An Arranged Marriage
img img An Arranged Marriage img Chapter 1 Get married!
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Chapter 11 My wife! img
Chapter 12 I won't be unfaithful! img
Chapter 13 Was it Love img
Chapter 14 Anxious img
Chapter 15 At the doctor img
Chapter 16 Trust me img
Chapter 17 Don't be silly img
Chapter 18 Taking care of him img
Chapter 19 The Castillos img
Chapter 20 Inconvenience img
Chapter 21 Do you love him img
Chapter 22 Party img
Chapter 23 Meeting img
Chapter 24 Meeting img
Chapter 25 Distraction img
Chapter 26 Punch img
Chapter 27 To go back img
Chapter 28 Trust me img
Chapter 29 Deluded img
Chapter 30 He's back img
Chapter 31 Loudmouth img
Chapter 32 Again! img
Chapter 33 Inconsequential img
Chapter 34 New airs img
Chapter 35 Dining with the kids img
Chapter 36 It's going to stink img
Chapter 37 The eyes img
Chapter 38 The best I can img
Chapter 39 Looking for Carolina img
Chapter 40 Yes img
Chapter 41 In the clinic img
Chapter 42 Get out of the way! img
Chapter 43 Help me! img
Chapter 44 Choices img
Chapter 45 Decision! img
Chapter 46 Almost img
Chapter 47 My son img
Chapter 48 Recovery img
Chapter 49 Bernardo img
Chapter 50 The meeting img
Chapter 51 Videocall img
Chapter 52 Mine img
Chapter 53 Fair play img
Chapter 54 Do you accept it img
Chapter 55 Small error img
Chapter 56 Conspiracy img
Chapter 57 Together img
Chapter 58 A prince img
Chapter 59 Handsome img
Chapter 60 Remember img
Chapter 61 Gala img
Chapter 62 Gala 2 img
Chapter 63 Control her img
Chapter 64 Yes! img
Chapter 65 How is she img
Chapter 66 Revelations img
Chapter 67 Secrets img
Chapter 68 Coming home img
Chapter 69 Important moment img
Chapter 70 He doesn't seem normal... img
Chapter 71 Leaving the hospital img
Chapter 72 Covert img
Chapter 73 Helping img
Chapter 74 Again img
Chapter 75 Tea img
Chapter 76 Memories img
Chapter 77 Stressed img
Chapter 78 Meeting img
Chapter 79 Travelling img
Chapter 80 Do you believe me img
Chapter 81 She wants to help img
Chapter 82 Not legit img
Chapter 83 The cards on the table img
Chapter 84 Long time no see img
Chapter 85 Engagement img
Chapter 86 Engagement II img
Chapter 87 Museum Trip img
Chapter 88 Results img
Chapter 89 Pre img
Chapter 90 Wedding Ceremony img
Chapter 91 Give it to me! img
Chapter 92 Get in img
Chapter 93 Emília! img
Chapter 94 How it happened img
Chapter 95 The truth img
Chapter 96 Following tradition img
Chapter 97 Take a deep breath img
Chapter 98 In the hospital img
Chapter 99 Betrayal img
Chapter 100 Just for appearances img
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An Arranged Marriage

Zana.Kheiron
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Chapter 1 Get married!

"Daddy, I don't want to marry him!" Carolina whimpered, getting up from her desk.

"There’s no such thing as ‘I don’t want to’! You will marry him, girl! Our family needs your help," he got closer to Carolina. "It's the least you can do after I've raised you for all these years!"

"But I'm your daughter!"

The marks of his fingers were clearly visible on Carolina's face, after the slap she received. Gaspar held her by the shoulders, shaking her.

"You are not my daughter by blood! And you know it! I raised you, allowed you to enjoy this good life! You owe us!"

"But… why me?" She whimpered.

"You don't think I'm going to give my daughter to a deformed person when I have you, do you? After all, you had to serve some purpose!"

He released her forcefully, causing Carolina to lose her balance and fall to the ground. Then he left the room, slamming the door.

Carolina Navarro, 24 years old, was the eldest daughter of the Navarro family. Her mother, Paloma, was accused of cheating on her husband and, while running away with her lover, she ended up losing her life. Carolina was almost two years old at the time. Gaspar then believed that Carolina was not his daughter. To avoid a scandal, he never took a DNA test, but he always made a point of showing how much he hated the girl.

