I bowed my head and kissed Cassius’ fingertips.
It was the spot of the nails that protruded through the gloves.
I kissed Cassius’ ten fingers one after another.
I wanted to kiss his hands without gloves, but Cassius would be too nervous.
“I admire Cassius regardless of his appearance. This is one of Cassius’s many facets that I cherish.”
At this moment, I was certain that my point would be clearly conveyed.
“So, I like Cassius’s hands as usual, and I like Cassius’s hands, whose nails have grown like this now.”
I spoke while holding Cassius’s hand, which appeared perplexed.
“However, if Cassius does not cherish a part of himself like this……”
I lowered my gaze to Cassius’ treated wrist and whispered.
It was slightly better than before, but the lingering red markings made my heart stuffy.
“Seeing it made my heart upset a little.”
Actually, it isn’t even a little upset.
It’s really upsetting.
Nonetheless, I included the term ‘a a little’ to assuage Cassius’ remorse.
Even though he has no reason to apologize to me, he will apologize to me again if I say this to him.
I said it in the hopes that it wouldn’t happen, and because I didn’t want to keep that terrible feeling in his heart for too long.
Trying to put my heart into a voice that is as calm as possible so as not to sound too heavy.
For a brief while, the golden eyes glistened like gems in the light.
Cassius spoke calmly, softly bending his lovely eyes.
His long arms embraced me.
When I felt the warmth gently spreading from the skin that touched me, I felt comforted.
He stroked my shoulder with the hand he frantically attempted to hide in front of me.
It appeared to be heartfelt.
“I continue to do things that make you feel sorry for me. I apologize for causing you concern.”
“No, you don’t have to apologize. Cassius, as I already stated, apologizes far too frequently.”
“However, I was the one who caused you to be concerned.”
When I couldn’t take it any longer, I spun around and squeezed his face with both hands.
“That hurts, Yerine.”
“I’m doing it to make Cassius feel hurt. It’s Cassius’s punishment, Cassius’s punishment.”
I longed to squeeze his cheeks till a tear rolled down his golden eyes.
When Cassius stared at me with wet eyes and a scowl, I felt weak and let go of his cheeks.
I sighed as I noticed Cassius stroking his cheek with an innocent expression on his face.
“Didn’t you tell me earlier, Cassius? Your decision to make me the sole exception was careless.”
“I did, indeed.”
Cassius nodded and placed his palm on his lap, rubbing his face.
“You know what? To be honest with you, I liked the exception.”
Cassius asked, astonished.
He didn’t appear to have expected it based on his reaction.
“Cassius doesn’t want to show this appearance to others. So, I was thankful and happy that you showed me that.”
Cassius, who had been listening to me, nodded.
The tiger’s ears, which had been upright, were also twitching.
“And I was relieved to see that you didn’t appear anxious or tense in front of me. That’s because Cassius truly believes in me, and Cassius must feel you can completely rely on me.”
In fact, I felt it would be wonderful if Cassius could find someone on whom he could rely in times like this.
He must have felt uneasy as a result of his transformation, but I didn’t want him to get uncomfortable or unhappy by himself.
In such a scenario, I was the only person Cassius could rely on, which made me more happier.
“So don’t think it was rash. I’m rather glad you believe me.”
Cassius looked at me with earnest eyes.
He put me on his lap and embraced me securely in his arms as if he truly believed it was safe to be any closer now.
For the first time since the gloves ripped, he smiled.
“You’re the only one I’ve got. I sincerely love you.”
“I’m the same way. Anyway, whatever Cassius does, I’ll gladly accept it, so don’t be concerned.”
“Okay, thank you.”
“If you want to act adorable, do whatever you want, and if you want to sit next to me, come and sit. Don’t put up with it. Honestly, you’ve been putting up with it, haven’t you?”
“…Did you know that?”
“How could I not know? I don’t believe anyone who brought me to bed, kissed me and gazed at me with honey-dripping eyes would want to remain away from me.”
Cassius flushed when he heard me.
“I must have caused you a deep concern earlier. I now feel bad, sorry…”
“You apologized once more. I’ve previously stated that you are not required to do so.”
I remarked, frowning and poking Cassius in the face.
“You’re apologizing, but what are you apologizing for? I really like it though, ah.”
“Yerine, what are you saying now?”
I quickly covered my lips, but I couldn’t recollect what I had spoken.
I was talking with excitement and my real intention came out of my mouth. ‘I’m in trouble.’
The golden eyes, which had recently been tinted with passion, gleamed like a hungry beast.
“What did you just say, Yerine? Didn’t you say you like it?”
“Uh, well, um.”
“I’m quite sure I heard you say you liked it.”
I never expected to grab his tail like this.
It was a little after five o’clock when I moved my head slightly and looked at the clock.
I’m in big trouble.
‘It’s still not dinner time.’
Is it better than it was before since it’s not daytime?
“Why didn’t you tell me if you liked it so much, Yerine?”
Cassius smiled mischievously and teased me.
Because I pinched him hard earlier, the remaining redness didn’t go away, but he was still handsome, so I kinda hated it.
“Shall we go do something good?”
“As if you’re asking something. You’ve already made up your mind.”
Cassius burst into laughter at my words.
Now I feel like he’s back to my usual Cassius.
As Cassius, who is playful and sometimes smiles cheerfully.
“Yes, something good. Let’s do it.”
I crossed my arms and pretended I couldn’t win.
“The sun hasn’t fallen yet, let alone at night, but you’re lucky I’m generous.”
“Sure, of course.”
Cassius kissed me on the forehead and said.
