Mark Knight is a Descendant of royalty in England and he wants to purchase his family's home. However there are a couple of obstacles in his way.
The Historian, Masami Hazumihoshi, is a fact finder. She goes through the history of Knight's family. In his grandfather's will, he stated Mark has only 3 months to find a woman suitable for marriage or risk losing the one place he called home in the beginning of his life.
It goes from bad to worse when he feels a growing connection, attraction and admiration for Masami Hazumihoshi, who is engaged to another man. Takeshi Kumori is Masumi's fiancé. Masumi's twin sister, Ayako is in love with him. When Ayako finds out how Mark feels, she tells him to win Masumi at all cost; so they both can get what they want.
Japanese Entertainment Characters:
Aragaki Yui, Kitagawa Keiko, Shirota Yu
Angst, Drama, RomanceStory Type:
Mar 02, 2012 Updated:
May 08, 2012
I only own the story line. NOTHING else.
Aragaki Yui as Hazumihoshi Masami
Tom Pelphrey as Mark Knight
Keiko Kitagawa as Hazumihoshi Ayako
Shirota Yu as Kumori Takeshi*
1. Prologue by TsukushiTsukasa
2. Chapter 1 by TsukushiTsukasa
Prologue by TsukushiTsukasa
It had been ten years since he was in London. The 27-year old Mark Knight arrived at his family's home and looked around. Even after his Grandfather's death, the place still looked amazing.
He got out of the limousine and walked around a bit. He was interrupted when he heard high heels on the pavement. He turned around and he saw a beautiful oriental girl coming towards him. He straightened his tie.
The woman smiled and handed him her business card. In English, with a slight accent, Mark bowed slightly as the beautiful woman began to speak.
"My name is Hazumihoshi Masami. I am the Historian and fact finder."
Mark turned around to look at the beautiful scenery before him. "What can I do for you, Ms. Hazumihoshi?"
Masami shook her head and approached him, standing right before him. "Mr. Knight, are you aware your grandfather assigned me as the Historian? He wanted to know all that he could about the home so many of his ancestors grow up in just as you all did." She asked in a soft voice.
Mark turned to her. "No, I wasn't informed. But my Grandfather always had a way of doing things."
Masami took a slight breath. "You Grandfather gave me access to your family history dating back to 1375...so far."
Mark stood there speechless. "And you’re here because?"
Masami bit her lip nervously. "In your Grandfather's will, he stated you need to find a suitable wife or lose what is most important to you."
Mark sighed. How could his Grandfather do this to him? He went to school all over and hardly spent any time here in his teen years. But while he was here, it was so serene and beautiful, he didn't want to leave. But soon College called.
"Ms. Hazumihoshi, I'm sure you’re aware that my parents, Lady Jasmine and Lord Dylan were killed in a car accident when I was only 8 years old. My Grandfather, being as strict as he was forbade my father from marrying my mother because she lacked the 'right' status and she came from a broken home."
Masami Hazumihoshi crossed her arms and looked at Mark Knight. "I knew they died in a car accident." She replied. "Your Grandfather insisted that you marry before you reach 30."
Mark turned to her. "And if I don't marry, I will risk losing the Castle, my home, forever. Is that correct?" He demanded. He wasn't mad at her. He could tell, already, Masami was a sweet girl.
Masami nodded her head. "That's correct, Mr. Knight."
Mark made a jester that they walk around the Castle grounds. She was before him.
Mark gave a small smile. "My Lady, by all accounts that would mean I am the new Lord then."
Masami turned her head and nodded slightly. "If you can propose marriage and have a wife by the end of 2014; Yes, it does. I left a copy of your Grandfather's will in the study."
Mark watched her. "Ms. Hazumihoshi, I appreciate it. I do know how my Grandfather saw things through. I am much abolished to you."
Masami shook her head. "It's all comes with the job."
Now all Mark had to figure was-who could he marry? The girls he went to school were less than pure. Most of them already encountered a man, he hated to say. They lacked devotion, honor, integrity, loyalty, respect, strength, and virtue. Those were the things he held the most highly in life. Most of those girls didn't even care about their reputation or their integrity in this day and age.
So who could he possibly marry? Why did his Grandfather do this to him?
Mark strode into the Castle, his head held high, Masami was right beside him. "Ms. Hazumihoshi, may I ask why you are helping me? I can understand why you stayed with my grandfather. You are a historian, as you pointed out but what is the point of staying after he left this world?" Mark remarked, offering his jacket to the friendly house keeper who was in her mid sixties, she had deep ocean blue eyes and platinum blonde hair.
Ms. Hazumihoshi smiled at the older woman. "Since you have your grandfather's blood, I am very certain you will continue looking after your Castle especially since your loved it here as a child."
