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Holding Lakis’ hand like this made the world seem a little different. It was as if the things Yuri had been missing slowly revealed themselves from behind the curtain and beckoned to her. For example, the feeling being conveyed from Lakis right now.

It was something she usually didn’t care about…
But at this moment, she felt like she knew why Lakis touched her right now, and why he was looking at her with those eyes even now.

‘It’s strange.’

It was the first time she was seeing someone’s feelings look so colorful. Of course, although she assimilated his feelings, her heart was yet to flutter or throb…

Still, she didn’t hate the feeling she was getting from Lakis right now.

“Mr. Lakis.”

Yuri slowly blinked and looked up at him. Then she placed her head on his shoulder. Instantly, small waves were transmitted to her from where their bodies touched.

When Yuri drew closer, Lakis looked shaken up with just that, even though he was the one acting as if he was determined to seduce Yuri earlier. The difference was so big that it strangely made him look cute.

However, the words that came from Yuri’s mouth next were somewhat merciless.

“Mr. Lakis is the strangest person out of everyone I know.”

Lakis’ brows furrowed slightly at that.

“But I don’t hate it.”

And at her following words, Lakis’ ears began to grow hot.

“Say, Mr. Lakis.”

But a bigger bomb was thrown the next moment.

“Would you like to go to my room with me?”

The air flowing around them seemed to stop for an instant. Yuri slowly lifted her head and looked up at Lakis. He was frozen stiff with wide eyes as he looked down at her.

She could tell why Lakis was so surprised. They were both healthy persons of the opposite gender. Naturally, when Yuri said that, she did have a slight ulterior motive. Of course, this ulterior motive wasn’t the type with a red 19+ stamp on it but about body temperature itself.

In case he misunderstood, Yuri added more.

“We’ll only hold hands.”


“You can trust me.”

Lakis’ expression turned odd. He almost misunderstood but judging from Yuri’s face, she seemed to mean what she said. Meanwhile, the bug was busy making a racket in his head.

Lakis stared at Yuri’s face for a moment, then he lifted the hand he was holding to his lips. Whatever the reason…there was no need to push away the hand that reach out to him first.


Lakis’ blue eyes took on a shine, like a hunter before its prey. He covered it with a smile and whispered:

“We’ll only hold hands.”
For today.

And so, the two of them went into the room together.


A while later, Lakis was somewhat regretting his actions.

—Are you an idiot?

‘Zip it.’

The bug grumbled in his head.

Lakis frowned and looked at the person in front of him. Yuri was sleeping peacefully on the bed while one of her hands held Lakis’ hand tight. Lakis was initially lying next to her but he sat up a little. His expression turned odd again.

She was sleeping so defenselessly…

Was it that she wasn’t guarded at all, or that she trusted him, or maybe she was overconfident in her power to protect herself in an emergency…

Apart from the second reason, all of them sucked.

After a while, Lakis moved his other hand which Yuri wasn’t holding. He touched her long hair which was scattered over the bed then he slowly traced her round forehead. There was slight satisfaction in Lakis’ lowered eyes.

Although, it was quite ridiculous to feel satisfaction with just this…

Lakis decided to just admit it, regardless of whether the bug ridiculed him or not.

This was his way of doing things.
He didn’t want to use coercive methods on the woman in front of him nor did he want to make her cry. So it was nice to see her just sleeping peacefully in front of him.

Of course, he did feel a little…disturbed.

“Good night.”

Lakis whispered sweetly in Yuri’s ear, something he had never done before to anyone.

Maybe she was having a good dream, because there was a very faint smile on Yuri’s lips as she slept. Her hand which was holding his, gripped him even tighter. Lakis stayed by Yuri’s side holding her hand till the day broke outside.

It was a very long night for Lakis.

* * *

The next day, I woke up in bed feeling refreshed. When I opened my eyes, Lakis wasn’t next to me. He must have gotten up halfway and left the room first. I met Lakis in the living room before I left for work but our behavior with each other wasn’t any different than before.

I felt like I had a good dream last night, but I couldn’t remember what it was. Still, I felt the most refreshed I’d ever felt in the morning so I hoped I could fall asleep while holding Lakis’ hand more in the future.

But like I thought…the sub-villain is interested in me.

As I worked in the coffeehouse, I replayed what happened yesterday in my head. The things I had just let pass without seeing any meaning behind them came back to me again. So far, I didn’t care much about others, my care about other people’s existence was almost the same as my care for a pebble on the street.

So there were many times when Lakis’ words and actions just flew past me. But as I thought over them again…I became more certain that the idea I got last night was correct.

“Hello, Ms. Yuri.”

Right then, a familiar customer entered the coffeehouse. I turned to look and unconsciously made a sour face.

This guy too…

“We meet again.”

The reason for my sour face was because the people who came into the coffeehouse one after the other, were Anne-Marie and Kalian Crawford. It was my first time seeing Kalian Crawford since our unexpected meeting at the black market.

I felt uncomfortable looking at the man gave me a light nod and greeted me politely. He didn’t seem to know I was the ‘heretic’ he met at the slave market.

