The Marriage Bargain

By Gbrinda52143 All Rights Reserved ©

Romance / Drama


Forced to wed for an alliance,Celia Montgomery wants nothing more than to escape the livng hell that she endures in her family.Being an outcast,and a hated member of the family,all she wants is to move on and live her own life,but being forced to marry an enemy,changes things. Bryan Armstrong doesn't want to wed,or have a child.But when raiders raid his lands,he knows he has no choice.Months of living apart, Bryan knows it's time to do his duty,and claim his wife as his own.But nothing shocks him more when he is faced with a feisty Celia,who wants nothing more than to end their marriage.Now he will prove to her that no one escapes from Bryan Armstrong,laird of the keep,not even his own wife!

Chapter 1

Scotland 1452

Celia Montgomery stared blankly ahead of her.She didn’t want to hear the demands,and screams that were being thrown at her.Cold eyes stared her down,but she didn’t pay any attention.Why would they care if she was in pain? Why would they care if she didn’t belong? They wouldn’t. Her family didn’t care about her at all. “You will do as you are told girl,or I swear on my grave you will be gone this day!” Charles Montgomery yelled,balling his fists in anger.Celia knew this side of her father.He didn’t do anger,and when he did,at most times he lost his self control and went after her.She was his punching bag. “Yes father” Celia murmured bowing her head down in submission. She would not argue when her father was on a killing strike. A ball of laughter in the back of the room chilled Celia to the bone.

Henry Mcgregor,an ally of her father,and her cousin smiled at her frowardness.He knew she wouldn’t dare to defy her father. “she is something isn’t she Montgomery? I wonder if she is the same in bed,or better yet,will she do as a wife is my question.Who would want this piece of filth?“”Shut up boy! She will do what she is told,or she will be whipped” Celia raised her head a little bit higher,she wouldn’t dare to do anything her father planned,for is she did she would be dead. “I will do what you say father-“” I knew you would come to your senses girl.Bryan Armstrong will wed you,and give you a home.Children even.“‘I-“”Don’t you dare say anything!” Her father growled low,slapping her across the face.Celia didn’t expect it,but when the blow came,it echoed throughout the keep.“Leave her alone Charles.The brat said she would wed the Armstrong.The man can’t do any worse than this-“Katty Montgomery,Celia’s mother announced annoyingly,pointing at Celia with an impatient finger.“We need the damn alliance! With the raiders coming back,we need more men”one person yelled,grunting with anger.

Celia knew it was one of the clansmen.“Bryan Armstrong is a mean hearted scoundrel,he won’t be able to deal with a wife papa.I hear he has woman in and out of his bed everyday.everyday. Tis no wonder he has bastards running around-” Jenny Celia’s older sister said glaring at Celia. Anger.Anger and disgust in the depths. “She will learn to adapt.All he needs her for is an heir,once he has a son,I’m sure he will find another to amuse him”Celia’s mother Katty said grimly. Celia didn’t know how long she stood in the room,but the time she came back to reality,the room was empty.Tears threatened to fall,but she held on.She would not show weakness, she would hold on, and pray that God had better plans for her. One day I shall get so far away, that nothing and no one can bring me down! she vowed. Entering her small bedroom,Celia noted that she didn’t’ even have a room.The bed was slowly falling apart,the small wooden shutters on the window were hanging off their hinges.The window was cracked,and desperately needed to be fixed,but in the winter did nothing to comfort her.The room was a mess,she had no real clothes.She wore rags and leftover clothes that no longer were needed, and were shredded by the maids. The howl of the cold wind and freezing rain,made Celia remember that she needed to escape.

She wouldn’t live among the people who didn’t care about her.She knew once she married the Armstrong,she would be free from her family,and she would be free to escape,and start making her own life.

Bryan Armstrong stared at the man in front of him in shock.He prayed he didn’t hear what he thought he heard.An alliance.With the Montgomery’s. It.It was insane.“It’s a good reason to wed the girl, my lord, with this you would have backup and another clan’s support.There the most dangerous-“Alessandro Fleming, the adviser for the Armstrong clan announced staring into the keeps hearth in thought.“Why the Montgomery’s? isn’t it enough to kill my father, and get away with it, but to come back and offer peace, and an alliance to a family wench? I would refuse, but with the raids starting again, I can’t risk it” Bryan exclaimed balling his hands into fists.“I understand my lord, but you need extra men to keep the damn raiders off our border, and if I may say so,tis time that you took a wife, and sired an heir-′ “Don’t remind me, Alessandro. I have just about all that I can take for the moment”What you want me to say? the groomsmen are still here, I can send a note to the Montgomery’s. I can see to it that the men leave before dawn-“I need to meet the wench.If I think she is worth my time, I’ll wed her. I don’t trust the Montgomery’s.For all we know, she could be in on this charade of a marriage.” Bryan exclaimed, raking his hand in his disheveled hair. “Dinner is served my lord” Ashanna, one of the servants, and Bryans new mistress announced walking up to the table and leaning over exposing her ass. Bryan turned and grabbed the girl by her waist, and pushed her to the floor, before lifting her skirts, and having his way with her.

Bryan Armstrong didn’t want a wife or a child.He wanted his solitude and the warm bodies of the woman waiting to please him.Looking at the woman beneath him, he saw undenied pleasure.Mutual.That’s how he liked living his life.A wife would destroy all that.Without a second thought, he gave into his passion, blocking out all thoughts of his future, and the chain already shacked at his throat.

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