Lakis had gone out while Yuri was away and was currently on his way back. As always, in order to move as quickly as possible and not be noticed by other people, he chose to move on the roof of buildings.
It was something that could be called a feat, if anyone saw it. Lakis moved swiftly across the roofs without the slightest discomfort, as if he was running on the ground.
“Who says ‘be my woman’ out of nowhere, is it the trend among nobles to hit on each other like that?”
Then he suddenly recalled what Yuri said yesterday and changed directions to the coffee house. He wanted to personally see which bum was telling her such nonsense.
But on his way to the coffeehouse, Lakis found Yuri.
‘Do they know each other?’
That very moment, Lakis’ raised brows twitched as an annoying voice rang out in his head.
—Hm? Come to think of it, they both have black hair, don’t they? That’s a rare color, are they blood-related? Gasp, Lakis! Won’t you totally get cut off?
‘Enough with your nonsense.’
He coldly bellowed.
How could the owner of the house he was staying in and East’s Crawford family be related? The King of the dark world, Lakis, and the ruler of the East, Crawford, did not agree with one another.
Moreover, Lakis was planning on hiding his identity till he went back to Carnot so if Yuri has any connection to the Crawfords, the situation would get weird.
Most of all, when he thought about how Kalian Crawford and Yuri truly attacked each other last time at the black market, the bug’s suspicion made no sense.
Why then were the two of them facing each other right now? In such a friendly manner, at that. Of course, their friendly relationship was only Lakis’ misunderstanding but he didn’t know that yet.
—You always say I’m wrong when I point out something. Then why are the two of them together?
The voice in his head curtly asked the same question in Lakis’ mind.
—Ah…! Don’t tell me…are they in that kind of relationship?
And the next moment, it uttered a cry in his head like it had been enlightened.
—Of course, that’s the normal thought when a young man and woman are together! Gasp, is this one of those novel plot-lines where the man doesn’t know the woman’s identity and falls in love…?!*
The air around Lakis grew colder. He was inexplicably more upset than when the bug babbled nonsense about Yuri and Kalian being related.
‘…is he that punk? The one who told Yuri that bullsh*t yesterday.’
Suddenly, Lakis’ body surged with murderous intent.
His blue eyes stared the two who had now parted and began to go their separate way then he turned around. Behind him, was the setting red sun.
* * *
When Yuri arrived home after work, it was dark inside. Yuri had grown used to arriving at a dimly lit house for the sometime now, so she paused after opening the door.
The sound of the door closing behind her echoed vividly in the quiet room. That said, it wasn’t completely pitch-dark. A reddish glow peeked in from the slightly lifted curtains.
Lakis stood in front of it, quietly gazing at Yuri.
Yuri suddenly remembered what happened yesterday and felt a little awkward. Then she abruptly remembered that whenever she came back from outside, Lakis always greeted her. So Yuri hesitated for a moment then impulsively opened her mouth.
The words she was saying for the first time felt oddly foreign and awkward to her lips.
“Yes, welcome back.”
Lakis replied to Yuri in a quiet voice.
As she reached the table, Yuri suddenly felt something was out of place. The air around Lakis was different from the air in the house.
‘Did he go out again?’
Right then, Lakis whispered her name and began to move towards her. His dark shadow was approaching fast. His blonde hair dyed in the evening glow shook softly before her eyes.
Before she could think of reacting, she was covered with warmth. Lakis drew close in the blink of an eye and held Yuri’s hand, entangling his fingers with hers.
A huge flood surged into her from their entangled fingers.
A faint sound came from her slightly parted red lips, but it was hard to say if was a sigh or a moan. The hairs on back of her neck stood on end and her body overflowed with an emotion akin to joy. Strangely enough, the waves today were more intense than usual.
Yuri unknowingly staggered and stepped back. But there was a table behind her stopping her movement, and Lakis’ other arm was around her waist so she couldn’t withdraw any further.
Yuri’s grip on the paper bag in her hand weakened. The green apple she brought on the way back fell to the floor, broke, and its sweet smell spread in the air. The paper bag fell and Lakis’ body filled the gap. She could feel the body temperature on her hands even clearer.
Lakis once again whispered her name. Yuri’s gaze was caught by the blue intensity that was right in front of her.
“I have something I’m curious about…”
His low voice trickled into her ears.
“Will you answer?”
His blue eyes, as deep as the sea, were so close to Yuri and they captivated her.
Yuri gave a small nod, like she was possessed by something. Then Lakis’ lips drew a gently arc like he was complimenting a child for the right answer.
