James nodded slightly.
Yasmine did not linger for long and hurriedly headed to the underground basement in the courtyard to look for Xavi.
Upon arriving at the underground basement, she lowered her head.
“Is something else the matter?” Xavi asked coldly.
Yasmine said, “Here’s how it is, Grand Patriarch… You ordered me to sell the family’s businesses, but I believed that money was worthless to us. So, I contacted James and informed him of my wish to sell the businesses to him. Here’s what I think-we can give him our family’s lucrative businesses in exchange for the secret of the four paintings left behind by the Prince of Orchid Mountain.”
Upon hearing this, Xavi’s face lit up.
The four paintings left behind by the Prince of Orchid Mountain…
They were passed down a millennium ago. Rumors say that they concealed the secret to immortality…
However, the Lee family’s painting was stolen by none other than Thomas. Xavi would have made his way to the Cadens already if not for the fact that he stood no chance against him. Back then, during the Mount Thunder Conference, not even the combined forces of the three families could defeat Bennett and Tobias. In the end, James showed up and even killed the Johnstons’ family head. Only then did the other three families quiet down.
“I wish to see him in person.” Xavi stood up and left the underground basement.
In the Lees’ living room…
Quincy was chit-chatting with Xiomara. Meanwhile, James was conversing with Maxine in whispers.
Soon, a fifty-year-old-looking man walked in. He was wearing an ancient white robe with a lifelike dragon embroidered onto it.
“Hahaha… James!” Before Xavi even approached them, his voice boomed.
Then, he walked over to the sofa and took his seat.
Looking at James, he praised, “Though you’re young, you managed to cross into the eighth rank. In the future, you will definitely reach the ninth rank…”
James had seen Xavi before. However, the last time they met, Xavi looked like his life was hanging by a thread. Now, however, he was much more youthful, and he looked more energetic and spirited than ever.
“You flatter me…” James smiled.
Xavi cut to the chase and asked, “I heard from Yasmine that you intend to purchase the Lees’ businesses?”
“That’s my plan.”
Xavi’s expression turned grim, and he said, “James, my conditions are simple. I need you to return the painting that was stolen from us by the Cadens.”
Upon hearing this, James smiled bitterly, and he said, “I’m afraid I’m incapable of accomplishing such a feat. After all, it was my grandfather who stole the painting, not me. Besides, I can’t locate his current whereabouts at the moment.”
Looking at James, Xavi uttered word by word, “In that case, have you seen the Four Ancient Paintings?”
James shook his head, “No, I’ve only seen the Cadens’ Moonlit Flowers on Cliffside’s Edge.”
“Then, have you unraveled the secret of the Moonlit Flowers on Cliffside’s Edge? Has your grandfather unraveled the mystery of the Four Ancient Paintings?”
James nodded his head and said, “Yes, I have… Rumors say that by unraveling the secret of the four paintings, one can attain immortality. This fact is accurate. After all, it records reliable information about the Spirit Turtle of the Mount Thunder Sect.”
“The Four Ancient Paintings also record top-notch martial arts. My conditions are simple. Tell me the secret of the Moonlit Flowers on Cliffside’s Edge and the Four Ancient Paintings and I will give you the fortune of the Lee family… Not only that, but you also have to swear that you will ask your grandfather for the painting he stole from us and return it to us. How does that sound?” Xavi listed out his demands.
James was lost in thought.
After a while, he said, “Since I don’t have the painting on me at the moment, I can’t return it to you. As for the other demands… I will allow you to see the Moonlit Flowers on Cliffside’s Edge, the objects that were unearthed from the ancient tomb of the Prince of Orchid Mountain, and even tell you about the secret of the paintings. How does that sound?”