“You’re Jeff’s daughter? Then who are Liv’s parents?” Ethan asked.
Marina was displeased that he brought up Olivia. “How would I know? I only realized who my birth parents were shortly before my mother died.”
It wasn’t the time to ask about Olivia’s origins. Even if Jeff wasn’t her biological father, he was still the person she was closest to.
“If you knew he was your father, why would you treat him like that? He suffered brain damage before
Marina said aggrievedly, “I didn’t realize it was him. We had never met in person before. I had only learned the truth recently. I wanted to look for him but heard he was in a coma and had gone missing. I had only ever seen him in pictures.
“He looked so different from before, so I didn’t recognize him. Ethan, I didn’t want to do that either. My mom is already dead because of me. I wouldn’t want to harm my biological father too.”
Ethan didn’t feel bad for Marina even as he looked at her devastated expression. “You were the one
who had someone deliver the invitation. You’re just reaping what you sowed.”
“What about you? What have you done? You promised to marry me, but you didn’t stop seeing Olivia. What am I to you? Do you even have feelings for me?”
Marina looked like she had faced incredible injustice.
Ethan retorted coldly, “What do you think? Do you think I have feelings for you?”
It was like Marina was asking to be humiliated. Ethan helped her into her wheelchair, leaned in, and whispered, “I told you last time, Marina. I can give you the title of Mrs. Miller for Kurt’s sake.
“But you can never cross the line. You’ll always be my cousin -in-law. I’ll never love you, neither in
this life or the next.
“I don’t need you to meddle in my love life. But it seems like you didn’t take my words to heart.”
Although Ethan didn’t touch her, Marina felt a chill spreading over her body. She had crossed the line. one too many times. This time, Ethan wasn’t about to forgive her.
“Please let me explain, Ethan. I love you. I love you too much, and that’s why I did all those things. I…
Marina tried to explain frantically, but Ethan found her to be laughable.
“Marina, I only feel disgust at the words that come out of your mouth. I feel sorry for Kurt. This marriage is canceled. I won’t marry you anymore.”
“No, Ethan. You can’t do this to me!”
“Don’t worry. I won’t abandon you, for the sake of the children. Come, bring Ms. Carlton back to Collington Cove.”
Marina shook her head frantically and said, “Please don’t do this, Ethan. I won’t do it again. I swear I’ll never plot against Olivia again. Give me another chance. I’ll explain to the media and the guests. You can punish me however you want, but please don’t cancel the engagement.”
“It’s too late, Marina.”
Ethan didn’t even spare her another look before he turned and left. No matter how much Marina
called out to him, he didn’t look back.
A nurse approached Marina and said, “Miss, this is a hospital. Please lower your voice. If you continue to make so much noise, I’ll have the security escort you out.”
Tears streamed down Marina’s cheeks. She had ruined her wedding with her own hands. She just wanted to agitate Olivia a little.
Marina sobbed and said, “I … I want to see Mr. Fordham.”
“I’m sorry, but he just got out of a critical condition. Visitation is not allowed yet. If you want to see him, you can look at him from outside.”
Marina looked through the window and saw the man hooked to all the machines. Tears flowed from her eyes as she said, “Dad, I’m sorry…”