Warm steam rose from the teacup on the table.
As the gathered disciples of Hwasan began to drink tea, the chief peeked into Chung-Myung's eyes.
As an old man, he figured out who he had to deal with without having to listen to the explanation.
"So…… what do you want to hear?”
Chung-Myung replied with a sour voice.
"It's obvious. The North Sea Ice Palace.”
As soon as the word "bingung" came out, the chief's eyes trembled. It was obvious that he was nervous.
The chief shook his head with an awkward smile.
"I'm just a country road. I know very little about the bingo."
"Hey, this old man is trying to back out.”
But Chung-Myung wasn't that easy. It was unusual to see him bending his neck from side to side.
"It's different when a person comes out of the intersection, you're all cured now?”
"Oh, my God, that can't be true. Even animals know grace, so how can they be human?"
"Then tell me quickly."
Chief sighed deeply at Chung-Myung's urging.
I can't refuse from a gracious standpoint, but it seemed a little burdensome to talk about the North Sea Ice Palace without hesitation.
Back Cheon, who couldn't see it, slipped out a helping hand.
"It doesn't have to be about the bingo. You can start by telling me why the situation in the village is like this."
Dang-Soso also helped Baek Cheon.
"Why did everyone refrain from going outside?"
The chief, who peeked at Baek Cheon, began to open his mouth as if he could not help it.
"It wasn't like this from the beginning."
As if he was frustrated when he brought it up, he let out a sigh similar to sighing.
"Originally, the Bingo was like an adult who could rely on the North Sea people. It was a place where I ran to help when I had a hard time, and when I had a hard time, I went out and solved it. That's why the North Koreans believed and followed in their hearts the Bing-goes."
The chief's voice was so serious. There was a slight sorrow and sorrow.
But Chung-Myung shook his hand in a state of mindfulness.
"No, that's enough."
I've already heard enough of this from Hanyi Myeong.
"What do you mean, people suddenly disappear?”
The chief peeked around at the question. He seemed to look around instinctively even though his disciples were right in front of him.
Finally the old man carefully opened his mouth.
"……and half a year ago, people suddenly went missing."
Everyone's eyes have become slightly thinner.
"If you're a person, what kind of…"…?”
"It's all men and women of all ages."
The chief sighed deeply.
"At first, I thought it was just an accident. As you may have seen on your way, the North Sea is barren land. Animals are fierce and wild, too. I thought this was the case this time because there were often accidents where people who went outside couldn't come back.….”
As he was speaking, his eyes kept looking toward the door, looking anxious. He seemed to think that someone might open the door and come in right away.
Seeing the scene, Chung-Myung eventually slipped toward the door. No matter who comes in, as if he's going to slap me.
The old man's words continued again.
"But the number of people who disappeared increased one by one. And the bigger problem is...There's no trace left. When an animal attacks a person, it leaves traces somehow. But this time, no matter how hard I search...….”
Chung-Myung's face was slightly distorted.You dragged a man away?’
A light scratch on the cheek asked him.
"What about the Bingo?"
"I don't think you've ever let go of a person's disappearance, but what did the bingo say?”
But the chief shook his head at the question.
"In the Ice Palace…… I just told them not to spread rumors because it was an animal's work. Those who unnecessarily spoil the mood will surely be true.….”
The faces of the Hwasan disciples are distorted.
It is these people who actually hunt and experience animals. No matter how great an idiot is, he can know the habits of animals better than them.
And yet to say that and send it back, the intention seemed too obvious.
The most severe hardening of the face was Dang-Soso.
"That's what the fool really looks like?”
"……Why would I lie, Senator?"
Dang-Soso bit his lips with an incredulous look on his face.
"I'm out of my mind."
Those who rule an area should never go against public sentiment.
Of course, the Sichundang family is also a gatekeeper who is said to be evil for a political faction, but they never intimidate the people living in the church.
In addition, they understand very well that the power of the party weakens as soon as the public sentiment leaves.
But instead of helping people in this barren place, you're trying to intimidate and weigh them down...….
"What a mess."
Chung-Myung kicked his tongue.
If the North Sea Ice Palace was originally such a place, it would not have dominated the North Sea for hundreds of years.
Apparently the new princess who caused the rebellion seemed to have a problem.
Then Baek Cheon asked with a stiff face.
"How many people have disappeared?"
"…I'm over thirty in my town alone."
A groan-like voice leaked out.
"There are other villages around here, right?”
"Yes, as far as I know, things are not that different here."
The chief bit his wrinkled lips and lowered his head slightly.
He seemed to suppress his overwhelming emotions.
"The fact that the demons that you mentioned before are wandering around...….”
"It's the demons."
The old man's voice was trembling as if suppressed.
"People suddenly started to disappear after the demons were seen. Even if you don't doubt it...….”
"I don't think so?"
"You think that's right, don't you think so?”
Hwasan's disciples looked at each other and nodded.
Those black-clad demons, of course, must be the marchers.
Binggo wears white clothes as a symbol like snow. So, they won't have to wear black to hide their identity in this land, which is completely dominated by the North Sea.
"To sum up…….”
Chung-Myung tapped on the table.
"A few months ago, all of a sudden, black-clad men were spotted, and at the same time, people began to disappear?”
"So I stayed at home to avoid the black people, and I got a freak out…"….I would have gotten some fresh food by trading with the midfield, but that's not good either."
Chung-Myung, who was cleaning up, smirked.
