Several police officers were seen photographing the murder scene. Hasegawa was then lifted out of the car and placed inside a white body bag. Yellow caution tape was being used to cordon off certain areas and the crowd was dispersed by police.
Lei Yu turned around and returned to his car. Ai Er could tell that something was wrong from Lei Yu’s expression so she asked: “What’s going on? What happened up front?”
Lei Yu gently exhaled, “A murder took place up front, let’s head back first.”
Using the sidewalk to help make a U-turn, the two returned to their hotel.
“Hey Bianca? If you’re free, come by the hotel later because something important happened.”
After hanging up, Lei Yu lay back down on the sofa and let out a long sigh. Hasegawa was actually dead… with his strength of an Ultimate Ninja, who would have the ability to kill him?
Lei Yu thought back to what he had just witnessed. From the signs of the windshield, Lei Yu was certain the killer was a super expert. It was pretty clear that a direct punch was used to kill Hasegawa. Apart from the hole in the glass, there weren’t even signs of cracks around it. From that, he could see how fast the punch was, probably even faster than a bullet.
After tracking his whereabouts for so long and thinking how hard it would be to get rid of Hasegawa, he had started developing his own force in the U.S. Who would expect in one night, the person he hated the most would mysteriously die like that? Lei Yu was very curious who this killer was.
Lei Yu hugged Ai Er as he waited for Bianca to arrive.
Half an hour later, someone knocked on their hotel room door. Lei Yu personally went to get it.
“You should know what happened, right?”
“Hasegawa is dead.” Bianca apparently already knew about this.
“Right, do you know who the killer is?” Lei Yu asked.
Bianca shook her head. “This was something even Dr. Tony couldn’t figure out. I also received news from other sources that at least seven other mutants died yesterday.”
Lei Yu then asked in surprise: “What’s going on? Could it be bounty hunters? They wouldn’t be capable of killing Hasegawa as well right?”
“Nope, this was definitely not perpetrated by bounty hunters because last night’s mission list didn’t contain the names of any of the mutants that were killed. Those mutants were directly controlled by Dr. Tony, so there’s no way they would be targets.”
“Then what on earth is going on?”
“According to my analysis, I believe it should be the deed of a… Werewolf!”
“A Werewolf?! How…”
“Last night, there was a full moon, which to Werewolves means that their blood would revert them to their original forms. If my guess is correct, last night was the time the Werewolves initiated a large scale assassination. Because Dr. Tony has been linked with the Vatican; and he acquired the assistance of bounty hunters to help the Vatican hunt down Werewolves and Vampires; I believe this was their counterattack.” Bianca analyzed.
“Then why didn’t the Werewolves directly kill the bounty hunters that attacked their brethren instead of killing those mutants? There’s no need to kill Hasegawa right?” It’s not that Lei Yu didn’t want these people to die; he just felt that this situation was too strange.
“My analysis is not definitive, but the way Hasegawa died is similar to the modus operandi (M.O) of a Werewolf; a quick strike and the heart is dug out of the victim, resulting in their immediate death.”
Lei Yu nodded. It appeared that the seriousness of this matter had gone beyond the scope of his imagination. This was fine as well since he could watch them fight each other. This saved him a lot of trouble and he could just watch from the sidelines.
Night time. The first night of the competition truly made Lei Yu shocked. The hundred or so private rooms on the first floor had been fully booked without a single vacant room. Since the occupants were equivalent to watching the fights live, Black Panther had made some changes where the lowest cost of one of the rooms was $500 U.S. dollars, but that was still nothing compared to the second floor. Around half of the ten thousand plus seats on the second floor were occupied, each seat costing $100 U.S. dollars.
The competition was extremely fierce. Everyone involved in the stakes were screaming like crazy. Looking at the two participants in the arena covered in blood somehow aroused the excitement and evils of the human heart.
After the competition, Lei Yu and Black Panther approached the staff that handled the financial calculations. Deducting all their expenses, and merely counting the alcohol and admission tickets, they made a net profit of $1.3 million U.S. dollars tonight.
To wealthy people, this kind of money was probably nothing much, but if they were to know that this money was the net profit of one night, in a nightclub with merely 2500 square meters, then they would certainly be hysterical.
But this was still petty cash. The real big fish was with Gray Bear, who was responsible for the gambling aspect. From the odds, the favorite guy had a payout of 1:3, while the unsuspecting underdog had a payout of 1:7. With this kind of probability, they didn’t have to fix the fight and Gray Bear’s side took in $14 million U.S. dollars.
Lei Yu suddenly felt that the money in this world was really made out of paper.
Perhaps this was like the saying that when you’re determined to grow some flowers, they won’t bud, but when you casually plant them, they will grow in abundance. Lei Yu had never thought about how much he could earn because money was never important to him, satisfying his needs was good enough. Yet he never thought that he would actually make so much.
“You two are too capable!” Lei Yu patted their shoulders and the two were so happy that they didn’t know what to say.
This was hardest on the little staff members who dealt with the money, each of them were beyond busy. They had to separate the cash according to their denominations, then put them in stacks and finally pack them into metal boxes.
The next morning, an armored truck arrived at the front door of the nightclub. Under the protection of Black Panther and the others, they loaded the cash into the armored vehicle. The drivers of the truck didn’t dare to ask the origin of the money. Even when it arrived at the bank, no one would ask because their superiors had already instructed them that this wasn’t something they were qualified to interfere with.
Black Panther then went to the bank and made a series of transactions. Six million U.S. dollars was withdrawn to create six separate bank accounts. Six bank cards were then issued, each having access to a million dollars.
When someone does something for you, then you would need money to seal their mouths. This, of course, was a necessary requirement, but only a day’s income and they could seal the mouths of these greedy government officials for a whole year, definitely worth it!
The competitions did not occur every day, but once a week. If there were daily competitions, then Lei Yu would become tired of earning so much money. After discussing with Black Panther, they decided to have matches between those that had abilities beyond an ordinary person’s a month later. For the time being, having death row inmates fighting each other was good enough.
But there was one thing that didn’t stop, there had been deaths every single night for the past few days, and the way these victims died was truly horrific, to the point where Lei Yu started paying attention to them.
Bianca and Lei Yu were discussing something inside one of the private rooms of the nightclub.
“These past few days, several mutants had become murder victims. Even a priest was killed, so these events are catching the attention of the public. According to my observations; Werewolves aren’t the only ones making a move now. The Vampires seem to be seeking their vengeance as well!” Bianca’s voice sounded somewhat excited.
“Isn’t this whole situation a bit weird? Then again, this isn’t something I’m going to involve myself in. Since they want to kill each other, what does that have to do with me?” Lei Yu showed a face that this had nothing to do with him, but deep inside he was actually quite shocked. Bianca said that most of the mutants that died had the strength of a Third Rank Mutant. Then how strong are the murderers that killed them?