The Male Lead Knelt Before Me
Vol. 17: Where You Are
All I could see in my eyes bent from laughing was the bridge between Caleb’s nose and the corners of his eyes.
And I was saying this.
That I and he had the same eye level.
Caleb, who appeared to understand what I was saying, exhaled with a sigh and a moan.
“Even so, it does not work. So, could you please come down?”
“Because it’s dangerous.”
“That’s true, but……. Caleb is supporting me well, right?”
I hugged Caleb even tighter as I said this.
Not to mention that my sudden movement tightened his hand, which was wrapped around my back.
His slightly cracked voice and his face looking at me were filled with resignation that he could not help it.
I feel like I’ve turned into a bad kid, but so what? It wasn’t like I was trying to do something impossible.
I kissed Caleb lightly on the lips.
It wasn’t that long since we took our lips apart, but his lips were dry perhaps due to the dry weather.
I kissed him while gently rubbing my lips against his slightly rough lips, and they quickly became wet and softened.
I was pleased because it appeared as if I was leaving a stamp indicating that his lips were mine.
It certainly is, but for some reason, I felt strangely lacking.
‘I think there should be more.’
It was back then.
When I looked down at Caleb, I noticed his nape, which appeared more masculine than before.
My gaze was drawn to the nape of his neck, which was visible through the collar of his black shirt.
I grabbed Caleb’s shirt and pulled it open to reveal his neck. And gently nibbled his neck.
I didn’t care and focused on leaving a red mark on Caleb’s neck.
Because I knew it wasn’t because he was in pain, but rather because he was surprised.
In fact, it was difficult to leave a trace because Caleb had so many muscles, but I persisted in aiming for soft flesh.
My head was filled with an embarrassed voice.
“Elena. What are you doing……”
“Stamp, what are you……”
“Yeah……a stamp showing that it’s mine.”
I still didn’t take my mouth off Caleb’s neck.
I couldn’t be satisfied because all I could think about was whether or not to engrave one to my liking.
I could feel Caleb’s breathing becoming rougher as I carved the traces harder.
Is it only me?
For some reason, the number of times he flinched increased more than before, and I believe he had garnered overall strength in his body.
“Now, no more…… Can you stop?”
I asked, looking up at the voice that had sunk lower than usual.
“Is it because I’m the only one doing it?”
“In that sense, what are you……”
“Caleb is able to as well, aren’t you?”
I grabbed my blouse’s collar and pulled it open wider.
The neckline as well as the collarbone are well exposed.
There was nothing difficult about doing that.
I haven’t been able to button up all the way to the neck since I was strangled by Vivian, so I’ve always left it loose.
I grabbed the collar of my blouse and bobbed my head to Caleb.
“Come on, just do it.”
I’ll just sit on the railing and look down, the angle is perfect.
Caleb took a deep breath and looked at me with a more embarrassed expression than I had expected.
Uh, didn’t you want this?
Well, I don’t care.
If you don’t want to do it, I’ll just do whatever I want.
It was time to bury my face in Caleb’s neck again and reenact what I was doing earlier.
My body was suddenly pulled up and I was floating in the air.
I unexpectedly clung to Caleb, and he entered the room with me in his arms.
I felt a heavy weight on my body as soon as I felt the soft feel of the bed on my back.
He rushed up to kiss me.
The first was my forehead.
And starting with the forehead, he kissed the tip of my nose, mouth, and chin, and before I knew it, he came down to my neck.
‘You didn’t do it when I told you to do it before.’
My smile thickened as Caleb became more desperate.
His lips, which had been biting my collarbone, slid over my bare shoulders, and my clothes came unravelled.
With a tingling sensation that gradually descended, I bit my lips and grabbed the back of his head.
My hand was caught in his soft silver hair.
I swept my other hand down Caleb’s back as if hugging him, and he stiffened and let out a breath.
Even without that, his breath stimulated the already sensitive skin even more.
To the point where my shoulders cringed.
He raises his head and kisses me on the lips.
The wet lips met again, and the breath became entwined.
We greedily coveted each other until our lips fell off, just following our instincts.
My heart was racing and my breath was coming out of my mouth.
Caleb’s breathing was even, if not as even as mine.
That’s not all.
His silver hair, which was usually neat, was unkempt, and his shirt was wrinkled and untied.
I raised my hand and gently pressed the area around his eyes, which were bright red from excitement.
It’s a little warm.
Caleb took a deep breath as I lightly rubbed it with my thumb.
Caleb, whose eyes were clouded with desire, lowered his head once more.
In the opposite direction of where I expected him to kiss me, his face was heading for my ear.
I shriveled and flinched at his falling breath.
“I love you, Elena.”
