Chapter 761 Scary Threat
Christina shot Nathaniel a confused look. Noticing her perplexity, he patiently explained, “It’s unlikely that Sheridan is oblivious to Barnaby’s past. From the moment that he, along with the other members of the Stone family, opposed Barnaby’s decision in acknowledging his illegitimate child, it was evident he was wary of Nigel’s and Yerek’s existence, assuming the father and son would snatch Stone Group like how they stole Gibson Corporation away.”
Following that, Nathaniel threw out another piece of shocking news. “Nigel’s sentence and the failure of Yerek’s businesses were probably Sheridan’s doing, but he was good at fabricating lies and shifting the blame. Hence, Mrs. Lazuli and Yerek believed we were behind it.”
Christina still couldn’t understand Sheridan’s motive. “If Sheridan is the mastermind, won’t his actions be too risky if his goal is just to secure his benefit?”
Nathaniel elaborated, “Diamond cuts diamond. Don’t underestimate a person’s desire to win. While Sheridan may appear glorious in front of others, his days in the Stone family have been far from easy. Each member of the Stone family wants their child to succeed as the head of the family, except for him. He’s skating on thin ice in there. Naturally, he’s pulling all the stops to seize the position for himself.”
Nathaniel’s input helped Christina understand Sheridan better. She realized Sheridan’s current circumstances weren’t that different from her past. They were both born into wealthy families, but the environment they grew up in was filled with obstacles and hardships. Only the wearer knew where the shoe pinched.
“How are you planning to retaliate against Sheridan after he set you up?” Christina suddenly gained an interest in Nathaniel’s revenge plan.
Instead of telling her directly, he kept her in suspense. “I’ll tell you after you wake up from your nap.”
Christina wrapped her arms around his waist and pleaded, “I’ll sleep after you tell me, or else I can’t sleep.”
Nathaniel persisted, “Nope. You didn’t take your nap on time today. Nothing is more important than your health.”
Knowing that she could never persuade Nathaniel, Christina gave up. “I’ll sleep on the couch then.”
Nathaniel pinned her down and said domineeringly, “Sleep on the bed. It’s large enough to fit both of us with extra space to spare. You don’t have to worry about grazing my injuries.”
Aware that she couldn’t dissuade him, Christina scooched further toward the edge of the bed and held onto the edge of the blanket. “Stay with me then,” she implored.
Nathaniel slowly lay down by her side and covered her eyes with his large palm. “Okay, I’ll stay here, so go to sleep.”
The nap was oddly peaceful. It was already eight in the evening when Christina woke up.
After having dinner with Nathaniel in the ward, she proceeded to deal with work matters. Nathaniel didn’t disturb her and immersed himself in his work, too.
Christina couldn’t spend the night at the hospital. As soon as she reached Scenic Garden Manor around ten at night, she got a call from Victoria.
“Christina, can you come over now to keep me company?” Victoria was sobbing profusely. With a quivering voice, it took a while for her to get all the words out. “S-Someone… sent something to me. I’m scared… I can’t reach Seb on his phone. Please come over. I have something important to tell you.”
Christina immediately put on the coat she just removed and started walking toward the door. “I’ll head over there now. Shut all the doors and windows. Don’t open the door for anyone, okay?” she assured Victoria.
“Okay. P-Please come quickly.” Weeping, Victoria gave Christina her address.
Ending the call, Christina ordered Lyle, “We’re going to Victoria’s mansion in the eastern suburb.”
Lyle didn’t ask any questions and drove to the eastern suburb.
Each mansion in the neighborhood had distinct designs. The distance between each house was wide with a hill in between.
When Christina arrived at Victoria’s place, she noticed the windows were smashed, the door was sprayed with red paint, and it was pitch black inside.
Lyle kicked the door down, and Christina rushed in. “Victoria? Victoria! Where are you?”
Lyle turned on all the lights in the house and saw the whole place was a mess. The items on the shelves were either toppled or moved. Even the fridge in the kitchen was ransacked.
Christina dashed up the stairs but didn’t see anyone there. Based on the valuable items scattered on the floor, the intruder wasn’t there for the luxury goods but something else.
She and Lyle were searching the study when her expression suddenly turned grave upon noticing the half piece of bloody tongue in a box on the desk. Covering her mouth in horror, she retched as she held on to the bookshelf.
Lyle hurriedly covered the bloody flesh with a document but accidentally knocked over something on the desk. The bookshelf on the side slowly slid open, and a figure lunged toward Lyle. The person was none other than Victoria, and she was shrieking, “Go away! Get out!”
Lyle caught the golf club that Victoria was swinging about to prevent it from hitting him.
“It’s me, Victoria,” Christina called out in time.
Hearing the familiar voice, the frightened Victoria calmed down, and her eyes finally regained focus. Turning her head in the direction of the voice, she ascertained it was Christina and tossed the golf club aside, leaping into the latter’s arms.
“You’re finally here, Christina!”
Christina patted Victoria’s back and let her cry it out. Once Victoria started to calm down, Christina said gently, “It’s too messy here, so let’s talk in another room.”
Victoria grasped onto Christina’s coat tightly out of fear. “I don’t want to go downstairs. Those people might still be there.”
“There’s no one else down there. Don’t be scared. Lyle and I will protect you.” Victoria was traumatized by the incident, so Christina did her best to comfort the latter. “I’m not lying, Victoria. They don’t hold a candle to Lyle’s combat skills.”
Victoria glanced at Lyle briefly before finally nodding.
Taking Victoria’s hand, Christina led her down the steps to the living room while Lyle checked the entire house thoroughly. “Mrs. Hadley, Ms. Lesley, the house is secured. I’ll go and check the outer perimeter. You can talk here.”
“Be careful,” Christina advised. Once Lyle left, she offered, “I’ll get you a glass of water.”
Victoria urgently grabbed the hem of Christina’s shirt and shook her head fervently. “I’m not thirsty, Christina. Just stay here with me.”
Christina sighed and sat back down. “You said someone sent you something on the phone earlier. Is it the thing in the box on the desk in the study?”
Victoria nodded. “Yeah. I kept my nose clean lately. I didn’t even leave the house much. I don’t know who I’ve offended, but I’ve checked the sender’s details, and every piece of information listed on the parcel was fake.”
Christina asked, “Where’s Sebastian? Why isn’t he here with you?”
I remember telling Sebastian to stay close to Victoria.
“Don’t blame Seb, Christina. This has nothing to do with him.” After a short pause, she added, “Seb raced out of the house when he got a call an hour ago. He said he would be back soon, but a group of men began banging on the door the minute he left. I saw they had weapons on them, so I hid in the safe room in the study. From their conversation, I know they were looking for something.”
Victoria looked up at Christina and continued in a hoarse voice, “Christina, Emilia is dead. The thing in the box… belonged to her. Someone is warning me to keep my mouth shut.”