Gerald Crawford:The Secretly Rich Man Novel (Invisible or Poorest) Chapter 581
Though Gerald was aware that the incident had a huge impact on Xavia, he never once thought that it would almost end her life.
“That was the worst and darkest day in my sister’s entire life. And it’s all because of you, the infamous peasant! You’re well aware, I’m sure, that everyone looked down on you and nobody would even talk to you back then. Nobody except for my sister. She would hold your hand in school, go shopping together, and even dine out with you! But did you ever consider that doing all that with you would affect how everyone looked at her?”
“Hey, hey! Everyone, look! It’s Xavia Yorke! The girlfriend of our school’s biggest peasant!”
“That was what everyone was calling her back then. Despite that, she persevered and ignored the mockery just because she wanted to be with you. However, every girl has their self-esteem and one day my sister just couldn’t take it anymore. She felt that she was being treated unjustly and yes, it was the day she broke up with you!”
“But look at you now, still daring to claim that my sister is at fault!”
Gerald remained silent. He knew very well that Xavia wasn’t at fault since everyone had their own right to choose their own partner. Even so, the way Xavia ended up becoming after that event was a surprise even to Gerald.
“Do you remember how my sister begged you that day?” asked Natasha, her eyes baleful.
“Do you remember how you ignored her? As a result, she became so overwhelmingly embarrassed to face you and her classmates that she quit studying completely! That’s the reason why she dropped out! There were only a few more months to go before you guys would graduate but you ruined her at that very last stretch. Ten whole years of studying, gone, just like that!”
“After she left, she made up her mind to avoid you as much as possible which led her to move to Yanken since nobody knew you there. She was going to try to find a job there.”
“However, upon arriving there, her purse was stolen! Nobody can survive in Yanken without money so what could she do? Thankfully, she found a bar looking to hire which allowed her to finally settle down. Not that she had much of a choice at that moment since she was already penniless.”
“Her luck, however, eventually turned to misfortune since one of the bosses there had molested her due to her being so pretty. She slapped him out of anger and because of that, she almost lost her life! The one she had slapped was a very powerful person!”
“After getting on his bad side, it became even harder for her to find a proper job there. The boss wasn’t allowing her to leave Yanken either. She couldn’t even get train tickets to go home, and they continued to force my sister to obey every word they said!”
“Do you even remotely understand how scary it is for a girl to live in fear like that every day?”
“In the end, she ended up washing plates in a regular restaurant. She wasn’t paid in cash, but instead with meals and a place to stay in. All was not well though, since the lady boss kept bullying and even hitting her!”
“At her lowest when she was about to end herself, a miracle presented itself before her. The Long family’s butler coincidentally saw her and since they were short of maids to serve their second young master, Fred, he approached her asking if she would like to work for them. It was a blessing and she instantly agreed. What more, the second young master ended up falling in love with my sister and they’re now engaged!”
“Can you believe it, Gerald? The first half of my sister’s life was as terrible as what an arse like you would probably have wanted her to experience. I’m sure you would never have imagined that she would finally have her time to shine! Let me tell you this, my now brother-in-law is very obedient to my sister! Everyone that used to bully her is now bankrupt and the same goes for the boss that had made my sister’s life a living nightmare. He’s living in complete misery now, though that’s beside the point. What I’m getting at here, is that her biggest enemy is still you!” said Natasha with a cold-blooded face.
Gerald would never have imagined that so much had happened to Xavia after she left, nor would he have thought that she almost died because of him. However, the more surprising thing now, was that Xavia was now engaged to Fred. So that’s how Xavia and her sister got so powerful. The puzzle pieces were starting to fit together.
“I see. So why don’t you tell me where she is now?” asked Gerald.
“Not a problem. Come with me if you would like to see her!” said Natasha as she motioned a finger before turning around and walking off.
Frowning slightly, Gerald simply followed her.
Eventually, both of them reached a bar and the duo entered a room. Gerald could clearly see that nobody was in there.
“Where is Xavia?” asked Gerald again.
“You really wish to see her, don’t you? Sure thing, I’ll let you meet her right this instant!” said Natasha as she clapped her hands.
At that moment, the sound of several footsteps could be heard outside. The second the door opened, at least ten security guards dressed in black rushed in before immediately surrounding Gerald.
