Exerting minimal force using his fingers, Nathaniel effortlessly pulled Christina into his embrace.
“It’s getting late, so you can head back now. We’ll discuss the rest tomorrow morning”
Madison felt somewhat upset as she stared at the contract that they had yet to finish discussing.
Back then, Mr. Hadley would insist on finishing his work before taking a break. Now, he’s going to leave his work aside just to be with Christina. I’ve lost count of how many exceptions he has made just for her….
As displeased as Madison was, she had no choice but to suck it up. “Understood,” she said as she retrieved the documents from the desk and left.
Christina was feeling a little sleepy at the time. Seeing as there was nobody else in the study, she muzzled against Nathaniel’s muscular chest and enjoyed the warmth that enveloped her.
“Carry me back to the room.”
Having gotten used to being spoiled, Christina would have Nathaniel carry her around at every opportunity she got.
Of course, Nathaniel didn’t mind it one bit. He gave her a light pinch on the nose and carried her back to the bedroom.
Linda’s birthday was just around the corner.
She had been calling Charlie many times, but she couldn’t seem to get through to him no matter what. It was as though he had blocked her number, and that did not sit well with her at all.
Unable to accept being dumped like that. Linda was determined to turn things around.
Christina delivered the dress she had made to the doorstep.
Thinking that Christina would be able to help with her situation, Linda instructed the housekeeper to have Christina stay for a bit.
Christina assumed Linda wanted to try on the dress, so she decided to stick around as she wasn’t in a hurry to leave.
“Here you go. Ms. Steele. Have some tea while Mdm. Macall tries out the dress.”
Christina picked up the cup of chamomile tea and sipped on it. Mm, it tastes good.
It wasn’t until she finished the tea about ten minutes later that Linda came out wearing the dress.
“You did an amazing job, Christina. It fits me perfectly, so there’s no need for alterations at all,” she said with a satisfied smile on her face.
Christina had sewn some floral patterns on the dress, which gave it an elegant and dignified air.
“I’m glad you like it. Is there anything else I can help you with? If not, I will be taking my leave now,” she replied while getting to her feet, only to feel dizzy all of a sudden. Hmm, this is weird. Am I dizzy because of low blood sugar?
Linda stepped forward and grabbed her by the hand as she asked, “It’s my birthday tomorrow. Will you
please stay and celebrate it with me?”
Her voice was so gentle that it felt as though she had become a completely different person.
“I could just drop by tomorrow. I still have work to do, so I need to get going now,” Christina said and tried to brush Linda’s hand off, only to realize she couldn’t muster up much strength to even do that,
Of course, Linda didn’t care if she wanted to stay or not. She insisted on dragging the younger woman into the room. “Your work can wait. Just stay here and be my guest. I’ll be sure to take good care of you!”
As long as I can get Christina to stay here, Charlie will surely come looking for her!
It wasn’t until Christina felt her dizziness worsen that she realized something was amiss.
I was just fine earlier this morning, so it must be the tea! I can’t believe Linda would resort to spiking my drink just to keep me here!
A few of the housekeepers then dragged Christina’s limp body into the guest room.
“Let me go! What you’re doing is illegal!” Christina exclaimed while they shackled her to the bed.
At that very moment, Linda seemed like a terrifying monster that would eat her up at any moment.
Christina was usually very cautious when out and about, but she let her guard down due to her relationship with Linda. She genuinely did not expect Linda to pull such a dirty move on her.
The look in Linda’s eyes grew icy–cold as she crossed her arms and said. “Come to think of it, it was your fault that Old Mrs. Hadley kicked me out of the Hadley family. Charlie won’t even see me anymore! This is all your fault, so I am going to keep you here until you compensate me for my loss!”
The mere thought of what happened caused hatred to surge in Linda’s heart.
Linda then turned around and stormed out of the room while a cold shiver ran down Christina’s spine.
Her brain was spinning as if she was on a roller coaster.
How is Linda going to make me compensate her? She’s a lot more cunning than I expected. A woman who hogged someone else’s husband for dozens of years is definitely up to no good! Ugh, I can’t believe I let my guard down! The only reason I would even deal with Linda is because she’s Francis‘ mother! I just hope she won’t hurt Nathaniel…
After returning to the master bedroom, Linda felt incredibly depressed when she recalled the moments she and Charlie used to have in there.
Having made up her mind, she sent him a picture of Christina lying on the bed.
He may have blocked my calls, but he can still receive text messages from me!
Sure enough, her phone rang in less than a minute.
Linda felt excited when she saw Charlie’s name on the caller ID. Ha! I knew this method would work!
“What have you done to Christina?” Charlie asked anxiously.
Linda’s lips curled into an icy–cold sneer. “Don’t worry; I won’t hurt your precious daughter–in–law! It’s my birthday tomorrow. You would always prepare a nice present for me and blow the candles out with me. Will you do that for me tomorrow as well?”
She wasn’t about to give up on Charlie. I’ve been by this man’s side for dozens of years and spent my entire youth on him! How could he abandon me just like that? I refuse to spend the rest of my life feeling lonely and depressed!
Charlie let out a sigh as he knew she was threatening him. “I told you, we’re old friends at best. I do not want to get back into a relationship with you.”
His life had improved significantly after he left Linda. At the very least, he no longer had to worry about.
I know I’ve wronged Linda, but there’s nothing else I can do!
His harsh words cut at her heart like a knife. “I don’t care! I want to see you today! You’d better not draw any unnecessary attention if you want Christina to be safe!”
Linda then hung up the phone immediately after saying that.
She was certain that Charlie would not do anything rash because he cared about Christina’s safety.
In the meantime, Charlie tried calling her back, but Linda ignored his call.
Threatening me with Christina’s life, huh? I can’t believe she’d go that far to make me get back with her! How did I not realize back then that Linda was such a ruthless woman?
He slammed his fist on the table as his forehead throbbed violently in anger.
Not wanting to waste any more time, Charlie quickly left the office without any hesitation.
The sky looked incredibly beautiful in the evening with the clouds tinged red by the evening sun.
Linda put a lot of effort into dolling herself up. Not only did she apply a blush to her cheeks, but she also put on a fitting gown that complimented her amazing figure and tied her long hair up in a neat bun. She did not look like a fifty–year–old woman at all.
In order to ensure that she did not lose to Julia, she worked really hard to maintain her appearance every. single day.
Even so, the man she loved still left her regardless.
Linda had a conflicted feeling in her heart as she stared at her reflection in the mirror. It wasn’t until the servant came in and informed her of Charlie’s arrival that she snapped out of her train of thought.
A faint smile formed on Linda’s lips as she got up and headed down the stairs.