Chapter 2: We Were Once Engaged (2)
“Oh, you’re here…! It’s a good thing you came before the ceremony. And this… this is a perfume I bought for him as a gift. On the day of the wedding, Sheemon… I want him to put on this perfume.”
It held a deep meaning that Leila would gift Sheemon, her lover, a fragrant perfume.
In Sumeros, it was a tradition for a man and woman to gift their dearest love a perfume. It held the meaning of, ‘I feel you even when I close my eyes and can no longer hear.’
It was a popular choice of gift among nobles to share the scent as their lovers.
“Oh my god! It’s an ambergris flavored scent! I can’t believe you’d gift such a precious thing away!”
“It’s a gift for my fiancé. It’s worth it.”
“You pretend to be cool-headed but I’m sure you’re expecting something, aren’t you? Even if you’re mouth is covered, I can tell that you’re smiling.”
Leila’s ears turned red at Senia’s comment.
She tried not to show her excitement, but was it a failure? No, she hid it well. If she showed her excited thoughts, she’d only look like an immature fool counting every minute and second ‘till the day of her engagement.
Senia knows her too much.
Leila went downstairs with her gift in hand.
Sheemon, who sat in the office handling the House of Hessus’s documents, looked up. He recognized Leila, her beloved, and rose from his seat with a grin and came out to greet her.
“What are you doing here, Leila?”
Sheemon tilted his head slightly and looked at her in the eyes. His chocolate-colored hair glittered like gold in the sun while his warm eyes welcomed her.
The loving look in Sheemon’s eyes was sweet that Leila’s heart pounded. How could she not like him? He was perfect in every way.
“I want to give you something…”
Leila handed the perfume and gave it to Sheemon who was surprised at the unexpected gift.
“Thank you, Leila.”
He leaned over, soft lips touching the back of her hands.
The little contact caused her to twinge all over. She’s sure her face was flushed a rosy wine.
“I know you’re busy, so I’ll get going…!”
Leila turned around hurriedly and waved her hand without taking her eyes off Sheemon.
Sheemon’s eyes widened and he grabbed her wrist and pulled her towards him.
Led by Sheemon’s tugging, she was pulled into his warm embrace. When she looked up, Sheemon, who had his arms around her waist, smiled and pointed to the pillar Leila almost ran to.
“You’ve got to be more careful, my lady.”
Sheemon gave a loving smile and rubbed her head.
”You gave me a gift, so I should repay you. Where are you going? I’ll take you there.”
“It’s the room upstairs.”
”That’s too far. I went to the back garden after passing the well, before passing the lemon tree to the east stairs before going west. I then had to go to the middle stairs before going up. It’s very far. I’ll take you there.”
Sheemon clasped her hand and spoke in a sly manner. Leila burst out in laughter.
“That’s right, it’s very far.”
The day of the wedding.
A white dress showing of its subtle beauty with its carved patterns and pearl-like decorations… a white flower crown contrasting her soft red hair… and a diamond-studded veil over her face.
Leila stares in the mirror.
Half of her face was covered, as always.
“It’s time to go out, miss!”
At Senia’s urging, Leila took her eyes off the mirror and went out into the hallway.
It was a clear and sunny day, as if blessing a wedding ceremony that would soon take place. The sound of music finding from afar mixed with voices of excitement and tension.
Happy days seemed near in Leila’s future.
Meanwhile, a lovely girl ran over.
Sarah Hessus… she had rosy hair as bright as the sun. She was the youngest member of the House of Hessus and Leila’s half-sister. Sarah, rumored to be the most beautiful woman in Sumeros, followed Leila around meticulously despite having different mothers.
Sarah clasped Leila’s hand tightly and sent her a good luck charm while Leila smiled and said, “Thank you.”