That night, the designers saw a clip of the latest episode. With male stars and models joining the show, the view count soared.
The designers in the show also gained more followers, and Christina noticed the followers of her social media account exponentially growing.
If the clip is online, then Nathaniel must have seen it.
A wave of worry washed over Christina as she stared at her phone. She could already imagine the scowl on Nathaniel’s face once he saw the video.
After a moment of contemplation, she decided to be honest with him, so she made a video call to him.
The man picked up fairly quickly.
Christina noticed that he was still in his office, and the sky outside the room was dark. Stars dotted the sky, but nothing was as radiant as Nathaniel himself for Christina.
“Nathaniel, are you still working?”
Nathaniel’s heart skipped a beat when he heard her voice.
“Mhm. How are things on your side?” he asked.
Christina was confused by his calm demeanor, for he was usually upset if she interacted with Francis.
Could it be that he hasn’t seen the video?
With that thought in mind, confidence fled her. “Did you see the competition video? I’ll be partnering with Francis for the next round.”
“I saw. So, what do you want to tell me?” Nathaniel’s gaze darkened almost imperceptibly, but she could sense the murderous aura he exuded even through the screen.
Christina howled miserably in her mind. Why did it feel like he was asking her to write a reflective essay after she made a mistake?
She was at a loss as she stared at his stern face. It felt as if the two were fighting an invisible battle.
Christina’s heart was in her throat. She feared that he would demand her to go home if he became upset.
Hence, she had no choice but to attempt to salvage the situation. Lifting her chin, she buffed and said, “But this isn’t my fault. It’s yours!”
Nathaniel furrowed his brows and gazed at the puffy-cheeked woman on screen questioningly. In an irked tone, he said, “It’s my fault?”
Sebastian, who was right beside Nathaniel’s desk, discreetly wiped the cold sweat off his forehead.
Is Mrs. Hadley trying to make Mr. Hadley mad? Can’t she have called him after I’m done with my report? At this rate, I’m going to suffer the brunt of Mr. Hadley’s wrath! If Mr. Hadley is furious, we, his employees, are going to be
Feeling conscious of Nathaniel’s angry glare, Christina sniffled and bit her lower lip. “That’s because you’re
too outstanding, and the show can’t afford to invite someone as prominent as you. That’s why they hired all these random people. I’d say that they’re boring. To stay in the competition, I had to think about you all the time to get my inspiration. You have no idea how much I miss you…”
The roaring tidal waves in Nathaniel’s eyes calmed down and turned into gentle lapping waves as a smile grew on his face.
Staring at her, he muttered, “Focus on your competition, then. I’ll come and visit you when I’m done with work.”
Meanwhile, Sebastian was thinking, God, this is the first time I’ve been blinded by PDA in my twenty-and-more years of living. Mrs. Hadley’s great at brainwashing others. Did she just say that the best actor right now is one of the random people? Amazing. Who could stand the bombardment of sweet nothings from her but Mr. Hadley? I have to say that I’m truly impressed. No wonder people say that she’s a sweet girl. No one can hold their ground after her attacks!
Nathaniel felt that Christina had taken his soul with her as he heard her say, “All right. Remember to come. and visit me when you’re free. I love you!”
She then gestured a heart to him while beaming brightly.
Even though Nathaniel seemed calm, he was screaming internally. He wished he could pull her out of the phone, kiss her, and hold her tightly.
Christina then gave him a flying kiss. “Good night, Darling!”
Once the call ended, Christina let out a sigh of relief.
She had finally cajoled Nathaniel enough that he was happy, and that felt like the hardest thing she had had to do in her life. It was much more challenging than having to sew her designs, for she was terrified of upsetting him by saying the wrong words.
As she lay on the bed, she mulled, I wasn’t lying about my lack of inspiration, though. Since Selena said that we need to design a new style for them, that means I have to transform Francis’ style instead of sticking to his current one.
Chapter 240 Changing Partners
Designing a themed attire for the partner beside us?
Christina grumbled under her breath, “Can I change my partner?”
Her work efficiency was going to be affected if a man like Francis was going to stare at her.
“How can you say that? People are scrambling over each other to be in a team with me,” Francis protested.
His desire to take revenge was visible in his eyes. “You should appreciate your chance to work with me. After all, the major labels are all competing against each other to convince me to wear their clothes when I walk down the red carpet.”
Francis was over a hundred and eighty centimeters tall with an unbelievably alluring face. He had no excess fat on his waist, and he had the perfect body proportion. In other words, he was flawless, and the suits he wore always sold out.
Unable to find any excuses to reject him, Christina said, “Hah! I just hope you won’t be in the way.”
For case of shooting, Selena had even rented a mansion for the cast to rest in, and she even made sure that each designer had their own room.
Moreover, the studios were stocked with different kinds of equipment and fabrics to ensure that they could reach their maximum potential.
After sending them there, the photographers stayed behind to take photos of their daily lives and working schedule before uploading them on the internet.
Christina’s room was on the third floor. She had no idea whether or not the staff knew about her master’s history with Zele, but Margaret and Nancy turned out to be staying opposite her.
What a small world, Christina scoffed internally.
On the other side, in the conference room, the executives of the program were staring at the results of the viewership, which had exceeded their expectations.
“This is a brilliant program! We have over a hundred million for the first episode. Our station won’t fall from grace!”
“This is all thanks to the CEO inviting Ms. Selena here. Her appearance was what caught the people’s attention.”
The CEO of the station was shaking his leg as he smirked. Pulling the director aside, he uttered, “You need to keep the viewership high by creating highlights. You know what I mean, don’t you?”
“Of course. I’ll give it my all, but Ms. Selena…” the director hesitantly answered.
Back when they invited Selena to the program, they had promised her that things would be fair and square. If Selena were to find out that they had pulled underhanded tricks, things might go south.
Still, a businessman only cared about the viewership and profits that a television program could rake in.
With dark eyes, the CEO uttered, “I didn’t ask you to alter the ranking. Selena can have whatever she wants, but you can do whatever you want behind the scenes too.”