Aurelius laughed. “Dr. Larson, what’s the point of mincing words? My brother died in Eastcliff, and Eastcliff is your territory. Don’t you think you owe me an explanation?”
“Since Eastcliff is my territory, did your brother ask for my permission before coming here? Did the Damrons ask for my permission when you lot came to Eastcliff?”
“You didn’t seek my permission and came in on your own accord, but when something happened, you expect me to give you an explanation? Isn’t that a little too unreasonable?”
Aurelius was a little speechless. He never expected Matthew to refute him this way.
“My, my. What a sharp tongue you have, Dr. Larson! Based on what you’re saying, does this mean everyone needs to seek your permission before entering Eastcliff and no one is allowed to enter Eastcliff without your approval?” Aurelius retorted darkly.
Matthew turned the question back on him. “Then, based on what you said, do I need to give an explanation for every death that occurs in Eastcliff?”
Aurelius’ expression hardened. He never thought that Matthew could throw this back on him like that. He was suddenly at a loss.
After taking a deep breath, Aurelius growled, “Larson, I’m not here to debate this with you! You owe my family an explanation for my brother’s death!”
“Let me ask you something then. What makes you think you can demand an explanation from me?”
“What makes me think I can do that? Hah! Because we’re the Damrons! Because I can make sure you and everyone beside you die a painful, excruciating death!”
Matthew stood up. “In that case, what’s there for us to talk about? You can just go ahead and kill me.”
Aurelius’ expression darkened. It never occurred to him that Matthew would take such a firm stance with him. He didn’t even have a chance to say all the things he had prepared to say.
He frowned and gave Harper a look.
Harper got the hint and immediately jumped in. “Larson, do you really think we can’t do anything to you? We’re willing to talk this out with you because we don’t want to kill an innocent person…”
“My brother’s death hasn’t been resolved yet, and you could very well be the murderer. Therefore, you will need to come back to Bainbridge with us and cooperate with our investigation. As long as there’s evidence to prove that you’re not the killer, we will let you go free. The Damrons won’t harm an innocent person.”
Matthew scoffed. Naturally, he knew what the Damrons were up to. They wanted to take him back to Bainbridge because then, he would be in their hands and they could do whatever they wanted to him.
It was clear that the Damrons were after the Restoration Pill.
As soon as Matthew was in their territory, they would force him to give them the secret behind the Restoration Pill, and would probably demand even more than that from him.
“Aurelius, do you think I’m a three-year-old? Why should I go to Bainbridge just because you want me to?” Matthew fired back.
Aurelius smiled faintly. “Naturally, you’re not a three-year-old, but you should also know that you’re not in the position to negotiate with us. Don’t assume that Brittany can protect you. I’ll tell you right now. As long as the Damrons don’t touch Brittany, no one will do anything to us…”
“Let me give you a word of advice, Dr. Larson. Cooperate with us, and you won’t have to suffer as much.”
Matthew snorted. “You’re underestimating me, Aurelius! If I wanted Brittany’s protection, why would I come to Times Hotel?”
Aurelius smirked. “Are you saying that a useless man like you who only relies on his wife has a spine after all?”
Matthew wasn’t affected by Aurelius’ taunts.
He stood up and said grimly, “Seems to me that there’s nothing left for us to talk about, Aurelius, I don’t care how powerful the Damrons are. You don’t have the right to command me to do anything! I’m not going to waste any more time here with you…”
“You want me to go to Bainbridge, huh? Well, we’ll have to see if you’re capable of making that happen!”