|The Love of a Beast
Author: BlueRose Shortysoul PM
This story has nothing to do with the movie although I love the movie, sad ending..anyway I came up with an idea to write this story so R&R .Thousand apologizes for my very very bad english..Rated: Fiction T - English - Romance - Words: 9,688 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 06-18-11 - Status: Complete - id: 7093811
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DISCLAIMER: This story has nothing to do with the movie. I suddenly came up with an idea to write a story of werewolf, since I love werewolf than vampires. So here goes.. go easy on me and ignore my bad english since english its not my first language. Thank you & Enjoy!
TITLE : The Love of A Beast
Rose-Mary beautiful girl that every men craving for but has no eyes for men. She never like men to dominated women , make her somewhat rebellious. But her rebel will be challenged when she is forced to marry a gentleman she never known in her life, Charles Lycanth who came from nowhere along with his faithful assistant. Leaving with no choices, Rose has to marry the dreaded man and live with him. Can she live with that? And there is something about Charles Lycanth she ought to know...
My name is Rose-Mary , the many beautiful faces in the world. I have smooth silk creamy skin without any imperfection, my long silky black hair tied in ponytail with my aquamarine eyes wandering around the surrounding. I once again escape my house and wandered around the town with my evening dress of blue navy and high -heels boots. I really could not stand the bickering and lecturing of my mom about my behavior or my dress, growing up in high socialite family is not as easy as it seems. I prefer freedom but that might be a fat chance if you are born in the Raven household. My older brother James Raven has married and settle in a cozy place far away from our parent of course.
I sighed , how I like to move out from that house too. But marriage is my last solution. I would never think of marriage, I never trust men except for my brother and father. Reasons, I did not know why, maybe I have not found the right man . I has just turn eighteen last week and still being treated like I was a child.
I turned and walked to the edge of the town and came upon a forest . Fear never in my dictionary so I just walk into the forest in the hope to find some space for peace from the busied town.
After a few minutes , I walked into a clearing with some flowers , I saw white roses blooming beautifully. As I fascinated by the roses without realizing the soft sound of padded feet walking slowly behind me , until I heard a low growl that I spun in surprise to see a huge black wolf larger than any normal wolf, with its amazingly green eyes with golden slits staring at me from head to foot ,I could see a near human intelligence behind those eyes, I was paralyzed standing on the ground. I looked at the wolf's bare teeth , afraid that'll going to rip my throat .
The wolf moves towards me , I only stood still , I figured that if I do not move a muscle , the wolf would not harm me, I hope. The wolf's stare never leave me although it circled me many times and if I am not mistaken, I heard the sniff from the wolf. Is the wolf smelling my scent?
Then the wolf stop and turn around and disappeared into the forest . I wiped my forehead. "Good, Its gone. I better get back before the wolf changes its mind and comes back for dinner."
When I gets home, I receive usual lectures from my mother about the state of my dress (since I just got back from forest, so my dress a little bit dirty )
I locked myself in my room , and take a shower in my bathroom. Feeling the cold water running all over my body really does feel great. That night, I went to sleep early as I refuse to have dinner but I woke up in midnight from nightmare that I had. It was that black wolf again. I could see in my dream vividly the wolf's green eyes keep staring at me. I found myself sweating , after twist and turn I fall asleep again , into a dreamless sleep.
I awoke next morning with a knock on my door. "Coming." I drag myself out of the bed and unlocked the door and my maid ,Lola walked in bashfully. "What is it?" I asked.
"Mister and Mistress has request your presence at the living room, Miss."
"May I ask why?" I asked again.
" I don't know , miss. There is a gentleman with them." Lola answered timidly.
"Gentleman?" ' No , it can't be. My parent want to hook me up with some unknown guy, unbelievable' I could not declined their request so I shower up and put on my white silk blouse and lilac skirt, to be more presentable in front of the guest although I'm not looking forward to.
When I walked into the living room, I saw a handsome man his age might be 22 years old, his silky shoulder-length hair is very dark indigo color that it looks like jet-black , his jaw and cheekbone are attractive and his eyes , jade green looking straight at me as I walked in, the eyes looks so familiar to me . I shook my thoughts off him , I could not fall for this guy easily.
My mother , Jane Raven smiled and led me by hands to sit next to her. The man give me a smile , to me it look like a smirk. He has that arrogant look, men is equal to ego. I shot him fierce , uninterested look.
"Rose, this young gentleman here is Lord Charles Lycanth .Charles, this is my daughter Rose-Mary."
"I'm sorry I never heard of you," I said. The man chuckled a bit , and my mother look at me warningly.
"It is because I do not live in this town ,Miss Raven. I live in the outskirts of this town," he explained calmly , more like whisper. His voice send chill into my spine.
"Excuse us for a second," My mother drove me out of the room , and she started talking in low note . "Behave yourself, would you?"
"Why would I?" I asked, unconcerned.
"This gentleman has ask for your hand in marriage," my mother explained which receive no shock from me but anger.
"Mother, I have nothing but respect for you. I am eighteen years old. You don't have to match me with some guy."
"Your father and I thinks its the best for you. It is your choice to accept him or we sent you aboard at a boarding school."
I gritted my teeth the latter choice is bad very bad , I never want to enter boarding school which is more strict than my house and surely no-freedom . The first choice , I sighed, maybe I could do something about it, but I still do not know who the hell is he!
