The gardener left after leaving the man with a message to take back to Levi. Meanwhile, the man slumped onto the ground. This time, he had no strength left to get back up.
Absalon continued to stand at the side as he watched it all happen in astonishment. Never in his craziest dreams would he believe someone would talk like that to Levi, of all people.
He was filled with doubt as he couldn’t figure out who Salazar was.
‘How is it possible for him not to show any respect for Master Levi?’
Soon, the gardener came back. He had changed into comfortable clothes and had a knapsack with him. Now, he looked like an ordinary tourist.
“Let’s go!” Salazar called out to Absalon before walking off.
The whole time, he didn’t even bother looking at the man on the ground.
Absalon followed after him in a hurry. By now, he was shocked to the core.
At 5.00 PM, the Damrons’ convoy entered Eastcliff.
As soon as they arrived, they booked the entire Times Hotel and announced that Matthew was to come to Times Hotel that night to kneel in front of them and admit his mistake.
Otherwise, they were going to storm Lakeside Garden and kill Matthew themselves!
The entirety of Eastcliff was in an uproar. Everyone knew just how powerful the Damrons were. The talk revolved around what would happen to Matthew this time. However, regardless of whether they supported Matthew, everyone agreed that Matthew was doomed this time!
After all, the Damron Family was one of the largest families in Bainbridge. There were talks of them ranking among the Ten Greatest Families of Cathay someday. Even Levi wouldn’t dare to underestimate a family as mighty as theirs.
Although Matthew’s social standing had shot up rapidly, he didn’t come from an illustrious background and didn’t have a powerful figure to back him up. He couldn’t stand up against a force as formidable as the Damrons. Thus, everyone assumed that Matthew’s fate had been decided, he was going to die!
At Lakeside Garden.
Melvin set his phone down and glanced over to the couch where Matthew was sitting.
“Old Master Jackson just called. He said he was going to bring the Jacksons to Times Hotel to support you, but I talked him out of it.”
Matthew nodded and spoke up quietly, “Melvin, if I don’t make it past tonight, you’ll need to help me tell Nat about their kindness. These are the ones who have helped me during my darkest hour. Remember to repay their kindness if the chance comes along in the future!”
Melvin sighed in melancholy and muttered, “I didn’t think that the Damrons would come so soon. They caught us completely off-guard. Matthew, why don’t you… Consider running now? Like they always say, while there’s life, there’s hope!”
However, Matthew shook his head. “If I run off without even meeting the Damrons, how am I supposed to hold my head high in front of others? No matter what happens tonight, I have to make an appearance there, even if it means facing death!”
Melvin sighed helplessly. He knew he couldn’t convince Matthew otherwise. Matthew was stubborn like that. Though, it was just as Matthew said as well.
If he ran off without even meeting the Damrons first, he wouldn’t be able to make a comeback ever again!
Society looked down on cowards. If someone were willing to confront their obstacles, even if they lost, they would still be viewed with respect. However, if that person didn’t even have the courage to take things head-on and chose to retreat instead, even if he were in the right, he would still be the subject of ridicule.
After sitting around for a little longer, Matthew checked the time and got up. “It’s about time. Melvin, don’t come with me. Remember, if I don’t come back tonight, don’t try to avenge me…”
Melvin opened his mouth to speak, but in the end, nothing came out. He could only nod his head solemnly.
Matthew stepped out of the compound and looked up at the dark clouds slowly gathering along the horizon.
Ominous clouds were approaching.
The storm is coming!