The Skill Maker – Chapter 125

<A Way to Win #1>

 

‘They’re just along for the ride.’

Money won’t bring them this opportunity. They won’t be able to experience this elsewhere.

On top of that, they were safe.

This alliance was formed for power.

So they didn’t feel the need to help them grow.

Because of that, it was only natural for them to exclude them from the training.

And the members that were participating didn’t have any experience with a colorful portal.

Hyun-Soo was able to predict how shocking it was going to be for them.

‘Just tell all of your friends.’

That way, their value will keep increasing.

“Let’s start!”

They were still testing the training method with Riri.

Since they didn’t know how many people Riri’s power will be able to protect, they decided to start with a small group.

When there’s a colorful portal involved, it’s best to be careful.

“This would’ve been impossible if we didn’t have Riri. Our Riri is amazing.”

Before starting the training.

The members complimented her so that they can stay on her good side.

Kyuuuuuu!

But it didn’t matter.

Riri stuck to Hyun-Soo and was begging for his attention.

She was asking for a lot of compliments since she worked really hard.

But for Hyun-Soo, he felt a bit embarrassed.

It wasn’t only because of Riri. The members all looked jealous.

This was really burdening for him.

He really wanted to wear a mask.

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The Skill Maker – Chapter 124

<Thinning Out #3>

 

“Oh, how’d you know? You’re right. It depends on the contract, but that’s a possibility. That’s why people that know it call it a slave contract. But it’s that effective. People try not to use it that often though.”

He understood after listening, but since there were human rights issues, no one really uses it.

“But Yoo-Na chose to use it because she wanted to make it official. When people join forces or become allies, they don’t really use it. But it’s better to be safe than sorry. And for a colorful portal…it’s worth it.”

They were still studying the Puppeteer’s corpse.

They haven’t found anything yet.

But everyone agreed that a colorful portal was a lot more valuable than an ordinary portal.

The world was focused on the monster that FE killed and FE itself.

That’s why Kim Yoo-Na was being cautious.

There was a new group that was joining them and she needed data as well as security.

“I’m sure we’ll get approved since we submitted a request.”

After that single visit, they received all of their approvals on time.

That’s why they should be getting the approval soon.

‘I have a lot to do before then.’

The time until the next hunt.

Hyun-Soo will be prepared by then.

***

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The Skill Maker – Chapter 123

<Thinning Out #2>

 

Hyun-Soo called Riri.

“Riri, stop and come over here.”

Kyuuuu!

Riri was sitting on top of the spy’s black head and flew to Hyun-Soo when he called her.

“Wow. She wouldn’t even listen when we asked her to stop.”

David mumbled to himself in disappointment.

He was complaining about how she was treating people differently.

Hyun-Soo asked after she sat on his shoulder.

“Did you make him that way?”

Kyuuuu!

It was a short answer.

She was clearly saying yes.

Hyun-Soo had no idea as to how she left the dorm and how she was able to catch that person.

On top of that, since when did she have the ability to create illusions?

‘They do say that kids grow every day.’

This probably happened because he hasn’t been able to take care of her recently.

Of course she wasn’t a child of a human, but since it hasn’t been that long since she hatched out of the egg, it’s safe to say that she was a child.

Kyuuuu, kyuuuuu.

Riri was trying to say something by violently moving her body.

But when she realized that her owner wasn’t understanding her at all, she flew towards the palm of his hand.

And she tried to place Hyun-Soo’s hand on top of her head.

‘Is she?’

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The Skill Maker – Chapter 122

<Thinning Out #1>

 

“Don’t worry too much. It’s not like we’re going to reveal it soon. But with an item like this, don’t you think it’s worth trying it?”

Of course they had a backup plan.

They’ll probably have a detailed plan by the time the potion is released to the world.

They won’t let people scam them easily.

‘On top of that, I’m the only one that can make it. With just that, they won’t be able to attack me easily.’

They haven’t decided on how much they were going to reveal.

But in time, everything will be revealed.

Only Hyun-Soo could do this.

