Chapter 86 Never Be Bored With Me There
Helen was momentarily taken aback before she answered casually with a chuckle, “No, I don’t think so, Mrs. Hadley.”
Pausing briefly, she continued, “I reckon Ms. Ada is also in her twenties. Don’t all girls of that age have bright eyes?”
Julia felt that it made sense, and her gaze fell on the design drafts once more.
She scrutinized them time and again. In truth, she wanted to fabricate a gown out of every design though she knew that she was making things difficult for everyone.
Ultimately, her goal was to choose the one to her greatest satisfaction, for she was determined to be the most outstanding guest when she attended the banquet.
Puzzled, Helen asked in curiosity, “I heard that Ms. Christina is also a designer. Why don’t you ask her to design a gown for you?”
She was aware that Julia did not like Christina. However, the same could not be said of Nathaniel. Since the two of them had a row over Christina’s presence, their initially unharmonious relationship. deteriorated further.
When Julia abruptly heard Christina’s name while studying the design drafts she found satisfactory, her face promptly went as black as thunder.
“Don’t mention that woman to me. She’s nothing more than a country bumpkin, a piece of trash despised by the Steele family. How is she worthy of designing a gown for me? I’ll never wear her design, even if there are no other designers in this world!”
In the past, Nathaniel would still give me a call and come over to dine with me every two weeks or a month. But because I had a quarrel with Christina back then, he now ignores me completely. This is all on her!
The sudden change in her aura gave Helen a fright, and the latter’s breathing caught.
Whoa! It looks like Mrs. Hadley doesn’t only dislike Ms. Christina. Instead, her aversion to the latter has reached the point of contempt! From the look of things, it isn’t quite possible to ease the tension in their relationship.
Meanwhile, Christina sprawled on the bed like a starving rabbit drained of all energy after hanging up the phone.
She perused the ten design drafts she had drawn over the past few days repeatedly, but she could not find a single fault with any of them.
Worse still, Julia would not tell her the kind of style she liked or the aspect she found dissatisfactory.
I’m not a neuron in her head, so how could I possibly know what exactly she wants?
When Nathaniel had finished his work, he went into the bedroom.
At once, he was greeted by the sight of the orange and yellow hues of the setting sun streaming in through the window and Christina sprawled on the bed languidly. Her white pajamas outlined her slender waist, and she had her calves crossed behind her in mid-air. Her face was also puffed up in annoyance, rendering her incredibly adorable.
“What are you thinking about?” Walking over, he sat down beside her.
Christina turned to look at him. With her limpid eyes shimmering, she whined aggrievedly, “Mrs. Hadley doesn’t like my designs. Ugh, I’m at a total loss.”
Lifting a hand, Nathaniel pinched her cheek and coaxed, “Never mind her. How much did she offer you? I’ll pay you double.”
Christina’s heart sank, and she felt so irate that words eluded her. The urge to clobber him over the head seized her.
Argh! I don’t have my eyes set on the money, okay? Instead, it’s because I know she’s his mother, so I really want to use this opportunity to change her perception of me. But now, I can’t even design a satisfactory gown that she likes. That’s the only reason for this crushing sense of defeat!
“Don’t fret over it anymore. Come, I’ll take you out for some fun.”
Scooping her up from the bed, Nathaniel strode into the walk-in closet and picked a gown for her to change into.
He gently lifted the strap on her shoulder, giving her such a scare that she shrieked like a frightened. kitten. “W-What are you doing?”
“How are you going out without changing?” Having said that solemnly, he again moved to slip her strap down recklessly.
The strap was thin, so it snapped with a light tug. Christina’s snow-white skin was bared to his sight, sparking his desire like a match to hay.
Like a bristling kitten, Christina pushed him out. “I’ll change by myself. Go out and wait for me.”
Grasping her chin, Nathaniel bit her lower lip. “All right, then.” Verily, he was afraid he would devour her if he were to stay any longer.
After leaving the dressing room, he went to the kitchen. He took several sips of ice water before he finally managed to force a leash on his scorching desire.
At that precise moment, the butler, Raymond Patel, led Madison into the house.
Madison was dressed to the nines. Her red strapless evening gown matched the necklace on her neck perfectly, and her long hair that was pulled up accentuated her shoulder blades. On the whole, she appeared capable and feminine.
As she sashayed over, she roamed her eyes over Nathaniel. Not only was the man’s figure stellar, but his countenance was also handsome beyond words, and he exuded an innate sense of elegance and arrogance.
The sight had her heart skip a beat. A smile adorned her face. “Are you ready to leave, Nathaniel?”
Ah, getting to attend banquets with him each and every time is the best perk I have at work! Whenever we make an appearance together, everyone thinks that we’re dating, and I’m happy though it’s just a misunderstanding!
“I’m ready,” Nathaniel answered nonchalantly, straightening his tie gracefully.
Just when Madison was about to speak further, the sound of footsteps descending the stairs drifted into
her ears. Lifting her eyes, she cast her gaze over.
Christina wore a pure white form-fitting mermaid gown that showcased her slender waist to a tee. Without any makeup, she appeared a touch aloof. Her exquisite brows and glazed eyes emanated elegance.
Alongside her presence, the atmosphere in the air turned gentle considerably.
Madison’s eyes promptly dimmed, and she felt like a massive boulder was crushing her heart. “You’re going as well, Mrs. Hadley?”
Having no idea where they were going, Christina tumed her gaze to Nathaniel in perplexity and waited for his explanation.
Nathaniel strolled over to her and took her hand. “It’s a small-scale banquet. Just consider it as keeping me company.”
“Will I hinder you from work?” Christina asked, blinking her limpid and alluring eyes.
Madison inexorably balled her hands into fists, digging her nails into her palms and using the pain to suppress her emotions.
Despite the stabbing pain within her, her expression remained calm and unruffled. “Mrs. Hadley is unfamiliar with such events, so she’ll be bored there.
Truthfully, she did not want Christina to attend the banquet and intrude on her chance to spend time with Nathaniel alone.
Looking down at Nathaniel through lowered eyes, Christina whispered, “Perhaps you can keep me company when you return after work?”
She could already imagine herself at a social event whereby she did not know anyone and was inept at socializing, looking like a statue by standing around.
However, Nathaniel grabbed her hand and started toward the door. “You’ll never be bored with me there. But if that happens, I’ll come home with you.”
Seeing that he had said as much, Christina had no choice but to relent.
When she walked out with her hand on the man’s arm, her gaze inadvertently lingered on Madison for a few seconds. Although the latter hid it well, she could still glimpse the flash of envy in her eyes.
What exactly is their relationship? Superior and subordinate? Friends? Or something more than that?
Getting into the car, Nathaniel and Christina sat in the back while Madison sat in the passenger seat. In that instant, Madison felt that she was an outsider.
In the past, I always felt that I was the woman closest to him!