Volume 6 / Chapter 184
Editor: Hungry Panda
Africa is wide. If she searches everywhere, she could find mutants with abilities that rival those of Inferno's group. She desperately needs someone to fill Kimera's spot now that he has died.
Even if it weren't for that, she needs to build up her power if she is to keep an eye on North and South America.
"Evil Queen, you have too many enemies. How much damage will that do to him?"
"Excuse me? Is there someone other than us?"
"I was talking to myself."
Black Demon stopped talking.
Around now, Cha Jun Sung will have arrived in North America and should be wandering around looking for Evil Queen.
He hopes he can kill her but if he doesn't have enough strength, it would be good if he could reduce the number of her offspring or other level 8 mutants.
He is one who has given up on life and has made the decision to die. Since words do not work, he is hoping that they will be allowed to stay in a place that is advantageous to them.
"That's that, but there's a rat hiding somewhere that isn't going away."
Black Demon looks at the hill.
He saw a Lifer standing far from White Queen's group when he was flying down with Dragon.
He is still lying flat on his stomach.
He left the Lifer alone because he was separated, but the Lifer is not running away and is watching the situation even after the battle ended. It does not matter if he lets the Lifer live because he does not pose a threat, but should he say the back of his head tingles? Black Demon is annoyed with the feeling of being watched.
"Rat? I don't sense anything….. Could it be that huge explosion?"
White Queen activated her senses, but she did not pick up on anything. It does not mean she cannot see or hear because she is out of strength.
"I'll kill it and come back."
Black Demon disappeared as soon as he spoke. It is not like movement through space. It is momentous movement that is purely through physical ability.
Cha Jun Sung was watching White Queen and the newly appeared mutant, Black Demon, when he was surprised. Black Demon had been standing there a moment ago, but he disappeared.
'Where - where did he go?'
He quickly looked around, but he could not find him.
It made him nervous. He only saw for a short time, but it was an incredible battling ability that he couldn't take his eyes away from. He killed hundreds of Lifers within minutes in an unawakened state. His style of whole body mutation on top of that, is similar to his. He is level 8 at the least.
Cha Jun Sung silently enters his return in his PDA.
He has seen everything he needed to.
It is a waste to leave the remaining mutants behind, but he needs to get out while he can.
A cutting sound comes out of nowhere from behind him.
The air is split as a sharp weapon goes toward Cha Jun Sung's neck.
Cha Jun Sung was lying on his stomach when he went down with his reverse booster. The weapon is going for his neck, so he could get his hip or legs cut if he goes up.
The innocent hill took the hit. It left a deep wound behind.
"He avoided it?"
There is curiosity in Black Demon's tone. He did not use all of his power.
But he had not done it carelessly either. He used the similar strength he had used to kill the Lifers below. He should have died if they were at a similar level.
Cha Jun Sung gulps and quickly creates distance between himself and Black Demon.
He has a cold sweat running all over his body. His battlesuit's temperature function is running properly, but this is not a matter of being hot or cold. He has been discovered and he only lost sight of the mutant for a moment, but he almost died.
"Damn it! Can't you just pretend you didn't see me and let me go?"
"Are you Korean?"
As soon as Cha Jun Sung spoke subconsciously, Black Demon responded in Korean. It did not surprise him. There is no reason to think that mutants cannot speak the human language. The probability of meeting one that can is low, but its final evolutionary entity is that of a human and it is a top level 7, so it could remember Korean.
"I guess you were Korean before you became a mutant? Let's go our separate ways."
Black Demon smiles.
It is true that he feels more affection than toward other humans, but he will not let him live. Once they reach level 9, they lose most of their human feelings. He will keep his old feelings in mind however, and kill him painlessly.
"Ugh, this is crazy!"
Cha Jun Sung read the meaning of the smile and shouted out in exasperation.
He exudes a feeling of death. He is intent on killing him no matter what.
'One on one?'
Cha Jun Sung rolls his eyes. White Queen's group did not come. They are in a weakened state due to the aftereffects of battle, so the opponent in front of him is the only one he needs to take on.
