Translator: Darling | Editor: Nebosuke
In a department store site where development was suspended and only the frame had been laid down, a man trudged onto the desolate site due to the lack of human traffic.
“The fucking bastards…… beating me up like shit…… Ptooey!”
The man, who spat out bloody phlegm, forcefully his dragged legs to enter an empty space that would have become a central hall.
A desolate place surrounded by steel frames. Kang Yoo-sik, a man who was thoroughly injured, collapsed on the floor without any energy in such a deserted scene.
Then he put his hand in the armor that turned into a mop and took out the crumpled cigarette case.
“They said eggs wouldn’t break…… Anyway, what damned salesmen….…”
The grumbling Kang Yoo-sik opened the cigarette case with trembling hands and looked to see if there was a healthy cigarette inside.
Kang Yoo-sik found the only one healthy cig, Mast, among the smudged cigarettes. He raised the corners of his mouth and squeezed it between his bloody lips.
Flames sprang up as he snapped his fingers, and red lights glistened under the dark night sky as he took a hard puff.
Kang Yoo-sik, who looked up blankly at the white cigarette smoke spreading softly, muttered in a languid voice, “Stop watching and come out.”
A single word from Kang Yoo-sik and five men appeared from the dark. These were the top heroes, the transcendents who protected mankind and never felt inferior anywhere in the world.
And they were motherfuckers who beat him to death just a few minutes ago. At the appearance of these five, Kang Yoo-sik twisted his mouth while still smoking a cigarette.
“Kang Yoo-sik. Give up and surrender now.”
Kim Jin-hyuk, a man at the forefront, spoke with a blunt voice.
Kang Yoo-sik smiled at his wooden voice.
“You just smashed a man like a walnut and now you’re talking about surrender……fucking bastards.”
Four faces were distorted by his swearing except for Kim Jin-hyuk, and a white-haired woman named Wilhelmina snapped in a frosty voice, “There’s no reason for us to be blamed by you. You performed black market dealings with the devils, causing great harm to mankind.”
“Harm?……I just did good business.”
“The business was to steal hundreds of thousands of mana stones for devils? Do you know how many disaster-stricken devils you’ve created and how much damage you’ve done?”
At Kang Yoo-sik’s shameless answer, Wilhelmina shouted without hiding her contempt.
Mana Stones were the most effective means of enhancing mana, and the most valuable resource for mankind.
By the way, hundreds of thousands of mana stones, and even the highest quality ones, had been sold to devils through the black market for years!
It was selfish as it would reverse the development of mankind and support terrorists.
But Kang answered without blinking an eye.
“There were a lot of mana stone thieves everywhere, and it was a legal market under the permission of the Black Dragon Lord. I was just a poor latecomer who touched some money now, you idiots.”
Shin Chang-Lao Yen, a man with glasses, intervened in Kang’s rebuttal.
“That doesn’t mean you are innocent. Stop making ugly excuses and be gentle…….”
“No, you idiot javelin thrower. If you have a brain, think about it.”
Kang Yoo-sik took a puff and kept talking to Lao Yen, whose face was reddening.
“I’ve had a big bite. Why are there no sanctions against other pups who had been doing the business before? Have you ever thought about that?”
There came a strange silence at Kang Yoo-sik’s criticism.
They were not thoughtless. They must have felt abnormal and they questioned themselves in their own way.
As usual, he would have come here by listening to a ridiculous excuse and keeping a stupid nod.
Kang Yoo-sik, who tried to curse again, coughed and threw up a bowl of black blood.
It was a lung disease, originally a chronic disease from wounds sustained in previous battles. It would be natural for him to vomit blood since he bit a cigarette in such a situation where it would not be strange to die.
“What a tasty cigarette. Shit……”
Wiping off the blood around his mouth, Kang Yoo-sik murmured with a giggle, and Frey, a blonde woman with her mouth shut, spoke with a soft voice.
“The catastrophic Mine-Devil Escar, who bought the best mana you passed, slaughtered hundreds of heroes and destroyed the city with gate waves, resulting in heavy casualties. That’s why the association and the government judged you to be a dangerous person.”
“Oh, fuck. Is that Escar? He’s eating only the mana I sold? You’re saying I put mana stones in Escar’s mouth, right?
The saint’s mouth shut up at the irrefutable point and looked sad. Maybe she knew what was going on.
“Shameless bastards. That’s why elite people are accused of being stupid.”
