EP 13 – International Hunter Perspective (1)
“…After much bloodshed, I am here.”
She calmly stepped onto the podium. He was wearing a black suit. expressing condolences.
“Those who have left will not come back, but at least they will not leave.”
It was a little awkward because it was the first time I heard a serious voice, but it had a good resonance in its own way because it was pitiful and pathetic.
Hong Seon-ah was silent for a moment and looked into the air.
Only she would know what she was thinking right now.
When the silence became awkward, the speech ended with the last words.
“I think that is the mission of the rest.”
It was the inauguration of the Superhuman Association.
* * *
“Whew…! How was it?”
After she finished the questions with the reporters, she approached me with her chest down.
suddenly. It reminded me of the first time I saw her.
A subtle expressionless expression that doesn’t know whether to smile or not, a slightly overly energetic gesture and attitude, and the red magic that dyed the tips of her hair like autumn leaves.
Even after talking for a long time, laughing and talking, when she was silent, I felt an unknown emptiness. Hong Seon-ah’s fundamental loneliness was the kind that felt spontaneously at this point.
But she changed.
He looked slightly more tired than before, and no longer dared to wrap himself in a frivolous attitude.
“You look pretty good with short hair.”
“Ugh! He is a politician, so his lip service is outstanding!”
The hair that had gone down to her back was now barely covering the nape of her neck. Perhaps because of her red magic, her hair was still shining softly.
We walked out of the building and chatted.
“I heard that people with high magical aptitude change their body type. Isn’t that Hong Seon-ah’s hair?”
“Umm… I don’t know. Am I talented?”
“No, it’s not a talent, it’s an aptitude.”
As I was a person who studied with Hwaran Cheon for a long time, I could say that I was quite knowledgeable in this area.
The uses of magic are limitless.
Type A was simply a line that strengthened or changed the body, but that characteristic was particularly prominent among Type B abilities.
It creates sparks, emits lightning, throws ice, and makes the earth tremble.
Many Awoken use a variety of abilities, but the Awakener is not limited to using only one ability. Cheonhwaran filled water cups with water, healed people, and created potions by controlling mana in molecular units. This is possible because she is good at manipulating magical powers in detail and has a wealth of basic knowledge necessary for it.
Whenever Cheonhwaran uses magical power, he looks into the microscope and calculates meticulously in molecular units. It just feels that way.
On the other hand, there is the case of Gam Gam Yoon, who feels the magic as if she is just breathing, and there is the case of Hong Seon-ah, who unconditionally explodes with flames when she expresses her magic.
I know it well because I’ve been in contact with all three of them. Each person felt the magic in a different way, and the way they used it was different.
“So you’re saying I’m an ignorant Awakener who can’t use various magical powers?”
“I tell Hong Seon-ah my sister…”
“It’s a one-way life where only sparks come out when you use your magic power—”
“Please, stop f**king.”
Just then, a large limousine arrived. It was a vehicle sent by the GS group. Hong Seon-ah was the president of the association, but he was still the guild leader of GS Aegis.
I opened the back door and told her.
“Because it seems like we’re getting faster when we’re together. Go quickly.”
“See you tomorrow.”
“Go for a while.”
When I stabbed him with the handle of the cane, Hong Seon-ah smiled broadly and got into the car.
As she was about to turn around, she grabbed her arm.
“I heard from our healers.”
“I’ll have some good news soon!”
“What do you think?”
These days, because of the ‘good news’ that Hong Seon-ah said, I keep feeling confused. When Minister of Strategy and Finance Yoo Jae-kyung lightly asked, he got out of thought.
okay. Now is not the time.
I picked up the sweet and sour sauce.
“Shall I pour?”
“What kind of socialist are you trying to do?”
It was the words of the economic bureaucrats of the capitalist economic system.
In the end, the sauce was only half poured. Yoo Jae-kyung, Minister of Strategy and Finance, took the wooden chopsticks and set them on the table. The smell of jjajangmyeon jjamppong vibrated.
The chief economic secretary of the Blue House rubbed the jajangmyeon sauce and handed it to me, and the head of the government affairs office took the champon in a bowl.
There was no sub-ministerial level at this Chinese restaurant table. The heads of technocrats that influence the Korean economy were gathered here.
“Hey, Minister Yu, have you taken care of yourself?”
“why. Does your stomach hurt?”
“It hurts then!”
“Look at me, me, me, lying on my stomach holding my navel because my classmates have succeeded. just.”
“Chief Park is also at the ministerial level.”
“Are the Minister of Strategy and Finance the same level as the Minister of State Affairs and Coordination?”
“Hey. you’re pretty shy Are you painting already?”
“If our Minister Yu becomes Prime Minister, then the Chief of Staff should be the Minister!”
Of course, they were all close friends from the Ministry of Strategy and Finance, so it wasn’t too hard. In the old days, they would have split the factions and attacked the gensei, but now that high-ranking positions remain, they are yangbans who comfortably occupy one position at a time.
That’s why everyone is so friendly. At least on the surface it was.
Rather, I had no friends here. The only acquaintance with him is Minister Yoo Jae-kyung. This decent yangban was serving as the leader of a gang of South Korean economic bureaucrats.
He, who had been silent with a smile, solemnly moderated the chatter.
“Oh, really. There are lawmakers, too, so please don’t act like a fool. It’s not like the grown-ups came to some kind of reunion…”
“If this is also a reunion, wouldn’t it be a reunion?”
“Let’s have a meeting.”
Minister Yoo Jae-kyung politely picked up chopsticks and started eating champon, but when viewed from the side, the corners of his mouth twitched, and he was enjoying the taste of power to the fullest.
