The fresh morning air felt different, calm, and soothing, indicating the start of a new day.
Over at Virtuoso Pharmaceuticals, although the place was not open yet, people were already queueing up in two long lines outside the door.
Should someone look closely and analyze the people lining up, they would realize that one of the lines consisted entirely of young women. One of the main reasons for that was the Snake Bile Vitality balm Glenn Morrow produced.
The balm could be ingested or applied topically, which was great for enhancing one’s beauty. It was astonishingly effective against skin problems such as discoloration and acne. It also had skin-brightening properties. Through word of mouth, the balm’s popularity increased exponentially.
Soon, it had garnered a big crowd of loyal female customers. As for the other queue, it comprised those who were either there because of Glenn’s amazing skills or because of the elixirs sold at Virtuoso Pharmaceuticals.
People realized that the elixirs created by Virtuoso Pharmaceuticals were the only effective relief for certain illnesses.
The elixirs bought from other pharmacies would not work as well. Of course, unbeknownst to them, all elixirs produced by Virtuoso Pharmaceuticals included Argenta blooms.
The dosage might be minimal, but it still created a dependency among those who consume the elixirs. Argenta blooms were not toxic though, and they were the reason Virtuoso Pharmaceuticals had such a huge number of returning customers.
These two factors were enough to make Virtuoso Pharmaceuticals even more popular than Renew Pharmaceuticals overnight.
When the news was announced, Tritus was considered the happiest person among those who heard about it. Ever since he and Jagoan got into conflict, he had never found a chance to properly get his revenge.
He had been at the edge of his seat with impatience when Jagoan’s reputation kept growing. Naturally, he was thrilled to hear that Virtuoso Pharmaceuticals was the talk of the town.
“Someone contact the reporters!” he barked.
“Have them interview the young doctors of Renew Pharmaceuticals.”
“Remember to send a lot of reporters,” he continued. “I want them to surround the building and ensure no one can get through to Renew.”
He was going to take advantage of Virtuoso Pharmaceuticals’ popularity and add fuel to the fire. He would make it impossible for them to open for business. Then, all of their patients would go toward Virtuoso Pharmaceuticals instead.
He was soon done handing out his orders. Then, he turned to Ajay, who was standing in front of him.
“Mr. Wadley, you have loyally served the Lullaby Family for years,” he said.
“I see that, but everyone has to pay the price when they make a mistake.” Tritus rapped his knuckles on the table as he frowned and continued, “I don’t want to make life hard for you.”
“How about this? I initially bought ‘Two Swallows in a Spring Road’ to be a gift for Old Master Bane.”
“You mistakenly sold it to Jagoan, though.”
“I wish for word of this mistake to be spread to Old Master Bane.”
“You understand what I mean, don’t you?”
He then silently stared at Ajay. Deep down, Ajay was distressed by Tritus’ punishment. However, he was still merely an employee of the Lullaby Family. Thus, he had no choice but to nod quietly in response.
Meanwhile, Felix was finally able to move once more. It was only then that Gregg and he rushed to the meeting point.
“We have failed, Master.”
Fabien was calm and collected. It was as though he had already expected the mission to fail.
“Compassion Pavilion might not be big,” Fabien started, “But it is still protected by Madam Peregrine.”
“I am not surprised by your failure,” he continued. “Your identities were not exposed, right?”
His voice turned icy cold when he asked that. Hildegard was one of the great leaders in the Dao Sect’s current generation.
The Dao Sect was a superpower that not even Fabien dared to make an enemy of. If Gregg and Felix had exposed their identities, then his only choice was to kill them off as a way to resolve the ‘misunderstanding’.
“Don’t worry, sir. We kept our faces covered the entire time,” Felix responded.
“They do not know who we are.”
“We have more news for you, though, sir.”
At that, Fabien stopped exuding a murderous aura and turned his attention back to teasing the snake he had with him. The next time he spoke, he was calm once more.
“It concerns Jagoan’s cultivation base.”
The two of them then recounted how Jagoan had defeated Felix, who was at half-step grandmaster level, in one strike. Fabien was surprised by what he heard.
“I did not expect him to be a cultivation prodigy,” he exclaimed.
“Interesting… How very interesting!”