The next morning while preparing to go to work, Yuri felt Lakis’ gaze following her. She turned around and stared at Lakis for a bit then she walked up to him.
“Mr. Lakis, you’re going to get wrinkles on your forehead.”
Her slender fingers reached out to straighten Lakis’ forehead. But instead of stopping his frowning, he actually frowned more. There was obvious complaint in his gaze on Yuri. It’s not that Yuri didn’t know why but she acted like she didn’t know anything.
“Don’t frown so early in the morning, cheer up.”
A slightly dry voice followed just like always.
Therefore, it didn’t exactly feel like she was trying to pacify him but that alone softened Lakis’ heart a little.
“So you still care about how I feel.”
Following that, Lakis held Yuri’s hand which was touching his forehead then he opened his mouth.
“And here I thought you were only interested in my body.”
Still, his continuation was quite provocative.
‘It can be interpreted like that?’
Yuri mulled over what she said yesterday and tilted her head. Like she thought, Lakis seemed to be peeved because of what she said yesterday. Even now as he spoke, he sounded like he was pouting.
The word itself seemed too cute to be used on an adult man but it was true. Yuri fully pulled her hand away from Lakis then she spoke.
“I’m also interested in your face.”
Lakis wasn’t sure if he should be happy or disappointed to hear that so he frowned again. There was no way to tell if she knew what he was feeling inside, but Yuri turned around to leave for work after saying her last goodbye.
“See you later then.”
In the end, Lakis responded and saw Yuri off.
“Bye. I’ll be waiting.”
Yuri glanced back at him then walked out the door.
Just as the woman in front of him disappeared from his sight, the door shut close. And once that happened, Lakis’ day officially began.
* * *
That day, the old man came to the coffeehouse again.
“How have you been, child? I’d like a cup of tea today as well, please.”
He sat in the same seat as last time and asked Yuri for tea.
“Yes, please wait a moment.”
Yuri calmly replied and turned around.
But inwardly, she felt this was a little burdensome. Maybe it was because she heard the story of the old man losing his youngest daughter, but she felt like she understood why the old man kept coming to the coffeehouse.
“Ah, this isn’t the tea you gave me last time.”
“Yes, it was ginger tea last time and this is quince tea.”
“Ohh, I see. Today’s tea is very delicious too.”
Like before, the old man excitedly praised Yuri’s tea. Still, maybe he could tell that this was a crowded time with quite a lot of customers because he didn’t hold Yuri back to talk with her.
The old man sat down, quietly drinking his tea and watching Yuri go back and forth in the store. Then some time passed and when Yuri finished wiping the cups and came out of kitchen, the old man’s seat was empty.
He seemed to have finished his tea at some point and left the store. However, the thing the old man left behind stood out to her.
“Mr. Gilbert, when did the customer that was sitting here leave?”
“Err, just a minute ago.”
“The customer left something behind so I’m going to step out for a bit.”
“Oh no, he did? Go ahead.”
Yuri picked up the cane leaning against the chair and left the store. Thankfully, the old man hadn’t climbed into the carriage yet.
“Excuse me, customer-nim!”
The moment Yuri shouted, the old man’s shoulders flinched. He certainly seemed to have heard her call. But for some reason, the next moment, the old man hurriedly boarded the carriage.
As soon as the old man climbed inside and closed the door, the carriage set off like it had been waiting for that.
‘What the-. Did he not hear me calling him?’
Yuri stared at the carriage that was quickly moving away with a frown. Eventually, she returned to the coffeehouse without being able to return what the old man left.
“You didn’t meet him?”
“This was under that customer’s table too…”
Yuri accepted what Gilbert held out to her. It wasn’t the rough paper used by common people but high-quality paper with a smooth and even surface. That was probably why Gilbert’s hand was shaking when he held it.
Yuri ran her eyes over paper. It was decorated with gold and looked like an invitation. At the top was something that seemed like a fairy detailed map. And at one point of the map, the following was written:
Yuri pondered over it.
Why was this here? Did the ‘my house’ written on the map belong to the grandpa? If so, then didn’t it seem like he left it behind deliberately?
Above all, the fact that the old man left behind his cane bothered her. It was probably hard for him to walk properly without it so did it make sense for him to just forget it and go?
On top of that, when Yuri thought about how she chased after him earlier, but he acted like he didn’t hear and oddly increased his pace…
“D-Do you have to take it to him?”
Gilbert seemed to have guessed the same thing as her and spoke while trembling.
“He’ll take it when he comes next time.”
However, Yuri calmly put the issue aside. There was no reason for her to go there just because he kindly provided a map.
“I-Is that so? He probably will?”
“Yes. I’ll go clean up.”
And with that, Yuri quickly erased this incident from her mind.
* * *
But even after a few days passed, the old man did not come to the coffeehouse.
Gilbert looked restless and kept looking at where the cane was stored as if he was guarding a treasure. The cane looked as expensive as the old man’s clothes, so Gilbert seemed very uncomfortable about having it in his store.
“Did you hear what happened?”
