The Novel's Extra - chapter-42
“Oh no, I’m so sorry.”
The nameless person apologized in shock. The Chameleon Troupe’s boss
seemed just as shocked as she remained completely still. First, I took
the soda cup off of her head. The ice cubes sitting on her head
immediately drizzled down, and Boss shut her eyes close.
“Please wait just one minute. I’ll go get a towel…”
But at that momenet, the nameless person suddenly froze. His eyes turned
lifeless and he began to walk out in a strange zombie-like manner.
I glanced at Boss’ neck on which a faint light was glimmering. It
seemed what just happened was her necklace’s ability. That necklace… I
felt like I knew it, but I couldn’t quite remember it. I wasn’t too
keen on item settings.
She suddenly let out a deep sigh. Then, she turned towards me.
I scratched my neck.
I had a tiny pack of tissues in my pocket, but it was nowhere near enough
to take care of the mess on her head and clothes.
But because her eyes were fixed on me, I took out the tissues.
“Um, you can use this…”
She looked back and forth between me and the pack of tissues. She then
grabbed the tissues and wiped her face, legs, and arms.
Then, she gave a light bow and thanked me. I fell into a daze
momentarily. What just happened?
At that moment, the host’s loud voice resounded.
—We are now starting!
The crowd cheered loudly. A countless number of reporters aimed their
cameras at the arena. Although they weren’t allowed to film the duels,
they were allowed to take pictures. The reporters from England were
—Duel between rank 3 Rachel and rank 4 Chae Nayun!
A battle between a rapier and a bow.
This was something that happened in the original story. In other words, I
already knew who would win – Rachel.
I stared at Rachel and Chae Nayun standing on the arena. Though they were
far away, I could see them as though they were only a couple feet away.
Chae Nayun’s mouth moved. I could hear what she was saying.
—Princess, our rank will be changing today.
Rachel didn’t react to Chae Nayun’s provocation.
—Beginning countdown! Three! Two!
Chae Nayun aimed her bow at Rachel, and Rachel held up her rapier.
Facing each other, neither side had even the tiniest imbalance in their
postures. Waiting for the start signal, they concealed their openings
while searching for their opponent’s openings.
Chae Nayun fired her arrow immediately. Her magic arrow flew out at
lightning speed. However, Rachel skirted past the arrow by a hair’s
breadth with refined, efficient movements.
Chae Nayun continued with a barrage of arrows. When the arrows raining
down from the sky hit the ground, they split into several offshoots and
took on unpredictable paths. It seemed this was the plan Chae Nayun made
for this fight. Since Rachel would just dodge her arrows if she shot at
her directly, Chae Nayun was trying to box her in.
However, Rachel dodged the terrifying barrage of arrows elegantly. Not
only that, but she didn’t hesitate to stab with her rapier when given
the chance. The magic power from her attacks shot towards Chae Nayun like
beams of light. Even so, Chae Nayun didn’t dodge them. Instead, she
emitted magic power in the form of a shield to block them.
Immediately, the crowd erupted into cheers and applause. Chae Nayun’s
magic power control had already surpassed the level of a cadet.
However, the outcome of this fierce battle was predetermined. Chae Nayun
couldn’t win against Rachel.
Rachel was a swordsman specialized in receiving long ranged attacks. Her
slender and flexible body could dodge arrows with the slightest movement,
and her attacks of delicate magic power continuously disrupted an
archer’s posture. Chae Nayun created a shield to prevent her posture
from becoming unstable, but this method was too costly in magic power.
The moment Chae Nayun’s magic power ran out, it would be Rachel’s
“I saw your duel against Kim Horak.”
At that moment, a voice suddenly rang out from next to me.
Startled, I jolted slightly.
Because I was too focused on Chae Nayun and Rachel’s duel, I had
forgotten who was sitting next to me. It was incredibly foolish,
considering she was currently far more important than Rachel or Chae
“Um, thank you.”
I replied as calmly as possible.
She asked while staring at me.
“Was that your Gift?”
“…I’m sorry, but that’s not something that I can reveal so
She took out a business card from her pocket.
“This is who I am.”
She gave me the business card.
[Desolate Moon’s grade 3 Hero]
[Contact address: 0103-3243-9203-93]
This was likely one of her many fake identities. Even so, my heart
trembled as very few people had way of contacting her. In order to not
make it obvious, I simply smiled and muttered.
“It’s illegal to scout cadets in advance.”
She tried to put away her business card.
I grabbed her wrist. As I thought, she didn’t know about playing hard
“I’ll hold onto yours.”
She nodded and gave me her business card.
“I’ll leave now. Contact us whenever you want.”
With that, she got up. As she walked out, I stared at her back in a daze.
“…What did she come here for?”
I couldn’t understand. No matter how much I thought about it, there
shouldn’t have been any reason for her to visit me at this point.
All duels ended by 5 P.M.
Kim Suho, Shin Jonghak, Rachel, and a cadet named Joo Youngho were the
only ones to win all their duels. Because cadets could fight up to three
times a day, many unexpected outcomes had occurred due to one side being
—Wow, that was amazing. Did you see Kim Suho? How stylish can he get?
—Chae Nayun lost to Rachel… I’m a bit bitter. This is the first
time I’ve seen Korea’s rising star losing to a foreigner.
By the time I left the arena, the sky had already turned dark. Many
spectators brushed past me as they reflected on today’s battles.
Before I returned to the dorm, I first went into an alleyway in the back
of the arena. After sitting down in a random spot, I took out the drone I
placed in my cross bag.
This drone was quite different than the original, as I added several
settings like battery life boost, stealth mode, and target lock-on. These
changes would last for four days, which was when the Chameleon Troupe
would leave. Consequently, the modification was relatively cheap in SP.
