Chapter 1. Prologue
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[Siewellin, the Saint who sacrificed herself, wants to transfer her holy grail to others. Do you allow it?]
[YES / NO]
“… … !”
Do-joon’s eyes widened.
Not only was the message window popping up, but the contents itself was even more surprising. The sacredness of the object must be of great importance to her.
At that time, So-eun opened her eyes. Do-joon turned his gaze away from the message window and made eye contact with So-eun.
“Did you wake up?”
So-eun raised her body. The child rubbed her eyes with both hands and found Siewellin standing next to him.
So-eun blinked for a moment before burying her head behind Do-joon. Then, she whispered and asked.
“Daddy, who’s next to you?”
“It’s your cousin. Her name is Uh… Sia, Yoon Sia.”
It was named after the moderately reminiscent Siewellin. It was an impromptu name, but it didn’t sound too bad.
So-eun’s eyes twinkled at the appearance of her cousin, whom she had never heard before. Because until now, Do-joon was the only family for So-eun.
Still, it seemed awkward. The appearance of hanging on to Do-joon and sticking out her head only.
When their eyes met, Siewellin smiled and waved her hand. In response, So-eun also waved her hand with a slightly shy face.
Then, So-eun found a silver mirror on the blanket.
“Huh? What is this?”
“Ah, that… … .”
Do-joon looked at Siewellin and stopped. His eyes seemed to ask if it was really okay.
Siewellin nodded as if she had nothing to worry about. At that moment, Do-joon felt her thoughts.
If it weren’t for him, she would have still remained trapped there, and the mirror wouldn’t have been there either.
Was this the grace she was talking about? Do-joon, who was facing her, soon nodded and then spoke to So-eun.
“It’s a gift from your sister to you.”
“Really? Wow, it’s pretty.….”
So-eun lifted the mirror and excitedly looked around. At the same time, Do-joon pressed ‘YES’ on the message window.
Immediately after, the silver mirror turned into a bright light and melted into So-eun’s body.
“Uh? Where did it go?”
When the mirror suddenly disappeared, So-eun was wept in embarrassment. Siewellin gently held the child’s hand from her side and drew a circle in the air.
Then a silver mirror appeared in the air, just like she first took out the mirror.
So-eun’s eyes glowed even more and tried putting in and taking out the mirror as Siewellin taught her. It was quite interesting.
Meanwhile, Do-joon used insight to check So-eun’s status window.
– Vitality Lv22
– 42% cold resistance
– Ninth Yin Pulse
– Blessing: A mirror that serves the sun
There was a new thing called ‘Blessing’ added to the status page. Does it mean that the relic was transferred to her?
He was a little more relieved with this. As the Holy Spirit would protect the child even when he cannot watch over her.
“How are you feeling today? Does it still hurt a lot?”
The cold resistance reached 42% thanks to the steady increase. From what he heard from Dr. Kwon Sung-joo, So-eun’s seizures have decreased significantly. And it calmed down a lot faster.
Cold resistance was definitely paying off.
“It doesn’t hurt at all! Didn’t I get better?”
So-eun asked with sparkling eyes. Do-joon smiled bitterly and patted the child’s head.
“Sorry, it’s not better yet.”
So-eun was noticeably disappointed. And she shook Do-joon’s arm and strangled him.
“I am bored here. I also want to go to kindergarten and play outside.”
Do-joon was speechless.
She had been hospitalized since birth and lived in this hospital.
After seeing it on TV, it was only natural that she wanted to go to kindergarten and go to amusement parks like other kids.
“I don’t have a fever these days and I sleep well at night. My throat doesn’t hurt. Am I all better now?”
No. She hasn’t recovered from her illness yet.
However, it is certain that the condition has improved recently. Whenever he came to see her when he had time, she was always healthy, and Kwon Sung-joo and Jeong Da-jeong also repeated the same.
If so, then was it possible to receive outpatient treatment? There have been cases of the same mana disease, but their symptoms were weaker so they weren’t hospitalized.
Do-joon hugged the child and lifted her up into his arms. Now, at the same height, he talked to So-eun, face to face.
“Then I’ll ask the doctor if So-eun can be discharged from the hospital.”
If Do-joon had been alone, he wouldn’t have even thought about it. He was always too busy with the labyrinths and dungeons that he couldn’t take care of himself, nonetheless a child 24/7.
But now there was Siewellin and the holy relic to protect So-eun.
This was enough for him to enter the dungeon with full confidence. Of course, she still had to keep going to the hospital.
