“Absolutely right, Miss,” Mr. Cross nodded respectfully. “The old slave was too optimistic.”
Maria chuckled. “It’s alright to be optimistic, especially since this is the biggest crisis the Warriors Den has faced since its establishment. This is an opportunity to transform all the strength of the deceased soldiers’ garrison into our own power.”
“This kind of situation, where the enemy eliminates our strength, is highly beneficial to him,” she continued. “If he can steadily fight in the dark and continue to break down the Warriors Den one by one, I believe it won’t be long before he has the strength to face us head-on. The complete elimination of the Warriors Den will be just around the corner!”
Mr. Cross sighed. “I hope that Mr. Wade can really live up to your expectations, Miss.”
“Oh, he will,” Maria replied with a confident smile.
She then took the sleeve of her right hand with her left, rubbed some ink into the inkstone, and asked Mr. Cross with a sideways smile, “Is there anything else to report? If not, I will start painting. I aim to finish all the paintings before school starts.”
Marius replied, “No, Miss. If you have no other orders, I will take my leave.”
“Okay, you go first,” Maria nodded with a smile before added, “Don’t make any contact with the informant for the next few days. I’m afraid the Lord will take advantage of this opportunity to clean up the interior. In this silent situation, it’s too easy for anyone in contact with the outside world to be caught.”
“Understood, my lady,” Mr. Cross replied promptly. “From now on, this old slave will not have any contact with the informant, and will wait for your notice.”
“Good,” Maria nodded. “Also, please inform Mr. Cole that I’m craving some fresh flower cakes. Ask him to send someone to the south of Yunnan to buy some.”
Mr. Cross bowed respectfully. “Yes, Miss. I will inform Mr. Cole and take my leave now.”
As Mr. Cross departed, Maria gazed at the painting before her and murmured softly, “Mr. Wade, wait until I finish this painting. We are about to meet again.”
Jagoan was driving past Zilian Mountain at that moment, on his way to visit the Elms family.
He had left Shangri-la with the intention of inviting all the members of the Elms family to join the upcoming training. Jagoan believed that this was an opportunity for them to improve their overall strength.
Unbeknownst to him, the mysterious girl he had rescued was at the top of Zilian Mountain, less than two kilometers away in a straight line.
When Jagoan arrived at the Elms family’s home, all the members of the family came out to greet him.
The elderly Wilfred led the way and knelt down on one knee before Jagoan, saying respectfully, “Welcome to the Elms family, Mr. Wade!”
The reason for his gratitude was that Jagoan had saved Xion, cured Kairi, fulfilled the marriage between Kairi and Zayne, and provided many opportunities for the Elms family.
Most importantly, Jagoan had brought Xion to the height of an eight-star warrior, which was unprecedented in the history of the Elms family. Therefore, in Wilfred’s eyes, Jagoan was a great benefactor to them.
Jagoan smiled slightly and said, “Mr. Elm, you’re too polite. You don’t have to be so formal with me.”
Wilfred, in turn, cupped his hands towards Jagoan and replied, “Mr. Wade, Xion is in retreat, Kairi and Zayne are not in Aurous Hill, and the three of them were not able to come and greet you. I hope you don’t mind…”
Jagoan nodded understandingly and asked, “Did Kairi and Zayne go out together?”
“Yes,” Wilfred confirmed. “They left for Europe a few days ago for their honeymoon and won’t be back for a few more days.”
Wilfred then added, “Xion is still in the basement, and I haven’t had the chance to inform her.”
Jagoan smiled and said, “Please arrange for someone to call her. I have something important to discuss with both of you today.”
“Of course!” Wilfred immediately called for one of his grandsons and said, “Go and fetch Xion from the basement and bring her to the living room. Tell her that Mr. Wade is here.”
After giving the order, Wilfred turned to Jagoan and said respectfully, “Mr. Wade, please follow me to the living room…”
“Sure,” Jagoan replied with a nod.
Jagoan entered the living room accompanied by Wilfred and other members of the Elms family.
Xion, who had been in seclusion, rushed up from the basement when she saw Jagoan and greeted him respectfully, “Mr. Wade!”
Jagoan smiled and asked, “How’s your cultivation been lately?”
Xion replied quickly, “I have been in seclusion these days, not daring to waste a single moment!”
Pleased with her dedication, Jagoan nodded in approval.
He then turned to Wilfred and asked, “Old man, would it be convenient to speak with you and Xion in private?”
“Of course, it’s absolutely convenient!” Wilfred replied without hesitation. “Mr. Wade, please follow me to the study…”
Jagoan nodded and followed Wilfred and Xion to the study.
After taking his seat, Jagoan laid out his plans to the two of them. Although Xion had already been given the authority to make decisions for the Elms family, Jagoan still showed due respect to Wilfred by including him in the decision-making process.
The old man was naturally excited upon hearing about such a promising opportunity and was at a loss for words. Having maintained an incomplete martial arts mentality for hundreds of years, the Elms family knew the significance of this opportunity. Jagoan’s willingness to allow everyone in the Elms family to participate was something that the old man was truly grateful for.
Unable to contain his emotions, the old man knelt down in front of Jagoan, his voice choked with gratitude. “Mr. Wade, the Elms family may not be able to repay our debt of kindness to your family for several lifetimes…”
Jagoan reached out his hand to help the old man up and said calmly, “The Elms family came all the way from a freezing place to Aurous Hill to work for me. It would be impossible for me to mistreat dozens of members of the Elms family…”
“With this opportunity, I hope that the Elms family can produce a few talented juniors, preferably with the potential to become five-star warriors,” Jagoan continued.
Wilfred immediately replied, “Don’t worry, Mr. Wade. I will definitely explain to the younger members of the Elms family the importance of this opportunity and urge them to give it their all!”
Jagoan nodded in satisfaction and then turned to Xion, who was standing beside him. Her tender eyes were fixed on him, filled with admiration, respect, and a hint of girlish shyness.
Jagoan looked at her and asked, “Xion, how do you feel about the stability of your foundation as an eight-star warrior?”
Xion replied respectfully, “Thanks to your blessings, Mr. Wade, my cultivation base has improved at an incredible pace. However, my foundation still feels somewhat unstable…”
Jagoan nodded thoughtfully and said, “Time is running out for you…”
Xion looked at him in surprise and asked, “What do you mean, Mr. Wade?”
Jagoan smiled enigmatically and said, “During the first month of training, I will help you upgrade to the Light Realm. If you don’t use this opportunity to solidify the foundation of your eight-star warrior, you may not get another chance!”