t lot.
Among the scattered weapons that had become sparse after people had already picked for themselves, I grabbed a random sword.

 

My posture was deliberately idiotic.
My foot position was strange, and my weight distribution was all over the place.
The grip on the sword was also very uncomfortable.

 

The way I acted was like a complete beginner with a lack of common sense.

 

Taking a deep breath, I swung the sword with all my strength.

 

whoosh

 

Compared to Ponytail Girl's ‘whoosh!’ It was a sound that lacked power.

 

But as if it was enough, I slightly lowered my head and then moved my steps towards the thick grass.

 

One step.

 

Two steps.

 

Three steps…

 

Stop me.
Stop me quickly.
If I enter the grass, I might accidentally regress.

 

I was pretending to be calm, but as the grass got closer, my heart felt like it was about to burst.

 

Finally, the moment I was about to step into the grass.

 

“Wait.”

 

Ponytail Girl blocked my path.

 

“You…
What are you going to do?”

 

The fish had taken the bait.

 

.

.

.

.

    

“You…
What are you going to do?”

 

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Choi Ji-won, the woman whom Kim Jun-ho arbitrarily named Ponytail Girl, was currently very annoyed.
The reason was simple.

 

“…Yes?”

 

It was because of the man in front of her who casually answered.

 

As soon as the 'Notice' appeared, he was talking about joining forces and going to defeat the boss.

 

And when no one responded and he got discouraged, she could endure it and still stuck to her corner.

 

However, she couldn't just stand there and watch as he decisively raised his sword and walked leisurely.

 

“What were you planning to do with that sword?”

 

Looking at the sword in his hand, the man gave an embarrassed smile.

 

“I… was planning to go and defeat the boss.”

 

“Alone?”

 

“The name is Goblin Shaman, right? Who knows if it's unexpectedly weak? After all, it's still a goblin.”

 

The reasoning the man revealed behind his decision was exactly as Choi Ji-won had imagined.

 

This fool had recklessly decided to go and defeat the boss alone, even if it meant putting his life at risk.

 

It's just a meaningless death.
Does he not know that?

 

I don't like it.

 

An unnecessary irritation surged within her.

 

‘…Ji-won, let's just let him go.
You can't save everyone.
Just by choosing to protect this empty lot, you've done your duty.’

 

But her cherished sword, ‘Boong Boong,’ opposed her. 

 

Its name was somewhat childish – a result of inheriting the sword at the age of seven.

 

Some might wonder why a sword was speaking here all of a sudden.

 

The reason was simple. 

 

It was one of the traits that Choi Ji-won possessed.

 

Divine Sword Union [SSS]

 

-The state where a person becomes a sword, and a sword becomes a person.
To humans, it grants the sharpness and strength of a sword, and to the sword, it grants the wisdom of a human.
 

   

When people talk about ‘Sword Union,’ it usually refers to a term used in martial arts novels when someone can freely manipulate a sword as if it were a part of their body.
However, Choi Ji-won's case was a bit different.

 

Literally, the sword became a part of her.
And not just as an object, but with its own consciousness.

 

Choi Ji-won could feel what the sword felt.
And the sword could also feel what Choi Ji-won felt.

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Truly, it was a Divine Sword Union.
They became closer to each other's essence and became one.

 

The sharpening of the senses and increased strength were all due to this unique trait.

 

The reason she recognized Kim Jun-ho's acting the first time he asked her to teach him was also because the sword had informed her.

 

‘He may be a good person.
But there are many good people.
You can't save everyone… Right now, getting accustomed to your changed physical abilities is a priority.
You haven't fully adapted yet, have you?’

 

As if understanding what Choi Ji-won was thinking, her sword Boong Boong tried to persuade her.

 

Rationally, Choi Ji-won acknowledged that Boong Boong was right.

 

Thanks to the 'union', Choi Ji-won's physical abilities had skyrocketed, but she was yet to get used to her new body.

 

That meant she couldn't freely manipulate her body, and a significant portion of her power could not be used.

 

That wasn't all.

 

Thanks to the effect of her abilities, she could sense a ridiculously powerful monster in the distance.

 

If that was the ‘boss,’ Choi Ji-won too would have to give up defeating it and go in search of the Golden Orb.

 

But-

 

“You…
You might die doing that.”

 

“Haha…
I’ll be fine.
Probably.”

 

-If she escaped like that, what would she do with this man who was smiling in front of her eyes?

 

Is he thoughtless or excessively brave?

 

Because someone kept appearing to overlap with him, her heart felt unusually uncomfortable.

 

‘…Sigh.
You've made up your mind.’

 

Boong Boong let out a sigh.
Since it could read Choi Ji-Won's thoughts, it must have noticed what she was just thinking.

 

“…Sword.”

 

“Yes?”

 

“I'll teach you for a little while.
Follow me.”

 

It was just a whim.
It was mere hypocrisy caused by her uncomfortable feelings – something like a momentary kindness, like tossing a penny to a beggar on the street.

 

But even such a momentary kindness-

 

“…Really? You're going to teach me swordsmanship?”

 

-For some, could be the greatest act of kindness they received in their lifetime.

 

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