𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝟓𝟏: 𝐎𝐮𝐫 𝐇𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐃𝐨𝐠
As I dozed off in the pleasant warmth, I realized that a deep voice was calling me.
Upon hearing that familiar voice, I snapped my eyelids open.
“Are you awake?”
Resting my elbows on the bed, I propped my head up with my hand and looked at Cid, who was lying next to me, smiling.
Is this what they call “sleeping together”? I was too surprised to say anything.
“Don’t you have any sense of caution, my princess?”
Seeing Cid grinning, I remembered that I had carried him to the bed and ended up sleeping next to him.
My drowsy mind fully awakened.
“Huh? Huh? Ah. . .”
“It’s still midnight. Probably about four hours have passed since I fell asleep.”
“Four hours?! And Cid has fully recovered in just that amount of time?!”
Why is he revived?! Isn’t he lacking sleep?
“Because I had a sound sleep.”
Is that the issue?
Could it be that this is one of the natural cheat skills called [Short Sleeper]. . .?!
Having less sleep is fine, a unique constitution! I’m envious!!
As I blinked, Cid smiled and lightly kissed my cheek.
Tickled, I shrunk my neck and closed my eyes.
Even in the dim room, I could feel his intense gaze on me.
This is bad.
A young man and woman of marriageable age being friendly on the same bed. . .This is definitely dangerous!!
Instinctively sensing danger, I tried to escape from the bed, pretending to be casual and feeling a breeze.
But of course, there was no way my escape would be allowed in front of the predator.
“Don’t run away, Viara.”
It’s unfair to whisper in my ear like that.
“Huh. . .!”
He even slipped his hand into my nightdress, which was also unfair.
“Hey. . .!”
This is getting really bad.
His hand was gently caressing the places that should never be touched, with a slow touch.
I tried to hold his hand and stop him somehow, but I couldn’t muster any strength.
“Mmm. . .!”
Being overwhelmed by an unfamiliar kiss, my breathing became erratic.
Finally released from his lips, I looked at him with teary eyes, and Cid briefly showed a startled expression.
But he immediately put on a mischievous smile again.
“Hit me and run away. Can you escape?”
It’s unfair to leave the choice up to me.
Moreover, he told me not to run away earlier, and now he says it’s okay to run away.
―Which one is it?
Because he showed a slightly lonely face, I couldn’t push him away.
“If things continue like this, I will have my way with you, you know?”
Cid, who was halfway on top of me, traced my throat and collarbone with his lips.
Seeing that he didn’t completely restrain me, it seems like he really intends to let me go.
“Will you still like me if I run away?”
“I won’t dislike you.”
He smiled at me when as I said something so childish.
“Yes, really. I will still love you even if you run away to the ends of the earth. In fact, I would want to chase after you.”
“. . .Is that your hobby?”
“To some extent.”
“Perhaps my ancestors were hunting dogs.”
“Is it instinct to chase?”
“Yes, it is. But I only want to chase after Vi-sama.”
Even though he looked at me with puppy eyes, I didn’t understand why he wanted to chase after me.
“You’re just joking. . .”
I was so nervous that I could hardly breathe.
When I glared at him with resentment, he gave a wry smile.
Then, he gently took my left hand and placed it on the center of his chest.
“I’m nervous too.”
The sound of his heart beating fast was the greatest proof.
“I’ve been agonizing, agonizing, agonizing, agonizing for so long.”
His pained voice tightened my chest. But at the same time, it filled me with joy.
“I love you. Can I hold you?”
To ask me so directly at this moment.
This is the most heart-pounding moment so far. My heart might break.
But I can’t run away, and I don’t want to. I have to brace myself. . .!
I’m sorry, Onii-sama!
Viara will attack Cid!
I made up my mind.
I held his cheeks with both hands and kissed him on my own.
It was a momentary touch that I couldn’t even call a kiss, but Cid’s red eyes widened in surprise.
“. . .Because it’s my first time, I don’t know what to do.”
I said in a weak voice, and Cid recoiled as if he had been struck.
He covered his face with both hands and started rolling around on the bed.
What?! Why is he rolling around?!
“Ahh~!! I told you it’s okay to run away~! Why are you like this. . .Haa, too cute. . .”
Having escaped, I sat up on the bed, dumbfounded.
“What’s that? What does it mean?”
Telling me I could run away, asking if it’s okay to hold me, and when I finally initiated the kiss, this is what happens. . .!
What’s going on? Does he not realize how much courage I mustered?
Driven by anger, I threw a pillow at Cid. It made a soft thud and the pillow hit the floor.
“I’ve decided! Don’t touch me until we get married!!”
Sulking, I covered myself with a
blanket and curled up.
Cid approached me gently and cautiously called out to me.
“Vi-sama, are you serious?”
“No, I don’t want to. I will definitely touch you.”
“What?! How can you declare that in this situation?”
Surprised, my anger dissipated.
In this situation, the natural flow would be to not touch each other for a while.
“If there’s a chance, I want to touch you, kiss you, and even smell you, so please allow me.”
“You’re shamelessly revealing your perverted side?!”
As I emerged from the blanket, Cid said calmly.
“Earlier, I was joking. . . Well, more than 70% of it was serious, but I realized it would be bad today and summoned all my self-control. It would be troublesome if Viara couldn’t get up.”
Can’t get up, huh.
Suddenly faced with a realistic situation, I strangely found myself agreeing.
Cid hugged me tightly with the blanket and gently stroked me.
“Besides, I’ve decided that receiving everything from Viara will be my reward for later.”
“Reward for later?”
What does he plan to do this time? When I glanced at him, he returned a soft smile.
“I will try to reproduce the teleportation magic. I’ll do my best to make it happen as soon as possible.”
How many months or years will it take?
Perhaps by then, all the turmoil surrounding my broken engagement will be resolved.
Wrapped in warmth, I vaguely thought about such things as I fell asleep.
“I’ll wait patiently.”
“Yes, please wait.”
As I closed my eyes, drowsiness once again overtook me.
In the not-so-distant future, I will probably start a new life with Cid. That’s the kind of premonition I had as I fell asleep.