{ Chapter 13 – Hero Maker }


Ariel Everray; A freshman at the International Hero Academy who had only decided to become a hero a few months ago.


“I’m looking at you and talking to you, so why are you pretending not to know?”




From the first day of the Academy, she faced the biggest challenge of her life.


“You don’t remember, Ariel!”




Trauma, a supervillain, who appeared like a comet just a week ago, a terrifying person with an unclear identity and neither a predictable nor controllable purpose-


“We met last time.”


-was talking to her with a transparent barrier around him, blocking any approach.


“Oh, you’re talking about the academy.”


Ariel, who had been drenched in a cold sweat, slowly opened her mouth at the little pressure of Trauma.


“Now you remembered.”


“Well, I should thank you for that.”




“You… you saved the Asbouste commander and me…”


But she couldn’t even finish her words and blurted out the end.




It was because the Trauma's atmosphere of muttering while slowly tilting his head to the side was unusual.


‘Uhg, the atmosphere has changed.’ 


She thought to herself, recalling the day a week ago when the figure that seemed like a doll without a soul had disappeared. 


‘Why? I had seen it then.’


It was the scene she saw at the moment when Trauma was defending them from the monsters' attack.


‘…The silhouette of my sister.’


The figure that looked like her older sister, Justia, now also had disappeared.


“That’s right, you…”


For the current Trauma who whispers like that, what Ariel felt was only a sense of darkness.


“…what do you want to do?”


Ariel started to back away without knowing that creepy feeling.


“Ahe, he, Ahe ahe…!”


At that very moment, a terrifying voice began to be heard from behind the Trauma.




“I'll try to show it with actions, not words.”


Behind the trauma, a citizen who was holding his neck with his own hand and trembling came into her view.


“Hey, wait!”


Seeing that, she hurriedly reached forward.


“I'll talked in my own words…!”


– Woodduck…!


However, it was too late.




The citizen, who had completely broken his neck with his own hands, collapsed to the ground helplessly.


“There’s already one.”


Ariel looked at him with blank eyes, then moved her gaze forward at the words of Trauma.




“People died because you 'a hero' couldn’t stop me 'the villain'.”


Her legs started to tremble.


“Ahhh, save me!!”


“Ha, Our body is doing what he wants…”




“Ah, these villains…”


The hostages behind Trauma began to panic when they witness the murder scene.


‘Lu, Lumia-san is…’


Seeing that unbearable figure, Ariel began to look for someone who could be of help while trembling.


‘…No, that’s not good.
There is no way.’


However, Lumia was just scratching the barrier that Trauma had created with her nails and grinding her teeth.


Seeing that, it seemed like there was no solution.


“Where are you looking?”


Ariel was an aspiring hero, not even a formal hero.
It was not an event that she could handle, as she had not yet received a formal education.
So she had no way of knowing what to do.


– Kwadeudeuk…!


But despite this, the moment when three hostages twisted their necks in an instant and collapsed.


“Stop it!”


Ariel screamed and ran towards Trauma.







A few minutes after that.


“Nice, nice… yes, You are a hero…”


Trauma was looking at Ariel, who was breathing out in front of him, muttering in a low voice.


“But you can’t help if you are weak.”


As he said, Ariel’s lips were broken, bruises all over her body, and her long hair was burned and turned into short hair.




All the hostages in the front row outside the barrier had their necks broken and lost their lives.




“Why are you doing this…?”


Seeing those figures, she threw herself several times, but she could save no one.


“Why don’t you kill me? Why are you doing this to me!”


Thanks to him, she went to the point of breaking her heart, and let out a cry full of despair.


“You forced me to do this.”


Trauma sitting next to Ariel whispered in a low voice.




“You said I’m a hero…”




“…and It was annoying.”


His gaze was directed at the coverage helicopter flying in the sky.


“If you see me as a hero, then we can’t be enemies of each other.”


“Only… for that reason?”


Ariel’s trembling voice echoed through the barrier.




“In the first place, why am I your nemesis?”


Her slender hand grabbed the cloak of Trauma.




“Why do I have to fight you…?”


When Ariel said that, a single tear fell from her eyes.


“That’s good enough.”




Seeing her like that Trauma slowly stood up from his seat.






The area around the eyes of the mask, which was still broken, met her eyes.


“Because I killed your sister.”


As soon as those words were ended, a moment of stillness settled over.




“You’re Justia’s younger sister, you’ve been hiding it, right?”


Trauma gently stroked Ariel’s head, who asked a question while getting tired of this.




“But, you look so alike.
You can’t fool everyone forever.”


Ariel pushed away his hand with all her might and escaped from Trauma.






As she crawled backward in that state, she murmured with a shocked expression on her face.


“Because the one who killed my sister…”




“Is Kang Ha-neul-”


But Trauma intercepted those words midway and shouted with his arms wide open.


“Yes, that's right!”




