Chapter 193 - A Relic
“We need to have a meal now,” I said, “What should we have for dinner?”
“You’re eating again?” Harel asked with a surprised look. We’d gone to the coffee house and ate dessert right after lunch, after all.
“Of course. It’s dinner time. You can only call yourself a Korean if you properly eat three meals a day plus dessert.”
“You are a Rahelian,” he said, but he already looked resigned.
“So, what do you want for dinner?” I changed the subject.
“Let’s eat tteokbokki. It has been a long time since we last had it.”
Harel was already such a proud Korean.
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Cedric followed us on our way to dinner. Having already tasted defeat by Achillios’s hands in this way, I became very uncomfortable.
“Shall I warn him?” Harel asked.
I shook my head. Harel was too weak. I thought if I kept ignoring him, the pride of a high-ranking aristocrat, who valued their face more than anything, would force him to leave. But now I thought that he did not even have any pride.
“There’s no helping it. I’ll take care of it, so you go to the restaurant first.” I sent Harel away and turned around.
When our eyes met, Cedric was over the moon. I grew tired just by looking at his bright eyes. I snapped my finger, signaling him to come closer, and Cedric quickly approached me. He looked perfectly fine, so why… It was a waste of his handsome face.
“Do you have something to say to me, Your Highness?” asked Cedric, not even trying to hide the joyous look on his face.
“I think you have something to say to me, Cedric.”
Unrelenting in the face of my cold response, Cedric smiled politely. “I apologize for my rudeness last time. I really wanted to see you again and apologize. Please forgive me for taking so long to apologize, too. I didn’t recognize the princess before, so I made a mistake.”
Cedric was apologizing now? I had thought he was a bit more brazen.
“I’m glad you know you were rude. However, since it was a masquerade, I won’t make an issue out of it. Now then, I should get going.”
“No, Your Highness!” Cedric hastily grabbed me. “Can we meet again later?”
I didn’t understand what was happening. “I want to run into you as little as possible.”
Despite the sharp answer, Cedric did not falter. “I would love to see you.”
“Any special reason for that?”
Cedric nodded enthusiastically. He then hesitated, his face flushed. “I am… I think I fell in love with you, Your Highness, at first sight.”
In my head, I questioned what he said. I squinted my eyes, and Cedric lowered his head in embarrassment. I didn’t know what kind of situation I was in. He was not startled even though my answer was colder than the Siberian High.
“I don’t like you,” I said. Cedric blinked at that, his eyes filled with dismay. “So, I hope you won’t mind me, and not be near me.”
I expected he would understand now, so I turned around to leave.
“I heard that Your Highness is interested in relics,” he suddenly said.
When I paused in my steps, the mention of relics catching my attention, Cedric stood in front of me with a smile and suggested, “This time, a relic is being revealed at a private auction I know of. Would you like to go with me?”
It was absurd of him to suggest so right after my rejection a moment ago, but I said, “I think that would be really fun.”
As I grabbed Cedric’s outstretched hand and smiled softly, he rejoiced, despite the suddenness of the difference in my attitude.