Absalon’s face twisted into a nasty scowl as he turned around and ran into the orchard.
The man leisurely followed behind him with a sneer of disdain. His treatment of Absalon made it clear that he didn’t view him as a threat and merely acted like this whole thing was a game designed to satiate his boredom.
The fruit trees inside the orchard were relatively sparse. So although Absalon escaped into the orchard, there was no place he could hide.
Despite his indifference, the man following after him walked at a relatively fast pace, and the distance between him and Absalon was only getting closer as the seconds ticked by. lt was apparent that he was taunting Absalon like a cat playing with his meal, or he would have already caught Absalon.
Under such circumstances, Absalon could feel the despair permeating his entire being. He wasn’t worried about his current situation, but about the task Melvin had given him.
Would he delay Melvin’s business if he couldn’t even handle this matter well?
He scanned his surroundings anxiously but didn’t see anyone in the orchard. He didn’t even know where the person he was searching for was located.
Despite his relentless efforts to escape, the man finally caught up with him.
The man had a provocative sneer as he flicked with the dagger in his hand and cajoled, “Absalon, I’ll give you another chance?
“Return to Eastcliff, and I’ll spare your life. What do you think?”
Absalon gritted his teeth and roared, “What’s with all the nonsense? If you want to kill me, just do it!”
The man howled madly before finally speaking, “No wonder they say that Melvin is an excellent judge of character. It seems like I’ve learned much after today. Honestly speaking, I’m impressed to see someone willing to work for him even if their life is at stake.”
“Well, since you want to die so badly, I’ll grant your wish!” With that, the man gripped the dagger tightly and rushed toward Absalon.
Absalon fled in panic, but he was not so lucky this time.
The man came prepared, so when Absalon retreated, the man quickly rushed forward.
The man missed Absalon’s neck, but he managed to slice his shoulder, and a long bloody wound appeared on Absalon’s shoulder.
Absalon let out a muffled grunt of pain as he turned to hightail it again.
“Where do you think you’re going?” The man jeered derisively.
With that said, he took a huge leap, appeared in front of Absalon in the blink of an eye, and kicked Absalon’s chest mercilessly.
The powerful attack sent Absalon flying backward. He landed heavily on the ground and spat out a mouthful of blood.
The man stood in front of Absalon and glared at him coldly. “Being loyal and righteous is a good thing, but those who are loyal are always the first to die!”
He slowly raised the dagger and aimed it at Absalon’s neck. Absalon closed his eyes in devastation. Now, he had no power to even defend himself.
Yet, in the nick of time, he heard heavy footsteps.
The man was also taken aback by their audience as he hurriedly swiveled his head only to see a tall man approaching them. He was wearing a gardener’s attire and a straw hat covering most of his face.
A white towel was hanging around his neck, which was used to wipe his sweat.
There was also a sickle that was tied to his waist. Therefore, one could deduce that he only appeared in the area after a day’s work in the orchard.
The man frowned in confusion.
How could there be such a coincidence for the gardener to come at this crucial moment?
He was still caught up in his thoughts on whether he should kill the gardener as well to silence him forever when the gardener suddenly shouted, “No outsiders are allowed in the orchard. Get out!”
The man did not expect that the gardener dared to yell at him!
He snorted disdainfully as he mocked, “Get out? Who do you think you are to order me to get out?!”
“I am the owner of the orchard! You’re in my orchard right now, so I’m demanding you to leave. What’s wrong with that?”
“Are you sure?” The man sneered and glanced at the gardener dangerously while flashing his sharp dagger at the gardener, who was allegedly the owner of this same orchard.