"Gabby! Are you done with the preparation! The guests are arriving any time from now!" Mother busted inside my room, her voice sounded panicked.I was frightened too, her mention of the guests only made it more severe. Her eyes searched around until they found me, where I stood opposite the mirror, it held a hint of approval as she approached where I stood. My blond hair had been brushed until it shone under the bright lights in my large room, I was dressed in an expensive royal blue evening gown which complimented the color of my eyes. The bright red lipstick made my lips seem fuller than it was. "Oh my goodness! You look so beautiful" She complimented softly.Her eyes which were the same shade as mine watered as she suddenly engulfed me into an embrace."You are strong, I know you can go through with this" She squeezed my shoulders.I wanted to yell that I couldn't.I was scared shitless about everything, in the end, I couldn't voice out a word. It was because I knew it wouldn't change anything.My fate was already sealed.Phoebe entered through the door the next moment. Like me, she was also dressed up in expensive attires and make-up.There was a lot of difference between the both of us though, while she bore a closer resemblance to our father, I took after our mother. "Ma'am, They are here " A uniformed maid approached, her head slightly bowed in respect. I was seared with a renewed surge of panic.I couldn't do this. My legs were threatening to give way any moment. I wished I could flee out of this house, I also knew it was impossible, not with my father's men scattered everywhere around the mansion. I would be caught before I even managed to reach the gates.
Mom appeared to understand my situation, the sadness in her eyes told me that there was nothing she could do to help me out, she squeezed my shoulders one last time."I'll go welcome them, you both can come downstairs after a little while " The panic she couldn't hide was dripping in her voice, she exited the room, leaving me and Phoebe alone, shutting the door closed behind her.I was trapped in my thoughts until I felt a rap on my shoulders, I jerked reflexively. "What is it! " My voice was high pitched, the terror I've been feeling since father had made that announcement slipping through.
Phoebe shook her head at me in disapproval as though I was no more than a little child, when in fact we were twins, not identical though, and she was senior to me by only the space of a few hours.."You are so nervous! Hope when you go downstairs, you won't shame our entire family with your behavior!" She admonished and I glared at her which she equally glowered right back."You have to be on your best behavior, don't allow your little romance to ruin anything for us! "I was shocked by her statement. I never thought she knew about Derek, he was my little secret, or he had been. She smirked at my stunned look and walked over to the mirror to retouch her makeup. Derek, my heart squeezed tightly in my chest, I thought I would get to spend forever with him, but right now, my marriage was probably being decided downstairs, my consent or my feelings, none of it matters. It was a pure business deal, beneficial to both families. Lucian Castiel.I've heard the name a few times from my father's mouth but I've never met or seen him, except the few of his photos that I came across on the internet.If those dreadful rumors I've heard about him turned out to be true, or if he was even half as cruel-hearted as father, then my life would be over before it would even get started. Their family was one of the oldest and strongest in the underworld, they own the largest weapon and shipping business in the world. For the past decades, our family and theirs have always rivaled, that was until now. Both families had agreed to end their years of enmity.Marriage. My marriage with Lucian Castiel would ensure peace, it was also a guarantee that none of both families would break the pact. It was a good deal, at least not to me. I still couldn't see myself marrying him! Derek and I had made plans, He loves me just as I love him.He had always been of father's special men, nice and easy-going towards everyone and a perfect smile that just melts the heart.Our family was very old-fashioned, father had always been strict with us and mom had never questioned any of his decisions. The women in our family had never participated in the business, according to father, we needed to be sheltered while the men did all the rough work which I knew must be involved in the kind of business.
For some safety reasons, I and my sister were homeschooled, I never made friends around father and mother's circle. I was the kind of person that could find joy being by myself. That was until I met Derek, we met by circumstance and he became my first ever friend, our friendship blossomed for the past three years, it wasn't until a month ago that he confessed that he was in love with me. I had never been so joyful as I was that day, I also had fallen for him along our friendship path.I didn't think father would approve of our relationship, so we met each other in secret. We still had been searching for a way to break the news to my father when he'd given me the shock of my life. I was going to be married to the man whose very name spreads dread amongst even powerful men.I suddenly realized Derek might be downstairs as well.Oh, God! He would be so heartbroken when he gets to know.A knock sounded on the door and I instinctively took a step backward."Miss, both your presence are required downstairs" a familiar maid's voice sounded from the opposite side of the door.I met Phoebe's gaze, wiping my sweaty palms on my dress."I don't want to go downstairs, I don't want to get married either!" The words squeezed out of my throat, my eyes wide open in fear. It had always been known that father loved sister more than me, perhaps it was because she favored him in looks, she was also my senior, more beautiful and elegant than I would ever be.There were so many things to count.Then, why me? Why was I the one getting married? "You need to stop behaving like a baby! You should consider yourself very lucky! Why am I not the one getting married? " Until she spoke her last statement, I never realized that I had said those words aloud. "I should tell you that it's because Lucian Castiel particularly wants you and not me!"For the second time since tonight, she managed to shock the hell out of me.He wants me? A cold tremor swept through my whole body. We've never met each other, how could he particularly have chosen me? **