Reluctantly I agree to marry Lord Charles Lycanth , but my mother insist that we both went to a lunch outside so we get to know each other, I shoved that idea away but the man , somewhat agree. So with my coat , the man and I walked out of the door in his awaiting car, there is a haughty looking man older than the Lycanth guy, smart dressed stood next to the car.
"This is Mr. Mercir my personal assistant," Charles introduced , the haughty man just nodded.
Charles opened the car door for me ,I disapproved this " I can open it myself," I said before disappeared into the car.
He merely chuckled and step inside after me. I shifted uncomfortably beside him, musky scent from him really make my breathe deeper. The warm heat from him really makes my heart beat faster. I control myself not to look so obvious.
"So where are we going?" I asked.
"The loup de creation , it is a very fancy restaurant , and the meal are absolute delicious. I always came by there whenever I'm in town, " the arrogance in his voice somewhat triggered my anger. The faster we got to this restaurant , the better. When we entered the restaurant , my stomach grumbled luckily only I can hear it. I forgot I have not eat my dinner last night and my breakfast this morning.
The manager led us to a two seat table , he sat across me and ordered the food , he did not bothered to ask me. When the food arrived , I barely can contained myself. When I start eating, I realized my fiancé (should I call him that?) did not touch any food except for the red wine , and his eyes bored into looking at me.
"You're not eating?" I asked.
"No. I prefer myself to watch you eat. Please continue, don't let me ruin your appetite."
"I'm sorry , but you have already ruined it," I mocked and put down my fork, and swallow the red wine in my glass. He chuckled , and his stony green eyes stare at me sending another chill down my spine." I got questions for you," I said. "Why do you want to marry me? I never knew you in my life!"
"Now you know me, "he answered.
"No, I don't!" I said fiercely.
"Believe me, you'll know me soon." he said with a twitch at the corner of his mouth.
My wedding is tomorrow , how the time pass by so fast . The clock at the wall already show 10 0'clock , two hours to midnight and I could not sleep. My last meet with Charles last two days not going so well , when I forced him to send me back home early. After that , I have not meet him...yet. There is something about him that intrigued me, I do not know what and why.
I sat up on my bed , 'Maybe I could escape this wedding , if I want to escape , I better do it now than later.'
My room is on the second floor , my door I always keep locked inside and , my mother afraid I'm going to do crazy thing just like what I want to do now. I grab the sheets of my bed , tie them all to make a long rope for me to climb down through the balcony . Thank goodness , my whole family has asleep, that I could climb down easily without being noticed. When my foot reach the ground , I have to hold back my triumph of joy and make for the gate . I ran through the deserted street , I know it is very dangerous but for a rebellious person like me , I would not let go chance like this . I stop at the town park and sat down on the bench and breathe for air. The wind howl sending my body chilling , I forgot to put a more comfortable cloth or a coat at least.
"Why don't you tell me , you want a walk in the park?" A familiar voice make me jumped off my seat and turned around , there he was Charles Lycanth grinning , leaning against the big tree.
"What are you doing here?" I asked, surprised. 'Is he stalking me?'
"Should I be the one who asking you that? "He drew closer while I stepped back from him until my back meet with a tree , I stopped and stare at him. "Don't tell me you want to escape our wedding tomorrow?"
"What if, I did?" I retorted . He came closer now , I can smell his musky scent again that seems send tingling sensation between my thigh.
"You are brawny , my sweet." His face are now just few inches from my face while his hands on the tree behind me trapping me between them.
"Don't you 'sweet' me ! You'll never be my husband !" My cheeks flushed with anger. Although his green eyes bored into my eyes , I could not restrain the chill in my spine. Those eyes, smiles makes me feel strange..
His mouth now beside my ear and he whispered , " I'm afraid that's going to change tomorrow...my sweet". I pull all my strength , and shoved both my hand on his chest .He retreated. I give him the most menacing look I could muster , before walk away from him. I walk back to my house , and knock on the door when my maid opened the door , she was so surprised.
"Miss, what are you doing out there?" she asked. I just shrugged and walk my way back to my room . I lay down on my bed , I still can smell his scent , the musky masculine scent , and before I knew it , I drifted off to sleep.
The next morning , I showered and my mother and my maid walked into my room and dressed me with the wedding gown , white pearl silk gown with some laces , I just sat silently in front of the mirror. My mother patted me on the shoulder." I was proud , you choose to marry him."
I sighed , I still can't believe how I am stuck in this mess. At noon , I was escort to the garden at the back where all the guest already arrive and my would-be-husband waiting down the aisle, he wore white tuxedo , is my eyes playing tricks or what , that he looks so stunning when the sunlight fall upon his silk indigo hair. His eyes has not quit staring at me, I know I am beautiful , honestly , I am the most beautiful lady in my family, my father said that I have the good sides from the both family except for the stubbornness .
Few seconds pass by , I am now standing next to Charles Lycanth, he took me by the hand gently . He smiled at me like that going to help me calm me down , but strange I do feel calm and safe beside him , to be with him. What am I mumbling about ? I am not suppose to enjoy this , I resist this marriage , I do not agree on this marriage nor my heart. But I cannot stop myself from saying the two words . 'I do'.
"You may kiss the bride" The words I feared the most. As Charles stepped closer to me , I started to backed away but his hand as fast as lightning around my waist and held me close to him and he kiss me , to my surprise with passion and gentleness.
