Standing by the full-length windows of a private room on the second floor was Nathaniel. His hands were in his pockets, and he stared at her with such intensity as if he was a devil in the abyss.
Christina felt a chill run down her spine.
At that moment, she felt like an unfortunate rabbit that was spotted by the hunter after escaping his trap. Serious consequences awaited her.
“Bailey. I’m going to the second floor.”
“What for?” asked Bailey quizzically.
“Look for yourself.” Christina jerked her chin in the direction of the room so her friend knew where to look.
Bailey got the shock of her life when she looked up and met Nathaniel’s fiery gaze. She felt as if her heart almost exploded. “I-I’ll go with you.”
The two braced themselves as if they were about to confront a fearsome enemy and made their way to the room on the second floor-its door was already open.
Other than Nathaniel, there was another tall figure sitting on the couch in the room.
It was Julian; he flashed Christina a polite smile.
Christina gave Julian a nod of acknowledgment and slowly walked over to Nathaniel like a little girl who had made a mistake, hanging her head and waiting to be scolded.
“So, you were working overtime here?” Nathaniel interrogated.
As any loyal friend would, Bailey stepped forward and pulled Christina closer as if to protect the latter. “It’s not her fault. I was the one who brought her here. If you’re going to harm her, you should do it to me instead.”
Nathaniel twitched his brow, half amused and half baffled. Harm her? Just what exactly does Christina say to others about me?
Christina tugged at Bailey’s sleeve discreetly, hinting at the latter to shut up.
However, her friend flashed her a look that seemed to say. “Don’t worry. I’m here.”
To make herself look more domineering and confident, Bailey placed her hands on her hips and snorted. “Did you bully her? She was in a bad mood and came to me for a chat.”
Nathaniel’s prominent brows wrinkled in confusion as he studied Christina even more intently. “You’re upset?”
Why didn’t she tell me? Why did she come to a bar with a friend to vent instead?
Christina had yet to arrange her thoughts to tell Nathaniel of her troubles, but Bailey had already poured all of her secrets.
And before Christina could even speak, Bailey scoffed, “Don’t be so bossy. What makes you think you’re the only one who can come out to enjoy yourself? Christina can, too!”
Nathaniel eyed Christina in amusement “Of course, she can You can do whatever you want”
The corners of Christina’s lips twitched when she heard that.
I never meant that.
Nonetheless. Nathaniel’s answer pleased Bailey, Grinning mischievously, she called for the server “Ill get your most expensive set meal”
“All right. Ill make the arrangements now,” responded the server with a subtle nod.
Soon, five bottles of premium whiskey, wine, and delectable dishes were laid out on the table until there was no space left.
Christina twitched her lips, baffled by the absurd amount of food before her. “Why order so much alcohol? How are we going to finish it?”
‘s a different matter. I ordered it to maintain an impression,” Bailey declared proudly. As Christina’s friend, the former would not let Christina be humiliated.
Following that, Bailey picked the largest bottle of hard liquor and was about to uncork it when a deep, rich voice sounded. “Kids shouldn’t be drinking alcohol.”
The voice made Bailey turn around, only to find a man in a retro-style suit and a burgundy tie that added. a hint of mysteriousness to him. His dark, solemn eyes were like an endless sea, leaving Bailey breathless when their gazes met.
This man’s simply too ravishing!
Fortunately, the room’s dim lighting caused her blushing face to be unnoticeable.
“Who says I’m a child? I’m an adult, mister!” Bailey refuted defiantly.
Julian chuckled. The woman standing in front of him behaved like a teen going through a rebellious. phase, slightly arrogant and gutsy. She was the most interesting woman he had met so far.
Right then, Christina picked out a bottle of white wine that had lower alcohol content. “Let’s drink this instead.”
Subsequently, the server uncorked it and poured the clear liquid into four glasses.
Christina picked one up and took a sip, allowing the sweet and mellow taste to flow down her throat.
It took only a few glasses for the alcohol to get to her head.
“Bailey, it’s late. We should go back.” Christina put down the glass and massaged her temples. The alcohol’s aftereffects were surprisingly strong.
Waving her hand in disagreement, Bailey said, “I’m not going back. It wasn’t easy for me to get out of
Although it was clear that Bailey would not leave, Christina did not trust leaving her friend alone at a place like that. “You can’t keep being upset at your mother. Come on. I’ll send you home, okay?”
With a look of utter reluctance, Bailey gave Christina a push into Nathaniel’s arms. “You two can leave first. I’ll get home on my own in a while. The driver’s waiting right outside the bar.”