Upon hearing this, Neera quickly sat up straight.
“That won’t do. You can’t interfere!”
Jean raised an eyebrow. “You don’t believe I can handle this?”
Neera immediately shook her head. She bit her lower lip, wanting to speak, but she stopped herself.
After a few seconds, she let out a sigh.
“It’s not that I don’t believe you. I am aware of your capabilities. However, we’re in Phison, and even after being here for some time, I still haven’t fully grasped all the complexities of this place, let alone you. Besides, I don’t want to drag you into this. I’s too dangerous here. I’m genuinely afraid that something unexpected might happen…”
Jean gave her a faint smile. “Are you worried about me?”
“Of course I am! No matter what, don’t get involved in this matter. I will find a way to resolve it. Besides, I have Uncle Chad and Shane to help me, as well as the support from the people at Lordsworth Estate. There won’t be any problems.”
Jean patted her on the head, finding himself completely at a loss with her. He could only go along with it.
“All right, I’ll listen to you. But if you can’t handle it anymore, just tell me. Don’t try to tough it out on your own, got it?”
Neera nodded obediently. “Got it. Don’t worry. I know my limits.”
With the manpower arranged by Chad and the people provided by Caleb, the rest of the takeover progressed very smoothly.
Chad personally took charge, with Shane accompanying him on the side. The two of them discussed and made numerous decisions. They targeted several important forces in District Twenty-One, achieving significant results.
Under a combination of soft and hard tactics, several leading troublemaking families were no longer hostile and even openly expressed their approval and support for the Gordon family’s control.
Seeing this, the other forces in District Twenty-One also gave up resisting one after another.
In just three days, the previously stagnant situation took a turn. All forces in District Twenty-One agreed to submit to the Gordon family, willingly accepting their jurisdiction.
This news, when it reached the guild, left many people in disbelief.
Matthew was taken aback and immediately called Darren to inquire about the situation.
“Didn’t you say before that the situation the Gordon family was facing was not optimistic? Why is it that an entire district has been subdued? Not a drop of blood was seen, and not a single riot occurred, and they just easily surrendered to the Gordon family? What on earth is going on?”
He was so angry that he was slamming the table, his tone extremely unpleasant.
Darren answered with his head half-lowered, “I’m not entirely clear on the specifics yet, but Chad is involved this time. He personally went to District Twenty-One, so he must have come up with some sort of plan…”
Matthew’s face darkened. “Did he manipulate them?”
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Darren pondered for a moment, then said, “It’s possible. In fact, District Twenty-One isn’t particularly tough. They’re short-sighted and can be easily controlled without a fight. However, the other districts are not the same.”
At this point, he gained some confidence, lifting his head to look at Matthew.
“Mr. Lozano, please don’t worry. The Gordon family has only taken over District Twenty-One. The remaining four districts are not easy to deal with. His methods may not necessarily work. When the time comes, he will have no choice but to come to us for help. With a reason, it will be easy for the guild to intervene in the affairs of the five districts.”
Matthew’s expression finally softened a bit after he listened to that.
“Keep a close eye on them for me, and see what the Gordon family is really up to. Chad is usually quiet, but he’s no pushover. He doesn’t like to compete, but if he really sets his mind to something, I’m afraid there aren’t many in the whole of Phison who can outplay him. You must be extremely cautious and never underestimate him.”
“Yes, I understand,” Darren responded verbally, but inwardly, he remained somewhat skeptical.
Given the current state of the Gordon family, with so few experts, the idea of taking over the remaining districts was simply a pipe dream.
In his view, the Gordon family wouldn’t be able to hold on for much longer.
However, reality once again slapped him hard in the face.
Compared to District Twenty-One, District Twenty-Two was much more difficult to deal with.
The Fisher family was the most powerful force in District Twenty-Two. Throughout the years, when District Twenty- Two was without governance, they had always been the head honcho, ruling over the district.
Regardless of whether it was economic strength, military power, or social status, the Fisher family was undeniably a top-tier family.
To take over District Twenty-Two, they must first go through the Fisher family.
As expected, the Fisher family firmly refused to let the Gordon family take control of District Twenty-Two. This led to a fierce armed conflict between the two sides overnight.
In response to this, both Darren and the guild adopted a mentality of enjoying the show, waiting to see the Gordon family suffer heavy losses and face a humiliating defeat.
However, it only took two days for things to reach their conclusion.
The outcome was vastly different from what the guild had anticipated.
The once unyielding and ironclad Fisher family had suffered a devastating defeat. Even the head of the Fisher family was captured by the Gordon family and forced to admit defeat wholeheartedly.
When Matthew received this news, he was in the middle of a meal.
His face was filled with disbelief and shock. When he returned to his senses, anger overcame him, and he fiercely smashed the bowl into pieces.