“Hahaha! Did you really think that I’d bring you to her, Gerald? She despises you! Why would she ever want to see you, idiot! You knew I was going to hurt you eventually, yet you came along anyway!”
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“Humph! That’s enough talk, get him!” ordered Natasha.
As soon as they received the order, the men in black immediately obeyed and held on tightly to both of Gerald’s arms.
“When will the revenge end?” asked Gerald calmly.
“Honestly, I don’t even know when we’ll ever stop but that’s beside the point. Don’t even dream of leaving this room tonight!” sneered Natasha.
“Is that so? Actually, Natasha, did your sister ever tell you that this street used to be called Mayberry Commercial Street? And that the bosses of these shops all know who I am?”
“Of course she has! But did you know that my sister’s bought this bar? The bar’s boss is just my little b*tch now! Bet you didn’t think that far ahead, did you?” replied Natasha proudly before walking toward him and giving him a tight slap on the face.
“That’s for my sister. You’ve made her suffer for far too long. Today, I’m letting you have a taste of what she experienced after all this time!” Natasha was going to look for him even if he hadn’t come on his own accord today.
“Unfortunately, I’m afraid you won’t be able to torture me today,” Gerald replied.
“What do you mean by that, you little rascal?” asked one of the security guards in return.
Just as his question ended, however, he immediately let out a scream before falling to the floor. His hands were pressed against his neck and his whole body trembled.
“What’s the meaning of this?” asked Natasha, visibly shocked.
She didn’t know what was happening. She could only feel—but not see—the presence of a shadowy figure in the room.
As she continued trying to make sense of the situation, her neck was suddenly locked by two firm arms.
At that moment, she realized that two men had entered the room without her realizing.
The other man was holding on to a long, silver needles. A second later, it was gone from his hand and the remaining man holding on to Gerald dropped to the ground. The other fallen guard was already foaming by then.
“Apologies for being late, Mr. Crawford!” said both men respectfully as they stood before Gerald. They were none other than Drake and Tyson.
Gerald simply responded with a nod.
He had been well aware that he needed to be cautious around Natasha. Both she and her sister were no longer the same people he used to know.
Gerald would never have allowed himself to follow her without some kind of backup plan. Thus, before he came here, he had contacted Drake and Tyson through his family’s specially made communication device so that they would know Gerald’s location at all times from that moment.
Since Natasha was being held hostage, the rest of her underlings didn’t dare to move an inch.
“Now tell me where Xavia is… Or do you want to end up foaming on the ground like that guard over there?” said Gerald as he looked at her, his eyes deadly serious.
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“I-I don’t know where she is! She only came to the school to visit me once. Other than that, we’ve only communicated through the phone!” cried out Natasha.
“Call her then!” ordered Gerald.
He had to meet up and deal with Xavia as soon as he could. Gerald couldn’t have her troubling him all the time.
‘If I’ve done anything wrong to you, take your revenge on me! Your mistake was hurting those close to me,’ Gerald thought to himself. He just couldn’t stand people like that.
As Natasha reached for her phone, she kept signaling to her subordinates—using her eyes—to take down Gerald and the duo. However, none of the guards even dared to move. They all knew how strong Gerald’s people were so they didn’t do anything. Only people like Scorpion would be able to deal with Tyson and Drake.
Understanding that they weren’t going to act, Natasha could only hand over her phone to Gerald in defeat.
Gerald quickly found Xavia’s number and called her. He soon found out, however, that Xavia’s phone had been turned off.
“Why is her phone turned off?”
“H-how should I know?”
“If you aren’t going to be honest with me, maybe this will make you more willing to comply. Tyson!”
“Yes, Mr. Crawford!” He then pulled out another silver needle and brought it close to her neck.
“W-wait!” At that moment, Natasha began crying before she said, “I-I’m telling the truth! That really is my sister’s number!” replied Natasha between wails.
No matter how much Tyson threatened to bring the needle closer to her, she kept repeating the same thing.
Tyson looked at Gerald. Gerald frowned before waving his hand. Tyson then immediately let go of her after seeing the gesture.
