I Became the Academy’s Genius Shikigami Summoner – Chapter 25.1

𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝟐𝟓

Hallway fighting still continues. That means that the two teachers somehow left the battlefield to stop the resurrection ritual.

“It’s a ritual of this scale. If it succeeds, something outrageous is sure to pop out.”

“. . . Sorry, but I don’t have time to persuade you or think.”

The teachers’ will was firm. They must have realized the seriousness of the situation to some extent while fighting Bi-hyeong.

Upon hearing the teachers’ words, Han Seo-ah also seemed to realize what she had gotten herself into.

“. . . A-Am I the offering?”

“It’s a bit more complicated than that, but in simple terms, yes.”

“. . . . . . .”

Han Seo-ah’s gaze wavered unsteadily. It must be difficult for her to accept. She didn’t do anything with malicious intent.

Squirm.

“. . . Ugh.”

In the midst of all this, the effects of the ritual were only growing stronger.

At this rate, there were less than ten minutes left until the ritual’s completion. They couldn’t afford to waste any more time.

“That’s enough explaining. Step aside.”

Choi Do-won said coldly. At that, Han Seo-ah trembled and spoke to me with a look of despair.

“. . . I-It wasn’t my intention to do this.”

She seemed extremely conflicted.

“I just wanted to do a bit better.”

Han Seo-ah couldn’t continue. Choi Do-won urged her, who couldn’t organize her thoughts.

“The ritual will succeed in about 10 minutes. Who do you think will be the first to die?”

“. . . . . . .”

“Han Kang-yoon and those of us here.”

“. . . I see.”

“If you don’t want to see your Oppa die, you know what you have to do.”

Han Seo-ah made a heartbroken expression, then soon got up from her seat and gently pushed aside my shoulder, which was blocking her way.

“. . . I’m sorry. I actually got over being angry a while ago.”

As she said that, she faced the teachers on her own.

“I’ve always been grateful.”

It was a remark she made casually, as always, but it was a heartfelt word. Han Seo-ah didn’t say anything else.

She just stood in front of the teachers, closed her eyes, and waited for her end.

「. . . . . . .」

I frowned at the throbbing headache.

Thinking rationally, the teachers’ judgment is correct. It’s the most logical decision in the current situation.

「𝙋𝙪𝙩𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙖𝙨𝙞𝙙𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙚𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙡 𝙖𝙨𝙥𝙚𝙘𝙩, 𝙞𝙩’𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙤𝙗𝙫𝙞𝙤𝙪𝙨 𝙘𝙝𝙤𝙞𝙘𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙢𝙞𝙣𝙞𝙢𝙞𝙯𝙚 𝙨𝙖𝙘𝙧𝙞𝙛𝙞𝙘𝙚.」

However, it was a situation that could be called the worst, even by my standards.

Is Han Seo-ah really a character who deserves to die here and now?

「𝙏𝙝𝙖𝙩’𝙨 𝙖𝙗𝙨𝙤𝙡𝙪𝙩𝙚𝙡𝙮 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙤𝙠𝙖𝙮.」

She’s not like the protagonist Yoo Ha-on, who can aim for S-rank in all ability scores, nor does she have a unique EX ability score like Cheong Juhwa.

However, Han Seo-ah was a character who reached level 50 faster than anyone else thanks to her Long-term Chronic trait, and as she was in the heroine position, she played a big role in the events that would happen in the future.

It would be too much of a variable for her to disappear without fulfilling that role.

「. . . . . . .」

Besides, even putting that aside, I couldn’t accept it.

「𝙄𝙛 𝙄 𝙟𝙪𝙨𝙩 𝙨𝙩𝙤𝙤𝙙 𝙗𝙮 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙬𝙖𝙩𝙘𝙝𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙨𝙘𝙚𝙣𝙚 𝙪𝙣𝙛𝙤𝙡𝙙, 𝙬𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙝𝙚𝙡𝙡 𝙙𝙞𝙙 𝙄 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧?」

Originally, the one who was supposed to die in this place was me, Han Kang-yoon. But I’m sacrificing Han Seo-ah for him?

If I did something like that, I would surely lose all meaning in living in this world.

Having made up my mind, I quickly took action.

“Fierce Wolf.”

Poof!

Thud.

The Fierce Wolf that sprang from my shadow bit Han Seo-ah on the back of the neck and jumped towards me.

If it were Baek Ji-eun, a white person who specializes in hand-to-hand combat, she would have been fast enough to stop it, but she didn’t. It was as expected.

“. . . Right. It’s better to do everything I can so I’ll have fewer regrets.”

She’s quite a kind-hearted person, even if she pretends not to be. She was being considerate of my feelings.

However, she’s definitely not an indecisive person when it comes to making decisions. Soon, Baek Ji-eun took a stance and emitted fighting spirit that could be felt on her skin.

“It’ll be over in the blink of an eye.”

Choi Do-won also sighed and said,

“You’re doing something futile.”

Immediately afterwards, something restrained my body, which was preparing for battle. It was Choi Do-won’s binding technique.

“Did you feel arrogant because your abilities suddenly increased? I’m sorry, but there are so many people of your skill level running around these days that they’re a dime a dozen.”

Of course. I know that better than anyone.

However, there was a way.

「𝙏𝙤 𝙗𝙚 𝙝𝙤𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙩, 𝙞𝙩’𝙨 𝙖 𝙜𝙖𝙢𝙗𝙡𝙚.」

If it weren’t for this situation, it’s a method I would never want to use.

The risk is high, and I’m not even sure what the outcome will be.

「𝘽𝙪𝙩 𝙞𝙛 𝙄 𝙙𝙤 𝙞𝙩 𝙧𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩, 𝙄 𝙢𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙗𝙚 𝙖𝙗𝙡𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙨𝙤𝙢𝙚𝙝𝙤𝙬 𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙤𝙡𝙫𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙪𝙧𝙧𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙧𝙞𝙩𝙪𝙖𝙡.」

Since Han Seo-ah’s life will be spared, the success of the ritual is certain. If the gamble fails, it’ll be unlikely for either of us to survive.

In other words, there was no choice.

「. . . 𝙄𝙩’𝙨 𝙙𝙤 𝙤𝙧 𝙙𝙞𝙚.」

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