Rather than Rere, I guess God truly loved me.
Because he allowed me to meet my bundle of happiness, Rere.

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After meeting Rere, I got to know the meaning of true love and the love of family that I had never experienced before.

So I rubbed Rere’s cheek with my cheek.

“I’m so happy!”

“I’m happier than Big Bunny!”

As if returning my heart, she pulled her cheek away from mine before kissing my cheek.

“By the way, Big Bunny.
Why are you coming with Luca?”

“Oh.
Luca came to help me when I was meeting my family.”

“What is my daddy doing at times like this!”

“I don’t know.”

I just responded uninterestedly.
It was highly unlikely that his presence would have been of any help anyway.

“Hmm.
But how do you know that Mom is with Luca?”

“No, I had no idea! I just can feel it.”

“Can you really differentiate between Luca and Daddy?”

“Yup! Luca is relaxed, unlike Daddy! Luca never made stupid excuses such as ‘Rere that, Rere this’ just like Daddy always says! And Luca is more handsome than Daddy!”

She was right.
But their appearance was identical…

I looked at Luca for a while then turned my attention to Rere,

“…Your daddy and Luca look similar now, matter how I look at them.”

“No! Luca is a little more handsome!”

Rere grinned so brightly, and shook her index finger right and left.

“Can’t you differentiate them, Big Bunny?”

“No, I definitely can! That goes without saying.
So Rere knew that Luca’s eyes were red all along?”

“Yeah! They were red at first!”

“You’re right, Young Miss.
I kept my red eyes in the past, but I deliberately changed the color because my appearance resembles His Excellency so much.”

I looked at him wordlessly.

What are you, really? How can you resemble the duke so much?

His sweet gaze touched me again.
Whenever I saw him, my cheeks turned red because of our earlier exchange.

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Unable to overcome my shyness, I hurriedly turned to Rere.

“By the way, Rere.”

“Uh huh!”

“Did my Rere wait for Big Bunny in the room?”

“Yeaah! I waited sooo patiently.
I’m sure Big Bunny will come….right!? Big Bunny will never leave Rere, right?”

“Yes.
Even if Rere hates it, I’ll stick to Rere like glue.
Until one day Rere doesn’t need Mom anymore.”

Hearing my words, Rere puffed her cheeks grumpily.

“Rere isn’t like that! Even if Rere grows up and marries a cool guy, Rere is going to live with Big Bunny!”

“Really? But, Rere…didn’t you say you were going to marry Luca?”

“Uh…that’s true.
Now that I think about it again, I don’t think Luca is the one.”

Luca seemed embarrassed by Rere’s sudden announcement.

“Am I not good enough, Miss?”

“Yeah.
Luca is old! I don’t like older people! I prefer a young boy who listens well!”

“I-Is that so?”

“Yup! Even though I don’t really like childish people…uh, whatever!”

“But, Rere.
I feel lonely already.”

Rere, her hair bound in tiny braids, shook her head.

“Why all of a sudden?”

“When I think about my Rere getting married…”

“Hihi! Don’t worry.
Because Rere is not going to get married right away.
And if Mom is that sad, Mom can just give me a younger brother, right?”

“…Uh, huh?”

The heat crept up my face at Rere’s bombshell remark.

“A younger brother?!”

“I want a younger brother, too.
I wonder how squishy he’ll be?”

“B-But….”

“Don’t worry.
Rere isn’t a baby.
I know about this very well.”

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“W-What do you know….?”

“Marriage doesn’t mean you must have a baby.”

What should I say? When children asked how babies are created, adults always said the storks deliver babies.

A cold sweat flowed down my back.

“Big Bunny.
Why are you so surprised?”

“Ah, huh? Nothing.
I’m not surprised at all…”

“I’m having fun seeing Big Bunny’s reaction.”

“….Rere.
How can you have fun with my reaction?”

Rere lifted the corner of her mouth.

“Anyways.
Do you know where babies come from, Rere?”

“Yup! Of course I do!”

“H-How can you get babies?”

How much should I say to a five-year-old? I can’t just explain it to her the same way I would to a teenager.

I looked at Luca and the nanny.
I pleaded with them silently and earnestly, asking for their help, but the two avoided my gaze simultaneously.

E-Excuse me…why are you avoiding me?

