Chapter 968: The Competition Begins
The fragrant aroma of tea filled the room. Avrora felt a sudden tension in her chest and she held the white, glazed teacup in her hand, in which the tea bubbles seemed to form a beautiful flower.
She had always been proud and haughty. However, when her pride was taken as a joke by Wen Xinya, she felt extremely insulted and embarrassed. So what if she was jealous and angry? Without her grandfather’s love and attention, she was nothing. How then could she compare to Wen Xinya?
In fact, come tomorrow… she would be sent to the bed of a pervert and subjected to his torment, just so Duke Moville could stand to gain some benefits. Next… she would become a high-class prostitute of the upper-class society, surrounded by filthy and disgusting men from all walks of life. She would become their plaything and the tool they could use to vent their sexual frustrations.
She had practically plunged from Heaven to Hell.
She could not help but look up at Wen Xinya.
She then heard Wen Xinya say in a cold and menacing voice which was a little threatening, “Some idiot actually attacked Rex and me when we were on our way home from Duke Moville’s banquet. In order to protect me, Rex suffered a bullet to his arm.”
Avrora instinctively looked up at Si Yiyan, disappointed to realize that she could not see his expression because his features were concealed by his mask.
An icy cold gaze formed in Duke Moville’s eyes, though he did not show his emotions on his face. Pretending to be shocked, he said, “I didn’t expect that Rex would get attacked after attending the banquet. I feel really guilty about that.”
He picked up the teacup and sipped on the tea carefully while glancing at Wen Xinya through his peripheral vision. He could not read her at all and wondered if she had intentionally mentioned Si Yiyan’s injury.
He could not help but keep his guard up against Wen Xinya, whom he deemed to be intelligent and cunning.
Si Yiyan smirked coldly, his dragon mask making him look daunting.
Wen Xinya smiled silently while seated beside Si Yiyan.
Appearing a little more relaxed, Duke Moville asked concernedly, “How’s your injury, Rex?”
To Duke Moville’s discomfort, the two of them remained silent. Although he could remain calm about the matter regarding his injury, he still felt helpless because of the fact that he was not in a dominant position.
Si Yiyan answered coldly, “I’m fine, no major problems!”
His cold answer was representative of his refusal to answer other questions.
They were all smart people who understood what each other meant. Since Wen Xinya had mentioned the matter about Si Yiyan’s injury, regardless of the reason, it meant that Duke Moville could not just take it that nothing had happened. Hence, he said nonchalantly, “Rex, I bet you didn’t know that something also happened to our family a few days after the banquet.”
Wen Xinya refilled their cups with tea smilingly, her mask covering the rest of her face. Since only her smile could be seen, making her look a little daunting.
Si Yiyan gently sipped and tasted the tea without answering him.
Despite being ignored, Duke Moville did not take it to heart. Instead, he continued, “I don’t know who it was, but that person definitely has a grudge against the Moville Family. He actually placed more than forty corpses in front of the Duke Moville Residence’s doorstep and arranged them in a single file. It made everyone in the residence flustered and terrified. We’ve been tightening security and I’ve also sent someone to check up on it.”
Everyone knew the truth, but concrete evidence was still the key.
Without any solid proof, Si Yiyan could just shirk the responsibility.
It didn’t matter whether Si Yiyan believed it or not, for all Duke Moville needed to do was to make his stand known.
Wen Xinya covered her mouth and widened her eyes in disbelief. “Gosh! That actually happened? I can’t believe there are still people who’d dare to challenge and provoke the aristocrats in Russia. Who has that audacity?”
Si Yiyan explained softly, “The situation in Russia is not as peaceful as that in China. The aristocrats here are all involved in power struggles and there are inner management issues too. Sometimes, they would resort to any means to attack their enemies.”
Wen Xinya still found it rather unbelievable.
Duke Moville agreed. “You’re right, Rex.”
Glancing at Duke Moville, Si Yiyan said calmly, “Such behavior is utterly disrespectful to the aristocrats. Duke Moville, have you found out who the culprit is yet?”
His voice was cold and austere. In fact, it sent a cold chill down everyone’s spine.
Duke Moville tightened his grip on his cane and said with a sigh, “Currently, we don’t have any clues yet, but after hearing about the attack mentioned by Miss Bella, I realize that the two incidents are very coincidental. I’m just wondering if they’re related at all.”
His words sounded reasonable and he did not allow himself to be implicated though he did not shirk any responsibility at all. He made it sound as if he were a victim as well. Wen Xinya could not help but find that slyness indeed came with age.
If he were to remain silent throughout, he might arouse the suspicion of others. However, by talking about it openly, he made himself seem like he had a clear conscience.
Monarchs of wealthy and prestigious families indeed had their own ways of handling matters in an appropriate manner.
Si Yiyan smirked and said, “Great minds think alike, Duke Moville.”
Duke Moville was rendered speechless.
Si Yiyan said menacingly in an austere tone, “Duke Moville, you’d better check up on this thoroughly. Not only are the corpses a threat and challenge to your authority, but it also insults your pride, and that lesson is asserting dominance over you as well. Clearly, this person has a hidden agenda.”
He had long expected that Duke Moville would make excuses. However, he would soon make Duke Moville pay for everything.
Duke Moville answered, “I’ve already sent my people to check on this. I definitely won’t spare whoever dares to disrespect the Moville Family and challenge our authority.”
He sounded extremely stern by the end of his sentence, and he knocked his cane against the ground forcefully with a loud and threatening thud.
Avrora, who had been living under the pressure of respecting the stern Duke Moville ever since she was a child, began shivering uncontrollably.
Si Yiyan said softly, “Bella didn’t get injured during the attack, but she was badly frightened. Duke Moville, please inform me after you find out who the culprit is. I won’t let off anyone who has the audacity to provoke me.”
His sharp and astringent tone was rather hair-raising.
Duke Moville’s pupils constricted abruptly and an icy cold gaze formed in his gray eyes. After a moment of silence, he said, “Rest assured, Rex. I’ll be sure to inform you should I find out anything.”
The two of them brushed each other off in a mindless manner, though it was intentional.