The Novel's Extra - chapter-278
I cautiously removed Jin Sahyuk’s blindfold. With the cloth blocking
her sight gone, Jin Sahyuk slowly opened her eyes.
She frowned, blinded by the light, then she raised her head and looked at
“…You’re not Bell.”
She tilted her head, still in a daze. She sat motionless for the next
I was the one who spoke first. With a sigh, I asked, “What are you
Jin Sahyuk didn’t answer and only dropped her gaze to the floor. Her
cheeks were slightly flushed from embarrassment.
“If you aren’t going to talk, I’m leaving.”
As I got up, Jin Sahyuk flinched. She bounced up desperately like a fish
jumping out of water.
“Wait! Don’t leave!”
I stopped and looked down at Jin Sahyuk.
I scanned Jin Sahyuk carefully.
She was bound with ‘Magic Power Suppressors’, a powerful effective
good from the Tower of Wish that suppressed all magic power.
“How did you get caught in the first place?”
Jin Sahyuk opened her mouth as if she was about to say something but soon
shook her head with a sigh.
“…I can’t tell you.”
“Then I can’t let you go either.”
Jin Sahyuk’s resentful glare landed on me.
Our fruitless conversation continued, when suddenly….
“She said she wanted to borrow you.”
I heard a new voice behind my back. It was Boss.
I turned around, slightly confused.
Boss scowled at Jin Sahyuk.
Jin Sahyuk averted her gaze without a word.
It wasn’t too difficult to discern what had gone down between these two.
‘Jin Sahyuk thinks I’m Kim Chundong so she probably told Boss that
she wants to take me to Akatrina, which led them to have a fight.
Although, I’m not sure why Jin Sahyuk chose to announce her decision to
“Hajin, she’s dangerous. She’s planning to kidnap you,” Boss said
as she furtively stepped on Jin Sahyuk’s foot.
“Kuaak—” Jin Sahyuk screamed, but she didn’t forget to bite
Boss’ shoe at the same time.
“As you can see, she’s vicious. You can’t set her free.”
Boss stared at me with a mysterious look. This time I could understand
the meaning behind her gaze even without the help from the Magnifying
Glass. She was worried for me.
I scratched the back of my neck awkwardly. Of course, I had no intention
of returning to Akatrina with Jin Sahyuk.
However, I was destined to leave Boss one day.
Technically, I didn’t even exist in this world.
A bittersweet taste lingered in my mouth.
“Well, even if I do end up getting kidnapped, it sure isn’t going to
be by her. You don’t have to worry-”
“You still can’t set her free. I have to go now because I have other
business to take care of, but if this scoundrel isn’t here when I come
back,” Boss looked at me sternly, “Bear in mind there won’t be any
forgiveness even if it’s you.”
Boss warned coldly and left immediately.
‘Well, nothing I can do at this point.’
I shrugged my shoulders at Jin Sahyuk.
Jin Sahyuk also raised her head and looked at me.
She whispered, “Just let me go secretly.”
“Are you crazy?”
Jin Sahyuk frowned.
“…At least give me something to eat.”
“Yeah. I’m starving.”
Right, since her magic power was sealed, it should be harder for her to
withstand hunger and thirst.
“Fine. Give me a moment.”
I went upstairs to the kitchen. Cooking was easy thank to Dwarf’s
In 20 minutes, I finished cooking a pot of beef porridge and prepared
jangjorim and kimchi as side dishes.
Jin Sahyuk was already enjoying the smell of the dish before I came down
I put the tray down in front of her. But Jin Sahyuk only stared at it
without laying a finger on it.
“Untie me so that I can eat.”
“You know I can’t.”
“…What, so you expect me to lick it like a dog?”
Jin Sahyuk glared at me. As a former king, she wouldn’t dare endure
Left with no other option, I scooped the porridge with a spoon and
offered it to her.
Jin Sahyuk seemed to have realized that this was the best treatment she
was goign to get as she swallowed the porridge without resistance.
However, the moment that the porridge slid down Jin Sahyuk’s throat….
Jin Sahyuk’s eyes widened.
I let out a laughter as I had expected her to react this way.
Even the most expensive ingredients wouldn’t be able to recreate the
amazing taste of my porridge.
The dish was the manifestation of perfection that only [Young Dwarf’s
Dexterity] could create.
“It’s good, right?”
“I-It’s…. Give me more. I need to taste it thoroughly for an honest
With a smile, I stuffed the porridge down Jin Sahyuk’s throat.
Jin Sahyuk soon lost all sense of shame.
“Give me that kimchi.”
“Give me one more bowl.”
“Hey, don’t you have any dongchimi?”
Jin Sahyuk ate like she had been starving for eons.
Meanwhile, around the same time, Rachel had evacuated to her room with
Although her heart was still thumping from the earlier incident, she was
relieved to see that Evandel had already fallen asleep in her arms.
