At that point, Shelley was panicking. What should I do? I’m supposed to give the design drawings to Zachary soon! If I fail to do that, the others will surely make fun of me. They are already jealous of me. If I can’t deliver as promised, I’ll lose my dignity in Radiant Corporation!
She lowered her gaze and saw the picture on her phone screen. All of a sudden, a dark look flashed her eyes. This is it! I’ll submit Ada’s designs!
At ten o’clock sharp, Shelley submitted the design drawings.
Gina’s eyes lit up when she saw the design drawings. “The gown design looks so pretty with jasmine. flowers on it. If the end product has the same effect, it’ll surely sell well.”
“I told you I wouldn’t disappoint you.” Shelley smiled. It’s just a gown. I can also come up with the same design.
“Well done. Proceed to make these five gowns and get them ready by the end of the month,” Gina reminded.
It was a tight schedule because one might need to alter the design halfway through the production. Hence, that could end up delaying the process.
“Should I get Christina to help you? She’s very skillful in embroidery and sewing,” Gina suggested.
“No. Don’t worry, Ms. Tanner. I’ll complete my work on time,” Shelley quickly rejected Gina’s suggestion. I can’t let Christina help me. What if she copies Ada’s design?
“All right, then. I’ll let you get back to your work.”
Shelley held the design drawings against her chest and turned around to leave. I’m good at embroidery and sewing as well. Why would I have a problem making a few gowns?
Meanwhile, Christina finished her work at the office earlier than she had expected.
Since she had a few sets of clothing to complete, she went to the tailor room. The moment she entered the tailor room, she saw Shelley and her assistant cutting the fabrics. She also saw them hiding the fabrics and design drawings the second she walked through the door.
Christina was rendered speechless. Are they worried about me stealing their designs? I’m not even interested!
Christina found a spot to sit down with her back facing them.
The light fell on her delicate figure, and one could see what Christina was doing through the reflection in the glass mirror.
At that moment, Christina was seen spreading out the clothes in her hands and embroidering them quickly and precisely. The way she moved her slender fingers was so smooth that it was as if she was playing the piano.
Upon seeing that, Shelley’s assistant gaped in disbelief. I’ve heard about how skillful Christina is, but I’ve never seen her work in person. She’s in a different league! We need half an hour to finish what she can do in around ten
“Should we ask Ms. Steele for help?” the assistant whispered after Christina left. These design drawings rely heavily on embroideries. Embroidering these jasmine flowers is going to be tough!
Shelley was a prideful woman, so she wasn’t willing to ask Christina for help. “No! How are you a designer if you don’t even know embroidery?”
The assistant didn’t dare to utter a single word in response.
Back at Hadley Corporation, Madison received a call from home. “Maddy, would you like to accompany me to the church during the weekend?” Madison’s mother asked.
“I have a lot of unfinished tasks, though. I’ll go with you next time,” Madison rejected. Since I can see Nathaniel at the office. I would rather stay in the office than go anywhere during the weekend.
Moira Taggart, Madison’s mother, went on to convince Madison by saying, “Well, I heard that Mrs. Hadley is also going to church. Don’t you want to see your future mother–in–law?”
Everyone at home knew what was on Madison’s mind. Since they couldn’t talk her out of it, they ended up helping her instead.
Madison hadn’t seen Julia in a long time. Back then, she used to have tea with Julia all the time, but recently, Julia seemed to prefer Christina’s company.
If I don’t do something about it, I’ll eventually lose Mrs. Hadley’s support. With that in mind, Madison replied. “All right, then. I’ll go with you.”
“I heard that Mrs. Hadley trusts one of the priests in the church a lot. I’ll get the priest to prophesy for you.” Moira was thrilled. If we can get Mrs. Hadley to like us, it’ll be easier to convince Nathaniel.
When the weekend came around, Christina woke up early and changed into a casual outfit. Since she was going to the church, she chose to wear a plain–colored outfit. She even tied her long hair up to reveal her innocent–looking face.
Christina’s mesmerizing eyes were so eye–catching that they could outshine jewelry pieces.
When she arrived downstairs, the butler was already waiting for her in the car.
Nathaniel stopped her from exiting the house and asked, “Have you had breakfast? Where are you going?”
Christina didn’t expect the butler to arrive so early. She didn’t want to keep Julia waiting, so she replied, “The butler is already here. I’ll just eat a slice of bread.”
With that, she walked toward the door. However, Nathaniel went up to her and carried her toward the dining table.
“Eat your breakfast,” he uttered domineeringly.
There was a huge bowl of food on the dining table, and Christina had no choice but to empty the bowl.
She finished the food within a few minutes and asked, “I’m done. Can I go now?”
Nathaniel nodded in satisfaction when he saw the empty bowl. “Sure.”
Only then did Christina leave the house and get into the car to go to the church.
Throughout the years, Julia would visit the church on a particular day every year to pray.
Christina prayed with Julia first before she went to light up some candles with Helen.
“Ms. Christina, you ought to give Mr. Hadley a child soon so that no one can challenge your status in the family.” Helen advised.
“I know.” Christina smiled awkwardly. I thought we should let nature take its course. Besides, I’m not even ready. Nathaniel and I are still so young. We can afford to wait a few more years.
The two chatted for a while more before Julia called out to Christina to see the priest.
The priest was known for his gift of prophesying. He was very famous among the people.
This time, Julia had brought Christina to the priest to see if Christina was a good fit for the Hadley family.
Coincidentally, they bumped into Madison and her mother. They were dressed up in luxurious but modest clothing. At a glance, one could definitely tell they were from a wealthy family.
At that moment, the priest said, “This young lady will surely bring wealth and luck to her future husband.”
A tad embarrassed by the high praise, Madison blushed deeply.
Right then, Moira shot the priest a look.
The priest noticed it and shifted his glance toward Christina. All of a sudden, his expression changed, and he said, “On the contrary, this young lady is anything but that! She’s bringing neither wealth nor luck, and she’s a jinx. Also, she looks so hot–tempered with her gigantic eyes. She’ll be unfilial in the future. Mrs. Hadley, if you keep this daughter–in–law of yours around, she’ll bring bad luck to the Hadley family! You should get someone who brings you good luck instead!”
Those words caught Christina by surprise. The priest’s gaze is so hostile, and it’s so obvious he’s intentionally targeting me. Mrs. Hadley believes him, though. She’ll surely think I’m no longer suitable for the Hadley family.
Christina felt anxious.