Chapter 555 Single People Have Their Dreams Too
Christina came to her senses abruptly. “I almost forgot in my excitement. Mr. Taggart, rest well. Nathaniel, Lucas, and I will go back first. We’ll come to see you another day”
Sebastian felt relieved. The atmosphere in the hospital room was too awkward, and for the first time, he wished Christina and Nathaniel would leave quickly. “Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Hadley, for your concern.”
Lucas wanted to say something more, but Christina and Nathaniel took him away.
The three of them got into the car before Christina grabbed Nathaniel’s hand. Leaning closer, she asked, “Nathaniel, were you jealous just now?”
Nathaniel replied seriously, “No, why do you ask?”
Christina smiled and leaned into Nathaniel’s embrace, whispering, “You’re lying. You were holding my hand so hard in the hospital room that it hurt. There’s nothing between Mr. Taggart and me. You’re just too sensitive. Your jealousy will be the death of you.”
Nathaniel’s possessiveness and dominating behavior were only directed toward Christina. He didn’t like it when she got too close to other men.
Nathaniel lifted her hand and carefully inspected each finger, asking, “Where did it hurt?”
Christina playfully shook her head. “I lied earlier. You can’t punish me. We’re even now.”
Nathaniel smiled indulgently and made a soft sound of agreement. Lucas looked at his parents, who were whispering to each other. He caught a few words and squeezed his chubby body between them. Then, he climbed to the spot beside Nathaniel. Curiously, he asked, “What does it mean to be jealous?”
Christina and Nathaniel exchanged a glance, then Christina pinched Lucas’ nose, saying, “That’s an adult topic. Children shouldn’t be curious about it.”
“Oh.” Lucas nodded as if he understood and took out some candy from his pocket before handing it to Nathaniel. “Daddy, you can have my candy. Don’t be jealous. I think jealousy won’t taste as good as candy.”
Nathaniel was visibly taken aback for a moment. Then, he scooped Lucas into his arms with a pleased smile tugging at his lips. “Clever little rascal, where did you learn these tricks to please people?”
He put the candy away by placing it in his suit pocket.
Lucas giggled mischievously and looked up at Nathaniel with innocent eyes. “Whenever Mr. Taggart upsets Ms. Lesley, he gives her candy to make her happy. I even saw them kissing.”
Children often spoke their minds without reservations. Christina had known there was something between Sebastian and Victoria, but she didn’t expect things to progress so quickly. Nathaniel furrowed his brows slightly. “Lucas, you’re still a child. You mustn’t imitate them. Some things are only meant for when you grow up. Do you understand?” Lucas nodded again. “I understand, Daddy.”
Nathaniel ruffled his son’s hair in response.
Soon, the car arrived at the Hadley residence. After the door opened, Lucas ran toward the mansion like an unleashed wild horse. “Grandpa, Grandma, Camila, I’m back!”
Christina and Nathaniel followed behind while exchanging a helpless smile.
“Nathaniel, I want to prepare a wedding gift for Mr. Taggart and Victoria. What do you think?” Christina had a feeling that with the way things were progressing, Sebastian and Victoria’s wedding would be soon.
“You decide. I don’t have anything in mind.” Even if Christina didn’t mention it, Nathaniel would reward Sebastian when the time came.
Christina gently grasped Nathaniel’s arm and said with excitement, “I haven’t got a clue yet, either. I’ll let you know when I figure it out.” “Okay.” Nathaniel nodded.
The scandal of the Taggart family stayed on the online trending list for several days, but Manuel’s arrest was merely the catalyst for the beginning of the Taggart family’s downfall.
After what happened to Manuel, numerous charges were brought against the Taggart family, and their company’s market value plummeted within a few days. Shareholders withdrew their investments to save themselves, and the once-flattered Taggart family instantly became an object of ridicule.
With Nathaniel’s involvement, no one dared to lend a helping hand to the Taggart family.
Like a dying flower, the Taggart family wilted overnight and quickly disappeared from the public eye.
Maggie fell ill and became bedridden, and her coveted fortune quickly became the target of others.
Once Nathaniel had achieved the desired effect, he did not completely destroy the Taggart family.
He handed over the final decision-making to Sebastian and turned a blind eye to any private contact between the Taggart family members and Sebastian.
Sebastian had his principles and limits. He didn’t accept the Taggart family’s attempts to win him over and even rejected the multi- million inheritance offered by Maggie.
This was equivalent to proving to everyone that he and the Taggart family were no longer associated.
The farce with the Taggart family finally came to a quiet end.
Christina and Nathaniel didn’t give up on investigating the culprit behind Lucas’ poisoning. The investigation was progressing steadily but slowly.
“I’ll return home after the fashion show. Rayne will be with me all the time. You don’t have to come to pick me up, either. Stay at home and
spend more time with Lucas and Camila. They’ve been insisting on seeing you when you were away on your business trip,” Christina said in a gentle tone over the phone as she sat in the car heading to the venue.
Nathaniel’s warm and magnetic voice echoed in her ear. “Then dress
warmly. The evening temperature in the suburbs can be quite low.
Don’t catch a cold.”
Christina looked up and saw Rayne signaling her while holding a promotional booklet. She quickly said, “I have something to attend to, so I won’t chat with you for now. See you tonight.”
After ending the call, Christina took the promotional booklet from Rayne.
“Mr. Hadley must be worried that you’ll fall for some handsome man at the fashion show and run away with him. Otherwise, why would he be so clingy?” Rayne teased.
“Well, absence makes the heart grow fonder. Being single, you wouldn’t understand. I advise you to find a boyfriend and experience romance instead of burying yourself in work every day,” Christina playfully retorted.
“Hey, being single is fine too. Single people also have human rights and dreams they want to pursue. Dealing with work-related matters and John are enough to annoy me. I don’t want to add more trouble to my life,” Rayne replied in a dismissive tone.
At the mention of John, Christina became curious. “After working together with John for so long, haven’t you two developed any mutual understanding during work?”
Rayne wore a helpless expression as she leaned weakly against the chair. “Christina, do you think John and J are destined to clash in life? Every time we meet, it’s like we’re enemies. We always try to outdo each other.”
Christina skimmed through the fashion show promotional booklet absentmindedly and said, “Fighting and teasing each other could be your unique way of flirting and getting along.”
Rayne looked at Christina in horror with an expression resembling that of seeing a ghost. Goosebumps rose all over her body.
“Christina, don’t joke with me. It’s impossible between me and John. I don’t like him, and he doesn’t like me. How could we be flirting? Ah, let’s not talk about these troublesome things. Let me tell you about the fashion show.”
With lingering fear, Rayne changed the subject.
The fashion show was a runway event for international luxury brands, so Christina’s privately-owned brand wasn’t qualified to participate. However, her brand did gain enough recognition for her to receive an invitation to the show as a renowned designer.
Christina’s gaze finally settled on the guest list, and a meaningful smile appeared on her lips.