Ilya became anxious. He had to question his hearing for a moment.
He needed to check whether he heard wrong.
But he was sure.
This was definitely that lunatic, Kwon Hyuk Soo's voice.
[Ilya. Are you listening to me?]
Ilya clicked his tongue.
[Yes sir. I can hear you.]
The telepathy was understandable.
Kwon Hyuk Soo had placed an artifact in all of his groomed subordinates’ heads.
It was a collar of sorts.
It was a small microchip that could be used to deliver messages from him to his subordinates. It was a telepathy walkie-talkie of sorts.
‘Fuck, I forgot to ask to have it removed.’
This was something that either Kwon Hyuk Soo could retrieve or the person could have taken out with a surgery artifact. He had not paid much attention to it because he thought Kwon Hyuk Soo was dead.
It didn’t matter.
It was annoying to have an old man’s voice in his head but it didn’t cause any other issues.
But there was something he could not understand at all.
[Where are you right now sir? Are you still alive?]
That was right.
Kwon Hyuk Soo had been dragged into the afterlife by Ju-Heon.
Kwon Hyuk Soo started to laugh.
[I am alive for now. But I am the only one who survived.]
It sounded as if the assassins and the artifacts he took with him were all dead.
‘That makes sense. The afterlife that a Divine-Grade artifact dragged them into is probably no joke. But how the fuck is this son of a bitch still alive?’
Kwon Hyuk Soo seemed to realize something and said something else.
[You don’t need to worry about me, Ilya.]
‘I'm not worried about you! I'm not even curious!’
Ilya started to frown. It seemed that there was a reason Kwon Hyuk Soo was at the Four Emperors level.
‘I guess that means he won't die easily even if he is sent to the afterlife.’
But it wasn’t completely bad.
[Ilya. I am unable to get out of here right now. I need you to do some things for me.]
In conclusion, he was alive but could not get out of the afterlife.
Otherwise, he would have burst out of there right away instead of asking Ilya to do things for him.
What Kwon Hyuk Soo said next was proof of it.
[I know that you are with Seo Ju-Heon. There should be a bastard named Dan by his side.]
‘Of course there is.’
He was the Asura whom even the members of their tomb raiding team called the descendant of a ghost.
But why was he suddenly mentioning Dan?
Kwon Hyuk Soo continued to speak, as if to respond to that question.
[I heard something from the Monarch of Fate. He said that guy was someone who would become Seo Ju-Heon’s ally. But that man is the only one of the team members who can't use artifacts yet. Do you understand what I mean?]
Ilya started to frown.
‘Is he telling me to catch the weakest rabbit first?’
That was right.
He was being told to take down the people around Seo Ju-Heon in order to get to Ju-Heon.
He was being told to aim for Dan since nothing was easier than taking down someone who could not use artifacts.
‘Is this old man crazy? Who is he telling me to take care of? He must be crazy. Why does it have to be Dan of all people?’
Ilya knew that this old man would not be saying this if he knew about Dan.
Dan was a legendary Hunter whose name was well-known among all Hunters. He was also the guard who protected the tomb raiding team.
Although most teams fought against each other for artifacts inside tombs, Ju-Heon’s tomb raiding team was targeted more than the others.
‘The bounty hunters went crazy because of the bounty on the captain's head.’
There were many assassins because he was a thorn in the monopolizers’ eyes as well.
Of course, they had to get past this iron wall named Dan first.
Most of them were ripped to shreds before they could even get close.
‘He truly is a ghost, the ghost of death.’
But this old man wanted him to take care of that Asura?
‘He’ll rip me to pieces and kill me.’
Of course, the current Dan was different than in the past.
He could not use artifacts.
‘No, he’s probably never even tried using them.’
He might not even know about the fact that he could handle artifacts. That was why he would be completely different from his time as the Asura.
‘Why the hell would I listen to this old man’s orders?’
That was right. He seemed to be in dire straits since he was talking about forgiving him and what not.
‘Tell him to get lost.’
The old man had picked the wrong person. Ilya would have listened if he had not gotten his memories back, however…
Ilya started to laugh.
[Chairman-nim, I must inform you…]
That I am not going back.
That was what he planned on saying.
[You know that I'm the only one who can fix your trauma right? Your subordinates are still with me.]
‘This son of a bitch.’
Ilya’s gaze turned vicious. This trauma risk was something that the Captain and Chloe could not fix.
On the other hand, Yoo Jaeha was looking at Ilya suspiciously.
It was because he suddenly mumbled the following words.
“I understand. I will do as you say.”
‘What is he going to do?’
He then suddenly turned toward Dan and started to speak.
