A hexagonal pencil spun in the air.
There is a red mark on one side of the pencil that has risen from the ground exactly. Every time it turned round and round, the red energy came round and round and stuck in its eyes.
That’s precisely 72,000 times.
Counting the last number, young Gido Hae fell into a deathlike sleep.
The day after meeting Kim San, Gido Hae received a file completed overnight at his house. It was a more in-depth study of Kim San. Lee Jae-Chul, who handed over the file, could see the tiredness on his face.
Newly born children are measured for guide fit at the time of birth. The records measured in this way are immediately recorded in the guide association and passed on to the parents of prospective guides.
Not all of the guide fit measured at birth was maintained. In some cases, the guide’s ability was lost as they grew up, so the association recommended that the child retake the aptitude test when they are about ten years old. In particular, in addition to the guides’ qualifications, accurate grades, etc., had to be measured after puberty to be accurately known.
From the beginning, this system needed to be fixed. When monsters just broke out, and people wandered around, they had to find guides by holding hands with espers. At that time, if you became a guide, there were many cases where you ran away for fear of dying while fighting monsters.
Then, after the humans who managed to defend against the monster attack built a city, Pilsik Heo, the association’s president, created the guide association. It was the beginning of an official organization for guides, which was regarded as a tool for espers.
From about 20 years ago, when society was somewhat stable, such notices were distributed to prospective guides. It is recommended to retake the aptitude test before the end of adolescence, but there have been cases where it has been delayed for special reasons.
When Gido Hae lifted the paper, he was crumbling. He wrinkled his brow without realizing it. This ‘special reason’ of Kim San, which was reported, is absurd.
“Did he accept for this reason?”
After turning 10, Kim San was contacted yearly to get an aptitude test. At first, the commonsense reason why the child could not be sent to the city alone was written there since the parents had died. This is because the grandfather, the guardian, was already old.
But gradually, the reason became more and more mysterious. At an age when Kim San might have been able to go to the city on his own, he had the excuse of a sudden illness. He wouldn’t be sick all year.
Then, the content of the reasons became more unreasonable, like it was difficult to walk because the road in the village was muddy after heavy rain. When he saw why it was difficult to go to the city because the calf next door was born, Gido Hae threw the file away.
“It’s… It’s said that he was a very strict grandfather.”
“That’s a very reasonable reason. Don’t you think so?”
Lee Jae-Chul said it was according to the official in charge of Kim San.
Gido Hae, lost in thought, taps on the old notice with his finger. At first, the official in charge intended to bring Kim San into the city.
But things quickly changed. As Heo Pil-Sik’s guide human rights policy became effective, people who were hiding gradually flowed into the city.
In particular, as the city was successfully maintained, some people belatedly wanted to join as members. At that time, the ability of a guide was an excellent backstop for entering a city with a limited number of people.
This ridiculous excuse may have worked because the number of guides was sufficiently secured. Therefore, as Lee Jae-Chul said, public officials would have just wanted to ignore the difficult old man.
“Anyway, I don’t think there’s anything to worry about. Right?”
“That’s true. You’ve had a hard time. The content you brought is ridiculous.”
Lee Jae-Chul, who knew the goal of Gido Hae, slumped on the sofa in the drawing room as if he were tired. Gido Hae turned and looked at him, simply expressing his feelings.
“Don’t sit on my sofa because it would be dirty.”
“You always say that .”
Lee Jae-Chul is holding the back of his neck as if his blood pressure is rising. He lightly ignored it. The body should be donated and dissected if there is incredibly high blood pressure.
As Lee Jae-Chul pointed out, even a hint of suspicion about Kim San disappeared. No spy left a mark like this. He’d instead have made a more plausible document.
Once again, Gido Hae, looking at the word “birth of a calf next door,” covered the file with annoyance. His eyes were fixed on Kim San and his matching rate until the end, but he also ignored it.
There was only one question left. How to use Kim San.
“Phew… Anyway, your father will pay attention to Kim-san. He came into the association too noticeably in the first place and registered.”
Gido Hae’s father was one of the first Esper. Espers, who have survived since then, have made a remarkable contribution to establishing the first city since the monster incident.
Also, he was on the opposite side of the association’s president, Heo Pil-Sik. To be exact, he treats the guide oppositely.
He saw Esper’s ability to rely on guides was incomplete. Therefore, it is said that in recent years, research on “alternative drugs” that can replace guides has been actively conducted.
Those who didn’t know anything used to think he was conducting such research for his son, Gido Hae. But he knew he just didn’t want him to escape.
Suddenly, he smelled the rusty basement, and a pencil circled in my head. Recalling the smell, he noticed Lee Jae-Chul’s cell phone at the end of his sight.
He reflexively moved the bristles to blow the stroke documents. The camera on the shiny back of the cell phone disappeared under the document.
“Why are you getting angry again? Damn, Is it because you, I’m dirty and cheap.”
Lee Jae-Chul rose from the sofa, angry with a pile of documents that suddenly flew in. Whether he did or not, he again tapped on the document with Kim San’s name on it.
It was quite intentional that information about alternative drugs flowed into him. It must have been his father’s obvious temptation to prepare for this. If you want to survive, come back to my feet and lie down like a dog.
He didn’t expect Gido Hae to be thinking of biting his father’s neck and stealing the drug combination.
“Where is he now?”
“Who? Kim San?”
Since it was revealed that Kim San was just an unlucky guide, the value of his use was relatively high.
First, his father’s attention would all be on Kim San. It’s a big obstacle to his father’s plan. He had been looking forward to Gido Hae because he hadn’t been guided. Throwing Kim San as bait increases the scope of Gido Hae.
He could even get a guide until he found an alternative drug. If he fell in love with the guide and pretended to value Kim San, he could control the association’s radius of action. Because the president of the association, Heo Pil-Sik’s, had a weakness for Esper, who cares about the guide.
Before he knew it, Gido Hae’s hand stopped tapping on the name of Kim San written in the document. He set his course at this moment. He will use Kim San thoroughly.
He can use it to his heart’s content and throw it away when he doesn’t need it.
“The class must have started at the association. You’re going to get a guide?”
After organizing his thoughts, Gido Hae rose from his seat. Although he was not in the best condition, he was used to the sense of soul-crushing anyway.
By the way, how should he handle the guide named Kim San?
“Then? Where are you going?”
He was with Heo Pil-Sik, but he disagreed with his way of thinking. His father’s way of treating the guide thoroughly as a tool had its own efficiency.
However, this time, it was unique that Kim San knew Gido Hae as if he were a kind person because he came from outside the city. Gido Hae would exploit that delusion and use him.
In particular, it was more comfortable for Kim San to be mistaken so he could pretend to cherish the guide. No matter how good your acting is, if the person is stupid, then it’s useless.
Of course, there were concerns that things would go wrong because the substance of Gido Hae was so difficult to hide. At that time, there were many ways to appease or threaten, like his father did.
The association’s president may not know, but Lee Jae-Chul certainly would support whatever choice he made.
“I have to go to work.”
If he sacrifices Kim San alone, you can save people from several cities.
If Gido Hae survives, the population that can be saved in the long run will increase. City A he’s defending has reached nearly five million. Considering that other cities have about 2 million people, more than twice the population is concentrated only in City A.
Thank you for translating! This one seems interesting, I hope Gido end ups falling in love first!