No sooner had lan stepped out than Neera walked in, her face a little pale and appearing anxious.
At a glance, Jean guessed that she had heard the rumors.
Sure enough, when Neera opened her mouth, it was to say, “The Cox family is in trouble.”
Jean nodded. “I know. Ian just mentioned it.”
He rose to his feet, circled around to the front of the desk, and stood face-to-face with her at close quarters.
“Are you worried?” he asked.
Neera nodded slightly, not wanting to hide anything from him, and honestly expressed her thoughts.
“I am a bit worried. After all, Mr. Cox is not with the Cox family now, and just dealing with the Jagger family’s affairs has already left him overwhelmed. The Cox family is now in such a big mess. If he finds out, I’m afraid it will only make him more upset. The Cox family is currently besieged with internal and external troubles. They have helped me before, so I…”
Jean held her hand, his warm and dry palm enveloping her delicate fingers.
“I understand you want to help the Cox family, and I’m not saying no. However, this matter is a lot more complicated than it seems and has a huge impact. Privately having firearms is a grave crime. If it’s proven to be true, the Cox family will certainly not be able to protect themselves. If you get involved, even the Gordon family might be implicated.”
“I understand,” Neera said, her head bowed low as she spoke in a subdued tone. “I know that I’m not just representing myself now but the entire Gordon family. However, the Gordon family has always been on good terms with the Cox family. When the Gordons faced difficulties in the past, the Cox family, didn’t just stand by and watch. Now that the Cox family is in trouble, we can’t just stand aside, can we? Besides, when the Cox family went to Adieu Island, the Gordon family also sent people along. It’s impossible to disassociate ourselves now.”
It was clear that she had made up her mind to help to the end, and naturally, Jean wouldn’t say anything more.
He sighed helplessly. “You always take everything so seriously. If someone shows you the slightest bit of kindness, you feel the need to repay them with all your might.”
Neera rubbed her nose. “I have no choice. Otherwise, I won’t be at peace.”
“I knew you would think that way.” Jean lightly bopped her nose, his affection evident. “All right, just do whatever you think is right.”
As for the rest, she could just leave it to him.
He would take care of everything for her, protecting her in every way possible.
Neera raised her head, her bright eyes looking straight at him with a hint of guilt shining in them.
“I always care so much about the Cox family’s affairs. You… Are you unhappy?”
Jean raised an eyebrow. “Do you want the truth?”
“Yes. Speak your mind. You can say whatever you’re thinking.”
“So if I do speak my mind, will you stop caring about the Cox family’s affairs?” Jean teased her.
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>Neera hesitated for a moment, her expression somewhat distressed as she was unsure of how to respond.
Jean smiled faintly, scratching her chin as if teasing a kitten.
“I might be a tad jealous, but it doesn’t make me unhappy. Don’t overthink it. I’m not that petty. Whatever you want
to do, as long as it brings you peace of mind, you can do anything. I’ll support you unconditionally.”
Seeing that he didn’t seem to be lying, Neera’s bit of guilt finally dissipated like smoke in the air.
Jean steered the conversation back on track. “Tell me, what’s your next move?”
Whenever the matters of the Cox family were brought up, a touch of worry would tinge Neera’s expression.
“I’m not sure either. I plan to visit the Cox family to get to the bottom of the matter regarding those firearms. I hope they’re not from the Cox family. Otherwise, it would really be troublesome.”
Jean told her, “Avery would absolutely never do such a thing. Those firearms most likely weren’t placed there by the Cox family.”
Upon hearing this, Neera frowned. “If it’s not the Cox family, then who could it be? After all, that place is managed by them…”
Trailing off, she then understood. “You suspect there might be a mole in the Cox family?”
Jean didn’t make a definitive statement. “Not necessarily; it’s just a possibility. When you go to the Cox family later, don’t mention this possibility for now. After all, you don’t know who among the Cox family can be trusted and who can’t. If you speak rashly, it may cause trouble or alert the enemy. Let’s first hear what they have to say.”
Neera nodded in agreement and called for Zephyr to head toward the Cox family’s residence.
It was Rio who received her.
Upon her arrival, Rio was clearly taken aback, soon followed by an expression of guilt.
“I’m sorry, Ms. Garcia. We are now all aware of what Phoebe has done. She must have been out of her mind to commit such an outrageous act against you. We are relieved that you were not injured. Otherwise, we wouldn’t know how to explain to the Gordon family, let alone our own family head. I should have brought Phoebe to the Gordon residence to apologize and ask for your forgiveness in person. However, the Cox family is currently in a mess, which has caused the delay.”
Neera chose to sit down across from him. She didn’t put on airs or appear to have any intention of reprimanding him.
“Mr. Rio, please have a seat. I am aware that the attack last time was solely Phoebe’s doing. I won’t blame the entire Cox family for this, so you don’t need to worry. I didn’t come here today to seek retribution. I heard that something happened to the Cox family, so I wanted to come and see the situation.”
Rio initially thought that she had come to seek retribution, but unexpectedly, it was about this matter, which made him feel even more surprised and ashamed.
He took a seat across from her, his aged face revealing a deep sense of exhaustion and melancholy.
Clearly, the recent incident had kept him awake all night.
“After such a thing happened to the Cox family, all the other families who usually have good relations with us have kept their distance. Not a single one has come to offer their condolences. Yet, you were able to put aside past grievances, Ms. Garcia. You not only don’t hold a grudge but also personally came to show your concern. This kindness is truly something the Cox family will find hard to repay!”
Neera shook her head. “At this critical moment, let’s not talk about trivial matters. I have always remembered the help Mr. Cox gave me in the past. If the Cox family is in trouble, I will naturally lend a hand wherever I can. However, I’m not sure what the current situation of the Cox family is. Could you enlighten me?”