The Navarro Porcelain Group was going through a moment of financial difficulty, and that was when an excellent opportunity appeared that would serve Gaspar with two purposes: it would save his company and also take Carolina out of his house.

The groom was none other than Máximo Castillo, only son and heir to that family's entire dairy empire. He was handsome, charming, intelligent, successful. That is, until he was in a twin-engine plane crash and had half his face burned. Now, 3 years after this event, he needed a wife and a child.

Carolina went down to dinner and both Nadia and Eloísa were at the table. Carolina's half-sister had a mocking smile on her face.

"Congratulations sister! You will finally let the spinster status behind you!"

"Thank you very much, Eloísa. I'd rather be known as a spinster than a lover to a few men."

Another slap, this time from Nadia.

"Don't you dare talk about my daughter!" She growled, slapping the table.

"What's going on here?" Gaspar asked, entering the dining room and looking at Carolina's face, Eloísa's tearful expression and Nadia's trembling lips. "I don't like to ask twice!"

"Gaspar, when will this wedding be? Carolina just offended our daughter! She attacked our girl's honor!"

He glared at Carolina and she knew she would receive punishment, but he just shook her and sent her to her room, no dinner.

"And that's all to it?" Nadia asked. "You know I don't like Carolina being punished, but... she crossed the line, here." Nadia was crying and Gaspar hugged her.

"I didn't give her a good spanking because her husband would complain. And we cannot lose this contract."

Inside the room, Carolina was lying on the bed, hugging the pillow, crying. Throughout her life, Carolina was mistreated not only by her father, but also by her stepmother, who pretended to be good, but whenever she could, she incited fights and disagreements between Gaspar and Carolina. Eloísa was not far behind.

'Maybe your husband isn't so bad, Carolina,' she said to herself. Yes, things could be different with him!

She didn't care about the scars, which she had never even seen. The problem was that she wanted to at least have a say in who she married with. Carolina dreamed of the day when she would no longer be under her father's whip and, as he didn't let her study or work, the only way was to get married. And that was where she had great hopes. Unfortunately, fate once again did not allow her to be the one deciding her own fate.

Two weeks later, Carolina was signing the marriage papers, by proxy. No religious wedding, as Máximo refused to leave the house. He would wait for Carolina at the farm, where her new home would be.

'It can’t be worse than at my father’s house.' Carolina thought, while she was in the car, heading to 'La Preciosa' Farm.

Carolina didn't know, but the deal had been made so that Eloísa, considered the city's beauty, would marry Máximo Castillo. However, it is obvious that Eloísa would never accept not only a marriage with a man she had never met, but also one who everyone knew was deformed by scars.

"We’re here, Mrs. Castillo!" The driver informed her and it took her a while to understand that it was with her he was talking to.

"Thank you!" She thanked, weakly.

Mrs. Castillo. It sounded very strange to her ears.

Carolina took a deep breath, before opening the car's door and getting out of the vehicle. She looked around and found herself in front of a huge mansion. Rustic, of course, as it was a farm, but very beautiful.

"Welcome, ma'am!" A middle-aged woman approached her, smiling at Carolina. "My name is Dolores.:

Carolina smiled.

"Hello, Dolores! Nice to meet you, I'm Carolina," she extended her hand to the elderly woman, who shook it.

'This girl is a good one!' Dolores thought. She met the boss's ex-fiancee and that was very arrogant. She never talked to the employees like that, so kindly. So… human.

"We are all very happy that you are here! Come, come! The boss is waiting anxiously."

Carolina nodded.

"And I'm happy to be so well received."

Carolina went up the stairs towards the main door, feeling her heart beating very hard. She was a married woman and would meet her husband in a few moments. She heard he was 'weird' and she wanted to know what that meant.

Before they entered the main doors, Dolores stopped walking and turned to Carolina, a little unsure.

"Ah, ma'am...The boss is a long-suffering man, and sometimes he can seem rude. But he's good. I've known him for years."

"I heard he had an accident," Carolina said.

Dolores nodded in agreement.

"Yes. And that made him a little too sad. A little tougher, you know? Be patient with him."

The look in Dolores' eyes indicated that she really liked her boss.

"I'll do my best, Dolores."

