Chapter 68 Part 2: Dryad
“It’ll be fine…”
I smiled as I said that to reassure her, but Inwardly I could only hope that it was true.
“No, don’t stop me. I’ve already made up my mind, because if I don’t do this… I’ll regret it.”
I locked eyes with Hyewon-Unnie.
Her dilated pupils seemed to reflect hee chaotic feelings for her brother.
But only for a moment.
Her eyes returned to those of a seasoned hunter veteran who had experienced all sorts of hardships.
“… Okay, but you can’t do it alone. There will be quite a few students gathered there because of the membership training, and it’s impossible for you to keep an eye on them alone.”
Hye-won glanced around, and then spoke to one person.
“Yeon-Ho, I think you should come with her.”
Yeon-Ho nodded casually, as if he had expected it.
“I’m not sure where the Alpha of the Shapeshifters is. It could be here, it could be with Yeon-Won… or it could be somewhere else entirely.”
Pyo Hye-won explained.
“Since I’m staying here with the radio… This will have to be the main camp, and at least two of us, Me and Sang-Jun, will have to stay behind, but Yeon-Ho is a healer, so if any of the students are injured once you get there, he can help, and we can also take shifts.”
That made sense, so I nodded in agreement.
Just as there were conflict between survivors when we first found this place, there could be conflict between survivors over there due to the division among them as well.
‘If I take Jo Yeon-Ho with me, we’ll be able to deal with any contingencies.’
Once I finally made the decision, I didn’t hesitate.
Before the students woke up, Jo Yeon-Ho and I left the building early.
We hurriedly went to look for Pyo Yeon-won.
Pyo Yeon-Won breathed heavily.
His neatly dressed clothes were disheveled and covered with dirt.
His face, hands, and body were covered in scratches, and his forehead was beaded with sweat, but his expression was cheerful.
It was thanks to the berries in his hand.
「He’ll wake up any minute now!」
The clusters of light also shouted with joy.
They danced and circled around Pyo Yeon-Won.
‘So do I just take this… and pop it into its mouth?’
The berry-like fruit was wrapped in a shell, and it looked like the juice could be squeezed out easily.
So he carefully stepped closer, to the huge deer sleeping with its eyes closed under a tree.
Pyo Yeon-won spilled the juice around the deer’s mouth.
At first, there was no change.
“It’s not waking up.”
「No! Don’t you see? 」
「It’s sprouting little by little!」
When he heard that, he looked up and exclaimed,
He couldn’t help but admire the enchanting scene.
‘It was true.’
The buds are sprouting.
The horns, which were intertwined with dried branches, glowed subtly from the end, and formed new leaves.
「He’s waking up!」
「He’s going to wake up!」
The clusters of light shouted in joy.
The life force that had erupted slowly from the beginning, now raced rapidly, and instantly reached the base of its horns.
Branches stretched out, and leaves sprouted.
A faint fluorescent green glow spread around, showcasing a dazzling, and glorious rebirth.
When the deer finally opened its eyes, its brilliant dark green pupils stared straight at Pyo Yeon-Won.
He then suddenly felt a strong pressure overwhelming him.
「I am indebted to you.」
A majestic voice echoed inside his head.
It echoed in the same way the clusters of light communicated with him.
「I’ve only just awakened, and I still need more time to restore my strength, but I can’t remain unaware of… My benefactor. If there is anything you want, just say it. Everything under my authority will be as you wish.」
Yeon-Won thought for a moment.
He hadn’t really thought about what he wanted clearly, but there was a strong impulse that was gripping his heart at the moment.
「Say it. What do you want?」
He said in a trembling voice.
“Do you think I’ll ever see you again?”
「It’s funny how you would say that. I just said that I needed time.」
“Ah! That’s right, I’ll stop talking I—”
「if that’s your choice then..」
The giant deer crouched down and fixed its gaze on him.
「You have chosen something more precious than all the riches in the world.」
After the Deer said those arrogant words, he suddenly gave a small laugh, then…
Unintelligible words echoed around in the air.
「Repeat after me. ■■■ 𝐼𝓃 𝓂𝓎 𝓃𝒶𝓂𝑒, 𝐼 𝓈𝓉𝒶𝓀𝑒 𝓂𝓎 𝒷𝑜𝒹𝓎, 𝒶𝓃𝒹 𝑜𝒻𝒻𝑒𝓇 𝓂𝓎 𝓈𝑜𝓊𝓁.」
“𝐼— 𝐼𝓃 𝓂𝓎 𝓃𝒶𝓂𝑒, 𝐼 𝓈𝓉𝒶𝓀𝑒 𝓂𝓎 𝒷𝑜𝒹𝓎, 𝒶𝓃𝒹 𝑜𝒻𝒻𝑒𝓇 𝓂𝓎 𝓈𝑜𝓊𝓁.”
After he finished, the king slowly approached and pressed its forehead against Pyo Yeon-won’s.
Pyo Yeon-Won’s eyes fluttered open and closed, and then tried to look around, since he was unable to recognize the words being spoken by it.
He didn’t recognize it, but the fluorescent green-colored pattern naturally seeped into his forehead.
It then moved around his body and finally settled on a place.
It then formed a geometric pattern that covered the back of his hand and extended to his fingers.
The cluster of light floated wordlessly around him.
It seemed like they were happy to see their master find his own companion.
「If you want to see me, you can call out my name.」
No one told him what it was, but he seemed to know what his name was.
The spirit of the forest, The tree nymph.
That was its name.
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