7.2 You Said You’ll do Anything, Right?
“Forgive me, I was trying to help, but I ended up inconveniencing you…”
When I lowered my head and said so, His Highness immediately shook his head.
“I’m not blaming you. You’re enthusiastic about your research, your observations are sharp, and you’re really encouraging. I don’t find you burdensome at all. I’m glad you’re here.”
Towards His Highness’ words, my eyes went wide as a smile began to form.
That’s a relief…!
His Highness considers me helpful…!
It meant that he needed me.
I was truly happy to hear that in his words.
His Highness smiled and stared at me.
“But… you could’ve relied on me. I’m a little frustrated about that. If you had asked for my help, you wouldn’t have exposed yourself to danger…”
“…Relying on His Highness, I’m afraid of doing so…”
“Don’t worry about that. Here, I’m just a margrave with a small territory and few vassals. More than anything—I’m afraid that you’ll get hurt. To me, my number one priority is your happiness.”
“Uh, umm, that’s… thank you…”
“So, tell me whenever you need me, or if there’s anything you want me to do—I’ll do anything.”
His Highness said so and gently stared at me with his jewel-like, blue, eyes.
…He’s really kind.
…and I truly want to accept that kindness.
His Highness said he’d do anything.
In that case, it might be alright to make a small selfish request.
“T-then, Your Highness, I have a request.”
“What is it?”
His Highness’ eyes shone in excitement as he eagerly awaited my next words.
I hesitated and spoke while averting my gaze.
“Like before… can you hug me a little?”
“W, when Your Highness hugged me, I felt comfortable… do you not want to?”
I tried to say that with all my courage. I was a coward. I didn’t think I’d have been able to make such a request if His Highness hadn’t said he’d do anything.
His Highness’ face turned scarlet once again. He stared at me with hesitation.
“I, it’s alright if you don’t want to! I’m sorry for making such a strange request!”
I hurriedly said that. As I thought, I said something strange. What if His Highness got weirded out by me?
But His Highness shook his head in silence. With his clear blue eyes, he stared down at me.
I suddenly stepped back and hit a wall.
Along with that, His Highness stepped towards me. I was cornered against the wall. I couldn’t escape.
His Highness… seemed keen on fulfilling my wish.
I had become embarrassed—but it was too late.
I thought he’d hug me from behind like before. But when I thought about it, didn’t people usually hug from the front?
That was what His Highness intended to do.
Although his face was bright scarlet, his eyes were determined.
“…You said that it’s alright.”
His Highness reached for me.
The closer he got, the more my heart throbbed—to the point that it hurt.
As I thought about what would happen next, I gently closed my eyes.
***T/N: //leans closer to the monitor// I, I’m ready for what is about to come next–!!!