“I’m telling you about the baby! Man and woman get the baby when they hug each other tightly while sleeping!”

“It’s from the stork….huh?”

“What’s a stork?”

“Oh no.
B-but, what do you mean by hugging each other while sleeping?”

“What do you think! Rere is so smart, right? Ha.
Being too smart is troublesome.
I’ve read a lot of books with Big Bunny, and I think I’ve become too smart.
Is there a man who can be a match to me now?”

I automatically smiled watching Rere shrug her shoulders boastfully.

“That’s right! Since when did my Rere become this smart? Talking about where babies come from, it’s true that we get it by hugging our loved ones tightly.
How did you know that?”

“I read it in books! That’s why…I hope Daddy and Big Bunny will hug each other quickly.
If I have a younger brother, I promise to love him.”

With a gloomy face, Rere fiddled with my long hair.

“Mom only needs Rere.
Rere is the only one in Mom’s life.”

“That’s also good….but still…”

“Why do you want a younger brother?”

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Rere spread her ten fingers excitedly.

“Because it’s cute! lovely! squishy! and what else is there…..ah! I can play with him all day, and I won’t be bored anymore! Uh..what else..”

At times like this, her mind was so pure like a little angel.

How lonely must she have been? So I hugged Rere even more tightly.

“So you were lonely.”

“No! I wasn’t lonely! It’s just….”

“I can’t give you a little brother right away, but I just want you to know that I love you more than anyone else! I will play with you so you won’t ever be lonely!”

“Yippie! This is why I love Big Bunny!”

“Do you confess that you love me now?”

“Who said I love you! Oh, I mean…ahh whatever!”

As if she had nothing to say this time, Rere only waved her hand.

“Don’t you love me, though?”

“N-Not exactly love, but… I think I love you a little bit.”

“Is that so? But my love for Rere is greater than the sky!”

“Then…Rere’s love for Mom is as big as my palm!”

Rere pouted her lips as if she didn’t want to lose.

“Great! Then I need to work hard so that Rere’s heart will grow as big as the sky!”

“Yeah! You really need to work hard! By the way, what are we going to do today?”

“ How about hide-and-seek?”

Rere’s eyes gleamed at my words.

“What’s that?”

“Some people will hide, and one person will look for them!”

Rere seemed to have separation anxiety due to what happened to her all this time.
So I needed to let her know that even if I was away for a while, I would always return to her.
I would never throw her away and leave her alone.

So I came up with this game.
It was a simple game where the tagger just needed to find someone who was hiding, and it was a pretty good game to relieve the child’s separation anxiety.

Because I could unconsciously instill the idea that I will always find Rere and return to her side while we were playing this.

“It sounds fun! Can I hide anywhere?”

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“Let’s play inside the room.
Let’s invite the nanny and the maids to play with us.
Shall we ask Luca to join us too?”

“Yeah! Sounds great!”

“Luca, do you want to play with us?”

“Of course.”

As soon as he answered, Rere jumped down from my arms.

“Yeay!”

Rere, jumping up and down excitedly, ran to her room.
As soon as she arrived at her room, Rere changed to light clothes that didn’t make any sound as much as possible.

“Rere is ready! Big Bunny, are you ready?”

“Yes! Then close the door so no one can leave.
I’ll be the first tagger, so people in the room including Rere must hide.
The first person to be caught must be the next tagger, okay?”

“Okay!”

“Alright!”

“That sounds fun, Ms.
Leona!”

“I’m looking forward to it!”

The nanny, Luca, May and Rere exclaimed one by one.
The four looked very enthusiastic.

I smiled at the sight of them being enthusiastic to join in children’s play.
Then I turned around to face the bedroom door.

“I will count until ten.
Hurry up and hide.”

There were already sounds of footsteps moving rapidly as if the game already started.

“Hide well.
I might see your hair.
One, two, three….ten! I’m going to find you now!”

As soon as I counted to ten, I turned my body around.

I looked around the quiet room slowly.

“Where are you?”

I already knew where to look right away.
I crept up to Rere, who was hiding behind the window curtain.

That was usually the first place children hide when they play hide-and-seek.

“Rere! I found you!”

I hugged the tiny body behind the curtain right away.

“Ahh! How??! How did you find me?”

“Well.
Because Mom loves Rere so much that Mom could easily find Rere!”

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