Chapter 195: I won’t give it to you (1)

The rope jumped up and down while looking at Ju-Heon. It then jumped up and wrapped around Ju-Heon.

[#$&!]
I found him, I found him!

The rope was rubbing its face in joy after seeing Ju-Heon again. It had been stabbed by a human knife, but something like that was like being bitten by a mosquito for the rope.
In fact, the stabbing made it return to its artifact form.

Yoo Jaeha, who was looking inside the car at that time, tilted his head in confusion.

“Huh? What the hell? Captain-nim! Only the bad guys are inside. That kid, the thief isn’t here!”
“What? Really?”
“Huh? But… Mr. Ju-Heon said that we needed to find a little girl…”

Seol-A and Irene anxiously looked inside the car after hearing Yoo Jaeha shout.

As Yoo Jaeha mentioned, there were only unconscious men in the 9-person vehicle.

“That little girl isn’t in the trunk either! Did she go somewhere else?”

Seol-A started to grumble.

“Why the heck did you take her to the police station? I hope she's okay in this cold weather.”

She had given the girl her parka, but Seol-A was grumbling because the girl was probably cold since she wasn’t wearing anything underneath.

“She threatened us to hand over our artifacts! She was a thief! I did it for the Captain-nim……!”
“Captain-nim, should we look elsewhere?”
“Hey! Don’t ignore me!”
“I can call our helicopter and guards to search…”

Ju-Heon shook his head after Irene asked as well.

“It’s fine, we don't need to find that little girl anymore.”
“Huh? Really? Isn’t she an important person? You went all the way to the police station to find her.”
“Mm, she’s not that important……”

Ju-Heon peeked at the rope that was rubbing its face on him so much that it might wear out.

“Anyway, we don’t need to find her any longer.”

Yoo Jaeha sounded disappointed after hearing that.

“Aww, I thought the Captain-nim found his ideal type.”
“Ideal type?”

Irene and Seol-A seemed interested.

"What are you talking about?”
“Ah, the Captain-nim stared at that little girl's face for a long time. I thought he wanted to raise her up to eat……ugh!”

Yoo Jaeha was punched by Ju-Heon again.

“Stop with the nonsense.”
“Damn it! She was pretty! She had the type of face that makes you wonder how she will look when she grows older!”

‘Of course she was pretty. The rope put so much of the fever artifact and the charm reagent artifact on its body.’

Ju-Heon peeked toward the rope again and started to scoff.

When was it? It was definitely when he had been in the open air bath.

The rope had wanted his attention and stole Irene and Seol-A's reagent artifacts and rubbed them all over its body as if it was putting sauce on noodles.
The message that popped up at that time was…

[The rope’s charm is exponentially rising.]
[It looks as if an S-line is appearing on the rope!]
[The rope’s skin seems to be getting smoother!]
[The rope’s skin seems to be shining!]

He had thought that it was useless for it to put those artifacts all over its body since it was an artifact.

‘I guess they were all effective.’

Ju-Heon just scoffed in disbelief.

‘Well, I guess it is meaningless because it didn't take the form of an adult.’

Ju-Heon started to swing the rope that had run away from home (?) as if he was scolding it. As for the rope, it was still just bobbing up and down in joy.

“It’s fine. I already found that little girl.”
“Huh? You found her?”
“Yes, this thing.”

Ju-Heon nonchalantly shook the rope around. He looked like a hunter who had caught a snake.

But the three other people gasped at what they heard.

“Hold on! That little girl is this rope?!”
“Unbelievable!”
“It’s true. The clothes Seol-A gave her is right over there.”

This made everybody else become shocked.

This was unbelievable.

‘I thought the rope couldn't transform into a human.’

‘What happened?’

But they all finally understood something.

‘That’s why the Captain-nim went to the police station!’

‘He went to find the rope!’

Well, Ju-Heon had done it also to search for Chloe… But the rest of his team was in states of shock.

'The rope taking a human form…’

They had never even imagined it.

While Irene and Seol-A weren’t too happy about it…

Yoo Jaeha said something while starting to laugh.

“Jackpot! It was to the point that the Captain-nim personally got involved. He truly is an artifactphile.”

Yoo Jaeha was joking but Irene and Seol-A screamed at that moment.

‘Wait, hold on!’

They weren’t too worried about it, but it was rare for Ju-Heon to personally go looking for an artifact.

Furthermore, the rope was the artifact that had been by Ju-Heon's side the longest. He had even said it was pretty.
They were relieved that it was not an adult woman, but……

‘It’s an artifact. It might be able to turn into an adult as well.’

‘W, won't it grow up at some point?’

Seol-A and Irene both turned pale after having some thoughts.

Both of them could only slam on the ground without being able to say anything to Ju-Heon.

