The Book Eating Magician - chapter-243
It was clear they weren’t coming with good intentions.
Did they come to this mountain to search for a girl who wasn’t even 16
yet? Theodore didn’t think they were here to promote friendship.
Among them, there was a bald man at the front who seemed to have an
inflated sense of ego. Theodore watched them secretly and guessed their
‘Of course, there is no killing intent. From the very beginning, they
didn’t come to fight. Perhaps they are coming to make a sense of
crisis…? I don’t know why, but their purpose is to threaten Lee
It was a too accurate an analysis for a person who didn’t know the
situation very well. Theodore looked out the window with cool eyes as his
insight had increased beyond the norm. At this moment, Lee Seol ran out
of the cabin and started to confront the men. If Theodore’s analysis
was correct, then he should go outside to help organize the situation.
“You! Daring to come to the Baekun Mountains without the permission of
the mountain god… Do you not fear his wrath?”
The difference in Lee Seol’s attitude toward Theodore and the group of
men was astronomical. Her face filled with anger as she yelled at the men
without hesitation. A few people were overwhelmed by her spirit and took
a few steps back.
However, the bald-headed man, who seemed to be the leader, stepped
forward instead of backward. “Girl, you shouldn’t act all grown up.
Should the descendant of a prestigious family be shouting so loudly?”
A normal girl would burst out crying, but Lee Seol just snapped at him
with sharp eyes, “If you know who I am, why are you concealing your
name like a rat? I’m not a timid person!”
“Huhu, you are trying to lecture me? Don’t regret it after asking
me.” The bald-headed person pulled out a sword and slammed it against
the ground with a loud noise. It was impressive since the sword had a
considerable weight, causing the hard ground to become dented like clay.
The bald man showed a menacing power and shouted in a timely manner, “I
am the knight who cut off the head of the ferocious tiger! Crushing
Knife, Sir Wang Hochul!”
The other man cheered in response, and the big guys shouted, shaking
their weapons. An average person would feel fear from this act, but Lee
Seol just clicked her tongue like it was absurd.
“Yes, yes. So, you are a passerby?”
“This girl! You should speak more politely to your guests!”
“Are you saying that you’re not a passerby? By the way, can you tell
me what you came here for?”
They proclaimed to be guests, but Wang Hochul and his men were the ones
who had come here with weapons. There was only one reason why they would
come to see Lee Seol: someone hired them and directed them here.
“No, you don’t have to answer. It is my maternal uncle.”
Wang Hochul was shocked that his client had been discovered and cried
out, “What? If so, do you know why we have come?”
“Of course. It has been a few years already.”
“Then this conversation will be fast. Girl, what proof do you have of
the mountain spirit? My employer said that she will pay five gold coins,
so it is better for you to come quietly, then you won’t get hurt,”
Wang Hochul threatened Lee Seol.
“I don’t want to.”
“Don’t you know that there is nothing that can touch me on this
mountain? It would be better if you don’t think about dragging me away
A few people stiffened upon hearing her words but not Wang Hochul. He’d
already heard from his employer that the Baekun Mountain helped the one
who was living here. The rumor was that if he tried to hurt Lee Seol, the
mountain spirits would come immediately to tear him and his men to death.
However, Wang Hochul didn’t believe in that rumor.
“This girl…!! If you don’t follow me right away, I will smash your
“I can’t touch you, but your house is different. If you don’t have
a place to eat and sleep, you will have to come down the mountain.”
Before Lee Seol could react, Wang Hochul raised his sword and moved
toward the cabin. It was a house which had survived over a hundred years,
but it would obviously collapse if it were hit a few times with a big
sword. Furthermore, there was currently a guest staying in the cabin!
Lee Seol belatedly thought of Theodore and screamed hurriedly, “W-Wait
“It is too late to say that!”
The moment Wang Hochul was about to swing his sword at a pillar…
The blade got stuck on something, and Wang Hochul quickly noticed
something strange. So far, he had swung his sword for decades. As such,
even with his eyes closed, he could see the blade sticking into wood.
However, something was wrong. Wang Hochul opened his eyes and met the
gaze of two blue eyes. Theodore blocked the blade with the palm of his
hand and said, “You attacked.”
“You attacked me, and I was just defending myself. Am I wrong?”
Wang Hochul didn’t know what he was saying. He wondered why a Westerner
was standing before him, blocking his sword with the palm of his hand.
Furthermore, he also wondered why the Westerner could speak fluent
All types of questions swirled in his mind, and he remained silent.
Therefore, Wang Hochul didn’t really listen to the words which came
“Then this is self-defense.”
A flash emerged from Theodore’s finger. Peeok!
