Chapter 1381: Smug Smile
“Dustin, your actions just now were a bit excessive. What if you had harmed Owen?” Isabela couldn’t help but feel a bit sorry as she looked at the marks on Owen’s neck. She stood up, turned around, and asked with a soul-searching tone.
“Excessive?” Dustin sneered and asked, “Miss Isabela, you need to understand the situation correctly. It was Owen who attacked with a knife, and I merely acted in self-defense. So, who was really being excessive?”
At his words, Isabela’s expression froze, and she awkwardly explained, “Just now, Owen was only trying to scare you; he wouldn’t have actually hurt you. Why did you have to react so violently?”
“So, it’s all my fault?” Dustin said in a self-deprecating tone. “Was it me who meddled unnecessarily and acted as your shield? Did I provoke a duel voluntarily? Or did I hurt someone from behind and smash a bottle on their head?”
“I… that’s not what I meant,” Isabela said with some guilt. “It was my mistake to hit you with a bottle, but I was panicked and afraid that you would harm Owen. I hope you can understand.”
Dustin looked at her with an indifferent gaze, saying nothing.
So, I’m the one who should take all the blame?
You smashed a bottle on my head without even asking a question, and that’s appropriate?
“But, let’s not forget that while I may have made mistakes, you’re not entirely blameless either,” Owen’s tone carried a hint of resentment. “You’re obviously quite skilled, but you never told me, leaving me worried for no reason. And you were too rough just now; you nearly choked Owen to death. If I hadn’t stopped you, you would have made a serious mistake!”
“Should I thank you, then?” Dustin’s lips curled with sarcasm.
“No need for thanks. Since both of us were at fault, how about we call it even and turn our swords into plowshares? Let’s remain friends. What do you think?” Isabela suggested.
“Miss Isabela, I have a humble background and can’t climb up to the level of your Torby family. It’s better if we just forget it,” Dustin shook his head.
He had been explaining and deflecting blame all along, without even a sincere apology.
Someone like that wasn’t worth associating with.
“Dustin, are you still angry? I’ve already apologized to you. Don’t be so petty,” Isabela frowned slightly.
As a dignified heiress of the Torby family, she had taken the initiative to apologize, giving the other party face. Yet, the man in front of her remained cold and ungrateful.
“Dustin! Considering Isabela’s face, I won’t pursue the matter of you hitting me, but don’t underestimate me!” Owen spoke coldly.
If he didn’t have to worry about his image, he would have already made a phone call for retribution.
“What? Do you want to fight me again?” Dustin chuckled.
“Hmph! I warn you not to be too arrogant!” Owen threatened sternly. “Even if you know a little martial arts, so what? Dealing with you is as simple as squashing an ant.”
“You can try,” Dustin replied emotionlessly.
Owen was about to erupt but was stopped by Isabela, who raised her hand. “Dustin, you’re a good person, and I value our friendship. It was just a misunderstanding. I hope we can sit down and talk it out.”
“I don’t think there’s anything to talk about. You two are in love, and I wish you all the best,” Dustin said calmly. “If Miss Isabela has no other instructions, then I’ll take my leave.”
With that, he turned and walked away.
Isabela suddenly caught up to him, her expression serious. “Dustin, I know you’re not happy, but my grandfather’s illness hasn’t been cured yet. I hope you can prioritize the bigger picture and not leave on your own.”
“Miss Isabela, please rest assured. I’m a person of my word, and I won’t change my mind midway. I will definitely cure your grandfather’s illness. But I also hope that your Torby family can fulfill its promise and find the medicinal herbs I need as soon as possible,” Dustin said indifferently.
“No problem,” Isabela breathed a sigh of relief.
She was genuinely afraid that Dustin would hold a grudge and tamper with her grandfather’s illness.
“Kid, get lost quickly. Don’t disturb our alone time,” Owen blocked Isabela and wore a smug smile.
His eyes were filled with arrogance and disdain.