Predatory Marriage - chapter-110
Thus ended the hunt, and the royal palace was disturbed by the incident.
Unsure how to approach the case, the royal court decided not to hold a
trial for the present. Blain had been badly wounded, but the
circumstances were very complex. Even if Ishakan had overreacted, Blain
had shot the arrow first, though according to those who had accompanied
Blain, he had been provoked.
Ishakan had probably taken advantage of the situation. Due to Blainâ€™s
actions, the negotiations couldnâ€™t be concluded. Instead of using Leah,
the cunning man had used Blain to get what he wanted.
The strange thing was that the reason Blain had done so was his fury at
Ishakanâ€™s mention of an incestuous marriage. In Estia, consanguineous
marriages were permitted to protect the bloodline. But it wasnâ€™t
recommended except as a last resort. Of course, there was no reason for
Leah and Blain to get married, but Blain had still lashed out as if
Ishakan had stabbed him.
Until now, Blain had been tormenting Leah as if she were an object, his
property. Although it gave him the satisfaction of humiliating her, it
was an indication of his own low self-esteem and possessiveness.
But what Ishakan had said to her in the barracks was strange, and there
had been situations where Blain acted like he was interested in her. Leah
sighed and set down the document in her hand.
But what was the point now? It was all over.
There was a stack of documents piled on her small table, but Leah had no
interest in them. Peering out the window, she could see the fire burning
in the distant Queenâ€™s Palace. Cerdina had taken Blain there and was
Cerdina had expected some conflict during the hunt, but she hadnâ€™t
thought Blain would be seriously wounded. And she was clearly not in her
Looking out at the palace, Leah closed the curtain and sat down on the
couch, burying her face in her palms.
Since returning from the forest, she hadnâ€™t been able to do anything.
Even though she wasnâ€™t alone, she couldnâ€™t focus enough to go through
the documents. Right now it was difficult even to think of the peace
treaty. All her hard work had been futile.
What should she do?
No matter how much she thought about it, there was nothing else to be
done. As the negotiations became more complicated, even tax reform became
uncertain. It would be too obvious if she tried to manipulate Byun
Gyeongbaek again using the succession. And she couldnâ€™t take advantage
of the Queenâ€™s Gypsy parentage because she had no real evidence.
She felt lost. She bit her lips until they were swollen and red.
There was a knocking on the glass balcony door that seemed familiar, and
a shadow behind the curtain. Standing, she slowly walked forward. The
intruder tried to open the door, as if he couldnâ€™t wait for her to
When she pulled aside the curtain, she looked up at the man on the other
side of the glass door. And before she could pretend to be surprised, she
stopped. His golden eyes were grim, filled with a mixture of compassion,
affection, sadness, and anger, all directed at Leah.
She didnâ€™t understand his expression, and as soon as he saw her
surprise, Ishakan quickly wiped it away and smiled with his usual
mischief, knocking on the glass agan. Leah opened the latch and he
stepped impatiently inside.
â€œWhatâ€™s for dinner?â€
The question made her smile, and he pulled her close, his chin resting on
â€œI didnâ€™t get to eat because I was busy, and Iâ€™m sure you didnâ€™t
either.â€ Ignoring the fact that he had broken Blainâ€™s wrist, he
suggested, â€œletâ€™s go eat something delicious together.â€
But Leah shook her head. She had no appetite. Gently, she pushed him away.
â€œHowâ€™s your shoulder?â€ She asked. She had heard Blain had shot him
with an arrow, but he seemed fine.
â€œIt hurts,â€ Ishakan replied, frowning.
â€œI rarely get hurt, but because of you, Iâ€™ve already been wounded
Of course, Leah wasnâ€™t to blame for Blain shooting him, but she
didnâ€™t refute him because he was injured. Ishakan gently traced the
bridge of Leahâ€™s nose with his fingers.
â€œYou feel guilty, right? Thatâ€™s why we should have dinner together.
Patients need to be fed properly to recover.â€
Leah smiled. Ishakan was a sophist. But soon the smile faded. The
thoughts of the failed negotiations popped into her head, and she knew
the Kurkans would return to the desert soon. There would be no more time
with Ishakan. The thought of his leaving for a place so far away made her
heart twist strangely. She had become used to Ishakan turning her life
upside down, and now his presence was normal to her.
Could they be together again?
She knew the answer. It would not happen. When she looked down silently,
she heard a sigh.
â€œItâ€™s all over,â€ said Ishakan. He looked down into her eyes.
â€œThough they cannot punish us, any moment the King will order the
expulsion of the Kurkansâ€¦â€
He placed his hands on her cheeks, conveying his warmth for her.
â€œThis country would collapse even if negotiations had been completed.
Stop holding on to this.â€
And he said something she would never have imagined.
â€œCome with me to the desert.â€
The sweet whisper penetrated her heart.
â€œBe my fiancأ©e, Leah.â€