“I’m sorry, Mr. Hadley. It’s all my fault. I was blinded by jealousy and had evil thoughts. Please forgive me just this once-”
Before Suzanne could finish her sentence, the conference room door was pushed open.
“We are the police. You’re suspected of intentionally damaging the interests of Hadley Corporation. Please come with us to assist in the investigation.”
No matter how Suzanne pleaded, Nathaniel stood rooted to the spot expressionlessly like a perfectly sculpted ice statue, unmoved by her outburst.
Sadly, among the executives present, no one dared to intercede for her.
“The meeting is adjourned.”
With that. Nathaniel rose to his feet, held Christina’s hand, and made his way out of the room.
The entire office plunged into silence as soon as the door was shut.
“How did you manage to get that video?” Christina asked curiously.
Did he know beforehand that I have made a mistake? That’s why he did all this to help me? If that’s the case, Nathaniel is more ruthless than Suzanne.
“It was given to me by the peeps from the advertising company because they’re worried about offending Hadley Corporation.”
Nathaniel looked down and was met by the woman’s dubious gaze. “The company works with them on a dozen projects throughout the year. Stepping on my toes will mean burning their own bridges.”
His explanation seemed reasonable and logical. Clearly, nobody would want to spoil the ship for a ha’porth of tar.
Christina nodded. In retrospect, she was still a touch fearful upon recalling what happened earlier.
“Don’t overthink things. It’s not your fault. Anyone who notices an error on the document shouldn’t ignore it.” Nathaniel massaged her forehead gently.
“I should bear half the responsibility for this matter, so please don’t hold her accountable.” Christina grabbed his hand instinctively as she spoke, her eyes gleaming.
“I can’t let this slide. At most, I’ll forgive her and reduce her punishment, but she should be removed from her position,” said Nathaniel.
Christina nodded in acknowledgment. “I don’t think I can handle your job well. Why don’t you get Sebastian to come back and help you out?”
Even though he is sitting in a wheelchair, it shouldn’t hinder his work.
“You’re doing very well. Don’t stress yourself out, okay?” Nathaniel proceeded to pick her up. He was so busy lately and felt that she had lost some weight. She’s getting lighter.
The two walked over to the bar, and Nathaniel poured a glass of fruit wine for Christina. “This has very low alcohol content, so it won’t affect your work.”
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Nathaniel became more cheerful when he saw her smile
Then the door opened.
Madison walked in like a green-eyed monster. “Sorry, I didn’t know you guys were…”
She then shifted her gaze and continued. The company’s senior executive called me today and told me that the final decision has been made. Therefore, I came here specifically to hear the news. However
Madison’s eyes were fixed on the man’s icy cold countenance. “They said that Mr. Hadley’s words can affect the decision.”
In other words, if Nathaniel allowed her to stay, she could remain in the company.
Christina’s heart clenched when she heard that
No matter how she looked at it, she did not want Madison to stay by Nathaniel’s side, but the final decision was for Nathaniel to make.
“Mrs. Hadley, may I speak with Mr. Hadley in private?”
Everyone in the company knew that Madison had feelings for Nathaniel. Needless to say, she probably wanted to seize the opportunity and put on a show playing the victim.
When Christina left the bar counter and was about to head out, someone grasped her wrist tightly all of a sudden
“You don’t have to excuse yourself. There’s nothing you can’t hear.” Nathaniel held her in a vice-like grip. As he spoke, a look of determination flashed in his eyes. He had no intention of being alone with Madison.
His words made Madison feel as though she had been stabbed in the heart.
“Mr. Hadley, I’ve been working alongside you for more than a decade, and I really want to continue working for you. Please, I beg you. Please let me stay.”
A decade flew by in the blink of an eye. Images of the past began to emerge in her mind. Madison still remembered how nervous she was when she first became his assistant, and how she grew to be more composed and unflinching over the years.
Nathaniel whipped out his tablet and clicked on the results page to check the verdict.
Without any hesitation, he declared, “Madison, you’ve worked hard and contributed to the company all these years, even though you haven’t performed any meritorious deeds. Thus, the company has decided not to hold you legally responsible for leaking trade secrets. Nonetheless, you’ve been fired.”
His succinct expression instantly crushed all of Madison’s hopes and dreams. “Is there no more room for
“The company will grant you the most reasonable dismissal compensation based on your case,” he responded coldly.
Madison felt that her heart was about to break apart with crimson blood dripping profusely. After all, she had spent so much time at the company. It was ten years of her prime! In the end, she was given a ruthless dismissal letter.
“I appeared in his life first. What gives…” Sorrow and anger filled Madison’s eyes. She wanted to get rid of Christina so badly. “I came first! How could you steal him away from me?”
Christina thought that Madison looked so pathetic and pitiful at the same time.
Who said that the first-come-first-served rule is applicable in love? Who said a relationship would surely bear fruit if one sticks around long enough?
“You’ve invested so much time in a man, and yet you can’t see through him. I bet it’s the same even if you stay by Nathaniel’s side for another decade. You won’t get anything. If I were you, I’d let it go before that happens.” After saying so, Christina strode out of the room.
Nathaniel thought she was upset, so he tried to chase after her, leaving Madison behind.
The latter froze to the spot and fell into a daze.
When Madison returned to the Taggart residence, she numbed herself with alcohol, refusing to accept the reality.
What’s so good about Christina? Nathaniel hasn’t seen the true me, and that’s why he chose Christina. If we could be together… even if it’s just for a night… things will surely change!
Her eyes shone with determination at that thought.
After resting for several days, Sebastian resumed work as usual.
Christina placed a thick stack of documents on the desk and said. “Thanks to you, I’ve got an endless list of work piling up every day. I pray that you’ll never need me to stand in for you again.”
With that, she scurried away.
Subsequently, Sebastian cross-checked the documents one by one, only to realize that Christina’s workload was very little. In addition, what she did were merely tasks that would be assigned to the entry- level secretary, whereas tasks that were more challenging had been completed by Nathaniel.
That means Mr. Hadley has been covering the workloads of two people these days!
“Stay back and work overtime to process all these documents today,” instructed Nathaniel before walking straight out of the office.
Sebastian checked the time and realized that it was only noon. “You took a day off today, Mr. Hadley. Is there something special going
“I’m going on a date.”
With that, he headed toward the elevator gleefully.
When he got to the parking lot, Christina was already there, waiting for him beside his car
Nathaniel walked up to her, opened the door, and ushered her into the car like a gentleman.
He then took the driver’s seat and drove off. “Shall we go for a movie first? Then pick up the kids thereafter.”