“Miranda only had one daughter, and that’s Emilia,” Christina answered with absolute certainty.
It was precisely because of this that Christina found Melanie’s behavior peculiar, and why she decided to lure the woman into a trap.
“Now that Melanie has been caught once, it may not be easy to get hold of any evidence against her in the future,” Victoria pointed out wornedly.
If Christina hadn’t intervened and calmed the situation earlier, Victoria’s hot temper might have escalated, potentially pressuring Melanie into confessing or revealing more information.
“As long as her goals remain unachieved, she will eventually lose patience and take action. Let’s wait patiently. Perhaps we will get something unexpected,” Christina advised.
As soon as she finished speaking, the sound of a car engine could be heard outside the mansion.
Victoria’s excitement surged through her like a dose of adrenaline. Without a moment’s hesitation, she leaped up from the couch and dashed outside, her voice filled with joy as she shouted, “Sebastian is here! He’s here to pick me up!”
When the mansion’s door swung open from the outside, Sebastian was taken by surprise as someone crashed into him. Before he could react, a pair of arms were wrapped around his waist.
A familiar scent instantly filled the air, and as Sebastian lowered his head, he met a pair of glistening reddened cyes.
“Seb!” Victoria sobbed. “I’ve missed you so much!”
Sebastian’s heart swelled as he held Victoria in his arms.
Ignoring any onlookers, including Nathaniel who might be observing them, he spoke with a hoarse voice. “Why did you run like that? What if you had gotten hurt?”
He felt a surge of relief wash over him, grateful that it was him who had opened the door and not Nathaniel. The thought of witnessing Nathaniel and Victoria embracing each other was something he couldn’t bear to see.
Victoria muttered, “I just wanted to see you as soon as possible.”
Sebastian’s heart was filled with warmth, and a trace of delight shimmered in his gentle gaze.
“Find another place to act all lovey-dovey, will you?”
Nathaniel interrupted them after standing in the cold wind for a couple of minutes, displeased that he was forced to witness their public display of affection.
Sebastian apologized, “My apologies, Mr. Hadley. We’ll be leaving right away. Thank you both, Mr. and Mrs. Hadley, for your help today.”
Nathaniel waved his hand dismissively as he glanced at his assistant. “Just don’t delay your work.”
“Understood,” Sebastian nodded, taking Victoria’s hand as they turned toward the waiting car by the door.
Christina walked to the door and watched as the happy couple went on their way. She then turned to Nathaniel, chiding, “They finally have a chance to be together. Can’t you give Sebastian some time off to mend their relationship?”
Nathaniel guided Christina indoors and closed the door, shutting out the chilling wind. He calmly elaborated, “Sebastian’s best chance to win over the Lesleys and gain their acceptance is by swiftly assuming control of the overseas branch and establishing himself as a significant figure within Hadley Corporation.”
“Entrusting Sebastian’s training to someone else is a risk, and managing the overseas branch poses unique challenges compared to domestic operations. However, once he secures the position of deputy CEO, he will have ample time to be with Victoria. At that point, the Lesleys will no longer be an obstacle, and he can prioritize their relationship,” he concluded.
Nathaniel lowered his head and planted a kiss on the woman’s forehead as he led her into the living room.
By then, the butler had already cleaned up the mess left by Melanie.
“Did they give you a hard time when you went to the Lesley residence today?” Nathaniel asked.
Christina’s voice filled with frustration as she spoke about her encounter with Victoria’s mother. “I only met Mrs. Lesley today. From what I gathered, Mrs. Lesley is vehemently against Sebastian and Victoria’s relationship. She is pushing for Victoria to enter into a marriage alliance with a man from a privileged background to address the issues faced by her beauty salons. It’s clear that Mrs. Lesley’s main concern is her own bencfits, without considcring Victoria’s happiness in the slightest.”
Nathaniel was not the least bit surprised by the revelation. He had dealt with the Lesleys before, and he understood their characters and methods.
