Harold’s plan really did feel very feasible. In Harold’s eyes, the person who killed Michael was no simple man. There was no way to find out why the person had killed Michael as well.
The two of them could use that point to craft a story that would frame themselves as victims. Even if they would not be able to escape punishment, it would at least allow them to shred the harshest punishments.
After all, if the higher-ups knew what they had done, being sentenced to death on the spot was a possibility.
Johnson nodded his head vigorously and replied, “You’re right, we have to act accordingly in such a time. The person who killed Michael must be our lifeline to escape punishment. We have to hold on to him. tightly.”
As the two mumbled to each other, Elder Eliot had already brought everyone back. The two of them acted like nothing had happened as they followed behind Elder Eliot, heading into the transfer array with the group.
Their expressions might be calm on the surface, but their emotions were completely twisted inside. They were on the verge of breaking down at any moment.
Elder Eliot seemed to be worried that something else would happen. When everyone was being transferred back from Holy Cloud Mountain, his expression was strangely nervous. When the last person was moved out of Holy Cloud Mountain, Elder Eliot was finally able to breathe a sigh of relief.
Jackie and Rudy were the final batches to be sent back to Phoenix Valley coincidentally in the same batch as Harold and Johnson. When everyone was sent back to Phoenix Valley, they had concerned looks on their faces.
Many of them immediately wanted to find out what exactly had happened, but Elder Eliot had thoughtfully said to everyone before they transferred away, “Alright, hurry up and go back. All of you must be tired after these three days. Those who want to get spirit crystals, head to the task hall. Those who want to rest head back to their own places.
“Before the matter is thoroughly investigated, watch your mouths. I don’t want this news to spread everywhere, understand?”
Everyone respectfully answered that they understood, and earned a slight nod from Elder Eliot in return. After leaving, he headed deeper into Phoenix Valley. Everyone knew that Elder Eliot was going to report the piece of news.
Everyone had the urge to gossip, but they also knew that standing around would not
get anything accomplished, so all of them ended up dispersing.
In just a short moment, the only ones left at the transfer array were Jackie, Rudy, Harold, and Johnson. With Jackie’s temperament, he would normally leave immediately and head back to his own courtyard after such a large-scale event.
However, he was in no hurry to leave at that moment. Instead, he stood behind Harold and quietly looked at Harold, forcing himself to maintain a calm expression.
After everyone had left, Harold abruptly turned over as he looked at Jackie with widened eyes and an accusing expression. Jackie had a cold smirk on his face.
He merely stood on the spot, not revealing anything as he matched Harold’s gaze. Jackie’s actions caused Harold’s temper to flare even more, but Harold could do nothing at that moment. He could not fight Jackie there, nor did he want any other conflicts.
“Do you have something you want to say to me?” Harold said in a cold tone.
Jackie raised an eyebrow as he shook his head lightly, “I stayed behind for my own reasons, but I don’t really have anything I want to say to you.”