Well, that was only natural. He probably lost his memory because of Lakis and even if he didn’t, Kalian didn’t see my face that day. It was a good thing for me since I wanted to keep my current peace…

But maybe because I saw another side to Kalian not long ago, I couldn’t muster any good feelings towards him even when he appeared so polite.

And that might also be why, the moment I saw the two of them side by side, my mouth widened, and my mood fell. I really wasn’t sure why, but I suddenly felt like a mother whose admirable daughter was being robbed and I had the urge to yell, ‘I am against this marriage!’.

Of course, doing that would be overboard. So for now, I spoke calmly.

“I see you two came together.”

“Do you have somewhere quiet?”


“Yes, I need somewhere we can talk without disruption.”

Why do you need to talk with Anne-Marie?

A question naturally floated up in my mind.

Perhaps my question was revealed by my gaze because Anne-Marie explained with an awkward expression.

“We have something work-related to discuss but I’m on a short break now so we can’t really go anywhere else. Is there someplace inside that we can use?”

Work-related? Is she talking about Kalian Crawford’s investigation?

I thought disappearances at the Red Ferret orphanage was completely resolved at the black market but maybe there’s still some stuff left to deal with?

Or maybe it’s something else entirely.

“Follow me, please.”

I had unanswered questions but there was no need to pry right now so I just guided them to a seat.

After a while, Anne-Marie and Kalian got a seat, ordered coffee and began to discuss something. After serving them their drinks, I watched from afar. I no longer wanted to match these two together but seeing them like this, I had to admit they made a good pair. Still, if it was a business issue, it meant they won’t have time to meet and flirt so that was fortunate.

Well, this Kalian Crawford that I was meeting on a normal day felt very different from the Kalian I saw that night. Then again, although my impression of him that day was quite bad, Kalian was originally the most normal guy in the novel. Of course, he was very annoying when I met him at the black market but that was because I was an experiment.

Afterwards, I continued to watch them in a non-obvious manner. After some time, Anne-Marie looked a little awkward for some reason. Kalian, on the other hand, still had an expression that said nothing about what he was thinking.

Although it wasn’t polite, I tried to find out what the two of them where talking about but strangely enough, I could only get muted sounds for a while now. From the looks of it, Kalian had a soundproofing tool that was refined by an alchemist.




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43 thoughts on “YGTWHV [57]”

  1. Today chapter was full of curveball .

    Lakis seduction -> Yuri threw a bomb -> turned to Yuri being a hooligan and Lakis being an innocent young lady .

    YURI and Anne marie ship turned mother daughter one ~~

    Lakis with Yuri is so cute ~~♡

  2. This two making holding hands sounds lewd and sleeping together not lewd. Ah such sweetness.

    I’m imagining Crawford having a big red ❌ mark on his face.

    Thanks for the chapter. 💖

  3. Yuri is too bold and Lakias too meek. Offering him her bed just for cuddles and he took it.

    Lakias’s biggest darkest secret, he’s a meek cuddly guy for the woman he loves. All of underworld would laugh at the thought of him being the submissive one in a relationship. It’s really sweet that he acts so carefully with her. He’s aware of his powers and since he doesn’t know they don’t work on her he’s being careful he doesn’t accidentally brain wash her. The whole his touch making her feel super good aside. He wants her to genuinely fall for him.

    I’m guessing that he may take off for a bit soon and not return for a few days while he reclaims or attempts to reclaim his throne. He seems like a necessary evil in that world. As soon as the real Lakias vanished the underworld spread out kidnapping children and hunting down and recapturing the experiments. When he was in charge they were left alone and Carnot stayed in Carnot.

  4. Oh gosh!
    “We’ll only hold hands…
    For today” – Lakis

    I loved this!!! I wish we got a little bit more insight into what the “Bug” was saying in his head. I bet it was highly amusing, especially since he (?) seems to get the same euphoric feeling as Yuri.

    I am glad Yuri is being so protective. I Anne-Marie is the new healer he mentioned bringing to take care of his grandfather. I wonder where this will lead.

    As always, thanks for the chapter!
    Seems so silly that you had to get your pizza from six feet away, though. -_-
    Stay safe. =)

  5. This, THIS chapter uGHh
    Has me making sounds akin to a strangled toad. Fuck, this was great, I need more, the ship is just too great.

    1. Could you just solve one of my confusion 👉👈?After this chapter I’m more confused than ever ( ꈍᴗꈍ). I thought Lakis finally knows about Yuri being a mutant but the way he behaved with Yuri in this chapter it seems he doesn’t know anything cause his behaviour and reactions were so normal.

      1. He definitely knows that she is a mutant but he doesn’t have any overt reaction to it because she was among the people who he used his magic powers to make “forget” at the slave-trading ring. So he can’t confront her about her powers without bringing up events that she should have “forgot”. Of course, we know that for some reason, his powers didn’t work on Yuri (i.e. she didn’t “forget”) but he has no way of knowing that because her poker face is apparently just that good.