I could only close my eyes because I do not bear to look at him straight in the eyes while we..um kissing. Our lips parted , and a round of applause celebrate us. The party went well I guess , I chat with my cousin , Frederick and Erick , the bachelor twins and I can feel a pair of eyes pierced through my body as I glanced with the corner of my eyes , Charles who were talking with my father is keeping his eyes on me . I can't believe I saw a glint of jealousy in his eyes but quickly replaced by his stony expressionless face.
"I can't believe our beautiful cousin has married. I was going to propose in a few weeks time , you know," said Erick.
"No , you're not. I am the one who are going to propose ," said Frederick to his twin while I just laughed. They always make me laughed. Seriously if both of them really going to propose me , I'll be accepting them and not Lycanth.
Talking about him , in a minute , he already stood beside me when the twin flirting with me and has his arm around my waist back and I have to act comfortable so none of the guests will notice. "Hello, gentlemen," Lycanth said to the twins who smiled sheepishly.
"Hello there Charles, we like to say Congratulations," said Frederick while Erick nodded .
"Why thank you gentlemen, so if you'll excuse me and Rose-Mary for sec."
Charles Lycanth pull by my hand to the dance floor where classic waltz is being played." Enjoy yourself much?" he asked as we danced , I avoid looking into his eyes .
" Not really , not with you around," I answered. He chuckled , and whisper into my ears, "Hope you never regret in marrying me."
"Well, you're wrong. I already regret it in the first place," I said and stopped my dance and walked from the dance floor .Charles just stood there in the middle of the dance floor where I left him, smirking before leaving the dance floor.
When the wedding party finished and all the guest has gone , its already dusk, I retired to my bedroom that I am afraid , I am going to shared it with my new husband tonight. My mother told me tomorrow I'll be moving to Charles's home at the outskirts of the town. So much for moving out of the house. I was so exhausted and tired that I fell onto my bed still in my wedding gown and fast asleep.
I woke up around midnight and the lights has been put out except for the candle on the bedside table and to my surprise I found that half-naked Lycanth sleeping beside me the lower abdomen of his is cover with the sheet and to my confusion , I am also cover with the same sheet and to my unexpectedly surprise I am not in my wedding gown but I am in my undergarments .Curse the man! He took advantage of me when I am asleep. I jumped from the bed and grab my pillow before throwing it very hard on Lycanth.
He woke up confused as he sat up on the bed , thank goodness when the sheets slipped from his body , he wears shorts beneath it.
"What's going on ,my sweet?" he asked , rubbing his eyes.
"Don't you sweet me!" I half-shrieked because I am afraid my parent will heard. I tried to cover myself with my hands although it is hopeless. "How dare you undress me!"
"Well, when I came in , you are already fast asleep in your wedding gown, so I figure you might be too exhausted to remove the gown yourself, "he said calmly but his eyes staring at me.
"Why you...?" I stomped towards the bathroom and changed into my silk pink nightdress and walked back to the bed.
"I forbidden you from touching me ," I said threateningly.
Charles sighed. " I know this is yet to come. As you wish then , my sweet." He got up from the bed , took his pillow and lay on the floor.
"Are you sure , you want to sleep on the floor ?" I asked. A deep corner in my heart I pitied him.
"Well, since you don't want me to come near you..."
"...You could sleep on the bed , just keep at your side . And I at my side."
He smiled his mysterious smile which make me nervous but I hide it and sit on the bed waiting for him .
Charles got up from the floor and sat back on the bed. "Thank you," he said , before laying down and closed his eyes. He must be exhausted , I thought. I yawned , and laying down , keeping my distance from him and fall asleep in a dreamless sleep.
I woke up next morning , found that beside me is empty. I got up and look around the room.
"Morning , sleepyhead." A voice came from the balcony. Charles walked into the room from the balcony where the sunlight enter the room. He still in shorts, and that make me blushed seeing him half naked again.
"Your mom knocked hour ago saying breakfast will be ready at 8. "He smiled and stood beside the bed.
"What time is it?" I asked.
"Quarter to eight, my sweet. I was going to wake you up just now."
"You don't have to. I could wake up by myself." I retorted angrily.
Charles merely chuckled. " Well, I hope you are looking forward for today as we are going to go to our house this afternoon."
"Our house?" I asked questioningly.
"Yes, my sweet. Our house. Where we going to live together. Isn't it nice?"
I feel like I am going to puke. " In your dream. I want a separate bedrooms."
"As you wish then," he said , gently. Why is this guy never go mad although I act cold towards him.
I jumped off the bed and walked to the bathroom. I stopped at the bathroom door before turned towards Charles who is reading newspaper by the sofa .
"Charles?" I think that is the first time I call him by the first name.
"Hm?" He turned towards me , his green eyes pierce through my body make my legs shivering.
"Why? Why you want to marry me?" I asked the only question that have been in my mind from the first time I met this guy and the question he avoid in answering.
"You'll know very soon ,my sweet. Very soon.."Charles turned back his attention to the newspaper. Receive no further response from him, I walked into the bathroom for my morning bath , thinking of what he said.
Breakfast with my family that morning really cheered me up and took my mind off the thought that I am going to move out and living with my *gulp* my husband.
Charles sitting next to me chatting happily with my father but I could sense his glances .
That afternoon, my things have been packed and into Charles's Limo , the driver his personal assistant, .
I hugged my mother and father before went into the limo followed by Charles Lycanth. As the limo started up , I waved my parent goodbye . The limo drove out from there and onto the main road.
