The Novel's Extra - chapter-214
Boss looked up at the clock vacantly, and, with a little courage, turned
her gaze to Kim Hajin.
Kim Hajin was sitting on the ground, shuffling cards. It was an
elaborate, magic-like shuffle. Although he appeared normal on the
outside, he was clearly not his usual self.
Boss recalled what had just happened as she glanced at Kim Hajin.
She didn’t know what kind of dream Kim Hajin had. But the image of Kim
Hajin muttering to his mother and father was imprinted on her mind. His
sorrowful voice made her heart ache slightly.
She gave a small sigh. Right now, the cabin was very quiet. Spartan had
gone back to the waiting room to sleep, and the other members hadn’t
come back. Who knew what they were up to?
She knew that, in order to break this awkward silence, she would have to
talk. But she didn’t know how to start a conversation and carefully
began choosing her words.
After much thought, she turned on the messenger and wrote a message.
This was too unfriendly.
「What’s up Hajin.」
The only thing different about this one was that it had a period at the
「What’s up Hajin?」
She didn’t like the question mark for some reason.
「What’s up Hajin ㅋㅋ」
This one wasn’t too bad.
She agonized over whether to put 2 or 3 ‘ㅋ’s but ultimately quit.
She turned the messenger off and looked at Kim Hajin again.
…Should she apologize now?
And ask for his forgiveness?
But no words came out of her mouth. She only looked at him, as anything
she said now would be nothing more than deception.
But everytime she looked at him, her heart ached as if it had been
pierced by a needle. She didn’t know why.
…Suddenly, a thought crossed her mind.
She had killed many people to this day. Whatever the reason may be for
the murders, they too would ultimately sum up to this. All those people
she’d killed were someone’s mother, father, daughter, or son.
…She shut out the emotions that were starting to boil.
It was too late for her to regret now. Late regrets couldn’t change
anything. The people she killed could never come back to life, and she
would continue to kill many more in the future.
—Don’t fret over what can’t be undone. Do what you can do well.
That was what the former Boss said to her.
She believed so as well and thought that the guilt in her heart had
Suddenly, a voice called her name. She raised her head up slightly to
where it had come from. Kim Hajin, who had come near her, was looking
down at her.
“Why are you doing that?”
Only then did she finally see her posture. She was crouched down while
hugging her knees.
I wonder why. I guess I’m sleepy, too— She murmured and smiled
“Boss, I’m bored. Do you want to play cards?”
“…I thought you didn’t want to.”
Kim Hajin gave a small smile.
“I have an idea. You can start with 10 cards and I’ll start with 5.
That way there will be some tension. Oh, you do know how to play poker,
“Then, let’s do it.”
He sat in front of her with some distance between them. She watched him
shuffle the deck of cards. Then she found herself instinctively trying to
spot a trick and became slightly disgusted with herself.
“Alright, I’m dealing the cards~”
And the game began.
Boss was pleased when she saw her hand.
Of the 37 games that they played for the next 3 hours,
Boss lost 36 times.
The last game in which she held quad queens but lost to quad aces was the
She put the cards down and turned to her side.
“Man, that didn’t work. Then how about I get 5 cards and you get
[8-3F, Crevon Mainland]
The Players gathered in Eastern Crevon.
Crevon mobilized magicians to construct a secondary wall just outside the
primary wall and built a fortress inside the walls to draw in the Players.
They used ‘TP’ and ‘items’ as bait.
The Crevon Royal Family declared that it would lend items to the Players
for free and offer TP for every monster killed. And, if all of the
‘calamities’ were destroyed, it would give all the items away
completely. (Of course, it promised to offer one of the treasures of the
royal family and 100,000 TP to the Player who directly killed a calamity.)
“We got the first-entrance reward for the 10th floor only.”
Currently, in a restaurant near the eastern wall, Aileen was talking to
several key members of the Guild Alliance: Rachel, Kim Youngjin, and Yoo
“It was Black Lotus and his gang who killed the 5th calamity,
‘Python’. It was also them who made it through the 11th, the 12th,
the 13th, and the 14th floor.”
Kim Youngjin nodded at Aileen’s remark.
During the last 20 days, the Players in the Tower were shocked and
astonished by the series of notifications they received regarding the
[A nameless party has entered the 11th floor for the first time.]
[A nameless party has entered the 12th floor for the first time.]
[A nameless party has entered the 13th floor for the first time.]
[A nameless party has entered the 14th floor for the first time.]
It took them almost a year to climb from the 1st floor to the 10th floor,
but only two weeks from the 10th floor to the 14th floor.
