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I have no shame, so I won’t ask for anything to be said, and I’ll never tell the truth because I’m too embarrassed to do so. Alex was the first to speak, seeing that I could hardly raise my head.
“I thought you were talking about your first kiss.”
“What? Ah, that’s it. That’s it.”
“I’m curious about that problem, too. Who is your first kiss?”
Uh, uh. That’s. I know. That look must be questioning if I kissed Stan.
Now I really feel like I want to go into a rat hole, but I don’t want him to misunderstand what I’m saying, so I lower my head and whisper in a voice that is as small as an ant’s.
“… I have never.”
“I can not hear you.”
“I’ve never done it before.”
A normally blunt human being who, when pricked with a needle, does not appear to elicit even a single drop of blood from them.
For some reason, a faint smile appeared on Alex’s lips, as if he was quite satisfied with my answer. Are you laughing at me when I tell you I’ve never been kissed? Feeling disgusted for no reason, I gave him a dirty look and asked back.
“What about you?”
“You obviously have a lot of kissing experience, right?”
Given that he doesn’t let any women come near him and that his love interest with Clara didn’t work out, I’d be willing to bet a month’s worth of snacks on the fact that he hasn’t even been kissed, let alone kissed.
In that sense, what I just said was nothing but sarcasm, nothing more and nothing less.
Instead of being embarrassed by my question, Alex smiled and tucked some of my hair behind my ear.
“Are you curious about that?”
Because Your Highness asked first. I was going to say that, but when I looked into Alex’s eyes, I saw a reflection of myself there. In contrast to his goofy smile, his eyes were very serious, which caused me to take a few deep breaths.
This has a strange atmosphere. Alex had a firm grip on my waist, making it impossible for me to even take the small step backwards that I had considered taking to free myself from the cloak. He had a firm grip on me as I wriggled and giggled happily in his embrace.
“You can rest assured. I’ve never kissed anyone before.”
Huh. I know. If it had been Louise, he would have shot me like that right away, but for some reason, it was difficult to say mean things to Alex.
Alex’s finger touched my lips. I didn’t feel comfortable constantly staring at my lips.
“Of course you should. What would happen to me if Your Highness goes around kissing someone else?”
I tried to cover up my embarrassment by bagging. I have no idea what I’m talking about, but I think Alex must have found what I said to be amusing because he broke the grip he had on my waist and broke into a broad smile.
Even on such a cold day, my face was burning hot. Alex continued to laugh as he patted me on the head and I asked what was so funny about it.
“That’s why you shouldn’t give your lips to another man.”
You’re really faithful to the setting. Even though it’s not sincere. Alex smiled, probably happy that my first kiss didn’t go to Stan, and took me to the barracks.
“Your Highness, let’s talk for a moment.”
As if a serious problem had arisen, Theo called Alex along with Isaac. Around that time, Morrigan approached me from over there.
“Miss Ciel. It looks like the situation has been roughly resolved, so we’ll head back.”
After confirming that the patients are no longer having seizures, all that is left to do is administer the antidote to them. Before she left, Morrigan called my sister and showed her one of the poisonous mushrooms.
“I’ve heard about the situation. However, people will be confused if you just announce it, so you should talk about the cause along with this.”
Just by looking at the rainbow-colored mushroom, it looked like it had written ‘It’s a poisonous mushroom.’ Morrigan, who seemed accustomed to manipulating public opinion, skillfully created an excuse.
“When rainbow agarics are in their reproductive phase, they release spores into the air similar to the way that dandelions do. Because of this, some people experienced a brief period of illness.”
“If you do that…….”
We can get things done in a way that does not cause confusion. My sister quickly grasped what Morigan was trying to convey, and she put the mushrooms in a bag. Instead of my sister, who still needed to take care of the patients, the responsibility of sending Morrigan off rested on my shoulders.
“Thank you so much for coming, Morrigan.”
“Your welcome. It was a great opportunity to hear many stories about Ciel from Lady Clara.”
My sister too. I have no doubt that she did what she always did in front of Morrigan and sang to her about how lovely and adorable I was as her younger sister.
“My sister is like that. She likes me so much.”
“When you say that, it seems like Miss Ciel likes your sister very much?”
I got caught. This incident was actually both a crisis and an opportunity. It was because of this incident that my older sister became known to people.
It is my role to help the heroine achieve her achievements at the right time. Seeing Morrigan, who had helped her so much, fall in love with her at such an opportune time, I think she discovered my intention to make my sister the hero through this incident.
“Of course. I like my sister the best in the world.”
