Upon hearing this, Neera’s expression turned somewhat unpleasant.
Regardless, she was unable to refute Darren because she knew very well that everything he said was the truth.
Even though she had gained control over the five districts, becoming the district president, the factions already within these five districts were not willing to submit.
On one hand, it was because those districts had always been without a leader. They had long grown accustomed to this way of life and didn’t want anyone else to rule over them.
Secondly, those powers held a great deal of distrust toward the Gordon family and her, even looking down on them.
As Darren said, in their eyes, the Gordon family was nothing more than a third-rate power that wanted to lord over them.
As for her, she was nothing more than a nameless pawn with no qualifications or abilities. It was merely by chance that she had lucked into this position.
Hence, quite a few violent incidents had been happening in the districts these days.
Shane was now devoting all his energy to those five districts. However, due to the vast size and the numerous forces within, he was genuinely feeling somewhat overwhelmed.
Neera was already worried about this issue. She still didn’t expect the guild to bring it up so quickly, though.
Across from her, Darren sat still as a mountain, his expression brimming with confidence. He casually picked up his teacup and took another sip. Over the rim of the cup, he peered at Neera with keen interest.
When she had remained silent for a while, he leisurely said, “Ms. Garcia, why aren’t you speaking? Do you find my
words too harsh?”
Neera pursed her lips. “No.”
Darren, playing innocent after gaining an advantage, continued, “If I have offended you in any way, I ask for your understanding. My words may be blunt, but they are not without reason, right? Ms. Garcia, we genuinely want to help your family stabilize the order in those five districts as soon as possible and gain their heartfelt trust. This would be entirely beneficial to the Gordon family, wouldn’t it?”
The words spoken sounded impressive, but everyone understood the real situation as clearly as if they were looking into a mirror.
Just then, Chad slowly began to speak, his voice calm while his emotions were indiscernible.
“Since the guild has spoken, we, the Gordon family, believe it’s better to respectfully comply. Please thank your president and vice president for their kindness on our behalf. We appreciate your efforts moving forward.”
Neera looked at him, wanting to speak but hesitating.
Upon locking gazes with him, however, she knew that there was no possibility of refusal from the Gordon family; they could only agree.
The thought made her feel agitated and extremely dissatisfied.
Yet, she did not forget her identity as the head of the Gordon family and was able to maintain her composure.
11:04 Mon, 20 Nov
Since Uncle Chad has already said so, I no longer have any reservations. Mr. Torres, could you please convey my thanks to the president and vice president? The Gordon family has not handled its affairs well, causing them unnecessary concern. It’s our fault. In the future, the Gordon family will definitely put in more effort to quickly resolve the turmoil in those districts. With the guild’s involvement, it will undoubtedly give us a boost, allowing us to resolve the situation faster and more effectively.”
Upon hearing the answer he desired, Darren chuckled contentedly.
“Ms. Garcia, rest assured. Those five districts are still under your control. The guild is merely helping you reorganize them temporarily. Next, the guild will send a team to work with the Gordon family to resolve the current issues in those districts.”
Neera smiled insincerely. “I appreciate the guild’s help. I will arrange accommodations as soon as possible and provide the best hospitality for the experts sent by the guild.”
Since Darren had achieved his goal, he left quickly.
Neera and Chad escorted him to the door. After watching his car drive away, their faces fell simultaneously.
Irritation surged within Neera. “The guild is really overstepping its bounds!”
Chad’s eyes had a thoughtful look in them. “It seems this is a complex trap. Both the Cox and Gordon families are being manipulated by the guild. Not only has the guild suppressed the vigor of both families, but this has also resulted in them being able to meddle in the affairs of the five districts. Perhaps they could even gain absolute control over the districts. Hah! This is killing three birds with one stone. What a cunning scheme!”
“Then what should we do next? Are we just going to stand by and let the guild interfere?”
As they chatted while walking back, Chad’s lips curled up in an inscrutable smile.
“Let the guild intervene? No way! This is the territory you’ve earned through blood, sweat, and tears. If the guild wants to reap the benefits without lifting a finger, they’ll have to see if the Gordon family agrees!”
From those words, Neera understood that they would be challenging the guild.
After some thought, she came up with an idea.
“Uncle Chad, those people sent by the guild will undoubtedly be spies tasked with watching the Gordon family. I think we shouldn’t let them stay in the Gordon residence. It would be better to arrange for them to stay somewhere nearby. If the guild asks, we can say it’s for their better care and rest.”
Chad nodded. “Yes, that’s a good idea. There’s a small villa behind the Gordon family’s main house which would be perfect for them to stay in. There’s absolutely no problem.”
Neera thoughtfully said, “Uncle Chad, the Gordon family is indeed facing a manpower shortage right now, which is a problem. Do you think you could use your connections to bring in more people? Or we could hire some temporary workers, At the very least, we won’t be at that much of a disadvantage this way.”
“I was thinking the same thing…”