Chapter 35 Design Knowledge.
Christina chuckled softly. “It’s all good. Eating these without carbs can be just as satisfying as anything else.”
She offered him her seat and sat beside him. Eating just the food would make them thirsty, so she diligently poured two cups of warm water for the two of them.
Nathaniel had never experienced having a meal with plain water before, and his eyes were drawn to the pink cup. Curiosity bubbled up within him as he wondered if that was the cup Christina usually
used to drink water.
“Eat up.” she urged, putting a piece of meat on his plate.
In response, Nathaniel grunted in acknowledgment and retracted his gaze.
They were sitting so close to each other that if either of them moved their arms, it would cause them to come into contact with each other.
Nathaniel was too eye-catching, so Christina could not help but steal glances at his profile.
He was an exceptionally cultured person, and he ate his food at a leisurely pace. His teeth were grinding, but his mouth stayed closed. Due to his firm pectoral muscles, his broad chest seemed on the brink of bursting through the fabric of his crisp white shirt.
Nathaniel suddenly let out a soft cough, startling Christina so much that she quickly looked away.
Without saying a word, he reached out an arm and picked up the cup before bringing it to his lips and sipping at it.
The rim of the cup smelled faintly of Christina’s lipstick, and when he sipped from it, the water was delightfully sweet.
When Christina discovered he was using her cup and his lips were touching the lipstick stain she had left on it, she said, “You took the wrong cup. That’s mine.”
Nathaniel nonchalantly swept his gaze over the cup. There was no hint of astonishment in his demeanor as he placed the cup aside and remarked. “I don’t like using disposable cups.”
It was clear to her that he had not taken her cup wrongly. Instead, he had deliberately chosen to use her cup.
After they had finished lunch, Christina cleared the table and disposed of the rubbish in the bin before heading back to her office, where she found Nathaniel perusing her design.
“Do you have knowledge of design as well?” she asked curiously.
The man raised his head to give her an unfathomable look. “I’m the boss, after all.”
As the owner of Radiant Corporation, he was undoubtedly required to possess a comprehensive understanding of the fashion industry, Radiant Corporation had managed to take the fashion world by storm in a relatively short period, and its success was not merely attributable to a handful of talented designers.
Placing her arms behind her back, Christina regarded him with a sincere gaze as she inquired. “What
do you think about my design?”
In her opmon, her design was overall acceptable, but there was something lacking that she could not quite identity
Nathaniel pu her design down and stared at her. “I do have some opinions about it. Come closer to me, and I’ll tell you about it.”
There’s no one here Why would he need to whisper?
Despite her puzzlement, Christina stood on tiptoes as she leaned her head forward in an attempt to
close the distance between them.
This brings back memories. Back when I was still a student. I used to gossip with my classmates in this manner because we had to be wary of others.
As she moved closer, her bodily scent drifted into Nathaniel’s nostrils, filling him with an awareness of
Without warning, he tilted his head slightly and brushed his lips across her cheek in what seemed like an unintentional gesture
Caught by suprise, Christina delt her hackles rise as she believed he was taking advantage of her. She was about to respond with a scathing retort when he unexpectedly said, “I’ve gone ahead and edited the design for you.”
Christina huffed angrily as she picked up her draft. Indeed, there were marks of edits on the paper. Upon scrutiny, she noted that the majority of the changes had been to the color scheme. He had replaced her orignal colors with an elegant yellow and a stylish blue. The combination of those two colors created a stark contrast that looked high-fashion and modern.
Her design looked so much more aesthetically pleasing then.
Contented, Christina decided to drop the matter.
Once the duo packed up their things, they left the company together. Knowing that it was important to remain anonymous from their previous experience, she had the foresight to cover her face with a mask and pull a cap over her head to obscure her identity.
After shooting a glance at her, Nathaniel asked. “Is it that embarrassing to be seen with me?” He seemed displeased to see her all wrapped up.
