Reaper of the Drifting Moon Chapter 498

September 12, 2023 • 12 min read • 579 views

The martial artists of Guryongsalmak who were staying at the New Moon Manor disappeared without a trace.

Normally, if so many martial artists had moved, there would be some kind of evidence left behind. However, whatever method they used, the Guryongsalmak vanished from the world without leaving a single trace.

It was an impossible feat for ordinary people or groups. But considering it was So Yeowol and Guryongsalmak, it wasn’t strange at all.

The Guryongsalmak had always moved secretly.

Even Pyo Wol wasn’t aware of their existence until he became involved with the Guryongsalmak.

It was unlikely that those who had been hidden behind the scenes in Kangho, inciting chaos, did not have a safe base prepared.

Cunning rabbits have three burrows.

Guryongsalmak would have prepared a very large and secret burrow.

Considering So Yeowol’s personality, there would be no immediate move from the Guryongsalmak.

It was clear that she would be patient until she had full control over Guryongsalmak.

Pyo Wol knew her personality better than anyone because they were both in the same boat.

“It won’t be easy to find her in a short time, now that she’s determined to hide.”

“But we can’t just wait for her to show up, can we?”

“We need time as well.”

Although Phantom Bone Transformation had transformed his body, there was still energy inside him that he hadn’t completely absorbed.

If he moved without fully digesting the remaining energy, there would inevitably be problems later on.

Pyo Wol needed time to settle the energy.

Their current safe house was not enough. They needed to find a new one.

“Alright. Leave the task of finding a new safe house to me.”

“Okay!”

Pyo Wol entrusted the task of finding a safe house to Hong Ye-seol and headed towards where Do Yeonsan and others were.

Thanks to the divine physician, their injuries were healed, but they were all very tired. They needed rest as well.

As Pyo Wol approached, the divine physician spoke.

“Now I need to go back to the Gi Family Clinic.”

He believed that the Wind Saint would protect it, but he still needed to see the safety of Gi Family Clinic with his own eyes to feel reassured.

“Are you going to Soyang alone?”

“This friend here agreed to go with me.”

“Friend?”

Pyo Wol looked at the person the divine physician was pointing to.

It was Sal-no.

Sal-no greeted Pyo Wol with a hug.

“Sorry for the late introduction. Please call me Sal-no.”

“Sal No?”

“Yes! I will safely take this friend to the Gi Family Clinic and come back.”

Sal-no said with a smile.

In the end, the divine physician couldn’t overcome Sal-no’s stubbornness and accepted him as a friend. The fact that Sal-no was an assassin was not a problem.

This was because among the people the divine physician had befriended so far, there were those with even worse backgrounds.

The problem was trust.

He couldn’t fully trust Sal-no, whom he had just met. But Sal-no was so friendly that he couldn’t push him away.

So, the divine physician decided to take a risk for the first time.

Behind this decision was his faith in Pyo Wol.

He thought that as long as Pyo Wol was there, Sal-no wouldn’t be able to pull any tricks.
Pyo Wol stared intently at Sal No.

Sal-no didn’t avoid Pyo Wol’s gaze either.

Pyo Wol said,

“Make sure not even a single hair is harmed.”

“Don’t worry. Although I’m old and my body has become dull, my skills are still useful. And I don’t want to lose the friend I made in my later years so soon”

“I’ll trust you this time.”

“Thank you. Then, I’ll be on my way.”

Sal-no hugged Pyo Wol.

At that moment, Nam Shin-woo cautiously said,

“Brother, I’ll go to the Gi Family Clinic too. I’m worried about whether our master is safe.”

“Do as you wish.”

“Thank you, brother!”

So Nam Shin-woo also left for the Gi Family Clinic in the city of Soyang with Sal-no and Divine Physician.

Hong Ye-seol found a suitable safe house in less than half a day.

It was an abandoned house on the outskirts of Giyang.

The size of the deserted house, which had been abandoned long ago, was quite large. A major fire broke out in the village where the abandoned house was located, burning most of the houses and causing the people to leave.

The Black Shadow Assassins cleaned up the garbage-filled abandoned house in no time and made it a livable environment.

