"…I'm going crazy."
"There's no end to everything.”
Hwasan's disciples were fed up with the endless lake of ice.
They have already traveled to Sacheon twice. Didn't you even go further to Unnam once?
However, at that time, the surroundings changed. Didn't you realize that you've come quite far when you see the scenery change and the scenery change even from the same distance?
However, this rotten lake looked like it no matter how many times it went. All you can see is snow-covered mountains and fields. And there's only ice. I felt like I was walking in place.
A beautiful landscape I've never seen before? A spectacular view that gives you the shivers?
That was the first time I saw him. Watching the same scene for days and days made me sick and tired of it.
If there is a snowstorm occasionally and the visibility is blocked, even that disappeared, but what is invisible cannot be considered new.
"How much further do we have to go?”
"…I think we're almost there considering the time we've run."
At Jo-Gol's question, Baek Cheon also stared forward with tired eyes.
Unexpectedly, my body wasn't that tired. Unlike the middlelands, where you have to cross hills, rivers, and mud, this endless ice lake was flat from beginning to end.
After I got used to running on ice, I was able to move faster.
The problem is that no matter how hard I go, I can't see the end...….
"Are we arriving?”
"…I'm sick and tired of just looking at the white stuff."
"It was pretty at first."
"Right? Accident? I liked it at first, too.”
About 10 days after coming to the North Sea, I understood why people were calling for a warm southern country.
Baek Cheon smiled bitterly.
Everyone has been dragging carts and complaining that it's tiring, but never complaining that they are tired of it. Considering that they are so talkative, the North Sea seems to be amazing.
"We're almost there now. Cheer up, everyone."
"Okay, death penalty."
Baek Cheon also grabbed the tired mind and gave strength to the hand that grabbed the cart.
Then Jo-Gol, with his head down, shouts as if he found something.
"Sasook! Look over there. Isn't that a folk house?"
Baek Cheon squinted his eyes and looked where he pointed.
"I guess so."
Perhaps thanks to the reduced snowstorm, the front looked wide open. The mountain, which had been pouting, gradually lowered, and the huts, which gathered tightly down the slope, appeared.
"It's a folk song!"
After nearly 10 days of absence from the village, the Baek Cheons were forced to cheer as if they had seen a persimmon in the desert.
"Let's go home!"
Baek Cheon nodded and turned the cart around.
Jo-Gol squinted slightly.
Yoon-Jong also tilted his head.
The entire group looked at the scene in front of them with a look of subtlety.
Unlike Jungwon, wooden houses lined up from side to side. In comparison, there was a similarity to the form seen in fishing villages in the Middle East. Of course, the shape of the house is different.However, if there is one thing that feels completely different from the fishing village in the middle of the country...….
"There's no one here.”
The house is lined up, but I can't feel any movement.
Everyone's gone, and only the house is left?
No, it's not like that either.
Smoke was flowing from the chimney rising from door to door at this moment. I was saying I was taking off the fire inside.
"Isn't it supposed to be out there?"
"……That's a possibility. Because it's cold."
"No matter how much you've done...….”
Jo-Gol tilted his head.
The overall feeling was a little wretched. Even though it was a village where people lived, I could not feel any vitality.
"Is something wrong?"
"…I think I've seen something similar. This is exactly what the plague was like in the village.”
"Then it's a real plague, isn't it?"
"Disaster is not a plague. In this cold, the Lord is freezing to death."
Yoo-Esul, listening to the three people's conversation, said quietly.
"Let's just tap. Door."
"Well, let's do that."
Baek Cheon nodded and approached the house in close view. I took a deep breath and knocked on the door.
Boom, boom, boom.
Boom boom boom!
However, no matter how hard I knock on the door, I can't hear anything from inside. Baek Cheon's forehead has narrowed slightly.
"…Shall we go to another house?"
"I'm afraid I should."
But the same was true elsewhere.
I knocked on several other houses nearby, but there was no answer.
"……What the hell is this place?"
Jo-Gol's face was completely distorted.
"The North Sea people said they were generous, right? Far from being generous, it's heartless."
Yoon-Jong frowns at Jo-Gol's words.
"Don't say it out loud. It is a rare place for outsiders to visit, so there may be severe vigilance. It's not easy to say without being in that position."
But Yoon-Jong also looked uncomfortable as if something was bothering him.
I can definitely feel a movement in the house, but it was frustrating that there was no answer.
"The death penalty. Knock more. Just a couple of places."
"Well, let's do that."
Since it's sad to go back like this, Baek Cheon also headed to another house.
Instead, I knocked on the door more carefully than before.
"This is a passerby. I'm not a bad person. I have a few questions, so...….”
And this time, fortunately, the door opened right away.
"Oh. Thank you……".”
But I didn't have time to thank you. Baek Cheon stepped back quickly. Because I could see something flashing inside the open door.
Back Cheon, who held the sword's handle reflexively, saw the person who had emerged from the inside and relaxed his hands again.
The big kitchen knife was obviously threatening, but it was the wrinkled old woman holding it. The scrawny hand holding the knife was shaking pitifully.
"Again…… and who else are you going to take away! Those who will fall into this hell!"
