Chapter 34 Preferential Treatment
Before Christina could finish her words, Anna interrupted. “Okay. I’ll be Christina’s assistant. As long as we finish the job, it doesn’t matter who’s in charge.”
Zachary nodded in satisfaction. Yes. That’s the way it should be. We’re a company, and teamwork is what’s most important.
“That’s all, then. You guys can leave now,” he ordered, eyes roaming over Christina’s exquisite little face.
Xandra felt her brows twitch as she clenched her fists tightly, Christina Steele’s a viren! I can’t believe she’s seducing every man in her sight. According to the housekeepers I bribed at Scenic Garden Manor. Christina has already moved out… That must mean her relationship with Nathaniel has turned sour! Otherwise, why would she live elsewhere instead of in a sprawling mansion?
Just then, Xandra noticed a custom-made luxury watch on Christina’s wrist.
Ha. I know what Christina’s family background is like. There’s no way she can afford such an expensive watch. One of those men she seduced must’ve bought it for her.
Soon, Christina left the conference room with Anna.
Whether Xandra had purposefully intended for it or not, her actions would undeniably cause Christina to attract the wrath of her colleagues. How could tongues not wag when a newly hired intern shot up the ranks overnight to become a chief designer?
“Nathaniel has returned from his work trip, hasn’t he? Shall we meet for dinner tonight?” Xandra asked, grinning from ear to ear whenever she talked about Nathaniel.
“Sure, I’ll call him,” Zachary said before dialing the latter’s number and getting a reply in less than ten seconds. “Okay. He’s down for it.”
Xandra’s face immediately lit up as she called out to Christina. “I want to see the design first thing tomorrow morning. Would that be all right with you?”
It was no easy feat to complete a design sketch in a short amount of time, and Anna knew that well.
However, just as she was about to speak up for Christina, the latter stopped her.
Oh, I know what Xandra’s playing at. She’s having dinner with Nathaniel tonight and doesn’t want me to interfere. That’s why she’s making things difficult for me.
“Sure,” Christina answered before strutting out of the room and closing the door behind her.
Once she was back at her desk, she calmed her racing thoughts and prepared to work.
Anna, who was standing beside her, let out a heavy sigh. “Well, I didn’t know you guys were acquainted.”
“Huh?” Christina exclaimed before realizing what Anna meant and smiled. “Yes. She’s deliberately putting me in a spot. I hope you don’t mind.”
“Don’t worry about it. Carry on with your work,” Anna reassured and walked away.
Ah… After being in the fashion industry for so many years, this isn’t the first time I’ve been replaced or transferred. It’s no big deal. I’m already used to it.
As soon as Anna left, Christina threw herself back to work. She was now officially a designer, and letting personal grudges get in the way would be unprofessional.
Without further ado, she scoured the internet for photos of Xandra in evening gowns. The latter smiled brightly in all of them and carried herself with a regal bearing that fit her celebrity status. After analyzing her strengths and weaknesses, Christina finally had an idea for a dress.
Even though it had become popular to use tablets and design software for sketches, Christina still preferred the old-fashioned method.
After all, using the good old paper and pencil gave her the peace to think creatively.
Just like that, Christina sketched out draft after draft and made several changes to the details. By the time the outline was completed, it was already seven at night.
Her other colleagues had left, leaving her all alone in the office. She stretched herself out, feeling content that the only thing left to do was the coloring.
Having sat in her chair for an entire afternoon, Christina decided to grab a glass of water from the pantry when her phone suddenly rang.
Nathaniel’s deep voice rang out from the other end. “What are you doing?”
“I’m working overtime. What about you?” Christina replied as she stepped into the pantry and instinctively checked the time.
Hmm… He’s probably having dinner with his friends now.
“I’m about to have my dinner. Have you eaten?”
“No,” the woman answered before gulping her water and letting out a satisfied sigh.
The soft, pleasant sound was music to Nathaniel’s ears, and he couldn’t help but recall how pretty Christina’s lips were.
“I’ll go find you. We can have dinner together.”
Before the latter could turn him down, he hung up and turned off his phone.
Back in the private room, a spread of delectable dishes had been laid out on the table, and the fragrance of red wine permeated the air.
Upon entering the room, Nathaniel saw Zachary and lan sitting together, leaving an empty seat between themselves and Xandra.
“Here, Nathaniel. Take a seat,” Xandra urged.
She had gotten herself all dolled up for the occasion and even picked a beautiful diamond necklace to complement her low-cut black dress. One thing was for sure-she was every bit as pretty in real life as
she was on television.
Nathaniel merely glanced at Xandra and sat beside Ian.
Needless to say. Xandra was upset and embarrassed by the man’s outright rejection. Thankfully, Zachary took the initiative to break the awkward silence and sat beside her. “Nathaniel is such a bore, All women aren’t any different from men in his eyes.”
At least to them, that was the case. It was why Nathaniel was always cool as a cucumber in front of
In response, Xandra merely smiled to hide her embarrassment. It’s not true that he treats all women the same… Christina, for one, gets treated very differently!
Throughout the dinner, Nathaniel barely ate anything and only had a few sips of water.
Ten minutes later, a server entered the room and handed Nathaniel several takeaway boxes.
With that, the latter stood up and excused himself. “I’ll be taking my leave now. I have another appointment.”
“Leaving just like that after packing so much food?” Zachary teased. “Be honest. Are you going on a date”
“Yes. Besides, you’re treating us, so I had to order the most expensive dishes, Nathaniel muttered before striding out of the room
Zachary, on the other hand, fumed in silence. Argh! Nathaniel’s such an insensitive jerk! How dare he make me pay for his dates!
Xandra didn’t snap out of her daze until the door to the room closed.
I-I saw the watch on Nathaniel’s wrist when he grabbed the takeaway boxes earlier… It’s the same as the one Christina had! He’s going to look for her! Oh, that wretched b*tch… What gives her the right to receive preferential treatment from Nathaniel? I’ll be sure to make life difficult for that b*tch tomorrow!
Back in the large, spacious office, it was mostly dark except for the area Christina was in.
She had been busy coloring the design draft and had just completed it when she heard the door opening.
Nathaniel was so tall that he towered over the desks, making it easy for Christina to spot his handsome face when she lifted her gaze.
With his neatly styled hair, black tailored suit, and that unmistakable glint in his eye, one look from him was enough to sweep countless young women off their feet.
The closer Nathaniel got to Christina, the more the latter could see the takeaway boxes in his hands.
Oh… So that’s what he meant when he suggested having dinner together. He was going to order takeout.
The next second, Christina hastily cleared the table and took the five big boxes from Nathaniel.
“Hmm… Are there no carbohydrates like potatoes or pasta?” she asked as she looked up at the man.
For a moment, Nathaniel was taken aback. “No.”
As could be seen, it was his first time ordering takeout, and he was utterly clueless about the need for a more substantial carbohydrate dish.