Trash of the Count’s Family – Chapter 720: The method to enduring memories (3)

“I never even imagined this.”

Cale looked around. He could see a high school located on top of a steep uphill road.

This was his high school, Raon High School. The uphill road to this school was quite famous.

“Haaa, can’t they just, like, cut up this uphill road?”

“That’s crazy. Do you even hear what you’re saying?”

“My calves are on fire!”

Cale could see many students walking past him.

They were climbing this uphill road that made them swear on their way up every summer and winter. Many students grumbled about how Raon was not a fitting name for this school as, forget joy, they felt as if they would die every time they had to climb this hill.

“Mm.”

The current time was 7:45 am according to his watch.

He was certain that his memory was not wrong to remember that he needed to be in the classroom within 15 minutes in order to not be late.

“Haaaa.”

Cale was in disbelief the more he thought about it.

‘I did think that it may come up at some point.’

He had thought that his past prior to the cataclysm would pop up at least once between these five emotion illusion tests.

However, he presumed that it would be based not during his high school days but much further back, during a time when everything in his life seemed to be full of darkness.

He had been full of indignity, wrath, and failure at that time for sure.

In fact, his life as Kim Rok Soo as a freshman in high school was one of his few peaceful moments after having lived in the orphanage for a few years by then.

Unlike his mother, who was the only child of her generation, his father had a distant relative who became Kim Rok Soo’s guardian after his parents died from an accident.

He had a decent job and was a pretty good person.

At that time that is…

He enjoyed small amounts of drinking and gambling at that time, but he ended up getting extremely addicted to them not long after taking Kim Rok Soo in.

Kim Rok Soo had to deal with that bastard as he became crazier and suffered all sorts of indignity as he figured out how to survive on his own.

However, he was able to survive through it all and made it to an orphanage.

Of course, he had not done it on his own.

What could a child do on his own? The only thing he knew how to do was to submit to his uncle and do whatever he could do to survive. A lot of people helped him, and the systems set up in society helped him get out and be relieved that he did not have to get beaten anymore.

The fact that he didn’t need to curl in fear underneath his blanket or hold his pee because he was not allowed to leave the room simply made him think that he could now live in peace.

He had stayed in the orphanage until his last year of high school.

His life in the orphanage was not that bad. In fact, he was having an average but good time. It was great in all aspects of food, clothes, and shelter.

“Hey, hurry up! Do you want to be late?!”

“Ow! This rotten uphill road!”

Cale observed the backs of the students running past him.

Cale had to start walking up this hill if he didn’t want to be late either. He started to walk.

Shaaaaaaaaaaa-

He felt a gust of wind.

Raon High School’s uphill road was famous for another reason in addition to its infamy for its steep slope. There were cherry blossoms on either side of the road during spring.

“Mm.”

Cale felt his breath getting heavier and held back a chuckle. His health had been terrible at this time.

‘What issues did I have during this time?’

There should be a clear reason as to why this was the illusion.

He followed the memories of his past and walked through the main gate of Raon High School and headed for his classroom.

‘What class was I in during my freshman year? Ah, I remember. Class 4.’

His feet naturally headed toward Class 4.

It was the end of March. The classroom during this time when the cherry blossoms were slowly starting to bloom was just so-so.

Blissful memories?

Emotional moments?

‘There’s no way I would have those.’

His school years were nothing to Cale. They were simply a few peaceful days.

He headed toward his seat. Kim Rok Soo’s seat was the third seat in the middle row.

It was a good place to listen to the lessons, and the Kim Rok Soo of this time had been quite studious.

‘I was lazy?’

Freshman Kim Rok Soo paid attention to his studies and his grades were average.

‘I had plans to go to college.’

Kim Rok Soo was planning on continuing his education rather than getting a job when he turned 18 and would have to leave the orphanage. He would start a part-time job on the weekends during the second semester of his freshman year and slowly increase his part- time jobs while studying properly to get into college.

It had been quite a tiring and fierce time for him.

He had nobody to take care of him and had to take care of himself.

“You’re here?”

“Yeah.”

Cale sat down and nonchalantly looked at the punks talking to him from the side and back.

“Kim Rok Soo, you were a bit later than usual today?”

“Who cares?”

“Listen to this little punk.”

Kim Rok Soo was always dressed sharply in his uniform and his relationships with his peers weren’t bad.

