The Dark Mage’s Return to Enlistment Chapter 20

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She wanted to congratulate him on his promotion to corporal, but he was behaving like that.

Kim Minjun… 2nd Battalion, 2nd Company’s Kim Minjun. I thought kicking a goblin to death wasn’t normal.

Son Eunseo etched into her memory which battalion and company Kim Minjun belonged to.

“Hey, what’s up with you, Minjun? Son Eunseo seems to be interested in you.”

“Corporal Kim Minjun! No, sir!”

“What do you mean no? She was staring at you during the stat test.”

On the way back to the base, the seniors flocked around Kim Minjun, bombarding him with questions.

The juniors, those Private First Class and below, were also interested in the conversation but couldn’t get up from their seats.

Because Kim Minjun was now their superior.

“She’s really famous, you know. She would’ve made a fortune if she had been a model or an actress with that face and body.”

“You’re right! If only she acted in a drama or something, at least we could see her on the screen!”

Usually, the platoon leader would have stepped in to quiet them down by now, but he was in a good mood.

He didn’t impose any sanctions.

Ugh, this is tiresome.

Kim Minjun wondered how he could end this boring conversation.

“Hey, you don’t seem to be interested in her?”

“To be honest, I don’t have any particular thoughts about her.”

“What? You think Son Eunseo isn’t special?”

“Minjun, then who is your ideal type?”

At the seniors’ question, Kim Minjun thought for a moment and then answered,

“First of all, setting looks aside, it’d be nice if she shared my gaming hobby.”

“Really? What kind of games do you play? LoL?[1]

“I play Dungeon Power Fighter.”

“…”

“Uh…”

At that comment, the noisy bus suddenly became quiet.

Dungeon Power Fighter? Minjun, do you really play that?”

“Yes, I do.”

“Wow….”

The seniors were flustered by Kim Minjun’s answer but quickly laughed it off.

“You should’ve just said you didn’t want to talk about it. That was kind of funny just now.”

“Already a corporal, and you know how to joke around.”

They didn’t think an excellent hunter like him would play Dungeon Power Fighter because it didn’t fit his image.

What? They don’t believe me even though it’s true.

Anyway, the seniors who were clinging to him finally backed off.

***

The next day was Sunday.

The squad members in the same dorm as Kim Minjun hastily finished their lunch and headed to the PX.

Instead of the usual frozen food, there were branded frizzed chicken, pizza, steamed chicken, jokbal, boiled pork, and so on.

The large table was filled with delicious delivery food.

Of course, delivery service wasn’t available within the base.

But the platoon leader had personally packed the food to celebrate Kim Minjun’s promotion.

“Minjun, congratulations!”

“Thank you.”

“Wow, you already have three stripes? That’s insane. At this rate, you’ll quickly become a sergeant!”

“I’ve never seen the platoon leader in such a good mood. And look at this! He only picked expensive menus to pack for us.”

Of course, the sharp Kim Minjun did not forget to let his seniors in the same dorm know about the food.

“For Kim Minjun! Cheers!”

“Cheeeers!”

“Pwuah! When was the last time I drank like this!”

Of course, drinking alcohol inside the base was prohibited.

Although the PX sold items like beer, what they had right now were all non-alcoholic.

It was just for the atmosphere.

However, today was Sunday, and the company commander had specifically informed Kim Minjun’s squad that they were allowed to drink.

“Is passing the promotion test really that big a deal? Even when we became private first class, we weren’t allowed to drink.”

“Hey, his passing wasn’t just normal a one. He got a perfect score, a perfect score.”

“What?”

“Is that true?”

“You got a perfect score on that difficult test? Really, Minjun?”

At those words, the squad members’ gazes gathered on Kim Minjun.

“Ah, I just worked hard, and it turned out that way.”

“Damn, if working hard could do that, I would have gone to the officer academy long ago.”

“I felt it since the shooting practice, but you really should become an officer.”

“Officer? More like he’s ready for the officer academy.”

When they heard he got a perfect score, the seniors looked at Kim Minjun with shocked expressions.

Was getting a perfect score that difficult?

It was so easy for me.

Thump!

While the conversation continued, Sergeant Lee Seungho came in, carrying cold beers in both hands.

“Don’t get too carried away just because you passed the promotion test.”

He handed out a beer to everyone at the table, opened a can, and gulped it down.

“Pwuah. Anyway, good job. Keep it up, Kim Minjun. Our squad’s score is great because of you.”

“Corporal Kim Minjun! Sir, thank you!”

“Sergeant Lee Seungho, I saw you smiling happily outside earlier.”

“Shut up.”

“Yes…”

In the midst of the warming atmosphere, the seniors left their seats to have a smoke.

Good. Now that I’m a corporal, let’s try being a senior!

Kim Minjun opened his mouth towards the privates who had become his juniors.

“Hey, guys. Remember when you promised to buy me something from the PX? You, you, and you.”

“Yes!”

“Th-that’s right!”

“How much will you buy?”

At his smiling words, the privates tensed up and racked their brains.

‘Not messing with him was a godsend.’

‘Already our senior? Crazy.’

‘I shouldn’t have said I’d buy him something from the PX.’

The privates each took out their cards from their wallets and said he could use as much as he wanted.

“Enjoy it infinitely! The Hunter Love Card! All of us together! The Hunter Love Card!”

Kim Minjun, who knew nothing of modesty, hummed a tune and swiped their cards with a frightening momentum.

“Since you guys are buying, eat as much as you want. Soju and beer are too cheap for a day like this. I got all the expensive-looking liquors.”

“Th-thank you.”

Kim Minjun bought enough liquor for his juniors as well.

He thought of himself as a genuinely considerate senior.

“Wow, what are all these liquors?”

