It's The First Time For Both Of Us - Chapter 48.1
Translator and Editor: Bunny and Wyvern
Chapter 48 – Part 1
Cullen almost burst out laughing again.
Soon after, there was more movement under the blanket and the little girl popped out of it. Her long hair was a tangled mess.
“…Dad?” The little girl’s round eyes lit up.
Cullen crossed his arms as he looked at Mariette leisurely, as if teasing her.
“What kind of trouble are you stirring up again?”
“H, huh? No! I didn’t cause any trouble.”
“Then why aren’t you sleeping?”
Then Mariette rolled her eyes. It was obvious that she was also racking her head for an answer.
Cullen leaned even more to the chair, feeling that the stuffiness and boredom filling his mind had suddenly disappeared.
“Uhm, uhm, so…”
Mariette was busy looking for excuses. But he didn’t seem to mind that at all. There was a small crease between her eyebrows. One corner of Cullen’s lips rose up. At that moment, the blanket next to Mariette moved.
Is she hiding something under it?
Mariette’s eyes shook once more as Cullen’s eyes turned to the blanket. Mariette slowly moved and used the blanket to cover herself. She couldn’t cover everything with her small body, but she tried her best.
“What are you hiding?”
“I—I’m not hiding anything!”
Mariette’s secret didn’t last that long. She hesitantly turned around and hugged something black from behind her. “He is my cat.”
A black cat with yellow eyes stared back at Cullen.
“…He is my cat.”
The distance between me and Dad was closer than expected. I could touch him if I reached out with my hand. Because of that, Dad was able to see Kuhn hiding under the blanket. It was fortunate that it was Dad who came and not Pihne.
Moreover, he had asked me right away what trouble I intended to cook up, which was a little unfair.
“A cat? Did you pick it from outside?”
Looking at my father because I was afraid that I would get scolded, I said, “I didn’t pick him up. He is my friend. His name is Kuhn,” I said as I hugged Kuhn tightly.
Dad seemed to be glaring at Kuhn. He then leaned back against his chair. “…Alright. But why are you still awake at this hour? You should’ve been sleeping since a little while ago.”
“It looks like your nanny is incompetent.”
He was scolding Pihne and the maids along with the sound of clicking his tongue.
’Eh, that’s not it!’
“No, Pihne didn’t do anything wrong!”
“Even though she didn’t make sure you’re still not asleep at this hour?”
“That… I woke up because I couldn’t sleep. Pihne reads children’s books and sings lullabies to me every day. Pihne didn’t do anything wrong.” Hesitating, I also added, “Dad is also awake now. So Dad and I are just the same.”
Dad then burst out laughing, “I am an adult.”
I couldn’t hide my expression of ‘that’s ridiculous’ seeing my father being so cheap.
“B—but adults shouldn’t go to bed late as well. And, Dad, uhm, well… Anyway, I will, I will go to sleep. I will go to sleep soon…”
’What’s the point of arguing with Dad? Sheesh, as his daughter, I admit defeat!’
Fortunately, Dad didn’t pick on me. “Hurry and go to sleep.”
Though he urged me to sleep, saying that it would help me grow up. I obediently nodded and went under the blanket as if I was really going to sleep. So that Dad would leave. As if perfectly reading the atmosphere, Kuhn quietly laid on my feet next to my pillow.
I grabbed my blanket and looked at Dad. Even though everything was prepared for me to sleep, Dad was still sitting on the chair. Why is he still here?
“Dad, you’re not going to sleep?”
“I will be sleeping now.”
“Go to sleep quick.”
I kept my mouth shut at the conversation as if it was on repeat. I stared blankly at the ceiling and closed my eyes. Then I opened it again.
“What is it?”
“You know, Dad, you can’t tell Pihne that I slept with the cat, alright…? It’s a secret only between the two of us.”
If he tells Pihne about it, I might pass out while taking a bath in the morning.
“A secret… only between the two of us?” Dad asked, with his eyes wide open, as if he had heard something unfamiliar.
I nodded my head over and over again. “Yes, a secret only Dad and I know!”
I abandoned the blanket completely and got out of bed, approaching him barefoot. And then I reached my hand to him. He tilted his head and looked at me. I grabbed Dad’s hand and pulled him.
“Like this. ugh, Daddy’s arms are too heavy!”
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