and I talked, three others arrived at the waiting room.

      Except for a man who had just reached 20 years of age, everyone knew each other.
The blond A-class tanker 7 was Seo Young-woon, someone famous for being prickly; next to him was deputy guild leader Hwang Jae-hui.
There was no way a person like Hwang Jae-hui-ssi would personally attend to normal fields like this… Was he here to brief us all?

      “Did they really have to call me for a C-rank field?”

     “It’s near the National Assembly building in Yeouido.
You high-ranked people should know the place exceptionally well.”

     “Whew.
Still, it’s too much to bring two kids who’ve never seen the insides of the World’s Towers and one C-class hunter.
That’s too much.
Do you think I don’t know that I’ve been called to cover those guys?”

     ‘Wow.
And yet he thinks nothing of saying such wounding words out loud for the C-class to hear.’

     There were many people who despised working with Seo Young-woon because of his unfriendly temperament.

     Cha Taeyang, standing next to me, growled at his blatantly contemptuous eyes, “I won’t grab onto sunbae-nim’s ankles and hold him back! I’m at the top of my class in the Seoul Hunter Training Center!” 8

     “I’m Cho Sung-hyun–also a student.
Who is this sunbae-nim?”


     “Why is Ahjussi picking a fight with someone he’s never seen before?” 9

     “I’ve heard a lot about Sunbae-nim.
I’ve always admired you, but…”

     Including Cha Taeyang’s goblin, everyone else began to argue with Seo Young-woon.
‘Pandemonium? This is the Mother of all pandemonium, ugh.‘

     I’m supposed to run the Field with these people? I should be the one fussing and refusing this mission.

     Hwang Jae-hui, who had a similar exhausted expression as I did, shook their head and approached me.
“Because of these interpersonal relationships, I believe Hunter Yoon Gaho should be in charge of the party.” 10

     “What? Is there really a need for me to do that? Hunter Seo Young-woon is A-class…” I protested

     “You know well how terrible it is to have a party leader with no social competency.”

     Seo Young-woon did not bat an eye even after hearing us talk about his antisocial nature.
Perhaps the man has the ability to self-reflect, even if his temperament is so foul.

     Hwang Jae-hui was firm and persistent despite my haggard complexion, “You have no need to feel so pressured.
Though Seo Young-woon-ssi was mobilized, this is still a C-rank field.
Though they do not have experience, Hunter Cha Taeyang and Cho Sung-hyun are from the training school.
They’ll both have field experience.”

      “…What’s the field’s type?”

     “It’s a raid.
You must find the boss of the field within the time limit and annihilate it.”

     The field was easily comprehensible, even if the situation was a bit unusual with three A-classes and 1 C-class Hunter.
I reluctantly accepted the position of party leader.

     Hwang Jae-hui’s tired face brightened a little.

     So, the C-class field site was called the ‘Wizard’s Garden.’ The time limit was generous: 8 hours.
Based on the field’s name, I could predict that plant-based or plant-affiliated demonic beasts would emerge.

      A botanical world… A C-class field at that… Most likely, the demonic beasts will be immobilized, unable to move around.
It would be a good opportunity for Cha Taeyang and Cho Sung-hyun to gain experience relatively safely.

      “Aw, isn’t Yeouido close to here? Can’t we just run? Wouldn’t that be faster?” Cho Sung-hyun whined.

     “It’s illegal to use your abilities within city boundaries.”

     “How boring.
No one will see anyway since it’s night.”

     Hwang Jae-hui pushed the grumbling Cho Sung-hyun into the back seat of our designated vehicle.
Seo Young-woon sat in the passenger seat, the farthest he could be diagonally from Cho Sung-hyun.
The only one left was Cha Taeyang, and there was no way a 17-year old could drive.

     ‘Alright… I guess I have to do it.’

     I was forced to take the wheel.
“Shall we introduce ourselves before we arrive? I’m Yoon Gaho, your party leader.
My main weapon is the bow, and my comprehensive rank is C.”

     “Blegh–there’s someone like you out in the Wilderness Guild, huh…”


     “I’m Cha Taeyang! I’m A-class, and my specialty is martial arts!”

     “Hey, I was talking!”

     Wow–I didn’t know it was so hard to facilitate introductions.

     The children in the back seat couldn’t resist the slight and began to squabble amongst themselves.
When Seo Young-woon glanced behind him, Cho Sung-hyun closed his mouth.

     Perhaps they shut up because Seo Young-woon was a famous A-class hunter, or perhaps it’s because he’s a direct senior at their training center.
Thankfully, the vehicle became quiet thanks to his efforts.
“Seo Young-woon.
A-class tanker.”

     “…I’m Cho Sung-hyun.
I came to join ‘Wilderness’ 11 for my graduation requirements.
I usually use the sword.” When Seo Young-woon finished introducing himself, Cho Sung-hyun reluctantly spoke as well.

     I don’t know how much Cha Taeyang and Cho Sung-hyun would contribute, but, at first glance, this party was balanced quite well.

     “I’m C-class, but I probably have the most field experience out of all of you.
In case of emergency, please follow my instructions.”

     “Taeyang-ah~ You should listen to what Kim-seobang says!”

     No one, except for the dokkaebi, answered me.

     Our silver van skidded along the empty road, made even more lonely by the dark of the night, and headed for Yeouido.

 

***

 

     A line of vehicles used by the Bureau of Management–dispatched to manage this phenomenon–was parked in front of the National Assembly.
The employees of the Bureau controlled the area incredibly well as there wasn’t even a rat in sight.

     I pulled over on the side of the road and approached the field’s gate with my party.
After showing the management bureau employee my ‘awakened’ registration card that marked me as a ‘Wilderness Guild’ member, we stood in front of the gate.

     The indescribably-colored lights shone discordantly from the gate’s surface.
No matter how many times I saw it, I couldn’t adapt to its appearance.
It looked like the world–reality, even–had been shattered into many tiny pieces in that location.

     Finally, after double-checking our equipment, we moved towards the gate.

 

[Entering the Field, ‘Wizard Garden (C)’]

— Time Limit: 07:15:58
— Party Limit: 5

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