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“… On my 20th birthday.”
“On my 20th birthday! That day, I’ll come pick you up.”
The two brothers probably only said it half-jokingly, but Louise held the fairy’s hands tightly with an extremely serious expression on his face.
“So please wait. I’ll never leave you alone again.”
So don’t cry. Not knowing that tears had formed in his eyes, Louise said so to the fairy.
“I’ll come back again in the middle. I bought a lot of presents.”
“I also want to eat the candy that humans eat.”
“Okay. I’ll bring everything you might like. It’s a promise.”
He was not joking. I thought I knew Louise the best in my family, but I never knew my brother had such a caring side.
Regina, the only one who watched the situation coldly, crossed her arms and nodded. Alex asked me, dumbfounded by the marriage proposal that was made so quickly.
“Wait a minute, then your brother is…”
“My parents are quite liberal when it comes to dating.”
Except for me. My parents’ statement that they will never oppose anyone they bring is still valid, so probably won’t my mom and dad accept their fairy daughter-in-law somehow?
It would be nice if the other brothers would hurry up, but Theo is just digging with his eyes on Clara, and Isaac is still following me.
Still, I guess I should say I’m glad that things worked out well for us, right? The Guernsey fairy must have been moved by Louise’s words; her eyes were sparkling, and she was truly happy.
“Because I can’t just empty the forest. If things were to go as planned, it would take about 300 years to prepare, but…”
“That’s not allowed!”
300 years to endure his shame and mustered up the courage to answer the marriage proposal. When Louise was embarrassed and let out a loud scream, Theo snorted.
“When are you pretending you don’t like it, man?”
“That’s what I’m saying. You are so into her.”
Isaac’s sarcasm did not reach Louise’s ears at all. The fairy smiled as she saw Louise sweating and quickly comforted my surprised brother.
“I’m kidding. Three years is enough. By then, you will have become a wonderful adult.”
The fairy seemed to really like Lewis, who seemed to act like a drug addict but was secretly innocent, so she kept touching my brother’s cheek.
Looking at Louis, who is already smiling as if his mouth is gaping wide, it seems that it doesn’t take that long to fall in love.
“I will give you proof that you are my companion.”
Don’t let anyone harm you. After saying those words, the fairy crouched down on her tiptoes and kissed Louise on the cheek. Because they were embarrassed by the unexpected kissing scene, both of my older brothers and Alex hurriedly blocked my path.
Ah, why can’t I take a look? Only after a long time had passed did the view finally become clear.
Unlike Louise, who looked like his face was about to explode at any moment, the fairy still looked at Alex with cold eyes.
“The curse has been lifted. Instead, keep that in mind. No one will forgive you if you don’t keep your promise.”
In front of Louise, she was infinitely sweet, but in front of us, she was just cruel. Out of fear, I hid behind Alex and Isaac.
Pure white snow fell endlessly from the sky. Strangely, it wasn’t cold even in the snow that was piled up under my clothes. The carriage that received the call from Regina fired a flare announcing their arrival.
“I’ll come back to play later, later!”
Louise looked back and shouted several times to see if he had lost sight of his footsteps. The fairy saw off Louise while still standing at the lakeside.
“Brother. You’re not just lying for no reason, right?”
“What? What do you think of people as?”
“Stop fighting now. Mom and Dad will be waiting.”
Theo stopped us from fighting again. While everyone was getting into the carriage, Alex couldn’t take his steps easily.
“What’s wrong with you, Your Highness?”
Why are you like this? Could it be that Alex also has a fairy in mind? Faced with me tilting his head in front of me, Alex repeatedly tried to say something but stopped.
“Your Highness, if you find the carriage over there more comfortable, you can go.”
“No, it’s not like that.”
Maybe because I had been wet with rain for a long time, my body trembled. Not enough to put on all the blankets in the carriage, I took over Alex’s cloak.
“Are you okay?”
“Thank you, Your Highness.”
Alex’s refreshing scent came from the cloak. Being like this made me feel like I was being hugged by Alex, so I blushed for no reason. What on earth did Alex want to say? I’m curious, but I’m so tired today.
