Chapter 720 It Is Too Late
Timothy was overwhelmed with guilt. “I’m sorry. I didn’t think about that at that time.”
The first thought that popped into his mind when he woke up was not to see Christina, as he was consumed by an overpowering compulsion to go and find Nigel.
He reached out to his loyal aide, Jasper, who informed him that Nigel was incarcerated. With the address provided by Jasper, he made the decision to visit Nigel.
“It’s windy outside, so get in the car first.” Nathaniel gestured to Sebastian to assist Timothy in getting into the car while he focused on coaxing Christina back into the vehicle.
After Christina and Timothy got into the car, the two unexpectedly fell into silence.
The father and daughter made their way back to the hospital ward without exchanging any words.
The attending doctor performed a thorough examination on Timothy and confirmed that his body was in good condition. Christina felt a wave of relief wash over her upon hearing the news.
Sebastian found a pretext to excuse himself from the ward, leaving Christina, Nathaniel, and Timothy alone in the room.
Christina poured Timothy a cup of warm water. After taking a sip, he cradled it delicately in his hands, refusing to let it go.
Timothy had long recognized Nathaniel as an outstanding son–in–law. He openly admitted, “I didn’t go to see Nigel to seek any confirmation. I just wanted to personally see what he looks like now, as a prisoner, and what kind of life he’s living.”
He reflected on the wasted years of his youth and admitted that it was a lifelong regret for him. The dismal fate of Nigel, no matter how tragic, could never make up for everything he had lost.
After enduring years of Nigel’s relentless mockery and attacks. Timothy was consumed by an overwhelming desire to make him experience the bitterness of ridicule and suppression.
Throughout their lives, Nigel had always sought to compete with Timothy, yet he consistently fell short. The intricate schemes Nigel had devised over a significant portion of his life not only ensnared himself but also eventually entangled his family in the web of consequences.
Timothy could not help but feel a sense of irony.
“That visit was worthwhile. Nigel’s situation is even more miserable than I imagined.” A hint of mockery flashed across Timothy’s eyes. “It’s a pity that he was only convicted on charges of financial crimes.
Timothy longed for Nigel to pay the ultimate price with his life!
“Nathaniel and I have done everything in our power to investigate and gather evidence of Nigel’s harm toward you and Mom, and we’ve made some breakthroughs,” Christina said, “I’ll ensure that none of the culprits who have caused harm to you and mom escape justice.”
Timothy let out a sigh. “Christina, this matter has remained concealed from the public for fifteen years, and now only fragments of evidence have come to light. I’m certain that the hidden truth behind it is undoubtedly intricate. My health is fragile, and my remaining years are limited. However, you’re different. You still have your entire life ahead of you. Listen to my advice: go back, embrace a peaceful life, and distance yourself from these troubling affairs.”
Nonetheless, to Christina, it was too late for her to pull herself away from this chaos.
At this juncture, she had emerged as one of the primary key players in this game. There was no way for her to withdraw, as her body and soul were inseparably entwined with the very essence of the game.
“No. They took my mother’s life. I can’t persuade myself to stay on the sidelines,” Christina said with determination. “Please, don’t try to convince me otherwise. I won’t give up until I uncover the truth. Besides, with Nathaniel by my side protecting me, I have no concerns about anyone posing a threat to
Nathaniel solemnly assured, “I agree with Christina. I’ll protect her safety at all costs, even if it means sacrificing my own life.”
Timothy’s sharp gaze fell upon the two of them. Knowing that he could not persuade Christina to change. her mind, after a long pause, he said, “If that’s the case, you must proceed with extreme caution. Although Nigel is imprisoned, Yerek, whom he mentored, possesses a more meticulous mind and ruthless heart. He’s also steadier than Nigel.”
One of the greatest regrets in Timothy’s life was trusting his mother’s and Nigel’s words. Instead of conducting a thorough investigation into Yerek’s background after adopting him, he made the fateful decision to entrust the management of the entire Gibson Corporation to Yerek and Nigel.
Not only did Nigel devour and undermine the business empire that Timothy and his wife had painstakingly built, but he also had the audacity to direct his malicious intentions toward their only daughter. Such actions had crossed Timothy’s boundaries.
“I know what to do,” Christina said. “You were hospitalized, fell into a coma, and almost became a vegetable, all because of the schemes orchestrated by Yerek. Despite any lingering attachment you may have toward him as the adopted son of the family, I will not show him any mercy.”
Timothy sighed once again. “Yerek is indeed a smart person, but unfortunately, he has misused his intelligence.”
Suddenly, something seemed to trigger his memory. “By the way, when I visited Nigel in prison, he mentioned that Anya is dead. What exactly happened?”
Christina explained the whole story, and Timothy’s face turned livid with anger. “None of the children Nigel raised turned out to be decent individuals!”
“Don’t let it affect your health. The police are investigating the culprit responsible for her death. I have acted with righteousness and steadfastness, so I’m not afraid of their covert actions,” Christina uttered.
“You’re not alone now. You’re carrying a child in your womb, so don’t be impulsive,” Timothy said.
He then shifted his gaze to Nathaniel. “Mr. Hadley, I entrust Christina to you. Don’t let me down.”
Nathaniel replied, “Thanks for believing in me. I’ll protect her and our unborn child at all costs.”
After uttering so many words, Timothy felt a wave of exhaustion washing over him. “You both can go back now. I need some time alone to rest.”
“In that case, we won’t disturb your rest. We’ll come and visit you another time,” Nathaniel said.
Timothy nodded in acknowledgment as Christina and Nathaniel left the ward.
“Sebastian, immediately arrange for two new attentive caretakers to come in and make sure they rotate
shifts to attend to his needs. I don’t want a situation like today to happen again,” Nathaniel whispered in Sebastian’s car. “If there are any further developments, inform me first. I want to ensure she’s not disturbed.
Sebastian nodded in acknowledgment. “Got it. I’ll relay your instructions promptly.”
Satisfied with the response, Nathaniel walked back to Christina’s side.
“What did you say to Sebastian?” Christina had been deep in thought since she left the ward. When she noticed Nathaniel had not followed her and was engaged in a hushed conversation with Sebastian a few steps away, her curiosity was piqued.
“I asked him to find new caretakers. The previous ones weren’t attentive enough, causing unnecessary worry for you,” Nathaniel replied frankly as he pressed the elevator button. “Are you hungry? I still have some time for lunch, and I can accompany you.”
Christina could not help but chuckle. “Do I look like a glutton? I’m not hungry. I had a substantial breakfast just two hours ago.”
Nathaniel knitted his brows and lowered his head to stare at Christina’s bulging belly. No one could discern what thoughts were swirling in his mind.
When there was no one around, Christina grabbed Nathaniel’s hand and placed it on her belly. “Can you feel anything? The baby isn’t hungry, but it seems to be craving ice cream.”