Hyun-Soo recalled the data room he visited before Kim Yoo-Na visited him.

There was an enormous amount of data regarding the clan.

These days, information could be used as a weapon and a lot of data was contained in the data room.

And Hyun-Soo was able to find the information he was looking for.

It was some sort of thesis and one of the tests that was related to the topic was the thing that Hyun-Soo was curious about.

That a hunter’s energy was natural.

Since everyone’s energy characteristics was different, energy couldn’t be exchanged.

When an energy with different characteristics enters the body, it automatically pushes it out and the body experiences excruciating pain. The person may even lose their life if things got really bad.

When two different energies meet, it’ll really damage the body.

That’s why the person may even die.

Hyun-Soo thought of one thing while reading the results.

‘But, why is it possible for me?’

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The Skill Maker – Chapter 121

<Bait & Hook #3>

 

Kim Yoo-Na’s eyes widened.

“This……? Is this ‘that’ as well?”

“Yes.”

Kim Yoo-Na agreed on Hyun-Soo’s plan to gain control through food.

It was possible because she worked with Hyun-Soo for a long time.

Hyun-Soo also assumed that Kim Yoo-Na somewhat had an idea about his skill.

‘There’s no way someone as quick-witted as Kim Yoo-Na wouldn’t know.’

But she never asked him directly or hinted at it, so all he did was assume.

She was surprised by the tangerine that Hyun-Soo gave her.

She knew about his cooking skills since she ate his food before, so she wasn’t expecting this at all.

“So that’s why they acted that way.”

She thought things were working out on their own because they reacted so passionately and didn’t know this was the reason.

“It’s not an ordinary tangerine. You did something to it, right? I’m assuming it’s related to what you wanted to tell me.”

“Yes, that’s right. Regarding the potions that are being sold at the black market, I’m thinking about making a more systematic approach.”

“The potion that are being sold? Are you thinking about selling them through a different method?”

“I’m still thinking about it, but it doesn’t hurt to plan ahead.”

Getting the result you want right away was difficult.

That’s why it’s important to take one step at a time even if it takes longer.

Then you’ll be able to reach your goal during the most important moment.

“What kind of plan is it?”

She was no longer focused on the tangerine.

She turned into a serious businesswoman.

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The Skill Maker – Chapter 120

Note: Thank you Jan for the donation! ^^


<Bait & Hook #2>

 

“Did you guys enjoy the food?”

When Kim Yoo-Na stood up and spoke, everyone looked at her.

“I know it’s been uncomfortable because there wasn’t a training room, so I prepared a space for you.”

It was an announcement that didn’t fit well with dinner time.

They didn’t reveal the Center Room and the personal training rooms that the members have been using.

Because of that, the visitors complained a bit.

‘Are they crazy?’

‘That’s absurd.’

The members complained about the visitors that were complaining about not having a training room.

It’s because they overstayed their welcome by making up silly excuses and now they were demanding a training room.

‘It’s a good thing they finished building it by spending all their money…if not, my plan might’ve been delayed a bit.’

He heard that there was a tall building in China that was completed in 12 days.

It was an amazing achievement done by man.

The FE’s new building wasn’t any different.

‘They used a lot of money.’

He was able to really see them splurge.

Since money had so much power, the workers worked for 24 hours straight.

If they needed more people, they got more people and if they needed more material, they provided it.

They even provided shower rooms and high-quality food.

Even though they haven’t finished it, a part of the facility was completed so that people could use it.

And Kim Yoo-Na notified the visitors about it.

Was it for their comfort and convenience?

The answer was no.

Hyun-Soo slowly looked at the people.

Some wondered why Kim Yoo-Na was announcing it all of a sudden and others felt something through that announcement.

‘I knew it.’

Something was happening.

Some hunters felt something change within their bodies and they understood why Kim Yoo-Na made that announcement.

It was obvious.

They needed a space where they can move around freely.

If they figured this out, then they would definitely have more questions.

How did she know?

This was Hyun-Soo’s next plan.

‘The high-ranked hunters. They’ve noticed.’

