I Became the Tutor of the Royal Twins - Chapter 215
Rosé and Ferre jumped from their seats and rushed straight to Helios, who had stopped by the Star Palace earlier than usual.
As they jumped and clung to his arms and legs, Helios waved off the maids wordlessly and carried his little siblings up.
“Oppa, you came here so early today, huh?”
Grinning widely as she wrapped her arms around her older brother’s neck, Rosé nuzzled at him as she asked this.
“Hyung, did you miss us?”
And Ferre, on the other hand, perfectly positioned his head under his older brother’s big hand like a little puppy.
Looking down at his younger siblings, who were staring up at him with such big doe eyes, Helios smiled awkwardly.
As they opened their small little hands, he realized that the blank ink on them had smeared all over himself, too.
“Have you been doing your homework? Why are your hands like this?”
Still speaking gently to his siblings, Helios fiddled with the small palms.
“I’m writing a letter to Sera!”
“Sera already replied to my letter yesterday!”
He did hear from his younger siblings that they had been writing to Miss Popo every day.
Unlike him, who had lost all contact with her ever since she left the imperial palace, Ferre and Rosé had been in correspondence with her every single day.
Reminded of this fact, Helios smiled bitterly at the sight of the scattered pens and pieces of paper.
“Oh yeah, Hyung. Why are you here so early? Did you finish your work quickly?”
Ferre raised his head and asked innocently.
Seeing the innocent sparkle in his younger brother’s eyes, Helios nodded.
“Mm-hmm. I finished work early.”
He had just flung away all the documents that he was supposed to be going through today. The only documents laying atop his office desk were unfinished documents.
It’s been a month since she left the palace.
He had been going through the days, enduring stories and mentions of her that would inevitably weigh down on his mood. However, this was the first time that he did such an impulsive thing about it.
He came all the way here to see his younger siblings as though he was running away because he couldn’t overcome his frustration.
Helios laughed. He knew how pathetic he was.
“Oppa, why are you laughing?”
Rosé and Ferre tilted their heads to one side as they listened to their older brother’s strange laughter, which sounded oddly as if he had lost all his energy.
“No, it’s nothing.”
Nothing, he said. He wouldn’t feel like this if it truly was just nothing.
Even he himself was aware of how unlike himself he was behaving these days.
Whenever Sera were to be mentioned, he couldn’t brush aside the unease boiling in his heart. Apart from that, he knew well enough how much Raphael had been walking on eggshells around him, too.
He was being so selfish.
No matter who Sera was to meet, it was not any of his business to intervene.
It was him who did not reciprocate her feelings. They were not at all in a relationship, and so she was free to date or marry anyone she chose.
Although she was part of a viscount household that had fallen to ruin in all aspects except for her surname, she was a noble lady. It was only natural that there were men who would want to date her—and who would even want to marry her.
It was something that he could see oh-so-clearly even back during the banquet, when there had been a long line of men in front of her, waiting their turn to dance with her.
But on the other hand, Helios had this vague expectation in one corner of his mind that… she would not pick someone else so easily.
He had no idea where that confidence was coming from. It’s just that it’s a notion that’s been sitting in one corner of his mind all this time.
But then, there was Count Peters.
Just the thought of her going on a date with that young and allegedly handsome Richard Peters was making his heart sink.
And Jean? There’s that guy, too.
Helios could feel frustration and anger boiling in his chest as he realized that he was the only one who didn’t know that Sera liked opera.
Yet again, Helios realized that this was the name of the emotion brewing inside him. And for that matter, this was not the first time.
Each time Jean said some strange things about Sera. Each time he saw Sera together with Aushuvel back then.
It was that suffocating emotion.
Feeling restless. Feeling anxious. Feeling sick to the stomach.
Looking back, all the emotions that he had felt before were born out of jealousy.
Born out of love.
“Hyung, please wipe our hands.”
“Yeah, Oppa. Me and Ferre’s hands are dirty. I didn’t notice because we pressed the pens so hard that the ink burst.”
“It’s already on Hyung’s clothes. Hyung’s hands, too.”
Rosé and Ferre stretched out their stained hands to Helios, but he was all but vacant right now.
Remaining still for a long time as his younger brother and sister were still in his arms, Helios slowly pulled himself out of his reverie, leaving the room to go and wash the children’s hands.
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While washing their hands, the maids went ahead and bathed Rosé and Ferre as well. They changed into their nightgowns and eventually got ready for bedtime.
Wearing white nightgowns and holding their stuffed toys, the twins smiled as they were sitting on Helios’s lap.
Helios patted his younger siblings’ still-damp hair.
“We’re going out somewhere this weekend.”
“Where are we going?”
“Where, where? Are we going somewhere fun with Oppa?”
Rosé and Ferre looked up at Helios, their eyes going wide with anticipation.
“I was wondering if you’d like to go and see an opera with me.”
“Mm-hmm. ‘The Magic Flute’.”
“Ohh, is that where people open their mouths wide and go, ‘Aah- Aaaaahhhhh— Ahh~ Ahh aaaaaaaaaaahhh—‘ Like that?”
“Yup, exactly like that.”
Helios grinned as he watched Ferre mimicking an opera singer.
In its own way, it truly looked like a mini opera show as Ferre sang with his hands clasped together.
But contrary to Helios’s expectations that they would like it, both Rosé and Ferre shook their heads with a frown.
“Hyung, that’s kinda boring though.”
“Yeah, Ferre’s right! Sera taught us a little in music class, but it’s a bit hard.”
“Yeah, yeah. I don’t even know what the songs are saying.”
“Even Sera said it’s hard for us. The words in the songs are too big.”
“She also said that it can get scary because a big bad snake and also demons appear there, Hyung.”
Flustered that he was way off the mark in terms of their reception, Helios folded his arms in front of the twins.
However, they both continued to wave their hands at him, shaking their heads while saying no.
“Heli Oppa, can’t we go watch something else instead of that?”
“Yeah, Hyung. I wanna go watch a puppet show!”
“I love puppet shows! Oppa, Oppa. You know, Sera did a puppet show for us and it was soooo much fun. Let’s go watch something like that!”
And so, Rosé and Ferre kept on badgering him about the difference between puppet shows and operas, painting operas in a very bad light.
Helios had gotten himself in a pinch now.
He even told Raphael to purchase the tickets because it was his younger siblings who wanted to go to the opera.
By all means, Helios must take his younger siblings there.
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