Chapter 10 - Hyangmi Inn
I shifted my body to one side, easily dodging the sword, then glanced around in confusion.
“Aha.” Only then did I realize.
The waiter had already escaped long ago. The onlookers had run away, but couldn’t resist watching such an interesting situation and had gathered at a distance.
That meant I was the closest onlooker to Ok Sahun.
“W-what the hell are you glaring at? You looking down on me as well?”
Ok Sahun vented his anger on me — when he was the one glaring at others. It seemed my effortless dodge of his attack had fanned the flames of his rage. But what did he expect, when it was so slow?
Why was his face getting so red?
Ok Sahun’s eyes looked disturbing like a pervert’s in heat. I wanted to poke his eyes shut, but I tried to endure it and keep a low profile.
“Wow… For a blind swing to be at so high level, how amazing.”
I really wanted to get rid of this annoyance, but I wasn’t sure if I could really defeat him.
First, I needed to figure out the level of my ability, but only when I was in a safe space. It was better to lay low than get hurt fighting scum like him.
That’s why I complimented his feeble attack, but Ok Sahun’s eyes reddened instead.
Ah. Was it not blind, but a swing with all his might?
“You’re looking to die!!! You think your pretty face will let you win?!”
It seemed that attack really was his all. Why else would he jump at me like that?
They say praise breeds amiableness, but my misdirected praise had wounded that scum’s pride, turning him into a lunatic.
What did he mean by my pretty face though? By any chance… Was my face his type?
I threw up internally. Definitely a no for me.
Either way… Is that brat Minmin still eating? Come down already!
Hoping Minmin would appear, I peeked at the stairs leading to the third floor. But Ok Sahun came stabbing at my chest with his rusted sword instead.
Should I just let myself get a little injured? That may get him to calm down.
But I shook my head as the smell of rusted metal entered my airways. No matter how thick my winter clothes were, tetanus was guaranteed if I got cut by that sword.
There’s no way this world has a shot for tetanus.
Of course, there were doctors; but the elders probably wouldn’t get me a good one, since they were trying to kill me and all. They could even give me poison under the guise of medicine.
As I fell into thought, my body instinctively avoided Ok Sahun’s sword. My movements were so fluid, perhaps my martial skills were better than I thought.
Meanwhile, Ok Sahun’s face was as crimson as a burning fire.
“Who is that young lady, to dodge so well?”
“Good point. I haven’t seen her before.”
“There’s no way there wouldn’t be rumors of her, in this small town of Soun. Especially given her beauty… Perhaps she’s from outside?”
“Hoho. But that Ok Sahun or Uk Sahun guy is already panting with exhaustion.”
Indeed, Ok Sahun’s breathing was getting rougher. Conversely, I was completely composed, my breathing even slowing instead. That might be why the sword seemed to be moving in slow-motion..
Should I just snatch his sword and counterattack?
It seemed possible. Ok Sahun’s sword seemed even more imbalanced and shaky than before.
Suddenly, I remembered the explanation for a sword skill in the game.
[The tip of a sword shaking indicates the center of the sword’s holder is shaking.]
One of the basics, Tripping. Quite literally, the technique tripped the opponent and caused them to lose their balance.
I noticed that Ok Sahun’s feet weren’t properly anchored to the ground — a slight hit at his ankle could cause him to lose his balance and topple over. Since it was less risky than stealing his sword, I decided to aim for his ankle – even if it was an awkward move.
Avoiding the sword aimed at my heart, I waited for the opportunity to crouch down. It would be easier for me to get down if he aimed higher, but Ok Sahun was so short that he probably couldn’t reach much higher.
It might be better to get his back instead.
At that moment, the sword came hurtling towards my waist. I twisted my body to avoid the sword and reached for Ok Sahun’s body. His clothes smelt nauseating—as if they hadn’t been washed for a long time – but I endured it and got behind him.
Wow… That actually worked?
I admired my swift and nimble movements, which flowed just like water.
“Oooh! That young lady is impressive!”
“She got Uk Sahun’s back!”
“She’s really fast.”
The onlookers didn’t even bother to call Ok Sahun’s name properly.
“You insects! My name is Ok Sahun!”
Laughter exploded from around us, as Ok Sahun bellowed in fury. He seemed to have forgotten that I was behind him for a moment.
Now’s my chance!
I swiftly kicked the back of Ok Sahun’s knee. It was just like the prank of pushing your friend’s knee to make them fall over – except this time I kicked with all my strength.
Ok Sahun fell forward with a crash. He collided with a wooden table, immediately destroying it along with a nearby chair. Ok Sahun lay motionless on the ground, just like a wet paper doll.
