Chapter 100: Chapter 99: Bow Down to the Champ! Part I
Toh, Wanhu and Qing arrived at Hive’s hotel at 12:30 PM and headed straight for the lounge café.
“I never expected that I would have to wait for someone in Macau.”
“It’s not like we have a choice.”
The three entered the café, sat in the best spot, and waited in silence. The clock ticked and ticked and they waited. However, thirty minutes later, Luana and the Cheng Long guild master, Wai Chung still hadn’t arrived.
Toh grinded his teeth, annoyed. “You said one o’clock, right?”
“Yes sir,” Qing quickly replied.
Another thirty minutes later, they still had yet to arrive.
Toh sighed. He was more at a loss than angry now. He had never had anyone treat him with such disrespect ever since coming into full control of Macau.
“They’re obviously testing us. They must think we’re real pushovers.” Wanhu could tell what they were up to. They wanted to make Wanhu and Toh more and more agitated so that the meeting could go their way instead. However, it was obvious to Toh and Wanhu.
They finally arrived at two.
“I’m terribly sorry about this.”
“I’d like to apologize, too. I received a sudden call from Brazil about a problem.”
Luana and Wai Chung walked into the café, without a single air of urgency.
“We just met outside the hotel.”
“I see.” Toh and Wanhu just smiled at the obvious lies. They were in no position to call them out.
Qing stood up from her seat and gave her bosses room to talk to the latecomers.
“So, why have you called us here? Aren’t the two of you a bit too busy these days?”
A vein on Toh’s forehead pulsed. Wanhu placed her hand on his arm and answered instead. “I know you’re both very busy people, so I’ll get straight to the point. As you both know, there is a worm muddying the waters of Macau. As the caretakers of Macau, we wish to capture this worm, but have been unsuccessful so far. There’s only so much the San Tuan Guild can do. We asked to meet you here to ask a little bit of your help. Of course, we are prepared to fully compensate your efforts if we can catch this worm.”
Wanhu didn’t explicitly mention who she was referring to, but Wai Chang and Luana knew exactly who that was.
“Hmm…a worm, you say. I’m not so sure if it really is a worm.”
“I have to agree with you on that. Don’t you think he’s a little too big to be a worm? He definitely has some bite, too. Isn’t that why the two of you are trying to gather more strength?”
Toh and Wanhu couldn’t say anything back. They were right. If he really was just a worm, they wouldn’t need help. However, Wai Chang and Luana had both received swapped Stat points. Wai Chung received his four months ago and Luana got hers a month ago. Of course, it wasn’t for free, but Toh and Wanhu believed that that was reason enough for them to help. Besides, if it weren’t for Wai Chung’s son, Weiban, things could have turned out differently.
“I, Toh, am one of the rulers of Macau. The two of you have swapped Stat points from me.”
“As far as I know, we fairly paid for them. What about it?”
“I paid you 500,000,000 golden rings last month. You’re not saying it’s not enough now, are you?”
At that moment, Toh and Wanhu finally understood; neither of them had any intention to help the San Tuan Guild.
“Do you mean to say that you will make an enemy out of me and the San Tuan Guild?!” Toh roared.
Wai Chang and Luana’s expressions darkened. A strong killing intent oozed from both of them.
“That’s what I would like to say, Toh. Do you wish to cut all ties off with the Cheng Long Guild?”
“Erk…” It was true that Toh and Wanhu were the absolute rulers of Macau. Thanks to their random skills, they had also established many relationships with larger guilds. However, they were still nothing compared to the Cheng Long Guild or the Laura Guild. Toh could say nothing in return. One wrong move and it would be them who would burn Macau to the ground, not Lee Jiwon. However, that also didn’t mean Toh should bow his head to them. It was the last of his pride.
“Don’t you think you’re overreacting over to something that isn’t that big of a deal, masters?” Wanhu stepped in.
“Hmph. I don’t think your friend thinks it’s not a big deal.”
“That’s not true. We’ve always had a good relationship with the Cheng Long Guild and the Laura Guild, haven’t we?” The atmosphere finally cooled down a little, but did not return to normal.
