When Christina’s lips bumped into Nathaniel’s cheek, his faint woody scent filled her nostrils and left her in a daze.
A few seconds later, she jolted back. We should stop fooling around.
It would be embarrassing if the children saw us.
Ever since the children barged into the room the last time, Christina would always keep a safe distance from him whenever they were out.
Meanwhile, Lucas and Camila were already awake by the time the car arrived at Scenic Garden Manor.
A short nap was all the kids needed to reinvigorate themselves.
After alighting from the car, both of them played ball in the courtyard.
Christina was watching them when she received Rayne’s call.
She subsequently headed to the study and borrowed Nathaniel’s computer for work.
It turned out that there was a problem with one of the design drawings.
The design looked good on paper, yet the intended result wasn’t achieved when it was given physical form, creating a need for a change in color.
Based on the sample Rayne had sent, Christina adjusted the color a few times until she was satisfied.
By the time she was finished, night had already fallen.
When she suddenly received a call from Azure, she remembered that she hadn’t spoken to her grandmother over the last two days due to work.
Thus, she answered without hesitation.
“Christina, I was worried when I didn’t hear from you for the past two days. I thought that something untoward had happened,” Azure remarked anxiously.
Christina’s heart was warmed by the concern shown by her grandmother.
She felt the urge to pour her heart out and tell Azure about everything Anya did to her.
However, before she could start, she heard Anya’s voice in the background.
“Grandma, did Christina say when she’ll be back?”
Anya is with Grandma? Christina didn’t want to alert Anya of her plan yet.
Besides, her words wouldn’t carry much impact since she wasn’t by Azure’s side.
Holding that thought, she suppressed her anger and decided to hold Anya accountable only upon her return.
“Grandma, I’ve already signed the contract with Hadley Corporation and will come home in the next few days,” Christina replied.
Azure nodded upon hearing Christina’s calm voice.
“All right then. Be careful. Remember to bring the children over with you when you come. I’ll be here, waiting for you.”
“All right, Grandma. You take care too.”
Upon ending the call, Christina let out a sigh.
Given that she had dirt on Anya, there wasn’t much for her to be afraid of.
Eyes narrowed, she began to plot how she could kick Anya out of Gibson Corporation.
Although she was only in her twenties, Anya was extremely shrewd.
Thus, taking her down was going to be an uphill task.
Even if I can’t remove her from Gibson Corporation, this matter alone is enough to threaten her position.
All of a sudden, a towering figure blocked off the light.
Nathaniel then gave her head a gentle stroke.
“What’s on your mind?”
“I was thinking of going back in the next few days. Grandma has called to pester me about it,” Christina replied.
At that moment, her main concern was whether to take the children with her, for she was worried that any conflict with Anya might affect them.
“You should. I’ll come with you.”
While speaking, Nathaniel walked right up to her.
He then cornered her by placing his palms down on the table on both sides of her.
“It’s not as simple as it seems. I’m going back to confront Anya this time, so bringing the kids along isn’t a good idea. Why don’t you stay here with them instead?”
That was the best idea Christina could come up with.
However, Azure’s longing for her great-grandchildren caused her to hold her chin in contemplation.
Nathaniel turned toward her and suggested in a deep voice, “Why don’t you take Raymond with you? The children will get to have some fun for a couple of days and won’t get in your way.”
“Good idea. I’ll do that.”
Just as she spoke, Christina pushed his face away before squeezing her way out from underneath his arm.
After she escaped from his grasp, Nathaniel turned around and watched her silhouette slip away like a cat.
Soon, the weekend arrived.
Before setting off, Camila and Lucas filled their bags with sweets.
“Mommy, we want to share these sweets with Granddad and Great- Granny,’ Camila explained.
Christina gave her face a gentle rub.
“That’s so thoughtful of you. Let’s get into the car now.”
With that, she carried both of them in.
Thereafter, Nathaniel, too, joined them inside and put Camila on his lap.
From the looks of it, he seemed to be going with them.
“We’ll only be gone for a few days. Are you sure you want to tag along?” Christina gave Nathaniel a hesitant look.
Is he going to ignore his work just like that? “Sebastian has made all the necessary arrangements. There’s nothing for you to worry about.”
The moment he finished, Nathaniel instructed the driver, “Let’s go.”
The driver immediately started the car and drove off.
Two hours later, their car arrived outside the Gibson residence.
Azure was already waiting at the door.
The moment she saw two small figures emerge from the car, she walked forward in delight and swept them up into her arms.
“Oh, let me have a good look at you, my darlings!”
The children’s presence warmed Azure’s heart.
“Great-Granny, look at what we brought you.” Camila couldn’t wait to show her grandmother the sweets in her bag.
Azure played along by feigning surprise.
“Wow, they’re sweets!”
“I deliberately brought them for you.”
The children subsequently stuffed the bags into Azure’s arms.
Breaking into a proud smile, she complimented the children for their thoughtfulness.
Meanwhile, Christina and Nathaniel alighted from the car.
Despite the joy her great-grandchildren brought her, Azure’s expression drastically changed at the sight of Nathaniel.
The fact that he was Christina’s husband didn’t ease the animosity between the Hadley family and the Gibson family.
“I’m back, Grandma,” Christina greeted while holding Nathaniel’s hand.
Azure put on airs by reflex.
“You should’ve just come by yourself, Christina. Why did you bring the outsider?” Nathaniel’s my husband.
How can she call him an outsider? Christina flashed a conflicted expression at her grandmother.
“Nathaniel was worried about me coming home alone. Also, he wanted to visit you too.”
“How thoughtful of him. Come on in now, Christina,”
Azure flatly commented as she turned around and led the children inside.
As the group walked into the house one after another, Christina snuck a concerned glance at Nathaniel but was relieved to see the emotionless look on his face.
It was hard for her to believe there would be a time when the proud Nathaniel would stay silent after being sneered at.
His response told her that he was truly intent on avoiding conflict with the Gibson family.
Touched by his gesture, she held Nathaniel’s hand.
“Come now, let’s head inside.”
Upon entering the living room, they were greeted by the sight of Anya, who had donned an expensive dress.
She was sipping coffee on the couch, the air she gave off that of the mistress of the house.
The moment she saw the couple, she greeted sarcastically, “I’m surprised to see you here, Mr. Hadley. The Gibson residence doesn’t welcome those who share your surname.”
With a darkened expression, Christina sneered, “Why are you being such a stranger now? Didn’t you seem to be on good terms with him in Jadeborough?”