Upon returning to Scenic Garden Manor, Christina had dinner with the twins.
Then, she played soccer with them in the back garden.
By the time she put them to sleep, it was already nine o’clock at night.
She would be lying to claim that she was not tired since she was already yawning away.
Naturally, Nathaniel noted all that.
Feeling anguished, he gathered her petite and weak body in his arMs. “Thank you, Christina.”
That remark of his carried multiple meanings.
Unfortunately, Christina was not in the mood to decipher anything.
She merely nodded in acknowledgment.
“Indeed, I’m dead tired today. I never feel like this usually.”
She generally had no problems bustling about, but for some inexplicable reason, weariness weighed heavily on her that day.
Inwardly, Nathaniel knew that most of her fatigue was psychological in nature.
He kissed her on the forehead.
“Go and shower first, then have a good sleep.”
“But I still want to—”
“Go ahead. I’m here.”
Despite being aware that Christina still wanted to go through the information, Nathaniel gave her no room to protest.
He pushed her right into the bathroom.
“Why are you still standing here?”
The bathroom was initially quite spacious, but with the man there, it promptly appeared rather cramped.
Nathaniel stood there without budging.
His thin lips curved into a smirk.
“Let’s shower together.”
That stunned Christina.
Some indecent images popped into her mind, and her face inexorably flushed bright red.
Seeing that her face had turned as red as an overripe tomato, Nathaniel tapped the tip of her nose.
“What are you thinking? | meant that in the literal sense. Conserving water is a virtue.”
A frown marred Christina’s countenance.
She could not help doubting herself when she took in the serious look on Nathaniel’s face.
Hmm, was I really reading too much into it? She again eyed the man suspiciously.
It was only when she had ascertained that his gaze was sincere and he did not intend to do anything to her that she lowered her guard.
Unexpectedly, after he helped to remove her clothes, his breathing turned rapid, and his gaze glazed over.
She ended up pinned against the wall.
In the face of his domineering restraint, she screeched unceremoniously, “Nathaniel, you liar!” When they finished showering, it was already past midnight.
Having been put through the wringer, Christina was zapped of all energy.
Nathaniel carried her out of the bathroom and dressed her in pajamas.
By the time he draped the covers over her, she was already sound asleep.
Her fair and exquisite countenance was incredibly alluring under the lights.
Nonetheless, he understood the principle of moderation and knew he could not overtax his wife.
He only leaned down and kissed her on the cheek before turning off the lights.
He left the bedroom and went to the study.
When Christina woke up, the sun was already high in the sky.
She groggily rolled over and reached out, patting the space beside her.
The instant she realized that no one was there, her mind cleared significantly.
She swiftly opened her eyes, but there were no signs of Nathaniel.
Jerking her head over, she saw that it was already getting late.
J promised the twins that I’d send them to kindergarten! She immediately got out of bed and changed before hurrying downstairs.
Right then, Nathaniel was having breakfast with the twins.
They were talking about something or other with smiles on their faces, so engrossed in conversation that none noticed her approach.
Christina cleared her throat since no one was paying her any mind.
“Mommy is here!”
As soon as the twins snapped their heads back, they spotted Christina standing behind them.
However, they did not greet her at once.
Instead, they frantically turned to Nathaniel in a panic.
“That was a secret, Daddy! Don’t tell Mommy!”
Can’t you keep your voices down when you’re talking about some secret? I heard that, you know? “What is it that you can’t tell me?”
Christina pinned her gaze on Nathaniel.
Nathaniel rubbed the tip of his nose.
Gosh, it’s really difficult to choose between my wife and kids! Meeting the twins’ hopeful gazes, he ultimately decided to be a good father who kept his promises.
“Well, I can’t tell you that,” he replied.
With a quirk of a brow, Christina shifted her gaze to Lucas and Camila.
The two of them averted their gazes in concert before exclaiming, “We’re done eating, and we’re off to kindergarten now!”
Their movements were surprisingly fast.
Not only did they run off, but they even shouldered their bags by themselves.
Whipping their heads back, they hollered, “Hurry up, Daddy!”
“Don’t you want me to drive you?”
Christina griped jealously upon seeing that they had forgotten all about her.
“Mommy, Daddy said you were too tired from work last night. So, you don’t need to drive us today,” Lucas explained.
Speaking of the night before, Christina could not help feeling a dull pain at her waist.
Ugh! This ts all on Nathaniel for pinning me against the wall last night! As that thought occurred to her, she shot Nathaniel a glare.
In turn, Nathaniel flashed her an innocent look.
The twins were still ignorant of the meaning behind the exchange of gazes between their parents.
Out of the blue, Camila recalled that everyone’s parents were already there when kindergarten was over yesterday, but hers only arrived after a long time.
“Come earlier to pick me and Lucas up today, Mommy,’ she said.
Christina walked over and crouched down in front of her “I’m really sorry about being so late yesterday, Camila. I promise to be the first one in line today”
“Yay! That’s great!” At the kindergarten, all the children drew comparisons with each other in terms of their parents being first in line outside the gates.
When Christina saw Camila’s joy, the guilt within her abated slightly.
Since Camila and Lucas were insistent about having their father drive them to kindergarten, Christina sat down and had breakfast with peace of mind.
After breakfast, she did not hasten to the studio but went upstairs to the second floor and entered the study.
Deep down, she still wanted to get to the bottom of the incident back then as soon as possible.
No sooner had she pushed open the door and stepped in than she caught sight of the information Nathaniel had compiled neatly on the desk.
Atop the pile of information was a piece of paper handwritten by the man himself.
Picking it up for a look, she saw a list of names and times, some of which she had seen in the information yesterday.
It was clear as day that he had spent the entire night summarizing everything for her to spare her from reading through that stack of information again.
His consideration moved her to no end.
At the same time, it intensified her determination to unearth the truth behind the incident back then so that they could visit her mother’s grave together.
Regretfully, nothing stood out for her even after she combed through the information for a long time.
She cast her mind back to everything the Gibson family had told her.
She could not shake off the feeling that it was too simple.
The Hadley family 1s deemed suspicious on the mere basts of being contenders for a single project, but the Gibson and Hadley families weren’t the only ones competing at that time.
There were still others.
But then, it was too much of a coincidence that the car accident occurred at the site of the Hadley family’s construction project.
After all, the driver served the Gibson family and not the Hadley family!