A dull thud echoed through the silence.
Christina fell heavily into what seemed like a pit, with the smell of dirt filling her nostrils and making her cough.
She realized her ankle was injured as soon as she moved.
Before she could react, she heard the sound of something heavier falling in beside her.
“Christina, are you hurt?”
A man’s low magnetic voice came through the darkness, followed by the faint moonlight revealing the
Christina was so angry that she hit him on the head.
“Why didn’t you tell me it was you earlier? You scared me!”
Francis rubbed his head. He wasn’t angry; instead, he simply chuckled. “I told you not to run, so how could you blame me?”
He added, “This area was rented out to a film crew for filming, and many areas are still under construction. You’re bound to get hurt if you run around.”
Christina rolled her eyes in frustration.
No wonder the streetlights suddenly went out. The film crew had finished filming and left.
What an embarrassing blunder I’ve made!
“You need to call for help. I sprained my foot and can’t move now,” Christina said, looking up at Francis.
Judging from the length of time she had been falling, the pit was not shallow and was actually very deep.
Climbing up without tools or assistance was impossible.
Francis patted both his empty pockets helplessly.
“I was filming just now and didn’t bring my phone. What about you?”
Christina had brought hers, but it had fallen out when she fell.
She sighed lightly, feeling as if even the heavens were playing a trick on her.
They could only wait until someone noticed they were missing and came to look for them.
“It’s just my bad luck,” Christina said, sighing.
“Don’t be so down. So many people want to spend a night with a big celebrity like me, yet they never get the chance to. Yet, you sigh?” Francis sat next to her as he said that in a teasing tone. He added with a snort, “I didn’t even complain about you, but you’re already complaining about me?”
Christina was amused by his teasing and laughed. “You’re never serious,”
“Why bother being serious? Nobody cares about me anyway.” Francis said with a scoff.
His father had not returned to his mother’s villa recently, so she cried every day. He didn’t know how to comfort her.
He knew from a young age that some things were only temporary.
One day they would have to leave, and he wouldn’t be able to hold on to anything.
Coincidentally, a director found him and offered him a job, and he accepted it simply because he thought it would be a fun thing to do.
Francis, who was usually carefree, was suddenly emotional, leaving Christina at a loss for words.
The two sat together, not knowing how much time had passed until Christina started to feel sleepy.
The cold wind kept blowing, making her feel even colder and more exhausted.
Suddenly, warmth spread from her shoulders.
Francis was dressed in an ancient costume for the film. Right now, he had taken off his cloak and draped it over Christina.
“Don’t give me your clothes. You’ll catch a cold and blame me later,” Christina said, trying to return the cloak to him.
In fact, she had a sweater on underneath, so it wasn’t too cold for her.
“No need. I’m wearing an ancient costume, so there are quite a lot of layers.” Francis said, holding her small hand.
Her hand was so cold that it felt like a block of ice.
Christina gently pulled her hand back, wrapped the cloak around her, and stopped arguing.
The night seemed endless, and they didn’t know when someone would realize they were missing.
They watched as the darkness gradually faded into light grey, then to pale blue…
Christina’s eyes were already sporting dark circles.
When it was a little brighter outside, the film crew, who had arrived early for the filming, finally discovered that the two of them had fallen into a pit.
“Francis, how did you fall in?”
Several people brought a rope and pulled the two up.
Christina’s clothes were all dirty from the soil, and she found her phone next to the pit. When she picked it up and checked, she saw that she had more than a dozen missed calls.
She hadn’t returned to her room last night, so Nathaniel must have been worried.
With that thought in mind, she quickly returned the call and explained the situation. However, she didn’t
mention that Francis had also been there.
After hanging up the phone, she thanked them and was about to leave.
“Your foot is injured. Shall I carry you back?” Francis said worriedly.
Christina waved her hand. “There’s no need for that. Nathaniel will come to pick me up.”
If Nathaniel saw them, it would only lead to misunderstandings.
“Hey, we’ve been through adversity together, but you’re now acting like you’re trying to avoid me,” Francis said with his hands in his pockets and a hint of complaint in his tone.
“Consider it as me owing you a favor.”
After Christina finished speaking, she hobbled away on one foot.
Her clothes were covered in dirt, and her hair was somewhat disheveled. Moreover, she was hopping away like a rabbit, so seeing her from the back was quite amusing.
Christina hopped for quite some time and finally saw Nathaniel’s anxious figure.
The man’s cold and handsome face was full of displeasure as if he wanted to question her harshly.
Christina immediately pouted aggrievedly. “My foot hurts so much…”
Nathaniel’s angry words were immediately dispelled as he gazed at her injured ankle with a look of concern. It was visibly swollen and red.
He bent down slightly and picked her up. “I’ll take you to see a doctor.”
Back in the room, the doctor had just rushed over from the city center.
After examining Christina’s foot, the doctor provided some anti–inflammatory treatment and prescribed some medication for her to take.
“Be careful and don’t aggravate the injury, or else you won’t be able to wear high heels in the future.”
The doctor smiled. Although it was just a sprain and there was no major problem, if she didn’t rest properly and caused her ligaments to be injured, she wouldn’t be able to manage vigorous movements again in the future.
After the doctor left, Christina dug out her pajamas from her luggage and prepared to take a shower.
She had just taken a few steps when her body was lifted up.
“The doctor said not to move around too much,” Nathaniel said with half–lowered eyes.
“But I want to take a shower.” Christina blushed.
Her clothes were covered in soil, and she needed to change before she could sleep comfortably.
“I’ll help you.”
As he spoke, he carried her into the bathroom.
Inside the bathroom, Christina was placed in the bathtub, and Nathaniel helped her take off her coat and
Christina’s delicate curves were faintly visible beneath her thin blouse.
He lowered his head gently and kissed her thin lips as the smell that was uniquely hers entered his nostrils…
Christina pushed him away and lowered her head shyly. “You go out. I’ll do it myself.”
Nathaniel stared at her reddened face and couldn’t bear to tease her.
“Then call me when you’re done with your bath.”
Due to her ankle injury, Christina couldn’t participate in any activities for the next two days.
Since she could only rest in her room, she decided she might as well follow Nathaniel back.
After she rested for a few days at Scenic Garden Manor, her foot finally fully recovered without any lingering effects.
While Christina lay in bed reading a magazine, Gideon called again.
Although she had asked Nathaniel to pressure Gideon to pay back the debt on behalf of the company, it was just a show of force, and no threats were actually carried out.
They had given Gideon enough time to repay the debt. Was he calling to plead not to pay back the money?
Christina hesitated for moment, but she still answered the call.
“Christina, I brought your mother to the Steele residence. If you want to see her, come and visit in person.”
It was Miranda on the other end of the call. Her voice was sharp and grating.
mother there? If you dare to harm her, I will not let you go!”