Chapter 78. Tomb of the Awakened (6)
“I don’t think you need to be like that unless you also beat up Choi Ga-hyun-ssi.”
Kang Si-hoo approached him with his head lowered and mumbled.
“What do you mean?”
“I, I, couldn’t do anything… so, I’m so sorry….”
Then suddenly over the mask, Kang Si-hoo began to cry. Lee Myung-won looked embarrassed. And I was flustered, too.
‘What’s wrong with this bastard?’
Wasn’t he just acting? Is this his real personality? But it can’t be. Has his personality changed completely because of something in his past that I don’t know about? As I watched him sobbing with his head down even when he was so tall, I felt sorry for him like I was with the former Baek Tae-beom before. I hugged him gently and patted him on the back.
“It’s not something you should be sorry for.”
“Because you can see, I’m fine.”
And when I gently pushed his shoulder, as I was afraid of him falling, Baek Tae-beom, who was dripping blood, stood next to me with an expressionless face.
For a moment, I was frightened and almost screamed.
Baek Tae-beom wiped the blood splatter on his face with the back of his hand, and casually pushed Kang Si-hoo in front of me aside with the back of his hand. He then leaned towards me.
“Please comfort me too.”
“My fists hurt from that beating.”
You beat him with your sword. As if to prove it, blood was dripping from the sheath tied to his waist. Come to think of it, isn’t that the sword I gave you a long time ago? You still carry that around?
Baek Tae-beom called me again as if he was trying to focus my attention on him. My eyes and his golden eyes met. Hesitantly, I slowly raised my hand above his head, and stroked it carefully.
Then, as if he was satisfied, the man’s expression slowly softened.
That just now….
‘Were you jealous?’
Have you been soothed by anyone else other than me? My mind then became complicated. So, this wasn’t a kind of attachment relationship, but was more similar to a kind of separation anxiety that makes him not want to be separated from his constellation.
Come to think of it, Baek Tae-beom especially said that he would stay by my side after I came back. In fact, he even joined the Hansung guild just so that he could be near me.
I also wondered if the reason he liked me was because of separation anxiety.
‘I’ll have to train him later.’
With that thought in mind, I caressed Baek Tae-beom’s head and said to Lee Myung-won.
“Come to think of it, did you find anything while exploring?”
Lee Myung-won pulled something out of his inventory.
“I did find this, but….”
It was the other half of the broken key. When I took out the same item he took out and put the pieces together, the broken fragments formed one whole key. And at the same time it glittered, the two pieces came together.
[Key to the Tomb F]
“I think this is the key to the boss room.”
“And people will be there too.”
“There was nothing at the end of the other hallway, so these stairs are most likely to be the way.”
Baek Tae-beom said as he pointed to the stairs in front of us.
“Then we’ll have to go up here… Jeon Pil-su-ssi?”
“I think you’ll need to support Kim Ki-won-ssi. He can’t seem to get up on his own.”
At Lee Myung-won’s dry words, I turned my head and opened my eyes wide. That was because Kim Ki-won, who I couldn’t even recognize, was staggering and trying to get up because it was only his face that was ruined.
“You, you, ugh, asshole….”
Even his lips popped out like a carp, making it difficult for him to speak. I was amazed at how he cut his face in such a variety of ways.
“We can’t just leave him alone, can we?”
Maybe it would be better to just leave him here?
Jeon Pil-su seemed to have the same thoughts as me, so he shook his head and stepped back.
“No, no! I think I’d better stay here with him since he seems to be in a lot of pain!”
“Are you sure?”
“Yes, yes! It would be better to take that Kang Cheol-su guy instead of us!”
Then, Jeon Pil-su slapped Kang Si-hoo on the back. The man who was hit staggered and stood in front of us, unable to focus properly.
“Yeah, you punk. Come on, huh? Please.”
Jeon Pil-su said in a double-faced manner and pressed Kim Ki-won’s shoulder, who was constantly trying to get up.
“Then, shall we go up?”
Baek Tae-beom looked down at Kang Si-hoo with an expressionless face and then smiled kindly.