Chapter 276.2 - Little Emily's Grown Up
"The fellow whose indecent all day long can actually get nervous." Arranging his suit, Milami gently said, "Don't worry. With so many people supporting us, we definitely have a chance."
"Mi Mi! Such wonderful words! I truly feel too touched!" With a serious face, Ma Dong opened his arms.
"...hug if you want, but where are you putting your hands?" A black line appeared on Milami's forehead. If they weren't in a public place with many people, she would've delivered a slap long ago. "You're lucky that I'm still worried about you being nervous!"
With a giggle, Ma Dong let go of her. His hands no longer trembled and his looked more awake. "Touching will make me healthier, also, I want to get some of my Mi Mi's luck. Ball Goddess, please protect me and absolutely destroy everywhere I go! It's going to start, I have to maintain my solemness!"
At the moment, guests were starting to stream in through the entrance to the auction grounds which had become lively.
Although this competition didn't have a clear standard for judgment, the final decision was left to the family's elder council and head, with absolutely no discrimination present. Even Teslan's uncle definitely couldn't tip the decision of the family head or the elder council. Today, everything hinged on the performance of both sides, with the first round being the quantity of the people they had invited. The extent of one's connections was extremely important to doing business.
All invited guests would hold their invitation cards in their hands. Other than their names and identity, there were giant words printed on the cards. Those invited by Teslan had invitations bordered in red with very extravagant-looking, bright gold words. On the other hand, Ma Dong's invitation cards appeared quite low profile. Nevertheless, he had invited craftsmen to design and create them, resulting in them brimming with artistic flair. Therefore, although there wasn't any difference in seats or registration paths, the factions the guests were supporting were easily distinguishable with a single look.
The majority of people that arrived early were those invited by Ma Dong. This time, the Tianjing business community had given considerable face to him. Ma Dong and Teslan's internal family competition had long been exposed to the inner circles of the Tianjing business community. Just as Ma Dong expected, the connections his old man had made over the past few decades of doing business were more or less of use. Even so, the absolute criteria in this was the benefits of collaboration and choice. Continuing business tied with the old master where benefits and stability were assured was far better when compared to a new master that seemed to be a fierce dragon, regardless of the danger one would face if Ma Dong lost. A considerable part of the Tianjing businesses had extremely deep ties with Ma Dong's family, as such, Teslan definitely wouldn't give them a chance should he win this competition.
Including the bigshots of general merchandise, endless machine industries and other well known companies and enterprises, with even some of the heads of mafia families, all of them came in groups. At the very least, Ma Dong wouldn't lose in terms of quantity.
While ordinary people might think that his family had changed the auction location to Tianjing for convenience, Ma Dong sensed that this signalled a change in direction for his family. There was a possibility that they had discovered something near Tianjing, or maybe there was some kind of political trend in the Federation. Regardless of what it was, his family was resolute in expanding to Tianjing. As someone who had in-depth knowledge of the intricacies of family operations, this was extremely clear in Ma Dong's eyes.
So don't assume that these people were just small powers in charge of a small area. Maybe they weren't normally worth much in the eyes of his family's higher ups but, being the local overlords that possessed considerable power and strength in Tianjing, if his family really wanted to expand and develop in Tianjing, these people would definitely give himself quite a bit of power.
Being the hosts, Ma Dong and Milami both stood at the entrance, waiting enthusiastically while exchanging pleasantries with the big shots of Tianjing. The lively gathering instantly created cause for comparison against Teslan, who was also on receiving duty.
Teslan was an extremely handsome young man who was less than 24 years old. He had an extraordinary flair in his speech while he also possessed a respectful bearing. Wearing a pressed black tuxedo; not a single strand of hair out of place; and with an ever present faint smile, he gave off the feeling that he was an extremely astute elite of his family. Being able to distinguish himself from all the branch members of the family and control the power of a branch, Teslen didn't rely on just his uncle, his hardware was strong and capable enough to accomplish that. Otherwise, this was something that even ten uncles couldn't help him with.
The heavy traffic and scene of liveiless at Ma Dong's side didn't bring about too much worry to him, with the smile still present on his face, as though he didn't care the slightest bit about the lively atmosphere over there. Only lowly subordinates would jump about and come first. In comparison, he was more interested in Milami.
Being a member of the Apollo Family increased the status of Ma Dong's female companion by quite a bit. More importantly, she was certainly a great beauty.
Speaking of good looks, Milami certainly wasn't inferior to Sharmie by much, her figure being similarly fiery and explosive. The only difference was that her talent in combat wasn't on par with Sharmie. After all, in this era, one's capabilities and status could add quite a few points to oneself. On top of the tight fitting clothes she usually wore while in the academy and her large, black spectacles, she had remained unknown to the public. This time however, wearing such an alluring gown, her looks alone would rank her as a top notch beauty scoring full marks.
Teslan snorted coldly before transforming into a cordial smile as he went forward to personally welcome the two people that just walked in.
"Is that President Rex?"
"And Senate Chairman Clough..."
Low whispers immediately rang out as the surrounding people started to gossip.
Ma Dong also took notice of this. This was the first guest that Teslan personally went forward to greet.
When speaking about which power was the strongest in Tianjing, it clearly wasn't those entrepreneurs, mafia or small families, but President Rex and Chairman Clough!
The Parliament and the Senate were the two divisions that held the greatest power in Tianjing City. One could easily guess how much influence the Chairman had in Tianjing. Although the large group of people Ma Dong had invited over seemed to control the resources and power in various areas of Tianjing, even when added together, they paled when faced with these two people. Any decision casually sent out by the Senate or the President would become Federation policy. If they wanted to interfere and shake the business community to their roots, it would take no more than a few words from these two.
Ma Dong's old man had personally sent his invitations time and time again to these two great figures. Despite this, however, the reply he got was that they had no time as they had to attend to some business. Now, they had become personally invited guests of Teslan. The meaning behind this spoke a thousand words.
At the moment, Ma Dong and the other native business community elites that had come to support him due to the pressure of the Assassin Family started to feel slightly worried. Tossing everyone aside, just standing with the opposing faction truly made people feel the pressure of a mountain bearing down on them. Indeed, people who weren't brave wouldn't step forward like a ferocious dragon. That was why Teslan didn't make a move after knowing that Ma Dong held all of the Tianjing's business community in his hands. It turned out that he had already prepared to pull the carpet from under Ma Dong.
As though they had planned beforehand, upon the arrival of President Rex and Chairman Clough, the other guests of Teslan started to appear like viewing flowers on horseback. (meaning that they appear successively with extremely quick pace)