Still, I’m glad Louise came back safely. While I was asleep, the carriage we rode headed to the capital where my sister was waiting.
* * *
I hurriedly removed my drenched dress and put on a fresh one before running to catch up with my sister.
A tearful family reunion took place in just one day. Thanks to my disappearing without a word, I had to deal with my older sister’s nagging attacks for the first time in a very long time.
“How worried I am. Where the hell have you been?”
“I’m sorry. I’m all wrong.”
The sight of my older sister sobbing and complaining made me reflect on something I had never done before. She grabbed me in a bear hug and patted me repeatedly, and she refused to let go of me even after I begged several times that I was wrong.
“How are the patients? Are they starting to feel better?”
“Yes. I think the seizure symptoms are gone.”
The curse had already been lifted when Louise lost his first kiss, but in the barracks, they were still checking on patients to see how they were doing. They stated that each of the patients was in a weakened state and needed to be monitored for a few more days in order to properly diagnose their conditions.
“Everyone worked really hard.”
My older sister expressed her gratitude on behalf of the medical staff, holding the hands of me and Louise, who looked gaunt. Unlike me, who was calm, Louise didn’t know what to do from a while ago.
“No, whatever. What did you do?”
“I did a lot. And kissing.”
“What did you just say?”
“No, no, sister. Nothing.”
Louise’s plump cheeks, like ripe persimmons, looked like they were about to burst at any moment. However, regardless of Louise’s embarrassment, my older sister continued to praise him endlessly.
“Louise is really all grown up now. You proudly protect Ciel like this.”
“Didn’t Louise protect Ciel?”
Strictly speaking, that’s not the case, but we can’t miss this golden opportunity to make fun of our idiots. I gave up the joke and added something shameless.
“Then. He was so trustworthy that he seemed like a knight going to rescue a princess.”
“What? Have you finished talking?”
We only got along for a while, and as soon as we arrived in the capital, we became enemies again.
“Look at the mirror. Because your face turned red by yourself. Hurry up and drink some milk, you’ll have to pick her up quickly.”
“And you? You’ve never kissed someone.”
“What? A kiss!”
You can do whatever you want if you put your mind to it. I was about to say that, but suddenly all people’s eyes were on me. My older sister even caught me by surprise, covering her mouth.
“Ciel, wait a minute, what do you mean?”
“Oh? Hey, that’s not it…”
“What are you talking about?”
Isaac, who was energetic, came rushing into the barracks as if he had heard it somewhere else. It’s embarrassing to say this, but the truth is, I’ve never been kissed before, not even in my past life.
But if I said that, that bastard Louise would definitely be proud and show off. While I was anxious, Alex, who had just finished his inspection, came into the tent.
“What’s the fuss about?”
“Yo-Your Highness! I have something to tell you!”
This is the time. I quickly ran to Alex and wrapped my arms around him. Because we are pretending to be fake lovers.
I never said it out loud, but if I had to choose between losing to that bastard Louise or having people mistakenly believe that I was with Alex, I would choose the former.
“What are you talking about?”
“I want to do it alone. Huh? Get out of there.”
“See you later, sister!”
Please forgive me for not telling the truth. With my arms folded like that, I brought Alex to as dark a place as possible.
I went outside without a coat, and the cold hit me. Seeing me shivering, Alex took off his cloak and tried to wrap it around me.
“Don’t do that. Your Highness is cold, too.”
There is a trick to all of this too. I squished into Alex’s cloak and fell into his arms. When I was young, my dad used to make this a lot, and it was very warm when he did it this way.
“This way, we can both stay warm.”
Alex’s chin pressed against the top of my head. Because I was so close to him that my face was almost on his chest, I could hear his heart beating in my ears.
Thanks to Alex, I was able to overcome the crisis. From there, I glanced to see if Louise would come looking for us or not.
Then Alex looked around in a somewhat awkward position, then secretly stretched out my hand and wrapped his arms around my waist.
“What is it that you have to tell me?”
I was just saying it to save the situation. As I rolled my eyes, I hesitated because I didn’t know what to make an excuse for.