I threw the drone into the air. The drone flew into the forest, and I got
up to head back to the dorm.
—…kuk, huk… kuk
But a sudden crying sound made me stop. It sounded a bit like an animal
crying, but it was also pitiful enough to make me turn to its direction.
My eyes broke through several walls in the path, and in a nearby forest
close to the back of the arena, I saw someone hiding between trees and
It was Chae Nayun. Her body was shaking and her face was buried between
This event, I remembered it.
It was the when Chae Nayun would completely fall for Kim Suho. Soon, he
would come to console Chae Nayun on her defeat, and with everything else
that should have happened between them, Chae Nayun would come to see Kim
Suho as not just a friend. Although things had changed slightly from the
original story, it seemed the big picture remained the same.
I turned back without much thought.
But I hesitated to leave.
Kim Suho would console Chae Nayun, but his kindness would only comfort
“You can do better next time,” “Work hard with me,” “I will
help you get stronger”… Such words wouldn’t really help Chae Nayun.
In life, it was sometimes better to give up rather than continuing to
work hard. But there was no such thing as giving up in Kim Suho’s
dictionary. He never gave up on anything and never suggested others to
Because of Kim Suho, Chae Nayun wouldn’t give up on using a bow for a
In the end, I turned on my smartwatch.
The message Chae Nayun sent me last night was there.
[Hey, don’t ignore me. If you don’t reply, I’ll nominate you for
I gave her an 18-hour late reply.
[What are you doing?]
Through the walls, I could see Chae Nayun’s smartwatch ring. But
because she was crying, she didn’t check her smartwatch. I sent her
[I saw your duel today.]
Chae Nayun then glanced at her smartwatch.
—…What does this bastard want now?
It seemed she was planning on ignoring my messages. I didn’t have any
other choice. I sent her a message she couldn’t ignore.
[See, I told you. You’re more suited to a sword than a bow. It’s not
too late to change your weapon. I did too.]
—This son of a…
It was incredibly effective. Fuming, Chae Nayun tapped on her smartwatch.
[Screw off before I kill you.]
The reply I sent back immediately was enough to drive her over the edge.
[Come on, you defeated a Djinn with a sword, so why do you insist on
using a bow? I just can’t understand. It’s almost… pitiful. If you
fought Rachel like how you fought that Djinn, do you think you would have
[What? You wanna die?]
[Think a little. You beat her when you were in Agent Military Academy, so
why do you think you’re losing now? It’s because you don’t have the
aptitude for bows.]
[What you piece of shit where are you do I look like a pushover you
bastard don’t be so arrogant just because you beat Kim Horak]
Her emotional message was hardly readable because of punctuation errors.
I didn’t even read it all. I didn’t reply to her either. I wanted to
mess with her a bit more because her reaction was funny, but
unfortunately, it was time.
—Huh? Chae Nayun?
Kim Suho peeked his head behind the tree, where Chae Nayun was hiding.
—What are you doing here?
Chae Nayun quickly wiped off her tears. She then tried to run, but Kim
Suho caught her.
—Let me go!
Chae Nayun tried to shake him off, but Kim Suho wasn’t the type of
person who would leave a crying girl be. He had a typical main character
personality. Consoling a crying girl was almost in his instincts.
“…It’s time to go.”
I didn’t stay behind to watch what would happen between them.
Making sure that Chae Nayun didn’t forget about her real Gift, that was
the extent of my role.
The next combat exam began. As cadets had to fight monsters in this exam,
ordinary people were prohibited from spectating. Furthermore, because
magicians’ summoned monsters were of varying types and power. the exam
was graded on an absolute scale rather than a relative scale.
“Be especially careful in today’s exam. If you refuse to give up, you
might really end up dying.”
Kim Soohyuk gave a solemn warning. Just like he said, summoned monsters
were dangerous. Even though they were summoned by magicians, they were
unable to comprehend complex orders.
“Annihilate enemies and protect allies,” that was the extent of the
order they could understand. An order like “test that cadet’s
skill” was out of the question.
Not to mention, summoned monsters didn’t just disappear into thin air
when magicians reverse summoned them, so cadets had to be on their toes
even after surrendering.
“If you think your life is in danger, give up immediately. You can yell
‘I surrender’ or simply tap on the ground twice.”
I stood still and calmly listened to Kim Soohyuk’s explanation. Chae
Nayun was glaring at me from the side, but I ignored her.
“Magicians in charge of the exam will give the rest of the explanation.
Give them a warm welcome.”
The door opened and robed magicians walked in.
Summoner magicians weren’t given any special treatment. The Magician’s
Tower had a strict hierarchy among magicians depending on their
specialty, and summoner magicians were nothing more and nothing less than
average. And because summoner magicians often worked outside of the
Magician’s Tower, they didn’t have twisted personalities like most
“Nice to meet you all. I am the Chief Magician, Jin Joohwa.”
The leader of the magicians bowed to the cadets.
“Today, you will fight monsters we will summon. But be careful,
summoned monsters are no different from real monsters. Even if we reverse
summon them, they won’t disappear immediately like in games. So if
things look dangerous, surrender immediately.”
The cadets nodded at the magician’s kind explanation.
“Good. Then we will tell you how the exam will proceed.”
Jin Joohwa smiled brightly.
“Four cadets will go in at a time, and each cadet will be given 15
minutes. You will not be graded based on victory or loss, and your
fighting role will obviously be taken into account.”
Jin Joohwa stuck up his index finger.
“First is how long you last. Next is how calm you responded. In other
words, you don’t have to try to kill the summoned monster.”
A smartwatch’s faint vibration cut him off mid-sentence.
The magician looked around the room.
“Please turn off all smartwatches.”
He spoke nonchalantly.
We also nonchalantly turned off our smartwatches.