The players argued over which of the two—Aileen or Black Lotus—the
nameless party belonged to. And today, Aileen herself put an end to the
“We were on the 10th floor for 3 full days, I think? We did clear it,
but it was surprisingly difficult. Right now we’re on our way to the
Meanwhile, Yoo Yeonha was listening to Aileen but at the same time
thinking of something else. This deep, complicated anguish of hers was
derived from her delusions.
This was how her train of thought went:
The ‘Black Lotus’ team is undoubtedly the Chameleon Troupe. Kim Hajin
would surely run to wherever the Chameleon Troupe is located. But Kim
Hajin isn’t the type to believe in others easily. So he’s going to
try to chase after the Chameleon Troupe on his own, without the help of
others. But that’s too dangerous.’
“Then… Senior Aileen… about Fenrir….”
Yoo Yeonha asked carefully. It had been almost a month since she first
entered the tower, but she had yet to meet Kim Hajin. Even when she
suddenly smelled Kim Hajin while walking and chased after the smell, she
only ended up finding Rachel who was drenched in his smell.
It happened again today.
Rachel, completely oblivious, asked happily if Yoo Yeonha had come to see
her. Yoo Yeonha couldn’t say no to her smiling face, and so they had
decided to meet Aileen together.
“You’re looking for Fenrir?”
Aileen sulked. Needless to say, not only her party but also Fenrir were
the center of gossip nowadays on the public forum.
“He’s not too popular these days.”
It all started with the ‘Black Lotus Incident’ a while back. The
incident in which Black Lotus, who used to attack other Players before
the calamities, switched sides and attacked monsters when the calamities
took over Crevon.
The incident was, of course, surprising.
That day, hundreds of monsters were murdered with a mere five arrows.
He had given people one more story to tell. People started referring to
Black Lotus as the real ‘Dark Hero’.
“People are probably bad-mouthing him as much as me. Are you worried
“No, he’s not the type to concern himself with such a thing.”
“…Really? Well, I know nothing. He always does well on his own, so
he’s probably fine~”
Yoo Yeonha looked glum at the insincere remark.
Next to her, Rachel let out a dry cough. She stepped forward quietly.
‘Since I’m on good terms with Aileen, I’ll try to get her to talk,
for Yoo Yeonha’s sake,’ she thought.
“Excuse me, Ail—“
“…So, you were here.”
But before Rachel could say anything, the restaurant door opened, and
someone came in. Aileen, Yoo Yeonha, Kim Youngjin, and Rachel all turned
their attention to the door.
There stood a magician who was similar in size to Aileen.
Aileen widened her eyes at the unexpected encounter.
“Ah, she’s my companion. She said she wanted to meet you, Senior
Aileen, at all costs.”
Yoo Yeonha stood up and introduced her companion to everyone.
But Aileen was simply stunned.
The staccato beat of high heels echoed off the floor as the magician, who
had appeared all of a sudden, approached them.
Even with her kill-heels on, she was barely 160cm tall, and her round
face gave off child-like vibe. But the way she walked and the expression
on her face were the epitome of elegance and pride.
Kim Yongjin desperately tried to hold back his laughter, and Rachel sent
an adoring gaze to the doll-like figure.
But only one person—Aileen—was more serious than ever.
Ah Hae-In spoke.
Aileen’s jaw dropped.
“It’s been a while.”
—On a side note, there were facilities called Talent Education Centers
on Earth. Of all cadets in Agent Military Academies, ‘children under
the age of 11’ could only take classes until 2 p.m. due to issues with
children’s rights, so private institutions were established to educate
and train them during subsequent hours.
And the most famous Talent Education Center in the world was the
‘Veritas Education Center’ located in Gangnam, South Korea, which
both Ah Hae-In and Aileen attended. When Aileen first registered, she was
5, and Ah Hae-In was 11. The two first met each other then.
They had a long history together, but Aileen didn’t offer any greeting
and simply swallowed her saliva.
The reason for that was simple.
A long time ago, the two had fought to the death. Literally, to the brink
Ah Hae-In approached arrogantly and sat in front of Aileen.
The two little adults stared at each other in silence. It was as if a dog
and a cat were having a staring contest. The two of them were dead
serious, but from a distance, the atmosphere between them was so cute
that it was funny.
Yoo Yeonha tapped on Kim Youngjin’s shoulder, inducing him to take a
look at the messenger. Kim Yongjin pretended to look at the time and
instead looked at his messages.
YooYeonhaYeonha: 「I received a report just now about a massive-scale
artifact site being uncovered in Central Asia.」
Kim Youngjin widened his eyes a little bit, but he turned the messenger
off calmly. He felt sorry for Rachel, who was accompanying him, but this
was a matter of utmost secrecy.
