Chapter 736 Avenging Sebastian
Victoria couldn’t believe what she had just heard. She widened her eyes in shock, her face turning as pale as a sheet.
“What did you just say? Say that one more time!”
That was when Brenda realized she had said something she shouldn’t. Not wanting to look like a coward in front of Victoria, she decided to admit to her doings.
“You heard me! I hired someone to set Christina’s studio on fire! Now that her studio is no more, you’ll have to go back to managing your own studio! You’re the heiress of the Lesley family, so why would you give up on your position as a boss and work for someone else? You may not be ashamed of yourself, but I am! Christina had the audacity to show up at my house and threaten me. She thinks she can get away with anything simply because she married into the Hadley family, but I’m no pushover either! Anyway, she is responsible for your relationship with Sebastian, so she deserves to be taught a lesson!”
Victoria had never thought her mother would be the one who set fire to the studio. Her chest tightened with anger, and she found it a little hard to breathe.
“What you did is illegal! Do you know that two people have died in that fire of yours?”
The look on Brenda’s face changed when she heard that, and a sense of panic began to well up within her. “That’s impossible! I told them to clear the place before setting it on fire, and my men were there to keep an eye on things! There’s no way that fire would’ve killed anyone!”
Brenda was panicking so much that her mind was a mess, and she didn’t even know what to say anymore.
As for Victoria, she sank into despair and slumped weakly against the seat. There was a lifeless look in her eyes as she stared blankly at the scenery outside the window.
Brenda whipped out her phone and dialed a number, but it was no longer in service.
“What should I do, Victoria? I only wanted to teach Christina a lesson! I didn’t mean to get anyone killed!”
Brenda was already in a lot of trouble with the lawsuits she faced, so she couldn’t imagine what would happen if word were to get out about her hiring someone to set the studio on fire,
“Victoria, you and Christina are junior and senior, so could you please tell her to let this slide? I’ll agree to whatever request she has!”
Victoria shot her mother an icy-cold glare and replied with a sarcastic sneer, “She tried to be nice to you before, but you disrespected her and set her studio on fire. Now that you’ve gotten yourself in trouble, you expect her to just let this slide? What are you even going to say to her?”
“Christina is the one who started it! I wouldn’t have tried to teach her a lesson if she hadn’t messed with me! Victoria, are you seriously going to just sit by and watch me get taken away by the authorities?” Brenda protested stubbornly.
Victoria didn’t want her mother to g3
o to prison, but she couldn’t bring herself to betray Christina and the family of the deceased either.
She covered her face and cried in agony. “I don’t know! I don’t know what to do! Why must you guys force me to make such decisions?”
After taking some time to calm herself down, Brenda had returned to her usual domineering self by the
time the car pulled up inside the courtyard of the Lesley residence.
“Please escort Victoria to her room. Do not let her leave her room without my permission, and do not let anyone visit her either,” she told the butler.
Victoria looked up at her in shock. “Are you going to confine me?”
“Until you have realized your wrongdoing, you are to remain at home. Once I am done cleaning up the mess here, you will leave this country with me,” Brenda said, standing firm on her belief that Christina and Sebastian would only ruin her daughter’s future.
Brenda wanted her children to achieve success and strive for excellence, which was something Preston. had done a great job at.
That was precisely the reason Brenda’s position in the Lesley family was unaffected even though her husband, Soren Lesley, was often sleeping around.
Victoria bit down on her lip. “What do you plan on doing?”
She was referring to the consequences of setting the studio on fire.
“I’ve already thought of a solution to the problem, so you don’t have to worry about it. All you have to do is stay home and reflect upon your mistakes. I will grant you your freedom once you have truly repented.”
Victoria angrily got out of the car and stormed into the mansion.
Meanwhile, Brenda wiped the cold sweat off her forehead before telling the driver. “Help me contact the family of the deceased.”
It didn’t take long for Christina and Nathaniel to find out that Brenda had forcefully taken Victoria away.
“Are Sebastian’s injuries severe?” Christina asked worriedly.
“The wound on his head required a few stitches. He’ll need at least two weeks to recover. According to him. Ms. Lesley and Mrs. Lesley had a fierce argument, and Mrs. Lesley locked her up afterward. She plans to send Ms. Lesley overseas next month,” Lyle replied honestly.
Having thought of something, Nathaniel asked, “What were they arguing about? Did Mrs. Lesley exhibit any strange behavior?”
Still oblivious to what Nathaniel was trying to imply, Christina asked in confusion, “Why are you so curious about Mrs. Lesley, Nathaniel?”
“I suspect that she has something to do with the fire at the studio,” Nathaniel replied straightforwardly.
“But I haven’t done anything to offend Mrs. Lesley, so why would she set fire to my studio? Besides, arson is a serious crime, so there’s no way she wouldn’t know about the legal consequences.”
“People who have gotten too used to having their way often don’t think about the consequences of their actions. They only care about getting what they want. You confronted her over Victoria and Sebastian’s relationship using the beauty salon lawsuit. It’s possible that she might be holding a grudge against you for that,” Nathaniel explained.
That was when Christina finally realized what he meant.
“After bringing Ms. Lesley home, Mrs. Lesley visited the family members of the deceased victims. I have
arranged for our men to tail her. We will need to wait for them to update us with further details, Lyle said.
“Don’t bother waiting. I know what Mrs. Lesley told those family members. She’s definitely the one who set fire to the studio. I bet she’s trying to bribe the family members after realizing that things have gotten out of hand,” Christina said coldly.
If the family members accept Mrs. Lesley’s bribery, then she could get away scot-free. She must think I won’t do anything to her because of my relationship with Victoria. That’s probably why she was bold enough to visit the family members of the deceased victims.
Nathaniel knew the risks involved in this case, so he chose to give Christina his full cooperation instead of taking over the case himself.
“What do you plan on doing?” he asked.
Christina let out a sigh. “Mrs. Lesley has given me the answers I needed. We can’t let Sebastian’s injury be in vain. We need to avenge him somehow!”