Everyone fell silent, and the atmosphere soon grew awkward.
Christina turned to Olivia in surprise, feeling as though she had been lied to.
Wait, so these two aren’t related by blood? Why didn’t anyone tell me this before?
She shifted her gaze toward Nathaniel, wondering if Olivia had romantic feelings for him given the shy look she had just given him.
Olivia appeared visibly uncomfortable, but it was unclear if it was due to guilt from withholding the truth from Christina or from being exposed.
She put down her fork and gave Christina a pitiful look. “Please don’t misunderstand, Christina,” Olivial said. “Mom has always treated me like her own, and Aunt Julia and I are as close as family.”
Christina narrowed her eyes. When did I mention misunderstanding anything? Isn’t Olivia giving herself away by saying that?
“Let’s just cat,” she said, brushing aside the unpleasant interlude.
After dinner. Christina and Nathaniel went upstairs to retire for the night while Olivia remained downstairs in the living room on the pretext of watching television.
The house fell into an eerie silence as the housekeeper turned off all the lights around midnight.
Olivia stole a glance at the stairs, then scanned her surroundings before making her way toward them.
She had been paying attention to the commotion upstairs and knew that Nathaniel was probably still in his study.
Olivia poured a glass of warm milk and made her way upstairs.
The second floor was expansive and dimly lit, except for the study, where a soft silver light spilled into the hallway.
Olivia felt nervous as she approached the door with the glass of milk.
Before entering the study, she tugged at the collar of her pajamas and bit her lip, trying to make herself appear weak and pitiful.
“Nathaniel, have a glass of warm milk. Take a break,” she said softly as she entered the room.
Nathaniel looked up, fixing his deep, dark eyes on her
Olivia froze, intimidated by his piercing gaze. He exuded a regal air that was enough to unnerve
“Get out,” Nathaniel said coldly, dismissing her before she could even approach him.
Having expected the rejection, Olivia was determined not to give up just yet.
She clutched the glass of warm milk and walked over to Nathaniel, staring at him with innocent eyes. “Nathaniel, please don’t get me wrong…”
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Nathaniel, however, was having none of it. He smacked the glass from her hand, spilling the milk all over the floor, causing Olivia to cry out in shock and fall to the ground.
Christina, who had been tossing and turning in bed in the adjacent room, was jolted awake by Olivia’s
As she entered the study, she immediately sensed the tension in the room. Nathaniel’s handsome face was filled with a cold expression, and his anger was palpable, threatening to burn the whole study.
Olivia broke into tears when she saw Christina. “Christina, I just wanted to serve Nathaniel a glass of
Raymond hurried over when he heard the commotion. He immediately caught on to Olivia’s deceitful intentions and knew she had no business being in Nathaniel’s study when he saw the spilled milk all over the floor.
“Who gave you permission to enter Mr. Hadley’s study?” he demanded, repulsed by the young lady’s
Meanwhile, Christina approached Olivia, who was still trembling on the ground.
Her attention was momentarily diverted by Olivia’s revealing pajamas, which left little to the imagination. From that angle, she could see almost everything beneath Olivia’s collar.
Her eyelids twitched, and her chest tightened at the sight, but she quickly regained her composure and helped Olivia up. “I’m sorry. It’s all my fault,” she apologized.
“Don’t say that, Christina,” replied Olivia, putting on a piteous act while hiding her glee.
Christina is so gullible. Perhaps I can use this to my advantage and even get to sleep in the master bedroom if I play my cards right.
With that thought in mind, Olivia leaned on Christina for support and said softly, “I brought in the glass of milk over for Nathaniel since you fell asleep. I was so scared wandering around downstairs, all
Raymond couldn’t help but roll his eyes at Olivia’s obvious attempts at manipulation.
Even I can tell that Olivia has ulterior motives, so why can’t Mrs. Hadley see through her act? It’s so frustrating!
Raymond sighed and walked over to clean up the spilled milk.
Meanwhile, Christina gave Olivia a cold stare and pulled her collar up. “It’s all my fault. None of this would have happened if I had turned down your request. Nathaniel doesn’t like being approached by strangers,” she said icily.
Olivia was still mulling over how she could convince Christina to let her sleep in the master bedroom when Christina’s words hit her like a bolt of lightning.
She felt stunned and wondered if she had misheard. “Christina, please don’t blame yourself. It was my fault. I’ll be more careful next time.”
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Next time? Christina frowned. She wants to stay?
Her lips curled up, but the smile was devoid of warmth. “Raymond, please arrange for Ms. Stone to be sent back to the Hadley residence.”
Raymond perked up at the request and quickly agreed. “Sure thing, Mrs. Hadley. I’ll take care of it right. away.”
“Christina, I don’t want to leave. I want to stay here with you. Please let me stay,” pleaded Olivia, her voice trembling as she gazed at Christina in disbelief.
Alas, Christina’s determined expression made it clear she was not joking.
Raymond grabbed Olivia’s wrists and dragged her out of the study.
The butler who would usually get tired from doing chores effortlessly brought Olivia down the stairs.
Scenic Garden Manor returned to its peaceful state as the car took off.
Christina walked over to Nathaniel and sat on his lap. She wrapped her arms around his neck and pouted. “Are you still mad?” she asked.
Nathaniel remained impassive as he stared at her ingratiating smile.
“Come on, don’t be angry. I promise I won’t bring anyone home without your permission in the future. Tomorrow, I’ll have the housekeeper disinfect the entire house to eliminate any lingering smells. This is our home, and no one can come in here, okay?” Christina’s soft voice was sweet as honey.
Nathaniel broke into a smile as she spoke. He tapped her nose affectionately and replied, “Go to bed.”
He stood up, carrying Christina in his arms and taking her back to the master bedroom.
Olivia never dared to bother Christina again after getting kicked out of the manor.
Meanwhile, Christina had been so occupied with her work at Radiant Corporation that she had. completely forgotten she had a wedding to attend until Renee called the next day.
She quickly changed into a white evening gown at the office, styled her hair in a simple updo, and applied some light makeup before heading to the hotel where the wedding was taking place.
Christina had to present her invitation card to the guards when she arrived before being escorted to the top floor since the wedding wasn’t open to the public and only close family and friends were allowed entry.
When Christina entered the grand hall, she felt like she was attending an A-list event with recognizable celebrities filling the room.
However, she didn’t have much time to gawk as her main duty was to doll up Rence and ensure she looked stunning-
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