Chapter 10 - The Face Beneath The Veil (19+)
Uttering words cleverly directed at Eli’s feelings, Edna stared at him fixedly, clinging closely to the wall. For a moment, a golden tide seemed to rage from her eyes. Eli approached her threateningly, hearing her outspoken challenge to himself. “Those are words you should have told your father before you came here. Don’t try to persuade me by talking back to everything I say. I’ll kindly inform you that I hate talkative women since you’re about to be my wife.”
Edna confronted Eli’s unreceding face head-on, biting her lip tightly. Her face was still concealed by a shadow despite the candlelight, but strangely, the golden flare on her pupils was more pronounced due to that. Eli drew closer to her as if he was possessed and snatched off the front of her dress.
The expensive fabric was torn, making a soft sound. Edna drew her arms to cover her revealed chest, not knowing at all that her gesture of rejection was further provoking his desire. Edna said frantically, “I’m the person who’s going to be your wife. Don’t treat me like a maid.”
“Maid? Maids don’t seem to look like humans in the eyes of a noble like you. Is it too unpleasant of an idea to marry a commoner like me?”
“No, I came all the way here to marry you. So at least have some… ugh.” At that moment Eli tore Edna’s arms away from her chest and took her lips brutally. Edna’s mind went blank as Eli forced her soft lips open with his tongue and pushed it in. She never dreamed that he would be so ignorant.
Edna inadvertently began to rebel violently. She was nearly violated in Viscount William’s castle plenty of times and each time she resisted as hard as she could and escaped from their clutches, but the situation was different now because she was here to be Eli’s wife. However, it was clear that she would not be left alone if she resisted the same way she did before this time. However, the memory of the dizzying and frightening violence of all those times when she was nearly raped, hardened Edna’s body.
Eli hugged her stiffened body closer and tilted her head to savor her lips. The more he tasted her lips, the hotter his whole body felt as if it would soon turn into ashes.
Eli pulled her torn clothes down to her waist at once, putting a stop to her act of defiance. Seeing her smooth skin and soft breasts, Eli groaned unwittingly. Her skin was completely different from the women he had experienced up to now. As he reached out carefully and touched her chest, Edna turned her head to the side and bit her lip tightly. A metallic taste of blood lingered in her mouth.
An exclamation escaped Eli’s mouth which was savoring her the taste of her. She gave a small scream as he clasped her breasts full with his hands. Eli tied her arms with the torn fabric, bowed his head, and began to revel in her chest with his lips. Edna twisted her body in open rejection, but Eli weighed heavily on her body, making Edna’s eyes burn.
“I thought you were truly beautiful when I saw you in the capital city. I’d like to see for myself if your body is equally as beautiful.” Eli murmured. When his voice made its way into her ear, Edna immediately came to her senses. She couldn’t believe that he’d seen Anna in the capital city! That meant that he would soon notice that she was not who she claimed to be. Then she was sure he’d kill her. Edna took several deep breaths as she regained awareness.
After a while, she remembered what Anna had said.
“If, by any chance, that lowly Eli realizes that you’re not me, then tell him this: I caught a terrible disease, and the rest of my sisters were so young that you, my father’s illegitimate daughter, had to come in my stead. There are already rumors that I have picked up an illness in the monastery, so Eli’s hands would be tied even if he were to tell the king. At best, all he could do is vent his anger on you. Well, if necessary, tell him I’ll be back to him when I’m all better. Of course, I wouldn’t go to Eli even if I died. My rightful place isn’t there.”
Edna pushed Eli’s shoulders with all her might. Then she quickly shouted as Eli reached out to touch her again. “I’m not Anna!”
“What? You’re not Anna?” Eli questioned his ears and stilled his hand that was reaching for her chest, quietly asking back, “Are you spitting out an obvious lie to avoid my touch?”
“I’m not Anna, I’m Viscount William’s illegitimate daughter. Anna has caught a terrible disease and is recuperating. That’s why I’m here instead.” She blurted out in one breath.
Eli took a step back, picked up the candle, and looked closely at Edna’s trembling face. At first, it was covered beneath a veil and later couldn’t see her face properly because she kept her back to the candle in the bedroom. She definitely wasn’t Anna. Eli glared at her silently, his eyes turning coldly inside his head at the unbelievable truth.
After a while, he opened his mouth and said in a chilling tone, “Who are you?”
“I’m Edna, an illegitimate child of Viscount William’s,” Edna replied, shuddering at Eli’s freezing eyes.
“Yes, I’m an illegitimate child born to Viscount William from a commoner woman. I never meant to deceive you. But Anna’s condition was so critical that I had to come here in her stead.”