Although Christina was anxious to find the mastermind behind the incident, she was not a reckless person.
If Anya were the real culprit, she would have a backup plan since she dared to do such a thing. The Gibson family would never let it slide if we went to catch Anya without solid evidence. Maybe the Gibson family had been scheming something during this period when they were behaving themselves.
Christina did not want Nathaniel to put himself at risk.
“Nathaniel, no matter what schemes and plots the Gibson family throws our way in the future, you don’t need to let yourself and the Hadley family get treated unfairly for my sake.” Christina snuggled into Nathaniel’s arms. She was disappointed with the Gibson family. “To me, home is where you and the kids are.”
What Christina gave was not just a promise but also unconditional trust toward Nathaniel.
Nathaniel’s lips curved into a smile as he replied, “Okay. I know what I should do. Christina, thank you for entrusting yourself to me.”
Christina looked up and pecked the corner of Nathaniel’s lips. Her smile mirrored his delighted one as she giggled. “Silly. We’re husband and wife. Who should I trust if not you?”
Nathaniel felt his heart skip a beat. He held the back of Christina’s head and pulled her in for a passionate kiss. Unfortunately, they were interrupted by a knock on the door.
Nathaniel’s expression turned grim when their alone time was cut abruptly.
Christina wrapped her arms around his neck and pecked his lips before she backed away. “We’ve got all the time in the world. I’ll make it up to you slowly in the future.”
Nathaniel felt comforted. A confident glint flashed across his dark obsidian-like eyes. “Remember what you said. Don’t you dare think of using money to shoo me away later on.”
He had stuffed the money from before into the bottom drawer of his study table. Out of sight, out of mind. He would not use the money since he had earned it by himself.
Christina beamed and nodded. “I know. I’ll increase your ‘salary’ depending on your performance.”
Finally satisfied, Nathaniel let go of Christina and said to the person outside in a deep voice, “Come in.”
Sebastian pushed open the door and entered. Little did he know that he had narrowly escaped Nathaniel’s wrath.
However, the aura that Nathaniel emanated was too domineering and assertive. Sebastian still felt overwhelmed by the tension in the air.
Compared to him, Christina was clearly more approachable. “Mr. Taggart, what’s the matter? Why are you looking for Nathaniel?”
Sebastian stared at Nathaniel, seeking permission to speak. When Nathaniel nodded, Sebastian replied, “Madison is dead.”
Christina was taken aback to hear such shocking and sudden news.
Nathaniel scrunched his eyebrows into a frown and asked, “How did she die?”
Madison no longer had any value to him, so he locked her in a mental hospital to torture her. He did it to take revenge for Christina. He did not care at all about Madison’s life or death.
However, he felt it was strange that Madison died at that juncture.
“She received a violent blow to the head. A protruding nail on the window caused the fatal wound,” Sebastian answered. “After that, the mental hospital called the police to take care of the matter. The forensic report shows that Madison had fought with someone before she died. The crime scene had been scrupulously handled, but the surveillance cameras were broken. The preliminary suspicion of her death is murder.”
Murder! Who heck killed Madison? Why did they kill her?
Christina’s head ached as she absorbed the information from Sebastian and tried to come up with theories.
Nathaniel noticed her unusual behavior and reached forward to massage her temples. “Stop thinking about it. Leave the investigation to the police. This has nothing to do with either of Christina looking into his eyes. Stubborn, she asked, “Do you think it could’ve been Anya who did it?”
Nathaniel answered, “If Anya had directed Madison to kidnap you, it’s only natural that she is a suspect in Madison’s death.”
Christina’s instincts told her that Anya was responsible for everything, but she could not find any evidence to prove it.
Sebastian knew how to read the situation in the room. He waited for his chance to speak. “After finding out about Madison’s death, the Taggart family wants to find the murderer and teach them a painful lesson. They’d been to Scenic Garden Manor several times, but the security guards had chased them out each time. It won’t be long before they look for you at the hospital. Mr. Hadley, should I arrange for some bodyguards to stand guard outside Mrs.
It was understandable that the Taggart family would suspect Christina and Nathaniel about Madison’s tragic end.
However, that was not a legitimate reason for them to do as they pleased.
“Send some men to protect them in the shadows. Also, return Madison’s body to the Taggart family,” Nathaniel coldly instructed.
“I’ll arrange it immediately.” Sebastian acknowledged his orders. However, he did not leave right away. Instead, he stared at Nathaniel, hesitating to continue.
Nathaniel glared at him. “Is there anything else?”
He was desperate for Sebastian to leave so he could continue his alone time with Christina.
Biting the bullet, Sebastian said, “Mr. Hadley, there are several meetings regarding the company’s major projects that require your presence. Today is the final deadline. Do you think you could come to the company to settle them?”
Nathaniel was displeased. He raised his eyebrows and stared at Sebastian. “Didn’t I tell you. that I’ll be taking time off for the time being?”
“I’ve already canceled everything that could be canceled in the schedule, but the directors are present in those meetings. There’s nothing I can do to get you out of them.” Sebastian. also wanted Nathaniel to go on vacation peacefully, but he could not.
Nathaniel had not been to the company for the past two days. Hence, those troublemaking directors took the opportunity to assert their power. It took Sebastian great effort to suppress them, but there was a limit to what he could do. The authority he had was useless against the directors.
“Moreover, the board of directors has some complaints regarding the development of Delphina Cove. Because of that, they have broken out into an argument because they find the funds allocated for the procurement of the project are too large. Most of them hope that we can maximize profit margin with a reduced construction cost.”
No one knew what Nathaniel was thinking. He glanced at Sebastian sharply and said icily, “If that’s the case, ask them to look for suppliers themselves. Once they’ve done that, have the purchasing department conduct a survey and send the finalized list of suppliers to my email.”
Christina did not understand business. What she did know was the Hadley family had a huge business. She also knew someone else could easily replace Nathaniel’s spot if he were not around to oversee the company.
She tugged on Nathaniel’s sleeve. He lowered his gaze and glanced at her.
“Nathaniel. I’m all right now. Dad, Mom and I will take care of Lucas. You should go ahead and get back to work.”
Nathaniel breathed a heavy sigh, obviously unhappy.
Christina shuffled closer to him and whispered, “If you don’t go to work, how will you carn money for me and the kids? I can’t work right now because I’m pregnant. At present, I can’t support you financially. I still need to rely on you.”
Her gentle voice was laced with a hint of coyness.
However, that method proved to be of great use against Nathaniel. He held back his hostility and became a loving husband who spoiled his wife.
“All right. I’ll listen to you. I’ll come back to accompany you once I’ve finished settling the matters at the company.”
Sebastian stared at Christina gratefully. He seemed to have found an incredible way to go up against Nathaniel. He could turn to Christina for help if he could not persuade Nathaniel. It was a practical move that would never fail him.
Not wanting to waste any more time, Nathaniel hurriedly left the hospital with Sebastian hot on his heels.
Christina could not sleep, so she decided to go next door to take care of Lucas.
She opened the door and bumped right into the person standing outside.
“I need to talk to you about something. Are you free?”