The Novel's Extra - chapter-336
T/N: Return Stone changed to Regression Stone (for clarity).
Tower of Time.
This was where they first met.
—Are you the fairy of regression?
That was the first thing the man said when I opened my eyes.
I remembered being unable to say a word, because I was too thrown off by
the word ‘fairy’. After all, it was obvious to anyone looking that I
wasn’t a fairy.
—Answer me. Are you the fairy of regression?
However, the man was persistent.
Thanks to him, I couldn’t find the time to feel frustration or despair
at having been reincarnated yet again. Of course, hearing my chuckle, the
—…You think this is funny?
The sudden summoning surprised me, but I quickly understood the man’s
circumstances. He must have climbed to the top of the Tower alone and
found the ‘Regression Stone’. He must think it would let him go back
in time, just like its name suggests.
—Who the hell are you? Why did you pop out of the Regression Stone? I
won’t ask a third time. Answer.
The man raised the spear in his hand. The killing intent emanating from
him woke me up. I stopped daydreaming and surveyed the area. I was
unfamiliar with the surrounding scenery. However, just like always, I
assumed I was reincarnated inside the seed that Baal planted – the
—…I’ll ask a third time. Who are you?
Seeing that I wasn’t talking, the man kindly gave me another chance. I
smiled without replying just like before. I didn’t mean to smile, but
it came out naturally when I saw the man’s otherworldly appearance. I
wandered across many worlds, and his physical appearance ranked among the
—I’ll count to three. One, two… two and a half….
I immediately noticed that he was quite strange.
—…Two and a half and a half… Two and a half and a half and a
Thanks to him, I was able to loosen up and raise my body. When I got up,
the man flinched and took a few steps back.
“I’ll ask first.”
—N-No, I’ll be the one to ask…
“Where are we?”
I asked the man.
—…The Tower of Time.
The man muttered back.
After destroying yet another world and aimlessly drifting through space,
I had once again been summoned to another world by the selfishness of a
human. By now, I was all too familiar with the development
—It’s your turn to answer me. Are you the fairy of regression?
The man, Shin Myungchul, asked me. I turned my head slightly and examined
Shin Myungchul closely.
His eyes shone like gems that fell underwater. Even his long, unkempt
hair was unable to conceal his good looks.
“I’m not a fairy, but a devil.”
I answered honestly. However, Shin Myungchul wasn’t taken aback in the
slightest. His reaction surprised me.
—Fairies and devils are pretty much the same thing.
Shin Myungchul was a man of strong character, both before and after he
went back in time. But when I first met him, he was lost from the guilt
and anger of being unable to protect his loved one.
—So, devil of regression, are you able to send me back in time?
Shin Myungchul wished to go back in time to change his past.
I nodded my head without much thought. In that instant, Shin Myungchul
smiled like a little kid and approached me as if to hold my hands in
“But there’s a condition.”
—Condition? That’s fine. No matter what it is, I will…
“Once you go back in time, I will be beside you, annoying you the whole
At the time, I took a more backhanded approach. I didn’t think to stop
him or persuade him otherwise. I had given up before even trying, or
perhaps I had resigned myself to this development. No matter the case, I
knew humans weren’t capable of being persuaded by a stranger.
—You will be beside me?
“That’s right. If you don’t want that, then there’s nothing I can
Humans who chose to borrow the power of a devil always came to regret it
in the end. Watching their world being destroyed by their own hands, they
hit their chests in mockery of their foolishness and cried out in sorrow
—I don’t care.
At that moment, I concluded Shin Myungchul would end up the same way.
“Great. But before we go back in time, there are few things I need to
warn you about.”
The young Shin Myungchul was proud and arrogant. As I had experienced all
sorts of people in the worlds I’ve been summoned to, I ignored Shin
Myungchul’s character flaws and began my explanation.
“The Regression Stone is the medium for the summoning of the devil
Baal. It will transport him from the transcendental plane in which he
lives into this plane. If you go back in time using the Regression
Stone’s power, Baal will undoubtedly descend in your world. That is the
price you have to pay to go back in time. What you experience will not be
a miracle, but a calamity that can destroy your world….”
—Pft, it doesn’t matter.
As I expected, Shin Myungchul was selfish, just like all the other
Regressors who wished for the same thing.
