‘I thought you wanted to steal one, Young Master?’
“That… That is impossible.”
“Hmm. Why is one of my candies missing?”
Sera intentionally frowned as she looked at the desk while she carefully pushed away a caramel with her hand concealed behind her back.
“Oh, that… there it is.”
Edward’s pitiful quarry, that single caramel that had previously landed in front of him, far away from the rest of the caramels.
Sera smiled refreshingly at Edward. She then slowly grabbed the caramel in front of Edward.
Edward’s eyes fixated at the caramel leaving his side as if it was his lover leaving him on a train.
The right moment had arrived.
Sera’s unexpected call made Edward jump and looked at her.
Edward’s brown eyes widened.
“If you want one…”
Sera picked up the caramel that was closest to her.
Sera picked up the caramel with her slender fingers and peel off the colourful wrapper slowly like a turtle.
Edward’s hands were already eagerly stretched out in front of him. The sweet smell of the caramel reached the tip of his nose, and Sera dropped the sweet honey-coloured caramel onto his hand.
She spoke with a sweet voice, “You will have to tell me why you don’t want to study.”
It was at that moment, when the notoriously stubborn Edward Bennett, aged 7, was defeated by only a piece of Caramel.
Edward chewed the sticky caramel inside his mouth more than ten times. Each bite caused the caramel to stick onto his teeth, but the following sweetness spread all over his mouth and made him ecstatic. Sera nodded continuously as he became a willing participant to the conversation.
“My mom and dad keep telling me everyday that I have to study hard because I will become the Marquis one day. My mom will read me a book even when I am eating. I have to study very hard or she will nag and nag all day.”
“You must have had a very hard time.”
Sera nodded as she wiped Edward’s mouth with her handkerchief.
“So, I don’t want to study anymore because it is boring. The tutors my mom brought to me last time made me write the same lines again and again. My mom said I have to be good at it to become a Marquis, but it is all so boring.”
Edward put the last caramel into his mouth. He had already eaten five pieces of caramels and there were only rustling remains of candy wrappers left on the desk.
Sera smiled at Edward, who was chewing with his small mouth like a hamster. She gathered all the candy wrappers and put them in her bag. She then started to organize the desk as if she was about to leave.
“Oh, and this class is so boring that I can eat even more caramel in class….”
Sera looked at Edward and got up from the sofa. She quietly moves away from the sofa and walks slowly toward the door. It was then Edward noticed what she was doing.
Surely enough, just as she tried to turn the door knob, an urgent voice spoke out.
“What… what the… Are you leaving?”
Edward didn’t expect her to leave suddenly, he stuttered and looked confused.
“You’re not going to study and you said the class is boring. Then I have to go.”
Sera shrugged as she explained what was obvious.
“But don’t you still have to make me study?’
“I don’t think so.”
He gave a puzzled look to Sera.
“I don’t care if you don’t want to do it or not. Studying is something you can do well when you want to.”
Edward opened his mouth and hung on to study, and she was the first person to leave after hearing his story.
“Bye then, Young Master.”
Sera once again grabbed the doorknob. “Hold on… please wait!”
“Are you really leaving?” Edward asked her embarrassedly one more time.
“Why do you ask, young Master?”
“Can I still eat a lot of caramel in your class?”
She was sure she had achieved her goal. That was how reverse psychology worked. People wanted to do something more when they were told not to do it, touched it more when they were told not to touch it, and eat something more when they were told not to eat it.
‘Likewise, you will want to study when you are told that you do not need to do so.’
She turned her head away for a moment so that her face could not be seen; she couldn’t help but to grin from ear to ear. But that was only for a brief moment. When she turned her head back to face Edward again, she would need to look like a friendly and generous teacher, and to do so, she had to press her lips together to stop herself from grinning.
“Of course, Young Master.”
Sera turned her head and looked at Edward while whispering in a soft voice. Her clear blue eyes were glistening with joy.
“Do you wish to study with me?”
Sera reached out her hand to Edward. Edward jumped off the sofa and ran to Sera.
For some reason, he felt that he must hold her hand.
Sera smiled affectionately at Edward, held his hand tightly and opened the door with all her might.
Marchioness Leticia, who had her ear on the door, suddenly stepped back in surprise. What caught her attention was a sight she had never seen or expected.
Edward was holding Sera’s hand! She blinked in disbelief.
‘Our Edward is having a good relationship with a tutor?’
“The Young Master has something to say.”
“What? What did you just say?”
Leticia looked at Edward unbelievably.
She was dumbstruck and wondered if she was dreaming.
“I want to study with Miss Sera.”
It was barely 20 minutes as Sera requested. It was at that precise moment, she had completely gained the trust of Marchioness Leticia Bennett.
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