14. The day of the Evening Ball (2)
The prince whom I met for the first time in a week appeared a little tired.
As he walked towards me, His Highness seemed relieved.
In the guestroom, I was waiting for His Highness. I then bowed and greeted him.
“Good day to you, Your Highness. Thank you for coming all the way here to the Duke residence today.”
“Tia, I’m sorry.”
When I bowed my head and stated some long, formal, greeting, warmth suddenly touched my waist.
I couldn’t believe what was happening. When I looked up involuntarily, I was hit by His Highness’ breath. He had me within his arms.
Wha, what is this Prince doing—!? It’s so unlike his usual persona at all—!!
It’s not profanity if it’s only spoken in heart—as of recent, this had officially become my motto.
“W, wait, Your Highness—?! What exactly are you doing—!?”
Despite being engaged, we weren’t actually married yet—!? Besides, didn’t you already have another lover—!? What was even happening—!?
I panicked and reflexively pushed his shoulders. It was only a small push, despite so, His Highness quickly released me.
Then he smiled, quite widely too.
“…I caught a whiff of you, Tia.”
Pervert—!!! A real pervert is here—!!!
Who are you and what have you done to my fiancé—!?!? Give him back, no, return him please—!?!? Despite everything that he’s done, he’s still necessary for the prosperity of this Kingdom—!?
Towards the panicked and stiffened me, His Highness lowered his eyes …oi, are you still alive?! He’s alive!!
“Tia, everything that goes inside your mind shows up on your face, you know?”
“Is it that unusual for me to smile? Is it…? Come to think of it, I rarely laugh in front of you. If that’s what you prefer, that’s what I shall do from now on.”
What? What are you talking about? What are you going to do from now on?
Who’s this person? I’m scared…
I no longer assumed that he was a different person, because clearly, he was a different person!
Who is this guy? He’s clearly not His Highness…
I furrowed my eyebrows and stared straight at His Highness.
But that was clearly his beautiful face. The face that was adored by many women. No one else had this face. No one else had this voice other than His Highness, either.
Because I had been with him for more than a year, such things were plain obvious… probably?
Recently, I hadn’t spoken to him that much. I couldn’t quite say that I was confident in my ability to differentiate him from someone trying to impersonate him…
“…too bad, but I haven’t changed at all, you know?”
I felt like he was mind-reading me since a while ago…
I grew increasingly scared. Sooner, I had to break my engagement sooner!
I recoiled and distanced myself from His Highness. He noticed and laughed bitterly.
Why was this supposed His Highness so expressive?
“…Tia, there’s no time. We have to go to the venue right away.”
“Eh? Ye, yes…”
Dangerous. My voice broke.
I took his hand, trying my best to suppress the raging storm inside me.
I wondered what had happened to this person…
“Fu, Tia, you truly are easy to read, huh… hey, smile? After all, Tia’s smiling face is the most adorable in the world.”
That moment I wanted to scream… His Highness had suddenly squeezed my hand…
I couldn’t comprehend what was happening anymore.
What was he doing? Who was this person?
My brain was entirely dominated by these three thoughts.
…at the very least, give me time to process reality?
In the end, I gave up.
***T/N: AGAIN, TIA, WHAT HAPPENED IN THAT ENTIRE TEN YEARS OF YOU GUYS BEING ENGAGED–!?!?!? DOES THIS GUY NEVER COME TO YOUR RESIDENCE TO DEEPEN YOU GUYS’ RELATIONSHIP?!??! DOES IN THAT SPAN OF TEN YEARS YOU GUYS HAD NO CHANCE TO INTERACT AND KNOW BETTER ABOUT EACH OTHER?!?!! IS HE REALLY IN SOME CRYOGENIC SLEEP UNTIL CH.1 OF THIS STORY OR STH!? OR HE GOT REPLACED BY ALIEN? In that case, I got the ‘E.T’ tag ready.
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