The Gap Between You and Me - Chapter 167
Once again, the two people’s lips collided. Edwin widened his eyes.
The kiss was clumsy, different from the one he had just given. Still, he couldn’t resist her. His mind went blank and his whole body stiffened at the fact that she had kissed him first.
The fragrant smell. The sweet touch.
Is he dreaming? Or is he having delusions in broad daylight?
It was as long as eternity, yet as short as a flash. Herietta slowly moved her lips away from him. Stunned for what she had just done, his face hardened like a stone.
Herietta rolled her eyes at Edwin and scolded him.
“I hate you? Despise you? How could you think of such a stupid thing?”
Edwin looked down at her with a blank face. She just laughed at him.
“Since I was fifteen, Edwin. From the day I first met you at the ball in Lavant when I was fifteen, until this moment, I have never stopped loving you. Really, I have never once…….”
How different have things become? Because they did not fully understand each other, the two came a long way back.
“I guess you didn’t know. How great is my heart for you.”
“You will have to be prepared for the future. Even if you push me away saying you don’t like me, I will never let you go.”
Edwin’s eyes grew flush as he listened to Herietta’s words. His arms tightened around her, and his breathing quickened as he inhaled and exhaled through his slightly parted lips.
The man who had the courage to confide all his feelings to the woman he loved was saved by her love. With a sense of relief, tears were welling up. His watery eyes glistened like a lake sparkling under the sun.
Herietta, who was looking into Edwin’s clear eyes, whispered gently.
“You’ve been here the whole time.”
Just as she had been waiting for him, he had been waiting for her, standing in the same place. Waiting for the other person to approach. Hoping that the gap between the two would narrow.
Herietta burrowed into Edwin’s arms. Then she gently closed her eyes, listening to the sound of his beating heart.
“I finally reached you.”
My knight, my lover.
“I love you, Edwin.”
My one and only beautiful star in this world.
* * *
Berlin Mackenzie was the girl who was rumored to be the prettiest girl in town.
Lustrous brown hair down to her waist and blue eyes like sapphire. Skin white and fair, and perfect body proportions. Despite her young age of only twelve, Berlin evoked admiration from many.
That wasn’t the only thing. Berlin was a smart child. People who were taught one but knew ten were called geniuses. She was far more clever and mature than children her age. People praised her, saying that she was a gift from heaven.
There were only two reactions from children of her age to Belin’s extraordinariness that were so overwhelming that they couldn’t dare to overcome.
‘Berlin, you must be very happy. You were born with everything without any effort.’
‘Berlin, in the eyes of a perfect kid like you, ordinary kids like us must look pathetic, right?’
Half the children were blindly jealous of her.
‘Berlin, you are amazing. I wonder how the world you see will be different from the world I see.’
‘Berlin, I want to be like you. As pretty and smart as you, and loved by everyone.’
The other half blindly admired her.
The reactions were polar. But Berlin’s impression of them was only one.
Berlin clicked her tongue as she watched the children arguing with each other. She couldn’t understand why they cared enough to argue over such a useless thing. No matter how much they argue, this is her life after all.
Berlin, who was annoyed for causing unnecessary feuds, deliberately acted on her own, keeping a distance from the village children. Still, her name was constantly on the children’s lips.
Berlin Mackenzie was a special and unrivaled girl that could get people’s attention whether she wanted it or not.
* * *
Herietta, who was making something in the kitchen, raised her head and greeted Berlin as she entered the house.
“You’re back? You came a little earlier today.”
“Class ends quickly.”
Berlin replied with a shrug. She did the test questions so quickly that she could leave school much sooner than the other children, but she didn’t bother to say that.
“What about Dad?”
“He’s out for a while. He will be back soon.”
After briefly exchanging words with Berlin, Herietta began to concentrate on the work in front of her again.
‘What smell is this?’
Berlin, sniffing, tilted her head.
‘Something smells terribly sweet……?’
Berlin strode up to Herietta. Then she looked over Herietta’s shoulder to see what she was making and froze.
“What…… is this?”
“Uhh. Your dad likes rhubarb pie. The next door gave me rhubarb today, so I’m trying to make it.”
“This is…… rhubarb pie?”
Berlin asked with a puzzled look.
Wasn’t the recipe for rhubarb pie a layer of thin pie stacked on top of each other with purple rhubarb cream inserted between them? The appearance of the food Herietta was making now was far from the appearance of the rhubarb pie Berlin knew.
“Why is this brown?”
“I poured more sugar than usual to get rid of the sour taste, but it must have burned a little while cooking.”
“I think it tastes good, though. I checked it from time to time while making it.”
Here, you try it. Herrietta cut off the end of the pie with a fork, and handed it to Berlin.
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