Edited By: Sebas Tian
“Is there a reason to pressure you in making those potions? Before you joined, all the members were already above average hunters that received attention wherever they went.”
It meant that there was no reason to make the potions exclusive.
‘Well, someone is overflowing with confidence.’
Even if other hunters increased their stats by using a potion, Kim Yoo-Na was confident that the members would still win.
She was definitely worthy enough to be the clan’s leader.
She was confident that they would rule over even without using those tricks.
And her dignity.
Hyun-Soo felt that Kim Yoo-Na was able to become this confident and have pride because she didn’t question her skills.
‘I knew it.’
He had a keen eye.
The more he spent time with her, the more he admired her.
The confidence that a strong hunter displayed was really beautiful.
“I see. I guess there was no point in asking.”
“It’s fine. I understand why you would ask. But, I am a bit sad though. Did I do something to make you not trust me?”
“No, it’s not that. You already know all the things that I went through…”
“Oh, right. You did. Right.”
Hyun-Soo was surprised, so he tried to come up with an excuse.
It felt like sweat was rolling down his body.
Hearing a beautiful woman sorrowfully express how sad she was wasn’t good for anyone’s heart.
Hyun-Soo felt like it was his fault.
When he mentioned the past events, Kim Yoo-Na must’ve understood because a small smile appeared on her face.
‘……She’s not doing it on purpose, right?’
Hyun-Soo was confused by how quickly the conversation changed.
“Are you free this afternoon?”
“H-huh? Well, I don’t have any plans.”
“Then, do you want to go to the black market together? As you know from Mr. Herhim’s personality…it’s better to go as soon as possible.”
Hyun-Soo felt a bit disappointed because there were some potions that were incomplete, but he nodded his head.
“Then let’s meet at the entrance in an hour.”
When Hyun-Soo stood up, Riri, who was playing on his shoulder, slid off so they started flapping their wings.
Kim Yoo-Na’s eyes naturally turned to Riri.
“It’s…Riri, right? When you do something with Riri, please call me too. I think it’ll be good research material.”
Kim Yoo-Na’s eyes were filled with excitement and expectation when she made that request.
Even though she said it was for research material, it looked like she was trying to fill her personal greed.
She reminded him of Hyuna.
It didn’t really fit well with Kim Yoo-Na, but Hyun-Soo thought it was pretty cute.
Maybe that’s why.
“Ha ha, okay.”
He felt Kim Yoo-Na looking at him with disappointment as he left the room.
‘I guess Riri must be really cute.’
Honestly, Riri was pretty cute.
But since Hyun-Soo was a guy, it was hard to understand why Hyuna and Kim Yoo-Na were desperately trying to look at Riri.
‘Is it because they both like cute things?’
Hyun-Soo assumed it’s because of Riri’s appearance and returned to his dorm to grab the potions.
Other than Hyuna and Kim Yoo-Na, Hyun-Soo never imagined there would be others that would react the same way.
“Welcome. So, you brought the potion, right?”
After they passed the security check, they were led to the most private in the black market and Herhim welcome Hyun-Soo with open arms.
Like the first time, Herhim walked towards him with a warm smile.
But Kim Yoo-Na already informed Hyun-Soo about Herhim’s personality, so Hyun-Soo smiled awkwardly and handed the shopping bag he brought with him.
“Oh my! Precious items shouldn’t be placed in a bag like this. I’ll provide you with a bag next time.”
Herhim was extremely shocked when he saw the shopping bag.
“Did Yoo-Na tell you?”
“Great. That makes things a lot easier. We’re going to auction it first so that we can promote it as well. I’ll make sure to give you a big share. After we deduct the processing fee, we’ll give you the rest. If you want, we can give you that amount in cash. And in the future, we’ll do whatever you ask, as long as it’s possible. But.”
Hyun-Soo didn’t know much about this world, so to him, it sounded like a good deal.
However, Herhim wasn’t finished.
“I want you to sell only through us.”
“Didn’t we already agree to do that?”
“Ha ha ha! You’re right. We did. I just wanted to make sure. I look forward to…huh?”
Hyun-Soo was nervous about what he was going to say, but released a sigh of relief when Herhim said something he already knew.
But Herhim’s smiling face turned into a serious one.
Hyun-Soo felt overpowered by his stern expression.
Hyun-Soo knew what it was regarding, so his body became stiff.
Herhim probably wouldn’t do this, but Hyun-Soo thought that maybe Herhim would try to backstab him after getting Hyun-Soo to put down his guard. That thought made Hyun-Soo nervous.
“What is that?!”
“The thing on your head! That! Am I hallucinating?”
“Yes! You can see it too, right? That means it’s actually there. What exactly is that?!”
He remembered putting Riri into his coat pocket, but it must’ve flew out and went to the top of his head.
