Chapter 661 You Must Trust Me
If they weren’t in public, Nathaniel would’ve embraced Christina and told her how much he had missed her over the past two weeks.
“I know. I trust you.” Nathaniel held her hand and looked at her tenderly.
Suddenly, someone barged in and interrupted the romantic atmosphere.
“You’re here, Christina!” Sheridan pretended he didn’t know Nathaniel was there. “I thought you wouldn’t attend my great-grandma’s birthday banquet! After all, you’ve been busy ever since you took over Gibson Corporation…”
Oh? Sheridan is so friendly toward Christina! I wonder how often he looked for her when I was abroad. Nathaniel was overwhelmed by jealousy.
“Christina is my wife, so it’s only right for her to attend this birthday banquet with me. As the younger generation, we must show Old Mdm. Garcia some respect.” Nathaniel wrapped his arm around Christina’s waist and pulled her into his embrace.
Christina smiled politely, allowing Nathaniel to stake his claim on her.
“Oh! You’re here as well, Mr. Hadley!” Sheridan acted surprised. “I’m so sorry. You had your back facing me, so I didn’t know you were here. I thought you were the bodyguard Christina had been keeping by her side.
One should never be rude to someone who is smiling. I know Sheridan ignored me on purpose, but I’m in the Stone family’s territory now, and I must protect the Hadley family’s reputation. No matter how much I dislike him, I can’t kick up a fuss in front of so many people. If I were to do that, I would seem immature.
With that in mind, Nathaniel smiled faintly and replied, “It’s fine, Mr. Stone. But you shouldn’t have problems with your eyes since you’re still so young. Luckily for you, I know quite a few optometrists. Perhaps I should introduce you to them
Sheridan’s mouth twitched. A hint of resentment flashed across his eyes when he responded, “Thank you for your concern, Mr. Hadley. I’ll attend to my personal matters privately.”
Although Sheridan was a prideful man, he was taught not to have a falling out with someone in public.
Christina noticed the tension between the men, so she stepped forward to defuse the situation. “The birthday banquet is about to begin. I haven’t wished Old Mdm. Garcia a happy birthday. Let’s go.”
Nathaniel arched a brow and looked at Sheridan. “Christina and I have never been to the Stone residence before this, so we don’t know our way around. Would you please lead the way, Mr. Stone?”
Sheridan’s expression stiffened, and he forced a smile as he replied, “My bad. My great-grandma and my grandpa are entertaining the guests in the main hall. Come with me.”
While holding Christina’s hand, Nathaniel purposely created a distance between Sheridan and them. He whispered in her ear, “I didn’t know you were so close to Sheridan. Have you guys been meeting in private all the time?”
Nathaniel sounded annoyed. Christina blinked innocently and asked, “Who told you that?”
“How many times have you guys met behind my back? What did you two do together?” Nathaniel’s expression turned solemn.
Christina chuckled and grabbed Nathaniel’s necktie to pull him in. Her lips grazed his earlobe as she uttered, “There’s nothing going on between me and him. I still remember every word you said to me.”
“You’re distancing yourself from him, but he seems to have other ideas in his head,” Nathaniel sneered. “Even a blind person can tell he’s into you.”
All of a sudden, Christina’s expression turned slightly hostile. “I don’t care what other people think. You my husband, so you must trust me!”
She puffed out her cheeks and widened her eyes in anger.
“I was wrong, Darling. There are too many people here. When we get home, you can deal with me as you see fit.” Nathaniel would only show Christina his soft side. “You’re pregnant. You shouldn’t get agitated.”
Christina was a rational woman, so she knew when to stop. She moved her hands toward his collars to help him tidy up his shirt. “If you get jealous again, you’ll be sleeping in the study,” she warned softly.
Instead of getting angry, Nathaniel looked at Christina affectionately and replied. “You wouldn’t bear to do that to me.”
The couple’s intimate interaction attracted the crowd’s attention. Due to their good looks and graceful aura, plenty of the guests were eager to get to know them.
However, Nathaniel was an incredibly handsome man, so he was recognized fairly quickly.
A few shameless and daring businessmen brought their wives and daughters with them to greet Nathaniel. Some even tried to introduce him to their daughters.
“I’m sorry, but the woman next to me is my wife,” Nathaniel said coldly. “It’s rather inappropriate for you guys to introduce your daughters to me under my wife’s nose. Also, I’m not interested because I’m a loyal man. Now, please excuse us.”
Nathaniel led Christina through the stupefied guests and arrived in front of Sheridan.
“You’re still as popular as always, Mr. Hadley,” Sheridan said meaningfully.
Nathaniel cast a cold and sidelong glance at Sheridan and asked, “If I were to give this blessing of mine to you, would you want it?”
Sheridan hated dealing with those who would arrange blind dates for him on their own initiative. That was especially the case when it came to those who approached him with an ulterior motive from the very beginning.
“You’re a funny man, Mr. Hadley.” Sheridan smiled awkwardly and led Nathaniel and Christina into the bustling main hall.
When the trio appeared, the initially boisterous main hall went noticeably silent.
Sheridan walked up to Wendy and uttered loudly next to her ear, “Great-grandma, I brought you the person you wanted to see the most. The long-lost eldest daughter of the Gibson family has finally
returned. She’s now in charge of Gibson Corporation.”
“Oh? Where is she? I would like to see her.” Wendy was smiling sincerely, unlike the formal smile she had worn when she entertained the other guests.
The huge difference in her smile prompted the guests to grow curious about the woman Sheridan was talking about.
“Great-grandma, she’s here. Put on your glasses, okay? The most beautiful girl you see is Christina Steele, the eldest daughter of the Gibson family.”
Christina quickly realized something. Nathaniel and I have become the center of attention.
She scanned her surroundings but paused slightly in a certain direction. Without the slightest change in her expression, she approached Wendy and told Lyle to bring forward the gift she had prepared.
“Old Mdm. Garcia, Nathaniel and I would like to wish you a happy birthday. We’ve never met before, so I didn’t know what you liked. However, I heard that you were into artwork, so I’m giving you a painting. I hope you like it,” Christina said.
Lyle removed the painting from the box, untied the ribbons, and slowly opened the wrapping.
The crowd gasped upon seeing the painting.