<What Was Gained? #2>
Edited By: Sebas Tian
“If a monster really did exist, then they probably wouldn’t leave the nest unfinished. And the plants around them are too fresh. The size of the nest is big, so I’m sure the monster is just as big and there’s a chance that they damaged their surroundings. But look.”
Hyun-Soo pointed at the fresh plants that were around the nest.
They weren’t harmed in any way and were overgrown.
If something did exist here and were using the nest, they wouldn’t have left without finishing the nest and the plants around the nest would’ve probably been damaged.
If it was a monster with wings and dug the ground with their claws, there was a high chance for those plants to grow in different directions.
“That makes sense. If the plants are alive, then there should at least be some sort of secretion or discharge, but it’s really clean.”
“There isn’t a monster alive that would stay calm when there are intruders. Despite us using a lot of our skills, nothing showed up, so this place must be empty.”
The hunters used many different skills in case the monster was hiding somewhere, but since nothing appeared, they felt relieved.
After acknowledging the fact that there weren’t any monsters, the hunters were able to think rationally and take in their surrounding.
“There aren’t any doors, so I’m assuming this is the last stage. How do we get out though?”
The way they walked through several doors reminded Hyun-Soo of a Matryoshka doll. Since this kind of portal was new for the hunters, they were having trouble.
“The thing behind the nest. Maybe that’s the exit. It looks similar to the portal entrance.”
There was a wavering light behind the nest and it really was an exit.
An exit that lets you leave the portal.
The explanation was simple.
‘Of course there wouldn’t be any other explanation at an exit.’
“Wow…so this place really doesn’t have anything. It’s like opening a fortune and noticing that there’s nothing inside.”
“Well, the color was unusual from the beginning, so it’s possible.”
“It’s unfortunate because it feels like we’re at a dead end.”
The hunters expressed their disappointment.
It was understandable.
All this time, they gave everything they had when attacking this new portal and even prepared a lot for it.
But there was a surprise. There was nothing here.
Their prepared and were anxious about this, but it was all for nothing.
Hyun-Soo also felt the same way.
Once the anxiety disappeared, he noticed his surroundings.
Maybe it’s because he felt relieved.
Hyun-Soo used Interface on different areas.
It was a habit of his to use the skill.
The hunters, who were getting ready to go out, stopped when they heard Hyun-Soo’s voice.
“We brought the bags, right?”
“Of course we did.”
“Then, can I use all the bags that we brought?”
“You want to use the bags? For what? There’s nothing to take.”
Their reaction said, “There aren’t any monsters here, so why do you need it?”
The members looked at Hyun-Soo with a confused look.
Kim Yoo-Na was the only person that caught on.
After smiling at them, Hyun-Soo pointed to the plants with his eyes.
“What are you talking about? There’s a lot to take here.”
When Hyun-Soo was asked that question, he answered without any hesitation.
“Interesting. I think you’re worse than Yoo-Na.”
Katrina looked at the excited Hyun-Soo and clicked her tongue.
Most of the bags that they brought were already filled up.
There wasn’t a reason for him to not be excited.
‘I didn’t think I would find a field of Levshila.’
The moon wasn’t present, so he wasn’t sure how they were able to grow here, but this was like a gold mine for Hyun-Soo.
It was obvious that he was excited about picking them out.
The members looked at him oddly when Hyun-Soo grabbed the bag from them and excitedly picked the flowers. But they stood on the side and helped Hyun-Soo.
“It’s unfortunate that we didn’t kill any monsters, so might as well do this.”
“Who knows? Maybe a monster will appear if we keep digging.”
Everyone was excited about this mysterious request, but since it ended like this, they started picking the flowers while mumbling.
“Might as well do this” was what everyone said.
That meant that they were extremely disappointed about what happened.
But Hyun-Soo was so excited that he forgot all about it.
And the results.
Hyun-Soo was the only one that was smiling brightly.
‘Since we picked a lot, I should make Bibimbap for them again.’
Even though everyone was tired, if they ate the Bibimbap that had Levshila in it, they would immediately get their energy back.
There was one more thing he gained.
‘I did pick all of them since something was off…’
This plant had fruits hanging and they looked like blue pills.
There was only a handful of them and because the fruit and the leaves were shining softly, it looked like an extremely rare plant.
Since the Levshila covered them, he almost overlooked them.
But since they picked out all of the Levshila, he was able to find it.
And of course, Hyun-Soo used Interface.
The information that was displayed was odd.
‘Why’re there only question marks?’
Hyun-Soo kept on using Interface, but the result was the same.
After contemplating for a bit, Hyun-Soo decided to take it with him.
Even though he didn’t know what it was, he decided to take it anyways and find out later.
