“Nathan Sullivan?” Zayn furrowed his brows ever so slightly, feeling rather surprised to learn this.
Mr. Hyde nodded then narrated the proceedings of the incident to Zayn before he finally said, “Nathan seems to resent you quite a lot. I thought about taking him out at the time, but I decided to put the idea on hold afterward.”
“Ah? Why is that so? ” Zayn looked at Mr. Hyde, his interest piqued.
Mr. Hyde answered with a smile, “It’s best you make the final decision in this matter, Mr. Zayn.”
They got into the car with Mr. Hyde in the driver’s seat. Zayn got some shut-eye to recuperate while he muttered Nathan’s name twice. Then, he said, “He’s only a trifle character. There’s no need to kill him.”
Mr. Hyde wanted to say something else but could not bring himself to do it in the end, so he answered, “Yes, sir.”
They arrived at Zayn’s place soon. Mr. Hyde then said, “Mr. Zayn, what are you planning to do from now on? As long as I can be of help, please don’t hesitate to give me orders for execution.”
He behaved so humbly like a servant.
Zayn did not answer. Instead, he looked at Mr. Hyde with a trance-like gaze while thinking about the past. Eventually, he said, “Lil Hyde, we’ve been acquainted with each other for many years, haven’t we?”
Mr. Hyde had a reminiscing expression as well. He nodded and said, “That’s right. It’s been more than a decade.”
“Indeed, it’s been more than a decade!” Zayn exclaimed emotionally, “More than a decade ago, who would have thought that the situation would evolve to this? I suspect that Grandpa’s vegetative state from four years ago is closely linked to Zidane. What do you think?”
Mr. Hyde shook his head and said, “I don’t know and I daren’t comment casually.”
Zayn chuckled helplessly and said, “Oh, you, you’re just the same as the past. You’re still as hard to read as before. I heard that you’ve been doing well and that you’ve become the underworld king of Waltz City now such that even that lad, Gordon Hayes, has to greet you in reverence.”
“Everything that I have today was bestowed upon me by Master Larson.” Mr. Hyde’s tone contained respect and gratitude that could not be concealed.
“That’s true too.” Zayn nodded. He was well aware of how Lil Hyde had gotten his name. Had it not been for his grandfather’s kindness in the past, Lil Hyde would have been buried six feet under now and would not be the renowned Mr. Hyde of today.
Suddenly, Zayn recalled something, so he abruptly said out of curiosity, “It’s been a long time since I’ve seen your real face. Show it to me.”
Mr. Hyde was stunned for a moment, then he placed his hand on his neck and tugged upward. He actually ripped his skin away by force. If anyone else were present and witnessed the scene, the person would have certainly been horrified. On the other hand, after the skin was ripped away, a disfigured face was revealed. It was hideous.
It turned out that Mr. Hyde had always been wearing a mask all this time. His current appearance was his true one. It was no wonder he was known as Hyde because he really did look hideous.
On the other hand, Zayn did not show the slightest disgust or contempt when he saw Lil Hyde’s face. On the contrary, he cracked into a sincere smile, patted Lil Hyde’s face, and said smilingly, “Hmm, this face is more pleasing to the eye.”
Mr. Hyde cracked a smile. It felt as if they had time-traveled back to over a decade ago and returned to the time when Zayn had first met Lil Hyde. The difference was that Zidane loathed Mr. Hyde’s face very much and would complain about it for a long time every time he saw it.
“Alright. You may leave now that I’m home,” said Zayn.
Mr. Hyde put on the skin mask once again and returned to his handsome, charming self. He asked again, “Mr. Zayn, now that Mr. Zidane is back, he won’t let you off easily. Do be careful…”
“Hmm, noted.” As Zayn returned to the driver’s seat, he nodded at Lil Hyde then stepped on the accelerator, and the car drove away swiftly. Soon afterward, his expression dimmed.
Since Zidane would not let him off easily, neither would he.