It has been half a year, at least in the Allandis empire's calendar since there’s no telling if the time in her world equals the time in the empire . Aileen tried her best to escape these past two months but ended up being caught by her husband’s marquises.
She sighed and raised her hand to block the sun rays emanating from the window in the bedchamber. “Is there really no way to go back to my world?” she murmured and decided to close her eyes again.
She’s stock in the Allandis Kingdom, a portion of the Allandis empire on the western border. With her eyes closed, she recalled how she ended up being the queen of Viishaun’s kingdom.
“Hmmm… that light… I think it’s no ordinary light, but a magic. I had seen and read about enchantment and spells when I was in my world. If my theory is correct, that cringe king must be under the influence of a spell,” she murmured again while lying lazily in bed. She speculated his changes in attitude and becoming overly sweet to her were due to that thing that struck his excellency’s heart.
“If I got here without scientific reason, then things like magic are not just words in theory in this world.”
She punched her pillow and screamed, totally forgetting that the king would overreact. So, as expected, the maids and the king rush over to her room.
King Viishaun ran to her and jumped into the bed to caress her cheeks. Then, he asked, “My lovely Szcheriziel, what’s wrong?”
She groaned after hearing the name ‘Szcheriziel’, the real owner of the body. The truth is the lady had told the king that she was Aileen, but she found out that only her soul had traveled into this world. The body she possessed was the illegitimate daughter of duke Azrael Lestinna to an unknown mother. So, to avoid being suspected as crazy, she goes on living as Szcheriziel Veuy F. Lestinna—Allandis.
“Honey, were you hurt? Tell me.”
‘W-What the hell?!’ is what she had been bearing in her mind when Viishaun kissed the back of her palm. She still can't get used to her husband’s gestures, and for her, the king next to her is a cringe person. Aileen glanced at the servant, and as expected, they were also cringing over their master. She could read the cold feet and goosebumps seeing their master doting over his wife.
“Uhmm… your excellency, the budget for the first district is waiting to be reviewed. Please go back to your office,” says the guy wearing an eyeglass, holding a golden royal seal.
"Let's have breakfast first, my sweet honey." The king was shining as his smile took over the room, completely ignoring his secretary.
'Eww~~ cringy!' Aileen tried her best not to let such a word escape her mouth. She faked a sweet smile and replied, "Alright, my king. Let's dine together."
The king stood up and carried his wife as if they were newlyweds. Aileen wanted to lose face because she could not get used to his excellency's weird gestures.
"Uhmm... your excellency, aren't you feeling uncomfortable eating while I am seated in your lap?" She asked, reading his reaction.
Even since Aileen has heard from the servants that the king could kill a person for spoiling his mood. She was always careful with her words not to drive the king's anger because he would go berserk.
"This is the most comfortable position for me," Viishaun replied as he fed her with a fork of roasted duck.
Aileen could see the eyes of the bewildered servant of Viishaun's palace. She glanced at the king and remembered the time she rarely used to have breakfast with Stephan.
'Stephan and I had never been this intimate. Every time we shared a meal, we were always in a rush.' She sighed and made a statement to her mind again, 'I'm not cheating. It's just that I need to be safe here, so I could find a way to go back to my world.'
"Is the food not to your liking, my queen? Do you want me to fire the cook for not doing her job?"
Aileen panicked when she heard him mention vacating one of his subjects, so she said, "The food tasted great. I love it! I simply happened to wish to visit the town, but I'm sure you won't let me leave because you're always anxious that I might leave you."
The lady stopped going against the current ever since she became the queen. Instead of trying to escape, she'll use her edge in acting to please the king for the meantime while she's figuring out how to leave this unfamiliar word.
The king sighed and replied, "Fine. You may leave the palace, on the condition that you'll let one guard and one maid accompany you."
She mistakenly embraced the king out of her happiness because, at last, her acting finally worked on him.
"If I knew you would be this happy, I should have allowed you to stroll outside," he replied and later sealed his wife's lips. "Be careful, my queen," he added.
Aileen looked down because she felt guilty for allowing the king to kiss her. Even though it wasn't her body, the fact that her soul was occupying it means it was her who was with the king doing all sorts of couple things. She can't help but be guilty about cohabitating with another man. Moreover, She felt dirty for herself and sorry for her fiance from the world she originally belonged to.
"O-Of course. I am a bad wife if I let my husband worry too much. I'll be back before sunset."
"I'll wait for you, and let's have dinner together once you're home," Viishaun replied, kissing the queen's forehead.
"You have to return to your work. Look, your secretary is waiting for you."
"Why are you asking me to leave already? I want us to stay like this a little longer because you won't be around later."
Viishaun's grip on Aileen's waist gets tighter. Later on, he rested his head on the Queen's shoulder. Then, Aileen's hand moved on its own accord as it brushed the king's golden hair.
'You're giving me too much attention, but I know this could be unreal. Maybe you really were under the influence of a spell because there's no way a rumored bloodlust king would be this sweet with a blink of an eye. I need to leave before the spell ceases to exist,'— is what Aileen taught to herself.
