Absalon didn’t notice what the man was doing, and by the time he realized that something was happening, the man was already charging toward the gardener.
Alarmed, Absalon wanted to warn the gardener, but it was already too late, and a chill ran down his spine. He knew that the man was frighteningly powerful. The gardener would undoubtedly be gravely injured if such a heavy blow were to land on him.
However, something completely unexpected happened next.
In a split second, the gardener turned around and swung a blow of his own. His fists smashed right into the other man’s fists. A deafening crack filled the air as both of the man’s arms broke at the same time. He howled in agony. Even then, the gardener wasn’t done yet.
After breaking both of the man’s arms, the gardener proceeded to slam his fist straight into the man’s chest, which sent him flying so hard into the tree behind him that the trunk split.
The tree trunk was at least six inches wide.
Just how much force did the gardener put into his blow to split the trunk apart in just one strike?
As for the man, his chest had an unmistakable indentation that made it clear that he had broken ribs. He coughed up several mouthfuls of blood and made several attempts to get back on his feet. In the end, he slumped on the ground, drained of all his energy as he stared in disbelief.
Never in his wildest dreams would he have thought that someone who looked like an ordinary gardener would actually possess such terrifying strength!
Absalon shared a similarjaw-dropped expression as he took it all in. He would never have predicted this outcome. After all, it was evident that the man was a first-rate fighter.
Absalon could attest to that after experiencing it firsthand. Yet, in the end, the man couldn’t even take on a single blow from the gardener.
‘What on earth is going on? Just how strong is this gardener?’
Once Absalon’s initial shock wore off, it was soon replaced by boundless hope.
With the help of such a formidable man, he was certain that Melvin would be able to resolve the crisis at hand!
The gardener didn’t even spare a glance for the man after dealing him a crushing blow. He continued to stare at Absalon.
“Were you telling me the truth just now?” the gardener asked gravely.
Absalon snapped out of his daze and nodded vehemently. “O-Of course, it’s true. Mr. Melvin told me himself!”
The gardener fell in deep thought for quite some time before balling his fists and saying grimly, “Alright. I’ll choose to trust him again, just this once, but if I find out that he’s lying to me, I’ll make him pay with his life!”
Absalon couldn’t help but feel thunderstruck again.
‘What kind of relationship did this gardener have with Mr. Melvin? Why is he being so antagonistic?’
The gardener cleared the mess on the ground before saying, “Wait here. I’ll leave with you once I gather a few things!”
Absalon quickly nodded in agreement.
Just then, the man on the ground began to struggle as he croaked, “W-Who the hell are you? I’m warning you. Don’t get involved in this, or else things won’t end well for you!”
“A guy like you is trying to scare me off?” the gardener sneered in response.
“D-Do you know who I am?!” the man bellowed.
The gardener snorted derisively. “You’re just Levi Quirk’s shadow assassin! Hah! Even Levi Quirk himself can‘t stop me, Salazar Whitford, from doing what I want!”
Both the man on the ground and Absalon were shocked to hear what the gardener said. They stared at him incredulously with their jaws dropped.
How many people would dare to say such an outrageous thing?
He showed no respect for Master Levi, the King of the South!
Just who on earth was he relying on to be this arrogant?
The man’s face twisted up in fury as he fumed, “H-How dare you disrespect Master Levi? I’m going to kill you!”
He took a deep breath and forced himself on his feet before staggering toward the gardener. However, just one kick from the gardener had sent the man sprawling back onto the spot he once was.
“Save it. Leave while you still have some breath left and tell Levi something for me. If he wants to stop me, he’ll have to do it himself,” Salazar announced coldly.
“Don’t send over a bunch of useless rats who’ll just make fools out of themselves!”