The Novel's Extra - chapter-19
Friday morning. I opened my eyes while in bed. My entire body started
Iron hog and black pelican… No matter how much I thought about it, the
monsters I hunted yesterday were too heavy. Thankfully, I made it back
before curfew. Otherwise, I would have faced disciplinary punishment on
top of minus points.
Fortunately, today was Friday, so there wasn’t a class that required me
to use my body. Getting up tiredly, I checked my smartwatch first. There
were three unseen messages.
[810,130 won has been deposited.]
[450,270 won has been deposited.]
[Here is the payment for yesterday’s monsters. I hope to work with you
again. SH Agency Head Manager, Park Soohyuk.]
The payment was quicker than I expected. If I remembered correctly,
exclusive contracts had monthly payments. Mine must have been quick
because it was a one-time deal. But still, to have them taken care of
overnight… he sure was quick with his work. As expected of Park Soohyuk.
Thanks to Park Soohyuk, I now had something to do for the day. I could
now open up a brokerage account and buy Packhorse Master guild’s stock.
One million won sounded like a good start.
I walked into the shower with various thoughts in my head.
After washing away my remaining drowsiness with cold water, I dried
myself, put on my cadet uniform, and headed out to class.
Friday’s first period class was on ‘Phenomenon Realm Analysis.’
From what other cadets were saying, it seemed we were assigned the most
difficult theory class since we didn’t have physical training today. Of
course, this didn’t apply to me.
I sat down on a random seat and took out my laptop. After finding out
that only I could see it, I openly fiddled around with it in class.
[Low-intermediate rank] [Spirit attribute] [Evolving — Grade 8]
[Proficiency EXP 13%]
—Master Sharpshooter’s Training
*Familiarity with all long ranged weapons
*Can see far away and predict a target’s movement path.
*Increases speed and perception by 0.3 points.
*In combat only and once every 24 hours, you can spend 10 seconds in
—Sharpshooter of Reversal
*Depending on Kim Hajin’s invariable stat, ‘luck’, you can deal
bonus damage against a stronger enemy.
Sharpshooter of Reversal, a low ranked skill I got from defeating a
Djinn, was quite decent. Master Sharpshooter had also reached grade 8. Of
course, its growth speed would decrease the higher its grade went.
While I was observing my growth in delight, the professor walked in.
“There is a written exam today like I mentioned last time.”
A test was announced out of the blue. Heartfelt groans erupted from the
cadets. It seemed I wasn’t the only one only now hearing about this.
“Really? I didn’t study at all!”
In front of me, Chae Nayun muttered in despair. Kim Suho, who was sitting
next to her, promptly showed her the notes I took down yesterday. Chae
Nayun coughed in embarrassment.
“Now, now, quiet down.”
The professor silenced the cadets in a heartless tone before handing out
the exam sheet. After a few scuffling sounds of paper, I also received an
Problem 1. Describe the monster, ‘Pygmalion’.
Problem 2. Describe the Nine Evils (Djinns).
Problem 3. State the attributes that humans can manifest in the
The problems’ difficulty and ambiguity were higher than what I had
imagined. Other cadets also sighed the moment they glanced at the
problems. But I was different. I had answers to all of the problems on my
[Pygmalions are Fallen Ghosts whose intelligence exceeds that of humans.
They cannot be seen in the Phenomenon Realm, and they act as humans after
possessing them. Because of this behavior, some argue that they should be
classified as a Djinn …]
Of course, I would get the problem wrong if any of their settings were
changed, but that was even better. It meant I would learn more about
settings that had changed.
After I was almost done writing all the answers…
My laptop suddenly shut down. That is, my lifeline shut down. I began to
sweat from the unexpected occurrence. And because I was in the middle of
an exam, there wasn’t anything I could do. Then, blue words suddenly
appeared on the LCD screen.
[A month has passed.]
[The laptop’s functionality will be updated.]
[Target Kim Hajin’s Observation and Reading Gift will be strengthened.]
There was a meeting on every even-numbered Fridays. Yoo Yeonha called
this social leadership meeting, Noble Society.
Yoo Yeonha wanted Noble Society to be a source of vital connections once
she graduated, but Chae Nayun, who was the most important connection,
didn’t have much thought about it. To Chae Nayun, Noble Society was
like an alumni reunion, where she met with her childhood friends.
Today’s Noble Society meeting was at a coffee shop in Seoul.
“How are your grades?”
“It’s good enough.”
“The Jonghak I know isn’t content unless he gets first place.”
Only Shin Jonghak and Yoo Yeonha were in the coffee shop. No other
customers were present. It was a popular coffee shop, but Yoo Yeonha had
talked to the owner to rent the place out.
“Like I said, it’s good enough.”
The bell on the coffee shop’s door rang. Yoo Yeonha and Shin Jonghak
turned towards the door.
It was Chae Nayun, who was wearing Chae Nayun-like clothes – blue jeans
and a black jacket over a slightly see-through white shirt. She walked
like a man, but her elegant figure was more charming than any other woman.