Thanks to that, Pyo Wol’s party could rest without any worries.

Hong Ye-seol told the Black Shadow Assassins.

“Keep a close watch on the surroundings and don’t enter the house without my permission.”

The Black Shadow Assassins obeyed without a word and left the palace.

“Now we can rest comfortably.”

Hong Ye-seol said with a satisfied expression.

Do Yeonsan spoke to Pyo Wol.

“We’ll use the rooms over there.”

The rooms he pointed to were in the most remote part of the abandoned house.

There were two rooms side by side, one for Do Yeonsan to use, and the other seemed suitable for Eun-yo.

As Pyo Wol nodded, Do Yeonsan and Eun-yo each entered their respective rooms. They wanted to restore their qi and rest as soon as possible.

Pyo Wol also went into a large room. However, Hong Ye-seol followed him in.

As Pyo Wol looked at her with a puzzled expression, Hong Ye-seol laughed.

“You still have trouble moving around on your own, don’t you?”

“…”

“So, I’ll take care of you. Like a baby…”

Bam!

Hong Ye-seol closed the door without waiting for Pyo Wol’s response.

“Sigh!”

Pyo Wol let out a sigh. But Hong Ye-seol didn’t care and approached Pyo Wol, putting her arms around his neck and looked into his eyes.

“Ha ha!”

***

Pyo Wol didn’t come out of his room for five days.

The problem was that Hong Ye-seol didn’t come out either.

Do Yeonsan and Eun-yo weren’t so naive as to not know what that meant.

Yet they could remain calm, because they had seen such a spectacle quite often.

Pyo Wol had a charm that captivated women.

No matter how cold-hearted a woman was, she would inevitably waver when standing in front of Pyo Wol.

Pyo Wol did not reject the women who approached him.

Having seen such scenes quite a bit, Do Yeonsan and Eun-yo were confident that they would not find it strange even if Hong Ye-seol didn’t come out for a few more days.

Pyo Wol opened the door and stepped outside.

Perhaps due to his complete recovery, his skin looked even whiter. His skin, bathed in sunlight, was glowing.

Hong Ye-seol was glued to Pyo Wol’s side. For some reason, her face was full of blush.
Do Yeonsan and Eun-yo greeted Pyo Wol.

“Brother!”

“Big brother!”

The two of them approached Pyo Wol with a happy expression.
Pyo Wol asked them.

“Has everyone been well?”

“We’re fine…”

“Great. We’ve fully recovered, both inside and out.”

Pyo Wol nodded at their answers.

“That’s a relief.”

“And how about you?”

“I’m doing very well.”

Pyo Wol spoke without hesitation.

It wasn’t often that he expressed himself this way.

It had become his habit to always be cautious and hide himself as much as possible.

The fact that he broke this habit to speak indicated that his physical condition was at its peak.

It wasn’t just because of his complete recovery.

It was thanks to the enlightenment and the absorption of all the remaining energy in his body during those five days.

The one who helped Pyo Wol the most was Hong Ye-seol.

Sharing the bed with her significantly helped in dispelling the residual turbulent energy within his body.

In the Taoist way, harmony between Yin and Yang was important.

It was believed that the energy of Yin and Yang would not only coexist but also develop in a better direction when they stimulated each other, and indeed, it was true.

Thanks to Hong Ye-Seol, Pyo Wol was able to calm the rampaging energy within his body and fully absorb it.

Hong Ye-seol said,

“Now I’ve repaid my debt to you, right?”

“Yes!”

“Hehe!”

Hong Ye-seol smiled with delight.

Then, suddenly,

Squeak!

A sharp whistle sound was heard.

The smile on Hong Ye-seol’s face disappeared instantly.

The whistle sound they heard now was a signal from the Black Shadow Assassins, who were guarding the area, warning them of an approaching intruder.

Pyo Wol asked Hong Ye-seol,

“What is it?”

“It’s a signal that someone is approaching the abandoned house.”

“An intruder.”

“But they say it doesn’t seem to be hostile. What should we do?”

If Pyo Wol just said to kill, the Black Shadow Assassins would eliminate the intruder without a trace.

