Chapter 66. Weak (2)
“So I brought items here that could be of help. They are things I thought that even you, with a weak and useless level of power, could use.”
“Hyung, let’s take a look at it. Huh? Wait, Hyung. Don’t pinch me. Ugh, Hyung that’s not nice….”
I had to put down my trembling fist. Baek Tae-beom then patted me on the shoulder before softly speaking.
“He isn’t usually like that…. No, he’s always like that. Hyung, please understand. Because we don’t communicate often….”
I knew that too. This was how he was supposed to be. He had also been like this in the novel. Rather, it was weird that I hadn’t noticed it in our first meeting. Well, reading a write-up and experiencing it in person were two different things.
Annoyance took precedence, replacing my anger.
“Leave your guild right now.”
Oh Kwon-hyuk opened his mouth with a wounded face as if he’d heard something he should never have heard. It was the same with me, so I laughed.
I knew from my experience that this guy couldn’t communicate well, so I kicked the box as I decided to speak honestly. The items poured out.
“Didn’t you say I should entrust my life to you?”
“By the way, you brought these insignificant items?”
Everyone around me gasped in surprise. Feeling like the main character of some crazy drama, I stiffened my expression as hard as I could and looked down at Oh Kwon-hyuk.
“From now on, if I call you when I need you, say yes and run to me. Do you understand?”
I then grabbed Baek Tae-beom’s arm, turned around, and went up the stairs again. My heart was pounding. I tried to look back, wondering if it had worked, but Baek Tae-beom hugged me, wrapping himself around my shoulders.
Baek Tae-beom’s face was indescribably distorted. Looking at him, it appeared as though he was trying to move his face to adjust his expression, but was failing at it.
“Are you actually…?”
“Are you really going to call that bastard?”
Baek Tae-beom slowly whispered his question. The image presented by him speaking like that with his head was bowed toward me and his face positioned close to mine was akin to that of a beast trying to sniff a person.
“To hyung… Is that guy more useful?”
I looked up blankly, wondering what this was about, and slowly shook my head.
“Of course not.”
Baek Tae-beom’s golden eyes twinkled. The ferocious appearance akin to a tiger’s disappeared as he quickly loosened his expression and smiled. He raised the corners of his mouth as his smile slowly grew into a grin, his golden eyes giving off so much warmth that it seemed as if they could melt snow. At that moment, I felt like I saw a hallucination of nine large fox-tails hanging behind Baek Tae-beom’s back.
“Then, am I more useful to Hyung?”
[Your contractor expresses his affection.]
At this point, it was obvious what he wanted. He openly craved affection. Like a being struggling to find what they didn’t have so that they could fill themselves up with it.
Baek Tae-beom, who didn’t even try to hide his ferocious and sharp appearance from me, believing that I would embrace everything he had, was cute.
I reached out and slowly brushed Baek Tae-beom’s hair back. I felt the man stiffening beneath my palm.
“Yes. I like you more than him. Okay?”
Baek Tae-beom’s ears reddened at my words, and I chuckled upon noticing him.
“Hyung, no, I-I asked if you liked me.”
“Didn’t you just ask that?”
“Really? I, no. Hyung, what are you talking about….”
Baek Tae-beom, who was licking his lips, pushed me gently as soon as I arrived in front of the dormitory.
“For now, just stay here and rest. I’m going to talk to Lee Myung-won-ssi this time…”
“Don’t come out no matter who calls you.”
Like that, Baek Tae-beom quickly left, as if he was running away. I watched his back and slowly broke into a smile. As soon as I went inside the accommodation, I sat on the sofa.
The space felt extra-large without Baek Tae-beom’s presence in it. With each breath, my chest rose and fell, and the chilly air touched the tip of my nose. I took the item out of the inventory and pulled it up to my knees.
I held the <Magical Conch Shell> in my hands.
I couldn’t be fooled by Baek Tae-beom’s current appearance. It wasn’t supposed to be like this. It felt like someone was constantly whispering in my ear; you are drawn to him by instinct. I wanted to reject it, like my constellation name.
Was it because I wanted to avoid the End?
But… could it really be avoided?
With the attention of the other two constellations, I slowly brought my lips together.
[Magical Conch Shell A]
[It whispers a single prophecy. (Available once a year)]
“Magical Conch Shell-nim.”
Perhaps, at this moment, the one who who wanted to deny that Baek Tae-beom might destroy the world the most was me.
“Will the world be destroyed in three years?”
[Th constellation, ‘One Who Is More Dazzling Than The Sun’ swallows his saliva.]
[The constellation, ‘One Who Guides The Dead’ covers his eyes.]
Hearing the answer, I slowly slumped down on the sofa. The second hand of the clock was ticking towards the world’s ruin.