Rainbow City Chapter 32

Author: nicotine

“The suspicious behavior wasn’t just once or twice. It’s not just a couple of times that we’ve overlooked it, given how much Commander Jang favors that friend of his.”

“Even if he’s a top graduate from the Army Officer Candidate School, it’s problematic for us if we can’t control a soldier. Frankly, hasn’t he compromised military discipline quite a bit?”

“Generals, even if you say that, isn’t Major Kwak Soohwan’s track record equivalent to an S-class squad leader? Everyone talks as if they’re being lenient because Commander Jang favors him, but that’s just shifting all the responsibility onto Commander Jang.”

“Do you really think so? Then let’s strip Major Kwak Soohwan of his rank right now!”

A military conference, with generals including the honor guard, was taking place in the military conference room.

Kwak Soohwan stood in the center of the generals, surrounded like a criminal in the dock, and was eagerly listening to how the discussion would unfold.

“Honestly.”

The commanding officer of the Key Unit, who had been silently listening, spoke up.

“The assumption that the Eden Hill terrorist attack is the work of the Eden Hill Syndicate is just speculation, isn’t it?”

Lieutenant General Lee Yeontae nodded. Then he gestured toward his aide standing behind him.

“Not exactly. Although it has been detached now, this was a notice posted on our shelter wall.” The aide unfolded a large piece of cloth stained with soot and blood in front of them.

[Because you have committed such an act, you shall be cursed among all domestic and wild animals, crawling on your belly and eating dust for the rest of your life until you die.]

“Genesis?” the Key Unit commanding officer asked.

“Yes. It’s a punishment God gave to the serpent. And that serpent is called Serpent. Even though it doesn’t specifically mention Eden Hill, just the notice is enough to suspect it’s their doing, isn’t it?”

Bang! General Yoon, who was in charge of the entire Yeouido branch, slammed the table. “So, what was Major Kwak Soohwan doing during that time?”

Now, the focus was on Kwak Soohwan. Kwak Soohwan stood before the generals in a composed stance.

“He moved to the Violet Zone to evacuate Chief Researcher Dr. Seokhwa during that time.”

“Sure, I know that. But why didn’t we receive any communication from our Yeouido Shelter until it reached this state, and why was there no contact for nearly an hour? Adam appeared inside our shelter. Our shelter is clearly in the Adam Clean Zone, so how is that possible? If Adam wasn’t there, how did the infection occur? Moreover, Major Kwak Soohwan, the unidentified child you brought in, was holding a syringe containing Adam’s blood, right? Of course, we know that you handled the situation before getting infected, but how do you explain that? And the video recording device on the Jeep was turned off. It’s reasonable for us to be suspicious of Major Kwak Soohwan.”

Ah, as expected. Kwak Soohwan only smiled inwardly. General Yoon of the Yeouido Shelter had always considered the Invincible Platoon as much of a thorn in his side.

It wasn’t the first time he witnessed scenes of General Yoon expressing frustration, claiming that even though he was the overall commander, all the credit went to the Invincible Platoon. It felt like a narrow-minded envy. Anyway, since the Invincible Platoon was under his jurisdiction, what harm was there in letting subordinates earn some credit? Unable to go to the front lines himself, he was getting excited for no reason, letting his inferiority complex bubble up.

Kwak Soohwan lowered his gaze to the floor for a moment before looking straight ahead again. And then, he began to speak.

***

At that moment, Seokhwa was being interrogated by the Honor Guard.

After returning to the Yeouido Shelter, Kwak Soohwan and Seokhwa were separately taken into custody by different soldiers, each undergoing interrogation in different locations.

Seokhwa didn’t like the smirking face of Yoo Junggyung, who was chuckling. Although he had rarely harbored hatred towards anyone in his life, it was different with Yoo Junggyung.

Seeing him happily singing and humming, he thought, ‘You guys are truly done now.’ It seemed there were truly malicious people in the world.

Since arriving at the shelter from Jeju Island, Seokhwa had visited this interrogation room twice already. This time, he threw a sharp needle repeatedly, wondering if they were truly considering torture.

“Doctor, if you press this deep between your fingernails and push down, your nail will easily come off.”

Naturally, he felt fear at those words, but fortunately, his face didn’t reveal much emotion. However, instinctively, he flexed the hand placed on his thigh, hiding his fingernails.

“This time, Kwak Soohwan won’t come to save you, Doctor. That guy is also being sent to a military trial. Ha, really. Do you know how much I got scolded by our superior for injecting the confession drug to you that day, claiming that I broke down? But, Doctor, not today. Today, I should scold you a lot.”

Yoo Junggyung grabbed Seokhwa’s arm and raised it onto the table.

“Every time you don’t speak honestly, one of your fingernails flies away. Now, why didn’t you contact us for nearly an hour when you went to the Violet Zone with Kwak Soohwan?”

“Do you enjoy torturing people?”

Thunk! Yoo Junggyung pressed the pointed end of the needle. It felt like it would pierce inward if more force was applied.

“I don’t enjoy torturing people; I enjoy punishing the bad ones.”

“You said that before. You stabbed Dr. Oh’s thigh with the needle twenty times. At that time, Dr. Oh was innocent.”

Since that investigation, Seokhwa had learned on the day he received the truth serum that Yoo Junggyung was responsible for it. That’s why he disliked this man even more. He didn’t understand why they entrusted the investigation to him. Even if he could force false confessions through torture.

“Oh, that? I apologized for that at the time. What could I do? I had to do as ordered from above. Do you think I enjoy blood splattering everywhere? Doctor, was the pork soup delicious? But, you know, the guy next to you injected Adam’s blood into his own body. Wasn’t that something Dr. Seok gave him? He said he would spread the virus in the shelter.”

