the mist bundles were also attacking from behind.

“Ahhh!”

“There’s more behind us!”

People who were barely stabilizing themselves were thrown back into panic.

Urgh!

People were running down the stairs in a frenzy of fear.

Suh-oh bit down on his teeth.

“We’re almost there.”

If they kept going like this, they would all collapse on the stairs together.

Suh-oh let his friend go down, saying,

“Okay, from now on, you can go by yourself, right?”

“Huh? What about you?”

His friend looked at Suh-oh in bewilderment.

Suh-oh shouted to the people holding fire extinguishers.

“I’ll take care of the back, so please make way for the people in the front!”

“Okay, got it!”

Finally, Suh-oh turned around and went back up the stairs.

“I don’t know what I’m doing.”

A blind person was pretending to be a hunter.

But there was nothing he could do.

His body moved first.

Shwaaaaah!


Suh-oh’s fire extinguisher attacked the mist bundle that was coming from behind.

Then, suddenly, it stopped.

“…Huh?”

[What happened?]

The powder that was being sprayed with great force suddenly stopped.

At the same time, the mist bundle that was relentlessly pushing them back and Suh-oh’s eyes awkwardly met in mid-air.

“Ha.”

Suh-oh laughed bitterly.

“We’re screwed.”

[Kraaaaaah!]

The mist bundle attacked Suh-oh.

Vroom!

A blue smoke engulfed him.

And that too multiplied into a new mist bundle…

At that moment.

Shu-waaaah!

[…?!]

The mist bundles finally faced each other.

The deep, dark abyss that lay within Suh-oh.

The Mist Borne, born from the remnants of magical power, was a feeble creature that moved only by instinct.
At the same time, if there was enough fuel, it could become incredibly powerful and endlessly multiply, making it a troublesome beast.

So, what was the best fuel for it?

Living creatures, and humans with abundant vitality were the best fuel, burning like dry firewood.

In that sense, the Guardian was an unparalleled prey for the Mist Borne.

However, at that moment,

“Shwaack!”

As the Guardian was devoured by the Mist Borne,

it was swallowed up by the abyss-like darkness within the Guardian’s body.

[…Kra?]

The bewildered Mist Borne looked around.

There was an endless abyss all around it.

But then, from the deepest part of the abyss, someone was looking at it.

The Mist Borne snarled fiercely, emitting blue smoke.

[Kraah! Kraa! Kraa…?]

But no matter how much it barked, there was only an empty echo.

Suddenly, the Mist Borne realized that it was not just someone in the abyss looking at it, but rather the entire massive abyss itself was looking down at it with saliva dripping from its mouth, like a delicious meal.

[Kyaaak?!]

Startled, the Mist Borne tried to flee, but the abyss opened its mouth wide.

Puh-shik.

“…Huh?”

The Guardian looked puzzled.

The Mist Borne, which had just attacked it, suddenly dispersed into the air.

And the human body that it had possessed was reduced to ashes and crumbled to the ground.

But then…

[The Mist Spawn has been defeated.]

[You have fulfilled the completion conditions of the ‘Secret Quest: Courage of the Weak’.]


“…What?”

Suddenly, a message appeared in front of Suho’s eyes, causing them to widen in surprise.

[Your level has increased!]

Flash!

A bright light enveloped Suho’s entire body.

Suho’s friend, Kim Daehyun, managed to barely escape outside of the art museum.

Thump.

As soon as he stepped outside, his legs gave out, and he collapsed weakly.

Daehyun’s gaze instinctively searched for Suho, but he was nowhere to be seen.

“Where’s Suho? Have you seen him?”

“Who’s that? Oh, the guy who was fighting with a fire extinguisher earlier?”

People remembered the student who had bravely fought with a fire extinguisher, but there was no sign of Suho.

Someone hesitantly spoke up.

“He went back up to help some others escape.”

“Wha… he’s still in there?”

The crowd murmured in shock.

Someone muttered with a glimmer of hope in their voice.

“But he’s a Hunter, he’ll be okay, right?”

“Suho’s not a Hunter!”

Daehyun shouted desperately, his voice filled with urgency.

His words were even more shocking.

“What? He’s not a Hunter?”

“He’s not even a Hunter, how could he…!”

All eyes turned towards the art museum.

Suho was… still trapped inside, unable to escape.

Just then, the Hunters arrived after receiving a report.

“Over here!”

It was Im, the assistant professor, who had fled first and led the Hunters back to the scene.

Im breathed a sigh of relief when he saw that everyone had managed to escape the art museum unharmed.

“Thank goodness.
Everyone made it out safely.”

“I convinced myself that choosing the best way as a Class E Hunter, but when I saw people, I felt guilty that I was cowardly.

“But how did everyone else make it out?” The hunters who came with Instructor Lim looked at the people with curious expressions.

In such an isolated space, where Mistborn appeared, how could so many people have survived? It was fortunate, but they were curious about the circumstances.

“More importantly, there are still people trapped inside!” Daehyun shouted urgently.

“Suho is still in there…!”

“Suho? Suho is still inside?” Instructor Lim turned her head to the art museum in surprise.

“If it wasn’t for Suho, we would all be dead!” Daehyun’s words made everyone’s expression grim.

The hunters asked curiously, “Is this Suho a hunter? What is his rank?”

“He’s…an ordinary person.”

“What? How could an ordinary person…?”

As the hunters were about to ask for more details, a ominous sound echoed from the art museum.

“….!” Everyone turned their heads in that direction.

Dark magical power surged over the museum building.

“Oh no.
Has corrosion begun?”

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