“Don’t let these trivial matters anger you. If Mrs. Lesley tries to bully you, find your own way to fight back, and if any problems arise, I’ll take care of them for you,’ he reassured her.
As Christina leaned into Nathaniel’s embrace, she rested the back of her head against his shoulder and looked up at him with determination. “Nathaniel, I’m not afraid of Mrs. Lesley causing trouble for me, but I’m worried that she might harm Sebastian. [er beauty salon is facing a major problem, and Sebastian may not be able to meet her demands. I’m concemed that Victoria could still become a pawn in Mrs.
Nathaniel looked at her and asked, “What do you want me to do?”
Christina’s smile of satisfaction lingered as she sat up straight, her gaze focused and earnest. “I hope you can personally assist Mrs. Lesley in overcoming some of her difficultics and provide her with a taste of success first”
By helping Brenda overcome her difficulties and demonstrating success, Christina believed it would enhance her credibility when speaking to the older woman. Moreover, it would also serve to minimize the obstacles faced by Sebastian and Victoria.
“Okay, I’ll take care of it.” As Nathaniel brushed his fingertips against her carlobe and lightly pinched it, he whispered in her car, “Do I get a reward for helping you?”
The suggestive nature of this small gesture was evident.
Christina instinctively wanted to escape, but Nathaniel saw through her. He extended his long arm to lock her in his embrace tightly from behind.
As he brushed his warm lips across her earlobe, he teased, “Why run? Do you think I’ll really devour you?”
Of course, Nathaniel wouldn’t actually devour her. He would only torment her in bed…
Christina had long been accustomed to this. She gulped nervously and said, “I’m hungry. I was just thinking of going to the kitchen to look for something to eat.”
She seemed to be frightened by him, but Nathaniel wasn’t so deranged that he didn’t know his limits. ‘Vhus, he stopped at that and released the woman from his embrace.
“Okay, I’ll stop scaring you. What do you want to eat? I’ll make it for you.”
Christina let her guard down and ordered a long list of dishes. In the end, she realized that she might have ordered a little too much.
Nathaniel had just finished work, and he hadn’t rested for long before having to cook for her. At the thought of this, she couldn’t help feeling sorry for him.
“Forget about what I said earlier. I just want a burrito. It’s my favorite.”
“You’re pregnant, and it’s important that you get proper nutrition. Tomorrow, I’ll make you some delicious burritos.
As for tonight, you can enjoy the meal you ordered earlier,”
Nathaniel said, taking off his suit jacket and carefully placing it on the couch. He then rolled up his sleeves and instructed, “Go and wait in the living room. I’ll let you know once I’m done. The kitchen can be quite smoky, and | don’t want you to be exposed to any harmful fumes.”
“Okay” Christina nodded.
As Nathaniel entered the kitchen and began cooking up a feast, Christina went to the living room to watch some television. However, she found her gaze gradually drawn by the figure in the kitchen. She quietly moved to the dining room, finding the perfect spot with a clear view. From there, she attentively watched Nathaniel as he skillfully prepared the meal.
Christina secretly took a few pictures of the man, but at that moment, her phone suddenly rang. Upon hearing the sound, Nathaniel turned around and saw Christina fumbling with her phone.
Caught in the act, Christina flashed him an awkward smile.
“Um… do continue with what you’re doing. I’ll go take this call.”
With that, she quickly left the dining room and made her way to the living room. Sliding open the floor-to-ceiling windows, she stepped out into the courtyard to answer the phone.
“Christina, something terrible has happened.” Rayne’s anxious voice came through the phonc.
“What happened?” Christina asked, her brows furrowing.
“Calm down and tell me what’s going on. There’s no need to panic.”
Rayne’s call couldn’t have come at a worse time, and Christina instantly felt an unsettling premonition that something had gone awry.
“A fire broke out at the studio. There might be some casualties.”