Anthea couldn’t help but burst into laughter.
Despite not being one of the top leading actresses, being the daughter of the Campbell family had its perks. It drew the attention of numerous renowncd designers trying hard to be in her good books.
If it wasn’t to avenge Elizabeth, Anthea wouldn’t even have known who Christina was.
Anthea stepped forward with her arms crossed, her eyes flickering with a venomous glint.
“Christina, we have already signed a contract. It clearly states a seven-day deadline for delivery. In the event of a breach by either party, the other party is entitled to treble damages.
Given the modest size of your studio, can you afford such a substantial penalty for non-compliance?” ~ Natalia added firmly, “The penalty itself is not the focus here.
Your studio’s incompetency has disrupted my artist’s schedule, leading to significant damage to her reputation. Ms.
Steele, I strongly advise you to carefully consider the consequences before deciding whether to breach the contract.”
Throughout her years in the fashion design industry, Christina came across a myriad of personalities. Many big shots on the international stage were far more demanding and unreasonable than Anthea.
After all, Anthea was merely a pampered heiress from a wealthy family. Dealing with her was as effortless as tending to a small, harmless creature.
“The contract clearly states that for any private orders, the designer must personally take accurate measurements. Verbal or proxy measurements are not acceptable. Failure to adhere to this clause will be regarded as an intentional breach of contract, with the breaching party assuming full responsibility, Christina sneered.
Anthea stared blankly at her for a few seconds as if she had just heard the most preposterous joke. Then, she ridiculed, “Are you so desperate for money? How dare you extort money from me without knowing who I am? It appears that you have given up on making a name for yourself in the fashion industry in this country.”
Although she had heard rumors of Christina’s unscrupulous nature, she never expected the woman to act so shamelessly for the sake of money.
Christina scoffed and replied, “The terms are clearly stated in the contract. Did Ms. Campbell forget to read and understand them before signing it? I’ve been informed that she arranged a meeting with the designer but failed to turn up. Instead, she asked her manager to send the measurements to my studio. Despite our efforts to contact them, there was no response. Ms. Campbell’s actions are in clear violation of the contractual obligations. Since you don’t want to work with my studio, I request to terminate the contract. De you have any problems with that?” “1 Anthea’s deliberate breach of the agreement was not merely an attempt to cause trouble for the studio. She really hoped that the studio would breach the terms first. Then Christina, the studio’s owner, would definitely look for Anthea and plead for her understanding.
Even though Anthea anticipated Christina’s arrival, it was not to seck her understanding but to demand compensation.
As the crowd around them grew, Natalia spoke sternly, “Ms.
Steele, my artist is extremely busy, and she didn’t fail to turn up for the appointment intentionally. I did send someone to inform your studio about this. Perhaps there was a miscommunication along the way. ‘This isn’t the best place for a discussion. Why don’t we arrange to talk in detail another day?”
Just then, Sebastian’s phone rang, and he glanced apologetically at Christina.
“Ms. Christina, it’s a call from Mr. Hadley. I’ll answer it.”
Christina felt guilty for taking up Sebastian’s time with her personal affairs. She knew that Anthea was deliberately stirring up trouble. Feeling exhausted, especially with the burden of her pregnancy, she wished to dismiss Anthea and Natalia so that she could return home and rest.
It was not worthwhile to be mentally and physically exhausted for an order.
Christina’s firm stance against Anthea’s unreasonable demand demonstrated her unwavering confidence in her actions.
“I don’t think my studio is fated to work with Ms. Campbell.
In fact, you were the one who breached the contract first.
Given that neither of us wants to waste any more time, let’s quickly resolve this. We should not impede Ms. Campbell’s search for another custom-made gown and risk affecting her attendance at the upcoming event—”
“You’re being unreasonable, Ms. Steele.”
Anthea interrupted Natalia as she felt that she was embarrassing her. “She did it on purpose. Is there a need to beg her? I feel embarrassed having to wear her designs to the event. What’s the big deal about terminating the contract? My family’s team of lawyers is not to be trifled with. Let them handle it. She can’t stay arrogant for long.”
Natalia was reprimanded on the spot, and it made her somewhat uncomfortable.
Anthea was an arrogant woman who thought highly of herself because of her family background and the blind adoration of her brainless fans. Although she wasn’t a famous celebrity, her absurd behavior had only worsened over the years.
Despite her efforts over the years, Natalia had only succeeded in shaping Anthea into a popular star. However, she reluctantly yielded to the latter’s demands as she depended on Anthea for her livelihood.
Christina scoffed and responded indifferently, “Please send someone to discuss the specific details of the contract termination with my assistant. Her decision will represent mine.”
After speaking, Christina couldn’t be bothered to engage with Anthea any longer and walked toward the door.
“I’m not done speaking, Christina Steele. Did I give you permission to leave? Stop right there!”
Infuriated by Christina’s arrogant attitude, Anthea stomped her feet and was about to chase after her. However, she was stopped by Sebastian.
“Get out of my way! I don’t want to teach you a lesson now!”
she hissed at the man.
As Natalia’s gaze lingered on Sebastian, a sense of familiarity washed over her. Suddenly, a vivid image flashed in her mind, prompting her to grab Anthea’s arm with a mix of shock and urgency. “Anthea, that’s Sebastian Taggart! You mustn’t provoke him.”
However, Anthea furrowed her brow in annoyance and retorted, “Who is Sebastian Taggart? Oh, come on, Natalia, why are you so timid? It’s really embarrassing.”
Natalia’s heart raced, and she hurriedly whispered, “He’s Nathaniel Hadley’s personal assistant. He holds considerable power within Hadley Corporation. In fact, he can make decisions on behalf of Nathaniel.”
Anthea’s face turned pale, and she lamented, “Why didn’t you tell me earlier?”
This was her first visit to Hadley Corporation for a potential collaboration. Not only did she fail to meet Nathaniel, but she also unknowingly stirred up trouble.
This ts all Christina’s fault. If she didn’t provoke me, I wouldn’t have lost my cool and said the wrong things.
Autlempting to salvage the situation, Anthea quickly changed her tone and smiled seductively. “I’m sorry. I was mistaken earlier and failed to recognize you, Mr. ‘laggart. I hope you won’t hold it against me.”
Sebastian wouldn’t pay much attention to an artist on the brink of being blacklisted in the entertainment industry.
“Ms. Campbell, based on the investigation conducted by our company’s advertising department, it has been determined that you are nota suitable spokesperson for our new product.
Therefore, we have decided to terminate all collaborations with you with immediate effect. We will arrange for our staff to handle the administrative details. You may leave now.”