Chapter 33 Couple Watches
Bathed in the warm glow of the street lights, Christina walked down the deserted streets and looked around her.
The next second, she spoke into the phone. “Three, two, one.
As soon as she finished counting down, a sleek, black Jaguar suddenly skidded to a halt in front of her, the gust of wind causing her skirt to fly up. It was, without a doubt, quite a sight to behold.
Everything happened so fast that Christina jumped in shock, heaving a sigh of relief only when she saw Nathaniel stepping out of the driver’s seat.
Argh. I forgot that Nathaniel has many cars and changes them frequently. Sometimes I don’t even recognize them….
Ever the gentleman, Nathaniel strode toward Christina and opened the passenger door for her.
The inside of the car was slightly cold, and while Christina was fastening her seat belt, Nathaniel whipped out a beautiful gift box and placed it in her hand. “Open it and have a look.”
Christina did as instructed, only to find an exquisite custom-made watch nestled within. With its bezel embellished with several brilliant-cut diamonds, it was both luxurious and tastefully elegant.
“Thank you. Isn’t this really expensive, though? I don’t think I can accept it.”
Upon hearing that, Nathaniel pulled up his sleeve to reveal a similarly designed watch around his left wrist. “These are couple watches. What am I supposed to do if you don’t wear yours? Wear them both?”
Christina instantly burst into laughter.
She would’ve flatly refused Nathaniel’s gift in the past, but now, she was so touched by everything he had done for her that she couldn’t find a reason to turn him down.
With that thought in mind, she wore the watch on her right wrist to match Nathaniel.
When the car stopped at the traffic lights, Christina suddenly realized they weren’t headed toward her grandmother’s place. “Where are you taking me to?”
“Back to Scenic Garden Manor, Nathaniel replied matter-of-factly.
Christina immediately puffed up her cheeks like a hamster. “I haven’t agreed to move back in with you.”
Nathaniel turned his head to look at the woman, and for a moment, he was utterly mesmerized by how beautiful she was under the glow of the lights.
I can’t play hardball with her. I can’t play hardball with her. I can’t play hardball with her…
Having reminded himself, he gently pinched Christina’s chin and ran his thumb over her lips. “Please give up this stubborn resistance of yours as soon as possible. You’re mine.”
“And what if I don’t?” Christina retorted, looking especially bewitching with her fluttering lashes and cheeky grin.
Nathaniel moved his hand to the back of her head and lightly pulled her to him, his gaze dark and
The next second, he tilted his head and leaned into her car. “If you don’t, I’ll just have to badger you to death until you willingly come back to me.”
For a moment, Christina was stunned. Oh, my… What is this power that he has over me? Why does his voice always make me shudder uncontrollably? Besides, why does this love confession sound more like a ruthless businessman trying to force a deal?
When the traffic lights finally turned green, Nathaniel turned the car around and drove toward Evelyn’s
house in the eastern district.
Less than half an hour later, the car stopped in front of a small villa, its courtyard dimly lit with a warm yellow light
Christina unbuckled her seatbelt and turned to the driver’s seat. “You don’t have to get down. I can head inside myself. By the way, regarding the competition… Thank you.”
By then, her cheeks were slightly flushed, and it was clear to see she was somewhat embarrassed.
Nathaniel’s gaze darkened as he held the back of Christina’s head and leaned in to kiss her.
A while later, he let go of the woman in his arms, albeit with much reluctance. Christina, on the other hand, hastily said goodnight to him and stepped out of the car.
She jogged into the house, her heart pounding like a drum as she did. The man’s scent lingered on her lips, and no matter how hard she tried, she couldn’t get the sight of them locking lips out of her mind…
The next day, Christina had to make a mad dash to the office after having overslept.
Gina approached her and handed her an employment letter. “Congratulations! From today onward, you’re no longer an intern. You’re officially a designer at Radiant Corporation! Best of luck!”
“Thank you. Ms. Tanner, Christina replied as she stared at the official letterhead, happy that the company had finally recognized her abilities..
Becoming a designer was her first step forward, but the work of one was far from being a walk in the park.
Not only did Radiant Corporation create designs for its own brand, but it also collaborated with several other companies. As such, Gina assigned Christina to follow and learn from another designer, Anna.
“You’re in for a treat, Christina!” Anna said proudly. “Our next collaboration is with one of the biggest celebrities, Xandra Sullivan!”
It was undeniably an honor to work with an A-list celebrity, but to Christina, Xandra’s name was one that she dreaded hearing.
Previously, we parted ways on a sour note at the store. If Xandra finds out I’m in charge of designing her clothes now, I’m sure she’d make things difficult for me…
Despite that, Christina forced a smile and nodded. “Yes, Ms. Anna.”
As it turned out, it was also Anna’s first time working with a top celebrity, so her enthusiasm was palpable. “Pack your things. We’re going for a meeting in the conference room.”
“Huh? Is Xandra already here?” Christina muttered in shock. “Are we meeting her now?”
“Oh, you ignorant child. She may be a celebrity, but she’s still human. As her designers, it’s our job to meet with her and learn about her requirements,” Anna scoffed. Ha! This must be her first time meeting someone so famous. That’s why she’s scared.
Without further ado, she shoved a pile of documents into Christina’s hands and led her to the conference room.
Three people-Xandra, her assistant, and Zachary-were already seated and waiting inside.
Interestingly enough, Xandra showed no trace of surprise when she saw Christina walking in. Instead, she gazed at the latter like a hunter zeroing in on his prey.
Zachary smiled and wasted no time making the introductions. “This is Anna, one of our most experienced senior designers. I have no doubt she’d be able to design a dress to your liking”
He had known Xandra for as long as he knew Nathaniel, so one could say that they were all old friends.
To his surprise, Xandra threw a dress design draft onto the table. It was Anna’s sketch, and from the looks of it. Xandra wasn’t happy with the design.
“I don’t think Anna’s design suits my style. I want this other designer to do it,” Xandra said as she pointed a slender finger at Christina.
Naturally, Christina was shocked to be picked, while Anna felt embarrassed to have her designs shot down so brutally.
Meanwhile, Zachary was caught between a rock and a hard place. He saw how angry Anna was, but since Christina had performed exceptionally well at the competition, he decided to give in to Xandra. “All right. If there’s anything you aren’t satisfied with. I’ll get you another designer.”
Xandra curled her lips into an enigmatic smile. “Oh, I’m sure Ms. Steele will do her best. As for Ms. Anna, why don’t we assign her to be Ms. Steele’s assistant?”
After all, one person’s solo effort was never enough to complete an evening gown.
Anna instantly turned ashen-faced. It felt like she had fallen from grace, and the pain was excruciating
“No need. L…” Christina mumbled as a glint flashed across her eyes. Xandra sure has learned a lot from her acting roles… She’s become so good at scheming! This ploy of hers is to turn everyone around me int my enemy’