“Since I’ve been here, I haven’t seen any sign of anyone but you in this house.”
His low, muffled voice pricked her eardrums. Somehow, listening to his voice, she felt like a bee drenched in honey.
“Tell me about your family.”
Yuri was a little dazed and replayed Lakis’ words in her mind.
Why is he asking me that?
‘Oh…maybe he’s wondering if anyone might come to visit while he’s here?’
Yuri replied, a bit absent-minded:
“I don’t have…anything like that.”
“Yeah, I’m an orphan so…I’m alone.”
Lakis’ gaze hovered on Yuri’s face for a bit. After a while, Lakis asked his second question.
“Then…even if it’s not family, what about the person who stayed with you till now?”
With their hands clasped, Lakis’ finger slowly caressed the back of her hand in a ticklish manner.
Yuri could feel even that tiny movement of his and her breathing was shallow as she replied.
“There wasn’t anyone.”
That instant, an inexplicable gleam seemed to flash in Lakis’ eyes. His large hand gripped hers harder. The firm body obstructing Yuri’s view leaned a little closer to her.
“I see…then I guess I’m the first.”
Somehow, his whisper seemed strangely satisfied. His subsequent voice was a pitch lower.
“Is there anyone you’re seeing right now?”
“Someone I’m seeing…?”
When Yuri asked quizzically, Lakis kindly explained again.
“Not just in this house but…”
The spread of his soft voice was way too sticky.
“Anyone on your mind.”
The stimulation flowing into her was too strong that she felt strength leaving her body.
Ah…like she thought, touching him like this felt so good, she couldn’t explain it with words. But she couldn’t help but wonder, why? She had adapted to it lately so when she touched Lakis, the stimulation was not this intense. But now, her heart was filled with a feeling of satisfaction that was almost pleasurable.
“There is…no such person.”
Her body, which had lost strength, gradually tilted backwards. Her hand pushing against the table also came lose. Yuri was almost leaning entirely on the table. But the arms wrapped around her waist pulled her closer instead.
Now, their faces were so close that their noses almost brushed. His scent lingering under her nose made her mind reel, like it was some type of drug.
Yuri once again replied with, ‘Yea…’, her voice sounding a little scattered.
“The man you met in the square earlier.”
And the next moment, slight suspicious crept into Yuri’s mind.
“Why were you with Kalian Crawford?”
How did Lakis know she met Kalian Crawford? Obviously, he went out today while she was away.
“We just happened to meet today…and greeted each other…”
Instantly, Lakis’ eyes took on a shine.
He didn’t miss the word that she casually said.
“It sounds like you see each other often.”
For some reason, Yuri felt Lakis was being jealous right now.
And soon, a very subdued voice flowed from his lips.
“Is the person you talked about yesterday, Kalian Crawford?”
Yesterday? The person I talked about yesterday…
Yuri didn’t understand what Lakis meant immediately. But she soon realized he was talking about Damon Salvatore.
 The last sentence is once again censored, and I think he’s trying to say Lakis might get f**ked over, esp since it’s censored and looking at the context.
 Apples are not watermelons.
*The bug is spitting out worse case scenarios left and right.
*What’s with the sexual tension in the last few chapters?
I love you, miss Ruby. Im not sure what is more hillarious, whether the chapter or your post scriptum coments. Thank you for the chapter!
Dammit I’m not first.
Thanks for the chapter!
Thank you so much ms ruby!!! Oooo look who is jealous heree😏
It will be nice if yuri also asked about his past..
Thank you 🤎!
Thanks for the new chapter!
This two… Jeez… The tension makes me feel weird… Jeez… Sooner or later we are going to have a snusnu chapter
Thank you so much ms ruby!!! Oooo look who is jealous heree😏
What if we don’t? TT I am sad. I don’t want to raise my expectations for anything or else I will only be disappointed if nothing happens anyway…</3
is there a snusnu chapter in this novel?
Lakis jelly qwq
Thank you for the update!!!
Well, now I see why Lakis went full yandere on the original story, the bug adds carbon to the fire and keeps feeding him with wrong ideas hahaha. Dayum, Lakis really knows how to get info without using violence or his powers xD Yuri had no chance. I hope there’s another kiss scene next chapter~ I live for those <3
Thank you so much for the chapter!! <3 <3
Hahahaha, Our boy Lakis is jealous, and getting more and more possessive.
So, is he using his “ability” on her? Or just taking advantage of the bliss she feels being in contact with him?
If I had to guess, up until his last question he wasn’t actually coercing her with his ability. It almost sounded like he was using it for the last question though.
