The Legendary Mechanic in Marvel Universe - Chapter 76
Chapter 76 Uninvited Guests
As Leo’s voice grew colder, Matt recalled the night he met Leo. During that night, he was viciously slammed onto the ground by Leo. Moreover, when Leo was asking Matt to register the company, Leo coerced and bribed him into doing it.
However, in the past six months, Leo had constantly looked for him to have a heart-to-heart talk. This caused the young Matt to have an illusion of Leo being a great friend.
But how could Matt know Leo was trying to squeeze a mission out of him?
Recalling carefully the words he said today, Matt noticed it was not something a worker should say, even Heather felt bad about it. “I’m sorry, Mr. Erwin. Today’s matter is my fault, I apologize.”
One redeeming quality of Matt was he was willing to admit and correct his mistakes. Leo was not a fault-finding person, besides he was never truly angry at Matt. He just wanted to remind Matt not to overstep his boundary.
“Matt, what I said just now was to remind you. I’m not blaming you at all, please don’t be too bothered by it. These six months, from zero to now, everyone witnessed your diligence. You’re one of the El Tech Company’s best helpers, so I won’t forget our initial agreement. Hell’s Kitchen will be a better place, I promise.”
Leo had self-learned how to become a proper leader. He took a carrot and stick approach on Matt.
“Thank you, Mr. Erwin.” It was unknown whether Matt’s thanks were heartfelt or not.
“Please don’t worry, Mr. Erwin. I will not target Mr. Parker ever again. Today I just failed to control my emotions. Once again, I apologize for my mistakes. Mr. Erwin, if there’s nothing else, I’m leaving.” For the first time ever, Matt felt the nervousness and pressure when facing a superior. He was unwilling to stay in the office any longer.
Leo waved, indicating Matt could leave. When Matt almost reached the door, Leo suddenly called him, “No. Matt, I’ve felt you’re still hiding the truth. You’re targeting Peter not because fearing Peter will cause trouble for Hell’s Kitchen.”
Currently, Leo had sufficient time and raw materials and he had long perfected the original Crude Brainwashing Device. It was not a problem to forcefully brainwash someone. Therefore, Bucky recently secretly gained total control of Hell’s Kitchen.
Thus, Leo hurriedly questioned, “The current Hell’s Kitchen was almost controlled by Bucky. No more mobs dare to mess with Boss Bucky, they couldn’t even hide from him! So, Spider-man coming here will make this place more peaceful and I’m sure you realized it. Then, there must be another reason for you to do so, right?”
Ignoring Leo, Matt lowered his head exiting the door.
Leo figured out the matter was not as simple as he imagined. He hastily chased after and stopped Matt, “Let me think about this carefully. Today you’re targeting Peter because you hate him. But it’s your first time meeting Peter since four years ago, so he must have done something embarrassing or perhaps humiliating to you in the past.”
Following this analysis, Leo immediately thought of a possibility, “Matt, could it be you were thrashed by Peter four years ago?! That’s right, I saw Peter’s expression today, it was clear that he knew you’re Daredevil. Did he even pull your mask off?!”
“Mr. Erwin, I’ve promised you I won’t cause any trouble for Peter. Let bygones be bygones, that’s all.” Using the guiding stick, Matt fumbled his way out and headed to the elevator.
Seeing this, Leo must have guessed correctly, he remained on the spot and asked, “Do you want to give Peter a beating?”
Matt paused, and without turning around he answered, “You’ve seen it on the T.V., Spider-man is someone who can catch a car with his bare hands. Even with a hundred of me, it’s impossible to defeat him.”
Matt just mentioned he could not defeat him but did not refuse to fight him. Which meant Matt really wanted to give Peter a beating. And whenever Bucky met Leo, he would always talk about wanting to train Matt and nagged at Leo to help him persuade Matt.
Leo was almost driven crazy by Bucky and right now was a perfect opportunity to convince Matt to learn combat skills from Bucky. “It’s true you can’t defeat him right now but you can learn some combat skills! Once your skills are greater than his, it’s possible for you to punch at Peter’s face a couple of times! As far as I know, Bucky is the strongest combat master. If you can learn all of his skills, I’ll organize a match for you and Peter. I’m sure by that time, you won’t be completely suppressed by Peter.”
Remaining silent, Matt had reached the elevator and fumbled to press the down button.
Leo immediately added, “Although Bucky is an old-timer and his words may be embarrassing, the more you hang out with him, the more you’ll notice he’s a better friend than me. He’s not a scheming person like me, so you can try to have more interactions with him.”
The elevator had arrived and Matt had entered it, “Thank you for your advice, I’ll think about it carefully.” With that, Matt left with the elevator.
Leo returned back to his office and swiftly called Bucky. He gave a detailed account to Bucky before saying, “You should strike the iron while it’s hot. This is the best opportunity I’ve given you. Oh yeah, next time you see me, don’t nag at me to help you convince Matt anymore. It’s annoying! That’s all, bye!”
Since the matters with the media and speaker were resolved, the product launch for the high-performance chip, El Gen-1 was done preparing in just a week.
The location of the product launch was chosen at Flushing, Queens. It’s the business district of New York City and was exceptionally busy, much better than Hell’s Kitchen. However, the rent was slightly expressive but Leo was not concerned about it.
In a large gymnasium at the center of Flushing, El Tech Company’s product launch was in full swing. Peter Parker, on the stage, was graphically introducing El Gen-1’s performance and advantages.
Leo, on the other hand, was sitting at the end of the guest area with a sign-in report in his hand. He was silently scanning through the guest who attended.
Although the launch was high-profile, Leo tried to remain as low-profile as possible since he was still on H.Y.D.R.A. and S.H.I.E.L.D.’s list. The current Leo was not afraid of H.Y.D.R.A. and S.H.I.E.L.D. because both he and Bucky were extraordinary people, it was better to avoid unnecessary troubles nonetheless.
He had told Mary Jane not to include his name in the story she wrote. Instead, Ol’ Tom, who was tightly controlled by Leo, was the one being pushed to the public as the person-in-charge of El Tech Company.
It was mentioned before that Ol’ Tom was not that old, he was still in his forties. In the past six months, he had distanced himself from alcohol and worked conscientiously, combined with a suit on him, he looked like a successful person.
Despite the preparations Leo had done, he was still uncertain whether or not he would be discovered. Thus, he sneaked into the venue, using his experiences from H.Y.D.R.A., he was observing if there were any people with ulterior motives in the venue.
After some observations, Leo failed to recognize any strangers who looked like an agent.
However, there were two names on the list that Leo was familiar with. According to his knowledge, both of these people were not invited to El Tech Company’s product launch.
Scanning through the entire guest area, Leo immediately located the location of these two people. Both of them seemed to be focusing on the speech and had no special intentions.
Since both of them were uninvited guests, Leo still kept an eye on them as he was greatly curious about their true motives.
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