“We’ll have to see if it’s bluff or humility.”
The two looked at one side of the playground. There, 64 children selected in the morning evaluation were watching the draw.
Afternoon evaluation is a tournament format. Starting with the round of 64, the round of 32 and the round of 16 proceed in order to select the first place, and below that, the number of places is determined through the results in the morning evaluation and the ranking match.
Daejin fortune played a role, but it was impossible to fully and fairly evaluate the 285 children. If there are too many games, the kids will die.
Sangho has already seen the draw. He made a rough estimate, thinking about how far his classmates would go, and whether the classmates would never meet.
But it wasn’t just the battles of his classmates.
‘Do Eun-yul… … . Whose class are you?’
Since morning, I have been worried about a child named Eun-yul. Together with Se-hee, the only two of them won 10 martial arts victories.
So, Eun-yul’s Daejin was also confirmed.
‘Fortunately, Sehee, Taehwa, and Jiyoon are far apart… … .’
The problem is that Nabit and I are supposed to meet at the river 32.
Nabit was a case that came up easily by using her compatibility with the shaman. In other words, they are far inferior to the other 63 students. No matter how lucky we were to win the round of 64, if we met Eunyul in the round of 32, we were bound to lose.
If they lose in the river 32, of course, the 10th place will cross the water. No matter how much he flies and crawls in the ranking match, 17th is the maximum.
‘… … I’ll have to think about how to comfort him.’
That’s a realistic decision. Sang-ho gathered his thoughts and turned his gaze to the stadium.
Now the children were on their way to the stadium after checking the match schedule.
Of the six stadiums, four on the stand side are used. If there is a loser, the two vacant stadiums will go to a ranking match.
Hae-ryun said next to him.
“Tell me when Professor Kang’s students come up.”
“I am here now.”
The trade name indicated the upper left of the four stadiums.
Jiyoon came up from one side and a girl with a small wooden stick came up from the other side.
It was a wand, a magic auxiliary tool used by wizards.
“Afternoon evaluation, start.”
When a teacher shouted in the middle of the stadium, a barrier was opened in all the stadiums.
At the same time, the children standing on the arena also moved.
Sang-ho and Hae-ryun watched Ji-yoon run towards the other.
“Did you teach me how to walk?”
“I just laid the foundation.”
When the female student pointed the staff at Ji-yoon, white energy erupted from the tip.
They did not even know what the identity of the aircraft was. Of course, Jiyoon didn’t know either.
Jiyoon kicked the floor with all her might. Because it was a gas, I had to jump higher than usual in order to definitely avoid it.
Hae-ryun admired Ji-yoon, who jumped like a gymnast.
“You didn’t even teach me, did you?”
“Yes. I only know a little bit about how to strengthen my muscles with internal air.”
Ji-yoon turned around in the air and landed on the spot where the other girl was, but the girl had already escaped by teleporting for a long time. The girl raised her wand again.
Jiyoon started running around, avoiding the magic. He used his feet and hands to get over his tricks, and sometimes even jumped horizontally using barriers. Hae-ryun was now curious as if she was seeing a gein.
“How can you keep running like that when you say you don’t have much strength? I’m not tired… … .”
Se-hee is the best when it comes to being crazy about training, but Ji-yoon also had a hard time. Sweat in the annex even in the evening and sweat in the annex even on weekends. Thanks to him, his strength, stamina, and stamina were second to none.
In those three things, Ji-yoon was ahead of Se-hee.
As time passed, the frequency with which the other female student used magic gradually decreased. The attack became simpler, and it took longer and longer to teleport. Since it is not a fusion of demons, it seems that it is gradually becoming burdensome to use magic continuously. Jiyoon did not miss the gap and rushed towards the opponent immediately after the teleportation was over.
She hit the other girl and threw her to the floor, climbed on top of it and raised her fists.
The girl was startled and shouted.
This advances to the round of 32.
When the barrier was lifted, Sangho waved at Jiyoon.
Then Jiyoon took off her glove, kissed the ring, and raised her fist toward Sangho.
Hae-ryun tilted her head.
“It’s like a gold ring. A student wears something like that. I don’t usually wear shiny things… … , Professor Kang, do you like it that much?”
“I’m smiling like a punk.”
Sangho realized that the corners of his mouth were hanging from his ears, just as she said, and coughed in vain.
“I am not sorry. It might be good if the student wins… … It’s the first time I’ve seen Professor Kang smile like that.”
Hae-ryun put her arm on her lap and looked at him with her chin bent.
“From the first time we met until March, I was still like a soldier at war. It’s nice to see Mr. Kang getting older these days.”
“No, I am not sorry. It’s not that I’m scolded for being immature. I will smile a little more often in the future. Don’t be like a private.”
The word “second-class soldier” was particularly painfully engraved in Sangho’s chest. I was the youngest in the unit and the youngest here.
“… … We will laugh often.”
“I’m not going to see it, I’ll see it!”
“ball… … , whoops… … I will see you.”
“Fufu… … , Sensei Kang has a taste for teasing.”
