Olivia was flown back to the city by helicopter just to be safe. Jeff went up to her as soon as she got home. He wanted to know if she had made up with Ethan.
“How did it go with Ethan today?”
Faced with Jeff’s concern, Olivia could only lie, “It went okay, Dad. I told you not to worry. We were together for the whole day.”
“That’s good. I was scared that the conflict between you two would last. The babies are growing every day. They can pick up on your emotions. The family needs to stick together for the children to grow up healthily.”
Jeff brought Olivia to see his latest work with a smile. It was a gorgeous, handcrafted wooden crib.
“Look at this. It took me several days to make this crib. I just finished it.”
There were cute animals carved on the four corners of the crib. It had also been polished and smoothed. It wouldn’t hurt the babies’ mouths even if they nibbled on the crib. There was even a crib
mobile on it. The crib was very exquisite. It looked as good as anything sold in stores.
“You’re so skilled, Dad.”
Chuckling, Jeff said, “Although I’m just a nobody now, and I can’t provide them with material stuff, I’ll try my best to satisfy their spiritual needs. You’re carrying two babies, so I made the crib extra
“It looks awesome. I’ll thank their grandpa for them in advance. Dad, I want to ask…”
Olivia thought about her birth parents at the mention of “grandpa”. Chloe didn’t pay her any attention, but did Jeff not notice his daughter had been swapped as well?
Jeff dug through his box of stuff and took out several wooden toys. “Look at this rattle toy. I made two so that the babies could play with them together in the crib. Truth be told, I’d been in despair in the past two years. I wouldn’t have been able to keep living with myself if you weren’t there for me.
“Now that I’m over that, I’ll help you take good care of your children when they’re born. Right, what did you want to talk to me about?”
The words were at the tip of her tongue, but she decided not to bring it up. Maybe next time. They still had plenty of time. She could ask after Jeff recovered more.
After all, Jeff didn’t know that Chloe was already dead. It would be a huge shock to Jeff if he found out
“It’s nothing.” Olivia decided to swallow the words she was about to say.
Jeff suddenly sighed and said, “It’s all my fault. I lost the emerald pendants that were our family’s heirloom. Or else, I could’ve given them to your children.”
A lot of the antiques Jeff owned were sold when the Fordhams became bankrupt. He didn’t really care about the other stuff, but he could never forget about the two emerald pendants.
“It’s okay, Dad. I’ll see if I can track them down and buy them back. Don’t worry, everything will be better It’s getting late. You should rest.”
“That’s right, a pregnant woman like you shouldn’t stay up late. I was just being emotional. I’ll go to sleep after I finish working on this.”
Olivia felt like her putting up with the situation at hand was worth it when she saw Jeff’s smile. Nothing was more important than family.
“Alright, but don’t tire yourself out.”
Olivia got up and was about to leave when Jeff suddenly stood up. He had recalled something.
Jeff took a lucky charm out from under his bed. He said, “Mona’s mother made this. Keep it on you. It might bring you some luck.”
“Dad, you know I don’t believe in things like that.”
“I know you don’t, but I do. I’m willing to be superstitious as long as my daughter stays safe. It’s just for peace of mind. You can put it in your phone case. It doesn’t take up space.”
Olivia looked at the lucky charm filled with her father’s love. She didn’t refuse anymore.
“Don’t worry, Dad. I’ll be safe.”
“You should rest. Don’t tire yourself out in the first three months, okay?”
Olivia talked for a little more before going back to her room. What happened today kept Olivia awake. She thought about the man who shot at her and wondered who wanted her dead.
She tossed and turned in bed, but sleep didn’t come to her. She took her phone and looked at the
news. It was all about Ethan’s wedding tomorrow.
Olivia felt irritated. She could imagine how excited Marina must be. Was Marina as excited as she was back then? Would she stay up the whole night?
As she was thinking about that, someone entered her room. Sitting up, Olivia looked at the man
whom the moonlight shone on.
She asked in an annoyed tone, “Why are you here again?”