interested in flower language, but he was more clever and intelligent than anyone else, so he must have figured out the meaning in no time.
However, this kind of response was unexpected.
To see that he responded to the flower language she sent him with another flower.
Such behavior was unlike Kristoff at all.
Therefore, Marianne wasn’t willing to take it.
As though she saw through Kristoff, that she has to go back to him after receiving this bouquet.
Kristoff didn’t withdraw his hand as well and kept being persistent.
She gave Christophe a likable smile.
Madam Liszt suddenly accepted the bouquet of flowers after spending a while watching the two having a strange confrontation.
“Don’t worry, Kristoff.
I’ll put it in a vase and decorate Marianne’s room with them.
Oh, the room surely would be brightened.”
“Thank you, Madam.”
Madam Liszt returned upon seeing Kristoff’s smile, “No need to thank me.” and turned around.
Her cheeks seemingly reddened slightly.
“Where is the vase?”
She disappeared after climbing up the stairs while mumbling to herself.
Marianne sighed shortly at the scene that ended with Kristoff drawing victory.
Come to think of it, this also happened before.
He targeted Marianne’s father first before marrying her.
Kristoff was a strategic man and good at getting her entourage on his side.
Marianne recited the same question once again, eyes still trained on him.
“What are you doing here?”
“Is your head alright? You drank quite a lot yesterday.”
Marianne unconsciously dropped her gaze.
She could feel her nape and cheeks slowly heating up.
However, she pretended to be aloof until the end.
She wasn’t sure if she could pull it off.
“ Yesterday did I……?”
Marianne was about to say something but she shook her head in front of the dark eyes that bore into her.
“No, it’s nothing.”
What’s the point if she knows? That wouldn’t change anything……
“Today is your day off.”
His spontaneous remark made Marianne stop her thoughts and lifted her head.
“Why don’t we have coffee together? I know a teahouse you might like.”
Marianne seemed doubtful, contemplating whether the person in front of her was really Kristoff.
Spending a holiday with him was tantamount to luxury for her.
She couldn’t even imagine going out while being side by side with him unless it was for a business banquet or meeting, not to mention a teahouse.
Faced with a strange situation, she involuntarily couldn’t say anything.
As the silence from her extended, Kristoff hurriedly added his words in fear she might refuse.
“I have something to talk about with you, regarding the case.”
Marianne inadvertently listened closely to his words and tilted her head.
Then, she nodded because she wanted to hear what he had in mind.
She also had something to tell him about the case.
Staring at Kristoff for a brief moment, she soon turned around.
“Wait for me, I’m going to change and come back.”
“……You can take all the time you need to prepare yourself.”
Kristoff finally answered softly, seemingly relieved.
Marianne stopped walking with a wry smile.
A half-personal murmur slipped through her teeth.
“This is the first time.”
“You’re waiting for me.
I’ve always been the one waiting for you.”
Kristoff didn’t answer.
No, it would have been more precise to say he could not.
He inadvertently walked closer at the sight of a faint smile that would disappear at any moment.
He wanted to muster up something.
However, the memories that came to his mind were always the images of him that kept her waiting.
―I have an important meeting.
We’ll talk when I get back.
―Sir Judge Bottenstein called me.
I think I’ll have to cancel our appointment this evening.
―Hold on, Marianne.
There is a case file I have to take a look at right now.
He thought Marianne would always be there.
No matter how late he was, he was so egotistical to think that she would wait for him.
However, she was not.
It was only her kindness and virtue that kept Marianne waiting for him, but it was no longer like that.
Kristoff didn’t realize it until he lost her.
“It’s all right.”
Kristoff moved up and down slightly, swallowing his burning emotion.
He stared at Marianne with those dark eyes, resembling the scenery of the sea at night.
It was as though a pair of strong hands were covering his mouth.
Between that moment, a low and husky voice came out through his teeth.
“I’ll wait for you this time.
You can keep me waiting as long as I’ve kept you waiting back then, Marianne.”
“You can waste my time as much as you want.”
He realized it too late.
Marianne quickly turned around to swallow her rising emotion.
Otherwise, she felt as though her shaking figure would be caught by him.
She clenched her fists to hide her anger.
She struggled hard to straighten her back and climbed the stairs one by one.
Kristoff didn’t take his eyes off her back.
His mistakes in the past struck him like a huge wave.
He held out his legs so as not to be swept away by the strong current.
There was nothing else he could do.
Returning to her room, Marianne leaned back against the closed door.
Then, she collapsed helplessly after getting out of Kristoff’s sight.
Marianne buried her face in her knees.
Her mindless heart pounded again, and shameless expectation sprouted its new buds again.
Please don’t be like this.”
She alerted herself.
She knew how useless it was for her to feel that way.
Sighing, Marianne stood up and walked toward her closet.
After a while, she smiled bitterly at the sight of her reflection in the mirror.
Low vividly colored purple dress, a bonnet hat, and a ribbon on her neck.
Marianne inadvertently pulled out the best outfit from her shabby closet.
She still wanted to look beautiful for Kristoff.
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