Neera modestly replied, “You flatter me too much. You are a highly regarded figure by Mr. Lozano’s side. It’s truly an honor for the Gordon family to have you visit us today.”
After the pleasantries were exchanged, both parties took their seats.
Chad poured him a cup of tea, then took the initiative to ask, “I wonder what brings you here on behalf of Mr. Lozano today?”
Darren didn’t touch his teacup as he got straight to the point.
“Mr. Gordon, since you’ve asked, I won’t beat around the bush. Let’s speak frankly. You must have heard about the Cox family’s situation. The president and vice president are quite troubled and disappointed by it. The Cox family is one of the most outstanding forces in the guild, yet they’ve done something like this…”
Perhaps it was due to preconceived notions, but no matter how Neera looked at him, he seemed fake.
At that moment, she calmly stated, “There doesn’t seem to be a definitive conclusion regarding this matter with the Cox family yet. After all, the firearms were found in the auction house run by the Cox family, but there’s no proof that these firearms belong to them. If the president and vice president trust the Cox family, they should thoroughly investigate this matter to clear their name and give them justice. After all, the head of the Cox family is currently risking his life on Adieu Island for the guild, fighting against the Jagger family. If this matter is not handled properly, I’m afraid it will dishearten the Cox family.”
“Neera.” As her words fell, Chad called out to her in a mild tone, “Refrain from talking nonsense in front of Mr. Torres.”
While the words made it sound like it was a scolding, there was not a hint of chastisement in his tone.
Then, he turned to Darren and gave him an apologetic smile.
“My apologies, Mr. Torres. This young lady has been spoiled by my spouse. I’ve always indulged her too. She’s young and has just recently taken on the role of family head. There are many things she still doesn’t understand, and she can be quite blunt. If she has offended you in any way, please forgive her.”
Since Chad was being so polite, there was not much Darren could say in response.
“How could it be? Ms. Garcia is straightforward and speaks her mind. It’s quite enjoyable and refreshing to talk to someone like her.”
He looked at Neera, his expression strange, as if he was on the verge of laughter yet not quite there.
“Ms. Garcia, rest assured, both the president and the vice president are fair and just individuals. They would never wrong a good person, nor would they let a bad one off the hook. This matter is of great importance, and they will certainly investigate thoroughly. If it is indeed not the Cox family’s doing, they will undoubtedly clear the Cox family’s name.”
Neera found his gaze somewhat annoying. She hummed in response and stopped talking.
Then, Darren suddenly changed the subject. “Ms. Garcia, earlier, you mentioned the Cox family’s mission to Adieu Island to take over the Jagger family. Coincidentally, that’s exactly why I’m here. I’ve heard that the Gordon family has sent a number of experts to assist the Cox family. Is that true?”
A sense of unease throbbed in Neera’s heart, growing stronger and stronger.
She maintained a calm facade as she answered indifferently, “Yes, the Cox family has been of great help to the Gordon family in the past. Now that the Cox family has been entrusted with a significant task, the Gordon family will naturally not stand idly by.”
Darren chuckled lightly. “The bond between your two families is truly enviable. It’s said that the head of the Cox family and Ms. Garcia are engaged. It seems your relationship must be very strong.”
Neera frowned, about to explain, when she heard Darren say, “However, since the Gordon family has lent all their experts to the Cox family, the number of capable people left by their side has significantly reduced. They definitely won’t be able to reign in the troublemakers in District Twenty-One to District Twenty-Five. Considering the difficulties of the Gordon family, the guild has taken the initiative to extend a helping hand.”
Neera’s eyes flashed imperceptibly. Ah, and there it is!
Things turned out just as they had speculated before.
It seemed that Bartitsu Guild was indeed aiming to gain control of the five districts. That was why they chose this critical moment to take out the Cox family first before turning their attention to the Gordon family, taking the opportunity to put the latter in their place!
Naturally, she didn’t want to let the guild have its way so easily, so she attempted to decline tactfully.
“I’m deeply grateful for the president and vice president’s concern for the Gordon family. However, even though we have allocated a portion of our forces to the Cox family, there are still many capable individuals available. Managing these five districts is not a big issue, so there’s really no need to trouble the guild.”
It was clear that Darren was determined to achieve his goal this time and wouldn’t stop until he did so.
He wore a half-smile, a playful curl at the corner of his lips. Lifting his teacup, he took a sip, then set it down. unhurriedly. The base of the cup made a sound against the tea table, neither too loud nor too soft.
“Not a big issue? Ms. Garcia, it seems you haven’t fully grasped the situation yet. Those five districts, due to years without a government to keep the peace, have become a battleground for various factions, resulting in chaos. Now that they have suddenly come under the control of the Gordon family, many forces are not satisfied and are strongly resistant to the change. Recently, there have been numerous violent incidents in those five districts. I heard that Mr. Shane went to handle the situation, but it hasn’t been completely resolved yet, right?”
Neera kept silent. Although she didn’t want to admit it, she had no choice but to do so. After a few seconds, she finally said, “Indeed, that’s the case. However, it’s only a matter of time.”
“I understand. The Gordon family’s power has greatly increased, and you are quite confident, Ms. Garcia. There’s nothing wrong with that. If the Gordon family hadn’t transferred so many people away, I, too, believe it’s only a matter of time. Unfortunately, the current situation is that the Gordon family can’t spare that many people. This is no longer just a matter of time. If the five districts unite to rebel, I’m afraid the Gordon family won’t be able to withstand it. After all, in their eyes, the Gordon family is nothing more than a third-rate family who suddenly gained power and wants to become their master. They think it’s simply absurd…”