Chloe Parker had left when Olivia was eight.

It was Jeff’s birthday, and Olivia had been in high spirits, eager to return home and celebrate her father’s birthday with her family. She never knew that what awaited her was her parents’ divorce.

Olivia had chased after her mother, scrambling down the stairs and falling. She did not even realize that she had lost her shoes. All she cared about was clinging onto her mother’s legs and crying, “Mom, don’t go!”

The graceful woman bent down, stroked Olivia’s cheeks, and said, “I’m sorry.”

“Mom, I’m first in my grade. You haven’t seen my test papers yet. You have to sign them. Don’t leave me, Mom. I’ll be a good girl. I promise I won’t go to any more fun fairs. I won’t make you mad. I’ll listen to you. Please …”

Hastily, young Olivia blubbered everything she could think of in hopes of making Chloe stay. In the end, Chloe simply told Olivia that her marriage with Olivia’s father was not a happy one and that she had found her true happiness elsewhere.

Later, Olivia watched as a man she had never met helped Chloe place her luggage in a car, and they both left while holding each other’s hands. She chased after their car for a mile without wearing any shoes before crashing heavily onto the ground.

Her feet and knees were scraped, and they bled as she stared at the gradually diminishing outline of the car that she could never reach.

At that time, she could not understand what had happened. Now that she was grown up, she knew that it was because her mother had been caught cheating on her father and simply decided to file for a divorce, leaving him with everything, including Olivia herself.

Chloe had never contacted Olivia, and the latter hated her with every fiber of her being. She even hoped that she would never have to meet Chloe again.

However, fate worked in mysterious ways, and Olivia could do nothing to stop it. Her throat went dry and her feet turned to lead.

Chloe knew what was on her daughter’s mind. She approached Olivia and pulled her to sit beside her. “I know you hate me. You were very young back then. Lots of things weren’t as simple as they seemed, so I wasn’t able to explain them to you.”

She caressed Olivia’s cheeks and continued, “Look at you, all grown up now. Liv, now that I’m back, I’ll be staying here permanently. I know something’s happened to the Fordham family. It doesn’t matter, though, because I’ll take care of you.”

mother was not

taken good care of me for the past few years. He has a daughter who’s

her, “Mom, I’m here this time for my dad. My family’s bankrupt now, and Dad just had a heart attack, but I don’t have the money to pay for his surgery. Can you help me? I promise I’ll return the money to

replied when they heard a familiar

truly are short of money, aren’t you? Going so far as to come to my house for

to the face. Olivia looked incredulously over at the

be

toying around with her again. She never thought that her very own

now Marina’s family. To make things worse, those two had caught

noticed her uneasiness, but he remained calm and indifferent

a sharp cry pierced through the awkwardness in the air. Olivia noticed a maid pushing in a twin stroller. The

Olivia’s child would

was being embarrassed and humiliated over and over again. Strangely, one of the babies could not

soothing the baby.

like him holding a baby gently in his arms was heart-warming. Seeing this patient and gentle side of him, Olivia suddenly had

not stop her from doing so. Even more strangely, the

twinkled as it looked at her. The child then started chuckling

to grab the fluffy ball-like ornament on her cap. The child was all smiles,

and it was the last straw for her, crushing any bit of persistence left

Ethan truly loved her. He had been kind to her during their first

to her, “Liv, let’s

she refuse him

her studies, she

did she realize that for all the time he spent with her, he did the

darted

her blood and the medications she took. Crimson liquid filled her sight, and

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