Chapter 272: Jack the Ripper (1)


People became confused after the lights suddenly went out.

“Huh? Is it a power outage?”
“What's going on?”

They just thought it was a power outage and didn’t think much about it. But Ju-Heon’s group was different.

‘This isn't a regular power outage.’

Ju-Heon scrunched his eyes.
The Monarch of Seduction was smiling in the darkness.

A power outage was a sign that Jack the Ripper was starting the hunt.

‘Alright Jack the Ripper, kill everyone.’

Elena, the Monarch of Seduction, had been aiming for this from the beginning. It had been her plan from the moment she met Julian's sister, Nina.

‘I'll take Seo Ju-Heon to be mine while Nina will take care of the Monarch of St… No, the Monarch of Pillage.’

She was also a wild beast aiming for a Heirloom to become a Monarch. She had tried everything to take down Ju-Heon's group members who had Heirlooms, but…

Seo Ju-Heon was one thing but somehow his team members were all weird as well.

The CIA, MI6, and other spy organizations had tried their best but they couldn't find any weaknesses for Ju-Heon or his team members.

They were able to at least get some information before Ilya joined up with them, however, that was no longer the case.

‘Even the spies can't do anything once that Ilya bastard joined their team.’

They were all anxious as well.

Information regarding the tomb raiding team had suddenly disappeared from public records and the media.

The easiest to handle had been that stupid Monarch of Pushoverness, but bad things kept happening whenever they tried to mess with Ju-Heon or the Monarch of Pushoverness.

Their stocks would fall, their businesses would suddenly be in trouble, it was quite weird.

That was why Ju-Heon and Julian’s weaknesses that they found out this time were extremely precious.

‘Seduce Seo Ju-Heon with artifacts.’

There had been rumors about Seo Ju-Heon being an artifactphile for a while.

It seemed to have become a bit special after he got his Heirloom.

‘Take Seo Ju-Heon to the hotel.’

She was confident that she could send Ju-Heon to paradise if they spent a night together. Her sponsors were proof she could do that.

But before that……

‘Alright, hurry up and kill him. Go, Jack the Ripper.’

Even the mighty Ju-Heon should temporarily blank out seeing his team member die.

It was at that moment.

“Nina, it’s okay. There’s no need to be scared. A fuse probably blew out or something.”

Julian tightly clenched Nina's hand in the darkness. Nina pulled a knife out of her pocket as if this was perfect.

‘I don't know who you are, but goodbye.’

But the moment she was about to swing the knife!

Paat!

The light suddenly came back on.

“?!”

Nina became flustered.

‘Why did the light turn back on so quickly?’

Nina looked around as she had messed with the breaker herself.

It was too soon for an employee to have made it to the box already. She had planned everything out knowing the location of the breaker box.

“What the? At least it's back.”

The other customers were relieved that it didn't seem to have been a serious issue. Of course, the Monarch of Seduction was glaring at Nina.

‘What are you doing?’

Nina, who was looking for an opportunity, closed her eyes and used her psychic artifact again. The lights went back out!

“Kyaaaa! What the hell?! Another blackout?”

Nina aimed for Julian’s neck this time.

However…

Paat! It turned back on again!

Nina became anxious and quickly hid the knife again.

‘What the hell is going on?!’

The answer to her question was at the breaker box.

[$#&#$!]
Hey, you can't do that! You c…… ugh!

That was right.

The rope was at the circuit breaker. The rope was raising the switch whenever it fell.

Click! Click!

It was able to easily push it using its long body!

That was why it didn't matter if Nina used a psychic artifact to control it.

Paat! Paat! Paat!

The lights would go out and then come right back on. Off and on.

The other artifacts that could sense that a person was going to die were scolding the rope.

[#$&!]
Hey, what the hell are you doing?! It looks like we could see a person die!

The rope wasn’t listening to them.

Pow! Pow! Pow!

In fact, it whipped the artifacts that were trying to scold it.

The shop felt as if it had turned into a rave.

