The Novel's Extra - chapter-373
The swallow-tail coated Kim Suho looked at the party venue. Most
distinguished guests were busy talking with each other, but because he
was 40 minutes late, he couldn’t join in on any conversation.
Kim Suho walked through the grand hall and watched Yoo Sihyuk, Yoo
Jinwoong, Nicholas, and other famous Heroes. He found it rather
intriguing that the Heroes he had seen on TV when he was young were all
“Aigo, if it isn’t our future Hero~!”
At that moment, someone approached him, pretending to be friendly. Kim
Suho flinched slightly as he turned to the side.
It was the former president of Korea, Kim Sukho.
“…Hello, Professor Kim Sukho.”
He’d heard from Yun Seung-Ah that Kim Sukho enjoyed being addressed as
Professor. Kim Suho followed her advice, and it seemed it worked, as a
smile bloomed on Kim Sukho’s face.
“Hahaha, nice to meet you. I heard you were late because of a
“Yes, my apologies.”
“No need. I was slightly late myself.”
When Kim Sukho let out a peal of hearty laughter, other distinguished
guests gathered around him. Kim Suho knew and recognized their faces. Of
the list of people Yun Seung-Ah sent, they were part of the so-called
‘Kim Sukho Faction’.
“Aigo, where are my manners? Suho, let me introduce you to them. This
here is the chief of the Association’s Evaluation Department, Kim On.”
“Nice to meet you. I’m Kim On. I heard a lot of you, High-rank Hero
Kim On reached his hand out with a strange smile.
For the record, the Evaluation Department was the division of the
Association that ranked and evaluated Heroes. As Heroes’ fame and
salary were dependent on their ‘rank’, the Evaluation Department had
quite a powerful authority.
“…Nice to meet you. I’m Kim Suho.”
Kim Suho shook his hand awkwardly.
Next, he met the chiefs of the Administrative Department, the State
Affairs Department, the International Aid Department, etc…. After Kim
Suho shook hands with everyone, Kim Sukho laughed joyously.
“Hahaha. Oh right, Chief Kim, aren’t there a few empty slots for the
Master-rank Hero position?”
“Yes, a few died during the war, and a few were expelled from not
answering summons during the war.”
“Tsk, draft dodgers…. Such shameless Heroes. Too many of them are
blinded by money and fame. When I was their age, people became Heroes to
save one another. Nobody cared about money and fame.”
Kim Sukho muttered unhappily before turning to Kim Suho and smiling.
“We need more Heroes like Suho.”
“…Thank you for the compliment.”
Kim Suho nodded his head wryly.
It was then.
With a click, the lights illuminating the room turned off.
Was it an event or an attack?
While everyone stood wary, a small spotlight shone on the south side of
the party hall.
Kim Sukho and the other distinguished guests turned their attention to
The curtains lifted on the empty stage, revealing the host of the party –
Yoo Yeonha. She acted with decorum befitting her position and greeted the
“Nice to meet you. My name is Yoo Yeonha. I’d like to thank all the
distinguished guests who are gathered here today. Of course, I will be
paying each guest a visit to thank them.”
She thanked the guests for coming before cutting straight to the chase.
Yoo Yeonha didn’t want to damage the scenario she scripted.
“First, Temple of Justice’s chairman, Aileen-ssi. Your courage became
a powerful beacon of light against humanity’s war against Baal. We
admire you from the bottom of our hearts.”
Yoo Yeonha spoke with a gentle voice. At the same time, the spotlight
moved and shone on Aileen. Caught in the middle of munching on
chocolates, Aileen flinched before quickly wiping her mouth and making a
Clap, clap, clap—
Yoo Yeonha clapped her hands first, which eventually spread and filled
the entire room with applause. Aileen was at a loss for what to do and
bowed her flushed head repeatedly.
“Next is Rachel, whose elementals saved countless people through their
clear and pure powers. There must be hundreds of thousands of people who
had their lives saved by you.”