Rachel let out a sigh of relief.
She was sure Evandel was asleep when she left.
‘Did she wake up because I wasn’t by her side?’
A sense of pride swept through Rachel when she realized that, maybe, she
had become important to Evandel. But it was quickly replaced by concern
as she remembered what Kim Hajin and Ah Hae-In said to her.
They both had insisted to keep Evandel hidden from others for as long as
they could. This was the reason why all royal servants had to swear under
the ‘silent oath’.
Of course, Rachel could always argue that Evandel was her cousin or
something…. But everything happened so fast and she didn’t want to
lie to Yoo Yeonha.
Yoo Yeonha was dangerous because she could do anything for the honor and
glory of her guild. Rachel didn’t want to expose Evandel to such an
But for some reason, it seemed that Yoo Yeonha already knew Evandel.
Rachel couldn’t stop thinking about what Yoo Yeonha said about seeing
Evandel in Seoul.
Rachel carefully placed Evandel on the bed.
Now in a more comfortable posture, Evandel fell deeper into sleep. She
seemed as lovely as always.
Putting aside all worries and concerns, Rachel lay beside Evandel and
Yoo Yeonha’s words suddenly popped up in her mind, but Rachel managed
to block it.
She didn’t want to use Evandel as a means for negotiation. Evandel was
dear to her.
Rachel patted Evandel’s head until her breathing began to soften.
And soon enough, Rachel began to feel sleepy as well.
Rachel’s eyes closed and her hands stopped.
…The pair fell into a deep seep.
On the other hand, the victim(?), Yoo Yeonha, was unable to sleep.
“What was that?…”
Yoo Yeonha muttered as she twirled a pen between her fingers.
She had returned to her room after failing to locate Rachel.
The girl who came looking for Rachel earlier was most definitely the girl
who was with Kim Hajin. So the most probable explanation at this point
“But that girl clearly doesn’t have Kim Hajin’s genes. She only
looks like Rachel.”
Yoo Yeonha wrapped her head with her hands.
She couldn’t help but suspect that this all had something to do with
Thinking back now, Kim Hajin always wanted to help Rachel out in one way
For example, the negotiation between Essential Dynamics and the British
government months earlier was fundamentally the fruit of Kim Hajin’s
Then were Kim Hajin and Rachel really… Wait.
Then what about Chae Nayun?
“I don’t understand.”
Was Kim Hajin a womanizer who chased after girls at every chance he got?
‘No,’ She thought, ‘He may be a sociopath without empathy but
he’s definitely not a player.’
Maybe it was a momentary mistake?
That made more sense. Anything could happen between a man and a woman on
the spur of the moment.
“…Oh my god.”
Yoo Yeonha covered her hot, flushed cheeks with her hands.
‘So that means….’
The girl seemed to be about five years old at the least.
Which meant it must have happened when they were still in Cube….
“Oh god, I can’t believe him….”
Yoo Yeonha started to feel a sense of betrayal as her imagination
The next morning.
Rachel slowly opened her eyes. Evandel was already gone, probably having
left for her morning meditation session with Ah Hae-In.
Rachel stretched with a yawn.
This knock was probably from her butler.
“I’m awake,” Rachel answered, and the old butler opened the door
and came into her room.
“Were you able to get a full night’s rest?”
“Yes. And Evandel is…?”
“Lady Ah Hae-In picked her up this morning for their morning
meditation. Would you like a cup of tea?”
Rachel nodded and pulled herself out of bed.
“Yes, black tea, please.”
As soon as the butler clapped his hands, servants brought her the tea.
Rachel combed her disheveled hair and sat at the table.
“Enjoy your tea.”
The butler left, and Rachel poured the tea out of the teapot into the cup
in front of her.
Just as she was about to fight off her remaining drowsiness and begin yet
another beautiful day with a sip of bittersweet tea-
—Excuse me, you can’t do this.
A small commotion occurred just outside her room.
—This place is off-limits to outsiders!
Curious, Rachel turned her head towards the hallway.
—What do you mean by off-limits? I’m the princess’ teacher and I
need to speak to her right this moment!
It was then that she recognized the familiar voice.
Rachel flinched. Immediately, the door swung open and a woman entered the
“Ah~ I knew you’d be here, Rachel.”
Rachel’s grip around the cup tightened the moment she saw the woman.
“How have you been?”
This woman was Rachel’s former teacher, the elementalist ‘Shin
Rachel suddenly felt dizzy.
All those horrible days she had spent with Shin Yeohwa unexpectedly
emerged in her mind.
She had been beat up, insulted and humiliated for no good reason.
Rachel wanted to erase that portion of her past from her memory forever.
“Why haven’t you been keeping in touch? Do you know how much I missed
However, despite the horrendous treatment she had received from her
former teacher, Rachel chose not to take any action against Shin Yeohwa.
