Chapter 5 - Wedding Night (19+)
She had a thin face, hair tainted with a red flair at the tips, smooth skin, round, soft breasts, and trembling red lips. Most of all, it was most impressive to see her whole body shaking in fear while her shoulders were set straight.
Eli looked at her quietly and thought for a moment. He was a little disappointed that she wasn’t Anna. But the woman in front of me is just as beautiful as Anna.
Eli quietly moved his eyes back to her body. He could see her heart pounding every time she breathed in and out, making a bolt of desire surge through him violently.
“Did you say she was sick? Did she refuse to come to a lowly person like me?” Eli asked her quietly and Edna shook her head. He released the tuft of her hair he was holding and it flowed down to her shoulders. Her hair was short for a woman. The illegitimate child had a delicate appearance about her. Looking at her towering nose and clear lips, Eli opened his mouth again. “That’s why you came by your own free will, putting your neck on the line?”
What free will? That can’t be true. She had no choice in the first place, except to unquestioningly follow their orders, but she nodded silently. Of course, Eli wasn’t about to believe that.
“Viscount William seems to be very generous to his illegitimate children, given that he voluntarily granted his bastard child’s request to be my wife. That is a quality sure to be appreciated. However…” Eli paused and held her face in one hand, turning it to face his. Edna met his cold gaze calmly. Eli went on, looking at her golden eyes. “It was a terrible choice, Edna. I’m sure you didn’t even receive proper treatment as his daughter, yet you sacrificed yourself like this. I feel sorry for you. You must have heard what I’m like. Aren’t you afraid?”
“Those rumors mean nothing to me anyway,” Edna said quietly, thinking she was as good as dead now. “I had no other choice in the matter, to begin with.”
Her situation was vividly drawn in his mind’s eye. Eli knew well that illegitimate children had no will. Edna’s input must have not been taken into consideration up until now. Even though she knew she could die, she was not in a position to refuse to come here. Eli knew this very well. Her tone was already as calm as if she was ready to welcome death. Curiosity and desire soared within him again, but he did not show any of it outwardly and opened his mouth again in a cool tone, “Are you a virgin?”
Her eyes widened and her lips quivered at the unexpected question. Eli slowly squeezed her breasts and continued, “A noble is out of the question for a commoner like me. A humble illegitimate child might just suit me better. Especially one whose beauty doesn’t fall behind Anna’s.”
Edna realized that he was going to accept her and endured the pain caused by his touch.
As far as the rumors went, he was going to kill her and turn Viscount William’s castle into rubble. But why was he trying to accept her? But the question quickly disappeared. Eli hovered his fingers on her chest and Edna’s body began to tremble again. His hot hand determinedly brought the dress down from her waist to the floor. Her undergarments were stripped off of her without leaving her any room for resistance. In an instant, Edna’s whole body, standing before him stark naked, went flush red. Eli examined her body with a critical eye for a while. Edna quickly picked up a piece of clothing that had fallen on the floor and covered her nakedness, feeling the heat of his shrewd desire.
“Unless you want to die, put it away right this instant.” Speaking in a low but powerful grumble, his voice contained his promise to carry out his threat. Edna bid her trembling eyelids to push back her tears.
“If you turn out not to be a virgin, you won’t see the sunshine tomorrow morning,” Eli added.
It wasn’t just an empty threat. When she realized that he was very well capable of killing her, chills spread through every inch of her skin. The desire to cry and shout to his face the fact that she wouldn’t just accept her death lying down, that she did not survive up to this day just to die pathetically like this, echoed in Edna’s mind. She flung the clothes covering her chest away.
Eli looked at her, crinkling one eye. It was clear as day that she had a shorter temper than her looks suggested.
“If I were a virgin, would you accept me?” Edna asked him, looking straight back at him. This time, she was really prepared to die.
“As my wife, or as my bed warmer?”
Eli frowned and uttered coldly at her bold declaration. “I don’t like that tone.”
“I can’t do anything about it. I have to say what’s on my mind before I die. Answer me. If I were a virgin, would you accept me or would you kill me?” Edna pressed, undaunted by his words.
“Truly impressive. Aren’t you afraid of me?”
“There’s nothing more frightening than death. I want to live if possible.” She stated.
Edna was someone who knew what death was. She couldn’t forget the images of those who had died before her eyes. It was the same with Eli. There was nothing more ridiculous to Eli than hearing someone say that they’d rather die.
