As fat raindrops spattered on Christina’s face, she gently wiped them away and fixed her gaze on the road ahead of her.
Not only did she have nothing on her, but she was also unfamiliar with the surroundings. Suddenly, a sense of helplessness overcame her, and tears welled up in her eyes.
I mustn’t cry or be scared. Lucas and Camila are waiting for me. I must go home in one piece and make Anya pay!
With the help of two sturdy branches, she slowly limped forward. As the cliff face was behind her, heading away from it was certainly the correct path.
However, her injured leg and the pouring rain hindered her from moving forward.
Moreover, Christina did not know if anyone would come to save her. After all, Anya would inform no one about the former’s disappearance when it was a deliberate attempt to harm her.
If no one knew Christina was trapped there, she would have no choice but to walk out of the forest on her own.
Thoughts of how large the forest was and whether wild animals existed there raced through Christina’s mind. The more she dwelled on it, the more hopeless she felt.
Despite the nagging pain in her leg, her depleting energy, and the uncertain feeling of what dangers awaited her, she could not just sit there and wait.
Gritting her teeth, Christina continued marching forward. She was drenched in no time, and the cold wind made her shiver.
Faster. I need to be faster.
When she was tired, she leaned against a tree to take shelter from the rain, her body curled up into a ball due to the cold. In fact, she was so cold that she could barely feel the pain in her leg now.
Her lips quivered. At that moment, nothing terrified her more than the biting cold.
Right then, a figure came to her mind. That person had a charming and familiar face and would appear whenever she was in danger.
Unfortunately, she was in a forest, which would take some time for the man to locate her even if he took a plane. There’s no way he would appear out of thin air.
Suddenly, a flash of lightning streaked through the sky, making Christina scream with fright.
Every slight movement in the forest, like the disturbed birds in trees and rustling leaves, frightened her.
Is this some kind of joke? I’m already feeling miserable, and now the birds and leaves are bullying me, too.
No longer wanting to stay at that spot, Christina got to her feet with the help of the branches and hurried forward. Her brows were tightly knit, and her jaw was clenched strongly. All she wished was to get out of the forest as quickly as possible.
When rainwater rolled down her face, she would lick her lips to quench her thirst.
Just then, another crash of thunder sounded. Christina quickly shielded her head with her arms and shut
her eyes in fright. Immediately, the strong front she put on earlier came crumbling down.
Like the rainwater, her tears streamed down her face until they reached her lips, but they tasted bitter to her.
All of a sudden, there was a loud crack from above her head before a mass of branches came falling down.
Christina looked up in fear, unable to process what she should do at that moment. Just as the branches were about to crush her, a figure darted toward her.
The person wrapped a strong, muscular arm around her waist and shielded her in his embrace.
Even though her cold was driven away by the person’s warmth, she still shuddered from the fright.
Meanwhile, the branches fell on the man’s back with a thud before sliding to the ground beside them.
Christina’s eyes widened with fright, and her body froze. The man’s grave and stern expression, shrouded in the light, hit her squarely in the heart.
“Are you hurt?” asked Nathaniel with a pained look on his face.
Breathing in deeply to recollect herself, Christina shook her head and asked, “H–How did you find me?”
“Theard your scream and followed the source. Good thing I arrived in time, or you’d be hurt.” While explaining, Nathaniel unbuttoned his raincoat and draped it over her.
“Can you walk?” he asked.
Christina shook her head. “I fell from the top and injured my leg.”
“Let’s find shelter first.” With that, Nathaniel scooped her into his arms to move to the abandoned house he had spotted moments ago. It could be their temporary shelter until the sky had cleared. Then, they could continue on their way.
Nathaniel halted in his tracks and lowered his head to gaze at her. “What’s wrong?”
Christina covered his head with the raincoat. Their breaths overlapped each other’s in the cramped space under one raincoat.
Averting her gaze shyly, she said, “Okay. We can go now.”
She could not bear to let the man get wet. After all, he had risked his life to come and save her. Smiling subtly, Nathaniel began running until they reached the abandoned house tens of meters away. It must be built for the workers when they come into the forest. Judging by its state, it must’ve been abandoned for quite some time.
Regardless, it was better than nothing, for the couple could keep out of the rain there. The moment they stepped into the house, they were greeted by thick layers of dust everywhere.
Christina sneezed violently and rubbed her nose. At that point, she could not tell what caused her to sneeze–the dust or the cold.
The fierce wind howled like a ferocious beast, blowing off the thick dust and leaving behind a bone-
Nathaniel put Christina down to pick up some branches from the outside before shutting the door.
Since there were no heaters or fires, the temperature in the house continued to drop, even though they were isolated from the cold wind.
Just then, Nathaniel approached Christina. He held up her leg and examined the wound carefully. “I think there’s a broken bone. Don’t move. I’m going to get you bandaged to fix the bone in place.”
Following that, he shrugged off his backpack and rummaged for the relevant medical equipment.
“You’ll need to bear with it if it hurts, Disinfection is a must.” The grave and serious expression on his face accentuated the masculine vibe he gave off.
Christina was so lost in his charm that her leg was already bandaged by the time she returned to her senses.
Although she was no longer in the rain, her body was feeling cold again.
She curled up and hugged her arms to keep herself warm. Meanwhile, the rain outside grew heavier. Looks like it’s going to rain for a few more hours. Even worse, it might last for the whole night.
Being the observant man he was, Nathaniel took out a lighter from the backpack and started a fire with the inflammable materials that were not needed. He then snapped an old chair into pieces and tossed them into the flames.
The branches were wet, which made them unsuitable for starting a fire. Fortunately, there were old chairs around, and they were unaffected by the rain. It did not take long for the wood pieces to light up into a blue flame.
Only then did he throw the branches into the fire. With that, the flames grew stronger.
As the house was sealed tight, the warmth from the fire soon replaced the cold in the air. Christina, too, gradually felt warmer.
Her clothes were still wet, but they would soon dry in the warmth.
Just then, Nathaniel placed his coat over her before sitting beside her. “Are you cold?”
Scooting closer to him, she answered, “Not anymore.”
In fact, she felt loads better compared to earlier when she was alone.