Level 1 Player (MT Novel) - Chapter 19
Chapter 19 – Family (Part 2)
I couldn’t change my mother’s mind. All because she wasn’t ready to quit her job so suddenly. So I had no choice but to follow her into the restaurant and just help her with her work, namely, washing dishes.
My mother used to wash the grills – the pans that were covered in grease. And that’s what I was supposed to do. I had experience in this, as I had previously worked part-time in a restaurant. And thanks to the increased capacity I managed to cope fairly quickly with their task, the other workers in the kitchen, I was even praised for it. Hearing that, my mom smiled.
My mom and I got home late at night, after the work at the restaurant was done.
Our house could be described as one small room. Previously, the apartment was 24 pyeong*, but after my father fell ill, we had to sell it. It was after that that we had to move into this little studio.
(P.p.: Approximately 79.2 sq. ft.)
– You’re back,” a tired woman’s voice was heard as we opened the front door.
It was my older sister. Hearing her voice after all these years made my chest tighten.
– Sister, I’m back.
When Choi Hyun Gi saw me, she couldn’t hide her surprise.
– What brings you back?
My sister’s appearance left a lot to be desired. She, like Mother, looked worried because she didn’t think I had come with good news.
When we were little, we fought a lot. But even growing up we were hostile to each other. We only had to communicate with her as siblings when something serious was going on. But after my father got sick, everything changed.
We hardly ever talked to each other, but we each tried to do what we could for our loved ones. And even when things got really bad, we cheered and leaned on each other.
– I have some good news. Relax, little sister.
My sister tilted her head sideways at my words, clearly puzzled by something. She knew everything. Knew that nothing good was in store for our family.
– I’m awake.
– What?” her sister said in surprise.
– And, by the way, I have already made some progress.
I went to my mother, took the bank book and showed it to my sister.
– A million, ten million, a hundred million… a billion?
With surprise, Hyun-ji’s eyes went up to her forehead. And I told her how I was lucky enough to get a rare Book of Skills.
– Is it true?
– Yup. So don’t worry so much now, you won’t have to work hard anymore. I’ll take care of everything.
My sister cried after I said that. Now all the suffering was over. And along with her tears, I saw mixed emotions on her face.
– Now you can quit this temporary job. And from the firm, if you want, you can leave, too.
In response, my sister grinned and laughed. In fact, she was like a squeezed lemon – on edge. Even her bright head had thoughts of death and of selling her body. So my words were her salvation.
That day, I talked all night with my mother and Hyun-ji. We both cried and laughed, pouring our hearts out to each other.
One billion. Of course, that money couldn’t solve all my problems at once. But it gave our family some stability.
Together we talked until late at night and fell asleep in the little room together. Even though it was cramped and uncomfortable, my heart was no longer pounding. There was finally hope in the house where the family lived, full of despair and frustration.
The next morning I gave my mother my savings book, and afterward I went to the Horned Rabbit dungeon, which was nearby. Oddly enough, dungeons are scattered all over the country. So there was no need to be tied to one place. From that point on, I decided to be as close to my family as possible.
It’s not hard to guess that my mother never quit her job. She said she would only leave when someone else was hired to take her place. Fortunately, the restaurant did not force people to go to work instead of someone else, or not to come at all.
My sister continued to go to work in the same way. Despite all the complaints, I don’t think she could have really left the firm. But at least she quit her temporary job.
– After my mom comes back, I’ll go with her.
I was thinking of going to the hospital with her to see my father.
After buying a watch made from the body of a monster and running on rocks, I entered the dungeon. Now I certainly wouldn’t get lost in time. Although, when I lived alone, time and day didn’t matter much to me. But now that I was reunited with my family, everything was different.
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As usual, I entered the dungeon only when I had stocked up on kimpab and water. I planned to stay here until tonight, when my mother returned from work.
That afternoon I went with my mother to the hospital. My father looked the same as before – skinny. He was kept alive by a ventilator and saline drips. I shook his hand, but it was not warm. On the contrary, it was as cold as a block of stone.
– You will definitely get better.
I wanted it to be true as soon as possible.
[Incredible Achievement (legendary level)]
You have killed 10,000 horned rabbits of various levels by yourself.
