Chapter 86 - A Doll
“I’ll be back again in three days!”
Well, well, well. Always on top of things even while your mind is elsewhere.”
The Crown Prince’s voice woke me from my thoughts. Oh, I won. He then continued, “Thinking about something else in front of me… I wouldn’t have let you be if it wasn’t for that.”
I sighed in response to his cold voice. This man never changes. He wanted to pick a fight with me when he was the one who wanted me to play chess with him. I responded, “I wouldn’t call it thinking about something else. I was just concentrating on my next move.”
I looked at the Crown Prince and noticed he was looking at me with his chin held by his hand and with an unpleasant look on his face. Then, I looked at the finished chessboard. My, who is this fool? A fool who would put the king in danger to protect the queen. If only he had sacrificed his queen because then I would have gotten into trouble.
“Why do you play like this?” I asked with an almost dumbfounded-sounding voice.
“Because I want to,” softly answered the Crown Prince. His purple eyes were peering at me.
What, so you’re telling me not to care because it’s your choice. I mean, who plays chess like this? I’ve never seen it played this way. Come to think of it. The Crown Prince always ended up getting a checkmate because he was too protective of the queen. I suppose he wanted to protect it because it’s a valuable piece. But there are times when you have to boldly sacrifice the queen when there’s a need. If you need a queen that much, you can promote the pawn by moving it forward. I can’t understand him. In fact, I never understood him anyway.
“If we’re done, I’ll be on my way, Your Highness.”
“The Crown Prince went silent, then spoke in a low voice, “The promise… Keep it.”
“Of course, Your Highness. Well, then…”
So, is it because of the doll that you picked a fight with me? My mind was a mess because of my first love, okay? After I got back home, I lay down on my bed, thinking about the doll. Ugh, I can’t think of anything. I then realized the first time I ever made a doll was for that boy.
After I heard his love proposal, I went home, dug under my blanket, and kicked it. I regretted running away. I should’ve stayed and told him that I liked him too.
I was into you when I first saw you. That’s why I wanted to know more about you, meet with you, and be kind to you. The 10-year-old kid who’s always calculating things wasn’t thinking of making any profit only when it was you. That’s why, I quickly finished making a doll, thinking about you, who seemed lonely when I first saw you. I held the doll and smiled as I hugged it. I’ll tell him how I feel and give this to him.
On the day I was visiting the palace, I insisted on bringing the doll. Eventually, Father gave up, so I managed to bring it to the palace. Deeming I was being weird, Father asked, “Rina why do you insist on bringing such a thing all of a sudden?”
Father looked at me suspiciously but went on his way as he said, “I’ll go do my job, so play nice around here.”
“Yes, father,” I answered.
He left me by the quiet gazebo and left. After I was left alone, I played some chess.
I was surprised by the voice calling my name and turned around. It’s him! I couldn’t suppress my mouth from forming a smile because of happiness. And like that, a huge smile appeared on my face.
“Here! It’s a present!”
In response to my gift, he took it with a weird look on his face. Then, his expression looked distorted, and he said, “You… This…”
Hearing his words, I smiled and hugged him. Because of my sudden actions, he froze, probably because he didn’t know what to do.
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