Predatory Marriage — Chapter 231. Doubts (1)
Translator: Atlas / Editor: Regan
Somehow, Leah had the impression that if Ishakan set his mind to teaching bad guys a lesson, he might eradicate evil from the world. But she did not ask any further questions. He didn’t seem eager to provide details.
This didn’t please her, but she wasn’t so curious that she would press. He was the King of Kurkan. There were probably many things he couldn’t explain to her.
“What would you say to bathing together?” Ishakan asked, and bit the tip of her nose. “Your husband has been working hard.”
Leah started at the sting of the bite.
“Bathe?” She already felt embarrassed at the bare thought of stepping naked into a bathtub with him. She averted her eyes. “But the hot water…”
“You don’t have to worry about that.” Ishakan lifted her into his arms and headed for the bathroom. How was it possible to bathe without water?
“Mura did a good job,” he said as he made his way to the marble tub, which was already filled with water. She still felt anxious about stepping naked into the tub, but unexpectedly, she didn’t have to.
Ishakan sat her on the edge of the tub without removing her nightgown, leaving only her feet to dangle in the water. It felt good with the warm water swirling around her calves. Beside her, Ishakan matter-of-factly began to remove his own clothes.
She hadn’t expected him to undress so readily. Leah didn’t know where to look as he let his clothes fall on the floor, stepping entirely naked into the tub. His sculpted body was perfectly proportioned, his muscles well-defined and harmonious in motion. Her eyes accidentally met his.
Ishakan sank into the tub with a slight smile, the water level rising around his large body. The tub was large enough that he didn’t have to bend his knees as he immersed himself, pushing back his wet hair to bare his high forehead. – Posted only on Novel
“Do you still smell blood?” He asked, sitting up and resting his arms on either side of the tub.
Leah shook her head.
“I’ve been sensitive to smells lately,” she said, and his eyes narrowed.
Steam filled the bathroom. Leah began to sweat and swiped at her forehead with the back of her hand. His golden eyes lingered on her flushed cheeks, then shifted to her nightgown, which was clinging to her body in the steaming air.
Belatedly, Leah realized how indecent she was. Her n!pples were obvious, dark and protruding through the thin fabric. Of course, he had already seen her naked, but it still embarrassed her.
“What happened to my knights and la–ah!” Leah jerked, startled as Ishakan’s feet stretched to touch hers. This was hardly scandalous, but she was so nervous that even this surprised her. Ishakan chuckled as her toes curled under his feet.
“They are elsewhere for now. We’ll send them back to the palace soon.”
The sensation of their feet touching tickled, and suddenly Leah felt very warm as he played with her toes. She bit her lower lip.
“Let’s go back to the desert, Leah,” he said, catching one foot and lifting it to kiss it. Leah found she was holding her breath. “We’ll leave as soon as it’s light.”
He was smiling like a child as he said it.
“You really liked the desert from the first time you saw it.”
Leah remembered the beautiful golden sands, stretched out like a sea. Would it be as beautiful as she had dreamed? She wanted to feel that soft sand on her bare feet.
But then she had a disturbing thought. Gently, she removed her foot from his hand.
“Why didn’t you take me with you from the beginning?” She asked. She had been curious about that for a long time. If she really was his wife, he ought to have taken her away the day they met.
But Ishakan only smiled bitterly.