Christina was typing away on the keyboard in the study when the door was pushed open. She stopped what she was doing and looked up to find Madison placing a cup of coffee on the table. “Mrs. Hadley, I’m
about what happened earlier. I was just worried about the company’s data. Are you still mad at me?” Her attitude had taken a hundred–and–eighty–degree turn.
Naturally, Christina noticed the woman’s awkward smile.
What’s this woman up to this time?
Smiling, Christina said, “I’m not.”
Madison broke into a relaxed smile and pushed the cup of coffee to Christina. “Will you drink this cup coffee to accept my apology?”
She had prepared that medicine before coming that day. One serving was all that was needed to make the consumer have diarrhea.
No one else will get in my way once Christina’s gone.
Christina eyed the cup of coffee in front of her. For some reason, she had a feeling that Madison was up to something fishy.
Just as she was about to reach for the cup, a figure suddenly rushed in.
The cup of coffee was snatched and finished by Sebastian before the two women could react.
Christina was lost beyond words.
What’s Sebastian doing?
Meanwhile, Madison was livid.
That fool! Has he lost his mind? Why would he take that cup of coffee?
Sebastian gulped the entire coffee, leaving not a single drop behind.
He was still panting as he placed the cup down. “I’m sorry, Mrs. Hadley. I was too thirsty. I hope you won’t mind it.”
Earlier, he had noticed Madison adding something to the coffee, but he was not sure what it was.
He simply guessed it was Madison’s medicine. The moment he saw her entering the study with the cup coffee, something clicked in his mind.
Worried Madison might cause trouble, he quickly snatched the coffee and drank it.
Sebastian’s unusual behavior made Christina suspicious.
He’s always been a steady person who’s rarely this reckless. I’m sure he knows something.
Christina responded calmly, “It’s okay. It’s late, anyway. I don’t want to drink any coffee.”
Smiling sheepishly, Sebastian said, “We shall not bother you anymore, then. We’ll be going back first.”
With that, he dragged Madison out of Scenic Garden Manor.
While Madison drove the car to the hospital, she questioned, “Are you an idiot? Do what that was? How could you drink it just like that?”
Ugh! This idiot is so frustrating!
A frown appeared on Sebastian’s forehead. “You’re the idiot here. How dare you make a move on Mrs. Hadley? You’ll lose your position as an assistant once Mr. Hadley finds out about it.”
Madison gripped the steering wheel tightly as the cold air entered her lungs, allowing some of her rationality to return.
If something happened to Christina after taking the coffee, Madison would be the first to get kicked out by Nathaniel.
Hence, she would lose her chance to handle the finance department’s matters.
I’ve always been a calm person. How could I panic and make such a mistake? If Sebastian did not interfere… the consequences would’ve been terrible.
At that moment, the medicine’s effects kicked into action. Sebastian paled and frowned. The pain in his stomach was so intense that he felt like crying.
“What did you put into that cup of coffee?” Sebastian was on the verge of tears.
Madison hit the steering wheel and snapped. “Laxative. Why did you drink it? You could’ve just poured it away.”
“I don’t want to talk about it anymore.” The situation earlier was too urgent that he downed the coffee. without thinking it through.
They soon arrived at the hospital, but it was still too late.
Sebastian was given a gastric lavage and an IV drip. At the end of it, he had already passed out.
Meanwhile, at Scenic Garden Manor, Nathaniel had just finished showering when he remembered he had a few documents to take care of. Hence, he called Sebastian.
However, it was Madison who answered it. She briefly explained the situation and hung up to settle the medical bill.
“What’s wrong with Sebastian?” asked Christina with concern.
Putting down the phone, Nathaniel answered plainly, “He’s not feeling well.”
He was all right earlier. Did he eat something wrong?
Suddenly, Christina frowned. Could it be the coffee?
As she carefully recalled Sebastian’s unusual behavior from moments ago, she understood something.
Madison tried to drug me!
Right then, the light in front of her was blocked out as Nathaniel massaged her forehead with his finger. “Is it too difficult? Don’t think about it, then.”
Snapping back to her senses, Christina looked up and smiled innocently. “It’s not. I was thinking you should sleep early tonight while I stay up to work. That way, I can experience what it’s like when you work alone.”
What’s it like spending countless nights dealing with data at the office table?
Hearing that, Nathaniel kissed her forehead, her lower lip, her nose bridge, and her cheeks.
Christina felt his soft, warm lips seal her airway. At the same time, she felt as if she had fallen into a gorgeous sea of roses.
Moments later, she tiptoed, placed her hand on his shoulder, and pushed him to the door.
She was not strong enough, so she struggled to push Nathaniel, who had a muscular body.
Noticing how much she was struggling, Nathaniel had no choice but to walk to the door.
“It’s late. You should rest.”
Christina smiled smugly as if to warn him not to disturb her while she was working that night.
“Okay, then. Good night,” said Nathaniel.
Christina quickly shut the door and returned to the desk to continue working.
Christina was still seated in front of the computer even when the sun slowly lit up the night sky and poured dazzling rays into the study room.
Her eyes were glued to the dense data on the screen for a final check.
Suddenly, the door was pushed open urgently, and in came Sebastian. He looked as pale as a sheet.
His heart lurched. As soon as he recovered, he got discharged and rushed back to check on the finance department’s matters, which he had been worried about.
Christina looked up lazily. “Thank you for drinking that cup of coffee on my behalf. It must’ve been hard on you.”
She did not give him the chance to lie about it.
Sebastian’s lips quivered. “Mrs. Hadley, can you please don’t look into this matter? Madison won’t do it again.”
Christina snorted. Won’t do it again? She’ll definitely do it again, if not worse.
Noting the protective look in his eyes, Christina narrowed hers and guessed, “You like her, don’t you?”
Sebastian froze, and he panicked under her gaze.
He could not believe he was frightened of a woman who was much younger than her.
Still, her piercing gaze was too much like Nathaniel’s.
“It’s not that. I just don’t want you to be hurt, and this will only make Mr. Hadley worry. Madison and I
have been working together for many years. She’s helped me a lot. That’s all.”
He just did not want to lose a good colleague.
Christina was simply testing Nathaniel. If he was a sentimental person, perhaps it was not a bad thing to have him around Nathaniel.