Everything was average. Right in the middle. That was the life he maintained.

At least, that was how Cale remembered it.

‘That’s odd.’

However, he could not remember the names of the punks greeting him.

I peeked at their name tags.

‘Mm. Now I remember.’

He did remember them.

Screech.

Their homeroom teacher walked into the room. He recalled the teacher’s face after taking a look at it.

‘What was the teacher’s name?’

He could not recall it as the teacher did not have a name tag.

‘Did I not need to remember it because it wasn’t important?’

The homeroom teacher left and the lessons continued.

‘Wow.’

Cale couldn’t help but be wowed internally.

‘This isn’t bad.’

His high school lessons that he had not heard for twenty-something years were quite interesting.

Lunch soon arrived and Cale did not have to recall much as he followed his body and some of his classmates to go eat lunch.

“Hey, see you later.”

He was then naturally left alone.

The people who ate with him split into groups of two or three and went to exercise or to the classroom. It was extremely natural, as if this was a routine.

‘Then why was I left here? Ah.’

Cale realized something.

“Ah, that’s right. Pffft.”

He couldn’t help but sigh.

He realized it now.

He remembered his issue during this time.

This problem or pitiful situation was something that he could finally realize now that he was in his mid to late thirties.

“…I couldn’t keep anybody by my side.”

Kim Rok Soo’s relationships with his classmates were at a superficial level, saying hi in the classroom, eating together, and walking to the bus station together after school.

He had lost his parents who were his everything when he was young.

His dad’s distant cousin was quite warm at first, but slowly went crazy and abused him.

Although Cale remembered only these big incidents, his school years were quite lonely.

Anybody he tried to get close to at school would suddenly become distant. Some of them would even end up transferring to other schools. Even the people who became close to him and tried to look after him at the orphanage ended up with reasons to quit their job.

He could not be close to anyone despite trying to get to know people better.

‘I’m sure it was the White Star’s influence.’

Now, Cale could tell that all of that was because of the reincarnated White Star taking his body, forcing him to live a similar life to the White Star even in this different world.

The Kim Rok Soo of this time had not known that.

However, he had not been hurt a lot because of it.

It was because he knew that none of it was his fault.

People do have differing opinions and argue from time to time, but the things that had happened to Kim Rok Soo, his parents’ car accident, abuse from his uncle, his friends transferring school, they were all things that just happened.

That was the reason he gave short responses and was nonchalant with people without trying to get close to them.

Why?

“…It was annoying. Ah.”

Cale gasped.

He had at least found one thing he found to be annoying during this time.

He didn’t know whether it would qualify under sloth, but it was worth thinking about.

Of course, the cataclysm that happened during his part-time job after his college exams in his senior year allowed Cale to meet his second family.

‘And then I lost them too.’

After reaching his thirties and becoming Cale Henituse, he had made a lot of connections with so many humans and other existences.

He needed to protect them now.

He needed to take care of this sealed god’s temple, end the White Star’s reincarnation, and kill him in order to do that.

“I just need to do it.”

All of it was worth trying.

Cale firmed his resolve again and resumed walking.

He let his feet lead him somewhere and looked up at the plaque describing the location.

< Raon Library >

Raon.

Cale thought about someone while looking at the joyful library before he flinched. A yellow light roamed behind Cale’s back at that moment.

‘Hmm? Ah, right. Raon. The children averaging nine-years-old. Raon Miru, the youngest of the children who will average ten-years-old next year.’

Cale immediately recalled that individual and nodded his head a few times.

Screech.

He carefully opened the door and walked in without any hesitation.

‘Yes. It was from this time.’

He soon stopped and smiled.

‘It was a bit peculiar. This school library is interesting.’

It was not the case in middle school, but Raon High School had a lot of fantasy novels. The 17 years old Kim Rok Soo frequently visited both the school and public libraries as he didn’t want to get closer to people than necessary. That had opened his eyes to fantasy novels.

After that, he had used some of the money he earned through his part-time jobs to read more novels of this genre.

‘They were quite fun.’

The main characters of the novels did not succumb despite their difficult childhoods and fought against the world. However, Cale had no intentions of fighting against the world starting from the moment he chose to live as the invisible person who couldn’t be noticed at home.

To be more specific, he didn’t have the strength to do that.

It was hard enough to take responsibility for and take care of his future and his life.

