Alan looked up with a red face.
He looked down again when he realized that the owner of the foot was Felix. Only a weak snort came out of his nose.
The book club members, who were standing behind them, found Alan lying on his face, turned their head and laughed secretly.
Alan, embarrassed by Felix’s insincere apology, got up and ruffled his clothes, pretending it was nothing.
Whenever he gave a pint cup openly in front of his juniors, he was quiet without saying anything. Then he left the hallway as if nothing happened. But the tips of his ears, which disappeared around the corner, were still only red.
It is revenge for trying to discourage Lucy.
Felix smiled reassuringly as he looked at the spot where Alan had disappeared in a hurry.
Then, Lucy grabbed him secretly and dragged him away. Felix was helplessly dragged by her hands like a fluttering paper doll.
Lucy took him into the next empty classroom.
“Does he always complain that much? I think it’s especially true when it comes to you.”
As soon as the door closed, Felix asked. Lucy shrugged her shoulders, and replied.
“That sunbae is like that to all his juniors. So, you don’t have to worry about it in the future.”
She said, alluding Felix’s tripping Allen’s foot. Felix nodded his head.
“Okay, I won’t do that again.”
But despite his docile reply, Lucy looked at him with a suspicious look.
“…… But really? Do you really want to join the book club?”
“Don’t worry. I will never do anything that will stand out.”
I’ll just watch you by your side.
He answered evasively, concealing his last words.
Again, Lucy did not seem to believe it. She seemed to have vaguely guessed that she was the reason he’s joining the book club.
“Maybe the other people will think I’m doing this because of Adrian? Adrian is so busy. So, they’ll think I’m here to help him.”
He added hastily, fearing that Lucy would resolutely tell him not to come.
“I won’t talk to you if you want. I won’t even look at you.”
I can’t say for sure though.
At Felix’s hasty promise, Lucy shook her head.
“There is no need for that…….”
Felix’s expression quickly brightened.
“There isn’t even a need for that? Okay, then, let’s do well in the library activities together.”
He brazenly reached out his hand for a handshake. Lucy smirked and held his hand but her voice was still cold.
“You didn’t forget what Adrian said, did you? You’re not a member of the book club yet. You forced your way to attend today’s meeting.”
One way or another, it didn’t matter to Felix. His purpose was simply to get as much time as possible with Lucy.
“Well, being an honorary member isn’t bad.”
He replied with a playful smile.
Just then, Colin’s voice was heard outside the door. He seemed to be wandering the hallways looking for Lucy.
“I have my next class.”
“Yeah, go ahead.”
Just in case, Felix had Lucy get out of the classroom first. If someone sees them together, he never knows what kind of rumors they will spread.
He waited for time to pass before leaving the classroom. But someone was standing outside and when he came out, he popped his face out. It was Noel.
He yawned with his mouth wide open before approaching him.
“I had some expectations when I saw what you were doing at the botanical garden, but honestly, I didn’t know that sunbae would do it this far.”
Felix raised the corner of his eyes in a stealthy manner.
This guy has always had a mean side to him. Furthermore, he was the one who made him run to the girls’ dormitory in the middle of the night with a raw lie that he had given Lucy a knight’s flower.
He even gave him a few blows over it, but he looked so confident talking to him without being intimidated at all.
“How serious are you with Lucy-sunbae? Let’s hear it.”
He appeared out of the blue, acting like a member of Lucy’s family and asked Felix questions. It was so absurd.
“Why do you care?”
“Actually, I’m still not sure whether I should allow this meeting or not.”
“So, what are you?”
“Lucy-sunbae is a senior that I really cherish. If my brother had been sane, he would have actively supported me.”
Noel crossed his arms as if he had the right to meddle, and uttered absurd remarks.
“I’m doing this because I want Lucy-sunbae to do well.”
“So, you want to find her a suitable groom yourself?”
At Felix’s words, Noel was surprised for the first time and opened his mouth.
