“Ms. Hadley, why didn’t you tell me you were coming back? I could’ve picked you up at the airport,” said Madison with a smile.
Madison’s mother, Luna Lancester, and Sierra were best friends. In fact, the latter practically watched Madison grow up.
Unlike Julia, Sierra wished Nathaniel could marry an outstanding woman like Madison.
Madison’s words put Sierra in a good mood. “It’s been six months since we last saw each other. You’re getting more beautiful and looking more like a matriarch now.”
“Stop teasing me, Ms. Hadley,” Madison said shyly,
The two chatted happily for a while.
The more they enjoyed their time together, the more Sierra found it a pity that Madison was not married to Nathaniel. “If only you were the one Nathaniel married, I would be clated.”
Madison was pleased to find Sierra sided with her..
It proved that she could easily take over Christina’s place in the future.
Naturally, Madison seized the opportunity to criticize Christina in front of Sierra. She even complained to the latter that Christina constantly visited Nathaniel’s office and interrupted his work.
Sierra already despised Christina in the first place. Hence, everything the latter did, no matter how insignificant they were, sounded like heinous crimes.
Snorting coldly, Sierra said, “That brat is being all arrogant just because she has Nathaniel backing her. Don’t worry. I’ll definitely make you his wife as long as I’m alive.”
In the meantime, Sharon said she wanted to return to her condominium after cleaning Scenic Garden Manor.
She would not stay, no matter how Christina persuaded her. “I’m used to living alone. You and Nathaniel can visit me when you’re free.”
“All right. I’ll send you back, then.”
Hence, Christina applied for a day’s leave to send her mother back.
The condominium looked brand new after it was cleaned. After helping to arrange the furniture, Christina prepared dinner and ate with Sharon before returning to Scenic Garden Manor.
Christina went straight to her room to sleep.
Wisps of moonlight shone on the bed in the middle of the night, revealing the blanket that was kicked off the bed by Christina.
The way she slept on her side looked lazy yet attractive, as if she was a kitten.
Nathaniel had just arrived and still had the car’s conditioning emanating from his body.
Walking over, he placed the blanket over her and kissed her gently on the forehead.
“Mm…” Christina murmured and turned around to continue sleeping.
Nathaniel gazed at the woman, who smiled in her sleep, before taking a shower and leaving.
Rays of the morning sun flooded into the room the next day.
Christina turned around and pulled the blanket into her embrace. It felt warm.
She had the habit of kicking her blanket away when she slept. Hence, she would always be woken up by the cold. Why is the blanket tucked firmly over me? I think I dreamt of Nathaniel last night. Is he back?
When she went to the bathroom to wash up, the sight of his suit in the laundry basket confirmed her suspicion.
He must be busy. He came home so late from work and left after only taking a shower.
Soon, she arrived at Radiant Corporation. That day, Christina wanted to survey the stores and prepare a
Coincidentally, Christina bumped into Sierra at one of the stores under her care that sold high–end
The two parted on bad terms previously, hence they did not look too happy upon meeting each other.
Sierra’s gaze was frosty as she said, “Christina, you’re a member of the Hadley family and have everything you need at Scenic Garden Manor. Why do you need to come out here to do such a lowly job?”
-Looks like Nathaniel doesn’t treat her as well as I thought.
She believed Nathaniel was not the kind of person who would let his woman show herself in public.
However, Christina had no intention of explaining anything. After all, people who did not understand would never get it.
Even so, Sierra was an elder and Nathaniel’s aunt. Christina did not want to make things awkward between Sierra and Nathaniel.
“Please take your time to choose, Aunt Sierra. I’ll take care of the bill as an apology for the other day’s incident,” Christina offered. She then turned to the store’s salesperson and said, “I’ll pay for Ms. Hadley’s gowns.”
Before the salesperson could even respond, Sierra rejected the offer coldly, “Do you have any idea how much the gowns here cost? Do you even have any money to pay for it? Hmph. You’re still going to use Nathaniel’s money, anyway.”
What a joke. How dare a mere server offer to pay for my gown?
Right then, the salesperson piped up, “Ms. Steele’s an internal employee, so she’ll be given discounts. Besides, many of the gowns here were designed by her.”
Every gown in the store cost at least hundreds of thousands, while the premium ones went up to millions and above.
The ones designed by Christina cost several million and had the highest sales per month. Thus, her
commission was the highest in the entire design department. Christina was more than capable of buying a
Regardless, Sierra still looked down on Christina. She’ll never get into the Hadley family, no matter how great
her skills are.
Suddenly, a hint of slyness flashed past Sierra’s eyes.
She randomly picked a few gowns and asked the salesperson to pack them up. When the two were left alone, Sierra said, “Since you’re paying for the gowns, I’ll forget about what happened. Let me treat you to dinner tonight.”
Christina was surprised, but she did not refuse. “Sure. Where would you like to eat, Aunt Sierra? I’ll book table.”
Putting on an arrogant air, Sierra said, “I said it’s my treat, so I’ll make the reservation. Don’t be late.”
With that, she saved Christina’s number and left with the gowns.
Dinner that night was held at Maple Hotel. It was one of the best hotels in the city and was famous for its
Christina arrived at the private room by following the address.
Food was already served, and several bottles of wine were opened.
“Sit.” Sierra ordered.
Christina took a seat and scanned the table full of expensive dishes such as crabs, foie gras, and caviar.
I didn’t know Aunt Sierra could cat so much.
Sierra’s gaze was cold, and her tone was a pitch higher. “Eat.”
It left Christina feeling puzzled, and she wondered what Sierra was up to.
That was when Sierra’s phone rang.
After answering it, she said, “I’m stuck in a jam, so I’ll arrive a little late. Please help me entertain the guest first.”
Sierra ended the call as soon as the caller acknowledged her orders.
A jam? But she’s having a meal with me. Christina was perplexed.
Seeing Christina had stopped eating, Sierra urged. “Carry on. I heard you’ve got quite an appetite.”
The truth was, Sierra had looked into Christina and learned that the latter had a shockingly huge appetite. Hence, Sierra figured Christina did not control her food intake because she never had enough to eat when she was younger.
An awkward smile formed on Christina’s lips. Who leaked this information?
Nonetheless, she simply smiled shyly and continued enjoying the dessert.
A glint flashed past Sierra’s eyes, and she cussed at Christina in her heart despite looking calm on the
outside. “Carry on without me. I need to go to the restroom for a while. Make sure you open that bottle of wine, too.”
When she finished speaking, she got up and left.
At the same time, Nathaniel and Madison were having a meal in the private room next door.