his heart, Fabian had trouble sleeping since the following day was the day he met with Sienna.

Still, he couldn’t help but see her.
The day of their meeting was the day Fabian looked forward to the most.
Fabian once again waited for her in front of the library.

“Logan.”

Sienna, who arrived shortly after him, was different from usual.
With a worried look on her face, she continually looked around her.

Fabian, who was watching her, asked.

“You seem to be looking for someone.”

“Ah…I’m sorry.
It wasn’t like that.”

Sienna smiled at his perplexed face.
Fabian could partially understand why she reacted this way.
She’s dating another guy so of course she did not want anyone to see her alone with him.

Just right when he realised his feelings.
How could things turn out like this when he decided to listen to his heart for once? Looking at Sienna, Fabian swallowed the bitterness.

She stopped looking around only once they had entered the library building.

“I think it will be difficult for us to meet up for a while.”


Again, it was just as Fabian had expected.

After reading with Fabian for an hour or so, Sienna called him to the break room and said.

“I am in a bit of a situation right now.
I’m going to refrain from going out for the time being.
I could really use your help with that.
And…I’m really sorry.”

She seemed to have come to say this today.
‘For the time being’ in her words sounded like ‘from now on’ to him.

Would the situation have been different if he had realised his feelings sooner? If he had even told her how he felt…

“No.
There is nothing to be sorry about.”

What could he say when she was this sorry toward him? If she had a lover and still met with another man, that would be controversial.

He could not believe he only faced his love for her honestly after she had had another man…

Fabian’s shoulders drooped as he returned to the duke’s mansion in a carriage.

***

It was that evening that Justin came to him with the report.

“Your Grace!”

The self-proclaimed competent Justin soon brought new information.
He was running out of breath as he ran.
Though he was told not to run in the hallway.

Fabian looked at him with disapproving eyes and said.


“Tell me, what made you run like this?”

“Listen! I have brought you big news!”

Fabian tilted his head slightly as if to signify him to speak.
He wasn’t going to be surprised by what Justin said anyway.

But completely opposite to what he had thought, Justin’s words stunned Fabian.
In a different sense.

“She met up with a commoner.
She was seen meeting with a black-haired man.”

“A commoner… you say?”

Fabian flinched.

“Yes! Rumours are spreading these days that they are not on any terms, but he’s definitely a commoner.”

If it’s a dark-haired commoner Sienna met… Fabian fell in thought silently.

It was him.
It was undoubtedly HIM.

He did not know how the rumour came about, but the main character of the rumour was ‘Logan’.

And here he thought she got herself a man she loved… Hearing this, Fabian felt a sense of relief wash over him, and at the same time, a sense of absurdity.

Then, all this time, he was having a headache because of his own self? It never once crossed his mind, even for a split second that it could be him.
Naturally, he thought she had a man she loved, but…

… How can I be so stupid! Fabian’s face crumpled, a rare sight to behold.

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