Mark watched as she took a seat. She knew he was questioning her because he didn't trust her. Not by a long shot. Not yet anyway. Mark moved by the fireplace, his arm lend up against it and turned to look at her as she spoke.
"Mr. Knight, I am convinced you will not let your home turn to shambles. As for why I stayed...your grandfather asked me to instruct you on finding a suitable wife. A partner who can help you in business matters and matters of the Castle. In his later years, he came to see me as a grand-daughter of sorts."
Mark narrowed his eyes. "Yes because he turned my sister and I against one another and he pushed her away every single time he could."
Mark took a seat on the royal blue Castle Chair, next to Masami. "It's unbelievable...the type of person he was. However Ms. Hazumihoshi, if you are confident you can help me, I accept your help. While you are here, please finish the history of the Castle."
Masami stared at him, her hands folded in front of her. She smiled. "I will do what is asked of me...for my duty, Mr. Knight."
End of Prologue
Chapter 1 by TsukushiTsukasa
Masami worked long and hard, trying to find the 'right' candidates for Mark Knight. Perhaps it wasn't her business. But why did the Previous Mr. Knight think he needed to punish his grandson? Why force marriage? It didn't seem logical.
Masami was grateful that Mark's grandfather respected and admired her as a grand-daughter. Masami smiled as she remembered how he wished his granddaughter would have the same kind of sense and logic that Masami possessed.
Masami was brought out of her deep thoughts when there was a knock on the door that led to her office in the Cravenlocke Castle. Mark smiled and stepped into her office. "Good Morning, Ms. Hazumihoshi."
Masami starred at him, she thought she felt a hot flash on her face. She put her hand down and began writing. She willed herself to stop blushing. "Mark," She said, her voice a bit off do to the changing season. "I am trying to finish searching for the right candidates for you. It's what your grandfather asked me to do and it's what you’re paying me to do, might I add."
Mark grinned as he took his seat. His new butler by the name of Adam strode in, handing Mark and Masami their tea. "Well, in that case, have you found ladies that have what I asked for? The woman who I choose needs to have devotion, honor, integrity, loyalty, respect, strength, and virtue. In this regard, I will not settle."
Masami nodded. "I am well aware of that, Sir." Mark couldn't help but smile. "It seems something is on your mind, Ms. Hazumihoshi. May I ask what it is?" Mark asked, watching Masami with great care.
Masami lifted her head, her eyes meeting his. "For starters, why must your grandfather persuade you into a forced marriage?"
Masami took a gulp of his tea, his eyes were closed. "I'm sure my grandfather simply doesn't want to 'repeat' the same mistake as what he thought my father did by marrying my mother. It was a union strictly of love."
Mark continued watching Masami. "What is your other issue, Ms. Hazumihoshi?"
Masami shook her head. "In today's society, a woman has to be raised by the old standards like I was for her to have, "Devotion, honor, integrity, loyalty, respect, strength and virtue." Masami finished breathlessly. She grew uncomfortable comparing herself to the woman he chooses as his bride.
Mark sighed. "Ms. Hazumihoshi, the type of woman I want as my wife is very hard to find; if not impossible."
Masami stood up from her desk and pulled out her laptop, logging on and printing out the three most suitable candidates. Masami was exhausted. She had been working since 9 pm the following night.
When the three woman's photos were printed, Masami handed them to Mark. Mark pulled out his spectacles and looked them over. Mark grinned. All three of the ladies had different color hair. There was Lady Victoria of Cresthart and then Lady Nora of Ashenwood and finally there was Elizabeth of Lillywinter.
Masami sat back down by her desk. "Which lady would you like to speak to first?"
Mark kept looking at the photo of Lady Elizabeth of Belleley. She was a beautiful woman with with natural long blond hair and blue eyes. "I will start by asking Ms. Elizabeth of Belleley out to dine with me this evening." Mark starred at Masami once more. "Ms. Hazumihoshi, have you been up all night looking for my sake?" He asked, shocked and perturbed that she would do such a thing.
Masami nodded her head slightly, bringing her head up: their eyes meeting instantly, it appeared that Masami was challenging him. "I have." Was all Masami replied.
Masami felt like she was going to pass out soon. How could she make it back to her apartment?
Mark saw Masami was having a hard time staying awake even with the tea still within her body. "Ms. Hazumihoshi, I suggest you stay the night and call your family and if need be, your best friends to let them know where you are tonight so they will not worry."
That was when Mark saw the engagement ring on Masami's ring finger. Masami could feel the heat of Mark's gaze on her. "Or perhaps your fiancé." Masami, as tired as she was looked down at her engagement ring as if she saw it for the first time.
Mark took a slight breath. "What is the lucky fellow's name?"
End of Chapter 1
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