Ethan smiled half-heartedly. “When Vanessa was treating me back
then, we spent every waking hour together. I know a thing or two
about her habits.”
Ethan’s reply was completely fine. However, Linus wondered if he was
hearing things, for he felt like Ethan had emphasized the words “spent
every waking hour together”.
After Ethan said that, he looked away as if he had never said anything.
In an attempt to avoid trouble, Olivia didn’t say anything more to him.
She tried not to draw attention.
After all, it was a banquet, not some outdoor restaurant. The dining
atmosphere was very quiet, and only the sounds of the piano being
played live could be heard.
Olivia looked at the dishes, presented like a masterpiece. Even
common vegetables were carved into the shape of flowers.
After the banquet, Mason excused himself. He said that he wanted
the youngsters to mingle around.
It was a clear sign that he had intended for this banquet to be a blind
date of sorts. Tatiana was taking the opportunity to check out the
potential candidates who could become Linus’ bride.
The women who received the invitations all came from wealthy families. They were genuine rich young ladies, and every movement they made was elegant and graceful
Also, as expected, they all had high academic achievements.
They excelled in terms of both family and academic background. In
contrast, looks didn’t quite matter.
Tatiana nudged Linus. “It’s a rare occasion for you to come back and stay for so many days, so let’s get your marriage settled while you’re
at it. Have a look at the women here.”
Linus held the unlit cigarette between his teeth, looking a little upset. ”
Mom, I don’t intend to get married yet.”
“You’re in your 30s, so you should start thinking about it. Look at
Ethan. His son can even go on missions now, but you’re still single.
No matter what, you have to try getting along with women.”
“Women are troublesome.”
“What’s so troublesome about them? Hurry and go ahead. The
women who turned up tonight look quite decent to me. In terms of
personality and academic achievements, all of them are worthy of
“Remember, this is your dad’s order too. No matter what, you’ll have
to get a dance partner later!”
Linus tossed the cigarette away. “Ugh, you’re so annoying.”
He looked at the crowd. Most of them were familiar faces. Even
though he didn’t have any private connections with them, they had
grown up together.
All the women Linus eyed felt their hearts racing. After all, no one would want to decline the position as his partner.
But Linus wasn’t, interested at all when he met the passionate gazes.
When his gaze fell upon Olivia, who was sitting alone by the window and admiring the snow, he realized that he couldn’t look away
Olivia’s features were quite common, but at that moment, she exuded
a sense of loneliness that closed her off from the world. For some
reason, Linus had the urge to protect Olivia.
Linus walked over to Olivia and then stopped beside her.
Ethan’s voice interrupted him. “I’ve finally found you, Vanessa. Can
you be my dance partner?”
Olivia looked at Ethan. Then, she nodded. “Sure.”
Ethan turned to look at Linus. “What were you going to say?”
Linus had to force back the words he was about to say. “Nothi
was just going to ask Vanessa if she needs anything.”
Smiling, Olivia said, “Thank you. It’s quite lively tonight, and I like it
lot. I don’t need anything.”
“If there’s anything Vanessa needs, I’ll help her with it. You should talk
to the other guests,” Ethan said sincerely.
Linus had no choice but to change his mind. “Alright, please take
good care of Vanessa.”
When Linus had turned around and left, the sincere look remained on
Ethan’s face as he gently pinched Olivia’s waist. “You’re quite
something. Even he—”
“Is there anything wrong with Mr. Linus?” Ethan looked away. “It’s nothing.”