War of Mechanics (Arc 8.15)
The ship landed at the capital star base. Tony stood in his room, looking at the closed automatic door. He had already finished preparations to leave immediately. After being held as a prisoner for so long, if he hadn’t thought of his family members, he would long have gone mad. Even if it ended in mutual destruction with the two brothers, he wouldn’t want to live like this any longer.
Now the opportunity had finally arrived. The matter of John and the Poison Wolves colluding had been revealed. Taking advantage of this opportunity, their family could not only get rid of the two brothers, but also had great hope to completely destroy them, which would also allow them to get revenge for Skien’s family.
Watching the automatic door open, Tony didn’t even see clearly who was standing outside, just lifting his feet and walking out.
“Tony!” Avery immediately grabbed Tony’s hand and pushed him back into the room.
“What do you want? Didn’t we already get to the capital star?” Tony looked at him impatiently. “Do you want to keep me here the rest of my life?”
“No, listen to me.” Avery hurriedly explained. “I just have a few words to tell you, and then I’ll let you go home right away.”
Tony glanced at him and found that Avery right now was very different from the usual domineering Avery. He actually looked somewhat like how he had been when he had first met him. “What do you want to say?”
“Tony, you need to know, I really really love you.” Avery looked at Tony, his eyes filled with tears. “I know that I’ve done a lot that annoyed you before, but that was all because I love you too much.”
“If all you want to say is this, then I already know. Can you let me go now?” Tony said expressionlessly. If because Avery loved him he had to live this kind of life that was worse than death, then being loved by him was too unlucky.
“Tony.” Avery tightly grabbed Tony’s hand and wouldn’t let go. “I know that you’re mad at me. I promise I’ll change, I won’t ever lose my temper at you again, and I won’t lock you in again. In the future, you can go wherever you want, you just need to let me know and not make me worried, okay?”
“Are you done? We can talk about the future later. I haven’t seen my family in a long time, and they’re very worried and miss me a lot. So I’m in a hurry to go back and see them now. We can wait to talk about things like this later.”
“I know, I know. It’s all because I’ve made you separate from your family for so long. It’s all my fault, I will personally go apologize to them.” Avery used a pleading tone to say. “When you go back, can you tell your father to let him help me and my big brother? Contact those officials and let them find a way to help us! As long as your family helps us get through this difficulty, we can talk about everything later, okay?”
Tony sneered in his heart. So he wanted to ask for them to help them, no wonder it was like he had suddenly changed personalities. Did he think that he would still be deceived by his fake side after experiencing this kind of treatment? But now he couldn’t completely tear it up with him, or else he might get angry and lock him in, or even use him as a hostage to threaten his father, which wouldn’t be good.
“I know. When I get back, I’ll talk to my father about it right away.” Tony looked serious, but in his heart he was very perfunctory. “If we can help, I’ll definitely let my father help you as much as we can.”
“Thank you, Tony.” Avery’s expression was full of gratitude. He held Tony’s face and kissed him.
Tony didn’t refuse nor respond. He stood there indifferently and was kissed by him, but was intensely disgusted in his heart.
As soon as Tony got home, he asked the servants if his father was at home, then hurried to his father’s study.
“Father!” Tony didn’t even knock on the door, going straight in.
Old Bilus saw his son’s hurried appearance. Normally he would definitely have scolded him for his gaffe, but thinking of what he had been suffering during this period of time, he understood his current urgency. “Close the door. Sit down and talk.”
Tony was about to speak as soon as he entered the door. He could only turn around and close the door, then sat down in the chair opposite his father, speaking to him across the large desk.
“Father, the matter of John and the Poison Wolves colluding has already been revealed! We didn’t even have to collect any evidence, this is a great opportunity to eradicate the power of the two brothers!” Tony couldn’t contain his excitement no matter what.
“I know, the past two days I’ve constantly been thinking about what we should do in this situation and what would be the best way to handle it.” Bilus had long guessed that John must have been colluding with someone outside, but he had not identified the people and had no evidence of the collusion. And they carefully went to look for evidence, when suddenly it slammed down like a meteorite from the sky, not only making John shocked dizzy but even making them caught off guard.
“What else can we do, father!” Tony said eagerly. “Could it be that we really can only let them escape this and that we will always be subject to them like this?!”
Bilus raised his hand and lectured, “You can’t be panicking like this all the time. I’ve told you so many times, the more you panic the more likely it is for you to make a mistake. When you encounter a situation, you need to calm down first and clarify everything. You need to think of countermeasures and then take action. The chances of success will be much greater.”
Bilus actually regretted long ago that he shouldn’t have conspired with John to frame his left prime minister predecessor’s family in order to get the position, and then be at the brothers’ mercy everywhere. He was a left minister, but only had a name and no power, it was pathetic. If he had known earlier, he should have joined forces with the other officials and fought to the end, and should not have allowed John to quickly expand his power and seize control of everything, making all of them into puppets that he could manipulate at will. Now was a good chance to destroy John, because no matter how strong he was, he couldn’t be stronger than public opinion.