His voice echoed through the barrier.


“I am Kang Ha-neul!”


Ariel’s expression, which had been blankly looking up at Trauma after hearing that declaration, began to distort.




“I don’t have to hide my identity just because I wear a mask, do I?”




“But, thinking about it, I don’t like it when everyone talks about my identity.”


Trauma squatted down in front of her and pulled something out of his pocket.




“So, let’s keep this a secret between the two of us.”




Without giving her time to resist, he used a hypnosis app at Ariel.


“By the way, you are so pure.”


“I, what did you do to me? What else is that smartphone…”


Ariel, who looked at the smartphone with eyes wide open for a moment, only came to her senses when she heard Trauma's laughter.


It's fun, I tested the power I stole from your sister, and you call me a hero.
Didn't you keep fighting, believing that you can truly defeat me?”




“That stupid thinking, you really are like your sister.”


As Trauma looked at Ariel like that, he muttered in a voice that had lost his laughter.


“But, it’s starting to get boring little by little.”




“It’s really nice to have similar looks and personality.
But the strength isn’t the same, right?”


Ariel’s eyes began to burn slowly upon hearing those words.


“Your sister said at the last minute…”




After seeing her, Trauma smiled for a moment and then continued.


“My younger sister will one day be stronger than me.
So one day she will become a great hero who will defeat you.”




“Is that your childhood dream?”


In Ariel’s mind, a faint memory of the past came to mind.


Her older sister who she didn’t see often because she was always busy, still sent a letter every day.


A time when she replied that she would become a great hero like her older sister in that letter, in which half of the content was about her partner.


However, after realizing the limits of her concept and her sister’s secret, she had no choice but to give up on that dream.


“But I guess I was deceived.”


That’s when Trauma began to creep in.




“There’s no way a weak girl like you, who’s been given a chance several times and doesn’t even show any signs of attacking, will become a great hero, right?”


There was absolutely no room for rebuttal.


Trauma was still openly exposing the gap.


If it was someone other than herself.


If it was Lumia, who was still knocking on the barrier outside, at least she could have fought back.


“Okay, let’s just finish it.”


Just when those thoughts filled Ariel’s head, the voice of Trauma was heard from the front.


When those words were finished, all the remaining hostages grabbed their necks with their hands and started trying to kill themselves.


There was not enough time for a hero capable of resolving this situation to arrive.


‘I want to…’


In just a few seconds, in a moment of despair, the lives of millions of people would be lost.


Thinking about other people, Ariel remembered the words she told her sister.


‘I want to protect everyone’s lives and smiles.’


Ariel staggered and stood up.


‘Even if I have to die.’


Unlike her previous appearance, she was now burning with a fighting spirit.


‘As I told my sister.’


After Justia’s death, Ariel chose the path of a hero as if possessed by something.


She always pretended to be bright on the outside, but she was wandering all the time, unable to find a way inside, but now she had a goal stronger than ever to help someone by sacrificing her own life.


‘Just ones.’


That was the moment.


‘Even just ones, let’s face it properly.’


And as if waiting for that moment.


– Bang…!


A miracle happened.









Ariel, the younger sister of Justia, who looked very much like her screamed desperately and started running towards me.


– Haa… haa…!


The unstoppable energy started flowing through her arms, legs, and body.


<Detection (LV2)>

◆Name: Ariel Everray
◆Gender: Female (17)
◆Owned concept: [Concept of a hero]
– [Non-Awakening State]


As I looked at the information I had found out with the detection skill, I smiled involuntarily and fell into thoughts.


‘After all, she is the main character.’


The concept she possessed was ‘The concept of a hero’.


'Isn’t that really the main character’s ability?'


“No… no, seonbae… don’t do that…”


Her character and personality were several times more like the main character than that woman, who was muttering something from afar.


“Choose me, me… Please…”


In the first place, the fact that Lumia was passing through the streets with Ariel must have been that she was being wary of her for some reason.


“That route is not okay yeobo!!”


[TN: yeobo is a Korean word that means darling, honey, or sweetheart.]


At the same time, Lumia’s shout resounded in all directions, but it was buried by Ariel’s destructive sound who was approaching right from front of me.


“That’s not right.”


“Shut up!”


From now on, I planned to make this child the strongest hero in the world.


'Our protagonist, who will end this dark era.'


'I will become dirty manure for her to grow.'


'Justia see; Just how much she loves you.'


While thinking that, I quietly closed my eyes as Ariel attacked my chest.


The monsters who were aiming for her had all been dealt with in the previous hostage situation.


There was also a way to cover the terrible recoil she would get from the blow she had used now.


Lumia, who was looking at us from behind as if the world had been lost, wouldn't be able to do anything stupid either because of the broadcast helicopter flying in the sky.


“Why did you kill my sister!!!”


Now, instead of Justia, it was time for me to take charge of Ariel.

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