“Such a deep bond between a master and his servant. It’s truly touching.”
Following the applause was a half-amused sigh.
Upon hearing the sound, the ten men, well-trained as they were, swiftly dispersed to either side, leaving a clear path in the middle.
In the next moment, a refined-looking man walked out from behind.
A smile that seemed oddly out of place with the current situation hung on his face.
Avery gazed at him intensely, his voice cold as he questioned, “Who are you?”
The man gave a slight smile, performing an extremely antiquated and gentlemanly bow.
“Mr. Cox, nice to meet you for the first time. I’m Maverick, the assistant to the head of the Jagger family.”
Avery’s pupils contracted slightly. “What are you here for? To stop me?”
Maverick shook his head. “You’ve misunderstood. I don’t mean to do that. Mr. Jagger asked me to come out to welcome you, and of course, the young lady beside you as well.”
“Welcome us?” Avery’s eyes were sharp, as if he was trying to discern the true intention behind his words.
“Yes, welcome you. Mr. Jagger said fighting and killing is not the way the Jagger family treats guests. Since you have come from afar, Mr. Cox, why not come in and sit down, and have a chat with Mr. Jagger?”
Avery couldn’t figure out what kind of game Nelson was playing.
However, since it had come to this, he quickly agreed without any second thoughts.
Violet was uneasy. She tugged at the corner of his clothes. “Satan, are we really going in? What if there’s an ambush inside?”
Avery had already made up his mind. “It doesn’t matter. At this point, we have no way out.”
Under Maverick’s guidance, Avery and Violet stepped into this castle-like building, entering the heart of the Jagger residence.
Nelson waited patiently, greeting everyone he saw with a smile.
“Mr. Cox, I thought you might be to scare to come. Please, have a seat.”
He had a kind face and polite demeanor, showing no signs of hostility whatsoever.
Avery looked at him indifferently. “Nelson, there’s no need for unnecessary chatter. Let’s get straight to the point. Why did you call us in here? You should know that the relationship between us is not the kind where we can sit down and casually chat.”
Nelson looked at him with a playful gaze, his smile growing even more devilish.
“Yes, you’re right. We can be considered enemies now. But I must admit, I admire you and even sympathize with you a bit.”
Avery remained silent, waiting for him to continue the conversation.
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Nelson didn’t mind and continued speaking on his own.
“Do you know why the Bartitsu Guild has repeatedly tried to reclaim the Jagger family from this isolated island, only to end in failure? First, it’s due to our geographical advantage. The entire island is occupied by the Jagger family, making it difficult for anyone to attack us. Second, even if they manage to land on the island, the Jagger family is always prepared and constantly launches various attacks. As a result, the invaders are overwhelmed before they can even reach the power base of the Jagger family, leaving them no choice but to retreat in defeat. However, the Cox family is an exception.”
Avery pursed his lips. He had known all of this for a long time.
The Bartitsu Guild had repeatedly failed precisely because it had always struggled to penetrate the core influence of the Jagger family.
“You, of the Cox family, are the first in all these years to make it this far. I truly admire you. Despite being constantly harassed by my men to the point of exhaustion, both physically and mentally, you’ve managed to resolve issues time and again. You’ve even inflicted heavy losses on my forces, and then led your own men here. Honestly, you’ve opened my eyes this time.”
Avery listened to his praise, his face showing not the slightest bit of emotion.
“So what’s your point? After all this talk, what are you trying to say?” he asked again with an indifferent tone.
Nelson laughed, his body lazily reclining on the couch and his arms stretching out on the backrest.
“Mr. Cox, when I say these words, on one hand, I’m acknowledging the strength of the Cox family, and on the other hand, I’m trying to ease the tense atmosphere. There’s no need for you to be so aloof. If there’s anything, we can. discuss it. I truly admire the Cox family, so I can’t bear to see you continue to be a pawn in the hands of the Bartitsu Guild.”
“Is that so? So, you’re trying to turn me against them?” Avery finally responded.
Nelson nodded earnestly and said, “Indeed, that’s what I intend to do. I’m not one to beat around the bush, so I’ll just say it straight. What good can come to the Cox family by following the Bartitsu Guild? You do all the dirty and tiring work. You deal with all the difficulties and hardships. But in the end, all the benefits fall into the hands of the Bartitsu Guild. What’s the point of this?”
Here, he gave a meaningful smile.
“Mr. Cox, you may not be aware, but after you left, a large number of firearms were found in the auction house owned by the Cox family. This matter is now in the hands of the Bartitsu Guild, and it’s uncertain how they will deal with your family. I’ve heard that the Cox family has always been clean and honest, with all its businesses strictly adhering to their duties and maintaining tight security. Even a fly would find it hard to get in, so how could there be so many hidden firearms? Looking at the entire Bartitsu Guild, who else could do this?”
Avery had no knowledge of this matter. When he heard that, his pupils suddenly contracted sharply.
The implication of these words was very clear, and he understood immediately.
Could it be that the Bartitsu Guild had taken action against the Cox family? On the surface, they’d elevated his and the Cox family’s status, but it was a deliberate excuse to transfer him and subdue him secretly.