Years of living alone and being independent made Lily more self–reliant. When she was still with Nathanial, he was always busy with work. Even during dinner, he always left the table before Lily finished eating. Lily did not care much about it then, but as time passed, she grew tired of it. On the other hand, being with Alexander was so different. She felt loved and cared for.
Alexander noticed Lily had not touched her food, so he asked, “What‘s wrong? Is the food not to your liking?” He made sure to order various foods so Lily could choose whatever she liked.” What kind of food do you prefer then?”
“The choices don‘t matter; it‘s who I‘m having it with that does.” Lily took a deep breath, smiled, and started eating. “These are delicious!” She took a piece with her fork and attempted to feed Alexander. “Here, have some!”
Alexander was mildly surprised by Lily‘s gesture, but he smiled and opened his mouth to take a bite. After some thought, Lily turned toward Alexander, still elegantly chewing his food, saying, “I thought about what you asked me a while ago. To be honest, I don‘t think I can honestly say that I love you. Still, that doesn‘t mean I don‘t like you. I just need more time before I‘ll be able to say that I love you.”
Alexander did not expect Lily to take his question so seriously. It felt more like they were critically discussing whether to love or not to be loved.
“This girl is something else, huh?‘
Lily looked at Alexander when he did not respond and realized he was just staring at her. She assumed he was unsatisfied with her answer. “I don‘t want to lie to you. I think you have the right to know how I genuinely feel about you. That‘s why I‘m telling you this.” “I know.”
Alexander nodded, lips curling into a gentle smile. “I‘ve told you I‘m in no rush.” Lily stared into Alexander‘s eyes and could tell he meant every word he said. She sighed in relief but decided to ask what was puzzling her, “A while ago, you said…” Lily hesitated momentarily and continued, “W–Why do you love me?”
The duo remained silent for a while as if they were the only ones in the world, and nothing else mattered when they stared into each other‘s eyes. Lily‘s eyes were full of puzzlement, while Alexander‘s darker ones were complex and looked like they contained a thousand stories.
He lifted his hand and gently caressed Lily‘s face. With his deep, attractive voice, he confessed, “everything.”
Lily‘s heart was beating so fast that she felt like it was trying to break free from her chest. Staring back at Alexander‘s deep, dark orb–like eyes, she knew what he had just said sounded bizarre, but she never once doubted him. However, she could not deny that it made her feel light–headed.
She placed her own hand onto the hand that was cupping her face and gave it a light squeeze, ” I promise I‘ll love you wholeheartedly as well.” Alexander gave her a reassuring smile.
After dinner, Lily stood up and wanted to clean up, but Alexander beat her to it. He swiftly cleared the table of all the dishes and brought them into the kitchen.
He placed them neatly into the dishwasher and started the machine. Then he turned to face her, “I‘ve told you I‘m in charge of the kitchen.”
“I‘ve also told you I‘m not a princess,” Lily insisted. Alexander wound his arms around her waist and whispered, “You‘re my princess and the most valuable thing in my life.” He pressed his lips to her forehead, released her waist, and took her by the wrist. “Let me show you something.” He led her to the living room and told her to wait on the sofa.
He went to his study and came out with some documents. After double checking, he passed them to Lily, saying, “Take a look at these.”