Clap, clap, clap—
It seemed now was the time for pleasantries. Kim Suho clapped his hands
as he watched Yoo Yeonha give her speech.
Rachel smiled bashfully at Yoo Yeonha’s praise, and several men blushed
as they looked at her.
Yoo Yeonha continued to praise the distinguished guests with her silver
tongue. Yun Seung-Ah, Yoo Sihyuk, Chae Nayun, Yi Yongha, Kim Suho, and
even Shin Jonghak who wasn’t present….
Kim Suho felt his heart becoming warmer as time went on.
However, Jin Sahyuk seemed to think otherwise. Kim Suho was surprised by
her sudden appearance, but he calmed down and whispered into her ear.
“Who are you to tell me what to do?”
“You shut up.”
The corner of Kim Suho’s mouth twisted up. Meanwhile, the wholesome
relay of praises was coming to an end.
“There are two people left.”
The final two people.
Kim Sukho and Yi Yukho knew who these two were.
The two people who would be the finale for this ceremony laughed quietly
and drowned themselves in the moment. For a second, they even thought it
might be okay to leave Essence of the Strait be.
“Professor Kim Sukho.”
A grand spotlight shone down on Kim Sukho. When everyone’s gazes turned
to him, Kim Sukho waved his hand and shook his head.
“And the current chairman, Yi Yukho.”
A second spotlight shone down on Yi Yukho, one of the founding members of
the Association and its current chairman. Yi Yukho showed the same
reaction as Kim Sukho.
The distinguished guests gathered at the party thought this was the end
and waited for Yoo Yeonha’s final tribute.
Yoo Yeonha announced that there was one person remaining.
While everyone stood in a fluster, Yoo Yeonha gestured at the main door
of the party hall.
A spotlight shone down on the door, and everyone’s attention turned in
A clear sound rang out amidst the silence.
Soon, the door opened— and the Immortal, Chae Joochul, appeared.
No, it wasn’t just Chae Jooochul.
Dozens of Heroes followed Chae Joochul and surrounded the party hall. The
waltz playing in the background vanished, replaced by the sound of
“Let me introduce you all.”
Ignoring the atmosphere that had suddenly turned cold, Yoo Yeonha
continued her speech.
“This is the Four-colored Immortal, Sir Chae Joochul.”
Chae Joochul slowly walked up the stage.
He received the microphone from Yoo Yeonha. Then, he looked down at Kim
Sukho and Yi Yukho with an aged gaze. He then shifted his gaze at those
The executives of the Association’s departments were present.
The Evaluation Department, the Administrative Department, the
Peacekeeping Department, the State Affairs Department, the General
Affairs Department…. Not a single one of them was clean from corruption.
Without even the slightest change in his expression, Chae Joochul began
to read the document he brought.
“Kim Sukho, Yi Yukho, Kim On, Yi Wanho, Jin Jaesoon, Jee Yonggu,
He read the names of 27 people, who were all executives of the
Association. Yoo Yeonha had come up with the list after long, tireless
hours of investigation.
“…The above 27 people gathered here today.”
Chae Joochul finished calling them out. He paused for a moment and looked
at the party hall. The light in his eyes seemed to pierce through one’s
While everyone stood confused, Chae Joochul spat out a sentence that
instantly shattered the frozen atmosphere.
“You are under arrest for attempted assassinations, conspiracy to
commit murder, massacring of civilians, collusion with Djinns, and other
“You will be relieved of your duties as of this moment. You have the
right to remain silent, and….”
Chae Joochul gave the Miranda Warning through the silent atmosphere.
The distinguished guests at the hall listened to Chae Joochul’s dry
voice as if they had been entranced.
“W-What the hell does that mean!?”
Kim Sukho was the first one to shout.
His blood-shot eyes were glaring at Chae Joochul.
“Chae Joochul, what authority do you have to—”
“It is one of the authorities you gave to play up the Nine Stars.”
A deep voice cut off Kim Sukho’s frantic shouting.
Soon, another person walked up to the stage.
