Chapter 16

Translator: NovelMultiverse | Editor: NovelMultiverse

 

“…….”

“…….”

Their eyes met, and there was a strange silence in the lab as no one talked. 

What are you talking about? Namgoong Ryun thought that Kang would ask what it means or answer yes. But he became angry when he saw Kang looking at him with his mouth closed.

‘How does he remain calm?’ 

It was not Group 2 nor Group 3, but it was Group 1. Except for a few, it was a class of elite members from the Diamond class of the Sungjin Military Academy.

Since Kang was offered to participate in such a great class as a student of Silver Class, he must respond.

“Hmm.”

But despite receiving the huge offer, Kang Yoo-sik looked at Namgoong with no blink of an eye. 

And after thinking for a long time, Kang slowly opened his mouth. 

“Well, I guess I can say that I am in the same at the level of the Diamond class?”

 “What? What do you mean…….” 

As soon as Namgoong Ryun, who had a curious look on his face, asked back, he felt a chill on his neck and remembered the previous conversation. 

‘If you join the Diamond class before you become a sophomore, I’ll do whatever you want.’

The promise he made a week ago with Kang Yoo-sik. Realizing that Kang was talking about, Namgoong Ryun stared blankly and quickly frowned.

“Up to the Diamond class is the condition of the bet! Group 1 is a different thing!” 

“Why are you yelling at me for just asking? My ears hurt…….” 

Kang Yoo-sik, who answered slyly, mocked Namgoong Ryun inwardly and looked at him.

 “So why are you offering this to me? I don’t think I can deserve to join Group 1.” 

Although Kang was arranging the mana wonderfully with his prior experience, that did not mean that his ability was close to elites of the Diamond class. 

As Kang would move on to the next level, he would encounter areas where he had never trained before his return, and by then, his capacity would be exposed everywhere.

That’s why Kang Yoo-sik did not want to go up to Group 1 if there was no particular reason. 

“That mask. It’s not a regular mask.” 

“……what?” 

Namgoong Ryun took out another mask and threw it to Kang Yoo-sik, who was puzzled. 

“Wear it and get it to level 6.

“……”

Feeling something strange, Kang Yoo-sik set the level by wearing the mask as he was told, and soon felt the degree of suppressing breathing and mana and opened his eyes wide. 

Then he took off his mask right away and looked at Namgoong Ryun. 

“Did you put the mask up to two steps?” 

“……yes.” 

“So, what I did earlier was not level 5, but level 7?” 

“That’s right.”

At Namgoong Ryun’s answer, Kang Yoo-sik stared down at his body with his eyes wide open. 

‘I, I did step 7……?’

Kang Yoo-sik also knew about the critical point because he searched for relevant information while training with the mask. 

Even S-level hunters were divided into possible and impossible, an area dividing talent thoroughly! 

He had never had a talent in his life, but now he reached the area. 

“Really… I don’t want to admit it, but reviewing what you’ve shown over the past week, your potential is at the top.”

 “I’m sure it is. It’s not another thing, but level 7…….”

Of course, it had not been successful yet, but the fact that the attempt was made there was a huge plus. 

Kang Yoo-sik, who recalled his achievements again, looked strange. 

‘Is this just a human victory?’ 

In the class of Lee Chang-wan, the control and compression that had been training for decades were developed into skills to fit his healthy body.

Perhaps the lung disease before not only left him with experience but also with talent. 

‘Either way…… this is great.’ 

It was not directly related to the strength to control mana in extreme situations, but it was possible to deceive people if he used it well. 

Kang Yoo-sik’s eyes were filled with interest, and Namgoong Ryun, who was looking at the scene, continued to talk. 

“So I’d like to study you.”

 “Study me?” 

Namgoong Ryun nodded at Kang Yoo-sik’s question.

“Now your growth rate is way beyond my expectations, and not a single person has been out of my predictions.” 

Not only the students he had seen at the Sungjin Military Academy, but also the countless people he had seen since he was in active service. Kang Yoo-sik was the only one of those people who’s out of the predictions had made by Namgoong Ryun.

 “I would like to find out the cause of the unknown growth, and the best place to proceed with the study is the class of Group 1.” 

After hearing Namgoong Ryun, Kang Yoo-sik slowly opened his mouth after he thought carefully touching over his chin. 

“To sum up, you raised my mask by two levels to check my potential, and you are wondering what the base is, so move me to Group 1, which is uncertain for me to be helpful, and cooperate with you?” 

“It is not that serious…….”

Namgoong Ryun, who tried to deny Kang Yoo-sik’s words, thought over the contents, and soon frowned, for it was not entirely wrong. 

As Kang Yoo-sik looked at him with a meaningful smile, Namgoong Ryun sighed and asked. 

“What do you want?”

Kang Yoo-sik answered the long-awaited question with a big smile.

 “Your trust?” 

“No nonsense.” 

Kang Yoo-sik clicked his tongue at the sight of Namgoong Ryun cutting it at once. He did not show any room for debt. 

‘It’s going to be hard this time.’ 

It was better to leave now than to try too hard to make him wary. Kang Yoo-sik, who changed his plan, calculated the loss and gain and talked. 

“10 million won for each study.” 

“What?” 

It wasn’t even 10 million won a week, but Kang wanted to get paid that much for one time of research. It was a ridiculous condition because Namgoong did not know how much researches he would need. 

“If you don’t like it, I don’t want to cooperate with the research by moving to Group 1. And I don’t know what you’re going to do behind my back.”

If Kang did not know the cause of his growth, he could cooperate to find out, but he already knew that it was because of his creditor skill and Kumkang Seonggol skill. 

