39;What is this?'
Jinhyuk slowly opened it.
A picture of a man and a woman.
Below it were written in crooked letters – Dad and Mom.
‘Seems like her dead parents.’
It's not that he wasn't curious.
He just didn’t want to touch on Lilil’s painful memories by asking.
‘Absolute evil killed them, right?'
What is absolute evil? Jinhyuk turned to the next page carefully, avoiding damage to the paintings.
‘The Cruel One and the Seven Great Demons?’
Although the crooked writing seemed clumsy, it was soon obvious through reading that the content was not.
It was organized quite logically, making it easy to understand what kind of existence the cruel one and the seven great Demons were.
It wasn't because Jinhyuk was smart.
It was just well written.
Jinhyuk bit his lip at the emotions contained in the text.
‘It’s a kid’s writing.
To think of how sad and angry she must have been.’
Jinhyuk read it all and closed the notebook with a confused mind.
‘The cruel one.’
People of this world develop a talent at the age of 15, but the talent did not make you invincible.
A talent’s strength stems from your spirit, and is the materialization of it.
The cruel one finds a gap in that spirit and turns it evil, and when that happens, makes you lose consciousness and drown in traumatic experiences, turning you into a evil spirit.
‘Of course, not everyone becomes one.’
The Cruel One doesn’t blindly poke through the gaps.
Rather ironically, he asks kindly, asking if they want his powers.
If they graciously accept, they lose their humanity and become a demon.
Those who received the most power from the cruel one are the Seven Great Demons.
‘If you become a demon, you keep your consciousness, but your humanity is ruined, and if you become an evil spirit, you lose your consciousness… It's a tragedy one way or another.
The Cruel One is a fitting name.’
Humans are the only beings The Cruel One can defile.
Since humans who turn into demons do great damage to other races as well, The Cruel One and demons are considered absolute evil.
Not even the King of the Gate, who just stupidly spat out monsters, is a match for it.’
What if The Cruel One was in Hell Joseon?2 Could have been a real hell.
Jinhyuk shuddered at such a terrifying thought.
‘Though… it would be less sad if the Demon was what harmed Lilil's parents.'
Jinhyuk had thought of the worst-case scenario as he read through.
Where Lilil's parents became evil spirits and ran wild until they were eliminated.
He read it wishing that that wasn’t the case, but it was hopeless.
Lilil's father became an evil spirit.
Even young Lilil couldn't figure out why.
All she knew was that her father became an evil spirit, with her mother killing him with her own two hands.
She died failing to recover from the fatal serious injuries In the process.
That's all she knew.
‘And she lost her surname, all because she’s a daughter of an evil spirit…
It’s unknown how important surnames are for nobles.
But seeing how proudly Ishizu spoke of her family, it must be considered precious.
Still, Lilil did not grieve over the loss of her surname.
Rather, the emotions in her writing were her longing for warmth, sadness in the wishes to see her parents again, the rage to have her revenge with The Cruel One,
And, a feeling of helplessness that she could do none of that in reality.
‘The fact that Lilil’s talent is summoning, and that the summoned is the strongest man on Earth.’
Could this be a mere coincidence?
Talents stem from your spirit.
It can’t be a coincidence.
Lilil longed for a being who could do something, as she knew she couldn’t do anything on her own.
At the same time, desperate to feel the warmth of living with someone.
That is why her talent is summoning.
‘Well, if my guess is right.'
It was clear why Lilil dreams to become strong at the academy.
To get her revenge with The Cruel One.
‘Killing The Cruel One should save the world, right?'
That didn’t matter.
Jinhyuk wasn’t interested in protecting the world, but he wasn’t against helping Lilil's revenge.
‘I wouldn’t do it for anyone, but not Lilil.’
Jinhyuk liked Lilil.3 The more he learned about what kind of kid she is, the more he wanted to help.
The honor of saving the damn world meant nothing, but helping the kid he likes would mean something.
It sounds fun too.
'I’m feeling motivated.'
Jinhyuk smiled and put the book back on the bookshelf.
At the same time, Lilil also stretched and got up, seemingly finished with her book.
“You finished it?”
“Yes, for now.”
“Is it fun to read?”
“No, it’s not.”
“Then why are you reading?”
“Because it’s the only way I can grow, even a little… ”
An ambiguous growth of the mind – Lilil may believe that books could give that kind of growth.
But books aren’t enough.
Jinhyuk thought that while books are important, the experience to supplement them is as important.
He wanted to spend a lot of time with Lilil and have a lot of experience.
“Wanna go get some air? I want to see what the world is like.”
At Jinhyuk's question, Lilil recalled the book she had just read and ‘There are No Bad Summons in the World’.
'If a stranger or a summon suggests doing something, smile, nod, and follow along.'
Lilil smiled brightly and nodded her head twice.
“Of course, of course.
Jinhyuk wanted to go out and play, I see?”
“Is that from the book you just read?”
“Of course, of course.
It is from the book.”
Jinhyuk muttered, pointing his finger at the book Lilil had just read.
What used to be a book was turned to ashes.
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