“What are you talking about?”
“You know Thomas, the one who drives the public carriage. Apparently, he picked up a noble customer from the shopping district recently and the noble dropped their jewelry.”
Meanwhile, the conversation some customers were having in the coffeehouse caught Gilbert’s attention.
“Then the noble came to look for it later but Thomas didn’t even know it fell inside the carriage. But gee, the noble actually reported that Thomas deliberately hid the jewelry.”
“What? Are they nuts?”
Instantly, Gilbert who was acting like he was cleaning the next door table and intently listening to them was terrified.
“They’re the one who dropped their stuff, why’re they going after an innocent person?”
“That’s how all nobles are. Tsk, poor Thomas.”
Gilbert’s complexion was poor as he turned around with his dry dishcloth. He swallowed dryly and looked at the place where the cane was kept with trembling eyes.
Seeing him like this, Yuri clicked her tongue.
With Gilbert’s nobility phobia, his heart had shrunk to the size of a sparrow’s.
“Ms. Yuri, well…I’ll head out!”
Eventually, as Yuri expected, Gilbert left the store with the map and the cane the old man left behind. He looked like he’d decided to return the old man’s things before the old man’s security raided his coffeehouse and turned him into a thief.
“Have a nice trip.”(Yuri)
Although he was trembling, Gilbert left the store with a face full of determination. Yuri easily sent him off.
But after about an hour, Gilbert returned, looking no different from when he left the coffeehouse.
“Was the map wrong?”
Yuri asked, looking at Gilbert whose complexion was even worse.
Hearing her question, he stumbled over his words before explaining to her.
“I think I went to the right house, yea, the customer who owns the cane. But someone called the butler came out and told me that they can’t bring in someone with an unclear identity.”
“So, So I said I’ll just give them the stuff he left behind and go. But then he said they can’t take in items brought by someone with an unclear identity…”
So he brought the cane back. However, Gilbert did not stop speaking there.
“But then he said he remembers the face of the female staff in the coffeehouse so if that staff came, they would open the door.”
Gilbert couldn’t hide his puzzlement as he spoke and when Yuri heard what he said, she narrowed her eyes.
Weren’t they so obvious in everything? Then maybe the map was indeed an invitation left for her.
“Alright, I’ll go then.”
Yuri said, taking the cane and map from Gilbert. At that, Gilbert was delighted.
From the looks of things, the old man wanted to her to bring it personally and Gilbert wasn’t very courageous so it would be difficult to leave it in the store any longer.
There was no other way to resolve the issue right now than having her go.
 I don’t know if this should be translated as official carriage or public carriage but for now, we’ll go with the latter.
Thank you for translating! (*´﹀`*)
Haha the Grandpa is being obvious with his intention.
Thank you for the translation Miss Ruby! Have a good night.
looool omg i love gilbert
Thank you so much, Miss Ruby!
What an obvious lure, but hopefully we finally get some answers! I’ve been dying to know the connection. Yuri will probably see the portrait of Selena? Was it? As soon as she enters the mansion.
I’m very curious as to how Lakis is spending his day, maybe stalking of the Yuri fanclub?
Have a lovely weekend! =)
That old man is so cunning, but kinda cute too bcs its so obvious😂
Thank you for updating!!!
AHAHAHAH i love that Yuri is so blunt and honest
“I’m also interested in your face” LOOOL
The old man is sly and cute, poor Gilbert
Thank you Miss Ruby!
Its not the body that she likes, the face is included too🤣🤣🤣🤣
I’m probably not in the best mindset right now, but that stunt the old man did annoys me. They are seriously bothering her. It’s not cute.
It’s like they are trying to trap her. Trying to gain sympathy as well. Again, NOT CUTE.
The old man should’ve invited her in a normal way so she can decide to come over on her own. Not this messed up invitation.
If he wants a young conversation partner, invite her like a normal person. But what he wants is Yuri who looks like Selena and not Yuri.
Thank goodness Yuri is not a weak female lead and is strong enough to escape whatever the shit happens. 💕
Do whatever you want Yuri, forget these people.
Thank you for translating this, Ms. Ruby! 💕💕💕
its noble vs commoner, either way she will be alerted if some noble suddenly invite her to his house (look at gilbert reaction, who can say any normal girl wont have the same fear)
its not like he knows she’s not your average, normal girl
Yup i do agree with you . This sugar coated “forced” behavior is so annoying.
Even Lakis , a villian doesn’t do that or isn’t annoying as all “righteous”/ “good” characters.
What i most hate is “substitute” genre as it’s disrespectful of both the parties.
I thought it was just me getting annoyed by that fact too lol. All this lack of communication in that scene was frustrating.
Lol same, I read the comments and I wonder if I’m the only one who doesn’t find it cute.
I am in agreement with you like 100%
Yuri, no kiss for goodbye? I’m disappointed like Lakis 😅
Well I hope Lakis is nearby when she goes to that old man~
Thanks Ruby-chan with the new chapter!
