Olivia couldn’t help but walk into the room. She was sure it used to be a guest room. But it had been renovated into a big room painted with soft colors. Half of the room was blue, and the other half was pink.
The lights were turned off, and the door was closed. Stars appeared overhead. The glow was soft, and there were occasional shooting stars.
Some disco lights lit up in the room, and a music box sounded. There was a cradle, a rocking horse, and various toys. There were baby clothes arranged according to the babies’ age. The collection ranged from clothes for newborn babies to those for one-year-olds.
There was even a designated play area for children with a castle, slides, and swings. Ethan had thought about everything that a baby would ever want. It was even better than the room she designed back then. There wasn’t a single parent in the world that could refuse a place like this.
Olivia ran her fingers over the baby clothes. Her mind wandered, and tears filled her eyes.
Ethan hugged her from behind and placed his palm on her stomach.
“Liv, I want to be a responsible father this time. I want to take care of you and the kids.”
Olivia was trembling. Grasping the side of the cradle tightly, she asked in a shaky voice, “Do you think this will make everything you did to me go away?”
“I know I can never change the fact that I hurt you. But I want to make it up to you. Liv, please give me
a chance to do that.”
Olivia raised her head to look at him. Tears began to stream down her face. “So, you want to keep me and my children here as your secret family?”
“Liv, I can give you anything except the position of Mrs. Miller. I owe that to Marina.”
Ethan explained, “I’m not keeping you here to hide you away. This will be our home from now on. The kids can grow up here after they’re born. I’ve also renovated the back. Dad can do some gardening there.”
Olivia pushed Ethan away. She was even more worked up now. “Let me tell you this, Ethan. You’ll never get what you want. We can never go back to the way it was, nor do I want to. Do you expect me to forgive you after all you’ve done to me simply because you apologized?
“Am I really that worthless in your eyes? You drove me away, so I left. And now you want me back? Sorry, but that’s not how it works.”
Olivia pointed at her injured right hand and said, “Look at this hand. You did this to me. You’ll never trap me by your side ever again! Did you think I would be touched by all these things you’re doing? I’ll only feel disgusted. A selfish man like you has no right to be the father of children.
“I won’t let you be their father even if I have to raise them alone.”
Olivia ripped off the veil and said, “What I wanted wasn’t a wedding. I wanted a man that would help keep my head above the water. But you aren’t that man, Ethan.”
Olivia swung her hand and threw the veil up. It slowly floated down, falling beside Ethan.
Ethan didn’t speak. He watched quietly as Olivia vented her frustrations.
“Liv, I thought…”
“You thought I’d be upset because you were getting married to Marina. But I’ll tell you this. I’m not upset in the slightest. I don’t even care. Take a good look, Ethan. I’m no longer the naive woman who listened to your every bidding. That woman is dead. You killed her.”
Olivia regained her composure and continued, “I’m not here to play your games, Ethan. I have something important to talk about.”
Ethan stared at Olivia silently. Other than her face, Ethan couldn’t find anything that resembled the
woman she once was.
“What do you want to talk about?”
“Leia and Jodie. I don’t deny Leia’s actions, but there’s someone that we’ve ignored in this incident.”
Olivia took a deep breath before continuing, “I can’t wait to see your sister dead. But I don’t want anyone who conspired against my family to roam free.”