Chapter 7: During a quiet period, two disturbers│Read translated stories and daily updates at: Awebstories.com
“I sincerely apologize about my parents.”
“No, we were like that as well, and I apologize.”
We lowered our heads towards one another as soon as we sat on the garden bench.
Then there was an awkward stillness for a bit.
Our hands remained intertwined, and our attention was drawn to that.
“You know… what I just said to Aaron’s mother, it’s true.”
But I wanted to say it correctly, so I opened my mouth.
You know, there was a period when my demeanor was unusual. I’ve had feelings for you ever since.”
My whole body was perspiring, but I tried my hardest to tell him.
I wanted him to be happy, just as I was glad Aaron had come home for me.
“So it’s my fault. Musker had cold feet, and Aaron did nothing wrong.”
“That is not true.”
For a brief time, our hands loosened, and then our fingers connected before I could feel the loneliness.
My heart produced an unusual sound.
“He lied in order to get Amelia. He had a responsibility to care for Amelia, which he neglected. It is unforgivable.”
I was taken aback by his aggressive tone and manner.
He’s angry for my sake. I don’t think I’ve ever been happier.
Aaron may have assumed I was frightened because, after a little pause, he softened his demeanor.
“I apologize. Let’s chat about something pleasant now that we’re alone.”
“Yeah, I’d want to know about the period we didn’t see each other. “
“Haha, all I’ve done is work and study, so that’s boring, right?”
“That’s okay. I’d like to know what Aaron has been thinking and seeing.”
Is there anything regarding Aaron?
Since the day I gave up on Aaron, I’ve been pushing myself not to think about him.
It felt good to finally speak with him, and that was all I needed to keep my mind busy.
I wanted to reclaim as many of those squandered days as possible.
“And then there’s the past. How long has Aaron been madly in love with me? I’d like to find out. “
“…I’m not sure I can speak to you face-to-face.”
Aaron’s eyes were hot, and his eyelashes fluttered down.
It melts my heart to see such a kind act.
Of course, I admire Aaron’s coolness, but I’ve realized that I also prefer this kind of face.
I was relieved to think that I might be able to see more of his face in the future.
“Fufu, me too. I’ve been feeling so embarrassed that I want to flee since a while ago. But I’ve already failed miserably at it. “
“I just have to hold on to Amelia so she doesn’t run away.”
Aaron chuckled and squeezed his fingers together.
I applied the same amount of pressure to him, and we exchanged red-faced smiles.
Then we started reminiscing, talking about how long we had known one another and how much we had liked each other, competing with each other like children.
We naturally closed the gap, our arms touched, and we quietly fell silent once again.
This time it wasn’t awkward, but rather happiness.
Aaron freed my hand and gently hugged me close as I placed my head on his shoulder.
The wind rustled in the air, and I closed my eyes gently, just hearing the faint rustle of leaves.
Our hearts were beating in a steady rhythm.
A voice pierced the stillness as someone shouted out to us.
I opened my eyes and turned to face the source of the voice.
Lily was racing breathlessly towards us, a very joyful smile on her face.
Behind her, Musker is following with a sullen look on his face.
“Isn’t it true that you’ve arrived? I’ve been searching everywhere for you.”
A pleasant voice with a lisp.
She sounds too young to be sixteen.
We haven’t seen each other in a long time, yet she hasn’t changed since we first met.
“Why didn’t you come to me first? I wanted to see you so badly.”
She snorted and sat down next to Aaron without hesitation.
She didn’t even bother to look at me.
She doesn’t appear to be interested in me at all.
Musker did the same, following her and paying attention only to Lily.
Then she’d cling to Aaron and wrap her arms around him.
It was a very uncomfortable feeling, but Aaron quickly pushed her away from him.
“You can’t do it now that you’re a lady.”
Aaron mentioned this more as a prod than a reminder.
His voice sounded stern.
I could see he was upset with her because of how she had treated me.
“Because I’ve always wanted to see you!”
Unfazed, Lily grasped Aaron’s sleeve.
When she was ten, her infantile, selfish tone was endearing, but now it’s a little unpleasant.
I’m wondering whether it’s possible to be a bit more discreet and avoid making eye contact.
I’m aware that I’m having negative thoughts.
To be honest, it pales in comparison to the annoyance I had while dealing with Musker.
This is definitely jealousy.
When someone you really don’t like comes near someone you like, it’s quite irritating.
My heart felt like it was on fire now that I knew.
“…Why did you come back?”
Musker, who was standing in front of Aaron, asked in a voice that did not hide his displeasure.
Apparently, he, too, had not been informed of Aaron’s return.
His eyes were infused with a tinge of malice.
Why is he wearing this expression?
They had to have been closer before the engagement.
“You’ve returned to visit Lily, haven’t you?”
Aaron responded sternly to the harmless inquiry he had interrupted.
Lily’s face stiffened, as if she was frightened.”
“…Musker, we’ll talk more at dinner. Let’s go, Amelia.”
A high-pitched voice screamed out to me as I attempted to follow Aaron out of the place.
I came to a halt and turned back.
“I’m assuming you’ve backed out of your engagement.”
“Why would I do anything like that?”
He responded in the coldest tone he’d ever used.
Musker tightens his lips slightly.
I already know he’s deceiving me. I can only be suspicious of him.
He knew he would be summoned today because the engagement had broken off, but he stayed with Lily until now. Why would I want to continue my relationship with such a man?
To put it bluntly, I no longer had affection for him, even as a friend.
I’m sorry I trusted Aaron with my heart, but whether I can forgive Musker for how he treated me is another matter.
“Our engagement has come to an end. You are now liberated. Congratulations.”
Musker’s face contorted in embarrassment as I smiled.
I felt rejuvenated because the look on his face made me feel like I had finally gotten rid of all the guilt I had.