distance that was yawning between them.

Slowly, she dropped her gaze.

“Then are you saying that I should go back…”

“We’re going to move.”

“I beg your pardon?”

Chloe was stunned.

“No, we don’t have to.
I’ll only be here for a few months at most.”

A few months.

Eric grimaced at this phrase which had been mentioned for a second time now.
This meant to say that she was still thinking of pushing forward with the divorce and that there were only a few months left in their marriage.

“I’ve already started looking for a new manor.
We’ll be able to move once the blizzard has calmed down.”

“Darling.”

“I’m the kind of man who doesn’t go back on my decisions.
I’m sure you’re well aware of that.”

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Of course.

Eric Aslan always held himself accountable for his own choices.
That’s why he didn’t divorce her.
He’s a man whose legitimacy was proven along with the papers that were signed between them.

Chloe admitted that she could never win against Eric.
She relented, and Eric chuckled under his breath as though he was satisfied.

“We’re moving to a place where you can plant your favorite flowers as much as you like.
That much would be enough.”

Then Eric opened Chloe’s bedroom door.
As she walked into the room, she hesitated for a moment because there’s something she wanted to tell him, but she couldn’t find the words.
In the meantime, Eric had already closed the door.

Staring blankly at the closed door, Chloe wondered if she had ever told Eric that she liked flowers.

As she thought about it, she recalled that she said it around the beginning of their marriage.
She said that she was sad about flowers not being able to grow in the cold north… Did he still remember what she said five years ago?

In the end, laughter leaked through her lips, where a smile graced her features.

 

* * *

 

“Will you be having dinner with Milord tonight again, Madam?” Andrea asked.

Chloe answered positively as she sat down on a chair in front of the vanity table.
Andrea began to brush her hair.

When Eric first asked them to have meals together, she thought that it would only last a day or two, but it’s now been almost a week since he said that.
During this period, Eric called Chloe regularly and ate together with her.

He often would say that he’d only let her go once she’s finished everything on her plate, but when she’d respond that she would be forced to vomit it all later, that’s the only time he’d let her go.

Every time, he’d say, ‘You eat like a baby bird,’ and at this, Chloe would burst into a peal of laughter.

How could he say words as cute as ‘baby bird’ with such a serious face! And when Eric would say that he couldn’t understand why she was laughing, Chloe would laugh once more.

It’s been a week since this started.

Chloe was happy these days.
Just as she had implored him, they seemed to have become a normal couple.
Was this what ordinary happiness was like? She pondered as she reflected on the past.

“Chloe, are you awake?”

Eric’s voice could be heard from outside the door.
She glanced at the clock—it was still just seven in the morning.
It’s not time for him to come yet.
Was there something wrong?

Chloe spoke up and allowed Eric into the room.
Then, as the door opened, Eric walked in, neatly dressed.

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“Is there something the matter?”

“I’m here to tell you that something urgent came up.
I don’t think I’ll be able to join you for breakfast this morning.”

“Yes?”

If that’s the case, he would usually just let Daniel handle it.
Chloe was somewhat surprised, but she did not show this.
After turning in her chair, her back now to the mirror, she faced Eric.

“What happened?”

“I was told that one of the cruise airships has a defect.
A mechanic should be enough, but I received a telegram and they’re asking me to come personally.
Damn it.
What a bother.”

Eric loosened his tie abrasively and grimaced with one eye narrower than the other.
It was a habit of his whenever he was annoyed.

“That’s why I’m afraid I’ll have to skip breakfast with you this morning.
Perhaps tomorrow as well.”

“It’s alright with me.”

It’s alright?

Eric stared at Chloe.

She had a neutral expression.
As if she already expected such a thing!

This fact made Eric feel uncomfortable.
This made him bark out a sudden remark.

“That airship is something that I—something that your husband built.
Do you not want to ride it? Why have you never asked?”

“Pardon?”

Chloe asked back as though she was truly shocked by Eric’s questions.

“But I don’t think I’ll be of any help…”

“I’m not asking you to help me.
I’m just asking whether you want to ride it or not.”

Chloe thought about it.

She had only heard of it and saw some from afar, but she never actually had the chance to ride one.

When she was still a member of a ducal household, the airships’ safety was still not ensured, so she couldn’t ride it then.
And when she became a member of the Aslan household, she couldn’t ride it because they didn’t have money.

Those airships were indeed built by Eric, but she didn’t have the courage to tell him that she wanted to ride it.
That’s why she didn’t even have any thoughts of wanting to go, even until now.

But it was Eric who spoke up about it first.
She shouldn’t let go of this opportunity.

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