Chapter 30 The Theme Of The Competition
“How did things go?” The low and hoarse voice on the other end sounded as if it belonged to a smoker.
“I’ve done it your way,” responded lan hurriedly before he even had a chance to drink his water.
After a hum of acknowledgment from Nathaniel. Ian questioned curiously. “What’s Christina to you?”
Since Nathaniel never seemed interested in women, lan could not help but wonder about the relationship between Christina and the man.
As Nathaniel was involved in the matter, it was not appropriate for him to speak up. Hence, he had lan arrange the event for him instead.
“Mind your own business,” replied Nathaniel coldly before hanging up.
Staring at his phone, Ian felt like a tool being cast aside after it had outlived its usefulness. That’s ungrateful of him.
Christina told her grandmother that she was participating in a competition and that she would only return in a week. After that, she took her luggage with her and made her way to Golden Rose Holiday Hotel.
The rooms on the twenty-third floor were all reserved for the designers to rest and concentrate on work.
Gina was in charge of overseeing the competition. The theme of this competition is the coming-of- age gift for a young girl. Besides drafting the design, you also have to produce it. The winner will be decided in a week.”
After explaining the rules, Gina distributed the room cards to the participating designers, and Christina was assigned to room 2088.
Tina, who was assigned to the room next door, stared coldly at Christina and mocked, “Your luck has run out this time, Christina. I’ll beat you and get you kicked out of Radiant Corporation.”
Huh? Does Tina seriously believe that I just got lucky? Christina’s lips curled into a smirk as she responded, “Let’s make a bet, then. If you lose, you’ll get the hell out of Radiant Corporation!”
Tina had worked many years at Radiant Corporation and won countless awards, so she was convinced she would never lose to a fresh graduate.
On top of that, she was sure that Christina only got promoted because the woman was shown favor. “1 don’t see why not. Just be careful not to drown in your own tears when you lose.”
In response, Christina smirked at Tina once again before entering her room.
With the door closed behind her. Christina could smell a faint citrusy fragrance in the room. illuminated by the afternoon sunlight.
After settling her luggage, she took a pen, paper, and drawing board and began to work on her draft on the balcony.
As Christina basked in the sunlight, an elegant shadow was cast on the carpet. With her outline blurred by the light and her downcast eyes focused on her work, the woman looked as beautiful as a work of
Christina refused to leave the room; she even had the staff deliver her meals straight to her room.
She spent the first three days on the draft and the next four days on the production. For the sake of fairness, the designers had to use fabrics and colors of the same quality.
Since Christina spent too much time on her draft, she had to burn the midnight oil to catch up.
On the seventh evening, she received a message from Gina informing her that she had to bring her outfit to the hall on the second floor by ten o’clock in the morning. Those who failed to do so would be disqualified.
After going through the text message, Christina shifted her attention back to her sewing, threading. and embellishing.
She was asleep at the foot of the bed when the morning light shone through the glass and onto the piece of furniture.
It was already eight o’clock when Christina awakened to wash up. Once she was done, she hurriedly put her hard work into a bag before rushing out of the room.
She knew she was already racing against time by then, but unexpectedly, two of her colleagues entered the elevator she was in.
All three of them were carrying their dresses for the competition in black bags, and after exchanging wary glances with each other. Christina pressed the button for the second floor.
As the elevator slowly descended, the three had their eyes fixed on the red number counting down.
The elevator stopped when it reached the second floor, but its door did not open as expected as the three got ready to hurry out.
Instead, the elevator continued to descend at a speed that was obviously much faster than before.
With their pupils dilated, the three lost their balance and fell due to the pressure of the rapid descent.
Before they could even react, they heard a loud noise before they were suddenly surrounded by dead silence. It was as though they had reached an uninhabited wasteland.
The three were utterly dumbfounded by the unforeseen incident, and it took a while before Christina realized that the elevator had gone out of control. It seems we’re stuck here.
The girl beside Christina climbed to her feet and screamed in pain because of the wound she hitting her forehead.
Tina tried to pry the elevator door open with her bare hands but eventually gave up since it remained. unmoving despite several attempts.
Christina hurriedly pressed the emergency button. Unfortunately, it was not working, so the three took out their phones in near unison to call for help but then realized there was no reception at all
At that moment, they felt like birds trapped in a cage.
“What do we do? We’re stuck!” The injured woman looked pitiful as blood continued to pour out of
her wound despite her efforts to stop it.
Christina then took a piece of tissue out of her bag and covered the injured woman’s wound with it. “Thank you,” uttered the injured woman guiltily with a red face.
The truth was that half the participating designers longed to prove themselves, while the other half wanted to work together to kick Christina out of Radiant Corporation.
The injured woman only felt guilty because she accepted help from her enemy, and Christina could
Hence, Christina kept her distance after handing the tissue over.
“You don’t have to pretend to be nice here because that won’t earn you any mercy during the competition, scoffed Tina.
Being stuck in such a dangerous situation, Christina truly had no mood to argue with Tina. “We’re trapped inside an elevator with no exhaust fan, which means none of us will get out alive if nobody comes to our rescue in time.”
It was only after hearing Christina that the other two designers realized the seriousness of their
Logically, someone should notice that the elevator had malfunctioned soon and get help.
However, if that did not happen, the three would gradually become hypoxic and pass out when the oxygen in the confined space ran out.
Horrified to think what would happen afterward, Tina and the other designer began to panic. We’re still so young; there’s so much we haven’t done yet. This can’t be the end of us!
Then, Tina suddenly pointed her finger at Christina and cursed. “This is all your fault! We wouldn’t be in this situation if we didn’t share the elevator with you! You’re nothing but a jinx. If anything happens. to me. I’ll make sure you won’t live to regret it!”
With the light shining on her ice-cold visage, Christina seemed to be emitting a bone-chilling aura.
“The more you talk, the quicker we’ll run out of oxygen and die. If you value your life, shut up!” warned Christina, glaring at Tina.
Immediately. Tina and the other designer shrank into a corner and covered their mouths, afraid to say another word.
As time passed by, Christina had her obsidian eyes fixed on the signal bars on her phone screen as she waited for any sign of reception.