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Is this what you call a proposal?!
When I got engaged to Hewitt-sama, His Majesty the King and my father decided on their own, so there was neither a proposal nor a confession of love.
It was a political engagement, and I wondered whether I would have a white marriage (A marriage that has not been consummated) even if I married Hewitt-sama… That’s what I thought.
I have to say something.
Aldrick-sama looks at me with the eyes of an abandoned puppy.
At the end of the summer ten years ago, I remembered Aldrick-sama returning to the Empire.
Aldrick-sama had those eyes that day.
I remember how my heart tightened as I saw the carriage going away.
At that time, I thought I would see him again next year.
But it was ten years later that I met Aldrick-sama again.
I was… How do I feel about Aldrick-sama?
Aldrick-sama is a dear friend.
But what if there was something more, something special…?
I didn’t feel anything when Hewitt-sama was with my sister Mira or when Hewitt-sama broke off the engagement.
What if Aldrick-sama was with someone else? What if they were walking arm in arm or hugging each other?
My heart aches just by imagining it.
“I… I don’t want Aldrick-sama to get along with other people. I don’t like it.”
“What do you mean by that?”
Aldrick-sama tilts his head as he hears the words I’ve barely managed to squeeze out.
“I don’t know about love or romance, but if Aldrick-sama was walking arm in arm with someone else, or hugging each other… I wouldn’t like it.”
Aldrick-sama looks at me with expectant eyes.
“Maybe it’s childish possessiveness, but just the thought of Aldrick-sama being friendly with someone else makes me nervous. I can only give you a vague answer with such unclear feelings… I want to be by Aldrick-sama’s side. Is that alright with you…?”
I placed my own hand on Aldrick-sama’s hand.
“Of course! That’s enough for now! Thank you! Liserotte!”
Aldrick-sama smiles broadly.
Aldrick-sama grabs me by the waist and lifts me up.
“This is the best day of my life!”
I began to spin around.
“Your Highness, you are too excited. How can you be so excited after receiving a barely passing grade?”
Kyle-sama shrugs his shoulders.
“I’m going to get a perfect score from now on!”
Aldrick-sama smiles like a flower bursting into bloom.
“Aldrick-sama… My eyes are spinning.”
He spins me around so many times that I feel dizzy.
Aldrick-sama stopped spinning and put me down.
Aldrick-sama helped me to my feet.
Aldrick-sama’s face was so close to mine that we looked at each other and couldn’t help but laugh.
“Aldrick-sama, please take care of me from now on.”
“I’m also looking forward to taking care of you. I’ll do my best to make sure Liserotte doesn’t fall over.”
Kyle-sama looked at us, smiling at each other.
“Please don’t play with each other too much. I’ve had enough of you two flirting for a while now…”
Kyle-sama whispered with a wry smile on his face.
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