“Are you asking about the role?”

From his briefcase, Im Sang Hyuk took out a piece of paper and pen.

Then, he drew two large circles. He wrote A, B, C on the left and D, E on the right.

“E rank hunters don’t really have much to do at high and mid-ranked gates. Like I mentioned before, the only thing they can do is carry things for the other hunters.”

Taking his pen, Sang Hyuk pointed to the left circle.

This time, he pointed to the right circle and spoke.

“But at a low ranked gate, E rank hunters are able to participate in the hunt. Our guild only takes on low ranked gates.”

“Hm, that means if I join the Grace Guild, I’ll be able to participate in guilds.”

As if he was contemplating about something, he continued talking.

“But, in the E rank hunter’s point of view, isn’t it better to just make money the easy way? Is there a special reason why they would risk their lives and go hunt?”

“I would like to remind you that mid and large guilds already have the E rank positions filled. A special reason…would be income, right?”

“Income?”

“As a carrier, they follow the hunters and only get a fixed amount. But, if you go hunting, the amount will be distributed. For example, our guild collects all the money we earned that day and distribute it according to the number of offensive members. If our earning was 100 and there were four offensive members, then each member will receive 25. Lastly, we distribute the income with the guild. For E rank hunters it’s 4:6 and for D rank hunters, it’s 5:5. Every guild has a different way of distributing the money, but that’s how it works in our guild. Do you understand?”

“Oh, I see. I got it.”

Si Hyun nodded his head as if he had understood it.

Truthfully, Si Hyun needed to hunt in order to fulfill his quest.

As long as he could hunt, it didn’t matter what kind of guild he joined. But, if he were to join a mid or large sized guild, he’ll just be a carrier.

In a way, he couldn’t decline this offer.

“Is there a deposit?”

“Unfortunately, there aren’t any guilds that will give E rank hunters a deposit.”

“I see…oh, right. There’s something I need to tell you.”

Si Hyun spoke as if he had just remembered something.

“What is it?”

“I work during the weekday, so is it possible for me to work at the guild just on the weekend?”

“I apologize for being nosy, but may I know what kind of job you have?”

“I’m a ward.”

“A ward…then aren’t you a public officer?”

“That’s right.”

“I heard that it’s impossible for public officers to have another job…”

Sang Hyun’s expression became a bit stern.

“Technically, that’s correct. Other than government job, one isn’t allowed to have another job. I’m not sure if you know, but there’s actually a lot of people that have a second job. Some work at bars, as a chauffeur, at dry cleaners or delivering newspapers. There’s a variety. It’s usually the people that run a business under their wife’s name or people that pick up part time jobs that can’t be covered under the four major insurances.”

“Are you saying that as long as you don’t get caught, it’s okay?”

“Yes.”

“In that case, don’t register at our guild, but I’ll write it off as a part time worker. If I pay you in cash, you won’t get caught, right?”

“Yes.”

“I understand. Let’s do that. If that’s your situation, you may work just on the weekend. Honestly, among the E rank hunters, there’s a lot of people that have two jobs.”

“Is that so?”

“It’s hard for them to make money. If both couples worked, then it wouldn’t matter, but if only one worked, then it’s hard to raise their child. That’s why they have two jobs.”

“That’s a relief. Also, our guild tends to work on the weekends anyways. It’s because there’s a lot of students and office worker. Now, can I show you the contract?”

“Yeah.”

Sang Hyuk pulled out the contract and showed it to Si Hyun.

“Read carefully. Let me know if you have any questions.”

Si Hyun started reading the contract.

It’s something he always felt, but why were contracts always so complicated? It would be nice if it was simpler.

At first, Si Hyun read thoroughly, but as he continued reading, he just skimmed through it.

If the guild made an unfair contract so that the hunters were at a disadvantage, they wouldn’t last long in this industry anyways.

“I’m done.”

“What do you think? Will you sign the contract?”

“Yes, I’ll sign it.”

Since he had already made up his mind, Si Hyun answered without any hesitation.

“Ha ha ha. You made a wise decision. I hope we’ll get along.”

“Please take care of me.”

Just like that, Si Hyun officially became a hunter.

***

“Is it that building?”

After signing the contract on Monday, Si Hyun was on his way to the Grace Guild. In his hand was a smartphone with a navigation app open.

The Royal building in Geumcheon-gu.

That’s it.

Although the name was Royal, it was a shabby, five story building.

