The air between the two seemed to stiffen.
Ethan’s voice was a little hoarse. “Liv, what if I told you I never betrayed you?”
“You never betrayed me?” Olivia sneered.
“Then tell me, who are Connor’s parents? His face is almost the same as yours.
“Are you going to tell me that Marina referenced your face while sculpting him out of clay?”
Ethan said, “This is exactly what I wanted to talk to you about. Connor is-”
Before Ethan could explain it, his phone rang.
It was a customized ringtone he set specially for Marina.
This used to be the ringtone Olivia feared the most.
It didn’t matter what she was doing with Ethan at that moment. As soon as the ringtone sounded, he would abandon everything and run toward Marina.
Olivia looked at him with a mocking expression on her face. “Why aren’t you picking up? What are you scared of?
“I’m not your wife anymore, so I don’t even care about-”
Ethan rejected the call right away.
Holding Olivia’s hand again, he had a serious expression on his face.
“Listen, Liv. This is a very important matter. Before this, I kept it a secret because-
The phone rang again. This time, the caller wasn’t Marina, but Mina.
If Mina was calling him at this hour, then it must be about the child.
Ethan had no choice but to answer the call. “What’s the matter?”
Mina, who had always been calm, sounded very anxious at that moment.
“Mr. Miller, something happened to Master Connor. Where are you?”
“What happened to Connor?”
“Mrs. Miller said that she wanted to look after the children, so I brought Master Connor and Ms. Erina over.
“I was changing Ms. Erina’s diapers when Master Connor opened the door without me knowing.
“Then, he fell from the stairs…”
Olivia was standing so close that she could hear Mina’s sobbing voice.
When she heard that something had happened to Connor, her expression immediately changed. She behaved as if it was her son who got hurt.
“Is he okay?”
“Master Connor fainted on the spot. He was already sent to the emergency room to be examined.
“I’m so sorry, Mr. Miller. It’s all my fault.”
Ethan ended the call. There was an apologetic look on his face.
Liv. I can’t be around for the meteor shower tonight. Something happened to Connor, so I have to go back right now.”
“I’ll get someone to send you back.”
“It’s okay. Since I’m here already, I’ll leave after the meteor shower. I may not have a chance like this ever again.”
Reaching out, Ethan caressed her head.
“Don’t worry, we have all the time in the world. I promise I’ll watch it with you next time.”
With that, Ethan let go of her and hastily walked away.
He had left bodyguards to watch the area, so he wasn’t worried about Olivia’s safety.
Olivia watched as Ethan left in a hurry. His scent still lingered on the coat draped over her.
She felt like he was embracing her. Without any feelings of longing, Olivia removed the coat.
She began cooking the food over the grill.
She hated dining alone in the past. No matter how late it got, she would wait until Ethan came back.
But now, she felt that eating alone was fine as well. There were no worries or any unnecessary feelings.
She enjoyed the night breeze in the mountains, listening to the chirping of the insects.
This was the freedom she had yearned for in the past.
After getting diagnosed with stomach cancer, she stopped eating anything spicy.
She thought that she would miss the taste after so long.
But as soon as the spicy food touched her tongue, her nose turned red, and she began tearing up.
It was a perfect example of how easily a person’s habits could change.
For more than a decade, she loved spicy food. She could barely stand it if she hadn’t had spicy food in half a year.
If even a decade-old habit could change, much less could be said of people.
Putting down her cutlery, Olivia got up and took the firefly bottle.
She went to the valley and then opened the lid of the bottle.
Free from their prison, the fireflies spread their wings and danced freely in the air around her.
These beautiful insects should not be caged just for humans to admire them. They belonged to the
Olivia decided to let them enjoy the freedom in her stead because she couldn’t do it herself.
As Olivia looked up at the fireflies, she noticed a sudden flash of light on the horizon. The light streaked across the sky and disappeared.