Chapter 169: After Marching North (pt. 2)

Shing!

A golden light flashed…

And Lee Gong-Myung’s half-dead body rolled on the floor of the Cyamodus territory’s Lord hall.

“...!”

The subordinates that were sitting down, as well as Alex Rothschild who was sitting on his throne, were all shocked at Lee Gong-Myung’s sudden appearance.

“L-Lee Gong-Myung!”

Alex Rothschild immediately moved to support Lee Gong-Myung.

“M-Milord…”

With a weak voice, Lee Gong-Myung spoke.

“I am ashamed to see you like this…”

“Who made you like this…? Baruk Al-Yusuf, that dirty bastard…”

Alex Rothschild thought it was Baurk Al-Yusuf immediately.

The reason he had sent his ninjas there in the first place was just in case Baruk Al-Yusuf decided to get rid of Lee Gong-Myung after the war. 

“O-Overlord… K-Kang Chul-In…”

“...!”

“He… is… in the Ishtar…”

“K-Kang Chul-In?”

At this unexpected name, Alex Rothschild’s face started to stiffen. He hadn’t thought he would hear Kang Chul-In’s name in this situation.

“Milord… need… to… prepare…”

Even while his life-force was slowing seeping away, Lee Gong-Myung didn’t forget to advise Alex Rothschild.

“T-Take this…”

With his remaining left arm, Lee Gong-Myung took out a scroll from his body and handed it to Alex Rothschild.

“Need… to… do… what comes out on the scroll… Cannot… let… Kang Chul-in… Esmerelda…”

“Stop, stop!”

Alex Rothschild stopped Lee Gong-Myung from speaking.

“Do not speak anymore!”

“Milord…”

“Preserve your strength, Lee Gong-Myung! This is an order!”

Kang Chul-In or whatnot, who cares! Lee Gong-Myung was on the verge of death.

Blood was leaking out of his chopped off arms and leg. Lee Gong-Myung would probably die of blood loss.

And even disregarding the chopped off arm and leg, it seemed impossible to get rid of the sword that had punctured through Lee Gong-Myung’s chest.

It was obvious that when they took out the sword from his chest, blood would spurt out. It was right to think that Lee Gong-Myung had no hope of survival.

“Milord…”

Lee Gong-Myung shook his head.

“This one… has no hope…”

“I told you to stop talking!”

“To meet Milord… and to… be able to serve…”

Lee Gong-Myung’s almost lifeless eyes stared at Alex Rothschild’s face. It was obvious that before he was gone, he wanted to look at his lord’s face one last time.

“Lee Gong-Myung…”

Looking at Lee Gong-Myung like this, Alex Rothschild felt like he was boiling with rage.

“I will not, not let you die like this!”

“This one… has no hope… Milord, please don’t… worry… too much about…”

“Shut up!”

Alex Rothschild shouted.

“What are you doing!? Hurry up and call for the doctor, and bring some potions! Quick!”

At Rothschild’s shouting, his subordinates went running to save Lee Gong-Myung. However… the chance of Lee Gong-Myung surviving was almost zero in their eyes.

“Lee Gong-Myung, I will save you! I must!”

“Milord…”

“I promise, no matter what!”

But even still, Lee Gong-Myung laughed as he had given up.

“Milord… this one… has something to tell you… I thought I wouldn't be able to say this forever… this one…”

Lee Gong-Myung murmured.

“Lee Gong-Myung! Lee Gong-Myung!”

Rothschild couldn’t hear what Lee Gong-Myung was saying at all. His voice was so soft and quiet now, and it was impossible to see what he was saying through reading his lips.

“...That’s it.”

Saying that, Lee Gong-Myung’s head suddenly dropped to the side.

“Lee Gong-Myung, Lee Gong-Myung? Lee Gong-Myung!!!”

Alex Rothschild grabbed Lee Gong-Myung’s body, and sobbed.

“I will save you! I must!”

Rothschild vowed.

And,

Kang Chul-In… how long are you going to bother me!? Even Lee Gong-Myung…! I will kill you…! I will rip you to shreds, and feed you to the dogs!

His hatred towards Kang Chul-In grew even more intensely.

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As soon as Lee Gong-Myung disappeared, Kang Chul-In gritted his teeth.

“It had to be that damned scroll… Hu…”

Kang Chul-In wasn’t satisfied.

Of course, he had gotten a lot of gains on this trip.

He had stolen the White Rain Fan, as well as cut off one of Lee Gong-Myung’s arms and legs. He had made him disabled.

Not only that, but he had also pierced through his heart.

Along with the brain, the heart was one of a human’s most important body parts.

If one’s heart was destroyed, it would be impossible for anyone to survive, except for maybe Arc Lich Aleister or one of Alex Rothschild’s clones. Basically, it was safe to say that Lee Gong-Myung was on his way to meet the grim reaper.

But even still,

“That rat-like bastard!”

Kang Chul-In wasn’t satisfied.

He felt somewhat uncomfortable.

