When Darren arrived, Matthew was in the living room, venting his anger.
“You’ve arrived just in time. What on earth is going on with the Fisher family? How did they end up submitting to the Gordon family? With the Fisher family’s strength, it’s simply impossible for the Gordon family to take them down!”
Darren swallowed hard, his heart in his throat. He felt as if his head was about to explode.
“Based on previous assumptions, the Gordon family doesn’t have many capable subordinates at present. It’s indeed impossible for them to have extra energy to take over the five districts. The previous incident with District Twenty-One could be considered a coincidence, but now even the Fisher family has been suppressed by the Gordon family. Something is indeed fishy.”
Matthew pounded his cane on the ground.
“Do I even need you to point that out? You think I can’t tell that something is fishy? I asked you to take your men and keep an eye on the Gordon family, to seize control of the five districts as much as possible. But look at you, not only did you miss the opportunity to act, but now you can’t even keep track of them! You’re useless! What else can you accomplish?”
Huge beads of sweat slid down Darren’s temples. He raised his hand to wipe them off, his face visibly tense.
“Mr. Lozano, please don’t worry. I’m thinking, the Gordon family shouldn’t have this kind of power. Could it be possible that they are in collusion with the people from Lordsworth Estate?”
“Yes, only such a possibility could explain why the Gordon family could subdue the Fisher family.”
Upon hearing this, Matthew furrowed his brows and fell into deep thought for a moment. He thought it was possible.
“Besides the Cox family, the Gordon family doesn’t have any other close friends. Even though the Gordon family’s value is at an all-time high now, and many people are rushing to curry favor with them, once the guild has stepped in, who would dare to overstep their bounds?”
Darren nodded. “Exactly, so it’s very likely that the people at Lordsworth Estate is pushing this from behind the scenes.”
“What are you still standing there for? Hurry up and look into it!”
Darren quickly accepted the task and left.
Nonetheless, the outcome greatly disappointed them. It was even more inconceivable.
That night, Darren secretly dispatched a few of his trusted subordinates. Without the Gordon family’s knowledge, they stealthily made their way to District Twenty-Two, eager to investigate the situation themselves.
When his subordinates returned the next morning, they all claimed to have only seen people from the Gordon family. They didn’t notice anyone from Lordsworth Estate.
“How can that be? Have you all looked closely? Are you sure those are all people from the Gordon family?” Darren clearly didn’t believe it.
His subordinate replied firmly, “Mr. Torres, those people are indeed from the Gordon family. They are Chad’s confidants. Strictly speaking, they can’t be considered as the Gordon family’s people, but rather Chad’s private followers. Each of them is extraordinarily skilled. This group of people should have been in Essley, but Chad called them back. As for the people from Lordsworth Estate, we searched all night yesterday and didn’t find a trace.”
Upon listening to this, Darren was stunned.
He hadn’t expected the Gordon family to possess such profound strength. It was far more formidable than he could ever have imagined.
This matter was of great importance. Without missing a beat, he went to report the situation to Matthew.
Upon learning the news, Matthew was extremely displeased.
“Wow, what a man Chad is! I had no idea he had such skills! He really knows how to keep a low profile!”
Darren was also taken aback. “The people I sent reported that the individuals brought by Chad are well-trained, agile, and sharp. This is not something that can be achieved in a day. I’m afraid these confidants have been nurtured by Chad for many years. He has always appeared non-competitive and unambitious before. Could it all have been an act?”
Matthew snorted. “For so many years, the Gordon family has always been like this. They seem to hold a low status. and don’t appear strong, but now that I think about it, for a family to go through hundreds of years of changes and still maintain an unchanging position in the Bartitsu Guild, to be free from all conflicts and uprisings, never getting involved in any disputes, it’s no easy feat. This is not something an ordinary family can achieve. It seems that we’ve been deceived by the Gordon family all these years.”
Darren was deeply worried. “What should we do now? If we allow the Gordon family to continue growing at this rate, I’m afraid it won’t be long before the remaining three districts also submit to them. By then, with the Gordon family controlling five districts, there’s no guarantee they won’t become the next Jagger family. Even if the Gordon family doesn’t have such intentions, the guild still needs to be wary.”
With a solemn expression, Matthew asked, “Which family is the Gordon family planning to subdue next?”
“With the submission of the Fisher family in District Twenty-Two, other forces will no longer resist. The entire District Twenty-Two is now under the control of the Gordon family. Next, the Gordon family should move on to District Twenty-Three. In this district, the power is rather fragmented. Several major families are on par with each other and constantly in dispute. To take over District Twenty-Three, they will have to start with these families. The situation is more troublesome than in District Twenty-Two.”
“Find a way to pressure these families, or choose a reliable one among them. Whether by temptation or intimidation, we cannot let the Gordon family continue to be so complacent! Keep a close watch on the next few districts. We must control the situation within our desired range!”