The atmosphere in the car immediately tensed. A knife could not even cut through it
Christina felt like she was about to combust. “If you don’t want to believe me, then don’t ask me. Think whatever you like. As long as you’re satished-”
Before she could finish, Nathaniel roughly gripped her chin and pushed her backward, causing her head to hit the window. She felt a stinging pain on her lip and tasted the metallic taste of blood.
She had difficulty breathing, with Nathaniel’s lips pressed tight against hers,
Instead of saying that it was a kiss, it felt more like a punishment,
It felt like he was punishing her because she went to meet Francis. It also felt like a punishment for doing many things without first getting his opinion.
Christina furrowed her brows and endured the pain. She did not know how much time had passed before Nathaniel finally let go of her. Their breathings were uneven as they stared at each other heatedly like opponents in a fighting ring, neither willing to let the other win.
Christina’s gaze was locked onto Nathaniel’s. His lips were painted red with blood, and his eyes were sharp, looking like a hungry wolf staring at its prey.
“Nathaniel! What do you take me for? Your pet? Or an emotionless robot? Or perhaps you think I’m the kind of woman who would engage in sexual acts with any man? You keep saying you would respect me and my space, but look at what you’ve been doing. When have you ever shown me respect?”
The car fell into silence. Each sentence Christina said felt like knives stabbing into Nathaniel’s heart.
They were looking at the faces they were most familiar with, yet they seemed more like strangers than lovers at that moment.
Christina regretted ever meeting him.
After so many years, she thought Nathaniel would change, but reality proved her wrong.
Why would a high and mighty CEO that has people flocking to him understand what respect means? I don’t ask for much. He should at least trust me. The way he got angry over such a small matter makes it seem like Francis and I are in some sort of forbidden relationship.
The car came to a stop at the entrance of Scenic Garden Manor.
Christina got off first and entered the manor.
Lucas and Camila ran from the second floor excitedly when they heard the sound of the car. “Mommy. are you back? We’ve missed you!”
“I’ve missed you too.” Christina bent down to wrap her arms around Lucas and Camila before kissing their checks.
She breathed a sigh of relief when the faint yet familiar scent of her children wafted through her nose.
Despite that, she did not want to stay in a place that made her uneasy.
Christina softly asked, “Lucas, Camila, I want to stay at the apartment. Do you want to go with me? Or do
Leaving With The Children
you want to stay here with Daddy?”
Lucas and Camila widened their eyes in surprise.
Sure enough, they had guessed correctly. Daddy and Mommy are fighting!
The children were silent. Not wanting them to sense the emotional turmoil she was going through. Christina asked in a gentle tone. “Don’t think of any nonsense. I just want a change of environment for work and stay there for the time being.”
“Just for the time being?” Lucas pretended to be surprised.
“We’ll stay with Mommy at the apartment!”
Although the two children spoke simultaneously, Nathaniel clearly heard what they said since he stood
close to them.
His expression turned grim, and he felt his mood turn sour when he saw the three of them in a hug.
She’s running away from home just because she’s angry?
Christina could not be more sure of her decision when she heard the sound of footsteps approaching them from behind. “I’ll go upstairs to pack our things. Wait for me here.”
“Okay!” Lucas answered.
“Mommy, don’t forget my kitty doll. I want to hug it to sleep.”
Christina was touched to see the two children were on her side. The long hours of pain and labor to give birth to them were worth it. Theyll stand by me no matter what.
Christina had just gone upstairs when the two children hurried to Nathaniel and asked, “Daddy, how did you make Mommy angry?”
Faced with the accusation from the two, Nathaniel wanted to say, “I was wronged.”
He frowned and bent down to instead ask them, “Why didn’t you stop Mommy from leaving?”
Lucas crossed his arms across his chest and scoffed. “Mommy asked us to choose. Of course, we would choose Mommy. She gave birth to us and brought us up. We’re not that heartless to betray her!”
Camila nodded in agreement.
She took a step forward and whispered in Nathaniel’s ear, “Don’t worry. Daddy. If I follow Mommy, I can tell you everything about her.”
After all, she did not want Nathaniel and Christina to separate.
Nathaniel felt a sense of comfort when he heard that. He gently patted her head. “Then you must keep telling me about Mommy. I’ll reward you with delicious food when you come home.”
Camila giggled. “Deal!”
Lucas was worried that Camila would be easily swayed and believed Nathaniel’s words when he saw them. huddling close and whispering to one another.
“Camila, whose side are you on?” Lucas asked as he pulled Camila to stand behind him. He stared at Nathaniel warily and said, “Daddy. I really like you, but if you bully Mommy, I won’t like you anymore!”
“I didn’t.” Nathaniel sighed in exasperation. He wanted nothing more but to teach the little brat a lesson.
“I saw the red marks on Mommy’s neck! I won’t forgive anyone who bullies Mommy!” Lucas exclaimed in
a firm tone.
There was nothing Nathaniel could do to persuade the young boy. Trying to explain to him would be useless too. He was silent momentarily before saying. “Take good care of your mommy.”
Just then, Christina came down the stairs after packing her and the children’s belongings. On her back was a large-sized limited edition backpack that was filled to the brim.
Nathaniel narrowed his eyes at her. Is she planning on never coming back?
Christina was fuming when she approached them. “You told me before that you won’t fight for custody of the kids, so I’ll take them with me today. Besides, they also agreed to follow me.”
Her assertive statement rendered Nathaniel speechless.
His expression darkened. I indeed told her that. However, since I can’t go back on my words, I have no choice but to agree with her.
Christina was satisfied with his silence. She grabbed the children’s hands and said, “Let’s go!”
The three of them walked out the door. After some time, the sound of a car engine starting and driving off could be heard.
It did not take them long to reach the apartment. Christina had been there to clean the place not too long ago. Hence, everything was prepared, and the furniture was complete. It would not be a problem for them to stay there for some time.
As for Lucas and Camila, they quickly took an interest in the change of environment.
They placed their school bags in the living room and started playing hide-and-seek.
Christina put down her bag and went into the kitchen to cook them some pasta. When she was done, she yelled, “Come and eat! You need to sleep early after dinner.”
The children were very obedient. They immediately stopped chasing each other and went to the dining room to have their meal.
“Mommy, the pasta you make smells delicious!” Lucas complimented before eating.
Camila took a bite and tried to imitate an adult sighing in exasperation. “What a pity that Daddy isn’t here. He can’t taste the yummy food Mommy made.”
She turned to look at Christina with her big doe-like eyes after that.
She knew her mother was soft-hearted and won’t really be angry with her father.
Lucas playfully smacked Camila’s head. “We’re eating right now. Why are you talking about Daddy?”