Surpreme Court of the Star Alliance
For the time being, the “villain” in the cub’s eyes had been driven away, but the people at Yunbao branch could not relax just because of this. They all knew that the real storm was still ahead of them.
They didn’t know what kind of means such a big family would use, but they had made a decision and everyone now held the same mentality.
When Zhao Chuan had been dismissed by the new vice president, Lin Yi actually wondered whether it would be his turn next.
The work attitude he had shown at that time was because of the salary being what it was. He had basically only done what he was supposed to do and nothing else.
But despite this, he had not been dismissed. Lin Yi actually felt that it was quite unexpected.
Afterward, he had continued to stay and work at the branch. He watched as the club gradually developed and he clearly felt that the cubs in the club became much happier and more comfortable than before.
The colleagues around him very attentively and diligently cared for the cubs every day. Influenced by this atmosphere, Lin Yi became more serious and had during this period developed a sense of belonging towards Yunbao Branch. Just like everyone else, he did not want to give in this time.
“Where we go from here is for you to decide.” Being informed that the person sent by the Houdie family had been driven away, the president simply nodded and with one sentence handed over the decision-making power to the youth in front of him.
Subjectively, the president approved of not letting the cub go back to a family who had deliberately abandoned him. But he would never be able to be as unwavering as the youth if he was to handle this matter himself.
The president was already quite old and was always feeble when it came to managing the branch.
In the Yunbao Branch’s most difficult time, Xie Luan had appeared. Seeing the other’s contributions to the club, the old president now regarded the youth as his successor.
When the time was right, he would consider handing over the official position as the president of Yunbao Branch to the other.
With the old president’s words, Xie Luan erased the last worry in his heart. Before the storm reached the shore, Zarad finally managed to get hold of a person who could turn the tide in Yunbao Branch’s favor.
This man had actually been caught two days ago, but it had taken some time to pry open his mouth and to bring him from another planet.
Six people walked through the front gate of the club. Except for the cowering anxious man in the middle, the other five people surrounding him had an attitude similar to that of a guard. Standing with straight backs, they seemed very organized and disciplined.
Seeing such a group of people, Xie Luan could not help but throw a slightly inquiring look toward their gatekeeper.
Although these people had normal clothes and were all dressed very casually, the discipline nature shown in their actions made it a little hard for Xie Luan to ignore.
“These are all friends I used to work with, there is no need for politeness.” As he said this, Zarad gave the group a meaningful glance and waited for the leader to report the results.
The former Supreme Commander of the Star Alliance’s United Army described them as his friends. Even though they knew that it was to cover up the situation, the people who entered the room were still flattered.
It was important to know that this general had once been their immediate superior, although that was no longer the case, they still had the utmost respect for the other’s outstanding achievements. In addition, their current superior was a comrade-in-arms and had a lifelong friendship with the other. They needed to show him immense respect.
Restraining himself from shouting “Reporting”, Garian pushed forward the middle-aged man who had been escorted to this planet by their small squadron and said, “This man is Ogie, a servant who worked for the Houdie family at that time. He was the one who took the cub from Hailumite to Gaia and left him in the abandoned field.
The surrounded man in the middle was trembling slightly. Now that his past deeds had been publicly pointed out, the cowering expression on his face increased all of a sudden.
He said with an unsteady voice, “I’ve already explained everything. I received instructions to do so, it was not my will.”
The only thing Ogie wanted right now was to distance himself from the matter as much as possible and emphasize his innocence in order to be less involved. However, the people around him did not listen to his attempt at excuses.
After promising Xie Luan his help, Zarad had first gone to find the Star Alliance Army’s investigation department. They sent him several elite members and the investigation had begun that very day.
Considering that the other party could not randomly entrust such a thing to an outsider, they had temporarily narrowed the scope of the investigation to within the Houdie family. It did not take long to get a clear picture of the Houdie family’s movements over the past years.
There were only four people who met the requirement of “visiting Gaia”. After further narrowing the time frame to the recent years, the only remaining suspect was the middle-aged man named Ogie.
The other had visited Gaia once two years ago and had stayed for less than a day. He had then soon left for another not-so-very conspicuous planet in the interstellar and had settled on it for a long time.
After the basic investigation made everything clear, the members of the investigation team quickly caught the man.
But as the work of prying people’s mouths open was not their specialty, they had snatched over a few people from the army’s interrogation department and dumped the task on these colleagues.
