Tobias had the intention to kill. He would eradicate anyone who stood in his way, even his own father. Although he was now slightly deranged, he had yet to lose his rationality. He warned Lorenzo against interfering in the household’s affairs.
“I won’t be compromising, I’m afraid…”
Lorenzo was not intimidated at all. He sat in his wheelchair and pointed at Maxine, saying, “I named Maxine the family head, hence she’ll be the family head. Tobias, you’ve been expelled from the family. You’re no longer a Caden. Get out of my sight this instant.”
“I warned you…”
In the blink of an eye, Tobias appeared before Lorenzo.
However, at that moment, a figure appeared by the door.
Upon seeing the figure, Tobias’ face paled as if he had seen a ghost. Staggering backward, he stammered, “Y-You…! H-How can this be?”
Tobias could not believe his eyes.
An elderly man slowly walked in. He was none other than Bennett, the person with the greatest authority in the household and an eighth-rank grandmaster.
“Father…” Upon seeing Bennett, Lorenzo greeted him respectfully.
“G-Grand Patriarch…” Maxine was stunned.
She did not expect Bennett to show up. His arrival filled her with hope.
“A-Aren’t you dead?” Tobias glared at Bennett.
Nearly three months had passed, and Bennett was still nowhere to be seen. That was why Tobias judged him to be dead and decided to act today.
After ambushing Bennett at such a close distance, there was no way he would still be alive. Tobias only dared show himself after believing that he was dead.
“Very good, Tobias…” Bennett walked over to him with a furious expression on his face.
He never expected Tobias to ambush him. He trusted him completely and even nurtured him as the family head, who went on to take the helm of the Cadens’ household for thirty years. For the past three decades, though Tobias did not perform any major meritorious services, he managed the household in an orderly manner. However, he then tried to kill Bennett over a Spirit Turtle’s core.
Saying that, Bennett roared in laughter.
After the initial shock, Tobias swiftly recollected himself.
So what if Bennett is still alive?
He had reached the middle stage of the eighth rank. His strength was now comparable to his grandfather.
After calming down, a smile crept up on his face, and he said, “Grandfather, you came at just the right time. Tell us, was it Maxine who ambushed you?”
Though he was smiling, his eyes were cold.
“Grandfather, you should think twice before saying anything. May I remind you that many important household members are here?” Tobias said threateningly.
James looked at Bennett and asked, “What’s going on, Grand Patriarch? Was it Tobias who ambushed you that day?”
Bennett nodded slightly and said, “It was him, alright. I was gravely injured after he ambushed me. As my life was hanging by a thread, I feigned death in the hopes of fooling him. After he left, I hurriedly made my escape…”
“I knew he’d be afraid. After he left with the core, I was worried about infighting among the Cadens. And so, I instructed Lorenzo to stabilize the situation by making you the family head. However, as you had no interest whatsoever in the position, we could only make Maxine the family head.” Bennett narrated the chain of events to James.
James finally understood that Bennett had been the one pulling the strings behind the scenes all along. Maxine was able to secure her position as the family head thanks to Bennett and not Lorenzo.
“Hahaha…” Upon hearing this, Tobias cackled and pointed at Bennett, saying, “That’s right. So what if I was the one who ambushed you? You are past your prime, old man. Even if you refined the core and boosted your strength, how long more could you live? Perhaps a decade or two? I, on the other hand, am a whole different story. I’m still young. By boosting my strength, I can lead the family to glory and make us the most powerful family in the world.”
Bennett roared, “Preposterous! Today, I shall rid the family of a vermin like you!”
“I’m afraid you aren’t capable of doing that.”
Tobias brandished his sword, and shapeless Sword Energy reverberated throughout the building. In an instant, the building collapsed into rubble.
James managed to escape in time with Maxine just before the building collapsed.