Everyone was well aware that Nathaniel’s rise to the helm of a new generation of top wealthy families was not only due to the prestige accumulated by his elders but more because of his ruthlessness.
He regarded those he didn’t care about as mere insignificant ants.
Nathaniel slightly raised his brow haughtily. “I dare to run rampant on the Taggart family’s territory with my men. Do you think anything is holding me back? All of you should wake up now. I’m not laying my hands on you now, not because I have reservations. Instead, it is because my wife has delayed your sentence. Let me ask you again. Where did Madison take my wife?”
They had no idea that Madison had escaped from the psychiatric hospital in the first place, let alone that Christina had been kidnapped.
If Nathaniel hadn’t stormed into the Taggart residence to question them. they would still be kept in the dark.
Among all the Taggarts, the only person aside from Sebastian who was capable of handling such extreme situations was Maggie.
However, Sebastian clearly couldn’t be relied upon since he had dedicated half his life to serving Nathaniel.
Hence, the Taggarts actually resented Sebastian now that they were caught up in that predicament.
“Sebastian, you’re also considered a member of the Taggart family. Now that our family is in crisis, can you really bring yourself to sit by and watch?”
“Is the Hadley family’s riches so tempting that you would abandon your family’s honor for money and a future?”
“He’s just an ungrateful wretch. If he had a bit of conscience, Maddy wouldn’t have gone crazy!”
Sebastian suddenly became the Taggart family’s scapegoat. They vented their anger at him without shame.
Sebastian clenched his fists. His heart gradually turned numb as he listened to their hurtful insults.
After a while, he looked up and retorted, “The Taggart family was in the wrong first. Madison knew better than anyone the consequences of her actions, yet she didn’t mind sacrificing the entire Taggart family to achieve her goals. Why should I clean up the mess for such a selfish family?”
His words hit the Taggarts hard. They all gazed at him in shock and were rendered speechless.
At that moment, Nathaniel played his role as an outsider to the Taggart family’s business.
He believed Sebastian to have the capabilities to sort out his personal affairs. Nathaniel was only focused on locating Christina as soon as possible. He couldn’t be bothered to entertain anyone or anything else.
The agonizing wait was wearing on Nathaniel’s patience. He became more restless and reached into his suit pocket to take out a cigarette, but his fingers ended up touching his phone, which felt hot to the touch.
As if sudden realization had washed over him, Nathaniel took out his phone and saw several missed calls from an unfamiliar number.
Fingers trembling, he dialed the number.
The call swiftly connected, and Christina’s weak and hoarse voice sounded on the other end of the line. “Nathaniel, come and pick me up.”
Nathaniel lost his cool. “Where are you? I’ll go over and pick you up right now!”
He strode outward anxiously while talking into the phone.
Seeing that, Sebastian wanted to follow Nathaniel, but Maggie’s stern voice rang out behind him. “Sebastian, if you step out of this house today, you’ll have to bear the responsibility for your choice.”
His figure froze for only a second before he ran after Nathaniel without sparing another glance at the Taggarts. Soon, he disappeared from everyone’s sight.
From the moment Sebastian chose to pledge his loyalty to Nathaniel, the Taggart family’s honor no longer had anything to do with him.
The Taggarts would only remember him when they needed him.
Christina calmed down significantly after calling Nathaniel.
Sheridan hadn’t come out of the factory since he went in earlier.
Christina grasped the phone and curled up in the chair, waiting for Nathaniel to show up. The subtle aches originating from her abdomen caused her to start panicking.
“Nathaniel, why aren’t you here yet…” Christina clutched her belly as grievances churned within her.
Even when she had fallen into the sea previously, she didn’t miss Nathaniel as much as she did now.
Nathaniel had become a crucial part of her life, and she could no longer live without him.
At that moment, Christina heard the screeching halt of a car amidst her daze.
“Christina!” Nathaniel’s sound reverberated beside her ears.
She jolted awake and stumbled out of the car. Before she could even see Nathaniel’s face clearly, he had swept her into his arms. “I’m sorry I’m late.”
“You’re finally here, Nathaniel!” Her long-suppressed fear burst forth.
Grabbing his shirt tightly, she sobbed hysterically.
Sebastian tactfully led the bodyguards into the abandoned factory.
Nathaniel’s heart ached severely as he heard her sobs. “I’m sorry. I’m sorry. This is all my fault.”
Suddenly, a white-hot pain shot up from Christina’s abdomen. Colors drained from her face as she let out a muffled grunt. Her cries swiftly turned into painful gasps. “Nathaniel, my stomach hurts.”
“I’ll bring you to the hospital right away!” Overwrought, Nathaniel scooped Christina up and carried her to another car. Then, he growled at the driver, “Quick. Drive us to the nearest hospital!”
Christina almost passed out from the pain. She lay in his arms and clung to his collar. “O-Our baby must stay safe!”
Nathaniel’s eyes turned red. Ignoring how dirty her fingertips were, he pulled her hand close to his lips. and repeatedly kissed it. His voice trembled uncontrollably. “Nothing will happen to you and our baby. 1 promise.”
Five years ago, he didn’t get to stay by Christina and the children’s side. He wasn’t going to allow the tragedy to repeat itself five years later.
Christina leaned weakly against him as she drifted in and out of consciousness due to the intense pain. She could hardly perceive whatever Nathaniel said subsequently.
All she vaguely remembered was the few seconds that Nathaniel carried her and sprinted all the way, rushing into the emergency room. He was on the brink of losing control of his emotions and breaking down.
She had never seen him in that state. For the first time in forever, he was scared and impulsive.
Yet, the person who gave Nathaniel that touch of humanity was her, Christina.
The emergency room doors opened and closed. Group after group of medical personnel came and went. Finally, after an agonizing hour-long wait, Nathaniel received the good news.
Both Christina and the baby were safe.
Nathaniel exhaled a sigh of relief. Seeing his tall figure swaying. Sebastian speedily supported him and whispered, “Mrs. Hadley is safe. You can rest easy for now, Mr. Hadley.”
Nathaniel pushed Sebastian away while straightening his back, regaining his usual cold and ruthless. demeanor. “How’s the progress at Madison’s end?”
Sebastian said, “She’s not in any life-threatening danger, but she took a heavy blow to the head, and her tongue was bitten off. I’ve sent someone to stand guard outside her hospital room while waiting for your further instruction.” Observing the changes in Nathaniel’s expression. Sebastian added. “When I led our men into the factory, Sheridan was there. He was the one who tied Madison up. It seems like he rescued Mrs. Hadley.”
Nathaniel’s gaze darkened. He adjusted his disheveled collar while training his eyes on Christina, who was being wheeled out of the emergency room by the nurse. “Notify the Taggarts that I will be taking Madison’s life.”