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Just like he said he didn’t seem to put much pressure when it came to directions, but it still looked as elegant as any other prince at this event when he pulled me closer, not too rough yet with a lot of force.
Calm down Y/N, just one dance and nothing more.
“…”, there was more than silence when it came to that man, I didn’t blame him, I wasn’t much of a talker myself and I also was someone who invited him to this dance and not the other way around.
As I followed his lead which was unlike his statement, very easy to follow and looked like he had a lot of practice in it, I wondered after the second song started why he didn’t stop yet as we silently swirled and pulled back just to get pushed together again. I only thought about how he must have pitied me since I asked him out, I must have looked desperate for this dance while I only wanted to cover for my friends.
My eyes wandered around the room as I couldn’t see Chiaki and Hiyori was still dancing with Prince Ushijima, her face red from anger and embarrassment yet she kept her poker face as she was obviously exhausted but didn’t want to admit defeat.
What is that crazy girl doing?
I heard the man beside me clear his throat and as I looked back he had fixed me with his eyes before averting them and dancing on.
He must be tired of me… I even wondered why he would do a second song in the first place…
“If you rather would dance with someone else just say so”, he suddenly said as his gaze caught Prince Ushijima’s fierce dance with Hiyori and when I finally understood what he said I accidentally tripped on his foot which he hid, but his face showed slight features of pain as his eyebrow twitched for a split second.
Immediately my gaze wandered to my mother who signed me to watch my step and I lowered my gaze while the fear grew bigger.
“It’s not a big deal”, he lowly muttered so that only I could hear and his face that he leaned down tried to peek in my face.
“I am very sorry”, I muttered back and remembered his words, “also… I really don’t want to dance with someone else.”
His face had a confused expression with a slight red tint that disappeared just as fast as it came.
“I see… “, he just looked down on me while keeping the lead as the third song started.
I realized that his reaction must have meant that I said something weird again or that I was missing something.
“I-I meant you don’t need to dance more than one dance with me out of pity. I already had much of your time today, Sir. If you rather would dance with someone else, I am a bit busy myself since-“, since my mother would kill me if I trip one more time and my head was somewhere else instead despite that I enjoyed his tight grasp that didn’t feel suffocating at all unlike other men who didn’t care much how their partner felt.
If it had been on another occasion I think I would have enjoyed this a tad more…
“It’s not out of pity”, he said curtly and I tilted my head as I was still lost.
He seemed to search for words as he looked around the room and back to me.
“Out of all the women I had danced with, you seemed like someone who would be the least annoying. It’s quite the opposite I think because you asked me out of a dire situation I might have enjoyed the pure feelings… I am sorry I don’t know how to phrase it. I am a bit bad with words, usually I don’t even talk that much”, there was even a slight vulgar word that slipped out and I couldn’t help but let out a wow at his seemingly un-prince-like slip up.
“I guess that’s it”, he sighed and let go of my hand which felt like I lost something despite that he was still next to me.
I stared at the man who rubbed his neck and then ruffled through his hair before he stood straight again, “please forgive me for my manners.”
I shook my head and smiled a bit, “not at all. I think your… that side of you is quite funny… not in a bad way”, I tried to explain and watched my mother from the corner of my eye.
He followed that gaze and gave me a glare.
“I heard your mother is looking for a suitor, at least many people in our province and the neighboring one were talking about the 3rd Princess finally being able to marry”, I couldn’t help it but my jaw dropped open as I heard for the first time that my mother was looking for a suitor.