Chapter 12 – [What Is Life, Just Live as You Live]
A middle-aged man frowned and threw the papers away nervously.
“Assholes. How do you handle things!”
The man who appeared to be an employee bowed his head to the middle-aged man and apologized as if he had no face. Even so, he tossed a glass of water at him, as if his anger was not resolved.
Crackle! The glass hit the man’s head precisely and even broke, but the man was not hurt.
“One department store burned down. 17 casualties and 89 injured. Besides, even a live TV broadcast. It’s fortunate that the test subject wasn’t known, otherwise you’d all be dead.”
Sighing, the middle-aged man pretended to slit his neck. However, what he is talking about is not about being fired from work, but about silencing.
“You must have thoroughly secured the test subject, right?”
“Yes, I took out the one that was evacuated after being mixed with the bodies of the deceased. Judging from the deterioration of the test body, it seems that it has been changed in a runaway.”
“What is the estimated power of the test subject?”
“Even if you can’t use complex abilities because you lose your sanity when you run out of control, it’s estimated to be at the top of an expert level based on pure power.”
“A guy who was at the level of a user is an expert at the top level right away.
The middle-aged man tutted and clicked his tongue. The world doesn’t work out the way you want it to.
“As expected, the cause of death must have been due to self-destruction, right?”
“Yes? Oh, no…… The cause of death of the test subject was caused by a blow to the head.”
“What? Did you get hit in the back of the head and die?”
There is a big difference between a test subject dying on its own while being run over and dying after being hit by someone. The former is nothing to worry about, but the latter is the fact that someone is aware of the subject’s existence.
“How likely was he to die from being hit by building debris?”
“Because the test subject has Raff energy, even if it is not a purely hostile species, it will have physical resistance. If you want to kill the test subject with building debris, you will have to drop tons of debris from above.”
“As expected, then the only answer is force users, right?”
A middle-aged man and a male employee. There was one person passing by both of them at the same time.
A monster that appeared out of nowhere. No, I am suspicious of Raccoon Man, who is being spread as an unidentified hero in the news and on the Internet.
“The force is also roughly estimated, but it must be a master level. This guy is almost certain.”
“It is said that there were Force users who had just awakened at the scene of the incident, but they said they lost consciousness due to being caught up in the explosion and do not remember anything.”
The middle-aged man said after thinking a little.
“How many test subjects are left? Those who escaped.”
“We have secured two specimens, and only two remain. It’s just that their characteristics are suitable for stealth or they run away into the mountains.
“Anyway, is this bastard the biggest problem? If the laboratory hadn’t turned into a sea of fire because of this bastard, there wouldn’t have been a chance for the test subjects to escape.”
Is it fortunate that he died, or is it the opposite because he lost a test subject? The middle-aged man gnashed his teeth as he got angry at a feeling he didn’t know he had.
“You guys, start by investigating this raccoon or something. Be careful because you’re a force user presumed to be a master.”
With that, the story of the two ended.
* * *
It went well with Baekri and Jin Seo-ae. First of all, Baek Li is now hired as a full-time employee at our store, and Jin Seo-ae is also working for a regular income.
I have a child at home, but that’s okay because our store closes relatively early. Jeong Then, I can go out and work for a while and send Jin Seo-ae first.
“To be a full-time employee of a chicken restaurant, the tone is a bit odd.”
“It’s not that I don’t want to expand my scope to a chain store, but then there’s a lot of work to do. Anyway, come to work. I’ll pass on the know-how, so learn closely. Is this a bit difficult?”
“I tried cooking in the army, what could I not do?”
Making three meals a day for hundreds of soldiers is a catering disease. On Dog Day, my job is to boil and cook Samgyetang on a hot day to feed even small chickens one by one. If it’s a matter of stamina, he’s a Force user now, so if he had enough, he’d have had enough, but not enough. I didn’t try to entrust Baekri to the kitchen for nothing.
“How about power control?”
“It’s okay. I’m used to using it to some extent, so I can lift a refrigerator by myself.”
“You’re pretty talented too. Wouldn’t it be better if you just developed your traits? Are there any courses like that?”
“If you look into government jobs or companies, you might find them. To be honest, it costs money.”
“So you want to hire me as a free tutor?”
“Ah, if I use force more well, I’m good at business, so hyung is good, right?”