This might finally answer is Yuri is immune to him or not.
I’m really hoping she is, it’ll put them on even footing, I don’t like the idea of Lakis being able to force information from her against her will. Not that Yuri is the type to keep secrets from him, she always seems the kind to answer bluntly if anyone racks up the courage to ask, unless of course she is too lazy too.
Anyone else think it’s a little cheap of Lakis to use her euphoric state to question her, though? XD He’s quite devilish. XD
Thank you for the chapter, Miss Ruby!
I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend. =)
I don’t think he used his ability but he took advantage of the fact that she gets some sort of euphoric feeling when he touches her.
Aw, this chapter feels so short. Lakis is being so direct. I’m looking forward to seeing how Yuri responds.
Thanks for the update
Thank you for the chapter! 🙂 So nice, I bet he is using his power thinking she will not remember…. But she will 🙂 so looking forward to more kissing
Thank you for updating!!!
The sexual tension in this chap was so intense. Geez, just do it already lol
Thanks for the chapter 😃
Just with one man, Kalian he is so jealous.. If he knows there are Damon & Snow, around her.. His jealousy will be triplets🙄🙄
Thank you a lot…hehe they are doing well
It’s been a while since we heard the bug’s rambling, so.. go easy on it?😂
aPplEs aRE nOt wAtErmEloN
yEs, Apple is not watermelon.
Poor Lakias, no matter what girl he gets interested in the three heroes get in his way. At least with Yuri not only does he have a chance he’s in the lead position by a far margin.
Thank you for the chapter, Miss Ruby.
Ew Lakis…lewd XD
i dislike Lakis interrogation of Yuri in this chapter either using his charm powers or her being euphoric due to his touch .What i like in this chapter is our girl Yuri small changes .how she is used to dim lit home and Lakis greeting when she comes back …
Plus bug needs to be beaten for acting as green tea bitch . What’s happening in fast few chapters. Do you think our Yuri is so casual !!!!!! Both Lakis n bug needs to be thrown out of Yuri house .
Only Anne Marie deserves Yuri hmph!!
i love it ! tks Ruby <3
Thank you so much for the chapter Miss Ruby! Can’t wait for the next one🥰
this sexual tension makes me blush all over(⁄ ⁄•⁄ω⁄•⁄ ⁄) I love how Yuri seems to swoon over Lakis
I thank you for this chapter!
Lakis still has no clue about Yuri’s harem. I wonder what will happen when he’ll know. 😏😏😏
I really missed the bug. Good to know he’s back. Also, apples are not watermelons indeed.
I really want all three of them to show up together “accidentally” at her door and wind up making a big fuss like they did at the coffee shop. Lakias could call to her from behind, pull her back and claim her in front of them without fully revealing himself.
I could see them showing up at her next shift to grill her if that happened.
Them: How come you never told us about the guy your seeing.
Her: You never bothered to ask.
Them: Well, who was that guy yesterday and what is your relationship with him?
Her: I don’t see how that’s any of your business customers.
The smell of jealousy is so sour.
Thanks for the chapter
Loving the translations! And always looking forward to the end comments.
Thanks for the chapter! 😘
miss ruby if the next chapters continue like this i’m afraid u got yourself another lucia hahaha
idk if i should thank the bug or beat it cause we wouldn’t be getting this huhu scene without the bug messing with him.. don’t get me wrong tho that bug really needs to shut up sometimes (always)
Kyaaa the sexual tension in the air. I am living for it!!!
Dearest Miss Ruby, I think someone is using your translation on wattpad without crediting you
Thank you for the translations Miss Ruby! I really like this book & your translation and look forward to the new chapters every week.
I really have no clue about coding and the like.. but chrysanthemum garden has a scrambling function in their website so that no one can copy their translations off the site. Vmnovels also have a function that doesn’t allow right clicking or word selecting. I wonder if you can do something like that?
Others put a pseudo chap with link to real chap. Maybe the drop down button could work?
I hope your translations would not be taken from this site and reposted since you’ve worked hard on all these. Thank you so much for everything! 🙏💕💕💕
Someone is jealous… and turn YANDEREEEEE
Thank you for the chapter 😍😍
Thanks for chap
Just out your feelings already, seems like lakris is becoming more straightforward now.
Bug, how the heck does it have such imaginations?!
Also tl-ssi how do green apples give a smell when broken?Is it perfume perhaps?
LOL I see someone understands my feelings here
Damn… I hope he didn’t just fk up… He didn’t use his power on her did he?