High-ranked hunters are generally smart.

Hyun-Soo wasn’t sure if their brains developed when they leveled up or if their bodies were well-developed because they had a lot of hunting experience.

Since there weren’t any information about this, he didn’t know the answer.

‘Anyways, the important thing is that we’re at the second stage of my plan.’

All that was left was the third stage.

The third stage was easy.

The only thing the hunters had to do was stand up and run to the training room.

And have them realize the changes in their body and have their bodies learn the effects.

Then he’ll be done with that stage.

“If anyone needs a drill hall, our staff at the entrance will guide you there.”

A small smile appeared on her face.

“Doing a light exercise after eating is needed.”

She added that comment.

No one knew if it really was going to be a light exercise or an intense exercise.

Only the hunters that stood up knew.

***

Click, clack.

Hyun-Soo was on his way somewhere.

He was going to arrive at his destination very soon.

“Rookie!”

David wasn’t the only one that was pulling Hyun-Soo back.

Everyone automatically gathered at the Center Room even if they weren’t training.

David looked around and then pulled Hyun-Soo into the Center Room.

The room was empty.

“What’s wrong?”

“Do you have that?”

“Have what?”

“You know, that.”

“What are you talking about?”

“You know, the Bibimbap that you made for us!”

“Oh…….”

Hyun-Soo now understood and nodded his head.

Then David asked with a disappointed expression.

“Why in the world did you make it for them? There isn’t enough for us!”

“Do you even know what that was?”

Even though Hyun-Soo made several dishes that contained medicinal herbs, he never explained it to them.

“Of course I know it. I’m not that stupid, you know.”

It was understandable as to why they didn’t know because they would either go meet their girlfriends or exercise after dinner.

“Don’t worry. I’ll make it again for you guys.”

It wasn’t that difficult.

After Hyun-Soo answered without any hesitation, David shook his head with a frustration look.

“No, that’s not it. I’m worried about you!”

“Huh……?”

Worried?

Who? Me?

When Hyun-Soo asked, David nodded.

“That’s right! Why would you make something like that? It should be just for us…oh, no, that’s not it! Everyone knows that you made it now!”

David enthusiastically voiced his concern.

“Ha, ha ha.”

Hyun-Soo’s laugh didn’t really fit well with the current situation.

David was confused because Hyun-Soo’s laugh was odd, but Hyun-Soo couldn’t stop smiling.

‘Now that I think about it…….’

He acted like this before.

When he saw Hyun-Soo use two different elements at the same time, David begged him to not tell anyone.

He was probably curious about how that it was possible, but he didn’t even ask.

But he acted like Hyun-Soo’s guardian because he was afraid that something bad was going to happen to Hyun-Soo if others found out.

‘What did say back then? That he had to look after me?’

He was treating Hyun-Soo like a baby.

That’s why the other members scorned him.

It happened not that long ago, but it was a pretty funny memory.

‘He’s still the same.’

In the end, David was worried about Hyun-Soo.

Even though no one was holding a weapon, it was a war zone.

A war zone where people take and gets things taken away from them.

“Ha ha…….”

It was obvious that David would be worried after Hyun-Soo revealed his skill in the current situation.

“Wh-why are you laughing rookie? Did I make a mistake?”

“No, no. I’m just thankful.”

“……?”

David didn’t understand.

When Hyun-Soo said thank you, David waved his hand really fast.

“N-no…I mean…I should be the one thanking you since I’m probably just being nosy. But, what are you trying to do? Is it okay to reveal yourself like that?”

“They probably don’t know that I did it. And I didn’t purposely reveal it either. They probably won’t think that it’s me and will just think that our clan has something.”

“That’s okay, right? Did you…do that on purpose?”

“Yeah, we should use whatever we can.”

He wasn’t going to do anything useless.

If they had to take one step forward, it would be a giant step.

“I didn’t even know and was worried for no reason. I was really worried that someone might have taken you.”

David let out a huge sigh of relief.

“Ha ha. I just realized this, but it’s great to have someone like you worrying about me. Thank you.”

