It was really Madison’s doing! Christina discreetly bit her lip as anger surged within her.
Only when the barista finished making her coffee and called her over did she snap out of her thoughts.
Christina paid for her coffee, received the beverage, and left.
Meanwhile, Madison had just learned from the kindergarten teacher that Christina had withdrawn the two children from school.
Feeling triumphant, she praised Norman for doing a good job.
“Mommy, when will you take me out to play next time?” Norman spoke meekly.
Madison had told him to address her as Mommy and Nathaniel as Daddy, and since he yearned for parental affection, he felt their relationship was real the more he called them in that manner.
“I’m very busy with work, so I don’t have time to take you out to play. Don’t we have a nanny at home?” Madison sounded a little impatient.
Norman’s voice grew more obsequious. “The nanny isn’t Mommy.”
“All right, fine. I’ll take you out this weekend.” Madison figured Norman still had some value to her, so she wanted to appease him to prevent him from being disobedient in the future.
Madison had to go to the warehouse to check on a batch of materials. Hence, she hung up the call after saying that.
There were several warehouses, mainly for the storage of goods.
Wearing high heels, she strode inward. After checking the materials and preparing to leave, she found the door she had left open upon entry was now locked.
Madison knocked on the door. Usually, no one would come to the warehouse.
Since the warehouse door was locked with a code and generally inaccessible to outsiders, no one was tasked to guard it.
At that moment, the air conditioning suddenly turned colder.
Chilly air continuously blew out from the vents like water gushing out from a broken dam, spreading- throughout the warehouse.
The temperature swiftly dropped, causing Madison to shiver. Realizing something was wrong, she quickly pulled out her phone to call Sebastian for help.
Upon unlocking the device, she noticed there was no signal.
Madison cursed and banged on the door a few times in frustration. Unfortunately, only pin-drop silence. ensued.
Initially, she still had some energy left, but after knocking a few times, she lost her strength and could only curl up in a corner.
Warmth gradually dissipated from her limbs, and her hands and feet eventually turned stiff.
An indeterminate time passed before the tightly shut door was slowly opened.
A slender figure walked in. Christina gazed coldly and disdainfully at the almost frozen Madison, revealing a meaningful smile.
“It’s you! You did this on purpose…” Madison’s voice trembled as she spoke.
She wanted to get up and slap Christina, but she couldn’t move.
Christina had used a signal jammer to block the communication signal of the warehouse to prevent Madison from establishing contact with the outside world.
That night, she had endured the biting air-conditioning for over half an hour. Now, she merely let Madison suffer the same way she did for an hour. Just the thought of that prompted Christina to feel she was being benevolent.
Christina strode up to Madison and regarded the latter with a frosty expression. “It doesn’t feel good being trapped someplace with the freezing air, does it?”
She wanted Madison to have a taste of her own medicine.
Madison widened her eyes in astonishment. How did she find out?
“Madison, it’s been five years, yet your tricks haven’t improved.” The look in Christina’s eyes turned icier. “Whatever harm you try to bring to me in the future, I’ll repay you in folds! I hope you don’t commit such foolish actions again!”
With that, Christina turned around and exited the warehouse.
Madison’s eyes reddened as she watched Christina’s retreating figure..
When Christina entered the elevator, she ran into Sebastian, who appeared troubled and was carrying a takeout bag.
“You’re having your meal so late?” Christina had a good impression of Sebastian, so she made a polite. inquiry.
Sebastian replied, “It’s not for me. This food is for Mr. Hadley. He didn’t have breakfast this morning, and now he’s having gastric pain, so he can only eat some oatmeal.”
Christina remembered that Nathaniel had skipped breakfast that morning to send the kids to kindergarten.
She slightly lowered her eyes. I didn’t forbid him from having his breakfast, so his gastric pain is none of my
Sebastian scratched his nose. “Actually, after you left five years ago, Mrs. Hadley, the company’s confidential information was leaked. It was during that period that Mr. Hadley started having health issues for constantly pulling all-nighters.”
After moving abroad, Christina had stopped following domestic news, so she was naturally unaware of Hadley Corporation’s situation.
She wondered what classified information related to Hadley Corporation was disclosed-five years ago.
Sensing her indifference, Sebastian added. “The doctor mentioned he had been overworking and
enduring too much stress, and along with his long-term inconsistent mealtimes, he developed a gastric
Christina didn’t know what to say. She merely tapped her fingertips and uttered, “In that case, you should hurry up and deliver him his meal.”
At that moment, Sebastian’s phone rang. “Madison? You passed out in the warehouse? Okay. I’m coming right now.”
At the same time, the elevator arrived at Christina’s office floor. Sebastian was worried about Madison’s condition, but he was still holding the oatmeal.
“I’ll help you to deliver this.” Christina reached out to grab the takeaway.
Sebastian was extremely grateful. “Thank you, Mrs. Hadley. I’ll take another elevator to check on Madison.”
After Sebastian exited the elevator, Christina stayed inside and continued moving upward.
Meanwhile, inside the CEO’s office, sunlight streamed in through the floor-to-ceiling window, illuminating a tall man’s figure and casting long shadows on the floor.
Christina entered. Her movements were so gentle that it seemed she had materialized from thin air.
She scooped a small bowl of oatmeal and set it in front of Nathaniel. “Have some food first.”
Nathaniel’s gaze remained fixated as he focused on his work on hand. “I’ll eat later.”
She pouted. Does he think his body is robust? It’s almost afternoon, and he hasn’t even had lunch.
She replied with a commanding tone, “No. The oatmeal will get cold later.”
The air conditioning in the office was set at a low temperature. Hence, the food would turn cold in no time.
Only then did Nathaniel put down the document in his hand and gaze at her in amusement. “It’s rare for you to care about me.”
Christina’s ears flushed as she stammered. “Sebastian is busy, so I’m just helping him out.”
His intense stare unnerved her. She turned around to leave.
“Since you’ve brought the food here, why don’t you feed me too?” Nathaniel grasped her wrist, not only stopping her from walking away but also pulling her into his arms.
The faint fragrance wafting into his nose made him feel relaxed.
Christina blushed. Ever since she showed less resistance toward him in front of the kids, he had been pushing his luck further around her.
“When did your hands become crippled? How come I know nothing about it?”
He held her tighter and uttered hoarsely. “If you’re willing to take care of me, I don’t mind having my arms crippled.
Christina’s checks turned a few shades redder. She struggled to free herself but to no avail. Having no other choice, she bit his arm mercilessly and broke free.
“It seems you’ve gotten into plenty of relationships with other women in the years we haven’t seen each other, Mr. Hadley. Even your flirting skills have improved.” She rolled her eyes at him in annoyance. “Unfortunately, your sweet talk is not effective on me. If you don’t want to eat, just starve to death for all 1 care. This may even work in my favor since no one will compete with me for the children.”
With that, she left the room, leaving him with the sight of her retreating figure,
Nathaniel grimaced slightly. Even though he had recovered from his aversion to women, he had never fallen for any other woman in all those years.
Christina was the only woman he loved.
Just like before, his feelings for her remained unchanged.