Following Jewel’s shrill voice, the entire backstage plunged into silence.
Striding over, Christina studied the woman in front of her. “Thank you for liking my designs, miss. But a client has already reserved the gowns. As such, I can’t sell them to you.”
It was a good thing that people loved her designs. For that reason, she did not take offense to the fact that the woman came backstage without permission.
However, Jewel merely snorted coldly before slowly removing her top hat.
Without the cover it provided, her beautiful countenance came into plain view of everyone there. Isn’t she the female celebrity who’s exceedingly popular recently and has even been nominated as one of the top ten beauties by
From her figure and looks to her aura, she was indeed outstanding.
Noticing the astonished gazes all around, Jewel was inwardly smug-
“Let me tell you the truth–you’re lucky I took a fancy to your designs. I want to buy your dresses to be used during the filming of my new movie. You have no idea how many prominent brands are vying to sponsor me for free, but I turned them all down. Now that I’m giving you an opportunity, you should
She sounded as proud as a peacock.
It was as though she was someone high and mighty who was being very much charitable.
Everyone there was well aware that if a movie star were to wear a designer’s creations during filming, it would definitely boost the brand’s popularity and attract immense attention.
Such a golden opportunity could be considered a windfall, which anyone would rush up to grab hold of
Unexpectedly, Christina held Jewel’s gaze calmly and declined placidly. “I’m really sorry, but someone has already reserved the gowns in this series. That aside, this batch’s gowns are limited editions, so I can’t sell
“How impudent of you!”
In a flash, Jewel’s eyes blazed scarlet. How dare this woman turn me down?
She felt as though she had suffered a slap in the face by her own doing, and her blood boiled.
Fine! Since she wouldn’t comply even when I was being amicable, there’s no need for me to be courteous to her!
A layer of frost blanketed her eyes. “Who do you think you are to reject me? With a single word from me, I guarantee you that no one will dare place an order from your studio henceforth!”
Verily, Christina could not fathom what the big deal was that the superstar before her was on the warpath. Is this just because my gowns were already reserved by someone else? If so, isn’t she a bit too extreme?
Not wanting to ruin her good mood, she turned to Rayne and ordered evenly, “Please see this lady out.”
Right then, everyone present could sense the tension in the air. Rayne timidly murmured in acquiescence.
She walked over to the two women and made a sweeping gesture. “This way, please. Ms. Lacroix.”
A crisp slap split the air. Rayne’s face stung painfully.
She gaped at Jewel in disbelief. Never had she imagined that the latter would get physical with her.
She seemed easygoing and friendly on television. So, it was all an act?
At the sight of her assistant being assaulted, the temper Christina had been suppressing promptly erupted.
“Why did you hit her?”
She stalked over and shielded Rayne behind her.
Utter mortification swamped Rayne after having been slapped across the face. After all, anyone would be embarrassed to be subjected to a smack in public.
Nonetheless, she did not want Christina to get into trouble because of her. Thus, she whispered. “Forget it. Boss. I’m fine.”
Although she never had any contact with the entertainment industry, she knew all too well that celebrities had hot tempers.
Meanwhile, Jewel wore an unrepentant expression on her face. In fact, she stared at Christina with provocation brimming in her eyes.
The look in her eyes seemingly dared the latter to do something about it.
Hmph! Serves her right for being so ungrateful and rebuffing me!
All sound in the air seemingly screeched to a standstill. The staff members were wholly dumbfounded.
It was probably also their first time seeing a celebrity striking someone because she could not get to buy the gowns she desired.
Whoa! She shouldn’t be putting the blame on the designer. If she has the guts, she should go and seek out the person who bought the gowns!
If Christina were to allow Jewel to leave without incident, she would also be losing her pride alongside that slap.
In truth. Jewel slapped Rayne on purpose to embarrass Christina.
Well, we shall see whether she’d be so bold next time to refuse my request!
Christina’s eyes narrowed a fraction. She was not infuriated because of her pride then. Instead, it was due to the fact that her assistant had been struck without reason.
“You must apologize today, Ms. Lacroix!” Her tone was firm, leaving no room for negotiation.
A smirk curved Jewel’s lips.
She wants me, a superstar, to apologize to an insignificant assistant? What a pipe dream!
Beside her, her assistant stepped forward and inserted herself between the two women. “Who are you that you dare speak to Ms. Lacroix in such a manner?”
Christina’s face was stretched taut, and she did not budge an inch. “I don’t care who you are! If you don’t apologize, I’ll lodge a police report! Don’t think that slapping someone is a trivial matter. If this matter escalates to the authorities, not only will you have to apologize, but you’ll also need to write me an apology letter!”
None of those present had ever expected the woman who appeared as docile as a kitten to stand her ground suddenly. Furthermore, it seemed that she was not someone to be trifled with.
Jewel’s expression changed imperceptibly. She wants me to apologize? No way!
At that precise moment, a series of steady footsteps rang out.
Nathaniel’s tall figure approached, his powerful aura rendering him the center of attention.
The instant Christina saw him heading toward her, she was just about to speak when Jewel at the side beat her to it. The latter rushed up to the man. “Someone is picking on me, Nathaniel! Since we’re family. come and help me!”
As soon as her words rang out, shock flooded everyone there.
Why did she say that they’re family?
Christina had no idea when Nathaniel had gotten himself a family member who was a celebrity. Don’t tell me she’s some distant relative or something
A frown marred Nathaniel’s countenance, He went to Christina straight away. “What happened here?”
A trace of suspicion showed on Christina’s impassive face. She briefly explained the matter, saying. This lady here wished to buy the gowns used during the fashion show, but Mrs. Jillings has already reserved them. She insisted on having them and even hit my assistant.”
I don’t care how big of a fuss she wanted to kick up, but hitting my assistant was out of line. She’s simply unreasonable!
Still. Jewel felt that she had done nothing wrong. This is the Hadley family’s territory, so what even if I was in the wrong? Now that I’ve got someone backing me up. I can even have this designer apologize!
“It’s your honor that I wanted to buy your gowns! Yet, you dared to show such impertinence and refuse me?”
Nathaniel’s gaze darkened a shade. “Cut it out. Go out first.”
Jewel felt as though she was hearing things.
He’s actually siding with the designer? Am I hearing him correctly?
“I… Nathaniel!” It was her first time losing an argument, and chagrin inundated her. Argh! I haven’t gotten her to apologize to me yet!
Regretfully, she did not dare say anything further when she glimpsed the icy look in the man’s With a harrumph, she spun on her heel and stormed off.
The staff members backstage no longer dared tarry to watch the show. They dispersed and went about
their respective tasks.