The Secretly Rich Man Chapter 1911-1920

Gerald Crawford: The Secretly or invisible Rich Man Chapter 1911
Understanding that staying here for any longer would only spell more trouble, after resting for a bit, Gerald got to his feet before saying, “Alright, let’s leave this place while we can!”

With that, the duo made their way back to the sealed main entrance…

Once they were there, they quickly realized that there wasn’t a mechanism to open the doors at all, at least not one they could easily see… The pitch darkness of the place certainly didn’t help…

Understanding the fact that they didn’t even know where to start looking for the mechanism, Rey couldn’t help but stare at the massive stone wall—blocking the cave’s entrance—before looking at Gerald and asking, “…How… should we leave, Mr. Crawford…?”

“Well, since there was a mechanism outside that allowed us to enter, I’m sure there’s another one in here that will allow us to leave! Since the Yin and Yang sides—based on the layout of The Eight Diagrams—was the key to opening the door from the outside, I’m assuming that the mechanism in here can be found opposite of that!” replied Gerald after thinking for a bit.

Following that, Gerald began searching the opposite areas… and after feeling around the stone wall, he managed to find a mechanism!

Immediately twisting it, Gerald and Rey’s eyes quickly widened as the floor beneath them began to crumble! To think that the mechanism would cause this!

Regardless, unable to react in time, both of them soon found themselves sliding down an inclined path!

While Rey screamed all the way down, Gerald himself could only think about how badly he had messed up this time. As it turned out, things weren’t as easy as he had expected…

Whatever the case was, it was quite a while before the slope suddenly ended, sending both of them shooting out and landing on a soft pile of dirt.

Groaning as they got up, the two quickly realized that they seemed to have entered another cave… Aside from the fact that there was a pond in the cave—that had water so clear that one could easily see its bottom—there was not much else to note at first glance… “Holy cr*p… Where even are we, Mr. Crawford…?” asked Rey as he dusted the dirt off his clothes.

Naturally, Gerald had no clue of where they were either. Even so, to think that there would actually be another cave under that cave… What a special place…

Simply shaking his head in response, Gerald and Rey then began investigating the surrounding area, hoping to find an exit. Unfortunately for them, no matter how hard they searched, there didn’t seem to be one. They were trapped once again…

“Well that’s just great! I guess we’re stuck here!” said Rey as he sat down while heaving a heavy sigh.

Frowning slightly, Gerald then took Tye’s map out before giving it a good look. Something had to be wrong here… Thankfully, Gerald was right.

Now that he had managed to find something significant, Gerald quickly called out, “Rey!”

Hurriedly getting to his feet, Rey then raised a slight brow as he looked at the map while asking, “…Yes, Mr. Crawford? Did you find something?”

“Indeed! See the Officer Viewing Deck where we started from? While we’ve changed course several times, I retraced our steps… and here! See that other cave on the map? I have a feeling that we’re currently here! And that cave clearly shows an entrance!” exclaimed Gerald, pointing at the map the entire time.

While Rey definitely felt that Gerald’s words made sense, he couldn’t help but say, “That’s fine and all… But we’ve already made a thorough search of this place! Forget an exit, we haven’t even managed to locate anything resembling a door opening mechanism!”

Though Gerald saw where Rey was coming from, he was sure that there definitely had to be a way out. After all, there was a high chance that they simply hadn’t looked in the right direction.

With that in mind, Gerald simply replied, “I’m sure the exit will appear soon! Keep calm, we’ll definitely find a way to leave.”

Gerald Crawford: The Secretly or invisible Rich Man Chapter 1912
Following that, Gerald got up and began feeling around the walls again…

Since the stone walls were quite uneven, it made finding mechanisms—to potentially lead to a way out—even harder than usual…

Regardless, after hearing what Gerald had to say, Rey was motivated to give it another shot. With that, he began doing the same as Gerald, hoping to finally find a way to get out of this place…

While continuing to feel the walls, Gerald’s ears perked when a crisp ‘click’ was heard. Eyes quickly widening, Gerald could only stare as the stone slab—that his foot was currently on—began sinking in…

Lifting his foot, he watched as the slab continued sinking deeper and deeper… And by the time it stopped, a part of the stone wall had shifted open! Both surprised and delighted, Rey couldn’t help but turn to look at Gerald while calling out, “M-Mr. Crawford…!”