The elderly woman smiled broadly and continued walking.

The entrance door was huge, made of black wood. The floor was also dark, the wood very well waxed. All the furniture was made of that same material, including the sofas - but very well upholstered. The place screamed 'rustic!', but with excellent taste.

They stopped in front of a dark wooden double door, like the one at the entrance, all carved. The handle was gold. Dolores knocked twice.

"You may come in!" A deep male voice sounded from inside. Carolina liked what she heard and thought that, at least the voice was very beautiful.

"You can go in, ma'am," Dolores said and stepped to the side, giving space to Carolina pass by.

This one nodded, placed her hand on the doorknob, turned it and took a deep breath before entering the office.

The first thing she saw was the huge window, but with the curtains closed. She could only see the top of the light-haired man's head from the chair. His back was to her.

"Hello, Mr. Castillo," she said and closed the door behind her. However, when she started to walk towards the desk, he stopped her.

"Stop!"

She stopped, startled.

"Oh, I…"

"There's no need for you to walk to me. Welcome, wife. I called you here to give you some rules."

"Oh, right," she said, softly.

"Don't ever interrupt me!" he scolded and she was going to say 'okay', but then, she would be doing exactly what he told her not to do. Máximo approved that she remained silent. "First thing: you can't come in here without being called. This rule applies to the office and to my bedroom. Dolores will show you which one it is, so we can avoid problems. Don't look for me unless it's an emergency. Always expect me to look for you. Don't keep staring at me."

Carolina nodded, but said nothing.

"Did you understand? Say something!" He spoke rudely and Carolina, who was hot-blooded, narrowed her eyes.

"Well, you told me not to interrupt you!" She said and only then wondered if she hadn't been too cheeky.

Silence.

"You are insolent."

"I can't see the future. If you don't say you're done talking, I have no way of knowing it," she hated being treated unfairly. She had already been through that at her father's house.

'And here was I thinking things could be different here..."

He took a deep breath.

"I'll let this one slide. But hold your tongue next time," he warned her and she, once again, ignored his threatening tone.

"Then be more clear. I can't see you, I can't read your expressions. I need you to vocalize your desires, or rather, your orders."

Máximo was looking at the window and couldn't help but smile. That woman had courage, he needed to admit that!

"Enough. You'll go to your room, stay there, familiarize yourself, rest. Today the meal will be served in your bedroom. Wait for me later."

"Wait for you, sir?"

She watched as he turned his head, as if he could look over his shoulder.

"Yes. Our wedding night."

Carolina hadn't thought about that. And she felt like an idiot. They had gotten married, the man needed an heir. 'You are a fool!'

"Carolina?" He called her and she liked how he pronounced her name, but then shook her head.

"Oh, yes. Got it. Right. I'm... I'm leaving. See you later."

She turned to leave, but before she did, he called out to her.

"Carolina!"

"Yes?" She replied, after counting to five.

"I didn't give you permission to leave, did I?"

"Ah, sorry, boss. May I go, now?"

He smiled, amused.

"You may."

She opened the door and left him alone.

'Unbearable man! Who does he think he is? He thinks I'm his slave or what?'

'Madam, come. I’ll show you your room,' Dolores said.

Carolina turned to her and smiled awkwardly.

"Oh, yes of course. Let' go, then."

She motioned with her hand for Dolores to walk. And this one did.

When they entered a wide hallway, Dolores spoke again.

"Did you like the boss?"

'Poor thing, she swears he’s adorable!'

"Yeah, absolutely!" Carolina answered, trying not to hurt the elderly woman's feelings. This one smiled.

"This is so wonderful! Now, this one is your room and that one," she pointed to the room at the end of the corridor, with huge doors, "is the boss's."

"Thank you, Dolores. I'm going to take a bath and get some sleep."

"Of course, of course. Excuse me and welcome again!" The elderly woman started to walk away, then she stopped and looked at Carolina. "I'll bring dinner later, ma'am. Around five."

"Okay. Thank you, Dolores."

Dolores left and Carolina opened the bedroom door. It was very beautiful, like a hotel's. The walls were light yellow, with light beige curtains. The bed linen was white with small flowers embroidered on it.

After taking a bath - the bathtub was huge! - Carolina dozed off and set the alarm for an hour later. She barely woke up and someone was already knocking on the door.

            
            

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