＃When I returned, my family was ruined (275)
―You must have been disappointed. They might have thought it was discrimination.
When they heard the matriarch’s words, Decal and other executives felt a pang in their hearts. If I said I didn’t have that feeling at all, it was because I didn’t. Yonghwa, a practice taught only to knights.
Excluding the fact that it used a resource called a dragon potion, I wondered if there was another technology more perfect than this. I also had some expectations inside. Of course, I knew that not everyone in the dragon slayer group would learn it, but that it would be given priority to only a small number of people who were recognized for their loyalty and skills.
The loyalty they give to their head is more, if not worse, than that of the knights. The only difference was that the knights worked in the sun, while the black society worked in the shade.
The fact that everyone was working hard for Ardan was the same. So I had no choice but to secretly look forward to it.
As time passed, the anticipation gradually turned into resignation. Could it be that the head of the family decided not to pass on technology to us considering our birth status?
Knights were basically noble. As long as you were ordained, semi-nobleness was an absolute priority, and even if you were only a senior knight, you could receive the title of baronet.
On the other hand, what about themselves?
He was nothing more than a vagabond who did all kinds of dirty work in Carmen, a city known as lawlessness. This was even more so after Ardan had developed so brilliantly.
Although it can be used as a secret dagger, it is something that cannot be publicly displayed to the world.
That is why the head of the family ultimately did not pass on such high-level skills to them. People who said that were appearing one by one.
Of course, whenever such a story was heard among the executives who were deeply loyal, they were immediately told to speak out, but even those executives could not help but feel alienated.
Was it really like that?
Although I couldn’t ask the head of the family outright, it was clear that such questions existed. But today, executives realized something. The head of the family didn’t think so.
It’s just that he was blunt and said his true feelings belatedly. Everyone was given a potion.
After drinking every last drop, the family’s extracurricular classes were held, which I couldn’t afford even if I paid a thousand dollars. A process of carefully understanding the mana of each executive and providing advice on how to embody the body of a dragon.
Even the executives who were wandering around without a clue suddenly embodied the bodies of worshipers in front of the head of the family.
And everyone was thrilled.
Overwhelming physical capabilities that cannot even be compared to the human body.
Even though I only had one arm, I felt a surprising sense of elation. In particular, sharp nails were a more effective weapon of death than the artifacts they carried.
“Concentrate your mind. Are you going to be satisfied with just one arm?”
The executive, who was looking at his arm with rapt eyes, hastily answered. How dare you behave in front of the head of the family!
His senses came back faster than ever. Classes continued. There were two people who implemented Yonginhwa the fastest.
Decal, the owner of the company, and Theron, who is showing rapid growth.
Among them, he approached Theron.
“Concentrate on the potion that came inside and analyze it again. “Please focus on how you can embody their bodies at least a little more.”
“Yes, matriarch. “I will.”
Ethan was shocked.
It was the first time in my life, either in my past life or in my current life, that I had heard Theron’s respect. In his past life, he was particularly lively, but in his current life…
he was the exact opposite of Myers, and gave off a serious vibe in everything he did.
Even so, Ethan did not expect to suddenly lose respect. Of course, even the immature Myers always showed off his respect whenever he was with the knight commander.
However, in private settings, he always left room in his tone, as if he could return to being older and younger at any time.
But Theron was different. This was because his tone was resolute, as if he was speaking with a clear line. So I was shocked.
Because I felt the unspoken will to live forever as an agent of the black society. Before I could say anything, I saw my younger brother closing his eyes.
Soon, it was seen that the worshiper’s body was embodied not only on one arm, but on both arms.
‘…I guess we’ll have to talk about it later.’
There were many eyes watching. Even if we were to talk about this topic, it wouldn’t be now.
The training continued without knowing the end.
* * *
The underground training hall was not just a space for training. The spacious space even had a rest area where you could eat and sleep. The executives, who were close to being half-exhausted and squeezing out all their mana, entered their assigned rooms with bleary eyes.
No matter how excellent the instructor’s guidance was, it was nearly impossible for everyone to embody Yongin’s body in just one day.
The executives were talented people who would later train agents within the black society. In order to teach someone, you must of course have near-perfect proficiency. That’s why Ethan’s training period was quite long, lasting about a week.
He quietly went to Theron’s room.
“Are you sleeping?”
“Shall we go out for a moment?”
“…If it is the order of the matriarch.”
