On my way home, I obtained a flowerpot. It was a flowerpot with cherry tomato seeds planted in it. Anne-Marie was the first one to get interested in the flowerpot outside the store as we were walking by.
The florist said they were doing a two for one special today, so Anne-Marie bought it and gave me one as a gift.
“I’m interested in indoor gardening these days. I planted some herbs and lettuce a while ago and when I get more used to it, I want to grow things like strawberries or blueberries.”
Anne-Marie held her flowerpot in hand and shyly revealed her ambitions.
“Can you grow things like blueberries at home?”
“Yes, I saw them selling seeds like that too.”
Buying seeds for fruits and vegetables and growing them at home would definitely reduce the cost of food so it seemed like a good idea. I looked at Anne-Marie and nodded in agreement.
That said, I didn’t know Anne-Marie was interested in indoor gardening. I guess after quitting the clinic, she had more free time and opened her eyes to a new hobby. As expected, if she didn’t have to work, it was better not to do it.
A while later, Anne-Marie and I said our goodbyes in front of the house and separated.
When I opened the door and entered the house, a delicious smell entered my nose.
A familiar greeting rang out and Lakis poked his head out of the kitchen. His shiny blonde hair shook with his movements and scattered gently.
Today as well, Lakis was turning the kitchen into a sacred place. The sight of a man in a white shirt cooking with his sleeves rolled up…it definitely made him look 1.5 times as handsome as usual.
Then I realized Lakis was wearing the same thing he had on when I left the house earlier so I asked:
“Mr. Lakis, you didn’t go out today?”
“I’m only going out in the evening today.”
After giving that reply, Lakis studied my face. Somehow, I felt like he was waiting for me to say something more so I tilted my head. But maybe it was my imagination because the next moment, Lakis looked away and changed the topic.
“You have a flowerpot.”
I followed his gaze and looked down at the flowerpot I was holding.
“I got it as a gift.”
“From the friend you met today?”
Lakis asked, coming out of the kitchen and walking up to me.
I didn’t tell Lakis I was working for the Crawfords. So I just told him I was going to meet a friend since today was my today off from the coffeehouse.
Maybe it was because they were the ruler of the East and ruler of the West respectively, but the atmosphere was oddly never good when Lakis and Kalian Crawford met. It was less with Kalian since he didn’t know Lakis’ identity but I could tell Lakis disliked Kalian considerably. Even when I ran in Kalian Crawford, he didn’t seem happy about it.
“Yes, it has cherry tomato seeds. If I grow it well, it should bear fruits.”
“Hm, I see.”
Lakis gave a passive response then he took the flowerpot from me. The flowerpot was so big that I had to carry it in my arms, but he picked it lightly with one hand.
After that, Lakis roughly put the cherry tomato flowerpot on the shelf then he reach out of me. As his fingers took off my jacket, I unconscious trusted him with it.
“Go change and come out.”
Lakis then placed the jacket he took off in my hand and gave me a light peck on the forehead. Following that, I was led by the gentle hand pushing my back and went into the room.
After I was done changing my clothes, I sat down opposite Lakis at the table.
“Mr. Lakis, I know it might be boring to hear it every time but your food is really delicious as always.”
I was usually amazed by Lakis’ food when I ate it and today was no exception.
“Did you learn cooking on its own?”
Then I felt curious enough and asked. Of course, if you thought about it with common sense, there was no way the king of the dark world would go and learn cooking…
But no matter how hard I thought about it, wasn’t his skill practically at a professional level? It felt like a deepened taste that had been tempered with experience, didn’t it?
Lakis sat at the table, watching me eat with his chin loosely leaning on his hand. And when he heard what I said, his eyes curved and he gave a lazy smile.
“Well…I’m usually good at everything physical.”
I instinctively realized Lakis was using his beauty trap right now. There was cutlery in my hand at the moment and I was naturally not in contact with him, so the effect was miniscule.
Hmm…or maybe not? Maybe it was a bit more effective than miniscule?
“There’s some on you.”
Right then, Lakis’ hand drew closer to me. The moment, his finger touched my mouth, various emotions seeped into me. Lakis’ hand ticklish swiped my lips.
As I looked into his eyes, I realized something.
So I grabbed Lakis’ hand which was on my face and asked.
“Are you ambidextrous?”
I had implicitly learnt about this fact as I kept living with him, but I figured I’d use this chance to confirm it. Of course, the realization I made was not about Lakis being actually ambidextrous.
Lakis raised a brow slightly at my question. He looked like he didn’t understand why I was suddenly asking about this.
“I am ambidextrous, yes.”
But he soon nodded his head and gave me an answer.
Indeed, that’s what I thought.
I put Lakis’ hand down on the table and spoke.