It is. It can’t be easy to fry and serve triple-digit fried chicken a day without a break. To be honest, it’s impossible for the general public to be able to become a Force user unless they get used to it for a few years.
“Mr. Worst, where should I put this?”
“Oh, since it’s aged, you can just put it in the freezer. This way.”
There are three big things to say about know-how, but one is well-seasoned chicken, fried batter, and deep-frying.
It’s okay as long as the seasoning sauce is right. If it’s necessary, I can make it and leave it.
“I’ve been having a lot of trouble since morning.”
There is a familiar voice coming through the shop door that has not been opened yet. I have one of our store keys, and I copied one and gave it to Shion just in case. What happened? Who hasn’t been to the store since it opened?
“What, why didn’t you contact me?”
“I came out for a while to see the condition of the building.”
“Wait a minute. I’ll fry you a chicken. You liked the fries, right?”
It’s morning, but Zion isn’t the type to cover that up. Morning chicken is good too.
Baek-ri and Jin Seo-ae give attention to customers who come before business hours.
“Hey bro. Who are you?”
“My wife and owner of our shop”
“Did I tell you before? If you just look at it, you’ll know what kind of elementary school student you are.”
Baekli started looking at me with rotten eyes. Why the hell do people hate each other when they say they love each other?
“No, no, no? I liked it because I was a wife. I don’t distinguish love based on appearance. I never do anything trashy about a real child.”
I am easily misunderstood in many ways. Even Xion, who looks like an elementary school student with stern eyes. Once out of the 3 times we were together, the policeman asked if it would be okay for a moment.
“My name is Shion. My husband is an idiot, but please take good care of me.”
“Ah, yes. My name is Jin Seo-ae. Please take good care of me.”
“Ah……Habaekri. I’ll take good care of you, sister-in-law.”
“By the way, Baekri, even though he looks young, he’s older than me.”
“Here’s your ID”
Shion took out his resident registration card (even though it was all fabricated) from his bag. In terms of age, he is probably 2 or 3 years older than me. She is that much older than her actual years of life. However, the number of digits is different.
“Here’s a picture taken with the marriage certificate.”
“Uh……? Why do you carry all of that?”
“When we go together, the police often ask. I always carry it with me to use at that time.”
“Ah, I hope so”
“I’ve tried it 4 times so far”
“It’s real, it’s sad because it’s real. Shiva, why do you say I’ll love you!”
“Isn’t the object you love the problem, hyung…”
“It’s just the appearance, but there’s no problem with age. I’m a grown-up and I have the capital to do so. I’m happy with my marriage, just like this.”
“It’s because I got married this year.”
Jin Seo-ae, who had been married, congratulated me honestly with a smile.
“I also remember when I was newlyweds……. You two are happy too”
“I’m going to go on a honeymoon that I missed later, so please take care of the store then.”
Because of the store and because of Shion’s outward appearance, the wedding was not held. But if it’s a honeymoon, you can go late.
I’m thinking about where to go now, but I’m thinking of going abroad as soon as possible.
Nearby Japan isn’t bad either…Radioactive? It’s me, I won’t die from eating some radiation, but to Xion, radiation is not poison, but nourishment. Radiation is meaningless to children who feed on the energy emitted from stars.
Ah, in that respect, Japan might be better.
“Now, freshly fried fried chicken.”
“I will eat well”
As soon as I brought out the fried food, Shion munched and ate one of the chicken legs as soon as it came out. Hey, hey, that must be hot… I’ll pretend. Let’s get a Coke.
“I should give birth to a daughter who looks like my wife, not me.”
“Isn’t pregnancy difficult?”
In fact, both know. If you want to have children, you can do anything. Since Shion is an alien, the breeding method is a bit different, but it does not mean that there is no method.
But she just wants to have a little more time. She wants to enjoy her newlywed life and, above all, tries not to have children until she is stable in her day job.
Don’t work as a hobby like this chicken house. My main job is different. What a secret.
It just doesn’t sound that good. It’s good to hear resentment from many people.
Time passed quickly as I talked to Shion, who was eating chicken, before opening the store. She, too, wiped her hands, as if satisfied with having finished her one chicken in no time.
“Are you coming in as usual today?”
“I might go a little faster. When Baekri was a part-timer, I just sent him, but since he’s a full-time employee, I’ll have to work hard until the end. Then I might go a little earlier.”
