Chapter 36: Premonition that something will start
Thanks to Julian-sama’s intervention, I was able to regain my daily routine. Of course, I couldn’t tell my family that I had reconnected with Lili.
“I’m glad to see Aliseteen is doing better.”
While looking at Okaa-sama, who seemed genuinely happy, I had complicated feelings in my heart that I hid behind my smile.
“Julian-sama, I brewed the tea today.”
“Well, I’m looking forward to it.”
Honestly, I would love to come to this mansion every day, but that’s not possible. Coming here every ten days has become my source of sustenance.
“I’m sure it will be delicious since I learned from Lili.”
After this incident, I found myself trusting Julian-sama more than I ever thought possible. I was genuinely happy that he went to such lengths just because of the one word I whispered.
And Julian-sama, he’s as kind to me as it was a lie during that ball. He would make snarky remarks, inserting sarcastic jokes at key points, but perhaps that’s just the way Julian-sama is.
“… Really, it’s such a difference from the past.”
“Huh? What’s the big difference?”
“N-No, it’s nothing.”
I smiled and brushed it off, then picked up the teapot that had been steeping the tea leaves thoroughly. Using a strainer to ensure the consistency of the taste, I transferred all the tea leaves from the pot to another pot.
Then slowly, I poured it into the tea cup. The dense golden liquid swayed and flowed over the pure white cup.
“By the way, you really do like Lili, don’t you?”
As he stared at me, Julian-sama spoke.
“Of course. Because she’s my…”
At that moment, my thoughts came to a sudden halt. I had forgotten until this very moment.
I was overjoyed to see Lili again, whom I had thought of as a mother figure. There was no ulterior motive that I had thought of before.
I want her by my side because she can stop my rampage. Otherwise, I’ll head straight for the condemnation route.
I thought I had always felt that way, but that thought had slipped from my mind completely.
“Oh, right, I…”
“Alise! The tea!”
I was so absent-minded while pouring that the tea overflowed from the cup, and the white tablecloth embroidered with gold became a mess.
“I’m so sorry…”
“It’s okay. Leave it to the maid.”
Julian-sama said, as if scolding me. He didn’t seem angry or frustrated.
“I’m sorry for ruining the afternoon tea, Julian-sama.”
“It’s okay. We’ll clean it up.”
Julian-sama peered into my face as I sulked and looked down.
“By the way, it seems like your face is red. Are you okay? Did you perhaps get a burn?”
“N-No, it’s just…”
Startled by the unexpected observation, my shoulders shook.
“Well… Julian-sama called me Alice, so…”
Julian-sama’s eyes widened as he looked at me murmuring in embarrassment.
And in the next moment, he broke into a wide grin, clearly overjoyed.