The car finally arrived at the Hadley residence.
While getting out of the car, Julia reminded Christina, “Remember to come home with Nathaniel for a
It was Thanksgiving the next day–a day for families to gather.
Christina felt her heart expanding with warmth. “Okay, Mom.”
After Julia and Helen had gotten out of the car, the driver brought Christina back to Scenic Garden Manor.
Documents were displayed on Nathaniel’s table in the study.
Meanwhile, Christina poured a glass of warm milk before heading upstairs.
After all, she heard from one of the kitchen staff Nathaniel skipped dinner and went straight to the study. to deal with some matters the moment he got home.
Christina could not bear to let him go hungry.
“Why are you still working when it’s so late?” she asked as she pushed the door open, only to be greeted by a strong stench of blood.
Her stomach churned. Before she could even do anything, the scene stunned her.
Several fierce bodyguards were beating a man up.
It was a scary sight, for the man was covered in blood, barely breathing, and unrecognizable due to his swollen features.
Madison looked over and glared at Christina from an angle where Nathaniel could not see it.
Disdain filled Madison’s heart when she saw the shocked expression on Christina’s face. “Please excuse us, Mrs. Hadley. We’re handling some official business.”
What kind of business requires torturing people?
Christina’s fingers that held the glass of milk trembled. She hesitated for a moment and entered the room.
Before she could even steady herself, Nathaniel pulled her into his arms.
His firm chest emanated a warmth that seemed to surround her.
Nathaniel glanced over at his subordinates. “Take care of this. Send him to the police station.”
“Understood, Mr. Hadley.”
The bodyguards quickly brought the man out of the study.
Before leaving, the man pleaded, “Please forgive me, Mr. Hadley. Don’t-”
As soon as he was brought away, the housekeeper promptly entered and cleaned up the study.
No blood traces could be found on the sparkling clean floor.
Only then did Christina ask with concern. “What were you guys dealing with earlier?”
Things looked quite serious earlier. Otherwise, they would not have beaten the man up.
Nathaniel lifted the glass of warm milk and took a sip while his right hand remained wrapped around Christina’s waist.
Sebastian chipped in, “The finance department’s data had a few problems that messed up all the current accounts. It was a serious matter that required Mr. Hadley to take care of it himself.”
It turned out that a competitor bought over an employee from the finance department. The latter changed a part of the financial data, which messed up the accounts.
In fact, the matter was so serious that all the employees of the finance department had a hard time trying to resolve the problem, despite working overtime.
Jealousy bubbled in Madison’s heart as she watched Christina lean into Nathaniel’s embrace.
Christina looks so clueless. I bet she doesn’t even know what a data table is.
That was when Madison was even more determined to make Nathaniel know Christina could not help him when he needed it.
Only I can help relieve him of his troubles.
“Nathaniel, I’ve contacted an experienced data engineer, Mr. Darian Jarrett. I can get him to help with Hadley Corporation’s accounts,” said Madison confidently.
Sebastian’s eyes lit up. “Can you really get Mr. Jarrett’s help? It’s not easy to invite him over, you know?”
Anyone with experience in the business industry would have heard of that name before.
If he could help Hadley Corporation with the financial data, the data could be recovered in no time.
Madison smiled, feeling proud of herself. “Of course. I just have to call him.”
She stared at Nathaniel seriously, “I can get him as long as you give me the green light.”
After saying that, she cast Christina a look of disdain.
However, Nathaniel put down the glass and pondered about it before saying, “There’s no need for that. It’s inconvenient for a stranger to get involved now.”
Hadley Corporation’s financial data was in a mess. The consequences would be unimaginable if someone were to do something to it.
Sebastian understood Nathaniel’s concerns, but the finance department’s accounts were too messed up. It would take a lot of time to take care of it.
“How about I give it a try?”
Christina’s sweet voice broke the silence, causing the other three to turn to her in disbelief.
After all, she made it sound as if it was a simple matter.
Madison rolled her eyes inwardly. What a joke. Does she think she can simply give it a try like it’s a piece of
With a questioning tone, Madison said, “It’s not that we don’t believe you, but a part of the data is messed up, and some are missing. Even a professional data engineer might not be able to recover it. Do you still want to give it a try?”
Christina could sense the mockery in Madison’s words. Regardless, she could not be bothered to entertain the scheming woman.
Madison’s hatred for Christina had reached the point where she would throw shade at the latter behind Nathaniel’s back.
The more Madison did not let Christina try, the more the latter wanted to try.
Casting Nathaniel a gentle gaze, Christina asked, “Can I give it a go, Nathaniel?”
Nathaniel patted her head and agreed, “Sure.”
Madison felt as if her heart were crushed by a huge rock the moment she heard his answer.
“Mr. Hadley, the data is no joke. It’ll only make it harder to recover once it’s messed up.” She had no plans to let Christina shine.
The study was instantly filled with a tense atmosphere.
Not knowing who to side with, Sebastian simply kept quiet and waited for Nathaniel’s answer.
Meanwhile, Nathaniel fixed his gaze on Christina’s delicate face and gently tucked her hair behind her ear. “Give it a go. It’s okay if you don’t know how to solve it.”
Christina nodded. “Okay. I’ve informed the kitchen to prepare dinner. Go have your dinner first. I’ll work on it in the study.”
Before Nathaniel could answer, she added, “Don’t skip your meal. I’d be worried if you starve yourself.”
Her words put Nathaniel in a good mood. “Okay.”
Christina then turned to the other two. “I’ve asked the kitchen to prepare your portions, too. Go on and enjoy it together.”
Sebastian was touched. “Thank you, Mrs. Hadley.”
On the other hand, Madison did not want to accept the kind gesture, but she did not want to miss out on having a meal with Nathaniel, either.
When the three left the room, Christina picked up the documents on the table and flipped through them.
It took her a short while to finish reading them before turning on the computer to check which data was
Not long after, she found a breakthrough.
In the meantime, Nathaniel quickly finished his meal and went upstairs to his room.
Madison, on the other hand, kept thinking about Christina.
Suddenly, her eyes gleamed as an idea popped into her mind.
After finishing her food, she went into the kitchen, poured a cup of coffee, and added some powder to it.
Christina will surely be hospitalized once she drinks this. Then, I can recommend Mr. Jarrell to Nathaniel again. All the credit will then belong to me!
Madison could not help but smirk at the thought of that, and she headed upstairs with the coffee.