But thankfully, that wasn’t the case.
“The children in the orphanage on Red Ferret St. went missing. I was so surprised when I heard about this at the clinic earlier.”
That very moment, a faint light flashed through Yuri’s eyes.
Missing children at an orphanage.
That sounded very similar to the incident that announced the beginning of the novel in which Anne-Marie was the female lead. But it shouldn’t be time for the story to start yet?
Yuri tilted her head.
Then again, it has been a while since Lakis Avalon appeared in this place. So did this mean that all the events were occurring slightly in advance?
Wait. Putting the issue of Lakis aside, if the orphanage incident actually happened nearby then…
That meant the place where the heroine lived when the novel began was actually this Ferret Street? Didn’t it say it was a shabby house? Didn’t it say it was a house far too small for the heroine to live with her younger sister?
Yuri recalled the description in the novel and looked at the person in front of her with her eyes full of doubt. And she soon understood.
Right, this lady here was a rich family’s daughter.
Yuri realized that a house which seemed good to her was nothing more than a small, shabby house to Anne-Marie. At the realization of this fact, Yuri felt a little spiritless for some reason.
Who knew how Anne-Marie took the slight change in Yuri’s gaze, but her expression turned gloomy and she spoke.
“I heard they’ll soon be sending someone from above to investigate Ferret Street because of this.”
“What a scary thing. To think such a thing would happen so close by.”
“Right? Maybe because Hestia is of a similar age so I’m even more worried. It would be great if all the children came back safely…”
Anne-Marie seemed to be worried about the missing children. With the missing-persons incident occurring so close by, she was also concerned for her little sister. When Anne-Marie was at work, Hestia was home alone.
Yuri recalled the novel’s content and opened her mouth.
“You and Hestia…”
Just then, a tiny sound akin to someone coughing came from beyond the door behind Yuri.
Yuri unconsciously stopped talking. Just as she’d noticed before, Anne-Marie had good ears, so she seemed to have heard the sound as well.
“Uh, I guess you have a guest?”
Actually, it’s the villain who should have been making a scene in your house originally.
But since Yuri couldn’t really say that, she replied evasively.
“Oh no, I didn’t know that, and I’ve been holding you back for too long. Hurry and go in.”
“No, it’s alright. It hasn’t been long since I came out.”
But Anne-Marie didn’t seem to have any intention of continuing their conversation anymore. With Anne-Marie urging her, Yuri no longer said anything else.
“Well then, take care, Ms. Anne-Marie. Thank you again for the gift.”
“It’s my pleasure. See you tomorrow then. Good night.”
Like that, Anne-Marie returned to her house next door.
And after confirming Anne-Marie had gone inside, Yuri also turned around and opened the door.
* * *
As Yuri entered the house, the atmosphere became awkward again.
Lakis was in the middle of draping a shirt on his torso but paused at Yuri’s appearance. Soon, he began to move calmly again. His bandage-wrapped body was covered up by a white shirt.
Yuri was wondering what to say about what happened earlier. And when she sensed Lakis’ gaze on the basket in her hand, she subconsciously held it out.
“Do you want some cookies?”
Of course, right after the impulsive words left her mouth, she slightly regretted it.
On the other hand, Lakis was irritated by the bug, who began to cheer and nag him as soon as Yuri came back into the house. It only managed to stop its loud racket after he brutally threatened it.
Hearing Yuri’s question, Lakis stared at her briefly before nodding his head.
Yuri was inwardly relieved.
Right, the best way to deal with this would be to just secretly bury whatever happened earlier.
“The person who just stopped by gave them to me.”
But as she reached into the basket to take out a cookie to give to Lakis, she suddenly stopped because of a thought that flashed into her mind.
Wait, it should be okay to give a cookie made by the heroine to Lakis, right? Yeah, she didn’t think just this would pin a love flag on the heroine.
“Here you go. It’ll be delicious.”
Anne Marie had sometimes baked cookies like this before, so Yuri could guarantee the taste.
Lakis sat down on the small armchair next to him and stretched his hand to Yuri, who was handing him the cookie. This time, because the both of them were being extremely careful so their hands wouldn’t even touch accidently, the incident from earlier did not repeat itself.
At last, the cookie Yuri gave entered Lakis’ mouth. Honestly, a sweet like this wasn’t suitable for a patient like Lakis but as neither of them were ordinary humans, they didn’t realize that fact.
And the next instant, Lakis’ face hardened like stone.
‘…Poison? Is this poison?’
Of course, the cookies weren’t actually poisoned. But the taste was just that bad. It was to the extent that it was comparable to the breakfast Yuri made.
—Urgh, this tastes like actual shit…!
As the quiet bug shared Lakis’ taste buds, the sensation was transmitted to it and it cried out in pain.
