“Mr. Cox, you are a smart man. I’m sure you can understand the pros and cons without me having to elaborate. So, are you still willing to risk your life for the Bartitsu Guild?”
Nelson gave him two minutes to think, then once again extended an olive branch.
Avery’s eyes were very dark, his expression unfriendly, and it was unclear what he was thinking.
Although he was angry about the actions of the Bartitsu Guild, he wasn’t surprised.
He understood the virtues and methods of the guild better than anyone else.
However, this matter did not affect his attempt to take over the Jagger family.
With that thought, he lifted his eyes indifferently. “Nelson, if you invited me in with such intentions, I’m afraid I’ll have to disappoint you.”
Nelson raised an eyebrow. “Oh? How so?”
“The actions of the Bartitsu Guild will be dealt with when I return. The Cox family has been entrenched in the guild for many years, deeply rooted and not easily shaken. Therefore, you need not worry about the Cox family’s affairs. As for the Jagger family, you’ve been occupying the offshore islands for many years. If you had behaved yourselves, it would have been fine. But instead, you’ve been acting recklessly, abusing power and exploiting resources, which has long aroused the dissatisfaction of the locals. However, these people have no power and can only be oppressed and exploited by the Jagger family. The Jagger family has committed many evils, and it’s time you paid the corresponding price.”
Nelson’s smile gradually faded from his face, leaving no trace of his previous cheerfulness.
“Mr. Cox, I respect you as a person of significance, which is why I’ve been pouring my heart out to you. My hope. was for you to break free from your current circumstances and have a better future. But to my surprise, you are also stubborn, unable to discern right from wrong. You take people’s good intentions for granted, as if they are worthless. It’s such a waste of my sincere efforts.”
When he spoke again, his voice had noticeably lowered. The change in his aura was palpable.
“The actions of the Jagger family don’t require anyone’s judgment, and you don’t need to posture as the embodiment of justice, spouting off in front of me. Back then, it was the Bartitsu Guild who acted dishonorably first. What right do they have to criticize the Jagger family? I might as well tell you, the Jagger family will never become the lapdog of the Bartitsu Guild. Your visit here is destined to end in failure.”
Avery suddenly let out a scoff. “Really? You’re that confident?”
“What do you think? At this point, do you still believe you have any leverage to bring me down? Your team can’t hold out much longer. As for you and this little lady by your side, the moment you entered this mansion, you’ve stepped into my trap. You lost your bargaining power long ago. Those who follow me prosper, while those who oppose me perish. I initially wanted to give you a chance, but you insisted on refusing. Don’t blame me for not being polite, then.”
As soon as the words fell, suddenly, the ten men who had appeared before rushed in, surrounding them completely.
“These ten individuals are my personally trained death guards. Their skills are beyond question. They are more than enough to deal with you.”
He laughed again.
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“To be honest, the members of the Bartitsu Guild were so useless before that they never had a chance to take action. I’ve been training them for so long, and this is the first time they’ve been put to use. For this, I should thank you. Of course, I know both you and the young lady beside you are quite skilled. If it were a normal day, you might be able to hold your own against them. But now, that’s clearly impossible.”
Avery glanced at these people, his expression unchanging, and said indifferently, “Confidence is a good thing, but overconfidence is just arrogance.”
“Heh…” Nelson let out a dismissive scoff. “You’re still so composed at this point, uttering such high-sounding words. I’m increasingly impressed by you. However, Avery, you should know that every move in this game can be anticipated. Since you landed, every action of yours has been under my watch. I’ve seen the deck of cards in your hands clearly. You’ve run out of trump cards now, so why insist on holding out?”
Avery’s expression remained calm and composed. “Whether there’s a trump card or not, we’ll only know once it’s played.”
Nelson’s eyes darkened. “You really are stubborn. Fine, if you’re the type who refuses to be convinced until you’re faced with grim reality, then so be it.”
After speaking, he glanced at Maverick.
The latter understood and immediately gave his command. “Get them! Make it quick. Mr. Jagger is tired and needs to rest early.”
No sooner had his words fallen than the ten individuals sprang into action. Without uttering a single word, they lunged toward Avery and Violet.
Avery and Violet had each other’s backs, skillfully handling the enemy’s onslaught.
Just then, there was a stir from the direction of the balcony.
Nelson turned around and his face suddenly changed.
A group of unfamiliar faces broke through the floor-to-ceiling windows and swarmed in.
He had never seen these people before. They certainly weren’t from the Jagger family; they were from the Cox family.
In just a matter of seconds, these people had completely surrounded the spacious living room, leaving no room for escape.
The leader rushed up to Avery and, with swift, decisive moves, knocked two men to the ground. Then, he respectfully bowed to Avery.
“Mr. Cox, we’ve spent some time breaking through the Jagger family’s defense system, hence the delay. Please forgive us!”
“No worries. Is everything taken care of?” Avery straightened his clothes, speaking lightly.
The person nodded. “Yes. The system operated by the Jagger family has completely collapsed. The entire security network of the island is now in an unprotected state.”