Ethan’s gaze grew intense. “What else do you know?”
“Judging by your reaction. My guess was spot on. I don’t mean anything by it. I just wanted to meet the two of you. But there’s something I need to tell you.
“People in our family are flawed. We’re stubborn and dedicated. Once we fall in love with someone, it lasts for the rest of our lives. It’s a double-edged sword.”
Janice said sincerely, “Both your father and I weren’t able to teach you to love. Ethan, I don’t want you to follow in my footsteps.
“Love is never one-sided wishful thinking. My biggest regret was the things I did to your father. My actions caused permanent trauma to you and your sister.”
Her words seemed surreal to Ethan. He never imagined that Janice would say something like that.
“I’ll take good care of her.”
He paused before saying, “Since you know about Ms. Rosa, can you find something out for me? It’s Liv’s origins.”
“Oh?” Janice was surprised.
“She isn’t Jeff Fordham’s daughter. Ms. Rosa is the only person who knows what happened.
“Some people kept trying to harm Liv when we were back in Arlandia. I suspect that had something to do with her actual family.
“I’ll keep an eye out for you. Now, can I talk to her?” Janice said in a sweet tone, like she was acting cute.
Ethan agreed silently.
Olivia saw Janice sitting on her bed just as she got out of the bathroom.
“Ms. Miller Senior.”
Janice waved at her and said, “Come here.”
Olivia went over to accept Janice’s scrutiny obediently. She was prepared for this. She pictured the scene where Janice would give her some money to leave Ethan.
Given Ethan’s net worth, Janice would probably offer a lot of money.
“Sit with me,” Janice said, patting the space beside her.
Olivia sat down and said, “Feel free to speak your mind, Mrs. Miller Senior. I’m prepared for it.”
Janice smiled and asked, “What do you think I was going to say?”
“Just the regular harsh words. Putting me on the spot so I’ll leave your son, telling me that I’m not a suitable match for him.
“Or that Nikki is the daughter-in-law you like or something along those lines. I …”
Before she could finish her sentence, Olivia saw Janice cover her mouth and smile.
“Everything you just said wasn’t things I wanted to say to you.”
“Then, what do you want to tell me?”
Janice handed Olivia a box and said, “Open it and take a look.”
Olivia thought it would be a check or other things she wanted to give her as an incentive to leave Ethan. But there was only an azure bracelet in the box.
It looked clear and was gleaming faintly in the light. It was prettier than the one Janice was wearing.
“It’s the heirloom given to the daughter-in-laws of the Miller Family. Ethan’s grandmother put it on me personally.”
Janice said with
sigh, “This bracelet basically tied me down for life. I used to think that as long as I was Mrs. Miller, he would eventually return to me. In the end, we got divorced anyway.”
Olivia lowered her head to look at the scar on her wrist. She sensed Janice’s gaze and showed her the scar.
“People don’t actually die so easily when they slit their wrists. I was bleeding while I waited for him to return.
“Did he come back?”
“No. I watched my blood flow and fainted from the blood loss, but he never came. Wasn’t I st*pid?”