"So where is your house?" I asked , breaking the awkward silence as I feel uneasy sitting in front of him and his green eyes keep staring at me from head to foot.
Charles smiled. " Not far. It is just outskirts of the town , near the town forest."
Town Forest! I remember my encounter with the huge black wolf, the thought make me shuddered.
"Are you anxious to be in your new home?" he asked.
"No, I'm not. And I'm not sure it will be called home," I spat back, looking out of the window, where the view has turn from blocks of house into a lane of trees . We have entered the forest road.
Charles just smiled and sat back also looking out of the window. I still feel uncomfortable , and feel that our journey is very long and soon I fall asleep.
There it is again. The huge black wolf with dazzling menacing green eyes with golden slits staring at me. I found myself in the forest but it is quite dark than I remember. Where is Charles? How could I end up here? The wolf make its way towards me, growling. I backed myself onto a tree. I could not run, my legs feel like stone. The wolf has come nearer and nearer. Our eyes never left each other. Something about the eyes triggered me. 'Where is Charles? Why he left me alone here?'
The wolf looks like it ready to strike. My sweats fall from my forehead, my breathing become deeper and deeper. When the wolf pounce , I scream my lungs out.
"Rose,Rose,wake up. You are screaming in your sleep." I heard Charles's voice. I opened my eyes , I realized that I was dreaming as I fall asleep in the limo. Charles squatted in front of me, waking me off. The look of tender , and worry in his eyes. I feel tears rolling down my cheeks. I hugged him without me realizing it, and crying on his shoulder. He patted me on the hair. "Shhh,,hh its going to be okay."
"I...I..dreamed ..there is a black wolf..it keep staring at me ..."I try to explained between my cries but it is so hard that I only keep crying. I could feel Charles tensed a bit but relaxed after that. "Don't worry . I'm here. I'm going to protect you from harm".
I keep sobbing , but immediately backed away from him. Charles looked disappointed but I did not care , I do not want to look weak in front of guys. I wipe away my tears and look out the window again. Charles resume to his seat opposite me, expressionless.
A few minutes past with silence , Charles speak up," Oh look there's our house." I looked where he pointed out and gaped soundlessly .
It could not be called 'house' as I gaped at the view . The house was huge or I would like to call , it looks like a castle , well cared castle .
"That's your house?" I asked.
"Our house." He pressed on the 'our' part that I took no notice. " It was my parent house but as they moved to a mansion in Scotland so I owned this place but now its ours, " he smiled which make me shuddered , this guy really make me nervous.
The limo stopped at the front of the castle, like I call it. Mr .Mercier jumped off from the limo and opened the door for us. I could not help but stare wildly at the huge building.
"You like it?" he asked, beside me.
I looked at him full of hatred but seeing the honesty and sincerity of him in his eyes asking the question and my aim to moved out from my parent's house, I nodded.
He felt relieved and lead me into the foyer of the castle. "It is called Black Wolf Manor."
"Black Wolf?" I asked , remembering my dream.
"It is old history actually , no need to worry ," Charles said , as he sensing the fear in my voice.
A middle-aged woman come with black and white dress. The woman smiled at us. " Welcome back , Mister Lycanth and I presume this would me ,"she said.
I would like to open my mouth and corrected her that I have not changed my family name but Charles intruded. " Yes, Carol. Rose, this is Carol Mercier , Mr. Mercier's wife . They live here with us but of course their room is at the east wing .Carol could you prepare the evening tea while I show my wife around."
Mrs. Mercier bowed and quickly make her way preparing the evening tea.
"You know that , I don't want to change my family name , do you?"
Charles sighed. "Yes, I do. Pardon Mrs. Mercier for that." The look of gloom appear on his face which make me feel guilty.
I fell silent , I just followed Charles around the castle. It is so big that I am afraid I will be lost in it. The library and sitting area in situated at the central area with the dining hall too. The kitchen , the Mercier room are at the east wing. While my room and Charles 's room is on the west wing.
We entered my room which is neatly prepared . "This will be your room , my room is next door and as you can see there is a door connected our room. So if you need anything , you can just call me ."
"Thank you , but I doubt that I'm gonna need help from you, "I answered. Charles chuckled. "You are one brave lady, Rose."
"Why you care?" I retorted back avoiding looking straight into his stony green eyes.
He walked closer to me , as I took a step back. He whispered into my ear. The musky scent of him nearly drowned me. "Because, you are my wife, Rose-mary. Remember that, nothing's gonna change that."
He stepped back from me , and walked out of the room. " Tea in 10 minutes , meet you in the garden." And the door closed behind him.
I sat on my bed , holding my hand on my chest , my heart beats faster than ever. How he could do this to me? His voice, his eyes, his scent...I shaked my head to get rid of the thoughts . I pull off my traveling cloak and rummage into my luggage that Mr. Mercier has brought in earlier.
I changed into my evening dress , a maroon vest with navy dress. Three minutes to tea time , I got out of my room , afraid to get lost , I keep track of our last tour, finally found the garden. The garden was so beautiful and majestic with flower bushes surrounding the sitting area where tea has been prepared by Mrs. Mercier. Charles is nowhere, I spotted a rose bush near , it is a white roses bush . I step closer and try to pluck one of the roses , but got cut at the finger by the thorns.
"Ouch!" Blood coming out from the little cut. A hand grab my injured hand , it was Charles . I could not stop him when he suck the blood from my finger . "There , it should be okay."
