Ethan held Olivia in a tight embrace. She then realized that there were several tall and handsome men behind Ethan. There was the elegant Bryan, the gentlemanly Henry, and a man wearing a mask that covered half his face.
The man had a cold demeanor. Olivia thought he might be Lazlo Lyon, whom Ethan had brought up before. Chris Atkins and the cameraman, Jorge, were both smiling as well.
Olivia couldn’t bring herself to say what she wanted to. She was unsatisfied with Ethan’s actions but didn’t want to cause a scene with so many people watching. It would make both her and Ethan look bad.
Everly walked out from the crowd. She was wearing a white dress and had a complicated expression on her face. Apparently, she had just realized what was going on.
Olivia lowered her voice and asked, “What are you doing?”
Ethan set her straight, saying, “Liv, I owe you a wedding.”
Olivia didn’t feel the slightest bit of joy. Instead, she was angry.
Who did Ethan think she was? Did he think a wedding could resolve all the issues they had?
The most absurd thing was that he tried to organize a wedding with her one day before his wedding
Olivia almost lost her temper immediately. She tried to pull her hand free with all her might.
Ethan’s grip was powerful. He whispered, “Please don’t make a scene, Liv.”
“I don’t have time to play games with you, Ethan.”
“Liv, I’ve waited so long for this day. I want to have a wedding with you.”
“Do I have to play along because you want it? Let go of me. Don’t force me to slap you in public.”
Bryan said with a smile, “Olivia, you can always punch him in the face if he did something wrong.”
Henry chimed in, “And if that’s not enough, you can always punch him twice. We’ll even help you punish him until you’re satisfied.”
Olivia was still a lady at heart. She didn’t want to argue with Ethan in front of so many people. She felt a little embarrassed when they poked fun at her.
The others didn’t know what was going on between her and Ethan. Maybe they thought she was just having an argument with him. Olivia didn’t know how to explain the situation.
Ethan was well aware of how she felt. “Come here, Liv.”
He led her by the hand to the backyard. Olivia also wanted to talk with him privately, so she didn’t try to break free and allowed him to hold her hand.
It was the middle of summer, and the plants in the backyard were in full bloom. Cicadas were starting to chirp. The sunlight filtered through the trees and shone on the two of them. A subtle scent of flowers and grass was in the air.
Turning around, Everly saw Ethan holding Olivia’s hand and walking through the long corridor. It painted a lovely picture.
No one knew better than Everly that the picturesque moment was built on Olivia’s pain. She knew one of Olivia’s greatest regrets was not having a wedding with Ethan. Olivia didn’t need a huge ceremony. She just wanted the sense of ceremony.
She wanted to marry the man she loved, with her family and friends as witnesses. The day had come, but it was completely different from what Olivia had hoped for.
Everly sighed and lamented Olivia’s misfortune with men.
Ethan led Olivia to a door. She saw that no one was around and pulled her arm free. Before she could speak, Ethan opened the door.
Olivia swallowed her words when she saw what was inside.
Smiling, Ethan said, “Come in.”