“Huh? No. Oh man, you’re making me cringe.”

Was it because he was surrounded by people who were honest?

Hyun-Soo expressed his appreciation without any hesitation.

The old Hyun-Soo wouldn’t have been able to say things like this.

It felt like this was the time for him to really realize the things he wasn’t able to before because he was always looking ahead.

 

“Ariel almost got kidnapped before. They still try, but it was a lot worse before. Since extraterritorial rights exists, it’s not as bad as before…jeez…”

“I see. I understand. Don’t worry too much. Do I look like someone that’ll get easily kidnapped?”

Hyun-Soo created fire and wind on the palm of his hand while laughing.

It was the same skill that David told him to hide.

Who would try to go up against someone with that kind of skill?

“Yeah, I’m sure you can take care of yourself. But still, be careful.”

“Got it.”  

***

 

‘Not bad.’

Knowing that someone cared was a pretty good feeling.

Hyun-Soo exited the Center Room and headed to his original destination.

Knock, knock.

Hyun-Soo stood in front of a large door and knocked.

It was a notification that the owner of the room wanted.

“Come.”

A slim figure was looking at something while leaning on a desk.

Kim Yoo-Na lifted her head and greeted Hyun-Soo.

“How are they reacting?”

It wasn’t Hyun-Soo’s own plan. They were using the clan’s name to execute the plan.

That’s why it was difficult for him to see their reactions.

But Kim Yoo-Na was actively participating in the plan.

“It was great. They were pretty excited so they ran to the training room.”

Kim Yoo-Na giggled.

Hyun-Soo was able to imagine that.

A good amount of them visited here to get information and to find some sort of flaw.

There were also some that were trying to become allies with the clan.

Anyways, they put their pride down and ran to the training room.

“It’s a success.”

“Yes, it sure is.”

“I’m sure they’ll make a more competitive offer now.”

“It’s all thanks to you, Hyun-Soo.”

They showed off the clan’s skill.

Once they come back to their senses, they’ll be busy calculating their offers.

Even though strong hunters gathered here, there was still a difference in skill between them.

After seeing FE’s skill, there will definitely be some that believe that they’re not strong enough.

‘We’ll just get rid of them.’

It meant that they weren’t strong enough to walk on the road that the clan was going to walk on.

This will be their chance to find out the skill differences.

It was an unexpected bonus.

‘The more people we filter out, the better I guess.’

There’s a reason why companies gave two tests and did an interview at the end.

“Since we provoked them, I’m sure some of them will start getting busy.”

“Yes, let’s move on to our next part of our plan.”

Hyun-Soo and Kim Yoo-Na looked at each other.

After sharing their secrets, a sly smile appeared on their faces.

Since they set everything, some of the hunters will start getting busy

Once they start moving, they’ll execute the next part of their plan.

The first part of their plan was a success.

Hyun-Soo decided to slowly start executing the next part.

“Try this.”

Hyun-Soo took out the fruit he brought with him.

It was a tangerine he bought from the market.

He bought it because Hyuna really liked it, but he decided to offer some to Kim Yoo-Na too.

“What’s this?”

“You’ll know once you try it.”

It wasn’t that Kim Yoo-Na didn’t know what a tangerine was. She was wondering why he was offering it to her.

Even though she asked why, Hyun-Soo answered her by telling her to try it.

Kim Yoo-Na peeled the tangerine and ate a small piece.

“……!”

 

<Bait & Hook #2> End.

The Skill Maker – Chapter 119

<Bait & Hook #1>

 

‘Might as well try.’

It wouldn’t hurt to try.

If it doesn’t work, then he could still mix the potion into the sauce.

Hyun-Soo used his phone to contact David.

“David, are you available?”

– Huh? What’s up?

“Can you stop by my dorn? There’s something I want to give you.”

– Okay. I’ll be right there!

Since he experienced a lot of odd situations through Hyun-Soo, he was the best guinea pig.

Even if something weird happened, he wouldn’t think much about it.

“I now have a guinea pig for testing. I should use this opportunity to really test it out.”