I pulled my hand from him , and looked down. "Thank you," I said and started to walked towards the tea table when Charles called. "Wait, Rose."
I spun around and there he is , plucking a white rose from the bushes, he removed all the thorns , and surprisingly romantically he set the rose behind my ears.
"Now, you looks beautiful as you are," he claimed.
I blushed and muttered 'Thank you' before proceed to the tea table followed by Charles . We have a silent tea time as I avoiding looking at him , and preferred the view of the lake from the garden. We sat there until the sun about to set , which I stood up and said. "I'll be in my room."
"I see, you must be now."
Without another word, I spun and walked into the castle and unmistakably I heard Charles's voice saying "Sweet dreams,my sweet."
'Ugh, could he stop calling me that? It gives me Goosebumps and why is that? I do not know and I don't want to know.' I retired into my bedroom changed into my night gown, the rose Charles gave me I put into an empty vase at the bedside table, after that I went to the balcony of the room. The sun has fully set now, and its becoming dark and creepy in a lone castle in the middle of the forest. I shivered as the cold wind blew. I rushed back into my room and closed the door of the balcony and ran to the warmth of the fire from fireplace. I sat on the sofa in front of the fireplace. The warm feeling is so intoxicate that I fall asleep instantly.. on the sofa.
I woke up feeling that I have been carried ,when I opened my eyes.. Yes, it is. Charles has carried me from the sofa where I had fall asleep and to my bed.
"What are you doing? Put me down this instant!" I screamed. Charles was surprised that I was awake but keep hold steady of me although I have been struggling and wiggling in his arms as he gently put me on bed.
"Why are you in here?" I asked without saying 'thank you'.
"You're welcome. I peek into your room just now and found you was asleep on the sofa ,therefore I.."
"Next time, I don't want you to enter my bedroom without my permission nor you can touch me again!" I stood before him, staring fully into his green eyes , I think Charles could fully see the hatred in my eyes. He looked like he about to attack me but he just stare back at me with his green eyes.
"Fine." Only a word came out of his mouth then he left me through the door that connect our bedrooms without looking back at me. He slammed the door shut and I quickly locked it. 'Is he mad?'
Well,I don't care he is mad or not ! It is his fault in marrying me but he is the most kind gentle person that have patiently restrain me , my stubborness. How could I possibly do that to him?
I cried silently as I slipped into my bed , I do not know why I cry , I feel like I hurt something , something that I wish I didn't dare to hurt. I cried until I fall asleep.
"I hope I could hold long enough , she is beautiful,smart,elegant but stubborn. I have to be more patient," thought Charles as he sat on his armchair in his bedroom staring blankly at the fire dancing in the fireplace.
He sniffed the air, he could not restrain himself from smelling the sweet scent of Rose-Mary. If Charles is not mistaken , he think he heard a sob from the next room. 'Is Rose crying? Should I go and comfort her? No, no she will be so mad again.'
Then after a few minutes passed, Charles could feel that Rose-Mary has fallen asleep crying, he stood up and walked to the balcony . By a superhuman power he easily jumped from his balcony to Rose-Mary 's balcony . Silently he opened the glass door and walked into the room, Rose-mary is asleep peacefully but tears mark are all over her cheeks which make Charles's heart clenched .
Charles slowly sat beside sleeping Rose-mary and gently brush the hair out of Rose's face and keep it behind her ears. By the moonlight,Charles could see her perfect skin ,her luscious pink rosy lips ...
Charles gulped before he lose control of himself, he ran silently towards the balcony and back to his room. He shook his head of the thoughts.
"She is my wife , but I could not do this by force." After a few moments passed,Charles finally retired to his bed.
I woke up by who walk in bringing breakfast for me. "Morning,?"
"Please, just call me Carol,Milady as His Lord call me Carol."
"What time is it?" I asked , remembering the night incident.
"9 o'clock, milady. "
"Where's Charles?" I asked again, wondering where he is.
"He woke up at 7 , breakfast then he went to work at 8,"explained .
"Oh,"the only word came out of my mouth. "When he will came back?"
"Usually around 5 o'clock,milady."
"Then what do I do?" I asked dumbly.
laughed . "You could take a stroll in the garden or the greenhouse, or in the library."
I sighed, 'still not so much to do then'
After breakfast and showered and changed into something comfortable , I took a stroll to the greenhouse for the first time. To my surprise , the greenhouse is somewhat abandoned, informed me that Lord Charles forbidden her to come near that place except for his wife.
I was so intrigued by this and went into the greenhouse by myself, it is quite dark , too many algae ,weeds and creepers. 'I think I could make something of this'.
So I start to clean out the Greenhouse, remove all the dead flowers or plants, algae,weeds,creepers all by myself. I took break just for lunch and at three , I stopped. I just done less than a quarter of the greenhouse. This could keep me busy for a month.
I rushed into my bedroom to clean up all the dirt off me and changed into something presentable for Charles, I feel bad for last night and try to make it up to him. He arrived in his car with at the driver seat while and I waited at the front door.
Charles looked surprise to see me welcomed him home. I say nothing to him nor he. We just walked to the dining hall and have our dinner there .
After a few moment of silence passed, Charles spoke up, "So you do not want to know?"
"Know what?" I fired back. Seriously , I can't keep my tone sweet if I hear his drawling voice.
"Know hows my day is?"
