At that moment, the gates of the Lachlan residence lay in tatters.
A group of men in black barged in. The man in the lead emanated a menacing aura that resembled a king going to battle. His imposing air alone had people backing away from him in fear.
“Who are the lot of you? How dare you trespass on the Lachlan residence?” The Lachlan family’s bodyguards wanted to stop them, but they were severely outnumbered.
Worse still, the other party’s bodyguards were all well–trained. They were not their match at all.
After a few rounds of fighting, all the bodyguards of the Lachlan family were laid out on the ground.
Nathaniel led his men right into the house. Seizing the butler, he demanded coldly, “Where is Christina. confined?”
The butler was scared out of his wits. “In the basement.”
As though discarding a piece of trash, Nathaniel flung him away and headed toward the basement.
The butler instantly phoned the head of the family, Dagon Lachlan, to inform him about the situation. “It’s bad, Mr. Lachlan! Someone broke into the house to rob and vandalize!”
“Who is that audacious person? I’m coming back right away!”
It so happened that Dagon was having lunch with a few friends from Jadeborough with ties to the underground circles. When they heard that trouble had transpired at the Lachlan residence, they promptly offered to follow him back to help him teach the intruders a lesson.
Readily accepting their support, Dagon rushed home with three or four big shots.
Nathaniel found the basement in no time. The instant he pushed open the door, the coppery stench of blood hit him in the face strongly.
His brows creased, and unease swamped him. “Christina?”
Christina was huddled in a corner. It was not until she laid eyes on the man that she trotted over. “I think I killed someone, Nathaniel.”
She could not be sure of that, but Wulfric had been bleeding incessantly.
Nathaniel went over and checked the man over before remarking impassively, “He isn’t dead.”
He would not be worried even if Wulfric were dead since it was entirely self–defense.
Shrugging off his suit jacket, he draped it over Christina’s dainty shoulders and scooped her up. “It’s all right. We’re going home.”
Christina nodded blankly, never having expected him to force his way in to save her.
Just as they left the living room, they unwittingly bumped into Abigail, who had just returned.
“Why are you out and roaming about, b*tch?” She had planned on imprisoning and starving Christina for a few days. When the latter had no strength left to put up a fight, she would then torture her.
A layer of frost blanketed Christina’s eyes. She’s the woman who brought me to such a place!
Nathaniel’s expression was chilly and stony. Radiating a wintry aura that reminded one of a snowstorm, he barked furiously, “The Lachlan family has got some guts to make a move against my woman!”
“It was your woman who hit my son first! You’re being wholly unreasonable!” Abigail found nothing wrong with her actions.
That b*tch is at fault for making the first move!
“Save me. Mom…”
A weak voice drifted into the air. It was Wulfric, who had crawled out on his broken legs.
His face was swollen beyond recognition, and his limbs were injured. He looked just like a toy that had been wrecked.
At the sight of her son, Abigail swiftly threw herself at him in anguish. “What happened to you, Wulfric? Why are you wounded so severely?”
“It was Christina. It was all her doing. Mom, you must help me…” Before Wulfric could finish speaking, he passed out from the excruciating agony battering him.
Seeing red, Abigail immediately ordered someone to take Wulfric back to his room to rest.
At that precise moment, the rumble of an engine sounded outside the house.
When Abigail heard that her husband had returned, glee flooded her like a tidal wave.
I’m never allowing Christina to leave today even if it means going to blows!
Dagon stormed into the house with three big shots from the underground circles.
“Whoever dared break into the Lachlan residence today will have his leg forfeited!” he roared as soon as he stepped into the house.
The instant he spotted the tall figure before his eyes, however, he was dumbstruck.
Although he had not met Nathaniel much, the man’s icy and terrifying aura was unforgettable.
Mr. Hadley? Why is he here?
At once, Abigail stepped forward and took his arm, wailing, “It was Mr. Hadley here who forced his way into our house, Darling! He even threatened to burn this place down! Hurry up and seek justice for us!”
Having said that, she shot Nathaniel a cold glare. “Do you know that the elders of the Hadley family used to be exceedingly close with us back then? Do you really want to sever the friendship between the two families to kick up a fuss today?”
-He wasn’t even born when we fostered ties with the Hadley family! Yet, he dares to make such trouble for us now?
“You should’ve expected this since you dared to hold my wife captive.” Nathaniel did not budge an inch.
With Christina in his arms, he walked toward the door. Unfortunately, Dagon took a step forward and stopped him. “Kid, I know you young people are ignorant, but you’re not leaving unless you apologize today.”
Ignoring him, Nathaniel continued striding ahead.
Dagon had wanted to have the three big shots behind him step in and back him up. Unexpectedly, they had gone silent ever since they saw Nathaniel. In fact, their expressions had changed imperceptibly.
If we’d known before coming that the person he offended was Mr. Hadley, we would never have tagged along to join in the fun!
Following that turn of events, they tactfully pushed their lackeys, who were blocking Nathaniel’s path,
“Move side! Don’t block Mr. Hadley’s way!”
The lackeys were all geared up to fight, only to be shoved away by their leaders unbidden.
The crowd parted to open up a path, none daring to make trouble.
Such rage blazed within Dagon that he almost burst a blood vessel. They promised to seek justice for me. Why have they now gone back on their word and helped Nathaniel instead?
The look on Nathaniel’s handsome face remained imperious. Carrying Christina in his arms, he walked
out of the house.
He got into the car and went straight back to Scenic Garden Manor.
Only when the man and his party had left did the three big shots kindly urge, “Mr. Lachlan, you’d best apologize quickly for whatever wrong you committed. The Hadley family today isn’t an existence you can afford to offend. It isn’t that we’re snobbish, but even the three of us combined can’t afford to offend Mr. Hadley, considering his current status.”
After saying that, they left with their lackeys.
Dagon was shocked to the core. Never had he imagined that the three prestigious big shots in the underground circles would actually back down at the sight of Nathaniel.
Could it be that the Hadley family has had other businesses all these years, and their development has already surpassed that of stable prominent families like mine?
Abigail seethed inwardly upon seeing that Nathaniel and Christina had left without incident. “You’re allowing them to leave just like that, Darling?”
Dagon’s temper spiked. “This is all your fault for not educating our son well. Look at the heir of the Hadley family. He has already expanded his family’s power and influence. What else can our son do other than create trouble all the time?”
The Lachlan family has indeed suffered a disgrace this time. Nothing can change that fact. Right now, I only hope Mr. Hadley doesn’t pursue the matter.
At Scenic Garden Manor, Christina’s mood improved significantly after she took a hot bath.
She carefully cast her mind back.
Why did a video of me hitting Wulfric leak out? Was someone secretly filming me at that time?
After she finished bathing, her mind started whirring again. Hmm, surely, some people took photos at such a party. Perhaps I might discover some clues if I were to go through them.
She contacted Gina and asked for the photos taken that day. Of course, one person’s album would be limited.
For that reason, she obtained the contact of a few ladies who were also in attendance that day and asked them for their photos.
Coincidentally, one of them had taken a good deal of photos.
As Christina flipped through the photos, she soon caught sight of a familiar figure.