I laughed lightly.
“I think a lot of ministers will come from here. Is it okay to do this in front of an opposition lawmaker?”
As long as hearings and state audits exist, to cabinet officials, opposition members of the National Assembly are the upper hand of the table.
However, since it was a seat, everyone smiled leisurely and passed. Because when I was running the Foundation, they were the kind of people I had a rough time with.
Above all, Kim Jo-in, the leader of the Kuomintang, was an economic bureaucrat who could afford these people. The atmosphere was not bad because it is a country where the common sense that seniors and juniors push and attract people is common.
“By the way, are you okay, CEO Kim? He’s so old…”
“I am not that old for a member of parliament. Please correct it.”
“Fortunately, the. Back when I was in the Policy Coordination Bureau…”
As in conversations with high-ranking people, the main point came out after a long period of personal scrutiny.
“Hey, Senator. Didn’t the GS group shake the price this time?”
“It was a bit of a miss rather than a shake. Reins.”
“If you missed something, you shook it.”
This is the reason I am here.
GS Group was the biggest headache for Korean economic bureaucrats, and I was the most effective way for them to influence GS Group.
Originally, the National Assembly member was the most powerful lobbyist in Korea.
“As long as the GS Group is taking the lead in the supply of horsepower, it will inevitably affect the stability of the national economy…”
“Isn’t CEO Cheon Geum-soon very aggressive? We are in a lot of trouble, but he is a very witty person.”
They asked me about GS Group’s internal affairs.
“You said the archangel did something big with America this time?”
“The United States is an arbiter, and in effect, it was with Japan.”
“How many months has it been since the 7th Fleet evacuated to Japan? Japan is now a puppet of the United States. Just looking at the time when nuclear bombs were left behind…”
Interpretation: It was necessary to know diplomatic relations with the United States, so how did the archangel understand the relationship between Korea and the United States?
Even if the Financial Services Commission, the Korea Development Bank, and even the Fair Trade Commission moved, it was a pony named Cheon Geum-soon who could not control it.
“The enemy knows the enemy. These days, only CEO Cheon Geum-soon has been marking all day, so now I am even respectful.”
“what is it. That person, capitalism produced, umm, ah, very, best…”
“okay! Chew…! No, what!?”
Ever since I made up my mind to hand over the magic stones managed by the Foundation to her, she has been disrupting the capitalist market economy like a wild pony.
“Even if you don’t do that, aren’t you playing football while ruining a decent company? They told me to do R&D, but wouldn’t they spread industrial espionage…”
“I already have four companies that he broke.”
Various methods of containment against GS Group have emerged. However, in my opinion, it was just unrealistic. It was a moment when he was wasting time by appropriately answering questions about GS’s insider information and accepting nonsensical opinions.
“I heard that Samsung has developed a second-generation conversion technology.”
Useful information has arrived. I frowned and tilted my head.
“Is this the first time I’ve heard of it…?”
“I heard it from Jaeyong Lee, so I’m half sure.”
Conversion technology is a technology that converts magic stones into electricity.
I started wiping my mouth in earnest.
“Don’t be fooled. He came to me a month ago and said the same thing. Did you mean that you called me to a Japanese restaurant and hinted at it?”
“Mana stones don’t work well in the market, so we just throw them in to secure as much as possible. Once I receive it, I will develop it.”
“It is possible that a new technology will come out in a month. why.”
“All of our magic stone research is supervised by the state. Develop new technologies that no government knows about.”
“Ah, there is a newly developed research institute there. On the side of Mt. Jirisan.”
“Twenty percent of the employees there are NIS agents. I know because I put it in. When a new technology comes out, it comes down from the top, not from the bottom up.”
I was proud of myself.
“Even if it is a little uncomfortable to leave it to GS as it is now, it will be better.”
National Assembly members are the most powerful lobbyists in Korea.
At the same time, he was also the most powerful industrial spy.
“You’ve got to take a break. Archangel. The atmosphere of the bureaucrats is not serious.”
“Is that so…?”
“It looks like Samsung and I are going to step on it soon. There must have been an underground research lab that was secretly operated there, but I think the transformation technology has advanced enough to call itself the second generation.”
Cheon Geum-soon shrugged her shoulders and drank liquor. Then I got up and grabbed my coat and bag.
“Thank you as always…”
“I’m sharpening a knife, so be careful with the back of your head. I blocked it as a temporary measure, but I don’t think it will last long…”
“Are you okay?”
“Ugh! Good news turns into good news, bad news turns bad, because money…!”
I didn’t know what he was doing on a regular basis because he was ignorant of the economy, but seeing the twinkling noises coming out of the mouths of older bureaucrats, I had a feeling that it wouldn’t be anything unusual.
“Are you still fighting with Minister Yoo Jae-kyung these days?”
“I never really fought…”
“He’s disrupting other people’s business!”
Also, I’m glad I’m not deeply involved. I deliberately kept my distance from Cheon Geum-soon. My lifespan has already been cut, but what if I get more stress?
“……Anyway. The Superhuman Association has been launched, and I wish you all the best in the future.”
“Do not worry!”
Industrial espionage It was not a business that was losing money because roughly 4 billion won was poured into the Superhuman Association at once.
This would be enough as an opening gift for Hong Seon-ah.
Now that I see my back aching slowly, it seems like it’s time to go. The moment I got up from my seat with a grin,
The cell phone vibrated.
– hello? Senator Han Seung-moon, you are right!
I heard the news that my parents had woken up.