I smiled sarcastically, " Oh, I'm sorry milord. How's your day? I hope you don't have a bad day."
Charles chuckled. "Rose,Rose ..my sweet ,"
"Don't call me that!" I raised my voice although I know a lady should not raise voice especially with her husband , but who cares.
"I'm sorry,"I quickly calmed down.
"Why you are sorry for?" he asked.
"Sorry for last night, I didn't mean to , I mean..I " I can feel my cheeks hot as I stammering.
"Its okay ,Rose. It is also my fault," he put down his fork.
I just sat silent staring into my own plate. "I'm tired. I think I retired early tonight. Goodnight,milord." I said and walked out of the dining hall leaving Charles by himself.
"Goodnight , my sweet."Charles whispered as I hardly heard it.
That night once again I dreamed of the big black wolf, this time I'm in my room, staring out of the balcony when I heard deep growling behind me coming from my own room and there it is sitting at the dark corner of my room. The glowing emerald eyes staring back at me, and I approached it bravely and steadily.
The wolf bared its teeth with huge fangs that seems could tear my throat in second. I gulped. I reached out my hand to the wolf when I just a meter from it when it suddenly pounce and I scream as loudly as I could.
I woke up from my dream sweating and I swear I was screaming just now. I look around my room , but there is no sign of the wolf. A knock make me jump when Charles in his bedroom might have heard me screaming so he knocked on our door . "Rose, are you alright? I thought I heard you screamed just now?"
The door opened as I rushed to unlock it and Charles who stood infront of the door surprised when I lunged onto him and hug him while crying silently . "It came again, why wouldn't it leave me?" I sobbed into his robe while Charles just patted me on the head like I am a little child.
I can smell his masculine musky scent which oddly makes me calm and feel safe. "There,there, Rose, It's just a dream.."
He walked me to his sofa while I haven't let him go and still sobbing. My eyes are puffy red. "It's going to be okay , you can go back to sleep now."
"No, don't leave me!" I said unexpectedly. I grabbed his robe tightly as I do not want him to leave me ever, I still shaking badly and crying , so tired that I fall asleep in Charles'arms.
The next morning , I woke up and surprised that I still clung my self around Charles who was sleeping sitting on the sofa. Poor guy, I must have burden him. I slowly undo my hands from around him, I look at the clock on the wall , its 7.30 am. Ohmigosh , Charles might late for work. Should I wake him up? Yes. As it is my fault he have to sleep uncomfortably last night.
"Charles? Charles?" I shake his body a little and I heard his grunt still sleeping. Is my eyes playing tricks or what that I seems found his face , features is so attractive while he is sleeping. My hand creep slowly to touch his cheek when he suddenly woke up that I as fast as I could retreat my hand and act nothing.
"Huh?What time is it?" he said still in slurred speech.
"7.30 in the morning," I answered and he turned towards me, looks like he just realised I was there.
"I'm gonna be late.."he stood up but looking hesitated he sat down again and hold my hands , looked at me in the eyes. "Are you alright?"
I feel my cheeks hot when he do that. "I'm ." I got up fast and walk back into my room and closed the door. I feel my heartbeat faster than before. "God,what is wrong with me? I shouldn't have feeling for him.."I thought then I walked to my bathroom to take a bath.
I stood on my balcony where I can see Charles on his way to the loyal Mercier who opened the car door for him. Charles stop in his track before going into the car and look toward the balcony where I'm standing now. I gasped unexpectedly, and Charles smiled and nod his hat to me before going into the car and off they went while I just stared watching it out of sight.
Charles's smile really melts me and send tingling sensation between my thighs. I shook my head for how many times that day and off back to the greenhouse, I still got half of the greenhouse to clean up. After cleaning another quarter of the greenhouse, and it is nearly 3 o'clock ,I took a rest on the bench in the greenhouse. What a work! But it will paid off after I clean it all. All I need is to plant a new bunch of plants , I love to plant lily, as it is my second favourite flower,Lily stands for loyalty. Then there I sense I am being watched , I feel scared and look around to see if anyone around . There is nobody but I sense some movement near the rack of pots and I look at it and I gasped in shock .
There it is the beast in my dream appear just right infront of me, the black wolf the one in my dream and the one I remember I met in the forest before my dreadful marriage. 'Has the wolf follow me here?'
The wolf did not make any move nor sound , it just sat there like innocent dog keep staring at me with its green emerald eyes with golden slit. As I said before , the wolf is rather huge for a normal wolf. I walked closer and reached out my hand to touch it and pray that it will not eat my hand.
The wolf sniff at my hand curiously before softly grazed its nuzzle on my hand and I start to stroke its fur which smooth as silk. And receive a soft growl which make me retreat back but seeing the look on the wolf's eyes , I stroke it back.
As I getting comfortable, I sat and the wolf lay his head on my lap where I did not stop to feel his fur .
"You're not that bad , aren't you? Not like in my dream." I said. The wolf look up to me as if it understand what I said.
"Do you have a name?" The wolf stare at me. I giggled. "I guess not. Let me name you then , how about Alonzo?"
The wolf give a growl which I figured as a 'no'. "You don't like it , too fancy huh? How about...Munkustrap , I love that name."
The wolf give a yap and nuzzle more seems it agree.
"Ok then Munkustrap , we will become friends from now on." I laughed. "Oh gosh , it is already four o'clock , I have to get back to the mansion. My ..." I seems hesitated to say even to a wolf. The wolf look at me as if waiting for me to finish my sentence.
