Everly patted Olivia on the shoulder. “Liv, I know you too well. It’s the same as back when I scrounged for money to buy a house for that jerk.
“Almost everyone has been through silly times when they thought love was the only thing to live for.
“Look, I’m focusing on earning money now, and I’m equally satisfied.”
The two recalled their youthful times, and they felt much better.
Licking her lips, Everly said, “Liv, I’m kinda thirsty. Peel an apple for me, will you?”
She continued without missing a beat, “I still remember when I first got to know you. You didn’t even know how to peel an apple back then.
“When we visited our teacher, you peeled so much of the apple that only the core was left.
“We even laughed at your knife skills. Then, for the sake of Ethan, you-”
Before Everly finished speaking, she saw Olivia suddenly extending her right hand. As Olivia’s palm lowered weakly, Everly’s voice came to an abrupt stop.
“Sorry, Eve. I can’t peel the apple for you. I’ll go get the nurse.”
Everly grabbed Olivia’s arm, her eyes reddening in an instant. “Who did this?”
“It’s a long story…”
“Let’s cut it short, then. Was it Ethan? Is he crazy? How could he injure your hand? You’re going to be a doctor, for goodness’ sake!”
Everyone knew about Olivia’s dream to be a doctor. But Ethan was the only one who didn’t care about
Olivia didn’t want Everly to be sad, so she tried her best to put on a calm appearance.
“It was a little complicated back then.’
The calmer Olivia was, the more Everly’s heart ached.
Everly had always been a cheerful woman, but now, her tears dripped onto the back of Olivia’s hand.
Her voice was shaking as she said, “How could he do that? How could he…”
To Everly, Olivia was like an idol. Olivia was good-looking, and she was also very talented.
She also had many other skills, like singing, dancing, playing the piano, and playing chess.
Back in high school, she often represented her school, participating in piano competitions.
She would wear a formal dress, her slender hands dancing on the piano keys as the light shone on top of her.
Olivia was like a brilliant star. No one could take their gaze off of her.
She was a talented woman, favored by the heavens. Everly couldn’t believe how Olivia could end up
It was like a shiny pearl dropped into the mud. Her body was no longer shining as mud tainted her.
At that sight, Everly was heartbroken. She couldn’t stop sobbing, and she would rather be the one getting hurt instead.
“Don’t cry, Eve. It doesn’t hurt anymore. I mean it.”
“How can that not hurt?”
Everly carefully took Olivia’s hand. “In the past, even if you get a small cut on your finger, Mr. Fordham would get so nervous. He would send you to the hospital right away.
“Even the doctor laughed and said that if you came any later, the cut would’ve healed. But now, your hand…”
In the past, whenever Olivia was with the Fordhams and Ethan, she was greatly pampered.
Olivia put on a self-mocking smile. “We’ll all grow up. We’ll have to endure sufferings we’ve never experienced before. Everything is fair in life.”
“Stop smiling, Liv. It breaks my heart. I’d rather you cry.
“There’s no one else here, and I won’t laugh at you. Stop pushing yourself so hard.”
Olivia reached out her left hand, wiping the tears from Everly’s face. “Don’t cry. This expression doesn’t suit you at all.
“Didn’t you tell me that as long as I don’t die, I’ll have to live my life to the fullest?
“It’s just one hand. Also, the doctor told me that I wouldn’t make it past six months, but it has been more than six months since then. We’ll have hope as long as we’re still alive.”
Everly replied, “Yes, we’ll only have hope when we’re alive. Even if someone has to die, it’ll be those jerks!”
Olivia smiled. “That’s more like it. I have good news and bad news for you. Which would you like to hear first?”