After several rounds, Christina spat out mouthfuls of water and finally regained her heartbeat.
“Christina, how are you feeling?”
Christina did not respond. She merely opened her eyes slightly before she passed out again.
The muscles on Nathaniel’s arm grew taut. Even though he did not utter a word, the hostility radiating off his body was so immense it filled the entire atmosphere.
He turned on all the heaters in the room. After helping Christina change out of her soaking–wet clothes, he placed his large hand over her smooth forehead. Her body had started to feel hot, and her cheeks were flushing deep red.
Nathaniel’s frown deepened into a scowl. Realizing Christina was running a fever, he picked up his phone and called their family doctor. “Be here in ten minutes.”
After concluding the call, he threw his phone onto the couch.
About ten minutes later. Raymond brought the family doctor to the room. Anxiousness clouded the latter’s face. “Mr. Hadley, the traffic was bad…”
Catching a glimpse of the icy glare that Nathaniel shot him, the doctor swallowed his words and hastily walked inside.
On the bed, Christina was running a high fever. Her brows knitted slightly, and her face was burning bright red. From her looks, it was evident she was extremely unwell.
The doctor took Christina’s temperature and gave her some medicine and an IV drip. “Mr. Hadley, do you know how to change the drip?”
“Yes.” As the heir of Hadley Corporation, Nathaniel had received all sorts of first aid skills from a young
“After she’s done with this bottle, change to the yellow one. Then lastly, the glucose drip.” The doctor left after giving a thorough explanation.
The bedroom was so quiet it felt almost as if time had stopped.
A warm, golden light lit the room up dimly. The two nuzzled against each other, with Nathaniel sitting by the bed and holding onto Christina’s burning–hot body.
A faint scent lingered in the air and swirled around Nathaniel’s nose. Breathing in the fragrance, the man felt as if Christina had filled up every cell in his body.
The following day, rays of the morning sun saturated the room, lighting up every corner.
Christina had received all doses of drip. There was still a bandage on the back of her hand, and she was still woozy
She was overly exhausted the night before and passed out in the bathtub. While she drifted in and out of sleep, she opened her eyes and saw how worried and anxious Nathaniel looked. She could tell it was a genuine display of emotions from the bottom of his heart.
A warm sensation surged within her, and she lifted her pale lips into a weak smile.
Christina wanted to get up, but her slightest movement woke Nathaniel up as she was in his arms.
The man locked her tightly in his embrace with his long arms and placed his chin on her slender shoulders. In a sluggish yet deep voice, he uttered, “Can’t stay still the moment you recover?”
Christina was briefly taken aback and turned to look at him. “I–I’m… thinking of visiting Mom and Granny.”
The sunlight brightened Christina’s soft and pure face, and her shimmering eyes were tender and warm, making one feel deeply in love with her.
Lafting his hand, Nathaniel cradled the back of her head and domineeringly pulled her to him, so close that their noses were touching
The man felt his heart soften when his eyes met with her innocent–looking gaze. “All right. I’ll send you
Christina beamed in delight and lightly left a peck on the man’s cheek. “Let’s go,
Arriving at the hospital, Christina did not let Nathaniel accompany her. “Come and pick me up after you. get off work.”
Nathaniel still had ruatters to attend to at work and could not stay for long
Evelyn’s and Sharon’s conditions had stabilized after a few days.
Sharon finally regained consciousness after taking nutrient shots for the past few days. The moment she saw Christina, she was so overwhelmed by emotions that she let out a few coughs. “Christina….”
“Mom, you just woke up. Don’t get too agitated.”
Christina poured Sharon a glass of water and patted her chest. “Mom, did you see who entered the house,
and set the fire?”
Sharon inhaled a deep breath. “Someone deliberately set the house on fire?”
Christina recounted what she knew to Sharon. It definitely did not make sense that the candle got lit. However, the police investigated and found no signs of someone breaking into the house. Since there were no surveillance cameras in the house, things became so much more bizarre.
Sharon paused for a good few seconds. “Then did our house get burned to ashes?
“Don’t worry. It’s easier for me to earn money these days. I’ll be able to buy you a new house in no time” Even though Christina felt disheartened, she did not want to show her emotions in front of her mother.
She knew very well that only by appearing calm and composed would it lessen Sharon’s guilt.
Sharon knew that Christina had saved the money for a long time before she managed to buy her that house. Now that it was destroyed, she felt her heart ached for what happened but was even more heartbroken at the thought of Christina’s efforts going to waste,
At that point, Sharon seemed to remember something essential and held onto Christina’s hand nervously. “The family heirloom I passed you, did you keep it well?”
“You mean that pendant? Yeah, I’ve been wearing it.” Christina pulled the necklace out from her collar.
She could not understand why Sharon would be so anxious over a necklace at a time like this.
Sharon reminded earnestly, “You have to keep it well. Don’t let others know about it.”
“I got it, Mom,” Christina assured.
After Sharon’s condition stabilized, Christina shifted her focus back to work again. She reckoned she had to earn more money quickly to buy Sharon a new house.
Perhaps because she carried faith in her, Christina soon regained her fortitude. She even hustled between the studio and the hospital every day.
Meanwhile, in the CEO’s office of Hadley Corporation, Christina hastily finished her lunch in the lounge and prepared to head to the hospital.
“Let Sebastian send lunch over instead. You haven’t had a good rest for the past few days.” Nathaniel was worried that she might fall sick again like the other time.
No matter how tired she was, she had never grumbled in front of Nathaniel. She could have sought help from him to resolve the problems when the house burned down, yet she had chosen to be self–reliant instead.
The more strong–willed and independent she was, the more his heart ached.
“It’s nothing. I’ll head over to accompany Mom since I have to return to the studio in the afternoon. Christina grabbed her backpack, walked up to Nathaniel, stood on tiptoe, and quickly planted a kiss on him. “Bye.”
Before Nathaniel could even reminisce about the kiss. the figure before him left in a hurry.
Right then, Sebastian entered and put a new proposal on the table. “Mr. Hadley, the report on the new clothing brand you intend to establish is ready”
Nathaniel had spontaneously decided to establish a new brand targeted at the younger female styles. He invested in Christina to create a new brand and make a name in the industry within one to two months.
That was estimated to cost several billions.
“Contact Christina’s studio, but don’t let them know I invested in it.”
Sebastian plunged into a dilemma. That is such a huge investment, and yet he’s not intending to tell Mrs. Hadley about it? He’s probably worried that Mrs. Hadley will not want to accept his kind intention after she learns about it, huh?
That night, when Christina returned to the studio, Rayne excitedly carried her up as soon as she stepped inside. “Christina! Good news! It’s the best news ever!”
“What’s the matter? Put me down first.” Christina was grasped tightly in Rayne’s arms.
Rayne picked up the document she had just received. “Look. A businessman saw your contest design draft and wants to work with you to start a new brand. This is an opportunity! We’ll be able to build our own brand!”
Christina took the document and gave it a thorough look. After ensuring there were no issues with it, she
took a deep breath and asked, “Did they mention when we can have a detailed discussion with them?”