Even before my tears is cooled down, Hayato took my hand and stood up.
“Alice, come here.”
Nodded, I wiped away the tears and just followed him.
I was seated on the sofa first, and soon I was shoulder to shoulder with Hayato, who was sitting next to me on the left.
He wiped my face hard with his handkerchief, and I started to laugh and said, “Thank you, I’m fine now,” and then his thumb brushed the corner of my eye and moved away.
“It’s good then….
Alice…, I know this a bit late, but can we talk a little more, right here?”
“Yes. I’ve also wanted to do that.”
Just by sitting side by side, sticking our body and talking, for that reason alone, it made me feel happy.
He lightly hugged me on the shoulder, so I casually put my head on his shoulder, too.
Maybe it’s because we’ve been giving each other meaningless hugs for three months, but this level of touch is normal for us.
“… Can I have your answer now?”
“Uh, wait a minute. I’m trying to think of the best words right now.”
“Okay, I understand… I also want to hear it.”
With a bit of regret that I had unintentionally raised the bar, I thought about how to convey the somewhat roundabout way I had felt earlier “I want the right to make you happy.”.
I’m not sure if it’s a good idea to return the proposal with a proposal, because when I thought about it calmly, I realized that it was a bit strange.
Because my opponent is the unreachable flower, my reply will need to carry more weight than his words.
But in the end, I couldn’t think of anything to say, so I just said the words as they came out.
“… isn’t, [OK] would suffice?”
I guess I was in the wrong after all.
I have realized this, but I am probably a girl who is clumsy when it comes to getting my words out.
I’m so glad in many ways that I didn’t become a queen.
“But you know? I love Hayato very much …I was even tempted to kneel and ask for your hand in marriage right now.”
“Eh. I’d like to see that.”
I’ve done it again… This man definitely serious about his words.
How can I cure this tendency to make things difficult for myself?
I gently turned my gaze away from the innocent-sadistic Hayato, who looked forward with a glint in his eyes.
I’m sure I’ll be able to find a way to make the most out of this. But that’s not enough to cover my embarrassment from the shame play.
I couldn’t help but feel that a hierarchy had already been established. Since when did I become the lower?
Tilting our heads inwardly, we sat back down on each other, straightened our posture, and looked at each other with our knees touch each other.
At this point, I felt somewhat overwhelmed, but I decided that embarrassment was completely useless in front of love and that it would be more profitable to get through this moment in my life, which I’m sure would never come again, by proposing to him using what I considered to be the most romantic proposal I had ever seen.
I decided to go through it.
It would be even better if he laughed at me after this.
I got off the couch, got down on my knees on the floor, and took Hayato’s hand.
He looks a little surprised but silently follows my lead.
A little nervous, I kissed the back of his hand.
“…I love you. Please marry me.”
— I’ve done it.
I said it.
Kneeling and kissing the back of his hand and proposing, I was actually the one who was longing for it.
For some reason, I ended up being the one to kneel, but that difference is a trivial thing.
…uh, go on, you can laugh at me for dreaming too much.
I smiled with a mixture of satisfaction and self-mockery, but the next thing I know, I’m in a hug, or maybe a side hug, and I’m on Hayato’s lap.
I can’t help but be amazed at the swift action and blink my eyes.
“Thanks, Alice. …… I’m the happiest person in the world right now.”
Apparently, it was a pass.
He kissed me a lot from forehead to cheek.
I also can say that I am the happiest person in the world.
“Don’t you want to kiss me….… in the lips?”
“Yes. But after that, there’s no way for me to stop in the middle–“
I nodded my head in agreement, as he said so refreshingly.
Like anything else, momentum is important.
“—and I’d rather wait until we’re properly married for that kind of thing.”
“Alice is precious. It’s the least I can do.”
“Is that the way it works?”
“To me, it is.”
Part of me is a little disappointed that the action is on hold, but I’m also happy.
Take it slow.
Yes, it’s okay to take it slow.
Because from now on, we’ll be together forever.
This week story is… hard, it’s one the most significant turning point in this series, and I can’t screw this up, that’s why I’m taking my time rephrasing the words so many times. And even after that, I’m still not sure that I can convey it as good as the original lines.
Welp, I tried my best, I really did.
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