Arena Chapter 46

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Chapter 46 Return (Part 1)


In a completely empty world, there is nothing but white.

I have come back to this wearisome world full of white.

“You have come, examinee Kim Hyun-ho.”

The baby angel greets me after I come through the exam door.

And maybe he does respect other peoples’ feelings because this time he doesn’t obnoxiously blow his horn.

I sit down where I was standing.

By coming through the exam door my physical body was completely healed, but not my exhausted mind.

With a forlorn tone of voice, the baby angel speaks.

“You have come alone.”

“…”

I have.

I am alone. There is only person that has returned to this place.

Only I have returned from that hell.

Joon-ho and Hye-su are dead.

I haven’t yet seen Kang Chun-seong’s death, but seeing as how he did not return, I am positive he has died.

That day, when I lost reason after Hye-su died, the one who rescued me was Kang Chun-seong.

‘Go on ahead. I’ll take this.’

At those words I had come back to reality.

But how could I escape alone?

I hesitated.

We have to fight together.

But I was no longer any help. The summons time was over and Sylph had gone away.

Kang Chun-seong had already taken his attention away from me. His two eyes were focused only on the strong Leon Silver.

Leon Silver too looked like he had found a new enjoyment in Kang Chun-seong’s glare.

“Go. I will see an end to this with this guy and follow after. No matter how long it takes, I will return.”

Like that, I left Kang Chun-seong and ran away.

Regardless of day or night, I ran like mad. Thankfully, my physical strength buff entry level 4 was able to handle it.

The forest ended and when I arrived at a tall and steep mountain, the exam door appeared before me and I stared at it and collapsed onto the floor and sobbed.

Joon-ho, murdered in vain.

Hye-su, looking at me with her sad eyes in her moment of death.

Kang Chun-seong, sending me away and continuing the fight alone.

Now, at the feeling of loneliness in knowing that I am alone, I felt like going crazy. As the team leader, not only did I sacrifice the village people, but I survived by sacrificing all my team members too.

“You look sad.”

At the baby angel’s words, I come back from my flashback.

“But you did clear the exam so congratulations. Congratulations, examinee Kim Hyun-ho. You have gained the highest grade this time as well.”

“…”

“Man, you have no energy, this is no fun.”

The baby angel tried to delicately tease me, but I don’t have the energy to reply.

The baby angel stared at me, then suddenly says.

“Then an energy booster quiz!”

“…”

“When you used Sylph to shoot, how did Leon Silver know which direction the gun was shooting without seeing it?”

At those words my eyes open wide.

Yes, I found that strange too.

How did he know, with what and where, the gun was coming from?

He would not have known Sylph’s movements.

Then…

I think deep. And then one answer comes to mind.

“… smell.”

“Correct!”

“God damn it!”

It was smell.

Sylph, of course, has no sound or smell, but not the Mosin-Nagant. We had shot many times, so it must have been the smell of the gunpowder.

‘I was foolish.’

If only I had gotten that.

Using Sylph’s power, if I had eliminated the smell and then shot, we might have had a different result.

Because of Joon-ho’s death and the bastard’s pressure mind games, I had not thought about it clearly.

If only I had done a little better! Then Hye-su wouldn’t have had to die!

“I know, huh.”

The baby angel retorted after hearing my thoughts.

“If examinee Kim Hyun-ho had done a little better, examinee Lee Hye-su probably wouldn’t have died.”

“You shit!”

“Hehehe.”

I’m furious and glared at him but the baby angel went around in circles and laughed.

“Have you learned a little lesson now?”

“What lesson? That if you’re stupid, you die?”

“What do you mean stupid. Examinee Kim Hyun-ho did very well in this exam too. But still.”

The baby angel flapped his wings, flew towards me, and shoved his face into mine.

“But you need to do better than that.”

“…”

“In tense situations, even when close to death, examinee Kim Hyun-ho must be cool-headed and wise. Do you understand? Because I am rooting for you to make it to the end.”

“…”

“Now, now. You should hurry up and go. See you again in the next exam.”

As the baby angel flicks his finger, the exam door appears.

I opened the door and stepped towards the bright light.

And the third exam is over.

***

The research center is in a panic.

Including Cha Ji-hye, everyone is moving busily.

