The Novel's Extra - chapter-31
A short groan left my mouth. My body ached everywhere. Skeleton bones
were littered around me, and I was lying on the ground.
It was a difficult fight. I had no talent for close ranged combat, but I
didn’t want to waste precious bullets on skeletons, so I transformed
Aether into a club to use as a melee weapon. Now that the ginseng’s
effect had worn off, I wondered why I did something so bold. It seemed it
was true that a strong mind arose from a strong body.
“I would have died if they were black skeletons…”
Each time I swung the club, I destroyed three to four white skeletons.
That was how strong my body was, but the fight had still taken 25
minutes. If the monster I fought weren’t the low ranked white
skeletons… I didn’t even want to imagine the outcome.
I raised my upper body and pondered as I scratched my back using a
I managed to obtain Aether and Evandel’s Seed. It was the biggest
accomplishment I made since being transported into my novel.
To confirm my achievement, I opened my laptop.
[A fraction of the ginseng’s effect melts into your body. Your strength
and stamina increases by 0.02 points!]
[You obtained 47 SP.]
But what I gained from the system wasn’t much. Was it because Aether
wasn’t a well-known weapon at this point? It wasn’t much SP.
[Magic power 1.925]
But the increase in variable stats was something to note. Thanks to
Aether boosting each stat by 0.6 points, my stats looked much better. Now
that my core stats were above 2, I was now on the level of a cadet,
though I was still at the bottom of the barrel.
“…It’s time to go now.”
After appreciating the numbers for some time, I closed the laptop. It was
time to go back. I wasn’t sure if I could walk properly, but if I
stayed here any longer and was discovered by a monster, that would be the
end of me.
I forced my creaking body up and began to walk back the way I came from.
At 10 P.M., I finally came back to the dorm, barely making it before
I headed to the shower immediately after I opened the door and washed
away the dirt covering my body. Because of the rough work-out I had, the
warm water gave me a refreshing feeling.
After turning off the shower head, I wiped myself off. I could see the
0.6 point stat increase on my body. Even without flexing or holding my
breath, there was a clear six-pack on my stomach. …Though, I guess it
was the same for other cadets.
I stopped fooling around in front of the mirror and got out of the
After putting on my underwear, I put my laptop and Evandel’s Seed on
“I brought it but…”
—Seed containing the soul of Evandel the witch.
When this seed germinates, ‘Evandel’ the Witch of Despair would be
born. Her title made her sound evil, but if utilized correctly, she could
become a valuable ally. The environment where one grew up was the most
important thing in raising any living being. So, I just had to raise her
Feeding the seed was simple. Instead of water, I just had to give it
small amounts of blood. A witch’s personality and growth were dependent
on who the blood came from. Chae Nayun’s or Kim Suho’s blood would be
the best, but acquiring them wasn’t easy.
“I’ll just hold onto you for now.”
I wrapped Evandel’s Seed in a handkerchief and put it in a drawer. Chae
Nayun and Kim Suho were model citizens who regularly donated blood.
Perhaps, I could pull some tricks to acquire their blood packs.
Next, I accessed Chae Nayun’s smartwatch to prepare for tomorrow’s
Coincidentally, she was currently talking with Sven.
Sven: [You’re coming to the club tomorrow, right?]
[Yeah, when are we meeting?]
Sven: [Come to the Portal at 4.]
[Why so early?]
Sven: [The meeting place is in Gangwondo, so let’s bet on who will get
more kills before the seniors arrive.]
[Sure, that sounds nice.]
From the looks of it, they seemed to have gotten fairly close. The
meeting time was 5 P.M. according to the club announcement, but Sven had
asked to meet an hour early.
After noting the time in my head, I accessed Violet Banquet to sell the
ginseng I picked up. Packhorse Master’s stock price was going up. I had
wanted to buy more before it was too late.
[Violet Banquet Online Auction House]
[Item for Sale]
[Description – 7-year-old ginseng dug from Gangwondo’s mountain.]
[Please place the item on the Portal for appraisal.]
A circular hologram projected out of the laptop screen. Once I placed the
ginseng on it, it would be transported to Violet Banquet’s appraisal
center, and the item would go on auction once the appraisal was complete.
I couldn’t explain how this technology worked. A Portal was created
from magic engineering, but I had no clue how it could be projected
remotely. Modern technology wasn’t advanced enough to achieve such a
But Violet Banquet could do it.
The reason was simple. Violet Banquet itself was the reward of ‘Tower
Just like the textbook said, Towers gave rewards that were beyond
[The item has been transported. The appraisal result will come out within
the next 24 hours.]
After seeing the ginseng disappear into the Portal, I closed the laptop.
Thursday, 3:30 P.M.
I got dressed before it was too late. Thanks to the modified fatigue
recovery potion, I was at my peak condition. Now, I just had to
“coincidentally” join up with Sven and Chae Nayun, and prevent them
from being together. I wanted to chase Sven out if possible, but that was
beyond my ability.
I left the dorm and arrived at the bus station. A bus arrived not long
after, but I passed it by. I had to wait for someone. Thankfully, she was
noticeable from a mile away.
Just like now, her face radiated light wherever she went.
“What are you doing here?”
Chae Nayun at least acknowledged my existence. I tilted my head
Sven should already be waiting at the Portal Station, but I knew Chae
Nayun would be late. That was just how her personality was, and I had
also peeked at the message she sent Sven.
“Why didn’t you get on the bus?”
Chae Nayun asked. For a moment, I flinched. So she was watching me
waiting for the bus. Come to think of it, Chae Nayun had good eyes as
“I was hesitating. I came out too early, so there was too much time
left over until the club meeting. I just decided to go through, since I
don’t have anything better to do.”
