The Novel's Extra - chapter-68
“Oh, you’re already here.”
While we were looking around the office, the door opened, and a man
presumed to be Park Sangho walked in.
“It’s nice to meet you.”
Park Sangho held out his hand with a warm smile. He gave off a good first
impression, like an older brother next door, a completely different
character than his real self.
I shook his hand.
“And I’m sure I don’t need to introduce myself to Yeonha-ssi.”
Yoo Yeonha smiled at Park Sangho’s joking words. He hung his jacket on
the back of his chair, then tapped on the documents stacked on his desk.
“I know this is the Guild ‘Experience’ Program, but most of our
work is done indoors. That’s why most team leader-grade Heroes who use
the A-rank offices have 4 or 5 office workers.”
Park Sangho continued in a soft voice.
“Dungeon conquests and subjugation for monsters high-intermediate rank
and above require thorough analysis in this office first. In other words,
our work begins here, and only when everything is perfect do we set out.
But, mm… let’s get out of here for now. To be honest, it does get a
bit boring being in here all the time.”
Park Sangho led us outside. Yoo Yeonha followed after him immediately,
but my eyes stopped at the safe installed in his drawer. Inside should be
all the condemning evidence Park Sangho gathered about Yoo Yeonha’s
With Park Sangho calling me, I scurried out of the room.
“Oh right, there are also periodic deployment orders. You know how the
North Hamgyong Province belongs to monsters now.”
Park Sangho continued to speak as we walked.
“About 3000 Heroes take turns every month for four days to reduce the
number of monsters there. That way, there won’t be a monster outbreak
from overpopulation. Once you become a Hero, you’ll go there about
twice a year.”
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Park Sangho stopped near the end of the third-floor hall. We were
standing in front of a door that said ‘Analysis Room’.
“This is the place I wanted to show you first since I heard Hajin-ssi
was first place in theory.”
Park Sangho opened the door.
The analysis room looked surprisingly ordinary. In a spacious room,
tables, chairs, and fancy computers were lined up.
“There’s a separate conference room on the other side. Huge, isn’t
Park Sangho added proudly.
The analysis room had many Heroes in it. They all seemed to be hard at
“Oh, Sangho-ssi, the kids are here?”
At that moment, a woman who was glancing at documents looked up and
“Yeah. Hajin-ssi, Yeonha-ssi, this is Yi Jin-Ah. She’s a
high-intermediate rank Hero.”
“Hi. You said two of the three were girls… so you must be Kim
“The world sure has changed. Who would have thought rank 934 could come
to our guild as part of the Guild Experience Program? I wonder who was
Yi Jin-Ah expressed her displeasure in a roundabout way. However, the
target of her displeasure wasn’t me, but Yoo Yeonha. Of course, Yoo
Yeonha wasn’t looking at her with pleased eyes either.
In reality, Yi Jin-Ah belonged in a different faction within the Essence
of the Strait guild. The leader of this faction was Jung Hosuk, the
guild’s vice-leader. But since she would eventually switch to Yoo
Yeonha’s faction and become the guild’s vice-leader, she could be
said to be an important character to note.
“But Hajin-ssi is rank 1 in theory.”
Park Sangho defended me.
“Haha, rank 1 in theory? That’s amazing, so was I! But cadets don’t
really learn much, so don’t be too overconfident.”
Yi Jin-Ah took off her glasses as she snickered. Then, she tapped on the
document she was just reading.
“Now then, rank 1 theory Kim Hajin-ssi, would you like to take a look
“Hey, you can’t show the guild’s internal data so easily.”
“It’s not that important.”
Yi Jin-Ah got up. Just like in my setting, she was fairly tall, making me
take a step back subconsciously. She seemed to be slightly taller than me.
“Here. It’s a copy, so you can do whatever you want with it. Don’t
Yi Jin-Ah handed the document she was reading. I took it for now and
glanced at it. Although it was written in Korean, it was mostly filled
with equations and mathematical expressions.
“Take a look. Though, I doubt a kid can even recognize it.”