“Then hold hands with me while I eat. For some reason, the food tastes better once you touch me.”
“Is that so…?”
If he was right-handed like me, I wouldn’t be able to hold his hand and eat so this was good.
After hearing what I said, Lakis gazed at me with a odd look in his eyes. But either ways, he didn’t refuse my request. And so, I was holding Lakis’ hand the entire dinner. Maybe it was just my imagination, but the food felt more delicious and I was satisfied.
After I was done eating, some time passed, and it was time to go to bed.
“Ms. Yuri, come over here.”
Lakis called me once I came of the bath and got me to sit in front of him then personally dried my hair. It all flowed so naturally that I didn’t even feel anything out of place.
Earlier, he was like a chef and now, Lakis was showing off his skill as a masseur. His hands felt so nice drying my hair with the towel that as I entrusted him with my hair, my body gradually relaxed and my eyelid began to droop.
Then suddenly, a question flashed through my mind.
‘Come to think of it, isn’t it weird…?’
I definitely thought that after taking Lakis in, I would be the one feeding him and putting him to sleep, so when did it become the opposite?
While that question swirled in my head, Lakis took my hand, put me in bed and even tucked me in with the blanket.
“I’ll be here until you fall asleep.”
A low voice suitable for the quiet night tickled my ears. I peered at Lakis’ face as he lay beside me. The body temperature on my palm was warm.
He said he was going out this evening, but I guess he planned on going out after I fell asleep. As I looked into Lakis’ eyes, somehow I felt a bit ticklish inside.
So I simply closed my eyes then I felt Lakis taking my hand and pressing his lips against it. I acted like I didn’t notice it.
Somehow, it was a strangely peaceful night.
* * *
Dominic Crawford coldly spoke to the man who just stepped into his office.
“I’m, I’m sorry, sir. I was looking into something else for a bit, so I got the message late.”
The person making excuses in front of him was the dog trainer who took care of the dogs in the Crawford family.
Dominic looked at him and curtly ordered.
“The dogs that came into the annex last time. Bring them to me.”
At that, the dog trainer’s bent over back stiffened. He reflexively looked up to check Dominic’s face.
Dominic was currently looking over his last document. His face was glued to the paper without any hint of warmth.
The dog trainer was filled with an ominous sense of foreboding and swallowed drily.
“Master…the eldest young master cherishes these dogs.”
“Is that so? And what does that have to do with my order right now?”
Who knew why Dominic ordered him to bring the dogs, but he said that because he hoped Dominic could take that into consideration. However, Dominic only retorted in a cold voice, his tone and expression not changing at all.
Soon enough, Dominic finished signing his last document and stood up from his seat.
“Bring them to the empty lot in front of the annex.”
After repeating his order, he left the office first. In the end, the dog trainer had no choice but to follow Dominic’s order.
And a while later.
A loud noise suddenly rang out in the middle of the night. Everyone in Crockford mansion heard it.
Kalian was no exception. He had just gotten home and entered his bedroom then he heard the sound booming outside his window and his eyes glinted sharply.
“That scared me!”
“What was that sound?”
When he left his room, he saw the employed servants asking questions in surprise.
Kalian left the mansion and dashed in the direction the sound came from. And when he finally arrived, the dog trainer was there.
“Y-Young master Kalian…”
The man looked up when he heard Kalian’s footsteps and spoke with a trembling voice.
The dog trainer was hugging something in the darkness. The vivid smell of blood flitted past the tip of his nose.
Kalian stared at the scene in front of him, frozen for a while. Then he realized that was the trainer was holding right now, were the dogs he had been raising.
Soon, Kalian’s feet moved from where he stood. And a while later, his hand touched the body of the dog being held by the dog trainer.
It was obvious that the cause of the sound that ripple through the quiet night earlier was the new weapon that was being tested in the Alchemist Tower nowadays.
Kalian felt the sticky blood at the tip of his fingers and clenched his teeth.
The very next moment, just when Kalian rose to chase after Dominic who made the dogs this way.
A small breathing sound could be heard from below.
“Y-Young master! One of them is alive!”
The dog trainer felt the same thing and quickly called out. Kalian hurriedly moved into action. And he changed his goal and ran off to get the vet right away.
 I don’t know why this number is so specific, but it is what it is.
 Ambidextrous: Someone that can use both hands fluidly at approximately the same efficiency. You may google for more information.
T/N: …The second part was just awful honestly. What an absolute f*cking piece of shit. I’m not even a dog person but JFC.
He’s an asshole
Omg, poor dogs, people who hurt defenceless animal are the worst scums. Lakis is my cutie, as always 🙂 their relationship is so good, and he is good in everything physical 😀 inviting Yuri to try…? Thank you for the chapter
This chapter started off so fluffy and romantic and slice-of-life and then swiftly took a turn to the shitter huh. 🙁
Thanks for the translation!