Gerald was just trying to scare her into telling the truth, but apparently she hadn’t lied in the first place. Even if he really wanted to beat Natasha up, he knew he could never bring himself to actually do it.
After all, he was the reason why Xavia dropped out. It was the only reason why he had taken the slap earlier. He saw it as returning a favor to Xavia.
Knowing that it was no use staying here, Gerald continued to frown as he walked out of the room.
“Mr. Crawford, what should we do with these people?” asked Drake as he pointed at the bodies lying on the ground.
Gerald simply nodded before leaving.
A second later, horrible shrieks could be heard coming from inside the room. Those guards had no right to be begging for their lives.
Walking over to the bar, Gerald ordered a beer. He was deep in thought, wondering how he should deal with Xavia.
When Gerald turned to look to his side, he was surprised. Sitting beside him was a girl, sipping on her champagne.
He considered talking to her, but eventually chose not to.
However, his curiosity got the better of him and he ended up looking at her again, just to check if she was really the person he thought she was. Much to her annoyance, the girl noticed his second glance and turned to look at him as well.
This resulted in both of them staring at each other in shock.
At that moment, both of them simultaneously called out each other’s names.
“Why are you here?” asked Maia.
“I just came for a drink. What a coincidence!” replied Gerald, still feeling surprised.
Maia was Gerald’s acquaintance from high school. However, the two of them never shared the same class, so how did they end up getting to know each other?
Well, since Gerald’s grades had always been extraordinary during his high school days, he had often gone for competitions with a team representing the school.
Back then, Gerald was always happy when he got a chance to participate in competitions since he would be able to somewhat gain a sense of honor. Aside from that, he would also be able to eat good food and stay in fancy places.
The team consisted of 24 people, with twelve being male and the other twelve female. Maia was on the team as well, and her main role was the team captain.
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Back then, Gerald knew little about Maia aside from the fact that she was the team captain.
The only other things he knew was that she was very close to her grandfather and her parents were in politics. This resulted in her growing up in a rather lavish environment.
He also knew that while she and her family were locals, after the final examination, all of them moved to Mayberry.
Though Gerald was excellent in his studies, he was never good enough for Maia. She would only talk to him as the captain whenever they were representing the school in a competition. Outside that, they weren’t close at all.
Gerald on the other hand, had a very good impression of her since she was both hardworking and capable. To top it off, she was also very pretty and she had good tastes too.
In short, she was a goddess to his past self.
Many guys had tried to befriend her but she would only befriend those who had their own ‘specialties’. Such ‘specialties’ included either being rich or having a powerful family with a great background.
Normal people would never get the chance to even get close to her. This caused the past Gerald to be satisfied to just be able to momentarily talk with her.
Gerald hadn’t forgotten that feeling, so he was rather nervous now that she was in front of him again.
“It’s been pretty long, hasn’t it? I heard you went to police school. Are you still practicing?” asked Gerald.
Maia simply nodded and continued looking at him for a while before saying, “So, why are you at this bar? Shouldn’t you be working?”
Though she was the one who had initiated the conversation, she wasn’t really paying attention to him. Her eyes were clearly looking elsewhere.
“I haven’t found a job yet. Also, what are you looking at?” asked Gerald as he turned to look where her eyes were gazing at.
“Don’t look. I see, so you have time to talk to me then!” commanded Maia in a strict tone, just like she used to back in high school.
Gerald had no idea what was going on so he simply nodded.
She then took another sip of her champagne before looking at Gerald with a smile, immediately causing him to blush. At that moment, something caught Maia’s eye and she instantly grabbed her walkie-talkie before shouting, “Action!”
Maia then rushed out of the bar, running toward a young man. Gerald saw a few other young people running over as well, and in no time at all, the young man had been surrounded. It looked just like a movie scene.
The young man who had been drinking was stunned as he was pressed against the ground by a few people. A few bystanders witnessing the scene screamed as one of the young people shouted, “Don’t move! Police!” The person on the ground was then cuffed up.
Well d*mn! So she already was a cop and she was even on duty!
So that’s why she was talking to Gerald. She had even smiled at him! It was all just for show, and Gerald smiled bitterly as he came to realize that.
At that moment, Gerald remembered that Drake and Tyson were still inside beating up the guards from before. They wouldn’t let themselves be caught by Maia, right? If it somehow came to that, then things would become extremely awkward.
