Chapter 1. Prologue
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One of the only three S-class hunters in Korea and the guild leader of “Mir”, one of the four major guilds.
He exited the office on the top floor of the association. A subordinate waiting in the hallway soon followed him.
“What’s the president of the association thinking?”
“What can I say? Mumbling, uh, it’s not up to me to decide, huh. He always has something to say.”
While Shin Yoo-sung complained, his subordinate quickly responded.
“You must have been frustrated.”
“Yeah. Unlike his predecessor, this guy has quite a lot of moods.”
He was dissatisfied with the attitude of the president of the association. He would rather take an enemy stance if he was an enemy or an ally stance if he was an ally, but this time the president didn’t appear to be taking a stance.
It doesn’t seem like he was on their side, but he doesn’t seem to be on any other guild’s side either.
In a way, it can be said that the situation is excellent, but from their point of view, it can only be frustrating.
“Come to think of it, there was a contact from Russia. They are requesting support for the S-class gate that opened in Sakhalin.”
“S-class? Aren’t they asking me to come?”
“On the surface, it was said that it was A-class or higher, but… … . The guild chief wanted you to come in person.”
Shin Yoo-sung snorted.
“Reject it, I’m too busy with work here.”
The same was true of other countries, but the treatment of healers is even more different from other awakeners.
And the Mir Guild was a little special guild that only gathered such healers.
Originally, the predecessor of Mir was the Korean Priest’s Association. It was an organization of awakeners with healing abilities in Korea, but after Shin Yoo-sung took over as president, it was changed into a guild.
The main business is the dispatch of healers to which they belong.
Facilities such as hospitals and nursing homes, various disaster sites, and political and business figures who pay large commission fees.
Up to this point, it was done even in the days of the priesthood. However, since Shin Yoo-sung took control, he has been putting considerable effort into fostering combat positions.
There were many objections and complaints, but Shin Yoo-sung took all of them with force and pressed them.
There weren’t many people who could directly confront the master, S-class of healing, who was among the only three people in Korea.
‘Medical team! Hurry up and go! A child was injured during the examination!’
Then a small commotion was heard from below.
“What’s going on?”
“Shall we find out?”
The subordinate who responds to Shin Yoo-sung’s murmur. However, Shin Yoo-sung blew out his nose once and turned off his nerves.
“It’s okay. It won’t be a big deal.”
He was too busy to care about every little thing. It doesn’t look like there was any major accident.
Shin Yoo-sung gives a languid expression after giving up his interest.
He felt a strange feeling.
It seemed similar to mana, but it felt completely different. But he couldn’t pinpoint where the difference was.
‘This… … .’
And that energy caused a calm stir in Shin Yoo-sung’s heart. Shin Yoo-sung stopped standing tall in his turbulent heart without realizing it.
“What’s wrong with me?”
The load doesn’t seem to feel anything. Interest began to hover over Shin Yoo-sung’s drowsy expression.
“Follow me. Let’s go for a second.”
“What? Where do you mean?”
The subordinate asked with curiosity, but Shin Yoo-sung began to walk without answering.
He was a man who believed in intuition.
* * *
‘This is… … .’
Do-joon looked at So-eun with a surprised look.
It was surprising that she brought out the holy object with her own power, but it was even more surprising that she manifested her power.
However, it was not worthy of being called a healing technique.
‘It’s not a special skill.’
It was different from the healing of other priests he saw in the fantasy and the healing of Siewellin which he received directly in reality.
If the healer or Siewellin’s healing technique was a well-cut and polished, flawless piece, what So-eun did was just take out a log.
It wasn’t a polished technique, it was just releasing excessive energy.
However, Siewellin’s divine power itself was an energy that contained life, so it has healing ability only as a result.
Meanwhile, the middle-aged woman approached her child and checked his arm. The arms stained with burns were nowhere to be found, but only the smooth arms of the child were found.
“Ah, I… … .”
She looked at Do-joon and stuttered to thank him.
“Tha-, thank you…….”
“If you want to say thank you, then say thank you to my daughter, not me.”
When Do-joon spoke, she bowed to So-eun.
“Thank you, dear.”
Seeing the woman bowing her head, So-eun also bowed her back with her hand on her stomach. This was because Jeong Da-jeong taught her to greet adults like that.
