The fragrant aroma of tea filled the living room of the Hadley residence.
Julia was not the only one there, though. Christina had also heard the sweet voice of a young woman when she came in.
“Is there something you wanted to see me about, Mrs Hadley?” Christina asked calmly and confidently.
The woman sitting on the couch was in her early twenties and looked full of energy.
Olivia Stone leaned closer toward Julia and asked curiously, “Why isn’t she addressing you as ‘Mom,’” Aunt Julia?”
Married women would usually address their in-laws as “Mum” and “Dad.” The fact that she doesn’t do so means Aunt Julia doesn’t even see her as a daughter-in-law. That’s probably why Aunt Julia refuses to let her address her as “Mom.”
Instead of answering the question, Julia simply let out a soft chuckle and shifted her gaze toward Christina. “Take a seat,” she said in a commanding tone, which reflected her high social status.
Christina knew it would take a lot more than a few favors to change Julia’s mindset, so she didn’t mind it one bit.
In fact, she could clearly feel that Julia was slowly warming up to her.
Olivia flashed Christina a sweet smile and handed her a cup of tea. “You must be Christina, right? I’m Nathaniel’s cousin. My name is Olivia Stone!”
Those who are suddenly nice to you usually want something from you. This woman’s smile looks kind of fake. It’s almost as though she’s smiling simply because she has to. Hmm… Now that I take a closer look at her face, she looks kind of familiar… Have I seen her picture in some entertainment news article before?
With that in mind, Christina pursed her lips and said, “Thanks.”
“I hear you’re a designer. Is that true?” Olivia asked.
“Yes, you’re right,” Christina replied.
She had yet to touch the cup of tea that Olivia handed her.
Olivia did her research on Christina before coming over that day.
Christina had risen to fame as a designer within the entertainment industry, and countless people have flocked over to Radiant Corporation to have her design dresses for them.
Olivia heard Julia casually mention having a designer as a daughter-in-law. It wasn’t until she did some digging that she found out Christina was her cousin’s wife.
Naturally, she wasn’t about to let such a valuable connection go to waste.
“I’m going to attend a wedding soon. Could you help design a unique dress for me?” Olivia asked with a giggle.
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Ha! I knew she wanted something from me! Who will ask someone they’ve just met to make them a dress?
With that in mind, Christina politely declined by saying. “If you need a dress, you could head over to Radiant Corporation and schedule an appointment with me. Company policy forbids us from accepting orders in private.”
Olivia froze and shot Julia a sad look without saying anything
It was obvious that she didn’t want to go through all that trouble.
Not only would Radiant Corporation charge its clients a high price for custom orders, but she would also have to get in line like everybody else.
The look in Julia’s eyes gradually grew cold when she heard that. “She’s your cousin. Why can’t you make an exception for her?”
She made an exception for me back then, didn’t she?
“Don’t put Christina in a tough spot, Aunt Julia,” Christina said with a pitiful frown.
She then turned toward Christina as she continued, wouldn’t have troubled you like this if I weren’t in such a hurry. I’m sorry, Christina.”
Christina furrowed her brow in displeasure, but she remained calm and glared coldly at Olivia without saying a word.
Is Olivia trying to paint me as the bad guy for declining her request? Hmph! Let’s see how long she can keep this up!
Julia knitted her eyebrows together.
She went through severe blood loss while giving birth to Nathaniel, so she couldn’t fulfill her wish of having a daughter.
As such, Olivia was the closest thing she had. That was why she had always liked Olivia and spoiled her like her own.
She had summoned Christina specifically because she wanted her to help Olivia out.
“Can’t you see how much she wants to wear a dress that you designed? Just find some time to make her one. It won’t take very long.”
Julia paused for a few seconds before continuing, “Tll pay you three million for that dress. There, will you help her now?”
Money was not the reason Christina declined Olivia’s equest, though. The company had received so many orders that her schedule was completely packed, so accepting Olivia’s order would require Christina to work without rest just to keep up with the orders.
No amount of money could ever be more important han taking good care of one’s health.
Christina felt as though she was being forced to the edge and struggled to make a decision.
“This isn’t about the money. You can find a lot of beautiful and well-made dresses online. How about I buy you a dress of your choice instead?” Christina asked.
Chapter 153 Olivia Shows Up
She was willing to dig into her own pockets and buy Olivia a dress as it would be so much more.
However, Olivia was not satisfied with the solution offered. “But those aren’t going to fit me perfectly! They won’t look good on me!”
Because of her pretty face and mellow voice, she made it sound as though she was the one being bullied.
Julia was about to say something, but Olivia stopped her again. “Don’t make things difficult for Christina, Aunt Julia! I’ll figure something out on my own.”
Julia felt really bad for Olivia, but she didn’t want to say anything further when she saw how firm Christina was.
Olivia let out a sigh and shifted her gaze back toward Christina as she exclaimed, “But I’m new to Jadeborough, and I didn’t bring a lot of stuff with me. I don’t know where to shop for dresses, nor do I know how to pick one that suits me.”
She wasn’t from Jadeborough and had only come over because her job required her to.
Seeing as Olivia had traveled this far all by herself, Julla felt the need to look after her.
Since it wouldn’t be appropriate for a woman like her to go shopping with Olivia, she decided to have Christina do it instead. “Take Olivia shopping and help her pick out a nice dress. I’ll pay for it.”
Christina’s face clouded over when she heard that. She knew she couldn’t keep declining Julia’s requests, so she had no choice but to agree to them.
“All right,” Christina replied with a nod and headed out the door.
Olivia said goodbye to Julia before leaving the house and getting into the car.
As Christina remained silent throughout the entire drive, Olivia kept talking about herself. It wasn’t until then that Christina found out Olivia was a small-time celebrity.
She had debuted a few years ago, but the roles she received were all mediocre, which made it hard for her to boost her popularity.
Christina brought Olivia to Radiant Corporation’s gallery where all the dresses that were deemed the best would be mass-produced and sold.
They all looked very pretty and sold for really high prices.
“Which one of these would look good on me, Christina?” Olivia asked while handing Christina three dresses that she had the salesperson pick out for her.
They were all unique in design, but they were not exactly suitable for a wedding.
“I think these would be a bit loud if you wear them to a wedding. For weddings, one should wear dresses that are simplistic yet modest and graceful in appearance,” Christina commented as those dresses were more suited for catwalks and banquets.
She then picked out a pink dress and a champagne-colored one. “These two would suit you better. Which color would you prefer?”
Olivia didn’t like either of them, but she couldn’t bring herself to express her dissatisfaction either, so she nodded and said with a smile, “You’ve got such great taste, Christina! I’ll take the champagne- colored one!”
Olivia then wrapped an arm around Christina’s as she continued, “But I also like the ones I saw earlier! How about we buy them too? That way, I’ll be able to wear them in the future!”