The morning of the day the surgery was completed… I ran away. I didn’t want him to see my face at all.
“You quit just like that!?”
The debt collector with his mouth wide open, just stared at me when I told him I already quit my job.
“You are incredibly stupid!! Do you think that places like that who pays incredibly well are easy to come by?! What do you even intend to do right now??!!! “
It was really bothersome having to face him right now. Not to mention, a bit of his spit came flying to me as I tried to hide my face opting to look at the floor hiding a grin in my face. Even if you don’t tell me, having experienced working there myself, I know that Lowell-sama paid me handsomely and that I would never see such a heavenly workplace again.
Thinking calmly, I guess it’s a bit faster. I was able to eat three meals satisfactorily, with a private room and a fluffy bed (though at first, it was full of dust), and my employer was like an archangel. However, even with that kind of treatment, I did not have the courage at all to stay there.
After all, Lowell-sama’s eyes were finally cured.
The day I realized that he could finally see this face. I felt like the dreaded scars reflected in the mirror were thickening. No matter how frightened or disgusted people were, I never really concerned myself with other people’s reactions.
However, I was scared of how he would react and I didn’t like it all. I wish I could have been more beautiful.
Lowell is kind and looking at this face I know he would say, “I don’t care.” and he’d softly smile at me.
But honestly, if possible, I wanted him to think I was someone beautiful.
―But, six months later.
I had an unexpected reunion with Lowell.
“I found you!”
My shoulders shook for a moment when I suddenly heard that soft voice from behind. After hearing that voice that I could recognize almost anywhere, I turned around. There he was, standing there with a smile. It was the first time I saw him after 6 months.
“I’m here to pick you up, Franelle”
“… What? Why?”
I hide my face in a hurry.
Why is Lowell here?!
And to think we’d see each other in the hallway of my new workplace. (By the way, the floor was just being polished.)
This was the residence of a noble family who lived in the countryside, the wages were a bit low, but the masters were very calm and had a gentle heart as they were an old retired couple. Their compassion towards me was something that allowed me to work with ease and helped me stop thinking about Lowell too much.
Anyways, why is he here in such a place?!
From the town where Lowell’s mansion was located, it would take two days by carriage and it was really deep in the countryside.
“I don’t know who you’re thinking about, but that person is not me.”
Even though I was looking down as much as I could, he suddenly approached me without even thinking and stared down at me.
“That voice and that way of speaking, you are indeed Franelle, there’s no doubt.”
At last, I finally found you, is what he whispered in my ear as if an unachievable dream became true.
“I heard about the place you owed money to. I told them I’d take over your debt if they told me where you were.”
Without thinking, I lifted up my face when I heard it, just to meet with his eyes looking straight at me.
Oh no, he can finally see me. I instantly covered my face with both of my hands and squatted down. Then, he kneeled down on one knee and I could hear his voice right next to me.
“What happened, Franelle? Let me see your face better. I always wanted to see you.”
“Oh, I- It’s not a silhouette that could be worthy of your attention.”
“From where did you pick up that line?”
Lowell-sama just broke in fits of laughter.
While I did feel happy about meeting him again, it didn’t change the fact that I didn’t want him to see my face at all. My head was full of doubts that I felt that I was about to explode brought by the extreme stress of the situation.
Calm down, self.
There are only two possibilities. One, this is a dream.
That is by far the highest probability out of both possible scenarios since I’ve had the exact same dream for too many times in the last six months.
Two, this is probably by sheer luck.
Yes. Lowell-sama stopped by here because there was some important reason and we just happened to meet by sheer luck. And he probably thought something like “Ah, speaking of which, isn’t this the place where she’s working now? Let’s greet her.”
Well, okay, the situation is totally not plausible and it’s very unlikely. I was also probably hearing hallucinations that he took over my debts when in reality there’s no reason for him to do such a thing… Yup, this is definitely a dream right? Yeah for sure.
“This is a dream, right?!”
When I expressed my conclusion, Lowell-sama immediately denied it.
“No, I think I mentioned it earlier, but I’m here to pick you up.”
“To pick me up……?”
“Before that, I wanted to ask, why did you suddenly disappear? I was astonished and I felt as if you just left me there alone”
It was the first time I saw Lowell-sama make such expression. He looked sulking.
“Oh, that’s because …”
I was already sulking when Lowell just squints his eyes at me.
“…You were concerned about the wounds on your face, right? I heard from Trill-san.”
“You didn’t want me to look at them?”
While I looked down at the floor again, Lowell-sama’s hand stretched out to my cheek.
“You were very troubled, right? I’m sorry.”
He trailed down his fingers through the length of my scar, with him suddenly doing it, I felt like my nervousness started to subside like a thread that loosened its tension a bit.
“I’ve been looking for you all this time. You took care of me so much that I just wanted to sincerely say thank you.”
“So, you just wanted to thank me?”
“And if possible I want you to come back with me.”
Lowell-sama’s beautiful eyes looked like a starry night that burst into the sky as he was staring down at me.
I feel like I’d fall and delude myself with all these expectations…
“…and, even if you decide to refuse, and not return with me. I should at least meet you once a month..”
“Because you have to repay your debt to me now!”
Which one do I choose? I just blinked my eyes astonished about the situation.
The angel smiling in front of me, suddenly felt like it was the demon smiling instead.
My negative past and the debt of my parents still follows me around.
I try to back away… but my back was already touching the wall. In front of me, there was an angel that stared at me like he was staring at the future.
A new path for us was about to be opened.
She’s my girlfriend.
When I declared this to my brother, Trill-san just made a face as if she was bitten by a poisonous bug with her eyes wide open. Everyone just looked as if they were petrified. There was only silence.
However, one person had a different reaction completely. It was the girl that I was holding by her shoulders.
“It’s not like that! It’s different! It’s a joke okay! Please make it clear Lowell-sama!!”
The girl was shaking both of her hands in front of her bright red face, trying to strongly deny what I said with her whole body.
I didn’t really like her rejecting it that much.
“Am I wrong?”
I said with a bit of a sulky expression. While looking at the face that I love the most in the world. Franelle’s blue eyes, as clear as the sky, reflected my own…
“But… it’s really not like that, is it?”
For today, let’s just leave it like that. And I laughed a bit by her reaction.
“Yes, you’re right, it’s not like that… yet..”
Franelle only looked astonished. I wonder how other people reacted to it?
My heart started to beat frantically, expecting a whole lot more on what was about to come to our new life together.