‘Captain-niiiiiiiiiiiiiiim! Why did it have to be a tool and not a person……?!’

‘Mr. Ju-Heon! Please…….!’

No matter how much they thought about it, their greatest enemy seemed to be artifacts and not the other women in the world. But they were in these states of despair only for a moment as their eyes lit up and they shook each other's hand.

‘We can't lose.’

‘At least not to an artifact!’

Ju-Heon, who didn't care about what they were doing, was chuckling.

‘I was wondering why it was doing all those part-time jobs lately.’

It was obvious.

Actually, Ju-Heon had not realized the girl was the rope right away. The worm that could have told him about it was beaten to a pulp for the sin of using Seol-A's chest as paradise.

Ju-Heon just had a strong intuition and used the evidence he gathered from many different situations to make a hypothesis.

Well, the Little Mermaid artifact seemed to have had a lot of side effects, but……

‘The results would have been a bit different if it could have used the Korean wormwood and garlic artifact.’

That was an SS-Grade (Divine-Grade) artifact after all.

But what could it do?

‘It’s just a rope that doesn't have a mouth.’

Would it be able to use that?

Ju-Heon, who was laughing without any malice, then kicked the car.

“Anyways, time for all of you to wake up.”
“U, uggggghhh…….”
“You guys know about Chloe, right?”
“……!”

The men's expressions changed after hearing a familiar name. But they just feigned ignorance.

“Huh, we don’t kno…….ugh! !”

The man clenched his stomach and started to cough up blood.

“I’ll let you know that I'm in a very bad mood since you guys dared to try to abduct my artifact, which gave me serious emotional damages. In addition, I think something is wrong with my neck after you guys tried to crash into me. Ow ow ow, my neck hurts. What am I going to do, I might have herniated a disc.”

Maybe that was the reason.

“That’s why you guys are going to have to hand over the 31 artifacts in the trunk as compensation.”

They couldn't believe Ju-Heon's shameless exaggeration.

"What the fuck is this bastard say…?!”
"What's wrong?! Isn't it cheap when this is all I want as compensation for the abduction, hit and run, and attempted murder combined?!”
“Hey!”
“Anyway, I'll let you off with this for the emotional distress caused by you guys stealing 31 of my artifacts if you tell me about Chloe.”

‘T, this bastard!’

Ju-Heon started to smile.

“What’s wrong? I said I'll let you go with just getting my 31 artifacts back. Hurry up and tell me. Where is Chloe?”

‘Fuck!’

And at that moment…

“Why are you looking for me?”

Ju-Heon smiled after hearing a familiar voice.


‘Bingo.’

There were three women standing there once Ju-Heon turned his head.

She was definitely there. A beautiful woman that is….

“Chloe……!”

Seol-A was happy to see a former team member. But Chloe just frowned and started to speak to Ju-Heon.

“Let my team members go. I asked you why you were looking for me.”

Ju-Heon sighed and walked toward Chloe.

Chloe sneered while looking at Ju-Heon.

“I don’t know why you're here, but…ugh!”

Ju-Heon ruthlessly swung a sword at Chloe. This made the rest of the team members gasp in shock. Seol-A especially seemed anxious.

"C, Captain-nim! Why are you, all of a sudden?!”
"Why?”

Ju-Heon pointed the sword at Chloe as if to kill her.

“Captain-nim!”

Seol-A was extremely anxious. But she suddenly recalled a memory from the past.

In that final tomb… Chloe and Ju-Heon had major arguments before entering the tomb and even inside the tomb.

She didn’t know the reason behind it. But the Captain-nim and Chloe had always had a bad relationship.

And maybe Chloe's future had changed as she was a part of the Anti Terrorists who were the enemies of all artifact users.

‘Then is the Captain-nim trying to get rid of Chloe……’

She didn’t know what had happened between them, but really?! Seol-A turned pale.

“Captain-nim! “Hold on…!”

However, at that moment…

“At least it is someone who can dodge my attacks this time.”
“!”

Ju-Heon threw a Xiangqi ‘Po’ piece into the air.

[Spring and Autumn–Warring States period The Art of War 36 pieces - (A-Grade:Treasure-Grade)]

This was the artifact he had gained in the last tomb.

The Xiangqi piece he took out was the 13th of the 36 pieces!

The coin that was thrown into the air turned into its original Xiangqi piece!

[Strategy 13: Startle the snake by hitting the grass around it]

What does Startle the snake by hitting the grass around it mean? It makes the enemy show their true intentions.

The shocked enemy screamed once that Xiangqi piece flashed. The face, clothes, and body shape of the woman who looked like Chloe changed.

“D, damn it!”

The person who appeared was an unfamiliar woman and not Chloe.

“Is that the Doppelganger artifact?!”

Ju-Heon started to smile.

