The following day, Olivia was awakened by the birds chirping outside. The warm sunlight shone on her bed.
She rubbed her eyes and looked at the colorful birds perched on the pillars on the terrace outside.
Some birds were chirping. Others were tending to their feathers. The sky was blue, and the world looked peaceful.
As Olivia was rubbing her eyes, she recalled that she had moved to another country.
The climate here was mild and perennially moist. The place was also filled with dense vegetation.
It was entirely unlike the often dry and cold weather in Aldenvine.
Olivia liked it here. She got out of bed and went to wash up.
She felt like she was a princess living in a castle whenever she looked at her surroundings.
When she opened the door, she was met with a row of smiling faces. “Good morning, Mrs. Miller.”
The hearty greeting took Olivia aback.
She looked over and saw the maids that were cleaning the windows, mopping the floor, and trimming the flower bushes.
They greeted her as soon as they saw her.
Back home, they only had Madam Burgess to help around the house. Olivia wasn’t used to seeing so many maids.
She responded awkwardly, “Good morning.”
A maid whose attire differed from the rest walked over and said, “Mrs. Miller, breakfast is ready.”
Olivia turned to look at the maid and asked, “Where’s Ethan?”
“Mr. Miller went to visit Mr. Angelo. You can call me Sharon, Mrs. Miller,” Sharon introduced herself. She exuded an air of leadership with her every move.
Olivia learned from the maids that Angelo Miller, Ethan’s grandfather, used to treat her well. He left Aldenvine after his wife passed.
It seemed like he had Alzheimer’s disease, so he hadn’t been out and about for some years.
Since she was already here, Olivia felt like she needed to visit Angelo as well. After she had freshened up, the maids brought Olivia to the backyard.
Angelo lived in a peaceful and quiet area that was surrounded by greenery.
There were snakes slithering on the branches sometimes.
Before a snake could even touch Olivia, one of the maids would already have pulled it away and set it somewhere else.
Sharon calmly explained to a stunned Olivia, “Don’t be afraid, Mrs. Miller. This place is surrounded by greenery, so there are a lot of critters. But, rest assured, most of the snakes aren’t venomous.”
Olivia asked with quivering lips, “So, does that mean some snakes are venomous?”
“Yes, but you’ll be fine as long as you don’t go looking for trouble. The snakes are very intelligent. They won’t normally attack people on their own.”
Olivia nodded and said, “Understood. So the building ahead is where Mr. Angelo lives, right?”
Olivia slowly walked into Angelo’s building. There were colorful flowers everywhere in the yard.
“Mr. Angelo is just inside, Mrs. Miller. I’ll be going back to work.”
“Alright, thanks. I’ll be fine.”
Olivia walked further into the yard. She saw that the place was suitable for a retired older man. It was gorgeous.
She was about to ask someone for directions when someone emerged from behind the vegetation.
An old man suddenly grabbed Olivia’s arm and said, “You’re Ms. Nat.”
The man was old, but Olivia could tell he was a Miller from his facial features.
Olivia was confused. Who was Ms. Nat? Was it someone she used to know?”