Ethan looked at Janice with mild surprise. “I thought you didn’t care about us. I didn’t expect you to be so well-informed.”
Janice needed to raise her head slightly to meet Ethan’s gaze. She felt a little emotional when she heard that.
“You were still the little kid that chased after me in my mind. But you’ve grown so much.”
Janice raised her hand to touch Ethan’s face, but she stopped midway.
She had always had mixed feelings toward Ethan.
In the beginning, she hoped that his birth would make the man come back to her. But, all she got was his cruel disregard.
That was why she resented Ethan. She had never been a good mother to him. Even as he stood before her, she felt like she didn’t know him at all.
Janice withdrew her hand awkwardly with a disappointed expression. “You and Leia must detest me. I’ve never given the both of you any love.”
“What’s the point of saying all this now? He didn’t return to you, but you gave birth to his offspring anyway and became a laughingstock.”
Ethan stared right into Janice’s eyes when he said that.
In the past, Janice would be throwing a fit at his words, but she was calm this time. It seemed like she had really gotten better.
She didn’t even get mad when he brought up the man she hated the most.
“My mind grows clearer the older I get. I feel like I’ve wasted the first half of my life obsessing over a man like that.
“I’ve been keeping tabs on you in secret for the past two years. That’s why I know about Leia. She must hate me with every fiber of her being with what I did to her in the past.
“Maybe that’s why she didn’t come looking for me even though she was alive.”
Ethan never thought he would hear Janice repent.
“So, did you call me back to match me up with Nikki?” Ethan asked directly.
Janice smiled faintly and said, “What do you think of her?”
know about Leia’s existence, I’m sure you know how I feel about Olivia. If you want to break us up, I don’t mind disowning you. I’ll never let you hurt her.”
Janice shook her head and said, “You’re just like him. Even when it comes to relationships, you’re as committed as he was.
“Don’t worry. I never got the chance to be with the man I love. I would never ruin your relationship.”
She was indeed completely different from the crazy woman in Ethan’s memories. He couldn’t help but ask, “Then why did you call me home?”
Janice licked her lips and explained weakly, “Would you believe me if I told you that I realized my mistake long ago and I just wanted to apologize to you in person?”
Ethan was stunned. “You…”
“I was afraid that I was still unstable and might do the things I did to you when you were young. So, I forced myself to stay
“Now that I’m finally sure that I’ve completely recovered, I wanted to see you, my dear son, and your wife.”
Ethan could feel tears welling up when Janice called him her dear son.
Janice stood there anxiously. She didn’t even dare to embrace him.
“I know I’m an evil person. I blame you and Leia for your father’s hate. I was the one that brought ruin to our family.
“In the past years, I’ve spent a lot of time in a stupor or in a frenzy. I was rarely myself. Whenever I was conscious, I would think of you and your sister.”
“If that’s so, what’s the deal with Nikki?”
“She’s just a plaything for me when I am bored.”