A Monster Who Levels Up - chapter-135
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Sae-Jin’s voice slowly settled down in the office where there were only
two people present.
But, Hazeline didn’t release her embrace. Instead, she proceeded to rub
her face all over his chest, and fully savoured this sudden bout of
happiness her impulsive actions had brought along.
Sae-Jin blankly stared Hazeline as she hugged him. Her faintly trembling
shoulders seemed to indicate her fears of the consequences, yet the
strength of her two arms squeezing his waist said otherwise.
– “Is there something the matter?”
Lillia’s voice came out of the communication crystal, right then. Judging
from the way the tone of her words climbing up towards the end, it seemed
that she was tilting her head on the other side of the line.
– “Uhmâ€¦ Ah, what was today’s date againâ€¦ I, well, I should get going.”
Lillia said some weird stuff before ending the communication. Today was
Saturday, but still, did she have something to do?
Sae-Jin did his best to think of inane and unrelated things in order to
calm down both his shocked mind and the body. But that much-needed
calmness continued to evade him, so he even took several deep breaths.
In all honesty, it wasn’t as if he hadn’t foreseen just what kind of
feelings she had for him. The reality wasâ€¦ he just didn’t want to think
about it too deeply.
It sure was a cowardly way of dealing with the matter, but he couldn’t
help it. Even though they could not be in a romantic relationship, she
was still a very precious person to him. So, no matter what, he didn’t
want to lose her. In the end, he maintained his denial that her feelings
towards him were not that serious, that it was just an intense form of
But didn’t someone say this before? That there could never be a simple,
platonic ‘friendship’ between men and women?
Sae-Jin called out her name again. But she didn’t want to listen to him.
When his voice hardened ever so slightly, Hazeline’s shoulders shook
visibly. Only then, she released the hug and hung her head. Then, while
sniffling a reddened nose, she spoke with a trembling voice.
“â€¦.I’m sorry. I acted without thinking, because I loved this staff so
muchâ€¦ I’m so gratefulâ€¦. Something inside me just wanted to burst out
so suddenly, you know? I couldn’t hold it backâ€¦ You know already, yes?
That Elves are like this. That was why Iâ€¦”
She blamed the innate personality of her race for her impulsive actions.
And while seeing her like this, Sae-Jin gritted his teeth.
Hazeline was an important person to him, someone he cherished greatly. No
matter how selfish he sounded, he didn’t want to lose her.
And soâ€¦ he had to undo the hardened expression, and had to forcibly
squeeze out a smile. He needed to pretend that he wasn’t any wiser and
talk to her. He knew that he was truly a rotten son of a bi*ch, but in
this very moment, this was the only thing he could do or say to her.
“â€¦â€¦Ha, haha. You like this staffâ€¦ that much?” (Sae-Jin)
With a calm voice, he gently placed the staff back in the hands of
Hazeline who didn’t seem to know what to do next.
“It’sâ€¦. a really expensive and a great staff, so please don’t lose it.”
Hearing his words, Hazeline bit her lower lip and her grip on the staff
tightened as if she was trying to crush it.
She could faintly tell the hidden meanings of his words. She could
understand. But she hated it. She didn’t want to acknowledge it, either.
That’s why she didn’t answer him, but instead, continue
d to stare at the floor while thinking about the future at the same time.
Looking at him from afar, or to stay right by his side?
Under the condition of ‘Can’t have him’, which of the two options would
prove to be more torturous?
A puzzle seemingly impossible to decipher. If both propositions were
placed on a scale, they would most likely maintain equilibrium for all
But, right now, she had to give her answer to him. Andâ€¦ being born as
an Elf, perhaps this was an unavoidable inevitability for her.
To hold a conversation with him in the same room, and at minimum, still
get to see himâ€¦ She wasn’t sure if these were enough to satisfy
herself, but stillâ€¦ it would be better than looking at him from afar.
