Olivia invited Warren to a music show. He liked that musician, and it was the bit of information she had jumped through hoops to discover.
She had asked Ethan to buy her the tickets some time ago.
She returned home to doll up for the occasion.
By the time Warren saw her, she was standing under a pine tree. She seemed to have been waiting for a while now.
There was a pile of snow over her head.
She raised her head with those crystal-clear eyes. She didn’t even realize he was right next to her.
“What are you looking at?”
She jumped like a surprised bunny. “Warren, I saw a squirrel.”
Warren had never met a woman with such clear eyes, holding
innocence yet so seductive at times.
“Have you been waiting in the snow?”
Olivia grinned. “Don’t you think that it’s rare to encounter such little animals in metropolitan areas?”
“It is. Let’s go. The music show is starting soon.”
“Sure.” She took the lead in front of him with a bright smile,
maintaining a safe distance from him.
Warren was socially recluse and used to solidarity.
Despite knowing, the considerable risk entailed every time he stepped out of the house, he couldn’t resist her invitation.
As if cast by a spell, he kept staring at their chat history blankly.
In the past, the other party was merely a fictional existence to him..
After learning that it was Olivia, his attitude shifted from wariness to acceptance.
He couldn’t quite put a finger on his emotions right now either.
Her words conjured images in his head. He could even picture her expressions whenever she said certain words.
Warren was falling harder and harder for her without him realizing it. By the time he caught on to his feelings, he was far down the rabbit hole.
“Are you busy these days?” He also started trying to learn more about her.
“Yeah. I received the ownership of some stores when I divorced. Some management is needed here and there.” She didn’t hide the fact that she was a divorced woman.
Her confidence sent him to the throes of guilt instead.
He was full of lies this whole time. Like a mouse in the gutter, he could only watch her in the dark.
“I…” Olivia began hesitantly. “I was drunk and blabbered, something. funny that night. You didn’t take it to heart, did you?”
Warren recalled the time when she pinned her against the wall, when
her lips curled into a provocative smirk.
The sheer thought of it tickled inside him.
“What if I say I did?”
“Huh?” Her eyes widened like those of a flustered bunny. “I-I was just spouting nonsense.”
He flashed her a smile. “Relax, I was just kidding.”
How could someone like him start dating? Not to mention dating Olivia.
They found their seats, and silence sat in the air.
He was a reticent man to begin with. When Olivia became quiet, he didn’t know what to talk about anymore.
The lights were turned off at the audience seats, leaving a ray of light illuminating the stage.
Then, a soft female voice could be heard. “Linus, here are our seat
Olivia thought, “Linus? It’s a rare name in Aldenvine, though.”
She cast a glance over her shoulder, only to see Linus over there.
There happened to be two empty seats behind her,
She thought, “Don’t tell me he’s having a blind date here of all places!”
All these years, Linus rarely came to Aldenvine because he was busy
at the border.
Linus might know of the tragic love between Ethan and his ex-wife,
but Olivia wasn’t sure if he knew what she looked like or not.
It would be awkward for him to find out that she was here.
She wondered, “Has he recognized me yet?”