Hae-ryun shrugged and patted Sang-ho on the back. The children who sat on the stands and watched them turned around and were amazed.
Sangho covered his blushing face with both palms.
‘Why do the women around me… … , are you making fun of me when I see you? … .’
You can tell just by looking at her thin forearms.
The way he clenched his fist was completely wrong.
By the way.
Why she lost, the girl did not know at all.
The supervisor’s voice could be heard in the fallen girl’s ear.
Sangho looked at Jiyoon coming down from the stadium. He bowed his head so that his face could not be seen, but despair was evident with every step he took.
The opponent was a student versed in jujutsu.
One of the downsides of fists is that they are easy to catch by the opponent.
If you have some skill, it’s better to attack late than it is to be able to understand the opponent’s intentions, but Jiyoon couldn’t bear it and ran away.
The result is smashing to the floor.
‘I can’t help it. Because I didn’t learn martial arts… … .’
Jiyoon worked hard in sports and competition, but learned less martial arts. She thought it would be more advantageous if she just stuck with her, but her opponent waited for it.
If you create a favorable situation for your opponent, it will naturally lead to defeat.
‘It would have been different if I had followed behind. I’m sorry.’
Next to him, Hae-ryun clicked his tongue in regret.
“I see you are very heartbroken.”
“I lied a bit. If I don’t make it to the top 10, I’ll be fired… … .”
“Oh, you are a bad teacher.”
He watched Ji-yoon’s back as he trudged to the loser’s stadium, and then turned his gaze to the other arena.
Most of the shamans were eliminated in the round of 64. Luckily, the children who came up were also in cases where shamans were stuck with each other or met martial artists with slow feet. The novice shaman was too weak.
So, most of the 32 were martial artists and wizards. 17 are martial artists, 12 are wizards, and 2 are shamans.
and one believer.
The same person of faith was standing on the arena facing each other.
‘You’ve come up well.’
He was delighted when he remembered Nabit’s round of 64 match. Nabit showed an unexpected quickness and gave a blow to the opponent’s martial artist. It was not in vain that I was beaten to improve my visual acuity.
However, as Eun-yul came up from the other side of the stairs, his face soon changed to a worried expression.
‘Even if I die and wake up, I wouldn’t be able to win… … .’
The company name was Eun-yul’s Gyeonggi-do. Her round of 64 was over in an instant. Run and cut and finish. That simple action was a clear proof of the difference in ability with his opponent.
In his view, Se-hee and Eun-yul were the strong candidates for the championship.
Hae-ryun was also looking at the stadium, pointing at Nabit with her index finger and asked him.
“Isn’t that kid also in Mr. Is it my light?”
“Did you lie to Nabit too?”
“Yes. I just know that he and that kid are like that.”
“I’m going to cry.”
Hae-ryun murmured. She also seemed to see a difference in skills between the two.
Soon, the barriers began to rise.
Nabit straightened her mind as she looked at the girl in front of her.
‘I have to go to the round of 16.’
Minimum requirements to be in 10th place.
Fortunately, thanks to 10 wins in the morning evaluation, it was worth aiming for 9th and 10th if we only went to the round of 16. If you just win this game, you have a chance to win.
You don’t know how strong your opponent is. Still, when it comes to swords, I got used to dealing with Se-hee a lot. Of course, she had never defeated Se-hee, but the girl in front of her was probably weaker than Se-hee.
Nabit decided to believe so.
‘You only have to win once… … .’
A white barrier spread around it.
She made eye contact with the girl. The name I saw in the matchup was Do Eun-yul.
Eunyul hadn’t even put her hand on the handle of the sword yet.
Even though the match has already started.
Nabit captured my heart.
‘This is not cowardly… … .’
And he threw a shield towards Eun-yul.
The triangular pyramid-shaped shield flew in front of Eunyul’s Myeongchi.
‘If it’s Se-hee, of course I’ll avoid it.’
Nabit prepared to change the direction of the shield. right left. Above and below were not left out of the forecast.
Eunyul finally took a step and drew her sword.
“… … uh?”
Nabit stared blankly at the shattered shield.
Eun-yul, who had broken the shield with one hand just as he drew his sword, took a second step and approached Na-bit.
And with the tip of the sword, he raised Navit’s chin slightly.
The barriers surrounding it have disappeared. Only then did Nabit realize her defeat.
‘I lost… … ?’
There was confusion in his gray eyes.
The shield had never been broken even for Se-hee. Only the master could break it so easily.
But only in the round of 32. Simple too. The other kids couldn’t even imagine how strong they were.
She realized how lowly her skills were.
and at the same time.
I realized one more thing.
“Teacher… … .”
Tears were dripping from her weeping eyes.
Eun-yul was bewildered when she saw Na-bit crying, then lowered her sword and approached Na-bit.
And he patted his back without saying a word.
Still, Nabit did not stop crying.
“Nabit, come down.”
An unknown voice from an unknown teacher. She sobbed as she stood without taking a step. Tears flowed endlessly from her tightly closed eyes.
Then something grabbed her hand.