The first subject he’ll pour the energy into.

It was going to be through the pear that Riri was eating.

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The Skill Maker – Chapter 118

<It’s Delicious and Good for the Body #3>

 

“About what?”

“A lot of the guests are getting lost at night.”

“Oh, you’re referring to the guests that are getting lost in front of the restricted area, right?”

“Yeah and they said there’s a lost child that keeps visiting the supply room.”

“I wonder why. This place isn’t that difficult to navigate around.”

“I know, it’s weird, right? Or maybe it’s because I’ve gotten used to this place and it’s really easy to get lost.”

“I don’t think so…”

A smile appeared on Hyun-Soo’s face as he watched Katrina think seriously about it.

He already heard it from Kim Yoo-Na, but he was able to confirm the current situation again through Katrina.

‘They feel provoked.’

Things were going like he had planned.

Letting Riri fly every time they ate was effective.

Hyun-Soo wanted to provoke the hunters. He wanted to raise their expectations and imagination through Riri.

It was up to them to choose.

And through that, he’ll be able to filter them out.

‘Should I provoke them a bit more?’

Hyun-Soo recalled the ingredients that were sitting in his dorm.

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The Skill Maker – Chapter 117

<It’s Delicious and Good for the Body #2>

 

“Anyways, you guys are the only clan that managed to clear the colorful portal.”

Kim Yoo-Na looked over at Hyun-Soo.

Hyun-Soo also looked at Kim Yoo-Na when he felt her looking at him.

An odd feeling that he couldn’t quite describe enveloped him.

“More people will try to work with you guys and I’ll get even busier…hm…and now we’re back to where we started.”

“Stop complaining, Mr. Herhim. I have a hard time believing that you get tired.”

Was that a good thing?

When Herhim intercepted, the odd feeling that he felt between him and Kim Yoo-Na completely disappeared.

After that, they made small talk.

Kim Yoo-Na made a “That’s understandable” face and listened to Herhim.

And then, Herhim focused all of his attention on Riri.

‘I’m sure he told me to come because he wanted to see Riri.’

Herhim stated a different reason, but Hyun-Soo was sure that Riri was the reason.

After they finished talking, Herhim approached Hyun-Soo while him and Kim Yoo-Na were getting up.

He looked inside Hyun-Soo’s hood with a disappointed look and then spoke to him.

“Jeez, these rumors. It looks like you did that on purpose, so would it be okay if I help you out?”

“That’ll be great.”

If Herhim gets involved, things will work faster. A more detailed rumor will spread.

This was exactly what Hyun-Soo wanted.

A large treasure will definitely attract moths.

But it was hard to tell whether they were an ally or a foe.

One thing he was sure of was that those moths couldn’t become allies.

He would gladly welcome them with open arms if he could filter out the foes.

On top of that, he’ll be able to see who’s side they were on.

“Then, leave it to me. I won’t let you down.”

Herhim extended his hand out.

Hyun-Soo smiled while shaking his hand.

He smiled brightly.

***

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The Skill Maker – Chapter 116

<It’s Delicious and Good for the Body #1>

 

“Is it okay…to give that away?”

“Why? Other than the Energy Stones that are lawfully traded, most of them come through here.”

That’s why it’s okay to give one or two.

Riri looked like she was contemplating.

She didn’t want to go, but it was difficult for her to ignore the Energy Stone.

‘Riri consumes energy. So, it’s obvious that she wants the Energy Stone, but…it is really okay? To use the Energy Stone that way?’

He used Energy Stones in his potion as well, but this was different.

Reworking the potion by using Energy Stones sounded a lot better.

But he was just giving it to Riri.

Kyuuuuu……

For some reason, Riri felt uncomfortable around Herhim.

No. He knew the reason why.

‘No one would feel comfortable if they felt threatened personally.’

However, Riri couldn’t overcome the temptation and approached Herhim.

Carefully. Slowly.

She inspected around Herhim while flying and ended up landing on Herhim’s hand.

She grabbed the Energy Stone and quickly flew to Hyun-Soo.

Tsk.

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