“Eh… Huh…. I didn’t plan on going that far though….”
I only intended to make him fall. Staring at my leg that kicked Ok Sahun, it seemed extremely impressive, but also strangely unfamiliar…
The onlookers alternated their gaze between me and Ok Sahun. They seemed unable to believe what had happened as well.
It was at that moment.
A short clapping sound resounded in the silent inn. The onlookers split to either side, opening a path that revealed the source of the clapping—a fancily dressed woman.
“Oh my… I rushed over because Harry called me, but it’s already over?”
The woman had loosely tied, long black hair, and held a fan that covered all but her eyes. From her voluptuous body, smooth skin, and voice, I guessed she was in her late 20s to early 30s.
A tall man followed from behind her.
Wow. How good looking.
The man was so handsome, he made the most beloved of TV celebrities seem just like regular people. But his expressionless face, which seemed completely devoid of emotion, made my interest rapidly disappear..
I think Seol Taesun is better?
“Ah, sec… I mean, lady Yeomhui! What in the world happened?!” As I was admiring the man’s face, Minmin’s voice rang out.
In his frenzy to reach me, Minmin had almost rolled down from the third floor, and now stood before me. He seemed to have shoved the remaining food into his mouth, judging by the piece of bamboo shoot hanging from the corner of his mouth. Minmin may be a rabbit, but he definitely looked more like a pig right now.
“You must be full from eating my share as well.”
“Hyangmi Inn’s first-class cooking wasn’t exaggerated! It was so delicious that I just couldn’t stop eating. Even when the second floor became nois….”
“Yeah? It was that delicious?”
Minmin twitched as I asked with a smile.
“How tasty was it, for you to ignore the ruckus from the second floor? Even though your master went downstairs…”
“Hiiik…. I’m sorry. I have committed a grave crime!”
Minmin immediately prostrated on the ground. I didn’t like how his white ears were getting dirtied on the ground.
“It’s fine, so get up. Are you trying to make me seem like an evil master when so many eyes are watching?”
“Not at all!”
He jumped up immediately as if he had been waiting for me to say so. He sure jumped well—as expected of a rabbit kin.
“By any chance… Might you be Hong Yeomhui?”
“Did you, I mean, have you heard of me?”
I quickly changed my manner of speaking. Image management was important. Even more so when I didn’t know the other person.
“So, you really are Ms. Yeomhui! I was unsure since we last met when you were much younger. Dear me… You truly are Ms. Yeomhui.”
Lowering her fan, the woman held my hand as she started fussing over me. Finally able to see her face, I realized my guess of her age was probably incorrect. Her round cheeks made her look far younger.
“Who might you be, for you to know me?” The woman took a step back and released my hand at my question.
“Oh, dear! In my excitement, I forgot to introduce myself.”
The woman placed a hand on her chest and slightly bent her knees in greeting. The greeting didn’t suit an eastern game, but it also didn’t feel strange because of the blue clothes and aura she carried with her.
“I am the owner of Hyangmi Inn, Oh Hyangmi.”
So, the inn was named after her. Even though I knew the owner was a woman, I hadn’t expected her to be so young.
To top that off, she was quite the beauty.
As I continued staring at her face, Oh Hyangmi smiled and introduced the man beside her.
“This is lord Yeon from the Yumoon clan.”
That means his name is Yumoon Yeon.
Even I knew the Yumoon clan, which was renowned for the Yumoon Sword Art – the clan’s legacy sword art. The clan leader was Yumoon Mu, and the successor was his first son, Yumoon Hwi.
While doing the main quest of Sword Soul, there had been several occasions where I fought monsters alongside Yumoon Hwi, who was an important NPC.
Though he wasn’t that helpful, because he stupidly only used his ultimate.
I generally didn’t expect much from allied NPCs. But I was still thankful, even if they merely aggroed the small fry monsters or used their ultimates whenever it was off cooldown.
However, the Yumoon Hwi I remembered only just used his ultimate. He stayed still until the cooldown ended – literally, he stood frozen like a statue — making him a useless brat who couldn’t even pull aggro.
That’s all I knew about the Yumoon clan. But I hadn’t realized that there was a second son.
Hm…. He is good-looking. But Yumoon Hwi’s younger brother, huh…
By simpling being Yumoon Hwi’s younger brother, my first impression of Yumoon Yeon’s was instantly a ‘nope’.
Oh Hyangmi introduced him while elbowing the man in question, who had remained standing blankly. Even with her strong hit, the man’s expressionless face remained.
“I am called Yumoon Yeon.”