“Anyway, Senior Aileen, Fenrir will probably continue to chase after
Black Lotus. So if you happen to run into him later, please tell him that
Yoo Yeonha wants to see him.”
“H-Huh? Oh, o-okay….”
Aileen nodded, studying Ah Hae-In’s expression.
“We have to go now. You two, please take your time.”
“Huh? G-Go where? You can stay here. No, you should stay….”
Yoo Yeonha and the others got up, leaving Aileen’s grievous voice
Soon they were completely out of the restaurant, and the woman who had
been eavesdropping on their conversation muttered coldly.
Jin Sahyuk was extremely frustrated.
Everyone was talking about how Fenrir was after Black Lotus or about how
Fenrir killed Black Lotus.
What a joke.
She wanted to tell them if she could, just like that barber who shouted
about the King’s ears in the bamboo forest. 
‘Kim Hajin is Fenrir and also Black Lotus, you brainless fools—!’
But Jin Sahyuk didn’t. It wasn’t, of course, that she feared angering
Kim Hajin. She simply hated mudslinging. It’s way too ungraceful to be
“How am I gonna make 150,000 TP this way…?”
In any case, she was more concerned with TP; so that she could use the
Upgrade Center on the 7th floor.
It would be easy if she could rob rich NPCs’ houses and hunt other
players for TP, but Kim Hajin’s threat forced her to stay put. She
consoled herself by saying that in the Tower, nobody, and not just
herself, could stand up to Kim Hajin.
Suddenly, a message arrived.
Bell: 「Sahyuk. I heard from our informant that a bunch of artifacts
were uncovered in Central Asia.」
It was from Bell.
Jin Sahuk didn’t bother messaging back. Right now, even the time spent
eating was a waste. She needed to kill monsters in order to collect TP
and use the ‘Upgrade Center’ with that TP as soon as possible.
Bell: 「It looks like the Chameleon Troupe will be there as well. What
do you think?」
But the moment she read that message, her gaze sharpened like a blade.
「You sure? By Chameleon Troupe, you mean Kim Hajin?」
Bell: 「Probably? You know how I’m acquainted with their boss. I’d
say there’s a 90% chance. But why? Do you want to fight him? So he can
kick your butt again.」
She clenched her fists automatically.
Outside the Tower.
Not inside, but outside.
She was confident that she would win on Earth….
No, not confident. She was sure that she would win. Jin Sahyuk pulled up
her self-esteem that had sunken to the bottom and muttered with extreme
“I’ll bite and chew every bit and piece of….”
“Here are your chicken legs.”
At that precise moment, the waiter set down a plate of 20 chicken legs in
front of her.
Jin Sahyuk took the legs and tore them apart roughly.
As she bit into the tender meat, her eyes glowed with fury and the will
[15F, Genkelope’s Abandoned Vessel]
The Chameleon Troupe decided to halt their climb on the 15th floor, which
appeared quite futuristic.
We were inside an abandoned warship which looked like it had come out of
a science fiction movie like Alien or Event Horizon. Currently, Cheok
Jungyeong and I were sitting on a bench that was covered with moss.
Cheok Jungyeong spoke up.
“We’re stopping here?”
“Yeah, we have to go back to Crevon now.”
Crevon was still under attack, and the other calamities besides Python
were still alive and well, even as we climb the Tower.
Kim Suho would defeat Medusa soon enough. But the remaining calamities
were Minotaur and Chimera, both level 40, and Cyclops, level 45.
Furthermore, there were many more calamities besides them waiting on the
We couldn’t forget that we didn’t break through the 9th floor.
We simply ‘skipped’ it by killing a calamity.
“Oi, Cheok Jungyeong?”
“…Ah? Oh, what’s up? Sorry, I’m not used to you talking to me in
“Is that so?”
“Uh… Well, I’m not saying you should never talk to me like that.
Haha, I’m sure I’ll get used to it eventually.”
I smirked in silence.
Faking death seemed effective. Actually, I wasn’t acting, since I did
suffer almost to the verge of death.
“Um… does it still hurt?”
Cheok Jungyeong asked, scratching his cheek.
“I’m somewhat alright.”
But since Time Reversal’s side effect was too severe, I planned to go
back to the Upgrade Center and raise my stats a bit more.
I’d been putting it off since it was a very painful surgical operation,
but I did want to raise all stats by 3 points, which was the maximum.
“What do you mean by ‘somewhat’? Alright is alright.”
I got up.
The 15th floor was one giant machine called the [Genkelope’s Abandoned
Vessel]. The warship was the size of two Jejudo put together. On this
floor were appalling, futuristic phenomenons scarier than monsters. To
reach the 16th floor, we needed to restart the ship.
