Everyone glanced in the direction that Julia was pointing, only to notice Christina’s trembling gaze.
Christina was surprised that Julia would publicly admit that she was the Hadley family’s daughter–in–law.
What shocked her more was that Julia actually defended her after finding out that someone else had pretended to be Ada.
She felt a sense of security, having been defended by an elder.
Walking to the stage, Christina looked at the confused audience and explained, “It’s true that I designed. this Jasmine series!”
Undeniably, she admitted that she was Ada.
Shelley gaped at her in disbelief. Christina’s actually Ada? Why didn’t she say it from the beginning? Why has she been concealing it from me? Did she do it on purpose to humiliate me in front of everyone?
“You’re so cruel, Christina. You’ve already thought about how to sabotage me right from when I used Ada’s name, right?” With her face filled with fury, Shelley wished for nothing more than to rip the skin off Christina’s face to vent her anger.
Christina raised her brows, a look of disdain flitting across her eyes. Is Shelley acting all indignant even though she’s the one who stole my designs?
She then glanced upward coldly, not making any concessions anymore. “Firstly, anyone can use the name. Ada. I don’t have special rights over it. Second, if you haven’t stolen my designs, would you be in this pathetic state now?”
Having asserted the truth so firmly, Christina dismantled all excuses that Shelley could possibly fabricate.
As if someone had just skinned her alive, Shelley glared at the other woman furiously and bellowed, “Let me tell you this. It’s not over between both of us!”
She’s the one who has done something wrong. How dare she speak in such an arrogant tone? Snorting coldly, Julia said, “Yeah, it isn’t over. I bought the designs for the gowns, so the design rights belong to me too. Since you’ve stolen the designs that I’ve bought, you’ve committed the crime of theft. Please head to the police station now and explain yourself!”
The police had already arrived at the scene by then.
After finding out what had happened, they immediately surrounded Shelley. “Ma’am, someone has sued you for infringement. Please follow us to the police station.”
As if she had just been electrocuted, Shelley felt her mind go completely blank.
When she returned to her senses, she was dragged off the stage and pulled away in front of everyone’s
“I didn’t! I’m not going to the police station. Let go of me!”
Shelley struggled with all her might to break free. If she went to the police station, it would stay on the records. There would be a taint in her life then.
Yet, no matter how loudly she declared her innocence, no one stepped forward to help her.
Looking at Shelley being dragged away, Christina felt a sense of pity.
When she had seen the same designs, she felt uneasy too. Just when she was about to demand an explanation from Shelley, Julia intervened unexpectedly.
After that dramatic ordeal, Julia brought Christina down the stage and introduced Christina as her daughter–in–law to her friends.
She had never realized that Christina was such a capable woman. It was quite an honorable thing to have a famous designer as her daughter–in–law.
News about this spread like wildfire.
Soon, everyone in Jadeborough knew that Christina was Ada, and everything she designed was of the utmost quality.
Julia sent Christina back to Scenic Garden Manor at night.
“Your designs are amazing. Don’t hide in the future. If you’re capable, you should show off your skills to
Christina felt extremely touched, for Julia used to look down on her occupation.
“Thanks, Mom. I’ll do my best!”
There was nothing that could make her happier than having her family support her career.
Julia nodded. “Very good. Consider resigning and starting your own company. Nathaniel can afford the
funds needed for you to do so. If it’s insufficient, you can ask me for money.”
Start a company independently?
Christina had such a thought before. However, she was worried that she might not manage the company well due to her inexperience…
Noticing her silence, Julia seemed to be able to read the worries in her mind. “Believe in yourself and your husband. He’s an elite who has ruled the business industry for years. He’ll help you bring the company to
Christina could not help but burst out laughing. Looks like Mrs. Hadley has high praise for Nathaniel’s abilities.
“Okay, I’ll tell him.”
After the car arrived at Scenic Garden Manor and Christina alighted, Julia returned to the Hadley residence.
Meanwhile, Shelley sat beside the cold concrete wall in the police station, her heart as heavy as a stone that had fallen down a bottomless well.
Her makeup was completely smudged due to her tears, making her look extremely pathetic.
“Someone’s here to bail you out, Shelley Jansson.”
Shelley clambered to her feet and hurriedly dashed out. The place, which was filthy and dark, scared her
to her wits ends. She did not want to stay in a place like that for any longer.
F*ck Christina! This is all thanks to her. I definitely won’t let this slide easily.
Shelley jumped into Betty’s arms after exiting the lobby. “Mom!” Tears instantly streamed down her cheeks.
Zachary had rushed out the moment he heard the news. When he saw how dejected Shelley was, he felt
He did not understand why Shelley would copy Christina’s works for no reason.
Yet, since both of them hail from important connections, it was hard for him to handle the situation.
Zachary consoled. “Don’t worry. I’m quite familiar with Christina. I’ll ask her to withdraw her lawsuit against Shelley.”
Betty, who had no idea what happened, was filled with anger when she saw how devastated her daughter was. “Shelley will never plagiarize someone else’s work. Christina definitely wronged her! I won’t let this slide so easily. I’m going to counter–sue her!”
Having seen all the details and ample evidence, Zachary knew that Christina definitely was not defaming Shelley.
When he glanced at Shelley, her gaze flitted. She then looked away completely, as if attempting to escape from the problem.
The few of them left the police station after finishing all the paperwork.
Shelley stopped her act of crying upon reaching home and called a private detective. “I’ll pay you five hundred thousand for all the information you have regarding Christina!”
Soon, a thick document of information regarding Christina was sent to Shelley’s inbox.
She would not let this slide so easily, nor would she admit that she had plagiarized.
Instead, she would dig out some dirt on Christina, for she did not believe that Christina, who came from. such an ordinary family, would have a clean background. She must have spent a lot of effort to climb to this position.
As expected, Shelley managed to find something interesting from that stack of information.
Back at Scenic Garden Manor, Christina was wiping her hair with a towel in the master bedroom. As she gazed at the moon outside the window, she started to get distracted by her thoughts.
Suddenly, her phone rang. It was a call from Zachary,
Since Shelley was Zachary’s cousin, she knew that he had called to plead for leniency.
Although she was furious, she did not want to press the matter further for Nathaniel’s sake.
When she accepted the call, Zachary’s friendly voice rang out. “Have you slept, Christina?”
“Not yet,” she replied. “I know that you’re here to speak on Shelley’s behalf. However, the person suing her
isn’t me. It’s Mrs. Hadley. I’ll try to sneak in some good words tomorrow and try my best to convince her to withdraw the lawsuit.”
Zachary did not expect Christina to be so direct and generous.
He had already prepared to bribe her through Radiant Corporation’s shares. However, Christina was so straightforward and didn’t even ask for anything in return.