After a round of introduction, everyone took a seat, but a few purposely chose seats that were further from Fabien.
It was a natural response because of Fabien’s reputation for his excellent practice of the art of poison. On top of that, he was known for his brash and extreme character.
They also heard that he had concocted a lot of poison that even he did not have the antidote to. They feared they might die from accidentally taking a drop of his poison. Regardless of the story’s credibility, they would rather be safe than sorry.
Fabien did not look upset at the reaction. In truth, he enjoyed the feeling of being feared.
A short silence later, Aurelius stood up and announced, “I believe all of you have heard of Jagoan Larson by now. The deaths of my family members remain vivid in my mind. They would not have died had it not been for him. As long as he’s alive, I can never eat and sleep in peace…”
“Ladies and gentlemen, all of you have grudges against him. That’s why I invited Mr. Blanc to join us, hoping we could join forces to trap Jagoan within Bainbridge forever.”
He revealed his motive via the speech. Those from Emsgate had been planning to remove Jagoan, be it out of vengeance or ego. Unfortunately, they could not act as they wished on foreign land. Therefore, they jumped at Aurelius’ offer to lead their efforts in ridding of Jagoan.
Amidst the high spirits, the most senior representative from Emsgate, Alvaro Salient, warned the rest. “Jagoan Larson is pretty well-known in public. Plus, he’s a contestant in the Holy Doctor Competition. If anything happens to him, Bainbridge authorities will get to the bottom of things…”
“More importantly, we heard that Old Mr. Bane had met with him. Even if we want to get rid of Jagoan, we need to consider the stance of the Bane Family as well.”
Fabien’s face suddenly darkened amid Alvaro’s speech, and he crushed the cup in his hand.
Sensing the change, Aurelius asked with care, “Mr. Blanc, are you okay?”
Fabien realized he had lost his composure when all eyes were on him, so he shook his head to indicate he was fine.
Everyone knew that Fabien had grown up on the Isle of Snakes, and it was common for those who lived in seclusion to suffer from some degree of mania. Thus, they understood his odd behavior and resumed the discussion from before.
Meanwhile, the doctors agreed with Alvaro’s reminder. Moreover, Aurelius had heard of the incident where General Cobalt visited Orlaith personally to issue a warning. Therefore, they could not recklessly gather an army of men to assault Jagoan.
Ever since the attack on Renew Pharmaceuticals, more important political figures in Bainbridge were keeping a tab on Jagoan, the representative of the Holy Doctor Competition from Renew. Therefore, an assassination was out of the question.
Stuck between a rock and a hard place, they fell into a long silence.
At that moment, Fabien finally broke his silence and suggested, “Since Jagoan wants to build his reputation with his medical talent, let’s use this against him. We shall resolve the conflict between medical practitioners the medical way.”
Everyone was puzzled by his words.
Baltazar Dupont, who had more experience under his belt, asked, “Mr. Blanc, are you suggesting that we compete with our medical skills?”
It was an old and overused method. Still, it would be a good idea if Fabien set up a competition where he requested Jagoan to test the poison.
To his surprise, Fabien shook his head. “No… Master Stone, you own some stores nearby Renew Pharmaceuticals, don‘t you? We can turn one of your properties into a clinic.”
Everyone finally understood his intentions after his clarification.
Fabien wanted to chip away at Jagoan’s popularity via business competition. If they defeated him via legitimate means, such as fair competition of medical talents, the Bainbridge authorities and the Banes would have nothing to dispute. However, their only concern was the popularity of the historical and established Renew Pharmaceuticals.
Would a new clinic be good enough to beat Renew?
In the face of doubt, Fabien suddenly produced a red flower.
At the sight of that, everyone’s jaw dropped to the floor.