Grandpa such a tsun and cunning >__<
Amo a Lakis y la relación que tienen, ella no se separara de él durante un tiempo supongo por su reacción al contacto, por lo cual pronto podremos verla enamorandose😍😍😊
Gilbert’s such a cutie LOL
Hope you’re doin well! Thanks for the translation!
Haha, that grandpa. Seems to me like he will not want to let Yuri go from his house 😀 maybe he will want to adopt her? Wish for more Lakis POV ;). Thank you for chapter 🙂
Thanks for the update
If I remember correctly she was blond before the experiment so there is no way she is actually Selena or even the daughter of Selena. I hope the grandpa is a nice man. I’m getting the feeling he would lock her up in his house. That’s why he is so shady in his way of inviting. Can’t wait for next wednesday now ~~
I love Gilbert! He’s such a coward and that’s what makes him so loveable because, when it’s about to take care of Yuri or protect her, he pushes his terrified self to at least try. He’s far better than that old man deceiving and bothering her with her half-cook schemes.
Thank you Miss Ruby. Have a good night.
This is a reminder that we cannot be deceived by elderly people or kids. I don’t think Yuri is related to the Crawford Family but I have to admit that I’m curious about all this Selena’s issue and if it’s related to some of the other oriMLs. It’s funny that Yuri’s bluntness is her most effective contra measure against Lakis’ tactics lol. Thanks for the chapter 🤗 Take care ☕
The interaction between them always deserves 5 stars😊
Thank you miss Ruby. God of novel bless you.
Yuri is blooondeeeeee.
I get that it’s a striking resemblance but as much as they are still mourning their relative its wrong to push this image of another person on to some stranger who if not for certain circumstances would not have had the same hair as her. Its like when you’re not over someone and with your next partner/friend you push that image of your ex whatever on this entirely new and different person and expect them to be the same. It’s not fair for them and not healthy for you. Granted it would be fine if they wanted to get to know Yuri sincerely (not that she would likely allow that either) but all they seem to be doing is looking at the similarities between her and their dear relative who passed on (ignoring the probably differences) and calculating if she would be a great replacement. Thankfully Yuri isn’t someone you can guilt trip or use her sympathy to force her to do something…still, leave Yuri alone !!!
I repeat Yuri is blondaaaah!!!
Thank you so much Miss Ruby for the translation ❤❤ have a good night ^_^
Are there not something like the police station or guard post to report on lost things? Having to go the them to return the item is a hassle after all. Especially with that undisguised intention to invite her over.
Well yuri, is not only you who interested with lakis face><
Thank you for translating miss
Thanks for the new chapter! What an obvious bait…
Granpa is so cute, lol. He is well-made character represents elderly missing their child tho.
And actually I don’t get Lakis’ reaction why he pouted. I’m totally clueless to people relationship (?-?)
He thinks Yuri is only interested in his body and not himself (as a person). :’D
Thanks for the new chapter! I really love this series and im excited to see what developes <3
LMAO at Lakis being petty
“And here I thought you were only interested in my body.”… Even now as he spoke, he sounded like he was pouting.
The word itself seemed too cute to be used on an adult man but it was true.
Yuri fully pulled her hand away from Lakis then she spoke.
“I’m also interested in your face.”
I love Yuri. She’s the best
The grandpa is sly but kinda cute haha
Thank you for the chapter, Miss Ruby.
Noble life is surely annoying, esp for commoner. 😌
Well, if something’s wrong, Yuri herself is strong and also she has Lakis who will burn all rats… so I don’t mind.
Thank you for your translation
Thank youuuuu for updating
Somehow i feel this could be a trap for yuri
Am I the only one who misses the parasite? The one inside the head of Lakis? The one who kindly informed us of Lakis inexperience with women. It really make’s one wonder what happpened to it or what it was thinking while Yuri and Lakis were being lovey-dovey. And thank you Miss Ruby♥
I love how lakis can be the person who kill you and burn your house but the next day he will be the person who will “pout” to yuri asking for attention and love.
I know what the old man doing isn’t healthy or good. But people at their old age become very weak, especially emotionally. He likely can’t and don’t have the power to hear no as an answer. I don’t think he isn’t aware about him been cheap, but he is too weak and can’t help himself with how he miss his daughter. In way I can see how his behavior come considering his age so I’m welling to let slid if he don’t force something funny in yuri next.
thank u ruby for the translation ! waiting for the next chapter 🥰
New fan here 😍
Thanks for chap
Yuri is a pro at throwing straight ball in difficult situations which leaves the other party speechless
Man that old man doesn’t even know to act the part…
I’m just hoping that it doesn’t tuen into something annoying like marry my grandson or something. That time I’ll hate him. Even now its obvious she doesn’t want to go still he’s forcing her. I bet even those 2 ppl talking loudly were hired by him as a few days passed.
I think that Mr.Gilbert has aged twice as fast over the last dozen of chapters, or is that just me? ^^”
Thank you for the chapter and the treat! (^_^)/
Omg grandpa is cute
The I also like your face. She’s excellent. Love it.