Chapter 549 Lure
So far, no one stayed alive and well after threatening Nathaniel.
A glacial glare settled in Nathaniel’s eyes as he typed: Deal with him however you want. Old Mrs. Taggart’s life is worth more than an assistant’s.
Manuel was annoyed and frustrated by Nathaniel’s reply.
I don’t believe this! I’ll find a way to threaten Nathaniel!
Manuel placed the phone screen before Sebastian’s eyes and spat, “Open your f*cking eyes and read this carefully. You worked so hard for Nathaniel, yet he doesn’t care about your well-being when you’re in trouble. See? This is what you get for being a loyal dog to this man.”
Sebastian’s limbs were tied to the chair, his face swollen, and his eyes bloodshot. He was in so much pain that he could only manage to open them a little to read the text.
When the blurry words came into his view, he smiled and spat a mouthful of blood at Manuel before laughing maniacally.
Annoyed, Manuel wiped the blood off his face and slammed his fist at Sebastian’s head.
The impact sent Sebastian toppling to the ground. Like a lifeless fish, he lay weakly on the stinking ground, and his eyes stared blankly at the hanging beams on the roof.
“D*mn it! How dare you provoke me? You’re asking for it!” Manuel rushed forward to give Sebastian a few more kicks, determined to give the latter an agonizing punishment. However, one of the lackeys held Manuel back.
“Mr. Manuel, you mustn’t beat him to death. It’ll be useful to keep him alive. Maybe it’s Nathaniel’s way
of stalling for time. Sebastian’s basically the second-in-command for Hadley Corporation. We’ll just have to test it out to see if Sebastian’s valuable to Nathaniel,” said the lackey.
Manuel frowned hard and shoved the man away. “Carry on.”
Wiping his face with relief, the lackey grinned. “Sebastian’s been working for Nathaniel for many years, which proves how much the latter trusts him. I’m sure Sebastian knows many the Hadley family’s secrets. No matter how stubborn he is, he’ll definitely spill everything under torture. I refuse to believe he’s willing to sacrifice his life for such a thing.”
Manuel was just an arrogant rich playboy who never had opinions of his own, but he was also the only descendant favored by Maggie. More importantly, he had a gang of friends who.
In fact, Manuel was instigated to kidnap Sebastian and threaten Nathaniel. He did it only because he had not gotten the shares and properties Maggie had promised. Concern and filialness were not what motivated him to do so.
If anything bad happened to Maggie, all the assets that were originally Manuel’s would end up getting divided among the rest of the Taggart family.
Although Manuel and Madison were cousins, they were not close. In fact, he could not be bothered if Sebastian had something to do with Madison’s death. Even so, her death had given the former the opportunity to take action.
Patting the lackey’s face in admiration, Manuel teased with a chuckle, “Impressive. Having fun is what you’re usually great at. I never knew you’d have such ideas at such a critical time. Go on. Check if that dude’s dead. Make him sit back up if he isn’t. You’ll be rewarded handsomely when this is over.”
“Thank you for the compliment, Mr. Manuel,” said the lackey.
Meanwhile, Manuel walked out of the deserted house, fishing out his phone to give Nathaniel a call. Manuel was prepared to bombard the latter with calls, but surprisingly, it connected. on his first attempt.
“Nathaniel, I know Sebastian has been working as your lapdog for many years. Surely he has quite some dirt on you. If you don’t want all that information to be leaked, you’d better do as I say,” Manuel threatened.
Nathaniel’s eyes were devoid of emotion as he stared at the list of projects on the computer screen. Even his tone was frosty as he said, “Sebastian is indeed an excellent assistant, but he’s also a member of the Taggart family. I can just find another assistant if he’s gone. He’s not worth my effort saving. His well-being is none of my business, so you can do whatever you want to him.”
Beep! Beep! Beep!
Nathaniel hung up on his end and looked up at the assistant. “Did you find the location?”
The assistant shook his head in dismay. “The other party has hidden their location. It’ll take some time to crack it.”
There was no response from Nathaniel. He merely tapped on the table as if thinking deeply about something.
Naturally, the assistant dared not do anything impulsive.
All of a sudden, the silence was broken by Nathaniel’s voice. “I heard the Taggart family’s interested in a medical research project.”
“Yes. That’s a key project developed by Koandria’s prominent company. The investors involved in this project are capable and influential people. Basically, it’s a project with an abundance of funds and talents. If the research is a success, their profit will go up to sixty percent. Our company has an intention to participate, too, and so far, we’ve obtained an investment quota. Mr. Taggart has always been in charge of this,” the assistant reported all the details that he could remember.
A dark glint fleeted across Nathaniel’s eyes. “In that case, let the Taggart family have their way. Tell them our company is low on funds and has to withdraw our investment so they can replace us. There’s one more thing I need you to do. Look into the details of this medical project.”
The person in charge of the project had approached Nathaniel before, but he did not give the former an answer right away.
Projects with higher returns on investment had greater risks.
The said project might look reliable in terms of investment scale and capability, which could deceive those desperate for success, but the same could not be said for someone as meticulous as Nathaniel.
The only reason Nathaniel chose to invest in it was to toy with the competitors. In fact, he could back out and use the opportunity to make his competitors suffer a loss.
The assistant carried out Nathaniel’s orders to every detail. When Koandria learned that he wanted to withdraw his investment, they called up to investigate but were easily fooled by Nathaniel.
On the other hand, Manuel was informed of the exciting news right away, and he immediately used his connections to get the investment quota.
Of course, Manuel did not forget to show off his achievement to Sebastian. “Earlier, Nathaniel abandoned you, and now, he threw away the project you spent three years working hard on. He claims that he doesn’t have enough funds, but everyone knows funds are something they have in abundance. It’s because you’re a member of the Taggart family, making the money you earn for him tainted. He finds it disgusting, so he decided to destroy all your hard work.”
All Sebastian did was scoff; he did not respond to Manuel’s provocations.
However, Manuel spared Sebastian of the beatings since he was in good spirits.
Instead, Manuel contacted Jadeborough’s most capable paparazzi and instructed them to announce the news of his acquiring the investment quota of Koandria’s medical project as well as leak Nathaniel’s dirt.
The shocking rumor of Nathaniel spread on the internet like wildfire, drawing attention.
discussion from the netizens while Christina was taking care of Lucas in the hospital
Christina was sent home to recuperate, and although Rayne was managing the studio, the former would handle some things from time to time.
Rayne’s call came in just as she put Lucas to sleep
“Christina, did you see the news? Nathaniel’s in trouble”