Translator: m.info Editor: m.info
By the time Finn Taylor arrived home with his wife and father-in-law, Linda James had already arrived.
“You’re back? Are you feeling alright?” Concerned, Francis Larson rushed up.
“Francis Larson, you b*stard! How dare you ask me if I’m doing fine? What if I’m not?”
“Oh, your voice is still as loud as usual. I guess you’re perfectly fine.”
“Fine? I was kidnapped. They asked you to pay a ransom, but you hung up! Do you think I’m doing fine?”
“So you’re not? What’s wrong? Are you feeling unwell? Let’s go to the hospital now.”
“Hospital? Yes, but not for me. You need to see a doctor. Do you know why? Because I’m going to smash your bones and paralyze you so that you’ll be bedridden for the rest of your life!”
“Linda James, I only said that because I knew that Hilary Stone would release you if I said so. Otherwise, she’d ask for more and more, and I wouldn’t be able to afford it.”
“What sound logic. If you ever get kidnapped, I’ll do the same. I’ll tell them I have no money and hang up on them. What about that?”
“Sure, why not? As long as I get home safe and sound, I don’t care what you do. You should be more rational. It doesn’t matter what kind of method we use as long as we eventually get to where we should be. See—we succeeded, and you’re home safe and sound.”
“Safe and sound? Well, let me tell you that they only let me out because I promised to kill you. Otherwise, they’ll kidnap me again.”
“Alright, alright. Kill me then. I’m willing to die as long as you can live.”
“Francis Larson, don’t try to fool me with your words. Do you think I’d be moved? Don’t you already understand me by now? I won’t be moved by your words.”
“No, I’m not trying to move you. I really do want to die. Come on; kill me. But before that, you better think about something.”
“What is it?”
“It’s simple. If I die, do you really think that they won’t come for you again? Don’t you know why they’re after you? Is it really because of me? If it’s not, it’s obvious that they’ll still come after you. Without me, there would be nobody to protect you. Then, do you think they’ll still let you out, or will they simply kill you? Think about it.”
“Are you threatening me?”
“No, I’m just analyzing the situation for you. You can do as you please.”
“No, you’re obviously threatening me. You’re telling me that I’ll die if I kill you.”
“Yvette, bring a knife over for your mom. I’ll let her kill me since she so desperately wants to.”
Yvette Larson didn’t do so, but Finn Taylor strolled over and slammed the knife down in front of his mother-in-law. “If I’m not wrong, they didn’t just ask you to kill Dad. They probably asked you to kill me as well. Come on; we can both die. It’s true that we hung up and chose not to save you. We feel extremely guilty for not being able to protect you. Since you’re still so angry over that, you can just kill us.”
Finn Taylor’s words threw the woman into an even greater rage. ‘I can’t possibly kill him. How can I kill him when he’s so strong and powerful? I’ll only be able to kill him if I catch him off-guard. From what he’s saying, he already expected me to kill him. There’s no way I’ll succeed then.’
“Fine, you guys are really vicious. I won’t kill you two.”
“You mean you can’t kill us?”
“What? I really hate that I can’t kill you. If I was capable enough, I would’ve killed you both.”
“It’s more important for our family to live together in harmony. Why do you keep talking about killing each other? Hurry up and tell me whether there was a man named Gremlin beside Hilary Stone.”
“How am I supposed to know if I heard that name?”
“I guess it must be so then. We were right—Gremlin is taking action now. Finn, what shall we do? Shall we ask your master for help? I think this is out of our league.”
“Don’t worry. My master will definitely know about this; he’ll contact us if he wants to help us. However, I’m sure someone is already in San Francisco by now since Gremlin has appeared.”
“Are you talking about Sprite?”
“That’s right. The Taylor family was split into several factions, but they all eventually supported either my brother or me. Gremlin is helping my brother, so it’s only natural that Sprite is on my side. I believe that he’s already here.”
Just as Finn Taylor was saying so, they heard a knock on the door.
The group turned to see an old man in a white robe standing there. “Long time no see, Finn Taylor.”
“Sprite?” Although Finn Taylor knew of the man’s existence, he had never met the latter.
Because he had been abandoned by the Taylor family, Sprite had never once appeared before him.
“Yes, I’m Sprite. I’m the one the Taylor family had trained to support you. Nice to meet you.”
“Are you here to go against Gremlin?”
“Yes, he’s scum! We should really deal with him.”
“Scum? I’m sure he’s done much worse than this. Why didn’t you show up before then? Are you only acting now because I’m useful to you now? Have you also been waiting in the dark to see if I’d succeed or fail?”
That was indeed what Sprite had intended on doing.. Although he had been assigned to help Finn Taylor, he had never thought well of the young man.