lt;pgt;It was undeniable that Lily had feelings for Alexander. However, she was unsure if she could describe
their time together or the things Alexander had done for her as love. She did not know if her feelings for
him had turned into love.
lt;pgt;Alexander was handsome, rich, kind, and considerate. He always put Lily first, so how could she not
fall for him? Still, was this love?
lt;pgt;Alexander only smiled softly at her answer. He was not surprised at all. He traced her lips gently with
his thumb and reassured her, “It‘s okay. We have plenty of time, so there‘s no need to rush things.
You‘ll start loving me eventually.”
lt;pgt;“But...” he paused, “I won‘t take that step before that. We‘ll only move forward when you‘re sure and
willing to accept me wholeheartedly.”
lt;pgt;When Alexander finally let go of her hand and got up to leave, Lily recovered from her daze and
hurriedly asked, “What about you? Do you love me?”
lt;pgt;Alexander turned around and smiled. His eyes were gleaming like the stars in the night sky.“ Of course
I love you.”
lt;pgt;Lily did not expect that and only looked at Alexander in surprise. She thought he might hesitate, try to
change the subject, or even deny it, but she never anticipated him to admit that he loved her outrightly.
She wondered if that could be possible since they had only recently met. How could he already be in
love with her?
lt;pgt;Lily wanted to question Alexander when he continued, “Please try to stay awake in the bathtub next
time. I would hate to lose you before I could get you to fall in love with me. If you‘re still up for it, getlt;/pgt;
lt;pgt;dressed and come down for dinner.”
lt;pgt;After Alexander left, Lily sat alone on the bed, her heart still beating rapidly after hearing his
confession. Soon after, she got dressed and went downstairs. As she got to the foot of the stairs, she
could smell the aroma of delicious food. Alexander waited for her at the dining table with the cutleries
already laid out on it.
lt;pgt;“Did you order takeout?” Lily asked as she glimpsed at the several mouth–watering dishes on the table.
There were various dishes she could choose from, and the portions were of the correct sizes too.
lt;pgt;“Well, you could say that,” Alexander replied, and it was partially true, barring the fact that a 5 –star
hotel chef had made those dishes and sent them to their doorstep. So technically, Alexander had
lt;pgt;He meticulously removed the bones from the fish and placed the fish back onto her plate. To him, it
was a natural thing to do, but Lily felt uneasy. She looked at her plate and back at Alexander, who
started to remove the shells from the shrimps. Lily said, “It‘s okay. I can do it myself. You don‘t have to
do it for me.”
lt;pgt;“Why would you think that I‘m doing it for you? I just love to take stuff apart and remove the shells,”
Alexander commented nonchalantly. He then placed the peeled shrimps onto her plate.
lt;pgt;Lily‘s dinner plate was already half filled with fish, shrimp, meat, and vegetables, just waiting for her to
dig in. At the same time, she was also overwhelmed by a warm and fuzzy sensation in her heart. It had
been a while since anyone treated her with so much love and care. She was always under strict
guidance and had undergone tough training ever since she could remember.
lt;pgt;When Lily was of age, she left her family and chose to do something she loved. However, it led to her
poor performance in a competition where she became a subject of ridicule and mockery. Her falloutlt;/pgt;
lt;pgt;with Nathaniel was the last straw, and she became completely estranged from her family.lt;/pgt;