Sins Of A Forgotten King #1

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17. The Welcoming Ball


♣Zion♣

The last couple of days have felt odd, from the dress-up to the dance practice to even our afternoon walks. There was something I couldn’t explain, and it was making me confused.

Knowing the days for the welcoming ball was approaching, I’ve been getting nervous, but in a good way. The day I saw Mila in her dress made me realize how beautiful she was. It’s not like I’ve never noticed it, but this time it was different. She looked like a genuine princess, a royalty. And knowing Noah saw her the same way made me jealous.

All this was confusing me, and I didn’t understand. Noah tried asking me, but I shut him down. There is no reason for me to answer his stupid questions. All I wanted was to be with Mila, and I knew her company made me relax.

Since we started practicing for our dance, my body has been adjusting to her. Getting relaxed and calm. The pain was also disappearing, making my nights comfortable, and it was all thanks to her. She was the one making me feel like this.

I glanced sideways and saw her face. Mila didn’t notice my gaze as we made our way to the hallway. She stands out, looking stunning in that green dress.

Feeling someones else’s gaze, I frown and look in front of me. My brother had a smirk plastered on his face as he winked and turned his attention back to the front. Noah was quite the cunning bastard. He had his ways and trick, and that’s why I hated him.

He has always been like that since we were small. He would always find a way to make me pissed.

Feeling a tug, I look down and notice Mila’s frown. My eyes followed what she was looking at.

“Relax,” I whispered close to her ear. Mila spared me a glance and gave me a firm nod. “Don’t leave my side, all right?”

Mila looked up as we stopped. Her eyes searching for something on my face. I smiled down at her curious face. She looked breathtaking.

With a chuckle, I lean over and kiss her cheek. Then, surprised by my sudden act, I tense. Why did I even do that?

I blinked and backed away from her.

“I’m sorry,” I muttered, embarrassed.

Mila didn’t respond, knowing that she might be mad right now with me. I scratched my head and sighed. Then, as I look back at her, I stop. My eyes widened at how red her face was.

“Mila?” I called, noticing she was about to cry.

My heartbeat was in a panic. Did I ruin things?

My eyes moved around her face as I tried to find the words to apologies.

“Mila, I’m-“

Losing her grip, Mila walks away from me. I stood there, confused but worried. The baring of horns made me groan. It was time to enter, and I ruined everything. Turning his head, Noah frowns.

“Where is Mila?” Noah asked with confusion. I cursed under my breath and followed her down the hallway. My brother yelled my name, but I had other important things, and that was Mila.

I saw the fluttering of her dress as she turned a corner and headed straight out to the garden.

“Mila, stop!” I called as I reached for her hand. Grasping her wrist, I pull, making her stop.

I lowered my head.

“I’m sorry,” I mumbled. “I’m sorry I crossed the line.”

Mila’s chest rose and fell as she stood there without looking at me. Making sure we were alone. I glance at my surroundings. The only people close by were the guards on patrol. Clenching, I grasp Mila’s wrist and drag her away to a nearby pergola where no one would bother us.

Once we stepped in, I let go of her hand and stood with my back to her. Why was it so hard to face her right now?

Biting on my lip, I turn.

“Mila, I’m sorry,” I repeat, but I couldn’t see her face. Shadows cast over it, covering any expression she had. “It was just an innocent kiss. I know you don’t like that, and I understand it’s my fault.”

My hands ball into fists as I wait for her to say anything.

“It won’t happen again. So please forgive me,” I begged.

This was my second time begging for something in my life. The first one was to redeem my sins, and now here I was to ask forgiveness for a kiss on the cheek.

I didn’t know why I did it; it was pure impulse but with the best intentions.

I heard a sniffle after some silence. Worried, I tried to approach Mila, but she raised her hand, stopping me.

“I’m sorry as well,” Mila whispered. “I overreacted.”

My hand twitches to touch her. Was she crying?

“I’m sorry,” I said. Then, mustering courage, I take a step and close the space between us.

I couldn’t see her face still, but there I was, trying to figure out what was going through her head.

“Mila,” I whispered as I reached for her hand. “Can you forgive me?”

Grasping her hand softly, I walked closer until I finally saw her face. It was still flushed, and some tears slid down her makeup face. My heart skips a beat as I find those doe eyes staring back at me.

“You make me feel strange,” Mila suddenly mumbles. “What are you doing to me?”

I stood gazing at her. What was she talking about?

“I hate it, but I like it,” Mila continues. “I-I can’t stop this.”

“And what is that?” I asked, getting closer. Mila looked away. “Those your heart flutters when I’m near you? Does it make you confused?”

Mila’s eyes widened as I smiled tenderly at her.