There is a strange way that things in the world flow. The things that happened were intertwined and caused this terrible situation.
Chung-Myung, who was organizing his thoughts, looked back at the chief as if he had found something missing.
"Did you say there were other villages?”
"Yes, I am."
"And what about there? If things were similar, you'd definitely have a freakin' going around.”
"I don't think it's any different.….”
Before the chief's words were finished, Dang-Soso jumped to his feet."Then we need to treat it right now...…!”
But before that, Chung-Myung reached out and fed him a clout.
"Please don't get carried away because you can cure it if you don't come forward like that."
"It's not something to get worked up about."
Chung-Myung's eyes, which dried up Dang-Soso, had subsided slightly.
'Well, this could be worse than I thought.’
The other Hwasan disciples seemed to note that the Binggoes were intimidating the people, but Chung-Myung's attention was a little different.
Mufa cannot abandon the people who protect the area.
Basically, Mufa is like a leech that sucks the high blood of both people. This is the reality of the matter.
In the first place, things that are stuck in the mountains and wielded without plowing a field themselves cannot be done without people digging the soil.
No matter how crazy the current Binggoongju is, he must have been from an important post in the North Sea Binggoong Palace, but there's no way he doesn't know this reason.
It means the North Sea Ice Palace is completely out of control.’
The palace owner may already be a puppet of the horse.
I'll have to check it out.’
A little while ago, something gross started to creep up deep inside my heart.
At the sound of the call, Chung-Myung, lost in thought, looked at Baek Cheon.
"Oh, no...Your expression...….”
Baek Cheon closed his mouth trying to say something. I didn't know what to say.
It was a look I had rarely seen in Chung-Myung.
Of course, whenever I was angry or experienced something serious, I showed my face a few times, which is different from what I usually do now.
Under the eyes of Baek Cheon, Chung-Myung looked as if he had never done so. Then I nodded lightly and looked at the chief.
"So, what did you do?”
"You gave a ridiculous answer in the Bingo, but you didn't complain?"
"Oh, my... How dare we protest against the Bingo? If you do that, you'll lose your neck."
Chung-Myung sighed softly, squinting his eyes.
"Is it the same elsewhere?"
"That's right. That's right."
"……Yes, I understand for now."
When Chung-Myung nodded, Baek Cheon and other disciples alluded.
"Jung-Myung, this is...….”
But the answer was the same as already set. Chung-Myung's face was already heartbreaking.
"Well, it's a matter of no conclusion unless you go to the Bingo. Now that we've done everything, let's go to the Bingo."
"What about other towns?"
"It's a problem that's solved by feeding themselves raw food. It's when we didn't know how to treat them, but we have no reason to stick together. If it's a real problem, you can catch more fish and go."
"More, more? Amitabha Buddha! Amitabha Buddha!
Hye Yeon, who had been quiet, said with great fright.
"Shi, Shizu! Please leave me out this time!"
"Why? Are you tired? I hope Shaolin's monk, who's supposed to save lives, doesn't mean he doesn't want to get in the ice water?"
"It's not like that."
Hye Yeon shook her head with a heavy face.
I was just a bit of a crybaby, and there is no big problem if a warrior about Hye Yeon goes into the ice water. The real problem was somewhere else."No matter how much I save people, the fish I catch is a life. To be a Buddhist and kill...….”
"I'm the one who pulls you up while you're just grabbing me. And it's not like you're killing him."
"But it's hard to fool you. Amitabha Buddha."
Hye Yeon said with a cry of disapproval.
"I'll do everything else, so please understand me for this, Shizu."
In his desperate complaint, Chung-Myung tilted his head as if he really didn't understand.
"You don't want to do it because you don't feel comfortable killing?"
"…Don't you think it's meaningless at the time when the bear leather is covered like that?"
"Who in the world wears animal skin? Have you ever heard of it?”
Hye Yeon opened her mouth wide and opened her eyes wide.
"Phew, Amitabha is frozen to death. If you look at him wearing animal skin, the Bodhisattva will be slapping him on the chin with his kidney, where are you looking for Amitabha Buddha?"
Hye Yeon seemed really embarrassed. It was like taking turns looking at the face of Chung-Myung and the bear leather that he was wearing over his head.
"Yeah, it's weird, but I didn't notice it at all."
"…If another monk had worn it, he would have known it was strange.”
None of Hwasan's disciples even noticed that it looked strange. The monk is wearing animal skin, and you take it for granted.
"Yes, I guess it's because you're friendly."
"It's cute to be round."
It was Hwasan's disciples who found out that Hye Yeon had been completely colored by Hwasan.
"Uh.Uh! What did I do?"
When Hye Yeon tried to take off the bear skin with an urgent touch, Yoon-jong grabbed his shoulder and shook his head.
"…isn't it better than freezing. Buddha will understand."
Chung-Myung lashed his tongue as he saw Hye Yeon, who was devastated by the pain.
Chung-Myung, who was about to make a rebuke, suddenly shut up. Then he glanced at the door with his sparkling eyes.
It was the moment when everyone wondered about the sudden response.
"What the f*ck?"
Chung-Myung, who muttered quietly, kicked the door out. How great the speed was, when everyone else went out, it was already dotting away.
"What's wrong with him all of a sudden?"
"Let's go after him.
Everyone followed in the footsteps of Chung-Myung without any hesitation. Cool tension began to grow on their faces chasing the already distant back of Chung-Myung.