Lee Joon-ho, Lee Hye-su, Kang Chun-seong, are being pulled from their rooms.

The three of them have died of a heart attack. That is the last step of the those who died in the Arena. But in real life, their bodies are at least whole, which offers a little comfort. At least, here, they look peaceful.

“Are you okay?”

Cha Ji-hye comes to me and asks.

I weakly reply.

“Do I look okay?”

“I’m sorry. It was a useless question.”

“What will happen to Joon-ho and Hye-su now?”

“We are taking them to the hospital. They will be ruled as sudden deaths and we will notify their families.”

“I guess that’s what will happen to me too.”

“If you lose your life in the Arena, yes.”

I can picture it easily.

A scene with my family grabbing my corpse and wailing. To the family, it’s a shock out of the blue.

“Today, return to your family and rest. We can hear your 3rd turn report later when you are mentally recuperated and stable.”

“Okay.”

Cha Ji-hye says a quick farewell and perhaps she is in a rush, because she disappears off to somewhere.

And then, the Yoo Ji-soo team finishes their exam and comes out.

Yoo Ji-soo, Cha Jin-hyuk, Lee Jin-yong.

19th turn, no, now the 20th turn team, all three have safely returned. I envy them.

“Wow! Long time no see! I totally forgot about you! What was your name?”

The dyed-blonde Yoo Ji-soo makes a fuss when she sees me.

‘It’s been so long you forgot my name?’

I find her behavior to be strange.

The kind-hearted Lee Ji-yong explains my confusion away.

“You guys are 3rd turn so at the longest, your exam would have been, 2 weeks? We had to clear a 3-month long mission.”

“Oh…”

I spent ten days in Arena. They spent 3 months. And yet to all wake up the same day, it feels odd. That we have returned to the same time but lived a different amount of it.

“Your other members?”

Asks Cha Jin-hyuk.

“… you called it the 2nd and 3rd turn jinx?”

That answer was sufficient.

Yoo Ji-soo and Lee Ji-yong’s faces freeze.

“Damn…”

Cha Jin-hyuk scratches his head.

“Everyone died but you? A team like yours? Impossible! What kind of shit exam was it? That fellow Kang Chun-seong, his skills were incredible!”

Said Yoo Ji-soo, unable to believe it.

“It’s all my fault.”

“Shit, now what. So no you have to clear the exams by yourself?”

“I suppose so.”

Then Lee Ji-yong came to me and patted me on the shoulder.

“Don’t give up because you’re alone. There is a way to get the help of other examinees in nearby areas.”

“Other examinees?”

“Yea, other examinees in nearby area sometimes rescue teams in difficult situations like you. The research center will probably see if there’s a team for your rescue nearby.”

“Or sometimes they just give up on the teams with no prospects too.”

Said Cha Jin-hyuk.

“Hey!”

Scolds Lee Ji-yong.

Cha Jin-hyuk paid no heed and continued.

“Don’t trust the research center too much. These people aren’t a volunteer organization. Even though it seems like they are giving their whole-hearted help for the examinees, they aren’t nice enough to invest labor and resources into a team with no prospects. Even more so for a team like you with all your members dead and a lone 3rd turn rookie.”

“Hey! Stop saying your useless shit!”

Yoo Ji-soo yells angrily at Cha Jin-hyuk.

“I’m just letting him know. He shouldn’t get stabbed in the back a step too late, he should prepare himself.”

Cha Jin-hyuk keeps talking to me.

“Listen carefully, your manager Cha Ji-hye is a sincere woman, but the people above her aren’t like that. She’s in a position where she has to periodically send in her performance reports to the politically powerful above her, so they won’t do anything that will put themselves at a loss. They’ll probably destroy your contract and discard you.”

“…”

“Prepare your heart for it, and no matter what, try your hardest to survive. Before you go home today, ask Cha Ji-hye to give you all the information she has on the Arena. Cause if you get dropped, there’s no way for you to have access to that information.”

Cha Jin-hyuk’s advice is cold but a big help to me.

After hearing it all, it makes sense.

There doesn’t seem to be a good chance for the research center to pour in lots of money, time, and effort into a team, into me, with a high chance of dying.

On top of that, it’s not a long term contract but a 1-year contract, so that’s that much easier to get rid of.

