Chapter 53 Coffee
“Really?” An envious expression settled on their countenances.
After all, their fashion line was selling exceptionally well, so their earnings were already much higher than the typical designer’s. Thus, when Gina raised Christina’s share, the latter’s earnings would become several times higher than the other two.
“Yeah. I still have matters to attend to, so I’m leaving now,” said Christina before walking away.
Before she left work, Yosef approached her. “You haven’t left yet, Christina? How about we grab a coffee together?”
They then went to the coffee shop at the bottom of the company building and sat across from each other before he put two color coordination books on the table.
Christina’s eyes glinted when she saw that. “These two books are the discontinued classic works of a color master! I can’t believe you have them!”
“I’m giving them to you because I’ve memorized everything inside.” Yosef pushed the books toward
Gleefully, she accepted them. “Thank you! Let me pay for your coffee.”
“I can tell you’re passionate about designing. Initially, I had hoped we would have a chance to work together. Sadly, I’ll be joining an overseas branch company next week.”
“Eh? You’re getting transferred?” The news surprised her.
A dark look flashed past his eyes as he smiled. “Orders from the higher-up.”
Christina lamented his departure, not understanding why the higher-ups made such an arrangement.
Before they left, they promised to collaborate if an opportunity surfaced.
During the night, she changed into her comfortable pajamas and sprawled on the small bed.
She folded her legs and propped her chin up, making herself look adorable.
Just as she was absorbed in the color coordination book, her phone rang and interrupted her thoughts.
“What are you doing?” Nathaniel asked lazily.
“I’m reading.” Her eyes remained glued to the book as she turned on the loudspeaker mode.
“I’m attending a banquet tonight.” Upon detecting that she was distracted, he asked, “Are you busy?
“I’m reading a book right now. Go and do your stuff. We can chat after you return home.” Then she ended the call.
Nathaniel frowned at his phone. I wish she didn’t treat me this half-heartedly when I finally have the time to give her a call.
After Christina arrived at the company, she heard a new gossip spreading among
spreading among her colleagues.
Since she stepped into the office, their voices had never ceased.
Hence, she curiously checked the latest news online and saw the title “Mr. Hadley was spotted in a secret meeting with Xandra! Good news is right around the corner!”
There was a paragraph under the title and a picture of them together. No wonder people have been staring at me. It’s because of this.
Composedly, Christina closed the webpage and focused on her work.
She continued to ignore the endless rumors for the next two days.
Since she had no appetite during lunchtime, she opted to read a book at her desk instead.
Someone opened the glass door and closed it before blocking her light.
The scent of a pungent perfume entered Christina’s nose before she raised her head and saw Xandra standing arrogantly before her.
Their eye contact lasted for a second before Christina lowered her head.
Feeling ignored, Xandra questioned with hostility, “Did you see the news?”
Christina replied, “I did, though you shouldn’t believe in tabloids.”
Xandra’s eyes widened in fury as she raised her hand, intending to slap Christina.
Christina stood and grabbed her hand, the look in her eyes turning sharp. “I don’t think it’s a good idea for a big star like you to get physical in public.”
Upon ending her sentence, she flung Xandra’s hand away.
Xandra glowered. “Mrs. Hadley promised me she’ll kick you out and make me Nathaniel’s wife.”
“Then wait until that day before you come and bother me. Please get the hell out of my office,” barked Christina coldly.
“Just you wait and see, Christina!” Xandra growled.
Initially, she planned to take advantage of the rumors to intimidate Christina. Unfortunately for her, that advantage didn’t help her at all.
Evelyn’s birthday was during the weekend.
Christina had already ordered the cake early in the morning and used the salary she had just received to buy a pair of gold earrings for her grandmother.
Instead of dancing outside. Evelyn was playing music at home.
Meanwhile, Christina bought a bunch of ingredients. Then, she busied about in the kitchen from morning till noon.
As time passed, the dining table was filled with various delicious dishes.
When Christina heard the doorbell ringing, she removed her apron and went to open the door.
Earlier that morning, she had sent a message to Nathaniel. However, he didn’t reply, so she wasn’t sure if he could make it.
“Are you happy to see me, Christina?” Hunter was wearing a casual striped shirt. His facial features appeared a little gentler under the sunlight.
Other women would scream if they saw him. However, Christina grew up with him, so she had already gotten used to his good looks.
“Come in quick.” Curtly, she turned around and headed back in.
Grinning, he entered the building with a gift in his hand.
As he handed the present to Evelyn, he said, “It took me a long time to find this antiquated record player. Give it a try.” He had picked that gift because he knew she loved listening to music.
“You know me well, Hunt.” Evelyn smiled and turned on the record player.
When the doorbell rang again, Christina thought it was the cake delivery.
“Open the door for me, will you, Hunter?” Christina said before diving back into the kitchen.
When Hunter opened the door, he saw an extremely tall man standing at the entrance. Wow, he must be over one point eight-five meters. It certainly contributes to his overpowering vibe. I think he’s the most handsome man I’ve ever met.
Upon seeing the box in the man’s hand, he asked, “Are you here to deliver the cake?”
Nathaniel frowned, pushed him away, and barged into the living room.
His reaction made Hunter a little wary of him. “You can just stay outside and hand me the cake.”
Meanwhile, Christina had just exited the kitchen with a steaming hot dish when she saw the two men were about to start a fight. “Why are you here, Nathaniel?”
Nathaniel approached her and hugged her. “I promised I’d celebrate your grandmother’s birthday with you so you can introduce me to her, didn’t I?
“Who are you? Let Christina go.” Hunter swiftly pushed him away and pulled Christina behind him.
Evelyn scrutinized Nathaniel and asked, “Is this your friend, Christina?”
“I don’t think so. I’m going to chase him away.” Just as Hunter was about to act, Christina stopped him and stood before Nathaniel.
Hastily, she clarified, “His name’s Nathaniel Hadley, and he’s my boyfriend. He’s here to celebrate Granny’s birthday.”
The atmosphere suddenly turned serious.
Hunter’s eyes widened to the size of an egg. “When did you have a boyfriend, Christina? You never mentioned him before.”
Christina was at a loss for words as she wasn’t sure where to begin.