The Male Lead Knelt Before Me
Vol. 17: Where You Are
“……I don’t think I’ll be able to sleep again, do you?”
I originally proposed the idea because I thought it would be better to sleep with Caleb than to leave him on the sofa alone.
“I believe it would be convenient to have someone by my side.”
Even if there were no externally visible wounds, I was still a patient.
A patient who has had a near-death experience and requires mental stability.
I expected to be greatly relieved if Caleb was nearby.
If I sleep in Caleb’s arms, my body will be warm and I will sleep well.
But Caleb did not readily enter the bedroom.
I couldn’t help but laugh mischievously when I saw him hesitating and thinking.
I’m not going to eat you.
“I will only hug you like a doll and sleep.”
You trust this opp…… no, you trust this noona, right?
Caleb was literally older than me, and I wasn’t even noona to him, but I didn’t care.
Now I had to convince Caleb that I was not a danger.
That made me happier than I’d ever been.
Let him know I’m telling him the truth.
“Like a doll, you mean……”
He doesn’t seem to trust me for some reason.
‘Should I make a promise?’
I decided to stop thinking after giving it some serious thought.
I’m not going to put Caleb to sleep on the sofa anyway.
Unless Caleb says he’s returning to his room.
“Anyway, let’s leave this here and go inside.”
I took Caleb’s hand and led him this time.
Caleb, for the most part, obediently followed my lead.
Caleb hesitated a little before laying down in bed, but he lay down as soon as I lightly pushed his shoulder.
I also went up to the bed and sat next to Caleb.
Because the pillow was so warm and fluffy, I felt like I could fall asleep without taking sleeping pills while lying on my side and hugging his body tightly.
My heart was tickling for no apparent reason, and I was feeling good, so I hugged Caleb’s waist, and I felt him flinch.
Is he nervous?
It was obvious that his body would be intense because it had been trained. But, as I thought about it, his body seemed more intense and stiff than usual.
‘He must have been nervous.’
It’s not once or twice that we’ve been this close, but I can’t believe he’s still like this.
Still, whenever I saw him acting like this, I always thought that it was cute without getting tired of it.
It’s a pity! I retract everything I said previously! Don’t put your faith in this noona!
I wiped down where I had been sitting and raised my upper body.
Then Caleb, who was looking obliquely somewhere else, looked up at me curiously.
Without saying anything, I grabbed his arm and looked down at him. In the same position that Caleb attacked me a little while ago.
If there’s anything else, it’s that I’m on top of him this time.
Caleb’s eyes widened wider than usual as if surprised.
I, for one, did not anticipate this happening.
Caleb raised his upper body slightly as if to stand. However, only slightly.
“Shh, stay still.”
Caleb stumbled as I pressed my other hand against his chest.
Meanwhile, I bowed my head.
Caleb’s eyes widened even more as he realized what I was doing, but that was all.
Caleb did not shove me away.
He instead closed his eyes and opened his lips gently.
Our lips were wet and our breath was mixed. The thirst that I thought I had quenched earlier by drinking water appeared to be finally satisfied.
In my ears, a slightly muddy, watery sound settled.
Clearly, it was a kiss that began tenderly, as if savoring.
The sound of breathing flowing through the gap between our lips became rougher as we became entangled and our desire for each other deepened.
The heat spread through the bodies that were so close together.
After devouring his lips so passionately that I couldn’t distinguish each other’s body scent as if swallowing something sweet, I slowly removed my lips.
I opened my eyes, which had been closed during the kiss, and let go of Caleb’s shoulder.
Instead, I put both of my hands on his chest and started unbuttoning his shirt.
As the buttons on his shirt were undone one by one, his toned body was revealed.
It was always a stunning body.
There were now only a few buttons left.
It was the moment I yanked his shirt hem out of his pants and placed my hand on the last button.
Caleb took my hand in his.
“Don’t stop me.”
His voice sank low as he called my name.
Hearing the voice made my spine tingle for no apparent reason.
Caleb continued, putting strength into the hand that was holding mine.
“It hasn’t even been a day since something big happened. You need to rest and regain your stability.”
“Even if I say it doesn’t matter?”
My intentions were pure until I brought Caleb into the bedroom. Because I was considering simply hugging him and sleeping.
But not right now. Most importantly, I needed him and yearned for more of him.
At my hushed tones. Caleb inhaled deeply, closed his eyes tightly, and then opened them again.
“For me, it does matter.”
I could tell he was squeezing himself because his voice sounded so suppressed.
“You should rest, Elena.”
His stare at me was hotter than it had ever been.
His eyes, which had thickened with desire, felt as if they were burning my throat.
“That’s correct. I thought I needed to rest, too.”
“But there’s something Caleb doesn’t know. I need something else, too.”
“…but not today.”
