An Understated Dominance
by Marina Vittori
“Mr. Brooks, why on earth are you willing to go against our family for him?” Phineas demanded with a threatening glare. He had approached Roderick confidently but never expected this outcome.
“To tell you the truth, Mr. Rhys is my savior and honored guest. If you have a problem with him, that means you have a problem with me! So, you either beg for his forgiveness, or your family is over!” Roderick declared: the aura he exuded was overwhelming.
“You want us to apologize to that asshole? In your dreams!” Matt yelled angrily.
“Then, get lost! I wonder how long your family can last.” Roderick kicked them out.
“Roderick Brooks, life has its ups and downs, so don’t look down on a broke man! You’ll regret it one day!” Matt forced through gritted teeth and stormed away.
“Mr. Brooks, you’ve incurred the wrath of the Laney family. I doubt my family can’t borrow merely three billion dollars elsewhere!” Phineas glared at Roderick before following his son.
“Arrogant fools!” Roderick sneered.
No one in the province would dare lend the Laney family money since Roderick already rejected them.
Matt and Phineas returned home displeased with the outcome.
“What’s wrong with Roderick Brooks today? He refused to help us because of that brat!” Matt seethed.
“It seems like that kid has some connections.” Phineas frowned.
“As if! He’s just a pretty boy who got lucky because of Natasha! I bet Roderick only went against us because of Natasha’s support too.” Matt was displeased.
“The Harmon family sure is bothersome. I have a feeling that our financial issues have something to do with. them.” Phineas pondered.
“What do we do now, Dad? Should we fight to the death?”
“No. We aren’t at the end of our rope yet. Let me make some calls. Phineas pulled out his phone and began asking for help. The Laney family still had some friends and partners, so they’d definitely pull through as long as he managed to raise the funds.
“Hey. Mr. Smith, it’s me. I’m kind of short on cash, so do you think you could help me out? I’ll pay you back with interest after the turnover.”
“Hi, Mr. Thompson. This is Phineas Lancy. I’m calling to ask for a lavor.”
“Hey, Mr. Johnson. I need your help.”
Phineas made call after call to any of his friends who were well off. However, his face darkened with each call he made.
As soon as they heard that he was trying to borrow money, these people who claimed to be his friends. Immediately changed their attitudes and came up with all sorts of excuses to refuse, and some even hung up without responding.
Phineas finally knew what fair–weather friends were like. After all the calls, he still couldn’t get any money. Instead, he stirred up more trouble.
An Understated Dominance by Marina Vittori
Author: Marina Vittori
Artist: Dahlia Nicholson and Dustin Rhys
Released: July, 9, 2023
Native Language: English