Predatory Marriage - chapter-174
Chapter 174 – She Canâ€™t Get Pregnant (1)
Translator: Atlas / Editor: Regan
Morga repeatedly praised her for everything from her memorization of the
complicated floorplan of the Estian palace to her map drawing and
everything else she had said at the meeting.
â€œI also heard that you made Byun Gyeongbaek your spy.â€ He was
surprised that she had thought of lying about the effects of a potion.
Leah bit her lip, embarrassed. She was not used to compliments, and as
his praises went on and on, Morga only belatedly came to his senses.
â€œItâ€™s not ready yet, please wait a moment.â€
Placing a pot of hot water over a brazier, he carefully began to
introduce the ingredients that were lined up neatly nearby. Before he
added them to the pot, he weighed them on a scale.
â€œIâ€™m making a potion. Now is the perfect timeâ€¦â€ Somehow, he
seemed a little unsure. As he added the last ingredient to the pot, he
explained, â€œThere is no law that states that sorcery will work. It
changes based on the situation. Even if the same ingredients are used in
a potion, the result may vary due to the position of celestial bodies, or
the state of the sorcerer, or other factors.â€
As he watched the pot, he explained that the more skilled the sorcerer,
the more likely they were to achieve consistent results.
â€œDo love potions exist?â€ Leah asked curiously. Listening to his
explanations had reminded her of something.
â€œIn theory, they do,â€ Morga answered, stirring the liquid in the pot
with a spatula. â€œBut depending on who makes the potion, the effects
will vary. Since love potions try to influence emotionsâ€¦in my case, I
can only make aphrodisiacs.â€
But the love potions sold by the Tomaris were fake. Having experienced
the effects of such a potion in the past, Leah listened quietly.
â€œOnly a sorcerer with great power can make a true love potion,â€ Morga
explained. â€œBut a sorcerer of that level could make anything.â€
Pausing, he grabbed some elaeagnus fruits and added them to the spot and
stirred again. â€œThroughout history, there has only ever been one
sorcerer that powerful.â€
â€œâ€¦I see.â€ Leah was relieved. She had been thinking of Cerdina.
â€œAre you worried about the Queen?â€ Morga looked at her intently. He
could see the emotion in her eyes.
â€œI hear auditory hallucinations occasionally,â€ she admitted,
confessing the thing she hadnâ€™t wanted to say. â€œI can sense that
weâ€™re still connected.â€
She trailed off, but Morga understood what she meant.
â€œHopefully those symptoms will subside a bit after the ceremony. Please
hang in there a little longer.â€
Leah nodded slowly.
â€œDonâ€™t worry, Leah.â€ He said firmly. â€œWeâ€™ll protect you.â€
The spell he cast this time wasnâ€™t as powerful, so Morga said she
wouldnâ€™t sleep for days, but she was still very tired. As soon as she
returned to her room, Leah fell asleep. She drifted awake to the feel of
someone beside her hugging her and called out sleepily.
â€œKeep sleeping, Leah.â€ He whispered.
But she hadnâ€™t seen him in more than half a day, and turned around to
have a conversation with him. His hair was damp from a recent washing.
â€œWhat food did you have for dinner?â€ he asked.
â€œLamb, and several other thingsâ€¦I ate a lot. My ladies-in-waiting
served me very well. And you?â€
But instead of answering, he touched her body, his hand caressing her
â€œYou donâ€™t look like youâ€™ve eaten much,â€ he said. His large hand
cupped her backside. â€œYou have to choose the dress for the wedding
soon. You wonâ€™t be able to wear it, being so thin.â€
â€œIâ€™ll try to eat more.â€
For a while, they talked about the wedding, until she remembered
something else she had wanted to ask.
â€œWill I get pregnant if we do the ceremony?â€ She was afraid that her
weakened body would not be strong enough to carry a child, but she
didnâ€™t want to admit it even to him. Her voice was casual. â€œI only
ask you to mentally prepare myself.â€
Ishakan stared at her for a moment before he answered belatedly.
â€œIf you donâ€™t want to, no.â€
As soon as she heard his answer, she knew the truth.
Her face stiffened. Leah forced a smile onto her face, trying to seem
â€œâ€¦I canâ€™t get pregnant,â€ she whispered softly.