Though Gerald himself was surprised by all this, he quickly snapped out of it and walked through the newly formed entrance…

To the duo’s dismay, they quickly realized that all the entrance led to was a flight of descending stairs that appeared almost bottomless! The fact that it was pitch dark down there certainly didn’t help…

“Where do you think this leads to, Mr. Crawford…2” muttered Rey as he turned to look at Gerald.

“Only one way to find out!” replied Gerald, prompting the duo to begin descending the stairs…

As they walked on, a sort of mist began appearing and the lower they went, the denser it became…

It was about half an hour later when Rey couldn’t help but cry out, “… There’s just no end to these stairs, Mr. Crawford! We’ve been walking for almost thirty minutes now yet the end is nowhere in sight!”

Gerald himself was starting to find all this weird. This place really was too mystifying…

After thinking for a while, Gerald eventually sighed before saying, “…Alright, since we don’t seem to be getting anywhere, let’s just return to where we came from!”

With that, the duo began ascending the stairs… However, another half-hour later, the two youths finally realized how serious their current dilemma was. After all, no matter how long they walked, the area where they started from was simply nowhere to be found! “Seriously?! We should have reached the entry point by now! Where the hell is it?!” cried out the increasingly distressed Rey.

To think that even their return route would end up changing!

“It’s important to stay calm during such situations! With that said, let’s think about it first!” replied Gerald as he began racking his brain…

Looking closer at the stairs, Gerald noticed that the steps appeared to be numbered… Were the numbers there for a reason…?

After thinking about it for a while, Gerald’s eyes suddenly widened as he exclaimed, “I got it!”

Surprised by Gerald’s sudden shouting, Rey quickly shook his head before asking, “G-got it? You’ve figured out how we can get out of this place, Mr. Crawford?”

“Indeed! Essentially, we’ve been trapped by an Eight Diagrams puzzle ever since we set foot into this place! If my guess is correct, in order to get out of this loop, we’ll need to solve The Eight Diagrams puzzle of the stairs! If you look closer, you can see numbers on the steps, right? I’m assuming that by utilizing The Eight Diagrams chart on them, we’ll be able to finally escape!” explained Gerald.

Despite the explanation, Rey wasn’t too familiar with The Eight Diagrams, so very little of what Gerald had just said made sense to him…

Seeing that his point wasn’t getting across, Gerald decided to just try his theory out instead…

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“It’s fine if you don’t get it. Whatever the case is, I’m going to be having an out-of-body experience now

to check if my theory is correct! With that said, be sure to guard my body well in the meantime!” said

Gerald.

“Got it, Mr. Crawford! Do be careful!” replied Rey as Gerald nodded before lying down…

Shortly after, his ghost form shot out from his body before diving downward!

Continuing to dive deeper and deeper, Gerald eventually came across the source of the duo’s plight… True to Gerald’s guess, there really was a giant mechanism underneath them this entire time!

With that mystery solved, Gerald knew that in order for them to escape this hellish loop, they would need to take a literal leap of faith after finding a specific number on the stairs… If they didn’t, they could very well end up living the rest of their lives on these stairs…

Regardless, now that he had learned all this, Gerald bolted back to his physical body… and upon re- entering it, he instantly yelled, “Bingo!”

Since Gerald had made such an abrupt return, it scared the living daylights out of Rey!

Once the youth finally calmed down, he could only look helplessly at Gerald as he muttered between pants, “D-d*mn it, Mr. Crawford…! You almost gave me a heart attack…! Don’t go shouting so abruptly…!” To be fair, being all alone in such darkness would make anyone feel utterly terrified…

While even Gerald was momentarily stunned by Rey’s reaction, he quickly snapped out of it before saying, “…Got it! Anyway, listen, I think I’ve found a way to get out of this place!”

“H-huh? Really? Then what are we waiting for, Mr. Crawford? Lead the way!” replied Rey, instantly forgetting about being scared half to death just seconds earlier. After all, Rey’s priority was to leave this place as soon as possible since he felt that he would go mad from anxiety if he had to stay in this place any longer…

Nodding in agreement, Gerald then began leading Rey down the stairs again… and eventually, he found the exact spot they needed to be at.