“We’ve finally caught the little rascal after so many days! Good work, Maia. Let’s go for a drink later!” said a tall, good-looking guy as he smiled at Maia.
As the suspect was taken away, a few other female cops came over and said, “Wow, Warren, we want drinks too! Why don’t we get invited over for drinks?” asked the girls rather enviously.
“I’ll get drinks for all of you! Let’s head to another bar right now!” replied Warren.
“Oh, by the way, Maia, did you know that guy? I saw you talking to him earlier!” said one of the girls as she pointed toward Gerald who was still sitting in the bar.
“Yeah, he’s one of my high school acquaintances. Back then, I was the competition team captain while he was one of the members!”
“I see! I thought your relationship would be something like that! Haha! Why not ask him to join us? He’s quite good looking! Also, what does he do?” asked the other girls.
“I’m not too sure about that and I was just about to ask him if he’d like to come along!” said Maia as she shook her head with a smile.
She then looked toward Gerald before saying, “Hey Gerald, come over here!”
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She gestured with a finger for him to come closer.
Gerald really didn’t want to go over to them after being ordered like that. After all, he was no longer the same person he used to be. He didn’t need to listen to her orders anymore.
He remembered snippets where she would order him to do things like this in the past.
“Gerald, have you moved those boxes of mineral water?”
“Gerald, go help everyone else with their luggage!”
…Maybe that was why Maia was so used to ordering him around.
Eventually, though he was left speechless, he found himself walking toward the group.
“Haha! So it really is true! Gerald really listens to you!”
“As if he would dare not to! Not only was she his team captain in high school, she’s now a cop too! He has to listen or he’ll be locked up!” joked another girl.
“Anyway, say Gerald, I heard that you’re still pretty poor. How did you afford to drink at this bar? Did you get rich or something?” asked Maia. She had been curious about this from the moment they met.
“Huh? Gerald’s poor?” The girls looked surprised when they heard that.
“Yeah. You know, back in high school, Gerald was well known for being broke. He used to only eat one meal a day and sometimes, he couldn’t even pay for his school fees! He was exceptionally poor!” replied Maia.
Though she said that, she hadn’t meant to be mean about it. It was just the personality she had grown up with. Regardless of how Gerald would feel, she was just the kind of straightforward person to say anything that was on her mind.
It was the same in high school as well. No matter how embarrassing it would cause others to feel, Maia would always speak her mind without filtering any words.
Though being poor may not have been a big deal for Maia, the other girls were now looking at Gerald differently. They were all sympathizing with him since they had initially thought that he was some rich heir.
“I see… Well, you should definitely start putting more thought into both, furthering your studies and finding a better job!”
“Yep! You know, I had a middle school classmate who suffered from some brain injuries due to a high fever. Though he ended up dropping out of school, he started working and he now owns a shop! With a little more effort, you can definitely be like him, Gerald!”
Before Gerald could even reply, the girls were already talking non-stop, so he just remained silent while nodding, a bitter smile on his face.
“Alright, I think that’s quite enough, Maia. Now let’s go get those drinks!” said Warren as he took a cigarette out of his pocket. He was far too arrogant to talk to Gerald.
“Alright! Are you coming along, Gerald?” asked the girls.
“What could he even do if he followed? He won’t understand most of what we’ll be talking about!” said Maia.
She knew that her colleagues were just being nice, but if Gerald ended up taking it seriously, it could spell trouble for her. What more, she didn’t really feel comfortable with the idea of Gerald following them around.
With a smile on her face, she then waved at Gerald one final time before leaving together with the others.
When Gerald turned to look at the bar again, he saw Drake and Tyson leaning against the bar’s wall while smoking. It was clear that they had been watching over him for a while.
“Is it done? Where’s Natasha?” asked Gerald.
“She’s still crying inside!” said Drake with a chuckle.
Gerald simply shook his head with a smile. The three of them then left the area.
“Were those your classmates, Mr. Crawford?” asked Drake as they walked further away.
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“One of them definitely seemed to be his high school classmate. Why?” asked Tyson.
“Well, from the looks of it, they either graduated from the police academy or they’ve undergone some military training,” said Drake as he took a few puffs of his cigarette.