His thoughts continue to his actions as soon as he gets them organized. If he isn't in a good position, he will fight back. Black Demon tilts his head.
"That posture looks similar."
"Shut up. If you're not going to let me go, come at me."
"There are lots of things that are similar."
"What are you talking about?"
Cha Jun Sung organized his thoughts.
He will fight and go into his awakened state if he thinks he might die. He does not like that he will be found out by the helpers, but he does not want to die.
[Battlecore, Overbooster 100% deployed.]
[Combat function in full activation. Battlecore and Overbooster overlap in overmode! I will search for the enemy's weakness until the engine overheats in 2 hours.]
Odin analyzes Black Demon. Finding a weakness means analyzing to find things like where to attack or the nucleus, but the effect is high if they are stronger than the enemy and low if they are weaker. Even if the Lifer knows the weakness, he will die trying if he does not have the strength to act on it. Fortunately, there is a higher chance that Cha Jun Sung will be effective than ineffective.
The Overmode's power surrounds the battlesuit.
The driving force of the booster that reached over its limit pushed Cha Jun Sung right in front of Black Demon.
Boom boom boom boom!
The Overmode's attack power is ejected from Cha Jun Sung. Black Demon transformed both his arms to block Cha Jun Sung's attack and avoid it.
"You're pretty good. You're on a completely different level from the other guys down there. Great!"
He was right when he had thought that this Lifer might be good because he was alone. This kind of strength will allow him to survive in this rough world.
Odin calculates the path of the attacks that come in.
It is an anomaly, and he has no constant format. Since it is better to do it than not, the calculations and Cha Jun Sung's own instincts were combined to respond to the attacks.
'Ugh, why is he so strong?'
He is in an unawakened state. He cannot be pushed back if he cannot dominate, but Overmode and the effect of strengthening his body are not working.
The attacks stopped after the first few times, and all he could do was put up a defense after that.
Cha Jun Sung's sword and Black Demon's transformed hand tangle up dizzyingly.
The auxiliary sensor for motion detection constantly gives alerts on the enemy's attack.
Scratches on the battlesuit increase. He is avoiding critical hits, but the fact that he is allowing attacks means that his responses are slowing down.
[Lifer Cha Jun Sung, I can't predict that mutant's actions.]
[There are dozens of attacks per second, the speed of the blows is at the speed of sound. From the results of analyzing the enemy's unawakened behavior pattern, there is a high chance that it is level 9.]
Odin told Cha Jun Sung what he did not want to hear. He thought that this mutant would be level 8 at most, but the abnormal attack power he experienced opened the path from a level 8 to level 9.
'Which Disaster is he? He's not White Queen or Cruel King. Not Evil Queen either. He's not South America's Bone Monster or Oceania's Neptune.'
He has never seen Bone Monster or Neptune. It is impossible to see Neptune in particular. How is he supposed to be able to see a mutant that lives deep under the ground?
Countless Lifers searched all over Oceania's seas in submarines out of curiosity, but no one saw even a shadow.
"Black - Black Demon?"
He used process of elimination and said the last Disaster's name.
He hopes it is not. If that really is Black Demon, he cannot survive regardless of awakening. He still cannot fight against a level 9 and win.
"You have a good eye."
Cha Jun Sung ground his teeth hard when Black Demon confirmed the fact. To meet an opponent like that now, he cannot see his future.
Red Eye had said when they met a while ago that if he wants to know why they met, he should build up his strength and go to meet his father.
But his mind has become a mess because of the strong pressure put on him by his opponent. He cannot figure out how to explain it.
He took a deep breath. There is a saying that one can live if they keep their right mind even if they are being dragged away by a tiger. If that happens, it is honestly the same as being dead but since he himself has been placed in the situation, he cannot help but think differently.
The probability of living is 0% if he refuses this, and the future is just a death sentence.
Volume 6 / Chapter 185
Editor: Hungry Panda
Cha Jun Sung considered the number of cases.
