24. For Example, Practicing how to Kiss?
…That was such a strange conversation.
I requested Elena to persuade His Highness Mikhail into granting us permission to use the mines—
—and needed to flirt with Alex-sama in order to get her help.
Apparently, Elena wouldn’t cooperate with my request unless I proved that Alex-sama truly loved me.
…But, could I truly prove that?
I knocked on the door of the office located on the second floor.
Alex-sama replied, “You can enter.”
Intimidated, I opened the door.
It was a small room, but otherwise a comfy one with a red carpet.
A magnificent office desk made of mahogany stood in the center of the room.
A flag had been hung by the window, one which was decorated by a golden double-headed eagle.
It was the symbol of the royal family of Rushie.
The mansion of the Margrave Family was small, but Alex-sama had transformed one of its rooms into an office—
—such was history of that room.
For him to create such a room in the mansion instead of going to the former government office building in the harbor—it was certainly a manifestation of Alex-sama’s enthusiasm to work at any time.
As usual, Alex-sama was working in that office. His work usually consisted of receiving reports from his vassals and approving documents.
When Alex-sama saw me enter, his expression brightened.
“Alisa, I’m glad you came.”
I also smiled and set some tea on the desk.
In Rushie, we usually drank tea along with brandy and strawberry jam which was served on a small plate.
“You should thank Felix. He’s the one who prepared it.”
“But, it was Alisa who delivered it.”
Alex-sama’s gentle smile made me feel warm. His every word emphasized his kindness.
I excused myself and sat down on the chair on the other side of the desk where I enjoyed tea with Alex-sama.
Clear, orange, tea was poured into a pure white tea cup. The scent was truly wonderful.
I gently put the cup to my mouth.
When I was in the royal capital, I had been accustomed to drinking high-quality tea as the duke’s daughter.
Since coming to that land, I hadn’t experienced much luxury. The tea I currently had also was not that luxurious.
So why did it taste so amazing?
“As expected, the tea brewed by Felix is delicious…”
It seemed that Felix was good at brewing black tea.
From Alex-sama’s words, I could feel the depth of their bond.
I envied Felix a little.
—Alright, I would learn how to prepare black tea from Felix.
I imagined Alex-sama saying, “The tea Alisa prepared is delicious.”
That would be wonderful.
I was positive Felix would be happy to teach me.
However, I felt that there was another reason why the black tea was so good.
I hesitated to say the reason and stared at Alex-sama.
I was sure that the tea tasted delicious because I was enjoying it with Alex-sama.
Alex-sama noticed my gaze and stared at me with his blue, jewel-like, eyes.
“But the reason why the tea is tastier than usual is probably because I’m drinking together with Alisa.”
With that said, Alex-sama blushed and laughed.
Alex-sama thought the same. Albeit a little shy, I was happy.
…I wished that moment would last forever.
However, I had something important to tell Alex-sama.
…We had to flirt in front of Elena!
Will he take me seriously?
“Uh, Alex-sama, I have a proposition for you.”
“What is it?”
“Actually, I want to prove to Elena that Alex-sama loves me.”
Sure enough, Alex-sama looked dumbfounded.
Him not understanding was only natural.
I noticed while explaining the circumstances.
—this might be a good opportunity.
We needed to convince Elena and deepen our own relationship.
For example, kissing Alex-sama might be possible with a reason like this.
Well, then, we’ll have to practice before the showdown with Elena!
The problem was figuring out what to do to convince her.
***T/N: Elena is also a hard-on Alesa shippers like us.
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