“Boss, Mount Morinbourg is just right ahead. This is a pristine forest. After getting what we want, we’ll sneak into Mount Morinbourg. Even if James possesses great reconnaissance skills, he can never find us.”
“Mhm.” Finn Leo, the leader of the vagrants, nodded and ordered, “Felix, take them away and find a secluded spot to hide. I’ll ask James to come for the negotiation. We’ll retreat immediately once we get the stuff we want. Once I’m safe, I’ll inform the both of you.”
James waited for Jackson to arrive at Newton’s house,
At the gates of the villa…
James opened the gate for Jackson.
“Mr. Cabral, you’re finally here. Finally, I can be at ease.”
Jackson said, “After receiving the news from Thea, I made my way here with haste. I called you the moment I got off the plane.”
“By the way, where’s Thea?”
Seeing that Thea was not around, James was puzzled.
Jackson said, “She told me that she had something else to deal with and asked me to come to Cansington by myself. Were you not informed?”
“I didn’t hear anything from her.” James shook his head, his expression grim.
What would Thea do at such a time?
She was not the person she was before. Now, she was like a ticking time bomb. If detonated, the consequences would be dire.
James pulled out his phone and called Thea.
Soon, the call went through. A melodious voice came, “What’s wrong, Darling? Did anything happen?”
James asked, “Where are you, Thea? Why aren’t you back?”
Thea apologized, “I’m sorry, Darling. I’m on my way back from the Capital. A while ago, I received a call from an old friend of mine who told me there was a reunion party in the Capital. I’m now on my way to the airport. I’ll be back soon.”
Hearing this, James breathed a sigh of relief.
Thea asked, “By the way, has Mr. Cabral arrived?”
“Yes, he’s here.”
“Glad to hear that. I’ll be hanging up now.”
James hung up the phone.
He did not doubt Thea’s words at all.
Jackson asked, “What happened, James?”
James made a welcoming gesture and said, “We’ll talk inside.”
Then, he brought Jackson into the villa.
After taking their seats, James began narrating the chain of events that unfolded.
“Are they after the core?” Jackson frowned. “James, they should know that your grandfather’s strength is unparalleled. By abducting your friends, it’s apparent that they’re ready to risk their lives for the core. You have to proceed with caution.”
“I’m not really sure what to do now. That’s why I invited you here to assist me.”
“Of course.” Jackson gave his assurance. “Just give me the order if you need me.”
“We’ll wait for their call first.”
James had no idea what the other party was planning.
After waiting for a while, the phone rang.
A hoarse voice came from the phone, “James, bring the Spirit Turtle’s core to Mount Morinbourg.”
The three vagrants finally called James after their discussion.
Upon being reminded of James‘ martial art prowess and the fact that he progressed from an External Martial Arts grandmaster to a seventh–rank martial artist in just half a year, Finn had other ideas.
“Apart from the Spirit Turtle’s core, I also want the martial art manual of the Cadens‘ Thirteen Heavenly Swords that you’ve cultivated. Once I get what I want, I’ll release the captives immediately. I’m warning you. Don’t you dare play any stupid tricks. Otherwise, those women of yours will be doomed.”
“Understood, I’ll be there immediately.”
James did not know who they were. He did not dare act recklessly, which was why he gave them his word.
He had the call on speaker mode.
After hanging up the phone, he looked at Jackson and asked, “What do you think, Mr. Cabral?”
After brief contemplation, Jackson said, “Based on what they’re after, they shouldn’t be powerful martial artists.”
“Why?” James asked puzzledly.
Jackson explained, “Although the Thirteen Heavenly Swords are hailed as the number one sword technique in the world, every martial artist has his or her own techniques. They wouldn’t be bothered to learn and cultivate the martial art techniques of the other sects. Only weak and insignificant people covet the martial arts of others.”
“I guess you make sense. However, we don’t know that for sure.” James nodded.
Jackson said, “We’re running out of time. Let’s head over to Mount Morinbourg at once.”