“I don’t want to be gossiped about by others,” Christina replied. She had no interest in getting caught up in any kind of scandal, preferring instead to stay focused on her work.
At that, he quirked the corners of his lips into a smile. “Get in. I’ll give you a ride home”
The following day, Xandra arrived at the office early in the morning and demanded to see the design
Gina was present in the reception room as well. Right after walking through the door. Christina presented the design she had completed the night before.
Xandra took the design from her and threw it on the floor two seconds later. “What kind of design is this? It’s hideous”
Christina’s expression changed slightly. Without even taking the time to examine it closely, she carelessly threw away my design in less than three seconds and harshly criticized it.
Xandra’s ruthless action of stepping on the design that she had crafted with painstaking precision over the course of one day caused a wave of humiliation to wash over her, leaving her feeling as though her pride had been utterly wounded.
Christina clenched her teeth silently. At university, her lecturer taught them not to doubt their own designs as everyone had different tastes.
Patiently, she inquired, “Ms. Sullivan, could you please tell me what you dislike about the designi? 1 would be more than happy to make whatever alterations you require.”
With arms akimbo, Xandra replied carelessly. “I like nothing about it. Prepare another design for me.”
She was making trouble for Christina on purpose, being of the opinion that she was the client and clients were always right.
Serves you right for wearing a couple’s watch and taking Nathaniel away from my mealtime with him.
It thrilled Xandra immensely that she was able to release her pent-up frustrations onto Christing after being snubbed by Nathaniel.
Gina, who was watching from the side, could tell that Christina was in a tough spot, but she knew it was pointless to intervene in the situation at the moment. After all, Xandra was intent on making things as difficult as possible for Christina.
Although Gina had no idea what their conflict was, she felt that Christina was truly unlucky to get Xandra as her client.
“Okay. I’ll come up with another design,” Christina said as she bent down to pick up her draft, brushing off any dust that had gathered on it.
Thank goodness that it didn’t get dirty.
Raising her bright eyes, she met Xandra’s gaze and announced. “This gown was designed according to your figure, Ms. Sullivan. Since you dislike it, I shall hand it to Ms. Michelle Ledger, then. Anyway, her figure is the same as yours, so I believe she’ll also look gorgeous in it,”
Michelle and Xandra both made their debuts during the same period, and their styles were strikingly similar as both were mature and sophisticated. As a result, they often found themselves in competition. for the same work opportunities.
Xandra had been overshadowed by Michelle on the red carpet a couple of times. If she were to lose another bout with her rival, she would undoubtedly become the laughingstock of the entire showbiz.
“How could you give the design I rejected to someone else?” Xandra scowled.
“That’s right. You rejected it, so why can’t I give it to someone else?” Christina felt as though she had heard a joke.
Aware of Christina’s intentions. Gina gave her a glance before chiming in, “Ms. Sullivan, we have the right to provide the design you rejected to other clients. Unless, of course, you would like to keep it for yourself.”
Christina was delighted to learn that her team leader was on her side.
Xandra clenched her teeth silently. While it was important for her to make things difficult for Christina, it would be worse if her rival were to steal her thunder.
Having made up her mind, she snatched the design from Christina and declared, “Your design isn’t particularly remarkable, but I’d look great in anything since Im pretty. This gown belongs to me!”
“Okay, then. We’ll do our best to complete the gown as soon as possible.” Christina retrieved the design and strode out of the reception room.
Back at her office, she could not help but allow a soft chuckle to escape her lips. The whole scenario of Michelle working in collaboration with them was merely a fabricated story on her end. During her research, she discovered that Michelle and Xandra were often seen in competition with each other, with their feuds constantly making their way into the news headlines.
Hence, she had planned to use bring up Michelle should Xandra try to make things difficult for her.
The work day went exceptionally well for Christina. When it was about time to get off work, her mood was suddenly ruined by a phone call from the Steele residence.
“Christina Steele, get your butt back home now!”