Reward: Rank [Executioner of Horned Rabbits (Legendary)]
– That’s it, now it’s over with.
Surprisingly, it’s only been ten days since I left the construction site.
I checked the time.
– I’ve got about six hours. We can hunt a little more.
Quickly leaving the Horned Rabbit dungeon, I got into a cab standing nearby and headed for the Vampire Bats dungeon. It was always quiet here. Compared to other dungeons, there weren’t even any guys gathering in groups here.
– There was no competition, so it wouldn’t be difficult.
The Vampire Bats dungeon was not popular with the Players. No, this dungeon could even be described as abandoned. Besides, the vampire bats weren’t big enough to look like monsters. On the contrary, they were almost as big as they were in real life. That was the problem.
Bats were small and nimble, so they were quite difficult to kill with a sword or spear without any skill. If you try to attack one bat, you’ll end up with dozens or hundreds more.
It’s easier for players to deal with bigger monsters.
– Yes, you need help from other high level Players.
But I could do it. On the contrary, for the same reason this dungeon seemed better than the others for me. I could monopolize it.
I stepped inside and immediately used the stealth skill-my body plunged into darkness. The security officers, who usually keep an eye on the Players, didn’t even notice my presence. Apparently, my performance was far superior to that of those guarding the dungeon. My low-level skill was enough to fool them.
I headed deep inside, as far away as possible so that no one could see me.
– It’s kind of creepy in here.
Vampire bats with blood-red eyes were hanging from the ceiling. If I hadn’t used the hiding skill, they would have pounced on me from all sides long ago.
“Well… let’s start the stealth hunt,” I thought, and activated the shield.
In addition, I also immediately activated magic and directed it into the barrier, after which I canceled the concealment skill and pricked my finger with a pre-prepared needle. At the tip, drops of blood appeared along with a sharp pain. At the same second, bats began to fly in from all sides of the dungeon.
“There seems to be a red wave coming.”
The red eyes of the vampire bats appeared on all sides. At that moment, a scene from a vampire movie appeared before my eyes. Smelling blood, the bats bared their sharp teeth. However, thanks to the Shield skill, they couldn’t get close to me.
I activated the active skill and dialed up the magic again to enhance the attack. But putting magic into two items at once is quite problematic. Certainly, characteristics like magic and willpower have already reached a certain level, so they can be used. But for a Player who hunts in a low level dungeon, this is impossible to pull off.
– Yes, the Internet is the best thing invented by mankind.
I saw the bat stuck to the shield and smiled. What I was using was a trick that low-level Players who are guild members or have a lot of money often resort to. And if such a shield is used by a High Level Player, then you can hunt and attack monsters as usual. Of course, if you get support from another Player, you’ll lose out, because you won’t be able to get experience points or stones. But even so, you can hunt very fast.
– Yes the whole dungeon here is full of these little monsters!
On the other hand, if you use this technique in other locations that are inhabited by larger monsters, it is difficult to assess the effect of such action. But here it was the best way to catch palm-sized bloodsucking bats. The fireball that appeared in my hands was no longer a low-level skill. I’d say it was already a rare level.
– Ho, it was a bit too huge.
Magic and willpower were at their limit.
“It’s time,” I thought, and tossed the fireball outside the shield.
The vampire bats, stuck tightly to the shield, turned into black embers. I clenched my teeth as the blast from the fireball touched the shield, too. Luckily, the shield was perfectly fine. After that…
[Incredible Achievement (rare)
You killed 1000 vampire bats of various levels alone.
Reward: Rank [Vampire Bat Maniac (Rare)]
For the first time, I was able to get the rare level achievement all at once without starting at a low level.
– Well, you can try to get the legendary level achievement in the remaining time.
This was the result of hunting in a dungeon with only one person hunting. There were charred bat corpses lying all around me. Suddenly, the remaining magic in the bodies of these monsters began to transform. I smiled.
– I wondered how many pebbles or objects would appear in total?
I didn’t get any help from anyone, so I could easily get anything that would emerge from the remnants of magic. I canceled my shield and prepared to collect my loot when something strange happened. The remnants of magic emanating from the bodies of the bats I had killed began to merge into one. Then everything lit up red and a sword with a red blade appeared.
– What is it? What is it?
This was the first time something like this had ever happened to me.