“Both of you are really something… It’s amazing how much you can find out about a person just by looking at them. Her name is Maia and she graduated from the police academy. She’s now part of the police force’s criminal department and she’s pretty good at her job!”
“Well, since she’s your classmate, we’ll just say this, Gerald. This friend of yours, along with her colleagues. They may be in for some trouble tonight!” replied Tyson after getting the clarification that he needed.
“…Huh?” Gerald was stunned.
“When they rushed out earlier, I saw two people following them. Both of them had a weapon strapped to their sides, and they exuded equal amounts of murderous auras. I’m pretty sure that the duo following your classmate has undergone military training before. Worst come to worst, there’s a possibility that they’re both experienced killers well!” said Tyson.
Gerald wouldn’t have believed such a claim if it wasn’t Tyson telling him about it.
Earlier, Gerald himself had watched Maia and the others rush out but he hadn’t noticed anything out of the ordinary. .
‘Still, who am I to compare myself to Tyson regarding such things’ Gerald thought to himself.
Either way, Gerald was at least sure that the two people mentioned weren’t here to play any games.
It was true that Gerald wasn’t really all that close to Maia. After all, they were barely friends back in high school. However, no matter what the case was, they were still ex-classmates.
How could he rest easy if he didn’t save her after knowing that something bad would happen to her?
However, Gerald was certain at that moment that he didn’t want to expose his identity yet. After all, keeping it a secret would allow him to do a lot more things in the future!
He now had a plan in mind. After discussing the plan with Tyson and Drake, Gerald immediately rushed toward the bar where Maia had gone to.
By the time he arrived, Maia and the others had already started drinking. They were now seated in front of a poker table.
“Maia, look! Why is Gerald here?” said one of the girls as she spat out a mouthful of wine in surprise while pointing at him.
The moment he spotted the group, he instantly started approaching their table.
“Why are you here?” asked Maia with a frown on her face.
Earlier, she had only invited him to join them for a drink as a mere gesture of friendliness. She hadn’t expected him to actually join them.
“I only came here to warn you. Don’t stay out too late! It’s dangerous! I saw someone spying on you earlier!” said Gerald.
For now, this was all he could say to give Maia a heads up of what was to come.
“Huh? Someone’s watching us? Who the hell could be doing that? I didn’t notice anything at all! Actually, who are you to say that someone is spying on us? If anything, you’re the only one doing that!”
If it was the leader who was warning them, Maia and the others would definitely take the warning seriously.
If it was a warning from a close friend, she’d definitely feel grateful.
However, since the warning was coming from Gerald, Maia felt like it was a direct insult to her career. It was similar to prey telling a predator what to do even though the predator would naturally know better.
It was infuriating to say the least.
However, Gerald had been prepared for such a response before he even entered the bar. After hearing her reply, he simply nodded before leaving.
“God, I hate him so much! Who does he even think he is? What a show-off!”
“I know right? Was he the most hated guy in high school, Maia?”
The other girls didn’t like Gerald either since he was being so nosy.
“I don’t really want to talk about him… Why are we even talking about him in the first place? Anyway, Maddy, Tina, follow me to the toilet will you!” said Maia.
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The trio then headed for the ladies.
As Maia was washing her hands, through the mirror, her eyes caught sight of two women with long, curly hair walking toward her. Their eyes were equally cold and stern.
As she continued looking at them through the mirror, she immediately felt that something was wrong.
“What are you guys doing?” asked Maia and the other two girls in unison.
It took her a moment, but Tina suddenly exclaimed, “Huh? Aren’t both of you men dressed up as women? Maia, look! They have Adam’s apples on their throats!”
“Heh, you’re pretty smart! It’s too late for that though! We’re here to kill you!” sneered the two men as they each pulled out a pistol with silencers attached to them.
They were both aiming at Maia.
Since the other two girls were only newly-recruited police officers, both of them were scared witless in this life-and-death situation.
Maia herself was drenched in cold sweat.
It was at that moment when she remembered Gerald warning her earlier about her being spied on. If only she had been more aware of her surroundings, this turn of events wouldn’t have happened!
“Humph! This is for arresting so many of our brothers! Let’s kill them now!”