—D-don’t tell me this is what people in the east like? So we have to keep eating this kind of **** as long we’re here? Is that it?!
The bug felt a despair almost similar to that of when Lakis was stabbed in the stomach and his life was hanging by a thread.
Actually, when Anne-Marie was carefully making cookies to give to Yuri, she mistakenly put in some spice instead of sugar, making the taste strange but Yuri and Lakis did not know that.
While in shock, Lakis happened to catch sight of Yuri reaching into the basket to get a cookie for herself. Instantly, he unconsciously dragged the basket to himself in a haste to deter her.
“Uh…you like the cookies?”
Yuri asked with surprise at Lakis’ behavior. Suddenly, she was reminded of Snow from the coffeehouse. Lakis right now, was showing a fixation on the basket of cookies, like Snow, who was holding his sunflower like some treasure.
As soon as Lakis heard Yuri’s question, he was startled. But he pressed down his desire to fiercely protest and nodded with a frozen smile plastered on his lips.
“Then I’ll just have one…”
Lakis’ knuckles were clearly visible as he gripped the basket. Seeing that, Yuri changed her words.
“Nevermind. You can have them all, Mr. Lakis. I’m good.”
She thought it would be nice to have at least one considering Anne-Marie’s sincerity in giving it, but the basket was already in Lakis’ arms. Apparently, Lakis was terribly obsessed with cookies.
[These cookies, who gave them to you?]
Lakis scribbled a question onto the paper on the table.
Yuri was about to reflexively reply that her next-door neighbor had given it to her but suddenly stopped. It was her first time seeing Lakis act so greedy towards something.
Was this the power of the heroine? Then wouldn’t it be bad if she told him who gave it to her?
With the role he played, something as ridiculous as ‘you’re the first person to give me such a delicious snack’ might happen, presenting Anne-Marie with a future of ruin again. To be fair, Lakis was such an unpredictable character, even in the novel, so it was impossible to know when or where his obsession flag for the heroine would activate.
“Just, a nearby neighbor gave it to me.”
So Yuri replied in a roundabout manner.
Lakis’ eyes gleamed coldly as he kept Yuri’s answer in his mind. The bug despaired that this might be a normal taste in the east but Lakis thought differently. He didn’t know who gave the cookies, but maybe they were trying to harm the woman in front of him.
Not wanting Yuri to get a chance to eat this terrible snack, he began to empty the basket from his seat. Of course, there was no reason for him to protect the tongue and stomach of this woman in front him.
—Uwaak! Gah! Hey, stop eating already! You, you, do you plan on torturing me again like this morning?
Feeling Yuri’s eyes on him, Lakis nonchalantly smiled, ignoring the screams ringing in his head. Of course, inwardly, he was grinding his teeth at the indescribably shitty taste of the snack.
But not knowing his inner thoughts, Yuri grew slightly serious.
‘…Don’t tell me I just pinned a flag on Anne-Marie?’
Well, a flag was indeed activated. A death flag, that is, not a love one.
But since Yuri wasn’t aware of this, she slightly regretted giving Lakis the cookie in the first place.
Like that, the night went by with the both of them having different thoughts despite being in the same situation.
*…Is Lakis an M? Lol, that aside, I’m starting to think the Lakis Yuri knows from the novel and this Lakis are very different people. Is it due to the change in timeline? (this is all speculation btw)
I cannot believe a cooking saint can mix-up sugar and spice! The horror!
Thanks for the chapter
What spice looks like crystal sugar anyway? The closest one should be salt but salt isn’t spice right?
true … and adding salt wouldn’t make cookies taste that terrible …
We use a spice called Vetsin, it looks like salt and sugar and it tastes weird.
Nobody would use MSG in cookies. 😖
Maybe palm sugar? It looks alike although someone who mix them surely have terrible sense of smell….
But, a lot of pastries use palm sugar instead of our regular sugar (which is made from sugarcanes). It’s sweet and fragrances, it’s delicious enough that I used to eat it like candy when I was a kid.
Ummm… Cocaine? But who the heck would casually have a bag/jar of cocaine lying around to use as “spice”?
LMAO he got the wrong idea!!
Thanks for the chapter!!
Hahaha this was so funny I love it 🙂 🙂
omg this is hilarious. what if when lakis and anne marie finally met, they will treat each other as enemy because they love yuri lol lol
It would have been hilarious if it was just a cultural difference and everything tasted horrible to him. Thanks for the chapter!
Thanks for the new chapter!
Death by cookie hahahahah
I cant believe that both of them are bad at cooking this is so funny
And Lakis is already being protective despite not realizing his feelings SO CUTE
Thank you so much
Lol, the misunderstandings.
