Chapter 681 She Is Right Under His Nose
Since Yerek personally chose Anya to be on his team, no matter how frustrated or regretful he was, he could not slap her to death out of annoyance,
“Can’t you see that Victoria was deliberately trying to pick a fight? Haven’t you noticed?” Yerek wished he could knock on Anya’s head to see what was going on inside. “Christina was right there watching. It was clearly her idea.”
Anya was surprised to learn that Christina was present.
She was too engrossed in arguing with Victoria that she had not noticed Christina’s presence. “What does Christina want?“,
“If I’m not mistaken, Christina is starting to doubt your identity. She’s testing you,” Yerek deduced in a serious tone.
With a blaming glare, he reproached Anya. “Since you became Vera Ludwig, your actions have been too conspicuous. The speculation surrounding the delayed inheritance is also not in your favor.”
Anya sat on the couch, filled with frustration, and knitted her brows. “The problem is there’s too little information left by Vera. I can’t fully replicate her demeanor. And to make matters worse, that sly old man neyer intended to distribute his inheritance among other family members. That’s why he deliberately set up that d*mn biometric fingerprint lock. Vera Ludwig has been dead for over three years, and her body has long since decomposed into a pile of bones. Where am I supposed to find her fingerprints to open the safety deposit box? Even if her body was still intact, I couldn’t bring myself to desecrate a grave.”
Anya’s face filled with disgust and resistance when he mentioned Vera’s name.
Even the astute Yerek could not come up with a solution at that moment.
Anya’s mind was consumed with thoughts of reclaiming her reputation and teaching Christina and Victoria a lesson after they had humiliated her in front of so many influential figures and socialites.
“The international conference is about to start in an hour. I’ll take a shower and change into clean clothes. Send me the list of projects that Nathaniel wants to discuss so that I can do some preparation in advance.” The constant odor of food emanating from her body made Anya feel nauseous. To make matters worse, Victoria actually splashed her with peach–flavored soda.
She opened the drawer of the bedside table and took out a pack of antihistamines, swallowing two tablets. Then she turned and walked into the bathroom.
In any case, with Yerek acting as her mastermind, Anya could simply follow his instructions without having to exert much mental effort.
As the international conference was about to commence, Nathaniel dressed himself while attentively listening to Sebastian’s briefing on the day’s itinerary.
Nathaniel maintained his impassive expression the entire time. It was only when Sebastian mentioned Christina that a flicker of emotion stirred in his icy eyes.
“Victoria sent someone to keep an eye on Yerck and Vera?” Nathaniel buttoned up the last button on his shirt collar and turned to face Sebastian. Victoria is known for her casual and carefree demeanor, and she has had limited interactions with Yerek and Vera. It’s unlikely she would look for trouble without a reason.
Nathaniel figured it was Christina’s idea.
A corner of his lips quirked up, and he sighed lightly. “We truly are a destined pair; two peas in a pod.” D
Sebastian’s heart was suddenly filled with jealousy. His gaze toward Nathaniel carried a hint of sorrow as he boldly asserted his authority. “Mr. Hadley, she’s my girlfriend.” D
“What’s with that jealous look? I was referring to my wife,” Nathaniel retorted. D
“But you didn’t mention you were talking about Mrs. Hadley…” Sebastian muttered under his breath, at sense of relief washing over him. D
Initially, Nathaniel wanted to retort upon hearing that, but upon further reflection, he realized the two of them were in the same situation. This brought a sense of comfort to Nathaniel, and he decided to give Sebastian a pass, at least for the time being. D
“Any updates on Vera’s DNA results?” Nathaniel inquired while fastening his cufflinks and adjusting his appearance in the mirror.
“We’ve received the report.” Sebastian took out a file from his briefcase. The DNAS don’t match. In fact, Vera’s DNA matches with Anya Gibson’s. D
Anya Gibson? Nathaniel scoffed. “How bold of her to pull this stunt!”
After searching high and low for the person, Nathaniel finally realized she had been right under his nose all along.
“Let’s lay low and not startle her,” Nathaniel ordered in a cold voice. Before leaving, he texted Christina as usual, only to receive a red exclamation mark in response.
Nathaniel’s mood grew even grimmer. He entered the meeting with a stern expression, causing those who wished to cozy up to him during this opportunity to keep their distance, witnessing his unapproachable demeanor.
Nathaniel’s scanning gaze circled the vast and opulent hall, but Christina was nowhere to be found.
“Call Victoria and ask her what’s happening.” After giving Sebastian the instruction, Nathaniel walked to a quiet corner with a glass of champagne.
Sebastian stepped aside and dialed Victoria’s number, but her phone only rang twice before being abruptly disconnected. Wait a second. Is she really mad at me?
Sebastian froze for a moment before turning around to leave the hall.
Meanwhile, Anya and Yerek both noticed Sebastian’s departure, leaving Nathaniel alone. Yerek immediately urged Anya, “Quick, go over. There’s no one disturbing Nathaniel now, so try to get something from him.”
Anya smiled confidently and said, “As long as Christina and Victoria, those two b*tches, don’t get way, I’m sure I’ll be able to spend a night with Nathaniel. The Hadley family cares about their reputation, and even if Nathaniel refuses to acknowledge it, he’ll have to provide me with a substantial amount of hush money.” D
Anya and Yerek were still immersed in their own fantasies, unaware that Anya’s true identity had been completely exposed.
With steady steps and a graceful demeanor, Anya approached Nathaniel’s side, her smile filled with flirtatious radiance.
“Nathaniel, why are you here all alone? Can I accompany you?” she asked, her voice filled with sweetness.
Unlike ordinary men who would easily be captivated by such a seductive tone, Nathaniel found it repulsive. Disgust flashed in his eyes, and his voice grew dark, carrying a dangerous warning. “We’re not acquainted well enough. You have no right to call me by that name.”
Anya arched her eyebrows, displaying a different allure in her expression. “Mr. Hadley, last night when we were together, you didn’t show such indifference toward me. Moreover, you permitted me to address you by your name. Although our connection was brief, we did share an intimate moment… ah!”
All of a sudden, Nathaniel’s grip tightened tightly around Anya’s throat, and a chilling gaze emanated from his icy eyes, exuding a menacing aura.
Anya’s face turned pale in shock as the pressure on her neck intensified, a sense of impending death creeping over her.
“I warned you not to provoke me. Many women have attempted to climb into my bed, and you’re not the first. But they all met the same fate. Anya Gibson, tired of living, are you? Well, then, I’ll do you a favor!” Nathaniel raised his voice.
Upon hearing Nathaniel utter her name, Anya was stunned, her eyes widening in terror. She fought desperately, like a dying fish, struggling to break free from the deadly net that ensnared her.
“Mr. Hadley, using force against a beautiful lady in such a public setting is not the behavior befitting a gentleman.” A voice emerged from behind.