In short, we needed at least one month to clear this floor.
“Mmm… I’m going down to Crevon. No, before that, to the 7th
“Gotcha. Then I’m going to Crevon. There’s a fella I need to take
Cheok Jungyeong stretched his body as he said so. At his slightly
suspicious remark, I asked straightforwardly.
“Why? To avenge Kaita?”
Cheok Jungyeong paused. He awkwardly turned to me, embarrassed that I
read his mind, but soon gave a small smile.
“Once a comrade, always a comrade, no matter how stupid you are.”
He probably thought that he said something cool, but it had no effect on
For the record, Kaita was defeated consecutively by Kim Suho and was
already killed twice.
“…Are you gonna avenge him or not?”
“…I will, you bum.”
Cheok Jungyeong curled his lip in a pout. I felt disgusted. Why did he
try to act so gross (cute) nowadays?
“So, there’s nothing that I need to do today?”
“Then I’m going.”
Cheok Jungyeong went down using the crystal stele.
By the way, Boss, Jain, and Jin Yohan left the Tower a long time ago.
They probably went out to look into Genghis Khan’s artifacts. That was
also an important turning point.
…Suddenly, my heart sank.
There, Chae Nayun would meet the Djinn who killed her mother.
Then should I head there as well?
I hadn’t decided on that yet, but I did need to get stronger for
Crevon’s sake anyways.
I went down to the 7th floor through the crystal stele as well.
[7F, Game Center]
I passed by the familiar lobby of the Game Center and went straight to
the Upgrade Center.
When I opened the door, the familiar AlphaGo greeted me.
—How may I help you today?
“I’m here to do what I don’t want to do.”
Stat Enhancement Operation. I’d been putting it off for a while because
it hurt like crazy, like your limbs were cut off and put back on again.
—Are you referring to the Stat Enhancement Operation?
“Yes. Can you do it?”
— Yes. This operation can be performed up to three times. Player Extra7
can undergo this surgery 2 more times.
“Okay. Then I….”
Enhancing all stats other than magic power.
I easily paid 150,000 TP.
It was then. Suddenly, the door of the Upgrade Center shot open, and
somebody came in hurriedly. I quickly realized who she was.
It was the robed sorceress, Medea.
“Hey, it’s great to see you. I knew you’d come back, so I’ve been
waiting for you for the last 20 days.”
Medea said gracefully and approached me with a beaming smile.
“You waited for me?”
I played dumb.
“Yes, Extra7. Remember what you said last time?”
“I don’t really like being called by my nickname.”
“Oh… Really? Sorry. Then, Tra?”
She tried to continue, but AlphaGo grabbed me.
—The operation will begin soon.
“…Ah, really? Sorry, Administrator-nim. I need to go into surgery
Medea looked at AlphaGo, slightly irritated, but nodded hesitantly.
“Yeah? Then… I’ll wait until it’s over. Oh, isn’t this
expensive? Do you want me to pay for it?”
“I already paid.”
—Please follow me.
AlphaGo’s mechanical voice pressed me.
I followed him, pretending to be sorry.
…All kinds of horrible surgical sounds filled the shop.
4 hours later.
I came out, overcome with pain. After I drank a few potions to recover my
stamina, I saw Medea dozing off on a chair.
I thought as I stared at her.
‘If she’s this obsessed with luxuries, then it must mean ‘that
setting’ about her hasn’t changed.’
“…Oh, are you done with the surgery?”
Medea woke up. She smiled bitterly as she handed me a potion but put it
back into her pockets when she saw what was in my hand.
“Yes, what is it?”
“Well. You know, about what you said last time? Something bad happened
to me, and I was in a horrible mood. I’d like to apologize first. I
asked Simad, and he told me that you were really the one who made it.”
I listened in silence.
Actually, rather than listening, I was reading the notification window
that popped up in the air.
[Warning! The calamities in Crevon are raging!]
“I wasn’t too surprised. I’ve been thinking about how great your
craftsmanship is. But you see, a lot of administrators will come to see
you from now on. Such a marvelous robe can’t be found anywhere else. I
don’t intend to get it for free or ask you to give me one as a present,
I widened my eyes and screamed out loud on purpose.
“Sorry, Administrator-nim. Something important came up in Crevon!”
I left Medea perplexed while I reclaimed my things from AlphaGo and took
out the portable crystal stele.
“Let’s talk about this some other time! It’s a huge calamity!”
As my body warped, I felt a sense of déjà vu.
1. Korean folklore where the barber of a king who is sworn secrecy to the
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