Even from a distance, one could feel the chilling atmosphere emanating from inside the car.
“Come on, get in,” Christina urged Rayne.
She did not want to keep the man in the car waiting.
“It’s okay. I’ve booked a cab. You can leave first.” Rayne opened the door for Christina to get in before staying away from the vehicle.
The journey back home was marked by silence inside the car.
“You came to pick me up on purpose?” Christina asked in a relaxed tone.
“Yeah. I was passing by anyway.” Nathaniel replied flatly, his eyes darkening slightly as he looked at the photos on the tablet.
Sebastian’s lips twitched. Passing by? We clearly took a detour to come here!
A heavy atmosphere permeated the car. The man’s sandalwood scent blended with the cool air, creating an enchanting ambiance.
“I was impressed by what you did earlier,” Nathaniel said with a smirk, his eyes enigmatic.
Christina’s cheeks turned crimson. Nathaniel was always aware of everything she did as if he had installed a tracking device above her head.
“She started it first. She even wanted to hit me. I was just protecting myself,” Christina muttered, defending her action.
Nathaniel rested his chin on his hand, casually glancing at her flushed face. “You did what was necessary. Don’t ever let anyone walk all over you.”
Christina widened her clear eyes, tapped her chest, and reassured him, “I won’t. Don’t worry.”
Sebastian was baffled by their conversation. Did Mr. Hadley just praise Mrs. Hadley for getting physical with someone? That’s a clear sign of him being overprotective of her.
At that moment. Sebastian’s phone rang, and he answered the call.
After a short pause, he turned around and informed Nathaniel, “Mr. Hadley, I suppose the Liuteguards. called me because they couldn’t reach you.”
“Answer the call, then,” Nathaniel replied with an icy glare.
Sebastian picked up the call, and Lincoln Liuteguard’s sincere voice came through. “Mr. Taggart, I would like to speak to Mr. Hadley. Could you do me a favor?”
Sebastian was well aware of Nathaniel’s attitude toward the Liuteguard family earlier. “Mr. Hadley is busy at the moment. If you have something to say, you can tell me, and I’ll convey it to him.”
“I’m prepared to relinquish an additional twenty percent of our initial agreement to appease Mr. Hadley.” Lincoln proposed.
They did not sign the agreement earlier because they could not reach a consensus on the profit
This time, it appeared Lincoln was genuinely seeking reconciliation with Nathaniel.
“All right. I’ll convey your message to Mr. Hadley. I’ll call you if I have any updates.” After speaking, Sebastian ended the call without hesitation.
Christina, who did not have a comprehensive understanding of the negotiation, asked out of curiosity. “Is it because of me that you decided not to partner with the Liuteguard family?”
She wondered if she had ruined Nathaniel’s cooperation.
Suddenly, a hand landed on her head, gently rubbing it, as if caressing a furry pet.
“It depends on you, I won’t work with them if you’re still mad at them,” Nathaniel said calmly.
“I’m not, and don’t let my emotions influence your decision,” Christina replied in a serious tone while shaking her head.
She had already vented her grievances on Rainelda earlier.
Moreover, she refused to let a stranger get the best of her.
Nathaniel remained silent and pulled her closer to his chest.
They stayed in each other’s embrace as they made their way back to Scenic Garden Manor.
When the car came to a stop. Christina had already fallen into a deep sleep in Nathaniel’s arms. Unaware of when she had kicked off her high heels, she curled up like a little cat, exuding an adorable charm.
Instead of waking her up, Nathaniel carried her in his arms and stepped out of the car.
The butler came out to greet them when he heard the sound outside the manor. “Welcome back, Mr. Hadley. Have you taken your dinner? And this is…”
Nathaniel responded with a hush, shooting a piercing gaze at the butler. When did he become such a busybody?”
Upon noticing the serious look on his face, the butler immediately zipped his mouth.
As the light illuminated the scene, the butler finally realized the woman in Nathaniel’s arms was Christina.
Due to the dim lighting earlier, he could not see clearly, leading him to mistake Nathaniel for holding at small pet in his arms.
“I’m taking her up.” Nathaniel carried Christina upstairs.
Inside the bedroom, a faint glow emanated from the yellow lights.
Nathaniel gently placed Christina on the bed. When he was about to pull away, his tie clip got caught in her dark hair.
A sharp sensation coursed through Christina, causing her to gasp. She opened her eyes and found herself staring at the man’s throat.
“Your hair…” Nathaniel fumbled to fix it but only made it more disheveled.
Upon noticing how messy her silky, long hair was, Christina responded, “I’ll fix it myself.”
She tilted her head, removing the tie clip with her fingertips, and her hair naturally came undone.
As Christina tousled her disheveled hair, the air in the room instantly became quiet. She could clearly feel a burning gaze fixated on her.
She lowered her eyes, her cheeks inexplicably flushing.
“Aren’t you going to take a shower?” she asked, trying to distract him.
The intense, charged atmosphere in the room made her feel on edge.
Nathaniel lifted her flawless, fair face with his delicate hand.
The two of them locked eyes, their features mirrored in the depths of their gazes.
Lost in their intense gaze, Christina had no idea who initiated the first move.
As the fiery breath enveloped them, permeating their skin and igniting a warmth within her, it seduced her senses and consumed her awareness.
At that moment, all she could remember was the commanding presence of that breath gradually. overwhelming her.
The next day, Christina showed up at the office on time.
Rayne rushed toward her, holding her phone as if she had won the lottery. “Christina, take a look at this!”
Christina took the phone and read the text on the screen.
Rainelda had penned an apology article, which had been shared on multiple social media platforms the previous night. She had also gone the extra mile by recording a personal apology video.
Christina had, in fact, considered the matter settled since she had delivered the slap. Someone must have pressured Rainelda to do so.
“Don’t waste your time on such tabloid news. Get back to work.” Christina returned her phone and walked straight into her office.
As noon approached, Yerek invited Christina for lunch over a phone call before heading to the physical store to check on the renovation progress.
“I already have plans for lunch. I’ll head straight to the store to check on the situation later,” Christina responded calmly.
“All right, then.” Yerek promptly ended the call.
Christina did not have any lunch plans with anyone. She opted for a simple takeout meal in her office before heading out.
The first physical store was located in a shopping mall under Hadley Corporation.
The store was located on the third floor, sharing the same space as several prestigious brands.
When Christina arrived, she noticed several workers were busy installing lights in the store. The
remaining areas were furnished according to the design plan.
“So what do you think? Are you satisfied with the progress?” Yerek asked with a grin.
Christina did not smile in return. Her tone was light-hearted as she responded, “Not bad. It’s just as 1 expected.”
“Let’s go inside and take a closer look, shall we?” Yerek stepped aside, gesturing for Christina to enter.