I Alone Level-Up Chapter 33.2
Kang Taeshik widened his eyes in pain. In that moment, the two men knew it was over; the victor had been decided. Blood seeped out of the corner of Kang Taeshik's mouth. He smiled with a blood-filled mouth. Of all the days, he just had to meet a Reawakened Hunter in a D-rank Dungeon today.
'I really have shitty luck…'
The knife in his hand fell to the ground. As he gasped for breath, Kang Taeshik whispered something into Jinwoo's ear.
Jinwoo allowed the man his final words, then removed the dagger from his chest.
Kang Taeshik's body slumped to the ground, like a puppet with its strings cut.
You've completed the 'Emergency Quest: Deal With The Enemies'
The reward for completing the quest has arrived.
Would you like to verify? (Y/N)
Jinwoo grimaced at the message. Like before, killing a human being left a bitter taste in his mouth, even if the opponent had instigated it. If not for the reward, this affair would've been a red in his ledger. Jinwoo tried to comfort himself with that thought and checked the reward.
You've received the below reward.
Reward 1. Stat points +5
Jinwoo stared at the reward incredulously. It was much smaller than what he had received for dealing with Hwang Dongseok's party.
'The difficulty this time was much higher!'
Did the number of enemies matter more than their skill? Or was there some other factor involved?
Jinwoo tilted his head in question, then, something caught his eyes behind the screen. There was a dime-sized light coming from Kang Taeshik's corpse. Jinwoo's eyes widened,
He could not believe it, but it was the same light coming from monsters' corpses with drops. The same light also appeared in magic beasts' corpses with magic cores. And now, the light that signified a drop was coming from Kang Taeshik.
'What could it be?'
He calmed his beating heart and stretched a hand toward Kang Taeshik's corpse.
He was not mistaken!
You've found a "Runestone: Stealth"
Would you like to acquire it?
'Runestone? Wait, Runestone?!!!'
His heart started pounding again in excitement. The skill that Kang Taeshik used had been left behind as a Runestone on his corpse. 'Stealth' was a rare skill that only a handful of Hunters had. If Jinwoo was able to obtain a Runestone with that skill…
A small stone with runes inscribed on it appeared in his outstretched hand.
He had to break the stone to absorb the skill. This confirmed that this was truly a Runestone. Breaking this would give him access to 'Stealth'. Jinwoo had never heard of a Runestone granting 'Stealth', that alone made the item priceless.
Two people's voice cried out from behind him.
"Sung-ssi, are you alright?"
Jinwoo quickly hid the Runestone in his pockets and turned around. Song Chiyeol and Lee Juhee was staring at him in disbelief. To think that an E-rank Hunter Jinwoo, who used to tremble in fear in D-rank Dungeons, defeated the B-rank Hunter Kang Taeshik. The noncombat-class Lee Juhee might not fully grasp the situation, but the C-rank Song Chiyeol understood just how unbelievable this was.
Jinwoo looked over his body.
"Yes, I'm alright."
At a glance, everything seemed to be alright. There wasn't any specific place that was hurting. But as he turned his head, the blood that had pooled beneath his chin dripped to the ground. Jinwoo touched his cheek; the cut that he received during his final attack was bleeding.
"I'll heal it."
A blue light gathered in Juhee's hands, and even that small wound quickly disappeared. The E-rank Hunter had defeated the B-ranker without any major injury. To the two that knew Jinwoo, this was more shocking than the fact that a B-ranker had tried to kill them all.
"Young man, how did you…"
Song Chiyeol could not finish his sentence. Jinwoo knew what he wanted to say, so he opened his mouth instead,
"I'm sorry. I'll be able to tell you the full story someday, but right now, please don't ask me any questions."
As Jinwoo asked with a stern and sincere voice, Juhee nodded her head. Song Chiyeol hesitated, then nodded as well,
"If you say it like that, I'm sure you have a good reason. I understand."
Then, Jinwoo turned his head towards the direction of the boss room. They had hit a bump on the road, but he wanted to complete his original objective. However, he had to send the other two away. He wanted to solo the boss, and there was something he wanted to do without the others watching.
Jinwoo asked Song Chiyeol,
"I'm sure continuing the Raid after all this is too much for the two of you. Why don't you leave the Dungeon and contact the Association? I'll stay behind and see if there are other survivors."
Song Chiyeol intuitively understood what Jinwoo was asking for.
'He's going to close the Gate.'
"That sounds good, Ms. Juhee, why don't we leave."
Juhee hesitated, then ran over to Jinwoo,
"You didn't forget our dinner promise, right?"
"Of course not. I still have to get that change."
"Then don't forget. I'll be waiting outside."
Jinwoo nodded, and Juhee, satisfied, left with Song Chiyeol. But even as she walked out of the Dungeon, she repeatedly looked back.
Confirming the two had left, Jinwoo sighed.
He had hoped to hide his abilities for a bit longer. But now that there were two more witnesses, he could not delay it much longer.
'It's not like I want to threaten Juhee or Song-ssi ahjussi.'
Killing the B-rank Hunter would be ruled as an act of self-defense. Since he had two witnesses, there would be no problem. The problem was explaining how an E-rank Hunter had defeated a B-rank Hunter.
'Best explanation is that I went through Reawakening…'
And so, he decided to go with that route. He would claim that he was a Reawakened Hunter and undergo the retest. Nobody would believe the truth about the System or level-ups, and he didn't particularly want to reveal that detail.
Having determined that he would undergo a retest, Jinwoo felt a slight sense of disappointment.
'I planned to do it after getting just a bit stronger…'
But sometimes, things just did not go according to plan. There was nothing he could do.
'Wonder what my new rank will be?'
He felt evenly matched with Kang Taeshik, so perhaps he was a little above B-rank?
Jinwoo had thought that he had become stronger, but the increases in strength from B-rank to S-rank Hunters were beyond his expectations.
'Well, I'll worry about that later.'
Right now, he had to focus on the boss. The D-rank Dungeon had only shown E-rank magic beasts so far, this meant that the magic power that was detected when measuring the Dungeon's difficulty mostly came from the boss. If that was the case, he could probably earn some experience points still.
There was something he had to check. He focused his energies and expanded the range of his senses.
Jinwoo started walking. On the way, he found the corpses of Kim Sangshik and the other Hunter. This was the power of a high-ranking Hunter. If they wanted, it was nothing for them to quickly dispatch a lower-ranking Hunter.
Jinwoo passed the bodies of his former comrades with a hardened expression.
: Anyone else kinda sad that (highlight for webtoon spoilers)Mr. Kim didn't get the redemption he got in the webtoon? :(