Title: Why Ophelia Couldn't Leave
Author: Joo Ahri
Ophelia has lived a tragic life. She was the child of her mother’s love affair with a mercenary who helped rescue her from her poor life in the countryside. Unfortunately, their relationship soured and ultimately ended in tragedy as Ophelia’s father died on the battlefield. Ophelia’s mother moved on fairly quick to a knight, who also ends up dying an untimely death due to disease. Then, she meets a baron whose wife is frail, and Ophelia and her mother end up living with them for a time. Once the baroness passes, Ophelia’s mother marries the baron, only for him to pass away from illness as well. Finally, after the funeral of her husband, Ophelia’s mother meets and soon marries the duke of Arpad where Ophelia meets her new stepbrother Alexander.
The two don’t hit it off right away, but after the unfortunate carriage incident that takes the lives of both Alexander’s father and Ophelia’s mother, they are soon intrinsically tied together until Alexander comes of age and is able to take over the dukedom. Ophelia attempts to leave after the funeral, but Alexander begs her to stay, at least until he becomes an adult, then she can leave whenever she wishes. So, Ophelia stays, but as time goes on, the question of whether or not the carriage accident was truly just an accident comes back to haunt the family of two, and the undercurrent of Alexander’s taboo affections for Ophelia steadily grows. Will Ophelia be able to make until Alexander’s coming of age? Or will she be swept away by the mysterious circumstances of her place in Arpad manor?