        As for whether the knowledge has changed his internal impression of Yuri at all… we don’t know. We haven’t had any scenes from his POV since he found out. But I personally assume he just doesn’t care?

  6. I’M ACTUALLY SCREAMINGGG this is one fine romance development!😍

    That “holding hands.. for today” really got me weak HAHA go for it, Lakis!
    It’d be even better if we got to know some of the bug’s thoughts too tho

    Thank u so much Miss Ruby!💙

  7. Thank you once again, im really curious now as to why Lakis was so terrible to Anne and doings to make her cry in the novel when he said right now that he wouldn’t want to make Yuri cry… Maybe bc its just bc its Yuri? Lol

    1. I actually have the same confusion since a long time.why is there such big difference in Lakis’ personality in both the cases?!?! I sometimes wonder whether the Lakis shown in the novel with anne marie was the real one or the fake one in Carnot … ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

      1. I’m not sure if it was already answered before but I assume it’s the yandere tendency. Anne is too friendly to others and can get too close to her male patients so Lakis feels like he needs to put a tight leash on her. Plus because Anne is a doctor, he feels he was treated as just another patient. In contrast, Yuri is cold despite being in the service industry and quickly shuts down her pursuers. That, as well as having Anne as a close female friend she prioritizes over men, puts him more at ease. And as he unravels her mysteries he finds out how different/special he is being treated.
        In addition, Anne being so subservient yet asking questions from the beginning probably triggered Lakis into his underworld king mode, and on the other hand, not having a read on Yuri as she gives him privacy had him take a more polite approach. He just got worse/better accordingly as he progressed on both routes.
        Finally, thanks for another chapter! Interesting how it got more lewd yet also more wholesome at the same time…

        1. I think there’s also the fact Yuri is probably his type. For Anne Marie, I think he only “fell in love” with her because her powers were useful to him. When he first met Anne Marie in the novel, he was very rude to her and found her bothersome and annoying but Yuri keeps all her relationship professional and distant. He seem to like that distancing and slowly get used to each other. Not just personality, I think he also prefers Yuri’s appearance more since when he first laid eyes on her, he was breath taken. That scene didn’t happen in the novel with Anne Marie.

  8. After this chapter I’m more confused than ever ( ꈍᴗꈍ). I thought Lakis finally knows about Yuri being a mutant but the way he behaved with Yuri in this chapter it seems he doesn’t know anything cause his behaviour and reactions were so normal.or maybe he just doesn’t care whatever Yuri is cause he loves her anyways(。•̀ᴗ-)

    1. My guess is that he did know, he even wondered if the reason Yuri could sleep so soundly next to him was that she was so confident in her ability to protect herself. Though, he’s not too happy about it if that’s why.
      As for the huge difference in personality… I would say…
      Take it with a grain of salt, it is a novel. I believe they’re the same Lakis, their history has matched up perfectly.
      You have multiple things that factor into it, the “Bugs” opinion and feeling for Yuri would be one.
      Her overall unsubmissive personality, Anne-Marie did whatever Lakis wanted, Yuri doesn’t give a d*mn either way.
      Also the fact that overall, Yuri doesn’t need Lakis protection, she’s probably the closest female to an equal he’s ever encountered. She’s not an obsession like Anne-Marie would have been, she’s a partner he can care for.
      Welp, that’s my two cents on the matter, anyways. XD

  9. Son demasiado lindos ❤ ¿Soy yo o cada vez que Yuri toca a Lakis desarrolla más su empatía? Porque antes no se mostraba tan sobreprotectora con Mary Anne, la cuidaba porque le recordaba a un perro pero ahora parece quererla más

    1. Puede ser! Sus reacciones son muy diferentes cada vez que toca a Lakis y ahora ha podido percatarse de sus sentimientos hacia ella, algo que nunca había sido capaz de notar antes con nadie. Quien sabe? Tal vez la próxima vez que tengan contacto algún cambio aún más significativo pase =w=

  10. Thank you so much for another amazing chapter!! <3 <3 Lakis and Yuri always warm my heart <3 I love how their relationship is progressing. Yuri is now aware of Lakis' feelings and is ok with that. I hope she can give him a chance in the close future. Also, something tells me that they are going to continue sleeping together from now on uwu <3 Maybe next time instead of just holding hands, they'll cuddle together w< <3

  11. Now we should protect Lakis and Yuri.
    I really wanna see their picture.
    Arghhh am going greed.

    Thank you for the chapter, Miss Ruby.
    Take care of your health.

  12. At last! Some sweet feeling of honey bun between Lakis and Yuri. Yipeeeeee… I can sleep well tonight. Gahhhhh.. I can’t get enough of them together. My heart! My heart!

  13. Eternal perspective

    Thanks for chap
    Its a bit disappointing but there is progress!! Rather only these 2 weirdos will do something like only holding hands, with no questions asked.

    Wait if he takes annie marrie to heal grampa he’ll know she’s a mutant and kill her?

  14. im coming from “forget my husband, i’ll go make money” and i quote from the end of chapter 73: “Anyone who says ‘we’ll just hold hands and sleep’ cannot be trusted.”

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