Both men then immediately pulled their triggers and Maia shut her eyes to brace for impact.
Two bangs were then heard.
All of a sudden, the two men started holding on to their necks. Their bodies took turns convulsing and stiffening before eventually, both of them dropped to the ground, motionless.
“…Huh? What the hell just happened?”
The two terrified girls from before were both delighted and surprised simultaneously.
Maia then nervously looked outside to see if anyone was there. As soon as she poked her head outside, she found that there was quite a commotion going on.
Rapid footsteps echoed outside the bathroom and soon, Warren and a few dozen police officers were standing in the toilet.
“Maia, are you guys alright? D*mn it, that poor kid was right! Something was definitely wrong! I’ve just received a call from the Alpha Squad. They informed us that international hitmen are lurking around us and their sole mission is to kill us!”
As he looked down, he instantly noticed the two guys lying on the ground. He was utterly shocked.
The captain and his squad arrived at that moment and he, too, saw the two hitmen lying motionless on the ground.
After inspecting the two bodies, the captain said, “It’s them! Both of them are Class-A International Most Wanted Criminals!”
“Who was the one who subdued them, Maia?” asked the captain, curious.
“I… I have no idea either. Earlier, the two were about to shoot us, but they suddenly held on to their necks, froze in place, and eventually collapsed to the ground!”
Maia’s mind was blank. The way the two men had been taken down was simply too comical to register.
“Amazing! This is the Silver Needle Vessel Technique, thought to have been lost in the mists of time!” said the captain who was surprised after further inspecting the two hitmen covering their necks.
“Silver Needle Vessel Technique? Was it an expert who had saved Maia and the others?” asked Warren.
“When I was in the army as a special forces soldier, I once heard an instructor say that the Weston military had produced two superior fighters who eventually became well-known in the west. The duo was best known for their Silver Needle Vessel Technique!”
“In the west, they were known as the Drake and Tyson Duo,” said the captain, his admiration apparent in his eyes.
“After the war, the Drake and Tyson Duo disappeared somewhere in the West, or so I’ve heard. It wasn’t until two years ago when news broke out that they were—and currently still are—serving a mysterious family. By the looks of how the two criminals were apprehended, I can safely say that it feels very much like their techniques! God, I wonder why they’re both here in Mayberry?” said the captain.
After hearing what he had to say, the rest of the team were left in disbelief.
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When Maia heard Drake and Tyson’s name, her face instantly beamed with excitement.
“Maia, have you come across anyone that could hold that much power to help you? We were initially surprised when we received the 911 call, but it seems that someone knew that this event was going to happen ahead of time. They had stepped in to save you!” said the captain.
“Huh? I… don’t think I’ve contacted anyone that would fit that bill… I’ve only contacted Gerald…?”
But that wasn’t possible, right? Why would Gerald even know such powerful people?
Thinking back, however, Gerald had been aware of the threat. After all, he had even warned her about them in advance!
‘Gerald must know something!’ Maia thought to herself.
Moving back to Gerald…
While Tyson had subdued the two criminals, Gerald himself wasn’t present at the rescue scene.
After all, this was just a minor incident. He wouldn’t just meet Maia again by chance, would he? For now, he would focus more on worrying about Xavia Yorke.
By noon, Gerald reached the university and just as he arrived at the entrance, he saw someone familiar.
It was GiyaQuarrington. Unlike her usual self however, she looked both pale and dispirited. However, when she walked past Gerald and noticed that he was there, she immediately tried to compose herself.
“Gerald? When did you come back?” asked Giya with a surprised look on her face.
“I just got back today!” replied Gerald as he laughed.
“I’m very sorry, Gerald. Though I had promised to attend your birthday celebration, something came up so I couldn’t make it there!”
Giya still treated Gerald the same as always. After all, she knew that he was a good person. She also seemed like she had a lot of things to tell him at that moment.
Gerald could sense that, so he readied himself to avoid her.
Though he wanted to just walk away, after giving it some thought, he felt that it would be a bit too cold-hearted for him to do so which led him to ask, “Is there something wrong?”
“I’m fine. Also, Gerald, could you take a walk with me? If that’s alright with you,” replied Giya as she looked at him.
“Sure,” said Gerald.