Looking at him onlyâ€¦ Now that would be the worst form of torture to
That was why, she had to forcibly squeeze out something past her totally
blocked up throat.
“â€¦..Yes. Of course. I’llâ€¦ never lose it.” (Hazeline)
Unexpectedly, her desperately squeezed-out voice didn’t shake. But
Hazeline didn’t raise her head. Although she did want to look into his
eyes, she also didn’t want to show her tearful expression as she was
still fighting hard to hold back her tears.
And Sae-Jin gently grasped her hands, as gently and considerate as
“Thank you.” (Sae-Jin)
Hazeline nearly burst out into tears, then.
Yes. Let’s be satisfied with only this. Take it as a punishment, and be
happy with the fact that I can stay by his side. Be grateful rather than
greedy. Be satisfied rather than sad. Let me not repeat the mistake of
the past by becoming too greedyâ€¦ (Hazeline)
“No, not at all.” (Hazeline)
Hazeline wiped the corners of her eyes and raised her head. Although her
reddened eyes and nose must’ve looked pretty pathetic, she still smiled.
“Insteadâ€¦. I should be the one thanking you.” (Hazeline)
After Sae-Jin managed to pacify Hazeline and sent her home, he returned
to his own place late at night. Yu Sae-Jung was already asleep, while
holding a long pillow that must’ve been a substitute for him. It was a
sight adorable enough to bring a grin to his tired face.
Sae-Jin sat on the corner of the bed and gently stroked her hair. He sat
there and did this for the next five minutes, before leaving a light kiss
on her forehead and he got back up.
The next destination he headed to was a small desk in the corner of the
As soon as he sat down, he pulled out his diary from the drawer.
Writing a diary was a habit he formed a long while ago. He didn’t write
on it everyday, but he made sure to write on it at least once or twice a
week – so he could potentially stop his humanity from disappearing,
buried away by the instincts of the Monsters within him.
He remembered starting this habit the day after he lost his self control
and murdered that Vampire a couple of years ago. Of course, he applied a
special magic treatment on the diary so no one else could read it by
He picked up the pen, and began committing each and every letter on the
page as if he was spitting out a long sigh.
It hadn’t been long, before the sound of rustling came from the bed.
Sae-Jin quickly finished writing on the diary and put it back inside the
“â€¦Oppa, you were writing on the diary again?”
Hearing the sleepy voice, Sae-Jin turned around to look, and saw Yu
Sae-Jung with her messy bed hair gazing at him with half-closed eyes.
“Yeah. But I’m done now.”
He smiled thinly, and slowly approached her side. Her still-sleepy eyes
followed him in a daze. He then lightly grasped the back of her neck and
gave a light kiss. But soon enough, she placed her hands against his
chest and pushed hard, stopping him. When he tilted his head in
confusion, she abashedly murmured her reasons out in the open.
“I’ve got bad breathsâ€¦ I just woke up now, you idiot.” (Yu Sae-Jung)
“â€¦Fut. You know I’m fine with that.” (Sae-Jin)
“But I’m not fine with it, though.”
She cutely glared at him and blew into her palm, then smelled the
resulting odour. It must not have been that bad, since she let out a sigh
“Argh, you are so damn adorable!”
This really was the unendurable cuteness. That was why Sae-Jin jumped
right into her arms.
“Wait!! I told you I just woke upâ€¦. Ah, ahat!! That tickles,
She initially put some resistance, but she couldn’t win against his
mischievous and wicked ways that concentrated on conquering all her
Her silk pyjamas powerlessly got ripped off, and as it turned out, she
wasn’t wearing any under garments.
That night, Sae-Jin gave it his all.
And on the following day, Yu Sae-Jung had to ask for a temporary leave of
absence from work.
