The Emperor's Seduction Strategy - Chapter 1
First Night With The Enemy
Should I just run away now? Lissie looked around her new room and pondered. She was worrying about trivial things, yet she’s inside a room decorated with flowers, candles, and laces. The groom that was about to enter the room later on was the Emperor of Zhiran, Kiert. The land of Zhiran, the enemy country who had been at war with Edrin, the country where Lissie lived, for a hundred years. At the same time, he was the most fiercely fought enemy on the battlefield. But the fiercest enemy became today’s couple. Until just a month ago, they were fighting swords on the battlefield.
No one knows where life will go. The fate of the country was likewise unknown. Recently, Roguan in the south has been growing rapidly and has begun to put pressure on the two countries. It was a sudden change in Roguan, a weak country that could not even be involved in the fight between the two countries.
Roguan devoured neighboring countries one after another, and without Edrin and Shiran working together, they became so huge that they could not handle it. The two countries, feeling the crisis, hastily agreed to a ceasefire. However, they could not trust each other when it ended only with an armistice agreement.
So, national marriage was promoted like the seal of the armistice agreement.
It was a prank of fate that Lissie was the only princess of the Edrin family and that Kiert was the only unmarried man in the Sheiran family.
So absurdly, the fighters of the war became husband and wife.
And it was soon midnight. Lissie didn’t even have time to think about it until the wedding. Washing, dressing, and putting decorations… all went pass like a passing wind.
Finally, after the wedding ceremony was over, Lissie was seated alone in the middle of the bed in the new room. It was only now that she realized that she got married in earnest.
‘What do we do!’
Lissie screamed in her mind. It’s not anyone else, it’s Kiert, who was anxious to defeat her clan on the battlefield. Kiert was a cold-blooded emperor without blood or tears inside.
He was a merciless opponent that made even Lissie sigh in defeat when she heard that he’ll be joining the war. Since Kiert had agreed to this marriage in the first place, Lissie never understood the reason. Princess Lissie had no choice when it came to marriage. If King Edrin decided that she had to do it, she had to do it. But Kiert was Emperor. Of course, Lissie thought he would refuse. They were aiming for each other’s necks on the battlefield, but marriage. It didn’t make sense. But, unexpectedly, Kiert agreed to the marriage.
‘Are you planning to catch me and kill me like this?’
I got goosebumps at the sudden thought. Why did I have to think of that now? If it was Kiert, he could have been thinking of doing so. Lissie jumped up from her seat and looked for something that could be used as a weapon. There were no pins and no accessories worn on her body, unfortunately. The decorations in the new room are all cozy and soft. The only things that stood out were the candlesticks and the string that tied the curtains. Lissie was an excellent tactician, not physically superior to men. Can I really kill Kiert with this? While holding the candlestick and contemplating seriously, the door clicked open. It was Kiert.
Kiert appeared at an unexpected time. Lissie was waiting and welcomed Kiert with an unexpected appearance. Kiert narrowed his eyes and leaned his back against the door.
“Are you planning on assassinating me?”
“Oh, no! This is for self-defense—”
“Are you afraid that I will kill you right here, right now?”
“You were thinking the same thing.”
“If I was going to do anything to you, the border would have taken care of it already.”
At Kiert’s point, Lissie regained her reason. No matter how much the armistice was signed, Lissie came to Zhiran alone despite it being an enemy country. If he had decided to kill her, as Kiert said, there would have been many opportunities. Lissie put down the candlestick shyly and went back to bed. She sat down and tried to fix the folded veil, however, the cold atmosphere was hard to fix.
“I was wondering why you’re so quiet until the reception, are you planning on assassinating me?”
“Not really! If I had really intended to assassinate His Majesty, I would have been aiming for a break in your sleep, would I have tried to do something with a candle like this?!”
“Oh, that was it.”
Kiert’s misunderstanding deepened in the wrong direction. It was a relationship that could not even be fixed in just a few words. Lissie sighed in frustration. Then Kiert took a step closer. Reflexively, Lissie’ body flinched in the opposite direction. Seeing this, Kiert stopped walking as if he was interested.
“Seeing that she was so frightened, I think she was right that she didn’t have an assassination plan.”
“It really wasn’t—”
“Yeah, let me tell you. Please don’t hide the sword under that veil.”
Kiert walked over to me. Lissies’ body froze even more at the sound of approaching footsteps. As Kiert said, she wasn’t coming to kill him right away, but the tension in the early night was also great. It was so strong that the joints of her hands holding the skirt turned white.
“I never expected to see a princess face like this.”