While this was happening, a rich young man dressed in expensive clothing was seated at the back of a Maybach car parked on the other side of the road from where the two were standing.
As Gerald and Giya started walking side-by-side, he glared at the two, anger and resentment flashing in his eyes.
“Mr. Long, that’s the person Giya previously escaped with! She had even hidden in his house! His name is Gerald, and he’s the actual Mr. Crawford of Mayberry!” said the driver.
“That’s the Gerald my sister-in-law had to deal with, right? What a b*stard. Not only did he mess with my sister-in-law, he even laid hands on my girl! I’m much more ruthless than she is, so let’s see how I’m going to deal with this kid,” replied Mr. Long.
Mr. Long wasn’t a fool, and he had already thoroughly investigated everything there was to know about Giya’s case.
“Apologies Mr. Long, but though the Long family is powerful, Gerald and his sister are the tyrants of Mayberry! We can’t go overboard this time, can we?” said the driver, slightly hesitantly.
“F*ck you, I don’t care if he’s the ruler of Mayberry! In the eyes of the Long family, they’re all scum!” said Mr. Long as he smacked his driver.
“Worry not, Mr. Long. I’ll take care of him for you right this instant!”
The icy cold voice came from a man with long hair and a deathly pale face who was seated next to the driver.
“There’s no need for that, Scorpion. You don’t have to do anything for now. Mr. Lennon’s right. His sister, Jessica Crawford, is way too powerful in Mayberry. It would be foolish to get him out in the open. Fear not, however, for I have a plan!” sneered Mr. Long.
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While Gerald was walking next to Giya, his phone started to ring. It was a call from Zack.
“Gerald, there’s a celebrity banquet tonight and I hope that you’ll attend. Since a master treasure appraiser from the South will be attending, you can have him appraise the jade pendant when you meet him. A few other celebrities from Mayberry will be attending as well.”
Zack was still helping Gerald track down Xavia.
He had brought up the celebrity banquet a few days ago as well. The celebrity banquet was a yearly event and celebrities from all walks of life usually turned up. Since it wouldn’t look good on Gerald’s part if he refused to attend, Gerald simply agreed to go.
When evening came, Gerald arrived—together with Yoel and Aiden—at the banquet which was being held at Mountainview Manor. As was expected, the venue was packed.
The large manor was usually used for gathering events, second only to Wayfair Mountain Entertainment.
The owner of Mountainview Manor, was Wallace Quinnens, a middle-aged man in his forties whom Gerald had met on several occasions. Due to Wallace’s slick personality, Gerald didn’t really have a good impression of him.
“Well look who’s here? It’s Mr. Crawford!” said Wallace as he hurriedly trotted over when he saw Gerald, Yoel, and the rest.
Many other wealthy businessmen began approaching Gerald’s group as well, and the parties all greeted each other.
“Hello, Mr. Quinnens!” greeted Gerald as he forced a smile. A greeting was good enough.
Yoel then headed to a familiar round table in the manor and took a seat. The moment he sat down, Wallace immediately jogged over and said, “Hey, Yoel, Aiden! You can’t sit here today!”
“Huh? What do you mean by that, Wallace?” asked Yoel, dumbfounded.
He had attended similar celebrity banquets like this in the past. This seat in particular was always taken by his godsister, Jessica Crawford. As Jessica’s godbrother, he naturally sat together with her.
Now that Gerald—his godbrother—was the richest man in Mayberry, Jessica’s seat was Gerald’s to take. This of course, meant that both Aiden and Yoel should continue to sit where they usually did.
“There’s nothing inherently wrong, but though you’ve sat here in the past, this year, some things have changed so you can’t sit here anymore,” sneered Wallace.
The attendees for this year’s banquet were celebrities from all over the city. Seeing what had just happened, the big bosses and rich businessmen surrounding Gerald began walking over.
“Humph, if we can’t sit here, then we won’t! It’s not like we want to see your face anyway. Let’s find another seat, Aiden. You stay here, Gerald!”
Naturally, Yoel had to think about his godbrother first. Just as Gerald was about to sit down, Wallace shouted again. “Hold it!”
“What now?” By then, even Zack and Michael had come over to see what the commotion was about.