The army’s interrogation department was usually responsible for interrogating the most iron-willed people. Now that they were dealing with an ordinary person, the mildest means were sufficient.
Half a day later, the other was spilling his guts about the matter, telling them everything. They also managed to make the other nod and promised that, if necessary, he would testify against the Houdie family.
It seemed that they had gotten hold of the right person, it was just that… Xie Luan pulled Zarad aside a bit and lowered his voice, “Taking a person like this…”
“Legal, it’s legal.” Before the youth could finish, Zarad repeated it twice and gave the other a reassuring look in passing.
The investigators and interrogators were silently watching this scene. Even though they were unable to digest the fact that their previous direct superior was now volunteering to be a gatekeeper at a nursing club, they couldn’t even speak a word about it to anyone.
It was no wonder that some people in the army had forwarded a video of a cub raising club before, it turned out that it was out of kindness as a favor for the general.
“You said you would not let the Houdie take revenge on me, you must keep your word.”
After receiving the money, Ogie had done the shameful deed and then quickly left to hide away on another planet. Included in his agreement with the Houdie family’s master was that he would never set foot, or fin, on Hailumite again.
Now that he had been found, there was no way he could simply speak about this matter without first getting some reassurance.
“All right.” The person who had earlier been in charge of the interrogation said these two words and immediately silenced the other.
With a witness to back up their claim, their stance in this matter would be absolutely reasonable. Xie Luan now felt very secure and calm.
They had long predicted that the other side would most likely try to use the law to take the cub back. It therefore did not come as much of a surprise when they a few days later received a notice from the Supreme Court of the Star Alliance.
Today he hadn’t seen his parent at all. When Xia Qi walked over to feed the two cubs in the indoor pool, the mermaid cub swam up to the edge and issued this sound in a questioning tone.
The mermaid cub’s little tail swayed under the surface. His blue eyes moved back and forth, trying to look behind the person in front of him.
Xia Qi temporarily put down the nutritious meals in her hands and squatted down to touch the mermaid cub’s soft blonde hair. “Papa had to do something and is not here. He will be back soon.”
Getting this response, the cub lightly issued a sound again.
Xia Qi gave him a gentle smile and patted his head. She was thinking about resuming the original task but when she moved her hand away, the mermaid cub unexpectedly solidified a tiny ice flower with his powers and held it up in front of her.
“… So good.” For a split second, Xia Qi even felt her eyes get a little wet. Naturally, she immediately accepted this gift.
How could anyone want to abandon such a good cub, Xia Qi could not understand.
The Supreme Court of the Star Alliance was situated on Shilolin, which was also where the Star Alliance headquarters was located. Zarad could not be more familiar with the planet.
Although Zarad had accompanied Xie Luan to the planet, he did not want to expose himself too much. So after talking to his confidant, he went to find a quiet place to wait.
The confidant was tasked with guiding Xie Luan. After taking a flying car and walking for a bit, Xie Luan soon arrived at the rumored Supreme Court of the Star Alliance.
At last Xie Luan got to personally experience just how different the interstellar court was compared to the court on his earth. He could feel it just by looking at it.
The very wide circular building was, in Xie Luan’s eyes, very similar to the ancient Roman Coliseum. However, the tone and overall layout were filled with a cold and solemn feeling.
The plaintiff and defendant’s seats were arranged on the hovering platform in the middle. Next to Xie Luan was the defense attorney Zarad had asked for and not far from them on the other side sat the Houdie family.
From just one thing it was easy to see that the Houdie family attached great importance to this matter. That was the fact that there was none other than the Houdie family’s master himself who sat opposite Xie Luan.
Clearly, the Houdie family had a very serious attitude towards this matter and was determined to win and take the cub back.
In the Star Alliance’s Supreme Court, there were twelve set judges and one grand judge present at all trials.
The jury was seated around them in a circle, elevated slightly higher than the platform in the middle.
Having confirmed that all personnel was present, a glimmer passed across the sky above as the open circular building was enveloped by a transparent barrier. Thereafter a clear sound came from the recording system. It echoed throughout the Supreme Court of the Star Alliance.
This sound represented the formal beginning of the trial——
The trial is finally beginning!! I can’t wait to see those Houdie people get publicly shamed and punished for their crimes, hehe… (creepy laughing)
Btw, this part killed me –>
Xie Luan in a low voice: “Taking a person like this…”
Zarad with a poker face: “Legal, it’s legal.”