Kiert, who sat across from Lissie, grabbed the edge of the veil. The ceremony on the first night of the newlyweds begins with the groom taking off the bride’s veil. It meant that from the wedding up until now, their meeting had to be repeated once again. Will the two be able to cover each other’s past and start over like the first time? There was no way.
“Until now, we have met as enemies and enemies, but I hope we can get along well as a couple in the future, Empress.”
But Kiert said something unexpected. Do you really think we can be like a married couple? Lissie couldn’t answer, blinking her eyes and staring at only the edge of the veil. Kiert’s hand slowly pulled the veil up. It was the first time Lissie had also seen Kiert’s face properly. Neither of them went directly to the battlefield with their swords very often, and even if they went out, they were wearing armor, so they couldn’t see their faces. It was the first time I had seen Kiert’s face properly, as I was staring at the floor in the veil all the way through wedding procedure and receptions. Slowly, the veil fell over her shoulder. The veil that stood between them disappeared. She could feel Kiert’s gaze on her face so clearly that it stings. Kiert looked at Lissie’ face and said nothing.
‘Why aren’t you speaking?’ Kiert solemnly thought.
Lissie, engulfed in some kind of tension, raised her gaze.
Lissie was startled by the first glance at Kiert’s face. To be honest, he was pretty good-looking… No, he’s surprisingly handsome. Deep purple eyes that turned towards her. A sharp nose, neat lips, and softly wavy gray purple hair. But Kiert was surprised too.
“Why are you… being like that?”
“Ahem… you’re… more than what I thought— cute.”
“No, what am I saying?”
Kiert shook his head. It seemed that his own words were absurd. However, Kiert’s impressions were not significantly wrong. Lissie was objectively cute. Bright blonde hair, glassy blue eyes. Round eyes, a dense nose, mouth, and a slender face shape. Lissie really looked like a princess.
“I can’t believe I almost died because of a Princess—”
Kiert was caught up in a plan devised by Lissie and nearly died over and over again. It was the same with Lissie.
“Your Majesty… you didn’t look like someone who would fight so terribly.”
“That’s a relief… we don’t have to think about war every time we see each other.”
Saying that, Kiert pushed Lysis on the shoulder and laid her on the bed.
The gesture of Lissies’ falling body was as nimble as an animal. A man’s broad shoulders and chest covered her sight in an instant.
Lissie stiffened with tension.
Kiert wiped Lissie’ shoulder and waist with a dry hand.
I didn’t feel a single drop of emotion. He was just doing what had to be done.
Lissie took a breath and tried to accept the touch. It is an important duty to pass the first night.
Let’s take it as calmly as Kiert, without thinking about anything.
However, as soon as Kiert’s hand touched her skirt, Lissie reflexively withdrew to avoid it.
“Wa… Wait a sec!”
Kiert’s hand stopped as he approached. His eyes, as if protesting why she told him to stop, reached Lisse.
“Sorry, I’m sorry”
“I’m not doing this because I like it.”
This is an important duty, you must do it well, otherwise there will be war again. Just be patient. I tried to calm myself down. But my heart’s will didn’t go as planned. Rather than relieve the tension, in the end, my body trembled. Seeing that, Kiert let out a deep sigh and frowned.
“ Hey, Empress. If you do this, I can’t do it either.”
“Because. How would you think of a person who refuses so much?”
“I don’t refuse too mu—”
She was trying to accept it as best as she could. Kiert’s rebuke was unfair. But her trembling body, brimming with tears, and stiff limbs were all signs of rejection. Kiert took a deep breath and reached out to Lissie’s face. Lissie squeezed her eyes shut and sigh.
Even after a long time passed, Kiert’s hand did not reach her. It was then that Lissie realized that she had been rejecting it with her whole body and became sober.
“My body doesn’t follow my heart—”
Lissie looked up at Kiert with eyes about to cry. Kiert let out a long sigh.
“Haah… This is really beyond imagination in so many ways.”
Lissie on the battlefield always struck Kiert in the back of the head with an unimaginable operation. Her unpredictable tactics left his mind confused, and now it’s even in the bridegroom room. As soon as he entered the new room, he expected more… poisonous worms, or a naked bride that will kill him the least he expects. But instead, his bride cried and trembled non-stop that it almost seemed like she’d die of seizure.
“It would have been better to fight with a knife.”
Kiert muttered to himself in confusion. These were the words that he said lightly to himself, but Lissie responded by opening her eyes twinkly.
“Is that okay?”
“Can it be? Can you do it?”
“If I can, I just want to kill His Majesty right now and run away—”
Kiert looked at Lissie without saying a word. He was deceived by her cute appearance and he keeps forgetting it, but that’s the enemy he’s been fighting to death. He doesn’t have to look at the situation. Kiert had a strong heart. Or so he thought.