“We’ll continue investigating the fire. You should go check on your family now,” the police officer said before leaving-
The nurse led Christina into the ward.
Sharon was still unconscious, while Evelyn’s condition was more severe. The latter was undergoing treatment in the operating room.
Sharon lay in bed, her frail figure looking as if each breath could be her last. Christina’s heart ached at the sight. She was overwhelmed with concern for her.
Her eyes turned red, and she felt a tightness in her chest, causing her to feel breathless.
“Mom…” Christina’s fists balled up as anger filled her heart
The nurse reminded her gently, “Ms. Steele, your grandmother is still in the operating room. Do you want to head there first?”
Usually, one would place priority on the more severe patient.
Christina pulled herself together and nodded, then followed the nurse out
The red light outside the operating room filled Christina with anxiety.
She had never experienced such a level of unease before, not even during her toughest times when she struggled to afford food or pay her bills or when she was left homeless after Miranda’s late–night eviction. This current situation surpassed them all in terms of worry and apprehension
Right at that moment, she was afraid to receive bad news regarding her grandmother.
Christina had no idea how long she stood at the door or when Nathaniel had dragged her to the chair so she could sit down. Her mind was torn between conflicting emotions, alternating between reassuring herself that everything would be all right and fearing that Evelyn’s advanced age might make her recovery difficult.
She was about to go crazy as two conflicting thoughts tortured her mind.
Nathaniel held her hand tightly. Knowing that saying anything at this point would be pointless, he kept her company without saying a word.
Some time later, the red light disappeared. Christina snapped out of her reverie and rushed to the door. “Doctor, how is my granny doing?
“The patient’s condition is still unstable, so we can only tell after she makes it past the critical period,” the doctor said sternly before striding away.
The nurse pushed a still–unconscious Evelyn out of the operating room. “Evelyn’s guardian, please come with me.”
The nurse guided the bed into the ward while providing Christina with instructions on Evelyn’s care. As she observed Evelyn’s pale face, Christina felt her eyes welling up with tears once more.
After making the necessary arrangements, the nurse left the ward.
Christina took a seat between Sharon’s and Evelyn’s beds. They were both the most important people in her life.
The door to the ward swung open softly, and Nathaniel entered, approaching Christina. He gently patted her shoulder and reassured her. “Don’t worry. I’ve already reached out to the best doctor in this hospital, Professor Adrian Langston. He’ll be coming tomorrow to assess their condition.”
Christina shot him a grateful look and bobbed her head.
Three hours had passed since the fire, and Nathaniel couldn’t help but feel amazed by Christina’s strength. She remained the resilient young woman he had fallen in love with, even in the face of such adversity.
Christina couldn’t sleep that night. She sat beside their beds and kept a watchful eye on them. It was only when dawn arrived that exhaustion finally took its toll, and she eventually fell asleep in Nathaniel’s arms.
The nurse caused a ruckus when she arrived to do her rounds that morning.
Nathaniel shot her a displeased look. “Has Professor Langston arrived?”
“Professor Langston is changing his clothes. He’ll be here soon.” The nurse felt a chill travel down her spine and fled the ward after saying that
Nathaniel only woke Christina up when the doctor showed up some time later.
After conducting a thorough examination, Adrian Langston carefully assessed Sharon’s and Evelyn’s conditions before providing his diagnosis. “Unfortunately, your grandmother’s condition is not favorable at the moment. We will need to monitor her closely and wait for her to pass this critical period before making any decisions regarding medication. As for your mother, she lost consciousness due to excessive smoke inhalation. We have successfully cleared her lungs, and we expect her to regain consciousness
Christina’s anxiety persisted as she received a diagnosis that echoed the one she had heard the previous night.
After Adrian left, there was complete silence in the ward again.
Sebastian had made his way to the hospital with breakfast for Nathaniel after he heard about the incident.
Christina had no appetite, and Nathaniel had to coax her for a while before she agreed to take a few bites. She then remained in the ward for the entire day.
Nathaniel’s concern deepened as he witnessed Christina’s growing exhaustion and haggard appearance.
Two days later, Adrian finally announced that Evelyn had made it through the critical period and was getting better. The good news allowed Christina to heave a sigh of relief.
“You’ve been at the hospital for three days,” Nathaniel gently reasoned with Christina. “Even if you want to take care of them, it’s important for you to go home, take a shower, and clean up. You need some rest too.”
Christina belatedly realized that she hadn’t taken a shower for three days and had been deprived of proper sleep. I must look all disheveled and haggard
“All right. I’ll head home to take a shower before coming back to the hospital.”
“I’ll drive you back home,” Nathaniel offered. “I’ve already arranged for bodyguards to stay here and keep watch. They’ll inform us immediately if anything happens.”
Back at Scenic Garden Manor, Christina immersed herself in the soothing warmth of the bathtub. The hot water cascaded over her body, relieving the tension in her muscles and washing away the burdens of the past few days.
Finally able to let go, she leaned back against the edge of the tub and unintentionally drifted off to sleep.
Unaware of her surroundings, she slipped deeper into the water, her long, ebony hair fanning out around her. Her porcelain skin seemed ethereal against the rippling surface. As the water gently filled her nostrils, she remained undisturbed, slipping into an even deeper slumber.
Nathaniel was in the study. Work had piled up since he hadn’t worked for three days.
“Mr. Hadley, this contract is needed tomorrow. I’ve placed the urgent documents in the red file for your immediate attention.” Sebastian said to Nathaniel as he got busy organizing the documents.
Nathaniel read the document carefully before penning his signature.
After going through a few documents, he felt his heart constricting for no reason. His gaze turned dark at that realization.
Has something gone wrong with my health as I haven’t had any rest for the past few days?
A deep line appeared between Nathaniel’s brows as he placed his pen down. Without warning. Christina’s face popped into his mind.
An ill premonition brewed in his heart.
Suddenly, he stood up and marched out of the study. When Sebastian looked up from organizing the files, he realized he was alone in the study.
Nathaniel pushed the bathroom door open to see Christina’s entire body soaked in the water. Her face was pale and lifeless, and she seemed to have ceased breathing.
He rushed over to the bathtub and picked her up. Under the lights, she looked as pure and frail as snow.
With her delicate eyebrows and lips tinged with a shade of purple, she resembled a dehydrated mermaid on the verge of perishing at any moment.
“Christina!” Nathaniel howled in desperation, but she didn’t respond as though she had lost consciousness.
Nathaniel felt his blood going cold as he ran out of the bathroom with Christina in l arms.
Placing her gently on the bed, he proceeded to administer cardiac massage and artificial respiration to