[Iris]: This is the best!

[Theo]: The best…?


Theo repeated as if he had never heard the word best before.
I held out a mirror in front of him.
Theo looked into his face for a long moment.


I said, anticipating.


[Iris]: Maybe I actually had a considerable talent for hairdressing?


I trimmed the length of my bangs and clumsily touched them here and there, but that alone was very good.
I don't know if it's because of my skills or Theo's face.
Anyway, let's skip that.


[Iris]: Don't you like it?


But Theo's expression wasn't good.
I carefully examined his face as he looked in the mirror with an anxious face.


[Theo]: I can see my eyes so well like this.

[Iris]: Huh?


I tilted my head and looked at Theo.
He was pressing his bangs with his hands to make them look longer.


[Theo]: …….
I don't like to see it well.

[Iris]: But you knew I was going to cut your hair.

[Theo]: …….


Theo hesitantly looked in the mirror.
Unable to make proper eye contact with himself, I could tell that Theo's wounds were bigger than I thought.
I hesitantly spoke to him.


[Iris]: Theo, if I say this, you might snort.
But still….


I was very different from Theo.


Unlike Theo's color, which is called the symbol of the devil, I had hair-like gold threads and blue eyes that were considered sacred.
Therefore, I didn't think that complimenting Theo's hair or eye color would make him feel genuine.


Perhaps even worse, he would consider it a deception and feel offended.
But even so, I wanted to tell Theo.


[Iris]: I like your black hair like the night sky and your red eyes like jewels.


I like you as a kid.
Even that color, which is considered special, is thought to be pretty.


[Iris]: I'm serious.
That's what I really think.


I mumbled as I held the mirror.


[Iris]: So you don't have to hide it, I'm not sure what you'd think if I said this on my subject, but…
Still, I want you to be confident…


That was then.


I stopped what I was saying and looked blankly at Theo.
Like spring has arrived after enduring a long winter, like finding a sprout in the barren ground….


The warm feeling that had grown tickling in my stomach disturbed my chest.

I could feel my heart beating inside my small body.


[Theo]: Other times you were always so confident, why do you look so much like that now?


I wasn't the only one who arrived in spring.
Before I knew it, the sun was shining, and a bright smile spread across Theo's face.


Theo was smiling at me.


[Theo]: Iris?


I stood there like an idiot, blinking.
Theo waved in front of my face.


[Theo]: What's wrong?

[Iris]: What…You laugh goodly.”


Theo's face stiffened at the muttered words.
He didn't even know he was smiling.


[Theo]: Oh….


Theo touched my face with a hollow sound.
He probably won't know for the rest of his life.
What a smile he just wore on his face.


[Iris]: I cut your hair and you even got a nice smile.
All that's left is to have friends? Whew, be proud.


I fussed to release the air that had become a little awkward.
There was no answer back to me, who hurriedly arranged the mirror and scissors.


[Iris]: Aren't you very happy? Or are you still worried?


I turned my back to clean up and didn't see Theo's unanswering face.
 What I heard was Theo's voice, which had calmed down a bit.


[Theo]: I don't intend to make friends.

[Iris]: What?


With that, I immediately turned around and stepped closer to Theo's front.
At best, I cut his hair and trained him to smile! What do you mean by this all of a sudden?


[Iris]: Why? It's nice to have a lot of friends.
Then you'll have your side, and you'll have a shield to protect you from those weird rumors.

[Theo]: That's where you are.


Theo said, looking straight at me.


[Iris]: Huh?


I asked back, squeaking and pausing.
I was so shocked that my head seemed to harden.


[Iris]: So now you mean….


With the most confident face he had ever seen, Theo grabbed my hand without my hesitation.
He said with that big smile.


[Theo]: I just need you.


Enough to make my heart drop to toe….
It was a very unconventional statement.


[Iris]: Uh…

[Theo]: Ftt


Theo laughed when he saw me squirming like a crucian carp.
Am I teased by a ten-year-old now…?


[Iris]: You…
That's on purpose! Where did you learn this?

[Theo]: The reaction was funny, but I wasn't kidding.


He paused.


[Theo]: Really.
I don't need anyone else.
I cut my hair because you wanted to.

[Iris]: What?


I doubted my ears at Theo's words.
But the words that followed were even more shocking.


[Theo]: Just.
Because you're pleased.


I opened my mouth as I looked at Theo talking casually.
Besides, how are you so good at saying such ticklish things?


[Iris]: Theo, since when have you been so good at talking?

[Theo]: …..

I regretted looking at Theo, who had shut his mouth again.
I made him into a human and then he went back to being a robot.


[Iris]: Anyway….
I'm glad I thought about all that, right? You said we weren't friends like that.


I patted Theo on the head.
I couldn't be happier that the little kitten seemed to have opened up to me.


[Theo]: Keep it in.


Theo said with a crooked smile.
It was funny that I kept it in my heart.
I glanced at Theo slightly and pursed my mouth.


[Iris]: Done.
I've cut off all of your hair, so let's get out now.


I said softly and walked out of the common room.


No, I was going to walk.
Until Theo pulled my hand, which had been holding him all along.


[Theo]: That's right.


Theo left that brief comment and began to walk past me.
Somehow, his gait seemed fast, as if he was running away.


[Iris]: Now….
Are you embarrassed?


I spoke to Theo slowly, following him.
I walked alongside, holding back the desire to pinch his cheek.
My project to change my perception of Theo was not over yet.


Theo still has a very important problem.


[Iris]: First.
Don't say you're going to kill.


Theo didn't answer, staring straight ahead.
But there was no way to hide the red-hot ears because of his shortened hair.


[Iris]: Ayu, so cute!”


Did you? Were you worried I was really hurt?


[Iris]: For example, you can't take out their guts, you can't break their head.”


I explained, writing eagerly on the ground in front of Theo.


[Iris]: Okay? People see the inside of a person from the language they use.

[Theo]: So what should I do if he is a bastard?


Theo, who was also squatting next to me, furrowed his brow and said.


[Iris]: Then use this.


I held out my clenched fists.
Immediately, Theo's gaze flew in as he looked at me pathetically.


[Iris]: Ha, yes.
This is not it.


Unknowingly, revealing my wild nature, I hurriedly shook my head.
I corrected his explanation with a gentle smile.


[Iris]: There are many ways to express anger without using cruel words.

[Theo]: For example?

[Iris]: For example….


I was troubled.
Speaking of which, I also had forgotten how to speak without using profanity because I was a bit of a hot-headed person.
I felt myself depraved and collapsed.


Until I remembered my previous life, I was  an innocent child.


Theo, who watched me with his jaw clenched, smiled shallowly.
I could clearly see so many emotions passing from my face.


[Theo]: I don't think you're in a position to teach me?


I couldn't answer and glanced at Theo in silence.
Do you get scolded when you keep saying the right thing like that?


[Iris]: Hmm, second.
No violence.


Once again, I felt a strange gaze directed at me.
I was furious with Theo, the thief had numbed my feet.


[Iris]: What! For what! Why do you look at me like that!

[Theo]: I didn't say anything.


'Eyes glowed, eyes shining!'


I whispered to myself, scraping the floor with a branch.


[Theo]: So, what's next?

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