Predatory Marriage - chapter-281
Chapter 281 – Secret Plan (1)
Translator: Atlas / Editor: Regan
Morga blinked tired eyes. Over the past few days, he and the other Kurkan
sorcerers had been working straight through the nights, and now even when
he closed his eyes, he couldnâ€™t sleep.
He knew that he needed to.
Frowning, Morga looked at the black potion boiling in a cauldron, and
then checked a nearby hourglass to be sure that every last grain had
passed into the bottom. It was time for the next set of ingredients. As
he was weighing them out on his scales, he glanced up as the door opened.
â€œA gift from Leah,â€ Ishakan said, tossing a small glass bottle to him.
Hurriedly, Morga checked the inside of the bottle to find a single lock
of short silver hair. There was only one bastard who had hair like that.
Immediately, he dropped the lock of hair into the cauldron, and the
bubbling liquid shifted instantly into gold and then back to black.
â€œWill that be enough?â€ Ishakan asked, watching the liquid changing
â€œIt will be enough.â€ Morga drew out a dagger and handed it to
Ishakan dragged a chair over and sat down, then sliced his forearm with
the blade. The sharp edge was already stained with his blood.
Morga set a wide silver basin under his kingâ€™s bleeding forearm, the
vivid red dripping downward. Ever since Leah was first brought to the
desert, Ishakan had ordered a number of measures to be taken. Now, they
were nearly complete.
But it had taken a considerable amount of the kingâ€™s blood.
Despite the amount of blood he was losing, Ishakan showed no sign of
weakness. As his blood trickled into the basin, he extended his other
hand to Morga, taking the lit pipe from him.
Blood dripped. Smoke floated upward as Ishakan inhaled. His eyes were
â€œThen it will be best to use it the moment the spell is broken,â€ he
said, finishing Morgaâ€™s earlier sentence.
â€œYes,â€ Morga replied. â€œBreaking a spell will cause a significant
reaction in the sorcerer. It will be most effective if used at that
Ishakan nodded, and Morgaâ€™s lips pursed as he watched him quietly
They had hoped that Baroness Cinaelâ€™s appearance alone might be enough
to break the spell on Leahâ€™s ladies-in-waiting. But even though that
had failed, the Baroness had not given up, though she knew her life would
be forfeit if she was discovered. She felt she had a duty to save them.
Byun Gyeongbaek and Count Weddleton also had roles to play during the
wedding. When Leah had first approached Byun Gyeonbaek, he had offered
letters he had exchanged with Leah as evidence of a past they had all
forgotten. Those letters showed he had been kidnapped by Ishakan,
extorted by Leah, and forced to reveal secret information about the
situation in Estia.
Byun himself did not remember writing those letters. That had been enough
to shake the spell he was under, and with Morgaâ€™s help, he had been
able to break it altogether.
After that, Byun and Count Weddleton had both provided aid to the
Kurkans, though not entirely willingly. There had been a variety of
And when it was all done, Leah had returned to the palace, the only place
she could try to retrieve her lost memories before the wedding. She had
asked for Morgaâ€™s help, and Morga had done everything he could for his
But nothing was sure. Everything was so uncertain, it was impossible to
know if the princess was even capable of retrieving her memories. But she
had gone into the storm nevertheless, and Ishakan had decided to follow
her, with no guarantees possible.
No matter what, the outcome would be the same. Even if Leahâ€™s memories
were lost forever, on the wedding day, Ishakan would take back his bride.
Immersed in these thoughts, Morga came back to reality with a jolt when
he saw the blood spilling to the floor, and quickly handed a cloth to
Ishakan to staunch the bleeding.
Morgaâ€™s hands were shaking.