The Novel's Extra - chapter-106
I returned the crystals to where they belonged, then headed to
Gwangmyeong City Hall.
There, we surprisingly received a warm welcome. It seemed Asura was quite
the tyrant, as the residents rejoiced in finally getting freed.
When I talked to them about it, they told me Asura led many to their
deaths because of his obsession with mana crystals.
In any case, on the night that Asura disappeared, everyone gathered at
the abandoned building and held a party.
Gwangmyeong City Hall’s residents brought rice and meat, and we sat
around a campfire, eating and talking happily.
Of course, I left as soon as I was done eating.
I just didn’t feel like I belonged.
“…Here, Kim Hajin, take it.”
But Yi Yeonghan handed me a bowl of porridge.
“For Yoo Yeonha.”
Although the curse was lifted, Yoo Yeonha had yet to recover completely.
Currently, she was sleeping in the tent.
“…Why are you giving it to me?”
“The other guys are busy talking.”
Yi Yeonghan pointed at the campfire, where Kim Suho and Chae Nayun were
talking with Asura’s past subordinates. The topic must have been funny,
as even Shin Jonghak was laughing as he listened in.
“Ai, we’ve heard the news from Seoul. Currently, Seoul is split into
several factions. Gangnam is divided up between Shin Myungchul and Chae
Joochul, while Gangbuk is….”
“How is Shin Myungchul’s reputation?”
Shin Jonghak asked.
“He’s a great person who brought peace to the Gwanak region.”
“Haha, I see.”
It seemed he enjoyed hearing them praising his grandfather. Hearing this,
Chae Nayun also asked brightly.
“Then what about Chae Joochul?”
Chae Joochul the Immortal. He was Chae Nayun’s grandfather and one of
the strongest people in this world.
But contrary to Chae Nayun’s expectations, she received a negative
“He’s not trustworthy at all. I stayed in Seoul for a bit, so I know.
He’s… sly, like a snake. He’s surely going to do something huge in
Chae Nayun’s expression stiffened.
Indeed, Chae Joochul wasn’t a strictly kind person by my setting.
I took the porridge and went into the tent.
“Hey, I brought food.”
Yoo Yeonha, who was lying still on the bed, raised her upper body as she
groaned. She looked a bit disappointed when she saw that it was me, but
she tried to not let it show.
“You’re pretending to be sick, right?”
“Yes? Ah, no, I’m still enervated… uup.”
I shoved a spoonful of porridge into her mouth. Yoo Yeonha nibbled on the
porridge with a confused look.
She really ate like a kid. After chewing about ten times, she looked at
me and frowned.
“What is it?”
“…Why are you doing this all of a sudden?”
Yoo Yeonha looked sullen.
“Didn’t you say you could barely lift up your hands? So I’m feeding
“But that was….”
It was probably a ploy to attract Shin Jonghak. I grinned and took
another spoonful of porridge.
At that moment, Chae Nayun’s laughter rang out from outside the tent. I
turned around, startled by the sudden noise.
“Ah, wait, wait! Ah!”
When I turned back around after hearing Yoo Yeonha’s indignant
shouting, I saw her porridge pasted around her mouth.
Oh, she didn’t have it opened.
“Open your mouth, would you?”
“What? You’re saying this is my fault?”
I scratched off the porridge smeared around her mouth with the spoon,
then returned it to her mouth. However, Yoo Yeonha kept her mouth shut
tightly and glared at me.
“You don’t want to eat? You’ll starve to death, you know.”
“No, it’s just that… it’s not very tasty. Don’t you have
something other than porridge?”
“I have one ramen left.”
Immediately, Yoo Yeonha swallowed hard. But soon, she put on an
unenthusiastic look and pretended like she would eat it reluctantly.
“…Then I’ll take that. This is too bland.”
“I’ll make it for you if you finish this.”
Then, Yoo Yeonha opened her mouth and started eating again.
“Instead of staying cooped up in here, why don’t you come out and
“I don’t have the energy to~”
Yoo Yeonha fell back down on her back and pulled the blanket over herself.
Since it looked like she didn’t want to go out, I got up to leave her
But at that moment, her soft voice rang out.
She whispered carefully and sincerely.
I simply nodded in response.
“It’s good that you know.”
“You always end up helping me out.”
“Right? When are you going to pay me back?”
Yoo Yeonha smiled and replied softly.
“Hey, don’t you think we can become good allies?”
Becoming Yoo Yeonha’s ally was an easy way of living a comfortable
life. She would become a top-tier CEO in the future, who would own
prominent corporations in fields such as magic engineering,
pharmaceutics, guilds, auctions, and weapons.
