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28. Clear Challenge (2)
“Wait a minute, Hunter Baek Hae-Won. Could you take a look at this? It’ll be just a minute.”
Just before entering the gate, Baek Hae-Won was caught by the route manager. Baek Hae-Won beckoned as if to go in first.
“Take those three alone……?’
Ye-Hyeon hesitated because he was unwilling.
“Let’s go, Hyung. Hurry up!”
Yoon Seung-Jae urged him as if he were begging. Kwon Joo-Ho was only looking at the gate, and Shin Do-Gyeom was walking toward the gate.
Do you even know the word cooperation?’
Ye-Hyeon shook his head and followed Shin Do-Hyeom.
There was another party in the starting area first. There were five people, one tanker, two close damage dealers, and one long damage dealer.
Ye-Hyeon took a deep breath, went inside, and greeted hard. He was going to take the place of the party member who did not bother greeting.
At least Yoon Seung-Jae pretended to greet with Ye-Hyeon.
Ye-Hyeon glared at Shin Do-Gyeom and Kwon Joo-Ho secretly.
‘Help me out. I don’t want to be the official topic of the forum.’
Neither of them was too social.
“……I don’t want to go around with a new party.”
“‘Why our route?”
Other parties didn’t react very well. They did not disparage or openly swear like Lee Young-Shin, but they complained bitterly.
Ye-Hyeon smiled awkwardly and scratched his cheek.
The difference in experience in dungeons was directly linked to survival rates. Ye-Hyeon knew how strong his party was, but it was natural for them to be anxious.
“You’ll probably be in a difficult position until you get used to it”’
Baek Hae-won also cautioned in advance that other hunters who would enter the route with him would not be friendly.
Ye-Hyeon grabbed Yoon Seung-Jae’s wrist in case he got angry.
But the backlash came elsewhere. It seemed to have entered Shin Do-Gyeom’s ear. Shin Do-Gyeom approached.
He strode up to the close-range dealer
Ye-Hyeon didn’t think it would work if he stepped up, but he couldn’t just let go.
At that time, the tanker slammed the two on the back with its palms.
“Ah! It hurts! Sir!”
“What are you guys doing? Didn’t you hear the rumor? They say they are not a regular newbie. And there is also Hunter Baek Hae-Won, so what’s the problem?”
The tanker put his arms around the shoulders of the two with a good-looking smile.
Ye-Hyeon frowned suddenly. He’d definitely heard the voice somewhere, but it was his first time meeting him.
“Lend me your ears.”
The tanker whispered something to the two who were still glancing at Ye-Hyeon’s party. I don’t know what they were talking about, but two dealers soon felt better.
Only then did the tanker approach Ye-Hyeon with a more relaxed expression.
The tanker, who looked quite old, had scars all over his face as if he had overcome the crisis of death several times. In particular, there was no left earlobe at all. There are probably more severe wounds on the body hidden in the armor.
“Hello, I’m Kim Jae-Hyung, the leader of the engineering school. Who is Hunter Choi Ye-Hyeon?”
Tanker Kim Jae-Hyung introduced with a smile. He took over as the route leader because Baek Hae-won wanted to focus on the safety of the party as much as possible.
Ye-Hyeon took a half step forward and lifted the hood covered around his eyes.
Kim Jae-Hyung. Kim Jae-Hyung?
Ye-Hyeon’s eyes widened when he thought of someone. Ye-Hyeon hurriedly opened Kim Jae-Hyung’s status window.
Name: Kim Jae-Hyung
Occupation: East garrison (C)
Title: Hunter (C), peacemaker (C), medal collector (D), one-armed tanker (E)
Skill: Dawn Shield (C), Provocation (C), Pain Relief (D) (Passive) [See more]
‘Peacemaker’ was an unusual title frequently obtained by hunters below level 50. However, it was difficult to maintain for a long time because you lost the title immediately if you caused a fight even once.
‘Peacemaker’ tanker at level 88. Ye-Hyeon was sure. This is the Kim Jae-Hyung he knew.
“It’s nice to see you like this.”
They don’t know each other very well, but he often ran into Ye-Hyeon when he worked as a regular porter.
Kim Jae-Hyung was sincere, altruistic, gentlemanly, and friendly. In addition to being close to the hunters and having a sense of humor, he was the first to come forward and cover up the situation flexibly when there was a conflict. Regardless of his friendship, he was straightforward in pointing out when something did something wrong.
“Nice to meet you, Hunter Choi Ye-Hyeon. It’s because they have worries, but they’re not bad guys.”
“I understand, thank you.”
Ye-Hyeon smiled slowly.
Kim Jae-Hyung was a person who knew how to pity the weak. He was helped many times when I was a porter. It was fortunate for Ye-Hyeon’s party that Kim Jae-Hyung was the route leader this time.
Ye-Hyeon was looking at Kim Jae-Hyung’s face he had never seen before. He always wore a black helmet he didn’t even take it off when he slept in the dungeon.
