Christina only accompanied Francis to the event as a mere formality. She left the place not long after she entered.
She only realized that it was almost ten at night when she was on the way home.
She quickly dialed Nathaniel’s number, but there was no answer. She breathed a heavy sigh before. returning to Scenic Garden Manor.
The lights in the living room were switched off. The place was so quiet that one could hear a pin drop. However, there was an overwhelming pressure emanating from the room.
Christina jumped in shock when she saw the tall figure seated on the couch. “Why didn’t you turn on the lights?”
She immediately noticed Nathaniel’s angry expression when the lights were switched on. There was a murderous look in his eyes. It looked like he was a predator in the mountains waiting to attack.
Nathaniel narrowed his eyes. Through clenched teeth, he asked, “You looked beautiful with the makeup on. Why did you remove it?”
Christina left after showing up for appearance purposes. Before she went home, she removed her makeup and changed out of her outfit.
Biting the bullet, she explained, “Please don’t misunderstand. I only accompanied him to go through the motions. I tried calling you on the way home, but you didn’t answer.”
Nathaniel’s aura was terrifying, causing Christina to break out in a cold sweat.
He stood up and made his way toward her. “Is it your job to accompany Francis?”
With an authoritative voice and eyes reddened with anger, it was evident that Nathaniel was livid. Just his aura alone caused Christina to feel a strong sense of suffocation.
Nathaniel wrapped his hands around her neck and tightened them with just enough pressure so that she wouldn’t choke. “I was waiting for you, but you were with Francis.”
That was something he could not accept.
He hated other people touching his things. He especially hated it when Francis was the one who did it.
“I was working. If I didn’t come, don’t you know how to go back first? Are you stupid?” Christina never expected that Nathaniel would be this patient.
“Christina! Won’t you return to how you were no matter how much I accommodate or try to please you?” Nathaniel asked, his voice slightly trembling.
He did not want the version of Christina before him. She was cold and emotionless, and he could not figure out what she was thinking. He wanted her to return to the version of herself that was gentle and would act cute in his arms.
Christina felt her heart break into two when she heard that. “You were accommodating to me? You were trying to please me?”
He was just temporarily hiding his true nature. If a problem arose, he would return to his usual unreasonable and possessive self.
Christina pushed away his hands and coughed. “Don’t act all affectionate with me. What’s inside the file in your study? What secrets are you hiding from me? Have you told me about them?“
The secrets in my study… Nathaniel widened his eyes. Did she see them?
Anger danced behind their eyes as they glared at each other. Nathaniel coldly said, “You will regret angering me.”
With that, he turned and walked out the door. A few moments later, the sound of a car driving away could be heard from outside.
It was only after he left that Christina finally relaxed. It felt like all the energy had left her body as she stumbled backward, her knees weak from pretending to be strong.
Perhaps Christina’s emotions were unstable because she woke up early the following day.
She washed up and changed before sending Lucas and Camila to kindergarten.
The two children were in the backseat of the car. They stared at their mother through the rearview mirror and noticed her gloomy look. Lucas pursed his lips and asked, “Mommy, did you argue with Daddy?”
Christina tensed up. Were we too loud in the living room last night? Did the children hear us?
She did not want their familial matters to affect the children. She scolded herself inwardly before flashing them a smile and said, “No, we didn’t.”
Camila innocently asked, “Why is your neck red?”
Christina reached up to adjust the rearview mirror so she could see herself. Only then did she notice the red handprint marks around her neck. She did not expect it to be such a dark shade of red,
She touched her neck guiltily before explaining, “I accidentally scratched it.”
Lucas and Camila exchanged glances. If Mommy doesn’t want to tell us, it’s no use if we keep asking her.
However, the children were confident that Christina had not scratched herself. The markings were long. It looks like Daddy’s handprints.
Soon, they reached the kindergarten. Christina placed a kiss on each of the children’s foreheads. “Be good and study hard. I’ll come early to pick you up!”
The children kissed her cheeks before trotting off to kindergarten.
Christina went back into the car and took a scarf from her bag. She wrapped it around her neck to cover the markings on her neck before she started the car and drove to the company.
Throughout the day, she could not focus on her work. When it was time to get off work, a deliveryman.
Rayne signed to accept the parcel before bringing it to Christina’s office. “Christina, you have a parcel. Do you want me to open it for you?”
“Sure,” Christina replied nonchalantly as she twirled her pen between her fingers.
“It’s a lipstick. There’s also a card with a message saying that this color suits you best,” Rayne read off the card before handing it over to her, along with the lipstick.
Christina glanced at the lipstick. Isn’t this the lipstick I took an interest to last night? She immediately knew who had sent her the lipstick.
She rearranged the things on her table, grabbed her bag, and stood up to leave. “Throw it away.”
Rayne hurried after her. She was confused. “But this is a limited edition lipstick. It’s such a pity to throw it
While Christina was not paying attention, Rayne quickly stuffed the lipstick and card into Christina’s bag.
Christina overlooked her actions as she walked out of her office.
The elevator doors opened. Christina was about to enter when she noticed Nathaniel and Sebastian were inside. The atmosphere immediately tensed up.
She hesitated to enter. Just last night, their conversation had ended on a bad note. Neither of them was in a good mood.
Sebastian broke the silence and said, “What a coincidence, Mrs. Hadley. Let’s take the elevator together,
Christina hummed a reply before walking in.
Soon, they arrived at the underground parking lot. Christina and Nathaniel sat on different ends in the car. It seemed like there was an invisible border separating them.
Christina rested her hands atop her knees, looking like an obedient child.
Nathaniel caught sight of her neck from the corners of his eyes. The scarf moved when she gulped, and he noticed the red marks that the scarf covered. I was agitated last night. Was I too rough when I grabbed her?
He felt his heart soften as he glanced at her delicate appearance.
All of a sudden, the car swerved. The duo seated in the back could not help but lean sideways to stabilize themselves.
After stabilizing the car, the driver turned to explain, “My apologies. Mr. Hadley. Just now, a car cut to our lane without any signals.”
Nathaniel scrunched his eyebrows in annoyance, but he remained silent.
Suddenly a tiny tube-like item rolled to the side of his leg. There was also a card beside it.
Christina immediately recognized what those things were. Isn’t that the lipstick I asked Rayne to thr Why was it in my bag?
She reached forward to grab the things, but Nathaniel beat her to it.
A frown appeared on his handsome face. His tone was icy as he asked. “What? He couldn’t wait to send you his token of love?”
“I asked my assistant to throw it away. I have no idea how it ended up in my bag.” Christina explained.
Nathaniel grabbed Christina’s wrist and dragged her closer to him. He questioned her. “Do you think T11 believe such a stupid expe
It was useless for Christma to explain further. When she heard the words “roken of love” from Nathaniel. she knew he would not accept any more explanation from her
It feels terrible to be misunderstood.