I Became the Tutor of the Royal Twins - Chapter 227
“But Sera! Don’t do that!”
Rosé and Ferre looked at Sera with their eyes wide open.
They looked at Sera in the same way that she’d look at them as their teacher.
“Sera always told me and Rosé that we should try really really hard to reach our goals. The most important thing is to try!”
“Yeah! Me and Ferre don’t know what Sera’s dream is, but you shouldn’t give up right away. Just try as hard as you can first!”
“What? Your Highnesses?”
Though the children had no idea what Sera’s dream was, they both lectured her and pretended to be mature. And what followed next made her speechless.
“Come on, Sera! Promise me and Rosé!”
“Yeah! Sera told us to work hard until the very end, but you’re saying that your wish can never come true?!”
Rosé and Ferre launched a stubborn attack.
While the flustered Sera was at a loss, the twins raised their pinky fingers at Sera, urging her to do the same.
With pinky fingers now intertwined, they stamped the promise with a thumb seal—just like how Sera taught them.
“Now that Sera promised, you have to try reaching for your dream!”
“Yeah, Sera! And if your dream comes true, it’s all thanks to us, so you gotta give us a biiiig present. I want a big toy carriage—one that can transform, too! Like your birthday present before!”
“Me too! I want a dress!”
Despite the pain Sera was feeling, the excited children chatted excitedly with each other.
Only Sera was utterly taken aback and at a loss of words. The words ‘You shouldn’t give up! Try hard to reach your dream!’ kept echoing in her head.
But for them to say this, did the children know what exactly her greed was?
But still, although she knew how quick-witted Rosé was, Sera was convinced that the little girl didn’t know what was on her mind this time.
However, it was true that she had been caught off guard.
She was miserable about the fact that she’d have to work hard to have the confidence for it, but she had always been pressing down on her love.
“Sera! Why aren’t you answering!”
Rosé called Sera, who was deep in thought.
Surprised, Sera finally came to her senses and looked at Rosé and Ferre.
“Yes… Just as Your Highnesses say, I will try.”
Sera vowed to try if such an opportunity would come. Even if that didn’t necessarily mean it would be now.
At that moment, someone talked outside the door.
“His Majesty is entering.”
Rosé and Ferre jumped out of bed and rushed like puppies towards Helios, who had come to the Star Palace.
As they hugged one each of his legs, the children’s stuffed bunny and stuffed monkey also flew to Helios’s shoulders—this must be due to the twins’ mana.
“Thank you for inviting me to the Imperial Palace, Your Majesty.”
Sera bowed deeply towards Helios.
He stared silently at Sera for a long time, but as though he was suddenly pulled out of a trance, he belatedly returned to his senses.
“Please sit down, Miss Popo.”
He sounded strangely tense.
What’s going on… Even though Sera was at no fault in acting so formally, no differently from how she regarded him the other time, it felt as if his heart had plummeted to the ground.
Going through the motions he seemed to be familiar with already, he took the stuffed toys from his shoulders and set them down. Then, he checked his younger siblings’ foreheads.
“You should lie down. You both still have a high fever.”
“But I feel so much stronger because Sera is here, Oppa.”
“Yeah, thank you for calling Sera here, Hyung.”
Gently tucking them back to the bed, Helios pulled two chairs by their bedside and sat down.
She didn’t know what to do in this situation, but as she hesitated because she was the only one standing now, she soon sat down next to Helios.
“Have… you been well?”
Hesitating very much, Helios asked her.
For him to ask that, did he really think she was doing well?
Sera was a little annoyed. It seemed to her as though he didn’t care about her feelings, especially that she obviously was feeling extremely uncomfortable.
Helios was acting as though nothing had happened in the imperial villa, and even worse, what happened at the opera house.
It was as though he had forgotten his own suggestion that they should keep a strict line between them.
Even though one could say that he was being considerate towards her, it would be best if he would just pop in for a short greeting.
No, it would have been much better if he asked someone else to deliver his words.
A former tutor of the imperial prince and princess was not such an important individual that the emperor himself would come personally and greet her.
“Yes, I’ve been well.”
Perhaps noticing her discomfort, or hearing the stiffness in her voice, he could feel just how much she wanted to leave her seat.
With an awkward smile, Helios rubbed his temple with one hand.
Sera knew that he was feeling troubled, but she just tried to turn away and acted as though she didn’t know.
And besides that, she knew she looked upset, but she didn’t try to clear her expression.
At the very least, she felt that she could express herself until this extent.
Ferre, who was watching, stared at Sera and Helios then asked.
“Sera, are you mad at Hyung again? Like last time?”
“N-Not at all! Of course not!”
Sera shook her head hastily, but Rosé, Ferre and Helios seemed to be thinking the same thing.
Fortunately, Helios did not seem to be very offended.
Instead, while looking a little nervous, he caressed the children’s cheeks and spoke with a soft voice.
“Rosé, Ferre, I’ll be back in the evening. I just dropped by to greet Miss Popo briefly. Then, Miss Popo, can you spare me a moment before you leave the palace today?”
“Pardon, Your Majesty?”
“I would like to talk to you separately, if possible.”
Talk, the two of them?
Sera’s heart skipped a beat, getting heavy as though she had done something wrong. He was asking to talk to her, just the two of them.
And Helios’s serious expression also played a part in it.
‘I really want to avoid being alone with His Majesty right now… Meeting him won’t help me organize my feelings… Or did I make a mistake.’
She recalled the day they had last met, going over each moment one by one. However, Sera could not guess why Helios would want to talk to her.
For him to ask that they talk alone, it meant that it was a personal matter… or a sensitive topic that others shouldn’t hear…
Back in the imperial villa, she certainly heard what Helios thought of her, so they wouldn’t be talking about that again.
Since it’s like that…
Thinking about it over and over, Sera’s expression hardened as she came to a conclusion.
There’s only one reason left why he’d want to talk to her alone.
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