“I can help you hit it off with Nayun.”
“…What? I don’t need something like that.”
“Eh? You really changed ship?”
Yoo Yeonha suddenly raised her upper body again.
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“From Nayun to Rachel.”
“What? No, it’s neither of them. I can’t afford to like someone
“Come on, don’t lie.”
Yoo Yeonha gave me a mischievous look as though she was saying she knew
everything. I stared back at her, then nodded.
“…No ramen for you.”
I ignored her and left the tent. I then went to Yi Yeonghan.
“She said she doesn’t eat porridge.”
Yi Yeonghan tilted his head and went into the tent.
—Yoo Yeonha, why aren’t you eating? Don’t have an appetite?
—E-Eh? Ah… well, um… ramen…
—Ramen? Kim Hajin said he’d make you ramen instead? But I thought you
didn’t like ramen.
—Eh…? Oh… right….
—Then just rest for today. You don’t have to eat.
—…I don’t like you, Yi Yeonghan. I’m serious.
—Get out. Just get out.
Eavesdropping in on their conversation, I put a pot on the burner and
began to boil water.
Yi Yeonghan then came out of the tent and asked.
“Kim Hajin? Why are you boiling water? Yoo Yeonha says she doesn’t
At that moment, Yoo Yeonha peeked her head out of the tent and blurted
“Leave him be. He saved my life. It would be rude to decline his
“…What’s up with her?”
In the end, Yi Yeonghan backed down, and I finished the ramen under Yoo
Yeonha’s watchful eyes.
Yoo Yeonha took the ramen into the tent with a happy face.
I glanced around my surroundings, then got on my bike, after which Kim
Suho discovered me.
“Hajin, where are you going?”
“Oh, there’s something I need to bring.”
In this world of the past, there were things I didn’t make use of in
the original story. Although I made note of them in my settings book, I
didn’t have the chance to utilize them when I was writing the actual
Since a few of them would come in handy, I planned on bringing them back.
In the past of 1972, we trained and sparred to becoming stronger. Without
having to stay in the uncomfortable, abandoned building, we lived with
Gwangmyeong City Hall’s residents.
For the two weeks we stayed here, magic power explosions occurred
occasionally, and monsters attacked from time to time. However, we worked
together with the residents to resolve any troubles.
Of course, some of Asura’s subordinates, who performed all sorts of
misdeeds, were chased out through voting. Under Kim Suho’s leadership,
evil practices and that hierarchical system were abolished.
In any case, after spending so much time together, Kim Suho and the
others grew very close with the people of the past.
Yoo Yeonha was constantly on the lookout for someone who would become the
ancestor of someone famous, Chae Nayun played with the kids every day,
and Shin Jonghak formed a crew of his own with a crowd that looked quite
As for Kim Suho, he helped the residents to create several facilities and
renovated the existing ones.
Everyone spent their time laughing and having fun.
However, I couldn’t enjoy things as much as the others, as some of the
people I killed remained dead.
I didn’t know whether the residents were unaware of it or if they were
pretending not to know, but they treated me kindly.
Time passed by in a breeze.
Currently, I was sitting on a barbershop chair, surrounded by many people.
“This is great. My hands were itching every time I saw your hair.”
“Yeah, it was the perfect length two weeks ago, but now it’s way too
That comment was from Chae Nayun.
I smiled and nodded.
I looked around, wondering if it was okay for a barbershop to be in the
middle of the road. Kim Suho and Yi Yeonghan, Chae Nayun and Yoo Yeonha,
Shin Jonghak who had his arms crossed and glanced at me, and finally,
many people of the past.
Quite the crowd had gathered to see my haircut.
“By the way, can you leave a little bit of his beard?”
Chae Nayun asked on her own.
“Hm? Why? I want to shave it entirely.”
I asked as I rubbed my beard. I had the feeling Evandel would be shocked
if I went home like this.
“I think you’d look better with some of it left.”
At that moment, Yoo Yeonha spoke to Chae Nayun with a smile.
“What does it have to do with you?”
Chae Nayun fell into a daze. Yoo Yeonha continued with an even bigger
“I’m genuinely curious. Why does it matter how he looks?”
“W-What? I’m just trying to recommend a better path for him.”
“Mm~ is that why you went on a drive with him last week~?”
Shin Jonghak’s eyes suddenly flickered coldly.
“T-That was because we were in charge of getting food! W-What are you
trying to say!?”
