[Theo]: It's weird.

[Iris]: Huh?

[Theo]: You're weird.


Theo looked at me and said that.


'Have you noticed that my personality has changed?'


[Theo]: A little more, before….


I felt a cold sweat running down my back.
I hurriedly handed the sausage from my bowl to Theo and mumbled.


[Iris]: Wow! Looks delicious.
Hurry up and eat a lot!


Theo then shut his mouth with a disgruntled face.
After breakfast, we spent time in the sun like the other kids.


I wanted to give Theo, who had to hide from other children, a new experience.


We sat on the lawn and looked up at the sky, and then played ball that Theo had so coldly rejected before.
In fact, I thought he would refuse this time, but Theo generously complied with everything I asked.


Looking at Theo, I couldn't hide my pride as I thought of all the professional books I had read so far.




[Theo]: You want to die?

[Random Child]: Ugh….
Oh, no!


Although there is still a long way to go.
I hurriedly ran to Theo, who was grabbing the butt of a child who happened to bump shoulders with me.


[Iris]: Theo! Oh no! You can't do that!


He threw away the pink ball in his hand.


[Theo]: But this bastard….

[Iris]: Theo!


I looked Theo straight in the eye and called his name.
Then he saw Theo's hand slip away.
The child who was being held captive by Theo was frantic as he ran away.


I sighed as I looked at the child who had disappeared before I had time to talk.
I grabbed Theo's hand.


Theo, the man alone with me, had a softer expression than before.


I think that's why you are known as a really fierce animal.


[Iris]: Theo, why did you suddenly catch that kid?

[Theo]: …….
If they are trying to bully you again…


Theo couldn't finish his words and kept his mouth shut.
I stared blankly at him.


What did he just say?


This is what Theo is worried about me right now, right? That's why he reacted sensitively to a child who bumped into me, right?


[Iris]: Theo…!


I covered my mouth with my hands and had tears in my eyes.
He said we weren't that close! Was that what he thought of me inside?


[Theo]: What.
Why do you look at me with such eyes?


I hugged Theo as he slipped backward and gave myself over to emotion.


[Iris]: Okay! You don't have to tell me, it's my fault for not being able to fathom your heart!

[Theo]: …..Why are you doing this?”

[Iris]: I know your desire to protect me.
Damn, I was an idiot!

[Theo]: Stop saying creepy things and get away!


Eventually, I was pushed away from him by Theo's violent shoving, and only then did I come to my senses.


I've become too immersed before I know it.


I hesitantly stepped back.
Theo seemed too familiar now.
By the way, Theo's growling at the other children in this way might spread more strange rumors.


I spoke to Theo.


[Iris]: But Theo.
I appreciate you trying to protect me, but why don't you stop treating children with a sharp attitude?”


I paused.


[Iris]: I'm not saying you're bad.
There were things that had to be done the easiest way.
But now it's different.
I'm by your side.”


I stroked the wound on Theo's forehead with my fingers.


[Iris]: So let's get rid of those rumors ourselves.

[Theo]: Do you want me to be nice?

[Iris]: Theo you're still a good boy, before and now.
I just don't want you to be misunderstood anymore.
I don't want you to get hurt.”


Theo seemed to be lost in thought for a moment.
I squeezed Theo's conflicted hand.


[Theo]: Ok.


Theo's answer after a long time overwhelmed me.
After all, Theo wasn't an irredeemable villain.


[Iris]: Really? Really? I'm so glad!


I grabbed Theo's hand and flopped on the spot.
Then I saw the corners of Theo's mouth move very slightly, as if they were going up.


[Theo]: If you want.

[Iris]: Alright! You're going to be a person who is not mistaken for a demon at all!


I felt like I was going to soar into the sky, swelling with hope.
But the laughter unfortunately didn't last long.


[Iris]: Come on.
Pull the corners of your mouth and laugh.

[Theo]: Like this?


'It's ruined.
This isn't a murder smile, it's a murder premonition…'


How could this be?


I looked at Theo, who was smiling sheepishly.
No, I even wondered if it would be okay to describe that as a smile.


Theo basically always had a cold expression.
Theo's expressionless expression, as if he had no emotion, was his usual expression.
Only his eyes widened and his mouth moved…


'I can't see you right because you look like a real villain.'


What to say to Theo? I had to linger and ponder for a long time.


[Iris]: Theo, why don't you relax your eyes a little bit first?


Now Theo's eyes were so wide that he looked like a madman.


[Theo]: Relax my eyes?

[Iris]: Yes

[Theo]: I'll try.


Theo complied.
He showed me a second smile.


'Oh no'


Theo relaxed his eyes and raised the corners of his mouth, a rotten smile was complete, as if laughing at something uncivilized.


[Iris]: What the hell am I supposed to do?


I grabbed Theo's shoulder and exclaimed.
There was no hope.
With this kind of smile, Theo would be perceived as a terrifying child.


Theo looked at me.


The look in his eyes warmed his heart as if he was asking.


'Is it so bad?'


Bah, was the reaction too severe?


Then Theo's long bangs caught my eye.
His black hair covered his eyes.
Then a good idea popped into my head like lightning strikes.
I asked Theo out loud.


[Iris]: Theo! Do you trust me?


Puzzled eyes scanned me.
He couldn't seem to understand my intentions.
But even so, Theo nodded slightly at me, without asking anything.


I grinned, took Theo's hand, and led him.
It was an opportunity to drastically change Theo's image.


[Iris]: Then let's go!


We entered an empty room.
I sat Theo down in a chair and put a handkerchief around his neck.
Now, there was no big cloth to use, so it was an emergency measure.


[Theo]: What the hell are you going to do?”


Theo, who had been sitting quietly watching me, asked me if my curiosity had reached its limit.
I sneaked a glimpse of Theo's cute figure and clicked the scissors.


[Iris]: If I clean up these long bangs, Theo's impression will be smoothed out.
You'll be comfortable because your hair doesn't poke your eyes out of it.

[Theo]: Yes, I know.
But I'm sure you can't cut it properly.
Well, no matter what happens, it's better than it is now, isn't it?


I laughed casually.
I covered Theo's eyes full of disbelief with his palm.


In fact, this is the first time I've cut human hair myself, but I decided to take this fact to the grave.
I brushed Theo's hair first.


The face of Theo that I saw up close was that of a naturally handsome man, just like I had seen before.
It was upsetting that his hair had been covering it all this time.


[Iris]: You covered this pretty face.
This is a national loss.


I shook my trembling heart and took the scissors to Theo's hair.
You can roughly recall the memory of going to the salon and cut it off, right?


With a crunching sound, I could see Theo's black hair being cut off.


[Iris]: Close your eyes.


As I steadily cut off Theo's bangs, and him closing his eyes as he was told, his neat features were becoming clearer and clearer.
After a while, Theo's eyes, which had been calmly closed, slowly opened.


[Iris]: It really looks like someone else.


I stared blankly at Theo's face, as if possessed.


The sparkling red eyes visible through her dense eyelashes seemed to captivate me.
The dark hair, which had always been a disadvantage, also combined with Theo's cold features made his appearance stand out even more.


[Iris]: That's it!

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