Madison’s face tightened into a forced smile. “I’m only here as a friend. Does my presence pose a threat to you?”
That only applies to enemies. Your presence isn’t powerful enough yet.” Christina’s gaze had a tinge of iciness, expressing the indifference on her face.
Nathaniel wrapped an arm around her slim waist and gently pulled her into his embrace. As a result, she fell naturally into his lap and leaned against his chest.
“Are you hungry? Have some,” prompted Nathaniel while lifting the bowl of soup to feed her.
Watching Christina being fed the lunch she prepared with care sent a rush of resentment into Madison’s heart. Even breathing became a chore to her.
“It tastes okay, but it doesn’t suit my taste. Why don’t we go to a restaurant instead?” Christina wiped the corners of her mouth.
Nathaniel’s eyes lit up as if he had heard a piece of good news. He put the bowl down and walked toward the door with Christina’s hand in his.
The moment the door was opened, Sebastian, who had been standing guard outside, came into sight.
“Clean up the office, and don’t simply let anyone enter in the future,” ordered Nathaniel before marching away with Christina.
Madison clenched her fists. It would be a lie if she said the scene did not hurt her pride.
When the couple arrived at the underground parking lot, Christina was placed into the passenger seat.
As Nathaniel was afraid that she might escape, he pressed on her shoulder while fastening her seatbelt. “Where shall we eat?” he asked when he got into the driver’s seat.
Christina merely made that suggestion to provoke Madison. Never did the former expect him to take her words seriously.
“Anything. You decide.”
Nathaniel grunted in acknowledgment and drove the car out of the parking lot.
The weather that day was pretty splendid as rays of sunlight that had a tint of warmth shone through the windows.
Christina rolled down the window, allowing the breeze to rush in and flutter her lustrous hair. Her dark eyes carried a dazed look as she stared at the scenery.
Just then, light reflected off the corner of the rearview mirror. Upon closer inspection, she realized it was a
Christina’s body jolted, the feeling of being watched engulfing her. “Nathaniel, do you spot any cars tailing
Nathaniel instinctively glanced at the rearview mirror but found nothing abnormal. “Nope. Can you take a closer look and identify the car?”
What If I Cannot Make It
Alas, the car had disappeared by the time she did as instructed.
Where did it go? I’m sure I saw a camera aimed at me from the car’s passenger seat. Could I be hallucinating because I did not sleep well last night?
“Do you need me to pull over to check out the situation?” Nathaniel asked as he looked at her.
Narrowing her eyes in suspicion, Christina scanned the surroundings and still found nothing out of the ordinary. “It’s fine. Maybe I was too nervous.”
Noting her disturbed expression, Nathaniel took her hand with concern and assured her, “I’m here. Everything will be fine.”
Sure enough, the warmth his hand exuded helped her calm down as though it had magic,
Moments later, they arrived at a private room in a restaurant.
To Christina’s surprise, the dishes were already prepared beforehand.
“That’s a lot of dishes. We can’t possibly finish them.” Christina was conflicted, for she hated wasting food.
“You can treat it as a reward for taking care of me last night,” said Nathaniel. He helped her into her seat and served her a bowl of soup. “Apparently, this helps to boost the immune system.”
Christina quickly lowered her head to drink the soup in order to avoid his scorching gaze.
Her great appetite allowed her to take in a lot of food. At the same time, the way she kept her head lowered like a hamster eating its food lifted Nathaniel’s spirits.
On their way home after their meal, Christina subconsciously trained her eyes on the road. This time, however, she found nothing unusual.
Hence, Christina put the matter out of her mind.
Before the car arrived at the office, Christina’s phone rang.
“Where are you?” came Francis’ aloof voice.
“I don’t have time to listen to you if you’re going to lecture me for not tidying the clothes last night,” Christina responded in a similar tone.
“There’s an awards ceremony tonight. It starts at six o’clock. Don’t be late.” With that, Francis ended the call.
Christina checked the time and noticed it was almost three o’clock. Considering she had to prepare pre-styling work in advance, she had to head over immediately.
After checking the traffic, she realized the venue was closer to where she currently was. “Pull over here. I’m not going to the office later.”
“Where are you going?”
Returning Nathaniel’s gaze, Christina answered, “Granite Avenue. It’s just nearby. I can walk from here.”
“I’ll send you there.”
What If I Cannot Make It
Nathaniel turned the car around as soon as he finished. The sunlight streamed in through the window. outlining his dashing yet stoic face. He looked as if he was emitting light at all times.
Twenty minutes later, the car pulled up at the entrance of the venue.
The red carpet was spread, and stern-looking bodyguards were already in their positions.
“Thank you for the ride-”
Nathaniel reached out to unbuckle her seatbelt as soon as the car came to a stop.
His majestic figure leaned over from the driver’s seat, blocking out the light that shone on Christina. With their bodies drawn closer, the atmosphere suddenly became tense.
Christina turned her head slightly to avoid his gaze.
Meanwhile, Nathaniel’s gaze fell on her fair neck. In the next second, he lowered his head and bit her without hesitation.
Realization dawned on Christina the moment she felt a warm sensation spread over her neck.
“Nathaniel, let me go!”
She struggled and hit his shoulders a few times, yet her attacks merely shook his body.
The car windows were tinted, hence one could not look in from the outside.
Nonetheless, the puzzled bodyguards eyed the luxury car parked at the entrance. Why isn’t anyone getting
Nathaniel remained in that position for some time until he was willing to release her. Her face had turned. as red as a cooked lobster.
“Nathaniel, how dare you! That was a childish move!” Christina glowered at the man.
I shouldn’t have let him send me here. I knew he’d be up to no good.
Nathaniel simply twitched his brow in amusement. After all, he had mastered the ways to tolerate her
He could make peace with her, regardless of how she felt.
However, he would not allow Francis to push the boundaries or even have the slightest bit of wishful thinking.
“You can get out of the car now-”
The door slammed shut with a bang before he could finish his words.
Just like that, Christina entered the venue without looking back.
It did not take her long to find Francis’ room thanks to the staff’s instructions.
He refused to be touched by the makeup artists who were supposed to take turns applying makeup on