Even though Lee Gong-Myung basically had a 99.9% chance of dying, that 0.1% chance still bothered him. He felt as if he had went to the toilet to poo, but hadn’t wiped it off after doing so.

Well… I’ll think of him as if he’s still alive.

He wouldn’t believe that he died unless he saw Lee Gong-Myung’s dead body himself.

And even if Lee Gong-Myung did manage to survive from that, it would take at least 6 months of healing in order to bring him back to normal. During that time, it would be hard for Alex Rothschild to handle Lee Gong-Myung’s absence.

Your shield.

Baruk Al-Yusuf’s fall meant that Alex Rothschild was alone again.

And your lifeline.

The ‘absolute return scroll’ was used up, which meant that Alex Rothschild had lost an extra life.

That was how important Lee Gong-Myung was to him, and Kang Chul-In was satisfied.

Later when the time comes, it might have been worth it that he had made Lee Gong-Myung use the scroll up here.

“Ah, but I’m still angry.”

As he murmured that, he found targets that were ‘worthy’ to pent his anger on. Around 10 of the ninjas that had tried to stop him from killing Lee Gong-Myung were still here.

“R-Run!”

“Quickly, run!”

The ninjas began to split off in different directions when they saw Kang Chul-In’s terrifying gaze, like a pack of cockroaches.

“Hmph, just like your Lord, you guys are cowards.”

Kang Chul-In smirked.

“Cockroaches… are just fit for being exterminated.”

Kang Chul-In threw his body towards them.

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“F... father?”

As soon as Arshelly woke up, she instinctively looked for Kang Chul-In.

“Hnn…”

The bright sunlight came through the window, and made Arshelly squint.

“I don’t wanna… wake up…”

Arshelly instinctively laid back down.

The soft blanket and warm weather, as well as the pleasant smell of flowers, made Arshelly’s body and mind feel at ease. Just like Kang Chul-In did.

“Huh?”

At that moment, Arshelly sat back up, and wondered where she was.

I-I… I remember father gave me that potion…

The last of what Arshelly remembered was when Kang Chul-In had fed her the potion. After that, she had blanked out.

Arshelly looked around.

The bed, table, chairs… everything was familiar. She was back in her room in the deepest part of the Laputa castle.

And,

“F-Father…”

Arshelly spotted Kang Chul-In.

He was sitting down on a chair, sleeping with his arms on the table. It seems that he had fallen asleep while looking after Arshelly for the whole night.

As evidence of that, on Arshelly’s table was a giant pile of documents that Timothy had handed him.

Father…

Arshelly was deeply moved by Kang Chul-In.

A powerful, trustworthy… and loving father. Kang Chul-In was the perfect father in every way.

“Timothy…”

Kang Chul-In opened his mouth.

“F-Father?”

Arshelly was startled,

“Stop… giving me documents…”

But it was just Kang Chul-In sleep-talking.     

“Don’t tell me… we don’t have… money…”

“...”

“I will… get some… just give me… some time…”

Looking at how he was sleep-talking about this topic, it was obvious that it had stressed him out quite a bit.

“Pfft!”

Arshelly involuntarily laughed at how adorable her father was.

How many people would know that this Overlord who seemed to have no emotions had this side to him?

“Daughter…”

At that moment, Kang Chul-In called out to Arshelly.

“F-Father?! Have you woken up?”

Startled, Arshelly answered back.

“I won’t… lose you ever again… Father… will protect…”

“...”

“I love you… daughter…”

Once again, it was just Kang Chul-In sleep-talking.

Father…

Arshelly felt blissful.

I love you too.

It was because she could once again verify that Kang Chul-In truly loved her [1].

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The march Northwards was over.

As soon as he got rid of the ‘cockroaches’, Kang Chul-In came back to the Chermart territory and realized he didn’t even need to intervene.

That was how effective Kwak-Jung’s strategy was.

While Kwak-Jung and the other allies fought off Baruk Al-Yusuf’s army, Anatolia had been conquered and divided by the forces that had invaded, so Baruk Al-Yusuf had to wander around the Ishtar region without a place to settle. Of course, Kwak-Jung didn’t stop chasing after him.

“Hmm…”

Sitting on his throne, Kang Chul-In narrowed his eyes.

His gaze was on the report that Timothy had given him, and there was a list of the gains they had made during this trip. It read as follows:

-Daox territory

-Chermart territory

-[Epic/Fan] White Rain Fan

-Treasures that were within the Bittermoon territory

-Spellthirster ability

...

-50,000 gold (Abubakar’s bounty)

...

“Not bad.”

It was truly not bad.

Even including the costs they had to spend while using the Cosmic force and maintaining the army, Kang Chul-In had gained a lot during this trip. Just Abubakar’s bounty was enough to even out the losses.

And,

“Here… is another reward.”

Kang Chul-In’s eyes shined like that of a predator looking at its prey.

“Mmmmm!”

The last ‘reward’ tried to move their body with a gag in their mouth, but couldn’t. They had been completely tied up by a ‘certain somebody’ who was incredibly good at tying others up.

[1] Aww. 

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