“You will regret it.”
However, there was one thing that was different.
—I won’t regret it. If Baal descends on my world, I will just beat
That was confidence.
Shin Myungchul possessed confidence befitting his strength. With it, he
grasped the Regression Stone without hesitation.
…Just like that, he went back to when he was 17, to the world where his
lover and family were alive.
Shin Myungchul cried tears of joy. With knowledge of the future, he grew
rapidly. In just two years, he became a powerful Hero capable of
protecting his loved ones.
Three years later, Shin Myungchul married his lover. A year after that,
he had a child he never did in his previous life.
But fate couldn’t be changed so easily, and his happiness didn’t last
Shin Myungchul’s wife died from an illness not long after giving birth.
Shin Myungchul cried until his tear glands dried up. The grief he felt
was stronger because of how long he loved her.
However, Shin Myungchul had a son who needed his father. His grief was
quickly replaced by a desire to protect his son.
Just like that, 30 years went by.
Shin Myungchul finally witnessed his son becoming a father. Shin
Myungchul named his grandson, ‘Shin Jonghak’.
I watched over Shin Myungchul the entire time.
Originally, I was supposed to make preparations for Baal’s descent. But
unless it was absolutely necessary, I stayed by Shin Myungchul’s side.
Seeing the once self-centered man grow up to be a grandfather was both
fascinating and beautiful.
Of course, it wasn’t that I didn’t do anything. I had no choice but
to fulfill my duty as Baal’s host.
I met Yi Yeonjun, who caught Baal’s eyes, and formed the Chameleon
Troupe. With him, I met kids like Yi Byul, Jain, and Kaita. I formed a
family, just like Shin Myungchul.
I liked Yi Yeonjun because he reminded me of the person I loved in the
past; I liked Yi Byul simply because she was cute; I liked Jain because
of her two-faced nature; and I liked Kaita because of his one-dimensional
If possible, I wanted to stay with them for as long as possible.
But Baal didn’t let me.
The first seizure came abruptly. Baal rampaged inside my body. Knowing
that I was getting attached to Earth, he sought to destroy it using my
incarnation body without descending through the Demon Realm Gate.
Once enraged, Baal easily took over my body. However, his rampage ended
in just a day. Shin Myungchul had come to stop him.
Just like he swore before returning to the past, Shin Myungchul beat up
But like a true villain, Baal chose to self-destruct. A third of the
Korean Peninsula was at risk of total destruction. Meanwhile, I watched
Shin Myungchul’s decision inside Baal’s consciousness.
To my surprise, Shin Myungchul did not hesitate in the slightest.
—If you can hear me, Bell, let me ask you for one last favor. Tell
Jonghak my story. That way, he won’t become me. Help him achieve what I
couldn’t. Jonghak is always saying he will become a great Hero… I
believe him. He will become the greatest Hero of all time, even greater
Shin Myungchul left his will with me before forming a barrier with all
his strength. He traded his life for the lives of millions. That was how
the Hero Shin Myungchul met his fate.
“…What do you think?”
I finished my quick story and turned to Shin Jonghak. I had to summarize
Shin Myungchul’s tale more than I would have liked to because of my
body’s condition. But since I passed a part of my memories to Shin
Jonghak with my magic power, he should be able to understand.
“Shin Myungchul’s act of sacrifice is lauded in textbooks as the
epitome of heroism, but in truth, he was just taking responsibility for
his past selfishness.”
Shin Jonghak didn’t say anything. With a stiff expression, he slumped
his head and looked down at the ground. I chuckled and placed my hand on
“Myungchul left his inheritance in your body. You should know what to
Looking at his face, I wasn’t sure if he was listening. There was one
last shocking truth I had to say, but I chose to keep it to myself. When
I found out about it, even I was shaken.
Jin Sahyuk turned to me. I could see myself through the reflection in her
eyes. Demonic energy was swaying around me, and my eyes were dyed red.
I clearly didn’t have much time left.
“Are you ready?”
Jin Sahyuk nodded her head at my request.
I endured the piercing pain in my body and made a bitter smile.
“I’m sorry. I would explain more, but I don’t have time.”
The final truth… that this world is nothing more than a ‘novel’
written by a certain man would be buried with me. I only found out
because I looked into Kim Hajin’s head. So I didn’t need to worry.
