“You called for us, Master?”
The assistant commander of the bodyguards quickly asked Winston. It was already late at night, and everyone was preparing to go to sleep. They could not comprehend why their master was calling for them and was curious as to what was going on.
“There are dozens of bodies in Jack White’s garden. Go over, help clear it out and find somewhere to burn the bodies!”
Winston said, smiling.
“No way. Master, the George family is a first-class aristocratic family too. How can we be used just like that? And for such a degrading task too…”
The assistant commander did not know what else to say.
“What do you know? Jack and his family will be leaving Eastfield soon. I heard that they had killed some people from Gin City in the afternoon. They probably offended some influential family, and so are forced to leave. His villa could not have been easy to sell off, so he’s going to give it to us!
“Go on then! After you finish your work, see me for your bonus tomorrow,” Winston said, chuckling. “I’ll give each of you 10,000 dollars!”
“You have our thanks, Master!”
The bodyguards were suddenly elated. Each of them rushed off to help Jack and the others to get rid of the bodies.
The next day, the Taylor family sold whatever assets they could. At night, Old Man Taylor and the others invited Jack and his family as well as Cecilia and the Gold family over for dinner.
After they ate, Old Man Taylor directly addressed Selena. “Selena, Cecilia is now married into another family, and Ivan is dead. I’m growing old, and I cannot oversee the Taylor family matters for very long now. And you know that Theodore is no good at business. Our cash now is far less than what the assets are worth. I think you’ll be able to make the right decision on what we should do with it from now!”
After he said that, he thrust a credit card toward Selena. “Each of us has about one hundren million dollars left for us to spend when we need it. The money in this credit card belongs to the Taylor family. I’m entrusting it to you now. It’s up to you to decide if we’re going to venture into business again, or if we should keep a low profile and live simple lives!”
“You’re stressing me out, Grandfather!”
Selena had not been mentally prepared for this at all. After all, she had never thought about taking over the Taylor family.
Under their current circumstances now though, it seemed that only she was capable of leading the Taylor family.
“What are you talking about?”
Fiona was excited when she heard Old Man Taylor deciding to entrust the Taylor family business to Selena. She immediately rolled her eyes at her daughter. “You have the best head for business out of anyone here. If not you, then who? Besides, your grandfather said it himself—you can use the money to invest in businesses, or you can just keep it if you don’t want to. The Taylor family will be able to survive for quite a few generations so long as we don’t simply spend it, right? We’re just putting you in charge of our finances!”
Selena did not know whether to laugh or cry. She could only bob her head and accept the card. “All right. Since Grandfather has declared his belief in me, I will seize this opportunity to make the Taylor family great again!”
Yet Old Man Taylor, who had always been ambitious, always finding ways to make the family stronger, felt lukewarm toward his decision.
He gave a wan smile. “Ah, it doesn’t matter if we’re strong or not,” he said. “We’ll be fine as long as we have enough money to spend. I just hope that we can all lead peaceful lives!”
Here, Old Man Taylor divulged his worries once more. “After all, we don’t know how strong the Lambert family is. Even if we aren’t strong enough to face them, it won’t be easy for them to find us if we go into hiding and keep a low profile. That won’t be a problem at all! But if the Taylor family rebuilds its business empire and becomes famous enough, it would be pretty easy for the Lambert family to find us if they wanted to.”
Only then did Selena understand her grandfather’s intentions. It was not that he did not want the Taylor family to grow into a powerful conglomerate—he was afraid that the Lambert family would easily find them if they had a strong presence.
If word got out, the Lambert family would probably send their people to destroy the Taylor family.