‘That’s why Choi-’

A yellow light flashed behind Cale again.

‘Ah, right. Choi Han.’

The yellow light instantly disappeared.

‘I thought that Choi Han was that kind of hero when I first read about him in the book. I thought that he was different from me.’

Choi Han, the main character of The Birth of a Hero. Cale had diligently read that book because Choi Han’s life was different from Cale’s.

He held a fantasy novel in his hand, as if he was nostalgically recalling the past before he put it back in the bookshelf.

‘I need to quickly finish this test and take care of the other tests as well.’

He needed to get out of this so-called sloth test in order to do that. Either that, or he needed to accept it and persist through it in some way as he had done in the sadness test.

Cale recalled how he had not gotten close to people as he had found it annoying during this time and made up his mind.

‘I need to either make better relationships with people or accept this situation.’

He could try both of those things one by one.

It wasn’t difficult for Cale, who now knew what it was like to get close to people and build affinity unlike his past self.

‘It’s even easier to accept this situation.’

It was one of the most peaceful times of Kim Rok Soo’s life.

If that peace was sloth, then it was easy to accept it.

‘But would having a wall up against building connections with people really fall under sloth?’

He couldn’t help but wonder.

‘It seems like a similar test style since it is a memory of the past like during the sadness test.’

Cale thought about it in many ways before heading toward the library door. He thought it might be good to at least try to chat with some of the other students who would be in the classroom during lunch.

Cale’s shadow created by the lights inside the library became visible as he walked away.

Shhhhhhh-

Yellow light slowly rose from within the shadow.

‘Hmm?’

At the checkout desk by the library door… The book club member who was scheduled for the lunch shift was sitting there.

Cale was planning on walking past without giving it much thought. However, he soon stopped walking.

‘I remember we at least greeted each other.’

The member had calmly settled brown hair.

Cale had borrowed many books through this member whenever he went to the library.

‘…Why-’

The smile that had appeared on Cale’s face as he thought about this new individual he remembered slowly disappeared.

The face of this person as he had his head down while organizing something…

It was different but looked similar to someone else.

It looked innocent yet stubborn.

‘What was this member’s name again?’

Cale had an odd feeling again.

He could not remember this member’s name from his memory.

It was similar to how he did not remember his homeroom teacher’s name because unlike Kim Rok Soo whose abilities had developed completely after the cataclysm, the freshman Kim Rok Soo did not remember the names of people who were not important.

‘No.’

Now that he thought about it, the memories of his freshman year were cloudy.

The memories of this first semester were especially like that.

‘Why is that?’

He took another step toward the desk.

He could see the color of the person’s name tag.

This member was a senior.

‘Why is a senior here during lunch?’

Cale stood in front of the desk and watched as the book club member looked up.

This person looked similar.

Choi Han.

He looked different, but oddly gave off the same vibe as that guy. The way they had this extremely mature look for their age and could not hide their years of experience was especially similar.

“Did you come to borrow some books again?”

The book club member’s name tag had the name, ‘Choi Jung Gun.’

The first-ever Dragon Slayer and the person who survived the final battle against the ancient White Star.

A member of the Choi family who traveled to Cale’s world before Choi Han.

Someone who was presumed to be a single-lifer and had become something else after his death to complete some task.

That was the Choi Jung Gun that Cale knew.

This senior book club member in front of Cale was also Choi Jung Gun.

Cale subconsciously had a thought at that moment.

‘Who the hell is this bastard?’

His eyes that had relaxed at this peace he had not felt for a while became sharp again. The yellow light roaming in his shadow disappeared at the same time.


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35 Replies to “Trash of the Count’s Family – Chapter 720: The method to enduring memories (3)”

  1. Alice, Cale Worshiper

    .. Nani!?

    We have the sad mc backstory, finally.

    How dare that piece of crap hurt our Krs! I want to slap him in the back of the head to Mars.

    Thank you for translating!

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  2. ash

    “Now that he thought about it, the memories of his freshman year were cloudy.

    The memories of this first semester were especially like that.”
    is this cuz of choi jung gun???

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    1. aly

      I think that might be why they’re cloudy too! Choi Jung Gung’s presence might have !are his memory waroed, especially if he is a member of the Divine Race at this point (as I’m assuming CJG only appeared here after the events of ancient times) who is planting seeds for the God of Death to utilise in future.