Seeing that they had stopped, the confused Rey couldn’t help but ask, “…Um… Mr. Crawford…? Didn’t you say we were leaving…? We’ve been descending the stairs for quite a while now…”

Hearing that, Gerald turned to face Rey before saying, “This is it. We’re jumping down from here!”

“\H-huh?!” replied Rey as his jaw instantly dropped, unsure of whether he had heard right.

Upon seeing how determined Gerald’s following nod was, the worried Rey immediately replied ina fearful tone, “P-please don’t joke about this, Mr. Crawford… We can’t even see the bottom from here! We’ll surely die!”

After saying that, Rey couldn’t help but gulp as he stared down… The longer he stared at the abyss, the more terrified he got… Gerald himself simply raised a brow as he said, “…Rey, do you honestly think I’d joke about something like this?”

While Rey was sure that Gerald wouldn’t, his master’s order to leap into the abyss was simply mind boggling…

Seeing how hesitant Rey was being, Gerald couldn’t help but sigh as he added, “…Fine, I’ll be jumping first then. However, if I do end up dying, good luck thinking of other ways to leave!”

Momentarily left stupefied by Gerald’s absurd suggestion, Rey could only stare wide-eyed as Gerald leaped off the stairs without even waiting for his reply!

While Rey was left panicking, Gerald himself had made a safe landing atop another set of stairs…

Just as he had thought, the trick to escaping that loop was by hopping off the step with that specific number!

However, Rey wasn’t aware that Gerald was still alive. With that in mind, it wasn’t a surprise that he soon began calling out, “M-Mr. Crawford…!”

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Hearing how worried the boy was for his safety, Gerald couldn’t help but smile subtly as he looked up while shouting, “What are you waiting for, Rey? Jump already!”

Upon hearing Gerald’s response, Rey was instantly overjoyed. After all, not only was Gerald still alive, but he had apparently successfully found a way to escape this hellish loop!

Now that he knew this, Rey mustered up his courage… before leaping and plunging straight into the abyss!

Immediately screaming as he plummeted, his utter terror soon turned into confusion when he realized that his feet were already on the ground. The fall had barely even taken a second!

“Was there really a need to scream that loudly…” grumbled Gerald whose ears were now throbbing due to how loud Rey had been.

While Gerald was left annoyed, Rey himself was so overjoyed—that he was still alive—that he immediately exclaimed, “I-I’m alive! And to think that the jump wasn’t even all that long! W-we’re finally free from those stairs, Mr. Crawford…!”

Shaking his head in resignation at how childish his disciple was being, Gerald simply patted him on the back before starting to walk toward the light before them…

Now realizing that the exit had been this close this entire time, Rey’s eyes widened as he called out, “W-wait for me, Mr. Crawford!”

Quickly catching up to Gerald, the duo soon went past the shining exit… However, what awaited them was nothing short of surprising. Beyond the exit, lay a worn-down place that looked utterly ravaged…

Staring at the near-endless towering pillars around them, Rey couldn’t help but exclaim in awe, “H-holy cr*p! To think that such a place existed down here…! Everything here looks ancient!”

Though Gerald said nothing, he shared the same sentiments. After all, who wouldn’t be amazed and shocked to find ancient ruins out of the blue…

Regardless, Gerald was first to break the silence by saying, “…Come on, let’s have a look around!”

Nodding in agreement, Rey then began exploring the wondrous place with Gerald…

However, they had only taken a few steps forward when both of them stopped dead in their tracks.

Strange skittering sounds seemed to be quickly approaching them, and they could immediately tell that something was amiss. Was it danger…?

“What… is that, Mr. Crawford…?” whispered Rey as he leaned in closer to Gerald.

Instead of replying with a guess, Gerald simply chose to slowly turn around, prompting Rey to do the same… and the second they saw what was coming for them, Rey’s eyes immediately widened.

As it turned out, the sounds were coming from a hoard of giant scorpions! “H-holy cr*p! Why the hell are those scorpions so massive?!” stuttered the quivering Rey.

“Shut it! And stop moving around so much!” ordered Gerald in a calm tone.

While it was his first time seeing such massive scorpions as well, he wasn’t afraid of them at all. After all, he had already seen all kinds of horrifying ghosts, so how scary could scorpions be for him?