If he awakens, he can do something about Black Demon in his unawakened state. But if Black Demon awakens, the gap he narrowed will widen again. He will really die.
'Let's run away.'
Since he needs to guard White Queen's group, it does not seem like he will chase him to the end if he gets away. He needs to take the first step properly so that he won't get caught.
"Odin, I'm going to run."
[With Overmode's output, you can go at mach 1 speed for 1 hour but I can't guarantee that you'll be able to get away from him.]
Mach 1 is another expression for the speed of sound.
He can go at 340 m/s in speed but a level 9 might be able to catch up to him with its physical ability.
Cha Jun Sung chose to run away. It hurts his pride to put his tail down without even fighting, but there are times when he can calculate when he needs to stay or go without measuring. The result doesn't need to come out to see if a tiger or dog is stronger. The gap between bravery and rashness is paper thin.
The reverse booster exploded while he was facing Black Demon, and he turned his body as he retreated. He just needs to keep going in a straight line like this.
But if he were going to run away, he needed to have run without fighting Black Demon. While he was dragging out the time, uninvited guests had gotten involved.
Bang bang bang!
A red meteor falls from the sky. When it collided with the ground, it destroyed everything within a radius and flung out large and small fragments. Cha Jun Sung was not taken aback by the unexpected situation and avoided the fragments, but he fell to the ground when he was hit by a big fist that came through them.
It is a battlesuit with its Overmode, battle function, in full activation.
The outer armor is always reinforced, so most shock is absorbed and blocked. But the hit he just was enough to not only neutralize the outer armor, but also enough to shake up Cha Jun Sung inside of it.
A large body walks out from the dust. A demon boasting black and red muscles, Red Eye is the one who knocked Cha Jun Sung down.
"I could have caught him. You did something unnecessary."
Black Demon hates when others interfere in his battles. He does not see it in a good light even if it is his son, Red Eye, especially if the fight is one against one.
"I'm sorry. It looked like he was trying to run away, so I took him down without thinking."
It was an action by reflex because he thought something bothersome would happen to Black Demon. He had not had any intention to interfere in the fight.
Black Demon waved his hand. What happened happened and it is in the past.
"What about the war?"
"As you can see….."
Red Eye spoke as he turned his head. Black Demon's attention followed suit and watched what was happening far away.
Dragon flies around like a jet bombing the ground, setting fire to everything. Those flames do not differentiate between allies and enemies.
Pew pew pew!
Things like flies fly around near Dragon as he flies around.
They are thousands of Lifers in battlesuits. They need to launch an air war if they are to fight a flying mutant. They know the Dragonos is level 8, but it will be pandemonium if they cannot kill it.
Lifers threw their lives into it and fought Dragon.
However, they cannot make much of an impact on Dragon's huge body with reinforced rifles and vibrating weapons. It was also impossible to use weapons of mass destruction because their target was constantly moving and even if they did use these weapons, they will all be swept through in such a close distance. A mutant like Dragon will not die even after being hit head on by a white phosphorus shell, but this does not apply to Lifers.
Red Eye has left the battle, but Dragon and the remaining mutants are enough to exterminate all of the Lifers, though most of them will die excluding Dragon.
"Red… Red Eye…"
Cha Jun Sung steadied his trembling body and stood up.
He is not wounded, but he had seen stars for a moment when his head was hit.
"You know me?"
"You know me too."
Black Demon is in front of him, Red Eye behind.
Though Red Eye is not in perfect condition, this is not a situation where he can win even if he fights to his death. The battle grew lukewarm with Red Eye's appearance.
Cha Jun Sung thought that communication might work because everyone involved is gathered together.
"This face - you remember it, right? You came looking for me yourself."
Cha Jun Sung took his helmet off. Since the situation has taken a turn for the worst, his mind and relaxed state came back to an extent.
He is still scared of Black Demon, but he can breathe with this much. It is an environment in which he is leaning on the moonlight for aid in darkness, but the matter of whether there is light is not important for these people.
