Chapter 58 Part 2: Ostracized
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After that, the clearing continued.
It was a smooth process, one step at a time.
The relationship between Lee Eun-Woo and the other members of the Blue Serpent was still tense, but I let it go.
Lee Eun-Woo didn’t even speak to me anymore. He seemed to think it was better that way.
And recently, I was finishing up a job I hadn’t gotten around to doing.
“Not fast enough.”
I caught An Yu-soo’s kick. It was an obvious attack to me, whose agility was far above theirs, and I caught the arrow that followed with one hand.
“It’s the same pattern as in the gym.”
I subdued him with my body skills… And slammed him to the ground.
With his cheek on the ground, he cried out,
“Surrender, I surrender.”
I released the pressure on his shoulder with my foot at the same time.
“Ah, you should have thrown faster!”
“You do it. You think this is easy?”
“After you beat me at rock, paper, scissors?”
“If you stayed a little more I could have shot her in the back!”
“You’d have been caught anyway.”
“Don’t start, An Yu-soo. Or I’ll punch you in the face.”
I barely stopped them from snarling.
I was terrified to see them draw their arrows, ready to punch each other with a real blow.
“You two, be honest with me, or I’m leaving. Have you guys been practicing your handstands?”
This time, they simultaneously turn their eyes outward and do something else.
It’s a perfect match for a pair like this.
It’s almost too obvious.
It would have been more fun for them to go around the gate and kill monsters than practice.
“If you did. It would have been easier to see your progress, and you would have gotten better quickly.”
In fact, even with that level of skill, they would have been considered to be quite good among Rangers.
Ranged dealers are rarely taught physical skills, so it’s no wonder they neglect it.
“I told you, if you want to fight with people, you have to use your head.”
“But Noona, will we ever have to fight people?”
“Right. We only fight at the gate anyway.”
Well, maybe for now.
It was just frustrating not being able to say anything about the otherworldly invasion.
Our enemies think and act like us, and they are the real deal.
‘I can’t tell them anything.’
Even if I were to be taken to a mental institution right now, I wouldn’t have anything to say anyway.
Regression or whatever, they’d just write me off as insane.
“… Someday you might.”
“Oh, that’s not going to happen, not unless you get beaten to a pulp inside the gate〜.”
“Isn’t that a death flag?”
“Isn’t it more flattering to say so directly?”
The two of them seemed to dismiss it as an insignificant concern.
I can’t even tell them the truth.
What a shame.
“You get along pretty well.”
While they were arguing, Jung Jin-moon slipped in.
He was untying his high ponytail.
His hair is even longer than mine.
“Yeah. We met at the gate.”
“I heard about that. It’s quite known that these two follow Ms. Han Seo-ha a lot.”
No, why is it known?
I suppose they follow me unusually, but… For people to know about it?
I don’t think that’s something people need to know about?
“Do they talk about me often?”
“Not often, but it shows in their actions. In fact, we didn’t think these two were capable of having a normal conversation.”
He was like Lee Eun-Woo who listens like a ghost, follows along, while keeping a tight lip.
Eun-Woo also told me the same thing before.
It seems that these two are acting up a lot when I’m not around.
Jung Jin-moon also pretended to keep his mouth shut.
The twins exchanged glances before turning to each other.
“That’s why I told you to smile a little!”
“You don’t have to smile! You just need to stop swearing!”
For my own sanity, I’d rather not listen to them bicker.
“You must be very close to Mr. Lee, right?”
I look at Jung Jin-moon, wondering what he’s trying to do by bringing this up out of the blue, but he quickly throws up his hands and excuses himself.
“I don’t mean to imply anything else, I’ve rarely seen Mr. Lee Eun-Woo gets along with anyone.”
‘Is that so?’
He may not have a well-rounded personality, but I don’t think he’s a tough one either…
Of course, I can read most of his facial expressions, so I’m assuming we have good communication.
When he mentioned it, his expression became quite strange.
He seemed to be thinking about something else.
“I’m sure you must have gotten a strange feeling about this whole ordeal. It’s a shame, but that’s the way things are here.”
“You mean bullying one person?”
“Yeah… I guess you could look at it that way.”
I don’t think you can look at it that way.
“Well… I can’t tell you the details because it’s an internal matter.”
He looked towards the distance and began to talk.
“Even here, where there seems to be no rules, there is one unwritten rule. It’s to always show respect to our guild leader.”
That sounds like something a cult would say.
“Don’t get me wrong, he’s a man who deserves respect, and no one is forcing us to do it, but we all naturally look up to him. He also feels burdened with that kind of atmosphere.”
He seemed quite diligent when it came to defending Jeon Seo-ho.
‘I don’t know, but there’s something about him that brings people to their knees. Otherwise, there’s no way that these guild members would all serve him in unison.’
They all were seemingly free, but they were actually even worse than the Red Flames.
“That’s why… these problems
He dropped his gaze to the ground. He looked as if he had no neck.
“Mr. Lee Eun-Woo is somewhat detrimental to the guild leader’s… home, and the guild leader himself, and that’s why this atmosphere was formed.”
What was the connection between Lee Eun-Woo and Jeon Seo-ho?
‘.. I didn’t think there was anything.’
Of course, when we first met before the regression, Jeon Seo-ho had already retired and Lee Eun-woo was already in power, but I don’t think there was a deep connection between them.
To the outside world, Lee Eun-Woo was simply a talented orphan who was taken in by Jeon Seo-ho and carefully nurtured.
“I don’t want you to understand, because it’s not an objectively pretty picture.”
But he’s explaining it to me, word for word, because he wants me to understand.
“Why are you saying this to me, now?”
“Let’s call it personal sympathy.”
The answer was unexpected.
“Do you sympathize with Eun-Woo?”
No denial. He spoke the truth with clear eyes.
“You should at least explain to him that he’s not being treated this way because he’s done something wrong.”
“You say that while tacitly agreeing with me.”
If it weren’t for him I wouldn’t have known. After all, Eun-Woo would never have tried to explain his situation.
His response was, quite literally, for Eun-Woo’s sake.
But trying to assuage his own guilt in that way is also quite amusing.
“That’s right. That’s the last thing I’m going to do.”
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