Chapter 33: Invisible Things Part 1
“. . .Lisette-sama, do you still like me today?”
One evening, after finishing dinner and having tea in the grand hall of the Marquis’ mansion, Ralph asked me that question with a serious expression. Before I could respond, Nadia let out a deep sigh.
“Onii-sama, please stop already. I’m getting irritated just hearing the same question every single day. Lisette-sama must feel even more annoyed. I really don’t know anymore, you might end up being disliked this way.”
Yes, this question is repeated almost every day. Each time, I reply, “Of course, I like you.” But Ralph throws the same question at me again the next day.
Nadia, who has been hearing it every day, seemed genuinely frustrated. Despite her lovely face, she said things like, “I might just smack you already,” and glared at Ralph.
“. . .I’m scared because I’m too happy.”
──Just the other day, Ralph uttered those words. I remember feeling a pang of pain, thinking that maybe he also feels anxious because he has been thinking of me for such a long time.
Although I’m not bothered at all, Ralph, on the other hand, reacted excessively to Nadia’s words of “being disliked” and looked at me with a pleading gaze.
“Lisette-sama, do you. . .dislike me?”
“You won’t be disliked just because of this. It’s okay.”
“Onee-sama is too kind and too lenient. Since we’ll be together forever, the beginning is crucial.”
As Nadia said that with a smile, she smoothly intertwined her arm with mine. I now feel happy to accept the words “together forever” as something natural.
“Stay away from Lisette-sama.”
“No, thank you. Aren’t you jealous? I won’t trade places with you.”
Their exchange made me involuntarily smile. It was a daily occurrence for the two of them to argue because of me.
If possible, I want to reassure Ralph. He risked his life to alleviate my long-standing anxieties.
While thinking about what I can do for that, I gently stroked Nadia’s head.
A week later, after finishing my preparations for bed, I went to knock on Ralph’s door to talk to him..
At that moment, the door opened, and Ralph appeared with a beaming smile. My heart felt like it stopped when I saw him.
“Lisette-sama, is something the matter?”
“I-I was surprised!”
“I apologize. I was just happy that Lisette-sama came to see me. Please come in.”
It seems he sensed my footsteps and tried to greet me. I was guided into the room and offered a seat on the sofa.
Ralph sat next to me, and behind him, flowers seemed to bloom and flutter. He wore a delighted smile that could be seen as if flowers were blooming.
“Your hair tied up like that is also very cute. I love it.”
“Do you have something you need from me?”
When he asked that, I gathered my courage and opened my mouth.
“I came here to kiss you, Ralph.”
“Oh, is that so? To kiss me──A kiss?”
As he nodded, Ralph’s beautiful amethyst-like eyes widened in surprise.
Well, that’s to be expected. If I were in Ralph’s position, I would have the same reaction. Although there is a reason behind why I brought this up.
I took a small deep breath, gathered my determination, and gently wrapped my arm around Ralph’s bewildered body.
“. . .Lisette-sama?”
Blushing at his perfectly arranged face, I pulled Ralph’s body closer and sealed his lips with mine.