This chapter made me really really happy and then suddenly really really angry. Makes you wonder who the ‘good guys’ actually are…
The poor dogs. What a beast. I hope he gets what he deserves for it in the storyline.
Sheesh, what a horrible way to end a chapter 😖
Thanks for the chapter! 😘
Those poor dogs 😭😭😭
Omg.. why the dogs?? 😭 What a dick 👿
k#ll!ng FAMILY dogs to test out new weapons? No..no no no. Thats a whole nother messed up. Is he one of those “we can’t do anything about him because we care about him, so we turn a blind eye to his questionable behaviour so it doesn’t result in him killing all of us in our sleep”
And this situationship of Lakis and Yuri is making me go crazy.
“Well… Im usually good with anything physical.”
“For some reason, the food tastes better when you touch me.”
“Ms Yuri, come over here”
Why does everything sound suggestive to me. Send help
Thank so much Ms Ruby. Enjoy the weekend!
Exactly!!! I’m awaiting for the next step to be made eagerly and I see all the chapters go by without any further movement from them!! How bloody frustrating!
Like, I want more than talking to each other even if its too cute and romantic and all that makes my heart bleed for more!
What darned lack of development in this relationship is happening here!?
I actually feel that their relationship is regressing than factually developing!
However, indeed, talking and normality is also a treasured haven for both of them, but I feel that something is seriously lacking during the last chapters…
Make no mistake, I love this novel.
Lastly even though this is a reply, to Miss Ruby: Thank you for the Chapter! ❤️
Yuri & Lakis are so cuteeeee~ They’re also very suggestive. When is their next makeout session? I want the sauceeee.
Anyways I didnt expect the chapter to end with the POS killing the dogs. They were Yuri’s entertainment! How dare they.
Thank you Ruby for your fantastic translation as always.
Butler Lakis in service😂I was just smiling like an idiot as usual and then a blood scene APPEARED from nowhere🔪😤😤just why the heck???POOR DOGS!!uugghhhh
Anyways,thank so much for the translation 🥺🙏🙏🙏
Well, I certainly wasn’t expecting dog murder this chapter.
They’re married don’t tell me otherwise😤
Also wtf dominic??
Thank you for your hard work Miss Ruby!
“Well…I’m usually good at everything physical.”…
Tell me I’m not the only one thinking of pervy thoughts right now!
And when Yuri ask if he’s ambidextrous… Okay I have a very dirty mind!
And Dominic you sh*thead! How can you be so cruel?!
Thank you Ruby-sama 💚💚💚
Even Yuri, someone who lost most of her emotions, refused to even intimidate those dogs let alone SHOOT THEM! This guy is irredeemable. Psychopathic asshole!
Thank you for the chapter!
Lakis in transition from a villain to a house husband? xd he does everything for Yuri <3
Ahahaa… impressive debut, Dominic Crawford, I can only laugh dryly..
Now suddenly I wonder… the surviving dog wouldn’t turn out to be a mutant, right? It’s just a very normal dog, isn’t it..? *sweating bullets over here..*
A little correction: Everyone in Crockford mansion heard it. –> it should be “Everyone in Crawford mansion heard it.” right?
Thank you for the chapter Miss Ruby! May you stay healthy~
But but but…. puppy!
I hope Dominic finds a slow, painful, and gruesome demise. Anyone that hurts an animal ceases to be human in my eyes.
Thank you for the update ruby-sama
“The sight of a man in a white shirt cooking with his sleeves rolled up…it definitely my dream type of man!!”
(♡ω♡ ) ~♪
That absoulte asshole, he didnt kill all the dogs did he? He asked for the ones that went into the annex and if im not wrong that was, one…? wasnt it? But why does it seem like he killed more than even two. Bruh….I am distraught, those poor babies q-q
I wonder if Yuri learns of this and feels some form of guilt, she seemed to liked the dogs.
I think 2 dogs went into the annex. Yuri found one, the dog trainer found the other.
Yuri and Lakis are so sweet they already have a routine, I don’t mind the slow development actually
Lakis is such a hubby material and all but why tf kill the dogs? What is his deal? Here I thought he will be the loveable character but NAH. He is crossed out on my list. I can’t even remember the correct spelling of his name.
They are so cute 🥰
But why do that to the dogs? Huhu…
Thanks for the chapter Miss Ruby 😊
Poor dogs !! why did he do that? is he crazy?
