Chapter 727 Lost In Love
Christina carefully explained Victoria’s side of the story to Nathaniel.
With a frown, she added, “Something still feels off to me. If Melanie’s initial target was you, why did she appear in Sebastian’s room instead of yours?”
She was intent on figuring out why Melanie had suddenly changed her plan.
Nathaniel promptly arched a brow in displeasure. His attention swiftly locked onto her mention of changing targets. He asked drily, “Did you want me to be involved with other women?”
His words took Christina aback, though she quickly recovered and shook her head vigorously. “Not at all.”
In fact, her demeanor took an immediate one-eighty as she declared, “Listen up, Nathaniel. If you ever cheat on me with another woman, I will divorce you and make sure you never see your children again. I’ll take your money and your children to find another man.”
A frightening expression flashed through Nathaniel’s deep gaze. He replied warningly, “I would never fault
if anyone touches my woman, but I’ll hunt them down and make them wish they were never born.”
The room heating was switched on, yet Christina felt a chill running down her spine.
-She shivered and turned toward Nathaniel, pulling his face down for a kiss.
It was a tried-and-true method to calm him down.
As expected, Nathaniel’s expression instantly eased, and the suffocating aura he had exuded earlier also dissipated.
He wiggled his brows at her and taunted, “Oh, so now you’re scared?”
“You know I’m a scaredy-cat, yet you still said those things to threaten me,” Christina protested. Still, her smile widened as she cautioned, “If I leave you out of fear one day, that’s entirely on you, Nathaniel.”
“You won’t be able to run.” Nathaniel wrapped his arms around her waist and placed his palm on the bump on her belly. “You’re my wife, and no matter where you hide, I will have a way to find you.”
His gaze glinted with determination.
Christina did not doubt the truth of his words at all. She could not bring herself to leave Lucas and Camila behind, so she was destined to spend the rest of her life entangled with Nathaniel.
Christina decided to cajole Nathaniel a little more and offered, “Don’t think I’ll give an easy time to all those vultures waiting to sink their claws into you, either. Anyway, let’s get back on topic. What do you think of Melanie?”
Nathaniel replied honestly, “I don’t know her.”
After Hadley Corporation’s entertainment arm went live, Nathaniel had left its operations to his trusted subordinates. He was only involved in its major projects and events.
He would have remained clueless about the goings-on in the entertainment industry if not for Emilia’s scandal.
The only person who could compel him to change his nonchalant attitude about his entertainment
company was Christina.
Meanwhile, his curt denial exasperated Christina, who clarified, “I’m not trying to make you slip up and admit anything. You don’t need to hurry and draw a line between yourself and Melanie.”
Nathaniel replied seriously, “I’m not interested in managing the entertainment company side of things. If you want to know more about Melanie’s background, you can ask Sebastian. He’ll know better than me.”
The dinner last night was his first encounter with Melanie. Even if the production team had urged Melanie to approach him for more investment money, his aura was intimidating enough to turn her into a stuttering fool. She would never have had the confidence to conquer Nathaniel.
Sebastian was different.
Everyone knew that he was Nathaniel’s right-hand man. Winning him over was as close as it got to winning Nathaniel over.
On the flip side, Nathaniel and Sebastian were in the same boat. If one of his men ran into trouble, Nathaniel would not be faring any better.
Nathaniel uttered lightly, “Maybe someone is targeting me through Sebastian.” This was not the first time something like this had happened to him. He added, “Melanie is the next Anya.”
He was referring to how Anya had posed as the Ludwig family’s heiress to approach him at the international business conference.
Christina asked, “Do you think Anya and Melanie are working under the same person’s orders? If so, why is that person intent on harming you? They seem obsessed with ruining your reputation.”
“No. They’re not just after me; they’re after the entire Hadley family.” Nathaniel’s guess hit the bulls-eye. To clear up Christina’s confusion, he explained more simply, “The Hadley family’s business is sprawling./ have too many enemies. Perhaps one of our competitors is using dirty tricks to target me. I’ll have someone investigate it properly. Don’t worry about it.”
While Christina trusted Nathaniel’s ability implicitly, she knew he was deliberately playing down the severity of the situation. She replied, “Okay. Let’s check on Victoria and Sebastian. She has a fierce temper, and I’m worried they’re arguing again.”
“Let me change.” Nathaniel turned to the wardrobe and changed into a new suit.
Then, they made their way to the room next door. A forlorn Sebastian sat alone on the couch. The room was a mess, with things scattered across the floor. Christina looked around, but Victoria was nowhere to be found.
“Mr. Taggart, where’s Victoria?” she asked.
Sebastian was a ball of dejection as he mumbled, “She left. She said… she hoped both of us could take some time to calm down. Away from each other.”
He would much prefer Victoria throw a tantrum or vent her anger at him instead of ignoring him.
His moping infuriated Christina, who demanded, “So what? Are you just going to let her leave like that?”
“I’m sorry. She doesn’t want to see me, so I don’t know what to do,” replied Sebastian weakly.
“Victoria has always been rash. People who are agitated tend to do more extreme things. Did
her safety when you let her leave alone?” Christina continued fiercely, “It hadn’t been easy for you and Victoria to make it to today. Preston only just changed his mind about you. If you’re going to back off at this little obstacle, why promise Victoria the moon and the stars? Why get her hopes up?”
Sebastian clenched his fists tightly as his eyes grew red-rimmed with tears.
Nathaniel added coldly, “The car’s downstairs. Use it as you see fit. Remember we have a meeting with Lesley Group tomorrow. Don’t let your personal affairs affect your work.”
“Thank you for your advice, Mr. and Mrs. Hadley. I’ll look for Victoria now.” Sebastian seemed reinvigorated with a sense of purpose. He grabbed his suit coat off the floor and dashed out of the room.
“I hope they can make up and return to how they were before, or my studio’s first fashion show is as good as dead,” Christina uttered with a sigh.
Nathaniel stared at her and asked, “Are you short on manpower at your studio?”
Worried that he would try to offer another talent from his company to help, Christina immediately said, “Not at all I just wanted to rebrand my studio’s works, and Victoria’s designs are perfect for that. I thought showcasing her designs at the first show would be a good idea!”
Of course, that was not Christina’s only motive.