wever, Marianne knew that confidence wasn’t pretentious.


He looked intently at her with his dark eyes.
It was an affectionate gaze that made her heart throb and her head turned dizzy as if she had finished eating a box of chocolates in one time.


Marianne unknowingly clutched her hands.
The hem of her dress in her grasp of hands was wrinkled severely.


“So, Marianne.”


He looked at Marianne with her doe eyes.


“Would you like to have lunch with me today?”




Marianne couldn’t easily open her mouth.
Because as soon as she opened her mouth, she felt as though her trembling voice would be coming out.


What did she think about, being silent like that? Kristoff rubbed his chin once again.
He added an excuse.


“I have something to discuss regarding Paul’s case.”




At that moment, Marianne opened her eyes wide as if she had heard something she didn’t expect.
Marianne, who had been staring at him without showing any expression on her face, curled up her mouth slowly.


Just when Kristoff exhaled in relief upon her faint smile, her calm voice came out.


“Discussing the case? I wouldn’t have believed that a few days ago.
When I brought up Veronica’s case, you told me I didn’t know anything and that you would take care of everything.”




This time, any remaining expression vanished from Kristoff’s face.




His heart dropped.
He didn’t know if it was because of surprise, fear, or conscience.


Kristoff narrowed his eyebrows inadvertently.
What he has done so far has got back to him as a boomerang.
Also, he figured out why she left him.


D*mn you, Kristoff.




He wanted to break his shameful and depraved brain.
The smartest and most quick-witted man in the world, but he was actually a more foolish and dry person than anyone else.


Kristoff managed to move his lips.
There was a deep scorn toward himself at the corner tug of his mouth.


“……There must be a reason why you left me with snapdragon flowers.”


Marianne looked into his face without saying anything.
She looked into his cold and firm face, then gave a miserable smile.


Kristoff dropped his head.
He looked down only at his feet with his sardonic gaze.


The next moment, she got up from the bench.
Marianne left him and walked back to the National Police Agency.


Kristoff didn’t budge.
His eyes were still glued to the floor.
However, after that,


“See you at lunch, Kristoff.”




Kristoff lifted his head up.
He couldn’t take his eyes off Marianne’s back as she walked away.


He raised his hand over his eyes.
It wasn’t until she disappeared into the building of the police department that Kristoff let out a sigh he’d endured.


“Kristoff, you’re such a moron.”


An unbearable curse slipped out of his mouth.
If his tutor heard him cursing even in the lowest tone of his voice when he was young, he would faint with foam in his mouth.




All of a sudden.


Marianne, who was leaving the building of the National Police Agency, stopped in her tracks with a surprised look.
Her eyes were filled with the color of purple.
As she kept her eyes wide open, the scent of flowers that brushed her nose a moment later hovered around her.




Then, she realized it was a bouquet of purple hyacinths.
Her bewildered gaze captured Kristoff behind the bouquet.


People who were coming in twos and threes to have their lunch casted curious gazes at her.
There were also glimpses of Ian and Florian’s gaze among them all.


Ian gave a side glance at them, his mouth seemingly itchy.
Then, he covered his mouth with his hand and quickened his pace, in case his eyes met Kristoff.


Marianne’s eyes turned to the bouquet again.


“Is it hyacinth flowers this time?”


Purple hyacinth meant ‘eternal love’.
And there was also another one.


“Do you feel guilty about something about me?”


Sorry, the flower also carried a meaning of apology.


She accepted the bouquet without any fuss.
Kristoff began to walk slowly.
Marianne walked beside him.
The scent of hyacinth flowers followed them closely.


“It’s not enough even if I fill your room with hyacinth.”




Marianne dropped her gaze  out of embarrassment because she didn’t expect his words.
She bit her lips slightly, staring at the hyacinth petals.


She didn’t know Kristoff was like this.
She didn’t know Kristoff was so sweet and desperate.
Therefore, she had no idea how to react either.


She had no immunity against him, and every single action that he did proved fatal to her.


“Here we are, Marianne.
I asked Commissioner Simon, and he said the food here is the best in the neighborhood.”


While Marianne was thinking about something else entirely, they had arrived in front of the restaurant.
Kristoff pulled open the door for her.


Kristoff seemed to have really asked Commissioner Simon regarding this.
Marianne quietly pulled the corners of her mouth up.
At such times, she often realized that he was no less than a noble.
When she saw him dealing with Commissioner Simon without reserve, despite the fact that everyone found it difficult to do the same thing.


She wondered if there was anyone whom he thought was difficult as well.


“I think this is a nice restaurant.”


Even looking from the outside, she knew it was a good place.
Marianne unconsciously looked at her dress.
It looked too shabby to enter such a fancy restaurant.


Kristoff spoke, as if realizing what she was thinking.


“No one can treat you recklessly, Marianne.
I will not stand it.
……Even if it’s myself.”

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