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   Chapter 30 You Are Not a Princess (Part One)

Pull You Closer Into Me By Sophie Characters: 6327

Updated: 2020-03-30 00:23


"Oh, I see," Todd said, taking what Elsa said with a grain of salt. "Even so, you can't eat too little while we're here. There are no places where snacks are sold, and who knows when we will be called to join the training? If you end up getting carried back after the training, don't expect the army base to receive female reporters next time. Why should a female reporter be burdened if a male reporter could do the job?"

Elsa knew that he meant well. In a gentle voice, she said, "I know. I can handle it."

Cindy couldn't help but mock Elsa for her weakness.

Johnny, who knew Elsa, looked at her sympathetically and asked, "Are you okay, Elsa?"

"I'm fine." Elsa forced herself to eat the rice with seaweed egg drop soup. However, she could barely tolerate the single spoonful she had placed in her mouth. It seemed that the soup was cooked in the same pan where meat was cooked, so it tasted incredibly greasy.

Elsa lost what little appetite she had. She put down her bowl and said, "I ate too much in the morning. I'm not hungry yet. Please go ahead and enjoy your meal."

"You are a picky eater, aren't you?" Cindy commented, her eyes glittering with malice.

It was true—Elsa had become a picky eater. Since that year, she had stopped eating meat and fish. She knew that doing so was bad for her, and her parents had worried a lot about her. However, some things could not be overcome with the determination. Elsa turned her head to the side and did not defend herself.

"You are not a princess, so stop behaving like one," Cindy hissed at her.

That was the last straw. Elsa abruptly stood up and said, "I'm going back to the barracks to have a rest. I'll be on time for the work this afternoon."

Guided by her memory alone, Elsa followed the route to their living quarters and headed toward her room. She had brought nothing except her handbag. She really should have a good talk with Johnny later.

Elsa picked up her phone and composed a text to Soren to tell him that she was busy at work and wouldn't have much free time in the following days. Johnny was serious about this interview. It was probably not as easy to complete as he said.

She had known him for a long time. By observing his habits and expressions, she could guess what he was thinking.

She knew that he was not the kind of person who would give up his career to indulge in a life of pleasure and comfort. Ever since Johnny had suggested taking her with him, Elsa was under no impression that he fought for the opportunity to have her join the team merely to do her a favor.

It was starting to look less like a simple assignment and more like a tough battle.

Her mind became too preoccupied trying to predict possible scenarios while they were to accomplish this assignment that she forgot that she was composing a message to Soren. However, a knock on the door interrupted her before she could hit send. Elsa quickly sent the message before she went to open the door. There was a corporal standing at the door holding a dinner tray. When she opened the door, the man said loudly, "Madam, I'm here to deliver your meal!"

The tray was covered, so

Elsa couldn't see its contents. She asked curiously, "Could you please tell me who sent it?"

The man's formal expression slipped a little as he scratched his temple with a confused smile on his face. "Ha-ha, even I don't know, ma'am. The order was to bring this to Elsa Xia. Are you Elsa Xia?"

"Yes, I am."

The corporal deposited the tray on her hands. "Well, then, this is yours. Please enjoy your meal."

The corporal rushed away so quickly, so Elsa had no choice but to put down the tray on the small table in her room. She lifted the cover curiously and found three dishes: some sauteed Chinese cabbage, braised soy beans, and shredded potatoes cooked with vinegar. There was also a small bowl of egg and bean sprout soup. Elsa's stomach rumbled at the sight. Who could have sent this? Was it Johnny? It probably was his apology for getting her into this trouble.

She picked up the chopsticks and began to eat. Maybe it was her hunger speaking, but everything on the plate tasted delicious, and she thoroughly enjoyed her meal. She was eating the food on her tray when someone knocked at the door again. Elsa put down her tray and went to open the door.

This time, it was Johnny on the other side of the door. As she opened the door, he shoved a lunch box, which was filled with fried cabbage and stir-fried greens, toward her and asked, "Are you hungry? Hurry up and eat it!"

For years, such words of concern coming out of his mouth never failed to touch her. At that moment, however, Elsa was unmoved. She only stared down at lunch box and said calmly, "No, thanks, I've already had my lunch."

Johnny looked irritated by her response. "How can you get full with just a spoonful of rice? Todd is right—we can't let others feel that you are a burden. If you cause any trouble because of this, we may not get the chance to do these interviews in the future." Before Elsa could answer, Johnny pushed the lunch box toward her again and insisted, "Just eat it. I heard that there's a fellow who used to live in the same city in the kitchens. That's why I could take some of this to you."

Elsa shook her head dismissively. "Really, I am already full. By the way, I have something to tell you, and this is as good an opportunity as any."

However, Johnny was still too absorbed in his own feelings. "Elsa, I brought you here, so I will definitely take good care of you!"

Had Johnny's former self-confidence devolved into arrogance, conceit, and egoism?

Elsa moved aside and pointed at the food on the small table. She said helplessly, "I am telling you that I have already had my lunch."

The dishes on the plate looked so much better than what Johnny was holding in his hands. He was confused. "Who arranged this for you?"

The trainings in the army were physically taxing, so the mess hall provided the soldiers with plenty of hearty meat-based dishes to ensure the soldiers' health and stamina. In this peaceful age, nobody lacked food. Even so, Johnny had never seen these vegetable dishes in the mess hall. As far as he knew, Elsa came from an ordinary family. He didn't know anyone who would take special care of her.

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