A handsome face.
Taboo calligraphy and painting.
Age range estimated by appearance.
A prayer unique to coriander that emanates a subtle scent.
All conditions matched.
‘I never thought I’d encounter this way.’
A man presumed to be Chiunryong is in front of me.
As soon as I came up with a thought, I looked back at the bald-headed man and opened my mouth.
“I have something I want to ask.”
“It’s not okay for a young person to interrupt while an older person is talking.”
“Please give me some time.”
The bald-headed man who had been flirting with Cheon Ga-ryeong with a stern expression turned to me and rolled his eyes.
I pressed my hand against the man’s neck and kicked my leg hard.
The man whipped around in the air and fell to the ground.
I looked down at the man who was blinking, unable to understand the situation, and warned him in a calm voice.
“If you ignore my words one more time, I will pull your arm out.”
“I’d like to talk in a quiet place, but please change the location.”
The men standing behind screamed in great indignation.
“What are you doing to your great brother?”
As each of them attacked, swinging the objects in their hands, I lightly grabbed their wrists and threw them away.
The gold, which looked expensive at first glance, was cut in half and the corners of the solid checkerboard were broken.
The bald-headed man’s eyes trembled slightly as he looked at his brothers who were stuck on the ground.
I clapped my hands and squatted down in front of the bald-headed man, making eye contact with him.
“I was rude to you by not being able to recognize you.”
“The apology is okay. “Don’t waste time with useless words.”
“Stand up and lead the way.”
“Ah, where are you going?”
“To a reasonably quiet and atmospheric place. I’m an outsider, so I don’t know much about the streets here. “Wouldn’t it be better to go to a place recommended by locals?”
“There is a good tea shop about ten miles away! Go there! “I will pay for the tea!”
The bald man quickly stood up and shouted.
He politely gestured in the direction and walked ahead.
Cheon Ga-ryeong and I laughed and followed the man.
* * *
The young man who had been sleeping as if dead opened his eyes with a faint groan.
As I was reading the letter delivered from Hao Wen, I immediately pulled a chair next to the bed and sat down.
“Are you awake?”
“It’s a guesthouse. “There was no suitable place to lay Sohyeop, who was sleeping, so we had to rent a room.”
“I could have just left it on the street.”
The young man, who struggled to raise his upper body, let out a ‘kkk’ sound and touched his forehead.
I filled the glass on the table with water and handed it to him.
“Expulse the alcohol poison through fortune-telling practice. “I will wait for you.”
“Anyway, who is your brother-in-law?”
“It’s called Yeonsoun. While passing through the entertainment district, I happened to find a small cooperative. “I thought you were in trouble, so I gave you a little help.”
“What do you mean you’re in trouble? It looks like he lost his mind after drinking too much at West Moon Tower…” “
When I found him, he had been kidnapped by a group of black men and was being taken away.”
“Ah, the yellow dog faction!”
“I think it was a name like that.”
“Did they confiscate all my belongings?”
To be precise, it was because of me that everything was destroyed or rendered unusable, but I had no intention of explaining the details.
There is no need to make a bad impression.
“It’s a big deal. “Without them, there is no way to earn a living starting tomorrow.”
“For your information, if it was a debt issue, I solved it.”
“Oh, thank you so much… What did you just say?”
“I told you that I paid the debt that the Sohyeop owed to the Hwanggyeon Sect.”
“Why are you paying my debt for me?”
“Because there is something I would like to ask of Sima Yun Xiaoxiao, the eldest grandson of the Sima family.”
“…How did you know my name?”
“I did some research while you were asleep.”
“I don’t remember ever telling people around me about my identity.”
“The small association made a request to Hao Wen to confirm whether he was the person I was looking for.”
The young man Sima Yun’s expression became distorted.
He said firmly as he removed the blanket from the bed.
“Thank you for your help. “I will make sure to repay this debt.”
“How about you at least listen to the story?”
“Tell me where you live. “I will come to you tomorrow and repay your debt.”
“How do you intend to repay me? “I understand that you have disowned your family.”
“Do you know that much?”
“I know the circumstances in slightly more detail.”
“…When it comes to money, you can just borrow it from an acquaintance.”
“Doesn’t that mean we’ll end up in debt again?”
“It’s none of your business.”
“You don’t have to be so guarded. “I’m not trying to say anything that’s particularly harmful to the cooperative.”
“If you came because you wanted to recruit me, give up. “I have no intention of belonging to any faction and have no intention of working under anyone.”
“It was not dispatched from a specific force. It’s not like I’m trying to take you under my command. “I just want to entrust you with a one-time request.”
“I will provide generous compensation. “Not only will we cancel your debt, but we will also allow you to play and eat to your heart’s content for a year.”
“What do you want from me?”
“Knowledge of the rules.”
“If it’s a job that requires knowledge of the fighting method, it will end up being one of two things. Establishment or dismantling of Jinbeop. In the case of execution, it would be the latter.”
“Why do you think that?”
“The executioner didn’t say that. It’s a one-time request. “If they had tried to demand the establishment of a Jinbeop, they would have tried to sign a long-term contract.”
