An Understated Dominance
by Marina Vittori
Dustin had no interest in wealth or riches. But at the moment, he had a pressing need for rare herbs. The old drunkard’s condition had gotten worse day by day. He might not even make it through the year. He needed to gather five types of rare herbs to be able to treat him.
“I am extremely fussy when it comes to herbs. Your collection might not necessarily be useful to me,” Dustin voiced out.
“I can get you whatever herb you need!” Duane guaranteed immediately.
“Do you have the Gozoraberry?” Dustin queried.
“Uh… no.” Duane shook his head.
“Flower of Crimson Gem?”
“I don’t have that either.”
“What about Cherusia?”
“Rhys, I’ve never even heard of these herbs you are naming.” Duane’s expression turned bitter.
“How about aged Panax root and ancient Heliotrope? I’m sure you’ve heard of those.” Dustin’s eyes narrowed.
“Yes, I’ve heard of those! I know those herbs!” Duane nodded. Those two herbs cost a king’s ransom, but at least he’s heard of them.
“And do you have them?” Dustin asked.
“I’m not sure about the ancient Heliotrope, but I can get you the aged Panax root. But it’ll take a few days.” Duane answered.
“Fine, then come back when you have them.” Dustin said with a wave of his hand.
“Oh, come on, Rhys! My chest is aching so badly! I can’t stand it anymore! Please help me first! I promise I’ll send the Panax root in a few days!” Duane lost his cool.
Dustin kept quiet and turned to look at Natasha beside him. He did not trust Duane. What if he went back on his word once Dustin cured him?
“Natasha, please, persuade him. You know I never go back on my word. I always make good on my promises!” Duane begged.
“Of course, Uncle Duane. I know that you never go back on a promise. But I think we can do better than just at Panax root,” Natasha bargained.
“What else do you need? I’ll try my best to get it.” Duane quickly got the picture. It was obvious that Natasha was trying to raise the price now that they were in control. But he was in no position to haggle.
“Uncle Duane, I heard that you’ve got quite a number of properties in Swinton. Hillview Hotel, especially, is doing exceptionally well. Why don’t you give it to Dustin as a gift?” A vague smile crept up on Natasha’s face.
“What?” Duane’s lips twitched. Damn it! Hillview Hotel was his golden goose! If he were to sell it, he could easily get up to a billion dollars for it! This woman was demanding quite a lot!
“Are you unwilling to part with It?” Natasha raised a brow.
“Of course not! As long as Rhys will save me, a hotel means nothing to me!” Duane forced a smile. He had no other alternative than to comply with their demands.
“Dustin, seeing how Uncle Duane is being so nice, why don’t you help him this time?” Natasha turned to him and winked.
“Alright, then.” Dustin nodded. He then pulled out a black pill and tossed it to Duane. “You’ll be fine after eating this.”
The pill looked too much like a turd. A frown formed on Duane’s face. Did he lose close to a billion dollars just for this?
“If you do not believe me, you can opt not to eat it.” Dustin did not pressure him to consume the pill.
“Of course I do!” Steeling himself, Duane swallowed the pill. He had to try it to know if it worked.
The pill dissolved very quickly, and soon Duane felt a warm feeling spreading over his body. As the warmth spread out, the pain in his chest began to dissipate. In mere minutes, the sharp, agonizing pain miraculously disappeared altogether.
“It actually worked?” Duane was pleasantly surprised.
He patted himself all over to make sure that he was really alright. Finally, he heaved a long breath of relief.
An Understated Dominance by Marina Vittori
Author: Marina Vittori
Artist: Dahlia Nicholson and Dustin Rhys
Released: July, 9, 2023
Native Language: English