“No way…… ! Are you thinking about marrying Lucy-sunbae?”
Yes, we already have three kids in my head. (⁄ ⁄•⁄ω⁄•⁄ ⁄)⁄
Instead of answering like that, Felix glared at Noel fiercely. He seemed to know what he was trying to say. It was something Felix had been thinking about for a long time too.
“I also want Lucy to marry into a decent family and live comfortably, but her sunbae’s family is a bit… isn’t it too much, I can clearly see how much Lucy will be going through.”
Noel glared at him and added.
“But I want sunbae to be wise, and express herself well…. “
As he spoke, he quickly raised his feet, hoping to avoid Felix’s sudden kick. But nothing flew. Felix was just staring at Noel with a brooding look.
What Noel said was presumptuous but he has a point. what I didn’t notice. What he couldn’t express. Even Felix acknowledged it.
“I know even if you don’t tell me.”
“…… you know?…… That’s a relief.”
When Felix, who had thought he would be very angry, readily admitted, Noel, who had been taking a defensive stance in advance, tilted his head.
“Well, since sunbae is aware of it, I won’t say anything anymore. I’m sure you two will take care of it.”
“What are you talking about when you’ve been meddling all this time?”
Felix said with an annoyed face as he recalled what happened at the botanical garden and on Knight’s Night.
“It was because the two of them were so frustrating. Well, do well on your own in the future.”
After saying those words, Noel left the place as if there was nothing more to say.
“You just turn inside out and go away.”
Felix muttered with a still dissatisfied expression while looking at his back.
* * *
The conversation with Noel somehow complicated Felix’s mind. He wanted to go back to the dormitory and rest without thinking.
But when he returned to the room, Adrian was sitting on the couch waiting for him like another father-in-law.
“Felix, can I talk to you for a second?”
He was well aware of Adrian’s personality. Once he started nagging, he would never let go until he’s tired, so Felix already felt dizzy.
“Come on, sit down.”
Adrian tapped the seat next to him. He spoke softly, but somehow it felt like the calm before the storm.
Felix sat down beside him, and Adrian spoke his words without hesitation.
“Would you like to explain what happened earlier?”
As expected, he did not seem to have any intention of letting go of Felix’s reckless intrusion into the library earlier.
“What are you thinking of suddenly joining the book club?”
“To help you.”
Felix gave the answer he had prepared in advance, but his seed didn’t work.
“After staying still for 2 and a half years, you suddenly thought you should help me?”
“I know. It’s a little late, isn’t it?”
Felix chuckled. It was an attempt to get over it roughly, but Adrian looked uneasy.
To try to persuade him a little bit, Felix brought up what he saw at the meeting.
“I went there today because I thought you needed my help. Alan Gross or something, that bastard is completely obscuring the mood of the book club.”
At those words, Adrian put away the questionable expression he was making towards Felix and sighed. Adrian didn’t show any signs of it, but he seemed to be quite troubled by Alan Gross. Without missing this moment, Felix quickly applied for the job.
“Just put me in the library, I can solve it all at once.”
“How would you do that?”
“I’ll just scare him a little bit enough for him to be quiet.”
Felix clenched his fists and grinned. As expected, Adrian’s expression was unpredictable.
“Quit it. That’s not how conflicts are resolved.”
It was like Adrian. His patience was so great that Felix had hardly ever seen him annoyed in his life.
He would rather kneel and pray for days like a biblical saint than use violence to make Alan Gross a positive human being.
“Are you really not going to tell me? Why do you want to join the book club?”
It seemed difficult to avoid his interrogation completely. This time Adrian was also poised to keep asking until Felix gave a satisfactory answer.
But that doesn’t mean he can talk about Lucy.
Felix rolled his head to come up with another plausible reason. But then, Adrian spoke up first.
“Felix, I’m just going to ask you outright.”
His expression looked a little troubled and at times serious. He gave up his questioning attitude and asked with hesitation.
“Are you… Are you trying to copy me?”