Predatory Marriage - chapter-207
Chapter 207 – Evening Walk (1)
Translator: Atlas / Editor: Regan
The proposal, delivered in his charming voice, was tempting. Leah almost
accepted immediately, but then she hesitated.
Ishakan didnâ€™t press her. He waited for the answer as patiently as if
he had expected her to think about it, and moved around the room in the
meantime with a strange familiarity, as if he had been there before and
remembered it. As he approached the bed, she hurriedly called him back.
â€œCall me Ishakan,â€ he said, looking back at her with his golden eyes.
â€œYou can also call me Isha.â€
They were nowhere near familiar enough for her to address him with a
â€œHow could I be so rude as to address you by name?â€ She answered,
avoiding his piercing gaze. â€œI canâ€™t do that.â€
â€œHmm.â€ Ishakan rubbed his chin with his fingers. â€œWell, if you
donâ€™t, Iâ€™ll scream.â€
Ishakan drew a deep, threatening breath, and Leah panicked, frightened
that a scream would bring her ladies-in-waiting to the room.
He chuckled lightly, and his large hand stroked her head.
Leah pursed her lips at the warm, tingling glow she felt. She didnâ€™t
understand why it felt so good when this man touched her.
â€œI hope from now on you can talk comfortably,â€ Ishakan said. She had
tried to draw a line, but this man relentlessly broke down every boundary.
â€œYou take your jokes too far.â€
â€œWellâ€¦â€ Ishakan lifted an eyebrow. â€œI really might have screamed.
My patience has been limited lately.â€
He said it so seriously, and inwardly Leah sighed. She had never imagined
she would be called the King of Kurkan by name, but every time he spoke
she felt herself being dragged along with him. Their personalities were
so different. And yet she had even cried in front of him, when she had
asked for the dates.
It did feel pleasant, calling him by name.
Leah looked at him for a long moment. She had been thinking about him for
days, and now he was standing in front of her. It was an absurd and
embarrassing reunion, not at all what she had expected, but she decided
it was welcome.
â€œâ€¦You said I had lost my memory,â€ she said, remembering the words
that had troubled her most. It still sounded ridiculous, but she wanted
details. Right now, there was no one in her life that told her anything
at all; everyone just agreed with her and blindly followed her orders. It
made her feel very alone.
Ishakan was the only one that had told her something was wrong. It
couldnâ€™t hurt to listen to someone who at least had an opinion.
â€œIâ€™d like you to explain a little more,â€ she said. But
surprisingly, he didnâ€™t seem enthusiastic about the request.
â€œIf it could be solved in words, I would have done so,â€ he replied.
â€œThey wouldnâ€™t be called spells if they were so easily broken.â€
â€œI am only here to help you, Leah.â€ He held out his hand, a gesture
that meant she would have to go with him if she wanted to learn more.
Leah drew a deep breath. Though there were dozens of reasons why she
shouldnâ€™t go, the impulse to take his hand was so intense, she ignored
them. That large hand felt so strong and so warm, and Ishakan immediately
drew her close and lifted her into his arms in one fluid motion.
â€œYouâ€™re lighter,â€ he said with a slight frown, as casually as if he
had lifted her many times in the past. He headed for the balcony, and
Leah barely had time to blink before they were both in the air.
She was so frightened, she clung to him tightly. She would have thought
the noise of their landing would resound through the silence of her
palace, but Ishakan landed on the ground without a single sound and
immediately moved on as if nothing remarkable had happened.
Leah lifted a hand to her pounding heart. One day it was going to burst
because of this man.
Ishakan seemed to know the palace as well as the palm of his hand. It was
unsettling that he also seemed familiar with all the various security
systems, but now that she thought about it, it was also strange that they
had met for the first time before that fountain. It was not a place that
anyone in the palace often visited, and she couldnâ€™t help wondering how
a foreigner from the desert had come there.
Leah yawned as all these many things ticked through her mind. Drowsiness
had been creeping over her for some time, but in the warmth of his arms
and with his fresh scent enveloping her, her nervousness faded. Snuggled
in his arms, she drifted off to sleep without realizing it.