“I paid for them in celebration of my promotion to corporal.”

Of course, with someone else’s cards.

“Wow, you’re treating us because you got promoted? Nice! Let’s drink up!”

A moment later, the seniors returned, and the drinking party continued.

“Put the beer away! From now on, we’re drinking liquor!”

“What do you know about alcohol, you lightweight?”

“What, punk? Wanna try me?”

“Challenging me with alcohol?”

Kim Minjun continued the drinking party with the seniors.

“Aw, man. I’m totally wasted.”

“I have duty tomorrow, ugh!”

The drinking party didn’t end until the evening.

The seniors, having not drunk alcohol in a long time, were so excited that they lost control and got extremely drunk.

“Corporal Kim Minjun… Congratulations. You’re already a corporal.”

“Thanks.”

Lee Dongjin was also quite drunk, perhaps having been under a lot of stress lately.

“You can go back, and the rest of the privates should clean up here.”

“Understood.”

Kim Minjun gave instructions to his juniors and slipped outside.

“Everything is going according to plan.”

The single stripe had now become three.

Looking at the rank insignia, he suddenly remembered his past in the other world, Isgard.

The Past.

As he walked the path of a dark mage, he saved countless lives and performed good deeds, but all that returned to him was fear and contempt.

“Things are different here.”

The better he did, the more recognition he received from those around him.

Kim Minjun was satisfied with just that.

Most of all, however, the existence of Dungeon Power Fighter was the greatest factor.

**

Second Battalion Commander’s Office.

“Wow, this kid is a natural-born soldier.”

The commander looked at the promotion exam results and smiled, seemingly in a good mood.

“Out of the 50 applicants this time, only one passed… I was worried if we should increase the training intensity. What do you think?”

“Yes! I think so too!”

The captain seemed slightly tense.

On the surface, the commander appeared to be in a good mood, but only one person passed the promotion exam.

Compared to the last exam, where four people passed, it was indeed a disappointing result.

“A private who was just assigned to us less than a month ago got promoted to private first class and then immediately passed the promotion exam. I put him in just because Battle Commander Choi Seungbeom said it was like losing face if we didn’t give him a chance, but he exceeded expectations. And he got a perfect score, right?”

“Yes! Corporal Kim Minjun scored a perfect score in the stat section and got perfect scores in the main weapon test and monster combat ability sections!”

“Kim Minjun… He’s the one who single-handedly defeated the Middlebats in the fuel storage, right?”

“Yes! He was also the first to respond during that incident!”

The commander chuckled and extended his hand to the captain.

The perceptive captain handed over the documents containing Kim Minjun’s personal information.

“Heh, we got a real gem. I’ve never seen a hunter get promoted so quickly.”

The commander checked his calendar and looked at the schedule.

“Starting tomorrow, after the morning tasks, hold a battalion-wide combat sports event in the afternoon.”

“Yes! Understood!”

“You can’t push the soldiers too hard all the time. You have to let them loosen up a little, right?”

“I think so too!”

“Well, I guess I’ll go play tennis for the first time in a while.”

The commander got up from his seat, picked up a tennis racket lying in the corner, and left. It was a habit that only emerged when he was in a good mood.

Phew.

The captain finally felt relieved.

***

The next day.

Kim Minjun’s squad members complained of headaches as they continued their tasks.

Having enjoyed drinking alcohol within the military base after a long time, everyone lost self-control and drank excessively.

“Ugh, my head’s about to split open. Who said the liquor was weak?”

“You crazy-ass, it’s clean weak if you drink it moderately. Did you really think you’d be fine after chugging it down like beer?”

“It’s hell. We’ll be wide awake if we can just hold on until the afternoon.”

“Minjun, are you okay?”

“Corporal Kim Minjun! Yes! I’m perfectly fine!”

Kim Minjun helped his hungover seniors and quickly finished the tasks.

“Take a break for a bit. You’re a corporal now, so tell the juniors to do some work. You must be tired from yesterday.”

“No, I want to move my body.”

Kim Minjun said he was fine and even helped with the juniors’ tasks.

I wish I could get drunk, but I cannot because of the magic in my body.

Whenever harmful substances entered his body, they were purified on their own.

“You guys, I told you to enjoy drinking in moderation. Were you the ones who cleared out the PX liquor?”

The platoon leader looked at the hungover squad members with disdain.

“I’m letting it slide because Kim Minjun is working so hard. Watch yourselves next time.”

“Yes…”

“Understood…”

“Now, listen while you work. Finish the morning tasks like this, and everyone will participate in combat sports wearing their activity uniforms in the afternoon.”

Combat sports in the afternoon.

The hunters’ voices grew louder at the news.

“Yes!”

“Understood!”

“Look at them getting all energetic just because combat sports are happening. It’s an order from the commander, so make sure everyone can participate without anyone missing. Got it?”

“Yes!”

The staggering hunters suddenly began humming and continued their work cheerfully.

As the morning tasks ended and lunchtime arrived, one of the seniors approached Kim Minjun and spoke.

“Hey, Minjun. Are you good at soccer?”

[1] League of Legends


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The Dark Mage’s Return to Enlistment

The Dark Mage’s Return to Enlistment

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Kim Minjun, who was a normal high school senior in South Korea, was suddenly summoned to another world and became a dark magician. Minjun, who persevered through all sorts of hardships with the single-minded goal of returning home, saved this other world with his dark magic. Casting aside a life as a hero and guaranteed riches, he returned to Earth. Just when he was about to fully enjoy his life, a problem arose. A dungeon break occurred, and monsters began pouring out. Not only did this threaten the peaceful Earth life that Minjun had just returned to... But on his very first day back, he was also ordered to enlist in the military!?!
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