As a food was serve, William stared at the dishes and realize they differed from what Maria usually cooked.
He believe that Maria didn't cook the food herself. Seeing that William wasn't eating and only staring intently at the food, Maria informed, " Today's lunch is made by Mrs. Ding ".
One of William's eyebrows raised up as he shifted his gaze at Crista. " You can cook? ".
" Only a few simple dishes. " Crista answered honestly as her cheeks took a red hue. But she was well aware of his disdain from his words. It was discernable that she made an unnecessary move.
William however, averted his gaze from her and began to eat slowly, savoring the taste. Standing next to him, Crista felt uneasy. She was afraid that he wouldn't like the food and scold her again.
After finishing the food in silence, William finally put down his chopstick and turned towards her. " Since you can cook, I can assume you won't have any problems in cooking for your husband. I want you to prepare my everyday meal from now on, but each meal must be different. "
He did it on purpose. Since she voluntarily cooked for him, he wanted to see how long she could pretend to be a good girl.
Crista was slightly surprised when he seemed to enjoy the food cooked by her. Although, he gave her a moderately difficult task now, she let out a sigh of relief that at least he wasn't angry with her.
Next morning as promised, William arranged a car for Crista to go to her school.
" Nico, you can drop me here." Crista asked the driver to stop a block ahead of her school.
" Mrs. Ding, Mr.Ding has strickly ordered me to drop you at the campus gate. " The driver, Nico, didn't listen to her and continue to drive towards the school.
Crista knew it was useless to say anything after that. She understood why William would do something like that. But she didn't like it.
Although she just started school and didn't know may people, she really wouldn't like to lead such a life in the future.
" Thank you Nico! " As they reach the campus gate, Crista climbed out of the car after thanking the driver.
Nico waited until she got into the school. After making sure she entered the school, he took out his phone and dialed William's number. " Mr.Ding, she has entered the school. "
"Keep and eye on her." William flatly ordered while standing before the window. His eyes were filled with distrust and coldness.
He was still suspicious. He still couldn't understand why Cristine was so eager to attend school.
Martin came in afte a while. " Mr.Ding ".
" Martin, here you are. have a seat. " William asked him to sit in the sofa as he joined him.
After sitting comfortably, MArtin eyed around the place and asked, " Where is she? " William understood that Martin was asking for Cristine's whereabout.
" Are you here to visit her? " William glanced at him sideway. Martin seldom came to meet him. Now that he finally came, he was asking for Cristine's whereabouts.
Martin gave him a sheepish smile. " Ofcourse not! " He was not interested in such a woman. Her appearance might look pure, but she was hiding a wanton personality inside her.
" Anyway, why are you here? " William lit the cigarette as he inquired.
" Bert has left for another city. " It was the reason why Martin asked if she was there.
" His intention is to run away. " William had already guessed it, so he wasn't even suprised. Bert possibly had his plan from the beginning. He sent his daughter to William so that he could escape easily.
" So Mr.Ding, do you think Mrs. Ding will also escape? " Martin feared that there was a great possibility of this to happen. Bert was a cunning man. He perhaps, had planned everything from the start.
Taking a drag of his cigarette, William smiled faintly and said, " She cannot escape. And Bert too. No matter where he goes, he can't escape from me. "
He allowed Cristine to leave the villa, because he had his spies everywhere. He knew, she couldn't deceive them just like that.
" Mr. Ding, how are you so confident? That woman is very sly. " Martin was worried that if William got captivated by this woman's beauty, it'd make a huge problem.
" You are right, she is indeed deceitful." William agreed. He was actually surprised that she was being so nice and obedient to him.
"Let's go! Come with me to inspect the work progress at the branch companies. " The Ding Group owned the real estate industry and hotel industry, as well as various entertainment venues. It also had a lot of other business along with the global credit companies.
" Mr. Ding, I'm glad to see you doing fine. " Martin was worried and collected as always, Martin felt relieved.
Mean while, Crista went to her dormitory to pack up her luggage, but only a small suitcase.
She had been so busy today at school. After attending many classes, she went to the library to study and make notes. A few of her friends came to talk to her when she was in her dormitory. She greeted them with a smile.
" I heard that you came here in a luxury car this morning. Is that true? " one of her friends asked curiously.
Crista was taken aback slightly. She wasn't expecting that question. However, she neither admitted nor denied it.
" It was true. I saw it with my two own eyes." another friend answered for her. " Crista, have you found yourself a rich man?. Of course! you are so beautiful. Any rich man would be interested in you. "
Her friends were so sure that she found herself a rich man without telling anyone. That was why she was leaving the dormitory. However, no one knew the truth that she was sold, and she might never have her freedom back all her life.
" Wow! How old is he? Is he a bald-headed old man? " Her friends wwere very curious. THey joked, but actually they wanted to know the truth. No one could imagine that she got married to a young, rich and handsome man who'd never fall in love with her.
Everyone knew Crista wasn't the type of gitl who ran after rich men. Then how could they ever imagine what was the reality?.
