The car made its way back to Scenic Garden Manor.
In the car, the three of them stared at each other as a heavy silence hung in the air.
Charlie let out a soft sigh. “Christina, I’m sorry for my inability to handle this situation properly.”
If I had made myself clear from the very beginning and told Linda to give up, this wouldn’t have happened to her.
Christina shook her head gently and replied, “I’m fine. Don’t tell Nathaniel about this.” Her voice remained calm.
Julia’s expression turned grave as she contemplated the consequences of Nathaniel discovering this incident. She was well aware that her son would not let the matter slide easily.
Christina is so thoughtful it makes me feel sorry for her.
“We’ll handle it. You should get some rest back at home! Julia told her.
Christina parted her lips to say, “Good night, Dad and Mom.”
She opened the door and got out of the car to head into the house.
The drug’s side effects had worn off, but Christina felt herself getting drawn to the bed.
Her mind was muddled, and her footsteps felt burdened as she made her way to the bed. Exhausted and drained, she collapsed onto the mattress, succumbing to the embrace of sleep without even realizing it.
In the middle of the night, she found herself stirring as someone called her name repeatedly.
A warm breath tickled her ear, seemingly draining away the moisture in her body, leaving her feeling parched and dry.
Christina forced her eyes open and saw Nathaniel’s handsome face in front of her. His hair was wet; it seemed that he had just stepped out of the shower.
A few strands of his disheveled hair dangled above his forehead as he fixated his intense gaze on her.
His jaw tensed as he spoke, emitting an intimidating aura.
“Why didn’t you answer your phone?” Nathaniel asked nonchalantly.
Christina reached out for her phone instinctively and realized she had missed at least a dozen of calls.
My phone was taken away from me when I got locked up, so I didn’t get to answer his calls.
Before she could reply, Nathaniel placed the back of his hand on her forehead and furrowed his brows. “You’re running a temperature. Why didn’t you say anything about that?”
Christina let out a weak grunt. “No wonder I felt so sleepy earlier. It’s fine. I just need more sleep.”
She didn’t feel like explaining things and ended up not revealing how Linda kept her captive to Nathaniel.
Nathaniel pulled a face and began to blame himself. “I had no idea you were ill the entire day. Let me get the doctor to check on you.”
He pulled out his phone to summon the doctor.
Christina studied Nathaniel’s handsome face, which was now only inches away from her. It was a rare sight to see him with such a serious expression. A deep furrow formed between his brows as he emanated a dark and unapproachable aura.
He’s angry and worried because of me.
With that thought in mind, Christina felt warmth and bliss spread all over her heart.
Soon, the doctor arrived and checked her thoroughly. He then prescribed her some traditional medicine before leaving.
Christina fell asleep a while later..
Her peaceful slumber was abruptly interrupted by the repulsive odor of a medicinal concoction the following morning. With a grimace of discomfort, she reluctantly opened her eyes, her face contorted in anguish. “What on earth is this? It stinks!”
“It’s traditional medicine. Be good and take it so you can recover,” Nathaniel coaxed her gently.
His deep and charming voice was music to Christina’s ears.
“Can I not drink it and take some pills instead?” Christina replied, not daring to open her mouth wide.
“Traditional medicine is good for your health and won’t burden your stomach,” Nathaniel explained.
He gently supported her, allowing her to rest against his chest as he carefully fed her the concoction like she was a child in need of care. “Be a good girl.” he whispered soothingly. “Once you finish the medicine, rest at home. I’ll come back as soon as I finish my work to keep you company.”
Christina had to pinch her nose to finish the concoction. The liquid stained her lips as she complained, “Oh, it’s so bitter…”
Before she could finish her words, Nathaniel held her nape gently and raised her chin to give her a kiss.
His fresh breath spread across Christina’s mouth, chasing away the horrible medicinal aftertaste.
She couldn’t help but marvel at how soft his lips were.
Christina pushed him away and asked, “It’s so bitter. How could you stand it?”
“It’s pretty sweet to me,” Nathaniel replied, giving her a pointed look..
His intense gaze captivated her, stirring feelings of admiration and affection within her.
Christina felt her cheeks warm up under his intense gaze. As the subtle heat spread to her ears, she instinctively pulled the covers up. “You should go to work now,”
The intensity of his stare made her feel as if he could burn two holes right through her with his penetrating eyes.
Nathaniel gave her head a gentle pat. “I’ll head to work now.”
He then left the bedroom.
Meanwhile, the housekeeper was cleaning the kitchen.
“Should I throw away this pot of medication?” she asked.
Raymond swiftly intervened, stopping her from discarding the medication. “Wait! That’s the medicine prescribed by the doctor to aid in Ms. Christina’s recovery and enhance her chances of conceiving. She needs to take it twice a day, so please make sure to bring it to her.”
The housekeeper nodded profusely and put the lid on the pot. “Got it. I’ll bring it to Ms. Christina on
Christina slept soundly and only woke up in the afternoon. She felt much better after getting some rest.
Feeling bored, she packed up and headed to her studio.
Rayne was organizing the fabric in the tailor room. No one was there to supervise her, but she didn’t slack.
She was surprised to see Christina showing up at work. Ms. Steele, I thought you won’t be coming today as you’re feeling unwell?”
“I feel much better now. I’m here to prepare our upcoming collection,” Christina told her.
Running a studio was no easy feat. With her brand being relatively unknown, releasing a new collection. would likely go unnoticed by the public,
When she was working at Radiant Corporation, the designs she produced didn’t belong to her.
Right now, Christina had to create a collection with her own unique style to attract the public’s attention. Her phone rang with a call from Francis.
As the call connected, his deep and melodious voice resonated. “Christina, regarding what happened yesterday… Are you okay? My mother didn’t mean to harm you. Allow me to apologize on her behalf.”
Christina did not expect Francis to personally call her to apologize. “Don’t worry about it. It’s already in the past. However, I want to make it clear that I won’t be designing any clothes for her anymore.”
The thought of how extreme Linda was still sent shivers down her spine.
Francis fell silent for several moments before rasping out, “I’m sorry.”
Christina hummed in affirmation. “I accept your apology. If there’s nothing else, Fll end the call.”
Francis sensed that Christina’s acceptance of his apology was only out of obligation as she owed him one. and it weighed heavily on his heart to hear her cold tone.
“By the way, I left my ring at your studio that day. I’ll drop by later to get it.”
Christina was perplexed. I didn’t see his ring when I cleared up the lounge that day.
“Why don’t I deliver it to you once I’ve found it? It might not be appropriate for you to visit in considering your identity,” she suggested tactfully, implying that she preferred him not to come by.
“I happened to be shooting in an office nearby. It won’t take long. I’ll be there soon.”
With that, Francis ended the call.
Christina placed her phone aside and got to work.
She became so immersed in her work that she lost track of time, only lifting her head when someone took her tablet away from her.
It was Francis, who had showed up with dessert. “You have caught a cold. Here, have some ginger tea and take a short break.“