The Novel's Extra - chapter-48
Standing in front of the classroom, I took in a deep breath.
Today was Friday. Cadets who had gone home or on vacations had all
returned by now, and Cube was back to normal after all the chaos. Cube
was continuing its normal routine.
I opened the classroom door, holding in my nervousness. Immediately,
several meaningful gazes fell on me.
For now, I sat down on my usual seat. I could hear everyone whispering
about my bet with Chae Nayun.
I tried my best to ignore them as I opened my textbook. I was at least
happy that blatant bullying stopped after I beat up Kim Horak.
“Guys, grades are out for the written exams.”
At that moment, Yi Yeonghan appeared, carrying large scrolls in his arms.
He put them up on the wall one by one. The results for each theory class
were listed along with a ranking of the combined results.
Everyone stared at the scrolls while groaning.
Not long afterward, everyone turned towards me.
Rank 1. Kim Hajin
Rank 2. Rachel
My name was on top of every exam and the overall rankings.
Not just in Veritas class, but in the entire academy.
Feeling awkward, I let out a dry cough as I stole a glance at Rachel. She
was sitting behind me with her face buried on her desk. I could faintly
hear her sigh and murmur in English, ‘I should have worked harder.’
“Also, I hope everyone knows that we have new classes.”
Yi Yeonghan added.
“Look at the first year announcements if you haven’t. Starting from
today, Fridays will have two classes.”
For first-year cadets, classes changed after their first semester
midterms. It was Cube’s way of giving cadets a diverse selection of
In addition, magicians would join in from the second semester and cadets
would be able to choose the classes they wanted to take. In reality, they
were taking classes that fit their roles.
I turned on my smartwatch.
The new class today was [Practical Magic and Intermediate Rank Magic
The door opened and the Phenomenon Realm Analysis professor walked in.
The noisy classroom instantly fell silent.
“Take your seats.”
The Phenomenon Realm Analysis professor peeked at the scrolls on the wall
“I’m sure you’ve all seen the exam results.”
The cadets groaned slightly.
“Now, now, your tests were easier than the ones I give to college
students. Also, Kim Hajin cadet.”
Suddenly, the professor pointed at me. Others also followed his finger
and turned towards me.
“An unconventional outlook and logical judgment, I could see true
‘wisdom’ from your answers. Frankly, I can’t believe you’re only
16. You’re good enough to be writing thesis papers for graduation.”
If the professor’s praise ended there, I would have simply been happy.
After all, it was the first time I was being praised for doing well on an
“Since today is the first class after exams, I will give a quick
lecture using Kim Hajin cadet’s answer sheet and call it a day.”
But for some reason, he put up my answer sheet on the screen.
I was caught completely off guard.
“Now, take a look at this answer. He wrote, if monsters had linguistic
The class continued. I put my hands over my face, feeling it heat up and
ready to explode.
It was now 3:30 in the afternoon and the time for Friday’s second
class. 98 cadets of the Veritas class were gathered at the Magic Library.
The chief magician in charge of the class was waiting in an empty lecture
room, which only had desks and chairs in case of a magic accident.
“Hello, I am the chief magician from Seoul Magic Tower, Kim Hyojun.
Every Friday, from 3:30 to 6, I will be teaching you practical magic and
magic power control. But of course, today’s class will only be 30
The chief magician introduced himself with a gentle smile. However, I
couldn’t help but furrow my brows.
Kim Hyojun was a prick.
He led a successful life as the third generation child of a magic clan,
but his talent wasn’t good enough to land him the chief magician seat.
Although he ended up becoming one thanks to his clan’s lobbying, that
was the limit of his career.
In the end, he acknowledged his limits and turned to education.
But his poor character – arrogance, jealousy, and perverseness –
would cause problems in the future. Eventually, he would even fearlessly
touch Chae Nayun while pretending to teach her.
The only good thing about him was that he didn’t form a contract with a
[Kim Hyojun – Currently considering a contract with a devil.]
…But he might soon.
“You might be thinking, ‘why should I learn magic when I’m not a
magician?’ That’s a valid question, but as I’m sure some of you
know, qi reinforcement and sword qi are an extension of magic.”
Kim Hyojun released his magic power into the air as a demonstration. The
soft and jellylike magic power he emitted instantly hardened when he
“Now, if you simply use your ‘physical power’ to reinforce your
magic power, that becomes qi reinforcement or sword qi. But if you refine
your magic power with some calculations…”
Immediately, a pink flame rose up from his magic power.