“Okay. Then I’ll prepare dinner as usual and wait for you.”
There is only Baek-ri and Jin Seo-ae around, and they both know each other. Slightly lowering her head, she lightly kissed Shion.
“Byeee, it’s newlyweds, so sesame seeds are pouring out.”
“Would you do that if you got married? Me and my wife will be newlyweds even after a thousand years.”
“As time goes by and menopause occurs, the relationship between husband and wife……Mainly in the sense of a man’s pride”
“I’m enthusiastic enough to do it several times a day, so I don’t have to worry about that.”
Baekri took a step back and glared with contempt at the fact that me and Shion did it rather than the number of times I did it. Jin Seo-ae has the same view.
“He’s an adult!”
“I need to call my dad… Oh, he was a firefighter.”
“I’m about to call the police!”
“Brother, pedophilia is a crime”
“I die for real”
As I raised my fist menacingly, Baek Li surrendered. It must have been highly persuasive because it was shown with the force so that only force users could see it.
Damn, where are you from?
* * *
I also finished the day. The chicken was sold out, but there were more customers, so it was difficult. At this point, you have to limit how much you sell per day, like a chicken with a big barrel.
“Thanks for your efforts”
“Seo-ae, go in first. Seong-hye will be waiting for you, so she’d better go in early.”
“No, but I have to work until the end.”
“There are two men, but it’s over soon. Go in first.”
“Yes, ma’am. I heard you have a daughter? She should go home early. She’s expecting a baby.”
“Ah…Thank you both. Then I’ll go in first.”
To finish the shop, only Baekri and I were left. Actually, there is something to talk about.
“Now, since there are only two of us left, let’s talk like secret friends.”
“Hyung? Isn’t your taste weird?”
“I’m sorry, but I don’t have a taste for men. Ah……If it’s a girly man, I might be a bit squeamish.”
“How can a man like that come out unless he has something like female hormones?”
“The world is more fantasy than you think. There are Force users, but can’t there be none?”
Bailey nodded his head in agreement.
“Anyway, I’m going to teach you a little how to handle the force. It’s good to use it at work.”
“Ah, private tutoring is illegal.”
“If it’s illegal and legal and you’re going to do it before, will you give me money?”
“If it’s free, I’ll even drink lye.”
“Caustic soda for making lye is sold at a pharmacy for 3,000 won. Shall we buy it and put it in water?”
“Oops, I’m sorry bro”
I feel like I’m getting more shameless with each passing day. It’s just a joke level, so it feels like we’re accepting each other.
“Come to think of it, what is your brother’s Force characteristic?”
“I only have two. Since I apply and use them here and there, it only seems to have multiple abilities. In fact, there are only two. At least one doesn’t stand out, so I live on one.”
“What trait is it?”
It’s a power I’ve been using a lot since a long time ago. However, my ability is not a force attribute, but purely my strength. The difference is that Force characteristics cannot be used without Gaia Force, but this ability can be used if there is a will to use it.
And the bigger difference between the ability and the force is that the force depends on the quality, but the ability can be awakened by anyone. But no one can write it.
“Speaking of interference, I heard that it is mainly a trait of psychokinesis or that lineage? I heard that it starts with that trait and then differentiates into other traits.”
“How much research did you do?”
“Yes, I was thinking of going that way if I had to.”
The type of power that Baekri and I use are different, but there’s nothing wrong with learning them. In particular, my ability ‘Interference’ is highly versatile, so it is easy to use in various places.
“I think of my nature as an invisible hand, in a nutshell.”
“What if the American economy comes out? Anyway, it’s like using the invisible hand here and there. Then, for now, the telekinesis system is lightly completed.”
As Baekli focused his mind, the Gaia Force began to glow white from his body. It is invisible to the general eye, and can only be seen by Force users or those who have awakened the Spiritual Eye to see this ability.
In my case, it’s closer to the latter. It’s better to just use what you have than to use force.
As Baekli concentrated, the Force dwelled in his hand. Then, it continued to grow and became like a white hand sprouting.
I tried to pick up the cup on the table with it, but as soon as I grabbed it, it shattered with a clatter.
“It comes from your paycheck.”
“You have to control your strength. The force is the willpower that comes from your soul. It can generate as much power as your will. Wouldn’t it be as simple as bending a steel bar with that hand? Just think of it as your body strengthened hand. It’s a little unwieldy. By hand”
“But it’s a strange feeling, so it’s hard to deal with.”