Jin Sahyuk got up with an expressionless face.
It had been far too long. It was frustrating to find out that the four,
five hundred years I suffered weren’t even mentioned in the damn novel,
but that didn’t matter now.
I no longer cared.
“I want to rest.”
After all, death would relieve me of all emotions…
Yi Yeonjun swung his magic power. Tentacle-shaped magic power melted the
ground and evaporated it into the atmosphere.
Against him I used every single one of my Gifts and
creations—[Extraction], [Complete Understanding of Spirit Power],
[Random Consolidation System], [Desert Eagle], and more. I always
preferred quantity over quality.
Even so, I couldn’t penetrate Yi Yeonjun’s defense.
The Desert Eagle rusted away. My armor broke. Aether shattered. All
because the temperature continued to fluctuate between scorching heat and
“…You have fascinating abilities.”
Amidst a piercing cold, Yi Yeonjun muttered nonchalantly. It was not a
compliment, but a cynical expression of contempt.
“Yours is even more fascinating.”
The breath from my mouth froze white.
Yi Yeonjun twisted his lips.
I was keeping my head above water thanks to the Orb of Regeneration. But
I knew I couldn’t win against him. Rather, I purposely chose to use
methods that couldn’t defeat him.
If I had attacked Yi Yeonjun from afar, my chances would have been much
better. I might have killed him before he could react.
In fact, that was how I had planned to approach him up until 3 hours ago.
However, in the end, I chose to face him head on. This decision was made
on a whim.
“…I’m curious about something.”
Although moving my half-frozen lips hurt a lot, I managed to open my
mouth. Sadly, Yi Yeonjun ignored me and shot his magic power. The heated
beam of magic power pierced my shoulder.
I used my Gift [Constraints and Amplifications] to suppress my
sensations. As a result, I didn’t feel any pain.
“I looked into your past.”
It was then that Yi Yeonjun finally showed a reaction. He glared at me
with eyes full of hostility.
“What you did to bring Yi Byul into the Chameleon Troupe, what you did
to Yi Byul’s parents to incite their fear for their daughter, how you
turned Yi Byul’s life into a living hell when she could have led an
I continued to list everything that I had witnessed in the past. But my
speech was not for Yi Yeonjun.
I had no intention of persuading him. This world was not a novel, and I
knew that the cliché of persuading a villain with smooth talk didn’t
apply to me. After all, humans didn’t change so easily.
“The reason Yi Byul’s parents had to kill their daughter… I saw it
I was speaking to the person who I knew was watching me from somewhere.
I couldn’t sense her presence and it would be a bummer if she wasn’t
here, but I believed in my luck.
“…It must have been fun.”
Yi Yeonjun smirked. This made me frown.
“Don’t you feel guilty for what you did?”
“Of course not. If it wasn’t for me, Byul would have lived among
those trash forever.”
Yi Yeonjun answered with confidence.
I scoffed in disbelief.
“…Why did you do it?”
“I wanted to own her.”
His voice sunk to the ground. He sounded stiff like a block of wood.
“When people break, they become easier to own. That’s all.”
He was the perfect example of a two-dimensional villain I once read in a
writing guidebook. A character who cannot and does not change no matter
what, created for the sole purpose of becoming a villain.
I looked at Yi Yeonjun and forced a smile.
“It’s like you’re a character in a novel.”
Yi Yeonjun shrugged and said, “Now it’s my turn to ask. Why are you
with Byul? What about Byul do you-”
“I love her.”
My answer was brief as well. I spoke with emotion and with confidence.
Yi Yeonjun clenched his teeth.
“Yeah. You know what that means, right? Ah, but maybe someone like you
The sound of teeth grinding rang out, and our conversation stopped there.
Yi Yeonjun gave off a much more powerful and violent magic power than
His magic power turned into a bundle of tentacles. I didn’t dare to
count how many there were. The grotesque strands either rose high in the
sky or fell low to the ground before flying towards me.
Countless tentacles blocked my view.
I knew couldn’t stop them.
I would probably die here, though I could still resurrect with my Unique
Then, I realized my luck had once again activated.
[Coincidentally, somebody listened to your true feelings and understood
[Narrow Escape from Death (8/9) – Special stat, Accumulation of Luck,
becomes partly unlocked!]