There was only a wall separating the two groups of people, so, of course, those inside the study could hear the conversation between the two and the slaps.
Sebastian was slightly stunned. Mrs. Hadley sure is a ruthless woman. She intentionally said those things in the corridor so Mr. Hadley would know about it. At the same time, she hinted at the fact that she had solved the issue by herself
Meanwhile, Nathaniel didn’t expect Madison to instigate Christina behind his back.
A cold look swirled in his dark eyes.
Sebastian stated, “I think Madison might’ve cared too much about you, Mr. Hadley-
“Bring me all of Madison’s work-related information from four years ago, demanded Nathaniel.
“Roger.” Sebastian immediately knew Nathaniel had started to suspect Madison.
Madison left in a car with a swelling cheek.
On her way back, she parked the car at the side of the road. Then, she turned on her phone and search for the number of a hacker, who she had contacted before. “I want to buy a virus that can erase all data on a computer but doesn’t destroy it.” If I destroy the computer, it’ll only rouse more suspicions. I only need to wipe away all data and traces of use.
The hacker spoke with a voice modulator. “I don’t have that kind of software, but I know a skilled hacker who may be able to help you.”
Madison lifted her eyebrow. “Give me their contact number.”
The moment she ended the call, she received the contact number.
Not long after, she chatted with the new hacker and bought a Trojan program worth five hundred thousand.
Once installed in a computer, it would scrub all data inside its target clean.
If I strike first tomorrow, no one will be able to restore the data, even if they have a god by their side! A grin settled
on Madison’s countenance.
The next day, Sebastian exited the condominium with a laptop.
When he spotted Madison at the entrance, he suggested. “Get in the car. We’ll go together.”
Upon entering the vehicle, he placed the computer beside his leg.
Madison started the engine and casually asked, “Have you have breakfast yet?”
“I haven’t either. Why don’t you buy some for us?”
For people like them, who were so busy that they couldn’t stick to a routine meal schedule, breakfast was very important.
Madison parked next to a diner.
“What do you want to eat?” asked Sebastian.
“I’m fine with anything.”
Thus, Sebastian left the car and sauntered toward the diner.
Once he was far enough from the vehicle, Madison expeditiously brought out the laptop, turned it on, and installed the virus into the device.
Less than three minutes later, her plan was successfully executed.
Slickly, she turned off the device and returned it to its original position.
Minutes later, Sebastian returned with two sets of breakfast.
Madison ate a little before driving to Scenic Garden Manor.
Inside the study, Lucas, in casual attire, combed his short, tidy hair.
He then sat on the couch with his arms folded. A look of maturity beyond his age was present in his eyes.
“Just do your best later,” encouraged Christina softly
“No need to worry, Mommy. This is just a minor restoration task. It’s easier compared to Camila’s toy blocks,” Lucas assured.
Camila loved stacking toy blocks. Whenever the castle she built with them was destroyed, she would ask her brother to put it back together.
Moments later, they heard a car arriving in the courtyard. Then, Sebastian entered the building with at laptop.
“Here’s the computer, Mr. Lucas. The last time I turned it on was years ago,” informed Sebastian.
Lucas nodded as his fingers danced on the black keyboard. The sound of his typing echoed in the quiet
“It’s been years. It won’t be surprising if the data can’t be found,” Madison remarked.
“How would you know about that? Feeling guilty, are you?” spat Christina coldly while staring at Madison.
The handprint on Madison’s cheek was still visible. While she successfully covered the red mark with a thick layer of liquid foundation, one side of her face was still swollen.
Stifling her emotions, she squeezed out a fake smile. “You sure know how to crack jokes, Mrs. Hadley.”
While sitting at the disk, Lucas continued to work his magic on the laptop skillfully.
The others stood behind him and gazed at the screen with anticipation.
Promptly, Nathaniel pulled up a record of all the login attempts. The company’s confidential documents could only be accessed by logging in with one’s account. So, he only needed to check the last name on the list to discover who the culprit was.
Seconds later, a name appeared on the screen.
Nathaniel glowered at Madison coldly. “What do you have to say about this, Madison?”
When Madison saw her name, she sweated profusely. Her face twitched slightly as she suppressed her guilt. How did this happen? The hacker told me the program would wipe all data on the laptop, so how is it restored? Ugh, it doesn’t matter. I don’t have time to think about that right now.
Her eyes reddened as she spoke chokingly. “I don’t know what’s going on, too. I’ve been working by your side for years. There’s no reason for me to do this.”
Sebastian commented, “I think there may be something else going on, Mr. Hadley. This doesn’t definitively prove that Madison is-
Christina couldn’t listen any longer and interrupted. “Don’t let your biases blind you, Mr. Taggart.”
Her words spurred him to stay silent.
With a frigid expression, Nathaniel ordered, “You’ll be temporarily suspended starting tomorrow.”
“Mr. Hadley!” Madison teared up. While she wanted to clear herself of suspicions, she couldn’t come up with any reasonable explanation.
An eerie atmosphere settled inside the study.
“Everyone out,” stated Nathaniel expressionlessly.
“Understood.” Sebastian hastily pulled Madison out of the room.
Christina was carrying her children toward the exit when Nathaniel exclaimed, “Lucas, Camila, leave the room first. I have something I want to speak about with Mommy.”
“Roger, Daddy.” The children obediently left their mother’s embrace and scampered away.
They also didn’t forget to close the door, signifying they paid attention to their etiquette class.
“What’s the matter?” Christina spoke with her back facing him.
“Did you already know Madison was responsible for the leak?” questioned Nathaniel in a deep voice.
“Does it matter? It’s only a minor mistake committed by an excellent employee. She deserves to be forgiven,” she replied plainly. I thought he would fire Madison on the spot, yet he only temporarily suspended her. Then again, it’s to be expected that she’d only receive a warning at most. Madison has stayed by Nathaniel’s side for years, after all.
Nathaniel wrapped his arms around her slender waist and pressed his chin on her head: “This matter will be dealt with by professional staff from the company. Once Madison is confirmed to have leaked the secrets, I’ll fire her.”