Pyo Wol shook his head and said,

“Let him in.”

“Alright.”

Hong Ye-seol responded and whistled long. Then, another short whistle sound came from outside the wall.

Now, the Black Shadow Assassins would not move.

Creak!

A moment later, someone opened the door of the abandoned house and entered.

The intruder, carefully looking around inside the house, broke into a wide smile upon seeing Pyo Wol.

“Here you are, as expected. Pyo Wol!”

“Hong Yu-shin!”

Pyo Wol recognized the intruder immediately.

It was Hong Yu-shin, the Chief Inspector of the Hao Clan.

Hong Yu-shin approached with a smile.

“I was very worried, but thankfully, you are safe.”

“Are you okay?”

“Thanks to you, I’m fine.”

“That’s a relief!”

“It’s just a shame that I couldn’t finish the job properly.”

Hong Yu-shin sighed.

It was clear that Guryongsalmak would become a persistent thorn in their side.

He had hoped that while he and Wind Saint were buying time, Pyo Wol would completely take care of Guryongsalmak.

If only they could eliminate the influence of Guryongsalmak, the chaos in the martial world would be somewhat alleviated.

That’s why he had taken the elite members of the Hao Clan on this risky mission. However, contrary to his expectations, the Guryongsalmak had stubbornly survived.

Before coming here, he had also investigated the traces of New Moon Manor. As a result, he confirmed that a significant amount of power had safely escaped from the New Moon Manor.

He immediately mobilized the Hao Clan to track the whereabouts of the Guryongsalmak. However, they had disappeared without a trace.

It was nearly impossible to evade the attention of Hao Clan in the entire world. However, the elite members of the Guryongsalmak who had escaped from the New Moon Manor had accomplished the impossible.

In the end, Hong Yu-shin had no choice but to admit Hao Clan’s defeat.

“Damn it!”

If he failed to cut off the lifeline when he had the chance, it would undoubtedly lead to complications in the future.

Hong Yu-shin hoped that this time, there would be no such problem.

After completely losing track of Guryongsalmak, the first thing he did was to find Pyo Wol.
Finding Pyo Wol was not easy.

It was because the Black Shadow Assassins had thoroughly erased any traces. However, the power of the Hao Clan was incredible.

Eventually, they discovered that Pyo Wol was staying here.

Hong Yu-shin looked around the inside of the abandoned house and said,

“It looked completely abandoned from the outside, but the inside is not.”

“We’ve put some effort into it.”

“It seems so. May I sit down for a moment? My legs hurt from walking a long way.”

“Go ahead.”

“Thank you.”

Hong Yu-shin sat down on a chair in one corner of the yard.

Thick beads of sweat were continuously running down his forehead. It wasn’t just because the weather was hot and he had walked a long distance.

A high-level martial artist like Hong Yu-shin wouldn’t sweat that much just from that. He was sweating so much unknowingly due to the tension.

Pyo Wol crossed his arms and asked,

“What’s the matter?”

“What?”

“You have something to ask for, don’t you?”

“How did you know?”

Hong Yu-shin’s eyes widened.

He had hit the nail on the head.

It was an intuition that went beyond common sense. It seemed like nothing could be hidden in front of Pyo Wol.

“Sigh!”

Hong Yu-shin let out a sigh.

Pyo Wol silently looked down at Hong Yu-shin.

Hong Yu-shin stared at the ground for a while.

It was after a long time had passed that he looked up at Pyo Wol again.

“I would like to stay here and search for the Guryongsalmak, but I don’t think I can.”

“Did something happen?”

“I received an order to return to the main sect immediately.”

“Why?”

“The situation at Poyang Lake is critical.”

“What do you mean?”

“A group of assassins, the Killer Gates, are gathering at Poyang Lake.”

“Killer Gates?”

“Yes! Numerous Killer Gates have gathered around Poyang Lake. If they officially join the Golden Heaven Hall and the Silver Lotus Hall, countless people will die.”

“So?”

“I would like you, Grandmaster Pyo Wol, to step in and prevent the Killer Gates from taking on their request.”

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