Though Gerald wasn’t intimidated by the giant scorpions, that wasn’t the case for Rey. He was completely frozen in fear as he watched the scorpions quickly encircle them, swaying their pointy stingers from time to time, seemingly prepared to attack them at any moment…

Small scorpion stings were already quite venomous, so Rey didn’t even want to begin imagining how potent these large scorpions’ stingers were… In fact, from how large and sharp those stingers looked, one would probably die from the stab alone…

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“WW-what should we do now, Mr. Crawford…?” whispered Rey, gulping as he stared at all the giant scorpions around them. No matter how hard he tried, he couldn’t see an opening for them to escape at all!

“Stay calm! I’m thinking!” replied Gerald as he continued looking around, hoping that it would help him devise an escape plan.

Thankfully, it wasn’t long after before Gerald spotted a large door leading out of this area. With their escape route in his sight, Gerald quickly whispered, “Rey, do you see that large door at your twelve o’clock?”

Turning to look in that direction, Rey then nodded before replying, “I do!”

“Good, now listen up. The plan is simple. You rush over to open that door while I distract the scorpions! Got it?” explained Gerald.

“L-loud and clear!” replied Rey, knowing that that was their best bet of surviving this encounter.

Hearing that, Gerald then drew his Astrabyss Sword before pushing Rey with his other hand while yelling, “Good! Now gol”

As Rey nodded before bolting toward the large door, Gerald himself began channeling his energy into the Astrabyss Sword, allowing it to emit its spiritblade.

Watching as the scorpions backed off a bit—after they saw the spiritblade—, Gerald took that chance to get a bit closer to Rey. He made sure to stick close enough to Rey to ensure that Rey wouldn’t get sneak attacked by any hiding scorpions…

Thanks to the duo’s teamwork, they were able to get Rey to the large door…

To Rey’s dismay, however, no matter how hard he pushed, the door wouldn’t budge! Then again, it wasn’t really all that surprising. After all, the door was made of stone and it stood over thirty feet tall. There was no way Rey was ever going to be able to open it! Understanding that, Rey yelled, “Um…! The door’s too heavy for me to open…!”

“Again, stay calm. I’m sure there’s a mechanism to open it!” replied Gerald who currently had his eyes on the giant scorpions that were now charging toward him!

Seeing that, Rey knew that it was all up to him now. If he failed to find the mechanism, then this would be their end… Because of that, failure wasn’t an option!

With that in mind, Rey quickly calmed himself before starting to search for the mechanism… and not long after, he found it!

The mechanism itself resembled a circular door handle, and after Rey pulled it, the large door instantly began shaking!

Taking a few steps back, Rey could only stare wide-eyed as the door finally swung open a few seconds later.

Delighted, Rey then yelled, “M-Mr. Crawford, come quick! The door’s open!”

Hearing that, Gerald instantly turned to charge for the exit… and moments later, both of them found themselves staring at the large scorpions—that had now stopped in their tracks—from the other side of the giant door…

Shortly after, the scorpions began retreating, prompting the confused Rey to ask, “…Huh? They’re… not chasing after us…?” Staring as they scuttled off, Gerald simply replied, “Indeed… I’m assuming that they’re afraid of something in here!”

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After saying that, Gerald turned around and began exploring this new place with Rey…

Shortly after, they came across a spring of sorts that had crystal clear water that splashed all over the place…

Naturally, this surprised the duo. To think that there would be a spring here of all places…

“How odd to find a spring out of the blue!” exclaimed Rey as he walked over to the body of flowing water before scooping some up to drink…

Eyes-widening the second he gulped down, Rey couldn’t help but turn to face Gerald as he added, “Holy! The water’s sweet!”

Rey had never tasted such sweet and refreshing spring water in his entire life!

Hearing that, Gerald walked over as well to taste the water… and true to Rey’s words, the water truly was rather sweet. The fact that a spring with such sweet water was down here in this horrible place truly was mystifying…

Before Rey could take another scoop, the water suddenly began bubbling, causing the youth to freeze in surprise.

It wasn’t long after before the entire spring was filled with bubbles, and within seconds, all the water suddenly evaporated!

“.H-huh? The hell? How did all the water suddenly disappear!” exclaimed Rey in an incredulous tone.

Before Gerald could even theorize, however, a crisp ‘crack’ could be heard from the middle of the dried- out spring…

Fixing their gazes on the source of the sound, the duo simply watched as a slab of stone suddenly began rising from the center of the dried-out spring…

Exchanging glances with each other, Gerald and Rey slowly walked over as the stone slab shifted to the side… revealing what appeared to be a darkened entrance that led downward!