I smiled gently at his hands wrapped around my arms and waist.
* * * * *
It was eleven o’clock at night
It was time for everything to be dead asleep.
When I came to my senses, I looked out the darkened window and found out that time had passed.
Cassius, who was seated on a chair on the bed to care for me, spoke awkwardly, scratching his head.
I warned him not to apologize too frequently previously, but I honestly believe he should apologize this time.
“You should be sorry. To be honest, you should feel bad about this.”
“I’m really sorry……”
How can he do this when he claims he’ll handle me with caution?
My back is utterly shattered.
‘If I had to tell him, my mouth just aches…….’
I thought to myself, biting my pillowcase on my stomach.
Cassius stared at me with silent, worried eyes.
Seeing the golden eyes and the chipped tail, which indicated his guiltiness, might have undermined my resolve, but his face reflected in the moonlight appeared even more gleaming than before, so that emotion sank right in.
“I had no idea I’d feel like this in less than a day after sending the kids away.”
I remarked to Cassius, who was gently arranging his hair down his face.
Cassius coughed in vain, as if his conscience had been pierced, and covered himself with a blanket.
“I’ll stay calm tomorrow.”
“Sure, I’m in this state, therefore you must remain calm at my side. Don’t you agree?”
Who was responsible for this?
“Oh, but because I was the one who requested you to go to bed, it appears that I have nothing to say either.”
Anyway, Cassius will be with me tomorrow.
“I had hoped to have a picnic in the backyard, but that didn’t work out. I doubt I’ll be able to accomplish it tomorrow.”
“We can have a picnic the day after tomorrow. I still have a long way to go before I can return to my original form.”
“Still, the weather was lovely today.”
I cocked my head slightly and peered out the window.
The window glass, which was filled with beautiful sky, had turned black.
In the centre, there was a bright golden crescent.
“Cassius, could you just open the window for a second? I’d like to get some fresh air.”
Cassius got up from his seat and opened the window.
The cool night air blew into the room.
When the chilly breeze brushed over my cheek, I felt good.
“It feels like fall when the wind blows like this.”
“Really? That’s a relief. But you’ll catch a cold, so I’ll have to close it again later.”
“Hey, I’m not a kid, and a little bit was fine. Don’t be too concerned.”
For some reason, I felt liberated as the chilly breeze flowed through my skin.
The breeze carried the sound of birds crying and the scent of grass.
“This is why I enjoy autumn nights.”
It’d go well with music and literature.
It was unfortunate that the band could not be brought in due to the circumstances.
‘Can I invite Clayton to play the piano tomorrow?’
“While I was thinking about it, the wind blew strongly.”
The curtain shook fiercely as a result of the abrupt swirling.
Cassius frowned as he closed his eyes and blocked the wind with one arm.
The wind then blew many leaves from branches near the window into the room, making a loud noise.
“Ah, maple leaves!”
I couldn’t see the colour very clearly, but I quickly identified it as a maple tree leaf with a silhouette like a baby’s open palm.
I grasped the slowly falling leaves with my hands just as they were about to fall on the covers.
“Cassius, look at this! I caught the maple leaf!”
“No, how did you catch him? Did you use magic?”
Cassius exclaimed, shocked, his eyes blinking.
“No, it just so happened that I caught it.” It is claimed that if you grab a maple leaf before it falls to the ground, you will be extremely fortunate until the next autumn.”
“Yes, Erica told me.”
What wonderful things will occur this year?
As I stroked the small maple leaves in my palm, I smiled.
“Oh, Cassius, I wish you could catch one; do you see the other maple leaf?”
“Well, whatever blew in with the wind fell on the ground.”
“It’s a shame.”
“No, I do not need to catch it. What you caught is more than enough.”
Cassius spoke to me while bending his knees and kneeling on the bed, stroking my hair.
“If you’re lucky and anything wonderful occurs to you, I’m happy, too. That’s all I’ve got, so don’t be too disheartened.”
“Well, no. It’s better if we’re both get lucky.”
It’d be wonderful if the wind blew again.
A strong wind began to blow again as soon as I thought so.
The breeze brought a few leaves through the glass, not as many as previously.
I didn’t miss the opportunity and shouted.
“Get one, Cassius!”
Cassius listened to me and ran out towards the maple leaves.
‘As I predicted, he listened to me completely.’
A maple leaf was propelled toward Cassius using air magic.
I smiled slightly as I noticed the maple leaf on Cassius’s hand.
“I got one, Yerine.”
Cassius took out the maple leaf and placed it in front of me, saying, His face was smiling brilliantly like a child, even though he had previously stated it was alright and I didn’t have to be disappointed.
“See, you can catch one.”
“However, you didn’t use any magic, did you?”
“Of course not,” you say.
lied calmly and clutched my hand.
“I think we’ll keep getting lucky.”
“You’re right. Will there be a lot of wonderful things by next autumn?”
I grinned around my mouth as I peered into the golden eyes that were beaming with delight.
“Then let’s have a good time this autumn and spend the next autumn together.”
I learned why it’s essential to have someone with whom to make “next” promises.
“And even then, we catch maple leaves together.”
Because I can envision a future we will continue to walk together, and at least we are confident that we won’t be alone in a future where we don’t know what will happen.
“Yeah, but will you help me if I don’t catch it correctly, Yerine?”
My heart was touched by the beautiful light of the golden eyes, which sparkled brighter than the moon.
I wanted to retain the brilliance that shone on my heart forever.
“Yes, of course.”
Even at night, my sun smiled as he approached.
Even when everything was asleep on an autumn night, my sun’s brightness did not go out.
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