“However, you always need to go with your sister wherever you go. Plus you’ll have to go to the hospital regularly.”
“Yes! Uh? But do I have to live with my sister too?”
“Ah, yes. Somehow…….”
He was a little worried about what the child would think, but nothing happened. Rather, she raised her arms and said that she liked it.
Do-joon continued with a small relief inwardly.
“Not right now, but we’ll have to wait a little longer. So that the doctor wouldn’t say no. Got it?”
It is not known whether Kwon Sung-joo will allow outpatient treatment or not. He may grant permission since there were such cases, or he could say that she should be hospitalized more because he does not know yet.
Either way, he intended to follow the doctor. Since, they had the greatest authority in this field.
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“Hmm… I understand what you are saying as a father. However, I think it would be better to observe for a little while longer.”
After consulting with Kwon Sung-joo, a clear answer came back.
It was also in his intentions to watch, just in case. He wanted So-eun to be discharged after raising her vitality a little more and raise her cold resistance to 75% before leaving the hospital.
Kwon Sung-joo did not mention a specific period, but said that if she continued to be healthy, she would be able to leave the hospital.
Which meant that his daughter’s condition was good. With that, Do-joon felt a little better about things.
When he told her about it, So-eun leaped with joy. She tried to run around the hospital room, but Do-joon stopped her and yanked her out of the hospital.
Then, the three of them, including Siewellin, went out for a walk. They went to a snack bar, and to a park.
So-eun was lively, running about, and Siewellin glanced around at the unfamiliar modern scenery.
It was a very peaceful scene at the same time.
‘Let’s work harder.’
He was terrified to think that such a scene might be lost in 10 years.
Secretly, with a firm expression on his face, Do-joon prepared his heart.
So-eun yawned after walking around for a while.
“Are you sleepy?”
“No, it’s okay… … .”
As she said that, her head began to droop. Although the vitality rune had passed level 20, the other stats had yet to rise in proportion to a normal person’s basic physical ability.
As such, So-eun was really weak in basic stamina, she could not be said to be stronger than others even with a vitality rune of over 20 levels.
“Let’s go in now.”
“Okay… … .”
After bringing a certain child to sleep, Do-joon and Siewellin silently left the hospital room.
Siewellin gently stroked So-eun’s forehead as she fell asleep. When he saw it, it suddenly reminded him of the memory of her patting a little child.
In that memory, she had white hair, not black hair like now.
‘Come to think of it, why did her hair color change?’
Hmm… … . He has been thinking about it, but he couldn’t figure it out. So, Do-joon just asked.
“Didn’t you originally have white hair? Why do you have black hair now?”
She checked the color by fiddling with the side of her hair, and then shook her head. Meaning that even she doesn’t know either.
If she said she didn’t know, there was no way for Do-joon to know. Eventually, he shook his head and let his worries go. It wasn’t an urgent concern right now.
He still had a couple things to do before he went home. Specifically, getting a few things for Siewellin. Including clothes.
As such, Do-joon took her to the department store.
“Hello, is there anything that you are looking for?”
As he looked around at the women’s clothing section, a clerk quickly approached him. Do-joon pointed to Siewellin and spoke.
“I’m looking for clothes that would suit her.”
The clerk clapped her hands when she saw Siewellin wandering around behind Do-joon. The clerk’s eyes began to shine.
“You’re so pretty! Are you his girlfriend?”
“No, she is my nephew.”
“I see! Okay, okay, nephew, come here! I’ll pick one for you!”
There was nothing much to say about Siewellin’s noticeable current outfit (a white robe with colorful flowers in the right eye). Did she even think it was rude to point out the guest’s attire?
While looking around for something she had never seen before, Siewellin quickly got used to it.
She got along very well with the people at the temple, she seemed to be more friendly than anyone else.
After a while, they looked at the clothes with the clerk and discussed them together. Of course, she couldn’t speak, so she pointed this and that with her hands.
‘I was worried if she insisted on wearing a formal uniform.’
If she goes back and forth in the store with that outfit, she might get caught as a weird cosplayer that the store hired. The hardworking and sincere reputation that has been accumulated over the years may be overshadowed.
However, it was all tilted. Siewellin was adapting to the new environment more easily than expected.
They left the store after departing from the clerk. At last, Siewellin was now changed into some modern clothes.
She wore a beige turtleneck shirt, dark jeans, and a white cardigan of the same color as snow flowers.
She looked around for a long time and touched her clothes, perhaps because to her, this unfamiliar style of clothing was interesting.