Unable to endure it any longer, Chae Nayun shouted. Yoo Yeonha backed off
as she moved her eyebrows up and down. Meanwhile, the surrounding
“Then I’m starting~”
The barber started to cut my hair. A scissor grazed my head, which became
lighter as my shoulder-length hair was cut off.
I slowly enjoyed the moment. The laughter of the residents, the light
breeze, the warm sunlight, and…
“He doesn’t look all that bad, eh?”
“Of course! He’s the one who drove away that tyrant, after all.”
“But what did he defeat him with? Not even Dongsuk could do anything
The view of the past that would soon disappear.
“Alright, done. Now it’s time to shave.”
The barber finished cutting my hair and took out a razor. I was startled
as he brought it up to my face without any shaving foam.
Srrk, srrk— However, feeling the barber use his magic power in place of
a shaving foam, I calmed down and trusted myself to him.
Soon, the shaving ended, and the barber gave me a mirror.
When I looked at the mirror, I was surprised.
I wasn’t even sure if I was looking at myself, and I was clearly not
the only one who felt this way. Chae Nayun, Yoo Yeonha, and even Kim Suho
were looking at me in awe.
A clean pomade style hair and a light beard like that of a Western model.
My eyes naturally turned to my smartwatch.
[Buff – Master Barber’s Touch]
[Temporarily increases the invariable charm stat by 0.5 points.]
[Duration – 4 weeks]
When I saw this alert, I shot up and asked the barber respectfully.
“…May I ask your name?”
“Haha, do you like it that much? The name is Kim Woosuk.”
“Kim Woosuk…. Do you perhaps have a son?”
“I do have an eight year old. His name is Kim Hojin.”
Kim Hojin. If he was alive in the present world, I would have to visit
him when I wanted to cut my hair, as Gifts were often times hereditary.
I grabbed Kim Woosuk’s hands and bowed.
Then, I looked around.
A mother waving her hand with a child in her arms, elderly people smiling
in delight, and young men and women who were giving me respectful gazes.
I also bowed to all of them.
“Thank you for everything.”
Getting my hair cut was the last business of the day. No, of the past.
“No, we should be thanking you instead.”
“Will you come by again?”
“These young men and women will do great things in the future. I’m
sure we’ll be able to see them in the newspapers.”
We didn’t explain much to the people of the past. They didn’t know
that this was the world of the past, or that they were just records.
I turned to Kim Suho and the others.
Now, it was time to do what we needed to do.
Kim Suho and the rest of the party nodded with a somewhat sad smile.
“We’ll go get them.”
They each went to retrieve a crystal, and I entered Gwangmyeong City
Hall. After slowly climbing the stairs, I sat down on the rooftop floor.
Then, I looked up at the sky.
The sun was halfway down the horizon.
The world was dyed orange by the beautiful sunset.
As I waited for the others to come back, I leisurely watched this
Soon, the northeast water tower’s purple light disappeared.
I could see Yi Yeonghan climbing the south steel tower.
The fragments of the past were slowly coming together.
After about ten minutes, I felt a presence behind me.
“Take this, Kim Hajin.”
The first person to come back was Shin Jonghak. He threw the crystal at
me casually and went back down. There, his lackeys (fan club members)
were waiting for him with eyes full of tears.
“Yo~ Kim Hajin!”
A loud voice rang out from below.
Yi Yeonghan threw the crystal up from the ground, which I caught.
Next was Yoo Yeonha.
With the clacking sound of her high-heels, she walked up to the rooftop.
“Where did you get those high-heels?”
“They were gifted. I’m quite popular, you see.”
Yoo Yeonha approached me and handed me the crystal.
“Oh, by the way…”
As I received Yoo Yeonha’s crystal, I asked what I was curious about
for some time.
“While you were under the influence of the curse… you didn’t enjoy
it or anything, right?”
“…What do you mean? Why would I enjoy it?”
“Huh? Oh, um, nevermind. Just ignore what I said.”
In truth, there was a setting I got rid of.
[Yoo Yeonha likes being bullied.]
It was never mentioned in the actual story because it felt too strange
and the opportunity never came up, but I was curious if the setting made
it in in this world.
“Anyways, I’ll be going now.”
As Yoo Yeonha went down, Kim Suho came up.
“Kim Hajin! Here you… Huh?”
“Come down with me~”
“I want to be with Hajin. Ah, hey, what are you doing?”
Kim Suho was dragged away by Yoo Yeonha as soon as he gave me the crystal.
The final crystal arrived three minutes after Kim Suho disappeared.
“I’m here, Kim Hajin.”