While Rey’s first reaction was to stare at Gerald in disbelief, Gerald himself was already shining his flashlight to illuminate the bottom of the hole…

A while later, Gerald wordlessly began descending the hole… Of course, upon seeing that, Rey had no choice but to follow him down…

The hole itself led to a flat path, and the duo walked on until they eventually came across a huge chamber… Seeing that there was a golden casket in the middle of the chamber, Rey couldn’t help but exclaim, “…I- is that what I think it is…? My god! This chamber… it’s a tomb!”

As Rey wondered how the hell their expedition ended up becoming a tomb exploration, Gerald himself began walking deeper into the tomb…

It was only a few steps later when the candles in the chamber suddenly let up, instantly brightening the entire tomb…

Now that everything was well lit, Gerald noticed that there was a tombstone within the chamber.

Walking over and seeing that ancient script had been carved onto the tombstone, Gerald turned to look at Rey before asking, “Say, can you read this?”

Gerald knew that Rey was a top student, which was why he felt that Rey had a chance of deciphering the text.

Regardless, Rey quickly jogged over before having a look at the tombstone…

It took him a while, but eventually, Rey replied, “Well… It contains information about this tomb’s owner, Mr. Crawford! From what I’ve gathered, the owner of the tomb goes by Talias Yah, and he was a general in an ancient country called Zanekh… To think that the tomb of such a great general could be found within Mount Dakriont… How stupefying.”

Upon hearing that, Gerald immediately knew that they couldn’t touch anything in here. After all, triggering a trap in such a high-profile tomb would surely spell their doom… As he was thinking of that, the corner of Gerald’s eyes suddenly caught a glimpse of a familiar symbol on the golden casket… Where had he seen that before…

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Looking at Gerald’s raised eyebrow, Rey couldn’t help but ask, “Is… something wrong, Mr. Crawford…? Did you find something…?”

“See that symbol there? I feel like I’ve seen it somewhere before…” muttered Gerald as he continued flipping through his memories…

Sometime later, he suddenly yelled, “I remember now!”

Following that, Gerald fished the map out before quickly scanning through it.

Raising a slight brow, Rey then inched closer to look at the map as well… and when he finally realized that the exact symbol—on the casket—could be found on the map, Rey immediately exclaimed, “…Holy, is that… Then… Instead of going after the treasure, Tye was trying to locate this tomb this entire time…?!”

“I’m guessing so!” replied Gerald with a nod, finally a hundred percent sure that Tye was up to no good. But what was he scheming…?

As Gerald was wondering about that, Tye and his men finally made it to Moonbeam Village…

Despite Gerald taking pity on them and allowing them to live, Tye wasn’t about to give up on his goals that easily. Still, without the map, Tye and his men had remained lost in the mountain’s forests for ages…

Regardless, upon attempting to step foot into the village, Stanton—who just so happened to see them—immediately rushed over before asking, “And who might all of you be?”

As more of the villagers ran over to stand behind Stanton, they knew why he was being so vigilant. After all, Tye and his men looked incredibly suspicious…

Raising a slight brow, Tye then glared at the old man before replying in an annoyed tone, “That isn’t important. Regardless, have you recently come across three individuals dressed like us?”

Stanton was no idiot. From Tye’s expression alone, he could already tell that the man wasn’t a good person. With that, he simply shook his head as he replied, “…I’m afraid not! It’s been ages since anyone from the outside world came to our village! Speaking of the outside world, how did all of you get here?”

Upon hearing that, Tye squinted his eyes at the chief, wondering if the old man was telling the truth…

Unfortunately, at that very moment, a young woman came jogging toward Stanton while yelling, “The meal’s ready, chief! Have the three wise men returned yet?”

While Stanton was surprised to hear that statement, Tye and his men immediately frowned. Now fully aware that Stanton had lied to them, Tye then yelled, “How dare you lie to me, old man!”

Stanton himself was at a loss for words. That young woman truly had arrived at the worst possible time…

Seeing that Stanton wasn’t keen on replying, Tye then grabbed the old man by his collar before roaring, “Enough games! Where the hell are those three!”

It was clear by now that Tye’s hatred for Gerald was beyond words… Tye himself had even sworn to show Gerald no mercy the next time they bumped into him.

