Chapter 716 Follower
Not receiving any response from Christina even after waiting for a long while, Victoria shifted her gaze and followed Christina’s line of sight to an empty corner. She asked curiously, “Christina, what are you looking at?”
A hint of coldness flitted across Christina’s eyes as she withdrew her gaze. “Nothing. Didn’t you say you wanted to survey jewelry? Let’s go now.”
“Okay. I’ve already made an appointment with the jewelry designer. I guarantee you won’t regret tagging along this time.”
Victoria was exhilarated at the mention of jewelry. She dragged Christina out of the restaurant.
When Christina met the jewelry designer in person, she finally fathomed what Victoria meant when she said their meeting with the designer would be worthwhile.
The jewelry designer Victoria hired was called Hera. Despite her young age, she was well–known internationally and only took on private custom orders from high–end customers. She only accepted two orders per year. Although she was rumored to be eccentric, that didn’t affect her career progression or esteemed reputation.
As soon as Victoria and Hera met, they greeted each other warmly with a cheek kiss.
Victoria introduced, “Hera, let me introduce you to my senior, Christina. She has her own clothing brand and studio. She’ll be my boss after some time.”
Hera, possessing Epean and Adrunian bloodline, bored her gray–blue eyes into Christina’s. She stretched out her hand and said, “Hello, my name is Hera. I’m a jewelry designer. Victoria and I are university classmates. I often heard her talk about you.”
Christina shook hands with Hera and smiled faintly. “I’ve heard much about you, Ms. Hera. Thanks to Victoria, I have the pleasure of meeting you in person today. I truly didn’t come for nothing this time.”
Hera responded with a courteous smile. Those flattering compliments circulate mainly because of how supportive others are.”“
Victoria linked their arms with hers, one on each side. “Let’s sit down and chat.
After they interacted for some time, Christina realized Hera merely had an indifferent appearance. In fact, she was talkative and humorous.
The trio chatted about a few topics before moving on to their main agenda that day.
Victoria expressed her requirements and ideas for the wedding ring to Hera. After more than an hour of discussion, Victoria and Hera finalized the initial draft.
“I’ve made plans with friends tonight, so we’ll have to meet again next time.” Hera looked apologetically at the two. “I’ll treat you to a meal when I’m free. I think our personalities are quite compatible, Ms. Steele, 1 hope we’ll have a chance to work together in the future.
Christina was pleasantly surprised. “It would be my honor.”
She was planning the first fashion show after her studio opened for business. If she could acquire Hera’s jewelry sponsorship, her reputation and popularity would increase further.
“My ride is here. I look forward to our next meeting. Ms. Steele“ Hera picked up her bag and left.
While watching Hera’s retreating figure, Christina had already formulated a preliminary plan for their collaboration in her mind.
“Christina, I didn’t lie to you, right?” Victoria leaned closer to Christina, seeking credit.
Christina pinched Victoria’s cheek. “I owe you a favor for this.”
“You and Mr. Hadley have helped Sebastian and me so much that I don’t even know how to thank you. Besides, I’ll be working as a designer in your studio in the future. Getting sponsorships for the studio is also part of my job. Christina, given our relationship, you don’t need to be so formal with me.”
“Nevertheless, I still have to thank you for helping me establish this connection.”
Victoria scratched her nose. “So you saw through me.”
“You need more practice to polish your acting skills. Although my brand is somewhat famous, without the introduction from an acquaintance, a designer as renowned as Hera would never waste her time and energy to get to know an insignificant clothing brand, much less develop the interest to cooperate with us.”
Hera could’ve refused Victoria’s request, but she had surprisingly accepted, which prompted Christina to feel curious about Hera’s intention.
Christina was already looking forward to their next meeting.
“I’m going to take a look at the studio. Do you want to come with me?” Christina asked Victoria.
“I’ll pass. Sebastian and I agreed to have dinner together tonight. I need to go back now to prepare. I’ll take my leave first, Christina. Don’t overtire yourself. You’re pregnant, after all. Be careful on the road,” Victoria reminded Christina thoughtfully before grabbing her bag and hastily leaving in excitement.
Christina glanced at a corner and said to Lyle, “I want to go to the shopping mall next door to buy something for Lucas and Camila.”
*Sure, Mrs. Hadley,” Lyle responded impassively.
Christina strolled aimlessly in the children’s area of the mall with Lyle, with a persistent follower treading on their heels. However, the stalker’s tracking skills were frankly laughable.
“I’m going to the restroom.” Christina turned and walked toward the restroom. Seeing that, the stalker hurried after her.
Unexpectedly, right after the stalker stepped into the restroom. Lyle shut the door behind her.
“Mrs. Lazuli, you’ve been following me sneakily the whole time. What do you want?” After washing her hands, Christina leisurely wiped her hands with a piece of paper towel and tossed it into the trash can while fixating her emotionless eyes on the flustered Azure.
Azure retreated to the corner of the wall. “Tell him to leave first. I have something to say to you alone.”
Unfortunately, the seemingly reasonable demand was ruthlessly denied by Christina. “He’s my confidant. There’s nothing we have to talk about that must be kept under cover from others. If you mind, you don’t have to discuss anything with me in person.”
Christina wasn’t clear about the purpose of Azure finding her, and she didn’t know if Azure had come
alone or had secretly brought helpers.
Azure cast a wary glance at Lyle before speaking hesitantly. “Christina, you’ve already caused Nigel to be imprisoned. You can’t harm Yerek too!”
Yerek was their family’s final trump card, so Azure wanted to ensure nothing bad would happen to him.
“Who told you I’m going to harm Yerek?” Christina parrowed her eyes menacingly. My conversation with Nigel inside the jail shouldn’t have leaked out so rarily.
“You had Nathaniel covertly investigate Yerek’s assets. Isn’t that part of your plan to take back part of the riches that belonged to your father? Those are what Nigel deserved to receive from the beginning. Otherwise, the Gibson family would’ve met its demise long ago during the years when your father was crippled,” Azure said harshly.
“Nigel does have his merits, but they’re not enough to offset the crimes he committed, nor is it an excuse for you to convince yourself to accept the reality,” Christina replied frostily.
Azure knew Christina wasn’t someone who would be easily fooled. She wanted to get closer to Christina but was blocked by Lyle.
Having no other choice, Azure could only speak hoarsely while separated from Christina by a few steps. “It was Winston who came up with the scheme to plot against your parents back