Yasmine Lee, Matriarch of the Lees glanced at Maxine and smirked, “How do you plan to cooperate with
Maxine said, “The Ancient Four should technically be secluded from the outside world, but the fact of the matter is we are all involved in business dealings with the outside world. As far as I know, the Lees’ businesses have been making losses recently. Although the risk of bankruptcy is minimal, it’s apparent that your businesses are currently facing a liquidity crunch.”
“Hmph!” Yasmine smiled slightly. “The Lees have never concerned ourselves with the business dealings with the outside world. Besides, we’re not short of money. We have accumulated a great fortune over the past few years. Even if all of our businesses go bankrupt, we can still survive for centuries.”
At that moment, Maxine’s phone rang.
“Excuse me for a moment.”
Maxine pulled out her phone and walked somewhere else. Seeing that it was Thea who called, she murmured, “What’s wrong, Thea? Did something happen?”
“Maxine, I’m now in the Capital. I have something I’d like to discuss with you.”
“Alright, wait for me at the Cadens. I’m still busy with something outside. I’ll come to find you once everything’s settled.”
After a brief conversation, Maxine hung up the phone.
Then, she walked over to Yasmine, took a seat, and glanced at her. “Since you have no intention to cooperate with us, I’ll take my leave now.”
Then, she stood up and prepared to leave.
After walking a few steps, she stopped. Then, she put a business card on the table and said, “If you change your mind, feel free to contact me anytime. The reason why the King is intimidated by the Ancient Four is because of our complete control of the economic lifeline of Sol, not just our raw strength alone.”
She paused momentarily before continuing, “Perhaps you’re unconcerned with the businesses of the Lees in the outside world. However, for the past year, problems have been arising much more frequently than before. Do you think that it’s due to poor management of the businesses? I’d say otherwise. The King must have been the one behind this. He doesn’t wish for Sol to be controlled by grandmasters.”
Once she said that, she turned to leave.
Meanwhile, Yasmine was lost in thought.
Maxine left the Lees and headed straight back to the Cadens.
By the time she arrived, Thea was already waiting in the living room.
After arriving at the Cadens, Thea now knew that Maxine was the family head of the household.
Maxine walked over to her with a smile, “Why are you here? By the way, where’s James? How are his injuries?”
Even though there was bad blood between the two, Thea could only smile when faced with Maxine’s friendliness. And so, she forced a smile, “Thank you for your concern. James’ injuries have recovered. Now, he’s currently in closed-door meditation in Cansington, absorbing and refining the Spirit Turtle’s core. It should take around a month or two.”
“That’s great.” Hearing that James’ injuries had recovered, Maxine was at ease. “By the way, you came to the Capital way earlier than expected. Did something happen?”
“Mhm.” Thea nodded and said, “Indeed, you’re right. Ever since the Mount Thunder Conference, various sects of the ancient martial world have suffered tremendous losses. The King was the one responsible for this. James was worried that the ancient martial artists would gather in Sol, so he sent me here earlier than planned to better understand the situation of the ancient martial world.”
“I see.” Maxine took a seat. “All this while, I’ve been watching the situation closely. However, I’ve heard nothing about the various sects and families. Even the powerful grandmasters have disappeared without a trace.”
Hearing this, Thea furrowed her eyebrows, “The calmer the situation now, the stronger the waves will be. Once the powerful grandmasters have refined the Spirit Turtle’s core, they will surely make a move.”
After pausing momentarily, Thea continued, “You have no idea how evil and malicious the Spirit Turtle’s core is. Though it can greatly boost one’s strength, it creates desires for power and wealth. James told me everything about it.”
Looking at Thea, Maxine asked, “What do you plan to do, then?”
“Maxine, you’re now the family head of the Cadens. However, many in your household are against your rule. You have to unite them all as soon as possible in order to suppress the other sects and families of the ancient martial world.”
Maxine smiled bitterly. “I want to. However, the Cadens have invited Luca Caden, one of the Grand Patriarchs of the Cadens, back. He’s the one who failed to compete against Franklin Caden for the position of Patriarch. Now that he has returned, many in my household will follow his orders.”
“Then disappear,” Thea said coldly.
The current Thea seemed to have changed.