Since those thugs were greedy for money, Christina decided to use it to her advantage. “If you guys tell me who sent you, I’ll have my husband add ten million to the ransom.”
What? We can get ten million simply by answering such a simple question?
One of the thugs asked excitedly. “Really?”
“Of course! My husband is filthy rich so paying an additional ten million is nothing to him!” Christina replied confidently,
The thug’s eyes lit up with glee when he heard that. He was about to say something when the phone started ringing again.
As Xander was the man leading the group, he answered the phone, “How are things?” asked the person who hired them.
The rest of the thugs simply glanced at Christina, who was completely unharmed. None of them dared say anything.
“We’ve done what you told us to do,” Xander replied with a snort.
“Good! Send me some pictures of her! I want to see that b*tch suffer! I’ll pay you guys another fifty thousand once this is over.”
Fifty thousand? What a cheapskate!
Even so, Xander didn’t say no to her. “No problem.”
The other thugs waited until he hung up the phone before gathering around. “Are you sure it’s a good idea to lie to that person like that?”
That woman sounded incredibly arrogant and claimed to have someone powerful backing her up. On top of that, she told them to go after Christina without worrying about the repercussions.
That led them to assume she was not someone to be trifled with.
Xander narrowed his eyes and said coldly, “This woman nearly got us all killed!”
Had they abused Christina like they were instructed to, Nathaniel would probably have them all chopped into pieces.
The mere thought of that potential outcome sent shivers down their spines.
Xander was not in the mood to entertain the woman who hired them. “Just send her a few pictures.”
One of the thugs then whipped out his phone and made his way toward Christina, who was still bound in the corner.
Nathaniel had someone prepare the money immediately after ending the call.
He then dropped the money off at the designated location and walked away.
A few suspicious–looking men showed up some time later and found the black suitcases filled with cash.
“Whoa! I’ve never seen this much cash in my entire life!”
“Let’s just grab the money and get out of here! Hurry!”
The men then grabbed a suitcase each and were about to leave when bodyguards came swarming in from
In just a matter of seconds, the bodyguards had the thugs surrounded like fishes in a net.
Nathaniel exuded a terrifying aura as he made his way through the middle.
“W–We had a deal, Mr. Hadley! You deliver us the money, and we hand your woman over to you safely, remember? You’re not going back on your word, are you?” Xander stammered in his state of panic.
The other thugs were so scared that they trembled all over while holding the suitcases.
One of the bodyguards walked up to Xander, snatched the phone from him, and handed it over to Nathaniel.
The look in Nathaniel’s eyes grew cold and vicious as he replied, “I never take back money that I give away. You guys had the audacity to kidnap my woman, so you should not expect to just get off scot–free.”
While Nathaniel did promise to pay the ransom, he did not say anything about letting them off without punishment.
The thugs‘ legs gave out beneath them as they tossed the money aside and pleaded, “Please forgive us, Mr. Hadley! We don’t want the money anymore! Please just let us go!”
At that very moment, all they wanted was to stay alive.
There was no point in keeping the money if they wouldn’t live to spend it.
Unfortunately for them, they had messed with the wrong person.
“As I said, I never take back money that I give away,” Nathaniel repeated coldly with a disdainful snort.
He had so much money that he didn’t even want it back. All he wanted was to get his revenge on those who wronged him.
After all, it would be bad for his reputation if people could get away with attacking his woman.
“Break an arm and a leg each!” Nathaniel turned around and left after saying that.
The bodyguards then rushed forward and rained blows upon the thugs despite their pleas for mercy.
All they could do was scream in pain and agony as their blood sprayed all over the ground.
The bodyguards were vicious and ruthless, but they were careful to cripple the thugs without killing them.
After what seemed like forever, the bodyguards let go of the thugs, who collapsed to the ground like ragdolls.
“Mr. Hadley says you guys can use the money to pay for your medical bills. You guys won’t be so lucky if you mess with him again,” said one of the bodyguards before they left the scene.
Xander’s heart was filled with rage as he glanced at his broken arm and leg.
This is all Emilia’s fault! She tricked us into kidnapping Nathaniel’s woman! She’ll pay for this!
Christina was sitting there with her arms and legs bound when they found her.
She looked just like a helpless chicken waiting to be slaughtered.
Nathaniel quickly untied her and held her in his arms.
“Are you hurt?” he asked with a pained look on his face.
Christina shook her head and clung to him tightly without saying a word.
Although the thugs did not hurt her in the slightest, she was still traumatized by the incident.
As Nathaniel carried her in his arms, she buried her face in his chest like a scared kitten.
“You’re safe now. Everything is going to be all right. I’m going to take you home.”
It wasn’t until Christina took a shower and changed into a fresh set of clothes in Scenic Garden Manor that she finally calmed down a little.
Her slender figure still looked as though it would topple over at any moment, and her hair was still dripping wet from the shower.
Nathaniel placed a huge white towel over her head and gently wiped her hair before blow–drying it.
A faint fragrance filled the air as he ran his fingers through her hair.
“I’m sorry. It’s my fault for not protecting you well enough,” Nathaniel said while holding her face with both hands.
His heart felt as though it had been pierced by needles.
Ever since he witnessed his own family fall apart, he became incredibly possessive toward anything that he liked.
Christina shook her head. “It’s not your fault. Those people were targeting me.”
Nathaniel whipped out a pendant with a dragon carved onto it. It looked really exquisite and intricate. “This is a charm my mother gave me when I was little. It helps keep me safe from harm. I want you to have it. Hopefully, it will keep you safe as well,” he said while putting it around Christina’s neck.
Christina felt a warm sensation fill up her heart when she touched the pendant, and whatever feelings of insecurity she had were gone in an instant.
She got on her tiptoes and kissed Nathaniel on the chin.
Christina had wanted to kiss him on the lips, but she realized she wasn’t tall enough after getting on her tiptoes, so she gave him a mischievous nibble on the jaw instead.
Nathaniel grabbed the back of her head and sealed her lips with his.