An Understated Dominance
by Marina Vittori
The next morning, Dustin was awakened by someone knocking on his door. He opened the door to see Hunter at his door.
“Mr. Anderson, what brings you here so early in the morning?” Dustin yawned.
“Good news, Mr. Rhys!” Hunter exclaimed with excitement. “The rare herb that you’re looking for, the Gozoraberry, I know where we can find it!”
“Gozoraberry? Are you sure?” Dustin’s interest was piqued.
The Gozoraberry was rare and hard to come by. As with all other rare herbs, it was invaluable. If he could get his hands on the Gozoraberry, then he would only need three more precious herbs to make the Longevitum!
“Of course, I’m sure! The Gozoraberry used to be a treasure from Stoneray Valley, but recently, someone bought it at an exorbitant price. And that person happens to be staying at Fallridge Haven!” Hunter nodded.
“Oh? Who is it?” Dustin raised a brow.
“It’s Caden Murray!” Hunter said.
“Caden Murray? What does he need the Gozoraberry for?” Dustin’s eyes narrowed. He had never met Caden, but he used to have some connections with the Murrays.
“I heard that his daughter has some sort of disease, and he needs the Gozoraberry to cure her of that.”
“His daughter… Is it Sheila Murray?”
“Oh, you know Miss Murray?” Hunter was a little surprised.
“I guess so. I just met her yesterday.” Dustin nodded.
“Mr. Rhys, how do you think we should go about this?” Hunter inquired.
“I absolutely need to get my hands on the Gozoraberry. I guess we have no choice but to make a trip to Fallridge Haven today!” Without any time to waste, Dustin got himself ready and got into Hunter’s car.
The Gozoraberry was very important to him, and those precious herbs were usually hard to come by. If this berry passed him by, he knew he would never come across another.
Hence, he had to act on it right then and there.
30 minutes later, Dustin found himself in a lounge in Fallridge Haven.
Caden Murray was seated in the middle of the lounge, and he looked down his nose at Dustin and Hunter. As he had long been in a position of power, he carried an intangible air of authority about him. Even a person like Hunter, who had been through a lot, could not help feeling a sense of inferiority.
The Murrays were a family with a military background. Caden’s father, Christopher Murray, was a general who had fought in numerous battles and had a myriad of meritorious achievements.
As his first–born son, Caden was also a high–ranking military officer who was of great influence in the army.
“Mr. Anderson, what is the purpose of your visit today?” Caden asked.
“Mr. Caden, to be honest, we are here for the Gozoraberry.” Hunter did not beat around the bush.
“The Gozoraberry? Mr. Anderson, seems like you are very well–informed on the matter. But I have a use for the Gozoraberry, so I’m afraid I can’t help you.” Caden lifted his gaze.
“If you are planning to use the Gozoraberry to cure your daughter of the disease, I think that it would not be necessary, as the Gozoraberry is merely a temporary remedy that will not completely cure her of it. It would not be of much help,” Dustin stated bluntly.
“What? And who might you be? It’s not your turn to speak here.” Caden glowered at him.
“Mr. Murray, this is Dustin Rhys, he’s a friend of mine. He saved your daughter yesterday,” Hunter hurriedly explained.
“Oh, so you were the one who helped Sheila yesterday?” Caden’s expression eased up.
“Name it, what are you asking for as compensation? Money? Or goods?” In his eyes, Dustin was clearly here to ask for something in return.
Of course, the Murrays‘ had money to spare, so he wasn’t very bothered by it.
“I want the Gozoraberry.” Dustin cut straight to the chase.
Caden made a face when he heard that. “Young man, if it were riches or jewelry that you were asking for, I would agree to it in a heartbeat, but the Gozoraberry is the one thing that I cannot give you. I need it to cure. my daughter of a disease!”
“I just told you that the Gozoraberry would not be able to cure Sheila of her disease. However, I am able to do just that,” Dustin promised.
“You can cure her? And why should I trust you?” Dustin was starting to get on Caden’s nerves.
This rascal did not know his place. Did he think he could do as he pleased, just because he had saved his daughter once?
“Has your daughter been suffering from chills ever since she was young, and does she get a terrible bout of viral infection every month or so?”
“So what if she does?” Caden raised his brows.
“That’s because Sheila has Polarfrost. Over the years, a venom called Havaska has formed within her body, and the venom can only be temporarily suppressed by medication. However, that will not eradicate the disease from within her. To do so, we will need to take a different approach by improving her circulation and thus raising her metabolism,” Dustin expounded.
“Hah! Utter rubbish! Polarfrost? That sounds downright ridiculous, and I’ve never even heard of it before!” Caden roared, upset.
“It doesn’t matter that you’ve never heard of It before. Just let me meet Shella and I can prove my point,” Dustin requested.
“That would not be necessary. I can handle my daughter’s situation myself. I do not need any help. Please, show yourself out!” Caden ordered.
Wasn’t it just plain absurd for a random fellow to just show up out of nowhere and claim that he was able to cure his daughter of a disease that had plagued her for over 20 years?
And what’s more, it was a disease that even the top medical experts in the nation were helpless against. What made this young man think that he would be able to eradicate it?
“Mr. Murray, it would not do Sheila any good to wait any longer. I hope you will consider my proposition,”
Dustin reminded him.
“Get out!” Caden slammed his fist on the table, enraged.
“Since you do not trust me, Mr. Murray, then I’ll be taking my leave. Right, I have a pill with me here. You can give this to Sheila when the virus attacks again. It will keep her safe for the time being.” And with that, Dustin took out a red pill and placed it on the table before he turned to leave.
He knew that no matter what he said, he would not be able to change Caden’s mind, because it was impossible for a person of his status to easily trust someone whom he knew nothing about.
“Mr. Murray, Mr. Rhys here is not an ordinary person. I wish you all the best.” With a slight nod of his head, Hunter turned to leave too.
“Hmph! They have no idea what they’re rambling on about!” Caden’s expression was one of disdain.
How dare an insolent young man run his mouth in front of him? How pompous!
“Caden, who were those two gentlemen?” Lily Doyle walked out from behind.
“Nobody. Just two annoying rascals who are not worth our time,” Caden answered offhandedly.
“Can this pill really cure Sheila of the disease?” Lily picked up the red pill from the table and studied it meticulously. She heard what Dustin had said before he left and couldn’t help feeling curious.
“Hah! That’s rubbish. Just throw it away.” Caden dismissed it with a wave of his hand. He refused to believe that a single pill would be able to save anyone.
Just as they were conversing, a member of the house staff came running in and exclaimed in a fluster, “Sir, Ma’am, come quick! It’s Miss Sheila! She just passed out!”