The Art of War was not an omnipotent artifact, there were 36 different buff-type artifacts to use depending on the situation, whether it was for business, battle, or any type of ‘battlefield.’

“Who do you think you are trying to fool?”

Ju-Heon disappeared as soon as he said that. Ju-Heon's eyes lashed and Set roared as a sandstorm started to sweep down.

Booboboboooooooooom!

“Captain-nim!”

The strong sandstorm swept the enemies all away and scorched the area.

The woman kneeled in front of Ju-Heon.

“Ugh, how did you realize…….ahh!”

Ju-Heon stomped on the woman as he laughed.

“I’ll let you know that the only one who can trick my eyes is the original Monarch of Fraud, our restorer bastard.”

Yoo Jaeha almost fell to the ground as if he had a heart attack.

He had tears of joy in his face because it was rare for Ju-Heon to praise him.

“I’m really going to even work on the weekends. Sob sob. I’ll really work hard, sob sob.”

But Ju-Heon didn't care and had a twisted smile on his face as he took a notebook out of the woman’s pocket and read through it.

Amoxicillin, methylephedrine hydrochloride… The notebook had some drug-related information.

“It looks like you guys have been abducting artifact users around this area. Who the hell are you guys?”
“Ugh!”
“Do you guys know Chloe?”
“T, there’s nothing we have to say to you, Monarch of Plunder…ahhh!”
“I don’t know about other bastards, but I have no magnanimity or consideration for you guys.”

Yoo Jaeha started to snicker in response.

“You've never had that for anybody……ugh!”

Ju-Heon threw the notebook at Yoo Jaeha's head before grabbing the woman’s face.

“Alright, tell me while I'm asking nicely.”
“Mmmmmmmmmmmph!”

Ju-Heon really looked ready to kill the woman.

Ju-Heon was ruthless all the time, but these people were professional Hunters targeting artifact users.’

‘I have no reason to keep bastards who casually put my name on a hit list alive.’

The woman, who either realized that fact or felt the overwhelming difference in their abilities, started to shout.

"We were just hired by a woman named Benjani! Chloe is that woman’s comrade.”
“!”

Ju-Heon's eyes opened wide after hearing a familiar name. It was the same for Seol-A.

“Benjani is the Monarch of Healing."

“That woman told us to steal Chloe's ability!”

Ju-Heon finally seemed to understand.

‘Chloe and the Monarch of Healing knew each other.’

This was quite entertaining.

The Monarch of Healing who ended up becoming the symbol of monopolizers was originally an Anti Terrorist who loathed artifact users.
Something must have happened for the Monarch of Healing to become one of Pandora's monopolizers while Chloe got sold off to TKBM.

They soon continued to speak.

“I don’t know why you are looking for Chloe, but it’s too late! Chloe already left with a TKBM employee to meet with Chairman Kwon!”
“!”
"She’ll heal Chairman Kwon and make a deal with him. It’s just business.”

Ju-Heon chuckled.

‘Oho. She went to Chairman Kwon, eh?’


At the same time…

Chloe really was waiting for a plane with a TKBM employee.

Inside this Canadian airport’s restroom…

‘I'll heal Chairman Kwon and make a deal with him.’

Chloe, who was stealthily inspecting her artifact inside the restroom stall, started to frown.

‘Yes, I just need to heal him. That is more beneficial.’

She soon received a text message.

[I thought you were going to ask Chairman Kwon about Seo Ju-Heon? - Benjani]

Chloe nodded her head and responded.

[Probably, there’s something I need to find out…]

It was at that moment.

“The flight scheduled for 10:10 is about to take off, all passengers are asked to……”
“Ah.”

Chloe realized that she needed to get on the plane and came out of the stall.
However, at that moment…

“M, mmph!”

Chloe was abducted by someone.

“M, mmmmph?!”

Seol-A was the one who had abducted her. Then two people confidently appeared in front of her.

“Long time no see, my subordinate.”
“?!”

‘T, the Monarch of Plunder?’

That was right. Ju-Heon and Yoo Jaeha were shamelessly in the women’s restroom.
They then heard an urgent voice shout from outside the restroom.

“Hey, Seo Ju-Heon! Take care of it quickly. People will come soon!”

Julian was being the lookout outside this women’s restroom.

He probably chose to be the lookout because he refused to enter the women’s restroom.

Chloe anxiously looked toward Ju-Heon. Her mouth was firmly covered by Seol-A who was behind her.

Yoo Jaeha had a wicked expression on his face as he held the Doppelganger artifact in his hand.
Chloe's eyes opened wide, wondering what he was planning on doing.

“M, mmmmph!”
"Well, it’s no big deal.”

Ju-Heon smiled as he took something out.

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miraclerifle's Thoughts

Always either poop or the women's restroom... this author has some interesting tastes...