[The Wizard of Bangbae-Dong has uploaded the new magic he has developed,
‘Breath’, to his blog. Possessing the unprecedented attack power that can
kill a Wyvern in two hits, the world of magic has experienced yet another
great shock to the system. The world’s top ranked Wizard Tower, ‘La
Grande’ of the USA, questioned whether this spell was actually a hybrid
of other existing spells or notâ€¦] As usual, as soon as Sae-Jin uploaded
the drone footage to his blog, all hell broke loose. And just as he
expected, they initially questioned him for being a fraud or for
combining preexisting spells and claimed it as his own. However, the
opinions of experts and the data captured from within the Monster field
proved that this spell was indeed the real deal.
[The high ranked Wizard from the Seoul Wizard Tower, the Elf ‘Remeline’.]
– When you take a look at his staff, you can see Mana being amplified by
an incredible amount on that ruby the moment the spell activates. This
amplification is great enough to allow a low level Wizard to display
fearsome might equal to upper mid level Wizards. That’s why, I posit that
the Wizard of Bangbae-Dong was borrowing the power of this staffâ€¦.
The next avenue of attack was, again as predicted, the staff. How could
they be so predictably on the mark all the time? Sae-Jin chuckled out a
bitter laughter as he continued to watch the news broadcast on the TV.
– Despite all the controversy, today’s most actively working Wizard, the
‘Wizard of Bangbae-Dong’ has entered the top 1000 of worldwide rankings
and is continuing on with his unstoppable march forward. The grimoires he
corrected and released for sale have now become true treasures that many
Wizard Towers around the world can’t even get their hands on due to their
scarcity. And the soon-to-be-published [Bangbae-Dong Grimoire number 24]
has caused a great deal of excitement and anticipation as the rumours and
guesses on what it might contain boils over around the world.
However, even after being the target of all this petty jealousy, the fame
and the influence of the Wizard of Bangbae-Dong’s name was still
spreading further everyday.
“I really didn’t expect the Wizard of Bangbae-Dong to be our Guild
Joo Ji-Hyuk muttered audibly, his voice full of admiration and awe.
The place was the top secret conference room built in the underground of
The Monster Guild HQ without anyone’s knowledge.
Inside this conference room decorated with many top ranked artifacts,
equipment, potions as well as entertainment facilities, there were seven
people present at the moment.
Unlike the seriousness of the overall atmosphere, these people were
sitting freely on couches while busy watching the TV: Sae-Jin, Yu
Baek-Song, Joo Ji-Hyuk, Hazeline, Yi Hye-Rin, Kim Sun-Ho, and the Soo-in,
“So, uh, that Bangbae-Dong dude is really you?” (Yu Baek-Song)
Yu Baek-Song asked after Joo Ji-Hyuk’s utterances ended. Sae-Jin
wordlessly nodded his head.
“Hmph. I heard that one of those grimoires written by Bangbae-Dong guy
can cause stock prices of Wizard Towers to go up and downâ€¦ What a
shockâ€¦” (Yu Baek-Song)
The stock price of a Wizard Tower named “Pareum” Tower rose up from $19
per share to over $30 in less than a week, after it emerged that this
Tower had successfully acquired Bangbae-Dong grimoires numbers 18 to 23.
Actually, Sae-Jin helped out with that, since this Tower was unusually
humble in their attitude.
“Mm? The head of the SID didn’t know?” (Sae-Jin)
“The information protected by our intelligence agents won’t leak out that
easily, boss.” (Kim Sun-Ho)
Kim Sun-Ho replied instead. There were thick traces of pride in his
“Seriouslyâ€¦ You’re too much. Waaay too muchâ€¦ Just why did I study
magic for twenty yearsâ€¦ All I needed was a nice Traitâ€¦” (Hazeline)
These powerless words were uttered out by Hazeline, whose soul had left
her around twenty minutes ago when Sae-Jin confessed to her that he was
‘the Wizard of Bangbae-Dong’.
A crystal placed next to the TV screen suddenly lit up in red colour.
When Joo Ji-Hyuk hurriedly turned the TV off, Lillia’s voice leaked out
from the crystal.
