The stove was turned on in the kitchen.
Jagoan had planned to make lunch and throw a welcome event for Leanna, but he caved in after her insistent request to cook for everyone. Feeling defeated, he helped her with the appetizers and some kitchen prep.
They busied themselves for an hour, and the feast was all set.
“Lunch’s ready! Enjoy Leanna’s garlic butter shrimp!”
The mentees from the hidden sects were all seated at the table. Ever since they had a taste of Jagoan’s cooking, they were amazed by his culinary skills.
They sat in anticipation when they heard that he was preparing lunch.
Leanna laid the dishes on the table, and Easton hurriedly reached out to grab a shrimp with his bare hand. With a swift reflex, she slapped him on the back of his hand before he could touch the plate.
“No eating before you wash your hands!”
She was the second eldest in the group, just after Jagoan. She sounded like a parent at the dining table, which added to the coziness and home-cook vibe at lunch.
When Easton returned from handwashing, he was heartbroken to find the plate filled with shrimp empty. Those who wiped the plate clean poked fun at his misfortune by praising the food to the heavens.
“Wow, Leanna. You make delicious food!”
“Right? The shrimps were so fresh and tasty. They were chewy too!”
“That was the best dish I’ve ever had!”
Seeing this, Easton was close to tears.
“Can you guys have some empathy? You don’t have to tell me how good it was. You crossed a line there…”
Everyone ignored him and continued taking food out of fear that the other dishes would be wiped out soon.
“Wait! Leave some for me!”
“Easton, if you keep talking, there won’t even be any soup left!”
He joined the fight for food at the reminder, and the lunch thus ended amid laughter and chit-chat.
Jagoan brought Leanna to the foot of the hill behind Renew Pharmaceuticals with the excuse of going out for a walk.
The area was mostly deserted, and only Jagoan and Roland would occasionally show up there to practice fighting.
“This is the latest drug I invented. It’s very effective on bruises and scratches. Look at this…” Then, Jagoan retrieved the rusty Bloodreaper and gently cut the back of his hand before the wound bled profusely.
Leanna was initially shocked by his sudden act of self-injury, but she witnessed how the bleeding stopped after he applied a pale green balm. More surprisingly, the wound completely healed when he cleaned up the ointment.
If it were not for the blood stain, one would not have seen any trace of the injury.
Within seconds, her expression had shifted from horror to shock.
How is there such a miraculous balm on earth?!
She would not have believed in its effect had she not witnessed it with her eyes.
After the demonstration, Jagoan told her, “I plan to hand you the formula of the diluted version of this balm. The effects won’t be as miraculous, but it will still be miles better than the ones on the market…”
He did not mind sharing the original formula, but the powerful effect of the Auric balm might lead to a repeat of the Reconstruction Pill incident if marketed. Therefore, he diluted the content of the ointment.
Meanwhile, Leanna was puzzled by his generosity. “Why would you share the formula with me? You can produce this miracle balm on your own.”
As a longtime businesswoman, she immediately sensed the great potential of the Auric balm, even if it was a diluted version.
“No, that won’t work… You told me the Damrons are working with the Emsgate miracle doctors to take me down. If I produced the balm, they’d sabotage it. I don’t want to attract too much attention either.”