“I’m afraid that Mr. Crawford can’t sit here this year either,” said Wallace with a laugh.
“Are you out of your mind, Wallace? What did you say? Say it again if you dare!” shouted Yoel as he grabbed Wallace by his collar.
This son of a b*tch was seriously getting on his nerves.
“No need to be so aggressive, Yoel! I’ll just repeat the statement one final time, this seat isn’t for Mr. Crawford this year!” said Wallace with a smirk.
“Explain yourself,” ordered the rich men standing by Gerald’s side.
“We just have an even more important guest coming today, and this seat is reserved for him!” explained Wallace as he shook Yoel’s hands off him.
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By then, several celebrities had already noticed that the main seat was still empty, and hearing Wallace’s words shocked them even further.
“What’s going on?”
“Well, Mr. Crawford was about to take the main seat, but Wallace didn’t allow him to!”
“What? How dare he do that? That seat had always belonged to Ms. Crawford in the previous years since she was the CEO. As her younger brother, Mr. Crawford should rightfully inherit her estates. Why the hell is Wallace acting so boldly?”
“Humph, who knows? Mr. Crawford must be feeling embarrassed by now!”
As the crowd continued gossiping, something else was happening outside.
Eight Rolls-Royce Phantoms had arrived at the manor’s entrance, and immediately after they stopped, more than a dozen bodyguards wearing black suits got out of the cars before quickly forming two rows.
The grand entrance soon attracted the attention of the crowd, and even Gerald was compelled to look out the manor. The main car’s driver got out and respectfully opened the Rolls-Royce Phantom’s door.
Out stepped a rich, young man dressed in a suit with both hands in his pockets. When they saw him, his bodyguards instantly bowed.
“Who is he? This is such a grand entrance!”
Most of the crowd was astonished by the scene.
Wallace on the other hand, quickly rushed toward the young man to greet him. “Mr. Long, thank you for attending! Your presence here makes Mountainview Manor shine!” said Wallace excitedly before bowing as well.
“What? Mr. Long? He’s the rich heir of the Long family! Their family has centuries’ worth of history!”
“F*ck! No wonder Wallace was being so bold today!”
“So it was Mr. Long who was giving him this much confidence!”
The crowd continued whispering among themselves until eventually, all of them looked at Mr. Long before simultaneously saying, “It’s a pleasure to meet you, Mr. Long!”
“Greetings, uncles, and elders! Hahaha! You’re all being way too formal toward me! This is my first time officially being here in Mayberry. With that said, it’s also my first time attending a celebrity banquet here! I’d never have imagined that all you people would be so nice to me!” said Mr. Long with a smile.
“It’s an honor to have you here, Mr. Long. Please, have a seat!”
“Indeed, Mr. Long. You’re more than worthy to take the main seat!”
By then, most of the wealthy businessmen and higher-ups—including the ones from Mayberry—had started showing their true colors as they shared their sentiments.
Though there were some families in Mayberry who had big names and long histories comparable to the Lourdes and Walt family, none of them could hold a candle to the Long family.
After all, it was said that the Long family had a very strong position in America since they were one of the first few people to settle there. Their power and influence had only grown stronger since then.
“Ah, everyone’s being so nice to me, but today, I’m not the main star of the banquet. I’m just here to accompany my sister-in-law and have a good time! Hahaha!” replied Mr. Long as he laughed.
“Sister-in-law? Could you possibly mean Fred Long’s fiancée? I heard some time ago that Fred Long found himself a fiancée and they’re already set to marry!” said Wallace as he rushed forward with a smile on his face.
“You’re absolutely right, Mr. Quinnens!” responded Mr. Long with a wry smile as Mr. Quinnens moved out of the way.
From the car behind him, its driver got out and opened the door to the passenger’s seat.
A noblewoman dressed in an expensive-looking dress then stepped out. In her arms, was a cute little dog and her two maids immediately stood next to her.
“Sister-in-law, join us, please!” said Mr. Long, his face beaming.
The woman then walked toward the main street as the crowd stared in awe. Aiden and the other simply stared at her, their eyes widened, before looking back at Gerald.
Gerald himself couldn’t believe who he was seeing before him.
The girl with the dog in hand was none other than Xavia Yorke, the person he had been searching for all this time.