In other words, Namgoong Ryun was the only one who could not be satisfied.

“Ugh…….”

Realizing that he was not in a position to negotiate, Namgoong Ryun caught the back of his neck that was getting stiff. 

And he answered with a glare with a more haggard look than a few minutes ago.

“Do as you want, man.” 

“It’s a wise decision.” 

“F*****g wise…….” 

Namgoong Ryun sighed deeply and buried his face in a pile of papers. It was the moment when a ridiculous contract worth 10 million won per research was signed.

***

After finishing the negotiation with Namgoong Ryun. 

Upon hearing that the class was scheduled today, Kang Yoo-sik immediately followed Namgoong Ryun out of the building. 

Classrooms for Group 2 to 5 were on the second floor of the Gold Class main building, but one for Group 1 was in another building. 

‘I am finally going in here…….’

Kang Yoo-sik, who was walking with Namgoong Ryun, looked up at the building, which was getting closer.

A tall building that rose in the center of the site and was visible from the area. The ivory tower of the elite, which was the backbone of Sungjin Academy and only allowed students could enter.

The main building, the commonly called Babel Tower, was the place where the classroom of Group 1 was located. 

‘It’s always a great name.’

The main building in the school was named as Babel Tower. Every time Kang thought about it, he laughed, but he never ignored it.

It might seem to be a little lacking now, but over the next few years, the building in front of them would have as much power as its name.

‘More than half of the elites I’ve met are from here, so I don’t need to talk more.’ 

It was told that the world was run by blood, delay, and school ties. Over time, graduates from this Barbell Tower would become a part of the world.

If he could take one step over there in any form, he would be able to live easily in Korea. 

‘And I get some useful people…….’

When Kang Yoo-sik was smiling, Namgoong Ryun frowned at the scene.

“Don’t laugh. I feel bad.” 

“You’re so mean…….” 

“Ugh. Just be quiet!” 

“Yes, I see.” 

Kang would have made fun of him a little more, but he also won a good contract this time, so Kang managed his expression with mercy.

 “Ugh…….”

Namgoong Ryun turned his head because he felt more pain in the back of his neck due to the friendly attitude of Kang. 

While only Namgoong was uncomfortable, two people entered the tower and a huge lobby appeared. 

A desk in the middle with a neat gray tile on the floor. On either side, entrance gates were leading to the elevator, and some people were swiping their student cards to enter.

‘The security is stricter than any big companies or guild headquarters.’ 

A security team standing on either side and a variety of covertly concealed protective devices. Kang Yoo-sik, who had used numerous equipment before his return, understood how thorough the security was. 

“Follow me.”

Namgoong Ryun, who led Kang Yoo-sik to the desk, handed his teacher card to the reception staff. 

“I’d like to get admission to the student behind me.” 

“Oh, is that a new student for Group 1?”

Namgung Ryun calmly replied to the question with a gentle smile. 

“Yes. Hey, bring here your student card.”

Namgoong Ryun, who received the card from Kang Yoo-sik, handed it right away, and the staff looked at the border to confirm the class for registration. 

“……uh?”

And he had a strange look on his face when he saw the card in silver color.

“Well…… Mr. Namgoong Ryun. This……”

“Yes, he is from Silver Class. He will be in Group 1 starting today, so please approve it to enter the area.”

“……”

The staff looked to the side with wide eyes at Namgung Ryun’s story, and Kang Yoo-sik smiled at him. 

“Oh, oh! I’m sorry.”

At that smile, the staff realized that he had seen Kang too plainly and quickly finished the registration and handed over the student card. 

“We’ve approved for him to the classroom area on the 15th floor.” 

“Thank you. Let’s go.” 

“Yes, I’ll see you next time.”

When Kang glanced at the name tag of the staff, he smiled slightly and followed Namgoong Ryun to the left gate. 

They took the elevator, which had arrived earlier, were going up to the 15th floor and Kang Yoo-sik looked at the number increasing. 

“The news will spread today. Am I the only one who gets annoyed?” 

“It bothers me, too, because the last time I admitted you a special class, it was crazy.”

I am crazy…… Kang Yoo-sik smiled at Namgoong Ryun muttering. 

The elevator, which came up in a flash, opened on the 15th floor, and the floor assigned to Namgoong Ryun appeared. 

The hall was neatly decorated with gray tones on walls, ceilings, and carpets. Kang Yoo-sik looked bored at the appearance of no individuality. 

“It’s the inside of Babel Tower. Can’t it be a little more colorful?”

“But it’s better to buy better equipment than to spend the budget on it. Don’t be ridiculous and follow me.” 

Namgoong Ryun, who moved his steps, opened the door titled as General Classroom and saw a slightly smaller interior than the lecture room in the main building of the Gold Class. 

The number of people sitting was about eight. It was a small number compared to Group 5, but Kang Yoo-sik’s eyes grew bigger when he saw their faces. 

‘Huh…….’

It was slightly different from what he remembered, but everyone here was his clients. 

Some deceived him, others were cheated, others had a healthy business relationship, and others had requested all kinds of dirty work to do. 

And the most eye-catching of them was the woman, whom Kang Yoo-sik was hired to kill. 

She was also standing in front of him.

‘What a coincidence…… No, it could be.’

It was not a big deal about such a meeting because he had already returned. Smiling inwardly, Kang smiled at the eight faces again. 

“I’m Kang Yoo-sik from Silver Class, and I’m going to take classes with you from today. I look forward to your support.”

Then he offered new business cards to the clients he met again.

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