First, it was Leia, then it was Jodie. Both times, when Olivia thought she had grasped the truth, she was wrong.
Jeff didn’t know what had happened. His memories stopped a few years ago.
“Olivia, do you have so little faith in me? If I wanted a baby, I would’ve married her and asked for your permission. I’d only have a baby with her if all the conditions were right. I’d never take having a baby so lightly.”
If Jeff hadn’t told her, Olivia would have held onto the misunderstanding forever. She thought the unformed baby in Jodie’s womb was a Fordham.
“I thought she liked you. Why would she have someone else’s baby, then?”
Sighing, Jeff said, “This is why I say young people are too emotional. She was resentful when she left me. So, she went to a bar, got drunk, and did it with someone. Later, I found her and told her how I felt. We found out about the pregnancy shortly after we got together.”
“What did you think about that?” Olivia asked while looking at Jeff.
“I won’t deny the happiness she made me feel. I felt relaxed when I was with her, but I couldn’t accept the baby. I would already have to deal with the criticism of being with a woman much younger than me. I wouldn’t be able to take it if she brought a baby with an unknown father with her.
“I’m a philanthropist, but I don’t like trouble.”
Jeff’s gaze became intense as he exuded an air of indifference befitting a successful man.
“You’re my only daughter. I wasn’t planning to have another child yet, which was why my relationship with her had been purely platonic. That was also why I couldn’t accept her having another man’s child.
“I was already past the age when I would do anything for love. I wasn’t as emotional when I was with her. Maybe I sound a little cold-hearted to you right now.”
Olivia shook her head. “Not really. I understand how you felt. Life isn’t all rainbows and butterflies. The responsibilities and hardships of the day-to-day routine are what matters.”
“My daughter has finally matured! That’s right! I gave her some money as compensation for her companionship. She didn’t want that. She was determined to get an abortion and start anew with me.
“Everyone makes mistakes, but I shouldn’t be the one to pay for her mistake. I don’t blame her. I just wish I hadn’t been so reluctant in the beginning.”
The reality was that Jeff didn’t love Jodie enough. All the love he had was reserved for Chloe. Jodie’s appearance only served to stir up his uneventful life a little.
If it had been Chloe instead, Olivia was sure Jeff would have dropped everything and rushed to her
“Then what happened?”
“A tragedy struck. She was like a completely different person after she got pregnant. At first, I felt bad for her and wanted to help her get her emotions in check. But she’d throw tantrums every time. She even tried to drug me.”
“Drug you?” Olivia was taken aback.
“That’s right. She tried the most extreme measures just to stay by my side. Luckily, I was careful. There were cameras set up in her room. She wanted to record evidence of me doing it with her.
“I later discovered that her docile, bright, and studious personality was a facade. She had tried her best to get out of an impoverished village. It didn’t matter to her if she could find her footing in the city. It was easier to become the wife of a rich man and be set for life.”
Olivia felt a chill when she heard that. “Then her feelings for you..
Jeff smiled sheepishly as he said, “It had been about the money from the start. Even if it wasn’t me, she would’ve targeted someone else. The baby in her womb was just a part of her elaborate plan. I was just a prey to her. Naturally, there’d be others as well.”