Wang Hochul couldn’t even scream as he flew back a few meters. He was
an aura user, but he couldn’t react to the attack. So, he was no
different from a scarecrow. When Wang Hochul flew into his men, they
scattered. This was proof of the huge impact Theodore caused.
“U-Uh, what is this…?” One henchman asked, barely managing to raise
However, instead of replying, Theodore raised a hand. Simultaneously,
dozens or hundreds of lights floated behind him, distorting the
atmosphere. It was Magic Missile. This was a 1st Circle attack magic, but
it contained huge destructive power if a magician of Theodore’s level
It was also a variant developed by Alfred, so Magic Missile didn’t fall
behind other top-grade spells. Instead, it meant that these lousy aura
users wouldn’t be able to endure them.
“There is no point telling you my name,” Theodore declared to the
flinching henchmen. “If you keep staying in the Baekun Mountains, I
will make you pay the price of your leader’s disrespect to Lee Seol.”
They didn’t need to ask what would happen. The Magic Missiles floating
behind Theodore could break their bones with one hit. Immediately, they
took Wang Hochul and disappeared from sight. They might go into hiding
somewhere in the Baekun Mountains, but they would die by Theodore’s
hands if they appeared again.
Theodore watched them leave before looking back. ‘Well, it is natural
to react this way.’
Lee Seol was staring at Theodore with a frown, like she didn’t
understand the current situation. Theodore tried to lighten the
atmosphere by speaking, “I would like to hear about your situation. Is
After all, he was a third party who had gotten involved. Lee Seol
recognized this fact and nodded. It seemed like today’s breakfast would
“Let’s go inside.”
Theodore followed Lee Seol back into the cabin. Unlike last night, she
sat before Theodore now with a polite manner which was suitable for the
descendant of a prestigious family.
“I am the 14th generation of the Fairy Dance Lee family, a family that
has protected the Baekun Mountains for generations. Before I get into the
story, I would like to thank you for your help earlier.”
“No, it could’ve been avoided even if I wasn’t present.”
“They might not have harmed me, but this cabin would’ve been
destroyed. There are a lot of memories in this place. Thanks to you, it
is safe,” Lee Seol said, giving a deep bow. Then she lifted her head
and continued the story, “They are probably people hired by my maternal
“Why do such a thing…?”
“In order to understand, I have to go back to the past.”
This was the main point, so Theodore listened along with Lee Yoonsung.
The Fairy Dance Lee family…
They had protected the Baekun Mountains long before Lee Yoonsung had been
born, and he wanted to know what had happened. The story they were told
* * *
It was said that over a hundred years ago, a man who had been expelled
from the family had returned to the Baekun Mountains.
Despite being a direct descendant, he had been expelled due to a birth
defect. However, he had mastered the family’s techniques to an
exceptional level through other methods. He had carried the Lee family
name and laughed at those who ridiculed him. There had been a duel, but
he had won.
This had been when the schism in the Fairy Dance Lee family had begun.
“Someone questioned the situation. Could a loser who had fallen to his
knees lead this family?”
It was truly an absurd accusation. At the time, there had been no one who
was more superior than the head of the family in the attribute of
strength. There would’ve been no problem if the head had stood up again
and showed his strength.
However, the 6th generation head, Lee Ingwang, had given up. He hadn’t
been able to withstand the insult of being an incompetent leader and
loser, so he had stepped back from his position as head of the family.
This helpless compliance had caused the biggest problem.
“It wasn’t a proper resignation, so the line of succession couldn’t
flow properly. The candidates eligible to become the head of the family
tore each other apart, and the Lee family split into several factions.”
“Then your maternal uncle…”
“Yes, he currently leads the largest faction in the divided Fairy Dance
Lee family.” Lee Seol made a bitter expression as she put down her mug.
“I inherited the role of ‘keeper’ of this mountain. The origin of
the Fairy Dance Lee family is in the Baekun Mountain, and my maternal
uncle wants to negotiate or forcefully take it away.”
She didn’t explain any further. However, Theodore had Lee Yoonsung’s
memories, so he knew what a ‘keeper’ was. A keeper was the guardian
of the Baekun Mountain, and the intermediary between a human and spirit.
It wasn’t a burden which could be held by someone greedy. Even if Lee
Seol’s uncle received the ‘keeper’s token,’ the spirits of the
mountain wouldn’t recognize his qualifications. Instead, there might be
a war between humans and the spirits of the Baekun Mountains.
Unfortunately, Lee Seol was more talented than her peers and looked ahead
into the future. Despite being only 16, she lived in the mountains to
prevent a war. She didn’t want to see the death of her clan.