Whatever the case was, Stanton hardly even flinched at Tye’s attempt at intimidating him. Instead, the old man simply replied, “How should I know? They simply left without telling us where they were headed to!”

“Are you honestly still lying to me? Don’t blame me for being ruthless then!” scowled Tye with a snort, his gut telling him that Gerald and his party were well acquainted with Stanton. After all, why else would the old man lie about something like this?

Following that, Tye ordered his men to gather all the villagers. Once that was done, Tye also instructed them to tie Stanton to the pillar at the village’s entrance…

“I’m going to ask one final time… Tell me where they went!” shouted Tye, believing that the old man would finally spill the beans now.

“’ve already told you, I don’t know!”

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Despite how serious Stanton looked as he scowled back, Tye wasn’t buying it.

Now fully enraged, Tye glared at his men before ordering, “Men! Beat this old b*stard up till he talks!”

Hearing that, two of Tye’s men then stepped forward with whips in hand… and without the slightest mercy, they began whipping the poor old man!

Naturally, the other villagers instantly became enraged, and some of the bolder ones even rushed forward to rescue their poor chief!

Seeing that, Tye simply shook his head, glaring at those who dared oppose him as his hand quickly reached out for his pistol…

And with a deafening ‘bang’, one of the courageous villagers flopped to the ground, dead…

Upon witnessing that horrifying scene, none of the other villagers dared to take another step forward…

Tye himself simply sneered, “Listen, every time you refuse to tell me where they are, I’ll just kill another villager! With that in mind, you’d better start fessing up already! Still, I’m glad nobody even knows about your village! Because of that, I can do whatever I want with you!” “Chief, just give them the information!” called out one of the villagers, not wanting the entire village to get massacred just for the sake of protecting those three wise men.

“Yeah, chief! Our entire village is at stake here!”

“Please, just tell them, chief…”

One after another, the villagers continued pleading Stanton to share Gerald’s location with them… and eventually, the chief knew he didn’t really have any other choice. After all, he needed to prioritize his village’s safety.

With that, Stanton sighed before declaring, “…Fine. I’ll tell you on one condition! You have to leave us once you get the information! Deal?”

“Deal!” replied Tye without the slightest hesitation.

“They’ve gone deeper into the mountain! To be more specific, they entered a cave with two stone pillars before it!” said Stanton.

Hearing that, Tye’s expression instantly soured. To think that Gerald was able to locate the exact cave Tye himself was trying to look for!

“Hah! Not bad…” replied Tye with a nod, a sinister smile on his face as he slowly aimed his gun at Stanton’s chest… and with the pull of a trigger, a bullet shot through the old man’s chest. “C-chief…!” cried out the villagers as Stanton spat out a mouthful of blood… before his head drooped and his limbs went completely limp…

After staring for a while at their chief’s fresh corpse, several of the villagers turned to glare at Tye while roaring, “How… How inhumane…! You utter b*stard…!”

“You promised you’d leave us be! Why did you have to kill our chief?! You demon!”

Upon hearing all those curses, Tye’s frown only worsened as he aimed his pistol at the villagers… and just like that, several more villagers fell to the ground, dead.

Each bullet had hit its mark, and as Tye reloaded his gun, he yelled out, “Kill them all! Make sure you don’t miss anyone!”

Nodding in response, Tye’s men then retrieved their knives… and the massacre soon began.

By the time Tye and his men were done, the entire village population had been wiped out. Moonbeam village was no more…

How absolutely vile…

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Moving back to Gerald and Rey, they had no way of knowing about the massacre that had taken place at Moonbeam Village. Even so, it was pretty much guaranteed that Gerald wouldn’t let Tye and his men off the second he found out about what they had done…

Regardless, since they were both standing before the casket now, Rey was prompted to ask, “Should… we open the casket and have a look inside, Mr. Crawford…?”

“Negative. I truly believe that something terrible will happen if we do,” replied Gerald, instantly causing Rey to give up on his idea.

Even so, he couldn’t help but remain curious about the contents of the golden casket. After all, Tye had been trying so hard to search for it. What kind of treasures lay within…?

“Say, Mr. Crawford? What kinds of treasures do you think are in this tomb for Tye to travel so far just to obtain them…?” asked Rey.

