An Understated Dominance
by Marina Vittori
“What, me? When all eyes fell on her, Julie couldn’t help but be stunned and speechless for a while.
She was just here for the show, so why did she get implicated in this whole mess when she was just another person in the crowd?
“Tell us everything you saw, and don’t try to hide anything, Julie. I want to see how this punk can still argue his way out of this!” Florence ordered as she crossed her arms.
“Yeah, Julic. Just tell us everything that’s or your mind. We must expose this punk for all his lies!” The Nicholsons spoke out in agreement.
“Um–But before Julie could say anything, she stopped herself.
Her response made the people in the crowd feel like she’d be a loose cannon.
This was especially true for Matt, as he stood there with his heart pounding out of his chest while his forehead broke out in a cold sweat.
He’d already been scared shitless when Dustin spoke out the truth just now, so if Julie also knew something and exposed him for being the one who lied instead, he’d lose lace!
“I believe you know what happened yesterday the best. Julie. So, it’s time to tell everyone the truth,” Dustin added flatly.
“Stop this nonsense at once. Dustin! Save some face for yourself already.” Dahlia chided with a frown.
“There’s no need to be afraid, Julie. Your aunt here will back you up no matter what you say, so just tell us what you saw!” Florence said, acting all protective all of a sudden.
“About last night Julie started and trailed off. After hesitating for a few seconds, she mustered up the courage to continue with a firm gaze. “Yesterday night, I saw nothing and know nothing about the events that went down. All I knew was that Dustin was the one who beat up Ms. Hummer!”
The moment she finished, Dustin froze on the spot. He didn’t expect Julle to completely flip the story on its head in front of so many people like that.
“Did you hear that, Rhys? So, this is the whole truth! I can’t wait to see how you’re going to argue your way out of this!” Florence shouted even louder than before.
“Not only do you not know how to be grateful, but to think that you even resorted to repaying good with evil, Dustin! You really are shameless! The Nicholsons spal and shook their heads. They stare at him with looks of contempt and disdain.
Now that the evidence was conclusive, no amount of arguing could ever get him out of this mess.
“Ugh.” Dahlia sighed as a look of disappointment appeared on her lace. She had given him so many chances to back down, and yet the man still insisted on being as stubborn as ever.
It was almost as it he wanted all of this to happen to him.
“I don’t think I’ve ever offended you, so why do you insist on slandering my name, Dustin? It’s a good thing that Julie has an upright character and helped me clear my name today. If not, I doubt if I could even recover from this!” Matt spat, feigning anger.
He’d been on tenterhooks the entire time, but he can’t help but be secretly relieved now.
“You know exactly what you did. So stop pretending in front of me already.” Dustin snapped before turning his gaze to Julie. “And as for you. I don’t understand why you’re lying right now. I’m sure you know the kind of person Matt is very well. But if you insist on standing there and watching your cousin jump into a firepit, then I’ve got nothing else to say to you.”
“Stop spouting nonsense! What did I lie anout? It was clearly you who hit Ms. Hummer!” Julie insisted obstinately.
“Rhys! Now that your plan to slander has failed, are you resorting to threatening people? Do you honestly think that we’re afraid of you?” Florence shouted in fury.
“Stop this insanity, Dustin! Stop making a fool of yourself already!” Dahlia cried. She only hoped that could see himself and the reality of the situation now.
“Since you guys don’t believe me, let’s just pretend that I said nothing today. I’ll be taking my leave now,” Dustin shook his head as he decided not to argue with them any further. He then turned around to leave.
He never asked for any reward or even gratitude, but he felt disappointed by their response today.
“Hold it right there! You’ve slandered my name on multiple occasions, and yet you still think of running away without giving me an apology first? Aren’t you being a little pretentious right now?” Matt ordered.
He had never liked Dustin, but to keep up his gentlemanly facade, he always tried to brush his ill feelings toward him aside. So, now that the opportunity to take out his anger had come, he naturally didn’t want to let it go so easily.
“You want me to apologize to you? What makes you think that you’re worthy of it?” Dustin sneered.
“You’re not allowed to leave if you don’t apologize to me today!” Matt growled as he used his body to block the doorway, his gaze menacing.
He had practiced martial arts for a few years, so he thought it would be a breeze to put an average man like him in his place.
“Is that so? Then, I’d like to see if you can actually block my path. Dustin snorted coldly before pushing past Matt and walking out of the door.
“Thinking of leaving? I’d like to see you try!” Matt shouted in rage as he grabbed Dustin’s shoulder with one hand and shoved him hard. He thought that he could teach him a lesson by doing that.
“You dare lay a finger on me?” Dustin said coldly as he turned around. He then proceeded to give Mall a heavy slap on his face, the sheer force of which sent Mali llying into the air.
Two teeth could even be seen flying out of his mouth.
“Y–you actually dare to hit someone at this moment, Rhys?” Florence gasped in horror. She didn’t think Dustin would be so bold as to assault someone In public.
“An animal! He’s an animal!”
“Matt saved your life with good intentions, and yet you still did this to him! You’re worse than a dog!”
Everyone started cursing at Dustin angrily. Everything would’ve been fine if he hadn’t laid a finger on Matt, but now that he had, everyone no longer held back their verbal assaults.
“Are you out of your mind. Dustin? Why are you beating people up now?” Dahlia scowled. She quickly went to help Matt up from the floor.
To think that he’d turned his embarrassment into anger and had even resorted to beating people up in public. This was unheard of!
“Can’t you see that he was the one who threw hands first? Dustin retorted with a grimace.
“He merely grazed you, so why did you have to return the favor so harshly?” Dahlia probed with an icy glare.
“So, are you telling me that it’s fine if he does it? But when I do it back, I’m committing the greatest sin in all of humanity?” Dustin snickered.
“You’re clearly just trying to force a point here! I hereby order you to apologize to Matt right now!” Dahlia glared.
“What if I don’t want to?” Dustin frownes slightly.
“Then, I’ll make you!” Dahlia shouted. With that, she slapped him in the face in a fit of rage.