Phantom Kid in the World of American Comics - Chapter 134
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At the Entrance of the Iceberg Restaurant.
Hannibal brought Selina here.
“Are you sure your friend named Bane is here to meet us?”
Selina hesitated to walk in.
In Gotham, ordinary citizens actually have nothing to worry about when they enter places like the Iceberg Restaurant.
However, people of the dark world do not dare to walk in casually without permission.
Coming here either means that you seek to take refuge in the Penguin’s territory, or you are here to cause trouble.
Especially that the owner behind the iceberg restaurant, the Penguin, is notorious for paying attention to rules.
To be honest, Selina didn’t want to step into the territory of the Penguin in her entire life.
Because the deterrent power of the Penguin in the underground world of Gotham is too big.
“Hehe, Miss Kyle, Bane is inside right now.”
Hannibal made a gesture of invitation.
“Don’t worry, Bane and Mr. Cobblepot are also partners.”
Selina’s eyes condensed for an instant.
Hannibal was talking about partners, which meant that Bane, whom she never heard of, could talk to the Penguins as an equal?
This again means that Bane’s power is at least not much worse than the Penguin’s.
Even Hannibal is willing to join this alliance.
Two of such powerful people united together… What are they planning to do?
She is only a small thief, how could she be favored by them?
They even sent Hannibal to rescue her.
Selina kept thinking. She felt that she might be about to be involved in an unprecedented war.
Under Hannibal’s leadership, none of the waiters in the restaurant came up to stop them, all the way to the top floor of the restaurant unimpeded.
As soon as she stepped out of the elevator door, Selina entered a luxurious suite.
Only the next second that she realized that Hannibal hadn’t walked out of the elevator with her.
“Miss Kyle, I have heard your name for a long time. You are a rare talent.”
Judging from the appearance of the Penguin, it seems that he has been waiting for a long time.
And beside the Penguin, there stood a strong man who was not any smaller than Kingpin.
He’s only a bit strange; the strong man wore a mask that looked like a respirator, which covered most of his face.
Facing the warm hospitality of Mr. Cobblepot, Selina assured herself that she couldn’t afford to suffer.
“Mr. Cobblepot, it’s my honor to meet you for the first time.”
With a fake smile on her face, Selina shook hands with the Penguin.
“I believe this is…”
The strong man wearing the mask took the initiative to speak.
His voice has a unique hoarseness, and it really feels like a person wearing a breathing mask is kindly talking.
There was an inexplicable magnetism that made people want to listen.
“Miss Kyle, I don’t like beating around the bush, I called upon you to invite you to join us”
“And your first mission in order to join us is to steal something.”
Bane looked like a rather rough man, but his tone of voice was very polite.
Even though what he said itself was tough again.
“Before we get to that, I want to know why you guys want me?”
Selina didn’t agree straight away.
“You are the best thief in Gotham.”
Bane said confidently.
“Maybe I used to be, but now I should only be considered second.”
“The targets selected by Phantom Kid are basically gems, and he will not necessarily hand over the stolen things to us.”
At this time, the Penguin intervened in the conversation between the two.
“Most importantly, he’s currently operating mainly in New York, and we don’t know where to find him.”
“Compared to that, you’re the best choice.”
“Well, then what is it that makes you hire an outsider to steal it?”
There is nothing wrong with this logic, Selina reluctantly accepts it.
“Bruce Wayne’s fingerprints.”
Bane said so.
Selina blinked her eyes. «He wants me to steal Bruce Wayne’s what?!»
“We need Bruce Wayne’s fingerprints.”
“What do you want this thing for?”
Originally, there was a taboo in the thief business, that is, no matter what the employer asks you to steal, you can’t ask the reason behind it.
Whether you accept this order or not is up to you.
But Selina’s situation is different now.
If she dared not take this order, Bane and the Penguins would never let her leave alive.
So, even if she asked the question she shouldn’t have asked, Selina wanted to at least die fully informed in peace.
“This doesn’t seem to be the question you should ask, small kitten.”
The Penguin kept his warm merchant smile and reminded Selina not to be nosy.
“You don’t have to be so harsh, my friend.”
Bane actually shook his hand at the Penguin, and then gave Selina a deep gaze.
“Miss Kyle, I need Bruce’s fingerprints to accomplish a great cause.”
“You don’t need to know exactly what it is now. When you succeed, all of us will be able to witness that great moment.”
Bane opened his hands to show that he had a huge blueprint.
“What great cause needs fingerprints. Do you want to eliminate the Wayne family?”
“No, I want to bring new life to this city!”
Bane walked to the window and opened his hands to the outside as if intoxicated by some imagination.
Selina did naturally not believe in this rhetoric, but she had no other choice.
After this reply, continuing to ask that is a real death-seeking.
Cobblepot sneered in his heart, «why is he being so emotional?»
«He wants to bring a new life to Gotham?»
«Isn’t it all for money?»
The Penguin knew that Bane had been recruiting and training all kinds of homeless people secretly, and there should have been thousands of people under his wing so far.
Bane is secretly setting up an army.
Although the Penguin didn’t know what exactly Bane wanted to do, he was not afraid of him.
Regarding the private army, the Penguin really hadn’t been afraid of anyone.
The Penguin can tell that Bane has absolutely no interest in running a black industry.
This also means that there is no direct conflict of interest between him and Bane, so they have a prerequisite for cooperation.
Setting up an army is not a simple matter; having the right amount of money to spend on them is crucial.
Bane needs a large number of small and medium-sized weapons. Not only that, he needs to feed thousands of mouths, and all of them need money to work for him.
What do Bruce Wayne’s fingerprints have to do with this big investment?
Cobblepot was already clear about everything.
The wealthiest company in Gotham is Wayne Enterprises.
And Bruce owned the largest amount of Wayne Enterprises stock.
As long as they have Bruce’s fingerprints, they can easily transfer Bruce’s stock to themselves.
Of course, there is also the Penguin part, he knows how rich Wayne is better than anyone else.
“I have one condition. If you can’t agree on it, then I won’t help you even if it means my death.”
Selina said suddenly.
“Please, speak, Miss Kyle.”
Bane generously asked her to lay her requests; it was never a bad thing to set conditions.
“I want to settle my old score with Daggett first.”
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