“Dan… No, Mr. Im Hae Jin.”
“Have you really never used an artifact before?”
“Yes, I watched the company president-nim using a C-Grade artifact… But I didn't even get to touch it.”
Ilya nodded his head and turned around.
Yoo Jaeha asked him where he was going and this was his response.
“I’m going to go eat.”
Yoo Jaeha started to frown, thinking that Ilya looked very suspicious as he walked away.
“Is this bastard perhaps……”
Ilya’s gaze had been quite sharp.
"Captain-nim, Captain-nim. That bastard Ilya… He’s very suspicious.”
Ju-Heon, who was heading to the broadcast station, started to scoff at Yoo Jaeha's snitching.
He had been saying the same thing over and over.
“You’re working so hard to find an excuse for me to fire him.”
Yoo Jaeha pounded his chest after hearing that.
“That’s not it! I asked him where he was going and he told me he was going to go eat! Isn't that suspicious?!”
Irene wondered what was wrong with that response while Seol-A scoffed at him as well.
“Yoo Jaeha. Is there a law that says Ilya can't go eat? Right? Captain-nim.”
“See, even the Captain-nim is saying it is nonsense……”
“That bastard Ilya is very suspicious.”
“E, excuse me?”
Ju-Heon answered their questions with a serious expression.
“Ilya would answer any questions from this idiot with a shut up, get lost, retard, dumbass, or something of the sort.”
The women were shocked.
How bad must their relationship be for those words to be the norm?
Yoo Jaeha, who had been frowning, continued to speak after seeing that Ju-Heon agreed with him.
“Plus, the way he looked at Dan was quite weird.”
He then started to frown again.
Maybe Ilya was still connected to the monopolizers somehow.
“Maybe that son of a bitch… maybe he is just pretending to be on our side. We really need to leave him behind when we go to get the Heirlooms tomorrow.”
Seol-A started to laugh at that statement.
“Aw, come on. Just an act? There’s no way……”
It was at that moment.
The building they were in started to shake violently.
The building caught on fire and the staff and actors inside the building started to run out screaming.
“Kyaaaaaa! It’s a terrorist attack! A terrorist attack!”
"A suspicious man is calling out monsters!”
“The devil has descended!”
The team members were all flustered.
‘A terrorist attack? And they're saying the person is summoning monsters……’
Ilya was one of the few peoples who could summon devils and cause this much damage.
And today, in this broadcast station…
There was no way that Ilya would not know that Ju-Heon was planning on using the Monarch of Fate for his scam again here today.
‘In that case, is it possible……’
“Captain-nim! Do you think Ilya…?!”
Yoo Jaeha shouted after hearing that.
“Yeah! I told you that son of a bitch betrayed us! I told you he’s suspicious!”
It happened at that moment.
"What do you mean I'm suspicious?! You retard!”
Somebody kicked Yoo Jaeha and sent him flying.
Ilya was the one who kicked him. He quickly flew over on a devil and started to swear.
“You motherfucker, I'm going to kill you if you keep spewing bullshit!”
Yoo Jaeha rubbed his cheek as if he felt wrong as he looked at Ilya.
“Hey, are you crazy?! What the hell are you doing?!”
Ilya, who had kicked Jaeha because he had felt wronged, was huffing.
“Hey, you really… fuck!”
Ilya, who appeared in front of Ju-Heon and the others, was breathing heavily.
“This useless son of a bitch, he really…”
Ilya stepped on Yoo Jaeha saying he was speaking nonsense.
The other team members’ minds were chaotic messes as they watched and Ju-Heon looked at him for a bit before asking him a question.
“Jaeha said that you were suspicious. Did you secretly communicate with them?”
Ilya seemed oddly anxious after hearing that.
It was rare to see his usual poker face crumble like this. There wasn’t a big change in his expression but he was definitely anxious.
“It's a misunderstanding! Captain!”
Maybe he was scared that Ju-Heon would fire him or get rid of him.
“I never had any weird thoughts in my mind. I promise.”
Yoo Jaeha shouted while still under Ilya's foot.
“Then what is this mess right now?! You're the only one who can summon monsters like this! I also heard you earlier! You said you will do as someone said! Are you sure you didn't telepathically chat with those bastards?!”
“Shut the hell up. There are more members to the aftermath clean-up crew other than me! And what I said earlier……!”
"Captain-nim, don’t be fooled. Who would believe th……ugh!”
Ju-Heon stomped on Yoo Jaeha this time.
“Shh. I understand so shut up for a moment.”
Ju-Heon looked toward Ilya with a cold gaze.
“Explain what happened.”
