“Mr. Hadley, it’s been a while. Let’s have a drink first.”
Aldrich had collaborated with the Hadley family previously. Their meeting this round was because their contract had expired.
For the five years that the two had collaborated, they had a considerably fruitful collaboration since their profits had been increasing.
The Anderson family was in the business of dried fruit exportation and subsequently expanded to exporting various goods. They mainly relied on the Hadley family’s ships for their exportations.
Nathaniel lifted his wine glass and took a sip. His unfathomable eyes darkened.
Not bothering with superfluous words, he went straight to the main point. “I heard you wanted to extend the contract date, Mr. Anderson. I want a zero–point–five percent increase in profit.”
Even though a zero–point–five percent increment sounded little, it would be a difference of tens of millions for large–scale projects.
Hugging a woman with his right hand and holding onto a wine glass with his left, Aldrich laughed. “That’s not a big issue. We have been working for so long. I know you’re a fair man, Mr. Hadley.”
The Anderson family still had to depend on Hadley Corporation to earn money, so naturally, he did not want their relationship to turn sour.
Moreover, the increment was considered reasonable.
Aldrich nudged the woman in his embrace. “Are you not going over to thank Mr. Hadley?”
The woman stood up. She had a tall and slender figure and a pretty face. Her makeup was so thick she looked like a saucy vamp as she walked toward Nathaniel.
Aldrich had especially brought her along to offer her to Nathaniel.
She did not know Nathaniel was so handsome prior to seeing him. One glance was enough to make her heart thump wildly.
Before she could get anywhere near Nathaniel, she was stopped by Sebastian. “Mr. Hadley isn’t interested. Please step back.”
Mr. Hadley can’t touch other women. He’ll be in danger. Besides, this woman isn’t Mr. Hadley’s type at all.
That woman’s expression changed slightly. I haven’t even done anything. How does he know he won’t like it? I’m such a perfect woman. Any man would fall for me!
Nathaniel’s handsome face gradually turned grim. Even though he remained silent, his gloomy expression was equivalent to a tacit rejection.
To butter up to Nathaniel and forge a good relationship, Aldrich basically gave up a woman and offered her to the former. Little did he imagine that the former was not pleased with it.
Nonetheless, Aldrich did not appear awkward. After all, he had met many men who would find excuses to reject him the first time.
That’s merely all on the surface. Which man in this world isn’t into good looks?
“Mr. Hadley, Ms. Taylor isn’t like any other woman. Perhaps you’ll know once you give it a try. There’s not need to reject my offer. We’re all men; we understand.”
Many liked offering women to build relationships in the business circle because that was the fastest way to forge a connection. It gave off the vibe that they would be in the same boat since they sinned together.
That way, no matter what collaboration it was, all negotiations would be smooth sailing.
Nathaniel abruptly rose to his feet. “I’ll get my assistant to send the contract over tomorrow. As for that woman, I’ll leave her to you, Mr. Anderson.”
Behind him. Aldrich wanted to say something else, but the tall figure had already walked toward the door.
It was that woman’s first time being heartlessly rejected. That man never even tried. How would he know he doesn’t like me?
With a darkened gaze, she passed by Sebastian and strode toward the exit.
Before long, she caught up with Nathaniel…
She took a gentle leap and wrapped her arms around Nathaniel’s shoulders. “Mr. Hadley, why are you leaving so quickly? Are you shy to see me? Why don’t I accompany you for a while longer? Or I can follow you back too…”
Then, she insolently planted a kiss on Nathaniel’s ear. A gush of searing heat surged through the man, and he began to display allergy symptoms.
-It almost felt like he had lost control of his heart, and his breathing became extremely difficult.
He forcefully swung the woman off him. “Get lost!”
His voice was deep and hoarse, a sign that he was having an allergic reaction.
Frustration overwhelmed Sebastian. Does this woman not understand what I said? I told her not to get close to Mr. Hadley. How dare she pounce on him?
He quickly went up to support Nathaniel. “It’s my fault for not keeping an eye on this woman, Mr. Hadley. Let’s head back first.”
The whites of Nathaniel’s eyes became blood–red, and his breathing gradually grew difficult.
With great difficulty, he coldly ordered, “Let’s go.”
“Yes, Mr. Hadley.”
Sebastian followed Nathaniel out of the private room, leaving behind the utterly stumped Aldrich.
Rumor has it that Mr. Hadley stays away from women. I always thought it was because the women weren’t pretty enough to catch his attention. So it turns out the real reason is that he can’t touch women?
Soon, at Sharbrook Manor, the sound of a car’s engine rang out from the courtyard.
Christina, who was lying on the couch, jumped to her feet like an agile cat and ran outside in small steps.
“Nathaniel, you’re back-”
Before she could finish her sentence, a tall figure leaned on her slender shoulders.
A cloying scent of perfume wafted into Christina’s nostrils. She narrowed her eyes slightly as she grew wary. “Where did you go? Why do you reek of perfume?”
A jealous expression crossed her face. “You were out till this hour and stink of alcohol. Don’t tell me you went to look for women!” she grudgingly complained.
Following behind Nathaniel, Sebastian was nonplussed yet amused. Mr. Hadley will experience an allergic reaction all over his body when he touches women and might even need to visit the hospital for emergency treatment if it’s too severe. How is it possible that he’d go and find women?
“That’s not it, Mrs. Hadley. A business partner tried to offer Mr. Hadley a woman. Mr. Hadley firmly rejected it at once, but who knew that the woman would actually pounce on him. That’s why there’s a perfume scent on Mr. Hadley.”
Christina looked at Sebastian quizzically. “Then why is he burning hot all over as if he is having an allergic reaction?”
There were many small, red bumps on Nathaniel’s neck area, and it was apparent it was an allergy symptom.
Just as Sebastian wanted to respond, Nathaniel shot him a warning look. “T–That’s because Mr. Hadley ate mushrooms. He can’t eat mushrooms; otherwise, he’ll have an allergic reaction…”
Christina furrowed her brows in doubt. Why haven’t I heard that Nathaniel is allergic to mushrooms before this?
–“Mrs. Hadley, bring Mr. Hadley to the room to rest first. I’m worried that he’ll feel unwell.” Sebastian was
so anxious he was about to burst into tears.
If it weren’t for Mr. Hadley refusing to go to the hospital, I would’ve sent him there to get a shot. At least this is the safest and most reliable way to deal with his symptoms.
“All right. I’ll call you if there’s anything.”
Like a small bunny supporting a giant beast, Christina held onto the towering man. That sight was, in fact, somewhat bizarre yet heartwarming.
After heading upstairs, she brought a towel moistened with warm water to help Nathaniel wipe his face.
Under the lighting, there was a dazed look in Nathaniel’s usually hostility–laced gaze. A frown marred his countenance slightly, and under his high nose bridge were his alluring lips. He exuded an immense masculine aura from head to toe, leaving one mesmerized by his good looks and charm at a glance.
“Oh… Why do you have that many red spots on you? Why don’t you go to the hospital to have it checked?”
Christina was undoubtedly stunned by the sight. She initially thought he was only showing symptoms around his neck. Only after unbuttoning his shirt to reveal his defined chest did she realize that the signs. were showing on his body too.
This looks pretty serious. He can’t stay at home any longer.
–As she reached for her phone to call Sebastian, a hand seized her wrist with immense strength.