"What the hell is going on?”
“Hey, what’s wrong with your lights?”

Nina started to grind her teeth in anger at this unexplainable situation.

‘Damn it, it looks like I might have to go over my limits and cut the power line itself……’

However…

“Nina, what's wrong? Are you sick?”
“……?!”

Her actions made Julian focus on her.

The Monarch of Seduction was feeling frustrated while looking at Nina.

‘What the hell is she doing?!’

The Monarch of Seduction couldn't hold back anymore and grabbed Ju-Heon's arm.

“Oh my, this place is a bit weird. Shall we go outside and talk?”

But at that moment…

Tap. Tap.

Someone tapped the Monarch of Seduction’s back. The moment she turned around to look……

Pow!

The Monarch of Seduction was slapped on the head!

The rope was standing there and moving as if it was a cobra.

It seemed to be glaring at her, asking what she was doing with Ju-Heon.


Ju-Heon’s eyes opened wide while the Monarch of Seduction was in disbelief.

"What the h…… kyaa!”

She was hit again.

Pow!

This time it was her cheek. The Monarch of Seduction foamed at the mouth after being struck by the rope.

“This crazy artifact!”

An angry Monarch of Seduction tried to grab the rope, but…

[#&$!]
Move your dirty hand. Move it. Move it!

Pow pow pow pow pow!

“Kyaaaa!”

She ended up being attacked by a flurry of punches.

It didn't seem to like the fact that the Monarch of Seduction was sticking so closely to Ju-Heon.

She had even turned the lights off.

Her plan was too obvious to this amazing rope.

Around the same time…

“There must be some issues with this store’s power line.”

Julian, who did not know that he was in danger of dying, tilted his head in confusion as Nina ground her teeth.

‘It'll be complicated if the lights aren’t out.’

But it might be okay.

‘Let’s go somewhere else.’

She would lure him to somewhere secluded.

Nina pulled Julian by the arm after having that thought.

“Umm, can we go talk outside?”
“Huh? Are you uncomfortable here?”
“Yes, there’s a lot of people and we can’t really chat in private……”

Julian nodded his head and got up from his seat.

However…

“Hey, Vice Captain-nim.”
“!”

Someone grabbed Julian’s shoulder.

It was Yoo Jaeha. Julian became anxious once he saw Yoo Jaeha there.

"What the? Jaeha, why are you here?”
“There's no need to ask that question.”

Yoo Jaeha gently pulled Julian toward him.

“Anyway, we need to chat for a moment.”
“?”

Nina didn't know what to do after Julian was dragged away by the Monarch of Pushoverness.

‘Huh? Wait, this thing can't leave.’

Unfortunately, Yoo Jaeha had dragged Julian away.

Julian had told Jaeha that he couldn't leave Nina behind, but Yoo Jaeha just smacked him.

The Monarch of Seduction’s jaw dropped after seeing what had happened.

‘The Monarch of Pushoverness?! Why is that bastard here?’

He wasn't the only one who was here.

“Oh my, look who it is.”
"A person I've only seen through the screen is here in person.”
“?!”

The Monarch of Seduction gasped after seeing two women standing behind her.

‘Lee Seol-A and Irene Holten!’

Seol-A and Irene were glaring at the Monarch of Seduction with vicious gazes.

They were smiling but they were full of murderous intent. They then took Ju-Heon away from the Monarch of Seduction.

“Are you done discussing B. U. S. I. N. E. S. S. with our Captain-nim?”
“Are you done chatting now?”

‘Done chatting my ass! These damn bitches are getting in my way!’

The Monarch of Seduction glared back at them. She seemed to despise them quite a bit.

“I never invited the two of you. Get out.”

The Monarch of Seduction quietly growled and Seol-A just scoffed at her.

“Who cares about your invitation? Did you rent the entire place out? We just came here to drink coffee.”
“Can we join you if it’s okay?”

Irene looked quite scary even as she smiled. She looked like an angel who was channeling the fires of hell.

They viciously glared at each other.
It was at that moment.