I sighed. " My..husband will be coming home soon , I have to go ." Somehow I see a sadness across the wolf face but I figure because I'm going back to mansion. So I left the wolf and went back to the mansion and bathed.
As 5 o'clock approaches I wait at the foyer for Charles. He seems happy to see me welcoming me home and we had dinner together.
"I see you become more gentle with me.,"said Charles when we had our soup.
"What do you mean?" I asked.
"Well, I see less of your stubborn and hot-head this time."
"Doesn't mean I have accept you as my husband."
Charles chuckled. "So my dear Rose, what did you do today?"
"Just cleaning out the greenhouse , it was a mess when I first saw it . Why do you own a greenhouse when you don't want to keep it well cared?" I asked out of curiosity.
"Well, actually only a Lady Lycanth take care of the greenhouse since my mother has not been here for years so the greenhouse is abandoned until you came."
"Your mother? " I choked.
"Aahh yes, my father and my mother whom now resided on another of our mansion in Scotland. They are quite happy to hear I married a perfect lady like you and would looking forward in meeting you in person."
I blushed at this point and speechless as I continued on my soup but I can feel Charles's eyes on me. I feel uncomfortable in my seat, so I drink my wine and excused myself leaving Charles alone in the dining hall.
When I walk across to my bedroom chamber , I came across a door that I never been to , due to my curiosity , I try to open the door and it is unlocked so I walked in and it is a very big ballroom with see-through top where you can see the moon and stars in the sky . I spotted a piano at the corner and attracted towards it. I am no player but I learn a few bits , so I try out on that old piano . I play my favorite bit on 'Moonlight Sonata' , the sound of piano really dissolved me into the beautiful night. When suddenly I stopped abruptly as some one clapped and I turn around and there Charles standing on the doorway.
I quickly stood up as Charles approaches. "I didn't know you play piano."
"I play instrument, my mother insists I have those lessons when I was little."
"Well you played it beautifully."
I blushed unexpectedly as he said that and our eyes meet. " I really need to go.."
Before I can go , Charles grab my hand. "Please, can I have a dance with you under this beautiful night."
He grab my waist by his other hand and start to sway me on the ballroom floor. Although there is no music, but we dance like there is a music being played.
His eyes never left mine and I can't resist from not looking at him. And he look more stunning under the moonlight.
We dance and dance , I don't know how much time has past. But I feel like I don't want to stop. Then we came to a halt where our eyes locked together and Charles swooped down on my lips and kissed me passionately . Surprisingly , I didn't urged back but kiss him back passionately.
Then our lips unlocked gasping for breath that I realised we were kissing . My cheeks turned red and I stepped back from Charles who looked bewildered. I can't believe I let him kiss me and I...kiss him back ..
I ran out of the ballroom and into my bedroom which I locked myself in. I touch my lips as if I still can feel the warmth of Charles's lips . I cried silently but to no cause that I cried.
Do I finally have feelings for him? Do I love him? But for what more important is , Do he really love me? I shaked my head off and went into the bathroom to cool myself down with shower.
Charles stared at the door where Rose-Mary has just left. He knew what he felt just now. He knew Rose-Mary bound to be his mate for lifetime since he first set his eyes on Rose-Mary , and without doubt he loves Rose-Mary with his life although he could see the coldness from the lady. He knew Rose-Mary has a pure cold heart which soon will melt by the warmth of love. Only he has to be more patient for Rose-Mary to love him back .
The next few days , Charles and I did not mention anything about the ballroom incident , we stick to our everyday routine . I will woke up every morning and see Charles off to work from the balcony , then I will be spending my time in library until afternoon then after lunch I will go to the greenhouse which thanks to me has never look more beautiful than ever. Before five o'clock I will be washing myself up before welcomed Charles home then we had dinner . Less talk or never even talk then after dinner I retired to my room and will not go anywhere.
Munkustrap , the huge black wolf will come visited me every day when I am in the greenhouse . But it always the specific time , at three o'clock in the evening he will appear at the greenhouse and stay for an hour before leave. Since I have finish the final touch to the greenhouse. I will spent my time reading book I took from the library and read in the greenhouse. Munkustrap will lay its head on my lap while I read . It will listen tentatively , and sort of purred whenever I stroke his fur.
What I find out more about the manor area is there is dense forest on the east side just not far from the greenhouse but I could not explore the forest as Carol will see from the kitchen . Not to mention she will report it to Charles. I always want to explore forest and that forest seems inviting. And what if I could found some wild flower that I can plant in my greenhouse.
I sighed and Munkustrap look up to me. I just smiled and stroke its chin.
"I just wish I could live better than this.."
Munkustrap look at me questioningly and I giggled. "Not that I materialistic , but I wish to be more happier and married to a man that I love , not that I believe in true love or what.."I keep mumbling ,as Munkustrap just watch as if it really understand what I am saying.
"Charles.."I sighed. I saw the wolf ears perked up. "Charles is I feel a very good man. but somehow I cn't learn to accept him in my life. I did not say I did not love him..but..I just want to know why he want to marry me in the first place.." I look at my wedding ring at my finger.
"Oh,Munkustrap I will be lucky to be married to you ," I said with chuckle. " I will be always be safe because I know you will protect me , would you? And make me happy, would you?"