Seokhwa chuckled for the first time. Although his expression didn’t change significantly, a short laugh revealed his attitude.

“Do you think, sensibly, that I would do such a thing to the person next to me? I would be the first to suffer, ugh!”

This time, the needle penetrated with the tip of Yoo Junggyung’s finger. Looking down, it was evident that the needle had reached the center of the fingernail.

“Try mumbling again with that messed up mouth. What did you say?”

Seokhwa bit his lip and endured the throbbing pain. As someone vulnerable to physical pain, this kind of agony was shocking.

The first pain was transmitted quickly through fast nerves, followed by the second pain reaching the brain through slow nerves. Seokhwa didn’t understand why the sense of touch had two types of nerve fibers, causing double the pain.

“Fine, let’s assume the guy who injected Adam’s blood into himself wasn’t Dr. Seok. Since Yang Sanghoon also did something very suspicious, let’s talk about why Major Kwak Soohwan and you didn’t have contact when you went outside.”

Squelch! The needle pressed into the soft flesh inside, revealing the vulnerability. With a little more pressure here, it seemed the fingernail would come off. Seokhwa’s back quickly became damp with cold sweat. It was surprising how such a small fingernail could cause such great pain.

Looking at the pale Seokhwa, Yoo Junggyung chuckled. Doctors, being generally delicate, often screamed and spilled everything with just a bit of pain. Yoo Junggyung felt exhilarated when well-treated, high-nosed doctors from the research lab, who shed tears and mucus in front of him while receiving various treatments, experienced such discomfort. Especially the thought of Seokhwa’s expressionless face contorting and him crying while looking at her intrigued him.

Bang! Upon hearing the sound of the investigation room door opening, Yoo Junggyung felt a sense of tension. Wondering if it was Kwak Soohwan again, he turned around with a stern expression, only to find Commander Cha, his immediate superior.

“Commander, have you come!”

Yoo Junggyung removed the needle from Seokhwa’s fingernail and gave a sharp salute.

“At ease.”

Yoo Junggyung, lowering the hand with the raised forehead, gave Cha Hakhyun a puzzled look. Why did Commander Cha come? Cha Hakhyun glanced at Seokhwa, who was clutching his fingernail, then turned to Yoo Junggyung again.

“I’ll take over the questioning, so you can leave.”

“Yes?”

Thunk! Commander Cha flicked Yoo Junggyung’s forehead. His face twisted for a moment, but his posture remained unaffected.

“This guy dares to be insolent. If you want to interrogate, go ahead, kid.”

“But, Commander! This case is under my responsibility.”

Cha Hakhyun made a puzzled expression, raised his hand, and showed the appointment letter lying on the investigation table.

“Look! This is an appointment given to me by General Yoon. He instructed me to interrogate Dr. Seokhwa.”

In an instant, Commander Cha, who was raising his hand, also noticeably froze.

It wasn’t just anyone but a directive from one of the top administrators of Yeouido Shelter, General Yoon. Yoo Junggyung also chuckled at the unusual reaction from his superior.

‘Kid, did I play my cards well? You should be careful too.’

Such an atmosphere permeated the room. Commander Cha, unable to do anything, could only show a concerned expression towards Seokhwa.

“Dr. Seokhwa, are you okay?”

Seokhwa, still holding his finger, showed no reaction. He couldn’t understand why he ended up in this situation, only questioning the death of Dr. Oh.

“Don’t torture Dr. Seokhwa recklessly, huh?”

“I just gave him a little scare.”

Commander Cha felt perplexed about how to explain this to Kwak Soohwan. Still, he thought he had stepped out of his jurisdiction this time. After all, it was an order from General Yoon, not just anyone else.

Commander Cha pushed Yoo Junggyung away with his hand and left the interrogation room. Yoo Junggyung’s cursing at Kwak Soohwan, calling him a frustrating bastard, also reached Seokhwa’s ears.

“Doctor, bored, huh? Shall we continue?”

Yoo Junggyung impatiently flicked his fingers, urging him to release his hand.

“I’ll talk.”

“What?”

“I’ll tell you what happened.”

“Well, Doctor. Why are you being so uninteresting?”

Seating himself on the desk with a disappointed expression, Yoo Junggyung let out a sigh. Seokhwa kept his eyes closed for a while and eventually started speaking.

***

“Hey, you! You believe that?”

General Yoon thundered.

“That is the truth. Would I dare to lie in front of you, sir?”

Some generals grimaced, either scratching their foreheads or rubbing their chins.

“The reason for turning off the surveillance device is that?”

“Yes, that’s all.”

Kwak Soohwan remained calm as if he were only stating facts.

“So, Major Kwak Soohwan, you have a special relationship with Dr. Seokhwa, occasionally going on dates outdoors? Did you get hit on the head? You didn’t even know the situation inside the shelter and went on a date?”

“The upper floors were closed, so there was nothing we could do. At that time, we heard that the first-floor cafeteria had been cleared, and disinfection had started from the fifth floor. Dr. Seokhwa and I, who were in the basement, couldn’t go up in that situation. We prioritized Dr. Oh’s safety, reported our movement, and obtained permission. That’s all.”

Commander Jang, who had a troubled expression, cautiously raised his hand.

“Kid, get out. Don’t you know you’re trying to cover for that bastard again?”

Commander Jang subtly lowered his hand again. This time, Lieutenant General Lee Yeontae raised his hand.

“Yeontae, what’s with you again?”

Perhaps because he was the directly subordinate major, the general couldn’t express his anger too vehemently.

“Major Kwak Soohwan’s words seem not to be false. That…”

“Well, spit it out!”

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