I bow deeply to Cha Jin-hyuk.

“Thank you for your advice.”

“You’re welcome. Go on now.”

“Hold on, wait!”

Yoo Ji-soo grabs me.

She hands me her phone.

“Your number.”

“Excuse me?”

“It’s good to keep in contact with fellow examinees, you know.”

“Oh, yeah.”

I obediently input my number into Yoo Ji-soo’s phone.

She pats me on the shoulder.

“Hang in there. There’s nothing else I can say but that.”

“Thank you.”

With Cha Jin-hyuk’s advice, I immediately go to find Cha Ji-hye.

But Cha Ji-hye doesn’t seem like crafty woman, so I tell her truthfully.

“Tell me honestly. What are the chances that the research center will continue to support me?”

“…”

Cha Ji-hye’s expression grows dark. Indeed, Cha Jin-hyuk was right.

“Please give me all the information you can on the Arena. If it so happens that I no longer receive the help of the research center, I have to keep clearing the exams and live.”

“… I cannot definitively say what decision the upper authority will make regarding you. Even though you have a very special main skill, you are now your 3rd turn and have lost all your team members and they’ll see that very negatively.”

“I understand.”

She sighed.

“I will give you all the information I can offer. Even so, I don’t have the high-ranking information, but it will be better than nothing.”

Cha Ji-hye took out her notebook and started it and moved some files over to a USB and handed it to me.

“For now, take this. Regardless of what the research center decides, I will continue contact with you and do my best to help you.”

“Thank you.”

“No. As your research center manager, it was my insufficiency that produced this result. I can only say sorry.”

At times she is impudent but I can tell Cha Ji-hye is a sincere person.

I say goodbye and get on the helicopter and then the car and arrive back in Cheonan.

The time passed in the real world time has only been a day, but I feel as if I haven’t been home in years.

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49 thoughts on “Arena Chapter 46

  1. This was a good chapter that shows the sotry being realistic but there’s something that made me a little bit pissed off, maybe because he focused too much on the woman. Stupid. But anyway thanks for the great chapter

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    1. Waht

      I’m actually happy everyone died. Or, for the very least, I’m happy that there was a huge time-skip.
      I was already expecting the story to drag on that stupid scenario for like 10 chapters, but it actually only lasted for 2-3. Now that we’re over that stupid situation, the story can move on. At least it feels like it.

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  2. Deal with it

    R.I.P. Kang Chung Seong
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    😲no0O
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    The author even killed off Kang Chung Seong……
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    I’m eager to read for more development and more interesting side character. (#)
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    I hope the sacrifices (their death) were enough to pay for that. (#) 😎

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  3. DocB

    fuck that smell explanation:
    first: a gun recently fired will have smell correct but will have always the same smell so it can be use for tracking, not to know if some is shooting it and were they are aiming.
    second : even if the last statment was false, and he somewhat was able to do it, smell is capture of particles in the air so unless the wind travelled at speed superior to the bullet (which remove the necessity of a gun cause they are in a tornado) there is no way that he could smell the gun when it was fired.

    nevertheless thnaks for the chapter

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      1. Waht

        Are you guys daffy, or are you incapable of understanding: “Unless there’s a wind which is faster than a moving bullet, there’s no way to “smell” the gun’s direction.”

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        1. don’t assume the physics in that world are exactly like ours ~ plus, he was smelling the gun before he shot (the left over smell of gunpowder still on the gun from when he shot it the day before or w/e?), I have no clue how smelling the gun would help you figure out where its aiming but…meh

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          1. Waht

            There’s nothing to suggest their physics are any different. So I’d say you shouldn’t assume otherwise.

            And the smell thing…Canines have such strong sense of smell, they can practically see the actual particles responsible for the smell, and differentiate between them. It’s not a leap in logic to assume they can tell direction.
            The only issue, is that smell does not spread out that fast, especially not when the one who’s moving is as fast / faster than the wind (Sylph).
            The only way for smell to spread out quickly, is when it is carried over by the wind. But, again, Sylph and all.

            The wolf reacted way too quickly.

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          2. Waht

            Heck, according to the story, Smell is spread out even faster than bloody Sound.
            Do try to recall a lightning-storm. When a lightning touches the ground, do you immediately hear it? Of course not, it takes sound time to travel. It depends on the distance between oneself and the storm, but it’s usually between 5 to 8 seconds of lag.