"What the? Why are you girls here?”
“!”

It was Ju-Heon. Seol-A and Irene flinched after hearing Ju-Heon's question.

“Didn’t you both say that you needed to sleep early tonight? You mentioned having to wake up early tomorrow.”

The two of them looked toward Ju-Heon with awkward expressions on their faces.

“Ah, t, that…”

They were fidgeting and looked away as they started to laugh.

“Oh, umm…… We just came out to get some fresh air!”
“Fresh air?”

Ju-Heon tilted his head in confusion. They awkwardly looked away before moving closer toward Ju-Heon.

“Mr. Ju-Heon, that’s not the issue right now.”
“Hmm?”
“Mr. Jaeha said that he thinks Jack the Ripper is going to show up here……”

Ju-Heon tilted his head even more after hearing Irene whisper that to him.

‘What? Yoo Jaeha?’

"Why is that bastard here too?”

Well, that didn't matter.
That loudmouth probably told them that he came here to meet the Monarch of Seduction.

The important thing was…

‘Did she say Jack the Ripper?’

Jack the Ripper was a serial killer in London who is still often talked about.

There were many serial killers before him but his cruel killing methods, provocation, the Queen's wrath and the media all made him extremely famous.

A Polish barber was revealed to be the culprit once science developed and DNA tracing became a thing, but there were a lot of disputes about it as with any historical incidents.

The important thing was that as that artifact was famous for being a killer, it was one of the strongest assassination artifacts such as Odin’s Gungnir.

This bastard had been a thorn in Ju-Heon and the monopolizers’ sides in the past as well.

His assassination skills were so great that multiple Monarchs had died in his hands.

‘I did hear that he appeared recently.’

It had been reported in the newspaper and Yoo Jaeha had said it himself that he saw Jack the Ripper.
It had been at the auction house where he shut the official restorers up and met the British princess.

That bastard had tried to kill the general, the British Prince, and other artifact users at that time as well.

‘That bastard is in the store?’

“Who told you that again?”
“Mr. Jaeha did.”

Ju-Heon accepted that response and pulled out a knife.

Jaeha shouldn’t be wrong as he recently had a run-in with Jack the Ripper.

That assassin was like a ghost when it came to hiding, but Yoo Jaeha was a Monarch.

Ju-Heon urgently started to speak.

"Seol-A, track him.”

That bastard would show up, kill someone, and disappear. He had given Ju-Heon and even Dan a lot of issues in the past.

They would be killed if they put their guard down.

‘The bastard’s goal is obvious.’

He was probably aiming for their Heirlooms.

It was possible that he just showed up after finding out Ju-Heon was going to be here, but…

“You did this, didn't you?”

Ju-Heon started to smile while looking at the Monarch of Seduction. The Monarch of Seduction feigned ignorance.

“I have no idea what you are talking about.”

Ju-Heon wasn’t really worried. He had fought against that bastard in the past and survived.

Well, he wasn’t worried until he heard this next comment.

"According to Mr. Jaeha, it’s a woman.”
“………?!”

‘What… The… fuck? Jack the Ripper is a woman?’

That was crazy.

‘There’s no way.’

The Jack the Ripper he had fought against in the past had been a man. Ju-Heon had not seen his face, but……

‘Did the future change? It’s also possible that Jaeha is wrong.’

Jack the Ripper was a male artifact.

But he couldn't just ignore Yoo Jaeha’s comment. That bastard was like an animal with extremely strong survival instincts when it came to his life.

He urgently turned toward where Julian had been.
However…

‘He’s not there.’

Julian and Nina were both gone.

‘Damn it.’

Ju-Heon quickly started to speak to Seol-A and Irene.

“Both of you, come with me.”

He was going to go look for Jack the Ripper.

However, at that moment…

“Where do you think you're going?”

Ju-Heon was walking past the Monarch of Seduction when she put her arms around his neck and chuu.

She gave him a deep kiss.

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miraclerifle's Thoughts

My waifu Irene is about to throw a shitshow after that deep kiss...