Chae Nayun trudged up to me and handed me the crystal.
With this, all six crystals maintaining the past had been gathered.
“Are you going to destroy them now?”
She sat down next to me with her knees together.
“Yeah, get ready.”
“Can I watch?”
I put the crystals on my palm. Then, I infused Stigma’s magic power
into them. In an instant, the tattoo on my upper arm glowed blue, and the
crystals infused with magic power fused together, forming a small sphere.
I held the crystal with my thumb and index finger, then lightly squeezed
A clear, sharp sound rang out, and the crystal disappeared into purple
Change was quick to happen.
The scenery began to disappear.
The sky shattered.
The past broke down.
I calmly watched the recorded world of 1972.
Chae Nayun suddenly asked. Just like me, she was watching the
“Is this what it means to forget?”
“…What are you talking about.”
“Nothing. I was just wondering if forgetting meant that the person
disappeared from my heart like this.”
She sounded calm. Her eyes were red as she was clearly thinking about her
family, but she didn’t cry.
“How would I know? Why are you asking about that all of a sudden?”
“…No matter how much I try to remember, I can’t recall Mom’s
voice anymore. Her scent, the happy days we spent together… I can’t
remember them well. It’s like they disappeared.”
I turned my head to the side, as did Chae Nayun.
Since I’ve never experienced anything like it, I chose my words from a
book I once read.
“Don’t worry about it too much. You can’t smell anything from a
flower that doesn’t wither.”
“…What’s that. So cringy.”
“It is what it is.”
Being worn-down and partially forgotten helped make memories precious.
…But it seemed I failed to make her empathize.
I took something out from my pocket and gave it to Chae Nayun.
“Here, you can have this.”
“It’s a ticket.”
Chae Nayun tilted her head at my explanation.
“A ticket that will help you see flowers for a while.”
I felt my fingers curl up at my own words.
In any case, what I gave to Chae Nayun was a time capsule.
It was small box with a lock and an analogue clock marked 01/01/2018.
“A time capsule. You know what that is, right?”
“…Do you think I’m stupid? Of course I do.”
This was one of the items I made note of in my settings book and never
utilized. It took me a whole day’s worth of Stigma’s magic power to
find it using the Book of Truth.
“But what is it for? And why are you giving it to me?”
“You see the number there? You can change it and go back to that time
period for a while. More precisely, you’re looking through the memory
you have of that time, buried deep inside your subconscious.”
Chae Nayun widened her eyes and stared back at me. Then, she blurted out
a single word.
“Why aren’t you using it instead?”
When she said that, I felt a tinge of pain in my heart.
In truth, I planned to use this for myself.
One day, perhaps five or six years later when my parents’ voices and
appearances were getting faint, I planned to use it to grab onto my
But now that I thought about it, bringing an item from this world back to
the present would surely cause some sort of a problem. Since that was the
case, it was better to let Chae Nayun use this consumable item.
“I don’t even know my parents’ faces, so there’s no point in me
Without any other choice, I made up a good excuse.
Chae Nayun looked at me intently, then put the time capsule down.
“…Then I won’t use it either.”
“It’s cowardly. Either we both use it, or we both don’t. That’s
I was stunned. I even felt a bit angry. I pushed Chae Nayun’s temple
with my finger.
“…I should really smack you.”
“What? Are you crazy? Fight me then.”
Chae Nayun raised her fists and took on a boxing posture.
“Shut up and just use it. You’re going to regret it otherwise.”
Chae Nayun pouted and picked up the time capsule. Despite what she said,
it seemed she didn’t want to give up on it so easily.
“Where do you want to go?”
Chae Nayun changed the numbers of the clock.
Before I could finish asking, Chae Nayun disappeared without leaving
behind a trace. Almost like magic, or perhaps a miracle.
Suddenly, I was alone. I stretched and turned my gaze.
Other than me, everyone else seemed to have gone back to the present.
Half of the world was dark.
The sky was blurry, but pieces of the setting sun still shone down on me.
Even a crumbling world was beautiful.
Inside the slowly disappearing world, I closed my eyes.
The ringing of the crumbling world seemed to ring my heart as well.
Once I opened my eyes, I should be somewhere back in the present world…
“Hey, Kim Hajin!”
I opened my eyes at the sudden ringing voice.
I quickly looked around my surroundings.
It seemed I was back in the present as I could see the scenery of Wind
With my eyes half-closed, I looked up at the person who called my name.
“There you are~”
Green vegetation, clear mountain wind, and gem-like sunlight.
Inside this beautiful scenery, Chae Nayun was smiling brightly.