Predatory Marriage - chapter-140
Chapter 140 – Appetite (1)
Translator: Atlas / Editor: Regan
There was no way he would send Leah back to Estia, even if it made her
hate him. But now that she had decided to stay by his side, Ishakan
didnâ€™t see any reason to keep her tied up. Ishakan kissed her wrist.
â€œFirst, you must eat,â€ he said. â€œYou have slept for a long time, so
I will bring light food.â€
Ishakan exited the hut and immediately returned with a tray filled with
food. But perhaps because he considered Leah a patient, this time he
didnâ€™t bring food piled in high layers today. Leah laughed inside.
Ishakan sat in the chair beside Leahâ€™s bed and organized the food one
course at a time. First, he placed some hot porridge before her, and then
lined up the courses to follow in a line as she ate bit by bit.
Leah had been smiling as she watched Ishakan cutting tender veal into
small pieces, but she suddenly darkened as memories came to her mind.
From an early age, when her appetite had been at its peak, Cerdina had
regulated her food. Leah had eaten in Cerdinaâ€™s company at least once
every two days, and every time it made her sick to her stomach. Eating
was extremely stressful.
Cerdina had taught her a strict etiquette for eating. If Leah made the
slightest mistake, Cerdina would stop eating immediately and hit her with
a stick on the part of her arm hidden by the sleeve of her dress. And
when Leah was too hungry and tried to eat more, Cerdina would laugh
scornfully and point out the flaws in her body, pinching the flesh of her
belly and thighs, even though Leah had a normal constitution as a child.
â€”I donâ€™t think you can currently consider yourself the Princess of
Cerdinaâ€™s gaze was cold as she told Leah that she must always have a
â€”Do you want to hear people saying that the stepmother made a mistake
in raising her stepdaughter?
Then Leah would have to plead with her, begging to be forgiven, saying
that she had made a mistake and wouldnâ€™t eat anymore. Some people had
taken pity on Leah and had tried to give her food in secret, but all were
expelled from the palace after brutal torment.
The cycle repeated itself several times and after she saw what Cerdina
had done to the victims, Leah began to refrain from eating on her own.
She was even more careful because she feared the Countess Melissa, the
only person she could trust, would be expelled.
As long as Leah restrained herself, everyone would be at peace.
She felt unpleasant as she ate the porridge, and put down the spoon. She
couldnâ€™t eat anymore. It felt as if she had suddenly become full. When
she handed him back the half-eaten bowl of porridge, Ishakan frowned.
â€œDonâ€™t tell me youâ€™re done.â€
â€œIâ€™m full.â€ Leah hesitated for a moment, then spoke quietly.
â€œIâ€™d like to eat more, butâ€¦I canâ€™t. Maybe itâ€™s because I
havenâ€™t eaten in a long time.â€
Ishakan was silent. His eyes glowed brightly, but any hint of danger
quickly faded. He didnâ€™t try to coax her any further, just took the
food away, and then came back to hug Leah tightly.
Even though she hadnâ€™t eaten much, his warmth made her feel full.
â€œLetâ€™s get some fresh air,â€ Ishakan said as he stroked her hair.
â€œI want to show you something.â€
Carrying her in his arms, his big hand pushed open the canvas door of the
barrack. Leah gasped as they passed from darkness into light, a scorching
sun and golden sand as vast as the sea.
It was the desert.