He and His Fiancée
It’s still no good…
As I cast a sidelong glance at Lidi walking next to me, I secretly sighed.
She’s holding hands with me and happily pulling me with great vigor.
Even though seeing her like this makes me smile naturally, I’m a little amazed.
She doesn’t get it.
When we’re walking like this, anyone looking could only see us as an intimate pair of lovers.
The shop Lidi brought me to is a cozy, small shop. It doesn’t particularly stand out among the surrounding shops. The sign on the door barely indicates that it’s a café.
She must be quite familiar with this area for knowing a shop that people wouldn’t normally notice. She didn’t get lost at all on the way here.
I followed after Lidi when she promptly opened the door.
The interior is surprisingly spacious and there’s a sufficient number of tables.
From what I’ve heard from Lidi, this seems to be a popular shop. It’s crowded inside, but some customers look like they’ve just finished paying the bill. Luckily, we can sit without having to wait.
An employee brought us water and a menu.
I picked it up and handed it over to Lidi.
When she received it, she looked at the menu for a moment. Then, she raised her face and asked:
“I recommend this shop’s rare cheesecake. What will you do, Freed? You don’t like sweets, do you?”
The Lidi who is looking at me with a serious face is cute.
Since she already knows I don’t like sweets, I didn’t deny it.
“Yeah, I guess I’ll just have a drink. You should order whatever you want. Of course, I’ll pay for everything on this date.”
I meant that she didn’t need to worry about paying, but Lidi frowned sullenly.
“Don’t think I’ll accept being treated. I can afford this much.”
Apparently, she dislikes being treated. As I was thinking that she also looked cute when she pouted, I almost gave in to her.
However, I absolutely didn’t feel like letting the woman pay on our first date, especially when that woman was Lidi. It’s natural for me to want to pamper her as much as I can.
After a little thought, I made her an offer that would satisfy her.
“I understand that, but I want to show off here. If you hate being treated, then how about you make something for me in exchange?”
“… Something to eat?”
When I nodded, Lidi put a finger on her lips as she pondered. That gesture is cute too. Or rather, it looks a little erotic. I could tell the men around were paying attention to her. Suddenly, I felt like kicking everyone out.
Truly unperturbed by the gazes of wicked men, Lidi kept muttering to herself.
I’m really starting to get worried about how defenceless she is. I’m impressed that no one had put their hands on her before we met…
I’d never forgive that.
“Something that’s not too sweet… Do I give up on desserts and settle for a meal? I wonder if Japanese food is okay…”
“Have you decided?”
Since I had no intention to let her pay from the beginning, Lidi nodded and bashfully replied:
“Nn. I can agree to that. I’ll let you treat me, so next time I’ll cook a meal for you, Freed. I’ll do my best, so look forward to it.”
As she was smiling happily, I wanted to tell her that the meal didn’t matter, I just wanted to devour her to my heart’s content. The whole night and even after the break of dawn, I didn’t want to let her go.
Lately, she had been getting lovelier and it was getting hard to control my desire.
―――― In fact, I’ve noticed that she developed feelings for me.
Ever since trouble broke out with the Crown Prince of Sahaja, her attitude towards me has obviously changed.
Her reactions when I embrace her have become sweeter, the way you’d act towards a lover. I also think her attitude in other situations has been changing little by little. Little things make her turn red and when I hug her she happily snuggles up to me.
She’s in love with me.
It didn’t take me long to be convinced of that.
I think she was unconsciously affectionate before. I was unable to understand her feelings at the time and that made me feel perplexed, but things are different now.
She obviously has feelings for me.
When I realized this, I wanted to shout of joy.
And yet, for some reason, she’s hesitating. She doesn’t express it with words at all.
She keeps her mouth shut as if she was trying to deny her own feelings.
This happened not long ago too. I was hoping she would say it soon, but all of a sudden she changed the subject.
I don’t know what is keeping her from saying it, but it seems like she still won’t.
―――― I regret deciding to wait.
I’m so starved that if she gave me the slightest hint, I’d jump her. And yet, I want to hear her say it clearly.
It’s meaningless if she doesn’t confess of her own free will. If I push her, I would have waited all this time in vain.
… I wonder if she knows.
I remember the episode in the carriage. She looked really cute because her style was lovely and different than usual, so I spontaneously wanted to do it in the carriage.
Without putting up much resistance, she gave in when I coaxed her despite being in such a place.
I think there’s no way a woman would normally want or agree to do it in such a place with a man she didn’t love.
And the look on her face when I said I wouldn’t let her go a while ago…
With an enchanted smile, she said she was happy. That smile was bad for my heart. If we hadn’t been in a public place, I’m sure I wouldn’t have been able to hold back and I would have kissed her.
… Isn’t it enough? You could admit it already.
When I stared at her expectantly, she made a mystified face.
Unfortunately, it seems I didn’t get through to her. She’s as dense as ever.
Smiling bitterly, I shook my head.
“No, it’s nothing. Is it delicious?”
With a coffee in one hand, I watched her stuff her cheeks with the delicious-looking no-bake cheesecake that was brought.
As I was watching her wholeheartedly enjoying herself, I thought I could wait patiently until she finally accepted it.
It must be because I understand that she has feelings for me. Even if she doesn’t put it into words, her gaze and attitude reveal it. Otherwise, there’s no way I’d sit back and wait.
At any rate, since I’m willing to wait, the fruit will eventually fall into my hands.
Lidi looks lovely as she nibbles her cake like a small animal.
Noticing a piece of cake on her cheek, I reached my hand for it.
I scooped it with my finger and put it in my mouth. As a sweet taste started to spread inside, I frowned.
“… Wha… What are…”
“Nn? You had cake there. It’s sweet.”
Surprised by my actions, Lid completely froze.
Lidi easily reacts even to such trivial things. It’s so cute I can’t help myself.
As I was thinking that, I reached my hand to her face once more.
I can tell the people around us are watching.
But I don’t care. Instead, I’m in the mood to show off.
She is mine and I am hers. I want to make that simple fact obvious.
As I was stroking her cheek, I smiled.
As soon as I did that, her face became tinged with red.
Hey, don’t show a reaction that’s so easy to understand.
I won’t do it, but it makes me want to take advantage of this.
Blushing Lidi was shocked speechless.
It’s impressive that she thinks I wouldn’t notice this.
“Lidi, I was captivated by how cute you look when you eat. Are we going to the miscellaneous goods store next? We still have time. I’ll accompany you anywhere.”
After hearing my honest words, she hung her head to hide her flushed face from embarrassment. I could see her ears that had been hidden.
Seeing her turn crimson up to her ears, I felt ticklish.
I can’t help but be happy that she’s feeling self-conscious.
“Yup… I want to go the miscellaneous goods store next”
When I called her name again, she was still blushing as she nodded.
I can’t get those words from her yet. Even so, I still think I’m very happy.
Guest editor: Bells