“Just think of it as an extension of your hand. Try making it the same way as your hand. If you fold one of your fingers, the force’s hand will also fold.”
There is a literal difference between something like another. Following my advice, as Baek-Li focused her mind again, the extended Force hand began to move in accordance with the movement of Baek-Li’s hand.
Then, using only his thumb and forefinger, he slightly lifted the shards of the broken glass.
“Oh, that’s it!”
“Hmm, I thought he had qualities, but he’s better than I thought. Maybe you’re that type too…”
“It’s not a big deal. Anyway, if that’s the case, practice until you’re more mature. Not just tools, but a separate hand.”
I used the Force to eject it, creating a white hand in the air. It didn’t extend from the hand like the white li, only the hand was floating in the air. Not just one, but dozens.
“Once you get used to it, you can do this”
I started tidying up the shop, moving the force’s hand freely. From taking out the trash to washing the dishes, organizing things, and mopping the floor. Do everything at the same time
In fact, this level is simple for transcendentalists. It’s because telekinesis is simple for kids who use willpower in the first place. These complex activities also belong to the level of child’s play.
“Wow, that’s cool…!”
“Once you get used to extending your hand, do several next. And then, make a separate hand, not an extension, and move it in the direction of movement. After that, do several more. Okay?”
“Okay, I’ll practice.”
“Don’t do it too much? Just like hitting your daughter’s bones too much kills her bones, if you do that too much, your mental strength will be depleted. You’ll be tired, so if you think you’ve done it right, go to sleep.”
“Yes, don’t worry too much. I’ll take care of it, hyung.”
I cleaned up the store, so you can go. Baekri said thank you for letting me know and went home.
I go home from work as well. When we arrived, Shion had prepared dinner and was waiting for us.
“I’m here. Oh, from the smell, is it soybean paste stew?”
“It will be delicious to boil with beef. This time, good meat came in from the butcher shop, so I wrote it.”
“It sounds delicious. If you haven’t had dinner, let’s eat together.”
I sat at the table with Shion and ate dinner. Washing the dishes was a nuisance, so she took care of it as she did at the store and sat down in front of the TV.
Zion sat on my lap. Her little body comes in as it is, and it feels warm and cozy. And satisfaction.
“It’s also my special seat.”
“I like this too. Oh, would you like to see a movie? Come to think of it, I haven’t seen the last Marvel movie.”
“So I already bought it. Of course I didn’t see it.”
Times are so much better these days. In the old days, you had to go to the cinema to see a movie, but now you can buy it and watch it on TV. I am worried that it will be difficult to adapt to the times that have changed so much.
“I’ll fry the popcorn.”
“I am caramel”
“Then let’s do half and half.”
Similarly, Shion took out instant popcorn sold at a local supermarket with telekinesis and put it in the microwave and turned it on. Talk! Talk! The sound of popcorn being popped soon began to be heard.
Since Shion took over the popcorn, I took out a Coke from the refrigerator. I put the ice that I had frozen in the freezer and poured cola and brought two glasses. With ability, of course.
Soon after, the movie started in earnest.
“It’s nice to go to the cinema and watch it. If you think about it, it’s like opening a store for nothing.”
“I think it’s okay because good people run it.”
Both Baek Ri and Seo Ae are good people. The kind of people I can trust and entrust to even when I’m away. They are good people, which is rare these days.
I started watching a movie with Xion while drinking Coke and popcorn. Hey, after all, Marvel makes a good hero movie.
Personally, I prefer spidey to kids playing in space.
Before anyone knew it, Zion was immersed in movies. She ate all the popcorn, so I secretly replaced it with mine. Actually, I’m not the type to eat a lot of popcorn when watching a movie. Don’t drink cola
After about two hours, the movie was over. I also watched the cookie video. Fortunately, unlike when Spidey appeared, the Blue Skull didn’t say anything about patience. At that time, I was on the verge of peeing, but I will not forget it.
“I had fun”
“Isn’t it? I liked it too”
“The spaceship design is a bit outdated, but I liked it”
“Hey, what if an alien who really roams around the universe talks about the design of a spaceship?”
“Next time, I’m thinking of revising the spacecraft design with shareholder rights.”
You said you made some money with stocks, but you can’t…
Oh, that must be a lie