Upon hearing Nathaniel’s corny lines, Sebastian regretted not winding up the divider before Christina got into the car.
He realized that Nathaniel had turned into a totally different person ever since he reconciled and patched things up with Christina. Not only was Nathaniel an exceptional coaxer, but he also broke new records for doting on his wife time and time again.
When the couple in the backseat became more and more inseparable, Sebastian, who was still a single man, discreetly raised the divider after having had enough of their public displays of affection.
Christina wrapped her arms around Nathaniel’s neck and rested her full body weight on him, saying, “Everything that I have is yours.”
Her sweet words were comparable to any vows of loyalty and pledges of love the world had ever heard.
Nathaniel’s heart skipped a beat, and he pestered Christina for a passionate kiss.
He wanted to show through practical actions that he appreciated her and would not let her go back on her words.
Right as they were getting a bit too carried away, Christina stopped the wandering hand underneath her clothes and said, “The doctor says we shouldn’t be too lustful. You’ve used up your quota for this month, and there’s no exception.”
Nathaniel tried to suppress the burning desire within him as he made a shrewd plan in his head. “Then put it down on record first. I’m sure there will come a day when you will pay it off.”
Christina’s face turned crimson red as she struggled to get off of him. Nathaniel refused to let her go. Conversely, he hugged her even tighter, burying his face in her neck. His tone was pitiful as he said, “Darling, you’ve got to give me something to look forward to.”
As he was so persistent and shameless, Christina had no choice but to whip out a ten-dollar bill and generously stuff it into the front pocket of his jacket. She patted it and said, “This is a tip for you. Go ahead and spend it. There’s no need to help me save up. I must say that I’m quite satisfied with your performance just now.”
Nathaniel stared at the bill hungrily. “I can perform even better. All I need is another chance to show it to you.”
He pounced on her as soon as he said that.
Soon, the Maybach pulled up outside the front gate of the Hadley residence.
Nathaniel got out of the car, looking relaxed, but Christina did not look too well.
She tugged on her collar to cover up the marks on her neck as much as possible while glaring angrily at the culprit. “I told you not to bite my neck. How am I going to face everyone later?”
Once again, Nathaniel demonstrated his coaxing skills and said, “We’re all a family. Don’t worry about it like an outsider. I’m sure they won’t mind it at all”
“I’m going to ignore you!” Christina went ahead and entered the mansion with a flushed face, whereas Nathaniel followed behind her merrily.
“Mommy, Daddy, are you here to see us?” When Camilla turned around and saw Christina, she immediately chucked away the toy in her hand and ran toward the former. The little girl wanted a hug but hesitated to request one because she was worried that she might hurt the baby inside Christina’s belly.
Christina sensed her hesitation, so she crouched and flung her arms wide open for her daughter.
Camila beamed with joy as she threw herself into Christina’s embrace. “Mommy, you smell so good!”
She then nuzzled up against Christina like a cute little kitten. After scanning the surrounding and noticing that Lucas was nowhere to be seen, Christina patted Camila’s head and asked, “Where’s your brother?”
Usually, Lucas and Camila were inseparable.
Camila blinked her adorable big eyes and whispered into Christina’s ear, “Mommy, Lucas has been very mysterious recently. He locks himself in the room after coming back from school and doesn’t like to play with me anymore.”
After saying that, she pouted.
Nathaniel took Camila from Christina and lifted her in his arms. He pinched her chubby cheeks and asked, “You’ve gained some weight these days, so you can’t keep leaning on Mommy. Do you want to know what Lucas is up to? Come, I’ll accompany you to check it out, okay?” Instantly, Camila’s eyes lit up. “Sure! I’m a curious child who loves to learn, but Lucas refuses to reveal it to me.”
Christina smiled dotingly as she followed the father and daughter up the stairs to the nursery on the second floor.
Camila knocked on the door excitedly, and they heard footsteps approaching from the inside. Soon, the door was opened, and a round head popped out from the gap.
“Mommy, Daddy!” Lucas happily shouted, but he appeared to have no intention of opening the door completely. “I was changing my clothes. Could you wait out here for a moment, please?”
Lucas seemed rather shy, which was uncharacteristic of him.
Christina and Nathaniel’s parenting philosophy had always been to respect the children’s will. Hence, Christina nodded and said, “Sure, go ahead and put on some clothes.”
Lucas then shut the door. A few minutes later, he opened it and allowed the trio to enter the room.
The nursery had not changed much. The only addition was a partially built wooden house made from toy blocks in the play area. Camila struggled to be let down before wandering around the room, seemingly looking for something.
Lucas had his eyes fixed on Camila as he followed her every move. “What are you searching for, Camila? I can help you.”
The young Camila could not hide her concerns and blurted, “Where did you hide your precious treasure, Lucas? I want to have a look at it.”
Lucas rolled his eyes at her and replied, “I don’t have any.” “Don’t bluff! When I came in last night, I saw you hiding it.” Camila called him out and added, “The teacher says that children who tell lies aren’t good kids.”
Lucas shot a glance at Christina and Nathaniel before declaring confidently, “No, I didn’t lie to you. If you don’t believe me, you lot can rake through the room and search for it.”
Finally, Christina spoke when she saw that a fight was about to break out between her two children. “Since Lucas said there’s none, then there’s none. We must believe him and also give him his own space to keep his secrets.”
Camila nodded even though she was not sure what Christina meant exactly.
Nathaniel urged, “It’s almost dinner time. Christina, why don’t you take Camila downstairs? I need to go to the study first.”
Not suspecting anything, Christina led Camila downstairs, assuming that Lucas would tail behind her. Unbeknownst to her, the little boy chose to stay back and spend some alone time with Nathaniel.
Nathaniel was stricter toward his son as compared to his daughter.
“Your teacher said that you don’t like to take naps at noon recently but would always linger around the fence in the garden. Who are you waiting for?”
Several days ago, Nathaniel received some news from Lucas’ kindergarten teacher. While waiting for the right time to speak with Lucas, Nathaniel continued his observation discreetly.
There was a blind spot in the surveillance cameras of the kindergarten’s garden, so Nathaniel could not identify the person Lucas was meeting.
He did not tell Christina about it because he did not want her to worry.
Lucas had always been a little afraid of his stern father. “I was waiting for the evil woman. She always comes to the kindergarten to look for Camila. I’ll don’t want her to get near to Camila because she’s too easily deceived. That’s why I’ve been listening to the woman each time and waiting for her near the fence.”
Anya was the evil woman that Lucas was referring to.
A menacing look flashed across Nathaniel’s eyes. “What did she say to you?”