Chapter 3. Gold (1)
By giving more power to the constellations in the novel, they were omnipotent in themselves since they were objects close to God in the first place, but they could have more substantial power by owning ‘coins’. Unlike ordinary goods, coins were special goods that can only be obtained by breaking dungeons or selling items from dungeons in system stores, but the only other way to supply and demand coins was through the constellations.
Constellations can sponsor coins to their contractors or to the awakened struggling inside the dungeon, and those who received the sponsorship can purchase items or skills that could not be obtained by ordinary routes and use them to clear the dungeon.
Therefore, I also wanted to get out of this place by sponsoring Baek Tae-beom to buy skills…
‘I don’t have enough coins?’
The constellations in the novel used coins to sponsor, but why don’t I have any?
‘Don’t tell me, I have to collect them myself?’
There was nothing more ridiculous than that. I can’t believe I have to work hard after I’ve become a constellation and not only that, I don’t have the crucially needed coins. I was going to die before a worker could even work.
“What are you whispering about?!”
“What does it matter to you!”
I answered reflexively and said, “Oops.” The old man with the face of an angry goblin strode towards me.
Baek Tae-beom, who had just awakened, has a stronger body and would be fine even if he gets attacked, but if I get hit by that guy’s fist, my nose bone might break easily.
Should I say I was happy? Baek Tae-beom blocked my way.
“Please stop it.”
‘That’ Baek Tae-beom is taking my side. I felt as if a ferocious dog, who would bark fiercely at others, became quiet only in front of me, so I felt a bit touched again. I raised myself up by tiptoeing behind Baek Tae-beom and spoke as I looked directly at the man.
“It seems that we are not the only ones seeing the weird windows that had just popped up, but you saw it too, right? About the dungeons.”
“I don’t think this is happening to just us right now, is it? As you can see on your phone, this is happening all over the world in real-time. So instead of just swinging your fists right now, we should figure out how to get out of here!”
After saying that, I quickly hid behind Baek Tae-beom. This was because the man, who put up with Baek Tae-beom and made fun of me, looked like he wanted to punch me.
Unlike before, the uncle didn’t rush to see if Baek Tae-beom, who was standing in a fairly threatening manner, was bothered.
[Dungeon <Little Purgatory>]
[Within the time limit, defeat the demon monster that lurks inside a human’s body and escape the elevator.
Reward: 3,000 Coins
Penalty for Failure: Death
Time Limit: 60 Hours]
It’s too vague to defeat a demon-type monster hiding inside a human body. There was also no hint of what kind of a demon is hiding among us. Doesn’t that mean that there was a possibility that it might be the man’s daughter, who was about to cry again, or even that Ahjussi himself?
We were given 60 hours, but I had no confidence that I could last 60 hours in such a cramped elevator. Besides, if the elevator falls in the aftermath of a fight, what kind of death is this?
“Then, who’s the demon?”
“We need to find out now! Don’t you have any guesses?”
The man, who was looking at us with the most suspicious look on his face, suddenly saw an old man in the corner. The expression of the old man, who did nothing, was engulfed in fear, but to the man, it seemed like a devil in the making.
Suddenly, the man grabbed the old man’s collar and shouted.
“Hey, old man! You’re the demon, aren’t you?”
“I, I don’t know what you’re talking about. I, I don’t know, I don’t know….”
“Say it clearly! Before you get beaten and searched!”
“Oh, I’m sorry…. Please don’t hit me…!”
Baek Tae-beom looked at me with a shameful face. It looked like he didn’t know what to do. Seeing his innocent and handsome face, I shouted because I felt I had to step up without realizing it.
“Don’t just swing your fists, think about it, you bastard!”
I spoke politely. However, as if he could not feel my efforts, he threw away the old man with a grim face and strode this way. He spoke to Baek Tae-beom.
“Move. Let me crush the nose of that bastard.”
“…No, I don’t like it.”
“Do you want to get beaten up again?”
Baek Tae-beom grabbed my arm and pulled me back, to hide me further back, and spoke with a rather rough voice.
“Try it. Then I’ll really think you’re the demon.”
“Let’s say it in words. If you keep beating people all the time, isn’t the demon actually Ahjussi? It’s suspicious to see you fussing like this over and over without even thinking about it.”
At Baek Tae-beom’s words, the man finally shut his mouth. It seems to have been plausible logic to him. Fortunately, the man who was huffing and puffing went back to where his daughter was.
I tapped Baek Tae-beom on the shoulder and thanked him.
“I’m alive, thanks to you.”
“No, what? You helped me earlier. But my eyes are… Are they really golden right now?”
I responded, frankly.
“They are glowing gold.”
“…Is that so?”
“But they’re still pretty, so don’t worry too much about it.”
It really was. Baek Tae-beom’s eyes were so pretty that even me, who had zero sense of aesthetics, would be dazzled by them. Not only were his eyes stunning, but he also had a handsome face, which made him even prettier.
Baek Tae-beom looked shy at my words, as he bowed his head and rubbed the back of his neck.
This chapter has not been translated by NovelUtopia, we have picked up the novel from chapter 84