“And if it were necessary to dismantle the Jinbeop, it wouldn’t be such an honorable thing to do. It would be like a break-in or a robbery. “Am I wrong?”
Should we really call it Chiunryong?
The insight was considerable.
I never thought I could have guessed that far from just a short conversation.
“As you said, I am planning to rob.”
“I knew that would happen.”
“I’m not specifically trying to rob a royal tomb somewhere. “There will be no setbacks, so you don’t have to worry about that.”
“There is no change in my answer. “I have no intention of lending my strength, so please find someone else.”
“Can I hear why?”
“The first reason is that I don’t want to stand out, and the second reason is that I don’t want to set a precedent if I want to reject another recruitment offer in the future. The third reason is that I don’t want to get caught up in troublesome matters.”
“Isn’t this talent too precious to just let rot away?”
“It’s not a waste at all. “I am already a person who enjoys being a b*tch and being a servant and has no interest in anything else, so please don’t come visit me anymore.”
He was a person with a stronger self-defense mechanism than I thought.
After thinking about it for a while, I suddenly said.
“I didn’t want to leak information, so I was planning to tell you when I succeeded in recruiting the small cooperative.”
“No matter what I say, my heart won’t change…”
“The place I’m going to is Bi-dong, where Reporter Cheon spent his last years.”
“It looks like you don’t have a specific place to live. I paid for 15 days of accommodation in advance. “How about staying here for a while and thinking about it?”
“I will come back again. “If you change your mind, please let me know.”
I got up from my seat and left the room, leaving behind Simaun, who had frozen like a rock.
This is enough groundbait.
The choice was up to Chiunryong.
‘It would be a good idea to keep a watchful eye on it. Should I entrust it to Hao Mun?’
If Chiunryong refused my proposal until the end, I would have to take some kind of action to maintain security.
Either arrest and imprison them until the job is completed, or exterminate them.
‘I hope it can be resolved as smoothly as possible.’
* * *
Sima Yun emptied the water in his glass in one go to calm his confused mind.
“Whoa… … .”
A deep sigh flowed out.
My heart sank because I heard an unexpected story.
‘It’s Reporter Cheon’s bidong.’
It was a story that anyone who was a fan of the law could not help but be interested in.
After looking up at the ceiling and thinking for a while, he let out a self-deprecating laugh and shook his head.
‘Have I not completely let go of my regrets yet?’
I promised myself that I would never get involved in Kang-ho’s affairs again, but when the situation arose, I found myself shaking.
He abandoned his position, disowned his family, broke up with his lover, and ruined his life by falling into a scam.
Now there was no place for him to return to.
‘I have a headache.’
Random thoughts wouldn’t leave my mind.
He, who had obtained the title of Lord through fortune-telling, picked up the coat hanging on the wall and left the guesthouse.
As I took in the night breeze, I felt like my tight chest was loosening up.
‘I guess I’ll have to refuse.’
I would be lying if I said I didn’t feel tempted.
Isn’t it said that this is Bi-dong, where Reporter Cheon spent his last years?
However, I no longer wanted to be involved with Moorim.
The place called Murim was like a swamp.
If you step into it once, you could end up submerging your head in the blink of an eye.
‘At my current level, I doubt whether I will be able to unlock the method left behind by Reporter Cheon.’
For the past two years, Jinbeop has not even paid attention to it.
Even the martial arts that I trained with blood and sweat became rusty after being neglected for a long time.
As I walked along, trying to sort out my complicated thoughts, I soon reached the entertainment district.
Sima Yun let out a laugh.
The thing called habit was truly scary.
I was able to realize my situation once again.
“It was here.”
It was then.
About a dozen men appeared and surrounded Sima Yun as if he were sieging him.
“Is there a problem?”
“Are you asking because you don’t know?”
A man wearing black military uniform stepped forward and growled as he asked.
Sima Yun tilted his head with a puzzled expression.
It was a person in my memory.
I once encountered this face-to-face when borrowing money from the Yellow Dog Sect.
“I do not know. “Why is the leader of the Hwanggyeon Sect looking for me?”
“Where is he?”
“What do you mean by that guy…?”
“The guy who beat up and scared our kids.”
Samaun turned his head in the direction pointed by the man in black and let out a gasp.
The image of a bald-headed giant with a swollen face and teeth grinding came into view.
The men standing behind them all looked like they couldn’t see.
“He must have a close relationship with you, to the point where he paid off your debt.”
The black-haired man, who raised his head so close that I could feel his breath, spoke in a murderous tone.
Sima Yun recalled in his mind the conversation he had with Yan Yuan at the guesthouse.
[For your information, if it was a debt issue, I solved it.]
[Oh, thank you so much… What did you
just say?] [I told you that I paid off the debt that Sohyeop owed to the Hwanggyeon Sect.]
“…. ..I saw you for the first time today.”
“Are you telling me to believe that?”
The man in black snorted.
Sima Yun scratched his head with an awkward expression.
I had nothing to say.
If he were in the same position, he would have reacted the same way.
If you try hard to explain here, they won’t listen.
He shouted as if screaming in his heart.
‘What on earth have you done, executioner?’