The crowd cheered loudly as Luca and I got called to the dance floor for our first couple’s dance. He took my hand and led me into the middle of the dance floor. My veil and tiara had been taken away from me by the designer the moment we arrived at the reception hall, leaving my shoulders and upper back completely bare. Luca placed my hand on his shoulder and slid his left hand around my waist before clasping my left hand in his right one and proceeded to lead me in a slow dance.
My head was barely reaching his sharp looking jawline despite the fact that I was in tall heels, our eyes locked for the fourth time today as we moved from side to side. He moved his hand over my waist ever so lightly and I puffed out a flustered breath and ducked my head immediately. I felt another shiver slid down my spine when he pulled me closer to him, our clothes brushing against each other’s.
“Look at me.” He rumbled quietly, his vibrating, deep voice eliciting goosebumps over my bare arms. I glanced back up almost instantly, locking eyes with him again. His grey eyes bored into my blue ones, holding my gaze captive and leaving me no choice but to drown in his deep eyes.
“You’re so beautiful,” He murmured and I blinked a few times before swallowing emptily. I wanted to duck my head in embarrassment but couldn’t find the power to break the eye contact despite the fact that my cheeks were flushed in embarrassment.
“Um, thank you,” I whispered before ducking my head and puffing out a deep breath. I was super glad he didn’t ask me to raise my head up again. His voice was quiet, yet so firm and I couldn’t bring myself to ignore it.
I’ve caught a few glances of him a few times while growing up, and none of those peaks prepared me for the man I met today. I prayed and wished he’d be ugly looking up close with a mouth and body odor so as to give me more reasons to hate him. I definitely wasn’t expecting him to have eyes deep enough to make me feel like I was sinking into it each time our gaze locked.
I couldn’t deny the fact that he was extremely good looking with dark curls framing his face and neck, a nicely curved nose, a light trimmed and neat looking beard hugging his outlined jaw sexily, making him appear way younger than I expected.
I couldn’t believe the fact that I was married to the mafia lord, so many people were watching us dancing and I didn’t miss the way some of the girls from the bridal train had looked at him with longing in their eyes.
A bunch of clueless girls.
They could come have him though, it wasn’t like I wanted to get married to him in the first place.
I definitely wasn’t looking forward to tonight as well.
I mopped my face and body with the fluffy towels in the bathroom before slipping on the lingerie set I was supposed to wear on my wedding night. Aunt Gianna had told me I was supposed to present myself to my husband on the wedding night this way two days ago. I felt like a sacrificial animal getting all cleaned up in preparation for the sacrifice. My heart was beating fast and my pulse was running faster than my heartbeat as I slipped my robe over the sheer material of the lingerie and made it exit the bathroom. I paused beside the door and puffed out a breath before giving myself a little pep talk and pulling the door open.
Luca was sitting on the bed and I paused outside the closed bathroom door as my eyes landed on him. He was sitting on the edge of the bed and speaking quietly to someone on the phone, he was only in a black pants and I blinked a few times as my eyes landed on his naked, toned chest and skittered away almost immediately. He looked so huge and tall compared to me, I knew it wouldn’t be hard for him to render me powerless if he wanted to.
His eyes lifted up and landed on me and I watched as the top of his lips twitched a little before he ended the call and placed the phone on the bed side table, I glanced at the bedside table and felt my heart jump in my chest with a jolt of fear as I took in the two guns positioned beside his phone.
I’ve seen a lot of guns while growing up, on father and his men, I’ve seen some in his office as well on some occasions. But never have I been this close to one and that thought alone was making me nervous all over again.
What if he doesn’t like my body and shoots me out of disappointment?
“Come over here,” He said, cutting into my jumbled up thoughts and I dragged in a deep breath and closed the distance between us without wasting any time to avoid him from getting mad at me. He wrapped his large hand around my wrist and tugged me down on the bed the moment I got to his side and I sat wide-eyed beside him with my heart sitting in my mouth, our eyes staring into each other’s.
I could feel my own heartbeat in my ear and my blood was currently boiling over due to how nervous I was feeling. I broke eye contact and stared down at my robe covered thighs, wondering how he was going to go about everything tonight.