CHAPTER TWOGABRIELLE~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~There were voices engaged in discussions as I walked behind Phoebe, all too soon we reached the dining room.I kept my eyes cast downwards, my legs feeling like molten plastic."These are both my daughters, this is your betrothed Lucian "My head snapped upwards the moment father uttered those words, he was also the first person my eyes located. If anything, he looked nervous which I've never seen him ever before.There were at least more than ten people sitting over the large wooden dining table, but my eyes found him.My heart jerked hard against my chest. The burning grey eyes continued to hold mine and I couldn't tear my eyes away, those eyes held power that threatened to consume me. The heat simmering in those orbs was making me uneasy.His coal-colored hair was kept long, almost brushing against his shoulders, his jawline cut shaper than any I have ever seen, hi
CHAPTER THREEGABRIELLE**How could I spend my life with this brute of a man who looked as though he could squash me with a mere raise of his finger?I looked around, we were already down the end of the hall, I wanted badly to run into the safe confinement of my room, away from him.His eyes returned to that neutral expression, almost as if he hadn't choked the hell out of me only a few seconds ago, my jaw still hurt like hell.I managed to meet those gaze with a determined look of mine,"I don't want to marry you! " I spoke defiantly as I could, I tried to remain in my position, but I found myself taking steps backward at the sudden dangerous glint in his eyes."What did you say? " He spoke his voice steely quiet.I swallowed tightly, my courage slowly seeping out of me, replaced by cold fear.I found myself backing away from him even as he took a predatory step towards me."I do not giv
CHAPTER FOUR**Derek and I had just been in another argument. Ever since that night, he was extremely upset. he was bitterly hurt about everything. He still believed I betrayed him by never mentioning the alliance to him and he had to find out about it only that night.I couldn't manage to convince him that I would marry nobody else but him, I wasn't fully convinced myself. Mother hadn't been successful in convincing father, I was to go ahead with the arrangement, it wasn't in my place to decide what I wanted.Everything in this whole room made me feel as though I was going crazy.The expensive jewel boxes laying in the corner, my new set of wardrobe filled me with even more despair.The wedding gown was the most beautiful I've ever seen, adorned with white pearls.The beauty of it was mocking me. They were all a reminder that tomorrow, my fate would be sealed.Lucian Castiel
CHAPTER FIVELUCIAN CASTIEL~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~"What do you fucking mean by she's missing!" I barked in a low dangerous tone at the father of the bride I was supposed to be getting married to.We were supposed to be signing the arrangement papers. The Russians had always been taking advantage of the rivalry between both of our families to set their place as the number one supplier of weapons. Quitting the enmity between us and suing for peace and cooperation was the most feasible method of weakening Vladimir Petrov. It seemed to me that Marcus was backing out by giving me the bullshit that his daughter was missing."She's nowhere to be found! She might have been kidnapped."My eyes narrowed suspiciously at him where he stood with a few of his men, if there was one thing I hated most, it was being deceived.The tension in the air was thick.At any time, guns would be drawn, it would easily turn from
CHAPTER SIXGABRIELLE**I entered the bathroom of the private room, there were still about forty five minutes left before our flight.I was feeling anxious, I wondered if father had requested my presence and found out about my disappearance, My marriage to Lucian Castiel wasn't until this evening, I couldn't think about their reaction when they finally realized I had fled away, by then I would already be out of the country, where it would be difficult to locate me.My eyes caught in the bathroom mirror, I almost couldn't recognize the girl that stared back at me. My once long blond hair was now dyed black, it had been cut short, falling below my chin, I've always adored my hair, but if I would be easily get spotted because of it, it was better to keep it short and dyed.I started to take off my clothes when Derek entered, I flushed brightly when his gaze lingered on my chest, I had only a pair of bra, covering my b
CHAPTER SEVENGABRIELLE~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I remained where I stood, there was no way I would ever go to him, not if I have a choice.My unwillingness seemed to further infuriate him. He took another intimidating step towards us, his frosty metallic grey eyes never moving an inch away from mine.It happened so fast, Derek pulled out the pistol I didn't know he had been holding, focusing straight at Lucian's forehead."And I say you should back off, tell them all to leave or I will shoot! "He shifted his gaze towards the five of Lucian Castiel's men that had their weapons drawn out towards us.The tension in the air was thick, a butter knife would easily tear through it, my heart was jamming hard against my ribcage.It was six against one.I was scared for Derek as well as myself. It could easily end up badly for us."Tell them to leave! Or I'll really blow out your brains! " Derek spoke again, a
CHAPTER EIGHTIt was painful enough to draw out a scream from my mouth, and much to my mortification and anger, he repeated the action, spanking hard against my other ass cheek.I stilled in my struggles and went stiff against him, he didn't spank me again but the burning pain on my butt lingered. He murmured something in a low tone, but I heard it just fine."Good girl, you're already learning."I've never hated anyone as I did this moment.He took us outside, there were more of his men outside, a few groups of onlookers who watched from a distance away.I doubt any of them would come to my aid, not that they would be able to help me even if they wanted.He led us to where a black limo was waiting.The door was opened by one of the men dressed in a black suit. Lucian put me down for a moment, only to shove me inside the car, he entered seconds later and the door automatically clicked shut."Drive!
CHAPTER NINEGABRIELLE~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The journey back was over, the car drove to a halt, and I felt as though my life was ended as well.The door clicked open and Lucian walked out, he was waiting for me to do the same.My legs were glued, I knew what awaited me the moment I would step my feet down."Get down! " He wore an impatient scowl. I obeyed reluctantly, there was no need to delay the inevitable. Strong fingers encircled my arms in an iron grip, I had no choice but to follow behind Lucian as he led us, more like dragged me into the tall building ahead.Mother, father, and my sister were already waiting for us.I avoided my father's gaze, mother's expression was sad, I knew she wished I hadn't been caught. Phoebe was staring at me with an expression that seemed almost like guilt.There were more of our family members present. I couldn't recognize the rest of t