The sound of the gunshot came so unexpectedly that Zidane was startled. His intention to crush Zayn halted to a stop as well.
Zayn seized the opportunity to exert his final ounce of strength to roll to his right in a haste and struggled free from Zidane’s foot!
Following the gunshot, a man’s voice was heard saying, “Mr. Zidane, show mercy by forgiving others. Stop it!”
Zayn immediately raised his head to look up and found a young man dressed in sports attire who appeared to be out for a morning run. He stood more than 10 meters away and held a silver pocket pistol in his hand with a faint smile on his face.
Zidane saw the man as well. His expression changed a little. “Is that you, Lil Hyde?”
The man who was addressed as ‘Lil Hyde’ nodded and said, “It’s a rare occasion for you to still remember me, Mr. Zidane. I’m honored.”
If Nathan Sullivan were here, he would certainly be able to identify at one glance that that person known as Lil Hyde was precisely the renowned underworld king in Waltz City. He was Mr. Hyde!
So, it turned out that Mr. Hyde’s nickname was Lil Hyde.
Upon seeing Lil Hyde, Zayn’s gaze glimmered with complicated emotions.
Meanwhile, Lil Hyde nodded at him and greeted respectfully, “Mr. Zayn.”
Zayn did not respond to him but stood tip in silence instead. He was resisting the urge to spit out more blood.
“Lil Hyde, are you crossing me?” Zidane stared at Mr. Hyde with a somber gaze and spoke in an unkind tone.
Mr. Hyde shook his head and said, “I dare not…”
“Don’t meddle with others’ matters. Leave now!” Zidane grunted once and was about to attack Zayn again.
However, he had just begun to move when another gunshot was heard and a bullet hit the ground next to his foot again. Mr. Hyde said, “It’s best you go home, Mr. Zidane.”
Zidane halted to a stop once more. He stared straight at Mr. Hyde with an unpleasant expression. “Lil Hyde! You must be determined to cross me, hmm?! Don’t think that I’m afraid of you just because you’ve built an impressive reputation in Waltz City!”
Mr. Hyde lowered his head once again to express his respect for Zidane. Nevertheless, he said, “Master Larson has ordered me to protect Mr. Zayn before his death. Please don’t make things difficult for me, Mr. Zidane.”
“F*ck! It’s the dead old man’s fault again!” Zidane clenched his teeth in rage and cursed ferociously. His expression changed constantly when he glared at Zayn for a very long time with a recalcitrant gaze.
Zayn’s expression did not change much. He appeared to be very calm as he met Zidane’s gaze fearlessly.
“It’s your lucky day that you’ve got Lil Hyde’s protection!” Zidane grunted heavily once before he said, “It’s alright anyway. I shall allow you to live for a few more days. What’s mine will be mine sooner or later anyhow.”
Upon saying that, he dodged nimbly and vanished into thin air.
Zayn relaxed after confirming that Zidane was gone. He was already drenched in sweat now. He was thoroughly exhausted after engaging in the ferocious combat earlier. Had it not been Lil Hyde, Zidane would most certainly cripple Zayn even if he did spare Zayn’s life.
After Mr. Hyde kept the pistol, he made his way to Zayn in an attempt to help him stand up. However, Zayn shoved him away as he had formed an impression of Mr. Hyde. “What are you doing here?”
Mr. Hyde said, “Mr. Zidane, I’m here to protect you.”
“Protect me?” Zayn felt as if he was listening to a really funny joke when he heard that. He burst out laughing aloud and ahnost reared up in the end. “That’s a really funny joke!”
Mr. Hyde’s expression changed as he looked at Zayn’s almost demented appearance. In the end, he lowered his head and bowed while saying, “Mr. Zayn, I know that you resent me for not looking for you four years ago. However, I only did that because I was ordered to do so by Master Larson. Although he instructed me especially to protect your safety in secret, I wasn’t allowed to meet you.”
Upon hearing that, Zayn was visibly moved. “Why did Grandpa do that? What was his purpose?”