Christina didn’t expect Nigel to take the initiative to contact Nathaniel for a collaboration. The grudge between the Hadley family and the Gibson family has reached the point of no return. What could possibly be Nigel’s goal but money?
“Are my father and grandmother aware of Nigel’s interest in working with you?” she asked.
“Gibson Corporation is currently helmed by Nigel, and he was always Mrs. Lazuli’s favorite. However, if your father and Mrs. Lazuli learn of this news, they’ll forbid him from doing this, considering how much they detest the Hadley family. I suspect that Nigel hasn’t mentioned it to them yet”
When I was first brought back to the Gibson family by Mrs. Lazuli, the people who opposed this notion the most were Anya and her family. Nigel sure knows how to shifi the blame and play the role of peacemaker in the Gibson family. However, I’m not an innocent girl. Without Nigel’s support, Anya wouldn’t have openly targeted and ostracized me. As such, Anya is merely a tool for Nigel to deal with me. “Will you agree to the conditions Nigel listed?” asked Christina.
Hugging her, Nathaniel smiled tenderly. “The decision is in your hand, not mine. I can’t possibly enrage my wife in the pursuit of money.”
Touched, Christina kissed his lips. “Let’s handle Nigel first. I want to see what he’s planning.”
Without hesitation, Nathaniel agreed, “Sure! I’ll do as you say. Nigel’s asking me for a favor, and the Gibson family isn’t as glorious as it was in the past. Hence, even if he’s eager to execute whatever malicious plan he has in mind, he won’t act recklessly.” I’ve been paying close attention to the Gibson family’s activities. To gather funds, they have been selling their properties and stocks at a low price en masse. The Gibson family bullied Christina when they were in their glory days. However, now that they’re declining, they reach out to her for aid. That’s why I’ve asked people to block any messages from the Gibson family to prevent them from contacting her. I know Christina is already disheartened by the Gibson family’s actions. If the scandals related to the Gibson family aren’t serious, she won’t pay attention to them whatsoever.
Christina was uninterested in the Gibson family’s latest state, so she yawned and asked, “When can we eat, Nathaniel? I’m so sleepy.”
“Almost. Just a little longer. You can rest after dinner.”
After forcing herself to stay awake for half an hour, she dined, bathed, and slumbered.
At half past eight at night, Nathaniel had to wake Christina, who was sleeping soundly.
Christina had a bad temper when waking up and slapped his face.
However, she didn’t put a lot of strength into it, so she didn’t leave any handprints behind.
Consequently, Nathaniel carried her in his embrace and coaxed, “Who was the one who said she wants to attend tonight’s banquet, hmm? If you still don’t wake up, the banquet will end soon, and you won’t be able to meet Winston.”
It was as though the mention of Winston’s name flipped her switch.
Abruptly, she forced her eyes open and aimed her dazed look at Nathaniel’s face. Her vision gradually cleared up as she yawned.
“Are we going to be late? Why didn’t you wake me up earlier?”
Christina struggled to leave, looking as if she would leap onto the carpet.
Hastily, Nathaniel pulled her back into his embrace. “Be mindful of your baby. How can you still behave like a child when you’re an adult? There’s still half an hour before the banquet starts. Therefore, we have a lot of time to prepare. The stylist is waiting downstairs, so there is no need to hurry”
Upon hearing that, Christina became at ease. She lazed in Nathaniel’s embrace like a sloth on a tree. “I don’t want to walk. Can you carry me downstairs instead?”
Rubbing her hair, Nathaniel replied affectionately, “I’ll call them upstairs. You should finish the juice first.”
He stuffed a glass of juice into her hand and watched her empty it before asking the stylist to doll Christina up on the second floor.
Then, Nathaniel picked a white dress for Christina. Its loose waistline concealed her rounded belly while allowing her to move around easily.
The matching couple’s outfits they wore rendered them eye- catching.
Once they arrived at the banquet, Christina held Nathaniel’s arm, accompanying him as he socialized with the other guests.
Since the moment the couple stepped into the venue, some people had been gazing at them in secret, especially Anya and Nigel.
Upon perceiving someone staring at her, Christina reflexively turned to the side and caught Nigel peering at her. His eyes were filled with greed and wiles, which disgusted Christina. 1 As for Anya, the moment she met Christina’s eyes, she fled, as she was still avoiding the latter.
Silently, Christina looked away and grinned politely at the enthusiastic guests.
“I want to rest at the side, Nathaniel.” Her body grew weaker after she was pregnant. Hence, she couldn’t stand around for too long.
Otherwise, her legs would swell and grow weary. If not for her desire to meet with Winston, she would’ve been sleeping at home by that point in time.
Knowing that Christina disliked socializing in business, Nathaniel whispered, “Go, then. I can’t leave right now. Don’t drink any alcohol, and don’t leave my sight, all right?”
“Will do.” Christina beamed.
After departing from Nathaniel, she rested at a quiet spot. There, she leisurely ate some fruits and snacks.
Nathaniel’s line of sight occasionally landed on her while continued to drink with the guests.
Even though Christina seemed carefree, she was actually searching for her target. She was also waiting for either Anya or Nigel to approach her.
However, even after the banquet was halfway over, Winston still didn’t show up.
Is he not coming? Just as Christina felt bemused, Nigel approached her with a glass of wine.
“It’s been a while, Christina. How are you doing lately?” Nigel had been observing her for a long while. He only had the guts to contact Christina after he was certain Nathaniel was busy with the other guests.
“Your father and grandmother miss you dearly since you didn’t call home for so long after returning to Jadeborough.”
It’s so weird to hear such caring words from his mouth. She settled the glass of juice in her hand on a nearby coffee table as her eyes glinted.
“Do they truly miss me as a family member, or do they miss the benefits I can bring to the family?”