“What are you guys talking about?”
Nathaniel walked in, donning a brand–new suit. The sharp cutting of the suit emphasized his figure as a dark and mysterious aura emanated from him.
Sebastian did not reply because he was not used to lying to Nathaniel.
Christina grinned. “I told Sebastian that I’ve sorted out all the data. Do you want to come and take a look?”
It’s only been one night, yet she’s already done arranging all the messy financial data worth months? That sounds kind of absurd. I just hope she didn’t make it messier than it already was.
Nathaniel strode over and bent down to look at the data displayed on the screen.
The look in his eyes darkened within a short span of a few minutes.
Sebastian noticed the grim expression Nathaniel was wearing. Did she mess it up even more?
He walked over uneasily, his heart thumping wildly in his chest. “Mr. Hadley, don’t worry. We can hire people to arrange these data.”
As soon as he said that, his gaze accidentally fell onto the numbers on the screen. The next second, his mouth fell open in shock.
From transactions to exchange rates, everything was neatly arranged in a spreadsheet. He was so shocked that his eyes were as wide as saucers.
“Mrs. Hadley, did you do all these by yourself?”
Christina flashed him a smug smile and chuckled, pleased with herself.
Someone didn’t believe I could process data last night, huh? What’s so difficult about simple accounting? It’s nothing but a piece of cake for a mathematics genius like me!
Sebastian beamed. The messed–up figures that gave him a headache yesterday were now arranged and compiled neatly in a spreadsheet.
“Mrs. Hadley, when did you learn accounting?” he asked in curiosity.
Christina giggled. “I’ve been good with numbers ever since I was young. I earned my own tuition fees for university, and if I didn’t have good number sense, I would’ve been swindled by others.”
The expression in Nathaniel’s eyes turned grimmer when he heard that. Just what kind of life did she live back in the Steele family that caused her to be so calculative?
He gently caressed Christina’s cheek. “Good job.”
Sebastian agreed with Nathaniel. “You’re amazing, Mrs. Hadley. We’ll feel at ease to let you handle the accounting for Mr. Hadley in the future.”
Christina smiled bashfully, her face flushing red.
Sebastian tidied up the documents on the desk and said, “Well, then. I’ll be returning to the company to settle some work matters first.”
The people in the finance department still didn’t know that the issue with the data had been settled. Sebastian couldn’t wait to hurry back and tell them the good news.
He closed the door as he exited the room.
Christina stretched lazily. The morning light fell onto her slender figure and illuminated her porcelain-
Nathaniel massaged her temples as he asked, “What kind of reward would
She’s so lovable. I want nothing more than to give her all the best things in the world.
Christina wrapped her arms around his slim waist and leaned on his chest. Snuggling up against him, she answered, “I’m lucky enough to have such a handsome husband. No reward can be compared to you.”
Nathaniel’s lips curved upward into a smile as he carried her in his arms and walked toward the door. “You must be exhausted. Go and take a rest. I’ll have the chefs prepare some desserts later.”
When Christina heard the word “desserts,” she was reminded of what she had promised Julia and exclaimed, “It’s Thanksgiving today! We have to return to the Hadley residence for lunch.”
After a whole night of sorting out financial figures, such an important issue almost slipped her mind.
Nathaniel furrowed his brows. “You’re not going to take a nap anymore?”
“Nope. Returning to the Hadley residence is more important than taking a nap. Wait for me downstairs. I’ll go change.”
Like an agile little bunny, Christina hopped out of Nathaniel’s arms and ran toward the bedroom.
She freshened up, changed into a new set of clothes, and left with Nathaniel.
Warmth enveloped Nathaniel and Christina almost as soon as they stepped into the Hadley residence.
Helen brought some coffee for the duo and whispered. “Mr. and Mrs. Hadley are in the kitchen cooking. and baking. They get along much better lately. Mrs. Hadley is smiling more often too.”
Speaking of which, Christina deserved some of the credit for Charlie’s return to the Hadley résidence.
No wonder it did not work when the priest ran his mouth in front of Julia.
Christina thought that as long as Linda didn’t stir up trouble, Charlie and Julia’s relationship would be smooth sailing.
Nathaniel and Christina sat and chatted for some time before it was time for lunch.
That was the first time Christina experienced familial warmth and what it was like to laugh and chat over a hot meal with loved ones. To her, such a prosaic occasion was all she could ever ask for.
After lunch, Julia and Charlie went to the backyard to plant some vegetables.
Christina returned to the bedroom to rest, while Nathaniel busied himself with work in the study.
It was dinner time when Christina woke up.
As she got out of bed, she muttered, “Why do I feel like I’m spending this whole day doing nothing but
sleep and eat?”
Nathaniel tousled her hair affectionately. “Isn’t that nice? You’re too skinny. I want to fatten you up.”
The couple made their way downstairs, chatting and exchanging smiles.
The four of them had just sat down around the dining table. when Charlie’s phone started ringing.
It didn’t take a genius to figure out it was Linda calling.
She and Charlie still had each other’s contact numbers even though they had already broken up.
After all, a relationship that lasted years couldn’t possibly be severed just like that.
Julia’s expression turned grim. Her keeping mum about some things didn’t necessarily mean she could turn a blind eye every time.
In the end, Charlie still answered the call after much hesitation. Linda’s alluring voice could be heard from the other end of the call. “Charlie, I made your favorite osmanthus pudding. We used to have it for Thanksgiving every year in the past. I miss you.”
The woman’s captivating voice could be heard clearly through the phone, causing the hairs on Christina’s back to stand on end.
This woman sure knows how to coax a man.
Christina carefully turned her gaze toward Charlie, wondering if he would start to waver.
Julia placed her fork down and spoke while wearing a frosty expression. “It’s been a long time since you two met. You must miss her an awful lot. Go ahead if you want to meet her.”
She would never beg for love and attention and would not settle for insincere love acquired from piteous imploration.
Christina knitted her brows into a frown when she noticed the attitude Julia gave Charlie. She’s basically pushing her husband away by talking like that. It’s better to talk nicely and ease the tension. But, come to think of it, Mrs. Hadley has always been a prideful woman. She’d never give in so easily.
Linda’s voice traveled from the other end of the phone. “Charlie, just come over since she’s already agreed to let you come. I’ll make the table and wait for you.”
At that moment, Linda thought to herself, I know how stubborn Julia can be. As long as I push her to her limits, she might even let me have Charlie.
The heartwarming atmosphere that filled the dining room slowly slipped away as silence enveloped the
Nathaniel was the only one who remained calm and expressionless, as if he had gotten used to such
To him, Charlie’s absence or presence didn’t make a difference.
Just as everyone was waiting for Charlie to leave, he finally spoke after moments of silence. “I’ve told you we shouldn’t meet anymore. Have a nice dinner with Francis. Bye.”
With that, he hung up without a single ounce of hesitation.
His reply exceeded everyone’s expectations.
Even Christina wondered if her ears had deceived her.