“No. Because it’s today, it’s more like this. Because I almost died.”
“I will make sure it doesn’t happen again in the future. Moreover, I apprehended the person who tried to harm you, so it won’t happen again.”
“There is no guarantee that danger will end in Lady Vessel.”
I didn’t mean it, but when I put Vivian in my mouth, my voice trembled unintentionally.
“I’m going to make that happen. So that no one can harm you.”
Words of determination could not be more reassuring. But I had my own resolution as well.
“When I thought I was going to die because I was captured by a demonic beast… when I thought it was all over…… there was something I regretted.”
I inhaled for a brief moment before exhaling.
“That I should have……”
“That I should have said I love you more.”
Caleb’s hand’s strength began to dwindle.
Along with that, his strong hand that had been applied to my hands became loose.
“I thought I showed a lot of affection in general, but when I realized I was going to die there, I felt sorry and regretted it a lot.”
Maybe it was because I expressed my sincerity, but my heart felt overwhelmed, and the tears that flowed suddenly choked my throat.
“So, from now on, I’m not going to let it go.”
Even if it’s over a very trivial, small thing.
I opened my mouth and looked down at Caleb.
“I love you.”
“As expected, I think I love Caleb a lot…… Ugh!”
His lips swept against mine.
It was unexpected, but I quickly relaxed and accepted him.
I felt strange satisfaction from the gestures that slammed into me without hesitation.
My perception shifted abruptly.
At one point, I came to my senses and Caleb was looking down at me.
It was pointless to wear a shirt with only the last button undone.
Through the open shirt, his entire body was visible.
Whether it was due to the dark surroundings or because of desire, his eyes were darker than usual.
But his brow furrowed. As if he was trying to keep the intense heat at bay.
I swept my hand across Caleb’s bare chest.
Hngh, I could hear him holding his breath, but I ignored it.
Caleb groaned as I touched his abs and lowered my hand as if to provoke him.
My hand was caught yet again.
But I could tell he was on the verge of cracking and collapsing.
Because he was expressing his frustration with his entire body.
So, with my other unheld hand, I hugged Caleb’s back of the head and pulled it toward me.
The night went on for a long time, unaware that it was mild.
Until a dim light shines through the window.
I was nodding, but I opened my eyes in surprise.
At the same time, I was taken aback once more.
Because of the Archduke and his wife who were looking at me with concern.
Why are the two of them here?
Ah! That’s right. We were drinking tea together.
For a brief moment, I retracted my memory.
So, when I awoke during the day and went out to eat, I happened to run into the Archduke and his wife.
When I surprisedly looked at Caleb, I was told that they had been staying in the mansion since yesterday because they were worried about me.
Then there were cries, and over lunch, we asked each other how we were, and we sat in the tea room together waiting for the maid to bring us the tea.
I’m not sure what happened after that, but there were four teacups and snacks on the table.
Did I keep dozing off while waiting……?
When I smiled bashfully, the Archduchess opened her mouth with a face of deeper concern.
“After all, I think it’s better for you to go back and rest.”
“Yes, you don’t have to overdo it.”
It was a meaningless smile, but the two of them seemed to think I was pretending to be fine.
Then they both looked at Caleb. Not knowing that he was the cause of my drowsiness.
“I’m all right. I simply dozed off because the sun was warm.”
Fortunately, the tea room was bright and sunny.
As a result, the Archduke and his wife were duped by my flimsy excuse.
“I wasn’t sure if it was on purpose.”
“The more I think about it, the more disgusted I am with that young lady. How dare she try to harm you……”
The Archduke, unable to conceal his rage toward Vivian, clasped the armrest of the sofa on which he was sitting.
Then he turned to face me.
“What do you want to do with that young lady, Elena?”
“If you want, I’ll even bring up the laws of the principality and punish her aggravatedly. It wouldn’t hurt to warn her that if she touches our daughter at this point, she won’t survive.”
“Yes, just say it. We’ll do our best somehow.”
I was moved by the Archduke and his wife’s words.
Because he said it while thinking of me.
But the problem is that I’m not the Archduke’s real daughter……
And now the target of their rage was their real daughter.
Of course, it was only my intuition since I hadn’t heard from Vivian saying, “I am the real Elena”.
Despite this, I was convinced Vivian was the real Elena. Because of what she said when strangling me.
“I have nothing left, but you’ve always had everything. What was supposed to be mine: family, man, and wealth.”
It was Vivian’s motivation for killing me, and it was also the word that answered all of my questions.
But I had to listen to it as well.
“Aside from the punishment, there is one thing I’d like to ask you…… Will it be all right?”
The Archduke and his wife looked at me with interest when they didn’t get the answer they wanted.
“For the time being, let’s hear it. So, what do you want to request?”
“I want to meet Lady Vessel.”
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