I knew it! I got an ominous feeling from Dominic from the get go! I am horrified he went as far as killing the dogs though! I am starting to think he was the one behind the “death” of Selena and that Yuri might actually BE Selena. It would fit this storyline to be honest. I don’t believe she was really blond ever. It could have been dyed to disguise her and her actual hair color could have appeared from the experimentation. I mean…it’s a theory I have. Did I ever tell you I have watched a LOT of k-dramas?😅
Well my theory is somewhat similar to your but slightly different, the main hole in yours is
The age doesn’t match up, yuri would need to be waay older for that and it doesn’t make sense to turn someone younger and leave them in the slums
The way people treat animals can tell you a lot about them. Now we saw the true colors of Dominic.
Is Dominic a psycho? Seriously, even if one of the dog messed up his place to rest, he didn’t need to kill them like that. I pity anyone who will have him as a father-in-law. Thanks for the chapter desu~
I like the dark theme more. Sepia is okay too. White background is too bright to the eyes imo.
But thanks you for the chapter translator-sensei.
Urgh… The tingling feeling I felt at first is gone.. Wtf just happened?? Why you do that?! Fuuuudge.. Doggy 😭
He belongs to the streets jfc
….that went whatever fluffy heart-warming feelings I had with domestic Lakis and Yuri.
I knew something would happen to the dogs since the time Yuri accidentally threw the ball far but ugh, it’s still upsetting to know my hunch was right. 😭
Thanks for chap
Him leaving the trainer saying nothing left 2 possibilities :
1.his mood was good due to seeing selena’s face so he didn’t mind it.
2.he didn’t wanna look bad in front of Yuri so he thought to deal with it later
Pretty sure the fake lakris at carnot and this guy make up the main antagonists of the story. Seeing so far i feel he’s responsible mostly for Selena’s death.
The two chances are :
1.he was a sis con who got her pregnant and had her killed off to hide it.
2.they probably areanged a marriage for selena but she had an affair already so refused. And in order to preserve the house honor or some sh*t had her killed off.
Both cases i feel they somehow forced genos to kill/take the blame for killing her(notice how no one so far hates him for killing such a loved person which is weird ) and that yuri is somehow Selena’s child that had been saved and somehow ended up at the slums.
Upvote me later if this Theory comes true 😂
I was also thinking that maybe the Crawfords (especially this guy) thought she was Selena’s hidden child or something but then it was mentioned how Selena and Kalian had a very small age gap so I’m assuming they’re both from the same generation. Regardless, since Yuri is about the same age as Kalian, it’s highly improbable that she is Selena’s daughter.
Now I’m thinking about two things:
1) Why Yuri cannot be Selena’s daughter: Yuri originally had blonde hair, and Yuri being around Kalian’s age would mean she’s also around Selena’s age. (i.e. You can’t give birth when you’re 4-5 years old…plus, that is just horrible, it’s rape! Granted, this novel has an angst undertone so I would assume the villains could grow to be twisted/disgusting low-life territory.)
2) Or Yuri *could actually be* Selena herself: I’m actually thinking Yuri really DIED during the experiment. But her soul somehow ended up in Selena’s body which also happened to be experimented upon. Remember she was “asleep” in her cocoon for 3 whole years. Who knows what really happened that time. It could be that
just right after Yuri’s batch, Selena came in the lab or something. I imagine the guys who did the experiments wouldn’t bother to tell Arachne who she was before she woke up (they would all seem to be nameless slaves from their perspective anyway), and Yuri waking up in Selena’s body, she would only think it was some sort of transformation her body underwent since it was all experiment after all. Seeing Kalian’s father like this, I wouldn’t put it past him to drive Selena out the mansion. He would have probably even called for the slavers.
But these are all hypotheses. Who knows what happened really.
Now we see where Kalian got that irrational anti-heretic sentiment from.
I think his moral compass is in the right direction but he just did not have any proper knowledge.
His father being irrationably cruel like this. If only he knew that the dead experimental subjects he saw would have resulted into heretics if they didn’t die.
I feel like the Lakis I’m good at everything physical was amazing. But then the second part with the dogs just totally overwrote that. What the actual ….. can’t say but seriously. What a monster. Because they messed up a room he shot them?! How did this person raise a child, children really. Guess the obvious answer is he didn’t really. Can’t even…… upsetting.
This makes me feel Dominic had something to do with Selena’s death…
Despite the depressing part at the end
I think this is my favorite chapter so far. The way Lakis looked after Yuri just seemed like they’re married already omoooo
Can i curse right now? Like…What the f….fudge!!!! Frick!!!!!
Just when are they going to drop this Miss and Mister??? Also, I want more of Yuri and Lakis’ interaction! Who cares about the some weird clingy characters…jk.
Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if Kalian’s father turned out to be the one who killed Selena :/
absolutely disgusting, they’re dogs!!!!! wtf is wrong with him
Omg, what a horrible person, he make me cry, Why he did that? The dogs was innocent.