It wasn’t just because she was afraid of Shin Yeohwa’s reputation as
the Earth’s best elementalist. Rachel didn’t want to betray her
“Why won’t you answer me?”
Shin Yeohwa, oblivious to her former student’s generosity, took
advantage of Rachel’s publicity and promoted herself as ‘Rachel’s
“Don’t you know better than to ignore your teacher?”
Shin Yeohwa gave a sly smile.
[Gangwondo, Underground Bunker]
Three weeks had passed since the start of the training camp.
Chae Nayun stayed awake all night again because of the memo Heynckes had
left behind the day before.
—Oh, by the way, I met Kim Hajin last week. He seemed to be a feisty
Chae Nayun couldn’t find the right words to answer him. She no longer
remembered what she was supposed to feel about Kim Hajin. The only thing
that she was sure about at this point was that she wanted to see him
Chae Nayun spent the night in distress and morning came before she knew.
Everyone got out of bed at the sound of alarm and stood in a line at the
center of the bunker.
“Did you sleep well?”
Soon enough, Team Leader Yun Seung-Ah appeared.
This time she was accompanied by a rather unusual guest.
Spirit Speech Master Aileen.
With a stern look and a pair of short legs, Aileen stood beside Yun
Yun Seung-Ah looked down at Aileen with a mixture of emotions.
She let out a small sigh and began her speech, “So… today is the day
that we begin our mission… Miss Aileen will explain the details.”
Surprised murmurs filled the bunker as no one had expected the mission to
begin so abruptly.
Aileen explained, “My Team 1 and your Team 3 will enter Orden’s
territory today. We’ve been keeping the exact date hidden for
confidentiality, and I hope you understand.”
It was an astonishing and sudden declaration.
“But there’s no need to worry. Our first and foremost goal is to
build an outpost. We’re simply setting up a place for us to eat, sleep,
and rest while we fight Orden.”
Aileen took out a card from her pocket.
“This is a 7-star card called [Building Fortress].”
[Building Fortress] [7-star] Effective Good
○ Instantly build a fortress: above the sea, beneath the earth, over a
○ The fortress possesses Lv.7 Defense and is equipped with a
‘portal’ that only the card owner’s allies can use.
“This card can be used to build a fortress anywhere. We’ll use it to
build our underground outpost near Orden’s palace.”
Aileen stopped and laid out on the ground the various camping gears that
had been reduced in size with magic engineering.
“All of you, take one each.”
Though they were still stunned by the sudden announcement, the Heroes
quickly retrieved the gears from the ground just as they had been
instructed to do.
“And now, I introduce you to the man who will help us travel to
A dense fog rolled over the bunker the moment Aileen finished speaking. A
man in a robe appeared from within the fog.
“…Nice to meet you. My name is ‘Rebé’.”
The man who introduced himself as ‘Rebé’—’Bell’—smiled at
the Heroes. To Bell, the members of the Task Force were basically gold
mines, destined to become leaders of the future.
“Is he an outsider?” Kim Suho asked, slightly suspicious.
Aileen answered briefly, “…Yes, he is.”
To be honest, Aileen was also suspicious of this outsider. She had
hesitantly agreed to let him in on the mission only because the
administration insisted that he was trustworthy.
“Ah, please, do not be worried. I am already under ‘Spirit Speech
Seal’, as well as ‘Oath and Vow’.”
It was true. Not only did Bell sign all sorts of contracts, but he also
agreed to be put under Aileen’s ‘Spirit Speech Seal’, which proved
that Bell’s intentions were pure. He didn’t need to lie about Orden
because his goals aligned with the government’s.
“Unni, Spirit Speech Seal is that thing where….”
Aileen nodded to Yun Seung-Ah.
“Even if this man has the intention of betraying us, it’s okay. His
heart would burst and he’ll die a painful death with just one word from
Everyone was surprised. This meant that Bell had basically entrusted his
life to Aileen.
“Well, in that case…”
Kim Suho nodded and stepped back.
“Thank you everyone, for trusting me.”
Bell spoke, trying keep his voice modulation in control.
“My role in this mission is very simple. I’m going to transport all
of you to Orden’s territory using my Skill, ‘Mass Teleport’….
Well, I guess I shouldn’t waste any more of your time. Everyone, please
gather around me.”
Chae Nayun, Kim Suho, Shin Jonghak, Yi Jiyoon, Yi Yeonghan and the
remaining members of Team 3 hesitantly approached Bell.
“Please hold onto each other tightly so that you don’t end up outside
the spell circle. Ah, but don’t look so nervous. You’ll be returning
here as soon as you finish setting up the outpost.”
Bell released his magic power. Violet air currents swirled around Bell,
creating a complicated geometric shape.
Bell shouted cheerfully, “Here we go~”
Before long, the spell circle was completed and Bell’s Skill, ‘Mass
Teleport’, was activated.