            And you want to tell me that smell moves even faster than the speed of sound? (roughly 330 meters per second) Bullocks. Even if you claim that the wolf picked up on the smell *while* Sylph tried to circle around him, there’s hardly enough time for that.

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            1. smell is spread out faster than sound? I don’t feel like reading the chapter again to remember what you’re talking about….and of course it doesn’t…I’m not saying that he’s smelling the gun THE INSTANT BEFORE HE SHOOTS. obviously, it shouldn’t work, it makes no sense…but it did, so who cares? in the end, I was just pointing out not to assume that the physics of the world are the same as ours…I mean, before the arena’s were a thing, there was no magic on earth (or our planet), but magic and other races like lycans and elves exist in the arena world….can I not assume the physics are at least a little different?

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            2. Waht

              No. You cannot. Because magic has nothing to do with physical particles which work exactly the same way. If smell-particles move faster than bullets, than that should be true about other things in the world. You cannot just say “well physics are different” in the most vague and convenient way possible.
              You can say, however, that the author made a mistake but it doesn’t affect your ability to enjoy the story. That much is fine. You can even say that you don’t care, but you cannot pull two separate elements together (physics and magic), and assume they somehow affect each other.

              And even if the Werewolf had some form of a magical ability to sniff out smells from afar, I’d like that discrepancy to be part of the story. The MC cannot be so analytical, yet fail to comprehend such a simple truth without clearly pointing out the fact that the author made a mistake, and it wasn’t planned.

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      2. Toddleson

        The gun was 300 meters to his right, how would scent have travelled from there to his nose before sylph pulled the trigger.

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    1. Bob THE Bob

      I guess he used the smell of the gunpowder not to know when the gun is firing but to know where the position of the gun is (remnant gunpowder inside the gun). Since he can assume that the gun is always pointed at him he only needed to protect his vitals and since the cat, only aiming to kill (oversight of the mc), only attempted to shoot his vitals made it predictable where the target is and I guess his shield is big enough to protect him.

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    2. He used the smell to know their location, not to know where the gun was pointing. He just had to put the shield between him and the location where the smell was coming from.

      He doesn’t need to smell the gun when it is fired. If you fire a gun once, there will already be a lot of gunpowder residue that he can track. Considering he had been shooting that thing for weeks, the gun and himself must have been covered in the smell.

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  5. Damn. I thought at least the kung fu guy would survive…

    This didn’t seem like the light atmosphere kind of novel, but things sure damn did take a turn for the heavy and worst. Poor MC.

    Thanks for the chapter! 😀

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    1. Waht

      I’m somewhat glad everyone died. It’s a form of catharsis, it allows me to move on from a shitty situation I could not care for to begin with.

      The moment that first guy died, I just went: “okay, fuck this. he died a stupid death, I don’t care anymore. Just skip it.”
      And the author really did skip it. After the girl died, boom — time-skip.
      At least now we have the opportunity to wonder where does this story can possibly go from here? Hopefully not to the trash of emo bitching and lollygagging.

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  6. fatpanda

    Thank you very much for the chapters… That’s really a heavy blow. I at least expected that one more member will survive (like Kan-chun-seong). I guess I’m getting lulled again… Wonder how would he deal with it. Thanks again.

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  7. cwoverclock

    1. I’m crying because of the wipe.
    2. Having to pass through a door is fundamentally flawed in the Arena. What if your tasked to kill someone, you win, but are too injured to move and so are your teammates? In a similar work like Terror Infinity you get instantly transported to your base and can get the chance to be healed when the mission is complete. Maybe the reason the author got the MC a ranged power is because of this. As a fighter it is more likely to get serious injured, and a ranged will ideally either be injury free or get killed instant when someone gets close.
    4. That man who said he felt sorry for the MC after hearing he did well in his first two exams. I think the exams are based on the strength of the team, and if you do too well you get this kind of third exam. One were if you make a fee small mistakes you can end in a wipe. He probably got a lot for just surviving, but if theynhad all made it and defeated the guy, their rewards would probably be broken.
    5. How is the arena formed? The way they talk about it seems that each team goes to the same world and is shared, but how does that work? If you kill all the red apes does that mean future teams won’t face them? If you burn down the forest where will future exams take place. If the Arena is a shared world by all it doesn’t really work, so I hope that I’m just mistaken and missed something.
    6. Smelling the gun makes sense for a werewolf with superior smell. It’s kind of iffy, but it just depends on how sensitive their noses are.
    7. Don’t know how I feel for or against solo. He had a great team that could grow with time, especially the fighter who was starting to get OP. The fighter was also so developed by the author I never believed he would die here. They could have become the strongest combo together! The MC going solo… I’m not for, but I’m more against him starting up another team.