After that, the two stopped by several stores. He bought several casual shirts to wear comfortably as well as outdoor clothing. Even at the underwear store, he was able to purchase properly with the help of staff.
“This is enough for her clothes…….”
He bought almost three boxes of what she wore. But what he was holding was one paper bag. He had asked the staff to send them all by courier.
After that, he bought necessary items such as toiletries and bowls one by one. He bought things one by one and talked about common sense and currency here and there to Siewellin.
She looked puzzled, but she always nodded her head. Her brain didn’t seem too bad, so maybe she’ll get used to it as time goes on.
“Whew… … . I think we bought everything we needed.”
When he came to his senses, he was full of luggage. He bought all the daily necessities that came to mind while going back and forth to the department store.
This should be enough for now.
If they need anything else, then he could buy it at DaiX or something near the house.
They finished shopping but in the process they became thirsty.
“Shall we take a break?”
Do-joon asked, while pointing to a large cafe in one department store.
Siewellin nodded without knowing what a cafe was and Do-joon dragged her into the store.
“Choose whatever you want.””
Soon, her eyes would not leave the menu, as if they were nailed down to it. The menu was all photographed and printed on the board, so even she, who didn’t know Korean, could see them.
Do-joon had a simple cup of coffee, and Siewellin chose a gorgeously decorated chocolate bing-soo.
(T/N: Bingsu, or sometimes written as bing-soo, is a traditional Korean shaved ice dessert with sweet toppings that may include chopped fruit, condensed milk, chocolate, fruit syrup, red beans and many more.)
She probably didn’t know what chocolate was and just picked it up because she saw a large picture of it.
After placing the order and waiting, the buzzing bell rang. Do-joon got up and brought the coffee including the bing-soo.
Her eyes practically expanded in shock. For some reason, she was more overwhelmed by the real thing than the picture. When Do-joon pretended to take a spoon and scoop it, she followed suit.
As soon as she placed the spoon in her mouth, she immediately shivered and her eyes began to tremble with mini earthquakes. At the sight, Do-joon blankly asked.
“Does it taste weird?”
“… … !”
Shake shake shake shake.
She shook her head violently and continued to eat the bing-soo. Smiling at the sight, Do-joon took a sip of his coffee. A moderately bitter and sweet taste lingered in his lips.
When he didn’t even drink less than half, Siewellin was already finished with the bing-soo. It was large enough for two people, but she finished it by herself. Nevertheless, it seemed that she was not satisfied yet.
“Do you want me to order more?”
She glistened and nodded.
What he ordered this time was a large melon bing-soo. This time, Do-joon took only one bite and finished up his coffee, while she ate up the rest.
As with everyone, it’s always satisfying to see other people eating well. Do-joon felt the same way. Perhaps because he introduced her as a nephew earlier, he felt like he was watching his actual nephew.
After eating two, Siewellin patted her stomach satisfied.
Do-joon smiled and returned to the store with her.
He gave her one of the two rooms, and spent the night organizing his luggage.
And the next day.
The first thing Do-joon did was try and enter the labyrinth with Siewellin.
He held her hand and entered the Tier 2 Elemental Island.
‘Can’t we come together? … .’
Siewellin was not beside him.
Then, could he summon her there?
He tried to use the skill with that in mind, but it was deactivated.
‘Does the labyrinth mean that only I have to clear it by myself?’
After he finished checking, he came outside for now.
Siewellin’s eyes widened as he suddenly disappeared and reappeared.
Do-joon briefly explained the labyrinth to her. Telling her, he would be away often for a few days.
The next thing he did was teach her Korean.
“Giyeog, nieun, digeud, lieul…….”
Siewellin learned by writing down the names of consonants in the practice book.
Perhaps thanks to the easy-to-learn letters or because she was smart, she was able to read in a matter of days.
Since, he couldn’t take her to the labyrinth, and the dungeon did not identify her as a person, all he could do was leave her at the shop.
If she could communicate through writing, he would be able to entrust the shop with peace of mind.
Maybe this was for the best. If anything happened to So-eun, she will be able to run to Siewellin right away.
“I’m going somewhere for a while.”
Now that her studies have progressed to some extent, it was time for Do-joon to resume his work.
“It might take a few days. The meals are all in the refrigerator, so you can prepare and eat them as I showed you.”
Siewellin nodded and tilted her head to ask where he was going. Which, Do-join promptly said,
“I’m going to enter the next labyrinth.”
[You can copy one of the options from “Key of the Labyrinth: Tier4 Middle Orc Kingdom” to “Kim Do-joon”]
A key disappeared from his hand, leaving only scattering light.
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