I left the basement with Theron, who got up from bed. I saw a beautiful night sky full of stars. Ethan sat down and looked at Theron.
“Are you going to keep standing?”
“I’m not okay, so sit down.”
Ethan said after seeing Theron sitting next to him.
“Are you feeling guilty because of that?”
“It could be like that to someone else. You might be thinking that maybe it’s holding me back. But… little brother.”
Theron’s back trembled violently. Ethan, who was looking at that scene, said.
“I think blood is more important than anything else in this world. It is also called a blood relationship because it cannot be broken unless you try to break it. “Maybe that’s why I felt a little sad.”
“…What… do you mean?”
“Your attitude now. Are you going to draw a line with me like that forever?”
“…I’m just paying for my sins. “This is my own way of atonement, so don’t worry about the matriarch.”
“Let me ask you one thing. “Are you going to act like that to your youngest or older sister besides me?”
“I am a sinner. So for those two… I will never show myself again…”
Colder than ever.
Ethan said like he was chewing.
“Theron, just tell me. “Don’t even think about choosing that bullshit option.”
I continued speaking to the guy’s shaking pupils.
“When I fell. When the family declined the most. Do you know what your eldest sister watched and endured? It was you. “I held on only with the thought that you would return someday and that you would save my family.”
“…I couldn’t do that. So…”
“You fool! You still don’t know? My sister considered you a precious family member and hope. Do you know how much your sister was in and out of your room when you collapsed? What is the sight of you crying when you finally get back to your health? Do you know?”
“I asked if you knew.”
“…I didn’t know….”
“You probably didn’t know. However, you will surely remember that your sister visited you every day after you woke up. Isn’t it?”
“But how did you behave? Every time my family came to visit, I was silent and didn’t open my mouth. All with just one poor excuse: guilt. Then, as if suddenly, without saying goodbye, he left for the Black Society.”
I saw the guy’s hands trembling.
“okay. You might feel guilty. It might take some time to look straight at your face again. That’s why I immediately gave permission when you said you would act as an agent. “I didn’t give you permission to send you away forever.”
He was such an idiot.
What an idiot.
Every time I saw him with his head down, a thousand dollars burned inside me.
Despite this, Ethan had no intention of letting go of Theron. Not only did I keenly feel in my past life how precious family was.
The sight of his two younger brothers sacrificing themselves for him at the last moment of their lives was a memory he would never forget. It was a life that only he remembered now, but he received so much from that life.
Therefore, as a senior in life.
And as a family.
The idea was to create a safe and warm enclosure for him more than anything else. To do that, the priority was to change his way of thinking.
“Do you think you have sinned?”
“…I… I am.”
“Then don’t tell me. Do you think simply turning your head and looking away is the true way to atone?”
“You feel it too. If you truly feel that this is the way to atone, you should at least be confident. But what does it look like now? “Isn’t that just the appearance of a coward who ignores mistakes?”
“…What do you want me to do?”
“I will not stop you from being active in the black community if it suits your inclinations. There are only two things I want. In private, talk as older brother and younger brother. And I will meet my older sister and younger brother and talk to them.”
“What is the answer?”
“…If you want… I will do that. As for the second thing you want… Huh….”
“What are you so afraid of? “Do you think your sister will put her cheek on yours?”
“…I know you’re not wrong. “It’s just… maybe my sense of entitlement is too great.”
“Shall I tell you the truth?”
“That guy Myers will probably just laugh at you without even thinking about it. “It’s the same with my sister.”
“Think about it. What was the result in the end? I have already saved the whole family. You didn’t suffer any damage because of your mistake. And…”
“Did you go to the 7th Street with a bad intention to betray? That’s not it either. I guess the intention was to do well. It’s just that the result was not good. “You misunderstand many things.”
“Do you think Ardan was so poor that the family would suffer damage if his immature younger brother failed? Ardan today is completely different from the past. Even if you make that mistake a thousand times over, it won’t matter. “I will beat you up and bring you back.”
“Does this sound like a lie?”
“…No, I think it’s too sincere.”
“If you know, do it well. Don’t forget to visit your family after class. I also visited my father’s grave once. You know very well that I am not asking for much. “If it were any other family, you would have been executed.”
A demon consumed by black magic.
If I could find an excuse, I could catch it. Of course, I had no intention of doing so.
In the end, Theron nodded as if he couldn’t win.