Chapter 18: I’ll keep my distance
“Welcome back, Aliseteen. Did you enjoy your walk with his Highness?”
“Yes, very much. The rose garden here is truly beautiful.”
I run over to Otoo-sama and he gently strokes my head. Although his question’s answer is slightly off, Otoo-sama gives me a strange look, but I pretend not to notice and smile.
I am enveloped in a pleasant scent, and it seems like I even smell like roses.
As I sniff my own scent, I catch Julian-sama’s gaze.
Well, this is rare. He hardly ever looks my way.
Resentment from the past wells up inside me, and I confirm that no one is looking before I turn my head away with a huff.
Don’t think that I’ll like you again the second time, Julian-sama. I can’t be disrespectful due to our positions, but I’m no longer interested in you.
But still, your face is so beautiful. I could gaze at it forever.
When I looked back at him again, our eyes met once more. Julian-sama turned his face away from me, just as I did earlier.
What a terrible personality he has.
Trembling with anger, I leaned against Otoo-sama.
“Otoo-sama, I’m tired.”
“Ah, I see. Then let’s say goodbye.”
When I pretended to rub my sleepy eyes, Otoo-sama kindly picked me up in his arms.
Goodbye Julian-sama. I hope we’ll meet again sometime in the far future.
As expected, I am still only five years old. Once I dislike someone, I cannot stand them. From then on, I did not look at him again and left the royal residence in Otoo-sama’s arms.
ーーSeveral days later, Julian-sama seems to be coming here for some reason today. Since morning, I have been sticking close to Lili and not leaving her side.
“Oh my, Oh my, Aliseteen-ojosama.”
Despite looking troubled, Lili does not reject me. As someone who is completely captivated by her, I inhale the sweet scent that emanates from her with my tiny lungs.
“His Highness will be here soon, so let’s get ready.”
“Do I really have to? I don’t want to see him.”
“Well, it can’t be helped.”
I grab the hem of her apron dress and pouts as she bends down to the same eye level as me, smiling gently.
“Everyone has things they’re not good at. But encountering someone is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Everything has meaning.”
“…I’m sure there’s no meaning in spending time with Julian-sama.”
No matter how close we become, in the end, I will be abandoned. What meaning could there be in a road that leads to such a despairing future?
Lili patiently comforts me, despite my stubborn reluctance. She empathizes with my feelings and gently advises me.
Strangely, her words penetrate my heart without any resistance.
“Any experience will surely become an important key that will save Ojo-sama someday. If you ever feel lost, let’s think together with Lili?”
“…Yes, I understand.”
As a devout follower of Lili, I nod vigorously at her words. And I vow once again in my heart that I will never do anything foolish like firing her in this new life, no matter what happens.
“I’ll prepare to welcome Julian-sama!”
“Leave it to this Lili …”
I stand up, put my hands on my hips and spread my chest. Lili giggles and gently strokes my head.
Now, come at me from anywhere, Julian-sama. This Aliseteen won’t run or hide!
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➤Ch40/40 — How To Train the Wolf King – Accidentally Spending the Night Together and Triggering the Death Flag, I’ll Tame Him To Aim for a Happy Ending!
➤Ch37/37 — “I Don’t Love You,” Said the Ice Magician to His Unrequited Love, Who Was Disguised as Me
➤Ch27/27 — The Obedient Saint Was Made a Scapegoat, so She Decided To Be Reborn as a Villainess
➤Ch120/148 — I Was Confessed to by the Person I Was Admiring
➤Ch112/112 — The Fat Aristocrat Waltz in the Labyrinth (hosted on fanstranslations.com)
➤Ch56/56 — I Was Forced To Quit Being a Nun and Get Married Because of a Divine Oracle ~the Wise Prince Who I Am Actually Marrying Is Someone Who Dotes on Me Excessively~
➤ Ch80/80 — Transmutation Master Aria Is Doing Her Best Today ~a Happy Second Life for a Transmutation Master Who Had Her Results Stolen by Her Sister~
➤ Ch46/46 — The Rune Magician Who Lost Everything to Her Older Sister, Becomes Doted On by the Genius Prince
➤ Ch86/86 — The Unwanted Princess Becomes Loved in the Werewolf Kingdom and Becomes Queen!
➤ Ch98/98 — The Former Villainess Who Went Back in Time, She Doesn’t Fix Her Bad Personality but Avoids the Execution Ending!
➤ Ch54/54 — The Legendary Villainess Who Vanished on the Guillotine, in Her Second Life She Wishes for Peace as a Studious, Plain Glasses-Wearing Person
➤ Ch105/105 — Until the Exiled Duke’s Daughter, Wilhelmina, Becomes Happy
➤ Ch85/85 — The Villainess Carries a Strategy Guide
➤ Ch70/70 — Leah Flores’s Devotion – I May Be a Mob Knight, but in This Life I Will Definitely Protect Duke William with All My Might!
➤ Ch95/95 — Although I Am Supposed to Be the Villainess (Planned), I Just Want to Eat Confectionery – I Will Aim for a Peaceful Life with the Block Skill
➤ Ch100/100 — The Bewilderment of the Sacrificial Second Princess ~ Married Into the Enemy Country as a Hostage Princess, but Was Strangely Welcomed With Open Arms~
➤ Ch66/66 — The villainess princess will dive into the labyrinth again today
➤ Ch50/50 — An Unconscious Genius Magic Tool Maker Wants to Live a Leisurely Life
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