Crista didn't answer her friends. Because she knew they wouldn't understand her situation, no matter how much she explained. Crista spend a long time in the library after their conversation. Not until it was dark that she felt her eyes straining. Rubbing her eyes, she raised her head and eyed around the place. There were few people in the library now. Crista sighed as she put away the books and rubbed her sore shoulders. Her eyes drifted to the clock on the wall as realization washed over her. She was late to return to the villa. She fronwed. This was bad. This shouldn't have happened. Crista quickly stood up and run outside. She saw a familiar car, already waiting for her. " Nico, I'm so sorry! I didn't realize it was already this late." Nico looked at her indifferently and said, " Mrs. Ding, please get in the car! Mr. Ding is waiting for you in the villa. " The entire ride going home, she fidgeted nervously. How could she forgot the time? William ha
Crista's high fever never dropped for once, which made Maria worried. Although Mr.Ding didn't give her any order, she had no choice but to call the doctor. " She needs to have an injection to bring down her fever. Otherwise, she might catch pneumonia " the doctor said while preparing the injection. " Is Mrs.Ding's fever too bad?" Maria was anxious because she knew Mr.Ding was short-tempered. If anything happened to his newly wedded wife, he might get furious. "Well, it's somewhat serious. She is too weak right now. She needs to have a good rest. " The doctor gave Crista the injection then wrote the prescription. Although, her temperature dropped after taking the injection, she was still unconscious. When William came back, it was almost dawn. As he entered the hall, he found no one there. " Maria! " he called out. " Sir, you're back" Maria went upstairs just to find out Crista was still unconscious. He quickly ordered, " Send her downs
After returning from the school, Crista walked into the villa with heavy steps and met Maria in the hall. After greeting her, Crista went back to her room to rest. Meanwhile, William was with Carla in a luxurious private room of the Max Entertainment Club. Carla was sitting beside him intimately. "Mr. Ding, you haven't been here for a long time. Isn't it?" The Max Entertainment Club was one of the businesses owned by Wiliam's WC Group, managed by Carla. "Yes, I was busy in the company," William explained in a flat tone. Carla noticed he was drinking too much. "You must not drink too much alcohol, Mr. Ding. Let me change the wine with a light one for you. Okay?" Carla took his glass from him cautiously. William wrapped his arms around her and asked, "Are you worried for me?" "Yes. You will damage your stomach if you drink too much alcohol." Carla poured a glass of light wine and gave it to him. "You never take care of yourself."
William didn't realize that he'd bump into that stupid woman while entering the villa. So he didn't even help her when she stumbled back and fell on her bum. His eyes turned cold as he watched her with pursed lips. Crista hissed in pain before raising her eyes and met with William's icy glare. She gulped and apologized immediately, "I'm sorry, I didn't notice you coming." "Who are you going to meet in such a hurry?" William sneered at her making Crista flinch. Of course, she couldn't get lucky all the time, and the devil had to come at this time just to prove that. "I was just going to school." Crista whined as she got up staggering slightly. She refrained herself from saying anything else, because she knew he would not believe her anyway. According to William, everything she said was just an excuse. "Really?" Obviously, William didn't believe her. Crista took a glance at her watch. She'd be late today. Her eyes shifted back to William
After Crista prepared the dishes and served them at the table, Carla looked at them with a disgusted expression. William and Carla were sitting face to face. William asked her to taste the dishes and give her opinion about them. Carla tasted each of them and was very much unsatisfied with the taste. She either pointed out the dishes were too salty or too spicy. Seeing that, William glared at Crista and asked, "Are you taking your revenge on me because I asked you to cook?" "No, it's nothing like that." Crista shook her head. It was so very obvious that they intentionally picked on her. She had nothing to say because it wouldn't make any difference. "No? Because, none of these dishes is edible! These taste so bad!" he snapped then got up and threw away all the food to the ground. The floor was a mess now. Crista although had expected this, it still hurt her feelings. She had cooked with so much dedication, but he didn't even value her hard work. All of
Crista looked down at the porridge made by Maria and got overwhelmed by her generosity. She was so touched that it made her teary. Her eyes welled up and tears streamed down her face. "Mrs. Ding, please enjoy your breakfast. You ate nothing last night. You are still sick and I just received the news that Mr. Ding won't come back today. So, you can rest at home peacefully." Maria gave her an encouraging smile and went back to the kitchen. After the breakfast, Crista put on a white coat and went to the garden. Sitting alone on a bench, she eyed around the place. The garden was beautiful, but she didn't like it. Her heavy heart made it impossible to concentrate on the beauty. The entire day she stayed at home. But this could not go on forever. The next day, she went to school. Around noon, she went to the bank near the school alone. She had some savings there. It was accumulated from her part-time jobs. The money was not much, but she could always work a
As they were eating, Crista looked up from the plate and turned around. Suddenly she froze when her eyes met William's sharp gaze directly on her. Carla followed William's gaze and located Crista. A smirk appeared on her face as she waited for the drama. "Chica, what's wrong?" Tristan held Crista's hand and shook it gently. "Are you cold? Why is your hand so cold?" "Oh, it's nothing. I'm fine." Crista forced a smile as she averted her gaze from William and looked down. She withdrew her hand gently from Tristan's hold, conscious of William's burning gaze that bore into her. She knew he was misunderstanding the whole situation. She'd have to face its consequences. "Come on, finish the food. Do you want more? I can order more for you." Tristan looked at her with adoration in his eyes. She was still that little girl whom he left years ago. He reached out and rubbed her hair softly. He wanted to come back before her eighteenth birthday and celebrat
Crista couldn't say no to him when Tristan insisted. She wasn't sure how long she could hide the truth from him. But if she rejected him too many times, he would be suspicious. After leaving the cafe, Tristan drove her back to her school. "Chica, can you have dinner with me tonight?" Tristan eagerly waited for her response. He even was very reluctant to leave Crista. Crista felt guilty again to lie to him. But she had no other choice. She gave him a half-smile and said, "Tristan, I have work tonight. Let's do it sometime later." Tristan thought for a moment and then said, "Okay! This is my card. It has my new phone number. Call me if you have time." "Okay." Crista nodded with a smile and took the card from him. The card had his title printed on it. "Executive Director and Deputy CEO of Yu Group". After exchanging goodbyes to each other, Tristan left and Crista went back to attend her classes. When she returned to the villa after school, Willia