Was he going to lift me up and throw me on the bed before getting on with it? Was he going to tear my robe and underwear off if I hesitated on taking them off myself? Was he going to kiss me again the way he did at the wedding today? The way he had brushed his lips ever so lightly against mine...
The kiss had left a shivery, confusing feeling behind and I didn’t know if I wanted to experience it again or not.
He grasp my chin and tugged my face up, making our gazes lock, we’ve locked eyes a lot today that I had lost count due to the amounts of things on my mind and each time he stared into my eyes with his grey eyes. It felt like he was staring right into my soul and trying to hypnotize me.
He leaned down and I squeezed my eyes shut immediately, my heart hammering hard against my chest. I felt soft lips faintly ghost against the edge of my lips ever so slowly before dragging over my cheek.
“Let me see those blue eyes, Sofia.” His lips moved over my cheek as he whispered those words and my eyes fluttered open slowly, I tried to duck my head unconsciously but his sudden grip on my jaw prevented that. I was covered with my robe but that didn’t stop shivers from sliding down my spine when his eyes raked over my facial features before coming back to connect with mine.
“You look way more beautiful without makeup on,” He murmured against my cheek and I puffed out a slow breath as his voice rumbled against my cheek.
I didn’t know what to say to that so I remained quiet and tried not to close my eyes as his lips lightly traced my jawline.
“You look so innocent,” He murmured as his lips traced a line down my neck, warm breath hitting my skin as each word left his mouth and I gasped a little with my eyes fluttering unconsciously.
“Um...” I started to say but trailed when he pressed a soft kiss on the spot beneath my ear and I puffed out another tiny breath as another confusing shiver slithered down my spine slowly.
“But you are not, are you?” He lightly bit into the spot beneath my ear as the next words left his lips and an unintelligible sound slipped out of my lips, resulting in sparks flying around in my head.
What was happening?
Sofia’s POV My heart was hammering hard against the insides of my chest and my rib cages, my pulse rate has spiked high up to the level of me feeling it vibrating fast on my throat. I shivered slightly as fear started to crept into my veins once again and stubbly leaned back when Luca’s fingers started to slow trail over my robe covered arm. To my surprise– and in the very next second, horror, Luca pulled his fingers away from my arm almost immediately. My eyes widened in horror as I realized what I just did and I held my breath fearfully, my whole body going numb as I waited on the slap that was surely going to hit me any second from now.A few seconds passed, and… nothing.I blinked a few times and turned my head around and– locked eyes with Luca. He was staring at me the same way he had been staring at me since the start of my wedding, there was nothing standing out about his facial expression. I silently prayed he wasn’t already thinking up different ways in which he cou
Sofia’s POV Luca had asked me to sleep which my over analyzing mind had broken down into multiple meanings even though it only had one actual meaning. I had hoped he wouldn’t find me attractive, so he wouldn’t have to take me against my will because there was no way I’d ever consent to…Was the word ‘consent’ even available in the vocabularies of the men in the mafia?There was no way my mind could even be relaxed enough to the point of me falling asleep, that fact was sparkling clear in my head. I puffed out a slow breath, not wanting to make unnecessary sound since I was supposed to be sleeping like an obedient wife like I was asked to.The lights suddenly got turned off and i sucked in a harsh, audible breath before widening my eyes and slapping my hand over my mouth in the next second. The feeling of the bed dipping made my heart pound even harder and faster against my chest and I inched towards the edge of the bed until I was lying on the very tip, any further and I’d find mysel
Sofia’s POV I slowly ascended the row of stairs and paused three stairs to the final landing on seeing two men standing there. I stared confusingly at them, wondering what it was that they were looking for. My eyes zeroed in on their weapons strapped on their similar attire as I brushed my hair out of my face. Oh, Luca’s guards. But Luca wasn’t home… or was he?“Good morning, ma’am.” They both echoed at the same time and in sync, bowed their heads down a little. My mouth widened and I shook my head immediately with a wave of my hand.“No, no… are you sure I am the one you actually want to speak with?” I asked in confusion.“Yes, Ma’am. We were ordered here by Mr Ricci and starting from this moment, the both of us are officially your two bodyguards.” One of the two men responded immediately and I breathed out a small sigh, of course I was going to be assigned body guards immediately who were going to monitor every bit of my life starting from this moment, like they said.“Don’t ad
