That night, Christina arrived on schedule. She sensed the mansion’s busy and boisterous vibe as soon as she stepped out of the automobile. There, she noticed many elegantly dressed folks chatting with wine glasses in their hands among the loud music
Underneath the light. Christina saw a familiar face.
The other person spotted her, too, and they walked over. “It’s been a while, Christina”
“Ms. Tanner, you’re right. It’s been a long time.” Christina grinned while her eyes gleamed. They gave one another a brief embrace before pulling away.
Gina scrutinized Christina. “I couldn’t even tell you were the same person-you look so different from before!”
“The same goes for you. You have become more feminine and dignified.” They got engrossed in their conversation, for they had not seen each other since Christina left Radiant Corporation.
Yerek suddenly appeared in a white lace shirt with a golden logo embroidered on it. He wore black. trousers, lengthening his figure’s curves and giving him a slick yet menacing appearance.
“You know each other?”
Realization dawned on Christina. “She’s the third partner?”
“Yes. Gina has changed her profession. She helps me a lot now that she is a planner.” Yerek explained.
Gina shared Christina’s astonishment. “Oh. Christina was the talented designer you described. Even though I had my doubts initially, I completely agree with you now that I know it’s Christina.” She turned and held out her hand to Christina. “I’m excited about our upcoming collaboration!”
Christina shook Gina’s hand with a smile.
She had a lot of questions for Gina, so she suggested, “It’s been so long since we met. Can I talk to you privately?”
Yerek knew it was his time to take his leave. “All right. I’ll excuse myself then.”
The women opened up more after the third party was gone. “Ms. Tanner, what’s your relationship with Yerek? Do you know what he is like?”
Christina was clearly hinting at something. She alluded to the information that Yerek’s reputation was poor due to widespread discussion of his cruelty and ruthlessness.
Gina naturally grasped Christina’s underlying meaning. “Don’t overthink this, Christina. I changed jobs a few years ago, so I believe in my judgment. I’d worked with multiple designers before Mr. Gibson discovered my work, and since then, I’ve collaborated with him multiple times.”
“Besides that?” Christina probed.
“Our relationship is purely professional,” Gina stated.
The two shared a short conversation before Gina spotted an old friend of hers and left Christina’s side. Hmm, it’s real, then. Gina is indeed only responsible for the planning. I heard many details about the planning process
from her just now, and they weren’t something a layperson could come up with.
At this moment, Christina didn’t feel that the purpose of this collaboration with Yerek was motiveless just because someone she knew was involved. Rather, she felt like she was currently caught in a conspiracy that she was in the dark about.
So why did Yerek involve a person I know in this? He went through a lot of trouble simply to work with me, but I don’t think it is worth it at all. Perhaps I’ll have to delve further into this while on the job to understand more.
Christina was ready to leave the event even though it hadn’t ended.
Yerek showed up and followed her to the entrance. “Let me send you back home.”
“You’re the host today. I don’t think it’s appropriate for you to leave halfway through the event. It’s okay. I’ll return home by myself,” Christina rebuffed him.
The duo noticed a black Maybach when they stepped out of the door.
Surprise flashed across Christina’s eyes as she immediately recognized the car owner. “I don’t need you to take me home. My husband has arrived to pick me up.”
“Okay. I’ll talk with you about the specifics of the collaboration tomorrow at work.”
Christina’s eyes were frosty when she replied, “Sure.”
The driver opened the car door for her and shut the door after she entered the car.
Yerek abruptly felt a pointed, probing gaze on him through the dark car window. As he watched the car leave his line of sight, his eyes darkened.
On the way back, Nathaniel turned his head to look at Christina’s attire. She wore a short dress with thin straps, emphasizing her cuteness and vivacity. She pulled her hair back into a loose ponytail and tied a pink ribbon around it. Thanks to her perfect side profile, Christina appeared to be a princess who had just stepped out of a fairytale.
Christina’s heart had been pounding since she entered the car.
I didn’t inform Nathaniel about tonight’s schedule. Did he come because he was mad?
Christina was considering what to say when Nathaniel’s deep, velvety voice called out to her from the side, “Are you hungry?”
“Yes.” Christina had gone to the event right after she finished work, so she didn’t have time for dinner.
“Would you prefer to eat at home, or should we go out to eat?” Nathaniel asked.
“Let’s have a meal at home. I’m exhausted.”
When Nathaniel heard this, he pulled Christina into his embrace. “Rest up if you’re tired.”
Christina was shocked by his reaction. He’s not angry?
She was too tired to think any further. Instead, Christina snuggled against Nathaniel and breathed in his body’s soothing, woodsy aroma. After that, she fell asleep.
They had already arrived at Scenic Garden Manor when Christina came to.
The couple stepped into the living room, only to be greeted by the pleasant smell of a delicious meal. Right then. Christina’s stomach growled with hunger.
As she turned to face Nathaniel, her face took on a reddish hue. “I had a bit of food carlier at the event but I think I’m still peckish.”
“Come on. Let’s get you something to eat.”
The couple took their seats at the dining table. Christina had no qualms about showing her true self before Nathaniel. She started stuffing food down her throat.
Soon, her mouth was full of food. It puffed up her cheeks, making her look like a smug hamster.
“Are you sure you want to work with him?” Nathaniel spoke abruptly.
There was no reason for Christina to keep the truth from Nathaniel. “Yes. Tomorrow, I’ll review the contract. I’ll sign it if everything goes as planned.”
If she wanted to delve deep into Yerek’s motive for approaching her, Christina had to drop her guard and give the man a chance to reveal his true intention.
Christina hastily stood up after setting down her fork as though she was worried Nathaniel might stop her from carrying out her plan. “I’m done eating. Enjoy your meal!”
Nathaniel watched her walk away briskly, feeling like he was being left out on purpose.
Does she think I’m just going to sit by and watch while she goes ahead with her plan? I have ways to solve this, even if she doesn’t want to listen to what I have to say.
While Nathaniel stayed up until midnight for work, Christina slept soundly. Because he didn’t want to wake her up, he didn’t go back to the bedroom.
The woman descended the stairs the following day, only to be met with an assortment of antiques displayed in the living room. At the same time, Raymond and the housekeepers were carefully wiping these antiques clean.
“What’s the occasion? Why did you guys put these items on the floor?” Christina questioned curiously.
“Mrs. Hadley, we repeat this routine every half a year,” Raymond said.
“Oh? But I’ve never seen you guys do this before though?” Christina was confused. She had never seen them handling these antiques so extravagantly.
Raymond chuckled without replying to Christina. He instructed the housekeepers, “Please be careful! Do not scratch or break Mr. Hadley’s antiques. They are costly!”
The housekeepers gave a serious nod. Evidently, they would take additional care around these antiques. because, should they accidentally damage them, there was no way they could find the money for compensation.