Episode 67: Flahndier Mansion (4)
Alfred’s body is there.
No, to be precise, it’s just captured on the screen in the camera. anyway.
Jaehyun quickly took his eyes off the screen, leaving Seo Ah-hyun in shock behind.
Then I looked around again with my naked eyes. However, nothing was different from before.
A white tablecloth with delicious food and a chandelier shining above it.
How the hell did this happen?
Jaehyun swallowed hard. The neck creases slightly.
he said in a low voice.
“… … Alfred, who guided us a moment ago, seems to be a fake.”
“Is it fake?”
“okay. Otherwise, what the hell is the reason for locking us up in the restaurant?”
“… … but. It makes sense.”
Seo Ah-hyun nodded in agreement with Jae-hyun.
The current situation was not as good as I thought.
As he was thinking about it, the familiar sound of the system suddenly penetrated Jaehyun’s ears.
―You have reached 70% of the first secret of the mansion, ‘Alfred’s Secret’.
Jaehyun widened his eyes.
The mansion’s secret?
Reach 70 percent?
Does that mean that this mansion hides some other secrets?
‘And what the heck is the 70 percent uncomfortable?’
Silence flows for a while. Jaehyun was after organizing his thoughts.
“Somehow this camera seems to be showing us something we can’t see.”
“… … That said, isn’t this camera showing the future?
Otherwise, the butler who just showed us around couldn’t be dead like this. Butler Alfred is possessed by something.”
“It’s too early to make a decision. The first step is to analyze the current situation.”
When Jae-hyun spoke, Seo Ah-hyun immediately understood his words and used his skill.
Acceleration of Acceleration.
With the activation of the skill, Seo Ah-hyun’s body stiffened for a few seconds.
After a while.
The answer that came back was completely different from what Jaehyun expected.
Seo Ah-hyun bit her lip.
“Anyway, what is captured in this camera seems to be the past, not the future.”
“that’s right. What we see with the camera now is a kind of past. In other words, it is a recorded video.”
“Explain in detail.”
“First of all, I think there must be a reason why they gave us a camera in this ‘Haunted House’.
Whatever it is, it’s likely to be the key to clearing the dungeon. In fact, there is a gap between the video and the reality.”
“Your brother did that. Alfred, who guided us a moment ago, is a fake.
That said, it makes sense that the fake man killed the real Alfred and pretended to be him.”
surely. If you think so, everything fits.
The theme of this dungeon is ‘horror’.
Fear is, in other words, an emotion that affects human thinking based on a cognitive gap.
As Seo Ah-hyun said. This means that the contents contained in this camera reflect the truth of the past, and that the reality seen with the naked eye is nothing more than a well-made illusion modeled after the past.
Jaehyun thought for a moment.
Soon, a mind-altering spell passed through his mind.
“… … It’s an illusion.”
It was a magic that caused hallucinations in the opponent and made them believe that it was reality.
What if the two of them were enchanted when they entered the mansion?
Then everything makes sense.
As if this warm, delicious-looking food had become Alfred’s corpse.
Jaehyun immediately deployed his magic to activate «Absolute Calculation».
If you can break the magic, you can break all these illusions.
―This magic is not allowed here.
His brows twisted in an instant, and his clenched fists tightened.
‘ ‘Absolute arithmetic’ doesn’t work?’
at that time. The voice he heard at the beginning of the dungeon came to Jaehyun’s mind.
―Some skills are restricted.
Jaehyun bit his lip.
To him, «absolute arithmetic», which can inversely calculate all magic, is the key.
It’s only flaw is that it consumes a little too much mana, but it has more merits than that.
‘shit… … .’
I was annoyed, but decided to turn my thoughts around.
That way, at least you have something to reason about.
“In this themed dungeon, there is a high probability of enemies using magic.”
“One of my skills doesn’t eat. This is a skill that destroys magic.”
Anyway, Seo Ah-hyun has to keep quiet about her identity.
I don’t intend to tell you everything right now, but a thing or two would be fine.
Jaehyun gave her a brief explanation of 《Absolute Calculation》.
Seo Ah-hyun looked at Jae-hyun with her mouth wide open in pure admiration.
“I never thought such crazy skills would exist in the world… … That’s why my brother is so strong.”
“You’re buying enough. Stop whining.”
When Jaehyun fired at him, Seo Ahyeon hesitantly asked.
“I… … I’ve been wanting to ask you for a while. How do you know my skill?”
“I have a skill that allows me to see the skills of people much weaker than me.”
Of course, it was a lie, but Seo Ah-hyun quickly understood.
Well, although it was more strange not to believe Jaehyun’s words in a situation where the accident was hard like now.
Jaehyun began to carefully review the conversation between the two.
“First of all, if you put it together, what you are filming with your camera is the appearance of this mansion in the past. And we are now trapped here, unable to take a single step. Is that right?”
“yes. But there must be a device somewhere. Something that could move a door.”
“okay. If that’s the case, I’ll be able to do something soon. I thought of a way.”
Jaehyun smiled and took a step forward.
―Activate the active skill 《Magic Power Detection》.
With the activation of magic detection, the field of view gradually expanded.
A smile soon spread across Jaehyun’s lips.
‘Fortunately, this skill is not blocked.’
The slight magic power felt nearby. Jaehyun began gathering information about the surroundings by spreading the solid line of magical power.
Finally, he succeeded in finding out.
A key to open this door.
“hey. Are there baguettes on that table? break it down.”
“yes? A baguette?”
Although Seo Ah-hyun was dubious about his words, she immediately went up to the table.
Didn’t look at the camera. It was because he didn’t want to see Alfred’s body.
As Jaehyun said, she grabbed the large baguette in the center and gave it light pressure.
At the same time as the bread was breaking, a system sound was heard.
