The atmosphere seemed harmonious under the dim warm light.
Madison was dressed in an elegant gown with her gaze pinned on Nathaniel, who sat across from her.
They rarely had dinners alone, so she was thankful to Sierra for purposely making such an arrangement.
I must make good use of this opportunity.
“Nathaniel, shall we have some wing?” Madison suggested.
Placing his utensils down elegantly, Nathaniel responded, “As you wish.”
Madison’s heart surged with joy, and she quickly got a waiter to serve them a bottle of wine.
She had prepared a lot for their date that night. For example, she had picked a strong wine that could liven things up.
Meanwhile, Nathaniel glanced at his phone screen to find that Sierra was now thirty minutes late. Hence, he did not think it was necessary for him to wait anymore.
He wiped his lips with a napkin and rose to his feet.
“Nathaniel, where are you going? The wine isn’t here yet,” said Madison in confusion.
“You can have it while waiting for Aunt Sierra.”
He then strode to the door and opened it to find Sierra exiting the other room.
Immediately, his gaze darkened, for he had a bad feeling.
Sensing he was about to leave, Sierra quickly put on a smile. “Oh, my darling nephew. Did you miss me?”
Apart from his parents, Sierra was the only relative who kept him company all year round.
His parents were always busy with work when he was younger. Thus, Sierra was the one who attended most of his parent–teacher conferences.
Naturally, he still respected his aunt.
“Yes,” answered Nathaniel robotically.
Sierra smiled satisfactorily and brought him back to the private room. “Let’s continue eating. I’d like to chat with you.”
The look of dejection on Madison’s face vanished the moment she saw Nathaniel return.
After bringing him to his seat, Sierra poured him a glass of wine.
Just like that, Christina was left alone in the room next door for one hour while the trio chatted happily.
She wanted to go home, but she did not think it was polite to leave without informing the older woman.
Besides, she did not stay idle since there was a waiter who kept bringing in new dishes. Right then, she accidentally ate a piece of pepper, which made her tear up from the spice. She felt better only after taking
several gulps of wine.
After that, Christina tried calling Sierra, but the latter did not pick up.
Don’t tell me Aunt Sierra forgot all about me and went home already?
At that thought, Christina decided not to wait anymore. It was only when she had exited the room did she remember she had forgotten about her handbag.
The wine was getting to her head, making her lose her sense of direction.
Without realizing it, she opened the door to another room, only to meet three pairs of
Silence hung in the air, and the atmosphere gradually became awkward.
Christina’s eyes went wide instantly; she even sobered up a little.
All that traffic jam Aunt Sierra was talking about was just an excuse to stall for time. Her objective was to dump me here so she could bring Nathaniel and Madison together!
Christina’s face grew hot in an instant.
She stared at the trio, feeling tricked and aggrieved.
However, Sierra simply frowned without feeling the slightest bit guilty.
Instead, Sierra cursed inwardly, wondering how Christina knew she was there.
“Who told you to come here? Go back to your private room,” ordered Sierra. She’s interrupting our
Feelings of anger and injustice flooded Christina’s heart while her eyes and nose reddened.
Nonetheless, she was feeling bolder after having the wine. “Aunt Sierra, are you able to digest all that food from two separate rooms?”
“You brat! How dare you speak to your elder like that?” Sierra was enraged.
At the same time, Nathaniel, who was sitting in the corner, had a grim look on his face.
He approached Christina and examined her flushed face. She looked like a poor animal that had gotten lost.
“Didn’t I tell you to not simply take alcohol when you’re outside?”
His magnetic voice was laced with affection and concern.
Christina merely sniffled and said nothing.
I’m such an idiot. I can’t believe I got tricked by Aunt Sierra.
Knowing how awful she felt, Nathaniel bent over and picked her up. Before leaving, he turned around slightly and warned, “I hope you won’t pull such tricks in the future, Aunt Sierra.”
With that, he marched off with a drowsy Christina in his arms.
Sierra was wholly stunned.
She couldn’t believe Nathaniel would speak to a woman with such a gentle tone.
More importantly, Sierra never expected him to speak to her so threateningly.
To Sierra, Christina was like a vixen who ruined her nephew.
After all, the Nathaniel she remembered could never show emotions like that.
Of course, Madison seized the opportunity to insult Christina. “Don’t be angry, Ms. Hadley. It’s normal.”
“How is this normal? Christina’s going to ruin Nathaniel’s life in the future!” Sierra sighed, feeling angry and exasperated.
Meanwhile, Christina pressed her face against Nathaniel’s chest in the moving car. His scent was comforting to her.
If she had known that Nathaniel was right next door, she would have gone over instead of letting Madison take advantage of the situation.
After all, Madison was someone Christina vowed to be wary of.
Christina knew full well Madison was not that simple. The latter was a scheming and dangerous woman.
There was no guarantee nothing would happen, even if Christina knew Nathaniel would never fall for Madison.
Right then, Christina tugged at his tie and narrowed her bright eyes. “You’re not allowed to be alone with Madison in the future, understand?”
After giving it some thought, she added. “Not even at work or any other occasion!”
Nathaniel lowered his gaze a little, noting the jealousy on her face.
The aroma of alcohol intertwined with her natural fragrance was a captivating blend.
Nathaniel raised a brow and smirked. “My wife gets jealous, too, huh?”
Christina pouted, her silence a tacit confirmation.
Seeing she refused to give in, Nathaniel teased, “I wonder who let other women enter my room back then. And now, she isn’t admitting she’s jealous.”
This is an old story already. How does he still remember it? Tsk. How petty.
Biting her lip, Christina snapped, “Fine, I’m jealous. It’s not like I’m getting jealous of someone else. I’m jealous because of my husband, and that’s only right!”
Her defiant expression made Nathaniel chuckle.
He gently grabbed her chin and stared straight into her eyes. “I’ll do as you say, okay?”
Christina nodded, pleasantly surprised by his words. For some reason, she felt as if she was losing herself
in his charm.
At that, Nathaniel lowered his head and planted a kiss on her lips.
The next day, Nathaniel purposely dropped Christina off at the office’s entrance.
Her colleagues who arrived for work in the morning witnessed the scene and were green with envy.
Christina got to work as soon as she arrived at the office. The product needed to be created once the design drawing was completed, and all those were demanding tasks.
She was so busy that she only had a simple lunch before returning to the tailor room.
It took two rings before she answered Gideon’s call.
“Christina, I bought some custard tarts for you. I’m at your company building now. Should I send it up to you?”