Chapter 105: Couple’s Dance
「My apologies. I am Edward Raul Flarekista. May you tell me your name? 」
「Li-Lilia Anderson. Eldest daughter of Marquis Anderson. How do you do」
「Lady Lilia……a very beautiful name」
What kind of situation was this?
Edward-san was kneeling before Lilia and was gazing at her with captivated eyes. No matter how one looked at it, Lilia was the only one reflected in those eyes.
I greeted him earlier, but I was completely ignored.
「I would not really say “how do you do”. Do you not remember meeting me before? 」
「Eh!? N-No, my apologies……umm, where did we……? 」
「During Knight Captain Wilhelm’s wedding. At that time, from the moment I saw you, I was captivated」
Speaking of which, they really did meet then.
It was Lilia who entered with me at that time. And Edward-san was acting as a priest to surprise me. Recalling it now, it was a kind of surprise where one could be too shocked and die.
Well, I really was surprised at that time, but Lilia seemed to be even more surprised now. And naturally so. The talked-about prince suddenly confessed his love to her; it would be strange not to be confused.
「Sorry. You were surprised by Edward, right? 」
Before I knew it, Wilhelm-sama was back.
It seemed I was too surprised that I neglected noticing my surroundings. Wilhelm-sama stood next to me with a wry smile as we watched Edward-san whispering his love to Lilia.
Did Wilhelm-sama know?
「I just knew about it a while ago」
「Is that so? 」
「He asked me, who was the friend who entered with Carol at the wedding. The second I told him she is with Carol right now, he took off. Apparently, he has been looking for her ever since that wedding」
No, well, it was indeed surprising.
I never expected that Edward-san, a royalty and the next king, would be captivated by Lilia like that. Though it was a surprise wedding in the first place, I was the bride. What did it mean that he fell in love with my friend Lilia at first sight?
What would have happened to Lilia if Wilhelm-sama had not returned, and I had the wedding with Edward-san, as was arranged?
Well, there was no point in thinking about it.
「May I have the pleasure of dancing with you? 」
「E-Eeh…I-If it is just one song……」
「Well then, here. Please take my hand」
「U-Umm, I’m…I am…not quite good at dancing……」
「It is all right. Please leave it to me. I shall bring out all your charm」
Edward-san took Lilia’s hand and went straight to the center of the hall.
Wilhelm-sama and I simply saw them off. Edward-san, he was surprisingly forceful.
He brought Lilia to the center of the hall, and the music began to play. It was a waltz with a slow tempo. Though I was not very familiar with music, it was a composition famous enough for me to know the title.
Edward-san and Lilia started dancing.
Lilia’s movements were very stiff. On the other hand, Edward-san’s dancing was refined—true to his bold talk about leading.
One would unconsciously be captivated by it. Lilia was cute when she is silent, so the two painted a lovely picture together.
Aah, this would not do.
Watching them made me want to dance, too.
「What is it, Carol? 」
「How about we dance, as well? 」
I saw that Wilhelm-sama was puzzled by my words.
Did I say something so strange?
Since we came to the ball, I thought it was only natural to dance.
「Well, I do not dance much……」
「Oh, I am sorry! 」
It was then I realized.
Basically, it was the gentleman who would be escorting at a ball. It was also the gentleman who would ask for a dance. And the maiden who was without a man’s invitation and remains at the side was called a “wallflower”.
In other words, I should not be the one to ask. I must not forget that common practice.
Ahem, I cleared my throat.
Please ask me.
My head tilted to the side.
Would Wilhelm-sama not ask me?
「……What do you mean? 」
「Well, I would like to be asked to dance」
「In such cases, it is the gentleman who would ask……For me to take the initiative was improper of me」
「………………Aah, so it was like that」
Hmm, Wilhelm-sama folded his arms and lightly sighed.
What could have happened?
「Well……at this point, huh? Even His Majesty knows about my marriage」
「What happened? 」
「I do not have to hide it at this point. Well, there is only one way then……shall I imitate Edward earlier? 」
Kuku, Wilhelm-sama smiled.
And then—he knelt down before me.
「May I have this dance? 」
「O-Of course! 」
Wilhelm-sama held out his hand.
I took that hand and Wilhelm-sama stood up.
The waltz was in its crescendo. Lilia was still moving so stiffly, and yet it looked elegant thanks to Edward-san’s skill.
Wilhelm-sama’s hand settled on my back.
And my hand rested on Wilhelm-sama’s shoulder.
We were close enough to feel each other’s breath.
My face felt hot. It was embarrassing, but I did not dislike it.
It was a happy moment of simply calling each other’s names.
Of feeling Wilhelm-sama’s warmth, his breath, his heartbeat.
It was a waltz I was unused to. And though I learned to dance, I was not very good at it. Even so, I was happy, so much so that I wished time would stop for all eternity.
Aah, I really…
Really wished this moment would last forever—.