Chapter 627 Rebirth
At those words, Christina’s sharp eyes flicked toward Yerek.
Satisfied to have guessed Christina’s innermost desire, he clung desperately to his bargaining chip.
“I’ll hand the evidence to you after you get my father out and ensure his safety. As a show of good faith, I will first return the shares to you.”
“What a wonderful son you are,” Christina jeered. “You would rather betray your adopted father, who has cared for you for over twenty years, to protect your birth father. Like father, like son, indeed.”
Yerek scowled. He did not feel guilt toward Timothy at all; the latter’s heartlessness had completely eradicated any love he had for his adoptive father.
It’s human nature to strive for progress. Onward and upward.
Having had enough of poverty, he had no desire to go back and so was determined to change his circumstances, thus saw no wrong in the underhanded tactics he employed to attain his goal.
Christina and Timothy are to blame for pushing me to the edge!
At that thought, he regained the courage to stand up to Christina. “Your tactics are not much more ethical than mine, Christina. We are the same, you and I. Just as greedy and ruthless.”
“You overestimate yourself,” Christina said coldly. “I’m not like you. I will never carry out such vile plots against my family.”
Yerek turned pale with fury. He lost the patience to negotiate. “Do we have a deal or not, Christina?”
Christina studied him for a moment, then turned to Lyle. “Take the shares transfer agreement. I’m late for a meeting. Take care of the rest.”
“Understood, Mrs. Hadley.” Lyle took the agreement from Yerek’s hands and handed it to Christina before shoving him away from the car. “If you want your father to emerge in one piece,” he warned, “you’d better not be heckling Mrs. Hadley.”
Before Yerek managed to state all his demands, he was forced to watch Sebastian drive off.
Lyle had an imposing frame and a fierce-looking face. He was plainly somebody not to be trifled with, and Yerek did not intend to be on the receiving end of those fists.
“Come with me to the precinct at once,” Yerek growled.
Lyle scoffed. “It’s not your place to tell me what to do. Get the hell out of here, and don’t you dare question me, or I’ll make sure you’ll regret it.”
“I will see my father by tonight, or Christina will be-ah!”
Before Yerek finished speaking, a powerful hand grabbed him by the scruff of his neck and pinned him against the concrete column so hard that he blacked out for a second.
Lyle’s voice, dripping with malice, hissed in his ear, “If you have no use for your brain, I’ll cut it out and
feed it to the dogs.”
Enveloped in the overwhelming deterrence, Yerck did not doubt Lyle’s words.
This man is capable of carrying out his threats.
Pampered and delicate, Yerek’s body would not withstand another blow by Lyle. Conceding, he bent double.
“I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have said those things about Christina. Let me go, please?”
Stony-faced, Lyle loosened his grip. “Get lost!”
Yerek hobbled away at once.
After Christina’s overhaul, Gibson Corporation began to thrive again.
Paving the way for her, Nathaniel brought the most lucrative projects he had on hand to Gibson Corporation, causing the company, which had undergone mass resignations and retrenchment in a disproportionately short period of time, to be severely understaffed.
Nathaniel proposed merging a fast-growing subsidiary under Hadley Corporation with Gibson Corporation, but Christina turned him down decisively after considering every aspect of the maneuver.
The consequence of her rejection entailed not only Gibson Corporation being swamped with more work than it could handle but, more importantly, Christina’s failure to reply to Nathaniel’s message after two whole days. She even ended calls with him without so much as taking the time to provide an explanation.
Taking on the role of a forsaken husband, Nathaniel was displeased, which did not bode well for every staff under his employ.
Without Sebastian’s help in the company, the chances of them making it through the trough unscathed became dangerously slim, and they were forced to live, for the moment, in dire straits.
Nathaniel was concerned for Christina’s wellbeing, so he quietly handpicked exceptional staff under his employ to masquerade as job-seekers in Gibson Corporation.
With Sebastian in charge of recruitment, Nathaniel managed to smoothly integrate his people into every department of Gibson Corporation.
With the inclusion of the new staff, Gibson Corporation regained its vitality at an alarming speed. The profits from a single project rivaled what it made in half a year during the company’s peak.
Within half a month, Christina managed to cultivate an army of trusted executives. With their help, she could finally afford to take a short break.
In the meantime, Nathaniel visited Hallsbay several times, but Christina, constantly occupied, never found the time to spend with him.
As unhappy as he was, Nathaniel never showed it. To allow more time for Christina to rest, he even helped her solve many work problems without being asked to.
It was the final workday of the week, and the next item on Christina’s itinerary was to meet with an important client.
After that, she would hand the company over to the care of her aides and return to Jadeborough, where she would manage the company from afar.
The meeting was set at a high-class restaurant.
Christina put on some light makeup and wore a custom-made work dress, of which design ingeniously concealed the bump on her belly.
Wearing a coat over that, she managed to conceal everything else.
The client was a foreigner called Durkas.
He was young and handsome, and his poise attracted the admiring stares of the other female patrons in the restaurant. His manners, too, were charming, and he had a humorous disposition.
Christina had a pleasant conversation with him, who was so impressed with her that he agreed to a long- term engagement with a generous compensation package on the spot.
Their conversation soon shifted from work to hobbies, with the air of old friends catching up.
Watching from afar, Sebastian could not resist a sense of threat on Nathaniel’s behalf. He was deliberating whether or not to snap a photo for the latter when an uninvited guest interrupted the cordial atmosphere between Christina and Durkas
Anya sauntered over to Christina. Fancy seeing you here, Christina! Is this your new lover?” she sneered. “You have good taste. Does Nathaniel know that you’re meeting men outside?”
Even Durkas, who was tolerant, grew angry at Anya’s disparaging words. “We did not offend you, miss. Why would you say such awful things?”
Anya giggled. She bent over and leaned in close to Durkas seductively, with a flirtatious air.
“This woman is married. She is not as pure as she appears.”