It was an old man whose left arm and right leg had turned into steel and
could not even walk without a cane – Heynckes.
“The Authorities of the Nine Stars. I’m sure you’ve heard of it.”
Heynckes grinned and looked back and forth between Yi Yukho and Kim Sukho.
“Each member of the Nine Stars has authority equivalent to an
international investigative agency…. Isn’t that the clause you
personally wrote? Joochul here is an investigator I hired.”
Immediately, Kim Sukho and Yi Yukho roared in fury.
“Chae, Chae Joochul—! Do you think you can get away with this!?”
Kim Sukho shouted desperately. Heynckes might be difficult, but he
planned to bring Chae Joochul down with him. Given their history
together, Kim Sukho had a lot to reveal.
However, in the next moment, Kim Sukho and Yi Yukho had no choice but to
shut their mouths.
The man who followed Chae Joochul up the stage had stopped their shouting.
“This is proof.”
The man who said this… was one of the three authority-holders of the
Association, ‘Yoo Jangwon’.
Yoo Jangwon handed Chae Joochul an envelope filled with evidence.
“Everything is inside this envelope.”
As expected of a seasoned politician, Kim Sukho quickly realized what was
Yoo Jangwon and Chae Joochul had betrayed him.
Kim Sukho and Yi Yukho shook. However, Yoo Jangwon ignored them like dogs
on the street and continued.
“The Kwang-Oh Incident, Leork Incident, Augsburg Collapse Incident, and
other big and small incidents caused by Djinns… all of them are
incidents masterminded by those two to keep their authority. The evidence
is already being broadcasted all over the world.”
Yoo Jangwon clapped. Immediately, a huge hologram screen shot up on the
—I am here today, not as the Hero Yoo Jinwoong, but as a fellow human
being. I am here to confess the evil deeds I have committed.
Yoo Jinwoong was standing in front of the media – YTV, MBN, KSB…. Yoo
Jinwoong was confessing live in front of the whole world.
Kim Sukho’s jaw dropped.
‘When did Yoo Jinwoong get there? Wasn’t he here just a moment
After watching the screen for some time, Kim Sukho turned to Yi Yukho. It
was clear what message their eyes were exchanging. Now that they were
pushed to a corner, they would struggle until the end.
A gleaming greatsword formed with magic power separated them. Intense
heat rose from the crack formed on the ground, preventing the two from
This was Chae Nayun’s doing. Kim Sukho and Yi Yukho gulped at the power
that far surpassed the rumors.
“This is Essence of the Strait’s Chae Nayun. I have been given the
authority to arrest the Association’s law-breakers by the government,
as well as the authority to punish and judge them in the process.
Resisting will not be allowed.”
“…I’m sorry to tell you, but I haven’t even been convicted yet.
I’m no law-breaker.”
Chae Nayun didn’t even pretend to hear Kim Sukho. She looked ready to
behead him if he made one wrong move.
‘…As expected of Chae Joochul’s granddaughter. She’s mad.’ Kim
Sukho shrugged and got on his knees.
“Then excuse me.”
Yoo Jangwon got down from the stage using this chaos.
“Wait! Stop him! Stop him too! We didn’t commit any crimes! He
controlled us, and now he’s controlling you!”
Kim Sukho shouted loudly and pointed at Yoo Jangwon. However, Yoo Jangwon
quickly escaped the party hall. Then, he prepared himself to
‘disguise’ himself again.
However, cold steel touched her neck.
Jain raised her hand.
A woman appeared from behind a pillar.
“It’s been a while, Jain. Do you have time today? I’d like for us
to have a little chat.”
It was Yun Seung-Ah.
She slowly moved her sword and made a cut on Jain’s neck.
“Uh… well… can we chat later~? I’m a bit busy right now. I have
to make them give up quickly….”
“I can’t do that. There’s something I need to hear too.”
“Hear? Hear what?”
“Oh? You’re pretending you don’t know? I want to cut you up the
more you do this… you bitch.”