"Oh! That human from then!"
Mutants are living beings as well.
They have feelings of course.
Sadness, rage, joy. Red Eye's emotion is astonishment due to surprise.
To meet in a place like this. He had not imagined that that they would meet like this where it is not just the two of them and Black Demon is here.
Black Demon looked at Cha Jun Sung's face and laughed with his shoulders shaking.
It is different from what has happened until now. He cannot get a grasp of the meaning, but it is not negative. They are the same. They are too much alike. How they look and how they act. He was wondering where he had seen him, but he is exactly the same and he can understand now.
On top of that, that appearance is himself before he evolved to a point that he could not go back from.
Black Demon untransformed both of his hands. Then the murderous feeling pressuring the atmosphere disappeared. Red Eye was also fascinated.
"I have something to talk about with him separately. You go down and guard them."
Black Demon told him not to go near the cocoon. If the weakened Red Eye goes close to the cocoon, it will attack him thinking that he is a source of nutrients.
Red Eye was upset that Black Demon was pushing him away, but he did not refute. He thought that Black Demon would not be doing this for no reason.
Cha Jun Sung gulps. He is curious as to what Black Demon will say.
He had not been able to explain their relations and had thought first of running away because of the murderous atmosphere and pressure he felt. His mind had become blank because he was so nervous.
"If you knew who I was, you could have said something? Why didn't you say anything?"
"That's easy to say….."
"Really? How immature. It's too fast. You weren't as strong as I wanted for you to be."
Black Demon grumbles. The Cha Jun Sung that he met had transcended humans.
He could win if it is one-on-one, but there is no guarantee when it is two-to-one. Compared to him, Cha Jun Sung now is weak.
He might be special in human standards but if that range is widened to mutants, he cannot even fit in the middle. The difference between the two groups is the difference between heaven and earth.
'That's not true. If I awaken, I'm confident in everything other than you and White Queen.'
Cha Jun Sung explained to himself when he heard that he is weak.
He needs to fight to know about mutants like Red Eye and Inferno, but he could win one like Medusa.
He had actually fought Medusa and Beholder at the same time and had dominated that.
Black Demon did not realize that Cha Jun Sung has he Oriax mixed in him.
Isn't it because this is not visible externally?
Cha Jun Sung does not have anything to say regarding this either. He cannot explain for certain either.
[Lifer Cha Jun Sung. What are you talking about with them right now?]
Cha Jun Sung hung the PDA up.
Odin could not get in another word before their connection was cut off.
He can be suspicious, but he cannot pressure a Lifer with something like this. He does not have the authority to ask and the Lifer is not obligated to answer.
"Logging out of the PDA… You act quickly. I'm sure you have a lot to ask."
"Huh? You know what a PDA is? A mutant?"
How much does he really know?
Could he know why this world changed so much and what Life Mission is?
"You're the one who gave me the notebook Red Eye brought to me, right?"
"Half? Is there a 3rd person involved in this other than you and Red Eye?"
"This place - I'm sure we're being watched, right?"
Cha Jun Sung was conscious of the sky when Black Demon poke.
It is a battlefield where level 8 and 9s have gathered. It may be impossible to tap them, but it is obvious that they are watching.
"I'll show you something interesting, though it's not supposed to be used this way."
A pair of bat wings grow from Black Demon's back. It is incredibly large, unfitting for his body. It is so big that it even looked heavy.
The world is covered.
A hemispherical dome of about 50 meters forms on a vast field with nothing and swallows Cha Jun Sung and Black Demon.
A gap forms between the wings to Black Demon's will. The surface is covered in bloody veins, and it moves with strange vigor like Parasite King's cocoon.
It is so large that Red Eye and White Queen's group can also see the dark tent from below the hill.
Other than Red Eye, they have no idea what it is being used for. The only ones who can know what is happening are Black Demon who created the tent, and Cha Jun Sung who is locked in against his will.
Whatever happens, Black Demon's dark tent showed up in Libya to talk without interference.