Predatory Marriage - chapter-209
Chapter 209 – Rest
Translator: Atlas / Editor: Regan
All Leah knew of the Cinael family was that it was below most of the
noble families of Estia, lacking both power and wealth, and this was
common knowledge, nothing specific. She had never had anyone from that
family as her lady-in-waiting.
But Baroness Cinael only looked resigned at Leahâ€™s bewilderment,
pulling out a handkerchief to dab at the corners of her watery eyes.
â€œI was told the Princess had lost her memory,â€ she said. Her voice
was steady and determined.
That again. Even a noblewoman of Estia was claiming she lost her memory.
And it seemed that the Baroness had foreseen that Leah wouldnâ€™t be
easily persuaded. She produced a small envelope.
â€œI want you to look at this,â€ she said, holding it out with trembling
hands. The old envelope had clearly been carefully handled, with no
crumples. Taking it from her, Leah opened it carefully. She felt as if
she were opening Pandoraâ€™s box. Her eyes widened as she read the
It was the bill of sale for a small farm. At the bottom was Leahâ€™s
signature, and the seal of the royal family of Estia.
It was impossible. Leah read it again, disbelieving. It was inarguable.
The signature was her own, and that small farm had certainly been her
All of her ladies-in-waiting were from low status families. The salary
they received from the royal family was important to them. That was why
she had intended to distribute her properties among them, including the
small farm on this bill of sale. But apparently she had already given
this particular farm away, to a noblewoman she had never seen before, who
claimed to have been one of her ladies.
â€œYou gave it to me personally, Princess,â€ Baroness Cinael said
cautiously. â€œDo you remember?â€
Of course she didnâ€™t remember. Hastily, Leah rummaged through her
memory, but there was nothing there at all, as if someone had taken
scissors to that area of her mind. Her expression stiffened, and Leahâ€™s
hand lifted to her head.
â€œAhâ€¦â€ Suddenly, she had a headache, and she staggered back with a
sound of pain. Ishakan caught her, embracing her as she gasped. The pain
throbbed, so excruciating that it was hard to breathe. Cold sweat poured
down her forehead.
Something was pounding on a door in the deepest part of her mind, a
phantom echo of a sound that knocked against her ears, and then faded.
Slowly, the intense pain in her head diminished.
â€œThatâ€™s enough for now.â€ Ishakan nodded to Baroness Cinael as he
hugged the trembling Leah. The Baronessâ€™s eyes were red with tears.
â€œI will pay you for this with gratitude.â€
â€œI will not accept it,â€ she refused flatly, wiping the corners of her
eyes with her handkerchief. She looked at Leah, and Leah forgot her
torment for a moment at the sight of the affection in the other womanâ€™s
â€œIâ€™m not an ungrateful person,â€ the Baroness said. â€œYou trusted
me when no one else did. That moment is engraved in my heart and I
treasure it to this day.â€
Her voice trembled as she looked at Leah, her mistress, who was being
manipulated so cruelly by the stepbrother and stepmother she hated so
much. And now she couldnâ€™t even remember that she hated them.
â€œIf I can help you even a littleâ€¦â€ Baroness Cinael whispered. More
tears fell. She could not hold them back. â€œâ€¦I would be honored,
And she burst into tears. Leahâ€™s heart shuddered as she watched the
noblewoman sob, her shoulders shaking. She didnâ€™t even know that
womanâ€™s face, which made the intensity of the strangerâ€™s feelings
even more shocking.
Eventually, the Baroness departed, and Leah sat in pensive silence.
Ishakan said nothing.
â€œI donâ€™t understand,â€ Leah finally murmured, distressed. â€œI
donâ€™t understandâ€¦what the hell is happening? I donâ€™t understand
Her mind was in chaos. She felt as if it might explode, and she looked at
Ishakan, despairing. She thought he would urge her to remember again, but
instead he said the opposite.
â€œThatâ€™s enough for today.â€ He hugged her tightly. â€œYou need your
rest. It seems like you havenâ€™t even been able to sleep properly
He was right. She had been so hungry lately, she couldnâ€™t sleep. That
nap she had had in his arms was the most pleasant rest she had had in a
while. But it was easy enough to rest now, and she calmly allowed him to
lift her into his arms.