Na-bit opened her eyes knowing that Eun-yul was holding hands, but it wasn’t Eun-yul. Something invisible was holding his hand.
That power didn’t pull it anywhere, but waited quietly.
Nabit raised her head and looked towards the stand. Sangho, who was seated at her seat, smiled faintly at her.
When it was just the two of us, he asked me to hold his hand.
So like this. When we wanted to be alone, we held hands so that only the two of us knew.
“Uh-huh, uh… … .”
Seeing Sang-ho’s face, Na-bit wept even more sadly. Eun-yul was embarrassed and poisoned her and took her to the stairs.
She covered her face with both hands and headed to the losers arena.
“I am really crying. He’s a really bad teacher.”
At Hae-ryun’s words, Sang-ho took a deep breath.
‘We should all go to a nice place on the weekend… … .’
He concentrated on the field again.
The match progressed quickly and quickly reached the quarterfinals. As expected of Sang-ho, Se-hee, Tae-hwa, and Eun-yul came up.
Taehwa’s next opponent was Eunyul.
‘He’s going to catch all of our kids.’
Still, it’s worth a rub if it’s Taehwa. Sangho licked his lips and watched Taehwa and Eunyul ascend to the arena. Se-hee was also on the other side of the stadium, but he wasn’t particularly concerned.
Taehwa pointed to Eunyul with his index finger. This was before the barrier unfolded.
“you! The light rang out!”
Eunyul grabbed the handle of the sword without saying a word. He seemed to have decided that he had to pull out his sword in advance to face Taehwa.
In other words, Nabit was not even worth it.
Sangho remembered Eunyul comforting Nabit.
‘He seems like a good kid. Are you proud of yourself? I have a similar personality to Se-hee.’
Taehwa, who was acting like he was going to be angry, suddenly bowed his head.
Both Eunyul and Sangho were bewildered.
Sangho remembered Taehwa being beaten by Nabit with a shield.
‘Maybe because of that… … .’
However, the next moment, as soon as the barrier came up in the stadium, purple energy gathered between Taehwa’s horns. Sangho saw this and realized Taehwa’s true meaning.
A beam of light was fired along with the cheer.
An explosion occurred where Eunyul was standing. Sangho nodded when he saw Taehwa shot the magic herb spray in the correct direction.
The soil was scattered and the inside of the barrier was covered with a cloud of dust. Everyone’s attention was focused on the sound of the explosion, but few could see what was going on inside.
Sang-ho saw Eun-yul’s sword slashed at Tae-hwa.
Taehwa barely teleported before being hit by the sword.
“Baby, it doesn’t work… … , write.”
Black flames rose from her hands.
As Taehwa slammed the floor with both burning hands, the flames spread out in an instant and covered the entire floor. Dark smoke filled the barrier that was still foggy.
‘It’s definitely a convenient technique.’
Sangho thought as he looked at the fire. As Taehwa usually uses, it can go round and round to trap others, or it can make it impossible to step on the ground if it is swept on the floor in such a confined space.
If it was an ordinary martial artist, the match would have been over already. Without light, it is impossible to jump from wall to wall. There was no way to escape from the flame. The state of sight was blocked by the thick smoke.
A roar of laughter was heard from within.
“Hey haha! I won again, I won~, … … Kuek!”
The side of the sword struck Taehwa’s face.
Taehwa collapsed without a pulse and muttered like an absurd.
“You’re using map hacks, bae… … .”
The boss sighed.
‘What if I can’t even see you, bastard… … .’
However, Taehwa’s tactic was not wrong. If the opponent had been an ordinary student, Taehwa would have definitely won.
Most teachers and students would not have been able to see them, but they did. As soon as Tae-hwa sets fire to the floor, Eun-yul sets the scabbard on the ground and jumps on the tip.
And the amazingly far and fast running, breaking the barrier once, breaking the direction, and running towards Taehwa.
It was clearly a dungeon.
‘You must have received early education.’
The name wasn’t much of a surprise. At such a young age, it was quite possible to deal with Kyunggong. It’s not taught in middle school, but it’s possible to learn from anyone.
What was surprising, however, was that the level of light work was quite high. It means that there is a lot of qi in the body. It was probably because he learned advanced techniques when he was young.
In order to learn advanced mental techniques at her age and reach that level, it was not difficult to attend a private academy for a short time, and it was possible only if her parents worked hard for a long time. It was highly likely that they had parents who could be called veterans who became hunters early after Gaebyeok happened.
‘It’s going to be a little difficult.’
But the possibilities are always open. Especially the possibility of children.
Sang-ho saw Se-hee waiting for his turn.
Se-hee was also much more skilled than the other children, but it was not enough to follow the advanced mental method, and she had not yet learned Kyung-gong.
Still, that’s not the end of the fight.
‘Enough to do. Sehee and you were the one who fought me the most… … .’
Sangho silently waited for the final.
Finally the final.
The final match after everyone else’s evaluation has been completed. Thanks to that, a lot of people were watching. All the students sat on the stands or stood near the stadium to watch. The number of teachers who observed the game was much more than that of other games.
Hae-ryun stabbed each other in the side with her elbow.