Chapter 82. Tomb of the Awakened (10)
Fireworks then fell above my head and a congratulatory message rang. I couldn’t say anything for a while.
[The constellation, ‘One Who Is More Dazzling Than The Sun’ whistles.]
[CH.#990O3/One Who Is More Dazzling Than The Sun] : A love triangle?
These jokes, really.
After stopping Baek Tae-beom from unilaterally trying to defeat Kang Si-hoo, Lee Myung-won sorted out the loot from the phoenix, and we went out to the dungeon with the people who were caught inside. Even though they controlled it, I was tired of seeing bustling reporters and people, but the others had an attitude that showed they were accustomed to it.
“Oh my, how, how did you get so thin….? Oh, my daughter, really… How much, heuk….”
As the families reunited, reporters pressed their shutters at random. The people of the Hansung Guild blocked the front and prevented them from coming in, but a man dug in and shoved a microphone in front of me.
“You are Choi Ga-hyun, who has an ungradable class, right? How was the dungeon this time?”
After taking a step back in embarrassment, the reporter took two steps closer. Then he shoved the mic in front of my mouth.
“How do you feel… Oh!”
Baek Tae-beom reached out from behind and grabbed the microphone. The hard, expensive-looking microphone lost its shape like liquid in his hand in an instant and shattered with a crackling sound.
“Ah, my microphone! Again!”
When I looked up at Baek Tae-beom, he looked as if he didn’t know anything about it. Lee Myung-won raised his glasses and said.
“First of all, it would be better to switch locations. Let’s go report to the association first. And… The two of you can go in first. Choi Ga-hyun-ssi, we’ll talk about what happened earlier later.”
At those words, Baek Tae-beom pulled my shoulder.
“Then I’ll go in. You, come with me.”
“Don’t worry, I’ll follow you even if you don’t say anything.”
Kang Si-hoo changed his mask and replied in a bright voice. Baek Tae-beom, who walked to one side, scrambling through the crowd, got into the parked car. What was ridiculous was that people who would have flocked to see Baek Tae-beom, slipped out of the way and did not say anything when Baek Tae-beom passed by.
There was silence before the man who appeared to be the driver started the engine and started driving. I licked my lips. I didn’t like this situation where I had to be close to two large men sitting next to me on both sides.
Baek Tae-beom replied calmly to my voice.
“Why didn’t you listen to me earlier and run away? Others would have been severely hurt. You knew that there weren’t many people who could stop it.”
Baek Tae-beom slowly opened his lips. I tried not to look at his face. Because if I did, I knew that I would easily forgive him.
“I can see the bastard next to hyung hiding his power. He rubs against my hyung as if he wants him to see it, but he looks ugly and childish.”
“Who is ugly…!”
“Be quiet for now.”
When Sihoo Kang closed his mouth, I sighed. My head was complicated. I couldn’t understand why these grown-ups acted like children.
“From now on, if you find out about that, tell your hyung first. Why didn’t you tell me in the first place?”
“But my hyung—”
“Your hyung what?”
Baek Tae-beom slowly turned his gaze out the window. I could see his ears burning red.
“You looked so friendly with him… You were treating him like how I used to be, and it’s so….”
“Are you jealous?”
Kang Si-hoo held back his laughter and his shoulders trembled. Baek Tae-beom gritted his teeth and muttered.
“You son of a….”
Baek Tae-beom shut his mouth.
“Don’t curse so much.”
“And Kang Cheol-su-ssi.”
Kang Si-hoo, who paused at my words, responded cautiously.
“What is your real name?”
“You’re using an alias.”
“How did you know…? Ha.”
Kang Si-hoo, who had been hesitant, exhaled. His voice sounded a little resonant because of the mask he was wearing.
Hearing his name with my own ears made me realize it anew. The fact that this really is a fictional world, and the fact that the protagonist and the villain of the novel are sitting next to each other.
“Okay, Kang Si-hoo-ssi. Why are you interested in me?”
Kang Si-hoo turned his head to the side. I could see his reddish brown hair and masked ears. His adam’s apple moved greatly, as if he were swallowing a lie.
“Because you are an ungradable hunter.”
“I don’t think it’s just for that reason, is it?”
I caught sight of the back of Kang Si-hoo’s hand flinching. Of course, the most plausible guess here is.
“Is it related to the constellations?”
“How do you…!”
“It is true.”
“I was stabbed.”
“Don’t do anything like acting from now. You’re too obvious.”
There was a moment of silence in the car. This time, Baek Tae-beom couldn’t help but shrug his shoulders.
“He’s not very good at acting….”