Lucas dodged backward instinctively and pinched his nose. “Did you smell something nasty. Camila?”
Promptly. Camila mimicked her brother and pinched her nose too. “I did. It’s so smelly.”
After the children finished speaking, they turned to Madison warily. Clearly, they were speaking about her.
The instant Madison noticed the kids were mocking her, she glowered. “How dare you two make fun of me!”
This sexily-dressed lady is definitely trying to snatch Daddy away when Mommy is not around! Lucas protected Camila behind his back and pressed his hands on his waist. “You should leave right now! You’re polluting the air in my house!”
In response, Madison twisted Lucas’ ear. “Your daddy was the one who called me here. Do you know why?”
As she narrowed her eyes, she resembled a scary witch from a cartoon.
The children were frightened by her look and retracted their necks.
The edges of Madison’s lips curved upward as she leaned toward them. “It’s because your mommy doesn’t want you anymore. In the future, I’m going to be your new mommy. If you call me Mommy, I’ll give you candy.”
Camila tossed the toy block in her hand toward Madison’s face.
The toy blocks were made of wood and had pointy corners, so it would be pretty painful to be hit by one.
Lucas followed his sister and threw the toy blocks at Madison as well.
“Ouch! Ouch! That hurts! I’m going to teach you two a lesson today!” growled Madison before she charged toward the children.
Just as she grabbed Lucas’ arm, she heard a gloomy voice behind her. “What are you doing?”
The air stilled for a moment.
Madison’s heart was in her throat as she approached Nathaniel with an aggrieved grimace. “They were hurling those toy blocks at me.”
Bruises could be spotted on her face, and her lipstick was scuffed.
Lucas glared at Madison and pouted. “It’s because she said she’s replacing Mommy and wants us to call her that!”
“I don’t want this lady, Daddy! I only have one mommy!” Camila hugged Nathaniel’s leg with teary eyes.
The kids were really missing their mother recently, so their mood worsened after someone provoked them.
The grimace on Madison’s face intensified as she didn’t expect the kids to complain about her.
Rage was scribbled all over Nathaniel’s countenance as he stared at her with an icy look. “I hope you don’t forget your place.”
A chill traveled down Madison’s spine as she tightened her fist. “I know,” she uttered in a small voice. “I’ll be waiting outside.”
Upon ending her sentence, Madison left the building.
“Are you really going on a date with that lady, Daddy?” Lucas was disappointed.
Camila pulled her father’s hand and inquired with worry, “Do you not like Mommy anymore?”
Nathaniel’s heart trembled when he saw the anxious look on the children’s faces. He carried them upstairs and assured them, “Of course not. I’m just attending an event with her. Don’t think about nonsense like that, okay? Mommy will surely return.”
His promise calmed the children.
After settling the children down, he left.
Madison reapplied her lipstick and waited next to the vehicle. When she saw Nathaniel approaching, her heart raced. He’s always so aloof and cool. I can’t peel my eyes away from his handsome face at all.
After they entered the car, they headed to a banquet.
Meanwhile, Christina was so busy in Hallsbay that she didn’t have time to take a breather. As she wasn’t used to handling company matters, she spent much time every day learning how to deal with various issues.
Anya and Yerek didn’t help her during that period. In a way, she was just glad that they didn’t stab her in the back.
The next day, when she arrived at her office, her assistant, Lina Brown, served her a cup
coffee. Lina also placed the documents in her hand on Christina’s desk. “This is the information for the shareholders’ meeting later.”
Christina accepted the papers and read them while drinking coffee.
The first thing she saw was a proposal from Anya, which caused her pupils to constrict slightly. She can’t openly attack me, so this is what she comes up with?
Twenty minutes later, the conference room was occupied by all the company shareholders.
When Christina entered the room, everyone turned their attention to her. Once she was seated, she announced, “Let’s begin.”
The first half of the meeting was routine reports, so she listened attentively. After that, they discussed the company’s development plans for the second half of the year.
Anya stood and gazed at Christina. “Have you read the new proposal I submitted to you, Ms. Steele?”
“I did, and I reject the proposal,” replied Christina with a darkened look.
Anya grinned as though she had expected Christina would object to collaborating with Hadley Corporation. Without delay, she asked her assistant to deliver a set of detailed information to every shareholder.
Staring at Christina confidently, she elaborated, “Collaborating with Hadley Corporation will greatly benefit Gibson Corporation. Since you’re helming this company, you must put the company’s profits before your personal issues.”
The shareholders read the documents. It stated that Hadley Corporation wished to collaborate with Gibson Corporation and invest in a new real estate property. Additionally, the land was already in Hadley Corporation’s possession. Gibson Corporation only needed to contribute fifty percent of the cost to share equal profits with Hadley Corporation.
The land alone would’ve benefited Gibson Corporation. Thus, the shareholders found no reason to reject such a lucrative proposal.
Anya watched the shareholders nodding their heads and continued, “Hadley Corporation has already agreed to the collaboration. All that’s left is to sort out a few minor issues and sign the contract after meeting with them. You’re fine with that, right, Ms. Steele?”
One of the shareholders interrogated, “Why are you objecting to a collaboration with Hadley Corporation, Ms. Steele? If you can’t provide a reasonable explanation, we’ll question your decision.”
Christina frowned. If we collaborate with Hadley Corporation, I won’t be able to avoid interacting with Nathaniel, which is something I don’t want right now. However, I doubt I have much say in the
real matter. I’ve only become the CEO not too long ago, and the situation is still unstable, so I need to shut the shareholders’ negative impression of me
Sighing in her mind, she relented, “I discuss the matter with Hadley Corporation before deciding on the collaboration. That’s all for today. Dismiss.”
Upon ending her sentence, she strode out of the conference room.
As the shareholders left. Yerck approached Anya. “Why are you trying to make Christina contact Nathaniel, Anya? Didn’t you just split them up?”
Anya sneered, “I heard from Grandma that their relationship is rocky, and Christina’s preparing to divorce him. If they interact with each other, they’ll no doubt argue. Once that happens, she’ll be less focused on company matters that will open up opportunities for us to deal with her”
“You’re amazing. Anya” Yerek gave her a thumbs up
In response, Anya folded her arms confidently it won’t take long before Christina’s kicked out of Gibson Corporation Just wait and see