Shaking his head in response, Gerald then said, “I have no idea, though I believe the things he’s after lies within that casket!”

Though Gerald knew that the casket was bad news, he also had a pretty good idea that it contained something extremely valuable. After all, Tye was trying so hard to get it.

Whatever the case was, Gerald then began searching high and low around the chamber. After all, he was sick of remaining trapped in here.

Rey started doing the same, and with their combined efforts, the duo eventually managed to find a way out! Quickly making their way out, the two soon found themselves stepping into a forest of sorts…

Still, Gerald and Rey were much too glad to finally be able to see the sky again to be bothered by that. With how stale the air in the cave had been, the two men couldn’t help but feel extremely relaxed now that they could finally take whiffs of fresh air…

Exhaling loudly, Rey then sat on the ground before exclaiming, “Thank god we’re finally out of that place, Mr. Crawford…!”

“Indeed! Let’s head back now!” replied Gerald.

At that very moment, both of their ears perked as several rustling sounds could be heard in the distance!

Immediately getting vigilant, the duo then hid themselves well before peeking out to see who was making all that noise… and the second they saw the culprits, Gerald and Rey were rightfully surprised.

“Mr. Crawford…! It’s Tye and his men!” whispered Rey.

Gerald himself was much too busy wondering how they had found their way here so quickly without the map.

Whatever the case was, Tye and his men appeared to be fully focused on getting to the cave. With that in mind, they were unable to detect Gerald and Rey…

Remembering that the cave wasn’t too far off from here, Gerald had a hunch that the group would soon come across it…

Even so, Gerald couldn’t help but wonder if they would be able to get into the cave in the first place.

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Once the men were out of sight, Rey then turned to look at Gerald as he asked, “So… what now, Mr. Crawford… ?”

“Well, we’ve already got what we wanted so let’s just return to the village. As for Tye and his men… I have a pretty good hunch that even if they do manage to find the tomb, they won’t be getting out alive!” replied Gerald who had zero interest in the casket.

Gerald had made that bold claim for a reason. After thoroughly investigating the chamber, Gerald had gathered that there were several hidden traps in the tomb. What more, most of the traps appeared to be activated by touching different parts of the golden casket.

With that in mind, if Tye and his men insisted on opening the casket, they would surely end up triggering a deadly trap or ten, dying miserably in the process…

Whatever the case was, Gerald and Rey then began making their way back to Moonbeam Village…

However, the second they got to the village’s entrance, both of them froze in their tracks.

Strapped onto one of the village entrance’s stone pillars, was Stanton’s corpse…! As if that wasn’t already terrible enough, from where they stood, the two could already see the many dead bodies littered all over the place…!

Rey was the first to break the silence as he angrily growled, “…Who… Who could have done this…?! What the hell happened here?!” “It was definitely Tye and his men. Those… Those utter b*stards are as inhumane as beasts…!” replied Gerald, clenching his teeth as he tried his hardest to keep his cool.

From what Gerald could guess, Tye must have killed all of the villagers in order to locate him and Rey! Only a beast like Tye could commit such a heinous act…

Seeing that Gerald was clenching his fists so tightly that his veins looked like they were about to pop, Rey lowered his, his eyes fully reddened in rage as he growled, “…What should we do now, Mr. Crawford?”

Upon hearing that, Gerald found himself momentarily at a loss for words. After all, he and Rey were part of the reason why this tragic event happened in the first place, and knowing that brought endless amounts of guilt to Gerald…

After thinking for a bit, Gerald eventually calmed himself enough to say, “…We return to the chamber. We need to avenge everyone here…!”

Rey naturally agreed with that plan, and the duo quickly began retracing their steps…

As they continued making their way to the tomb, Gerald swore that he was going to make Tye and his men pay.

While the earlier Gerald didn’t really care if the casket’s traps killed that b*stard and his men, the current Gerald wasn’t about to allow that to happen. In order to properly avenge the villagers, he was going to personally end them all…! Regardless, since they already knew where they were going, their journey back to the cave was much swifter this time…

Moving back to Tye and his men, they had earlier managed to enter the cave. After messing around with the mechanisms on the back of the door, they were able to uncover the same hole that Gerald and Rey had fallen through.

“Score! I’m sure the tomb is down there! Men! Start descending!” ordered Tye as his men obediently began sliding down the hole…

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