Chapter 89 Sword With Two Edges
Christina was woken up by the sensation of her gown being unzipped.
She shuddered as she heard the clear sound of the zipper coming undone and felt the cold air on her
The next thing she knew, Nathaniel had smothered her car and neck with a barrage of kisses.
Christina moaned a few times as Nathaniel tightened his grip around her waist and held her firmly in
She drifted in and out of sleep for a bit before snoozing till morning.
The sun was shining brightly into the room by the time Christina woke up again. The air was filled with a faint floral fragrance.
Nathaniel pulled her closer toward his chest the moment he felt her move her head as though he was afraid of her running away.
The two of them simply lay there until the sun was high up in the sky. As Nathaniel got out of bed and stood in front of the window, the sunlight shone on his body and highlighted his perfectly-sculpted
He then buttoned up his white dress shirt and gently patted Christina on the waist. “Wake up, sleepyhead!”
Hmph! How dare he call me a sleepyhead when he was the one who wouldn’t let go of me earlier?
Christina waited until he had closed the bedroom door before climbing out of the blanket. She made sure to pick an outfit with long sleeves to cover the hickeys on her shoulder.
Since it was the last day of holiday, Christina decided to put all of her attention on her design.
This was her last chance at gaining Julia’s approval, so she needed to get it done right.
Sitting by the windowsill with her legs crossed and her chin propped up by both hands, Christina’s skirt gently billowed in the wind as she stared at the blank paper in front of her.
After tearing off several pages of drafts, she was still clueless as to what she should draw.
“Why are you staring blankly into space like that? What’s on your mind?” Nathaniel asked as he entered the room with breakfast and saw her spacing out.
Christina took the tray over and sipped on the milk before replying, “I’m thinking about the design. drawing. The previous two were rejected, so I don’t know what to draw.”
Nathaniel took her drawing block away and said, “My mom is rather introverted, so you wouldn’t be able to figure her out unless you understand her.”
Since this was the first time he had mentioned anything about his parents, Christina got interested and asked, “Could you tell me more about her?”
“Sure thing, but you need to eat your breakfast first,” Nathaniel said while handing her the toast he had prepared.
Christina shoved it into her mouth and munched on it like an adorable little chipmunk. “Come on, tell
Despite having married into the Hadley family for so many years, she hardly had the chance to meet Julia. Even when the two did see each other, they would get into a fight after a brief exchange.
As such, it was incredibly difficult for Christina to understand her.
Nathaniel lowered his gaze and tried to recall something as he said, “When I was little, my mother loved jasmines. In order to please her, my father planted a lot of them in the backyard. When I was ten, a woman my father was having an affair with showed up at our house and provoked my mother on her birthday. My father promised he would cut ties with that woman, but my mother’s pride prevented her from accepting his apology. Eventually, the two of them ended up living separately.”
Given how domineering Julia was, Christina could imagine how angry she must have been back then. The fact that the woman decided to show up on Julia’s birthday just showed how nasty she was.
“So, are you hinting at me that jasmines are an absolute taboo that should be avoided at all costs?” Christina asked curiously.
Nathaniel shot her a glance and replied, “It’s a double-edged sword. The outcome depends on how well you use it. Decide for yourself how you wish to proceed.”
Christina froze for a few seconds before realizing what he meant. “You’re right!
It was as though her thoughts had been locked up inside a dark house, and Nathaniel’s words lit the place up like the sun.
With her creativity activated, Christina leaped to her feet and threw herself into Nathaniel’s arms. “I know what I’m going to do now! Thank you so much!
Nathaniel was so caught off guard that he froze up for a good few seconds.
There was a hint of joy in his eyes as he caressed Christina’s hair and said with a smile, “Then do your best at home. I’ll head over to the office now. We can have dinner together tonight.”
“Okay!” Christina replied with a wink.
Christina then went back to working on the design drawing after Nathaniel left. This time, she was confident that she could satisfy Julia with her design drawing.
Meanwhile, in the CEO’s office of Hadley Corporation, Nathaniel was seated in front of his computer and rapidly typing away when someone knocked on his door and opened it.
“Mr. Hadley, here’s the minutes of today’s meeting. Please have a look at it,” Madison said as she entered Nathaniel’s office. She looked modern, capable, intelligent, and mature in her formal attire.
“Okay,” Nathaniel mumbled without even looking at her.
Instead of leaving after placing the documents down on his desk, Madison simply stood there and admired Nathaniel’s handsome face.
His chiseled jaw and masculine facial features were enough to charm the pants off any woman he encountered.
Noticing that she was still there, Nathaniel paused and looked up at her. “Do you need something?”
Having been snapped out of her dazed state, Madison let out a soft chuckle and said, “Since we outperformed ourselves in the first half of the year, I was wondering if the three of us should go out and celebrate just like we used to.”
Nathaniel’s expression slid into a frown as he gave it some thought.
Mistaking his silence for approval, Madison continued. “Since we won’t have to work overtime this week, how about I pick a date and book a private room in a hotel restaurant?”
Nathaniel would always reward them whenever they completed their tasks ahead of schedule or outperformed themselves.
“You and Sebastian can go ahead and submit an expense report to the company afterward,” Nathaniel said calmly as he shifted his gaze back toward the computer screen.
Madison clenched her fists when she heard that. “You mean you’re not going? But why?”
Isn’t this how we used to celebrate it, though? In order to avoid causing him any trouble, I would always be careful not to touch him. That’s why he let me remain as his assistant!
Nathaniel sounded a little impatient as he replied, “As you already know, I’m married. It’s not convenient for me to head out during the weekends.]
He never liked explaining himself to anyone, and Madison was no exception.
His tone was so cold that it felt as though the air around them had frozen up. As Madison had never seen him like this, she didn’t dare say another word.
Madison turned around and was about to leave when Nathaniel’s icy-cold voice rang out behind her. “That limited edition perfume from last night… You bought it about a year ago, so I doubt it was meant to be a gift for Mrs. Chassagne.”
Don’t take me for a fool! No one would prepare a birthday gift one year in advance, let alone gift someone a bottle of used perfume.
As Madison was extremely skilled in handling social relationships, there was no way she would make such a ridiculous mistake.
Even with her back facing Nathaniel, Madison could clearly feel his penetrating gaze pierce through her guilty conscience.
That perfume was something she came up with at the last minute to embarrass Christina. The actual present she got Calandre was a pair of limited-edition pearl earrings.
However, she did not expect Nathaniel to see right through her plans.