“I feel the same. I can’t contain those emotions, and earlier when I kissed you, it just felt perfect,” I answer.

My hand moved to her cheek, where a tear was sliding down.

“You make me nervous, but in a good way. Like I said before, you make me feel strange. It’s a different nervousness,” I explain. “Just like right now.”

Mila stayed silent as I smiled down at her.

“You look so breathtaking that I just want….”

I stopped my words and furrowed my eyebrows. What was I about to say?

I let go and, taking a step back, I rub my face. Why was I even thinking about kissing her? My eyes dart back to her face.

That is what I want. I want her.

“You want what?” Mila asked as I flinched. This wasn’t right. I wasn’t suitable for her. “Zion?”

“Nothing,” I lied. “We should head back.”

I walked past her but then stopped. Mila’s fingers tug on my clad suit.

“Why are you lying?” Mila blurts. “I know you’re lying.”

I closed my eyes while I tried to find an excuse.

“I… It’s nothing Mila,” I muttered angrily. It infuriates me, but I know it wasn’t a good idea.

“What if I tell you I want it also?” Mila said, making me look at her in shock.

“What?” I asked, surprised.

“I know you’re not honest with me, and I-I know we both want the same thing!” Mila screech. She was panting.

I gulped down as I grasped her wrist and pulled her to my chest. Mila’s gray eyes widened.

“You know how much I’m holding back?” I groaned. “I’ve been dying to kiss you all these past days. But, I-“

“Then do it,” Mila said, cutting me off. “Do it.”

Her icy hand moved to my face and tenderly traced my jawline.

“I also want to kiss you,” Mila whispered with a smile.

“But Mila,” I scrunched. This was not a good idea, but I still wanted it. “Oh, Mila.”

Slowly, my hand moved up her neck while my other arm wrapped around her waist. I hesitated as I looked at her lips. Then, gulping, I closed my eyes but opened them back when I felt something soft touch me. Mila was looking at me warmly. Her slight smile made my heart flutter.

Why didn’t I realize it? I am head over heels for Mila.

Gulping down, I chuckle. I love her; I am in love with Mila.

“It’s all right,” Mila whispered close to my face. Her encouraging words made me smile.

Leaning my forehead to hers, I close my eyes and take a deep breath.

“I am in love with you,” I whispered. “I’m crazy and insanely in love with you.”

I open my eyes to find her face in complete shock. I laughed at her funny expression.

“Now, you see?” I smiled. “I love you, Mila. All this time, I’ve been in love with you.”

Tears brimmed Mila’s beautiful face. With my thumb, I wiped those tears away and stared into her stormy gray eyes.

“You don’t have to say anything,” I smiled dejectedly. “I know it’s to-“

My eyes widened as Mila pressed her lips against mine. Smiling, I responded and deepened the kiss. Mila wrapped her arms around my neck as my hands moved down her back.

I kissed and sucked on her lip as she moaned against my lips. The kiss wasn’t rushed but slow and passionate. My body burned the more I kissed her. I wanted more, needed more.

Sucking on her tongue, we both breathlessly move away. Her red face and lazy eyes looked up at me.

“Damn it!” I cursed. Mila caressed my face as she kissed me again.

I grunted and pushed ourselves back into the pergola. Mila’s back hit one of the wooden walls as I lifted her, making her wrap her legs around me. A shiver ran down my body as her hands moved all over my arms and chest. I wanted to feel her against me so badly; I wanted to undress her right here. But I wasn’t going to.

Stopping, I breathlessly lean my head on her shoulder. Mila hugged me as I hid my face in her neck. We both were breathless from this fervent kiss.

“I…”

I raised my head and studied her face. Mila beamed me a smile and nodded. Thanking her, I slowly lowered her down.

“I-I want to, but… just give me time,” I stuttered.

I embarrassedly looked down and reached for her hands. Mila was shaking, making me smile. She was nervous as I was.

“We should head back,” Mila whispered in a shaky voice. I chuckled.

“How about if we run away from the party?” I suggested, making her frown.

“No, King Noah will wait for us,” Mila retorted cutely.

I nodded and kissed her knuckles.

“You’re right. This is my welcoming ball,” I smiled.

“Hey,” Mila called. I raised my eyes and met hers. “I will be with you all night. So don’t worry.”

I nervously smiled.

“Thank you,” I whispered. “Thank you.”

Smiling, Mila kissed my cheek. I smiled down at her and gave her a quick peck on her lips.

“Shall we then?” I said and took a step back.

Mila cleared her throat and quickly fixed her dress. I did the same.

Once ready, I offered my hand again, which Mila took happily. I kissed her hand once again while we both returned to the hallway.

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