Chapter 44: Laura’s Visit
The two of them arrived at the mountain cabin, finally returning to their daily life.
The cows were healthy, and the flowers hadn’t withered. There were new white flowers blooming in the garden.
There were no signs of damage, and Gustav and the others seemed to be enjoying their time in the mountain cabin.
Leon let out a sigh of relief.
They quickly started a fire, and Diana stood in the kitchen.
Her sister had prepared a souvenir for her return. It was rice.
“Diana. . .The cheese is ready.”
Diana received it from the cowshed and her eyes sparkled.
“Cheese and rice. . .Ah, I can recreate that flower risotto!”
“Oh, that’s great. I couldn’t eat it in the end.”
“Oh. . .? There’s an onion here.”
“Was there something like this? Well, let’s put it in the risotto.”
Diana brought a pot and sautéed the rice with oil, onions, and dried meat, then added water. She simmered it until it was slightly firm, leaving a bit of a bite, and added the cheese.
In another pot, she rubbed the blue, pink, and white flowers with salt. Diana tried eating the newly grown white flowers.
“Oh. . .It has a scent like fennel.”
It had a green and spicy aroma. It was perfect for flavoring the rice. It seemed like it would go well with fish dishes too.
“This might be my favorite taste among all the flowers I’ve tried!”
“Oh, let me try. . .Ah, it has a tempting smell.”
They topped the firm risotto with salted flowers.
“Ta-da! Flower Risotto – Improved!”
They scooped the risotto with its spicy aroma onto their respective plates.
“Ah, delicious. . .Homemade cheese is the best!”
“Oh, so this is the cheese from our cow.”
“Oh, right. Leon always used to buy cheese, didn’t he?”
“I’ve never made it before. Freshly made cheese is definitely delicious.”
“We still have more, so let’s eat a little at a time.”
“. . .By the way, Diana.”
“Will it be okay? You wrote it on the wrapping paper of the syrup bottle.”
Diana wrote the words on the inside of the wrapping paper and gave it to Laura’s father.
“Well, if I didn’t do that, George and Laura-san wouldn’t have gotten together.”
“But still. . .”
The paper that Diana wrote at George’s request.
Actually, she didn’t write exactly what George had said.
“But still, 〝To Laura. I can’t read or write. If I could, I would definitely come to pick you up, so please wait for me until then. From George〟 is definitely not from George!”
Diana smiled mischievously.
“You see. When women are hinted at marriage, they get fired up.”
“The biggest fraudster taking advantage of my brother’s inability to read and write is Diana.”
“Hmph. I told you, this is repayment. I’m just doing the same thing George did to Leon.”
Leon sighed and blushed slightly.
“On that day, I pushed Diana away, and from an outsider’s perspective, I must have looked like that too.”
While enjoying the risotto, Diana chuckled.
“Well, well. You’ve been holed up in your shell, crying about making your loved one unhappy.”
“Oh, that’s unbearable. It’s clear to anyone that the two have feelings for each other, yet he stubbornly pushes her away. . .It makes me want to call him a stupid bastard.”
TL: I think he’s talking to himself.
“Fufufu, that’s right.”
After finishing their meal, the two of them dozed off on the bed.
“Laura. . .Do she still have feelings for my brother?”
“Well, that’s the thing. It bothers me that she doesn’t want to meet.”
“Even her father seems like he won’t go along with it easily.”
“I think her father’s intentions have some influence, but personally, I think Laura-san might be thinking the same way as George. It’s frustrating for her, who can’t hear. Losing the hearing she once had. . .It’s truly a painful symptom. . .Not being able to hear the voice of the person you love.”
A moment of silence followed.
Leon reached out his hand to Diana.
“It’s quite miraculous that we can be together like this with the person we love, isn’t it?”
Diana pulled his hand closer.
“Yes, but without George, this connection might not have been made.”
Leon covered Diana.
“We have to repay the favor, don’t we?”
“. . .Yes.”
The two kissed slowly and fell asleep for the next day.
『”𝔸𝕨𝕖𝕓𝕤𝕥𝕠𝕣𝕚𝕖𝕤.𝕔𝕠𝕞” – 𝔻𝕚𝕤𝕔𝕠𝕧𝕖𝕣 𝕒 𝕔𝕒𝕡𝕥𝕚𝕧𝕒𝕥𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕨𝕠𝕣𝕝𝕕 𝕠𝕗 𝕝𝕠𝕧𝕖, 𝕡𝕒𝕤𝕤𝕚𝕠𝕟 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝕒𝕕𝕧𝕖𝕟𝕥𝕦𝕣𝕖, 𝕨𝕙𝕖𝕣𝕖 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕔𝕒𝕟 𝕚𝕟𝕕𝕦𝕝𝕘𝕖 𝕚𝕟 𝕒 𝕔𝕠𝕝𝕝𝕖𝕔𝕥𝕚𝕠𝕟 𝕠𝕗 𝕥𝕣𝕒𝕟𝕤𝕝𝕒𝕥𝕖𝕕 𝕟𝕠𝕧𝕖𝕝𝕤 𝕨𝕚𝕥𝕙 “𝕕𝕒𝕚𝕝𝕪 𝕦𝕡𝕕𝕒𝕥𝕖𝕤” 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝕖𝕩𝕔𝕝𝕦𝕤𝕚𝕧𝕖 𝕒𝕔𝕔𝕖𝕤𝕤 𝕥𝕠 “𝕒𝕕𝕧𝕒𝕟𝕔𝕖𝕕 𝕔𝕙𝕒𝕡𝕥𝕖𝕣𝕤”.』
――The next day.
A dull morning with heavy clouds filling the sky. Diana finally woke up at the sound of a knock on the cabin door.
Rubbing her sleepy eyes, Diana opened the door.
Standing there was. . .
A beautiful woman with fair white skin and black hair. She had cool-looking eyes.
“. . .You are Laura-san.”
She directed a piercing gaze at Diana and spoke with slightly trembling lips.
“. . .I read this.”
Laura handed over a crumpled piece of paper. Diana’s eyes widened.
“You wrote this?”
Diana froze in shock. Observing her reaction closely, Laura shouted.
“Stop with this foolish prank! There’s no way that person would write such a thing!”
At the sound of her loud voice, Leon woke up this time. Diana turned pale.
“Explain yourself! Why would you play such a prank? Especially you, who happens to be George’s sister-in-law. . .!!”
She’s extremely angry. Slowly Leon sat up and came over, writing something on a piece of paper.
〝George really can’t read or write. That’s why he can’t read your letter or reply.〟
He handed the paper over, and Laura, after reading it in astonishment, paled.
“What. . .? What does this mean?”
Indeed, she didn’t know. Leon retreated to the kitchen and started preparing hot water. Diana watched him and realized what her husband was trying to do.
〝I have something to tell you about George’s condition. Would you like to have some tea and talk?〟
Diana wrote that on a piece of paper and handed it to Laura, who looked around the small cabin hesitantly before cautiously stepping inside.