“Chae Nayun, you came today?”
Shin Jonghak waved his hand in greeting. Chae Nayun walked over and spoke
after looking around the shop.
“Hey, where did your lackeys go?”
In Chae Nayun’s eyes, Shin Jonghak was the type of person who liked to
bring around lackeys. These followers of Shin Jonghak were generally sons
of large corporations or guilds, and despite Shin Jonghak labeling them
as ‘friends’, the hierarchy in their relationship was clear for
anyone to see.
“They’re training. Midterms are soon.”
“Oh, those guys also prepare for exams?”
Chae Nayun made a snarky comment and sat down.
“Rather than that, how did you do on the last written exam?”
“Are you making fun of me?”
“No, it’s just that you asked whether the other guys were preparing
“…That’s different. I’m talking about the combat exam. Who cares
if you’re good at theory…”
Unlike when he was with Yoo Yeonha, Shin Jonghak actively brought up
conversation topics. Chae Nayun’s replies were no different than usual.
Yoo Yeonha watched the two talk quietly. She didn’t think much of it.
They were just talking as friends. But the look on Shin Jonghak’s face
when he was talking to Chae Nayun, his soft smile, and kind eyes,
didn’t come to Yoo Yeonha too pleasantly.
Yoo Yeonha lightly clenched her teeth and grabbed the cup of coffee she
ordered for Chae Nayun. Because she ordered it thirty minutes ago, it was
lukewarm. She released her magic power into the cup, heating the coffee.
“By the way, do you know Kim Hajin?”
But at that moment, her focus completely scattered and her ears opened
up. Yoo Yeonha inadvertently joined the conversation.
“…What about him?”
Chae Nayun’s face became severely distorted.
“What do you think about that bastard, Yeonha?”
Yoo Yeonha felt her heart drop. Kim Hajin. Normally, she wouldn’t have
had to think about someone like Kim Hajin. Even if she did, her
assessment of him would have been ‘I don’t care’ or ‘That crazy
But the circumstance had changed.
There was something about him. She wasn’t sure exactly what, but he
wasn’t so simple. But Yoo Yeonha purposefully hid her inner thoughts.
“…What do you mean? He’s just an average guy.”
Chae Nayun grabbed her cup of coffee roughly. Yoo Yeonha swallowed her
saliva at Chae Nayun’s strange reaction.
“That bastard is hiding something for sure.”
“What are you so angry about?”
This time, Shin Jonghak asked. His face was full of smiles, as though he
enjoyed seeing an angry Chae Nayun.
“You don’t know? There was a Djinn at the National Weapons Museum
during the recent monster incident in Seoul. Then, that bastard…”
With that, Chae Nayun gulped down her coffee. She then immediately
spurted it out.
“Aak! Fuck, it’s hot! Water! water!”
Panting, she looked for cold water. Yoo Yeonha carefully consoled her,
feeling a knot in her heart being loosened.
“…Nayun, that’s coffee, not cold water.”
“You haven’t changed, have you?”
Shin Jonghak laughed, while an employee quickly ran over with cold water.
Chae Nayun quickly grabbed it and gulped it down.
“Aagh, I burned my tongue.”
Then, she caught her breath before continuing where she left off.
“Anyways, that Djinn was stronger than Kim Suho and I thought. Even
At that point, Chae Nayun paused once more and watched her two listeners.
Because what happened back then was embarrassing, she didn’t want to
talk about it in detail.
“…Even I struggled a bit. Kim Suho’s a different story, but how can
an ordinary cadet like him deal such fatal damage to a Djinn?”
“What happened exactly?”
“I don’t want to explain it in detail. Just know that he blew up a
Djinn’s arm. With a gun at that! A gun! How does that make sense?”
Blowing up a Djinn’s arm with a gun. Indeed, it was hard to believe
without seeing it in person.
Yoo Yeonha pondered as she rubbed her chin. She’d seen Kim Hajin fight.
It was true that he was quick, but it was hard to say he had the attack
power to break a Djinn’s arm.
At that moment, Chae Nayun suddenly put on a serious tone. Her eyes
looked nervous and she seemed hesitant to speak. Naturally, Shin Jonghak
and Yoo Yeonha’s attention fell on her.
“Could it be that he’s… a Djinn?”
“…Nayun, if he was a Djinn, he wouldn’t have attacked a fellow
But Yoo Yeonha quickly broke the atmosphere with a sentence.
“I guess you’re right. Anyways, there’s something about that guy.”
“So you’re telling me you don’t like him?”
At that moment, Shin Jonghak, who was listening without a word, broke his
silence. Chae Nayun and Yoo Yeonha both understood the hidden meaning
behind his words.
Chae Nayun pondered on how to answer. She knew Shin Jonghak’s
personality well. Depending on her answer, that man’s future would
After a bit of contemplation, Chae Nayun replied briefly.
“…I’m not sure, but something like that.”