Translator: m.info Editor: m.info
Sprite was no fool. In fact, he was highly intelligent.
He had come here to admit to his mistake and get on good terms with Finn Taylor. That was why he had tried to remain as friendly as possible—not just to the latter, but his family as well.
‘But from what I’ve just seen, the whole family is so strange. They’re a family, but they don’t seem to be united. Everyone seems to have their own ideas and plans. Finn Taylor’s mother-in-law is the strangest. She acts like she holds a huge grudge against him—as though she’s holding a gun against his back when talking to him. It makes sense if I offended Finn Taylor, but I’ve never even met Linda James. How could I have offended her? What’s going on? I guess I’ll still have to observe the situation for a while longer.’
“Finn, I heard that Gremlin has been in San Francisco for quite a few months and has even started dealing with your family. It’s my fault that I overlooked it. I should’ve nipped the problem in the bud, but it isn’t too late now. Finn, tell me how you want me to deal with Gremlin. I’ll do as you say.” Sprite naturally made it seem as though the whole incident had nothing to do with him and that he had just found out about the matter.
However, Finn Taylor didn’t believe a single thing he said. ‘It’s simple. You didn’t trust me before I succeeded and only changed to my side once I defeated my uncle back in Chicago. You’re only here because you have no way out.’
“Alright. Go kill him.” Since Sprite was so adamant, Finn Taylor cut straight to the chase too. ‘Since you want to kill him, go ahead. However, I don’t think you would really dare to kill him.’
“I don’t think we should do that. Killing Gremlin might seem like nothing, but there’s a lot more to it. He’s on your grandma’s side, and they haven’t been completely eradicated. If I do anything to him, the Taylor family will probably break out into a mess.”
Finn Taylor had already expected the older man to offer all sorts of excuses.
It would be stranger if Sprite chose to kill the other.
“That’s fine. Just kill him; I’ll take care of the rest. Don’t worry.”
Sprite felt miserable. ‘Don’t worry? How can I not worry? You’ll definitely be fine since you’re Master Peregrine. You’re not a lowly worker like me! I’m the one who will get into trouble!’
“Mr. Taylor, I really can’t. It’s not because I don’t want to or that I can’t win against him but because there’s a lot more to this than what meets the eye. We better think through this. We can’t blindly kill him just because we want to.”
“I’m giving you two choices now: Kill him because my family’s lives are in danger now or scram!”
Finn Taylor had never trusted Sprite, yet the latter was trying to act as a good Samaritan that was simply trying to help him out. However, the former was clear that the older man was only serving his own self-interests. What was the point of keeping someone like that by his side?
It was best if he left right now.
“Forget it then. I’ll sacrifice my life to help you kill this traitor, but there are some things I have to warn you about. If I don’t manage to succeed, I hope that you’ll spare my life. If I really try to attack him and he really dies, I’m sure someone on his side will try to save him.”
Finn Taylor sneered, evident for the other to see. ‘Do you think I’d believe you? You’re clearly telling me that you’re not going to kill Gremlin. You’re just going to put on a show. I can’t force him to do what he doesn’t want to do.’
“Alright, do your best then. There’s nothing more you can do if you try your best but fail.”
There was nothing else he could do. He couldn’t possibly have a fallout with Sprite.
That was something Finn Taylor wasn’t willing to do. He didn’t trust the old man, but nor was he going to publicly denounce the latter.
As for the older man, he left soon after receiving his order.
“He’s really shameless. How could he say something like that?” Francis Larson lamented after the man left. He hated cowards like Sprite.
“Well, there are too many shameless people like that in the world. They’ll only try to get into your good books after you succeed. If you fail, they’ll surely follow someone else. Even if he’s on my side today, he’ll definitely take the side of someone else if I were to fail.”
“I’m sure of that; I’ve seen that happening in Peregrine Hall before. Speaking of which, Peregrine Hall is such an interesting place. It’s just an organization, but you can find the most vicious and ugly side of society there.”
“That’s why it’s no wonder that you didn’t manage to last there. It’s because you still have a conscience. Only shameless people will be able to survive there.”
“That’s true even in society. You must either be talented or shameless enough.”
“That’s why I’ve always told Yvette that there are some things better kept to ourselves. There’s no need to let others in on our secrets because nobody is truly ever on our side.”
Yvette Larson smiled awkwardly, not knowing what to say.. She was like a coward in front of her husband and father.