Christina smirked internally.
From those words, she knew that Holly was only here to take a look at her design.
Couldn’t she have come up with a better excuse? Does she think I’m stupid? Like I’d show her my design just because she asked for it!
“Sorry, but I’m going to bed. Let’s talk another day.” With that, Christina slammed the door shut.
Holly stood outside in a daze before cursing to herself. “Godd mmit, Christina! Who do you think your are? The fact that I’d even ask to look at your design shows that I actually deem you worthy!”
If it wasn’t because you had some somewhat decent designs in the past few rounds, I wouldn’t even look at you! What makes you think I’d stand next to someone who graduated from a lousy school?
The contestants were given only one day, so everyone stayed in their rooms and worked on their designs except for when it was time for meals.
Christina had spent the night drafting her design, and things were going well for her.
Suddenly, a growl from her stomach reminded her that she hadn’t had breakfast.
Hence, she grabbed a jacket, put it on, and headed downstairs. The dining area was full of ingredients, but contestants were required to cook their own food.
Christina made herself a dish with tomatoes and beef, spending less than twenty minutes to fill her tummy.
Recalling that her design was still lacking color, she rushed back upstairs so she could finish her draft.
Then, she noticed that her door was slightly open.
Her gaze darkened as an ominous feeling rose within her. She was sure she had closed the door before leaving.
However, contestants would leave their doors unlocked while outside as they didn’t have the keys to their
Christina entered just in time to see Holly leave, and the two stood in front of each other, face to face.
“What are you doing in my room?” Christina asked icily.
She made her intentions clear last night, and now she snuck into my room while I was out. Isn’t it obvious what she’s after?
A look of panic flashed in Holly’s eyes as she rushed to hide whatever she was holding behind her. She had not expected to bump into Christina.
In a split second, the woman pretended to scan the room’s interior before responding. “I thought this was my room.”
Christina smirked. Our rooms are just across each other’s, but mine is right next to the stairs! There’s no way she could’ve gotten our rooms mixed up.
Stealing Her Design
“You’re already drunk before even having a sip of alcohol this morning?” she sneered,
Insulted by her frankness, Holly turned beet red.
Even so, she knew she was in the wrong and could say nothing to retaliate.
Christina stepped forward to block her way. “What’s that you’re holding behind you? Is it my design?”
It was my mistake for not carrying my draft with me. I’d be in big trouble if she actually found it.
Scowling, Holly took a step back and held her phone even more tightly. “Oh, please! Why would I steal your design? Have some self-awareness about the difference between us, would you? I wouldn’t bother looking at your design even if it were right in front of me!”
She gave Christina a shove and fled with a hint of guilt on her face.
Then, she slammed her door shut and locked it upon returning to her own room.
Christina turned around to check her notebook. Thankfully, it appeared untouched and remained where it originally was.
She then locked her door and carried on as though nothing had happened.
After toiling the whole night, she finally filled in all the colors for her design, and she went to bed near dawn.
The next day, the crew summoned every contestant to the studio for filming.
The first segment involved contestants showcasing their designs according to the assigned order.
Christina was last, whereas Benjamin went first. He confidently presented his design drawing. From the color coordination and smoothness of the lines, it was evident that the man had a solid foundation.
Selena’s lips curled in satisfaction.
Margaret and Nancy were up next. Given that they were both apprentices of a well-known designer, their standards were certainly above average.
It was Holly’s turn next, and everyone on the scene was taken aback as soon as she unveiled her work.
Her design drawing was certainly tonight’s best.
Even the staff members who weren’t involved in fashion complimented her design and expressed that she would surely win tonight.
Holly was secretly pleased as she heard the people around her gasping in awe.
Yet, before she could say anything, Selena asked, “Is this your work?”
Holly eyed Christina briefly. Seeing the look of astonishment in the latter’s eyes made her gloat internally.
“Yes,” she answered confidently. “I spent a really long time coming up with this design-”
“Unbelievable. You have the audacity to claim it as yours?” Selena cut her off.
Holly grew bewildered. “What are you talking about, Ms. Selena? This is my design!”
Stealing Her Design
She glanced at Christina anxiously as a dreadful feeling began to stir within her.
Today’s the day we officially unveil our designs, and there’s no way she’s seen Christina’s work yet. Even if she has, I can just say this is all pure coincidence.
The audience members stared at one another, clueless as to what was happening.
Did she plagiarize someone’s design?
Selena’s expression turned even more grim as rage filled her eyes. “You practically redrew my design. without even changing the colors, and now you’re claiming it as your own? I’ve never met someone as shameless as you!”
The crowd was stunned.
What? This is Ms. Selena’s design? How reckless could Holly be? If she wanted to plagiarize, she should’ve at least stolen the work of some random designer that no one knows. Did she do this on purpose to challenge Ms. Selena, or does she think everyone else is plain stupid?
Holly felt a chill run down her spine as her fingers grew cold. “This is your design, Ms. Selena? But it’s obviously Christina’s…” Her whole body had turned numb by now.
But I found this design in Christina’s room!
The drawing had caught her attention at first glance, and she was sure she’d win tonight. Yet, who would’ve thought?
Christina! She set me up!
Holly felt even more humiliated than if she had been outright berated. Her eyes gleamed with panic and terror. Well, if I’m going down, I may as well take her down with me!
With that in mind, she pointed at Christina. “I found this design in Christina’s room, so whatever she’s about to show us will definitely be the same as what I’ve just shown you! Take a look at her design drawing if you don’t believe me!”
She had searched Christina’s entire room and found only one drawing book. There were many designs in it, but only this one was meant for Selena.
That’s why I’m sure she wanted to plagiarize Ms. Selena! It’s just too bad that I was up first, so now I look like the bad person!
The audience turned to Christina disdainfully, their hearts filled with skepticism. So, who plagiarized who?