Cadden Kingsley's eyes met hers in an undeniable stare. Could she see him? Or was she looking at something behind him? He turned around only to see an enormous door.
"Can you see me?" he spoke up, his voice loud and more authoritative than the King himself.
No one else heard him, but Rosalyn certainly seemed like it. Her eyes moistened. For a split second there, he thought she would cry. And then she moved her lips, seemingly saying something, but nothing could be heard.
Cadden's brows drew together at the unexpected shout. It was a faint sound, almost coming from a distance. He glanced around, feeling as if the noise was coming from the ceiling. He looked upwards, and was surprised to be met with a pair of bright evergreen eyes.
He blinked a few times and everything disappeared. The castles, the antique clothing, the thrones, everything. He was back to reality.
"Are you alright?" Roselind asked in a shaky voice. She waited as his head raised from her lap. He sat up and ran a hand through his hair.
"What happened?" he grunted.
"For a split second there, you fainted," she explained. "How are you feeling?"
"I'm fine—" Cadden paused. Didn't she see it too? The first lifetime they shared together? Abruptly, he turned around.
"What did you see in your past?" he asked.
Roselind tilted her head and blinked. "What are you talking about? Did you hit your head that hard on my thighs?"
"No, you were supposed to— wait what?" Cadden stated.
Cadden glanced down and had an inkling what happened. He must've fainted on the ground. Did she shelter him from the blow? It would explain her current sitting position.
"N-nevermind that," Roselind stuttered out with a wave of her hand.
She didn't even know why she did it. Offered her lap as a pillow to him. One minute she had pushed him away, and the next, his head fell onto her shoulder.
Roselind was surprised and demanded what the hell he was doing. But his body went limp against hers. He was heavier than she could manage. It was either they fell backwards, or she could slowly lower them onto the ground. Which was exactly what happened.
Except, somehow, someway, she ended up worrying for his head and allowed it to rest on her lap. She felt like a damn fool for doing it, but in her panicked state, it was what she could think of.
"How did you not see it?" Cadden demanded. He grabbed her shoulders and wasn't surprised to be met with the soft material of her cashmere shirt.
"See what…?" Roselind asked again. "What are you blabbering about?"
"Are you dense?"
"No, are you?" she fired back, ready to argue with the brute again. Who cares if he fainted a few moments ago? He sure seems healthy now!
Cadden pinched the bridge of his nose and shot her a glare. "I'm being serious here, Pearce."
"And so am I, Kingsley."
"You're unbelievable," Cadden growled. There was a feisty glint in her eyes when she glowered at him. He knew she wished her stare would kill him.
"Seems like the pot is calling the kettle black," she retorted.
Cadden ran a frustrated hand through his hair, gripping the ends of it. This woman was going to drive him insane. Her nostrils flared and her nose twitched with anger. In a different moment, he'd find it cute. Scratch that, he was entranced by her. All over again.
He gritted his teeth. Out of all the women in the world, his soulmate just had to be this stubborn spitball of fire.
"Listen to me carefully," he sternly said.
Roselind Pearce pressed her lips together. She didn't like to be commanded around like this. Especially by the likes of him. But his sharp features were stoic. He was serious. She had no choice but to go along with it.
"When you pushed me, did you feel or see anything?" he slowly asked, as if talking to a toddler.
Roselind was perplexed by his questions. He had asked the second part three times now.
What was he trying to imply?
She did feel something, like electricity shooting up her fingertips. She had read enough romance stories to register it. As authors love to say, 'Sparks flew.'
There was a sharp tug in her heart, so painful that she had winced and gasped. It felt like her heart was being ripped to pieces, much like an agonizing heartbreak.
But that wasn't the most puzzling part of everything. It was then undeniable melancholy that washed over her. An urge to cry for days had filled her system. She felt like the world had ended.
All of this confused her.
"I didn't see anything, but I felt weird," she mumbled.
"Explain," he demanded.
"If you asked nicely—"
"Little Thorn, I'm serious."
Roselind blinked at his nickname. Little Thorn? Was he trying to call her a thorn on his side? Well, she did call him Eden, a very feminine nickname.
Brushing it off, she continued. "The pain was worse than my first heartbreak. I can't explain it."
Cadden reached out and caught her by surprise. He brushed strands of her hair away from her eyes.
"Keep on going," he instructed in a patient voice.
Roselind didn't think he was capable of such gentleness. "It felt like all the joy in the world was gone. As if, I would never be happy again. Never smile. Never laugh. And my heart was shattered to pieces then trampled to dust."
"And you didn't see images of the past…?" Cadden asked.
Cadden was taken off-guard by her words. Perhaps he also felt pain, but nothing hurted him as much. Instead of pain, he felt a sense of warmth and comfort. It was strange. Their experiences paralleled each other.
"No, was I supposed to?" she questioned.
Roselind watched as his lips thinned into a straight line. His stare was as brooding as always. This time, disappointment danced within it, instead of taunting mirth.
"Don't you realize?" he harshly said.
Roselind slowly shook her head. "I don't—"
"We're soulmates, Little Thorn."
Hmmm, what are your theories as to why Roselind didn't see the previous lifetime (when she should have)?
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