With dark stains all over the building, it seemed like they didn’t even paint the outer building. There were cracks in various places. I was honestly scared for my life.

‘There’s no elevator.’

Si Hyun entered the building with a dumbfounded expression. It’s been a while since he’s seen a building with no elevator.

Well, it’s my fault for expecting an elevator at a place like this.

The Grace Guild just had to be on the fifth floor.

Si Hyun walked up the narrow, dark stairs.

The stairs weren’t that high, so he was able to walk up to the fifth floor fairly quickly.

On the glass door, a Grace Guild board was placed above the ‘Push’ sign.

He didn’t think much on his way here, but now that was here, he was feeling a bit nervous.

It was the same type of nervousness as when starting a new job.

Si Hyun took a deep breath and pushed the glass door.

Inside, Im Sang Hyuk was with another man he had never seen before.

He had narrow eyes and a narrow nose.

He looked like he was in his late 30’s.

“Hello.”

Si Hyun greeted first.

“You’re here. Si Hyun, please sit here.”

Sang Hyuk pointed to the sofa that was located next to the receptionist.

Before Si Hyun sat down, there was a guy had an odd smile on his face.

“Are you a newbie?”

“That’s right.”

“Wow, our leader finally recruited someone.”

“Hey, Min Joon. Why are you talking nonsense to someone you just met?”

“You know it’s true. Anyways, nice to meet you. My name is Kang Min Joon. I’m a D rank hunter and also a knight. I’m also the main dealer of the guild and the main tanker. I have a pretty complicated role.”

“Nice to meet you as well. I’m Lee Si Hyun. I’m an E rank hunter and also a soldier.”

Despite of the fact that Min Joon heard him say that he was an E rank hunter, he didn’t neglect him at all.

With that, Si Hyun’s first impression of Min Joon was positive.

“How old are you? I’m 30-years-old.”

“We’re the same age. I’m 30-years-old as well.”

“You look pretty young. I thought you were younger than me. Let’s talk casually.”

Min Joon first suggested that we talk casually.

He seemed to be pretty carefree.

“Sure.”

“Great. This way, we’ll both be comfortable, right, Si Hyun?”

“Min Joon, aren’t you being too careless?”

“What of it? Our guild is a real family. I liked the family-like atmosphere, so I was going to die in this guild.”

“Min Joon is right. You seem older than me, so please talk casually. It’s uncomfortable.”

Si Hyun said with a smile.

“Well, if you say it like that, then I’ll talk casually, Si Hyun.”

Sang Hyuk answered with a slight awkward expression. He seemed like the type that had a hard time getting comfortable with people that he just met.

“Welcome, you’re the fifth member of the family.”

Moments later, Min Joon gave Si Hyun a cup of water and spoke again.

“The fifth?”

Si Hyun had an odd expression.

He didn’t quite understand what it meant.

“Our guild originally consisted of four members, and now that Si Hyun joined, he’s the fifth.”

“What?”

I knew it was a small guild, but only five people? No, only four before he came in?

He had a hard time processing the number.

“Ha ha. It seems like you’re having a hard time believing it, but it’s true. Our leader co-signed a document, which made him go bankrupt and he’s just now recovering from it. We’re known as the poor guild, so who would join us?”

Sang Hyuk had a painful expression. It seemed like he remembered something he didn’t want to.

“Do you really think he would’ve mentioned this? I’m sure he recruited Si Hyun without mentioning any of this.”

Min Joon smirked.

“People will be able to tell just from looking at my clothes. Yeah, right. I’m sorry for not saying this earlier Si Hyun.”

Sang Hyuk apologized while scratching his head.

“It’s fine. I was a bit surprised by the number of members…It doesn’t really matter to me as long as I can hunt.”

“Right, right. You joined the right guild. Although we’re poor, we treat each other like family. There isn’t a guild that has this kind of atmosphere.”

Si Hyun took a sip of the water that Min Joon gave him.

“What about the other two members?”

“The other two…Oh? I think they’re here.”

As soon as the glass door opened, a person walked in.

“The lady of our guild has arrived.”

The person that walked in was a woman that had a slim face and was wearing a pair of skinny jeans and a white shirt.

She had a distinct face and seemed pretty smart.

Even while wearing sneakers, her height seemed to be over 170cm. 

“Eun Hye, we have a new family member.”

 

<The Grace Guild> End





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