That evening Eunuch Han told me that the Crown Prince was waiting for me in the flower field.
Before I went there, I asked Court Lady Song about my appearance and she answered while hiding her smile.
Eunuch Han escorted me until in front of the South Gate and then Court Lady Song dragged him away.
The Crown Prince was lying under the tree with his hands behind his head, eyes closed.
As I was drawing near, his eyes opened and he greeted me with a smile. He gestured to me with his eyes to lie besides him, so I did.
Before my head touched the ground, he extended his other hand so my head lied on his arm instead of the ground. I looked at him with a blushed face.
"The leaves might stick on your hair," he said. So I just thanked him for being considerate.
"What happened?" I asked. I still haven't heard anything about what happened to him in the west border.
He looked up, he paused for a while maybe he was trying to arrange his story to make it easier for me to understand and then he smiled at me. He took a deep breath and began his story, "After we crossed the bridge, the river's water level risen rapidly and sunk the bridge so we decided to get to the higher ground. We were still far away from the village and it started flooding again. We climbed the nearest hill just so we could avoid the flood. One of the soldier said we could detour to the village from the hill but since it was raining, our tracks gotten slow and we only arrived the next day.
"When we arrived there, the soldiers told me they thought that I was missing and reported it to the King. Then, later the evening, the search soldiers His Majesty sent came but instead I told them to help us with the supplies and repair some of the destroyed houses since we were short of hands. We were occupied with the duties that we forgot that His Majesty's might have waited for the search results.
"I decided to come back yesterday to report of my being to the Majesty myself. He told me to let the soldiers settled things in the village and I was not allowed to go back there. I went to look for you after that but Court Lady Song didn't know you were here. Lucky I found you here, if not, you might have slept here until morning." He looked at me and smiled.
I was so grateful that he was alright. I thought I could never see his smile again.
I didn't notice that I was looking at him for a while that he asked, "What is it?" He raised his eyebrows.
"I missed you." I said. He looked surprised first then his lips curled into a smile.
He pulled me closer to him until my head was on his chest. Then he wrapped me with both of his hands. I could hear his heart beaten as fast as mine.
He loosened his hug. His put his hand on my wrist while the other hand still under my head. I was lying while facing him and he was looking at me, his eyes pierced through mine.
He was hesitated for a while but then he asked, "Can I kiss you?"
My face felt hot again, so I lowered my gaze then I nodded.
He drew closer then kissed my lips gently. I could taste his smile when I replied his kiss.
When he finally let go, he asked, "When is the date to share room?" Then I felt my whole body was burning with embarrassment.