When I heard a whisper, I turned my head.
I licked my lips at a distance close enough that it wouldn’t be strange if our lips met right away.
Caleb might already be aware of this, doesn’t he?
That’s how blessed and grateful I am to have him by my side.
To be together in this way.
“I love you.”
How happy and delighted I am to be able to confess my love.
I closed my eyes to the lips coming together again.
A visitor came to see me the next morning.
I was so tired that I wanted to send the guest home, but due to an unexpected delays, I went to the drawing room instead.
When I opened the drawing-room door, the woman reading a book stood up.
I opened my mouth at the same time.
“Good day, Madam Selvin. I haven’t seen you in a long time.”
“I see. It’s been a long time, Lady.”
Selvin addressing me as ‘Lady’ was certainly unusual.
Indeed. She had been addressing me as ‘Miss Lena’ for quite some time.
“How have you been?”
“Well, I’ve been doing well.”
We sat across from each other after I offered a seat.
The book on the table caught my eye after I sat down.
The large letters on the cover were not difficult to read.
“……..is that a Bible?”
“Did you always enjoy reading the Bible?”
“No, I’ve started reading little by little recently.”
Selvin smiled awkwardly, her hands covering the Bible.
As if she was embarrassed to have been caught doing what she was doing right now.
“However, it appears that you have read more than half of it, don’t you?”
I said, glancing at the slightly protruding bookmark from the Bible.
“That is correct. There are a lot of interesting phrases, so it was simple to read.”
“Is there any interesting phrase?”
“Yes, though it might just be my standard.”
Selvin recited in a solemn tone.
“Anything that goes against reason in any way is revealed and rewarded by God.”
“There is no such thing as an eternal secret under heaven.”
“These verses among the 11th masses were interesting and relatable.”
I don’t think it’s a particularly interesting phrase……
I was looking for something to say because I didn’t know what to say, but Selvin quickly changed the subject.
“More than that, I came without an appointment, but I appreciate you gladly meeting me. Were you surprised by my unexpected visit, Lady?”
“A little…? But what brought you to see me?”
For me, who thought I’d never see her again after the last time we met when I wrote the engagement pledge, I was wondering what she wanted from me.
Selvin smiled calmly, as if she had figured out my question.
“In fact, I’m on my way back from a testimony related to the transaction I’ve been handling for the Crown Prince. It is often referred to as a ‘declaration of conscience’.”
Did she mean to accuse the crown prince in her declaration of conscience?
“How come you’re telling me this? To be honest, it came out of nowhere.”
“I see what you’re saying. I also contemplated whether or not to say it. But I came here because there was a statement that I thought you should be aware of, Lady.”
“Things I should to know?”
Selvin placed both hands on the table. When I saw her solemn expression, I became solemn as well.
“You may be aware that I have been assisting the Crown Prince. As his limbs, I’ve been in charge of a variety of tasks over the years. Even if it means murder and abandonment.”
Selvin’s face was as dark as her voice was low.
“You probably didn’t realize it, but you’re not the first person we’ve asked to seduce the Duke. There were three more women before that. And they all failed to complete the mission within the allotted time.”
“The Crown Prince did not keep them alive. Because a person’s mouth is so light, and we never know when they’ll run and tell the Duke about it.”
I flinched the moment when I heard it.
I was wondering if he was telling the story about before Caleb liked me.
In fact, she ended up telling me the truth……
“I’ve been dealing with them at His Highness the Crown Prince’s request.” We kidnapped them and stabbed them with a sword dipped in the juice of a special herb that, when reacted with blood, could summon the Leppard Queen. In order for the demonic beast to take them away.”
I remembered the story Vivian had told me.
Selvin kidnapped and stabbed her with his men after she failed to seduce Caleb.
“I heard you almost got the same thing from Lady Vessel, so I’m sure you’re aware to some extent.”
I nodded, indicating that I knew.
“At the time, I didn’t feel too bad about it. Rather, I thought that was the right approach. No, I didn’t think I could do it for the lord who admitted me.”
Selvin gave a bitter smile.
“His Highness was the only one who treated me without prejudice or discrimination. Of course, you were the same way……”
What did I do?
After a brief moment of thought, I remembered Selvin’s proclivity.
“However, it would not be an exaggeration to say that I am as confident as I am today because of His Highness, the Crown Prince. So, of course, I felt obligated to do this much.”
“So, you’ve changed your mind now.”
“……I noticed the Crown Prince yelling at the court. He questioned His Majesty on how he could do this to him, the only heir.”
I agreed by nodding. That’s exactly what the Crown Prince did.
How can you do this to yourself, the empire’s sole pillar?
“Seeing that made me think about what I’ve done in the past. As a result, I told them everything.”
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