As the movie began, the atmosphere inside the cinema was filled with a sense of ceriness because of the suspenseful nature of the film.
Christina had chosen that movie because of the cast. Coco played the second female lead in the film. Christina heard some interesting anecdotes that happened during the filming, which piqued her interest to watch that movie.
Although she knew it was just a movie, Christina couldn’t help but shrink her neck and lean against Nathaniel’s arm when she saw some intense scenes.
“Nathaniel, what do you think about this film?” she asked, trying to distract herself and make herself feel less nervous.
Poker-faced. Nathaniel replied indifferently, “The crime scene setup is full of flaws. The victim’s throat was slit when killed, but the blood on the wall was clearly dabbed on. If the blood had splattered, there should’ve been a gradient to the arc. They had blatantly neglected the details.”
Christina sighed softly. Oh, no… I shouldn’t have asked.
Their conversation ended abruptly at that point.
Sitting in the front row, Francis and Coco were dressed inconspicuously and wore masks and baseball caps, revealing only their eyes.
Although only the movie’s sound reverberated inside the cinema hall, Francis felt he heard a familiar voice.
He turned around confusedly and narrowed his eyes. It’s really them?
When Coco saw her scene in the movie, she tugged on Francis’ arm excitedly. “Mr. Fernando, do think my acting skills have improved?”
“Yes. It seems you have the potential to participate in thriller movies,” Francis whispered.
Coco’s smile widened. Getting Mr. Fernando’s acknowledgment is more valuable than winning any award.
Initially, they were working nearby, but due to a delay at the filming set, they could only start working at night. Hence, the two went to the shopping mall to watch a movie to kill time.
Coco added in an undertone, “Who do you think is the murderer?”
“It’s probably the victim’s boyfriend. They started building the character’s persona from the start, but his behavior is flawed.” Francis analyzed.
Hearing that, Coco gave him a thumbs-up. “You’re amazing. I had to read the script before finding that
While the two chatted, Christina noticed them and immediately recognized the well-disguised Francis and Coco. This is such a coincidence. How can we bump into each other at a movie?
When Francis looked back again, Christina instinctively picked up the box of popcort next to her to
block Nathaniel’s face.
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Nathaniel glanced at her impassively. His expression was even more spine-chilling than the hair-rising ambiance created by the movie.
Christina flashed a sheepish grin. “Do you want to have some popcorn?”
At that moment, she clearly caught sight of Francis staring at them from the corner of her eyes.
Nathaniel’s eyes glinted coldly as he lifted his hand to pinch her chin and kissed her.
She instantly lost herself in his domineering advance.
As Christina was holding the popcorn and beverage, she had no choice but to stay still and let him kiss. her. Sensing her soft lips being nibbled by him, she felt her cheeks burning up and thought the pounding of her heart was even louder than the movie’s volume.
After a long while, Nathaniel finally released her. He felt amused, watching her shy expression with his gleaming eyes.
When the movie finally ended, Christina, having drunk too much water, immediately rushed to the
While Nathaniel stood in a corner waiting for her, a tall figure approached him from behind.
Francis crossed his arms and uttered mockingly, “What magical powers does Christina possess to convince the busy Mr. Hadley to come out and watch a movie?”
Nathaniel turned around. His sharp gaze flickered frostily.
Meeting Nathaniel’s gaze, Francis recalled the scene when Nathaniel deliberately kissed Christina in front of him inside the movie theater earlier. A hint of discomfort surged within his chest.
“Nathaniel, Christina is not a tool for you to show off to me.”
The two had been secretly opposing one another for some time. Francis knew Nathaniel didn’t like him to show himself in public, but he insisted on becoming a celebrity, frequently appearing before the media and winning various awards.
In just a few years, Nathaniel had been steadily garnering the loyalty of Hadley Corporation’s employees, clearly trying to pressure Francis with his influences.
Their rivalry wasn’t new.
Nathaniel narrowed his eyes. “I’ve said this before. Quit dreaming about taking any more things away from me, including my people. Just stay in your corner, and don’t let me see you again.”
What he hated the most what seeing Francis and his mother showing up before him. How can people like them who have stolen from others live so carefreely?
Francis curled his lips into a wicked smile and drawled, “I’ve never tried to take anything from you, nor do I want to. But…” His eyes suddenly shone with determination. “Since you always think I’m stealing. won’t I be disappointing you by not living up to the accusations you’re pinning on me?”
They exchanged hostile looks as the atmosphere between them grew tense,
Nathaniel swung his fist forcefully at Francis’ eye. The latter staggered backward and retaliated, not
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wanting to back down either.
They started exchanging blows like children fighting over a piece of candy. The commotion drew a crowd, but no one dared to get close to them.
When Christina exited the restroom, she saw the two brawling. They threw punches and kicked one. another with all their might, showing no regard for their surroundings.
Her heart instantly clenched. She jogged forward and stood between them, wrapping her arms tightly around Nathaniel. “That’s enough, Nathaniel. A lot of people are watching.”
Perhaps out of fear of hurting Christina, they finally stopped trying to hit each other after getting separated.
She tried pulling Nathaniel away, but he remained rooted to his spot. The two men continued glaring
at each other.
If glowering at one another could cause physical damage, they would’ve suffered innumerable wounds each.
Nathaniel and Francis remained unmoving, acting as if the first one to move would lose, even as the crowd around them grew larger.
Christina glared at Francis angrily and warned in an undertone, “Hurry up and leave, Francis.” Is he not aware that he’s a public figure? The rumors have finally died down. If Nathaniel blacklists them again, it will be those innocent artists who will ultimately suffer again.
Francis’ mood suddenly brightened up after he heard Christina’s voice. “I’ll listen to you.”
He snorted before turning around and leaving.
The commotion finally concluded after one of the parties involved left. Only then did the crowd disperse, realizing the show had ended.
However, no one knew that the fight had actually been between a popular star and a billionaire CEO. Otherwise, they could’ve taken photos and made a fortune by selling the story to any media outlets.
Christina dragged Nathaniel away. Subsequently, they got into the car and returned to Scenic Garden Manor.
After going upstairs and closing the door, she examined Nathaniel’s wounds.
There were bruises on the corner of his eyes and mouth. Obviously, the two men didn’t hold back their punches when brawling earlier. She figured Francis must’ve suffered significant injuries too.
Christina brought out the first aid kit and scolded him in a soft voice, “Are you two kids? Don’t feel embarrassed fighting in public?” The grievances between them stemmed from the previous generation, so why can’t they choose to get along peacefully now? Wouldn’t it be better for them to be strangers than enemies?