Chapter 23. Timothy’s loyalty, and Kimura’s disappearance

Kang Chul-In dove straight to post-war management. But… as soon as he started, the vessels in Kang Chul-In’s forehead bulged. It had happened after he checked the amount of gold.

‘…what is this idiot?’

Unfortunately, the gold that he had taken from Kimura was only 2 thousand gold.

Two thousand gold.

If you had estimated 1 gold to be about 400 dollars, two thousand gold would be about 800,000. It was a lot of money.

However, that was not enough. It was incomparable to the amount that Kang Chul-In had imagined previously.

‘Control yourself, calm down… Urg!’

Kang Chul-In had to fight the urge to run to Kimura and grab him by the collar and mustered up all his patience to calm himself.

It was too little.

The price of the Burrow land would be at most 4,000 gold, but aside from the two thousand that he had acquired, where had the remaining four thousand gone?

“Sovereign.”

Lucia, who was holding Laputa’s Soul Core gingerly, asked carefully when she noticed Kang Chul-In shaking in anger.

“Is there something wrong?”

“There is too little.”

“What? What do you mean…”

“The gold that we took from him… it’s too little. There is only 2 thousand gold.”

Lucia was also surprised at what Kang Chul-In said.

“Two thousand? There is no way! There needs to be at least four thousand!”

“… I think he spent a lot. He probably spent excessively seeing the money.”

“Oh my G.o.d!”

“There is nothing we can do. We can’t tell him to return gold he has already spent.”

“That is true.”

“Lucia.”

“Yes, Sovereign.”

“That’s why….”

“Please speak.”

“Can you give me 500 gold from my private pocket?”

Kang Chul-In said, a little embarra.s.sed.

Private pocket.

It was personal money only for a Sovereign. More simply put, it was an allowance of sorts for the Sovereign. It was usually decided after consulting the advisor, but Kang Chul-In was embarra.s.sed because the financial state of Laputa was quite bad. They were very close to being in financial trouble, but as soon as some money came in, he had asked for personal money.

“Sigh…”

Lucia sighed.

Kang Chul-In, a bit embarra.s.sed, pretended to do something else.

“Sovereign.”

“…Speak.”

“I would have given you a thousand gold, if you have asked without hesitation.”

“There is a saying, a man is able to be proud if his wallet is full.”

“Yes.”

“If you were to maintain your dignity, you would need at least a thousand gold. I will give you a thousand.”

Lucia had big hands.

“This Lucia, even if we have to save and go without, will give you enough allowance! Even if all the people have to eat boiled cattle feed instead of bread!”

But she must also have known how to apply pressure.

“…Give me only 500 gold.”

“Is that enough?”

“…it is more than enough.”

Kang Chul-In succeeded in getting 500 gold in allowance.

It was then.

From far away, Timothy ran with his short legs towards him and kneeled in front of Kang Chul-In.

“Sov, Sovereign…!”

“This Timothy, after much thought has decided to serve you, Sovereign! Although I am an unfaithful body that has changed Sovereigns, I will give all I have to serve you! Please take me…!”

“Stand, Timothy.”

Kang Chul-In smiled widely and stood Timothy up.

“You are an important a.s.set that will take care of my land’s administrative duties and distributions.”

“I will appoint you the land’s executive official. Also, I will also entrust you with the military distributions. Your t.i.tle…”

Kang Chul-In who was in thought for a moment turned his head and smirked widely.

“is administrative supply officer.”

“Administrative supply officer!”

“Yes.”

“Entrusting such an important task to me… I am grateful!”

Timothy was crying as he thanked Kang Chul-In again and again. However, Kang Chul-In’s intentions were black and evil.

‘Heh, heh… I will bury you in papers.’

Timothy had the skill of being more and more effective the more and more he was overworked. In order to make him the most productive, night s.h.i.+fts were a must.

“I will go attend to post-war management, so you rest well for the time being.”

“Yes, Sovereign!”

Kang Chul-In, who had sent Timothy away, went immediately to his Royal Guard to reward them for their contributions.

“Hooray! Hooray!”

“Glory to the Sovereign!”

“Congratulations for the win!”

Laputa’s soldiers congratulated Kang Chul-In and celebrated their victory.

“Tonight, I will send beer and sausages, so everyone eat and drink to your heart’s content!”

Kang Chul-In suggested a meal to comfort the soldiers and reward them for their heard work.

“Woah—!!!”

“This is the best!”

Like young, energetic men, the soldiers were extremely happy at the news of beer.

He met the people of the land as well.

A couple of the women of the land, gifted Kang Chul-In bouquets of flowers or necklaces made from flowers. Amongst them was Lana, Rustler’s daughter as well.

“My Lord…”

Lana who was not yet of age, blushed and looked embarra.s.sed.

‘What the. What’s wrong with her?’

Kang Chul-In was taken aback by Lana, who was twisting her body, but he did not show it.

“Sovereign… Lana is…”

Rustler’s only daughter spoke and lowered her eyes to the ground. Her ears were so red that it seemed like it would explode at any moment.

It was then.

Commander James ran to him quickly and yelled to Kang Chul-In, covering Lana’s voice.

“Sovereign! Sovereign!”

“What is it, James?”