Maybe Lakis is not really the villain type. Since everything is happening earlier than the story the MC read, something might happen later that changes Lakis? Like, maybe he gets the bug removed and a part of his personality also gets warped with it? Well, I just don’t think this silly clumsy man could actually be like that without some other outside influence.
Thanks for the chapter !
‘…Poison? Is this poison?’ lol 😂🤣😂
Thanks for the chapter! 😘
Hold up, Lakis still hadn’t realised his feelings? Lmao, boooiiii
Lakis just has a bad luck with east’s food.. thankyou for the translation( 〃▽〃)
I love this lmao
Yuri still hasn’t realized that she bought the heroine’s house and drove down the property value of the nicer house next door so that it was affordable on Ann Marie’s budget XD
That makes so much sense xD
lakis just has bad luck with east’s food.. lol
Poor Lakis ahaha 😅
Well he did his best to protect Yuri.
thanks for the chapter
This should be renamed “My villain can’t be this cute!” No seriously though he’s pretty darn sweet. I can’t believe he sacrificed his taste buds and stomach twice for her (and in the same day no less!) When is this man gonna get fed some nice food!? 😩 I was reading this next to my friend while waiting for boba and she said ‘Well, he’ll get a meal… 😉’ Me: ‘Who needs food when the meal is Yuri’ 😂
I too think Lakis is different from the novel version. At first I thought it was cuz Yuri is his type (and she is?) he was nicer, but treating the heroine and Yuri so differently just cuz he’s interested in her- idk feels pretty shitty to me, so I’d like to believe the Lakis here is a bit softer. The misunderstandings rn are so funny, curious to see how the story will unfold with the missing children.
Probably something was supposed to happen in the novel before the start of it which changed Lakis attitude but since in her reality, the event started earlier, like a lot earlier than it should be and something that should happen behind the scene didnt happen? Well, Lakis is too cute right now xD and so overprotective.
How can these two ended up cooking something bad out of all days and they were fed to Lakis xD
Thank you for the chapters. I binged them in one day. And i love your translation.
The cockroach like vitality of Lakis is put to the test yet again. Boy can’t catch a break from all the bad food. 😂
Thank you! ʕ•ᴥ•ʔﾉ♡♡♡
What cook doesn’t try their food throughout the cooking process and especially before offering it to others? How silly
I wonder if the bug is part of yuri..
Damn it all I wanted to see what Anne-Marie *really* thought of the “guest” in Ms. Yuri’s house. I want to know if miss sugar and spice… is in fact totally a psychotic Yandere now for *her* Ms. Yuri XD
That would actually be a very interesting development LOL~!
I have been waiting for this chapter 😁 and I really enjoyed it. Thank you for the new chapter. 😇
I think all yuri know about the book, are all in anna marie respective and the author thought not what Lakis cost of action was explain or anything, just like writing a scenario in a experiment you don’t predict the action the people your playing with, cause you can’t read mind just guides and guess what their actions might mean and lead that to your own conclusion.
Thanks for the chapter! 💕
Ahhhh! Soooooo cute 😍. I have to say Lakis is my favorite, he’s just to cute ♥️!
so adorable ε=ε=(ノ≧∇≦)ノ
thank you so much for the chapter ┌(^_^)┘♪
I have a theory. Yuri said that the heroine was something else when she was capable to save Lakis from that grave injury but I’m thinking that Anne-Marie was actually not able to save Lakis and, somehow, the “bug” was the only one to survive and stay in Lakis’ body. That would explain why when Anne-Marie asks for “Lakis'” name in the novel, the bug react really rude or over defensive: his “companion” have died and “it” never really had a name. It also would explain Anne-Marie’s reaction: apologize and change the subject when she sees is a touchy one for the patient.
tortured by eating food LOL
I don’t know if it’s funny or cute…
ML hadn’t eaten nothing normal exept bread for days already…
Somebody, feed a kitty…
So if she really made those cookies for Hestia and added a portion for Yuri, doesn’t it mean she will come to realize she made a mistake? Unless it’s just out of politeness and pleasantries and made it an excuse to return the favor of the red ribbon Yuri gave her in the morning?
This time lakis is going to raise a death flag on Annie Marie instead of getting rid of other people around her lol 🤣.
Jk, I don’t want Annie Marie to die because she looks kind .
I wanna try those cookies now
Hm, someone from the higher ups is gonna stop by for an inspection soon? That sounds like bad news for both Yuri and Lakis right now, im fairly sure that Yuri’s doll collection etc is gonna cause some troubles in the near future. ^^”
Thank you for the chapter and the treat! (^_^)/
Lmaooo I feel like the kinda voice in Lakis’s head is just like us! A kinda fanboi of some sort that likes spicy stuff and encourages the characters 😂😂😂