After Christina returned home from work, Lucas and Camila ran to her. “Mommy, Daddy fetched us today! You should kiss Daddy as a reward!”
Whenever the two children did something praiseworthy, Christina would reward them with a kiss.
Christina glanced at Nathaniel awkwardly. “Daddy is an adult. He doesn’t like this kind of reward.”
The two kids turned to look at Nathaniel in confusion, hoping to get a definite answer.
“I want the reward, but if your mommy is unwilling, we can’t force her, okay?”
Christina harrumphed inwardly upon hearing his words. This pitiful approach will only fool children.
Lucas and Camila looked at Christina expectantly and uttered in unison, “Mommy, please give Daddy a reward. Don’t be so stingy.”
Christina’s ears flushed. Nathaniel is threatening me now that he has the kids’ support.
She quickly kissed Nathaniel on the check before she fled from the scene, rushing to the second floor.
Nathaniel patted the kids’ heads. “I’ll fetch you guys from school every day from now on. In return, you guys have to get Mommy to reward me, okay?”
Lucas narrowed his eyes, exuding a maturity that surpassed those of his peers. “Daddy, will you bring lollipops for me and Camila?”
Camila and Lucas cheered joyfully and gave Nathaniel a high-five. “It’s a deal!”
In the study upstairs, Karen’s gown was finished. Karen was satisfied with the piece and wanted to order an even grander one next time.
Christina’s work progress exceeded her expectations, so she had an extra day to set up her preparations.
The theme of Coco’s photoshoot this time was vintage style.
Christina opened her tablet to look at relevant information and carefully analyzed the fashion styles and characteristics of the eighties.
She felt that the vintage style had both an elegant and trendy appeal.
Two hours passed by in a flash.
After Nathaniel put the children to bed and walked into the study, he found her asleep on the couch.
The tablet in her hands had dropped to the side. Her long eyelashes rested delicately on her lower eyelids, giving her a doll-like demeanor.
Nathaniel walked over and carried her in his sturdy arms.
She’s still as light and soft as before. If only she would let me hug her when she’s awake.
During the weekend, Christina followed Coco to a photoshoot outside the city.
Thus, Nathaniel was in charge of looking after Camila and Lucas.
The photoshoot was a success. However, there were many things to do, from setting up equipment to preparing the outfits. The team only managed to finish half of their work when night arrived.
Due to poor lighting conditions at night, the photographer suggested continuing the next day. In such circumstances, the team would have to stay overnight at this place.
Christina was busy the whole day. The first thing she did was to shower when she reached the hotel.
The hot shower washed off her fatigue. When she walked out of the bathroom, her phone started ringing.
She could hear Nathaniel teaching the two kids to speak. “Quick. Ask Mommy when she’s coming back. It’s getting late, and it’s dangerous outside.”
Camila followed Nathaniel’s words and uttered them to Christina in an adorable tone.
Upon hearing her kids’ voices, Christina finally relaxed. She explained that she might only be able to return home the next day due to her work.
She had occasionally stayed overnight outside due to her work, so her children were used to it.
After bidding farewell to them, she hung up the call.
Nathaniel’s body took up much space in the small bed, but the two children were willing to squeeze together to sleep with their father.
Suddenly, lightning flashed across the sky, followed by a loud boom. The two kids instinctively burrowed. themselves into Nathaniel’s embrace.
“It’s thundering outside, and we aren’t beside Mommy to keep her company. What should we do?” Camila looked outside the window anxiously.
“Is your mommy very scared of thunder?” Christina’s scared expression flashed across Nathaniel’s mind.
Lucas nodded his head fervently. “We heard it from Mr. Gunther. When Mommy gave birth to us, there was lightning and thunder. She even fell down and almost lost us. From then on, she became terrified of thunder.”
“Daddy, can you go and find Mommy? She definitely needs your hug more than us!” Camila said firmly. Nathaniel’s heart sank. He found it hard to breathe, as though someone was suffocating him.
After he put Manor.
the two children to sleep, he headed downstairs, started the car, and left Scenic Garden
Christina curled into a ball near the edge of the bed as she listened to the rumbling thunder. She hugged her knees tightly, and her pale face was drenched in cold sweat.
The frequencies of the thunder and lightning were too similar to the night four years ago. The image of her driving to the hospital with a big belly flashed across her mind.
Fresh red blood slid down from the base of her thigh, and the waves of pain kept getting worse.
She clenched her palms tightly, leaving five red marks on her knees.
Suddenly, there was an urgent knock on the door. However, no one answered the door.
Then, the sound of the door being opened was heard.
Nathaniel walked into the room. He saw a familiar figure curled in a ball on the bed, a terrified expression.
on her face.
She looks so weak and fragile, as if she needs someone to protect her.
He walked over to her side quickly and hugged her. “Christina, don’t be scared. I’m here.”
Christina didn’t say anything, merely gripping his shirt tightly.
The hotel staff asked in concern. “Is he your husband, ma’am?”
As the man had just stated that his wife might have had an accident in the hotel room, the staff opened the door without consent to prevent dangerous circumstances from occurring.
Christina nodded and thanked her.
Satisfied that nothing was amiss, the staff left.
The two didn’t speak a word that night. Nathaniel hugged Christina silently so that she could sleep in his embrace peacefully.
Eventually, the thunder faded away, and the exhausted Christina finally fell asleep in his embrace.
Early in the morning, Christina woke up and found herself covered with a blanket on the bed. There was still a hint of warmth beside her.
If she hadn’t woken up several times in the middle of the night and seen Nathaniel’s handsome face, she would have wondered if last night was a dream.
She got up and changed her clothes. Then, the hotel staff came in with a luxurious breakfast.
“I don’t recall ordering breakfast service?” The hotel breakfast was usually much more expensive. Although Christina wasn’t short of money, she didn’t like to splurge.
The hotel staff pushed a cart in and set the breakfast on the coffee table. “Mr. Hadley ordered this, and the bill has already been settled.”
After placing everything down, the hotel staff left.
Christina walked over and realized there was a note on the table. The elegant handwriting wrote: Remember to eat breakfast. I’ve gone home to send our kids to school.