“Two will do, no need for two hundred, “Dustin said with a grin. “I’m not sure which two medicinal herbs you’re after, Your Grace. But I’ll have someone start searching right away,” Ethan replied, taking a sip from his teacup.
“It’s pretty simple. I’d like an Iceheart Lotus and an Emerald Corolla,” Dustin said casually. Ethan, who had just taken a sip of tea, couldn’t help but spit it out when he heard that.
His face contorted in shock. “Your Grace, did I hear you right? You’re asking for an Iceheart Lotus and an Emerald Corolla?”
“Exactly.” Dustin nodded. He had brought this up because he was worried about the Welch family’s slow progress in finding these herbs. Cinna’s health was on the line, and there was no time to waste.
He hoped that with the Langford family’s help, it could speed things up. “Do you realize how rare and precious those herbs are?” Ethan asked, his voice quivering.
“Yes, they’re precious, but I trust you could handle this task,” Dustin said with a smile. “Handle it? That’s easy for you to say,” Ethan thought, struggling to keep his frustration in check.
“First, you demanded the Golden Balcony, and now you want two insanely rare and precious herbs. Are you trying to bankrupt the Langford family?”
“Your Grace, if we could buy these with money, it’d be one thing, but precious herbs are exceptionally rare. I’m not sure where we can find them quickly,” Ethan looked concerned.
“Others might struggle, but I have confidence in you, Mr. Ethan,” Dustin said, taking another sip of tea.
“But…” Ethan furrowed his brow and hesitated to respond further.
“Mr. Ethan, have you ever heard about the Curtis family massacre twelve years ago?” Dustin suddenly brought it up.
Ethan’s eyes twitched, and he tensed up involuntarily, although he tried to remain composed. “I’ve heard a bit about it. Why do you ask, Your Grace?”
“Just out of curiosity,” Dustin said, with a meaningful look.
“The Curtis family-dozens massacred in a single night. The Imperial Court investigated for years, but the case remains unsolved. Any thoughts on who the real mastermind might be?”
As he spoke, his gaze remained fixed on Ethan. Ethan’s heart raced under the scrutiny, and he broke out in a cold sweat. He wondered, “Could he somehow know something? No, that’s impossible!
“Our family executed that operation with the utmost secrecy, leaving no witnesses or loose ends. It couldn’t have leaked. “But the issue was, if Logan wasn’t aware of it, why bring it up now?”
With these thoughts, Ethan couldn’t help but swallow hard, and beads of cold sweat formed on his forehead.
He thought, “The Curtis family massacre was a massive deal. If it ever came to light, it would be a devastating blow to the Langford family.”
“Mr. Ethan, let’s get back to the main topic. About the medicinal herbs, is there any issue?” Dustin smiled, seemingly unconcerned.
The West Lucozian monarchy not only housed rare books from all over the world but also held many pieces of incriminating evidence against high- ranking officials. The Langford family’s dark secret was the Curtis family massacre from years ago.
“Of course, no problem,” Ethan said, forcing a smile.
“It’s an honor for our Langfords to assist Your Grace.”
“Thank you, Mr. Ethan, for being willing to help.” Dustin nodded.
“Now, let’s discuss the last matter. To be honest, my trip to Oakvale is to fulfill a long-cherished wish. But my current abilities are limited, and I need your assistance.”
“Your Grace, you’re too kind. Please tell us what you need,” Ethan said, with a lingering touch of unease.
“It’s quite simple. I want the Langford family to investigate privately the truth behind my mother’s death many years ago.
“I want to uncover the real mastermind!” Dustin’s eyes suddenly became sharp and determined.