At that moment, his big hand stroked my head softly.
He didn’t say anything else.
He just petted my hair for a long time.

Each time, it felt like the Grand Duke’s warmth nourished my frozen and desolate heart.

Meanwhile, we were able to arrive at my room.
Fortunately, Harris didn’t show up while arriving here.

It was then…

Cecilia, who had been following the Grand Duke and I just now, walked quickly ahead and entered the room first.

I wondered what he was doing, so I ran into the room.

Then, I saw Cecilia covering my mother’s bed with a wooden partition.

“Cecilia, what are you doing?”

“I think it’s going to be noisy.”

I wasn’t sure how helpful this would be, but it’s better than nothing.


Cecilia, who was placed near the bed whining about her height, laughed with sweat.

Cecilia, who

“It’s done.
Please sit here, My Lady.”

In the midst of this, I nodded at Cecilia, who was worried about me.

“My mom will like it when she opens her eyes.
There are so many good people.”

“That’s good.
That’s what she should do.
I hope your mother will like me too.”

Cecilia laughed so hard that her eyes disappeared.

“Of course!”

I liked Cecilia, so I hoped she didn’t leave.

‘When I hated it so much… I would keep my distance, but now it’s funny to see myself like this…’

It was stupid to think of myself like that, but it’s okay to be stupid.
Because of that, I couldn’t take my eyes off her as she busied herself.

I sat next to my mother, hugged the penguin doll and poked my head around the partition.

Suddenly, I saw Cecilia open the door to the room.

As soon as the door opened as if waiting, clothes entered the room.

As if waiting, clothes entered the room as the door opened.

“Let’s all move quietly.”

In the meantime, Cecilia was afraid that it would be noisy, so she had to calm people down.
Because of this, people entering the room moved almost silently.

In the meantime, the Grand Duke approached me.

“If you need anything afterwards, let me know.”

“This is enough.
If you get too greedy, your stomach will explode.”

“Is that so?”

“Yeah! Even right now, it’s too much.”

I was greedy even though I knew it was excessive, but I thought it would be okay because I would wear it someday.

“But don’t hide your desires.”


“But you seem to really like that doll.”

“Yes! It’s a penguin.
They only live in cold places…”

“Why do you like it so much?”

It was then when the Grand Duke’s gaze, who had been watching the people entering my room, turned to me.

“It’s my first time receiving a gift other than my mom or dad!”

“…It’s your first time.”

“Yes, yes.”

“When is your birthday?”

“Ah! Cecilia asked me the same thing, but the day I came here was my birthday.”

After I said those words, regret filled his face.

“If I had known…”

“It’s okay.
I… I don’t like my birthday.”

“I can’t believe you don’t like your birthday.
Usually, people like it since it’s the day where you can get a gift.”

“But I don’t like it.”

I hated my fifth birthday even more.
It was the day when my mother passed away, and I had to go through it nine times.

“That’s unique.
I can’t believe you don’t like your birthday.”

I hate that day.
Especially… my fifth birthday.”


He didn’t ask much.

He might be wondering why I hated it so much, but he didn’t ask anything.

I just looked at my penguin doll with regret and looked around the room.

Meanwhile, I saw the last few people enter the room.

“Everything has arrived today.”

And Elloine, who came inside with the last dress, approached Cecilia.

“Thank you, Madame Elloine.”

“It’s fine.
Feel free to tell me if you need anything.
Next time, I will make the dress you want.”

Elloine, who had been talking to Cecilia for a while, approached the Grand Duke and I.

“Then I’ll get going today, Your Highness, Lady Bebe.”


“We will deliver the dress you mentioned as quickly as possible.”

After saying that, Elloine went outside, and Cecilia, who was running around the dress room and living room, approached us as she was sweating.

“It’s over now.”

The Grand Duke, who had been firmly next to me, only then moved around the partition.

“Both of you worked hard.
I’ll be off.”

“Are you going to go, Dad?”

I’m busy with work.”

You pretended to be okay when I said you weren’t busy, so I guess not.

He greeted as if he had been waiting, and quickly went outside.

At the sudden appearance, we stared at the door where the great force left.

“She must have been worried about you.”

I think I came because I was worried.”

I think it’s because there’s something going on with Lady Harris.
I think you care a lot about the lady.”

It was the same word as before.

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