“Can you get rid of your engagement with me?”
When I told her so, my fiance Grace widened her eyes for a moment. However, she immediately smiled and nodded.
“Okay, I understand… Just, one last thing…”
I’m gloomy– I sighed for an unknown number of times. The me who just turned 10 and is the second son of an Earl’s family, Noah Spencer, was to be engaged to Countess daughter Grace Roland of the same age and was about to meet for the first time today.
“What are you sighing so many times for?”
Asked my sister Catherine who stared at me. My two-year-older sister is engaged with Grace’s older brother, Cecil. That’s why I don’t need to get engaged with her for family house ties, but my engagement was decided because the parents of both families were close and I didn’t have any other suitable partner.
“Because women are, like older sister…”
…… violent and mean, you know.
“You were thinking rude things just now, no?”
The sister who said that then spun her fists on my head… it hurts! Besides, I think the reason why I don’t like women is mostly because of my sister. My appearance with black hair and jade-colored eyes was often mistaken for a girl since before. When I was a kid, my sister forced me to wear dresses… In addition, I was raised by being told by my sister about the black stories of many daughters, and this lead to my distrust in women.
“Grace is a very good girl, so treat her properly!”
Huh…? It is unusual for my sister to say such a thing. Raised up spoiled and selfish daughters are many. I heard that Grace was raised with much fondness, so I was depressed because I thought she is also such a child.
Finally, I arrived at the Roland family…
The Grace whom I am meeting for the first time is a young girl with indigo-colored eyes and silver-colored hair that gives off a good impression. Her hair was vertically rolled… My first time seeing such…
“Nice to meet you, I’m Noah Spencer.”
“Nice to meet you. I’m Grace Roland.”
Uhm… the conversation doesn’t continue. I’m not good at speaking to a person I’m meeting for the first time, but my older sister was always noisy so I thought women were quite talkative, but… this is awkward.
For help, I took a quick glance at my sister who was traversing to meet Cecil, but ever since she came to this house, she completely wore a docile cat facade and looks like a gentle lady. Who is this person?
“Grace, why don’t you guide Noah to the garden?”
Nice, Cecil-sama. In my heart, I thank the savior for softening the awkward atmosphere. Cecil has the same eyes and hair color as Grace, but unlike her, the drooping eyes give a gentle impression. Hmmm, he is a fiancee who is wasted on her sister.
“Yes, older brother”
Then beautiful flowers spread in the garden where Grace guided me. There, I noticed a canvas standing on the edge of the garden. It seems that it is still unfinished, but the colorful flowers were drawn beautifully.
“This is a wonderful picture. I wonder who drew it.”
When I said that, Grace widened her eyes.
“I forgot to put it away… uhm, that was something I drew.”
Grace drew this picture!? I’m not familiar with drawing, but I think it’s amazing to be able to draw such a picture at the age of 10.
“Grace has a talent for drawing.”
“No, I have no talent.”
Dismissing once, Grace somehow distorted her face very painfully. Maybe I shouldn’t have said that bluntly.
“I see, sorry… but you like drawing, no?”
When Grace heard it, she looked at me with a slightly surprised look, but after a while she looked straight at me and said.
“Yes, I love drawing!”
That smile was like a flower blooming, and for some reason, I couldn’t look away.
Then I asked Grace a lot. I don’t hear much about drawing as a noble daughter’s hobby, but Grace seems to have always liked it. Contrary to her strong appearance, she seems to have a quiet personality, but when she talks about the painting, she looks very happy with her eyes sparkling. In doing so, time passed quickly.
“Thank you for today. Actually, I thought that a girl like you would be selfish. But that was a mistake, I’m sorry. The time I spent talking to Grace, I enjoyed it.”
Somehow I thought I should be honest with Grace. And with that, Grace laughed.
“Fu fu, Noah-sama is a very honest person.”
I don’t think it’s anything funny… When Grace called my name for the first time, her face’s somehow red.
“Well I do have a villain’s face. In addition, my hair’s a natural vertical roll, perfect for a selfish lady.”
Villain face? I don’t get it… but more importantly, her hair was natural!? As I was secretly shocked, Grace continued
“I was also very worried about getting engaged. But, being able to talk to Noah-sama today was a lot of fun.”
Grace said that and I went home with a fluffy feeling. I couldn’t even hear the noisy ramblings of my sister today. I want to see Grace again.