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    1. gyratos

      Well I don’t understand myself… It’s called a jinx because everyone lose a member in it but according to their infos and description their test was insanely difficult and imo even the friendly team on their 18-19th test would have lost at least a member against this silver wolf :/ I wonder if he can save his teammates with the reward of the exam :/

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  8. I hope he is became solo fighter, because it is too much to make him pairing with another team…

    And will make more depressing for me, i will forgive the author if he (MC) become another team member, i will forgive him (author) if he makes the MC a loner fighter

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  9. wes174

    what the fu$k? so you can get strangeled in the first test and live and die in the rest? what was the point of all the devlopment if the author kills the whole team? so basically, mc’s gonna live while everyone else continuely dies around him? great…..

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  10. Anto Wibowo

    what a twist! i actually kinda liked it though, i guess it’s not that easy going on the surviving side.
    Thank you for the chapter!

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  11. Wasn’t expecting this mission to be a total fail and for Kang Chung-seong to also die… That sucks! I bet none of this would’ve happened if he had kept the magical gun! And How many points DID he get??? Anyway, this is hopefully going back to the same situation as to when he first entered the arena! I wonder if there’s a way to bring back your previous team mates in the shop… Anywho, I guess the next chapter signals a new beginning ^^

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  13. Alexelielchain

    Bullshit! I’m happy that the 2 worthless character died but Kang Chun-seong?No!.It’s kind of irritating.I guess I just stay low in reading this for a while until more chaps pop up or maybe not.I kinda hate useless MC afterall

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  14. wew.. this chapter is so epic.. totally didn’t expect complete wipeout >.<
    as always thank you for the amazing chapter :3
    going to add this series as my recommendation for this month!

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  15. Well these stories usually have a way to resurrect dead allies for a steep price so I’m guessing that’s what will happen down the line, because that martial arts guy was too powerful to drop just like that.

    Still, I’m a bit upset that the lycan boss had plot armor, it’s obvious that the author wanted to make a setback happen for dramatic tension (the same thing happens in Gantz and Terror Infinity). The notion that they will drop the MC from the program is BS tho, it’s a low cost investment so even with low survival chance it’s still worth it. Again this is pretty obviously to create some kind of drama, but maybe the MC can gain more freedom from it.

    Finally, after thinking it through, I think that there is something incorrect in the way the author made the chain of events happen in the village. I don’t see how the MC’s plan made for an easier escape than if they never stopped at the village or if they left after killing all 4 lycans. They would have honestly more advance that way than running right before the battle, because even if the boss didn’t come, that battle would not take long enough to make a difference. The MC’s reasoning leading to that situation was IMO very contrived from the author, just to lead to the MC coldly sacrificing the villagers. If they had left the village quickly while covering their smell and changing direction, the chances of survival were much better IMO. Oh and another oversight is that even when they travel for days, the lycans cover the distance from their base pretty much instantly because reasons.

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  16. Toddleson

    What bullshit was that scent explanation. Im sorry author, please dont try to be clever if you’re not going to pick a plausible solution. If you had said sight or sound I might have belived you. The sounds of wind blowing as sylph moved around is more belivable than the scent travelling fast enough for him to dodge bullets.

    Dogs and wolves have powerful noses, scents that are carried by the winds and left in tracks can be picked up by their delicate and powerful noses, true. scent cannot be picked up if it has not travelled to their nose yet! sylph moved with the gun to his right side! unless a wind carried the scent to his nose before sylph pulled the trigger then he would have no idea where she is!

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  17. Kazuya

    I honestly don’t get why everyone is acting as if the MC and his team are at fault for ending up in that situation when it was the research centre that fucked them over with the false, out-dated info they gave.

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