– “Everyone, I’d like to convey my gratitude for your decisions to
participate in this very dangerous operation. However, the leader of the
Bathorys is a woman possessing the most destructive power. Please, take
this last opportunity where you can quit, to think your choices over.”
Since Sae-Jin and Hazeline had explained the plan in detail to the rest
of the group using hand gestures and even pantomime, all Lillia had to do
was to reaffirm their resolve and determination.
“â€¦I know all about that Bathory woman’s power after hearing so much
about it. That’s why, I agree with the opinion on getting rid of her
before the situation gets worse than now.” (Yu Baek-Song)
Yu Baek-Song said out aloud as she stroked the back of Kaiser the 2nd.
Too bad, Kaiser only wanted to be on Sae-Jin’s lap, though.
– “Of course.”
“But, you know what? I also find your stories hard to believe.” (Yu
Yu Baek-Song’s eyes narrowed like a predator.
“Vampires are a untrustworthy bunch to begin with, so at minimum,
shouldn’t you reveal yourselves to show how sincere you are?” (Yu
Her ears stood up straight and stiff. And Sae-Jin promptly reached out
pinched both of them tightly.
“Ouch! H, hey!! What are you doing?!”
While looking at the small white tiger jumping up in pure shock after the
unexpected touching, Sae-Jin clicked his tongue and spoke.
“I’ll guarantee their credibility. Besides, now that the Lord of Vampires
has awakened, how do you expect them to come out in the open?” (TL: Just
for the record, it has been mentioned in passing that the Vampire Lord
possesses an ability that can control all Vampires. That includes
Nosferatus as well.)
“â€¦I, I can still inquire about this matter, no? Still, why did you go
and pinch my ears!!” (Yu Baek-Song)
Yu Baek-Song rubbed her small ears and pouted. At that adorable
appearance, everyone in the room broke out in laughter.
“In any case, have you all come to a decision? To participate in this
dangerous mission, where you might lose your lives?” (Sae-Jin)
Sae-Jin asked with a hardened face.
And they answered energetically in their own preferred way.
“Alright. Then, please, head over to the tattooing area. One tattoo per
month – let’s get stronger by tattooing ourselves until there’s no room
The time remaining was five months. Sae-Jin decided to give each person
participating in this mission one Mana Tattoo per month.
“Doesn’tâ€¦ doesn’t it hurt?” (Yu Baek-Song)
“It doesn’t hurt during the process, so be still, please.” (Sae-Jin)
“During? Then, what happens afterwards?” (Yu Baek-Song)
Everyone else got their Tattoos no problem, but strangely Yu Baek-Song
kept on evading Sae-Jin’s hands.
“Un, unhand me at once!!! Growl!! Grrrooooowwwl!!!” (Yu Baek-Song)
“Just be still!! I’ll buy you something really tasty when we are all
finished here!!” (Sae-Jin)
Sae-Jin finally succeeded in catching her by using tasty treats as bait.
It seemed that, with her lips resolutely closed shut, she was getting
ready to receive her Tattoo.
But, just as the needle tip gleamed under the light, she jumped up into
the air like a scalded cat, and shouted out in a really loud voice.
“NOPE!! Now that I think about it, I don’t need it since I’m already
super strong!!!” (Yu Baek-Song)
Sae-Jin shook his head, and thenâ€¦ spread out a white-coloured potion in
front of her face.
“Eeek!! what are you doiâ€¦”
She tried to spit out the liquid that entered her mouth and shouted
angrily, but less than three seconds later, she figuratively melted into
That was a potion with the effect of inducing a deep sleep. Of course,
since she was Yu Baek-Song, she would regain her consciousness in less
than five minutes, but that was more than enough time.
Sae-Jin sighed out and resumed the tattooing operation.
As the tattooing needle came in contact with her, Yu Baek-Song’s small
body trembled intermittently.
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