The woman with a slightly red face turned her head and asked the examiner.
“The evaluation is over, right?”
“Oh, yes. You can go.”
“Seho, let’s go quickly.”
She remembered laughing at Do-joon earlier, so this place became extremely uncomfortable for this woman.
“I want to play with you, Noona.”
The woman quickly disappeared with her child.
The child looked back while being dragged by his mother. So-eun waved at the child.
After the cute departure of the two children, silence lingered around in the waiting room.
“Uh, next is… … Kim So-eun and her guardian… … .”
“Yes, it’s us.”
When Do-joon stood in front of So-eun, the examiner began coughing in vain.
“Well, it’s been confirmed that you’re using skills, so let’s move on. Your guardian’s ID card and family relationship certificate…….”
The review ended with reviewing the documents that had been prepared.
It was originally a simple examination. There was nothing more to do because she had already shown her ability.
Other awakeners who came to examine looked at So-eun with a subtle look.
‘Awakening at such a young age… … .’
‘That’s also a healing skill?’
‘I can’t believe at such an age, she already has that level of output… … . As expected, this floor is more talented than gold…….’
It was a gaze of envy.
If So-eun was older or an adult, then it might have been jealousy, not envy this time.
‘I’m still envious… … . My only skill is to run faster, so what can I make out with this?’
‘That kid is already starting to win the lottery in life.’
Whether he knew their gaze or not, Do-joon held So-eun’s hand with a calm look.
“Then shall we go get some ice cream?”
“Yeah! I like the strawberry flavor.”
It was at that time that Shin Yoo-sung stormed into the waiting room.
Shin Yoo-sung made eye contact with Do-joon, who was just about to leave the room. His gaze quickly swept through the crowd.
‘Is it this guy? What was that energy earlier?’
Results inferred from the perspectives of those remaining in the waiting room.
But when he looked closely, it was a little different. Their eyes were on the child holding hands with the man, and not the man.
“Uh? Isn’t that person Shin Yoo-sung?”
“Master of the Mir guild?”
Awakeners in the waiting room opened their mouths when they saw his face.
They couldn’t believe that they were seeing such a celebrity that they have only seen on TV or the news, and it is difficult for them to see the face of such a person even once in their lifetime!
However, Shin Yoo-sung showed no interest in them. His interest was only in the man and child in front of him.
‘It’s not this man. It’s on the child’s side.’
The lingering scent was felt on the child’s side.
He brightened his eyes and gave a friendly smile. And he talked to Do-joon.
“My name is Shin Yoo-sung. Did your daughter just take the exam?”
Meanwhile, Do-joon replied with an unpleasant look.
A man in his mid-30s who suddenly appears and staring at his daughter. It was not a favorable situation at all.
He pulled So-eun behind him.
However, Shin Yoo-sung failed to catch Do-joon’s bounded movement. This was because he was so drunk on the energy he felt earlier.
“Abeo-nim. Do you have any thoughts on allowing your daughter to be a gifted student of ours, Mir? If her talent is outstanding, I’m willing to teach it myself.”
(T/N: Abeo-nim means someone’s father.)
Shin Yoo-sung spoke as if it were an unconventional condition.
It was understandable. He said that she may receive it directly from a S-class as a disciple.
‘At least getting into Mir is confirmed, hopefully as a disciple of the Master?’
‘Mir is the 4th guild, right?’
Awakeners were looking at the sight in front of them.
A six-year-old little child received an exceptional offer that they would never receive.
Some sarcastically say that the Mir, a collection of healers only, belong to nobles, and more directly, some slander that the honey positions are united to suck more honey.
But what could be the reason?
Maybe it’s because Mir is a well-known guild.
However, Do-joon was concerned about a completely different part.
The word “direct” that Shin Yoo-sung deliberately gave a point to.
In other words, it meant an unconventional proposal, but it was inevitable that it would sound unpleasant to the ears of a father of a daughter.
Even if he knew that the head wasn’t like that, it was a different matter for his heart to accept it.
“I’m sorry, but I will decline.”
“What? Are you worried that your daughter is too young?” Then….”
“No, there’s that, but…….”
Do-joon cut him off and looked down at So-eun. When Do-joon and her eyes met, So-eun held his hand tightly.