They continued to talk for another two minutes, but the worm never came up again. There was no point if Wai Chung and Luana had already made their decision before coming here. And so, not five minutes after the meeting began, Wanhu and Toh left the hotel, their faces red with anger.
Back at the café, Wai Chung and Luana continued a conversation of their own.
“Are you going to stick to your decision between Lee Jiwon and the San Tuan Guild?” Wai Chung asked after taking a sip of his coffee.
“Yes. I plan to ally myself with Lee Jiwon,” Luana answered as if it were obvious.
“I see you haven’t made yours yet.”
Wai Chung chuckled. “It would be a shame to lose either of them. However, I did manage to help him once, and would like that worm to become something greater.”
“Yes, I feel the same way. One side has already reached its peak, while the other is still growing. Don’t you think the choice is obvious?”
Toh and Wanhu would always be the rulers of Macau; nothing more and nothing less. And yet, Lee Jiwon’s potential was still a mystery. He became famous after defeating the Blood Prince, and while there was a small chance that it could stop there, Luana knew that he was getting stronger. He had to be if he could keep knocking down the San Tuan Guild like this.
And so, Wai Chung and Luana had their guild members begin spreading the rumors; that Lee Jiwon had the full support of the Cheng Long Guild and the Laura Guild, and they had did not wish to aid the San Tuan Guild in the capture of Lee Jiwon.
As soon as Wanhu and Toh returned to their guild’s command room, Toh began breaking and throwing everything in sight. No one stopped him.
“Calm down, Toh.”
“They insulted us, Wanhu! Here, in our own home!”
“I know, but we still can’t make them our enemies.”
“I’m furious, too but being angry isn’t going to solve anything. We need to calm down first.”
Toh sighed and sat down on a chair.
“This is all definitely our fault,” Wanhu said. “We pretty much placed him on a pedestal. Lee Jiwon was already famous enough for defeating the Blood Prince, and now too many people have watched him walk all over us.”
“Wai Chung and Luana have probably already decided between the San Tuan Guild and Lee Jiwon.”
“But how could they choose a loner over us, the rulers of Macau?!”
“Maybe he was more to their taste.”
“Should we hire mercenaries…no. Those greedy bastards are next to useless.”
At that moment, Qing came in to the command room. “I just received a report…”
“What is it?”
“Well…the Cheng Long Guild and the Laura Guild have decided to side with Lee Jiwon…”
“Those traitorous fucks!”
“So that’s their decision.”
An hour hadn’t even passed since they left the café. Toh and Wanhu felt more at a loss.
Toh sighed. “It would have been better to not meet them at all.” Toh’s voice sounded hoarse.
Thirty days had passed since I started my attacks against the San Tuan Guild.
“Man… I really broke a lot.” My map of Macau was filled with red Xs. Each of them marked the San Tuan Guild’s businesses that I had razed.
“But I’m beginning to notice that there haven’t been that many traps lately.” I no longer saw any guild members ready to kill me guarding the businesses. It was if the whole guild had given up.
To be honest, I was getting stir-crazy the past month. I haven’t been able to do anything for me the whole time. Sure, I had fun easily wiping out the San Tuan Guild’s members, but now it felt like I was wasting time. I could have at least gained 20-30 levels in a month.
“Still, I should finish what I started, especially since there are more of them than there are of me.”
It would have been better if the San Tuan Guild had more members. If I couldn’t level up, then neither could they. But, I was still far from satisfied. I wanted to level up and I was beginning to think that I had done enough damage by now.
“But why did the Cheng Long Guild and Laura Guild decide to support me?” This was the biggest reason I hadn’t stopped yet. Two powerful guilds had declared their support for me. “Hmm… I only met them once, though…”
I also heard that the Cheng Long Guild had outright denied the San Tuan Guild’s request for assistance.
“Well, fine then. The end is close, anyway.” It wasn’t long until one side would have to bow down to the other. “I might as well finish with a boom!” I stood up and headed for an underground casino I had marked on my map.
Back at Fortaleza do Monte…
“Contact the Myth Guild.” Toh and Wanhu made their decision to put an end to this battle.