But Lacey had a part to play in this too. How could she simply give herself away before finding out what sort of man Ethan was?
While Cid’s thoughts were running wild, the interrogation process in the hall had been completed.
Everyone could prove that they weren’t at the scene of the crime, and even those who had secrets to hide had found suitable reasons to prove that they had nothing to do with Marcel’s death.
“It looks like the murderer isn’t from the Portico,” Helis shrugged. “Sect Leader, I’ve already checked the entire Clearheart Sect, but it’s so strange. Why aren’t there any clues at all?”
“Are you sure you’ve checked everyone already?” asked Liam with a serious expression on his face.
“I’m sure I’ve checked everyone already,” replied Helis with an even more serious expression.
“Oh wait, there are still a few more,” Helis suddenly exclaimed before turning to look at Ethan. “Didn’t you mention something just now?”
Ethan just nodded.
“There’s still Elder Jorge and his folks,” said Helis immediately.
They were so well coordinated that they didn’t even need to exchange glances.
The entire hall fell silent.
You could even hear a pin drop. But a short while later, the sound of someone swallowing a mouthful of tea broke the silence.
“That’s right, we’ve also got some guests from outside the sect, and I think they’re the most suspicious.” Ethan didn’t look at the rest and stared straight at Cid instead. “Mr Cid, what do you think?”
“Me?” Cid was taken aback and grit his teeth, but he didn’t dare to show too much emotion. “Why are you asking me? Helis is the one in charge of the Disciplinary Hall, so you should be asking him.”
“No, I want to ask you,” said Ethan. “I think Mr Cid’s gut feel should be very accurate and you’d definitely know if it was them or not.”
“I don’t know!”
Cid didn’t hesitate and immediately shook his head instinctively.
He wouldn’t know.
“What did you say?” Ethan pricked up his ears. “Did you say it’s them?”
“I said I don’t know!”
“It’s them? Alright! Then it’s definitely them!”
Cid was about to hit the roof. He took a few steps closer to Ethan. “I said I don’t know! How could I possibly know?!”
“Mr Cid, you’re so sure it’s them?” Ethan seemed to be talking to himself, and also resembled a lunatic. “Helis, you heard that, right? If Mr Cid is so sure that it’s them, then I think they’re definitely the most suspicious!”
“Ethan!” Cid was furious. “Stop pretending!”
“I heard it loud and clear.”
To his dismay, Helis actually nodded in agreement. “It looks like we’ll have to sit down and have a chat with Elder Jorge and his folks.”
Cid felt like a ghost was strangling him or something. Were these two nuts?
What were they talking about?
Did they hear him or not?
Even if these two didn’t hear him correctly, surely the elders heard him correctly, right?
Cid turned to look at the elders to find that everyone was looking at him as if he had really said that Elder Jorge and his people were suspicious.
What…what on earth was going on now?
“I didn’t say anything! I didn’t say anything!”
Cid was in a daze. What on earth was going on?
All of a sudden, his heart sank and he realized that he couldn’t speak anymore.
His mouth was open and he knew what he wanted to say, but…why couldn’t he hear a single word?
His own mouth couldn’t produce a single sound, but a voice that was almost identical to his started speaking.
“I admit that Elder Jorge is the one behind the murder. I know all about this. Also, I’m the one who helped Elder Jorge to kill Marcel.”
Cid’s face immediately paled.
This voice made his legs nearly give way. He opened his mouth and tried to defend himself, but no sound came out at all. Instead, that voice from before continued to explain how he had concealed his identity to sneak into the prison and force Marcel to kill himself…
“Cid!” A furious shout struck Cid like a bolt of lightning. The Senior Elder came forward and slapped him onto the ground!