Do-joon smiled lightly and told Shin Yoo-sung.
“I want my daughter to make a living doing what she wants to do.”
Guild’s Gifted Education. It’s good to hear, but in the end, it was a curriculum that raised hunters.
There’s no way he can put his daughter, who has just been discharged, into something like that.
His theory was that at a young age, one should have more freedom in one’s plays and activities rather than early education.
“Well then, regardless of the guild, I personally …… …”
Rejecting with a firm attitude until the end, Do-joon took So-eun and left.
Shin Yoo-sung, who stands in vain, never imagined that his proposal would be rejected so sharply. He wanted to at least talk a little more.
He spoke, without taking his eyes off Do-joon’s back.
“What? Did I get dumped?”
“I think so, guild leader.”
Standing next to him even before he knew it, he responded with a relaxed look.
* * *
「”Good job. I don’t know who it is, but I can’t leave her to bum like that.”」
After they returned home, Siewellin heard everything about what happened at the association. She nodded and praised Do-joon’s actions.
Then she said it right away.
「”I have someone who can teach. I’m here, please leave So-eun to me!」
“Huh? That’s not why I refused?”
When Do-joon talked, a question mark was also drawn on Siewellin’s face.
「“If not me, then who else is teaching So-eun?”」
“What do you have to teach? A child should play like a child rather than study.”
「”What do you mean, do you know how important education is from a young age!”」
Suddenly, the atmosphere between the two became cold.
After a while, Do-joon coughed and clapped his hands.
“Come on, take a seat. We’re going to start our first family meeting.”
“Uh? What are we playing?”
Three people sitting together with a table spread out in the living room.
First, Do-joon started talking as if he was taunting Siewellin.
“I disagree. So-eun is only 6 years old now. She was just discharged from the hospital. What kind of education? If she just runs around well, that’s it for education.”
At Dojun’s words, Siewellin shook her head.
「”Where I lived, when I was five years old, I already learned and helped my parents with work. Priests who came in as apprentices were often of that age.」
“That’s about that place, right? It’s different here.”
「”I saw on the TV that here, too, they start the school at an early age, did you really spend a lot of time here?”」
Do-joon was speechless for a moment. What Siewellin said was true.
「”There were so many priests who couldn’t get their apprenticeship label because they couldn’t manifest themselves even if they built up their divine power. The fact that I even made appearances at that age was because I have so many talents that I can count on my hands.”」
“But it isn’t even So-eun’s own strength. It’s a power that comes from the holy relic, isn’t that a power that could disappear someday?”
「”Still, it’ll be useful while I’m around.”」
“That’s… … Right.”
Do-joon crossed his arms and frowned.
It was true, but a child who had just been discharged from the hospital wanted to play.
「“Education is not a grandiose thing. If So-eun is talented, won’t she learn quickly?”」
“… … Is it?”
「”And isn’t it So-eun who decides in the end?”」
Actually, that was correct. After all, if she wants to do it, he’ll let her do it, and if she doesn’t like it, then she won’t do it.
Do-joon nodded and asked So-eun, who was eating snacks.
“So-eun, is it okay that your sister wants to teach you something?”
「”Your sister is going to be a teacher.”」
So-eun is hooked on the word “teacher” written by Siewellin.
It was clever. Taking advantage of So-eun’s heart, who admired the existence of a teacher since she couldn’t go to kindergarten…….
In the end, So-eun’s choice was Siewellin.
“It’s not like I’m sending you to cram school, so it’s okay… … .”
Siewellin made So-eun sit in her arms and chest, and pinched her cheek slightly. So-eun laughed, and her smiling face could not have looked so lovely.
「”It’s okay. Talents are meant to bloom.”」
In the end, Do-joon agreed with her, and the meeting ended just like that for the day.
* * *
So-eun’s work was somewhat resolved, and Do-joon began to go around the labyrinth again.
His main purpose was still to find the boss of the Orc Labyrinth.
‘Where the hell are you?’
However, there was no clue at all, so he had no choice but to dig without promise.
Do-joon sighed loudly and walked wherever his feet could go.
It was in the midst of sweeping away the orcs for two days.
– Aahhhaha! Don’t touch it with dirty hands, you pig!
He discovered a strange spear held by an orc, with a mysterious old man’s voice being heard from it.