“Oh? What club are you in?”
“Hunting? I’m in hunting too, and I don’t remember seeing you…”
The bus arrived while Chae Nayun was talking. I hopped in, and Chae Nayun
“I didn’t go to the orientation. That’s probably why.”
I spoke as I sat down on a seat.
Chae Nayun sat down across from me. Then, she glanced at me with doubtful
eyes before opening her mouth.
“Just how many clubs are you in? I heard from Yeonha that you were in
“Wow, what a waste of time.”
“You’re in two too.”
“I’m… So what?”
I forced myself to smile before closing my eyes. I didn’t want to
continue this conversation any longer. Chae Nayun didn’t seem to mind
ending the conversation either.
Without talking for the rest of the bus ride, Chae Nayun and I arrived at
the Portal Station. I could see Sven in the distance. He ran towards the
bus as soon as he saw it, but he paused momentarily when he saw me. But
soon, he walked up with a smile.
“You came earlier than I expected.”
“Mhm. Oh right, Sven, you know him, right? He’s the one who helped us
before. Kim Hajin.”
“Yeah, I know. Hey.”
Sven reached his hand out and I grabbed it. Sven tried to let go
immediately, but I didn’t let him. I grasped his hand firmly and stared
into his eyes. Black, lifeless eyes. My Gift of observation peered into
his pupils. I could catch a glimpse of Asmodeus’ evil energy.
“Hey, what are you doing?”
Chae Nayun stepped in and separated me from Sven. No, she separated Sven
“Why are you picking a fight?”
She snapped at me sharply. I turned around without saying anything and
walked to the Portal Station’s entrance.
I wasn’t particularly skilled in distinguishing the state of Djinns.
But Sven was undoubtedly on a dangerous edge. I could tell simply by
looking at my laptop.
[In the original story, he dies after going berserk without accomplishing
[Modified setting – Increased self-control and mental power to help him
better control Asmodeus’ power.]
We arrived at a residential area in Gangwondo.
As Gangwondo had high mana density, there were many monsters and wild
animals. As such, the hunting club, Leonidas, obtained the cooperation of
the local government and residents to hunt in this area. By hunting wild
animals that frequently invaded the residential area, the cadets would be
helping citizens while enjoying their hobbies.
“You met on the way here?”
At the club’s meeting place, Sven asked Chae Nayun.
Chae Nayun narrowed her eyes and observed Kim Hajin’s movements. He was
sitting on a rock and looking at his watch.
He kept doing this. While pretending to be oblivious to his surroundings,
he kept loitering around them.
“Doesn’t it look like he’s following us?”
Sven stared at Kim Hajin for a while before continuing.
“You heard about cadets going missing lately, right?”
“He wouldn’t do something like that.”
“He has an alibi.”
During the estimated time of the third victim, there was a record of Kim
Hajin using a Portal. So Chae Nayun had recommended Kim Hajin to the
Djinn investigation team. After all, Yoo Yeonha, who was known for her
objective judgment, praised his eyesight.
Chae Nayun fell in thought as she rubbed her chin.
Though he wasn’t a suspect in the case, there was indeed something
strange about him. Even today, Kim Hajin clearly skipped a bus to take
the next one with me.
“…It’s not that he likes me, I think.”
But thinking about it now, it wasn’t completely absurd.
If bringing up my older brother was to draw my attention, it all made
sense. Not to mention, the unusually aggressive stance he took against
Sven today… Oh, and even before then, at the National Weapons Museum,
his partner should have been Yoo Yeonha, but he was at the museum for
Of course, it was only a suspicion for now. But if that was really his
intention, he was going at it the wrong way. Trying to draw someone’s
attention by harassing them was disgusting and shameless, and following
someone around secretly was no different than stalking.
“…Nah, no way.”
Chae Nayun shook her head and got rid of the suspicions in her head.
It didn’t make sense. She couldn’t even remember if they had met before
the museum incident.
Of course, she knew there were lots of guys who had a crush on her. Not
just many, but a truckload… But still…
“Look, the others are here.”
At that moment, Sven pointed ahead. Chae Nayun became startled and looked
The hunting club’s leader and other first and second years were walking
12 hours after the start of the auction, my ginseng was sold. 546 million
won. Even after the 11% auction fee, it was close to 500 million won.
That was with four missing roots too (I snapped another one off in case
of an emergency). Now if I threw all this into stocks…
“Now, come closer everyone!”
A cheerful voice rang out. I turned towards the direction of the voice.
The club leader and other members had arrived.
Today’s event would finally start.
But to be honest, I didn’t know much about today’s event. I only
roughly wrote the conclusion.
[Chae Nayun was gravely injured by a berserk Djinn, and Sven dissipated
That was it. The whole point of this event was to get Kim Suho to think
about Chae Nayun.
Because of today’s event, Kim Suho would mistake Chae Nayun to be the
Djinn’s target, and while everyone was paying attention to Chae Nayun,
Yoo Yeonha would be kidnapped. It was something like that.
But the biggest problem was that Sven had changed from the original
story. He became calmer and more elaborate. Since he could use
Asmodeus’ power better, Chae Nayun might suffer a more disgraceful
“It’s nice to see everyone again. Again, our hunting club helps
citizens by hunting wild animals, the so-called killing two birds with
The talkative club leader began his speech.
“Oh, by the way, who might you be? I don’t recall seeing you in the
But suddenly, he stopped his speech and asked me.
“I’m Kim Hajin. I couldn’t attend the orientation due to a personal
“Ah, that’s fine. We didn’t do much on the orientation. For
I looked for Chae Nayun while ignoring the club leader. I found her
almost instantly, but I jumped mildly in surprise.
Chae Nayun was also staring at me. Fixedly, with a suspicious look.