The rock zipped through the air but was caught by a large hand instead of hitting its target.
“You have some nerve to hurt her,” Nathaniel growled.
The surrounding temperature dropped rapidly as he glared at Elizabeth viciously, startling the young girl.
From her perspective, he looked like a bloodthirsty demon who emerged from the darkest of nights, so malicious that he could swallow the entire bamboo forest whole. If looks could kill, she would’ve died at
In response, she directed her frustration toward Christina. “It’s her fault for standing in my way! I warned her already, so it’s not my fault!” She’s doing this intentionally! It’s disgusting that she’s trying to act like a saint in front of him.
Christina didn’t want to cause a scene on Felicia’s birthday. So, she whispered, “Forget about it, Nathaniel. Don’t make a fuss about it.”
Scowling, Nathaniel barked, “Scram!”
His aura was too overwhelming, and he resembled the Grim Reaper, who had just ambled out of hell. It was as if thick black smoke was rising from his body, and he was capable of changing the weather with a wave of his hand.
Elizabeth was so frightened that she teared up. As the Bennett family’s pampered daughter, she had never suffered such a grievance before.
Nathaniel’s domineering aura rendered her incapable of refuting him.
Thus, she shouted furiously, choking back tears. “You better remember this, b*tch! Hmph!”
With that, she ran away.
Madison witnessed the whole scene. I can’t believe Nathaniel’s willing to offend the Bennett family for an ordinary woman like Christina! Not everyone can afford to mess with the Bennett family in Yorksland!
“Ms. Bennett seems frightened. I’ll check up on her,” said Madison before she chased after Elizabeth.
Christina had no idea the arrogant young lady from earlier was the Bennett family’s daughter or that she would be walking straight into a brewing scheme soon.
After she lifted the rabbit into her arms, she grabbed a small handkerchief from her handbag to stop its leg from bleeding.
She gently caressed its head and said, “Be good and get out of here. Stay in the forest and don’t come out again. The outside world is a dangerous place, so don’t be too adventurous.”
As though the rabbit understood her words, it blinked before slowly jumping into the bamboo forest.
Felicia, who just so happened to be passing by, witnessed that.
The bamboo forest was filled with life. Occasionally, small animals would pop out, stroll around the forest, and leave. Sometimes, they would stay for a while.
It was said that if a land was inhabited by creatures, it was proof that the land was a valuable one, at least
from a geomancy perspective.
That was why Felicia never hurt the animals that visited the forest. In fact, she would ask the housekeepers to prepare fresh water around the area for the animals to drink.
Therefore, when she saw Christina’s kind act, her belief of Christina being a good, compassionate woman was further strengthened.
A variety of scrumptious dishes was presented on the dining table during dinner. However, the host’s table only had vegan dishes.
That was because Felicia was vegan, and she would never break her habit of not eating meat, not even on her birthday.
After dinner, Nathaniel went to the study to sort out some documents.
Madison invited Christina to take a stroll in the outer courtyard. The villa was so huge that there was a small bridge, which the duo crossed. Then, they saw a water spring.
The villa’s geographical location was fantastic as it was surrounded by nature. Anyone would feel relaxed and refreshed just by staying there.
“There are a lot of fishes here. What do you say we take a look at them?” suggested Madison.
Christina nodded. Suddenly, Madison’s phone rang.
“I have to take this. It’s probably related to work.” Upon ending her sentence, Madison ambled away and answered the phone.
Christina stood on the bridge and enjoyed the view. Her shadow was cast on the water’s surface as the silver moonlight landed on her.
The carefree fishes swam quietly in the water.
Moments later, Christina recorded a video of the beautiful scenery with her phone.
As she aimed the camera at herself, she closed her eyes and took a deep breath to relish in the quiet moment. Suddenly, she heard footsteps approaching her.
Frowning, she opened her eyes and saw a pair of vicious eyes before her.
Reflexively, she sidestepped the assault.
As a result, her attacker missed and fell directly into the water spring behind her.
She was stunned as a chill ran down her spine. Someone was trying to push me into the water! If I didn’t dodge quickly, I would’ve been the one down there!
“Help! Save me! I don’t know how to swim!” the person in the water yelled.
Hastily, Christina turned around. Thanks to the lunar glow, she was able to see who the person struggling in the water was. It’s the lady who tried to shoot me with the slingshot earlier!
Elizabeth struggled to stay afloat as she shouted, flailing her arms about.
Her countenance was turning pale.
Crap! It seems like she really doesn’t know how to swim. Without delay, Christina called Nathaniel. “Come to the spring in the front yard as quickly as possible. Someone fell in the water, and she doesn’t know how to swim.”
Nathaniel bolted toward the entrance as soon as he heard that and spoke into the phone. “Don’t go anywhere else. I’ll be there soon.”
“I can’t just stand here and do nothing. She can’t hold on anymore. I need to save her,” replied Christina.
As Elizabeth’s cries for help grew weaker, Christina couldn’t stand by and watch any longer. She hung up, placed the phone and her bag aside, removed her shoes, and leaped into the water.
Christina didn’t really know how to swim. After falling into the pool in the Hadley residence previously, she was forced by Nathaniel to learn how to swim.
Once she mastered the basics, she claimed she was too busy with her work to continue her lessons.
I really should’ve continued with my swimming lessons. I regret giving up halfway now. Upon jumping into the water, Christina held Elizabeth’s neck above the water so the latter could breathe.
Additionally, she kept kicking her legs to prevent them both from sinking. Now, I’just need to hang in there and wait for Nathaniel to come to our rescue. I think I can hold on for a few more minutes.
Once Elizabeth could breathe again and saw Christina was the one who rescued her, rage burned in her heart. It’s this woman’s fault! If she didn’t dodge earlier, I wouldn’t have fallen! She’s in the wrong, yet now she’s pretending to rescue me. Is she waiting for the whole world to praise her?
When her train of thought ended there, Elizabeth grabbed Christina’s clothes and pulled her deeper into the water.
“What are you doing? Let me go! If you do this, we’ll both drown!” Christina panicked and accidentally swallowed mouthfuls of springwater while speaking.
The edges of Elizabeth’s lips curved upward smugly. “You’re wrong. The only person drowning is you!”
She then kicked Christina with all her might and shoved the latter’s head into the water. “No one gets away with bullying me! You should’ve minded your own business!”
As Christina struggled, she held onto Elizabeth’s collar. “You’re a sickening human being! I shouldn’t have tried to rescue you!” I should’ve expected this from someone willing to hurt an animal for fun. If I’m going to drown, she’s going down with me!
As the two women struggled in the water, their bodies sank deeper.