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“You are still a rookie aren’t you Iwa-chan? The more you connect to people the more Intel and allies you have in different areas”, I was surprised by the conversation they were having yet enjoyed it.
But did he call him iwa-chan?
“…”, Prince Hajime’s face seemed like his half-brother had a valid point yet he clicked his tongue, “don’t call me iwa-chan on such occasions.”
The other one laughed slightly and I saw him stealing a glance over to the others from time to time.
“So if everything will go clean today, I suppose in two weeks we’ll have a newbie in our palace, right?”, with a meaningful look Prince Tooru supported his arms on the table and leaned his head on his hands as he looked between me and Prince Hajime.
P-Palace?! I mean we have a big mansion but a palace?!
“Hm”, the one next to me made a half-affirming noise and pointed at his brother’s arms, “that’s rude stop that. Nobody asked you to come yet you behave like that every time we go somewhere”
“And still I get all the attention, don’t I? But you won’t understand how it feels to turn people down because I can barely make time for a few important matters”, Prince Tooru shrugged.
“Prick, you were wandering around the whole week playing around”, I heard barely a whisper saying that my eyes were widening in surprise before he cleared his throat and the one in front of me laughed again.
“That’s so rude! I had errands in this city. Also, who is the one who makes all the arrangements because people are scared to ask you twice, huh?”, as Prince Tooru finished those words he received a slap on the back of his head by none other than the mother of future husband.
That sounds so weird, but… but two weeks?!
“Wait a second”, I whispered and tugged inconspicuously on Prince Hajime’s sleeve as he gave me a side-glance and tilted his head a bit to the side signing me that he was listening, as Prince Tooru apologized and discussed with the one who slapped his hands grabbing all the attention.
“D-Did you say two weeks? Isn’t that too fast?”, I almost stumbled across my words and I saw how he slightly shifted and turned his head leaning in to respond.
H-His breath… is too close… I-
It was tickling my sensitive ears and I could barely make out what he said due to the thoughts rumbling inside my head.
“Two weeks may sound a bit quick, but I really can’t wait much longer than that I hope you don’t resent me for that. Also it is not… you know. Not a-“, before he could finish his sentence I heard my mother clear her throat which caused me to flinch and accidentally headbutt Prince Hajime.
That’s it. I will die a virgin
“I am so sorry”, I stuttered and he just heaved his hand, covering the little red spot on his forehead and nodded in order to sign me an okay.
“That’s a hilarious future sister-in-law. I can’t wait to see what you will do in the palace once you arrive”, his brother was munching on something while giving me the smile of a curious child unlike all his behaviour before.
It is eerie how he enjoys it when Prince Hajime is suffering so genuinely.
After dinner and a lot of talk I wasn’t involved with I started thinking about all kinds of things:
One of them was Hiyori who just seemed to contact me shortly but nothing else.
I wondered if Prince Ushijima ever let her go that evening…
Then again Chiaki came into my mind. She always finds ways to contact me or randomly see me somewhere but I didn’t hear a thing, not even a notice where she is. The moment she fled was also the moment I didn’t hear from her and with all the organisation stuff that was going on I couldn’t even think of getting to her mother’s bakery or even close with my mother, her ears and eyes aka the guards.
Also two weeks were too short. It seems like even though my mother was firstly shocked and taken aback by that statement she wasn’t completely against it.
Do you want to get rid of me that badly?
And then it all started to go too fast, they already discussed a new appointment, when we would meet, how I and Prince Hajime would organize things and walk through both his and my province, how we would have dinner with my father which was the most dreadful event that I kept cursing in my head and also the wedding itself.
Before I realized it Prince Hajime’s mother gave me a tight hug as a goodbye and the man himself patted my shoulder before his mother scolded him and I was crushed into a muscular torso, feeling every single movement of his from breath to the voice in his chest as he told me we would see each other in two days.
Still gooey from that man’s massive force and warmth I saw my mother and everyone else leave through the door beside one person who waited for them to leave. Leaving only me and him in the big and scary dinner room that was filled with the dim light of the halls and the last rays of the sun that was about so set.
“Finally I can get to talk to you alone”, Prince Tooru loosened his tie and stepped closer with a smile, “about the deal-“
“I am sorry, I don’t know a bit what you are talking about”, I stuttered and his face looked surprised as he raised his eyebrows.
“I think you quite know, that’s why you are so flustered aren’t you?”, the smile went a tad darker as he pointed at the chair, “let’s take a seat shall we? Shortly before I had to depart I didn’t want to make my visit for naught even though it was very entertaining in itself”, his voice had a gentle yet strong tone that made me already step ahead to take a seat in my own mansion.
Unlike his brother this kind of authoritarian behaviour is scary. Nobody would probably know what is going on
He also took a seat right next to me, shoving the chair with no sound so that I would face him while he placed one arm on his knee and supported his head on it, eyeing me with a knowing smile.
“About your friend-“, he started and immediately I reacted with an answer.
“Sorry to disappoint you but I do not have any friends.”
His expression turned concerned and a bit of a sad undernote as he furrowed his eyes, “Wow I need to say that this is kind of saddening to hear”, he sighed, “if it wasn’t a complete lie. I may be easy-going but not and idiot”.