Jeff noticed that Olivia was deep in thought and realized he had gone off-topic.
“Look at me. I was talking about you and Ethan but ended up talking about myself. Olivia, don’t worry. Ethan is a good man. He won’t mess around when he’s away from home. I had him looked into when
you married him. He’s always done a good job of keeping his distance from other women.”
Olivia didn’t want to talk about Ethan.
“Dad, how much do you know about Jodie?”
Jeff wanted to drop the subject but saw that Olivia cared about it. So, he said, “In the beginning, I thought she was a bright and obedient kid. Then, I realized I only saw the tip of the iceberg after I saw what she did. Why did you ask? Did you know her?”
Olivia came back to her senses. “It’s nothing. I was just curious about your love life, Dad.”
Jeff smiled gently. “It’s all in the past. I want nothing else but to see you happy every day.”
Jeff seemed to think that Jodie’s death was an accident. He knew nothing about what Ethan did to the Fordham family in response to Jodie’s death. So, Olivia didn’t bring it up.
“Dad, I understand that. You don’t have to worry about me and Ethan. I’ll handle it. Like you said, couples fight, and we didn’t even fight. We just see each other less because of the nature of his job.
“It doesn’t affect much. So, you don’t have to worry. I’m smiling less because I’m not feeling well from the pregnancy.”
“Alright. I’m relieved to hear you say that. I’ll get you some dessert.”
Olivia’s heart fell when she saw how cheerful Jeff had become. Some things couldn’t be kept a secret forever. What would happen when Jeff learned the truth?
Olivia caught up to Jeff as he walked away to get her the dessert. “Dad, I’ll go get it myself. You should sit down and rest. Your legs have been recovering well, but you shouldn’t rush it. Stop worrying and nurse yourself back to health. Things will be better.”
“Alright. I’ll wait to become a grandpa. Do you have any idea how long I’ve been waiting for this? I’m sure you’ll give birth to adorable babies. I’m curious if they’ll look more like you or Ethan.”
Jeff’s gaze was gentle. He looked like he couldn’t wait for his grandchildren to be born. “Olivia, it was my fault last time. You lost your baby because you were overworked at the hospital taking care of me. You have to get enough rest this time, okay?”
Olivia opened her mouth but didn’t explain what had happened back then. “Don’t worry, Dad. I’ll make sure that the babies are birthed safely, even if it’s the last thing I do.”
From then onward, Jeff stopped worrying and focused entirely on Olivia’s children. He had people prepare tools for him, and he started to make wooden carvings from expensive wood.
Jeff got busy with the project. He made things like teething sticks, little planes, wooden figurines, and a rocking horse.
“Dad, you should get some rest. Don’t tire yourself out. There’s still plenty of time before the babies are born.”
“I’m not as deft as I used to be, and I move slower too. So, I’ll just put in more time. These are my gifts to the babies as their grandfather. Babies grow up quickly, so you’ll have to prepare clothes and toys in advance. And there’s the crib too.”
Jeff said with a bright expression, “You don’t have to worry about me. I have nothing better to do anyway. Woodwork is good for passing the time.”
Olivia placed a hand on her stomach. Time was passing quickly. She wondered if she should be making preparations as well.
She recalled the room she had prepared for the baby she lost. She had handpicked every single piece of clothing and toy in the room. All the joy she felt while preparing the room turned into grief when she lost the baby. Even a simple rattle toy could bring her to tears.