“I’ll take over for you at work tomorrow, Mom,’ Emilia said after a brief pause.
Miranda asked as she had no idea why Emilia would say that all of a sudden.
Emilia didn’t reply and went back to playing with her phone.
Miranda had nothing further to say when she saw Emilia, a former celebrity, let herself go like that.
All she could do was hide in a corner and weep in silence.
Meanwhile, the two kids fell asleep in the car after having a fun day at the amusement park.
Neither of them woke up even when they had arrived home.
Christina and Nathaniel had no choice but to carry them into the house.
Although their day at the amusement park was an exhausting one, Christina didn’t feel sleepy at all after taking a shower.
“What’s the matter? Are you not tired?”
Nathaniel asked when he came out of the bathroom and saw Christina spacing out in bed.
Christina wrapped her arms around Nathaniel’s waist and rested her head against his chest.
“I ran into Miranda at the clinic today. She’s working there as a janitor.”
Nathaniel had to dig deep into his memory in order to recall who Miranda was.
“She changed so much that I couldn’t recognize her at first. Her personality has changed a lot as well,” Christina continued.
Back then, Miranda would have arrogantly insulted her in response.
This time, however, Miranda had run off with her tail between her legs.
“Life is unpredictable, and people can change.”
Nathaniel could tell from Christina’s description that Miranda was not exactly living the life.
Christina fell silent after hearing that.
“What’s the matter? Are you regretting it?”
Nathaniel asked while caressing Christina on the head.
Christina shook her head in response.
While she did not regret her decision back then, her experiences over the years had made her somewhat soft-hearted.
“By the way, Nathaniel, could you help me get some information on my dad?”
Nathaniel replied when he realized Christina was talking about Gideon.
When it came to things he had promised Christina, Nathaniel was quick at getting them done.
He had Sebastian take care of it the very next day.
Instead of leaving immediately, Sebastian told Nathaniel about what he had heard that morning.
“The Gibson family has dropped the charges again, Mr. Hadley.”
Completely unfazed by that news, Nathaniel continued signing the document and handed it over to Sebastian before replying, “Then we will sue them instead.”
Surprised that Nathaniel had such a plan in mind, Sebastian asked, “On what grounds, Mr. Hadley?”
Nathaniel shot him a questioning look in response.
“Are you expecting me to come up with a reason as well?” Sebastian quickly averted his gaze.
“I will see to it at once.”
After Sebastian left, Nathaniel massaged his forehead and gave Francis a call.
The two arranged a meetup over the phone.
Arriving at the meetup location, Francis took his sunglasses off and asked, “So, what did you want to see me about?”
“I need you to help me investigate this person,” Nathaniel replied while handing him a file.
“Why would you come to me for such a favor? I’m not a private investigator.”
Francis shot Nathaniel a disdainful look, but he took the file and glanced at it anyway.
There was a person’s name that Nathaniel had marked with a circle.
Francis looked up at him and said, “You want me to investigate this guy? There doesn’t seem to be anything special about him, though.
He’s a supplier with no private connections nor grudges with Timothy.”
“Just do as | say and investigate him,”
Nathaniel replied impatiently.
Is this any way to ask someone for a favor? Although Francis was displeased with Nathaniel’s attitude, he kept those words to himself.
“Won’t the Gibson family find out if I investigate him?”
He had noticed something off about the Gibson family.
“Not for a while.”
Nathaniel had had Sebastian file a lawsuit against the Gibson family in order to keep them busy.
“All right, then.”
Since this was the first time Nathaniel had asked him for a favor, Francis agreed to his request.
Nathaniel whipped out a bottle of red wine and said, “Here, have a drink.”
“You didn’t put hazelnuts in this, did you?”
Francis asked as he had been deeply traumatized by this sort of thing.
Nathaniel rolled his eyes at Francis and replied calmly, “Forget it, then.”
He then poured himself a glass of red wine and casually sipped on it.
After waiting for a bit, Francis couldn’t resist the urge and poured himself a glass as well.
For the first time ever, the two brothers sat there and shared a drink peacefully.
Neither of them said a word for quite a while.
Eventually, Francis got into a more comfortable sitting position and leaned against the couch as he said, “I was the one who created the scandal between me and Christina back then. I installed surveillance cameras in her studio and deliberately acted intimate with her to give you a misunderstanding. It was also due to those surveillance cameras that I heard a lot of Hadley Corporation’s secrets. Christina has always loved you, but your controlling behavior can be too much for her at times.”
Francis had braced himself to be hit by Nathaniel after saying all that, but Nathaniel simply sat there in silence for a few seconds before replying, “You do know her better than I do.”
Nathaniel had come to realize that after losing Christina a couple of times.
His response caught Francis off guard and shocked him to the core.
Nathaniel shot him an icy-cold glare as he continued, “However, this is no excuse for you to get close to Christina. If I see you meeting her in private again, I will not hesitate to break your legs.”
And here I thought Nathaniel had changed…
Never mind, then! Meanwhile, Christina went into a sneezing fit at the studio.
“I bet Mr. Hadley is missing you, Christina!” Rayne commented.
“That’s impossible!” Christina retorted.
Those words had barely left her mouth when her phone started ringing.
“That must be Mr. Hadley!” Rayne exclaimed.
Christina wasn’t sure why Rayne was so excited, but she picked up the phone and glanced at the caller ID.
It was not a call from Nathaniel.
She waved the phone at Rayne, prompting the latter to pout in silence after making a wrong guess.
As the phone number looked rather familiar, Christina decided to answer the call.
“Hello, is this Ms. Christina Steele?” a woman asked.
Christina felt as though she had heard that voice somewhere before.
“Yes, that would be me. Who is this?”