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  3. Believer of the Silver Light-nim

    Thank you for the chapter 💙

    *Choi Jung Gun enters the scene*

    To be continued 🎶
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    Me: 👁👄👁

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  4. WhiteRabbit

    Oh. I somehow always assumed KRS ran away from the orphanage? Must’ve interpreted that wrong at the beginning, then. Hello abusive uncle or whatever it is. Is his descent into gambling, alcohol and abuse also a consequence of the WS’s traces of the curse?
    By the way, that’s a seriously fucked up curse, that is. Didn’t both Sherritt and the God of Death realize it would have an influence on the souls of the bodies the White Star reincarnated in? Holy shit, you two, I thought you’d have thought this through a little better than that! It’s not like Sherritt can fall back to the excuse “Whoops, sorry, I was a little crazy back then! Teehee!”, since her children were still safe and sound in their eggs/in her belly! How many souls did they impact like that?! If we assume the White Star would live a 100 years in every body (in the very best case!), then that’s at least 10 innocent people whose lives were ruined because someone else broke a promise made for generations (while assuming each and every competitive member of that village was fine and had absolutely no problems with protecting two dragons to no benefit at all (at least not during the first 1000+ years?) Way to go, you crazy idiots.)

    And I’m guessing this is the Choi jung Gun who already transmigrated back to earth to check in on his family, after his whole BOAH world shenanigans. What is he up to?

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  5. Maverick Firefly

    So, you’re telling me that the only peaceful time KRS had was while he was in the orphanage? He lost his parents, then was abused, then isolated himself because he couldn’t keep special relationships since he always ends up losing them and had to depend on his own self, then after finally meeting who he could call his second family he lost them too. This makes me depressed. Glad he could at least enjoy himself with these fantasy novels during high school. No wonder he’s so protective when it comes to his family and friends in the other world. Just the thought of losing them must be really terrifying for him.

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    1. WhiteRabbit

      Gives a whole new dimension to his “slacker life” dream too. In the end, it all just boils down to him yearning for a peaceful and quiet life, while keeping his distance from other people since they always got involved in bad stuff whenever they even got a little close to him. Damn.

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    1. Nica

      I can’t really believe that to be the case… Isn’t Choi jung gun Choi Hans uncle and isn’t Choi Han the uncle of Choi jung soo (I hope I remember the name correctly) who is just as old as krs?

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      1. Emily W

        It’s not quite that linear.
        CJG = CH’s uncle
        CJS = CH’s Nephew once removed/ CH’s cousin’s child

        Depending on the ages of CJG’s siblings when they had their children, the timeline of their disappearances could well be accurate.

        The easiest scenario would be if CJG’s father had the eldest sibling during his teenage years, then when he was a little older had a second child. Then he has another baby (CJG) in his late forties at least at a conservative guess.
        By this time the eldest sibling is in the early thirties and about to have a grandchild. For this to work, either/both the eldest sibling or/and CJS’s father were also teenage/young parents.
        Meanwhile the middle child has kids in his late twenties, one of whom is CH who is up to three years younger than his nephew CJS, depending on how long before the Cataclysm CH disappears.
        When CJG is 18, CJS is 17, and CH is 14-16. (Sort of funny when Cale jokes about CH being his senior)
        Considering the age difference between between CJG’s siblings and how awkward that could have been, it is unsurprising that the missing Choi family members do not seem to have had much contact despite their similar ages.

        In summary (using KRS age as reference):
        KRS @ 17: CJG disappears when 18
        KRS @ 17-20: CH disappears when 17 and is up to three years younger than CJS & KRS depending on when he disappeared.
        KRS @ 20: cataclysm
        KRS @ 36: CJS refuses Death God’s offer.

        Obviously all this is based on CJG actually having been in KRS’s school in real life, which I am inclined to believe is true, going by how the Sealed God does things and the ‘missing first term’ in KRS’s memory.
        I admit that I may be spectacularly wrong about the Choi family history, but at least the ages are accurate.

        As for the yellow light, it seems to flash whenever KRS remembers more/becomes more involved/less slothful. To get out, he probably needs to befriend CJG.

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      2. Believer of the Silver Light-nim

        1) Choi Jung Gun (CJG) disapeared when he was 15, not 18.

        2) Choi Han (CJG’s nephew) was either not born yet or was just a newborn. Choi Han mentions he only knew about his uncle because he heard a conversation of his father with another family member, and then later he saw CJG’s picture.