“I am trying to stand up to this jerk, but I can’t……!”
When Kang Yoo-sik laughed at him outright, Ma Chul-han, a giant man who had been shaking his cheeks, came forward.
At the same time, as he took a step forward, the whole vacant lot shook and the poorly built steel frames screamed.
After finishing his power bragging in ignorance, Ma Chul-han cried out in front of a dying patient, threatening him.
“Why are you listening to that son of a bitch’s bullshit! Let’s smash it and drag it out!”
With their patience at the limit, Ma Chul-han looked as if he would rush at once, and his whole body was about to be crushed.
Despite the pressure, however, Kang flipped ash off his cigarette with ease and looked at him.
“That’s what I mean. The bastards who have already known are now pretending to be nice…. you’re right, a moron who knows nothing at all today.”
“You son of a bitch…!”
As Ma Chul-han, whose eyes were wide open, tried to attack, Kim Jin-hyuk reached his hand forward. The simple movement stopped the man’s footsteps, called the Giant God, with one strike.
All five transcended beyond human limits, but the most powerful of them was Kim Jin-hyuk, the Kumkang Shingum, no matter what anyone said.
“…… Kang Yoo-sik. Why did you do that?”
Kang Yoo-sik smiled at Kim Jin-hyuk, who called his name and asked, “Why? There’s nothing to say. I was just trying to make money.”
“In terms of your property, it would have been within the top 30 of the Hunters. How come you are greedy even though you have that much money…….”
“A lot is enough? Who decided on that?”
Kang Yoo-sik, who looked at Kim Jin-hyuk, looked dumbfounded.
“It is called enough money when a bitch owning it is satisfied, regardless of how much he has. Whether it’s a million or a billion, it’s good enough for a man with it to be satisfied.”
That’s why he was just trying to earn more. It was more expensive to sell Mana Stone to devils than to make a living as an ordinary hunter.
Everyone else made a living like that, but nothing came back when you lived a naive life. The sarcasm and lack of money were the only ones left in helplessness.
It was a desire for money that could only be called abnormal. That was why Kang Yoo-sik was called the “Money Monster”.
“Hooo……it’s done. Nevermind.”
Kang Yoo-sik, who burnt his cigarette through, sighed and bit the filter of the burnt tobacco.
“If you understood me, you wouldn’t have beaten up an innocent man like this in such a place. I don’t know what this is about due to morons.….”
As the five men seemed to be slowly coming to an end, Kang Yoo-sik spat out the cigarette that he had in his mouth. Then he glanced at the system window that only he could see and then opened his mouth.
“By the way, don’t you guys know that?”
“As I told you just a moment ago, the Black Dragon Lord is looking behind the black market. Even the bosses don’t know it. Even if you want to root it out, you couldn’t have figured it out for the rest of your life with that empty head.”
It was an undeniable story, and the five were also convinced the moment they heard it, though they didn’t want to admit it.
And when they realized they had ‘acknowledged’ Kang’s help, their faces hardened tried to move in a hurry to overpower Kang Yoo-sik.
But before that, their bodies became dull with the sound, and Kang Yoo-sik twisted his mouth when he saw it.
“You owe me.”
[Debt relationship conditions are satisfied.]
[Enforcing compulsory execution to debtors’ Kim Jin-hyuk’, ‘Wilhelmina’, ‘Lao Yen’, ‘Frey’, and ‘Ma’. 5 seconds of bondage.]
Kang Yoo-sik awakened the unique skill, ‘creditor’.
The ability of this unique skill, which was likely to be used in the financial world, created a ‘debt’ and formed a “debt relationship” as soon as another person gained some form of benefit and both sides acknowledged it.
Then, he could bet as much of his debt as his bond, such as bondage and ability-down, which was the power of Kang’s ability to attract huge amounts of money alone.
‘Though it made me fucked up right now…….’
Perhaps the background of this might be the kiss-and-greet of high-ranking officials tied to their debts.
Without that, all these powerful idiots wouldn’t have come and beat themselves up.
‘I will be dead if I am caught…… What a fucking life.’
A life of misery without money. He’d managed to make money out of it. But when that twisted life was about to unfold, it turned upside down like this.
Kang Yoo-sik smiled at the five people looking at him. Time passed slowly, and his finger was on the verge of a tap.
If he ignited it here, thousands of mana bombs buried under the vacant lot would explode and completely blow up the area.
