Jeff was in disbelief, which turned into shock and, subsequently, joy.
Jeff became visibly more relaxed. He had thought the relationship between Olivia and Ethan was irreparable.
It seemed like he had been overthinking. The two of them were having a child, and it was a good thing.
“Why would I lie to you? I’m a little over a month pregnant, with twins, too.”
Jeff said excitedly, “Great! That’s wonderful.”
Olivia had already lost a child when he was hospitalized from the traffic accident.
Even though Olivia would always wear a smile when she visited him, she grew more frail as days went by.
It was only natural that Jeff was concerned.
He could relax a bit now that she was pregnant with Ethan’s babies, and they had been together for a long time.
“What has been going on between you and Ethan? Why is he visiting less now that you’re pregnant?”
Olivia resisted the urge to tell him the truth. After all, the Fordham Family was bankrupt, and Jeff was still recovering.
Nothing good would come out of her telling Jeff the truth. It would only make him hate Ethan.
“He has a unique identity and has recently encountered some trouble. He’s concerned for our safety, so he sent us here to be protected by professionals.
“Besides, I’m not even past my first trimester, so it’s better to be cautious.”
Olivia’s explanation cleared up Jeff’s worries. “No wonder he’s been calling me every day but never meeting up. Olivia, you have to tell me how you feel about Ethan.”
Olivia put a hand on her stomach and lied, “Even though we have had our disagreements, he’s still the father of my babies.”
“That’s true. You’re both still young and are bound to argue from time to time. Don’t overthink things.
“Just focus on keeping your babies healthy. You have to keep them safe this time.
“Everything will be better when they are born. The kids will serve as the bond that keeps you together.
“You’ll be a family as long as there are kids. You’ll look back in a few years and laugh at how naive you
Olivia murmured, “The kids will serve as a bond
“That’s right, many young people these days don’t cherish what they have.
“They get divorced too easily. The kids would end up being the innocent victims of the relationship. Will things even get better in the next marriage? New problems will still arise.”
Olivia raised her head to look at Jeff’s gentle eyes.
“Dad, what if the marriage is already unsalvageable? What if there was domestic violence, cheating, and compulsive gambling?
“Do we still have to tough it out for the rest of our lives?”
“That’s not what I meant. I was talking about problems that can be overcome.
“The two people have to be willing to change for each other, to become better, and work on the marriage together.
“If it were the scenarios that you mentioned, the problem would be unsolvable. The marriage would be a bondage between an aggressor and a victim.
“I would rather see the marriage end if that was the case.”
Jeff looked at Olivia with a gentle but firm gaze. “Olivia, I’m not trying to force you to make a choice.
“I just want you to know which choices are the ones that you will not regret. You still have a long life ahead of you. You will need to live for yourself.”
“Dad, what about your relationship with mom? Have you ever blamed her for leaving?”
Olivia had too many questions surrounding her parents’ relationship.
Jeff’s expression remained gentle. His voice didn’t change at the mention of Chloe.
“I don’t blame her. Love has always been a multiple-choice question. Why would I blame her? I just wasn’t her choice. Love is about tolerance, understanding, and not hurting.
“Even if I couldn’t have her, I’m willing to let her be with the man that makes her happiest.”
Jeff and Ethan were like polar opposites when it came to love.
Olivia couldn’t help but ask, “What did you get out of it?”