“That lady is a bad person…”
April did not bother to deny it.
“The bakery owner didn’t sell bread even though it was there. Maybe, it was because I was an outsider.”
She deliberately omitted the story about the child.
“…But, why did sister do that then?”
“Just because that person is bad doesn’t mean you have to be bad, too. If we are nice, wouldn’t that person also be nice to us as well?”
Asher’s face darkened.
“They can still be mean…”
It seemed that the child had suffered a greater wound than she had expected. April deliberately shrugged her shoulders, pretending that she did not notice that.
“Then, there’s nothing we can do. Just because we’re nice doesn’t mean that the other person has to be nice back.”
“Why, is it a waste of scones?”
Asher smiled awkwardly.
“A little bit.”
“If you want to eat more scones, I’ll bake you again.”
At her words, the child rejoiced.
“Then, I’ll help sister again!”
Holding the child’s hand, they walked briskly. Asher’s bouncing steps became lighter than when he went to the bakery.
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“Mom, I want to eat this!”
The bakery owner, Jo, glanced out the window as April and Asher moved away before turning to her daughter’s voice. Before she knew it, her daughter was already sitting at the table and opening the paper bag. As she looked at the scones, the child swallowed her saliva.
She hastily stopped the child.
“No, don’t eat it.”
“Why? Asher gave it to me to eat.”
She could not answer.
‘…What if she did something to those scones?’
This morning, April must have noticed that she had been kicked out on purpose. However, she brought something for her to eat with a smile like that? It was obvious that she must have done something to the scones.
‘She must have put a lot of salt in it, or burned it on purpose…’
Nonetheless, even before she could stop her daughter, the child had already taken a bite of the scone.
“Mom said no!”
“Wow, mom! This is delicious!”
The child chewed vigorously with crumbs around her lips as she spoke. Then, this time, she dipped the scone in a little bottle of strawberry jam. No matter how she looked at it, it did not look like it was purposely made salty, or it was deliberately messed up.
“Mom, try eating it too! It’s really delicious?”
At her daughter’s urging, Jo cut the scones into bite-sized pieces and put them in her mouth.
As her daughter said, the scones were delicious. It was crunchy, but the inside was moderately moist. Since it was dry, it made her feel a little thirsty. However, with just a sip of milk, it all dispersed effortlessly.
Jo realized later.
‘She’s showing me goodwill.’
A silent message that even if she neglected her, she would still treat you with kindness.
She vividly remembered the first time April came to town. Even though she did not express herself, April looked like a noble to anyone. Despite the fact that her clothes were monotonous without decoration, her clothes were luxurious. With her pale pink hair glistening, her skin was as fair as someone who had never seen the sun before—just like pearl dust.
Needless to say, she looked completely different from the villagers, who were darkened because of farming.
Such a lady ran a cafe in such a rural town… the villagers all laughed.
〈 ”She must not know anything about the world.” 〉
〈 “Has she ever cooked food by herself? It looks like she’d never had a drop of water on her hand.” 〉
〈 “The maids must be doing all the work while she plays around.” 〉
Everyone thought that she was just a young lady from a wealthy family who wanted to run a cafe just for fun. Of course, it could not look good to them. In their minds, while some people were busy making a living every day to make ends meet, she was just doing this as a delightful hobby.
In addition, since they were not friendly to outsiders, they quickly showed a sense of hostility to April.
‘But, what was she really like…?’
There was not a single maid in the cafe. In fact, April was the only one who was busy walking around in the cafe. Every morning she swept the cafe’s front yard with a broom and diligently cleared the tables in the cafe when there were no customers. And, every time the villagers passed by, she would smile and greet them first. She also gave cookies to the children.
In addition, it seemed that she felt sorry for Asher and even took care of the child for the past week. However, the villagers were obsessed with prejudice and could not see April’s real self. She was actually trying a lot to get along with the people of the town.
…On the other hand, what about them?
Jo jumped up and packed the bread.
The child, who ate all the scones, gazed at her mother, who came to her senses all of a sudden.
“Let’s go to the cafe with mom.”
The child smiled brightly at her words.
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