Death was the end of everything. Eli himself knew better than anyone how weak a man was when facing the moment of his death. It was clear that she, who said she wanted to live, knew what death was, too.
“Those are some interesting words. You want to live?”
Swallowing dry saliva, Edna added. “If possible.”
“I’ll think about it if you satisfy me.” And then, as soon he dropped those words, Eli grabbed her roughly by her hair and tightly locked her in his arms. He then ravaged her exposed body and softly whispered, “I will have to see just how great you are now to decide if you’re really worth keeping alive.”
Edna’s heart skipped a beat as Eli swung her around and pushed her against the wall. her panic-stricken body hardened.
“You can’t be like this. Come on, you must accept me.” He murmured, his voice sending goosebumps all over her body. Holding her arms in one hand, Eli caressed her skin with his lips from the nape of her neck downward.
He had already concluded that Edna would not be a virgin. Viscount William, who was brazen enough to send an illegitimate child to be Eli’s bride instead of Anna, could not have cared to send a virgin. Rather, he would have sent the most promiscuous woman.
Eli stroked her slender back with one hand and crudely fondled the rest of her with the other. Edna closed her eyes tightly shut and tried to calm her frightened heart as he took a hastened break to shed his clothes off. Eli neared her back again. His bare skin came in contact with her back and she felt the movement of his enthusiastic manhood around her waist. Edna took a deep breath and willed herself to endure the disgrace she was facing.
‘Please, let me endure this. Please.’
Letting out a harsh breath, he measured her whole body with his lips. Her smooth skin smelled better the more he touched it. He felt her flinch as he stimulated her, sticking her back flush against his skin.
If he had a wife, the king would no longer bother him about marriage. Furthermore, the vigilance of other lords would be eased if he was married to a woman of humble origin, and not the viscount’s daughter since an illegitimate daughter couldn’t contribute to his power. And didn’t she stimulate his desire from the beginning?
Eli intended to provoke her despite having already made up his mind to accept her, just like he had been dealing with other women. No, he was going to push her even harder and make her more scared so that she would pay the price for her deception.
When he forced her legs apart, Edna’s tears fell to the floor. Undaunted by severe violence, she was concerned that her chastity, which she had protected for the past 18 years, was about to be stripped away from her.
At Edna’s unresponsive attitude, Eli put his body over his shoulder and threw her over the bed. He climbed over her before Edna could come to her senses. As he took her without delay, the tremendous jolt of pain from the assault stole a shriek from Edna’s mouth.
Eli stopped breathing. She was really a virgin. He regretted handling her aggressively at the unbelievable revelation. But for a moment, feeling her hot body, he began to be immersed in the feeling. The sight of her biting her lip, head turned sideways, and enduring the pain further stimulated him. With an unbearable thrill, Eli breathed out a rough breath, savoring the flavor of her.
With his face buried in her chest and his arms tightly hugging her, Edna’s teeth gnashed at each of his relentless thrusts. His coarse breath drenched her chest, and he tightened his hold on her with an immeasurable force, making it hard to breathe.
Eli indulged in the intense pleasure that captivated him. The uncontrollable sheer delight enclosed him in. He couldn’t believe it. He had never imagined that such a feeling existed. Eli groaned and fiercely attacked her lips. He felt a tingling pain at the impact with her teeth, but he didn’t care and poured all of him into her through their intertwined lips.
Eli found a bloodstain on her thigh and turned his head away as his erratic breathing evened out. Then he put on his clothes that were on the floor and went outside.
Face buried in a pillow, Edna heard him leave. However, she had no strength left to pick up her clothes off the floor, nor to pull the blanket over her body.
Edna, who had been lying face-down for a long while, slowly rose up and wept uncontrollably. Covering her mouth with both hands, she shrunk her shoulders and let her long-held tears loose.
Edna did not cry when she first ran away. The same was true when she was beaten severely after becoming a maid. She was never daunted by the violent assault of the knights she had experienced in the viscount’s castle. But that was not the case now. She had been preparing herself for it ever since it was decided she would come here instead of Anna, but she never imagined it would be this horrible and scary.
Edna rose out of bed and went into the already cold tub. She began to wash stiffly, frowning at the biting pain. But she only focused on the fact that she was still alive.