冒牌公主的真爱
Bound to the Barbarian

  • 作   者:

    卡萝尔·唐恩德
    Carol Townend

  • 译   者:

    北京查古文化发展有限公司

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    禾林图书股份公司

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一双美丽的眼睛,让卫队长夜思梦想,可她是公主,而他只是一个来自英国的野蛮人。而接公主回宫的路途中,他发现这位“公主”表现得很可疑,对城市的陌生,对局势判断的不明智,她到底是谁?他被这个谜题困扰着,而却在对她的迷恋中越陷越深……

她是个奴隶,被公主赎身,成为贴身侍女,她感恩戴德。面对国家动乱,国王决定为公主指配婚姻,公主秘密产子,无法应诏,她必须假装公主前行。带着面纱,没有人能认出她,只有护送她回宫的侍卫队长从她的言语中觉处异样,但是没有人能证明她是冒牌的。然而,从第一眼见到她,侍卫队长就深深地被她的美丽眼睛所吸引,随着共处时间的增多,侍卫队长越加怀疑她的身份,同时也越加被她吸引。回到宫殿后的几天,城中就发生了政变,国王的政权不复存在,因而阻挡在两人中间的对皇权的忠诚也随之而去。坦白心声后,两人不再有等级、权势的隔阂。冒牌公主得到真爱,而在这位真爱的心中她就是自己生命中真正的公主。

阿什菲切的话音中难掩震惊之情。

“公主在这里吗?”

“是的,长官。”

怀疑地瞥了瞥他的队长,阿什菲切下了马。他小心地掩饰着自己腿上的阵阵疼痛。天哪,腿上的伤居然一点儿都没有好转,尽管他已经让它休息了好长时间。从盐渍沼泽另一边的港口骑马赶来,一路并不险峻,但是他却觉得腿好像一直在被群狼啃咬着似的。就是骨头断了肯定都比这伤好得快吧?他取下自己的头盔,把它放在马鞍上,试图偷偷放松一下自己疼痛的下肢。他希望,士兵们觉得他已经痊愈了。

“你说这是什么地方?”他又正了正锁子甲头巾。

“这是个女修道院,长官。”

它看起来可不怎么样。修道院围墙上方的教堂圆顶若隐若现,它就像是一个破裂的蛋壳,曾经有人想去修复它,可惜修缮工程被搞砸了。到处野草丛生。

“我敢打赌,那个屋顶会漏雨。”阿什菲切说道。

布兰德队长咧嘴一笑,摇摇头说:“长官,只有傻子才会和您打这个赌。”

阿什菲切不置可否地哼哼了一下,继续仔细观察那些围墙和房子。究竟为什么公主要躲到迪尔拉奇乌姆城外的一座小修道院里?从一个军人的角度来看,围墙也亟需修缮。有一段围墙比一堆石头好不了多少,墙上面一块一块地长着黄色的地衣,而且很显然,它像这样已经不是一天两天了。阿什菲切正打量着眼前的一切,突然传来一阵叮叮当当的铃声,一头棕白相间的山羊闯入了人们的视线。它在围墙缺口的一堆乱石上站了一会儿,歪斜的眼睛在晨光中显得十分怪异。随着它脖子上的铃铛叮当作响,山羊从石头上跳了下去,悠悠地钻入了一片矮树丛中。阿什菲切扬了扬眉。

狄奥多拉公主究竟在这里做什么?答案立刻闪现出来。也许在她看来,这座坐落在帝国北部边缘的修道院正是她想要的吧。阿什菲切又暗暗放松了一下自己的腿,他心想:这个女人一定是以为,别人最不可能找到这里,等我把她抓住,非掐死她不可。

“终于到地方了,”阿什菲切低语道,同时他惊讶地意识到,这是这么多年来,他第一次距离他的故乡英格兰这么近。然而这种想法却并没有给他带来任何伤感,这倒不足为奇。感谢上帝,阿什菲切早就已经适应了他的新生活,对于过去的东西他反而不适应了。

Ashfirth was unable to keep the shock from his voice.

‘The Princess is in here?’

‘Yes, Commander.’

Shooting a disbelieving glance at his captain, Ashfirth dismounted. He was careful to hide the twinge of pain in his leg. Lord, it felt no better, despite the rest he had given it. The ride from the port on the other side of the salt marshes had not been arduous, but his leg felt as though it was being gnawed by wolves. Surely broken bones mended more quickly than this? Removing his helmet, he hooked it over his saddle bow, surreptitiously easing his aching limb. He wanted his men to think he was fully recovered.

‘What did you say this place was?’ He shoved back his mail coif.

‘It’s a convent, sir.’

It didn’t look much. The dome of the church was barely visible above the convent walls. It was cracked like a broken eggshell and someone had attempted to repair it. A botched job. Weeds had taken root in the rendering.

‘I’ll lay odds that roof leaks,’ Ash said.

Captain Brand grinned and shook his head. ‘Only a fool would take that bet on, Commander.’

Ash made a non-committal sound and completed his survey of the walls and buildings. Why on earth would the Princess take refuge in a minor convent outside Dyrrachion? To the military eye, the walls were also in dire need of repair. One section was little better than a tumble of stone; it was splotchy with yellow lichen and clearly had been that way for some time. Even as Ash looked, a bell tinkled and a brown-and-white goat leaped into view in the opening. The goat stood for a moment on top of the stones, its slanty eyes unearthly in the morning light. Then, the bell at its neck a-jangle, it leaped down and wandered into the scrub. Ash lifted a brow.

What the devil was Princess Theodora doing here? The answer flashed back in an instant. Tucked away at the northern edge of the Empire, this convent was to her mind probably ideal. The woman—Ash eased his leg again, he would strangle her when he finally got his hands on her— most likely thought this was the last place anyone would look.

‘It *is* the last place,’ Ash murmured, realising with a sense of surprise that he was closer to England, his homeland, than he’d been in years. The thought brought no pain, which was less of a surprise. Ashfirth had long ago come to terms with his new life, but come to terms he had, thank God.

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  • 第十六章

  • Chapter One

  • Chapter Two

  • Chapter Three

  • Chapter Four

  • Chapter Five

  • Chapter Six

  • Chapter Seven

  • Chapter Eight

  • Chapter Nine

  • Chapter Ten

  • Chapter Eleven

  • Chapter Twelve

  • Chapter Thirteen

  • Chapter Fourteen

  • Chapter Fifteen

  • Chapter Sixteen

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