Christina’s voice was soft, and if Nathaniel did not pay attention to her, he would not have heard what she had said.
‘That was because she was not expecting anyone to give her an answer. However, Nathanicl, who never paid attention to the gossip of the show business, abruptly said, “Anthea’s opportunities were passed onto Elizabeth after her blacklisting”
The fame of an artiste in the entertainment industry was not merely judged based on their reputation and influence, but also by the number of opportunitics they had.
While it was nothing unusual to see someone intercept another person’s opportunity, it was a matter that concerned the artiste’s reputation.
Most would choose to endure it in silence, but Anthea was a proud woman. Thus, she started going after Elizabeth in public.
Anthea had spent quite an amount of money to dig up Elizabeth’s dark past lo expose it.
Similarly, Elizabeth’s team could not take it in silence either, so they began retaliating.
That was how the personal fight between the two celebrities ended up transforming into a fight between their fans as well.
The chaos on the internet spread offline, and soon, it became the news that Christina saw—Anthea surrounded by Elizabeth’s fans and being cursed at. At the same time, Elizabeth’s film site was constantly getting sabotaged by Anthea’s fans, so the film crew had no choice but to pause work.
Everything had occurred in the matter of hours.
Christina returned to Nathaniel’s lap and brought a piece of fruit to him.
Nathaniel, who was staring at his document on his laptop, opencd his mouth to cat it without averting his gaze.
“Nathaniel, you were the one who ordered the blacklisting of Anthea, weren’t you?”
Things had gone south for Anthea right after Christina met her on Hadley Corporation’s turf, so Christina would have to be a fool to think that Nathaniel was not involved.
In an icy tone, Nathaniel said, “She shouldn’t have crossed you.”
A smile grew on Christina’s lips, and she put down the plate of fruit before lunging at him. As she nuzzled her head against the crook of his neck like an excited kitten, she remarked, “It feels so good to be under someone’s protection.”
Nathaniel curled his lips and reached out to pinch her neck.
Reaching past her waist to get to his laptop, he then said, “It’ll take some time before dinner is done. Do you want to sleep for a while longer?”
Christina breathed in the faint pine scent on Nathaniel and mumbled, “I’m not sleepy. Elizabeth ordered a dress from my studio under Anthea’s name, but I’ve made it known to Anthea that I’ve rejected the order and told her that she broke the contract first. But now that Anthea’s in hot water, I won’t be able to get my penalty fee, right?”
Anthea had too much work and engagements at hand, so Christina’s studio was not the only company she had to compensate.
What a little money-grubber. You are always thinking about money.
Nathaniel’s expression softened into a doting look. “No. The Campbell family values their dignity. Even if Anthea can’t pay the penalty fee, the Campbell family will still resolve this issue for her. The Campbells can ignore the requests of the others, but they won’t dare to miss your compensation.”
Even though Christina’s studio was just a young bud, anyone who did a quick investigation into her studio would easily find out about Christina’s connection to Nathaniel.
The Campbell family would not cross Nathaniel just to save a meager amount of money.
While Anthea could give up on her career in the entertainment industry easily, the Campbell family could not just pull out of the corporate world.
Nathaniel’s reply put Christina at ease about her last worry.
While she leaned into his arms, she closed her eyes and muttered, “I’ll heed your words. If Anthea really does try to skip the compensation, Ill come after you.”
As she spoke, she jabbed her finger on Nathaniel’s chest.
Nathaniel grabbed her hand and smiled even wider. “Okay. If she doesn’t compensate you, I’ll do it.”
Then, he held the back of her head and Ieancd closer to her.
“T’ll give myself to you as compensation.” .
He sealed her lips and the words Christina wanted to say.
‘That night, not only did she receive Nathaniel’s immense “compensation,” but she was nearly exhausted by his long “compensation process”.
Tt seemed like it was her loss in the end. – The next moming, Christina went down the stairs with a hand on her back with much difficulty. As Nathaniel was worricd that she would tumble down, he bent over to carry her.
She let out a shriek before grumpily glaring at him. “Let me down!”
“I’ll let you down in a while,” Nathaniel said with a small smile. Ignoring her embarrassed and frustrated gaze, he brought her to the dining table. “I can also provide you with feeding service.”
Christina’s face turned bright red, and she shoved him away.
“My back’s so sore. It’s not as if I’ve broken my hand. You were the one who did… Just stay away from me. I don’t want to see you today.”
The thought of the passionate night before nearly intensified the burning sensation on Christina’s face until it set her face on fire.
If not for the doctor’s orders, Nathaniel would not have held himself back.
Nathaniel rejected, “No way. No matter where you hide, I’ll find you.”
He then pulled the chair beside her and sat down on it. Once he took her plate, he started peeling the egg.
Meanwhile, Christina was telling herself that she had to set a rule for Nathaniel, or she would never leave the house ever again at this rate.
After that, she lowered her head and ate her breakfast, ignoring Nathaniel.
Nathaniel was not a chatty person, but he did not mind coaxing her. “I’m going to meet Winston today to talk about the collaboration. I’ll pick you up from the studio at noon and tell you the details then.”
Christina froze in the middle of her action and frowned. “You know that something’s up with Winston, so why do you still want to take the risk and work with him?”
Sure enough, Christina’s attention was diverted by the new topic.
As Nathaniel held the egg to her mouth, he said, “Eat first.
Then, I’ll tell you.”
Christina finished the egg unwillingly. When she saw Nathaniel slowly cleaning his fingers with the napkin, she impatiently urged, “Hurry up and tell me, Nathaniel.”
Nathaniel uttered, “It’s a long-term plan to catch the big fish.
If there isn’t a bait that’s good enough to lure Winston, I won’t be able to find out the person behind this. The relationship between the Hadley family and the Gibson family is worsening. If the Hadley family continues working with Winston, the mastermind will be wary. Winston is greedy. He won’t be able to give up on the lucrative profits that the Hadley family can give him, so he might let history repeat itself”
What Christina did not know was that Nathaniel had already gained control over Winston. If not for Nathaniel’s fear of alarming the mastermind, he would have destroyed everything Winston had immediately.
Winston only had the opportunity to work with the Hadley family because he was still useful to Nathaniel.
“T only used a small real estate project to test Winston out. It wont affect the project’s future development. ‘Those trivial losses won’t matter that much,” Nathaniel added. “You don’t need to worry about this. No matter how witty Winston is, he’s no match for me.”
Christina knew how capable and crafty Nathaniel was, but she was still afraid that someone would sneak up on him from the shadows.
Nonetheless, not even Christina was capable of changing Nathaniel’s mind.
“Nathaniel, I don’t want you to take risks because of me.”