Chapter 101. The beginning and end, and the beginning (2)

“U-Uhh…”

Dorian stared at Kim Sung-hee as if he were looking at a dead person, and then tried to stop her.

“Sorry, but, if you’re going to die, I’d suggest doing it in a less painful way. Uhm… Maybe going inside of a high level dungeon will be better. Yeah, it definitely will be. So, if you, my lady, value your life, then I’d advise taking that knife off of… Ack!!”

Suddenly, Dorian let out a yelp, and backflipped to dodge Kim Sung-hee’s sudden attack.

Pow!

Pow! Pow! Pow!

Behind Dorian, a tree that had taken  damage instead of him fell, revealing a few spots that had shurikens buried inside.

“What the hell was that for?”

Looking at the shurikens buried inside the tree, Dorian’s face stiffened.

Shurikens were weapons.

They were made of metal, and had sharp edges around them. 

Though it could vary with the material used, a shuriken’s weight was normally between 150~200g, which is heavier than a baseball.

And even with a baseball, someone’s bones could break and in serious cases their skull could shatter too. So, what would happen if someone was struck by a shuriken that was even heavier than a baseball that had sharp edges of at least 3cm?

...That person could die.

It is possible that if someone were trained, they could accurately hit an opponent’s vulnerable spot like their eyes, throat, or heart, causing heavy injury or death.

A great example of this is a professional pitcher. Professional pitchers in baseball have throwing speeds of around 140 to 150km/h; and for an adventurer like Kim Sung-hee, it was even faster than that. Looking at it this way, it was obvious that Dorian’s stance towards Kim Sung-hee would change.

If not for the fact that he was the former secret weapon of a special force, there was a high chance for him to be struck by the attack.

“This crazy woman…”

 Clenching his fists together, Dorian slowly walked towards Kim Sung-hee, determined to teach her a lesson, but he was stopped midway by Kang Chul-In’s arms blocking him.

“Let her be, Dorian.”

Kang Chul-In spoke, comforting Dorian.

“Now… what did you say to me again?”

Questioned Kang Chul-In, as he looked back at Kim Sung-hee with cold eyes.

“Hmph. Let’s fight.”

Kim Sung-hee had already fully armed herself using her inventory slot while Kang Chul-In was talking to Dorian.

Her appearance was quite unique.

The weapon that she had touched Kang Chul-In’s throat with was a hooked scimitar, and she was holding it with a reverse grip. It was the typical fighting stance for a thief or an assassin. 

But that was not the only unique feature about her.

She was wearing a tight black suit that showed off the curves of her body, and the only sort of ‘defense’ she had was a red scarf that she wore around her neck. Just from her equipment, Kang Chul-In could tell that she didn’t care about her defense.

She also had daggers, short swords and large needles strapped onto her waist. To top it all off, she also had a large katana and sword that she kept on her back.

‘It looks like she doesn’t care about what method of fighting she uses… and it’s a style that uses various different weapons…’

Just by scanning her briefly, Kang Chul-In could guess her fighting style.

‘Ah, Desperado.’

Kang Chul-In recalled Kim Sung-hee’s identity.

‘Desperado Kim Sung-hee’.

She was a woman that would become famous in the future, becoming a ‘named adventurer.’

Kang Chul-In could guess why her nickname was ‘Desperado’.

Like the traditional korean saying, “a bucket that leaks water out from the inside also leaks water in from the outside,'' Kim Sung-hee had a personality that made her ‘leak’ on both Earth, and Pangaea.

“Are you really that strong?”

Kim Sung-hee opened her mouth.

“You sure do talk a lot, for someone who is going to be a corpse soon.”

Kang Chul-In spoke as if he was enjoying this.

“What?”

Kim Sung-hee uttered as she frowned.

“No, it’s nothing.”

Kim Sung-hee didn’t know about her future.

Well, who would know?

There was no one that could guess that after being caught by the evil necromancer Overlord Aleister, she would be sexually harassed and tortured before being turned into an Undead ‘magic-knight’ - a Banshee.

“I thought I warned you.”

With saying that, Kang Chul-In…

BANG!

Lightly attacked Kim Sung-hee’s blade, but with just a  flick of his fingers.

“What?”

Kim Sung-hee lost her balance, only regaining her composure after she had been spun around at least 2 times.

‘How…’

Feeling her hands that were numb from the pain, she gasped in shock.

Though Kang Chul-In had only flicked back with his fingers, the strength that she felt made her feel as if she were hitting against a rock.

And…

BANG!

Kim Sung-hee’s head suddenly turned 45 degrees sideways.

‘I… can see stars…’

This was because she had felt Kang Chul-In’s ‘nuclear finger-flick’.

BANG! BANG! BANG!