Blood flowed down Yun Seung-Ah’s sword. A sharp pain spread through
Jain grit her teeth and pondered, ‘Should I push her sword away and
escape? Or should I hear out this woman…?’
Unfortunately, she didn’t have time to weigh her options.
The roof of the mansion suddenly collapsed, and countless flying monsters
and members of the New Evils appeared.
Ferocious cries rang out as the scent of demonic energy flowed out.
Everyone was taken aback by the sudden attack.
Jain glanced at Yun Seung-Ah and spoke.
“Why don’t we chat after everything ends~? I’ll keep my promise
this time~ This is my retirement mission, you see~”
Yun Seung-Ah fell silent. Soon, the sound of something breaking rang out,
and the clashing of magic power and demonic energy created a huge sonic
There was no time to wait.
With a sigh, Yun Seung-Ah let go of Jain.
“If you don’t keep this promise, I won’t give you a chance to talk
“Okay~ Okay~ I already know your phone number. So just wait, okay~?”
“…Shut up and call me when you’re done.”
With that, Yun Seung-Ah ran towards the party hall, and Jain changed her
disguise to ‘that person’ to finish the job.
The person Kim Sukho feared and wanted to kill so much. The reason he
caused the Kwang-Oh Incident.
The person Jain changed into was Jin Seyeon’s father, Jin Younghwan.
[Underground Bunker of the Mansion]
Yoo Yeonha evacuated to the underground bunker. As she would be useless
in battle and as the New Evils would surely make her their primary
target, she decided to leave the rest to Chae Joochul and Heynckes.
She sighed and turned on the TV.
Her father’s press conference was coming to an end.
—I will spend the rest of my life atoning for my sins.
He reached out his hand proudly. Police ran up and restrained him with
handcuffs that blocked magic power. It was the equipment her corporation,
Essential Dynamics, invented.
Yoo Yeonha couldn’t watch her father be taken into custody.
She turned off the TV, with bitterness welling up inside her.
She felt like she was going to vomit.
Her heart was filled with unsatisfiable bitterness and emptiness.
She felt empty.
Was all this really necessary?
Was it worth abandoning her father to do this?
Fish couldn’t live in waters that were too pure. Perhaps it might have
been okay to compromise….
Yoo Yeonha let out a helpless breath and picked up her smartwatch. Then,
she checked her messages to look at her past conversations with her
[What are you up to, Yeonha?]
[Daughter~ Father had a little drink~]
[I want to see you.]
Her father had sent numerous messages, but there weren’t many she had
replied to. Yoo Yeonha began to hate her past self for not answering.
“Stupid, stupid, stupid…?”
Yoo Yeonha was smacking her head and blaming herself when she suddenly
found a message log.
It was a long message, but there was no record on who the recipient was.
The sender was ‘Yoo Yeonha’ without a doubt, but she had no memory of
sending such a message.
Curious, Yoo Yeonha tilted her head and clicked on the message.
Her face became redder than an apple, and she exploded from embarrassment.
[Hello, Kim Hajin-ssi. This is Yoo Yeonha. Today has been a difficult
day. Well, maybe not for you, but it sure has been for me.
Maybe that’s why. The days I spent with you as my trusty ally are
popping up in my head. I was embarrassed, tired, and a little annoyed,
but now that I think about it, they were precious memories.
Right, I’m thinking about you right now…]
“…W-W-What the hell is this?”
Yoo Yeonha clutched her head. ‘I’m thinking about you right now’?
What kind of a third-grader confession was this?
The unimaginable embarrassment caused her head to boil and her brain to
But in this state of utter embarrassment, she faintly remembered the
‘emptiness’ that had been formed from her forgetting.
The reason she had cast light upon the Kwang-Oh Incident, going so far as
to abandon her father.
Yoo Yeonha pressed her temples.
“Ah, ah, ah.” Short mutters escaped her mouth.
Someone’s face faintly surfaced in her mind.
Someone she shouldn’t forget.
Someone she couldn’t forget.