I Became the Academy’s Genius Shikigami Summoner – Chapter 55.1

𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝟓𝟓

𝕒𝚠ė̇𝐛𝘴ᴛ𝚘ʀ𝐢𝚎ṡ.ᴄȯ̇ṁ

Waking up from my sleep, I quickly finished breakfast and left the dormitory at the appointed time.

The place where I was to meet Seo-ah was the bench on the promenade where we had talked yesterday. After waiting there for about five minutes, Seo-ah appeared, dressed up in a neat casual outfit.

“Did you wait long?”

“No, I just got here.”

With that, we left the Academy together, leaving a record of our departure.

Three hours passed as we changed trains and buses. After a long walk, we finally reached our destination.

It was Hanlim Nursery School located in Daejeon.

“Over here! This way, the car!”

“Not there!”

Children were running around in the small playground, and behind them was an old-fashioned building of considerable size.

As Seo-ah and I approached, the children spotted us and came running towards us, their faces beaming.

“It’s Oppa and Unnie!”

“Unnie!”

After greeting them while barely holding back tears of joy, we headed inside the nursery school to meet the director.

“Oh, Kang-yoon is here! You’ve grown even taller since I last saw you.”

The daycare teachers greeted me as I passed by, but I still couldn’t remember them.

“Director, Oppa and I are here.”

The person I met was a middle-aged woman with gray hair.

Although I didn’t remember her either, I felt a strange sense of familiarity, as if my body remembered her.

“Yes, everyone, eat your meals well and don’t overdo it.”

“Don’t worry, I’ll take good care of Oppa.”

After talking with the director for a while, we started to walk around the nursery school freely.

I met the children I had spent time with in the past and had a hard time dealing with them, but I managed to get through it somehow.

Partly because I knew Han Kang-yoon’s personality roughly through my knowledge of the original story, and partly because Han Kang-yoon and I were quite similar in many ways.

Seo-ah, who had come to the nursery school with me after a long time, kept talking to me with a reminiscent look on her face as if she was recalling various memories.

“Do you remember this place? We were all so happy when the beds first arrived.”

“. . . Yeah, that was a long time ago.”

Whenever I heard stories like this, I felt a strange sense of stuffiness.

And at the same time, questions that I had forgotten began to surface one by one.

What exactly happened to the previous Han Kang-yoon?

Did he really die for some reason before I came here?

I asked the director various questions subtly to find out about Han Kang-yoon’s past, but it seemed that even the director didn’t know for sure about Han Kang-yoon’s biological parents or his birth.

However, she said that when they found me abandoned, there was an earring that appeared to be my parents’ property.

「 𝙃𝙖𝙣 𝙆𝙖𝙣𝙜-𝙮𝙤𝙤𝙣’𝙨 𝙗𝙚𝙡𝙤𝙣𝙜𝙞𝙣𝙜𝙨 𝙙𝙚𝙛𝙞𝙣𝙞𝙩𝙚𝙡𝙮 𝙙𝙞𝙙𝙣’𝙩 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙮𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙡𝙞𝙠𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩. 」

For the time being, I pretended to know about it and glossed over it, but it was something that I couldn’t help but wonder about.

However, coincidentally, I was able to get my hands on that item not long after.

“. . . Hyung, over there.”

A middle school-aged boy with curly blond hair. It was Henry, the American-Korean mix.

“What’s wrong?”

“Here, take this. Actually, I saw you that day and I ended up taking it.”

Henry handed me a single earring with a unique pattern.

“I saw you throw it in the mountains, but it was a precious heirloom, so I couldn’t just leave it there. . . . . . .”

I wondered why it wasn’t among his belongings, but it seemed that Han Kang-yoon had tried to throw away the earring his parents had left him in the mountains for some reason.

However, that wasn’t the important thing.

As I stared intently at the earring, I was suddenly overwhelmed by a great shock.

「. . . 𝙒𝙝𝙮 𝙞𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚? 」

At first it was just a feeling of discomfort, but upon closer inspection, I became convinced. I definitely know the identity of this earring.

No wonder, it was an item worn by an important character in the side story of exorcism 1.

“Hyung? What’s wrong? Are you hurt?”

“. . . No, I’m not. Thanks for taking care of it.”

I took the earring from Henry and swallowed hard as I trudged towards the exit of the nursery school building.

「 𝘾𝙖𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙗𝙚, 𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚? 」

If this was really something that Han Kang-yoon’s parents had left behind, I honestly didn’t think I could handle it calmly.

This earring belonged to Ju-woon, the hero of the 1st Night Parade of a Hundred Demons, who eventually met his end as a great villain.

And that Ju-woon was the one who killed the parents of the protagonist, Yoo Ha-on, whom she had been desperately searching for.

🔷🔷🔷🔷🔷🔷

𝙖𝕨𝚎𝙗𝙨𝔱𝘰ṙ̇i̇̇𝕖𝕤.𝐜𝘰𝘮

I don’t remember much of what I talked about with Seo-ah on the way back to the Academy.

To be honest, I didn’t have the mental capacity for it, and it wasn’t a situation where I could. An unexpected truth had revealed itself before me.

「 𝙄𝙨 𝙃𝙖𝙣 𝙆𝙖𝙣𝙜-𝙮𝙤𝙤𝙣’𝙨 𝙛𝙖𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙮 𝙅𝙪-𝙬𝙤𝙤𝙣? 」

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