The Evans family had been aware for some time that the matriarch was planning a trip to Aurous Hill, and they had all approved of her decision.
After surviving the near-catastrophic events that had threatened to wipe out their entire family, the Evans family had lost interest in wealth, status, and career, focusing instead on making up for lost time.
For the family as a whole, the loss of Lily was an irreparable tragedy, compounded by the fact that Jagoan’s whereabouts remained unknown. With the patriarch’s Alzheimer’s disease worsening by the day, finding Jagoan was the only hope for making up for the family’s losses.
Without finding Jagoan soon, there was a risk that Lord Evans might forget him altogether, compounding the family’s loss.
On a regular day, Desmond, as the general manager of Evans’s internal affairs, had already made arrangements for his subordinates to purchase Willow Estates in Aurous Hill in advance. He also coordinated with over a hundred martial arts masters and well-trained bodyguards to prepare in advance for the Evans family’s safety.
With so many masters guarding the Willow Estates and China’s relatively better law and order, the Evans family felt safer in Aurous Hill than in the United States, where guns were prevalent.
Desmond spoke up, “Mom, Dad, I will go with you first. Tece and my wife will stay in the United States to handle the children’s affairs. They will come to Aurous Hill once everything is settled. Marcus will stay in the United States for now to deal with business matters and the board of directors’ affairs. He will be the last to leave.”
The Lady had no objections to this arrangement, so she nodded and said to everyone, “Just follow Desmond’s arrangements.”
Everyone else also agreed.
Desmond, as the eldest brother, always arranged family matters in an orderly manner, so he was well-respected within the family. Even Marcus, who was in charge of the entire Evans family business, obeyed Desmond’s decisions when it came to family affairs.
Desmond looked around the room and saw that nobody opposed the decision. He turned to his mother, and asked, “Mom, when do you think it’s appropriate for us to leave?”
Without hesitation, the Lady replied, “Let’s go tonight! We’ll arrive there after a night’s sleep. I’ve already asked Master Vail to help me evaluate the Feng Shui of Willow Estates. He said the natural environment there is excellent, and the city is more suitable for the old man in our family to recover.”
Desmond quickly said, “Okay, Mom. I’ll coordinate with the plane and arrange for us to leave as soon as possible.”
Suddenly, the Lady remembered something and hesitated for a moment before saying, “There’s one more thing I want to mention. This time, when you go to Aurous Hill, none of you are allowed to bring your family members with you. Tell them it’s my decision. If they complain, so be it.”
Martel had been married to his wife for over two decades, but little did he know that she was actually an undercover agent placed by the infamous Warriors Den for more than 20 years. When the truth came out, Martel’s wife’s betrayal left the Lady feeling extremely insecure.
Now, she worried whether her eldest son, Desmond, her second son, Marcus, and her youngest daughter, Tece, also had hidden dangers lurking in their spouses. To find out, she had traveled to Aurous Hill to investigate her grandson’s life.
The death of Lily still weighed heavy on her mind, and she feared that if Jagoan was implicated due to poor secrecy work, she wouldn’t be able to explain to her eldest daughter before she passed away.
Desmond, Marcus, and Tece understood their mother’s worries very well. Although they trusted their partners, no one dared to say too much at this time.
It was Desmond who spoke up first, “Mom, don’t worry. I didn’t plan to bring my wife and children with me to Aurous Hill this time.”
Marcus and Tece noded in agreement, understanding the gravity of the situation.
“Okay,” the Lady said with a sense of satisfaction. “From now on, as long as the Evans family stands, only I, the old man, and you four siblings will make important decisions regarding the settlement. The Evans family’s descendants are not allowed to interfere, nor any outsiders who cannot be absolutely trusted.”
Everyone nodded in agreement. During these extraordinary times, the Lady’s approach was unanimously approved.
Then, the Lady turned to Desmond and said, “Desmond, please contact Jack Lee to see what he is doing now. If he has the time and energy, ask him to join us in Aurous Hill. Apart from Stephanie, he’s the only foreigner I trust, and he’s been a detective for many years. No one is better at finding people than him. If he comes along, he’ll be a great help to us.”
“No problem,” Desmond replied immediately. “I’ll call Jack and see if he is available.”
The Lady urged him, “Don’t wait. Call him now. If he is in the United States and available, send a plane to pick him up. We’ll leave together tonight.”
“Okay!” Desmond immediately pulled out his phone, walked over to the window, and dialed Jack’s number.
Not long ago, Jack had been on a mission in Syria to track down the whereabouts of other deceased members of the Warriors Den. After the Den fell into a dormant period, and the leads were temporarily cut off, Jagoan had given Jack some time off to return to the United States and spend time with his wife and daughter.
Now, Jack had only returned to Houston two days ago.
After receiving Desmond’s call, he answered and heard Desmond’s voice on the other end of the line. “Jack, are you in the United States now?”
