Episode 229: Mission Performance Period (1)
A top-notch restaurant serving all kinds of meat on the academy grounds.
Here, the cadets of Circle Nine are huddled together.
Since Jaehyun sang a while ago about wanting to eat meat, we decided to talk in detail at the restaurant.
Jaehyun’s mouth waters as he hears the meat being served on the grill.
meat… How much did you miss protein during the alternative ordeal?
Jaehyun swallowed his mouth watering and couldn’t take his eyes off the meat when suddenly he heard a disapproving voice in front of him.
“Where did you starve?”
Kim Yu-jung was looking at Jae-hyun with her chin resting on her face. The rest of her party was about the same.
All of them, with their eyes wide open, sent silent pressure demanding an explanation of the disappearance case.
Apparently, he was curious about Jaehyun’s whereabouts.
Jaehyun nodded, thinking.
‘Well, is that kind of reaction natural?’
The self who suddenly disappeared without a message came back after a week or so.
It was a strange situation for them not to worry.
It is said that while he was away, his colleagues went to visit Kim Ji-yeon, the chairman of the board, and inquired about his whereabouts.
It was a worrying mind and a lot of effort was put into it.
Of course, it didn’t mean much. Because Jaehyun was not in this world in the first place. There was no way to find it even after searching everywhere.
“so. Won’t you tell me again? Where have you been?”
Jaehyun nodded at Ahn Hoyeon’s question.
As a representation, it was an unavoidable problem.
In the first place, no one would believe me even if I went to Niflheim to take the third ordeal.
It was better not to ask each other deeply about these issues.
Fortunately, the party didn’t ask any more about him.
Each of them brought Jaehyun something to eat and helped him satisfy (?) his hunger.
As expected, Seo In-na was the most active.
“… Eat this too.”
She prepared Jaehyun’s favorite food and smiled as if he was in a good mood.
Actually, Jaehyun tried hard to avoid her gaze and kept putting the meat in his mouth.
Everyone here was already reading the ominous atmosphere felt in her actions.
Seeing Seo Ina taking care of him, Jaehyun felt like he was going to be dumped for some reason, but he didn’t show it on the outside.
Isn’t it about taking care of yourself with a worried mind? It was clear that we would both feel sorry for each other if we said we didn’t have to worry about it here.
For now, it would be better to close your mouth and eat something.
“Ha, but after hitting them a few times, my insides feel refreshed.”
Kwon So-yul said while turning his fists.
In fact, I said it grandiosely, but it didn’t hit me hard.
just talk and go He said that only then would other colleagues not worry, and he only expressed his grievances, not grievances.
Jaehyun couldn’t help but nod his head.
In fact, because of his sudden disappearance, it was inevitable that she would be burdened.
It must have been even more difficult since he had to take care of the circle work he had to do instead.
As Jaehyun, I couldn’t help but be grateful in many ways.
“thank you. Senior and everyone for worrying about me.”
“What do you say to grow chicken?”
Kim Yoo-jung wrapped her shoulders and pretended to shake her body.
The others also had goosebumps all over their bodies at Jaehyun’s warm words, and their expressions were not very good.
Jaehyun frowned slightly.
‘Is it so strange that I say warm words?’
No matter how much you think about it, isn’t it too much?
Still, how much did I take care of for my colleagues?
Jae-hyun thought so, but suddenly Lee Jae-sang pointed to the TV and changed the topic.
“By the way, the world these days is Mama, the end of the world… The news always comes out like that… .”
Jaehyun tilted his head. He munched on the meat and moved his gaze to the TV that Lee Jae-sang pointed at.
A monitor in the center of the dining room. There was a story flowing out of him that could arouse Jaehyun’s interest.
[Recently, the frequency of outbreaks in dungeons has increased, and the radar world is complaining of a lack of manpower… .]
[The average rating of the gates that appear is also going up. It seems that something unexpected is happening. If we don’t prepare from now… .]
The content of the news was unusual.
Apparently, something happened during the week without Jaehyun.
‘I don’t like the aftertaste. I’m anxious.’
“It got so crazy right around the time you left home.”
Kwon So-yul let go of his rhyme and continued.
“The average rating of dungeons appearing all over the world has suddenly risen. They say the radar manpower shortage is at its peak.”
She said that while slurping the naengmyeon she ordered with the meat.
“Ugh. Isn’t this really a big deal?”
Kim Yoo-jung received the words in a worried voice, but Kwon So-yul patted her on the shoulder as if to tell her not to worry.
“It’s bad to think too positively, but you don’t have to think too negatively.
It’s because the academy’s emergency call hasn’t been completed yet. Let’s not be too scared already.”
School emergency meeting.
This is an emergency situation in which the safety of the people is damaged, and the cadets of the academy have to fight. To put it simply, it was a military call-up order given in case of emergency.
It is implemented by the National Radar Association, and it has occurred several times before returning, so Jaehyun was also mobilized for it.
… Well, it didn’t work very well.
Jaehyun shook his head, clearing his thoughts.
There are many other things to worry about right now.
‘Because I’ve never heard of anything like this happening in the past.’
Before the return, I had never heard of a sudden infestation of Demonic Beasts during this period.
Probably, as always, the association is playing tricks to rip off more of the national budget.
“By the way, isn’t it about that time?”
After a while. When Jaehyun, who was eating, talked about rhymes, Seo Ina immediately took her words.
“… huh. You mean during the academy mission?”
Everyone nodded in agreement at the same time.
duration of academy missions.
This is the second step for cadets to go out into the world.
A good opportunity for Milles students to solve requests issued by local governments and gain practical experience.
It was an event that I was looking forward to as a reenactment.
