispersed. They did what they were supposed to do and continued living the lives of upper-class people.
Li Zhongyao was left alone in the meeting room.
His face was grim, and his gaze, unreadable.
Beep beep beep!
His phone beeped.
“Do you have answers?” Li Zhongyao asked solemnly.
“I do. There are problems with a new batch of drugs we just launched.
“Many people suffered from varying extents of adverse effects after taking it, and some could not be resuscitated.
“Although the relevant departments have secretly blocked this news for us, nothing can be kept under wraps. A few of our opponents still found out.
They secretly released the news, and the public reaction is very strong, so…”
Li Zhongyao fell into deep thought after hearing this.
“Halt production for that batch of the problematic drug immediately and recall them quietly.
“Bring some people with you and make a trip to those families, especially those of the deceased. Compensate them with one million yuan per life. ”
“Understood, I’ll go immediately.”
After hanging up the phone, Li Zhongyao pinched the pressure point between his brows and let out a long breath.
Pharmaceutical mishaps often happened, and the handling of one was very simple, but things were different now.
It was currently the most aggressive phase of the company’s development, and any negative news could cause huge losses.
After resting for a while, Li Zhongyao was about to get up when his phone suddenly rang.
It was a call from his butler.
“What is it?”
“Chairman, bad news. The Seventh Young Master was in a car accident.”
“What?” Li Zhongyao’s expression changed drastically. “Is it serious?”
“He’s being resuscitated right now!”
“Re… resuscitation?!” Li Zhongyao suddenly found it difficult to breathe.
“Chairman, um… err”
The other end of the line stammered.
Li Zhongyao patted his chest and adjusted his breathing.
“What else is there, speak up!”
“Chairman, apart from the Seventh Young Master, the First Madam is in trouble too.”
“Ah…” Li Zhongyao’s eyes were bloodshot. He felt dizzy and almost collapsed.
“What happened?” Li Zhongyao was burning with anxiety.
“The First Madam fell while she was out, and she hit the back of her head on the ground. She’s also under CPR.”
After Li Zhongyao heard this, he felt a sharp pain in his heart. His vision went black, and he suddenly collapsed.
His phone fell to the ground.
The person on the other end of the phone heard a loud bang and knew something was wrong.
He shouted loudly, “Hello! Chairman, Chairman… are you still there?”
“I… I’m not done yet. The First Young Master, Second Young Master, Third Young Master… Second Madam, and Third Madam… all of them have met with misfortune.”
Within the sect.
Qin Chuan stood on the platform and had just announced his teaching plan.
Since the Alchemy specialization had the largest number of people, he prioritized them. The other specializations did not object.
Qin Chuan picked 20 people from the specialization, all of whom were Earth Spiritual Roots.
Qin Chuan led them to the Alchemy room.
Sweeping his gaze across the crowd, he said, “I’ll cut the crap. I’ll remind you about one thing, refining pills is remarkably tough. You’ll have to learn as much as those in the medical field. If you can’t persevere, then it’s not too late to withdraw now.”
Everyone looked at each other and said, “Sect Master, is there really such a pill that can preserve one’s youth forever?”
Qin Chuan nodded his head, “Of course, but producing such a pill is incredibly difficult.
“I won’t discourage you, but without five or six years of experience, it’s impossible to produce it.”
“Ah… that’s such a long time!!”
People started to hesitate.
“Sect master, that seems too slow. Are there any shortcuts?” Someone asked.
Qin Chuan affirmed, “Naturally. There is nothing better than these two words, perseverance and effort.”
When everyone heard this, they weren’t very stirred.
Qin Chuan didn’t say anything more, “If you want to withdraw now, you can tell me.”
Everyone looked at one another, feeling hesitant.
Qin Chuan continued, “It seems like you guys aren’t ready yet.
“You’ve been given the opportunity. It’s you yourselves who didn’t cherish it.”
Qin Chuan turned around, preparing to leave.
When they saw this, the 20 people immediately said, “Sect Master, we’ve thought it through.
“We won’t back out.”
Qin Chuan turned around and said in a low voice, “If you go back on your word, you’ll start to age again.”
They shuddered as their faces turned pale.
Qin Chuan had a serious look on his face as he continued, “I’m not intentionally targeting you guys.
“I just want to remind you that in life, perseverance is important. You cannot go back on your word, and you cannot give up halfway.
“As long as you’re aware, success will come to you.
“Since you guys have chosen alchemy, then work hard and persevere.
“In the future, you’ll even be able to refine the Longevity Pill, not just the Beauty Retaining Pill.”
The eyes of the twenty people lit up.
“Sect Master, what is a Longevity Pill?”
Qin Chuan smiled, “Naturally, it is a pill that allows one to live forever.”