I think it is flicker of light as I seems to see the wolf's eyes seems like to say 'Yes'.I kiss the wolf's head and the wolf give a joyful yap which I return with a laugh.
That evening I welcomed Charles as usual and we have a quiet dinner.
"Rose?" voiced Charles and I looked up from my soup. "Yes,milord?" I realised , I decreased my bitterness as time goes on.
Charles smiled and honestly it makes me blushed. "Please, why don't just call me Charles?"
"Well, I'm sorry milord I mean Charles," I replied with sarcasm. " What is it?"
"Could I have one more dance with you?"
I was dumbfounded, I lost my appetite , I pushed the soup away.
Looking straight at his eyes , really my weakness. His soft voice really melts me.
"Fine then, just once." I answered. Charles happily smiled , "Midnight, the ballroom, I hope you wear the best dress you could find in the wardrobe." He stood up and walked out of the dining hall.
I took a breath and sighed , did I just agree to his request. What a fool! I confused with myself, did I already have interest on him?
I ran to my chamber and burst open my wardrobe and completely shock to find so many new dress and clothes . I wonder when they put all of these?
I pull out one by one and try in front of the mirror. They were so beautiful, all of them. I got many colors, aqua blue is my favorite! I t made of silk and sequin ! Somehow I get so enthusiastic for this maybe-last dance with Charles. One minute to midnight, I walk down the hallway to the ballroom, once I open the door, there's Charles at the center of the ballroom looking as handsome as ever.
"May I have this dance?" he hold out his hand which I half-heartedly receive. We danced and swayed gracefully across the ballroom floor. Somehow I enjoyed the dance very much so do Charles , he can't take his eyes off me while we dance and that's make me nervous all the time.
We stopped. Charles took both of my hands, "You're the most beautiful lady I ever met , when I first met you , I already fall heels over head on you. You're my one and only, Rose-Mary. "
This come out sort of sudden from his mouth. And I can't believe what I just heard.
"Is that why you married me , although I don't..love you?" I asked. Charles seems act want to kiss me again but I retreat saying 'No!'
"I.." I become confused more than ever. I didn't believe in myself and my feelings. I know deep down , I love Charles , but I couldn't bring myself to it, I just ran out of the ballroom , even more I ran out of the mansion to the east forest and I could hear Charles cried my name.
The forest is so thick and not to mention , its dark since it past midnight. I ran and ran until I stop and crying.
"I'm sorry Charles.." I sobbed.
Then my heart stopped when I heard growling from bushes, i know that is not Munkustrap's growl. This one is much harsh and what I saw is three pairs of yellow eyes in the dark. Wolves! I'm in danger!
Wish I never run away from Charles, wish I never left him in that ballroom. The three wolves comes closer with deep growls, I'm scared.
"Charles...help me!" I cried helplessly , before one of the wolves start to pounce , a figure jumped right in front of me , facing the wolves . A huge black wolf, its Munkustrap!
"Munkustrap!" I said, relieved he's coming to my rescue. The three wolves bared their teeths and start attacking Munkustrap which much more bigger than them.
I could not watch what's going on , I don't dare to see Munkustrap got hurt by the scratches and bites from the wolves. Three against one , what do you expect?
But the three wolves , ran away scared after fierce battle with Munkustrap. I'm glad we won , but sadly Munkustrap is worn out from the battle and he's hurt really badly. I came to his side as he lay down,
"Munkustarp, I'm so sorry , you're so brave just to save me..it's my fault please don't die.." I was crying my heart out , when the weak green eyes looking at me sadly, that's when he howl softly and to my shocked , the wolf turn slowly to a man .. the wolf face changes slowly to a face that I known so well..Charles Lycanth.
"Charles..?" I was petrified, holding which now wolf-turn-man .
Charles smiled weakly, " I'm..sorry I made you cry.."
My tears just flow more when I know Munkustrap is Charles. "No, please , don't say anything. Stay with me.."
Charles'eyes half closed, before he said softly and weak, " I love you, Rose-Mary.."
Charles woke up and found he's on his bed , and by his side sat Rose-Mary who he assume fall asleep watching over him. Her beautiful head rested peacefully on his chest while her hands never let go his hands.
Charles smiled, finally cold-hearted Rose-Mary melts with his warmth of love. He believe patience is the one he need from the start he fall in love with Rose-Mary when he first saw her in the forest. From first he knew , Rose-Mary will be his life-time mate, that's why he decide to marry her.
Being a werewolf really a hard thing in life, especially finding a mate. But he found one in Rose-Mary, and he loves her dearly with his heart and soul. He swore he never forgive himself if he could not save Rose-Mary from the wolves attack. But fortunately he did, and he fainted from all the attacks and thank goodness werewolves has healing power.
I stirred and woke up and found Charles staring at me with full of passion. "You're awake?" I quickly sat up and blushed. After the attack , thankfully came on time just to carry Charles back to the mansion , and I look after him until I fall asleep.
"Yes,"his voice sooth me down.
"I..I just want to say thank you for saving I'm sorry for leaving you like that...and.." He hold both my hands to his chest. "Rose-Mary, please don't leave me ever again?" He sounds like pleading but it melts my heart. Although that night I just knew he is a werewolf but that doesn't change anything at all.
I took my hands from him, he looks disappointed but I caress his cheek before surprise him with my passionate kiss on the lips. We kissed like we never kissed before! Every now and then , I love him, I love Charles Lycanth!
(I might do a sequel ..)