oint that decides the state of the main scenario henceforth.


  “How much do you trust me, Senior?”




  Evident from the slight flush in her cheeks, Marie was also quite tense.
After sensing the seriousness in my gaze, she must have noticed the importance of this conversation.


  “W, what do you mean?”


  “Senior Marie.
How much do you trust me… Korin Lork?”


  “I trust you!”


  Marie held onto my shoulders with a fairly serious look on her face.
We were now holding onto each other’s shoulders in a very peculiar posture but that wasn’t the important part.


  “I can trust you! Even if you tell me you can make kimchi with potatoes!”


  “…You can make kimchi with potatoes though.”


  “I trust you!”


  “Like, I’m serious.
There are some types of kimchi where you can add potatoes.”


  “Nn! If you say so!”


  I was super serious though.
I guess she never had one before.


  “Anyway… If you trust me, how far can you go with me?”


  “H, how far!!?”


  It was a question that had to be asked, because Marie Dunareff might be caught in another vortex and walk a different path in the future than what she had planned because of my choice.
Could she come with me for the sake of a peaceful future?


  “Until the end! Yes! Until the very end! Hukk! Am I taking that too far?!”


  As if she understood my intention, Marie replied without any hesitation that she would walk the same path as mine.


  – Sniff!


  This uncle here… I mean, this oppa wasn’t the type to be moved this easily, but that was quite a touching sentence.


  “To think you trust me so much… I knew it.
You’re the best, Senior Marie.”


  “R, right? I’m the best, right?”


  As expected of a kind girl, it appeared that she was very loyal to her friends.
Now that I successfully persuaded Marie, there were about two more important members left including Alicia.


  “I have a plan.
But your help is a definite must for that plan, Senior Marie.”


  “I, I see!! I’m a must for your plan, huh!”


  That was natural, because Marie was the only acquaintance I had that could openly enter the laboratory. 


  “Let me explain the plan now.
Starting from tomorrow Senior, you and Alicia…”






  Her voice suddenly turned cold in an instant.
With a chilly look on her face, Marie asked with an interrogating voice.


  “It’s our plan.
Why are you talking about another girl?”






  That morning, there was a rare layer of mist.
Carrying my bag, I arrived at the eastern gate of the Academy.


  “You are right on time, Korin Lork.”


  Waiting for me at the eastern gate wearing a stiff business shirt that revealed his muscular build was Old Man Haman.
His clothes were very similar to my own.


  “Instructor Haman.
Good morning… It’s a bit foggy though.”


  “This is nothing.
Back in my days, we used to march to the nest of a bunch of demonic beasts through a thick fog.”


  “It’ll be a fun journey if I get to hear your heroic tales on the way.”


  “Hmph! I guess I could start off with what happened back when I was in the west.”


  Old Man Haman was just like every other old man in his age, and he loved talking about his own heroic exploits.
He was actually quite an interesting speaker to listen to, so it wasn’t that bad either.
Both in this iteration and the last iteration, I’ve always been a fairly good listener.


  “So… Where’s our first prey?”


  “I like your eyes, young man.
Those are the eyes of a hunter.”


  It seemed that I was the type of person that Old Man Haman liked because he did say something similar in the last iteration as well.
Looking back, he didn’t really like Park Sihu for some reason.


  This veteran knight might have some instincts that couldn’t be explained through logic or something.


  “Your first prey is the semi-Grade 1 demonic beast found on the mountain range in the west, twin-headed ogre.
It’s slow but very menacing.”


  “I did pick it, but aren’t twin-headed ogres usually Grade 1? Why is this one a semi-Grade 1?”


  “This one’s not an adult.
So it’s natural for the grade to be lower.”


  It sounded plausible because both demonic beasts and spirits also tended to grow in power over time.


  “Considering your skills, this shouldn’t be too difficult.
From what I heard, the monster also seems to be raising several long hounds.”


  “I believe you’re telling me to avoid going straight in?”


  “Of course! Strength isn’t the only important aspect of a guardian.
I shall evaluate everything I see from you.”


  He appeared to be over-evaluating me due to the fight against Lunia. 




  “Sounds doable.”


  “As expected of the knight I recommended!”


  Old Man Haman hurried me forward as if there was no reason to waste any more time.
I was quickly leaving the Academy when he suddenly turned his eyes to my neck.


  “Looks like there’s a wound on your neck.
And you look quite exhausted as well.”


It’s nothing much.
It should be fully healed by the time we get there.”


  It was the bite created by Marie when I let her suck as much blood as she wanted yesterday.
I had a feeling that yesterday was a bit more painful but… I was probably just overthinking it.


Being too ethical is also a problem, but try not to be too immoral.”




  He appeared to be misunderstanding something, but Old Man Haman glossed over it while grumbling ‘That is youth’.


  “Would you like some beetroot juice? It’s good for your blood circulation.”




  Marie had trouble falling asleep that night but still woke up on time.
Leaving behind the crumpled blanket which was caused by her kicking it several times, Marie started her morning shower.


  Korin should have departed by now, right?


  “Ugh… Making me misunderstand all the time…”


  Even though she was leading an extremely eventful life as a veteran guardian who suddenly turned into a Unique Grade vampire, she was still a girl in her teens.


  Korin’s word choice that made it very easy to misunderstand was more than enough to shake the heart of a young girl.


  ‘But… That was more serious than I thought.’


  It was always the same for that boy.
He was always at the scene before things even occurred and by creating a plan, he would respond to everything in time. 


  Even when he was saving herself and helping Alicia Arden… It’s not like she didn’t feel grateful for his dedication, but there were still some questions appearing in her mind.


  What exactly did this boy know, and how much was he aware of?


  He knew way too many things for a newbie knight that entered the Academy as a Grade 5 Knight and was way too strong.


  ‘It would be tactless of me to ask about it, right?’


  If Korin didn’t talk about it himself, Marie had no plans of delving deeper into it.
If need be, he would probably tell her one day.
However, she still couldn’t help but wish to become his ‘special person’ whom he would entrust everything with.


  ‘Mhmm! But the reason Korin left this task with me is because he trusts me! Let’s be positive!’


  That was a good sign.
It probably meant that she was the only one he could make such requests with that wouldn’t ask for things in return.
Marie decided to put the focus on that.


  As a girl that just recently became aware of what love was, she had the very mindset of an easy pushover, but she couldn’t help it. 


  Her mind would melt like butter on a stove every time she was in front of Korin, so what could she even do?


  It was inevitable for the one who first developed the crush to be the one on the losing end.


  – Knock knock!


  – Come in.


  Marie knocked on the door of Room 606 of the Magic Department’s laboratory as the owner of the room invited her in.


  “Hello, Professor Deina.”


  “Oh my, isn’t this Marie? What brought you here?”


  “I wanted to volunteer for your research, Professor!”


  As a girl who recently fell in love, Marie was heavily blinded by it.
It was to the point that she readily accepted the request, even when her crush pretty much wanted her to jump into a pit of flames while carrying hay on her back.

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