An old woman with teary eyes shouted and swung a knife.
Baek Cheon stammered slightly in a bit of embarrassment.
"Well, we're not like that. I just stopped by to ask for directions."
"Who's going to be fooled by that?"
Back Cheon took another step back, frightened by the seizure of an old woman wielding a knife. It's not a job to overpower, but it's a big deal if an old woman gets hurt."Grandmother, we are not bad people."
The door slammed hard. Baek Cheon stared blankly at the closed door with a blank face.
"……What's going on?"
"Didn't you say you were going to take someone?"
"Is there going to be human trafficking?"
The expressions of the Hwasan disciples hardened.
I've visited many cities so far, but I've never been so hostile.
Hye Yeon memorized dislikes a few times and opened her mouth with a worried look.
"It bothers me that people are too scared. I don't think I'm being beaten simply because I'm an outsider."
Baek Cheon scratched his head with a puzzled face. As Hye Yeon said, the reaction was weird.
Chung-Myung, who was standing in the back without saying a word, slightly raised his head.
"What are you gonna do?"
Chung-Myung shrugged as he looked at the village with slightly subdued eyes.
"The situation must be serious considering that Dong-ryong can't even communicate."
"Are you in a position to make such a joke, man?"
"I'm not kidding."
Baek Cheon's eyes were cramping up.
But just as he was about to have a seizure, Chung-Myung gave it a clean shot.
"Let's just go."
"I'd like to ask you a few questions, but…….”
Chung-Myung shook his head briefly after blurring the end of his speech.
"You don't mess with scared people. These people could be in more trouble because of what we did without thinking."
His voice was somehow a little heavier than usual.
Baek Cheon nodded silently and turned away.
"…Is it really going to be okay?"
Baek Cheon sighed at Yoon-jong's words.
"What can you do to scare us?"
"When people scare people, it means there's something wrong. Do you mind if I leave it as it is?"
Baek Cheon's gaze slowly swept through the village once.
"…I know how you feel, but Chung-Myung is not wrong. We're outsiders. If we step forward, the problem may grow."
"For now, let's find a fool's nest."
It was a moment when Baek Cheon was about to walk with a stiff face.
"Are you from outside or outside?"
Baek Cheon quickly turns his head at the sudden sound of a voice. He saw a half-hidden man behind the cabin.
He didn't give up all his body without knowing what he was so afraid of, and his head was shaking slightly.
"Yes, we're from the middle ground."
The man, who was told to be in the middle of the country, was frightened as if he had burned himself and quickly disappeared behind the hut.
"We are not bad people. I'm just here to ask you a few questions."
"How did the cause get here? Da, get out of here now! Now!"
"We came to the North Sea Ice Palace."
The man poked his head out again.
"So you got permission from the North Sea Ice Palace?"
"To be exact, I didn't get permission, I was introduced. We're not going to be beaten up by a fool."
I was suspicious of the man's eyes for a moment, but I leaned out a little more as if I had warmed up.
"Hagiya…… If you're not the one who asked for permission from the Bingo, you won't come deep into the North Sea in this winter. If you have an idea."
Baek Cheon glanced back at my priests, but they all remained brazen-faced with no facial expression.Baek Cheon's heart warmed itself.
"Where are all these scammers gathered?"
Whether the crooks are introduced to Hwasan or Hwasan is creating a crook.
No……. It's a problem either way.
"Yes, I've been running nonstop along the lake, and I've heard that there's a bingo here. Do you know which way to go to get to the Bingo?"
"The Ice Palace is……. Cough! Cough!"
Then the man, who was about to speak, suddenly began to cough violently.
"Are you all right?"
"…I'm fine…….Cough! It's all right."
It was just that moment.
The moment the man coughed up and down, something white popped out and fell to the ground.
"Ee, did you lose it?”
The Wasans backed away reflexively.
Whenever a man covered his mouth coughed, blood flowed out. Blood dripped over the white snow.
It's natural that you're bleeding because your tooth has fallen out, but it wasn't easy to think so while looking at the man's pale complexion and skinny body.
"…is it a freak?"
"Hey, look at that's it! It's a plague!"
When Jo-Gol shouted as if he was right, Baek Cheon turned his head and looked at Dang-Soso.
Dang-Soso rushed up to the man.
"Go, stay away from me."
"Wait a minute! I'm a congressman!"
The man flinched as Dang-Soso shouted. Normally she is just playful and bubbly, but Dang-Soso, who is in front of the injured or sick, is tougher than anyone else.
Dang-Soso's face got serious when he opened his mouth slightly after feeling the man.
"…Since when have you been like this? Is there anyone else in town with the same symptoms?"
"Yes? Yes……Two, two months ago...….”
She, who had her face distorted, suddenly asked.
"Can you open the door?”
"We need to check with everyone in town. I need you to convince him to open the door! Quick!"
Baek Cheon, who was watching from the side, asked with a slightly more serious face.
"……what's wrong with you?"
"I don't know yet. But it's not in a good condition. Whatever the disease is, I can't last long enough. I need to see more patients and check them out."
"Oh, I see."
They ran towards the nearest house with the man at the front. Everyone's face was as seriously hardened as ever.