He heard across the street that he covered his face because he was afraid it would be uncomfortable for others to see since he had a big burn on his face.
‘……I hope you don’t get hurt this time.’
Ye-Hyeon prayed. He wanted Jae-Hyung to be well since he is a good person. It was a pity that all he could do was secretly pray for his safety.
“Are you here for the briefing? Hunter Baek Hae-Won will come to do the briefing a little later”
“No, it’s not because of that…….”
Kim Jae-Hyung suddenly smiled awkwardly and looked around. Then he let out a deep sigh soon.
“Oh, why are you hiding me?”
Kim Jae-Hyung scratched his head and stepped aside. Only then did he see a doll wearing a dull brown robe that was hidden by Kim Jae-Hyung. He remembered watching it while saying hello earlier.
“Hunter Seo Soo-Hee said she wanted to say hello because she knew Hunter Choi Ye-Hyeon.”
“Hunter Soo-Hee? Oh, back then…….”
Ye-Hyeon blinked for a moment at an unfamiliar name and nodded a beat later.
Seo Soo-Hee was a veteran hunter and shadow magician who was next to him when he first did a mission in the camp.
Seo Soo-Hee stammered and bent her waist at a right angle to Ye-Hyeon.
“Oh, yes. Hello.”
Ye-Hyeon also bent down together in embarrassment. When he saw it at the training camp, he thought he made a mistake because he was nervous before the briefing, but she always seemed to greet everyone like this.
Seo Soo-Hee avoided looking around to the point that everyone watching was anxious.
‘If you go in too low, everyone tries to tease you…….’
“Thank you last time. You were very surprised because of me.”
Ye-Hyeon was embarrassed and thanked her very late.
Seo Soo-Hee took a breath and waved her arms hard. The loose hem of the robe flowed down, revealing a skinny wrist.
“Oh, no. I was next to him, and he, uh…….”
Surprised, Seo Soo-Hee couldn’t continue her words until the end, stammered severely, and lowered her head.
When Ye-Hyeon first saw her, she was so nice that he felt sorry for her being gloomy.
Ye-Hyeon turned his head awkwardly, and his eyes met Baek Hae-won, who came into the dungeon.
Baek Hae-won gently bent his lips when Ye-Hyeon smiled awkwardly.
“Who is it?”
Yoon Sueng-Jae ran to him after his talk with his fellow tanker Kim Jae-Hyung.
Yoon Seung-Jae has been nervous when someone approaches Ye-Hyeon since he met Lee Young-Shin.
‘You don’t have to do that.’
Ye-Hyeon tapped Yoon Seung-Jae’s arm.
“This is a veteran hunter who helped me when I sweep up in the camp before.”
“It’s my first time seeing it. Oh, then you…….”
Ye-Hyeon, who noticed what Yoon Seung-Jae was going to say, hurriedly covered Yoon Seung-Jae’s mouth. The plump lips were completely crushed in Ye-Hyeon’s palm.
Ye-Hyeon’s neck flared up.
Yoon Seung-Jae’s eyes widened and soon smiled, dropping his eyes slightly.
[system] ‘target 4: Yoon Seung-Hae’s intimacy increased by 1 point.
‘Yes, go up, go up.’
Ye-Hyeon frowned openly. It seemed that teasing was a trick. He know it was best not to react at times like this, but he couldn’t stand it.
Yoon Seung-Jae gently tickled the back of Ye-Hyeon’s hand with his fingertips. It meant to remove his hands.
“……don’t say useless things.”
Ye-Hyeon slowly removed his hand with a low warning.
Seeing his lips wriggle, Yoon Seung-Jae didn’t seem to be very scared.
“Hello, Hunter. Thank you for helping Hyung before.”
“Yes, yes, yes….”
Yoon Seung-Jae greeted Seo Soo-Hee, pretending to be an adult as if he were Ye-Hyeon’s guardian.
“Being young. Being playful.”
Ye-Hyeon, who was watching, snorted, but Yoon Seung-Jae brazenly raised his chin. If it weren’t for the others, he would have pinched his cheek.
” Hunter Seo Soo-Hee. I see that you are here.”
Baek Hae-won stood next to Ye-Hyeon and smiled when he approached her. They both belonged to the association, so they could know each other.
Without realizing it, Ye-Hyeon alternately looked at Baek Hae-Won and Seo Soo-Hee. From this point of view, the two were really in contrast. The intensely bright Baek Hae-Won was like the noon sun, and Seo Soo-Hee was like a cloud reflected in the lake on a cloudy winter night.
Seo Soo-Hee saw Baek Hae-won and ran away.
Ye-Hyeon looked at Baek Hae-Won in bewilderment. Baek Hae-won shrugged his shoulders with a soft smile, perhaps familiar with the action.
Baek Hae-Won is a really hard character to read. He is definitely hiding something.
Thanks for the chapter!