Cadets instantly exclaimed in awe.
“It becomes magic.”
Kim Hyojun smiled.
“Even if you can’t wield magic of this level, you will learn to use
more practical magic, or learn to wield things like qi reinforcement and
sword qi more naturally. Since today is the first class, we will only go
over what we will learn in the future.”
Suddenly, a blue sphere the size of a ping-pong ball shot up from his
“This is a necessary magic to learn before entering a Dungeon. It’s
called Light Sphere. It will be your light source in many dark areas. It
may look simple at first glance, but to wield it skillfully…”
Kim Hyojun gave a complicated explanation.
To simplify things a bit, we had to compress magic power and air into a
spherical shape that lights up.
“Now, before I teach you where to begin, try doing it yourself.”
Cadets began to emit their magic power.
I stared at my desk blankly before joining my hands and thinking,
‘Appear, sphere of light. Appear, sphere of light.’
Stigma’s magic power didn’t require intense focus or complex
calculations. Soon, Stigma’s magic power flowed down into my hands and
formed a white sphere of light. The cute sphere floated around on my palm.
At that moment, my smartwatch vibrated. Startled, I canceled the Light
“Please turn off your smartwatches during class.”
Kim Hyojun’s disgruntled gaze fell on me.
I bowed slightly and checked my smartwatch.
It was a message from Yoo Yeonha.
[Um, we can’t do something like that yet. If you show people what you
just did, they’re going to misunderstand~]
I quickly scanned the room and found Yoo Yeonha sitting diagonally from
me. When her eyes met mine, she smiled sweetly and mouthed silently.
‘Amazing. You did that after listening to his explanation once?’
After hearing her sarcastic remark, I glanced at the cadets around me.
Less than half of the cadets were able to compress their magic power into
a sphere, and even those who succeeded couldn’t maintain the form for
long. No one was even close to being able to make the sphere shine.
At that moment, a nameless cadet suddenly shouted.
In the frontmost seat, blue light was shining from the Light Sphere in
Other cadets exclaimed in shock, while Kim Hyojun’s face stiffened.
After staring at Kim Suho’s Light Sphere for a good minute, he suddenly
Oh right, this was the reason Kim Hyojun came to be jealous of Kim Suho.
Kim Hyojun scowled for a moment but he quickly straightened his face
before continuing in a kind tone.
“…If you make it like that, you’ll be overburdening your magic
power. Now, pay attention everyone. I’ll give a more detailed
Kim Hyojun then began to give Kim Suho a private lesson. It seemed he
wanted to test Kim Suho’s limits.
While I was watching them quietly, Yoo Yeonha sent me another message.
[It must look like child’s play. You can easily make brilliant white
light, while someone else is being praised for what’s really only a
“…What is she saying.”
I ignored Yoo Yeonha’s alien talk.
The next day, 12:30 P.M. on Saturday.
I arrived at the traveling club’s meeting place. Most of the others
were already here. They seemed excited it was an overnight trip.
“Hajin-ssi is here too. Alright, let’s form our teams before setting
The club leader, Oh Hanhyun, took out a box for drawing lots just like
before. According to the original story, Kim Suho would be paired up with
Yoo Yeonha. I didn’t care about the rest.
“First, Suho-ssi? Please step out. You’ll be drawing lots first.”
I was still a bit nervous. Hopefully, everything was the same as in the
Now, who will Kim Suho pick?
I stepped foot in this European country for the first time ever. Thanks
to Seoul-Paris Portal, we only needed ten seconds to arrive.
“So it really is a bit different.”
Paris’ scenery looked like what I saw in pictures, but it was also
different than what I had seen in the old world. Around the Eiffel Tower
were buildings built with state-of-the-art technology, and Paris Hero
Academy’s cadets were around the streets with swords and spears.
For the record, France was the leader of the European Union in my story.
It just showed how well-operated France’s Hero system was.
“Korean cadets, over here!”
When we were looking around Paris’ scenery, someone called us over.
Turning to the direction of the voice, we saw a limousine. The club
leader, Oh Hanhyun, walked up to the limousine with a hearty laugh.
“Nice to meet you. You must be Raymond.”
