I Became the Academy’s Genius Shikigami Summoner – Chapter 42.1

𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝟒𝟐

In front of my eyes, I see a huge sense of pressure that I can’t believe.

Seo Ji-an hesitated for a moment, as if she was overwhelmed by its majesty, and then she took a step forward and spoke in a small voice.

“. . .While I’m buying you time, get out of here.”

She seemed to be ready to die this time. She realized instinctively that no matter how much we joined forces, we would not be able to defeat Hektel.

Bam!

Without any time to spare, Seo Ji-an kicked the floor and jumped up, creating a thin, sharp stream of water and shooting it at Hektel.

Screech!

Crash!

Splash.

“Is that a nature-type spell? It’s rare.”

Hektel easily blocked it, but Seo Ji-an had another trick up her sleeve. From the ground, a huge stream of water that seemed to have been prepared in secret gathered and instantly engulfed Hektel in a sphere.

Boom!

Rumble.

Gulp.

Gulp.

Trapped in the sphere, Hektel was hit with Seo Ji-an’s ultimate attack.

“Ugh.”

Boom!

Boom!

Bang!

Boom!

Streams of water erupted from the ground and crashed down on Hektel, causing the ground to shake violently as if an earthquake had struck.

For the current Seo Ji-an, this was an attack with all her might. It was certainly powerful enough to deal a significant blow to even a B-rank yokai.

However, unfortunately, Hektel was not at that level. Soon, Seo Ji-an’s spell began to break apart with a strange, boiling sound.

Sizzle.

Sizzle.

Boom!

Splash.

The sphere of clear, blue water turned a murky color, as if it had been polluted, and what emerged from it was Hektel, looking perfectly fine.

“Impressive.”

“Ha, ha. . . . . .”

“At such a young age, you are able to use such a powerful nature-type spell. It’s almost a shame to kill you now.”

Thud.

Hektel, moving at an unavoidable speed, lightly touched Seo Ji-an, and she immediately collapsed to the ground.

Judging from her faint movements, she didn’t seem to have fainted, but she was effectively incapacitated.

The eyes of the fallen Seo Ji-an looked worriedly in the direction of where I was.

She might have been worried about me, or she might have been worried about her younger sister, who was somewhere beyond.

However, that didn’t matter.

“I’ll give you a chance.”

“. . . . . .”

“You can run away from this place right now. But if you do, your friend will die in even more pain. She will face death, unable to even faint, as she comes to me.”

As a named-class villain, I know a little bit about Hektel.

His words just now were purely out of his own interest.

If I couldn’t abandon Seo Ji-an and chose to fight, that was fine, but if it was the other way around, it was meant to leave me with a feeling of guilt that would never be erased for the rest of my life.

That guilt would become the seed of another conflict and revenge, and one day it might come back to Hektel.

What a vicious hobby.

And he was a being who pursued such a cycle of chaos as the meaning of his life.

「. . .𝙀𝙫𝙚𝙣 𝙘𝙝𝙚𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙝𝙖𝙨 𝙞𝙩𝙨 𝙡𝙞𝙢𝙞𝙩𝙨.」

To be honest, it’s a very unreasonable situation.

If this were a game, it would be like the difficulty level was completely out of whack.

However, even in such a situation, my mind was rationally imaging numerous solutions.

Even in the worst situation, make the best play. That was one of the virtues of a top-tier ranker.

「𝘼𝙣𝙮𝙬𝙖𝙮, 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚’𝙨 𝙣𝙤 𝙬𝙖𝙮 𝙄 𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝙠𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙃𝙚𝙠𝙩𝙚𝙡 𝙧𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙣𝙤𝙬.」

Although I had captured Bi-hyeong before, at that time he was exhausted from fighting with the teachers, Yoo Ha-on and her party, and the resurrection ritual, and I had only managed to strike Bi-hyeong from a distance.

In the end, it was Cheong So-ha who faced him, so it was safe to say that I had done almost nothing.

In order to fight head-on with an opponent of Hektel’s level, I would have to achieve a much higher level of growth.

So for now, I had no choice but to find a way out other than fighting.

「𝙁𝙤𝙧𝙩𝙪𝙣𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙡𝙮, 𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙤𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙢𝙞𝙚𝙨 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙗𝙚𝙚𝙣 𝙚𝙡𝙞𝙢𝙞𝙣𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙙.」

In other words, if I could somehow escape from Hektel’s clutches in front of me, I could safely overcome this crisis.

After much deliberation, I slowly opened my mouth.

“What is your purpose?”

“I have no purpose. I was simply hired.”

“I’m asking about your real purpose for coming to Korea.”

At those words, Hektel’s expression changed momentarily. It was a sign that he was starting to take an interest in me. So this is where it gets important.

“How strange.”

“. . . . . .”

“Even in the face of a life-threatening crisis, you remain so calm. That’s definitely abnormal. Is there something you’re relying on?”

As Hektel waved his hand lightly, a soul emerged from the beads at his waist and settled on his palm.

『Kyaaa!』

Even in the face of such a threat, I continued my business without hesitation.

To be honest, there was only one reason why Hektel, who was supposed to be traveling abroad, had appeared in Korea so quickly.

“Are you looking for Bi-hyeong’s whereabouts?”

At my words, Hektel smiled even more and stared at me.

The Korean Exorcism Headquarters still believes that Bi-hyeong escaped the island and went into hiding after the Yeongwol Island incident.

In other words, knowing the truth of the incident means. . .

“. . .You have the information I want.”

Hektel changed his expression to a serious one and dropped one of the beads at his waist to the floor.

Thud.

Rumble.

Boom!

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