My Werewolf System - chapter-261-the-meal-part-2
Eventually, everyone had finished their meal. Xin”™s parents had asked
Gary a few more questions in between. Fortunately, it was just normal
small talk, about his family and how he was doing in school in general.
The teenager was more than happy to tell them about it, especially about
being one of the Rugby stars of Westbridge, something which apparently
gained him a bit more favour with the mayor.
“œSpeaking of school, the reason I’m here is that I heard that you
wanted to transfer Xin somewhere.â€ Gary began to address the difficult
topic. â€œIf you don’t mind, Xin, I wanted to ask you if you could tell
me the reason, or at least where you’ll be going.â€
â€œDonâ€™t you think the reason for it is pretty clear?â€ Xinâ€™s father
raised an eyebrow. â€œYour school was attacked by a gang, and my daughter
got kidnapped in the aftermath. We were lucky that Jayden happened to be
in town, but things could have easily ended up a lot worse.
â€œIf we allow Xin to stay in Westbridge she would just be targeted again
sooner or later. Iâ€™m happy that you care for my daughter, Gary, but
even as its mayor, I have to admit that Slough is not the safest place.
That’s why we have decided to transfer her to another school in a Tier-2
It was just as Gary had expected, so he knew it was going to be hard to
convince them. Still, it was at least worth a try.
â€œBut is a Tier-2 city really that much safer? I heard that they have
even bigger gangs in the Tier-2 and Tier-1 cities. Arenâ€™t you afraid
that the same thing might happen again? At least here, she would be with
her family, not to mention thereâ€™s Jayden and your guards. I can’t
imagine you can be in two places at once.â€ The teenager questioned
â€œDonâ€™t worry, we have selected a special boarding academy for her.
Her protection is our top priority, so trust me when I say that with how
much the tuition costs, their security is top-notch. Also, although they
have gangs up there, it’s not the same as itâ€™s here in Slough.
â€œAs your mayor, I am painfully aware about my own townâ€™s gang
situation. You see, in the bigger cities, the status quo rarely changes.
Developments donâ€™t just happen suddenly, so even if something were to
happen, we could always pull Xin out before chaos breaks out.
â€œSlough is different. How much do you know about the gang situation in
our city?â€ Ben questioned Gary.
â€œIâ€™ve heard some bits and pieces.â€ The high schooler answered,
doing his best not to grin.
â€œSigh, I suppose in this day and age itâ€™s nothing but wishful
thinking on my part to hope that you hadnâ€™t. Anyway, you see, Slough
isnâ€™t safe these days. Even before those ingrates tried to hold your
school hostage, thereâ€™s been a wide attack from the colour gangs not
too long ago.
â€œThatâ€™s because the two big time gangs have seemingly tried to start
something. Whatâ€™s more, there is a new gang that has recently risen. As
if the situation wasnâ€™t bad enough already, I suspect those Howlers
might make everything even more complicated and dangerous for the average
Hearing their gang name caused Gary to start coughing. It had been the
last thing he had expected to hear at this dinner. Nevertheless, for
argumentâ€™s sake, he had to push further.
â€œButâ€¦ are all gangs bad?â€ Gary asked.
Saying something like that had naturally earned him strange glances from
the Clove family. After all, it was a very strange statement for a person
to make. Everyone knew about gangs, and somebody Garyâ€™s age usually
wouldn’t say such a thingâ€¦ unless of course they would be delinquents
that might intend to join a gang in the future.
â€œThat’sâ€¦ quite the â€کinterestingâ€™ statement for you to make. Care
to elaborate?â€ Ben Clove placed his chin on his arm.
Unfortunately, Gary hadnâ€™t really thought things through. After hearing
the Howlersâ€™ name get mentioned, his statement had mostly been
referring to his own gang. When looking around the room, it didn’t seem
like Xin or Jayden were going to save him from this one.
â€œWell, I meanâ€¦â€ Gary glanced at the guards that were in the room
with them. â€œWhat about your guards? Arenâ€™t they from the Rising
Dragon gang? Donâ€™t you use them to protect yourself and your family? I
would say that is a good thing that they’re doing.
â€œI used to hate gangs a lot, but the more I thought about it, the more
I started to just see them like any business. In the world that we live
inâ€¦ they are like a necessary evil. They might have a different name,
but arenâ€™t corporations acting similar to gangs?
â€œTheyâ€™re telling smaller companies to do their bidding, and if those
donâ€™t oblige, they get bought out or just bullied out of the market.
And who’s to say that this new gang that has come and taken over isnâ€™t
better than the old one? Maybe they want to change the status quo for the
After saying all of that, Gary realised that he had gone on a bit of a
tangent, and perhaps he had even gone one step too far. As such, he
stopped there and waited for a response.
â€œFor a child, your world view is quite peculiar.â€ Xinâ€™s father
finally broke the silence. â€œStill, I can agree with you that in a way
they seem to be a â€کnecessary evilâ€™. Corporations, even political
parties and campaigns do act like gangs in the ways youâ€™ve described. I
wonâ€™t deny that some things they use might be unethical.
â€œHowever, I think you’re missing a key difference between the two
there. Gangs kill, steal, rob, and force others to do things, in short
pretty much everything they do is illegal. Take that new gang as an
example. They came in, and beat another gang into submission, thereby
acquiring their assets. Does that sound fair or legal to you?â€
â€کDamn, heâ€™s talking about the Howlers and the Pincers, even the mayor
even knows about that already. That only happened yesterday. How did the
news travel so fast? Was it someone from the Rising Dragon that told
For some reason, the conversation that Kai had with Gary in the car had
appeared in his head.
â€کThereâ€™s something Kai didnâ€™t tell me. Thereâ€™s a reason why he
told me to be careful.â€™