A raspy voice sounded in Christina’s ears like a calm string being plucked.
She lay quietly on the bed, unable to move a muscle. Like a cat returning to its den after hunting for food, Christina curled herself up and let Nathaniel hug her.
As the wind blew outside the window, the clouds moved briskly while the moonlight beamed on the bedroom carpet, creating a picturesque scene.
Nathaniel shut his eyes and enjoyed the familiar scent, his lips curling up instinctively.
When Christina woke up in the morning, he was no longer in bed. However, the lingering warmth did not dissipate completely.
She got herself changed before heading downstairs.
When Raymond saw her, he smiled and announced, “Mrs. Hadley, breakfast is ready. Mr. Hadley has just left to send Mr. Lucas and Ms. Camila to the kindergarten.”
Raymond felt that the duo had returned to old times when Nathaniel requested the kitchen to prepare Christina’s favorite cakes early in the morning.
After breakfast. Christina left for the office. When she was about to enter the elevator, she ran into Madison. What a small world!
The latter looked awful. The dark circles under her eyes were so obvious, and she seemed lethargic.
Madison had spent the whole of last night at the police station. She was only released in the morning after completing a series of procedures.
She went home, hurriedly got changed, and rushed to the office without blowing her hair dry.
“I thought you’d disappear for a few days.” Hostility laced Christina’s voice.
An exasperated Madison clenched her fingers and gritted her teeth. Yet, she plastered a smile on her face and responded, “I don’t need to be detained. After all, I can still afford a lawyer.”
“I see. I’m not surprised that some people can speak against their conscience in this day and age.”
Then the elevator reached the twenty-first floor, and Christina walked out nonchalantly when the door opened.
Madison fixed her eyes on Christina’s back. At that moment, she secretly wished she could push Christina down the stairs and get rid of her once and for all.
Christina’s return was clearly a threat to Madison. How could the latter not turn green with envy at someone who could easily tug at Nathaniel’s heartstrings and affect his emotions all the time?
Madison pondered deeply over the matter the entire night. She thought about two guaranteed ways to easily defeat that woman with children.
One way is to let her find out about her husband’s affair with another woman, but this alone would not suffice in sending Christina into a frenzy. Another way is for her to discover Nathaniel’s illegitimate child…
A vicious look flashed past Madison’s eyes.
In the blink of an eye, it was the weekend again. Christina promised to bring her children to the amusement park.
The trio happily donned their matching outfits-a red striped shirt. Christina and Camila paired their tops with a white skirt, whereas Lucas wore it with a pair of casual white shorts.
When they arrived at the amusement park, Christina bought them a lollipop each before getting the entrance tickets.
Camila held the lollipop that was bigger than her puffy little face and asked, “Mommy, why don’t we ask Daddy to come with us?”
Christina chuckled and feigned nonchalance. She did not want to see that man, but she would never say that in front of her children. “It’s because Daddy is busy working. He’s got no free time, so we have to be more understanding toward him, okay?”
Right then, comprehension dawned on the children, and they nodded in response. “We totally understand. It’s the same when you were working and couldn’t accompany us in the past.”
Relieved, Christina patted them on the head. “Come, let’s go in and have fun!”
The lively music reverberated through the vast skies. Everyone who entered the amusement park had cheerful smiles on their faces.
Before they knew it, the three of them had had a go at all the rides in the park.
“Mommy, there’s an animal show. Let’s go and take a look!” Camila and Lucas ran toward the performance venue while holding Christina’s hands.
They got the front seats because they arrived early. Soon, spectators started to flock to the venue as the opening time approached.
“Hey, you guys go sit at the back and vacate the front row. An arrogant woman’s voice sounded behind
Christina and the children turned their heads, only to see Madison holding the hand of a three-year-old boy dressed in luxury clothes. “Come on! Get up and give us your seats.”
Christina furrowed her brows and asked, “Why should we do that?”
Madison’s purpose was not to watch the show but to let Christina discover the little boy. She whipped out a five-hundred note from her purse and handed it over. “There’s no need for you to give me yours. I’ll buy it as I wish.”
At that moment, even the blind could tell that Madison’s intention was to humiliate her. Contemptuous gazes were shot at her, one after another.
Christina’s face darkened immediately. She took out even more cash than Madison. “Here, take my money and leave at once. Don’t ruin my mood.”
Good vibes and a good mood were hard to come by. She did not mind resolving the problem with some
Madison’s expression changed, and she was rendered speechless.
The little boy standing beside her glared at Camila and yelled, “You lot should vacate your seats for us and leave at once. Otherwise, I’ll ask my daddy to kick you out.” The boy then lifted his chin. “My daddy is the CEO of this amusement park!”
A dark glint flitted across Christina’s eyes. The amusement park is owned by Hadley Corporation. In other words, this boy is the son of Nathaniel and Madison? No wonder she brought him here on purpose. Is she trying to assert dominance and intimidate me?
Even though Christina had expected that the relationship between the two was not that simple, she had never thought that Nathaniel and Madison would have a child together.
Instantly, Christina felt her heart sear with pain as though it had been stabbed, and the intensity of it made her gasp for air.
“Didn’t your mother teach you some manners? We got these seats because we came here first. What will become of this place if everyone acts unreasonably just like you?” A hint of anger laced Camila’s voice.
Her temperament was like Christina’s. They both spoke calmly and logically; they would not get exasperated easily when things happened unexpectedly.
Lucas, on the other hand, was not an easygoing character. He pursed his lips and reprimanded, “I’m sure you’ve heard of the saying that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, right, Madam? The proverb. describes exactly what runs in your family. If the adult behaves poorly, the child will tend to inherit. characteristics from his bad parent
“You little rascal!” Madison was furious. If there were not a lot of people around, she would have taught him a hard lesson.
Just then, the show commenced, and the crowd shifted their gazes to the stage.
Madison stood right at the front and blocked the view of many others. Within seconds, the audience at the back complained about her, and she was driven away by voices of dissatisfaction.
The look on her face was incredibly gloomy as she stormed out with the little boy,
Thankfully, Camila and Lucas were not bothered by the fiasco. They focused their attention on the stage performance.
It was already very late when the animal show ended. Hence, the kids agreed with Christina’s suggestion to head home right away, and the three of them strode toward the exit happily.
There were not many people leaving the venue at the same time as them. Christina waited at the entrance for her driver from Scenic Garden Manor to pick them up.
Suddenly, Camila noticed a familiar figure. She pointed at the back profiles of an adult and a child, exclaiming, “Lucas, look! Isn’t that the lady who requested us to get up from our seats? Why did they get into Daddy’s car?”