"Madam, your bath is prepared. Since you have no lady-in-waiting yet, please allow us, servants, to help you while you bathe." "Thank you for taking care of me, but one person is more than enough, and the rest should go back to what you were doing. I'll call you if I need an extra hand," Aileen replied, wearing her sweet smile. "It is an honor to serve you, our dearest queen," The three servants replied in chorus. It was as if they had memorized every speech they had to say. Then, they bowed their heads to the queen before leaving the bedchamber. "Come this way, our dearest queen,” says lady Athena. Aileen followed lady Athena as they made their way to the extravagant lavatory. Everything in the palace looks expensive, if not made with gold, more or less made with diamonds. She still can't believe that this world truly exists. She only read it in the script way back when she used to film historical dramas, but now she's living a luxurious life in the real palace, not a rented old p
Some Marquises were against the king's decision of marrying the daughter of the traitor country of Lestinna. But, the greatest opposition to the marriage comes from the queen herself. She strongly refused to accept Viishaun's proposal and always sneaked out to her room, but she couldn't get away from the palace because the wall was high and impossible to climb up, thus the only means to leave was through the three gates guarded by Marquises. She has a lot of reasons why getting married to the king should be refused, such as; in her world, the 'Aileen' was already engaged to a fellow actor Flame Stephan Alvourde. One more thing, it's because he was 'King Viishaun Argus Allandis XVII', a killer king of Allandis slays and conquers bordering countries through the emperor’s order. He was a man who was born with wealth, prestige, and merciless-combat prowess. She blinked and fidgeted at the thought of having her neck detached from her. "He was the scary man who suddenly proposed to me,"
They had been to three bookstores in the town, but she couldn't find anything related to magic, sorcery, or whatever they called it in Allandis, and it made her wonder why such a thing had no traces."Gosh! If I have a cellphone, and if only this place has an internet connection, then browsing would have been easy," Aileen muttered, and the two people with her were perplexed after hearing her statement."Lady, it's almost sunset. His excellency must have been waiting for you at the palace," says the marquise through whispering in her ears."I guess. I'll come back tomorrow. Let's head back to the palace now," she replied in a voice just enough for the three of them to hear.Inside the carriage, the queen
"What did you do to me?" Viishaun asked in a cold-baritone voice, wearing a gaze that could shred the queen into pieces.The queen was frightened, and her body started trembling. He wears the same cold expression when they first meet. He has that aura of ice-cold thirst for blood."Are you going to answer me, or do you want me to cut off your tongue and be silent forever?!?!"Her voice won't come out because she wasn't sure what to say. She was too terrified, and it was more terrifying than a fellow actress bullying her. Aileen started weeping, and to her surprise, the king's expression shifted to a soft one.He reached her hand and held it, then asked, "My queen, why are you crying? Are you alright? Did I hurt you?
"Greetings lady with shiny gold hair," says the guy who looks like a charming prince from a fictional book. The guy has red hair and brown eyes, quite different from the empire's trade look. Most people of Allandis have an innate sparkling ray of sunlight hair. "M-Me?" Aileen asked. She blinked her eyes twice while pointing at her chest. Then the guy smiled and presented her with a hat. 'Oh, he must have caught it accidentally.' "Is this hat yours, my lady?" "Y-yes. Yes, that is mine." Instead of simply passing the object to her palm, the guy placed it on Aileen's head. "T-thank you." "No big deal, my lady. Are you heading inside?" The guy asked, wearing a sweet smile on his face. Aileen thought at the time; it would be no good if she would see him in the future. He reminds her of someone with a sly smile from her showbiz industry. Moreover, she doesn't know who to trust in this strange world. "Oh! I forgot, I had something important to do at my manor, right?" Aileen glance
"Have you heard about the witch forest?" Aileen asked while looking at the overview of the mountain visible from the top of the palace."Hmmm... they are pretty famous for being the house of a sorcerer who cursed the empire fifteen years ago."Aileen was surprised to hear that the empire was cursed. She really has no idea what is happening in this land.'What am I supposed to do here? What if I'm a hero in this land?'Aileen laughed with the absurd idea her mind bore and thought she probably had too much doze of drama she had filmed."What actually happened back then?" Aileen asked out of curiosity.
Aileen was staring at her reflection in the human-sized mirror. She could not help but ask the woman. "Lady Szcheriziel, are you perhaps a sorcerer?"She heaved a heavy breath and accepted that the lady would not answer. Aileen wondered where the heck the soul of this aristocrat lady went to.The queen left her chamber. As usual, the servants bowed their heads and greeted her. Then she told them, "Please don't enter the library without my acknowledgement. I want to read alone.""Yes, madam. Please call us if you need something."She locked the door and started browsing the books. "This may be a fictional story, but who knows if the spell written on the book would work. I need to try at least," Aileen mut
"I won't let you in until you really are Shaun!" The queen yelled, and everyone thought the couple were quarreling.The servants are wishing the two would reconcile sooner because they were afraid that their king would be back from being the cold and intimidating guy. Their madam had softened thy king."What do you mean? I am your Shaun. My beloved, it's me."All of a sudden, the king stopped knocking and started screaming in excruciating pain. As a result, the servant panicked. Aileen heard the commotion outside her chamber. Due to her curiosity and concern, the queen opened the door."W-What's wrong?" Aileen caressed her husband's cheek. Then, she asked two of the servants to help the king lay on