“The rise of the Gordon family shouldn’t pose a threat to other powers either, isn’t it?”
“It’s different. The Gordon family used to be an obscure third-rate power, but now they have suddenly leaped to a first-rate family. This has disrupted the balance. Other families will inevitably be envious and wary. Nonetheless, the most wary should be the guild because the Gordon family now holds control of District Twenty-One to District Twenty-Five. This is something that other families, even those seated in the elders council, have never achieved.”
Chad nodded. “This is akin to how ancient kings were wary of ministers holding great power, not to mention that this minister also controls the forces of several regions. If allowed to develop, he might become a feudal lord, breaking away from the court. The current Jagger family is a case in point.”
Neera had never imagined that so many hidden agendas and open schemes were concealed within this incident. She couldn’t help but be taken aback.
“So, the guild didn’t dare to offend the Gordon family directly, and that’s why they targeted the Cox family instead?”
“I’m almost one hundred percent certain that’s the case. The guild has probably been eyeing the territory you hold for a while now and won’t let you hold onto it for long. However, because the Cox and Gordon families have brought prestige to the guild during the district president election, the guild can’t act directly for fear of public criticism and concerns that Lordsworth Estate might intervene. Thus, for now, they’re holding back while elevating the status of the Cox and Gordon families, making a show of it on the surface while taking action behind the scenes.”
Realization dawned on Neera. “So, you suspect that the firearms are the guild’s secret scheme, aimed at suppressing the Cox family and curbing their growth. And by doing this, they intend to implicate the Gordon family as well so that they can seize control of the five districts from us?”
Chad let out a deep sigh, his brows furrowed in distress.
“If we don’t think this way, everything becomes too coincidental. Even the Cox family’s mission to Adieu Island to take over the Jagger family is suspicious. It seems that promoting Avery to the position of second elder was a well-laid plan. On the surface, it appears to be a sign of respect for the Cox family, but in reality, it’s an opportunity. to distract Avery. The Cox family’s defenses are stringent. If he were to stay here, it would be difficult for the guild to take action. Only if he leaves can they successfully plant the firearms and then have them be discovered. This was done to suppress the Cox family and take advantage of the situation to strike at the Gordon family. At this moment, the Gordon family is gradually gaining control of District Twenty-One to District Twenty-Fivé. The guild won’t just stand by and watch as the Gordon family completely takes over these five districts.”
Neera had a bad feeling in her heart as she listened.
“Then is the guild going to take action against the Gordon family next? Uncle Chad, what should we do next?”
“I’m not sure. The situation with the Cox family is too sudden. Without Avery, I don’t know if the Cox family can hold up. At this time, there might be people who would kick them while they’re down and take advantage of the situation. It would be difficult for the Gordon family to stay out of this.”
Neera’s eyebrows twitched slightly. “The people from Bartitsu Guild are truly cunning and sinister. They’ve done all the superficial work, playing the good guy, yet they still want all the benefits. They’re truly a case of a snake trying to swallow an elephant due to insatiable greed!”
Jean didn’t want her to worry too much, so he said, “All of this is just speculation; there’s no evidence yet. The Gordon family can only respond to all this by staying out of it for now and waiting to see if Bartitsu Guild will make any moves. When the time comes, we’ll just adapt to the situation.”
That’s easier said than done, but what about the Cox family? Neera asked, “The Cox family’s current predicament is not good. I’m afraid that even before the guild makes a move, the Gordon family might also be dragged into the mess.”
“That won’t happen.” Jean shook his head, seemingly very certain of that fact.
“The Cox family currently has important tasks at hand. If this matter is indeed the work of the guild, their goal is to suppress the Cox family’s momentum, and then they can extend their reach toward the Gordon family. Therefore, they will likely find an excuse to gloss over this firearms incident. They won’t let the Cox family come out unscathed, but they also won’t let them suffer too much. After all, if this matter reaches the ears of Avery, there’s no way he would still risk his life for the guild to reclaim the Jagger family. That is a major concern for the guild.”
After some thought, Neera felt those words made sense. Thus, she could only suppress the unease in her heart. and calmly wait to see how things developed.
Two days later, as expected, Bartitsu Guild could no longer contain themselves.
Matthew’s assistant, Darren, boldly stepped through the doors of the Gordon family’s residence.
When Chad saw him, a glint flashed in his eyes, and his suspicions were confirmed.
“Mr. Torres, please take a seat.” His face was the picture of calm as he glanced at Neera, signaling her to greet Darren.
Neera pursed her lips, walked over, and stood next to Chad. She softly said, “Hello, Mr. Torres. Nice to meet you.”
Darren wore a pair of gold-rimmed glasses, making him appear scholarly and handsome. Yet, his expression held a solemnity uncommon for someone in their twenties.
He peered through his glasses, scrutinizing Neera meticulously.
His gaze made Neerá inexplicably uncomfortable. A nearly imperceptible frown creased her brow, but she restrained herself from showing any signs of displeasure.
Fortunately, Darren spoke up soon enough. “Ms. Garcia, nice to meet you. I saw you from a distance at the district, president election before. This is the first time I’ve had the chance to meet you up close, and I’m very honored.