After Jaehyun finished eating, he stood up and said,
“Then let’s move somewhere and talk properly.”
The other party had already finished their meal. Everyone jumped up at his suggestion.
They were slowly backing away, looking at the amount on the bill. It was because it was a high-end restaurant, so the amount taken was considerable.
Jaehyun smiled and called them over.
“I’ll do the calculations, so why don’t you run away and come?”
He was also a man with a minimal conscience.
I should at least feed him as much as he made me worry.
… Of course, he ate most of it.
* * *
two hours later. After talking with her colleagues about the mission, Jaehyun returns to the hotel.
He muttered as he sat down on the bed.
“I feel like I’m home now. After all, is the house the best?”
A thumping sound came from the whole body.
It was because his body was stiff due to accumulated fatigue.
The ordeal was also an ordeal.
How could my body scream like this every time I hit one?
As Jaehyun, it was something I didn’t know.
“Is it time to settle the reward for the ordeal now?”
It was a reenactment that earned many rewards in Mist Garden and Nastrond.
Reinforcing Nidhogg’s fangs was encouraging enough, but the reward to check now is not inferior to that.
A new skill obtained after passing the ordeal of Idun. This will further accelerate the growth of Jaehyun.
Jaehyun opened the skill window without any doubt.
Name: Idun’s Compassion
It is the warmth of the benevolent and beautiful goddess Idun.
Significantly increases the amount of experience gained by party members.
As the party members grow, the user also acquires additional stats.
*Party members’ growth rate is doubled.
*In a party state, whenever a party member’s level rises by 1, the user’s free distribution stat increases by 1.
The first thing I checked was the skill.
This was a very useful skill for growing party members.
How hard was it to level up in the system?
Leveling up was very difficult for Raider, to the extent that there was even a section where he had to kill thousands of monsters just to raise 1.
However, if you have your own skill, you can double the growth rate of your colleagues.
In addition, whenever they grow up, they can acquire their own stats.
This was an essential skill for Jaehyun to save his colleagues in danger.
‘Perhaps Idun was considerate to protect my colleague.’
“good. I think I can use this from now on. next.”
He nodded and took an item from his inventory and held it in his hand. It was a key with a green decoration.
Soon after, detailed information about the item floated in the air with a familiar sound.
Name: Key to the Mist Garden
This is the key to move to Niflheim’s Mist Garden.
It was a key with no explanation other than that it could move to Niflheim.
However, the status window that accompanied him was enough to excite Jaehyun.
Name: Land Agreement
It is a contract that allows you to transfer part of the land of the Mist Garden.
It was signed by Idun himself.
“It feels good.”
Jaehyun felt a surge of emotion. It was only natural that she finally had her own land.
He happily blew magic light into the key.
―《Key to the Mist Garden》 recognizes the user.
―Transfers the user to the Mist Garden in Niflheim.
Along with the sound of the system, Jaehyun’s vision was enveloped in a brilliant light.
Eventually, when I opened my eyes again.
“Although I do have some motion sickness… It arrived just right.”
Jaehyun smiled with a satisfied expression. She must have arrived at the Mist Garden.
Soon he was looking around and muttering.
“By the way, I thought the tutorial system would work when I got here, but why didn’t I get any notification… .”
At that moment, Jaehyun almost pulled out his sword without realizing it at the mysterious voice he heard from behind.
A panicked voice and hiccups came from the place where the presence was felt.
Fortunately, the being behind Jaehyun wasn’t his enemy.
“… Idun? why are you here… ?”
When Jaehyun looked at her and asked, Idun cleared his chest and said.
“That’s because I’m the tutorial system itself!”
“Come on, follow me! I will teach you how to garden!”
* * *
After reunion and after party with Jaehyun and Papi. Returning to her house, Kim Yoo-jung threw her body on her bed and fell face down.
The hotel bed was soft, but somehow uncomfortable. I guess it wasn’t like that usually.
Is it time to change the seat?
Kim Yoo-jung touched her smartphone, and soon set it down on the table next to her bed.
“By the way, Jaehyun Min… Are you really dating me?”
When I returned home and was alone, the events of the past came to my mind clearly.
The image of Eana Seo who kept taking care of Jaehyun whenever he ate something. This was something I wouldn’t do well unless I was in a relationship.
I don’t know, but I’m sure there is something between the two.
‘What’s obvious? I don’t think at first, I don’t meet. I did, but now I’ve changed my mind.’
At first, I heard that Jaehyun rejected Seo Eana even though he knew her feelings.
However, judging from Seo In-na’s active behavior now, it seemed that there was a good feeling between the two of them, more than just friends.
“It’s not my concern, but… .”
It’s a problem I know well in my head, but why?
The image of the two standing side by side was not erased from her mind.
Two people walking down the street exchanging delicious food.
Even though I hadn’t seen them yet, the images of those walking around holding hands were clearly visible in my head.
Maybe because I’ve been friends with Jaehyun for so long, I feel like I’m being taken away from him?
I don’t know the details, but I was certain that the feelings I had right now were not normal.
at the time of the school trip. Kwon So-yul said to himself.
You need to be honest about your feelings.
However, Kim Yoo-jung could not understand.
What are your own feelings?
She doesn’t like Jaehyun. Her feelings as her friends, but she wasn’t her romance.
Seo In-na is also her best friend. She wished the two of them well if they were of the same mind and that was all she had to do.
By the way, why? why.
“I don’t know. I don’t know.”
Kim Yoo-jung covered her eyes with her arms and thought for a while. For some reason she couldn’t sleep even though her body was tired from class.
I can’t do anything, but I can’t sleep either. Should I say it is like that?
So she stayed up all night until morning.
The next morning the ends of her sleeves were stained dark.
But no one will find out what it is.