I got a bit ticked off at being called a kid. Although I knew she
didn’t mean it in a physical sense, I wanted to argue that my height
I sat down on an empty chair nearby. As I took out a pen from my cross
bag, I also took out my laptop and placed it on the desk in front of me
in a smooth motion.
My Gift, Observation and Reading, activated.
The problem on the document seemed to be estimating variables that could
happen while conquering a Dungeon. But weren’t ordinary office workers
used for something like this?
In any case, the calculation procedures and results appeared in front of
my eyes. All I had to do was copy it down.
I asked Yi Jin-Ah.
“Do you have a piece of paper?”
“…Pft, what do you need it for?”
Yi Jin-Ah sneered without giving me any paper.
“It’ll be difficult. Hajin-ssi. That’s not on the level of an exam
Park Sangho gave me a paper instead.
Because of Yi Jin-Ah’s bitchy attitude, I was even more driven to prove
I clenched my teeth lightly as I began to write down the calculation
procedures and results. While I was in the middle of it, Yoo Yeonha
“Um, the other cadet just arrived on the first floor.”
“Oh, really? Let’s go together.”
Yoo Yeonha left the analysis room with Park Sangho, but I stayed and
continued to write everything down. In academia, it was standard
procedure to write down every step of the calculation.
However, when I was mostly done and only had the final step left to
finish, someone snatched the paper I was writing on and flipped it over.
Obviously, it was Yi Jin-Ah.
“Listen, kid, stop wasting your time and screw off. Can’t you see?
The other two already left.”
She gave off an uninviting impression to begin with, but now that she
frowned, she even looked a bit scary. Knowing I was powerless here, I got
“I’ll leave my solution here, so feel free to look over it when you
“Don’t even try to waste my time, tsk.”
Yi Jin-Ah shooed me away.
Just like that, I was practically kicked out of the analysis room.
“…What a crazy bitch.”
I didn’t finish the last step. She better not ask about it later!
I went back to the elevator and came down to the first floor.
There, I saw the third cadet who supposedly just arrived. The cadet was
someone I was too familiar with. Right, it was Chae Nayun once again.
When she saw me, she shouted with a look of surprise.
“W-What!? Hey, why is he here?”
Yoo Yeonha smiled playfully. I also had something to say to her.
“You said Chae Nayun wasn’t coming.”
At that moment, Yoo Yeonha’s smartwatch buzzed. Her expression
stiffened, making me wonder who it was.
“You two can go ahead. I need to use the restroom.”
Then, she furtively escaped.
‘Private Broker Yoo Jinhyuk’
Under a worn-down neon sign, Yoo Jinhyuk was staring at a document in a
daze. This thin document contained a summary of an incident that happened
16 years ago.
Suddenly, he chuckled.
He explored the past for close to a month. However, he couldn’t find
out much about Kim Hajin’s past. There were many complicated reasons
for it, but the biggest reason was that there were way too many people
tangled up in his past.
But as the difficulty of the matter increased, so did his interest. As a
result, he buried himself in this job for a month without complaining,
and he finally discovered a crucial hint.
[Special note – the death of a woman in her last month of pregnancy.]
‘Kwang-Oh Evacuation Shelter Massacre’.
When monsters flooded the Kwang-Oh Fortress region, 87 ordinary civilians
and 9 Heroes who were defending an evacuation shelter were all killed.
Although the government and the Association concluded Djinns to be the
perpetrator, Yoo Jinhyuk knew the hidden truth. The reason he was kicked
out of the Yoo clan in the first place was because he tried to uncover
Simply put, this 16-year-old tragedy wasn’t the doing of Djinns.
Yoo Jinhyuk knew the people behind this incident.
They were all powerful figures who most people wouldn’t dare to name.
First was Kim Sukho, then President of South Korea.
The second was Chae Joochul, the President of Daehyun conglomerate.
