The Novel's Extra - chapter-28
Lying on the ground, I stared up at the ceiling. Scorching heat dug into
my clothes. The dungeon’s boss had been killed, but the heat remained.
Bored, I tilted my head to the side. Chae Nayun’s team was talking some
distance away. They offered me to join them but I refused. I was too
tired to answer the questions they’d inevitably ask.
At that moment, Chae Nayun, who was stealing glances my way for a while,
took a deep breath and got up. Then, she walked over.
She cast a shadow over me and looked down at my face.
I curled up with only my upper body. Seeing sweat dripping down, Chae
Nayun frowned slightly. But after straightening her expression, she sat
down next to me. Of course, she was still about ten feet away.
“…I thought I should I say this.”
I wasn’t sure if she was embarrassed or ashamed, but Chae Nayun spoke
with great difficulty while looking up at the ceiling.
I was genuinely at a loss for words. I stared at Chae Nayun in a daze.
That word was one I thought I’d never hear from her.
Age 17 to 27 in the story.
She was only 16 by American age. Despite how young she was, the life
she lived was far from normal. It was one filled with tragedies.
The first tragedy should have occurred on her sixth birthday. On what
should have been the happiest day for a six year old child, her mother
was killed by a Djinn.
After that incident, her personality developed in a completely different
The child, whose dream was to “become like her Mommy”, cried tears of
blood and sought to become a Hero. While other children her age laughed
and played around, she trained in hitting and breaking targets.
The scar from that day was etched in the deepest part of her heart. As a
fourth generation chaebol, even having a ‘true friend’ to mend this
wound was a disgrace. Revealing one’s deepest thoughts was akin to
revealing one’s weakness, and the hyenas infesting the outside world
would jump at their chance to take advantage.
As such, the only person she could trust and rely on was her blood
relative who also shared the same pain, Chae Jinyoon. Because her father
had been too busy as the successor of a chaebol family, she rarely saw
But this cruel world had even taken Chae Jinyoon away from her.
The emotions she must have felt… I had no way of knowing because I
didn’t write them.
But if I were to make a guess, Chae Nayun most likely honed her
conviction to be even sharper. Only believing in herself and taking the
pursuit of strength as her way of life, she must have ignored the
worsening wound on her heart. Telling herself that she will overcome
everything on her own and not opening her heart to anyone else, she must
have put herself through arduous and painful physical training…
Because of this, there weren’t many people who had received her thanks.
I knew this better than anyone, even Chae Nayun herself, because I was
the one who purposely wrote “sorry” rather than “thank you.”
But just now, she had said “thanks”.
That was the greatest praise she could have given.
But at the same time, the goal I had to accomplish tightened my heart.
I had to kill the person she loved and respected the most. I had to make
her experience the feeling of losing her family once again.
“By the way…”
Chae Nayun’s voice cut off my thought. She was smacking her lips as
though she had something more to say, but no words left her mouth.
I urged her in frustration.
Chae Nayun added just one sentence with her eyes still on the ceiling.
“…Why aren’t you fighting back?”
“Hm? What do you… Oh.”
She was talking about Shin Jonghak’s lackeys.
Even though she was the one who instigated it, it seemed she felt
sympathetic since I didn’t fight back.
I gave a simple reply.
“Because I can’t win even if I fight back.”
Chae Nayun furrowed her brows in an instant and finally looked back down
at me. She truly had a baby-face. Unlike Yoo Yeonha, who looked
adult-like, Chae Nayun’s cheeks still had a bit of baby fat. Was it
because the Magma Golem beat her up? She looked like a bun. I laughed
“What are you talking about, I saw the power of your gun with my own
I took out the Desert Eagle from my bag. To put it back in my
extradimensional space, Stigma had to recover its magic power.
“Personal weapon. Does that explain it?”
Looking at my high rank weapon, Chae Nayun’s eyes widened in shock.
“You know you’re going to get expelled if you’re found out,
“That’s why I’m using it only when I need to.”
Chae Nayun closed her mouth. Then, she rubbed her chin as though she was
pondering about something. I had no way of knowing what this girl was
thinking about. But I waited since it looked like she was looking for an
After about 3 minutes, Chae Nayun finally voiced her thoughts.
“Things still don’t add up completely… Ah, wait, your Gift! You
have a Gift that strengthens guns!”
I held myself back from bursting into laughter. For the record, Gift and
enlightenment were two different things. Even before one became
enlightened, a Gift could be observed and developed through experience
“You can think what you want.”
I hit her off with a shrug. It was a misunderstanding I didn’t need to
Chae Nayun seemed to have concluded her guess as the truth, as she nodded
with a proud face.
“Huhu, I knew it. Oh, I’ll let you off the hook for using your
personal weapon. Just don’t use it again.”
Chae Nayun got up and dusted her butt.
Before walking away, she stopped and turned her head towards me.
“…By the way.”
With her back still pointing my way, she asked in a much lower voice than
“…Don’t you have anything to say to me?”
The question she asked indifferently made me flinch.
This might be her offer of reconciliation, that she would forgive me for
my insensitive remarks about her older brother. If I was right, from what
I knew about Chae Nayun’s personality, she was making a huge concession.
However, I rejected her offer clearly and also got up.
