Kim Jin-Woo felt as though he had been caught off guard. He frowned and concealed his facial expression. “Something that I need… I don’t know what you’re referring to.”
Kim Jin-Woo tried to play dumb, but the black merchant seemed to know everything and said, “There’s a labyrinth nearby, ruled by the basilisk king Anaxtus. I’ve met him several times before, and he seemed to be both impatient and violent.”
Kim Jin-Woo’s face stiffened. He could swear that the black merchant was threatening him. “What do you want?” he asked.
“I’m not the one who wants something,” the black merchant replied.
Kim Jin-Woo wanted to smack the black merchant’s detestable mouth, but he controlled his urge. He would feel uneasy riding roughshod over the black merchant. Instead, he asked, “What can you offer?”
“Now we’re talking!” the black merchant clapped and exclaimed in delight. “We, the black merchants, can obtain anything in the world. We can fetch you the resources required for your labyrinth’s upgrades or even introduce mercenaries to you. We can even bring human slaves if you want, though you won’t need them for now.”
The black merchant’s attitude was hard to decipher. He appeared to be a cheap salesman, but he could transform into a crafty swindler anytime. Sometimes, he even gave off a dangerous vibe that wasn’t to be messed with.
“In addition, we black merchants understand the hardships of new labyrinth masters better than anyone else. They lack resources and manpower, among many other things. Therefore, we’ve learned to grow the patience needed to wait until our clients can pay off their bills.”
The black merchant continued to blabber on while Kim Jin-Woo contemplated his words. “In other words, we provide credit services,” he said, putting on a friendly smile.
His words were incredibly compelling to Kim Jin-Woo, who was concerned about the other labyrinth’s attack. There couldn’t be a better deal than this.
“Your offer sounds almost too good to be true, yet I can’t possibly reject it...” Kim Jin-Woo began.
“Of course. The welfare of our clients is our greatest priority.” The black merchant rubbed his hands together and grinned slyly. “We can write a contract now if you’re interested. Tell us what you need. We can offer anything from brave and loyal mercenaries to brilliant down gems…”
“...but I refuse your offer.” Kim Jin-Woo cut him off.
“I’m sorry?” The chattery black merchant immediately looked disappointed upon hearing Kim Jin-Woo’s succinct reply.
Kim Jin-Woo continued with a stern expression. “All goodwill comes at a cost, especially in the underground world.”
“Not at all! You’re mistaken! This is all part of the black merchant’s principle, to empathize with the hardships of new labyrinth masters—”
“I’m sure there’s a catch.” Kim Jin-Woo interrupted again.
The black merchant began to ramble again. “There is a condition, but…
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