His instincts told him that it was a pretty good ingredient.
Since the plant only had one root, he made sure to carefully dig around it and he wrapped the leaves and the fruits so that they wouldn’t get damaged.
They were probably safely sitting between the pile of Levshila.
Maybe that’s why.
Hyun-Soo was quietly humming to himself and didn’t notice that Katrina was looking at him curiously.
His head was filled with many different recipes that he didn’t notice her stare.
“Good job everyone. I’m sure all of you are tired because of this new portal, so go rest.”
After arriving at the base, Kim Yoo-Na announced the completion of the portal and told everyone to rest.
It was an official completion of the request.
The members dispersed and Hyun-Soo returned to his dorn.
Since there were several large bags, a few of the members helped him move them.
“Hey, rookie. What are you going to do with this?”
Ismael, one of the members that was helping, asked.
In the portal, Ismael was the one that complained the most about how nothing happened and that they wasted their time, but was one of the members that worked the hardest when they were picking the plants.
After working hard to pick the flowers, that’s when Ismael became curious, so he lightly touched the bags while on their way to Hyun-Soo’s dorm.
In the end, he couldn’t contain his curiosity so he asked Hyun-Soo.
“What exactly are those things?”
“The first thing that I thought of was Bibimbap.”
When Hyun-Soo told him that he was going to make Bibimbap with the Levshila, Ismael’s eyes sparkled.
“Are you bringing it to the after party tonight?”
“Then I should let the members know! The guys that are in relationships are going to be busy.”
After making a confusing comment, Ismael and the others left while laughing.
And Hyun-Soo began preparing the ingredients.
“Seriously, what is this?”
While he was working on the Levshila, his eyes landed on the plant that he placed on the table first.
He brought dirt from the portal and placed it in a cup along with the plant.
“Just from looking at it, I know this plant contains something. Why won’t it display anything?”
Hyun-Soo felt awkward because this never happened before.”
Is it because the activation rate is too low?
Hyun-Soo gulped without realizing it. He started salivating as he looked at the fruit.
Maybe it’s all in my head.
It felt like the fruit was sparkling in order to convince Hyun-Soo to eat them.
Even if he was being delusional, he couldn’t help but keep looking at the plant.
He stopped working on the Levshila because his mind was filled with that mysterious plant.
He never thought that he was gluttonous.
But Hyun-Soo kept on thinking that he had to eat the fruit.
‘I don’t have any information on it and I could get sick from eating it. So stop wanting to eat it!’
Hyun-Soo thought to himself really hard, but he continued salivating and now his hand was moving towards the fruit.
In the end, the blue fruit was in his hand.
After looking at it for a brief moment, he stopped thinking and threw it into his mouth.
It was like he unconsciously did it.
He didn’t know what it was, but since it was a fruit, he thought he wouldn’t die.
He wanted to eat it really badly, so he couldn’t hold himself back.
With that thought in mind, he chewed the juicy cover.
“The way it’s fresh and sweet reminds me of a blueberry. Is it a type of berry? It doesn’t taste bad either.”
It reminded him of a fruit that he rarely ate.
The sweet and sour taste was good.
However, despite having a strong desire to eat it, it didn’t really have a special taste.
He thought that maybe he would be able to obtain some information while eating it, but that didn’t happen.
After having high expectations and finding out there was nothing special, he was going to swallow it, but.
His neck felt like it was tightening up, so Hyun-Soo instinctively started coughing.
It felt like an invisible hand was choking him.
Due to the burning pain he was feeling, Hyun-Soo’s body curled up like a shrimp.
‘I-I need to breathe!’
Hyun-Soo quickly opened his mouth to breathe in some air, but the pain he felt in his throat started climbing down and it made it more difficult for him to breathe.
‘Damn it, no way…….’
Hyun-Soo’s sight started becoming blurry.
He was passing out.
Hyun-Soo tried his best to cough and get some air, but the pain was moving too fast.
Of course he couldn’t hear the sound that ringed in his head.
[“????” was consumed.]
[“????’s” qualification will be tested.]
[Progress : 7%]
[Progress : 100%]
[“????’s” conditions have been met.]
[“????’s” conditions have been met, so the skill will be created.]
It felt like someone beat him all over his body.
Hyun-Soo noticed the way he was lying on the floor and after raising his painful body, he sat up.
His head kept on ringing and after holding his head with one hand, he looked around.
“What just happened……?”
After losing his mind, his mind became blank.
It’s not like something invaded him or started beating his body.
The Levshila he stopped working on.
The chair that Hyun-Soo fell out of.
Everything was the same.
There weren’t any traces of trespassers.
But his eyes were fixed to one place.
<What Was Gained? #2> End.