Everly sniffled, looking at Olivia in bewilderment. “The good news.’
Olivia slowly touched her tummy. As she lowered her gaze, her face was filled with gentleness.
Everly almost choked on her saliva. “What about the bad news?”
“It’s Ethan’s child.”
It took a long time for Everly to digest this news. She gaped, unsure of what to say.
After a long while of calming down, Everly finally spoke up. “So he chose to get married to Marina while you’re pregnant?
“Is there something wrong with him? Does he seriously have to get married to her?”
Olivia shook her head. “He doesn’t know that I’m pregnant. In reality, he doesn’t even know that he slept with me.”
“So you did in vitro fertilization?” Everly blinked. “He’s good-looking, yes, but he’s not the only handsome man in this world.
“Why don’t you broaden your horizons a little? You could’ve gotten a prettier baby.”
Olivia said, “Oh, come on. He was ill and feverish when he slept with me. He wasn’t conscious at all.”
“Goodness, that jerk had a child just by dreaming! What are you planning to do, then? Don’t tell me you want to give birth to the baby.”
Olivia said, “Yes, I want to give birth to the baby.”
As soon as Olivia said that, Everly rejected the idea. “Liv, you’re crazy! You can’t do that!
“Have you thought about it? The baby might speed up the growth of the tumor.
“You’re in ill health, but most of the nutrients you get will go to the placenta. You’ll likely die before the baby is even born.”
Olivia replied, “Eve, I know all that.”
“If you do, then there’s even less reason for you to risk it. I know that you can’t get over your previous child, but this isn’t the time to be acting rashly.
“Your condition finally stabilized. You might even get through the five years without any problems. Can you wait until then to get pregnant?”
Olivia shook her head. “You’ve never been a mother, so you don’t know the feeling of having a budding life in your body. I couldn’t protect his older brother, so I want to protect him this time.”
Everly talked so much that her mouth was getting dry, but Olivia wouldn’t hear a word of it.
It made sense. Olivia had finally moved on from the past. She was happy about it, so she wouldn’t have the heart to harm this child.
“Since you’ve already made your decision, I have nothing to say.”
“Liv, I don’t have another choice. I thought that I would never have another child in my life again, but fate has blessed me with this gift.”
“What are you going to do if your tumor gets bigger?”
“We’ll cross that bridge when we get there. To be honest, I don’t know what will happen in the future, either.
“But at least, right now, I want to bear the responsibilities of a mother.”
Everly sighed. “Good riddance.”
“Eve, I came to visit you today, but I also want to ask you for help.”
“Go ahead. I’ll do everything I can to help you.”
“I want to get an examination to see if the child is healthy. But I don’t want Ethan to know about it.”
“What do I do with you?”
Reaching out, Everly touched Olivia’s tummy. “Then I, the godmother, will protect this child as well.
“I’ll talk to Calvin and ask him to help us out. Let’s pretend that I’m pregnant instead.”
Olivia smiled. “Thank you, Eve.”
“No need for thanks. I’m the baby’s godmother, aren’t I?”