I told Morigan firmly. Please don’t make fun of her because she is the sister I love the most in the world.
Morrigan didn’t know for sure if she understood what I was thinking, but all she did was smile and offer encouraging words.
“It’s really nice to see how much care each of you has for one another.”
“In that sense, thank you so much for helping my sister this time.”
As I approached the way out, I sent a formal thank you to Morrigan. It was not an easy choice for her to make for her to travel all the way here to assist me when there was a chance that she would become infected herself, regardless of how much Stan urged her to do so.
In response to my thank you, Morrigan smiled a smile that I had never seen before and somehow seemed to have her true feelings, and she held my hand tightly.
“I only helped out of my selfish interest. I feel so embarrassed when you say thank you like this.”
I never thought she would say so openly that she had a plan. As was to be expected of Morrigan, in her role as Princess Lotte’s right-hand man, she deftly communicated what it was that she desired.
“Actually, I have a favour to ask of Ciel.”
“Do you have a favour to ask me?”
Umm. After all, there is no such thing as free in this world. I really do owe you a lot for this time, so it would be nice if I could listen to her since I really owe you a lot.
Since you helped me with this, you’re not telling me to marry Stan, right? When she showed signs of trouble, Morrigan said that was not the case and she smiled brightly.
“Our Stan is making preparations to leave the palace soon; however, the lady who will accompany him has not yet been selected.”
So, you want to ask me out on a date?
“You’re not trying to say two things out of one’s mouth, are you?”
I fell into a trap.
* * *
A few days later, without intending to, I decided to date Stan as a secret from Alex.
“I heard you came with Alex.”
Should I really call him a stalker? I was tilting my head, wondering how he knew, but the narrow-eyed man I saw last time looked in my direction and waved his hand.
“It’s been a long time. Sweet lady.”
Leaving Stan alone for a moment, I grabbed the squinted man and asked him what happened.
“Because I’m an information merchant. I sell anything for money.”
“I beg your pardon?”
So you told him that I was here with Alex? Stan handed the bag of gold coins to the man with squinted eyes right in front of me.
“Then have a good time.”
It looks like he didn’t provide a guide like last time, so he went off somewhere, leaving the two of us alone. Suddenly, only two people were left in the market.
Then, all of a sudden, I realised that the demon beast was the reason why the jewellery that I had ordered the previous time had not yet been delivered. Because I was already here, I thought it would be a good idea to ask about that first, so I took Stan with me and went to the jewellery store.
“I think it was here.”
“Where am I?”
“Wait. I have some business to run.”
I left Stan, who was following me, in front of the store for a moment and went into the store alone. The shop was still dark, but it was brimming with exquisite jewellery.
“Oh my, sweet girl. It’s been a while since you’ve been here.”
“You came with another man today.”
My conscience started poking at me for no apparent reason when I looked into those eyes that asked me if I was having an affair. It’s not quite like that at all.
Today, just in case, I brought a lot of Louise’s emergency fund and my pockets were deep, so I took out the bag of gold coins I had in my bag and presented them to the store owner.
“Because the jewellery that I ordered the last time has not yet been delivered. When will you deliver it?”
“There was still no answer, so I was waiting. I will deliver it to you today.”
The store owner put down the bear bag and returned the money bag I gave him.
“And the gentleman who was here with us the last time was the one who footed the bill for everything.”
I was going to put it in Theo’s name. Following the jewelry store, we went to the clothing store, and the circumstances were the same there as well. Alex had purchased all of the gifts for my parents and other members of my family in addition to the ones he claimed was for me, which caused me to feel embarrassed for no reason.
“Is there anything you’d like to have?”
“No. It’s not like that.”
I feel terrible about it every time it happens. When I was walking down the street with Stan, I saw that there was a store selling weapons at the end of the alley.
It was explained that the nice gloves made for combat were valuable items made from dragon scales. As I approached the window as if I were possessed, I checked the price first.
“What’s wrong with you?”
“Ah. I was going to buy a gift, but I thought I might not have enough money.”
Because of this, even if I used every last penny from Louise’s rainy-day fund, I wouldn’t be able to afford the things I really want. Stan, looking at me, who was sad, he walked into the store with confidence.
“Can I talk to you for a second?”
The store owner was an old gentleman with a Pringles beard. With this man in front of him, who looked quite flirtatious, Stan immediately started bargaining.
“The lady here is giving this as a gift to her loved one, but unfortunately, she said she is a little short on money.”
At Stan’s signal, I handed my entire bag of money to the store owner. The store owner who counted the gold coins looked a little regretfully at his gloves and then at my face, then sighed.