29. Birthday 2
“Happy birthday, Lord Philip.”
It was the day of Philip’s birthday. I wore the dress he gave me, and smiled as I stood next to him.
The dress he gave me was ordered from a popular shop that we visited the other day. He must have ordered it long ago. When on earth…?
The deep blue dress was gorgeous and beautiful. Right after I put it on, I felt so happy I spun around before the mirror. As such, I was laughed at by Selma—how embarrassing…
Towards the invited guests who came to greet him one after another, I just smiled. Philip told me that I didn’t have to talk. All I needed to do was follow him. At the same time, my heart beat faster.
In the first place, because he was the duke’s son, the number of invited guests were quite large. We didn’t have much time to enjoy a slow conversation with anyone. Still, I was truly grateful.
“Lord Philip, the duke is calling for you.”
When the party was approaching its middle phase, Philip was summoned by the duke. He told me to wait for a moment. Then, he called for Rex. “I want you to accompany Viola for a moment.”
Philip was being considerate about leaving me alone. His kindness made my heart beat faster.
“No problem. Leave it to me. Anyway, your request for me to accompany Viola makes you sound more like a husband than a fiancé.”
“Thank you, Phil. I will be waiting.”
As I elbowed Rex who was teasing us, I sent Philip with a smile. His ears were red. My heart was also restless.
“Oh, that’s right, have you given him the present, yet?”
“No, not yet…”
“Huh? You could’ve given at the start…”
“It’s too embarrassing…”
Hearing my reply, Rex sighed loudly. I was truly remorseful, so please forgive me.
“In the end, you won’t be able to give it to him. I’ll help you, so definitely give it to him.”
“…I’m sorry, but thank you… I’ll surely repay this debt.”
“You don’t need to repay me. I just want you to continue reporting to me about you and Philip—I need entertainment, after all.”
What on earth did he think we are?
Still, the fact remained that Rex had helped me a lot. I quietly nodded.
After that, I was occasionally called out by my classmates and Rex’s acquaintances. However, thanks to Rex’s perfect follow-ups, there wasn’t any trouble. About 30 minutes later, I saw Philip returning.
However, as he approached, he was called from all directions. I decided it’d be faster for me to approach him.
On the way, Philip was called by a lady. Her face felt familiar to me. She must had been a classmate of his.
As we got closer, we overheard their conversation.
“Lord Philip, what’s wrong?”
“…There’s dirt on your hair.”
“No~ how embarrassing, I don’t want to be seen like this by anyone. Lord Philip, won’t you please remove it for me~?”
Remove it yourself or ask for help from someone other than him!
The lady was blushing—I immediately saw through her.
What was more, Philip seemed completely unaware of it. “Alright.” He complied and went to pick off the dirt.
I ran and tightly grabbed Philip’s arm with both hands. I acted before I even realized it.
As if time had stopped, both Philip and the lady froze.
What was I doing…?
Eventually, the lady regained herself and awkwardly said. “Excuse me.” She promptly escaped.
Upon realizing what I was doing, I immediately released Philip’s arm. He was still in a daze.
I also couldn’t utter a single word.
“I saw it~”
Rex was sporting a terribly joyful smile. He broke the long and heavy silence which felt like it had lasted forever.
“Vio-chan, are you jealous~?”
Rex’s words surprised Philip. I was shocked, as well.
…I, was I jealous for Philip?
That should be the case. I disliked the thought of him touching another woman.
As soon as I realized that, I was so embarrassed heat gathered on my face. I hurriedly covered my face with both hands.
I was definitely jealous.
From the immediate vicinity, I could hear Philip’s voice. It was full of surprise. He must be confused because I didn’t deny Rex’s words.
“Hey, let me take care of this. Why don’t the two of you step out for 10 minutes and talk to each other?”
Rex said such even though he wasn’t a member of the Laurenson family. However, he was Rex—he’d definitely do something about it.
I was sure that was the ‘help’ he mentioned earlier. He was creating an opportunity for me to give Philip the present. To be honest, even if the two of us were alone, mustering up the courage to give him the present would be hard. However, Rex’s help couldn’t be wasted.
Philip also said to him, “I’m sorry, thank you.” He took my arm and we left the venue.
We arrived at the room I had been resting in until the party started. As soon as we were inside, he closed the door. Philip turned to me, whom was standing.
Reflected in his passionate gaze was my terribly awkward expression.
“Are you truly jealous?”
In response to his words, I should’ve just lied. Regardless, I couldn’t deny him on spot.
While hesitating, I finally nodded a little. I was about to cry.
That was when Philip hugged me tightly.
“…I’m so happy, I don’t know what to do.”
“I’ll never do that again, I’m sorry.”
“I swear I’ll never touch anyone but you.”
I was happy to hear that. As Philip muttered, “I love you.” He tightened his embrace.
Rex had mentioned it before—wanting to touch, to be touched, and to be kissed by him.
I still didn’t understand those feelings—however…
…I couldn’t turn away from the love that had sprouted and was growing within me.
***T/N: …Ya, from where did that Thot learn her technique… ‘I have dirt in my hair, pls get it for me~~~’ I’m sorry, what. Who would—ah… forget it.
The technique was mediocre and I wasn’t particularly charmed.
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