Sofia’s POV “Matilda, Mrs Ricci has been waiting on you for a while now.” Sarah, the housekeeper admonished the young woman who just walked into the kitchen. The said woman footsteps slowed down as soon as she spotted me sitting by the counter.“Oh it’s fine, Sarah. I don’t mind.” I quickly added once Sarah was done admonishing the Chef, Matilda. And also because I didn’t mind waiting here in the kitchen for the chef to arrive since for one, I didn’t have any else to do and forcing down a cup of coffee while exchanging a few, polite words with Sarah was way better than me sitting on my own, doing nothing.“Hello, Mrs Ricci. I’m so sorry I took so long, the laundry wasn’t dried off yet so I thought I could wait there until it dries off finish, because I thought you’d still be in bed, tired from all the stress from the wedding ceremony, and your wedding night–” Matilda choose the moment to mention my wedding night when I was about to force down another mouthful of coffee, which ma
Sofia’s POV I slowly ran my comb through my long, dark hair. My hair was a midnight black color and it stood out pointedly against my skin. It was also unreasonably long, but I wasn’t complaining. I wasn’t too keen about it either because combing it was so stressful. Other than that, I love my hair so much and wouldn’t trade it for anything.I got the hair for my mother’s mother, a woman whom I had only been opportuned to meet once, while I was five years, before she passed away. She was a really beautiful woman who had lost her whole hair due to cancer, leaving her bald at the time I had met with her. I could vividly remember her feeding Angelo his bottle while telling me different stories of her childhood days. That particular day was extremely special to me because that was the first time I had met with any of my grandparents, and the last time -till date. The rest of my grandparents were all late as well.I combed the remaining untouched part of my hair as fast as possible bef
Luca’s POV The fire had almost escalated into something way huge and tragic, but had been thankfully put off before it got to that point. Thick black smoke thickened the whole arena of the two story building which belonged to Philip, the assistant head general handling one of my numerous warehouses. From what I’ve been told, the top building had been set on fire in the middle of the night and the occupants there had all been able to get out and alert the ones living downstairs before the fire grew bigger. The firearms took extra long to arrive due to an accident that occurred on the road this early morning. I turned towards Philip who was doing a very shitty job towards shielding how shaken up he was by what had occurred. His face was set in a harsh scowl, showing how pissed off he was, while his body language said another thing entirely.“Philip.” I said quietly and as expected, he jolted upwards a little and puffed out his shoulders before turning toward me and lowering his he
Luca’s POV “No! The guards stay. You can bring in your own guards if it would make you feel safer.” James answered in a smooth voice before I could begin to answer to him and I watched as the man’s eyes narrowed at me for a fleeting moment before breaking the contact and focusing his eyes on James instead.“You thought you ate that, didn’t you?” The man asked James in a flat voice with a raised eyebrow and James only snorted not so quietly, which made the man's face morph into a slight scowl which only lasted for a few seconds before disappearing, leaving behind his previous relaxed expression.He turned back to me and raised his drink in the direction of the guards standing a few feet behind James and I, “The guards need to leave.”I didn’t take my eyes away from his face as I spoke audibly to my guards, “Leave us.”I didn’t need to glance over my shoulder to know that they’d immediately bowed their heads a little in respect before leaving quietly as instructed.The guards left and
Luca’s POV “That went better than I expected,” James stated as the car slowly pulled out of the Monte’s premises, into the busy streets once again. I stared straight at my flexing fingers on my thighs, completely agreeing with James.“It did go better than I expected. I half expected him to insist on not wanting to make peace, or even pull a gun out on us after requesting I send the guards out of the office.” I mused audibly with a small shake of my head before letting my head fall back against the soft, leather seat’s headrest.“He admitted to having already planned to attack you…” James said slowly before slowly trailing off, leaving the unfinished sentence hanging.“He knows he’d still never have been able to catch me unprepared.” I reminded James who only shrugged and threw his head against the head rest before pulling his tie loose and popping open his first three buttons. The tinted glass demarcation between our side of the car and the driver’s part gave us all the privacy w