―You have succeeded in uncovering the second secret of the mansion, ‘Welcome Magic Illusion’.
―The dungeon clear reward is increased.
Seo Ah-hyun’s pupils constricted.
She asked, looking at Jaehyun in surprise.
“How did this happen?”
* * *
《Magic Perception》 is a skill that analyzes all magical things that can be seen with both eyes.
Thanks to that, Jaehyun was able to open the door using magic detection.
‘Illusion magic is fundamentally tied to different objects or formulas. Therefore, in order to break the magic, it is enough to erase the objects or formulas used in it.’
Jaehyun used his skill a moment ago to find the magical thread connected to the door.
In fact, it was connected to the baguette at the center of the table, and the door was opened thanks to breaking it and clearing the ceremony.
‘For reference, the location of the baguette where the thread is connected is Alfred’s… … no. Let’s not talk about this.’
Did people also say that hiding from people is safe?
I never thought they would play that kind of prank on food in a restaurant.
“Let’s go out at once.”
The two managed to open the door and get out.
but. It seemed that things were not going to go so smoothly.
“It looks like you didn’t like the meal.”
Both of their bodies trembled.
Seo Ah-hyun was looking at the floor, and Jae-hyun barely lifted his head.
There, the tall butler Alfred was looking down at the two of them.
* * *
How many minutes had Butler Alfred been waiting for the two of them here?
Perhaps he had been overhearing the conversation between the two of them from the beginning.
If that’s the case, it’s really creepy.
It is the two people’s job to dig this place and dig up the secret.
And if Jaehyun’s thoughts are correct, Alfred was the enemy of the two.
“I’m sorry you didn’t like the food I prepared.”
“… … no. I just don’t have much of an appetite. I have no idea about rice.”
Jaehyun tried to calm his pounding heart and answered that.
Alfred’s two black eyes could not fathom their depth. He had no idea what exactly he was feeling.
Should I ask him now why he locked the restaurant?
‘no. that’s poison Maybe there will be a problem later. It’s better to ignore it now and move on.’
After Jaehyun came to that conclusion, he looked at Seo Ahhyun’s face.
It was a spectacle to see him trembling with a face of death.
“Then you must be tired, but I will take you to the guest room. Please follow me.”
“Dog, guest room!?”
Seo Ah-hyun raised her voice in front of Alfred for the first time.
Well, I did just that.
Everyone would be like that if they thought they had to spend a day in a gloomy mansion like this.
But now is not the time to panic. Their purpose is to uncover the secrets of the mansion.
In order to do that, you need to proceed with the event and observe the situation appropriately.
“Thank you for your kindness. Then let’s go.”
Jaehyun whispered in Seo Ah Hyun’s urgent voice.
“Follow me for now. You don’t have to clear the dungeon. Or are you going to be stuck here for the rest of your life?”
“I don’t like that… … .”
Seo Ah-hyun, who was quickly persuaded by Jae-hyun, started walking with a grunt.
The corridor exudes a gloomy and grotesque atmosphere, just like the first one.
Every time I passed by, the portraits hanging on the walls were all the same.
one girl. And a dog she’s snuggling, whether it’s Sean or something.
* * *
The guest room was located in a corner room on the second floor of the mansion.
Jae-hyun and Seo Ah-hyun were guided by Alfred and each received the key to the last room.
I can’t confirm the time, but it must be already late.
It is because the scenery seen through the window is distorted and it is so dark.
“Then rest in peace, both of you. I will come back tomorrow.”
“I… … By the way, when can I see Count Flanders?”
“Master has gone on a long journey and will be back tomorrow after breakfast.”
After saying that, Alfred walked away.
Seo Ah-hyun held onto Jae-hyun’s arm and did not let go.
As if something terrible would happen if you let your guard down for even a moment.
Jaehyun took off his arm and looked around with a calm expression.
“First, let’s go into each room and see if there is anything strange.”
“… … Can’t I just be in the same room as you?”
“What nonsense are you talking about as a cameraman? And in a situation where there might be clues in your room that aren’t in mine, do you think I’ll let you do that?”
“… That’s it.”
Seo Ah-hyun quickly understood Jae-hyun’s words.
Even though it was a short time, it was because I realized that he never gave up on his interests while hanging out with him.
“See you tomorrow. There’s probably nothing going on in it.”
“I hope so.”
It was a strangely gruff tone, but Jaehyun didn’t care.
“It’s obvious, but don’t even think about sleeping inside. This is inside the dungeon.”
“I know! And I’m scarier than my brother?!”
“They said it wasn’t scary when I first came in. Oh right. This is a magic potion. I’ll take care of it in advance, so take it and put it in your inventory.”
“yes… … For once, I do that. Can you really break out of here?”
“I can wake you up, so shut up now.”
After saying that, Jaehyun ruthlessly pushed himself into the room he was assigned to.
The room was much more luxurious than expected with a comfortable bed.
But this is all an illusion.
While walking down the hallway a little while ago, Seo Ah-hyun’s camera continued to take pictures.
Using «Stealth», while remaining invisible to Alfred.
And the scenery was truly terrifying.
Here and there, toys for a child to play with were strewn about, and the curtains were already torn and covered in blood.
A sight that is difficult to capture.
Jaehyun put a light layer of mana on his body beforehand in case of an emergency.
Because he knew very well that the enemy could attack him at any time.
“I need to find out what secrets are hidden in this room.”
While thinking that, the moment Jaehyun tried to move his body.
―The user’s body enters a forced sleep state.
―From now on, we will go to the 《Cutscene》.
“… … what?!”
Jaehyun collapsed onto the bed before he could say anything more.
After a while. A stranger’s shadow fell over his body.
He stretched out his hand to the sleeping Jaehyun, laughing with his gums exposed.