On the table by the window, a glass of wine and simple cheese were cut into small pieces.

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Then he lifted the wine glass in front of me, drank a sip of wine, and looked at me.

“Then why did you come?”

“Yes, I’m here to get some cheese!”

“Cheese? Do you like cheese?””

“Uh, yes!”

Looking at the cheese in front of him, as if a little strange, the Grand Duke picked it up with a small fork and stuck it out to me.

“Here it is.”

Unintentionally, I took a big bite of the cheese he gave me.

But the cheese didn’t suit my taste better than expected.

My face hardened automatically.

“It’s not good.”

Something… It smells weird, and it’s light but savory…

“I guess it’s not good.”


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“I don’t think you’re here to eat cheese.”

While smiling, he mumbled as he looked at the cheese I had just eaten.

But I couldn’t laugh.
The taste and smell that couldn’t exist in the world looked like it paralyzed my nose.

Therefore, I hurriedly peeled the candy that Curtis gave me and bit it.

There was a strong scent of strawberries as soon as I peeled the plastic.
But it didn’t work well.
As soon as the candy went into the mouth, the scent of it was mixed with the scent of strawberries.


It’s really bad.
The terrible taste continued after that.
If the taste and smell was not good, I even thought, “Should I throw away the candy?”

Fortunately, the more candy I ate, the stronger the strawberry scent became.
On the contrary, the scent of cheese faded.

“As expected, candy is the best.”

“I guess Curtis gave it to you.”


“I guess you met him right in front.”

“That’s right.”

“I think you have a different idea than that.
Because I don’t think you’re a child who moves uselessly.”

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After crossing his legs leisurely, he couldn’t hold back his laughter as if he was having fun watching me.

“No, I’m good at moving for no reason, so don’t put such pressure on me.”

“Pressure? As expected, you really are interesting.
Bebe, you’re like a ball who doesn’t know where to bounce.
It’s always beyond my expectation.”

“So you don’t like it?””

“Well I don’t hate it.”

He let go of his crossed legs and leaned toward me.
I took a close look at myself.

Somehow it was burdensome, but I pretended not to know anything and rolled the hard candy right into my mouth.

‘I’ll have to ask Cecilia to get candy, too.
How can it be so delicious?’

Chocolate melted quickly in the mouth, but candy did not melt after a long time.

Rather, the more I ate, the more my mouth was filled with a unique aroma and sweetness.

The quiet atmosphere was broken the moment a sound of me hitting my teeth every time I ate the candy.

“Crunch, crunch.”

The Grand Duke waited silently until I ate all the candy.
And finally, when the littlest stick with candy remained, he finally opened his mouth.

“It’s been a while.”

“That’s right! Dad may seem to care, but I thought he wasn’t interested in me because I’ve never seen him before.”

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“There’s no way he’s not interested.”

“It’s okay.
You don’t have to pay attention to me.
We don’t have that kind of relationship that gives and receives attention.”

Somehow, every time I said a word, his face would harden, but I tried hard to ignore it because it had nothing to do with me.

“But why are we here today? I don’t think that your excuse of wanting to eat cheese will work.”

“I have a question.”

I looked over the window from his room.
The round and shiny moon like freshly baked bread was floating high in the sky.

Thanks to the large moon, the surroundings felt brighter.

I approached the window and looked out the window.

“It’s really bright.”

“Do you like it?”

“Well it’s probably pretty much the same as I see”.

“Still, the moon looks different, perhaps because the people I’m with are different.”

As if stabbed by someone, the Grand Duke coughed in vain.

“What’s wrong? Does your throat hurt?”

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“No… That’s not it.”

“What if it’s not that?”

“…Something has changed so quickly.”

He looked much more benevolent than before, saying only oblivious things.

“By the way, I don’t think I’ve properly apologized to you.”


“I mean about your mom.
I’m sorry I couldn’t protect you.”

I expected it anyway.
And this happens often.
It’s true that I knew all that and set up a trap.
Leave my mom alone so that the person who hates me can be fooled.”

The words I said made the Grand Duke harden his face a little.

“You don’t have to look at me like that! You don’t have to be sorry.
I put a strong spell on my mom anyway, so nothing else happened.”

His mouth pouted, though his eyebrows were furrowed.

That’s definitely a misunderstanding.

I was making excuses for myself! No matter how much I looked at it, it’s certain.
He shook his head mercilessly because he hated it, but the more he did, the more he fell into a swamp of misunderstanding.

“It’s okay, really.”

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