“Yes, nice to meet you.”
“Can we drop off our bags real quick before we take a look around the
The man name Raymond nodded with a smile. We stuffed our bags into the
“Now, we’ll travel in the pairs we formed.”
I was paired up with Chae Nayun. I didn’t know why, it just happened
that way. It was good that Kim Suho became paired with Yoo Yeonha like in
the original story, but I wasn’t too comfortable being Chae Nayun’s
“Alright, it’s 1 P.M. right now… so meet back here at 7.”
Then, Oh Hanhyun left with the girlfriend he brought on the trip using
his authority as the club leader, as she wasn’t a member of the
traveling club. They were likely going to the masquerade party happening
Chae Nayun stared at Kim Suho with a wistful look before walking up to me.
“Hey, where do you want to go?”
She asked me.
“I’m getting lunch.”
Since I was in France, I had to try its gourmet food. I had already
researched several places since I was excited for my first Europe visit.
After looking through several pamphlets, I even used the Book of Truth to
find the best place to eat.
“Lunch? I guess it is about that time. Where are you going?”
“…You’re coming with me?”
Chae Nayun didn’t seem to mind coming with me. It was surprising,
considering there were rumors that she practiced archery with pictures of
my face on the target.
“We drew lots and what’s done is done. What, do you want to split
Come to think of it, Chae Nayun had no sense of direction. She would get
lost as easily as a five-year-old in a forest. She could find her way
home from desolate places using her magic power and scent, but places she
visited for the first time were like mazes to her.
“Nothing. Just follow me.”
Chae Nayun crossed her arms as though she doubted my manliness. She
pouted and spoke curtly.
“And how do you know where anything is?”
“I know better than you.”
Book of Truth showed only two restaurants – a cheap and delicious
restaurant and an expensive restaurant that was worth its cost. I was
okay with either, but the latter should fit Chae Nayun’s taste more.
I turned on the GPS guide to the more expensive restaurant.
“Hm… Okay, but I’m letting you know, I’m a really picky eater.”
She acted like a tomboy but because she ate only the highest quality food
from a young age, her palate was nobler than that of most nobles.
“…How do you know that?”
I ignored her question and walked to the restaurant. Chae Nayun followed
after me like a cat.
After walking for about 15 minutes, we arrived at the restaurant.
I had no clue what it meant, but anyone could see at first glance just
how fancy it was.
“Oh, this is the place?”
Chae Nayun and I walked to the entrance. Immediately, a man in a suit
He was speaking in French, so it only sounded like gibberish.
Chae Nayun tilted her head and asked.
The man cleared his voice and asked again in Korean.
“Do you have a reservation?”
“Oh, he speaks Korean. Hey, you didn’t make a reservation, right?
Don’t you know you need to make reservations for high-end
I opened my laptop silently. I didn’t make a reservation, but I could
hack into their reservation list.
Using the laptop’s internet function, I accessed the restaurants’
reservation list. Because I only needed to access a restaurant’s private
server, I only had to pay a cheap price.
I found the reservation list and put my name down around a 1 P.M. slot.
Chae Nayun shouted into my ear. I took my eyes off the laptop and saw
Chae Nayun right in front of me. Even up close, I couldn’t see a single
flaw in her smooth skin. I swallowed hard.
“Reservation. Did you make one?”
Chae Nayun asked again, and I nodded.
“Yeah, I did.”
“Tell him my name.”
Chae Nayun still looked doubtful but approached the man nonetheless.
“Kim Hajin. Is his name there?”
The man checked his smartwatch.
It seemed he found my name as he let us through with a smile.
“Yes, Kim Hajin and one companion. Welcome.”
Chae Nayun looked at me in surprise. Then, we walked in together.
“I like the atmosphere.”
I agreed with Chae Nayun. The inside of the restaurant was just as
imposing as the outside. A calming classical piece flowed beautifully,
while each and every decoration was delicate and elegant.
Customers inside were also wearing dresses and suits, despite it being
We followed the waiter and sat down next to a window.
“Welcome to Goût Céleste. Do you need help with the menu?”
“You handle it.”
I let Chae Nayun take over. She took the menu and skillfully finished
Once the waiter left, silence descended. We were staring at each other
but didn’t have much to say. Feeling a bit awkward, I turned to the
side and looked out the window.
At that moment, I caught sight of an unexpected individual.