“Yes,” Jack replied, not mentioning his recent trip abroad. “I’m in Houston. What’s up, Desmond? It’s been a while since we talked. Do you need my help with something?”
Desmond got straight to the point, “Jack, my mother is going to Aurous Hill to look for clues about my nephew again. She wants to invite you to come with her. After all, no one is better at finding people than you. Can you check your schedule and see if it’s convenient?”
Jack felt a twinge of worry when he heard Desmond’s request.
It wasn’t that he didn’t want to go to Aurous Hill, but the main reason was that he already knew Jagoan’s true identity. He also knew that Jagoan, whom the Evans family was looking for, was living in Aurous Hill. However, he couldn’t reveal Jagoan’s identity unless Jagoan gave him permission. If he went to Aurous Hill with the Evans family, he would have to pretend to help them find Jagoan’s whereabouts while keeping his true purpose hidden. The thought of the two elderly people’s desperation to find their grandson was heartbreaking.
Desmond noticed Jack’s hesitation and said, “It’s okay, Jack. If it’s inconvenient for you, don’t worry about it…”
“No, no,” Jack hurriedly replied. “I’m already retired, so it’s not inconvenient at all. Let me know what time you plan to leave, and I’ll prepare accordingly.”
Desmond replied, “My mother plans to leave from New York tonight. If that works for you, we’ll send a plane to pick you up from Houston.”
“Okay,” Jack readily agreed. “You arrange the plane and let me know the departure time from Houston. I’ll pack a few clothes and head to the airport.”
Desmond expressed his gratitude, “Thank you so much, Jack. I’ll arrange the plane right away and let you know as soon as it arrives in Houston.”
After hanging up the phone, Jack paused for a moment and decided to inform Jagoan of the situation. On one hand, Jagoan had saved his life, and on the other hand, he had also saved the entire Evans family. In this situation, he felt it was only right to let Jagoan know. If Jagoan didn’t want to meet with the Evans family, he could make the necessary preparations beforehand.
He immediately called Jagoan.
It was already nighttime in Aurous Hill, and Jagoan’s family was watching TV in the living room on the first floor.
When Jagoan saw Jack’s call, he stepped outside to answer it.
On the other end of the line, Jack said, “Mr. Wade, your uncle has asked me to go to Aurous Hill with him and your grandparents. The purpose is to find clues related to you, and we’re leaving tonight. I’ve agreed to go with them. Do you have any instructions?”
Hearing Jack’s story, Jagoan was not surprised. After all, a few days ago, when he went to Willow Estates with Master Vail, he knew that his grandmother’s family would be leaving for Aurous Hill soon.
He told Jack, “You can help them investigate normally. I will take care of the leads in Aurous Hill, but you have to tell me in advance and let me know where to start.”
Jack replied, “I suppose they will start with your school, the place where your parents died, and your parents’ former residence. Of course, all the orphanages and welfare homes in Aurous Hill should also be a top priority. Let me remind you that your uncle and the others have probably already sorted out the leads.”
Jagoan nodded and said, “I’ll take care of all of that. If there’s anything else, just let me know ahead of time.”
Jack replied, “No problem.”
Then, Jagoan added, “By the way, when my grandparents arrive, make sure they stay in the villa in the center of Willow Estates and try to delay their departure so they can stay a few more days.”
The villa in the center of Willow Estates had the array and rejuvenation pill left by Jagoan. The effects of the medicine would last at least a month. If the two elderly people stayed there longer, their health would improve even more.
Jack didn’t know why, but he still responded without thinking, “Okay, Mr. Wade, I will keep that in mind.”
Afterwards, Jack asked him tentatively, “Mr. Wade, are you really not going to acknowledge them?”
Jagoan replied calmly, “We only scratched the surface of the Warriors Den. Who knows how many spies the society has planted around my grandparents? If I acknowledge them, the Warriors Den will find out. Then the advantage of the enemy being clear and we being in the dark will be lost. My abilities are limited, and I may not be able to protect those around me, including my grandparents. Therefore, it’s better not to acknowledge each other for now.”
Jack sighed and said, “You’re right. The Evans family can’t eliminate all the hidden dangers yet.”
Jagoan silently sighed and said, “Just follow my plan for now.”
“Understood, Mr. Wade.” Jack replied.
After hanging up with Jack Lee, Jagoan immediately called Isaac Cameron.
Once the call connected, he spoke in a determined tone, “Isaac, inform everyone in Aurous Hill who knows that I am the young master of the Wade family and Master Wade that, from this moment on, they must never reveal my identity to any outsiders.”
Isaac Cameron replied with equal determination, “Understood, young master. I’ll take care of it right away.”
Next, Jagoan dialed Zara’s number.
When she answered, Zara respectfully greeted him, “Mr. Wade, hello.”
Jagoan got straight to the point, “Miss Banks, please relay a message to Aunt Deana. If anyone goes to my parents’ old home to inquire about my whereabouts, please do not disclose any information related to me.”