Ilya started to shout with urgency.
“Kwon Hyuk Soo, that old bastard contacted me!”
The team members were shocked to hear that.
“That old man is still alive?!”
“I thought he was dragged down to the afterlife! How is he still alive?!”
Ju-Heon shockingly responded back calmly.
“I already knew that. Osiris was whining to me. He said that all of his subordinates are being butchered. He asked me to hurry up and let that old bastard out.”
Osiris had complained about the old man showing off his strength in the afterlife.
"Well, I still plan on keeping him in there for a little longer.”
Julian felt frustrated hearing Ju-Heon laugh.
“This isn’t the time to laugh! The fact that he contacted Ilya means that he still thinks Ilya is his subordinate!”
“If he tries to use Ilya to find a way out of the afterlife……”
Ju-Heon shrugged his shoulders in response.
"I don’t think he can use Ilya anymore.”
Around the same time…
“This is driving me crazy.”
Kwon Hyuk Soo was breathing heavily in the afterlife.
All he saw when he looked around were mummies and monsters.
The guards of the afterlife serving Osiris had all been murdered by him.
It was probably thanks to the artifact he had on him. No matter what anybody said, he was not just a Monarch, he was one of the Four Emperors.
Sadly, none of that mattered.
“My goodness, how the heck am I supposed to get out of here?”
But he wasn’t too worried.
‘Ilya should be by Seo Ju-Heon’s side.’
He needed Ju-Heon to let him out using Osiris's artifact or for someone to destroy Osiris's artifact in order to get out.
That meant that he had a way out if Ilya managed to take down Ju-Heon.
He found it weird that Ilya was helping Seo Ju-Heon, but it didn't matter.
‘That bastard is a coward.’
That bastard could never even think about betraying him. Nobody else could fix that artifact's risk, his trauma, other than him.
‘He has no choice but to return to me.’
He started to laugh triumphantly. Although he was in the afterlife, he still had many subordinates on Earth.
‘Ilya will soon find a way for me to get out of here.’
It was at that moment.
[Human, I found you.]
A devil appeared in front of Kwon Hyuk Soo.
Kwon Hyuk Soo was very happy to see this devil.
How could he not when he knew this was the devil Ilya always used for his errands.
It must have snuck by Osiris to get here.
The devil was biting on an envelope.
His name was written on the envelope.
But there was something weird.
‘This isn't Ilya’s handwriting.’
He thought about it for a moment before deciding it wasn’t too weird.
‘He probably had someone else write it for him in order to avoid having Seo Ju-Heon find out.’
Ilya must have found a way to get him out as they discussed.
‘As expected of Ilya. You figured it out so quickly.’
He opened the envelope full of anticipation.
“Let’s see what he wrote……”
He started to frown as soon as he read the letter.
Ju-Heon was the one who sent it to him.
At the same time…
Julian sighed after hearing that Ju-Heon had been nice enough to send a letter to Kwon Hyuk Soo.
‘When the hell did this punk do something like that?!’
Ilya put a hand to his forehead thinking that he was screwed.
He didn't have any intentions of betraying Ju-Heon, but Ju-Heon had completely sealed any potential of that happening.
The trauma risk was okay because he could deal with it thanks to the experience he remembered from his previous life.
Ju-Heon started to laugh.
“How dare he try to steal my team members. Only I can put my team members to work.”
Julian started to feel tired.
“Ah, whatever. Ilya. What did that Chairman tell you to do?”
Ilya quickly realized his mistake.
“Umm…… he told me to get rid of Dan and his daughter.”
Silence filled the room before everybody started to laugh.
Yoo Jaeha was laughing so hard that he thought he might die.
“Haha, that’s crazy! You? He wanted you to kill Dan?!”
“Good luck, what the hell is he asking a skinny eunuch priest to do? How cruel of him. You’d probably die in an instant. I'd pay to watch you try to hunt a close-range dealer in close combat.”
Ilya started to shake.
‘I'm going to secretly kill this son of a bitch without the Captain knowing.’
"Anyway, what about Dan? I thought he would be here since he wasn't at home.”
“Ah. Dan should be at work right now. He said some extremely high quality meat was arriving today so he went to pick it up.”
Ilya quickly turned around.
“That old bastard’s other subordinates will be aiming for him. Dan and his daughter might be in danger.”
He was telling them that they needed to hurry.
But Ju-Heon was just laughing for some reason.
“You think they are in danger?”
Ju-Heon wondered which side was really in danger.Previous Chapter Next Chapter
Apparently Dan the man is so OP that Ju-Heon doesn't worry about him even when he has no memories.