        3) Choi Jung Soo (Choi Han’s cousin’s son) wasn’t born yet when Choi Han transmigrated, thus Kim Rok Soo still didn’t get born.

        – It’s clear that CJG in Kim Rok Soo’s school could be one of the 3 cases:

        I) CJG is there due to the G.o.D’s interference on the test;
        II) Or he really was there in Kim Rok Soo’s past (remember that it is still suspicious how the book ‘The Birth of a Hero’ ended up in KRS’s hands);
        III) Or it’s just a coincidence that there was someone who is also called CJG in KRS’s school (what is really doubtfull to be the case, since such a coincidence is almost near impossible in this world).

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  6. squid_9158

    When I read that it was Choi Jung Gun I slapped my hand over my mouth very hard and now it hurts lol. Also what the heck, KRS’s life was so messed up-

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  7. Deiane

    Cale…. Cacete, você sofreu para um caralho, misericórdia viu… Dessa vez você tem que ser muito feliz!!! Você está proíbido de ser infeliz nessa vida, toda a felicidade é pouco para você agora. Que bom que agora você tem coisas preciosas que estão preenchendo sua vida com coisas boas, porque é mais do que merecido. Você já sofreu demais, agora chega.. né autora? Está de acordo, né?
    Obrigada pela tradução 🥲❤️

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  8. Cale worshipper

    Thanks for the chapter!

    Omg never have I ever imagined that Cale(Kim Rok Soo) would have met Choi Jung Gun before! Does that mean the teacher whose name he cannot remember also has something special? And what is the flashing yellow light supposed to mean?
    Btw, so this is where Raon’s name come from 😂

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  9. Мяф

    Оп оп опа нихуя! Мне кажется что никто не ожидал этого перца здесь! Эх ладно будем ждать новой главы в понедельник( *хнык*

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  10. Sa

    Isn’t the yellow light linked to the sun god? Back when they got alberu’s weapon from earth3 the name “Choi Jung gun” poped up as much as I remember maybe he is really the god of death and was helped by his friend the sun god or something

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  11. Leo

    I had the chills after ı saw choi jung gun like what?? What is he doing there??? And whats with the yellow light it always shines after he remembers someting🤔🤔

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  12. Aynat Rae

    Sorry, WHAT?–
    CHOI JUNG GUN IS IN CALE’S PAST? WTH

    This is why I love this author, always unpredictable and the EAP gang, I’m grateful that they’re translating this

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  13. Tomo

    His memory is…. blurry? And his recall is slow? Cale-nim’s??? Is this test trying to eat at Cale-nim’s memory and then lull him into a feeling of not needing to rush?

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  14. GrayMao

    Did CJG & KRS meet already before he became Cale? If yes, that’s hella surprising and confusing. I am already at lost as for why KRS suffering is because of the reincarnated White Star – can someone explain this? I really can’t remember it.

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    1. Winter_Freedoms

      Basically the White Star overtook KRS original body, and that affected KRS’S soul which means he was forced to live a life similar to the White Star’s.

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  15. aly

    //His dad’s distant cousin was quite warm at first, but slowly went crazy and abused him.//
    – This makes me wonder again about why Alberu’s father suddenly stopped showing him affection too.

    //Now, Cale could tell that all of that was because of the reincarnated White Star taking his body, forcing him to live a similar life to the White Star even in this different world.//
    – Ahhh nooo I knew it would be like this! Cale suffered so much but still ended up kind. He’s a good peraon, even if he doesn’t always feel it.

    Really unfair of the God of Death’s curse to affect two souls, though. Cale wasn’t even willingly kicked out of his original body! GoD might be helping out at the moment, but I feel like he has a LOT to make up for. Grrrr.

    Also! Choi Jung Gun?! He should be much older than Cale, so does this mean he really met Cale in the past as this book member he saw a lot, but that it was after he’d already been pulled into tBoaH ancient times world? In which case, he was probably already running tasks as or for the God of Death, and must have spotted something about Cale and maybe decided to write a book or leave a book for him in the future? He has a very good eye if that is the case – Fate-wise, our Cale is unbelievably well-stocked!

    It seems that our Cale is linked to all three Choi family members. I wonder if that means there I’ll be an ancient times arc where he spends time with CJG too.

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