The studio’s turnover reached its pinnacle after Gladys Jillings purchased all the gowns that night.
As a result, Christina no longer had to rush with her work during the following period. She could take orders first and then work leisurely, which was the preferred working style for designers.
Christina chuckled lightly. “Stop calling me Boss. It makes us sound distant.”
She had previously expressed to Rayne to change the way she addressed her.
She keeps calling me Boss, which sounds way too formal.
Rayne shrugged. She was used to addressing her superiors in that manner in her previous workplace. “Why don’t I call you Ms. Christina, then? Even though you’re younger than me, you’re still my boss, so it isn’t appropriate for me to address you by your first name.”
“Very well. At least it sounds better than Boss,” Christina said approvingly.
The images of the gowns from that day went viral on the internet, drawing a lot of attention to Christina’s studio. Numerous people had already messaged her privately on her social media account, requesting an appointment to have her customize a dress for them.
Rayne was in charge of communicating with the customers as she was quite experienced in that area.
Only when it was almost time to get off work did Christina pack her things and head over to Hadley Corporation.
She reflected on what Jamie had said to her that morning and concluded that Nathaniel’s actions were, in fact, not at all surprising.
All this time, Nathaniel had always presented himself as a calm, elegant, and refined elite before her. However, she realized that he was not as amicable as he appeared to be when she recalled the time when they first met
On top of that, whenever he was angry, his deep gaze would be as intimidating as a terrifying beast’s.
The next thing she knew, she had arrived outside Hadley Corporation.
Jewel was seated on the couch in Madison’s office, where the two were enjoying a bottle of 1982 Lafite red wine worth tens of thousands per sip.
“You’re the best, Maddy. You’re treating me to such exquisite wine, unlike Christina, who acts high and mighty the second we meet.”
Jewel’s expression was filled with hostility as she thought of Christina.
Madison was pleased to hear that. In fact, she loved it when others expressed dislike toward Christina.
However, she still maintained her elegant demeanor in front of Jewel. “Don’t say that. Christina is the woman Mr. Hadley chose, and she’s also your cousin–in–law.”
Jewel sighed softly and lamented, “Why aren’t you my cousin–in–law?”
If only Madison is my cousin–in–law, I’ll have one more person siding with me in the Hadley family in the future.
Despite being overjoyed when she heard that, Madison merely smiled faintly in response, not daring to show her feelings too obviously in front of outsiders.
“By the way…” Jewel suddenly thought of something and leaped to her feet. “Is Nathaniel finally cured of his weird phobia of women?” she asked in concern.
Nathaniel forbade anyone from discussing that matter, and not many people knew about it either. Hence, if the slightest bit of information leaked, he would immediately know who disclosed it without having to investigate.
All this while, Madison lost count of how many times she had wanted to mention that to Christina but ended up swallowing her words instead.
Her pupils dilated slightly as a malicious thought flashed across her mind.
What if… someone else told Christina about this? If that’s the case, Nathaniel can’t blame it on me even if he got
Madison feigned a troubled visage. “No. Mr. Hadley’s phobia of women isn’t cured yet. Also, his body is extremely sensitive to women, so much so that he can’t even touch them.”
Jewel’s eyes widened noticeably, and she exclaimed, “Are you serious? How is Christina able to touch Nathaniel, then?”
Even I and Aunt Julia, couldn’t touch Nathaniel in the past. I assumed that he had overcome his phobia when I saw his intimate interaction with Christina.
Madison’s expression turned grim when the same thought came into her mind. “I’m not sure either. Anyway, I can’t find out the specific reason for Mr. Hadley not having any symptoms whenever he comes into contact with Christina.”
She lifted her head and glanced at Jewel. I can tell by her look of utter disbelief that she is also shocked by it.
“Nathaniel’s phobia doesn’t act up when he touches Christina… Does that mean he’s with her because he has no other option?”
Jewel looked as if she had learned a shocking secret.
I knew it. How could Nathaniel, a man standing on top of the world, be attracted to an ordinary girl? It turns out that he had no choice because she’s the only woman he’s not allergic to. That’s why he had to settle for her.
“Nathaniel is such an outstanding man. Why does he have to settle for someone like Christina? What a waste!” Jewel sighed, feeling angry and frustrated at the same time,
How I wish I can tear Christina apart to vent my frustration!
Madison approached Jewel and held the latter’s hand in consolation. “All right, calm down now. Remember to never tell Christina about this. Mr. Hadley has been keeping it hidden as he doesn’t want her to find out.”
Nathaniel must’ve hidden the truth out of consideration of Christina’s feelings,
At that moment, Jewel was feeling disgruntled. If Nathaniel had chosen Christina because he loved her, I would’ve tolerated it.
However, the thought that he had no choice but to be with Christina made her feel terrible as if a boulder
was weighing down on her heart
Jewel let out a soft sigh before replying, “Got it. I won’t tell her.”
She was well aware of Nathaniel’s temper. Going against his wishes will only anger him. He isn’t someone I can afford to cross.
“I’ll head back now. I have a dinner appointment with Francis. Let’s talk some other time, Maddy
“All right. Go ahead”
Madison saw Jewel to the door, and after the latter’s figure disappeared from her sight, a solemn and vicious expression descended upon Madison’s face.
I must think of a way to make Jewel tell Christina about this!
At that instant, Sebastian walked in.
“Mr. Hadley wants this document reprinted and the contents of the previous meetings sorted out as soon as possible. They will be used in the next meeting,” he instructed.
Madison snapped out of her reverie and hummed in acknowledgment before getting to work.
Christina headed upstairs in the exclusive elevator for executives and bumped into Jewel. The two nodded. to one another, but neither spoke.
Just as Christina was exiting the elevator, Jewel could not help but whisper sarcastically. “What’s with that haughty attitude? You’re just luckier than ordinary people.”
If it wasn’t for her special physique, Nathaniel would’ve ignored her like how he treats other women.
Christina furrowed her brows slightly. Will she ever stop? She was begging me just yesterday, but now, she’s back to her usual self.
“Yesterday’s matter isn’t over yet. If you have nothing better to do, I can create a little conflict for you to keep you busy.”