An Understated Dominance
by Marina Vittori
“What?” Julie’s mind went blank when a pair of swords were held at her neck. She was unable to process what was happening.
From the assassins‘ forced entry to Dustin framing her, everything happened too quickly. When she finally regained her composure, she was already in danger.
“Rhys! How could you do this to me!”
Seeing as she was about to be held hostage, Julie panicked. “Wait, it’s a mistake! I’m not Dahlia, you’ve got the wrong person!”
“Do you think we are stupid? This man told us you are Dahlia Nicholson!” The assassins‘ leader retorted.
“He’s spouting nonsense! Don’t believe him!” Julie said, cold sweat running down her forehead.
She never expected Dustin to exact his revenge on her in such a despicable manner!
“According to our intel, Dahlia is in this hospital room. If you aren’t Dahlia; why would you be here?” The leader demanded fiercely.
“I–I was just passing by-!” Julie stammered.
“Fuck! How dare you lie to me? You must be tired of living!” Julie was violently slapped on the cheek by the leader, making her ears ring.
“What are all of you doing? Take her away!” He ordered.
Some of his men immediately dragged Julie towards the door.
“It’s not me! It’s really not me! Rhys, you asshole, you framed me! Are you even human?” Julle burst into tears and wailed loudly.
She knew that if she were to be taken away, she would definitely suffer inhumane abuse.
“Dustin! I’m sorry! Please save me, I’m begging you! I’ve learned my lesson! On account of Dahlia and Old Mr. Nicholson, you can’t sit back and do nothing! You have to save mel” Julle broke down and apologized profusely.
At this moment, only Dustin could save her.
“Shut the hell up, you bitch!”
Julie’s cries for help got on the nerves of the assassin leader. He gave her a few more slaps on the face. Julie staggered and fell to the ground, blood flowing from her lips.
When Dustin felt that Julle had been punished enough, he spoke up, saying, “Guys, I’m sorry for the confusion. I’ve made a mistake, she is not Dahlia.”
“What did you say?” When they heard this, the assassins froze.
“Punk! How dare you trick me?” The leader narrowed his eyes threateningly.
“I guess you could say that.” Dustin nodded.
“You bastard!” The leader was furious. He rushed towards Dustin with his heavy blade and swung it using his full strength.
By the agility and power of his movements, the leader was obviously a martial artist. His skills were far superior to those of a normal person.
However, Dustin did not dodge. He blocked the attack with his bare hands and landed a kick on his opponent’s abdomen.
The leader screamed in agony as he flew out the door.
“How dare you hurt our leader? You are dead meat!”
The other three assassins threw Julie aside as they turned to attack Dustin simultaneously.
However, before they could get close enough, Dustin gave all three of them a flying kick and knocked their heads together.
Without another word, they fainted on impact.
“Fuck, who is this monster?”
The last assassin, who was guarding the door, saw what happened to his teammates. Fearful for his life, he ran away as fast as his legs could take him.
Four of his friends were dead. He wasn’t sticking around to find out what was going to happen to him.
“Dustin, you…” Julie’s eyes were as wide as saucers.
She never knew that Dustin was such a good fighter. In the blink of an eye, he single–handedly defeated four assassins. She breathed a sigh of relief. Fortunately, Dustin was around to save her.
On second thought, she remembered that it was because of Dustin that she was mistaken for Dahlia.
Julie’s anger blazed to life again.
“Confess to Dahlia regarding today’s incident. Remember, there is no next time,” Dustin said with a condescending glare.
“I’ll let you off today, Rhys! However, don’t be too proud! Edwin will come after you now that you have beaten up Ms. Hummer! You will be hounded out of Swinton!” Julie gritted her teeth in anger.
“You must be sorely mistaken. It’s not the Hummers” who will be coming after me, but me going after them. The Hummers‘ must issue a public apology regarding the assauli,” Dustin said breezily
“Public apology? You must have lost your mind! What right do you have to demand an apology from the Hummer family?” Julie scoffed.
“Whatever, it’s up to you whether to belleve it or not. Dustin shrugged.
“Let’s see how long you can fake it! Hopefully, you won’t be wetting your pants in front of Edwin Hummer!” Julie scoffed again and turned around to leave.
Dustin couldn’t care less about her. He dragged the leader of the assassins into the hospital room.
“Did Edwin send you?”
“What’s it to you?” Through gritted teeth, the leader answered rudely.
“How many of you are there?” Dustin continued calmly.
“The White Dragon guild is full of skilled lighters and martial artists. Five of us were sent to scout ahead. If you desire to live, it would be best to surrender immediately!” The leader threatened.
“Ive never heard of the White Dragon guild.” Dustin shook his head.
“That’s because you’re being ignorant! The leader smirked.
“Punk, if I were you, I would flee Swinton right now. Otherwise, you will be sitting ducks when our guild master arrives personally!”
“Really? I’ll be waiting for him, then.” Dustin smiled.
With a loud crack, he twisted the assassin’s leader’s neck. He died on the spot.
At this moment, a group of menacing bodyguards appeared at the end of the corridor.
Stephan was leading the way!
“Greetings, Mr. Rhys!” Stephan walked up to Dustin and bowed slightly..
“Ms. Harmon ordered us to assist you. If you need our help, just ask for it.”
“Thanks for the kind thought, Mr. Chapman.” Dustin nodded in return. “There are a few unconscious assassins. here who have been defeated. Please dispose of their bodies.”
“No problem.” Stephan gestured to his men, and they quickly carried the bodies off.
“By the way, what do you know about the White Dragon guild? Custin questioned.
“The White Dragon guild is regarded as one of the top three guilds in Swinton. Their guild members are mainly ruffians and scoundrels from the underworld. They take orders from Edwin and conduct illegal operations.
Their infamous reputation precedes them,” Stephan explained.
“Oh, I see.” Dustin nodded.
“The White Dragon guild has many skilled lighters, especially the guild master. Dracor Millroy. He is one of the best martial artists in Swinton. It is said that his skin is impenetrable to a sword or blade as he has attained the highest tier of martial artistry. The wise thing to do would be to escape instead of challenging him.” Stephan wa med. 1
*Thanks for your advice. I know what to do,” Dustin replied nonchalantly.
He was curious to see what it would be like to spar against the best martial artist in Swinton.