“I have gathered the surviving Ants and the fire toad in the drill grounds!”

“Right. I will go now.”

Kang Chul-In turned towards the drill grounds right away. It was important to deal with the enemy troops.

Lana, who could not finish her sentence, blew air in her cheeks and glared at James, but no one noticed.

Kang Chul-In, who arrived in the drill grounds, looked at the enemy troops from the reviewing stand. They looked horrible, all of them horribly burned.

“Lucia!”

“Yes, my Lord.”

“Bring all the honey from storage and feed it to them.”

“Yes, Sovereign!”

Honey for ants were the best health food, and the medicine that cures all. For them who were insects, sugar was the most nutritious.

“James!”

“Yes, my Lord.”

“Give them potions. Take care of them so their wounds will heal well.”

“Yes, my Lord!”

After giving the orders, Kang Chul-In left the stand and headed towards the leader of the Ants.

“You are probably hurting a lot, and also very sad.”

Verna, the leader of the Ants, opened her eyes wide at Kang Chul-In’s comforting words.

“I feel sorry.”

“No…its nothing…”

“But what can we do? War is all like this. If I did not want to die, I had to kill you instead.”

“I know…”

Verna lowered her head.

“You must hate me and despise me… but what can we do. The Burrows are under my leaders.h.i.+p now.”

“Yes, Sovereign.”

“I wish to entrust you with the architecture of this land.”

In the surprising offer, Verna opened her eyes wide.

“I will not send you to battle. Building, I will only ask you to build. Would you help me and build grand buildings in this land?”

“Do you mean that, Sovereign?”

“I know that your happiness is work, and only work. I do not need anything else. I want only work, and not fighting power from you.”

“Then…!”

“Will you do it?”
“Yes, Sovereign! No, my Lord! I will serve you!”

Verna bent her six legs as best as she could and bowed as best as she could.

“I will serve you to the best of my ability!”

“I will serve you to the best of my ability!”

“I will serve you to the best of my ability!”

All the ants all vowed their loyalty to Kang Chul-In.

‘Simpletons.’

Kang Chul-In smiled in the inside.

Honestly, this kind of show was not needed, for he was able to control them, but there was a big difference in doing it and not. There was a difference in loyalty.

[Gained +30 Favorability from the Ants]

[Loyalty of the Ants from 60 to 75]

It was effective, as expected.

‘Ants are great manpower.’

Kang Chul-In wanted the ants vigorously.

There were dwarves who specialized in architecture, but dwarves were more useful in craftsmans.h.i.+p or as blacksmiths. For simply building architecture, ants were the best in construction sites. They were manual laborers down to the bone… and were a great labor force, so they would be extremely helpful in internal affairs.

Also, they enjoyed doing manual labor, so he did not need to feel guilty in putting them to work. They would not complain no matter how hard he worked them.

“James.”

“Yes, Sovereign.”

“Follow me with the flame toad.”

Kang Chul-In, who had left the drill grounds, finally went to the place where the land’s blacksmith worked.

“Oh, welcome, my Lord!”

The old man who worked as the blacksmith of the land was called Vulkanos.

“This guy, can you raise him well?”

Kang Chul-In handed the flame toad’s leash to the old man.

“This guy!”

“This place is the foundation that determines our land’s military force. The blacksmith’s workshop needs to be well stocked so good weapons can be made.”

“Thank, thank you my Lord! Gifting me with such a good monster!”

The old man Vulkanos kneeled and bowed.

For a blacksmith who worked with metal, a fire toad would be extremely helpful. A flame toad would be a great a.s.set and friend.

“I will support you well from now on.”

Kang Chul-In was a conquest Sovereign. There was no way he would be cheap with his support in a place where weapons were made.

“This old man, will pay back with twice, no ten times more than what you have supported me with!”

With that, post-war administration was finished. Night had fallen and torches were hung all over the land.

‘I’ll finally go home.’

Kang Chul-In was planning to return to Earth as soon as the sun rose tomorrow. He would visit his mother and also check on the status of finding Kwak Jung.

The next morning, Kang Chul-In stood in the magic square that lied in the center of the Sovereign Hall. However… he could not see the person that he was supposed to see.

“This idiot, where did he go?”

Kang Chul-In asked, and James’ face hardened.

“It’s… that…”
“Speak.”

“It seems, like he hid somewhere.”

“What?”

The person that Kang Chul-In was looking for was no other than Kimura. He was going to take him along when he was returning to earth.

“It’s that… there were a couple people who heard him whining that he did not want to go home.”

“He doesn’t want to go home?”

“That he is scared of his house… he said he would much rather stay here.”

“…what is he?”

Kang Chul-In put his face in his hands, as if he was annoyed. He had spared Kimura’s life, yet he didn’t want to go home. He could not understand what kind of a messed up situation this was.

“Find him, before I get back.”

Kang Chul-In ordered. Then, a man who seemed like he would be handy with a pair of handcuffs answered.

“Yes, my Lord.”

Podorski smiled widely and answered. On his waist were a pair of silver handcuffs, gleaming in the light.

“Leave it to me, my Lord!”

Was it just him that felt a.s.sured that it would get done when Podorski answered?

Kang Chul-In shook his head and activated the magic square. Returning to Earth was priority.

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