Chapter 225: Stories of Old (pt. 1)

“This is the worst.”

After looking at the picture once more, Kang Chul-In’s expression stiffened.

The picture looked absolutely disgusting, with the cocoon filled with all sorts of creepy crawling bugs.

“So, are these bugs that you know?”

“No.”

At Dorian’s question, Kang Chul-In shook his head.

“I haven’t seen these disgusting things before either.”

“Hmm…”

“Well, did you investigate this case afterwards?”

“Hmm, there wasn’t really much to investigate anyway. It’s not like they had any special powers. They just smelled bad. But…”

“...?”

“I actually took out these bugs…”

“What a useless…”

Just as Kang Chul-In was about to criticize Dorian, the next picture he saw made him close his mouth.

“The shape… of a human?”

“Right? It looks as if a human was inside there, right?”

Kang Chul-In shook his head.

“But there’s no way that a human could go inside a cocoon like that.”

“Hmm… That’s true too. Maybe a human-shaped monster then? Or a demon? That’s what I think.”

“Well, that does make sense. So, what happened after? I’m sure that someone like you wouldn’t have stopped just there, with your curiosity.”

“Hehe~! Kang Chul-In, you know me too well.”

After shrugging his shoulders, Dorian continued.

“So basically, I chased the tracks along with Podolski. After all, the heat in the cocoon suggested that the thing had only come out recently.”

“And the result?”

“Well, I found its tracks after chasing it for around 30 minutes, and after 10 more minutes, I could finally see its behind. It was like 2 kilometres away from me at that time.”

“You’re saying this because you couldn’t catch him, right?”

“Yeah, even though I don’t know what it was… It was extremely fast. Almost as fast as you, I think.”

“...?”

“To be completely honest, he seemed faster than you with your second phase Overdrive.”

Even though this was somewhat hard to believe, Kang Chul-In still believed what Dorian said. 

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At the same time.

“Ha… ha…”

The unknown existence that had run away from Dorian stopped.

Under the moonlight, its appearance was extremely hideous.

Its black skin seemed like that of an insect’s, and pus was flowing from between its muscles.

There were also a combination of colors in its eyes, making it seem like that of a fly’s.

And,

Crawl…

With insects like centipedes and worms crawling in its eyes, ears, and mouth, it looked truly like the most disgusting existence in all of Pangaea and Earth.

“Who is it!?”

At that moment.

“What is it!?”

“Is it a monster?”

“Everyone, ready for battle!’

Some adventurers who were passing by this place by chance stopped after looking at it, and got ready for battle.

“Oi, you.”

One of the adventurers started to cautiously walk towards it, and spoke.

“Show your...”

At that moment,

Kwajik!

It dashed towards the adventurer like thunder, and attacked the adventurer.

RIP!

With the sound of flesh and bones being ripped apart, 

“Ahhhhh!”

The adventurer screamed in pain.

“Kek… Kekeke…”

And it laughed.

As if it was funny, and as if it was enjoying how powerful it was right now, it laughed.

Soon after,

Chomp, chomp.

After killing all 8 adventurers in the blink of an eye, it started to eat the bodies of the dead adventurers.

Cannibalism. It was the fate of this existence that was cursed.

            ***

The Kang Chul-In party had to search for over 2 more days after coming into the forest.

Of course, Kang Chul-In and the Ninetails were able to run at extreme speeds, but the problem was that they didn’t know where the witch lived.

“That damned witch…”

Pissed off, Kang Chul-In stabbed at the bonfire with a stick.

“Hmm… maybe I should have brought Jack too…”

Dorian said, tilting his head.

“There’s no way that a seeker could find a house, though.”

“That’s true, I guess.”

“Well, let’s rest here for a while, and start to search again once the sun comes up.”

Kang Chul-In said.

It was currently late at night, and it was extremely dark in the already dark ‘Dark Forest’. It would be much easier if they started to move again when day came.

“To be completely honest, I don’t know how my mother will respond to you.”

During the journey, Kang Chul-In and the Ninetails talked about many things, and got to know each other better.

“Well, this girl is confident!”

The Ninetails spoke, smiling.

“After all, my husband's mother is now also my mot…”

Just when the Ninetails was going to remind Kang Chul-In that she was going to be his wife...

“Wait.”

Kang Chul-In motioned for her to quiet down.

Hwek!

The Ninetails suddenly looked backwards.

Her gaze was pointed at the same direction that Kang Chul-In was looking.

With her animalistic instincts, she had also sensed that someone was coming up from behind too.

“Hmm, what is it? Something’s coming.”

Dorian also noticed.

“Right, something’s coming.”

Finally, Kang Chul-In stood up from where he was sitting.

And,

“Ah, I can tell from first glance.”

With the voice of a woman, someone showed themself.

A woman that was wearing an extremely long robe that was being dragged on the ground had a beautiful appearance and sensual body and was also wearing a hat that witches would wear.

“I’ve been waiting for a long time, Julius Berlinetta Pon Aurangzeb. No, what do I call you now… The reincarnation of the Emperor of Blood and Iron? Well, whatever. I just need to show you the past anyway.”

At that moment, one of the soldiers shouted.

“It’s her, Milord! She’s the witch!”

It seemed like the woman that had suddenly come and spoke some nonsense was the witch that lived in the Dark Forest. 

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