Chapter 756 War
Christina didn’t bother to ask how he got hurt as she rushed upstairs.
The family doctor was treating Nathaniel’s abdominal wound while the man was in a coma. A thick stench of blood was present in the air inside the bedroom.
It wasn’t until Christina approached Nathaniel that she realized how severe his wounds were.
There was a long gash stretching from his waist to his shoulder blade. The white bed quilt had been drenched in blood. Additionally, there were multiple injuries of varying severity all over his body, but they weren’t lethal.
A chill was sent down Christina’s spine as she watched the family doctor tend to her husband. She felt as though a giant rock was weighing on her chest, causing her to experience a suffocating sense of panic.
After Sebastian had his wounds treated, he rushed over to the bedroom and noticed Christina’s pallid countenance. Swiftly, he suggested, “The stench of blood here is too strong, Mrs. Hadley. It might affect the baby. How about you wait in the neighboring room? I’ll let you know when the doctor is done.”
Knowing that she couldn’t be of any help even if she stuck around, Christina nodded and trudged out of the bedroom.
As she supported herself by pressing a hand on the wall, she took in a deep breath.
Worried, Sebastian asked, “Are you okay?”
She nodded. Moments later, she calmed herself down and turned to Sebastian. He’s also gravely injured, but his wounds aren’t as alarming as Nathaniel’s.
“What happened?” questioned Christina.
“According to today’s schedule, Mr. Hadley was supposed to have a business meeting at a port. Even though the journey was kept a secret, we were ambushed halfway there.” Rage burned in Sebastian’s eyes. “Whoever they were, they came prepared. Mr. Hadley was slashed in order to protect me.”
Christina asked solemnly, “What kind of business meeting was he supposed to attend?” I have a feeling what it may be since the Hadley family has businesses in various industries, and some of them can only be developed overseas.
Hesitantly, Sebastian informed, “It’s… related to firearms.”
“Have you investigated who’s behind the assault?”
“It’s Sheridan.” A grave expression settled on Sebastian’s face. “After all, he’s Mr. Hadley’s only mighty competitor in this industry. Mr. Stone also wants to make a profit, but his family’s reputation has taken a dip lately. Furthermore, Old Mr. Stone had openly acknowledged and accepted his illegitimate child recently. Hence, the arms dealer thought Mr. Stone’s position as the head of the family might be jeopardized. To avoid unnecessary and unforeseen risks, the arms dealer chose to collaborate with Mr. Hadley. More importantly, after the Hadley family and the Stone family had a public falling-out, the Hadley family stole many projects from under the Stone family. Mr. Stone wouldn’t sit still and do nothing. After all, if he could get his hands on that firearm business, he’d likely have enough funds to prevent Stone Group’s capital chain rupture.”
Sheridan! I underestimated how ruthless that man could be. However, Christina was so worried about Nathaniel’s injury at that moment that she didn’t have the extra energy to deal with Sheridan. She asked, “Why didn’t you send Nathaniel to the hospital?”
“Mr. Hadley told us not to. The arms dealer is an eccentric man. He never conducts business with people who get involved with trouble easily. If news of Mr. Hadley’s ambush is leaked, Mr. Stone will be the one who reaps the benefits in the end,” answered Sebastian. There’s no way we’ll let other people mooch off our efforts when Mr. Hadley almost died for this business.
Christina wasn’t certain what that particular business meant to Nathaniel. Considering how much Nathaniel and Sebastian care about this matter, I bet it has something to do with the Hadley family’s future.
It was then the family doctor exited the bedroom.
Christina hastily inquired, “How’s Nathaniel’s condition, Dr. Moreau?”
The family doctor, Gael Moreau replied grimly, “Mr. Hadley’s very lucky. While his injury was deep, it didn’t harm his entrails. I performed emergency suturing on his wound, but I don’t know if he’s suffering from any other internal injury, so my suggestion is that he should be sent to the hospital quickly. He needs to receive a detailed examination as soon as possible to avoid missing out on the golden treatment period.”
In response, Christina glanced at Nathaniel. “With your skills, will you be able to ensure Nathaniel’s safety if I prepare complete medical equipment for you, Dr. Moreau?”
As the Hadley family’s private doctor, Gael was aware of how wealthy they were, Hence, he wasn’t surprised when Christina proposed spending tens of millions to set up an infirmary for Nathaniel.
“I can’t, but my medical team can,” he answered confidently.
Upon receiving the answer she wanted, Christina initiated the preparation. “Please help set up an infirmary within an hour, Sebastian. Money won’t be a problem. What’s important is that we mustn’t waste any time.”
“Understood.” Sebastian promptly called someone on the phone.
An hour later, medical equipment worth tens of millions was transferred into Scenic Garden Manor. Gael’s medical team was in position, and Nathaniel was sent to the infirmary for a detailed examination.
Christina kept herself busy while waiting. “You should return home and rest, Mr. Taggart. I’ll handle everything else.” Sebastian’s injured in the ambush, too. I need to consider the bigger picture.
However, Sebastian refused to leave. “I’m fine. I want to stay here and lend you a hand.”
“Victoria’s feeling blue right now. You should keep her company.”
Sebastian’s expression instantly changed when he heard that. He asked anxiously, “Was the event today unsuccessful?”
Christina gazed at him for a long while before answering, “It was, thanks to Victoria’s help. The studio’s reputation skyrocketed. She’s feeling down because the relationship between us is facing an issue. You’ll understand everything once you see her. Go on. I don’t need you for now.” I don’t want to speak too much about the details with him.
Tactfully, Sebastian refrained from asking questions. “I’ll take my leave now, then, Mrs. Hadley. If you need me, contact me anytime.”
Just as he turned toward the staircase, she abruptly reminded him, “Remember who you work for before you make your decision, Sebastian.” I’m not trying to sow discord between Victoria and Sebastian. I just don’t want to see someone else get betrayed by a person they trust the most again. Sebastian has been loyal to Nathaniel for many years now, so he knows everyone’s secret in the Hadley family. I need to ensure his loyalty toward Nathaniel.
Sebastian didn’t understand why Christina said that, but he still expressed his stance clearly. “Don’t worry, Mrs. Hadley. I won’t forget who I am or what Mr. Hadley did for me.”
He bowed at her before leaving.
Soon, Nathaniel’s examination result was out. His life wasn’t in any danger. Aside from the slash on his abdomen and a few other superficial wounds, he was considered healthy.
Christina asked Raymond to prepare rooms for the medical team so it would be convenient for them to treat Nathaniel.
After everything was done, Christina summoned Lyle to Scenic Garden Manor. “It doesn’t matter whether Barnaby is related to the case from fifteen years ago. What’s important is that you need to help me make this speculation into reality.”