My current relationship with Chae Nayun was at the perfect distance.
Cold, yet not freezing. I called it the “uncomfortable neighbor”
relationship. Anything more would be too much of a burden on me.
With that, Chae Nayun left.
As I watched her leave, my eyes met Sven’s. He didn’t dodge my eyes.
He tilted his head while looking at me with emotionless eyes. This
sequence of action put a chill down my back.
—Emergency alert. All cadets are to leave the Dungeon immediately. Once
again, all cadets are to leave the Dungeon immediately.
A sound rang out from the ceiling. The mock Dungeon trial had come to an
I turned back to return the way I came from.
But at that moment, I discovered a familiar person.
It was Yoo Yeonha.
Though others might only see a faint silhouette, I could clearly see Yoo
Yeonha in the distance. It seemed she really climbed the wall, as she was
covered in dust.
But as everyone just heard, the mock Dungeon trial was over. In other
words, she had gone through all that trouble for nothing.
With her eyes closed, Yoo Yeonha shook at the injustice.
It seemed the mock Dungeon trial ran into several problems.
The first problem was that many of the internal cameras had stopped
The second was that was a systematic error. A problem had occurred with
the distribution of people in charge of monitoring the situation, and as
a result, the instructors had discovered the broken cameras too late.
The third and final problem was that real monsters had trespassed into
the Dungeon instead of mana puppets. This was the biggest problem.
The mock Dungeon trial was canceled as a result, and everyone’s grades
were postponed as well.
“Wow, really? A natural born Magma Golem?”
“Yeah, I heard it was intermediate ranked.”
“No way… So what happened? Who killed it?”
“It was Chae Nayun and Sven…”
The cadets gathered outside the Dungeon chattered loudly, while the
instructors checked people off to make sure there were no casualties.
‘…Then what was all the trouble I went through for?’
Yoo Yeonha let out a deep sigh. She staggered from the rising sense of
emptiness and lethargy. Then, she discovered Chae Nayun who was walking
around the Dungeon’s entrance. Yoo Yeonha had many questions she wanted
Chae Nayun to answer.
“Hm? Oh, Yeonha. What’s up?”
“Are you okay? I heard the Magma Golem…”
After bringing up a topic she wasn’t interested in, Yoo Yeonha brought
up Kim Hajin when Chae Nayun seemed to be bored.
“Oh right, you know Kim Hajin, right? The guy you brought up during our
“Mm? Ah~ Kim Hajin?”
Chae Nayun’s reaction was completely different than before. Previously,
she growled when Kim Hajin’s name was brought up, but now she looked
completely fine talking about him.
“Uh… Yeah, Kim Hajin.”
“What about him?”
“Well… Remember what you said before? That he—”
Chae Nayun lightly cut her off.
“Oh, that? It was a misunderstanding.”
Yoo Yeonha was so dumbfounded that she blurted out in polite speech.
It was only a few days ago that you were coughing up blood while talking
about him, and now you’re saying it was a misunderstanding? I don’t
think it’s a misunderstanding now!
“It was a misunderstanding, really. Well, I wouldn’t say he’s
someone I want to be friends with, but he’s not such a bad guy.”
‘Yep, that’s right.’ Chae Nayun nodded as though she was satisfied
with her own judgment.
Yoo Yeonha stared at Chae Nayun in a daze. She was so dumbfounded that
she wanted to strangle her.
“Oh, hey! Kim Suho!”
Suddenly, Chae Nayun shouted loudly. Yoo Yeonha felt like her eardrums
“I’ll talk to you later, Yeonha!”
Chae Nayun ran past Yoo Yeonha and disappeared. She was quick, like a
puppy chasing after her master. Yoo Yeonha turned around to see just who
she was waiting for. It was Kim Suho. Chae Nayun ran up to Kim Suho, who
had just left the Dungeon, slapped his back, and stood in front of him as
if to block his path.
“Whoa, that’s surprised me.”
“Did anything happen to your team?”
“…It was no joke. I almost died from exhaustion.”
For the record, Kim Suho chose the 8th pathway.
“I can see that on your face. You look like a grandpa.”
Yoo Yeonha watched their affectionate interaction with interest. She was
happy seeing them hit off well together. Thinking about it now, Kim Suho
did seem to resemble Chae Nayun’s older brother.
“Oh, Chae Nayun, here you are.”
At that moment, Shin Jonghak cut in between them as if to break them
Yoo Yeonha sighed. Since Shin Jonghak was there, Yoo Yeonha began to walk
towards them. At that moment, she discovered a man staring at Chae Nayun
from a distance.
“…What’s up with him?”
The man was Kim Hajin. But the way he was watching Chae Nayun seemed…
strange. His eyes seemed to carry a heavy worry and a deep sadness. Yoo
Yeonha stared at his disgusting eyes for a moment.
It didn’t take long for her to come to a conclusion.
“What, he likes Chae Nayun too? The heck… What’s so good about a
tomboy like her…?”
Yoo Yeonha trembled from the frustration rising from deep in her heart.
But even if other men liked Chae Nayun, Shin Jonghak couldn’t.
With such thought, she quickly walked over to Kim Suho, Shin Jonghak, and
1. In Korea, you are one year old when you are born unlike in America.