Christina flipped open the documents on the table in the study of Sharbrook Manor and brought them to Nathaniel. She asked, “Are these the important documents you guys were talking about?”
Nathaniel gave it a quick glance and hummed in response.
“You left such an important thing lying around. Aren’t you afraid I’d steal your documents and sell them?” Christina edged half a step toward him with narrowed eyes.
Fortunately, she had taken caution when she left earlier.”
Logically, Nathaniel would never forget to bring such important documents, and Sebastian would have reminded him even if he did.
Christina had sensed that something was amiss, so she purposely did not touch the document. Instead, she used the instruction manual of a recently purchased massage chair to pass it off as the documents.
Nathaniel glanced at her coldly and spoke. “You won’t.”
Nathaniel spoke with certainty as if he were living inside her head and could read her mind.
Christina flashed him a thumbs–up in agreement. “That’s for sure. Do I need to go through all that trouble when I can just get what I want from you by asking directly?”
Christina’s chubby checks and her slightly curved lips made her look like a cute porcelain doll.
“It’s very late now. I’m going to sleep. You should go and rest early too.”
Christina tiptoed and gave Nathaniel’s expressionless face a peck before saying softly, “Good night.” She stretched lazily before turning and leaving the study.
Christina felt shielded from those icy–cold, sharp eyes of his after shutting the door. Nathaniel’s occasionally made her feel uneasy despite having spent a lot of time with him.
I know very well that Madison had devised tonight’s scheme. I think Francis and Madison have some sort of relationship because of this. Could they be working together to scheme against Hadley Corporation?
Christina did not stay idle despite being at home.
After checking on her mother in the morning, she contacted a real estate agent to look at some studios.
The studios in remote areas were too far from home. Christina did not want to spend so much time driving every day, as it would be a waste of time.
However, she was not sure if she could afford the high rental costs in the city.
The agent took her to an office building in the city center after driving to various locations.
If one looked toward the south of the building, one could see the ocean. The place was facing the bustling city center, and Hadley Corporation was right across the street.
Why are we back here after going to so many places?
Christina looked in the direction of the city center in confusion. “I can’t afford to rent such an expensive office. Isn’t the market price for a place like this at least forty to fifty thousand a month?”
In truth, she really liked this place. It had a great location and was spacious.
The agent stated with a smile, “It’s not expensive at all. The landlord is a wealthy nouveau riche with countless properties. He rents them out at a reasonable price, but the only requirement is that make a mess of the place.”
He had purposefully driven Christina around aimlessly in the morning before finally taking her to the intended place.
He thought that Christina would definitely be exhausted from checking out so many locations, and she would now undoubtedly be tempted by this spacious and comfortable environment.
Christina nodded in assurance and uttered, “That won’t be a problem. I’m a designer. At most, I’ll do some sewing. I won’t be working with paint.”
Furthermore, Christina was a neat person and liked a tidy environment.
The agent clapped his hands in excitement. “That’s great! Let’s sign the agreement right away. The rent will be eight thousand a month. This mustn’t be an issue for you since a dress designed by you is worth way more than that.”
“Eight thousand? Is it really that cheap?” Is this a scam?
Christina felt doubtful. How can it be this cheap?
The agent patted his chest and assured firmly, “I’m absolutely not lying to you. The rent won’t go up. for the next three years as long as you sign the contract. You can rest assured.”
The agent felt his argument was not convincing enough, so he continued, “You can trust me completely. For Ms. Cook’s sake, I wouldn’t dare to deceive you even if you gave me the guts. I’m telling you this because of our friendship. There’s a lot of competition for such an affordable place. If you don’t sign the lease, other tenants will, you know.”
Christina thought about it, and she felt that his argument made sense.
Christina had a smooth experience buying Sharbrook Manor before. Therefore, she trusted this agent.
She signed the documents after giving them a thorough reading and making sure there were no mistakes.
Christina was convinced she had a stroke of luck that day for managing to rent a great studio in such a good location for such a low price.
The agent looked at the signature, overjoyed. “Okay, here’s the key. I can get off work now that my job here is done.”
Christina nodded. “Thank you for your hard work.”
The agent/walked out and got into the elevator before calling the behind–the–scenes wealthy backer. He said, chuckling, “Mr. Hadley, everything has been taken care of. Mrs. Hadley has already signed the
Nathaniel’s calm voice rang out from the other end. “Excellent. The commission will be transferred to
Mr. Hadley genuinely cares about Mrs. Hadley. He rented out such an expensive office for the lowest price possible. I guess it’s true when they say some people were born to be happy.
“Thank you, Mr. Hadley. I won’t disturb you then.” The agent hung up the phone and was so happy that he almost jumped.
Wealthy people are so generous. This deal alone is what I make in half a year.
On the other side, Nathaniel stood by the floor–to–ceiling glass window at Hadley Corporation.
He glanced at the office building across the street, and he could clearly see Christina’s studio from there.
Christina was taking a photo with her phone. Very soon, he received a message on his phone.
It read: Isn’t the new studio I rented pretty? Does it look nice?
Nathaniel’s lips curled up as he looked at the photo on his phone.
I can just stand by the window whenever I want to see her in the future.
Nathaniel typed a reply on his phone: It looks nice.
Soon, Christina sent a message in response with a smiley face emoticon: It’s across Hadley Corporation. We can go to work together in the future.
A faint smile appeared on Nathaniel’s countenance as he sent: Sure.
He would have built Christina a studio with transparent glass walls next to the CEO’s office if she was willing. This way, Nathaniel could see Christina whenever he raised his head.
That would be truly wonderful.
Nevertheless, Nathaniel had to proceed slowly and not rush, or else she might become upset again.
Sebastian knocked on the door and came in. “Mr. Hadley, it’s almost time for the meeting with a business partner. Can we head out now?”
Why is Mr. Hadley smiling at a glass window? What’s so fascinating about it?
Nathaniel retracted his gaze and hummed in response. He walked out of the office.
There was the smell of tobacco and alcohol mixed in the air in the private room.
The temperature of the atmosphere dropped by a few degrees the moment Nathaniel walked in and sat in
Nathaniel sat next to Aldrich Anderson, the man with the most assets in the area.