Published at 15th of February 2020 07:10:04 AM

Chapter 77: 77

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Once I made my purchase and got it in some gift wrap, I walked back out to the town square . Now that I have what I need and extra time to spare, I should drop by the bakery and try to get my hands on an entire cheesecake .

I feel like we should indulge ourselves since it's our birthdays too .

When I went up to the bakery, I came across Livia and Cynthia drinking coffee . I didn't recognize them at first because they should be at the Academy . Cynthia had to stand tall and shout my name from across the shop to get my attention .

Cynthia: "Steven! Thought I'd never see you out of the elixir shop!"

Once I figured out it was her, I walked up and greeted them .

Livia: "Hey, Steven . Fancy seeing you here . "

Steven: "Hey guys, aren't you both supposed to be at the Academy?"

Livia: "It's an important staff meeting today so the Headmaster gave the students the day off . "

Steven: "Nice . What are you 2 doing here though?"

Livia: "We both wanted coffee and crossed paths . "

Cynthia: "Yeah, funny coincidence . "

She sees the gift box in my hands and reaches for it . I raised it up, out of her reach and inadvertently reveal my hidden sword .

Cynthia: "Is that a gift?"

Steven: "For Kanna . It's her birthday today . "

Livia: "Why are you carrying a sword?"

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I instinctively pull my tunic down and hide the sword .

Steven: "I don't want someone to rob me . This gift is for Kanna and her only . "

Cynthia laughs and playfully jabs me with her elbow .

Cynthia: "Ohh~? Are you not going to invite us over, Mister Smooth?"

Steven: "I asked Livia and couldn't find you but I kinda had a hunch that you'd stop by because Kanna invited you . "

Cynthia: "And you were on point . "

Livia: "I wanted to wish you a happy birthday too . It's also your birthday, right?"

Steven: "Yep… kinda crazy how Kanna and I both have birthdays on this day . "

Cynthia: "Why haven't you said anything either?! Happy birthday, Steven! How old are ya now!?"

Steven: "19 . "

Livia: "Time really does fly… it feels like I've known you for years and we should be much older . "

Steven: "Livia, it hasn't been a year yet . Don't make me feel old . "

Since they're both here, we can all head to my home and start the party a little early .

Steven: "Let's go order something while we're here . "

Cynthia: "You sure—"

She stops, leans in, and whispers .

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Cynthia: "That gift has to be expensive, you sure you want to risk flashing that around in public?"

She's right!

I may have a sword but I'd rather minimize the chances of someone attempting to rob me .

Steven: "Ohh… can you do me a favor then?"

Cynthia: "Sure . "

Steven: "Buy Kanna cherry cheesecake . Not just a little slice, I mean the entire 20 inch . I have 30 Coin to pay for it . "

She smiles and smacks my back .

Cynthia: "Let's go half on it, boyfriend! I too know what Kanna loves!"

Steven: "Say it like that and people will think we're the ones that are together . "

Livia: "I'll see you there, Steven . "


Everything is going better than I had hoped!

I rushed over to the house, excitedly imagining Kanna's face when she sees the present . She'll be taken aback for sure!

At the house, I silently enter the shop . It was dead quiet and not a lot of light was coming from the back . Hopefully, it means that Kanna's still asleep like I planned .

I made it to the living room and saw Joan resting her head on a half-asleep Madelyn's lap . I tried tiptoeing past them but suddenly I felt someone shove me from behind .

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Kanna: "Where did you go!?"

Steven: "Ka-Kanna!?"

She stands between the door to the shop, arms crossed, ears tall and aggressive, and scowling .

Madelyn: "You made plans with her but left as soon as you wake up? There's some explaining to do, mister . "

Steven: "Err, I, uh, I was gambling that she'd sleep a little longer . "
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The gig was up but I still attempted to keep the surprise going .

Steven: "Kanna… Cynthia and Livia are on their way . I don't know where Yuuna went but I guess we can party once everyone gets here . "

Madelyn: "Ohh~?"

She looked at me suspiciously before looking down at Joan .

Madelyn: "Well, the more the merrier . "

Steven: "Yes, the more the merrier . "

I walk up to her and still try to play it cool .

Steven: "She just fell asleep on your lap?"

Madelyn: "Yeah… she can be cute . "

Kanna: "Don't try to breeze past me! Where did you go?"

She's relentless!

Things will only spiral downwards . The smart thing right now is to tell her I have a surprise but not what it could be .

Steven: "It's a surprise Kanna; please let it be one . "

Kanna: "What kind of surprise?"

Steven: "It wouldn't be a surprise if I told you . "

Kanna sighs and sits on the loveseat next to Madelyn .

All I had to do now was sit in silence and wait for Cynthia to show up with the cake . It was an awkward half an hour as Kanna did not take her eyes off me . It felt like I couldn't do anything as I was being watched through a microscope .

When they did show up, the mood lightened up as Cynthia excitedly announced their arrival . They arrived with the cheesecake plus Yuuna in tow .

Cynthia: "We brought the goods!"

Livia: "We came across Miss Yuuna along the way . "

Yuuna: "Good morning, Kitten . "

Steven: "I didn't know you snuck out too, Yuuna . "

She also had a gift-wrapped box . I take my hands from behind my back and reveal the 2 gift boxes of my own . Yuuna looked at it, at me, and then giggled .

Yuuna: "I guess we all brought you a gift . "

Cynthia: "Yeah, the cake can go last . I want to see what Kanna is being spoiled with!"