‘I’m just trying to save it up for something important…… Now I am using this to commit suicide.’
Hundreds of billions of bombs that would fly out at once seemed more precious than dying, but it’d only feed those idiots if he kept them here.
The moment the fire was about to rise from his fingertips, shedding his regret for useless money–
One person’s movements sped up at a slower pace.
Kim Jin-hyeok, Geumgang Shingum. The hero of the heroes had been narrowing the distance, emitting indomitable power even though he was restrained.
‘What a monster you are.….’
While admiring the sight, Kang muttered something out of Kim’s mind.
‘By the way, Jin-hyuk. Don’t you remember?’
Twenty-eight years had passed already, but the vivid memories were still there. A soft face, which was unable to recall the present wooden face, was sobbing.
They studied at the same Hunter Military Academy. This was because Kim Jin-hyuk, who was still immature, accidentally stabbed Kang during a mock hunt.
Although his life was saved, his lung disease was caused by the aftereffects, and he had to drop out of Sungjin Military Academy. It was hard-won due to pressure from officials and he transferred to a lower level.
Since then, he should have given up on martial arts, which he majored in, and turned to magic, but his life fell into shambles due to harassment and accidents because of his poor skills.
In other words, the accident that day was so big that it shook up Kang’s entire life.
‘You owe me, moron.’
It was the day Kim Jin-hyuk had the biggest debt in his life to Kang.
[Debt relationship conditions are satisfied.]
[Enforcing compulsory execution to debtor ‘Kim Jin-hyuk’. 10 seconds of complete standstill.]
Kim Jin-hyuk’s body, which was moving with an indomitable spirit, was completely hardened. There was surprise, enlightenment, resignation, and loneliness in his eyes, whereas his will was burning.
Seeing the change, Kang Yoo-sik gave a fishy smile and bounced his fingers.
Flames shot up and a huge flash came up.
The moment the explosion began, nothing could be seen or heard. All five of them, including themselves, probably evaporated as soon as they saw the flash.
But how could he think like this? In a mysterious life, Kang Yoo-sik felt like a shitty dog.
He tried so hard to solve his life, but now he could not believe that he was going to end it like a dog.
His body had already been shattered into powder, but he was still angry to the tips of his head. But even if was for a brief moment, Kang Yoo-sik gave up that fucking feeling.
‘What can I do…… Damn.’
What could he do if he didn’t have his body anymore?
Because he couldn’t give up neatly like this, Kang looked at the white glare.
And he cried angrily at the fucking world that had made his life shit.
‘You owe me, motherfucker!!!’
A word that would have no meaning; a hollow word.
[Debt relationship conditions are satisfied.]
[To debt relationship ‘World’, enforce compulsory execution. Extend capability after returning the debt.]
A new light flashed before him.
Kang Yoo-sik’s eyes opened wide with intense pain, and a white hospital room caught his eyes.
A strange but familiar scene. Kang was embarrassed by the scene.
It was a watery call that seemed like the person was going to burst into tears at any moment. Likewise, at the familiar yet unfamiliar sound, Kang looked to the side while frowning.
This looked like the face of a handsome young man with a lot of emotions. It was Kim Jin-hyuk, the Geumgang Shingum, from 28 years ago.
“I’m sorry, Yoo-sik! I’m so… … I’m so sorry!”
Kim Jin-hyuk cried and cried when he saw Kang Yoo-sik wake up. He was really sick, but he was irritated by the noisy crying of an unlucky man.
If this was the afterlife, then it was torturing him very hard from the beginning.
Kim Jin-hyuk’s eyes widened at the call that was being disconnected, and he came straight to the side and held his hands.
His attitude was as if he was willing to listen to Kang’s will. Kang Yoo-sik, who hated seeing that scene again, clearly expressed his feelings.
“You…… You owe me…… You son of a bitch……”
At the end of his words, Kang Yoo-sik fainted and his neck snapped, and Kim Jin-hyuk, who thought he was out of breath, opened his eyes wide and burst into tears again.
Kim Jin-hyuk was a classmate of Kang Yoo-sik’s who had yet to develop his power even though he had not even been called the Geumgang Shingum.
[Debt relationship conditions are satisfied.]
[To debtor ‘Kim Jin-hyuk’, enforce compulsory execution. Collect the skill of ‘Kumkang Seonggol(F+)’]
Kang took away one talent that would make him shine.