Jeff continued, “Olivia, you’ve been sheltered by me from a young age. You don’t know how cruel people can be. Some people will do anything to get status and wealth. When it comes to this, gender doesn’t matter.”
“I know that now.”
“Back then, I was the one who spent the most time with her. I was the ideal target. I didn’t have any bad habits, and I was a dedicated man. She wouldn’t have to worry about other women if she married me. Most importantly, I was much older than her. She could inherit my wealth after I passed.
“She only gave up and tried pursuing another man after I explicitly turned her down. Olivia, do you know who she set her sights on that night?”
Olivia felt a chill down her spine. “Who was it?”
“It was Ethan.”
Olivia was dumbfounded. “How could it be him?”
“Jodie was a proud woman. She was probably discontent that she wasn’t able to get together with me.
Your relationship with Ethan wasn’t public, and no one knew he was married. Naturally, there were a lot of women vying for his attention.”
Olivia remembered that she used to feel worried. She knew Ethan was a sight for sore eyes and was sure many young women had their eyes on him.
Ethan used to tell her that she was the only woman he needed and that there was no one else.
It still felt surreal that Jodie’s story was somehow linked to Ethan. It made sense when Olivia thought
After all, Jodie’s looks resembled Leia’s. Ethan would definitely spare her a few more looks when they met, and she would overthink the attention he gave her.
“Whose baby was it?”
“I had some people look into it. She planned to drug Ethan, but he left before she met him. No one really knows who she had sex with.”
Olivia was at a loss for words. She understood why Ethan came home that one night, all pent up. He kept her in bed for the whole day the next morning. It turned out that Jodie was the cause of that.
If Ethan had met Jodie that night, she would have died right then and there. He wouldn’t allow anyone to do something so demeaning with a face that resembled Leia’s.
“Then, Jodie became emotionally unstable. She’d demand an abortion without actually going through with it. The next time I heard news about her, she had drowned in the ocean.”
That information was in line with what Olivia knew. “Did you meet with her before she left?”
“I met her once before she left. She threatened me over text and threw a fit when I went to meet her. She said she’d destroy my reputation if I didn’t marry her. I didn’t owe her anything. I funded her education and provided her with whatever she wanted after she graduated.
“After seeing her true colors, I was disappointed. So, I told her that I’d never meet her again. She seemed
upset. She packed the things I had gifted her into a suitcase, told me to leave, and said I would regret it.
“It was a huge mess, and her words were vulgar. She stared at me coldly like a venomous snake the day I left her. I knew I made the right choice then. I dodged a bullet by not marrying her. Despite all that, I didn’t think she’d die…”
Jeff was lamenting his lost love, but his words sent chills down Olivia’s spine. She felt that something was very wrong. It wasn’t just Leia. There was also the man who impregnated Jodie. She wondered what role he played in the grand scheme of things.