The third was Yoo Taeho, Yoo Yeonha’s grandfather and Yoo Jinhyuk’s own
Of course, from their perspective, they had only killed a few harmful
bugs. To prevent anyone from ever finding out, they had employed an
organization that only operated in the darkness. The three of them
probably didn’t even remember this incident.
But if there was a survivor of this incident… if Kim Hajin’s parents
were victims of this massacre, and if his mother was the pregnant woman
written on the report….
Of course, it was still only an unverifiable theory.
But Yoo Jinhyuk wondered, why did his niece want to dig up this man’s
Breathing out a deep sigh, Yoo Jinhyuk called Yoo Yeonha.
She picked up almost instantly.
“…You sound prettier now, kid.”
—Nevermind that, what happened to what I requested?
Yoo Jinhyuk casually glossed over it.
“Oh that, I haven’t been working on it. I’ve been too busy.”
—W-What? You’re joking, right, Uncle?
Yoo Yeonha’s angry voice stung Yoo Jinhyuk’s ears.
Yoo Jinhyuk tried his best to maintain the lighthearted uncle character
as he asked indirectly.
“Hahaha, I mean, why are you trying to find his parents anyway?”
—…That’s none of your business.
“What about him? Does he want to find his parents?”
This was an extremely important question. If he didn’t want to find
out, if he wanted to just live his life as it was, everything would be
—Yes, most likely.
“…And how do you know that?”
—Hm, what’s up with all these questions?
“You know how it is, information is gold! If I know how he became an
orphan, I could finish faster.”
His excuse seemed to be persuasive enough as Yoo Yeonha became
momentarily silent. Soon, Yoo Yeonha whispered in a much quieter voice
—You see, I think his parents got wrapped up in a crime. He has the
list of wanted criminals memorized.
Hearing this, Yoo Jinhyuk couldn’t help but breath in a gasp of air.
“He memorized the entire list?”
—Yes. I think he reached a certain point in his own investigation.
“…Right, you said he was smart.”
—He’s rank 1 in theory. From what I hear, he didn’t get a single
problem wrong in the midterm and final exams.
If he was that smart, it wasn’t impossible for him to have investigated
the Kwang-Oh incident.
But thankfully, he seemed to have taken a wrong turn.
The perpetrator of that tragedy wasn’t some wanted criminal.
They were ‘true nobles’, who still had great influence over the
Yoo Jinhyuk sighed once again.
He had to end this matter here.
If he dug in too deep and was noticed by that old codger, he wouldn’t
be able to guarantee his own safety.
The unpleasant old codger who seemingly harbored countless snakes in his
body; one of the strongest men in Korea both in name and reality who
unfortunately fell short of the league of Nine Stars 50 years ago; the
second-generation successor and the real owner of Daehyun – Chae
Joochul the Immortal.
This old man was not someone Yoo Jinhyuk could handle.
“…Ah, I just got a call. Let’s talk later!”
The Yoo clan has grown, but from its founding, it was the hunting dog of
the Chae clan.
Chae Joochul was someone who would abandon his hunting dog without
hesitation, so he wouldn’t mind letting a few of that hunting dog’s
—Wait, Uncle, when will you be done with…
Yoo Jinhyuk hung up before Yoo Yeonha could finish.
“Why were you late, Nayun-ssi?”
Waiting for Yoo Yeonha to come back from the restroom, Park Sangho asked
“Ah, well, I visited Grandfather.”
“Nayun’s grandfather? So that must be… his honor Chae Joochul.”
“Yes, I haven’t seen him in a while, so it took some time. Sorry.”
“No, no, it’s only natural. So, I presume he’s doing fine?”
Park Sangho made a fuss, which was understandable since Chae Nayun’s
grandfather, Chae Joochul, was one of the strongest people in the entire
There was no Hero who didn’t look up to him.
“Ah, sorry, I’m done now.”
At that moment, Yoo Yeonha came back from the restroom. Chae Nayun
blurted out jokingly.
“How does it take you so long to take a dump?”
“I didn’t. Anyways, Sangho-ssi, what’s our next schedule?”
Yoo Yeonha’s voice seemed somewhat sharp.