Standing behind Olivia, Mona noticed that Olivia had been hesitating for a long while. There was a puzzled expression on her face as she asked, “Ms. Fordham, are the clothes not nice enough?”
“No, they all look very nice. I’m just feeling a little sad.”
Mona didn’t know about the history between Olivia and Ethan. So, she couldn’t understand what the
“Choose one for me.” Olivia decisively looked away.
She was too used to wearing cheap clothes, so she only felt at a loss when faced with those luxurious
Standing in front of the wardrobe, Mona picked out the clothes as she muttered, “Ms. Fordham, you have a good figure, and you’re good-looking, too. You even have fair skin.
“You’re just like a model, so you’d look good even if you’re wearing a sack.”
She selected a white dress. It had an elegant design and was well-tailored, too.
It looked graceful in every aspect.
“This one, then. I think it suits you very much, Ms. Fordham.”
Olivia put on the white dress. Smiling, Mona said, “Look how fitting it is! Ms. Fordham, everyone can tell from a glance that you’re a pampered young lady from a rich family.
“No one else has the noble demeanor you own.”
“Young lady?” Olivia reached out her left palm. There were lots of calluses on her fair skin.
In the year she lost her child, Ethan cut off all her sources of income just to torture her.
The Fordhams went bankrupt. Jeff was also hospitalized, so Olivia had to pay high hospital bills every
Back then, she had abandoned her studies to be a housewife.
She used to be a star student in medical school, favored by the supervisor. But then, she ended up having to do physical labor.
The pampered princess finally learned what worldly suffering meant.
Her fair and tender hands, which used to dance on the piano keys, were now covered in calluses and
Also, she was busy working in winter. She had frostbite on the back of her hands, and they were red and swollen.
She quit the part-time jobs in the past six months, so her hands healed a little. Still, the shadows of
her past suffering were visible.
When Mona saw Olivia’s slightly rough hands, she was even more puzzled.
“Ms. Fordham, you should’ve been a pampered young lady before the Fordhams went bankrupt. Have you done rough work before?”
Olivia smiled bitterly. “Yes, and not just once.”
Under Mona’s sympathetic gaze, Olivia interrupted what Mona was about to ask. “Help me brush my hair. I can’t do it with my hands.”
Picking up the brush, Mona changed the subject.
“Look at the bright side, Ms. Fordham. Even though Mr. Miller is about to marry Ms. Carlton, his heart still belongs to you. Anyone can see that.”
Olivia didn’t want to humor any conversations about Ethan. Hence, Mona shut up as she braided
“If you grow your hair a little longer, Ms. Fordham, you’ll look even prettier.”
Her hair had grown out quite a lot in the past six months, but it barely reached her shoulders.
With her hair tucked behind her head, she looked gentle and elegant.
Olivia didn’t want to doll herself up, so Mona chose a pair of delicate pearl earrings for her.
“You look pretty even without makeup, Ms. Fordham. Mr. Miller was lucky to have married you
in the past.”
Olivia looked at herself in the mirror. The tender look was gone from her face, and her chin was a little sharper now.
There was no more liveliness in her features, and a slight sorrowful look could be seen on her face.
In the past, she was half a girl and half a woman. But now, she had turned into a whole woman.
She was just a woman who had a failed marriage.
Crouching next to Olivia, Mona smiled as she looked at Olivia.
“I’m supposed to be a little older than you, so why do you always look so grave? You’re so pretty; you’d look even prettier if you smile.”
The word “smile” echoed in Olivia’s mind.
She realized that she hadn’t smiled sincerely in a long time. She even seemed to have forgotten the simple movement of curving her lips.
Her reflection in the mirror looked so familiar. But she also felt like she couldn’t recognize herself.