Chapter 645 Inhumane
That is a secret that I must keep under wraps! How did she know that I….
Suddenly, hints of wariness flashed across Anya’s eyes as she fixated her gaze on Azure. She feigned innocence and asked, “Grandma, what are you talking about? I don’t understand.”
Since the two had completely fallen out, Azure snorted. “Don’t think you can hide those despicable and underhanded things you did from me. I have fully investigated the kidnapping drama you orchestrated last time. If I want to pursue this matter further, what you have done is considered a fraud!”
Anya was a typical egoist. Once her interests were jeopardized, she wouldn’t show mercy to the other party, whether they were her blood relatives or saviors.
Anya put on a calm pretense. “Grandma, did Christina tell you that? That despicable woman is clearly up to no good. She’s sowing discord in the Gibson family and hopes to incite internal strife. You mustn’t fall for her scheme.”
Anya had spent all the money given out by the Gibson family. Even if Azure could present evidence to prove her guilt, Anya wouldn’t return the money she had swindled.
Azure had finally seen Anya’s and Macy’s true colors. She didn’t expect them to get back on the right path either. At that moment, they needed to establish a mutually beneficial relationship to snatch the Gibson family back from Christina.
“Anya, let’s leave the past behind us. I’m just going to cut to the chase. You’re also well aware of our situation. If we continue to be at each other’s throats, none of us will gain any benefit.”
Azure’s facial expression changed entirely as if her outburst and the ferocity she had displayed earlier
“Christina wants to put your dad behind bars. If her plan succeeds, that will greatly besmirch our family’s reputation. Your wish of marrying into a wealthy family will forever remain a dream.”
Azure’s words struck Anya to the core.
Since Anya staged the kidnapping drama and conned twenty million from the Gibson family, she knew very well that once the truth was revealed, she could only rely on herself for the rest of her life.
Nigel was selfish and self-centered. He only cared about Yerek.
Sometimes, Anya wished that Nigel wouldn’t be able to return to the Stone family. That way, they would all be in the same situation, which would offer her some solace.
Macy sneered, “Nigel is just a jerk. We’ve done so much to help him this time, but did he show us any gratitude? No. If you two had a conscience, Timothy wouldn’t have disowned you.”
Azure was pricked where it hurt. She glared at Macy. “Anyway, I’ve laid out the pros and cons for you. The decision is yours, whether you want to cooperate or not. Your dad and Yerek will be part of the Stone family from now on, and I won’t let him bear the disgrace of being an illegitimate child his whole life.”
Azure turned to leave and got into a black sedan parked at the roadside. Subsequently, the vehicle sped off.
While Anya was absorbed in her thoughts, mulling over Azure’s words, someone abruptly slapped her cheek. She snapped back to reality and stared at Macy in astonishment while stomping her feet in anger. “Mom, why did you hit me?”
“I’m surprised you’re still aware I’m your mother, you damn brat! How dare you run away after swindling the money. A slap in the face is already considered very merciful. You should be grateful that you’re my daughter. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have let you off so easily!”
Harking back to the miserable period when Anya had run away with that money and left her to dodge the debtors alone, Macy had the urge to strangle Anya.
Anya had indeed erred, and she admitted she deserved that slap. Nonetheless, she was ill-tempered and needed Macy’s help at that instant.
“Aren’t you alive and well now? If I didn’t run and we were both captured by those people, who would come to save us then?” Anya once again played innocent. “Now that I’ve returned, I won’t abandon you and flee by myself again. You’ve heard that old woman too. She’s threatening us, and we can’t just sit back and wait for our doom.
Macy had become accustomed to a comfortable life. She was never an opinionated person. Recently, she had either been busy avoiding debtors or swamped with matters to make money. As a result, she didn’t have as many ideas as Anya
Anya consoled Macy again, causing the latter’s pent-up grievances to dissipate without a trace. She looked at Anya and asked. Those members of the Gibson family aren’t saints. Anya, we can’t pin our hopes on them. We have to live for ourselves. Do you have any ideas?”
Anya agreed wholeheartedly with Macy. That’s right. We must make plans for ourselves in advance. However, we have nothing now and need to rely on them to make a comeback. Still, that old woman is our biggest threat since she knows many of my secrets.
Macy shuddered, taking in the cold glint in Anya’s eyes. She asked with a shaky voice, “Anya, don’t tell me you’re thinking of…”
Anya arched her eyebrow and curled her lips into a menacing smile. “Only dead men tell no tales in this world.”
When Christina returned to the ward, Lyle had already returned with the meals.
Due to the requirement of his duty, he had to know about Christina’s whereabouts at all times. “Mrs. Hadley, where did you go just now?”
Christina sat at the dining table and replied straightforwardly. “The Gibson family members came to stir a ruckus at the hospital, so I went to deal with them. They have already left.”
Lyle knitted his brows but didn’t probe further. Instead, he fell silent and served the dishes to Christina.
Christina had gotten used to Nathaniel’s constant company. Now that he wasn’t here, she felt bored eating alone. “Do you know what Mr. Hadley went to do?”
“My duty is to serve as your bodyguard. I have no right to pry into Mr. Hadley’s work matters.”
Christina nodded understandingly. After finishing her meal, she visited Timothy in the intensive care unit and then went back to her room to sleep until evening.
Christina was woken up by Rayne’s phone call.
“Christina, have you seen the news online?” Rayne yelled, seemingly teetering on the brink of madness, “Emilia’s team is indeed inhumane! The incident has escalated to this point, yet all they did was misleading the public opinion and shifting the blame. Not only are her fans reveling in our misfortune when our studio was set on fire, but they are also digging up dirt on you on the internet!”
Rayne didn’t give Christina a chance to speak. She complained non-stop about Emilia, berating her with insults without repeating the same phrases.
“Emilia must’ve leaked the dirt on you online, yet her fans didn’t even bother to find out what happened to those who had tried to sully your reputation.” Rayne sneered. “Emilia will eventually be dragged down by her mindless fans.”
While listening to Rayne’s tirade, Christina launched the browser and indeed saw many scandals of her trending on the internet.
After skimming through, Christina didn’t feel that the information would cause any significant loss to her since they were just some irrelevant old stories. Is this the best Emilia can do because she’s out of tricks now! This strategy does fit her style.
Christina said, “Don’t worry about the rumors online. Someone will handle that matter.”