The well-mannered gentleman quickly stood up and after running up to Hyun-Soo, he yelled because he couldn’t contain his excitement.
Hyun-Soo almost fell, but after calmly stepping back, he extended his hand out.
Riri’s wings gently fluttered and flew in front of Hyun-Soo.
Herhim jokingly grabbed his chest.
It meant that he was that shocked to see Riri.
“That…what is that?”
“Mr. Herhim. We came here to talk about selling the potion.”
Kim Yoo-Na intercepted when she noticed Herhim’s hand shaking like someone that was experiencing drug withdrawal.
Kim Yoo-Na must’ve felt embarrassed because her cheeks became red and she knew she reacted the same way as him.
But Herhim reacted more aggressively.
“I’ll exclude two, no three percent of the processing fee. How about it?”
When he gave a specific amount, Kim Yoo-Na looked at Hyun-Soo and waited for him to make a decision.
‘There’s nothing for me to hide.’
He was going to show it off anyways.
On top of that, a lot more people were going to see Riri as time passes.
And that’ll raise Hyun-Soo’s and the clan’s value.
“It’s a monster.”
“Monster! Is it from the colorful portal? No. I heard the corpse was taken to the research lab.”
Even though they didn’t tell him, Herhim already had the information and he mumbled as if something was wrong.
“That’s correct. The fairy is from the colorful portal. It was in an egg when I found it and then it hatched.”
“Tell me the details.”
“There isn’t much to say, but…”
“Where should I start?”
Hyun-Soo was going to tell him anyways, but after stalling for a bit, he earned one million won.
‘It’s really easy to make money.’
He never imagined this happening.
Herhim agreed to categorize the information into the special category and not reveal it to anyone.
Hyun-Soo asked why he was gathering information he wasn’t going to sell and Herhim said.
“There’s nothing more pleasing than satisfying my curiosity.”
After telling him about Riri, they finished talking about selling the potion and how they were going to share the money.
After talking about the official duties, they started talking about more private matters.
“Right, I heard. You’re not getting approval?”
“Yes and according to them, there’s an issue in management, so that’s why it’s being delayed.”
“That kind of language is…but I agree.”
“Is it because we got involved?”
“That’s probably part of it. But it’s probably because they’re disgusted by us.”
Herhim clicked his tongue.
“Did you know that the number of portal hunts are decreasing?”
“The number of hunts are decreasing?”
“That’s right. The number of approval have decreased significantly. Because of that, the portals that are closer to their pop-up time aren’t being taken care of, so it has become a big headache.”
“Why is that?”
Kim Yoo-Na was confused.
Hyun-Soo was also curious.
Other groups and guilds were probably getting approvals, but after listening to what Herhim said, the hunters refused.
“The reason is simple. It’s because of the colorful portal.”
“Aren’t ordinary portals and colorful portals different? Why are they avoiding the ordinary portals?”
Hyun-Soo had an idea why.
“Are they getting more scared of the colorful portal?”
Herhim nodded his head after being surprised by what Hyun-Soo said.
“You’re right. That’s the answer. Since there aren’t a lot of information regarding the colorful portal, everyone is trying to be careful. Not that long ago, two very famous groups entered and didn’t come back, so it impacted heavily amongst the hunters.”
“Did they receive the request?”
“No, they didn’t. They said they were confident so they volunteered.”
Kim Yoo-Na’s clan was the only clan that succeeded in hunting the colorful portal.
Even though the information about the colorful portal was revealed through the black market, it wasn’t that effective.
The colorful portal always changed.
It was different from the ordinary portal that had a majority of things set in place.
It meant that there was no information about what was inside or how they should hunt.
Everyone failed to attack the colorful portal before, but it was different now.
There was one clan that cleared it.
The two clans that failed to clear the colorful portal probably felt like they were in danger after hearing about the one clan that succeeded.
If they don’t go for it now, they’ll be left behind.
That feeling drove the two groups to their death.
High risk, high return.
The more dangerous it is, the more profit one earns.
They knew it was dangerous, but if they clear it, they knew they would receive a big reward so they put their life on the line for that reward.
“When considering the rank, the group was pretty high up there. But in the end, they failed. Because of that, things got out of hand.”
Majority of the hunters knew of the colorful portal’s existence because of the information that was revealed.
It’s all thanks to Kim Yoo-Na. She revealed that information to warn the other hunters to not throw their life away because of the reward.
But they didn’t realize how dangerous it really was.
They knew other groups failed in the past, but since a clan succeeded in clearing it, they believed that the past groups that failed were just unlucky.
Because of that, when the hunters found out that the two, confident groups failed, they became more anxious.
“If they succeeded, things would be the total opposite.”
<Trap #1> End.