“This is the only explanation I can give you. From this point on, it is
a matter for my family, and foreigners can’t get involved.”
“Foreigner… is it?”
“Yes, I don’t want to cause you any more trouble over this.” Lee
Seol was sincere.
A guest had come from a distant place, and the stories they had discussed
Theodore’s presence was a breath of fresh air to her, who couldn’t
leave the Baekun Mountains. They were stories from across the sea.
Sceneries which couldn’t be seen in any book and adventures which
couldn’t be read… They all flowed out of Theodore’s mouth.
If possible, she wanted Theodore to stay a few more days.
‘If my uncle finds out about the existence of the foreigner… he will
surely do something. I have to send him away before that.’
Lee Seol put away her greed. Her heart was that of a pure adult. Her
kindness that thought about others instead of fulfilling her own private
greed might be something she had learned from the spirits of this
mountain that raised her.
Theodore answered without any hesitation, “I’m not a foreigner.”
Theodore left the cabin without waiting for her answer, while Lee Seol
followed with a bewildered expression. He wasn’t a foreigner…? From
the color of his hair to his place of birth, Theodore had nothing in
common with Lee Seol. They were both humans, but it was far-fetched to
base it just on that.
Theodore ignored her and stood in the open.
‘Senior.’ From here on out, it wasn’t Theodore Miller’s turn.
‘Give your descendant a good show.’
It was time for Lee Yoonsung, the man who was a stigma in the history of
the Fairy Dance Lee family, to prove himself. There was no need to use
Overwrite. Theodore’s body was the embodiment of Battle Song, and he
had experience with martial arts. Therefore, it was only a mild
transition of consciousness.
After a hundred years, Lee Yoonsung once again stepped onto the ground of
They were powerful steps. Footprints were carved on the ground with each
of his steps. Meanwhile, Lee Seol’s eyes widened at the sensation.
Each step exuded pressure. This was the kind of pressure she felt from
her father, but it was more intense and perfect. It was a form which
existed in the Fairy Dance Lee family’s martial arts, the base of their
“…Your body has become well-trained in the meantime. This should be
enough to use it.”
Theodore—no, Lee Yoonsung admired the body of his junior. It wasn’t
easy for a magician to have physical abilities like these. Unless he was
a mixed race like Veronica, it would be impossible without training every
A hand stretched out. It didn’t stick to the air. Instead, it flowed
through the air like a leaf riding the wind. It was more appropriate to
call this a dance, rather than martial arts. He stood on his toes and
stretched out his fist, then his palm moved through the air. The
beginning and end points of his movement weren’t clear, making it seem
‘It doesn’t distinguish between attack, defense, and evasion…!’
Theodore watched from the depths of his consciousness and felt admiration
toward Lee Yoonsung.
Then Theodore focused his senses. If he could follow even half of the
skill that Lee Yoonsung was showing now, his martial arts ability would
double. He was deep in the depths of ignorance, but he wasn’t foolish
enough to not drink the water in the lake.
It might’ve been an hour or the period of a single meal. This haze
caused him to forget the flow of time as Theodore’s body moved through
a hundred years.
Tears started falling from Lee Seol’s eyes. It was a martial art which
her bloodline had forgotten, and her heart wasn’t prepared to see the
culmination of it in front of her. As a martial artist, she couldn’t
help being completely overwhelmed.
“Huoong…” As Theodore calmed his breathing, Lee Seol fell to her
knees without hesitation. Then she gave a deep bow. Her eyes showed a
clear conviction. “I am Lee Seol, from the Fairy Dance Lee family’s
14th generation. Please forgive this stupid child’s rudeness.”
“Raise your head.”
“Yes.” Lee Seol obediently raised her head and looked at Theodore.
Lee Yoonsung gazed at her and said, “Yes, you have the role of the
“I am still lacking.”
“I’m not trying to blame you. Rather, I want to praise you. I am
truly impressed by your dedication to the role of the keeper despite your
young age, as well as your actions to prevent anger between the mountain
spirits and our family.”
He wanted to stroke her head, but this body belonged to Theodore. Lee
Yoonsung tried to suppress his own hopes. He thought he had been
disillusioned with his whole family, but he could shake off his
resentment if there was this girl.
Despite having been abandoned by his father and having left for a distant
kingdom, the beauty of the Baekun Mountains and his affection for the
land of his home hadn’t blurred.
“You already know my name, but I will once again introduce myself,”
Theodore said. Then with Lee Yoonsung in his mind, Theodore firmly
declared, “I am Theodore Miller, a descendant of the Fairy Dance Lee
family and a direct descendant of Lee Yoonsung. I will put an end to this