Tony took a deep breath and calmed himself down. “So father, what do you think? What should we do?”
Instead of answering him, Bilus stood up and walked to the window, looking out with his hands behind his back.
After getting to the capital star, John immediately went to visit all of the important officials one by one. They didn’t guarantee that they would do what he had said, but also didn’t explicitly reject him, just saying something perfunctory.
John knew that these officials had had objections against him in their hearts for a long time, and it was absolutely impossible for them to be 100% in support of him at this time. So he gave them a lot of benefits and then waited to see what they would decide.
The mood of the Fetani people had grown increasingly out of control. There had been mass demonstrations on the street, even surrounding the palace and the administrative hall, so the officials had to give them an answer as soon as possible.
As the incumbent left prime minister, Bilus certainly couldn’t avoid facing the masses. So he brought Tony and a group of officials with him to respond publicly to the empire.
Bilus expressed that they were shocked and saddened to learn that John had colluded with the Poison Wolves to frame and kill his predecessor’s family. In their failure to discover and stop him in time, they also bore an inescapable responsibility. For this, they expressed a profound regret and apology to the people of the country. John’s behavior had not only damaged the face of the empire, but also caused great harm. Framing a good man and killing an innocent, he should not only be severely criticized, but also properly punished.
Through his speech, all of the blame was pushed onto John, and the other officials became unsuspecting innocent people.
But the public were also not all naive and stupid people. As long as they thought a bit, they could figure out that just relying on John’s strength, how could he just easily frame the former left prime minister’s family? You say that all of the officials didn’t know anything, do they really take the people as fools?
Bilus had expected the public to have this kind of thought, so he also said in his speech that there were definitely members of John’s party among the officials. They would make sure to weed out those people and take serious action against them.
After many officials spoke, Tony also made a statement. But the main topic of his speech was to call out to Jing Yang, hoping that he could return to Fetani.
With the officials’ statements, the public were only somewhat half-convinced. Some areas were completely unable to bear scrutiny, such as why Bilus immediately became the current left prime minister after his predecessor left, and how his son Tony became the deputy finance minister so young. Plus, he had gotten engaged to Avery so soon after the news that Skien disappeared. If they said that they really didn’t know, the people wouldn’t believe it at all.
But when Tony called out to Jing Yang and asked him to return to Fetani, that actually spoke to the hearts of many people. They had so much sympathy for Skien’s story that they could no longer blame him for helping Wilkesa. They asked themselves, if they had gone through the same ordeals, they would have definitely made the same choice as him. With so much hatred, it was impossible for him not to want revenge. Just returning to Fetani like nothing had happened, no one would be able to do it. Besides, even if he wanted to come back, he couldn’t while facing the threat of John.
But now it was different. The people were all in favor of giving John and Avery the punishment they deserved, and for the officials who worked with the brothers to also be punished. They hoped to be able to welcome Skien back to the empire. It didn’t matter if they didn’t have Avery this genius mechanic, because Skien was much better than him. And they believed that Skien deserved to come back to Fetani and be compensated by the empire.
John and Avery sat face-to-face, both silent. On the screen on the wall was the image of the officials who had finished speaking, led by Bilus. Even though John had long thought that they might do something like this, he was still very angry. Because his anger had reached the extreme, he had accepted this reality with unusual calmness, because he had long anticipated it.
John could only be glad that he had not fully pinned his hopes on the officials. Fortunately he had made a backup plan and right now escaping Fetani was still perfectly fine. But now, needing to live a pirate-like life with no backing and no home made his heart full of hate. He wanted everyone who made him suffer this kind of end to all be killed! Especially those two men, Denanfry and Skien Kossa!
Avery stood up and went out. John stopped him and said, “Where are you going?”
“Going to see Tony.” Avery was like he had lost his soul, his eyes blank.
“He’s already completely abandoned you! What are you going to see him for!” John stood up and raged, “We’re in a hurry to escape, you’re actually going to see him? Do you think that he will leave with you?! You heard those words he said just now, it’s already gotten to this, you should sober up!”
“Whether he follows me or not, I will ask him clearly.” Avery stubbornly said.
“If you go find him, you’ll likely get caught by them, and we wouldn’t even have a chance to escape!”
“If he gets someone to seize me…that’s fine, I’ll just die with him.” Avery left with determination.
“You…you get back for me!” John roared.
Avery didn’t even turn his head, just leaving like this. John’s heart hurt. He had already arranged for his parents and family to be sent away. Now, as long as the two of them escaped, there was still hope that everything could survive. But Avery was so paranoid that he had to go see Tony and clarify everything with him. It was very likely that they wouldn’t be able to escape, but he also couldn’t just leave him alone.
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