The terrifying fingers of Kang Chul-In descended down upon Kim Sung-hee’s head 3 more times before she finally fell down, unconscious.

“Let’s go.”

Kim Sung-hee had fallen. Though she was the one that challenged Kang Chul-In to a fight, she had lost after being flicked on her head just 4 times. 

“W-What, you’re just going to leave her here?”

Dorian hurriedly followed Kang Chul-In.

“Who cares? For someone who’s going to die anyway, it doesn’t matter if she dies a little bit earlier.”

“...Huh?”

Ignoring anything else Dorian said, Kang Chul-In quickly ran.

“Even still… HEY! Wait for me!”

“Catch up quickly.”

Kang Chul-In didn’t stop.

“Dammit!”

Woof, woof!

Dorian and Jackpot also began to chase after Kang Chul-In.

‘Hmph. I don’t care about what happens to someone that tried to throw a shuriken at my head. It’s not my fault.’

Comforting himself, Dorian and Kang Chul-In ran, and ran towards the dungeon.

‘Since the main door wouldn’t open, I looked around the mountain I was on, and found something like a secret passage. I started walking inside from there, and…’

While running, Kang Chul-In recalled the conversation he had with Dorian. How could he not remember?

‘Valhalla’s Secret Passway.’

While running, Kang Chul-In speculated about what had really happened to Valhalla, that had become an Epic Dungeon.

After his reincarnation, the territory that he had chosen was the Laputa territory, not the Valhalla territory. 

But instead of the territory disappearing, it had changed to become an Epic Dungeon.

...It was hard to believe.

Was it a system failure or mistake that had occurred due to him reincarnating, by using his ‘Soul Backup’?

‘Maybe.’

“Rothschild. Is he going to come too?”

Kang Chul-In said to Dorian after they had decided to take a 30 minute rest on the way.

“Oh, Alex?”

This was something that was almost as important as going to check over the Valhalla Dungeon.

Kang Chul-In wasn’t a fool.

He tried to use Dorian who was in contact with Rothschild in order to bait him in. Through Dorian, he was going to set up a trap for that damned bastard, and maybe even kill him.

“Well, I’m not that sure. He didn’t give a real answer to me. I think he was kind of wary of going to a dungeon with someone that he had never met before. Well, I guess it’s understandable if you’ve heard about all the incidents that occur in the ‘World Community’. Oh, why’d you ask me? I thought you didn’t like him.”

“Oh, there’s something that I’d like to ask him.”

Kang Chul-In dodged the question…

‘This slippery bastard.’

And cursed Rothschild inwardly.

Similarly to the past, Alex Rothschild was extremely cautious in his moves.

‘I guess today isn’t the day, then.’

Though Kang Chul-In highly doubted that Rothschild would actually show up, he was satisfied that he still had a chance to see him, thanks to Dorian.

If Dorian and Alex grew close enough to the point that Dorian was able to get Alex to come without  hesitation, then Kang Chul-In was prepared to use that opportunity to kill Alex.

Although, there was a chance that Dorian might turn away from him due to his ‘evil’ actions…

‘I guess I’ll just have to kill them both, then…’

Kang Chul-In’s mind was crueler and colder than most people’s.

“... Kang Chul-In?”

Suddenly, Dorian’s voice interrupted his thoughts.

“Hey? Oi? Kang Chul-In!”

“Oh, did you call me?”

“What are you thinking about so deeply there?”

“No, it’s nothing.”

“Hmph, stop acting like an intellectual.”

“Shut up.”

“Haha~! Anyway, try this. It tastes pretty good.”

Handing Kang Chul-In some mushrooms that he had taken from the ground, Dorian smiled.

And looking at this, Kang Chul-In involuntarily smirked.

‘This pushover.’

There was no way that Dorian could guess that Kang Chul-In was thinking of possibly killing him. All Dorian was thinking of now was what to cook for his friend. 

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Running the whole day, Kang Chul-In and Dorian quickly made their way  towards the Valhalla Dungeon.

“How… How dare they leave me!”

Kim Sung-hee’s eyes gleamed crazily.

“Just you wait. I’ll make you beg in front of me!”

Kim Sung-hee swore as she called upon her pet and rode on it. It was a ‘dark leopard’, around level 30.

“Let’s go.”

Krrr…

The leopard growled.

Kim Sung-hee ran.

And she ran.

And after what felt like an eternity, she could finally see the broad back and shoulders of Kang Chul-In.

“HEY!”

Staring at him, Kim Sung-hee shouted.

But…

Kang Chul-In was ignoring her; instead he was shaking hands with an incredibly handsome young white man. If you could represent Kang Chul-In’s interest towards her in numbers, it would be recorded as 0.

“Very nice to meet you too, Alex... Rothschild.”

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